Just Between Friends Shopping Round 3

Holy smokes did this summer fly by? We were constantly on the go and I felt like I never got a moment to catch my breath. Now that we are into the second week of school over here I’m feeling a little better. We are getting into a routine and I can finally get caught up. On life.

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Because the summer was so hectic I really didn’t do much Fall clothing shopping. The first weeks of schools the babes wear their summer clothes anyways so not a big deal. Lucky for me I was invited to shop the Fall Just Between Friends sale again! I love that I can grab a TON of clothes that are in great used condition and not break the bank doing so.

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** I was provided compensation to shop and share my experiences. All opinions are my own!

For those that don’t know Just Between Friends is a consignment style mom to mom sale. Items are organized by size and priced 50-90% below retail. I love that there are no crazy lines and no sorting to find the size you are looking for.

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Here are some of the clothing items that caught my eye! Tons of name brands at reasonable prices! That dress on the bottom right is one that Giada wore for Thanksgiving a few years back. It brought back so many memories!

I mean look at all these shoes!!  I just love shoe shopping!

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As a new dance mom I couldn’t resist checking out the like new tap shoes!

and tons of tennis shoes in great condition!

Along with clothing there are other baby/kids items at reasonable prices.

There were also a ton of toys/games in NEW or like new condition.

This is my third time shopping at  Just Between Friends sale and I am hooked!

You can read about my visit last Fall here

and my recent Spring visit here

The details of the Fall sale are as follows:

Friday, Sept. 16th: Opening Day

Open 9am-7pm; $3 Admission(18 & older) Kids are Free!
Print a FREE Admission Coupon, Admissions benefit our partner charities.

Saturday, Sept. 17th: Half Price Day

50% off items WITHOUT a star for ALL Shoppers!

9am-2pm: FREE Admission

Location:

**They accept Ca$h,Amx,Discover,MC,Visa

OK. On to the best part. Here is what I came home with!

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*all of this was $60

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Here is the girl stuff I picked up ranging in sizes from 3t to 4t. At prices this good I like to shop current sizes and the next size up.

Clockwise from the top left; Gap jean jacket, Gap Chambray dress, Cherokee skinny jeans, Old Navy sweater vest, Old Navy bird shirt.

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I picked up a few staple items for Ari too! I about died when I saw this wool Gap coat in his exact size. I mean Gap jackets NEVER go on sale, coupons don’t apply, and are usually pushing $100. When I saw this for around $10 I snatched it up!

Clockwise from upper left; Gap wool coat, under armor lightweight jacket, Gymboree thick knit shirt.

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I mean, I think homeboy likes it!

Now that I have a brand new Kindergartener I also grabbed a few Level 1 readers at a great price!

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…and a drumroll for my favorite item of the night.

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This poodle costume! Cue all the heart eyes because this was made for Giada. She immediately had to try it on.

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SO many great bargains to be had!

If you are in the area you should definitely check the sale out!

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Best Dressed Easter {A Spool Full of Sugar}

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Let’s just take a minute and cue all the heart eyes….

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…because this dress is that good!

I had my heart set on finding Giada a handmade Easter dress this year and A Spool Full of Sugar knocked it out of the park. A few weeks ago I found her handmade shop on Instagram and instantly fell in love with her style. When we got ahold of her “Ella” dress it was love at first sight and I knew I needed more of where that came from.

 

When I first contacted A Spool Full of Sugar about an Easter dress she already had the 3 fabrics she planned on using. We kind of went back and forth about the style that she was going to create and we both agreed that a flutter dress would be perfect for Easter!

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We also both agreed that big pockets (to put eggs in of course) were an absolute must! After that I let A Spool Full of Sugar do the rest. When this dress (and matching bow tie) arrived in my mailbox I was speechless! The dress was absolute perfection.

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Every last detail was perfectly crafted even down to the 3 colorful buttons on the back. Everything about it screamed Easter!

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Of course a handmade dress isn’t complete without a coordinating headband and  Darling Delilah never ceases to amaze me! This headband is the perfect compliment and Giada loves it!

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…and in case any of you were wondering, Giada’s shoes are Mini Melissa and I recently found them for a great price at Saks Off Fifth! Not only do they smell amazing, but Giada just loves that they are bunnies! Looks like they no longer have them in pink, but you can grab the purple here.

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There you have it, the perfect little Easter ensemble! Hopefully our Michigan weather will cooperate!

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Inspired Spirit Wear & Accessories

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I can’t tell you how much I love connecting with other moms who share my love for clothing and accessories. I was so excited when Megan & I connected through Rodan and Fields and I found out she was selling little girl accessories!  Inspired Spirit Wear & Accessories is your go to boutique for classic and stylish accessories for your little one and you!

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Inspired Spirit Wear & Accessories was created to bring parents and their little ones the most fashionable creations out there. Megan is a mom to two little fashionistas and living in a small town she found it was very difficult to find headbands and accessories that fit her style. She decided to give it a go and make them herself! What started out as a hobby quickly turned into a business! This is how Inspired Spirit Wear & Accessories came to be.

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Giada was so excited to try on her new bands from Inspired Spirit Wear & Accessories! They were the perfect compliment to some of her current outfits! What I loved most about the process was the fact that I could send her a picture of Giada’s clothes and Megan made something to match! It was completely customizable and the headbands turned out perfect!

 

 

Inspired Spirit Wear & Accessories has some fabulous Valentine options! Make sure to contact her with your needs!

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To make it even better she is giving away one custom flower in pink or red on a skinny elastic!

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Head over to Facebook to enter!

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Shop Small Blog Link Up { Accessories }

It’s no secret I LOVE shopping small. Handmade gifts are always the most unique and shopping from a small business owner allows me to have a more personal connection to the items I buy.

I posted last week my favorite apparel shops and today (Cyber Monday!) I’m sharing my favorite accessory shops!

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AK’s Hidden Gems has the most adorable and affordable necklaces and bracelets for your little fashionistas!

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Darling Delilah is one of my FAVORITE headband shops! Her items are so unique and she sells one headband for $5 every single Friday! How cool is that?

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Closet of HJK makes bows and bowties with a guaranteed 1 day turn around time! I love that I can order a bow and it can be used as a hair clip or a clip on tie!

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Bow Kay makes so many cute bows. I shop from her all the time. Recently she made this crown, though, and it is to die for!

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Have you been shopping small this season? Join the link up and share your favorites!

Shop Small Link Up Blog Link Up { Apparel }

 It’s no secret I LOVE shopping small. Handmade gifts are always the most unique and shopping from a small business owner allows me to have a more personal connection to the items I buy.

Now that the Holiday season is officially upon us Kelly from Happily Ever Mock and I decided to organize a link up of our favorite Small Shops! Why not shop small for Christmas this year? Better yet participate in Shop Small Saturday (11/28)!

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Join us by sharing your favorite small shops. Grab our image, link back to one of us, and add your post to the bottom!

I will be posting my favorite small shops in two separate segments; { Apparel } & { Accessories }

First up is Apparel!

Fresh Apparel has catchy slogan tees for the entire family! I’ve written about them several times because they just keep coming out with best stuff!  You can always use code “BESTDRESSEDBABES” for free shipping too!

Adorable Essentials is exactly what is says it is. Essential items for your little ones that are adorable without breaking the bank! Adorable Essentials carries a plethora of ruffle pants and tops that can be worn with your boutique clothing. A lot of times I will buy Matilda Jane tops and then pair them with the more affordable Adorable Essentials bottoms. This is a mom ran company with always provides FREE SHIPPING and has amazing customer service!

They also have some pretty amazing holiday dresses too!

Freshly Picked is by far the classiest company around. They always seem to amaze me with their generosity and kindness. They have grown over the past several years by leaps and bounds but still have the small shop feel. Every time I have ever hosted a giveaway with them I receive a hand written thank you in the mail. If you are looking for moccasins for your babes you really should support them!

Freshly Picked is hosting a HUGE Black Tuesday sale! Make sure to head there early!

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The mom behind Delaney’s Den is local to me, like 2 miles away local! She makes all kinds of custom clothing! I love her style and colors she chooses. We recently received this mustard colored dress and it is pretty amazing in real life!

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Anchors & Eyelets makes some pretty amazing boutique inspired dresses. She always combines the best fabrics to get a vintage feel that I absolutely adore!

 

Last but not least It’s So Me Boutique is a brick & mortar shop in downtown Utica with the largest collection of boutique clothes. I dare you to go in and not buy everything in sight! If you aren’t local to Michigan, they also went live with their website! Stop in their shop on Saturday or shop their site!

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Where will you be shopping this holiday season? I’d love to hear some of your recommendations.

My love affair with Olive and Birdie

Quite honestly I cannot believe I have not blogged about Olive and Birdie yet.  I think it’s safe to say that I am obsessed with this shop. I first stumbled upon Olive and Birdie when preparing for Giada’s birthday which was in June… Obviously I needed something with glitter and I wanted it to coordinate with her gold Freshly Picked moccasins. Bingo. A gold “one” tee. It was perfect.

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I mean come on.

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After being SUPER impressed with Christina’s fast customer service and the quality of her shirts I knew I just needed another!!  So, we got a red glitter “Ho, Ho, Ho” shirt for our Santa visit this year.

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Of course, the shirt was absolute perfection and we got so many compliments on it!

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Just recently I decided I really wanted a NYE outfit for Giada and I couldn’t find anything on the market that fit the bill. So, again I contacted Christina from Olive and Birdie and she designed the PERFECT tee for us!

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How adorbs is this going to look??

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Run over to her shop to get this shirt in time for NYE! She has amazing customer service and even better glitter tees!

Trendy Stop

Let me tell you about my most recent obsession with all things plaid. I seriously cannot get enough of it for the babes, hubs, and ME!

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I stumbled upon Trendy Stop on etsy one day and the minute I saw her scarves I knew I needed a set for Giada and I! The hard part? Choosing a pattern! She had so many great options to choose from!

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I went for a Nautical pattern and I am so happy with my choice!  The colors look so fab together and it’s perfect for the Fall and even the holidays!

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Giada and I are in LOVE.  The scarves are super soft and wash up nice in the washing machine.

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Whenever I share a new shop I love to learn a little more about person behind the scenes… Hannah has been sewing for over 20 years! But it wasn’t until she made 80 chair covers & 25 table clothes for her wedding in 2012 that she decided to take on selling.  After receiving so many compliments Trendy Stop was born!  Scarves aren’t her only thing either! She also sells headbands, lanyards, fun fabric button earrings, and lots more!  Her stuff is so cute and would make a great gift!!!!

Have someone on your list you still need to shop for? Trendy Stop has something for everyone!!!

Luckily Hannah is generously offering 15% off to all my followers now through 12/15 with code BLOG15.

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Freshly Picked Moccs: The Real Deal

I’m sure if you search pinterest or even google for Freshly Picked Moccasins you will come across tons of raving reviews from other bloggers.  Most of the reviews you find will showcase pictures of their sparkling new moccs.  It’s hard not to get roped in when they are perfectly photographed and said blogger goes on and on about how soft they are and how well they stay on their babe’s feet.  I wrote one of those reviews myself back in April when I first got my hands on Freshly Picked moccs.  I absolutely LOVED them but (at the time) I wasn’t really able to tell how they held up over time. I really only had them for just about a month.

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SO. Here I am 9 months later happy to share with you a post that shares the real deal. One that shows how these moccs have held up over time.

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Freshly Picked Moccs: The REAL DEAL.

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My babes both got a pair of Freshly Picked moccasins in March of last year. I chose very neutral colors.  These moccs were expensive in my opinion so I wanted colors that could go with a lot of outfits. I was determined to get my monies worth out of these bad boys!  So as soon as I got them I let my babes were their moccs whenever and wherever.  Susan made these moccs to be able to stand up to playtime and I wanted to really test that. My babes wore these in the mud, to daycare, in the sprinkler, and all over town.  The results?  These moccs really do hold up!!!!  Look at these pictures of these moccs that were worn for 9 months! The only reason why we are replacing our current moccasins is because they have been outgrown not outworn.

 As far as comfort goes these are second to none.  My very opinionated 3 year old chooses these above all else.  He prefers not to wear socks and when given the choice ALWAYS chooses his moccasins.  In fact all the teachers at his school always rant and rave about how cute they are and how surprised at just how durable they are! He wears them on the playground and in the wood chips and never has an issue!

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Are you convinced yet!? Go buy a pair for Christmas!

UPDATE:: Giveaway is closed.

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