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Friday, February 28, 2014

.:Review–The Hair Bow Company:.

** I was provided with items to review but the thoughts and opinions are my own.

As you know, I’ve got three girls. Which means that our house is oozing with pink, glitter, princesses, hair bows, and dress ups. Our girls are the girliest of the girliest! And I love it. So when we were asked if we wanted to review some items from The Hair Bow Company, we were thrilled!

We were sent so many fun items, the first being some new hair bows. We got some great solid colored bows, and also a couple of more funky looking bows. We’ve been making good use of all of them! I love all of the colors on this first one!

Review of The Hair Bow Company at SumosSweetStuff.com

And sometimes you just can’t beat a nice, solid colored bow.

Review of The Hair Bow Company at SumosSweetStuff.com

Review of The Hair Bow Company at SumosSweetStuff.com

We were also sent just some plain flowers to craft with. I know I could have thought up a bunch of different things to do with the flowers, but I just couldn’t resist turning them into some new clips for my girls. We use them every day, and it’s fun to have so many new ones now! All I had to do was glue the flowers to some clips and bam – new clips!

Review of The Hair Bow Company at SumosSweetStuff.com

Now, as if that wasn’t enough, The Hair Bow Company’s generosity continues! My girls were absolutely ecstatic to see that they each got their own new tutu, and pair of wings. Dress up is HUGE at our house, and they wasted no time getting these on! We decided to have a little fairy tea party in our living room. They loved it!

Review of The Hair Bow Company at SumosSweetStuff.com

All of our new hair bows went perfectly with the tutus and wings.

Review of The Hair Bow Company at SumosSweetStuff.com

I love how fluffy and full the tutus are; and they are not necessarily just meant for dress up. My girls will gladly wear these to the store and school, no questions asked! They’d also be great attire for dance class!

Review of The Hair Bow Company at SumosSweetStuff.com

My girls love them so much they are even wearing them to bed right now.

Review of The Hair Bow Company at SumosSweetStuff.com

Pretty cute, right?

Review of The Hair Bow Company at SumosSweetStuff.com

The Hair Bow Company offers tons of other great items: pettiskirts, necklaces, baby legs, bloomers – there’s seriously so much! If you’re ready to do some shopping for the little gals in your life, be sure to use the promo code sumo10 to enjoy 10% off your order through March 14, 2014!

Thank you to The Hair Bow Company for the fabulous items! This house full of girls is happy.

Review of The Hair Bow Company at SumosSweetStuff.com

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

.:Tutorial–Stripes & Dots Dress:.

** I was provided with fabric from Modern Yardage to make this dress.

Spring is just around the corner, which for many of us, means it’s time to start thinking about spring sewing. I generally like to make each of my girls a dress or two for church. When I was contacted by Modern Yardage about creating something using some of their fabrics, I immediately said yes!

Something about using the same color but in different patterns was speaking to me, so the Bold Basics collection was perfect for this Stripes & Dots Dress!

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

Here’s what you need:
- fabric
- sewing machine/accessories
- bodice pattern (I used this one, but a free option is this one)
- thin elastic
- button
- elastic thread (optional)

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

Use the bodice pattern of your choosing to cut out two from your main fabric, as well as two from a lining fabric. I just used a plain white. Cut two skirt panels to the width and length of your choosing. My width was probably about 1.5 times the width of the bodice. And last, cut a sash – again width and length is up to you! I left the length the width of the fabric, and then cut the width to double what I wanted it to end up (you’ll see why soon!)

Since I decided to use only one color, I wanted to make it more interesting with the use of the patterns. I chose to make the stripes go horizontal on the bodice, but vertical on the skirt. Have fun playing with things like this!

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

Take the sash, and fold it in half – length wise – with right sides facing in.

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

Sew along the raw edge, leaving a two inch opening somewhere in there.

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

Clip the corners if you have cut any points into your sash like I have, and then pull the sash through to the right side through the opening you left. Iron the sash, folding in the open edges, and top stitch all the way around.

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

Set the sash aside, and grab the skirt pieces. Hem up the bottom of both skirt pieces. If you’re using a directional print, be careful to hem up the correct edges!

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

Set these aside, and grab the bodice pieces and bodice linings. Take each bodice and line it up with a lining – right sides facing in. On the back pieces only, cut a slit down the back.

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

Sew from the arm hole, around the shoulders and neckline, back to the other arm hole. Be sure to go around the slit on the back piece! Do the same for the front piece, minus the slit.

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

Clip the corners, turn right side out and press. Top stitch if you like. (I didn’t!)

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

Take the skirt pieces and run a gathering stitch along the raw edges. Gather to fit the width of the bodice pieces. Pin in place.

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

Sew each bodice piece to a skirt piece.

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

Put the front and back pieces together, with right sides facing in. Sew along the side seam – finish the edges.

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

Sew the shoulder seams together. Don’t sew up the neckline or the arm holes!

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

Almost done!

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

Turn the dress over to the back side. Take your seam ripper and make a small opening on one side of the slit.

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

Stick in a small loop of thin elastic and sew it in place.

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

Hand stitch a button in place on the other side of the slit.

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

Depending on the width of your bodice, you may decide whether or not you want to shir in the dress around the waist. I opted to since mine is a wider fit. Hand wind elastic thread around the bobbin, and then sew rows with your stitch length set to the longest length. If it doesn’t automatically shir in as you sew, hold a steaming iron over it and watch it magically shrink!

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

Tie the sash around the waist and you’ve got yourself one stylish dress!

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

Put it on a cute girl and be even more amazed at what you created!

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

I decided to go with some bright accessories so that we didn’t get too lost in the monochromaticness (totally a word) of the dress. I think it adds the perfect pop of color that compliments the dress perfectly!

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

I don’t know about you, but I kind of sort of love it.

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

A lot.

Stripes & Dots Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com using Modern Yardage fabric

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

.:Tutorial Tuesday–Drop Waist T-Shirt Dress:.

Ready for what is probably one of the easiest tutorials in the history of sewing tutorials?

That’s what I thought, those are my kind of tutorials, too.

Drop Waist T-Shirt Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com

Cute, right? And the best part? Easy. I made three in an hour. No joke.

Here’s what you need:

- t-shirt
- fabric
- sewing machine/accessories

Drop Waist T-Shirt Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com

Measure how far you want the skirt part of the dress to go from the bottom hem of the shirt. Then add on another inch or so to account for the hem and seam. This is your length.

I made the width of the skirt double to what the width of the shirt is.

Cut two pieces to the length and width as you measured. Sew them together, finishing the seam, with right sides together along one short side.

Drop Waist T-Shirt Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com

Hem up the entire bottom of your two attached skirt pieces.

Drop Waist T-Shirt Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com

Now sew together the two other short sides, with right sides together. Finish those seams!

Drop Waist T-Shirt Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com

Run a gathering stitch along the raw edge of your skirt piece.

Drop Waist T-Shirt Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com

Line up the raw edge of the skirt piece, with the bottom hem of the t-shirt, right sides facing. Pin the seams of the skirt to the seams of the shirt.

Drop Waist T-Shirt Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com

Gather the skirt evenly between pins, and pin in place. You can see that my t-shirt edge is slightly higher than my fabric; I didn't want the lines of the t-shirt hem to show once I sew the skirt and shirt together. You could also just cut the hem of the shirt off before you attach the skirt if you wanted.

Drop Waist T-Shirt Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com

Sew the skirt to the shirt, finish the seam, and then turn the skirt right side out to see the darling dress you just made! You can top stitch the skirt down if you like, but I just left it alone and it looks adorable.

Drop Waist T-Shirt Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com

Put them on the three cutest girls you know, and have a photo shoot!

Drop Waist T-Shirt Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com

We love dresses and twirling, and we also love princesses, so naturally, these were a hit.

Drop Waist T-Shirt Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com

Drop Waist T-Shirt Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com

I don’t know what it is, but I just love drop waists – isn’t it the cutest?

Drop Waist T-Shirt Dress at SumosSweetStuff.com

Have fun mixing t-shirt prints and fabrics!

Friday, February 14, 2014

.:Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy:.

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Honey Bunches of Oats for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Being a mom of young kids, you can bet that I need to find ways to keep myself going. Our mornings can be pretty crazy sometimes, and often I either don't eat anything at all, or I just grab something snacky that doesn't really cut it. Well, now I've got a secret weapon: Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy.


This delicious cereal comes in two amazing flavors: Chocolatey Almond Crunch and Cinnamon Crunch. My first taste was of the Chocolatey Almond Crunch, and it was after I had just gotten home from a workout. Seriously I think we did about a million squats that morning. Maybe not that many, but it sure felt like it. So I was feeling it when I got home from my class. I knew I was going to be zapped for the day, and was anxious to give this new cereal a try. Doesn't it look tasty? 


Excuse the picture of me post workout, but this is just me enjoying my Chocolatey Almond Crunch. And believe me when I say enjoy. I loved the slivered almonds, and of course the little nuggets of chocolate. The cereal has tasty little granola clusters, and the crunch is great. I felt that the cereal was filling, and kept me full and with energy as we went about the rest of our morning.


The next morning, I gave the Cinnamon Crunch a try. We were bustling around, getting ready for pre-school car pooling and then off to cram in some errands while two out of three were at school, but I made sure to make time to eat this cereal. The cinnamon flavor is so yummy. It's subtle and not overpowering, but still really good. It reminded me more of some sort of baked good, and I'm sure this is a must healtheir substitute for a muffin or something of the likes.


Again, it had the yummy granola clusters, and it was the perfect blend of flavors. I was able to get everything done that I needed to without starting to feel snacky, which can always be dangerous when you're at the grocery store. 

Oh, don't mind my big open mouthed picture; just enjoying some delicious cereal.


We love cereal at our house. My girls will prefer cereal over any other breakfast nine times out of ten, so it is great to have options that are healthy and filling, but still provide some variety and even a bit of decadent flavor. 

You'll want to get out and give this cereal a try. Whether you are busy shuttling kids around, off to a full time job, or both - you'll want to have this on hand to help you through your mornings! 

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I kind of thought that the Chocolatey Almond Crunch was going to be my favorite because, well, chocolate. But I think I might be more of a fan of the Cinnamon Crunch. 

Which flavor are you most excited to try?
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