The kitchen is the true heart of most homes, which ends up being a mixed blessing—great when you’re gathering everyone around the table, not-so-great when you’re digging through drawers trying to find that missing measuring spoon. With spring (and the subsequent impulse to clean and organize) hitting after a long winter, we put together some quick and easy tips that can help you corral your kitchen clutter and make cooking easier, without spending an arm and a leg.
Tax season is once again around the corner, and with a big chunk of change coming out of your bank account, your thoughts have likely turned to how to save some extra money in the weeks and months ahead. Considering that the cost of raising a child has gone up 40% in just the past decade, you’re definitely not alone. And while you deserve a pat on the back for buying and selling clothes with thredUP (money saved + money earned + environmentally friendly = score!), we’re not the only solution for the budget-conscious. Here are a few of our favorite tips for how to save some extra cash in this tight time of year, and stick with it all year long.
GASP! It’s true. We’re so excited to finally let you know that thredUP is now offering Free Returns across the board – from your computer to your tablet to your phone to whatever device you use, you can now qualify for Free Returns on any eligible item.
To get your free return, you have to just take your refund in store credit, and send the items you don’t want to keep in their original condition within the first 30 days after you received the order.
If you would prefer a cash refund, you can conveniently print your return label at home and easily return your items paying only a flat rate fee of $6.
If you choose to simply take the money as store credit, returns will always be free. We will continue to be making improvements to this service over time so stay tuned for more updates.
One last thing…we know we’ve been making a lot of changes lately. And we thank you for your patience. We’re trying to dial in the right experience to ensure that not only do you have a great time shopping on thredUP but that we’re building a viable business that can serve you for many years to come. We appreciate your patience as we continue to evolve to do what’s best as we seek to inspire a new generation of consumers to think secondhand first.
As always, we’re here to help! Check out our Order Returns FAQs, and if you have any other questions about our new return policy, please let us know in the comments or drop our support team an email at [email protected]
Living in our demanding digital world can become a bit of a drag when you’re a new parent, as precious bonding (and sleeping) time gets sapped in favor of answering work emails, setting up endless Skype sessions with Grandma and Grandpa, and trying to keep track of a spiraling pile of expenses and medical bills. The good news: you can also make the electronic age work for you. Here are seven of our favorite apps and services that have recently debuted on the parenting scene, all of them designed to help you and your baby thrive in that tough first year.
1. MealTrain: Everyone has good intentions about making and freezing a bunch of advance meals for themselves before the big birth, but sometimes the best-laid plans go awry. The good news: you’ll never have a larger group of eager-to-help people in your life than when you have a new baby, and this free site allows you to organize them into an ad-hoc food army, complete with customized delivery times, dietary preferences, and other important info. Let yourself be taken care of for the time being, and make it up to them once your baby is sleeping through the night.
2. Baby Connect: This app serves as a full-on baby command center, perfect for working parents who are entrusting their little one to daycare or a sitter. In the app, you can track feedings, diaper changes, sleep, mood, nursing sessions, and other key activities, not to mention send private messages between everyone in a baby’s circle of care. It works on nearly every platform, and the mobile version only runs $5.
3. Sit or Squat: You may be able to hold it, but you now come with a little person who needs a diaper change or a feeding, like, yesterday. Save yourself from stress when you leave the house with this free app that maps public bathrooms, with tens of thousands listed across the country (and rated on cleanliness, to boot).
4. Citrus Lane: Like a Birchbox for new parents, this service sends a monthly compilation of fun goods tailored to the age of your baby. The assortment might include soft books, tub toys, diaper creams, puzzles, infant toothpaste, and other items designed to make the baby’s life more fun, and yours easier. Subscriptions run $29/month, which gets knocked down to $24 when you buy six months’ worth in advance.
5. Lalaalu: If you’d rather not leave your box delivery to chance, Lalaalu allows you to purchase customized boxes ($50-60 each) where you know exactly what you’re getting. They’re curated by fellow parents, who have the intel on matters both practical (like this pack of parent-approved sippy cups, feeders, and bibs) and fun (like this combo of art supplies, complete with a smock and clean-up products).
6. Baby Sign and Learn: Ever admired those crazy parents who’ve taught their babies how to communicate their needs with sign language? You, too, can make a communication connection before your little one learns to speak, thanks to this animated app that will teach you all of the most important signs (like “eat,” “sleep,” “more,” and “milk”), and give you advice on how to teach them to your baby.
7. Diaper Dabbler: There’s nothing worse than stocking up on packs and packs of diapers in anticipation of a baby’s arrival, only to find out that they don’t fit, or worse, leak. This $75 service allows you to sample the full gamut of what’s out there, with 18 different brands in both newborn and size 1 sizes to help you make your decision. It even comes with a chart to help you track which diapers are working and which aren’t.
And don’t forget, thredUP now buys and sells infant clothing. Whether you need more onesies or a special occasion outfit, we’ve got you covered.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, your thoughts might be turning to romance—and then turning right back to school schedules, work deadlines, and that suspicious noise the car keeps making. Everyone has more going on in their lives than ever, and it can be hard to make time for our significant others, especially when they’re just as overextended as we are.
But even if you manage to sneak in a dinner out or a movie every once in a while, that may not be enough to keep your relationship vibrant. Studies have shown that doing new things together as a couple is what really makes a difference in promoting lasting love. So in honor of the holiday of amour, we came up with eight fun date-night ideas that will shake up your relationship without breaking the bank.
1. Go on a scavenger hunt: The thrill of solving a clue is addictive, and interactive app Stray Boots will do all the setting-up for you, allowing you both to be surprised. It’s available in 14 cities.
2. Mine the second tier: Your hometown may not have a pro team in your favorite sport, but they likely have some kind of amateur squad, whether it’s Double-A baseball, minor-league hockey, or even a really solid high-school basketball team. And since you’re not paying pro-league prices, tickets and a snack or two are usually fairly cheap. Not into sports? Consider checking out your local high school’s latest musical, or the latest community theater production. Even if it’s terrible, you’ll have something memorable to laugh about later.
3. Volunteer at the local animal shelter: Everyone loves a cute cat or dog, and your neighborhood ASPCA is likely always on the lookout for volunteers to help walk, play with, and feed the animals. Donate time together, and get some old-fashioned puppy love in return.
4. Tour a brewery or winery: Craft beer is on the rise, and nearly every town has a small brewery these days. Depending on where you live, you may have some upstart wineries as well. Find out when they offer tours and go together; you’ll learn a lot, and free samples are usually involved at the end of the line.
5. Make a complicated dish: Have you ever baked bread before? Made fondue? Cooked up a real-deal Thai curry? You can find recipes online to help you do it all. Then team up and bring your culinary fantasies to life.
6. Play an escape-the-room game: There are tons of versions of this fun, simple video game on the Web, most of which are free and all of which require you to use your smarts and solve puzzles to get out of a digital “room.” Hunker down in front of the computer with some wine and popcorn, and work together to find your way out. Or if you’d rather get away from the screen, try doing a jigsaw puzzle instead.
7. Hold a grown-up pinewood derby: There’s no rule that says adults can’t purchase the Boy Scouts pinewood derby kit (which runs a very affordable $4) and compete to see who can build the fastest model car. There’s also no rule that says you can’t invite all your friends over to participate, to really make things interesting.
8. Set up an at-home massage parlor: Can’t afford a trip to the spa? Bring the relaxation to each other. Spread towels out on the bed, order a nice scented massage oil online, and call up some soft spa music on YouTube, then take turns giving each other lengthy backrubs. (Bonus points if you study up on techniques first.)
At thredUP, we’re proponents of all types of resolutions, but since we spend a good amount of time thinking about personal style and shopping (not surprising, we know), our favorite resolutions are generally of the sartorial variety. This week, we decided to find out what some of our colleagues plans to do – and wear – differently in 2015.
Awards season is underway, and 2015 is off to a glamorous start with the Golden Globes! We spent last night glued to our TVs and laptops, because that red carpet was unbelievable.
It’s always hard to pick favorites, but here are the gowns that really wow-ed us.
First up: Shades of purple!
Lupita Nyong’o was sweet and stunning in her whimsical Giambattista Valli gown. Kerry Washington took a risk in a colorblocked Mary Katrantzou number, and we think she pulled it off beautifully. Amy Adams was a vision in her periwinkle gown by Versace.
Next: Pure Elegance
Helen Mirren was turning heads (as usual) in crimson Dolce & Gabbana. Maura Tierney pulled off 20’s glamour perfectly in Jenny Packham. Lastly, Felicity Jones was oh-so-prim and ladylike in Dior Haute Couture.
If we absolutely had to pick a favorite for the night, we think it would probably be Diane Kruger in this flawlessly-tailored silver Emilia Wickstead gown. To. Die. For. We also thought Julianne Moore was breathtaking in Givenchy, and Reese Witherspoon was gorgeous as always in Calvin Klein.
Jessica Chastain wow-ed us in Versace with her plunging neckline and smooth waves. Lorde and Emma Stone were the epitome of modern fashion in their pant suits by Narciso Rodriguez and Lanvin, respectively.
Ivory & Blush
There were so many stunning dresses in shades of ivory and pale blush, but we loved these the most! Tina Fey’s Antonio Berardi dress was charming and interesting. Anna Kendrick looked like a dream in Monique Lhuillier, and lastly, Salma Hayek was endlessly glamorous in her waist-defining Pinault gown.
Did you watch the Golden Globes (or at least the red carpet)? Share your top picks in the comments!