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Homemade Costumes

My mom used to make all of our costumes. We had the BEST costumes. It was either homemade or those horrible plastic shirts with a mask. I was very thankful for my homemade costumes. Store bought costumes are SO much better now but I still love a good homemade costume. Here are some that I've seen and loved from around the internet!

A perfect army man from Wild Ink Press

Scuba accessories from Real Simple

DIY Skeletons from Finley and Oliver

and airplane/pilot at Oh Happy Day

or a good old LEGO from Country Living


Catapult Paper Airplanes

We are definitely fan of the paper airplane here. We've done Strawplanes, oversized planes, and dragon planes. Well here's a new one to try - catapult plane from Minieco that they saw in The Usborne Big Book of Science Things to Make and Do. Add a rubberband (and some tape or cardboard for stability to the bottom of your plane) and see how it affects your launch!

Let me know how it goes if you try it out soon!


DIY Weatherproof Halloween Decorations

I'm over at Modern Parents Messy Kids today showing you how to make an easy outdoor Halloween garland. Weatherproof and homemade - awesome!


Fort Friday

Happy Fort Friday everyone! We had a day or two of cooler temps so we are definitely starting to look forward to Fall (it will be back up to 90F this next week though). Fall here in AZ means more time outside! We worked on an inside fort this past weekend though. Just a simple dining table fort (sheets thrown over the dining table) with their cousins.

Wrong Way Dummy built a fort/treehouse using a tree and a swingset. Very cool!

Love how proud these All for the Boys readers look. That's one mighty fort!

Here's another awesome cardboard toy fort/castle from Acorn Pies.

 I always love a good fort bed from Weekday Carnival


Glowing Eyes Halloween Craft

Have you ever had an idea you thought made you so smart and then discovered you weren't the first one to have that idea? That's what happened with these for me lol! I had been wanting to do these for a while and about a week ago I was flipping through a magazine at the store (Family Fun maybe?) and saw the same thing - of course executed cuter for a magazine. Oh well, not going to stop me from sharing it with you!

You'll need ping pong (table tennis) balls, LED tealights (the cheapest I found them was at Walmart 6 for $2.50 regular price or you could get a 12 pack at Michaels or Joan with your weekly coupon), a small knife for the parents, and whatever materials you'd like to decorate them with.

Start by cutting an "x" on the bottom of the ping pong and sticking the fake flame of the tealight through the x. This will let your child know right where to draw the eye.

Next just decorate! You could get creative and make eyebrows, eyelashes, a body etc but my boys just wanted eyes. And wanted none of them to match. Whatever floats their boat!

They loved finding places to stick them. Most were on the mantle.

Linking up with the Eighteen25 Halloween Link Up Party


To Do

Does anyone else have kids on Fall break right now? We've never had a Fall break until this year and it's been a little strange. We've had 3 days off but haven't really done much or gotten anything done. We've been all over the place. Here are a couple things on our to do list:

LEGO pencil holder from Handmade Charlotte

DIY Marble Ramp from Ambrosia Creative

DIY Cardboard bed also from Ambrosia Creative (my 8 year old still loves his stuffed animals)

and spider webs from Small for Big

But for now we're headed outside to run/walk/jump some of their energy out.


Fall Crafts for the Younger Set

We have a craft to share tomorrow but I wanted to share some I've seen for younger kiddos too. 

First I think this Carve-a-pumpkin app is fun for all ages

Who doesn't love stepping in paint to make these ghost footprint plaques (or you could just do it on paper) from 2pawsdesigns

A Halloween sensory bin from Nuturing Naters

They could make their own blocky Frank, Ghost, Pumpkin, Bat from Roberts Crafts

Love this little felt Autumn tree (especially because we don't have them here) from rajovilla

Or these little felt mix and match pumpkins from Mer Mag

Do you have a Halloween/Fall craft or a favorite craft for younger kids?


Room Inspiration

I haven't shared any room inspiration for a while and I am in desperate need for some! If you're like me and trying to organize/finish up/re-decorate rooms before the holidays here is some inspiration for you!

from Ikeafamilylive.com

from The Selby

from ladyreynolds on Flickr

from I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar

from Traveling Mama

from design sponge

I feel like there is no room in my boys' new rooms to fit a desk but everytime I see one I want to make room from Fantastic Frank

from Mokkasin

from Nib

from Weekday Carnival

If you'd like a dose of reality check out our "Real Blogger Kids Rooms" post.