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I Danced With You Once Upon A Dream…Pretty Princess Parties Fairytale Ball
March 8th, 2016

Photo courtesy of Misty Pelican Photography for Pretty Princess Parties If you follow us on social media you know we’ve been spending our weekends at some very special events all across the upper Midwest. We’ve attended over a dozen sessions of the traveling event hosted by Pretty Princess Parties known as the Fairytale Ball, including stops in…


Cheap & Easy Thanksgiving Classroom Craft for Kids – Pudding Turkeys
November 24th, 2015

Last year I had Thanksgiving plans all ironed out months before the big day, and planned in time to prep, assemble, and distribute Turkey Oreo Packs in Miss P’s preschool class. This year I’m still in denial that Thanksgiving is even on this page of the calendar. Where did the time go?!?!? I hadn’t really…


Happy Birthday TWF!
October 18th, 2015

Thank you to Misty Pelican Photography for snapping this photo at the Pretty Princess Parties Fairy Tale Ball! Happy Birthday to The Whimsy Factory​! Today is the actual anniversary of our very first sale (A Rapunzel dress), at our very first show (The Blaine High School Swimming & Diving Team Fundraiser). It was the first time we hauled…


What’s New at Whimsy
October 12th, 2015

Wow, what an amazing first year it has been for The Whimsy Factory. We’ve brought our traveling boutique to fairs, festivals, vendor shows, holiday boutiques, fundraisers, Mom’s Night Out, expos, car shows, malls, and fairytale balls. We’ve developed this blog, an online store, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and a little bit of Pinterest. We’ve held photoshoots,…


Capes & Crowns – Sharing our Birthday Wishes
September 1st, 2015

We have had an AMAZING first year sharing whimsy with the world. We have learned so much. We’ve tried our hands at design, marketing, photography, accounting, building display pieces, and so much more. We’ve met other local business owners, bloggers, and supporters who have quickly become friends (and been thankful for many friends who have become…


What to wear to the Renaissance Festival – New Adventures Edition!
August 25th, 2015

By royal proclamation, I hereby unveil The Whimsy Factory’s newest Adventure costumes! These durable dress ups are instant catalysts for creative play, appropriate and attractive to both boys & girls (and mixed groups, the best kind of play!), fit a wide range of sizes, are comfortable and non-itchy, and THEY ARE ALL MACHINE WASHABLE!!!!! Whoo…


What to wear to the Renaissance Festival – and what NOT to!
August 24th, 2015

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival runs weekends, Labor Day, and one special “Festival Friday” from now through October 4th – and this year, The Whimsy Factory will be part of it! One weekend only, August 29th & 30th, our traveling boutique will be set up as part of Silk Road: Discover the Riches Fairy Festival festivities…


Minnesota State Fair Preview! Family Food and Fun, Part 2:
August 12th, 2015

For many of us, eating is the main sport/attraction at the Minnesota State Fair. I already shared my top 3 picks for new fair food from the Great Minnesota Blog Together preview event, and you can bet I’m already making my list (literally – so I don’t miss anything!) for the 2015 Fair that is coming…


Twin Cities Moms Blog Park Hop with Pretty Princess Parties
August 7th, 2015

I say it all the time, but Minnesota is a pretty great place to be a kid. It’s definitely an AMAZING place to be a princess or superhero fan too! We can’t resist an opportunity to dress up and hit the town, and while the grocery store and brunch are fine places to wear Whimsy, hero…


Minnesota State Fair Preview! Family Food & Fun – Part 1
August 6th, 2015

Starting a small business can be scary, anxious, stressful…and tasty! Whimsy Factory Co-Founder and Words of Whimsy chief writer Heather was recently invited to an AMAZING event for Minnesota bloggers sponsored by the Minnesota State Fair – here’s her story: I love the fair. I jealously guard my fair trips each year, and if I…


Where to Wear Whimsy Wednesday – Mermaids at MoA
July 8th, 2015

Miss P and I have a lot of adventures at the Mall of America. From the time she was an infant we walked miles and miles under the sparkly lights through wide hallways with our trusty Graco stroller, plenty for her to look at, and to make me feel like I was still part of the…


Cinderella Storytime at Red Balloon Bookshop
June 29th, 2015

Minnesota is a pretty great place to be a kid, and not a terrible place to parent one. My husband has long been a fan of the Twin Cities’ independent bookstore scene, (he’s such a voracious reader I sometimes jokingly call him a “patron of the arts” in reference to the number of bookstores that show…


Where to Wear It Wednesday: Princess Mondays at MoA!
June 10th, 2015

Since launching The Whimsy Factory less than a year ago, Alison and I have been privileged to meet and work with several bloggers, business owners, entertainers, and other organizations in our local metropolitan area. It has been awesome. Minnesota has a wealth of kid-centered businesses and service providers that make raising a youngster in this area all…


Baby Shower Activity – Customize a Bodysuit
June 5th, 2015

Here’s another dose of baby shower inspiration with step by step instructions for you! Our event had a bee theme, but this could easily “bee” altered to butterflies, ladybugs, and probably even farm animals! Have everyone add a “grape” with the tag “welcome to the bunch” or a petal to a flower. Google “thumb print…


A short, sappy story about the tremendous power of dress up.
May 22nd, 2015

We had a bit of an adventure today. Mesmerized by the shining sun (what is this rare thing? In Minnesota? Warmth?) Miss P and I headed outside to snap a few photos… …and locked ourselves out of the house! I circled the house hoping I had left the back door open, then halfheartedly tried to…


Dress Up Smack Down II: How to Change Your Fate
May 11th, 2015

A while ago we shared our first “Dress Up Smack Down” post comparing our Rapunzel dress to one from a big box store. Today we’ll do the same with our Scottish Princess gown and a Merida dress purchased at Target a couple years back, and show you exactly what makes Whimsy Factory dress ups so amazing….


Whimsy Walks the Runway
April 30th, 2015

Our traveling boutique has had a busy spring, setting up at several sales events and expos, and trying something new – fashion shows!  We are coming off back-to-back events where tiny models helped to spread the Whimsy by showcasing our dress ups on the runway. This was way off the charts on the cuteness meter, we…


Where to Wear your Whimsy – Theater Edition
April 20th, 2015

In March Miss P got to get dressed up for a very special night out – her first trip to the theater! We had tickets to the touring production of Beauty and the Beast, and after all the “practice” watching shows at Disney, we decided to take the chance and bring Miss P to her first…


Disney Dining Review – Ohana Breakfast
April 17th, 2015

If you are staying off-site at Disney World (our past 2 trips we stayed at local condos and time shares due to the significant price savings) it can be easy to overlook all of the AMAZING amenities that the Disney hotels offer – regardless of whether you are staying there or not! We already told…


Me Time: My Makeover
April 12th, 2015

***Giveaway at the bottom of this post!*** Miss P has a pretty magical life right now. Besides The Whimsy Factory and coaching debate, I’m mostly an at-home parent (that’s a super weird title though, because we’re rarely actually at home…). That means we have a lot of adventures. I like these adventures, but they’re mostly…


Quick Easter Hostess or Teacher Gift
March 30th, 2015

Look at these pretties! These will be little Easter gifts for Miss P’s teachers, but they would also be great little projects for your Easter dinner or egg hunt hostess, teens who have outgrown the cutesy baskets, Sunday School teachers, coaches, service industry extras, etc. Yes, I realize that Easter isn’t necessarily a gift-giving holiday,…


Disney’s Live Action Cinderella Movie – Kindness & Magic
March 15th, 2015

We had such a lovely time at the new Cinderella movie! I have to be honest and say that Cinderella has never been my favorite princess, and I never quite understood why Miss P embraced her so much – but she basically lives in her Cinderella gown, and despite me offering up all sorts of…


Pirates & Pals Fireworks Voyage at Disney – Review
March 10th, 2015

If you haven’t taken advantage of our Cinderella sale yet, in celebration of the upcoming movie, make sure you check out the details here. In the meantime, we’ve got another Disney review for you today! We know a lot of our customers seek out our comfortable, non-itchy dress ups for theme park visits, and since I…


It’s Celebrate Cinderella Week!
March 8th, 2015

We are SO EXCITED for the new live action Cinderella movie coming out on Friday! To celebrate, we’re offering our biggest sale ever – all this week you can get BOTH of Cinderella’s sweet gowns – the adorable and unique Scrubbing Dress and the beautiful and classic Ball Gown together for just $65 with FREE U.S. shipping!…


Restaurant Review: Tusker House at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
March 1st, 2015

We had such a wonderful time on our Disney trip in December, I’m excited to continue sharing our tips, tricks, and reviews with other visitors and planners! Today let’s talk about Tusker House, a full service restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. We absolutely LOVED Tusker House. With a party of 6 spanning 3 generations, it…


Easy Hair Bow Organizer/Hanging Display Board DIY
February 15th, 2015

Here’s another little easy craft share. I love that it’s both organizer and wall art – we pay so much for all those pretty hair trinkets, why not get more out of them by putting the collection on display? This took less than half an hour to make and cost under $20. It’s been hanging…


Gorgeous Jam-Filled Sandwich Cookies – Perfect for Valentine’s Day!
February 13th, 2015

I have made these shortbread sandwich cookies a couple of times now, and while they are pretty time consuming, they are so beautiful it’s worth all the work – especially when you are making them as a Valentine treat, the whole point being to show someone that you care! It’s an impressive presentation for sure….


Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Review
January 3rd, 2015

There was no shortage of magic and whimsy on our recent trip to Disney World, but one “extra” in particular was just pure JOY. The Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is a kid’s salon experience offered inside of the castle at Walt Disney World (there is also one in Downtown Disney). Reservations are required and can be made…


Very Merry Indeed
December 24th, 2014

Wow. Just…WOW. We recently returned from an 8 day Disney vacation, and while I am ridiculously tired, it was truly amazing. My husband and I took Miss P (nearly 4 years old) and her 3 grandparents, and we packed a LOT in to our big week! Thanks to a ton of Internet research, blog and message…


The short, sad life of a sub-par (but par for the course) dress up dress
November 11th, 2014

Step one: child receives gift of a gown from well-meaning relative. Alternate beginning: child begs parents incessantly for gown and refuses to leave store aisle until item is purchased for way too much money. Step two: child plays dress up. Creative play is awesome. Child makes up stories and adventures and characters – i.e. “Anna…