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

KID STYLE: MINI DENIM JACKET + MINI PINS

The idea to accessorize this mini denim jacket that is already SO adorable came to be because I absolutely love to dress my little men like: little men. I had purchased some cool little animal pins at a local Indie Craft Show and when I started styling the mini-est of my minis in this jacket I knew that these pins were exactly what it was missing! I highly recommend you trying it, it's SO easy!! Also: we strongly believe in supporting local artists / artists from all over really, if you want to collaborate email us by going to our contact form HERE

KID STYLE: MINI DENIM JACKET + MINI PINS — All Kids Are Gifted

// Voila! The perfect little piece to style any outfit. I LOVE how it turned out!  

KID STYLE: MINI DENIM JACKET + MINI PINS — All Kids Are Gifted
KID STYLE: MINI DENIM JACKET + MINI PINS — All Kids Are Gifted
KID STYLE: MINI DENIM JACKET + MINI PINS — All Kids Are Gifted

// Now let's pick flowers for Mama to thank her for putting this jacket together for me 😁🌼

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XAVIER'S OUTFIT DETAILS
BEANIE: Zara Kids // Shop similar style HERE
PANTS: Target Kids // Shop similar HERE
SHOES: Converse // Shop HERE
HOODIE: Zara Kids // Shop Fall HERE
DENIM JACKET: Wrangler // Shop HERE
DAPPER ANIMAL PINS: 
http://berkleyillustration.com