Get Polarn O Pyret credit via Thred Up

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Alexis, Best for Baby, New Mom Experience, REVIEWS

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Who here hasn’t heard about Polarn O Pyret?

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Seriously? Go check them out! (I also wrote about them here and here)

  • Reasonable prices, especially if on sale
  • amazing quality
  • fun Scandinavian designs
  • generous sizes (Lexi is still wearing 1-1.5 year old sizes in some items)
  • clothing that lasts

This month in honor of Earth day, Polarn O Pyret has teamed up with Thred Up to create a one of a kind partnership to make re-using and saving more fun.

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Thred Up is a company that buys and sells used women’s and children’s clothing and accessories from top brands. You order a Thred Up bag, fill it full of no longer needed clothing and send it in for credit.

But now that credit can be in the form of Polarn O Pyret credit. So up to 40% of the clothing that is sent via this special Thred Up bag will be given back to you to spend in a Polar O Pyret online store.

Here is the key (Don’t miss it!):

In order to get PO.P credit, you have to send items in a special PO.P bag which can be received free of charge by emailing to thredup@polarnopyretusa.com  They will send as many bags as you want!

It’s a great way to get rid of old clothes that your kids outgrew and get some new fun PO.P outfits. Any brand that Thred Up accepts qualifies for the credit. Just send all the old stuff and get new clothing from PO.P via Thred Up credit.

Here are some Q&A about the whole project

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What am I to do with the polka-dot bag? Fill the bag up with freshly-washed, name-brand clothing with no signs of wear or tear. (This is important for maximizing what credit you receive.) All the information on what they take and what it’s worth can be found on the thredUp Standards page.  Before you send the bag, you must register the bag. If you don’t register the bag, you may not get your credit. There is a handy link to register the bag on the bag itself.

How much Polarn O. Pyret credit do I receive when I send in a bag? Customers can earn 10-40% of the resale value of accepted clothing as Polarn O. Pyret credit. If you need an idea of what you may earn, they have sample bags listed here. We have some customers who have earned up to $80 of Polarn O. Pyret credit. But others as little as $10. It really depends on what you send and how well it has been maintained.

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Once I have filled the bag with name brand clothing, then what? Register the bag online at thredUP (super easy — do not worry!).  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. thredUP processes the clothing in its facility and they will notify you on how much you will receive for the bag. Your clothes will then be resold on thredUP’s online resale shop.

How long does the process take? It can take 1 to 2 weeks for thredUP to receive your bag from USPS/UPS. They will send a confirmation email so you know they received it. Then, it typically takes an additional 5-10 business days to review your items at their offices. Upon review, they’ll send another email about your credit. It then takes Polarn O. Pyret another 5-7 days to receive that information and process the gift certificate.

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Is thredUP the right way for me to consign my items? thredUP has strict quality standards and typically accepts 40-50% of the clothing they receive.  For many parents, the convenience of just packing it up and shipping it off is enough, especially for our urban customers who are limited in storage space. We find many of our customers also shop with competing brands that pay out quite well in the thredUP shop. Please note that thredUP is not looking for items from lower-end shops where the price point begins is than $20.

{All of the photos above are featuring Lexi wearing POP outfits}

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Babiators – is your toddler as cool as you?

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Alexis, Best for Baby, New Mom Experience, photo, REVIEWS

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Hey, guys!

So this post is sponsored. What that means is I got paid to write.

I better get paid to write on this blog at some point, right?

Well, up until now I’ve been pretty much rejecting every sponsored post request because I don’t want to pitch something I don’t believe in and this is a personal blog, not a place for fake advertisement.  Sidebars – that’s fine. Sponsored posts about some cereal or toilet paper? No, thank you.

I write about products plenty, but those are always honest reviews of things I love and use myself. So this particular post is like getting paid to write about something I love and loved even before I was asked to write about it.

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Skylar Luna, the only organic PJ you need to know about

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Alexis, Best for Baby, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience, REVIEWS

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I was not asked to write this post, nor was I paid, or sent samples for this post. (I was sent samples initially for something else – that’s how I discovered them, but that was long ago and I have been buying from them since)
This is simply me raving about a company that I love.

I’ve gone through a few organic PJs companies for Lexi and all of them were… good. But it wasn’t until I came across Skylar Luna that I was completely sold and in love and felt absolutely no need to ever buy anything else except for maybe Christmas PJs. The only other real competitor that makes organic pjs is Hanna Anderson, but there is absolutely no comparison here. While I looooove Hanna Anderson patterns and colors and their holiday pjs, the level of comfort is just NOT there.

What makes Skylar Luna so special?

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Fun Toys for 12-24 Months Stage

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Alexis, Best for Baby, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience, REVIEWS

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I have been thinking of ways of structuring this post to make it easier to read and more comprehensive and the only thing that seems to make sense is to go by brand. We tend to be loyal to companies whose products we like, so if you were to walk into our house, you’d see lots of items by the same brands. It doesn’t mean we are not open to other companies and makers. In fact, on the contrary, I am always looking for new ideas and products, but usually when you happen on a product that really really works, you end up sticking with it, at least until something else comes along.

So it’s even more relevant when it comes to toys. I have favorites, companies that I know I can trust from the safety standpoint and those that make beautiful, functional and fun toys.

A while ago I wrote about toy safety from the toxin standpoint and outlined some of the companies that make better toys with fewer recalls, some that claim they are lead free, BFR free and approach safety consciously. If you’re just starting on my blog, make sure to check that post and then go over the toys that we found useful for the 0-12 months stage. Also don’t miss the post on Tag Toys which are the most unique toys I’ve ever come across.

For now, in case you are  looking to replenish your playroom, buy birthday gifts, or are just curious about which toys Lexi plays with on daily basis, or used to play when she was slightly younger, read on!

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Potty Training, it’s just the beginning (and the end?)

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Alexis, Best for Baby, Daily, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience, REVIEWS

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I’ve been hanging onto this post, hoping that there will be enough progress that I will have something else to add to it, but alas it appears that we are at a standstill.

That’s how I started this post 2 months ago and that’s how it would stay up until a few days ago (Dec 26th, 2013) when suddenly something drastic happened!

{Note: if you have problems with potty talk or seeing babies sitting on potties, you should probably go to some other post on The Art of Making a Baby, like this one about flowers and pretty things}

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Tag Toys – The Ultimate Montessori Toys

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Alexis, Best for Baby, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience, REVIEWS

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Before I write a post about the best toys that I have found for the 18-24 months old crowd, I wanted to do a spotlight on my new favorite toy company with the kind of toys that last a lifetime and create many opportunities for learning and development.

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I learned about Tag Toys in the usual way I discover companies.  I had an idea for a toy that Lexi would really enjoy in my head and I set off to try and find that toy online.

This time it was some kind of board with different switches and locks. It didn’t take me long to find Melissa and Doug products, however being very leery of big toy companies when it comes to quality (on that later) and knowing that many M&D, and other wooden toys for that matter, tested positive for lead and arsenic and a lot of other nasty stuff, I was set on finding an alternative that is safer. That’s how I found Tag Toys.

Check out the video I made of Lexi playing with the toys here:

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Lexi awards: Favorite Products {3-9 months}

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Alexis, Best for Baby, New Mom Experience, REVIEWS

LEXI AWARDS 3-9 MONTHS

The next installment of Lexi Awards brought to you courtesy of Alexis and me.

I realize it is a very long period of time and much happens in a world of an infant in 6 months.
None of these are must-haves, of course. There is nothing that is a must have for an infant besides a boob and a care taker  , however these are all wonderful and make life easier or fun for both mom and baby.

This post has been sitting in my drafts for almost a year now, so I thought I’d finally get it out. I know many of my readers have young babies, so hopefully this will be of use to them. Since the post was written almost a year ago, some things have changed as Lexi grew but these items were the MVPs for us during the 3-9 months stage.

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TRIED AND TRUE: BABY EDITION

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Alexis, Best for Baby, New Mom Experience, REVIEWS

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As a blogger, I receive numerous products to try out and write about. Not all of them make it on the website, some of them are obscure brands and are a big disappointment, others turn out to be the best thing ever invented and there are those that I absolutely fall in love with and continue buying myself long after the initial sample is gone. I thought I would compile a list of lesser known favorite products I have been using lately.

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“Mommy’s Free Time” aka Toddler Activities That Entertain For Longer Periods of Time

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in Alexis, Best for Baby, FUN Times, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience

7 Toddler Activities that Keep their attention for Longer and Give mommy her free time back

7 Toddler Activities that Keep their attention for Longer and Give mommy her free time back

Up until recently there were very few things that Alexis would do without requiring my attention or involvement, which made it very difficult to do anything. She is finally at that age (18 months) when certain activities are of enough interest and keep her entertained for longer, as well as do not always require my full involvement.  This has been a welcome change to our routines and has given me a few minutes of freedom to be able to finally get things done around the house even if it’s 15-20 minutes at a time.

What made a big difference is being able to put her in a “special chair” that she cannot get out of and is not used as an eating chair.

We have our amazing Svan Signet chair that I will be writing about later and it has been invaluable due to its ability to be used without the tray. All I do is pull Lexi up to a desk in the kitchen and voila she sits there working on different activities for 30-90 minutes, giving each activity good 15-20 minutes before moving on while I am free to make food or clean up after a meal. Before that, we tried the same thing at the kid’s table and in her armchair, but she would always get up and run to do something else simply because she could and let’s face it, she is an active toddler.

So given that she does all these activities in her special chair, here they are:

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