Posts Tagged ‘costumes’

Allergy-Free Halloween Treats

Halloween is a wonderful day for both kids and parents alike. Kids enjoy nothing more than dressing up as their favorite characters, walking around the neighborhood with friends, and getting treats. As parents, we love to see our children’s eyes light up as they transform into their latest obsession and we stand proudly on the sidewalk as they walk up to each door exclaiming, “Trick or Treat!” We have fond memories of doing the same things as a kid, and it’s a joy to watch our children follow in the same traditions. 

But if you are a parent of a child with allergies, you often become the villain to their superhero inspired costume. You have to carefully inspect all packaging to be sure the contents don’t include any harmful allergens, reading ingredient lists and “processed in facilities” lists before they can dig into their loot, throwing away delicious contraband that might make them sick. Luckily, with the growing knowledge of allergies and sensory issues, there are now more and more options to ensure that there are treats out there for everyone to enjoy. 

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10 DIY Halloween Costumes

Halloween is just around the corner and there are dozens of adorable options for dressing the crew [and yourself] for the celebration. Planning ahead will help you be prepared for any changes that might come up with your plans or the weather leading into the holiday. For store bought costumes, order online at least 3 weeks in advance or visit your local costume shop early in the month to ensure the best selection.

If you want to DIY a costume, make sure to plan plenty of time to ensure that you aren’t up at midnight on October 30th with a hot glue gun and a stack of felt.

We’ve collected a handful of our favorite costume ideas to give you some inspiration. Make sure to leave us a note in the comments about some of your favorite characters to dress up as!

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8 Steps to Creating a Professional Background

Choose a holiday, any holiday; then go over to Pinterest and search for photo ideas for that holiday. Chances are that you’ll find dozens if not hundreds of ideas that will inspire you to tackle a photo shoot with your kids, with the ultimate goal of capturing your kids wearing a brilliant smile in festive clothing to share with the world on that special holiday (complete with some sort of cute graphic).

Granted, you could hire a professional and take your big dreams into a portrait studio, but who wants to do that when the chances of the stars aligning long enough for that picture perfect image in your mind to become a reality before your kids turn into tiny demons are only slightly higher than you getting a decent shower. Seems like a lot of wasted time and money if it goes wrong, right? Why not set up a photo shoot at home instead? With any luck, whether you stay inside or venture into your backyard, you’ll save yourself a few dollars and have the satisfaction of “nailing it.”

If you have a camera, a window, and a few household supplies, even you can create a professional-looking image with these “background” tips. 

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Gifts That Encourage Learning

Children, whether infants or teenagers, are always learning. As parents, we all want to give our children every opportunity we can to explore, create, and expand their minds. The holidays are a time for fun, and we know that learning should be fun as well. Give gifts to the children in your life that encourage learning. There are so many amazing products for kids that spark their imagination and foster a love for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). We think gifts like these are especially great to give to someone else’s child because not only will the child get so much out of whatever you choose, the parents will be happy with you as well. Everyone is happy and kids are learning while they play. These gifts are a win all around!

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Tips, Tricks & Treats for Great Halloween Photos

Tips Tricks and Treats for Great Halloween Photos

What do ghosts, princesses, and superheros have in common? They will all be coming out after dark this Halloween night; you know, when our cameras struggle to capture decent photos. 

Halloween can present some challenges for photographers, but if you’re like us, you’re not going to pass up an opportunity to capture your kid looking cute just because the light isn’t right. Today we’re going to give you some tips, tricks and treats for great Halloween photos.

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Unique Halloween Costumes for Siblings

It’s that time again. Time to tap into the creative corner of your mind and come up with something fun to dress your little ones in for Halloween. Make your October even easier by dressing your kids in coordinating costumes. Not only is it less thinking on your part, there really is nothing cuter than seeing the whole cast of Frozen on your doorstep. Now where do you find a bunch of coordinating kid costumes? What if this year you bypass the big box stores and pick costumes that are original, unique, and not something every other kid on the block is wearing. If you don’t have the time this year to whip up something homemade, or you just need inspiration to figure out what you could recreate yourself, we’re here to help. Check out these unique Halloween costumes, especially designed for siblings.

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Halloween Safety

“Trick or treat!?” You’ll hear that again and again as you parade your little goblin or ladybug around the block. Don’t be tricked! Daily Mom has advice that will keep your Halloween as sweet as the candy your kiddo just collected. From helpful safety tips that you may not have thought of to fantastic Halloween-friendly products that we love, we have some “treats” for you!

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10 Places to Find Unique Halloween Costumes

Are you sick of seeing your child in the same store-bought Halloween costume as fifty other children in your neighborhood? Do you want to find them something unique without having to make it yourself? Avoid a last minute trip to your local big box store by checking out the costumes available in our round up of ten places to find unique Halloween costumes.

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