Wednesday, April 25, 2018

My summer + fall finds at Just Between Friends of Marysville - Mount Vernon!

Just Between Friends of Marysville-Mount Vernon
April 26-29, 2018
Skagit County Fairgrounds, Mount Vernon WA

Just Between Friends sales feature clothes, toys, furniture and any other gear that you'll need for your kids from birth to teens at truly fair prices.  I can always count on finding "the basics" of each season for my three children, but I always find something new and unexpected too! And the best part is while I'm saving money on my end, my dollars are also providing for another local family through purchasing their consigned items. Win-win! 

Today I got to shop at the exclusive pre-sale event (pssst! Did you know that consignors and volunteers get that special privilege? Sign up for the next event!) and even though I am now shopping for three kids, one of whom is a total fashionista and definitely has an opinion on style, it was not overwhelming at all. Each size is clearly marked off on the long rows of clothing racks. It's easy to peruse through everything all at once. My middle child, Ruby (age 4), is now coming of age where clothes are beginning to matter to her as well, so she can easily flip through the bottom rung of the rack and show me things that she likes. Pretty much all things unicorns and sparkles.

Skagit County is a close knit community and it was fun running into a few of my bestie mama friends, as well as see quite a few recognizable faces. That Mama Gretchen, a real life friend of mine, is also showing off her finds so be sure to pop over to her facebook and instagram! P.S. can I say how much I adore her? She brought her brood of 4 kiddos, plus Ruby ended up spending a lot of time with them as well! I obviously love her for more than that little tidbit, but I felt like it was worth mentioning because shopping with 4 kids is not for the faint of heart! 

So without further adieu, I will show you what you might find at the sale this week!

I spy a BOB stroller! Tons of options at different price points.

 Babywearing! Whether you are a seasoned pro or trying it out for the first time, always great variety. Including this adorable TULA!

 There was a change at this sale that I appreciated - boys and girls shoes were put together according to size. At previous sales you'd have a rack of boys stuff and another of girls stuff. But shoes can be so gender neutral sometimes! Including KEENS (which is what I snag for the kids every time, but this time - I got a pair for myself!!).

 Remember how I said Ruby wants "all things unicorn"? Too bad that these were just a tad bit too small! A few tears were wept and I promised that the child that would get them would love them as much as she would.
See what I mean about something unique? You never know what piece of furniture a family is moving on from! I personally love toddler beds. Our kids cosleep with us until about 18 - 24 months and then they are ready for the toddler bed.
 Oh hai! This is my Mr. Cutie. He's 10 months old and growing too fast for this mama.

 A completely separate rack for team attire!

 Anyone going to Disneyland anytime soon? A whole BIN of different ears to choose from!

Also, here's a few of my finds. 

 It wasn't entirely intentional, but clearly I've got a theme going! They are just so cute.

 These three spring and summer dresses were under $10 total!

 RompHIMs for Holden! Haha! Whenever he isn't going to be crawling around in a shirt and diaper, of course.
 A few shoes. I always check for KEENS, Crocs and galoshes. This time I scored a set of KEENS for myself! The little croc Crocs are so cute, I couldn't say no.
 I found a unicorn sweatshirt and a cute "back to school" outfit for Ruby. I can't believe she will start preschool in the fall!

This is my pièce de résistance for the sale. 6 sets of pajamas for Holden - $11. A few of them were seriously only marked for a dollar!

What is on your kids' summer wardrobe must have list? Don't miss the Just Between Friends of Marysville - Mount Vernon, at the Skagit County Fairgrounds in Mount Vernon, WA.
Thursday, April 26th | Opening Day!
10:00a -7:00p • Admission $2/door, FREE/online

Friday, April 27th
10:00a – 6:00p • Free admission

Saturday, April 28th | Half Price Day!10:00a – 7:00p • Free Admission

Sunday, April 29th | Up to 75% Off Day!

8:00a – 1:00p • Free Admission

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Just Between Friends of Marysville-Mount Vernon. 
All opinions are my own. Please see giveaway rules for full details. 

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Bring on the savings! Just Between Friends of Marysville-Mount Vernon Spring Sale!

Just Between Friends of Marysville-Mount Vernon
April 26-29, 2018
Skagit County Fairgrounds, Mount Vernon WA

There are a few things that I really love about Skagit County in the spring. Firstly, the tulips. DUH. If you haven't seen it yet, you usually have the whole month of April. Come on an overcast week day for lower (or non-existent) crowds and seriously, you'll be in love.

Secondly, Snow Goose Produce, opens around the first weekend of March. This has become my family tradition to get us all out there for some humongous ice cream cones in celebration of my two daughters' birthdays, which are both in early March. Snow Goose is also a great place to get cut flowers and local produce throughout the rest of the growing season and can't miss stop if you're up here for the Tulip Festival.

Thirdly is that all of this gorgeous blooming and springtime weather gets me into spring time cleaning mode; which means cleaning out closets and purging forgotten toys and making way for bigger sizes and new gear for the spring and summer...all thanks to Just Between Friends!

I blog about JBF a couple times a year and it's for a good reason - I save so much money each time I shop and I also earn almost the same amount back by consigning. As a single income family, with three growing kids, that's kind of a big deal!

Just Between Friends sales feature clothes, toys, furniture and any other gear that you'll need for your kids from birth to teens at truly fair prices. It's a wide range of brands and styles that will catch your eye. I always find something unique that I wouldn't find at any old department store! And the best part is while I'm saving money on my end, my dollars are also providing for another local family through purchasing their consigned items. Win-win! Rather than doing online meet up shopping, where you never know if you'll get stood up or if the items are what you thought they were, shopping at JBF is great because you have the leisure to look around at thousand of items in each clothing size, comparing in pricing but also have a standard of quality that ensures what you buy is in great condition. Each consigned items is inspected for wear and tear, as well as recalls, so you can rest assure that what you get is priced fairly, in great condition and safe.

I'm excited to continue my partnership with Just Between Friends of Marysville-Mount Vernon, and Courtney (the owner) has offered advance ticket options for Pierogie Mama readers! Keep reading because we are also offering a pair of presale tickets for one lucky winner!
Thursday, April 26th | Opening Day!

Wednesday, April 25th | Presale Day! TICKET REQUIRED. Space is limited.

4:00p – 8:00p • Expecting Parents Shop 
4:30p – 8:00p • First Time Parents Shop
5:00p – 8:00p • Teachers and Military Shop

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Just Between Friends of Marysville-Mount Vernon. 
All opinions are my own. Please see giveaway rules for full details. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Just Between Friends of Everett-Monroe Spring Sale Preview!

Today may go down as my best JBF shopping event ever! I kept seeing items at this sale that I just couldn't walk away from. And at the prices, honestly, it wasn't that hard to convince myself otherwise!

Just Between Friends consignment sales are a weekend long event that allow local families to consign their baby through teen and maternity clothing and items. Shoppers have an enormous, and I mean ENORMOUS, selection to look through. I spent about 2 hours looking through clothes and gear for my 3 kids and know that I could have spent more time looking if it wasn't for their patience running out.. and bless their hearts for lasting that long for me!

Just Between Friends of Everett-Monroe Spring Sale
Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Monroe WA
April 4-7 2018
I always like to post what I found so that you have an idea of what is at the sale. I am truly surprised each time I shop because there's something unexpected. Like this darling little table with three chairs. Honestly, I'm not sure where I'm going to put it, but I am going to find out!

I also had another baby gate on my wish list and was so happy to find that there were about 8 different types.

My girls are now 6 and 4 so this time I allowed them to pick out their clothes and had the final day. It had been fun watching their different styles develop. My kindergartener was also beginning to learn how to 'bargain shop' and we talked about what I considered to be a fair price for different items.

Here's some snaps of other fun stuff we found!

Finally...Here's a couple sets of clothes that I got with their approximate retail value with how much I actually paid at JBF. Can't beat this!

So head over to the Evergreen State Fairgrounds this weekend to get your kids stocked up for summer!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Just Between Friends of Everett-Monroe. 
All opinions and photography are my own.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Spring time! Just Between Friends of Everett- Monroe consignment sale!

Just Between Friends of Everett-Monroe Spring Sale

Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Monroe WA

April 4-7 2018

Spring is right around the corner.. I feel it guys. Because we don't have very many frosty mornings, the sky broke and I saw BLUE, the sun shone down upon me and I started gardening. Yes, spring is coming. It's not here yet, but it's coming soon.

During the winter I totally forgo any kind of deep cleaning outdoors. I snuggle up in my cozy robe at home or scarves and sweaters when we go out and I kind of forget about the general status of my property. The fruit trees are sleeping, dreaming of blooming and bearing delicious fruit, I tuck away my excitement (and anxiety) in growing a vegetable garden and my chickens also take a much deserved break from laying eggs for a little while.

Then March hits, and as I said; the sun shines and this mama gets BUSY. Now that I've got 3 kids, you can imagine my busyness but also how much stuff can accumulate within the home while I allow things to lay dormant during the dark winter months. We spend a lot of time indoors and also pass through Christmas time and my two daughters' birthdays. A lot of stuff is laying around and when I get that spring cleaning bug, I'm going through it ALL.

Kids grow fast and you can bet that almost every season there is turn over from clothes that don't fit, won't make it as a handmedown or likely won't fit the next year when this season rolls around. Toys are left forgotten, no longer interesting or the mind has outgrown it. So as spring rolls in, I begin my semiannual fleshing out of all the things. And I get ready for Just Between Friends.

Just Between Friends consignment sales are a weekend long event that allow local families to consign their baby through teen and maternity clothing and items. It's a win-win for both consignors and shoppers! As a shopper, you have an enormous amount of variety in clothing, toys and gear to choose from at really fair prices. For the family that has items that are ready to move on; consigning is a great way to get rid of that stuff and also get a good return! I've been a shopper for almost 6 years and a consignor for 4 and I have found that most of the time I break even between what I sell and what I buy for the coming season. That's awesome!

At this coming Spring Sale you'll notice a familiar face running the show - Tasha Johnson, who has been a huge resource to consignors and shoppers alike, is now the new owner of JBF Everett-Monroe! Tasha has been a part of the JBF Everett-Monroe event for as long as I can remember and is a wonderful gal to get to know. And she'll teach you more than a thing or two about selling/buying kid stuff! She's the perfect person to move this JBF event onto the next phase; even though our beloved Eunice (the previous owner) will be greatly missed. Be sure to say hi to Tasha if you see her!

I'm excited to continue my partnership with Tasha and JBF Everett-Monroe! She is offering Pierogie Mama readers the chance to win one of three $25 JBF Bucks for this Spring event! Check out the giveaway widget below for your chance to win.


Just Between Friends of Everett-Monroe Spring Sale

Evergreen State Fairgrounds, Monroe WA
April 4-7 2018

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Just Between Friends of Everett-Monroe. 
All opinions are my own. Please see giveaway rules for full details. 
Prizes are not mailed; they will be waiting for you at the event. 

Prizes are valid only for the Spring 2018 JBF Everett-Monroe event. 

Friday, February 2, 2018

Choosing a mattress for long term health for your children - My Green Mattress Review

Sleep. The final frontier for parents, right? We strive for sleep for our children and ourselves pretty much from day one. I don't remember ever being so obsessed over the thought of sleep before becoming a parent! Coordinating nap times, bed times, coping with your own interrupted sleep that can last for years, dissecting why your child isn't sleeping the same way as they did last week. It. is. exhausting.

As our two girls are growing older we have begun to consider how we are going to adapt their bedroom from being toddler-focused to more a forward, long term set up.  From the time that my second daughter was night weaned and no longer bedsharing with my husband and I, she has been sharing a bedroom with her older sister. Each girl had her own cute toddler sized bed. We knew that we wanted the sisters to continue to share a bedroom but graduating them to twin or full sized bed frames would occupy too much space for their bedroom. Thankfully we scored an amazing deal at our local furniture store for a floor model twin-over-full bunk bed frame and we snatched it up right away!

To give you a short background on where we are coming from; we bedshare with each of our children until they are night-weaned at about 18 - 24 months. Our first two children were girls and we excitedly helped them embrace this special relationship by sharing a bedroom. When we purchased the new bunk bed, we naturally we expected our older daughter (Penny) to want to take the top bunk. But as it turned out our 3 year old (Ruby) was the better candidate because she sleeps through the whole night and never leaves her bed. It's always been that way! Penny is still a night waker; which we've concluded is because of her primary love language: physical touch. The girl still very much loves her snuggles and works diligently throughout the night to sneak into our bed for more! Towards the end of my last pregnancy we set goals for her to find ways to cope with this need; giving her need a name ("the snuggle tank"), with increased snuggles at the end of the day and self-gauging her needs. But we had to draw the boundary for how much time she sleeps in our bed in preparation for our bed-sharing time with Baby Brother whenever he arrives. It's been a slow and gentle process that we are hoping will make more sense to her when her brother arrives and she can tangibly see- there just isn't a whole lot of room for 4 people in our bed as well as it's just not going to be very restful sleep for ANYONE.

In the wake of purchasing the new bed frame that we intend for the girls to use until they move out, we also knew that an equally (if not more) important decision was what type of mattress they would sleep on. Why would it matter? Consider that this piece of furniture will be in contact with your child for usually over 10 hours a day for over 10 years (the average lifespan of a mattress). Not only is comfort a key factor, but the material needs to be as well! There is a broad range of mattress styles, thicknesses, material choices and price points available on the market and it's important to understand how to balance those in the best way for your family.

When I started doing research for new mattresses for our children I started with a wide cast net - what is the least expensive but most readily available option? What kind of mattress does this provide? What kind of product is offered at the opposite end of the spectrum? What do my friends recommend? What are the online reviews? Does it have springs, is it entirely foam, or a combination? Why would material choice matter; comfortable is comfortable, right?

It turns out no; not all mattresses are created equal! No surprise, the quality of materials and the type of comfort you are looking for play a huge role in the price of the product. There are tons of options available at both ends of all the factors one would want to consider.

Long term studies are still being conducted on the effects of the use of memory foam and other petroleum products in the sleeping space. One can't argue that the costs are lower, they are easier to manufacture and memory foam is comfortable. The use of flame retardants in mattresses and childrens clothing has also been shown to be toxic; with several of just as effective non-synthetic options to consider. But because many modern manufacturing practices focus on the bottom dollar rather than the well being of their customer, I am wary of how the use of certain products will affect myself or my family over the course of our lives. This is why I research as much as possible if I am given a choice in a product and opt for responsibly sourced materials and manufacturing practices.

My main goal for choosing a quality, safe sleep mattress for the long term use by my daughters was that it was made from natural materials and did not use memory foam.  Memory foam has become a very popular choice in mattresses; in fact it's quite difficult to find any mattress, especially childrens mattresses to be without it.

This is how we discovered My Green Mattress. Their Pure Echo mattresses are made with GOTS certified organic cotton and wool. No petroleum based memory foam that off gas and emit VOCs that are dangerous for developing systems. The coils keep the mattress soft yet firm without the need of foam to make it more comfortable.
The mattresses arrived tightly rolled up, also in an effort to be more eco friendly and save on shipping space and costs.

We unrolled them and expected to have an air out period to get the manufacturing smells or any other scents to dissipate before having our children sleep on them (this is called "off gassing"). There were no obvious odors, but we gave them a day to relax and the following morning I put them onto our brand new bunk beds.

The girls were both so excited for their new big bed. Both bunks have been the source of hours of imaginary play and a quiet nook to snuggle or read. Since Holden's arrival, there has been a night or two that my husband slept with either girl that needed some extra snuggles. I've even crawled into bed with each of the girls, when the whole house is asleep, to catch up on snuggles that I have been missing from them while I've been focusing on the new baby.  Even in being accustomed to a very soft and forgiving memory foam mattress, the Pure Echo mattress is still very comfortable to an adult. Best of all, I know my kids can safely sleep on them for years to come.

Learn more about My Green Mattresses and why you should consider them when purchasing mattresses for your family's long term health.

Disclosure: Thank you, My Green Mattress, for facilitating this review! 
I received product in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was provided. 
All photography and opinions are my own. 


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