Stitch Fix Review – March 2015

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It’s my favorite mail day – Stitch Fix!  Stitch Fix is a subscription box service that has you fill out a style profile survey, and then they send you 5 clothing items to try on – you decide what to keep and what to send back!  I had Julie as my stylist again, and this time around I requested shirts and cardigans for work.  Here’s what I got:

Pixley Abrianna waffle knit cardigan – $48.00

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Out of the box I really loved this – mostly for the color.  It’s a great color and different than anything else that I have.  When I tried it on I really liked the style too – it has these “sort of” pockets that are created by the way the sweater drapes.  The only drawback was the fact that the sleeves were just a little tight.  Ultimately though I loved it and decided I would put up with the tight sleeves!  Verdict:  Kept.

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Stridebox Review – February 2015

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I got my first Stridebox in February, which is a subscription box designed especially for runners.  It can include all sorts of goodies and equipment, and I was looking forward to seeing what was inside!  The cost is $15 a month.

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I think the “biggest” item in this box was a pair of touchscreen gloves.  I will say that these weren’t super useful to me.  My husband had just gotten me really nice touchscreen gloves for Christmas that are wonderful.  I wore these a couple of times, including for a 10k race.  They are fine, your typical cheap glove material, but the touchscreen aspect didn’t work that well.  Kind of a dud for me.stridebox 3

Also included was a Picky Bar, which is an energy bar.  I got the flavor Cookie Doughphness.  I was a bit surprised at the texture – I expected it to be like a clif bar but it was way more chewy.  However, it tasted really good!  And I can be very picky (no pun intended!) with this sort of thing.

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Subscription Boxes – February 2015

Ipsy

Ipsy is a make-up bag subscription with 5 items per month for $10.  You also get a bag every month.

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Cargo Cosmetics mini lip gloss (~$8.00)- Lip gloss is probably the #1 thing I like to get, and while this one was fine consistency-wise, I didn’t love the color.  It was way too pale a pink and just looked bad with my pale skin.
Composition No. 1 Parfum Oil ($15.00)- this is the teeniest tiniest sample because this stuff is expensive, but I thought it smelled really nice – kind of sweet and strong.
Luxie Beauty Large Angled Face Brush ($8.00) – this is great for putting on blush.  It’s amazing what a difference a good brush can make, and I’m happy to add this to my collection!
ModelCo Blush ($18) – This is my first blush from Ipsy, so that was nice . It’s a good shade and I’m pleased! I got the peach bellini shade. It will work well for my theater shows.
Tini Beauty Eye Shadow ($5.00) – This is nice, but the only issue is I’ve gotten something pretty much the same (neutral colored eye shadow) in every Ipsy bag.  So I didn’t really need this, though it’s something I’ll use eventually.

All in all I came up with a value of $54, which is by far the best for any Ipsy bag I’ve gotten.  The bag itself is cute, and every item in it is something that I would like and use (if only the lip gloss was a better shade!).  This month was a win for sure!

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Crafty Corner: Upcycle your Christmas Cards into gift tags

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Today I have a guest post up at another Disney blog, Inspired by Dis.  Over there you can read all about how I upcycled my old Christmas cards to turn them into gift tags to use for next year.  There are even some Disney ones thanks to the people that sent out Disney Christmas cards!  To my friends and family, expect to see some of these tags on your gifts next year!

Read about how to do it here!

Subscription Boxes – January 2015

Ipsy

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Ipsy is a make-up bag subscription with 5 items per month for $10.  You also get a bag every month.

Coastal Scents Liquid Eyeliner ($2.95)- I didn’t open this one yet because I have plenty of eyeliner.  I’d like to try and trade it for something else.
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer ($9.70) – I don’t really know exactly what a foundation primer does, but I tried it and it seemed nice enough.
Hey Honey Exfoliating Mask ($7.00)- I haven’t used this yet either, but I look forward to it!
Mojito Lip Balm ($12.00)- I liked this a lot.  It makes lips shiny, had a nice flavor, and felt good on my lips that are all chapped from the cold.
Pacifica Coconut eye shadow ($4.67)- This was a fine, neutral eye shadow.  I just feel like I’ve gotten a neutral eye shadow in every Ipsy bag, so I don’t know that I need more.

All told I’m coming up with a value of $36.32, which is great!  Although I’m not super excited about any of the products in it, but that’s just based on my own preferences.  The mojito lip balm is probably my favorite.

Loot Crate

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The theme for this month’s Loot Crate , a subscription box of geeky goods, was “rewind.”

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Frozen library book display

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In many ways I wish my life could be all about Disney, all the time.  But in “real life,” I don’t work for Disney.  I do, however, have a job that I love, and that’s working in the children’s department of a library.  And every once in awhile, there’s an opportunity to bring a little bit of Disney into my work place.

As we know, kids have been going crazy over Frozen.  We’ve ordered a ton of Frozen books that get checked out all the time.  And with the winter and the snow coming up, we decided the best display we could put up for the month of January would be Frozen themed!  And of course I volunteered to do it 😉

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For the display I first pulled all of the books that we had that were Frozen themed.  This included our Frozen books, but because those go so quickly I tried to pick other books related to Frozen as well.  I got some copies of the Snow Queen, books on Norway, and non-fiction books on ice and snow.

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To decorate I found some resources online.  I cut out paper snowflakes, some of which were Frozen inspired with hidden Olaf or Sven.  And I made a Frozen sign and Olaf banners to hang on the windows.  I also found a paper project to make a little Anna and Elsa.  Finally, I found a picture of Olaf and added the words “Reading is Cool” (because it is!).

I’m pretty happy with how it turned out!  It was a really fun display to put together and the kids would get very excited when they came into the library and saw it.

FitBit Surge Review

 

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While not directly Disney related, I know I have a lot of runners that read this blog and I recently got the FitBit Surge, so I wanted to share some of my thoughts on it.  I’ve never had a running watch before, though I’ve been wearing a FitBit for over a year.

Here’s my history with FitBit:  I got the Force for Christmas last year and was completely in love with it.  Then, as you might have heard, it got recalled for giving people a rash.  A few weeks after they announced the recall I got the rash, so I sadly sent it back and got the Flex instead.  That was okay, but nowhere near as good as the Force.  Then I had been thinking about buying a running watch in addition to my Flex when they announced the Surge.  I figured it would be perfect to replace my Flex and get a running watch!

Appearance/Fit

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  • I want something I can wear every single day.  The nice thing about the Force/Flex was that they were really unobtrusive – they were small and sleek and cool looking.  The Surge is understandably bigger, but I’m slowly getting used to wearing it every day.
  • The band itself is very comfortable.  Mind you, I am used to wearing something on my wrist every day.  I got the small size, and I go in between notches depending on if I’m sweating and how swollen my wrist is!
  • The screen display itself is really nice.  It’s touch screen, and you can easily swipe to get the different stats.  Numbers are big, easy to read, and clear.
  • It comes in three different colors: black, blue, and orange.

Displayed Stats

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  • Clock: Shows what time it is, which is nice because unlike the Flex it can double as a watch.  You can choose if you want the time displayed in 12 hour mode or 24 hour (military) mode.
  • Step count: Shows how many steps you’ve taken, and a bar displaying how much of your daily goal you’ve achieved.
  • Heart rate:  One of the new things to FitBit is the heart rate monitor.  This setting will show you what your current BPM is.
  • Miles:  Displays how many miles you’ve gone that day.
  • Calories:  calories burned.
  • Flights:  How many flights of stairs you’ve climbed that day (sometimes if you go uphill it will count it, even if it’s not stairs, like if you’re running).

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Stitch Fix Review – January 2015

stitch fixMy third stitch fix came in the mail!  I kept requesting the same stylist, Julie, because she really listened to what I wanted and has done a good job so far.  And I’ve been lucky that they always give me her!  I’ve been reading a lot of other Stitch Fix reviews on blogs, and it’s been fun.  Please note that I am not a model at all.  So in the pictures you will basically see the same three poses, and I won’t be going out in the snow or anything for a better backdrop!

Humphrey Streak Print Dress – $88.00

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I had asked for another long sleeved dress, since I liked the one in my last fix but it didn’t fit right.  This one was really cute, a little different, and would be perfect to wear casually or for work.  Only problem was the price – $88 for a dress!  That’s so much!  Ultimately though, I liked it far better than anything else in my fix, so I decided to go for it.  What really pushed it over the edge for me was the fact that it was both machine washable and able to be tumble dried.  Verdict:  Keep.

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