October 26, 2018

DIY Shooting Star // Last Minute Halloween Costume

(cake pop series) 
DIY halloween costume shooting star
We give you our last-minute Halloween costume… a shooting star!
DIY shooting star halloween costume
DIY shooting star halloween costume
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DIY shooting star halloween costume
DIY shooting star halloween costume
DIY shooting star halloween costume

This weeks theme "last minute" is our easiest and quickest DIY Costume because you can make it in under 10 minutes!

We used this black tutu dress although you most likely have a black top and bottom already in your little one’s closet. Just be sure you’re ok with them not wearing it again, as this costume requires everything to be glued with a glue gun.

So, here is how I made our DIY last minute Halloween costume. The shooting star!

DIY shooting star halloween costume
//  1  \\
Curl 4 colors of ribbon for your shooting star with scissors and then set aside. We used rose gold (1x), gold (1x) and silver (2x).

DIY shooting star halloween costume
//  2  \\
Criss-cross one end of each ribbon over the other and wrap tape around all 4 at the top. As shown, then set aside.

DIY shooting star halloween costume
//  3  \\
Using a star cookie cutter, place it onto of a silver foam piece. Trace around the start and cut out the pattern. 

DIY shooting star halloween costume
//  4  \\
Next, glue gun the curled ribbon to the star on the bottom middle of its shape. As shown.

DIY shooting star halloween costume
//  5  \\
Then glue gun the curled ribbon and star piece to the top right corner of your little ones’ dress.

DIY shooting star halloween costume
//  6  \\
Arrange and organize your curl ribbon as you want it look on top of the black dress. Then glue gun one ribbon curl at a time starting from the bottom of the star and glue gun 3-5 points diagonal down to the bottom of the dress. This way your shooting star stays in place!

DIY shooting star halloween costume
//  7  \\
Repeat step 6 for the rest of your curl ribbons until you it looks like the following above. 


We’ve had such an amazing amount of positive feedback from our Halloween costume – cake pop series that we plan on doing it again next year! Thank you for all your support, encouragement, and kinds words on our series this past month, as Abby and I have really enjoyed playing dress-up all month long. : )

Now let me know below if you have any ideas for themes next year. And or if there is anything you would like to see in the future! 

We are celebrating Steve's Birthday this weekend and finishing up our own Halloween costumes!  So I'm really excited to share what we'll be on here soon!!!

Also, did you catch our spooky treat video on instagram yesterday? Go check it out! And I hope you all you have a wonderful weekend!!



Warmly, Steph




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October 24, 2018

BOO! Easy Ghost Cake Pop

easy cake pop recipe
Since we LOVE cake pops so much I thought it was time Abby and I made some! And what better holiday to try it out, other than Halloween with our “BOO” Ghost cake pops!

Why call them “BOO” Ghost cake pops? Well, we made the ghost look like they’re saying, Boo! And fun fact, two years ago, we made Abby laugh for the very first time at 4 months by saying the word “BOO!” 

Cake pops are a long and complicated process; however I believe the Holidays are a great time to make things special while also keeping them simple on us moms.

So here is our version of an easy cake pop recipe. 
easy ghost cake pop recipe

Directions

//  1  \\
Bake your cake according to the directions. (We did made ours in two 9” rounds pans)

//  2  \\
Once cool, cut off the edges and crumble the cake in between your fingers so it ends up in a crumble mix.

//  3  \\
Add (1/4 cup) of vanilla frosting to your cake crumble and mix the two together. 

//  4  \\
Then with a spoon, scoop and roll your dough into a ball. (Substances should feel like play dough).

//  5  \\
Set aside for 4 hours in the fridge (or 1 hour in freezer) to cool and firm your cake pop dough. (Otherwise they will fall apart).

//  6  \\
Place white candy melts in a microwave safe container and warm for 1 minute (as directed on package). Stir your candy melts until you get a smooth substance. 

//  7  \\
Next place your cake pop “treat stick” into the center of your cake pop and dip
it Into the white candy melts.

//  8  \\
Once covered in white candy melts, place your cake pop into a cake pop holder so it keeps the round shape and smooth texture.

//  9  \\
Once your white candy melt is completely cool, use a fin tip of black frosting to create two ovals for the eyes, and a circle for the mouth.  

//  10  \\
Enjoy!

If you want to see a tutorial for this recipe, you can find me on Instagram here, for the full video under the story highlight, "Spooky Treats."




Warmly, Steph














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October 19, 2018

DIY Rainbow // Family Halloween Costume

 ( Cake Pop Series )
family halloween costumes
family halloween costumes

I give you… our pink and purple rainbow! Along with her raincloud and sun! Three things we see a lot of here in the PNW, although rain clouds make more appearances than the other two. : )

This week’s theme is family costumes! So, I decided to share our family costume from last year’s Halloween because it was such a big hit everywhere we went!

Originally the raincloud and sun were the only DIY, although I found out a few weeks ago that Abby’s rainbow costume is no longer sold. So I did my best to recreate her original rainbow as a no-sew costume, with a twist: by making it pink and purple!

Here’s how I created Abby’s pink and purple rainbow.

family halloween costumes


Directions for Raincloud Halloween Costume

Materials: 
6 colors of felt (1/2 yard)
white felt (1/2 yard)
Glue gun / gun
Pencil
construction paper
scissors

family halloween costumes

//  1  \\
Take a giant piece of white construction paper and fold it in half (hot dog style) and then draw an arch from the top corner to the opposites corner on the bottom 5x to get 6 arches total. (Design Tip: Just be sure to make the first arch slightly wider than the others.)

family halloween costumes
//  2  \\
Cut out every arch until you have the following.

family halloween costumes
//  3  \\
To create the back of your rainbow, take the largest arch and trace it with a pencil on your darkest shade of pink felt. (You’ll need about a yard of felt for this color). Do this step twice so you have the front and back to your rainbow. Just be sure to add two inches to the bottom on one of your pieces (as shown) for the back piece.

family halloween costumes

//  4  \\
Next, trace each arch onto your desired piece of colored felt for the entire rainbow (6 colors total), then cut out each felt piece. NOTE: It’s important to use fabric scissors, so your felt won't tear on the edges.

family halloween costumes
//  5  \\
Glue gun each arch of your rainbow on top of the other and be sure to seal the bottom of each arch with a dab of glue.

family halloween costumes

//  6  \\
Draw your desired cloud shape and make the cloud lean slightly left or right on a white piece of paper. Then repeat step #4

family halloween costumes
//  7  \\
Glue gun your clouds to the end of each rainbow arch (Designed tip: I flipped one cloud so they would both slightly lean away from one another, framing the rainbow.)

family halloween costumes
//  8  \\
Cut out a rectangle shape of pink felt for the straps. About 3 inches wide. 8 inches long depending on the size of your own child. Then space the rectangle pieces apart about 3-5 niches apart on the top. The glue each strap piece to the front of your rainbow).

family halloween costumes
//  9  \\
Glue gun the other end to the back of the rainbow by laying both the front and back side down on top of each other. This makes helps the straps connect directly across from the other.

family halloween costumes
//  10  \\
Repeat step #8 for the sides and glue gun the front pieces to the start of your second arch. Then repeat steps #9.


family halloween costumes
Pink Rainbow Halloween Costume
Boots // Tights // Pink tutu dress // Sweater // Pigtail Bows  


family halloween costumes
family halloween costumes
family halloween costumes
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The best thing about Abby's rainbow costume is that it's no sew! This one does take a bit of time to create (especially if you make the raincloud and sun) although the glue gun makes the process fairly easy once you start. 

 And if you're interested in seeing how I created the sun and raincloud, let me know below! I'd by happy to add that in for a second post!

Warmly, Steph















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October 17, 2018

Fall Bucket List

( Toddler Friendly )
fall bucket list for kids. toddlers
Inspiration // Costco Story

After flashing my Costco card to one of the employees, with Abby half way on my hip, I then quickly stepped aside to stop and let her down a few feet from the entrance.

While shuffling my fingers around in the diaper bag to put my Costco card away, I suddenly felt Abby's tiny little fingers squeeze my jeans. And that’s when I heard it, mechanical scream. Then I saw it: a large, dark, and flashing monster, bobbing forward and back at us.

So. Much. Joy

Safe to say, Abby and I exchanged a lot of hugs, and I heard about that monster "being so scary" for weeks on end. (This was mid-September) so you can see why it surprised us both!

That Costco mechanical monster will forever be the "monster who can’t come get us,” because that's exactly what I told Abby to help her understand that it can’t get out of it’s base. 

Which is why after our little monster moment, I was immediately inspired to create a list of age appropriate ideas in which we can celebrate the fall season (especially Halloween) with our little one’s! 

So I'm so excited to share with all of you below, our Toddler Friendly Fall Bucket List! No scary monsters with flashing lights (I promise), you can get that experience at Costco : )

fall bucket list for kids. toddler


And now, here are a few photos of the beautiful PNW fall from our pumpkin patch visit last weekend, as promised!! 

fall bucket list for kids. toddlers
fall bucket list for kids. toddlers
fall bucket list for kids. toddlers
fall bucket list for kids. toddlers
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fall bucket list for kids. toddlers
I hope our Toddler Friendly Fall Bucket list helps spark a light of imagination for your own fall season! 

Warmly, Steph











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October 12, 2018

DIY Cat & Mouse // Halloween Costume

( Cake Pop Series )
DIY cat and mouse halloween costume
I give you... our classic kitty cat and her trusty side kick, mouse!

This week’s theme was “Pair” or what I like to think of, “Two of Kind” like peanut butter and jelly or salt and pepper (which would also be a great Halloween costume!)

DIY cat and mouse halloween costume
//  Kitty Cat Face  \\

Abby LOVED the kitty face which was really black eye liner and pink lip stick.

I wanted to make our kitty cat costume slightly different by making her outfit equally white and black. As I feel it really gives the costume a more younger, softer and gentle feel. 

DIY cat and mouse halloween costume
DIY cat and mouse halloween costume
DIY cat and mouse halloween costume

//  Mouse Balloon Tutorial  \\

( 7 steps and 5 minutes to make)
DIY cat and mouse halloween costume
Step 1
Using paper (not cardstock since it’s too heavy) cut out your mouse ears to the desired shape and leave three strips at the bottom (left, middle and right as shown). 

DIY cat and mouse halloween costume
Step 2
Using a black sharpie, trace the inside of each ear (leaving a little bit of space) to create more depth.

DIY cat and mouse halloween costume
Step 3
Cut out three very thin strips of black paper for your mouse whiskers with scissors and cris cross them as shown.

DIY cat and mouse halloween costume
Step 4
Cut out a very small pink circle for the mouse’s noes. Then tape the noes and wishers together.

DIY cat and mouse halloween costume
Step 5
Blow up a gray balloon, then tie a string to the balloon and a balloon weight.
With double sided tape (or tape) connect the nose/whisker piece to your gray balloon.

DIY cat and mouse halloween costume
Step 6
Add your ears to the balloon with double side tape (or tape).

DIY cat and mouse halloween costume
Step 7
Draw black oval shapes onto the middle of the balloon for eyes.

kitty cat ears // strip shirt // black tutu  // tights // kitty cat shoes \\
// Pigtail purple bows C/O Little Miss Lady Shop \\


DIY cat and mouse halloween costume
Purple Velvet bow C/O Little Miss Lady Shop

With only two and half weeks left until Halloween, we are starting to squeeze in as much toddler friendly Halloween fun as we can by hitting up the pumpkin patch as a family this weekend! 

And afterwards, it’s a tradition to have my famous chicken tortilla soup which I shared earlier on the blog here. It’s extra yummy this time of year! : )

DIY cat and mouse halloween costume DIY cat and mouse halloween costume
Until next week... (the theme is family costumes!) I hope all of you have a very fun and festive fall weekend!

Warmly, Steph