Stitch Fix Review: Can Stitch Fix Be Eco Friendly?

Stitch Fix Review

Have you heard of the service Stitch Fix?

It’s a personal shopping site.

You fill out a style profile, provide them with your sizes, and if you have one, a link to your Pinterest Style board. (Here’s my Pinterest Style Board if you care to look).

Once you’ve completed that information, Stitch Fix “will handpick a selection of five clothing items and accessories unique to your taste, budget and lifestyle. You can buy what you like and return the rest!”

So fun, right????

I’ve always wanted a personal stylist!

But I had a special request. What I wanted to know is: Could Stitch Fix be a source of eco friendly clothing?

Here’s what I wrote in my style profile:

“I look for eco friendly, sustainable and organic clothing. Your company indicated I could get clothing that is made from any of the following: organic cotton, silk, cashmere, linen, wool, or rayon. Please make sure my box has these elements!”

Here’s a video of what they sent me:

As you saw, they sort of sent me clothing that fit my eco friendly requests.

So how did I like what I received?

Skye Dreamcatcher Pendant Necklace $28.00 Thoughts: Nope. Not me.

Sada Eyelet Detail Knit Top $54.00

Stitch Fix Review

Thoughts: Not awful. Not what I expected. Said Bohemian to me. I really like classic. Cotton but not organic cotton, so not eco friendly. Gonna send it back.

Peidmont Embroidery Top $54.00

Piedmont Embroidery Top

Thoughts: I was so excited to try this one on! I took a close up of the detail. It really is a striking top. However, I wanted it to be a bit longer. I’m 5’9″ so I am on the tall end for some manufacturers. I felt this to be true here.

My girls really want me to keep this top. What do you think?

Ava Floral Print Silk Blouse $88.00

Ava Silk Blouse

Thoughts: I would have walked by this shirt in the store. But I loved it. It fits awesome. I love how long the back is. Silk is so lightweight. I’m not against wearing it several times in between dry cleaning.

Ruxi Distressed Boyfriend Jeans $98.00

Ruxin Jeans Back

What? Are you telling me you don’t look at your jeans from the back???

Thoughts: The denim is like butter. Soooo soft! But the rise is pretty darn low. If I have pants that are too low, I feel like the men you see with the big beer belly where you wonder “How do their pants stay on?” Here’s a helpful hint: they don’t. You have to keep hiking them up. These were hikers. Bummer because they were really comfy.

Although I feel like most of the items in this box were a total miss (too bohemian, not enough classic basics), I’m requesting another box!

This box was like a first date. I’m intrigued enough to go on a second one.

Want to take your own first date? Head over to Stitch Fix and set up your style profile!

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Graduation Gift Ideas for High School Girl

Graduation Gift Ideas for High School Girls
In just a few short days I’ll have a high school graduate!

With graduation just around the corner, I’ve been trying to come up with graduation gift ideas for high school girls.

My daughter has been invited to sooooo many parties. Some of the parties are for friends she has had since kindergarten. Others are for friends she sees in her classes but maybe not outside of school.

Anywho, I’ve come up with gifts for all the girls. Some I’ve spent more money on than others – dependent upon her relationship with them.

First, I headed over to the Vera Bradley sale. I was able to find luggage tags and zip ID cases for just $5.88 each!

For her closest friends, we picked out the zip ID cases.

Then, I folded together a $20, a $10, and a $5 to form a 2015.

class of 2015

Next, I put them in the view window of the zip case with a small piece of paper with a handwritten “Class Of” like so:

high school girl graduation gift idea

While I love the Class of 2015 idea, for a less expensive alternative, I’m also using gift cards.

graduation gift idea

For the least expensive idea of all, and for those girls she is friends with, but not close friends, I picked up a selection of luggage tags.

I included a handwritten “Oh the Places You’ll Go” note.

Gift Idea Luggage Tag

At just $5.88 for the luggage tag, this was an affordable way to recognize those sweet girls while still maintaining some sort of budget!

Hopefully you can find an idea for a graduation gift for the graduate in your life!

graduation gift ideas for girls

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DIY: How to Fold a Napkin Into a Heart the Easy Way

DIY Fold a Napkin into a Heart

Here’s a fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Learn how to fold a napkin into a heart!

Folding napkins into festive shapes is a fun way to set the table. You can add flair to your table with a minimum amount of effort.

This project is so easy to do, you can enlist the kid’s help. In fact, any kid into craft projects will love to learn how to do this.

The napkin I used measures 18 inches by 18 inches.

Step 1 Fold a Napkin into a Heart

In Step 1 you’ll start with your napkin folded in half.

Step 2 How to Fold a Napkin into a Heart

In Step 2 you fold your napkin in half a second time to make a long rectangle.

Step 3 Fold a Napkin into a Heart

In Step 3 you find the center of the napkin with your finger, and grab one side and bring it upwards to fold.

Step 4 Fold a Napkin into a Heart

In Step 4 you bring the second side up to meet the first side.

Step 5 Fold a Napkin into a Heart

Step 5 is perhaps the trickiest folding. You simply tuck the corners under until you’ve created a heart shape.

Step 6 How to Fold a Napkin Into a Heart

Ta-Da! You did it! Your napkin is now folded into the shape of a heart.

Table Set with Napkins Folded into a Heart

How will you and your family celebrate Valentine’s Day?

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How Much Juice Comes From One Lemon?

Juice One Lemon

Have you ever had a recipe call for “the juice from one lemon”?

How much juice comes from one lemon? What if you don’t have a lemon, but have lemon juice? How much lemon juice could you substitute?

Here’s your answer:

One Lemon yields 3 Tablespoons of juice

Now, is every lemon going to yield an exact 3 tablespoons? Not so much. But as a general rule, that is what a recipe means when it says “the juice from one lemon”.

And if you like this kitchen tip, be sure to read Seasoning Food in a Pinch.

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Upcycled Glass Jars Projects

Upcycled Glass Jar Projects

I have a complete addiction to glass jars. Not only do I have scores of canning jars, but often times I’ll buy a product simply because I want the glass jar once it is gone! (like these frappacino ones).

There are so many creative ways to use glass jars. I wanted to share a few of my favorite upcycled glass jars projects with you.

Upcycled Glass Jars Collage

Which project is your favorite? I really want to try each one!

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21 Upcycled Jeans DIY Projects To Make This Summer

Upcycled Jeans Projects

It’s the end of the school year, and in our house, we are cleaning out closets and figuring out what still fits and what doesn’t.

What I’ve found is we own a lot of jeans with holes and tears.

And not the chic kind.

I thought it would be fun to roundup some of the cute upcycled jeans projects that can be made with an old pair of worn jeans.

Clean out the closets, create something new and give the kids a fun craft project to do over the summer. Win-win-WIN!

Upcycled Jeans Projects collage

  1. Upcycled Jeans Toy Storage Bag from Handmade by Meg K
  2. No Sew Jeans Pocket Garland from Dukes and Duchesses
  3. Denim Fabric Baskets from Threading My Way
  4. Jeans Pocket Purses from Nebraska Views
  5. Jeans Desk Chair Makeover from One Creative Mommy
  6. Denim Coasters from Northern Cheapskate
  7. Jeans Wristlet from Green Issues by Agy
  8. Denim Placemats – from Living Well Spending Less
  9. Denim Corsage from Somewhat Simple
  10. Denim Pocket Purse from Laura Kelly Designs Blog
  11. Demin Journal from Life Made Creations
  12. Jeans Apron from Life Made Creations
  13. Jean Seam Wreath from Restyled Junk
  14. Denim Wreath from Fancy Meeting Ewe
  15. Belt Loop Bobbi Pins from Fancy Meeting Ewe
  16. Christmas Tree Skirt from Fancy Meeting Ewe
  17. Upcycled Jeans Christmas Stocking from Nebraska Views
  18. Denim Camera Strap from Oh Hi DIY
  19. Denim Purse from Somewhat Simple
  20. Flirty Denim Skirt from Somewhat Simple

What is your favorite upcycled jeans DIY project?

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Letter of the Week Crafts for Preschoolers (Save Money on Curriculum)

When I set out to teach my four year old his alphabet, I looked into some of the curriculum options and they were just too pricy. While we could have signed him up for our local Mother’s Day Out (like his older brothers went to) we really needed to save money.

I had made the commitment to homeschool but felt a lot of pressure to teach my youngest his alphabet… all by myself.

I turned to the idea of creating letter of the week crafts for preschoolers. This would be affordable and would use many resources and items I already have at home.

Are you ready to see how we are doing this?

letter of the week crafts a is for alligator

Letter of the Week Crafts

We have created a collection of letter of the week crafts from A-Z.  You simply print the printable, gather the simple supplies that you likely already have on hand and follow the step by step tutorial.

Each craft also includes songs and rhymes that you can do together to help the letter of the week resonate with your preschooler.

Alphabet Flip Book

I wanted an alphabet flip book to use with our crafts, but they were pricy both online and at the local teacher supply store. So, I made one. This alphabet flip book was so affordable to make and we use it all week long as we discuss the letter of the week.

Preschool Letter Worksheets

We have also created some preschool letter worksheets that you just print out and use them along with your craft. My four year old loves doing these. He hunts for the letter of the week in both upper case and lower case and then marks them with do-a-dot markers. Don’t have these markers? No worries, just use stickers instead. Great fine motor skill building!

Best Children’s Books

While you’re learning your letter of the week, why not check out some awesome books from the library, for free, to expand on your learning? We have pulled together a great collection of the best children’s books that make learning fun!

This totally works for me and our homeschool day. We spend very little and learn a lot!

 More Learning Resources:

Swing by and check out Crystal, a Dallas Mom Blogger, who runs the mommy resource and solution site Crystal & Co.!  She loves to share activities for kids, teach busy families how to meal plan and share real easy recipes. She is a fast-paced mom of all boys, five to be exact (including twins), who is in the trenches of homeschooling. Are you tired yet?

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