Trick-or-treat ready Halloween costumes

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Halloween costumes are traditionally modeled after frightening, supernatural or folklore figures. On Halloween children go in costume trick-or-treating from house to house, asking for treats such as candy or small toys. This year Halloween is on Friday, October 31, only a few weeks away, so if your family is still deciding on what costumes to wear trick-or-treating, you should check out Chasing Fireflies first.

They have a huge range of Chasing Fireflies exclusive costumes, that can only be purchased through them. Plus the family theme costumes are perfect for brother sister duos, or parent and child matching fun.

There is a small window of time when I can still have a large influence on what my kids will be wearing for Halloween, so I will be taking full advantage while I still can. This year I was fascinated by the girls fairytale and storybook costumes and once I saw the Little Red Ridding Hood costume I knew it would be a perfect fit for my little girl.

Red Riding Hood Costume

Then I browsed through the Boys Fairytale and Storybook Costumes looking for a brother sister duo costume, and found the most perfect match, the Bad Bad Wolf Costume.

Bad Bad Wolf Costume

Here is a photo of my Little Red Ridding Hood and Bad Bad Wolf duo together, ready for skipping off to grandmother’s house or trick-or-treating.

Fairytale and Storybook Costumes

The sizing on each Chasing Fireflies costume was accurate, similar to the GAPs sizing. Each costume comes with the all of the pieces needed for dress-up time fun, plus numerous matching accessories can be purchased for each costume (like lilStrange’s cute basket). The Bad Bad Wolf costume is a ton of fun for my son to wear, but I would recommend it for a child older than 3, because their are a lot of pieces for him to have to keep track of or for him to mess with.

Little Girl Red Riding Hood Costume

Both costumes are made well, with high quality materials, they will totally last the kids through all of their Halloween activites and through the year for dress-up play. To get your family’s perfect costume in time for Hallowing check out all of the options they have at Chasing-Fireflies.com

Thank you Chasing Fireflies for proving these adorable Halloween costumes for review purposes, as always all opinions expressed here are my own.

My days with two, have now become one

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I spent my day at the park with lilStrange, while her big brother spent his day at school. It is crazy how this little girl has been in my life for over a year, but it was not until this past week, that we have had so much one-on-one time with her. Just the two of us. My full days of watching the two kids has now become one kid. Our days now involve age appropriate activities, for a one year old, that she and I do together. She gets her two naps on a schedule each day, her meals on time (not rushed or in the stroller) and 100% attention, all to herself.

Her whole life she has always had H with her. She only knows a life with him in it. The days I had a sitter watching them, they were still together, they had each other. Now it is just me and her, or the sitter and her. lilStrange’s personality has blossomed these past few weeks, her vocabulary seems to have doubled and her ability to communicate what she wants, or does not want amazes me. I started taking her to a toddler gymnastics class, and a music class, they both have bubbles, and she loves bubbles and can even say “Bubbu” I had no clue until this past week.

At school pick up she lights up the second she sees her brother, she starts waving to him, kicking her legs in excitement and says, “Hissin, Hissin”. This incredible bond between them is so sweet. I have an older sister, and I wonder if I was the same way when we were first separated because of school. H also misses her, and I miss him. But he needs his time in school to learn and grow, and she needs her time with me to grow.

I am so excited for this next year, and this special one-on-one time that I get to have with my daughter, and really get to know her as an individual. Not as a tagalong.

lilStrange Madison Square Park

 

Playground Madison Square Park

Picnic in Madison Square Park

 

Five tips on nighttime potty training

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Potty training is a significant milestone in your child’s development, and as a parent it means no more diaper changes. Daytime potty training my son, took much longer than I expected. I started toilet training my son during the last few weeks of my pregnancy, it was great because every time I went to the bathroom (which was often) I would bring him with me. However, potty training him with a newborn at home was not so easy, he still needed help and reminding, and I was functioning on little sleep. We kept at it with treats and praise, and in the end he succeed and has only had a handful of accident in this past year since we started potty training.

Your child will have a better chance of succeeding at potty training if you, wait until your child is ready, Make a plan, take it slow, praise your child and accept that there will be accidents!

Big Kid Academy

Now that he is a pro at going to the bathroom during the daytime our next goal it to get him to make it through the night without having a wet Pull-Up® in the morning.

Here are some tips for having your kid wake up dry and happy:

  1. Let them pick out their preferred style of nighttime training pants, and make it clear to them that it is not a diaper. My son loves everything Disney so when he saw Jake and the Neverland Pirate Pull-Up® he was sold.
  2. Limit liquids at least 1 to 2 hours before bedtime.
  3. Make sure they go to the bathroom before you put on their training pants.
  4. Let them know it is OK to wake you up for help during the night, ONLY if they need go to the bathroom. I give treats or praise if this works (I really like my sleep). Or make their nighttime potty accessible for them so they don’t need to wake you.
  5. Buy a mattress protector, because again their will be accidents and they make for easier clean-up in the morning.

Pull up nighttime

If your kid wakes up dry, celebrate in the morning with a special breakfast treat or video they have been wanting to watch. They will learn to associate a dry bedtime with other great things, and will make that extra effort to become fully trained!

Disney Pull ups

Every Kid is Unique, so if you need additional potty training support you should enroll at the Big Kid Academy. You will get a personalized “My Pull-Ups®” page with potty training activities and advice customized to your point in the potty training journey.

The Big Kid Academy also has a world-class library of potty training tips and advice from parenting experts, medical professionals and some of the brightest alumni: parents who have been there. Subjects include:

• How to talk to day care providers about potty training
• Solutions for nighttime
• Potty training on the go
• The best clothing for potty training

Pull-up

Do you have any potty training tips for success, that worked for your family?

Today’s post is sponsored by Pull-Ups, by my love for their Big Kid Academy option is all my own!

Be so cool for school with SoCozy

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This week was a big week for My Strange Family, H started preschool. On Monday he had open house for 20 min, Tuesday and Wednesday he had half days, then on Thursday and every weekday after, until the end of the school year, he will be going a full day of school. He is almost four and is totally ready for daily learning, friends and something he can call his own, to showoff his unique style and personality.

First Day of Montessori

With his ever growing personality, he is all about having inputs on what he is wearing and how his hair is cut. His last few haircuts he has asked to keep his hair a bit longer, so with his longer hair I have needed to invest in some additional hair produces on top of just shampoo.

I have tried numerous brands and types of shampoo on H, but they rarely stick with him. I wash his hair every other day, so on the off day I want his hair to still have that “fresh scent”. So, when SoCozy reached out for me to sample their new product line on my kids, I was excited and ready to try something new on them.

SoCozy kids Hair productsFirst of all the packaging is cute, and easy to decipher what each product is used for. Upon using, the products are easy to open, close, pump and spray. The scents are age appropriate for kids, but totally appeal to adults. After using in my kids hair for almost two weeks now, the scent sticks, so I know he smells clean when going to school! However, the ingredients fine print is probably the best feature.

SoCozy Shampoo Conditioner

SoCozy products feature extracts from natural ingredients like hops, rosemary, arnica flower and aloe, which are good for both hair and scalp. The products are specially formulated to bring salon-level quality to kids’ hair care, and contains no nasties like harmful chemicals, toxins or parabens. Completely free of gluten, wheat and nuts, the innovative formulas were created specifically with kids’ unique hair textures in mind.

H wanted to style his own hair for the first day of Primary Montessori, I loved that it was easy enough for an almost four year old to use.

  • SoCozy Styling productsEvery other day, I have been using the SoCozy Cinch 3 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioner + Body Wash Mango-go on the kids hair, it is a tear free, non-irritating way to easily wash three steps from head to toe in one clever squeeze. ($11.95 for 8oz)
  • Once a week I use the SoCosy Super Hydrating Conditioner Berry-whip on their hair, this super-luxe hydrating conditioner moisturizes and nourishes hair while it detangles. ($11.95 for 8oz)
  • Everyday I spray the kids hair with the SoCozy Detangler + Leave-In Conditioner Fruity-tutti, just spray in, comb and you are done. No tugging, pulling tears or tangles. This gentle weightless conditioner detangles as it nourishes and hydrates for soft, silky hair. ($11.95 for 8oz)
  • On special days, like the first day of school H likes to use the SoCozy Styling Mousse Medium Hold Peachy-keen, this foamy mousse boosts volume, defines curls and tames flyways and frizz while leaving hair soft and manageable. ($11.95 for 6oz)

Thank you SoCozy for sending My Strange Family these awesome hair care products for review. SoCozy is available at beauty and personal care emporiums like C.O. Bigelow, Soap.com or at SoCozy.com.

Art in the park at Pier 25 NYC

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The Art Shack at Pier 25 along the Hudson River Park in Tribeca, is a free outdoor art program. Your kids can come and discover their inner Picasso with Manhattan Youth, and art director Xavier Rivera, every weekend from noon to 5 or so during good weather.

Art Shack Pier 25

Enjoy painting paper, on an easel, suitable for framing. You can also leave your painting to be contributed to their banners which feature the work of hundreds of community artists from over the years. We chose to bring H’s painting home, because he was so proud of the end result. I can’t wait to frame it for his playroom wall.

Pier 25 art in the park

The Art Shack outdoor art program at Pier 25 in Tribeca has been there since 1996.

What is one of your favorite free thing to do with your kids?