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!

How To Care For Your Daughter’s Curly Hair

When B was born, I was so certain that her bald baby head would produce stick straight locks… or at the very most, minimally wavy.  But, alas she proved me wrong and developed ringlets that threw me for a loop and had to learn to care for.

Today I’m going to share our curly hair routine.  B woke with a birds nest of a mess this morning.  Challenge accepted.  Here’s where we started.

Pro Tip 1: Don’t Overwash

I wash B’s hair twice a week at most unless it is absolutely necessary (she gets food in it, high pollen count, etc.)  This is crucial with curly hair!  You don’t want it to dry out.

Wash Routine:

We use Curly Wurly from Lush as her shampoo and this Hask Argan Oil conditioner.

  1. Massage quarter size dollop of shampoo starting at roots and very lightly working through to the ends.  No scrubbing or rough handling!  Since B had a lot of knots going on today, I tried my best to separate and flatten that area.
  2. Let shampoo sit for about 2 minutes.  Curly Wurly is coconut based, so it contains a lot of moisturizing properties that other shampoos do not.
  3. Rinse thoroughly and be sure to get all coconut chunks out!
  4. Apply conditioner generously from roots to end (I use about two quarter size dollops in B’s hair).
  5. Using a wide tooth comb (here’s our favorite), gently comb through hair.  This part is usually not popular with the toddlers… but it’s only twice a week and worth the hassle.
  6. Let conditioner sit for 2 more minutes and rinse thoroughly.

Now for after shower steps!

  1. Apply a small bit of Argan Oil from where the hair begins at ears down to ends.  Don’t over do it.
  2. Spray detangler and let it soak for awhile.
  3. For this next step, I tell B it’s her “beauty salon” time, which usually works.  Comb through again with the wide tooth comb from roots to ends.

Pro Tip: If your kiddo did not have super knotted hair at the start of this routine, you can skip the brushing and just let their curls air dry.  It usually produces a better texture/ringlets.

We did this wash in the morning before preschool.  But, if it has been in the evening, I always put her hair in a loose braid for bed time to prevent tangles.

And ta-da… manageable curly hair!

Pro Tip: Over the past 3 years, I’ve learned that the occasional trim with added long layers really works for B’s hair.

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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why i will never do a juice cleanse again.

i can’t even remember how i was inspired to do a juice cleanse.  i love food.  i love coffee.  i love donuts.

either way, the idea of getting rid of toxins in my body sounded delightful and intriguing so i thought, why not?  that’s me… all rainbows, sunshine and positivity.  i convinced my father in law and very sweet co-worker to join me on this endeavor.  in the end, it’s just one (very long) day!

i did both blog and vlog review for everyone’s enjoyment of my suffering.

Details:

Classic or Advanced Options (six 16.9 fl oz juices)

Price: $40 (additional 10% off coupon if you sign up for their online newsletter)

Juice 1: apple, parsley, kale, spinach, mint, lime, cucumber, celery.

i drank this juice while i was getting ready for work.  first sip- gross.  then it grew on me.  and then it was just so much liquid that it was tough to finish.  the taste reminded me of mixing roberto’s red salsa with cucumbers, lime, and salt.  great when it’s solid food… not great as a liquid diet!

 

Juice 2: filtered water, lemon, agave nectar, black pepper, turmeric. 

at this stage, i had my co-workers with me so i was a bit more encouraged.  i really wanted coffee, since i usually make a cup with a bowl of oatmeal or granola bar for breakfast.  but, i popped open juice #2 at 10am.  it tasted okay.  better than the first one for sure.  i was looking forward to my small salad for lunch which pushed me forward…

Lunch:

for “lunch”, i had a small lettuce of iceberg lettuce, avocado and red vinaigrette.  not satisfying at all, but it was something.  at this point, i was not “starving”, but i was hungry.  okay- mostly i was craving coffee.  i took a walk with my co-worker because i just felt so restless and almost anxious about the rest of the day.

Juice 3: apple, celery, beet, lemon, parsley, spinach, ginger.

this juice was different in my “advanced” series than the “classic” cleanse.  it was blood red.  i was almost afraid to bring it with me to my afternoon meeting for fear that it would spill and make a giant gory mess everywhere.  i took about 4 drinks exactly before i decided that i just could not stomach it.

Juice 4: filtered water, lemon, agave nectar, coconut charcoal.

my late afternoon juice was definitely the most palatable of the day because it was not heavy on the green veg.  since it was charcoal based, the drink was BLACK.  however, it tasted mostly of lemon.  i did great with it until a headache hit me full on.  i took an advil… then another advil.  i took a walk.  i could not focus and i felt extremely nauseous.  i still had a meeting to get through before end of day and by the time i left work and got home, i felt so sick.  the thought of another juice made me want to puke.

and so i did.

i got home and threw up.  my head hurt, my nausea was still awful. i felt exhausted.  i curled up on the couch until N and B got home and i had to put on my happy face and be mommy.  at this point, i ate a small snack of B’s organic popcorn.  i attempted to eat pasta, but my stomach was just not having it.

Juice 5 and 6: cucumber, green apple, spinach, kale, parsley, lemon, swiss chard, celery (5).  filtered water, almonds, dates, cinnamon, pure vanilla extract, nutmeg (6).

these juices did not happen.  nope.  my body was just not going to even consider it.

i was able to get through B’s dinner, bath, and bed time.  N takes our puppy, Eli, to the park each night and he returned with a milkshake (helps counteract the acids) to settle my stomach.  i definitely got sick over it all not because i was hungry… but because of the high acidic levels and sheer quantity of liquid i was consuming.  i also was not peeing enough to cycle the juices out of my body.

overall, based on my experience, i would never do another juice cleanse.  in asking both of my co-workers who went through the experience with me, my first co-worker had a positive experience.  nothing life changing, but he was able to get through without any side effects.  co-worker number 2 suffered the same symptoms as i did throughout the day, and she stopped half way through juice 5.  many people are curious about if a juice cleanse will give you the runs, but out of the three of us, nobody experienced this symptom.  i believe it’s common if your cleanse extends past one day.

would you ever consider doing a juice cleanse?  what’s the craziest diet/de-toxifying trend you’ve ever tried?

Photo Credit: Nekter Juice Bar, Pixaby.

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!