Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Halloween Design Contest


🎃 I know it's still July, but it's time to start thinking about Halloween/Fall bibs for your littles!

Every year, I am asked what options I will have for Halloween, and this year, I need your help!
Visit our friends at Hawthorne Threads, Spoonflower and/or Fabric.com and pick out 1 - 4 prints that you would LOVE to see on a bib for the Autumn/Halloween season. Post them (all in ONE photo collage) on your Instagram feed with the hashtag #kddhalloween (accounts MUST be public!). At the end of the entry period, I will repost your choices on my feed and we will let everybody vote. The person with the highest amounts of votes will win their fabric choices in bibs AND those will be the bibs I will carry for this season.

Got it? Good!! Hurry and choose your fabrics! This entry round will close on July 30. Tag your friends as well...the more that participate, the more fun it will be!! 🎃

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

How I Pay for Christmas (without spending any extra money)

I have been wanting to write this post for a very long time.  I'm not sure why it took me so long, but here it is.

While my husband was building his business, money was tight.  Like SUPER tight.  As in I had to raid my children's piggy banks to scrounge up enough money to buy bread and milk (don't worry.  They've been paid back - with interest).  That Christmas was so incredibly stressful for me; trying to figure out how to provide a magical holiday with zero funds.  However, I managed to have a normal Christmas without spending ANY extra money (and I still do Christmas the exact same way!). Let me tell you how.

There are a few money saving/earning apps I use religiously.  I started using these apps and opened a new PayPal account that I don't use for anything else.  The money saved/earned from these apps goes directly into that PayPal account, where I save it all up and use it for my holiday spending.  Now.  I know it doesn't earn any money in PayPal, but I found it the easiest way to stash it, forget about it and not have direct access to it.

Here are my go-to apps/websites:

Ibotta*.  Ibotta is simply a coupon app that gives you money back for specific purchases you make at pretty much any grocery store/drug store/etc.  You can also earn money back from movie tickets, online purchases and eating out.  You can also earn bonuses based on a) how many coupons you redeem and b) how much money you save alongside any friends you have on your "team" (i.e. friends  you have who also use the app).  My first year using the app I saved over $200.00.

Ebates*.  Ebates is another site that gives you cash back on purchases made online.  Depending on the website and the day, you get anywhere from 1% to 10% of your purchase back.  Obviously, I buy a LOT of fabric.  Luckily, one of my vendors is a partner with Ebates.  So every fabric purchase I make with them gives me 3% back.  Hotels.com, Walmart, Etsy, Ebay...all websites that partner with Ebates.  It's super easy to use and the money can add up quickly.  I've also earned well over $200.00 on Ebates.

WalMart Savings Catcher. Rumor has it that this might be going away.  I don't know if it's just the in store matching that they're doing away with, or the entire program.  But.  Until then, I keep on going!  All you have to do is download their app and scan your Walmart receipt after every trip.  They do the rest!  Any money you saved (by price matching the ads of all nearby competitors) is then transferred to an American Express Bluebird card or use it with Walmart pay.  I save up all those savings and don't touch them until the end of the year.  I easily have enough each December to cover all the little stocking stuffers and candy for my 3 kiddos and my husband.

Acorns.  This one is brand new to me, but I'm excited to see how it does!  Simply link any accounts that you'd like and Acorns rounds up your purchases to the nearest dollar and saves that pocket change for you.  Once you hit $5.00 (less than a day for me!), you can start investing it.  One of my friends saved $1500.00 his first year.  I saved $100 in my first 30 days, so I have high hopes for this addition to my holiday savings plan!

We have 7-ish months until Christmas.  I know that's much time, but at least you can get a jump start on saving for it!  Or maybe start now and start saving for next year.  What about you?  Do you have any quick and easy money saving tips?



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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Styling your tot with Kadydid Designs

Are you looking for ideas on how to style your Kadydid gear?  
Luckily, I have some awesome customers that love to share their ideas!

Flatlay: @_donovanjames_
This flat lay features one of our trendy bunny teethers, which you can find HERE


Flatlay: @lifewith.savvy
Our panda bear bandana bib is so cute and can be found HERE;


Flat lay: @lifewith.savvy
The safari bandana bib featured in this flat lay can be found HERE.


Flatlay: @_donovanjames_
This flat lay features one of our traditional baby bibs in the modern cloud print, 
which can be found HERE.

Flat lay: @rocothreads

This pacifier clip is a Kadydid Designs exclusive for Roco Threads and can be purchased HERE.
You can find our other pacific clips HERE.


Flat lay: @kadydiddesigns

This is one of our most popular bandana bibs, which you can find HERE.

Do you love designing flat lays?  If you use any items from Kadydid Designs, I'd love to see how you styled them!  Tag me @kadydiddesigns or use #kadydiddesigns.
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Monday, June 20, 2016

Shake off the Dust

Hello, there!

It's been....well...ages since I've posted anything here.  I've been considering dusting off my blog for awhile now; I keep thinking of things I want to share that just won't fit in a little 3x3 Instagram square, ya know?

So, in case you've totally forgotten who I am, let me give you a quick run down.  My name is Alyssa. I run my little Etsy shop, Kadydid Designs out of my home with the help of my amazing husband and my three littles.  My husband is from Idaho, I'm from South Dakota.  We met while at Weber State University in Utah.  He is a financial advisor for Edward Jones (an AMAZING company to work for, btw.  If you, or anybody else you know is looking for a career change - send them my way.  I could sing the praises of EJ for hours).  Our little ones are 8, 6 and 3.


I am all about helping other momprenuers and have a serious love affair with supporting small businesses.  I love my family, my faith, reading, chocolate, traveling and creating!!  I'm not so fond of cleaning or doing my hair. Lol. Or rude, judgmental comments/people. I just love it when everybody is nice. :)

I hope you'll stick around - I promise to try to make it worth your while! Money saving tips, everyday Mom stuff, some yummy food and a few awesome women and small shops! 

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Let Me Help You!! :)

I'm still here!! 
 Shocking, I know!!  
Now that I've shooed away the crickets and the cobwebs, I want to give you a quick update.

Most of you have been visiting my blog looking for the Etsy Start Up Guide.  


You may have noticed that most of it is now missing.  It's not missing...it just moved.  Here's the deal. Because the guide has been so tremendously popular and I have received so many emails with comments and questions, I decided it was time to condense everything into one document and add a bit more information.  I have now put all the info from my blog into a pdf available in my Etsy shop. It contains all the information I had here, INCLUDING the 40 free listings with additional information (Hello, tax questions!!) for $5.00.  The free listings more than pays for the fee of the guide; I didn't want the guide to be a financial detriment to your shop.  However.  If you just want the 40 free listings, you can still get those HERE.

So.  
If you want the entire Etsy Start Up Guide + 40 free listings, go HERE.

If you want just the 40 free listings?  Go HERE.

In the mean time, I hope to be back here on a regular basis.  What do you want to see more of?  Products?  Etsy tips?  Recipes?  Home life?  Let me hear from ya!!


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Friday, January 23, 2015

2015 Brand Rep Search

We are looking for our first brand reps!



We are looking for a few awesome mamas and chicklets who are active & have a larger following on Instagram to help promote our shop!  Our brand reps would make a three month commitment to promote & share our products by posting pictures of themselves wearing/using our products on Instagram 1-3 times a week.  In return, we would send them FREE products each month!  

What exactly are we looking for?

  • 4 mom/tot teams (in utero - 18mths old) with an IG account of at least 1k followers (but not required)!
  • a beautiful feed of photographs!
  • someone with a fun sense of style and mad photography skills!
If you are interested...here's what you need to do.

  •    Head on over to Instagram and follow us @kadydiddesigns
  •    Hashtag up to 3 of your photos per day with the hashtag #kadydidrepsearch and tag us @kadydiddesigns
  •    Find our Instagram post about our brand rep search and share it on your Instagram feed using the same tags!


Our brand reps will receive anything from baby mitts and pacifier clips to car seat canopies and baby sheets.  If you are expecting a new babe, let us see your gorgeous nurseries and sense of style!


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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Valentine's Day Wish List


I <3 Valentine's Day.
I have fond memories of school Valentine's Day parties 
and I hope to help create fun memories for my little ones each year.
I've gathered a fun little collection of Valentine's Day items from Etsy that I would love to have for myself OR for any of my loved ones.

This sweet little headband from The Golden Polka Dot has already been purchased and well worn in.  We love it (as evidenced by my cheeky little monkey below)!!



I love dressing my kids up for holidays.  Unfortunately, my almost 7 year old is getting to the point where he's too cool for such things.  However...I think this cute TRex shirt from Scrapendipitees would be acceptable.  In fact, it would work great for both my boys.


I am absolutely in love with this Kissing Booth sign from Torrey's Touches.


I think it would be perfect on my mantle along with the Valentine's Day Banner I made a couple of years ago.

And these conversation heart cookies from Sugared Hearts Bakery?  Love. 

 She also offers a Valentine Themed Tic Tac Toe Cookie set that one of my loved ones will definitely be getting.

What about you?  What kind of items do you have your eye on for Valentine's Day this year?
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