Friday, November 1, 2013
These girls are on fire.
I live for Halloween. Playing dress up to the extreme is my thing. Now that I have kids, I don't want that sense of fun to disappear because of lack of time or energy.
I asked my son what he wanted to be for Halloween and he responded, "Firefighter!" So, I bought the bag costume for him (I am somewhat realistic about my time limitations these days) and hyped up the trick or treating, the candy and the cool helmet he would get to wear. I then put a lot of thought into how I could incorporate my Ergo into a costume. I love to coordinate with the family, so since Keagan would be a firefighter along with my husband, I decided that we would be girls on fire. Not in the Katniss Everdeen sense, but truly on fire. I used construction paper to cut out flames, then used a glue stick to hold them together. I then pinned them with safety pins onto the Ergo, layering them for a rising flame effect.
For my face, I used glittery gold eyeshadow and black kohl liner, paired with good old fashioned Halloween face paint in yellow, orange and red to paint the flames. I outlined the flames with red lip liner to make the flame points more defined on top and under my eyes. For my hair, I bought pairs of red, orange and yellow clip in hair from Party City at $0.99 each. I didn't want to deal with a full blown wig all night, nor did I want to spend the money on something that I wasn't sure was going to work out when dealing with two kids in tow. Comfort was my goal - I work a cardigan over a nursing tank and black pants and boots to stay neutral and to allow for quick nursing access if needed. A complicated costume was out of the question this year.
When I was all dressed up, Keagan decided that being a firefighter was not for him. He cried big crocodile tears when putting on his costume, no matter how we bribed him or praised him. Finally, I gave in. "What do you want to be, Keagan?" He wiped his tears. "Batman," he replied. Works for me. We put on his Batman pajamas and put his sneakers over the footies and hit the road. Everyone was happy. My outfit no longer made much sense with his, but I still matched Kevin in his firefighter gear. Regardless, we were so happy knocking on doors, saying trick or treat followed by "thank you." A Halloween success!
Monday, October 29, 2012
No, that is not a fancy new wrist accessory on my left hand. That is a peacock.
Jeans: Current/Elliot, thrifted (similar)
Loafers: Target (similar)
I'm always amazed when I see peacocks strutting around the zoo with the seagulls out in the open, like they own the place. But, I digress. On to the clothes. There is truly nothing exciting about this outfit. It's your basic weekend wear. But it does have a strategy behind it.
1) Leopard loafers at the zoo because, duh.
2) Comfy boyfriend jeans carry me through the fall and probably won't last me through the whipping winds of winter, so I may as well get my use now. Plus, when you attend Boo at the Zoo with a running toddler, you know that you are going to have to dodge and duck around thousands of candy-crazed Spidermans, Hulks, princesses and furry animals. No time for muss and fuss.
3) Neutral tones, so I can be the backdrop to this guy's shining day:
My little Buzz Lightyear. I love him to infinity and beyond.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
And when I say warm, I mean scorching hot and sweaty.
Cookie Monster costumes: Amazon
If you are a reader of this blog, then you know that I have a slight obsession with Halloween. It's hard to believe that this time last year, my little boy was hanging out in utero, completely unaware that he was being dolled up as a monster for my own entertainment. This year, he's still my little monster, but now he could partake in the fun. I decided to go with Cookie Monster since Keagan lights up everytime he hears Cookie's grumbly voice. Plus, C is for cute and that's good enough for me.
I joined in as Cookie Mommy and my husband was Cookie Daddy. But like any new parents who haven't quite figured out how to get out the door without creating a tornado of chaos, we didn't plan so well. We forgot Cookie Daddy's headpiece, meaning we had to trade off for picture purposes. We also didn't plan for the fact that it would be 75 degrees on Halloween in California and wearing polyester fur costumes were like placing ourselves in a sauna. We took our pictures as quickly as possible (hence, the quick snap before running out the door), groaned at the heat and immediately stripped them off. But these types of memories are worth it. As Cookie Monster would say, "Me like it."