To Keep or Not to Keep?

What do you do with your children’s clothes when they don’t fit any more?

I’ve been puzzling for some time with what to do with Pumpkin’s clothes as she grows out of them. I’m a recovering hoarder (well sort of recovering!) and have been trying to be strict with how much stuff we keep, only holding onto things that will definitely be used. But I can’t get my head around what to do with the baby clothes.

On one hand, it makes sense to keep them for another (fingers crossed) baby one day. Then I would have tonnes of clothes for them and could almost get by without buying anything else. If I sold them now, would I end up re-buying them later on, and losing out financially?

On the other hand, if we do have another child, it might not be another girl. It might be born in a different season, it might have a different shape and colouring. All those bright pink snow suits in newborn sizes might not prove very useful for a baby boy born in July!

This was the logic that lead me to spend 2 hours photographing newborn baby clothes last week, with the intention of listing them on a local Facebook Selling page. But as I sat thinking about pricing them, I found that I couldn’t quite bring myself to do it! So for now, I’m lugging huge laundry bags full of tiny girlie clothing up to the loft to hold onto for a couple of years.

The thing is, will I be able to bring myself to get rid when the excuse ‘I might need them again’ is gone?

iStylista Review and Giveaway

I’ve never been any good at knowing what clothes suit me. I hate clothes shopping (for me!) with a passion and finding an outfit for a special occasion fills me with dread! Since Pumpkin was born, I’ve reverted to a daily uniform of jeans and t-shirts, with just a few favourites being worn over and over again!

So when I was given the chance to review the Style Goddess style guide from iStylista I jumped at the chance!

iStylista gives you all the benefits of a Personal Shopper delivered straight to your computer! It was really simple, I just filled in a questionnaire about my body shape, lifestyle and colouring and my Style Goddess guide was ready in minutes.

I was really impressed with the 31 page style guide that was prepared for me. It covers all my questions about what shapes and styles suit me. It also offers tips for dealing with problem areas and takes into account my lifestyle as a mummy. The suggestions are practical and the section detailing the content of my capsule wardrobe will be a real help when I’m shopping.

Its not just designed for skinny minnies either! I am far from that and my style guide offered advice on dressing with a large bust and thighs.

I’m looking forward to taking this information shopping with me as I look for my new summer wardrobe (no strappy tops for me, I need to make my shoulders look wider to balance my hips!). But I will be investing in some skirts, A-line are particularly good for my shape.

If you want to get a style guide for yourself you can use this code R4E6-3YD4-VR to get 40% off. Or enter the giveaway below.

*THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED AND WINNERS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED BY EMAIL

I have 10 prizes of a free Style Goddess guide to give away. To enter (Please leave a separate comment for each entry):

1) Leave a comment telling me your best feature (come on ladies, lets be positive!)

2) Like Devon Mummy on Facebook and share a post about this competition.

3) Follow Devon_Mummy on Twitter and tweet ‘I want to win a style guide with @devon_mummy http://wp.me/p2i9i5-4o’

4) Do one of the following; Add www.devonmummy to your Google Reader (or similar reader) or subscribe to my blog via email (see box top right of blog). Please leave me a comment to let me know that you have.

Please make sure you leave me a way to get in contact with you. This giveaway will end at midnight on 31st March. Good luck! 

Guest Post – Carrie from Baby Swap or Shop

Today I am delighted to share with you a Guest Post from Carrie Webster at www.babyswaporshop.co.uk. I hadn’t heard of this site until a few days ago but it looks fab and I’m sure it could be useful to many of you!

So over to Carrie…

Smart mums are recycling outgrown items to make room for the replacements as well as making a bit of extra cash to buy the next size up. This really is an eco-friendly way of meeting your families’ needs on a budget and knowing that you are helping other families too gives you a sense of satisfaction. As the recession continues, we are all feeling the pinch; particularly with growing children to cater for.

We are approaching that time of year when every penny counts as those ‘Dear Santa’ letters are drawn up and the children need warm coats and new shoes for the harsh winter to come. It can be a very daunting time when your children are pulling on your ‘heart-strings’ and guilt mixed with emotions makes us spend money we haven’t always got.

www.babyswaporshop.co.uk is a caring community of parents and mums to be who are selling, swapping and buying new and used maternity, baby and toddler items, FREE of charge throughout the UK.

Shop smart here. You can add an unlimited amount of ads with photos to enhance your sales and a great description all helps, we just ask that parents are honest in the interest of child-safety and to use common sense when performing a transaction with somebody unknown to you.

We have a ‘wanted’ section for anything you are particularly looking out for and we have easy category and local areas search facilities. You can opt to have your ad appear on our BSOS main FB wall too for maximum exposure and re-post unsold items in just one click. It’s also worth signing-up so that you are one of the first to hear about new competitions and offers; at BSOS we always have our ears to the ground and are shouting out about baby products and services all the time – we hope to see you soon!

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