Kidbox Review – Unpacking Happiness

This post is sponsored by Kidbox and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own. See further below for disclosure.

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My girls have been out of school for two weeks now! I still can’t get used to how early they go to school and get out here in Louisiana. So different than my school schedule growing up, but we are having fun and have a very full summer ahead of us. With so many activities going on, there isn’t as much time to do errands and such as there were when they were in school. So when I had the opportunity to try out a new kids’ style delivery service, which has the potential to be a huge help in the buying clothes for my kids department, I totally tried it out. Here is my experience and Kidbox review.

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I first started by going to the Kidbox website and clicked on the “start for free” button. From there it was so easy! It starts by creating a style profile for your child, asking you whether it is for a boy or girl and continues from there. Since it is a personalized box, they ask about what they like, their personalities, are there any colors they would not want on their clothing, do they like certain types of clothing, etc. Once I was done with all of that I ordered the box. The neat thing about Kidbox is that it is not a subscription. You just order a box at a time when you want. And they don’t charge your credit card upfront. They give you seven days from the time you receive it to decide what you keep and pay for and what you send back. They also send a few email reminders about how many days you have left to choose/send stuff back so you aren’t caught off guard. It comes with an envelope and mailing label for any returns (which is all on them!). You just put in what you need to exchange for a different size or just don’t like. But, if you do like everything and keep it, they donate new clothes to a child in need. I’m always about getting behind companies who are doing even greater things like giving back. This also gives you the opportunity to include your child in on an opportunity to bless someone. It can be really easy to just focus on ourselves, no matter our age, so anytime we can take our eyes off of us and see others who need us it’s a really good thing. We have to buy clothes anyways, so let’s make it purposeful.

Kidbox Review | happy together
When we got the Kidbox in the mail, miss J was immediately drawn to the colorful box and figured it was for her even before seeing her name on the package. She quickly opened it up to see what all she received.

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She was excited that it had a lot more than just clothes in it. There was fun crafty stuff: crayons/stickers/the box itself is for coloring/surprise ball. I was happy to find an insert that broke down each piece that was in the box and how much they cost. This makes it easy to figure out the cost of each piece, especially if you decide not to keep everything. So for $98, you receive 6-7 pieces of name brand clothing which is a good price for these types of pieces.

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We were both happy with the mix of clothes they sent. Some were staple pieces and some were fun. The only thing I was a bit disappointed about was the length of the shorts. There was a part were I had chosen that we didn’t want anything really short and I felt like these were still rather on the shorter side. The white shorts were able to unroll though so that made them longer. The dark jean ones were sewn into place, so those would have been something I probably would have sent back but they fit miss J’s little sis so we gave them to her. We styled four outfits together to show how cute they are on and it was so much nicer doing this in the comfort of our own home vs. a changing room at a store. It made for a much more relaxed time and we could take as much time as we needed.

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FIY: Kidbox is also currently giving away a whole year of clothes to one winner each month and will give five additional outfits to children in need as well. To enter, you will need to take a photo or video of your unique child (whether it’s them opening a Kidbox, a special gift they received, or sharing a gift with a friend), then share that on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #UnpackHappy, #Kidbox, and @Kidbox (on instagram) or @KidboxFamily (on facebook). The winner will receive an entire year of Kidbox free (5 seasonal boxes of $98 worth of clothing each). Kidbox will then invite the winner to help select which cause to send the donations to as a part of their Kidbox Cares initiative. You can enter once per day each month for extra chances to win.

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I had a great experience and would recommend this to those who like the idea of saving time and having clothes buying for their children be simpler and easy. Find out more about Kidbox here.

 

I parterned with Kidbox and The Motherhood for this post and received supplies and compensation for doing so. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting businesses that support Happy Together.

Free Girls Sewing Pattern: The Skirted Sweatshirt

Free Girls Sewing Pattern: The Skirted Sweatshirt sizes 18 months - 8 | happy together
Today is the day! This free girls sewing pattern is now available for everyone to sew. I call it the Skirted Sweatshirt pattern and it is for sizes 18 months to 8. It is meant to be slightly oversized making it extra comfy. In fact, I knew it was good when my oldest put it on and said so, haha, and she can be hard to please now.

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Another great thing about this pattern is that you can use a larger sweatshirt you have sitting in your closet, or one you thrifted, instead of buying sweatshirt fabric. In fact, the tops on my littlest girl (miss E) and her friend (in the pink) were made using sweatshirts that have been sitting in my closet for years without being used. I used some sweatshirt fabric on miss J’s that I happened to come across in a thrift store. That fabric is what actually inspired this pattern as I wanted to figure out a way to use it.

Free Girls Sewing Pattern: The Skirted Sweatshirt sizes 18 months - 8 | happy together Supplies:

  • Large sweatshirt (see tips further down if doing this) or 1 yd of sweatshirt fabric
  • 3/4 yd of Fabric for skirt part (the more movement the fabric has the better! Try not to use stiff fabrics for this as it won’t lay nicely.) *if fabric pattern is horizontal to the fabric width, then get 1 yard*
  • Free pattern (download here)
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine, coordinating thread, etc.
  • Tape
  • Iron

*Notes: Use 1/4″ seams for sewing. Back stitch at the end of sewing. Remember, this is a slightly oversized pattern, so if your child is more on the smaller side of the pattern it might be larger on them. In the pictures the oldest girl is wearing a 7/8 and wears a 7 or 8 in store clothes. The girl in the pink is in the 5/6 (and I accidentally stretched the neck out…oops!) and fits perfectly in a size 5 normally (also note I did not hem up the bottom of the skirt since it was knit fabric, making that part longer). The littlest, in the lamb hat, is in the 3/4 and wears a 4 or 5 normally.

Sizing Chart     Chest Measurement

18 mo/2                19″-20″

3/4                         21″-22″

5/6                         23″-24″

7/8                        25″-27″

Use Adobe Reader to open PDF Patterns | happy together
Let me begin with a printing tip. PDF patterns print most accurately when opened in Adobe reader. Sometimes the “preview” of a pdf pattern doesn’t print it out quite right.  Also make sure to choose “actual size” in the printing options.

Free Girls Sewing Pattern: The Skirted Sweatshirt sizes 18 months - 8 | happy together
When you print out the pattern you can lay it down like this to see how the pieces fit. It starts at page 1 on the top left row and goes across (row 1: page 1-4, row 2: 5-8, row 3: 9-12).Continue Reading

Homespun Magazine and New Free Pattern Preview

Feature in Homespun Magazine | happy together
I received a copy of Homespun Magazine the other day and flipped it open to find one of my projects featured in it. It still makes my heart flutter when I see one of my projects in print, whether a feature or a whole tutorial. The magazine is quite lovely overall and full of all kinds of craft and diy goodness.

Feature in Homespun Magazine | happy together
They showcased the Fabric Tape Award Ribbons that I created a diy for last year. And speaking of diy, I am working on finishing up a new free pattern that will be on my site by Monday! I have my goal set for Friday, but I like to give myself some wiggle room for things that might come up. It will be for girls sizes 2-8 and is an easy sew! I can’t wait to share the pattern with you :)
-jess

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