Oats N Honey Baked French Toast

January 11, 2018
oats n honey baked french toast

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I’m not sure how my mother managed having four kids; I know she had a lot of help from my grandparents and great grandparents, but there are days that I struggle to manage caring for two children. I used to have more time to prepare and cook meals before my daughter arrived, but my son was 7 and he didn’t require my constant attention. My daughter will be 6 months old at the end of the month;  between breastfeeding, teething and sleep regression, I’m exhausted. I thought it would be fun to share an easy breakfast recipe that can be prepped ahead of time and baked in the oven. This Oats N Honey Baked French Toast uses ingredients that you can commonly find in your pantry (instead of specialty bread or cream), so you shouldn’t have to run out to the grocery store. I’m also explaining how this recipe can help you earn money for a local school.

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how to get started selling gently used clothing online

January 10, 2018

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I love to shop, especially for my kids. There are two things that I always keep in mind when I’m purchasing clothing; Will it wash well, and will I be able to get anything for it if I try to resell? I loathe having yard sales and you’ll generally only get pennies on the dollar for most items. Everyone expects a newborn to move through sizes quickly, but my 8 year old just skipped from size 8 to 12 before we even got the tags cut off! A few months ago a friend introduced me to websites and Facebook groups that allow me to sell our gently-used clothing. I’ve found that they’re often an equally great place to buy. Today I’m sharing how to get started selling gently used clothing online, with some tips for helping to prevent wash wear like using Member’s Mark® Ultimate Clean Fresh Clean Detergent from Sam’s Club to help increase resale value.

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The key to getting the most money back out of your used clothing is to make sure that it’s in good condition. It all starts with properly washing your clothing. I use a variety of products to pretreat any stains or spots, and then I carefully wash them in the proper detergent. We live on a working farm and our son plays multiple sports, so we do a lot of laundry. I use Member’s Mark® Ultimate Clean Fresh Clean Detergent from Sam’s Club because it helps keep our clothes clean and fresh, and it’s also very budget friendly. I set my washing machine on a wide variety of cycles and even adjust the settings so that the soak time, rinse time, and spin speeds are appropriate for the fabric that I’m washing. All Member’s Mark laundry formulas have recently been improved for even more stain fighting and whitening/brightening power and from 12/27/17 through 1/28/18 you can find instant savings in the Sam’s Club Instant Savings Booklet for $2 off regular price. It helps to remove stains the very first time.

how to get started selling gently used clothing online

How do I get started selling gently used clothing online?

If you’re selling clothing online, you’ll need to set up a Paypal account. It offers you protection as both a buyer and seller, and allows people to pay you hassle free. The money can be quickly and easily transferred back to your checking account.
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Once you have all your gently used clothing washed and sorted, you’ll need to figure out the condition and price. If you sell on a website, many of those websites will have set pricing guides to help you price things fairly. If I’m selling from a clothing resale group on Facebook, I will search for the brand and try to find a current market value. You can find many of those groups by using keywords such as ‘boys name brand resale,’ or ‘buy, sell or trade.’ There are groups dedicated to specific brands of clothing, which is great when trying to sell items purchased from boutiques.
With the emergence of varied digital marketing agencies (like iTonic and similar others) in the mix, e-stores and online businesses have now an additional edge to sell and advertise their product online. Building an e-commerce site has become easier due to online marketing techniques. Researching before starting any new endeavor is always a good idea. If the research is fruitful and well implemented, your online business is sure to gain traffic and potential customers.

For example, there is a new trend on Instagram and many individuals create “closet” accounts to list items that they would like to sell from their closets. Perhaps more people should try and do this. Instagram is a huge social media platform, so it’s likely that there will be people on there that want to purchase these clothes. People could even use something like Upleap to grow their account, making sure that more people see the posts. Hopefully, this will result in more people buying these clothes. Instagram is a great place to sell things as there are so many people on that platform. Online retail portals like eBay or Amazon could prove an effective platform for selling your products online. If you are planning on taking this route, then a good read of the terms and conditions regarding starting a new account (and managing it) could help immensely. There is a great article about keeping your amazon store from getting suspended, one that could help you get started with the basics of what not to do as an e-Seller.
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You’ll want to lay out your clothing in direct sunlight and photograph the entire piece. It’s also helpful to buyers if the seller includes multiple photographs including tags and/or flaws. You don’t need any special equipment. I use the camera on my cellphone for the photographs and lay them out on a white or solid color background.

how to get started selling gently used clothing online

Here are a few terms that you should know when reselling clothing online:

NWT- New with tags

NWOT-New without tags

EUC- Excellent used condition No wash wear, rips, stains, or loose seams. This includes washed unused items, though feel free to state washed not worn.

VGUC-Very good used condition Used item still in quality condition, but some wash wear or minor issues that would not prevent you from sending your child somewhere nice wearing them, or other problems that can be easily fixed. You must disclose all faults.
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GUC-Good used condition Used item you would still let your child wear, but more obvious faults. You must disclose all faults.

Play– Clothes only fit for play. This includes but is not limited to larger than pin size holes, easily visible stains, and obvious fabric thinning.

Smoke free– That you don’t smoke in your home or around the clothing (some people have allergies)

Pet friendly or pet free home– Again you need to disclose just in case someone has allergies.

You’ll want to label clothing by condition, brand, size, smoke free and/or pet friendly, and I even disclose the type of detergent that I use for washing our clothing. My son has allergies to lots of things and I would want anyone I buy from to honestly disclose.

I label the condition with extreme caution, and I try to look over garments carefully for stains, snags or holes. I want everyone buying from me to be happy with their purchase. Paypal will allow an unhappy customer to return merchandise and they will refund their money. If you repeatedly sell merchandise that isn’t in the same condition than you stated, you’ll likely receive bad seller ratings.

You’ll need a few supplies to ship sold merchandise and I suggest ordering most of it online.

  • A scale for weighing packaging;
  • Shipping labels (preferably the peel and stick kind;
  • Poly mailers for shipping. They’re significantly cheaper to order online; and
  • Packing tape

how to get started selling gently used clothing online

how to get started selling gently used clothing online

I weigh everything ahead of time and include shipping in my estimated cost. Shipping and supplies will eat up your costs if you aren’t frugal when purchasing them. I always double bag my items just in case the poly-mailer gets a hole or snag.

It’s also good to know that it’s always cheaper to pay shipping costs through Paypal than it is to purchase at the Post Office. An item shipping first class weighing less than 8 ounces will cost roughly $2.70 but the same item will cost $3.00 at the Post Office. The .30 may not seem like much now, but it quickly adds up over time, and that eats away at your profits. When you purchase through Paypal it also automatically adds tracking information to the receipt so that the buyer can track their packages and you can monitor its delivery. If the item is valued above $50, I suggest adding insurance. If the item is lost by the Postal Service, you will be still be responsible for refunding the buyer if they don’t receive it.

I love to dress my children in nice clothing and since I’ve discovered how to sell gently used clothing online, I have much less remorse over what I spend. Many higher end brands will resale for half of the original retail if still in very good used condition or better. If I can find those same brands on sale when I originally purchase, I only lose a small portion of my investment.

Don’t my kiddos look cute? Pretty soon these well loved outfits will make their way to new owners, and I take pride selling other parents/caretakers affordable and adorable gently used children’s clothing.

I hope you found this piece about selling gently used clothing online helpful. If you have any questions or if you’re curious what specific groups that I buy, sell or trade in, please feel free to leave a comment below or send an email. Remember that using a good quality laundry detergent not only helps keep your clothing looking its best while you’re wearing it, but it also helps with the resale value. The next time you’re in Sam’s Club check out Member’s Mark® Ultimate Clean Fresh Clean Detergent.

Last Minute Holiday Entertaining Tips

December 18, 2017
Last Minute Holiday Entertaining Tips

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The holiday season is officially here. We’re just over a week away from Christmas and it seems that everyone is super busy. Today I thought I would share some last minute holiday entertaining tips with a little help from my friends at Babble Boxx, Castello, PAM, Wellness Pet Food, WHIMZEES Pet Chews, Cracker Barrel, and Christmas Central.

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5 Tips For Planning Your Next Vacation In Hawaii

December 14, 2017

What kind of vacation planner are you? Do you plan out trips months or even a year ahead of schedule? Or are you the type to look for last minute deals a week or several days before you leave? Today I’m sharing five tips for planning your next vacation in Hawaii with some advice on places to visit and how to find the best deals on luxury accommodations and Hawaii beach rentals.

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Chocolate Chip Pecan Bread Pudding

December 12, 2017

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One of our favorite desserts is a traditional bread pudding. They’re easy to make because you generally have all the ingredients already in your pantry, and you can mix in additives and spices as you please. Today I’m sharing a recipe for a Chocolate Chip Pecan Bread Pudding that’s made quickly and easily with the help of Marie Callender’s® Double Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake.

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How to make those 8000 diaper changes easier

December 11, 2017

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Did you know that the average child uses 8000 diapers before potty training? Babies don’t change themselves, so that’s over 8,000 diaper changes for which parents, guardians and caretakers are responsible. That’s a whole lot of changes and a whole lot of diapers you need to buy. My Advice for new parents is to stockpile diapers so you’re able to save some money but make sure you don’t buy too many as you might be left with diapers that are too small as your baby grows. I’ve found the first few months are the easiest because babies aren’t mobile, but after about 4 months you will likely have to change the diaper on a moving target. My friend was the opposite because her baby kept crying the first few months of diaper changes and then she changed how she went about it and managed to get a happier baby towards the end! If you’re struggling like my friend did then here’s a good resource that goes over why your baby might be crying. Anyway, today I’m sharing tips for setting up a diaper changing station that will make a large part of those 8000 diaper changes go much easier with a little help from our partner, Huggies®.

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How to Make Your Home More Inviting During the Holidays

December 8, 2017
How to Make Your Home More Inviting During the Holidays

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Are you expecting company during the holiday season? It’s fun to spend time with friends and family, and we enjoy regularly hosting my family from out of town. Today I’m sharing a few easy ways that you can quickly get your home ready for guests and how to make your home more inviting during the holidays. Sometimes, these ways to make your home more inviting are bigger than expected. One year, our roof was actually in need of a repair and I knew it needed fixing before any visitors came to stay, especially during the colder and slightly damper months. After looking for recommendations, some that suggested I head to Florida Southern Roofing, some that suggested using the most local company to me… the list was endless. But once we had it sorted, I felt much more comfortable about having guests to stay in a house that wasn’t under a damaged roof.

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