Hi, friend! How are you?
How was your week? Mine was busy, but good. We did all the usual stuff, like work, tennis, chores and more (including getting my phone screen fixed, after cracking it at the gym last week). And, last night, Dave and I went to a super-cool candlelight strings concert in South End, which I’ll share more about next week.
This morning, I’m off to sub a barre class and teach my regular barbell class, and that will conclude my classes for the week. This weekend, Brady’s soccer season starts again (at 8 a.m. tomorrow, woohoo), and we have two parties on the agenda. Other than that, I’ll be working and relaxing. What will you be up to?
Let’s get right into the faves of the day …
Shopping at the Weddington Kids Consignment sale
This is a first for me! While I’ve always loved hand-me-down clothes (which we don’t get any longer, but we did get in California from a friend with a son a little older than Brady), I’ve never actually purchased any used clothing for Brady or for myself. But, I’m all for the idea of it. Less waste. Less money. What’s not to like?
Brady really needs clothes too. He often ruins them (he can put a hole in any reinforced knee with just one wear), so I don’t like to spend a lot of money on his attire. Over the last few months, we’ve had to toss a lot of his wardrobe, and we’re especially out of winter clothes. (Side note: I was hoping the cold weather was over, but it was back this week.)
All that being said, when a friend of mine told me about a huge kids consignment sale coming up, I was all ears. The sale, called the Weddington Kids Consignment Sale, held at Weddington Methodist Church, happens twice a year. And it was scheduled for last weekend.
I decided to go for it, and I went last Friday afternoon. My friend (a consignment pro, who had been twice before) gave me some tips to be successful, and I arrived just as the doors were opening, with a big tote bag in hand, ready to shop.
In order to enter the sale, you needed to buy a ticket for a wristband, and you could get your tickets ahead of time or at the door. I bought my $15 ticket at the door with cash, and I was in. The ticket money goes to local missions, so it’s a worthy expense.
This was my first experience at a big event like this. It was not quite as overwhelming as I had expected, likely because of the insider intel I came armed with. And I went in with a goal to only shop for Brady for summer clothes, so I didn’t have to worry about hitting up multiple sections in the big church hall.
There were more than 30,000 children’s items available from local consignors, and you could find newborn to teen clothing, with toys, accessories and even baby gear sections full of stuff. I kept focused on clothing only (although I did buy Brady a big floor puzzle, which he loved), and that made it easier.
I decided to buy things at Brady’s current size, 5T, and a couple things one size up at 6. And boy was I successful. I bought 22 items, and my total was only $109, which is incredible. I bought him a bunch of shorts and t-shirts for summer, two bathing suit sets and a dressy suit (which he doesn’t have a need for, but it was only $8, and I couldn’t resist). I will say that some of the items were brand-new-with-tags and some definitely looked used. But that’s not a big deal, because I know with one wear, Brady can take a brand-new item to very used all by himself.
I was at the sale for a little more than an hour, and my arms were tired by the end. I filled my tote bag and much more, and I wish I had brought a bigger bag. When I got home, I washed everything up, and Brady wore two of the new items the very next day. I overheard him telling people that I had gone to a “special sale” to get his new clothes, and he was pumped about it.
If you’re in the market for kids clothes, I would highly recommend doing some Google research to find out if there are events like this near you. It was 100 percent worth the effort, and I will definitely hit up this sale when it returns in the fall.
The next Weddington Kids Consignment Sale will take place the first weekend of October. Head to the site here if you want more information on the one I attended. Three cheers to more clothes, saving money and supporting good causes all at the same time!
Here are a few other little things I’ve been loving
Sushi night. Every Friday without fail, if we’re home, we get take-out sushi from Prime Fish — two Prime salmon rolls is the order (and I add a bowl of bone broth from home). It’s always delicious, and I look forward to it. I also look forward to our Sunday pizza nights. It’s fun to have these routines. I wrote a whole post on our routines a while back, which you can check out here: “These are some of our regular daily and weekly routines.”
Trader Joe’s. A couple weeks ago I shared some new Trader Joe’s finds in a faves post, and I’m back again with a general Trader Joe’s shout-out. I’ve decided that Trader Joe’s is by far the cheapest of all the grocery stores I go to, and I’m going to make it my mission to visit a little more regularly (because I have been very irregular with visits to TJ’s since living in Charlotte). Last week, I got a ton of good stuff, and we ate off that haul for much of this week. Trader Joe’s always has the best pre-cut butternut squash cubes, and I love butternut squash. For dinner one night this week, we paired those cubes with chicken apple sausages and avocado. It was delish.
Cotton headbands. I used to wear cotton headbands all the time for workouts or teaching classes back in California. But when I did the great purge before our cross-country move, I got rid of a lot of them. I’m always looking a bit of a mess at the gym, and my hair is always out of control, and I realized that headbands used to help. So a couple weeks ago, I went to Target specifically to see what they had. I picked up this pack of cotton headbands, and I’ve been wearing them non-stop. The black is the most versatile, but I’ve found I can use the colorful ones a lot too. I still sweat a lot, but at least these cute headbands keep the hair out of my face. Big fan.
My workouts from last week
Each week, I share a recap of my previous week of workouts. I share this to show you how I try to get diversity of movement in my week, and how I always take a rest day (almost always). But remember, I do a little bit more than the average person, because I’m a group fitness instructor. You absolutely don’t need to compare your movement to mine.
- Monday: Taught 1-hour barbell class, 9:45 a.m.
- Tuesday: Taught 1-hour barre class with light weights, 9:30 a.m., took 60-minute tennis clinic, 11:30 a.m.
- Wednesday: Did 45-minute full-body weights workout, 9:30 a.m., taught 45-minute barre class with light weights, 5:30 p.m.
- Thursday: Taught 45-minute combo class, 9:30 a.m., took 60-minute tennis clinic, 11:30 a.m.
- Friday: Taught 45-minute barbell class, 11:30 a.m.
- Saturday: Did 40-minute full-body weights workout, 10 a.m.
- Sunday: Rest day
This past week was a good one! I taught five classes, did two solo weights workouts (one at Life Time and one at my neighborhood gym), I played tennis twice, and I had a total rest day. That’s a full week. I was hoping to play tennis again this past weekend, but I was on the waitlist for my preferred clinic, and I didn’t get in, so that’s why I fit in another solo workout. I picked up weights a lot last week, and I love that.
Here’s the full-body weights workout I did in the middle of the week …
Best read of the week
Here’s a timely article that I felt like sharing with you …
Do you need to wear a CGM? So what’s a CGM? It’s a continuous glucose monitor, and you may have seen these little packs stuck to the back of the upper arm of people at the gym or around your town. People with diabetes require this device to monitor their blood sugar for safety. But wellness enthusiasts (or average people, who don’t have a medical reason for this device) are starting to wear them too, in order to monitor how food affects their blood sugar to avoid big spikes. I think the insight on how foods affect your blood sugar can be valuable, but I also think that wearing something like this can be a slippery slope of trying to monitor too much (because the type of people wearing a CGM may also be wearing other trackers). This is an excellently balanced article on why you may or may not want to try wearing a CGM one day. For now, I’m good without. But more power to you if you think one of these is right for you.
Quote of the week
Here’s a great thought for you from the Calm app …
Blog archives of the week
Let’s look back at two posts worth revisiting, including the latest from earlier this week …
Fashion. These are some of the most popular tops I wear all the time … “The five must-have tops from Everlane I wear all the time.” I also made a reel about these tops, and you can watch that here.
Spring cleaning. I’m looking forward to spring, and here are a few reminders for it … “Four things to stop doing this spring (spring clean your wellness lifestyle).”
Thanks for coming by the blog today, friend! Be well!
Questions of the day for you
How was your week?
Have you ever shopped at a consignment sale?
What’s one thing you’re looking forward to this weekend?