How to pick the right costume for your child while they still have no choice

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This post started out as a “here’s a cute photo of my son in a squirrel costume” and then turned out I had some impassioned thoughts about WHY and HOW to choose the best costume for your child while they still don’t have an opinion. Because there are few things more important that selecting the right costume for your child. Period.

Jasper is 20 months and I know I have a limited window for selecting costumes of which he has no say in. This is a cherished time. Because of the high stakes, I know you know what I’m talking about, I go back and forth on what he should be and I’ve come up with a rubric for costume selection. The ideal costume must include the following:

DIY Rainbow Ghosts Team Costume

This year for our lars costume we settled on simple… with a twist! I have always loved the simplicity of the classic sheet ghost costume, not to mention the quick, easy and inexpensive nature of it. But it has never really been in Lars fashion to follow the rules, which is why we turned to shaking things up and coloring our classic ghost costumes to fit our love of rainbows!

Jasper or Jared, Who wore it best?

Turns out, it was JASPER who found Jared Leto’s head!

I’m sure we’re not the only ones here who anxiously await the arrival of the Met Gala yearly. This year, when Anna Wintour announced the Camp theme, we knew we were in for a show (even though honestly, it’s how I would love to dress every day of the year). But boy it was an even better show than I could have imagined. I could take hours to discuss our favorite looks, who really embodied “camp” or the costumes that just left us a little confused, but I would rather just get to the point. Jasper as Jared Leto… Camp Themed! Dun dun dun!! Who wore it best? I’m clearly biased, but can you blame me? A baby in a wig… carrying a doll with a wig…? Sorry Mr. Leto, we think we’ll call this one a win for Jasper!

If you’re not too creeped out yet, click to see more! 

DIY Rainbow Pumpkin Arch

In another life, I think I should have been an architect. Or at least just an arch-themed one. You may have noticed by now that I have a bit of a thing for balloon themed arches. Lest we forget the flamingo balloon arch, the Rainbow arch, the heart arch…I think you get it, I love a good arch!

Of course, the problem with creating is that as soon as you finish one, you just want to do another, and I’ve had a hankering to make a new one as of late. As it turns out, our friends at Michaels were craving something colorful as well, so we teamed up to bring you what might just be one of my favorite arches yet. Behold, the Rainbow Pumpkin arch!

Halloween e-book out now!

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Halloween e-book

Our new Halloween e-book is out now! It features a collection of 8 of our favorite ghoulish printables and tutorials ranging from invitations, menu cards, cake toppers, and treat boxes. And you can find it in our shop!

Here’s a little preview!

Modernized Day of the Dead Ofrenda

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Day of the Dead OfrendaHave you ever heard of Day of the Dead Ofrendas? If you’ve seen the movie Coco, you probably get the gist. Ofrenda means ‘offering’ in Spanish and is a display set up to remember and honor your ancestors. The ofrenda consists of several components including photos of past loved ones, candles, fruits and sweets, flowers, papel picado, and more. It serves as a chance to welcome those ancestors who have passed back into your home and heart. Not to mention it creates the most beautiful display overflowing with flowers and foliage! We’re creating a modern-day take on the Ofrenda with foraged greenery, one that you can easily recreate and keep up all month long! This is my ideal kind of holiday decor, not to mention the sentimentality of it is so special!

Day of the Dead OfrendaRecently, Paul and I completed our 23andMe DNA tests, something I’ve been wanting to do for ages, and we are now anxiously awaiting our reports. With the Halloween season upon us, what better way to celebrate and learn more about my family history than with my very own ofrenda! This display is the perfect way to decorate for the season, but also a wonderful chance to learn more about yourself and your heritage. Win win!

See how easy the 23andMe service process is, discover more about your ancestry and get inspired to create your own Ofrenda

DIY Rainbow Pumpkins

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DIY Rainbow Pumpkins

When it comes to Autumn and Halloween decor, I always have a difficult time deciding which direction I want to take it. Do you go traditional with black and orange and the typical bats and witch hats? Or maybe all white with plenty of skeletons and ghosts? Honestly, I’ll probably switch it up every year. But is it any surprise that I wanted to go rainbow? I love those front porches that are overflowing with pumpkins and I thought would look so fun in a beautiful muted rainbow palette. It’s a simple concept, yet the execution looks so stunning! These DIY Rainbow Pumpkins are the perfect way to adorn your porch for October and November!

Let’s paint the pumpkins rainbow!

Picasso and Painting Mommy and Me Halloween Costume

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Picasso and Painting

For years I’ve been dreaming about the day when I could create Mommy and Me costumes for Halloween. I mean, matching my child in costume? Yes, please! Jasper is 8 months now and I literally brainstorm the possibilities EVERY SINGLE DAY. So when Primary approached us about creating a costume with their children’s clothing, I knew it was the perfect opportunity. They have the best basics for babies and toddlers and with their color variety, the possibilities are endless. (remember our triplets costumes?!) Enter the Picasso and Painting Costume!

Picasso and Painting

Jasper has been blessed with many gifts, one of them being Pablo Picasso’s doppleganger. I’ve included a side by side photo comparison for your viewing pleasure. Is it the bald head? The nose? The big belly? Listen, having my son resemble a master, no matter the appearance, is enough to convince me that he may also be a genius. Primary just so happened to carry a navy and white striped onesie, so it was clearly meant to be. Jasper would be Picasso and I would be his most prized work of art! Ha! It came together really quickly and is super easy to DIY!

Take a look to see how we created the whole ensemble!

Influential Women Halloween Costumes

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Halloween is just around the corner and I couldn’t be more excited! Dressing up is one of my favorite things and, no hyperbole, I think about what I’m going to dress up as every single day of the calendar year. It’s sad but true. This year is particularly exciting since it will be Jasper’s first Halloween so you can imagine how my Mother Boy have been working overtime. Stay tuned for that big reveal next week 😉

2018 has been a year chock full of empowering women who have inspired us in so many ways. In that spirit, we picked a few of our favorite women to honor this Halloween and to channel some of their girl boss energy! Kate Spade, Serena Williams, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg were our respective picks. We partnered with Cricut to make their costumes come to life using the Cricut Maker. And we’ve made it super simple for you by providing all the templates you need to cut out the basic elements ALL OUT OF PAPER! NO SEWING INVOLVED!

Get all the templates and instructions to create each girl-power costume!

Printable Halloween Cards

Printable Halloween Cards

You know how with almost every holiday we give cards? Christmas cards, Valentines, a note of gratitude for Thanksgiving, Mother’s and Father’s Day of course–cards are expected for all these occasions and more! But somehow Halloween got the shaft when it came to the card gig. Instead, we give candy and treats! Now I’m not complaining, who complains about treats? However, I think that if we paired our goodies with a sweet Halloween card, everyone would be a bit happier! Personal opinion. These printable Halloween cards are the perfect thing for teachers, friends, co-workers, neighbors and anyone who needs a little sentimental spook! Write a little note on the back, tape on a bag of treats or a plate of cookies, or simply send in the mail!

Printable Halloween Cards

Get all the printables and spread some spooks! 

Printable Halloween Candy Gift Box

Printable Halloween Candy Gift Box

‘Tis the season for giving goodies so why not tuck them into a printable Halloween candy gift Box while you’re at it! It’s much cuter than a handful of candy and makes the perfect gift for friends and neighbors! I’m loading up a bunch to give out to a few women at my church. I’m trying to be more aware of those around me and sometimes a little seasonal treat is just what the doctor ordered. These would also be great to take to your kid’s classroom or even to the workplace to brighten everyone’s day! Tied with a variety of ribbons, these boxes are a breeze to put together.

Printable Halloween Candy Gift Box

Download the template and start putting some treats together! 

Moon Phase Lights

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Moon Phase LightsThe decorating is still in full swing over here and we’re starting to prep for some upcoming Halloween parties! I’ve mentioned before that I tend to stray from the creepy, scary aspects of Halloween. Hocus Pokus is about as scary as it gets in my household. These moon phase lights are much more my speed and the perfect pretty Halloween decoration! All you need to do is jazz up a pair of charcoal Bright Lab lights (the best!) with some gold leaf and you’ve got a lovely strand of lights. We wish we would have thought of this prior to the Eclipse, but luckily these work splendidly for Halloween, New Year’s Eve, or any party that needs a little magic from the moon! I feel like I need to listen to “Dancing in the Moonlight” by Toploader when I see these and I’m not mad about it.

Get the full DIY after the jump!