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Thrifty Thursday: Swap.com for Affordable Kids Clothes

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Have you heard? Raising kids is EXPENSIVE! Especially when you make it your mission in life to be your tiny human’s professional stylist. It’s a tiring job (and super rewarding), but someone has to do it! Well, do I have news for you! I have found an amazing resource for kid clothing; the online consignment store Swap.com.

Let me tell you a little bit about this treasure trove. This site allows you to sell and purchase gently used clothing. Clothing does not have to be designer clothing, just in good condition. I find it to be super ideal for my daughter, who is outgrowing her clothes almost monthly.

Admittedly, at first, I was quite skeptical. I figured the clothing would not be in super great condition when I received it and I would be super disappointed. Well, I was pleasantly surprised. I placed my first order, rather hesitantly, and when the clothes arrived I couldn’t believe all the high quality items I got for such a great price. I had purchased the tiny human four Gymboree outfits, a few items from Carters, and two Disney princess dresses (because of course we NEED princess dresses)!

The way the site works is you create an account, which you can do here. Once you have your account, you can browse through all their clothes. Daily updates of the inventory keep your options open and there is always something new to discover.

There are great search filters on Swap.com to help you find just what you are looking for. You are able to search by gender, season, brand, size, type of clothing and price. Swap.com doesn’t only offer kids clothes; they also offer teen and adult clothing. Granted I haven’t purchased any of that just yet, it is available.

I did just order my first shipping label from Swap.com and am excited to sell some of my tiny human’s clothing that has gotten a little too snug on her. I love the selling options this company offers too! Not only can you sell your items for cash, you can also trade items or donate items to charity if they don’t sell. Oh, and speaking of not selling, if your items do not sell after a certain time frame Swap.com will buy the items. It may not be as much as you were hoping to get for the item, but it sure beats not getting anything at all for those used clothes!

I highly recommend this site and see that it will be saving me a great deal of money in the years to come. I love browsing the site and picking out new outfits. Seriously, I get lost browsing on Swap.com for hours. All the clothes I purchased looked brand new and super stylish. To be honest, most of the clothes I have bought (Calvin Klein, Baby Guess, and Baby Gap) I would never pay retail for knowing the short time frame the little lass will be wearing them. This site makes the prices reasonable and I still get to reveal in the glory of all those comments about how  I have the cutest and best dressed baby around! Yep, that sure is another momma win!

If you want to try out Swap.com I highly suggest you use my referral link .  The current promotion the site is offering is 20% off your first purchase. Also, if you connect your Facebook account certain items will become available for purchase at discounted prices.

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Creative Crochet Style: Fall Hat Edition

Happy fall ya’ll! Hope you are a having a wonderful day and enjoying this beautiful fall weather. With this fall weather and the cooler temperature, I am in the mood to whip up a festive fall hat for the tiny human. What says fall better than an adorable crochet pumpkin hat?! The only thing I can think of is a tiny human wearing it!

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See! Seriously, there is nothing better than that! Anyways, I got this pattern from Ravelry. If you are not familiar with this website, it is a community for knitters and crocheters. This site offers patterns, suggestions for yarns, , forums, and social networking among crafters. This site is a fabulous resource.

This particular hat pattern, Pumpkin Harvest Hat, was designed by the talented Cathy Kurtz.

I whipped this hat up in about an hour, after I tucked the little miss into bed. Sometimes that crochet bug bites when I least expect it.  The yarn I choose for this project was Vanna’s Choice Yarn in Terracotta and Red Heart Yarn in true green. I used a 4.0 mm (G) crochet hook, which is the recommended size.

The instructions are clearly written and easy to follow. My one word of caution  regarding this pattern is that it seems to run small. My tiny human is very petite to begin with (ie she isn’t even on the growth chart; don’t worry though, she is growing at a steady rate and super healthy) and this hat is extremely snug on her. I will confess, I do tend to crochet very tightly, so that may have something to do with the sizing.

Following the pattern to a tee, which is sized to fit 6 -12 months resulted in a super snug hat. To provide you a sizing idea, my tiny human is currently 8 months (head circumference in the 25 percentile) and we are talking very snug on that little noggin of hers. If I were to make this hat again, I would definitely adjust it by using the next size up crochet hook. I think that would pretty much solve all my size issues. The nice thing about the Vanna’s Choice yarn is that it had a little stretch to it, so I was able to stretch it out enough so she will be able to wear it for the fall season.

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This hat  makes an excellent addition to any tiny human’s wardrobe. I love that it is festive, but not holiday specific so I can get more use out of it than just Halloween. Little miss receives so many complements on this hat every time she wears it. I have actually been stopped in the grocery store and asked where the hat can be purchased. I call that a momma win!

So what are you waiting for? Head over to Ravelry and get the pattern and whip it up. Your tiny human needs a hat!

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Well Hello There!

I want to welcome you to my little home here on the internet. I am so excited you are stopping by!!

Finally, I decided its time to start a blog. This year has been a huge year in my life and I just want to document and capture all of these amazing moments.  The most momentous event of my life occurred in February when I gave birth to my beautiful daughter. I wanted to be a mommy for years, and now I am so fortunate and blessed to have my dream come true.

SOOOO.… here we are…. MY BLOG!!!  SOOO EXCITED!  You can expect updates on what is new in my life in mommy land, including figuring out this whole, ya know, “how to be a mom” thing, along with DIY, craft, holiday, sewing and home decor tutorials. Yeah, I might be a mommy, but that isn’t going to keep me away from that jar of glitter….In fact it just makes me want to use that glitter even more now!  I have to decorate my little glitter girl, ya know!