Lil Miss Independent

The title says it all. Bentlie has grown into a very “do it myself” kind of girl, more so than my other two even. I promise you she will be in gymnastics at a very early age. The other two tried it out and liked it but we had to make some family changes at that time so it ended up being too far, and now they don’t want to do it again which is fine. I really feel Bentlie was born to do that or be a stunt double. I don’t know, lol! Anyone that meets her realizes that right away!

This outfit was picked out by her after I gathered the pieces over a few store stops. It looks a bit patriotic but there is no reason why we can’t sport red, white, and blue on random days in our beautiful country :D.

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Technically the shirt was sold during July 4th, but we found it on clearance, and are happy to wear it any time.

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The dots are silver which went great with the headband!

The skirt is originally from Target. Here is the link: https://www.target.com/p/baby-girls-2-piece-tutu-and-long-sleeve-sparkle-bodysuit-set-red-grand/-/A-51779430

The store that we got the skirt from carries all new clothes with tags but some at major discounts. When I do the Dirt Cheap blog, I’ll show you a few examples including a dress and other items I found!

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If I leave this headband on for the picture, can I rock a minute?

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This skirt is just tutu cute!! She was complimented all day.

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Beyond this gate is wide open spaces, lol. Shoes or not she doesn’t care.

ABOUT THE OUTFIT:

Top: No brand on the inner tag: Walmart- Clearance $1.00 (reg $4.98 if I remember correctly)

Skirt: Baby Grand Signature: Dirt Cheap- $.50

Headband: By BowPosh

 

$1.50 and you would never know! I love how much we save on kids clothes!!

 

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My Cup Runneth Over

When I found out I was pregnant with my third child, I locked myself in the bathroom for maybe an hour or more. As my husband explains it, it was exactly what happened with the first. That is how he knew the test was positive.

With the first child you’re scared. It’s all new, and now everyone you know is going to start trying to tell you their ways on how to raise your children, lol. With a third on the way, you probably know a thing or two, but if it has been 10 years since your last, well then…….it’s like a first all over again!! At least to me.

After two kids I was saying the same things that I said with my first which I had 13 years ago. “We’re not ready.”, “I don’t know what to do.”, “Can we even afford this?”, “What about work. School?”, and on and on! I look at this blessing now, and think what did we even do before her? The other two kids were excited about the news. They understood that a baby would take a lot of the adults time. They were great with helping with everything, and playing with her. Now that she’s 1, they have even more fun because she is a dare devil- scared of nothing- knows she’s protected.

It has been an amazing journey. We weren’t ready, but who ever is…actually READY? I knew what to do because I had to do whatever it took to provide for my family. We could afford it because I have learned how to save A LOT of money on items and necessities for the family. I work at home and no longer have side jobs because I learned how to build my online business and even took on a network marketing “job” helping others feel their absolute BEST.

I love that I’m able to stay home with Bentlie and work on my businesses now. She lights up our lives and gives us a chance to share things that we went through to help others who may be going through similar situations. I just love that.

I snapped these pics of Bentlie a couple of weeks ago because I couldn’t get over how adorable and sweet she is. I’m truly blessed more than words can tell you <3.

 

See how we saved with this outfit!

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Those toes though!!! Stay this sweet forever my love.

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Pastels with bold colors is where its at ;).

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The back of this shirt is to die for <3.

The pieces we buy are usually bought at different times and then we mix and match throughout the time she wears them. Not many outfits are set with specific pieces. This top was given to her by a long time friend, Lanika Abbott at Bentlies one year birthday party in March with a pair of abstract printed harem shorts in pastel colors. The cutest outfits ever!

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The cutest!! Thank you Lanika. These were given to Bentlie at her 1 year birthday party in March. 18 mo sizing. She was able to wear the outfit on the right immediately, but the shorts on the left were a bit big then. Now, she can wear them both just fine. This is why we always size UP!!

I thought the black and white was SO cute with the pastel pink <3.

ABOUT THE OUTFIT:

Top: Maggie & Zoe: Birthday gift- 0.00

Tribal shorts: Garanimals: Walmart- $2.00 Clearance

Headband: Hobby Lobby Clearance- 1.00 (I make headbands but it was super cute and only a buck, so why not?)

 

Modern Country Chic

Many weekends when my husband is off of work we pit stop into Goodwill to browse, but we all know that this browsing we speak of turns into pieces hanging all around the cart for us to decide on as we make our way through housewares.

This trip I remember finding quit a few pieces and this was a really nice one that was like new. Bentlie already had the pants from March.

This top reminds me of a cute country summer top that a teen would wear with some boots. We decided to keep it modern with the harem pants and glitter shoes to tone it down a bit!

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It was a super HOT Tennessee day, but we paired these harem pants with the summer tank since we would be inside most of the day.

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Bentlie thought it was so fun to sit in the front seat waiting on dad to go! The photo below was taken a couple of months ago! She can still wear this outfit with ease :). I think the mismatched socks she touch was just perfect!

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Here she is in the same pants a few months ago with a different top (a onesie). I love how all of her pieces can be mix and matched and worn a while! It makes for a lot more outfits which is always a WIN!

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I learned a long time ago not to let my pride keep me from big savings, and we have done a fabulous job. I wish I would have kept ALL of the receipts through these trips and sites to show how much we truly have saved by shopping deals.

About the outfit:

Top: 2 be real (could hardly read the embroidered logo on the tag): Goodwill- $1.00

Harem pants: Cat & Jack: Target clearance- $3.49

Shoes: Garanimals: Walmart- $3.00

Other pieces:

Top: Shown in another blog: Friends: Target clearance- $3.49

Onesie: With the Victorias Secret dog: Made by a friend for Bentlies 1st birthday- Free

Socks: Walmart- $1.97 (pack of two)

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Love my family. Love my life. 

Love, The Family Coleition 

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Schoola Coupon

Hey everyone!!

As you know, Schoola allows your FIRST purchase of up to $20 to be FREE (as long as you are  BRAND NEW user and have never used any device, card, etc. on their site before). Click HERE for your free $20.

On top of that, I just found a coupon code for an additional 20% off which means you can add another item to your cart! WOOHOO!!! Enter coupon code “GSHOP”.

Here is an order I just did with this coupon (discount of $5.30) so I paid $1.22 for 4 shirts (I had $20 to spend as well). Not a bad deal, I tell ya.

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If you have any questions, feel free to message me at bowposh@gmail.com!!

Happy shopping, and don’t forget about the other awesome site where you can get your first order free as well!!! Click the link for a free $10 at ThredUP!!!

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Read more HERE!

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Love my family. Love my life.

Love, The Family Coleition

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Giving Friends Part 2

This post will be a little continuation of the “Thats what friends are for” post from a bit ago. Am I the only one that thinks of Kristen Wiig and Rose Byrne singing that song in Bridesmaids??? Hahaha.

Here is a second piece that was in the bag I got from a good friend a couple of weeks ago!! This top was NWT (new with tags attached), and I was able to make it work with my maternity style for the moment.

When I first pulled it out of the bag I was excited because I love all things sparkly, and this top has a nice amount of gold shimmer threaded throughout the pale pink/ blush fabric!! Love. Short and sweet, lets get to it!

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Straight out of the shower and into clothes look.

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Still just a big ‘ol ball, but it sure is getting heavier ;).

My husband said he liked these because I wasn’t ready for the picture. Also, this is the bag I talk about in the other friends post that my friend had the clothes she gave me in! It does look bigger here, but I love its raw cut edges and sleek look.

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I actually took a few seconds to put some accessories on. Watch out now.

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The adorable shimmering fabric!

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Top: New York & Co.- a friend- $0 (NWT)

Tank: Gap- Goodwill- 1.99

Jeans: Oh Baby by Motherhood- $5 (included in a $10 bundle of two pants on Poshmark) Paid $0 (using credits)

Shoes: Calvin Klein- Goodwill- 4.99 (NWOT)

Necklace: Loft- 4.99 (clx)

Bracelet: Bealls Outlet (I think)- 3.99

Shoulder bag: Saks Fifth Ave- a friend- $0

See, name brands without the name brand hits to my bank account!

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Don’t forget to visit one of my previous blogs titled “FREE CLOTHES” to find out how you can get your own free orders on gently used clothes and brand new clothes 😀.

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Love my family. Love my life.

Love, The Family Coleition

Feel free to post photos of your amazing finds!!!

Be sure to look back at our other cuties.

That’s what friends are for

Friends help friends, right? Some of mine sure do, and I am so grateful. For the longest time I didn’t think I had many friends, especially after my move back to FL in 2010 (10 years after graduation to start over). I have a ton of “friends” on social media, but they aren’t REAL friends (you know what I mean).

It isn’t about how many, it’s the quality of the few you may have. I met a girl at a gym I got a job at a while back, and at first I was pretty sure she hated me (actually, I was positive). There was what seemed to be some tension, but over time, we became friends. After we both moved on from that particular gym, we remained friends (we now both work at another company together- she got me the job!), and that does NOT always happen with co-workers. Once one leaves, most of the time that is the last time you’ll speak to them.

She has been a blessing to me in some rough times, and even came through for a stranger along with another friend from back in the day (high school- wow) after I asked anyone that saw my Facebook status to help this lady with her daughters birthday who wasn’t going to have one otherwise. They took time out of their day to come up with items and money for this 9 year old who was having a birthday the next day.

The day that we dropped the items off to the lady for her daughter, my friend handed me a bag of clothes, and said they were for me. Her sister sends her clothes that she does not wear, and they are very nice, some new, and some new with tags. My friend even let me keep the bag that they were folded in, and I love it! The bag is a soft, black, faux leather, square satchel from Saks Fifth Avenue so now I finally have a black bag :).

This post will feature one shirt from the bundle that was given to me that fit with my biggo preggo belly :D!!! There may be one or two others I can pull off for maternity, and then I can wear those and the rest after delivery.

It is a size small, but is very stretchy! The criss cross layers do a great job at camouflaging any bulgy areas I may have, but still hugging my belly in a flattering way. The color is a beautiful, rich orange (unlike the photo because it was insanely bright out today which made the shirt look like a road cone with my camera in the original photo).

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Just another errand day with no makeup or too much going on.

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Some of the layers are flipped up here to show how they are flowy.

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My husband took this back view and I am very surprised at how you can’t even tell I’m pregnant!!! Turn me sideways and I may knock everything over, lol.

SO, my point here is that you all have amazing friends even if it’s only a few. They don’t have to know that you are struggling if you are, and you may be completely on top of your game and on top of the world, but you are still penny pinching for certain goals in life. That’s totally okay. They will understand, and you really don’t have to explain anything.

Don’t be afraid to ASK or make a post on your social media outlets for clothes that any of your female friends in your size bracket may be looking to get rid of for free or extremely cheap. Remember when we borrowed our friends clothes in middle and high school (even though sometimes we didn’t get them back)? This is the same thing only they won’t be expecting you to give them back! You can even do a swap so you both have a semi new wardrobe. I’ve seen many moms do this with kids clothes too, and it saves them a ton!

I was offered these clothes, but it IS an option and I don’t think it is anything to be too proud over. I have had other moms on my Facebook ask me if I wouldn’t mind giving up some of my daughters old clothes, and I was happy to bag the ones up that didn’t fit anymore and pass them on. I didn’t ask any questions because we all have our reasons :).

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Top: rafaella- a friend- $0 (like new- not maternity)

Tank: Gap- Goodwill- 1.99

Jeans: liz lange maternity ($5)- $0 Poshmark APP (bought in a bundle of two- used credits so no out of pocket expense)

Shoes: Mossimo- Goodwill- 4.99 (NWOT)

Necklace: No brand- Goodwill Boutique- 5.99

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Don’t forget to visit one of my previous blogs titled “FREE CLOTHES” to find out how you can get your own free orders on gently used clothes and brand new clothes 😀.

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Love my family. Love my life.

Love, The Family Coleition

Feel free to post photos of your amazing finds!!!

Be sure to look back at our other cuties.

Social Network Shopping

SNS? Whaaaat is that? This is when you search on Facebook for local community pages where the surrounding areas post items for sale. Yardsale/ garage sale titled pages, Mom pages, and other specifically titled pages are considered “seller” pages on Facebook. You can join these groups for free, obviously, and watch for posts of items for sale that you may need. Sometimes individuals on these pages give items away for FREE because they do not want the hassle of trying to sell it or maybe it needs some work, and they are not worried about making money off of it.

There are many “Pay it Forward” titled pages in your areas as well. These pages are strictly for giving away items. You are welcome to claim an item that you may need (not too many or too often), but if you truly are not in need then perhaps it would be best to let someone else claim the item, especially if they have been searching or asking about the items on previous posts :). Giving your old items away on these PIF pages is also wonderful so have fun Paying it Forward!

This post will be brief in explaining this post as it is very basic, and explained above! YAY!!!

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It has been weather crazy in SWFL lately with one day being freezing cold, the next day pouring rain with flooded parking lots, the next day kind of cold, but not really, then really cold, and then the next day being a breezy, warm day again!!!!

I chose this day to make my husband pit stop and take a photo of this shirt while we were sprinkled on, haha. I love you, Jason!

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Jacket: Gap- Goodwill- $4.99 (Was still in retail stores)

Jeans: Oh Baby by Motherhood- $5 (included in a $10 bundle of two pants on Poshmark) Paid $0 (using credits)

Shoes: No brand- Dollar General- $3.00

Top: Worthington- Facebook sellers page- $1 (not a maternity top, but worked for it as well)

Tank: Gap- Goodwill- 1.99

DON’T FORGET: Check out this blog post FREE CLOTHES to find out HOW to get more great deals on clothes!

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Love my family. Love my life.

Love, The Family Coleition

Feel free to post photos of your amazing finds!!!

Be sure to look back at our other cuties.