Monthly Archives: August 2009

Sweet Back to School Themed Goodies

Back to school is a fun time to shop, even if your kids don’t go to school yet!

Use coupon code SCHOOLROCKS09 to save 15% off orders of $50 or more at Starlooks Boutique! Expires Sept. 20, 2009.

Here are some favorites of ours:

A is for Apple personalized plate by Sweet Mady’s – MADE IN THE USA!


Fiala Lunch Tote by Mouton Noir, more styles available – MADE IN THE USA!



The R & R Pillow and Blanket set by Baby Dry Goods MADE IN THE USA!

All are available at Starlooks Boutique.



Summer Berry Picking and Gardening

So we have a garden – big deal, right? Not really. But apparently people think its great and our kids LOVE it! They get to pick fresh sugar snap peas whenever they are ready, and we get super yummy red potatoes (my favorite). We also have carrots, turnips, and spinach.

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This week we’ve also went berry picking. In Alaska there’s an abundance of wild berries, including blue berries, crow berries (black currants), cranberries, salmon berries, raspeberries, and strawberries. We’ve only been able to find crowberries and blueberries, but only because I am not willing to risk my children’s lives by going deep into the forest only to run into bear(s). Recently there was a guy just in town taking his dog for a walk and a bear charged him! We take our dog – a chocolate lab, with us everywhere. He even ate some berries too!

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Peri Ponchos

One of the things on my daughter’s birthday list wasn’t a poncho, but she had wanted one since last Christmas. So we surprised her and got this Merry Go Brown one (I asked her a couple of months ago which one she like the best out of all the designs). Now all her friends want one and the ponchos are perfect for fall!

Peri Ponchos are made in Oregon, U.S.A. Yep. If you haven’t noticed by now, most of our stuff is US made!




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How to Have a Ballerina Ballet Party

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My daughter’s 8th birthday party was a Miss Sugar Pops ballerina theme. I found some great ideas on how to have a Ballerina Party at this link

Here are some photos of the party! She chose to have a Miss Sugar Pops theme! She is wearing a Candy Lace So Posh Tutu set by Miss Sugar Pops!

We made our own invitations using pretty cardstock and printed out the details of the party on regular paper and then cut them using pretty cutout scissors.

Inside, it said:

Prima Ballerina (Place Name here) is turning (#)!

Twirl on over to her house to celebrate!




Wear a tutu if you have one, it will be a Miss Sugar Pops theme! You’ll have a tu-tu good time! Please RSVP to (phone # here).


For her birthday banner, I simply used printer paper, cardstock, and acrylic black paint to customize her name (see photo). Quick, cheap, and fun!  You could even make it larger if you wanted, we just didn’t have big enough cardstock.

For the party, I had two tables: one to display ballerina/princess themed items and to open presents at and the other for use as a crafting station.

On the display table, a ballerina globe was used as part of the decor. You could find a personalized one here. Or there is a musical snow globe here. For other ideas as decor, here are some by the Music Box Company here. We purchased Princess ribbon and ballet themed ribbon at Joann’s as part of the decor. You can kinda see how it was used – I was going for the ballet strap look, but ran out of ribbon. We also bought fresh flowers as the centerpiece. It came wrapped in a pink material, which I folded down against the vase and then tied the princess ribbon around it. Of course, every party needs confetti, which we used silver stars and round dots of different colors (I couldn’t find any ballet confetti at the local shops in town but I am sure there is some, somewhere if you look hard).

Oh, and Starlooks utilized Starbucks! We were out getting the balloons and I decided to get my iced vanilla latte and then while standing in line, I came across this mug that came with a special pen to use for signing the mug. After signing the mug, you bake it for 15 minutes and then it stays permanently! You can see it in the photo below… (scroll down).


The girls made or decorated and did the following (while classical music such as Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky or The Nutcracker was playing – you can find a great ballet cd here or just make your own playlist):

Princess Crowns.

Princess Wands (which we made using cardstock by tracing a star and then taking bamboo scewers and hot gluing them between two stars).

Diva Mad Libs.

Ballerina coloring pages, including some from Angelina Ballerina.

Facepainting (we used Snazaroo, made in the U.K.)

The girls also had the chance to dance to the instructional ballet DVD, Bella Dancerella. We had two judges set up to see whom could dance the best and there were three girls that won prizes.

Prizes included:

Decorate your own sun catchers – butterfly or rainbow kits ($3.95).

Ballerina Paper Doll book ($7.95).

A Peach change purse (found on sale for $1.00).

A Ballerina ornament ($6.95).


We had 9 guests and they all were perfect princesses. Everyone also left with goody bags that included the following:

Girly pins (packs of 5), that said Princess, Cutie, or had princess graphics, on sale at Fred Meyer (2/5.00).

Rings (found in a pack of 5 that were actually adjustable toe rings, but they used them on their little fingers – on sale for $3.50 each pack).

Crystal cubic Zirconia earrings (found in a gift box of 3 – on sale for $7.00, we took them out and put them in pink sachet bags we found at Joann’s for 10/1.00).

Handmade magnets – Miss Sugar Pops & Ballerina Slippers with custom initials. See a great illustration on how to make these glass magnets here.

Peace Sign crystal barretts, found on sale in a pack of 4 for $1.00 (each girl got 1).

Headbands (found on sale in a pack of 10/1.00).

Strawberry Whoppers.

Special Dark chocolate Hershey’s Kisses in purple wrap.

Ballerina bookmarks, by Dover Publications.

Laffy Taffy in pink and purle wrap.

Pink and red or purple Jolly Ranchers.

We put all of the goodies in little wedding favor boxes we found at a darling little store, Donna’s Gifts, in town.

It is too bad not everything was made in the USA but a large majority of it was. Not everyone can be perfect but at least I did read labels and was selective in what we purchased!

Here are the pics:

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Here are some ballerina items you may find at Starlooks Boutique:

Ballerina Invitations by Dolce Mia, Made in USA

Ballerina Placemats by Dolce Mia, Made in USA

Ballerina Thank You cards by Dolce Mia, Made in USA

Personalized Ballerina Ballet Slippers Shirt by Liliputians-NYC, Made in USA

Ballerina Slippers by Kamara Designs, Made in the USA.

And of course, we have all kinds of Princess Gifts that may perfectly match what you’re looking for!

What’s Poppin’ at Starlooks Boutique?!?

Miss Sugar Pops, of course! These are one of our best sellers, and they are all carefully and professionally made in the U.S.A.! We love American made and so should you. Supporting our workforce is what we believe in – thus, we buy American made as much as possible!

We adore this new design by Rachel, the Carnival Courture Cutie So Posh Tutu!



Oh and we can’t forget the baby boys! Here is the Property of Name onesie by Babycandy! Loved by celebrities :-), available at Starlooks Boutique {4 Kids & Babes}! $22.00.


New by Teamees! Sports Blankets for Babies

We have some awesome blankets we recently added – all MADE IN THE USA! By Teamees, these sports blankets (retails for $53.99) make the perfect gift at any baby shower! Also available are coordinating burp cloths. Check out the entire line here, at Starlooks Boutique.  Below is the Slam Dunk Basketball blanket!




Here is the coordinating burp cloth! See all burp cloths here.