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These are a Few of My Favorite Things… (May – Cucumber Water, Decluttr, and Stitch Fix)

I love to try new things and then share my opinion about those things with other people. What better way to share my favorite things, than a post dedicated to just that, some of my favorite things. So, I thought I would try to, semi-regularly, review a few things that you may (or may not) be interested in, and why I like them. Here goes…

 

Cucumber Water – As it’s warmed up this Spring I’ve been craving cucumber water. I’d never made it before but figured it couldn’t be too hard. And I was right; super easy. I peeled and sliced a cucumber and added it to a gallon size glass pitcher (add less cucumber for a smaller pitcher), then added filtered water. Store in the fridge. Voila! That’s it. It’s a mild taste, but you don’t have to wait long to start enjoying it. You can add more water as you drink it, but I wouldn’t recommend using the same cucumbers for more than 2 days. I also like to add a dash of Himalayan salt to my water (you don’t have to, but I like it).

My younger son actually likes it too. He said it was refreshing. *Tip of the day* – if a teenager compliments anything, run with it! He also likes strawberry top water.  It’s the same simple recipe as above only using the leftover strawberry tops (preferably organic) which usually end up in the trash. It’s good on its own and delicious when added to iced tea. Yum! What do you like to add to your water?

      

 

Decluttr Yes. I spelled it right 😉 Decluttr is a convenient and hassle free way of selling stuff that you no longer use. They buy CD’s, DVD’s, games and books, as well as cell phones, tablets, Kindles and consoles. They have a very easy process and have a higher pay out than other similar company’s (I checked for the items that I sold).  You simply add the items to your basket and they will tell you if they are buying the item and how much they’re paying for it. If you don’t like how much they’re willing to pay for it you can delete the item from your basket and keep it. I like to get a pile of items together before I start so I can do one big basket instead of a little at a time. You need a minimum of $15 to complete an order. After you’ve completed your order box it up, adding your slip, and print and add the free shipping label they send you. Once they receive your items they pay you the next day. You can watch this video explaining how it works.

 

Stitch Fix Yay! If you haven’t heard of it, Stitch Fix is a personal styling service that, based on your profile (sizes, style preferences, etc), picks and sends you outfits. Each Fix is 5 pieces and includes clothing, shoes, handbags, or jewelry depending on your preferences (you don’t have to get shoes, handbags or jewelry). You can set up automatic deliveries or schedule on demand (only when you want it). You can also set the price point of the items.

The down sides are:

  • It can be pricey. Even when you set it to the lowest cost, it’s still sometimes more than what I would spend on a single item. So, I budget for this and only order every couple of months.
  • There is a $20 styling fee you’re charged before your package ships. It’s not refundable, but it is a $20 credit towards any item that you keep.
  • Sometimes your stylist misses the mark and you don’t like your fix.

The up sides are:

  • They always send me bottoms that fit. I’ve got the best jeans and capris. I’m kind of in-between petite and regular so I always have trouble with jeans being too long or too short, but Stitch Fix always get my pants size right!
  • You send back anything that you don’t want with a bag and label that they provide for you, free. Since I don’t like to lose my $20 styling fee, I try to keep at least one item to use that credit.
  • If you keep your whole order (which I did last time, for the first time), you receive an additional 25% off your total
  • You have clothes that no one else has. Maybe not a big deal if you live in a city, but if you live in a rural area and have limited places to shop, like I do, this is a thing. Showing up at church or an event with someone wearing the same thing. Oh 😉
  • They have good quality clothing and it is fun to receive your Stitch Fix box. It feels like Christmas or a good surprise (that you planned and paid for yourself).

Try out Stitch Fix by clicking here (referral link).

 

Blue cardigan and sleeveless polka dot top from Stitch Fix.
These super cute and comfy capris, that I’ve been wearing too much. And of course, my sweet boys.
Dark jeans, and probably the most comfy jeans I’ve ever had. Can be dressed up or down.

 

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