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

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.

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…)

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!

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.

Mom style: Oversized plaid scarves for fall

 I’m currently on the hunt for the perfect oversized plaid scarves. They’ve been teasing me on Pinterest lately, I think it all started with the very coveted plaid scarf from ZARA (listed below), which is on my wishlist, big time. What do you think of these plaid scarves? Are you into them for fall? Or, are you cringing? I’m trying to decide between the yellow plaid from ModCloth or the classic plaid from ZARA…

Oversized Plaid Scarves

Top row:
Cozy Plaid Scarf, GAP, $30
Academic Aspirations Scarf, ModCloth, $25
Driftplaid Scarf, Madewell, $58

Bottom row:
Women’s Plaid Flannel Scarf, Old Navy, $19
Checked Scarf, ZARA, $30

Which oversized plaid scarf if your favorite?

Katie Loves This: Edition 3

I’m trying hard to think about anything outside of all of the caffeine I need pumped into my body this morning. Because, Halloween + weekend slumber parties + daylight savings time. Even my tired is tired. Here are some of my favorites that popped up last week… Enjoy!

Katie Loves This


Can we get an “amen” for the fact that one of our favorite (local!) kids’ clothing brands, kate&jAMES just came out with their first thing for the mamas? Loving their Ello Love Women’s Pullover Raglan, which is currently taking pre-orders. Get one.

I’ve had this recipe for Mini Poppy Seed Ham Sandwiches on Hawaiian Sweet Rolls pinned on my Dinner Pinterest board for ages and we finally made them last week. They are GOOD. The kids weren’t into the mustard sauce, but you could easily just put it on half for the adults. A note: I did bake it for about 40-minutes, not 20-minutes, like the recipe indicates.

This article on EverydayFamily, Real Moms Dish on the Power of Mom Friends, was a favorite last week. Some of the moms featured (and the author!) are gals that I’ve written with around and about on different sites and I loved reading more about the mom friends in their lives.

For a laugh, you must add What Would Yeezus Wear to your Instagram account. You can’t get much better that this.

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

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

bellingFAM Approved: KaHootie Co. Notepads (Giveaway)

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Here’s the truth…

Getting organized is easy. Some might even say it’s fun. (Me.)

Staying organized is the hard part.

I don’t know about you, but I always have the best intentions to stay organized, especially at the beginning of each school year, each week, each DAY. And, I feel so much better when things are in order and life just runs much smoother, for everyone, when I get my to-dos and our family schedule and all of the other mom-things out of my head and onto a calendar or into a list. I know it’s weird, but it makes me feel calm.

Even though I spend my work-life online, I am completely old-fashioned when it comes to my calendar. I still use a paper calendar and love writing things down.

KaHootie Co. Notepads

When Kristen, creator of KaHootie Co., a line of organizing tools for moms, got in touch, I was thrilled. Their products are exactly what I use in my everyday life to keep organized and I couldn’t wait to put them to use. Plus, I loved what Kristen had to say about why she designed these products, “One of the biggest challenges for moms and dads is organization, as they constantly juggle the demands of caring for their kids, themselves, and their home. If parents were more organized, they would have less stress, greater productivity, and enjoy more free time to spend with their family.”

Yes. Just, yes.

Here are some of my favorites from KaHootie Co.

KaHootie Co. Daily Calendar

Daily Schedule Notepad, $13

I literally use this pad every day. I try to make my list in the evening, just after I get the kiddos tucked into bed and wrap up emails. Feeling organized before tomorrow even hits makes me happy. I’ve used other daily notepads before, but I especially love this one from KaHootie Co. because it’s an all-in-one — calendar with blank times to write in appointments, quick to-dos for the most-pressing items on your list, a daily meal planner, and even a spot to check off how much water you’re drinking.

KaHootie Co. Monthly Calendar

Monthly Calendar Notepad, $13

This is the KaHootie Co. notepad that I use to keep our family on the same page. I fill out a new sheet at the beginning of each month and hang it on the front of the fridge for everyone to see. It’s filled with big things, like upcoming birthday parties and appointments, as well as little things, like reminders about which day the girls have library at school.

KaHootie Co. Chore Chart

Kids Chore Chart Notepad, $13

Lastly, grabbing the fan favorite award from my kids, is the Kids Chore Chart Notepad. Not only are these great for helping your kids feel accomplished for helping around the house, but they’re also fantastic to use for keeping track of daily reading and homework, especially for your school-aged kiddos. In the past, we’ve used chore charts like these to help us through the more challenging seasons of parenthood, keeping track of tear-free drop-offs at school or mornings that they wake up dry. Complete lifesaver for parents and the perfect visual tool for kids of all ages.

You can pick up your own KaHootie Co. products on their website, as well as online at Bed, Bath and Beyond and buybuy Baby. Before you buy, know that each notepad is super-thick.

The team at KaHootie Co. is giving away a set of their notepads for one lucky, soon-to-be very organized bellingFAM reader and we’re happy to be their host for the giveaway!

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Mom Style: Stitch Fix No. 5

Just to jog your memory, here’s a run down of my previous Stitch Fix deliveries:

Stitch Fix No. 1 (May 2014): A good start! I’m still regretting not keeping that Aztec print shirt, even though it was a little big.

Stitch Fix No. 2 (July 2014): I kept two of the tops from this box and they are two of my favorites, especially the orange-ish blouse. It’s a fan favorite on Pinterest, too.

Stitch Fix No. 3 (August 2014): My favorite box so far… I kept everything and they are in constant rotation in my closet.

Stitch Fix No. 4 (September 2014): A total bummer. Loved some of the styles, but the fit was off and it wasn’t very pre-fall, as I hoped it would be.

Stitch Fix No. 5

And now, Stitch Fix No. 5, which arrived just last week. All pictures courtesy of my darling, 7-year-old photographer, who had very strict instructions on how I should stand. (Oy, bear with me, friends. Tried to get over the in-my-bedroom-selfies for this one…)

Stitch Fix Level 99 Skinny Jeans

Level 99 Briley Skinny Jeans // $108

These jeans were cute and very, very soft, but they weren’t really what I was looking to add to my wardrobe. Plus, they were a bit long, so when I rolled them up, they made my legs look extra, super short. (Did I ever tell you that I thought I was 5’8″ until a year ago, when I realized that I’m only 5’6″? I’m still traumatized.) I sent these back. I don’t seem to be having any success with pants on Stitch Fix. Maybe I should ditch them on my requests… (Tank is from Gap, nothing special. Jacket listed below. Shoes via Nordstrom Rack, no longer available, that I can find.)

Stitch Fix Kensie Blouse

Kensie Davidson Floral Print Lace Detailed Blouse // $68

I adored this blouse from the moment I pulled it out of the box. It was just what I had asked for from Stitch Fix and it fit perfectly. The sleeves and the shoulders on the back are lace, for a super sweet, flirty feeling. I’ve had Kensie tops in the past and really loved them. This was a keeper, for sure. (Jeans are Gap Always Skinny. Shoes are Tieks in Ballerina Pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.)

Stitch Fix Moto Jacket

41Hawthorn Kaiya Asymmetrical Convertible Moto Jacket // $118

This jacket is so pretty. I had pinned the gray version on my Stitch Fix Inspiration Pinterest board (or, one that’s very close, I suppose!) and I think if it would have come in gray in my box, I would have kept it. But, I have a very, very similar wool navy cropped jacket already, so this felt like too much of the same.

Stitch Fix Dress

Veronica M Seth 3/4 Sleeve Abstract Print Dress // $98

I went back and forth about this dress. Did I love it? Or not? I don’t often buy brown. In fact, I don’t think I have any brown in my closet. But, there was something about it I loved. It was easy to wear and comfortable and I loved the neckline and tie around the waist. When decision time came, I realized that it just felt a smidge too short for me and a smidge too clingy. A bad combo, right? (Shoes are by Splendid from OnlineShoes.com.)

Stitch Fix Horseshoe Blouse

41Hawthorn Moni Horseshoe Print Stud Detail Top // $58

Another top that I’d pinned on my Stitch Fix Inspiration Pinterest board… but that I probably did in haste. It looked very cute on the gal who was wearing it, but not so much on me. The base color wasn’t good with my skin tone and the horseshoe print paired with the studded details didn’t feel like me, at all. I think it’s a very cute blouse… just on someone else. Can’t blame Stitch Fix for this one… they pulled it right off of my very own suggestions! Oops! It is available in other colors/prints, so maybe another time, Stitch Fix?

To sum things up for Stitch Fix No. 5, I only kept the Kensie blouse for $68… and I was pleased with that because I love it, so much.

I’ve had a few friends tell me that they’re bummed when they don’t love every single piece in their box and I suppose I come to it from a different perspective. I always hope that I’ll fall in love with just one piece. Anything else is a bonus. My clothing budget rarely allows me to splurge on more than that anyway! What do you think? Are you a fan of Stitch Fix for those perfect, rare finds you love? Or to fill your closet with ready-to-go outfits?

Another quick note… I do list the prices here, but as I found out recently, prices for similar items at different times of the year, may vary in different Stitch Fix deliveries for different customers. In other words, you might get the same top, at a different time of year, in a different color, and pay a different price. The prices I list in my Stitch Fix delivery are only for reference.

Interested in trying Stitch Fix? Feel free to email me with any questions you have about how it works, how to fill out your profile or what I love about using Stitch Fix. You can reach me at bellingFAM@gmail.com.

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 2

The first edition of Katie Loves This was a hit! Thanks for emailing me some of your favorites, too. Look forward to featuring them! Here’s what I’m loving this week…

Katie Loves This


The last time I made chili for dinner, it was lame. It was a basic recipe and it took a LOT of extras to make it taste like anything. Loving these chili recipes for fall from around blog-land. Hoping to find a new favorite.

This new Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix from Not Without Salt. Enough said. Buy some for everyone you know. And then more for yourself.

Remember that family who did the Christmas jammies rap? They had a new song drop for Halloween, Kin and Moose: Gin and Juice Halloween Parody from the Holderness Family. Hilarious, as always.

The planner that I’ve been using since I was in college (that was a LONG TIME AGO) didn’t come back this year. This is the new version and I’m trying to get on board, but really, this paper calendar loving girl is in mourning.

Katie Loves This: Edition 1. October 2014.

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

Hello, weekend!

Hello, weekend!

There have been a lot of things and people weighing heavily on my mind and on my heart this week. Just life, you know. It’s a crazy ride sometimes, isn’t it? And, in the midst of it all, talking about things like shoes and clothes and such seems insignificant. Sigh…

Okay, deep breaths. Let’s get on to the weekend, shall we?

We’re attending a fun fundraiser tonight (at the new Buffalo Hot Wings restaurant that opens in Bellingham next week!) and have pumpkin carving plans on Saturday… Sounds like it will be a stormy weekend in Bellingham, which is just what the doctor ordered!

What are you doing this weekend?

Here’s what’s been happening on bellingFAM the past few weeks:

  • I shared a few books I’ve been reading on my fall reading list. Trying to get through Tell the Wolves I’m Home right now, but feeling super bogged down. Have you read it?
  • The coat closet makeover on The House on Fremont Street is finally done… and we’re still loving it… minus the stink of my kids’ shoes!
  • Speaking of The House on Fremont Street, we chatted about inexpensive floor lamps. And why they’re so ugly.
  • Do you watch Scandal? I shared my thoughts on the season premiere, which was pretty much crazy town… and has continued to be just as crazy. Can’t say this season is my favorite… yet.
  • Our family grew my two family members earlier this month. Meow, meow.
  • This giveaway and these dresses from City Kid Style were a huge hit.
  • Over the summer, I traded in my gas guzzler for a week with the Toyota Highlander Hybrid. Here’s why I’d go hybrid, in a heartbeat.
  • I finally got around to posting about my third box from Stitch Fix, which was my favorite so far. Stay tuned for a review of my fifth delivery next week!
  • This post on Fall 2014 TV shows was a huge, unexpected hit, which made me so excited. I didn’t realize I had so many closet TV watchers… and I love it.
  • A quick update on our washi tape Instagram photo wall.
  • We launched a new series this week, What Katie Loves, which will be posted every Monday.
  • Last, but not least, my breakup with tall rain boots and some of my favorite short rain boots.

And, here’s what I’ve been working on when I wasn’t here:

Thank you for spending time on bellingFAM. xxoo.

Mom style: Short rain boots

Are you ready to hate me? Here it goes.

I’m over my big, tall rain boots.

Over them.

We went to the pumpkin patch a couple of weekends ago and they were just too tall. Too heavy. Too much. I was crying (inside, mind you) for a shorter pair to simply keep the bottoms of my jeans out of the mud and my feet dry.

I’m not over them on other people. I think they look super cute on you. REALLY cute. But, for me, I’m ready to move on.

Here are some of my favorites that I have my eye on… Tell me what you think. I can take it. I promise.

Short Rain Boots

1. Bogs Classic Winter Plaid Mid-Boots, OnlineShoes.com, $120
2. Bogs Urban Farmer 2 Eye-Lace Boots, OnlineShoes.com, $90
3. Crocband Jaunt Women’s Boots, Crocs, $40
4. Tretorn Wings Lag Vinter Boots, Zappos.com, $80
5. Tretorn Skerry Rubber Rain Boots, Zappos.com, $55
6. Tretorn Elsa Boots, OnlineShoes.com, $85
7. Hunter Original Chelsea Rain Boots, Nordstrom, $125
8. Sorel Out N About Leather Boots, OnlineShoes.com, $110
9. Hunter Original Short Rain Boots, Nordstrom, $138

Which pair are your faves?

Katie Loves This: Edition 1

There are always a ton of little things that come across my desk each week that aren’t really worthy of a full blog post, but that I’d still love to share. Hope you enjoy this new series on bellingFAM, which will be posted every Monday… Be sure to zip me an email (bellingFAM@gmail.com) if you have something you love. I always appreciate the tips! xxoo.

Katie Loves This- Edition 1

I’m obsessed with this chalkboard skull for Halloween. We did a Halloween Pinterest Party with the Savvy Sassy Moms team (great for Halloween ideas, if you need some!) and it was one of my favorite finds.

I hardly need another jacket, but I really adore this one. Loving the pop of bright pink against the army green. (The North Face Aconcagua Jacket, OnlineShoes.com, $160)

Dishing Up the Dirt came to me via Pinterest and I’ve been obsessed ever since. I think it was this recipe for Spiced Apple Cider Champagne Cocktails that got me hooked. Loving her on Instagram, too.

We chatted about this book a little on Facebook last week and I’m nearly finished. If you haven’t read Eleanor & Park, add it to your must-read list. You can grab it on Amazon.

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

The House on Fremont Street: Washi tape Instagram photo wall

Remember when I forced you to choose a washi tape for us to use on our office’s Instagram photo wall?

Washi Tape Instagram Photo Wall

Well, you didn’t like either of the choices — gold or navy — but I was too anxious to get the photos on the wall, so I grabbed the gold tape and went to work, thinking that I could easily switch it out when I finally decided on something better… But, we all know how this story ends, don’t we?

All of these weeks later, it’s still up, with the gold washi tape, and I love it.

Washi Tape Instagram Photo Wall

Washi Tape Photo Wall

Instagram Photo Wall

I need to order more photos to fill that entire section of the wall, from the ceiling to the bottom row of photos, which is short a few. The spacing is less than perfect and the photos aren’t all straight as arrows, but, it doesn’t bother me a bit. (Maybe it bothers Josh a little. It’s hard to turn that engineering brain off sometimes.)

The washi tape is holding pretty well on the painted wall. I do go over it from time-to-time and rub my thumb over the tape to keep it secure. I don’t think it will hold forever, but maybe we’ll be ready to switch up the pictures by then anyways.

The House on Fremont Street Office

As you can see, we still have some work to do on that office wall. I have a few more family photos to add and I’d love to add some graphic artwork, too (maybe like this Pinterest inspiration?).  I’m still dreaming of a long desk space that runs along the entire wall, with room for both Josh and I to have work space, as well as a spot for the girls to sit and work on homework, but, for now, this works well enough.

Did I convince you that the gold washi tape looks okay against the navy wall? Or are you hating me for it? Be honest. I can take it.

The House on Fremont Street Widget