One of my biggest struggle since getting married and becoming a mom is making sure I dress appropriate. At 29, it’s time to dress like an adult even if I am totally faking my adult status. Since I have lost the majority of my baby weight from Frankenbaby, it was time to add some new pieces to my wardrobe. I’ve read up on capsule wardrobes thanks to some Facebook mommy groups and Pinterest. While I love the idea I love clothing and can’t stop sewing it for myself.
Ideally I would have sewn myself some new shorts and tops, but I don’t have the time or the ability since the majority of our house is in boxes for our eventual move (buying a house is a frustrating process, but that’s another post). So a quick trip was made to Ross to see what they had. I seriously love Ross. They always have the cutest items for wardrobe and home.
I picked up six pieces that all with work with each other and the other items in my current wardrobe. My goal is to have a super simple grab and go wardrobe.
This outfit was actually chosen for family photos. I loved the simple elegance of the top. It is a ballerina pink with lace overlay and some bling details at the neck line. The shorts are the softest denim I have ever felt. They have some bling details on pockets as well. I’ve wanted some white shorts or pants for awhile now but until now I couldn’t commit.
I saw this high low tunic and fell In love with it instanty. It’s flowly and a light weight cotton so it’s perfect for the warm days of the south west. It should pair perfectly with short, pants and leggings make it a very versatile piece. I snagged a pair of distressed capris to replace a pair of my favorite distressed jeans that are slowly becoming dryer lent.
The last set I got was a simple plaid button down and some high waisted shorts. The shorts are another item oven been looking to add for some time now. I just love the colors in the plaid. The coral and teal go really beautifully together.
I have aver already started mixing in my current wardrobe. For a look at my outfits, check out Instagram for daily updates!
Stay tuned for all my sewn pieces that will be made after our move.
Hearing Impaired Headsets: A Review of HyperX Cloud II Pro-Gaming Headsets
I have mentioned a few times before that I am severely hearing impaired thanks to a Genetic condition. I rely on the use of hearing aids to be able to communicate with those around me. I’ve been hearing impaired for over 5 years now. While being able to hear with hearing aids is awesome in and of itself but using them leaves me unable to use headsets. Its been over 5 years since I have really been able to use headphones, bluetooth ear piece and a normal phone (thankfully cell phones are rated for hearing aids). Its small things like this that make life of a hearing impaired person a bit harder. With most headphones and headset they cause feedback or even the sound to fail on my hearing aids.
This is where Kingston’s HyperX Cloud II headsets come into play. I was fortunate enough to be able to try the HyperX headset. I was in shock. They actually worked with my BTE (Behind the Ear) Hearing aids. There is no distortion or loss of sound at all. They fit so comfortably around my ears and cover all of my hearing aid so that there is no loss of sound. It features memory foam padded headband and ear cups. It helps cushion your head for max comfort during extended wear.
There are also 2 types of ear cups, Vinyl and a super soft flocked material. HyperX is typically a gaming brand but this headset works amazingly with hearing aids. The 7.1 surround sound and closed earcups offers unbeatable sound quality while blocking unwanted noise. It offers a detachable noise and echo cancelling mic perfect for those skype calls or long nights of raiding or if your like me, late night sewing marathons where you dont want the music to wake the whole house. The advance USB control box and 3.5mm mini stereo jack offer multiple ways to connect to yours device (it works with PC/Mac, PS4, Xbox One, and phones/tables/MP3 devices) and inline mic and earcup volume controls (this is detachable for use with mobile devices). It all stores in an included mesh storage bag.
The Headset is available through Amazon for $99. It is a bit on the higher end of the headphone spectrum but well worth the cost for the outstanding performance. There are available in gun metal, white/pink (as shown), and black/red.
A HUGE Thank you to HyperX for producing an amazing headset that works so well with hearing aids and for sending this headset to me for review. All thoughts and statements about the headset are my own. For more details and a better look at the headset head over to my Youtube channel and check out my video review. Closed Captions are available.
Its crazy to think that in just about 9 more weeks(give or take a few) we will have our newest little in our arms to snuggle and love. It’s been a chaotic last 31 weeks and now it’s crunch time to finish up the last few things we need to do and buy.
Given the current living arrangement of our parental units (his father and my mother are both living with us currently), little guy will be rooming with us in the master. It actually works out for the better as I am once again breastfeeding and night feedings are exhausting those first few months. The crib is being sidecar’d to our Bed for ease of nursing. I also picked up the Poäng chair from Ikea for comfortably nursing when needed. I still need to get or make new sheets and his blanket, which his Poppa has decided will be Hulk inspired. I was hoping to agree on Frankenstein but I can always do a reversible one.
We were so fortunate that a friend of mine just had her little guy about 6 months ago and still had all of his newborn and smaller sized clothing (Thanks Kelsey! And thanks Ashley for getting them to my mom!). We have picked up some things for him as well as me making him some cute custom layette sets.
While we aren’t having a shower this time around (it’s just not possible with all of our friends and family members being 1000+ miles away) I did register on Amazon and a local store back in our hometown. Mostly so that I can track what things I still need to get and for those few that want to send gifts. I’m not worried about gifts just thankful he is being celebrated. His birth is an exciting event for us.
The best part about our “retirement” is that we finally have the chance to sit still and plant roots. After much discussion we settled on the amazing southwest. We’ve been here almost 3 weeks now and it’s been great. The days are warm, sunny and breezy. Which is amazing for February seeing as much of our family is dealing with tons of snow and ice. While the weather is amazing, the best part for me is finally having the chance to make a home. In our previous homes I’ve never decorated much for fear of having to turn right back around and take it down. I’ve found myself addicted to Pinterest searching for inspiration for rooms and my eventual garden. Our taste are very vintage eclectic. We love metal signage, bright colors and bold statement pieces. The house we are in has a few accent walls but they are brown on tan. A paint job is needed. This is kinda the look and feel I am going for.
It never seems to fail that blogging slips away from me. The last few months have been a complete chaotic whirlwind. Things are finally settling, thank you Odin. In the last 9 months I’ve moved twice, business is booming and growing, my hubs has retired and the girls are growing like weeds. Venom is 3 going on 14 I swear. She’s a mini teenager full of attitude and sass. She blows me away with how smart she is. Roo is catching up. She is my little daredevil and tomboy. A complete daddy’s girl. It’s amazing to see their little personalities grow and develop. We were finally able to spend our first Yule with family and friends even if it didn’t go as planned. But hey what family doesn’t have drama during the holidays.
Now we’re enjoying life full of fun and leisure (well when I’m not sewing away). Thankfully we were able to move back to Texas and are currently avoiding the winter that our family is having. I’m pretty sure my Mum is sick of hearing (err… Reading since she’s deaf too) about our sunshiny days. I see it as motivation to move south.
We got a new member of the family as well. The hubs has a service dog, Bacon Cheeseburger.
A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of hosting my first Thirty-One party. Now normally I don’t host any of the direct sales parties because I just don’t have enough local friends to come to them. The bulk of my framily (friends+Family) is back home in Southern IN so I never thought it was possible to do one until I was home again. This is where the Fabulous Leticia comes in. She is an AMAZING Thirty-One consultant who I met through a WAHM group that I am in. She was offering Virtual Thirty-One Parties. I took the chance and had one. I couldn’t be happier with the turnout and how it went.
How it works is, the party is held as a Facebook event. Leticia sets it all up for you and makes you an admin. After the date and time are set up, you’ll then start inviting all your friends and family. Leticia then sends you a package of catalogs, order forms and information on Thirty-One. You can then invite any of your local friends to purchase before the actual party through you. You would take the funds and but them on your order to save shipping. Anyone ordering online will do so through a link that Leticia provides. Leading up to the day of the party, Letica starts posting games and statuses to remind attendees that the party is coming. This also gives attendees a chance to win prizes and such, much like a in-house party. At the time of the party, you would sign on and join in the fun and games that all happen in the event page. The shopping and hostess gifts all work the same its just the platform that is different. If you’re like me and never held a party of this sort before Leticia can answer all of your questions.
Leticia was an amazing consultant. she went above and beyond to help answer questions and make the party fun and exciting. I
I’ve seen this Pin for a while now. I’ve seen so many ways to get it to work. Most say that it can’t be done with normal Sharpies. Well Guess what, I did just that. Stick around and I’ll share.
First things First, lets gather supplies.
And your oven.
First wipe your mug down with rubbing alcohol and let dry.
Design your mug!
Put in cool oven and set at 425 for 30mins. The idea is to get the oven hot at the same time as your mug gets hot. You wouldn’t want a shattered mug in your oven.
Let cool completely. Remove from oven and your set.
These mugs are hand wash only as any major buffing or dish washing will damage the design.
I’ve spent mt day sitting here playing with Venom while watching the Maintenance guys rip out all of the kitchen and bathrooms cabinets…. yeah not fun. I spent the weekend cleaning out said cabinets. My Apartment is a wreck. I did make my tiny stock pile look pretty. as soon as they are done (and I’m done putting things back away) I’ll try to snap picks of it all prettified. It really couldn’t have come at a better time since I’ve been spending the last few weeks getting reorganized and downsizing. We have A LOT of things we dont use or need, Lots of clothes we don’t wear and etc… I’ve been reading organizing blogs (my new favorite blog is IHeart Organizing), looking for ideas on Pinterest and figuring things out on my own. I’ve Learned to label, sort and trash things. My paper shredder is my new BFF… LOL not really I still love my real Besties, but its up there. I even made an awesome battastic Household binder, I’m still working on pages for it, but its together. I’ve even reworked my Business binder and organized Hello Kendra. I’ve been planning out post and content. I’ve got a friend that is working on a new biz logo. Things are coming together and I feel my days running a bit more smoothly. Venom still throws a wrench in the plans from time to time but its getting where needs to be..
Its been along weekend. Mr. Sailor had Duty and watch yesterday so it made for a lonely day for Venom and I. He did have today off so that makes up for it. He and I have been playing Skyrim, he’s been giving my pointers while he plays and I’m stuck. I can’t find my way to where I need to be. I can’t fast travel either as I just started the game and haven’t found all of the spots. Doesn’t really matter much as I dont get much game playing time anyways. There’s always something else to be done. Speaking of which….
Im usually one who will think decisions and options out very very carefully before anything else. Now in my 40 weeks, I don’t want to be pregnant any longer mind frame. Everything annoys me and wears my already very thin patience even thinner. While taking a break from cleaning up the house before Our family arrives, I look at my phone to see I have several Facebook notifications. I log on and IMMEDIATELY become annoyed. So then and there I decided that Facebook and I are breaking up. I need to focus my attentions else were anyways. My business has fallen to the sidelines and I need to focus on that and Venom (if she ever decides to journey into the real world…). My focus over the next few weeks will be revamping this blog (stay tuned for more tutorials and Craft related post) and getting new Merch made and photographed.
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I’ve been quite again only because Mr. Sailor was on Leave last week and I was trying to spend time with hi since our Venom free time is coming to an end. I also spent the week cleaning the house so I can happily say that I a all caught up on all chores. I’m happy about the prospect of sewing all week. This morning was spent running errands so that this evening I can sit and work on finishing Venom’s quilt that I’ve put on the back burner. I have lots of things to show you guys but it keeps raining and I cant seem to get decent pictures. As soon as I can get the photos new things will be shared and listed. My one major goal this year is to work harder at S.B. Designs13. Ok well I need to go prep some purses. Stay tuned for the new things that are coming this week.