Fresh Apparel: Holiday Must Have!

 

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I’ve written about Fresh Apparel in the past… their products are amazing and their designs are always on point. Every item that I have received from them has gotten a lot of love! So it’s no surprise that I am obsessed with their Holiday lineup!

It’s not the holidays without a night spent watching Elf and when I saw this tee I just about died.

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The slogan was perfect and the fact that it was unisex was even better. Both my babes can rock this tee all season long. I call that a mom win!

The shirts are American Apparel raglans and are so soft. No complaints from the babes on texture and they wash well!

Head over to Fresh Apparel and browse the rest of their holiday line of tees and sweatshirts! There is something for everyone and you will NOT be disappointed with your purchase!

Merry Christmas ya filthy animal?! Hilarious. I cannot wait to rock this!

    As always use code “BESTDRESSEDBABES” at checkout for free shipping!

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Sweedie Kids : Making Bibs Trendy

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I was provided free product for the purposes of this review, but all opinions are 100% my own.  I promise to only promote products and companies that I LOVE!

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Let me start this post by saying this. I haven’t really had the best relationship with bibs during my 3 years as a mom.

Seriously. Bibs are just… ehhh…how do I say it?  Dorky.

I dress my kids in pretty cute stuff only to cover their clothes up with a character bib? No thank you.   Then there is another problem; most bibs are made of Velcro, so even when I do put one on my babes, they rip them off in 30 seconds flat.  I don’t know about you, buy I always find myself playing a game of bib on, bib off for the rest of the meal. Most bibs out on the market just don’t serve a purpose for me.  So for the past 3 years instead of using bibs, I usually just strip my babes down for meal time and take them straight to the bath after. This plan of attack works when we are at home, but makes it super tricky to dine out and a pretty big mess for me.

LUCKILY I recently found out about Sweedie Kids. They are a company that makes Bandana Bibs and was started by 2 moms who were born and raised in Sweden!  Hence the name Sweedie Kids.   I’ve seen this style of bibs before worn by toddlers and always thought they were just a fashion statement until I got my hands on some!  Yes, they are a fashion statement but also an AMAZING baby product that serves so many functions.

How often do you see that?!

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After trying these bibs out, its safe to say I’m a Bandana Bib Believer!  Finally I found TRENDY bibs that are also functional!!!

 Here are a few of the reasons why I LOVE Sweedie Kids.

1. Instead of using velcro they have snaps. Once I put these on my babes, they cannot take them off.

2.  The patterns!  All of their patterns are very modern and neutral.  They can be worn with almost any outfit without looking “dorky”

3.  They are very absorbent.  They added a sweatshirt material backing that helps absorb extra drool!  I’m sure some of you have little ones that seem to drool and drool all day long.  Well they can wear these without having to switch bibs every hour.

4.  These can be worn by older kids too!  My son is famous for wiping his ranch, ketchup, or any other dipping sauce he got his hands on, on his arm.  I  can’t tell you how much oxy clean I go through in a week!  While he’s too old to be seen in a Mickey Mouse bib, this modern Bandana Bib from Sweedie Kids made him look like a cool cat.  Before we ate I told him “only use your Bandana Bib to wipe your mouth”, and it worked!  We left the restaurant with not a drop on his clothes!  Oh and he thought he was pretty cool wearing it too!

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5.  They are machine washable and don’t fade! I got these in just over a month ago and wanted to really test out the durability of them.  Like I said before I was a bib skeptic.  I used these bibs for a month straight, machine washed them after each use, and they still look as great as day one!

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Thank you for changing my mind Sweedie Kids! I am in LOVE! I bet you will be too!  Go shop their etsy shop!

Sweedie Kids has generously offered a 20% discount off to Best Dressed Babes Fans.  Just use code BESTDRESSED from now until 7/2

Instagram Shopping… How to!

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I’ve been sharing some of my favorite instagram finds on facebook lately and have gotten a lot of questions regarding instagram shopping. I thought a whole post dedicated to instagram shopping would be very helpful! I started shopping on instagram last summer on maternity leave when I was restricted from driving.   I was soon addicted to shopping from other moms from my cell phone and felt like I had joined a secret underground community.   I LOVE instagram shopping because I am helping other moms out while finding some really cool stuff for my kids.  At first I tried searching pinterest and google for “instagram shopping” and couldn’t find anything describing how it all went down.  I learned as I went and wish someone laid it all out for me.  Well, that is why I am sharing with all of my readers!!

OK, here is how instagram shopping works:

-Sellers create instagram accounts devoted to buying and selling on instagram. There are a wide variety of sellers. Some moms are looking to just sell their kid’s old clothes, some are bargain shoppers and buy items brand new and then resell on instagram, and some moms are trying to build a small business by selling handmade items like headbands or hair clips.

-These “shops” post the items for sale with a price (some are open to offers, others are firm on their pricing). Don’t forget that whoever is on the selling end has to pay a small fee to paypal as well as shipping for the item (usually around $2). So when someone is selling a shirt for $6 shipped then that seller is really only profiting $3.50. Keep that in mind when you are making offers lower than the listed price.

-Shop rules. Most serious instagram sellers will have their rules posted in their info section. This includes whether shipping is included in the price or if it is extra. Shops also have requirements as far as turn around time for paying invoices. It usually is 12 hours. Once an invoice is sent to you, you have 12 hours to get is paid or the item will be considered back up for sale.  Make sure you read each indidual shop’s rules prior to purchasing.

-Claiming an item. As you are scrolling through and see an item you have to have at a price that you think is reasonable, you can comment on the item with you pay pal email address. (You must have a paypal account. All transactions are made through paypal. If there is ever any problem with the items you purchased not arriving or not being in the condition stated, then you as the buyer are protected by pay pal.) Usually that seller will acknowledge you claimed and tag you back by saying the invoice is sent. If your paypal account is current then your shipping address is verified through paypal and the seller knows where to ship your item.  **Note if your instagram account is private then you will not get notifications from sellers unless they follow you.

-Getting your item. Once you have paid your invoice, then the seller will mail your item to you. Again it’s important to read shop rules because some sellers ship daily while others have certain ship days throughout the week.

-NOW WHERE TO START?!?!? For me it was extremely helpful to start following a few shops from my personal account and watch as items were posted. Some of the items that caught my eye, I would go through that sellers old pcitures to see how other shoppers had claimed, asked questions, or even asked for discounts when they bought multiples. I tried to learn as much as I could before I started claiming items. If you would like a place to start go follow me on instagram @bestdressedbabes and look through the list of people that I follow. Start following some of them as a way to get started. You will notice some of the larger shops (ones with a lot of followers) will also tag other shops as a way to promote them. It doesn’t hurt to follow!

Learning the lingo….

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NWT-New With Tag
NWOT- New Without Tag
ISO-In Search Of

EUC -Excellent Used Condition
VGUC-Very Gentle Used Condition

S4S-Share for share (sellers are asking you to share their shop with your followers and in return they will share your account)

Please feel free to message me directly if you have additional questions!!

Spring 2014 Nautical Wear

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This Spring is all about the Nautical look. I’m seeing it everywhere and can’t stop buying it up for my babes

We have a Nautical themed birthday party to attend  next month so I have been looking all over for the perfect outfits. These are some of my must have Nautical items for Spring 2014!

For All the “Little Men”:

Gymboree Anchor Sweater
Gymboree Anchor Sweater
Jumping Beans Plaid Shorts from Kohls
Jumping Beans Plaid Shorts from Kohls
Cherokee Hoodie from Target
Cherokee Hoodie from Target
Rock The Boat shirt from Old Navy
Rock The Boat shirt from Old Navy
Sperry Topsiders for Boys
Sperry Topsiders for Boys
Little Man Underwear from Old Navy
Little Man Underwear from Old Navy
Chambray roll pants from Gap
Chambray roll pants from Gap

For all the Little Ladies:

Anchor Rain Boots from Crazy 8
Anchor Rain Boots from Crazy 8
Carters Anchor Skirt
Carters Anchor Skirt
H&M Chambray Jacket
H&M Chambray Jacket
Old Navy Anchor Dress
Old Navy Anchor Dress
Sperry Topsiders for Girls
Sperry Topsiders for Girls
Anchor Tunic From Carters
Anchor Tunic From Carters
Anchor Clips from Gymboree
Anchor Clips from Gymboree