Cinders and Ashes! Day out with Thomas!

Jase loves Thomas the train and can name every single character on the show. I think it’s funny how he can easily say “Sir Topham Hat,” but has trouble say things like “please,” or “sorry,” but what can you do?


This year we decided to participate in Day out with Thomas at the Tennessee Central Railway Museum. This included various kid activities, a meet and greet with Sir Topham Hat himself, and an actual train ride pulled by the one and only blue engine himself, Thomas.  When we arrived, we were greeted by volunteers taking tickets and handing out “passports” of activites where the kids could get stamps when the visited each one. After all stamps were completed, the kids with filled passports would receive a prize on the way out.


The event was really cool, and the activities were geared to kids of various age groups. Jase went directly to the play tent, where he played with some other kids and a Thomas set, something that he could do at home whenever, but, you know, when in Rome I guess.



After that, I was the lucky one picked to escort him on a mini-train ride, while we waited for our ride with the big guy himself. As we circled around the parking lot a few times, gladly accepting the slight breeze that came with it as it was definitely a warm day outside.



Once the mini-train ride was completed, we went to some of the other booths to get Jase’s stamps and then it was time to get in line to meet Sir Topham Hat who, might I add, was much bigger than I imagined considering his stature on the show (granted it’s a cartoon, but whatevs).


Then, ladies and gentlemen, it was time to get inline for our ride with Thomas! We lined up in for our designated cart, Cart 1 to be exact, and got ready for our 15 minute train ride. This was the real deal, you guys.



After a short 7 minute ride away from the station, and a short 7 minute ride back to the station, it was time to get our picture with Thomas!!!!!! Guess what? Jase didn’t really get it. He saw Thomas, but when it was time for the picture, he seemed to be a little confused and didn’t actually want to face the camera for the picture. Two year olds, am I right? However, it was still very cool to see a life-size version of the really useful engine.


Last but not least, there was a petting zoo. Let me tell you, Jase LOVES animals. All kinds. Dogs, birds, cats, cows, sheep, goats, elephants, lions, all of them. This is where we spent the majority of our time at the event.

At one point, he nearly got knocked over by a goat, but he didn’t care. He thought it was awesome.


All in all, Day out with Thomas was a fun event. I think Jase was still a little too young for it, but that’s alright. Will we go again sometime? I think so. It happens every year and hits various cities throughout the country. It costs $20 for 2 year olds and up, which is a little on the expensive side if your child might be too young to truly enjoy it.


If you’re interested in going, check out the website here for more information:

Day out with Thomas

Wantable vs. DailyElite vs. Stitch Fix


If you’re like me, it’s hard to find time to go out shopping and refresh your closet as often as you would like. Going out, rummaging through the racks and shelves, then trying things on in dreadful fittings rooms just isn’t as fun as it used to be. And if Jase is along for the ride with me, it’s totally not going to happen.


Like many people, I’ve seen ads come across my social media pages for various subscription boxes, including fashion boxes. On a whim, I decided to give one a try, and next thing you know, I’m signed up for two more (oops!). They all have the same general concept: sign up, fill out a survey of what you do and don’t like, your body type, clothing size, budget, etc., pay a subscription fee and then magically a box appears at your house with different clothing items to try on and you get to decide what you want to keep and send everything else back. All of this takes out the hassle of leaving your home to go and find new items, and also you get things that you probably would never try on in a million years if you came across it yourself in a store. Well ladies, and potentially gentlemen as well, I’m here to give you a review of the three boxes I tried out and which one I think was the best for me.


Box Number 1: wantable


Price: $20 subscription fee

Estimated number of pieces: 5-6

Actual number of pieces: 7

Stars: 8/10


The first box I subscribed to was wantable. I signed up and received my first box roughly two weeks after, and I was so excited when it came. There were a total of 7 items in my box: two pairs of pants, two dresses, and three tops. Out of the seven items I kept three, one pair of pants, one dress, and one top. When I subscribed, I said I wanted a mix of casual and business casual, and they delivered exactly that.


Out of the pants, I received a pair of navy work pants and the most comfortable distressed boyfriend jeans I have ever tried on in my life. In case you can’t tell, I kept the jeans and wore them almost immediately. In regards to the dresses, one was a striped shift dress which was kind of “meh” and a super flattering navy bodycon business casual dress. Spoiler alert: I kept the navy dress too!



Finally, there were the three tops. A simple black top that wasn’t really anything special since I have so many simple black t-shirts already in my closet, a geometric tank top with that neck thing I don’t like, and a floral blouse that I would have never picked out for myself if I were shopping just for fun. The floral blouse surprised me quite a bit once I tried it on, and I ended up keeping it as well.



Once my items were delivered, I had five days to try them on and send back whatever I didn’t want. In the box was a return shipping label and an empty package, so all I had to do was put what I didn’t want in the back, but the label on it, and drop it off in the mailbox. Super convenient, especially since I got an email from wantable once the return package was entered into the USPS tracking system, which was reassuring that I wouldn’t get charged for anything I didn’t want because I knew they had a notification that I had mailed it out within the designated time frame.


Finally, after they inventoried what I returned, I had the opportunity to rate and classify each item that was in my box to say what I did and didn’t like about them. This was awesome, since I had the opportunity to let my “stylist” know how she did on her first job, and what I would like to see more of, what I didn’t want to see at all, etc.


My initial experience with wantable really was great. The clothes I picked were awesome, they were all within my budget, and they fit me perfectly. Would I use wantable again? Absolutely.


Box Number 2: DailyLook Elite


Price: $40 subscription fee

Estimated number of pieces: 7-11

Actual number of pieces: 0

Stars: 0/10


Box number two was supposed to come from DailyLook Elite. I was a little hesitant at first as I was researching all these different subscription boxes, and it was one of the most expensive. I was however eventually persuaded to try it out anyway because of the sheer number of items that would be in the box. I thought eleven items is awesome, and surely they will be able to find something for me. Let’s just say, I never got the box.


First thing that was weird about DailyLook Elite was they would put a $150 hold on my bank account to make sure that the funds were there (kind of unnecessary in my opinion for me, but I can see why they might have to do that for some individuals and past experiences). I went with it, and thought “okay, whatever,” and went along with my fashion quiz and survey.


When I finished everything and paid, my estimated delivery date was two weeks later, which was a great turn around. As the two weeks were approaching, I went to check the status of my order because apparently you get to leave notes about the products picked for you before they are even mailed out. I logged on and my date was pushed back a few days, and I received no notification. I kind of just rolled my eyes and kept on with what I was doing. A few more days pass and I see that my date has been pushed back 4 MORE WEEKS. Again, no notification! There was an option to email the stylist from their app (which doesn’t really work on iPhone, and their website kind of sucks too), and I get a notice saying “A stylist has not yet been assigned to you.” Well, I said f that, I’m cancelling. So I go to cancel, through their chat option, and I tell the girl what was going on and that I wanted a refund of my subscription fee. Shortly after a type that in and press send, a notification comes across the chat saying “The representative you were working with has ended the session.” So, now I’m kind of pissed and I start another chat. I explain the situation again and how the person before ended the chat, and this new person was extremely short in their responses, and unfriendly. They said they would process the refund and asked if I had any other questions or needed anything else. I asked her if she could give me insight as to what happened to my order, and I was simply told that they are behind on orders. I explained that if I had been notified every time my date was pushed back, I probably would have gone through with the subscription because that’s just common courtesy. They didn’t say much after that and the session was ended.


Overall, my experience was terrible. Would I recommend DailyLook Elite? Heck no.


Box Number 3: Stitch Fix


Price: $20

Estimated Number of Pieces: 5

Actual Number of Pieces: 5

Rating: 7/10


My final box came from Stitch Fix. I’ve been aware of this subscription company longer than the other two, and honestly, I think it was the first one of its kind to be created. I’m not sure though, so don’t quote me on that. My Stitch Fix box contained 5 items, as promised. Those 5 items included a purse, two dresses, a stripped long-sleeve shirt, and a sweater. Honestly, I was a little underwhelmed with my first box.


The purse was a large maroon canvas purse with light brown leather straps. If anything, I don’t need more big purses. I have a tendency to make even the smallest cross-body purse look like a Mary Poppins bag with all the crap I manage to fit into it. Also, I tend to like purses that can go with any outfit I decide to wear, and this particular purse didn’t really give me that vibe.


After the purse, there were the two dresses. One of the dresses was a floral shirt dress that I loved the instant I took it out of the box. The second dress was a plain maroon dress that could be dressed up or down. After trying them both on, I was sad that the floral dress didn’t meet the expectations I had in my mind, and the maroon dress was nothing special. I paired the maroon dress with different jackets to see if I liked it enough, but alas, I didn’t. So at this point I’m at 0 for 3 in regards to the items in my box.


Next up was the stripped long sleeve shirt, with the criss cross pattern. I tried it on, and it did absolutely nothing for me. The material was weird, and the sleeves were too long, so back into the box it went. Finally, there was the wool sweater that didn’t really pop out at me when I took it out of the box. I tried it on, boy was it comfy! It was soft, and loose, and seemed perfect for wearing out with jeans, or wearing at home with leggings when I just want to be comfy while snuggling on the couch with hubby and Jase. So, out of the 5 items I received, this was the only one I chose to keep.


One thing I did like about Stitch Fix is that in my box, there was a color sheet included with different outfit ideas for each clothing item they sent. That was really nice to look at the versatility of some of the products. Ultimately though, my first Stitch Fix box wasn’t anything special. Also, I have yet to receive the email asking to rate the items I was sent and what I did and didn’t like about them for the next box.


At the end of the day, I’m leaning more towards wantable, as they had more items, and I think the stylist I was assigned to did a better job at finding things for me. I’m going to try out one more box of both Stitch Fix and Wantable, so we’ll see what the next round entails.