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34 Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

34 Halloween costume ideas you can make in a matter of hours!

One year for Halloween, I went out dressed as an ‘animal princess’. I took all my stuffed animals and safety pinned them to my best dress. I think I was about 10 years old and needless to say it was an extremely last minute attempt at a costume. My siblings still tease me about that one!  I’m going to hazard a guess that I’m by no means the only kid to ever have had need of some last minute Halloween costume ideas!

Need an amazing last minute Halloween costume? I've got you covered. Here are 34 ideas for either children or adults that you can pull off in a matter of hours. Plus, snag a bonus pdf of 30 more costume ideas made with cardboard boxes!

There are loads of reasons why costumes need to be procured at the last moment.  Maybe the original costume busted a seam the night before, or like younger me no thought was put into choosing a costume until it was time to head out the door!

Store-bought costumes, in my opinion, are cheaply made and very costly.  I’m certainly not going to drop $50 on an outfit that will only last one night.  Plus I want to help my kids develop their creativity and imagination!  My boys want to be a police car and an ambulance this year.  So we’re going to have some fun figuring out how to construct vehicle costumes!

But should that fail, I’ve compiled a list of 34 back up ideas.

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17 Easy Science Experiments for Kids Using Household Items

When we’re stuck indoors on a rainy weekend we are always trying to find activities to entertain the kids using things we already have at home.  But usually we end up on our computers for 30 minutes trying to find ideas!  So I thought I’d do a round up post of simple science experiments I can try with my kids using household items.

A round up of 17 simple science experiments for kids. Foster their love of learning all while using household items! Perfect rainy day activities for kids.

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These experiments are best suited for 3-6 year olds I think.  But honestly I really like them, so maybe they’re for all ages!  I’ve included any of the ingredients that you may or may not have on hand so you can easily pick an experiment that you can do right away!

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How I Eliminated Dinnertime Stress

Hello Fresh Makes my life easier with pre-measured and pre-chopped ingredients!

Since having kids, dinnertime has been a super stressful part of the day.  I don’t know what it is about the five o’clock hour that makes children a little bonkers, but I think it’s fairly common.  The kiddos are extra needy and demanding when I’m trying to prep dinner.  Compound that with the fact that I hate cooking and absolutely despise having to come up with meal ideas and you’ve got a recipe for a cranky monster of a mama.

Dinnertime used to be the hardest part of my day. But with this solution, my hungry dinner stress is gone!

“What’s the Hardest Part of your Day?”

I was chatting with a friend a few months ago about my daily struggles.  She’s a ‘let’s take action’ kind of mom which is just what I needed, she’s a good listener too but has no patience for excuses.  So she asked me a simple question: “What’s the hardest part of your day?” I thought for a sec and replied “Dinnertime.” Without a doubt.  Then she asked: “What can you do make dinnertime easier?”

And I didn’t really know how to respond!  There are so many aspects of motherhood and life in general that are hard, that I use up all my energy just to survive that I didn’t even consider that there might be an easier way.  I think I had resigned myself to the idea that dinnertime was hellish and always would be!

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How I Keep My Family’s Schedule Totally Organized

Keep your family totally organized using this one free app!

I’m a list-maker. Always have been. I make detailed grocery lists, and epic to-do lists and lofty goal lists. But often those lists go unread by other members of the family, *cough* husband *cough*, and things get forgotten. And then I get frustrated. Can you relate? But I think I’ve finally solved the “honey I forgot the list!” syndrome.

Using Cozi has totally changed the game for my family. No more lost lists or forgotten appointments! Everything gets organized and scheduled in one place where we can all find it.

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What is Cozi?

Cozi is a free family scheduling app.  I was hesitant at first because I’m a pen + paper kind of girl.  But so far, Cozi has really delivered.

You can use it to store your grocery or shopping list, multiple to-do lists (one for him and one for you!) as well as maintain a calendar of events.

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Kitchen Reno On A Budget: Part 1

Kitchen Reno on a Budget. My plan to find the money I need to give my kitchen a makeover!

I am very grateful for the beautiful and comfortable home that we are lucky enough to have.  But the kitchen is TINY.  Only one person will fit in it at a time.  People offer to help me cook or clean up and I have to decline because they won’t fit and they’d just be in my way!  (I’m still grateful, I promise.)  So I’ve started this series to document our journey of doing a kitchen reno on a budget.

We’ve dreamed and schemed up ways to improve the kitchen, but short of a major gut job (which we need to win the lottery to afford), there’s not much we can do.  The layout of the main floor is such that there’s really no where to expand to.

So we’ve decided we’re going to make the small improvements that are realistic plus pretty it up as much as possible.

There’s just one problem.

We have a $0 budget.

My plan to find the money I need to give my kitchen a makeover!

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Bad Housekeeping: A Mom’s Guide to Surviving the Chaos

Motherhood is messy.  In all the ways, motherhood is messy.  It makes a mess of our emotions, our expectations and our home.  These tiny humans enter our lives and hearts and they challenge us every day to grow and give and bend.  And although we’re totally exhausted, we wouldn’t have it any other way.  Except maybe it would be nice to not have so much laundry.  Seriously, where does it all come from?!

And we are busy.  Modern moms are so busy.  Many of us work outside the home, we often don’t have help in the form of nearby relatives and our communities are so spread out that we are constantly driving long distances to activities.  At the end of the day, something’s gotta give and my vote’s on the housework.  After all, life’s too short to fold fitted sheets.

Motherhood can get messy. Here are some tips for managing your home when it seems out of control!

 

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