Halloween Costumes for the Whole Family For Less Than $25!

For Halloween this year, my family is doing coordinating costumes! And the best part is (apart from the cuteness), I dressed all four of us for under $25! How did I do this, you ask? DIY baby!!

I had sooo many ideas for family costumes, but I finally settled on a hive of bumblebees (me, Owen, and the dog) and our beekeeper (Marshall)!

In this post, I’ll show you how I costumed all four of us on the cheap:

The Beekeeper:

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Marshall works with a ton of different chemicals, so he has these suits at work! He just asked to borrow one for the day! It was clean, of course, and just what we needed.

The hat was part cheap/part DIY. I bought the white hard hat for $3 at Goodwill. I then bought a yard of black toole, worth $1.39, and hot-glued it around the edge of the hat.

Final cost = $4.39

First Bumblebee:

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I looked high and low for a cheap doggy costume, but I just couldn’t find one for an affordable price. So, I took to Ebay and found a great doggy costume, size large, for only $7.98 shipped! What a steal!

Final cost = $7.98

Second Bumblebee:

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Owen’s bumblebee costume was purchased at Goodwill for $4! It’s a 6-12 month size, so it fits him perfectly! Plus, it’s in excellent condition with no rips, tears or stains! I highly recommend checking out Goodwill’s costume section before going to Walmart or Target.

Final cost = $4

Third Bumblebee:

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The only bumblebee costumes I could find at Goodwill were for little girls, and the only ones at Walmart and Target were a bit revealing for my taste.

Not to fret! I found a very pretty set of yellow wings at Goodwill for $3, so I scooped them up! I bought a pair of black fleece-lined leggings for $6, and already own a black long-sleeve tee. I also have black boots that’ll be nice for the rain. My sister was selling her size small (in kids’ sizes) bee costume at our garage sale in September, so I bought it from her for $1! I had to do some minor adjustments (removed the zipper and added elastic, which I already owned), but I made it work!

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I went to Walmart and bought a bag of black pipe-cleaners for $.87 and a bag of yellow Pom-poms for $1. I already own a black headband. I bent the pipe-cleaners around the headband, then hot-glued the Pom-poms to the ends. My antennae are done! What a simple DIY costume!

Final cost = $11.87

Thanks to Goodwill, Ebay, and some DIY, we managed to dress our whole family for Halloween! And it only cost us $25.24! Okay, so I went a bit over $25, but man, I’m good!!

Has your family ever worn coordinating costumes? Do you DIY your costumes?

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31 Days of Lists – October 31

It has been quite the month! I love October and Fall, but this year has been extra special with Owen in our lives. Looking back, there are a few things I definitely don’t want to forget!

Highlights of This Month:

1. Owen sat up. I mean, he can’t quite pull himself into the sitting position, but if you sit him up, he can hold it!

2. Owen’s first Halloween. I’m posting this before we actually go trick-or-treating, but I just know it’s going to be so fun!

3. My hubby’s birthday. We got to see family, watch football, eat cake…does it get any better?

4. I went to a clothing swap! The Dress Barn in Corvallis hosts a clothing swap every year, and I finally got to go! I brought a ton of clothes in the week before, got my vouchers, and walked away with a ton of new (to me) clothes! It was such a rush! People be straight-up cray.

5. Date night. We’ve only had a couple nights away from Owen since he was born, so it was definitely a highlight! We saw Fury and went to Shari’s for milkshakes!

We had some great moments this month, but I’m really looking forward to the coming months!

What were your October highlights?

31 Days of Lists – October 30

I love being home with my handsome man, as it allows me to witness all the awesome new things that he’s learning everyday! And, although I already miss those early newborn days, I’m so looking forward to all of the milestones he has yet to hit!

Things I’m Looking Forward To:

1. Teeth! I’m just so over the whole teething thing.

2. Crawling, then walking. I know he’s going to keep me on my toes, but I’m kind of excited for Owen to be able to get where he wants to go, rather than having me carry him everywhere.

3. Owen’s first word. I hope it’s “mama!”

4. Halloween tomorrow! Our costumes are going to be so stinkin’ cute.

5. School. This may sound awful, but I just can’t wait to send Owen off to school so I can actually have a life again.

6. Christmas. It’s my favorite time of year, and now we have a kid in the house! Time to play Santa!

7. Disneyland. We’re planning a trip during Spring Break next year! I’m going to be the crazy mom, getting pictures of Owen with all the characters.

There are so many more things that I’m looking forward to, but, unfortunately, I tend to stop enjoying what I have, while anticipating what I’ll have one day. I’m trying really hard to just enjoy the moment! To live in the here and now, and to be patient. The things that I want in the future will eventually happen (like buying a house, etc.), but God is blessing me today, and I need to slow down before I miss those blessings. I want to enjoy my baby now, because, soon enough, he’ll be a grown man with his own babies.

Do you have something you’re really looking forward to? Do you, like me, tend to lose your patience in anticipation of things to come?

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Why We Use Cloth Diapers

We are a cloth diapering family.

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I had no idea people even used cloth diapers anymore, until I became pregnant and started researching everything. In my studies, I stumbled across some mommy-blogs all about cloth diapering, and I was pretty intrigued!

Turns out, the diapers these days are pretty advanced, and you can use cloth without worrying about poking your precious one with a safety pin! There are people who choose to use diapers that require folding, pinning, and covering, but I’ve chosen the velcro/snaps route. They are, in my opinion, way easier for daddy and caretakers to use when I’m not around for diaper changes.

In fact, they are so easy to use, that I would say that they’re just as easy as disposables! You just have the added steps of washing and folding, but even that becomes super simple once you get used to it.

When I first realized that people still used cloth diapers, and that they’re so easy to use, I went back and forth for months trying to decide if they were right for us. I did eventually decide to go with the cloth diapers, but only after doing as much research as I could, and, of course, making a pros vs. cons list!

Pros:

1. Totes adorbs. Cloth diapers come in such a wide array of colors and patterns, you don’t even need to dress your sweetie in pants/bloomers! Just wear a cute top to match the undies, and you’re set!

2. Good for the environment. Fact: my poop is still sitting in disposable diapers in some landfill out there…gross! Those things just don’t die! Ever! And considering how many you go through from birth to potty-training, disposable diapers make up an enormous percentage of the world’s garbage.

3.Fewer diaper rashes. Because cloth diapers aren’t filled with chemicals to keep your baby’s bottom dry, your little one will get fewer rashes! In the five months we’ve used cloth, Owen has only had a handful of rashes, each of which occurred while we were using disposables! Not a single rash while wearing disposables!

4. Financially economical. Despite their hefty prices upfront, you’ll actually save a ton of money in the long run. One Bumgenius diaper cost about $22-$25, but will last you all the way through potty-training. If you take good care of your diapers, you may even be able to use them with more than one child!

5. NO BLOWOUTS! This, in my opinion, is the best reason to use cloth. Owen has had two blowouts. Both in disposable diapers. While he’s been in cloth, he’s had a few nasty moments, but no poop leaks! I’ve been seriously surprised a few times, too.

Cons:

1. Diaper laundry. It’s really not terrible, once you get into the swing of things, but you’re still washing poop-catchers!

2. Daycare providers and relatives may have a difficult time with cloth. Once you get the hang of folding and using them, they’re easy. But it does take practice. You’ll need to help anyone watching your baby, and offer a “how-to.”

3. You can’t just toss ’em! If you’re out and about and your little one fills his britches, you gotta carry that around with you all day. Wet bags are great at concealing the smell and keeping your diaper bag clean, but people might look at you funny when you tell them you’re carrying around poop in a bag.

4. Difficult to travel with. Any time we go somewhere overnight, we just end up using disposables. It’s no big deal if we’re just out for the day, but overnight? No thank you. That’s way too many dirty diapers to carry around with us all day.

So there you have it! Even with the cons, we chose to cloth diaper. In my opinion, the pros far outweigh the cons.

If you think you might like to try cloth diapers, but feel clueless as to where to begin, I highly recommend heading here for more info! At this link, you’ll be able to find absolutely everything you need!

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31 Days of Lists – October 29

Oh my gosh, I missed another day for my lists! I have been running at full steam this week, and have not been getting the rest that I need! I’m kind of neglecting my blog…I’m sorry!

But I’m here with today’s list:

Favorite Flowers:

1. Begonias

2. Orchids

3. Daisies

4. Orange and pink roses

5. Dahlias

6. Poppies

7. Water lilies

8. Sunflowers

I am such a sucker for flowers! I wish spring and summer lasted year-round, just so I could have a constant supply of color in my house! I love to pick wildflowers and put them in a jar. Such a fun and lovely way to add some rustic charm to your home!

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A Quarter of a Century

My husband’s birthday was yesterday. He’s 25! I can’t believe it. It seems weird that he’s that old! Maybe because I met him when he was only 16?

Wow. Have we really known each other for that long?

I remember when he first came to my school. It was sophomore year, and Ms. Reister assigned his seat between me and my best friend, Lauren. He had us cracking up every day in biology! I had a crush on him right away, but we didn’t begin dating until senior year.

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Our first date was February 2, 2008. We went to our school’s masquerade ball together. The theme was fairy tales, so he went as a prince and I was a fairy! A few days later, we made things official.

It seems like just yesterday, but here he is, a quarter of a century old. My husband. My provider. My son’s father. What a guy! Happy Birthday, my love!

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31 Days of Lists – October 27

I totally forgot yesterday’s list. It was asking for words I hate, and I was so not into it, so we’re just missing a day! Oh well.

Today’s list is asking for stuff that I’m allergic to. But, I only have two allergies: grass and cigarette smoke. Grass causes itchiness, cigarette smoke causes an asthmatic reaction.

Awesome list.

So, instead, I’m changing the list to something totally random and fun!

My Favorite Rides at Disneyland/ California Adventure:

1. The Indiana Jones ride!

2. California Screamin’

3. Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

4. Grizzly River Run

5. Soarin’ Over California

6. The Haunted Mansion

7. Star Tours

8. Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters

9. Pirates of the Caribbean

10. Radiator Springs Racers

11. Jungle Cruise

And, though not technically rides, I love all the shows! My favorites are Turtle Time With Crush, The Enchanted Tiki Room, and It’s Tough to Be a Bug!

If you’ve been to Disneyland, what were your favorites? I left off a few great ones like Splash Mountain and Tower of Terror, because the scare me half to death! But are those on your list?