[A Day in the Life] January 10, 2017.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Even though these are so time consuming to do, I like to have them to look back on to see what a typical day is like. Plus I think life is going to be changing tremendously once Mason starts kindergarten in the fall, so I want to remember what life is like now.

Today is Tuesday, January 10, 2017. Seth is 34 years old, I am 32 years old, and Mason is almost 4 1/2 years old.



5:00am -- My alarm goes off. Hit snooze.

5:09am -- Snooze alarm goes off again. Hit snooze. Again. I don't remember hitting snooze this time?

5:18am -- Snooze alarm goes off again. Hit snooze. AGAIN.

5:22am -- I get a text. What time is it???

5:29am -- I FINALLY decide to get up. It annoys Seth to no end that I hit snooze so many times since his alarm goes off at 5:30am and he should get up then to get ready for work. I do this every morning. I'm sure he hates me. I get out of bed RIGHT before his alarm goes off so he thinks I'm up on time. I'm not. Ever. I put in my contacts, brush my teeth, and shower.

5:52am -- Out of the shower and head back into our room to get ready for the day.

5:56am -- I think I hear Mason moving. We still use the monitor (and I probably will until the thing dies on me because I'm nosy and like to see what he's doing in there) so I click to see if he's up.  He is moving, so I think maybe wake up won't be as bad today as it has been the past couple days (I've had to wake him up instead of him waking on his own) but who knows, he'll probably fall back asleep.

6:01am -- He's covered himself back up (which he can't seem to do at 2am but can do at 6am???) and is back asleep. I'm screwed for wake up for sure.

6:01-6:38am -- I text the person back who texted me, make to do list notes to myself, and get ready. It takes me ten times as long to get ready in the morning because I'm always so distracted by texting, checking my email/Facebook/Instagram, and trying to jot down things I don't want to forget. Everyday. You'd think I'd learn to ignore my phone, but I don't. I do my make up, dry my hair, and straighten it. It's Day 3 of my new hair cut and I'm impressed with myself that I've continued to do it every morning instead of just put it in bun like normal. Getting my hair cut short did what I wanted it to do and I'm back to actually getting ready fully in the mornings rather than just throwing my hair up. every. day.

6:38am -- I'm finally done. I head downstairs and turn on my computer (that I rarely do anymore since I've been so late lately but had a couple things I wanted to check and do real fast). I finish writing a card to my friend for her baby shower so I can mail it this morning while Mason is at speech.

7:03am -- Realize I'm definitely running late and figure out what to make myself for lunch to take to work, for breakfast right now, and head upstairs to wake Mason up. I hate having to wake him up in the mornings because he obviously is still tired and I just feel bad in general having to wake him from sleeping. Never wake a sleeping baby [child]. Every morning that I have to wake him up, I wish I didn't have to work and I could stay home and let him sleep as long as he wanted. Though I'm sure that's a double edged sword where if I had my way, he'd wake up at 4:30am everyday. The grass isn't always greener like we assume.



7:19am -- I've finally woken Mason up and we head downstairs for our respective breakfasts. I get him some milk and put a waffle in the toaster for him and I pour myself some honey nut cheerios and add some strawberries on top. I hope that I can finish it in the next 10 minutes so I can run upstairs and get myself changed, grab Mason's clothes, and get back downstairs to change him and leave by 7:40am. I don't have high hopes but challenge accepted!



7:43am -- We finally leave the house, a little later than I’d like, but hopefully we won’t be late.

7:54am -- We arrive at the school with just enough time to park, take a selfie (#priorities), and walk down the street to the classroom. He grabs my hand to hold it while we walk down the street and my heart practically explodes. I LOVE when HE initiates the hand holding!



8:00am -- I drop Mason off at speech, walk back to the car, head to post office to mail my letter and check the PO Box, and stop at Starbucks. It's a sad day because it's officially officially not red cup season anymore (I got one the week before and it made me happy) AND there are no more holiday drinks (I was loving the Chestnut Praline Latte!). I debate trying the new Butterscotch Latte, but decide to just go with my boring Vanilla Latte. It tastes good but I'm disappointed. I should have branched out. 



I head back to the school, park, make some calls, post a picture on Instagram, scroll through Instagram and Facebook, text Desiree, and wait for it to be time to go back to get Mason. Facebook tells me that On This Day in 2012, we announced that we were pregnant with Mason!



8:55am -- I get out of car and walk to get Mason.

9:00am -- Pick Mason up at speech and head back to the car to drop Mason off at school and head to work.

9:15am -- Arrive at Mason's school and drop him off.

9:28-10:52am -- Arrive at work. I talk to my co-workers, get messages from any calls that I missed, check emails, check voicemails, and have some oranges for a snack. Do some odds and ends while waiting for my co-worker to get to work with the mail. I feel like it seems like I've done nothing at all, yet the time has gone by so quickly.


10:52 -- Have some time before my co-worker gets here with the mail, so I check for transfer information for Mason for kindergarten on the school district's website. It's finally posted!

11:10am-3:30pm -- My co-worker arrives with the mail. I process the payments, call the customers to confirm their passes for this weekend's event will be held at will call for them, have lunch, print their passes, update the will call list, and get everything put away in it's proper area. Send more emails, get the deposit information ready, and send off an email with our updated numbers to the bosses.


3:30pm -- Leave work, head to the bank to make our deposit, and then head home. Softball is canceled for Seth due to the rain and he is able to get Mason after work, so I head home to get some stuff done.

4:00pm -- Arrive home.

4:02pm -- Drop all my stuff off on the counter and immediately go upstairs to get changed into leggings and fuzzy sock slippers.


4:05pm -- Tackle the to do list which includes making a to do list (transferring from my phone to my planner) and adding things to the to do list that I already did... just so I could check them off (sad, but true).

4:06-5:30pm -- Get some Oreos and some milk. Forgot to take my antibiotic for my cold after lunch and (even though I still feel mostly full from lunch and it would probably be ok) it says to take with food or with milk... so cookies and milk it is! Look up umbrellas on Amazon. We've literally gotten more rain in the past month than we have in the past four years and I don't think my umbrella is used to being used so much. Also probably need to invest in an umbrella for Mason because carrying him and an umbrella is not working so well anymore. Since when do umbrellas cost $25?? I thought they only cost like $10... but maybe that was back in 2000 when I probably bought the one I have now. Submit reimbursement form for our Dependent Care Flex Spending Account.


5:30pm -- Put dinner in the oven that Seth prepped the night before. Get broccoli ready.

5:52pm -- Seth and Mason come home.

5:53pm -- Mason runs over to me to say hi and immediately wants to play trains.


5:57pm -- That was short lived. Now he wants to play Hot Dots.


6:10pm -- Dinner is ready. This is crazy early for us. Normally Seth doesn't even start it until 6pm, but since we prepped the night before thinking that he would be at softball during dinner time (and I could just pop it in the oven to heat up), it made it fast and easy. We're having the enchilada bake from the Mix and Match Mama's Eats cookbook that I got for Christmas.


6:48pm -- I realize that President Obama's farewell address is on TV and turn it on.

7:00-7:30pm -- President Obama's speech is over and it's bath time! I get the water ready and then get Mason. I attempt to "shoot for Cheerios" (our encouragement to use the potty) but he refuses. Seriously, why is it so frustrating to argue with a kid?? I say he needs to try and he just says no over and over. I say yes and he says no. I feel like my parents are laughing at me knowing this is happening right now... We finish the bath and get changed, brush teeth, add oils to the diffuser, and then make our way downstairs to watch one show before bed time.



7:30-8:00pm -- Paw Patrol.

8:00pm -- Seth takes Mason upstairs to read a book and go to bed.

8:13pm -- I'm guessing story time is over now because Mason starts yelling out "Daddy! Daddy! Daddy! Daddy!" in the MOST heart breaking voice. He's normally amazing at going to bed, but every so often he goes through these spurts of not being able to go to bed alone. Sometimes he falls asleep just fine but then cries around midnight and we bring him into our bed. (This doesn't always work or last long because he KICKS and I am always at the foot to the face end and he kicked me so hard in the mouth the other night that Seth brought him back to his room). Recently (the past two nights), he cries like something is terribly wrong when you try to leave him in his room. Monday night I had to lay in there until he fell asleep and I'm guessing that's what Seth is doing right now too.


9:00-10:00pm -- THIS. IS. US. I love this show so much!

10:01pm -- It's a miracle I made it to this late at night! Lately I've been falling asleep at like 8:02pm, right after Mason goes to bed, so it's impressive that the show kept my attention while laying on the couch and I didn't fall asleep.

10:02pm-11:00pm -- Finish some stuff on the computer, jot down some notes for this post, get it started a bit, and then head to bed... still shocked that I made it to this late at night! Take out contacts and head to bed.

11:00pm -- Good night!


[$10 at Target] January.

Monday, January 16, 2017

I'm excited to be back again today co-hosting this link up with Becky and some other fabulous ladies!  If you posted today as well, don't forget to link up with us below and then hop around and check out how the rest of my co-hosts (and everyone else!) spent their $10!




For this month's $10 at Target, I really had no clue what I was looking for.... again. I thought at first that I would get some goodies in the dollar section since Valentine's Day is coming up, but by the time I got there, a lot had been picked over and all the good stuff was gone. I seriously should have looked on the day after Christmas or something! People at my Target are intense. But regardless, I was still able to find some good stuff!


Window clings, a heart garland, some Oreos, and a heart dish. The window clings are for Mason to decorate the window for Valentine's Day. I had wanted more, but again, the whole section was totally picked over and I randomly found these sitting on top of some other stuff that they didn't even belong with, so I settled for one. This heart garland is super cute and while I am not 100% sure where I'm going to hang it yet, the hearts are made out of wood and then painted, and I just couldn't pass it up.

Mint Oreos... how I love thee. You see, one day a while back, I sent Seth to the grocery store. On the list? Oreos. I expected our normal double stuffed ones, but he came back with mint. Ugh. Mint? I was pretty mad (so silly!) because they "weren't what I wanted". I mean, I love mint! But I just didn't expect these. Begrudgingly, I ate some and I LOVED them. They literally taste like Girl Scout Cookies Thin Mints and are amazing. I was craving some Thin Mints and since it's not Girl Scout Cookie season yet, I splurged on these! Plus it was about time I bought some food again, right? ;)

I've been wanting to put my jewelry in some sort of cute dish that isn't the paper box that it came in for some time now and this fits the bill!


So, how'd I do on my budget?
Since I bought these along with some other items, I don't have a receipt to show, but here's the breakdown.

Window Clings : $1.00
Heart Garland : $3.00
Mint Oreos : $2.99
Heart Tray : $3.00
Minus RED Card discount : ($0.50)
Tax (8%) : $0.76

Total : $10.25

Over again! Oops.

I guess that's what happens when you spend $10 and your discount isn't as much as your tax is. But hey, a quarter is not that bad!


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Next month, we'll be sharing our hauls on Monday, February 20th. Mark your calendars, get your shopping on, and link up with us on the 20th and show us what you got!






[Stitch Fix] Fix #13 -- Help Me Choose!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

This post contains affiliate links but, as always, all opinions are my own. If you use my affiliate link, I may receive a small commission.

It's fix reveal day (again)! One of my favorite days! Gosh, I went like two months without posting anything about Stitch Fix and now within two days, I have two posts! When it rains, it pours... amazing clothes ;)


In case you haven't heard of Stitch Fix, it's basically a personal shopping service. You fill out your online profile by answering some questions about likes/dislikes, style, sizing, etc and then can write a note about what you're interested in as well as link a Pinterest style board to help your stylist know what you're looking for and what you're style is. Then your personal stylist gathers some items that she thinks you'd like and sends them to you. You try them on in the comfort of your own home and decide what you do and don't want to keep and then you have three days to send back whatever you don't want. Easy peasy! The styling fee is $20 and if you send back all the items, you lose the $20. If you keep one (or more) items, they deduct the $20 styling fee from your total and you pay the difference. And if you keep all five items, they deduct the $20 from the total and you get a 25% discount on all the items. Pretty great! If you're interested in signing up, if you want to use my referral code then I'll get small credit to my account and will be forever grateful.

If you missed it yesterday, I revealed that for my 12th Fix, I had requested a new stylist. While I did like my old stylist, I felt like she was thisclose to nailing my actual style. I always liked the things she sent me, but they just weren't quite me. So, I requested Desiree's stylist, Raquel. I always LOVE everything that Desiree gets in her fixes and figured that if we had a similar style, that Raquel would surely hit the nail on the head for me too. And sure enough.... SHE DID! Check out my FIRST 5/5 fix here!


For this fix, I finally was able to do something that I've been wanting to do -- I've been wanting to schedule a fix to arrive on a weekend day so I could take pictures and then post and have you guys help me choose what to keep. For almost all of my fixes, I schedule it, I take pictures, I decide what to keep, and then a couple weeks later, I post about it, and you all LOVE something that I sent back and I immediately regret sending it back. No more! I still have time to check out and need your input! For this fix, I asked for Raquel again... so you know it's going to be good ;)

So now... on to my fix!

Papermoon | Cresson Knit Top
Size : M | Color : Blue | $38


 


I had actually forgotten that I pinned this top until Raquel mentioned it! When I saw it on Pinterest, I loved the blue color and I loved the stripes. I also loved that the sleeves were a solid blue whereas the body was striped. When I got it in person, it was a lot more "see through" than I envisioned. I'm not really sure if "see through" is the right word, but the stitching is not very tight and if you hold it up to the light (or... don't wear a tank top underneath), you could totally see through it (or see your bra through it). In this picture, I paired it with a black tank top underneath and looking at the picture, you can't even really tell it's there except at the bottom. When I first tried it on, I thought it was a bit too boxy/big, but looking at these pictures, I kind of like it! Ahh. It's funny how you can think one way when you first see something, then try it on, feel the same way, and then see a picture and think a completely different way. Thoughts??

(PS Mason insisted on being in lots of my pictures this time, which I thought was super cute. In one a little bit further down, he even tried to pose like me!)

My Thoughts : Undecided.


Market & Spruce | Wilco Solid Quilted Vest
Size : M | Color : Dark Green | $68





I must admit, I was pretty excited to get a vest in my fix! This quilted vest wasn't quite the type I was thinking of wanting, I was looking for something more like my jacket from my 12th fix (that type of material), but this was still super cute none the less! I love the green and I love the idea of the vest but... I'm just not sure how often I'd wear it! It is a little small for my liking and was super tight in the bust area when I zipped it up. You can't tell in the picture, but it's very snug. The pockets are also a little higher than I think they should be, which I think would be annoying to me. I like the idea, I like the look of my outfit... but there's just something that I can't fully commit to.

My Thoughts : Leaning Towards Returning.


Laila Jayde | Bowie Solid Dolman Sleeve Top
Size : M | Color : Grey | $58



I love dolmans! There was a time when my stylist would send me a dolman and I'd automatically keep it because it was a dolman. My love runs deep. That being said, I'm leaning towards keeping this one! You can't tell since I'm wearing a scarf, but it is a v-neck dolman. It's solid grey and SUPER soft and comfortable. I don't really NEED another dolman, but I love the simplicity of this outfit and how it looks super cute and put together, yet still casual.

My Thoughts : Leaning Toward Keeping.




Liverpool | Elizabeth Super Skinny Jean
Size : 10 | Color : Black | $78



THESE JEANS. They aren't quite my beloved Kut from the Kloth jeans, but they are pretty amazing! I actually had some blue ones sent to me many fixes ago and the stretchy, maternity pant-like waistband is what turned me off. But this time... that part is what made me want them! No, I am not pregnant, but for those of you who have had kids, wasn't that the best part of the pants? No buttons! I love the fact that there is no button on these because sometimes that annoying button sticks out and then your shirt pokes out funny and sometimes you just want the shirt to lay flat! 

These jeans were overall super comfortable though slightly tight in the waist. Obviously you don't want them to be too big so they fall off and they fit everywhere else (a flattering skinny jean), so I'm seriously thinking of keeping them!

My Thoughts : Probably Keep.




DV8 | Bria Wedge Bootie
Size : 9 | Color : Taupe | $80




When I first pulled these booties out of the box, I was excited and then disappointed. I really don't need any new booties as I have one pair that I rarely wear, but the detailing on the side made them so cute!!! I also wasn't sure about how I'd feel about there being a heel, but I kept an open mind and tried them on.

First thoughts, I like them! The color is perfect, the detailing on the side is amazing, and they were actually pretty comfortable for having a heel!

Second thoughts, I don't need them and I'd probably never wear them... or not often enough to justify the $80 price tag. That and I'd really prefer less of a heel. That and they were a little bit big (though I'm sure I could exchange, or at least try).

My Thoughts : Leaning Toward Returning.

This is where you come in now! Help! What should I keep? What should I return? I truly like them all, but really should NOT spend that much to make it a 5/5. Plus there was some fit issues and things I just don't need. But I want to hear your input! What do you think looks best?

Please help! What should I keep? What should I return?










[Stitch Fix] Fix #12 -- Spoiler Alert: My FIRST 5/5!

Monday, January 9, 2017

This post contains affiliate links but, as always, all opinions are my own. If you use my affiliate link, I may receive a small commission.

It's fix reveal day! One of my favorite days! And I'm SUPER excited to reveal this fix to you as it was (spoiler alert!) my VERY first ever 5/5!

Looking back on my previous posts, I see the last fix I blogged was my Fix #9 and this is Fix #12... I'm not really sure where #10 is, but #11 I didn't blog because I really wasn't overly excited about any of it. I kept one pair of pants that I ended up exchanging sizes for, but other than that, it wasn't really worth sharing (sadly). But then there's the mystery Fix #10 that I'm not even sure what I got in it. Hmm. Never the less, let's move in to the best fix yet! I got this fix back in December, hence the photos with the Christmas tree. I usually like to take my pictures outside, since the lighting in my house is terrible, but it rained all weekend, and I had to return my fix so... you gotta do what you gotta do :)


In case you haven't heard of Stitch Fix, it's basically a personal shopping service. You fill out your online profile by answering some questions about likes/dislikes, style, sizing, etc and then can write a note about what you're interested in as well as link a Pinterest style board to help your stylist know what you're looking for and what you're style is. Then your personal stylist gathers some items that she thinks you'd like and sends them to you. You try them on in the comfort of your own home and decide what you do and don't want to keep and then you have three days to send back whatever you don't want. Easy peasy! The styling fee is $20 and if you send back all the items, you lose the $20. If you keep one (or more) items, they deduct the $20 styling fee from your total and you pay the difference. And if you keep all five items, they deduct the $20 from the total and you get a 25% discount on all the items. Pretty great! If you're interested in signing up, if you want to use my referral code then I'll get small credit to my account and will be forever grateful.

For this fix, I had requested a new stylist. While I did like my old stylist, I felt like she was always thisclose to nailing my actual style, but never quite got there. I always liked the things she sent me, but they just weren't quite me. So, I requested Desiree's stylist, Raquel. I always LOVE everything that Desiree gets in her fixes and figured that if we had a similar style, that Raquel would surely hit the nail on the head for me too. And sure enough.... SHE DID!


I love that she actually referenced my Pinterest board AND my blog (and mentioned Mason!) because I feel like she really got to know me and know what kind of things I would like. And sure enough, it worked.

So now... on to my fix!

41Hawthorn | Lizzy Colorblock Striped Sweater
Size : M | $68



This sweater was one that I saw people getting in their fixes forever ago. I saw it on Pinterest and pinned it forever ago also and thought that it was out of season/style and that I'd never get it, but I thought it would give my stylist an idea of the type of style of sweater that I liked, so I left it. I was seriously so surprised to get it in my fix and loved it from the minute I tried it on. I will say... it is SLIGHTLY shorter than my liking, but I added a gray top underneath and it worked well. I love the pop of color in the stripes on the sleeves, the fact that the stripes don't go all the way down the sleeves, and that the stripes on the body of the sweater are a different color. Apparently I just love stripes!

Verdict : Kept!



Papermoon | Belford Raglan Knit Top
Size : M | $48




This shirt is so comfy and I love the "baseball tee" type feel to it. Looking at the picture, I realize that my jeans are too dark for the top (or maybe it's the lighting?), but let me tell you, this shirt is so easy to throw on and go. It's so soft and lightweight. I've been really loving LuLaRoe lately as well and love the baseball tee type Irma's with the one colored body and another colored sleeve, so this was a fun item to see come in my fix! I also love that it's a little shorter in the front and a little longer in the back.

Verdict : Kept!



Market & Spruce | Chaplin Lined Hooded Anorak Jacket
Size : M | $94





I was head over heels with this jacket before I even tried it on! I mean... the army green color... the pop of coral... the striped interior. All the heart eyes!

I often have issues with jackets where they fit in the body and if I don't move my arms, but if I try to move my arms or reach for something, I feel like I'm going to rip the jacket. So I tend to stick to sweatshirts. But sweatshirts are so un-cute. But this jacket... perfection! It is SLIGHTLY tighter than I would prefer, but upon asking Seth and asking some people on the SF Facebook board, I decided that sizing up would make it too big in the body and that if I felt comfortable (which I do), then I should keep this size. So with that, kept!

Verdict : Kept!



Loveappella | Dawnty Pullover Hooded Knit Top
Size : M | $58


This was another item that I had pinned that Raquel was able to find for me. I've mentioned before, but my work is super casual, and I dress super casual in my regular life too. I saw this shirt on Pinterest and thought it looked cozy and comfy (Loveappella is always SO soft!) and thought I'd love to try it. Well, it didn't disappoint! I love the teal detailing and I love how soft it is. It's a 3/4 length sleeve which is perfect for Southern California. Everything about this shirt makes me want to wear it all the time!

Verdict : Kept!



Kut from the Kloth | Dayna Skinny Jean
 Size : 10 | $88



Kut from the Kloth has been my favorite jeans brand ever since I got my most favorite jean shorts EVER back in my 5th fix back in April 2016. In fact, I loved them so much that I went online to try to find them so I could have another pair (Nordstrom (on sale!) for the win!).

The lighting in these pictures is TERRIBLE so it's probably hard to see how amazing these jeans are, but trust me. AMAZING. (See them better here // here). The thing that is so great about Kut from the Kloth is that they have a slight stretch to them, but not enough that they get stretched out over the course of wearing the jeans during the day (or week straight - no judging!) that you wear them. They are skinny and form fitting and FLATTERING and perfect in every way. I don't know where KFTK has been all my life, but I want all the jeans from them. Sadly, I didn't have any luck finding these online to order another one, so Raquel... if you find any, please send them my way!

Verdict : Kept!


So, if you're keeping track (and, uhh, read my title lol!), I ended up keeping... EVERYTHING! My first 5/5! I was seriously so excited that not only was Raquel new to me, but she TOTALLY hit it out of the park. I'm so happy I branched out and took a chance and asked for a new stylist. She totally gets me and I loved every single thing she sent me.

Stay tuned tomorrow for my latest fix and a chance to help me choose what to keep! Normally I schedule my fix, take pictures, choose by myself what I want to keep, and then blog it when I have a chance. And then reading your comments, I totally regret sending something back and wish I would have kept it.

After reading one of my posts a while back, my sister in law, Cindy, suggested that I have people give me feedback and help me choose what to keep. GENIUS! I had wanted to do that for this fix, but I loved everything and didn't need help choosing what to keep, so tomorrow's reveal is finally that day!

So, tell me... do you agree with my choices?










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