Thursday, August 16, 2012

Fall is near!

While I absolutely love summer and its lazy days (well somewhat lazy).  My favorite time of year is fall.  The cool air, crisp nights, beautiful scenery, football, and the anticipation of the holiday season really gets me excited.

I normally start planning my season right now in August.  Even though we are having 100 degree days with awful humidity, my mind is ready for fall.  In addition to fall decorating (which I LOVE), trips to the apple orchard, pumpkin patch, and of course college football games, fall also means a whole new wardrobe for my kids.

If you are anything like me you already have a full fall wardrobe which you keep unintentionally adding too.  I made a promise that I would not repeat what I have done in the past and I would try to limit their closets to what they need and would wear.


I was organizing my younger daughter's closet the other day and saw that she already has 32 smocked/boutique type outfits for fall hanging in her closet.  I also have about a dozen more outfits on preorder or in the mail. Uh oh.  I have got to remember it is only August!

Please tell me I am not alone with this madness.  I know it is crazy but then I see something cute and just can't resist!

I am going to end by saying "keep smocking!"  but I obviously need to think about that for myself!

til next time ladies!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

It's an investment! Honest!

Do you love mail days like this?

If any of your husbands are like mine, then you understand what I have to do for him to “get” this smocked addiction I have.  I have had to do a lot of convincing, a lot of sneaking mail in the house, and a lot of “oh I bought that on sale for sooooo cheap!” and “this old thing?  She has had it forever” :)   
However, he is starting to realize that smocks just make sense financially (sometimes).

Say I buy a cute smock in EUC for around $25 and as long as I take excellent care of it and it is only worn a couple of times (very typical in this house) then I can resell for about $20 or so.  Can you say the same for a knit mall brand outfit?  Probably not! This has been my argument recently when he continues to see packages arrive daily.

Of course if I would only buy what she needs and leave it at that then I think he would be fine.  The problem is the constant arrival of new clothes and the fact that when we were packing the kids up for a trip to the grandparents this past weekend, it was a struggle to find any non-boutique clothing to send.  Oops!  Let me get right on that :) 

So the moral of the story is… take care of your clothing and smocking can be an investment! Lol- at least tell that to your husbands.

Smock on ladies!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Putting things into perspective

This week has definitely been a reality check for me as I know it has for many of you.  The tragic and sudden loss of one of our own mamas has made me realize how often I take things for granted.  It has definitely made me take a step back and realize how lucky I am.  I am not even talking about the fact that I have a roof over my head and food to eat.  I am talking about how lucky I am to be here today with my husband and 3 babies.  I am making sure to squeeze them extra tight and even just tell them "I love you" out of the blue.  This week has definitely made me realize how quickly that can all be taken away.

If you are not aware, Amber Roussel was killed in an auto accident on Monday.  She leaves behind her husband and 2 small children.  Amber was known by many in the facebook shopping world and I have been amazed at how many people have risen to the occasion and contributed money to assist the family during this ordeal.  To date  The Amber Roussel Memorial Fund has risen over $45,000 for the family. This has well surpassed the goal of $3000.  This makes me extremely proud to be a part of this community.  An Auction in memory of Amber will also be held on August 8th-9th to help raise additional funds for the family.  Please click on the link to find out more information.

I have definitely been able to put things into perspective.  While we all enjoy shopping and dressing our kids in the best, I realize that these things are not important.  So what... I missed the deal on a dress posted.  I still have my daughter here with me and I will find another.  So what... I had a non-payer.  I am still here with my loved ones and someone else can buy the outfit.  There are so many things that happen to us throughout the day/week/month that we complain about.  I realize it is extremely silly to be worried about these things.  Who really cares?  I know I do not.  I just have to look down right now at my son sitting beside me and realize I am the luckiest person in the world.  At least in my eyes I am.

So while I hope all of you will continue to Smock On,  please remember to hug your babies first, take a deep breath and count your blessings.  My thoughts and prayers continue to be with the Roussel family.   I pray that they are able to gain the strength they need to get through this difficult time.  I know I am not alone in the fact that I feel heartbroken for this family I have never met.  Thank you ladies for all that you have given thus far.