WFMW: Kid’s Clothes Swap

I thought this was such a great idea. With three kids, I can’t keep up with how fast they are growing–daily it seems! I’ve asked OutGrowingIn.com to share about their [affordable] solution:

Kids grow and as much as we might try, we just can’t stop it. They get bigger and go from crawling to walking to running in a heartbeat. It’s a part of life and as parents, it’s both our privilege and our pride to watch them grow.

Sometimes that growth comes at a cost when they go from a size 5 to a size 7 overnight. Clothes aren’t cheap! Purchasing new clothes and figuring out what to do with the outgrown clothes is just a part of life when you are a parent.

Christine Korkin, the founder of OutGrowingIn.com, knows this first hand. One day she opened her son’s closet and was overwhelmed with all of the clothes she saw there. She knew that many of them no longer fit and she searched for a way to easily and affordably undertake the out-with-the-old and in-with-the-new process. When Christine realized that what she sought did not exist, she brainstormed with her programmer husband and OutGrowingIn was born.

On the OutGrowingIn website, parents can swap boxes of their children’s gently-used outgrown clothes for a box in another size. The average box listed on the site contains 12 items and the cost for each swapped box purchase is just $3, plus shipping and handling. This means the price of each article is much less than retail and even significantly less than you’d find at a thrift shop. The site is free to all, although there is also a premium membership option that offers several additional features for users.

In addition to clothes swapping, OutGrowingIn also offers a Marketplace where parenting items, toys and baby items can be listed. This service acts similarly to eBay but with a commission rate of only 6%. This is a great alternative for families looking to make a little extra money or to find a great deal on any needed items.

In honor of the great work being done by Kristen and her family, OutGrowingIn will be donating 50% of all premium membership purchases through the end of September to The Mercy House Kenya. It’s just a small way for us to show our support!

Thank you! I hope you guys will give OutGrowingIn.com a try. I know I will!

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[Please note: these are the suggested themes for the first Wed. of each month for the rest of 2011. These themed WFMW are optional ideas for those who might be running out of tips!]

[Sept. 7: Share something that DOESN'T work for you]

[Oct. 5: Share a great FALL tip]

[Nov. 9: Share your best entertaining tip]

[Dec. 7: Share your favorite store for shopping with purpose]





Baby Be Blessed {Giveaway}

Congrats to random commenter, Jennifer!

Here are your random numbers:

15

Timestamp: 2011-08-26 16:04:13 UTC

Everyone else, don’t forget: if anyone places an order they should please add “MERCY HOUSE” in the notes of their order and 20% of each doll purchased will be donated to Mercy House.  This offer will be good through Sept. 23, 2011.

 

There’s just something about a baby doll that is so perfect and pure.

You can’t help but hug them close.

I’ve always been a doll-lover. (Don’t make me break out the studio picture of me and my favorite doll when I was twelve years old. It’s almost as sentimental as my home perm in the picture.) My mom was a doll-maker and even today has the biggest doll collection I’ve ever seen, so my love runs in the family.

I’ve passed the affection down to my girls. They are eleven and four and regularly play with their dolls together. It’s one of my favorite scenes to encourage. It is the epitome of innocence. And let’s face it: a girl is never too old to play with dolls.

When Baby Be Blessed emailed me months ago about creating one-of-kind baby dolls for our precious pregnant girls at Mercy House, I jumped at the chance, knowing that this would probably be the first doll they’d ever owned. Being able to give these dolls to our first three girls while I was in Kenya was such an amazing experience for my family.

Seeing the dolls being hugged and held by our girls who’ve been through so much was touching…knowing the Word of God was written in their own language (a feature on the tummy over every doll made by Baby Be Blessed)  was priceless.

This is no ordinary doll company. Each doll is lovingly created to be a blessing for it’s recipient. I have been so impressed with the tender, generous heart behind this doll-making company and cannot recommend it enough!

Today, Baby Be Blessed is offering a $56.00 Gift Voucher for a (winner’s choice) Personalized Doll to one lucky winner! Please take a minute to shop around and tell me what your favorite doll is in the comment section of this post…what color eyes, hair, etc would you pick out?

I’m also happy to announce if anyone places an order they should please add “MERCY HOUSE” in the notes of their order and 20% of each doll purchased will be donated to Mercy House.  This offer will be good through Sept. 23, 2011.

This giveaway ends on Thursday.



Mercy House News

I just wanted to give y’all a quick update on the latest at Mercy House. This week, Maureen and her staff were able to rescue the fourth girl and bring her into the home. Her situation was a nightmare (I will never get used to the suffering…every story is different, yet the same). She is adjusting and “so happy to be here” according to Maureen. We will update the site with her picture soon.

Please be in prayer as the staff works to bring in a couple of other girls identified and interviewed this week. They are hoping our fifth girl will be moving in this weekend if everything goes well. It’s not an easy process! You can read about the journey to recruit girls here. In other news, the girls started (home) school two weeks ago and they are doing great. They love to learn!

We are also asking those who can to fast and pray with us every Tuesday. We will be updating the FB page with specific prayer requests each week.

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New items in the Mercy Shop, just arrived from Kenya! Including gorgeous new necklace designs! By shopping mercy, you can impact these girls and their futures with every dollar going to the maternity home/accounts for the girl’s future!


Getting Up on the Right Side of the Bed

I’ve had the MOST AMAZING sleep for the past week—-which is quite a statement for someone who doesn’t fall asleep easily and wakes up throughout the night. I’m a chronic over-thinker. Plus there’s the neck issues.

And all the feet.

This is the last week of summer in our house and while I could be curled up in the fetal position, sniffing school supplies, I blame all the good snoozing on the latest and biggest blessing in my life. I can just tell you–we’re going to need a group hug when this is all over.

As some of y’all know, I’ve been putting off neck surgery for a while now by doing these fun things:  last year I had three cortisone shots in the spine-also known as the THREE VERY SCARY DAYS I THOUGHT I MIGHT GET PARALYZED. I also  do traction, where my neck is stretched away from my body (yep!), use buckets of icy hot and smell like an 80 year old man and randomly take white pills that make me loopy in the daytime and dream about flying purple ponies in the night time. (Hubby asked me to insert that they are non-addictive pain pills. He’s so cute.)

I’ve been considering a new mattress, one that actually helps me sleep and is good for my neck (I’ll tell y’all more about mine later, but just know that it’s been in the family for a while, if you know what I mean.)

In the middle of all this contemplating and getting my house and family back-to-school-ready, I got an email from…….

[drumroll, please, because I'm feeling it today]

Tempur-Pedic.

The ultra-fantabulous mattress people.

INSERT HALLELUJAH CHORUS HERE.

I nearly did a flip, but what, with the neck and all, I just did jazzy fingers instead.

Yes, you guessed it. We’ve been getting some sweet sleep on our very own Tempur-Pedic Signature bed (with an adjustable TEMPUR Advanced Ergo base) this week (just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?) and I’m pretty sure it’s going to change my life!

[faints]

Here, my hubby, a man of many words will sum it up for you: “Honey, I want to take a vacation day and not get out of that bed the whole day!  I want to eat in that bed, nap in that bed, work from that bed, watch a movie from that bed…” Well, you get the idea.

And my kids think it’s their very own ride with remote control!

 

It does sleep like butter. And that’s no lie.

For the first time in years, I actually look forward to going to bed! With the lush mattress, I’ve forgotten how to toss and turn.  And just in the nick of time too…

Did you know:

According to a recent study by Tempur-Pedic and StrategyOne, parents wake up at least 53 minutes earlier than their children to ensure they make it to school on time*. That’s 9,540 minutes of sleep lost per school year** for parents – i.e., nearly an entire week’s worth of sleep!
No wonder we’re all so tired!
But this school year, Momma’s getting up on the right side of the bed.
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Disclaimer: I’m beyond excited and thrilled to be a part of this Tempur-Pedic campaign and upcoming giveaway next week (foreshadowing)! Although I’m being compensated for this program, the opinions are mine. I’m also happy to say that Tempur-Pedic chose my blog for this campaign because of  my involvement with Mercy House. The monetary compensation from this program will be given to Mercy House. But I’m gonna keep the bed. And it just doesn’t get better than that!
*Tempur-Pedic 2011 Omnibus Survey, national survey of 1,514 men and women, conducted by StrategyOne July 2011.
**Average school year is 36 weeks long