Leaf Fight!

November 18th, 2014

First you rake the leaves,

Get to work, baby!

Then you fight!

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Boden Activewear Yay!

November 13th, 2014

My original title for this post was “Boden Activewear – not just for the young and skinny,” but it seemed sort of mean and I didn’t want to implicate Boden in what is clearly my mental hangup. I love Boden. I think their clothes hold up well, wash great and the kids love them. The key word in that last sentence is kids. I’ve actually only owned miniBoden. When their rep contacted me (sponosred post alert!) about trying out their new activewear/yoga line I was excited. But…

Would they fit? That’s the question. The email noted that size range was 2-14. I am a 14, most of the time. Sometimes 16, rarely a 12. I have one pair of pants that’s an 18 but that’s because I hate jeans that are too tight. I emailed back and said I would love to try them, but I didn’t know if they would fit because I was right at the top of the size range. And then I waited.

My new bff the Boden PR rep emailed back and said they run wide but not long and are super stretchy so would probably work.

Now I just had to wait for the package to arrive,

And then the package came.

And it fit

All of it fit

I have been wearing them constantly. The tank and pants fit great and the jacket is a little tight in the sleeves, but I have giant ham hock arms. I’ve had to size up 2 sizes to get fitted sleeves in a blazer to fit and that was long before I had baby weight to lose.

Right now, the line comes in navy, red and black. The navy pieces I received have a coordinated pattern with just enough on each piece so you don’t feel overwhelmed with print or too matchy matchy. It’s too cold right now, but I can see the tank and jacket combo becoming a walk to the bus stop stable when the warm weather comes back in the Spring.

The activewear pieces from Boden are a nice and thick quality fabric and are super comfy. Right now, the whole #bodenonthego line can be ordered with free shipping and returns so if you concerned about fit, don’t be scared to order. Also, I just noticed online that most of the pieces go up to 18! That’s awesome.

Boden Yoga  Clothes

I know it’s hard to try new things when you are a borderline size. I tend to stick with the brands I know run large or will fit for sure, especially when ordering online, but give Boden a try.

Boden Yoga

I also would like to mention my appreciation for Boden and that they didn’t back out of sending samples to someone at the higher end of the sizing. My photos aren’t an amazing size 2 yoga shoot. I did take some, but I mostly work out at home and they are sort of boring.  I went to retake them today and it started drizzling and gave up. #realtalk

The clothes are fantastic. I just don’t feel that comfortable out and about in them. I am more of a huge shirt and baggy sweats sort of work out person. My hope is that this will serve as some sort of before photo and get me off my butt and motivated to lose the weight. Then, in the Spring, I can buy myself a whole new set of Boden activewear in a smaller size and show it off.

Boden Yoga

Obligatory Mirror Selfie*

Boden Activewear is currently on sale through Saturday, November 15th with the code YOGA. This sale includes free shipping and returns. To keep up with the latest news from Boden, be sure to follow them on Facebook.

Disclosure: I was provided Boden Activewear clothing for review. No other compensation was received.

*Not actually obligatory

Veterans Day 2014

November 11th, 2014

My dad served in Vietnam when he was fresh out of ROTC. He came home, back to his wife, started a family and lived a healthy, productive life until his death at the age of 60. Not all veterans are so lucky.

Today is Veterans Day and there are lots of men and women in this country who served this country and could now use your help. If you plan to donate this Veterans Day, please consider the Wounded Warrior Project. Additionally, my friend Suzanne wrote a lovely post a few years ago about How to Celebrate Veterans Day that still rings true.

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DIY Goomba Costume for Baby

November 7th, 2014

This year, I made a DIY goomba costume for Truman and a goomba costume on a baby is just about the cutest thing ever. The only think that could have made Truman more adorable on Halloween was if he could just walk and he was toddling around like a drunken goomba. The goomba, for the uninitiated is a small mushroomesque character in the Super Mario Brothers video game universe.

The Goomba

There are some really cute tutorials online for a full goomba costume, but that seemed like a lot of work for a costume that was really just for some photos and maybe a brief stroller outing. For a party or something I might have gone a little more all out. Also, by doing it on a body suit, he can wear it later.

DIY Goomba Costume

DIY Goomba Costume

My method of choice for custom shirts is always the iron-on transfer, preferably the dark fabric kind (because then the design doesn’t have to be reversed). This concept would also work as an applique (either sewn or glued).

To make:

  1. find design: I used an image search and chose one that didn’t need much resizing. Baby shirts are pretty small.
  2. find shirt: I was limited to shopping online and I found one at American Apparel and one by Rabbit Skins. I went with the Rabbit Skins creeper (via amazon because of free shipping.)
  3. size design on regular paper before printing on transfer paper: you always want to print transfers on regular paper before printing out your transfer. This one doesn’t need to be perfect because only part of the design is used. I ended up using print size 5X7 on paper size US letter 
  4. print on transfer paper:  I used Avery dark fabric iron on transfer sheets.
  5. cut to size (see note below)
  6. follow iron on instructions: the instructions that come with the sheets are clear and easy to understand, but thr basic gist is print, cut to size, peel backing off paper, place on shirt, cover with transfer tissue (enclosed in package), iron, wait, peel of tissue. It’s a pretty quick process once you have the design printed.

 

Goomba Costume from Super Mario Brothers

The bare legs look a little more goomba-like.

NOTE: I did hit one spot of trouble and had to use two transfer sheets. I cut the eyes and mouth out separately because the color wasn’t close enough to leave the center of the transfer. It looked cute, but the pieces ended up being too small to be able to remove the backing from the transfer without tearing the printed design.  The second time, I cut out the center part of the goomba face, removed the transfer backing and then cut out around the eyes and mouth and then proceeded with the directions. Be sure and handle the transfer as little as possible when cutting out the design after removing the backing.

I had a few people ask how I decided to do just the face instead of a whole goomba on a shirt and the inspiration is a t-shirt found here.

Disclosure: This post is not associated with Nintendo in any way. The Amazon links in this post are affiliate links.

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