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LuLaRoe Toddler Style #LuLaRoe #sponsored

8/31/16
I received LuLaRoe leggings for review purposes.  All opinions are my own.

Have you seen LuLaRoe across your social media channels?   LuLaRoe leggings (with all kinds of prints) seem to be everywhere you look lately.  You may be like me and wonder what is all the hype about? 

LuLaRoe's story:


I believe in you… There are perhaps no more empowering words in the English language, yet how often do we hear those words? DeAnne Stidham heard them, and at a crucial time in her life. She was a single mother raising seven children and trying to balance time at work and at home. She was desperate to find a way to be at home, be a mom and provide for her family.

DeAnne met a pair of dress wholesalers and was inspired to start liquidating end of season dresses to friends and family. The wholesalers heard her pitch and saw in DeAnne the talent and drive to make her dreams a reality. They believed in her. This was born out of DeAnne’s desire to be at home with her children and the faith that others showed in her.

You can do it… Prior to LuLaRoe DeAnne had found success in network-based marketing. It was during this time that she learned an important lesson; if you want to be someone who gets things done, act like you already are. This self-empowering idea crystallized in her mind and directly led to her success with LuLaRoe. 

LuLaRoe exists to provide an opportunity for people to create freedom by selling comfortable, affordable, stylish clothing, and offering its consultants the independence to set their own pace and schedule. This creates the time to spend with those closest to them, the very thing DeAnne had once desired for herself!

 LuLaRoe Girls MaxiLuLaRoe Kids Girls AzureLuLaRoe Gracie Top

My friend recently became a LuLaRoe consultant and asked me if I was interested in trying them out.  I'm not all that into leggings myself, but I thought it might be cute for my youngest daughter (my oldest prefers to wear yoga pants).  They have a lot of cute leggings, shirts and dresses in their kids line.

I've seen people posting about how comfortable and soft LuLaRoe leggings are.  But there is no way to tell that simply through a video or a photo.  You have to feel them for yourself.

When we got our package, I was pleasantly surprised at how soft they really are!    They remind me of a super soft baby blanket but not thick or heavy.

leggings, LuLaRoe style

We received two pairs of raspberry leggings in Kids' Small/Medium.  They have some stretch to them and fit loosely over her pull-up. 

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They are also very long on my 2 year old, but you can fold them and tuck them under to adjust the length at the bottom.  {You definitely want your child to try them on before ordering to make sure they are a good fit.}  

leggings

The neat thing about LuLaRoe leggings is that they are versatile.   She can wear them as pants or roll them under as capris.  They are also great under baby doll tops or underneath dresses.  

HowIRoe, Style, Toddler Fashion


This color also coordinates well with pieces we already have.  I think some of the prints are fun, but plain colors make it easier to find tops or dresses to match.  If you are looking for certain prints or designs, it's a good idea to follow multiple consultants.  Many prints are gone before you can blink!

Style, Toddler Fashion, leggings

My only concern about LuLaRoe's kids' line is the cost.  For a budget conscious mom, $23 for one pair of leggings isn't as affordable as I would like.  I don't know if the company has sales around the holidays or if that's up to individual consultants, but perhaps through re-sale you can find them a bit cheaper.  

leggings

Overall, I love the softness, color, style and quality of LuLaRoe for kids.  You really need to see them in person for yourself!

toddler leggings

If you're looking for a consultant, please follow Jean on her social media channels.  She recently launched in Maryland and has giveaways and more in her facebook group.  Ask her how you can earn free leggings!
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LuLaRoe Jean Lowd #LuLaRoe

The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today DVD #giveaway

8/30/16
Sony Home Video provided me with some of the materials I used in this Blog Post/Giveaway. No compensation was received and the opinions I share are my own.

Know a little one who loves movies about princesses? The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today is out on DVD September 6 from Sony Home Entertainment!

 The Swan Princess, animated movies
In the brand new original animated film, Princess Alise is training to be the perfect royal but in her heart all she wants to do is sail the seven seas as a swashbuckling pirate! After setting sail, Princess Alise is shipwrecked and washes ashore on an island where she meets Lucas, a young boy who has been living there by herself. They have to work together to survive and get back to civilization!

This looks like a fun film the whole family can enjoy!



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Just use the Giveaway Tools below.  You must be a US resident 18 or older to enter.  You must complete each task entirely or your entries will not count.  

Each household is only eligible to win The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today! DVD via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

 This giveaway is not in any way associated with or endorsed by Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter.  Giveaway Ends 9/13/16 at  11:59 PM EST.  US Residents **18 and older** only may enter. One entry per household and IP address.  Winner will be drawn using random.org and will have **48 hrs** to respond to email or another winner will be chosen. Entries are verified.  No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.  The Attic Girl is not responsible/liable for prize delivery.  Prize may take 6-12 weeks to ship from the sponsor. By entering the giveaway, you agree to the Giveaway terms/rules.

Tuesday Giveaway Link Up 8/29 #linky

8/29/16
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Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews, Shelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways. 

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Stop in as often as you can.

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

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Top That! US only Ends 9/11

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Tuesday Giveaway Link Up 8/24 #linky

8/24/16
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Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews, Shelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways. 

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Stop in as often as you can.

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

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KIDZ BOP Life of the Party Tour #KidzBop #KBLifeOfTheParty #sponsored

8/18/16
I will receive promotional items for sharing this event.  All opinions are my own.

KIDZ BOP, the #1 kids' music brand, is celebrating its 15th birthday with a new "Life of the Party" Tour and you are invited!

KIDZBOP, concerts, Pennsylvania events
This new live show presented by kids clothing company Crazy 8 will be in Allentown, PA August 30th.  The KIDZ BOP Kids have been named Billboard Magazine's "#1 Kids Artists" for the sixth consecutive year.  In 2015, they outsold some of today's biggest artists, including Meghan Trainor, Sam Smith, and Maroon 5.  The latest album in the series, KIDZ BOP 32,  released July 15th.


 

KIDZ BOP is known for their fun dance moves and covers of hit songs of the year.  {My girls enjoy watching them on youtube and dancing along} This family event will be a great way to end the summer!


kids concerts, The Great Allentown Fair


Where: The Great Allentown Fair
302 N. 17th St.
Allentown, PA 18104
When: Tuesday, August 30, 2016
6:30 PM
Who: The KIDZ BOP Kids: Ashlynn Chong, Grant Knoche, Matt Martinez, and Sela Hack

To purchase tickets, visit: Ticketmaster.com . Price includes admission to the Fair. This event is rain or shine. No refunds, exchanges or upgrades are given for tickets.

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For more information about KIDZ BOP and the “Life Of The Party” tour, visit www.kidzbop.com/tour.

Tuesday Giveaway Link Up 8/15 #linky

8/15/16
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Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews, Shelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways=. 

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Stop in as often as you can.

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

If you would  like to follow the  hostesses, we will gladly follow you back! Simply leave us a message to do so.


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A Million Fish...More or Less (Children's Book) US only Ends 8/20

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I Love You Just Because (Children's Book) US only Ends 8/22

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Peppa Pig Sunny Vacation DVD US only Ends 8/24

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Office Depot Foundation National Backpack Program @officedepot #sponsored #ODFcares #backtoschool


I received Office Depot sackpacks in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

It's Back to School season again and this year we are hitting a very important milestone.  AK is heading to Kindergarten!

Yes, there will be tears.  Mostly from me.  She will probably be thrilled to be hanging out with other kids and having new experiences.  It won't be such a huge adjustment since she will be only have a half-day program.  But it is still a huge milestone!  And we are totally ready (I hope!) for what the school year may bring.

Back to school shopping has been fun for us. She has enjoyed picking out new outfits for school.  There have been several fashion shows at home {and twirling, lots of twirling}.  And I love picking out new school supplies and helping her choose her favorite character backpack. 


Office Depot, free backpacks

Speaking of those all important school supplies, did you know that the Office Depot Foundation has an award-winning National Backpack Program?  


Since 2001, Office Depot and the Office Depot Foundation has given away more than 4 million backpacks and sackpacks.   This year they will be donating 200,000 new sackpacks to nonprofit organizations, schools and agencies across the US and internationally.  Isn't that amazing?  I love that they support education!


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“We believe that every child should have the opportunity to go to school with dignity and hope,” says Office Depot Foundation President Mary Wong.  “For most children, the first day of school is an exciting time complete with new clothes and back-to-school gear.  But for kids in families where money is tight, the experience can be just the opposite.  The sackpacks and school supplies we donate help to level the playing field and give these wonderful children a reason to stand just a little bit taller.”

To deliver sackpacks directly to children, the Foundation is hosting Back-to-School Celebrations in select cities across the U.S. in July and August

Thousands more sackpacks are being given to kids through the Office Depot Foundation’s continuing partnerships with a number of nonprofit organizations serving children nationally and globally. The Foundation is collaborating with the AARP Experience Corps, the National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association, Feed the Children, Food For The Poor, the Kids In Need Foundation, the National Foundation for Women Legislators, Operation Homefront and Samaritan’s Feet International. And for the eighth consecutive year, children of the Navajo Nation in Arizona will receive sackpacks.

These specially designed, drawstring-style sackpacks come in 7 bright and fun designs!  Each one includes a zippered pouch containing a pen, pencil, pencil sharpener, eraser, six-inch ruler, and four crayons.  {The sackpacks do not have any Office Depot Foundation or Office Depot logos or markings other than a removable tag.}  

AK likes the pink camouflage.   My personal favorite is the building bricks.  It's a great size for kindergarten; it's large enough to hold the take-home folder and supplies.   I like that they are water-resistant and lined yet still light-weight to carry.

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We were given sackpacks to donate in our own community as well.  I love that this program is helping so many children receive essential supplies to get them off to a great start this school year!
To find out more about the National Backpack Program, go to www.officedepotfoundation.org.

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Pete's Dragon In Theaters Today 8/12 {Movie Review} #PetesDragon

8/12/16
I attended a free screening for Pete's Dragon.  All information provided by Walt Disney Studios and opinions are my own.

Disney movies, Bryce Dallas Howard


I always look forward to going to a movie screening.  Many times I know what to expect, but this time was different for me and AK.  I grew up in the 80's and 90's so Disney stories that I know well are Aladdin, The Lion King, and The Little Mermaid just to name a few.  Pete's Dragon was a story that I had heard, of but nobody had shared the story with me. So this movie was a new and fresh adventure for AK and I to enjoy together for the first time.  

The story-line was great and kept us glued to the screen throughout.  There was a range of emotions and themes from start to finish ranging from excitement, sadness, courage, friendship, faith, family, adventure, trust, love, hate, anger, teamwork, and perseverance.  

Disney films
PETE’S DRAGON / Disney© 2016

It was a story of a boy plagued by sadness and loss who stumbles upon a dragon who becomes his best friend and protector.  Raised in the woods by a dragon for more than 5 years, it was fun to see Pete's first dose of human interaction with a loving family.  As time goes by, Pete and his dragon are ripped apart; later to be reunited, but not without some mega drama in the meantime.  

Bryce Dallas Howard
PETE’S DRAGON / Disney© 2016

Disney did a great job with the dragon (Elliot) in this story making him into a huge creature that is maybe a little scary (but not too scary for my 5 year old).  Disney designed Elliot to be very cute and cuddly, while still being strong and scary enough to be Pete's best friend and protector.  

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PETE’S DRAGON / Disney© 2016


As I mentioned before, AK was glued to the screen for the entire movie which does not always happen at her age.  That goes to show you how good the story-line is.  I noticed that the slew of 3 and 4 year olds in the theater made it most of the way through the movie without losing their focus.   

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PETE’S DRAGON / Disney© 2016

Would I go again or recommend this movie to other families?  This dad says absolutely!  

I'm sure it will be another Disney classic added to my list of favorites.  If you're thinking of taking your kids to this movie get ready to laugh, cry, cheer, and begin to believe that dragons really do live in the forest.  Between the two of us we give this 4 thumbs up! 

This review was written by The Attic Guy.  


"Behind The Wings"-On Set with Elliot- Clip: 




Don't forget to download these free Pete's Dragon activity pages before heading out to see it in theaters.

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No compensation was received for this post.  All photos and info. provided by Walt Disney Studios and used with permission.

Go #BacktoSchool with Peppa Pig @fheinsiders #PeppaPacks #PeppaPigDVD #sponsored

8/10/16
We received a Peppa Pig Sunny Vacation DVD and party items as a Fox Insider.  All opinions and love for Peppa Pig are ours.

It's time for one last Sunny Vacation with Peppa Pig before school starts!  To celebrate the DVD release, Fox sent over some fun goodies for us to have a Peppasodes screening & pack up for school party.
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This is timely for us as my oldest will be heading over to Kindergarten in a few weeks!  {Can you believe it?!}

We started off our Peppa celebration with a fun Peppa Pig Alphabet Scavenger Hunt at our local park.

scavenger hunts, preschool games, Peppa Pig Party ideas

Alphabet scavenger hunt PrintableI printed a free Alphabet Scavenger Hunt worksheet from theresourcefulmama.com.   
This uses letter identification, sound recognition, and critical thinking skills.  The check list is easy for my 5 year old to do all by herself (I wrote the words that we found for each letter to remember them later).


We also made these Peppa Pig masks from nickjr.com to take with us. This is great for practicing cutting skills (with some help from a parent).

crafts, Peppa Pig craft ideas, pig mask


How to make a Peppa Pig mask:


Peppa Pig Mask1.  Print and cut out the templates
Peppa Pig Mask2.  Attach to pink construction paper 
3.  Cut around the template carefully
4.  Poke holes in the eyes and then cut around the eye holes 
5.  Attach a popsicle or craft stick with glue or tape on the back
6.  Use a pink crayon to draw on the nose and cheek 




The girls had fun pretending to be Peppa going on a scavenger hunt (although my 2 year old didn't want a picture with hers).  

Peppa Pig party Ideas


Peppa Pig Party Ideas

We found a lot of letters like W for water, P for Playground, D for dinosaur, T for tall trees, and S for sliding with Peppa & George!
Peppa Pig Party ideas


It was a hot day at the park so we headed home to cool off.  At dinner, we used these fun Peppa Pig divided plates to eat fruits, pasta and veggies.   They are great for making sure food doesn't touch (which is a must with my 5 year old) and are portable for school lunches or even a picnic.

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Then we all sat down to watch Peppa Pig Sunny Vacation.

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It’s time for a special Family Holiday! Celebrate the summer as we come along with Peppa, George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig on a Sunny Vacation abroad. Peppa is enjoying all of the ts and sounds of Italy, but she also can’t wait to go home and see her friends! “Peppa Pig’s Sunny Vacation” on DVD is packed with excitement as Peppa and her family set off on their trip across Italy. Kids and parents alike will love the four-part sunny special with 8 additional super fun-filled Peppasodes! 


The girls enjoyed coloring in their Peppa Pig tote-books while watching Peppa, George, Mummy Pig & Daddy Pig on their vacation.  This mom could totally relate to Mummy Pig's packing problems!  The girls loved every adorable episode.

Peppa Pig coloring books


Activity Sheets/Printables
*click on upper right hand corner to pop out and download/print 





Back to School Tips:

1.  Leave your backpack by the door the night before.
Peppa Pig Printables
Peppa Pig © ABD Ltd/Ent. One UK Ltd 2003

2.  Pack up your child's lunch at night so mornings aren't so rushed.

3.  Freeze a yogurt tube or juice box to use as an ice pack in your child's lunch.  It'll defrost by lunch time and will keep other items cool.

4.  Use a closet organizer for days of the week.  Have your kids pick out their clothes for each day and put in the slots over the weekend.  This will hopefully be a time saver in the mornings.

5.  Start the back-to-school sleep routine a couple weeks before school starts.  Set a consistent bed time and an alarm for mornings.  This will make the transition a little easier.

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If you're looking for more Peppa Pig themed movie night ideas, check out these posts from other #FHEInsiders:

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Peppa Pigs Muddy Puddles

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Peppa Pig Bento Lunch




Giveaway: 

One reader will win Peppa Pig Sunny Vacation DVD
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Just use the Giveaway Tools below.  You must be a US resident 18 or older to enter.  You must complete each task entirely or your entries will not count.  

 This giveaway is not in any way associated with or endorsed by Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter.  Giveaway Ends 8/24/16 at  11:59 PM EST.  US Residents **18 and older** only may enter. One entry per household and IP address.  Winner will be drawn using random.org and will have **48 hrs** to respond to email or another winner will be chosen. Entries are verified.  No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.  The Attic Girl is not responsible/liable for prize delivery.  Prize may take 6-12 weeks to ship from the sponsor. By entering the giveaway, you agree to the Giveaway terms/rules.

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Disclosure:  I received Peppa Pig Sunny Vacation and other Peppa items as a Fox Home Entertainment Insider.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own. Sponsor is providing the giveaway prize. For more info. see my Disclosure Policy.

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