Monday, September 15, 2014

JBF Pittsburgh Giveaway!

It's that time of year again....MY FAVORITE!!  I lovelovelove this sale and wrote about the Spring sale here!!!! I always find amazing deals for my girls shopping this sale! It's my favorite one around and with nearly 700 consignors...whoa! Can you imagine what will be there this year?!  Who doesn't love saving money?  Being able to stay home with my kids, I'm always looking for ways to save money.  The savings is priceless!

Below you will find the details of the sale as well as an opportunity to win presale passes to shop early this Thursday at 2pm!  Be one of the first to shop!! 

Want to outfit your kids in great brands?  Looking for some new toys or baby gear for Less?  

You  won’t want to miss the JustBetween Friends Children’s & Maternity Consignment event this Fall!  
The Just Between Friends Pittsburgh North Fall/Winter Children's & Maternity Consignment event kicks off for everyone on September 19th.  There is an exclusive pre-sale for team members, consignors, first-time parents, foster parents, military families and teachers on Thursday, September 18th

There's also a "Fall into Savings” Twitter Party on Thursday Sept. 18th at 8pm.  We will be tweeting live from the presale, sharing pictures, deals, shopping tips, fun info and giving away JBF giftcards! You can RSVP for that here:

What: JBF Pittsburgh North Children's & Maternity Fall/Winter Sale
When: Fri., Sept. 19th – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 20 - 8am-5pm (NEW Merchandise!) & Sun., Sept. 21 - 8am-5pm (Many items 50% off). 
Where: RMU Island Sports Center Golf Dome, 7600 Grand Ave, Neville Island 15225
Admission: $3 on Friday (under 18 is free - or print your FREE admission pass for Friday). Admission is free Saturday & Sunday.

Want to turn YOUR clutter into CA$H at the Spring Sale?  It's not too late to sign up to sell any new and gently used items your family has outgrown at the JBF event. 

Consignors prepare and price their own items using an easy, online bar code system. They earn 60% of their sales or if they sign up as a team member and help out at the event, 70% of their sales. Anyone interested in consigning can sign up for the Pittsburgh event on the website (click here).

Team Members are an important part of our JBF event. Our JBF Team Members shop FIRST and earn 70% on their consigned items.  Anyone who consigns is welcome to help out at the event.  You can register as a team member for a short 4-hour shift to guarantee early admission at the pre-sale event!
We hope to see YOU at the JBF Sale!

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

July 24, 2014

We like to do something special on actual birthday days even though a party is planned for another day, so when Lily's actual birthday rolled around we knew we'd be celebrating our girl then too!

We continued our tradition of taking Lily to a bakery to pick out a special cupcake--which is one of my favorites! We tried a new bakery this year and although the first time we attempted to go, they weren't open yet, we did make it back and had success!

First, we had a playdate with some of our best friends at a new-to-all-of-us park though!  The day was beautiful! It had started off with a little bit cooler weather which seemed to be par for the summer this year. The sun came out and it warmed up. In fact, at times it was hot with no cloud cover and no breeze. We all brought lunch and found a picnic table to eat before the kids played in the sand, on swings, the big boys rode skateboards, and the moms got to hang with the babies and chat.  It was a perfect afternoon!

After the park, we headed back to the bakery!  Lily picked a special chocolate cupcake that had a cherry on top!  She wanted to sit outside on the bench to eat it while I snapped some pictures.

 Violet was worn out after the park, so she fell asleep contemplating.

We headed home and the girls took a nap! Lily decided that she wanted to eat at Eat 'n Park for her birthday dinner this year!  It was Violet's first time to sit in a highchair at a restaurant too.

One of the best parts of having a summer birthday and 2 days after her daddy's birthday that Lily loves is going to a local ice cream shop! We always go on George's birthday {and many other times} and for some reason Lily decided that ice cream shop is called "Daddy's Birthday!"  So, after supper, we headed to "Daddy's Birthday" for ice cream.  She chooses a teeny vanilla cone with rainbow sprinkles every time!

Lily decided that she wanted to wait the couple days until Andrew got home from the beach to have her cake and open her presents!  She is a very empathetic girl and cares about how her family and friends are feeling or if they're included, so this didn't really surprise me. I love this about her!  

It was a happy 4th birthday for our Punky Pie! 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Lily's First Day!

It's time for Lily's 1st day of preschool!

Lily's school is 3 days a week for 6 hours and taking a lunch in a lunchbox is a definite high point for her! In preparation for school this year, we headed to Toys R Us for a Frozen lunchbox. The advantage of starting school later, all the backpacks and lunch boxes were on clearance! Score!  We found the very last Elsa and Anna lunch box!  And after careful consideration of all the choices, she picked a princess backpack.

Finally the morning was here! When she woke up, Lily started singing the Daniel Tiger  morning ritual song to get ready for school. "Clothes on, eat breakfast, brush teeth, put on shoes and off to school..." Though she wasn't happy with me that I made her eat breakfast before getting her clothes on.
She chose Fruit Loops to eat.

She picked out a pink dress {surprise surprise} to wear for her special day!

When we got to school, she was happy to find her new cubby and then begin her day. She proudly showed off her lunch box and new backpack before telling me it was time for me to leave! I'm so glad she loves it!

One of the things I love about her teacher is that she takes pictures in the moments at school that moms don't typically get to see and she shares them!  At home, we've been working with Lily to hold her pencils, crayons, markers correctly instead of in a fist, so I was happy to see that she was doing that yesterday! Now to get her to slide her hand down a little bit. ;)  Work in progress...

She had a great first day!

And because I love comparison pictures...
September 10, 2013 (pre-k 3) and September 8, 2014 (pre-k 4)

Here's to a great year, sweet girl!!