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, The Family Coleition

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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, The Family Coleition

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Maternity Fashion 2

I have been so lazy when it comes to dressing up to leave the house during this pregnancy. I have received some really cute things that I just can’t wait to share with you, yet I really don’t leave the house except for my side job which is at 4am!!

Today, everyone got ready just to do a quick library and post office errand so we were extremely casual. Well, we all also forgot that today is a holiday, MLK day!!! We stopped to tour some apartment complexes while we were out so it wasn’t a complete waste of gas, and then I had my lovely daughter snap a few photos of a super casual outfit to show you before going inside. Ummm, you can’t see it, but it was freezing today in SWFL! Brrr.

Here you go! Please excuse my exhausted, no make up looking face. It was a very lazy day.

I am about 30 weeks here so time is almost up. Woooow!

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This is Zoey, our Parti Pom!

I absolutely love pink. For a long time I’d say I didn’t because of the typical stereotypes on girls, but I love it. I do. This dress was even better in person when I got it and gosh, I was so excited about this piece!

It is extremely comfortable made with a soft and stretch cotton blend which is perfect for before, during and after pregnancy. It is a size M and I am surprised at how some of the mediums that came in seem a bit larger than I remember. I am hoping that I can pull it off after the fact!

I received this dress from Schoola, a site that I previously blogged about. The sweater and the flats have also been featured on previous blogs, but I will list the info again at the bottom.

The best part about this dress………is the fact that I got it for free. Yup, free. It is an Old Navy dress and was NWOT (new without tags) so wow, what a deal!

Here is the blog link that explains HOW!!!!

In the order that this dress was included in, this is what I got :). When you visit these sites, you are going to love it!

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I will show these other pieces later when I am not being lazy, HAHA.

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Sweater: Loft- Goodwill- 2.00 (half off color tag)

Shoes: Calvin Klein- Goodwill- 4.99 (NWOT)

Dress: Old Navy- Schoola (9.09)- $0 (NWOT)

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

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Love, The Family Coleition

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I saved a bookcase.

It has been crazy busy in the Cole family lately!! Now that school is out for a couple of months it will be even crazier!

I figured I could take a few minutes out of my evening before my 3 am wake up call to share another great find. It looks great and while many will turn their noses up again, I’ll be happy to turn my nose up back because I still have cash in my pocket for something else ;).

As we were leaving for the store the other day, one of our neighbors had set this out. They are called curb alerts. Many people in the area and surrounding areas do this and then post announcements because they do not have a way to take the items to donate them or they don’t want to take the time to try to sell it. Sometimes these items are in perfect condition, much like this shelving unit.

I have been on the search for a reasonably priced bookcase for the kids rooms because they have so many books and because we are following Dave Ramsey. I work very, very hard for what I bring in and I want to make sure it goes where it needs to go and spending $50 or more on a bookcase at this time isn’t something I want to do. Not that I can’t, I don’t want to. While they need one, it still isn’t a necessity. Hopefully I am making some sort of sense even though it is only 9:40 pm, but it feels more like 2:40 am to me.

Here it is. A perfectly white, very sturdy, solid wood bookcase! I scrubbed the entire thing down and my son, DuGrei loves it. You did good, J.

He even started organizing his books but wouldn’t let me help.

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I will bet he still has about 50 books in the closet floor so I’m going to have to figure something out. I LOVE that my kids love books and love to read. They are very well read for their age and their teachers bragged about that quite a bit.

I found some bookcases similar to this one online for $130 or more and at a cheaper quality. I had to send a photo to my friend in Naples who loves to make old her new again and she approved! $0 for me and I have no shame. That is $130 or more that I can put toward something else in the plan. Woo!

I would LOVE to find a bookcase like this one below for my daughter’s room though! I’m sure this one has a nice price tag. Unfortunately, the blog didn’t have the company or site listed for this one.

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Maybe I can find someone to make me one!!!

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One day we will have a HUGE library and I can’t wait to slide across the wall on the ladder on wheels, lol.

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