Thursday, April 2, 2015

We Moved!

Oh hey - glad you found me!

I've moved though, so head on over to my new domain for more Dirt Stains and Paint fun!

See you there!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Mom Life - Finding Clothes That Fit After a Baby

Post Partum shopping is terrible.

That shirt tugs a little more in places it never did before.

Your normal set of 4 lunges it usually takes to get your jeans up, now takes 10. And don't even get me started on actually BUTTONING them.

Case in point, my favorite gingham button down from here that I was feeling confident about…until I put it on.

Yep, it fits!

Then I decided to sign up for Stitch Fix as a solution to help my wardrobe transition to whatever my new post-third baby body looks like. The feedback that I got from everyone on this service was overwhelming and it seems as though I'm not the only one looking for a little help in the closet.

So, shipment arrived and here's my honest feedback…and no, this is not an ad or sponsored post. 

My box arrived and after tearing through each piece, I came across my favorite part about this service - the 'how-to' style cards.

Then, the clothes.

First Outfit:
Teal 3/4 sleeve blouse: Stitch Fix
Black skinny ankle jeans: Stitch Fix
Black/White chevron infinity scarf: Stitch Fix
Necklace (old)
Each of these things were going back. Woh woh.

Jeans were a little too long and slightly big (woo hoo!).

The blouse was a cute cut, but the color is a little too bold for me.

And chevron…yep, you won't find it in my closet. And although I love most things black and white, I need another infinity scarf in my closet like I need another hole in my head.

Second outfit:

Ah, this picture is so blurry it hurts my eyes.
Watercolor Top: Stitch Fix
Jeans: Forever 21 (similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom 

Caution: this shirt may add 10 pounds.

My mama once told me: don't buy anything that makes you look 10 pounds heavier. Or maybe that was my husband. 

Regardless, this shirt was going back.

Third Outfit:
Jeans: Gap (similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom 
Hat: JCrew Factory (similar)
Shirt: Stitch Fix

Finally, a keeper! This shirt fits so well and feels like it's so me. Raglan. Stripes. Love.

So then you look over your price list they send.

My settings for all categories as part of my profile were: The Cheaper the Better. My husband would be proud.

So the shirt I picked was $38, less the $20 styling fee they charge you regardless, and my additional cost for the shirt was $18. They also offer you a 25% discount if you buy all 5 items.

Based on this list, it looks like most things are priced pretty similarly to things you'd find in Brass Plum at Nordstrom or the Rack.

Then, with my remaining items, I packed them up in the pre-addressed return envelope they sent with the box. To avoid entering through the gates of hell (aka the post office, with 3 kids), I simply scheduled a pick up online, and my wonderful mail woman will pick it up from my porch! 

I'm going to do it again!

It was fun. I like getting mail. And I got a really cute shirt that I'm going to wear often and fit my criteria perfectly.

I'm not a professional. Just a regular mom. Required to chase her kids all day, so I hope you found this helpful. And I REALLY want to know if you sign up, what you get in your box!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

She has a middle name

Some of you might have noticed from Brynley's nursery post last week, that something was missing.

Have no fear, the girl DOES have a middle name.

I just hadn't yet hung her R. 

Truly, I tell you, I am the world's OKAYEST mom ever.

For more pictures of her nursery, feel free to check it out.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Ruffles & White - A Neutral Soft Girl's Nursery

Upon finding out that we were having a girl, my creative juices immediately started putting a vision together of the softest, most neutral palette for her nursery.

I knew that I wanted most everything in the room to be in tones of white and linen, with maybe TINY pops of color.

Need to re-paint that nightstand. Poor thing has been about 5 billion colors in its lifetime.

Brynley even got her very own glassy baby.

Goodbye wire shelving, and hello closet organizer. A relatively inexpensive way to add a ton more storage to a standard builder-grade closet.

I have a couple of before and afters from putting her room together, but really I didn't care much about being a blogger when I was uber pregnant, in the dead of summer, with two other monsters running around my house. :) 

So ask away any questions that you may have!

Crib Bedding: Pottery Barn Kids - this and this
Cork Board: Hobby Lobby
Carriage Pillow: Dear Lillie
Blackout Shades: Pottery Barn Kids
Dresser: Refinished in Snow White by Behr using this spray gun
Knobs: Hobby Lobby
Birth Announcement Pillow: Bows & Burlap
Curtain Tie Backs: Urban Outfitters (2 years ago)
Closer Shelving: Home Depot

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Starting Out a New Year - Cleaned Up!

The holidays came and went, and as per usual, we had a glorious Christmas season. It was so fun experiencing Christmas morning through the eyes of our kids.

It was our first Christmas with a tiny little baby (because our boys are spring babies and were not even remotely tiny by Christmas), and we couldn't have been more grateful to have her home with us completing our family.

All that it was though, this family was ready to pack away 2014 and start fresh in 2015. It was a hard year for us. The hardest yet (3rd kid anyone?!).

But now I'm feeling inspired. And renewed. And motivated. Empowered.

My heart is to simplify this year. 

Simplify our home. Our stuff. Our thoughts and relationships. Our commitments. I want margin. And freedom.

So I thought I'd share a couple shots from around the house that hopefully get you inspired as well.

Oh, and just so you and I start the year out on the right foot, please know that all of these images are unfiltered, unedited, not cropped and taken by a total amateur. On the day the house cleaners came. So yeah, you can feel free to let your guard down when in my home. I'm not one of those moms that has it all together. And I know this isn't my quickest route to gain followers. I just want to help us both feel simplified when we're together.

Christmas chalkboard. Still up. And those folding chairs from Christmas dinner. :)

Green bowl on the counter. Whoops

Dirty diaper on the floor. Double whoops.
Excited to see this year unfold.

What is inspiring you right now? I'd love to hear!

**If you want to see more real life, everyday snippets, make sure to come find me on IG @ashleydsp so that we can really be friends

Instagram It

About Me

My photo
I married my best friend in 2006, and we started a family in 2010. Our house is still a work in progress in becoming a home - who knew there would be so many projects with new construction?! I love flavored coffee creamers, reality TV and anything Husky sports-related. My confession is that I only make boxed cookies, don't do grocery delivery (they don't have samples!), and am slightly obsessed with being a mom to boys.

Follow by Email

Search My Blog