Just When You Thought Princess Costumes Couldn’t Get Any Better…

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 by No Comments

My daughter’s obsessed with everything Disney Princesses. I’ve seen my fair share of costumes. Some are cute, while others just aren’t so great.

I’ve seen some pretty amazing ones over the years, but I just found some that really takes it up a notch. I didn’t think costumes could exceed some of the ones I’d already seen, but the ForYouWithLuv shop on Etsy just proved me wrong. The bar has been raised.

These Disney Princess costumes (like the Anna one above) combine the general “feel” of a traditional costume—but then they use tulle, so the skirt is a tutu. The cape is tulle, too, adding an extra dash of girliness to an already adorable take on the younger Frozen sister’s costume.

Sizes go up to a size 10, and prices start at $28.00. Having bought several princess costumes in the past few years, that seems like a reasonable price to me.

This is also fantastic news for older (or just taller) girls. My daughter can’t wear many of the costumes sold in the Disney store (at least not the one near me) anymore, since she’s tall for her age. The interest in dressing up is still there, but the size options just aren’t. They stopped fitting at least a year or two ago.

If you like the idea of these tutu dress costumes, but Anna’s not your character of choice, check out the other options in the shop. There’s Elsa, Snow White, Ariel, Tinkerbell, and more (even superheroes and Hello Kitty!).

Photo credit: ForYouWithLuv on Etsy

Link Round-up: Broccoli Cheddar Bake, Oatmeal, a Halloween Frame, and More

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a delicious broccoli cheddar recipe, Halloween decorations, and more.

A Beautiful Mess taught us how to make a delicious broccoli cheddar bake.

Belle of the Kitchen shared a recipe for pumpkin banana bread baked oatmeal.

Create Craft Love taught us how to make a cute lighted Halloween frame.

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Muslin and Merlot shared a cute craft—a candy corn vase.

DIY Inspired taught us how to make no-sew Halloween treat bags.

Jolly Mom gave us some ideas for decorating the front porch for Halloween.

I Love to Create taught us how to make a geo multi-finger ring.

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Muslin and Merlot

Taza Chocolate Is Like Nothing You’ve Ever Had Before

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 by No Comments

Not too long ago, my husband and I were at Whole Foods just picking up a couple of things we couldn’t get at the grocery store near us, and I saw a stack of these discs of chocolate all wrapped in different colors of paper.

I was intrigued, but we ended up not buying any because it was kind of expensive and we were trying to stick to a budget for that trip. Each disc is about $5.00.

Fast forward a month or so, and he said he was picking up some bread to go with the lunch he’d taken to work and he saw some interesting Mexican stone-ground dark chocolate. He really wanted to try the vanilla one, so he decided to buy a couple of flavors to share with me.

He got the vanilla and the Guajillo Chili flavors. When he got home with them, I realized it was the same chocolate we’d seen earlier (yay!).

This stuff is unlike any chocolate I’ve ever had before. It’s not the best chocolate (I prefer Vosges, but it’s even more expensive, so I never buy it), but it is better than your average chocolate, by a lot.

The most interesting thing other than the flavor selection, is the texture. It’s almost gritty, like brown sugar. Perhaps that comes from being stone ground, maybe it has to do with only having three ingredients (organic cacao beans, organic cane sugar, and the flavor, which in my case is either organic vanilla beans or organic chili powder), or maybe it’s a combination.

So far, I’ve only eaten the chocolate plain. It tastes sweeter than typical chocolate to me, and then the extra flavor creeps in (especially in the chili one—it’s sweet, then hits you with a spicy kick).

The packaging says you can use it to make Mexican hot chocolate, too, and I think that sounds incredible. It makes me wish it were cooler outside. I’ll have to buy more later this year. It’ll probably be perfect for the whole family on a snow day.

Flavors include:

  • Cinnamon
  • Coffee
  • Chipotle Chili
  • Salted Almond
  • Ginger
  • Orange
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Cacao Puro
  • 85% Super Dark

If you see it, I recommend giving it a try! Spending $5.00 on a small disc of chocolate may sound crazy, but it’s rich enough to last a while. There’s no way I could eat more than one or two sections at a time, so these will last for at least a week, probably more.

Photo credit: Taza Chocolate

The Macadamia Nut Oil Deep Repair Masque Works Miracles

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 by No Comments

I did the math and it’s going on about month six since I last had a trim. Needless to say, my hair’s not a pretty sight right now, with all the dried, bleached ends. It’s been bad for at least a few months.

Because it’s expensive to get my hair cut and the salon I use is just far enough away to make me want to get my color and cut done all at the same time (which means more money), I try to go as long as I can between visits.

One of the ways I’ve been able to keep myself from going completely insane and hacking at my hair myself at the end of a bad day when a DIY haircut seems like the best idea ever, is to use a deep conditioning mask.

I’ve tried underwhelming hair masks before, and even a couple that impressed me in one way or another, but this one is the best. Hands down, absolutely the best. It took me forever to just suck it up and buy it because it costs so much, though–anywhere from $28.00 to $33.00 (I see that you can buy a smaller tube of it for $16.00, but I haven’t seen those in stores near me).

I don’t like to use this the way they recommend using it. I’m not that patient in the shower. I don’t want to stand there for a long time, waiting for the mask to do its magic.

Instead, I get my hair damp, put the treatment on before my shower, put my hair up in a clip, and go read or do things around the house for about 30 minutes. Then I wash my hair and take my shower. This gives it more time to penetrate the hair, plus I’m not standing there bored to death, wasting water in the shower.

When I apply it and leave it on that way, my hair almost feels like I’ve had it trimmed recently. It’s not perfect, but it’s shinier from root to tip and much, much smoother at the bottom. It feels healthier and even a little bit thicker.

When I used it the way the instructions say, I didn’t notice such a huge difference in the way my hair looked and felt.

It has a light, fresh floral type of scent that’s absolutely beautiful, too.

Photo credit: Ulta

Link Round-up: a Starry Lantern, a Tardis Headboard, Halloween Crowns, and More

Posted on Sep 25, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a starry lantern DIY, a Tardis headboard, Halloween paper crowns, and more.

Pink When showed us how to make a DIY chalkboard “BOO” garland.

Handmade Charlotte shared some ideas for decorating kids’ rooms with textiles.

Two Delighted showed us how to make a starry lantern.

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Polka Dot Chairs showed us how to make Halloween paper party crowns.

Instructables taught us how to make a Tardis headboard.

Mind Body Green shared a recipe for fudgey brownies with fall spices.

Tater Tots and Jello shared some free Halloween printables.

Photo credit: Meatloaf and Melodrama for Pink When and Polka Dot Chair

Goofy Pencil Top Erasers Are More Fun–and Cheaper, Too!

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 by No Comments

I was able to get most of my daughter’s school supplies locally, but there were a couple of things on the list that I couldn’t find, or couldn’t find for a good price. One of the things on the list was two packages of pencil top erasers. I only found large erasers that came with a few pencil top erasers, and they weren’t exactly inexpensive.

I left the store and checked Amazon, thinking maybe I could order enough for the class and get a decent price, plus free shipping with my Prime account. What I found was even better than what I was hoping for.

I got a package of 144 pencil top erasers with goofy faces on them for about $7.00. That’s a whole lot more erasers for the price I was going to have to pay for a few sets of the ones at Target, plus I’m only getting what was requested, not a bunch of extra large erasers, too.

I like these because of their fun variety of colors (not just pink!) and the little faces on them. Plus they are available through Amazon Prime. Oddly enough, they were somehow even delivered on a Sunday, so I still got them within two days—just in time for school to start—even though I ordered on a Friday afternoon.

If your kids haven’t started school yet and the school supplies list has pencil top erasers on them, these may be worth checking out. Even if your kids are older but go through erasers much faster than they go through the pencils themselves, these may be worth just having at home.

Photo credit: Amazon

Link Roundup: Cute Cake, a Halloween Serving Bowl, a Spooky Manicure, and More

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 by 2 Comments

Today’s link round-up has a cute cake, a DIY Halloween serving bowl, places to visit this fall, and more.

Polka Dot Chair showed us how to make a DIY Halloween serving bowl.

Handmade Charlotte showed us how to make a cake that looks like the sun.

Love, Maegan shared her DIY spooky ghost manicure.

Instructables taught us how to make a berry picker from scrap.

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Poppy Talk showed us how to create a marble effect on a vase.

Mind Body Green showed us 10 jaw-dropping places to visit this fall.

Tater Tots and Jello showed us how to make a monster potato salad for Halloween.

Photo credit: Polka Dot Chair and Poppy Talk

The Body Shop’s Detangling Comb Is Perfect After a Bath

Posted on Sep 19, 2014 by 1 Comment

The thing I’ve always dreaded the most about giving my daughter a bath or shower is the hair combing that always has to happen afterwards.

She screams, accuses me of trying to kill her (seriously), puts her hands up in the way, and totally loses her mind for the few minutes it takes to get the tangles out (de-tangling spray and pre-shower brushing can only do so much).

After reading some reviews, I went to the Body Shop and picked up their wooden detangling comb. It’s made from birch wood. I think it’s interesting that it isn’t just another generic plastic comb—those tend to rip my hair out, and I don’t struggle against combing the way my daughter does.

The wide-toothed style of this comb detangles without causing a lot of breakage. I can imagine it’d be good on any hair type. My daughter and I both have a lot of hair, but It’s very fine. It works for us.

I noticed one warning that showed up over and over again in the reviews I read. Don’t leave it in water.

That sounds pretty obvious since it’s a wooden comb, but if you like to comb conditioner through your hair in the shower, it’s not so far-fetched to think it’s easy to leave it behind in a small puddle of water inside the shower.  The comb will lose its shape and break when you try to bend it back.

Overall, I think this is a very good comb for anyone to use, and if you shop during one of the frequent sales the Body Shop runs, you’ll probably be able to get it for much less than its regular price of $7.00.

Photo credit: The Body Shop

Link Round-up: More Money, Guilt-Free Cake, DIY Detergent, and More

Posted on Sep 18, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has ways to manifest more money, guilt-free chocolate cake, DIY laundry detergent, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie taught us how to make a 100-calorie chocolate cake.

Mind Body Green shared steps to manifest more money.

Living Well Spending Less taught us how to create a morning routine that works.

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My Own Home Blog shared a recipe for laundry detergent that only has three ingredients.

Halifax Bloggers shared how to really get rid of fruit flies.

Mini Monets and Mommies showed us how to make Halloween monster s’mores.

Domestically Blissful shared a recipe for roasted corn white cheddar chowder.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and My Own Home Blog