Save That Money!

September 16, 2019 at 8:03 pm (Mom Stuff) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I’m sure you all try to save money, especially if you are a parent! Kids are expensive, am I right?! So I love finding new ways to save and still be able to do the things we want and have the things we need. And I found a new, awesome way!

Kids on 45th! You’ve got kids? You like to keep them clothed but also like to keep your money? Yeah, you need to check them out! 😅

This is a mama-founded company that’s all about helping mamas like you save money (yay!) and time (yes!) on your kiddos’ everyday clothes. They ship “surprise” boxes of gently-used (and some new with tags) clothes to moms around the country for super-low prices (items start at $1.99 and max out at $12.99 for a winter coat!).

They were so kind and generous to gift my boys a box to try. We are definitely going back for more.

My favorite part? That they customized the items to my kiddos. I could specify what we do or do not want and even what types of things or colors my boys like or don’t. We said we like camo and animals. And look what they sent! Spot on!!

They even have a ‘Happiness Policy’! They build a surprise box of clothes tailored to your kiddo’s style, but if there is ever an item you are not in love with, two taps on your device will get you a credit for the item.

I love the low prices. You can get quality kids clothes for cheap! They have sizes newborn to 14/16 clothes, all in excellent condition. Prices start at $1.99 for baby items and max out at $12.99 for big kid jackets! You get free shipping when you spend $65 too. And, there is no subscription needed and no styling fees. You get what you need ans that’s it!

I love that this saves me time along with money! No trip to the mall needed. Two minutes for online shopping was all that I needed. I didn’t have to search and scour at retailers, thrift racks, or pages cans pages online. No coupon hunting. And no gas spent. You don’t even have to get dressed. 🤣

One more plus? This is green! We all want to reuse and reduce are footprint here. This is another way!

So, my verdict? We are Kids on 45th shoppers for life. Truly. We are so tickled about our experience and cannot wait to make more orders!

Xx

Jess

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We were gifted a box of clothes in exchange for a review of the service, but all opinions expreases are our own!

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A Nursery!

September 16, 2014 at 7:35 am (Our New House) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

So, this big news was big a year ago. Oops. But, the nursery is still cute, so I wanted to share!

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I just love how it turned out! The blue walls became a soft gray, we added barn board shelves to hold a collection of John Deere tractors, I made a mobile from small shed antlers, and the giant bull poster from the Angus producers ties the farm colors together!

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I love the vintage games and trucks and tractors on the book shelves. Don’t worry, the green lamp did eventually get a little white shade!

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And a stash of cowboy boots and cloth diapers to boot! 🙂

So, like I mentioned, this was news a whole year ago. So here is a peak of what else a year can do.

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Yard Work And Such

April 4, 2012 at 8:35 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

We inherited a lot of yard maintenance to take care of from the previous owners. I mean A LOT. With six acres I am sure that some of that is inevitable, but this is just over the top. The must have never done yard work once while they lived here. Never. The weeds, even in the close to the house areas, were over my head. The trees had split and grown funky many years ago. The rock garden was more like a dirt pit scattered with rocks. Need I go on? So, point being, this is our first spring here and we have been putting in a lot of hard work out there. I can’t wait to get a new shipment of rock and show you how the “for now” patio area is coming. But, for right now I thought I would show you just how much tree trimming we accomplished the other day.

Here is the shot looking back at the house and you can see how the rock beds are coming along and things are even turning green now!

And that is only the front! Hey, we have neighbors! 🙂 There were many other trees like this all over the property, not to mention weeds that had become their own trees all around the house, barns, and outbuildings. We have even uncovered some things we didn’t know were there when we moved in!! No joke! The other day we found an old metal lawn chair set up by a cattle shoot. They had made a shooting range down there and we couldn’t even see it! We found an old wheel borrow with what used to be flowers planted in it, various pieces of junk, both useful and non, and even learned we have an old hand-pumped well! And it works! Yea, so anyways, on to the fun part. With all of this hard work I just knew there would be some enjoyment in the end. Trimmed branches and a wine bottle…

Just a touch of spring, for the yard and for the house! Just in time for Easter. Gorgeous! 🙂

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Our Christmas Style

December 29, 2011 at 11:03 am (Seasonal Decor) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Yes, it’s a little late, but I thought that I would share our Christmas decor with you.  Inspiration is good anytime, right? 

So, here are a few of our first tree together! (we did eventually find the perfect green skirt! ) We went with a bit of a “camo” theme with colors this year.  That was my nod to Jeremy.  We used golds and greens and bronzes on the tree.  My photos don’t seem to do it justice, but it was really pretty. 

See the antler ornaments? Shimmery pinecones helped add sparkle too!

Our rustic bronze star was really pretty too. 

Camo snowmen…

My “dance in the snow” pillow…

In the dining room we displayed my grandparents’ jewelry tree.  Grandpa made this out of Grandma’s old jewelry. 

Here is a close up of the sparkle, as this may be the last year for this tree.  I might be using the jewelry for another very special project.  Might, as in I have not made up my mind to tear down this beauty. Hmmm…

The two of us spent our night alone together quietly, so here’s a peak of our simple blue table.

It was basic but cute, and also easy.

And, although there was no snow on Christmas in Iowa, I took these a bit before hand of the first snow at our new house.  Come to think of it, I don’t think I have shared a view of the outside of our home, so here is the front…

The side…

And a view towards our barns…

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday!

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Chair Love

June 16, 2009 at 1:21 pm (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I have been feeling a bit under the weather this weekend, so sorry for the delay in posting.  We did make some more progress on the yard in preparation for the upcoming party.  But, it is rainy now (again) so pictures will have to wait a bit.  Instead, here is this weeks chair love.  A Flickr find named Den Vorsitz, by David Fisher.  Awesome!

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Spring Cleaning

May 1, 2009 at 12:45 pm (Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Like I said, last weekend we did some deep cleaning for spring.  Yesterday on my Thursday off, I finally finished (as finished as housework ever gets!) the spring cleaning.  I wanted the house to be spotless for my family coming into town to visit this weekend.  So, here are some always great to remember spring cleaning ideas:

1. Clean the gutters.  Spring is time for rain, rain will flood your basement if the gutters are overflowing!  Or like us, you might have to walk through a waterfall to get out the door!  So, Tony climbed the ladder, hauled a garbage can along with him, and cleaned the gutters.

2.  Wash windows.  I love clean windows, they even brighten up a room.  But, at least this one time a year you should deep clean them, inside and out.  I not only windex-ed them, but also took a Q-tip to the corners and tiny spaces.  Fresh spring air is great flowing through clean windows!

3. Scrub the walls and untouched spots.  Walls, especially in the kitchen, get grimy.  Paint will look more its original color if gently washed clean once in a while, plus it keeps spider webs out of corners and in vents.  Also, take a dish-soapy towel to the tops of cabinets and inside the cupboards.  These rarely cleaned spots need it now and then!

4. Spray and scrub siding.  We are still working a bit on  this one.  But, taking the hose to your siding will instantly freshen the outside of your house.  On the porch I scrubbed stuck on dirt off with a wet cloth. 

5.  Move all furniture to clean/vacuum.  I vacuum all the time.  But, sometimes I am lazy and don’t move every piece of furniture.  I actually never move the bed or couches.  So, this time of year I try to move all things, even the big ones and clean or vacuum under them.  You never know how much crud has built up under there. 

6.  And, finally, go through drawers and cupboards.  We have a junk drawer that overflows every once in a while.  Spring in particular is the time to go through these drawers, even clothes drawers of closets.  Toss things you no longer want to keep, gather up the things you want to sell or take to Goodwill, and neatly arrange back the things you want to keep.

After taking these few steps your house should be spring ready (pretty much!). Take a deep breathe once you are done.  Doesn’t that feel good?  Fresh?  Spring is the time for fresh starts! 🙂

And, while there are no pictures of dirty windows and gross gutter goo to show you, I do have a set of cute martini glasses for sale!  They are plastic, and oh so cute! 

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So, what other good spring cleaning ideas do you all have?

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Other Green Ideas

March 20, 2009 at 1:08 pm (Inspiration, Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , )

After posting about saving household items on Wednesday I got to thinking about other green tricks and tips for your home. Often these green ideas are not only environmentally friendly, but also easier on the pocketbook. And who couldn’t use that right about now? Here are a few I think would be easy and helpful to start in your home. Now you can be on your way to “going green”!

  1. Unplug electric items when not in use. Items like TVs, coffee pots, and cell phone chargers suck electricity even when not in use.
  2. Use less bottled water. Get a thermos to take with you when you go and get a Britta pitcher to refrigerate tap water for better taste.
  3. Get energy efficient light bulbs as each bulb burns out. Also, use more lamps than overhead lighting, it not only looks better, but saves energy.
  4. Make a rain barrel. These collect rain water to be used later to water plants, or clean your yard items or car. These have a net on top to keep mosquitoes out.
  5. Buy shampoos and other products in the bulk, family sized containers.  Not only are these products cheaper for the amount you get, but you use up less plastic waste.
  6. Hang dry your clothes outside or on a line installed in your laundry area.
  7. Use cloth napkins and towels for cleaning instead of disposable, paper products.
  8. Pull your yard and garden weeds by hand instead of using chemicals.
Tomatoskin's photo "Go Green!!!" on Flickr.

Tomatoskin's photo "Go Green!!!" on Flickr.

Although these are only a few of the many ideas, these are all ideas that are easy enough to get you started in your quest to being more green and saving money.  These are all ideas that we are currently trying, or are going to try this summer.  Any more ideas?

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    Waste Not

    March 18, 2009 at 3:59 pm (Inspiration, Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

    Last night I stopped at my mom’s house and she was telling me about how my great-grandma used to save everything. She said that it their time people never wasted, and reused everything imaginable. I am pretty much a pack rat and always try to find new uses for old things too, but she had a couple of cool ideas I never thought of.

    One no-brainer that she mentioned my great-grandma did was save her bread bags. She would shake or rinse them out and reuse them as baggies. Really? We use baggies for everything, so why had I never thought of this? You could use them as a cheaper alternative on dog walks, or even to bundle or store the items you normally use a baggy for! So simple, yet so green and effective!

    She also mentioned that they often saved the same bread bags for making rugs. I have seen these in my grandparent’s old house. Here is a picture. Visit her site to see instructions for crocheting the round version here: http://www.myrecycledbags.com/2008/09/27/recycled-round-plarn-rug/

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    I think these could be really fun and funky. Now I need to learn how to crochet!

    Other things that my great-grandma saved were more common, and things that we already frequently save, but still great reminders nonetheless. Cool-whip containers, coffee cans, other plastic, cardboard, or metal containers. These can be reused in so many different ways in the home. You can even recover or paint them to match! One more thing that she saved was the little plastic eggs her pantyhose came in. I had to laugh. My mom said she had tons of them. Hmm… what would you use those for?

    Especially in hard economic times, but always to be healthier for our planet, its great practice to reuse such commonplace items. What other ideas do you have?

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    Bookend Project

    March 9, 2009 at 10:22 am (Projects) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

    I have said it before, but I love repurposing items. Especially in these times, finding new life for old items is the greenest option. Some things you hate to ruin by transforming them, but for the most part I believe that reusing old or obsolete items is a far better choice than letting them waste away in some one’s unloving basement, or worse yet, a landfill. Plus, repurposing is often much cheaper than buying new items, as well as healthier for the planet. So, when I get the chance to make a new addition to our home, and at the same time get a new project with old items, I jump on it!

    In college I made bowls out of records as a dorm floor project. I still have mine in our office on the book shelf. The other day I saw a project online where book ends were being made out of old records, and decided that would be a perfect addition to the shelves, and even fit in with our music themed office.

    I made a stop yesterday at the Salvation Army and picked up two records. They weren’t anything special, just old records in decent shape and with pretty labels. Last night we boiled some water and dumped it in the kitchen sink. The water softens the record and you use a utensil to bend it.

    Overall the project was easy and turned out pretty cute!

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    Cooling off under a box.

    Cooling off under a box.

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    And One More…

    January 15, 2009 at 4:56 pm (Wedding Plans) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

    In my current color search I just found this image compilation of a wedding using peacock feathers.  I thought that I was the creative one!  Well, great minds think alike.  And, it proves just how gorgeous this color and feather combo would be!

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