Halloween Costume GIVEAWAY : enter to win a custom costume made just for your little one!

 

Good Morning! As I mentioned last week in my DIY Costume post,  I will be giving away a halloween costume this month. But not just any costume, it will be custom, one of a kind costume made just for you child!


(1. pig in a blanket, 2. sheep, 3. garden flower, 4. bat)

Here’s how it works:

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DIY Halloween Costume : Garden Flower

 

Today I am sharing a costume tutorial I put together for the lovely people at ThredUp. This is a fun, no sew tutorial that will help you turn your little cutie into a garden flower with birds and butterflies buzzing around her head! You can start off with some basic pieces, like a bright colored shirt paired with some green leggings or skirt or what the heck why not both! Then get creative with it.

Here’s what else I used:
7 sheets of pink felt for the petals (or any color you like)
2 sheets of yellow felt
some ribbon or velcro
4 pink pipe cleaners
3 yellow pipe cleaners
3 yellow craft pompoms
hot glue
a headband
floral wire
needle point pliers
and various decorative butterflies, birds, and ladybugs

1. Start by creating a collar out of a sheet of pink felt and ribbon. I cut a 6” strip of felt, then folded it in half to make it more rigid. Make your collar long enough to loosely fit your child, leaving a good amount of wiggle room. Glue ribbon or velcro to the ends of your collar.

2. Fold the remaining pink felt sheets in half, and cut out your petal shapes.  Trim pink pipe cleaners to size, and use hot glue to adhere them to the center of  6 petals. Set the other petal aside for now.

3. Gather the felt at the base of each of the 6 petal to create dimension, and secure with hot glue.

4. Glue these petals around the outside of your collar, about halfway up. Shape the petals as you glue, and be sure to also adhere the petals near the top of the collar. This will give them extra support.

5. Glue the remaining 6 petals to the bottom of your collar, positioning them below and in between the top 6 petals.

6. Fold over and glue, or trim, and extra petal felt.

7. Now, Cut a 6” strip of yellow felt, fringing it on one end. Glue this strip to the inside of your collar to give the illusion of the flower’s center.

8. Time to make the stamens! Glue the three pompoms onto the ends of the yellow pipe cleaners.

9. Tightly wrap the three pipe cleaners around the center of the headband, while also twisting them together.

10. And now onto my daughter’s favorite part. Add springy wire to your headband and attach all sorts of garden friends to the wires. We used butterflies, a humming bird, and ladybugs. Be creative and have fun with it!


(last image courtesy of thredup.com)

I will also be doing a DIY costume giveaway next week. Check back for the exciting details!!! UPDATE: Click here to enter the giveaway!

Fall Artwork : Finger Print Trees

 

I am beyond ready for fall weather, so I think it’s time to break out the apple and pumpkin spice candles. And, time to decorate the house with some autumn artwork made by cute little hands, literally! Today, while Sydney is hard at work fulfilling my wishes, I wanted to share the first project of the day with you. We broke out the finger paints and rolled up our sleeves to make this cute little tree!

Her hand and arm create the trunk and branches…

 

and her little fingers are the leaves.

A squishy ball helped her create the grass to finish off her masterpiece.

Traveling With Kids

 

We are having a fabulous time relaxing and visiting with family and friends in Hawaii. But, before we arrived in paradise, we first needed to survive a 9 hr flight. With a 3 year old. I tried to prepare her as much as possible in the weeks leading up to our trip. We had several discussions about airplane etiquette, and the importance of being quiet on the plane. I also let her pick out some new toys, which immediately were packed into her ‘travel entertainment’ bag. I have found that playing with new toys is exciting and keeps Continue reading

How to Store & Display Finger Puppets

 

Sydney loves finger puppets. We started collecting them for her when she was born, and over the last few years her collection has grown quite large. She has all different kinds of animals in beautiful, bright colors. They’re so pretty, it would be a shame to store them away in a box somewhere! So we found a great way to store and display them on shelves in her room. We ordered a set of kid sized mannequin hands online. What better than fingers to store finger puppets!? Continue reading

3 Days of Music for Little Ears : Tips for Taking Kids to Festivals

 

We had a great time at Lollapalooza this weekend! Not only did Syd have an awesome time while we were there, but she woke up every morning excited to go back. I have to admit I was a bit nervous the first day… We have taken her to a couple festivals in the past, FYF in Los Angeles and Pitchfork here in Chicago, but Lolla is a whole different animal. It’s much larger, which means loads more people, super drunks, and wild teens. Thankfully we didn’t witness a lot of craziness, and missed the big storm that rolled in on Saturday.

After a fun and successful weekend, I wanted to share my top five tips for taking kids to music festivals:

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Creative Kids : Learning About Insects with Paint

 

Today we are having fun learning about bugs! Sydney has been very interested in insects lately, so I picked up a bunch of little critters at the store. I thought the toys could help cure her fear of bugs, and teach her how to identify some different kinds insects. Drawing pictures of each insect is a little advanced for her age, so I created a bug painting activity instead!

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Jewelry DIY with Paint Dipped Coral and Gold Shells

 

I’ve had this DIY on my mind for quite awhile now, and finally got around to it last week. It all started when I saw, and fell in love with, these necklaces from Anthropologie. I immediately thought “I can make that!” I have had my shell collection stored away ever since we moved, and this was the perfect reason to sort through it. My collection is entirely made up of shells and coral my dad and I found over the years. So in the end all the necklaces I made have a special memory behind them!

Supplies:

I used nail polish to give the coral the paint dipped look of the inspiration necklace.

I was also inspired to transform the shells with a shiny coat of gold spray paint.

Then I used gold and other colored string to create necklaces.

Sydney even joined in on the fun! I assemble her necklace first, then let her paint away.

To finish off the necklaces you can either add a clasp to your string, or attach the coral or shell to a finished chain.

And that’s all there is to it!

Making Dinner Fun For Kids With Spring Rolls!

 

Good morning! Many of you probably already know that I’m always trying to come up with creative ways to get Syd to eat and enjoy her veggies. Well this weekend I came up with a way to get her excited about eating raw veggies, including salad. We had tons of fun making spring rolls!

I filled the table with fun plates and bowls of carrots, rice, salad, chicken, and boiled eggs.

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Dollarstore Craft : Decorating Birdhouses

 

This afternoon we are breaking out our paints and other goodies from the craft cabinet, and decorating birdhouses! This is a fun activity for kids of all ages, and can help with dexterity, learning colors, and promoting creativity. Plus, these cute little wooden houses can be found for just a buck each at either the dollar store or local craft store. Continue reading

Planting Succulents

 

Our house needed some greenery, so yesterday Sydney and I spent the afternoon planting. Syd loves flowers and gardens, but unfortunately all we can fit on our balcony is a small herb garden in a flower box. So she was so excited when I broke out the dirt and an assortment of containers from our china cabinet! Planting indoors is still lots of fun, actually more fun than outdoors when temps are inching close to 100! I also took her to the store and let her pick out the plants. Of course she was immediately drawn to all the cute little succulents!

I think she liked planting in the tea cup the best, especially since she decided her favorite plant would go in there.

The succulents in assorted containers are perfect grouped together as a centerpiece on a table….

Or separated and placed in different rooms around the house. And the best part is, they are easy to keep alive!

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Origami Bookmark Tutorial

 

For the past week we’ve kept quite busy with family in town. It’s been a really fun week playing tourist, but today I took a much needed lazy day. I wanted to make something that didn’t require much thinking, so I spent the afternoon making origami bookmarks. They are super cute, easy to make, and a good way to use up some leftover scrap paper! Now, if I could just find some time to get a little reading done…

All you need is a ruler, something to cut with, and paper.

 

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Playing with Moon Sand

 

Sticking with the BabbaBox theme from earlier this week (Sun, Moon, & Stars), we decided to explore and play with moon sand. I found several recipes for cloud dough online which include mixing  flour with baby oil. Our moon sand is actually just a slight modification to cloud dough. Instead of baby oil we used Continue reading

Fourth of July Ribbon Dancers

 

As promised this morning, here are our ribbon dancers along with a tutorial! They are quick and easy to make, and a fun, safe alternative to sparklers. I’m hoping the ribbon dancers and dollar store glow sticks I picked up will keep Syd busy Continue reading

Eye Spy Some Play-Doh Fun!

 

For the last week Sydney and I have been eager to receive our first box from BabbaCo…. and it finally came in yesterday! BabbaCo is a monthly subscription activity box, and we are excited to dig in and give our first craft a try today. While we get busy I want to share some play-doh fun we had last week. It’s amazing how entertaining a little doh and a few googly eyes can be! Continue reading

Mini Grilled Cheese and Kale Sandwiches for Kids

 

We have an entire loaf of cocktail pumpernickel bread leftover from the birthday party this past weekend, and I didn’t know what to do with it. Then I realized, the cute little slices are perfect for fun kid sized sandwiches! Continue reading

Sydney’s Alice in Wonderland Birthday Party

 

Happy Monday! I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. We had a blast celebrating Sydney’s third birthday with  friends and family in Wonderland! Sydney and I worked on decorations all last week, and everything came together nicely. To set up the party we brought an old dining set out onto the patio. Surrounded by paper lanterns and tons of flowers, this became the perfect setting for the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. And, she is super lucky her daddy braved the heat and dressed up so she could have Mad Hatter himself at her party! Continue reading

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