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Free Gift Label Printable

Hi friends! How are you doing? I hope you are settling into a little bit of a school year rhythm, dare I say, we are starting to finally feel the groove and it’s awesome. I have something else awesome for you today too. Free printable gift labels. Not only just free printable gift labels, super cute free printable gift labels.

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Adorable DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids

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Halloween is coming!!  It may still be scorching hot in the afternoons, but soon (fingers crossed, SOON), it will start to cool off and be time for pumpkin patches, changing leaves, cool, misty mornings, pumpkin spice lattes…and picking out Halloween costumes!

Lately I’ve been on the Pinterest lookout for simple and adorable DIY Halloween costumes for kids you can easily make yourself and have picked out some of my favorites to share.

DIY Halloween Costumes for Kids 

a Halloween Costume Round-Up

DIY Halloween Costumes for Girls

1. Bag of Jelly Bellies

Love this idea! My little girl loves balloons, so this would be cool (and pretty easy!) to make. Featured here on Modern Kiddo along with a ton of other cute ideas.

2. Cotton Candy

Oh my gosh, sooooo sweet for little itty bitties!  Look at this cotton candy costume.

3. Flower Pot

I cannot handle this cuteness.  You have to see for yourself.  Click here for DIY instructions to make your cutie into a little flower pot.

4. A Snail

I don’t think I have seen a snail costume before!! Love!!

5. Raining Cats and Dogs

Absolutely precious raining dogs and cats costume via Real Simple.  And super easy – especially if you are putting a last minute costume together.   Basically grab some rain gear and adhere your dogs and cats!

raining-cats-and-dogs Costume

DIY Halloween Costumes for Boys

1. Jedi

Have any Star Wars fans in your house?  Check out this how to make a Jedi robe tutorial.

2. Clark Kent (Superman)

Here’s a slightly different (and super simple to make) take on Superman – neat idea for boys of all ages!

3. MINECRAFT Costume

This blog describes how you can make this super cool MINECRAFT costume for less than $10.  Score!

4. DIY Ninja Turtle

Heroes in a half shell – turtle POWER!  YES!  My son is obsessed with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and this DIY Ninja Turtle costume idea is doable to make from home.

5. A LEGO

This LEGO costume is pretty cool, and clever. Easy to make at home!

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Unique Costume Ideas for Boys or Girls

1. A Crayon

A $5 costume? Yes please. Here’s how to make your kid a crayon costume this Halloween for only $5!

2. A Stick Figure

This could work for either a little girl or a little boy.  How cute…and easy to make…is this?!  I found this funny and unique idea on All for the Boys.

3. Scuba Diver

Simple to put together…and fun because we live near the ocean. Make your own scuba diver costume!

4. Despicable Me Minons

Always a hit, always. Click here for the DIY tutorial.

5. The Artist

Does your kiddo love art??  I mean, how cute is this artist costume?

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DIY Halloween Costumes for Babies

1. A Baby Moose

I am crazy for this Baby Moose costume. And you just need a brown warm up suit, white or beige gloves, and stuffing.  Done and done.

2. Baby Aerobics Instructor

Onesie, leggings, legwarmers, and a toy boom box.  Cutie patootie.  Dying over this one.

3. A Garden Gnome

Adorable, adorable, adorable.  Here’s the tutorial for a garden gnome costume.

4. Charlie Brown

Seriously, this Charlie Brown costume is precious.  It might also have to do with the grin that baby is sporting too…

5. Mummy

Cutie, cute mummy costume for an itty bitty!  A white onesie, some gauze and googly eyes…

Mummy Costume

 Thank you to ALL of the blogs and bloggers who shared these fantastic costume ideas online!

What are your favorite DIY Halloween costumes for kids?  There are soooooo many to choose from.  Comment below!

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Incipio Stowaway Case

I love my Incipio Stowaway case for my old iPhone 5 and get a ton of comments on it when I open the back compartment to show my ID when using a credit cards at stores.

It’s surprising to me how many people aren’t familiar with the super fabulous Incipio Stowaway case which meant it was time for me to blog about it.

I always have my phone on me most all the time these days, especially when the kids are at school just in case.

In the back compartment I keep my ID, so when I just have to jaunt over to school for a drop off or pick up, I can simply grab my keys and phone, and go.

The case, (Incipio Stowaway Case iPhone 6 also now available), has a compartment in the back that can fit up to 3 credit cards, license, or even cash.

It is really durable, I have had it for quite awhile and it has held up great. I have dropped it on numerous ocassions and my iPhone has survived every drop without a scratch.

Past cases have fallen apart on me, so I am VERY pleased with the Incipio durability and functionality.  Thank you Incipio for making a great product.

You can find all sorts of Incipio Cell Phone Cases Incipio cases here on Amazon.

Happy Friday Mamas! Wishing you a great weekend!

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Is This In Your Child’s Backpack?

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Important reminder to put this in your child's backpack

The other day I was picking up my 3rd grade daughter after school when a boy from her class last year came up asking if I had seen his mom.  I hadn’t so I asked him what her cell number was so I could call her.

“I don’t know it.”

Luckily another mom was at pick up who knew his mom and was able to reach her, but it got me to thinking about JUST how important it is to have your cell phone number in your child’s backpack if they don’t have it memorized.

This year we are carpooling with four different families, so it inspired me to write all the moms four cell phone numbers down to keep in my daughter’s backpack.

Every mom these days has her phone in hand – so if your child should need to reach you – they likely could find at least one mom they know and ask to call you.

But, they need to know your number.

Write yours down today and have them pick their place in their backpack where they want to stash it, just in case!

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The Uh Oh Toy Ransom Box Experiment

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I saw the cutest idea on Pinterest and Facebook floating around – an uh oh toy ransom box – and vowed to try it one day with my kids.

Well, as I was stomping around last week (very irritated), picking up stray toys, socks and soccer balls everywhere, I decided it was time.  I made my own “Uh Oh Toy Ransom Box.”

First of all, THANK you to the “Just Another Day in Paradise” blog for this fabulous idea. I found you on Pinterest, and I am so excited to try this idea for my family.

Here’s the basic concept:  you create a box or a bin where forgotten or “misplaced” toys go when your kids leave them strewn about the house.  In order for your kids to retrieve them, they have to complete a chore from the envelope and earn them back.

I am “pro” chores and “pro” earning the privilege for something, so this idea was right up my alley.

And yes, I have been slightly (ahem…maybe a little more than slightly) frustrated that I find the kids’ stuff EVERYWHERE.

If you’re playing with it, absolutely no problem.  If you race through a room like a tornado, dump toys everywhere, leave the room, and forget about it for hours…not okay in my book.

So, I decided to conduct this little experiment. I made the box, explained it to my kids, and thought I’d journal about our experience.  I’d like to share with you how this ransom box worked for my kiddos…

Choosing the Toy Ransom Box Chores 

I read through the “Just Another Day in Paradise” blog again, which gives some great chore ideas…but a handful of them didn’t really apply to us.  I brainstormed what would work for each of my kids, and here’s what I came up with (per the blog’s suggestion, a combination of chores and physical activities that were age-appropriate).

My 4-year-old’s chores:

Collect dirty clothes for the laundry
Wipe the baseboards of one room
Dust a shelf
Wipe off a cabinet (of my choosing)
Pick up the dog toys around the house
Soccer drills for two minutes
Play “Simon Says” with Mommy (which will include exercise!)
Clean under your bed
Do 30 Jumping Jacks

My 6-year-old’s chores:

Organize your homework station and art supplies
Clean out your doll bin
Do 30 Jumping Jacks
Hop on each foot 10 times
Soccer drills for two minutes
Organize the kid DVDs
Wipe down the kid’s bathroom sink
Dust shelves in the playroom
Write a thank you or friendship note to someone
Clean under your bed

Day 1:

ransom The kids were super excited to see a large plastic bin, with envelopes taped to the side.  With their names on it.  My little thought it was some sort of bizarre present.  My big read the instructions, and was tickled that mommy was introducing a new “game.”  Okay kids, let’s go with that.  It’s a “game.”

My big was happy!  Just look at that smile!

I decided to give my kids one verbal warning to pick up a random toy.  Just one.  No yelling. No nagging.  No getting frustrated and picking it up myself. One warning.  Then off to the bucket it would go.  I figured this was a fair way to start the experiment…since it was a brand new way to go about things.

First afternoon when they got home from school, they eyed the bucket and nagged each other to pick up toys.   Hmmmm.  This was an unexpected twist.  Pro:  toys were being picked up frequently – and not by me.  Con:  more bickering about who was going to pick up what.

My little said (let me see if I get this right) “Mommy, please don’t put any of my toys in the Uh Oh box.  That would make me so, so sad.  I want all of my toys.”

Interesting observation: neither kid has bothered to peek in their envelopes to see what the chores actually are.

Day 2:

Kids woke up, and were still discussing the Uh Oh Toy Ransom Box mongst themselves.  (This box is  making quite the impression.  Interesting).

My lawyer (i.e. my 6-year-old) asked me the following: “Mom, what if one of us accidentally left out Benny Bear and he couldn’t fit in the Uh Oh box?”

Me: Honey, Benny Bear is a 40-pound stuffed bear that is almost as tall as daddy.  I doubt he is accidentally going to be left anywhere. (Ha!  Stumped her on that one.) sadransombox

Later that day, my little had his first “Uh Oh.”  He left a train out in the hallway, and after one warning, I made good on my promise.  I put the train in the Uh Oh box.  Talk about devastated.  He cried and whined and begged for the train back.  I stayed strong and had him pick a chore from the chore envelope…which was to clean under his bed.

He did it…and whined the whole time…but he did it.  Hmmm, maybe I should make a “no whining rule” with the chores??

Here is my sad little.  Uh oh. –>

Day 3:

Now that the kids understand the concept, I stopped giving them that first warning.  Especially my big.  She’s such a rule follower, she has been super careful about picking up everything.  And bossing around my little about him picking things up.  Why didn’t I implement this concept earlier???

Day 4:

My big finally left something out!  There was her Twilight Sparkle pony, left on the stairs.  Off it went to the Uh Oh box!  And she dutifully (and dare I say, excitedly??) picked a chore…and wiped down the kid’s bathroom sink.  The difference between my big and little?  No whining from my big.  She got her pony back, and was happy as could be.  Let’s see how long this lasts…

Conclusion:

This was a great little experiment with a great little idea for keeping toys and random kid items picked up.  My kids are having fun with the concept…although like with anything…I’m sure at some point it will lose its luster.  But at the moment, this mama is enjoying a less cluttered house!

Thank you again to the “Just Another Day in Paradise” blog for this great idea!

If you decide to try this idea, let me know how it goes. And, if you have a great way to have your kiddos pick up after themselves, let us know…we’re in this together!

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