I am so excited to be able to host my first product review and giveaway. In my searches for products that are Made in the USA, I came across Beastly Buddies. Ann is the owner of Beastly Buddies and she is the sweetest person. I contacted her for permission to add her to the Shop page since her products are Made in the USA - Schenectady, NY actually. She was kind enough to offer me the opportunity to review two of her costumes. Each costume is handmade by Ann herself. Ann has been making costumes for about 20 years and from time to time still sees some from times gone by for sale on the internet.
The first costume is for a Monarch Butterfly costume. When Lyla saw me take this costume out of the package, the princess in her came flying out. She wanted her princess dress right away....so I put it on her.
The costume slips on very easily. Picture this: I have an enthusiastic 3-year old who wants the costume on now and a one-year old who kept trying to hide in the tulle. I still had an easy time getting it on. It is one piece that slips on. (Note: The Halloween bag in the picture is not included. We already owned it.) The black bodice is lycra and it is a bodysuit so there is a bottom part for your little lady. I added a pair of black leggings underneath so it wouldn't be see-through. I think that might just be personal preference also.
The wings are quite impressive. They are made of flock and Lyla loved how soft they were. We also found out that it's easy to wipe off little oopsies from the bodice. A baby wipe cleaned it right up. The costume is dry clean only. The dots on the wings glow in the dark. They just have to be "charged" with a light source. (Note: Don't hold it up to something hot. It might burn.) Lyla is 3 and this is a size 4. On a hard surface, the costume goes down to her ankles. She meandered through the grass and had no problems walking. The costumes are available in sizes 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12.
The bad part of this costume: It was not easy to convince Lyla to actually remove it! The only reason that I convinced her to take off the costume was because either she had the other costume to twirl in or it was time to eat and she didn't want to accidentally spill something on her costume.
I have to admit I learned a lesson. I had forgotten how much little girls love dress-up. I did not expect Lyla to wear this costume as much as she has since she received it. Amateur mommy! I love watching that thrill in my daughter's eyes.
The second costume that I was given to review was a costume of Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, also in a size 4. Lyla loved this costume also. She must have because she never wants anything in her hair. To take these pictures, she let me put pig tails in her hair. She also exercised her own fashion sense with the socks. This costume includes the white blouse and blue and white gingham apron dress (2 pieces). We happened to have the red "ruby" slippers. The costume is available in sizes 12 months and 18 months.
I was concerned about the opening where the bow goes in the back, but as you can see from the picture, you can't even tell. Lyla has twirled in this dress while holding her basket and has enjoyed it so much.
GIVEAWAY: This is a giveaway for one Monarch Butterfly costume pictured below. The costume is available in sizes 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 so you can pick one of these sizes if you are the winner.
Enter by using the Rafflecopter form below for a chance to win this awesome costume! Please let me know if you have any questions. Open to the US, ages 18+.
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