Embracing a Healthy Family: halloween costumes
Showing posts with label halloween costumes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label halloween costumes. Show all posts

Costume Discounters Asian Princess Costume Review


My little ones love to play dress up and even before it becomes Halloween, they have many ideas as to who they will be when that little pumpkin in the sky comes around.  My oldest is grown and not as interested in Halloween other than for her baby so now I have my petite four year old and eight year old to shop for.  When the opportunity rose for a complimentary costume at CostumeDiscounters.com, I jumped and I had to order one in addition because I can't have one happy without the other, right?  My four year old picked the Asian Princess Costume for Toddler since she's so tiny, I luck out as I get to buy toddler Halloween costumes unlike my eight year old.

Child Padme Amidala CostumeI bet you are wondering what my eight year old chose?  She wanted to be Padme from Star Wars.  In the past, I have had trouble with costumes stating they were one size but were too small upon receipt.  Not with the costumes at Costume Discounters.  Both costumes fit as I expected and ordered as nothing is more disappointing then to go to the trouble of ordering only to have to return it.  I prefer online shopping because all the costume stores locally are either swamped making shopping miserable or they are all out of the good costumes.  Having an entire store at my disposal is wonderful! The shipping was even lightening speed which made my children EXTREMELY happy as they were all over the packages when they arrived.

One thing I also noticed about these costumes were the quality.  I remember ordering costumes and purchasing them in-person only to find cheap, thin material poorly assembled.  These costumes will withhold over time which is also a bonus since they love to role play and I can pass them on.  I really liked both costumes but I have to say that the Asian Princess was my favorite.  It's so cute and pretty and the fit is perfect on Danielle.  The hair accessory tops it off and she'll be able to play many times over.  They both were glowing with their new costumes so they are the ultimate testimony to beloved costumes.

I, as a parent, recommend the costumes from CostumeDiscounters.com due to the quality, selection, accuracy of the products, speed of shipping, return policy and customer service.

*Disclaimer:  I did receive a complimentary product for the purposes of this review.  I also purchased a product.  My opinions are of my own.

Our Princess/Dress Up Party

In honor of my two nieces going back to Indiana, I wanted to have a special party for them.   Since we had left over Cinderella costumes from prior purchases from Adorable Baby Clothing, I chose a princess/dress up party for them.  The only things we were missing were tutus, jewelry and feather boas.  Claire's was the perfect stop for this impromptu visit and I spent way more than I wanted to but at the end of the day, it was worth it as memories are priceless.


My oldest put nails on them that we also found at Claires and they all looked like little divas!  I used the roll of zebra paper we had left over from the Minnie Mouse party for the background.  I used my make up as what dress up party is complete without it!  I definitely learned why I never became a make up artist!

I also stopped at Publix and picked out a pretty cake for them to have Kool-aid and cake to top it off.

Overall, we had a great time, wrapped up great memories and I tried to save money with existing things like costumes.  I plan on using Smilebox to give the girls a complete online memory of their summer with us!  This was a special summer for us with their dad being in Kuwait for the year so I hope having my nieces helped.  I had one of my other nieces here for two weeks and took her back two weeks ago while the other two decided to stay for four weeks.

AdorableBabyClothing.Com Halloween Treat Contest Expired 10/28/09

1st Annual Halloween Treat Contest!

Who doesn't love the treats at Halloween!?

AdorableBabyClothing.com is giving away a $25.00 gift certificate to the person who sends in the best Halloween treat recipe!

All entry's must be received by October 28, 2009.

Send your entry to -- customercare@adorablebabyclothing.com

To get you started here's a recipe:

Libby's Old-Fashioned Soft Pumpkin Cookies

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
  • 1 cup LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Glaze (recipe follows)

PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease baking sheets.

COMBINE flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in medium bowl. Beat sugar and butter in large mixer bowl until well blended. Beat in pumpkin, egg and vanilla extract until smooth. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets.

BAKE for 15 to 18 minutes or until edges are firm. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Drizzle Glaze over cookies.


COMBINE 2 cups sifted powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in small bowl until smooth.

Rules: One entry per household. Entries must be received than no later 12:00PM October 28, 2009. Winner will be drawn at random. The $50.00 gift certificate may be used for merchandise only on http://www.adorablebabyclothing.com/. (Taxes, if applicable, and shipping are the responsibility of the winner.) To win, you must include your full name, address, phone, and email with your recipe. Winner will be notified October 30, 2009.

AdorableBabyClothing.com Halloween Sale

AdorableBabyClothing.com is having a $5.00 off sale just by using the word "ADORABLE" at checkout.

Planning for Halloween 2009

How to Make Your Own Halloween Decorations

This year's costume pick: TRANSFORMERS BUMBLEBEE & LADYBUG

As I stated in my other blogs, everything I do relative to gifts is spent with a lot of thought and care.  This goes the same for parties and special holidays.  Granted Halloween isn't really a "special" holiday for me but it is for my kids and I have great memories and more to come!

In preparation this year, I started looking for everything to have in order to hold an incredible, fun kid's party.

I will have the kids make some creepy creature sucker molds. They are inexpensive at $1.99 for two of the same molds. My daughters loved making these in the past and they are so easy to do.

Cupcakes are another fool proof way of making your party a hit with the kids if you have the patience for cleaning up the mess.  You can choose from spooky rings or monster hand picks and then choose sprinkles that look like bones.

Either use traditional cupcake liners or try something new like a laser cut or wrap around paper to add a little more character to the cupcakes.

All of the above supplies can be found at ShopBakersNook.com.

Halloween Express has so many wonderfully spooky decorations that you have to at least take a look!

Special Halloween Express offer to my readers:

Coupon Code 1: TAKE5 (All capital letters with the number 5 at the end). Take $5 off purchases of $50 or more exclusive of shipping and handling.

Coupon Code 2: TAKE10 (All capital letters with the number 10 at the end). Take $10 off purchases of $100 or more exclusive of shipping and handling.

Note that all coupon codes exclude the Tom Arma costume line, gift cards, special orders, closeouts, contact lenses and personalized items. One use per customer. Not valid on prior purchases. Coupons subject to our coupon policy which can be found here: http://www.halloweenexpress.com/coupon-policy.php

If you have big money to spend, they have a new giant spider that would probably make me cry if I saw it and didn't know it wasn't real.  It's 3' long with adjustable legs and light up eyes.

They have tons of costumes and many new one's for 2009.  I think I just found my little girl's costume.  Yes, little girl who has boy tendencies about her.  She will love to be the Transformers Bumblebee.

Who could ever resist this one?

I used to make my oldest costume's from her very first costume until she became old enough to know that I was embarrassing her with what I made.  I'll have to post some of those photos!

Don't forget to check out what adorablebabyclothing.com has for costumes!  They are running a special right now of $20 off of $100 purchase until 09/20/09.

This is the start of planning for Halloween so watch for more to come!

I admit, I'm an early shopper and can't contain my excitement for Halloween because I know how much my six year old loves it! I also learned last year that you don't wait until the last minute to go to your local costume shop as I had no idea how many people actually do dress up. My husband decided we should dress up and we got our costumes but again, I learned you don't wait to the last minute to shop.

My girl, who loves boy's toys, first wanted to be Boba Fett. She was Darth Vader one year and a Clone Trooper another year but when I found the Transformer's Bumblebee costume, she HAD to have it!

This morning, I did a search on all the popular costume shops and found the best deal at Costume Express.

Then I had to get the gloves and the new type of trick or treat bags that helps the kids get treats without having to try to open the bag.

Once I had her set, it was time to find the perfect costume for the two year old.  I searched and searched and couldn't find anything that I really loved so I went with the ladybug costume:

At least that's one task out of the way! 

Now, time to shop for candy to give away.  How do other parents deal with handing out the candy when both want to participate in the trick or treating experience?

The free shipping coupon is:

Free Shipping on Orders of $75 or More!

Coupon Code: REK-993

Expires: 12/31/09

Invitation ideas are here.

Costumes from Costume Express

Star Wars Costumes w Free Shipping

Girls Costumes w Free Shipping

Boys Costumes Free Shipping Promotion

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Special Thanks to Cynthia at Adorable Baby Clothing

I had to give a special thanks to Cynthia at Adorable Baby Clothing for the two trendy and stylish shirts she sent my daughters! I've had the pleasure of doing business with Adorable Baby Clothing for a couple of years and have never been disappointed in the customer service, prices or quality.

The Halloween costumes are my favorites as my youngest has been the adorable pink bunny rabbit as an infant and last year, the two youngest were matching Cinderella's.

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