Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Couples Baby Shower - Diaper & Beer Party


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When we found out we were pregnant with our third child in less than three years we decided to throw ourselves a Diaper & Beer Party. We already had all the necessities for a baby along with plenty of baby toys and clothes since we already had a boy and girl but we did not have diapers. Anybody that has ever had a baby and bought diapers knows that they can add up fast so what better way to celebrate the arrival of our newest addition than by celebrating with friends and family and having a Diaper & Beer Party.  

The Diaper & Beer Party took place at the end of July 2017, about two in a half months before our little one made his debut. I know I'm a little late posting this but I forgot to take pictures so had to gather some from the family so picture credit goes out to our family, thanks!  

There are a couple ways you can go about having a Diaper & Beer Party. In our case, we invited everyone to our house, grilled out, talked and played lawn games such as corn hole and beers-bee. Other ways include inviting your guest to dinner at a restaurant such as Buffalo Wild Wings or Casa so your guests can order foods and drink as they please and it's cheaper on your part. You can also have a party similar to ours but instead of just playing lawn games, plan a beer olympics competition for your guest that want to participate. Of coarse the mommy to be won't be drinking but she can be the referee for those close calls and remember, don't drink and drive! 

GAMES
We only had the first two lawn games but there are several other games you can play such as:

  • Corn Hole
  • Beers-bee
  • Guess How Many
  • Words for the Wee Hours
  • Beer Olympics  - The Best Sucker Contest is perfect
  • Pacifier Beer Pong
  • Blindfolded Diaper Changing
  • Matching Baby Socks Relay
  • Pin the Sperm on the Egg OR Pin the Diaper/Bottle/Pacifier on the Baby
  • "The Price is Right" baby item addition
  • Bib, Onesie, or Monogram letter decoration station
  • Guess the food - baby food or melted candy bars in diapers
  • Jumbo Jenga
  • Tic Tac Toe
  • Twister
  • Ring Toss
  • Ladder Golf
  • Hoarse Shoes
  • Card/Board Games

You can play any game you prefer. All you have to do is search baby shower games or yard games and several different ideas will pop up. 

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FOOD & DESSERTS:
As far as food goes, my husband grilled out and both our mothers brought some sides. We also made some potato salad and desserts for the party. Needless to say we had more than enough food.  Here's a list of what we had:

  • Burgers
  • Hotdogs
  • Toppings & Condiments - Pickles, Tomato, Lettuce, Cheese, Mayo, Mustard, Ketchup
  • Baked Beans
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Chips, Pretzels, Cheese Balls
  • Fries in a cup
  • Pretzel Bowl & Cheese *not pictured
  • Vegetable Tray - Carrots, Cucumber, Celery 
  • Fruit Bowl - Watermelon, Strawberries, Cantaloupe, Grapes, Blueberries
  • Potato Salad
  • Pretzel Salad
  • Puppy Chow
  • Rice Krispie Treats
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Dirt Pudding

We originally were going to have all appetizers such as chicken wings, pretzels, mozzarella sticks, etc. Basically food that goes good with beer but we weren't sure it would be enough food for everybody so decided to grill out instead.

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We had the basic beverages such as:

  • Sweet Tea
  • Water
  • 2Liters
  • Juice Boxes for the kids
  • "Mommy Mocktail" - Blue Hawaiian Punch, 7-Up & Raspberry Sorbet
  • Beer

The Diaper & Beer Party was BYOB since everybody likes different beverages but we did have a beer cake and a few different beers incase anybody forgot.


The Beer Cake was a huge hit. Since we were hosting a  Diaper & Beer Party and the nursery had a whale theme I came up with a cute saying for the cake, "Baby Lincoln is BREWing so lets have a WHALE of a good time!" You can check out my blog, Beer Can Cake Tutorial, for directions and more pictures of the beer cake.

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DECORATIONS
We didn't really decorate as much as we usually do since the majority of the time our guest would be outside but we did use red and blue table clothes, had a tent set up for shade and made a beer cake with whales on it for our table decoration. If you want to decorate, go for it!

As far as our Diaper & Beer Party went, we all had a good time and got tons of diapers for our little guy. We even got a cool double stroller and some cloth diapers - they make the best burp cloths. Hopefully this blog gave you a few ideas for throwing a simple couple's baby shower. Feel free to check out some of the pictures below!




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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Ocean Beach Cake Tutorial


A friend of our's wanted a beach cake for their child's birthday and couldn't find one they liked that include a dolphin in the design so I gave it my best shot and this is what I came up with...

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I'm still new to the whole cake decorating thing but I think it turned out pretty good! 

To make your own Ocean Beach Cake you first need to bake your cake and let it cool. Once it is cooled, place it on a serving board and cover the cake in a thin layer of white frosting - "crumb layer"

TIP: Instead of buying a cardboard base for the cakes, I make my own. I cut up diaper boxes or other cardboard boxes a little bigger than the cake size and cover them with Reynold's Aluminum Wrap.

Make your frosting colors. In this case I used blue, yellow, orange, brown, green, and grey. I bought vanilla frosting and used food coloring to make the frosting the color I wanted. Since I needed the most blue, I bought a jar of blue vanilla frosting they has in the store to save time on mixing it myself.

TIP: Dump the jar of frosting into a mixing bowl and whip it with a mixer until it becomes smooth. Mixing the frosting makes it easier to work with, easier to spread on the cake, and it gives you a little more frosting than you had before.


Decorating the Cake:


1. Create the Water - Add the blue frosting in the middle of the cake and make it as smooth as you can. It's ok if it's not perfect because it will give it the effect of waves.

2. Add a yellow sun.

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3. Create the Sunset - Add blobs of yellow and orange frosting randomly where you want your sunset to be. Use the back of a flat, plastic, turner spatula to smooth and blend the yellow and orange frosting together. Don't over blend it or it will all become one color.

4. Smash a couple Graham Cracker in a ziplock bag or food processor and sprinkle them on the bottom of the cake below the blue frosting to make it look like sand. Three Graham Crackers should be enough.

5. Make a Palm Tree or two with the Brown and Green frosting.
I used a #12 tip for the tree base and a #5  tip for the palm leaves.

6. Add a Dolphin. I hand frosted the dolphin using a #5 tip.

7. Add the boarder, sand/water separator to look like crashing waves, and words to the cake if you want using any frosting tip you want. I used a #22 tip for the boarder and a #5 for the sand/water separator and the words.

I'm still working on how to write better on cakes, plus the frosting wasn't coming out right but other than that I think the cake turned out pretty well and the family was very satisfied! Decorate the cake however you prefer; you can add birds to the sky or sea creatures in the water or on the sand, just make sure you leave room for words and candles. Hopefully this tutorial comes in handy for at least creating a sunset!


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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Personalized Coat Rack

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My younger brother married his high school love December 30, 2016; what better way to end the year if you ask me!!! My husband and I decided to make my brother and his wife a personalized coat hanger. This was inspired by the coat hanger on the wall by our front door that has a sign hanging above it with our last name on it. Shortly after we got married and bought a house, one of the things missing was a coat closet so we purchase a coat hanger from Target to hang by our front door. When they announced the wedding date, I thought what better gift. It is creative, useful and meaningful. The coat hanger was the first gift (that I'm aware of) that had their new last name and wedding date on it! The personalized coat hanger is unique and makes a great keepsake. It can hold coats, hoodies, purses and even your keys. Find out how we made the personalized coat hanger below!

The new Mr. & Mrs. Mears pictured to the right.


Supplies




How To


1. Cut and sand a piece of wood the length you want it to be. We used an old 6x24 piece of fence wood. The wood can be any length you want.

2. Stain the wood. Let Dry 
You can also paint to wood a solid color if you don't like the way stained wood looks.

Stain Color Used: Colonial Maple


3. Decide how you want to personalize the coat rack. Some possibilities are:

  • The (last name) Family
  • Mr. & Mrs. (last name)
  • The (last name) Home
  • The (last name)'s
  • Welcome
  • HOME
  • LOVE
  • FAMILY
  • You can add "est. (year established)" to any of the sayings!

4. Write OR Print out the saying in the font and size you want to use.

5. Transfer the words onto the wood. You can do this several different ways. In this case, I placed my words on top of the wood and centered them. I used a ball-point pen and gently traced over the words thus creating a small outline in the wood. If you look closely you can see the outline in the picture below. Make sure to leave room for the coat hooks.

*** Check out Step 4 in my blog, Growth Chart Ruler Tutorial, for another way you can transfer the words onto the wood.




6. Fill in the words with white paint. Let Dry. 
I used a white sharpie paint pen to fill in the words. You can use any color you want to match the color of your wood.

7. Optional: Outline the words with a different color. Let Dry.
I used a silver sharpie paint pen to outline the words. This helped the words stand out and helped tie the words into the color of the hooks. You can use any color you want to outline the words in.


8. Cover the wood with a sealer. You can use a gloss spray such as Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover Clear Gloss Spray, Mod Podge or a wood sealer. The sealer will help seal the paint and make the coat hanger last longer. Depending on what sealer you choose, it will also add a shine to the wood.

9. Add coat hooks.
I added four coat hooks to the wood. You can use any kind (style/color) of coat hook you prefer. Make sure to evenly space out the hooks.

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I recommend using four to six hooks depending on the style of hook and length of the wood. I used four silver hooks I bought from Meijer. You can use any color hook you want to match the colors of the paint. The hooks usually come in white, black, gold and silver. You can also use dresser draw knobs instead of hooks if you prefer. You can buy coat hooks online or in most chain stores such as Target, Lowes, etc. The coat hooks vary from $1.00 to $5.00 a piece depending on the style you buy.



10. Add two wall hangers to the back of the wood.
I used two sawtooth hangers and attached them to the back. You can choose any hanging technique you prefer. Keep in mind that this is a coat hanger and some coats and purses can be heavy so you want to make sure it is secure.

*Picture to the right is a sawtooth hanger incase you didn't know what they looked like!


11. Wrap it up and give the personalized coat rack you worked so hard on as a gift; or maybe you made if for yourself and want to hang it by your front door for all to see!

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The personalized coat rack isn't to difficult to make and for me was only the cost of the coat hooks being that I already had the rest of the supplies. The personalized coat rack is a great gift for a newly engaged or married couple. It is also a meaningful gift because it shows you care by taking the time to make a gift instead of buy a gift. Every coat rack is unique in it's own way due to color scheme and personalization. You can personalize the coat rack to say anything you want. If you want to make one for your home you can use words such as HOME, FAMILY or WELCOME on it instead. Be creative and make it your own. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Happy crafting!

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Thomas the Train Birthday Party - Chugga Chugga TWO TWO!


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My son recently celebrated his second Birthday and for his Birthday we decided to have a Thomas the Train theme, Chugga Chugga TWO TWO!!!! Originally it was just going to be a train theme but we had several Thomas train toys so just decided to make it a Thomas the Train theme and use the toy trains as decoration. When I throw a themed party I like to make as much of the decorations as possible to save on money and I  try to do my best to make everything match the theme. Here is what I ended up doing for my son's second Birthday.
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Food Table:
I tired to make the food table look like a train on train tracks and filled aluminum trays with different snack foods and dips to represent what train cars carry. I designed labels, printed them off and taped them to cocktail stirs so they would stick out above the food. There were eight different aluminum trays that made up two trains.

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The train car labels I used:

  • The Gondola Car - Pizza Dip
  • The Cattle Car - Buffalo Chicken Dip
  • The Hopper Car - Taco Dip
  • The Grain Car - Tostito Chips
  • Th Coal Car - Oreos
  • The Animal Car - Animal Crackers
  • The Gravel Car - Puppy Chow
  • The Lumber Car - Pretzel Sticks

Some other train car or food label possibilities are:

  • The Passenger Car - Teddy Grahams, Sour Patch Kids
  • The Produce Car - Vegetables
  • The Dairy Car - Cheese
  • The Aquarium Car - Gold Fish, Swedish Fish
  • The Corn Car - Popcorn, Popcorn Mix
  • The Organic Car - Fruit
  • The Candy Caboose
  • The Cookie Caboose
  • Train Wheels - Cookies, Pinwheel Appetizers
  • Train Tracks - Chocolate Wafer Cookies, Twix, Black Liquorice
  • Train Smoke - Mini Marshmallows, White Chocolate Candies, Popcorn

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You can pretty much label your food cars any way you want and can swap out the food items for different items to better suit your party. We decided we wanted to have a variety of chips and dips for our party so this is what we came up with to fit what we wanted. You can see more pictures of the food table below!
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Beverages:
- Sweet Tea labeled "Diesel Fuel"
- Blue Hawaiian Punch labeled "Thomas Punch"
A few 2Liters
- Water
- Juice Boxes for the kids

There was a sign above the beverages that read "Fueling Station".


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Cake:
Once again I decided to make the Birthday cake and I think it turned out pretty cute. I let my son pick the cake flavor and he picked out chocolate cake. I decorated the cake with blue vanilla frosting. I then used black and red frosting to draw the train tracks around the cake and personalize the cake. I added a small Thomas the Train toy we had and a candle to represent the second "two" in the theme's saying, "Chugga Chugga TWO TWO!!!"

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Decorations:
I made a couple different decorations for my sons party to save on money and they turned out pretty cute. There are tons of ways you can decorate for your party so decorate with what you like the best. You can buy Thomas the Train or regular train themed decorations or make your own like I did, whatever is easier!

The Party Invitation I Designed
Invitations, Signs & Labels: I created train tracks in Illustrator on my computer, searched for a free Thomas the Train image and created the party invites, signs and labels to match. I sent the party invitations our via online messaging to save on postage since it was a family event. I then printed off  the signs and food labels and taped them up. I had a sign above the beverages the read "Fueling Station" and a sign above the gift table that read "Luggage Drop Off - Logan will be happy to take it off your hands".
      * We did not have goodie bags since a lot of people couldn't make it but if you do, you can have a sign that reads "Baggage Claim".

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Glass Door: One of our doors has a glass window on it so I wrote on the glass, "Chugga Chugga TWO TWO!!!" with dry erase markers. You can use dry erase markers to write on windows or mirrors in your home for an added decoration and it wipes off super easy.



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Entrance: The morning of the party I went outside and decorated our entrance way with chalk. I drew a Thomas the Train and railroad tracks leading up to our front door. I also wrote "All Aboard" by the entrance and "The Logan Express". 


Picture Train: I used the same free Thomas image that is on the invites and labels and printed it off. I then found ten pictures I liked of my son from the last two years and laid them out in order behind the Thomas print out. I cut one long black strip of paper and twenty blue wheels. I glued the wheels to the black strip of paper spaced accordingly due to the direction and spacing of the pictures. I used a marker to make the wheels look more like wheels. My husband and I taped everything to the wall to make it look like a train.

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My son's second Birthday party was a success and I think everything turned out super cute! This was the first time we ran out of cake so it's safe to say it was a hit.  My son was blessed with several toys, clothes and bathing suits this year. There are tons of different ways and ideas out there to decorate for a train party, but these are just a few I did. I was planning on making some trains out of diaper boxes and paper for the kids to play with but I was short on time so unfortunately didn't get around to it. I hope you enjoyed my son's Thomas the Train Birthday Party - Chugga Chugga TWO TWO!!! pictures and that they help inspire you when planning your child's Train Party!  



Wednesday, March 29, 2017

LulaRoe Part 6: Cover Ups - different ways to style a Lindsay


This is part 6 of a series of blogs I am writing on LulaRoe and the products they make. This blog is going to focus on LulaRoe Cover Ups - different ways to style a Lindsay. No I am not a LulaRoe consultant or a LulaRoe expert and I did not partner with any LulaRoe consultant for these blogs. I just have several of their items and am going to share my opinion about the items I have in hopes of helping you decide whether or not to try that item and if so, what size you may need. Before we get started I want to say that these picture were taken 3.5 months postpartum with my third baby in three years and I am hoping to lose some of my baby weight but in hopes of helping you figure out what size you need, I am 5'7, roughly 150 pounds and currently wear a size 9 in jeans (Juniors section), 8/10 in most dresses. On average I wear a Large from the Juniors section and a Small or Medium in the Women's section depending on how it's made.

LulaRoe has a variety of different cover ups to fit every occasion and season.  Each cover up varies in length, material, style, size and price.


  • Bianka (Kid's but can fit some adults) - $28
  • Joy - $60
  • Lindsay - $48
  • Mimi Wrap Scarf (limited edition Winter 2016) - $75
  • Monroe - $48
  • Sarah  - $70
  • New Kimono is being release in 2017

I've never been huge on wearing cover ups wether it was a shaw or cardigan sweater but I have tried a LulaRoe Lindsay. I have yet to try any of the other LulaRoe cover ups so I will not be touching on them in this blog but you can find out more information about them on LulaRoe's websitelularoe.comor an internet search.


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Lindsay Kimono


The Lindsay is considered to be a kimono cover up because it has loose quarter length sleeves and a high-low hemline making it a great item for layering. The Lindsay comes in several different fabrics from polyester to lace. The Lindsay comes in three sizes: Small(0-8), Medium(10-18) and Large(18-22). The Lindsay retails for $48 plus state taxes and shipping. Visit LulaRoe's website, lularoe.com/lindsay-kimono, to see what they say about the Lindsay!

The Lindsay Kimono runs big so go down a size unless you like the extra room when layering. I currently have both a small and medium Lindsay and they both are big on me. I kept the Medium because I liked the color and that it was sheer so figured it would make a cute bathing suit cover! I'm not sure if the fabric plays a roll in the fit because I haven't tried on a bunch of Lindsay's but I can say that my mother ordered a beautiful large lace Lindsay thinking they were true to size and it is big on her so they defiantly run big.  Pictured below is a comparison with a small and medium Lindsay Kimono.  The small doesn't appear to swallow me but it is a little to loose in the arms for my comfort. 

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Everybody that I've seen wearing a Lindsay has worn it as is over a top but guess what... there are a few more ways you can style your Lindsay. Pictured below are seven different ways to style/hack your Lindsay. You can wear it as is, tie the front, wrap it and belt it, reverse it and turn it into a top (*see below), a top paired with a Cassie (*see below) or hack it to look like two different types of scarfs by tying the arms together and adjusting it to your liking.

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Pictured: Small Lindsay

To turn Lindsay into a top, reverse it and knot the sides together at the bottom.  Wear a shirt or bandeau bra under it or go with out to show off your back. Add a necklace and you are set

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Pictured: Small Lindsay

I know the colors don't match perfectly but you can also turn Lindsay into a top by wrapping the material in the front across your body and tucking it into a Cassie Pencil Skirt.

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Pictured: Medium Cassie, Small Lindsay

So there you have it, seven different ways to style/hack your Lindsay Kimono. Surprisingly Lindsay is more versatile than I had thought and the best part is that you can make it even more versatile by layering it with whatever you want. Since Lindsay is a cover up, you can literally cover up any article of clothing from tops to dresses to swimwear. Sorry I'm not going to pose in my bikini for you but a sheer Lindsay such as the olive one below would make a great swim cover up. If you aren't huge on the style of the Lindsay, check out LulaRoe's Monroe Kimono for a different style kimono that would also make a great swim cover.

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Pictured: Medium Lindsay and Jill Skirt

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Hopefully this blog helped you get a better understanding of what cover ups LulaRoe has, how they fit and different ways to style and hack your cover ups. As you can tell LulaRoe cover ups all run different. They come in different materials, styles, sizes, and colors - patterns and solids. Keep in mind that LulaRoe clothing is considered unique because they only produce about 2,500 items in a specific print so if you happen to come across a pattern you like I recommend buying it because once it is gone, it may be gone forever. LulaRoe is designed to fit several different body types and all items fit people differently depending on their build and the size of the item. LulaRoe is also designed so that you can fit in several different sizes to give off different looks so if you happen to come across a pattern you love but it isn't your size you may be able to still make it work. Before you buy make sure to check out each item's size chart and how that specific item runs because each LulaRoe item has it's own size chart and some items run big, some run small and others run true to size.

Personally I'm not a fan of LulaRoe's cover ups and I think they are way overpriced, I mean $70 for a long sleeve Sarah Cardigan when I saw a similar item for $15 at Walmart but like I said I'm not huge on cover ups to begin with and I consider myself to be more of a bargain shopper. Overall I would recommend giving LulaRoe a try if you can afford it because some of LulaRoe items aren't that bad. Every item has it's pros and cons and everybody has a different sense of fashion so it may take a while to find an item you really love. If you are still unsure, then visit a "pop up" boutique in your area and try on some different styles to figure out what size and style you prefer for your body type, then go online and join a bunch of consultant's groups and enter contest in hopes of winning LulaRoe or Lulacash that way if you end up not liking the products, you aren't out as much money, if any. I also recommend looking for Muli-consultant sales or consultants that have Bargain Bins, offer free shipping or are in a no tax states to help save a few bucks (It is rumored that LulaRoe is changing taxes to match the shoppers state tax no matter what state you purchase from). If I end up getting any different sizes or styles I will update my blog to help show you the difference in sizes and possibly a few more ways to wear that style in that size. If you are looking for more information on LulaRoe, what other items they carry and how to style them you can check out my LulaRoe related blogs below or you can visit LulaRoe's website, lularoe.com, to find out more information about the company! 

Everybody I know that has tried LulaRoe has an opinion on it so feel free to share your's below, all I ask is that you keep it clean!

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

LulaRoe Part 5: Dresses - different ways to style Amelia, Carly, Julia & Nicole

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This is part 5 of a series of blogs I am writing on LulaRoe and the products they make. This blog is going to focus on LulaRoe Dresses - different ways to style Carly, Julia, Amelia & Nicole. No I am not a LulaRoe consultant or a LulaRoe expert and I did not partner with any LulaRoe consultant for these blogs. I just have several of their items and am going to share my opinion about the items I have in hopes of helping you decide whether or not to try that item and if so, what size you may need. Before we get started I want to say that these picture were taken 3.5 months postpartum with my third baby in three years and I am hoping to lose some of my baby weight but in hopes of helping you figure out what size you need, I am 5'7, roughly 150 pounds and currently wear a size 9 in jeans (Juniors section), 8/10 in most dresses. On average I wear a Large from the Juniors section and a Small or Medium in the Women's section depending on how it's made. 

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Dress order from bottom to top: Nicole, Julia, Carly, Amelia
LulaRoe currently has five adult dresses and two kid's dresses.  Each dress varies in length, material, style, size and price. As you can tell in the dress comparison picture, Julia is a straight dress and the others are a little more flowing. Both Julia and Nicole have mid-length sleeves where as Carly and Amelia are short sleeves. Nicole and Amelia are more flowing. The Julia, Nicole and Amelia are all a size Medium. The Carly is an XS.
  • Amelia - $65
  • Ana - $60
  • Carly - $55
  • Julia - $45
  • Nicole - $48
  • Adeline (Kid's) - $30
  • Dot Dot Smile (Kid's) - $36 *discontinued
  • Mae (Kid's) -$32
  • Scarlett (Kid's version of Carly) *COMING SOON - Summer 2017

The prices, $45 to $65, may seem a little high for dresses but if you think about it that is about the average price of dresses in chain stores such as JCPenny, Khols, Macy, Dillards, Belk, etc... sometimes even more. The only differences are chain stores tend to have sales, coupons, etc... allowing you to purchase dresses for cheaper and chain stores usually carry a mass amount of that certain style and size in stock where as LulaRoe does not, thus making them more unique. LulaRoe clothing is considered unique because they only produce about 2,500 items in a specific print so if you happen to come across a pattern you like I recommend buying it because once it is gone, it may be gone forever. Since LulaRoe makes a limited amount of products in certain patterns, you have a less likely chance of running into someone wearing the same dress as you which is a benefit of shopping LulaRoe.

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Amelia


The Amelia dress is LulaRoe's only dress with a zipper back and hidden pockets. It also has pleats in the bottom part of the dress making it appear flowing and full. The Amelia is LulaRoe's fanciest looking dress. It is also LulaRoe's thickest dress material wise. The Amelia sizes range from XXS(00-0) to 2XL(22-24). The Amelia retails for $65 plus state taxes and shipping. Visit LulaRoe's website, lularoe.com/amelia, to see what they say about the Amelia!

The Amelia dress runs fairly true to size, if not a little small so I would recommend going up a size, especially if you have a bigger bust. I am an 8/10 in dresses so Amelia doesn't come in my exact size but I can comfortably wear a Medium(10-12) Amelia. I was able to squeeze into a Small(6-8) Amelia but it was a little to tight for my liking, especially in my bust and shoulders, thus making it unflattering on me.

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Pictured: Medium Amelia

I personally think Amelia is adorable as is but if you want to change it up, here are a couple different ways how (from left to right):
1. As is or add a cute belt, a bow belt would look so cute paired with Amelia.
2. Reverse your Amelia and zip it up to your liking. A reversed Amelia makes for a great breastfeeding dress.
3. Amelia paired with Leggings.
4. Create a bow on the side by making bunny ears with the material, wrap a hair tie around them and spread the bunny ears out. I would not recommend knotting your Amelia because of the pleats and the thickness but this bow is a great alternative and cute in person.
5. Belted Amelia turned into a top but tucking the bottom of your Amelia into your leggings and adjusting the material to your liking.

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Pictured: Medium Amelia, OS leggings

Amelia is literally the perfect dress for church, weddings, date night, graduation, the office etc... I would defiantly recommend giving Amelia a try!

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Carly


The Carly dress is LulaRoe's most versatile dress. The Carly is considered to be a swing dress as it is a very loose and flowing dress. The Carly resembles a long t-shirt style dress with a patch pocket and a high-low hemline. It comes in different materials including leggings material and is super comfortable and stretchy. The Carly sizes range from XXS(00-0) to 3XL(24-26). The Carly retails for $55 plus state taxes and shipping. Visit LulaRoe's website, lularoe.com/carly, to see what they say about the Carly!

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Pictured: XS Carly

Carly runs big so size down one to two sizes. I am normally an 8/10 in dresses so I would need a Small(6-8) or Medium(10-12) Carly according to my size but guess what... I can wear an XS(2-4) Carly! I don't think I've ever fit in an XS anything but hey, I'm defiantly not complaining. I am hoping to try an XXS(00-0) Carly here soon to see how it fits but I'm afraid it may be to short in the front since I'm 5'7 but I will let you know when I do!

I currently have three Carly dresses all of which are XS's and they all fit me a little different.  As you can tell in the picture below:

  • The Red Carly is the biggest in both the front and the back; it is made in Guatemala. 
  • The Blue Carly is made in Mexico, it seems to be a little wider than my other Carly's but the high-low hemline isn't as high-low as the other Carly dresses I have. 
  • The Brown Carly is made in Vietnam, it is a little more fitted than my other Carly's. It is a little shorter in the front and probably has the most difference in the high-low hemline. 
Just like the leggings, the rumors seem to be proving true that LulaRoe made in Vietnam are running small for the most part. Personally I don't mind the smaller fit since Carly is so big anyways but it may play a roll depending on the item and size you are purchasing, how you want it to fit and how you want to style it. These three Carly dresses are all made out of the same material and are the same size but fit me differently which makes it hard to decide on a size. The benefit of Carly is that most people and body types can fit in several different sizes when it comes to Carly. I currently have only tried an XS Carly which is a little to baggy for my liking and a Medium Carly that swallowed me and looked like I was wearing a night gown but I have seen people that are a size 14/16 able to wear an XS to XL Carly. If you are unsure of what size you need, contact your consultant and they will be able to help you find the perfect fit for you!

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Pictured: XS Carly

Carly is the most versatile and most comfortable dress that LulaRoe has. Carly is so versatile because you can wear more than one size for different looks and the extra fabric making Carly a swing dress allows you to knot the dress in several different ways. The most basic Carly hack is knotting your dress in different locations. You can knot the middle of the dress or the bottom of the dress to make it a little shorter. You can pull more material and make a larger knot to one or both sides of your Carly and pair it with leggings. If you go up a size you may even be able to knot the sleeves. Basically you can knot your Carly anywhere you want and depending on how you knot it you can turn it into a tunic top or a regular top. You can have a variation of the knot by making cool designs such as flowers, bows, circles, etc... by gathering the extra material different ways and adding hair-ties to hold them together. You can belt your Carly, pull it up and fold it over to make the dress appear different. You can also turn your Carly into a wrap dress by pulling all the extra material to one side and wrapping it across the front of your body then using a hair-tie to gather and hold the material together on the inside of your dress. I've seen several tutorials using coasters, quarters and clips to add different designs and patterns in both the front and back of the Carly. You can add belts, scarfs, pins or poppyclips to style your Carly however you want. I've even seen someone wear a petticoat under their Carly to give it a completely different look by making it look fancy, the possibilities are endless! To find more ways to style or hack your Carly all you have to do is type in "LulaRoe Carly hacks" or "How to wear a LulaRoe Carly" into your search engine and several pictures, videos and tutorials should pop up. There are tons and tons of Carly hacks out there, these eight don't even begin to cover all the different ways you can style and hack your Carly dress but it's a start.

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Pictured: XS Carly, TC leggings

Not only is Carly super versatile but Carly pairs well with a couple of LulaRoe's other products. Carly pairs really well with LulaRoe leggings and cover ups - Sarah, Lindsay, Monroe, Joy. Carly even looks cute paired with the Cassie pencil skirt or a LulaRoe top - Classic, Randy, Irma depending on the colors, patterns and how you knot it. So get creative and style/hack your Carly to suit you and your body!

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Julia


The Julia dress is a form fitting dress perfect for showing off your silhouette. It hits right around your knees length wise and has mid-length sleeves. Picture a long Randy and you have Julia. The Julia sizes range from XXS(00-0) to 3XL(24-26). The Julia retails for $45 plus state taxes and shipping. Visit LulaRoe's website, lularoe.com/julia, to see what they say about the Julia!   

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Julia runs pretty true to size but if you don't want it to appear fitted then you need to go up a size. Julia actually comes in my size. I wear an 8/10 in dresses and can wear a Medium(8-10) Julia. The only problem I have run into so far, just like several of LulaRoe's other products, was that the Julia's I have are different lengths.  Both the blue and black Julia pictured are a Medium, yet the blue one is two to three inches longer than the black Julia. The blue Julia falls just below my knees and the black Julia falls just above my knees. I am 5'7 and personally like to wear my dresses above my knees so liked the fit and feel of the black Julia better. When it comes to Julia you may need to try her on since the sizes are inconsistent because some are a little too big, while others of that same size are not so forgiving. The size inconsistency could be because LulaRoe products are made all around the world.

Another thing to keep an eye on while shopping for Julia is the patterns and colors. Like any item, the color and pattern can draw attention to all the wrong places. My solid blue Julia tends to show off all my curves where as the pattern in the black Julia does a lot better job at hiding them.

Julia isn't as versatile as the Carly dress but you can still dress her up or down. The main thing you can do with your Julia is change the length. You can change the length of your Julia dress two different ways. You can pull/scrunch Julia up a little to make the dress shorter or you can fold the bottom under and smooth it out to make the dress into a tunic top or a top that resembles the Randy Baseball  T.  Dress your Julia up or down by adding accessories such as belts, necklaces, scarfs; flats, heels, boots, converse. Pictured below are the different lengths you can make your Julia.

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Pictured: Medium Julia

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Pictured: Medium Julia

Julia isn't the most versatile dress but Julia pairs pretty well with LulaRoe's cover ups - Sarah & Joy and the Cassie pencil skirt. You can wear Cassie over Julia with a little bit of Julia showing at the bottom to help blend the colors/patterns, you can wear Cassie completely over the bottom of Julia or you can wear Cassie as an infinity scarf with Julia. I'm sure some of LulaRoe's other skirts such as the Madison, Jill or Lola would look really nice paired with Julia as well.

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Pictured: Small Cassie, Medium Julia
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Mommy & Me - Nicole & Dot Dot Smile


LulaRoe carries both adult and children's dresses and if you are lucky, you may be able to find a Mommy & Me set. If consultants get products that have the same pattern or match they will usually pair them together in their Mommy & Me albums. Keep in mind that the consultants do not get to pick the patterns, colors or material of their products so you may have to check out several different consultant's albums to find matching products.


Nicole 


The Nicole dress is a very comfortable, very flattering, light weight dress. Nicole is designed to have a fitted body with a full skirt and mid-length sleeves. The Nicole sizes range from XXS(00-0) to 3XL(24-26). The Nicole retails for $48 plus state taxes and shipping. Visit LulaRoe's website, lularoe.com/nicole, to see what they say about the Nicole!

I consider the Nicole dress to be a more relaxed, fun and comfortable version of Amelia. I consider Nicole to be more fun because the skirt has several loose pleats that make the dress perfect for twirling. It is also super lightweight so even though it has mid-length sleeves, it is breezy and perfect for spring or summer. Nicole seems to run true to size, if not a little big. This is the only Nicole I have tried and it is made out of the super stretchy material that my Azure and Maxi are made out of. I wear an 8/10 in most dresses so like the majority of LulaRoe products I fall in-between sizes. I am wearing a Medium(10-12) Nicole and it is a little big on me but that may be because of the material of my Nicole. By my understanding Nicole's come in a couple different kinds of materials so depending on the material you may need to get a different size.  I could honestly probably fit into a Small(6-8) Nicole, especially if it is the same stretchy material as this Nicole.


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Pictured: Medium Nicole, size 2 Dot Dot Smile - Mommy & Me Dresses

Dot Dot Smile (discontinued)


The Dot Dot Smile aka The Lucy Dress is the kids version of the Nicole dress. It has a flare skirt that is perfect for twirling. The Dot Dot Smile sizes range from a kids 2(2T-4) to a kids 12/14. The Dot Dot Smile retails for $36 plus state taxes and shipping. I believe the Dot Dot Smile dress was discontinued in late summer/early fall of 2016.

My daughter is newly three in the pictures and is wearing a size 2 Dot Dot Smile. As soon as we put it on her she started twirling and smiling, she didn't want to take it off!

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Hopefully this blog helped you get a better understanding of what dresses LulaRoe has, how they fit and different ways to wear/style/hack your dresses. As you can tell LulaRoe dresses all look and run different; they come in different materials, styles, sizes, and colors - patterns and solids. LulaRoe is designed to fit several different body types and all items fit people differently depending on their build and the size of the item. LulaRoe is also designed so that you can fit in several different sizes to give off different looks, especially the Carly and Julia, so if you happen to come across a pattern you love but it isn't your size you may be able to still make it work. Before you buy make sure to check out each item's size chart and how that specific item runs because each LulaRoe item has it's own size chart and some items run big, some run small and others run true to size.

LulaRoe products in general really aren't that bad appearance wise, I just hate that their size charts are so random and their products are not consistent with each other size wise and material wise so it makes it hard to shop online since everything fits completely different but I think that is online shopping in general. Every item has it's pros and cons and everybody has a different sense of fashion so it may take a while to find an item you really love. Overall I would recommend giving LulaRoe a try if you can afford it. Yes I think most of their items are overpriced but like I said before, several chain store dresses are priced the same, if not higher and make mass amounts of dresses where as LulaRoe has a limited number in their patterns so you are less likely to run into someone wearing the same exact dress as you.

If you are still unsure about LulaRoe's dresses and sizes then visit a "pop up" boutique in your area and try on some different styles to figure out what size and style you prefer for your body type, then go online and join a bunch of consultant's groups and enter contest in hopes of winning LulaRoe or Lulacash that way if you end up not liking the products, you aren't out as much money, if any. I also recommend looking for Muli-consultant sales or consultants that have Bargain Bins, offer free shipping or are in a no tax states to help save a few bucks (It is rumored that LulaRoe is changing taxes to match the shoppers state tax no matter what state you purchase from). If I end up getting any different sizes or styles I will update my blog to help show you the difference in sizes and possibly a few more ways to wear that style in that size. If you are looking for more information on LulaRoe, what other items they carry and how to style them you can check out my LulaRoe related blogs below or you can visit LulaRoe's website, lularoe.com, to find out more information about the company! 

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