Fall bucket list

Fall in Kalamazoo

Yesterday was the first  day of Fall. Hard to believe because it was 86 degrees and humid here. Cooler temperature are on the horizon and honestly after the sticky summer we had, I’m actually looking forward to it! But not the snow that will fall. Absolutely not!

With the passing of every season, I look back and think “I wish we would have….” I thought maybe if I made a list to  have something to back refer to, we might actually do some if not all of these off!

  1. Apple picking at least once. There are so many awesome orchards so close to us, I’d love to take Z to a few of them including Jollay Orchards, where we had our engagement photos taken!
  2. Make an apple pie and applesauce with said apples.
  3. Play in a corn maze and take a hay ride.
  4. Decorate the front porch with hay, punpkins and mums.
  5. Take a Sunday drive just to look at the leaves and visit tiny towns along the way.
  6. Pick pumpkins at out favorite local pumpkin patch – Gene the Pumpkin Man
  7. Drink way too many Salted Carmel Mocha’s at Starbucks before they go away.
  8. Bake a pumpkin pie from scratch – as in even bake the pumpkin (something I’ve never done before).
  9. Make as many pumpkin treats from my pinterest board as I can possibly handle (and report back to you on the recipes!)
  10. Find the perfect leaf garland for the fireplace. <— this is harder than you think!
  11. Decorate pumpkins. Z is too little to carve, but I’ve found some cute ideas that don’t involve carving that I know he will love!
  12. Eat spice donuts and drink apple cider

What’s on your Fall bucket list?

Gwynnie Bee Trial

I recently received a 30-day free trial of Gwynnie Bee. I hadn’t heard of it before, but a bunch of my girlfriends were signing up with a promotion they Gwynnie Bee was doing with the Junior Leagues. Gwynnie Bee is a online women’s clothing subscription service for sizes 10-32. Basically you go online and select items you like, pick your size and add them to your closet. They recommend adding 25 items to your closet to ensure you get an item you love. You can even prioritize your favorites.

There are six different plans you can choose from –

  • 1 item at a time $49/month
  • 2 items at a time $69/month
  • 3 items at a time $95/month
  • 5 items at a time $139/month
  • 7 items at a time $179/month
  • 10 items at a time $199/month

A few key feature worth mentioning;

  • Unlimited FREE USPS priority shipping both ways.
  • Unlimited exchanges – there are postage-paid envelopes included in every box.
  • Free dry cleaning. You just return it and they clean it!
  • If you fall in love with an item, you can keep it. There is a price to buy when you receive an item.
Gwynnie Bee Rico top in Tutti Frutti

 

So let’s dive in to my first box. it arrived rather quickly; three days after selecting my items. The first item I selected was this Rico top in Tutti Frutti by Rachel Antonoff. I love the off the shoulder look and don’t have anything like it in my closet! I thought that it would be super cute with some boyfriend jeans.

Unfortunately, this items was entirely too big. I ordered an XL, but could have gone with a medium (maybe even a small?) It is adorable though. The fabric is thin, but perfect for hot summer days. The tag said dry clean only, but considering Gwynnie Bee takes care of the dry cleaning, it isn’t a deal breaker.

Gwynnie Bee RICO TOP IN TUTTI FRUTTI

 

The second item in my box was this Julian Taylor Scuba Dress in Dark Floral. I wasn’t sure what to expect because I don’t care for polyester dresses in the Summer. They don’t breathe, especially in the heat and humidity.

Gwynnie Bee Julian Taylor Scuba Dress in Dark Floral

Gwynnie Bee Julian Taylor Scuba Dress in Dark Floral back

This dress like the top, was WAY too big. I ordered a 14w and could have used 2 to 3 sizes smaller. The print was cute and it was nice quality, but it would have been pretty thick to wear right now. I did love the cut out in the back though.

Gwynnie Bee Julian Taylor Scuba Dress in Dark Floral 3

Gwynnie Bee Julian Taylor Scuba Dress in Dark Floral 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The third item in my box was this Angelina dress in Blue Scotty Houndstooth by Cherry Velvet.

Gwynnie Bee Angelina dress in Blue Scotty Houndstooth by Cherry Velvet 2Gwynnie Bee Angelina dress in Blue Scotty Houndstooth by Cherry Velvet 1

Out of all of the items in my box, this was the only that semi fit. Or so I thought. I wore it for a few hours, but then when I went to take pictures, I saw that it didn’t really fit. It was too large in the chest and all of the extra fabric wasn’t flattering. I was trying to make it work when it really didn’t. The print was really cute and I loved the crisscross straps on the back because they are so unique. It was also dry clean which is always a bummer.

Gwynnie Bee Angelina dress in Blue Scotty Houndstooth by Cherry Velvet 2

Gwynnie Bee Angelina dress in Blue Scotty Houndstooth by Cherry Velvet 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So in all my first Gywnnie Bee box was a bust. With the 30 day free trial, there is still some time to decide if I want to continue. However, right now, it’s not looking good.

 

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Currently…

Hi friends! So it’s been a while. I have some fun posts planned for this Summer that I cannot wait to share with you! Until then, here is what I’ve currently been up to…

Listening to Teresa Gudice’s book Turning the Tables: From Housewife to Inmate and Back Again on Audiable. I feel bad for even saying this, but it is honestly a little hard to listen to. She struggles as she is reading the some of the words and it clearly nervous; sometimes I just cringe. Delivery aside, it has been a a great listen. I love hearing about her Housewives experience and her time in prison. **Also if you are interested in trying Audible use this link for a free 30 day trial!

Digging my Fitbit once again! I put it away for a few months but I’m back to wearing it again everyday and love to see just how many steps I’m taking every day (thank you stairs!) Of course my Tory Burch Fitbit Bracelet helps – it’s fashionable and practical!

Feeling HAPPY! Happy that it’s Summer and warmer again. Happy that I have a beautiful, heathy, smart little boy. Happy that I have such an amazing and generous husband. Happy that I decided nearly 5 1/2 years ago to move to Michigan. Happy for everything in my life right now!

Loving the feeling of getting rid of stuff. Moving is a great motivator to perge! The opportunity to examine what you have and what you can live without is eye opening and freeing. My “stuff” was dragging me down. It made my surroundings and life feel cluttered. It did not feel good. Donating and selling items I no longer need, use or really want has made me feel so GOOD!

Trying to be as present with whatever I am doing. I’m feeling as if I’m being pulled in a million different directions. It’s so easy to get distracted and not give any one thing 100% – be it work, time with family or any task in doing. I’m trying to make on concious effort to really be present in the moment.

 

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