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Thursday, August 31, 2017

I got my best Stitch Fix ever.
I've only gotten a few Stitch Fix boxes, but this one was the best one yet! My stylist totally nailed it. It helped that I really went back and edited my profile and made it more specific. I knew as soon as I took these pieces out of the box I'd be keeping them. In fact, I took the tags off and wore them right out to dinner.  It's a navy blue scalloped tank top (perfect to dress up or down!) and a pair of the most comfortable seersucker shorts. (that don't photograph so well, ha!) 

I suddenly like coffee.
Well, only iced coffee. My dad drinks an entire pot every morning, and completely black - and I've always been repulsed by it! I have to blame my little brother for this one. We babysat my nephew together one day this summer, and on our way to a free museum we popped into a local coffee shop. He ordered me an iced coffee because I was dying of thirst by that point. I hesitated, but ended up really enjoying it. In fact, I slurped it down really quickly. 

Then he helped me figure out what to order at Starbucks to get a similar flavor, and I'm obsessed. I've ordered so many that I got to Starbucks gold level in a matter of a few weeks and I'm not sure if I should be proud of that or ashamed. 

This is what I got in my latest Grove shipment. 
I did not think I was going to love getting my cleaning products from Grove so much! It's so nice not to have to add this kind of stuff to my grocery list, and also great to have to not store bulk supplies in my limited cabinet space. This is what I got in my latest shipment...obviously I love Method! That hand sanitizer gel and lip balm were free! 

I made a skirt!!
My mom was supposed to teach me to sew ages ago, but we never got around to it. I've always wanted to learn! A friend of mine has been making the cutest clothes for herself and grandkids and when I expressed interest in learning she was so excited to help me. Before I knew it I was buying some fabric at Hobby Lobby and within 2 afternoons I made a skirt! She helped me a lot, but she also let me mess up a lot! It's not perfect, so don't look too close. I'm really proud of it though and we are already talking about our next project.

This isn't the best picture, but hopefully you can see the gist. I learned to sew in a zipper, I learned how to put in an elastic waist and I learned how to do that gathering at the top. 

We made 2 excellent recipes recently.
I've been a vegetarian for a solid month now, and it has been such a cool shake up to our meal planning each week. We still definitely do taco night at least once a week, but I've been on the hunt for new easy and tasty recipes too.
These two recipes were real winners and many of you asked me to share what we've found! Both were incredibly delicious and we will be making both again, often.


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  1. That Mexican noodle soup looks amazing... I love all soups. Haha!
    My aunt owns a fabric shop and she bought me a sewing machine years ago and she kept telling me to come to her retreats and learn to sew... I FINALLY did last month and I made a Halloween apron. It's insane how proud of it I am ;) Haha! Your skirt is adorable! I think gathering fabric like that is so nerve wracking. Haha!
    I've never heard of Grove but it sounds amazing because I only use cruelty free products at home. Now I'm going to have to look into it for sure!

    1. Awesome! The gathering part was so tedious but my mom said they used to have to do that kind of thing by hand-so I stopped complaining! Share pictures of your arpon!

  2. That skirt looks awesome!! I'm so impressed! I've always wanted to be crafty and learn how to sew. My mom does it as well but she hasn't really taught me either!

    Katherine |

    1. Thanks! It's funny how everybody used to know how to sew, but our generation doesn't. Probably because you can go out to the mall now and grab something really cheap.

  3. Your skirt is amazing! Great job. I love that fabric choice.

    I have always wanted to try Stitch Fix but the price keeps scaring me off. I keep thinking about it though.

    I am not a coffee drinker either. You've turned, huh? LOL.

    Happy Friday to you!

    1. Thanks! The fabric wasn't what I originally thought I'd end up with but it has so many great colors in it that I knew I could wear several different tops with it.
      The prices on Stitch Fix are definitely not bargains! You can include your price range in your profile, and I think the quality of most pieces are worth the price tag. I did receive a skirt one time that was cheap looking and was very expensive, but I just sent it back with no problem.
      And, I wouldn't cally myself a coffee drinker yet! I only like one drink and it has to be exactly right, hah!

  4. I am seriously impressed with your skirt making skills! And ah - maybe I need to do Stitch Fix again, I love love that navy scalloped tank.

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

  5. This was such a fun post! You're right- that Stitch Fix was a total winner! And WOW to your skirt making skills!! That is awesome! I'm totally not handy at all so i'm super impressed :)



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