DIY Toddler Halloween Costume :: Christopher Robin

We're a week away from officially kicking off Fall and we've busted out our Halloween books around here, so I feel like its acceptable to touch on the toddlers in Halloween costumes topic.

I'm pretty sure this is standard operating procedure for a 2.5 year old, but mine child is currently refusing to wear Halloween pajamas and changes his mind on what he wants to dress up as for Halloween every half second.

This week alone he has wanted to dress up as a pirate, Buzz Lightyear, firefighter, and Nemo. Therefore I feel like I have to have a minimum of 3 costumes prepared, because who the hell knows which will float his boat a month from now. 

Last year he didn't really understand the concept, yet true to toddler form his Halloween antics were much of the same so I assembled this DIY Christopher Robin costume out of regular clothing and called it a day. 

It was perfect because A) he loved, and still loves, Winnie the Pooh; B) he was so blonde he looked just like him.; and C) he has no idea he was actually wearing a costume so there was no fighting over it! 

That last one is a win in my book. 

I've had so many questions about this sweet costume so I thought I'd put together the quickest tutorial ever for it, because honestly it was so dang easy to make! 

Also I should note, this is old school Christopher Robin. None of that new business with the vest and tie. 

What you'll need: 
Two polos, one white (Similar) and one yellow 
Saddle Oxford Shoes (Similar here or Oxford Mocs would be really cute too!)
Sewing Machine 
Straight Pins

We already had these exact blue shorts for Rowan and borrowed the shoes, so I think this costume cost me about $15 total. 

The most annoying part of this costume is using the first step: use your seam ripper to remove the stitching from the collar and cuffs of both the yellow and the white polos. (Hint: If you'e having trouble finding polos, look in the school uniform sections of department stores. As long as they have cuffs or a trim on the sleeves this will work!)

I suggest doing this while watching Hocus Pocus on the couch and drinking a large glass of wine, being careful not to spill. 

Now, flip your yellow polo inside out and pin the white collar and cuffs to the yellow polo. If you do this correctly (inside out), the seams will be hidden inside of the final polo. 

Sew all of the seams. The cuffs can be tricky with a sewing machine because they are so tiny, so take your time or hand stitch if you're feeling adventurous. 

Flip your polo right side out, throw on the rest of your costume and call it a day. 

Bonus if you have every single stuffed animal from Winnie the Pooh. Double bonus if your toddler agrees to carry at least one while trick-or-treating. 

And there you have it, the easiest DIY toddler Halloween costume there ever was!

It's so hard for me not to post all of my favorite photos of him in this costume, but you know I like to keep his sweet little face off of the blog so this will have to do!

Let me know if any of you have questions!!

3 Must Haves for a Big Boy (or Big Girl!) Bedroom

Thank you to My Green Mattress for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own, and thank you to my readers for supporting the brands that make this blog possible!

We're in full blown hurricane prep over here folks! So sharing some of Rowan's big boy bedroom today is a welcome distraction from the unpredictable hurricane tracking and craziness at the grocery store!

I fully admit I'm having all the feels with Rowan moving into his big boy bedroom soon. 

With just under 3 months until my due date, all of the nesting vibes are kicking in and so has the anxiety that my toddler bed-loving child will refuse to give up his nursery for his little brother. 

R is such a Type-A kid (I'm totally guilty of passing that gene on) and really loves his routine, so I've been trying really hard to make his big boy room feel special and comfortable for him to ease the transition. 

While Rowan hasn't moved to sleeping in the room yet (still waiting on his dresser and some decor details!), so far he's showing a ton of interest and I'm pretty sure his week was made when we finally brought in his mattress

I'm fairly certain I'm going to live to regret allowing him to jump like that... but today I wanted to share some of the ways we've gotten Rowan excited about this transition!

When I was planning Rowan's big boy room, one of the biggest unknowns for me was what type of mattress to get.

Our criteria consisted of a twin bed in case he needs to give up his room to visitors and, because we want said visitors to come back again some day, I knew it had to be comfortable!

I also wanted to find something that was free from all of the chemicals that a typical mattress is made with since it would be my toddler's head that would be sleeping on this bed each night.

I'm so happy to say Rowan's all-natural Pure Echo mattress is about as perfect as you can get!

It's made with GOTS certified organic cotton and wool (which does give it a bit of a smell- more on that later) and all My Green Mattress products are GREENGUARD Gold certified, which basically means the mattress passes the most rigorous emissions testing out there. (You can learn more here!)

Coming from someone who loves a plush bed, I find his bed to be very comfortable despite being on the firmer side.

It makes me excited to actually read bedtime stories in bed - instead of squeezing my pregnant booty next to him on the rocking chair!

I will say the mattress did have a bit of a sheep-like smell when we first opened it from its packaging. We let it air out in the bedroom with a fan on for about a week and I can hardly notice a smell at this point unless I put my face right up to it and take in a really deep breath. Totally worth it in my opinion to have something free of chemicals and flame retardants!

My other two must haves for a toddler bedroom?

Fun bedding.... check! And some kind of bed rail if you've got a ninja toddler like we do.

We got one of these and plan to push the bed against the wall until he stops moving around so much in his sleep.

Mamas- what else helped you make the transition to big kid bed? Send me all of your tips!

Friday Favorites

Is there anything better than the first day of September falling on a Friday? Maybe if was October... but we're getting there!

The past two weeks have been nothing short of crazy, and to be honest blogging just seemed trivial when you see all that is happening with Hurricane Harvey. Its been heavy on my heart to watch what all of those Houston families are going through, but I'm so hopeful seeing the tremendous amount of support in both donations and volunteers from all over heading there to help. They aren't out of the woodwork by any means, but its good to see the country coming together for these people like it has.

On a lighter note, I wanted to share some recent favorites because it's been a while!!

Sweater (Similar.. both on sale!)

ONE. This week marks the end of my second trimester! Things are getting reallll!

TWO. New favorite small shop- Mebie Baby. I think finding cute swaddles for boys has been so challenging, so I can't wait to scoop up the vines swaddle when it comes back in stock. Girl mamas... someone get the blush swaddle so I can live vicariously through you!

THREE. These peanut butter apple oatmeal cookies are my new favorite. I swapped out all allspice for pumpkin spice and added about an extra cup of flour (yes a whole cup!) to make them really fluffy, and dang they may be the perfect Fall cookie!

FOUR. PSA Target Dollar Spot has all of the Halloween things! I got totally sucked in but I'll be super pregnant by then so I don't feel bad one bit planning in advance, especially since we're hosting a Halloween party this year and I'll have so much to do as it gets closer!

FIVE. We have our maternity photos coming up and I'm in panic mode trying to get our outfits together! I've been loving flowy maxi dresses in maternity sessions so I bought this ASOS lace maxi and another similar to this but I was really hoping for more of a casual, floral maxi so if anyone has seen one that would work, please share!

SIX. Rowan's big boy mattress was delivered and he's stoked about jumping on it... verdict is still out whether he'll give up his toddler bed! I'm so happy he'll have an all natural, chemical-free mattress to sleep on c/o My Green Mattress. Will share more info next week but if you're in the market, don't miss their Labor Day sale this weekend where you can get $50 off (or more) this bed!

Also, boy mamas I need all of your potty training advice!

Rowan has learned that he can extend bedtime by asking to go to the potty after we read our last book... among his many other stall tactics. I'm curious if other kids do the same and how you handle it? Any mamas recommend the 3-day training with boys? I'm not sure if I'm ready for it yet but it would be nice to get one out of diapers before the next babe comes along!

Have a great weekend, friends!
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