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And Her Little Stitch Fix Too – Requesting Closet Staples in Neutral Colors

It’s been a while since I’ve gotten a Fix, but I am so excited to share with you my latest one today! As I’ve been sharing for the past few months, I’ve really been slimming down my closet contents. I’m working on living with less and making my way towards a more minimalist wardrobe.

After Tidying Up – it was so much easier for me to see what I reach for to wear all the time, and what I don’t. So after clearing out what doesn’t bring me joy, I found I had some more room in my closet for some wardrobe staples.

So I decided to give Stitch Fix a call!

I requested classic silhouettes in neutral colors – black, white and grey. I’m trying to fill my closet up with more quality pieces that can be versatile, in those colors.

Because you can never go wrong with black, white or grey – amiright?

Here’s what I got, check it out and let me know what you think!

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41 Hawthorn Morgan Essential Boyfriend Cardigan – $58

I love this boyfriend cardigan. It is a thinner knit but feels like a dream. The button and pocket detail are really beautiful and it’s sort of the perfect layering piece as the seasons change.


// Riad Necklace / Wedges / Jeans / Leather Clutch

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Brina & Em Lemmy V-Neck Top – $38

Next up is this v-neck top. It’s hard to see in the photograph, but its a subtle black and white stripe pattern. This is a dressier fabric because it’s a nicer fabric. It’s a classic silhouette that could be dressed up or down for really any occasion. And because of the color, it’s an easy piece to accessorize any way you want!

// Wedges / Jeans / Leather Clutch

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Nine Britton Billie Tie Front Brushed Knit Top – $40

I pulled this top out of the box and immediately thought “Oh this is me” and it clearly is. I love a good brushed grey color and the side tie detail is so cute. I’m normally not a fan of a crew neck, but this one seems a bit bigger than the average crew, which I appreciate. It’s the perfect weight for the changing season as well!

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Pixley Carlin French Terry Hood Denim Jacket – $78

This was a fun piece to receive in my Fix because I have been on the hunt for a denim jacket in black, forever. I did however just pick up this one, which I think I prefer. But if you are looking for a casual black denim jacket with a grey hood, this is a great option! What do you think of the hood – like it or leave it?

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Emory Park Dulce 3/4 Sleeve Cross Front Knit Top – $38

And finally this little number. You can’t go wrong with classic black and I love the cross front detail. My favorite part of this top is the longer length and how its nice and how it has a nice flow, without being too much. I REALLY love this easy look all put together.

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Ok that’s it! Now I need your help! I’m going to have a hard time deciding that to keep from this Fix! As always, I love your thoughts and opinions – would love to know your favorite piece {or two} from this Fix!

Take the poll and let me know:


What Should I Keep?
 
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And don’t forget to use this link to have your fee waived and try out Stitch Fix {it’s awesome} with no risk! If you liked some of the pieces in this fix – you can totally request them!

Thanks so much for following along – I can’t wait to hear what you think!

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If you want to try Stitch Fix out for yourself, please use my referral link to sign up!

Don’t forget to catch up on my past Fixes by checking out my Stitch Fix page, which I just updated in reverse order so you can easily find the more current Fixes!

And just incase you aren’t Stitch Fix obsessed {like I am, duh!} – here’s some information on how you can try Stitch Fix out for yourself – Feel free to let you know if you have any questions!

Stitch Fix Details:

  • Get hand selected pieces fit for your style, shape, and budget straight from a professionally trained stylist along with expert advice on how to wear the pieces in your day-to-day.
  • Add notes for your stylist about the details and life events that matter to you so that she can get to know and better serve you over time.
  • Add a request in your note and share your Pinterest board of your favorite looks so that your stylist can find you exactly what you’re looking for.
  • When checking out of every Fix, leave detailed feedback on each item helps so that your stylist can choose even better pieces for your next Fix.
  • Once you receive your Fix, you have three days to try on your pieces – keep only what you love, send back the rest in the prepaid shipping bag. You’ll only be charged for the items you keep & love once you checkout from your Fix.
  • Stitch Fix knows that fit matters so they work with brands to ensure each piece has exceptional fit, construction, and fabrics across every category from blouses to dresses, denim to outerwear, shoes, handbags, accessories, and more.
  • No matter your style, size or budget, because Stitch Fix has 1000+ brands, including the ones you know and love, new emerging brands and their own exclusive labels, they’ll meet all of your needs.

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Five Friday Favorites: Rompers, Wedges, the Gorgeous Spring Weather and More!

It’s Friday and it’s been a crazy week! The highlight for sure was having my new friend Abigail from Intentional Order come over and help me COMPLETELY re-work my kitchen. I wanted to minimize it a ton, to make it more useable and since we are hoping to move soon, I wanted to sort through a bunch I could pack away now and also donate. It has been a whirlwind, but we made so much progress – working on the before and afters to share with you next week, stay tuned!

Because of that the blog took a bit of a backseat this week – but we are still here and chugging along and I wanted to celebrate it being Friday by sharing FIVE of my favorite things this week. Here’s what I’m loving right now…

// Romper / Shoes / Necklace {on sale!} / Earrings / Jacket

#1 – I am SERIOUSLY into rompers at the moment. I’m eyeing up any and everything that’s black and a one piece. They all look so cute and comfortable and easy to wear – especially during this transitional season.

I am really loving this one because of the fun criss cross on the back and the amazing price. The one is long in the torso, so a longer shirt underneath is what I would suggest. But it has pockets and its light and so cute with the bottom hems cuffed up! I can’t wait to wear it with sneakers, sandals, wedges, and maybe over a swimsuit too! What do you think?

And as a little treat, be sure to use the code: Q1andherlittledogtoo15 – for 15% off any order!

#2- Next up, my new favorite Earth Yarrow Espadrille Wedges. I am trying to add more black to my wardrobe, since I’m finding it a color I am reaching for more and more and I knew these would be a great addition to my Spring {and Summer AND Fall} looks! I love the closed toe and the scalloped detail. The ankle strap is velcro so its so easy to get on and off. It comes in a beautiful light tan as well, I’m contemplating getting them in another color because they are so comfortable and easy to wear!

Cute with the romper above and cuffed denim below! Wins all around!

#3 – Speaking of warmer weather, its been AMAZING the last few days to get out and really enjoy the sunshine in Philadelphia. We have been doing a tour of all the playgrounds and parks and it feels incredible to be outside.

The boys are loving every minute of it and can’t get enough. We’ve already spent about 3 hours outside today and are planning to go back for more!

#4 – I picked up this piece of wood at a Flea Market in the city years ago. It originally came with glass votives for candles, but a few had been broken over time. I loved the piece so much but I didn’t know what to do with it, so it sat in the basement for a long time. Last week I came across these succulents and thought they might work – and they fit PERFECTLY. I love this piece even now more than I did with the candles – and it looks so great going into the spring season.


#5 – A little random, but I am loving this little Blu Notebook I’ve been using lately. It is the first sketchbook made from pages with the unique look and feel of blueprint paper – something that has been really fun to get creative with. I’ve been using it for lists, sketching and fun line & graphing activities for the boys.

Now I’d love to hear something you are loving this week! And any fun plans you’ve got for the weekend – we are doing some House Hunting and plan to see WonderPark!

Learning to Ski : Our Experience at Spring Mountain – Ski Bees Winter Session

This Winter season I decided it was time to get some skies on the boys and hit the slopes and that’s exactly what we did!

My husband and I both learned to ski from a young age and we wanted to see if it was something the boys would enjoy as well. I did a little research on mountains in the Philadelphia area – I didn’t want to drive too far and I didn’t want to spend too much, but I did want to get the boys comfortable on skis this season – and I was able to find something that perfectly met our needs and I wanted to share our experience with you today!

Enter Spring Mountain.

I stumbled upon Spring Mountain in my google search for skiing in the area. And I am SO GLAD I did because its an absolute GEM!

Here’s the deal – it’s about 45 minutes away from Philadelphia – which is the perfect little day trip driving distance.

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Full Disclosure: This is NOT sponsored, I used our own money for this.

It also has the Ski Bees program – which is for 3 – 5 year olds {which happens to be Brooks & Graham, perfectly!} It’s a beginner course, which was great for my boys since it was their first time on skis.

Here’s the most amazing part ->

It was ONLY $90 for a 4 Week Session!

Whhhhhhaaaaatttt?!! Yes, you read that right. Under $100 for 4 week ski lessons AND….

It included {4} one hour lessons, ski rentals, boot rentals, lift tickets and helmets.

Done. I’ll take two please!

Maybe it’s not as good of a deal as I think it is, but I think it was a pretty amazing deal. Skiing is expensive with everything that goes along with it and I was so happy the folks at Spring Mountain made it affordable for kids to try something new this Winter season!

Another great thing about the weekly class was that the first week the boys were sized for everything and then the following weeks, when we got there for class, everything was set up waiting for us.

It was really lovely.

The boys were so excited to practice skiing and I’m so thankful they had such a good experience in this session. The teachers taught them the very basics from the very beginning, which was great – like putting on their own skis + boots along with the proper way to carry them.

Another perk was during the class, I got to sit by the fire pit and enjoy a coffee. It was the most magical time of my week the past month!

Once the kiddos were all geared up, the first two weeks they played games in the snow and got them comfortable being in ski boots. If you’ve ever been in ski boots before, you know its a totally different feeling and way of walking – so this was a great way to get them feeling good about their gear.

And for all my Philly friends with kiddos – Spring Mountain is THE PERFECT mountain to learn to ski on, because it’s just the right size for learning.

It’s also just the size size for anyone who loves to ski but doesn’t want to travel too far or break the bank. Wins all around.

After their first two sessions getting comfortable in skis and boots, it was all about the “pizza” {when your skis are wedged together to stop} and “French fries” {skis straight, knees bent down the mountain} – both my boys are pretty fearless when it comes to stuff like this, so they were more than willing to just let it ride!

The boys took to it really well and really seemed to enjoy their time in their class and on the mountain in general – After his class, Brooks told me he didn’t need my help, because he could ski all on his own now. Ha.

The last day they took the kids up and down the “Magic Carpet” which they stood on and it whisked them, very slowly – up the hill for them to get some actual runs in.

They did fantastic!

Check out this IG Video to see how amazing they did on their last lesson – I was super impressed with how much they were able to learn in 4 short classes.

Aside from the cost and the location the classes itself were really great because of how many instructors they had. There were about 2 kids to 1 teacher – which was incredible.

And did I mention the iced coffee + views while the kiddos were in class?!

On the last day I was able to go onto the mountain with the boys and we got some extra runs in on the magic carpet for an additional hour – which was so much fun for all of us. They were so excited to get to show me their moves and really see what they could do ‘on their own’ – since they had their skis and boots on for the day, plus their lift tickets, it was a great way to take advantage of some extra fun on the slopes.

But me running around the mountain with two very new ‘skiers’ was definitely a workout for me.

These boys like to keep me on my toes.

So I hope this was helpful for anyone who is thinking about something like this for next year – we will definitely be taking advantage again because we had a great experience and the boys had an absolute blast.

I think Brooks has asked to go skiing almost every day since!

As the kiddos get older there are longer class options for them as well – so parents can get a few runs in if they want to ski or just enjoy a hot chocolate by the fire.

Either works!

Now I’d love to know if your little ones have been skiing and at what age did you start them ? Please share – and if you’ve been to any awesome mountains in the Philadelphia area, please let me know that as well!

How To Make: Rainbow Rice And Our Favorite Sensory + Learning Toys to Play with It!

Something I’ve been seeing Rainbow Rice all over the Instagram world for the kiddos, I decided to do a little research and create some for my boys!

Turns out its pretty much the easiest thing ever to make – so I thought I would put up a little post for anyone who is invested in trying it out and just needs a little visual motivation that it’s so quick and simple!

All you need is: 1) Rice 2) Food Coloring 3) Vinegar – easy as that!

I used 1/2 cup of rice for each color that I created. I put the rice in a gallon ziplock bag, added in a few drops of food coloring {I didn’t measure} and then a ‘glug’ of vinegar – not much, maybe a 1/4 cup. Seal up the ziplock bag and shake, Shake, SHAKE! Here you can add any additional food coloring or vinegar to get the right shade you want, but it’s just kids Rainbow Rice, so I didn’t fuss. But I was super happy with how my colors came out!

I put the colored rice on a piece of foil and let it dry for an hour or so. I did this for each of the colors I created – as you can see, I ended up making six!

Side Note: You can use any sort of pasta or grain or bean and color it! Options, folks!

So now the rice is made, after it dried I sectioned it out into this little container I picked up in the Target Dollar spot {love it there!} – Then I wanted to share with you what we have used to play with it once its out and about!

But first, how gorgeous are these colors?!

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First up, something I gave the boys to use was the Peg People I made for them a few weeks ago – we color matched the families and it sort of worked out perfectly that we had all the same colors of the rice {not planned}

I love these Peg People. They make me happy.

Next up, the Story Stones.

I haven’t shared a post on the creation of these yet, it’s coming soon – but we loved to color match these with the rice and it was a fun conversation started with all the colors and fun images!

Plus Plus!

I wish I knew about these things sooner because they are SO MUCH FUN! We have loved creating things with them in the rice. They are great on their own and even better with pretty rice!

We have been getting A TON of use out of these counting and sorting color vehicles – with no end in sight. They come in a bunch of other options other than cars and trucks – there are dinosaurs, bears, pets – we just like the vehicles! I see us using these so much in the future for counting and math fun, but the boys loved them in the rice too!

I just picked up these silicone cups the other day – and wouldn’t you know it, they are so much fun in Rainbow Rice !

Add in some Color Changing spoons – which EVERY mama of kiddos needs to get, add to your Easter Basket or whatever – and we are good to go. Love these things!

For a little discovery + extra sensory play, we’ve had fun adding magnatiles and other magnets to the rice mix! Just another fun thing to explore!

Also – Alphabots! Which are a favorite of the boys! We love playing with these letter (and number!} toys because they are great for creating small words, equations and the boys enjoy turning them into the robots. These make an awesome gift for any kiddo!

And finally {for now!} Dinosaurs!

We got this dinosaur pack of 12 as a gift and its amazing! The boys love to play and pretend with these different Dinos – and this kit is extra cool because it came with a book that tells you all about the different ones. I personally really like the colors and cool detail. Either way, they are fun to play with in the rice!

This is just a taste of what we use to play with our new favorite rice – and of course I had to document it with our favorite toys BEFORE it got all mixed together and crazy. Now I’d love to hear from you – have you ever made Rainbow Rice or Rainbow pasta? What do you use to play with it?

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