Prepare for homecoming season

612526457b34a36db81ffcd2d007c54c14e2482fbc6c0652620ce372ec9031afThe Drama Queens are still young and decisions on whether they will attend traditional high school or continue to homeschool will be made over time.  Should we all decide that it is best they attend high school then we’ll be looking at three girls attending homecoming and then prom.  This as you can imagine this will be pricey, but not if you prepare for homecoming season.

dcce44afb27116384ee7f6f19e8af59eI remember in high school our homecoming was around Thanksgiving always, so now would be the time to buy.  If you are like us you are going to want to be able to purchase beautiful, but cheap homecoming dresses to be sure all your girls are looking stunning for their dances.  I can only imagine the prices of dresses once the Drama Queens are attending high school.

Of course I want them to look classy and not show too much skin, so being able to find a nice selection that I feel is appropriate for them is going to be a tough one.  I’ve seen some of the revealing dresses on the market now, so I am afraid at how much, or should I say how little the dresses cover.  I am really hoping some of the classic looks I have currently seen while shopping are still available 8 years or so from now.

Feeling sexy with CorsetChick.com

corsetchick (2 of 3)I will admit that I am feeling far from sexy since have the kids.  I have been pregnant or nursing for so many years now it is hard to want to put on anything other than sweats.  With our 5th anniversary coming up next month I knew I wanted to at least try and fix myself up a little, but what would I wear?  As luck would have it I got the opportunity to review a corset from CorsetChick.com.  I had the hardest time trying to decide which one I wanted, they were all so pretty.  I finally decided on the Luxurious Green and Gold Design Corset which comes with a matching g-string.

corsetchick (1 of 3)I went with an extra large because it’s been a while since I have worn anything fitted.  I was worried that because of breastfeeding it wouldn’t fit in the bust.  When it arrived I was very glad I went with this size instead of the large because it probably would not have fit good.  I love how vibrant the green is and the gold and black accents really make it pop.  I am going to pair it with a pair of jean when hubby and I go out in a couple weeks for dinner and a movie.

corsetchick (3 of 3)It’s been a while since I owned a corset and I forgot how hard it is to get them on.  My previous corsets were all hidden zippered, but this one has metal clasps on the front and laces up the back.  Luckily hubby was more than happy to help me lace it up or else I might still be sitting here trying to get it on.  Let me tell you though it was totally worth it.  I love the look of the lace up backing over the hidden zip ones I had.  I was able to get a better fit than I could in those, the lacing really allows for you to adjust it to fit you.

What I love about this corset is that I can dress it down with a pair of jeans and boots for a regular night out.   If I were going some where a little more fancy I could pair it with a nice skirt or dress pants, some heels, accessories and be ready to go.  I would probably wear some kind of cover or shrug over it though because I am not a big fan of my shoulders.

Sorry I don't have more pictures wearing it, my hubby isn't the greatest photographer

Sorry I don’t have more pictures wearing it, my hubby isn’t the greatest photographer

Buy It

You can purchase this corset for $29.99 as well as many other corsets for the same price or a little bit more directly from CorsetChick.com.

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Wordless Wednesday: Hanging around

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Tuesday’s Toddler Tales Week 33

Tuesday’s Toddler Tales Week 33

Toddler Tuesday

Welcome to the thirty third week of Tuesday’s Toddler Tales linkup hosted by Shannon from Our Piece of Earth and myself. Each week we will bring you topics toddler related. Each week you can link up with us to share your toddler tales on our topic of the week.

Tuesday's Toddler Tales Week 33How do you beat the heat?july2013 (28 of 41)

Tuesday's Toddler Tales Week 33We are lucky in where we live.  Across town there is a really nice beach that we often visit.  It is on the smaller size and is usually not too busy.  The girls just love visiting and Kaleb has really taken to loving the water.  Once they are in the water it is almost impossible to get them out.  They also love exploring to see what they can find, building sand castles or watching the planes take off and land just across the water at Logan Airport.

On hot days when we can’t make it to the beach we will either setup their little pool or take out the sprinkler.  We are also lucky to have four parks within walking distance that all have sprinklers.  The one around the corner from up (literally behind our house) was just recently redone and has crushed tires and a locking gate so we feel safe even letting Kaleb roam free.  On days when the heat is too much to even go outside I have then stay inside with nothing on except undies and just relaxing in the A/C.

 

Check back next week for How do you celebrate Labor Day?


Mamas & Papas Tour Lightweight Stroller giveaway

 

 

Viva Veltoro and Thrifty Nifty Mommy have hit some blogging milestones!
To celebrate Viva Veltoro reaching 10,000 Facebook followers and Thrifty Nifty Mommy
reaching 25,000 Facebook followers, they’re hosting a huge giveaway event!
Today’s giving is coming to you from Mamas & Papas!
Thrifty Nifty Mommy had the opportunity to review the Mamas & Papas Tour Lightweight Stroller, valued at $199.  You can check out her review HERE.
Here is a little information about the Tour from the Mamas & Papas website:
The Tour umbrella stroller is stylish, practical, comfortable and ideal for vacations and days out. Tour has a soft padded seat and reversible liner with a multi-position adjustable back and leg rest to allow your little one to enjoy the journey in comfort, whilst the canopy has a peek a boo window allowing you to check your baby is resting comfortably.
 
A protective canopy and a rain cover have been added so that you have everything you need to keep your baby comfortable in any weather, with a shopping basket to help keep your hands free while you’re out and about. . 
 
The Tour lightweight stroller comes with a carry handle to make transportation easy, the umbrella folding design means that it is easy to place in and out of the trunk and a reversible stroller liner for added comfort. If you are looking for an everyday, long lasting stroller which is ideal for daily usage, then Tour has everything you need with great value for money.  Suitable from 6 months to approximately 50lbs. 
One lucky person is going to win a Mamas & Papas Tour Lightweight Stroller
in the black chevron print the #10K25KEpic Giveaway Event! 
Open to the US only, Ages 18 and above.  Ends 9/10/13 at 11:59 PM EST.
Enter using the Giveaway Tools form below.  Good Luck!
 
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Disclosure: I did not receive any compensation for hosting this giveaway.  The participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.  If your company would like to be featured in a giveaway event like this please contact Thrifty Nifty Mommy.

Fridge freshness with Oransi Ionic Fridge Air Purifier

This post is sponsored by Oransi

head-logoThe fridge is one of the last places I remember to clean.  Sure I look in there several times a day, but unlike other areas of the house it isn’t constantly in my face saying “clean me.”  With four little ones there are left overs more often than not.  Sometimes they get eaten, but other times they get put away, never finished and pushed to the back of the fridge being forgotten.  Of course you remember them the next time you go grocery shopping or even worse, when they begin to smell.  I could go in my fridge right now and find several things to throw out, but I like to wait until trash day so that the food doesn’t sit in the garbage rotting or outside attracting animals.

orsani (1 of 2)Baking soda was always my go to to keep the fridge smelling fresh, that is until I had kids.  Once they began being able to help themselves to snacks and drinks the fridge was no longer a safe place for a box of baking soda.  I found out the hard way that baking soda, plus kids and the fridge didn’t work well.  I came into the kitchen one morning to discover that the entire box of baking soda was now all across the floor, through out the fridge, on the Drama Queens and even worse in any container not sealed tightly, including what was left of a gallon of milk.  Now I would need a new way to keep the fridge smelling good, but had no idea what to use until I was introduced to the Oransi Ionic Fridge Air Purifier.

orsani (2 of 2)When the air purifier arrived I put it up intending to put in the fridge in a couple days when I cleaned out the fridge.  That day hubby came home and said the fridge was smelling funky despite just cleaning it two days before and I remembered the air purifier had arrived that day.  I had him put it in there and wasn’t expecting much to happen.  Sure you see all kinds of air purifiers advertised, but I never believed they actually worked.  The next morning while you could still pick up on the smell a little, it wasn’t as strong.  I did find the culprit of the smell, my in-laws had some rotting produce in their drawer that I had not seen when cleaning and removed them and within hours the air was much fresher smelling in the fridge.  I was shocked!  No way was this little thing keeping such a large area smelling clean, but it was.  The best part is if the kids touch it (which they have yet to do) I don’t have to worry about a mess.  I also love that it alerts you when the batteries are running low by flashing it’s light so I know to pick up more batteries.

About Oransi Ionic Fridge Air Purifier

  • Patented Piezo-electric ionizer (ozone safe – 0.011 ppm, that’s more than 78% below the FDA limit)

  • Micro CPU controls the operation of the air purifier to cycle between on/off mode

  • LED display indicates mode of operation

  • Noise Level: Silent

  • Dimensions: 4” x 2.8” x 2.5”

  • Weight: 0.2 lbs

  • Power: 0.1 watts, 2 AA batteries (45-90 day life)

  • Warranty: 1 year

  • Certifications: CE, GS, RoHS

Where to Buy

You can purchase your own Oransi Ionic Fridge Air Purifier directly through the Oransi website currently on sale for $29.

Win It

One lucky reader will win one of their own, enter below.

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SodaStream giveaway event

Sponsored by SodaStream

Hosted by Mommy2 Doggy1

Giveaway package is a Fountain Jet Soda Lover’s Start-Up Kit ($99.95). It includes:

  • Fountain Jet – winner’s choice of color (black/silver, red/silver or white)
  • 1 carbonating bottle, reusable for up to 3 years
  • Reusable carbonator to fizz up to 60L of soda
  • Variety 6-pack of popular sample-size flavors
  • 3 full-sized flavors of the winner’s choice

We have one and simply love it! The Drama Queens love to make their own soda when we let them and it helps save us on drinks.

Details

Dates: August 26 to September 23
US resident only
We appreciate the support of our sponsor, please show your support by following them on their social medias pages.

Good Luck!

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Disclaimer: SAHM of Drama Queens & a Prince is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any social media outlet. We hereby release Facebook of any liability. The post may contain affiliate links. Winner will be contacted by email and will have 48 hours after the giveaway ends to respond before another winner is selected. All entries will be verified. If you have any questions please email Mommy2Nanny3Doggy@gmail.com

Wordless Wednesday: Silly Boy

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Totally cute with Best Dressed Tot

This post is sponsored by Best Dressed Tot

bestdressed (10 of 12)bestdressed (11 of 12)bestdressed (5 of 12)One of the things I love most about having girls is the adorable clothes.  Sure I find some cute clothes for Kaleb, but the selection for girls is so much larger.  Best Dressed Tot has some of the cutest stuff I’ve seen.  Looking for some Patriotic toddler clothes?  What about matching outfits for siblings (yes I am that mom).  Well they have those and many other simply sweet items.

We received one of their totally cute girls sailor outfits, the Rare Editions Sailor Tutu Outfit.  Our outfit came in a size 3t, just right for Kaylee.  She is my little diva most days and changes at least three times “trying to find just the right outfit” as she says to me.  When she ever saw the cute top with it’s tutu ruffle and leggings with bows on them she just about squealed with delight.  She begged and cried and threw a fit until I agreed to let her put it on.  Then she had to have her hair brushed and put into a pony with a hair elastic that matched.  Of course she wasn’t too happy that her sandals did not match, but finally gave in to wearing a pair she already owned despite telling me several times I needed to go and buy her new ones.bestdressed (6 of 12)

bestdressed (1 of 12)bestdressed (2 of 12)The top is white t-shirt style with a navy with white polka dot tutu and trimmed by white attached.  The collar is an adorable sailor look with the navy accented with a red stripe, bow and red panel of fabric.  The pants are navy legging style with the same red bows at the ankle.  The outfit is 95% cotton and 5% spandex, it is really soft, but both the top and leggings have a nice stretch and fit to them.  Finding stuff to fit Kaylee since she lost all her baby fat has been hard.  She is a really slender and even at 3 I am finding she fits better into a 2t top and 3t bottom.  This can often be a problem when something is sold as a set, but because of the tutu style top the 3t was perfect.  Even if it were too long on her you can’t really tell because of the style, when a normal t-shirt or dress shirt would hang too long on her.bestdressed (12 of 12)

bestdressed (3 of 12)bestdressed (9 of 12)Kaylee looked wicked cute (there is that Boston accent in me coming out), dancing around saying she was a sailor and was going to go down the street to drive the boats.  She loves her outfit so much that she accidentally spilled something on it and needed to take it off so she wouldn’t ruin it, when normally she wouldn’t even bother to tell me she got dirty.  As soon as she saw me doing laundry she brought her outfit over asking if I could please wash it for her so she could wear it the next day.

About Best Dressed Tot

Ask any woman who’s had a baby and they’ll tell you it is the most rewarding experience of their lives. But they’ll also tell you that after months and months of spending your entire day with an infant, you begin to feel as though you are losing touch with the adult world; especially if you are accustomed to a fast-paced work life.

That was exactly what happened in my case. I am a former English Teacher and a translator but for the last 3 years I gave up my professional career to take care of my kids. My boys are 20 months apart. The younger just turned four and the older is almost six.

After that much time without regular adult interaction, you begin to feel as though you are losing your edge and you feel as though your intellect is slipping away from a lack of use. When you spend every waking moment of every day with your kids, the quantity of time you spend with them actually diminishes the quality of the time you get to share with them.

I felt as though I needed to channel some of my energy into a project to keep my mind sharp and to help improve the quality of time I spent with my family. As I pondered what project I would undertake, I drew upon my recent experience as a mother.

Like any Mom, I always tried to find good quality clothing for my children without spending a fortune, especially since they grow out of them after a few short months. It seemed like a perfect idea: Bring high quality, low priced children’s clothing to people through an online shopping experience.

I spent the next several months doing research, developing a website and locating suppliers. I took a web development course which not only turned out to be a break from my children and the house chores (that every Mom needs) but also an incredibly brain stimulating experience. It felt good to use my brain in an academic way again…

Soon, Best Dressed Tot became a reality. A random sampling of Best Dressed Tot’s inventory reveals name brands such as Le Top, Rabbit Moon, Me Too and Good Lad.

Eliminating the physical retail location; the rent, the insurance, the utility bills, etc allows me to keep my prices low. I am proud to offer good products to people at prices they can afford. This is a small business and I run it myself. I treat my clients like a close circle of friends instead of like customers. I wouldn’t sell anything to them that I wouldn’t put on my children.

The experience has been terrific. I enjoy what I’ve been able to do for my customers. Also, facing the challenges of starting a business has kept my mind sharp and the time I’ve devoted to the business helped to improve the quality of time I get to spend with my children. It’s something I would recommend to any at-home Mom who wants to keep her senses sharp and improve the quality of time she spends with her kids.

Where to Buy

You can purchase the Rare Editions Sailor Tutu outfit like we received (currently on sale for $24.85) as well as many other adorable toddler clothing at Best Dressed Tot.  You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.
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Fresh and clean with Kandoo and Boogie Wipes

This post is sponsored by Kandoo & Boogie Wipes

boogiekan (6 of 6) boogiekan (5 of 6)Keep your little ones clean with Kandoo and Boogie Wipes.  I had the pleasure of trying Boogie Wipes when I first started blogging.  I had gone to a local event and another blogger had them in her swag bags.  I had never heard of them before then, but I was in love instantly.  After having dealt with horrible dry noses it was nice to finally have something that would be gentle on them.  I just love how they they get the boogers off their noses and that they don’t fight me to clean them.  Grape scent of course is our favorite and Kaleb is always stealing one just to wipe his face.  I think that because they like them as much as I do goes to show how amazing they really are.  It is not often you can wipe a little one’s nose, so for them to not only let you do it, but to want to do it themselves really makes them a win in our house.

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We received Boogie Wipes in Great Grape (our favorite) and Fresh Scent.  The Drama Queens really enjoy the grape, but Kaleb almost always goes for the fresh scent.  I don’t if it is the package color or if he actually prefers the scent.  Of course I am a fan of grape, but I have always been drawn to fruity scents.  I love that I can take a small of these with me where ever I go and come in handy in our crazy weather.  With the rapid ups and downs stuffy and running noses are common for us, so it is nice to have them readily available.kandoo (2 of 5)

About Boogie Wipes

Boogie Wipes are made with saline to dissolve boogies (mucus) caused by the common cold, allergies or otherwise booger-filled kid moments. Extra soft and scented in Great Grape, Fresh Scent, Magic Menthol (for extra stuffy noses), Simply Unscented and Boogieberry, Boogie Wipes are recommended by Pediatricians as a gentle, effective alternative to a dry tissue.

kandoo (1 of 5)I had not had the pleasure of trying anything from the Kandoo line.  I had heard great things about it, but was always forgetting to pick up something to try whenever I went to the store.  I was excited to get the chance to try some stuff out.  We received the Flushable Wipes and the 2 in 1 Conditioning Shampoo in Funny Berry.kandoo (4 of 5)

boogiekan (2 of 6)I was especially excited about the flushable wipes because while all of the Drama Queens are potty trained they are not the greatest at getting themselves clean when they wipe, but refuse to ask us for help.  With these I felt a little more confident in them getting their bottoms clean and not getting irritated.  I was right, they did a great job with them so I am planning on grabbing some more.  They were also nice in a pinch when all our cloth wipes were dirty because I could just empty the entire diaper into the toilet and not have to pick out the wipes.kandoo (3 of 5)

boogiekan (1 of 6)Hubby does bath time, so I left trying out the 2 in 1 Conditioning Shampoo to him.  Our routine is all kids go up and take a shower, sometimes together, sometimes one by one or two and two, after they are finished they come down to me for drying, getting dressed and then we divide and concur hair brushing.  Kaleb was the first to come down and I was instantly in love with the scent.  His hair smelled so nice and looked so bright blonde.  Even the next morning I was shocked at home nice it still smelled despite getting a little sweaty over night while sleeping.  The Drama Queens love the bottle and how brightly colored it is and how cute Diddit is.  I love that it is actually tear free, we’ve tried some that turn out to not be and then we have screaming kids in the bath.kandoo (5 of 5)

About Kandoo

Introducing Pampers Kandoo Line of Kid Friendly products – Handsoap, Shampoo, Body Wash and Hand Sanitizer specifically designed to help children get clean on their own.

  • Made with natural ingredients to promote healthy skin and hair
  • Mild formulas with no sulfates, parabens or phthalates
  • Easy to use pumps and great scents that make kids want to get clean
  • Unique bottles that are designed to be fun and easy to use

Buy It

You can purchase Boogie Wipes directly through their website or find a local retailer here.  They come in 90 ct. canisters (Fresh, Grape and Unscented), 10 ct. packs (Fresh and Grape), 30 ct. pack (Fresh, Grape, Unscented and Menthol) and 45 ct. pack (Fresh and Grape) as well Fresh and Grape Boogie Mist and Blasters 12 ct. pack in BoogieBerry.

Kandoo products can be purchased at many retailers and you can find them listed here.

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