Kidbox Review – Unpacking Happiness

This post is sponsored by Kidbox and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own. See further below for disclosure.

Kidbox Review | happy together
My girls have been out of school for two weeks now! I still can’t get used to how early they go to school and get out here in Louisiana. So different than my school schedule growing up, but we are having fun and have a very full summer ahead of us. With so many activities going on, there isn’t as much time to do errands and such as there were when they were in school. So when I had the opportunity to try out a new kids’ style delivery service, which has the potential to be a huge help in the buying clothes for my kids department, I totally tried it out. Here is my experience and Kidbox review.

Kidbox Review | happy together
I first started by going to the Kidbox website and clicked on the “start for free” button. From there it was so easy! It starts by creating a style profile for your child, asking you whether it is for a boy or girl and continues from there. Since it is a personalized box, they ask about what they like, their personalities, are there any colors they would not want on their clothing, do they like certain types of clothing, etc. Once I was done with all of that I ordered the box. The neat thing about Kidbox is that it is not a subscription. You just order a box at a time when you want. And they don’t charge your credit card upfront. They give you seven days from the time you receive it to decide what you keep and pay for and what you send back. They also send a few email reminders about how many days you have left to choose/send stuff back so you aren’t caught off guard. It comes with an envelope and mailing label for any returns (which is all on them!). You just put in what you need to exchange for a different size or just don’t like. But, if you do like everything and keep it, they donate new clothes to a child in need. I’m always about getting behind companies who are doing even greater things like giving back. This also gives you the opportunity to include your child in on an opportunity to bless someone. It can be really easy to just focus on ourselves, no matter our age, so anytime we can take our eyes off of us and see others who need us it’s a really good thing. We have to buy clothes anyways, so let’s make it purposeful.

Kidbox Review | happy together
When we got the Kidbox in the mail, miss J was immediately drawn to the colorful box and figured it was for her even before seeing her name on the package. She quickly opened it up to see what all she received.

Kidbox | happy together
She was excited that it had a lot more than just clothes in it. There was fun crafty stuff: crayons/stickers/the box itself is for coloring/surprise ball. I was happy to find an insert that broke down each piece that was in the box and how much they cost. This makes it easy to figure out the cost of each piece, especially if you decide not to keep everything. So for $98, you receive 6-7 pieces of name brand clothing which is a good price for these types of pieces.

Kidbox Review | happy together
We were both happy with the mix of clothes they sent. Some were staple pieces and some were fun. The only thing I was a bit disappointed about was the length of the shorts. There was a part were I had chosen that we didn’t want anything really short and I felt like these were still rather on the shorter side. The white shorts were able to unroll though so that made them longer. The dark jean ones were sewn into place, so those would have been something I probably would have sent back but they fit miss J’s little sis so we gave them to her. We styled four outfits together to show how cute they are on and it was so much nicer doing this in the comfort of our own home vs. a changing room at a store. It made for a much more relaxed time and we could take as much time as we needed.

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FIY: Kidbox is also currently giving away a whole year of clothes to one winner each month and will give five additional outfits to children in need as well. To enter, you will need to take a photo or video of your unique child (whether it’s them opening a Kidbox, a special gift they received, or sharing a gift with a friend), then share that on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #UnpackHappy, #Kidbox, and @Kidbox (on instagram) or @KidboxFamily (on facebook). The winner will receive an entire year of Kidbox free (5 seasonal boxes of $98 worth of clothing each). Kidbox will then invite the winner to help select which cause to send the donations to as a part of their Kidbox Cares initiative. You can enter once per day each month for extra chances to win.

Kidbox Review | happy together
I had a great experience and would recommend this to those who like the idea of saving time and having clothes buying for their children be simpler and easy. Find out more about Kidbox here.

 

I parterned with Kidbox and The Motherhood for this post and received supplies and compensation for doing so. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting businesses that support Happy Together.

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Easy Magnolia Wreath DIY

Easy Magnolia Wreath DIY | happy together by jess
I love having a wreath on our front door. It adds so much! Especially for us since our front yard has no landscaping yet ;) I had bought a gorgeous dried floral wreath and sadly it did not do well with the few hours of sun it gets before night time. I thought maybe it might make it since it’s not in direct sun for too long but I was wrong. I learned my lesson. I’m sticking with faux wreaths for now since they will last quite a bit longer before they fade away. To rectify the situation, I went to the store and decided to make a magnolia wreath diy.

Easy Magnolia Wreath DIY | happy together by jess To make your own you will need:

  • Magnolia leave stems (I bought five at Michaels and ended up using only four; I happened to get them on sale for 50% off!)
  • Grapevine wreath (I reused one that I had torn everything off of already, but you can find these for less at thrift stores or at local craft stores)
  • Wire cutters
  • Hot glue gun and glue

Easy Magnolia Wreath DIY | happy together by jess
Start by breaking down the stems into smaller bunches.

Easy Magnolia Wreath DIY | happy together by jess
To create a more natural look, you can turn some of the leaves around so you can see the back as well. I have seen faux magnolia stems be all green, so you might not need or want to do this. I liked the look and felt it added more visual interest to the wreath.

Easy Magnolia Wreath DIY | happy together by jess
Start by placing one stem in the grapevine wreath. Glue the bottom in place and at other spots where the stem is lying flat on the wreath so it will stay in place.

Easy Magnolia Wreath DIY | happy together by jess
Continue adding more stems on top of the previous ones. Glue one in place at a time. I also found I had to bend the stems at times to make them more curved to fit the wreath’s direction.

Easy Magnolia Wreath DIY | happy together by jess
Your last stem will be tucked underneath the very first one. From the front, flat on the ground, I liked how the wreath looked, but once I held it up there were some spaces I wanted to fill in.

Easy Magnolia Wreath DIY | happy together by jess
If you feel the same way, take some individual leaves and glue them in the bare spots.

Easy Magnolia Wreath DIY | happy together by jess
I also decided to glue down more leaves because we get a ton of very strong winds out here and I didn’t want the leaves blowing off. It made for a flatter wreath, but I wanted that security.

Easy Magnolia Wreath DIY | happy together by jess It now lives on my front door and I’m hoping it will make it through the summer. This is truly a simple and easy project and would be fun to make together on a craft night with friends. -jess

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Chicks Free Teacher Appreciation Printable

Chicks Free Teacher Appreciation Printable | happy together
This past week was Teacher Appreciation Week and I managed to get a few special things done. This was one of the gifts I gave my daughter’s teachers, although I used different packaging because I ran out of time to get these adorable little egg cartons. I’m sharing today the parts of this gift along with the free teacher appreciation printable, “Thank you for taking such good care of my little chick”, in case you would like to do something like this for a teacher or someone who takes care of your children.

Free Teacher Appreciation Printable | happy together
To make this gift you will need the free teacher appreciation printable printed on card stock, packaging of choice (I found these cute cartons at Hobby Lobby, but used strawberry baskets from Michaels for the other ones), embellishments for package (I used baker’s twine, fabric scraps, eucalyptus leaves, and a mini clothespin), and baby chick cookies (I found a cookie cutter from World Market for $.99).

Chick Free Teacher Appreciation Printable | happy together
I made my own baby chick cookies and decided to try doing the royal icing where you flood the cookie. I used this sugar cookie recipe, which was very delicious! Not super sweet, maybe more of a shortbread cookie taste but soft consistency of a sugar cookie. I don’t remember which royal icing recipe I used. It was one that I had all the ingredients for lol. I used piping bags and frosting tips, but I think next time I would like to try the little squirt bottles. I did okay, but I need to work on this skill. hahaha. I was doing these late the night before and just trying to at least have them look presentable. So I’m happy for my first try :)

 Chick Free Teacher Appreciation Printable | happy together
You can fit up to six of these cookies in the little egg cartons but these won’t sit quite this neatly if you want to close the top. I also suggest wrapping them in plastic wrap if you like. These are uncovered for picture purposes. I put the ones we gave the teachers in little plastic baggies to protect them. I also thought it would be cute to maybe just put two to three cookies in and then add two Easter eggs filled with candy too. Wouldn’t that be cute? -jess

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Custom T-Shirts

Custom T-Shirts | happy together
Life has been full of track practices and lots of other events lately (any other track moms out there?), but I’ve snuck in some little projects here and there. Recently I had a friend ask if I could make one of the grandma’s house shirts and two more custom t-shirts using iron on vinyl for her daughters birthday. It was something I had a little time for so I took it on and love how cute these shirts turned out. I used my Cricut Explore and you can find the design on the blue shirt here. I ussed a white flocked vinyl and really like the look and feel of this stuff. It was my first time using it and I wish I had sooner. Once they release the new graphics (one of which I used on the phone shirt) I can share where to get that one. My friend also sent me a design of the fearfully and wonderfully made shirt and I found some fun fonts in Design Space to make hers a little different. Then she wanted a monogrammed one but I only had a small amount of glitter vinyl left so I created a little fabric pocket to put it on. For the initials, if you search “monogram” these pretty letters come up and then you can layer them how you like. I really want to make my girls each one of the new ones too and I’m hoping to make myself a shirt for Mother’s Day this week. I will share that if it works it :) I store my Explore under my bed so it’s easy to pull out when I want to use it.

-jess

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Wood Vase Holder DIY

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
I love sewing, crocheting, and all, but you all know how I like to create with all kinds of things so today I’m sharing this wood vase holder diy. A few weeks ago I saw something kind of like this but it was made from metal. I really liked how it looked but also figured I could make something with that same concept but for a lot less money. I was right! I made this out of wood and since I had almost all the supplies already it didn’t cost anywhere near the amount of the metal one. I liked how simple this was to make using minimal tools.

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You can see two different types of vases I had on hand that fit in it. It’s a generous size but you could always change the sizes of the wood pieces to suit a specific vase you want whether it be smaller, larger, wider, or not so wide. Here is your supply list to create your own wood vase holder diy:

  • 2 pieces of 3/4 x 36 poplar square for the legs and top joining pieces
  • Wood for the base (I used a 1×8 scrap piece I had. just make sure it is at least 3/4″ thick and 5.5″ wide)
  • Four 3/4″ x 1/2″ corner braces with screws
  • Sandpaper
  • Wood glue
  • Clamps
  • Pre-stain wood conditioner
  • Paint brush
  • Wood stain
  • Polycrylic finish
  • Lint free cloth
  • Ruler
  • Saw (I used a chop saw but also used a hand saw to cut off the ends of two smaller pieces I cut too long)
  • Drill and bit that the screws you use will need

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
First make your wood cuts. From the two pieces of poplar cut the following lengths: four that are 12″ long, two that are 5.5″ long, and two that are 4″ long. From your wood for your base cut a 5.5″ x 5.5″ piece. Sand all of the pieces, especially focusing on any rough spots.

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
Next, grab your corner braces and prepare to put them on.

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
Take your 12″ pieces of poplar and screw on each brace so that the top is 4″ from the bottom. Repeat for all four pieces.

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
Now take a leg with the brace and place on the corner of the base. Screw in place. Repeat for all four sides making sure that the legs are in the correct place on each end.

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
It was a little difficult to get the last leg on, so if you leave the leg screws a little loose on the base you can turn them to make more room for your drill if necessary. Then go back and tighten them once they are all in place. You might also find it best not to screw the screws in too tightly as it can make the legs warp a little bit at the top.

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
Now take the smaller pieces and place them on the appropriate sides. I put a little bit of wood glue on the ends of the piece and then clamped them in place one at a time. I would put one in place and go about my day and the next time I got in the car I would switch and do another piece. The wood glue holds these in place super good so no need for screws or nails on these unless you want to do that.

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
Some people skip doing this but I like to use a pre-stain wood conditioner. It helps the wood soak up the stain more evenly. I applied it with a paint brush and then wiped off the extra with an old t-shirt. (Make sure to wash your brush after.)

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
After the conditioner has set for the amount allotted on the can, apply your stain of choice. I used this Early American color stain. I applied one coat using a paint brush, let it sit for fifteen minutes, and then wiped off any excess. (Make sure to wash your brush after.)

Wood Vase Holder DIY | happy together
Once the stain is completely dry you can apply a polycrylic finish. I applied one coat with a paint brush. (Make sure to wash your brush after.) This will protect the wood from any water that might spill onto it.

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Let it dry and then it’s ready to hold a vase full of flowers. A great mother’s day gift idea since that is very soon ;). Make sure to share your happy together projects on social media using #happytogetherbyjess and tag me too :)  Have fun creating! -jess

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