DIYP:Last Minute Costumes

I don’t like buying costumes, but I also don’t want to spend a lot of money making them!
For my girls, we used clothes we had and bought kitty cat accessories. My sister and Mom made my toddler’s black TuTu. Here are instructions for making them several different ways.
This kitten found her mittens:

at the Fall Festival


And my son is a Blue Lego made from recycled boxes and cups:

Here are the detailed Lego costume instructions.
Did you make a costume? Leave the link in the comments!
I’m looking forward to November and Thanksgiving…….. I love this cute, inexpensive Thanksgiving centerpiece for the table!

WFMW-Family Rules Art

I’ve seen this awesome idea all over the Internet this month! I wanted to share it here in case it’s new to you. I saw it first at The Pleated Poppy:  
I think it’s not only a great piece of inexpensive art you can make for your home, it’s also a wonderful idea to establish good family rules that are positive and focus on what matters.
The supplies are just a canvas (I used 18×24, but you can use any size you want or already have), painted in a neutral background color. I printed out rules (I used a lot of hers, but added a few of my own too) on some of my favorite scrapbooking paper. I used 12×12 paper that had to be cut to fit the printer. I also googled free fonts and downloaded some fun ones.
I found it was cheaper to buy coordinating paper in a package, rather than individual sheets.
There is a lot of cutting in the project. I used modge podge to clue the slips of paper in place. I pieced the rules together and applied the glue on top also to seal it.
Here’s mine:

I love having them where we can all read them and remember what our family is all about!
Family rules works for us!
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  32. Green Baby Guide (DIY Costumes)
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  68. MomsFrugal (juicing and freezing breakfast)
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  76. TeriLynne @Pleasing to YOU {Best idea ever!}
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  80. Beth@A Moms life (A Better Way to Start the Day)
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  82. Hallee the Homemaker – Scheduling
  83. A Busy Mom of Two (DIY Tinted Moisturizer)
  84. Brilliant Moms (Fall Picnics)
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  86. Cindi from This is My Life (A Paint Lifesaver)
  87. Beautiful Calling (When no Halloween)
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  89. Rules To Live By
  90. Kristen @ A Day in the Life (Sore Throat Tip)
  91. Cardamoms Pod (Survival Tips for Fall Time Change)
  92. Jill@findfaithfu l / Kids and Visiting Elderly
  93. NeverBored – Games for Teenagers
  94. Renee @ FIMBY Why Blogging Works For ME
  95. Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet (Traveling Help 4 U)
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  98. Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect (morning routine)
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  108. KLee – starting the day earlier
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  48. pk @ Room Remix (Bathroom towel idea)
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  53. Amy @ MOMSTOOLBOX (Fishing for Men)
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  59. Rediscovering Domesticity – Baby Wipes Containers!
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  62. Whats Cooking (cloth napkins)
  63. Amy – iPhone Weight Watchers app
  64. Kayren (Tracking GROCERY Spending!)
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  70. Norma Lee Good – Emergency Phone Numbers list idea
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  74. Leaving Excess (Pumpkins on the Cheap)
  75. Mama Says (for preschoolers online)
  76. MacombMoneySaver s (Simple Gift Card Organizer)
  77. everydayMOM (organizing my day)
  78. Sandra – prayer for better life management
  79. Dryer balls and medium heat
  80. SWAP SAVERS (Creating and Achieving Your Goals)
  81. Tons of Fall Links
  82. Ginny @ makeadiff21 (Making Applesauce)
  83. MamaHall (shoeboxes)
  84. The Eclectic Dabbler : Halloween Costumes
  85. Rebecca at Turned Loose (Snow Day!)
  86. Catie @ Newby At Home Fruit Leather
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  89. Michelle @ So Wonderful {Halloween Cupcake Topper}
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  92. Sonshine (grocery budget)
  93. Julia @ Roots of Simplicity (Glow Necklace Ideas)
  94. ImagineCozy (redesign w / old sewing tables)
  95. Abbi @Proverbs31Living ~our typical homeschool day
  96. Rachel (Freezer Inventory System)
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  98. staci@ teaching money to kids (#1 money saving tip
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  103. Jean Stockdale – Trouble Brewing
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Eden Home Toy {Giveaway} 3 WINNERS!

*UPDATED* with Winners! Congrats to reader Melissa R (I emailed you!), Jen and Juice and Corinna of My Scrapbook Life!

Thank you so much for entering ladies! Yay! Thanks Eden Home!

My baby is going to be three in fifty days. FIFTY DAYS. Three years old.

I spent last week boxing up a couple of her baby toys-some to keep and some to giveaway.

And she wants a bike for her birthday, with a helmet, please.

My baby is growing up.

I’ve been looking at big girl toys, so when Eden Home asked her to review their Organic Rubberwood Animal Memory Game (from Plan Toys® ) she said yes.

She’s nice like that.

Organic Rubberwood Animal Memory Game

Product Info:

Plan Toys ® uses only wood that has been grown without fertilizers and chemicals and then makes their toys with non-formaldehyde glue and non-toxic, water based dyes so you can be sure that they are lead-free, BPA-free, chemical-free and basically as natural as can be. 

Plan Toys® Com
bines learning with fun! Their toys are specially designed to enhance a child’s physical, mental and creative development without compromising safety for your child and the memory game is no exception. Consisting of 24 wooden pictures tiles with 12 different kinds of animals this great memory game tests a child’s memory to find the most animal pairs successfully to win the game. It’s great for 2-4 players and there are a variety of ways parents can use the toy with their child to learn.

My little girl loved this little bag of wooden memory pieces! I showed her how to play. She clapped when she got her a match (she cheated a little, but since she’s still two, I let her). 

Then she lined up the pieces and made a “train” with them. (And I got to blow dry my hair without stopping!)

I love that these high quality wooden pieces are organic and offer hours of fun! 

Eden Home offers a huge variety of products in dozens of categories, including toys. Here are some of my favorites: 

Handmade Wooden Nesting Dolls - Lion
I collect nesting dolls, so I love these!
Organic Rubberwood Pirate Ship
I think my hubby, I mean, my son, would love this ship!

My hubby has taken over researching bikes for my daughter’s birthday. He loves the balance bikes, like this one:
Smart Balance Bike

Just in time for Christmas shopping, Eden Home is giving away THREE $30 gift certificates. Tell me what you like and you’ll be entered.

This giveaway ends on Thursday.

The Wet Cement

There is a small park tucked in the woods at the end of our street. 
We call it The Dinosaur Park, not only because the rusty, faded slide is shaped like a T-Rex. It’s archaic.
At the beginning of summer, we received a letter stating that new park equipment was going to be installed. (My kids were thrilled for obvious reasons, but I was glad for their [current] unbroken bones).
And it arrived the first week of school.
After dinner one night, we tiptoed to the edge of the yellow caution tape and spied the shiny new slide, rock wall, swing sets and play structure. It was impressive. But it wasn’t completed. 
“Look!” my daughter pointed to the swings. “There’s wet cement!”
Sure enough, the cement securing the structure to the ground was fresh.  
[Now this is probably where the rule followers should stop reading.]
To read the rest of this story that should be entitled The Day I was Nearly Arrested by an Elderly Park Ranger, click here.
What are you waiting for? I know you want to see me in handcuffs, so go!

Stay Tuned

Coming Fridays in November: 
Each week I’ll be sharing some ideas for unique handmade gifts!
Do you have an idea? Leave a link in the comments and I’ll feature a few each week at the end of my post!