Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Decluttering The Devers - March 2010

JUNK DRAWERS!!!  Every household is guilty of having at least one, usually found in the kitchen (although found in multiple places in our house).  It's the drawer that's a catchall for all kinds of things;  keys, safety pins, pens, garage door openers, chap stick, etc.  We have three in our kitchen alone and we have had them since about a week after moving in, which will be 6 years ago this September.  So, I decided to tackle these three drawers to hopefully reduce, combine, purge, and DECLUTTER!!

Our three junk drawers in the kitchen

I decided to take everything out of them and start from scratch.  It's always best to start with a clean slate.

EMPTY!!!

I threw everything on the island.  Check out the massive pile of stuff that came out of the three drawers....can you believe it??  After seeing the task in front of me, I decided to try and make similar or like piles, which I  am sure shocks all of you (ha!).  I put all the chap sticks together, all of Emerson's stuff, all the stuff to go upstairs in its proper place and so on. 

The Pile

The Organized Piles

Next up....THE TRASH.  You wouldn't believe all the stuff we threw away (and yes, I said WE...Danny helped out with this decluttering project). 


Voila!!!  A super organized "junk" drawer (notice I said drawer)!!  The Devers now have two free drawers in our kitchen.   I'm not quite sure what to do with myself or with the new drawer space.  I'm sure I'll figure it out though, there's got to be something I can put in those drawers to make them half useful.  It sure does feel  great to have these three drawers knocked out and checked off the to-do list!!

ONE very organized "junk" drawer


Wordless Wednesday: Some"bunny's" First Easter - 2008

March 2008
8 months old

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Consigning


REMEMBER THIS???? 


This is the way my guest room used to look, then I devoted my February Decluttering The Devers project to getting all these clothes ready for my upcoming March consignment sale.  I've mentioned on this blog several times that I'm a consignor.  There are three main reasons I consign.  First, we all know I love to shop for Emerson (as stated in the February decluttering post).  If/when I have another baby, and if it's another little girl, I will go just as crazy shopping for her, as I did for Emerson.  Second, I hope to recoup a fraction of the money I have already spent (we'll let Danny think this), but really it's to make money to buy MORE clothes!!!  (At most of the sales, if you are a consignor, you get to shop early, so you usually spend what you are going to make back.)  And, last but not least, we really need to get the clothes out of the house because we are bursting at the seams.  Who knew having a child would bring so much STUFF (read: toys, clothes, sippy cups, toddler plates, general clutter)?  We are slowly running out of space and again, if that second baby ever comes, it would probably be nice to have a place for it to sleep.  So, I have decided to keep all the important clothes (birthday outfits, Halloween costumes, favorites) and the cute outfits I just couldn't part with, but for the rest of them, they have been put up for consignment. 

I consign at two different sales, Upscale Resale (my favorite sale) and KidsEverywear.   Although I did just recently sign up to sell at the Chatham Kids Consignment. This is the third season I have consigned at Upscale Resale.  I missed the registration cut off for the spring season of KidsEverywear but I did participate this past fall.  Although not a consignment pro, I have certainly learned the ropes quickly and I'm working my way out of rookie status fast.  So, I thought I would show all of you exactly what is involved in consigning. 

The Process

Sorting - Obviously the first step is to sort the clothing you are going to consign.  Upscale Resale only accepts certain brands, so it is crucial to sort.  I have two bins, one for Upscale Resale (the more boutique-ish brands) and then an "Other Consignment Sales" bin (both labeled, of course).  (Hopefully this will make it much easier for future sorting and instead of ending up on my guest bed, the clothes will end up in the appropriate bin.)  Each sale is also season specific, so in the spring, you can only sell spring clothing and in the fall (you guessed it!), you can only sell fall clothing.  I put both seasons in the bin and then just sort out the season when its time for that sale. 

Presentation and Hanging- The next step is hanging the clothes.  It seems like all the sales have the same specifications for hanging; place clothes on hangers with the hook facing to the left ( like the shape of a question mark). Presentation does matter, so I make sure to tie the bows, fasten the buttons and snaps and close the zippers.  I rarely iron the clothes unless the article absolutely needs it; I've usually taken good enough care of them on the front end that they don't need ironing.   The other important detail is if there are two pieces to the outfit (ie- bottoms, bloomers, etc.), they need to either be safety pinned or put on a two-part hanger so as not to be separated at some point during the sale.  I also used a clothing rack this time and oh my, it made the entire process so much easier.  Thanks to the Hermans for use of their new in-the-box clothing rack (all I had to do was put it together while they were out of town).  Note-to-self put clothing rack on my shopping list before the fall sales start!!


Emerson loved helping her Mommy and the clothes rack had a lower rod that was the perfect height for her. 

All the clothes hung up and ready to be tagged!!

Tagging - Luckily most of the sales give you a template that you can use to plug in the info for your clothing.  Usually these tags include, your consignor number, a description of the item, the size of the item, price and your participation in the half price sale (usually the last day of the sale).  Since your consignor number will stay the same for each sale, I usually save the template and then just input the clothing info (it goes much faster this way).  You can also choose to hand-write the tags but being the OCD person that I am, I like to type them, and save a copy for my records.  Most sales require that you use card-stock.  KidsEverywear actually assigns you a particular color card-stock but Upscale Resale lets you use any color you want.  I try to use bright colors.  The brighter, the better...it attracts more buyers that way.

After you put in all the information, it's time to cut out your tags and start attaching them to your articles of clothing.  The best way to attach the clothing and the tag is by using a zip tie.  I try to zip tie the tag to both the hanger and the clothing.  I can usually do this by either going through a button hole or a clothing tag.  

Drop-Off -  Ahhh, Finished!!!  All sorted, hung, tagged, folded and placed into the Tupperware bin ready to go off to consignment land and hopefully be adopted (read: bought for full asking price) by a wonderful new mom for her adorable little girl.  (I have to give a big shout out to my consigning cohort Jen for taking my clothes this time around.  My schedule got so out of control and she was nice enough to drop-off for me. Jen, I've got drop-off duty next time!!)  Now all you have to do is hope there aren't too many leftover clothes when you go to pick-up on the last day; then it's time to sit back and wait for your check to come in!!

....and that, folks, is how you consign!!!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Emersonisms

Hair Twirling
Recently Danny and I have been harping on Emerson and her hair twirling.  We've tried everything but nothing seems to be working; I think we just have a hair twirler on our hands (no pun intended)!  One of our tactics was to tell Emerson that if she keeps twirling her hair, it will all fall out and she will be bald like her Papa.  Last Sunday, while at dinner, Emerson spotted an older gentleman seated close by and she quickly pointed out, "Look Mommy, Look Mommy that man must have twirled his hair!" You guessed it, the man was bald.  Even if it's not working, at least we know she hears what we are saying!!


I'm Busy
Yesterday, we went to breakfast with Danny's parents (Grammy and Papa).  Grammy and Emerson were involved in a conversation counting Grammy's fingers (we're working on counting right now); very serious stuff!  Papa interrupted Emerson to ask a question of his own, to which she replied with her hand held high in the "stop" position, finger pointed up, with lots of sass in her voice:

"Papa, wait a minute, I'm busy!"

Don't ever interrupt a girl and her counting!!!

Show-and-Tell #31 - Dora Backpack

BACKPACK, BACKPACK
BACKPACK, BACKPACK
I'm the backpack loaded up with things and nic nacs too
Anything that you might need I got inside for you
BACKPACK, BACKPACK
BACKPACK, BACKPACK
Yeah!!

For about a year (between 12 months and 2 years), these lyrics resonated through our house at least six times a day during the two daily viewings of Dora the Explorer in our house.  Recently, Dora became "SO a year ago" and Mickey Mouse seemed to take the "SO right now" spot.  So, it was quite surprising to us on Friday morning when Emerson said she wanted to take her Dora Back pack to school for Show-and-Tell.  It also probably won't surprise you, with the recent reemerging interest in Dora, that we watched at least one episode on Saturday morning.  It probably also won't surprise you that Emerson sang every word to the BACKPACK song!!  I guess Dora might not be "SO a year ago" after all. 

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Spring has Sprung!!!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Show-and-Tell #30 - Puppy in Purse

Now that we are out of our Disney streak, we have been able to canvas our house for non-Disney related Show-and-Tell items.  This past week, Emerson decided to take her new Puppy/Purse combination.  During the holiday season, Emerson's class had a secret santa gift exchange and Emerson received this from her secret santa, Aurora.  We haven't yet named the puppy, but on more than one occassion I have walked into our bonus room/playroom to find Emerson talking to the puppy, petting the puppy, and carrying it around with her during various other play activities like it is already part of the family.


Show-and-Tell #30
Puppy in Purse
March 19, 2010

Show-and-Tell #29 - UNC Cheerleader Doll

I'm two weeks behind with my Show-and-Tell posts, so I am trying to catch up. 

Two weeks ago (Friday, March 12th), Emerson elected to take her UNC Cheerleading doll to school for Show-and-Tell.  Emerson got this doll from the Herman clan for Christmas this year (it's worth mentioning, she also got the same Ohio State cheerleading doll from Ms. Nancy for Christmas).  Needless to say, this happened to be the day after UNC had a very poor performance in their first ACC Tournament game, ending in a lose and sending them to the NIT.   Although we had a disappointing year, we are still true blue Tar Heel fans.  But, maybe we should have sent Emerson to school with the OSU doll since they ended up clinching the Big Ten title and are now headed to the Sweet 16 in the Big Dance.  (Shh, don't tell Papa or Birdie I said that!!!)

Show-and-Tell #29
March 12, 2009
UNC Cheerleading Doll

Saturday, March 20, 2010

The ABC's of Danny

A couple of weeks ago I posted the ABC's of me.  I thought it would be interesting to also post the ABC's of Danny since he is mentioned quite frequently on this blog.  So, I decided to "interview" Danny.  His responses are below:

A - Age: 33, or "old enough" as he said.


B - Bed size: King


C - Chore you hate: The dishes!! (stated promptly and emphatically)


D - Dog's Name: Hogan


E - Essential start your day item: a very hot shower


F - Favorite color: Blue (as evident by the vast assortment of blue hued shirts in his closet)

 G - Gold or Silver: Gold, it's worth more right now.  (ever the businessman, right?)


H - Height: 5' 10"


I - Instruments you play(ed): None

 J - Job title: that's in limbo right now....promoted this past week to OTR Market Manager for NYK Logistics Americas - don't even ask me what that means (he isn't quite sure either)!


K - Kid(s): Just one right now...Emerson!


L - Living arrangements: I live in a house half the time and a hotel the other half.


M - Mom's name: Karen Ann Dever - Emerson calls her Grammy!


N - Nicknames: DD, Double D, D, Deacs, Dan


O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: Just one that I know of.  I stayed 3 days when I broke my ankle in "18" places. 

 P - Pet Peeve: "I don't like when people don't use commonsense."

 Q - Quote from a movie: He's not a big movie buff and couldn't think of one.  Instead i will list some of his favorite movies...Bull Durham, Major League, Dazed and Confused

R - Right or left handed: Right handed but left footed!

S - Siblings: Ed Dever


T - Time you wake up: Whenever Emerson wakes up.


U - Underwear: Boxers or Briefs?  Boxers!


V - Vegetable you dislike: Broccoli and Brussel Sprouts


W - Ways you drink your coffee: I don't


X- X-rays you've had: Hands, Arm, Ankle (see above), Foot, Teeth, Neck, Shoulder, and Kidneys (Sheesh!!)


Y - Yummy food you make: (Verbatim) I don't make anything, do I?  Is grilling stuff considered making anything?  I can make steak on the grill!!


Z - Zoo favorite: Gorillas



Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Jasmere

It's pretty obvious from my February Decluttering post that I have a shopping problem, ok BIG shopping problem.  Especially when it comes to a certain little fashionista toddler in our household.  Well, now I am even entering contests to support my addiction.  Jasmere, a social shopping site that my neighbor Amy introduced me to (thanks Amy!), is hosting a contest.  It's pretty simple, post a picture to their Facebook page that's related to one of your Jasmere purchases, get all your friends to comment on it, which equates to a vote and then wait, and hope you win.  What do you win, you might ask?  A $250 credit.  Friends, $250 will go a LONG way on Jasmere. 

Jasmere has a daily feature item (posted for 24 hours) and the more people who buy it, the lower the price gets and everyone who bought the item (at the end of the 24 hours) gets the item at the lowest price.  I've bought a couple of things on Jasmere, mostly for Emerson.  So today, after work, I decided to head home and try to snap some shots of her in all her Jasmere outfits and enter the contest.  I thought I would post a couple of them here.  Emerson had a great time trying on her clothes and, I won't lie, Mommy had just as much fun playing dress up with her little girl!!!

Here's my acutal entry for the Jasmere contest.  Feel free to go vote, the more comments, the closer I get to the prize.

My little one (the one I shop for the most on Jasmere) modeling her new dresses from Decaf Plush, her initial sweater from Write Away, and the one purchase for me, a new Coakley bag!!!


Here are some more pictures I took this afternoon! 

And if you want to join Jasmere...make sure you click on the personal referral link below.  I get $10 for every friend who joins under my name.  I could potentially buy a lot of Jasmere items soon with all the comments on Facebook and hopefully new people signing up under my name!!!  Believe me, Danny will be happy it is all bought by credit and not coming out of our bank account!!

Brooke's Personal Referral link for Jasmere!!
http://www.jasmere.com/referral/777778db

Wordless Wednesday: My Sentiments Exactly!!!!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Show-and-Tell #28 - Princess Ball

The fun continues with, yet ANOTHER, Disney Show-and-Tell.  I thought we were in the clear this week and then, on Monday night, Grammy surprised Emerson with some fun new things, one of which was a new Disney Princess ball.  So, guess what Emerson wanted to take to school this week for Show-and-Tell??  You guessed it!!  Emerson loves balls, but this one is extra special because it has the Disney Princesses on it and because it came from Grammy!!  Thanks Grammy!!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Just Seconds Old.....

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

I do so like Green Eggs and Ham!

It seems like everyone is celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday today.  He is probably one of the most notable childrens literary figures of our time.  His books span through decades; they are timeless, classic, orginal, imaginative, and their sing-songy rhymes stay in your head forever.  So, no wonder everyone wants to honor the man that has created some of favorite bedtime stories.


(Click on links below to read the entire story)

Michelle Obama read "The Cat In The Hat" to local students.






Check out what Poca Cosas is taking to her son's class tomorrow when she reads "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish".

Make and Takes
Make and Takes featured a great post this weekend on celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday, with lots of great links to great "Seussical" crafts. 
 
 

Since "Green Eggs and Ham" is one of Emerson's favorite books, she can practically receit it word for word, I thought it would be fun to have green eggs and ham (read: turkey bologna) for dinner.  We even added toast with green butter.  Emerson got a kick out of the sight of her green eggs and green buttered bread.  It just goes to show, it doesn't take much to make a toddler happy.....just a little bit of food coloring!!


I do so like green eggs and ham!
Thank you!
Thank you,
Sam-I-am!

To read more on Dr. Seuss and his life, click here.
Also, visit Seussville for all things "Seussical". 


Say Ahhh!!

 "Say Ahh", has been a very common phrase in our household this week as we prepared Emerson for her first dentist appointment today.  We've been talking about the appointment and Dr. John Christensen all week, in hopes that it might make the appointment a little less stressful for her.  We didn't need to worry about that, Dr. John's office is fun from the moment you walk in. 

Dr. John's office has a fish tank and a plethora of stuffed animals.  And the first thing you get when you walk in the door is a personalized sticker displaying just how special you are.  Emerson had a great time playing with everything while she waited.


Once Natalie called Emerson's name, she quickly put her animal back and followed Natalie to the treatment room.  Emerson was very excited that she got her very own room.  She quickly showed Natalie what a big girl she was by hopping into the treatment chair and staying put while Natalie went over proper oral hygiene for toddlers with Mommy and Daddy.  After Natalie's visit we took a quick potty break and by the time we got back Dr. John was already in the room talking to Daddy. 

When it was time for Dr. John's examination, Emerson changed the tuned she had just 5 minutes earlier.  Emerson didn't want to sit in the examination chair, so Dr. John had a great way for to do the exam while Emerson stayed in my lap.  Dr. John sat right in front of me, Emerson straddled my lap, and then we leaned her back while I continued to hold her hands.  Although Emerson cried the entire time with big alligator tears, Dr. John kept his cool and counted all 20 of Emerson's teeth.  By the time he got to 17, Emerson had calmed down.  We finished discussing our concerns with Dr. John and he talked to us about Emerson's oral development.  He did inform us that Emerson's teeth are a little overcrowded, which in orthodontic talk means that in about 10 years we will owe him $6000 (according to my braces selling neighbor) to straighten her teeth.  Oh Joy!!! 

After Dr. John congratulated Emerson on her first visit, he was off to see another patient.  Natalie finished up the appointment, took Emerson's picture for her "No Cavity Club" button, and showed Emerson the prize cabinet.  Emerson picked out her prize, a bracelet, and waited for her button.  We even got a smile out of Emerson at the end of the appointment for a great picture at Dr. Christensen's office door.  All-in-all, a great first visit to the dentist, we have to keep those pearly whites pristine for all those pictures Mommy takes!!