DIY Baby Halloween Costumes

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Your little baby has no idea what Halloween is or what it’s all about, but that’s not going to stop us from dressing them up in the cutest costume possible! It’s all for the photos, right? From bats to skeletons, were sharing our favorite DIY costumes for baby’s first Halloween! These ideas are fun, but we also looked for ideas that are EASY! After all, as moms we don’t have hours upon hours to create a costume that baby might throw a fit wearing.

Fun + Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Baby! These are SO cute!

1+ Baby Bat from @yoohoolauraloo 

This outfit is super cute + easy to do with the basic black outfit from June and January!

Fun + Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Baby! These are SO cute!

Fun + Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Baby! These are SO cute!

2+ Incredibles Costume by @megan_e_badger

All you need for this cute costume is a basic red shirt (try this one from June and January) and some simple accessories!

Fun + Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Baby! These are SO cute!

3+ Tin Man Costume from @hellomrsvasquez

Here’s another easy costume that uses a basic outfit from June and January. Just add the cute hat + heart and your set!

Fun + Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Baby! These are SO cute!

4+ Baby Skeleton from @thelittlespoons

To create this costume, start with the black romper from The Little Spoons and add the skeleton mask from Opposite Of Far. The shoes are from Mon Petit Shoes! So fun + easy!

Fun + Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Baby! These are SO cute!

5+ Emoji Baby Costume from @thelittlespoons

Take the classic black romper from The Little Spoons + add any emoji face using felt! So easy!

Fun + Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Baby! These are SO cute!

6+ Where the Wild Things Are by @thelittlespoons

The white romper is from The Little Spoons . Simply add a few buttons onto it! The adorable crown is from Opposite of Far. Shoes are from Mon Petite Shoes.

Fun + Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Baby! These are SO cute!

7+ Baby Coke + Diet Coke from @thelittlespoons

Use sticky vinyl to create the product name on a simple romper!

Fun + Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Baby! These are SO cute!

8+ Baby Scuba Diver via Pinterest

We LOVE how the scuba tank (2-liter bottle) is connected to baby’s pacifier- genius!

Fun + Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Baby! These are SO cute!

9+ Baby Pineapple by Costume Works

This is beyond precious! We love how they added a bow to the pineapple hat!

Fun + Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Baby! These are SO cute!

10+ Harry Potter via Love and Lion

This is such a classic, yet so cute!

Fun + Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Baby! These are SO cute!

11+ Candy Corn Baby by Whimsy Lane Boutique

This is the perfect costume for a newborn baby! Find the hat here.

Fun + Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Baby! These are SO cute!

12+ Rosie the Riveter by Brit + Co

We love how simple + easy this one is! You probably have all the supplies in the house already!

Fun + Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Baby! These are SO cute!

13+ Baby Cow with Udder by Make it Love it

This costume is beyond cute + extra creative with the pacifier udder!

Fun + Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Baby! These are SO cute!

We can’t wait to see your DIY halloween costumes! We hope this roundup of ideas inspired you to create something fun and easy this year!

Don’t forget to download the Little Nugget app to add the “My First Halloween Costume” and “My First Halloween” stickers to your photos!

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Sentimental Gift Ideas for a One-Year-Old

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Evelyn turned one last month and I had the hardest time deciding what to get her for her first birthday. With two little girls, we already own all of those the must-buy developmental toys for a one-year old. You only need so many ring stackers, right?

Instead to buying Evelyn more toys, I wanted to buy her sentimental birthday gifts. I wanted to give her things that will build memories and that she could look back on 20 years from now. So here goes my list of one-year old must-haves of the sentimental sort:

 +1 Bannor Toys Shape Sorter

If you are looking for a classic, handmade heirloom toy, then Bannor Toy’s is a must. How adorable is this wooden shape sorter? I love this toy because it will help Evelyn develop her eye-hand coordination, learn her shapes, and sorting. Bonus, the toy is absolutely beautiful and something we will hand down to our grandchildren.

Save 10% on all Bannor Toys with code LITTLENUGGET10, excludes Limited Edition Collection.
(Expires August 25, 2017)

+2 Polka Dot Print Shop Toddler Milestones Book

I’ve finally finished Evelyn’s baby book, but I feel like there is so much more to capture beyond her first year. So many big milestones happen in the toddler years and I want to capture those memories. Polka Dot Print Shop makes an adorable Toddler Milestones + Memories book and it goes up to 24 months. I’m so excited to start documenting Evelyn’s silly moments and growth with this beautiful book.

Save 15% on Polka Dot Print Shop milestone books with code: LITTLENUGGET15
(Expires August 31, 2017)

+3 Shop White Loft Canvas Growth Chart

If you haven’t caught on yet, I’m big on documenting my girls’ lives— ahem, I built a baby milestone app. So when I came across this canvas growth chart from Shop White Loft my documenter-self giggled with joy! This canvas growth chart is the perfect sentimental gift. It’s perfect because I can document both Leslie and Evelyn’s growth. When we move to a future home, it will come with us. Did I mention it is beautiful and totally worthy of hanging in your family room?

Save 15% on all Shop White Loft charts with code LITTLENUGGET.
(Expires August 31, 2017)

+4 Custom Baby Doll from Sweet Remarks by Ediane

All girl moms out there know that a baby doll is a very important gift. Leslie received a baby doll for her first birthday and instantly attached to it— so much so that Evelyn can’t even touch Leslie’s ‘Baby’. For Evelyn’s birthday I wanted to find her a baby to call her own. I landed the sweetest custom baby doll from Sweet Remarks by Ediane. From her hair color, to eyes, to fabrics, every part of this doll was handmade and custom to Evelyn. Now there will be no confusion over who she belongs to. Plus, Evelyn will have her to snuggle with forever.

Save 10% on a custom doll from Sweet Remarks by Edaine with code HELLOGIFT.
(Expires August 31, 2017)

+5 BizyBelle Snack Bags

My last pick for a one-year old is a little more practical, but no less needed. If you haven’t noticed yet, one-year-olds love to stick things in their mouths. Evelyn literally chews on everything, making it hard to hand her a plastic snack bag during a stroller walk. I’m obsessed with these reusable snack bags handmade by BizyBelle. The bags are water proof, washable and reusable. Plus, you can choose from a ton of cute colors. Perfect (and safe) for handing off to a one-year old for on-the-go snack time!

What are your sentimental gift favorites for a one-year-old?

 

An Awesome Idea for Baby’s First Year

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Baby’s first year is SUCH an exciting time. But, boy does it fly by. As a new mom, we are busy feeding, changing, cleaning, sleeping (when we can!), feeding, going to doctor appointments, doing endless laundry, cuddling, and the list goes on and on. There is barely any time to shower, much less make a scrapbook of baby’s life. If you are anything like me, you know you want to do something special for baby’s first year. Yet, you just don’t have the time or energy for all that.

We’re here to share the best way to document baby’s first year.

An awesome way to document baby's first year! With the Little Nugget app and Polka Dot Print Shop Baby book!

An awesome way to document baby's first year! With the Little Nugget app and Polka Dot Print Shop Baby book!It all starts with the Little Nugget app. Our app is created and designed for busy moms. We made it to make your life easier and allow you to capture baby’s growth and milestones in an easy and fast way! Every month, add one of our adorable monthly stickers to one of the million photos you take of your babe. Using our app, you can actually print your designs! You can choose between mini squares or square (3.8in x 3.8 in). The prints will be delivered to your home.

Download the app here.

An awesome way to document baby's first year! With the Little Nugget app and Polka Dot Print Shop Baby book!

An awesome way to document baby's first year! With the Little Nugget app and Polka Dot Print Shop Baby book!

An awesome way to document baby's first year! With the Little Nugget app and Polka Dot Print Shop Baby book!

Once you get your prints you can pull out your baby book. We highly recommend the Baby Book from Polka Dot Print Shop. This book comes in tons of different designs and colors and is one of the higher quality baby books we’ve found. We also love how simple + functional it is. The pages have just enough room to write, but it doesn’t require writing a whole novel every month. And we love the pages dedicated to photos! This is where we love to put our Little Nugget designs.

An awesome way to document baby's first year! With the Little Nugget app and Polka Dot Print Shop Baby book!

An awesome way to document baby's first year! With the Little Nugget app and Polka Dot Print Shop Baby book!

Simply tape your monthly photo into the designated spot in the Polka Dot Print Shop journal. Fill out the memories from that month and you’re done! Back to baby snuggles :).

An awesome way to document baby's first year! With the Little Nugget app and Polka Dot Print Shop Baby book!An awesome way to document baby's first year! With the Little Nugget app and Polka Dot Print Shop Baby book!

An awesome way to document baby's first year! With the Little Nugget app and Polka Dot Print Shop Baby book!We love this idea for baby’s first year! Actually why stop at just the first year?! Did you know our app has tons of artwork and stickers for the toddler years? Polka Dot Print Shop has a Toddler book too! Keep the magic going 🙂

Because we are so excited about this idea, we wanted to celebrate + share it with you! We have teamed up with Polka Dot Print Shop for an amazing giveaway. Head over to our instagram to ENTER: www.instagram.com/littlenuggetco !

Download the Little Nugget app here.

Shop books from Polka Dot Print Shop here.

Baby Model + Momtographer: @itsmichelle.c

Video created and edited by: @gracefulmommy

5 Products for Techie Moms

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As a new mom, we have the ultimate intuition on what our baby needs. However, we also need all the help we can get. New moms barely have time to brush their teeth- so anything that helps us function a little bit better is a must-have for us! We wanted to bring you our five favorite tech products for new moms!

1+ Little Nugget App – Our app is designed to make it so much easier to capture baby’s adorable milestones and growth! From pregnancy bumps to baby mess-ups to big kid milestones, Little Nugget captures fleeting moments, big and small, so you can save them for years to come. Download the app here , take photos of your baby, and edit them with over 450+ stickers and artwork. You can even print your photos right from the app!

An awesome way to document baby's first year! With the Little Nugget app and Polka Dot Print Shop Baby book!2+ Hatch Baby Rest – This device is a night light, sound machine, and an OK-to-wake indicator all in one! You can program and control it all from your phone. It’s perfect when you need a little light during those middle of the night feedings. And the many different sound options will help your baby sleep soundly at night. We love that you can control it all from the app!

3+ Tile – While the Tile is not necessarily designed for new moms, we think it’s the perfect tech product for a sleep deprived mom. Mom brain is real, and we don’t have the time to constantly be searching for our favorite items. The tile clips on to anything you are constantly losing- your keys, camera, wallet, husband (just kidding). And you use the app to find these things instantly. It also will ring your phone when you lose it.

4+ Momsense Smart Breastfeeding Meter – This device actually tracks how much your baby nursed. You place the sensor right below baby’s earlobe and it records each time baby swallows. This technology can track and analyze each nursing session to show how much baby nursed. Isn’t that incredible!? This eases so much stress that goes into breastfeeding.

5+ Starling by VersaMe – This product is so unique, but can have amazing long-term effects so we had to share it with you! This is actually a clip on product that tracks and monitors how many words baby hears a day. It is connected to an app on your phone, understands all languages, and helps you engage more with your baby. The goal each day is for baby to hear 10,000 words a day. This device will help you monitor those words and help you reach the goal. How cool is that? And when baby is a toddler, it can track the words they are saying themselves!

We hope you like these 5 products for techie moms! Let us know in the comments what techie product makes your life as a new mom easier.

 

Inspiring Moms: Coralee Dixon from Shortcake

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If it isn’t obvious yet, I’m really into capturing memories, especially of my daughter Leslie. Not a day goes by when I don’t take at least 10 photos of her. Rewind to her first year and I was taking at least 100 photos a day. When it came time to create her Baby’s First Year photo album I was so overwhelmed with thousands of photos to choose from. It was just too much for me to tackle. Admittedly, I walked away from the project and decided I’d tackle it another time.

About a month ago I came across an incredible mama-founded photo album service called Shortcake. Shortcake makes it easy to create beautifully-designed keepsake albums. The design service will gather your photos and social content (think dates, locations, status updates, comments…), and use the details you’ve collected and shared to create a beautiful scrapbook of your family’s moments and adventures. The only thing you have to do is connect your social and photo storage accounts, fill out a form with some details, and then sit back and wait for the design to come in. Ah-mazing! Goodbye mommy guilt. Hello beautiful, personalized album of my daughter’s first year.

Want to create one? Use code “NUGGET” to get 10% off the design fee for your first order at www.shortcakeinc.com/order. Offer expires 7/21.

I recently connected with Coralee to talk about her business and just how she keeps it all together. Check out what Coralee has to say in our latest Inspiring Moms feature!

On Motherhood, Work, and Keeping it Together

When did motherhood become real for you?
When my daughter was born. As in literally the moment when she came out of me. It wasn’t real until I saw her. My actual first words on seeing her were “Holy *, it’s a baby.” (Oh the panic of first-time motherhood.) For me, no matter how much I “knew” I had a baby in there while pregnant, I didn’t really know until I saw her in person, crying and defenseless and needing our care and attention.

What is the most surprising thing about motherhood?
The paradox of extremes. How quickly (as in seconds) you can go from being completely frustrated and overwhelmed and desperate for anyone to take over for you, to utterly melting in a pool of love and cuddles.

What is the scariest thing about motherhood?
The vulnerability of having your heart walking around outside your body.

What inspired you to start Shortcake?
A little before my daughter’s first birthday, I started feeling guilty because I hadn’t been writing down her milestones and special moments in the baby book I bought for her. Both my mom and my mother-in-law had kept lovely baby books for my husband and I, so I felt awful that I hadn’t done the same. Then I thought about how I had shared most of my daughter’s most important moments with family and friends on social media, which included written descriptions, captured the date, and received some fun comments that I liked looking back on. “Somebody must have a business that will help me turn that into a really nice album, right?” I couldn’t find what I was looking for, so I decided to create it myself!

What are you most proud of?
In truth, I’m really proud of myself for starting this business. It might be the hardest thing I’ve ever done. There were so many times I could have quit when it got hard, but I didn’t, and I’m proud of what I’ve created. I love knowing I’m a role model for my daughter and other moms I know who are thinking of starting a new career.

What has been the hardest thing about balancing your business and being a mom?
Taking control of my time. It is not easy and I struggle with it. I’m still a full-time caregiver to our daughter while also putting in full-time hours running Shortcake from our home office, so if I want to achieve something (whether personal or business) I have to block out time for it or else it doesn’t get done. Being pregnant isn’t helping – it’s SO tempting to take a nap during naptime instead of working.

#MomTip: What is your best advice for other mamas who are trying to make it all work?
Write out your to do list for the next day before you go to bed. (That’s when all your reminders and lists are swimming around in your head and keeping you awake in bed anyway, right?) I’ve seen this simple trick greatly help my productivity (and help me get to sleep faster too). Then in the morning I don’t have to use my brain at all – I just look at my list and know what I need to focus on.

What can’t you live without?
Some help! Like many new moms, I struggled in the beginning with letting someone non-family watch our daughter. But once we finally hired our first sitter about a year ago….it’s so great. I currently have a sitter come watch her for a few hours twice a week so that I can get in some extra work time, and it is the best. Our daughter loves the sitter too and has such fun playing with her. Win-win.

First thing you do when you put your kiddos to bed…
Have some dessert and talk to my husband. He doesn’t get home from work until our daughter’s bedtime (and I’m usually still half-asleep when he leaves in the morning), so after bedtime is the only good hangout time we get. Then it’s either time for me to go back to work or call it a day. Did I mention pregnancy with a toddler is exhausting? Follow Shortcake on Instagram , Facebook and check out the Shortcake blog. Stay tuned… I’m in the process of creating my own Shortcake album of my daughter’s first year. Can’t wait to share it with all of you!

Inspiring Moms: Noelle at Oh Happy Play

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Meet Noelle Bryant. Mama to two adorable little girls, Joie (2 years) and Lola (1 year), and the owner and creator behind the amazingly adorable Oh Happy Play blog. If you want some seriously adorable inspiration for baby fashion, nursery design, or just a real point-of-view on motherhood, the Oh Happy Play blog and @ohhappyplay Instagram page are must-follows! My personal favorite is the KIDspiration section as I am in the process of decorating the nursery for Baby Griffith #2!

Noelle is truly the epitome of an Inspiring Mom and I just don’t know how she does it! I recently connected with Noelle to learn about her life and just how keeps it all together. Check out what she had to share in our latest Inspiring Moms feature!

Noelle Bryant: On Motherhood, Work, and Keeping it Together

When did motherhood become real for you?
When I became pregnant with my first. We had a long journey to get there, that most don’t know about, so when we finally became pregnant it was an instant connection for me.

What is the most surprising thing about motherhood?
I was most surprised with the amount of love and protectiveness I could have over one being. And even more surprised that it could happen again when my second was born!

What is the scariest thing about motherhood?
The scariest thing would be the unknowns, the “Am I screwing this up” moments, the constant need to remind myself of my trust in a higher being. As a mother I worry about my girls and their safety every minute of every day. I worry if I am messing them up if I happen to lose patience over something. I worry if I am not giving them enough attention or so on. But what I have learned is that we are all doing our best and our children love us unconditionally regardless. This is all just a part of motherhood.

What inspired you to start Oh Happy Play?
My girls! As a mom I always want the best, coolest new products and every time I would find one my friends would always gush about them. I would get message after message about where I found them and so on. My blog became a natural extension of that! A place where I can share my mommy must haves with other like-minded mamas like myself. Without my girls I wouldn’t have the constant inspiration. Motherhood really got my creative juices flowing and I am so thankful for my girls and a chance to share it with all of you!

What are you most proud of?
Again, my girls. But also my husband for allowing me to follow my dreams! Without my family and their support I wouldn’t have the eagerness to go on. They are what I am most proud of and my inspiration.

What has been the hardest thing about balancing your blog and being a mom?
Time! I am home with my girls and when they are awake I want to give them all the attention they deserve. Even at night when they’re sleeping I want to give my time to my husband. So the hardest thing is finding the time. When something is a passion it tends become easier to find time. I have learned to get my work done while they nap or have independent play times. I involve them in much of my work so that makes things easy too! But there could always be more time!

#MomTip: What is your best advice for mamas who are trying to make it all work?
Give yourself a break! Don’t try and do it all or all at once. Make lists! I make a list every Sunday evening for what I would like to do for the week. I make a personal list and a business list. I make them as realistic as possible then I work between the two to see which I can do cohesively. Don’t over do it!

What can’t you live without?
My lists! (ha-ha). And a good planner. I have to schedule out my week so that I can keep everything even. I make sure I get the girls out a fair amount but also schedule myself some “down days” where I can get some work done at home.

First thing you do when you put your kiddos to bed…
Eat dinner with my husband! There will come a day (and probably very soon) that family dinners will be very important but at their age I don’t think this is necessary yet. My husband and I can’t get a word in with both girls around so it is nice to have that quiet time to enjoy each other…and warm food.

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