December 21, 2011

Last Minute Christmas Shopping Tips

As you know, Christmas is this Sunday! While many people don’t consider 3-4 days as “last minute,” I know I get a little stressed if I don’t get my shopping done before the week before Christmas. There’s just so much to do the week before Christmas excluding more shopping. However, does this mean that I haven’t ever got behind and had to shop for my Christmas gifts a few days before Christmas? No, believe me, I’ve been there!



If you are running behind this year and still have some more gifts to buy before Sunday, then you may find some of the last minute Christmas shopping tips helpful.
1.    Take a Vacation Day – If you have some extra vacation days lined up, then consider asking your boss to take one off (perhaps, this Friday) so you can get your last minute shopping done. Most employers don’t mind if the employee has time available to take off.

2.    Make a List – There have been times when I only had a few things left to buy for Christmas and thought I could remember who I was shopping for, but once I got in the store, I forgot and ended up buying more gifts than I needed. Learn from my mistake and make a list of all the Christmas gifts you have and who they go to. Then, make a “Gifts Left to Buy” list to take with you when you hit the stores.

3.    Go Early or Late – There’s no question about it, the stores will get busier with each day leading up to Christmas. However, most of the crowds don’t get to the store until noon (lunch break) and in the afternoon (after 3:00 p.m.). Therefore, if you get up early in the morning and shop before noon, you’ll find the stores are easier to navigate through. This is also true for late at night.

4.    It’s Not Too Late for Online Shopping – It’s currently not too late for ordering a few last minute Christmas gifts online. However, you will have to pay for it. In order to get your gifts here in time for Christmas, you’ll have to pay for 1 or 2-day shipping, which will cost more.

While no one enjoys getting out and battling the crowds for last minute Christmas shopping, sometimes it’s necessary. And, sometimes it pays to wait ‘til the last minute. For instance, most stores hold sales the day or two before Christmas – especially clothing stores. Therefore, if you’ve got to get a Christmas dress for your little girl to wear to church on Sunday, then heading to a department store on Christmas Eve may be a great thing to do!

December 18, 2011

Christmas Break and the Kids

For many around the country, today is a significant day for parents. Why? It’s the last day of school until January, marking the beginning of our children’s Christmas Break. Why is this a significant event? It’s a day that many parents dread because they have no idea what they are going to do to keep their kiddos busy for two entire weeks. (Some schools are even out for three this year!) If you are one of these parents, don’t freak out. We’ve got some fun ideas for activities you can do with your kids over Christmas Break.

1.    Have a Gingerbread House Making Contest – If you have grade-school age children and older, then hosting a gingerbread house making contest is a great way to keep them occupied for the day. Of course, you can’t go buy a kit at the grocery store and expect the kids to be entertained for hours. No, they’ve got to make them by scratch in order for this to be an all-day activity.

If you’ve never made a gingerbread house from scratch before, you can do a search in Google and find the instructions, recipes and patterns you need. If you and your children have made gingerbread houses from scratch before, then you will probably be able to leave them alone (checking on them periodically is recommended) once they get the pieces in the oven. Baking and building gingerbread houses is not only a lot of fun, but it gives kids something constructive to do with their time over Christmas Break.

2.    Have a Fashion Show – If you are the parent of one or more young girls, then helping them put on a small fashion show is a great way for them to spend an afternoon. This is especially fun for a group of girls to do. Additionally, it’s a great way for your girls to get some extra usage out of all those formal dresses they have in their closets!



3.    Volunteer – One of the best ways to get your kids in the Christmas spirit while keeping them busy during their Christmas Break is to get them involved in volunteer work. Perhaps you are close to a local food bank that serves meals to the homeless during the day or there’s a nearby nursing home that will allow your kids to come in and sing for 30 minutes? Those are just a couple of examples of places your children can volunteer their time for a good cause, there are many more. Just look in the phone book for more ideas.

4.    Get Out and Have Fun – Many parents prefer to keep their kids at home for the majority of Christmas Break, but this can just lead to bored and restless children. So, why not consider going out for at least an hour each day (or every other day) over break with your kids? A few things you can do include: going ice skating, watch a movie, go bowling, take the dogs on a walk, get hot chocolate or a mocha at a nearby coffee shop, etc. Just getting the kids out of the house for an hour will help burn off some of the extra energy they have.

December 15, 2011

Quick Fixes for Common Fashion Problems

We have all worn a piece of clothing before that has had some sort of clothing malfunction during the time we’ve been wearing it. For the most part, these malfunctions are small inconveniences that make us feel uncomfortable and make the piece of clothing not pleasurable to wear. Often times, these seemingly complex issues can be fixed rather quickly, when you know what to do. Below are quick fixes for some of the most common fashion problems.

1.    Gapping of Dress Shirts – There are a few ways to fix this problem, it just depends on what you have available to fix it with when it occurs. If you are out and about and notice your blouse gapping, you can easily fix it with a safety pin and no one will notice. However, if you don’t have a safety pin available, you can temporarily fix it with an earring by using the earring and its back like a safety pin. Once you get home, you can permanently fix the problem by attaching a small piece of Velcro on the inside of the shirt in the problem area.

2.    Zipper Problems – The two most common types of problems regarding zippers are when, 1) the zipper won’t glide easily, and 2) when the zipper loses traction and doesn’t stay up. The good news is that there is a solution for each of these issues.

Zipper Doesn’t Glide Easily: To fix this problem, simply take two strips of masking tape and put one piece on each side of the zipper to protect the material. Then, get some WD-40 and spray on the zipper itself. You’ll find that the non-gliding zipper will move easily now.

Zipper Loses Traction and Falls: Okay, so to fix this issue, you will line both sides of the zipper with masking tape, just like for the above zipper problem. Then you will spray the zipper with hairspray that contains lacquer. This will give the zipper the resistance it needs to stay up while you’re wearing it.

3.    Belts – Oh, the joy of belts. Not only do they serve a purpose for holding our pants up, but they also make great accessories too! More than likely, you’ve purchased a belt before that quickly became one of your favorites, but for some reason or another it became too tight and uncomfortable to wear. You can fix this problem by taking a knife or other sharp and pointy object and puncturing a hole at the end of the belt so it will fit looser. On the flip side, if you have a belt that is too loose, poke a hole in at the opposite end of the belt to make it tighter.

Newsletter Dec 15, 2011 - Join Our Photo Contest to Win a Prize

Dear Valued Customers,

Here we are, only 10 days shy of Christmas Day, can you believe it?! This year has really flown by for those of us here at Kids Formal. I’m sure you’ve noticed how quickly its went by also…especially if you were involved in a wedding or other big event at some point during the year. In celebration of Christmas and the fast-approaching New Year, we are holding a contest for all of our customers to participate in.

Okay, so are you ready to hear about our contest? First, we’ll start with the good stuff – what you’ll win! The first place winner of our contest will win a $50 gift certificate that’s good for anything we have in stock. There will also be two runner-up gift certificates valued at $20 each given away as well. Alright, now for the details:

The contest started at the beginning of the week, but is open until December 31st. To enter, all you need to do is post a picture of your child(ren) wearing our clothing on the wall of our Facebook fan page.  Of course, you will have to “like” our page, if you haven’t already in order to enter. The only rules you have to remember for the contest are 1) the child(ren) must be wearing clothing purchased from Kids Formal, and 2) you must be the parent of the child whose picture you’re entering. The winners will be announced on Monday, January 2nd.

Don’t forget that you have until December 31st to get your pictures entered, giving you no excuse not to enter your little ones in their holiday attire this year!

As the year is coming to an end, things are beginning to slow down just a little at Kids Formal. While we love our busy season, we welcome slower months, like December, because it gives us the time we need to get out and find new styles of formal wear for your children to wear next year. However, if you have visited our website recently, you know that we have tons of fine children’s clothing available to choose from. Right now, we are offering an online promotion for a limited time. At the time of checkout, enter coupon code “10plus” and you’ll receive 10% off your entire order PLUS free shipping!

We hope that you and your family have a wonderful Christmas season together that is filled with lots of fun, laughter and joy! As always, if you need any formal wear for the little ones in your family, please come to Kids Formal. We are here to help you with any questions you may have, so feel free to contact us at any time. 

Finally, don’t forget to enter our holiday photo contest going on through our Facebook fan page! You just might be one of our winners!

Sincerely,

Your Friends at Kids Formal

December 12, 2011

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

If you have been subscribed to our blog for long, then you know that Kids Formal does more than just provide customers with fine children’s clothing. We like to give advice in all areas surrounding kids’ formal wear too. As you can imagine, many of our customers are brides-to-be who are preparing for their big day. If you are also a bride-to-be, you may find yourself worrying over every little detail of the wedding on the night before/day of the wedding. While some things are very important and should be worried about, below are a few small issues that generally work themselves out and shouldn’t be stressed out over:

1. Tardiness to the Rehearsal: It is not uncommon for at least one member of the bridal party and/or family to be fashionably late to the rehearsal. Do not stress over this. If one of your groomsmen or bridesmaids is not at the rehearsal on time, then have someone fill in for them and continue on with the rehearsal. Once the tardy person arrives he/she will be filled in on what they missed and (s)he will have the role down perfect by the time the wedding arrives.
 
2. Dresses and Hair: Yes, you want your bridesmaids to look good for your wedding but there is most likely going to be some type of issue arise surrounding a dress or hair style for at least one of your bridesmaids. Again, don’t worry about this. Your bridesmaids want to look great for your wedding to and will do what needs to be done in order to get the dress or unruly strand of hair fixed before it’s time to walk down the aisle.
 
3. Wedding Favors: Okay, it’s understandable that you want your wedding to be perfect, especially the reception. However, if you made your own wedding favors, you may find yourself fussing over how they look on the tables. Don’t do this. Your guests will love the presentation of the tables, including the wedding favors. But, more importantly, their focus isn’t going to be focused on the table or the favors…it will be focused on the happy couple!

December 11, 2011

Tips for Teaching Young Girls Modesty

If you are the parent of a young girl, then you are probably dreading the day she is old enough to date. After all, you were once a teenager and know the types of things that can (will) go through kids’ minds when they reach this age. While you can’t prevent your daughter from growing up and dating, you can help her value modesty which will help her make better decisions when she starts the dating process. Below are a few tips for teaching your little girl about modesty.

1.    Focus on Your Daughter. More than likely you know parents with daughters who get caught up in the “thrill” of shopping. You might even find it astonishing that girls as young as 2 or 3 have opinions regarding the clothes (and accessories) that they wear. While your little one will develop opinions of her own, part of teaching modesty is teaching your daughter that clothes do not make a person. To do this, focus on your daughter (her interests, achievements, etc.) more than you do the clothes she wears.

2.    Dress Modestly Yourself. The most influential woman in a young girl’s life is her mother. Your daughter will learn a number of things from you such as how to treat others, how to cook and clean and how to dress. If you dress provocatively on a regular basis then your daughter will think this is how she needs to dress, regardless of her age. However, if you dress modestly, then your daughter will lean towards more modest clothes as she grows.

3.    Set the Rules. Finally, remember that you are the parent and at the end of the day, your children need to respect your opinions and values. If your daughter comes down the stairs wearing something you feel is inappropriate, you have the right to make her go change. If your daughter is still a toddler, that’s okay…set your “clothing” rules early to ensure your little one grows up conscious about which styles are modest and which ones aren’t.

December 6, 2011

December 6 Newsletter - Fruity Peppermint Bark and Tasty Reindeer Treats Recipes

Dear Valued Customer,

Can you believe that Christmas is only a little over two weeks away? Where in the world has the year gone? Well, this is the time of year when we should be spending as much time with the friends and family members that we cherish the most. Whether it’s getting together with your church group to go caroling, going ice-skating with friends, taking the family out to look at Christmas lights or another fun holiday activity, this is one of the easiest times of the year to make memories with your family and friends. At Kids Formal, we want to help you do that, so in today’s newsletter you will two yummy holiday recipes that you and your kids can make together!


Fruity Peppermint Bark

Ingredients:

12 oz. pkg. Nestle Premier White Morsels
½ t. Peppermint Extract
8 Strawberry Starburst Candy Canes

Directions:

1.    Place candy canes in a plastic bag, let air out and seal. Crush candy canes into small, fine pieces and set aside.
2.    Place white morsels in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave (medium) for 1 minute and stir. If needed, microwave for an additional 10-20 seconds and stir. Stir until smooth. You may need to microwave a little longer, depending on your microwave.
3.    Add peppermint extract to the melted morsels and stir well.
4.    With wax paper, line a baking sheet. Then, spread the melted mixture out on the wax paper. Spread until the mixture reaches your desired thickness.
5.    Sprinkle with crushed strawberry candy canes, pressing lightly. Refrigerate until hard and then break into pieces and place in an airtight container. Enjoy!

Tasty Reindeer Treats

Ingredients:

1 Box Strawberry Cake Mix
1 Tub Strawberries and Cream Frosting
1 pkg. Chocolate Almond Bark
Black Frosting Pen
Pretzels (Regular…not the straight sticks)

Directions:

1.    Bake the cake mix in the manner it says on the back of the box in a 9x13 pan and let cool.
2.    Crumble the cake in a large bowl and mix ½ to ¾ of the tub of frosting with the cake mix, until the cake/frosting mixture is a play-doh consistency. (Do not put in too much icing!)
3.    Using your hands, make small cones with the cake/frosting mixture. Make sure the entire cone is somewhat thick, with the top being the thickest and the bottom being pointed and a little thinner. Set aside on wax paper.
4.    Take the pretzels and break them into evenly sized pieces to make antlers. Stick two antlers in the top side of each formed cone (this will be the top of the reindeer head).
5.    Leave the antlered cones alone for a few hours to give them time to dry/set up.
6.    Melt almond bark in a medium microwave safe bowl in the microwave.
7.    One by one, dip the cones into the melted chocolate up to the antlers and place back on the wax paper.
8.    Let the chocolate cones dry.
9.    With your black frosting pen, draw eyes just below the antlers and a black dot on the bottom (pointed tip) of the cone for a nose. You’ll be left with dozens of tasty reindeer waiting to be eaten!

****If you don’t want to make the reindeer, you can simply roll the cake/frosting mixture into balls and have chocolate covered strawberry balls…very tasty also!****

With holiday parties coming up for work, home and school, you and your kids will surely be able to find a reason to make the recipes above together. We hope you have a wonderful time making memories with your family this month!

Sincerely,

Your Friends at Kids Formal

November 27, 2011

Unique Invitations for Bridesmaids and Flower Girls

Before you can start “officially” planning your big day and shopping for the decorations, dresses and other important items, you need to get your bridal party on board. Most brides rush right out and ask their friends if they will be one of their bridesmaids, as well as the flower girl. However, why not take a more creative and unique approach when asking your women-of-honor if they will accompany you on your wedding day? Below are a few unique ideas:

•    Order Champagne  - Sounds odd, doesn’t it? Well, this is a unique and fun way to ask your friends if they would be your bridesmaids and help you celebrate your wedding day. All you need to do is order personalized wine bottle labels, purchase the champagne (or wine) bottles, label them and you’re ready to go!

•    Bake Cookies – Bring each of the potential bridesmaids a basket of homemade cookies while they are working. A cute idea is to bake sugar cookies and use a bridesmaid cookie cutter. Use decorative frosting to form the dress and facial features of the bridesmaids. Then, get a customized edible stamp that says “Will you be my bridesmaid?” You can do the same thing for your flower girls – these cookies will definitely be a hit!


•    Hand Make Invitations – If you’re a crafty person, you can easily hand make your invitations with some craft paper, beads, stamps and calligraphy pens!
Your bridesmaids and flower girls will appreciate the unique way in which you choose to ask them to be a part of your special day. The ideas above will show them that you value them enough to put in some extra time to prepare something special just for them.

November 23, 2011

Holiday Traveling Safety Precautions

Are you and your family traveling for the Thanksgiving and/or Christmas holidays? If you are, there are a few things that you should do to keep your home and belongings safe while you are away. There are many thieves out there who prey on families who leave for the holidays, which is why you need to take these extra measures to keep everything safe.

1.    Tell a Close Friend Your Plans. The first thing you need to do is tell a close friend or family member what your holiday plans are. Make sure you tell someone you trust who isn’t going to go and tell anyone else. Ask your friend to keep an eye on the house while your away, and if he/she would check your mail while you are gone that would be even better. A mailbox full of mail is a dead giveaway that the homeowners are gone.


2.    Lock It All Up. Of course you know to lock all your doors when you leave town. However, many burglars don’t enter homes through the front or back door. Instead, they look for windows that have been unlocked. Even nearby ladders provide access to second story windows that may be left open. Therefore, make sure you keep your house sealed tight and even lock up any outdoor buildings you have.

3.    Refrain from Changing Messages. Many people think it’s helpful to change their home answering machine messages so callers will know they are out of town but will be back in a few days. While this may be helpful for some of your friends to know, you don’t want to help any burglars out by telling them when the house will be vacant and open for robbery. You should also refrain from announcing your holiday travel plans online (twitter, Facebook, etc.) as well.

4.    Turn Off Phone Ringers. Another indication that you are away from home is when people can hear your phone ringing from outside the home, and no one picks it up. Don’t announce that you aren’t home with a ringing phone. Turn the ringer off when you are out of town so passerbys don’t automatically know you’re out of town.

While our business is providing you with fine children’s clothing, we also strive to provide you with information on our blog that will benefit your family. Hopefully, you have found this post helpful and will use the tips listed to keep your family safe as you travel away from home this holiday season.

November 20, 2011

Thanksgiving and the Kids

For the majority of adults who are planning a Thanksgiving Day meal and expecting a large group of people to join them, things can get a little stressful in the days leading up to “turkey day.” However, if you have children, it’s important that you remember to include them in on the action, even though you’re a little stressed.


A lot of people get wrapped up with preparing the food for Thanksgiving and forget what the holiday is really about. It’s not about the food. Instead, it’s about taking time to celebrate everything you have to be thankful for. One of the ways we do this is by spending the day with our friends and family. However, for young children who kind of get tossed aside while everyone is in a frenzy in the kitchen, the holiday may appear to just be about the food…and a couple of no school days.
So, this year why not do things just a little different and include your children in the preparation? Most kids love to be included to feel like they are contributing in some way. And, if you include them and allow them to help with some of the baking (you can bake pies together the night before if it’s too crazy on Thanksgiving) then you will be creating Thanksgiving Day memories with your kids that focus on the true meaning of the holiday.

Boys holiday suits
Girls holiday dresses

November 17, 2011

A Few Tips for Reducing Holiday Stress

As you have most likely already noticed, the holidays are going to be here before we know it. While this time of the year is a lot of fun, it can also become a big headache with everything that goes on. However, the tips below will help you reduce your holiday stress so you can thoroughly enjoy everything the holidays have to offer you and your family.

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1.    Decide on the “Must Do’s” – In America, there have been so many holiday traditions started that it’s nearly impossible to do them all. For instance, picking out a Christmas tree, hanging lights on the house, sending holiday cards, buying gifts for everyone in the family (and friends), hosting one or two holiday parties, attending annual parties hosted by friends, baking holiday dinners and/or treats and the list goes on and on.

This year, sit down with your family and decide on what activities truly make the holidays special for you. Then, make those activities your priority this holiday season. Learn to say “no” to the other less important things and you will be able to really enjoy the season!

2.    Get Shopping Done Early – Sure, you can catch some great sales by waiting until the last minute to do your holiday shopping, but is the stress really worth it? If you do not have a high tolerance for stress then get your holiday shopping done before the first week of December. This includes everything from gifts to formalwear for the kids. Get it done early and then sit back and enjoy the season doing other, more important things with your family.

3.    Stay Away from the Grinch – We all know someone who is a Grinch around the holidays. These are the people who always find something to complain about and bring everyone’s mood down as a result. During the holiday season, stay away from these people! The last thing you want is to be put in a bad mood because you’ve spent an hour talking to the Grinch. This will undoubtedly rub off on your family and the day will be ruined, not to mention, your stress level will rise too. So, keep company with only happy, upbeat people this holiday season if you want a joyful holiday season this year!

November 15, 2011

Kids Formal - Newsletter Nov, 15, 2011

Dear Valued Customer,

Can you believe it’s already that time again…the middle of the month, and now we’re smack dab in the middle of November! As you know, Kids Formal is the number one leader of fine children’s clothing. If you didn’t believe this then you wouldn’t be receiving our newsletter, right?

Since our business is to provide parents with the best quality clothing for their children, we know how quickly children grow and how expensive it can be to keep kids in clothing that fit. Therefore, we understand the importance of getting the most “bang” for your buck when it comes to children’s clothing. This is why the clothing you find at Kids Formal is always reasonably priced and we constantly offer coupons and special promotions through our Facebook page, Twitter and newsletters.

We also understand that finding great prices on your kids clothing and taking advantage of special coupons is not the only way parents can save on their kids’ clothing. Another useful strategy for parents with multiple children (especially those with two or more of the same sex) is to save and reuse clothing. If you save your kids’ clothing then you know that the real dilemma isn’t boxing them up and saving them. It’s remembering where those boxes are and what’s in them when you need them that’s the problem! Below are a couple of tips to help you solve this problem.

1.    Have a Designated Place for Saved Clothing. A lot of parents purchase special plastic totes or containers for their children’s clothing and store in a designated corner of the attic. This makes it easy to remember where all of your kids’ previously worn clothes are at and you can go straight to them.

2.    Establish a “First Glance” System. Another tip many parents have found useful is to establish a “first glance” system where they instantly know what sizes of clothing are in each container just by looking at them once. One way to do this is to put all clothes in a specific age group (0-6 months, 6-9 months, 9-12 months, 2T, etc.) all in the same colored totes and group them together. This will allow you to go straight to the group of totes with the size of clothing you’re looking for.

3.    Take Inventory. Once you have figured out a way to determine exactly what sizes of clothes are in each tote, take the time to take inventory of all the items in a tote once you’ve packed it. For instance, write down things like: Boys/Girls: long sleeve shirts, jeans, jackets, pajamas, etc. on an index card so you can keep track of the items that are in each tote. This will save you the time of digging through totes looking for specific items.

4.    Move ‘Em Out!  Finally, if you are finished having children or an item of clothing has been completely worn out, don’t be afraid to get rid of the clothes. There are a lot of places that take used clothing to help struggling families. Also, if you have a friend with a child younger than your youngest, ask her if she would like some extra clothes. Many people with young children love hand-me-downs, if only for “play” clothes! Getting rid of the kids’ clothing that you no longer need will free up a lot of space in your attic and make it easier for you to find the clothing you still need.

Storing and reusing children’s clothing is an excellent way to save money on clothing every year. However, when you aren’t organized (many of us struggle here), it is possible to spend more money than you need to because you aren’t able to find what you need when you need it. The tips above will help you eliminate this problem.
We hope that you have found today’s newsletter helpful and that you will continue shopping at Kids Formal when you are in need new children’s formalwear. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns as we are here to help you!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Sincerely,

Your Friends at Kids Formal




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November 11, 2011

Having Trouble Picking a Wedding Date?

As you know, one of the most important things newly engaged couples have to do is pick a wedding date. In fact, that’s really the first thing that has to be done because without a date, it’s practically impossible to plan a wedding! While weddings are always special days to remember, many couples want their actual wedding date to be special which can make selecting a date difficult. Below are a few ideas if you are trying to decide on a wedding date.


•    The First Date – If you can remember the exact date of your very first date together, then scheduling your wedding for that date is a great way to honor the date that brought you both together forever!

•    A Family Member’s Birthday/Anniversary – If you are very close to someone in your family, then planning a wedding for his/her birthday is a unique way to recognize how important he/she is to you. Perhaps you have a grandmother and grandfather whose relationship has been an inspiration to you (and your fiance), getting married on their anniversary is another unique way to honor these special people in your life.

•    Special “Yearly” Dates – Every year, it seems like there is an opportunity to get married on a historical date. For instance, this year it happens to be today: 11/11/11 and next year, it will be on 12/12/12…dates like these only happen once every century which is why so many couples gravitate to these days. However, you don’t have to get married on a date like this for it to be a special “yearly” date. For instance, you could get married on October 11, 2012 and it would be 10/11/12. There are many ways to play with the dates if you are looking to make your wedding date special and easy to remember!

November 10, 2011

Take Time to Make Memories with Your Kids


For the majority of parents life is extremely busy, especially for working parents. Sometimes we feel lucky just to get ourselves up in the morning, the kids fed and off to school on time. While this is completely normal, it’s important that all parents realize just how important it is to make time for their children. 


Think back to when you were a child. What are some of your favorite memories? Was it the hustle and bustle of the morning routine watching your mom and dad hurry to get you and your siblings fed and out the door? More than likely, those are not the memories you hold dear. Instead, you probably remember things like getting up on a Saturday morning to help mom make homemade cinnamon rolls or spending many summer weekends camping with your parents. 

Those are the same kinds of memories that your children are going to remember when they are adults, so make sure you take the time to make these memories with them. More than any other time of year, the holiday season is incredibly busy and it’s easy to get lost amidst it all – between the holiday celebrations, winter weddings and birthdays. Therefore, make it a point to slow down a bit and focus on your children. Make some special memories with them that they will hold on to for the rest of their lives. After all, that’s what makes family so special – all the memories we create together!

November 7, 2011

When to Shop for the Best Deals on Clothing

As parents, one of the things we constantly find ourselves doing is buying clothes for our children. For most of us, it seems like our kids grow out of the clothes we buy them within a few weeks of the initial purchase. This makes it hard to find the best deals on clothing because when our kids outgrow something, like a pair of jeans, we have to get another pair as soon as possible. However, if you are able to plan ahead (just a little) and know when the best time to shop for clothing is, then you will be able to catch some of the best clothing deals!
1.      Shop at the End of the Season. While a lot of parents have heard this tip before, not a lot of them actually put it into practice. It’s a shame because this is one of the best ways to save a ton of money on your kids’ clothing. All you need to do is wait until the end of the season and shop the clearance racks for clothing your kids can wear next year at this time.

For instance, winter is coming up. Every year I wait until the end of winter (late February/early March) to shop for winter coats for my kids. Last year, I happened to find a nice coat that was originally $60 on sale for $8. It was a 4T instead of a 3T, so now my son will be able to wear that coat this winter!

2.      Wait Until a Few Days before a Major Holiday. This may sound a little contradictory to the advice just given, but it only applies to holiday outfits that you plan to purchase from a LOCAL retailer. If you want to find the best deal on Christmas dresses for your little ones, then wait until a few days before Christmas to go shopping for it. Yes, it may be crowded and you may have fewer choices, but because most people shop ahead of time, you will most likely find some awesome deals!

Now, remember that this is only for local retailers. If you prefer to shop online, you need to begin shopping for holiday outfits a month to six weeks in advance. You will naturally find better deals online as online retailers have to keep their prices lower than local retailers in order to stay competitive. However, you have to allow time to get the outfits in and altered if necessary. Therefore, DO NOT wait until the last minute to shop for great clothing deals when ordering online.

3.      Use Social Media to Your Advantage. I know, this one probably sounds a little out of place, right? After all we are trying to find the best deals on clothing, not learn how to tweet correctly. Right! Believe it or not, the majority of your favorite stores have Facebook pages and Twitter accounts. When you connect with them through these social media outlets, you’ll receive regular updates from them…most of the time these updates are coupons that can be used either online, in-store or both!

Additionally, there are a number of people who have Facebook pages and Twitter accounts specifically for the purpose of providing their readers with the best online/offline deals available. Just do a quick search for “coupons, moms and coupons, etc.” and you’ll get some hits. Follow and/or “like” these people and you will be surprised at all the deals you’ll be able to take advantage of. And, the best part about this one is that there isn’t any “special” time you have to do it. The deals come in daily, so anytime is great!

November 3, 2011

Ways to Enjoy Fall and Winter with Your Kids

Fall has finally arrived, and for many of people on the East Coast, it appears Winter may be coming a little early. While many of us enjoy all of the festivities that go on during the Fall and Winter months, we often get so wrapped up in getting everything done that we miss out on the important opportunities we have to spend time with our kids. 

Unlike other seasons, Fall and Winter often drive families indoors as it is just too cold to be outside playing. As many of you know, all of this time indoors together can cause tensions to rise and tempers to flare. However, when you take the time to plan a little bit ahead and have some fun activities that you and your children can do together, this can be a time of fun, laughter and bonding for your family. Below are a few ways that you can enjoy Fall and Winter with your kids.

·        Have Family Movie Nights – This is the perfect time of year to start planning family movie nights on a weekly basis. Make these events fun by taking turns picking out a movie and making some yummy treats to be enjoyed during the movie.

·        Cook Together – The majority of children enjoy to cook, especially when it’s learning how to make something yummy. So, take advantage of all the time you have indoors with your children and allow them to help you cook. You can help them make a special meal for the family or can just get together on a Saturday morning and begin baking pies and other holiday treats together. 

·        Play Games Together – One of the best pastimes for families to do together is to play games. There is nothing wrong with the “old” board games, and many children actually get into these games once they are started. However, there’s also nothing wrong with having a family video game night either. 

Above are just a few ways that you can have fun with your family during the Fall and Winter months. There are many, many more ways – all you have to do is look for them. It doesn’t matter what you decide to do, the point is to take the time to spend quality time with your kids during these crazy, hectic months!

We enjoy writing this blog and sharing it with our readers.  Just a reminder, if you are shopping for children's formal wear for the holidays, please head over to Kids Formal and check out our new collection of Girls Holiday Dresses


November 1, 2011

Kids Formal Nov 1, 2011 Newsletter

Dear Valued Customer,

Can you believe that it is actually November 1, 2011? The year seems to be going by quicker with each passing day. Well, if you have been following us on Facebook then you know what Kids Formal has been offering a variety of different special coupon codes to help you save a little money on your children’s formal wear this year. We also recently had a random drawing for a $50 gift certificate for one of our new followers on twitter this past week as well. So, if you haven’t liked us on Facebook or followed us on Twitter yet, you better hurry and do that. You just never know what kinds of special deals we’ll be offering next if you don’t!

Since Thanksgiving and Christmas are literally right around the corner, we thought it would be helpful to provide you with a few smart ways to shop for holiday clothing. After all, you can’t go to a Christmas party without the appropriate attire, right?

Shop Early Online. The first rule you need to abide by when shopping for holiday clothing is to start shopping early when ordering online. Most online retailers run numerous holiday sales 6-8 weeks before a major holiday occurs, which you need to take advantage of. Why? If the clothing comes in damaged then you need time to return/exchange it and if the clothing needs to be altered, then you most definitely need time to get the alterations made.

Shop Late, In Stores. If you have decided to do your holiday clothing shopping with the local retailers in your area, then you will find the best deals at the last minute. While this kind of shopping may leave you a little nervous, it’s definitely the best way to save the most money.

Don’t Hesitate to Use Coupons. Even for those of you who are not regular coupon users, holiday clothing can be quite expensive and many retailers offer some great coupons to help minimize these costs. However, you will most likely need to look further than the newspaper to find these coupons. Go online and follow the retailers you prefer on twitter and like them on Facebook as this is where the best coupons are usually advertised. Why? Customers who follow on twitter and like on Facebook are generally the company’s most loyal customers.

Hopefully you have found the tips above helpful in preparing for how to shop for your family’s holiday clothing this year. The holidays can be stressful, but it’s not necessary to stress out about the clothing your family wears this year, especially when you follow the tips above.

Also, as a special ‘Thank You’ for being one of our most valued customers, you can take advantage of this coupon code that is only being offered to those of you who have signed up for our monthly newsletter. You can receive an additional 10% off your entire order at Kids Formal when you enter coupon code “Extra10” at the time of checkout. And, when you order now, you’ll also receive free shipping!

Here’s to a wonderful start to your November!


Sincerely,

Your Friends at Kids Formal

October 18, 2011

Kids Formal Launches New Line of Women’s Dresses

Kids Formal Launches New Line of Women’s Dresses

"Given the success and rapid growth that Kids Formal has experienced over the past two decades, the owners have decided to expand once again. This time, Kids Formal is expanding to Women’s Dresses. That’s right, now customers can enjoy the same high-quality materials and low prices on a large variety of women’s dresses just like they do on the children’s formal wear at Kids Formal!"

October 16, 2011

Determining Which Colors Look Best on You

When women choose formal wear, it’s important that they know which colors look best on them for a couple of reasons. First, the wrong colors can make your skin looked washed out and do nothing to help your appearance. Second, formal dresses can be expensive so why buy something that doesn’t flatter you? In order to know what colors work best on you, you need to know what skin tone you have. Skin tones can be broken up into seasons, so let’s figure out what season you are!


·        Spring – Those with a Spring skin tone often have golden blond, light brown or red hair. Their skin may contain freckles and often has a “rosy” glow. Eye color for those with Spring skin tones is generally hues of blue or blue-green. The colors that flatter these women the most include soft colors like pink, peach and yellow. Because this is considered a warm skin tone, warm colors like light browns and greens also work well.

·        Summer – In contrast to Spring, the Summer skin tone is a cool tone. Women with this skin tone usually are natural blondes and even some brunettes. The skin color is very light and the colors that look best are more muted, soft colors. Bright and powerful colors easily overpower the skin and make it looked washed out.

·        Autumn – The Autumn skin tone is another warm skin tone. Most often this describes women red or dark brown hair. Their skin has a golden tone to it and the eyes are usually shades of green or brown. Very warm and rich colors look best on these women. For instance, brown, purple, green, burnt orange, etc. bring out the best in women with this skin tone.

·        Winter – Winter toned women usually have some Asian or African heritage in their blood as their skin tone is full of depth and contrast. Their eyes are generally very dark and deep, rich colors look best. Brightly colored clothing only enhances the natural beauty within the skin of these women. Make sure you stay away from light, bland colors as they are unflattering if you are a Winter woman!

October 15, 2011

August 15, 2011 Newsletter

Dear Valued Customer,

The year is seriously flying right by! It seems like yesterday we were preparing for the busy wedding season (June-August) and now here we are halfway through October! In fact, by the time you receive the next newsletter, Halloween will have just happened and you’ll be focusing on Thanksgiving and the holidays that follow soon after.

One of the best things about this time of year for anyone who has children in their lives is getting to watch them enjoy all of the fun holiday activities. Since Halloween is just a couple of weeks away, you will find one fun Halloween recipe and one Halloween craft you can enjoy with your children this year!

Popcorn Pumpkin Delight
Ingredients:
4-5 C. Popped Popcorn
1 C. Candy Corn
½ C. Butter
2.5-3 C. Mini Marshmallows
Red Food Coloring
Yellow Food Coloring
Black Twizzlers (cut into thirds)

Directions:

1.    Mix the popcorn and candy corn in a mixing bowl and set aside. If you like, you can add one cup of salted peanuts for extra flavor and crunch.
2.    Next, in a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Then stir the mini marshmallows in and add four drops of red food coloring followed by three drops of yellow food coloring. Continue to stir until the marshmallows are completely melted.
3.    Next, pour the melted marshmallow mixture over the popcorn mixture and stir until the popcorn, candy corn and nuts (if added) are evenly distributed.
4.    Finally, spray a muffin pan with nonstick spray and spoon popcorn mixture into the muffin cups. Insert one small black twizzler piece (should be cut into thirds) into the top of the popcorn mixture. Shape into balls and leave alone for 10-15 minutes, or until firm.
5.    Enjoy!

Hanging Bat

What you will need:

3 Egg Carton Sections (comes with 12…cut out 3)
Wiggly eyes
Markers
String
Scissors
Glue

Directions:

1.    Take two of the egg carton sections and cut a semi-circle on the bottom of each to make them look similar to bat wings.
2.    Take the one whole egg carton and glue one of the cut cartons to one side and the other cut carton to the other side to form the bat. (The cartons need to be upside down with the rounded side facing the ceiling)
3.    Glue the wiggly eyes to the center (whole) egg carton and use the markers to draw a mouth.
4.    Poke a small hole into the top of the center egg carton (bat’s body). Cut a long piece of string and tie a knot (big enough to not go through the hole) at one end of it. Then, thread the string from the bottom of the bat up through the hole and hang from the ceiling!

Hopefully, you and your children will enjoy the Halloween recipe and activity listed above during your Halloween festivities!

Remember, when you start looking for your little one’s holiday dresses, suits and accessories Kids Formal is the place to come! We will be running various promotions each week to ensure you get the best prices. To take advantages of these promotions, make sure to “like” us on Facebook and “Follow” us on Twitter!

Sincerely,

Your Friends at Kids Formal









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October 1, 2011

Kids Formal Newsletter - Oct 1, 2011

Dear Valued Customer,

Fall has finally arrived for most of us as the temperatures are starting to cool slightly. It won’t be too long before the leaves begin changing colors and you’re taking your kids shopping for Halloween costumes. Then, the holidays will be right around the corner. As you probably know, from now until the first of the new is a magical time for children as they begin to think about Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and all of the festivities that accompany each holiday. Therefore, in the honor of our children, we thought we’d share with you a few things that adults can learn from their kids.

1.      Enjoy the Moment – If you’ve ever watched a toddler play, then you know that he/she is living in the moment. Toddlers (and other young children) don’t trouble themselves with what might happen tomorrow or next week…nor do they spend any time fretting over the problems that occurred yesterday. Now, as adults, we have to stay on top of things which naturally ties yesterday into today and possibly tomorrow. However, the point is to learn to let go a little bit. Each day find time to spend with your family and just live in the moment without thinking about anything else.

2.      Don’t Give Up - Have you ever stopped to think about all the things you did as a kid that were just flat out dangerous? Most of the time when we think about these things, we are swapping stories with friends and laughing about them. However, have you thought about why you did those things? For most of us, it was just to see if we could…especially if you are a guy! However, now that we are “grown up” and have kids of our own we tend to play it safe.

For instance, many adults: continue to work at a job they hate, invest money in lower paying investments because they’re “safer”, don’t open their dream business because it’s risky, etc. – all because they’re afraid to take a risk. But, you know what? As a child, what happened if you failed at something? You got back up and kept trying. This is the exact same thing many millionaires went through before they made it big. So, don’t let fear keep you from trying to reach your dreams. After all, our kids don’t!

3.      Don’t Pass Up a Bargain – Watching young children learn how to manage money can be a very educational thing for parents who watch closely. Children who have learned the value of a dollar are often times the best bargain finders. For instance, if you give your child $2.00 to spend on candy they may really want a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup that costs $1.00 but decide to get a small bag of mini Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups that cost $2.00. Why? Because they got more candy for their money.

Obviously, as adults, we have bigger decisions to make then which type of candy to pick out. It may be that your house needs a new roof, the lawnmower needs replaced or just something simple like finding new outfits for family pictures. Whatever the case, take your time and shop around to find the best deal. We can all use to save some money, so learn from your children and hunt for the bargain.

If you take the time to put these three “lessons” into practice, you may get to experience some of the seasonal magic that your children are experiencing too!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this unique newsletter and that you are able to thoroughly enjoy the beginning of this exciting season. As always, if you need any formal wear for your children, please visit KidsFormal.com where you will find hundreds of bargains!

Sincerely,

Your Friends at KidsFormal

September 26, 2011

Formal Halloween Costume Ideas

In the last post you read about tips for helping you search for Halloween costumes for toddlers. If you have toddlers, or have older children now, you know how much fun they can be. Well, for those of you with slightly older kids (grade school) who enjoy being creative, you’re probably trying to help them figure out how to create a unique costume this year. Halloween is the perfect time to pull out the formal dresses, suits and/or tuxedos! Below are a few ideas to help you reuse your kids’ formal wear and create a fun and unique “formal” Halloween costume.

1.      Fairy Tale Princess: If you have a little diva on your hands, then it’s quite possible she would enjoy getting all dressed up like a real princess. Make this more fun by deciding on a specific fairy tale princess for your little one to be. For instance, if she likes Cinderella, help her find some real “glass” slippers to go with her dress. Using a real formal dress fora fairy tale princess costume is a lot better than settling for the ones at Wal-Mart and other department stores.

2.      Count Dracula: Little boys generally love theatrics and special effects, which is why some enjoy vampires and the tale of Count Dracula. Well, if your son has been in a wedding recently and has a tuxedo hanging up in the closet, get it out, buy some make up and vampire teeth and help transform your angel into Count Dracula!

3.      Gangster/Mob Boss: A lot of older boys spend time reading comic books (or watching the recreations at the movies) and a lot of the characters in comic books are gangsters or involve the mob. As you know, these villains are generally well dressed and wear suits, ties, hats and dress shoes. So, break out the suit in the closet, find a tie and matching hat with some fancy shoes…and don’t forget the (fake) machine gun!

September 24, 2011

Tips for Picking Out Toddler Halloween Costumes

Believe it or not, it’s almost Halloween again! Seems like it was just last week we were out trying to find the perfect costume for my then 2 ½ year old. This year things are a little different as my son is almost 4 and full of opinions. If you are also about to begin shopping for toddler Halloween costumes, below are a few tips you may find handy (I know I did).

1.    Be Flexible – After spending three years picking out clothes for our kids, it’s hard to get away from this habit and let them pick out their own clothes. This goes for Halloween costumes too. I would love to see my son in something fun, cute and unique, but my son has different ideas. He wants to be either a fireman or Woody from Toy Story…like so many other little boys want. I just have to keep reminding myself that this is my toddler’s Halloween costume (not mine) so I need to be flexible and just “go with the flow’ here as it will make his Halloween more fun and memorable for him.






2.    Be Smart – While it’s important to be flexible and let your little one have a say in what he wants to be for Halloween, you should still be smart when helping him choose a costume. By this I mean, you should carefully examine (or read if shopping online) the costume to make sure there aren’t any small pieces that could be harmful to your toddler.

3.    Be Thrifty – The great thing about toddlers is that they aren’t old enough to care about how much something costs. All they care about is that they get to dress up in a costume that they picked out! So, be thrifty! There’s nothing wrong with using a former costume that a friend’s child previously used if that’s what your little one wants to be. You can also find great deals by shopping online or at thrift stores too.

4.    Have Fun – Finally, try not to get too stressed out about the toddler Halloween costume shopping experience. Try to remember how exciting it was for you when you were little and shopping for Halloween costumes. Just relax, have fun and enjoy this time with your toddler!