Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Everyday I'm hustlin - part dos

Assuming you've all read part 1, I'll get right into my second new business venture which most of you may already know about but I always seem to still get tons of questions about. 

Squeaks and Cheeks over the past year has gone from slow starting blog, to booming baby boutique and back to slow moving again. 

I'm currently taking a break from what was amounting to an awesome way to make a few bucks as a stay at home mom and also a way to get Sophie some adorable clothes that no one else has. 

The clothes that you have seen me sell on my Facebook page, storenvy site and some also on my new clothing Instagram page (@shopsqueaksandcheeks) are all bought wholesale. It's a big initial investment but I like it because I can pick how many I want and which ones I want to buy. When you buy in bulk you're able to get better pricing. There are tons of shops that are run by Moms that make handmade or hand printed kids clothes that I eventually plan on getting into. For now I scower the internet for other spots to buy in bulk. The return isn't too huge once shipping costs are added in but every little bit counts and I enjoy shopping so Iove it 😊 

I've had to take a break from buying in bulk until we end up getting our new house. The turnaround time from a lot of these retailers is around a month and with all the in and out that we are doing I don't want to have to deal with hassle from mail getting lost or whatever else could happen. Also, my "office" was and still is my dining room table for all these ventures and the last thing I need is more things to hide in my car when we have to show the house! 

In addition to the clothes I buy to sell, I'm also selling clothes that Sophie hasn't worn on Instagram shop @shopsqueaksandcheeks and I highly recommend it to all you moms that got more clothes than you know what to do with for your kids. It's easy, it's safe by using paypal and you will get more than any store will give you for returning clothes once they are out of season. 

Some other awesome apps I've had some luck with selling clothes I don't wear anymore are Poshmark, Vinted, Totspot (for Sophie) and Threadflip. 

Check them out! And check back for part 3 of how I'm making my living soon :)

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Everyday I'm hustlin -part 1

Ok so I decided since I've been MIA that I'd update you all on what I've been doing lately. I'm insanely busy and all over the place! 

Being a stay at home Mom is AWESOME. I love seeing Sophie grow, I love having no commute, and I love not having to put up with anyone's shit. Except Sophie's. I don't mind not having money for myself and the hubby pretty much takes care of all our needs anyway. I do however just feel weird using his money to buy him gifts. I used money that I still had saved up for his birthday gifts and party in February but now there's Father's Day, our anniversary and then before you know it Christmas.  

I like contributing and I've had tons of elaborate ideas (that still aren't entirely out of the question) on how I could make money while stating at home with Sophie. I bought all the material I could ever need for baby headbands, tutus and dresses to be able to make and sell. Well, that's great and all if your baby likes to self entertain. But my fiery ginger likes to climb the coffe table, try and lick outlets, stick everything she shouldn't in her mouth and cry loud enough to be heard on her fathers conference calls when I put her on the floor by herself. So those are out (at least for now).

Then I found a whole new side of Instagram that I never knew before. The children's shopping community. There are thousands and thousands of shops of moms just like me just trying to make a buck and on some pretty amazing products. I'll have to share my favorites with you another time because it's seriously awesome. 

So let me explain the one way that I've started to make some extra cash and have fun doing it. The easiest to explain is my Vintage baby clothes Instagram shop. I've wanted to start one for a few months and cleaning out my grandmom and my moms things to go to good will finally spring me into action. I run the account with a best friend that shares my passion for vintage baby clothes 💙 

What I do- Sophie and I (and sometimes my friend and her little guy) head out to out local thrift shops. First of course we are looking for adorable vintage outfits for our little ones like this vintage baby romper I scored :

Then we check all the other age groups for other vintage gems like this little boys romper that is just too tiny to jam our little ones into! 

Now as you can see, some of these are brand new vintage items with the tags still on! How cute is this ?!

So we check out, head home, tally everything up with an estimate to include shipping and we announce a post. There are tons of other mamas on there that are looking for and also doing the same thing. We post each item separately and people leave their Paypal invoice. Just that easy! With the right items you can really make some money too! Rompers like the yellow one Sophie is wearing can go for $25 or sometimes even more! Depending on your thrift shop you may be able to get them for as low as what I got mine for with a coupon during a sale day - just $0.75! 

It may seem like too much work for little return to some but Sophie loves going shopping and it's such a fun outing for us both! I actually get a rush from it, it's like a treasure hunt 😊 And worse comes to worse I just have a bunch of adorable clothes for if we ever have another kid. 

So that's part 1 of 3 of my new business endevours 😊. Check back to hear the other two! 

My shop on Instagram is @treasuresbythesea if you want to come check us out! 

Learning to grow

I am a lucky girl to have loads of family and friends that would bend over backwards for me with out even having to ask. In return I would do the same for them in a heart beat. I take great joy in being able to help those close to me in any way that I can or being able to show them I care enough about them that they shouldn't ever have to question the magnitude of our friendship. 

I will be 30 in just a few months and throughout my 20s I've made some amazing friends and acquaintances. I've also had quite a few people show their true colors and that they aren't worth my time. 

How long is too long? How long do you work on a friendship that is one sided before you just call it quits and reciprocate what is dealt out to you. Why make someone a priority when you're barely a speck in their self absorbed life? 

In the past I've been notorious for wanting to stick around and wait for big changes in people. In the meantime I get stepped on, be made to feel unjustifiably guilty and spend entirely too much time complaining about it all. Why should I even give the time of day to a person that is certainly not thinking of me and what a good friend really is. 

I've made tough choices with friends over the last few years and somehow feel like now more than ever I need to weed out and make more time for those that really deserve it. I think this summer will be the start of a new and better way for me. Not everyone needs to be your best friend. And if the only time you hear from them is when they Need something, than what kind of a friend is that? 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

We are selling our house!

On top of having a wild and crazy 11 month old, I've also taken on a few additional jobs on top of my Stay at Home mama role :) Plus we put our house up two weeks ago which is really why I've been totally off the blogging grid. I plan on getting back into the routine even if it just for a small update here and there or a ridiculously cute baby girl picture :) like this......
Formal update to follow! With tons of product reviews :)