Category Archives: girls

SpeakAZoo a fun app for toddlers! Great for potty time.

Hi mostly Mommies! 😉
I really don’t usually get an app that requires access to the microphone or asks me to set up an account. I’ve read their privacy policy and the security reasons for the account creation and I am reassured. I installed it and during one of our extended potty sitting sessions, we played Speak A Zoo. Wow!
This is one fun app with great animations that are clear. The level of interaction between app and toddler is good – he’s not just sitting and watching, there are choices to make and responses to give.
This is going on our list which is growing – see the Apps for toddlers page for a complete list where you can vote up apps you like and leave comments for other parents.
Thanks again for making the Mostly Mommies community!

Homemade Halloween costumes

Sure, it sounds easy enough and oh-so back to basics, making your child a Halloween costume at home. Obviously, you want one that stands out and makes your child proud! Don’t even get me started on the whole “inappropriate costumes for girls” concept here… I can dedicate a whole post some other time. Suffice it to say, none that you’ll find here will add “tartification” to your family’s Halloween.

I’ve been searching for years – YEARS – for the best costumes that I can make at home. I am not an advanced seamstress but I can and do sew and I am a wannabe master at papier mache projects. (Art Attack – still my favorite craft site after all these years!) I also like knitting but I can’t complete projects in a timely manner!

This is a great find –
Homemade Halloween makeup, blood and bruises
– I hate putting on waxy, mystery substance makeup on the girls’ faces. They get rashy a little too easily for that. I think I’ll feel better about this kind.

Bubble bath costume
– awww…. I hope I can get one of the girls to try this one out in 2008. It looks easy and unique. I think if I really promote the glitter and balloons, I may be able to get my 8 year old girl to take this one on.

Dresser or chest of drawers – as long as it’s not too heavy, this could be cool. I don’t think it would be school friendly though. The school bus ride alone would be awkward, never mind navigating such a boxy costume into a desk! But – for around the neighbourhood – a rockin’ idea.

Okay, saving the best for last – or should I say – what MOMMY can do at the last minute to get dressed up for Halloween, too! One year, I was invited to a family friendly Halloween party and I got the girls’ costumes all together and done up and we were all set to go when I realized I didn’t have any costume for myself! I had seen it once at a party when I was in my… hmmm… younger years let’s say ;-)) – I raced to the kitchen, grabbed the tin foil and wrapped my arms and torso – if you DO have a minute, get a friend to help. Then I fashioned a hat (you know, one of those “aliens are beaming thoughts into my head and this stops them” kind of caps?) and set it on my head. Voila – I was Leftovers. So fitting for a non-stop mom! Alright, it was kind of cheesy, pun intended, but it was a costume and I partied with my kids and friends. I couldn’t ask for more.

More homemade costumes to come…


Halloween is coming!

Okay – THIS is the year. The year where I finally get my act together in early…ish September and start planning Halloween. Costumes, candy, timing…

With 3 kids to consider now, it won’t be easy but with this much time, I should be able to… right?

I’m posting some links to costumes here but I need more help – got any info to share? I’m putting in links to Homemade costumes below and have included “pre fab”, arrive at your door, ready to go costumes here: (Definitely, if you’re at all crafty, scroll up or down (depending on when I got time to actually go through with the promise) for some great homemade costume ideas.)

Costumes for an 8 year old girl:
Asian princess – super cute
Cute Little Mermaid costume
Costumes for my 8 year old daughter that are age appropriate are hard to find. Even more so if I let her have TOO much say in the choice. I’m “short listing” costumes and then she can choose from the ones I’ve chosen. {please, let that work!!!} Again, I’m looking at homemade as the best response to the “tartification” of available costumes.

Costumes for a 6 year old girl:
(My 6 year old daughter is not a girly-girl so I don’t need to worry that she’ll be in something I won’t approve of – she’s more into being Spiderman or Scooby Doo but I imagine most people are looking for something at least a little girly…) As far as more feminine (but NOT inappropriate!) costumes go, I’ve found a couple:
Barbie as Mariposa
Sleeping Beauty – girls costume

Costumes for an infant boy:
You HAVE to check this one out – you won’t be sorry – it’s that funny! And, ahem, I won’t tell anyone if you make it yourself…
Best baby boy Halloween costume – promise!
Now you see what I mean, right? Maybe your guy isn’t quite as “windy” as mine but if my guy manages to be his usual gassy self while wearing that, it will all be part of the fun instead of … having to blame the dog!

Our new neighbourhood is “the” Halloween place locally. I’m already researching how to take part in the neighbourhood festivities and while I didn’t find costumes I’m interested in, I did find some amazing ideas at this site: Coolest Halloween Party Ideas – I like the Floating Ghosts idea and the Hands Floating in Blood beverage idea. The ghosts I may even try on my front lawn with an anchor of some sort. (Take helium balloons and drap a sheet over them, loosely tie the bottom of the sheet – TA DA – instant floating ghost… don’t need to store one of those inflatable jobs over the year and I think it could be super effective if you paint the sheet with some glow paint … or something!)

PB (precious boy) is waking up so I’d better get a move on if I want to eat something myself before the day is officially launched!

Homemade costume post will be up later on! Famous words… they won’t be my last!