Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Stitch Fix Review #2!!

Hiya Peeps!! Kerri here...

I am so so so excited to share with you about my 2nd Stitch Fix box!! It came on Saturday and I was over the moon with excitement! It was even better because my mom was over and I got to model all the pieces for her. She is THE perfect person to model clothes for, let me tell you! She was more excited than I was!! :)

Have you heard of Stitch Fix? I recently found out about it because of Pinterest, and I was immediately intrigued. Having someone SHOP for me, and picking things out that are uniquely MY style?? Heck yeah!

Here is how Stitch Fix works:

1. Create a Style profile on the Stitch Fix Website

2. Have 5 handpicked items that fit your style profile delivered to your house.
3. Keep what you like and check out online. Send back the rest in a pre-paid envelope.
4. Look fabulous at work!!

It takes about 10 minutes to fill out your style profile online, and it is very fun, because you get to choose different outfits that best represent you. I loved this part! 

This really is the easiest service in the world. There is no pressure to keep anything. If you don't like anything, they charge you a $20 styling fee, but if you keep at least one item, the $20 fee goes toward the cost of that item, and shipping is FREE both ways. Easy peasy lemon squeezy!!

Well, here is what I saw when I opened the box this time... I just love and adore the style cards that they include with every box. This gives me a great idea of what I can pair each piece with!

And here are my pile of lovely clothing items...aren't they so beautiful??

So now, I'll break down each individual piece and show you how I looked in each one. Disclaimer-I feel horribly awkward in these pictures and I desperately need botox on my crazy forehead lines (I'd never do it though-too weird!), plus I feel like I was squinting (sigh),  but I love to see other bloggers try their clothes on, so what the HEY, right??

Up first...the KUT FROM THE KLOTH Cranston Paisley Cross-Front Racerback Blouse. When I first saw it, I was IN LOVE with the coral and teal color! Plus the style was sooo unique. I was excited about this one for sure...

When I tried it on, I noticed that the racerback style was making my bra show and unfortunately, I don't have a racerback bra so that was going to be awkward. Also, the neckline was a bit LOW for my taste. Gotta keep those girls hidden, right ladies?? ;) 
So the jury was out on this one...

 Next up...the DANIEL RAINN Archer Ikat Print Button Front Blouse. When I took it out, I was like, "Meh. Cute but kinda boring?" I love bright colors and this one was so subdued, plus I thought it was a little old for my taste.

Then I tried it on. Girls, I must be getting old, because I ABSOLUTELY loved it!!I love that it has a built in cami underneath that is super soft and silky. I love the button details on the front and I love the subtle print. When I paired it with jeans and my Kendra Scott abalone jewelry set, I know it was a winner!!

Item #3-the DANIEL RAINN Tolley Mixed Print Crochet Detail Tie-Neck Blouse. This one I fell in love with the minute I saw it. I love the color, I love the crochet panel down the front, and I love that it also has a built in cami. I couldn't wait to try it on!

Yup, I LOVED this one too!! The color, the style, so girly and feminine! This top can be dressed up or down, but I love wearing it with my good old cropped jeans (my favorites!)

Okay, item #4-the Ark n Co Violette Embroidered Detail Dress. I liked this one immediately as well. I thought that the embroidery was interesting and I liked the shorter length. I NEVER would have picked this out in a store, but I really liked it!

And then I tried it on. And felt like they accidentally left a couple of inches off the bottom. This one was WAYYY too SHORT for me! Maybe when I was 21, but not anymore people!! So sad too, because I thought it was super cute!!

Last one...the PIXLEY Livie Abstract Chevron Maxi Dress. 
Okay, they had me a chevron and then lost me at Maxi Dress. I have never even entertained the idea of buying a maxi dress. Is that weird? Whenever I see them on the rack, I think too long, too skinny, just not me. But like I said, I loved the colors and the chevron was calling my name, so.....

TADA!!! Holy Cannoli!! I loved it with every fiber of my being. The length was PERFECT, the colors were MY COLORS 100%, and I felt pretty darn cute in it, if I do say so myself!!

 This dress was DEFINITELY my favorite one of the bunch, and here's a little close up to show you the beautiful print!

Well, there you have it! My  2nd Stitch Fix box was a HUGE success! The most amazing part of this whole experience is that I would NOT have chosen any of these items for myself, but I LOVED all of them and they all worked pretty well on my body, but a couple just made me a teensy bit uncomfortable. So in the end, I sent back the first top and the short dress, but kept the rest!! YAY me!!

My mom was SOOOO excited that she even signed up! She's quite the adorable grandma and I know Stitch Fix will pick out some fabulous pieces for her!

Stitch Fix is like Christmas is a box, girls! And the best part is, you schedule your own fixes. Once a year, once a quarter, once a month. It's TOTALLY up to you. When I checked out, I made sure to leave detailed notes about each piece, what I liked or didn't like, so the next time I get my box, my stylist Allison (Love you girl!!) will have a better sense of my personal style. 

If you are intrigued, you can check it out here and if you use my referral code, I receive a credit when your first Fix is shipped so then I can keep on blogging about it and showing you awkward photos of myself! :)

Stitch Fix is THE BOMB ladies! And I'm so glad I tried it. I think I might be hooked. You probably will be too!

XOXO Kerri B

Monday, July 21, 2014

Christmas in July-Character Ed. Style!!

Good morning, Peeps!! Kerri here...

This is just a quickie post to tell you about Christmas in July for Monday and Tuesday! If you are looking for some packs to teach your children about the 6 Pillars of Character or Kindness, then these are the packs for you...(click on each picture to see them in my TPT store)

Both of these packs will be 20% off on Monday and Tuesday! 

And don't forget to check back tomorrow because my 2nd 
Stitch Fix box came and it was 

Here's a little sneak peek...

Ohhhh, it was sooo good. Like Christmas in a box and 

See you tomorrow, Peeps!
XOXO Kerri B

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Writing Mats GALORE on SALE!!

Good morning, Peeps! Kerri here...

Guess what?? It's Saturday, and I actually got to sleep in today. Why's that, you say? Isn't it summer, you say?

YES!! It is SUPPOSED to be summer! But my teenage daughter, who is on the cross country team at her high school, has practice Monday-Friday at 5:45 or 6:00 a.m.! GAH!!! And I am the one who takes her every morning at that god awful time. Blecchh...it is the worst. Gotta hand it to her though. I would NEVER in a BRAZILLION years wake up at 5:45 to run ANYWHERE!!

Christmas in July is still going strong and for Saturday and Sunday, my writing mats bundles will all be on sale!! These little babies are absolutely AMAZING tools to help your kidlets become confident writers and SUPER excited to write stories!! Even Kinder babies can use these mats to write stories. It's true!!

Here's a little throw back post to fill you all in on how I use them in my classroom...

 The real reason for my post is to remind you all, or maybe fill you in for the very first time, and let you know that I have over 40 writing centers in my TPT store available for purchase, and they are only $2 each! I have like EVERY SINGLE topic you can imagine. Each pack includes 2 types of paper to use, the themed writing mat, and a cute cover if you want to make a mini-book.

Occasionally, I will pull them out and throw them on the floor, and let the kids each pick one to use when writing a story. THEY ARE SOOO STOKED! It was literally like Christmas morning in my room. One of my littles even told me, "I can't believe how much I wrote!" HEE HEE!!  

Here are some pictures of their writing in action...

Wild Wild West

Arctic Life

Once Upon a Time (FREEBIE!)


Things That Go!

Super Heroes

Here is a picture of the left over writing centers that didn't get picked this time...

These writing mats can be placed in binders for the kids to use when they are writing in their journals or put in hanging file folders on the wall...like this...

 You can get any and all of my writing centers individually, or you can buy my writing pack bundles at a discounted price. They are bundled by theme. Here's a little sneak peek...

And, finally, your writing center FREEBIE! My Fairy Tale Writing Center! All for you...for FREE!! Click the picture below to access this file via Google Docs!

Here's a little teaser about what I'm going to be blogging about on Monday...

My Stitch Fix #2!!! C.A.N.N.O.T. WAIT!!!
XOXO Kerri B

Thursday, July 17, 2014

DIY Alphabet magnets...and Christmas in July -Day 3/4

Good morning, cyber friends! Kerri here...

Since it is summer, and we all have GOBS of time on our hands (or is that just lazy old me??), I thought I would re-post about a super fun and easy crafting idea-DIY Alphabet magnets!!

I made these bad boys last summer (I think?) and they have been SOOO useful to me in my classroom. I use them for center activities, but your kids could also build words with them on the side of a file cabinet or on a magnetic whiteboard during free time. The uses are really endless, and they are SOOO cute and easy to make!!

This post is actually from March 2013...

I am here to share with you a little craft I made last week, just because I was in the mood. Occasionally, the crafting spirit will overwhelm me and I will be inspired by something I see at Michaels. Most of the time, I see something and go, "Eh, cute, but I'm too lazy!" :)
This time it was wooden alphabet tiles and the Mod Podge dimensional magic that drew me in. 
Have you used this stuff? It is AWESOME!! It adds a hard coat of dimensional shine to any project, and it is SUPER easy to use. Here's what I did to make my alphabet magnets:

Step one-purchase cute alphabet stickers and place on wooden alphabet tiles. I got 60 of them for $5 at Michaels. Easy peasy and cheap too.

Step 2-cover the stickers with a thin layer of mod podge. I used glitter mod podge, cause it's my favorite, of course!! :)

Step 3-After that dries (approximately 30 minutes), use the Mod Podge dimensional magic and cover each tile. You can be generous with the stuff, it will not spill over the sides of the tile. If you get an air bubble in it, just use a pin to pop it. It goes on opaque but dries clear and shiny!!

Step four-Let these dry overnight so they are super hard and sealed. Then, add a little magnet dot to the back (I got 300 of them from Lakeshore for $8!)... I put the magnet on the side that had the little black alphabet letter on it.

And VOILA!! You are good to go! It is hard to see the dimensional magic in these pics, but trust me, it's there!!

Here are some other ones I just made with different alphabet stickers...
Sooo pretty and fun, huh?? I am going to use these on magnetic boards for word building, my CVC blending puzzles, my alphabet mystery puzzles, oh the possibilities are ENDLESS!
Which brings me to the next part of my post-Christmas in July Days 3 and 4!! 

All of my "Puzzles" centers (both individual and bundles) will be on sale today and tomorrow, and these magnets are PERFECT to use with these centers! There's even a pretty awesome FREEBIE in there too!

Click on the button to check out my sale and I hope some of you will try to make these magnets. They are super fun!!

XOXO Kerri B

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Yoga...and Johnny Appleseed SALE plus FREEBIES!!

Good morning, Bits and Bobbers! Kerri here...

As many of you know, I love yoga. It is my go to form of exercise. Actually, it is my ONLY form of exercise because I HATE sports with a capital H. I also HATE the gym, I loathe running, swimming makes my hair turn green (and my mascara run-not pretty!), balls of any kind annoy me....are you getting the picture??

A couple of years ago, my friend asked me to go to a yoga class with her at the gym, and so I went. Y'all, I was hooked!! I could ACTUALLY do the poses and somewhat keep up with the yoga instructor AND I got an amazing workout! Many people think yoga is just glorified stretching, but let me tell you, it is NOT. It is dang hard and totally invigorating! You get strength, flexibility, stamina, balance, all in one little hour class. Here is a little yoga clip to give you the picture...

Well, guess what?? I got to meet this guy (Rudy Mettia) yesterday when I took my first ever class with him. WWHHAATT??? I was TOTALLY geeking out! I have been doing his Yoga Warrior 365 program for months at my house with my neighbor and we decided that this summer, we were going to drive to Santa Monica (the mecca for all things yoga) and actually take his class. SOOO EXCITING! 

Sooo...here's a little background about me before we go any further. Not only do I hate sports, but I LOATHE sweating. LOATHE IT ENTIRELY. So much so that I will do anything to avoid it, including having all sorts of fans blowing on me while I do my yoga practice. Now, diehard yogis will be mortified by this, as they like a warm room so your muscles will loosen up. I need my fans PEOPLE!! Like a crack addict needs her crack, I NEED MY FANS!

Fast forward to last night, we walk into the studio after the previous class has finished and I kid you  not, it is 1000 degrees in there. 


Well, okay not LITERALLY, but it was at least 90 degrees up in that joint and the class hadn't even started. I was like, "HOLY HELL, what have I gotten myself into?? That green juice I just drank from Nekter is going to rear it's ugly head during this one, for reals!!" I was panicking BIG TIME.

The puke inducing evidence...

So anyway, long story short, I DID IT!! I survived the whole class, and I have never sweated so much in my entire life. Seriously, it was BANANAS. I had sweat coming out from places that I didn't even think COULD Sweat, like the backs of my hands (WTF??) and on my shins. Ewww and ewww.

That being said, it was SUCH an amazing experience!! I loved every sweaty, twisty moment and I even got to meet and HUG my yoga idol, Rudy Mettia afterwards. Here is the proof...

Moving right along...

Day 2 of Christmas in July is upon us and today, my Johnny Appleseed products are on sale. This little babies are PERFECT for September and my kidlets LOVE them!

Click the banner below to see these items on sale!

Also, if you click on this link, it will take you to my Johnny Appleseed post from last year where you can get an art project idea and download 2 fun little Johnny and apple freebies!!

I'll be back tomorrow for Day 3 of Christmas in July!! 
Namaste Peeps!
Kerri B