Thursday, June 30, 2011

I love this sentiment...

















"Sea otters hold hands when they sleep, so they don't drift away from each other." Love it!

via pinterest

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Currently Obsessing Over: Jason Segel and the Muppets!

Jason Segel is the man of the year for my husband and I. Ever since we watched Despicable Me with the lil one, we are addicted to this funny man. So I am super excited that he is teaming up with my fave Muppets for their new movie! I can't wait!

A bittersweet mood.

Bittersweet chocolate is my mood today, emphasis on the bitter. A bitter mood. I've got a lot of baking on my mind and I'm not gonna lie, I'm a little Verklempt. I have this great idea of how I want the bake sale to go, but then of course it takes resources, like extra money and extra time, both of which I do not have. I've been having sleep issues and on top of that I have 2 major events that I am volunteering for this summer. Luckily, one of them, the bake sale is this weekend so once that is over I get to cross it off the list. Unfortunately, that means I only have a few weeks to get the other done.

The Great All American Bake Sale is this coming weekend, just in time for the 4th of July weekend. I pray for good weather, a great turn out, and for none of our baked goods to melt.  Then starting July 17 is my church's Vacation Bible School, where I am heading up all the decorations this year. Which is def a task in its own. I basically have to build a small town in our church. So a lot going on in one month. I will be relaxing when July is over for sure.

Baking Betties All American Bake Sale
at Haygood United Methodist Church and Flea Market
July 2, 2011 bright and early at 6:30am-1:30pm
http://join.strength.org/goto/bakingbetties

Haygood UMC
Vacation Bible School
Inside Out & Upside Down on Main Street
July 17-21, 2011
www.vacationbibleschool.com/haygood

Friday, June 3, 2011

My Zearly Experience/Review

 A few weeks ago I mentioned using Zearly for the first time and I wanted to let you know how my experience went.

Pros:
  • Its a smart service and really helps you get rid of clothes that you don't have the time or patience to sell at consignment yourself.
  • They pay for shipping on your bags.
  • They accept more than most kids consignment places. Which I appreciate since I don't normally buy brand names. (I can't tell you how many times other places have passed up barely worn items just because they didn't have a big brand name on the tag.)
  • They provide great/prompt customer service and communication.
  • The business idea is a great way to stay frugal & green!

Cons:
  • Their site server crashes every now and again. I'm guessing they are getting more traffic than their host can handle. I also had problems receiving confirmation emails from their system, but that very well could have been my mailbox's issue and they could have been put in my Spam Inbox without me realizing. I brought up the issue with their customer service and they were able to take care of the issues immediately.
  • The selection is a bit small since it is still an emerging business. Which is why I want to spread the word so that more items are available for more parents!
  • For now, I recommend buying points if you already see items on the site you wish to purchase. If they don't have your child's size then your money could be sitting around in your account for weeks. But if you traded in items to get your points then it really is just a matter of waiting for items that suit your needs. And that's okay with me since I didn't spend a dime and it helps build their inventory when you trade items.
They are a new business so there are a few kinks to work out still. Think of them as still operating in Beta for all you techies out there.

All in all I remain an advocate for Zearly. I think its a great idea that I hope catches on and grows. The staff was very helpful and prompt with getting back to me. They do a great job of staying active and communicating with their customers both on Twitter and Facebook. Which I can appreciate...being the social media addict that I am ;)