Category Archives: Consignment

Mr. Stork has arrived in Ottawa!

 

I don’t know about you, but it feels like Mr. Stork has arrived in Ottawa. If feels like a baby boom is happening in Ottawa. Don’t you feel like everyone you know has either had a baby, having a baby or trying to have a baby. It’s wonderful news. All of it. Super excited for all of you and your friends. We’re adding to Ottawa’s population people! Keep it up!

I have to admit that when someone tells me their having a baby, I’m eager to tell them about all the cool websites, checklists and forums that they should sign up for.  I’m that guy. Some websites that offered me some fabulous advice and tips that I just have to share with everyone.

When I was pregnant, I was very thankful when people offered their two cents. Of course, you always take what you want from it and leave the rest, which is what I hope you will do with the following list.

Here is my list of great websites and resources that you should pay attention to if you are trying to get pregnant, are pregnant or have a little one.

Trying to have a baby

Getting pregnant wasn’t easy for my husband and I (I’ll save that story for another blog post). While we were trying to “relax and let it happen”, here are a few websites that I kept my eyes on while we were trying to conceive (TTC).

Baby Centre – Community: They have a great TTC section for those that want to talk with others that are going through the same thing. They also have subgroups for those dealing with more specific and/or delicate situations.

Fertility Friend: A great online tracking tool to figure out your ovulation window. If you are tracking your temperature, this site will be very useful for you. They also have a great app that you can download for free.

Ottawa Fertility Center: I count myself very lucky to have been refered here. This clinic took really good care of us and if you ever have to visit this center, I hope they take good care of you too.

Early Pregnancy Tests Online: Buying all those pregnancy and ovulation tests can really add up. This website has great prices on everything you’ll need TTC.

 

Your pregnant (!*$&!)

Congrats! This is the time to take care of yourself and indulge in those crazy cravings (buffalo chicken wraps and red delicious apples for me!). Don’t worry about how much you’re sleeping. Do it. Take advantage of it. You’ll be surprised how little you’ll get later (unless you have a “angel baby” that sleeps all night from day 1… then I hate you… just kidding.. sort of).

Baby Centre – Community: Once you’re pregnant, move over to the pregnancy section. Baby Centre has also created birth groups, so that you can interact with other moms who are due around the same time as you. Baby Centre also has some great apps that you can download which will track your baby’s progress week by week.

Baby Centre – Baby Registry Checklist: I love lists. This is a great one to get your baby registry up and going. It’s very overwhelming all the stuff you need to buy. This is a great checklist to get you started.

Old Navy Maternity: Shortly after you get pregnant you’ll start to notice that some things that fit loose one day, might be a little tighter the next. In comes maternity clothing. You may be lucky and get a wack load of clothing that you’re previous pregnant friend has and lets you borrow, but you might be pregnant in the opposite season as her or what she’s lending to you really isn’t your style.  Every Old Navy in Canada, I believe as of February 2013, should now have a small maternity clothing section. Old Navy often have sales on clothing (40% off everything!). So keep an eye out for these sales. Thyme and Motherhood Maternity also have good sales too once in a while.

Freebies for new moms: Sign up for ALL OF THEM. So fun!

 

Baby is here (!*$&! x2)

Now let the fun begin. Most of us have no idea what were doing. Just keep in mind, this baby has never had a parent before you, so don’t worry if you mess up, it can judge you.

A Cup of Joe (blog): I love this blog and her writing style. She’s a mom with two boys living in New York. My favorite blog post on her blog, is actually written by her husband. Every new mom and dad should read 8 confessions of a new dad. I have to agree with the 9 month comment. Let me know what you think.

Jenny wears glasses list of Ottawa consignment stores: For everything else that you didn’t get at your baby shower, don’t forget to go to visit consignment stores. You can often find what you need, in great condition and at a lower price.

Sleep Easy Solution: For those parents that might need to sleep train their kid. This book saved us.  I buy it for every baby shower I go to now. I always hope that you will never have to open or use this book, but I always find it comforting to know that you have it in your back pocket.

Information about Breath Holding Spells: Now I’m not adding this here to scare anyone, it’s more for information purposes. I never heard of this before I had my daughter and knew nothing about it.

 

What are your favorite websites/resources/tips? Let me know. I would love to hear them.

 

How to clean water shoes

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I’ve searched the internet so you don’t have to. How do you clean a pair of water shoes? It’s actually quiet simple.

You’ll need:

  • A sink with lukewarm water
  • Sunlight dish soap
  • Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
  • A sponge with a rough side on it
  • Toilet paper roll tubes x2
  • Dirty, stinky water shoes

How to clean water shoes:

  • Fill sink with lukewarm water
  • Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to water
  • Put Sunlight on a sponge
  • Scrub you’re little heart out
  • Let the shoes sit in the water for 30 minutes
  • Rinse
  • Place shoes on toilet paper roll to dry standing up
  • And voila! You’re done!

 

White Crocs Help!

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I’ve searched the Internet on ways to get the yellow out of these white Crocs. I haven’t had much luck.

So far I’ve tried:

  • Sunlight
  • Mr. Clean White Erasers

Does anyone else have any tips? I might have to let these ones go…

 

How to clean a pair of rain boots

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I am no stranger to used clothing. I LOVE thrift and consignment store shopping. With my daughter growing out of clothing like it’s going out of style, I don’t hesitate when someone wants to sell me 9 pairs of shoes for $4 (especially since the last two pairs I bought for her were $50+ each!).

These next couple of posts are going to be about reviving used kid shoes. Most of the shoes I got are in very good to excellent condition, but some need a bit of love.

My first set of shoes that I worked on are these Winnie the Pooh rubber rain boots. After doing some research online, I found a great way to clean rubber rain boots.

You’ll need:

  • A sink with lukewarm water
  • Sunlight dish soap
  • A sponge with a rough side on it
  • Toilet paper roll tubes x2
  • Dirty boots

How to clean rubber boots:

  • Fill sink with lukewarm water
  • Put Sunlight on a sponge
  • Scrub you’re little heart out
  • Rinse
  • Place boots on toilet paper roll to dry standing up
  • And voila! You’re done!

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Review of LAVISHY Wallets (from Lapeetz.com)

Pssst.. There’s a new Ottawa-based online store that just opened up and I need to tell you about it! It’s called Lapeetz. It’s an online store that mostly sells good quality and ethically made products, such as LAVISHY wallets, Dirkje baby wear and bohemian style purses and kid sweaters. You’ve got to have a look.

Lapeetz - Lavishy Wallets

The owner of Lapeetz was kind enough to let me try out a LAVISHY wallet so I could review it here. If you’re not familiar with LAVISHY wallets, LAVISHY is a Toronto based Canadian fashion accessory and design company. The company was founded in 2001. Since then, they have grown into this fabulous company that sells good quality animal-friendly vegan products (like these wallets).

Blue Bird Wallet

The wallet that I’ve been using for the past week is the stylish, faux leather, small blue bird appliqué wallet. I just love it. It makes me smile every time I pull it out of my purse. It fits everything that I would want to put in my wallet (cards, money, coupons, more money). It’s very functional and just the right size to throw into any purse (or diaper bag).

The LAVISHY wallets that Lapeetz is selling are very affordable:

$24.99 for the larger size

$19.99 for the smaller size

$9.99 for the coin purse

In addition to selling wallets, he is also selling LAVISHY luggage tags, coin purses and passport holders.

Have I convinced you on how cute these wallets are yet? Great! Do you want one? Yup! The owner of Lapeetz was kind enough to give me one of these fabulous wallets to giveaway to one lucky reader. We’re giving away the large peacock wallet. I love this one! Not only are peacocks in, the embroidery on this wallet is beautiful. Its thin design is great to fit in any size purse. It would also make a great birthday or Christmas gift for someone you love!

Peacock Wallet

This wallet features:

  • A funky embroidered peacock
  • 1 photo ID slot
  • 12 card slots
  • 2 sections for bills and recipts
  • 1 zipper closure for your change
  • Magnetic clasp

Please comment below and let me know what product you would like to receive for Christmas off the Lapeetz website to be entered into the giveaway. Giveaway is to open to all Canadian residents. Draw will be held on Saturday, August 23, 2014. All entries must be in by midnight on Friday, August 22 at 11:59pm. You will be contact by email if you win.

Not interested in entering the giveaway, but still interested in purchasing one of these products?

You can find Lapeeze’s products in-store at:

BUT if you visit Lapeetz online store and use the code: JENNYWEARSGLASSES You will get 20% off your entire order (coupon code is good until October 31, 2014).

Have any questions about the wallets or the Lapeetz, you can contact the owner here.

 

 

 

 

 

** I just wanted to give a BIG THANK YOU to Lapeetz for providing the above product to review, as well as giving me one LAVISHY wallet to giveaway to a lucky reader. The opinions shared are my own and are honest.

Frugal Living: Ottawa Consignment Stores

Today is the first day that I am trying to sell some of my clothing via consignment. I’ve always been curious about doing this, but never got around to trying it. Most consignment stores in Ottawa give you 40% of the selling price. The other 60% go to the retailer, which is fair, since they have to staff, pay rent, make a living.. you know what I mean.

In case anyone was thinking about trying this too, here is a list of Ottawa Consignments stores.

Act II Fashions – 471 Hazeldean Road – Website

AMHStyle Ottawa Consignment Store – 1440 Wellington St. West – Website

Bella – 39 Robertson Road – Website

Clothes Encounters of a Second Time – 67 Beechwood Ave. – Website

The Clothes Secret – 1136 Bank St – Website

Finders Keepers – 2 Ullswater Drive – Website

Milo Mode Women’s Consignment Boutique – 2901 Bank St. – Website

My Sisters Closet Consignment Fashion – 1112 March Road – Website (I used them)

Rikochet Resale – 255 Richmond Rd. – Website

Snazzy Seconds Decor – 2405 St. Joseph Blvd. – Website

Have you ever consigned anything? Where do you consign? What was your experience? Please share!