Have you ever had one of those days? One of those nights?
Dear Lord, those nights.
You’ve been up all night with a teething and crying baby. Cleaning vomit from the carpet and sheets for the umpteenth time. Soothing a feverish child until the light of dawn.
Before you know it, it’s morning. And you’re pretty certain your head never even hit the pillow.
It might have, but you just have no recollection of it at all.
Because you’re just that damn tired.
And now you have to do it all again.
Well, that’s when you know you’re an amazing parent.
That’s parenting at its hardest.
You did it.
And you’ll continue to do it.
It’s those days when your children need you the most that you do what you never thought you could.
That’s when you tap into a strength you didn’t know you had.
That’s when you have to be the best of you. When you’re feeling at the very worst of you.
But you still reserve all your sympathy for the one that kept you up all night.
Poor teething baby. I wish I could fix it for you.
Poor feverish child. I wish I could make you feel better.
You’re not thinking of you.
And that’s the best of you shining through.
You may look a mess and your house might be a disaster, but that love is strong.
That love is what brings out the greatness in you.
That love is everything.
And that’s what keeps you going even when you think you can’t.
I love shopping online for my daughters.
My husband thinks I have an obsession.
Which I don’t. Of course, I don’t.
Because that would just be ridiculous.
And I’m not ridiculous.
I’m simply perfecting my shopping skills. Which, obviously, takes practice.
So there you have it, I’m just becoming a better version of me.
You need to be enlightened to understand that and he, clearly, is not.
But I digress.
The point is that online shopping for my children is my most favourite hobby ever.
I excel at it.
So, it’s only fair that I share some of my favourite shops. Because, well, that way I won’t be the only one hiding the credit card statements every month.
(But not really.)
Anyways, here’s the list:
www.zulily.com: This is an amazing site that showcases new daily deals for moms, their children, their homes, and their lives in general. It has new sample sales every single day and the prices are often quite below retail value.
www.joefresh.com: Ummm, because Joe Fresh has the cutest baby clothes for the cheapest prices. So cute, in fact, that you will hardly ever find the size you need in stores. Because.Everything.Has.Been.Picked.Over. The selection is far greater online and you’ll often find items that weren’t available in store.
www.amazon.com: Because this is the cheapest place to find anything and everything. Even baby things. Especially baby things.
www.oldnavy.ca: Cheap and cute. And on-line. A brilliant combination that I really don’t have to say much more about.
www.gilt.com: Perhaps the best sample sale site ever. Ever. Every day you will find new collections of high end, designer clothes and items at a fraction of the original price. And the best part is that once you’ve found what you wanted for your children, you can go shop for yourself ;)
www.snugglebugz.ca: This is a Canadian site for those of you who don’t live close to the actual stores. It has fun and unique items that you often can’t find in mass retail shops.
www.toysrus.ca: The Mecca of children’s toys and products. And a well-known secret is that the items online will often be cheaper than the same items in store. Just another reason to shop in your pajamas instead of in the malls.
www.well.ca: A great Canadian site for moms that want to buy baby essentials and products that are harder to find in stores. They have a large selection of natural products at great prices that can be difficult to locate elsewhere.
www.etsy.com: If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind products, clothes, and accessories for your children, this is the site to go to. You will find handmade products that you won’t find anywhere else. So absolutely amazing for special occasions and holidays.
www.gapcanada.ca: You know how everything in the Gap is beyond adorable? But you’ll never find the size you need? And the crowds can be insane? Well, you’ll find it all online and you don’t have to fight the crazy masses to get it.
And you’re welcome!
P.S. Share your favourite online destinations, too! Not for me, of course. For a friend ;)