Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween Costume Party link up 2014

Kinsey got it into her head to be Alice in Wonderland this Halloween.  It thrills me no end ( I was Alice in 2005.  Alas, I can't find the pictures).  Her great Aunt sewed her costume and sent it from Arkansas.  How adorable is this?!  I mean, come on?!
'Adorable' doesn't even fully describe it: _______________{insert adjective here}!!!
 Keeping with the Wonderland theme (you know I love a good theme) Brielana is going as the Dormouse from the Mad Tea Party. 

I didn't score any good Mommy points in regards to these pictures, Brielana was actually sleeping; but I figured, it added realism- that Dormouse was always asleep! That's my story and I'm sticking with it ;)

Aren't they a pair?! 

HaPPY HaLLoWeeN!!!

What's your child dressing up as?  Do you get in on the festivities and wear a costume, too?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

What Kinsey Wore: Smock dress

We had a special play date with one of Kinsey's first friends from Preschool last year at the Aquarium.  There's something to be said for exploring the seas with a buddy.  It was like a whole new experience and we go the Aquarium frequently.
These darling girls have very similar personalities and temperaments and get along great, for the most part.  Then there's that 2% chance of a rift that sends both sulking ;)  Its definitely a life lesson in a little dose. We've all been there! Thankfully they bounce back quickly!
I also had fun spending time with her Mama. Its nice to make new Mom friends, especially when our daughters are so fond of each other.  So, here's to old (mini) friends and new (mom) friends!  One is silver and the other gold.

Smock dress: Genuine Kids, thrifted                                              The freaking buttons kill me! Love!
Long Sleeve tee: Gap
Tights: Target
Booties: Circo, gifted

Are you close with your child's friends Moms?  Do you have a special play date spot?

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Big Patch

Our Annual visit to the Big Pumpkin Patch was on Sunday!  Sadly, Brian had to work but having her aunt and uncle there kept Kinsey entertained.  

Besides a huge selection of pumpkins and gourds, there were Golden Pheasants, ducks and/or geese- deeks?! (cus they seriously looked like a crazy hybrid) and a turkey, a haunted Barn (which we didn't partake in) and a big corn maze (which we did!)

Not a fan haha
I was on a mission to find the perfect pumpkin and finally found one!  I only had to climb over 2 crates and haul it out from under a few pumpkins but I succeeded!  All while Baby wearing.  #WonderMommy.

Kinsey found a new friend :)  His name is Olaf.

A few photo opportunities.  Brielana was awake for this one picture, a miracle.

We found this one for Daddy, holla!

Back at the In Laws house, we carved our pumpkins and I made my famous seeds.  And remember that quest for the perfect pumpkin?  Bam!  Also an annual event.  But this may be the last year she's going to willingly pose for this.  Time to pass the baton to Brielana.

Flasbacks: Awwwww! 2011 and 2012, respectively.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Our Favorite Halloween Books for Preschoolers

We are book worms over here.  So, I am pleased to share with you our favorite Halloween books:

Our Favorite Halloween Books for Preschoolers

Our Favorite Halloween Books for Preschoolers by work-it-mommy on Polyvore

The Monster at the End of this Book, Jon Stone and Micheal Smollin- This is a classic from my childhood, my mom used to do a spot-on Grover voice and even though I'm not nearly as talented, it makes my daughter giggle.  An enduring book about mistaken identity.

Mrs. McMurphy's Pumpkin, Rick Walton and Delana Bettoli- A saucy pumpkin shows up at Mrs. McMurphy's house to wreck havoc and is thwarted every time by the cool-headed Mrs. McMurphy.  I thought it was a bit odd, but Kinsey thinks its funny.

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything, Linda Williams and Megan Lloyd- A walk through the woods proves this little old lady has guts!  Repetitive narrative engages children.

H is for Haunted House, Tanya Lee Stone and Scott Burroughs- A Halloween- themed alphabet book with delightful illustrations.  Bonus points for rhyming text.

Five Little Pumpkins, illustrated by Dan Yaccarino -The classic Rhyme with great pictures.  Always nice to add to the finger play and throw in some numerical learning to boot.

Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat, Jan and Stan Berenstain- Who doesn't love the Berenstain Bears?  I like the life lessons and real scenarios in this book series and the illustrations are wonderful.  

The Legend of Spookly the Square Pumpkin, Joe Troiano and Susan Banta-  A story about individuality and being unique.  I hate to admit it, but I watched the cartoon first lol.

What are your favorite Halloween books?  

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What Kinsey Wore: Tulle and Camo

Contradictions in fashion are fun.  I loved pairing this ultra- feminine tulle top (which is actually an 18 month dress re purposed as a shirt. Clever, I know ;) and the print-of-the-moment camo walking shorts.  I could never get away with wearing something so sassy like this, but when you are 3.5 and this cute, you can pull anything off.

And won't you know it, she reminds me all the time.

#flowerchild haha

Tulle dress: BabyGap
Camo shorts: Old Navy, thrifted
Converse: Ross

What are your favorite unexpected pairings?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Halloween Craft: Threading Pumpkins

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My second easy- peasy Halloween craft for the Littles!  Felt Pumpkin craft can be found here.

orange construction paper 
a cereal box
glue stick 
a hole punch

I glued orange construction paper onto a cereal box and let dry.  I free formed a pumpkin and then punched holes around the circumference with a hole punch (I also added a brown construction paper 'stem'. It adds street cred. Haha)  I added tape to the ends of the raffia to make it easier to thread and stop fraying.  (Shoelaces could easily be used in place of the raffia, but I liked the natural look of it.)

Threading is a great fine motor activity and helps to develop eye- hand coordination.  It is also a good quiet activity ;)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Our Pumpkin Patch visit

This weekend we went to the Pumpkin Patch (finally!)  There was a touch of Fall weather so I got to wear plaid and boots (Eeee!!!) but of course, didn't get picture proof of this phenomenon ;)

We pretty much had the run of the place since we went early in the day, and that's pretty much all Kinsey did- run back and forth, non- stop.  On a related note, she had an epic nap that day, too.
Bless her heart, she was picking out all kinds of homely, misshapen pumpkins.

We took home a white pumpkin, a gray pumpkin, an orange and green pumpkin, a nice round one, and two baby orange ones that Kinsey ended up painting.  I thought this would be the first year of her gutting and carving (with ample adult supervision) but girlfriend isn't ready for that just yet.

Aren't these two just darling?

And of course, Brielana slept through the whole experience :)

{I heart Fall}

Have you visited a Pumpkin Patch yet?  Or are Supermarket prices too hard to beat?