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Princess spa with our #disneyside

In exchange for my time and efforts in reporting within my blog and social media networks I have been provided with an amazing products in order to host our @homecelebration to show our #Disneyside. Even though I have received these benefits my opinion is always  100% my own.

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This past week we celebrated my daughter and sisters fourth birthday, jointly showing our #Disneyside with a pirate fairy theme. Swords, fairy wings and pixie dust was among us as we sang a very happy birthday to these two “big” girls. With family and friends from out of the area and some in I thought it would be a perfect time to treat the girls to a “Princess Spa” with goodies and relaxation. Due to weather inconveniences and timing with other events ending the girls night with a “Princess Spa” seemed to be a great way to show the last bit of #Disneyside for the evening.

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I spent some time trying to come up with a creative but useful item that the girls could use after the party… Their spa buckets filled with goodies from princess ring pops, puzzles, tiaras and lip gloss I found the bath-balls to be the largest hit.

disneysidecelebration5A bucket especially personalized for each Princess with their name and a Disney Princess quote on the reverse side seemed suiting. A personalized message to remind each girl of their beauty, wishes and dreams.

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As their little toes hit the water I wait for the Disney magic to explode; as we watch their smiles, eyes lighting up and the gears in their heads turning I wonder what it would have been like if the weather had been better in earlier days for the larger planned idea. Though I will sit here smiling as I watch my daughter, sisters and their cousins and friends enjoy in some relaxation Princess style.

disneysidecelebration8We had the idea to use the Princess table-cloth they gave us as a barrier between the spa water and the carpet. With each Princess posted at their own seat we began with the revealing of what they had in their spa buckets which lead to crowning and their foot-baths; toe nails polished and snacks in hand they were treated as royals with foot massages to end.

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Treating the girls with Honest Juice boxes, veggie chips and Crunch Pak apple slices we found no need to sugar the Princesses before bed with the cookies I had bought. Sadly the idea of a tea party with the spa was a bit too late for these Princesses; though they will come in handy with upcoming #Disneyside events when we arrive back in Florida. As Disney fanatics we find ourselves surrounded by Disney whether we are living near or far with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Sofia the First or an all time classic of Snow White playing on the television. Like Toy Story with Jessie, Woody and Buzz we have toy chests and toy nets holding Disney bears, Nemo and friends with just a bit of #Disneyside in our everyday lives from car rides to nightly stories we are filled with wishes, dreams and memories of our Disney experiences.

We have spent time dressing up (as shown in Confessions of a crazed mother: Part One) to visiting Jake and Sofia during their summer road trip (Power of doing good). Our excitement is building with our upcoming trip back to Florida, being close to Disney again to visit the wonderful Magic Kingdom or my old working ground of Epcot. This is just the beginning of our #Disneyside!

Special thanks to Crunch Pak for the healthy treat for our Princesses; the crunchy apples as if they were freshly sliced bursting with flavor hit the spot not only for the girls but also for Mommy’s.

crunchpak2I ran from Safeway, Target, Giant and Wal-mart looking for these goodies. (Easier found in Wal-mart at Florida but I only found them in Target large packs here in Maryland.)

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A bash for Elleanna.

One little girl…

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One little cake…

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A room full of love

and a Princess dress to top the bash off!

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It’s still crazy to think that Elleanna is one, I’m seeing her facial features changing and watching her become so independent. Before leaving Maryland a couple of weeks ahead of time I was serving this amazing table of four women having drinks and food. Laughing and talking about mom moments I found myself telling them all about Elleanna’s birthday and how I’m a blogger looking for someone who may be able to help create dresses for the girls to wear to the birthday party. Little did I know how this table would change not only my stress level but also adding an outstanding touch to Elleanna’s birthday.

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Prefect Princess gowns with love stitched into every detail. (Too bad Elleanna looks drunk or something here or this would be an amazing photo… still is anyways!)

Courtney began showing me pictures of adult dresses she designed and told me to contact her and she would help Geraldo and I out. I didn’t know if she could do one or both dresses for Isabella and Elleanna. I didn’t know how they would turn out and I didn’t know if they would be everyday wear or that Princess fairy tale.

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With the days following Courtney and I began to email, talking about patterns and colors I found myself excited for the creation the Courtney would be doing. Lace, bright and Princess like the gowns added that perfect touch to the party.

If you are ever in need of that elegant dress for a holiday, birthday or special evening out I recommend Corse’Couture and Courtney’s outstanding stitching and eye for fashion.

@corsecouture (Instagram)

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From caterpillars and snails to chips and dip we had snacks lined up on The Beacon Hotels bar. With plenty of room to sit and eat; the many tables in the conference room set up for cake I wondered who would show in our long list of invites with the weather being snowy.

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Pictures laid out on cake tables and side tables showing Elleanna’s transformation, banners hung (though in a rush missing an N…) balloons scattered and goodie bags filled the bash was great; though not perfect missing many family and friends from Abuelos and Grannies, ti-ti’s and tio’s along with cousins our hearts ached for the party would go on. We cannot wait to celebrate with those far away soon though with the many holidays to cherish with the children, the birthdays to set off with a bang. I was pleased to see Uncles and Aunts, cousins and little ones show with my best friend and Princess and the ever so touching moment that my family of four blew out Elleanna’s birthday cake (though mainly Isabella blew it out and we fought Elleanna over a lollipop to smash the cake).

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Getting ready to blow the candle out as a family, Isabella beat us to it though.

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Daddy got Elleanna with her birthday cake smash.

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She just wont give up that lollipop.

I cannot thank everyone who helped set up, coordinate and participate along with showing up to The Beacon Hotel in Oswego New York.

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You all helped create an amazing venue, food and surround Elleanna with love near and far. From the special touch with their Princess dresses to the confetti balloons made by daddy; the snails and caterpillars made by Amber, Joyce, Emily and myself; the photos and flowers set up by Krista, Mike @thisdadsview and breathtaking photos by Heather @SugarnSpicelife. My handy helper Renee and Vanessa for changing the girls into their dresses and beautiful necklaces by Courtney. I know many have helped with many aspects of this birthday and I cannot thank you enough.

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What did your little one wear for their first birthday bash? Have you ever looked for that perfect handmade dress or suit? (@corsecouture)

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Teething with Baby Chomp Chomp

In exchange for my time and efforts in reporting my opinion within this blog, the owner of BabyChompchomp has provided me with complimentary teething necklaces and amber necklace for Elleanna. Even though I receive these benefits, I always give an opinion that is 100% mine.

As she digs her nails in I brace myself for the teeth; as a breastfeeding mother I am aware of what is about to happen… Though I find myself stomping my foot down as I’m walking through the store feeding; how the customers around me are unaware of the pain that just went jolting from my ta-ta up my chest and down my entire body. Elleanna sure loves to bite, nothing like her sister Isabella was (though complete opposites with feeding methods).

I hear a cry from the girls bedroom and Isabella holding her finger. “Sissy bit my finger!” she screams out as I enter the room. Gone for just a moment to check on laundry and my girls are already beating each other up or maybe just the youngest is beating her older sister.

As I braid Isabella’s hair for school I see Jaws out of the corner of my eye… Da na.. Da na.. Da na.. OUCH! Elleanna’s at it again, biting anything in sight from toys to mommy’s leg. From being held onto to feeding I find myself waiting for the nails, the bites and the screams when I say “No!”; how do I stop this or how do I at least make it less frequent?
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After reading many posts in my breastfeeding group I saw a post from this wonderful woman Jennifer; after further reading that she owns her own business with teething necklaces and many other fashionable items such as amber necklaces I reached out. Jennifer was so kind to offer some items from Baby Chomp Chomp such as two teething necklaces and an amber necklace for Elleanna to try. How my ta-ta’s are relieved!
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This beautiful rainbow colored teething necklace known as the Brielle necklace made of 100% food grade silicone BPA free, FDA approved has caught Elleanna’s eyes the most! Jennifer was also kind sending a navy colored Tanner necklace which is made of more of a jeweled shaped 100% food grade silicone also and also Elleanna’s very first cheery amber necklace.
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Elleanna’s amber necklace is perfect from the screw on and off snap to the length and how between each stone there is a knot! I’m amazed at the safety that Baby Chomp Chomp has provided while soothing our little ones and making a fashionable statement to motherhood.

If you don’t know much about the amber necklaces I copied a short explanation from the http://www.babychompchomp.bigcartel.com site…

How it works: When a baby is wearing an amber teething necklace, it warms with the body‘s natural temperature, releases healing oils from the amber which are absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream.

I am very excited to say that since wearing these teething necklaces Elleanna has cut back on scratching, biting and pinching. With her full attention on these wonderful, colorful and playful necklaces my arms and chest is very grateful.

Looking for a great way to keep baby occupied and soothed I recommend these necklaces!
Photos of Elleanna’s amber necklace while in work are soon to come as soon as I can catch this runner..

How do you keep your little one from pinching, scratching and biting you?