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

Stitch Fix Review #5 July 2015

Stitch Fix Review #5 July 2015

Hey everyone! Hope everyone is having a great summer. I know we are soaking up as much sun as possible before school’s back in. So here’s another Review from my fifth Stitch Fix Box!  I was a little hesitant when I first opened my box, but as I was trying everything on I did  manage to put together some great outfits paired with some of my own clothes 🙂 Be sure to check out my last post on how to get an awesome Fix with some quick tips using Pinterest and being very specific on your want list. Please follow me on Pinterest for all my latest finds!
I just wanted to say how happy I’ve been since I signed up with Stitch Fix five months ago. I’m a busy mom and rarely have time to make any time for myself let alone go shopping. I feel now I am so much more open to trying new styles and trying items on I would have never picked. And finally I love how awesome and kind the entire company is, truly rare kindness 🙂 Okay, now on to my Fix!
Item #1 Loveappella Cheyanne Printed Maxi Skirt- KEPT
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At first this skirt did nothing for me, I’m not sure if it was just the colors or what? The material is super soft and it did fit me just perfect (no hemming). So very determined I dug through the closet and found a lacy baby pink tank that matched it perfect. I put the Zinia Cutout Top on overtop and Perfect! I loved this outfit.

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In my note to stylist I asked for a form fitting top and Jessica did great! I loved this shirt, very soft and I love the twisted top.  I had nothing in my closet like this so this was a keeper.
Item #3 Zad Vedelia Spade Drop Earrings- SENT BACK

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I requested a specific pair of Spade earrings from Pinterest and they were out of them so she sent me these. I liked them but they didn’t wow me, so back they went.
Item #4 Papermoon Hamlet Lace Detail Blouse- KEPT

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I loved the color of this blouse, just my style! The back detail was so pretty and it look great with a long necklace.  The material is great too because you can wear this over and over and it will still look just as great as the first time. Again I had nothing like this in my closet so another keeper 🙂
Item #5 Loveappella Abella Maxi Dress- SENT BACK

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I didn’t get a picture in this because frankly it just wasn’t me, lol. It was just a little to BOHO for me. I did like the way it felt and it was very comfortable. 
Thanks so much for stopping by and if you would like to know a little more about getting your own personal stylist through Stitch Fix, click here. Have a wonderful day!! -Monica

 

How to get you best Fix!! Stitch Fix 101

Tips and Tricks to get a great Fix!

I get a lot of questions when I’m talking about Stitch Fix and sometimes I talk to friends that have received boxes that they weren’t so crazy about. So here’s a quick rundown of what I do to get a great box (and keep getting them!)

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-In the beginning I did link My Style Pinterest board and my first two boxes were just ok. Then I started searching for Stitch Fix clothes and I found that they looked at those much more often than non Stitch Fix clothes.  If you pin a lot of Stitch Fix clothes you will still be surprised and definitely not disappointed!! 

-If you received a box you love definitely request the same stylist next time. She might not get your style perfect every time but she will learn what you don’t like pretty quick! I love my stylist Jessica.  She tries really hard and always tries to meet my request!

BE SPECIFIC!! If you need a pretty maxi dress for a wedding or some dress pants for work, SAY SO!! They are very so so happy when you can be specific on your wants!

-Even if you think you don’t like a piece, keep trying it on with different pieces of your wardrobe.  For example I just received a box yesterday and Jessica sent me a maxi skirt (I had requested one) and I looked at it and even tried it on :/ It was just ok. I went back to my closet and said “Is there any top that would make this skirt look amazing. And just like that I found a perfect lacy tank that made the skirt look so pretty. I even took another shirt she sent me that I wasn’t crazy about and put it on top of the lacy tank and BOOM! The outfit looked amazing! My point is don’t judge to quickly. 

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Don’t expect to like everything every time!  The goal isn’t to keep everything all the time but to build a great wardrobe and to find special pieces that truly makes us feel amazing. I never have been one to think outside my box, but Stitch Fix definitely does that for me! 

If you would like more information click here,

hope this helps you all get your best Fix!!!  -Monica

DIY Little Mermaid Ariel Dress Tutorial

Our upcoming trip to Disney World is quickly approaching and I decided to make Lily a super easy, quick Little Mermaid outfit out of some scrap material and a tank top I bought for $1 at a yardsale!!  

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Here is a list of my materials I used:

-purple tank top from Justice $1!!

-(scaley) material from Joann’s I got on the scrap clearance $3!

-stretchy ruffled elastic from Joann’s (matching the turquoise material) $2.50

-Ariel patch for the tank top (Joann’s)

-Cute Red flower for her hair 🙂 (Joann’s)

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I started with cutting the tank top right under the chest area. I then measured how wide the material needed to be laying flat once I sewn the two right sides together. This material was a little tricky since it had little circles(scales) all over it and was sheer so i had to make sure the lines matched up.

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This is what it looks like after the right sides are sewn together and then flipped the right way.

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Next I use a large basting stitch on my machine and did basic gathering until my measurements matched from both my tank top and the width around the skirt.

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I then used the ruffled elastic and attached it to the skirt with a stretch stitch. This part saved so much time because this elastic is so forgiving of any mistakes and will be very comfortable putting it on over her head. 

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After the elastic is sewn on its time to attach it to the body (tank top) still using the basic stretch stitch. (#4 on my machine which is a Brother SC6600)

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And finally I ironed on the Ariel patch and I found some random sequence I had in my craft desk and stitched some around Ariel since I thought it was a little too plain 🙂 

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Overall I was very happy with the end result and so was Lily!! I know she will look so sweet when she meets Ariel at Magic Kingdom!! Thanks for stopping by and please subscribe for more sewing and DIY crafts:)  Happy Sewing!!

Stitch Fix Review #4 July 2015

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So after my last fix I thought it will be really hard to top that box! Well I was wrong! I requested Jessica again and they let me keep her! Lol She just gets me…

So here’s a super quick rundown of how Stitch Fix work: Fill out a style profile and your personal stylist will send you 5 items based on your profile and your Pinterest board (which I highly recommend doing) you will be much happier if you do!  You have three days to try things on and after the three days keep what you want and send back what you don’t!! Yes that easy! Free shipping both ways and your $20 styling fee will go toward your purchase! If you do decide to sign up please use my link here so I can get a referral and keep doing what I love 🙂 My previous posts will give way more details if you’re interested so feel free to look through my past reviews!!

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Oh how I have waited to get this dress!! I had this pinned on my Pinterest board and loved it!! I did have to do some alterations to the length, definitely not for short girls but I just couldn’t send it back!!

Item #2 Dear John Finnegan Roll Cuff Short- Kept!!

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Sorry I didn’t have a good picture of me wearing them, but let me tell you they are the most comfortable shorts ever!! Super soft stretchy material (very forgiving) and the cuff is so cute! 

Item #3 Pixley Avah Chevron Print Dolman Sleeve Top- Kept!!! 

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This was my favorite item in the box!! If you read my other posts my first box had a shirt similar but plain and I so regretted sending it back!! Well this one was way cuter and so so comfortable!! Love, Love, Love!

Item #4 Zad Leanne Infinity Drop Earrings-Kept!

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These were really pretty and I didn’t have any like them so they are mine now 🙂

Item #5 Fate Kathina Sheer Cut Out Top-Sent Back

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LOL When I first seen this top I loved it and I thought how pretty it was but the sleeves fit me very pointy?? So I sent Stitchfix an email and they were awesome to let me send it back and still get my 25% discount because in my picture she said it didn’t look like it had been sewn correctly. I love their customer service department, everyone is so helpful and very quick to answer any concerns you have. Just another reason Stitch Fix is huge love of mine 🙂

That’s it for my July review! See you in August!!!

Blessings, Monica

Stitch Fix Box #3 May 2015


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Welcome to my Stitch Fix Review!! This one is my May 2015 box.  Here is a quick explanation of how it 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!! If  you decide to try it please use my link here so I can keep doing these posts on what I love :)

So this month was the big 3-0 for me and I was very very specific on my “note to stylist” not to send me anything too “Mommy”!! 🙂 I know I am getting older but that doesn’t mean I have to dress that way! I told her I wanted a colorful purse and to look on my Pinterest board for all the new things I pinned. Well let me tell you my stylist Ashley hit it out of the park on this one!! I have found the more specific you are the happier you will be overall… Here is what I got!

Item #1 Collective Concepts Georgina Keyhole Detail Blouse-KEPT

Item #2 Mint Colored Mavi Aiden Skinny Jeans-KEPT

I absolutely love this blouse and skinny jeans together!! They go so well together and fit perfectly! She even went down a jean size which I rolled my eyes at before I tried them on and WALLA!! They fit! I have no idea how they pick the perfect jean size but they do.

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Item #3 Pixley Messi Lattice Neckline Knit Top-KEPT

This was a top that I had pinned in Pinterest and was so so excited when I pulled it out of the box! It also look supercute with the mint Mavi jeans I recieved. Perfect fit, loved!

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Item #4 Brixon Ivy Lex Textured Floral Knit Fit & Flare Dress-KEPT

This dress is amazing!! I had pinned it about 10 times so my stylist would get the hint that wanted it badly!!! I did alter the dress a bit in the straps so it would fit better, which was no big deal. The fabric is amazing, it is very soft and thick. Definitely not cheaply made, very high quality! I loved wearing a jean jacket with it 🙂

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Item #5 Moda Luxe Chicago Structured Satchel-KEPT

I asked for a colorful purse and Ashley delivered!! I looooved this bag! The color is so beautiful and couldn’t have picked a better one myself! It’s not too big or too small, the perfect size! 

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So yes I kept EVERYTHING!!! Best fix yet!! And remember if you keep everything you will get a 25% discount!!  Like I said the best way to get the perfect box is:

-Be very specific in your note to stylist.

-Pin specifically Stitch Fix pins.

-Tell them what you don’t want!! LOL

Thanks for stopping by! God Bless!! Monica

My 2nd Stitch Fix Box! April 2015

Welcome to Petite Mom Living!! Thanks so much for taking time to read my review of Stitch Fix Box #2! I really wish I would have taken pictures of myself trying everything on but I didn’t know I was going to write about them, my third Stitch Fix Review will up shortly and I took pictures of everything!! 

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So this is 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!! If  you decide to try it please use my link here so I can keep doing these posts on what I love 🙂

So when I signed up for my next box I was a little more specific on some items I was wanting, I had read several blogs on how to get a great box. I requested a certain Maxi dress and they were out of my size 🙁 . I also requested a jean jacket and a pair of distressed skinny jeans. In my style profile I did select the option of not getting any accessories but I’m sure I will request them sometime! So let’s get to it!

Item #1 Kut From The Kloth Aviva Boyfriend Jean- Sent Back

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When I requested a pair of distressed skinny  jeans this was not what I was expecting. My stylist wrote on my card that she did not have any distressed skinny jeans available in my size so she thought I might like these… uh no….these were not me at all! I didn’t like the first pair of boyfriend jeans in my first box! Lol I did send a little note to Stitch Fix about me expressing how much I hated the first pair and why did they send me another pair!!?? They were super awesome and gave me a credit just for not listening to my feedback. 

Item #2 Just USA Morrie Boyfriend Denim Jacket-Sent Back

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I wanted to love this jacket so much! I tried it on with several other pieces I already had and I just couldn’t do it. It was way to big and bulky for me even though it was a small. 

Item #3 Gilli Zuli Maxi Dress-KEPT!!!

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At first I was disappointed that I didn’t get the Maxi dress I requested but after three days of trying this on I fell in love!! The dress is super flattering on my small figure and I loved pairing it with this cute little jean jacket I already had! This is why I love Stitch Fix so much, even if I find one piece that I love it is all worth it!

Item #4 Sweet Rain Chrissy V-Neck Blouse- Sent Back

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Initially I really liked this tank, it was a very pretty material and very different than what I would normally wear. It just didn’t look very flattering on me, it hung way to loose and I’m not a fan of V-necks.

Item #5 Renee C Tucker Crocket Trim Top- Sent Back

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I loved this top, I should have kept it! The material was so so different I can’t even explain how it felt, very slinky but not see through or too thick. The only reason I didn’t keep this was the lace all around the neck and arms. The lace hung very loose and awkward. I still dream about this top though, lol….

There’s my review! And again if you’re interested at all pretty please use my link here so I can receive a credit. My next review (May 2015) will be up soon and all I’ll say is that it rocked!! Pics to come! Thanks and God Bless!! Monica

Choosing to be happy!

Do you ever find yourself scrolling down your Facebook feed with just shaking your head and a frown on your face? I find myself doing this constantly, actually way too much to admit. I wonder if these people are truly happy…I always love the person that posts a million “how many times I worked out this week!!” updates, as if the rest of us don’t feel enough mom guilt (or dad guilt) for not going to the gym. And there’s the ever so popular “I’m just bored…selfie” don’t get me started! Lol   No but seriously the best part of my day today was in the car on the way to the swim lessions in my ever so awesome swagger wagon. Lily begged me to put in my Newboys cd in which I obliged. When “God’s Not Dead” came on I’m pretty sure we got more than a few “you’re weird” looks because the lady five cars back could here us all including my three year old singing “God’s not dead he’s surely alive!!” at the top of our lungs! I honestly could care less who heard me or seen our mini American Idol audition. Because we were happy, not just happy, joyful.. We don’t get that many moments in our lives. You know the ones you just want to bottle up and hold tight. I think most of these moments are a choice, when most choose to complain, you could substitute for a few moments like this. Life isn’t perfect, and neither are we. But God made us to love and be happy. So when I ask my kids tonight what the best part of their day was, which I ask every night, mine will not be how many times I was on Pinterest or Twitter but it was our own little concert in the car, with only us as the audience… choosing to be happy… 🙂

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My First Stitch Fix Box!! Fix #1

So it all started one snowy morning while watching the Today Show. Their story featured this new unique way to shop online and actually allow someone to shop for you! As they were explaining their story my husband even said “Well how cool, you should try that! (once)” LOL Yeah right just once (insert eye roll).

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So this is 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!  If you decide to try it please use my link here so I can keep doing these posts on what I love 🙂

So let’s get to it, here was what I received my first Fix! I regret not taking pics of everything but I will from now on!!

Item #1 Pixley Ivy Petal Print Blouse- KEPT

So when I pulled this out of the box I immediately thought “I don’t like this”, but then I tried it on and amazingly I loved it!!! I paired it with white shorts and with my skinny jeans and this turned out to be my favorite item!!

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Item #2 Pixley Triste Swing Skirt-SENT BACK

This skirt was super cute and I really liked it with the Black Rob Henley Blouse, but it was a tad bit too small 🙁

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Item #3 Kut From the Kloth Haiden Distressed Straight Leg Jean-SENT BACK

These jeans fit amazing around my legs and hips, I really couldn’t believe how well they fit without my stylist actually fitting me in person! But with that being said I am only 4′ 11″ and the straight leg fit (boyfriend fit) didn’t flatter my small stature at all.                  stitch2

Item #4 Daniel Rainn Rob Henley Blouse-KEPT

This shirt was so soft and the material is so different. It is a little like polka dots but softer and sheer. I loved this one right away. It looks so cute with skinny jeans or dressier with a maxi skirt!!

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Item #5 Market and Spruce Aleah V-Neck Heathered Dolman Sleeve Shirt-SENT BACK

I have some serious buyers remorse with this one, there have been many times I wish I would have kept this one! It was so soft and flattering. It looked so cute with skinny jeans too, but for $48 it didn’t make the cut.

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There ya go, my first Stitch Fix Review! I hope you enjoyed and have a blessed day!! – Monica