A Fresh Start

Posted on by Kaitlyn in Life | 1 Comment

As hard as I’ve tried I just have not been able to make this blog work for me like I had originally envisioned. Could it be due to lack of time? Motivation? Inspiration? Or maybe I am just the perfect case of “she who can, does; she who cannot, teaches”.  I know exactly what I need to do to create the blog I’ve been dreaming of running since i was about 12 years old (yes, I have REALLY been blogging that long) but somehow I just find my time busy with other things I love.

I really do enjoy writing, it’s something that has always been an outlet for my emotions and inspired new creative ideas. I’ve always loved getting comments and feedback and I’ve made some great friends through blogging. I think part of my lack of interest has been partly due to what blogging has turned into. It’s no longer just a place to write and share ideas, they have turned into full blown media outlets with paying sponsors, professional photography and well thought out marketing plans.

With the new year I am once again going to commit to blogging, only this time I will not be holding myself to these standards. My blog will not be completely focused on one theme and I honestly don’t care if anyone wants to sponsor me or advertise here. The original intention of this space was for me to have a voice that can be heard by anyone willing to listen. I have some great ideas and strong personal opinions that many will likely not agree with, and that’s ok. I will make grammar mistakes occasionally and not everything I write will be of interest to my readers, some of it may be just for me. I will share some of the great things I find and some of my successes and failures in motherhood and being a homeowner.

I’m also a rarity around here and actually really enjoy being from the quaint little towns of the Berkshires and I will get back to blogging about some of my adventures here. I have always been big on traditions and I couldn’t be more excited to have a husband and a new baby girl to start some new ones with. I hope you will follow along with me and I hope that I can continue to write this openly and much more often in the year to come.

3 Plus Size Shops You Might Not Know About

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plussize For years now I find myself searching both women’s and plus size women’s racks because my body type is somewhere in between them. Sometime the plus size clothes (jackets, certain tops etc…) work best for me and other times I do better with a petite women’s large/Xlarge.

I have fallen in love with lots of the pieces on ASOS, Forever 21 plus and H&M plus but I wanted some new places to shop. I personally love shopping online. Although I don’t get to try it all on I have a lot more options being in Berkshires where shopping isn’t exactly robust.

Here are 3 shops I’ve recently discovered that you should definitely check out:

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I discovered this shop as Style 369, however it brings me to a shop called Evans. I have not had the chance to purchase anything just yet but they offer some really chic pieces in a huge range of sizes. They also offer shoes, accessories and lingerie.

 

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Addition Elle is an online shop that I have just discovered myself and as soon as I recover from the house we just bought, I plan to make some purchases! After browsing for only a few minutes I immediate found a jacket I loved on sale for $60. Now that is the kind of shopping I can make work on my budget.

 

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This one I discovered while browsing GabiFresh.com, so maybe I am just way behind the times here. I loved the adorable outfit she was wearing in her post and clicked through. Needless to say I will be shopping at Torrid in the very near future.

I’m always looking for more plus size places to shop and share with my friends. What are your favorite online plus size shops?

Why I Won’t Be Encouraging My Child to Play Follow the Leader

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1391866_10152260457782678_1685105923_n Being a mom has opened my eyes to so many things that I never would have thought twice about. Seemingly innocent things now have me reading into them so deeply that I sometimes question my sanity when I snap out of it. “Am I overreacting?” I ask myself, “didn’t I do some of these things as a child? I turned out alright… or maybe I didn’t?”.

One thing I have recently been thinking about was games like follow the leader. While I understand that they are there to help teach our children to follow directions, work together and fine tune some of their motor skills, I just don’t like the name of the game all together. We live in a world full of people that, essentially, just “follow the leader” on a daily basis without much extra thought given to most things and question very little about life.

The people in our world that ask most of the questions and spend time contemplating things that many people have come to accept as fact are, in fact, our leaders. This is the type of person I hope to help my daughter become. I want her to understand that almost nothing in life is certain and almost everything can benefit from being questioned every now and again. There are few skills more important in life than the art of conversation and a healthy curiosity.

So as Sylvia continues to grow and mimic everything I do, I hope to inspire her creativity and inspire her to make up her own games. At the very least if we’re going to play follow the leader, lets encourage our children to ask the leader “why”.

Why Buying Off Grid Wear Saves Lives

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offgrid Off Grid Wear is a very new organic clothing company with a pretty admirable mission: To save lives. They recently reached out to me to let me know about a Facebook contest they are running for a chance to score some Off Grid Wear for free and asked if I would share it with you in exchange for a tee.

After surfing around their website I was intrigued, I wanted to know more about what made them different from other organic companies and how I could help spread their message. I sent over a couple of questions and I wanted to share them here with you:

What is Off Grid Wear and how did it come about?

Michael Newsom founded Off Grid Wear in 2013 with the express purpose of creating a product that preserves the planet while practicing Fair Trade policies. “We believe there is a difference between ‘Cruel cotton’ and ‘Cool cotton’,” says Newsom. Off Grid Wear is an organic clothing company that sells “clothing with conscience.” Our products are made with 100% organic cotton and low-impact dyes, which reduces the amount of harmful toxins introduced into both your body and the environment.

Our agenda is to demonstrate Cool cotton’s superiority to Cruel cotton. Cruel cotton is how we at Off Grid Wear refer to conventionally grown cotton. We call it cruel because it is made with synthetic fertilizers, deadly pesticides and GMOs. Cool cotton is Off Grid Wears’ reference to organic cotton. We call it cool because it is produced with stringent organic farming methods that preserve the land, water and air. Off Grid Wear is also made with Fair Trade practices which protect the rights of farm workers.

Why is it important to consider buying not just organic food, but clothing as well?

The cotton industry disproportionally relies on harmful chemicals. The fertilizers, insecticides and pesticides used in the production of cotton seep into the ground and enter the food chain through well water. Washing your clothes rarely eliminates these carcinogens; what few contaminants are removed enter the water supply. Also, the cottonseed oil used in conventionally grown cotton contains these toxins and that oil goes directly into the food chain in packaged cookies and chips.

If that is not enough, synthetic fertilizers used in conventional cotton production emit nitrous oxide (N20) gases into the biosphere which are 310 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than Carbon Dioxide (C02).

Synthetic fertilizers also strip the soil and render it non-sustainable–meaning there is a surplus of water run-off making the soil unfarmable whereas organic (compost and animal waste) fertilizers replenish the soil and do not have excess run off. The runoff contains carcinogenic toxins.

These are a few of the reasons all of us should consider buying organic clothing.

What makes Off Grid Wear different from other organic clothing companies?

Off Grid Wear has the vision of making organic cotton (or organic materials) mainstream. Thus, we have partnered with Biosphere Take 2 and we are looking at possibly partnering with other companies to make this possible. Ten percent of our revenue goes to support this goal of raising awareness about the impact each buying choice has upon others and the environment. Knowledge is contagious, so we believe the American people will make the decision to buy organic once they realize how each shirt can save lives.

In addition, some companies use a combination of non-organic and organic cotton while others use a combination of half recycled plastic and half organic. Off Grid Wear’s clothes contain 95-100% organic cotton. And the cotton we use is always certified 100% organic.

Last, but not least, though we are an environmentally friendly company, we are still a clothing company, first and foremost. We can’t make much of a difference if no one wants to wear our shirts. So, we will be the green company that offers great customer service and stylish designs.

 

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