Thursday, July 30, 2015

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What Does King Richard & Queen Anne Have Planned for You at the 2015 King Richard's Faire? #KRFaire

King Richard and Queen Anne of King Richard's Faire
Photo courtesy of King Richard's Faire
Thank you to King Richard's Faire for providing press passes for our family to attend this Massachusetts Renaissance faire.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Attending the local Renaissance Faire in Carver, Massachusetts has become a family tradition for us.  The opening weekend of the 2015 King Richard's Faire, scheduled for the weekend of September 5th (Labor Day weekend), will be our family's 5th visit to the Faire!

Our whole family is looking forward to seeing the Big Cat Show, Jacques Ze Whipper, the jousting, and more.  It's just so nice to relax and enjoy the overall jovial atmosphere of the Faire. Oh, and shopping!  We all love browsing through the vast variety of artisan shoppes.


What events do the King and Queen have on this year's schedule?

Weekend 1:
  • Saturday (9/5) - "Carver Day" (All Carver, MA residents admitted free with proper ID)
  • Sunday (9/6) - "Military Appreciation Day" (Military personnel admitted free with proper ID)
  • Monday (9/7) - The Faire is open on Labor Day!

Weekend 2:
  • Saturday (9/12) - "Cleavage Contest" at 4pm (Participants must be 18 years or older with proper ID.)
  • Sunday (9/13) - Rain date for Cleavage Contest

Weekend 3:
  • Saturday (9/19) -  "Vow Renewal" at 4pm on the King's Stage performed by the Faire's ordained minister
  • Sunday (9/20) -  Rain date for Vow Renewal

Weekend 4:
  • Saturday (9/26) - "Game of Thrones" Fan Fest Day & Trivia Contest at 4pm on the King's Stage
  • Sunday (9/27) - Rain date for Game of Thrones

Weekend 5:
  • Saturday (10/3) - "Prince & Princess Costume Contest" and "Prince & Princess Meet & Greet" [NEW] at 4pm on the King's Stage (Participants must be 11 years old or younger.)
  • Sunday (10/4) - Rain date for Prince & Princess Costume Contest and Meet & Greet

Weekend 6:
  • Saturday (10/10) - "Men in Kilts" at 4pm (Must be 18 or older)
  • Sunday (10/11) - Rain date for Men in Kilts
  • Monday (10/12) - The Faire is open on Columbus Day!

Weekend 7:
  • Saturday (10/17) - "Fairies & Pirates Costume Contest" and "Prince & Princess Meet & Greet" [NEW] at 4pm on the King's Stage (Participants must be 11 years old or younger)
  • Sunday (10/18) - Rain date for Fairies & Pirates Costume Contest and Meet & Greet

Weekend 8:
  • Saturday (10/24) - "Adult Costume Play Contest" at 4pm on the King's Stage
  • Sunday (10/25) - Rain date for Adult Costume Play Contest

King Richard's Faire 2015 is open every weekend between September 5th and October 25th plus Labor Day and Columbus Day!  Visit kingrichardsfaire.net to buy tickets, get driving directions, view the entertainment schedule, and more.



Sunday, June 28, 2015

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Fun & Trendy RMLA Girls Fashions {plus 20% Off Sophia's Style Promo Code}

RMLA Stripe Flower Lace Skirt Cardigan Top Outfit and Bixbee Pink Sparkalicious Duffle Bag  |  www.3Garnets2Sapphires.com
Thank you to Sophia's Style for providing a gift code for us to shop their site for girls summer fashions and for providing a 20% off promo code for my readers.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Have you and your daughter ever shopped on SophiasStyle.com? This online boutique offers everything from school uniforms to formal wear and everything in between for both boys and girls.  Be sure to set aside a chunk of time because your daughter will want to look at everything her favorite brands have to offer, such as KidCuteTure, Hello Kitty, Sophie Catalou, and more.  One brand our daughter owns quite a few dresses from is RMLA.  She loves them all because this brand adds a lot of special touches that make their clothes especially fun for girls to wear.
RMLA Colorful Kaleidoscope Knotted Top Hi-Low Sleeveless Dress | www.3Garnets2Sapphires.com
RMLA Colorful Kaleidoscope Knotted Top Hi-Low Sleeveless Dress
We spent quite a long time shopping on Sophia's Style.  Of the many things that were added and removed from our shopping bag, this RMLA Kaleidoscope Knotted Top Hi-Low Sleeveless Dress was the one item our daughter was not indecisive about.  It was love at first sight for her.
RMLA Colorful Kaleidoscope Knotted Top Hi-Low Sleeveless Dress from Sophia's Style | www.3Garnets2Sapphires.com
Our daughter wore this dress to a birthday party this summer.  It was a country-themed party with straw hats and mustaches.  This was really the perfect dress because the knotted denim top with the rhinestones on the faux flap chest pockets gives the dress a hint of country western style.  The high-low hemline and lightweight colorful printed fabric makes this dress ideal for summer.
RMLA Stripe Flower Lace Skirt Cardigan Top Outfit and Bixbee Pink Sparkalicious Duffle Bag from Sophia's Style |  www.3Garnets2Sapphires.com
RMLA Stripe Flower Lace Skirt Cardigan Top Outfit and Bixbee Pink Sparkalicious Girls Medium Duffle Bag
In addition to the RMLA dress, we ordered this super-cute and sporty RMLA Cobalt Blue Stripe Flower Lace Skirt Cardigan Top Outfit.  Lace overlay seems to be a huge trend this summer.  This outfit features a faux tie-front cardigan trimmed with lace at the sleeves and has built-in shorts underneath the skirt.  The floral applique on the striped top is also embellished with rhinestones.  This RMLA 2-piece set also comes in Pink, Purple, and Seafoam.  I was tempted to get one of each color because this is such a cute outfit and it's playground-friendly, making it perfect for back-to-school.

Oh, I can't forget to tell you about the Bixbee Pink Sparkalicious Medium Duffle Bag!  Can you guess what's inside?
Yes, this pink glittery duffle bag now houses our daughter's Taekwondo uniform for her to bring to and from class.  Just because she can break boards with her hands, elbows, and feet, doesn't mean she can't have a pretty Taekwondo bag, right?

Do you have a confident, colorful, girly-girl who would love RMLA fashions as much as my daughter?  Before you shop, grab SophiasStyle.com promo code: KARENSFRIENDS to save 20% off your entire purchase through 7/6/2015.
RMLA Stripe Flower Lace Skirt Cardigan Top Outfit from Sophia's Style |  www.3Garnets2Sapphires.com

Friday, June 26, 2015

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Silly Monkey Stories: Our Son, the Mutant Alien Fly

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It's been awhile since I've shared a Silly Monkey Story.  Between you and me, I was starting to consider changing the name of the series to "Exasperating Monkey Stories."

This is an Instagram photo I shared of our 8 year old, Luke, on the day of the 2nd grade Bug Parade at school.  He's been going through a phase of making signs with his hands whenever I try to take a photo of him.  What do you think he's trying to say?  Peace?  Steal second base?  Is he throwing gang signs? . . .

We'll share more about our twins' DIY bug costumes soon!