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Seedling hosts top secret launch for Parker

Since the teddy bear’s creation in 1902, most of us have at least one memory that includes a cuddly stuffed bear. Fast forward to 2017, and teddy bear improvements are hitting the market — just like everything else. We love seeing seedling step in with their take on the classic teddy bear. Although not reinventing the wheel, seedling definitely provides a major upgrade adding augmented reality as a way to interact with it the nostalgic teddy bears.

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seedling’s Chief Product Partner and Parker Creator Rachel Rutherford

seedling offers the first augmented reality teddy bear

No more just hugging and squeezing. Augmented Reality — or A.R. — layers computer-generated images on a user’s view of the real world, thus providing a blended yet realistic view. Meet Parker, the first augmented reality teddy bear, ready to spread the gift of empathy and kindness.

Augmented Reality is here and appearing in toy classics like the beloved teddy bear. Parker is a seemingly ordinary teddy bear. That means no batteries, no wi-fi and no cameras. It’s a really cool interactive activity. You see this as you test out the stethoscope and thermometer, using its very own app.

meet Parker - the first augmented reality teddy bear

Welcome to the seedling launch for Parker

The beautiful Lombardi House in Hollywood, CA offered Parker’s new friends a warm welcome. During the evening, children and parents experienced being free under the beautiful, blue LA skies while checking out Parker and the app first hand.  

seedling introduces Parker

Meet Parker (available for $59.99 at seedling and apple)

seedling Parker launch in LAOur children’s toys will not be left behind.  It’s also becoming a popular part of daily life.  Seedling is known for innovative toys for kids, so them introducing the first augmented reality teddy bear for children shouldn’t come as a big surprise.

Parker launch in LA

Parker made an appearance, available on the spot for testing by the cutest, doctor attendees in LA. Parents got a good peek into exactly what their child will experience with Parker.

#ParkerTheBear

The seedling launch included a special movie screening

Children viewed the official commercial for Seedling’s all-new Parker and A Secret Life of Pets.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfO8lWtZMJk

Grilled cheese food truck

Say cheese!  Kids and moms noshed on our favorite cheese — Grilled and Mac — from the popular Grilled Cheese Truck. Moms tasted a special treat made with Plumb Organic’s peach puree and champagne! Talk about tasty!

Peach puree cocktails

About seedling

Let’s shake things up, reimagine the ordinary,

and create the extraordinary.

Dare to question: What if dragons were real, today were tomorrow, and rules were meant to be broken?

Let’s make that world and play.

Would you be interested in an augmented reality teddy bear?

Thank you to Selena Hughes for attending the seedling launch party and sharing her thoughts by contributing this post as a guest writer.

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How to use a chore chart with your kids

It has been close to impossible to keep our Brooklyn apartment tidy with 4 boys running around and making messes faster than I can describe. It’s borderline impressive. Since Winter is Coming (any GoT fans out there?), we’re going to be spending more time inside. I’m dreading the extra mess that will descend upon our house as they play with trains, color and do puzzle after puzzle.

how to use a chore chart with kids

To combat that a bit, I decided to be proactive and put together 3 chore charts in hopes it will alleviate some of the clutter and chaos. I’ve made one for the littles, one for the bigs and one for the adults.

Determine what chores should be shared

Here are a few things that everyone (2 year old included) is responsible for:

  • Putting toys away
  • Put books on bookshelf
  • Cleaning up spills
  • Put dirty clothes in washer
  • Put shoes/coats away

These things mostly get done without us having to pester or nag. Of course, there are days when I want to pull my hair out because of the amount of times that I repeat the phrase, “Toys AWAY, please!” (I often follow that line with, “Can anyone hear me!?”). If it’s easy for you to get your young kids to clean up after themselves, you’re dreamin’.

Choose age-appropriate chores for your youngest children

Our littles are now 3.5 and 2 years old and despite what they may think, they’re fully capable of cleaning up after themselves. They may try to lead me to believe they’re not, but really they aren’t fooling anyone. Here are a few of the things we know they can do.

It might take some coercing to get them to follow through with some of these things — mostly the 3.5 year old — but at the end of the day they’re pretty thrilled after the task is accomplished. I think it gives them a sense of responsibility they actually crave. Their chore chart includes things such as:

  • Putting pillows on couch
  • Wiping down the table
  • Helping to put away groceries (they especially love stacking boxes and cans)
  • Putting (plastic) cups and plates in sink
  • Using dustpan and brush (with help)

chore charts for young kids

Give bigger kids bigger responsibilities

The bigs are 5 and 7, so most of the chores that are on their list are things that the little guys can’t do. Some of it literally comes down to development — the bigger kids have fine and gross motor skills the little ones have yet to master.

The big boys’ list includes things more essential things for our daily life. A family of 6 can make a big mess in little to no time, so having the big boys help in a way that actually lessens our own load — even slightly — is a big deal. The things that are on their list are not limited to, but include:

  • Taking out garbage/recycling
  • Making beds
  • Sorting/putting away laundry
  • Wiping down bathroom sink/toilet
  • Getting snacks for all
  • Bringing groceries inside
  • Vacuuming
Don’t forget the chore chart for adults

Now, who here knows that sometimes the adults actually need the biggest kick in the pants to do the things that we need to do around the house? To be clear, by we I don’t mean my husband. He’s actually more disciplined (read: selfless) about doing things around the house than I am. I’m mainly talking about myself. So, the new solution to this old problem is to create a cleaning schedule for myself too — not just the boys. The things that we (really, I…) need to get better at are:

  • Clearing kitchen island
  • Dishes
  • Meals
  • Declutter
  • Trash
  • Bathroom
  • Declutter
  • Laundry
  • Declutter (and no, it’s not an accident this is on my list 3 times!) 

Now, some of these things need to happen on the daily or even multiple times a day. Others need to happen consistently, but not necessarily every single day. They just need to be on the radar. For example, we have 3 or 4 areas in our living area that collect clutter. They’re a vortex, a dumping ground for junk mail, pens, receipts, wrappers, change — all the annoying things in life. I’m hoping that if I declutter ONE of those areas daily, it will be an easy 5 minute task I can quickly accomplish. Sidenote: if it really only takes 5 minutes, why haven’t I done it more often?

Chore charts help families set realistic goals

This definitely isn’t a comprehensive list, but you get the picture. If you have realistic goals for your kids (and yourself), I believe you can stick to it and succeed. I also totally believe there will be seasons when we’re way better at this than others. I think when we fall off the wagon, it’s easy to throw in the towel and give up entirely. (Is that just me??) I think the key is recognizing if something isn’t working, restructure it a bit. Try something slightly different.

For the kids, maybe it’s something as simple as wearing costumes or putting on special music while they clean. I think finding something that the kids (and ourselves) love and incorporating it as much as possible into everyday tasks or chores is a recipe for success. So next time you walk in on me while I’m cleaning, I’ll either have Friends on in the background or be blasting some Ed Sheeran, because I’m a grown up and I can do whatever I want. Except leave the house a mess.

Do your kids have a chore chart or chore list?

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Rhianon Hoffman contributed this post. Rhianon is a mom of four young boys; Hudson (7), Wyatt (5), Amos (3), and Brooks (19 months). She loves to honestly share about the challenges of raising small children, funny observations, daily unfortunate mishaps, and creative ways to engage with your kids. She loves being as authentic and transparent as possible, and hopes to create an encouraging space in which readers can reflect and reimagine their identity as parents. Rhianon and her husband Seth live in Brooklyn, NY with their little dudes.

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How to host the perfect pumpkin playdate

I look forward to Fall all year. The cooler weather, cozy sweatshirts, college football and pumpkin spice everything… Fall is my favorite time of year! My girls and I can’t wait to go to our local garden store and pick out pumpkins. Some for carving, some for decoration. Pumpkins are to Fall what cupid is to Valentine’s Day.

Host a pumpkin playdate

We love hosting pumpkin-themed playdates for each Fall, something we’ve done since the girls were little. From pumpkin crafts and stories to pumpkin treats and beyond- read on for tips to hosting the Perfect Pumpkin Playdate!

What to read during your pumpkin playdate

We love so many children’s books about pumpkins. From spooky to silly and informative to imaginative, children’s books about pumpkins entertain all ages and lend to some great conversations about this time of year.

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For the youngest readers, Five Little Pumpkins is a fun, rhyming picture book about a few pumpkins who can’t be spooked! Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden is also wonderful for the younger reader. Rhyming text teaches young minds about the cycle of a pumpkin patch, from seed to jack-o-lantern and back again. The Legend of Spookley, The Square Pumpkin has a great lesson for kids about how it is okay to be different. Although he may not be round like most pumpkins, Spookley is a hero and his odd shape makes him so!

Pippa, The Pumpkin Fairy tells a wonderful rhyming tale for little dreamers, complete with beautiful, whimsical pictures. This story, too, has a great moral. It emphasizes the importance of always telling the truth. For older kids beginning to read independently, Flat Stanley and the Missing Pumpkins is an enjoyable read and mini-mystery for young minds!

Halloween books for kids

What to serve during your pumpkin playdate

Pumpkin-themed treats are fun to create and eat! From healthy to chocolaty, pumpkin treats are fun for littles

For a healthy treat, buy a bag of clementines and draw jack-o-lantern faces on them in permanent marker. You could also do the same with individually packaged cups of Mandarin oranges or other orange fruits. For the younger kids, pre-peeled clementines may be easier to serve. No problem! Just take a piece of celery and stick it in the center of the peeled clementine- and voila!- you have a healthy pumpkin treat. Another easy treat for the littlest ones is to cut a slice of cheddar cheese into the shape of a pumpkin. Serve one to each child and challenge him to create his own jack-o-lantern face in the slice before eating it.

Pumpkin playdates snack ideas

For a sweeter treat, make Rice Krispie treats and add orange food coloring to the mix. Form the treats into balls instead of squares and use a tootsie roll as the stem. Instant kid-pleaser! Kids also love getting messy in the kitchen. My girls loved creating “mini Spookleys” using square pretzels and orange candy melts. Just melt the candy melts according to the directions on the package. Then let the kids swirl the pretzels around in the candy melts until they are completely covered, and let them cool on wax or parchment paper. You can use green frosting for stems or let the kids use white or black frosting to give the pretzels a face!

Pumpkin playdate sweet treats

Another way to get kids involved in the kitchen is to let them make pumpkin-shaped Jello Jigglers. Pre-make orange Jello in a shallow pan before guests arrive and set out pumpkin (or other Fall-shaped) cookie cutters. After story time, let kiddos make fun shapes in the Jello before they eat! What kid doesn’t love playing with her food? You could also make a yummy orange pudding that is easy to transform into a pumpkin to present to guests. Simply make vanilla pudding according to directions and dye it orange with a bit of food coloring, and then cut out jack-o-lantern eyes and a nose from black construction paper. Lay those on top to present the treat (but be sure to remove before serving!)

Don’t forget the mamas! Set out a carafe of coffee and creamers in a variety of flavors… And don’t forget the pumpkin spice!

What to make

For the tiniest guests, who may not actually be able to participate themselves, finger (or toe!) print crafts created by mom make great keepsakes! Try creating “pumpkins on a vine” using 10 little fingerprints. Create orange fingerprints on a white or off white background in no particular pattern. Then use green marker to connect them all and add leaves as you wish. Add your child’s name and date and you can treasure these pumpkins for years!

Another great toddler craft is apple pumpkin stamps. Cut apples in half and let toddlers dip the apples in orange paint. Let them stamp the apples on paper and draw faces on the “pumpkins” once the apples dry! Another easy, fun craft for this age group is pumpkin bracelets. Let kiddos string orange beads on orange pipe cleaners. When they’ve finish, twist ends together and then put one green bead on each end to create a stem. Let kids trade with one another or make a few extra for friends!

Pumpkin playdate Halloween crafts

Toddlers can enjoy recreating the Five Little Pumpkins they read about earlier. Ask guests to bring old cardboard egg cartons. Turn them upside down and trim the cartons until only five egg holders remain. Turn upside down and let toddlers cover them in orange paint. Once the paint is dry, let them make faces on the pumpkins with paint or stickers.

Older kids can enjoy writing their own pumpkin mystery with pumpkin books available at the dollar spot at Target! For $3, you can pick up 6 blank pumpkin books. Challenge kiddos, after they read about Flat Stanley, to write their own pumpkin whodunit!

Pumpkin playdate craft ideas

What to take

It’s always fun to send kiddos home with a small treat of some kind. For this play date, a small pumpkin is perfect! Pick one for each child up at your local garden store. They are perfect on their own- or you can send them home with a small cellophane baggie stuffed with decorating essentials! Think stickers, googly eyes and ribbon. Anything a child can use to turn her pumpkin into her own personal masterpiece!

Happy Fall, y’all! Do you host seasonal playdates?

Stephanie Jarrett contributed this post as a guest writer. Stephanie is a Midwesterner and total girl mom. Although she now lives in Arlington, TX, Stephanie will always call the Midwest home and is a proud Missouri Tiger. She enjoys reading, running and red wine. When she’s not chasing three little blondes all over DFW, you will find her working from her home office listening to country music.

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Wallo at Toronto Women’s Fashion Week

Toronto Women’s Fashion Week has been a whirlwind of excitement. I was particularly drawn in by the luxe and the unexpected designs at Wallo. Wallo is a newer Canadian design company, spearheaded by visual artist and designer Marie-Andrée Wallot. The pieces in the STAND UP Wallo collection boast a unique aesthetic and are completely wearable straight off the runway.

Wallo Collection featured at TW

Dresses that are wearable art

Wallo’s dresses are designed with images of faces and eyes on a large scale, creating an elegant and unique collection that can be described as wearable art. Colours are soft with varying tones that result in water-colour like textures, and eye candy for the audience of the show. The fluidity of the silk is draped beautifully on the models down the catwalk, creating dresses that are luxurious and easy to wear.

Modern and balanced designs at Wallo

The modern take on the two-piece look is expertly showcased. Wallo balances sophisticated pieces that can be worn independent of one another. I can easily see these pieces added to my own closet! I love the idea of the ready to wear outfit for those occasions that you need to get dressed and don’t want to fuss. By throwing on a classic white tee and blazer with these luxe pants or even a turtleneck under the tunic, you have utilized your pieces expertly to transition through the seasons.

Flowy silk skirts

Wallo’s designs undoubtedly marks fashion with a personal style, each piece a walking canvas displaying her design talent. Though relatively new to the fashion scene, Wallo’s designs are bound to become a staple!

“The charmeuse silk that we use offers an amazing depth of colour. Because it is timeless, to me, silk symbolises the rich and everlasting nature of human relationships. It is soft, light, fresh and silky on the skin – it is a joy to wear. It fluidly follows the body’s movements and drapes joyfully and gracefully”  Marie-Andrée Wallot 

Photographs provided by Wallo

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Host a spooky Halloween dinner for kids

How to Host a Spooky Halloween Dinner

During October, the anticipation for Halloween is high for kids and grown ups alike! As a child, nothing is more fun than planning out your costume, playing spooky tricks on your friends, and planning for that large amount of candy you plan on consuming (wait, or is that last part us?). To kick off the fun festivities for the big night, why not host a spooktacular Halloween dinner filled with tons of spooky eats and playful crafts to celebrate. Here are some of our tips to help host a perfectly spooktacular dinner for kids this Halloween.

Throw a Halloween Dinner
A creepy crawly table setting

Get your tiny guests in the Halloween spirit with a few fun decor touches and by setting a table that is sure to scare even the wildest hair. Our children are on the younger side, so we kept the decor to traditional Halloween colors and created an atmosphere filled with fun things they could also put their hands on — creepy crawly bugs, sparkly spiders, black bats, and pumpkins galore! If you have older children, you can opt to amp up the scare factor by including scary skeletons or menacing monsters.

Halloween Dinner Fun for Little Kids

Create fun details with inexpensive decor and Halloween items that can be used in multiple ways. These spider rings doubled as our napkin holders and packed the perfect little punch to an otherwise boring orange napkin, and the children loved to play with them as the night went on.

Halloween Witch Craft

Get witch-crafty

With the anticipation of the fun filled night ahead (and sometimes combine that with a possible pre-dinner candy taste test), children tend to be wildly overstimulated on Halloween. While you are making their spooky dinner, have a few things at the table ready for them to play or do, so that you can bring a sense of order to the dinner and can reserve some of that energy for trick-or-treating later on.

DIY Halloween Placemats

We decided to make the table work for us and had the children create their own place mat. We set each place with a piece of black construction paper, and then we had staged on the table some chalk and stickers for them to use as decoration. This was a super easy activity and a great way for them to show off their creativity to one another.

DIY Halloween Place Mats

Other great ideas are to set the table with fun Halloween themed coloring pages, word searches or Mad Libs. Anything to keep those little hands and minds busy, but in their seats!

Spooky Halloween Dinners for Kids

Spooky eats

The best part about hosting the spooktacular Halloween dinner is creating fun festive food for the kids! We like to keep the options simple and easy, especially on such a busy night. Putting a spooky twist on the simple foods they typically eat makes for lots of giggles when those plates arrive.

Yummy Mummy Meatballs

Mummy Meatballs

Ingredients
Meatballs, handmade or pre-cooked. (Be sure to account for three meatballs per mummy)
Pizza dough or crescent roll dough
1 Package spaghetti noodles
1 Jar pizza sauce
Wilton Candy Eyes

Instructions
1. Cook the meatballs accordingly. Then let cool.
2. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
3. Use uncooked spaghetti noodles and place through the center of a meatball. Add two more meatballs to the same noodle.
4. Use strip of dough and wrap around the meatball for the “mummy wrap.” Use as much as desired, and place on greased pan. Remove spaghetti noodle gently.
5. Cook meatballs for 10 minutes or until dough is golden light brown.
6. Remove and add candy eyes.
7. Serve with small cup of pizza sauce.

Halloween Ghost Pizza for Kids

Ghost Pizza

Ingredients
1 Package pizza dough
1 Jar pizza sauce
1 Package shredded mozzarella cheese
Large Wilton candy eyes

Instructions
1. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Sprinkle bottom of pan with flour, or use a pizza baking stone.
3. Place rolled dough on pan, and top with sauce and mozzarella cheese.
4. Cook for approximately 20-25 minutes or until cheese is bubbled and crust is light golden brown.
5.Let cool for a few moments.
6. With a pizza cutter, create a ghost shape by cutting in half moon shape on each side. (You can can cut and set aside these pieces to use later since in the end the ghost pizza itself will also be divided and served.)
7. Add candy eyes.

Spooky Healthy Treats for Halloween

Tricky treats

A spooktacular dinner wouldn’t be complete with out a treat or two! Letting kids get involved in the dessert portion of the dinner adds to the fun of the evening and lets them put those creative skills to use again.

Perfect Halloween Party Desserts

For this dinner, we decided to let them decorate their own spooky cakes. We used the Duncan Hines Perfect Size Cakes for this task and for lack of a better term… they were perfect! Their smaller portions were just the right size for each child to decorate their own (and then share with their parents later, hopefully!) or create as a joint effort with someone else.

Easy Halloween Desserts

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The Duncan Hines Perfect Size cake mixes come complete with their own frosting and individual pan, which makes for a quick and easy clean up. With six flavors to choose from, we were able to allow everyone to pick their favorite flavor and decorate as desired. Needless to say this is a huge hit amongst all guests, both young and old!

With the spooky dinner complete, and the mood fully set to be in the spirit of all things trick and/or treaty, your Halloween is sure to be a spooktacular one!

Be sure to check out our Halloween Pinterest board for other great ideas to host your own spooktacular dinner.

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We’re going to the ABC Kids Expo!

Every October, we pack our suitcases and head to Las Vegas for the biggest showcase of new baby and kids products at the ABC Kids Expo. We get giddy with excitement as October rolls around. Nothing makes us happier than seeing all of the latest strollers, baby carriers, kids furniture and products for daily living with kids. This year, though, we are saddened by the tragedy that happened in Las Vegas earlier this month and are thinking about all of those families who lost their loved ones.

ABC Kids expo

Follow Along

Keep an eye on our social media channels from October 17th – 19th. We plan on going live and sharing all of the incredible things we see! Make sure you follow us on Instagram and Facebook. We have some exciting contests lined up, as well as live coverage that you won’t want to miss. Psst…we will be giving away some huge items, so you should seriously tune in!

We want to hear from you!

We know we aren’t the only ones who love fresh new baby gear. Part of our show experience is offering YOU an inside look! So tell us what you want to see! Comment below, send us an Instagram message or respond to our newsletter with anything you want us to cover. We will make sure to do so! If you don’t receive our newsletters, sign up on the right hand side of this page –>

Mark your calendars

On Wednesday, October 18th at 3PM PT, check out our Facebook Live with Britax USA! We will be sharing everything you need to know about their newest collection, Spark. Following the Facebook Live, we will be giving away one of each new carseat!

  1. Endeavours Infant Car Seat
  2. Boulevard ClickTight ARB Convertible Car Seat
  3. Frontier ClickTight Harness-2-Booster

5 Little Monkeys

Sneak Peek

One of our must-sees is the stage presentation of the 5 Little Monkeys sleep system designed for children. We love the washable, removable cover on the mattress, that it is made from organic cotton and is hypoallergenic!

We love giving away many of the products that we see at the show. Follow along for your chance to win! Looking forward to hearing from you!

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7 Tips for adding fall decor to your home

A new season and fun holidays means another reason to decorate our homes. We love adding seasonal touches to our decor to help things feel extra cozy this time of year. It also gets our kids super excited about the upcoming holidays and creates special memories for them. We’re sharing 7 easy tips for adding fall decor to your already existing home style.

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1. Accent pillows

Adding accent pillows is a fun way to bring some fall color and a touch of holiday to your homes. Any spot you can add some seasonal pillows helps make your home feel cozy and comfortable for fall.

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2. Scented candles and soaps

Those scented items aren’t just pretty labels. The pleasant fall fragrances will fill your home with scents of apples, pumpkins and leaves.

3. Add to your everyday decor

One of the best tips for adding any sort of holiday decor to your home is to mix pieces into what you already have. There is no need to start from scratch.  Just adding a few little touches can really transform the look and feel of a space.

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Add some fall floral stems into greenery already in place or some holiday ribbon around an existing piece. Another fun idea is to swap out the photo in an existing frame for a favorite snapshot from that holiday.

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4. Comfy and cozy

Fall means cooler temperatures and we couldn’t be more excited about that! Wrapping up in a blanket while reading our watching TV is one of the easiest ways to feel comfy and cozy. Keeping blankets in a basket near sitting areas make them accessible to anyone and gives you all the cozy feels just looking at them.

5. Don’t forget outside

If you are like us, not many people see the inside of your house, but a lot of people probably see the outside!

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That is why we think it is important to put some effort into the outdoors. It’s amazing what some pillows on your front porch, a small pumpkin and some lanterns will do for a space to make it feel festive.

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6. It is all about the kids

Let’s be honest, celebrating holidays like Halloween are just more fun as a mom when you can see it through your kids’ eyes. We love making these holidays fun and memorable for our kids. Holiday books are one of our favorite things to collect and we keep them in a basket that is accessible to the entire family. Not only is it a place to keep the books, but it looks cute, too! We also love displaying holiday items in their playrooms and bedrooms so they really get in the spirit.

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7. Reusable items

While it is fun to stock up on real pumpkins of every shape, size and color each year, the truth is they are going to eventually rot and you throw them away. Of course we get real pumpkins for our kids to carve and decorate, but we don’t go crazy. We’d rather put that money into reusable items that can be pulled out and enjoyed year after year. We like to add a little something to our holiday stash each year and right after the holidays is a great time to hit up clearance sales!

What are your favorite ways to decorate for the fall?
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Halloween costumes you can wear year round

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Halloween season arrived, and I couldn’t be more excited. I love the decorations and the pumpkins. I adore the crisp New York City weather, and I can’t get enough of the smell of apple cider everywhere. This time of the year makes me happy.

Toddler Halloween costumes

Why I love Halloween

I always liked Halloween. Growing up in Brazil, we never had this holiday. However, I always saw it in movies, and I dreamed about experiencing it. When I moved to the US — 11 years ago! — I was surprised to see what I saw on movies and TV actually happened. People get excited this time of the year, and I think it’s amazing.

I actually met my husband 7 years ago at a Halloween party. So Halloween became even more special to me. After having a baby, I got more excited about his Halloween experience than my own. We didn’t do much on Dylan’s first Halloween, because he was only three months old. Last year, he was a bit over a year old — and walking everywhere! So we took him to a parade and a couple of kids’ Halloween parties around our neighborhood. It was the best! I cannot wait to do the same this year.

Halloween costumes for toddlers

Finding a Halloween costume for toddlers

I like to be basic when it comes to kids’ costumes. I want my son to feel comfortable, and I don’t want to spend tons of money on a costume he will only wear once. So last year I bought pajamas and made those into a costume for him. It worked perfectly. Luckily, some amazing brands make the cutest pajamas that work as costumes. Even if you splurge a bit, your little one will wear the pajamas for months. It’s a win-win situation.

Hanna Andersson pajama costumes

Last year, I got Dylan Darth Vader pajamas from Hanna Andersson, which I loved. So this year I got him another pair of pajamas from there — just a different character. He only stopped wearing his Darth Vader pajama costume a couple of months ago!

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Carter’s pajama costumes

Carter’s makes super cute pajama costumes, too. You can accessorize if you want to add props. Dylan will keep wearing pajamas for Halloween until he asks for his own costume. Even then, I hope I can find pajamas for that!

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What are your kids going to be for Halloween this year?

Fernanda Seelos contributed this post as a guest writer. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, 2 year old son, and two kittens. Originally from Brazil, Fernanda has lived here for over 11 years. She and her family love the on-the-go city life. They love to travel, especially with their toddler, which isn’t an easy task, but always fun. She enjoys sharing their lifestyle on social media, and you can see more from Fernanda on her blog and her Instagram.

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