#6 Tips and tricks for clothes and personal items for foster care.

Even though every new Child comes with a clothing voucher, my husband and I decided to become more prepared. When you get a 1am phone call to take a sibling group and all they have is the clothes on their back you will be thankful for these few tips and tricks!

1. Utilize Facebook sale sites, yard sales, friends and good will. Typically, people are getting rid of clothes or shoes either for cheap or free. Now I am not saying over board and collect a bunch of clothes but at least purchase some and for all ages. We have boy sizes newborn to 38 size pants and 2x shirts for our girls we have newborn to size 18 pants and 1x shirts. Extra socks, undies, and flip-flops.
2. Buy a few bins. We have most of our clothes in bins. So it is easy to access if and when we get a new placement. I have it organized by gender and size. I have a total of 6 bins. 3 for boys and 3 for the girls. None of them are full but are there just in case we receive a call. We have a closet that has extra jackets, socks, undies, diapers, wipes, tooth brushes, etc.

3. Color coordinate — I give every child a particular color, so it is easy for them to remember and easy for me to keep up with everything. Basically what that means is I love colored sharpies! I make a dot on the tags of their clothes, tooth brushes, and any personal items I give them. So they can keep up with their elements such as their hair brushes, deodorant, lotion, medicine, etc. We have a colored basket that matches their color, and they get a shelf to help keep them organized. Julian and I also have our rack and basket as well. We decided that it would be fun for everyone. We purchase the bins at the dollar store.

4. Amazon prime has been a life saver when it comes to new placement. We just order everything in bulk now, and you save money in the long run as well. Needing to purchase something now and on a budget. !DOLLAR STORE! This place has been a life saver as well.

 

5. Let the kids take the clothes you have given them. Typically, our late night phone calls to take the placements end up being a short stay. They may not show it, but those extra clothes mean more to them than you think.

6. The Biggest tip STAY ORGANIZED!!! Every two weeks I go through my cabinets and make a list of what we need. I fold and clean up anything out of place. We are on a budget, so I utilize my sources and stick to my budget when it comes to this project.

Hope these were helpful. As of right now, that is all the tips and tricks I have and if I think of anything else I will make sure to update the blog. If you all have any advice, please leave a comment down below. I would love to hear everyone’s ideas.

Have a beautiful day!!
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3 Apps I use to make life easier as a foster mom!

When it comes to my household, we use electronics on the daily. To each their own like I always say. Do what you want and what works for you! I am that mom who carries around a day planner and my kiddos know what book I am talking about when I ask them to get it. My children also know if they want to know what the week looks like for our family to look in the book but we also rely on electronics. We have a house hold tablet. Everyone is allowed to download games or have free range on it. Our two oldest kids have phones (WiFi access only) which they love to use for social media and selfies.

As a mother, you are constantly trying to find new things that work to make life easier. Here are a few apps I love!

#1

Cozi family organizer

This planner is amazing! You have the ability to link emails and assign the task or event to the right full person. When I have to take three kids to 3 different places, it will notify that child. You can add a note as well. Like “be ready or else!” Haha, anyways it has helped out with our crazy busy schedule.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cozi.androidfree

#2 Target cartwheel

I am that “mom” I go into Target for 1 item and come out with 15 items and completely forget about the thing I needed. So this fantastic app has helped me save and also stay focused on what I came in for. You can search what items are on sale before you enter the store and make a quick list. You scan your items for the discount, hand your phone to the cashier during check out and BAM! you just saved money and left with the item you needed. Well maybe but still you saved some money to turn back around to get it.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.target.socsav
#3 Audible

In that perfect home with those perfect children, you will sit down every night and read books to your kids. Don’t get me wrong, I read to my kids almost every night…. ok maybe three times a week, but I still make sure to get that time in through out the week. Let’s be real though, I am far from perfect and when it is 9pm, and all six kids still need baths, and by the time all that is left is a mess! This app is magic! The kids agree on a book and push play. I can listen to them while I get everyone’s hair brushed and lotion applied, without worrying about flipping pages! It also makes for a great family conversation starter in the end.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.audible.application

 

So that concludes my favorite apps for my family, as of right now, if I find more I will be sure to share!
*I am not affiliated with any of these companies which may be affected by the outcome of the reviews.

Updated*

Some apps I had used did not work out for our family needs. Will update once we have a few months of positive feedback.

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