The Busy Giffs: Great Pretenders

October 17, 2016

Great Pretenders

Disclaimer: I was provided product to help facilitate this review, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Did you see our adorable Pokemon themed costume post on Instagram over the weekend?

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I'm very excited for Halloween this year, which isn't the norm for me. Both of my kids are old enough to enjoy dressing up, understand trick or treating, and are counting down to the holiday, which in turn, means I'm excited as well.

Emma has been adamant about being Misty from the Pokemon for weeks now, but a small package arrived on our doorstep this weekend and now she's not sure.

I met the Great Pretenders at Toy Fair back in February and instantly knew that Emma would love the company. The outfits themselves are such great quality, nice sturdy outfits that can handle my children playing in them.  I was torn between getting Emmalee a new Frozen Ice Queen dress or a cheerleader but she's been so into the Patriots lately, literally running around our house in a white sports bra, her blue and white striped skirt, and her Patriots bow (by McClure House Designs), cheering during each game.... I had to get the cheerleader outfit.

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I wished I had recorded her face when she opened the box. She immediately ran to her room to go put it on. What made me laugh even more was that Tyler ran to his room and came out with his Patriots jersey.

The kids loved playing in the living room, throwing a stuffed doll across the room, pretending it was a football while Emma made up the best cheers for him!

I love any toy, product, or activity that pushes them to their creative side and this costume is no exception. Minutes later, we were outside being a "Cheerleader Circus Performer" on the trapeze.

And I don't mind her being outside in it because... wait for it... it's machine washable! I'm not lying when I say it's sturdy enough for the washing machine, and comfortable enough for her to wear all day.

As much as I love her cheerleader outfit, I've already found myself back on the Great Pretenders website, picking out more outfits that I think Emma would love. A few of my favorites are the Lightning Quick Adventure Chick,  Mermaid Dress Blue & Lilac, and the Crystal Queen Dress.

There are a handful of "boy" costumes as well. I say "boy" because there's no reason a girl can't be a dragon or a doctor, but I digress... I think Ty will love the Pirate set, the Doctor set, the Bat Cape with hood, or the Fire Breathing Dragon.

While I'll be picking up a couple more costumes in time for Halloween, I love that these outfits are so durable that we can play with them all year long. I'm already picturing a cheerleader dinner, or a princess taking care of her Bitty Baby, or superheroes saving our puppy...

Great Pretenders is even offering 15% off your purchase before October 31st. Just use the coupon code: halloween2016

In addition to their website, you can find Great Pretenders on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. You can even check out Emma on their Instagram! You'll have to leave her a comment there and then let me know which costume is your favorite here!


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