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!
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:
- they send you a pre-paid bag to fill with your child’s excellent used condition clothing, shoes, and accessories.
- you put it in the mail and wait for an email confirming receipt of items.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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…!
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!
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.
We use Curly Wurly from Lush as her shampoo and this Hask Argan Oil conditioner.
- 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.
- 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.
- Rinse thoroughly and be sure to get all coconut chunks out!
- Apply conditioner generously from roots to end (I use about two quarter size dollops in B’s hair).
- 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.
- Let conditioner sit for 2 more minutes and rinse thoroughly.
Now for after shower steps!
- Apply a small bit of Argan Oil from where the hair begins at ears down to ends. Don’t over do it.
- Spray detangler and let it soak for awhile.
- 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.
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!
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
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.