Wednesday, June 13, 2018

5k #HelloBabyPalmer

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We are so excited to announce the first annual #HelloBabyPalmer 5k run/walk!!!! We are hoping (hence the annual part) to do this every year to help another adopting family. So, let's make this year successful by sharing the news with EVERYONE!! 

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Registration is now open to everyone. Yep, we are allowing out of state runners/walkers to register and run in their hometown. We will be sending you a #HelloBabyPalmer shirt to say thank you. We are hoping you'll get a few of your friends to run beside you to help with this amazing cause! 

We are so lucky to have some incredible food trucks, games, and Weber State Cheerleaders and Mascot joining us that day. It seriously is going to be so much fun! So bring your mom, grandpa, dogs, ANYONE! 

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Amazon Toddler Reviews

I am such a shopaholic for The Squeeze! And I love for her to wear unique items. That being said, I don't like to spend a fortune on her outfits and toys. Especially since she grows out of them or gets bored real fast. So, amazon has been my go to! This is not sponsored at all, I just really love good deals and not something you see every kid wearing at the park ;-) I get tons of questions about sizing, condition, etc. So I thought I would share with you our reviews of some items we have purchased!

This romper runs HUGE! She's wearing the 2T and I had to tie it in the back and also roll it up at the legs. She will hopefully fill it out a little more at the end of summer. It is pretty decent quality for being $8. It doesn't have snaps at the crotch, which is a bummer, but it's easy to slip on and off.

I fell in love with these because they are a replica of the mini melissas but a fraction of the cost! They say to go a size up because they run TTS.  Get their normal size. I ordered them in the red color in a size 7 and they were huge, but I loved them so much so I would stuff them with socks haha! So I bought them in black in a size 6 (he normal size) and they fit great!! I will say, the red ones did have the bow fall off. But I only think that happened because they were so big and she kept getting caught on stuff because she couldn't move them around. Her black ones still look great and she's worn them multiple times. The snap has a hard time staying closed but it doesn't bother her because they shoe still stays on.

Princess dresses are so expensive! Amazon had some really good deals around Christmas time. So we got her this one, this one and this one. They run TTS. We got her a size 2T and she'll definitely be able to keep wearing it for a while. It is a little big on her right now so that means she steps on the dress which has made it rip at the waist. The bow also started to untangle. But for $20 it is a great dress up dress!

Runs small on the bottom and large at the top haha. If you look closely, the snaps at the crotch aren't snapped all the way.. oops! It's definitely cheaply made but it is super cheap in cost. You get what you pay for.

This onesie is so adorable! It fits TTS, I got Lemmon a size 18-24 months and she can wear it for a couple more months. It does have snaps on the bottom. And is really good quality.

These shoes are hands down my favorite purchase! I ended up buying them in the tan color first and loved them so much that I got the pink ones right away. Lemmon normally wears a size 6 so I ordered her a 6.5 so she has some room to grow into them. The only negative thing I would have to say about them, is on the pink ones, the velcro scratches her foot a little. But a little clear nail polish to cover it and smooth it out will make that go away.

Cutest kitchen you'll ever see! We were able to get it on sale, so wait for a holiday to come and snag it then. Or just buy it now because it's so dang cute! But fair warning, give yourself 4-6 hrs to assemble it. We thought we could whip it out in less then 2 hrs. NOPE! It's super easy but literally comes with nothing put together. But so worth it!

I wanted a crisp white table for Lemmon and looked up so many reviews and this one had the best. She loves it and loves being such a "big girl" I think it definitely is worth the money. It was super easy to assemble and still looks brand new!

I wanted a "buggy" like stroller for Lemmon and this one was the cheapest one I could find. She loves it and I do too! It was so easy to assemble, it's really easy to fold up. The only thing I don't care for is the carrier, diaper bag and "mattress pads" . She doesn't care for those, they have been sitting at the bottom of the toy box since we got them. Definitely a great stroller and she is obsessed with pushing her babies in it.

It runs about a size to small. I got Lemmon a size 18-24 months and she could only wear it once and that was pushing it haha. It's super cute and good material considering the cost, but definitely size up!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Ways to Fundraise for Adoption

Did you know that adoption can cost anywhere between $25,000-$50,000 ! This is such a HUGE topic when couples decide to star the adoption process. "Where are we going to come up with that kind of money?" "Are we even going to be able to afford a baby after we pay all the fees?"

We wish it could be a fraction of that costs but it's not, so we knew we needed to bring in the troops to help bring our baby home. Here are some ideas for fundraising that we have either tried, heard of other adoptive families trying, or are excited to be doing in the near future.

1. Instagram Auction
This was our first fundraiser. My incredible sister helped coordinate it and I am so thankful. Definitely get one or two friends/family to help with this one. We had tons of amazing companies and even friends donate their time or product to our auction. I figured if people were going to help us financially, they deserved something in return. And an auction was just that. Make sure you stay organized with what products are being auctioned off, the starting bid and then who was the highest bidder. Then if the highest bidder has paid or not. We just used a google docs that was shared between my sister and I and it was so helpful! Nothing got lost, we didn't feel overwhelmed and we could thank each person/company who donated easily. We made a good donation off of this and we definitely will be holding another one for our next adoption.

2. Yard Sale
We personally haven't done this one but have heard of other adoptive couples doing them. People can donate their stuff also and it's a win win for them. They are helping a family get closer to their baby and they are getting rid of their junk haha. It's great to put up signs saying what the cause of the yard sale. People love to help other people in a great cause. So make sure they now that they are helping build your family. Who knows, they might end up purchasing more stuff!

3. Sport Activity
We are very close to the college cheerleading team out here. (Both Riley and I were on the team for a bit) They wanted to help in some way so they organized an "open gym" where anyone could come and stunt and tumble and all the admission fees would go towards our adoption. It was incredible! Definitely got in contact with a team you've been working with or even a extra curricular activity. People are getting some fun out of it and also helping build a family!

4. Community Run
This was on our list and we actually had a whole committee organized for a 5k. But since we were matched so quickly, we couldn't find the time to get it going (also why we did the "open gym") We had a list of food trucks that would donate a certain percentage to our adoption. We were going to have a silent auction going on also, with items that companies and small shops had donated. And then there was the 5k, the main event. We had a $5 fee to enter into the 5k and then a deal for larger families. We are so excited to do this for our next fundraiser because it involves the whole family and community. Plus, Riley and I are both very active so it fits our family perfectly. This is a fundraiser where you could make really good donations at. Just stay organized with how much money is going out and who is donating what. Hence our committee that we had. Each person was assigned a different task. It was so organized and relieved so much stress.

5. Donation Page
I put this as our last one because it's something that is going on in the background of things. Riley and I strongly agree that you should work for what you want. A gofundme page or youcaring page is a great place for people to go to if they can't make any of your local fundraising events. But do not rely on this to raise your adoption funds. Work to get your baby here! Work hard, so it's all worth it and you can say you gave it all your blood, sweat and tears. We did have a youcaring account but had 3 other fundraising events going on at the same time. Like I said, it's a great way for Grandma and Grandpa to donate when they can't be here physically.

**Helpful Tips**

- Stay Organized! (spreadsheets, planners, etc)

- Have a separate adoption bank account set up. This will help with not mixing up personal finances and adoption finances

- PRAY! Pray that you wont become overwhelmed with the financial burden. Pray that you will know who to be in contact with to help you with each part. Pray that you will be humble to those asking to help you. Pray for gratitude that you were given this opportunity to welcome a child into your home.