October 31, 2014

Just Between Friends Holiday Sale

I have a guest post for you today, from Biance of the Pierogie Mama. She's sharing some information about a Just Between Friends Holiday Sale. I LOVE JBF and had a great experience in September volunteering and consigning for the first time. I can't wait for the holiday sale and am hoping to find some great stuff for my girls. If you've never heard of JBF, read on. If you have heard of JBF, read on anyway! Don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end!
Bianca is the blogger behind The Pierogie Mama and loves to share about the north Seattle Just Between Friends Events! Please welcome her as she shares about the upcoming holiday sale for JBF Lynnwood at Gold Creek Church, in Mill Creek WA. 
Hi everyone! Today I'm really excited to share about a great event that kicks off my holiday shopping and invite you to enter a giveaway too! When you've got 4 nephews and a niece, plus two kids of your own, gift buying for the holidays can really rack up! Finding a thoughtful, meaningful and useful gift is really hard on a budget, especially for large families.  This time of year I strive to save money where I can, but most importantly I want to cut down on the time that I spend shopping. Running from store to store and packing the girls in and out of the car really begins to take a toll on my energy, when the main purpose of the season is to spend it with your loved ones and cherish that time together.  Buying gifts is a little inevitable for the holidays, but my primary focus over the last few years is quality time versus mountains of gifts. That's why I'm so glad that I discovered the JBF Lynnwood Toy Sale and Vendor Fair last year! The Lynnwood Toy Sale and Vendor Fair is a little different than the standard JBF consignment sale that occurs during the rest of the year. This sale puts preference towards toys and holiday items (such as dressier clothes, decor, or winter gear) and has consignors save the bulk of their seasonal items for the Fall and Spring sales. 
At the Toy Sale, you can expect to find full sections of your child's favorite themed categories- such as Sesame Street, construction, dolls, Disney, loads and loads of books, dvds, and so much more. If you've been the the JBF Lynnwood sales at Gold Creek Church in the past, imagine 70% of that space filled with toys! That's a lot!
In addition to the consigned items at the sale, this is also a vendor fair. Heidi, the owner of this JBF franchise, works with many local businesses throughout the area and they get to feature their items or service at this event as well! Last year there was a cloth diaper store, Smith Brothers Milk, spa and many work-at-home / handmade businesses. It was a fun addition to the sale because you can knock out a lot of Christmas shopping all at one time. And all before December!
The schedule for this year's JBF Lynnwood Toy Sale and Vendor Fair is:
Friday Nov. 21st 9 to 7pm Sat Nov. 22nd- 8 to 3pm (50% off sale from 12-3)
Location: Gold Creek Church
4326 148th St SE, Mill Creek, WA 98012
Of course, these sales wouldn't be what they are without the fabulous consignors - so sign up and also learn from a consigning newb on how NOT to consign for the first time! ;)
JBF Lynnwood, The Pierogie Mama and I are excited to give our readers the opportunity to win some fabulous prizes for this season's toy sale! Enter in the giveaway widget below. Good luck!
Bianca, The Pierogie Mama, is a parenting blogger in the Seattle area. Proud mama to her two little "pierogies," she also shares about Seattle area family friendly events, recipes, reviews, natural living tips and renovation updates! Follow along on her blog, facebook, twitter, instagram and pinterest!
Disclosure: The Pierogie Mama and participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Winners will be contacted via email and will need to claim their prize by responding to the notifying email within 48 hours. Once confirmed, the prize will be held at check in at the JBF Lynnwood Toy Sale and Holiday Bazaar. They will not be mailed to the winner. These prizes are only valid at the 2014 JBF Lynnwood Toy Sale and Holiday Bazaar.

October 29, 2014

Punkin’s Birth Plan

I had a birth plan with Munchkin that was two pages long. I put a lot of thought and time into it. I feel like most of it got thrown out the window but in reality, a good portion of it was followed. I think the most valuable aspect of the birth plan was making it because it made me really think about what I wanted (or what I thought I wanted.)  I never shared it on the blog and it’s currently resting in the bowels of a computer that no longer turns on, waiting to be retrieved from the hard drive by some expert who can also save my photos.  I wasn’t going to do a birth plan this time around, as I already know what I want and have thought things through plenty in the two years since I had Munchkin.  However, I’ve been encouraged by my OB to have one. She and the others who will be at the birth can’t read my mind so I guess it will help them to know what I’d like.  The Man knows and will fight for what I want if need be but it’s good to have it in writing too. 

Many Waters The Birth Plan

October 27, 2014

The To-Do List {38 Weeks}

So a couple of weeks ago I thought it would be a good idea to make a to-do list of all the things I needed/wanted to do before Punkin arrives.  I kept thinking of things (usually when I was in the shower) and then forgetting.  Not sure if it’s Mommy brain or Pregnancy brain or a mix of both.  The list wasn’t as long as I was expecting.  I remember having a HUGE list with Munchkin…it must be because it’s the second kiddo. Getting ready for Punkin has been so different from Munchkin!  I wrote most of this list back when I was 33/34 weeks.  You can see how much I’ve gotten done.  Since I’m now 38 weeks, I should probably get moving on this list, right?!?!
Many Waters The To Do List

October 24, 2014

Preparing for Christmas

I love Christmas, all of it. I love celebrating Jesus and decorating the house and gift giving. It’s such a rich time of year and it can be crazy with everything going on.  I can handle the stress of the season if I get an early start.  I really wanted to get an early start this year as I’ll have a newborn.  Newborns are fun and can be chill but they can also be a lot of work, especially if you’re breastfeeding (and I’m planning on it.)  So starting early and being organized is even MORE of a must for me this year.

Many Waters Preparing for Christmas

October 22, 2014

Mornings with Munchkin

One of my favorite parts of the day is morning.  We tend to be pretty laid back around here and we’ve fallen into a routine that works for us.  I realized today that we only have four weeks until this routine gets thrown out the window.  I’m so excited to meet Punkin and have her here but I’m still going to miss these mornings with Munchkin. I’m trying to soak them in and treasure them while I have them.

Many Waters Mornings with Munchkin