From the category archives:

gifts under $20

Does this sound familiar: “I want the Pink NOO IIIIII WANT THE PINK!!!”?

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If so, help is on the way: PrincessLovesPink has learned that The Crayola Store lets you customize 64-packs of crayons. So, you can pack ‘em full of pink.

Recommended: Razzle Dazzle Rose, Cotton Candy, Tickle Me Pink and Carnation Pink (left). Crayola Custom Box: $10.99.

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1These gorgeous mermaid princesses are hand-crafted with love by a wonderfully talented artist-writer friend who sent LP one.

When our Little Princess opened the box, I could practically hear her heart pounding. LP clasped the wee ‘Maid her little chest and said:

“Oh Mama! This is so special to me!” And they really are that amazingly special.

I am hanging hers over her bed as a princess-mermaid dream catcher to ensure only lovely, pink, mermaid-y, princess-y dreams. Princess Mermaid, $18 at Etsy.

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pr1062p-300I long resisted the idea that if you “dress up” food, kids will eat it. Turns out though, it really works.

Case in point: The Grilled Cheese Example. Untouched after the old “offer it 5-10 times to let her get used to it” routine. Next day, same sandwich, gobbled down with glee after being punched into a star, moon, and well — you can see the picture.

Don’t throw away the “wasted” scraps around the shape because you know Daddy will eat them. Pink Tiara Cookie Cutter: about $2.

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Ever get that feeling like Little Princess isn’t going to sleep, it’s coming up on 9, and you’ll never, ever have any “grown up time” ever again? Me either.
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I am a sucker for my child saying she’s scared. I don’t care that she might be manipulating me, I just can’t take the risk that she might be afraid. So I let her sleep with the lights on, and I tuck her in 2, 3… oh who am I kidding 300 times.

But now I have new friend: A Dream Catcher! I made up a story about how if you don’t stay in bed, it loses some of it’s power (so wrong, I know. Let me know if it works for you).

Good luck, and sweet dreams. Dream Catcher by ArizonaDreams $16.00

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The best part of mealtime is when lovingly-prepared meals are set on the table and met with squeals of, “Ew! GWOSS! Nas-tay!” Good times.

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But with these gorgeous plates, Little Princess may go “Ooh! Butterfly!” first, and may move some food into her mouth so she can see the picture.

A mommy can dream, right? There are pretty matching cups and bowls too. Happy eating!
Butter Me Up Plate
$12.00.

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On a magical little Floridian Island, so many shells splash to shore that the waves sound like windchimes. Many of them are actually Pink Shells.

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If you have any trouble getting your Little Princess to wash her hands when she comes in from the beach, or the yard, or school, these pink seashell soaps ($5.95 from Seashells.com) should do the trick.

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Fun and creative gift idea for a crafty Little Princess (aren’t they all?)

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Smart Mom Award if you keep a set in your closet for when it’s freezing outside and cozy inside.

A set of adorable little stamps: Under $14.
Extra pink ink
(you’ll be glad you did): Under $5.

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Good idea: Visit affiliate friends CrayolaStore.com before that long trip to the in-laws. (Free shipping on all orders over $75). Search for “Princess” to see their Color Explosion, Color Wonder, and Recoloritz Princess-options.

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Bad idea: Leave non-crayola, grown-up markers in your little princess’ room the night that Daddy’s in charge.

You may come home to find her asleep, covered in self-drawn “Princess Tattoos” (including a hot-pink princess on her cheek).

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Heard about KidsKonserve from Ecostiletto, who writes: 80 percent of the 25 billion single-serving water bottles used each year end up in a landfill.

kk033-2I’ve been looking for a non-plastic water bottle for our Little Princess but couldn’t find one under $25 (since let’s face it this will get lost and you should buy two).

This one has pink butterflies and is just the right size.

Butterfly 16oz stainless steel bottle $13.00.

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We were partial to this because the Princess is named Sabrina…

p4944717dtOur LP watches this over and over. It’s a cute story and Dora is her usual strong, heroic self.

The Snow Princess is brave and kind, and her smile unlocks a snowy wonderland. (LP agrees that though boy heros don’t tend to use “smile power” perhaps more should). Dora the Explorer: Dora Saves the Snow Princess DVD $16.99.

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