Last-minute Kids Halloween Costume for under $10 – Scuba Diver DIY

posted on: Friday, October 30

It's Halloween!! Also known as the time to spend a ridiculous amount of money on costumes and candy and decorations and all the fall-related items that mark this great holiday! Hello pumpkin lattes! This is our first Halloween with Sydney and I knew I wanted her to be a scuba diver since she was in my belly. As the end of October grew nearer I did myself a quick google how-to and came up with nothing. SO, here you go google... a Scuba Diver DIY Halloween costume for under $10! Also, did I mention this involves NO sewing! Cause who has time for that?! Scroll for the deets!

I didn't realize how popular this costume would be until we went to the local library halloween parade and BOOM, my little lady was literally surrounded by all the kids and adults admiring her costume. I was a proud Mama and Syd was very confused as to what the heck we were doing surrounded by all these crazy people dressed in weird costumes. Highly entertaining. Notice the look of "what the ****". Moving on...

For supplies I went to Michael's and got everything there. I purchased 3 pieces of foam paper for 99 cents each, so $3 total, and a package of pipe cleaners for $2. I had a bunch of foam left over so you probably only need two! I purchased a package of sticky velcro for $2.99. We're at $8 total, people! Winning! The rest of the supplies we had lying around the house. Keep reading to see how I put it all together.

The goggles we had. She only keeps them on half the time! I mean, she's 11 months so I'll allow it ;) You could also probably cut some goggles out of foam paper or get some of the cheapo safety goggles at a home improvement store. The flippers I cut out of the foam paper. I used her moccasins and measured the circle opening of the shoe to get the right diameter then cut a slit in the back and adhered velcro. I tucked the flippers right under the frilly part of her moccs to keep them in place. If you're using sneakers you could place a small piece of velcro on the toe to keep them from moving. 

For the oxygen tank and mouth piece my Dad spray painted a soda bottle. I took two strips of foam paper and taped them on then braided the pipe cleaners to get the correct length and wrapped them in duct tape to make the tube part. I wrapped the end around a teether pacifier that we had. The duct tape was an added safety measure cause she still puts everything in her mouth and the pipe cleaners do have a sharp end. Then I taped the other end to the bottle. I also cut a little foam belt out and used velcro to attach it around her waist. 

The black pants and long sleeve shirt we already had. We purchased them at Kohl's on sale for $7, by the way. (You could also use a hooded sweatshirt and pull the hood up! Or find any dark or grey colored clothing that you already have! To attach the "oxygen tank" I simply took three strips of the velcro and attached one side to the bottle and the other to her t-shirt. DONE and DONE! This would also make for a super easy adult costume. Added bonus... it's warm! And since we're on the east coast we'll be layering some clothing underneath her costume. 

  • foam paper
  • pipe cleaners
  • duct tape
  • sticky velcro
Outfit details:
  • black shirt/leggings
  • goggles
  • shoes

And what did we do with the leftover foam paper, you ask? Evil laugh...

Weekend Escape

posted on: Tuesday, October 13

Oh, hey there blogging world. Been a while. Nothing like a proper haven't seen ya in a while photo dump. But, you know – life just happens and honestly with a regular job and a baby and a house who has time for blogging except bloggers who get paid to blog and conveniently have husbands who are professional photographers... Am I right?! YES people, that is how it happens. Normal blog-folk (is that a thing?) post randomly when they have a free moment (at 2am) when the baby wakes up (wink wink). Moving on... the news is we got away for a WHOLE day sans baby. Grandparents I'm giving you a virtual HAIL because, you rock! I really do think Grandparents are around to keep the parents sane and give them a break JUST when they really need it most. 

We escaped for an absolutely wonderful day trip to Newport, RI for our wedding anniversary. It is beautiful! And close. And feels like a mini-vacation when visiting. There are mansion. And picturesque views. And beaches. And FOOD. And shopping. Everything you could possibly need on a day-cation. We started with lunch at the Castle Hill Inn. Gorgeous views and de-lish! We then ventured to the Cliff Walk where we did our obligatory jumping photos. We have them all over the world and it is SUPER fun to watch people watching you make a fool of yourself when you can only jump a measly foot in the air. Then we toured the Marble House. I'm now slightly obsessed with Mrs. Vanderbilt. Who wouldn't LOVE to go back in time and have a cup of tea or a shot of whisky with her?! Fascinating stuff and a house of marble that is just wow. After our mansion tour we head into the center of town and did some shopping. We mostly bought cute things for Sydney cause that's just what happens. BUT we did come across Shore Soap Company and HOLY amazing. If you have a thing for soaps like I do this is a must-see. And if you really wanna know the mermaid kisses scent is just perfect. I wanted to buy it in every form it comes in but we settled for a candle and the shower wash. For dinner we hit up Diego's cause Mexican food is a must pretty much anywhere I go. I drank a whole margarita before the ice melted. Superb. 

The best part of our trip though was coming home to our little one tucked in bed and then waking up the next morning to her sweet face! Bah! Absence makes the heart grow stronger. 

A Date With My Little Lady

posted on: Sunday, July 26

There are some days that are unplanned and spontaneous and that end up being the best days! I'm lucky that I get a few days a week to myself with our little lady juuust the two of us (singing in my head now) but it really is the best. We woke up the other morning to whitecaps on the horizon from our living room so I thought it would be fun to head over to the beach and check out the surf. We packed up and set out for a well known surf spot to see what we could find. It was one of those summery days that are cool enough for a sweater but warm in the sun! And it didn't disappoint. We bunkered down in the trunk of our car with a sea breeze while I fed Syd and then took a stroll along the beach and watched the waves and kiddies play. I mostly watched Sydney watching everyone else taking it all in and wondering the whole time what is she thinking?! She has so much curiosity in those baby blues and it is really something to see her experience this world. Dates are fun!

Baby You're A Firework

posted on: Tuesday, July 7


It is only appropriate to do a proper photo-dump of our July 4th shenanigans. (No idea on the spelling  so moving on!) Since we have a 7 MONTH OLD! WHAT?!? I seriously munch on those thighs every single day. And those cheeks and tootsies and I'm a serial baby head smeller. I just can't help myself. This 4th was one of those great holidays that was just lots of fun spent with family and friends. Nothing crazy but perfect nonetheless. It basically went like this... coffee, food, beach, pool, sleep, food, drink, sleep, repeat. Perfection. PERFECTION! Now back to baby smelling and such.

Our week started out with early morning walk on an empty beach.

Followed by everyone in town at the beach on a hot and beautiful summer day. The kind you see in movies. Syd had her first run in with sand and loved it. She kept squishing it in her fingers and toes and it was one of those "I don't want to forget this" moments.

The morning of the 4th was overcast and we walked an empty beach again and got a rare photo of the our little family of three! Then we ate... lots and hosted the first dinner in our new home. Lobster! Then we watched fireworks and drank and laughed. 

Then we went to the pool, cause what else would we do? Sydney was a little water bug. I was such a proud Mama as she kicked around and splashed and laughed. The best part is that we have the rest of the week to do it all again! P.S. I feel so lucky that we live so close to family so we can share all of these moments together. My heart is feeling very full! 


posted on: Saturday, May 16

This isn't really fair to say lately, cause it's been what, months? Yep! As of this Sunday we will have a 6-month-old! WHAT?! I seriously cannot believe it. How did this happen? And, what's new? Well for one thing we have grown - a lot! Sydney is 15 pounds and over 25" long. She's still teeny in comparison to 'other babies' but all that milk is doin it's thang! We're still breastfeeding. Now it is every 4 hours instead of 3 which is life altering. We also eat solids now. Well, mushed up blended solids watered down with breastmilk. But, we eat sweet potato, rice, peas, apples, and butternut squash! I make it all. SO easy! Perhaps a separate post on that soon. We grab our toes a lot! And sometimes we eat them. We can sit up (kind of). With the help of pillows and my legs, our little lady can be propped very well. Her core is SOLID (unlike mine) and she reaches and balances pretty darn good if I do say so. I've heard from other parents out there that this whole sitting thing is a huge milestone. Sweet! We sleep (kind of) way less than we used to. Apparently we've gone backwards in that department. More on sleep training, or rather 'organized chaos' as hubby like to put it, later. Oh and we're almost done with our house renovation. Yep, we bought a house and then decided to do a major renovation...with a baby...while we're living with my parents (which I seriously suggest everyone do if/when having a baby and/or doing a house reno!) So in summary life is LIFE. Boring normal stuff and insanely amazing stuff like watching Syd raise her arms up in the air and mimic you when you say 'SO BIG', which may be totally boring to everyone else but to us it is the most exciting thing in the world. So lately, things have been pretty darn good.