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6 Reasons Moms Love the Beaufort Bonnet Company

Thursday, September 6, 2018 3:01:39 PM America/New_York

On your quest for the cutest Southern baby clothes, you’ll undoubtedly come across The Beaufort Bonnet Company. Rooted in the South Carolina Lowcountry, this boutique brand brings all sorts of Southern charm to baby’s wardrobe. As their name implies, the signature piece from Beaufort Bonnet is their adorable, heirloom baby bonnet featuring sweet touches like carefully chosen, decorative buttons and smocked inserts, but they also make traditional kids’ clothing and swimwear.

Beaufort Bonnet’s accessories and clothing are oozing with classic charm, but that’s not the only reasons why parents adore them. They’re also made for practicality and function, so they often become fast favorites among savvy parents. Here are some more reasons why moms adore this heritage brand.

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Posted By Bagsy Betty

Along with smocking, embroidery and monogramming, appliquéing is one of the most traditional ways to accent kids’ clothing for a special, one-of-a-kind finishing touch. This fun sewing technique is a signature of many of our favorite boutique kids’ brands, including the British favorite Mini Boden.

With colorful, textured imagery featuring all of your little one’s favorite things—cats, dogs, llamas, unicorns, apples and rainbows!—Mini Boden’s clothing appliqués bring a fun spirit and cool dimension to otherwise plain styles. They’re also a great way to dress your child for a special occasion, like back-to-school, holidays and birthdays. With this detail, you can create outfits that are expressive, playful and true to your child’s unique personality.

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SUGAR BABY

Saturday, January 20, 2018 9:30:19 AM America/New_York

“You can’t handle the sugar.”  This is what I tell my oldest daughter almost daily. 

It is true.  My oldest has a terrible reaction to sugar.  Within seconds of ingesting anything sweet she becomes completely O-B-N-O-X-I-O-U-S.  It drives me crazy.  I can remember taking this picture years ago and calling it, “I am your worst nightmare.”

In complete contrast, my youngest child can eat an entire bag of cotton candy with very little reaction at all.  She is cool as a cucumber. My friends laugh that this is a typical second child.  First time parents are rule followers and everyone knows that one of those rules is no sugar until the first birthday. Then on their first birthday we all proceed to place an entire smash cake in front of them.  By the time the second child comes along, we have all loosened up (or “we have been broken down” as my husband says) and sugar is introduced much earlier.  I think in the case of my first born, the issue was magnified because of gestational diabetes.  I did not consume sugar when I was pregnant with her. My diet consisted of chicken, greens, and nuts with the occasional animal cracker. My craving for apples was absolute torture and the first thing I consumed after delivery was an entire container of raspberries. It is really not surprising to me at all that my daughter HATES chicken and acts like a CRAZY person when she ingests sugar.

Sugar was a very contentious topic with my mother when my daughter was young. There were many disagreements over her diet on visits to my parent’s home. My mother was notorious for allowing a “sip of coke” or a McDonald’s Sundae. Her freezer was always (and still is) full of Brown Cows and ice cream sandwiches. My parents’ basic message to us was “our house, our rules.” 

By the time baby #2 arrived, we were so desperate for help that I happily handed her over to my parents. I did not worry about the sugar she was sure to ingest during her visit. We had all loosened up, comfortable in our new roles as:  me as parent and my mother as spoiler in chief.   This is an actual picture my parents sent me as a joke one day.

Today my girls still love to visit my parents. I have chosen not to worry about their diet during these visits. Instead, I focus on all the shared moments that will one day be precious memories.  True, they do consume a ton of sugar, but they also take flash light walks at night, play dolls under my father’s desk, work puzzles together, and learn to sew with my mother.  My parents and my girls have a special bond. My parents are the keepers of secrets (trips to McDonalds) and trusted confidants. Now that my girls are older, they call my parents almost daily. I know my mom is the keeper of their hearts. She knows that my youngest is secretly eyeing a sparkly t-shirt in a nearby aisle at Wal-Mart, and that my oldest still wants to sit in her lap and be babied (even though she is almost nine).

So if sugar played a role in their relationship, I am ok with it.   If there is anything I learned from my first born, it is that moderation is much better (and more realistic) than complete elimination. At home, I am careful to regulate sugar consumption but there is no shortage of sweetness.

 

Posted By Bagsy Betty

URGE TO PURGE

Monday, January 8, 2018 11:30:26 AM America/New_York

Is anyone else feeling stir crazy?  My kids have been out of school for weeks now.  Temperatures are unbearable and so we have all been locked inside liked caged animals (well, my kids do act like animals).  To make matters worse, I am a bit of a germaphobe and a rumor about the stomach virus has kept us away from all public venues.  I will literally do anything to avoid the stomach virus!  Not only are my kids in the house all day, but so is all of their junk.  My living room is full of Barbies, Littlest Pet Shop plastic pieces, American Girls, and half eaten Squishies (thanks to our dog).

I tried to have a practical Christmas this year and get the children more of what they “need” and less junk, but as you and I both know, kids are not super thrilled with underwear and pajamas for Christmas.  Santa brought a careful mix of clothing and you guessed it….junk.   Now I am left with the task of putting everything away.  The toy bins are FULL at our house and so are our closets.  Thanks to all Christmas loot, our house is bursting at the seams.  So as usual in January, I have the urge to purge

The urge to purge is a real compulsion to get rid of almost anything that is not a necessity.  It feels so good to purge, and purging is addictive.  No lie, I walk around my house at night with a trash bag looking for anything that I can possibly get rid of (think Barbie shoes).  I even throw away artwork from school.  I mean who doesn’t appreciate the teachers sending home every little piece of paper your children have ever touched, but at night….the trash bag and the urge to purge are simply too much to resist.  Besides, my kids are no Picasso.  My rule of thumb is if it has handprint, it avoids the circular file, but everything else has to GO.

My urge to purge is so irresistible to me that I thank my lucky stars for Bagsy.  Bagsy makes purging my gently used kids clothes truly effortless.  I simply order a clean out kit for FREE and fill it full of clothes.  I drop my bags off at my local post office and mail it back to Bagsy for FREE.  Bagsy sells my clothes for me and I keep 50% of the sales price.  I have even started keeping a Bagsy consignment bag in each child’s closet.  At bath time, I sort through clothes and add items to the Bagsy bag.  When it gets full, I send it back to Bagsy and order another bag. 

Since starting to consign with Bagsy, I have cashed out $624.15.  That is real money that I can use to fund my kids 529s, put towards sending my oldest to summer camp, get a pedicure, or take a trip.  With Bagsy, the urge to purge truly pays off.  Even my husband is thrilled.  I have become so addicted to selling through Bagsy that I have also started shopping on Bagsy too.

Bagsy reminds me of those LUVS commercials.  You know the ones, “Motherhood is tough, but that first kid makes you an expert. And experts are more likely to choose Luvs.”  Bagsy makes me feel like a real pro.  The best part is my kids look just as cute as ever.  Bagsy not only has consignment but also carries new overstock from some of the best custom children’s trunk show brands.  So if you are like me and have the January urge to purge, try consigning with Bagsy.  You won't be sorry.  You can order a FREE consignment kit HERE.

 
Posted By Bagsy Betty

Alice Kathleen Celebrates 10 Years

Sunday, February 21, 2016 12:35:03 PM America/New_York

Alice Kathleen & Company Celebrates

10 Year Anniversary with New Collection

 

It all started with a hand stitched applique and a desire to find children’s clothes with classic designs and sophisticated details. This year, designer Kathryn Thomas and the company she created are celebrating 10 years of dressing our children in her classic, timeless designs.  To mark the occasion, Alice Kathleen & Company has introduced an exclusive Anniversary Collection.   The collection will span both Spring and Fall seasons, introducing new looks for the company.

 

With special fabrics sourced from around the globe and hand embroidered logos on each piece, the anniversary styles are unique to the Alice Kathleen collection this year and will not be seen again.  The collection includes smocking and lots of details and handwork.  If you missed the Alice Kathleen trunk show, do not worry!  You can still order the Anniversary collection on the Alice Kathleen website.  Look for more unique anniversary designs to launch this Fall.   We will be waiting! 

 

Alice Kathleen remains one of our most popular brands on shopBagsy.com.  The attention to detail and whimsical classic designs make this brand a customer favorite each season.  Don’t forget that Bagsy is the exclusive recipient of Alice Kathleen samples and overstock each season.  Visit shopBagsy.com for more styles from their previous season.

Posted By Jenny Stickley

THE BIRTHDAY

Saturday, December 5, 2015 11:23:36 AM America/New_York

It is official, my baby turns 3 tomorrow.  I have already hung the birthday banner and her shiny new very BLUE scooter has been adorned with bows and balloons.  I have visited the grocery store and I am stocked up on birthday bacon and BLUEberry pancakes.  We even have BLUE cupcakes to take to school tomorrow.   If you have not guessed by now, she has a slight BLUE obsession.    Everything must be BLUE.  “Blue. It is my favorite color” she says over and over and over.

The highlight of her birthday celebration is a highly anticipated birthday party this weekend.  It is going to be a great day.   She has selected a My Little Pony theme featuring….”the blue one” aka Rainbow Dash.  This is her first birthday party ever.

Tonight when we were prepping dinner I commented to my husband that I would have never in a million years allowed our first born to have a My Little Pony party.  (How tacky I would have thought to myself.)  My husband remarked on how drastically things change with your second child. 

Change…. Indeed.  My firstborn’s birthday parties were legendary.   I would spend weeks planning them.  Everything was custom and coordinated.  Her second birthday party is still mentioned frequently by a friend.  These days, we sit around and laugh about the party…CLASSIC FIRST TIME PARENT.  After all, nothing says “rookie” parent better than an overtop birthday party for a 1 year old!   I have attached a few pictures for your amusement. 

 

I once read on Momastery.com that the further a child is from the firstborn the less neurotic he or she is because the parents aren’t trying to prove themselves through the child quite as desperately—so the child is free to be themselves instead of mom and dad’s trophy.  I couldn’t have said this better myself. 

So tonight I am thrilled to say that my little birthday girl is upstairs asleep in the tackiest blue My Little Pony pajamas you have ever seen.  She is very excited and so happy.  My heart is content.

Update:  birthday morning.   This picture clearly highlights the difference between first and second born children.  My firstborn is looking super sweet in her Alice Kathleen while my wild thing is rocking her BLUE Costco pajamas and it does not bother this chill laid back momma at all…(well, maybe a little.  Who am I am kidding?)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted By Bagsy

HOLIDAY CARDS Part 2

Thursday, November 26, 2015 7:01:01 AM America/New_York

As we continue our quest to locate the best holiday cards based on quality, price and aesthetic, we would like to share a unique find.  

Today we introduce you to our favorite calligrapher and stationer, Ginna Emmet. Ginna is the perfect match for those of you who want your card to stand out. Whether you are hunting for a custom birth announcement, personal stationery, or a beautiful holiday card... Ginna Emmet Calligraphy has the refined look you are seeking.

Every card designed by Ginna Emmet is custom. You can have images printed on the front and back at no additional cost and cards start at just $1.35. We just adore this high end custom look.  The Bagsy team has used Ginna personally for holiday cards, birth announcements, and for personal ciphers.

We know that Bagsy’s shoppers love custom goods, have an eye for quality, and often go the distance to attend trunk shows to see items firsthand. Ginna is busy scheduling her holiday trunk shows, so please be sure to check her Facebook page often for upcoming dates. You can always view and order her work online as well at www.GinnaEmmet.com.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

 

Posted By Bagsy

HOLIDAY CARDS Part 1

Saturday, November 21, 2015 6:43:33 PM America/New_York

It is that time of year again…. time to pull out your good camera and dust off the lens, or book a family photo session with your favorite photographer.  We are all in search of that elusive, one in a thousand picture, that needle in a haystack, where all of our children are smiling AT THE SAME TIME. 

It is the season of the Christmas card.

The task seems simple enough, but as anyone with more than one child knows, it is anything but easy.  Trying to snap a picture with all of your children putting their best smile forward, dressed in their Sunday best is next to impossible.  Frankly, just getting them all ready for the photo session (whether with a professional or with your own camera) is enough to make most moms want to pull their hair out. 

While we cannot help you style their hair or line them up for that perfect shot, we can help you find a fabulous card to say Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Kwanza, or even Happy New Year (for all those that took a little longer getting that perfect shot). Over the last few weeks, Bagsy has scoured the internet and local paper boutiques to scout the best holiday card vendors, based on quality, price and of course aesthetic. 

Today we are going to share one of our favorite sites, Minted.com.  Minted sites three reasons to love their company, but at Bagsy, we have three reasons of our own.  We love Minted for their thick quality paper, endless choices of simple yet creative designs and the ease of use in navigating the site. 

New this year on Minted.com are the completely custom holiday cards - If you don’t happen to get that one in a million shot of your family for 2015, Minted has you back.  You can upload a photo or scan of your child’s drawing and Minted will create a unique foil or letter pressed holiday card just for you.  Not only does the custom card allow your children to get involved, but it also ensures you will not pick the same design as any of your friends.  You can still add a family photo on the inside if you choose (you know everyone wants a picture).

 

Take a look around Minted.com – simply click HERE.  While you are there, be sure to sign up for their newsletter.  Black Friday and Cyber Monday are sure to bring the best deals of the year!

 

 

 

 

 

Posted By Bagsy

THE SWITCH WITCH

Monday, November 2, 2015 11:52:52 AM America/New_York

Halloween is over and it is time to assess the collateral damage.   The kids, still in their costumes, are passed out on the floor amongst piles of candy and discarded wrappers.   For now, the sugar high has faded, but tomorrow brings another day.   We still have tons of Halloween candy leftover, and I am not looking forward to the constant drone of begging for “just one more piece” that will start as soon as my children wake up. 

When I was a child, the dentist told my parents to let me eat as much candy as I wanted on Halloween night, but then to throw the rest away.   Apparently, it is the prolonged exposure (day after day) to sugar that rots their teeth.  Teeth aside, we are not even going to mention the behavior issues associated with excessive sugar consumption. 

With this is mind Bagsy presents the “SWITCH WITCH.”

The Switch Witch appears on Halloween Eve to relieve you of all your sugar problems.   After your ghosts and goblins have gone to sleep, the Switch Witch rides in on her broom and steals all of remaining Halloween candy in your house.  Before you start to worry about your child’s reaction to the loss of the fruits of their labor, please know the Switch Witch comes bearing gifts.  In return for the Halloween treats, the Switch Witch leaves a single parting Halloween gift.  Perhaps a Barbie or a new Nerf gun will ease the pain of the candy lost.  Of course, your child’s gift is at the discretion of his or her own Switch Witch.

Best of luck to each of you in the aftermath of the sugar rush.  Now on to Thanksgiving…

Disclaimer:  Information included in this blog may lead to high volumes of candy at your place of work.  Bagsy, LLC is indemnified against any claims pertaining to excessive weight gain and/or high dental bills for said switch witch.  Proceed with caution. 

 

Posted By Jenny Stickley

STAIN REMOVAL 101

Sunday, October 25, 2015 7:32:24 PM America/New_York

I recently decided it was time to sell some of my babies’ clothes. (sniff!) I hauled the Rubbermaid totes from the attic and started sorting – a flood of memories washing over me with each box. There were bins full of itsy bitsy baby gowns from their first months of life, and smocked bubbles I could barely snap around their chubby little legs.

I was nostalgic.   I was also frustrated because roughly half of these endearingly tiny clothes were sporting at least one stain. As I stared at the heap of defunct heirlooms, I couldn’t help but feel a bit laundry incompetent.

In my defense, old stains reappear over time and they were faint. But when my oldest was born, my mom brought a plastic tub filled with hand sewn, cotton batiste dresses not only from my babyhood, but hers. My grandmother – a master of preservation – was probably rolling over in her grave. Not only did I neglect tissue paper, cedar balls or, um, folding – it looked as though I’d forgotten to wash them!

Over the years, I’ve become somewhat philosophical about stained clothes. Life is messy! These imperfect outfits are evidence that we’re truly living – we’re painting pictures, playing in mud, rolling in the grass. These stains are a virtue, not a shortcoming.

But the truth is, I’ve tried and failed at stain removal. I’ve sprayed Shout, rubbed with Oxy Gel Stick, and soaked in Biz. No pre-wash ritual at my house has ever been succesful. Usually,  I would just throw the clothes in the washing machine and pray the Magic Stain Fairy and Almighty Tide would do their job. Obviously, not the best strategy.

I decided it was time to get serious about learning the eternal mysteries of stain removal. I wanted to become (drumroll) a STAIN REMOVAL MASTER. So I did what any skilled researcher would do when seeking higher learning – I turned to Facebook.

My fellow Stain Fighting Samauris were generous with their knowledge. After sifting through the 21 comments (thank you friends) here is what I’ve learned so far:

  1. Fels-Naptha is a 120-year-old laundry soap marketed for pre-treating, and is said to be particularly effective with baby formula (score). My friend said it had gotten out year-old stains, so it was my first plan of attack. It’s also super cheap (under $3). It removed maybe half the old stains, and significantly lightened the others. Directions say to wet stain, rub the bar on it, let sit for one minute and wash. I added a step by rinsing and rubbing the stain before throwing in wash and I think that helped. Since then I’ve used it to get out marker and other unidentifiable food stains and they’ve disappeared like magic. Amazing how well something will work if the stain hasn’t sat for several years….
  2. Biz has always been on my laundry shelf, but only for soaking stains before washing. Someone suggested adding it to the wash as a booster, and I do think I’ve noticed a difference on more broad stains, like dirty socks. (I’m not spot-treating the bottoms of socks. I just have bigger things to worry about).
  3. OxiClean ranks on par or even below Biz in my humble opinion. Sorry, but I just don’t see the magic happen. But someone suggested soaking 24 hours in OxiClean, laying it in the sun to dry, soaking AGAIN in OxiClean then washing. Following that she wrote, “but who really has time for that with kids.” Exactly. But I’ve heard elsewhere the sun does wonders, so maybe on really special items I’ll try? Other mamas swear by the OxiClean spray.
  4. Borax is still a bit of a mystery to me, but a friend swears by using it to soak stains two to three days before washing. Apparently she keeps a bucket in her laundry room and throws stained clothes in as she goes. I like this strategy because even a laundry novice like me knows the earlier the better with stains. Plus, call me lazy, but I am NOT picking through each piece of clothing while sorting to look for stains. HOME EC 1 says to use 1 TBSP Borax per gallon of water. (Possible answer for my dirty sock syndrome?)
  5. Laundry, Love & Science is a Facebook group nearly 50,000 members strong that can answer any cleaning question you have. These Ninja Stain Warriors are in a completely different stratosphere than me, posting things I didn’t even know existed like “stripping” clothes for hard water and fabric softener build-up. Once you join, you can post any question you like to the group or search for key terms. I’m almost afraid to get started for fear of falling into a deep-clean rabbit hole, but working my way up to my first post.

My spirit stain quest is just beginning, and I am optimistic. I’ll definitely stick with Fels-Naptha, will probably buy Borax, and just might one day try “sunning” or “stripping.”

I think my most valuable laundry strategy however has nothing to do with soap. Going forward, I think I’ll bring a change of clothes to all events and rip the nice outfits off their bodies as soon as possible so that markers, mustard or even mud don’t cause panic attacks.

Some stains are permanent – that’s life with kids. But as long as the majority of my kids’ nice clothes have heirloom/resale value, I’m happy. I still have a lot to learn, but I do know that a relaxed and happy mama is better than a clean and “perfect” mama any day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted By Merrell
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