Author Archives: Katie Kavulla

Reading List: 3 Books to read over Thanksgiving weekend

I feel like I haven’t been flying through the books like I was over the summer… mainly because these three kept me pretty busy! If you’re looking for a book to read over Thanksgiving weekend, here are a few picks that are fresh off of my “just read” list.

Thanksgiving Reading List

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt 
This was one of those books everyone recommended, but I was having a hard time getting into. And then, all of a sudden, I was hooked and found myself devouring every word. I spent a lot of time reading Tell the Wolves I’m Home because the story was so deep and layered that I could only consume a few pages at a time, literally. This isn’t a book to whip through. Pick it up for Thanksgiving weekend if you know you’ll have a lot of downtime to spend with it. And pie. You’ll need leftover pie. (If you’ve read it, do you want this to be a movie, or what?)

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
If you’re traveling over Thanksgiving weekend, this is the perfect book to add to your carry-on bag… because you totally have time  to read while you’re traveling with kids, right? Let’s pretend you do. While this book falls straight into the Young Adult genre, I’m pretty sure that 30- and 40-something women everywhere made it as popular as it is because it all about two high schoolers… in the ’80s. The pop culture references from that era are spot-on and the love story is off-beat, but relateable. You’ll fly through it… even while managing your kiddos at the airport. (Psst! The Kindle edition is only $5 right now!)

The Mystery of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes
While this book probably won’t make my favorites list for 2014, it’s a great book, with tons of family and celebrity drama to keep you entertained over Thanksgiving weekend… especially if you have a large family! I’ve read most of Marian Keyes’ books and love the tales of the Walsh sisters who live in Ireland. Looking for more, start with her first book in the “series”, Watermelon. You can easily jump around through these books, they’re a series, but you won’t be lost if you read them out of order.

More Books from the bellingFAM Reading List

A reading list for fall
More summer book recommendations
5 Books I just read (including one I hated)
7 Books I’ve read so far in 2014

On Pinterest: Books I’ve read in 2014 and Books to Read

Psst! The links to these books go to Amazon, because it’s easy that way. I am not affiliated with Amazon and I do not profit from you buying a book there. That’s all. xxoo.

Our favorite picks from the TOMS for Target collection

Have you heard about the TOMS for Target collection that launched on Sunday? I’ve been excited to see what they would come up with and while I’m not head-over-heels with the entire collection, there were certainly some stand-out favorites. Stay tuned for an update as I head to the Bellingham Target to see what they have in stock…

TOMS for Target

For the moms:
TOMS for Target Knit Infinity Scarf, $20 (In stores only)
TOMS for Target Glass Double Wall Hot and Cold Beverage Bottle, $15 (Online & in stores)
TOMS for Target Jar Candle with Wood Box, $15 (In stores only)
TOMS for Target Women’s Crewneck Sweater, $32 (In stores only)
TOMS for Target Simple is Beautiful Zippered Clutch, $20 (Online & in stores)
TOMS for Target 3-Bracelet Set, $15 (In stores only)

For the boys:
TOMS for Target Toddler Boy’s Shoes, $32 (Online only)
TOMS for Target Boy’s Knit Beanie, $10 (Online & in stores)

For the girls:
TOMS for Target Girl’s Knit Flip Top Gloves, $12 (In stores only)
TOMS for Target Girl’s Full Zip Hoodie, $22 (Online & in stores)

Have you spotted the TOMS for Target collection at your Target?
What did you think?

Katie Loves This: Edition 5

Another Monday, friends! Did you have a good weekend? I spent it shopping in Seattle with eight buses packed full of 400 women. I can now officially serve mimosas in a moving bus without spilling. I think I’ll put that on my resume. Although, I did fall into the lap of one of the ladies, so, maybe I shouldn’t get ahead of myself.

Here are some favorites from the past week… What are you loving?

Katie Loves This- Edition 5

One.
I almost, almost bought these DV by Dolce Vita sneakers at Nordstrom this weekend, but I needed an 8-1/2 and they were going to have to order them for me, so I passed. But, I love them. A lot. Santa, are you listening?

Two.
These feather gift tags caught my eye on Pinterest and, as it turns out, they are a free printable from Love vs. Design. Confession: I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to gift wrapping ideas.

Three.
Do you shop at Trader Joe’s? I’m obsessed with their Pumpkin Cranberry Crisps and will happily eat an entire box in one sitting. (There isn’t THAT much in there, really.) I love them with a little goat cheese on top. Seriously. The entire bag. Yum.

Four.
I love this DIY Thanksgiving Table Runner. I spotted it on Pinterest and finally hunted down the original post on Spoonful of Imagination. Maybe we’ll get our own table runner started this year with the kiddos. Because that’s exactly what I need in the midst of cooking Thanksgiving dinner… kids with paint on their hands.

Katie Loves This: Edition 1. October 2014.
Katie Loves This: Edition 2. October 2014.
Katie Loves This: Edition 3. November 2014.
Katie Loves This: Edition 4. November 2014.

have something for me to love? send me an email! i’d love to hear about it! bellingFAM@gmail.com xxoo.

bellingFAM Approved: Strider Bikes (Giveaway)

Strider Giveaway

We don’t spend much money on toys at our house. Books? For sure. Craft supplies? Yes. Things that get our kids outside as much as possible? Definitely.

I know you recognize this brand and I’m here to tell you how much we love our Strider Bike. LOVE. All caps.

Not only does it get the bellingFAM Approved stamp of approval from Everett, who just upgraded to one of Strider’s XL Seatposts to give his growing legs a little more room to stride, but it’s a favorite for Josh and me, too. We love it when he rides and we can tell that he’ll be ready to jump over to a peddle-bike with confidence, thanks to his time on his Strider Bike.

Strider Bike Review

 (Paul Frank helmet available from Bell Helmets)

Ev got his Strider for Christmas, just after he turned two and now, at nearly five, he’s still riding it and I suspect he will be for another year… or until his legs get too long, whichever comes first! When he was just a little guy, he totted around on his Strider often, up-and-down the sidewalk in front of our house mostly, getting used to how it feels to balance a bike underneath himself. Now, he’s more confident, cruising along much quicker and mastering how to steer and stride at the same time, a skill that often seems to be lost when kids are focusing on trying to peddle a traditional bike.

Strider Bike bellingFAM

We’re excited to team up with Strider Bikes for a giveaway that’s perfect for kicking off your holiday shopping. Just be sure to let Santa know that you’ve got him covered this year!

Want to check out a Strider Bike in Bellingham? Authorized dealers include Earl’s Bike Shop, Lenny’s Bike Shop (Ferndale), Mt. Baker Moto-Sports, Second Shot Sports (Lynden) and Wee Ones Reruns.

To enter to win a STRIDER 12″ SPORT BIKE, please click the Rafflecopter link below:

Giveaway Button

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Giveaway provided by Strider Bikes
Products were provided for review.
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All opinions are our own.

The PTA Meeting Drinking Game for Parents

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Don’t miss the other bellingFAM Drinking Games for Parents, including the ever-popular Homework Drinking Game and the must-needed My Daughter is a Tween Drinking Game.

Someday, I’ll tell you about my time in the PTA.

Here’s what I’ll tell you in the meantime: If there is every a parent-related organization that will drive you to drink, this is it. I don’t usually drink during the week, and rarely on the weekends even (weird, RIGHT?), but ohmygod, I was a serious have-three-drinks-on-a-Tuesday-night kind of drinker during my year on the PTA board. Then, replace Tuesday with EVERY OTHER NIGHT OF THE WEEK. I’ve entertained the idea of opening a rehab that PTA board members can go to straight after serving their time. Make that a rehab/witness protection program. With yoga. And silence. Lots of silence.

But, I digress.

Introducing our latest drinking game for parents…

PTA Drinking Game

The PTA Meeting Drinking Game for Parents
(Note: This game is played with anything you can pour in a flask.)

Playing is easier than trying to follow your PTA’s bylaws. Take a drink…

  • For every year that you’ve been on the PTA. Take two drinks for every year you’ve been a board member or served on a committee.
  • If you show up late and have to sit in the front.
  • If you show up late and there aren’t any chairs left, so you have to unfold a super-creaky metal chair from off of the chair rack.
  • For every kid you had to bring with you to the meeting. One drink for each school-aged kid. Drink double if you brought a toddler.
  • If your cell phone rings in the middle of the meeting. Take another drink if your tween daughter changed your ringtone to a Ariana Grande song.
  • Every time you vote on something.
  • Every time another PTA member starts a sentence with “I hate to bring this up, BUT…”
  • For every time you volunteer to help with something without fully realizing what you just volunteered to help with.
  • Every time another parent makes some grandiose suggestion without having any idea of how to implement it… and without volunteering to head it up themselves.
  • When someone forgets to second a motion.
  • If you’re a PTA member as a parent and a teacher.
  • Any time someone says “Box Tops.” Drink again if you’re the Box Tops coordinator.
  • If you’re pretty sure you turned in your membership check this year.
  • If your meeting lasts longer than an hour. A drink for each 5-minute increment it goes on…
  • For the following PTA-related phrases: Nomination Committee, engagement, bake sale, Sign-Up Genius, jog-a-thon.
  • If you’re looking at the budget spreadsheet and have no clue what it means. Drink again if you raise your hand to vote to approve it anyway.

What would you add to the PTA Meeting Drinking Game for Parents? Leave them in the comments so that we can add them (with credit…)!

Note: We hate to state the obvious, but drinking this much probably isn’t safe. This drinking game is only intended to be read for fun. They are not actual drinking suggestions. Because if you drank this much, you’d be drunk. Or if you’re me, super drunk. Please be safe and responsible and put the safety of your children first. <stepping down>

6 Tips to get what you want from Stitch Fix

Stitch Fix Tips

Every time I get a new Stitch Fix delivery, I always, ALWAYS get emails and questions about how I get the pieces I do in my fixes. And, with my sixth Stitch Fix on the way in just a couple of weeks (links to the detailed posts below), I’m starting to feel like I have the hang of it and that I can share a few tips and tricks that have helped me get the most of out of Stitch Fix.

Stitch Fix Inspiration Pinterst Board

1. Start a dedicated Pinterest board
This is my No. 1 tip for getting a Stitch Fix box you love. I have a board named Stitch Fix Inspiration where I only pin styles and pieces that I want my Stitch Fix stylist to consider sending me.

Stitch Fix Social Media Settings

But, don’t stop there. Be sure to add your Pinterest board to your Stitch Fix profile. The option is almost at the bottom of the page, under Social Networks, just like I’ve shown above. Be sure to add the link to your specific Pinterest board, not your Pinterest account, in general.

Stitch Fix Instagram

2. Keep an eye on Stitch Fix on social media
This takes me to my next tip… following Stitch Fix’s social media accounts. I check in with what Stitch Fix has been pinning on Pinterest, as well as what they post on Facebook and Instagram. This way, if something catches my eye that I’d like in my next delivery, I can add it to my Pinterest board as a not-so-subtle hint to my stylist. A quick note to save time: Most of the time, if they post a picture on Instagram or Facebook, it will eventually end up on their Pinterest board too, for easy-pinning. Just keep an eye out!

 Stitch Fix Stylist Note

3. Leave a note for your stylist, every time
When you schedule your next fix, you can leave a note for your stylist and I suggest you do, every time. Be specific about things you’d like to see — or not see — in your next delivery. You can always go back into your Stitch Fix profile and add a note later, if there’s a must-have that pops up in the meantime.

Stitch Fix Sizes

4. Be honest about the size you wear
Most of the time, when I send items back to Stitch Fix, it’s due to fit. Sometimes pieces are too big, sometimes they are too small. While I can’t change the fact that not everything in every Stitch Fix box will fit me perfectly, I do find that tweeking my sizes in my profile helps them send me items that do fit better. For example, I found that the pants they were sending me, two boxes in a row, were too big, so I edited my sizes.

Stitch Fix Price Points

5. Be flexible with your price points
This is how I have my price settings set in my Stitch Fix profile and, from what I’ve found, they really do stick to what you suggest. However, I do keep a note in the “Final Comments” section (all the way at the bottom of my profile!) that I am flexible about the price categories. I found this helpful when I felt like they were sending me the same brand over-and-over again — giving them the go-ahead to send me pieces outside of my range mixed things up. For me, I’m happy to splurge on one item that I love in a box, rather than five items that I just kind of like.

Stitch Fix Romantic Profile

6. Don’t get stuck in your profile
See that collection above, I don’t really like it. But, by giving it a “Don’t really like it” rating in my Stitch Fix profile, I think I took myself out of the running of getting anything soft and pretty. I try not to get too stuck in my profile — just because I don’t like this collection, doesn’t mean I can’t request items that are on the more romantic-style side, which I did in my note to my stylist and they delivered, sending me a sweet, lace-back top that I love. Don’t let them pigeonhole you into one style category!

See the details of my previous Stitch Fix deliveries here and on Pinterest:
Stitch Fix No. 1 (May 2014)
Stitch Fix No. 2 (July 2014)
Stitch Fix No. 3 (August 2014)
Stitch Fix No. 4 (September 2014)
Stitch Fix No. 5 (October 2014)

Review is my own opinion and not sponsored by Stitch Fix. Please note that all links are referral links, as referenced above. I appreciate you using them if you sign up for Stitch Fix so that they know you came via bellingFAM… thank you!

Katie Loves This: Edition 4

Hello, there. Happy it’s-really-cold-out Monday! The weekend whizzed by, didn’t it? We were busy and recovering from colds and headed into a week that will make me BEG for Friday. Let’s get it started out with some favorites from the past week… What are you loving right now?

Katie Loves This

One.
I’m still mad at coco+kelley for making me like things from Chico’s. It’s so confusing. Because, this blouse. And, this vest. And, ohmygodstopit.

Two.
I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to hair and with a cut and color on the horizon (much-needed, let me tell you!), I have this picture on my mind. What do you think? Too much? Not so short, for sure, but blunt and uber-bright… (Picture originally from & so it goes…)

Three.
Speaking of Pinterest, if you’re on there, you’ve probably been re-pinning all of these yummy, pretty recipe pins from Damn Delicious. I finally took the time to check it out from my computer, rather than my phone, and it’s sooo good. Dinner ideas galore!

Four.
In things that have surprised me this week news, I’m obsessed with Katherine Heigl’s Instagram account.  I know that everyone says she’s a total bitch, but I think she looks like a lot of fun. And, like a great mama.

Katie Loves This: Edition 1. October 2014.
Katie Loves This: Edition 2. October 2014.
Katie Loves This: Edition 3. November 2014.

have something for me to love? send me an email! i’d love to hear about it! bellingFAM@gmail.com xxoo.