Babies are expensive, or Why I love consignment sale season

I hate spending a lot of money of clothes.  Especially small clothes that a certain baby will only wear for a short amount of time.  So I love consignment sale season.  I get most of Tbird’s clothes at the sales, then I don’t mind paying more for the rest.   It’s not that I can’t pay full price, it’s that I don’t like to do it.

In the spring I bought almost her entire wardrobe in two different sales.  I paid about $100 total for it.  Winter of course is a bit different.  You need more options and layers, plus she’s older and messier now.  So I have to buy  more than I did just a few months ago.  Still, I love getting a good deal. 

I went to one sale already and have two more on my calendar for the end of the month.  I bought Tbird a bunch of clothes in 9-12 and 12-18 months for the fall and winter.  I even splurged and bought a $10 Gymboree dress.  Yes, that’s a splurge for me at one of these sales.  It was too cute to pass up. 

It’s not a great picture, but the dress is an orange corduroy with colorful buttons.  So stinking cute!

I love the Just Between Friends sales.  They’re usually big and well-organized, but sometimes people seem a little too proud of the second-hand clothing that they’re selling.  JBF sales are all over the country.  The Fort Worth one is HUGE! However, that means if you go during peak hours it will be packed.  I went to the new mom sale last year and had to wait in line to get in.  And wait in a long line to pay.  It was nice to have first pick of the merchandise, but I would rather not have to stand around so long.   Now that I know how busy it is in the beginning, I just wait for a day or two into the sale.

Divine Consign is actually my favorite.  It’s a decent size and not as crazy or overwhelming as JBF FW.  They have a great selection, and I have found that the prices seem to be a little better.  They also require that if an item is battery-powered it must have batteries in it to sell.  This way you can test it out before you buy it.

Some tips for consignment sale shopping:

  1. Have an idea of what you’re looking for.  I’m a list person, I like to write lists.  I write a vague list of what types of things and sizes I want. 
  2. Be flexible.  If you’re looking for something very specific, chances are you won’t find the exact item.  It might be better to make it or buy it full price.
  3. If you want a big-ticket item get there early.  The strollers and furniture can go fast.  Especially if it’s in really good condition and well priced.  You don’t have to cart it around the whole sale with you.  They always have tags to reserve the larger items so you can pick them up in the back.
  4. Be prepared.  Be ready to go through racks and racks of clothes that you may or may not be interested in to find a gem.  (This is the worst part to me because I hate to dig through clothes).  I also like to bring a laundry basket to hold all of the things I pick up.  Baby clothes, while small, can get heavy fast.
  5. Bring a friend.  I went by myself so I had nobody to get opinions from this last time and it’s no fun.  If you’re grabbing a bunch of clothes you might have to stop periodically to make sure you have things that go together.  It’s good to have another person there to help with this.   You should also check everything before you buy it to look for holes or stains.  They volunteers/workers check before things are sold, but they don’t catch everything.  Another set of eyes can help you spot potential problems with the clothing.

Happy Consignment Sale Season to you! (I’ll probably post pictures of some of the things I buy when I’m done with my shopping.)

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Commitmentphobic

I’ve come to realize that I have some sort of problem committing to hanging things on the wall.  I think about it and talk about it, but then never follow through.   I have tons of photos.  Photos that I love and want to display.  So I’ve decided to bite the bullet and hang some photos.  But I can’t decide how to arrange them.  I had a vision in my head but now I’m second guessing it.  So, tell me what I should do.

1.  All oriented the same way- either portrait or landscape

 

 

 

 

2.  Portrait on top, landscape on the bottom

 

 

 

 

3.  The other way around

 

 

 

 

4.  Alternating, which I hadn’t even thought of until I started to move the papers around.  Personally I like this one the best, but I’m sure Brian won’t.

 

 

 

Sorry if the formatting is weird, I’m still working on figuring this stuff out. 
Obviously when I hand the actual frames they will be straight and even and not all wonky, but this was done with a child strapped to me chest.  There will also be smaller frames in between the 8-10’s.  I really wanted a big bold square of photos that would greet someone when they enter my house.  This wall is straight across from the door.

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You! Review

Some of my favorite nursing bras are from a company called You! Lingerie.  I first heard about them from a friend, and have since told just about every pregnant or breastfeeding momma I know.  I just won a free one during World Breastfeeding Week, so I thought I would tell the blog world about how great they are.  So why do I love them so much?  They’re comfortable, functional, and cute. 

The bras come is a wide range of sizes- band sizes 32-40, and cups from B-F.  This is great if, like me, you can’t shop at Target for bras and don’t want to spend a fortune on them either.  

They’re also very reasonably priced.  Ranging from $29.99- $34.99.  They won’t break the bank.  I bought one bra at Nordstrom and it was ridiculous.

And they’re functional but cute!  There’s no underwire, which can be important for lactating mamas as it can contribute to plugged ducts if it doesn’t fit well.  They have cotton linings, and are all lightly shaped.  4 hooks so they’re quite adjustable.  And cute details like lace, bows, and hot pink lining just make you feel pretty.

But you could learn all of that from the site.  So what do I really think about them after wearing them for the last few months:

I was a little skeptical about how supportive they would be without underwire, but they work just as well.  I love all the little details, just because I’m lactating doesn’t mean I shouldn’t get to feel special.  And since I’ve had several of them for a while they seem to be holding up well. 

As much as I love them, they’re not perfect. I do have to readjust the length of the shoulder straps more often than on other bras as they seem to slip.  Also, because they’re lightly shaped they can be a bit difficult to get and keep out of the way when a baby is frantically hungry.  I just have to make sure I’ve flipped the whole cup down so it doesn’t pop back up.  

Oh and each order comes with a handwritten thank you!  How sweet is that. 

The owner of this business really appreciates her customers and “gets” them.  If you “like” the Facebook page you’ll see that she frequently posts breastfeeding articles and questions.

So check them out if you or someone you know is a nursing momma.  You won’t be disappointed.

(I was not compensated in any way for this review, I just love the product.)

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The little things

Sometimes its the little things in life that make each day special.  Like a smile from a cute baby, or a moment alone.  This week my little things were vastly different.

On Saturday I escaped for a few hours of me time. 

So many colors, which to pick.  I went with a green shade.   Settled myself into the massage chair with a book and tried to relax and unwind before heading home to the baby again.

I also got to do some back to school shopping.  This is the first time in 22 years that I haven’t gone back to school in August.  I mentioned it here

These supplies weren’t for me though.  Brian and I agreed on a set dollar amount and I bought them to donate to Mission Arlington.  I think I want to try to do something like that regularly.  Maybe not always school supplies though. 

I also got to enjoy some quiet time outside (in the heat) with my sweet Tbird.  We cuddled on the hammock listening to neighborhood sounds and looking at the trees.  Until we got too hot and went back inside.

These are the best moments!

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The sleepless wonder

I have a cute baby.  The cutest 9 month old ever.  She didn’t want to sleep today.  That make this mommy quite crazy. 

After 2 hours of frustration last night she finally passed out, then woke up in the middle of the night screaming.  I had no idea why, until today. 

I let her eat a puff at a breastfeeding meeting last night.  I didn’t read the ingredients.  Never again.  It had whey (derived from milk).  Her tummy hurt.  I feel awful. 

Luckily she went back to sleep very quickly.  Woke up happy in the morning and the day seemed to be going well.

Until nap time.

I don’t know how long I tried to get her to sleep, but it was pointless.  She fell asleep once, then woke up and wanted to eat when I put her down.  I nursed her, but then she wanted to play.  Later she fell asleep again, but then someone knocked on the door. 

Why!!! Why do people do that?

She didn’t go back to sleep again.  I tried.  Oh yes, I tried.  Walking, rocking, bouncing.  In the boba, in my arms, not in the crib as she’s scared of it.  We even sat outside on the hammock in the 5000 degree heat.  We just snuggled.  After many hours and some tears (Tbird cried too), I gave up trying.

She has powers to resist sleep that college students would pay money for at exam time.

By bedtime she was very sleepy.  It took all of 5 minutes of rocking to put her to sleep.  She’s passed out on top of me right now.  I’m not moving her.  Please let her stay asleep, dear God, let her stay asleep.

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This moment

A Friday ritual from Soule Mama (found on the Leaky Boob). 

 A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week.  A simple, special, extraordinary moment.  A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.  If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your “moment” in the comments for all to find and see

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I have a confession

Come here.  Closer.  Closer.
I’m not crafty.

Shhhhh, don’t tell anyone. 

That’s right.  I’m not crafty, but I wish I was.  I’ve always wanted to be crafty.  I think in the next few months to a year I should work on that.  Maybe sewing or knitting/crocheting. 

I mean, I know how to do those things.  I can sew, sorta.  And I’ve knit before.  I made a scarf.  My sister had to cast on for me, and finish it too, but I did the middle bit.  The stitches are not even, and it’s a pretty boring scarf, but I made it.

I don’t know what I would do with these skills, but I feel like it would be fun to know how to make things and be crafty.  

I should add these things to all the stuff I want to do around the house.  Oh and I want to re-start my garden, but that will probably have to wait until spring.

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