So many adventures. So few times.

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My life is pretty dull. I play with a toddler, watch a lot of Yo Gabba Gabba and experiment with the crock pot. I have no bed time and I find humor in Laffy Taffy jokes. Conan O'Brien is my anti-drug.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Halloween Adventure and the Ballerina Batgirl

You know what my kid loves? Dressing up. Toddlers love playing dress up - definitely not a new concept. Emma is no exception. She has a bin full of princess numbers and feather boas and even a few capes and masks. I absolutely love seeing her play so creatively and she seems to thrive when she can pretend to be a princess or a police officer or a doctor or a super hero or a mix of all of the above.

Halloween Adventure is a newer costume sale site and I was given the opportunity to review a costume from their plentiful selection. I scoured through the pages, considering all our options. Until I saw this number:

It's so completely right up her alley right now, as she's caught between a wistful land of all things girly and all things SUPER (with a special emphasis on Batman). 

I put the entire outfit on her and she immediately started referring to herself as Ballerina Batman. Okay, sure. I see it. And she could too. It took me about a half hour to get her away from the full length mirror, where she proceeded to kiss herself, spin around in circles and announce that she could fly high! in the sky!! (I didn't have the heart to tell her that Batman doesn't fly. She's two. A kid can dream).  
The costume itself is better than average quality. While it's still a typical costume - it's not exactly made of the finest silk and satin, the bodice is soft to the touch and the arm bands are thick and sturdy. The printing on both the belt and the bodice of the dress is durable and the tutu of the dress is several layers thick - perfect for a little modesty for a tot (which I was definitely worried about). 

I only noticed one real problem. The mask, while adjustable, dug in horribly to the kid's face. I loosened it as much as possible and then just took it off, only to find her eyes covered in little specs of glitter... prompting both a meltdown because I removed a precious part of her "Super Ballerina Batman" costume but also because the glitter flecks were getting into her eyes and irritating her.

It might be hard to see, but there are rub-welts on the bridge of her nose and on her forehead, and glitter a-plenty covering her round little face. Lesson learned - I immediately threw the mask into the Goodwill pile when she wasn't looking and encouraged her to go save the day.

With Super Ballerina Batman on the scene, the dog can rest easy until another day.

Check out Halloween Adventure on Facebook and Google+, and be sure to check out their awesome selection and competitive prices online before Halloween sneaks up on you! Or, ya know, be like Emma and make every day a dress up day.

I was provided the costume free of charge for review, but the opinions and images are all mine.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The post in which I show pictures of my sweaty ankles. Thanks, Zaggora!

Have you heard of Zaggora hot pants? Okay, seriously. Have you? Because I thought I had, but I was a fool. I hadn't heard of them whatsoever.

Zaggora is an innovative brand using cutting edge technology and their original Celu-Litefabric to help customers sweat away the pounds. When you put these bad boys on, it's seriously like you're yanking up a pair of scuba pants. They swish when you walk. They itch. They are heavy. They are TIGHT.

But holy crap, do you sweat.

My first time wearing them, I was a bit apprehensive. They seemed great and all, but I wasn't sure I could overlook the itchy factor. Or the swishing. The swishing is just... obnoxious as hell, especially since I'm not one of those blessed ladies whose thighs don't rub together. Mine do. A lot.

But I gave them a go. After a few minutes, the itchy is ignore-able and the swishing is less evident. You know what I did notice? My socks felt wet.  

You can't really tell from this image, but the sweat was pouring down my legs into my socks. Sexy, I know. I had to put my shoes outside to air dry and had to wring out my socks. 

F'real. These pants are intense, and now I want a matching top and also some of the shorts. The claim is that these help you lose weight through fitness more quickly, initially by water weight but overall by increasing body heat so you burn more calories during cardio. I don't know how true it is, but I do know that I love a good sweat, and these bad boys will definitely help me meet my 'earn the shower' goal. 

I received these kick-butt Zaggora pants to review by the company, but the opinions are all mine. (I'm sure they don't want me saying that they itch like a mofo or that people can hear me coming a mile away by way of my thunder thighs causing friction). On a scale of 1 to 10? I give these a solid, mega 8.