Croissants (not) from Scratch

Fun fact: when choosing which language I wanted to learn in school I chose French, even though everyone else I knew took Spanish. I actually took one year of French in middle school, followed by two more years of French in high school before deciding to take a year of Spanish.Another fun fact: I can’t speak French OR Spanish. However, I know JUST enough French to be able to ask for directions and understand the answer (proven on a trip to Luxembourg) and enough Spanish to order a meal (proven on a trip to Spain). So, that’s a win in my book!...more

The 5 Cutest Ways to Wear Gray Jeans

It's time I come clean about my latest style obsession: I'm in love with gray jeans. They're a great "starter color" for anyone who is thinking about diving into the world of colored jeans. Gray goes with pretty much everything, and they're totally age-appropriate for everyone! ...more
Simply Fashion TV Thanks so much, that's a great idea! =)more

My February Stitch Fix: Is it Love?

More than any other February, this one has totally been my month of love. Valentine’s Day was in there, of course. But we also had a week trip to Disney World, 7 years since Travis proposed, Jack’s 3rd birthday and a potty training breakthrough.Will this month’s Stitch Fix delivery keep with the trend of awesomeness? Let’s check it out!...more
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Reviewing Birchbox: My February Box

As I mentioned in my January Birchbox review, I decided to stick with the subscription for a few months to see if I find any new beauty favorites. I figured, I enjoyed last month’s box, so why not try it again for just $10 more?...more

I Saw it On Pinterest: The Braided Bun

How many times have you found something on Pinterest and you thought it was the answer to all your problems. Well, maybe not ALL your problems… but certainly the problem of what to do with your hair when you wake up with a big ponytail crease in it and no desire to shower.I pinned the instructions for a braided hair bun ages ago and finally got the chance to try it out. You can click here to check out the instructions that I used to try to recreate The Beauty Department’s Braided bun look....more

Talking About Potty Training

Way, way, way back last April I mentioned potty training. The short version of the story is that Jack came home from daycare one day, said he wanted to use the potty and then did. Easy, peasy. Boom, my kid was potty trained.Hahahahahahaha. Nope.Jack lost interest within a few days and went on to sporadically use the potty for months and months, but only when he felt like it. Welcome to real life....more

Stitch Fix Breakdown: What I Love & What I Regret, Take 2

After receiving 16 monthly Stitch Fix boxes, I figured it would be a good time to do another of my Love/Regret posts. It’s a great chance for me to look back on all the items I’ve purchased from Stitch Fix and whether I still think that they were a good buy. This exercise is also really useful in helping me focus on what I actually want from future Fixes....more

A Yummy Crockpot Recipe: Italian Meatloaf

Ugh, is it still winter? I’m so over wearing 15 layers of clothes.And snow. I’m so over snow. NO MORE SNOW!Actually, maybe one more snow day would be nice. But that’s it and then I want spring to race on in here and warm the place up!Since it is still so chilly outside, I wanted to share with you one of our favorite winter crockpot meals. The recipe was given to me by my boss and his fabulous wife, so I pretty much think of them every time I make it {thanks Ward and Amanda!!}...more

Packing for Disney: A Mix of Stylish + Comfortable

I’m kind of a packing genius.I’ve actually bragged about this before back when I went to Vancouver for a business trip. Oh and if you click through that link, be warned…those are easily the dorkiest pictures I’ve EVER taken of myself.Anyways, packing is my superpower. I’m PACKING GIRL!...more

How to Get Styles You Love From Every Stitch Fix

I've been talking about Stitch Fix, the personal stylist subscription service, for some time—I actually just had my 16th Fix! I am often asked how I end up getting such great pieces sent to me each month. Well, It was quite a work in progress for a while, and it's still not without some flubs from time to time. But I think I have figured out a process to make sure I absolutely LOVE most of the clothes Stitch Fix sends me. Here are my tips!...more
Katie_Wordsforworms Awww, thanks so much Katie! This comment totally warms my heart... and makes ...more