Happy Halloween and Giveaways too!

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What does a giraffe say?   Well, this little giraffe says, “Happy Halloween!”  For those of you who celebrate Halloween, I hope yours is spooktacular!  We are looking to have a very cold day topped off with 25 mph winds….yay.  Looks like our Halloween festivities will have to be mostly inside this year!

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The Pigeon Needs a Bath! Giveaway ends tonight so be sure to get your last daily entry in and if you have not entered yet, there are many more ways to get entries!

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The Kids Relief Cold & Cough Syrup Giveaway ends soon as well.  This giveaway ends November 4th and the winner has the choice of the nighttime formula or original cold & cough syrup.


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2014 Holiday Gift Guide

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Guess what?  It is almost time for this year’s holiday gift guide!  October is flying by and we will be kicking off our holiday gift guide with a HUGE Vtech giveaway that will start on November 1st!  I am super excited to share some really great gift ideas with you this year.

Leave a comment on this post sharing something on your holiday wish list this year to earn an extra entry in all of the holiday guide giveaways!  It can be something for yourself or someone you are shopping for:)  There will also be extra entries available for sharing my holiday gift guide button!  I will update this page with each holiday gift guide item as they go live, so by the end of the guide they should all be listed here on this page.  I will also post them on the right hand side of the website under the Hottest News at The Nook.

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Belches, Burps, and Farts–Oh My! Review & Giveaway


Little kids are curious about everything…especially their bodies.  As your child learns to identify his or her eyes, ears, mouth, and nose, you will most likely be proud of their success.  However, the learning does not stop with the face and soon your little one will be snickering when identifying his or her butt and everything it can do.  My 6 year old son’s favorite joke is to ask you to look under there.  He is hoping you will respond with the question, “Under where?”  If you do, he will honestly fall on the floor laughing because he just got you to say, underwear.  Thanks to author, Artie Bennett, his book The Butt Book gives my kids and I a fun and informative way to talk about the butt and so much more.  In fact, Mr. Bennett is quite the master at writing about topics most adults try to avoid, such as butts and poop and making them….well, less taboo!  His latest book, Belches, Burps, and Farts–Oh My! is cleverly written and the writing style rhymes as it does in The Butt Book and Poopendous.  This gives the story great flow and helps keep my kids attention.   The story and illustrations are a mix of humor and knowledge creating a tasteful yet fun book for kids to enjoy and learn from.

As a parent you have most likely experienced your toddler wanting to watch you pee.  There will come a time when our kids will value privacy and develop modesty but during those early years in life we must find a way to teach them about the body.  Thanks to Artie Bennett’s, Belches, Burps, and FArts–Oh My!, I have yet another tool to make learning about our bodies fun.  My one year old daughter has already learned that farting or tooting, as we call it in our house, is quite a hilarious achievement thanks to her two big brothers.  Needless to say, my kids find this book to be hilarious.  My boys, especially my 6 year old, love to read this story.  The illustrations are fun as always and thankfully there are no scratch and sniff pages!

Buy It!

Artie Bennett’s new book, Belches, Burps, and Farts–Oh My!, is available for purchase at several online sources including, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Win It!

One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win a copy of Belches, Burps, and Farts–Oh My! 

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Giveaway will end on November 28, 2014.  This giveaway is open to residents in both the U.S. and Canada!  The winners will be selected by random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

I received a copy of Belches, Burps, and Farts–Oh My! for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

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ZenKid Premium Stroller Organizer Review & Giveaway



It still amazes me how one small baby can fill a house with not only love but stuff.  Now with three little ones under my roof, I look around me and find myself surrounded by toys, sippy cups, blankies, toys, and the list goes on and on.  Needless to say, in order to the leave the house several of these items must come with us.  Once you become a parent, leaving the house is no longer a simple task.  In fact, I probably get a quarter of my daily exercise when preparing to leave the house with my kids.  It never fails that a must have toy, sippy cup, snack cup, or shoe will go missing only seconds before we plan to leave.  I will have to search under every couch cushion and bed on every level of our home and once I get in the van, I will realize I still have my slippers on.

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To help parents like myself get a little more organized, ZenKid has created an amazing stroller organizer.  This stroller organizer seriously offers so much storage that I don’t even need my diaper bag!  The ZenKid Premium Stroller Organizer attaches to your stroller via Velcro straps.  This allows you to adjust the length easily so it can fit almost any stroller.  When you are not using the ZenKid Premium Stroller Organizer, it is collapsible so you can easily store it in your stroller, car, or anywhere else that may be convenient.

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The ZenKid Premium Stroller Organizer offers several storage areas for different items including a smartphone holder!  My iPhone 5s fits very nicely in the mesh smartphone storage area.  When my phone is not using this compartment, I often keep a bottle of disinfectant spray in it so it is readily available.  There is another mesh storage compartment on the top of this organizer.  This is perfect small items you want to access quickly.  I often keep my Starbucks card and a stash of stickers in this compartment.  The front zipper pocket fits my Petunia Pickle Bottom wallet perfectly.  It is also a convenient place to store baby wipes and even a spare diaper!

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My favorite feature of this stroller organizer has to be the deep insulated cup holders.  We never leave the house without water bottles for the boys and a sippy cup of water for my baby girl.  My boys’ water bottles have a larger base and do not fit in most cup holders including the ones on both of our strollers.  I was more excited than I should probably admit when I discovered these water bottles fit in the ZenKid stroller organizer.  It is extremely convenient having a place for each of my kids cups plus room for mom’s coffee!  If you happen to have a spill, this organizer is made of a top grade black material that can easily be wiped clean with a wet cloth or towel.  Since I am guilty of spilling my coffee now and again, I often dry up my mess with a napkin and then get rid of any sticky remains with a baby wipe.  Since I always have these items in my new stroller organizer, it is easy to keep clean!

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The ZenKid Premium Stroller Organizer is available for purchase online at Amazon.  This product qualifies for free 2 day shipping if you are a prime member!  ZenKid has a 100% NO HASSLE MONEY BACK GUARANTEE on their stroller organizer.  They are so confident you will LOVE this stroller organizer that if you’re not happy for any reason whatsoever, they will promptly provide you with a Full Refund!  So, give it a try!

Win It!

One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win a ZenKid Premium Stroller Organizer!

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Giveaway will end on November 18, 2014.  This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  The winners will be selected by random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Frontier Soups: Homeade in Minutes!


I am a soup fanatic.  There is something extremely comforting and satisfying about a nice hot cup of soup!  Of course, nothing beats homemade soup but with our busy schedule we often resort to soup mixes that we simply need to add a few ingredients to during meal prep.  Unfortunately, a lot of the veggies in most dry soup mixes end up tasteless and have terrible texture.  Therefore, I often avoid any soup mixes with veggies.  Most of the soup mixes are also in need of some extra spice or flavor.  Needless to say, the soup mixes we have been trying are lacking, so I was extremely excited to try Frontier Soups.  These soup mixes are made up of all natural ingredients and are available in variety of flavors.

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I tried 6 Frontier Soups recently, which is only a small portion of what this brand has to offer but I am really impressed with the Frontier Soups I have tried.  With each Frontier Soups Homemade in Minutes soup mix, my senses were immediately awakened by a welcoming aroma of spices.  These are not bland soup mixes with just a few ingredients.  Each soup mix had great flavor that I found no need to alter and the texture of the ingredients was outstanding as well.  The veggies were perfect!

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All of the Fontier Soups Homemade in Minutes mixes can be prepared in 30 minutes! I really enjoyed all of these soups and would definitely eat them all again.  If I had to choose a favorite it would be the Chicken Noodle Soup Mix.  The spices in this soup were perfect.  I have honestly had cravings for this soup already and we just ate it last week!

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The Frontier Soups Tomato Basil soup pairs well with a grilled cheese sandwich.  It is a classic combo with a little extra flavor because of the basil and other herbs!  Frontier Soups also suggests adding shrimp to this soup but I am allergic to shrimp so I will have to leave that combination up to you.  If you try it, let me know what you think!

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The Alphabet Soup is extra fun for kids learning their ABC’s.  This soup is a great way to get kids excited about food and nutrition.  I love that the Frontier Soups Homemade in Minutes Alphabet Soup Mix is loaded with veggies and organic pasta and best of all this Alphabet Soup mix is full of flavor and free of MSG and preservatives!

Just the facts

  • All Frontier Soups Homemade in Minutes mixes include all-natural ingredients with no added salt, preservatives, or MSG.
  • Frontier offers a variety of mixes including: South of the Border Tortilla Soup Mix, Connecticut Cottage Chicken Noodle Soup Mix, Florida Sunshine Red Pepper Corn Chowder Soup Mix, West Coast Kale and Quinoa Vegetable Soup Mix, Mississippi Delta Tomato Basil Soup Mix, and Little Schoolhouse Alphabet Soup Mix.
  • With the help of Frontier Soups Homemade in Minutes mixes it takes just 30- 45 minutes to create a meal for your family and friends.
  • All corn and rice ingredients in every mix are certified non-GMO. Many of the Frontier Soups mixes are certified gluten-free by the Celiac Sprue Association.

Connect with Frontier Soups Facebook and Twitter to stay informed of their latest products and get exclusive access to discounts and special offers!


Buy It!


Frontier Soups is offering a Moms Meet exclusive discount!  Save 20% on the Mom’s Meet Soup Mix 6-pack and you will also get FREE shipping!  This offer is good through the end of this year.  Frontier Soups Homemade in Minutes mixes are available from the following retailers:  Whole Foods, The Fresh Market, Kroger Natural Stores, Central Market in Texas, Great Harvest Bread Stores, Omaha Steaks, Braum’s Fresh Markets, and 1500 other independent and specialty stores nationwide and in Canada at Sobey’s and Whole Foods!  Frontier Soups are also available online at Frontier Soups, Abe’s Soups, and Amazon.


I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms MeetsSM blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.


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Ornaments With Love Personalized Ornament Review & Giveaway


Ornaments With Love offers a great selection of ornaments that may be personalized for anyone on your shopping list this holiday season.  A personalized ornament is a great way to remember the events that took place this past year…both big and small.  I love ordering personalized ornaments from Ornaments With Love because the personalization is always done beautifully and the customer service is the best I have ever experienced.  These ornaments truly are made with love and the people at Ornaments With Love take pride and care in their work.

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I love to shop the family ornaments at Ornaments With Love!  They offer a variety of styles and best of all the ornament can be personalized to include each individual in my family!   I have kind of started a tradition of getting a new personalized ornament every year for our tree.  I love how each ornament triggers memories from the year it was made.  This makes decorating our family Christmas tree is even more special with these personalized ornaments we have from Ornaments with Love.  I also love knowing these ornaments will be a part of my family forever.  Giving the gift of a holiday ornament is truly a timeless gift.

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This year I fell in love with the Mantel with Mittens ornament from Ornaments With Love.  This ornament can be personalized with up to 12 mittens!  That would make it great for large families or grandparents to have an ornament with all the grandkids’ names on it.  I had this ornament personalized with 5 mittens.  I love how 3 of the mittens are snug on the mantel and the remaining 2 mittens are close together.  It seemed perfect to put my hubby and on the 2 close together and our babies on the 3 remaining mittens hanging from the mantel.  My kids love to see their names on Christmas ornaments so they were thrilled to discover I had ordered new ornaments for this year.  My oldest son even asks me how I decide where each of our names should go on the ornament.  I guess next year I will have to include him on the ordering process!

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The Ornaments With Love website is well-organized into a long list of categories to help make your search for the perfect ornament as easy as possible.  Each ornament is personalized with names and dates at no additional cost!  My son’s Godmother often buys him a personalized ornament and uses it as a gift tag for his present.  She is so clever!  It automatically makes the gift look extra festive and fun!

Win It!

One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win the ornament of his or her choice from Ornaments With Love!

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Giveaway will end at 12:01 a.m. (Est. time) on November 9, 2014.  This giveaway is open to residents in both the U.S and Canada.  The winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

Ornaments With Love provided me with the ornaments featured in this post for review purposes only.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

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Celebrate Mummy’s Little Pumpkin this Halloween with MAM!


Celebrate Mummy’s Little Pumpkin this Halloween with MAM! MAM is currently offering limited edition fun Halloween motif pacifiers.  These pacifiers feature a curved shield which allows the pacifier to sit comfortably on baby’s face.  The Halloween themed pacifiers also feature the MAM Ultra Soft Silicone Nipple which allows for the pacifiers to stay comfortably in baby’s mouth due to the anti-slip texture.


Other features include symmetrical nipple ideal for baby’s jaw development, textured surface and multiple small openings on the pacifier shield allow air to circulate and baby’s skin to breathe. The pacifiers come in a convenient storage case that is reusable and can be used in the microwave to sterilize pacifiers.

Buy It!

Want an adorable Halloween pacifier for your little pumpkin?  MAM Limited Edition Halloween pacifiers come in a 2-pack with two cute Halloween inspired designs and are available for purchase online at the MAM website.

Connect with MAM on Facebook and Twitter to stay informed of new products, promotions, and giveaways!

I was provided a promotional item free of charge in exchange for this post.  All product information and promotional item were provided by the sponsor.  All opinions are mine alone.

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Kids Relief Cold & Cough Syrup Review & Giveaway


There is nothing more disheartening than watching as your child suffers through a cold, especially if it results in missing school days and sleepless nights.  Kids Relief Cold & Cough Syrup will help relieve your child of cold symptoms including dry cough, cough with expectoration, chest congestion, aches, pains, and fever. This homeopathic formula is a natural way to ease your child’s symptoms.  Cold symptoms and coughs always seem to get worse at night so I was really excited to find out that Kids Relief also offers a nighttime formula of Cold & Cough Syrup.  The Kids Relief Nightime formula has a mild flavor even my kids can handle!  This is saying a lot because my kids are known to gag or throw up medicine.  I gave my son the Nighttime formula the other night right before bed and not only did he drink it easily but it kept him cough free throughout the entire night.  He still was a little stuffy but no coughing meant we both got a better nights sleep!

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Buy It!

Kids Relief Cough & Cold Syrup and the Nighttime formula retail for $7.99 each and can be purchased at Walgreens locations nationwide.

Win It!

One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win his or her choice of the Kids Relief Cough & Cold Syrup or the Kids Relief Cough & Cold Nighttime formula!

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Giveaway will end on November 4, 2014.  This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  The winners will be selected by random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

I received the Kids Relief Cough & Cold Syrup and product information for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.

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The Kupp: A Clever Glass with a Clever Name


The Kupp’ was created by Katesplace founder Kate Oliver as a tool to help her young boys learn accountability and responsibility. She gave each of her children their very own glass in a different color and put them in charge of their cup and all of the responsibilities that came with it, including setting the table, washing, and putting it away. She quickly discovered that she had a cleaner kitchen and her family consumed less plastic. As a result, the Kupp’ was born—a six-ounce glass with a colorful silicone sleeve designed just for kids. September 2014 012

This cup design appears simple, yet is truly quite clever.  Not only does the vibrant silicone sleeve allow you to easily identify which cup belongs to which child, but it also gives anotherwise slippery glass an easy grip handle.  Plus, the Kupp’ gets your kids excited about drinking out of a glass cup!

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Since my daughter is only one year old, the Kupp’ is only being used by my boys.  Since we started using these glasses, my boys are much more responsible for their cups and also quite proud of them as well.   My son Aidan immediately chose the green Kupp’ and it has quickly become his “team” color.  My son Declan is all about the red Kupp’ and as you may have guessed it has become his “team” color.  Team “green” and “red” have been surprisingly eager to play mom’s new game of keep your Kupp’ safe.  My boys know there are two places they may place their empty Kupp’ when they are done drinking their beverages.  If the cup is in need of a cleaning, they must place it on the kitchen counter next to the sink.  If they were just taking a drink of water, I have them place the cup on the kitchen counter near my coffee maker.  This keeps their glass safely out of reach from their baby sister and readily available if they want more water later.  This system is working great because we go through less cups in a day and I love that they are not using plastic cups that are made with harsh chemicals.  We have all four colors of the Kupp’ so if my boys need a glass for another beverage, they each have claimed one of the other two colors, blue and orange.

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Just the facts:

  • The Kupp’ is a six-ounce glass outfitted with a colorful silicone sleeve. It’s designed for kids ages 3-10.
  • The firm grip and silicon sleeve helps to protect the glass from damage while providing a safe, toxic free vessel to drink from.
  • The Kupp’ comes in four vibrant colors that represent the environment: blue for water, green for earth, orange for the sun, and red for warmth.
  • The Kupp’ is the perfect serving size for children, and allows them to become more conscious of waste and consumption.
  • The Kupp’ is made in the USA using imported glass, and all materials are sourced from environmentally-friendly manufacturers that adhere to EU and US regulations.
  • All glass is recyclable, certified lead and cadmium free, and is made from a pure soda-lime formula. It is also dishwasher safe!
  • The grip-friendly silicon sleeve is BPA/BPS free and made with medical and food grade silicon to prevent damage. The sleeve does not have to be removed when washing, which makes cleaning your Kupp’ very simple.
  • The adorable Kupp’ is designed to resemble a smile so kids are naturally attracted to it.  I know my kids love them!


Connect with the Kupp’ on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to stay informed of their latest products and get exclusive access to discounts and special offers!

Buy It!

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The retail price of the Kupp’ is $16.99 each.  The Kupp is available in four different colors and may be purchased individually as well as in a 4-pack online at the Kupp’ website.

I was provided product information as well as the Krupp’ products via the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms MeetsSM blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product. 


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Oriental Trading Halloween Sale and Spooktacular Giveaway!


Whether you are looking for Halloween candy, crafts and activities, décor, costumes, and more, Oriental Trading has you covered.  This one stop online shop is my favorite place to shop for holidays and party supplies.  I have been buying Halloween candy and non-candy for my trick or treaters at Oriental Trading for years now.  They offer unique Halloween candy as well as name brand candy such as Hershey’s and Mars chocolate variety packs and much more.  The non-candy treat options are plenty as well.  I manage to find more items every year that will delight my kids and our trick or treaters.

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This year my son helped me with my decision to order the Boo-Bunch mini Halloween yo-yos.  My kids received the Oriental Trading Snowflake mini metallic yo-yos at a party a few years ago and have used them in more ways than I can count to play creatively and none of them have to do with using the yo-yo as intended!  These mini yo-yos are always a hit with my kids and their friends so we intend to give them friends and trick or treaters this year but they would also make a great addition to party bags for a Halloween party.

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If you are looking for a fun and easy activity for your kids this Halloween, you must try the Magic Color Scratch shapes!  They are available in a variety of themes and designs that would be great for parties or simply keeping your kids busy on a rainy day.  We just decorated our home with the Magic Color Scratch Halloween Shapes and they were so much fun to create!  This simply craft allows you to get creative by using the scraping tool to write messages, draw designs and patterns, and more.  My 6-year-old spent hours designing a few of these shapes.  He would have kept going but I had to make him stop so he could eat dinner.  We plan on designing more of our shapes tonight!   This is my first experience with these Magic Color Scratch shapes and I definitely plan on ordering more.

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We ordered the Hershey Halloween-Shaped Chocolate Assortment this year and we opened up one of each candy to see the shapes.  My kids were very excited to try this experiment! Sometimes I think my oldest son looks forward to holidays simply because he wants a holiday shaped Reeses!  My younger son is all about the gummies so I always order unique gummy snacks from Oriental Trading for his birthdays and holidays.  This year I surprised him with Gummy Mummies.  These fun and spooky gummies come individually packaged and in three different flavors and colors.  I was not at all surprised that my little gummy loving son loved these gummy treats but I knew they must be good when my oldest son (the chocolate lover) declared that the Gummy Mummies were yummy!

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The costume and props selection at Oriental Trading is super fun to explore.  My kids and I spent a lot of time looking at their selection and brainstorming on what we should all dress up as for Halloween.  Oriental Trading offers a variety of costumes in a wide range of prices.  They also have a great selection of party themes that work great with many of these costumes and accessories.  My daughter is in love with Elsa from Frozen as many of you probably know a Frozen fan or to yourselves I am sure you can relate.  Needless to say, we could not resist ordering the Deluxe Elsa Costume from Oriental Trading.  When little Miss C got her hands on this costume, she followed me around the kitchen saying, “Elsa” and “Let it Go!” over and over like a broken record.  I think it is safe to say she liked it!

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Like most costumes it has Velcro circles up the back of the dress.  My daughter is still too small to fit in the dress correctly and utilize some of my favorite features of the dress.  The end of each sheer sleeve comes to a peak and has a small loop that can go over the child’s middle finger.  This will make the look and fit of the dress much better than the average costume!  The blue satin look of the gown is so pretty and the sheer outer layer cascading over the gown is covered in shimmering snowflakes.  The deluxe Elsa costume does come with a crown but ours was very cheap looking and broke before I could even put it on my daughter’s head, so I would suggest ordering a nicer crown to complete this costume if you don’t have one already.  Overall, this dress is very cute and would be great for dress up and/or Halloween.  It is perfect for any little girl who wants to dress up like her favorite snow queen.

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Buy It!

Get your Halloween treats at a great price this year by shopping orientaltrading.com.  The Halloween Sale is underway and you can save 60% on over 500 items at Oriental Trading during this event!  Connect with Oriental Trading on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest to keep informed of new products and promotions.  I also subscribe via email to receive discounts and informed of promotions and giveaways!

Win It!

The Oriental Trading Spooktacular Giveaway is here! Enter now to win $500 in Halloween products of your choice from Oriental Trading. Plus, Oriental Trading is giving away a $25 Oriental Trading gift card every day!


I was provided Halloween products featured in this post from Oriental Trading for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of the experience I had with the products I reviewed.

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