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Have you heard of Stitch Fix?  Have you tried it?  The idea of a box of clothing surprises showing up on my door step was something I couldn’t pass up.  I received my first fix back in June and was not that excited about my pieces.  However, I’ve read enough reviews from other shoppers to know that a bad first box is not that uncommon so I soldiered on.  While I was waiting for my second box to come Rachel decided she’d sign up too.  We both received our boxes last week and are here to share the results with you!

But quick–if you’re not familiar with Stitch Fix…a little background.  Stitch Fix is a personal styling service that assigns you to a personal shopper.  You fill out an extremely detailed fashion profile (including a price range scale for what you’d like to spend on various pieces) on their website, select your first delivery date and pay a $20 styling fee.  If you decide to keep any of the items sent to you, that $20 fee gets applied to your purchases.  If you send everything back (which you have three days to do in a pre-paid mailer that they provide for you) you lose that $20 fee.  You can leave detailed notes and feedback for your stylist, make requests, and be brutally honest about what you’re looking for….and what you’re not.

So here we go…..

Rachel’s box:

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I don’t really consider myself to be very “fashion forward”, which is why I waited so long to try out Stitch Fix. I figured that since I didn’t really know what my “style” was, I wasn’t going to be able to tell someone that I don’t even know what kind of clothes to send me. But after I completed my Stitch Fix profile, where I had to select outfits, colors, and styles that I liked, I started to get excited about my box to arrive. What in the world would they send me?

When I finally received my box, I was pleasantly surprised. They did pretty well picking out things that I would like, which they selected not only based on my profile answers, but my Pinterest fashion page as well. However, where they did not do so well was with the fit of the clothes. They matched up sizes perfectly, but not knowing my body type threw everything off, I think.

Here’s the rundown…

1. Silver hoop earrings: They were earrings that I would definitely wear; I am a hoops kind of girl hands down. They even had some fun detail on them. However, I decided to not keep them, because they were very similar to a pair I own already. Selection was good, but almost too good.

2. Bright pink jeans: I actually thought the jeans were really cute, but I literally couldn’t get them on past my knees. I do not have the twiggy legs that slide effortlessly into skinny jeans, and this pair just wasn’t going to make it. It was too bad, because I liked them a lot, but the fit was not that great.

3. Striped black and white shirt: I liked this shirt as well, and I almost kept it. That is, until I remembered the number of striped shirts I have in my closet, including one I just bought last week. I didn’t keep it…and I might end up regretting it, because it could have been dressed up for work or dressed down with jeans. I think that might be an issue for me…sending things back that would really be good pieces!

4. Patterned brown sleeveless shirt: This shirt was okay, but not stellar. It was also really short, which made it feel and look like it was about two sizes too small. Not a winner…back it goes.

5. Gray cardigan: I decided to keep this sweater. I loved the color, the fit, and the weight. It was pretty light, making it a great fall sweater, and it will go with everything. I can’t wait to pop it on!

So, at the end of it all, I decided to keep…one sweater. This might sound weird, but I call that a success! I didn’t have to physically go out shopping, someone else found what I should try on, and everything was generally in my style arena. Plus, I never actually anticipated buying the entire box, so getting one good piece that I will wear consistently, was perfect in my book. I would have maybe liked it if I could have been able to request the jeans in a larger size, but I’m just happy to think about my next Stitch Fix…scheduled for early October!

Maggie’s Box:

I’d give this box a B- compared to my first box which was a D (however, there’s a dress I didn’t end up keeping from my first box that I regret). The one thing I’ll say that is a different experience than Rachel’s is that I’m shocked at how perfect the fit always is.  It’s almost a little spooky.

1. First up was this navy, pink, and white sweater.  Going back.  Just not my style at all.

2. Next was a red, white, and black tank.  I’m keeping it.  It’s a pretty basic shirt that I liked with my most favorite black belt ever, a black skirt, pants, jeans, whatever and a sweater.  I think I’ll get a lot of use from this tank.  I was excited to like something!

3. Third was a baby blue and gray shapeless shirt that I didn’t even try on I loathed it that much.  It made me sleepy just looking at it.

4. The final thing pictured below was a peach and “peacher” drawstring dress.  It’s not horrible–just not me.  It’s going back too.

5. My fifth item was a pair of black leggings.  I was honestly kind of irritated that I received them–it felt like getting a white t-shirt.  However, I’ll say this–they are crazy thick, warm, and full length making them great for a Michigan winter where I wear black leggings almost daily when I’m not working.  I never expected to keep them, but I did and feel pretty good about it!

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I’m going back for a third time at the end of September.  I have high hopes after leaving some more concrete feedback and requesting some specific pieces.  Fingers crossed.

So what do you think?  Ready to try it?  It’s pretty fun!  We think you should.

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Back-to-school clothes shopping is in full swing.  It can feel like a real drain on your wallet, especially knowing that 1/2 of the clothes you buy will have a hole in the knee by the end of September.  You know it’s true.  Sad, but true.

However, TEA collection clothing has amazed me year after year in its durability (on the playground and in the washing machine), color retention, comfort, and style.  When I look at my daughter’s closet at the end of a school year and survey the clothing that has been there, and looks ultimately the same, as it did nine months prior, her TEA clothes are always there, proving they are worth the money.

TEA KINDERCONE

Their fall line is inspired by the graphic designs and colors of Germany.  It does not disappoint.  The patterns and colors are beautiful; of course they are! And to help their shoppers get into the German spirit of back-to-school they are giving away a KinderCone worth $4,000!!!  

What’s a KinderCone??

To alleviate some of the anxiety and put a little fun into the first day of school, there is a tradition in Germany where kids are presented with a large, colorful KinderCone or Schultute (“shool-too-teh”) filled with school supplies, sweet treats and small gifts. This large cardboard, cone of fun helps kids feel a little better about their big day.

Want help with yours? Enter to win the Tea Collection KinderCone Giveaway! One lucky grand prize winner will receive a Tea Collection KinderCone, filled with school supplies and treats, for everyone in their child’s classroom! Plus, the classroom will also receive a collection of 20 National Geographic books! This is a first day of school party for the entire class! Here is what is inside the Tea Collection KinderCone:

One (1) $50 Tea Collection gift certificate
One (1) Germany-inspired activity book from Tea Collection
One (1) custom Tea printed notebook from May Designs
One (1) lunchbox from SoYoung
One (1) set of school and art supplies from Stubby Pencil Studios
One (1) healthy organic snack set from Annie’s Homegrown
One (1) cookie pack from Chateau Bakery
One (1) pair of fun temporary tattoos from Tattly

Tea Collection KinderCone Giveaway only runs until August 17, so be sure to enter today! Viel Glück! (‘Good luck’ in German.)

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Over the years, we have churned out quite a few terrific “back to school” posts, so I pulled a few of my favorites to get us all in the mood. From meal ideas to birthday treats to cootie catchers, there is something for everyone. Enjoy!

Have a September birthday in your family? Check out what Renae came up with for a healthy and adorable school birthday treat

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 …or maybe you have a child who marches to the beat of a different drum. They might love this personalized school folder DIY!

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 Always wondered what charter schools were all about? Check out Maggie’s take on the topic

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…and her always relevant perspective on the best teacher gifts…it is never too early to start planning for Christmas!

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Get some back to school meal planning inspiration with our pinnable dinner ideas… 

Mom Colored Glasses Dinner Recipe Collage

…and inspire a whole new generation of cootie-catcher makers with this easy DIY!

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And finally, check out this book review Renae wrote earlier this year. It might just make the perfect book to keep in your car for all the time you spend waiting in school pickup lines…sports practices….dance lessons…or take-out parking spaces…

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When I was pregnant with our first, we shopped and shopped for a glider to go in the nursery. I felt like Goldilocks as I sat in chair after chair…too hard, too fluffy, too scratchy…until I finally found just the perfect one. It was comfortable with padded arms, and as I rocked back and forth, I imagined what it would be like to hold a baby in my arms in that very glider.

Over the next eight years, that glider sat in the dormer nursery of our 1950′s house. As I anticipated, I did hold all three of my babies as I rocked, nursed, and read stories to them as they grew from infants to babies to toddlers. Middle of the night feedings, backlit by only a small nightlight, where I would sometimes doze off nestled among cushions, Boppy, and baby. Bedtime stories, pulled from an overflowing basket of books next to the glider, my favorites featured predominantly at the top of the pile, so they would pick books like Bunny Cakes instead of Fox in Socks. Post-nap snuggles, with a toddler and warm blankies tucked under my chin, rocking in the filtered light coming through the blinds.

When we moved a couple of years ago, the glider became an audience seat in front of our new kid stage area. I thought about getting rid of it, but I just couldn’t. It still had a purpose, and it felt like too much of an integral part of our childrearing. But then my sister moved back to town and was going to have a baby. When she asked about our glider…or when I brought up the idea…I can’t remember who thought of it first…I was thrilled. It was going to hold babies again, this glider of ours, now hers.

I was at her house last week, and her two-month-old was having a rough day. He needed sleep, so I insisted on taking a shift on rocking duty. Tucking him into the crook of my arm, I walked into the nursery and saw the glider. It was in the corner of the room, with a shelf full of books situated right next to it. There was even a small pile of board books on top, remnants of a morning read. I sat down with a sigh, sinking deeply into the cushions.

My muscle memory was palpable, every moment I had spent in the glider with my kids rushing back as I rocked. The soothing, the snuggling, the ever-so-long days and lightning fast years as they grew from a baby who fit in between my hand and elbow to a child who just didn’t fit on my lap anymore. I buried my teary eyes into his soft head, and we rocked, he and I, back and forth…back and forth…until he drifted off to sleep.

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