Monday, September 15, 2014

Kiki Turns 18 Months and A Cheap Beauty Box Subscription Launches!


Our Kiki turned 18 months yesterday!  She is such a funny happy little girl and she brings a lot of joy into our home.  We were so busy this weekend that we almost missed it, but I snapped a few pictures.  She loved dancing at the Almaden Wine festival and running around in the dirt at her friend Charlotte’s birthday party. 

This weekend we saw The Fault in Our Stars and Out of the Furnace both which were very good.  I’m loving that now things have settled into a non summer routine we have more quiet time to catch up on MOVIES!

Walmart has a new Beauty Box available, if you are looking for a inexpensive subscription box.  A different Beauty Box is sent out each season and will include sample beauty products and tips on how to use those products.  It’s only $5 shipped!  I signed up and am curious to see what’s included in this!

I hope everyone had a great weekend.....




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Friday, September 5, 2014

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Flutter 4 Unravel!

As you have probably seen on Facebook, September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness month. P and I are raising money for the Stanford researchers who are trying to cure DIPG- a inoperable brain tumor that took the life of our friend, 6 year old Jennifer Kranz. Jennifer was diagnosed on her birthday and passed away 6 months later. All cancer is horrifying and this cancer one is particularly nasty, children who are diagnosed are given on average 9 months to live. Jennifer passed away in February of this year.

Amaya and JLK at a playdate at Fairy's House!

Since then her parents started UnravelPediatriccancer.org, a non profit that raises money for cancer awareness and research. The money goes to Dr. Monje's team at Stanford, a group of oncologists that are researching Jennifer's cancer cells. They have said it's the most aggresive form of DIPG they've ever seen and are working to find a cure or at least a new way to treat DIPG. Consider this, if I had gotten DIPG when I was 6, I would have received the same exact treatment Jennifer received when she started treatment last winter. NOTHING has changed.

For the month of September we started a fluttering campaign in honor of children with DIPG and those who have passed away. I flutter in honor of Jennifer and my own children who could be diagnosed with DIPG. We have started a causevox page and are raising funds for research and for the nonprofit Unravel. Please take a look at our page and if you are so inclined, consider donating. Every little bit helps and who knows, maybe the dragonflies will "flutter" over to your lawn!

 Here is our link!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Thursday Thoughts





Today I'm sharing my Thursday Thoughts from Jen's link up!

* On Monday at 3:21am, I woke up to our bed moving but went back to sleep thinking it was just a tiny earthquake.  Turns out a 6.2 earthquake hit Napa which about two hours from me.  Earthquakes are common in this area but rarely are they this strong.  If you live in an earthquake area be sure to have a plan in case your family is separated and some emergency supplies!

* Did anyone get the Allure Beauty Box this week?  After frantically refreshing not one but two devices I managed to get my order in.  Talk about stressful!  #firstworldproblems

* P and I watched The Other Woman and I thought I was going to hate it.  Instead I screamed with laughter during the entire movie!  Really silly and the perfect movie to take my mind off of the fact that I was started a new and very busy week.

* After some extreme drama in which I rented a Uhaul, ran around in a panic and generally annoyed my husband, I bought a vintage furniture set off a local swap board.  Now I have a ton of pieces in my house that are waiting for me to tackle them.  I can’t wait to get started and share the afters :)

* And speaking of scores, I found this Lucy half zip hoodie at Ross for $19!!  It’s selling for $80 on Zappos right now and it has thumb holes.  Total score!!




I hope everyone is having a great week!  Go over to Jen’s to checking out what everyone else is thinking about this Thursday.

Friday, August 22, 2014

September 2014 Popsugar Spoilers and Code!


Eeeek!  The September spoilers for the Popsugar Must Have Box are out and all subscribers will get this Tilo scarf in their boxes that's worth $125!  Use the code MUSTHAVEMOM to get $10 off your first box.


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Monday, August 18, 2014

Weekend Recap



This weekend was a fun one.  We celebrated a friends birthday by renting a limo that took us to the boutique wineries around Morgan Hill.  We packed a delicious picnic lunch and tried so much wine, some that tasted amazing and some not so much.  Oh well, it was all worth it indeed!  The above photo was taken at Martin Ranch wintery, isn't the view of the Santa Cruz mountains gorgeous?  That was the last winery we hit up and I remember sitting looking at that view, wishing the weekend wouldn't end. And then I reminded myself of all the good things I have in my life and I know the small bumps in the road we hit last week can be overcome.  

In Other News….

* I started watching Outlander.  I’m giving it one more episode before I’m out.

* This lovely little side table got a fresh makeover this weekend!  I'll post about it later this week.

* The NRF estimates that families spends $669 on back to school shopping.  Is anyone else floored by this number??

I hope everyone has a great Monday!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Swap.com Review


Last year I had a ton of extra clothes that I needed to clear out of my own closet.  I threw those and a few kids pieces into a ThredUp bag and used the service.  I wasn't overly happy with the results.  I got barely a few dollars for items that were brand new, some still having the tags on them!  When I asked a friend about their experience she recommended Swap.com as an alternative.

Swap.com provides an easy to print free shipping label and I used an old Amazon box to pack my stuff in.  They ask that your items be laundered and free of stains, holes etc.  I packed my box with approximately 25 items consisting of a mixture of Baby Gap and Carters pieces. 

A few weeks later I got an email stating my items had arrived and the Valet service was going to photograph and list my items.  Swap.com’s Valet service essentially photographs and lists your item.  They also determine if pieces should be sold as lots or as single pieces.  Six days after that I got an email that my items were ready for pricing! Swap.com
lets you the seller price your own items, and you can manipulate the price if something doesn’t sell.  I like this much better than ThredUp which prices your items for you.

I priced my items between $4-7 just to see if they would move.  One day later I began getting messages that several items had sold.  Two weeks after that I got a deposit in my Paypal account for the sum of the items that had sold minus Swap.com fees.  Speaking of Swap.com’s selling fees, they charge $1 + 20% of sales price so for example: $3 fee for a sales price of $10 (you would get $7).  The fees can be steep but for reference I sent in 25 items consisting of Baby Gap and Carters items and have made almost $40.  That’s way more than what a garage sale would net.

It’s been about five weeks since I sent in my items and so far 11 items have sold for a total of $38.  There was a lag there when no items moved so I lowered the prices a bit and sure enough several sold the next day.  I love the ease of changing prices and how I can quickly bring up what items are left in the original lot.  I also like that I just pack a box, print the label, ship it and they deal with the rest of it. 

The website will hold and display your items for a set amount of time.  Once that time is up you can either sell them Swap.com for the price offered by the website or have them shipped back to you (you pay the shipping fees.)  One thing that drives me crazy is that there is no way to track when your Paypal deposits were made on the site, so you need to keep good records in case there is any problem with Paypal. 

Overall, I’m loving Swap.com and have an even bigger box getting ready to be sent!  Have you used the service yet?  What did you think about it?



*This review is strictly from my own experience.  Swap.com provided me no compensation to post this!

Monday, August 11, 2014

One Last Hurrah

This weekend we wanted to have one last hurrah as a family since school is starting, so we went to our favorite haunt, Santa Cruz.  It's so easy to explain my love for the area.  The weather usually gets clear by the afternoon, the vibe is super relaxed and there is a total of 29 miles of beaches to enjoy.  It’s a place that I’d love to live full time but managing the windy road there every single day would be tough.


  


On this trip, we took the girls to the Santa Cruz Natural History Museum where they learned about the Ohlone Indians, touched mussels and starfish in the tide pool and stared at animals that had been through the taxidermy process.  This museum is a tiny little building but perfect for the littles with all their hands on exhibits.  Parking can be a disaster since it’s directly across from  Seabright Beach so go early to get a permit from the front desk.  Even still, it’s a great and cheap activity since kids are free and adults are $2 each!

We had lunch at the Surf Bistro and Bakery which was delicious.  And finally, it’s not a trip to SC without stopping off at Verve for coffee and cookies.  



I hope your weekend was fantastic!  Don’t forget to enter my Sample Society giveaway, it ends in 2 days!