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Time to Rock Our DisneySide in 2015! #DisneySide

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5 Lessons Learned from being a Dance Mom

5 Lessons Learned from being a Dance Mom

Since October, our free time has been consumed by the Princess’ Ballet Company production of The Nutcracker. It all culminated in a jam packed, 5 shows weekend right before Christmas. I walked away from the experience with some new insight on myself and what it means to be a dance mom. I also learned how extremely unprepared I was to dive into this world.

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Now the Princess has been doing ballet since she was 3. This wasn’t our first performance by any means. But it was the first time every little detail was scrutinized and discussed. I was blown away and thought to myself, have I somehow wound up on that insane show Dance Moms? 

1. I need to step up my game in the hair category.

I can do a bun. Yes it took several years of haphazardly throwing her hair up to actually learn how to do a proper bun but I can do one. Silly me, I thought that’s all I needed to know. Buns, different types of bobby pins, curls, pony tails… I was on the verge of tears after getting stern looks about her not so ringlet curls. Then a mom pulled me aside and said “Just buy a hairpiece.” It was like the heavens opened up and the angels sang. She saved me from being shunned by the costume lady.

lessons learned from being a dance mom, dance mom funny, recital tips for new dance momsMaybe she’s born with it maybe it’s a hair clip.

2. A target bag is not an acceptable container of makeup and hair stuff. 

As I looked around at the ginormous beasts of makeup organizers I realized I was out gunned. I had one small makeup bag and the rest was thrown in a target bag. Shameful, I know. Organization is key, especially when you are digging to find “Cherries in the Snow” seconds before she needs to be on stage.

3. You can never have too many pins.

Safety, Bobby, you need them all. Go ahead and get different sizes, colors, and shapes too while you’re at it. Not only do you lose them seriously where do these things disappear to? but someone else might need one or two or twenty. Plus costumes malfunction all the time, that tiny gold safety pin just might save you from the costume police. Trust me. 

4. Be prepared for the extreme Dance Moms.

I liken these women to the dads who forget that little league is suppose to be fun and it is not the World Series. You can spot them easily from their furrowed brows to the way they walk across the room with that superior air about them. Whatever you do, try not to ask them anything. Not even where the bathroom is located. Nothing. They are not interested in helping you only in judging your non-sewing skills and how many fly-aways your kid’s bun has. 

5. Always be willing to help the new mom. 

These amazing women counteract the evils of number 4. I was the new mom, feeling the pressure to get everything perfect. Without the guidance, support, and love from the veteran moms I would still be trying to curl her hair, sobbing as I failed miserably. Thank You Kind Moms for helping me survive our first Nutcracker. I will see you next year, hair piece and makeup holder at the ready. 

lessons learned from being a dance mom, dance mom funny, recital tips for new dance momsIn the end who cares if everything isn’t “perfect?” My angel was adorable and did an amazing job, as did all the other kids. Take my advice, just do your best and enjoy this moment in time!

 

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Leap Into Gaming with LeapFrog’s new LeapTV!

Leap Into Gaming with LeapFrog’s new LeapTV!

I have received free products in order to host the Leap Into Gaming party. The opinions expressed here are my own. Everyone had so much fun at our Leap Into Gaming Party featuring the brand new LeapTV from LeapFrog! LeapTV is on the top of all the toy lists this year and after having playedContinue Reading

Showing Our DisneySide at our Disney Kids Preschool Playdate!

Showing Our DisneySide at our Disney Kids Preschool Playdate!

*I have received free products in order to host the Disney Kids Preschool Playdate. The opinions expressed here are my own. My kids are Disney Kids. I am a slightly bigger Disney Kid. Yes, I am that mom who sings right along with Sharky and Bones, Sophia, and knows all the character moves to theContinue Reading

Green Cleaning with Baby ECOS

Green Cleaning with Baby ECOS

Staying illness free this winter isn’t just about what we eat. Germs are inevitable, and school means bringing home who knows what from other kids. But I know that with green cleaning products like Baby ECOS we will be healthy, happy, and my home will be clean! Baby ECOS products are safe, effective, and green forContinue Reading

#FitMadeFun with the New LeapFrog LeapBands!

#FitMadeFun with the New LeapFrog LeapBands!

I was chosen to host a Mommy Party from Mom Select featuring the new LeapFrog LeapBands and Clif Kid ZBars. I received the products for the purpose of the party. All opinions are my own. One of the many reasons I love LeapFrog is their commitment to learning and fun. No matter the product, theContinue Reading

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