Clothing Purge Report: January, February, March

It’s Clothing Purge Report time again. Rather than just showing you what I purchase, I also like to show you what items leave my house and how I sell or donate them.

First a quick reminder… here’s my criteria for where I sell:

  • Poshmark/eBay: items that are in perfect condition.
  • My Instagram page: items that are in perfect or near perfect condition. I’ll typically post a collage of what I’ve listed elsewhere.
  • Facebook Sale Groups: items that are in perfect or near perfect condition in specific brands, such as Anthropologie, Boden, and Stitch Fix.
  • Donate to Thrift Stores: items in good condition or showing wear.

This update is going to be awfully short… because I’ve sold ONE item in the last three months and earned $25 on Poshmark.

That’s it.

And not for lack of trying. I tried sharing each item in my Poshmark closet every day to see if that helped and got bupkis.

Last weekend, I decided to do a little Poshmark closet cleaning and deleted a bunch of items that had been listed for ages. I added them to my thrift store donation bags and will drop everything off when the pandemic passes. I also photographed a few new items and added them to my closet.

But that’s about it.

Have you all had any luck selling anything?

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Craft Review: String Art Kit

It’s product review time again and this time we are taking a look at a String Art Kit I ordered off Amazon to keep Jack busy while he’s at home. As it was, it kind of backfired… because I ended up doing the kit too.

Let’s take a closer look…

As I mentioned, I ordered the kit off of Amazon… but as luck would have it, it’s totally sold out now. The one I ordered had three designs (an owl, a starburst, and a YAY sign) and it cost $16.63.

Here are some similar sets I found that are still available:

Jack decided to do his own thing and not follow any directions… so here is his original design:

As for me, I’m a rule follower… so I decided to make the owl.

Step 1: I put all the pins into the foam board backing, making sure to keep the colors consistent with the example.

Step 2: I started adding the string, first the branch and then the owl body:

Step 3: I finished adding all the different color string and I went back over some areas that weren’t filled as much as I wanted them to be. And here is the finished product:

I think it turned out awfully cute, but the kit was definitely a bit too hard for my 8-year-old boy. If you have an older child, or one a bit better about following the directions, this type of kit might be a better fit.

If you’re an adult and you’d like to try a ‘fancier’ version of string art, I found a couple cute kit options with a wooden background and nails:

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Life Update

Okay, as I’m rounding in on day 13 of teleworking, I thought it was time for a Life Update. And to be honest, I had to count days on my calendar over and over, because even though this is day 13 of teleworking, out of the last 27 days I have spent 21 at home.

Which is 77.7% of my days.

I’m an introvert… but it is still a lot of time at home.

Since my last update, Maryland schools have extended their closure through April 24th. They implemented online schooling with Google Classroom on Monday, so now we have a new routine of printing off Jack’s assignments each morning and having him complete three sections each day: math, writing, and a bonus assignment (extra writing assignments, PE, art, etc). After each assignment is complete, I upload it to the Classroom for his teacher to review. Each assignment earns him screen time, so the complaining is bearable.

Here’s some Minecraft Yoga:

And yes, Jack does sometimes take off his robe so I can wash it. And he gets regular showers. But getting dressed each day… way down on the list of importance right now.

This week, the Governor of Maryland also announced a stay-at-home order, which means we are only supposed to leave our homes for necessary reasons such as essential work, grocery/medicine shopping, etc. This is pretty much how we’ve been living the last few weeks, so we didn’t have to do any big changes in order to comply.

I’m still teleworking each day, Monday – Friday. The marketing team is making it work with a daily morning phone call and using Slack to instant chat throughout the day. We got some secondhand good feedback at the end of last week, so I’m feeling confident that we are getting an acceptable amount of work done.

My husband has an essential job, so he’s been lucky enough to work most days. This week, he was home Monday and Wednesday due to lack of work… so that’s a little scary moving forward when it comes to his paycheck. However, we are spending less… so perhaps it will all come out even. I’m certainly saving on gas and public transportation costs. Not to mention the lack of Starbucks runs and lunches out with my work buddies.

We had a family Jackbox/Zoom party over the weekend and it was pretty fantastic. Basically, my mom, each of my siblings, and their spouses and called in with Zoom and we all played Jackbox together. There were silly hats and drinks and lots of laughs. It was an absolute highlight of our weekend, so I’m hoping to schedule another ‘get together’ soon!

It seems like we will be sticking with this schedule at least through the month of April. Which is fine and necessary. I fully support everyone hunkering down to help flatten the curve.

However, to be honest it is a bit exhausting.

Okay, it’s A LOT exhausting. I don’t know if it’s just the daily pressure/news cycle of coronavirus news, or that I’m juggling a full-time job, online schooling my son, the normal housework (cleaning, cooking, laundry), mom-ing and wife-ing. But I’m tired.

I’m also a little sad. Since January, we had been looking forward to a family vacation to Universal Studios Orlando at the end of April and I finally went ahead and cancelled it yesterday. I know the world won’t be back to normal in 3 weeks, but it just felt like giving up all hope to make those cancellation calls. As it is, we won’t get the money back from Universal for 3 – 5 business WEEKS and the plane fare will sit in the Southwest travel account until we book our next trip. I’m hoping we can schedule something for September or October, but I’ll wait a couple months to re-book anything.

I’m feeling a bit like Eeyore at the moment, but if I had to guess I bet a many of you are feeling the same way. So, let’s end today’s blog post on a positive note…

Some things that have been great about the last few weeks of staying home:

  • I haven’t worn makeup since March 18th and it feels pretty great.
  • I love being more involved with Jack’s daily classwork and it’s great to see how his brain works with his math and ELA lessons. I feel like his writing is getting better with all the one-on-one attention too.
  • Our dog, Ollie, has been enjoying all the extra attention. And pretzels. In fact, he might be getting a little fat.
  • We have been eating at home much, much more with just 2 carry-out purchases each weekend. This is much healthier for our waistlines and also nice for our money situation. Jack also informed me last night that I’m awesome at cooking… so I’ll take it!
  • After work each day, I sit down and enjoy a book for a bit. I’ve kept up with posting my tiny reviews on my Instagram stories and so far I’ve read 26 books in 2020.
  • My husband is cute and funny, so I’m happy to see more of him.
  • Jack is also cute and funny and I’ve been getting a huge number of hugs on a daily basis.

I hope you all are safe and healthy and happy!

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