Friday, 22 November 2019

Holiday Pajamas for the Kids

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Can you believe that the holiday season is almost here? Just over a month until Christmas. Eek!

With the holidays fast approaching I've been thinking about all of our annual traditions and how some of these will be changing due to our move to Colorado. No more visiting the giant gingerbread house at the Fairmont, no more checking out the lights on Christmas Tree Lane in Alameda, no more riding the Carousel at Tilden Park... But for everything tradition that is changing, there's another that will stay the same, no matter where we live.

One such tradition, is giving the kids' a new pair Christmas pajamas on Christmas Eve. Admittedly, my kids grow so slowly that they still fit into their Christmas pajamas and nightgowns from years ago, but I love seeing them in a new pair of pajamas (and scruffy hair) when they open their presents on Christmas morning.

I know that this is a tradition that a lot of families embrace, so today I'm sharing some of my favorite holiday pajamas for this year. Most of these are available in matching pajamas for siblings or even the whole family if that's your thing.

First up here's a look at my favorite pajamas, nightgowns and accessories for toddlers through big kids. You can click the links below to shop.

πŸŽ„ Primary Striped Nightie
πŸŽ„ Hanna Andersson Gnome Sweet Gnome Moccasins
πŸŽ„ Hanna Andersson Go Green Moccasins
πŸŽ„ Gap Buffalo Plaid PJ Set
πŸŽ„ Hanna Andersson Soft Knit Socks
πŸŽ„ Hanna Andersson Hanukkah PJ Set
πŸŽ„ Hanna Andersson Dear Deer Nightgown
πŸŽ„ Gap Marvel PJ Set
πŸŽ„ Hanna Andersson Union Suit Pajamas
πŸŽ„ Gap Holiday Dino PJ Set
πŸŽ„ Hanna Andersson Snowy Cottages PJ Set
πŸŽ„ Hanna Andersson Peanuts Scandinavian Holiday PJ Set
πŸŽ„ Hanna Andersson Classic Stripes PJ Set

Pretty much everything I shared above is available in baby sizes too, but I just had to share the following baby pajamas and accessories too as they're so cute.

⛄ Hanna Andersson Gnome Hat
⛄ Hanna Andersson Dear Deer Sweater Knit Booties
⛄ Whistle & Flute Snowflake Pajamas
⛄ Hanna Andersson Hanna Red Moccasins
⛄ Hanna Andersson Classic Stripe PJ Set
⛄ Hanna Andersson Gnome Sweet Gnome Sleeper
⛄ Hanna Andersson Get Baking Sleeper
⛄ Hanna Andersson Hanukkah Sleeper
⛄ Gap Buffalo Plaid Footed Pajamas
⛄ Mini Boden Cosy Applique Sleepsuit
⛄ Tea Collection Forest Fest Footed Pajamas
⛄ Primary Striped Baby Pajamas

Aren't they all just adorable?

Hanna Andersson is generally my go to brand for holiday pajamas for the girls, and perfect for family matching. Their most popular designs are repeated year after year which makes buying matching pajamas in bigger sizes or for new family members easy peasy. In recent years my girls have favored the nightgowns rather than the full length pajamas, but they're both super comfy and snuggly warm, and they last forever, which makes them great for hand me downs.

This year I'm thinking of going with the new striped nightgowns from My girls have a lot of pajamas as I use them as the base for costumes, but the nightgowns are a new addition to their range, and I love the simplicity of the striped design.

Do you buy holiday pajamas for your kids? Do you go with matching for the whole family or chose a different design for each family member?

Friday, 8 November 2019

My favorite Costume Making Supplies

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Ok, I hear you...

Halloween was last week. No more costumes!

But if you ask me, dressing up in costumes is for all year round - especially when they're easy to make accessories that can be worn with anything. Plus, I know that if I don't share these easy tips now while it's all fresh in my mind, I'll forget to share before next Halloween too! Shh... pretend I didn't say that!

You may have noticed through the years that our Halloween costumes are almost always made up of clothes and accessories that can be worn over and over and over. These are my favorite types of costumes as they reduce waste, can be worn by multiple kids (or adults!), and they encourage fun dress ups at any time of year. If you know Mathilde, then there's a good chance that you've seen her dressed as a coyote at random times. Oh look, there she is being a coyote on squirrel patrol - and it's not even Halloween!

So, today I'm sharing my favorite costume making supplies, including one very special "secret ingredient" that saves a ton of time and makes costume making easier no matter your crafting skills. Make sure you read through to the end for that one.

Friday, 1 November 2019

Halloween 2019

Another Halloween done and dusted!

This year's Halloween came with quite a few firsts for us. Our first Halloween in Colorado, our first year having a house to decorate, our first year handing out candy, our first time trick or treating in the snow! That last one was pretty unexpected! It was also the first year that Kim didn't wear his class nerd costume that he's worn every Halloween since we arrived in the US. Unfortunately it was far too cold for a thin polyester onesie - no matter how hilarious it looks! Ha!

This year we ended up with an inadvertent computer game theme! Ava dressed as Link from Legend of Zelda, Lola was a Minecraft panda, Mathilde was Bendy from Bendy and the Ink Machine, and I was Pikachu. Without his class nerd costume, Kim chose not to dress up this year. Trust me, we won't allow that again next year!

We had a day filled with celebrations with school parades and parties followed by trick or treating in the early evening. It was so chilly we headed out a little earlier than originally planned and we didn't stay out quite as late as we usually would, but the kids scored quite the haul in our neighborhood so they were pretty happy. Given that none of us look especially warmly dressed it may not look all that cold in my pics, but trust me, the kids were layered up with thermals underneath their costumes and once the sun went down the warm mittens and jackets came out. 

Here's a look at Halloween 2019...

Glow at the Gardens

Disclaimer: I was provided with complimentary tickets for this event.

Last week I visited Denver Botanic Gardens for the annual Glow at the Gardens Halloween event.

It was a frosty cold evening after a a day of snow, but the lights and displays were worth rugging up in layers for. The gardens were filled with amazing light displays, sculptures made of pumpkins, jack-o'lanterns of all sorts, spooky characters, and lots of children (and adults) in costumes trick or treating. It was such a fun event.

Last year when we visited Denver over Christmas break we attended the annual Blossoms of Light event and we loved it. So when I saw that there was a similar event in the lead up to Halloween, I couldn't wait to go.

Here's a look at all the fun...

Sunday, 27 October 2019

Googly Eye Door Wreath DIY

This year is the first time we've been able to decorate our home for Halloween as, well, it's the first time we've had a home since we moved to the US! 

After eight years of checking out neighborhood houses decked out with skeletons, pumpkins and crazy lights it's finally our turn to decorate. The kids have been super excited about it, and I must admit, so am I. Our front yard looks like it's been hit with a kitsch Halloween bomb! Nothing goes together and it's all kind of cheesy, but that's just the way I like it. We have a giant inflatable sand worm from Beetlejuice, skulls on stakes dotted across our lawn, pumpkins on our porch, flickering blood red lights, and our lawn flamingos have turned into skeletons. You may have already seen some of our Halloween decorations on Instagram (like this one) but I'll be sharing more pics on the blog soon too.

Today I'm sharing the latest Halloween decoration that I've added to our home, as well as a super simple DIY to make one yourself. It's a googly eye wreath! Isn't it cute? I think it's a great option for families with little kids as it's kind of monstery (that's totally not a word!) but it's not at all scary.

This was an easy decoration to make with only a few materials needed, and not much time at all. Here's a look at how to make one for yourself.

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Lola's Potato Party

A few weekends back we celebrated Lola's 9th birthday with a potato themed party.

Ok, I know what you're thinking... A potato themed party? Huh?

I know, it's a weird one, but if you've ever met Lola then you'll know that she tends to be, well, a little weird at times too!

I have no idea what this potato thing is all about, but Lola and her friends at school have a potato club and so it seemed only fitting that it should also be the theme of her birthday party - especially seeing as most of the guests are members of this esteemed club!

So just what does a potato themed party involve?

Potatoes, of course!

We smashed a fancy potato pinata that I made (although it looked a little more like a Mr Monopoly egg due to the balloon shape!), we played "Pin the Top Hat on the Potato", sang "Happy Birthday" over a cake featuring a fondant kawaii potato (not all potatoes are fancy!), ate Irish potato candies that I remember from my childhood and potato latkes, handed out realistic looking potato stress balls as thank you gifts, and Lola wore a potato t-shirt.

Here's a look at all the fun - well, some of it, because the kids spent half their time playing hide and seek in the house and it's hard to take photos of them when you don't know where they're hiding!

Friday, 18 October 2019

Our First Snowy Day

If you're following Little Hiccups on Instagram, or if you happen to live in Colorado, you'll know that we had some pretty crazy weather last week - including our first snow!

The week started off with fairly typical (or what we've found to be typical so far) Fall weather: sunny days with temps in the 60s and 70s F (10s and 20s C) and cool nights. It even got as warm as 79F (26C) on Wednesday. But as Wednesday evening drew near, the wind picked up and grew stronger and stronger bringing colder temperatures down from the mountains. Thursday morning we woke to light snow falling outside and a dusting of white across our yard.

By the time Lola, Mathilde and I were ready to walk to school, the snowflakes had become large and fluffy and our yard was transformed into a Winter wonderland. It was a pretty magical sight and the girls couldn't wait to get out there in the snow.

Decked out in our warmest puffy jackets, beanies, mittens and snow boots (all of which took forever to put on!) we headed outside and started our slow walk to school. Usually Lola and I ride our scooters while Mathilde zooms along on her trusty balance bike and we get to school in about fifteen to twenty minutes. With snow on the ground and the sidewalks icy I figured that wheels were probably not the best option so we stuck with walking instead. This meant that our journey to school took about half an hour as the girls slowly trudged through the snow.

When we arrived at school we discovered a yellow flag on the school's flag pole. This meant that instead of waiting outside their classrooms for the bell to ring as usual, the kids were to enter their classrooms right away. I had wondered what the procedure would be for snowy days.
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