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Pettiskirts – ruffles galore!

May 14th, 2013 · No Comments

After I learned to sew, I quickly learned that all dresses and skirts look better with a pettiskirt under them. Pettiskirts really make a dress stand out! Not only do they add fullness (and help show appliques on some of the custom dresses I’ve made), but they are ruffly and fun! My daughter now loves pettiskirts and wants one in every color! Pettiskirts can be expensive though, the first ones we bought were Kaiya Eve and were $95 a piece! I was so excited to find pettiskirts on a website I love today for a great price! Zulilly has fabulous full pettiskirts in a variety of colors and prints for $19.99

I’m placing an order now for several colors, and can’t wait to see Taylor’s face light up when she gets to put on some new ruffly goodness!

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How awesome are these?

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Alice in Wonderland Birthday Party

February 12th, 2013 · 1 Comment

Alice in Wonderland was the theme for Taylor’s 5th Birthday Party. I had a great time choosing decorations for the party, but it required a little more research and planning then her princess themes in past years.
There are so many fabulous ways to decorate for an Alice in Wonderland party even if I couldn’t pick up “Alice in Wonderland” themed decorations at the local party supply store.
I made Taylor’s dress months in advance, and it served as my inspiration for party décor. I had found this fabulous Michael Miller tea pot print at Fabric.com The moment I saw this fabric I knew it would make a perfect Alice in Wonderland dress!
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With the dress serving as inspiration I started searching for tea party decorations online. We had already chosen the local children’s theatre as a venue and I wanted to turn their party room into a wonderland!

I found cake plates shaped like teapots and tons of matching accessories at BirthdayinaBox.com

Tea Party Cake Plates (8-pack)
Tea Party Napkins (16-pack)
Tea Party Balloon Kit
Tea Party Blowers (8-pack)
These cute teapots served as centerpieces as well as favor boxes (double score!)
Teapot Centerpiece Favor Boxes Set
I had a great time making as many decorations as possible. I bought white and red roses from my local craft store and then added splashes of red paint to the white roses and placed several flower arrangements in the party room.
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I made these ”Mad Hatter” style party hats for all the kids to wear instead of traditional cone shaped hats.
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I had envisioned lots of tiered serving platters full of tea party snacks. I wanted the tiered platters to match the theme, but didn’t want to spend a small fortune for something I would only use once. I found a tutorial showing me how to make my own using plastic (heavy reusable) plates of various sizes and clear glass candlesticks (I found these at Hobby Lobby for $1 each). I loved the idea and made 4 tiered serving dishes that perfectly matched the colors and theme for less than $20 total. I’ve used the idea now for almost every holiday or party I throw.
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Cakes by Kim made this beautiful Alice in Wonderland cake! I knew Kim had amazing talent and all I requested was 3 tiers with an Alice in Wonderland theme using the colors from Taylor’s dress. I was blown away when she delivered this masterpiece to the theatre! The details were incredible!
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The kids had a blast at their tea party in the theatre’s party room! After enjoying Wonderland they took a tour of the children’s theatre and then headed to the costume department. Each child was put into a costume and taken to the stage where they practiced for their own performance of Alice in Wonderland. After the kids had learned their roles the parents were all invited into the theatre to watch the kids put on their own show. One of the theatre instructors served as a narrator for the story as the kids acted out their parts. The kids did a great job and had a great time!

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I learned to sew and my new addictions

June 7th, 2009 · 5 Comments

So, do you want to know what I have been up to? Ok I will tell…. I learned to sew! I know….who would have ever thought a girl who loves to shop as much as I do would want to make something instead of shopping for it. Well, I have been planning another trip to Disney World (stay tuned for some wonderful details about our trip and a pre-trip report), and I came across all of these beautiful custom made Disney outfits on Ebay and Etsy. Naturally I wanted to buy my daughter about 20 of them for our trip, but here’s the catch they were nearly $300 a piece. I didn’t want to spend $6000 on my daughter’s Disney World apparel. So I decided if I wanted her wearing cute Disney Boutique clothes, I would have to learn how to make them myself.

Now I figured it was a long shot, but when I put my mind to something, I am pretty determined. Now for those of you who don’t know, I am an accountant (not a very creative field). I had never touched a sewing machine before in my life. The things I have been making aren’t perfect, but I am pretty happy with them, and my daughter loves them!

Here are a few of the outfits I have made in the past 4 weeks since I bought a sewing machine and embroidery machine.

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Now does this mean I am shopping less? NO WAY….. in fact I have to admit I am shopping MORE! Between buying the machines I wanted and needed to complete these outfits, and shopping for fabric and patterns, I am shopping more then ever. I have only been sewing for a month and I have a full sized dresser full of fabric already and a few bags waiting to be unpacked. I never knew how addictive fabric buying could be. There are just so many prints I adore, and don’t even get me started on applique designs for my embroidery machine.

So stay tuned…. I will be bringing back my shopping deals of the week and sharing all the shopping I am doing for my new hobby!

I’ve been using this awesome Brother Embroidery Machine and here is a great deal on a starter set Brother PE770 (PE 770) Embroidery Machine w/ USB Flash Port and Grand Slam Package Includes 63 Embroidery Threads with Snap Spools + Prewound Bobbins + Cap Hoop + Sock Hoop + Stabilizer + 15,000 Embroidery Designs + Scissors ($1,170 Value)

I now have what looks like a fabric store in my house! I have a few local fabric stores, but I absolutely love all the great prints and good prices on fabric I buy from Fabric.com

Teaching myself to sew was super easy with Patterns from YouCanMakeThis.com – Sewing Patterns I had never touched a sewing machine and commercial patterns would have been too much for me. The patterns on YouCanMakeThis.com – Sewing Patterns had pages and pages of pictures that showed me exactly how to sew each outfit. If you are looking to teach yourself, check out the patterns by CarlaC, her directions are amazing and I love her styles!

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Great Party Supplies – Great Price

November 8th, 2008 · 2 Comments

My goal this weekend is to order the party supplies I need for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I loved the price and quality of the supplies I bought for my daughters birthday from Oriental Trading Company Oriental Trading Company, so I will be shopping from them again for all my holiday supplies. I was very impressed with all the items I purchased for such a low price.

We were having a princess and pirate party, and I loved the collection of dress up items I could purchase in bulk. I was able to buy 12 princess crowns, 12 wands, 100 rings and necklaces, 12 pirate bandannas, 12 swords, 12 eye patches, and all of the balloons, decorations and party supplies I needed for less then $75.

The kids all loved dressing as pirates and princesses during the party, and they had lots of great party favors to take home with them. In this video you can see how great the party looked, and how much fun everyone was having with their pirate and princess accessories.

Time for me to start shopping. Check back soon to hear about the great Thanksgiving and Christmas supplies I find!

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12 Items or Less Means 12 Items or Less

November 7th, 2008 · No Comments

As you all know, I love shopping. I even like grocery shopping. I know from the title of this post, you probably think someone with a cart full of things got in front of me in the express checkout, but that is not the case. Honestly I have had that happen to me many times, and it really doesn’t bother me. Today a very rude lady ruined my quick shopping trip. I stopped in the grocery store on the way home from work this evening with my 3 year old daughter. We grabbed the few items we needed and headed for the checkout.

There were a lot of long lines, but the express checkout didn’t look too bad. I quickly counted the items in my cart. I had 11 items and the little piece of paper I needed to purchase a package of razors for my husband (I hate that they don’t keep them out in the store anymore, it really is a pain to have to get them upfront). With the razors I would have 12 items, so I jumped in the express checkout lane, that was clearly marked 12 items or less.

As the person in front of me is paying, I start adding my items to the counter. I can hear someone behind me mumbling about not being able to read. At this point I didn’t have a clue what she was talking about. Then I hear her start talking loudly about how it is an express lane, I thought she might be talking about the cashier being slow. When I heard her implying I had too many items I started counting my items out loud. Soda-1, apples-2, milk-3, ect.

Either the woman didn’t hear me, or she thinks 12 items is breaking the rules. She turned to my 3 year old daughter and said, “Your mommy is teaching you horrible manners, and she can’t read a sign that says express”. Even if I had 13 items (which I did not), she should not have spoken to my daughter that way. I calmly turned around, pointed at the sign that said 12 and reminded her I only had 12 items. She still insisted I was rude, apparently if I have 12 items and someone behind me has 3, I should let them have my place in line. Honestly I have done that before, but I had my daughter with me and was just concerned with getting her home. It really bothered me that someone would speak to another person like that, and that not even the cashier would speak up about it.

So that quick shopping trip was ruined for me, I guess I will have to shop some more to get the bad taste out of my mouth. Now I just need to decide what I can shop for tonight.

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Miranda’s Shopping Deals of the Week – 10.28.08

October 28th, 2008 · No Comments

Recently a lot of my shopping has been for my daughter. The weather has been changing, she is constantly growing and has needed lots of clothes, shoes, jackets, and Halloween costumes. I decided this week I was shopping for me, and how could I not shop for me when I found these great deals.

My favorite deal this week is from SmartBargains.com. They have a great shoe sale going on. There are lots of shoes to choose from, and you can get 3 pairs for $99. The sale is such a bargain, I am having a hard time just choosing 3. I am seriously thinking about getting 6 (but I think my husband might start complaining about how many shoes I own again).

Here are some of the great shoes you can choose from:

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Kenneth Cole Reaction Party Bella Mary Jane Pump normally retails for $89, just $10 less then what you will pay for 3 pairs of shoes!

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Jessica Simpson Elroy Croc Embossed Pump normally retails for $79.

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Martinez Valero Socal Stretch Ankle Boot normally sells for $149, more then the $99 you will pay for 3 pairs!

This shoe sale is just way to good for me to pass up. There are over 60 pairs of great designer shoes in the 3 for 99 sale, so I am sure you can find 3 pairs you like too!

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Save Money on Video Games and Movies – Or Earn Cash for Your Used DVDs, CDs, and Games

October 27th, 2008 · 1 Comment

My husband always buys DVDs and video games instead of renting. I still haven’t figured out why he does this, other then he is too lazy to drive the extra 5 minutes to Blockbuster. Once my husband beats a video game (and he usually does this very fast), he never looks at it again. He usually watches a movie once and then it gathers dust. We have both bought seasons of TV shows that we wanted to catch up on, but we rarely go back to watch them a second time.
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I had thought of getting rid of some games and movies on EBay before, but that was a lot more work and separate shipments for me, and it didn’t seem worth the small amount of money I could receive. Not to mention some movies never sell and I would have to still pay the listing fees. I would have liked to get some money for the stuff just taking up space on my shelves, but I just never got around to it. Then I discovered SecondSpin.com, a site that buys and sells used DVDs, CDs, and Video Games.

I first sold movies to Second Spin a couple years ago, and every time I realize we are building a large collection of DVDs and games I log onto their site and see how much I can get. If you want to sell movies, games, or music you just visit SecondSpin.com, click sell to us, and search for your product by UPC code or keyword. Second Spin will tell you how much they are paying for that item, and you have the option to add it to a cart, or skip it and search for another product. Not every movie I own is always worth selling at the time, but the price they are paying it based on their inventory and the current demand, so check back later if you don’t like the price on a title. For the most part I have gotten $3-$10 for DVDs and CDs, $15-25 for seasons of TV shows and $15-25 for video games.

I have been putting together a shipment for this week and I have already added $200 to my cart for a few seasons and video games. It is a great way to get a little extra cash for the things you are not using anymore, and it is very easy. After you have added everything to your cart that you wish to sell, you will complete a checkout and will be given instructions for mailing your items. You only have to make 1 shipment, and Second Spin reimburses you for the cost of media mail shipping. Mail your box to Second Spin and you will receive a Paypal payment within 3 days of your box being delivered or a check within 7 days. It couldn’t be any easier or any faster.

I have sold to Second Spin time and time again and have always been pleased. So if you have some DVDs, CDs, or Video Games collecting dust in your house, why not get a little extra cash to help with your holiday shopping? What are you waiting for, visit SecondSpin.com right now and get paid. Don’t forget they have used DVDs, CDs, and Video games for sale for great prices, and they offer a guarantee that their products are in excellent condition and will work flawlessly. You can find many games and movies for the lowest prices around. Check them out today!

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Clocky – A Great Product for Those Who Can’t Seem to Wake up in the Morning

October 27th, 2008 · No Comments

I have been late to work 5 times in the past month because I have over slept. I am guilty of hitting snooze without even realizing I did it. I moved my alarm clock to the other side of the room to make myself get out of bed. The problem with moving the alarm clock was a couple days I just didn’t hear it. I have had a lot of ear infections in the past couple of years, and I think it might be effecting my hearing, or at least my hearing when I am asleep.

I knew my boss was going to start noticing soon if I kept coming in late, so it is time to find something else to help me wake up. I just found the cutest alarm clock. It is called Clocky, and it is a mobile alarm clock. Clocky gives you one chance to get up. But if you snooze, Clocky will jump off your nightstand and wheel around your room looking for a place to hide, beeping all the while. You’ll have to get out of bed to silence his alarm. This sounds like the solution to my problem. The alarm will start off by my ears, but force me to get out of bed to turn it off. Clocky can jump 3 feet in the air and is designed to move quickly on carpet or wood floors. Clocky comes in a variety of colors, I am ordering the light blue.

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I think this would work great for your teenagers who fight you when it is time to get up for school in the morning. Let Clocky spend the time making them get out of bed instead of trying to do it yourself. Plus it would be entertaining to watch them try to chase down Clocky.

Clocky retails for $80, but I found a great deal at Buy.com! Buy.com has clocky on sale for $48.99 and they are offering a $15 mail in rebate, making Clocky’s final price $33.99. Pick yours up now, the sale ends November 3rd.

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The Best Photo Book – Especially for Disney Photos

October 23rd, 2008 · 14 Comments

After returning from my Disney World vacation, I was very excited to make a photo album with all of our great pictures. When I was on the Disney Photo Pass website ordering my photo pass CD, I had looked at the Disney PhotoPass albums you could create with your pictures. I really liked the backgrounds and borders, but after paying $125 for the PhotoPass CD, I didn’t want to spend another $80-100 designing a small photo book. My mom and sister went to Disney World with us, and I wanted to make a copy for each of them. If I spent $425 or more dollars on photos and photo albums from our vacation, I think my husband would kill me.

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I had used Shutterfly before, and liked the quality of my albums, so I decided Shutterfly’s much less expensive albums would work just fine, and they offered a discount on additional copies. I started designing my album, and I just was “not that into it”. Don’t get me wrong, Shutterfly’s albums are nice. I loved the baby photo albums I had made on their site, but after seeing all the Disney borders and backgrounds on the PhotoPass website, nothing seemed to look good with my pictures. I wanted some Mickey Mouse backgrounds, and I wasn’t even finding solid color choices that fit the theme of my photos.

At this point I was seriously contemplating using the PhotoPass photo albums, and hoping my husband didn’t notice how much they cost. I decided to double check with a few other photography websites and see if I could find some generic backgrounds I liked. I checked all the sites I had heard of before: Snapfish, Kodak, and Walmart photos. Nothing on any of these sites jumped out at me. All of them had good prices, but it just didn’t have that “Disney” feel.

In a last ditch effort to avoid paying the high prices from PhotoPass, I did a web search and found a site that rated all the different photo sites. This site had a 5 star rating system the considered quality, prices, ease of use, options, ect. There was a 5 star site I had never heard of before called Picaboo. I decided I would go see what their backgrounds were like. I instantly found a theme I liked better then any of the other sites I had looked at, it still wasn’t Disney, but it seemed to “fit” my pictures better.

I started to make my picture book on Picaboo, and soon discovered they have a free Background Community with almost 15,000 user created backgrounds. I searched for Disney on the background community and quickly found 117 backgrounds including great pictures of the Tree of Life and Cinderella’s castle, as well as some standard Mickey Scrap book pages. A lot of the backgrounds I found were more impressive then the backgrounds on the PhotoPass website. There is also far more page layouts on Picaboo then PhotoPass. I was so excited that I found this site. I have so much design control for my photo book, and I think it is really turning out great.

To create your own photo book: you create a free account with Picaboo, download the free software, do all the editing you want, or let the software automatically fill a book with your pictures. When you are finished, you upload your book to the Picaboo site where you can share it digitally with friends and family for free, or order a copy of an album for yourself. The software has been very easy to use, and I am having a lot of fun playing with it.

The prices on Picaboo are great too. They have photo books beginning at $9.99 for a medium sized soft cover album, and from $29.99 for large hardcover albums. They have more editing options then any other photo website I have seen. I especially love that I can make my own backgrounds for any page I want. I found a great discount code that you can use to get 50% off through 3/4/2014. Enter code RAINY50 at checkout to receive the discount. I am hurrying and trying to finish my Disney album before the 31st and if time permits I am going to make a few more albums to give as Christmas gifts this year.

I will post an update later this week and show off my completed photo book. I just wanted to tell you about this great site while you still had time to make your own album and take advantage of the discount code. If you need to make a photo album, you just can’t beat the prices and all of the great options for the photo books on Picaboo. Check out Picaboo today, you can make an online album for free, or order great books for yourself and to give as gifts!

Check back soon to view my album and for a full product review.

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80′s Flashback – Teddy Ruxpin to TJ BearyTales

October 20th, 2008 · 1 Comment

If you, like me, were a child of the 80’s I’m sure you had a Teddy Ruxpin doll, or at least wanted one. To be Teddy and Cabbage Patch Dolls were the “it” toys of the decade. Now that I think back to it Teddy was kind of lame (he was just a bear with a tape player in his butt), but when I was a kid I thought Teddy was the coolest, and thought my parent’s were the coolest for getting him for me. I think my memories of Teddy are why I like the TJ Bearytales bear so much.

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TJ would put Teddy to shame. TJ reminds me a lot of Teddy, but much more modern. Instead of tapes he uses cartridges and his stories are a lot better. When TJ tells a story his face is very animated, his ears twitch and his head moves based on the charcter who is talking. He is a great story teller and one of my daughter’s favorite toys. I’m sure in twenty some years, when my daughter has a child of her own, there will be another bear that puts TJ to shame, but for now he is an unbelivabe toy. Check out my video review to see Teddy in action ! Teddy would make a GREAT Christmas gift for your little one!
Hasbro Playskool T.J. Bearytales Animated Plush Bear

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