blanket_9_big-1It’s time to go. But Little Princess says she’s “not ready.” It’s “too cold.” And she’s “waaay too tired.” And why can’t she bring blankie in the car? She PROMISES not to lose it.

Mama’s too savvy to fall for that. A new idea: the Car Blankie. Just like Home Blankie, but it lives in the car. (Warning: Do not allow Car Blankie out of the car. You know why.)

Cozy for car-naps. Toasty for pre-dropoff. Heart-ed and sweetly personalized for your Little Princess. ButterscotchBlankees $125.00

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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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Not to say that Little Princess doesn’t behave … exactly … it’s just that sometimes a Mommy of a Princess needs a little, ah, guidance? Right?

51w9a9vc2zl_bo2204203200_pisitb-sticker-arrow-clicktopright35-76_aa240_sh20_ou01_Let’s say LP only eats 2 foods, and 1 of those is “toast without crust.”

Or there are frequent level 4 meltdowns, and her ability to project her voice from here to Venus improves hourly.

In the Taming the Princess series, we report on parenting tips that at least sort of work.

Tip #1 is try 1-2-3 Magic ($10.17). Lots of specific advice  for getting LP to behave, using Time Out and various reward systems. Best for: Parents who can really stick to their guns. The key is repetition and consistency. Tried it? Leave a comment!

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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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Planning a Disney Princess birthday party? Consider this your birthday supplies checklist. For Starters, Check Out…

51rgwsjupgl_sl500_aa280_Disney Princess Birthday Deluxe Pack $30.99. Includes: 8 invitations, dinner plates, cups, forks, spoons, 16 napkins, tablecover, centerpiece, 1 mylar balloon, 24 ballons, ribbon, crepe paper, confetti & candles.

Disney Princess Thank-You Notes $3.35 for 8

Princess Castle Pinata $19.99

Planning on Going All-Princess-Out? Check Out… Disney Princess Tiara Set $11.99 each [click to continue…]

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This doll is cool. At first I didn’t read the directions and horrified our Little Princess by putting Ariel in the tub, making the designs on her tail vanish.

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So you know: blow-drying Ariel while praying the designs re-appear will not work, ice water will. (Thank you, Internet).

We set up one icy bowl, one warm. Designs on, designs off! Fun! This Ariel even has what appear to be tummy tatts (we told LP they were obviously “temporary”). Ariel Bath Doll, about $29.00

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For some reason certain Little Princesses only seem to love summer pink dresses, no matter how freezing it is outside. There is a solution, however…

dressheartxmandypinklThis x-back dress from eco-friendly chic boutique The Little Seed is cute with a snug long sleeve shirt under, and fuzzy pink tights.
Hearts Pink Dress $72.00.

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For the Little Princess who ooohs! at the stiff, beautiful, crinkly silk dresses in the store but will only wear the comfy, scratch-free dresses in her closet.
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Juicy Couture Kids $106.00

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