(Unsponsored) LuLaRoe Review: What’s the deal?

Note: This is not a sponsored post. I was not compensated for this post, and I am not a LuLaRoe consultant. I just like the clothes!

I heard about LuLaRoe in 2014 soon after it launched. A Facebook acquaintance was a consultant, and I did scan the photos of clothes she posted, but I didn’t really understand the concept. By the winter of 2015, I heard more and more people talking about LuLaRoe, and during the spring of 2016, it seemed like the company just exploded. I was intrigued, and the more I researched, the more intrigued I grew, so I bought a top and a pair of leggings.

Now I own several pairs of their leggings (two of which I’ve won in online giveaways), Irma tunics, a Perfect Tee, an Azure skirt, a Cassie skirt, Ana dress, and a Julia dress. The skirts and dresses are great to wear to work, and I may buy one of the Nicole dresses soon because I think it would also be great for work. You can see the current LuLaRoe clothing collection here.

The Irma tunic and the TC (tall & curvy) leggings are a great fit if you’re tall! I have trouble finding tops that cover my bum because I’m 5’10.”

So what is LuLaRoe really about? Why is it so popular? LuLaRoe is a direct sales company (so like Jamberry, Mary Kay, etc.), and consultants sell their clothes online, or in person at parties, or at “pop-up boutiques” or live sales on social media sites. If you attend an online social media party or live sale and you see something you like, you have to be the first person to type “sold” under the photo of that item in order to buy it. The really popular prints go fast, in a matter of seconds.

My favorite print! I loved these leggings so much that when I saw a Julia dress in the same print (different colors), I had to get it!
I wore my LuLaRoe leggings camping because why not? They’re comfy!

I’ve read various statistics about how many pieces are made in each print, but I haven’t found an official number. What I’ve seen is that somewhere between 1,000 and 2,000 pieces in a particular fabric. I’ve noticed that some of the really crazy prints (that I usually actually think are really ugly) are the most popular, and they sell fast. If you go on eBay right now, you’ll find LuLaRoe clothes for sale, and the popular prints are selling for twice or more what they should be sold for.

As far as the costs, the prices from consultant to consultant should be consistent. Sometimes a consultant may offer a slight discount or free shipping. The Azure skirt and Cassie skirt are both $35. The Irma shirt is $35, and the Perfect Tee is $36. The OS and TC leggings are $25 a pair. I like to buy things on sale, so it was a while of window shopping before I was willing to pay $35 for a skirt. Normally I’d try to buy a skirt less than $20. I do feel like LuLaRoe clothes are a little overpriced ($60 for a maxi dress!) except for the leggings. It’s hard for me to find leggings that are long enough, so the fact that I can, and they are so comfortable…I definitely feel like the $25 is worth it. Also, I love the Julia dress! I’ll post about that dress later, but I’m willing to pay $45 for it because it’s comfortable and amazing for work, and I can’t find anything else like it! I’ve found some cheaper tops ($15) on Amazon that work well with leggings, even if you’re tall, but to be honest, I don’t like them as well as LuLaRoe’s Perfect Tee and Irma. :/

Anyway, so I think the clothes are pricey but worth it.

The sizes on LuLaRoe clothes are weird, so if you’re able to get your hands on any of the styles in person and try them on before purchasing, that’s probably your best bet. I’m 5’10” and about 160 pounds. I usually wear a size medium or a size 8 or 10 in most brands. My Irma a size small, which is supposed to fit regular size 8-10, and it is REALLY baggy on me though, so if I buy an Irma again, I’ll buy an XS.

I think LuLaRoe is most well known for its leggings, which people describe as “buttery” soft. They ARE really soft! LEGGINGS PHOTO HERE OS (one size) leggings fit about size 2-12. TC (tall & curvy) leggings fit size 10-22, and they’re a little longer. I’m usually a size 8 or 10 in pants (I fluctuate), so I can fit either OS and TC. That makes it easier for me to find prints that I like! Because I’m 5’10,” I like the length on the TC (tall & curvy) leggings, but the OS (one size) have a snugger fit, which is nice too. They feel like they’re “holding me in” more. The TC are on the loose side, but they haven’t fallen down on me, so I’m fine wearing them too.

My Cassie skirt is a medium (10-12), and my Azure skirt is a large (size 14-16). They both fit me, but I’d say the medium is a little snugger but still with plenty of stretch. I tried on a friend’s maxi skirt in a medium (size 10-12), and that seemed to fit fine too. So I think in skirts, I can do either a medium or a large. They’re both very comfortable skirts with a thick waistband. I’d like to wear the waist band on my hips instead of at my natural waist, but when I pull the waist band down, the skirts keep riding up while I’m walking, until the band is at my natural waist. So that’s a bummer for me.

Azure at work
Different work look

Wide waistband

I recently purchased a medium Ana, which is LuLaRoe’s maxi dress. I knew it was going to be an awkward length on me because I’m tall, so I purposely picked a pattern that would go well with my black booties, so I could show those off.  I also have a large Julia, which is a form-fitting dress, and I love, love, love it. Rather than let this blog post get insanely long, I will write additional posts with photos about the Ana and Julia.

That’s it for now!

Do you have any LuLaRoe clothes? Do you love them or think they’re overrated?

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A Family Outing: Port Discovery Children’s Museum

A few Saturdays ago, we visited the Port Discovery Children’s Museum in Baltimore for the first time. It’s not the cheapest place to visit. Besides the entrance fee, you have to pay for parking.

Ticket prices vary. As of September 2016, general admission costs $14.95 for ages 2 and up, but they have specials. For example, military personnel receive $2 off general admission for themselves and up to 4 guests. Also, if you have an IKEA Family Card, you can get 50% off one general admission ticket.

If you park in the Harbor Park Garage, which is next to the museum, ask the staff in the museum to give you a discount card to reduce your parking price to $15. I did check on Parking Panda the day before, and I found cheaper garages, but they were a further walk to the museum. Drivers in Baltimore (actually, pretty much anywhere in Maryland) do not stop for pedestrians, even when they’re in crosswalks and even though it’s the law, so I did not want to walk any further with Little J than I had to!

We started on the top floor of the museum and worked our way down. The Wonders of Water play area (closed Tuesdays for maintenance) and Tiny’s Diner were probably Little J’s favorite places to play.

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Little J and Big J building a plumbing system at the Wonders of Water play area. The museum has Crocs (cleaned daily) for people to borrow for this exhibit if they want. They had rain jackets for the kids too.
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Tiny’s Diner has play food, pots, pans, and trays for kids to play with.

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The play food looks realistic!

I felt like the museum did a good job of catering to kids of almost all ages, from crawling infants to upper elementary ages. There were some areas that may appeal to middle school students (like the indoor soccer “stadium”), but I think they’d be a bit old for most of the exhibits.

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In the Adventure Expeditions, you can wander around in 1920’s Egypt, decipher hieroglyphics and more.

The museum also has a quiet room called The Oasis. I think this is a great place for kids who are overwhelmed by all of the busyness in the museum. There’s even a nursing room inside of The Oasis!

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The Oasis has quiet toys, lots of books and places to sit and relax.
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There’s a Nursing Station in The Oasis too! You have to duck down a little to get into it. There are windows between the room and the rest of The Oasis, so moms can nurse their little ones and still keep an eye on older kids.

The pictures in this post were on my iPhone, but once I eventually get picture off my Nikon, I’ll put up another post with more photos. That post will include photos of Tot Trails, which is the more infant-friendly area, and BGE Studio Workshop, the craft area.

Something I really liked about the museum, they don’t let adults in unless the adult is accompanying a child. Also, the adults will have the same wristband code as the child or children. Before you can walk out of the facility with a child, security will match the child’s wrist band with yours.

We spent a few hours there, and Little J still wasn’t able to do everything, so I think it’s feasible to spend an entire day. They don’t sell food there, but they do have a sitting area where you can eat food you brought with you. You can also leave the museum to eat at one of the numerous restaurants within walking distance, and you’ll be allowed back into the museum with your wrist band.

Bottom line- our whole family had fun, and we’d do it again!

What fun places did you visit this summer?

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Review: Avishi Organics Intensive Baby Balm for eczema

Avishi OrganicsWell, Winter Storm Gorgon has passed through our area. We only got a few inches of snow, but oh boy! did it shut this area down. Hubby and I both still worked, and Little J still went to day care, but it was treacherous getting there.

To give you an idea, in a 7 hour period yesterday morning, our local police responded to nearly 150 accidents. The roads were very icy, and people were still driving fast. The snow has stopped, but the temperature will continue to fall over the next couple of days. There’s one thing that the cold, dry weather always brings to our home- eczema.

Growing up in Canada, I often had terribly dry skin on my hands in the winter to the point that they’d crack and peel, but I never had eczema. It took me a while to recognize it on my son. Actually, I think my MIL first pointed it out, when I mentioned he had a really dry patch of skin that wouldn’t go away. This was last winter. It’s one spot in particular above his knee, and has reappeared this year. It goes away in the spring and reappears in the fall once the cold weather returns.

Little J’s eczema doesn’t disappear during the winter, but if I treat it consistently, the skin will at least stay only a little dry. It’s not bad enough then to bother Little J. One time last winter it did get out of control, and his skin cracked and peeled and almost seemed to blister?? It was the first time I’d dealt with something like that, and I was a little horrified.

The last few weeks I’ve been using an Intensive Baby Balm that Avishi Organics sent me to review. When it first arrived, I thought it was just for diaper rash, but then I read a testimonial on their website where a mother said she used it with success on her child’s eczema. So I started to use the balm for that instead, and it works! As I’ve mentioned, the balm (like every product I’ve tried) doesn’t completely get rid of his dry skin, but with regular use, the Intensive Baby Balm helps it get better (the dry patch is soooo close to being completely gone) and the balm definitely keeps the skin from getting worse. The balm does so without chemicals, fragrances, colors, parabens, and sulfates.

You can see the red patchy spot on his leg. This is when I started to use the Avishi Organics Intensive Baby Balm.
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This is after 2 weeks of application, 3 or 4 times a day. I think it looks better!

I also like that it’s a stick, because I do get tired of having to wash my hands after applying lotions and creams. Yes, frequent hand washing is good when it’s flu season, but it also dries my skin out! Because it’s a stick, I also let Little J apply it himself while I supervise. As a busy 2 1/2 year old, he loves to do things himself.
Avishi Organics Avishi Organics has all the ingredients of their balm listed on their website. Ingredients include coconut oil, neem oil, plantain, organic beeswax, and vitamin E.

Overall, I’m pleased with this product. In fact, this reminds me to go put some on my son’s leg… Okay, I’m back and just took a photo, so you can see what his eczema spot looks like tonight (that’s the “after” photo that I stuck up above). A little goes a long way with this product, so I’m pretty sure this balm will last us all winter…probably two winters.

If you or your little one suffers from dry skin, I recommend you give this a try. And, of course, you can always use this as a diaper rash cream! Visit Avishi Organics to learn more.

Note: I received a free tube of Intensive Baby Balm from Avishi Organics. The opinions reflected above are my own and may differ from others.

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