Jun 26, 2020

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Sponsored By: Sugar Mountain PR

Hosted By: Love, Mrs. Mommy

TWO WINNERS!

Winner Will Receive: 

A Kids Summer Music Jam Prize Package! $70 ARV! 

A $140 ARV Giveaway!

Includes the following:


Okee Dokee Brothers -- Songs for Singin' -- the Grammy-winning duo presents a complete package for family sing-alongs. The 2-discs album comes with a songbook for the 27 songs. 2020 NAPPA and Family Choice Award winner! Value: $20

 

Dana's Music Playground -- A Place To Call Home -- an album of songs about dwelling-places of animals and humans. Many of the songs delve into the habits and habitats of threatened animals -- the honey bee, humpback whales, hermit crabs, and more. A 2020 NAPPA And Kids First! Award-winner! Value: $13

 

Lindsay Munroe (with Raffi) -- I Am Kind -- Imbued with joy and a deep respect for children, these 16 songs offer encouragement with sparkling simplicity. Raffi’s voice adds to the charm of this all-ages inclusive album. Value: $10.98. Included: activity pages relating to the songs.

 

The Lucky Band -- Paseo Lunar -- These 2019 Latin Grammy winners and internationally touring family band present sweet and soft bilingual songs. Because right now, everybody can use a little rest! Value: $9.49 (a digital release only)

 
  

Pinna.FM -- 2-month subscription to this ad-free audio app for kids. They just released the tween pop album "Real Me" exclusively on Pinna.FM/RealMe. ($15.98)

About Sugar Mountain
Sugar Mountain PR is a public relations agency specializing in 
award-winning music and other media for children.
Open To US and must be 18+ to enter
Giveaway Dates ~ 6/26 9:00AM EST through 7/26 11:59PM EST
Enter the giveaway by using the form below.


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Jun 23, 2020

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I shared images featuring all of these resources on my social media channels, but have now rounded them all up in a blog post.

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Text FLOYD to 55156

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Jun 19, 2020

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Sponsored By: The Hen Planner

Hosted By: Love, Mrs. Mommy

About The Hen Planner:
The Hen Planner is the home of modern, fun and stylish hen parties. You'll find all the accessories you need for your hen celebrations. Get ready to throw the BEST HEN EVER!

Winner Will Receive:

$50 Amazon Gift Card!


This is the perfect time to win some money for Summer fun activities, vacation supplies, and more! This $50 Amazon Gift Card will be sent in the form of a code to be applied to your account for easy spending!

Open to entrants from the United States, Canada, UK, Ireland, and Australia! Must be 18+ to enter.
Giveaway Dates ~ 6/19 9:00AM EST through 7/19 11:59PM EST

Disclosure: Love, Mrs. Mommy and all participating bloggers are not held responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize obligations. This giveaway is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Facebook or any other social media site. The winner will be randomly drawn by Giveaway Tools and will be notified by email. Winner has 48 hours to reply before a replacement winner will be drawn. If you would like to participate in an event like this please contact LoveMrsMommy (at) gmail (dot) com.

Jun 9, 2020

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Sponsored By: TV Store Online

Hosted By: Love, Mrs. Mommy

Winner will receive:

$60 to shop at TVStoreOnline.com!

 TV Store Online “started with a dream to provide everyone near or far with access to cult classic memorabilia with the click of a button. The love of pop culture and all of its genres (TV, Movies, Comics, Music) helped sprout this dream. TV Store Online developed from an idea to a reality starting in 2004 out of our basement.”And 15 years later, they have grown into a 42,000 sq ft warehouse with hundreds of thousands of retail products! There’s truly something for everyone here. 
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Previous TV Store Online winners are excluded from winning another giveaway.  Please do not enter if you have already won a TVSO Giveaway. 
  Open To US entries and must be 18+ to enter
Giveaway Dates ~ 6/9 9:00 AM EST through 7/9 11:59PM EST


Disclosure: Love, Mrs. Mommy and all participating bloggers are not held responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill their prize obligations. This giveaway is in no way endorsed or sponsored by Facebook or any other social media site. The winner will be randomly drawn by Giveaway Tools and will be notified by email. Winner has 48 hours to reply before a replacement winner will be drawn. Previous TV Store Online winners are excluded from winning another giveaway. Please do not enter if you have already won a TVSO Giveaway. If you would like to participate in an event like this please contact LoveMrsMommy (at) gmail (dot) com.

Jun 8, 2020

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Support BIPOC this Father's Day by purchasing from BIPOC owned small businesses on Etsy!

Traveling and seeing family also may not be an option for many this Father's Day due to the pandemic, so sending your dad a gift is a great way to show that you still care and are thinking of him.

Here are some of my favorite finds from BIPOC owned shops on Etsy that I think would make great Father's Day gifts:


If your dad is an avid book reader, a leather bookmark from KingsleyLeather would make a lovely gift!

2. African Print Mugs


For the coffee-loving dad, get him one of these unique and gorgeous African print mugs from ArtByNonye

3. Vegan Cork Leather Slim Cardholder


Perfect for the minimalist dad who does not have many cards! These beautiful cardholders come in a variety of colors, check them out at mindthecork!

4. Print and Calendar Stand


These beautiful print and cardholders from TheHeartDepartmentCo are the perfect accessory for your dad's office! Pair it with a photo of you and you have a great Father's day gift!

5. African Print Tie


Ties may be the classic Father's Day gift, but it doesn't have to boring! Check out these beautiful, unique African Print Ties from GabeJadeAccessories

6. Personalized Recipe Cutting Board


Is your dad a chef or just likes to cook? Well, now you can put his favorite recipe on a cutting board by MorningJoyCo (or maybe a recipe you would like him to learn). 

7. Wool Cowl Scarf


A wool cowl scarf from Urbanknit would make the perfect for father's who live in colder climates! 

8. Travel Pillow


For the dad who loves to travel, check out this beautiful African printed travel pillow from BespokeBinny!

9. Sculpted Masks- 3 Pack


Face masks are a must during this pandemic, so help your dad out by getting him some fun unique makes from DEMESTIK

10. Soap


Handmade soap makes a great gift, and especially important now with Covid-19. bladeandbloom's soaps are perfect for those who have no idea what to get their dad as everyone uses soap!


Find more great gift ideas on Etsy's Black-Owned Shops Editors Picks’ Page


May 19, 2020

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Terms and conditions for the giveaway can be found in the giveaway form. Affiliate links are also used in this post. You can read my full disclosure here.

Mask Market Face Mask Review



Mask Market gave me a free Face Mask to try and review, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

First, I love that you can customize your mask! Upload any image you want, and they will put it on a mask for you. So, of course, I had to try the make your own feature. It was so simple, you just upload an image and you can crop it to how you like it, then submit and you will receive a mask just as you designed.

There are many premade designs available as well, so you don't have to make your own.

Each face mask comes with a PM2.5 filter, which they do sell replacement filters on their site as well as each filter is only good for 50-70 hours of use. You can use this mask without a filter too.

The face mask also comes with two little rubber stoppers, so the straps can easily be adjusted to fit anyone.

Overall the Mask Market face mask was very soft and comfortable, and I love that for each face mask purchased, one is donated to help out essential workers.

Enter the giveaway below for a chance to win your own!


*GIVEAWAY*

1 Face Mask of Your Choice from MaskMarket.com

Winner's Choice!


Sponsored By: MaskMarket.com

Open to US residents only. Must be 18+ to enter.
Giveaway runs: 5/19/2020 - 6/2/2020

Enter the giveaway by using the form below.


May 18, 2020

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I tried a garage sale once in my life. The first weekend I had chosen, it rained, so I canceled it and moved it to the next week. Only two people showed up, the first customer took a quick look and left when he realized it was just baby items, and the second customer did purchase some items, and I made $35 I believe.

After all the work to sort the items and display them, just to make $35, I went searching for another way to sell items: Online.

My two favorite apps to sell baby and kid clothes on are Mercari and Kidizen, however, you can find a full list of sites I use here. I will mainly focus on selling on Mercari and Kidizen for this post, but many of these tips can be applied to other selling sites and apps.


Tip 1 - Take High-Quality Photos

Photos are the first thing your customer will see and look at to decide if they want your item, so having good, high-quality images is important if you want to be successful.

Now, this doesn't mean you have to be a professional photographer but make sure you have good lighting and a solid colored background is preferred (I just use a table). A lighter background will also help make your item pop more and will give a more accurate photo of the color, however, my table has a dark background, so I just disclose in my descriptions that the color may vary if I feel the image doesn't portray it quite right and I do my best to describe how it looks to me. I haven't had any complaints. I think it's important just to be honest if you don't think the picture shows the color correctly.

Make sure you take photos of the front, back, and brand/size tags (if applicable) of the article of clothing. If the shirt has a graphic, take an up-close shot of the graphic. If there are any stains or imperfections, take an up-close photo of that as well. 

Mercari will allow you up to 12 photos in your listing, so use that to your advantage! I can't find an exact number for Kidizen, but they do allow multiple, the max I have done is 10 photos for a listing on their app.


Tip 2 - Good Descriptive Title

The title is also one of the first things your customer will look at, so make sure you give your item an appealing title. Keep in mind, Mercari and Kidizen are not eBay, so your title can't be a full sentence.

I have had the most success when I list size first followed by a short description, if it's a high end or popular brand (like Disney, Gap, or Gymboree), make sure that is in your title! Here's an example title: "2T Disney Frozen Elsa Shirt"

Listing size is more important on Mercari as the app only shows the photo and price of the item until you click on the listing. Then you will see the title next, and it's more convenient for a buyer to see right away what the size is in the title, instead of having to scroll down to check the size. However, I have just gotten in the habit of listing size first, so I do so on Kidizen even though they do show item sizes beneath the photos in searches.

Freel free to check out my Mercari and my Kidizen shop to see how I list my items!


Tip 3 - Detailed Description

Even though Kidizen and Mercari both have required entries for condition, size, brand, etc, I also repeat this information and expand upon it in the description. I also repeat the title and expand upon it, especially important when doing bundles. For example, if I had a listing titled: "12-18 Month Baby Boy/Unisex 3 Piece Set," I would want to make sure I list and describe each of the three pieces in my description. 

Not only is this helpful to the buyer, but it acts as a safety net for you as you have clarified what items the buyer will be receiving, preventing any discrepancies. 


Tip 4 - Price Items to Sell

Remember, even if you have high-end or famous brands, your items are still used, so think garage sale prices, but it's okay to factor in shipping. The price your item sales at though should still be more than 50% off the retail price, including the shipping cost. Put yourself in the buyer's shoes, how much would you pay for used clothes?

This is where bundling can come in handy, which is my next tip, but if you have a name brand or "limited edition" item, they may sell just fine on their own. I have sold single Gymboree shirts for $8 shipped.

Here are some examples of some sales I made on Mercari (Buyer paid shipping, which isn't factored in price):

And here are some examples for Kidizen (free shipping - $3 items were purchased with a higher-priced item):


Tip 5 - Bundle Items


Bundling works well, but only if done right. 

When bundling items, make sure all items are the same size and same brand. Like items work best, for example, a set of three basic t-shirts or a set of four leggings. Outfits also do well, for example, a graphic shirt paired with a pair of jeans or a cute top paired with a skirt. Just make sure the clothing items match and again, are the same size and brand.

That said, I have had success in grouping mismatched items, but only on Mercari, and I don't make more than $1 per item. I only do this when I have a bunch of odd items in the same size, but different brands, and I just want them gone.


Tip 6 - Free Shipping (Kidizen Only)

In my time using both Mercari and Kidizen, I have discovered that things actually sell easier on Mercari when the buyer has to pay for shipping. Shocker! Whereas on Kidizen, free shipping is definitely the way to go.

However, for Mercari, if your item is under 4oz., definitely offer free shipping. For anything over that, I would make the buyer pay. 

Kidizen, on the other hand, I have my shop set up so that everything is free shipping. I list items for $3 with "bundle only" selected and I also make it not eligible for the store discount, so if someone wants an item for $3, they have to buy another item that is $5 or more, which I state in my shop bio and in the description of the item so the buyer is aware that their total must equal $8 or I will cancel the order. 

I have had a lot of success since making this my shop policy.


Tip 7 - Don't Forget Discounts

Don't forget to offer discounts! Kidizen has the option to offer discounts on the purchase of multiple items, I have my shop set to 10% with the purchase of two or more items. This is a great way to encourage buyers to buy more. 

Kidizen also notifies you when someone adds items to their cart, so you can go in and offer an even lower price, and I will usually do this as my main goal is to get the items out of my house while making a quick buck. If your goal is to make a profit, you may be waiting a while for items to sell.

Mercari has a "promote" option where you can lower the price and at the same time, it'll refresh in the marketplace, giving it more traffic. There is also an option to promote to only those who have liked your item, and this can get things to sell faster as it will direct message the person that liked your listing your lower offer.


Tip 8 - Hashtags

Mercari only allows up to three hashtags per post, so don't forget to use them and make sure you pick relevant ones. I would avoid clothing type, brand, and color as Mercari will already sort using those. For example, if you are selling a bundle of three shirts:  one has stripes, one has a dog on it, and one has stars, the three hashtags I would use would be: #stripes, #dogs, #stars.

Kidizen, on the other hand, allows as many hashtags as you want and you can even add hashtags in the comments of your post. They also have "Hash Flashes" on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday where they select a hashtag and feature items with those hashtags. 

Take advantage of these Hash Flashes as that's what will get your shop the most traction, but make sure you only add the tag to items relevant to the featured hashtag. 


Tip 9 - Don't List All Your Items at Once

Listing all your items at once is not only time consuming, but is actually a disadvantage. Every time you list a new item, it shows up at the top in searches on the selling apps, so by listing a few new items each day, your shop gets shown to more new buyers every day. Whereas if you post all your items at once, your shop will slowly disappear among other shops posting new items.


Ready to Start Selling?




May 8, 2020

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I recently discovered The Happy Givers and am in love with their products!

Not only are their products sustainable and eco-friendly, but 100% of The Happy Givers profits go to supporting their non-profits:


Here are some of my favorite The Happy Givers Products:


"Be Kind" Face Mask


This mask is very comfortable and there are adult and kid sizes available. The best part: it's machine washable! There are now three different designs you can choose from: "Be Kind," "People Over Profit," and "Love They Neighbor."

Plus every time you order a face mask, you are donating one to an elderly person in Puerto Rico (with plans to distribute them in migrant camps in Tijuana as well).

The facemasks are also individually handmade by @taniaandrea.pr, so not only are you supporting a small business, keeping yourself and others safe, but helping someone in need!

Get yours here!


"Doing It Wrong" Unisex Heavy Blend™ Hooded Sweatshirt


This hoodie is so soft and warm, and I absolutely love the message: "If you hate anyone because of your faith, you're doing it wrong." A great reminder that God told us to love, not to hate, so spread love and kindness to everyone you meet, no matter their race, religion, sexuality, etc. 

I'm a women's large and the unisex medium fits me just fine, I can comfortably wear a shirt underneath, so I would say it runs true to size, but if you like a baggy fit, would recommend sizing up. 

This hoodie is available in multiple colors, which you can check out here.


"Build" Unisex Heavy Blend™ Crewneck Sweatshirt 


Just as comfortable as the hoodie, minus the hood! This one says: "If you are more fortunate than others, build a longer table, not a taller fence." A wonderful reminder to help others in need, not cast them aside, as God would want us to.

I'm a women's large and the unisex medium fits me just fine, I can comfortably wear a shirt underneath, so I would say it runs true to size, but if you like a baggy fit, would recommend sizing up. 

This sweatshirt also comes in other colors, which you can find here!


Special Edition Love Thy ______ | Unisex Hoodie (Text Back Print)

 

This is my favorite of the products I received. I just love the message this sends. It's simple, love everyone!

Love Thy Neighbor
Thy Immigrant Neighbor
Thy Black Neighbor
Thy Atheist Neighbor
Thy Muslim Neighbor
Thy Depressed Neighbor
Thy Conservative Neighbor
Thy LGBTQIA Neighbor
Thy Disabled Neighbor
Thy Indigenous Neighbor
Thy Jewish Neighbor
Thy Progressive Neighbor
Thy Incarcerated Neighbor
Thy Homeless Neighbor
Thy Latinx Neighbor
Thy Addicted Neighbor
Thy Millennial Neighbor
Thy____________Neighbor

Plus this hoodie is warm and super comfy, totally recommend! 

I'm a women's large and the unisex medium fits me just fine, I can comfortably wear a shirt underneath, so I would say it runs true to size, but if you like a baggy fit, would recommend sizing up. 

More colors available, get yours here!

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May 6, 2020

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Clever Publishing has released a free downloadable activity book for kids about germs and bacteria, perfect to help your little ones understand this period of quarantine better, as well as keep them entertained and learning while at home.

The activity book is filled with fun germ themed mazes, puzzles, and games.

Download it here!



NEW FREE COVID-19 E-Book

This educational book is designed to help teach kids about Covid-19.


Download Here