Sunday, August 17, 2014

Bailar Dancewear $50 Giveaway!

I don't know how this is even possible since Zoe is 6, but this will be our 5th year at our dance studio! Zoe is beyond psyched to get her five year trophy this year and Lea loves going to class every week. The girls have a pretty expansive dance wardrobe from all the years, but it's all the typical stuff everyone gets at Target. I recently stumbled on Bailar Dancewear's website, and it is beyond cool. They have all your typical stuff like leotards, shorts, and skirts, but each item comes in over 200 choices of color and fabric....whoa!

The girls had a ton of fun modeling their new dancewear for you. Both girls got the regular lycra leotard. Zoe chose the holographic circle skirt and high waist shorts while lea went classic lycra shorts.

So Shiny!

Bustin a move

She posed like this on her own...I'm in big trouble 

All of the items are great quality and all priced reasonably. I love how the pieces mix so well with others, like Zoe pictured above. Great news for all my dance moms: I am hosting a $50 giveaway for your choice of Bailar Dancewear items. Enter below to really amp up your dance wardrobe this season!

Note: You get multiple entries for various tasks. make sure you check them all out. Having trouble entering? Try to not use a mobile device. Check out our Facebook page for a BONUS entry...
Good luck!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Super Hero Cape GIVEAWAY from Pipsqueek Bowtique!

Lea loves get're sick of hearing about by now. But hear me out because I have one final mermaid post that is just too cute not to share out. On a recent Etsy browse, I stumbled onto Pipsqueek Bowtique, a shop that specializes in unique hero capes. Yes, you can get all the mainstream Marvel and DC themed stuff here, but what caught my eye was this:

That, my dear readers, is a mermaid themed superhero set. I had to have it....I mean, Lea had to have it. Each of the sets comes with a cape, mask, and wristbands, and today Lea and I had a little photoshoot fun with all three!

How cute is she? She absolutely adored her new mermaid hero set and I think she'll be awkwardly wearing it out and about quite often from now on ( a hero's job never ends after all!) Kristen, the owner of the Etsy shop, has graciously decided to give one reader a set of their choice! Not into mermaids? No worries! Check out some of her other great work:

Let it go!

Even adults can get it on the fun!

To enter, simply leave a comment in the comments section below telling me who your personal hero is and why. I will randomly select one winner from all entries using If you don't win, Kristen has still decided to give your ten percent off your order using the code "LILMONSTERS10" at checkout! Enter below and Good luck!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Great Daycation at Lake Compounce!

If you frequent this blog at all, you know we spend a bulk of our family time at every and anything fun and kid friendly, which makes the fact that we had never visited Lake Compounce practically criminal. The park is only about two hours from us but for some reason we had never visited. However, when we were afforded the opportunity to review their new campgrounds, we couldn't resist a day of amusement park fun too. Lake Compounce is PERFECT for families with small children. When we entered the park, we rode basically every kiddie ride without waiting at all. Lines are a toddlers worst enemy and the plethora of rides available with short waits (if any) made our day so much more enjoyable.

Roller Coaster Monster

Having so much fun together!

Her face kills me in this one!

We also visited the waterpark, Crocodile Cove, and that was a blast too (it is included with admission.) I didn't take any pictures there since I got pretty wet, but trust me, it was a blast. There are several kiddie areas, some big slides, and a huge lazy river. I have to say though, my favorite part was getting to swim in Lake Compounce itself. The water was warm as a bath and the beachy atmosphere made for a nice break from the park.

We didn't actually ride any of the thrill rides (the only bad thing about always being with the girls at these parks) but they looked CRAZY! Some of them were so fast, it looked liked something out of The Sandlot!

One final bonus of the park is there are free drinks all day. We don't drink soda, but there is unlimited Pepsi  served throughout the park, and we definitely enjoyed the ice water available in lieu of paying for bottled water. You should definitely check out Lake Compounce. I hope to head back to visit for their Halloween event which I have heard is awesome!

Zoe Monster says Lake Compounce rocks!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Bear Creek Campground Opens at Lake Compounce

We recently got an opportunity to stay overnight at the new campgrounds at Lake Compounce in Bristol, CT. Bear Creek Campground offers guests an opportunity to camp overnight in extremely close proximity to the amusement park. There are four different camping options at the park which are tents, RVs, tipis, and cabins. We went the glamping route and chose the cabins. I was really pleased with the cabin. It looked small from the outside but had tons of space inside.

The entire cabin had a great woodsy pine smell. There is a full kitchen in the cabins with a full sized refrigerator, microwave, and stove. Not pictured is the full dining room table for six. There is also a small flat screen television in the dining area.

There is so much sleeping space in the cabins. The girls were absolutely in love with the bunk beds. There were also two matching full sized bedrooms as pictured below. In addition, there is plenty of loft space for extra sleeping bags or blow up mattresses. The two bedroom cabin sleeps six, but I imagine you could easily fit more campers than that.

Hiding out in the empty loft spot designed for extra campers.
Everything about the cabins was awesome. We had a great night grilling in the fire pit and playing board games. There is a store on the premises to buy camping essentials like firewood and s'mores kits.

I think the campground is well on its way to being the perfect spot for families. I think the addition of a playground or some other play area would benefit the grounds immensely. Right now, there isn't too much for little ones to do since there is no designated play areas. The park does offer family events daily, but we unfortunately missed out on those do to our later arrival. I recommend packing some toys and games for little ones who may get cabin fever otherwise.

A view of the cabins

The tipis looked like a lot of fun!

You can check out the camping options at Bear Creek below. No matter which option you choose, you do get discount admission to Lake Compounce with your stay. We had a blast at the park, so keep your eyes out for that post soon. Check out our video tour below to see the whole cabin. The campground is open through October 31, so check it out!

Bear Creek Camping Options:

• Picnic Table
• Fire Pit
• Close Access to clean Public Restrooms (showers and toilet)

• 50/30/20 amp capabilities
• Water Hook up
• Electricity Hook up
• Can accommodate any size RV or Motor home
• Cable hook up
• Fire Pit
• Picnic Table

• 4 Cots (up to 5 cots available)
• Fire-pit
• Picnic table
• Close Parking available

Regular Cabins
• 2 full size beds (linens included)
• 1 twin size bunk bed (linens included)
• Full Kitchen
• Full bathroom (shampoo, soap, and towels included)
• Loft
• Dining Room table
• Wi-Fi and Cable
• Heat and Air Conditioning
• Picnic table
• Fire Pit

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Miracle Worker

I had a funny conversation with some co-workers recently about bathing suits. Everyone was HORRIFIED that I wear a one piece. Tankinis, it seems, are all the rage. I, however, will pass. I am the proud owner of a swim with it! I gained what seemed like an adult human when I was pregnant with Zoe and although I have lost a lot of weight with my vegan lifestyle, it doesn't mean I want to go flaunting it around. I recently got myself a Miraclesuit and I am in love!

The suit promises, and delivers, that you will look 10 pounds lighter in it. I will not be posting any pictures of me in this suit for fear of student retaliation, but let's just say, I was feeling thin! My suit is black with a low neckline and three tier bodice. I find it to be less mommish than some of any of my other suits. Check out Miraclesuit for yourself and get that mommy confidence back this summer!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Birthday Express Wants to Make your Mermaid Dreams Come True! Giveaway!!

As you all know, we went a little mermaid cray-cray for Lea's third. We ordered the bulk of our party goods from Birthday Express.  I have been ordering a lot from them lately (their Halloween costumes make perfect dress up clothes!) Why do I love Birthday Express? Let me explain:
  • They are the leading authority in children’s birthday parties and supplies, including kids party favors, birthday party games and more!
  • All the stuff they offer in one store empower moms like me to plan and achieve birthday memories that will last a lifetime
  • They have tons of achievable and unique birthday party ideas found on their "Ideas" tab:
  • They offer hundreds of birthday party themes, including more than 100 exclusive themes moms can't find anywhere else.
  • Who doesn't love personalized items? I got Lea a great "Happy Birthday Lea" banner and personalization opportunities are available on many products
  •  Most orders shipped within 24 hours and arrive within 5-7 days....perfect for a last minute planner.
Luckily for you, my dear reader, Birthday Express has decided to give one of my readers the ultimate mermaid party pack!

You are going to get plates, napkins, balloons, party favors, the whole nine yards! This photo doesn't even do the spread justice. You will have more than enough to make your mermaid party a real splash! Enter below and good luck!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lea Turns Three!

This past weekend, we had Lea Monster's third birthday party. I have to say, things didn't go exactly as planned. Half of our guests came down with the dreaded hand foot and mouth illness running rampant this summer. That aside, the girls had a great time. We had lots of kiddies pools and water activities set up along with all the great items I have been blogging about this month. I will be hosting a Little Mermaid themed giveaway in the next few days, so keep your eyes peeled. In the meantime, enjoy the pics below and the happiest of happy birthdays to my sweet Lea!

Water guns and bubbles were everywhere!

A party needs balloons

I found this mermaid pool and couldn't resist picking it up

Scared faces at Ursula

The pinata was a hit even if the kids couldn't break it without our help

Get her, Zoe!

Water fun!

Singing her favorite song...she's been waiting all year for this!

Melted messes with beautiful toppers

We ended the day with a big girl bed and new Ariel sheets...someone is happy!