Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Halloween is near: Charizard Costume Review

Its nearly "Trick or Treat" time and we all know what that means...costumes, candy, and cold rainy Michigan weather. Candy and weather aside, finding the perfect costume for your little one can be a pain in the neck (not to mention costly)!   Worrying about price, size, and shipping is enough to drive any parent mad.  With the Costume Supercenter you will find the perfect reasonably priced, true to size costume.  And they carry something for everyone!

This year it took Miss M less than 10 minutes to find her costume. Once she found the Pokemon section she quit looking.  She did have a hard time choosing between the characters but she eventually settled on Charizard.  She has been wearing her costume around the house since it arrived and is counting down the days until Halloween.  If you have a Pokemon fan like we do, make sure to stop by Costume Supercenter and check out their Pokemon Costumes.  If not they have hundreds of other costumes for the whole family!

The Costume
When it arrived I immediately notice and was pleasantly surprised as to the quality.  Unlike most Halloween costumes under $100 this one was nicely made with quality fabric.  I was happy to find a costume that came with everything (understandably with the exception of shoes). I love that it is true to size so it fits her perfectly and its super adorable!  Now M looks and feels like she's part of Ash's Pokemon.

The Charizard costume came complete with a beautiful orange dress, attached character hood, and detachable wings, tail, and belt.  No need to purchase additional parts/accessories

Perfect for Everday wear
I love that you can remove the wings and tail are because the dress is cute enough for everyday wear, so we will definitely be getting our monies worth.

Made with quality polyester, this costume is soft, stretchy, and comfortable.

Reasonably Priced
For under $40 (w/o coupons or promos) your child can sport this officially licensed costume for Halloween!

  Overall, I am super happy with my order, have had no issues and recommend Costume Supercenter for all of your costume needs.

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Family Fun At the Festival!

Last week Sunday, we packed the family, pushed the Onstar button, and we were off to Holly, Michigan.  The Michigan Renaissance Festival is a great place for the whole family!  This was actually my first time to the festival as an adult and the kids first time ever!  We had a blast!  For those of you planning a trip, make sure to arrive early.  We arrived 20 minutes before it opened to beat traffic and still had to park in overflow parking.  Though parking went smoothly, expect to walk a bit (since the festival is in the woods).  Dressing up is super fun but not required.  I dressed as a wench, hubby wore a kilt, and we dressed M and baby A up as fairies.  The atmosphere was super welcoming and everyone was very kind (with the exception of verbal mercenary and comedian Christophe the Insultor). This was definitely a judgement free zone.   

 From peasants to royalty, the people of the village of Hollygrove visit entertain guests and provide a day to remember! Highlights include the thrilling full contact joust with armored knights and horses, the intensity of the Human Combat Chess Match and the hilarity of acts like the Washing Well Wenches. Music fills the air with Tartanic, Crannog and other talented bands. 
Not all of the music was good music. These trolls were terrible singers, lol.  We definitely gave them some "hush" money. :)  
The Realm is filled with amazing artisans who offer their unique wares and often share their skills in craft demonstrations. Beautiful glassware, crafted leather, exotic jewelry and Renaissance clothing are just a few examples of the masterpieces that can be found in the marketplace.  We purchased a wooden sword and shield for M.  Next time she said she would like a necklace filled fairy dust, 

Visitors are advised to skip breakfast and save their appetite for the fresh baked goods, soup in a bread bowl, Scotch eggs, apple dumplings and of course, the famous turkey legs that are cooked over an open flame. The array of foods is overwhelming and sure to satisfy any cravings! It is truly fun for the whole family since the Renaissance Festival also offers games, human-powered rides, and a Children’s Realm that features a castle playscape as well as free activities for younger visitors.

 The Children's Realm was a blast.  There are so many activities for little ones, a lot of which are free!!  The have human-powered rides, face-painting, fairy dust station, and so much more.  From the fairies to the Queen everyone treated M like a fairy princess.  She has already asked to go back.  Her favorite parts were the mermaids and the children's river-dancing.   Although when we first saw the mermaids, M was a bit thrown off because they only spoke "mermaid/dolphin".  As a matter of fact no one that worked the festival broke character!! 
Mermaid admiring M's wings
Watching river dancing 
Petting farm
Making magic wands
 Overall we had a really nice time and will definitely go again!
If you are in Michigan this Fall (or any Fall for that matter), you have to be sure to check out the Michigan Renaissance Festival! They have various theme weekends and it's open every weekend til October 4th. 10am - 7pm rain or shine!

You can find any information you need on the Michigan Renaissance Festival website

All photos on this blog post belong to me and may not be used without my permission. I received compensated tickets this event for blogging about my experience. Many thanks to the Michigan Renaissance Festival for hosting my family and I at this special event!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Take a time-travel adventure into the 16th century at the 37th annual Michigan Renaissance Festival! Join our Queen Elizabeth in a jubilee! Inside our turreted gates, visitors enjoy the sights and sounds of a 17-acre village, complete with building reproductions of Renaissance shops, taverns and a magnificent castle. Continuous entertainment takes place on the streets and on 17 themed stages; featuring full-contact armored jousting, comedy and theater shows, music, games, people-powered rides and so much more! Fabulous food and more than 300 artisans displaying their gallery-quality works complete the experience! Join us weekends and Labor day August 22nd thru October 4th! Plus Festival Friday on October 2nd. 
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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Daddy & Co. just keeps getting better!!!

Daddy & Co.  has hit another home run with their totally adorable Daddy/Toddler matching T-shirts!  They currently carry 5 different design sets and they are all equally adorable!  Our favorites are the Giant Oak Tree and Little Acorn designs.  Daddy and his acorns...How cute, right?! We ordered one for both of our girls and one for the Hubby.  These shirts, along with all of Daddy & Co shirts are printed on a super soft cotton poly blend.  The printing technique used provides outstanding comfort, and very breathable tees.
Are these not adorable?! 

My husband and girls absolutely love these shirts!   They are super soft, breathable, and are true to size.  For adults the sizes range from M to 2XL and for kids 3 month all the way up to size 7T.  I am so thankful that they carry such big sizes for kids because we were able to order for both girls who are almost 5 years apart.  The screen-print is also ultra soft. Unlike other screens prints I've seen, these are completely flawless. We also like that they wash well. As with any screen print if you do not follow the washing/drying instructions you can ruin the print and or fit.  The tee I received was impeccable- light, soft with clean stitching and a perfect soft print.  If this is the standard you won’t be disappointed by the quality.  We have actually scheduled to have a Daddy/Daughter photo professionally taken! I can't wait and I will definitely post some photos when they come in!

Would I recommend? Absolutely 

Since I own the Daddy Diaper PackCertified New Daddy Set, and a few other products with the Daddy & Co. label, I can assure you that you are receiving quality merchandise.
Daddy & Company also offers 3 really nice neckties.  All of their ties are made with 100% printed silk and come packaged in a nice little keepsake box with a special message inside.  The ties are reasonably priced at $29.95 making them a great gift for that special Daddy!

Daddy & Co. doesn't stop there.  They also offer "Daddy" scrubspicture frames, gift setsteeshoodies, and hats; all the swag you need to show off your new title. They also make perfect Daddy to be gifts.  They even have a daddy themed bookstore that has children's books featuring Daddies of all kinds.  So basically a one stop shop for expectant father gifts.

So whether you are shopping for an expectant, new, or expert Daddy, Daddy & Co. is the place to go!

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015


Friday, August 14, 2015

Mirror, Mirror on the wall!!

What little princess doesn't like posing in front of the mirror?  I know my daughter does.  With her new playroom nearly finished I wanted to add something to her dress up corner.  She had been asking about getting a mirror but I wanted to find a cute one that wasn't full length.  I'm so glad I found Heart to Heart's medium fairy-tale inspired oval mirror.  The design is beyond cute and it gets the job done. This was the perfect addition to my 5 year old daughters playroom.  She uses it for dress up, to apply her pretend make up, and to brush her hair in the morning.  

For the price, I was shocked to have received such a high quality product.  The wood is sturdy, the mirror is real, and the paint was flawless.  I was also impressed by the hanging bracket on the back. 

Once the mirror was hung it was level, secure, and flush against the wall.  I love the white but the mirror can be separated from the frame to make it easy to spray paint if you choose.  I like that it can be hung both vertically and horizontally.

I do have to note that upon arrival one of the mini screws and latches that hold the mirror in place had fallen off and so the mirror was not secured.  I think during shipping the tape around the protective packaging came loose causing it to get knocked around a bit.  Nothing was broken.  I just reattached the latch and it was as good as new.  Just make sure to check your mirror before tossing the box.

To learn more or purchase this product click here

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Playroom Remodel- Enhance your walls with Peel & Stick Wall Decals from DecalVenue!

I have been wanting to update the girls playroom since last year, but with the new baby it was pushed to the back burner. Lately Miss M has been bringing her toys into the family room and refusing to play in the playroom.  Last week I was passing the playroom and saw my daughter reluctantly playing on the floor.  As I watched her I understood why she hated playing in her playroom;  the toys had taken over and she had no room to play.  The older they get the more stuff they accrue is so accurate.  I also realized that the Curious George themed room might be a little juvenile for a 5 year old with the maturity of a 10 year old.  So we decided that now is the time for a change.  I felt it important that she be 100% involved in this remodel.  Every decision had to be hers.  I let her choose everything from the paint to the color of the new storage bins.  I cringed when she said she wanted a safari color scheme because I have never been a fan of animal prints.  I just kept reminding myself that it was not my play room and if its her design she will want to play in it.

After reducing the clutter (allowing her pull out toys that can be donated) and prepping the room, the fun began.  I think that the most fun was going to the hardware store and looking through paint samples with her.  Once the room was painted (which she helped with) she wanted to add a little something special to the walls.  So after some searching and reading reviews, I found an awesome decal company called Decal Venue.  
While I wanted her to choose Polka-Dots she was still set on animal prints.  Luckily, Decal Venue has a great selection and Miss M found the perfect addition to her playroom.  She chose the Leopard Print Hearts from their Premium Color Decals section.  What a great choice?!  Not only did Miss M hand pick them but I also let her choose the placement of each one.  These wall stickers are the cutest!  Although she decided not to add an outline, you do have the option to pick 2 colors that border the hearts.  These are the best wall stickers I have ever received!  They have a thick "rubbery" texture so they are not easily torn when re-positioning and they stick without bubbling or peeling.  M totally and completely LOVES her new room.  And she wouldn't feel the same without the added touch of her wall decals.  

Why we chose DecalVenue
Beautiful Vibrant Colors
Easy to Use
Peel & Stick
High Quality
Made in the USA
Perfect Contour Cut

Here is a breakdown of set sizes:
Set of 10 includes (8) 2" decals and (2) 4" decals.
Set of 25 includes (20) 2" decals and (5) 4" decals.
Set of 50 includes (40) 2" decals and (10) 4" decals.
Set of 100 includes (80) 2" decals and (20) 4" decals.

Now that the "play" part of her room is organized our next project is the reading nook!  We will definitely be purchasing some more decals for that project!

Want to spruce up the walls of your child's room?  Visit DecalVenue and then enjoy the new look!
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