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Stitch Fix Lately

March 22, 2016

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It’s been way too long since I’ve last posted about Stitch Fix, hasn’t it? I’ve had a lot of friends and family ask if I’ve still be getting monthly fixes, and the answer is a resounding YES. I’ve had a mixed relationship with Stitch Fix over the past few years. Some of my fixes were pretty lackluster and didn’t fit my style or my requests, and I thought about canceling my subscription for a while. But about a year ago I got paired with a stylist who just gets my style. It’s like she is there with me chatting in person the way she picks out items that work with my lifestyle and body type.

Once I found my dream stylist, I put a note into each subsequent fix asking for the same stylist. I’m not sure this always happens, but I’ve been paired with her ever since and have been loving the items she has picked out for me. This month’s fix was particularly great, so let’s dive into the box and see what I got, okay?

1. (pictured above) Flare Jeans // I haven’t worn flare jeans since middle school, but I’ve been eyeing a pair from Madewell for a couple months now. These arrived and I was in love with how soft they were and the general cut of the jeans. However, they were a little bit big. Bad news? Somehow my “send back after photographing” pile ended up in the wash so I kept the whole fix. Eeek! Thankfully washing and drying these jeans did the trick and they fit much better now.

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2. Floral Blouse // This top is NOT my typical style at all, but I loved it the moment I put it on. It’s comfortable, lightweight and perfect for summer.

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3. Striped Boat Neck Top // I’m a sucker for anything with stripes, as you probably already know. I’ve been on the lookout for a new striped top after I got a stain on my favorite on from Banana Republic, so I jumped at the chance to buy this one! It’s comfortable and casual, great with skinny jeans.

Not Pictured // My mom snagged a long open cardigan that was in my fix. It was blush colored and beautiful, but I never wear long open cardigans so I told her she could buy it out of my fix. I also got a blue oxford button down shirt that I’m planning on wearing all summer long!

Madison

PS: Curious about Stitch Fix? You can sign up using my affiliate link HERE. 

Family, Food & Recipes

Sweet Potato and Cranberry Muffins

March 21, 2016

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Now that our family has gotten into a little bit more of a routine and Ainsley is eating more “real people” food, I’ve been trying to think ahead a bit more. Although I’ve never been huge on meal prep or advance planning, it’s become a new part of my weekend reality. Doing about an hour’s worth of prep each weekend prevents me from spending crazy amounts of money on fruit + veggie pouches or feeding Ainsley endless pb&j sandwiches – although let’s be real, she has her fair share of those, too.

I’ve been sharing Ainsley’s meals using the hashtag #EasyBabyEats on Instagram, if you’re interested in seeing more, but I’ve been getting a lot of requests for actual recipes. So, I’m trying to document these recipes as I go and share them with you on Espresso and Cream. And, since I’m always looking for more inspiration, if you want to share your favorite baby/toddler eats with the hashtag #EasyBabyEats on Instagram, I would love to share recipes and ideas!

Now on to the muffins! When baking muffins for Ainsley, I always try to include some sort of fruit or veggie to sneak a little added nutrition into the mix. Like most kids, Ainsley loves carbs, but I do try to make the carbs she eats whole grains. These muffins are packed with shredded sweet potato, dried cranberries, oats, almond meal and whole wheat flour. They were made for Ainsley, but our whole family enjoyed them for breakfast and snacks throughout the week!

Serves: 12 muffins
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup buttermilk (or 1 cup milk + 1 teaspoon lemon juice)
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla
  • 1¼ cups grated sweet potato (raw, peeled sweet potato)
  • ⅓ cup dried cranberries
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • ¾ cup rolled oats
  • ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup almond meal
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the buttermilk, egg, butter, vanilla, sweet potato, cranberries and sugar until well-combined.
  3. In a second bowl, combine the whole wheat pastry flour, oats, all-purpose flour, almond meal, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and stir until combined.
  4. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners or grease with nonstick cooking spray. Scoop batter by ¼ cupfuls into muffin cups. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Cool on wire cooling rack. Serve at room temperature.

 

Family

My Every Day Hero

March 18, 2016

photo (94)**This post was sponsored by Imprint. All opinions are my own.

Last night we were chatting with friends about the first year of parenthood. Guys? I’m not joking when I say the first year is the strangest mix of challenging and wonderful all bundled up together. No matter how many books we read or how many people we talked to, there was no way for us to really prepare for the life-changing reality of adding a little person into our family.

Is it possible that one year later I feel like the same person and a completely different person all at once? Parenthood has made me so aware of my selfish desires, my inadequacies, the ways I fall short. And yet at the same time there are those moments when you make your baby smile, look down at them and think, “I’m pretty good at this!”

One thing I know for certain is that I would have never been able to make it through this first year without my other half. Being able to look over at Joe and know that we were in this together has brought us closer and strengthened our relationship in so many ways. I’m so incredibly thankful that I can look to him for reassurance, encouragement and steadfastness even when I’m an emotional roller coaster. Oh, and who else would want to watch videos of Ainsley from the day before going to bed?

I’ll be the first to admit even though I think sappy thoughts, I rarely share those sappy thoughts out loud. I’ve always been much better at sharing my thoughts in writing, when I have a chance to think about what I want to say before I say it.

I recently discovered a service called Imprint. If you haven’t heard of it, you should really check it out. It allows you to easily bring together notes, images, and video to celebrate someone for a special occasion, or just because! I actually created one for Ainsley on her first birthday and had family members participate. It’s a really memorable way to celebrate someone special in your life, and much more meaningful than any regular gift you could purchase.

PS: If you create an Imprint for an unsung hero in your life between now and April 1st, that hero will be entered to win $1,000 from Imprint (to be awarded to them or a charity of their choice)! Just thought you might want to know!

Fashion

Quick & Easy Every Day Makeup

March 17, 2016

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Good morning! If you’re time-pressed like I am most days, then you probably find getting ready every morning to be a little bit of a pain. Hey, I want to look put-together and pretty like everyone else, but the idea of spending a lot of time doing so isn’t my jam.

Thankfully over the last number of months as a mom I’ve perfected my quick and easy makeup routine. It takes about 6 minutes (maybe less when I’m not trying to do it with a baby at my feet!) and leaves me feeling fresh, polished and put together.

Want to see how it’s done? Check out the video below!

PRODUCTS USED:
1. Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer (#2)
2. Tint Skin Foundation (Linen)
3. Mattify Skin Finishing Powder + Powder Brush
4. Color Pinch Cream Blusher 
5. Color Contour Matte Bronzer
6. Color Define Brow Pencil 
7. Color Outline Eye Pencil
8. L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara

Family, Fashion

What I’m Wearing // Weekday Mommy Wardrobe Edition

March 15, 2016

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When I first transitioned from pre-baby life in the corporate world to my new life as a freelancer and mom, I had a little bit of a style identity crisis. My body had gone through so many changes and sizes, I didn’t have use for all the corporate dress clothes that I wore before baby, and the only clothes I had purchased for the cooler weather were last year’s maternity items. I was more than a little lost!

Over the last number of months I’ve gradually found my groove and discovered what I think is the perfect mommy uniform. It’s easy, effortless and, most importantly, comfortable. After becoming a mom I realized that my clothes can’t just be cute, they also need to be 100% functional.

PS: If you’re a mom, I can’t recommend Madewell’s jeans enough. I know I’ve said it before, but their high-riser skinny jeans are a mom’s best friend. The fit is SO flattering and really gives you enough coverage to be as active as you need to be as a mom. They are certainly an investment, but with the number of times I’ve worn them in the last six months it’s an investment that is worth it!

1. Modal Scoop Neck Tee // Banana Republic
2. High Riser Skinny Jeans in Dayton Wash // Madewell
3. Sienna Brown Croc Flats // Tieks
4. Waverly Petite Breton Stripe Bag // Stella & Dot
5. Solid Cotton Baseball Cap // J. Crew

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