Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Stitch Fix Box

I received my second Stitch Fix box today and so I thought I would share with you what I received and get your thoughts on the items.  I asked for a floral dress since I am hosting a bridal tea this month for my little sister and a new dress would be perfect for the occasion.  Stitch fix did not have any floral dresses in stock when packing my box which was a bit sad, however I think they did a good job catching the spirit of a bridal tea with a modern take on floral and lace. I learned that previous box notes do not transfer to your next box. On my first box I requested my clothes to be made in the USA or from an ethical production company but that request was not considered in this box.  This box had clothes solely produced in China.  If I receive any good comments from Scott I will add them to my thoughts on the items.  Let me know what you think!

P.S. if you want to try Stitch Fix would you mind signing up through this link? I would receive credit for the referral. Awesome! 


The Items Sent:


 I really like this lace top.  I feel like the hemline is a little wonky but that could just be me.  The necklace goes really well with the blouse but I don't think it is worth $38 for how often it would be worn. The skirt is comfortable and basic. It is so basic I'm pretty sure I could whip one up over nap time for a fraction of the cost. 
 I love the color of the jean but they are a tad too tight for my comfort.  I'm not sure what I think about the ankle length. Stylish for sure, though I personally feel like I had a summer growth spurt and now my jeans are too short.
 mmmmmm not crazy about the top, although the floral is fun with the jeans.
No to this combination.
Please ignore the messy room. My sister's room was the only full length mirror available and there was no one to take my pictures during my naptime break :)

The photos include the following items:
#1 Pixley Statement necklace ($38), Renee C Lace Blouse ($58), & Pixley Swing Skirt ($68)
#2 Pixley Statement necklace ($38), Renee C Lace Blouse ($58), & Pink Martini Ankle Jean ($44)
#3 Kut From The Kloth Sheer Floral Top ($68) & Pink Martini Ankle Jean ($44)
#4 Kut From The Kloth Sheer Floral Top ($68) & Pixley Swing Skirt ($68)

What are your thoughts? What should I keep? Right now I'm thinking of only keeping the lace blouse.

Friday, April 4, 2014

{This Moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual inspired by Soule Mamma.
In her words: "A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember." If you're inspired to do the same, head over to her blog and leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Food Waste Thursday

Food Waste Thursday is inspired by The Frugal Girl where pictures of wasted food are posted in a public forum to serve as incentive to waste less and be better stewards of the resources we are blessed with.
Once again I didn't stick the grapes in the fridge and they spoiled much to quickly.  I've had the lime jello in the fridge for weeks and weeks.  I made it when Scott had strep throat in February but jello doesn't really go bad so I kept holding on to it thinking the kids would enjoy eating it as a treat now and then.  Nope they don't like it anymore than I do.  Apparently they don't have the same tastes as I did as kid :) I never got around to making leftover oatmeal muffins and 2-3 weeks old oatmeal is questionable even though it looks and smells fine. My applesauce muffins got moldy quicker than I thought they would. I guess having self control and not snarfing the entire batch within two days has its drawbacks.

Friday, March 28, 2014

This Moment

{this moment} - A Friday ritual inspired by Soule Mamma.
In her words: "A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember." If you're inspired to do the same, head over to her blog and leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Food Waste Thursday

Last week all I had go to waste was some spinach that hid in the bottom of the produce drawer.

This week's waste was not so great.  I had bought 4 lbs of ground beef on sale with plans to portion and freeze.  I didn't do it right away and then never got back to it.  Ground meat is something that I don't dare go past the use by date and I was 3 days past when I remembered to freeze it.  That one hurt.  I also had a few cucumbers that got frozen and slimy.

*Food Waste Thursday is inspired by Food Waste Friday on The Fugal Girl

Friday, March 21, 2014

{This Moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual inspired by Soule Mamma.
In her words: "A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember." If you're inspired to do the same, head over to her blog and leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

Friday, March 14, 2014

{this moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual inspired by Soule Mamma.
In her words: "A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember." If you're inspired to do the same, head over to her blog and leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Food Waste Thursday

I didn't get around to posting my food waste last week so you get two week's worth today.

Last Week:

Cleaned out some of the condiments in the fridge door.  The apple cider was almost gone but the rim was growing mold or something so I decided to chuck it all.  I tried some instant undon miso soup from Aldi and was disappointed in its flavor, I was never desperate enough for lunch to finish it off. I can't believe I forgot to use up the leftover valentine's steak.  How did that slip though the cracks? My lettuce didn't even last a week.  Disappointing. I should have stored the grapes in the refrigerator. Ike was plowing through them so I thought we would be done with them within a day. I was wrong. Those poor poptarts were crushed to death by energetic toddlers.  Thankfully they were free.

 This Week:

I had two leftover hard boiled eggs.  They were getting close to a month old so I figured it would be safest to toss them. Below the eggs are a few tablespoons of forgotten red pepper that was starting to feel slimy.  Sadly I never made fish cakes from the left over perch and week old fish is a bit sketchy.  On the far right is the remains for cinnamon sugar rice.  I made a double batch assuming that my kiddos would love it as much as I did growing up.  How could they not love it? Rice, cinnamon, sugar, milk, and raisins. These are all things they love.  Apparently they don't love them all together.  I could only handle eating so much cinnamon and sugar rice for breakfast before I gave up.

This smoked swiss cheese is hard as a rock but smells fine and has no mold so I think I might try to rescue it by using it as a grating cheese.

Friday, February 28, 2014

{This Moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual inspired by Soule Mamma.
In her words: "A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember." If you're inspired to do the same, head over to her blog and leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Food Waste Thursday

This week's food waste was much less than last week.  I found the 'melting' carrots jammed in the back of the fridge when putting away groceries today. The cottage cheese still looks and smells fine but since the expiration date was in January I decided to go ahead and toss it.  Better to be on the safe side than get sick just to save a half cup of cottage cheese.

Food Waste Thursday is inspired by The Frugal Girl

Friday, February 21, 2014

{This Moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual inspired by Soule Mamma.
In her words: "A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember." If you're inspired to do the same, head over to her blog and leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Food Waste Thursday

 I thought it might be fun to participate in The Frugal Girl's weekly link-up documenting what food was wasted during the week.  It really makes you realize how much food and money is being wasted by not paying attention to what is in the fridge and/or over buying.  I'm hoping to make this a {semi} regular post and hopefully documenting my food waste will help me to waste less and be a better steward of the things God has given me.

This week was a bit challenging on the food waste since a certain little toddler turned the fridge temp down to the coldest setting and I did not realize it till the next morning when the milk was frozen.  Improperly frozen fresh produce is much harder to use. I was able to rescue many of the veggies but the jalapeno, kale, lettuce, and green onion were getting old to begin with and the freeze put them over the edge. Also, almond milk precipitates into nasty chunks when frozen and I don't think even a smoothie would save it.


I was able to salvage a head of iceberg lettuce by stir frying it. Apparently this is actually the most common way to eat lettuce in China according to Scott. I tried making a skillet supper with some of the frozen zucchini but even in a cooked application they were unpleasantly mushy. So, with the remaining  two zucchini I made some bread. yum! I was even able to add a leftover sweet potato half to the bread for added moisture and nutrition.  The above picture is the most incredible spinach I have ever seen.  I thought it would be a goner after the fridge freeze but when I glanced at it, lo and behold, the majority of the spinach appeared quite fresh and crisp. I proceeded to sort through the leaves and the small pile is what I deemed compost and large pile is perfectly edible.  To makes things even more amazing the sell by date on the bag was Jan 30th!

Over all, I don't feel like I did too poorly with food waste this week (lets not talk about the baked oatmeal I ruined this week by absent-mindedly adding twice the required salt). I hope to improve this coming week. we shall see if having a weekly meal plan will reduce waste.  Will I stick to the schedule or will I go free stylin' with my cooking? If I deviated I wonder how well my changes will utilize the ingredients I have on hand.  Do you often have food in the fridge that you must toss because you forgot about it? How do you minimize the waste?