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Stitch Fix Review #6 August 2015

Stitch Fix Review #6 August 2015!! 

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Thanks for stopping by my Review! I love sharing my love for Stitch Fix, and hope this review is very helpful! Here is a quick rundown of how Stitch Fix works:
 You fill out a very detailed style profile explaining every aspect of your style and how you like things to feel and fit. You set the price range for each category along with what you would like to receive in your fix, like whether you would like all tops, or no jewelry, etc.. Then you schedule your Fix!! Your personal stylist will handpick five items for you which can include tops, pants, dresses, jewelry, purses, etc.. It is free shipping both ways. Keep what you love and send back what you don’t in a prepaid mailer.  No need to subscribe even though you can if you like. The cool thing is when you schedule your fix you can send your stylist a personal note explaining if there is something specific you would like that month. When you receive your Fix you will get a little note from your stylist explaining why she picked what she did, and a style card showing different ways to wear each piece! And make sure you try everything on, even if you don’t like it at first. I seriously hated one of my tops until I tried it on and it ended up being my favorite! There is a $20 styling fee initially but that will come off the price of anything you keep even if you keep just one thing. And if you keep everything you will get a 25% discount!! If  you decide to try it please use my link here so I can keep doing these posts on what I love!
So here it is!
Item #1 41Hawthorn Abrianna Knit Cardigan- Sent Back

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I really liked the color of this cardigan. It was very soft and flowy, but sadly it was way too big in the sleeves.
Item #2 Eight Sixty Gabre Eyelet Dress-KEPT!!
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I LOOOOOVED this dress!! The material is fantastic! Super soft and strechy, very forgiving. The cap sleeves are so cute and comfy. Definitely one of my favorite pieces I have received so far!
Item #3 Shiraleah Adele Graphic Print Tote-Sent Back

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This was an item I really debated back and forth. I requested a tote bag for my laptop. I had pinned this on Pinterest but it wasn’t as great in person as I expected. Just a little too flimsy to put my computer in.
Item #4 Gilli Mitchel Maxi Dress-KEPT!

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I was so excited when I pulled this out of the box! I had specifically requested a dress like this and Jessica delivered! I love everything about it. I did hem it up about 4 inches for my petite frame. Not too  revealing, just right!
Item #5 Zad Tuscany Bead & Tassel Necklace-Sent Back

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I liked this but I had something similar already so I couldn’t justify keeping it. Though I did really like it! If you have any other questions I didn’t clear up about Stitch Fix, shoot me an email and I will help the best I can!
Well that’s it for my review, let me know what you like and don’t! Have a wonderful day! Blessings, Monica
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Back to School: Raising Up Christ-Like

School is back into full swing and I hope everyone had a fantastic summer! I know we did, full of swimming and sleeping in late!! Going back to school brings so many emotions (sniffle, I can’t believe I have a first grader), and new everyday challenges, especially when it comes to being a Christian in the modern world. 

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Look at that sweet face :)

“Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”
The other day I was putting Lily to bed and she asks the dreaded question, “Mom what’s the F-word?”.  My nostrils flared, eyes bugged, and the hairs on the back of my neck stood up, KEEP CALM MONICA.. Immediately I wanted to know full details on where and why she was asking (I was stalling a bit).  She said two much older girls at camp had said they had a secret for her and that is what it was (also asking what was the S-word). Well of course she had no idea what those words were and what they meant! ARGH! … Ok keeping calm now .. :) 
I’m not sure why I was so surprised that this had came up, because evil is everywhere. It seems no matter how much you shelter your children from outside sin, it always finds its way to the innocent and sweet… I knew from that moment on the way I approached answering her questions would have a deep,  meaningful impact on her. So I said a little prayer to myself and went on to explain. I told her what the s-word was (word for poop!) Lol and that I would not say the f-word because it was the ugliest word in the world and only ugly mouths say it! Believe me I am no saint in saying I’ve never said those words before because I have and no person is perfect.. but that was a big dose of reality when it comes to having a clean mouth. 
This situation was no different than many others in raising children in the image of our creator… It’s no different than when she asks why “Suzy” is being so mean to her or when her little heart is selfish. We take every moment one step at a time and try to deal the best we can. A little girl was being mean at camp a few weeks ago and we had this conversation on why the little girl was being mean. I told her that maybe she wasn’t very happy with herself and that she could have been taking it out on her friends. I told Lily to ask the girl if she wanted to talk about what was bothering her and just try to be a loving friend. Lily was more than happy to oblige :)
As I’m sure my husband will agree being a parent has been the biggest blessing I could have ever received. So many days though I feel as if I’m screwing it up royally! But I know deep down if I trust God and what he has in store for me, my children will prosper and grow up to be the wonderful adults I know they can become!  

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Nothing has been easy when it comes to being a parent, but raising a child to be kind, respectful and full of forgiveness has to be hands down toughest task we have! I’ve heard from clients when they speak of their kids, “I raised him on my knees!”  with a chuckle.  I never knew the hard truth behind that statement until I was a parent. Yes I pray A LOT. For my kids and the other kids that bounce around with my kids at school and home everyday. Moms, it is hard! Don’t be quick to judge each other as moms.. Show Love, grace and PRAY FOR EACH OTHER! We are all in this together. :)

Blessings, Monica

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Life at 30: No turning back

Today was a good day..

I had the privilege of staying home with a sick little boy today. Fever for two days, throwing up last night, it was utterly exhausting.  But it was a good day.  This is my typical everyday life I’ve been blessed with.
In May I turned 30, and I can honestly say I am much happier now than anytime before 25. Many times I hear clients or friends talk about those years in their life and yearn to go back. Not me, not ever.. I am so content with this stage of my life I have not the slightest inkling to go back.

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My 30th birthday present, an Aerosmith concert!! 
I was always the quiet one in elementary school ( a trait my daughter did not receive thankfully). It was very difficult to fit in as every sweet little child tries to do in elementary, so often I felt awkward, scared, and alone. I did very well with my grades and that always made me feel good.
Then I moved on to middle school which was much better. I made some wonderful friends through sports and found a crowd that I fit in with much easier. Much easier just to be myself that is. I still struggled to find my voice and take a stand for what I believed in. Becoming a true saved christian at 12 gave me a little more strength, I did find it easier to voice my beliefs, and I was able to connect with other young believers through my wonderful church.
My freshman and sophomore year of high school went really well and a lot of anxiety I often had as a kid didn’t really affect me.  I was getting comfortable with myself.  My junior year not so much. With the loss of my grandma, affects of a breakup, and just general stress of being an adolescent and trying to decide what in the world I should do with my life, it was just too much.  I wanted to go to beauty school, but most of my teachers would tell me I was way too smart for that. Thankfully I had wonderful friends that were supportive and that made life a little easier.. Look how cute we were :)

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I graduated from high school in May of 2003 and started cosmetology school the very same June. I struggled mentally all the way through.   I loved doing hair just not going to school! Many days I wondered if I was really cut out to be in such an emotionally demanding profession (and working in a room full of women everyday)! :)  Thankfully I did stick with it and graduated the following July.
The early years of being a hairdresser was so amazingly hard! Go hug your hairdresser right now! She deserves it. LOL  No seriously, I can’t imagine a much harder profession in the early years. Sitting all day for one haircut, that was always fun. Being a very petite girl made me look even younger than what I really was. I started at 18 and looked 13.  The #1 question I would get when a new client would sit in my chair would be, “So how long have you been doing hair?”.  That always made me feel wonderful! As I passed the mid 20’s I felt everything about me change. I had two amazing kids that transformed my entire view of the world and life. I had to quit being selfish and start being happy with me! I’m not sure really where the big change occurred but it did. I love my job, I love my husband with all my heart and soul, and I love being me (even at 30) 😉
Well I don’t get asked much anymore how many years I’ve been a hairdresser and I’m glad.  I’m glad to be passed all that.  Being 30 is nothing like I thought it would be. I never thought I would be writing on my very own website about anything and everything. God continues to love and strengthen me. Bring on the next 30…
Blessings, Monica