A Snowy Mid-Week Getaway

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Maternity and paternity leave just wouldn’t be complete without one little getaway as a family. At the invitation of friends we headed up to the mountains this past week for a little cabin time. And to our sweet surprise it snowed the day we arrived, covering everything in the most beautiful blanket of white! Two days of sunshine later and we left the mountain half melted again. It was perfect timing.

Family Snow Trip to Big Bear | PepperDesignBlog.com

Kevin and Taylor built an ‘Olaf’ by request, and there was plenty of sledding to be had just outside of our cabin door.

Family Snow Trip to Big Bear | PepperDesignBlog.com

We were in Big Bear for one full day and on that day we signed Olivia and her bud River (who we were traveling with) up for ski school at the local resort. This is about the age that I learned to ski so it was a little nostalgic seeing her all geared up in a similar pink bib.

Family Snow Trip to Big Bear | PepperDesignBlog.com

Family Snow Trip to Big Bear | PepperDesignBlog.com

She did great! Even rode the ‘big lifts’ twice and lived to tell us stories all about it back at the lodge:

Family Snow Trip to Big Bear | PepperDesignBlog.com

Family Snow Trip to Big Bear | PepperDesignBlog.com

When I wasn’t watching Liv doing her pizza pie thang, I was keeping Marlowe warm at ground zero on my own. And since I brought no reading materials (I figured I’d be chasing an active Taylor all morning :)) I had to resort to sifting through how-to directions on my camera lens. A booklet I’ve never opened before but one carried in my camera bag anyway (have you ever heard of a ‘VC Mechanism?’). It was good for me.

Family Snow Trip to Big Bear | PepperDesignBlog.com

Family Snow Trip to Big Bear | PepperDesignBlog.com

Family Snow Trip to Big Bear | PepperDesignBlog.com

(That starry sleeper is a Kidizen find!)

I know that much of the US is being covered by crazy snow storms (and my heart is going out to my weathered friends), but here in Southern California I was so excited to experience this for two days:

Family Snow Trip to Big Bear | PepperDesignBlog.com

Now back to the grind. Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

A Little Clothing Secret…

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Every six months or so the girls move up and out of their current clothing sizes and into the next. Thankfully that’s slowed down quite a bit for Liv (or dresses easily turn into tunics with leggings and what not), but we are still needing to add and expand (and part with!) kid clothes on a regular basis.

I’m really excited to share the app that we do that with these days. Note: Kidizen kindly sponsored this post, but I have been using Kidizen for much longer than their sponsorship and I can happily report that I am head over heels for the app. The gist is that you’re able to browse and shop for used clothing right on your phone. You can also list your own simply by snapping a picture and filling out a short description.

Kidizen Finds | PepperDesignBlog.com

I rarely purchase new clothes, it’s just not worth the price tag when so many items turn into play clothes so quickly. The brands that I admittedly love are much more accessible at consignment stores or thrift shops, but I don’t really have the time or patience to look. Enter Kidizen. An online consignment store ready for browsing 24/7. For me that means while in line at Starbucks, maybe when waiting for preschool pick up or when visiting the doctor’s office.

Kidizen Finds | PepperDesignBlog.com

Prices listed include shipping, so there’s no surprise add on at check out. You can browse through all items (see left) or filter by creating profiles for each of your children (I’ve filtered for Marlowe on the right). I love that I can tell Kidizen the size, items (I’m big on shoes) and brands that I want to find.

Kidizen Finds | PepperDesignBlog.com

One tip I’ve adopted is to ask plenty of questions and to pay close attention to the ‘condition’ listed in the post. I’ve been occasionally surprised at fading or pilling that I didn’t expect (but I’ve purchased plenty on this app so far). For the most part everything has been in awesome condition and ready for another child (or three, in our case!).

Kidizen Finds | PepperDesignBlog.com

As far as selling goes, snap a photo with your phone:

Kidizen | PepperDesignBlog.com

Create a little listing by describing the item and then post. I just recently created my own little shop (bottom right) to part with some of the clothing that we’re ready to pass on. I keep manilla envelopes, tissue paper and stamps (a single shirt takes about five stamps) on hand.

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I can’t forget a few adorable photos of Marley sporting her new gear! Most of my closet refreshing is for her :).

Kidizen Finds | PepperDesignBlog.com

Here are a few of my recent purchases:

Kidizen Finds | PepperDesignBlog.com

In all honesty I cannot express how this has changed our clothing purchases around here. I really appreciate the no-guilt for an adorable baby gap sweater (that I’m purchasing for 70% off), the Salt Water sandals (with so much life left in them)  or the adorable Peek dresses that I scoop up.

What do you do with extra kid clothes? Do you ever buy consignment? I hope you’ll check Kidizen out and tell me what you think. You can download Kidizen right here.

Guest Posts on Motherhood: Julia Fain

Happy Monday! I’m back to share another Guest Post on Motherhood (a little series to help me fill in the blanks on this blog until my maternity leave ends and I get back to my regular schedule. I’m so grateful for these ladies).

My guest today is Julia from Tag&Tibby. We met at Alt Summit a year ago and have been following each other on Instagram ever since. Julia has a unique story because she has just recently navigated moving with her family, so I was especially curious to hear her answers to my motherhood questions. Enjoy :).

Guest Post: Julia Fain | Tag and Tibby | PepperDesignBlog.com

Hi! I’m Julia. So happy to introduce my family! I’m married to Lee and we have two sweet kids: Bryce and Kinsey. Lee and I met and married in Savannah, GA. After we married we lived and worked in Kentucky as product designers then trekked further north to Minnesota. There we had our two children: Bryce (7) and Kinsey (5).

Last summer we made a big move from Saint Paul, MN to Charlotte, NC. It was a whirlwind for me selling our home with our two kids (Lee had started his new job).  So much to keep clean! Thankfully our home went under contract in under a week. We purchased a new home in North Carolina, and are settling in our new community. Our son is on the autism spectrum and I worried about how he would do with the move. But with a lot of preparation and prayer the transition has gone well.

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