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A Birthday Party Fit For a Prince

A certain prince is having a birthday today. But you don’t have to be royalty to have a birthday party fit for a prince or princesses. Use these ideas for your next party and you’ll have a shindig that even Prince George himself would be envious of.

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Amazing prince cake from Hostess with the Mostess.

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DIY paper cup fascinators from Parents.

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It’s my birthday crown on zulily.com.

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DIY tutu table skirt from Catch My Party.

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DIY crowns made form toilet paper rolls via Creative Jewish Mom.

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Personalized prince bodysuit on zulily.com.

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Silver spoon bib from zulily.com.

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Party hats with the royal treatment from Popsugar.

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Blue star beanie on zulily.com.

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Carriage photo frame on zulily.com.

zulily’s First Annual Tutu Tuesday

While zulily didn’t sell the very first Tutu ever, it’s safe to say that it’s definitely a staple here. In fact, we’ve sold over 500,000 Tutus since we launched zulily in 2010 (we really like Tutus here). So it was just fitting that we would create our very own Tutu Tuesday. To celebrate, we’ve decked ourselves out in Tutus.

We’d like to invite you to the celebration. If you’ve never worn a Tutu, you’re missing out. To get you started, please see our very easy to follow Tutu style-guide to find the perfect Tutu for any occasion.

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Top Picks for Personalized Paper Goods

Whether you’re getting ready for back to school or just looking for something to spice up your to-do list, we love adding a touch of personalization to your paper goods. Check out our top picks:

Change how you personalize your journal on a daily basis with these WAFF journals from Kristins Gifts which feature removable cubes.

You’ll never question who’s turn it is to take out the trash with this personalized weekly calendar from idesign + co.

Plain old manila folder sound a bit vanilla? These Popsicle folders from Russell + Hazel add some style to your files.

Keep notes, musings and other personal reflections safe in this composition book that is perfectly personalized from Sunshine Daydream Creations.

Check out more here.

5 Treats to Celebrate National Ice Cream Day

As if you really needed another excuse to get the kids (aka you) some ice cream, today is National Ice Cream Day. And while ice cream on its own is all well and good, ice cream will all sorts of other goodies like cake and chocolate and peppermint is even better. So celebrate the day with one (or all) of these fabulous recipes for ice cream treats. Or you can just drool over them and then run out for a scoop.

Mini ice cream waffle sandwiches from Flourishing Foodie.

PB & J ice cream cake from Eat At Home Cooks.

Easy fried ice cream from Cooking Classy.

Devils food and peppermint ice cream sandwiches from Shaken Together

Ice cream cupcakes from Susty Party

Can you say, sugar rush!

Devon’s Discoveries: Feeding the Imagination

It’s hard to believe, but our big girl, Bean, turned TWO this week!  In some ways, I can hardly believe our baby is already two years old, and in other ways, I can hardly believe that she’s just two.  Last year for her birthday, we were all about learning toys because Bean was so fascinated by puzzles, stacking blocks, and things with buttons.  Her brain was growing and she was feeding it! 

This year, it’s her imagination that is growing.  She has started “reading to herself” by making up the words to books, telling us imaginary stories about experiences her imagination has dreamed up, and playing “mommy” and “house.” So for her birthday gifts, we decided to encourage her imagination! 

Grandma and Grandpa got Bean  a dollhouse this year.  I’ve already written about my love for KidKraft products here before, and after receiving this dollhouse, I love them even more!  Easy to construct, but very sturdy, this Modern Dollhouse is so cool!   Bean loves the colorful and hip rooms—a purple kitchen?! Yes, please!—and the accessories—like a barbeque for the patio, a flat screen TV for the family room (it Velcro’s to the wall!), a claw-footed bathtub for the bathroom, and a pink ceiling lamp!  

 

Auntie and Uncle got Bean this Green Toys tea party set and she’s been busy making us delicious cups of Monkey Toenail Tea.  When she’s feeling especially creative, she pours her “tea” on the ground until someone says, “Oh no! You poured tea on the ground.” Then she giggles with delight and resumes the tea party. 

And we got her this Marian Plast Outdoor House, which has been, perhaps, the biggest hit of all.  We constructed it a little before her birthday so that it would be ready for our 4th of July party and she and her friends had a great time going in and out of that house, pretending away.

 

It was a great 2nd birthday for Bean, all in all.  We celebrated with a cake that she, her Dad and I baked together… and some Monkey Toenail Tea, of course!

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Devon is a wife (of “DA”), mother two, former History professor, and lifelong shopper.  She grew up with a self-proclaimed shop-aholic and sale-aholic mom, so she’s been in training for discovering cool stuff and great deals since she can remember.  Devon lives in Seattle, Washington, where she is mostly okay with the rain but sometimes pines for her hometown in Southern California.  With a little one at home and a crazy life, Devon is all about doing her shopping on the internet and zulily has been a dream come true for her with its variety, value, and quality.

Top 5 Trends for Back to School

If you want to be a mom in the know, on the pulse of fashion trends for your kids then, then read this! Our buyers have scoured the market to bring you the five up and coming trends for the new school year. We’ll be running trend-forward events every Friday for back to school, so be sure to set your watches and get ready to impress you kids with your fashion know-how.

  • Galaxy – Starscapes, planets and are other galaxy themed prints make their way onto clothing and accessories alike for fall.
  • Northern Exposure – From faux fur capelets and moccasins for girls to hoodies for boys emblazoned with bold animal faces, wild looks are big for back to school.
  • 90’s Flashback – They say if you’ve lived through a trend once not to wear it a second time around, which is why today’s school kids are the only ones cute enough to pull off 90’s inspired looks, including acid washed jeans with bold bright 90’s prints along with Harem pants - Can’t touch this. 
  • Camo Cool – From backpacks and binders to shoes and jackets, expect to see camouflage prints in a wide variety of colors in school hallways this fall.
  • London Calling – Trench Coats and hooded jackets paired with textured wool and corduroy will keep kids on this side of the pond warm when fall’s crisp temperatures return.

Get Your Garage in Shape with These 6 Fixes

A place for everything and everything in it’s place. Easier said than done! Especially when it comes to that one room in the house that we just don’t want to be bothered with—the garage. Well fear not because we have some super simple fixes that will get all your summer supplies organized in your garage. And you won’t even break a sweat! 

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Screw the lids of jars to the underside of the shelf and they will never go missing.  Tutorial via Chez Larsson.

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DIY! Use PVC pipe to keep your tools organized from Ashbee Designs.

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Use a wall organizer to get rid of clutter.

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Use metal planters to make the most of your wall space.  Tutorial via House to Home.

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Use a peg board to store smaller items from Hi Sugar Plum.

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Stack bikes on top of each other with a gravity rack.

Top 5 Year-Round Vacation Destinations

Summer is finally here! The kids are out of school, the pool is calling your name, and a much deserved vacation is in sight. But when work, weather, and the kids are unpredictable, it can be hard to decide on the best time and place to travel in the summer.

So, to make life a little easier, we have compiled a list of our 5 favorite family getaways perfect for any time of year. No matter the season, these trips are perfect for any family!

And to get everything you need to make travel with the family fun and easy, head over to zulily.

Relax on a beach in the Hawaiian Islands

Why we love it?

No matter the time of year, everyone loves a trip to the Hawaiian Islands. You and your family can sunbathe and build sandcastles on the beach, snorkel through the crystal clear waters, or go for a breath-taking bike ride around any of the islands. The world-famous Hawaiian surf season takes place in the winter, so from November through March you and your family can check out the professionals catching waves nearly 30ft high!

 

Soak up the sun in San Diego, CA

Why we love it?

With temperatures resting between the high 60s and low 70s all year round, San Diego offers you and your family the perfect escape from the humid summers or the frigid winters. No matter what time of year, you’ll never be bored. You can learn to ride the waves in family surf sessions, swing by the world famous San Diego Zoo to see over 4,000 animals, or make a trip to Lego Land to check out a 34 foot long dinosaur made entirely of Lego bricks. To top it all off, you can end the day relaxing and watching the sun go down at one of the many beach-side restaurants!

 

Explore the mountains in Park City, UT

Why we love it?

Park City is nestled between three ski and snowboard resorts, making it the perfect setting for both winter and summer fun. During the holiday season, families can hit the slopes 7 days a week. But don’t worry, if you are new to the mountain, all the resorts offer lessons for kids and adults! Once the snow melts in the summer months, families can slide down the Alpine Slide, zip line across the mountains, hike on the countless trails, or horseback ride through the hills.

 

Rent a cabin in Lake Tahoe

Why we love it?

Lake Tahoe is one of the world’s greatest vacation destinations. Whether it’s skiing at Heavenly or Squaw Valley Resorts, kayaking in the shimmering waters of Emerald Bay, or hiking the trails of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Tahoe will keep you and your family entertained. So, no matter the season, treat your family to a special vacation in the mountains this year, we promise you’ll fall in love with it!

 

Take a Cruise…Anywhere!

Why we love it?

What makes a cruise vacation so much fun is that you can take your family anywhere you want any time of year; it is the perfect customized vacation! In the summer months, you and your family can sail off to Alaska to explore the stunning glaciers and even learn to dog sled.  During the cold season, you can hop on board a cruise to the Caribbean or take a trip to the Galapagos.  Cruises offer countless onboard and shore activities, so that you and your family can create the vacation of your dreams.