I love living in an actual house as opposed to the five of us (and all of our things) being crammed into a teeny two-bedroom apartment. There are so many perks to having more space, but of course with that extra space comes more STUFF to put in it. Living in smaller quarters forced Justin and I, to constantly pare down on our belongings, and while it was definitely a weekly task, going through our things and donating as needed, has been just as therapeutic, as it was necessary.

With three children, a puppy, a cat, and a garage; the landscape is changing drastically every day. The kids are growing out of toys and clothing at what feels like a breakneck speed, and I’m finding myself constantly organizing and re-organizing their closets. I have bags and bags of toys and clothing to donate on any given day- the nice thing has been, being able to load it into our car and take it to a donation station – a luxury we certainly didn’t have while living in New York City.

Part of this parenting conundrum is bringing in the new things as fast as the old ones are getting transferred elsewhere. They constantly need new clothing and shoes, whereas new toys and other things are either gifted or earned.

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I love shopping for new clothes for them, but it’s something that can’t happen all the time obviously. I have to stay within a budget, and I don’t want to inadvertently instill the sense that we have endless resources. It’s important to our family to be, apart of a community that helps one another, and in honor of Earth Day – it’s important to instill within our children, that we’re also residents on our planet and that we must respect and cherish our environment.

I was recently introduced to thredUp, which is an online consignment company that allows you to sell yours and your children’s well kept but gently worn clothing (or almost new clothing) in return for online credits or cash. The exciting news here, is that
one of our favorite children’s clothing companiesPolarn O. Pyret has teamed up with thredUp for a pilot program to provide thredUp pre-paid bags for filling up and shipping your gently used clothing and in return the consumer will get credits towards the purchase of new items at Polarn O. Pyret!

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It’s an absolute win/win for me. I’m able to not only clear out our old stuff that we generally don’t wear for all that long and are able to repurpose it while getting credit for new items in return. Not to mention, it’s a very easy process-which tends to be a make it or break it deal for me – all you need to do is leave it on your doorstep or near your mailbox for your mailman (or lady) to pick up or you can drop it off at USPS or UPS. Anyone who wants a ThredUp bag for themselves can contact Polarn O. Pyret at thredup@polarnopyretusa.com and a bag will be sent to you absolutely free. They will send as many bags as you want! I happened to fill a few with my own clothing that I just didn’t need any longer-and I feel great about it.

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For more details and plenty of answered questions about the Polarn O. Pyret and thredUp process. Please visit this link on the Polarn O. Pyret website:http://theplayfullife.polarnopyretusa.com/?p=1388Can.

Earth Day is so much more than a day of reflection, it’s a day to be inspired and to consciously make little changes in your lives that would respect our planet and make a difference. Our children are watching, and the more we can involve them in the process the better.

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This post was sponsored by Polarn O. Pyret. All opinions are my own.

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This Easter was the first one in five years that we’ve spent with our family in California. It was the clearest reminder of why we are living where we are and how important it is to be around people that love and care about us. Part of me longing for the past years watching them hunt for eggs in cupboards and the hallways of our apartment building, but mostly I was grateful those days are in the past, safely tucked in my memory.

We colored eggs on Saturday with some new natural (and smelly, I might add-not to mention pricey) dyes that I picked up at our local market. The tones were so lovely that the kids never even missed the technicolor hues.

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Every time a holiday comes around, I am reminded of how intensely I love the traditions and watching the joy and amusement in finding things like gobbled up milk & cookies or carrots. I have so much fun organizing different aspects of each holiday and put everything I am into making sure they’re as perfect as can be in terms of their experiences, rather than the little details. Baking is one of those things that I go all out on-I stayed up late stuffing and hiding eggs and making cheddar-chive biscuits, blueberry muffins and cupcakes for our various events the next day.

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Despite being up late the night before, even the kids couldn’t wait to see what this day brought and they were out of bed just as early as usual. Zoe put so much thought and care into decorating her eggs that it actually stressed her out finding them tucked away in the dirt in our garden on Easter morning. There are so many complexities and wonderful little traits coming out in her lately that it’s hard to keep up.

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I took the opportunity to make a fancy day out of this holiday as most people do, so they got dressed up and I managed to grab some photos of all three before heading to my mother’s home for Easter brunch. Photo taking can be so painstaking, but it’s over within about 15 minutes and I just have to hope that I grabbed at least one good shot.

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The boy’s suits are APPAMAN, they’re the same ones worn in our holiday photos a couple of years ago. We love them so much and I dread the day Jack grows out of their things. All three are wearing super fabulous and well made shoes by UMI.

The rest of the day was filled with love and family, various egg hunts and even their quota of sweets for quite a while. It was a really beautiful, honestly flawless holiday. Even Theo had a blast.

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Grandparent’s homes are the best, aren’t they? Lucky kids, I’ll say.

If I could wrap the day into a single moment:

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I hope your holidays have been filled with warmth and love. xo

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Land of Nod: Jack & Beau’s Room Reveal

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Honestly Potty Training: A Brave New World

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An amazing thing about documenting my children-specifically my baby and puppy-every day is I get see how they have grown so incredibly rapidly. Normally, I feel as though they just happen to wake up looking older and wiser than they did the night before. Theo and Beau have a really large audience now, and many […]

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The Evolution of Theo and Beau

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When Theo came home with us, he wasn’t afraid. I was so worried that he would feel completely displaced from his siblings and everything familiar to him, but I quickly realized that the journey he had already been through during his short 7 weeks of life was much more hectic than adjusting to our home […]

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Sweet, Simple and Organic: Gifting with Apple Park

April 8, 2014

Perhaps it’s the number of years that I’ve been parenting, or maybe it’s the number of children that I have that have ultimately made me increasingly more opinionated across the board. I suspect that this is something that comes with age as well, and I am embracing it with the fervor of the buying power […]

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Back to NYC, Back to Me, Back to my Belabumbum

April 7, 2014

My first trip to New York City after our move to Santa Cruz in August was in late February this year. I was so anxious to stand amongst the towers of endless buildings and see if I felt any different than I did when we lived there. Secretly, I was hoping that the magic, mystique […]

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Splendidly Simplifying with Polarn O. Pyret

March 25, 2014

As I’m watching my big kids get bigger and older, their lives are also changing rapidly. We’ve phased into this space of doing nightly homework, reading chapter books, and making our way to and from sports games, practices and twice weekly swimming lessons. Jack wants to be outdoors shooting hoops or riding his bike with […]

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Getting Dolled up with Melijoe

March 19, 2014

Every morning at our house starts out the same: Jack wakes up and races into our room to let us know that he is going downstairs to watch a show. Zoe trickles in later fully dressed to say good morning and starts into a story about her dreams or what was going to happen at […]

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Into the Belly of 2014

March 18, 2014

The response we received from our announcement that we are expecting a new baby later this summer was completely heartwarming. I am consistently touched and surprised by the love that we are receiving on a daily basis from so many people from all over. It is always humbling. We’ve read each and every one of […]

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