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Last week I told David that we absolutely had to start splitting up for Mass again, because I couldn’t handle another round of watching Moe and Bea compete for the Worst Mass Behavior Ever trophy. Except then I didn’t remember the plan until this morning. So, we went again as a family.
Today, someone else’s kids were the noisiest. I wish I knew which poor mom was dealing with the noisiest kids, because I would have made a mental note to drop off a bottle of wine and a cheesecake along with a thank you note. Here’s what it would say:
Dear Tired and Sweaty Mom with Loud Kids,
Thank you. Thank you for bringing your kids to Mass today. Mine have been so, so awful lately. I was beginning to feel like a failure as a parent because I couldn’t make them sit relatively still and quiet for 50 minutes.
But you– you are a good mom. And your kids are being crazy, too. So it must not be me. It must not be you. It must be the crazy kids. Thank you for bringing them to Mass this week so that for once in the past month, my monsters weren’t the worst. Please bring them back next week, and my kids will probably reclaim the title, and you can find peace in the fact that, if nothing else, your kids are not the worst.
Please enjoy this wine and cheesecake as a thank you and a reward for not punching anyone.
We’re in this together,
Another Tired and Sweaty Mom with Loud Kids
We all survived. That’s what counts.
Here’s My Sunday Best! (This is the same place I always stand for the My Sunday Best pics. But we’ve moved out our piano and taken down the gallery wall. The basement is almost cleaned out, so our basement couch got moved upstairs. It’s now officially known as “the laundry couch.” You can probably figure out why. The red bin of legos and my tiny TV/DVD combo from college and that basket of DVDs is pretty much the only indoor entertainment the kids have left. Oh, and the plus plusses.)
Sweater: Lands’ End
Shirt: Stitch Fix
I got my first Stitch Fix! Here’s how it works: you fill out a survey with your size, style, and clothing preferences and pay a $20 styling fee. A stylist picks out and ships you 5 pieces, based on your responses. You try everything on at home and ship back (for free!) anything you don’t want to keep. Your $20 styling fee is applied to anything you don’t send back.
The possibility of losing that $20 styling fee if all 5 pieces were duds kept me from trying it in the past. Well, that and the fact that until recently they only offered straight sizes. Now they offer straight, maternity, and plus sizing. Woot! But– this month Stitch Fix is offering a promotion where they will waive the $20 styling fee. Double woot!
That means you can get a box of hand-picked lovelies shipped to you for free! And then you pay for whatever you decide to keep. If you don’t want to keep anything, you can send it back in the pre-paid shipping container. No risk. Zero dollars spent.
(If you’d like to try it, I’d love if you’d use my referral link. I do receive credit for anyone who signs up for their first box using my link. Thanks!)
David is (narrowly) the best photographer in the house, and his schedule was such this week that I didn’t get a chance to get pics of the sent-back items before they had to get returned. But– here’s a blurry copy of the style guide that accompanied my fix, so you can see the gist. I circled in red my returns, and in green my keepers.
I said that I didn’t want any accessories (they just end getting chewed on at this point), and that I was hoping for pregnancy friendly options.
The note from the stylist referenced some of my specific guidelines, which I appreciated. The whole fix felt very personal, even more so than the Dia & Co. boxes I’ve done in the past. I did giggle at all the styling suggestions, because I don’t own anything really that they suggested to complete the outfits other than jeans. It was still fun to see, though.
David was around to help take a few pictures of ways I’m excited to wear the red sweater. I didn’t realize what a hole it would fill in my closet! My summer Lularoe Carlys and Perfect Tees can transition to winter now.
I loooooved the watercolor-y floral of the top they sent.
Definitely worth looking into if you’ve been on the fence.
And, one last picture of our house transition-ness. Moe’s costume stuff has all been packed up, so he’s resorted to wearing a blanket around as a cape. And Elle is demonstrating the multi-functionality of the lego bucket as a seat. As more and more stuff disappears to storage, the kids have to get creative.
Happy Thanksgiving week! And you’ll have to let me know if you sign up for your own Stitch Fix box. I’d love to see what you get!
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