September 29, 2012

Buy Children’s Formalwear from KidsFormal

Finding children’s formal wear can be pretty hard, especially if you are on a budget. Another thing that may make it hard for you to find the right clothing for your kids is your location. If you aren’t close to a decent sized town, then your options for kids formal wear may be pretty slim…if there’s any at all. The good news is that because of Kids Formal, you don’t have to worry about where in Illinois you live because you’ll always have instant access to a multitude of great kids’ formal wear. And, best of all, our formal wear is all incredibly affordable!

Kids Formal is a family owned business that actually started in Chicago. Twenty-four years later and we’re still a family owned business providing people with the best children’s formal wear they can find. However, there are a few things different about us than there was in 1988 when we got started. First of all, we have more locations in several states. Secondly, we have fully embraced the internet and have an online store to ensure everyone has the ability to find the best formal wear for their kids, no matter where in Illinois they’re located (or in any other state for that matter).

It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a nice boy’s suit for your son, a Christmas dress for your daughter, formal shoes, fancy socks, gloves, belts or any other accessory to go with your child’s formal outfit…we’ve got it. As mentioned above, the best part is that everything on our website is very affordable, making it easy for parents on tight budgets to still dress their kids in the formal wear they need for upcoming special events!

All you need to do is visit us at Kids Formal to get started. Our website is pretty easy to navigate as you can read through our categories on the left side of the screen and select the type of formal clothing you are in the market for. If you are looking for a dress in a particular color, click on our “flower girl dresses” category and then select the color of dress you want. You will then be shown all of the dresses we have in that color. As for accessories, simply select either “girls accessories” or “boys accessories” to be shown the various accessories we have available.

Once you’ve found the items you need and have added them to the cart, you’re ready to check out. The checkout process is incredibly easy, but if you have any questions, you can call our customer service at any time to get the help you need. Our checkout site is secure so you can be confident your information is safe. Your items will arrive within 5-10 business days – even if you live out in the “sticks”! So for your next kids’ formal wear purchase, visit us first!

September 24, 2012

Dressing Baby Up

Babies are arguably the most precious gifts we receive. Even through all the long nights, teething, fevers and poopy diapers…there just isn’t anything sweeter than a baby. While babies are wonderful and bring lots of joy to our lives, it’s undeniable that for the first year they do make things difficult sometimes. For example, once you bring a little one home from the hospital, it’s harder to go out at night with your spouse because now you have to find a babysitter and for a while, you might as well forget about staying out all night because the baby doesn’t sleep through the night yet.

Another difficulty, that Kids Formal helps parents out with is deciding how to get their little one all dressed up for a formal occasion. It can be quite a task to find a formal outfit in those tiny sizes. If you have a little girl, then you probably won’t have an issue finding the perfect baby dress for her, but boys are a little more difficult to dress, especially newborns. We do carry newborn suits and tuxedos, but because every baby differs in size (and fit), these don’t always work out the way we’d like them to. Below are a couple of ideas for how you can get your baby dressed up for that special event!

•    Dress Shirt with Slacks. Getting a baby boy all decked out to the nine’s in a suit and tie or tuxedo isn’t usually what most parents want to do. Even if everything fits perfectly, it may be uncomfortable for the newborn and let’s not even talk about the possibility of spit up. Another option is to find a small dress shirt for your little guy and pair it up with a newborn dress pant. With newborns, you don’t really even need to worry about shoes, dress socks will look fine, but they to make plenty of dress shoes for infants if you do want some.

•    Bows and Fancy Socks. You may not have a big enough budget to go out and by a new fancy baby dress for an upcoming formal event, and that’s okay! You can dress up any style of baby dress simply by purchasing a decorative bow and fancy socks for your little one to wear. The great thing about having a little girl today is that the styles (and prices) of all the bows being made for them are infinite – you will be able to find something that matches and is within your budget! Most of the bows for little girls today are designed to grab the attention of people right away, so if you find the right bow, the dress is naturally going to look more formal! And fancy socks just add a little something to her feet. You can’t go wrong with bows and fancy socks on your baby girl.

September 17, 2012

How to take care of a newborn with another baby at home

Believe it or not, there is a lot involved in caring for a new baby. I just recently had my second child, my first is almost 5, so this has been quite a transition for me. I didn’t realize how quickly I had forgotten how much there is to do with a newborn. The day I brought him home from the hospital, I got a quick reminder…and this time, it’s a little more intensive with another child at home.

It’s funny how when we’re expecting, we focus on all the little things. For instance, getting the nursery set up “just right” and picking out all of the baby’s first dresses, suits and other pieces of clothing seems to be extremely important when the baby is in the womb. And, let’s not forget those trips to the baby store where we pick out all of the things we can’t live without for the baby. The funny thing is that once the little one arrives, most of the things we planned on are not going to happen…and all of the items that we just had to have in order to be ready for the little one are not nearly as important as they once were. If you are expecting a little one or have just had a baby, then you may find the tips below helpful. I know I did…with both babies!

•    Sleep when the baby sleeps. It doesn’t matter how much (or little) sleep you are used to, once the baby gets here, you’re going to get less of it and you’ll be tired. During the time you are able to stay home with the baby, make sure you sleep when your little one does, if at all possible. This will make the late night feedings easier to handle. Just remember that if you don’t get enough sleep, it’s easier to get frustrated when the baby is up at 3 a.m. and doesn’t want to go to bed. It’s also easier to suffer from postpartum depression when you’re running on only a few hours of sleep every day. Sleep is important – so get it!

•    Don’t worry about spoiling your newborn. Some parents worry about spoiling their newborn by holding them too much or tending to them the minute they begin to cry. Don’t worry about this when you’ve got a “brand new” baby. The most important thing is that you are able to keep yourself sane and your baby taken care of. If this means that you have to spend 20 minutes rocking your baby after feeding to get him to sleep, that’s okay. You’ll have plenty of time to correct bad habits, and honestly, when a baby is this young – these “bad habits” really aren’t that bad, especially if they help you remain calm and collected.

•    Ask for help. Finally, taking care of a new baby is a tough task. Maybe you are a single parent or your spouse has a demanding job and isn’t home much. Or, maybe you’re just struggling with all of the new responsibilities and the crazy emotions that occur after having a baby. It doesn’t matter what the reason is, if you feel overwhelmed – don’t wait to ask for help. Most friends and family members want to help out, but don’t know how. Maybe all you need help with is preparing meals…ask your friends and family members if they would be willing to make a meal for you. Or, maybe you just need a couple hours of  to yourself. Ask a trusted friend or family member if they would be willing to watch the little one for a couple hours. The bottom line is that you understand that we all need help sometimes. With a new baby it’s important that you ask for help when you need it. Both your and the baby’s well-being depends on it.

September 8, 2012

Moms Need a Break Too

Working at a children’s formal wear shop has given me time to observe people during their busiest times. It doesn’t matter if they’re trying to find a flower girl dress for their upcoming wedding or a suit for a special church service, the majority of the moms (and some dads) who come in to our store are in somewhat of a hurry to check one more thing off their “to-do” lists. I’m a mom, so I can relate…we’re busy and running errands with our kids is generally the last thing we want to do after we get off work.

I mean, there’s a ton of other things that have to get done before the day is over too. However, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take some time off just for us too. Have you ever made it a point to give yourself a break and time to do something you really want to do…by yourself? I didn’t used to because I felt like there was just too much to do and it would all pile up on me if I didn’t keep up with it. But, I started to notice how cranky and irritable I was all the time. If something little was added to my agenda, I would feel overwhelmed and stress out about it.

That’s when I had a friend tell me she thought I needed to take a break for myself. This was something she did quite regularly. Her theory is that there will always be things to do, but when we take time for ourselves, the benefits outweigh the negatives (like not getting anything done at home during that time). I decided to give it a try and what I found was that even though I still had things to do when I got home, I was happier doing them. I had more patience for my husband and my kids and small things didn’t stress me out anymore. So, I decided to make time for myself on a regular basis. Here’s how I find time for myself.

1. I rest when my son rests. My son still takes a small nap every day. It’s usually no longer than 1-1 ½ hours and I take that time to rest myself. Sometimes, I lay down and take a nap myself, but other times I opt to sit on the couch and watch some television or curl up in my favorite chair and read. I’ve found that resting when my son rests is the easiest way to make sure I get some “me time” in every day.
2. Schedule lunch with a friend. This is something that happens maybe once or twice a month, at the most. It can be difficult to find time to meet with a friend for lunch, but it makes all the difference to me. Actually being able to sit down with another adult (without my son) and have an adult conversation is actually pretty therapeutic for me.

3. Get my hair and nails done. Finally, I didn’t used to be the type of girl you would find gushing about how much she looked forward to having her hair and nails done, but I am now. It’s not because I think I need to be pampered all the time (this only happens once every 4-6 weeks), but mainly because it gives me time alone where I get to go and relax. Plus, who doesn’t feel better when their hair is cut and styled and their nails are pretty?

If you haven’t made time for yourself lately and are feeling drained, irritable and edgy then make a point to make some time for yourself. You don’t have to do the things I suggested above if you don’t enjoy those things. The point is to find something you like to do (alone) and set aside time in your schedule to do it! You’ll feel better and your family will notice the difference too!