Favorite Books for a 7-Year-Old

29 Apr

I mentioned that I picked up a bunch of books for Jack at the thrift store recently, which made me think that it would be fun to share some of his current favorite books. He is in the ‘early reader’ stage where he is getting better and better at reading on his own each week, so by picking books he can read himself with little help it helps raise his confidence.

For the past 7 years, I’ve been reading him a book before bed each night. But for the past month or so, he ALSO reads me a book before bed. It’s enough to make my little bookworm heart grow three sizes!

Here are our current favs:

For Jack to Read To Me

Source: Amazon.com

At this point we probably own over a dozen Pete the Cat books (easily), but Jack LOVES them… so if I ever see one we don’t have I tend to snap it up. They range in skill level though, so some of them are ‘mommy read’ books and some are ‘Jack read’ books. All these are books that Jack can read to me with little to no help:

For Me to Read to Jack

Source: Amazon.com

What Should Danny Do (The Power to Choose) https://amzn.to/2J2ZOOG

My friend Lindsey sent this book over to Jack and he LOVES it and has made me read it to him probably 20 times so far. It is a choose your own adventure book with a twist… Danny can either choose good choices (such as share with his brother) or bad choices (such as destroy his brother’s game) and then you get to see the consequences. When pulling up this book, I saw that there is a second book in the series, What Should Danny Do? School Day, so I immediately ordered it.

Dog Man https://amzn.to/2IOZkMY

Dog Man Lord of the Fleas https://amzn.to/2IYDAxk

If you have a first grader, you MUST check out the Dog Man books. Jack is obsessed with them! They are in comic book format, so most of the scenes are easy to understand even without knowing the big words. We currently own 5 out of 6 Dog Man books and each night will read 2 – 3 chapters. Jack loves them so much that he begs for additional chapters every single night!

Now it’s your turn to share, do you have kid book recommendations?

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April Thrift Haul & Two Thrifting Tips

26 Apr

I had an awful-very-bad-day last week, so I decided that I really, really, really needed a mental health day. Which is how I ended up taking off a random Wednesday with no plan, other than to treat myself gently, eat some yummy food… and do a little thrifting.

Two Thrifting Tips:

Tip #1: If you have a kiddo just starting to read thrift stores are a TREASURE trove of books. I bought Jack 15 books that he can read himself for just 99 cents each. And once he outgrows them, I’ll be donating them back to the thrift store for another kiddo to enjoy. So, don’t forget about the kid’s books!

Tip #2: Look for off-season items! Many people who go to thrift stores are looking for immediate use items, so don’t be afraid to look for warm weather stuff in the middle of the winter and cold weather stuff as the temperatures are rising. This month I found a great sweater and pair of booties. Sure, I can’t wear them right now… but that doesn’t mean I won’t love them in the fall!

{Pssst, you can read about my previous thrifting adventures here}

Soft Surroundings Tank Top, $2.99

Soft Surroundings is known for their super soft fabrics and kind of ridiculous prices. I scooped up a cardigan from the brand when thrifting a couple months ago and really like it, so when I saw this tank top I threw it in my cart. It’s just an easy tank that I’ll be adding to my pajama drawer and wearing the heck out of this spring and summer. Would I have paid $30 – 50 for it from the Soft Surroundings store? Nope. But for $3 I’ll certainly enjoy it!

Loft Striped Sweater, $6.99

To answer your question, no I don’t have enough striped sweaters! This one is super thin and soft, without being transparent. It also has NO wool in it and is perfectly oversized and slouchy. So expect to see a lot of this one in the fall when the weather cools back down!

Loft Skirt, $19.99

This one was a total thrifting ‘splurge’ at $20, but it still had the tags on it for $59.99 and I really liked it, so I figured I’d pay up a little. This one feels very ‘Anthropologie’ styled to me and I originally thought I’d wear it to work with a nice tops and/or cardigan. But, then I realized how cute it looks with a graphic tee, so it’s possible this one may make some weekend appearances too!

Cobb Hill leather sandals, $5.99

Once again, the power of ignoring size labels in thrifting worked for me. These are marked as a size 7.5, but they fit more like a typical 8.5… which is my size. I love the pretty greenish/blue color of these and I wore them already last week!

Clarks leather and suede studded booties, $7.99

I saw these on the thrift rack and they SCREAMED well-made from a pile of plastic/pleather boots. I LOVE Clarks boots and shoes and these are gorgeous in person. They are a mix of brown leather and suede with the fun studded straps. I found them online and they are called the Swansea Grove suede motorcycle booties and they are currently selling for $150 on Amazon. They fit great and I’m going to pack them away so that when I pull out my fall clothes it’s like I found a new gift for myself!

Did you have any luck thrifting this month? Share your scores!

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Cool Kid Clothes: Picked by Jack

19 Apr

I mentioned recently that Jack grew out of a bunch of his clothes. Again. So we made a quick shopping trip to buy him a few more things and suddenly the boy has an opinion on fashion.

Normally, he just puts on anything I lay out on his dresser the night before – with the random exception of suddenly not liking a shirt because it’s too scratchy.

So, if you have a 7-year-old who is obsessed with comfortable clothes and video games, here are his top picks:

Jack’s t-shirt picks:

Source: OldNavy.com

These three were his favorites, along with a few other options that we saw in the store that are not online: Pac-Man Graphic Tee, Minecraft Graphic Tee, and Super Mario Graphic Tee.

Jack’s shorts picks:

Source: OldNavy.com

We always have a few pairs of cargo shorts on hand, but Jack tends to wear the work-out shorts for most of the summer. We found a few great options at TJ Maxx and picked these two pairs up from Old Navy: Cargo Jogger Shorts and Go Dry Mesh Shorts.

Jack’s shoe & sock picks:

Sources: Rothys.com and Target.com

Jack isn’t the only person in our house obsessed with Rothy’s! When they launched the kid’s sneakers I let Jack pick out two pairs — he went for the blue octopus and the flames. He wears one or the other every single day and I finally threw the octopus pair in the washing machine earlier this week because they STUNK. One quick wash on cold later and they are clean again AND smell great! He likes to pair his slip-on sneakers with these striped Cat & Jack Ankle socks from Target. You can find Rothy’s kid sneakers here.

I have to say, I love Jack’s cool video gamer style!

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Clothing Purge Report: March and April

19 Apr

It’s bimonthly Clothing Purge Report time! 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. I’ve been working extra hard this year to beat my 2018 total of $2,152… as an added incentive, I’ve been adding all my sales money into a special ‘vacation’ account to go towards Hawaii!

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.


I made the majority of my sales on Poshmark over the last couple months. If you’ve been eyeing anything in my Poshmark closet, NOW is the time to make an offer!

I ended up re-poshing a couple items that I bought and then didn’t end up loving (basically breaking even, even those were already ‘sunk’ costs). I also sold a couple items that I received in my Spring Causebox that I didn’t love. Finally, I took a long hard look at my closet and did some purging.

  • Fabletics Puffer vest – re-Posh – $19
  • Prana Kara green jeans – re-Posh – $23
  • MM LaFleur Rachel dress – thrifted and wore once – $113
  • Cleobella Scarf from Causebox – didn’t love – $19
  • Sperry Slip-on Sneakers – bought from TJ Maxx and didn’t love – $20
  • ALTRU Plant holder from Causebox – didn’t love – $8
  • Anthropologie Tidal Maxi Dress – thrifted and wore once – $55
  • Anthropologie keyhole blouse – wore 2x – $22
  • Ann Taylor Strapless dress – thrifted and never wore – $32

I ended up making 9 sales and my total earnings were $311 before Poshmark fees (20%).

Facebook Sale Groups
I belong to some brand-specific Facebook groups: Boden Mamas B/S/T, Anthropologie BST, Non Crap Mama Clothes, Rothy’s BST, Stitch Fix b/s/t Large and Stitch Fix B/S/T. If you are interested in joining any of them, you need to submit to join and then the administrator will approve each person (I am not the administrator of any of these groups).

When I purchased the Spring Inspiration Fit mystery bag, there was a card in the bag letting me know that there is now swap group! I had one tank top that I didn’t love (the one that says Pinch Me), so I posed it on the swap group and within 24 hours someone paid $15 for it!

I ended up making 1 sale and my total earnings were $15 (minus a couple bucks for postage)

Now that the weather is about to get warm again, I’m looking forward to packing away my winter clothes and unpacking my spring/summer items. I plan to do some SUPER purging and listing a ton of stuff to sell, so keep your eyes peeled!

Oh and if you want to use my special invite code to open a Poshmark account, you can use POCKETFULOFJOUL to get $5 off your first order.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. If you choose to use my special Poshmark code to sign up for an account, you will get $5 off your first order and I will also get $5 off a future order.

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