Are Your Boos Ready with Halloween Costumes?

Busy Mom Alert: You can still be your kids’ Halloween hero without leaving the couch! Did you know that there are affordable options for Halloween Costumes online? Just so you know, the kind folks at Oriental Trading® did send me costumes for this post, but the opinions are entirely my own.

Busy Mom Alert: You can still be your kids' Halloween hero without leaving the couch! Did you know that there are affordable options for Halloween Costumes online?

Halloween! It’s everything, right? OK, it’s not Christmas, but it’s a really close second. I have a Halloween baby and it’s a big deal in my house. A really big deal. But what’s a busy mom to do when she wants to make sure her kids are clad in the best costumes in town, but she doesn’t have a bunch of time for shopping, traveling from shop to shop, or worrying about sizing? She turns to Oriental Trading®, of course, right from her couch! The fact that her kids look amazing on Halloween (OK, I’m talking about myself and my own kids here) is a true win. Want to be a Halloween hero this year, and every year, too? Follow my advice because these costumes are amazing, affordable, and SIMPLE for mom. I’m a Halloween hero and I didn’t even try!

Busy Mom Alert: You can still be your kids' Halloween hero without leaving the couch! Did you know that there are affordable options for Halloween Costumes online now?

See, just like with my Halloween decor, I logged into Oriental Trading®, and I let the kids do the work. They picked out their costumes, I pressed a button, and done. DONE. Ninja, Gothic Prom Queen, and skeletons…oh my. Oh, how I love my simple life!

Busy Mom Alert: You can still be your kids' Halloween hero without leaving the couch! Did you know that there are affordable options for Halloween Costumes online now?

Are Your Boos Ready with Halloween Costumes?

I ordered the costumes, headed to the dollar store to pick up some extra props, and I’m a Halloween hero without taking out a second mortgage. Seriously, this holiday stuff can get expensive if you don’t know where to shop! Plus, how cute is he? I know, I know…cute as a button, in a threatening sort of way, of course.

Busy Mom Alert: You can still be your kids' Halloween hero without leaving the couch! Did you know that there are affordable options for Halloween Costumes online now?

Plus, having all of the best (and affordable decor) for photo ops is amazing because we, as moms, need all of the pictures we can muster to savor every memory!

Busy Mom Alert: You can still be your kids' Halloween hero without leaving the couch! Did you know that there are affordable options for Halloween Costumes online now?

I can’t wait for the actual night of all Hallow’s Eve. With the outside decor, plus the amazing backdrops in the house, there are so many memories to be made and cherished for years to come. What are you waiting for? The clock is ticking. Halloween is JUST around the corner. Be a Halloween hero this year! Your kids will thank you for it, and so will your bank account!

Mummify Your Candy This Halloween!

It’s Halloween! I love this time of year. Imaginative play is one of my favorite things. I enjoy watching all of the kids dress up and I enjoy dressing up myself. This is the time of the year we bust the mold and just pretend. We can pretend to be princesses. We can pretend to be super heroes. We can pretend to be anything we want. So I’m choosing to pretend that I’m crafty this year.
I want to impress my trick or treaters since I won’t be here to pass out the candy. We’ll be on the prowl ourselves for the loot but I’m leaving a bowl out, as I always do, for the ghouls, goblins, super heroes, and princesses that stop by my door. I want them to walk away happy so I decided to dress up my candy. No this wasn’t an original idea. I’m not that clever. We all know that by now. I was surfing the web today for crafty and fun ideas and I stumbled upon a post by my friend Chelsea over at Someday I’ll Learn and realized that her idea was something even I could do.
This will be sitting at my front door awaiting our guests. These candy mummies are so simple and you really don’t even need a lot of supplies, or time, to accomplish this.
What you’ll need:
  • Candy: Any “flat” candy will do like candy bars, taffy, even lollipops from what I’ve heard. It just has to have a flat, semi-wide surface.
  • Elmer’s Glue Spots because they’re super easy to work with.
  • Tape. I used surgical adhesive tape but you can use any type of tape (other than Scotch of course) that you have on hand.
What you’ll do:
  • Affix the googly eyes to the upper front surface of the candy with a glue spot.
  • Take the tape and start wrapping. Here’s where you can throw your OCD tendencies out the window. I found the ones I labored over the least actually look the best. Who knew?
Each mummy seriously only takes minutes and they are absolutely ghoulishly adorable and sure to impress everyone that stops by. Kind of adds that personal touch that you miss by not being there yourself.
These would also be great to hand out at school or to put out if you’re having a last minute party. Happy Halloween y’all. I hope you have a great evening and that you let your imagination run wild.

Rock On with The Beatrix Girls: One for Bug and One for Your Future Star!

Just so you’re aware, Bug received a Beatrix Doll for this post from the Web Success Team in exchange for a review and giveaway. As always, all opinion, ideas, and photos (except for the one showing all of the dolls because we don’t have them all…YET) are entirely my own!

**CLOSED: WE HAVE A WINNER!! CONGRATULATIONS JANET P!**

Before I get into this any further, let’s get a few things straight:

  1. Bug is a beautiful little being that has blessed my life in many ways.
  2. Bug loves music and dancing with a passion like no child I’ve ever met.
  3. Bug is determined to drive me insane at least a million times a week.
  4. Bug is destined to be famous and I want to encourage all of the above (except for that drive me insane part)

So with that said, any time an opportunity poses itself where I can help spark Bug’s imagination and fuel her love of music, I’m all over it. And that’s exactly what I found when I discovered The Beatrix Girls. Sure, they’re just dolls. But just dolls is an understatement. These dolls empower little girls and make them believe in their dreams. Through role play and interactive play on their website with song, video, and stories, The Beatrix Girls encourage my daughter and make her believe that she can follow her dreams. 
Bug received the Brayden doll before she was available in stores. Good news is, now Brayden, the lead guitar and singer, plus all of her friends, Lark, the bass player; Ainsley, the drummer; and Chantal, the keyboard player, are all available at Toys ‘R Us so you can own them today or buy the whole set for holiday giving. The one thing that bothered Bug, the only thing, is that Brayden didn’t come with a guitar. Luckily for Brayden, Bug had a doll-sized guitar here for the lending. She strapped her up and they were ready for some imaginative play.
There was staging of course. Because obviously no good rock show starts without the proper staging.
And there was singing and dancing, along with the music I was playing from the website of course. Since then, Bug has brought Brayden along to school for show and tell. She’s been to the grocery store with us. She even went to the park with us one night. Yes, these two were fast friends because they have a lot in common. Brayden’s already made the big stage and Bug is working her way toward that goal (watch out American Idol 2022…this girl’s got some mad singing skills)
We’re planning on getting the whole band for Bug for Christmas. I plan to purchase online because with the purchase of each doll at $24.99 each, you get a free gift. That gift is their instrument! That’s a good thing because we don’t have a spare doll-sized drum set, keyboard, or bass guitar lying around. 

So do you have a little aspiring rock star in your house and you agree that imaginative play is a great way to encourage this positive role playing? If so, I’ve got some great news for you. No need to head to Toys ‘R Us. No need to purchase online. Why? Because I can send you the doll of your choice for your aspiring rock star. All you have to do is enter the simple giveaway below.
One lucky winner will win one of the dolls above, the doll of your choice, just by entering this giveaway. The holidays are just around the corner and I’m sure your little girl, or a little girl in your life, would love one of these dolls. So what are you waiting for? Easy entry below! Good luck!

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