The Mitsubishi Outlander SEL Takes Us to Magnolia Market

As Miss E’s 8th birthday approached this past fall, J and I decided that while there are many things we could get her for her birthday one thing that would mean a lot for her would be special one on one time.

She has always been our kid that has craved that individual time and dates with J and I. So I cashed in some miles and booked tickets to Texas so we could enjoy a January trip to the infamous Magnolia Market that Chip and Joanna Gaines from Fixer Upper have created.
We loved it.
I highly recommend making time for a one on one trip with a child if you are able.
It was so special to be able to have that time with her and also to enjoy something both of us were interested in. {We’re big fans of Fixer Upper at home thanks to Netflix. I also love that it’s a show the entire family can watch, no language and nothing inappropriate.}
We flew in and out of Dallas so we did have one “travel” day when we drove down to Waco. It’s about two hours from Dallas depending on traffic. We lucked out going both directions and traffic wasn’t too bad.
Thanks to a partnership I have with DriveShop we were able to drive the Mitsubishi Outlander SEL and we loved it.
There’s something about a flashy SUV that I could get used to.
I think when you normally drive a mini-van, driving a decked out SUV like the Mitsubishi Outlander feels sporty and dare I say, cool?
The beige leather interior with the black and chrome dashboard looked so classy, I joked that it felt more like driving a sports car than an SUV with seating for 7.
While it was just Miss E and I on our trip and we could have driven any size vehicle, it was nice to have the room for our luggage [and Magnolia purchases!] with the additional third row that can work for seating or storage.
The Mitsubishi Outlander SEL gets about 30 miles on the highway and 25 in the city, which for an SUV is pretty good.
All the bells and whistles meant that there was a rear view camera and also blind spot warning and lane change assist. I’m not sure I’d ever driven a car with that feature before but definitely a nice feature especially when driving on unfamiliar rides.
Have you ever driven a Mitsubishi Outlander SEL? What features do you love? Better yet, have you ever planned a one on one trip with any of your kids? I highly recommend it.
Disclosure: Thanks to a partnership with DriveShop this is a sponsored post. All opinions and photos are mine. 

My 11th Stitch Fix

My 11th Stitch Fix came over this past weekend. I was extra excited about getting this one because after my last fix I requested a friend of mine to be my StitchFix stylist.

Seriously, if you know someone who is a Stitch Fix stylist, request them to style you. There’s something special about them actually KNOWING what you will and won’t like and your body type.

Here’s what I got:

Emily Rose Macy Open Cardigan $58


I loved this. I don’t really have anything similar to it right now and it fits perfectly. Would be a perfect transition from winter to spring. That said, I can’t spend $58 on a cardigan and I worry about snagging the fabric.

Decision: RETURN

Pixley Martina Slub Knit Open Cardigan $48


If I didn’t have one of these almost identical {the one in my closet has a hood, otherwise exactly. the. same.} I would so be keeping it. So comfy too.

Decision: RETURN

Renee C Jackobie Crew Neck Blouse $44


As soon as I saw this in the box, I knew I would love it and love it I do. It will be perfect this spring and summer for going out or to a meeting or even throwing a cardigan over it.

Decision: KEEP {But first I need to exchange it for a bigger size because it was a little snug}

Colette Chavez Pop Color Cuff Knit Top $48


Another WIN! I recently bought a similar top from Matilda Jane though. {See what I mean about Kim being RIGHT ON with my style?!}

Decision: RETURN

Laila Jayde Bowie Solid Dolman Sleeve Top $58


I don’t have any dolman sleeve tops even though I’ve tried them several times. I really like it, it fit well, the color is something I don’t already have but I couldn’t do $58 for it.

Decision: RETURN

So you might be looking at this thinking what was so great when you’re only keeping ONE item. When I get a Stitch Fix, I am usually only looking to get 1-2 items. They are typically at a higher price point than I would normally spend and it’s more of a treat or a way to complement my wardrobe.


My past fixes:

My First Stitch Fix
My Second Stitch Fix
My Third Stitch Fix
My Fourth Stitch Fix

My 5th Stitch Fix
My 6th Stitch Fix
My 7th Stitch Fix
My 8th Stitch Fix
My 9th Stitch Fix
My 10th Stitch Fix

Have you tried Stitch Fix out yet? What have you liked or not liked? If you haven’t signed up yet what are you waiting for?

For a $20 styling fee, you fill out a questionnaire and all of your likes/dislikes when it comes to clothing, style, price points etc and a stylist puts together five pieces they think you might like. Hate it all? The only cost is the style fee. Love it?  Your $20 style fee goes towards your purchase and if you buy all five items you receive a 25% discount.

If you sign up and use my link I receive referral credit {it costs you nothing more or less by using my link, I’m just disclosing that I will receive credit}.

On Feeling Tender

My mom and I in 2000??

I always feel extra tender this time of year. Like the wind could bring tears to my eyes. Two weeks ago now my mom would have turned 60 and three days from now my Miss E turns 8. It’s this strange pull between sad and happy, happy and sad. Nine years ago now, nearly to […]

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Guest Post: Stomp! at Ordway through Sunday!


I was invited to Stomp! at the Ordway and sent my sister, Adrianne and her boyfriend in my place. Below is their review. All words and opinions are hers and no compensation has been exchanged between the Ordway and myself. **** I will never look at a broom in the same way again. As the […]

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My TENTH Stitch Fix


My TENTH Stitch Fix came last month. TEN! I can’t believe it! If you remember I wasn’t at all impressed with my last fix. As a matter of fact, it’s the one and only time I’ve returned the entire fix. I had kind of forgotten I had another one scheduled until it was at my […]

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Sever’s Fall Festival Celebrates 20 Years! *Giveaway*


Sever’s Fall Festival is celebrating their 20th year this fall and it’s no surprise to me that families love including them in their fall traditions. My family had the opportunity to visit Sever’s for our first time this past weekend. I am a big, huge fan of all things fall so the idea of checking […]

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Six Things To Know Before You Go to Junk Bonanza *Giveaway*


It’s the most wonderful time of September. It’s Junk Bonanza time. One of my favorite annual sales is back and of course, better than ever. This year’s sale is once again held at Canterbury Park September 22-24. There will be three FULL days of junk shopping. If you are a junk-lover or aspire to be, […]

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Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReSTORE opens THIS Weekend


If you are a Fixer Upper, home reno lover or just a lover of DIY you aren’t going to want to miss the Fixer Upper Twin Cities ReStore opening this week. The newest store is located at 2700 Minnehaha Avenue South in Minneapolis. ReStore is a home improvement outlet that sells donated materials to the […]

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Living the Beach Dream in the Mazda CX-9


Thanks to Drive Shop and Mazda I got to zip around Cocoa Beach, Florida in the Mazda CX-9 last month for our end of the summer girls trip. At home I’m a minivan mama so I wasn’t sure what it would be like zipping around in a sporty SUV. Spoiler alert: I LOVED it! Wheels […]

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Save on Cirque du Soleil Tickets at Target Center

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I have never been to a Cirque show but am so excited to see one later this month at Target Center. CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: TORUK – THE FIRST FLIGHT, The newest Cirque du Soleil touring show inspired by James Cameron’s Avatar will be at Target Center Sept. 28- Oct 2. My readers are invited to […]

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