Thursday, April 4, 2013

A Big Welcome to: Controlling Craziness!

Hi all!  This week I'm trying something new and different.  Because my computer use this week is going to be very limited (if at all), I have a great group of visitors sharing their wonderful posts with you!  I hope you'll take the time to read their posts, leave a comment, and visit their blogs (and follow too) if you get a chance! I think this week is going to be fun and I hope you'll join in. :)

The third visitor this week (I skipped a visitor post on Wednesday because I figured so many would be busy hopping around to see #WW posts) is Christa from Controlling Craziness.  She blogs about so many things that are relevant to all of us in one way or another, and for Easter she threw a party for 35 kids.  I will repeat...she threw a party for 35 children, and it went off wonderfully well.  If you'd like tips on how to throw big parties (that are virtually stress-free) too, you can find them at her post, which is here. I hope you'll visit Christa often (, I'm betting you'll enjoy what she writes.  Thank you for spending some time at my place today, Christa!


Hi there, I’m Christa, stay at home mom to three cute and crazy kids.

You can find me over at CONTROLLING Craziness where I blog about organization, home decor, making my life easier, and of course my kids.

I want to thank Rosey for giving me this opportunity to guest post here at Mail4Rosey.

I'm going to be talking about how to get the most wear out of clothing for you little girls.

Kid's clothing can be expensive, sometimes costing just as much as the adult version.  

Not to mention they outgrow them so quickly.  

We love hand-me-downs and buy most of the kids clothing at yard sales, so when we do splurge on an item, we want it to last more than one season.

Other than buying things big, how can you get the most bang for your buck when it comes to your little girl's wardrobe?

1.  Dresses
Sleeveless dresses can be paired with short or long sleeve shirts underneath so you can wear them year round.  But what to do when they become too short?  Don't give them away just yet.  The dress can become a tunic or long shirt just by pairing it with some leggings, shorts or pants.  It's hard to tell in this picture below, but the dress barely covers my daughter's bottom.  Pairing it with some leggings will let us get another year's worth of wear out of it.  Dresses that work best for this are ones that have a high waistline.  

And here's my 2 year old in her St. Patrick's Day shamrock shirt.  The shirt is really a size 12 month dress.

2.  Leggings
These type of pants can also be worn year round, and work great under skirts or dresses too.  Just because your little girl grows like a weed doesn't mean she has outgrown her leggings.  They can be worn as capris for the spring, summer and fall.  Here my 2 1/2 yr old daughter is wearing a pair of 18 month leggings that fit her like capris.  Older girls could easily pull off this look too.

3.  Pants
These jeans fit my 8 year old perfectly, except they were becoming a bit too short.  Rather than buy a new pair of jeans, we can make these last a few more months (at least until yard sale season) by adding some lace at the bottom.  All I did was sew it on using my sewing machine.  If your daughter is more of a tom boy, you could do fabric such as flannel or ribbon instead of lace.

Thanks again Rosey for letting me guest post today.
And if anyone else has some tips for getting the most wear out of your child's clothes, I'd love to hear them.

Be sure to stop by CONTROLLING Craziness to see what else I’ve been up to!

Thanks for stopping by,


  1. Great tips! I ended up having two boys, both of whom were born in August. I didn't realize that at the time I had my first, of course, but I saved all my first son's clothing - and I was SO happy when I found out that I was having another boy, so I could reuse everything!

  2. Thank Goodness all our kids are grown. I buy clothing for our younger Grandkids to help out the parents.

    When my Daughter was little, I used to do the lace on the ends of the pants.... she hated it for some reason and I thought it was so cute...

  3. Thanks for featuring me today, Rosey, and for mentioning about my big Easter party. My kids are my life and I love doing thing for and with them while saving money and trying to stay sane! :)

    1. Thanks for being featured, I was happy to have you here. :)

  4. All great tips! Thank you so much for sharing. I hadn't thought about adding an embellishment to the bottom of jeans. Although, isn't it funny that it would be my first thought, if I had drapes that were too short?

  5. Great tips indeed, as it can be really expensive, hand me downs always worked well at my zoo.

  6. I love the idea of extending a dress as a top. Twice the use is always nice!

  7. I love your tips and actually use most of them myself! My daughter is so small, and at 9 years old, we still buy her 3T leggings for to use as capris lol.

  8. Visiting from Thumping Thursdays and now following you on Twitter :-)

  9. Hi there! I have ventured over from Linkin’ With My Ladies. I am co-hosting this month and I just wanted to thank you for participating! Love your blog! XOXO, Mandi @ All My Happy Endings

  10. Great advice on getting the most out of girls clothes! I love the idea of just wearing a shirt under a short-sleeve dress to get more wear out of it. The lace-bottom jeans are so cute. I have boys who are very easy to dress.

  11. Good advice! I don't have any kids yet, but I bet this will be helpful if I have some girls in the future :) Your kids are adorable!

  12. She seems very sweet and great tips. sandie

  13. Those are excellent tips. I was thinking of giving away my daughter's old dresses, but yes, she could wear them as a tunic top over leggings. I like the idea about the jeans too. So clever :)

  14. great post!!! Thank you for sharing at the hop, your participation makes the hop extra special. Big Hugs P.S. the new giveaway will be posted tomorrow!

  15. It's nice to meet you Christa.

    We must think alike because I do the very same thing with my daughter's clothes. I have mostly second hand from people because our budget is tight, so I make do!
    I really need to get some leggings for her though and for me.

    Thanks for sharing! Very good post!


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