Let’s Talk About Some Stuff I’ve Invested In

This would normally be my “Some Stuff I’ve Bought Lately”, but none of these are things I’ve actually bought. You’ll understand in a minute.

(These all – except the last, because it’s in the future – required funds, though. Let’s not be crazy.)

Okay, so I’ve accepted the fact that I’m firmly in a Plus Size category now. I fought it long and hard, INSISTING that my post-baby body would be a size 10 or 12, which was where I happily was. But the truth is – I’m now in a 14/16. That’s life. I’m moving on.

BUT! That doesn’t mean I’m all muu-muus and QuackerFactory wear. (Sorry if you’re a fan of the Factory.) I found Gwynnie Bee by chance – it was a suggested Facebook ad, believe it or not – and I LOVE THEM. I have found myself describing them as Netflix for clothes, but then I realized that no one uses Netflix for DVD rentals anymore.

But basically, it’s 2005-Netflix for clothes. Lemme splain.

You basically go shopping on their site. They have a large variety of plus sized clothes from really cool designers and their models – praise be! – are actually plus-sized too, so you can see how the clothes look on a real person. You pick the clothes you like, stock up a closet, and they send you three pieces to try and wear.

You wear them – as long and as many times as you’d like – and then toss them in the prepaid mail bags to return. They’ll take care of the cleaning and restocking. And if you like the item? Shoot them an email and they’ll give you an insanely discounted prices. (The two pieces I’ve had quoted were about 60% off of retail.)

The prices feel kind of steep initially (although you can use this link for a free trial month!), but it’s a limitless rotation every month. I know that – right now, especially – clothes that make me excited and feel good about myself are totally worth the price. And the good news is that Gwynnie Bee stocks clothes starting at a size 10, so even if I do get down to prebaby weight, I’m still in the right place. I HIGHLY recommend.

I have just given up on food. I’m tired. Period. But the idea of having to sort through endless Pinterest pages of recipes on a weekly basis to try and plan out our week of meals was KILLING MY SOUL. I whined on Twitter one day about how frustrated I was with this process – especially since I’m trying to stay on a low-carb/South Beach-y/Paleo-like diet. Someone suggested (Chelsea, I think?) that I try TheFresh20.

It’s not a huge expense, and it’s not a whole lot different than other online recipe services, but I thought I was willing to pay the small fee for my sanity. And it’s been AWESOME.

The last two weeks, my weekly grocery bill – using their supplied grocery list plus whatever else the house was needing – has been about $120. To feed four people. And we usually have enough left over for one of us to eat lunch the next day. The recipes use fresh produce, are easily modifiable, and there’s little to no waste in my shopping cart. I’M A FAN.

Every Friday, I get emailed with a link to the next week’s recipes and shopping list. I decide which recipes I’m going to make (I usually make four out of the five that they supply) and head to the store. Actually – the best part? Since I’ve started using this, I can hand Bryan the list and he can go. THIS IS A NEW THING.

Tonight we’re having baked chicken with roasted cauliflower & sauteed zucchini and squash. The leftover chicken is used later in the week for a chicken pot pie and the leftover cauliflower goes into a mash. EVERYTHING GETS USED. It’s just pure genius.

I’m a fan. And it’s saved my weekends.

Now for the most important topic:


Guys, for real. It’s getting dire up in here. My hair is crazy long (.. for me, anyway) and Vinnie is at the age where he delights in grabbing a big ole handful and just YANKING AWAY. Something’s gotta change. My hairdresser is at the ready, but I’m unsure of what to do. Thoughts?

Let’s browse the options on my Pinterest board, which is what I doooooo.

At first glance, I want to go THIS SHORT. Look at how pretty and soft but defined this looks! But I have thick, sort-of-wavy, sort-of-curly hair. It probably wouldn’t look like this.

I love the color here, and would ask for something similar (in red, obviously). And this more of what my hair would do if I didn’t straighten it. But the length isn’t short enough here. ARGH.

This is more the length.. sort of. I don’t like the creeping down the back of the neck thing that’s happening here. Also, if I go short, this is more of what my hair will do. But because it’s curly here, I have no idea what kind of cut to ask for.

I LOVE-LOVE-LOVE this cut and it even takes my bangs into account. But I can’t see the back. I CAN’T SEE THE BACK, Y’ALL.

And yet. As much as I want to go short, I love the play on colors here and the length may be more do-able while I have fat-face going on. I DON’T KNOW.

Now comes the part where you tell me – what should I doooooooo?

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5 Responses to Let’s Talk About Some Stuff I’ve Invested In

  1. Hillary September 23, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

    Back from the top picture, front from the bottom picture. I’d bet they can do that.
    Hillary wants you to read ..Mike FTW

  2. Michelle // With Dignity September 23, 2013 at 3:30 pm #

    If I remember correctly, we have the same hair person, and she is amazing, so I know whatever color you choose it will be hot. Because she’s got the SKILLZ. (The rainbow hair person, right?) I’m terrible at this stuff, so I’m sorry I have little input for that.

    What I do have input on is that right before you published this, I just came to terms with the fact that despite that non-plus sized pants fit ok, they don’t do anything for my post-baby gut that will not get smaller, despite having lost weight and despite the exercise I’ve been doing lately. I am just hovering at this weight and I need to feel good in my clothes. And not have muffin top. Hovering between the two size ranges SUCKS so much. Ugh. More running is most certainly in my future. So. I feel you. GwennieBee sounds like such a great service, and if anyone ever saw my daily uniform besides my small manchild, I’d be all over that.
    Michelle // With Dignity wants you to read ..Look at this stuff, isn’t it neat?

  3. Chelsea September 23, 2013 at 3:34 pm #

    YAY! I am so glad you like the Fresh 20! I find it so insanely easy – hubs & I work a schedule like yours (insane) and even without kids just don’t find time/energy to be able to think about what to have for dinner, let alone shopping for it and putting together lists and hahaha NO LET’S JUST HAVE THAI AGAIN K.


    I’ve been saving my favorite weeks to a folder on my computer – that way when I really don’t want to think I can just pull up a fav and knock it out. And the food savings is insane, when you compare it to when we try to meal plan and end up wasting a ton of food.

  4. charlene September 23, 2013 at 3:47 pm #

    5th one. It is sort of like mine which is asymetrical bob with a modified wedge in back. I love it it because I can go straight pretty easy or little it go wavey (naturaul) and give it some funk. I do have my hair dresser shaving the back to make it tidy (last longer).

  5. Jesabes September 24, 2013 at 11:42 am #

    OK, I’m totally doing that Gwynnie Bee thing for Blathering clothes. I had no idea at all what to bring. I hope a piece or two works out!
    Jesabes wants you to read ..Blathering 2013 vlog

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