Category: family

an announcement…

big englexas announcement...
So yeah, yeah I’m behind on my posting but guess what….this time I have a legitimate excuse (as if having a baby and waking up pretty much every 3 hours for the last almost 6 months was not legitimate enough…don’t get me started!)!

Deep breath…

Well. I guess I’ll just say it…rather than leading you blindly through a suspenseful story of how crazy (and exciting) and CRAZY my life is… I’ll just cut to the chase.

we are moving!!

Again?! I know…

When?! Well, that’s a little more complicated but basically we have to be out of our house by next Thursday, Thanksgiving Day…you heard that right?!?

Where?! We haven’t really pinned down the details yet…can you tell this is coming together pretty quickly?! But somewhere in the West Chicago area…SNOW?!…you heard that too :( the girl who hates snow and vowed never to live in it again is moving (back) to snow, thanks for that one God!

Why?! For a multitude of reasons, the shortest of which is because God has told us to do so. I know that statement may be hard for some of you to believe/understand but I can only tell you that from my genuine experience, when you completely submit your whole life to God, He will tell you to do crazy, exciting, scary things! Sometimes you may not understand but more often than not (and definitely in this case) it will be like the planets align and all these crazy things just come at you forming a unquestionable path just laid out before you…and you have a choice to run away or run straight at it.

It has been a very sad/fun/crazy few weeks of our life…it’s been flipped all around and put back together again. We are headed to the UK (!!) for 2 weeks on Thanksgiving Day and then we’ll be back in Little Rock to recover and pack our final things before driving to the Midwest (oy!)

I’ll be posting as much as possible but you can keep track of my almost daily postings on Instagram. I’m still taking my weekly photos but they may not be posted on each Friday.

consignment tips and Rhea Lana haul

I headed down to the Rhea Lana sale this past weekend and I wanted to share my ‘haul’ with you!

I picked up a jacket and pair of shoes for both Darby and Gracen, 5 pairs of pants, 2 collared shirts, 1 tee, 2 toys for Deacon and a Leap Frog Word Builder…all for $73.50!!
englexas lifestyle blog consignment tips
I received lots of questions about consigning after this post so I thought I’d share some of my consignment success tips here.

englexas lifestyle blog Rhea Lana haul
Be organized:
When it comes to entering your items in online, the easiest way to do it is to put the clothes in size order smallest to biggest, then within the size order I like to do girls clothes then boys, and within that: pants, shirts, sweaters. I find this makes drop off so much easier! As I am entering the items into the computer I put them on a hanger (secured with a safety pin) and tag them. I highly recommend pre-printing your barcodes, or picking up the labels early so you can label them before you drop them off, this saves SO much time. Also, don’t bother even including items from the wrong season, they are really good at weeding these items out and it’s just a waste of time for you to try and include them in the batch wrong seasoned batch. Basically the spring sale is short sleeves, shorts, bathing suits and Fall is long-sleeved, pants and jackets…this is also the best time for costumes!

When you are checking in put your items on the rack while you are waiting for someone to help you. I usually use this time to put the labels on too.

Ask questions:
If some things are ‘denied’ ask why so that you know for next time and can remove any stains they see or just donate it.

Know your sizes:
Each brand carries different sizing, whether it be 3M, 6M, 9M or 3-6, 6-12 or even 6-9, 9-12. And it comes to no suprise to mamas that each brand is sized differently. My little one at 3 1/2 months is almost grown out of Old Navy 3-6 months, but still fits in Carters 3 months and Gap 3-6 months is still kinda big on him. My almost 5 year old is almost grown out of Target 4T jeans but Levi 4T’s are HUGE. So basically, know what size your kid is in all the different brands it would really suck to come home and your kid not fit the wonderful clothes you bought.

Make a list:
I am the kind of shopper that has a plan, and then when I am surrounded by adorable kids clothes I totally lose my mind and start excitedly filling my cart! Because of the way Rhea Lana is set up and in order to take advantage of the wonderful half price sale on the last few days I plan out my shopping, and keep a list with me. I separate my list into the things I want to get in the full price sale and what I can wait for half price days. For example this Fall my 2 and 4 year olds need jeans and shoes, from past experience I know that all the good jeans and shoes sell out quickly so I’m willing to pay full price. I’m also willing to pay full price for unisex clothes since I know that they can be passed down to each child. Another thing on my “pay full price” list is a Sophie Giraffe for my little man, I just can’t justify spending $25 on a baby teether that may or may not be as life-changing as everyone tells me it is so I’ll be looking for it in the sale! I save the things like play clothes and pajamas and other gender-specific items that I can’t pass up for my “half-price sale” list. I also find that there is always an insane abundance of toys and books and since toys and books get pretty torn up around here, I prefer to buy them as cheap as I can! I’ve never needed to purchase car-seats, strollers or bikes but I know that by the time the half-price sale rolls around, these things are mostly sold out.

This method has really worked for me and I’m lucky to never have spent more than I’ve made on a sale. Most of the time I even have money leftover!

The Rhea Lana sale is still open, here are the upcoming sale times:
Tuesday, September 18th – 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Wednesday, September 19th – 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Thursday, September 20th – 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

and my personal favorite, the HALF PRICE sale :)
Friday, September 21st – 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Saturday, September 22nd – 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

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