6 Weeks, Sweet Marley Marie

Marley Newborn Photos | PepperDesignBlog.com

Dear Marlowe, you are just over six weeks old and I feel as though newborn-ness is slipping through my fingers. All of a sudden you are a baby and not just a newborn. You feel so big to me already (though I’m sure the rest of the world still see’s the teeny tiny you) and I want it to all slow down.

You have not finished adjusting to this new world. I might even guess that it’s not at all what you expected and that you’re a little wary of it (pure speculation on my part but your discontentment is sometimes too obvious :)). We are figuring it out together though and my greatest moments are when you gaze up at me and suddenly you are still, quiet, safe.

Marley Newborn Photos | PepperDesignBlog.com

These past six weeks have been a blur. Possibly the most exhausting six weeks of my whole life. But for that I love you immensely. Our life just wouldn’t be the same without you, crazy or not.

Marley Newborn Photos | PepperDesignBlog.com

I look forward to the day that I can say ‘ah-ha! we’ve figured it out, this whole family of five thing’, but until then sweet girl, know that I am so over the moon for you. For your coos, your cries, your gazing eyes, your long fingers, your strong grip, your first smiles, your sweet scent.

One favor to ask though… for the love of God, please stop growing so quickly. I want to remember this, all of this. xo mom

A Snowy Mid-Week Getaway

Family Snow Trip to Big Bear | PepperDesignBlog.com

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…

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.

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