Giveaways, Reviews, Sustainability

Making Sustainable Choices (Plus: A Small Woolite Giveaway)

When I look back on my world view a decade ago, I have to laugh (and maybe sigh a little). I didn’t think about how my choices impacted the world around me and doing right by the planet wasn’t even something that was on my radar. A couple of years ago something just clicked with me and I started really thinking about my life and what role I can play to make a lasting and positive impact on the world around me. A friend of mine recently told me that “You have to grow into your better self” and I couldn’t agree more.

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This week I’m doing a Kid’s Closet Connection giveaway. I talked a little bit yesterday about how these sales are a great way to save money but they’re also really great for the environment. Anytime you buy something used (furniture, clothing, toys, shoes, art, etc) you’re making the choice to help protect our planet. I don’t want to focus on the KCC giveaway but it does tie into what I want to discuss today. I am a member of Crowdtap, an organization that connects companies with consumers who are willing to give insight and honest feedback about products, ideas, and marketing techniques. Part of my membership includes the opportunity to receive samples from various companies in exchange for my feedback and participation in moderated discussions.

Woolite Washed

Most recently I was selected by Woolite to participate in an opportuntiy to try Woolite Washed, their every day laundry solution that “keeps clothes looking like new longer”.  The goal of the hosted party was to encourage friends to swap clothes. Not only is this a really sustainable way to get some “new to me” items but it’s also a fun way to get rid of some of that stuff that’s been sitting around in your closet collecting dust. Clothing, accessories, and shoe swaps are so much fun and it’s definitely something I would like to participate in more often with some of my gal pals. Not only is the idea of hosting an in home boutique great for the environment but Woolite is too. Their commitment to protecting the planet through their Green initiatives is one of the things that impresses me most about the company. You can find more information about that here.

I have a couple of extra samples that the company sent me on hand and would love to share them with two of my readers. SO, if you want to try Woolite out (the sample also comes with a $1.00 off coupon) leave me a comment and I’ll randomly pick two readers on Saturday to send the samples to.

Whether you turn off the lights every time you leave a room, recycle everything you can, host clothing swaps with your friends, or plant new trees every Earth day I hope that you’re thinking about the choices we all make and how they will impact future generations. Sustainability matters.

*Disclaimer: My opinion about Woolite and their products are my own. I was given the sample products free of charge in exchange for my honest, unbiased feedback. I happen to have extra samples and Woolite does not know that I planned to share them on my blog.

 

Clothes, Current Events, Giveaways, Parenting, Reviews

My Child Has Outgrown Her Clothes and Toys….Now What?! (Surprise: Giveaway!)

Nothing makes you feel like a pack rat quite than being a mom. Sometimes I feel like my house is really nothing more than a storage facility for baby and toddler items but not once have I ever felt like I was alone in that. Kids grow; They grow fast and, unfortunately, that adorable outfit and those sweet tiny shoes no longer fit my two-year old child. She won’t sit in an infant swing (okay, she might want to but she’s too big for it), she can’t wear any of the clothes from last year, and she’s emotionally outgrown a vast majority of the toys we had for her when she was younger. So what am I supposed to do with all of that stuff?! I’ll admit that I’m pretty OCD about her clothes and toys and so I’ve kept most of her belongings in very good condition…good enough that they could all be used for any subsequent children we may have down the road. Living in a house that’s right around 2,000 square feet doesn’t really give us enough room to comfortably store everything for that big “if” someday in the future (you might remember that we’re not sure if we’ll have more children or not). I wanted to talk for a few minutes today about what I’ve done with the toys, clothes, and baby items that no longer have a space in our home and I also want to give my local readers a chance to win one of
five really great prizes (more on that in a minute).

When my daughter was younger, I always tried to circulate her toys so that everything always seemed relatively ‘new’ (and it was easier to keep things in good shape that way). I would take the toys that she had been playing with out of her room and our kitchen (where many of her toys live) and replace them with toys that she hadn’t played with for six weeks. Eventually, though, as I’m sure many parents with young children well know, she grew out of those and we had to make the decision as to whether or not we should keep, sell, or donate the old items. I try to keep the favorites (toys, clothes, shoes, blankets, etc) and then figure out what the best course of action is for the remainder of the items. Then I came across the Kid’s Closet Connection sales in our area. I will be the first to tell you that I was nervous about signing up to consign with Kid’s Closet for the first time last year. I had no idea what to expect but it’s a great way to get rid of the toys, clothes, shoes, books, high chairs, and every other baby, child, and maternity item that you just don’t have the space for. The best part about it is that signing up to sell is so easy. Let me show you…

Kids Closet Connection

To get started you’ll want to head on over to http://www.kidscloset.biz.

Kids Closet Connection

Click on “Account Login” (you’ll have to go there first in order to register).

Kids Closet Connection

Click on “register” to submit your information and get a consignor number.

Kids Closet Connection

Find a sale to consign at (there are sales across the country both in the Fall and during the Spring).

Kids Closet Connection

Kids Closet Connection

Once you’ve found a sale you want to sell at, you’ll want to start creating your tags (what will identify your items to potential customers).

Kids Closet Connection

Adding your items is really simple. To illustrate how easy it is, I pulled one of C’s dresses from her closet (sorry, folks, it’s not actually for sale).

Kids Closet Connection

 Kids Closet Connection

Kids Closet Connection

Each item is tracked in KCC’s online system that you can monitor during the sale.

Kids Closet Connection

When you’re done entering in all of your items, print the tags off (on cardstock) and attcach them using safety pins onto a hanger. Bring your items to the sale and you’re done. See how easy that is?

Kid’s Closet Connection has been awarded numerous times in the Kansas City metro area for their incredible events that draw thousands of shoppers every season.

Kid's Closet ConnectionKid's Closet Connection

Consignment sales are, by and far, my favorite way to clear out some of C’s old items and earn some money for items she can grow into and to add towards her college savings fund. Owners Jill and Kevin (pictured below) have graciously offered to host a giveaway to my local readers for the upcoming sale in Blue Springs, MO.

Kevin and Jill

If you’re a Kansas City local and you’re thinking about signing up for one of the Spring sales, it’s not too late! If you’re planning to shop and want to win one of the fabulous giveaways, you can earn entries by following the Rafflecopter link below (I promise it’s safe) and by heading over to the It’s An Ordinary Blog Facebook page. Good luck!

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Clothes, Pictures, Reviews

Wittlebee: In Review

I love getting mail. I especially enjoy it when it contains something adorable for my favorite toddler in town so you can imagine my excitement when I this sample box arrived from Wittlebee the other day. I want to start by mentioning that I have an IRL (in real life) friend who also happens to be a blogger that had a negative experience with this company. That said, the following is my unbiased, objective opinion on their company and their products based solely on my personal interaction with them.

Wittlebee is a subscription based clothing company that offers monthly service to their customers. For $39.99 per month they ship a box (worth an estimated $100 in retail value) directly to your door with items matched to fit your preferences, child’s gender, size, and style. Included with each membership is access to exclusive sales and giveaways so the perks of membership don’t end with the box you’ll get in the mail each month. In reading their press releases, Wittlebee’s e-commerce division was launched less than a year ago and has been growing since. With any new company they’re still learning, growing, and working out their kinks. My experience as a blogger was great but I would be curious to see what it’s like when I’m not giving the promise of a review. I’m considering trying it for a month to see what they come up with once I’ve given them a “style profile” to go by. That brings me to the “meat and potatoes” of this review…the clothes.

We received six items in this sample box: Two pairs of leggings, two short sleeve t-shirts, and two dresses ranging from size 18-24 Months to 2T. As with any clothing for female shoppers (it doesn’t seem to matter what age you are) everything fit a little different. Since Wittlebee offers clothing from different manufacturers, this didn’t really surprise me.

I really like the leggings. Both the Tea brand leggings (pink, featured on the left) and the Wittlebee (white, featured on the right) are soft and stretchy so they’ll fit now and they’ll continue to fit as C grows and changes over the coming months and into next year. I didn’t think I was going to like the white ones when I first took them out of the box (I’m not usually a fan of lace) but they really do look adorable on her.

This white short sleeve top, made by Wittlebee, is adorable on her. It’s a little long for C right now but looked surprisingly cute with the pink Tea leggings (see the pictures below).

I thought that the bee buzzing around the giraffe’s leg was a nice touch.

This grey short sleeve top, also made by Wittlebee, is not something I would normally have picked out for C but I thought it looked really cute with the white leggings and an adorable headband I picked up in the clearance section at Target for $1.50. It, too, is a little long right now but she’ll grow into it. Please excuse the blurriness on the bottom edge of the photograph, my lens got dirty (don’t judge, it happens!).

See what I mean about it looking better on?

I want to talk about the two dresses. I’ll be honest, neither is really a style I would ordinarily pick for my daughter, but I can objectively look at each of them and understand how people would like them.

I would love this dress if it was just like I have it pictured (folded) here:

Just like that, it’s adorable. The poplin collar (I think that’s what it’s called) is nice and I absolutely love the polka dot skirt. What I’m not crazy about is how the designer felt the need to make it more “kid friendly” by adding three patches onto the dress.

The third patch is on the back of the dress (which buttons down). See what I mean? Now, how much better would this dress be without those patches?! Am I right or am I right?

The picture in this holiday dress (I’m going to assume it’s meant to be a holiday dress because of the massive flower on the collar) doesn’t really do the color of the fabric justice because it really is nice. I think this is a cute dress, it’s just not a style we would ordinarily pick for C. The sleeves are what I enjoy most about this dress (and, coincidently, what the husband likes least). The material is soft and comfortable and my little one really enjoyed putting it on. I’ve put it on her twice now and looked at it several times. The more I look at it, the more I actually like it. It grows on you. It’s kind of like that little dog that barks next door when you’re not a dog person (I wouldn’t know what that’s like, I love dogs ;)).

In the interest of providing everyone with as much information as possible, if you have experience with Wittlebee and would like to link your review, please feel free to leave it in on the comments.

In the interest of full disclosure: Wittlebee sent me their sample box free of charge in exchange for my objective review on their product. Their generosity did not influence my opinion on their product, their service, or their company as a whole. Please feel free to contact me directly with questions about this review.

Clothes, Tutorials

25 Ways to Wear a Scarf

With Autumn weather rapidly approaching here in the central states, I thought it might be nice to share this video: “25 Ways to Wear a Scarf”.

I’m a European Loop, what are you?