How To Make A Tutu: Tutu Tutorial

Do you want to learn how to make a tutu?

“Miss Tutu” Jenni Lynn teaches the easiest way to make 15 different styles of tutu skirts and tutu dresses without a sewing machine. She’ll teach you step-by-step on DVD how to make the cutest tutus for a fraction of what you would pay for tutus in any store or boutique. Besides the DVD you’ll get shipped to you, the “Secrets to Tutu Making Success” course includes online bonus videos for girls accessories, a downloadable manual, and some fun craft ebooks.

You will learn how to make perfect basic tutus plus specialty designs like Onesie Tutus, Jean Tutus, Petti-skirt Tutus, and eleven other trendy styles. You’ll even get ideas on how to make your own costumes using your tutus!

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make tutus for all the girls in your life, now is the time! This full tutu making instructional course typically sells for $67.00 but right now Jenni is having a super special sale so you can grab it for a one-time only cost of just $2.00 (plus regular shipping). At this price, even if you haven’t considered tutu making yet, you might want to grab this just to learn a new fun craft!

You can check out all the sale details and some more information at www.5tutu.weebly.com *Make sure you go all the way down to the bottom of this page so you can get the $2.00 coupon code and link to purchase.

Questions about the sale or need help ordering? Jenni is available on email at misstutus@gmail.com and will respond as quickly as possible to help you out. Be sure to take advantage of this sale quickly and tell your friends about it soon; the sale ends at midnight EST on June 30th!
Shannon
Fine Print: This post is sponsored by MissTutu.com.

Rhoost Baby-proofing Review & Giveaway

When my boys started being able to move around the house on their own, the first thing I thought of was, “Is my house babyproofed well enough?”

There are a lot of products out there that will help you baby-proof your home, but some are not too nice to look at. I never really worried about that, because as long as the kids were safe I could forget about fashion. Then I was told I could still have safe products that were stylish. Ok, sure I’ll have my cake and eat it too! And, I do admit that it’s nice to have a home that doesn’t always look like a daycare.

In comes Rhoost. What is Rhoost? Well, simply, it’s a stylish alternative to baby-proofing.

Here’s Rhoost’s story:
Rhoost is the company that results when two friends with a passion for arguing and very complementary skills decide that if the right product does not exist, you should create it. Vianka Perez Belyea and Tavinder Phull are consumers just like you.

When Rhoost co-founder Vianka’s daughter, Soledad, turned 6 months, her pediatrician uttered the words Vianka had been dreading: “It’s time to start child-proofing your home V – this little girl with the big personality will be running circles around you in no time!”

Vianka immediately added “Buy baby-proofing products” to the top of her to-do list and hit the mall. But after scouring every store, she only found herself disappointed by the poor functionality and invasive installation of the baby-proofing products available, and frustrated that none matched the style of the home in which she took so much pride. Unwilling to settle for existing products, damage her furniture or compromise Soledad’s safety – and confident that a better solution was possible – the idea for Rhoost was born.

Indeed it is nice to have stylish baby-proofing items that fit in with my decor. Everything in my house seems to be primary and kid-friendly colors. That doesn’t really match the many black accents we have. Mama likes to look at pretty things, too, right? Rhoost products are recyclable and you don’t screw them into your furniture, damaging it (no adhesive or screws). They are also portable! I know when we would visit family, I would be concerned that the boys would hurt themselves because most peoples homes aren’t baby proofed (and why would they be if they don’t have children of their own). You can take Rhoost baby-proofing products to hotels and to family members’ homes and install in a snap. They come in several colors so you don’t have to stick to white like many products.

Here are the two products currently in their collection:

The Rhoost Sling
The Rhoost Sling is a chic and simple way to keep cute and curious hands out of off-limit cabinets. Innovative design is easy on parents and big on protection. Features screw- and adhesive-free installation.Comes in brown and black

The Rhoost Edge
A modern take on a classic product, the Rhoost Edge turns sharp edges into furniture fashion statements, keeping your little ones safe, your tables unharmed and your personal style intact. Features screw- and adhesive-free installation.
Comes in plum, brown or black

Here is a quick video I made of me using the Rhoost Edge in my home:

I love how easy they are to install and I am so happy to have these on my husband’s desk. His desk is in an open room that is between both of my boys rooms. They run back and forth and without these, I’d be afraid that they would hit their heads or other body parts on the corners of the desk. Of course, it is an office so we don’t let them play in there without us in there because there are things little boys shouldn’t play with. It’s still nice to know that the corners are protected. I would definitely suggest these to friends. I have one suggestion though. I’d love for Rhoost to come up with a product that works with tables that don’t have an overhang. My dining room table, my entertainment center and most of my coffee and end dables are all completely square with legs or furniture bodies that go straight down (with no overhang). At present, the Rhoost Edge won’t work on those. It’s really great for traditional tables and cabinets that have the overhang (like the desk I used it on in the video).

And, lastly, Rhoost says, “Rhoost products are BPA, Lead and Phthalate Free and 100% recyclable, giving you peace of mind while preserving the aesthetic of your home.”

Buy: Go to http://www.rhoost.com/ for more information on the Rhoost products and to purchase. The Rhoost Edge is $14.99 for a four pack and the Rhoost Sling is $9.99 for a four pack.

Win: One Potamus Prefers reader will win a Rhoost Sling (4-pack)! For the first required entry, tell me where you would use the Rhoost Slings.

If you’d like extra entries (after the required entry is completed), please leave a comment on this post for each entry (one extra entry for each):

1. Subscribe to our feed by email.
2. Follow @rhoosting on Twitter.
3. Become a Rhoost Facebook fan (like).
4. Become a Potamus Prefers Facebook fan.
5. Follow Potamus Prefers on Blogger.
6. Follow Potamus Prefers on Twitter and Tweet about this contest. You can do this once per day for one extra entry per tweet.
7. Add Potamus Prefers to your blogroll.
8. Tell me what color option you prefer.

This giveaway is open to addresses in the U.S. only and will end July 12, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time. Winners will be chosen at random and posted on this blog (in this post) and will be e-mailed (please be sure to leave an e-mail address if you aren’t a blogger or if it isn’t part of your profile). You will have 72 hours to reply.
Shannon
Fine Print: I was given a Rhoost Edge for my review through MomSelect. I was allowed to keep the product, but the opinion I am sharing remains my own. The giveaway product is also being provided by Rhoost.

Diaper Pail Test Drive: Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail

Last week, I told you about the Diaper Pail Test Drive I have been taking part in for the last month or so. You can read that post here.

In short, Mom Central offered to send me two diaper pails for us to test out. I was sent a Diaper Genie II Elite Advanced Diaper Disposal System and the Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail by Munchkin. Each week, I switched back and forth. This week, I will tell you more about the Munchkin diaper pail I was sent.

Here are the specs:
The design team at Munchkin has partnered with Arm & Hammer to create the new Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail, designed specifically with mom in mind. Bags are easy to load, and tossing dirty diapers is quick and easy.

  • Powered by odor-eliminating baking soda 
  • Patented self-sealing system seals the bag as the lid closes
  • Easy, one-handed use
  • Just Snap, Seal, and Toss bags to dispose
  • Includes 3 Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail Refill Bags

I found the Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail to be easy to use in terms of changing the liner bag. That part was super easy as I just pulled the old one out and popped a new one in. As far as smell control, it kept the stinky diaper smell in. The only time I smelled a bit of aroma was when I opened the lid, same as the other pail (Diaper Genie) I reviewed. I found that changing the bag out before it was full and making sure the opening was clean (by wiping with disinfectant) helped this problem with both pails. I did find myself wishing that this version had a foot petal like the Diaper Genie. I didn’t know what I was missing in that respect until now. The lid did stay open nicely though while I put the diapers in and wasn’t too hard to open.

The thing I noticed on both of them was that with two kids in size 5 diapers, I had to push pretty hard to get the diapers in and make sure I rolled them very tightly. Smaller diapers would probably drop right in. Going forward, I will be putting one pail in each of the boys rooms as these definitely keep me out of the heat, going in and out to the trash can. If I were to purchase one of these, I would choose the Diaper Genie II Elite for my current needs. With two wiggly toddlers, the foot petal is a big deal maker for me, but the Munchkin pail is a really good pail if you prefer the type that opens with your hand. Both bags were easy enough to change and the refills are widely available.

Everyone has different needs, so please do your research to see which is best for you as there are many diaper pails on the market.

Shannon
Fine Print: I am a member of the Mom Central community and I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central, sponsored by Diaper Genie, and received a free Diaper Genie diaper pail and a free Munchkin Arm & Hammer diaper pail to facilitate my review.

Lighting: Ceiling Fans, Sconces & More

I was just sitting here, having lunch and enjoying the silence while the boys nap and thinking about how our house used to look. We have lived here for four years now and when we moved in, it was much different. The fixtures and fans were very dated (can you believe they had spray painted the living room ceiling fan?).

One of the first things we did when we moved in was replace many of the lighting fixtures and ceiling fans. Lately, I have noticed that a few need to be replaced again. The ceiling fan blades in my husband’s office/media room, are drooping and the living room ceiling fan doesn’t seem to be cooling like it used to. I started browsing at one of the CSN Stores (a company I have worked with several times in the past) to see what they had to offer.

I really like this ceiling fan because it’s similar to what we have now. This one is the Minka Aire Lisa Ceiling Fan in Belcaro in Walnut.

I also really like this Murray Feiss Maison De Ville One Light Wall Sconce Lamp in British Bronze.

I could spend most of naptime browsing CSN Stores because they have 200+ of them. What would you pick? Check out their stores at http://www.csnstores.com/.
Shannon
Fine Print: This is a compensated post on behalf of CSN Stores. The opinions and stories shared here are my own.

Comfort With Hanes, JetBlue and Michael Jordan

I wanted to tell you about a promotion that is going on and ends in just a few days from Hanes and JetBlue.

First off, here is information I received from Hanes that I want to pass on to you:
To support new airplane-themed ads featuring Michael Jordan and Hanes Lay Flat Collar Undershirts, Hanes has partnered with JetBlue Airways for the month of June to do the following:

  • Provide a “Comfort Upgrade” (a complimentary Hanes Lay Flat Collar Undershirt) to all JetBlue customers on overnight flights
  • Screen new Hanes airplane-themed ads on all JetBlue U.S. domestic flights on channel 41 (JetBlue’s PlusTV network)
  • Feature a weekly drawing for visitors to the Hanes Facebook page where entrants will have the chance to win two JetBlue round-trip travel certificates and a Hanes.com gift card

Doesn’t this sound great? Do you have a hubby that travels for business a lot? Well, if he’s traveling before the end of June, he’s in luck, because these shirts are fantastic. My husband received a package of them in black and has been wearing them under his business shirts and around the house at the end of the day.

My husband said, “I have worn Hanes shirts for years and they are the only undershirt I buy. I mostly wear business attire and that includes a tie so I prefer the crew neck style. The shirts Hanes provided were the black version of the white shirts I normally wear, only with the new lay flat collar. The shirts have performed well, are soft and hold their shape after washing. I would not hesitate to wear this style shirt on its own as I think they are great for a comfortable casual look. I have not had them long enough to see how the color holds up under repeated washing but I can say they are still, in my opinion, the most comfortable undershirt on the market.”

Now, here is the awesome and fantastic part. They have been giving away two JetBlue round-trip travel certificates and a $50 Hanes.com gift card weekly throughout June and this is the last week to enter (Monday, June 28, 2010 at 11:59 p.m. ET is the deadline) for the last one. You can get all of the details regarding this giveaway on the JetBlue tab at http://www.facebook.com/hanes

Check out http://www.hanestravelincomfort.com/ for more info on Hanes Lay Flat Collar Undershirts and the comfort of Hanes.

Shannon
Fine Print: We received a package of Hanes t-shirts to check out. No other compensation was received and the opinions are those of my husband and I.