Saturday, November 29, 2014

My First Stitch Fix Review! - November

November 2014 Stitch Fix subscription review

I'll admit that I've been wanting to try Stitch Fix for AGES - I've seen so many reviews on other blogs, and the concept of getting surprise clothing in the mail is just plain fun. However, I'm on a super tight budget, so I was always worried that I'd sign up and not get anything I liked, and thus be out the $20 styling fee (which we all know is enough $ to buy a pretty kickass sweater at Target.) I've just never been able to talk myself into taking that gamble.

However! About a month ago I won a $75 Stitch Fix credit on a blog called 34 Magnolia Street, and I was elated! Finally, a chance to try it out (and with enough credit to at least buy one thing if I liked it!) without worrying about spending my limited money. The weeks of waiting for my first fix seemed to pass SO SLOWLY. It finally arrived the day before Thanksgiving, right on schedule.

Monday, November 24, 2014

3 Winning Ways to Yummify 5-Hour ENERGY!

Oh, energy drinks, I'm not sure that society could even function without you anymore. You guys know that coffee (and lots of it!) pretty much keeps me alive, but every now and then I like to try something different to keep the energy going. I have to admit that I've only tried 5-hour ENERGY once, because I found the taste a little too intense for me. I guess that a lot of other people felt the same way, because they held a contest looking for videos featuring suggestions on how to mix it with other drinks to get a great tasting energy drink. Want to see the winners?

pomegranate 5-hour energy recipe

The Pomelimelade (which is really fun to say!) was submitted by these guys: 

2nd place went to...

berry 5-hour energy recipe

And the third place winner:

Pink Lemonade 5-hour energy recipe

You can see the awesome videos that the winners created, plus some tasty looking runner-up recipes here! (I might have to try the Cranbeary Cub Soda!) Have you ever tried mixing 5-hour ENERGY with anything?

Disclosure: I am being provided with a promotional sample pack in exchange for this post, but opinions expressed here are my own.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Clean All The Things!

Keeping your own house clean is hard. Keeping yours AND someone else's up to par is exhausting, y'all.

It's now been over six weeks since mom went to the hospital and then nursing home, and I am SO happy that she's supposed to get to come home next week, because keeping up with both my house and hers is wearing me out! Beyond the original life maintenance stuff that had built up while she was home sick (laundry, dishes) that I took care of right after she went to the hospital, I've been taking care of her half of our herd of cats (as I like to call them), which is a feat onto itself. (Don't believe that stereotype about being meticulous; Cats are messy!) This past week or so I've been focusing on making sure she has a super clean, organized house to come home to that will be easy to get around since she'll need to use a walker or wheelchair for awhile.

This is the collection of stuff that I need to drop off at the thrift store tomorrow. (Cat not included.)

I spent four hours last night working on the living room, and tonight I plan to tackle her bathrooms: cleaning the tub, wiping down bathroom faucets, tossing out expired medicine, etc. How is it that bathrooms are usually the smallest room in the house, but the most work to really keep clean?

I'm super excited that an awesome company called Danze is sending me a new showerhead, because my own bathroom needs some love, too! I'm looking forward to having all of the craziness of preparing mom's house completed so that I can focus on my own again! (It's become a wreck this past month or so!) You can bet I'm installing that new one the second it shows up in the mail and taking a long, hot, massage-y shower! (I have a theory that the meanest thing you can wish upon an enemy is the need to hop out of the shower on a cold day to grab forgotten shampoo! I would probably spend all winter in a hot shower if only hot water was infinite.)

This is the showerhead I'll be using in my bathroom soon. I love how the angle of this photo makes it look a little bit like a tiny spaceship. Beam me up, massaging spray!

I am receiving a complimentary item from Danze in exchange for this post, but all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

10 Things on Tuesday - Volume 25

1. Have been falling back in love with Veronica Varlow's Danger Diary lately. It fits my current mood exactly, and her tales of traveling to follow her dream are stirring up my need for exploration, adventure, and giant false lashes.

2. Are you a little behind in keeping up with everything that's been going down in Ferguson? Matt Pearce of the LA Times (You may recall him from my post back in August about who to follow on Twitter for Ferguson info) has put together a great collection of articles you can read through as a sort of Ferguson 101. I've been wanting to compile something like that, so I appreciate that he has unknowingly enabled me to be lazy.

Warning though, Matt is kind of the cutest, so don't get all sucked into reading his stuff or you will melt into a pool of unrequited crushyness.

No, seriously.

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(Photo by also adorable Ryan of HuffPost.)

Check out his Tumblr too, though, because it is pretty great.

3. I recently read something by Danielle LaPorte about the need to destroy before you create, and it keeps tumbling about in my head. Winter just seems like that season for letting go before you can move on to a renaissance.

4. So, I have a new favorite Instagram account to follow:

Baddie Winkle is 86 and I might be in love with her.

5. My mom is expected to be able to move back home from the nursing home in about a week! EXCITE! Which means that I get to spend the next week cleaning her house and making it extra comfy. Less excite.

6. This sums up how I'm handling freezing weather so far:

Awesome wolf hat aside, there's something about this cold that's making me especially sensual. Not sensual in the sexytimes way (I mean, that's all the time), but in terms of wanting to end the day by slipping into silky sheets, to wrap myself in the softest vintage lace slips before getting dressed in multiple layers, and generally gravitating towards anything warm, soft, comforting.

7. I requested that the comfy chair I usually write from when I actually go into the office be converted to a blanket fort, but I don't think this has happened yet.

8. I cheated on my beloved gingerbread latte tonight by ordering the new chestnut praline flavor. It's awesome. Also today? Somehow did NOT buy anything in the big 40% off clothes sale at Target. Got pulled over for speeding for the first time in a bunch of years, and luckily got off with a warning. WHEW.



10. I've posted this before, but this song by Cotton Wine is perfect for listening to the car while driving on a cold, grey day.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Awesome Blogger Opp! Platinum Pixs Giveaway Event!

Straight On Till Morning has an AWESOME giveaway coming up, and would like to invite fellow bloggers to join in!

Collage of Four Canvas Prints - 24x24

We're going to be giving one lucky winner a 16" x 24" canvas print worth over $100 from Platinum Pixs! That means they'll get the photo of their choice printed on professional quality archival canvas, with their choice of finish and wrap style. What an awesome way to display a favorite family photo, vacation snapshot, or (my personal favorite, of course) hilarious pic of your cat? Your favorite photo instantly becomes a work of art! The giveaway will be running from Dec 1-15.

Want to join in this awesome giveaway? You get one FREE link in the giveaway form, just by posting about the giveaway on your blog! (Additional links are available for a fee.) You're welcome to copy the above giveaway information exactly as it is, or change it up a bit to suit your style - I trust you! Just be sure to include the purple giveaway image and link to Straight On Till Morning ( and to the handy dandy form that you'll need to fill out to participate! Blogger participant signups close on Nov 27th.

Have questions? Feel free to contact me at Crystal (at)!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Ami Clubwear Review & Giveaway {Round Em Up! Giveaway Hop Event} Ends 11/22

It's giveaway time! I get to hook one of you guys up with a $50 gift certificate to a fun site called Ami Clubwear. They've got all kinds of dresses, swimwear, shoes, lingerie, accessories... you name it! The styles range from elegant to casual to daringly sexy. Check out a few of my favorites:

Everyone needs a great little black dress!

Looking for an amazing New Year's Eve party dress, or something cute to wear to a holiday party?

And a few of my favorite casual dress picks!

Cute Casual Dresses

And they have a HUGE selection of cute fall and winter boots, from neutrals that will look great with any outfit...

Fall boots

To options that are a little more fun and funky!

And of course, accessories!

I was sent the Blue Multi Printed Sleeveless Party Dress, which is printed with Van Gogh's Starry Night. My url comes from a Van Gogh quote, so I couldn't resist!

I'm generally a size 8-10 in dresses, so I ordered a large. In my experience, this dress definitely hugs every curve tightly, so be sure to order up a size if you'd like a somewhat looser fit! Even more importantly, if you're tall like I am (I'm about 5'10" 1/2), this is NOT going to be dress length on you! Let's just say that it didn't even entirely cover my underwear. However, I found that if I flip the last couple of inches under, it works great as a top! Of course, if you're maybe 5'6" or shorter, you can probably wear this as it's intended.

(Note - I'll be adding a pic of me wearing this later today. My ER trip earlier this week threw off my schedule a bit! Sorry 'bout that!)

Length issues aside, I really like this! The fabric is soft and stretchy and quite comfortable. It's lightweight, but not so thin that you get visible underwear lines or anything. The super smooth fabric also makes it perfect for layering, which I expect to be doing a lot of now that temperatures are dipping down to freezing!

I'm joining some other awesome bloggers for the Round Em Up! Giveaway Hop. Be sure to check out the giveaways going on at all of the other blogs participating in this giveaway hop - there are some awesome prizes to win!

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Welcome to the Round Em U Hop Event

Hosted by LeahSay's Views and Planet Weidknecht

The event will run November 12th - 22nd; please take the time to visit each of the blogs listed in the linky below. Each blogger will be hosting a review/giveaway valued at a minimum of $25. Good Luck!

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Thank You For Sharing!

Disclosure: This prize is being provided by Ami Clubwear, and I received a sample dress to facilitate my review, but no other compensation was provided and all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

10 Things on Tuesday - Volume 24

1. You may have already seen this on my Instagram, but I ended up in the ER on Sunday night. I occasionally get these bouts of super duper nausea (I'll spare you the gory details), but this one was by far the worst ever and I hit the point of not being able to take it anymore, so I called an ambulance. I wish they sold whatever they injected me with over the counter, because within the 30 minute drive to the ER, I was feeling SO much better. Wish I'd had that before suffering for 12 hours!

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2. It's freaking cold here now. So...

3. I finally gave in and bought myself these cute loopy infinity scarves today. I've been eyeing them every time I'm at Walmart (Yes, Walmart.) and the almost freezing temps today finally talked me into buying. Two for $5, yo!

4. Speaking of fun wintery clothes, I'm scheduled to get my first Stitch Fix shipment in 2 weeks, and I'm counting down the days! It's like Christmas, except where Santa makes you pay for the gifts you want to keep. Still... clothes! YAY!

5. I'm kinda bummed to hear that ABC is canceling Selfie. I don't watch a lot of TV, but what I've caught of it has been fun, and I enjoy catching the My Fair Lady references. Have any of you guys been watching?

6. I have been searching stores for more Chex Mix Popped, and haven't had any luck yet! Plateful Co-Op sent me a sample around the end of Sept, just before my mom went to the hospital. She *loved* it, so I've been trying to hunt down some more since she's just now getting back to solid foods. The search continues!

I'm kind of searching for me, too, because the one I was sent was the perfect combo of sweet and salty, and that's hard to find! But there's also a white cheddar flavor that I'm pretty sure I need in my life.

(Disclosure:The information and product sample have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op)

7. So, Target recently had a discount in the Cartwheel app for 25% off shoes and boots. It's entirely possible that I bought these...

8. ...and then realized that the majority of my winter tops are black, so I went back and bought these, too. 

And crap, I just noticed that now they have a buy one, get one 50% off sale, which makes me want MORE BOOTS. But I'm broke now, so no more boots for me.

9. I'm kinda considering an Orlando trip for my birthday. I can't believe that I haven't been home in almost a year!! 

10. Be sure to come back tomorrow - there's an awesome giveaway coming up!