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Last Minute DIY Costumes for Kids!

Waited until the last minute for Halloween costumes? Slim pickings at your local store? Fear not, there are TONS of easy, DIY costumes that you can make cheaply and easily to make for a happy kid to go trick or treating in. Here’s some of my favorites:


Don’t overpay for this popular costume when it can be made in such a more original, budget-friendly way. These are so awesome!


Minion [http://www.makeandtakes.com/last-minute-despicable-me-minion-costume]

Here’s what you need to make the hat:

  • Yellow snow hat
  • Scissors
  • Pipe cleaners

Cut your pipe cleaners to whatever length you desire. Luckily, each minion has a slightly different look, so  you can be as creative as you like. Thread through the knit hat, go slowly and it should slip right in! Bend the pipe cleaners so they stick  up however you like.

To make the goggles:

  • Paper towel tube
  • Scissors
  • Silver paint/brush
  • Black elastic
  • Stapler

Cut off a small section of the paper tube, 1/2 inch thick. If you cant two eyes, you can cut another section as well. Paint them silver and allow to dry. Once dry, staple together in the center. To attach to the elastic, simply staple as well. You can place on your face, or even on the hat on the forehead.

Wear a yellow long sleeve shirt, blue overalls, black gloves + boots, and you are GOOD TO GO. Minion! Thanks, MakesAndTakes.com!


This is an awesome last minute costume idea, and cute to boot.


Spider [http://madincrafts.com/last-minute-spider-costume-and/]

Here’s what you need:

  • Black hoodie
  • Large needle
  • 2 pairs black knee socks
  • Plastic grocery bags
  • Googly eyes
  • Adhesive dots
  • Black gloves

Pretty easy and self-explanatory, but here’s the jist of things: Stuff the pairs of black knee socks full of plastic grocery bags, attach to hoodie – if you aren’t comfortable with a quick sew, feel free to safety pin or even duct tape. To the hood, attach adhesive white dots and glue on the googly eyes. Slap on the gloves, zip up the hoodie, and voila, you’re a spider. Thanks to MadInCrafts.com for this adorably scary getup.


I can’t get over the cute of this costume, brought to us by OhHappyDay.com – so very adorable!


Snail [http://ohhappyday.com/2012/10/snail-costume/]

Pretty simple, all you need is a ton of kraft paper, and your little trick-or-treater can wear it like a backpack. Here’s what you need:

  • Brown kraft paper
  • Masking tape
  • Headband
  • Styrafoam Balls
  • Ribbon
  • Glue gun

First, make the shell. Crumple up the paper, and starting at the corner, begin rolling it. Once you have a nice section, begin wrapping into a shell, until it is at desired size. Go back and redo with the glue gun to secure it in a few places. Next, make another half shell, and glue the two sides together. Take a square of cardboard and mount it to the shell. Tie ribbon to it to make it a nice little backpack!

Next, make the headband – take a dection of brown paper and crumble until it can stand on it’s own. Add styrafoam to the end, and hot glue the other end to the headband. So cute, so easy. Love this!

If any of you try these out please send over some pictures! We’d love to see how you all look!

Free Boogie Wipes From Target!

I have just been LOVING life since I discovered Target’s sample section.

These samples tend to rotate frequently, and also ask disqualifying questions if they don’t think you are their target user, pun intended.

That being said, this week’s is fun and is definitely directed towards new moms who are new to the product: BOOGIE WIPES!

Boogie wipes are natural saline wipes for stuffy noses that dissolve boogers caused by colds and allergies. Tis the season! They are recommended by pediatricians and loved by kids.

I can’t wait to try these, and frankly, wish they existed for adults too.

Check here for a limited time to get your very own FREE sample of Boogie Wipes!

FREE Baby Sling!

Hello to all my new mommas!

I have a great deal for you: a free baby sling of your choice, pay shipping only. Made by mom, Jenny Pierce, for moms, you know that you’ll be getting exactly what you need in terms of comfort for you and your child. These slings are not only beautiful (check out all the patterns!) but they’re comfortable as well – made with 97% cotton and 3% lycra – they won’t lose shape over time. These are perfect for infants to toddlers up to 35 pounds and are entirely machine washable.

Why not try them out for free? Pay only $4.95 shipping by doing the following:

  1. Choose the sling of your choice
  2. Make sure to visit the sizing chart to make sure that you are choosing correctly
  3. Select a sling and add to your shopping bag
  4. Check out and enter code BABIESONLINE
  5. Fill in information + billing details and pay only shipping.

Also – hot tip, you can use this code more than once for the same address! Nice.

Let us know how you like the sling!

FREE Kindermusik Classes

Immediate question: WHAT IS KINDERMUSIK?

Here’s the rundown:

  • Kindermusik is a class for children newborn up to 18 months old. You can search for Kindermusik classes near you here. You can find individual teachers here.
  • Class activities depend on your child’s age but most classes involve a mix of singing, instrument play, dancing, movement, storytime, and other activities to develop and strengthen your child’s physical and neural functions, social-emotional skills, early literacy, early math, and more
  • Kindermusik firmly believes that a solid foundation of basic musical training at a young age is the best path for children. Instruction begins with basic, essential concepts like steady beats and motor skills.
  • You attend classes with your child
  • And here’s where you guys come in – you can try a free class before you join to make sure that this is something you’re interested in for your child before you pay for the real deal.

Benefits of Kindermusik include those that are social/emotional, it assists with language and literacy, cognitive functions, a long term interest in music, and physical.

I think this sounds like an awesome idea – and honestly, I wish this was around when I had children this young. If nothing else, this is a fun activity to do with your baby that you can feel good about – a great foundation for positive habits.

Click here to set up a free class and try this out soon!

Free Printable Lunch Notes

Before it was ’embarassing’, was there anything better than getting a note from a parent in your lunchbox? I still remember mine, and still adore such a timeless concept of support and love.


Printable Lunch Notes [http://www.frugalcouponliving.com/2012/07/26/back-to-school-free-printable-lunch-notes/]

Check out these printable lunch notes from Frugal Coupon Living – these are so cute! They’re witty and colorful and perfect for a quick note of encouragement! They said that they printed and laminated so that they can reuse them over and over – what an awesome time + money saving idea!

Can’t get enough of these 🙂

Cell Phone Plans for Kids

It’s a highly debated topic – should your child have a cell phone? If so, should there be limitations on it? What age is appropriate for a child to own a cell phone? How much should you be paying for this cell phone, depending on what you intend for them to use it for? I decided to compile some options for you so you can figure out what is best for you and your family.

I want to divide this into two separate thoughts. I think that younger children and older (preteen, teens) should be treated as different entities here. My own personal thoughts lead me to believe that younger children should be using cell phones for emergencies and calls to family only. More of a safety precaution than a social tool. Older kids will want to be texting and calling friends.



GizmoPal [mobicrunch.com]

I think that the most appropriate phone for a younger child is probably what is called an ’emergency cell phone’. Emergency-cell-phone-review says that emergency cell phones are a great option, designed for those who aren’t necessarily ready for a full-fledged cell phone. This way, your child can have the means to reach out to you or to first responders in an emergency. They recommend Verizon’s GizmoPal as a top choice. It is advertised as the perfect companion for kids aged 4 and up. It is rubberized, water-resistant, and durable, and even fits around your wrist, kind of like a watch. The device pairs with a primary number (parents) and the child can call with just the push of a button. Additional numbers can be added, but the child is only able to receive calls from these numbers, not call out to them. There’s also a GPS component to the phone, which will allow you to know your child’s location at all times. The device has a very strong battery life and is a solid option as an emergency phone for your small child.


There’s a few more options when it comes to older kids, depending on limitations that you want to set regarding what the phone is used for, how much it is used, and what you want them to be able to access.


Preteens and Cell Phones [michelleinthemiddle.com]

1) Prepaid

Prepaid phones are great options for pre-teens and teens to teach them the value of money, and even have them pay for their phones themselves. You’ll never have a shocking bill at the end of the month, since calls, texts, and data are hard set limits. Whistleout.com notes that prepaid plans start around $10/month, more top tier plans closer to $80/month. Many prepaid offers are bring your own phone/SIM, so most times, you can simply use one of your old cell phones for this use. Tons of options here.

2) Adding to family plan

Adding your child to the family plan is generally going to be inexpensive. T-Mobile’s Simple Choice family plan allows  up to 5 devices, Verizon Wireless allows up to 10 devices, AT&T allows up to 10 devices, and Sprint allows up to 10 devices. You’ll have the capability to limit your child’s access to certain data, websites, etc. Examiner.com provides links for each cell phone provider on what your options are:

AT&T click here

Verizon click here

Sprint click here

T-Mobile click here

3) Kajeet

Wanted to also show you all Kajeet. Kajeet is ‘designed for kids by parents’ and offers plans specifically aimed at parents wanting to  monitor their child’s cell phone use. All plans are prepaid with unbeatable levels of parental control (whistleout.com). You can control when your child uses their cell phone, which contacts they can communicate with, and what websites and applications your child can view.


Kajeet [razoo.com]

Figure out what’s best for you, and please, feel free to reach out with any questions! I have tons of resources that I have been sifting through this morning trying to compare all of these options 🙂