Maternity Stitch Fix Review #2

maternity stitch fix review 2

In early July, I received my second maternity Stitch Fix (affiliate link!) in the mail. I debated whether I’d share this Fix or not since there were a bit more misses than my first Fix and I didn’t take individual photos of the pieces. Even if this Fix was a bit more of a dud, Stitch Fix allows you to try on some clothes that you might not otherwise pick for yourself. Sometimes it’s a win, like the maxi skirt. Other times, it’s a miss, like the red dress.

How Stitch Fix Works

Here’s a quick refresher for the ladies who haven’t heard of Stitch Fix. Stitch Fix is an online personal stylist for women. They carry “regular”, petite, and maternity clothes and accessories. To get started, you fill out an extensive style, fit, and lifestyle profile (they also recommend sharing a Pinterest board showing your style preferences), including your budget. When scheduling your “Fix,” you can also include a note for your stylist about any upcoming events or items you’d like to include or exclude from your Fix. Since I’m pregnant, I’ve shared updates on my weight gain (eek!), how my belly has grown, and some of the other maternity pieces I purchased elsewhere.

A personal stylist will then select 5 items for you. At this point, you’re charged a $20 styling fee and this is applied to any items purchased from your Fix. Your Fix is shipped directly to you (so convenient!) with a note from your stylist and a styling card showing examples of how to wear the pieces. Like so:

stitch fix style advice

You have three days to decide whether you’ll keep or return any of those 5 items. The $20 styling fee will be applied as credit towards any items you purchase. If you buy all five items, you get 25% off the entire purchase! Return shipping is free, so you can easily send back whatever you don’t want by placing everything in the big return envelope that comes with every Fix.

When you check out, you have an opportunity to share style, fit, and price feedback on the individual pieces your stylist chose for you, as well as on the whole process. This gives them an idea of how to make future Fixes even better for you. You can also schedule your next Fix. I skipped the August Fix, but have the September one in transit.

Here’s what I received:

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Life Lately: The Importance of “Me Time”

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A couple of months ago, when I was feeling a little down as a parent, I shared that Monica had started to tell us to go away. At the time, I was pretty upset and felt unsure of my parenting skills. With a little hindsight, I think I get it and am OK with her telling us, “away!”

Last month, we had some friends from St. Louis stay with us. For two days, our little ranch was home to four adults (including two pregnant mamas) and three kids ages 5 and under. Let’s just say things got a little rowdy at times! The kids all got along really well, but by the end of the weekend, everyone was pooped.

Coincidentally, the Gospel reading for that Sunday included Jesus telling the apostles,

Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.

And the deacon’s homily was all about taking time out of our busy lives to recharge physically, spiritually, and emotionally. That includes turning off the electronics, getting outside, and spending a little time in quiet.

That’s when it clicked, even my toddler knows the importance of “me time.” Sometimes she spends an extra 20 or 30 minutes stretching out and relaxing in her crib after waking up from a nap (especially on busy weekends). Yes, telling us “away” in the process. When we have a house full of people, she tends to take extra time for herself. Monica also snuggles a bit longer to make sure we reconnect after an emotionally draining day (sharing your toys is tough!)

As I head into the final stretch of this pregnancy, how am I prioritizing “me time”? Admittedly, it’s going to be a little harder to sneak it in. But it’s so important to balance taking care of myself so that I can take care of two kiddos. Thankfully, John is extremely helpful around the house and will take Monica to the grocery store or park to give me an opportunity to kick up my (sometimes chubby) feet. Lately, “me time” revolves around nap time on the weekends.

How do you sneak in a little extra time for yourself? Especially if you have multiple kiddos?

Orange you glad…

Monica loves orange. She has two coral-ish orange shirts she wears on a tight rotation, tends to build houses using only orange Magna-Tiles, wants John to wear orange shirts, and favors orange-colored popsicles. I’m hoping these peach swing dresses from June & January get restocked in either 2T or 3T because I know Monica will gladly wear one all year round.

When it came time to think about her new room, including a big bed, I knew the color orange needed to make an appearance. I’d been eyeing these sheets from The Land of Nod for a while now since they’re pink and ORANGE! But I wanted to wait until they went on sale. Fortunately, The Land of Nod has 15% off practically everything until Monday August 3 (use coupon code BUDDY)!

One strategy to help with the transition to a new room and/or big bed is to let your toddler pick out their new sheets. So we took a field trip to The Land of Nod over the weekend to check out sheets. At first, Monica was more interested in the fountain outside of the store, the endless collection of toys, and the yoyo display near the cash register. So I picked out a few (almost a dozen) options for Monica to choose from. Unfortunately, the pink and orange Fashionista line wasn’t available on the floor

Ultimately, Monica chose these orange dino sheets and later ran around the house with them. I also ordered the pink and orange Fashionista sheets, so let’s hope she likes them! We’re still on the fence about the striped Fashionista duvet cover or possibly this pink and orange blanket. It’s still too warm to worry about blankets , so we’ll probably just stick with her aden + anais swaddle blankets for now.

We also picked up a few new pieces of furniture from an estate sale, which you can see a sneak peek of on Instagram. An armoire and short dresser will be in Monica’s new room and two bookshelves are in our backroom flanking the TV. But these room updates will be another story for another time since they’re still very much in process.

How was your weekend?

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