#JBFPhilly Ends with Record Consignors

The biggest Just Between Friends Consignment sale in the country, #JBFPhilly is history!

Just Between Friends Western Mainline (#JBFPhilly) is offically over for 2015.  The tags have been scanned, the shoppers have shopped, the bargains have been had.  

Jolly Jumpers are now being enjoyed by new little monkeys.  Elmos that were sitting alone in a playroom are now feeling the love from some new arms.  Halloween costumes are hanging in new closets waiting for the big day. Some costumes are making their way into dress up bins or already being enjoyed! It's a joy to be a small part of this exchange of happiness!

The breakdown is complete, the hall is back to the empty space we walked into such a short time ago.  It's is mind blowing to think of the logistics of this sale.....over 300,000 items on the floor?  This AMAZING  JBF team will begin again in Lancaster in a couple of weeks. October 15th - 17th. Don't miss that one!!!   I don't know how things run as smoothly as they do!  MIND BLOWING!!!!!

As a consignor I am so thrilled to have sold my clutter and can't wait for my check!!!!   As a volunteer/Team Leader....I am in AWE of owner Tracy Panase and her "team". This woman is amazing.  Hours beyond belief spent at sale, countless roles played throughout the week, numerous people not only to sell to but to manage as volunteers, consignors and vendors.  Can you say full plate?  Actually.....overflowing plate!!!!  She does this ALL with a smile and an extremely positive attitude,  Again, I am in AWE!  I admire and respect this woman with my entire being.

This sale is more than a consignment sale.....I consider it a type of family reunion.  The wonderful people I work with MAKE this the #1 sale in the country, and that doesn't even address the wonderful shoppers I get to meet!!!!  I feel so blessed to be apart of this wonderful event....don't get me wrong.....there are times I am ready to pull my hair out, but my TEAM is there for me and they pull me up!  Way to go Just Between Friends Mainline ....  once again  we rocked it!

~ Ellie, Mom of Ava & #JBFPhilly extraordinaire 


Selena Gomez Periscopes for the First Time #MyRealMomAdventures

Selena Gomez First Periscope at the #HotelT2 Premiere

selena gomez transylvania

I'm so excited about finally being able to share this!  

#MyRealMomAdventures is something that I pondered up when I was invited to two totally different things a couple weeks ago.  The one thing that was similar to both?  They invited Boston to come along too!  How sweet, right? He was a star.  I was so beyond proud of him and his behavior.  SHOCKING considering 2 celebrities, trains, planes & automobiles, a commercial shoot that lasted almost 12 hours, 2 GIANT cities.... Would he survive and would I SURVIVE? hahaha

It was worth every second for me.  What memories with that little dude. 

Hotel Transylvania 2 Premiere in Miami

There are really so many things I can say about this trip - but hopefully you'll catch the 13 minute vide recap!  See SELENA GOMEZ DO THE WHIP NAE NAE & EVEN HER VERY FIRST TIME PERISCOPING!!  



Selena Gomez Hotel Transylvania #HotelT2

Hotel Transylvania with Selena Gomez

I can't even really begin to tell you about this last week!

But I can SHOW YOU.  

Did you see that my boy saw the movie Hotel Transylvania? 

AND - what "FIRST TIME" did Selena Gomez experience with my 7 year old? 

Gotta check back to find out!  

In the meantime. how about this. 


OH - And YES.  I AM in love with a Monster. 


Selena Gomez Transylvania

#RealMomGiftGuide Back to School Mom Hacks

Well... here we are!  A few weeks into school and I don't know about you but I'm backtracking on my school stuff!  Sometimes I wonder if bribing my kids to be good & do good is really the right way to go!  I know that back to school time is pure hell for some. HA! Real Mom, right? This year was rather smooth in my house!  I couldn't believe it!  (Knock on wood.)  But I do have a few things up my trapper keeper sleeve ready for the when all hell breaks loose and need a "save me" product to put a smile on your kids faces.  All of them. Including the dog & hubby.  I mean face it... we DO take care of EVERYONE, don't we?  =)

#RealMomGiftGuide Back to School Mom Hacks


superhero backpack

Super Me Backpacks:

Do you have a Super Hero on your hands?  Are they headed to school/day care?  Do they need a little motivation?  Well, the is the bag for you,  This award-winning cape backpack allows each child to bring out the hero within & lets imagination fly high! There is even a secret sewn in cape & a mask to go with it!  Can you say SUPER FUN!  Even I want one!  The bags are made with naturally insulating EVA, are safe for kids & the environment, super durable and machine washable. You can even have your Super Hero's name personalized on the bag.  Now....which one to choose?

Dyson v6 Absolute

Kiddo headed off to college?  Want them to keep a clean dorm room?  Wait.....clean and dorm room in the same sentence?  Well, this can help!  The Dyson V6 Absolute....is absolutely amazing. This baby comes with two Dyson-engineered cleaner heads.  So it can handle both carpets and hard floors.  It has a HEPA filtration system....goodbye allergens!  This powerhouse is just the right size for the dorm rooms, but still does the job! They have extra tools if you want one for yourself and you have pets!  Grab one now and get $120 off...good until 9/12/2015.  Get cleaning!!! (PS, I've 'tested' a couple of these - and this one BLOWS any of the other Dyson products or vacuums for that matter out of the ball park!  I love to vacuuming with this thing!  WAIT.  Did I just say that? #HoldME

Land's End Backpacks

This is a no brainer.....think backpack....think Land's End.  Durable..durable and more durable.  These backpacks last and last.  No more need to grab a new backpack every year.  (I know because last year we got a new one and it barely made it 1/2 way through the season!)  Land's End has a size and style to fit every student.  The choices are amazing.  Land's End thinks of everything so you don't need to worry! Padded shoulder straps, reflective stitching ....they even thought of a loop to hold matching lunch boxes. Like I said, a no brainer!!!!  You can of course personalize each bag for your special student.  Kids LOVE personalized goodies!  


Brother P Label Maker

Speaking of personalization.... Stressing over whose folder is whose?  Johnny had the green one right?  Or was his blue.  Oh...and now a note from the teacher, "Parents  could you please help out the classroom and label your child's items?" WHAT?  Well.....Brother has a solution ...... more like an answer to your prayers.  Recognized as one of the “best tools of all time” by the The Good Housekeeping Institute, the Brother P-touch label maker. This secret weapon can help parents accomplish most back-to-school projects in just a few simple steps - from ensuring that important items don’t get lost at school to adding a personal touch to school  supplies to organizing family schedules. With a P-touch, parents can say goodbye to markers, scissors, tape, glue, and printing.



Water Week Kid's Kaleidoscope

Children now a days have been raised with the motto...Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.  They have grown up in a world that is constantly searching for ways to help the environment.  Water Week Kid's Kaleidoscope helps them contribute to this journey.  These beauties are perfect.  Saves time and water.  Water bottles on hand ..... and best of all they are clean and ready for each day.  No more running around last minute looking for that darn missing cover!  Just open up the 'frig and away you go!


Yummy World

Kidrobot has created a new world of fun and excitement!  Yummy World!  Yummy world is set in the lovely town of Sprinkle Tree.  Sprinkle Tree is a magically yummy place where food is fun and fresh baked friendships begin!  There are adventures to be had and food to be loved!  Where else could a slice of pizza come alive and carry your most precious things. Come and travel to Sprinkle Tree and meet the softer, yummier side of Kidrobot.




EVERYONE knows my love for Just Between Friends Philly sale, right? Well how about an idea to help kids ALL YEAR too!  

Schoola started a fundraising idea that is easy, green, and doesn't require students to be salespeople. People can easily donate clothes by mailing them in with a pre-paid label, then Schoola cleans them up and sells them, giving back $2 for every $5 spent to the school of your choosing. That money provides new paints in art classes, new instruments to the orchestra and new books to the libraries while helping save the environment too. Almost 13-million tons of textile waste is generated in the U.S. each year. With Schoola quality clothes get a second life. Parents help parents. Schools help schools and everyone helps the environment. www.schoola.com



*EcoLunchbox offsets the carbon footprint of school lunches with its non-toxic, reusable stainless steel containers and artisan-crafted bags. Students throw away 100 million pieces of trash each hour and the average family throws away 18-pieces per day at a cost of $450-year. Paper bags and ziplocs may seem insignificant but they add up to mountains of trash over time. Using Ecolunchboxes prevents 8-million pounds of trash from hitting the landfills each year and offsets the CO2 equivalent of driving 5.4 million miles. An added bonus? It also saves parents hundreds of dollars and is free of BPA and other toxic chemicals. www.ecolunchboxes.com



*Paper Culture has disrupted the stationery market with eco-friendly cards, gifts and wall decor made from 100% recycled paper or renewable resources. No trees are cut down to make their cards and the company has pledged to plant a tree for every order - more than 350,000 so far! Not only is Paper Culture offering custom, modern design for school supplies, the company is actually leaving the environment in a better place as a result. www.paperculture.com


Well.. what do you think? Cool stuff, right? 



Just Between Friends #JBFPhilly

Are you ready for the biggest/best consignment sale around?  Real Mom Media is even setting up a craft corner to entertain you and your kids this week while the Pope is in town!  Friday September 25 from 11a-1p to enjoy!

Western Mainline Fall/Winter (Oaks) Sales Event: September 24-27. I have been consigning and shopping this amazing sale for over four years!  I wish I had known about it earlier!  So I am writing to let you know how you can join the fun.  When I am working the sale, I am always wearing a shirt that says, "Shop, Sell, Save, Smart".  As I am writing to inform others about this amazing sale.....let's focus on those 4 powerful words!

Shop!  This is where I really wish I had known about this amazing sale earlier.  I could have saved a ton on baby items for Ava. I bought every piece of baby equipment, toys and clothing at retail prices!!!!   UGH!!! If I had shopped SMART at JBF ....I  could  have saved a lot of money.....I mean a ton!  Did you know  that SAFETY is our #1 priority at JBF?

 Just Between Friends Western Mainline is literally a sea of savings!  From strollers, cars seats, every type of the toy under the sun, and  CLOTHING....oh...the CLOTHES!!!!  JBF even sells Maternity Clothing.  

Looking for a specific size or style? SHOP EARLY!  Check out Just Between Friends Shop page to see how you can be the first to shop this legendary sale.   First time parent or grandparent.....Volunteer & more!  Many ways to save!  Another reason to volunteer ....Team Members who complete a 4 hour shift earn 70% profit on all their sold items!!!!!

Sell!!!!!    If you are anything like me.....you have a closet or two full of outgrown clothes and toys.


I admit it!  I kept everything Ava had ever worn.  I had lent some out to a friend, but they always came back.  This was an emotional hold that I had....trying to keep her a baby by holding on to her onesies?????  Then one day as I was putting Ava on the bus for kindergarten a good friend told me about Just Between Friends.  I would love to say I jumped on board immediately, but of course I can't!  It took some soul searching and then I realized what I had to do.  Plus, four and 1/2 years of clothes were...ummm....taking over!!!!

So, my friend gave me basic steps to consigning at this amazing sale.  In lieu of my friend .... I would like to help you if you are in any way like me.  You can let go.... and make some CASH while doing it!!!!

The Just Between Friends website has everything you need to know from registering, to tagging, to drop off and beyond.  Let me give you some insights into the world of trading your treasures for some serious cash!

Go to Western Mainline Just Between Friends main webpage and register as a consignor.  You can also register as a shopper, first time parent, volunteer ....etc.   Get yourself registered (don't forget to sign up as a volunteer....for extra benefits)   Now, hit your closets, basements, playrooms and anywhere your hidden treasures may be hiding?!   For clothing and shoes you will want to gather supplies to start tagging. Once again Tracy, the wonderful owner of this sale has made it easy peasy on you.  She has tagging videos, first time mentors, calendar of events and even tagging supply sales!  TONS of stuff to sell but NO time....we have you covered with valet tagging.  

Once you have finished tagging you will be dropping off your stuff at the Expo Center in Oaks...Hall A.  There is an inspection process so make sure all clothing and shoes are in good used shape.  Then all you have to do is place your goodies on the floor and check each night (usually) pretty late to see what has sold.  You have the option when tagging to reduce your items for  the 50% off day and you can also donate unsold items to charity.  It's up to you!  If you do have things that you did not donate or didn't sell.....come back and pick-up on assigned date.  The sale calendar is great for keeping you organized!  I suggest you print out the calendar and keep it handy!!!!


Items at The Western Mainline Just Between Friends sale are 50-90% off retail!  People who are in the know shop this SALE!  There are even youtube videos of people showing off their bargains from the sale.  You will save on everything from strollers, to bottles, to diapers, to Halloween Costumes.....the list is endless!  Don't forget to make your own list of items you want to pick up!  I want to SAVE even more Ellie!!!!   Well, you can!  The sale goes to 50% off on most items on Sunday the 27th.  Any ticket WITHOUT a star is 50% off.  YES!  No star, starting Sunday it's half off!  If the tag has a star it still is a great deal.....but it's the price marked on the tag!

SMART!!!  Well, you have kept reading this post ....so we already know you are SMART!  Western Mainline JBF sale is just the thing to do.  Whether you are selling, shopping, volunteering....it is  SMART !!!!!! At the beginning of my journey with JBF ....I really had no clue what I was doing or what an amazing opportunity I had in front of me.  Now four years later I am so grateful to my neighbor for sharing this gem.  Who will you share this with?   Now a video I love....that gives a great look at JBF in general.  What is JBF?  

Please come out and join us September 24th-27th.....(even earlier if you earn your presale pass)  You will not regret coming and you probably will come more than ONCE!!!!!   Shop, Sell, Save, Smart......That is JBF!!!!