Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Bowie Bachman: 6 Months

At 6 months...
Weight: 17 lbs

MILESTONES: Sitting up, rolling from back to tummy, eating lots of foods (squash, sweet potatoes, peas, green beans, carrots, apples, peaches, pears, blueberries), beginning to sign "more", discovering hands, first Christmas, first New Years
LIKES: Pickles, bongo drums

Here are some photos from my sixth month...

My first Christmas with Mom and Dad

With my Grandpa Marcus

With Grandma Julie, Dad and Aunt Anna

With Grandma Lynn, Grandpa Dick, Great Grandma Carol, Great Grandpa Phil and Aunt Lindsay

With my Great Grandparents

Grandma and Grandpa Vana

I love my Aunt DC
I got lots of cool presents!

My parents gave me 1)Something you want (a wooden toy), 2)Something you need (a high chair tray), 3)Something to wear (these pants) and 4)Something to read (a book with pictures of my family members)

Just chilling with my friend Otis and my cat Huxley
Sitting up!
Getting musical! I got my very own drum set for Christmas.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Sputnik DIY

If you must know anything about me then you should know that I love Mid-Century Modern decor and I love a good DIY. Since I first laid eyes on a sputnik chandelier I've been obsessed with having one in my dining room. The problem is that a good sputnik will retail many hundreds of dollars and I just couldn't justify paying that kind of money. Then! One day I was trolling the internet for sputniks (like I do) and I came across this beauty for under $200.

I couldn't believe my luck and promptly ordered it without consulting my husband. It arrived and was just as beautiful as I hoped it would be. My husband had his doubts and rightly so. Once it was installed it looked beautiful (from outer space). All the mini bulbs were crazy bright and our electrical system stated smoking and sparking.

Sorry for the not great photo but I had little time to photograph the sputnik before we took it out and shipped it back for a full refund. I was heart broken. It turned out our old house has old electricity and can only really handle something with one bulb. The problem is that most sputniks are sputniks because they have a bunch of bulbs. I decided to get my DIY on. I'd had my eye on the Stockholm light at Ikea for quite awhile but didn't know quite what I would do with it.

It's kind of sputnik-y, it has one bulb and it's totally affordable. I went into the store for a closer look and discovered that all of the off-shoot pieces are assembled at home, which also means I could alter the manner in which I assembled them. I did some math and screwed around with the pieces a bit to create what I consider a pretty darn good sputnik- all things considered.

I think I mostly like this light because it makes me feel like I beat the system. Of course it's not what I originally had in mind but I'm proud that I saved a bunch of money and put it together myself. Plus it's way more fun then the flush mount that looked like a boob and has been there forever. I don't know if this is my forever light but for know it's my DIY sputnik and I love it.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Stitch Fix

I just got my third Stitch Fix in the mail and I wanted to share about it because it's been a really fun experience. Stitch fix is an online personal shopping service. I decided to try it out after I gave birth because I needed help finding some new clothes that felt flattering on my post-baby body. The service costs $20 but if you decide to keep any of the clothing then that $20 is credited towards your purchase. If you don't like anything then you're out $20. I filled out an extensive "style survey" on the Stitch Fix website and was then able to write about my clothing needs. For me, I mentioned that I live in Minnesota so I need warm clothing that I can wear to work but also out on the town. I wrote that I was looking for clothing that would fit my body as it (hopefully) continues to shrink from pregnancy. I mentioned that I like shopping at places like Madewell and J.Crew and that my "style muse" is Michelle Williams. I was also able to link my pinterest board to give some example of style that I like.

This is my third Fix. As you can see above, my stylist creates a package with 5 items in it. She sends a note about why I the items were chosen as well as examples of how each item is styled. All of the items are in a price range of about $40-$80, although you can choose whichever price point you like. In addition you can request to get jewelry, outerwear and handbags- although I have only requested clothing.

I kept 3 of the 5 items in this Fix. First I will show you the losers:

I did not keep this stripe top. At first I really liked it but once I put it on it was no good. I can see why my stylist chose it because I've mentioned a million times how much I love stripes but the crop of the shirt and the baggy style was not flattering on me.

I also did not keep this polka dot blouse. I really loved the shirt. This picture fails to show the gold buttons going up the back. It was well constructed and totally my style but unfortunately it was too small. I almost couldn't get it over my head and it was way to tight across my bust and tummy (which I'm not fond of showing off right now). Back it went.

Here are the winners!

These jeans are amazing! It is so rare that jeans fit me in both the length and the waist and these are right on. They are dark skinnies with a nice amount of stretch and c'mon they make my butt look great. These are probably my favorite pair of jeans ever. I'm psyched.

I also kept this oversized cable cardigan. It super warm and I can see myself wearing it quite often in the winter. I'm also a sucker for anything with pockets and longer length sleeves. It's a good one.

The last item I kept is this gray knit sweater. As you can see it covers my bum so I imagine wearing it with leggings and it's just about the softest sweater of all time.

I've already scheduled my next Fix and I highly recommend it. Below is the link to the Stitch Fix website along with my referral code. If you use this link and decide to try Stitch Fix then I get a credit of $25 towards my next Fix so it's a win-win. If you try it out I'd love to hear about your experience.