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Share with as many folks as you can, to rack up entries and increase your chances! And if you have a shop on Kidizen, remember that you can also share a link to your shop that anyone can access on the web (go to your shop profile and tap on the share button in the upper right).
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Temperatures are slowly dropping and leaves are gradually changing color. You know what that means? The holiday season is upon us and first up is Halloween!
We are on the fence for a costume this year. My daughter thought she wanted to be a scary skeleton only to take one look in the mirror and decide it was "way too scary". Costume has since been returned. Back to square one! I'm thinking mime. She's thinking princess. We'll see what happens. ;-)
I'm sure we're not the only ones on the fence. It's time to start listing your gently used Halloween costumes on Kidizen now to allow time for them to sell, ship, and arrive before October 31st! Can't wait to see what everyone lists!
For fun, how about a little show & tell? Head on over to the Kidizen Facebook page & share a photo of your little(s) in a costume from Halloweens past.
Here are my Hadleigh's costumes from previous years...
At a month and a half old she was a simple and sweet pumpkin.
A friend made her a peacock inspired tutu, headpiece, & tail feathers the year after when she was one year old. We said she was a Peacock Princess.
She was Little Red Riding Hood at age 2.
Lastly, at age three, my favorite thus far: Marie Antoinette!
For many of us, our phones have become our go-to camera. It's what we have on hand when our kids start doing those cute things that we need to capture. And you know they'll stop doing whatever it is we want to photograph as soon we go get our actual camera. Right?! So, here are a few key tips for snapping a great shot with your phone.
Turn On HDR
A few simple settings can make a huge difference. In your phone’s camera settings make sure your HDR is switched on. High-Dynamic-Range imaging automatically takes three different exposures and blends them perfectly into one, giving you a perfectly lit, high-quality photo.
Turn OFF Your Flash
Turning off the flash will not only save you from the dreaded red eye, but will allow you to pay more attention to lighting. A naturally lit photo is far more appealing than a washed out flash photo. Practice by taking a photo in the morning, noon, and night, and see the difference in each, and how you can utilize the light at each time of the day.
CANDID, CANDID, CANDID.
Posing for family photos is great and all, but a truly candid photo is something to cherish. Try setting a low delay on your phone, and making the shutter sound silent. The low delay will allow your camera to shoot as soon as you press the button, and a silent shutter will make it less obvious you’re shooting (the kids won’t get distracted and say “CHEEEESE”).
Rapid Fire Shooting
Some phones have a rapid fire option. On iPhones, simply hold down the shutter button to take multiple photos quickly. Otherwise, download an app such as Rapid Fire - Secret Camera for iPhone. Rapid fire shooting is KEY to capturing busy kids who can’t seem to sit still. This option will automatically take 3-5 photos in rapid succession so you can capture your little ones in action!
What’s That In The Background?
Pay attention to the background of your shot. You don’t want that photo of your toddler and new puppy snuggled up for a nap on the couch to be ruined by some unsightly dirty laundry in the background! Now I know you’re thinking “That’s just not gonna happen in a house full of messy kids.” But perhaps one day make a faux photo studio in the living room, clear of composition cluttering stuff in the background and snap a few candids of the kids!
Dust Free Is The Way To Be
Just like any camera, your lens can get dirty, and deserves a clean every now and then! Dust and smudges can definitely lessen the quality of your images, and make it hard to focus on a subject. A simple dry cloth, like the ones used for eye glasses, can be used to gently clean your phone’s camera lens.
Editing Apps = Your Best Friend
Apps like VSCOCam and Afterlight are great for photo editing, cropping, borders, and filters. There’s no shame in laying a subtle filter over your photo to make it pop!
As some of you know, we held a call for Micro Maestros and Mavens to represent Kidizen for the month of August. It was incredibly hard to choose just one but here he is! Introducing...Everett. We got to know Everett a little better by talking with mom, Megan. We hope you'll spend some time getting to know this spunky and darling little guy too!
First things first, what is Everett like?
Everett is a pistol – full of energy and always on the go! He is the youngest and the most accident prone of my 3 boys. I suppose the latter is because he's always trying to keep up with his older brothers! He is very sweet and very smart. He just turned 2 last month and recognizes all of his ABC’s and can count to 12. Yes, bragging mom moment :). He can melt your heart in a moment with his huge dimpled smile and puppy dog eyes.
What is Everett’s favorite thing to wear? Why?
Everett loves hats (so does Mommy)! He's always putting them on and looking into the mirror, smiling at himself. He seems to already know that they look super cute on him.
What is your favorite hand-me-down from an older sibling? It there any sentimental value to it?
My favorite hand-me-down worn by all of my children is this adorable wool, camel colored hooded jacket. I have no idea where I got it and the only thing written on the tag is: 100% wool. I was very sad when Everett outgrew it...it was donated so I'm hoping now that another child is loving it. I wish I would’ve gotten pictures of each of my boys wearing it!
I love having 3 boys for so many reasons. One being, there's a constant stream of hand-me-downs when it comes to dressing Everett. Each of my boys has his own unique personality, which surfaces in an equally unique look. Their sizes also play a role in the styles they wear. Everett is skinny like his oldest brother where as our middle son is a tank! I tend to dress him in his oldest brother's hand-me-downs. But I couldn't imagine our linebacker of a middle son in skinny jeans and floppy hats. I just can’t!
Describe Everett’s relationship with his brothers. What makes them each unique?
Everett LOVES his big brothers. He tends to be a bit of a troublemaker when they're all together. My middle son Daniel and my youngest Everett are 18 months apart, and I love watching their relationship blossom as Everett gets older. They are "buds". My skinny, tiny Everett will wrestle Daniel with all his might. I have walked into a room to find Everett standing and bouncing on Daniel’s belly! He's lucky that Daniel is a big, laid back teddy bear who adores his little brother. I love seeing the special bond between my boys and look forward to watching it deepen as they grow and evolve.
Boys are tough on clothing! Does this factor into why you buy “pre-loved” over “new”?
Boy’s are definitely hard on clothes. It’s a challenge to find stylish clothes for boys that won’t ultimately cause me to cringe upon spotting that first grass or food stain. I will admit, it's happened and it only takes one wrestling match on the lawn :). Boys will be boys and I would never want to stifle my boys' exploratory (and quite often messy) nature by having them wear clothes that prevent them from being themselves.
I love being able to dress Everett in comfortable, adorable and unique clothing that would’ve been out of my price range if bought new. “New” isn’t usually practical for me. It’s an added bonus if his outgrown pre-loved clothing manages to stay stain-free so I can resell it...a win-win situation for everyone!
What are some tips for keeping Everett’s style unique with hand-me-downs?
I try to keep Everett’s style unique by adding pieces here and there to his already existing brothers' wardrobes. I also take pieces of his unique personality and run with them. Like his love of hats! I'm a shoe freak when it comes to dressing my boys so I'm all for adding a new pair of moccasins or colorful kicks to finish off their outfits. Just because my boys aren’t girls doesn’t mean I can’t dress them SUPER cute!
It looks like Everett wears a lot of Mini Boden which seems to fit his personality. Can you tell us why you like to dress him in that particular brand of clothing?
I have a bit of a addiction when it comes to shopping for clothes for my boy’s, lol. It's just so fun! I love Mini Boden on Everett! He looks adorable in their offbeat style. Discovering that it was a brand that had a high resale return was definitely a bonus! I can buy a $40 shirt new for $15 used and then resell it. It allows me to dress Everett a bit different than the other boys on the playground without breaking the bank.
Are there other brands he sports? Which boys brands are your go-to for quality, style and price?
Everett wears many other brands. While Boden is my go-to brand for great quality clothing, he does inherit his brothers' hand-me-downs of various brands. Gap has these super cute cotton striped shorts that totally resemble the Mini Boden baggies. He has 4 pairs of those that mix and match with a lot of his shirts. Super cute, comfortable and affordable. They are only about $10 whereas the Boden baggies are $28 each new. I purchased 3 new pairs on Ebay for $23. That was a happy day for me! I can put those on him when I know we're headed somewhere where he'll get dirty.
I also love Tea Collection. Their clothes are "globally inspired" and every season represents a different country. They have some really great graphics on their shirts. I buy a lot of pre-owned Tea and they also run really great sales. This is another clothing brand with a high resale value. Do you follow me people??? :) He has clothing from less known brands that I love like Jr. by Minihaha and. Taille O. Next Direct also is a great clothing line for boys with many style options in various price points.
Thanks for giving me the opportunity to write about a couple of my favorite things. I got to brag about my beautiful Everett and talk clothes. Publicly! How lucky I am :).
Hello, everyone! Hope you've all had a lovely weekend and are enjoying this beautiful summer. Summers in Philadelphia can often be a challenge for us concrete-jungle dwellers. So I'm extra grateful that, this year, Mother Nature has been taking it easy on us. With no central air in our home and, as someone who really appreciates fresh air, I've enjoyed not having to flick on the window unit much at all. It's especially nice getting ready in the morning without breaking a sweat.
In our home, getting dressed is a cherished part of my everyday, especially when it comes to dressing my daughter! So, I thought it might be fun to share our outfits of the day from time-to-time.
Today, we wore our personal favorite: vintage! I have quite a few friends with children who are curious about vintage but apprehensive to buy or wear it for fear of looking "out of touch." I full-heartedly believe you can take just about ANY piece of clothing and make it current by being confident and accessorizing with modern pieces. Now there IS such a thing as "bad vintage" but what that is exactly is different for every vintage clothing lover. My rule when shopping for myself and my daughter: if it looks like a costume of an era no matter how we accessorize, leave it behind (unless we're in the market for an awesome dress-up piece, of course)!
Haddie is wearing a vintage handmade dress I purchased from Hazel and Gray, with a daisy and felt feather clip handmade by Crowned Carousel, and secondhand Saltwater Sandals from Kidizen. Mama is wearing a vintage top and vintage denim culottes found and sold by Retrospect Vintage located here in Philadelphia. Wedge shoes are from Old Navy and the vintage sunglasses are thrifted. Styling by Mama. Artistic direction by Haddie ("Let's hold sticks like warriors!")
We're a very proud Kidizen today!! A local station, 12TV, wanted to hear from one of you – a real live mom who uses our app– and Randi (aka Violet's Closet) stepped forward to say a few things. Thank you for the glowing review, Randi! We feel incredibly honored.
Channel 12: If you think planning a garage sale or getting items ready for a big sale is just too much work, this next story could be for you. You can now buy and sell kid's clothing in the palm of your hand by using a simple app. Reporter Shannon Slatton explains how it saves time and money in today's Money Savers.
Shannon Slatton: Big sales, like Just Between Friends, can net you cash for gently used kid's clothes. Sales like this are known for providing kid's quality clothes at reasonable prices. But preparing and tagging your merchandise for sales like this can be a lot of work.
Randi: Tagging JBF clothes to sell takes so much time. It's unreal. Lots of clothes.
Shannon Slatton: Now moms like Randi Pivec can buy or sell quality kid's clothes.
Randi: So, there's alerts.
Shannon Slatton: All in the palm of their hand.
Randi: I lay on the floor, I snap a couple pictures and create a description, and then it pops up right there.
Shannon Slatton: A new app called Kidizen lets you buy and sell kid's clothes all on your iPhone.
Randi: The quality is just so much better. It's going to hold up better. And then I know I can resell it for almost the same price I bought it for.
Shannon Slatton: The app launched in December and already has more than 10,000 users.
Randi: I have filters here.
Shannon Slatton: Moms like Randi who want to pay less for high-end brands.
Randi: For the same price, I can get so many more clothes. And because kids grow out of them so fast, they hardly get any wear on them.
Shannon Slatton: Posting an item using only your iPhone is simple and only takes a few minutes.
Randi: I would put it for 4 or 5. It's Gymboree, it's good quality.
Shannon Slatton: When the item sells...
Randi: Actually bought this on Kidizen.
Shannon Slatton: ...you are responsible for shipping it.
Randi: They're always growing.
Shannon Slatton: All transactions happen through PayPal.
Randi: The app, it tells you exactly how much you make.
Shannon Slatton: Kidizen makes 7%. You earn the rest.
Randi: I sell it for almost what I buy it for, so it's like this constant cycle. I use all the money... when I sell my clothes, I use that money to buy new clothes.
Shannon Slatton: Kidizen makes buying and selling kid's clothes easier and more lucrative than a garage sale.
Though Randi says it's also a lot more fun.
Randi: If I have any free time, or like when I'm eating lunch, constantly going through Kidizen looking for anything I might want because it's so fun.
Shannon Slatton: In Crystal, Shannon Slatton, 12 News.
Channel 12: The Kidizen app is free and available right now for iPhone only.
Hello, Kidizen followers...
Allow me to introduce myself. I’m Heather, mother of one sweet little almost four year-old sass who goes by the name Haddie. Her full name is Hadleigh Sage. She was recently chosen as Kidizen’s very first Micro Maven! I couldn’t have been more touched when Mary & Dori chose her face to represent their brand throughout the summer. They saw the spark in her that I am lucky enough to see every single day and I think that is pretty darn cool! I hope you got a chance to read her feature. Who’s a proud Mama? THIS chic. Right here.
Shortly after Haddie was chosen as a Micro Maven, Kidizen reached out to me and asked if I might be interested in contributing to their blog. What a compliment! I’ll be honest, at first I was a bit apprehensive. It takes a lot to put yourself out there, ya’ know? However, I got over my stage fright and decided to jump on in and give it a try. So here goes. A little bit more about me…
Pre-Mama days, I was a bit of a gypsy after growing up in calm, quiet, rural Illinois. In a rush to see more of the country and experience new things, I ventured to New York, Southern California, Nevada, & Philadelphia. Philly is where I met my daughter’s father and where we live now. We’ve been together for almost six years. We aren’t married and we’re okay with that. ;-) The city life has been fun – it offers so much by way of convenience, culture, and entertainment. But now that I have a child, I dream of a more rural setting. Funny how that works, eh? In due time…
I’m a big fan of vintage everything and thrifting is one of my favorite things to do in my spare time. Our closets are filled with secondhand treasures and my home is decorated in all kinds of retro and kitschy thrifted decor. I have a huge appreciation for the past lives of inanimate objects – one of the very reasons I love Kidizen so much! If you have the Kidizen app, take a peek at my Kid Shop.
I’ve been buying pre-loved FOR and re-selling FROM my daughter’s closet since she was three months old. Doing so has taught me to: 1) appreciate and take better care of clothing even more than I already did, 2) love the earth a little more by saving SO MUCH from ending up in the landfills, and 3) consider a slightly more “spendy” and quality purchase knowing, if well cared for, I have the option to make some of my money back by re-selling after my daughter has worn. I actually have fun doing it too!
Well, this was quite brief but I look forward to sharing more with you very soon, whether it be showing off some of my thrifted finds, helping you take the perfect re-sell shots, or just sharing what Haddie & I may have worn on any given day…I hope you enjoy & follow along!
Girl's got style
At Kidizen, we believe your personality is writ large in how you dress and that brand new threads aren't usually what set you apart. We came across Haddie and were so smitten with her natural sense of style that we asked if we could feature her as our first Micro Maven. We are thrilled that she & mom accepted! Rockin' the "I would've never thought to put those two prints together" look...Miss Hadleigh Sage and mom, Heather.
What is Haddie like?
Haddie LOVES laughing. She's a silly girl and can put on quite the performance. She will come up with a story or a character and play it with all her heart just like a little actress. She'll create drama and run through all the emotions, fake tears & all. I love it when she pretends to be a boy and drops her voice as low as she possibly can, which isn't very low at all. Never a dull moment.
Her favorite activities are running endlessly at the playground and going to the Philadelphia Zoo. She loves the giraffes and the flamingos (but this seems to change every other time we go). At home, she loves "cooking" with an awesome vintage play kitchen & refrigerator that we recently scored from a flea market & playing with dinosaurs & cars in her water/sand table. She also does quite a bit of "cooking" with her sand as well. ;-) Oh, and dancing! And singing! And more dancing!
She says loving things all the time. Every single day she turns to me and asks, "Mommy, do you know how much I love you?" To which I reply, "Oh yes, babe. Do you know how much I love you?" Always ending with kisses and hugs. She's a very kissy, huggy child and I love every bit of that.
What is Haddie's favorite thing to wear?
There is one specific black leotard with rainbow sequin trim & a multi-colored tutu attached that has been getting a lot of wear lately. She puts that on & performs adorable impromptu shows on an almost daily basis (and generally before bed so as to buy herself more "stay-up time". Sneaky, clever girl).
What do you feel makes Haddie’s style unique?
ONE: We thrift & buy secondhand more often than we buy brand new. I will go on later to list my favorite brands, but we have never been label-centric. I just adore shopping secondhand – it's the not knowing what you'll come across in a thrift store or what will pop up on Kidizen or in Instagram shops that makes it so much more fun than shopping new. I might find some amazing item from Baby Gap that was produced 15 years ago or a European label I've never heard of – it's what keeps our closet fresh & unique!
TWO: We have a HUGE interest in vintage clothing, handmade, and small business labels. Vintage clothing is generally one-of-a-kind. Mixing vintage with current labels is our way of saying, 'We know what's up now but also have a huge appreciation for styles from the past.' Some of our favorite pieces of clothing & hair accessories have been either created by or designed by mothers who had a dream. It's a good feeling to support a Mama doing something that she loves I have found most through Etsy or Instagram.
THREE: We don't take ourselves too seriously. I want Haddie to always be comfortable and to feel free to be herself. I don't argue with her too much if she doesn't want to wear something and I let her help pick out outfits. I will often lay a few options on the floor and let her choose which pieces she prefers to wear. We discuss colors that match and prints that compliment each other. Once dressed, she really enjoys picking the hair accessory & shoes to go with the outfit.
Do you have fave kid brands?
For shoes, our go-to labels are: Minnetonka, Toms, & Saltwater Sandals.
For hair accessories: Mina Loves Bows, Lulu Luvs, and Mini Chuck on Etsy.
When it comes to clothing, we have so many favorites so I'll need to break it down into groups....Thanks to social media (such as Instagram), we have discovered so many amazing small business labels totally worth supporting as they crank out new lines throughout the year: Little Boogaweezin, Hello Apparel, Quinn + Fox, Thief & Bandit, Sweet Luka Mo, Zippity Do Da, Talking Threads, Sadie Then Ty... just to name a few. All worth checking out!
For an occasional splurge, we like Bobo Choses, Mini & Maximus, Misha Lulu, Winter Water Factory, & Mini Rodini.
On a mass produced level, we love H&M! Incredibly affordable & ridiculously cute, often trendy designs. Haddie loves the accessories they create for girls her age: little purses, jewelry, & sunglasses, etc. That sections draws her in every time.
Do you have any style tips for parents with kids her age?
Let them be kids! If they want to wear fairy wings to the grocery store or a crown to the mall, why not? That extra bit of personality is sure to turn heads, render smiles, & win you cool parent points. ;-)
Also, comfort is key! I never put anything on my daughter that she isn't comfortable in. Never ever. Kids can't be themselves in uncomfortable, stuffy clothes. Haddie didn't even start wearing denim until over the age of three.
Any on-the-go looks you’d recommend?
I felt leggings were always the best bet for my little busy body as she grew comfortable with herself and her baby to toddler capabilities. Stretch cotton dresses with bloomers for modesty during play or fun printed leggings, a statement tee, and a cool accessory (embellished hair piece for the girls or some cool shades for the boys) are my quick grabs for running out the door errands or a quick little trip to the playground.
Hey Mamas! DO YOU KNOW A MICRO MAVEN OR MAESTRO?
Coming soon...keep an eye out for info on how to enter your stylish little one in our next search for ridiculous amounts of cuteness!