Sunday, January 8, 2017

Winter Stitch Fix January 2017 {Review}

Yay! It's Stitch Fix time again! (All Stitch Fix links use my referral code!) If you don't know what Stitch Fix, is you can read all about it at the bottom of this post! For this fix, I asked Addie to provide me with solid color tops that would look great with leggings or skinny jeans and I wouldn't mind a great flannel. Time for the fashion show!!!

1. Papermoon Burkett Lace Detail Knit Top ~ Black $48
Winter Stitch Fix January 2017
I love that this shirt has lace sleeves and lace all along the top of the front. The top is a bit cold for our frigid 16 degrees right now, but I have a black 3/4 length sleeve shirt underneath. I really like the effect. the fit is wonderful. I love how the material flows down the front. I wore it to church this morning. I think the next time I wear the shirt, I will wear my black, lace boot cuffs.

Winter Stitch Fix January 2017

Decision: Kept

2. Market & Spruce Jermaine Flannel Cotton Top ~ Red $64
Winter Stitch Fix January 2017
When I opened my box, I was really unsure about this flannel. The picture above shows it more of a true red shade, but in real life it is more of an orange red. It has tabbed sleeves. In the end, Poppa said that it looked nice, so I decided to keep it.

Winter Stitch Fix January 2017

Decision: Kept

3. Staccato Marabell Open Cardigan ~ Teal Green $48
Winter Stitch Fix January 2017
I have been wanting a teal cardigan for like forever. I generally am not as fond of boyfriend style sweaters, but the color makes it work. It is a soft material and has two side pockets. I have already worn it twice.

Winter Stitch Fix January 2017

Decision: Kept

4. Market & Spruce Tristin Side Pleat Dolman Knit Top ~ Burgundy $48
Winter Stitch Fix January 2017
I love the color of this top and the material is very comfortable. There is one side pleat on the left. At first, I could not decided what I thought about it. Or exactly how to wear it with that one pleat, but when I added my gold heart necklace and tried on my Just Black skinny jeans, I decided that it was just too cute not to own. This was my New Year's Eve outfit.

Winter Stitch Fix January 2017

Winter Stitch Fix January 2017

Decision: Kept

5. 41Hawthorn Colibri Solid Tab Sleeve Blouse ~ Navy $48

Winter Stitch Fix January 2017
So I have a confession, when I saw my fix was on the way, I peaked at my checkout cart. This was the one piece I wasn't sure if I would like. Although after I put it on, I knew just how I would wear it with my white skinnies, navy heels, and my string of pearls (Li calls it my shark tooth necklace). The shirt is a little wrinkly out of the box and in the picture below, but it is soft and super comfortable.

Winter Stitch Fix January 2017

Winter Stitch Fix January 2017

Decision: Kept

This is a first for me. I kept it all!

Are you ready to schedule your first fix? Go to Stitch Fix and fill out your profile!

Here are more details about how it works...

In case you have never heard about Stitch Fix, it is a company that provides you with a personal stylist for a fee of $20 for every shipment called a fix. In each fix, you will be provided with 5 items. You try the items on in the privacy of your own home, with your entire closet right there. After 3 days, you drop the items that you want to return into the provided envelope (no shipping charges applied) and give the bag to your postal carrier or drop it off at your post office. Then you go online and checkout, listing what you are keeping and what you aren't. If you choose anything from the fix, your $20 styling fee is applied to the clothing. If you choose to keep all 5 items, you get 25% off your entire fix.

To start a Stitch Fix profile, You go to their website and make an account. This is free and you should totally do it even if you aren't ready to schedule a fix. It goes through your sizes, preferences, samples of clothing styles, color interests, price points, and lots more. There's even a box to add additional information. Another great thing to do is build a fashion board on pinterest. Pin things that you really love to your pinterest board. That gives your stylist a wonderful idea of what you are looking for and what you really like. If you see anything in a Stitch Fix review that you really like, pin those. Pin mine away, if there is something you like here too! You can click on the box below to see my board.

When you are ready, you schedule a fix. You can receive a fix every 2-3 weeks, every month, every other month, every three months, or as you want to schedule them. Once you schedule a fix, you make a note to your stylist. In your note, you let your stylist know what you are looking pieces for a special event or a hole in your wardrobe.

Want to catch up with my other Fixes?
Winter 2016
Spring 2016
Autumn 2016

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Plutarch: Alcibiades

450 BC-404 BC

Alcibiades, a student of Socrates and an Athenian, was full of contraries. He was beautiful, eloquent, and charming. He was accomplished, influential, and persuasive. But he was also unprincipled, extravagant, shameless, jealous, and lacked self-control. From a young age, he demanded respect for himself, but chose to bestow it on a select few. 

He lived during the Peloponnesian War between Athens at Sparta and at the time when the Golden Age was coming to an end. In fact, it was the time in history that saw the fall of power and culture for Athens which was never to be built up again.

To begin his political career, he became an impressive orator. Using this skill he talked his way into becoming a general. He was accused of crime, but since he was to lead the army, his trial was postponed. However, his entire family and friends were imprisoned based on various suspicions. He was fetched, but hid from the people, then turned traitor and went to fight against them. Somehow he managed to get back in the Athenian's good graces and they begged him to return, heaping riches upon him. As general, the men had tremendous faith in him and felt they couldn't fail. 

Once elevated, he took on a life of revelry once again. He put incompetent men in charge of the leading. So once again he was forced to seek refuge elsewhere. Fearful of his influence, the new despot in Athens sent assassins to kill him. So ended the life of a man that had all of the talents necessary to lead a country, but instead used poor judgement to come to a miserable end. 

We are using Anne White's Study Guide from Ambleside Online & the history outlined in Our Young Folk's Plutarch.

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Joyful Moments: Historic Village

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Homeschool Legacy: Once-a-Week Micro-Studies Many Nations {Review}

Lately, I have noticed that there is not a lot of information in our curriculum about Native Americans. I was hoping to find something that would cover the gaps. So I was excited when Homeschool Legacy sent us their Once-a-Week Micro-Study: Many Nations for grades 1-8 to review.

Once-a-Week Micro-Studies are digital unit studies designed to be generally taught over a 4 week period for three 30 minute sessions. Or a family could take a week off from their usual curriculum and have a unit study week where they complete the entire micro-study during that time frame. One family read-aloud is suggested. Creative activities and hands-on assignments are provided. Internet links are embedded into the study pdf and a general library call number is given for additional resources.

Many Nations covers several Native American nations who lived in the United States before European explorers and settlers arrived. Each nation was broken down into many tribes and had their own languages, customs, and ways of life. Many Nations provides some information on the Northeast, Southeast, Southwest, and Great Plains Indians of North America.

Within the study, you will find:

  • a brief overview for the week
  • lists of tribes in each nation
  • questions to establish the objective/goal
  • supplies needed for the week
  • literature for the family read-aloud: Sing Down the Moon by Scott O'Dell
  • map work establishing the boarders of the nations (map included)
  • definitions 
  • fun historical facts
  • arts and crafts
  • Bible readings
  • interesting information
  • interdisciplinary activities
  • pronunciation for languages
  • timeline work
  • links to online videos and other sources
  • social studies activities

For the most part, the materials and supplies that are listed are basic and found easily. Colored pencils or crayons, craft glue, printer paper, construction paper, card stock, ribbon or string, scissors, 3 ring binder, hole punch, glue sticks, bamboo skewers, tape, cardboard, gathered nature materials (sticks, dirt, pebbles, sand, grass), colored sand or sand and dye, small containers, brush, plastic spoon, newspaper, and a spray bottle. We have all of these materials on-hand around the house already, so we didn't need to purchase anything.

We do not own Sing Down the Moon by Scott O'Dell, but our local library has it and since it is a Newberry Medal Winner it should be easily accessible at most libraries for everyone.

Since the micro-studies are designed for grades 1-8, there is something for everyone to work on in the study. While Li couldn't do all of the projects, Ceesa could work on the more detailed ones.

From Arts & Crafts: Make a model longhouse (week 1)

From History: Make a History Timeline (week 2)

From Geography: Color the Plains region... (week 3)

From Arts & Crafts: Make a Sand Painting (week 4)

We'd recommend the micro-studies for families that would like to supplement their regular curriculum. Families that like to use a unit study approach and are looking for a new study would be interested in Many Nations. The crew reviewed Pirates or Privateers: You Decide, Cooking up History with the Founding Presidents, Victoria and Her World, and Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims, micro-studies too.

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