A Denver Family's Adventure Through The Ups And Downs of Life

Thursday, July 28, 2011

For Sale- Baby Items

I am in the process of coordinating Sam's outgrown baby items to sell at a local consignment sale. If possible, I'd like to sell these items to someone from this site instead of complete strangers. Please e-mail me at wilberta2006@yahoo.com if you are interested in any of these items. I live in SE Aurora and Work off Belleview & I-25.

Make me an offer!!

Operation Minimize- Week 30 (274-324)

On Monday night, after the electricity went out, by flashlight, I found most of my cloth diaper stash that I wanted to sell. I advertised 16 SmartiPants cloth diapers, a single BumGenius 3.0 cloth diaper and a bunch of inserts.

I also took the flashlight into the basement and found a box of votive candles from our wedding 5 years ago that got the boot. I did save one for sentimentality.

What Got Sold (Proceeds Going to Sam's College Fund)
4 Cool Blue SmartiPants Diapers

4 Aqua Breeze SmartiPants Diapers
4 Clever Clover SmartiPants Diapers
3 Bright White SmartiPants Diapers
1 Mellow Yellow SmartiPants Diapers
1 BumGenius Cloth Diaper
20 Diaper Inserts

What Got Tossed

13 Votive Candles and 1 cardboard box

51 Items

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Online Backup Tools

There are so many companies available to purchase online backup tools- Mozy, Carbonite, BackBlaze, SugarSync

I'm not sure which one to trust.

Some of the companies backup your entire computer, no matter the size of your files. Others restrict the size of the files at certain price points.

Has anyone had any experience with any of the above mentioned companies?

Monday, July 25, 2011


Motherhood never ends -- but childhood does. You have a baby, you blink, and suddenly there's a 3-year-old standing in front of you announcing, "I'm big now." The magic years are unbelievably brief, and every day my son is changing and growing. Remember that the essence of parenting isn't in the milestones, but in the everyday moments. So stop, pay attention, and make sure you celebrate them every chance you get.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Ongoing Organization Project- Sam's Baby Clothes (274-276)

Here is an example of what Sam's baby clothes looked like before I decided to consign (resell) the baby clothes that Sam has grown out of. With an infant, I didn't have any time to organize his clothes. I just knew that I needed to make more room in his closet for those clothes that actually fit him at the time, so everything that he had grown out of, I threw in plastic trash bags (no matter what size) and threw them in the basement.

Fourth of July weekend, my ILs were over the house, and while Sam was sleeping and my husband and FIL were in the backyard building Sam's sandbox, my MIL and I went through the bags of clothes and separated them by size.

Clothes for the next consignment sale are due to the event location on August 10th, so I have sent out feelers for anyone to give me any wire hangers that they would otherwise throw out.

The local Dependable Cleaners location had a lot of wire pants hangers. I knew that the wire did not go through the paper portion of the hanger, so I have been taking that off and bending the rest of the hanger to fit children's clothes. It has worked quite well for my purpose. They hangers don't have to be beautiful, they just have to work.

I've got Sam's 12 month clothes put onto hangers. The next step is determining how we want to price them, then I'm moving onto the next batch of his clothes (3 mo, 6 mo, 9 mo, 18, mo and finally 24 mo).

I am headed to the Stapleton area this weekend to sell some of Sam's old toys and equipment (Vtech The Move & Crawl Ball, Fisher Price Go Baby Go! 1-2-3 Crawl-Along Snail and his Fisher Price Space Saver High Chair). There are also some people there that are going to give me more child size hangers for my project. Sweet!!

That will be another 3 items out of my house and the proceeds going to Sam's 529 College Fund.

Slowly, but surely, I'm going to hit my goal of 2,011 items removed from our house.

Homemade Bubble Recipies

Baby GoodBuys always has great advice, deals and recipies for homemade items. Yesterday, the site had seven recipies for making homemade bubbles. Check it out.

Homemade Bubble Recipes

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Need Weekend Plans??

I have the following tickets for sale to beneift The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

  • 2 Elitch Gardens tickets - $40 total
  • 6 Denver Firefighter Museum tickets- $20 total
  • 4 Forney Museum of Transportation (2 adult & 2 child) tickets- $15 total

Even if you have plans for this weekend, these tickets don't expire for a while. Let me know if you are interested.

Wordless Wednesday- Being Silly With a Bandana

Friday, July 15, 2011

Standard First Aid with CPR - Child and Infant

I have been wanting to sign up for a CPR and First Aid Class since I found out I was pregnant.

After completing the online protion of the class, on Saturday, August 27th, for 3 hours, I will be heading to the local Red Cross Office to participate in the classroom portion.

Here is the class description.
Train lay responders to overcome any reluctance to act in emergency situations and to recognize and care for life-threatening respiratory or cardiac emergencies in infants and children. Provide the lay responder with the knowledge and skills necessary in an emergency to help sustain life and to minimize pain and the consequences of injury or sudden illness until professional medical help arrives. Students who successfully complete this course will receive certificates for Standard First Aid with CPR-Child& Infant which is valid for two years.

This course consists of on-line content and classroom segments. On-line material must be completed prior to attending the classroom activities.

I'm so excited!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Thursday's Houshold Tip- 40+ creative uses for wooden clothespins

I stole this post from Parent Hacks. There are definitely some GREAT ideas in the bunch below.

  1. Laundry stain reminder. Keep a bag of clothespins in the laundry room. When you have an item that needs special attention before it’s washed, clip a clothespin to it. That way, if you forget, you’ll be reminded as you start to put it in the washer.
  2. Keep blankets in place on a stroller. Use clothespins to clip blankets to the stroller’s sun shade when the shade itself is not enough to block the sun or wind.
  3. Hold a tablecloth in place on a picnic table. Clip the sides of the tablecloth together under the table and it won’t blow off in the wind.
  4. Clip dirty clothes bag to diaper bag. Sometimes when I need to change my son’s clothes, I don’t want to put the dirty things back into the diaper bag. I put them in plastic bag and clip the plastic bag to the diaper bag handle with a clothespin or two so it doesn’t get lost/forgotten.
  5. Magnets for important notes on the fridge. We hot glued magnets to the backs of a few clothespins, then wrote on them with permanent marker: “babysitter”, “pet sitter”, “shopping”, “emergency” “to do”. We then clipped notes in the magnets for each area – ie. “shopping” held coupons, relevant ads & grocery list; “emergency” held a print out of important phone numbers and photocopies of insurance cards; etc.
  6. Keep fingers from getting burned. If you put a match into a spring-type clothespin to light charcoal, candles, fireplaces, etc. you’ll have a little more safety distance between your fingers and the fire.
  7. Ensure your privacy. Carry a few clothespins when traveling. If you get a hotel room with drapes that don’t quite meet, just pull the edges together and clip them. You’ll keep out any distracting outside light as well as unwanted peepers.
  8. Cord sorters. Label clothespins with permanent marker “TV”, “DVR”, “DVD”, “Stereo”, “Phone”, etc. and use them to identify which cords go to which appliance. Sometimes they can also work to tidy up extra loops of cord if there isn’t too much extra.
  9. Make handy holders. Attach a row of clip clothespins to a closet wall with a glue gun. They make convenient holders for scarves and gloves.
  10. Use all your toothpaste. It’s frustrating to throw away a tube of toothpaste when you know there’s more inside. A clothespin can help hold the back of the tube flat as you use up what’s left in the front of the tube.
  11. Keep snacks fresh. Clothespins are perfect for reclosing bags of potato chips, crackers, cookies, etc.
  12. Don ’t cross your wires. If you change your own spark plugs, you might get confused about which wires go to which spark plug. You can fix that by writing numbers on wooden clothespins with a marker and clipping one to each wire.
  13. Gardening helper. If you want to encourage the branches of your young fruit trees to spread out, clip a couple of spring-type clothespins together, and wedge them into the fork formed by the branch and the trunk.
  14. Secure the plastic garbage bag in my trash can. I hate it when the bag falls into the trash can and I have to pull it up over and over again. The clothes pins do a great job of securing the trash bag so when you throw something heavy into the can, the bag will stay secure to the edges of the trash can.
  15. I put a wooden clothes pin on my softener sheet before throwing it into the dryer - that way when I remove the clothes from the dryer, I can easily locate the dryer sheet and toss it back into the next load. Good way to use those sheets until completely devoid of fragrance and static guard.
  16. Keep in the closet to put on the shoulders of dresses that keep slipping, pants that fall off the pants hangers, or matching skirt outfits. Cheaper than getting the specialized hangers.
  17. Hold mail on the mailbox awaiting the mail carrier.
  18. Sorting and keeping together similar paperwork in preparation for filing. The clothespin at one edge makes it easy to locate the clipped papers.
  19. Keeping bank ATM card and deposit envelope together in the car on the way to the bank. Keeps them visible so you don't forget to make that stop!
  20. Clipping outgoing mail on the outer rim of the totebag I carry to work so I can remember to put the envelopes in the mailbox.
  21. Keeping articles to be mailed to friends separate -- I write their names on individual clothespins -- they stick up from my desktop file so I can find them easily when I want to make an addition to the collection or mail them all off.
  22. Hanging large or heavy holiday cards from a cord in a window or against a wall.
  23. As a "reminder" of something; clip to your purse to remember dry cleaning, dr.'s appt., etc. Clip to child's backpack/clothing to remember to give teacher a note, etc. Or, write a reminder on a bright piece of paper and clip it in a conspicuous place.
  24. Decorate as a reindeer/other holiday item and clip to Christmas tree
  25. Use as a bookmark (clip to page)
  26. Hot-glue to wooden photo frame to hold extra pictures/other items related to the picture in the frame
  27. Use as plant markers (clip to small, round dowel and poke dowel into dirt)
  28. Use them on a wire hanger to keep ties or scarves in place. Drape up to 4 ties across the bottom of a wire hanger and clip each tie in place with a clothes pin.
  29. Paint two wooden clothes pins in a color that coordinates with your curtains, and then nail them (one on each side of the curtains) in to the wall. Use them as curtain tie backs.
  30. Close frozen vegetable bags in the freezer after opening
  31. Clip rain boots together for storing in a common closet at school
  32. Clip mittens or gloves in pairs.
  33. Anchor a hanger to a cup hook outside to dry an item without the wind blowing the hanger to the ground.
  34. Clip key ring to a bag as reminder to take it for delivery when running errands.
  35. Clip reminder note onto placemat to remind family member of a task or just to deliver a message without it being whisked off the table by a quick breeze.
  36. Use to hold songbook open on the keyboard book rack.
  37. Clip a kitchen towel to your skirt waistband as a quick apron.
  38. Use as small clamps when doing craft projects or repairs
  39. Use to clip a napkin or towel to a child's shirt for a quick bib or art smock
  40. Cover a wet paintbrush: Wrap wet bristles of a small paintbrush in plastic when taking a break. Clip plastic to the handle with a clip to seal.
  41. Clip one to the edge of a saucepan to allow steam to escape around the lid reducing boil over mess.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Operation Minimize- Week 27 (274-???)

I am in the process of organizing Sam's clothes and toys so that they can be put up for sale at the Just Between Friends Consignment Sale in Denver, scheduled for late September.

My MIL and I went through bags and bags of clothes that were not organized at all and divided them by size. I pulled out items that there way no way in hell that we were going to sell and put them aside.

I also took out "summery" items since this sale is purely for Fall/Winter items.

Next on the agenda for this project is putting outfits together and determining how to price each item. This will be the longest part of this project.

To Be Continued . . .