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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!

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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

 

One.
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.

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

Three.
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.

Four.
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.

Fall 2014 TV review: What we’re watching

Fall 2014 TV Review

It’s no secret that I’m a big TV watcher. We are probably the only ones left in the world that get real life cable. I love it. Completely love it.

While I often cover Fall TV for other sites that I write for, this year, I’m bringing it to bellingFAM!

Here it goes… Can’t wait to hear what you’re loving/hating/holding out on, too!

NOTE: SPOILERS AHEAD! 

RETURNING SHOWS

Survivor: This is the 29th season of Survivor, or something crazy like that. We haven’t watched it the entire time, just here and there, but have picked back up on it this season and it’s just as crazy as ever. I think I spend the entire hour thinking about what it takes to create everything behind-the-scenes — the challenges, the ever-changing issues, Jeff Probst’s endless safari-esque outfits… This year, I’m most impressed with the girl contestants who have caught on to getting a gel manicure before they head to Survivor. Brilliant.

Scandal: A favorite, naturally. I wasn’t that into the first episode, but the second felt like it was back in its groove. The Mellie story line is especially hilarious. Those Ugg boots? And the constant eating and grave sitting? It’s good. I’m not sure how much longer I can stand this coldness between Olivia and the President, however.

The Good Wife: If I had to pick one show as my favorite, this would be it. The Good Wife nails it, every episode, and I devour it as soon as I can find time to watch. Loving the potential of Alicia running for State’s Attorney, although, I’m not certain she’ll actually head down that path. And, the entire thing with Cary and jail and drug smuggling? Ugh. It kills me. He’s my fave.

Chicago Fire: I mean, I came for the fire fighters. But, I stayed for the stories. This show is a borderline soap opera, but Josh and I both love it. Everything is SO DRAMATIC all of the time.

Project Runway: This show is actually just wrapping up and it’s the kind of show that I put on when I’m working and need some background noise.

Modern Family: Finally, Modern Family is making me laugh again. I felt like the past couple of seasons were a bit womp-womp. But so far, so good. How much do you love Phil and Claire? I mean, I just can’t get enough of them.

Grey’s Anatomy: Is this show still going? I skipped a couple of seasons along the way and I just keep watching to see where it will end, but really, so many of the good main characters have left now that I feel like it’s just all Derek and Meredith, all of the time. Maybe time to pull the plug?

Saturday Night Live: I had such high hopes for this season, but I know that they made a lot of changes over the summer and I’m not sure it was for the best. We watched the first show, with Chris Pratt, and it was just okay. We didn’t even finish the show with Sarah Silverman. And, I miss Cecily Strong on Weekend Update.

Nashville: This is a soap opera in disguise, right? I’m this close to not watching anymore, because I feel like I can only go around-and-around on the relationship merry-go-round so many more times. But, I can’t quit Connie Britton.

Parenthood: Loving the final season, so far. And, super curious to see where things end up. I’ve loved this show, consistently, over the years and these are some of my favorite actors on TV. Plus, let’s talk about how glad we are that Hattie has dropped that horrible haircut.

Chicago PD: The sister show to Chicago Fire, this is one of my guilty pleasures. Sometimes, I can’t tell if it’s amazingly good or horribly awful. But, I don’t even care.

The Voice: Janie and I watch this together for a few minutes each night after the little kids go to bed. I don’t think we’ve ever watched the entire season, usually just the blind auditions at the beginning, but we’re hoping to stick it out this year. Loving Pharrell and Gwen.

NEW SHOWS

Manhattan Love Story: This show caught my eye at the last-minute and it was very cute. Looking forward to seeing where it goes as a funny romantic sitcom.

Bad Judge: I tried to watch this last week, but it was too awful. Deleted it.

The Mysteries of Laura: I stuck with this show for a few episodes, but I wasn’t that into it. I really wanted to like it. I really did, but I wanted it to either be funnier or more dramatic. It felt stuck in the middle in an awkward, soon-to-be-cancelled kind of way.

A to Z: I wasn’t expecting to like this sitcom as much as I did! It’s very well put-together and the story line is very clear and intentional. Thumbs-up for the pilot! Hoping it sticks around…

Red Band Society: Josh and I have been watching this together. We were torn after the first episode, but after watching another one last night, I think we both like it more.

How to Get Away with Murder: Apparently, this was the most-watched premiere of the season and I do like it. At times, it’s a little much and the secondary story line feels confusing. But, sticking with it to see where it goes, as we know that Shondra Rhimes can do no wrong.

YET TO WATCH

Madam Secretary: I have these stocked up to watch, but haven’t dug into them yet. Hoping it’s a hit!

The Amazing Race: Same old, same old. I’m not really sure why we keep watching it. I might save it to watch with Janie… she might think it’s cool.

Top Chef: This premieres next week (October 15) and I always love watching it. It’s another show that I often put on in the background while I work in the evenings.

Homeland: The last season just started on Sunday evening and I think we’ll save these up until we have the entire season to binge watch.

Forever: A new show about a doctor who has been alive for 200 years, or something like that. Looks interesting.

Scorpion: Josh was looking forward to watching this. I heard some very negative reviews, but that probably means we’ll like it.

Stalker: I added this one at the last-minute and it looks good. A good psychological thriller type of show.

The Affair: This is new on Showtime and it’s premiering this weekend. It looks juicy.

The Blacklist: One of our favorites that debuted last year (or earlier this year, maybe? January?), I’ve heard that this season kind of goes crazy town on you.

Mom style: Stitch Fix No. 3

** This one is a bit out of order, since I posted about Stitch Fix No. 4 before I posted about this one. But, it’s only because I’ve been wearing these clothes so much and keep forgetting to take pictures! Oops! My next fix is suppose to arrive this weekend… can’t wait! **

If you remember my last Stitch Fix, it was on the fancier-side, with a couple of blouses that I absolutely loved. This time, before I scheduled my next box, I put a note on my Stitch Fix profile requesting that they send some casual items this time. And, per usual, they listened!

Here’s what came in my third Stitch Fix box:

Stitch Fix Sweater

 41Hawthorn Abrianna Long-Sleeve Knit Cardigan // $28

I’m wearing this sweater right now and it’s so delicious. Not only is it the color perfect — a super-saturated pool blue — but it is soft, long and fits like a dream. I can see that I’m going to wear it over and over again as we transition from summer to fall weather. (Pictured above: My favorite pink boyfriend tee from Target, jeans from GAP and Sperry Top-Sider flats from OnlineShoes.com)

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Octavia Henry Birds on Branch Infinity Scarf // $28

Such an unexpected surprise to get a scarf in my box! Most of my scarves are bright colors and plain, so this was a nice addition to my closet. (Pictured above: Boyfriend V-Neck Tee from Target, jeans from GAP, and shoes are Ballerina Pink Tieks in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month)

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Pixley Indianan Chevron Print Mixed Material Tee // $44

This shirt. It caused much debate on Instagram and Facebook this week. I wasn’t sure I loved the pattern — it’s a little bold for me… and it’s all over the back of the shirt, too. And, the fit wasn’t the best — it’s a little boxier than I usually wear (AKA, not so slimming). You all had mixed emotions about it,  just like me. I ended up keeping it, since it was essentially free. When you keep all of the items in your Stitch Fix box, you get a 25 percent discount, meaning they practically paid me to keep it. I’m growing to love it, as I do with many clothes I’m uncertain about and it fits great. We’ll see how it goes… (Pictured above: Jeans from GAP)

Stitch Fix Dress

Pomelo Rowson Striped Shift Dress // $38

I wasn’t into this dress at all when I first pulled it out of my box. But, as soon as I put it on, I realized that it was a good fit. I don’t think it will ever be my favorite dress, but I see that it will come in handy often and it fits me well, which is a first when it comes to the dresses they’ve sent. And, the price point is very reasonable, considering how well-made this dress is. (Pictured above: Shoes are by Splendid from OnlineShoes.com, purse by Under One Sky from Target)

Rune Porter Basic Leggings // $38
(Not pictured, because really, they’re just leggings. Also, they’re in the laundry.)

It’s been a long time since I’ve had a pair of leggings and I don’t think that I’ve ever owned a pair that was this nice. These are super thick, so I can wear them on their own (Yes, I wear leggings as pants. and I like it.). These were a keeper, for sure.

Like I mentioned above, I ended up keeping everything they sent me in my box! It all fit well, for the first time, and while some pieces took me out of my typical fashion comfort zone, that’s why I subscribe to Stitch Fix in the first place, so for me, that’s a win.

I noticed that the prices on these pieces were much lower than they’d been in previous boxes from Stitch Fix. Maybe it was because they were more casual, or maybe Stitch Fix is revamping a little, based on some recent controversy. Either way, I thought everything was priced very well and if cost has been holding you back from trying Stitch Fix, I’d give it another shot and see what you think now…

I’ve heard and seen that many of you have tried Stitch Fix since my last post and I’d love to know what you think and what you got in your fixes! (Also, if you used the bellingFAM referral link, thank you!)

If you haven’t tried it yet, but would like to, you can use the bellingFAM referral link to get your first fix. If you’re interested, I know that when I looked this morning, they were booking fixes into mid-September already, so grab a date… And, let me know if you have any questions as you’re filling out your profile. I’m happy to help! (You can always email me at bellingFAM @ gmail.com)

Stitch Fix No. 1: June 2014
Stitch Fix No. 2: July 2014
Stitch Fix No. 4: September 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!

Kid style: Custom dresses from City Kid Style (Giveaway)

City Kid Style

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Today is Meg’s seventh birthday, so we’re sharing one of her favorite things (and hosting a giveaway!) to celebrate!

We’re so excited to introduce you to City Kid Style. Based in Seattle, we’ve been lucky enough to watch this clothing line grow from its beginnings into the super-cool brand that it is now. City Kid Style is the creation of mom, Claudia, who started the collection from of a desire to make  soft, unique dresses for her own city kid. But, as she spent more time with her sewing machine, Claudia found her groove, focusing on creations that are mostly one-of-a-kind, using thrifted materials and custom screen prints.

City Kid Style

While we’re pretty much head-over-heels with all of the City Kid Style designs, this Seahawks dress takes the cake. When this dress arrived from City Kid Style, Josh even commented that it is “Soooo Meg” and, it is. Each dress is filled with patterns and colors and the softness that only a favorite dress can bring. These dresses are made for play and exploring and comfort and adventures and for living life as a city kid to the fullest, just like our Meg loves to do.

City Kid Style

 

While each City Kid Style dress is certainly custom, they look anything but handmade. I guarantee you that these dresses — and everything you’ll find on City Kid Style — is insanely well made. Every stitch, every label, every print is gorgeous, professional and perfect. But, despite all of that, you can tell that it’s made with a lot of love and consideration for what girls like to wear. And, we love that.

City Kid Style

Please note that while some styles on the City Kid Style website may be sold out, it’s likely that they can make you a similar dress. Feel free to contact City Kid Style for details! Their dresses start at size 2/3 and Meg is wearing a size 8/9 for your reference. She’s a pretty tall seven year old and it fits her perfectly, with room to grow and add leggings, as it gets a bit shorter.

City Kid Style

 

My older kiddo, who is too cool to wear anything that isn’t monochromatic (see this for reference), loves the City Kid Style Neck Warmers, which are great for throwing on when you are 10-years-old and in 4th grade and refuse to wear a coat to school, no matter how many times your mother asks you.

We’re super excited to host this giveaway from City Kid Style. One winner will get to choose the dress of their choice from City Kid Style — either one that is in stock online, or a custom version of any of the sold out versions. We just know you’ll fall in love with City Kid Style, just like we have!

 

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Meet our newest family members

We’ve been thinking a lot about getting a dog since we moved into our new house. but we still need to build a fence in the backyard (a big one… Summer 2015 project, perhaps?) and we’ve been hoping to find a dog to rescue (rather than a puppy), but a kid-friendly rescue dog is hard to come by.

Meg, especially, has been begging for a pet. We’ve thought about bunnies, but they seem very unpredictable. And high-maintenance. Meg’s birthday is tomorrow and we were going to try to surprise her with these girls, but they needed to come home sooner than we thought (and we ALL had to be interviewed first!), so they came as a bit of an early birthday present.

Meet Bella.

New kittens at home

And, Pepper.

Kittens in Bellingham

 

First of all, let me tell you, it’s next to impossible to get pictures of kittens. They’d better learn, quickly, because obviously I’m going to become one of those people on Instagram who posts pictures of their cats. #TaylorSwift

These kittens came from the Whatcom Humane Society and they’re about two-months old. We hadn’t planned on getting two, but that’s how they are mostly adopted from the Humane Society, since they are raised together in foster homes and they become buddies. They prefer for them to go to homes as pairs and after we thought about it more, we figured that two could be smarter than one. More kittens to go around and they can (hopefully) keep each other company during the day when we’re at work and school. Bella and Pepper aren’t actually sisters, like we originally thought. In fact, we were originally told that Pepper was a boy.

So, here we go. Cat life.

The kids are still warming up to them. But, I’m pleased that the kitties have settled in quickly. They aren’t very shy and they love to snuggle and play. I mean, I don’t even think anyone begged me to watch cartoons this morning. Because, who needs Octonauts when you have KITTENS?

The House on Fremont Street: Living room floor lamps for under $150

Long story short, we need a floor lamp.

Long story long, this is the first fall we’ve spent in our house and we’re realizing that our living room is very dark. In fact, there aren’t any lights in our living room. We’ve been tossing around adding a row or two of can lights, but in the meantime, we need a floor lamp.

But, I kinda hate floor lamps. They can be so ugly. SO UGLY. Let me try that again… floor lamps that don’t cost $300 can be SO UGLY.

That’s better.

Here are a few that I have my eye on for our living room, all for under $150 each. Any favorites?

Floor Lamps Under $150

 one.
Threshold Seeded Glass Industrial Floor Lamp, Target (Online only), $90
Target Floor LampI really like this one and I think it would be a good fit in our living room and would give off a lot of indirect light from the clear shade. It comes with an Edison Bulb, which is cool, too.

two.
RANARP Floor/Reading Lamp, Ikea (In-stores only), $60
Ikea Floor LampI’ve had my eye on this lamp from Ikea for a while. I love the brass details and the white would look really fresh against the backdrop of our deep blue living room walls. (Who’s going to Ikea soon?)

three.
Pharmacy Floor Lamp, Target (Online only), $130
Target Floor LampThis lamp is a bit more traditional and it’s probably my least favorite on the list, but there’s something about it that I do like.

four.
Contrast Cord Floor Lamp, Urban Outfitters (Online only), $149
Urban Outfitters Floor LampThis one is fun and funky and the contrasting orange cord is a nice touch.

five.
Cantilever Lamp, Urban Outfitters (Online only), $149 (Currently on sale for $129)
Urban Outfitters Floor LampThis one caught my eye and I love the shape and that wood handle. However, I worry that adding more blue to our living room would be a mistake.

six.
Stella Floor Lamp, Urban Outfitters (Online only), $129
Urban Outfitters Floor LampThis lamp from Urban Outfitters is a fan favorite and I know a few people who have it. It’s a little frilly, but that might be a good contrast in our not-so-frilly living room.

The House on Fremont Street: Coat closet makeover

We’ve been working, in bits-and-pieces to give our coat closet a makeover, in an attempt to make it more functional for us, and especially for the kids, and I’m excited to say that after a month of work, it’s complete! (You can read about how we got started and our brainstorming process.)

(Please excuse the not-so-great pictures. There isn’t much room in our entryway to back up and get a full-length shot and it’s dark out today, so my apologies!)

Here’s what it looked like before:

Coat Closet Makeover

Coat Closet Makeover

And, here’s what it looks like now:

New Coat Closet Doorknob and Hinges

New Coat Closet Closeup Top

 

New Coat Closet After

Coat Closet Makeover

We were inspired by Playing House Full Time, who did these incredible Pinterest-esque wall in their own home on a whim one night. I’m not sure we pulled off recreating the same look in our closet (because, um, angles and corners), but we love how it turned out.

The gray is the same color we used in our bedroom (String from Pantone, available at Lowe’s) and the dark blue is the same that’s in our living room (Moroccan Blue from Pantone). The mint-ish blue is a new color for us (Bay from Pantone), but I’m loving it and I think I’ll use it in the girls’ room, too. We used semi-gloss for all of the paint in the closet, on the trim and on the door because we have little people with little hands that are often covered in dirt. There’s a lot of wall washing in this house.

New Coat Closet Closeup Bottom

This pattern wasn’t our original plan for the closet — we had painted the entire closet that deep blue as the base of our previous plan (there were arrows involved) — and I think that I would have prefer all of the blue to be white, but I love it, just the same and think it’s a fun, bold design in this small space.

We also went with a much simpler route for the hooks than we’d originally planned. Once we dove into adding the design on the walls, I knew that I’d need to scale back on the hooks. I nearly ordered these from Land of Nod, but they were back-ordered and I just couldn’t wait another month to get our coats in the closet. I could see adding them at a later date, if we feel like these aren’t strong/big enough to hold our gear, but for now, they’re great.

New Coat Closet Closeup Floor

Here’s to hoping that the coat closet makeover will help keep our small entryway a little more organized! The kids are still learning to put it to use, after an entire month of just dumping their backpacks and coats on the floor in the living room, thanks to being closet-free. But, baby steps, right? So far, they seem to be able to reach their backpacks easily and I’ve noticed that shoes are actually in the closet in the morning, rather than scattered around the house, so I think we’re on to something…

New Coat Closet Before and After

Cost breakdown:

  • Paint: We already had the blue and white paints, but bought a fresh gallon of gray and a quart of mint. $50
  • Tape: I try to splurge on Frog Tape, when I can. It’s worth it. $12
  • Wood trim for hooks: We already had these in Josh’s stash of wood. $0
  • Hooks: Available from Target. $18
  • Rug: I stole the one from the front door. $0
  • Shoe baskets: They are similar to this one from Target, but they were on clearance at the store. $18
  • Doorknob & hinges: I need to check with Josh to see the exact ones he bought. I’ll update it later. $30

TOTAL COST: $128 

Here’s an update on our to-do list:

  • Demo out the shelf and bar: Complete!
  • Add a switched light fixture: Complete! We ended up using a can light to give us more space and we love it!
  • Paint the inside of the closet: Complete!
  • Possibly add a bench: We decided that a bench would be too much. In other words, Josh was right.
  • Add boards: Complete!
  • Add hooks: Complete!
  • Paint the door, inside and out: Complete! We weren’t going to do this yet, as we’re still planning what the rest of the entryway will look like, but this door was so dull and we couldn’t help ourselves. The fresh coat of white is very nice.
  • Add a new doorknob and hinges: Complete! Again, we weren’t planning on diving into this pool yet, but we found some we liked and that didn’t cost a fortune, so there wasn’t any reason not to get started with this door. You have to start somewhere, right?

Still on our to-do list for the coat closet:

  • Replace the flooring to continue into the closet from the entryway: Another big decision that we have yet to make. I mean, as much as I love (cough, cough) that blue and white linoleum, I think it’s got to go. I could dedicate an entire post to the crazy flooring ideas I’ve tried to talk Josh into.
  • Add additional storage: The door is hallow, so while I was originally thinking that I’d add some baskets for additional storage, I know that won’t work. (Because Josh told me so.) I am on the hunt for some lightweight, easy-to-hang folders or small bins for the kids to dump their school papers as they unpack their backpacks after school.

We’re trying to decide on our next project… I think that since we’re on a roll with the coat closet in the entryway, we should continue and finish the entire space. Another possibility is the entry from the garage into the house (we need to build a shoe rack, revamp the step and freshen up the door). Or, maybe the closet in our bedroom, which needs some space rearrangement and storage solutions, big time.

The House on Fremont Street Widget

A reading list for fall

Fall Reading List

While I feel like I did a lot of reading over the summer, I can’t wait for fall so that I can cozy up with a book more often. AKA read while Josh watches back-to-back-to-back football games. Here are some of my favorite reads from the end of the summer that will kick-off your fall reading list. This was an interesting, and varied, group, to say the least!

Fall Reading List- Summer House with Swimming Pool

This book was not what I was expecting, at all. It was one of the hottest books of the summer and I read it on the plane on the way home from Vegas earlier this month. I loved the moments of suspense, but all of the medical neurosis of the main character, who is a doctor, didn’t come together for me until the end of the book. I’m still torn about how I feel about Summer House with Swimming Pool, but I’d still recommend it. Curious to know what you think. I’m still processing this one! Find it on Amazon.

Fall Reading List- Forever Interrupted

One of my favorite reads of the summer, I’ve had this book on my to-read list for a long time and I’m so glad that I finally read it. It was quick and romantic in an unexpected way, but with tragic heartbreak that wrenches your heart out at first, but then lets reality settle in. A must-read, in my opinion. Find it on Amazon.

Fall Reading List- Outlander

This fantasy/historical fiction genre isn’t one that I read very often. But, this book had been recommended to me time and time again, so I went for it. I loved about half of the book. The other half, I skimmed through. The parts I loved, I really, really loved. It was filled with action and amazing historical details and lots of sex. If you’re a Downton Abbey fan, you might like this book and there are many more books in the series, if you like something to dig your teeth into. I’m not sure if I’ll continue on to the second book… Find it on Amazon.

Fall Reading List- Goodnight June

If the fireplace on the cover doesn’t give it away, let me tell you… this is the perfect book to cozy up with this fall. Telling the story of how the childhood favorite, Goodnight Moon, came to be (at least, in the mind of Sarah Jio), I loved how the book wove its characters together, as they always do. A must-read for curling up next to your own fireplace this fall. Find it on Amazon.

Fall Reading List- The Fracking King

This book. It still has my mind in knots because I can’t tell if it was very good… or very bad. It was one of the Editor’s Picks on Amazon for July and the reviews were outstanding, but there were times when it felt terribly awkward. Maybe it was due to the painful coming-of-age story and its main character? I’d love to hear from you, if you’ve read this book… Find it on Amazon.

More on books I’ve read this year:

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

My favorite book lists on Pinterest:

Books to read
Books I read in 2014
Books I read in 2013

Please note: I am not affiliated with Amazon in any way and do not get paid for recommending you buy these books there. It’s just where I purchase my books. The end.

Hello, weekend!

Morning Routine

 we talked about our new found morning routine on instagram.

Hello, weekend!

Well, that was quite a busy little week, wasn’t it? I think I can say, with all certainty, that we’re settled into the school routine, which means that by Friday, we’re all craving some time to chill out. We don’t have many plans this weekend, other than the back-to-school dinner at the girls’ school tonight and a ton of catch-up housework and work work. I still feel like I’m recovering my life from being in Las Vegas last week!

Here’s what happened on bellingFAM the past few weeks:

Thanks for spending time on bellingFAM! xxoo.