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Where to Find an Anna or Elsa Dress

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

When we heard that Frozen princess dresses have been selling out in Disney World each day, it got us wondering…are they really so hard to find? The most gorgeous, premium Anna and Elsa dresses are now on Chasing-Fireflies.com, the site behind the Wishcraft catalog. However, they’re not shipping yet and they won’t be cheap. The Elsa dress shown is $130; the Anna is $124 and when we looked, neither would be available until the end of August in smaller sizes. The size-10 Anna coronation dress looks to be backordered through the end of October!

Less-expensive BuyCostumes.com has pared-down Elsa and Anna frocks, backordered until just after Labor Day. Their Elsa is $38, and Anna is $40.

On to the Disney Store, and…they don’t have the dresses yet either, but nice ones are coming. We saw the two shown below, Anna’s with the cape and Elsa’s with cool ombre sleeves, at their fall preview. AND they are going to have an Olaf costume! No word on exactly when they’ll all hit shelves, but they’ll be about $50 each.

In the meantime, there are $30 dresses for both sister characters at Toys “R” Us and at other mass merchants. Fair warning, the user reviews are brutal. (As in, “The tulle sleeves are like sandpaper.”) But desperate times may call for desperate measures, scratchy sleeves and all. Or try and teach your little princess the virtue of patience!

Heading to the Magic Kingdom? Your kids may be more interested in meeting the celebrities characters than the rides! Watch our video.

Disney's Magic Kingdom: Beyond the Rides
Disney's Magic Kingdom: Beyond the Rides
Disney's Magic Kingdom: Beyond the Rides

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Disney Junior’s Free “Pirate and Princess” Events Will Feature Sofia and Jake Encouraging Kids to Do Good Deeds

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Pirates and princesses may conjure images of make-believe lives, but Disney Junior’s “Pirate and Princess: Power of Doing Good” event encourages kids to tackle real-world issues in collaboration with the ASPCA, Youth Service America (YSA), the National Wildlife Federation, and First Book.

The tour, which is part of Disney’s Summer of Service, is focused on “engaging kids and parents in activities that not only highlight community service but also empower them to take these learnings and continue the work amongst their friends, families, and neighbors,” said Nancy Kanter, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide, in a Disney Junior press release. Activities will incorporate the shows Sofia the First and Jake and the Never Land Pirates.

The event will come to seven cities: Philadelphia, Washington DC, New York City, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Check out the schedule and sign up for your free tickets!

Whether or not the tour will visit your area, you can still check out the related family activities to complete at home. If you and your kids decide to make a pledge of service, share your efforts on social media using the hashtag #PowerofDoingGood.

If your kiddo can’t get enough of all things pirate, she’ll love these creative cupcakes!

How to Make Pirate Cupcakes
How to Make Pirate Cupcakes
How to Make Pirate Cupcakes

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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Win a Princess Party Pack from Just Pretend Kids

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

They say playing dress-up starts when you’re a little girl and it never truly ends. From the plastic heels in our dress-up box we received at Christmas, to the outfits and accessories that were passed down to us, many of us understand wanting to act and look like a princess!

Just Pretend Kids (a division of Wyla Inc.) is giving away a Sweetheart Princess Party Pack to ONE lucky winner, an approximate $106 value. This Deluxe Party Box,(which is an upcoming product from the brand available in July!) for a total of eight guests, includes: a Sweetheart Pink Princess costume, invitations, 9″ plates, 7″ plates, napkins, a table cover, 9 oz. cups, and cutlery. Save it for her next birthday, or surprise her with a party playdate this summer. Let her dress the part and invite you to tea!

To enter, leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and the end of the day June 25. More Qs about our giveaway? Read the official rules. Be sure to check back on June 26 and scroll to the bottom of the post to see who won. We reach out to winners via Facebook message (it goes into your “other” message folder on Facebook), so if you win, look for us there as well. Goody luck!

And if you know you’ll be shopping for some dress-up clothes, especially for Halloween, trying following Just Pretend Kids on Facebook.

Congrats to our winner, Holly Reifke! Please check your “other” message folder on Facebook!

Want tips and tricks on how to make a delicious (and beautiful) birthday cake?

Fun Cakes for Kids
Fun Cakes for Kids
Fun Cakes for Kids

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Julie Andrews and Daughter Emma Walton Hamilton Let Their Sparkle Out in “The Very Fairy Princess”

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Julie Andrews The Very Fairy Princess Graduation GirlDame Julie Andrews is no stranger to the royal life. She’s graced the screen and stage in roles like Cinderella, Queen Clarisse Renaldi in The Princess Diaries and Queen in Shrek. But it’s a new little “royal” that has captured her heart —the star of the children’s book series Andrews authors with daughter Emma Walton Hamilton.

 

The inspiration for The Very Fairy Princess’s Geraldine is a feisty girl named Hope, Hamilton’s daughter and Andrews’ granddaughter. In the books, she’s a problem-solving princess who, in the latest story, is nervous to graduate and start afresh in a new classroom come fall.

“We really wanted to create a series that empowered little girls to think about who they were inside,” Hamilton says. “It’s ironic that it’s the princess theme, because you think about princesses and it’s all about the externals…and certainly that’s something Gerry, our little princess character, adores, but it’s actually really about the inner sparkle, and she is a different kind of princess than you might imagine.”

Andrews describes Geraldine—who has scabs on her knees and holes in her tights—as a “tomboy.” Gerry does her best to assume the life of a princess while encountering the struggles her normal elementary-aged peers face. “She says things like, you can be whatever you want to be, you just have to let your sparkle out, and so that’s become the recurring theme throughout these books, of Gerry sometimes being in danger of losing her sparkle…but inevitably reclaiming it and finding it again,” Hamilton says.

Just as some of the characters in the story are modeled after real people—Hope’s own male teacher donned polka dot socks, like Gerry’s new teacher does in Graduation Girl!—some of the stories also stem from real-life events.

“There’s one story of my childhood that I wove into this series,” Andrews says, noting that she once had forgotten to pack ballet shoes for a performance that was taking place on a rainy bank holiday. The shops were closed, there was no one she could borrow from, and her socks had holes and were covered in mud. She did have a wet-wipe, which her mother used to paint a shoe over her socks, just as Gerry does in Sparkles in the Snow. When Andrews went on stage, she “left a trail of little white footprints,” she recalls. “You could see [the audience] saying, ‘Is she wearing shoes?’ And I was mortified. I never forgot my shoes again.” In the story, Gerry similarly leaves purple tracks on the stage. “But it was lovely to be able to refer to it and know exactly how the little kid felt,” Andrews said.

While other books are in the works, Andrews and Hamilton are unsure as to whether Gerry will age and tackle more grown-up topics. Hamilton explains the authors did not wish to state the specific grade Gerry was graduating from in the latest book, for example.

In an age so focused on technology, reading books is still vital for children. “When you’re engaging with text, you’re decoding,” as opposed to looking at a screen, where “you’re simply receiving,” Hamilton says. “It is essential to preserve that and to sustain that for young readers.”

Moms, do you have your own little “royal”? Dazzle her with this princess-sneaker cake:

How to Make a Princess-Sneaker Cake
How to Make a Princess-Sneaker Cake
How to Make a Princess-Sneaker Cake

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Rosie to the Rescue: The Royal Baby Fever

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Rosie PopeAs the “royal baby fever” heats up, many of us have burning questions about how His or Her Royal Highness (HRH) will be raised, named, fed, clothed, schooled, and introduced to the Windsor and Middleton families—and of course us, the adoring public! So what do we know?

For starters the baby will be born in the Lindo Wing, the private wing of St. Mary’s hospital, which costs roughly 10,000 pounds. There, the royal couple will have access to postpartum and breastfeeding support, among other services. This is the same hospital wing that Prince William and Prince Harry were born in back in the 80′s. Prince Charles managed to sneak his way into the delivery room with Princess Diana, and William will be with Kate during her delivery, too. (The royals have modernized at least in some ways!) What is perhaps the most refreshing aspect of the delivery plans is that Kate is rumored to want both her mother, Carole, and her sister, Pippa, present with her in the delivery room—at least for the first part of labor. Add two esteemed doctors to the mix, and you have quite a crowd. In fact, critics have jested that it reminds them of the old, public, royal births when almost anyone could come by and view!

Proceedings after the birth will follow tradition with a 41 gun salute, a speech given by the Prime Minister in Parliament, and a poetic note displayed at the gates of Buckingham Palace announcing the royal birth. And amidst all the excitement outside, the royal couple will be presented with a comprehensive wine (and Champagne) list in the exclusive hospital wing should they wish to enjoy a toast to celebrate their new arrival!

Perhaps most interesting—and extremely significant in my opinion—is just how much Kate’s relationship with her mother differs from previous mother-daughter relationships in the royal family: The Queen’s parenting style has been notoriously distant, and she’s famous for “trying” to spend an hour a day with her kids; Diana and Fergie’s mothers both bolted from their fathers and took up refuge in far-off lands (the isolated Scottish Isles and Argentina, respectively); and Princess Diana’s tragic death came early in the princes’ lives. Kate, on the other hand, has a seemingly great relationship with her mother and plans to be a present and engaged mother herself. This baby is going to benefit enormously from the—dare I say it—more normal, affectionate, and hands-on parenting style of the Middletons. While this baby will be royal, HRH will be more Middleton in upbringing than Windsor!

In keeping with this close-knit family, a few short days after the birth of baby Albert, George, Charlotte, or Alexandra (all strong name contenders) will be whisked off not to the royal residences, but to the Middletons’ new manor house in the Berkshires (a very affluent country address). For the first six weeks of wee HRH’s life, he or she will be with grandma Carole and grandpa Michael. William and Kate’s snazzy residence at Kensington Palace is 300 years old and still undergoing massive renovations to remove asbestos and get it ready for the new royal family. But despite the renovations, I believe it was a deliberate decision of Kate and William’s to reside with the Middletons’ during the first weeks of the baby’s life, wanting the support that Kate’s family can provide.

Kate’s nursery decorating style will mirror that of her taste in fashion: elegant and classic with a modern twist. We certainly won’t be seeing any blinged-out, diamond-encrusted cribs in the royal nursery! Instead, Kate has invested in a Moses-style basket that will reside beside her bed for the first weeks, as Kate and William plan to have the baby sleep in their room at first. (Perhaps this is a nod to attachment parenting from Kate and William?) While Kate will of course have family help and the support of a staff, I have no doubt that she will be a hands-on mother as much as her position allows.

One of the most speculated aspects of the royal baby is HRH’s hair color. Many are wondering if HRH will have red hair, or be a “ginger” as we call it in England, just like his or her famous uncle! Geneticists have explained that the gene for red hair color is recessive, so the baby would have to receive the recessive gene from both Kate and William in order to be born a ginger—which apparently is a 50:50 chance!

So get your mini Union Jack ready, pour yourself some tea (or, if you prefer, some Pimm’s), and be prepared to be glued to the TV, because D-day is almost here!

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My Own Princess: What It Was Like to Watch My Wife Suffer From “Extreme Morning Sickness”

Friday, December 14th, 2012

William and KateParents.com blogger Kristen Kemp’s husband, Johan Svenson, recounts the helplessness he felt watching his wife endure hyperemesis gravidarum—the same condition Kate Middleton is famously suffering—through two pregnancies.

Reading articles and blog posts about Kate Middleton’s medical situation—and the comments in response to those stories—brings back painful memories for me. But it also irritates me.

Seven years ago and several weeks into her first pregnancy, my wife Kristen was diagnosed with hyperemesis gravidarum (HG). I didn’t know about HG then, but I quickly learned. It’s an illness taken seriously by exactly three people: the doctor, the patient, and her spouse. HG only affects 2 percent of pregnant women, so I don’t expect everyone to know about it, but comments I’ve read on the Internet—including my wife’s story on Parents.com—infuriate me. Commenters who suggest organic ginger tea as a solution are naïve; their comments should be prefaced with ‘I have never experienced hyperemesis; I have never known anyone who has; nor do I have any medical experience whatsoever.’ People who say things like “suck it up,” and “you should be happy you were able to get pregnant at all,” should try telling a schizophrenic that she’s lucky to hear voices in her head all day long. People have no comprehension of how serious this illness is.

I do. I remember being on my cell phone in a hurry to catch a flight. It was one of those moments I remember in crystal clear, high-definition detail. One of those moments that changes your life forever. Kristen, who’d just been to the doctor, called with news: “There are two of them.” “Two of what?” I asked. It was April 1, 2005, but this was no April Fool’s joke. Kristen was carrying twins.

While that was a shock, nothing would prepare us for what came next: the most trying period in her life, when she got hyperemesis gravidarum. The doctor told us the severity of the HG was likely due to carrying twins. Double the babies, double the hormones, double the nausea. Makes sense.

Nope. By Christmas 2006 we were pregnant again. The morning sickness arrived overnight, accompanied by the fear of having another set of twins. While we were relieved to find we were only having a singleton, we were equally surprised the HG seemed to be worse this time around. And it got a lot worse.

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All Dolled Up

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

If your kid still has Tangled on repeat and made you take her to see Beauty and the Beast in 3D just to see the Tangled short, beware – she’s about to fall in love all over again. Out today is a limited edition Rapunzel doll from Tangled Ever After. Unlike the other Rapunzel dolls on sale, it features the Princess as a brunette in her wedding dress. The doll really is just stunning: It’s not your typical Barbie. For starters, she’s 17 inches tall, and the details on the dress are out of this world. I’m pretty sure it’s nicer than most wedding dresses I’ve seen in real life.

Disney Stores will only be releasing 8,000 copies of the doll so you’ve got to grab her quick!

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Princess Followup

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

Just one last post about the Disney Princess event in London that my daughter and I attended this weekend. I got this photo from Disney that I think is really incredible. Madelyn and I were on the inside of the palace gates so we didn’t see all the people who were watching the procession of the princesses outside through Kensington Gardens. Disney says that more than 25,000 were there — little girls dressed up in their princess costumes and crowns, waving their Rapunzel flags. Even if you aren’t a Disney fan, it’s pretty incredible I think.

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