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.

I ordered my groceries from Instacart…

And it was amazing.  I hate grocery shopping.  Adamantly.  N doesn’t understand why I dislike actually going into a grocery store, so let me set the scene.

Working mom.  Limited free time that would be better spent stabbing myself in the eye with my family. 3 year old who wants all the things (and a nap, or her 23rd snack of the day). Time is money, honey.

For the past year I’ve been using Smith’s Clicklist. Super lifesaver and easy to just swing by and pick up my groceries after work. However, today B was down with a stomach bug and I had originally planned to grab our Clicklist after preschool pickup… so change of plans. I noticed that the website was now offering a “free first delivery” of groceries and figured, why not? All of my items were pre-carted and ready to go with coupons attached. At 8am I was able to select a delivery time slot of 11am to noon.

Around 9am I started receiving a ton of text messages from Benjamin, my Instacart shopper. He had just arrived at Smith’s at some items were out of stock, so I needed to approve the replacements he had selected. He did a pretty solid job of choosing some alternatives, just like the Clicklist team would’ve done.

He arrived to my house at 11:09am and I was seriously impressed!

There is of course a fee that is normally attached to Instacart, but Clicklist does the same. The only item that should be accounted for is that tips are not included in those fees! You MUST go back and tip your shopper! I mean, think about the shop and drive time they just saved you…

At the end of the day, I would definitely use Instacart again. Maybe not every time since Clicklist pickup will save me a few bucks, but for sure when I’m in the trenches of motherhood or just feeling lazy AF.

I love that we live with technology… how did we survive before being enabled to avoid the stuff we hate to do?!

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!