fall bucket list.

fall!!!  at last!  my favorite season that feels like spring, but is actually the highly anticipated season that us desert dwellers dream of.  the 110 degree days are a thing of that past and all I can thing of are pumpkins, hot drinks and sweaters (who cares if it’s 80 outside- I do what I want, okay?!)

B and I put together our family fall bucket list and I cannot wait to get started.  what are you and your family doing to celebrate this autumn?  I’ll be sure to post our escapades here on the blog, but you should also follow me on Instagram and Twitter for more current updates each day!

 

swoondle society review

here it is.  the good, the bad, and the really cute dresses but questionable business execution.

i saw a Facebook ad about 2 months ago for swoondle society and i was sucked in immediately.  kids grow out of their clothes in the blink of an eye!  and i love to dress B like she’s my little doll, but hate the hassle of reselling items on the BST pages when i’m really busy.  swoondle society seemed to have the answer to this.  here’s how it works:

  1. they send you a pre-paid bag to fill with your child’s excellent used condition clothing, shoes, and accessories.
  2. you put it in the mail and wait for an email confirming receipt of items.
  3. later, an email arrives in your inbox stating which items they have decided to keep and which they will be donating on your behalf.  this process took about 2 weeks from shipment date for us.
  4. your items are categorized and you are then allowed to “spend” your trades within your categories.  *catch* you cannot combine lower category items together to purchase higher level items. *extra catch* only your first FIVE trades are free.  that means if you sent 12 items like i did, you can only redeem 5 of them without paying the company.  BIG FROWN.  i had the option of paying $5 per extra item (which didn’t really make sense to me because i could go to a local thrift store and pay that and not have to trade B’s clothing in for them as well… but my fault for not initially reading the fine print, they have to make money somehow too, etc. etc.), or you can purchase a membership ($39 for 10 trades and the additional options went up from there).
  5. once you have carted all of your kid’s new duds, simply check out and pay for Priority shipping (this was the only shipping option available).

okay.  let’s be real here.  i love start up companies and everything they stand for.  but, a level of service is expected in the business world.  i paid $10.80 in “Priority shipping” for 5 items that easily fit into a bubble wrap envelope.  i thought i would definitely receive tracking within two days since it was a priority package.  i reached out and was told my items would ship monday.  on monday i received my tracking (woohoo!), i checked on wednesday and the usps website stated they were still awaiting acceptance of my package.  swoondle society said they would look into it on thursday morning, bringing the transaction to a week (not counting the initial processing and photography of my items).  not very happy.  my items finally arrived 9 business days after my order…. with a parcel select label on it.

the dresses were packaged nicely in individual plastic bags.

the quality of each item was as described on the website.

would I order from swoondle society again?

in short, no.  i was disappointed by the overall business model, the misleading cost and speed of shipping, and lack of customer service.  i would highly recommend that they change their website wording at checkout since the shipping method is not true to what they are utilizing.

have you tried swoondle society before and if so, what are your thoughts?  until next time…!

 

Earth Day Fairy Garden

I have been promising B for weeks that we would put together her fairy garden in the backyard and we finally had time to do it for Earth Day this weekend.

We grabbed this super sweet book at the library to go along with our activity.  It was the perfect little read and B got really excited over the idea of sneaky fairies visiting the garden she was about to build for them!

We planted the yellow and orange marigolds and lavender daisies B had picked out, in a shallow terra cotta pot.

She did an excellent job of building a little fairy town with these pieces that I found at the DOLLAR STORE!  Such a steal!  You can also check out this cute little fairy garden set as another option.

Miss. Sassy Pants was certainly pleased with the results of her garden!

Outfit: Jumpsuit, Sandals, Bow.

For the finishing touch, we added fairy lights for nighttime (so the fairies wouldn’t get lost) and added smaller terra cotta pots with flower bulbs planted in them.

Both B and I are thrilled with the end result.  A garden this cute is sure to attract some friendly fairies for a visit!

preschooler fun: troll haircut activity

sometimes i truly struggle with keeping B occupied on our free days where we don’t have something planned. one day i realized that i had been hoarding too many toilet and paper towel tubes for some unknown crafting purpose (because i do that). so, i decided to put together the easiest activity ever for B… a troll hair cutting station.

here’s what you need:

  • multiple empty toilet paper/paper towel tubes
  • colored pencils
  • adult scissors
  • child safe scissors

simply draw “troll faces” on each tube with various expressions, use the “grown up scissors” to cut hair on each tube, flatten out the hair so it’s easy to cut….and voila!

B was entertained for a good 30 minutes giving each troll a new do.  it then evolved into her cooking her new troll friends dinner in her play kitchen.  such a simple activity sparked her creativity and my little lefty received some cutting practice as well!

what other fun activities have you come up with using old toilet paper rolls or other random items in your home?  let me know below!

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why i’m convinced my 3 year old doesn’t believe in the easter bunny

okay, she probably does believe in the easter bunny… but i feel like some day when the truth comes out, she will take it in stride.  why?  last winter she invented a game of santa claus before christmas.  i would pretend to sleep and she would put items in my stocking and bring me gifts.  this was all completely of her own creation and unprompted.  it freaked me out because NO.  this game was far too logical!

this morning after her annual easter egg hunt for the eggs left by the bunny man himself, she decided to re-package all of her shiny plastic eggs with their treats inside.  i was then told to “go sleep for 10 hours” (i wish…), and she proceeded to hide all of the eggs for me to wake up and find.

giggling with delight she watched me curiously poke around looking for all of her strategically hidden eggs.  it was the best. and i realized how big she is getting and how quickly time passes although she is only just 3.

and now we move on to summer, just like that!  bring on the hot weather (or not!  i miss winter dearly already)!

Dress: Sadiethenty Shoes, Ears, Necklace: Target Purse: Gift

 

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weekend review: hello spring.

this weekend we welcomed spring! saturday was a catch up day for me to get B’s easter basket together and catch up on laundry.

sunday, however, is always our family day. B takes soccer in the morning, which she loves and WE love it because it exhausts her enough to nap later in the day.

B loves flowers, so taking her to the garden at the local hardware store after soccer is a fun treat for her! we also scooped up some goodies because we are planning to start a little garden in our backyard soon.

one of our favorite things to do is have pool float fights. i somehow always end up on the losing side when N and B gang up on me!

B’s first time at Firehouse Subs was a success. Yum!

we planted some lavender and wildflower seeds. we’ve actually had the wildflower seeds for quite a while and received the packet for free via the Cheerios bring back the bees campaign. you can grab a pack here for yourself too! i don’t have green thumb, but luckily N does!

no photos, but we made turkey meatballs using fresh herbs from B’s aerogarden! 🙂

and that wraps up another weekend. what did you do on your quick two day break? i’m absolutely anticipating my upcoming 3-day weekend and hosting easter at our house.

satuday. friends, flowers, and cousins.

if someone had tried to explain what a mom tribe is to me before i had B, i would have no idea what they were talking about.  (in fact, i would probably think they were crazy).

luckily, at 9 weeks pregnant with B, i fell into the best mama group around.  we bonded through pregnancy, birth, infancy and now toddler-hood.

i am not exaggerating when i say that i could not have survived this thing called motherhood without them.  

i’ve had the opportunity to meet so many of them in person over the last 2.5 years.  today, we were able to have brunch with J and C… which i have so been looking forward to all week long!  they just make my heart so happy!

once we said goodbye, we went on the hunt for the perfect new tomato plant for B.  seriously.  a hunt.

B had a great time pulling around (and being pull around IN) the little red wagon.

three garden shops later, we did in fact find the almost perfect tomato plant.  it’s still a little early to find good ones, so maybe we will add another one to the collection later in the season.

saturday concluded with dinner at our favorite hole in the wall italian restaurant.  and then B and her cousin playing at their grandpa’s.

weekends= my fave.

send sleepy dust our way in hopes that B doesn’t wake up with nightmare’s again.  this mama needs some sleep tonight!