Saturday, September 13, 2008

Acting Out Dress Up is Fun, Pretty - and Musical!

Sophia was incredibly lucky enough to receive a Blue Waltz Dress featuring the music of the Blue Danube from this hip new company called Acting Out Dress Up. Ok, I have to say, at first I was wary. I thought this dress up may be annoying, itchy, poorly made. Man, was I wrong. This is the coolest dress up product out there. I was completely impressed with the quality of the items. They are not cheaply made. They aren't itchy. They are satiny smooth and well stitched. The colors are bright and modern, and there is attention to detail. So right there, it's worth it. But as a bonus, this dress up line plays music - and it's not that tinny sounding music box music either, it sounds like a CD playing inside the dress. Granted a small CD, but the song is good quality, which was also really impressive.Upon further research, I found that the story of its inventors was pretty interesting too.

Anna and Andrea began Acting Out five years ago as an "ah ha" idea while watching their "princess" girls dancing around in their dress-up. Why not add music to the skirts? Anna ever the dreamer and idea person forged ahead with turning the dream into reality. At the time, Andrea was winding down her career as the Director of New Business for a musical instrument company. While commuting to work, Anna would call to discuss her idea of the day. Valuing Andrea's opinion, Anna knew that Andrea would be truthful about each invention and when Andrea loved the musical dress-up idea it was "game on". Anna was extremely persistent in asking Andrea to be her partner. She knew without Andrea this idea could only go so far. Well one month later, Andrea gave into Anna's persuasion and came on as a full partner and has never looked back.

Turning the idea into reality involved sourcing manufacturers in China. Andrea will never forget the day; Anna wrote that $15,000 check against her personal line of credit for the first order. They had never met their skirt manufacturer. He was sourced over the Internet and all communication was via email and one phone conversation. This was a huge amount of money for her and her family -but it sealed the deal of their commitment of turning this from an "expensive hobby into a profitable business".

When Acting Out began Anna was working part-time as a hairdresser. It was tricky business, maintaining a career, being a mom and starting a business. They made many mistakes along the way. One of the reasons the partnership works is they both buoy each other up when one person is down. They never dwell on the mistakes and do their best to learn from them (and hopefully not repeat them) and most of all, they have fun!

Andrea and Anna are both NJ natives (I'm a Jersey girl myself now!) and residents. Andrea has two daughters Haley (10) and Anja (7). Anna has three children Max (9), Carolyn (7) and Ava (5).In the beginning, they sold their products through craft shows and out of the back of their cars. By December of that year (after only two months of business) they had 100 accounts. Acting Out is in almost 1,000 stores, six countries and major retailers such as Target online, Costco.com, QVC, Toys r Us online, Hearthsong, Highlights, Young Explorers, Toys to Grow on and Sensational Beginnings. The ladies have won and come close to winning many awards such as Family Fun Magazine Toy of the Year Finalist 2005, Finalist in Family Fun Toy of the Year, and Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum winner. They have appeared on HSN, QVC, and were featured on The View – Mom Inventors.

I know there are alot of you out there who have great ideas like this, savvy minds for business, and a knack for getting things done. It can happen for you too, moms. These ladies put their minds to it and their hearts into it, and created and marketed a sensational product that I would be proud to give as a gift to even the pickiest little princesses. Is it time for you to get your ideas out there and make them work for you? Think about it. I have a really cute video of the kids dancing to "Blue Danube" here.

While you are thinking about it I have great news. The Ladies at "Acting Out" have given us one Can Can skirt to give away.

To enter :
  • Leave a comment on this post. Check out Acting Out Dress Up and tell me which of the items from their collection are your favorite!
  • Make sure there is a way for me to contact you - if your email address is not on your profile or you are not a blogger you may leave it in your comment or email it to me directly (angelaandconnor at gmail dot com) We have had to disqualify a lot of potential winners as of late as many people do not have emails available in their profiles or leave anonymous posts without any way to contact you.
  • Please US entries only.
  • To get extra credit :
    • For an extra entry :
    • Bloggers - Blog about this contest and leave me the link on your comment, or add me to your sidebar and let me know its there.
    • Non Bloggers (or bloggers) subscribe to my mailing list/RSS feed and earn another entry!
    • One extra credit per person. Please post your extra credit in a separate post.
    • This contest will end September 30th at midnight!

122 Comments:

jenny said...

wow thay are all so cute and well do i have a fav not realy i like them all and well i be willing to have any one of them my little one loves to dance

Lilith Silvermane said...

I Like the Can CAn skirt however since that is the giveaway, i like the swan lake dress.

So pretty, my 7 year old would just faint!

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Naomi said...

Oh, boy! Roo would go nuts over these. Especially the Nutcracker dress, because she loves that music. The Can Can skirt is actually my favorite. I love the stripes!

quitecontrary1977 said...

I love the swan lake skirt!!

Seeryus Mama said...

Just one favorite??? My favorite for the moment is the Swan Lake Princess skirt. All of them are too darn cute though!! Oh, how I love having a girlie-girl!

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Rebecca said...

Musical Swan Lake Dress is my favorite :D

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Nancy Murphy said...

I love the hula skirt. It looks like so much fun!

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cdziuba said...

My granddaughter would love this! I like the Swan Lake skirt. cdziuba@aol.com

Jenn S. said...

I love them all. If I had to pick one, I guess it would be the Sugar Plum Fairy Musical Dress.

mverno said...

the swan dress is nice

tutugirl said...

My daughter and I looked through these, and she loved the Sugar Plum Fairy Musical Dress. They are all so pretty.

traymona said...

Well, that was tough. It's hard to choose a favorite from so many cute outfits. The Musical Waltz Dress is my first choice but I love them all and so would Liz.
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Sandy said...

the hula looks like fun but love the cancan too

Mia J. said...

I like the sunshine skirt and also the macarena.

Lindsay said...

My 2 yo would love this! She loves dancing, and having the music with the dress is perfect.

MageMorgana said...

What a neat idea!...my favorite is the Swan Lake Musical Skirt ;)

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Gina said...

My youngest picked out the Sugar Plum Fairy Musical Dress... They're all so cute!!

Thanks

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Anonymous said...

I like the Swan Lake Dress and The Blue Waltz Dress. CoCo540@yahoo.com

Maja said...

Swan Lake one. :)
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Rebekah (the_littleminx) said...

Ooh, those are beautiful dresses- all of them. My favorite is a toss up between the CanCan dress and the Waltz one. I also really like the second HokeyPokey one. So beautiful.

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jeni larson said...

My favorite is Musical Hula
Skirt & Lei. My sweet daughter Summer Rae would look so cute in it!thanks
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Kerrie said...

I love the Can Can skirt and the Sugar Plum skirt. So cute...my friend's 5 year old daughter would love these!

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jeni larson said...

just subscribed also
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Carolsue said...

I like the Musical Ballerina Skirt. They are all really lovely.
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Carolsue said...

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Danielle M. said...

My favorite is also the musical swan lake skirt. My daughter would go crazy for the dresses and skirts on this website. Thanks so much!

layla said...

I really like both the Can Can Skirt and the Sugar Plum Skirt. Such a great idea.
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fancyfeet48 said...

I love the swan lake skirt

lisagee said...

Musical Hula
Skirt & Lei is way cute!

windycindy said...

Hello, What an adorable prize! I really like the "Musical Nutcracker Dress!" My niece would really enjoy this lovely costume. Please enter me another of your fabulous drawings. Many thanks, Cindi
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windycindy said...

I am a subscriber, also! Cindi
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sandra jensen said...

Oh! they are all darling, but I love the Musical Nutcracker Dress the best (can you hear the music??)

thanks - I would LOVE this for my granddaughter!

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Michelle said...

I want the hokey pokey one for me - do you think they'll make it in women's sizes LOL. davidsmommi@knology.net

semtaylor said...

I am a subscriber. semtaylor(at)yahoo.com

semtaylor said...

I really like the musical hokey pokey skirts. They look so fun...They are cute, make great music and look like they would be fun to twirl in. Thanks for the giveaway. semtaylor(at)yahoo.com

Casey H said...

I know my daughter would love the musical chicken dance!
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Sarah S said...

I love the musical sugar plum skirt!

Michele said...

I'm a subscriber!


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Michele said...

I love the Swan Lake Dress!!!! Another adorable site!!!

Thanks so much!
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donna444444 said...

I like the Sugar Plum Fairy
Musical Dress.
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donna444444 said...

I am a subscriber.

Kelly said...

I like the musical hokey pokey skirt. My 5yo would love them all.

Heather said...

Gosh it's so hard to decide, I think my favorite is the Musical Hokey
Pokey Skirt but the older kids would love it if we chose the Musical Chicken Dance skirt!

agordon10 said...

My daughter would love the Musical Swan Lake Skirt

Abby said...

the musical hokey pokey skirt is my favorite!

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MMrussianadoption said...

I like the musical ballerina skirt or the sugar plum fairy. My daughter is always twirling around claiming she is a ballerina.
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MMrussianadoption said...

I am a subscriber too

cathirushing said...

SWAN LAKE DRESS

M.A. said...

The Musical Can Can Skirt

mogrill said...

The Swan Lake skirt is beautiful!

Andrea said...

I am totally loving the plum fairy musical dress. These are so cute and what a great idea. =) Thanks.

Andrea said...

Your button is in my links on my review blog. Thanks.

valerie2350 said...

sugar plum fairy :)

Roxanne said...

The swan lake dress is so adorable. Just dreamy

Cheryl said...

We love the musical ballerina skirt!

kdkdkd said...

the Musical Sunshine Flower Wings, Pink, HOW FUN. It would melt my heart to see any little girl in those.

Cheryl said...

I have to say the Musical Hula Skirt and Lei are adorable!

judybrittle said...

They are all so beautiful. I really love the Musical Nutcracker dress. Thank you!
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judybrittle said...

I'm a subscriber
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Anonymous said...

My daughter would like this skirt. I also like the Light-up Boa - Orange/Blue Gators.
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Julie D said...

They are all beautiful! If I had to pick one, I'd say the Nutcracker one!

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Kari said...

What an amazing story! And a great idea!! I love the Sugar Plum Fairy dress, so cute, they all are!

DOODLEGIRL said...

MUSICAL HULA SKIRT AND LEI

retellingstories said...

Great site! My toddler would love the nutcracker or sugar plum fairy dress. Thanks!

Hayley said...

Oooh- I love these! The Swan Lake Dress has to be my favorite. Thanks!

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JACLYN said...

The sunshine skirt, very sweet.

stampedwithgrace said...

subscriber :)

stampedwithgrace said...

we'd like them all, but I'd pick the Musical Nutcracker Dress as my favorite :)

MaggieM said...

Picking one favorite is almost impossible! Well, OK, it's the Sugar Plum Fairy Musical Dress, wow! I also like the Swan Lake Princess Skirt. I can see my 4-year old grand daughter "acting out" in either one. In pink, of course:) Great shop for girls. Thanks for such a wonderful giveaway!

AmandaSue said...

i love the musical sunshine skirt- the light pink one!

miriama said...

The musical swan lake skirt is SO cute!

gkstratos said...

Love the Musical Can Can Skirt!
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lace said...

How cute is that skirt! My nieces are really into dress up and dancing. They'd love this. I'm thinking they would love the waltz skirt.

Linda said...

Musical Waltz Dress
Would have to be my favorite! So beautiful!
Thank you for hosting the giveaway!
Linda

- Marybeth I. said...

Musical Can Can Skirt - LOVE this. My 5 year old would go nuts over this skirt.

- Marybeth I. said...

I'm a subscriber.

Hil'Lesha said...

I love the Musical Can Can Skirt.

Hil'Lesha said...

I posted the giveaway here.

Tracye said...

What an awesome idea!

I love the swan lake princess skirt!

CPA Mom said...

How adorable! the Musical Sunshine skirt is beautiful (they all are!)

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CPA Mom said...

I'm a subscriber.

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Danielle said...

These are so great. My favorite is the musical hula skirt and lei.


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Kristan said...

i love the swan lake princess skirt.
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Christine said...

I like the pink musical sunshine skirt

Whimsical Creations said...

My favorite is the musical ballerina skirt.

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Teresa said...

My favorites are the Musical Swan Lake dress, and the Musical Hula Skirt and Lei! My daughter loves dress up! Thanks for the chance to win!

Erica G said...

I like the Sugar Plum fairy skirt and the Musical Sunshine skirts.

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Finamoon said...

I love the Musical Hula Skirts and Lei!

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SeahorseLady said...

They are all so cute and looks like fun.
I like the Musical Macarena
Skirt.
Thank you for the nice giveaway.

LadyBug-Kellie said...

I subscribed!!

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Anonymous said...

musical macarena

jennem said...

Musical Hula Skirts and Lei--seems very fun!
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vboackle said...

the musical hula skirt.

Karen said...

Musical Macarana !!

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Sonya said...

I love the waltz dress!

klp1965 said...

i love the Musical Hula
Skirt & Lei

Brandy said...

I like the Musical Macarena
Skirt. They are all cute though. :)

Brandy said...

I'm a subscriber. :)

blueviolet said...

I love the Nutcracker dress! Any little girl would feel sooooo beautiful in it.
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blueviolet said...

I'm a subscriber too.
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tlcfromtn said...

They are so adorable! One favorite is the Musical Swan Lake Dress. So cute!

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Shelly said...

I love the Swan Lake Princess skirt.

Shelly said...

I am a subscriber

bison61 said...

I like the Musical Swan Lake princess skirt

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sherri419 said...

My niece would go ga-ga over the stuff on this site. I know she would really like the Sugar Plum Fairy Dress. Great site!!!!

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Gianna said...

I love the Sugar Plum Fairy Musical Dress Featuring Tchaikovsky's
Sugar Plum Music! :)

kerri69 said...

swan lake princess skirt is adoreable i also love the waltz dress and many others

Suzie G. said...

The waltz dress is my favorite with the Swan Lake dress being a close second.

malleycc said...

The Lai skirt one is really nice and the swan lake princess, but the can can is the cutest. Great giveaway.

Jodi said...

Great site, I will be back for sure. My little one loves to dress up, this weekend she was running around with a goodnight boxer on her head like a hat (don't worry it was a new one lol)

My favorite is the Chicken Dance Musical Skirt, it is adorable, and the video is great.

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crystalf said...

I love the Musical Swan Lake Dress! My daughter would get a kick out of these! Thank you!

tatertot374 said...

Thank you for having this! I really like the Musical Sugar
Plum Fairy Skirt for my daughters. Thank you!
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Lisa said...

I love the Sugar Plum Fairy Musical Dress. angel_2417@yahoo.com

Conrad said...

I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.

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