December 17, 2014

Healthworks Children's Museum

Last month, I decided to take the kids and head out to the Healthworks! Kid's Museum in South Bend. We had never been before but when I showed Marley pics of it she was so excited to go. 

It was smaller than I expected but they kids had fun running from one thing to the next. We were the only ones there for a while so that was nice too. 

This was probably her second favorite thing after the virtual dodgeball game

They had a little garden and grocery store set up. Marley liked this a lot too. 

After we left the museum we headed over to the South Bend Chocolate Factory Cafe for lunch. It was delicious. We ate, bought some candy, then headed across the street for cupcakes before heading home.

It was a fun day just me and the kiddos and we will definitely go back some time soon. 

December 16, 2014

Stitch Fix Review

A few months ago, I signed up for Nadine West and I also signed up for Stitch Fix.  They are basically the same, but in the end I only decided to continue on with one of them.

My big box arrived and inside were my clothes all nicely wrapped up and a letter that explains the whole process. There were also style cards that showed what to pair each item with to create an awesome outfit. 

First thing I tried on was this yellow shirt. I really liked it. Yellow is my favorite color and I have a thing for stripes. However, the price is what was the deciding factor. $58  That's about $40 more than I normally spend on shirts. So I decided to pass. 

Next up was this chevron tank and infinity scarf. I didn't like the scarf at all. It was big and bulky and I just didn't like the feel of it. It was $38. 

The tank was very comfortable and I really liked it. However, at $54 it was also out of my budget. 

I passed on both of these. 

Next up were these boyfriend jeans. Super comfortable and they fit really well.  They were $68. 

I also received this gray asymmetrical cardigan. It's fit was a little weird for me and I really didn't think I would wear it that often to justify spending $58 on it. 

I also passed on both of these items. 

Whatever you don't keep you just stick in the prepaid envelope and return. However, you do have to pay a $20 styling fee before your items are sent to you. If you buy something that $20 is deducted from the amount. If you don't buy anything you lose that $20. I decided that I would return everything so I unfortunately lost my $20 styling fee. I also decided that all of these items were way out of my price range and I couldn't just keep spending $20 each month with the possibility of not getting anything so I decided to not continue with my subscription.  I have a few friends that receive Stitch Fix boxes and really like the items they receive. For now, I'm just sticking with Nadine West

*This post is not sponsored by Stitch Fix or Nadine West. The links are affiliate links, but I purchased Stitch Fix and Nadine West on my own and was in no way compensated for this review from either company*

December 15, 2014

Busy Bag Swap Ideas

In the past 6-7 months we've participated in two busy bag swaps. If you don't know what busy bags are, they're basically just small learning activities that help kids engage in fine motor skills. The nice thing is they fit into a small bag so they are great for in the car or at a restaurant. 

With the swaps, each mom made multiples of the same bag, then when we met we each took one from each mom and ended up with lots of different bags. We have 25 total now and Mason plays with them all the time. 

Here's what we ended up with after our second swap. 

The next day I went and picked up some pencil pouches at the Dollar Tree to put them in because Mason was tearing the bags. Each pouch has two compartments so there's two activities per pouch. So nice to just grab one as we're walking out the door. 

I'll be back with some more posts later this month looking closer at what each bag is in case you're interested in making some of your own. 

December 12, 2014

Mason's big boy room

We moved into our house in May of this year, and I don't feel like any room is really complete. Until now. Mason's room is about the only room that has the right furniture and decorations.

He is no longer in his crib and we got him this awesome firetruck bed.  I also picked up some car border on clearance at Menards and a few car canvas prints also on clearance at Hobby Lobby. 

He does need new carpet like all the other bedrooms, but for now his room is complete. 

He does great in his bed and doesn't get out at night time or when he naps. He waits for us to come get him out, which is awesome.  

Next room to finish is Marley's and I have huge plans for her closet / soon to be art space. Can't wait to get started.