Thursday, March 19, 2015

7 Reasons I Love Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil

Have you tried Coconut Oil? I love it! A jar of magic for so many reasons. I keep a jar in my kitchen pantry and another jar in my bathroom closet. Here are my 7 favorite ways to use Coconut Oil:

1. In The Frying Pan: Sautéing onions and garlic. I use a spoon of coconut oil and sauté onions and garlic when I start a recipe.

2. In My Coffee: I put a teaspoon in my coffee each morning. This might seem weird at first, but coconut oil is a great source of healthy fat and the flavor is very mild. It makes my coffee feel a little more rich and creamy.

3. Shaving Gel: Leaves your legs silky smooth!

4. Eye Makeup Remover: This is my favorite use for coconut oil! I've become more careful about the chemicals I use on my skin. I gently rub a dab of coconut oil over my eyelid and the mascara comes right off! Even waterproof mascara!

5. Lotion: Out of lotion? A little dab of coconut oil works like a charm!

6. On The Ends Of Your Hair: Ever feel like your ends are a little dry? Or you get those wispy flyways? Rub just a hint of coconut oil into the ends of your hair. I leave it on all day... just a hint so your hair does not look oily.

7. On Your Toothbrush: Mix a little bit of coconut oil with baking soda until the consistency is like paste. Add a drop of peppermint essential oil. Now you have a toothpaste that will leave your mouth  feeling nice and fresh!

And one bonus tip...Our pup has dry skin and coconut oil is great for his coat. I add a couple teaspoons to his food each morning. He is a lab mix, so of course he just gobbles it right up!

Coconut oil is a solid at room temp, but it quickly turns clear and melts when it warms up a bit. I buy my coconut oil at Trader Joe's. You can find it online and in most grocery stores and health food stores.

There are so many ways to use coconut oil. Have you tried it? I'd love to know how you use it!

Hope you all are well and happy!
Much love,

Friday, March 6, 2015

Waving Hello!

  Hello, hello! I am coming out of my cave for a bit. Wow, it has been a long time since I last posted. I feel like I should have numerous stories to share...but when I look back at the last 8 months, it all seems like a whirlwind.

  Both of my children started new schools this year.

  My son is in high school and loves it. He took an art class first semester and I enjoyed watching him work on his self-portrait.

9th Grade self-portrait

  My daughter is in middle school this year. And growing up so fast. Her school had a half-day today, so she is enjoying the sunshine.

A girl, her dog, a new book, and sunshine:)

  What else is new?

I am officially a big nerd:)

  I started wearing glasses this fall. I really needed them for long distances. Driving is much easier now that I can see road signs.
  I have been simplifying life. I was a bit overwhelmed and it was time to let go of some commitments. (I highly recommend this if you are feeling scattered. It will all be okay and you can always add more things to your plate when you are ready.)
  Along with letting go of commitments, I've also let go of unused items around our home. It's nice to have an empty shelf or two. (I still have a long way to go!)
  Yoga and BodyFlow are my two favorite gym classes.
  We can not walk to school this year, so I feel like I spend lots of time in the carpool line. I am thankful for wonderful friends who share this job with me. (You two know who you are and it has been such a joy to get to know you and your kiddos better this year.)
  The last few snow days have helped me catch up on laundry...I can see the bottom of the laundry hamper! (This is the first time since becoming a mother that I can say that!)
  Zoe's Kitchen just opened nearby. Such a great place for fresh takeout and they have great gluten-free options!
  I am often asked about my shop. Polka Dot Skies is still on vacation and will be for a while. As much as I love my shop and my customers, life keeps getting busier as the kids grow up and I don't want to miss the rare opportunity when my tween and teen want to chat. I really treasure these moments. Right now, I am exactly where I need to be.

Pause. My motto right now.

  Now it's your turn. I have truly been wrapped up in my own little world for a while and I have missed you all. Please let me know how you are doing.


Saturday, June 21, 2014

Stitch Fix Review #4 Green Jeans

Stitch Fix #4
Hello Friends! Would you like to see my latest Stitch Fix? This is my 4th box. I love this service...cute clothes arrive on your doorstep...such an easy way to shop!

Let's dive in, shall we?
Under Skies
Leona Tonal Chevron Print Cross-Front Dress

Eight Sixty
Jaden Colorblock Trim Zip Detail Blouse

Margaret M
Duboce Straight Leg Jean

Missy Polka Dot Tab-Sleeve Blouse

Kut From The Cloth
Elliot Cargo Pocket Shorts
Style Card
Dress Things Up or Down
My thoughts...
I truly enjoy this service and love the pieces I have from Stitch Fix. Unfortunately, this box was a miss for so many reasons. I sent it all back. When you get online to leave feedback on your fix, there is a comment section for each item. Here is my feedback.

Under Skies Leona Tonal Chevron Print Cross-Front Dress
This was too big at the top and a little too short. I did not like the scooped hemline. Nice color.

Eight Sixty Jaden Colorblock Trim Zip Detail Blouse
I do not like decorative zippers...awful. Very edgy and not my style at all. Nice color.

Margaret M Duboce Straight Leg Jean
Please read my profile. I do not like super tight pants (on me). I had to struggle to get them on. Other reviews on these also mention how small they run. Great green color.

Pomelo Missy Polka Dot Tab-Sleeve Blouse
This fit well except when I pulled my arms forward, it felt tight across the back of my shoulders...there is no give in the fabric. I don't normally have this problem. Muted green is too drab for me.

Kut From The Cloth Elliot Cargo Pocket Shorts
These were too small and too short. I like this color for shorts.

This is me...wishing this color did not wash me out...

Final Thoughts on my feedback page: Disappointing fix. By the 4th one, I had hoped most of the things would have fit and felt like me. I am sad to lose my $20 styling fee:( I still love your service and I hope that my next box is fun of soft material, happy colors, and fun (mostly classic) patterns.

The good news about this fix?  
Now I know how much I would love a pair of green jeans. I've never been brave enough to even try on colored jeans. Stitch Fix encourages me to try new things. 
I also found a pair of shorts in the same color at REI. They are longer and fit well and I will live in them over the next few months! I am not normally drawn to army green, so this is a color I would have never considered before getting my Stitch Fix box. 
I had a good laugh over trying on the green jeans. They say laughing makes you look and feel younger... I'd say I lost at least 5 years trying to get in those jeans.:)

Will I try Stitch Fix again? Yes! I have everything I need for Summer, so I scheduled a box for September. I like the convenience of scheduling monthly fixes or just ordering when you need a box.

Do you have a favorite item you will wear all the time? Since I've narrowed down my wardrobe, I truly love pieces that can be paired with many items and "make me feel like a million bucks"! I'd love to know what you will be living in all summer!

xoxo, Elizabeth

p.s. Not a raving review like my others, but I have hope for my next fix! If you are interested in trying Stitch Fix, you are welcome to use my link! I get a small credit for anyone who signs up. Stitch Fix does not let me know who uses the link, so I will say a big thank you now!
If you would like to read my other reviews, you can find them here: Box 1  Box 2 Box 3

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