A Little Clothing Secret…

Kidizen Finds | PepperDesignBlog.com

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.

Kidizen | PepperDesignBlog.com

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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If you have some extra time…

Everyday Stuff: Liv Kissing Marley | PepperDesignBlog.com

Happy weekend! The girls and I are having more of a lazy, casual weekend (if solo parenting three jumping beans counts as casual :)) while Kevin continues on in the master bathroom. He heads back to work in just one week so we’re trying to finish up as many big projects as possible before he does. He’s been working so hard! 12-15 hour days/seven days a week.

On the parenting front, this last week brought with it a few of the most ‘normal’ days of the past five weeks. I’m hoping that becomes the trend as I finish up maternity leave and we start to develop a family day-to-day rhythm around this house. I so need normal again. #exhausted

Hot cup of coffee in hand? I savor those moments! Here are a few reads you might like to enjoy it with:

A Google travel hack for flight info on the go. I haven’t tried it yet but I’m excited to for my next flight.

I’d like to write an outsourcing-related post (because my productivity depends on it) but this post on outsourcing your life is pretty much on target!

These sandals are on my wishlist come spring :).

I have pretty wavy/kooky hair and have recently become addicted to this (I’ve worn my hair in a bun for four years – read: children years – until now).

Welcoming the micro market.

Speaking of setting little goals to create better habits, I’m giving fitbit a go (post maternity is asking for it – 10,000 steps here I come!). Does anyone have any thoughts on the new trend?

An awesome idea for circular ice cubes.

Thoughts on yelling.

Also? Tell your friends that they are good mothers. Hearing words of encouragement never gets old and we ought to speak it more. I think I have shared this before but it sooo hits the spot that it’s worth mentioning again.

Another favorite I’m sure I’ve mentioned before: love watching you dance.

Toy ideas for encouraging self-directed child’s play.

I’m on a zero budget with our big remodel happening, but I badly wanted an oversized, black dolman sort of sweater to snuggle and disappear in and have been casually perusing ThreadUp and Threadflip in my bits of free time (aka State of Affairs watching late at night). Have you heard of the sites? If you have patience, they’re very cool. PS more tips on selling via consignment online.

Happy weekend :).

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