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Just Between Friends #JBFPhilly

Are you ready for the biggest/best consignment sale around?  Real Mom Media is even setting up a craft corner to entertain you and your kids this week while the Pope is in town!  Friday September 25 from 11a-1p to enjoy!

Western Mainline Fall/Winter (Oaks) Sales Event: September 24-27. I have been consigning and shopping this amazing sale for over four years!  I wish I had known about it earlier!  So I am writing to let you know how you can join the fun.  When I am working the sale, I am always wearing a shirt that says, "Shop, Sell, Save, Smart".  As I am writing to inform others about this amazing sale.....let's focus on those 4 powerful words!

Shop!  This is where I really wish I had known about this amazing sale earlier.  I could have saved a ton on baby items for Ava. I bought every piece of baby equipment, toys and clothing at retail prices!!!!   UGH!!! If I had shopped SMART at JBF ....I  could  have saved a lot of money.....I mean a ton!  Did you know  that SAFETY is our #1 priority at JBF?

 Just Between Friends Western Mainline is literally a sea of savings!  From strollers, cars seats, every type of the toy under the sun, and  CLOTHING....oh...the CLOTHES!!!!  JBF even sells Maternity Clothing.  

Looking for a specific size or style? SHOP EARLY!  Check out Just Between Friends Shop page to see how you can be the first to shop this legendary sale.   First time parent or grandparent.....Volunteer & more!  Many ways to save!  Another reason to volunteer ....Team Members who complete a 4 hour shift earn 70% profit on all their sold items!!!!!

Sell!!!!!    If you are anything like me.....you have a closet or two full of outgrown clothes and toys.

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I admit it!  I kept everything Ava had ever worn.  I had lent some out to a friend, but they always came back.  This was an emotional hold that I had....trying to keep her a baby by holding on to her onesies?????  Then one day as I was putting Ava on the bus for kindergarten a good friend told me about Just Between Friends.  I would love to say I jumped on board immediately, but of course I can't!  It took some soul searching and then I realized what I had to do.  Plus, four and 1/2 years of clothes were...ummm....taking over!!!!

So, my friend gave me basic steps to consigning at this amazing sale.  In lieu of my friend .... I would like to help you if you are in any way like me.  You can let go.... and make some CASH while doing it!!!!

The Just Between Friends website has everything you need to know from registering, to tagging, to drop off and beyond.  Let me give you some insights into the world of trading your treasures for some serious cash!

Go to Western Mainline Just Between Friends main webpage and register as a consignor.  You can also register as a shopper, first time parent, volunteer ....etc.   Get yourself registered (don't forget to sign up as a volunteer....for extra benefits)   Now, hit your closets, basements, playrooms and anywhere your hidden treasures may be hiding?!   For clothing and shoes you will want to gather supplies to start tagging. Once again Tracy, the wonderful owner of this sale has made it easy peasy on you.  She has tagging videos, first time mentors, calendar of events and even tagging supply sales!  TONS of stuff to sell but NO time....we have you covered with valet tagging.  

Once you have finished tagging you will be dropping off your stuff at the Expo Center in Oaks...Hall A.  There is an inspection process so make sure all clothing and shoes are in good used shape.  Then all you have to do is place your goodies on the floor and check each night (usually) pretty late to see what has sold.  You have the option when tagging to reduce your items for  the 50% off day and you can also donate unsold items to charity.  It's up to you!  If you do have things that you did not donate or didn't sell.....come back and pick-up on assigned date.  The sale calendar is great for keeping you organized!  I suggest you print out the calendar and keep it handy!!!!

SAVE!!!!!!!!

Items at The Western Mainline Just Between Friends sale are 50-90% off retail!  People who are in the know shop this SALE!  There are even youtube videos of people showing off their bargains from the sale.  You will save on everything from strollers, to bottles, to diapers, to Halloween Costumes.....the list is endless!  Don't forget to make your own list of items you want to pick up!  I want to SAVE even more Ellie!!!!   Well, you can!  The sale goes to 50% off on most items on Sunday the 27th.  Any ticket WITHOUT a star is 50% off.  YES!  No star, starting Sunday it's half off!  If the tag has a star it still is a great deal.....but it's the price marked on the tag!

SMART!!!  Well, you have kept reading this post ....so we already know you are SMART!  Western Mainline JBF sale is just the thing to do.  Whether you are selling, shopping, volunteering....it is  SMART !!!!!! At the beginning of my journey with JBF ....I really had no clue what I was doing or what an amazing opportunity I had in front of me.  Now four years later I am so grateful to my neighbor for sharing this gem.  Who will you share this with?   Now a video I love....that gives a great look at JBF in general.  What is JBF?  

Please come out and join us September 24th-27th.....(even earlier if you earn your presale pass)  You will not regret coming and you probably will come more than ONCE!!!!!   Shop, Sell, Save, Smart......That is JBF!!!!










Top 10 Coolest Vehicles for Soccer Moms (and Dads) – No Minivans Here!

One thing I always said I would never do as an adult was have a minivan. Don't get me wrong. There are some cool looking minivans but they are still minivans. 

But now as my boys are growing up and getting involved in sports and after school activities, I totally understand why a minivan would be a practical purchase for any family. You need tons of room. Not only for your kids, but for their friends that you will inevitably have to drive around town.

If you are looking to purchase a family friendly car with room but don't want to give in and buy a minivan, Edmund's has put together a list of the coolest cars for soccer moms (and dads).  

10 Coolest Vehicles for Soccer Moms (and Dads)

Our favorites?

BMW X3

It offers generous passenger and cargo room, and those in back will appreciate its accommodating rear seat, which ranks among the most comfortable in the segment. Safety features include optional top-view parking cameras and a lane-departure warning system.

 

Land Rover Range Rover Sport

Parking sensors and a rearview camera are standard and optional safety features include a surround-view camera and blind-spot monitoring.

A girl can dream right?

Head on over to Edmund's to view the complete list of coolest vehicles for soccer moms (and dads). 

Just Between Friends Milwaukee #JBFMilwaukee

This past weekend, we were back at it with shopping with our favorite friends, Just Between Friends. This time, we headed to #JBFMilwaukee to check out their HUGE sale! 

Located at State Fair Park in the Wisconsin Expo Center Hall C, with over 493 consignors and a 55,000 square foot venue, there are plenty of deals to be found! 

Of course, we had to do a little shopping while at the sale. Being limited to a carry on suitcase, we had to make sure we picked only the best deals! So what did we get?

You can view the full review of our shopping haul in the video below. 

Want to check out the sale yourself? There's still time!

Just Between Friends Milwaukee Consignment Sale Dates

The sale runs from Sunday, April 6th through Friday, April 11th.

  • Sunday, April 6 from 10am-7pm ($3 admission)
  • Monday, April 7 from 10am-7pm
  • Tuesday, April 8 from 10am-7pm
  • Wednesday, April 9 from 10am-5pm
  • Thursday, April 10 from 10am-7pm (*50% off day!)
  • Friday, April 11 from 10am-1pm (*50% off day!)

Learn more about Just Between Friends – Milwaukee by connecting with them on their Facebook page, on Twitter, and on their website.

#MagicAtPlay with Kohl's #DisneySide

#MagicAtPlay

 

Within just a few short days I'll be taking on a fun filled side of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California!

I'm honored to have been invited back to Disney Social Media Moms for the 2nd time.  I can honestly tell you that as a kid I never got to experience the 'magic' of Disney.  Heck, that only happened about 3 years ago!  

Since then, there has been a great array of awesome that has happened for me and my family in regards to the big Walt & the Magic he's brought to people all over the world. 

Getting this opportunity is really a coveted spot.  Disney only hands out a handful of tickets and we all wait with our fingers crossed on getting the chance to learn, love & play with the people who call Disney their work home. 

This year, we were contacted by Kohl's to see if we were interested in reviewing the new Disney line by Jumping Bean available exclusively at Kohl's!  So, yesterday afternoon I hit the store locally to see what they have. 

I have to tell you - the clothes are amazing but the display is over the top!  It was so fun to look through all the cute clothes by Jumping Bean.  I found a couple shirts for Hudson & since I don't have a daughter - I bought the CUTEST outfit for a friend who's having a girl!!  OMGOSH.  The boy stuff is cute - but the GIRL STUFF IS OVER THE TOP!  Frilly, fun and frisky - all in one aisle. 

Stick around - as I've got a $50 Gift card for YOU to experience the #MagicAtPlay!  

 

Just Between Friends Kansas City #JBFKC

Well, howdy friends!  

You probably remember my LOVE of the Just Between Friends Sale with the ladies of the JBF Oaks & Reading sales in years past, right?  Their sales are SAVING moms money, cleaning out houses AND putting cash in your pockets!  I'm all about that, aren't you?

Well, this year we're working with some other amazing Just Between Friends outlets across the country and we couldn't be more excited about it!!!

First out the gate, I took off from Toy Fair in NYC and hit up my new friends Amber & Tami in Kansas City!

The Kansas City Just Between Friends group has an amazing following.  Fabulous ladies making money & saving on stuff they need through their sales in Lee's Summit & Overland Park. 

We did two twitter parties with Amber & Tami and I also had a little lunch with some fabulous Kansas City bloggers!  They shopped and shared their hauls with the hashtags #BestDeal & #JBFKC.  You can see how cool it is yourself on their social media pages (WHICH by the way - Amber & Tami - you're rocking it!!!)

You can always see our recaps of these fun event on our Real Mom Events site - but I wanted to share some of their great finds here!

I personally came back to Philly with an overpouring suitcase.  

Yes. I know.  

But I ONLY spent $20 and got some great stuff for my dudes since we're going to Orlando this week!  (Yes, I had an urgent - OH NO...I DON'T HAVE ANYTHING FOR THEM TO WEAR moment!)

Be sure to check out our Pinterest Boards too!  

And if you want to add your #BestDeals - by all means - Please do!

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