KIDS COSTUMES: CIRCUS CONDUCTOR + HUMAN CANNONBALL

WHOOOOOAAAA!
STOMP.
STOMP STOMP.
This year just like every other year I started casually asking our boys what they wanted to be for Halloween around August. In August they wanted to be super heroes, in the beginning of September they wanted to be musicians, then we watched The Greatest Showman and the dancing, singing at the top of the lungs and jumping off the couch stunts filled our day to day life. Yes, I also joined in the dancing, singing and jumping off of the couch — hello?! I could totally have been an acrobat.

DIY Projects - KID COSTUMES: CIRCUS CONDUCTOR + HUMAN CANNONBALL - All Kids Are Gifted

Once I found the super cool fabric for the “Circus Conductor’s” costume, and the patterns were cut: the choice was set and the costumes were on their way to become a reality.

DIY Projects - KID COSTUMES: CIRCUS CONDUCTOR + HUMAN CANNONBALL - All Kids Are Gifted
DIY Projects - KID COSTUMES: CIRCUS CONDUCTOR + HUMAN CANNONBALL - All Kids Are Gifted
DIY Projects - KID COSTUMES: CIRCUS CONDUCTOR + HUMAN CANNONBALL - All Kids Are Gifted

Work it little man! Imagine: “The Greatest Showman” soundtrack being played by dad and both of our little loves dancing, jumping, and giggling through these photos. It was pretty adorable and they sure have some moves! (They must get it from their Mama 😘)

DIY Projects - KID COSTUMES: CIRCUS CONDUCTOR + HUMAN CANNONBALL - All Kids Are Gifted
DIY Projects - KID COSTUMES: CIRCUS CONDUCTOR + HUMAN CANNONBALL - All Kids Are Gifted

Initially our youngest wanted to be “a lion that jumps through a fire hoop” but after some research and findings of the heartbreaking realness of past + present animal cruelty in the circus, I decided to give him some other options to choose from. I showed him images of:
“Fire Breathing man” [NOPE],
“The Strongest Man in the World” [NOPE],
“Unicyclist” [NOPE],
“Human Cannonball” [ YES MAMA!!!]
Ding! Ding!! DING!!! we had a WINNER!

DIY Projects - KID COSTUMES: CIRCUS CONDUCTOR + HUMAN CANNONBALL - All Kids Are Gifted
DIY Projects - KID COSTUMES: CIRCUS CONDUCTOR + HUMAN CANNONBALL - All Kids Are Gifted

If you know our youngest at all, you would know that his daily get up usually includes a helmet, goggles, a cape, a towel, and some sort of shield. So an Evel Knievel inspired human cannonball costume, was PERFECT.

DIY Projects - KID COSTUMES: CIRCUS CONDUCTOR + HUMAN CANNONBALL - All Kids Are Gifted
DIY Projects - KID COSTUMES: CIRCUS CONDUCTOR + HUMAN CANNONBALL - All Kids Are Gifted
DIY Projects - KID COSTUMES: CIRCUS CONDUCTOR + HUMAN CANNONBALL - All Kids Are Gifted
DIY Projects - KID COSTUMES: CIRCUS CONDUCTOR + HUMAN CANNONBALL - All Kids Are Gifted

What I’ve found in the six years and counting of this Mama hand making Halloween costumes, is that I challenge myself more every year and it’s totally worth it! I love the process, always making it a point to include our littles in it from the brainstorming stage, shopping + collecting supplies and through each DIY.

The photoshoots are a blast and they are life lasting memories that we will treasure forever — AND … every year’s costumes are my favorite.

Getting creative in this way: letting our imaginations soar, pattern making, designing, sewing, gluing, painting, and cutting, the costumes and props is always the creativity we needed to bond and exclaim + applaud every finished piece (so much more fun when you have your kids screaming: “WOW MOM THAT IS SOOOOO COOL!” It’s always the creative challenge I personally needed that I had probably been neglecting.

Check out the costume + prop details below. We hope you had an awesome Halloween loves! Don’t worry: I’m also eating the good Halloween candy on the couch after our tiny humans are asleep in bed right there with you.
We’re in this together! 🌈♥️

CIRCUS CONDUCTOR:
Top Hat + Baton: Amazon
Coat: Handmade by Mama
Top: Handmade by Mama
Jeans: Zara
Boots: Aigle
Circus Tent: IKEA

EVEL KNIEVEL:
Helmet: Spray painted and designed by Mama
Goggles: REI
Top: Handmade by Mama
Cape: Handmade by Mama
Pants: Amazon
Boots: Hunter boots
Cannon: Handmade + painted by Mama


A HIKING WE WILL GO

“I have loved (him),
my little wanderer,
with a mind full of
wild forests and
eyes that await
adventures.”
-Conny Cernik

Fall is officially here and the outdoor adventures don’t stop, they just get tweaked with the addition of clothing layers and always: a change of scenery.

On our hike we got to catch right before the leaves started to morph from their summer colors into burnt oranges, bright yellows, and vibrant reds. Enjoy this visual gallery of my afternoon with my little man --- where we found beautiful trails and tree trunk shelters that sparked the imagination to go to the lands where explorers escape and to visualize the stunning mystical creatures that make their homes in tree-trunks. Where the light rays shoot through the tree covered skies and if you’re really quiet, you can hear it speak with tenderness, warmth and love.

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ADVENTURES - A HIKING WE WILL GO — All Kids Are Gifted
ADVENTURES - A HIKING WE WILL GO — All Kids Are Gifted
ADVENTURES - A HIKING WE WILL GO — All Kids Are Gifted

Please hold my hand like this forever.

ADVENTURES - A HIKING WE WILL GO — All Kids Are Gifted
ADVENTURES - A HIKING WE WILL GO — All Kids Are Gifted

Thank you for joining us on our hike! I will be sharing more activities ranging from active, creative, and DIY + little bits and pieces in between that I do with my kids. Happy Fri•Yay loves!

OUTFIT DETAILS:
HOODIE: H&M // Shop HERE
JEANS: Baby Gap
SHOES: Nike
VEST: H&M // Shop similar HERE
BEENIE: Zara // Shop HERE
HELMETS: Retroactive Kids Toystore // Shop online HERE
TOY ROBOT HAND: Target

DAY 2 IN EL SALVADOR 🌊

The second day in El Salvador was a day that I had been looking forward to since our family started sponsoring Joselyn. I didn't know when I would be able to meet her back then but it was something I definitely wanted to do. It's what started the stirring in my heart to make the trip to El Salvador in the first place.

I started learning more and more about traveling there from my friend that also came on the trip this year and had gone the year before. She told me so much about how Compassion works and about the Compassion day with our sponsor kids, it started to plant seeds of possibility for me that became a reality so I am very thankful for her!

Meeting Joselyn was such an amazing experience! I still remember the nervous, giddy, excited feelings I felt as our bus pulled into our meeting point. When I saw the row of kids with their families and the interpreters who would be assisting us, I felt so much love and happiness that I was going to get to see Joselyn in person! Hugging her for the first time felt like I was hugging my family.

PARTNERSHIPS - DAY 2 IN EL SALVADOR — All Kids Are Gifted
PARTNERSHIPS - DAY 2 IN EL SALVADOR — All Kids Are Gifted

Compassion did an amazing job of working and coordinating with our team to request our sponsor children from the surrounding areas to come meet us. Some of them drove for hours to get there with a parent / guardian and a few of their siblings came too which was adorable. There were a few people that are sponsors children in the area that didn't come on the trip ... so a few of them were able to be requested and came to hang out during the Compassion day with people on our team that didn't currently sponsor a child in El Salvador.

Here is our sponsor daughter who we've sponsored for a little over 3 years now. We've been writing back and fourth but nothing compares to getting to meet her in person. Pictured with her is her little brother who isn't currently enrolled in the Compassion program but their mom is getting ready to do that for him as well! I'm so glad he came along and that I was able to meet him and get to  know him too!

PARTNERSHIPS - DAY 2 IN EL SALVADOR — All Kids Are Gifted

We met our kids at a beautiful waterpark. Seeing the excitement on their faces was the best! Joselyn had never been to a swimming pool before and I'm so happy I was able to share this special memory with her. Her little eyes lit up when she saw the pools that she would be swimming in all day!

PARTNERSHIPS - DAY 2 IN EL SALVADOR — All Kids Are Gifted
PARTNERSHIPS - DAY 2 IN EL SALVADOR — All Kids Are Gifted

Joselyn learned 4 different swim strokes during our day together! She is SO smart and such a quick learner! The interpreter that was assigned to us and Joselyn's tutor were both so great! I actually speak Spanish but I can be a little rusty at times, it was nice having them there to tell me more about our sponsor daughter's education and ways that I can be of more help. I am really looking forward to that as well!

PARTNERSHIPS - DAY 2 IN EL SALVADOR — All Kids Are Gifted
PARTNERSHIPS - DAY 2 IN EL SALVADOR — All Kids Are Gifted
PARTNERSHIPS - DAY 2 IN EL SALVADOR — All Kids Are Gifted
PARTNERSHIPS - DAY 2 IN EL SALVADOR — All Kids Are Gifted

After we were finished swimming, we had lunch, then we (the sponsors) gave our sponsor children gifts that we had brought them. Joselyn and her mom also put together a gift box for me! I felt so special and loved, Joselyn smiled from ear to ear and giggled the whole time and you know what? She was more excited for me to open my gift of beautiful decor pieces made of the prettiest sea shells than she was to open her own. This little girl is gifted with generosity along with so many other giftings. I love her and her family so much. 

PARTNERSHIPS - DAY 2 IN EL SALVADOR — All Kids Are Gifted

The goodbyes were hard, the day flew by. I was the most sad that I wouldn't be able to hang out with Joselyn throughout the year until the next time I visit. We bonded so quickly and listening to the interpreter and her tutor tell me about her academics, going through her Compassion binder and seeing our letters that we've sent back and fourth throughout the years made me so happy to be able to be involved in her life, even if it's from another country. I was able to get to know her mom as well and hear their story, it isn't an easy one let me tell you. Joselyn's mom is a very strong woman who works hard to provide for their household on her own. I am so honored to be able to contribute their household as much as I possibly can through sponsorship, encouragement and prayer!

PARTNERSHIPS - DAY 2 IN EL SALVADOR — All Kids Are Gifted

If you wan to learn more about Compassion International, how to sponsor a child, ways to donate, etc. be sure to check out their website HERE.  Sponsoring a child has rocked my families world in an unparalleled way. I strongly recommend getting involved in releasing a child / children from poverty. We are blessed to bless others. Let's keep loving our world loves! Thank you for joining on this journey.