Thursday, August 29

clothing sale

After letting my closet get out of control it was time to clean it out. I hadn't really organized it since we moved in to our house in November 2011. I was pregnant and ignored unpacking a few boxes knowing I wouldn't need any of those clothes for a while. I made a garage sale pile and decided to post a couple of the nicer pieces on here to see if anyone would be interested in purchasing them.

To purchase send me an e-mail: sweetsimplicityblog@gmail.com. I'll send you a paypal invoice and get the item in the mail. All prices include shipping.

Citizens of Humanity Ingrid Jeans
size 27
 $40
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Target Mossimo Black Dress
It is a sort of crepe material and ties in the back. It is slightly too long for my 5'2" frame. It would make a great work dress.
XS
$8
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Lush Dress
Fits sort of like a fit and flare dress. Jersey material for the bodice and cotton for the skirt.
Small
$15
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J.Crew shirt
I find that I am sometimes too petite for J.Crew. This shirt just doesn't quite fit me right. It's such a great shirt and I hope someone wants it!
XS
$12
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Friday, August 16

5 on Friday

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{one}  I read a great book a couple of weeks ago titled The Selection. It is described as a The Bachelorette meets The Hunger Games and I would completely agree. It is part of a series and the second book, The Elite, is just as good. The third book will be released this spring. Here is the official book description:
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she's made for herself—and realizes that the life she's always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

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{two} Speaking of books, I have started using Audible and love it. You can download audio books from their site for a fee. Our library has audio downloads, but I got tired of waiting for them to become available (think month long waits) and not every book is compatible for download to my phone. I like to be able to listen to the book in the car, while getting ready in the morning, and while running. I've listened to quite a few lately, which can start to add up. But, I've decided if it motivates me to run, then it's worth it and has to be cheaper than a gym!

{three}  mini boden. Anyone else love them? They have such cute boy clothes. I ordered Jack a few things for this fall. I can't wait for him to wear these green cords!
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{four} I made this poster for my best friend to hang in her classroom. She found one of those ecards on pinterest and changed it for a speech pathologist. It cracks me up.
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{five} I wish there was a way to magically fix blurry pictures. I feel like all the best smiles turn out this way. Why is that?!?
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Monday, August 12

Ruler Growth Chart

I have been wanting an oversized ruler growth chart for a while. I had browsed Etsy and pinned a few tutorials on Pinterest, I had talked to my Dad about making one, etc. But I could never quite take any action. The ones I had found on Etsy ranged from $45-$90 and that did not include shipping. As you can imagine, shipping on a piece of wood that measures 6.5 feet tall can get pretty pricey. The idea of actually following through on a DIY...well, let's just say I know better.

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It turns out Kirkland's is selling them! I jumped all over that and called my nearest store to see if they had any in stock. (My mom had been to a Kirkland's the day before and didn't see any, so I called my store to make sure they had one, so as to not waste a trip.) They had two in stock, so we drove over Saturday morning in Ty's small SUV to pick it up. There was no way that thing would have fit in my car.

A screenshot from Kirkland's website:
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The ruler is $39.99. 

I'm so pleased with the look of it. It is exactly what I had been wanting. I envision moving the growth chart with us from house to house, full of my children's measurements. Then, when I'm old and gray marking my grandchildren and them comparing their measurements to their parents. Too many expectations for a ruler? I think not. :)

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I'm not going to lie, this thing was a pain to hang up. Poor Ty. He hates when I suggest purchasing items like this. He knows exactly how much work he is going to have to do. You have to do some measuring to make sure it is somewhat accurate in order to take your child's measurements on the ruler. It is not going to be precise, but it is more about charting their growth than having precise yearly measurements. It will be close though. It also has two drilled in hooks that you have to line up. I'm not explaining it very well, but I didn't think to take a picture until after it was on the wall. I didn't think Ty would appreciate me asking to take it down for a picture of the back of the ruler. Even if I had asked, his answer would have been NO. :)
Don't let that stop you from buying it. Just wanted to give fair warning, that if your significant other would be hanging it for you then you may need to butter him up beforehand.

Jack checking it out before bath time.
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