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Cheap & Easy Unicorn Cake

 This post contains affiliate links.

This post contains affiliate links.

Birthday parties are my thing. At this point, with three kids I have over 20 kids birthday parties under my belt. This year, our middle daughter decided she wanted to go to the Pentatonix concert instead of have a party.

As we got closer to her birthday, I started to feel guilty. I thought what if we do a really small party with just her little dance friends? Then I thought we could make it a surprise!

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Since we were already taking her to a fun dinner with some of our best family friends and the concert, whatever we did was going to have to be cheap. Really cheap.

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Unicorns are still her jam and I’ve always thought unicorn cakes were just the cutest. After calling local bakeries and getting quotes from $75-$150, I knew there had to be a better way.

DIY unicorn cake

Then I found the unicorn cake topper kit on Amazon and was so excited. It usually costs $10 but was on sale for $8 when I bought it and it was delivered the next day with Amazon Prime!

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Now I just needed a cake. I called our local grocery store and asked for a plain 10” flat iced white cake. It cost a whole $15. Now here come the super complicated directions - are you ready?

DIY unicorn cake

Step 1: Stick on the eyelashes.

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Step 2: Put the horn on top of the cake.

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That’s it! The $23 cake was the hit of the party! The birthday girl loved it and so did all of her little friends. They were totally fooled and kept asking who was going to eat the unicorn horn. Sorry girls, it’s not edible which makes it even more awesome because it’s reusable! Unicorn cakes all around!

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easy DIY unicorn cake

“Always be yourself. Unless you can be a unicorn. Then be a unicorn.”

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The Last First Day of Preschool

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The Last First Day of Preschool

Today was our last first day of preschool.  Technically Will is in Pre-K this year, but it's the last year before we put him on the bus.

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He is so excited to eat lunch this year at school with his friends.  This is a big year.  There's a lot to prepare for because Kindergarten isn't what it used to be.  The kids sit and work and go into school knowing how to read. 

  PRE-K ALL DAY  shirt available in our  Etsy shop.

PRE-K ALL DAY shirt available in our Etsy shop.

This is Will's last year to be little.  Before homework and after school activities.  When a full day is still shorter than a real school day.

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This is also a big year for us, the parents.  It's the first time all three kids will be at school all day.  Even if it's only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  I'm waiting for the feeling of excitement that I thought I would experience but really I'm just kinda sad.

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This year feels like dipping our toes into what is to come.  And to be honest, I'm a little nervous.  Sending all three kids to school full time is the biggest life change since having our first baby.  

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But for now, I am just holding my breath, hoping that when I see him in the school drop off line he is smiling and happy, telling me all about his great first day.

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Will's Outfit: Pre-K All Day Shirt, Ralph Lauren Plaid Shirt, OshKosh ShortsNative Shoes

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3 Hottest Items at the Chicago Baby Show

This is the second year we have partnered with the Chicago Baby Show and, again, it did not disappoint.

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The Chicago Baby Show is the place to go for new and expecting moms to see the latest in baby gear and accessories.  Everything from strollers and car seats to Ta-Ta Towels, if it can make life easier with a baby, it will be there.

We also found the Pumpsotting, an app for breastfeeding moms, bus with is covered with positive messages for every mom.  

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Now on to our top three picks.  Number one is the Ready Rocker by Rockermama.  This is new invention that you can see sitting on the bed, on the airline chairs and hanging over the railing, can be put in any sitting area with a back and turns it into a rocking chair.

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The possibilities for this are endless.  Besides the obvious uses like traveling on an airplane or using at grandma's, this would have been a life saver when we converted the nursery to a big kid room but the toddler still likes to be rocked.  You can stick this in the bed and rock and read stories.  It would have made the transition so much easier!

Or if you are in a smaller living space and don't have room for a big, plush rocker, you can simply put this in any chair and - poof! - you have a rocking chair.  It's so comfortable and easy to use, I want one just to use when I'm typing away on my MacBook!  The Rocker Baby will be available soon, you can check out their website for an official launch date.

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Monti Kids is giving parents the tools to turn their living rooms into classrooms.  Founded by Montessori teachers, this program is a quarterly subscription service that sends high quality, safe toys to your house along with all of the materials to support your developing baby.  This would make a great gift for the grandparents to give during the holidays or for birthdays.  You can learn more here.

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Lil Gourmet is changing baby food.  You will only find this delicious - we tasted it! - baby food in the refrigerated section because everything in each container is fresh and organic.  All of the Lil Gourmet baby foods are veggie based so while they are tasty, they don't get your baby wanting the taste for sweet.  I know that was a problem for all of my kids doing baby foods.

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You can find Lil' G baby foods at Olivia's Market, select Chicago suburban stores and online.  

Well, that's it for now.  All of this baby talk has left us exhausted.  

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Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post, all opinions are honest and our own.

 

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Contacts for Middle School with MYEYEDR.

 The Little Style File is thrilled to partner with  MyEyeDr  on this post.

The Little Style File is thrilled to partner with MyEyeDr on this post.

I remember when we found out Ellie needed glasses like it was yesterday.  She was still 4 and it was the first time I ever heard the word astigmatism. Throughout the years Ellie has always had cute glasses and rocked the look but I'm pretty sure she was 5 the first time she asked if she could have contacts.

She's a dancer, a volleyball player and a typical active 11 year old.  Glasses get in the way.  Last year at our annual eye exam with MyEyeDr. she asked about contacts and the doctor told her that kids could get contacts as early as 11.  She didn't stop talking about it for the entire school year.

Goodbye Glasses

When we scheduled Ellie's eye exam for 6th grade, we went in knowing that Ellie's end game was contacts.  

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The eye exam was just like any other eye exam.  MyEyeDr. did the usual tests and discovered that her eyes have actually gotten worse over the year.  Her current glasses weren't helping all that much and she was a great candidate for contacts.

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Ellie was excited, yet pretty nervous about this new adventure.  We scheduled Contact Class for the next day and she went home with some information to read and videos to watch to prepare for the big day.  To take your contacts home you must get them in and out three times within an hour appointment.

Practice Makes Perfect

Full disclosure, I have perfect vision.  I've never put a contact in or wore anything other than fake glasses in elementary school when it was all the rage.  Of course I've watched other people put in contacts but I had never witnessed anyone try to do it before.  Especially not an 11 year old.

At Contact Class #1 (as you'll see there will be many!) Ellie got the technique down but couldn't quite get herself to actually touch her eye to put it in place.

 MyEyeDr. is just an awesome place to be.  They had stickers, coloring books and candy to keep the other kids happy while Ellie did her Contacts Class.

MyEyeDr. is just an awesome place to be.  They had stickers, coloring books and candy to keep the other kids happy while Ellie did her Contacts Class.

At class #2, the eye doctor coached her to get one contact in but then the eye doctor had to remove it.  It was at about this point where I started to think she would in fact be going to 6th grade with glasses.

Class #3 was a break through.  She got them both in and out once.  It took the entire hour so we had to go back to Class #4.

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This was when I actually believed there was a chance she wouldn't go to 6th grade with glasses.  She was so proud of herself, but I think everyone around her was just as excited!

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Success!

By class #4 (or our 5th time visiting MyEyeDr. in less than a month), we were regulars.  Will knew where the hopscotch was and the kids made themselves right at home.

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Ellie walked in confident but it took her about 15 minutes to get the first one in.  The second went in faster and she got them both out on her first try.  That's when it clicked and all came together.  She got them in and out again and we were all cheering!

Monica is Ellie's Fairy Godmother of Contacts and coached her every step of the way.  She was beyond patient and always had faith that she would be able to do her contacts.

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We left Contact Class #4 with contacts and big smiles.  

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On Her Own

Ellie will tell you she was a little nervous to go home and be all on her own.  But I think we were all pleasantly surprised that she is rocking the contacts!  

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It's rare that she does't get both contacts in and out on her first try.

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For the first day of sixth grade she went to school without glasses.  She does bring her contact case, solution and glasses in her back pack just in case but she's never had an issue.

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I strongly believe that if it wasn't for the expertise and patience of the staff at MyEyeDr., Ellie would have started sixth grade with glasses.  As a mom, I got frustrated but Monica at MyEyeDr. always knew Ellie would get it and she was right!  

The Contact Class is a great idea that really makes sure the person is very comfortable and can do their own contacts independently before they are sent off on their own.  When we left with Ellie's contacts we both knew that she could do them without any stress.  I think if we would have gone home with contacts the first day, she would have given up and would have worn glasses on the first day of school.

Thanks again to MyEyeDr. for sponsoring this post and being a great partner.  To find the location nearest you visit MyEyeDr.com.

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Back-to-School with Justice

This post is in partnership with Justice.

There's a lot to love about Justice as a parent.  Their selection of sizes really can't be matched by any other store as they go up to a size 18-20 and have regular, slim, and plus for all of their sizes.  It's the only store I know of that has slim skinny jeans which are about the only thing that fit my almost nine year old daughter, Madeline.

 

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When we were asked to participate in the "We Are Justice" fashion show, Madeline literally jumped up and down.  Unlike any other fashion show I've ever been to, this fashion show was for everyone.  Anyone who wanted to pick out an outfit at Justice and walk the runway was encouraged to do so.  No purchase or prior runway training necessary!

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Outfit selection was really easy for Madeline.  She saw a graphic tee that said "Paris is only a unicorn ride away," and she was sold.  Add in a faux leather jacket, black lace skirt (with built in shorts), black sneakers, sunglasses and sequin bow and you have a Mads perfect back-to-school outfit from head to toe.

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The #JusticeRunway signs made posing for pics even more fun.

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Justice did a fashion show at every location across the country and thousands of girls showed up! At our store more than sixty girls in our store alone got to be creative, show of their own style and gain confidence by participating in this fashion show.

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Finally it was time for the fashion show.  The girls rocked the runway!  The emcee announced everyone's names and favorite animals as well as described their outfits.  

"This is Madeline!  Her favorite animal is the narwhal because it's the unicorn of the sea!"

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Doesn't that little backpack just totally give you flashbacks to your childhood?

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After the show, all of the models received a certificate and then we got down to the business of more back-to-school shopping.

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Of course we bought the outfit from the fashion show and the built in shorts with this cute skirt make it perfect for school.

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Madeline was obsessed with this Limited Edition Unicorn Party sweatshirt.

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And she even picked out a flip-sequin backpack for 3rd grade and a water bottle!  We'll definitely be able to find her at the bus stop!

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We stayed focused on back-to-school shopping but the room decor was really difficult to say no to.  Plus we found tons of cute locker decorating supplies for Madeline's big sis.

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With three kids, it's sometimes hard to get quality one on one time.  Our Justice Fashion Show day was really special because it was just a Madeline and Mom day.  We had the best time together!

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Justice is always having super fun events at their stores so stay tuned to their website for all of the details.  Our store was already signing girls up for the next fashion show in August!  We can't wait!

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Disclosure:  this post is sponsored by Justice.  All opinions are honest and our own.

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