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To Thine Own Self Be True: A Dad’s Humorous Take on Raising Daughters

“I’m trying to be sporty dad; I just can’t.”  ~ Lilly (my 5 year old daughter after I requested we not watch a princess show and maybe check out something a little more boy-ish.)

When I got past the deadpan delivery, the absolutely brutal honesty, and the subtle yet fantastic humor of Lilly’s statement to me, a few moments later its genuine brilliance smacked me in the face like a failed economic bailout. Sometimes life gets so complicated and so stressful, and we exert so much energy trying to be something that we are not, that we lose sight of our own reality. That’s the beauty of children, they’re not yet tainted by overwhelming and exorbitant expectations. Well, at least they shouldn’t be–yes, that a little shot at the Spears mother and the rest of that ilk.

Princess Pettiskirt Review

Claire is an expert in all things Princess. I didn’t really mean for this to happen. No, really…I didn’t! She got some Princess Paraphernalia from some well-meaning relatives when she was but a wee lass, and the rest is history…

…or, our princess-filled present, as the case may be.

You can’t shake a beautiful princess wand in Claire’s room and not accidentally point at something princess-related, so I think she’s in the perfect position to review the new Pettiskirt by This was not a paid review, however, we did receive a free Pettiskirt ($32 retail value) in exchange for an honest review.

The verdict?MyPrincessAcademy Pettiskirt

She loves it!

How does it stack up against other Princess outfits we have around here?

Well, it’s just a skirt, so it’s not a full-outfit, but that’s not really a problem around here (as you can see in the photo).

I love that she can put it on without assistance. Many of the other articles of princess garb we have around here require adult intervention.

I love that it comes with its own hanger. I know this doesn’t seem like a big deal, but it is. Trust me.

I love the fullness of the skirt and the way it flares out when she spins…or even when she doesn’t. That part really is cool!

When I asked her what her favorite part about it was, she said she liked the bow! …and the skirt! …and the colors! …which pretty much describes the entire pettiskirt. 🙂

When I asked her what she didn’t like about it, she looked at me like I was crazy, said she didn’t know what I was talking about, and that she liked “everything about it.”

So, there ya go.

The only negative things I can see about the skirt is the fact that one of the ribbons (of the bow) came off within the first few days. I was able to stitch it back on easily, and to be honest, I’d endured “please tie this again, Momma!” about a million times before that ripped off.

And, the other negative thing? Momma doesn’t think it’s appropriate sleepwear.

But that’s not the pettiskirt’s fault. 😉


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Use this promo code: princessvip for an offer of 15% off the total purchase (no minimum purchase required).

This promo code is valid through October 31st!

This review was written by one of our Mile High Mama Product Reviewers.

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