Close5 – Buy Local

This is a sponsored post and I was compensated for my work. As always, all opinions are 100% mine!

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Close5 is a new, free app (available for iPhone and Android) that lets you buy and sell items locally from your neighbors instead of strangers. The reason for the 5 at the end of Close is because they believe that everything we need should be available within 5 miles of us. Better for our communities and environment; I like it!

Everything is done on your phone, making it super convenient and fun. I already found a piece of furniture that I want :)


Once you’ve downloaded the app, it’s a simple sign up process.

You can extend the map from 1 mile to 50 miles, and then you’re on your way to buying and selling items! Snap a few photos of the item you’d like to sell or browse what has already been posted by others. The layout is clean and easy to navigate, with the option to chat within the app without disclosing your address, phone number, or full name.


You are able to comment on items to ask questions or make an offer and the seller can quickly answer you. Everyone’s profile is public, so you know who you are talking to/buying from/selling to from the beginning. No creepy anonymous emails here! On Close5, you can buy or sell anything from electronics to furniture to kids items.

Right now, Close5 is starting out and is mainly in the Bay Area. I know they will grow and expand to the whole US soon though!

Check out Close5 and tell me what goodies you score and how you like the app!

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Hallmark Northpole Holiday Gifts

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #NorthpoleFun #CollectiveBias

Hallmark has the cutest line of gifts right now! They’ve made a Northpole movie (see the trailer here), and you can find Hallmark Northpole merchandise at Walmart. Our store has a whole special section just for Christmas items over by the Garden Center.

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I also found a small section of the snowflakes by the greeting cards.

This morning, our little elf had a gift for us…well, my girls! Bizzy brought us the Once Upon A Northpole Christmas story book, Find me Santa Snowflakes, and Magic Snowballs :)

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Ada showing off her gifts!

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The girls were SO excited to find their presents waiting for them this morning! Love these little bed heads :)

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This will be such a fun tradition to start with my girls, reading Once Upon A Northpole Christmas with them every December. It’s such a sweet story.

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Ada & Lola immediately took their treasures and put them in their purses :)

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The Find Me Santa Snowflake lights up so that Santa can find you no matter where you are staying on Christmas Eve!  If you hold down the button for 4 seconds, it will stay lit for 4 hours!

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The snowballs are just plain fun. They light up and are a blast to have a pretend snowball fight with. Since we have rain here, but no snow. It’s like we have a little bit of the Northpole here with us!

Check out a cute video about the city where Santa lives here:

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