4 Ways Letting Technology Shop for You is a Gift (My Stitch Fix Experience)

Technology helps us to be more efficient in work and in life. Thanks to technology we can automate things like an email signature, keeping in touch with family and friends, and even syncing family calendars. But can technology automate shopping? Can technology shop for you and get it right? Im here to share with you 4 ways letting technology shop for you is a gift. In my younger days, the mall would be my go-to place. I could spend hours wandering the corridors, casually browsing as many stores as I could???then I became a mom. These days, going to the mall is a chore and rarely is it about shopping for myself. Call it old age or a season of life, but now I feel like malls are crowded. Shopping with kids is hard. Im constantly saying The store is not a playground! Even if my hubby kindly offers to let me venture a store alone, I know I wont have enough time to shop the way I like to, so either I dont even bother or I go in knowing that I can only look at certain sections. Im a picky shopper when it comes to my clothes and I need time to browse, try on clothes, and go through racks a second time. Here comes that collective mom-sigh again, ready? Sigh. Thats when I decided to give Stitch Fix a try. Stitch Fix is a subscription service that sends you select pieces to try on at home, pay for items you keep, and send back items you want to return. All without having to find parking, fight crowds, or tell your kid (again) why you will not rent a fire truck stroller. The best part about Stitch Fix is their app (yes, they have an app)! Their website is great, but their app takes their service up a notch. Heres a look at my Stitch Fix experience and the 4 reasons I enjoy it. 1 Personalization The key to allowing technology to shop for you is to help them to learn about your style. Stitch Fix does this with a personalized Style Profile. They ask very specific questions, some I wasnt sure how to answer, but it was a great way to get myself thinking about my own style. Visual aids of different styles really helped me to shape my style. Questions around fit, size, and price range all help Stitch Fix stylists get to know you and your taste. My favorite part about the Style Profile is it asks who you follow on social and what you pin. Finally! A way to let your pins work for you! Can you hear the choir sing? Aaaaaaaaah! Letting my pins do the talking helps my stylist pick pieces that I will love. Heres a peek into my Style board on Pinterest. 2 Customization If you want to tell your stylist more, there are several places to do that. First, is in the Style Profile. At first, I wasnt sure […]

How to Create Christmas Cards Using PicMonkey

The holidays can get pretty expensive and I try to do what I can to save money where its possible by DIYing. Being the techy me that I am, my DIY adventures happen on the computer. Each year we take family photos and use them to make our annual Christmas cards to send to family and friends. The cost of taking professional photos, buying professionally designed Christmas Cards, postage and printer ink for our annual newsletter can really take a bite out of our budget. For the last couple of years I have created our family Christmas cards on PicMonkey, then printed them at our local 1 hour photo place. It turns a $50-$75 purchase for fancy cards into a $15 purchase for prints and they say Merry Christmas the same way. Thats a lot of savings! Today, Im gifting you with a tutorial on how to create Christmas Cards using PicMonkey once youve gotten those fantastic looking family photos. Create a Collage The first step in creating your holiday masterpiece is to go to PicMonkey.com and click Create a Collage. Then choose the best 7 shots from your family photos by clicking Open Photos. They can be more or less, but I like to tell a story with my card, so having 7 options to choose from is a good start. Select a Christmas card layout from the Card options. I use the 57 size and pick the layout with one large photo in the center surrounded with smaller photos on either side. I make my cards in a landscape orientation {wide, not tall}, so I rotate the collage by clicking the rotate button at the bottom. Then I change the resolution to 2100 by 1400 pixels because I print my photos in 46 and click the lock button to make sure it stays that size. Experience has taught me to check this and change the size before uploading it to my photo centers website. If you want a 57 print, keep the size the same. Next place your photos where ever you like and pan/zoom if needed. Because my family and friends have yet to receive our cards, I am giving you all sneak peek, so shhh dont tell! Add a Christmas Touch Once youve got the collage sized the way you like, its time to add a touch of Christmas. I do this by adding a texture provided by PicMonkey.??When youve selected a texture, add it to the collage by clicking and dragging it onto the collage until you see a blue bar that adds it to your current layout. Once you add the texture, youll have to re-size the new additions by dragging the border to your desired size. Then go to the other photos and the re-size if its needed.