Lindsay Gill: August 2014

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

3 books you will love

I have 3 books in my reading rotation.  Each of the three are must-reads, in my opinion.



I recently participated in a blogger gift swap.  I sent Jessica The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts, and got a copy for myself.  I was excited to check it out and kept checking the mailbox for it until one day, I came home to this...


John Paul and I are coming up on our three year anniversary.  No, we aren't having marriage struggles, but we are both really impressed with this book!  It isn't just for people who are having marriage struggles, but for people who want an excellent marriage...and we do!  It actually contains a perspective on relationships that could be helpful for understanding any other person, not just a significant other.

Next, you must check out Out of the Spin Cycle: Devotions to Lighten Your Mother Load.  I've written about it before (here), and I'll write about it again.  I love that a quick chapter can inspire my day or quiet my fears.  I especially love the chapter on baby couture that I felt overwhelmed by as a new mom.

Lastly, The Joy of Less, A Minimalist Living Guide: How to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify Your Life.  We are hoping to move in the near future.  I want this to be an easy move.  I've been selling things left and right.  We are so happy when we have less.  We are able to focus on what really matters.  This is such a great book for someone interested in clearing out!

What books have you been reading?  Have you read any of these?  I'd love to get suggestions for my next read!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Toddler Meals: Veggie Cakes

Getting veggies in a toddler is not always the easiest thing.  Luke is a great eater and will always try the veggies, but will sometimes hold out for the mac & cheese!  He did like the veggie cakes that I recently made with inspiration from this recipe on Taste.com.  Refer to that one for more exact measurements.  

Shopping list:

Spinach
1 can of corn
1 can of peas
1 yellow squash
1 green zucchini
1 red pepper
1 onion
1 tomato
1 carrot
eggs
flour
optional salt, pepper, butter, and ketchup

Method:
1.  Use a grater and grate each vegetable.  Be careful of your fingers! 



2.  Mix in peas and corn.


3.  Add about 3 eggs so that the mix becomes a liquid.

4.  Add flour until the mix has more of a pancake batter consistency.

5.  Add salt/pepper to taste (ours were somewhat bland without it).

6.  Fry them up!  I used coconut oil but next time I'll use butter for taste.



7.  I saved some of the veggie mix, added a few more eggs, cooked ground turkey, and threw it in the oven to make a quiche for another dinner option!




Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Northeast Bloggers Christmas in July Reveal!

I joined a Christmas in July secret Santa swap through the Northeast Bloggers Network.  I was surprised with a lovely gift from Carolann at Sassy Townhouse Living, and was able to really get to know Jess at Stumbling Along Thru Life!  Here's how the exchange went...

I received my gift right on time!  At the end of July.  Carolann sent me an "all about me" gift of beauty and relaxation products: lip gloss, a candle, soap, a hair product, and facial product!



Then a few weeks after the deadline...Jess received only part of her gift.  Apparently, I had ordered items from the slowest online seller in the world.  Now you can learn a little about Jess...

1.  Jess talks about the ups and downs of marriage and trying to conceive.  I have heard many great things about The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts and got us each a copy!

2.  It is on Jess' bucket list to visit Niagara Falls!  I sent her a Niagara Falls guide book.  My husband is from Buffalo and I really encourage her to go visit the area!

3.  Jess recently posted that her favorite anchor bracelet had broken.  I found out that it was from Kohl's, but was not available online or anywhere else!  I found a similar one through Jane.com.


4.  Jess also writes about her faith on her blog.  I sent her A Cup of Comfort for Christian Women: Stories.

5.  Jess has a favorite quote, and I printed the quote on one of my photos from Cape Cod.


I had so much fun learning about each of these wonderful women! Thank you both!


Monday, August 18, 2014

Paleo Spaghetti Squash Carbonara

I modified this recipe from Popular Paleo that I found on Pinterest.  Check out the original recipe if you prefer following exact measurements, or see mine below if you're more of a guesstimator like me... (Disclosure: I'm not actually doing the Paleo diet, so I'm sure if this is 100% Paleo!)

Shopping list:

Spicy Italian Turkey Sausage
Turkey Bacon
2 Tomatoes
1 Spaghetti Squash
White wine vinegar
Garlic
Parsley
Olive Oil (or I used Coconut oil)

Method:
1.  Start by cutting the squash in half lengthwise, put in microwave safe dish and cover with Saran Wrap.  I put it in for 15 minutes, I've done anywhere between 11-15 minutes depending on the size of the squash.

2.  While that's cooking, fry up the turkey bacon (I did 5 pieces).  Crumble it once crispy.





3.  Fry up the bacon crumbs, garlic, parsley, and cubed tomatoes in a separate pan.

4.  Fry up the sausage (would be good on the grill too!)

5.  When the squash is done, remove the seeds and use a fork to make the "spaghetti."



6.  Slice up the sausage and mix it with all other ingredients and a splash of the wine vinegar.

7.  Top with a poached egg, this totally makes the dish!

8.  I served ours with spinach, it was a hit!



Have you done the Paleo diet?  I'm interested!

Friday, August 15, 2014

How I made an extra $62.95 with no effort


I do a fair amount of online shopping.  My most frequented stores are diapers.com and snapfish.com.  Since John Paul needs a "tall" size, we buy most of his clothes online, too.

I've already made $62.95 for signing up for eBates! I plan to use whatever money I have accrued through this site for our Christmas shopping for Luke!  Yes, it's only August, but Christmas gift expenses can really throw off a budget, so I love that I'm saving up some extra money with no effort!

Sign up below for eBates to start getting your cash back, too!  I do get compensated for each referral, so thank you in advance!

  Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

Are you using eBates already? What are your thoughts on eBates?

Thursday, August 7, 2014

A $125 Etsy Gift Card Giveaway!

It has officially been one year of blogging for Wedding Rings to Teething Rings!  As a thank you to all of the readers and fellow bloggers that have helped with the blog in one way or another, we're hosting a $125 Etsy gift card giveaway!  Let me introduce the ladies who made this giveaway possible:


Ashley from Ashley Largesse Photography is a newly married gal who is actually a childhood friend of mine!  Her photography business has taken off, and you'll know why when you check out her gorgeous sessions.  She really does it all, from engagement photos to newborns.  She is in the Northeast and does travel, but is in high demand so don't wait to book a session with her!  (Her blog, Ashley Largesse Photography, will be ready in the near future!)

Courtney from Courtney.Stitches is a new mama and also a friend of mine! She makes the most adorable handmade and embroidered pillows. I have already ordered a bunch as new baby gifts. They are unique and personalized, and she is open to working with custom order ideas! 

Lindsay from My Creative Days is a DIY mama to two!  From Lego storage to holiday crafts, Lindsay is your one stop shop for any DIY you have had in mind!  I also just came across her recipe for Blueberry Scones...they look incredible!

Ashley from 3 Little Greenwoods was a Kindergarten teacher who is now a SAHM and party planner.  I love her style, creative posts, and just overall brightness of her blog!  She recently posted about DIY no-sew curtains and delicious looking fried green tomatoes! 

Jennifer from Mommy Life After Ph.d writes about being a mama to 4 children while working at home with a Ph.D in Mass Communication.  I'd say she sums it up best with "it's a dash of mommy life with a splash of kiddie stuff bubbling away in a big pot of humor and sarcasm!"

Diana from Lady Diana's Pearls is a blog about all things classy!  She is a stylish CT blogger and mama who shares fashion, inspiration, and food.  She loves coffee, shopping, antiques, and decorating!  I had the pleasure of "meeting" Diana through the Northeast Blogger Network.
Now, follow below for your chance to enter a $125 gift card to Etsy! 

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Monday, August 4, 2014

10 steps to creating a successful Instashop on Instagram



I recently started selling Luke's clothes on Instagram!  More importantly, I've recently been buying many new clothes for Luke and myself on Instagram!  It's addicting!  If you don't want a new addiction, stop here.  If you're interested in picking up a new addiction, read the 10 steps to creating a successful Instashop!


1.  Choose a good username.  Personally, I find that adding the word "closet" to the end makes it easy for other Instashoppers to distinguish you from personal usernames.  

2.  Post a "Feedback" post so that all purchasers can leave some positive feedback when they receive their packages.  If someone is selling items without any feedback, be very cautious because there is a possibility for scamming.  I also like to leave my "sold" purchase posts up so that customers know I've done business successfully in the past.

 

3.  Post a "policies" post including all shipping and handling details, no returns/exchanges, not responsible once shipped etc.  This reduces the change of getting scammed.

4.  The common method seems to be to "schedule" a post with your followers.  Tell them a few days in advance, then a few hours, then a few minutes so they know you will be "blowing up their feed."  Some shops take off a few dollars if their followers "share" their post and spread the word about the sale.  

5.  When the items are posted, customers leave their paypal email address in order to claim the item.  Some shops "gift" the item so that they are not charged a paypal fee.  I prefer paying the PayPal fee and sending an invoice as proof of purchase.  

6.  Then, I can "create a shipping label" through PayPal.  I bought a small scale on Amazon to weigh the items (Postal Mailing Scale, and Poly Mailers of different sizes (like these POLY MAILERS ENVELOPES BAGS) as well as Priority packing that you can get free from the Post Office.  You can compare the best shipping method through PayPal once you know the dimensions of the package.

7.  Some shops ship everyday, but I prefer to make Friday my shipping day.  If the package goes out before Friday then it's bonus, but I prefer not to have the pressure of promising a next-day-ship.


8.  "Share for share" is when you share someone's item and they share yours.  That seems to be the best exposure for your items.  Of course, when you are just starting off with a few followers, it's not an even share and some people get annoyed with that.

9.  Find your favorite shops.  Once you buy from someone successfully, keep them in mind for next easy purchases! 

 

10.  Go get some great deals!  I have been getting more money for Luke's clothes than through a consignment shop because I'm getting 100% profit rather than 40%.  My best purchase so far was a pair of Saucony barely used sneakers for Luke shipped for $13.50!

Did I miss something?  Here's an awesome post by Three Boys Closet with some FAQ.
She's got it all covered.

Of note...  
It's much easier to drop the basket of clothes to sell at a consignment shop, but then you get less money.
I've had good luck selling things on eBay, but I tend to use that for more expensive or specific items.
There is an app called ThreadUp that sends you a bag to fill and then they choose which of your clothes to sell and which to donate.  I haven't personally tried them yet.  The fun part for me is that I can buy Luke "new" clothes with the money we made on his old clothes, and it feels like wash for me.  I'm not spending "new" money on clothes!  I started with a shop for my clothes as well, but felt it was easier to combine.  Some shops like to keep them separate.

What do you do with clothes that you don't want anymore?  Have you had luck with any other type of consignment?