Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Stitch Fix #13

This fix was an interesting one.  Honestly, my initial reaction was that I wouldn't want to keep anything.  Here's what I got:
Leya Thermal Knit Short Sleeve Top by Tart

Benfeld Tiered Colorblocked Mini Skirt by Mystree
Larsen Sheer Detail Striped Knit Top by Laila Jayde
Mariella Bali Print Wrap Scarf - Spun Scarves by Subtle Luxury

Sam Hi-Lo Short Sleeve Tee by Pomelo
I  eventually conceded that this gray Pomelo top would be a good staple for my wardrobe.  Gray shirts are not my favorite so I really don't own any.  I've actually worn this top a lot and grown to love it.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

September 2014

We've had a lot going on that I've failed to post on the blog.  I won't go all the way back and try to catch up, but I will do a little recap of last month.  

For over a year we've been wanting to check out The Truck Stop in the Crossroads in Kansas City.  It's a round up of some of KC's food trucks but they only have it the first Friday of the month.  We finally made it there last month and braved the cool weather to enjoy some yummy food.

We experienced the beauty of Kansas sunflower fields for the first time.  We were able to schedule a mini family photo session but I'm keeping most of the pictures under wraps until Christmas card time.  This is just a quick one I snapped of Marlie with my camera.

As a family we participated in the Run for the Fallen 5K here at Fort Leavenworth.  We've done the run both here and at Fort Campbell.  It means a lot to us to have the opportunity to honor and remember the servicemembers who have given their life for our country.

On September 11, we also participated in Team RWB's Moving Tribute to honor those who lost their lives on 9/11.  We kept the flag moving from sun up to sun down that day.  Bryan ran for an hour with his buddy, Dave, and my friend, Lindsay, joined me and Emma.

 We visited Cider Hill Family Orchard on a beautiful Saturday.  We picked a 1/2 bushel of apples and enjoyed making all sorts of goodness with them.  I'd say the highlights were definitely the apple sauce and apple cake though!

I'm not really "crafty" but I do enjoy making crafts when I've got some good guidance.  I get together once a month with a group of girlfriends and we always do something different.  Last month we made wreaths.  I'm not a huge fan of burlap wreaths, but I had seen online where someone made a pumpkin wreath.  I decided to give that a shot and for my first try, I'm satisfied with how it turned out.  
I'm also a regular at the thrift stores in town.  I came across this ugly brown cart one day and felt like it had potential but didn't quite know what to do with.  I soon regretted not buying it and went back the next morning to pick it up.  I bought some teal spray paint to fix it up and now it looks so much better.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Stitch Fix #12

I've let myself get behind again on sharing my monthly Stitch Fix shipments.  Here is Stitch Fix #12 from a few months ago. 

Corinna Striped Dolman Top by Pomelo

Aleah V-Neck Heathered Dolman Sleeve Shirt by Pomelo

Tobey Mixed Stripe Maxi Skirt by Chris & Carol 
Annabelle Long Beaded Necklace by 31 Bits

Heubert Space Dye Open Cardigan by Renee C

The only item I kept from this shipment was the cardigan.  Even though I love cardigans, I wasn't sure about this one.  However, I must admit that I wear this one all the time now!

Every month I look forward to receiving my 'Fix' of clothes that were picked specifically for me.
If you would like a stylist to select some great items just for you, 
I would really appreciate it if you used my referral code to sign up:  

Would you like to see what items I've received in my previous Stitch Fix shipments?

Stitch Fix #1 tells in more detail about how the service works

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

dotMom 2014

I recently snuck off for a weekend to attend this year's dotMom conference.  My neighbor, Anna, went with me and we took off around noon on Thursday headed to Clarksville, TN.  One of our previous duty stations was Fort Campbell, KY and Clarksville is right outside the gates.  After 8ish hours of driving, we met my friend, Marcia, at my favorite sushi restaurant.  Surprisingly, the best sushi I've ever eaten can be found in Clarksville at Kohana.
On Friday morning, we picked up my other friend, Renee, and drove to Hendersonville for the conference.  It kicked off just after noon with worship led by Carl and Heather Cartee.  That was followed by our first general session speaker, Jennie Allen.  I was looking forward to hearing Jennie speak because I'm going through her Stuck Bible study right now with a group of ladies.  She discussed things we are fighting that no one else can see.  She encouraged us to fix our eyes on Jesus and keep fighting because we are at war.

Later in the afternoon we were able to participate in our first two breakout sessions.  I chose to attend Discovering Your Personal Ministry with Angela Cottrell and Blogging With Kids led by Jessica Turner.

Next it was dinner time!  Anna knows how seriously I take eating out, so she put the pressure on me to find us some great food on this trip.  I chose Cafe Rakka for our first Nashville area meal.  It did not disappoint.  The food was so fresh and flavorful - even for someone like me who requires the spice/heat level to be very mild.

Friday evening concluded with more worship and a general session led by David Thomas.  Last year I had the opportunity to attend a breakout session led by his coworker, Missy Goff.  It was such a great session and I was excited to hear David speak this year.  He was such an engaging speaker and made us laugh and then get teary eyed all in the same session.  He discussed 3 Things I Know For Sure About Parenting.  Those things were:
1) Parenting is about showing up
2) Parenting is designed to help ME (the parent) grow up
3) Parenting will expose the best and worst of who I am

Saturday morning kicked off with worship and a general session with Steve & Debbie Wilson.  I wasn't familiar with the Wilsons so I didn't know what to expect from their session.  I think it's safe to say they blew us away.  Their focus is on marriage and relationships and they spoke a lot about expectations during their session.  Their main points were:
1) Unspoken expectations lead to discouragement
2) Unmet expectations lead to disappointment
3) Unrealistic expectations lead to defeat

For my last two breakout sessions, I chose Teaching God's Word to Your Children with Angela Cottrell and The Ten Things Every Spouse Needs with Steve and Debbie Wilson.

The conference concluded with one last worship time and a general session led by Angie Smith.  I loved hearing from Angie last year at dotMom 2013.  Angie spoke about our need as parents to have control and we could all relate to what she was sharing.  Some of my favorite points from her session were:
We can't point to God if we're holding on to [control of] our kids with both hands.
Be brave enough to show your children your faith in God.  
Let your children see who Jesus is to you in your worst moments.
Build your own faith and pray that they are watching.  

The conference concluded on Saturday afternoon and that night,  Anna, Renee and I had dinner at The Pharmacy - Burger Parlor & Beer Garden in Nashville.  They had a nice, large beer garden and one of the best burgers I've had in a while.  I'm definitely going to return there when I get a chance.

On Sunday, we dropped Renee off at the airport (with a Dyson vacuum she won at dotMom by the way!) and Anna and I made the drive back to Kansas.  Like last year, I was feeling mentally and emotionally exhausted but at the same time, completely poured into.  This is such a wonderful conference and I wish every mom had a chance to attend.  There is scuttlebutt that this may have been the last dotMom but I truly hope it was not.  I definitely want to try to attend in 2015!

This obviously isn't a picture from dotMom, but it was taken while I was in Nashville.  This cuteness is one of the three reasons I went to the conference to try to become a better and more Godly wife and mother.