Sunday Scoop 9/13

10:25 AM Sarah Koves 2 Comments

Back to school means back to linking up on Sundays with Teaching Trio for The Sunday Scoop





HAVE TO:

1) Well, I no longer have long lazy days to do my laundry, so I am back to the try and wash a load a day to fold and put away on the weekends.  My living room has four clean baskets sitting there waiting to be folded.  I have four baskets to finish washing in the basement, and my comforter needs a good washing too (that requires a trip across town to the laundry mat).

2) I want to bake zuchinni muffins and snicker doodles for the week today to help make mornings easier.  I also pull all the lunch stuff for the week up from the pantry area in the basement, so we can grab and go in the morning.  Other than the baking, this shouldn't be too laborious of a task.

3) Last year I had my teacher binder done before school started, but this year with construction and last minute schedule changes, I have yet to finish it, so I will hopefully go into week 2 with it ready and prettier than ever.  I will Periscope or YouTube it when I am done.


HOPE TO:

1) We picked tomatoes yesterday, but the beans need to be picked again.  We will be having these with our pork roast for dinner, so that is my motivation to get this done.

2) I don't' think I have watched any tv in a week.  My goal is to catch up on my shows while folding that massive amount of laundry from #1.  Yeah for multi-tasking.


HAPPY TO:

1) I have about 4 unfinished blog posts and a ton of articles saved to share with all of you, so I would like to get some of those scheduled for this week as it is homecoming and with a high schooler now, I am sure I will be busy this week.



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Stitch Fix September 2015 #11

10:05 AM Sarah Koves 1 Comments

I have now been a Stitch Fix-er for a year, and what a year it has been.  My wardrobe has defiantly never seen better days.  My style has certainly improved, and I look more put together now.

What is Stitch Fix?   It is a styling service that for $20 (which gets credited towards any items you keep) you get five items hand-selected for you by a stylist.  You fill out a style profile and link a Pinterest board, so your stylists know what you like.  

 The opinions and words here are 100% mine!  This post contains referral links that provide a reward for me at no cost to you if you choose to shop.


This box was one of my favorites and had the potential to be a 5/5, but there were a couple of things I just couldn't justify keeping.  I had asked for another maxi dress for the first day of school and colored jeans, which I have been tying to get more of since my first pair last fall.

First out of the box was this top.  I really liked the cut and the color especially.  It was long, so there was no fear of ride-ups.



The sad part is that I have almost this exact shirt in a tank-style from The Loft.  It too is navy with white hearts.  I just couldn't justify another shirt like this, but in a different pattern it would have been a keeper.  It probably didn't help that my husband called it a Moo-Moo.

These jeans are the product of asking for colored jeans in just about every fix.  I get blue jeans sometimes, and one or two other pairs in odd colors or the wrong fit.  These, however, were perfect.  The color is perfect for pairings with fall tops.  They are EXACTLY what I wanted.

Pixley Colibri Heart Print Tab-Sleeve Blouse $48  RETURNED
Level 99 Giovanni Straight Leg Jean in Light Pink $98 KEPT

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I pinned this top on my Pinterest board, and I loved it right away when I saw it in the box.  It is so ME.  Soft, roomy, casual.  I could picture hours on the sofa lounging in this top. 


I really wanted to keep it, but it was really too big for me in a large.  The neck kept sliding off my shoulders.  I was also concerned about how it would wash up with the exposed ends of the fabric showing on the wrist and bottom hems.

The jeans are the Level 99 Giovanni Straight Leg Jean in Light Pink that I described above and kept.

Brigitte Raglan Top $58 RETURNED

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I asked for maxi dress to wear the first day of school, and boy did I get a maxi dress.



I think that I own more dresses now than I have since I was little and my mother still dressed me.  I don't think I bought a single dress during my teens and 20's unless it was a formal dress.  Now I have a whole side of my closet with dresses for work and every day.  I have gotten great dresses from Stitch Fix, and this one is no exception.

I normally like bright colors, so this dress didn't wow me out of the box, but it was a perfect fit when I put it on.  The top was comfortable enough to wear all day and the detail on the bottom made it interesting.

I did wear this the first day of school last week in the brutally hot and muggy weather, and other than it being a little long to walk it with my arms full of first-day bags, I was as comfortable as could be expected on the third floor.

Pixley Abi Colorblock Maxi Dress $88 KEPT

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I never even tried the earrings on.  I liked them, but they were a piece that was contingent on keeping the others and after the heart blouse was going back, so were the earrings.

Bay to Baubles Fanning Multi-Square Drop Earrings $28 RETURNED

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Here is what I am asking for in my October Fix:




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What do you love most?

If you are interested, please use my referral link as I get a credit for letting you know about Stitch Fix.




Literary Road Sign

9:15 AM Sarah Koves 0 Comments

The 2015-2016 school year starts tomorrow for me, and I have TONS of stuff to do, so I thought I would write a blog post instead.


This beauty finally went up in my classroom yesterday.  It isn't done; I want to add a few more settings, but as it has been sitting unfinished for a year, I thought it was better to assemble and add more signs as I finish them than to let it sit another year.


My dad actually helped make this dream classroom project a reality last summer...yes, last summer.  He cut all the boards and assembled the sign post for me.  He got a sawmill, and he was very excited to show me and use it.  He is EXCEEDINGLY handy, and made the base sturdier than I would have.


He also cut me boards of varying sizes for the signs themselves.


The sign post got a coat of black paint. He has all kinds of gadgets in his shop.  The little bracket on the base was EXACTLY what we needed because I had to be able to transport the sign in my car.


At home I painted all the boards different bight colors.  I have this never-dwindling paint stash that I can't seem to use up no matter how hard I try.


I like all the bright colors.


And this is as far as I got last summer.  It then sat unfinished in my basement.


This summer I was determined to get it up in my classroom as I have different furniture (ie smaller) that has allowed me to have a reading corner in my room.

The hardest part was deciding what settings to put on the sign.  I wanted some literary and some geeky pop culture.  I also wanted them to be ones I like and not just ones we read, so sorry Salem, MA, but you are a no-go for my cute sign.

I have these four up and know I will be adding Sherwood Forrest and Hogwarts soon.  I wanted the signs to match the font after my Winterfell turned out poorly, so I searched online until I found the setting in just the right font, and either hand-drew (Shire and Camelot) or transferred (Wonderland) it to the wood.

I tried both marker and paint for the signs.  The marker is ok, but painting them in was better...like the current adult coloring fad, I could mindlessly paint while binge watching the Harry Potter movies.



Suggestions for other settings to include?


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