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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

How and Why I Let An App Dress Me

How and Why I Let An App Dress Me

When I first heard about Cladwell’s new app called Outfits, I was intrigued. Cladwell asked me what I would do with 15 minutes of extra time in my day – the time that it takes to choose an outfit each morning (or the night before, if you’re prepared!). Every morning, Outfits for iOS sends you outfit ideas based on what you currently own, what the weather is like, and how often you wear an item, thus saving you time – even 15 minutes back each morning adds up! So now I am wondering how I can use my extra time? How can I live in each moment? How can I balance the pieces of my life well?

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I took the #TakeTheTime Outfits Challenge by letting the Cladwell Outfits app dress me for 3 days!

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After I downloaded the app, I started by adding items to my closet. There are a lot of options and they don’t have to be exactly what you have, but you can choose the options that most remind you of what you own. I added 35 items to my closet to begin with. Each day, the app will create an outfit for you to wear based on the clothes that you own, and the weather! How smart is that? Also, the discover tab shows you outfit possibilities with pieces you don’t yet own, and you can add them to a wishlist tab as well.

Day 1:

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The app gives you three choices each day. The first outfit included shorts – yeah, it was supposed to be warm out, but shorts? For the second, my Toms are actually that green color of the cardi, which I have in grey, and I have a longer one in teal…, and I don’t have pants like that but I chose them to stand in for leggings. The third outfit is nice, but I wore that shirt the day before! So outfit number 2 was the winner.


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Day 2:

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For Day 2, my choices were all cute, but I decided to go with outfit 2. I do have a t-shirt in that green color, but I prefer the lighter green one for the fit. One thing I wish the app had available was the ability to add one t-shirt and then to specify the color you actually own it in.

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Day 3:

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Day 3 was going to be another hot day. So my options were to wear shorts, to wear long sleeves and long pants, or to wear short sleeves and long pants but with tall boots? None of them really make sense! I wish that I could take the suggested outfit and change out one part of it within the app. Instead, I have to do that on my own. The other thing is that I made a mistake when I added shoes – I only have one pair of grey flats but I added two different ones, as you can see in outfits 1 and 2 above! This happened on day 1 as well, but I did not realize. Also, I had not added in any sandals, because I couldn’t figure out which ones matched the ones that I have. Another option I wish was available on the app would be to add in my clothes manually. Anyhow, I went with outfit number 1, but I switched out the shorts for jeans.

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My favorite thing about the Outfits app is that it uses what I have in my closet and therefore the outfits it puts together are things I like! I was frustrated that I could not see my outfits the evening before, but there is a way to adjust when your notifications become live, and I just changed mine to come the night before, so hopefully that will solve that!

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Now that I have extra time saved by letting an app dress me, what am I doing with my extra time? I’d have to say I’m using it for blogging and promoting my blog! Do you like the outfits that were chosen for me? If you were given extra time in your day, even 15 minutes, what would you use it for?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The First of Octember–Learning and Fun For Kids

Earlier this month, it was my turn to read a book to Simon’s class. As it turned out, my turn fell during Read Across America Week, and on the day after Dr. Seuss’s birthday. The Children’s Book Club choice this month was any Dr. Seuss book, so for both occasions I chose to read my favorite Dr. Seuss book – Please Try To Remember The First of Octember.

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This is one of Dr. Seuss’s older books and it is not widely known, but it is super cute and fun. In The First of Octember, Dr. Seuss imagines a day when all your wishes come true. Octember the First is the day on which you can have whatever you want. March is too dusty and April is too gusty, if May is too early and June is too soon, so you have to be patient and wait until the first of Octember! On that day, you might get such things as a ship that sails to Alaska, Nebraska, and Sweden, a skateboard TV, a pickle tree, a Hock-Zocker court, or just some relaxing time with your dog. It’s up to you!

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Printable Month Sorting Activity

Aside from reading the book with his class, Simon and I did a few activities surrounding the book. First, it is important for the children you are reading with to realize that Octember is not a real month! At first Simon was confused, so we went over the months of the year together and realized that there is no Octember. When I read to his class, I also brought this up before I began to read. I created a month sorting activity for Simon as well.

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Simon was surprisingly good at this reading activity and the only thing that threw him off was reading the word October when it actually said Octember! To do this activity, just print this list of months, cut them apart, and mix them up.

Writing Exercise

The next thing we did is sort of predictable, but really the best way to open a discussion with children after reading the book – ask your child what he or she would like to have on the First of Octember. I asked this question to Simon’s class after I read the book and they all took turns telling me what they would want. The answers ranged from the simple (an Xbox, for example), to the funny (a million dogs), to the fantastic (a Pegasus unicorn)! To work on writing with Simon, we recreated this page of the book:

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I had just gotten rid of a roll of register tape which would have been perfect for this, but instead we used the back of two receipts taped together.

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On the First of Octember, Simon wants 100000 dogs, a new dad, 100000 dollars, a basketball hoop, a mike, a car, a little ride, and my own fire station.

Doodle Delight Recipe

Our final activity was based on this page of the book in which the boy stays up all night drinking 99 six-packs of Doodle Delight:

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We didn’t stay up all night, but we did drink Doodle Delight! Technically you can make Doodle Delight by using any green juice or soda, or even by putting water in a green bottle. I used water with a few drops of green food coloring for ours.

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We really enjoyed the activities we did surrounding Please Try To Remember The First of Octember! I hope you will run out and get this book for your kids to enjoy too!

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Monday, March 20, 2017

$10 at Target–Welcome Gift Bags

Welcome Gift Bags For Out of Town Guests

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A few of the blogs that I follow do a really cool challenge called $10 at Target. The idea is to spend $10 and only $10 buying fun items at Target. Let’s see how I did this month!

First of all, this month was a small fail, because I really wanted to find cloth reusable tote bags to use for the welcome gifts I am creating for out of town family members coming to Gabbie’s Bat Mitzvah. The only ones they had were either Disney Princess, Dr. Seuss, or Target themed, so I decided to buy the bags elsewhere. Instead, I used (part of) my $10 for the items that we are putting inside the bags!

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Hand Sanitizer – $1.52
Water Bottles – $.25 each, at least 2 per bag, $.50
Tissue Packs – $.29 each
Starbucks Via Packets – $.75 each, at least 2 per bag, $1.50
BelVita Biscuits – $.75 each, at least 2 per bag, $1.50
Herbal Tea – $2.29

Total = $7.60 (but bear with me…)

Because Target didn’t have what I was looking for as far as bags go, I ordered these bags from Amazon.

$1.25 each.

I also really wanted to include some sort of fun puzzle that people can play with. I decided to go with Amazon on this as well.

$.87 each puzzle.

New Total: $9.72 per bag!

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We also put wraps on the water bottles!

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Each family will receive one bag, but I am including the appropriate amounts of the food items for the family members attending, so the totals aren’t exactly right. I am also including a schedule of events and a map indicating our house and our synagogue! What do you think? Have you ever received a welcome bag when attending an event away from home?