DIY Wizard of Oz Costumes:Sibling Edition

I’m not really one that has ever gotten into Halloween, but when you have the chance to dress up your children in adorable costumes and take pictures, you better believe that I am ALL OVER that  opportunity! Last year I was pregnant with Reu when we took the girl’s to Boo at the Zoo. We had just gotten back from Uganda, and they were really looking forward to dressing up as princesses. Somehow during the course of that day, I decided that next year they should be Dorothy, Glinda, and our baby boy could be Toto. Fast forward a year later and we have Dorothy, Glinda, and not Toto, but one VERY adorable munchkin. I have literally had this planned for a year guys. And seriously, look at them. It turned out awesome! Now mind you, when I say I had this planned for a year, that does not mean I had their costumes for a year. Costumes were more of a week (or day) before kind of deal. No worries. These easy DIY costumes can come together pretty quickly, and certainly don’t break the bank!

So here’s the breakdown folks:

Glinda– Find yourself a frilly pink dress. Chances are, you already own one. If you don’t, thrift for one or make a pink tutu with some tulle. The Glinda crown is made from cardboard paper. I followed instructions found here. I omitted gluing on jewels and just went with a few silver beads, because it’s what I had on hand! It’s literally just cardboard, rubbed on pink chalk, glitter glue, and a few hot glued beads! The Glinda wand is made from cardboard, embellished with some glitter glue, and hot glued and taped onto a small plastic rod. We  already owned the sparkly shoes, but you could thrift for some, or buy some that your child can still wear after Halloween!

Dorothy-Lillie had some sparkly red shoes that fit her last year, and that may have sparked our Wizard of Oz theme passion! Unfortunately, her feet grew! Who would have thought!? We sprung for a pair of perfectly, glittery red “Dorothy” shoes. She wears them A LOT, so it’s totally worth it.  I brought some inexpensive gingham fabric and sewed together a simple Dorothy apron. You can find the pattern I used here.  I then put together a white tulle tutu to wear underneath. All I did was sew together some wide elastic, and then knotted the white tulle around it. *TIME SAVER TIP* If you want cutting your tulle to go faster, wrap your tulle in a continuous loop around a book length wise (pick a book that works for the desired length of your skirt). Then cut through ONE end of the tulle, and viola! Lots of tulle pieces all the same length! Tights under Dorothy’s outfit was a must with the see through tulle and backless apron! Add in those Dorothy braids, and you’ll have the sweetest little Dorothy around!

Munchkin-This little munchkin costume took no time at all! I pulled out a collard button up, some overall shorts, and borrowed a pair of socks from Reu’s sissy. Then all I had to do was slick up that amazing hair and apply some cute little freckles with my Young Living multitasker…it really is a multitasker! I put together a lollipop from the middle of a paper plate that I cut out and drawn on, and then hot glued to a straw. This was not completely baby friendly…as evidenced by the picture below, as Reu tried to chew on it once or twice…or a lot!

There you have it! Super simple DIY Wizard of Oz costumes! This worked perfectly for this sweet sibling trio, and no worries, we are already planning next year’s costumes. We’re thinking some sort of Peter Pan theme! Tinkerbell, Wendy, and oh the possibilities for Reu! Dustin thinks that he would make an adorable Smee to his Captain Hook! I guess we’ll just have to see what I can whip up a day before Boo at the Zoo next year!

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An Invitation to Jesus

In this day and age we spend a lot of time sharing our opinions with the world. We write blog posts, share on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and lots of social media sites that I’m not cool enough to even get into. We share what we are eating, where we are going, what we are doing and thoughts on just about anything you can imagine. In some ways, this can be empowering. To have connection with others at the click of a button. To find like-minded people. To research, learn, understand, and maybe even better ourselves in some way. In other ways, it can be overwhelming and lead to sharing things that really don’t need to be shared. When do we cross the line? When is there too much mindless sharing, scrolling? When is it OK to start picking fights or judging others over Facebook? (Let’s just agree never on that last one!)

I’m obviously one of those people that shares. I share the good things and try to keep it real. I don’t want to start any arguments, so I purposefully don’t post about certain things. I share my kids, our day to day lives, encouragement, ideas, essential oils, those sorts of things.  I share what I love, what I’m passionate about, and hopefully things that will inspire or encourage others.

The other day as I was sharing about an essentials oils class that I would be hosting on Facebook, I got to thinking about how often we share things we are excited and passionate about, and ask others to join us. I am obviously excited about essential oils. I’m passionate about helping others. I am encouraged and totally pumped when others find success on my team. So I share. I share my excitement and invite others to share in the excitement too.

So here’s something else I’m passionate about. Jesus. I’m sure from my posts here, on Facebook, and Instagram, you can tell I love Jesus. ( I truly hope you can tell). But have I ever invited you to join me? Have I ever invited you to be part of the excitement (and so much more) of knowing Jesus as your personal Savior? I’m not sure that I outright have.  And I’ve been feeling the nudge that if I can share excitement over my essential oils team and having someone become part of our awesome community, I should also be able to share excitement about Jesus and invite you to know Him too. Because guys, knowing Jesus has a lot more attached to it than an essential oils class!  Jesus died on the cross for each and everyone of us because of how much He loves us! He wants each of us to know this, to believe in Him, and ask Him to live in our hearts so that we can someday live eternally with Him. Knowing Jesus weaves in our every day moments with eternal moments. Knowing Jesus and inviting others to know Him too, is what we are called to do.

“The Thief comes only to steal and kill and Destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:10-11

Simply put,  here’s my invitation. If you want to know Jesus, if you want to invite Him into your heart, if you want to say Yes to Him-Let’s talk! Do I have all the answers? Nope! I am learning and growing in my walk with Christ daily and if that’s something you want to do too, I’d love to walk alongside you.

We all have different platforms and ways of sharing. This is one of mine. If you’ve been waiting for an invitation, here it is.

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.” Isaiah 43:10

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I See You: To Stay at Home Mamas, and Moms Everywhere

Hey Mama.

I see you over there. You’re a stay at home mom. Some days you feel like you have the absolute, hands down, best job in the world. Approximately 2.5 seconds after you feel that, two tiny people are whining to be fed, while another one needs help wiping after going to the bathroom.

I see you over there. I see the work that you put in and how you feel proud, unsure, and like you’re messing it up all at the same time. The littlest accomplishments make your heart sore, while sometime you look back on the day and think, “What did I actually get done!?”.

I see you over there. Spending your days raising your children is amazing. But it’s also long and hard. How many hours are in each day? How long are they going to nap? When was the last time I went to the bathroom alone? You can calculate that by putting in the age of your oldest child. Five you say? Ok. Five years ago you went to the bathroom alone.

I see you over there. You want the best for your kids. You love helping them grow and learn. You love getting to be the one that gets to take care of them. You also feel like there are times when you just want everyone to stop touching you, stop needing you, maybe be a little more independent. Then you instantly take it all back and snuggle them all…hard.

I see you over there. You have so much passion for your kids. For helping them learn to use their gifts. To help them grow in their passions. You also have other passions. Sometimes those passions get pushed to the back burner. Sometime they are the ones that you are hustling to complete at naps or bedtime. Sometimes you make it work, and sometimes those passions wait for another season.

I see you over there. You are praying for your kids. Praying for their spiritual growth and their walk with the Lord. You are doing your best. Sometimes it’s hard to set aside that quiet time for yourself. To reconnect with the Lord. To dwell and dive into His word. The Lord is so faithful, and  you keep trying, because you know they are watching.

I see you over there. What you do is important. Sometimes you aren’t sure how to answer people’s question of what you do, or what your job is.  You are raising and loving children, and that’s hard to sum up.

I see you over there. You are important. What you are doing is important. You won’t get it all right, but you’re given new grace each day. You are loved and you are enough. I see you.

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