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How I Completely Failed as a Mother, so I am Having a 40% Off Etsy Sale!!!

So, I am just going to jump right into this story for you.

My daughter, a Junior in High School, is not your typical high school girl. She is not into fashion, make-up, or boys (mostly what my focus in high school was), but she is an incredible young woman!! 

She has her small group of close friends that she sticks with and they have their quirky obsessions with Korean pop music, theater, and forensic science - a far cry from the little girly girl I would dress up and go shopping with. 

I am certainly not shallow by any means, but I do like cute clothes and I can't resist a cute pair of heels. My daughter, on the other hand, could care less what she wears and loathes the clothes shopping experience.  I used to go to the mall on a weekly basis (not even joking), but the last few years have been rough financially and I quickly kicked my clothes shopping habits. For most of my daughter's high school years, we have been barely scraping by. If it weren't for the custom blog designs and illustrations, I don't think we would still be living where we're at now. The memories I have of the trips to the mall for an entire day of shopping and snacking seem like a distant memory, and I do feel terrible that I am not often able to get my kids new clothes or shoes. 

I have been saving and looking forward to being able to get the kids new clothes and shoes.. and finally, last week, I was able to treat them both. It literally broke my heart to see how excited my kids were just to get  a couple pairs of shoes each. My son had been wearing the same $90 Nike's he begged for that I bought him at the beginning of the school year. It felt very good as a parent to be able to provide for my kids and to see them happy. My son was easy to shop for and he now has some new clothes to last him a little while, but my daughter has her own style and when she said that she was going to the mall with her friend and her friends' mom, I decided to give her money and let her pick out her own clothes. 

Throughout the day, I got little text messages from her telling me that she had bought a couple pairs of jeans or a shirt or two and I began to feel like all of my hard work and days in the office were beginning to pay off....that is, until she got home and showed me what she bought...

She found nothing on sale (which was fine), but I will share one outfit she bought that will help all of you moms out there understand how I feel like I failed as a mother... 


 Now, the orange pants aren't so bad. The kids are wearing a lot of bright colors lately, but the cat shirt in two sizes too large was the kicker for me...

I smiled at her and was happy that she had purchased some new clothes, but I felt terrible that my daughter had no clue how to shop and what to buy in order to put together outfits that she could actually wear. I couldn't sleep all night thinking about how I had not taught her to shop. I had always done the shopping for her because she hated the entire experience. 

Lesson= teach your children how to shop ladies... even if your kids do not like shopping!!

My birthday is on the 23rd of this month.. YES, this SUNDAY!!! For my birthday, I want to take my daughter on a shopping trip to get her some things she will wear!! And because it will be my birthday, she will not be allowed to complain... haha!!


To put away a little extra spending money, I am throwing a 40% off Etsy sale!! Click the image below to shop and don't forget to enter the code {SHOP40} at checkout to receive the 40% off discount!! I recently added some new sets!!


I also marked down my Teachers Pay Teachers shop 20%, for those of you who prefer to shop at TpT!

Thank you for stopping by & don't forget to teach your children how to shop for themselves!!!

17 comments:

  1. Michelle,
    I feel your pain and think perhaps our daughters were separated at birth! Mine too loves the K-Pop experience and has "interesting" taste in clothing! I am so glad to know I am not the only one who feels like the "shopping" gene skipped a generation. I, like you, don't have the money to go shopping all the time the way I used to, but also like you, I enjoy seeing my daughter get new things. I am really glad you are taking her shopping for YOUR birthday..that is something I would do! My daughter always comments that I never get anything for myself...but really being a mom, I don't need anything but see her smile when she gets something she likes. Happy Birthday (early) Michelle, you are an awesome Mom and person!

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    1. You are SOOO sweet & I love that I am not alone!! My daughter has been into the K-Pop stuff now for a little over 2 years and she is teaching herself Korean. Yes, it is THAT serious.. haha

      There truly is no better feeling than seeing our children provided for, thriving, and healthy!! My life would be so boring without my kids!!

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  2. I wanted to let you know I clicked on your Etsy page and there was porn ads all over it. Not sure what is going on but I thought you might need to check on it.

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    1. YIKES!! There are no ads at all from my end, nor have I ever had ads show up on my end. It most definitely is something with your browser...

      Email me and I will help you clear that out and prevent stuff like that from popping up in the future.

      my email is 3amteacher@gmail.com

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  3. It only happens when I go from this site. I tried going to the Etsy store from Pinterest and they were not there. My husband is going to check my computer to make sure I don't have something wrong with Norton.
    becky.bacon@cox.net

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  4. I always loved shopping with my mom, when I was younger my grandmother would go with is too. Everyone always knew when we were in the store, we would always have some total strange laughing at our antics. Enjoy the trip with your daughter and Happy Birthday!
    Sara
    Frampton's FUNdamentals

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    1. HA!! We had very similar experiences as kids. My mom would take us to "window shopping" trips to the mall and we would always get a bag of the San Francisco Bread Co bread bites to munch on...

      Thank you for the B-day wishes!!!

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  5. My daughter is only 1.. but after reading this, I am praying she likes to shop like me! Although, I feel pretty confident that no matter the child... teenagers are just hard in general. Have fun shopping!

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    1. Thank you!! My daughter never liked shopping and she would pretty much wear anything I bought her. My son is the one who likes to shop and he can be quite expensive.. haha..

      Although my daughter is not the girly-girl type, she is a blast to hang out with! I used to wish she would grow up quicker when she was little and now that she is older, I would give anything to be able to squeeze her little baby cheeks again.. Enjoy those crazy, stressful moments.... life gets a little boring when they grow up and I still don't ever have time to get everything finished... haha

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  6. After reading this, I am so thankful I have boys, they are so much easier to shop for!

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    1. HA!!! My son is much easier to shop for; however, he likes clothes... nice clothes... Boys are definitely fun though... mine keeps me on my toes at all times.. even at 12!!

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  7. Oh my goodness, Michelle- you have not failed in any way, shape, or form! You have raised a fun, independent, artistic daughter who is figuring out her own style! Just think of it this way- if you had shopped together, maybe she would have bought what you suggested- and those clothes would still have the tags on them months later. I bet these clothes don't have the tags on them! :) She has lots of years for "sensible clothes." My girls are 23 and 22. They just have that time of becoming their own person and finding their own style. Don't you lose another minute of sleep. You are a GREAT mom! Have a ball shopping and Happy Early Birthday! <3
    Carolyn
    Kindergarten: Holding Hands and Sticking Together

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    1. Carolyn... I just LOVE you!!! You are absolutely right, my friend!! We were just joking with one of her friends about the fact that my daughter has a few things in her closet that she was "encouraged" to pick out that still have the tags hanging on them. My daughter's friend raided her closet and snatched up the ones she will never wear. It was nice to be able to help her friend get a few new things as well!!

      She has already worn the outfit above... hahaha!!! As long as she is happy with it and it is not inappropriate, I am happy..

      Thank you for the B-day wishes!!!

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  8. You are a TERRIFIC mother! I remember the first time I interacted with you, the first things you shared about yourself is being a mother! Have fun shopping and taking them on YOUR Birthday! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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    1. AWE!! You are the sweetest!! Thank you girly!!

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  9. Hi Michelle! I'm just reading through your blog and saw that your daughter loves Korean pop music. Guess where I'm living? Daejeon, South Korea! I'm teaching English to blind students here for a year. I'm loving it!
    Angela
    Southern Fried Teachin’

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    1. OMG!! You are so sweet!! My daughter would LOVE to hear your stories!! She wants to go to Korea so badly... Thanks for stopping by - I am going to head on over to visit your blog (-;

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