My Experience at #LillyforTarget

My Experience at #lillyfortarget

As soon as the look book was released, I was thrilled about the Lilly Pullitzer collection at Target. I have for years been in love with the bright colors and beachy feel of Lilly’s pattens and clothes. I’ve tried on the dresses dozens of times (those shift dresses just aren’t meant for someone with a small waist and big hips like me), drooled over the scarves, and even bought a phone case for my first iPhone.

So I was excited to be able to find more affordable options at Target! I didn’t put the date on my calendar, I didn’t make shopping lists based on the look book. I just thought “if it’s meant to be, I’ll pick something up.”

So the morning of The Release, I woke up, rolled over, and picked up my iPhone… just like any day. I looked at Facebook and saw the first #lillyfortarget post. Someone was standing in line. Oh my! I forgot that today was release day!

It was a Sunday. Stores would open in 20 minutes. The kids were happy and not yet out of their cribs, and we all slept well the night before. I mentioned the release to Tim, and he said that if I wanted to try to head to a store, I could. He would get the kids downstairs and feed them breakfast.

So I got dressed (no shower) and did some calculating in my head. Strategically, I didn’t want to go to a Target store in the preppiest area of town. Instead, I would go to the one that was a little further away from The Prep Zone (a name that I just gave it- I’ve never heard that area of town called that before). I would have the best luck there.

I got to Target at 8:10. The parking lot was practically empty and no line. SCORE!

I got a parking spot right up in the front. SCORE!

I started walking in and saw a friend of mine from college who has two adorable and well-dressed daughters. I asked her how the sale was, and she said that it’s all gone. WHAT?

10 minutes after the store opened, and it was ALL gone.

I walked in to Target and saw the big flamingo hanging from the ceiling. And the rack underneath. And the teenage girls and women standing by it. And it was empty. They were waiting for people to return items to the rack if they decided they didn’t want it.

So, it seemed like my Lilly run was a bust. Oh well! I was a little sad, but happy to have a morning at Target where I wasn’t pushing a stroller.

So I just decided to browse around and go look at the patio furniture (we are hoping to redo our back deck soon). When I got to that section, I saw a group of women congregating and talking with overflowing carts of Lilly.

I just offhandedly said the following to them: “Are you going to keep everything that you picked? I’m a mom of twins and rarely buy anything new for my daughter, and I was hoping to get her a Lilly for this summer.”

They all said, “No,” and I totally understood.

And we exchanged a few other words about the sale and how they got everything and they were so nice!

Then one woman did the unthinkable.

“Actually, I don’t think my daughter will wear this. If this fits, you can have it.” It was a white tunic top with pink embroidery in 2T. The perfect size. I was so overwhelmed that I gave her a big hug along with a big thank you.

Then she did the unthinkable x2. “Oh, and this will be too long for her. Would it work?”

What the what? I got 2 Lilly items in the exact size I needed? That woman got another hug.

And then another woman in her group turned to someone else who had empty hands (who was evidently someone she only met that day). “You know, I really don’t need this one as well. You can have it.”

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As I made my way to the checkout, I realized how silly this all way. We were grown women drooling over (and in some cases crying over) clothes. I mean, really??!!!?? But then I also realized how sometimes it’s nice to treat ourselves to something a little girly, especially for those of us that are usually covered in Cheerio dust and old milk.

Once I got home, I showed Audrey her new outfits. This girly girl immediately made me put the dress on over her PJs. Have I mentioned how much I love her?

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And David pouted because he wanted new clothes too.

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When I got back home, my amazing cousin (who lives in California) posted that she had heard the buzz, gone to the Target, and gotten a few pieces that she wouldn’t be using. Oh my gosh, I jumped on that so quick! What adorableness we scored! Mommy Daughter Twinsies!

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So what did I learn from this experience?

1. Women can be cutthroat.

2. Women can also be kind and giving .

3. We should be teaching our daughters (and sons) that we can try to seize an opportunity if it comes to us, but we shouldn’t cry over sold-out-Lilly-for-Target.

Happy Memorial Day 2015

Happy Memorial Day! Thinking about those men and women (and their families) who gave the ultimate sacrifice today. Thank you for serving our country!

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(To see the tutorial for this, please visit my post from last week on The Wise Baby.)

Jord Wooden Watch Giveaway

Jord Wooden Watch Giveaway

Last week, we reviewed a wooden watch by Jord. Tim loves to wear it! We are so excited to offer you the opportunity to win a gift certificate so that you can get one too! Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. The giveaway will end on June 1.

*One lucky winner will be chosen for the $120 JORD gift certificate. Free shipping will be included, but NOT sizing. The contest is open worldwide as Jord does ship their products internationally.*

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Jord Wood Watch Review

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I’ve worn the same watch every day (on and off, at least), for the last 10 years (a Citizen Eco Drive like this, but with more rounded case). I really like that watch, but was just starting to feel like I needed a little change when Dory surprised me with the opportunity to try a wooden Fieldcress Black watch made by Jord.

The watch arrived packaged in a nice wooden (of course!) box. Everything was wrapped securely in bubble wrap to prevent any damage during shipping. The watch came out of the box in perfect condition.

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Right out of the box, I was struck with how much of the wood grain was visible with this watch. The model I ordered (Fieldcress in Black) looks very dark on the website. While it is a dark watch, the wood grain on the case and band really show through and add a ton of visual appeal and interest. The natural character this adds is something that you really can’t fake.

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The second thing I noticed when picking this watch up was how lightweight it was. After a decade of wearing a stainless steel watch and band, the difference was amazing. Even though the case and band are thicker than my other watch (noticeably so, though not so thick as to cause issues with shirt sleeves getting caught up), the Jord watch is extremely light and comfortable, and many times I forget I am even wearing it at all.

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On the website, the enclosed instructions, and even on the watch case, it specifies that the watch is not waterproof. Jord says “Each JORD watch is designed to be splash proof but is not intended for complete submergence in water.” After seeing the watch in person, that seems pretty accurate. I wouldn’t hesitate to wear it out briefly in light rain, but I do take it off when I’m rinsing off dishes and am even careful when washing my hands with it on.

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Jord gives you the choice to pre-size your watch band by entering your wrist measurements (they even have a detailed guide and ruler you can print out). Even after this sizing, my watch band was a bit big for me, but they use standard cotter pins and it was simple to remove a few links to get the right fit.

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Overall, I really like this watch and have enjoyed wearing it as a change-of-pace from my trusty old Citizen. They are a great value – the watches have a lot of character and visual appeal for the price. With Father’s Day right around the corner, I think this would be a good gift for someone that likes watches or is looking for something a little different. For the watch aficionados, they even have some automatic models (meaning that it is all mechanical and doesn’t need a battery).

With Mother’s Day last Sunday, they even do have female watches. Dory was actually quite jealous of my handsome new watch, and I have caught her checking out the women’s section every now and then.

 

*Disclaimer: We received this Jord wooden watch for review purposes. We did not receive additional compensation for this review. All opinions are 100% our own.

Guest Post: Safety Tips from KidCo

The following post hits very close to home as we have two toddlers that are not walking… they are running and climbing and pulling and reorganizing. I’ve always had the “pool of blood theory” which I inherited from my mom (everything will end in a pool of blood), so safety has always been so important to us. As we are starting to feel comfortable letting the twins run through the downstairs on their own, these tips are so important.

 

From the very first moment you meet and hold your baby, keeping them safe and secure impels your every thought and action.  You have picked the perfect nursery colors, the safest car seat, the safest stroller, the softest onesies, and the most comfortable organic absorbing diapers.  You have researched for hours the best formula, or have chosen breast feeding.  After all, the smallest person you know has now become the biggest part of your world.

You observe their development, celebrating the first smile, the first time they sleep through the night, the first time they sit up on their own.  That big milestone of first steps is just around the corner.  Your camera is ready and you are ready to hit the “Post” button.  STOP!  Exactly how much time have you spent researching and assessing the safety of the environment for which they are about to have free reign?  Safe and secure, at the top of the list – not quite.

Did you know that falling TV’s and tipping furniture is the number one cause of serious injuries, and sometimes devastating consequences for small children?  Window falls is at the top of the list as well. The cleaning supplies and utensils in your cabinets and drawers are just as concerning as the electrical cords and outlets that draw the attention of your baby who is now mobile. Wait a minute, why wasn’t this information as readily available to you as the 42 features on that stroller you purchased?

Child proofing your home is one of the most important steps you can take to ensure their safety once they become mobile.  The best way to evaluate how to make their home a safe environment is by going through this easy check list:

Get on our hands and knees and look at every room from your baby’s perspective.  Electrical outlets, cords, and stairs are all areas that need to be secured.

  1. Stairways: Make sure you purchase hardware mounted gates for top of stairs.  If you have a basement, be sure that stairway is secured along with your main staircase.  Pressure mounted gates are fine for bottom of stair protection and between rooms.  Garage attached to your home?  That doorway is definitely in need of a gate!
  2. Doors and windows: Now is the time to secure the windows in your child’s room.  Both window stops and window guards provide the necessary protection.  Choose what best fits your personal security.
  3. TVs and Furniture: All televisions in your home should be secured to prevent tipping.  Dressers in baby’s room, as well your bedroom and any other tall piece of furniture should be secured to prevent topping over.  Once your child becomes mobile, curiosity will be the catalyst to provide climbing skills.
  4. Drawers/Cabinets: All kitchen, bathroom and utility room drawers and cabinets should be secured to prevent your child from accessing dangers of cleaning supplies, utensils, medication, and so much more.  Drawer and cabinet locks are available in both screw mount and adhesive mount installations.  Don’t forget to secure your appliances as well.  Little one’s begin exploring and their view and excitement do not include safety precautions.
  5. Kitchen: All those cabinets and drawers!  As mentioned in #5 – so many dangers to be secured.  Additionally, the stove.  Most injuries involving stoves are from pots of boiling water or hot soups being pulled onto curious little ones.  A stove guard should be installed in all homes with small children.  In addition, always use the back burners as a first choice.  This prevents little hands from getting burned from hot surfaces at the front of the stove.  When cooking, handles should be turned in so no accidental spills occur.
  6. Bathroom: Toilets pose the danger of drowning.  Your toddler is top heavy and curious.  There is a variety of toilet locks on the market.
  7. Furniture: Once your baby starts crawling and can pull themselves up – well, they go down just as easy.  Those sharp edges of tables, and counter tops can easily injure your child.  Corner and table protectors come in a variety of colors and sizes.  Most can even be mounted on the bottom side of counter edges which provides added protection for little ones.
  8. Doors: When you child becomes mobile, their curiosity to the outside world is forefront.  Installing door locks not only prevents them from quickly getting outside, but it can also keep them out of rooms in the house where they should not be.  Also protective products that get placed in door hinges help prevent little fingers from getting closed in doors.  There are a variety of products on the market including locks for bi-fold doors.
  9. Fireplaces: Beside the danger of getting burned, most fireplace hearths are made of hard surfaces which can cause bumps and bruises to little ones, and worse yet head injuries.  A safety gate installed around the hearth or wood burning stove will prevent these injuries. There is also padded safety products designed especially for the raised hearths – perfect for those seasons when the fireplace is not in use.
  10. Cribs and Beds:  As your little ones become mobile, getting out of their crib becomes an achievement – and much stress for you.  Installing a convertible crib rail will prevent them from falling out and getting injured while sound asleep.  And when they awake, they can safely come looking for you.  If your child is ready to transition to a “big” bed, bedrails will keep them protected from falling out of bed, and still allow for their walk down to the hallway to bunk with mom and dad.

Remember, your child depends on you to keep them safe and secure.  They are only little for such a short time.  You will not be able to protect them from everything.  There will be skinned knees, fat lips, and the disappointments that will bring tears to their eyes.  As they develop from infants to toddlers and start to explore their world, that you call their home – make it safe!


Lorraine Parisi is the Marketing Services Manager for KidCo, Inc.  In addition to her ten years’ experience in the juvenile products industry, she has personally enjoyed 25 years of being a mother and the hands on experience with her 20+ nieces and nephews which  includes a newborn.

“In 25 years of raising my daughter and son, I have never met an age I did not like.  And I have found that in the heart of a mother, no matter how old your children are, you always want to keep them safe!”

A Big Month in May

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I am going to put this right out there… I am aiming big for the month of May. For the first time in years, my “seasonal discomforts” haven’t bothered me because of my oils, so I’m ready to take my business to the next level.

In May, my goal is to become the rank of Executive with Young Living!

There are also a number of promotions that my upline team has created, and so I am so excited to get my game face on and take on their challenges.

I have a number of things that I want to accomplish in May, but one of the things is that I want to fill my calendar with classes! I have a number of essential oil classes that I’ve taught/co-taught already, and I love adding to the list:

  • Essential Oils 101
  • Best of the Rest: Essential Oils 102
  • A Day in the Life of an Oiler
  • Turning Your “What Ifs” into Realities
  • Chemical-Free Spring Cleaning

and I am working on another one that we will teach in May:

  • Easing Seasonal Discomforts using Young Living Essential Oils

Now, why am I posting about all of this on my blog? Because I want your help! Would you like to host a class for me? It can be in person (within reasonable driving distance) or online. We pick a date and time, you invite your friends, and I do the rest. Oh, and my hosts and hostesses get crazy awesome goodies from me!

You can see the current promotions that I have running on my Healthier Oil the Thyme website: http://healthieroilthethyme.com/promotions/

For the month of May:

HOST AN ONLINE or IN PERSON CLASS: Get a spray bottle of Thieves Cleaner with the opportunity to earn cash or free oils for each friend who purchases/becomes a member. There will be different promotions for hosting in June/July, so contact me about that if you are interested or it works better for your schedule.

SIGNING UP BY PURCHASING THE PREMIUM STARTER KIT: Receive a 200+ page reference book. There are other opportunities for additional thank you gifts. Talk to me when you sign up, and we can talk about your options.

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Adventures in Cloth Diapering: Finding a Nighttime Solution

Adventures in Cloth Diapering- Finding a Nighttime Solution

When we started our cloth diapering adventure, we knew that we would start small and work our way up as we felt comfortable. I was ok with using cloth diapers every now and then (hey, even 1 CD a day would save us money in the long run). Well, pretty soon after starting, we decided that we loved it so much, and we now have a 2 day supply of diapers (AIO, hybrids, covers/prefolds, inserts, and some pockets), 2 large wetbags for the diaper pails, a variety of travel wetbags, liners, and a variety of other items that we can use for CDing.

One thing we had yet to figure out was the nighttime solution. We loved cloth so much during the day, and it seemed to be a shame to have to go back to disposables at night. But we just hadn’t found something that worked for us. Don’t get me wrong, we had tried amazing diapers and gotten a lot of great advice, but we just hadn’t found something that works for our babies or us as a family.

Overnight Diaper Rental

Not that we hadn’t tried. Thanks to Franklin Goose‘s rental program (try a style of diaper for 4 days for free!!!), we had been able to sample quite a few choices. There were things that we loved about all of them, but there were things that didn’t work for us, too. While I don’t want to discourage anyone from trying these options (what doesn’t work for one person might work wonders for the next), I will just post a little information about each style. Again, I would highly encourage you to seek out Franklin Goose (if you are in Virginia) or your local CD store to see if they have a similar try-before-you-buy program.

Charcoal Aio

AIO charcoal: Charcoal is a very absorbent material in a waterproof shell. These can be worn directly against the skin. Because of its dark color, you won’t see stains. Charcoal also has anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties as well. This makes it a great option for little ones with sensitive skin (along with its great absorbency).

Organic Cotton

AIO organic cotton: These are absorbent as well and comfortable for the baby. When soaked with urine, the material can be heavy and become stiff, but it absorbs a lot of liquid. It may stain. You may want to place a fleece liner against the skin so that the baby doesn’t feel the wetness directly up against the skin.

Cotton Pocket

Organic cotton pocket: These use the same material as the AIO organic cotton, but you can stuff the pocket with the organic cotton. The part that touches the skin is a soft fleece and helps to wick away moisture. The diaper itself is extremely trim on its own (one of the trimmest that you can get).. Depending on how you stuff it, these can get bulky, but they stay very very absorbent.

Hemp Fitted

Hemp fitted with waterproof cover: This is where you have a fitted diaper made out of hemp, topped with a waterproof cover. The hemp is extremely absorbent but not waterproof, so the cover provides the protection from leaks. Because it is a fitted diaper inside the cover, it doesn’t have the chance to move around like if you used a prefold inside. The hemp, however, becomes scratchy and rough to the touch after washed multiple times, so you need to have a barrier between it and the skin. You can also dry it in the dryer to help it be softer, especially if you use wool dryer balls.

Cotton prefold with wool cover: You can fold the cotton prefold in a variety of ways, attach it with a Snappi, and then cover it with a wool cover. Wool must be lanolized and treated differently than other cloth diapers, but it keeps all of the moisture inside while still allowing breathability (unlike the other cover materials).


 

Just when we had given up hope, I went back to Franklin Goose to chat about the issues that we had with the other nighttime options. They were so wonderful and helpful and supportive. I felt lost and truly ready to just stick with disposables (though I really didn’t want to), and then we got another option…

Cloth Fitted

Cotton fitted with waterproof cover: This is finally what worked for us! We tried it out for two nights without any leaks or issues, and we knew that we had our nighttime solution! They were perfect for us! We could use the Thirsties covers that we already had, and once we invested in 2 diapers for each child, we were set! Another benefit to the Sandy’s fitted diaper is that it is huge! This is a diaper that will certainly last long into potty training and beyond as needed (we may just need bigger covers).

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Disclaimer: I did not receive compensation for this post. I have utilized Franklin Goose’s rental program, and may receive products for the purpose of testing and reviewing. All thoughts remain 100% my own.

A Roadtrip, an Anniversary, Passover, and Easter

We have had a very, very busy few weeks!

I took my first road trip away from the twins, and I survived! Tim’s mom Pat and I went up to New Jersey to surprise his cousin at her (surprise) baby shower. We drove up one morning, went to the shower, and then drove back the next day. It was exhausting, but a fantastic trip (and great to know that we can all survive when Mommy goes away). Tim, his dad, and his grandfather were on duty, and they did a great job with the kids! Plus, I got plenty of pictures throughout the two days, so I knew my kids were happy, healthy, and safe! Although we were gone for less than 36 hours, we managed a 6-hour car trip, a quick (and cold) trip to the beach, stories from Pat’s childhood (I absolutely LOVE to hear background about someone’s childhood and past, especially when we can visit those places), a visit with extended family, the shower (surprise!!!), breakfast at a great diner, and then another 6-hour car trip (and a stop at a favorite store on the way back to see their new improvements in a new location).

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The very next weekend, we were so lucky to be able celebrate two very important holidays: Passover and Easter. We had my entire family over for our Passover Seder, where we were able to do the entire seder and 10 songs in under an hour! And we had (relatively) happy toddlers the whole time. WIN! Big huge props to my mom for doing all of the cooking and prepping and bringing them to our house so that we could keep the kids comfortable and make it easier on us. Thank you!

Then on Sunday, we went Tim’s family’s church (well, the fellowship hour after the service), where the twins could meet many of Tim’s parents’ friends. Then we went back to the Doyles’ house for an Easter egg hunt and some playing.

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Oh, and in between Passover and Easter was our anniversary… so of course we had to take a trip to the local zoo so that the kids could see the animals. They loved it so much we may become members so we can go often.

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I love springtime because of the holidays, time spent outside and visiting, and the fact that summer is almost here! But, man, is it busy and exhausting! Still, I wouldn’t have it any other way!

A Spring-Filled DIY Mother’s Day Present

Although I made these last year, I wanted to show them off as a great present for the moms in your life. This would also be a great teacher appreciation gift! These were for Tim and my mom for Mother’s Day, which is why you will see two of them.

Supplies:

1 basket or bucket for planting
floral foam (wet or dry is fine) or styrofoam
floral lei (bracelet or necklace size)
floral wire
assorted seeds
decorative garden spike
note

Directions:

1. Inset the floral foam in the bucket. It does not need to fill the whole area.

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In fact, it can even stick up over top the bucket.

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2. Place the floral lei over the top to cover up the foam.

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3. Fold down the floral wire to make the clip to hold the seeds at various heights.

4. Insert the wire into the foam and the seeds into the wire. Add the spike to it as well.

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5. Attach the note.

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6. All done!

 

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Adventures in Cloth Diapering: Washing Disposable Diapers

Adventures in Cloth Diapering- Washing Disposables

Ok, I’m actually shocked that this is the first time that we have washed a disposable diaper. But it’s gross. And everywhere. And it was a poopy diaper too. Ick. Here’s what happened…

We use our big diaper pail to keep the dirty cloth diapers and the kids’ clothes, and we wash them all each night. We put the poop, disposable wipes, and disposable diapers in a separate bin to throw away each day. Well, this week I was a little tired, and I threw away one of the disposable diapers that I used on David (he had a rash that needed to be treated with some products that can’t be used with the cloth diapers). I didn’t realize my mistake until after we ran through the diapers and clothes in the wash.

At 11:30 PM, Tim went to move the diapers into the dryer, and I heard a loud sigh and groan. I walked over to Tim and the washer, to find him with a handful of jelly pellets. I immediately knew what had happened. That’s from inside the disposable diaper. Ugh!

We quickly went to work. I started scooping out the jelly pellets and other dirt and grime (did I mention that that diaper was a poopy diaper too?) from our front-loading washer and Tim researched how to remedy the situation. That jelly substance was ALL OVER the cloth diapers, cloth wipes, and clothes. Here’s what our research told us to do:

  1. Clean the solid substance as much as you can out of the washer.
  2. Run it through the rinse cycle 2 times with nothing in it (no items and no soap).
  3. Run it through 1 bleach cycle to clean it.
  4. Run your washer as normal.
  5. Try to shake off as much of the jelly on the clothes as possible.
  6. Put the clothes in the dryer. The lint trap will catch most of the dried residue.
  7. Once the washer is clean, run the clothes through the washer and dryer again.
  8. You may have to strip your cloth diapers.

This happened last week. I am happy to report that after doing this cleaning, all diapers are good to go and we haven’t had any problems since!