Stitch Fix

December Stitch Fix Review

I am so excited to be a part of the Stitch Fix family again! I started with Stitch Fix a few years ago. As a matter of fact, I think they were pretty new at that point. I took a short break, but decided to sign back up and received my first stash of Stitch Fix goods a few days ago!

How it Works

If you have never heard of Stitch Fix, or aren’t sure what they do, here is the down and dirty…

Having Stitch Fix is like having a personal stylist. Once your account is created, you fill out a profile so your stylist knows your sizes and what you like. You can also add links to your social profiles and Pinterest to give your stylist even more insight. Sign up for reoccurring deliveries (I have them delivered once a month) or request one when you are ready. Your stylist will hand pick items for you, based on your profile, and mail them to you. Keep what you want and return what you don’t want. You also receive a 25% discount if you keep all items!

That’s it! 

Stitch Fix Perks

One of the many things that I love about Stitch Fix is that they send you items that you may not have chosen for yourself. Some times this works out fabulously! Other times, it may be a little too far out of your comfort zone. It’s a good thing that you only keep and pay for the items you like!

Because your stylist not only knows your sizes, but your height, weight and other measurements, they can hand pick items that are certain to fit. When you receive your Fix, it also comes with a note from your stylist, with ideas on how to put the pieces together. It also comes with ‘note cards’ with samples on how to style the items with other pieces you may already have in your closet.

If you are interested in trying Stitch Fix, they have a special offer just for my readers! You can receive your first Fix FREE because they are waiving the $20 styling fee through January! Click here to try Stitch Fix for FREE! 

Now for the fun part! Check out my December Fix below:

Puffer Vest

Marc New York – Pierce Puffer Vest

stitch fix vest

This is an ideal pick for me! I have a few other puffer vests, but only in neutral colors.  I never would have picked a pink one for myself, but it goes with so many things that I already have in my closet! This one goes into the KEEP pile.

Vigoss – Erika Distressed Skinny Jean

Stitch Fix Jeans

Who doesn’t love distressed skinny jeans?? I already have a few pairs of these in my closet, but I could always use more! These fit so perfectly too, I can’t pass them up.  This one goes into the KEEP pile.

American Able – Vivianna Cut Out Knit Top

Stitch Fix Sweater

This 3/4 sleeve shirt is so cute and comfortable. It has a stylish cut out around the neckline, that is hard to see in the photo. I appreciate that my stylist read my profile because I indicated that I don’t like short-sleeve shirts, due to my body type, but love 3/4 sleeves! This one also goes into the KEEP pile.

Nakamol – Avalon Multi-Strand Beaded Choker

Stitch Fix Necklace

This is the first time that I received jewelry from Stitch Fix and I am so impressed. I have recently decided that I need to incorporate more jewelry into my style, so I am so excited for this piece. This one goes into the KEEP pile.

Kimono

Alice Blue – Hallie Burnout Velvet Kimono

Stitch Fix Kimono

This is definitely not something that I would not have picked for myself. It’s cute, but something that I feel would look better on someone else. I have put it on a few times, and checked my note cards to see how to wear it, but I am still not sure. However, since one of the reasons that I joined Stitch Fix is to get out of my comfort zone, I appreciate this pick. In addition to that, with the 25% off I receive for keeping all items, it’s actually cheaper for me to keep in that return it! It also goes into the KEEP pile.

What you are your thoughts on my Fix? Would you have kept all the items or returned some?

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Key West Aloe Product Review

Finding good skin products can be difficult. There are many available in different price ranges and it can be hard to determine what products actually work well. I was asked by Key West Aloe to try some of their products and provide my honest opinion and write about them. So I did.

While the products that I am reviewing were provided by Key West Aloe at no cost to me, all thoughts and opinions in this article are solely mine, and not influenced in any way by Key West Aloe. It’s important to me that my readers know that I will always provide an honest review and only promote products that, in my opinion, are good.

About Key West Aloe

Key West Aloe has  been providing aloe based beauty products for 45 years. Many of us use aloe after a day in the sun, but Key West Aloe wanted to include the nourishment that aloe provides in everyday skin care products. Today, Key West Aloe has an extensive line of aloe based products for face, anti-aging, sun and after sun, with lines specific for men and pets.

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The Products

The Key West Aloe products that I tried were hand-picked for me. I expressed to Key West Aloe that I suffer from extremely dry skin, especially in the winter, and that I was looking for some good anti-aging products. With that information, I received and will be reviewing the following products:

  • Aloethera Intensive Body Moisturizer
  • Too Cool Anti-Aging Age-Defying Instant Hydration
  • KWA Overnight Anti-Aging Serum

Aloethera Intensive Body Moisturizer

Having told my representative at Key West Aloe that I had extremely dry skin, she sent me the Aloethera Intensive Body Moisturizer. Let me start by saying I have tried SO MANY moisturizers in my lifetime because of my dry skin. Some moisturized my skin, but left me feeling greasy. Others had to be applied multiple times in one day to keep my skin from becoming dry.

The Aleothera Intensive Body Moisturizer not only nourishes my skin, it soaks completely into my skin without leaving the greasy feel. After applying moisturizer to my legs, I typically have to wait 15 minutes or longer to put on my skinny jeans because if I don’t, it’s nearly impossible to pull them up with the lotion. After applying the Intensive Body Moisturizer, I was able to get dressed right away. This was a big win for me because who likes to sit around and wait for lotion to soak in?! At the end of the day, my skin was still soft and moisturized without having to reapply!

Keep in mind, however, that if you are looking for a perfume smelling lotion, this is not for you. This moisturizer is plant based and does not contain any fragrance.

Too Cool Anti-Aging Age-Defying Instant Hydration

When I first tried the Too Cool Instant Hydration, I expected it to be similar to toner mist because it’s a spray. What I quickly discovered is that it is NOT a mist. It’s a hydrating spray. After spraying, my face is wet, however, it soaks into your skin after a few minutes and leaves your skin feeling moisturized.

Keep in mind that if you are using this spray in the morning, make sure to leave time in your make-up routine if using it before applying make-up.

I also used this at night after washing my face, before using the Anti-Aging Serum.

KWA Overnight Anti-Aging Serum

The KWA Overnight Anti-Aging Serum was amazing! Not only is it silky smooth when applying, but it leaves your face feeling soft and moisturized through the night, into the morning. However, I know that what you are really wondering is ‘did it work?’

I can honestly say after using this serum (along with the Too Cool spray) for 3 weeks, I can definitely see an overall positive changes in my face. My skin is more firm and bright and feels softer to the touch. Do I still have wrinkles? Of course, but my skin is noticeably younger after 3 weeks. I’m looking forward to seeing what will happen after the jar is gone!

My overall review of these 3 Key West Aloe Products is that I would recommend them. Especially those with particularly dry skin (like me), this is a welcome change to many of the products that I have tried in the past!

Special Offer

I love the Key West Aloe products so much that I want you to try them! To accomplish this, I have partnered with Key West Aloe to offer you 15% off your purchase, simply by entering MOMMY15 at checkout. Click photo below to check out Key West Aloe!

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Christmas gifts

Holiday Gifts for HIM

OK Ladies! You probably know the men in your life well enough to NOT need this guide and probably already have an idea of what to buy your husband / boyfriend / dad. But just in case you aren’t sure, or want to see the ‘latest and greatest’ gift for this holiday season, check out these items below!

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Technology

Beats Wireless In-Ear Headphones – Wireless headphones are perfect for any man on the go. These are perfect not only because they are wireless, but they have amazing sound because they are Beats! (Hint: Click on the photo for more details!)

Alexa – Worth being on the list for HER and HIM! Alexa is a wireless speaker for you home, and so much more! Using nothing but the sound of your voice, create to-do lists and shopping lists, search the web, shop online, get weather and control popular smart-home products. (Hint: Click the photo for more details!)

Wood Phone Docking Station – This phone docking station is a perfect place to keep all important items when at home; phone, watch, wallet, etc. Store it on the side of the bed or in a general location in the house. Either way, it will make his mornings flow easier because everything will be in one place. (Hint: Click the photo for more details!)

Samsung 4K ‘The Frame’ Smart TV – This one is a bit of a splurge, but it’s amazing! Not only is this a 4K Smart TV, it also displays artwork while not in use. It hangs close to the wall like art, so it truly looks like wall art when not in use. It’s a win-win! (Hint: Click the photo for more details!)

Food

Nespresso Deluxe Coffee & Espresso Machine – For the coffee lover! No more having to go the the coffee shop, wait in line for 15 minutes and pay $5 for a coffee! This machine offers coffee AND espresso at a touch of the button! (Hint: Click the photo for more details!)

Ninja Intelli-Sense Kitchen System –  This is one appliance that is perfect for gift giving, especially for those who like to cook! This system makes smoothies, ice cream and snow cones. It also chops, purees, and makes dips. It has a fettuccine and a spaghetti blade for making veggie pasta!  (Hint: Click the photo for more details!)

Oster Convection Oven with Dedicated Pizza Drawer – Perfect for game days or weeknight dinners! This convection oven will bake, toast and broil. The pizza drawer on the bottom is perfect for quesadillas and other appetizers as well! Bake more than one item at a time in this compact counter-top oven!  (Hint: Click the photo for more details!)

 

LSA International Shot Serving Set & Oak Paddle – This is a fun treat for connoisseurs of cocktails! Complete with ice bucket and service oak paddle, this serving set is perfect for entertaining!  (Hint: Click the photo for more details!)

 

DIY Beer Home Brewing Kit – A fun venture for those who enjoy not only drinking beer, but will enjoy in making it themselves! This kit comes with everything needed to brew your own beer at home!

Sports / Leisure

Wireless Bluetooth Beanie with Headphones –  Perfect for a run on cold winter days, this beanie will not only keep his head warm, but will provide him with music while he runs through the wireless headphones included! (Hint: Click the photo for more details!)

EcoCamp Portable Camping Hammock Single & Double –  Hang it in the backyard or take it camping or both! This portable Hammock from EcoCamp makes it easy to relax and enjoy vacation! (Hint: Click the photo for more details!)

 

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Holiday Gifts for HER

Holiday gift giving can be stressful. I get it! You want to buy the special woman in your life something she will love and appreciate. You want it to be something she will remember and talk about with her friends. Check out the following gifts! You can’t go wrong with these!

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Jewelry

Jewelry is always a winner when it comes to gift-giving, but how do ensure it’s something unique that she will love? Check out the companies below. They offer beautiful jewelry that will make any woman feel special!

ALEX AND ANI

ALEX AND ANI offers a variety of beautiful jewelry that can be purchased separately or as a stunning set. Choices include bracelets, necklaces, rings, earrings and more! And if you can’t decide what she will truly love, a gift card will allow her to pick something out for herself! (Hint: Click on the picture to visit the site!)

November Set of the Month

STELLA & DOT

Shopping at STELLA & DOT will ensure that the special woman in your life receives something that she will truly love! From large statement pieces of jewelry to simple and elegant, there is something for everyone woman here! (Hint: Click on the picture to visit the site!)

Sparkle Avenue

If you are looking for something more unique and less expensive, Sparkle Avenue is a perfect choice. Sparkle Avenue is an Etsy store where all of their items are hand-made. This a great place to buy something unique that she will love! (Hint: Click on the picture to visit the site!)

Pamper Her!

Women are notorious for not taking item for themselves.  They give to others so much that it’s a beautiful gesture to get her something that requires her to relax and do something nice for herself. Check out these great gifts aimed at pampering her!  

Spafinder

Give her the gift of relaxation with a Spafinder gift card. Spafinder is a gift card purchased that allows the recipient to redeem the value of the card at any of the service partners in the program. Cards can be redeemed for a day at the spa, workout classes, and alternative healing. Gift cards can be purchased in any amount from $25 – $500, up to a total of $2000 and can be delivered via email, printed or delivery of the actual card. (Hint: Click on the picture to visit the site!)


Key West Aloe

Key West Aloe uses aloe to create some of the best moisturizing and anti-aging products around! They offer amazing gift sets that any woman is sure to love! Use the coupon code MOMMY15 at checkout to receive 15% off your order! (Hint: Click the photo to be taken to the site!)

Get a free oatmeal body bar with a $65 order at keywestaloe.com. Coupon code FREEOBB is required.

Clothing

Giving the gift of new wardrobe items is always a winner! Check out a few options below that will definitely make her smile!

Stitch Fix

Stitch Fix is a personal style service that delivers styles as often as you choose! Your favorite lady will fill out a ‘style quiz’ and a stylist will provide her the new styles right to her door! ‘Fixes’ can be scheduled on a reoccurring basis, or requested one at a time.  If she likes her ‘fix’, she buys it. If she doesn’t, she returns it free of charge! Stitch Fix offers sizes from XS – 3X (0-24W), as well as maternity and petite sizes (basically, there is something for almost everyone!) A gift card can be purchased in various amounts from $20 – $2000 can can be delivered via email, printed or delivery of the actual card. (Hint: Click the photo to be taken to the site!)


The East Side Shop

Get her something fun and relaxing from The East Side Shop. With fun sayings like ‘Love My Crew’ to ‘Somewhere between Proverbs 31 and Tupac’, there is something fun for everyone! (Hint: Click the photo to be taken to the site!)

Make Every Day Life Easier

Give the gift that keeps on giving with items that will make her (and everyone’s) everyday life easier. Check out some options below:

iRobot Roomba

While I realized that a ‘regular’ vacuum is definitely NOT something you want to buy her for the Holiday, am iRobot Roomba is. Nothing says ‘I love you’ like telling her she will NEVER HAVE TO VACUUM AGAIN! We have one of these, and I promise you that she will elated if she receives this during the holiday season! (Hint: Click the photo to be taken to the product!)

Blue Apron

Blur Apron is a way to simply your life at dinner time. No more wondering ‘What’s for dinner?’ No more last minute runs to the grocery store because one ingredient is missing. Get everything you need for dinner delivered to your door! No matter who cooks in the family, this is something she will enjoy! (Hint: Click the photo to be taken to the site!)

Ninja Intelli-Sense Kitchen System

The Ninja Intelli-Sense Kitchen System is one appliance that is perfect for gift giving, especially for those who like to cook! This system makes smoothies, ice cream and snow cones. It also chops, purees, and makes dips. It has a fettuccine and a spaghetti blade for making veggie pasta!

The Gift of Technology

Everyone loves to receive the most current technology gifts. While not necessarily considered to be ‘romantic’, it’s definitely something she will appreciate!

Alexa

Alexa is a wireless speaker for you home, and so much more! Using nothing but the sound of your voice, create to-do lists and shopping lists, search the web, shop online, get weather and control popular smart-home products. (Hint: Click the photo to be taken to the product!)

 

Thoughtful Gifts

Emotional gifts can sometimes be the hardest to give because it comes from the heart. But you can’t go wrong with giving something thoughtful!

Gratitude

Given either together or individually, giving her a way to express and receive gratitude is important. These simple items will surely have her feeling grateful!

Wine Accessories

Check out some of the fun items you can get to help her unwind at the end of the day!

Monogrammed Stemless Wine Glass – Comes in all letters!

Wine Socks!

A bath AND wine!

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detox tea

FitTea 14-Day Detox Review

I received FitTea 14 Day Detox as part of my Influenster VoxBox to test and review. While a review for Influenster is required, this blog post is not. Note that FitTea was provided complementary, but all opinions are my own.

According to FitTea, it’s a ‘powerful blend of all natural ingredients, loaded with antioxidants and EGCG. It supports metabolism, boosts energy and reduces bloating.’

  • Spyder 728x90

While testing the FitTea 14 Day Detox, I was diligent about drinking it everyday. Even when I had to go out of town for work unexpectedly, I took it with me and set a reminder on my phone to drink it in the morning.

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detergent

Get your FREE TRIAL of Dropps Detergent!

What is Dropps? Dropps is a revolutionary way to get your laundry and dishes clean! Not only does Dropps use safe ingredients, but they are plant-based and biodegradable. If that wasn’t enough, Dropps will send you your detergent directly to your door at a fraction of the price that you currently pay for detergent!

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What does Dropps offer?

  • Detergent Pods – made for all washers, including HE/high efficiency washers
  • Scent Boosters & Fabric Softeners
  • Oxi Booster
  • Dish
  • Odor Defense Spray

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wine

Good Wines at a Good Price

If your like me, you enjoy a glass of wine every now and then! What I don’t enjoy however, is how much most wines costs. With that said, searching out inexpensive wines that we like to drink is always on my list of things to do. Keeping track of what we like and how much is costs enables us to make better choices when we are buying a bottle just for us, or buying a bottle for entertaining.

My husband and I are mostly a red wine drinkers. I am partial to cabs, while he is partial to Petite Syrah. I am also an avid Prosecco drinker, so you will also find my recommendations for Prosecco here as well. If you are looking for white wine recommendations, my sincere apologies. I am not a white wine drinker, and didn’t feel that I could offer recommendations on something I don’t drink.

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Money Saving Apps

Save Money Weekly With These 5 Apps

Money Saving Apps

If you’re like me, you’re always looking for a good deal. I like to shop around before I buy and find saving anywhere I can! As a matter of fact, we gets many eye rolls from our kids when they ask for something and we respond, ‘Did you find a coupon code for it?’

If you’re tired of clipping coupons, check out these MUST HAVE 5 Apps that are easy to use and help me save money every week. A few require that I plan ahead, while others provide me with saving after a purchase with little or no interaction from me at all. Because let’s face it, who gets the newspaper anymore?!

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Keurig

Keurig – Luxury or Necessity?

Coffee is the beginning of all civilization in my house.  I am not a morning person, so having my coffee and getting it quickly is vital to my survival.  It’s also important for my family’s survival too!  Having a Keurig at my house is not a luxury, it’s a necessity!  

Traditional coffee makers worked, but I need my coffee first thing in the morning.  Even though some traditional coffee makers have the capability to program at night to start brewing in the morning, I would always forget.  In addition, I am not a fan of coffee that has been sitting in a coffee pot, even if only for an hour or so.  It always seems to have a stale flavor.

Being able to get a fresh cup of coffee first thing in the morning, or late in the afternoon is what keeps me going.  My Keurig allows me to have this option, and is one of the many reason’s I love it.



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iRobot Roomba Review

iRobot Roomba Review

The newest craze in keeping carpets clean, of course is a robot.  The iRobot Roomba, one of the first ‘smart’ vacuums on the market, revolutionized vacuuming.  We have a Roomba, and I do not know how lived without it!  We bought it when it was still pretty new product, and I was skeptical as to whether it would work or not.  It proved, quickly, to be effective when my floors, carpet and tile, were free of dirt, and I wasn’t pushing the vacuum!

Between the adults, kids and dogs, the floor always seem to be dirty.  And I don’t have time, nor do I want to vacuum every day.  With the Roomba, you just set the time for it to run each day and it vacuums on its own.  Then is docks itself to charge for the next day!  It senses the furniture to avoid and where there is heavy dirt and stays in the area for a bit longer.  It also comes with sensors boxes that you can set out if you want to keep it in (or out) of a specific area, you can.

Some Advice from a ‘real’ Roomba Owner

I was worried that our dogs wouldn’t like it, and either bark or be scared, but they don’t pay any attention to it.  They just stay out of the way when it’s running.  It is important, however, to make sure that you pick up loose items on the floor.  Our Roomba has been known to grab socks, thin blankets, stuffed animals and cords on occasion.  And those are not fun to fix.  The only other thing you have to remember is to empty the dirt carriage.

The newer Roomba‘s can now be connected to your phone via wi-fi for scheduling. In addition, they have the Braava jet that can ‘mop’ for you.  I have not tried either of these, as my original Roomba is still running great, even after 3 years!  It’s a little beat up, as you can see in the picture, from getting stuck under the couch occasionally.  However, all in all, it was definitely a good investment and when this one stops working, I will most certainly get a new one!