My Fifth Stitch Fix

My 5th Stitch Fix came today and I’ve been awaiting this one. With early spring like weather in Minnesota and my birthday approaching I knew that I wanted to update my spring wardrobe FAST. It was scheduled to arrive March 20 but when it hadn’t shipped by Thursday, March 19 I was a little nervous. Glad it arrived today yet a little surprised the online site says to return by Monday already. I think more and more people are trying Stitch Fix, which is great and I hope you all do, but with that I think that they might be at times running into schedule snafus like mine.


All this to say, even though it arrived a day later than planned, I was pretty happy with what arrived today, here’s a rundown:

Pixley Meryl Tulip Print Sleeveless Blouse $54


Definitely a little more than I would spend on a sleeveless blouse but I do LOVE it. I don’t really have anything else navy and white like this either.

Decision: Undecided but leaning towards Keep.

Market and Spruce Corinna Striped Heathered Dolman Top $48


This is super simple and definitely my style. I love stripes and am happy to have another navy options versus all the black and grey I tend to stockpile. That said $48 for a simple tee is a little more than I would spend. It’s the same brand as my favorite cargo jacket I received this past fall though so that gives me some encouragement that it’s a quality, well made brand.

Decision: Undecided.

Look By M Nathan Tread Pattern Infinity Scarf $28


Super annoyed that a scarf was in my box as I have noted on my profile NO accessories. It’s an adorable scarf and totally my color but I don’t spend $28 on scarves.

Decision: Return.

41Hawthorn Renesme Graphic Print Faux Wrap Dress $78


So far each fix that has included a top by this brand I have kept because it’s SO me. I wasn’t exactly in LOVE with the print until I put it on. It fits well, can easily be dressed up or down and is a nice addition, color wise, to my spring closet.


Decision: Keep.

Olive and Oak Gertrude Dress $68


While I love the soft pastel color, it reminds me of an Easter egg. Add that to the uni-boob thing that appears to happen to my chest and it’s not doing it for me.

Decision: Return.

All in all this was a good fix. The way I decide that is I liked more items than I disliked. While the 41Hawthorn Dress is a for sure I’m undecided on the other two, so if you have an opinion either way. TELL ME!

My First Stitch Fix
My Second Stitch Fix
My Third Stitch Fix
My Fourth 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}.

But I’m Not a Wicked Stepmother! Review

I gave up on most blended family and stepmom books years and years ago. I found most unrelatable or unrealistic and the worst culprits- the “faith” based ones that told me that prayer would make everything work out just fine. {Yes, I’m a believer in prayer but I’m also a believer in good, ol’ fashioned hard work too.}

Now I’m not saying prayer doesn’t work or that there isn’t room for these books someplace but I myself as a 22 year old bride could not find the support, encouragement and information I so badly needed and wanted.

I was excited to have the opportunity to review the new Tyndale Publishers and Focus on the Family book ‘But I’m Not a Wicked Stepmother! Secrets of Successful Blended Families’. It’s been a long while since I’ve read a book on blended families for all the above reasons but this one gave me pause.


Written by two stepmom friends, one whom married a widower with a young child and no children of her own and another who brought her own children into a marriage with a man with children, a true blended family.

The book chronicles both women’s naive beginnings, tough times of navigating relationships with spouses and children and ex-spouses and eventually touches on some really good feedback the two receive from their now grown stepchildren.

What I really appreciated about the book is how current it is. Subjects touched on included social media and communication between homes, holidays and celebrations and practical ways to deal with insecurities, difficult situations and creating a successful family unit. They are up to date in things that are relevant to being a stepparent now, financial decisions, vacations, all things I rarely see touched on in stepmother literature.

The book and the two women touch on more than just parenting, they touch on marriage, relationship with an ex-spouse or your spouses’ ex-spouse, the relationship your spouse has with their children and all of those intricacies. There’s so much more to being part of a blended family than parenting someone else’s children, there are so many layers and so many emotions for all parties that having these two really spell out their struggles, things that helped and things they even maybe did wrong in the early days is so enlightening and encouraging to read.

I’m the first to admit I’ve made my share of stepmom mistakes, not just with T and M, but also with T and M’s mom. I’ve reacted instead of responding, I’ve allowed my feelings or opinion to trump a decision and have been impatient. We’ve all just done the best we can as we’re able until we’ve learned better. I like to think we’ve managed ok even in spite of us.

I loved the author’s honesty. Because J and I have been married almost 11 years many of the issues addressed in the book and early blended family life seem so long ago but yet are relatable. I also really enjoyed hearing about what their grown stepchildren had to say about their upbringing and family life when all was said and done.

Like most things, I think we are often are own worst critic.

For us, co-parenting and blended family issues are few and far between these days. While yes there are still day to day communications and schedules and plans made, we’ve all made sure to create a positive working relationship turned friendship. No, we don’t always agree on everything and yes, sometimes we might have a different perspective, but as I’ve said many times over, that’s life no matter if you’re part of a blended family or not.

But I’m Not a Wicked Stepmother! Secrets of Successful Blended Families is available now via Tyndale Publishers on

I think it’s a helpful, fun read for step moms of all ages at any stage in their blended family life. The tone is conversational, the tips are helpful and both authors use and encourage prayer and specific Bible verses throughout.

Related Posts:

On 10 Years, Generosity and Being a Mom to Someone Else’s Children

On Expecting Great Things



Disclosure: Tyndale Publishers is an advertiser on this site and also gifted me an advance reader copy of this book. All opinions expressed above are mine alone.

On Cinderella


Miss E and I went to a prescreening of Disney’s Cinderella last week and to say we loved it is quite an understatement. Disney really outdid themselves this time. The movie is breathtaking and beautiful and true to the fairy tale yet made today and I promise it will be a beloved favorite. The story […]

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On Yellow Paint


In March 2006, my mom came over and painted an entire little room yellow in preparation for my first baby. We didn’t know if we were having a boy or a girl so the room was yellow and I spent many an afternoon wandering through Pottery Barn dreaming up just how I wanted it to […]

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On Affirmation

To J. S. When I was in junior high and high school, at various camps and church events and retreats, we did what was called affirmations. Most of the time this was written down. Your name on a card passed around the room for everyone to write something positive about you. Mine always listed things […]

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On Quiet.


Hello? Is this thing on? The blog’s been rather quiet these last few weeks. It’s crossed my mind a few times and I’ve dreamt of words I’d like to throw into this space but the clock ticks on and I climb into bed only to awake hours later already reeling. It’s the middle of January […]

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Vaccinations and MSNBC.

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Mommy, I Need You.


In the after dinner bustle of cleaning up the kitchen and getting homework done and backpacks checked and baths and lunches and just all that school night chaos, Miss F grabbed my legs and said, “Mommy, I need you!”  Clear as a bell. “Mommy, I need you.” “You need me?” I asked surprised. My only […]

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Ice Castles in Eden Prairie {Giveaway!!}


I was kind of skeptical of the whole ice castle thing having never gone before but with weather in the 30′s this past weekend I thought it’d be such a simple, fun thing to do. Plus I had heard rumors there might be some Frozen infused fun happening. We made the jaunt to the Eden […]

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My Fourth Stitch Fix.


My 4th Stitch Fix arrived over the weekend and I couldn’t wait to rip open the box. As you know I really enjoyed my first and second boxes but my third one majorly missed the mark. I had high hopes that with some more notes and direction in my profile this one would be a […]

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