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September In Review

Friday, September 29, 2017


Literally every month I start to write a month in review post, I’m surprised that the month is ending! I mean, it’s the end of September already? Wow! Here’s a look at our September with Shoes To Shiraz and her monthly Month Review in Numbers Link Up!

Month Review In Numbers

Days The Kids Were Off From School – 3 plus 2 half days

Days We Were Away From Home – 1

Baseball Games Attended – 1
Omaha Storm Chasers vs Iowa Cubs


Mascots Simon Met – 2


Fireworks Shows Watched – 1


Parades Watched – 1

Candy Collected at Said Parade – That’d be a lot.


Festivals Attended – 1
Jewish Culture Fest

Posts About Travel – 4
Two Science Museums In NY | Cuba – Day Three | Random Road Trip Stops from PA to KY | San Diego – Sea World

Reviews Posted – 1
Stitch Fix

Books Reviewed – 3

Holidays Celebrated – 1 (Rosh Hashanah)

Apples Picked – 20?


Days Simon’s Hand Was In A Sling – 4 (Now his fingers are just taped together)

Items Checked Off Our Fall Bucket List – 4
Apple Picking | Try Making Caramel Apples | Rosh Hashanah | Eat Candy Corn


Items In My September Picture Folder – 200

Pictures Shared On Instagram – 16

Total Blog Posts – 19

Happy Almost October!


San Diego–Sea World

Thursday, September 28, 2017


So, just a few days after we returned from our NJ visit and road trip home, we headed off to San Diego. Dave had a work conference there, so Gabbie, Simon, and I tagged along. Zachary was away at camp at the time. (He knew about it and just said we couldn’t go to Disneyland without him!) While Dave attended his conference, the kids and I entertained ourselves around San Diego. On the first day, we did the Petco Park Stadium Tour which I wrote about here. After that, we hung around the hotel until we had a room so we could change to go swimming! On our second day in San Diego, we headed to Sea World.

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What’s Up Wednesday–September

Wednesday, September 27, 2017



1. What we’re eating this month…

I drank a few bottles of this…

Dinner at the Jewish Culture Fest

We went apple picking and my brother-in-law sent some of his home made honey for our Rosh Hashanah celebrations! We’ve also had apple pie, apple cake, and apples dipped in caramel!

2. What I’m Reminiscing About…

We didn’t make it to the sunflower field this year. There are so many fall fun things to do and it’s so busy with the fall holidays that we rarely get to do them all. So I’m remembering last year’s sunflower field visit!

3. What I’m Loving…

Getting to spend time with our friends during Rosh Hashanah was nice. I’m also enjoying my fall décor, even if it’s not quite fall weather out, and my new blog look!

4. What We’ve Been Up To…

Over Labor Day, we took a short trip to Omaha, which I have yet to blog about! We went to the Jewish Culture Fest, we went apple picking, and we celebrated Rosh Hashanah. The kids have been adjusting back to school.

We cut their hair after this!

5. What I’m Dreading…

Yom Kippur is this Saturday, which is a full day fast day – no food or drink all day. It is difficult and I always dread it. The next few holidays coming up are going to be fun, but the fall holiday season always gets a bit old after 3 in a row, especially when they each are 3 days in a row of no internet (I am offline for these holidays!)

6. What I’m Working On…

Fitting a lot of fun fall activities into our schedule…

Completing my fall wardrobe…any leads on boots that have stretchy fabric in the leg area but aren’t above the knee?

Preparing for upcoming holidays…

Finishing the books I got from the library – too many all at once!

7. What I’m Excited About…

More time with friends and family coming up and fall weather actually getting here.

8. What I’m Watching / Reading…

So I decided to rewatch Friends. It’s crazy how some of the episodes I’ve seen a ton of times and some I barely remember. I still crack up at it, and it’s interesting watching it as a person older than the characters instead of a person younger than the characters like I was when I first watched the show!

For what I’ve been reading, click here, and tune in next week for more!

9. What I’m Listening To…

My car radio is set to the classic rock station.

10. What I’m Wearing…

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I haven’t yet worn the skirt on the right because I’m not sure what to wear with it! I’ve worn the other three pieces already though!

We had a few days cool enough to wear jeans / leggings. I just got these new booties, but I can’t decide if I like them or not!


11. What I’m Doing This Weekend…

Saturday is Yom Kippur. Sunday we need to put up our Sukkah and I really want to go to the cider mill and the pumpkin patch!

12. What I’m Looking Forward To Next Month…

[I feel like I’m just repeating what I said above under what I’m excited about…] Fall activities and fall weather. And hopefully participating in this photo challenge:

New Mini Fall Photo Challenge

13. What Else Is New…

Mug Love Exchange

I recently participated in a mug swap, for which the reveal day is tomorrow, but I wanted to include mine here. I was paired with Lacey, a sweet blog friend of mine, and she sent me two amazing mugs! They are Rae Dunn and one says Breathe and the other says Focus. She also included a bag of salted caramel coffee – yum! And a pack of cute napkins.


Thanks Lacey! I hope the mug I sent you didn’t break in shipping…I realized I didn’t package it very well!

Bonus Question: What TV Show Are You Most Excited About This Fall?

This is Us!

And Chicago Fire!

What’s been up with you lately?


Simon’s Scooter Crash

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Is there anything worse then seeing someone you love hurt? Maybe actually seeing them get hurt and knowing there’s nothing you can do to stop it. On Friday, Simon rode his scooter down a hill near our house while Dave called to him “Simon, stop, too fast,” and Zachary pointed out that he was going to fall. And sure enough, he did.


Flat on his face.

He stood back up right away and my first thought was that he might have broken his arm, but after that I had to refocus on the blood pouring off of him. There was a lot of blood. Somehow I didn’t freak out, but Dave was the one who unbuttoned Simon’s shirt and had him use it to sop up his blood as we walked back home. In case you’re wondering, yes, you can still see the blood on the sidewalk where it happened.

Once we made it home, Dave got to work cleaning up Simon’s face while Gabbie and I went to ask our nurse friend who lives nearby to come over and check him out. See, it was Rosh Hashanah, and past 5 pm on a Friday, so we didn’t necessarily want to rush him to the ER if it wasn’t necessary.

When we got back, Simon was all cleaned up, enough so that we could see his lips were very swollen and cut open, but not deeply, and we discovered that he had chipped a tooth. Our friend (and her granddaughter, who is in Simon’s class and was so cute and caring!) looked him over and said he wasn’t going to need stitches, but we did place a call to the dentist to see if we needed to do anything immediately about his tooth. The dentist felt that it wasn’t an emergency and said I should call on Monday for an appointment. We held ice on his lip to help with the swelling.

At that point we also noticed that Simon’s right index finger was bruised and swollen, but he was able to wiggle it, so we thought it was just bruised and not broken. He was a bit shaky and sleepy so we gave him some apple juice and a jacket and our friend and her granddaughter brought over some ice pops (and a feel better crown and a sticker!). Then he had some dinner and Motrin and went to bed.

In the morning, his face still looked pretty bad as his lip scabbed over and he looked like his face was dirty with chocolate. We went to synagogue and a few of our friends that are doctors offered their opinions, which were mostly that his face was fine but his finger still looked like it could be broken.

(The pictures are both from Sunday, after his lips were done swelling).

On Sunday we took him to the urgent care to get looked at. They agreed that the facial scrapes were superficial but he had an x-ray for his finger. When it came back that it was broken, I expected they would give him a small finger splint, but instead they wrapped up his whole right arm, up to his elbow! This was because the break looks like it is nearing the growth plate. He also got a sling to help him hold up his arm. We have a follow up appointment on Thursday and I hope he will get a smaller splint at that point, because with his right hand in a sling, he can’t write or even eat easily!


Yesterday (Monday) we saw the dentist and they took x-rays to make sure the chipped part of his tooth didn’t end up inside his lip – ick! Luckily it was not seen. He does have a tear to his frenulum – the part of his lip that attaches to his gum – so they aren’t going to fix his tooth until that heals.

For now, he is doing ok, and I’m telling myself that it wasn’t my fault, it is good that he’s in such an inconvenient splint so that it heals ok, and his face will look better soon!


My First Stitch Fix

Monday, September 25, 2017

My First Stitch Fix

After months of going back and forth on whether I should order a Stitch Fix box, I finally did so this month! I went back and forth because I usually don’t spend a lot on my clothing and nice clothes tend to fit me weirdly. I did lose some weight since I first thought about getting a Stitch Fix box, so I decided it was time. I liked the idea of choosing one item from the box to keep, unless there was more than one item that I loved! The way Stitch Fix works is that you fill out a style profile, including your tastes and sizes, and you pay a $20 styling fee when you request your box. You can also leave detailed notes on what you are looking for. Your stylist sends you your 5 pieces, along with ideas on how to style them. Your styling fee is applied to whatever you purchase from your box, so you definitely want to keep something so you don’t lose that fee! If you’ve never tried it and you sign up using my referral link, I will get a credit – so thanks in advance!


In my note to my stylist, I mentioned that I have a few holidays coming up for which I will need to dress nicely. My stylist, Rachel, made a note of this and enclosed a top, a skirt, 2 dresses, and a jacket. The items could be paired together or on their own.


The first item I tried on was the Renee C Leena Printed Skirt. This skirt is definitely my style. It was long enough, the colors can match with many things, and it was comfortable!

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As Rachel mentioned in her note, the Skies Are Blue Kirt Scallop Trim Lace Blouse paired nicely with the skirt. I really liked this top. The style and fit worked for me, aside for possibly the tie, which I didn’t love. I also didn’t love the price tag, which was a little steep for me.

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I also very rarely wear sleeveless shirts without something over them, so I added the Lila Ryan Avianna Cropped Denim Jacket to the outfit. This makes the look a little more casual, in my opinion. I already own a denim jacket and I knew that I would not be keeping this one. It was also slightly too big for me, especially in the sleeve length.



Next, I tried on the THML Roonie Embroidered Dress. At first glance, I really liked this dress, especially the embroidery. I wasn’t a fan of the neckline though, so much so that I didn’t even take a picture of it without the denim jacket layered on top! The dress was also a bit too short for my liking.



Finally, the 41Hawthorn Renesme Geo Cube Jersey Faux Wrap Dress was a style I really liked. I wanted it to work so badly, but unfortunately it was too tight across my extra large sized chest. I even took a close up photo to remind myself why it didn’t work for me.


So, if you didn’t guess, I decided to keep the Leena Printed Skirt! If I had unlimited money, I likely would have also kept the Kirt Scallop Trim Lace Blouse as well. What do you think of my box and the item that I kept?