Posh N Sip Party! How I Got a Friend Started in PoshMark

Hello everyone!  I am here to plug an app that I have been using and it is great!  (By the way, this isn’t sponsored in any way, I just really like the app).  If you want to clear out your closet of clothes that you don’t want anymore and make a little money doing it, I suggest you use PoshMark.

PoshMark is an app that has been around for about 5 years.  It is like Ebay, but for anything fashion.  Clothes, shoes, jewelry, purses, make-up: you name it, it is probably there.  Everything is new or gently used and the app makes it very easy to sell your items and ship them to fellow poshers.

So, I hosted my first Posh N Sip on March 24th.  It is a party where you get together with your friends and family and help them get their closets started and help them make some extra money.  I invited quite a few people, but because of circumstances, I only had one guest.

I gave Bekah the rundown of how the app works.  I explained how to post items, how to make your pictures look good, and how to make sure that your items are seen by more people.  Here we were, both working on some items to sell!

Bekah

I love the white blanket that I use as my backdrop.  Bekah was using a pretty piece of fabric as her backdrop to make sure all her pictures have some similarity.

Here are the items I posted in my closet!

I have a Forever 21 shirt on top, a Mudd shirt on the bottom, and Out Jeans.  I hope they sell soon and can be better in someone else’s closet.

If you are interested in PoshMark, it is free and very easy to use.  If you have any questions, feel free to ask away and I will answer them as best as I can.  If you have a PoshMark account and are looking for more closets to follow check out my closet, @2smallofacloset, and Bekah’s closet, @bek21.

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Valley Animal Haven Animal Shelter Volunteer Appreciation

Ahhh! A day off from school here is in the U.S.! Teachers always treasure these days! So do the kids!

My preschoolers still talk about the day ‘the other Miss Pam’, from Valley Animal Haven Shelter came to school and brought a dog and cat to visit. They loved being able to donate food and other items to the shelter. A couple of weeks ago, Pam, the director and our friend, had a Volunteer Appreciation Open House, so of course, our whole family was there!

animal shelter volunteer chalkboard dog sign

I took care of the decorating, since that’s what I love to do! I drew the design on the chalkboard above and made the banner below from dog scrapbook paper. Lauren and I had gone to the 99 cent store for tablecloths and found these awesome pawprint balloons!

animal shelter volunteer banner

Remember the burlap pieces we stamped with pawprints? Here they are decorating the food tables. This is the ‘sweets’ table.

animal shelter volunteer dessert table

Yummy! The cookies on the bottom are some of my favorite!

animal shelter volunteer cookies and kisses

There were also chips and dips, and fruit and veggie trays.

animal shelter volunteer food table

The sign-in table was full of paw-prints!

animal shelter volunteer openhouse sign in table

Aren’t these beautiful! Love all these bright colors on a dreary day! These were given to some of the volunteers who had donated more than 300 hours of time in the past year!

animal shelter volunteer flowers

Each volunteer also received one of these special pins with a wonderful thank you!

animal shelter volunteer gift pins

There was also a drawing for door prizes. Haley won the sign ‘You Had Me At Woof” and Steve won the ornament.

animal shelter volunteer door prizes

Pawprints and kisses!

animal shelter pawprints and kisses

Here is one cutie, Hannah, to say hello and thank you! She even dressed up for the occasion!

animal shelter volunteer dog cutie hannah

Here is the whole group. There are many more volunteers out there too, but these are the ones who came for this special occasion. Pam is the 6th one from the left in the royal blue shirt.

animal shelter volunteer group picture

This was an incredible year for Valley Animal Haven. There were so many special people and businesses who gave time and donations to give the shelter a great first year. There were portable buildings, kennels, food, pet supplies, a trailer and many more items donated. There were several grants awarded to the shelter and even a money award for a contest that was entered. The most important part was the adoptions and saving the animals. There were 385 cats and dogs (and 2 rabbits) placed in ‘fur’ever homes in 2015! It is so amazing and such a wonderful thing Pam and all the volunteers are doing for animals! We are so blessed as a family to be part of such a great and amazing organization.

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Let’s Get Crafty!

It was the week before school started and all through the apartment, not a student was happy, not one single one.  But Lauren came up with an idea to share with her friends, that involved so much crafting until the days end.

Okay, enough with the bad poetry (if you read that as the ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas poem, brownie points to you!).  Seriously, I hosted a crafting party!

One of my coworkers explained that she had wanted to complete a craft project but she didn’t want to work on it alone.  So, I decided to create a party where we could work on crafts, alone with some of our other friends and coworkers.

It started with an invitation that I created through an app and text/Facebook messaged all the people who I wanted to come.  It was a great invitation that I spent hours (sarcasm much? LOL) creating, so I must share it with you.

Invitation

So, I know my apartment can be somewhat hard to find, so I decided to add this beautiful sign on the door for people to see find the party!

Let's Get Crafty

I decided to be nice and added some items that people could use if they wanted to.  You know, just in case someone didn’t bring anything.  So, I had things like game pieces, bottles, sharpies, hot glue, etc., that people could use.

Craft Counter

Now, do you remember this Banksy box that I had in my bedroom?

Banksy Case

Well, I have been filling it with yarn that I had left after I finished a scarf.  And…the box was full.  Like, the zipper has broken because I have tried to squeeze so much yarn into the box.  So, I had the box out for people to use any of the yarn.  Unfortunately, it was only me who used it.

Too Much Yarn

And now, the guests started to arrive.  Food was set out and crafting began.  My coworker and close friend Elise wanted to paint some letters that she would later decoupage.

Elise Pic

The beginning of the painting

Elise Pic 2

All black now!

Another friend Crystal, who I have had classes with at college, wanted to make a bracelet.  You know those friendship bracelets that kids made back in middle school?  Yeah, that kind.  But a complex design.

Crystal Pic

Just the beginning

Crystal Pic 2

Almost done

My roommate Hannah decided to bring all of her crafting stuff to the party.  She brought a lot of stuff.

Hannah Pic

Hannah’s sister Sarah was also at the party.  She wanted to make burlap wine bags, so she had a lot of burlap to cut the bags out.

Sarah Pic

So what did I work on?  I was actually knitting a blanket.  I was taking some yarn that was in the Banksy yarn box and making a blanket.  I wasn’t expecting it to turn out this cute.

Blanket

I actually think that it looks pretty cool!

And now all of the guests have left, the party needs to be cleaned up.  Anyone want to help?

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Our Holiday Fashion Show

Just a few more days till Christmas!! Aahhh! Are you ready! I think I am set. Just have to get the food for the parties, but I didn’t want to buy it too early. Now that the present shopping is done, the house is decorated, the cookies baked, it’s time to think about what you are going to wear to the get-together’s. What? You don’t know yet? Well, Lauren and I are here to help! We put together a few different outfits that will hopefully inspire you with pieces you already own.

First, we took the same black skirt and styled it two different ways. I wore it with a blue and black print flowy shirt, black tights and boots. I added this blue/black tweed jacket which I found for $7 at a local thrift store. Lauren is so jealous!

Fashion 2015 Pam Black and Blue

To style, take a basic black skirt, black tights and boots, and match it with a print top and cute jacket or coat. I chose blue and black because I wanted to use my ‘new’ jacket, but you could use any color combination.

Fashion 2015 Pam Blue and Black Coat

 

Here is Lauren in the same black skirt.  Hello.  Lauren speaking.  I took this black skirt and added a cream lace top that I purchased from the coast.  I put a cream tank top under the top and a chain and rhinestone layered necklace.  To finish the look, I wore my black quilted boots that I absolutely adore!  This look is young and cute and I could wear this to every party that I go to.

Fashion 2015 Lauren Black and White

My second look for Christmas is a little more casual. I paired white jeans, (yes, you can wear them after Labor Day :)), with a soft grey sweater. I like how this sweater has a drawstring to gather the top and also ribbing around the wrists and waist. I gives it a little dressier look. I added a pearl and silver long necklace and grey flats. By the way, this is where Chica starts photo-bombing all my pictures. LOL!

Fashion 2015 Pam White Jeans and Grey sweater

If it’s too cold for flats were you live, try skinny jeans and boots.

Fashion 2015 Pam Grey and White

My second outfit is a blue dress that I bought from Forever 21 early last year.  I love how it looks and it is really comfortable.  I added some brown boots that I bought from a local store that look very similar to my black boots.  They are so comfortable!

Fashion 2015 Lauren Blue Dress and Brown Boots

Also, is it time to open presents yet?

Fashion 2015 Lauren Blue Dress and Boots

This look is a red shirt-dress from Walmart. It is still available online and it’s only $10! Here is the link. It has tiny white polka-dots all over. I actually found this one in the store, but when I asked, the salesperson told me it was a return from an online order. I paired it with black footless tights and black flats. I think the red makes it more festive.

Fashion 2015 Pam Red Dot Dress

Fashion 2015 Pam Red Dot Dress Black

My third outfit also includes the color red!  I have a pair of red skinny jeans that I wear with just about anything that I can match them to.  I wore this with a cream shirt that has black lace on the sleeves that was originally Haley’s that I took when she didn’t want it anymore.    I wore it with my favorite black boots and a black and silver flower necklace.

Fashion 2015 Lauren Red and Cream

Here are a couple more just so you can see Chica! This is simple too. Grey jeans and a white sparkly top. Again, you could use boots instead. I would use my grey boots, except they are wrapped up under the tree right now! A silver bracelet and earrings and you are set!

Fashion 2015 Pam Grey Jeans White Top

My final outfit is one that is full of comfort.  I have a pair of jeans that I purchased from Maurices and a grey shirt.  I added grey shoes and “borrowed” Haley’s grey backpack to complete the look.

Fashion 2015 Lauren Grey Top and Jeans

And why I am laughing so hard you may ask?  Kiara, the cuddly cat if you remember from an earlier post, was standing on an end table and I was calling her.  Well, mom snapped the picture as I was calling her and the picture turned out funny and the picture that you see before you is the result of us laughing.  LOL!

My last one is a long grey sleeveless dress with a turquoise sweatshirt over the top. The dress is actually for summer, but with the dark color, it works for winter too. This is a bit more casual, but oh so comfy! Black boots and a big black bag finish the look. (Do you see the other photo bomber in the corner?)

Fashion 2015 Pam Grey Dress and Turquoise Pullover

Well, I hope this gives you some ideas for festive outfits for your holiday get-togethers! Maybe you will find a new favorite outfit! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

For unto us a child is born, for unto us a Son is given.

Isaiah 9:6

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We Were Nominated for A Liebster Award!!

Guess what?! We were nominated for a Liebster Award! The Liebster Award is passed around the blogging community to those who have less than 200 followers. It is simply a way of getting to know each other!

liebster award

We were nominated by Jamie over at jamie’s home blog. If you’re looking for some fun and cute ideas for decorating your place, this is the blog to go to! She has a great sense of humor and fun stories too! Be sure to take some time and check it out!

Now on to the show!

Rules

1. Link back to the person who nominated you.

2. Answer the questions given to you by the nominator.

3. Nominate up to 11 other bloggers with less than 200 followers.

4. Create 11 questions for the nominees.

5. Notify all nominees via social media/blogs.

So here are the questions we had to answer:

1* What drives or inspires you to write your blog?

Pam: I enjoy doing crafts and DIY projects and it’s great to have a creative outlet to show others what I have done.

Lauren: My mom…because she always reminds me that I have a blog post to write!  But, I also like to show my creative side and show people what I can do.
2* What is one item (this excludes your humans and your animals) that you absolutely cannot live without?

P: My bed and pillow!

L: Milk and cereal. YUM!
3* What is your favorite type of music?

P: Soft rock, broadway, soundtracks

L: Christian Rock (Skillet especially), broadway, acapella (Pentatonix)
4* If you could trade places with someone for one day, who would you choose and why?

P: The only thing I can think of is to go back into the past. I would love to be someone close to Jesus so I could listen to his stories and teachings.

L: Someone who lives in Paris France and sees the Eiffel Tower everyday because I want to visit the Eiffel Tower.  And if I don’t have to pay for a trip to France, that would be awesome!
5* Your favorite memory?

P: The times our family has gone on trips and we have made new memories together.  It’s a mom thing to say, I know.

L: I think my favorite memory would be moving into my own apartment.  Big change in my life.
6* What is your go-to stress relief method?

P: Either taking a walk or reading a book

L: Watching YouTube
7* Your favorite moment in 2015 thus far?

P: My favorite moment was when my daughter Haley threw discus for track and field and threw her personal record and beat the school record.  She threw107 feet 7 inches. It was amazing!

L: Getting a promotion at work that I never expected to get
8* If you could build your own home and had unlimited funds, where would you build it?

P: Bass Lake, Ca. Cool lake, beautiful pines, and nice weather.

L: Somewhere in the country where you are alone and don’t have people bothering you.  Someplace that is open and you can see for miles.
9* What type of house would you build?

P: A cabin style home where my family and friends could go to spend time together.

L: Karianne’s house from Thistlewood Farms.
10* Do you have a favorite TV show?  If yes, which’un?

P: Yes, Once Upon A Time

L: Yes, Castle
11* Name a goal you have for 2015!

P: Paint my kitchen cupboards

L: Figuring out the next step for a career after I graduate with a Bachelors Degree.

That’s it for us, now on to our nominees!

We have nominated:

Katrin from kreatvk.net

Nicole from faithloveandchocolate.com

Angela from settingmyintention.com

Questions from Us!

1. If you could go on a month long vacation anywhere, where would you go?

2. Who is a blogger who inspires you?

3. What is your favorite summer activity (examples: reading a book, camping, blogging)?

4. What is your guilty pleasure song?

5. Do you have a favorite post from your own blog?

6. If you could meet any celebrity, who would it be and why?

7. Do you own any pets? If so, what kind of animals?

8. How did you decide to start a blog?

9. What’s your favorite ice cream?

10. If you had a night out, what activities would you do?

11. Do you have a favorite quote or saying?

That’s it! This was a lot of fun and thanks again to Jaime for nominating us! We can’t wait to see what our nominee’s come up with for their answers! Please take some time to visit them too!

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