Bits of Sweetness

One Awesome Easy Way to make (and save!) $$$ { Money } with the JBF Sale!! + a GIVEAWAY!

Have you heard of the JBF ( Just Between Friends ) sale?! It's amazing.  Just Between Friends is a nationwide consignment event that takes place several times per year, typically in the fall and spring. Washington State boasts almost a dozen locations and the newest one is being held for the Marysville and Mount Vernon territory! I love it because the sale coordinators have a huge heart. A portion of the proceeds from the sale always go to local charity organizations. Sheila is the coordinator of the Mt Vernon/Marysville JBF sale and one of my favorite people in the world. She is so kind and works incredibly hard with her husband Bryan to put on an awesome sale for our area!

How cute are their kids?! I mean seriously :)

I went to check out the spring sale happening April 29-May 1st at the Skagit Valley Fairgrounds and wanted to share some of the awesome finds there! It's a great way to save money on brands you already love.




Grovia Diaper Cover with 3 Inserts: Retails for $40. Selling for $8

Thomas the Train Coin Bank: Retails for $24.99. Selling for $5

Team Captain Outfit: Retails for $16-$20. Selling for $8

Old Navy Coral Maternity Tunic: Retails for $20 Selling for $7

Huge selection of neat toys


Bunzi Balance Bike: Retails for $49.99 Selling for $21

Quinny Red Bassinet: Retails for $149.99 Selling for $85

Lots of popular titles!

Entire outfit (minus the shoes) for under $10!!


I just discovered you can sign up as a consignor for the sale! If you volunteer in the sale, you can get up to 70% of your sold proceeds back! Win/win! Consignor checks range anywhere from $150-$4,000 depending on how much you donate to the sale! It's super snazzy because with their tagging system, the sold tags are updated live so you can see the $$ add up right away! You can sign up with our local sale here to sell in future sales! 

I just shopped at this sale and my savings were like this:
Snuggly Carters Winter Coat: $5 Retail $29.99
Teeny Toes Pink Sparkle Shoes: $5 Retail: 15.99
Size 4 Girl Keens: $13 Retail: $45
18 month babyGap sundress: $3 Retail: 35.99
Size 3 Izod Water Shoes: $3.50 Retail: $32
Size 3W Teeny Toes White Flower Sandals: $5 Retail: $14.99
Total (after tax) $40!
Retail cost: $173.96
Savings: $133.96!!

Awesome huh?!

To share my love of the sale with you all, I am giving away a $15 shopping pass!

To enter, use the Rafflecopter below.
Hurry! It ends April 1st!


When You Lose Your Fire

 

What do you do when you find your fire and inspiration to be completely gone? It's hard to want to put yourself out there without it, isn't it? Lately I haven't wanted to write. I don't feel like I have anything great to jot down (er.. type out). I guess I'm pretty all or nothing. I want to have a fantastic piece before I hit "publish" or it feels like it doesn't count, you know? I've struggled with that for a long time. It's why I haven't tried to learn the guitar or Spanish or write a book. I don't want the messes along the way. I just want something that shows my passion and fire in all its glory. When it's gone though? I don't really even want to try. 

Where do you find inspiration when it's nowhere to be found? This is what I like to do:

1:: Find the little things that make you smile. Jot them down.
Source: Rose Hill Design Studio


2:: Learn something new and share that with the world.

I took a zentangle class yesterday with one of my friends and loved it. I signed up on a whim because I love to doodle and wanted to expand my abilities. It was worth it! Sometimes something out of your comfort zone can give a ton of inspiration!
Finished Product! I happened to win a beautiful journal too. I am looking forward to filling it with more zentangles.


3:: Find a writing prompt and go from there. There are some great ones on Twitter like Writers Write , Hourly Prompts & Writerly Tweets (6 word prompts!) 
You could even use that prompt as a springboard for a blog post or writing. 

4:: Just be yourself!
So often we want to put something exceptional out there, but the simple really is beautiful. Have a "coffee chat" video. Write a list of what you've been loving lately. Recount a favorite memory. Jot down your bucket list. I love the simplistic things my writer friends come up with too! 

5:: Know that it's ok to not always be on fire! There is nothing wrong with you.  
Creative breaks are really quite healthy. They help you recharge and come up with new great things! Hard work involves sweat and uninspiration too. God didn't continually create amazingness at creation- even He rested! I know everyone talks about passion and fire like you have to have it to matter or reach it, but those times where you don't have any matter too. They make up who we are, and learning to be content with those is what helps us see the beauty in the little grand things too. After all, we miss the big things if we are only focused on seeing them. They come from a culmination of contentment and hard work with the simple. Keep going! You will be glad you did!

Keep on my incredible friends. I love what you do!