Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Target Tuesday :: Fall Target Dupes

Hey everyone!  Thank you so much for all of the get well wishes you sent me.  I'm feeling so much better this week!  Today, I'm over at Houston Moms Blog sharing some fun Target Dupes I found last week.  Yes...I took you in the dressing room with me. 
 
Enjoy and let me know if you've found anything fun at Target recently!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Five on Friday :: Out Sick

I'm reporting to you from bed still sick!  I guess I have the crud that Jack had last week.  I'm hoping for lots of rest this weekend and a full recovery by Monday.  Momma does not have time for this!  This post is going to be short and sweet so I can get back to resting...

ONE

Are you loving the new fall TV shows?  Which one is your favorite?  I'm loving the return of The Voice, Parenthood and Walking Dead.  My favorite new show is How To Get Away With Murder.  Jason and I are hooked!  I also watched the premier of Marry Me this week and thought it had lots of potential. 

TWO

I received one of the best Birchbox's to date this week.  I LOVE Beauty Blenders and needed a new one.  It also came with a Beauty Blender cleanser, eyeliner, lotion which I love to throw in my purse, perfume sample and facial cleanser.  The $10 box paid for itself just with the beauty blender which retails for $12 alone.  Signup here to start receiving a monthly Birchbox!



THREE

Jack also received a box of his own this week thanks to Citrus Lane.  He especially love those shakers and a new book is always appreciated!  Click here to sign-up and receive 50% off your first box!


 

FOUR

Don't forget to enter to win my giveaway for a $200 Visa Giftcard and other prize packs sponsored by Dr. Smith's!!!  You have until Sunday at midnight to enter. 



FIVE

Thank you to everyone who read my post this week about Jack's delayed milestones.  I have received so many awesome comments, texts, emails and messages.  If I haven't responded to you yet it's just because I'm feeling crummy, but I so appreciate it.  My heart is full and I'm happy to report that Jack is getting better and better by the day - just doing things in his own time.  Just this morning he climbed up and down our entire staircase twice which is something he hasn't been interested in doing prior to today!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!

Love,
C

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Scarf Swap Reminders


Happy Thursday ya'll!  I just wanted to give you a few quick reminders about our Scarf Swap!  If you aren't participating, I'll be back to normal blog stuff tomorrow with Five on Friday. 


You need to have your scarf shipped out to your partner by this Sunday, 10/19 in order for them to receive it by our share date and linkup party of 10/28!

So now is the time to do some last minute shopping!  If you are on Instagram, don't forget to share your shopping fun with us using #2014scarfswap.  It's been fun seeing some of you out and about looking for scarves! 

If you are stressing and don't have time to make it out of the house to shop, you can always shop online and have the scarf shipped directly to your partner!  Just an option if your life is hectic right now. 

I hope you are having fun with this and getting to know your partner.  Let me know if I can help in anyway. 

As you are working on your link-up posts, be sure and grab a button to use below!

Link Up
Happy Swapping!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Houston Moms Blog :: Delayed Milestones

I'm over at Houston Moms Blog today talking about our experience with delayed milestones and all the fun that comes with it like the snarky comments and worried looks.
 
Hope to see you there - and please leave a comment on the post if you have experience with this topic!


Monday, October 13, 2014

Planning for the Holidays {Plus a $200 Giveaway}

This is a sponsored post by Dr. Smith's, but all opinions are my own.  As always, I only work with brands that I use and love. 

Happy Monday!  Can you believe it's mid-October?  We were home all weekend with a sick little boy, but I so enjoyed seeing everyone's family pictures from the pumpkin patch all weekend on Facebook and Instagram.  Hopefully we can get out to one next weekend.  Family pumpkin patch pictures are a must on our fall bucket list!

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Once Halloween is over, the holiday season gets kicked into high gear for our family.  Between Christmas shopping, holiday parties, and getting around Texas to see all of our five sets of families, it gets a little {a lot} hectic. 

Can anyone else relate to this? 

My Holiday To-Do List Includes:
 
-  Shopping
-  Wrapping
-  Visit Santa
-  Decorate the House
-  Family Pictures for Holiday Card
-  Print & Mail Holiday Cards
-  Baking
-  Plan family holidays visits :: the most stressful of all!


We LOVE seeing all of our families - each one has a totally unique vibe and own set of traditions.  My favorite holiday traditions include watching Elf after Thanksgiving lunch, Chinese food after Church on Christmas Eve, and our annual Tacky Sweater Enchilada Night. 

Between running around from event to event, shopping for the perfect gifts and traveling around Texas, we are on-the-go constantly between November - January.  Adding a little one into the mix makes it so much more meaningful and special...but it also makes planning a little trickier!

Last year I discussed some tips for navigating a crazy Christmas season

I've also found it so important to have the perfect diaper bag packed and car essentials stowed away - iPad, snacks, Jack's favorite blankie and all of the fun diaper changing essentials. 

I'm so thrilled that Dr. Smith's (our faithful diaper rash ointment brand) is now available in a spray!!!  It's the same effective, yet gentle formula that we fell in love with in the ointment form, but now so fast, easy {and less messy}!  Yes, this stuff is handy to have at all of our changing stations in our home, but it makes diaper changes while traveling a breeze! 

I'm sure all of you moms can relate to the need for a QUICK diaper change during a road trip pit-stop.  Why Buc-ee's gas stations (known in Texas for their clean restrooms and quick lines) hasn't thought to add extra diaper changing stations is beyond me. 

To celebrate their new spray option, Dr. Smith's is giving away some prize packs for a few lucky readers of The Perfect Catch!  One first place winner will receive a $200 VISA Gift Card AND a Dr. Smith's Prize Pack.  And three lucky ones will receive Dr. Smith's Prize Packs.  Enter below to win.  The giveaway will end on Sunday, October 19th at midnight.  Good luck!



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Friday, October 10, 2014

Five on Friday

ONE - Seasons of Caring Luncheon

On Tuesday my mom and stepdad {LE & Shelley} were honored at a luncheon for their work with Carolina Creek Christian Camp that they founded over 14 years ago.  The luncheon was for organized by Interface-Samaritan Counseling Centers who I was excited to learn provides counseling and educational services with a Christian perspective.  It was great to see Mom and LE recognized, but I most enjoyed hearing the keynote speaker, Elizabeth McIngvale-Cegelski {yes Mattress Mac's daughter for all of you locals}. 

She discussed her battle with mental illness and how she overcame it with the help of her family, faith and access to professional counselors. 

Her speech really touched my heart and spoke to me as both my family and I have dealt with mental illness since I can remember.  I love that Elizabeth is choosing to speak out about her experience rather than hide in shame from it as most do. 


Mom & Me


TWO - Corsets & Cocktails

Also on Tuesday, I attended Corsets & Cocktails, a Moms Night Out event hosted by Houston Moms Blog at Top Drawer Lingerie.  It was a blast to see all of my fellow contributors and blog friends. 

Misty, Me & Meagan

Me and Kristy


THREE - Sickies

The rest of this week has been a doozie! Jack isn't feeling well and yesterday I woke up with my eye almost swollen shut. I think it's just my body telling me to cool it. And maybe eat some chocolate.  I experienced an important mommy rite of passage the other night when Jack threw up all over me.  I've been pooped on, peed on and spit-up on, but before the other night had dodged vomit.  He made it extra good to make up for lost time. 


We've been taking it easy and making time for a little fun at home too.  Aside from some crockpot taco soup for dinner last night, I also made Mix & Match Mama's Chocolate Apple Pecan Cobbler...and yes, I topped it off with some Blue Bell Ice Cream.  So easy and very yummy!



FOUR - Fun Find Alert!

My super-talented friend Alli of Swish Productions is selling these necklaces over at jane.com today only while supplies last {and my beautiful friend Shannon is the model}!  They come in a ton of different colors...my favorite is black & bronze.  Only $12.99!  Get yours now. 


The other fun find alert is this scarf from Payless of all places!  Thanks to Mandy for the heads up!  I have seen it in person and it is cute, cute, cute.  On sale now for $9.99.  Can't beat that!  Both colors are great, but I'm personally loving the taupe color. 



FIVE - Scarf Swap

You know I couldn't end a blog post without mentioning the Scarf Swap right?  I just wanted to remind everyone that if you haven't heard from your partner by today, please let me know.  I have a couple of people who want in that I can re-match you with. 



Also, Sheaffer of Pinterest Told Me To shared some great scarves this week that she discovered.  Her recommendations are never disappointing!


Have a wonderful weekend!  Don't miss Bill Hader on SNL...set that DVR!  It's going to be good. 

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

My Latest Stitch Fix Review

Last week I received my 2nd Stitch Fix Box.  If you remember from my first Stitch Fix review, I was pretty happy with it even though I only kept one item.  I liked everything, but was looking for more fall pieces.  I will say that the one top that I did keep has been on heavy rotation in my closet so it was money well spent** (see my last comment below)


If you aren't familiar with Stitch Fix: It is a styling service that sends you 5 pieces of clothing and/or accessories pulled specifically for you. Once you receive the items you can try on, take pictures and see how they will work into your wardrobe - all in the comfort of your own home. You have three days to decide to keep the items or send them back. If you keep all five items you will receive 20% off the entire purchase. If you send all 5 items back you lose your $20 stylist fee that would have been applied to your purchase. Everyone fills out a style and fit questionnaire, but you can be as picky or open as you want in your communications to your stylist.

After my first box I added more notes to my stylist that said:
  • Even though it's still warm in Texas (as they mentioned in my last note) I still wanted more fall pieces like transitional sweaters, jackets and tops.  No sleeveless. 
  • Please no pants unless they are leggings or a ponte knit pant
  • An occasional dress for work is great
  • No jewelry except for an occasional statement necklace
I was really excited to get some sweaters or cute fall tops that I've been seeing in other Stitch Fix reviews.  See the latest review from Jennifer of Life in the Green House here on her great and very seasonably appropriate box.  I'm jealous!

Whomp, whomp...

To say I was disappointed was an understatement.  I think I wasted my time writing the notes to "my stylist" because she did not follow them.  Although to look on the bright side, this is No-Spend October so maybe the universe was just looking out for me...
 

ONE - Cliff Layered Bead & Fringe Collar Necklace, $32 - SENT BACK

 
 

This necklace is cute, but not $32 cute.  It is pretty cheap looking in person and I just know that when it comes time to accessorize an outfit, I will opt for something nicer that I already own like my fave Kendra Scott Rayne necklace.  I don't like the length of the chain and for the final straw it has a strange smell to it!  It's similar to some necklaces I used to purchase from Jane.com for $12.99. 

TWO - Brodee Envelope Collar Sheath Dress, $128 - SENT BACK

 
This is a cute dress at first glance.  It did not fit me, but even if it had fit me I would not have paid $128 for it.  The material is cheap.  You would probably find this at a department store in the Juniors Section for under $75.  I know that I can find a dress that is much higher quality for this price or less.  Now I'm just being picky, but the tag said it was Dark Gray, but it looks chocolate brown.  Confusing! 

THREE - Esten Button-Up Sleeveless Blouse - Navy, $54 - SENT BACK
 
 
This top fit and was cute, however as I stated in my notes I did not want sleeveless tops.  I'm covered in that area and do not need another...especially for $54!

FOUR - Filbert 3/4 Sleeve Popover Blouse, $58 - KEPT


This was my favorite of the five pieces.  Hallelujah, the stylist listened and gave me something that was transitional for the fall and appropriate for both office and weekend.  I hesitated at keeping this because I already own a super similar top from Nordstrom, however I live in black tops especially in the fall/winter.  The back of the sleeves on this top are unique (I could not get a good picture) and I love the longer length which is hard to find. 

FIVE - Tiara Abstract Print Silk Top, $58 - SENT BACK


I don't know what to say about this top.  It reminds me of something I would buy at Forever 21 for $15, but what makes me most mad about this is how summery it is!!!  The styling card even has it paired with shorts and sandals.  While this would be great for a May box, it is October!!!  Once again, I feel like they threw in all of the items they were trying to get rid of from last season. 

FINAL THOUGHTS

I honestly feel like I was just given some random pieces that they had left, aside from the one top I kept that was in line with what I asked for.  Maybe for larger sizes they don't have as many options?  Regardless, I was probably going to put this service on hold for a few months through the holidays.  This box just sealed that deal! 

I will give Stitch Fix the benefit of the doubt and say that maybe this was just an inexperienced stylist.  My requests were not listened to and my note from the stylist did not even make sense with incomplete sentences and thoughts.  This was not the same stylist as I had in my last box. 

It is really fun anticipate the box and wonder what you might receive, but after this box my opinion is that it is cheap, overpriced pieces.  I think I can do better shopping on my own.  And by "on my own" I mean with the help of great bloggers like Sheaffer and Melanie...their suggestions are always spot on!

On the other hand, I have read some amazing reviews and seen some great pieces on others from Stitch Fix.  After the holidays if I continue to read other great reviews, I may give it another shot!

If you want to give StitchFix a shot yourself, you can sign up here.  Maybe you'll have better luck!
Note that I will receive a $25 credit if you sign-up. Hopefully then someone will do the same for you...it's like subscription box karma!

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**After I scheduled this post yesterday, I was hanging up all of my delicates in the laundry room and noticed that the only top that I kept from my last Stitch Fix is ripped.  I have worn this top about 4 times and washed it 2-3 times (delicate cycle, no dryer).  I expect this to happen with Forever 21 and Old Navy pieces (although it doesn't), but not on something I paid $48 for!  Ugh.  This just further confirms what I thinking.  Stitch Fix - if you are reading this.  I LOVE your business concept, but have some concerns.  If I continue reading other great reviews I may consider giving you another shot. 
 

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