There’s No Such Thing As Free Lunch Or Free Shipping. But It Sounds Awesome!

Hi, pen&thimble friends!

I want to let you behind-the-scenes of some very recent price changes in my shop!

Etsy Increased Seller Fees So I’m Lowering My Prices? Yup!

The Boring Part: Etsy has changed its seller fee structure so that their cut of my sales includes the item price (same old) AND shipping price (new). And on top of that, they are increasing seller fees. Some people are pretty upset, but to me, it’s no big deal. Fees are an expected part of selling on an online marketplace.

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What That Means for YOU Shopping pen&thimble On Etsy:

1) FREE SHIPPING ON EVERYTHING ALL THE TIME! Now that Etsy is taking a cut out of my shipping costs too, it makes sense to offer free shipping! Yay!! We all love free shipping!

2) TOTAL ITEM COST GOING DOWN, NOT UP. WHAAT? Yes!

For example, previously, a $12 placemat cost $3.11 to ship. That was $15.11 total. 

Now that same placemat is $13 with free shipping!

Previously, a $15 pouch with $3.11 shipping was $18.11 at checkout.

Now, the price, including shipping, is $16!

I’m so excited to offer free shipping, while keeping prices low, so that I may continue making quality and sustainable items accessible to you!

But Real Talk, There’s No Such Thing As A Free Lunch… Or Free Shipping.

Yes, there is always a catch! My decision to offer free shipping and to offer lower prices overall means that sitewide sales and promotions are going to be nonexistent, or at best SUPER RARE — like an eclipse. I’d rather have items more affordable all year round than offer sales continually.

But! Email subscribers! You will still get those special coupons each month! Click HERE to subscribe if you aren’t already a pen&thimble insider!

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Recap:

Etsy seller fees going up. Just fees on my end! But my prices are going down. This means WAY less public site-wide sales and promotions moving forward. But email subscribers are still getting freebies and exclusive sales each month! Sounds like we’re all winning, right?

Check out the new prices and free shipping on Etsy! Just in time for your back-to-school zero-waste/waste-free lunch needs — so many reusable placemats, napkins, utensil bags, and snack pouches to choose from! Yay!

 

Science and A Snack: The Celery Science Experiment With A Preschool and Toddler

Can science make your kids eat more veggies? Yes! Yes it can!

Celery Science and A Snack!

The other day we did the celery and food coloring experiment. Pretty basic stuff, but it was new to my girls (3 and 5 years old) and I called it a “Celery Science Experiment” with my super enthusiastic voice and they were INTO IT.

To start, we talked about how plants “drink” water, but we can’t see the water travel through the roots and up the stems to the petals or leaves because… water has no color. So maybe if we add dye to the water the plant drinks, we might see how it travels. And we were going to try it with the yellow celery mommy had left over after chopping some up for our special CELERY SCIENCE EXPERIMENT!!

The Celery Science Experiment
First the girls chose their dye color. 3 year-old chose blue and 5 year-old chose to color mix to make orange.
Color Mixing With Preschoolers
Science tip: Safety glasses protect eyes and help with laser focus
Color Mixing
Yellow + Red = Beautiful
Kids Science Goggles are great for parties
The girls stirred the dye with their celery stalks and then it was time to wait! And have a snack!

 

Peanut butter and carrots? Okay
3-year-old went for a carrot first!
Healthy Toddler Snacks
And 5 year-old went for the celery first!

Our Celery Science (and a Snack) Experiment was a success! And our healthy snack felt like such a TREAT! By dinner time, the dye had already started to reach the leaves. SCIENCE IS SO COOL!

We think science is way more fun with accessories (and a snack). Our accessories pictured above can be found here:

Kind of Like A Norman Rockwell

There was a moment last weekend, when things were nearly picture perfect. Like a Norman Rockwell illustration — real, a bit silly, a hint of chaos emerging or recently visited.

And having it come on the heels of a bit of a stressful week — starring visits from a few plumbers, sick kids, and a few additions to our house “need-to-get-done-ASAP” list — it was impossible not to feel so much joy and thanks for a nearly idyllic scene.

I had built a roaring fire, with the help of a YouTube tutorial. And at some point, before dinner but after the 50th plea for the 30th snack of the afternoon, I found myself sitting on the couch facing the fire reading (A Dragonfly in Amber), with my husband sitting beside me relaxing with his iPad, and our two girls playing independently on the floor in front of us. Our oldest was playing a very exciting game with seven DC Superhero figurines and a Fisher Price castle, and our youngest was putting George Pig to sleep inside of a bed she had built from Duplos.

I nudged my husband and we shared a smile at this rare and exciting scene — four humans happily pursuing their interests, independently but together near the active fireplace. It was excitingly peaceful. It was nice.

And, in all honesty, our full immersion in our individual pursuits didn’t last long. Maybe I read one more page after that shared smile and silent giggle of excitement.

And that was fine because I love the way my oldest squeezes between me and my husband for maximum snuggles. And I adore the way my youngest narrates her play to us to keep us in the loop!

And this is what I’m thankful for this week as Thanksgiving approaches. I’m so thankful, with an enormous heart, for my little immediate family. They are good and kind and silly and brighten my day.

And you shouldn’t listen to what I say when I’m tired and drained, I wouldn’t want to spend a single day or night without them right next to me!

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What are you thankful for? I know that blog comments are clumsy with having to prove you aren’t a robot and all that. So let me know on Instagram or my pen&thimble Facebook Page. I want to know! 

Also, in lieu of the typical holiday sales that roll around after Thanksgiving, I’ll be offering FREE SHIPPING IN THE US when you spend $40 or more November 20 – December 1 at pen&thimble on Etsy. No gimmicks, no coupon needed. My way of saying “thank you so much,” for being a customer and thank you for your support! I’ll be around –making and posting and chatting on social media — but I wanted to wish you very Happy Holidays now, before the overwhelm and hype starts.

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays!!!

 

Snug As A Bug Making Snow Angels

Um… Did you see all the new kids infinity scarves in the shop? This seems totally biased to say, but… these are the best kids scarves! And I only say that because they totally are. But let me tell you why…

Whether you call it a tube scarf, cowl, infinity scarf, double loop scarf, I’m here to tell you that this scarf lasts for years; stays on while kids play; is bright and fun; and with that fleece lining–oh so warm and cozy! Real mom talk: It’s just nice to be able to shovel snow without having to stop every 2 minutes to re-wrap my kid in her scarf. And less scarf fussing means more play (for the kids) and quicker shoveling (hopefully) for me!

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Snug As A 4 Year-Old Bug Making Snow Angels!

There are seven fun prints of these cotton and warm fleece scarf blends: super heroes, black bears, foxes, mermaids, pandas, space, and sharks! Just $24! Shop cozy warmth today!

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My Creative Director wearing the same scarf 3 years prior. Also, I’m not kidding that these last!)