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Fall Sale Time!

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I love an opportunity to get a deal, especially on “necessities” like clothes. I love quality and cute clothes for Isaac, but it is really hard to pay full price for kids clothes knowing how quickly he goes through them. So each fall and spring I head out to a few sales put on by local twin and multiples groups in our city. Back in the spring I detailed my process (here and here). In short, I always have a list and plan and budget. I like to spend under $100 for both sales combined, though I may increase that a bit as I start buying for the baby too.

This year I hoped to find some baby “gear” so I went to both sales as they opened.

Sale #1 was the Twin Sale put on by EHMOTC held a the Nagel Middle School in Anderson. I walked around pretty quickly, picked up some items then found a spot to take a closer look at each item. I look for stains, think of outfits, and decide if the the item is worth the cost.

fallsale1 Here is what I ended up with after the first sale:

For Isaac:

  • 3T Gap zip-up sweatshirt jacket
  • 3T lined plaid jacket (really warm!)
  • 3T Addidas track outfit
  • 3T long-sleeved shirt
  • 2T rust corduroy button up – Thanksgiving shirt!


For baby:

  • 3-6 mo. BabyGap sleeper (Similar to favorite of mine for Isaac as a baby. Super soft!)
  • 0-3 mo. “All I Need is Love” long-sleeved onesie
  • 3-6 mo. tie-die sleeper (looks never worn)

fallsale3 Misc:

  • Duck towel (I had been looking for this last spring before pool season) 
  • Car organizer for Isaac’s books and a few toys we leave in the car ($8.00 is a little pricey for a sale, but I had planned to buy something just like this! It was brand new.) 
  • Crib sheet in Navy


Total for Sale #1: $31.00 for 11 items.

Sale #2 was the following week across town at the Princeton Middle School put on by the Tristate Multiples Club. I was in line while it was still dark as I was hoping to find a bassinet/crib/pack ‘n play. Something for baby to sleep in until he is sleeping through the night. I did find some cute things, but didn’t manage to find gear. Boo.

For Isaac:

  • 3T Gap zip-up jacket. (I guess I really liked this item, I did not realize I jut bought one in a different color the week before!)
  • 2T and 3T dressy button up (1 for Christmas outfit!)
  • 3T PJs
  • 4T PJs
  • 4T polo (brand new!)


For baby:

  • 3-6 mo. Aden and Anais sleep sac
  • 2 pair pants – 3 mos, 6 mos,
  • 2 onesies – 3-6 mos
  • 4 sleepers – 0-3 and 3-6 mos. (all long-sleeved for baby born in Feb)



  • Rain boots – size 8. Isaac loves trying on my rain boots, I knew he would love to wear these around the house even if it doesn’t rain all that much.
  • Fleece hat and gloves for Isaac
  • 3 pairs of shoes for baby/toddler
  • 3T winter coat for Isaac (a little big, but leaves room for winter clothes underneath)

fall accessories

 I could not turn down this Thomas the Train carrying case for all my little man’s best buddies. I do not see us really carrying this out of the house, but for $3.50 I thought it was worth Isaac’s joy.

sale train

Total for Sale #2: $52.00 for 22 items.

So, I was disappointed that I did not find one piece of gear at either of the sales, but still very happy with everything that I got!

Grand total: $83 for 33 items.
Well under budget this season! Success.

*Looking for more info. on these two sales? Here are EHMOTC Website and Tristate Multiples Website. Both have an email mailing list and will notify you about a month prior to their sales. 

Take Me Out…to the Par-ty!

It was party time at work again! You may remember my last themed volunteer bash… during basketball season, when I made these Basketball and Daisy Centerpieces. We don’t mean to be so sporty, but when you add a free Reds game to the celebration, how can you not go all baseball? Home Run.
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My goal: not too red (the color not the team), not too theme-y, use-whatcha-got supplies, budget conscious as always, and well.. make sure the volunteers knew that they were thought of and created for.

Special DIY mentions:

Plastic tablecloths made into baseballs with washi tape. These cheap-y plastic tablecloths are available at any party story and great for our events like this. Quick clean-up! To get the lines somewhat even, I left the tablecloths folded in half, while adding the detail. I used some dashes of washi tape to quickly mark the line, then I rolled the washi tape on in one long strip to keep the tablecloth from buckling. And, since the tablecloth was white, I was able to flip it over and do the 2nd line right on top as I could see right through. Yes!
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Next up, peanut centerpieces! Please eat the table decor. We reuse and recreate these glass fish bowls for many events. Thank you Hobby Lobby 50% off.  The graphic design was left over from our dessert caterer at last year’s event. Hence, use-whatcha-got!
party2party9And my fave, the “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” snack bags. We only had a quick potluck style cookout, literally 60 minutes long, before everyone had to head down to the game. So, I loved the idea of the volunteers taking something with them to the game… to continue to enjoy.
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This was simply a ziplock bag with treats inside. Twizzlers, mints, candy, a baseball temporary tattoo, and of course, cracker jacks! I printed the 100 paper banners and stapled them on each bag. Easy! Well, there were 100 bags… so that means it’s only easy with a team of behind the scenes volunteers to help git ‘er done. Shout out to the FI Prep Team! Woo woo!

We encouraged everyone to stuff their bag with peanuts before heading out. I told you we were gonna eat the table decor!

Overall the decor was very inexpensive and simple to accomplish. It is always fun when I get to be creative at work and I really like how it turned out.
party7party8This decor could be scaled up with white linens or made more kid-friendly by switching out the treats in the snack bag. Either way this a simple twist on a baseball theme!