Our new neighborhood has a community pool and the city also operates a couple of pools. Thus, everywhere we go right now there are reminders that the pools open on Memorial Day. I’d be more excited about these pools – and the unofficial start of summer – if not for two things:
It’s supposed to be 70 degrees here on Memorial Day.
I am in desperate need of a new swimsuit.
Typically, I love when it’s 70 degrees. And I’ll probably love it on Memorial Day, too. I’m just not sure a 70-degree day calls for a dip in the pool.
As for my lack of a swimsuit, I haven’t bought a new one since my husband and I vacationed in Costa Rica way back in 2014. Holy moly, does that ever feel like a lifetime ago! Probably because it was two lifetimes ago… I didn’t have any kids on that trip and now I’ve got two!
With all of these pools around, I definitely need to find a new swimsuit this year and so I’ve been doing a lot of browsing online. While I can’t vouch for the quality, I was pleasantly surprised to find a huge selection of swimsuits costing less than $25 (including shipping) at Amazon! I obviously looked at Amazon first because this is where I do all of my shopping. When a swimsuit costs less than $25, it’s easy enough to splurge and get an extra… or two!
If you’re in the market for a new swimsuit, check out some of these fab swimsuits that definitely won’t break the budget!
One Piece Swimsuits under $25 (including shipping):
I’ve been a fan of “off-price retailers” since long before I ever even knew that was a term. I shopped at TJ Maxx all the time when I was growing up and to me it was just the store with the exceptionally awesome deals. When I got to college I discovered their sister store Marshall’s and we have been having a love affair for years. Over the past few years the off-price retail market has really boomed, and earlier this year The Economist reported that discount stores are trouncing traditional department stores.
While it seems like a no-brainer that off-price stores would do well because of their low prices, the article adds a few more reasons why the stores are flourishing:
“Fast-moving trends, stingy consumers and even global warming are making it harder for shops to predict which clothes will sell at what price. As forecasts become less accurate, there are more clothes available for TJX and Ross to buy at a discount. On top of this, they do not share traditional retail’s biggest headaches. Consumers’ obsession with sales does not hurt them, because TJX and Ross offer brand-name clothes at a bargain each day. And online competitors are less threatening: shops have a constantly changing assortment, so consumers like coming to stores to hunt for deals.”
One of the examples of the forecasting that was given was for this past winter. Stores typically start adding winter gear to their stores in September or so but this year was one of the warmest falls and winters in recent memory and people just didn’t need to buy those items. As a result, stores were stuck with all of the winter coats they had to pre-buy and that they would sell in a normal year.
I love discount stores, but these days I do most of my shopping online, so I decided to round up all of the online off-price retailers you can shop from the comfort of your couch. Enjoy the deals and the quickly rotating stock that these types of stores offer… but skip the lines and the disorganization!
Some people love Zappos, but I personally prefer their sister site, 6pm.com. Since 6pm is Zappos’ outlet store, you will find many of the exact same products that are available at Zappos but you’ll pay much less! I have found such amazing deals at this site over the years that I cannot recommend it more highly. From designer shoes for less to clothing to bags… I’ve purchased a little bit of everything. If you’re in Kentucky or heading there anytime soon, be sure to check out the 6pm.com Outlet Store, which is located right outside of Louisville.
What You’ll Find: Clothing and shoes for women (including plus size options), men, and children + handbags and accessories
If high-end designer fashions for less are what you seek, Bluefly should be one of your first shopping destinations. You’ll find brands like Valentino, Prada, and Christian Louboutin on the site, along with Furla, Burberry, and Gucci. I wouldn’t recommend this site if you’re on a budget, although I occasionally spot some great deals in their clearance section.
What You’ll Find: Clothing and shoes for women (including plus size options), men, and children + handbags, accessories, jewelry, beauty, and home goods Read More
Before our son was born we were showered with gifts and there was very little that we needed to purchase ourselves. We did very little shopping and most items just appeared. Since most of our friends and family members were buying off a registry that we put together we knew that we would have everything we needed. It was simple. The week before my daughter was born, however, I realized that we hadn’t done ANY shopping for her. Seriously. We didn’t know the sex of the baby and we had acquired so much baby gear that I didn’t really think about what I might need to buy for the second baby. Silly me.
Even if you have a house that’s filled with baby gear, there are still some items that you’ll want to buy before your second baby is born. Seriously, do yourself a favor and peruse the list below to get an idea of the things you’re going to need and/or will want to replace from the first go-round. Seriously, don’t be like me and do a lot of frantic online shopping the week before the baby is born. It was surprisingly stressful!
12 Things to Buy Before Your Second Baby is Born
Some babies are pacifier babies and some aren’t, but I definitely recommend purchasing a pacifier or two before bringing the new baby home just in case. In fact, you might want to pick up a couple of different styles of pacifiers because you just never know what will jive with any child. (How babies can be so little but so opinionated is beyond me!)
I’d like to think that I have at least a few talents, but one thing I’m not particularly great at is documenting our days. Thus, monthly milestone stickers are an absolute must in our house because they force me to remember to take a semi-formal photo at least once a month. This is something that I recommend you buy before your second baby is born because otherwise you just may not remember to place the order. Of course, I recommend buying them before bringing your first baby home, too, or you could end up like me… my son doesn’t have a first month photo because I forgot to place the order in time. Oops.
It doesn’t matter how well you clean the product between uses, all babies deserve to have their own nasal aspirators! The NoseFrida is one of the best products out there for helping clear out stuffed nasal passages and should be on every baby registry. I’m not going to lie, though. While the NoseFrida is a wonder product, it grosses me out. I basically have to use it without thinking about the fact that I am literally sucking snot out of my child’s nose.
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms, grandmas, aunts, friends, and caregivers out there! I hope you’ve all got something awesome planned this weekend, even if it’s something as simple as laying in bed for a few extra moments. That’s what I wanted to do this morning, but I have a general rule that if my baby wakes up hungry anytime after 4 a.m., then it’s time for me to get up for the day. I sat there in bed for a few minutes contemplating a few more minutes of sleep, but the days are short and there’s too much to do!
We are, however, packing up the whole family on Sunday to go to brunch. Wish us luck – it’ll be our first restaurant outing with just the four of us.
Have a great weekend!
Rosé All Day
Ready to show your allegiance to the most popular of summer wines? This Rosé All Day Straw Hat ($64) from Shop White Elephant on Etsy ought to do it! These straw hats have been around for a couple of summers now, but they’re as popular as ever and for good reason. In addition to the sun-shielding benefits, they’re the perfect photo accessory!
Speaking of Rosé…
Have you seen Simpler Wines at your local Trader Joe’s? It’s wine in a can that costs just $1 per can. I obviously like the price tag and the only thing better is that the wine is actually tasty! My Trader Joe’s only had the White in-stock, but Rosé is also available, so be on the lookout! It’s the perfect thing to bring to a summer BBQ, or just to have on hand to celebrate the fact that it’s Friday. It would also, I should add, make a great last-minute Mother’s Day gift!