Sale Alert: Old Navy Sweaters for Boys

13 Dec

This morning was just 18 degrees, so I had to force Jack to wear something other than just a long sleeved t-shirt. Which means I realized that we basically only have long sleeved t-shirts and a couple hoodies… So, I click-clacked over to the Old Navy website and found that they have boy’s sweaters on sale for as low as $8! I figured I’d do a super quickie post in case you are buying holiday gifts (or just warm sweaters) for a kiddo…

Here’s what I bought:

Built-In Flex Flannel Double-Pocket Shirt, normally $24.99 on sale for $12 (extra 30% off with code MORE)
You guys, this color is called Gosh Garnet… lol
Find it here

French-Rib V-Neck Sweater, normally $19.99 on sale for $8
I bought this one in both Burgundy Heather and Charcoal Heather. You can’t beat $8 for a sweater!
Find it here

French-Rib Striped Sweater, normally $22.99 on sale for $8
I loved the Heather Gray and wish this also came in my size!
Find it here

Raglan-Sleeve Fleece Pullover, normally $26.99 on sale for $18 (extra 30% off with code MORE)
I couldn’t resist the Medium Blue Heather
Find it here

Happy Shopping!

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My First (and Second) Mammogram

12 Dec

One of those fun prizes you get when you turn 40 is that you get to have your very first mammogram. Yay! Just kidding, nobody actually says “yay” about a mammogram. Most likely, you envision some scary contraption squeezing your boobies into flat little pancakes while you grit your teeth and try not to punch someone.

Well, that’s what I imagined.

In reality, it was actually not that bad.

I had a 3:40 appointment and I was literally out of there by 3:55. For me, I walked back into a private changing room and stripped from the waist up. They had told me not to wear any powder, lotion or deodorant, but if I had forgotten they had wipes available to wipe yourself down. Then, you get that sassy robe to wear.

From there, I went straight into the mammogram room. The nice technician lady was super professional and I have to say that I didn’t really feel weird at all when she manhandled my breasts. Which is not typically a sentence that I would say. But really, you’re both there trying to get through this as quickly as possible… so she just grabbed a boobie, stuck it on the plastic plate of the machine and squished the lid down like she was doing a photocopy. You hold your breath for a few seconds and that’s it. They do a few different positions, but none really hurt that much. It was only three photos per side (I got the 3D xrays) and as soon as I was done, I popped my shirt back on and left.

About a week later, I received a letter in the mail saying that my x-rays “showed a finding that required further imaging evaluation.”

So, I made an appointment at another location that specialized in follow up x-rays and went by on Monday. This was a busier location, so my appointment took a bit longer. All in all, I was in and out in 90 minutes.

They started with a technician doing another mammogram, focusing on just on my right side. Then, I sat in the waiting area (a special one for the robe-wearing ladies, not the main one with dudes) for about 5 minutes while the doctor reviewed the x-rays. Then, another technician brought me into a different room to do an ultrasound of just the right side. She took a ton of photos so that the doctor could get a better look at the area in question. When she was done, I hung out in that room for about 5 more minutes. She then returned and said that everything looks fine. Apparently I have a somewhat swollen lymph node and a small cyst by it. After all their looking, they decided that everything looks okay, but they want to see me in 6 months for another ultrasound. Then, I’ll stay on schedule to get another mammogram in 1 year.

Since this was my first mammogram, it’s pretty typical to be called back in for them to check any iffy bits. They don’t have any mammograms to compare it to, so this one is my baseline that they will look at for my next appointment.

I did get a few mammogram questions from you all on my Facebook page, so I wanted to answer them for you. Keep in mind, this is only based on my limited experience with mammograms…

Does it hurt? How badly?
I wouldn’t say that it hurt, but it was just kind of uncomfortable. The first mammogram was basically no big deal and very little discomfort at all. However, for the second mammogram the technician was trying to get a better angle on my lymph node that was in that little area between your boob and armpit… so it was more uncomfortable to try and stick that bit under the plastic press area. Even then, it was only for about 5 – 8 seconds while the x-ray was taken and then the pressure was released. This morning — which is the day after the second mammogram — I certainly feel more sore.

Did you bruise?
No, I didn’t have any bruising.

Does it take long?
Each time they did the x-ray, you would hold your breath and hear a ‘tick-tick-tick’ noise while the x-ray was taken. That only took a few seconds. For the first appointment, there were 3 x-rays on each breast. For the second appointment, there were probably about 6 x-rays on just my right breast.

Did the machine pinch your nips?
No. It was more of a whole boob smush.

Do you put your boob in the machine or does the doctor?
The technician did it at both appointments. I just stood there and put my arm where she wanted it and she was in charge of boob placement. I didn’t really find this as awkward as you would think.

Okay, so if you have any other questions feel free to ask them in the comments! I know that I was kind of apprehensive going in to my first appointment, so I feel much better knowing what to expect in the future. I hope if you’ve been putting off a mammogram you go ahead and make the appointment… it’s really not bad at all!

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Shopping Small in Philly

11 Dec

Much like my NYC trip the previous week, I had a quickie overnight trip to Philadelphia last week. Once my train got in to Philly, I had a few hours to kill before my evening event, so I did a bit of walking around. In quick succession, my friend and I visited the Redding Terminal Market, the Dilworth Park Winter Garden at City Hall and the Christmas Village at Love Park. I love handmade items, so these winter villages were exactly what I LOVE about visiting different cities!

I ended up buying a few items for Christmas gifts… and a couple treats for myself too. Let’s check them out!

{Much, like my NYC post I did include links when I could find them. These are NOT sponsored links. I just really love what I purchased so I thought I’d make it easy for you if you want to shop for yourself.}

Bopbe handmade earrings

I basically never change my earrings out, so when I saw these pretty handmade earrings I was planning to leave them behind. They kept calling my name though and I ended up buying them. Look at them… they are so beautiful! How could I resist? I found the Bopbe shop on Etsy but they are currently closed while they have their booth at the Dilworth Park Winter Garden. So many of their items were gorgeous though, so if you like the earrings be sure to check back in the new year! I think I’m going to give these to my husband to wrap up for Christmas…

La Vie en Rose bracelet

I know, I know… I obviously have an obsession with bracelets. I couldn’t resist trying this one on. Then – as you know – once you see how beautiful it is on your arm, you can’t leave without it! As for the inscription, “La Vie en Rose” is a jazz song from the 1940’s. The idea of having a rosy outlook on life, or seeing the world through rose glasses turns into looking at everything through the haze of being in love. For me, I see it as keeping a positive outlook on everything. Here is a link to the exact bracelet I bought with your choice of inscriptions. 

Felt and Wool Angels

How adorable are these little felt angels? I bought one for my tree and one for a gift. Felt n Wool exports handcrafted felt products from Nepal and they had everything from scarves to slippers to ornaments. I read this on their Facebook page and thought it was really cool: “Our products are made in both a worker and eco-friendly process. Felt is not woven; instead the wool fibers are placed in warm soapy water and rolled under pressure to entangle the fibers. No electricity is used and there is little waste. Most of the workers are women who get their kids off to school, sit together chatting with friends and making our products – earning wages about the same as office workers – and finishing work in time to greet the kids from school.You can find their page here.

JoeyFiveCents necklace

This one is a gift, so if you are a sister of mine… LOOK AWAY! This initial necklace was made using original vintage paper from a Palmer Handwriting practice guide book from the 1930’s and 1940’s. The vintage paper has been sealed and coated with resin and then accented with a tiny vintage pearl bead flourish. My sister is engaged, so I purchased the letter of what will be her new last name!

Crisp & Co Pickles

You know if they have samples of food, I’m going to try some…right? Crisp & Co had a super yummy assortment of award-winning artisan pickles to sample and my favorites were the Sweet Ginger Pickles and the Savory Pickled Mushrooms. I bought one of each for my dad, and then one of the Ginger Pickles for my husband. Here’s their website.

I would have loved to do a little Philly thrifting while I was there, but I ran out of time! I’m just glad that I finally got a start on my Christmas list!

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My Pocketful of Joules 2017 Handy Holiday Gift Guide: Something for Everyone

7 Dec

This isn’t your typical blogger gift guide where someone pins a bunch of expensive items they don’t even have so that they can make money off your clicks.

{Bloggers…did you feel that BURN?!}

I do my gift guides a little different. I go through all my blog posts from the last few years and pick out those things that I loved and I still love! When possible, I’ll include links to my initial reviews so you can read all my thoughts about the product and decide for yourself if it would be a good fit for you.

So, let’s get to it!

For the Gal who Likes Surprises: The FabFitFun Subscription Box {Find it here}
I’ve tried a bunch of different subscription boxes, but one of the only ones that I’ve stuck with is the quarterly box from FabFitFun. This box consistently surprises me with the most interesting mix of full-size, high-value items. If you have someone that is really difficult to buy for, get them a gift subscription (and maybe one for yourself too…). You can check out all my FabFit Fun reviews here. Quickie link for a promo code: Click through here to get $10 off your first box order.

For the Clotheshorse: Trunk Club {Find them here}
Did you know that Trunk Club has gift cards? You can buy them here: Trunk Club Gift Cards. You can choose the amount that you want to give ($50 and up, or you can do your own custom amount) and send a gift card by mail or email. It is a great chance to give someone the gift of a personal stylist – whether it be for a specific event or just a wardrobe refresh. You can check out all of my Trunk Club reviews here.

For the Jewelry lover (or Francophile): Emma & Chloe box {Find them here}
Emma&Chloé works with small, independent artisans to bring subscribers the latest design trends from Paris. All their jewelry pieces are handmade with brass, plated with 24k gold or dip-coated in a silver bath and feature semi-precious stones. Gift subscriptions are available for 1 box, 3 boxes, 6 boxes or 12 boxes (find them here). You can find my Emma&Chloe box reviews here.

For the Chick Who Puts on her Jammies As Soon as She Gets Home: Soma Pajamas {find them here}
Basically the moment I get home, I take off my fancy clothes and put on my comfortable pajamas. I upgraded all my old pj’s last year with some from Soma and they are my absolute favorite. You can read the post here. I especially love their Cool Night’s pajamas that keep you from overheating while you sleep.

For the Bookworm: Kindle Unlimited {Find it here}
I started my Kindle Unlimited subscription in May 2015 and it is still going strong. For the reader in your life, nothing is more exciting than UNLIMITED books for their Kindle. {swoon} You can read my review here.

For the Road Warrior: Laptop Backpack {find it here}
I travel from location to location for my work, so a great laptop back is a total necessity. I’ve been using this one since March and it is super cute and really durable. If you have a road warrior in your life, this might be exactly what they need! You can read my full review here.

For the Furry (or not so Furry) Dude or Lady: Dollar Shave Club {find it here}
I’ve been using Dollar Shave Club for over three years now and I love it! You can read my full review here. It is super convenient to have razors (and lotion) delivered right to your door and you can easily pause the service if you want to take a break. You can gift either a gift card, or pick one of their gift sets and add on a monthly razor subscription. They can even do gift wrapping for you! If you get a subscription for yourself, they will give you a special referral link where you can earn $5 for every friend who signs up, so you can actually shave for free. (If you’d like to use mine, it’s here).

For the Cool Dude or Dudette sock lover: BlueQ socks {find them here}
I’ve been wearing my BlueQ socks nonstop for the last few weeks and they put a little extra pep in my step. My current favorite pair says “I’m not bossy, I’m the boss!” You can read my full review here.  If you have that hard-to-buy for person, you can totally find a funny pair of socks (or three) on the BlueQ website!

For the Amateur Chef: Hello Fresh {Find them here}
We’ve been using Hello Fresh’s food delivery service for a few years we still love it! You can check out my first review here. We end up ordering a box about once a month or so, based on our availability and the recipes (you can check them out before your box ships to decide if you want to skip that week’s order). Here are some of my favorite tips for getting the most out of your subscription. You can purchase a gift card off their website for either a Classic Box, Veggie Box, or Family Plan. Quickie link for a promo code: use ETXYKD at the checkout to get $40 off your first box.

For the Kid Who Loves Getting Mail: Koala Crate & Kiwi Crate Subscription Box {Find it here}
Koala Crate and Kiwi Crate are craft subscription box especially designed for kids by age. We got Koala Crate for a couple years and Jack LOVED it. Each month the crate has a different theme with 3 different projects for your child to do. Click through for the August “Gardening” Crate review and the September “Reptiles” Crate review. A subscription costs $19.95 per month, or if you purchase a 6 or 12 month subscription the price goes down a bit. Quickie link for a promo code: use this link to get $10 off.

When in Doubt, Buy LEGOS! {Find some here and here}
Jack is totally obsessed with LEGOs, especially ones that have bank heists with money! Whenever you don’t know what to get a kid, LEGOs are a pretty safe bet and there are tons to pick from (at lots of different price ranges). They also have them everywhere – Walmart, Target, Amazon, and even Costco! Jack recently got this Spiderman ATM Heist set and it is pretty awesome!

Super Hero Clothes for Your Super Hero  {Find them here}
If you are planning to buy kid clothes for the holidays, make sure to get them something that the will actually like… like Super Hero clothes! Jack loves The Flash, Batman and Spiderman… so we snapped this Flash hoodie up a few months ago and he loves it!

Is there something on the list that you’ll be adding to your wishlist?


Disclosure: I didn’t receive any of these items for free and decided to recommend them because I actually like them all. There are some ShopStyle links, referral codes and promo codes in this post where I could earn a (very) small amount of money for referring someone. This is TOTALLY NOT why I recommended them, but a nice little benefit to me if you decide to click through.

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