Autumn is simply one of the best times to be a Hippie Earth Mama! Whether you live in a tropical climate, or watch the leaves change into their traditionally rich fall palate, autumn provides a new set of fresh fruits, spices, and other flavors in our kitchen. It allows us to interact with our children on a sensory level, from playing in the leaves to crafts made indoors. Halloween inspires creativity and imagination as children pick out the costume they can’t wait to wear. There are festivals, pumpkin patches, and some truly amazing decorations. We do our bi-annual cleaning, while rearranging our favorite knick-knacks to make room for our holiday displays. Autumn encompasses much of what the Hippie Earth Mama celebrates.
This month, I will be posting activities, recipes, and home tips and tricks specific to the season. Not all things will be for everyone, but an idea can spark another idea that does work for your family. I hope that these coming articles will not only help you celebrate your inner Hippie Earth Mama, but also excite you for the season we are in the middle of!
To start, I thought I would write about making your own costumes for your family. I remembered my mom, who had 4 children, never needed to purchase one. Well, until we started wanting to buy our own, but even then, I only remember one or two costumes that came from the store. This led me to realize that the first tip is to collect all of your “costume” pieces in one place. If you have children, you may already have a bin like this started. Our living room has a bamboo basket that is solely for “costumes.” I use quotation marks, because there are definitely some store bought items in there – including last year’s Spiderman costume from Party City (yes, guilty!), but there are also lots of odds and ends. Headbands I no longer wear make power rings or space glasses. Shrunken shirts, old belts, cut up outfits all fill the bin. Then we add a healthy dose of party hats, prop swords, and Viking shields, and we have a veritable array of choices. Broken helmets will no longer work outdoors with the bikes, but my son has recycled his by adding a pair of my old boxing gloves, creating an invincible super hero. His pirate sword and sheath comes from a set, but my husband’s old tie creates his friend’s sheath as it hadn’t occurred to us to buy for multiple children when we only have one. All of these costumes help us do multiple things.
Firstly, never underestimate the power of dress up on a rainy day. Even little boys enjoy recreating a plethora of story characters, heroes, and villains. If you keep this box (and it can be as large or small as you desire – a spare dresser drawer, an actual basket, a section of the toy bin) year round, it will be just one more activity your child(ren) has to play with and can use to create. It also allows us to see what interests are peaking in our children. I had no idea my son was as into “The Flash” or “Dash” as he is until an old red shirt and some running shoes created a permanent new costume in the rotation. This allows me to better know what movies, characters, and books I should invest my money in; rather than guessing based on what seems popular or he likes in the moment. It also allows for us to have a Halloween base unit. When our children determine what characters they want to bring to life, you may find many of the character’s “accessories” are already in your bin. This saves money and time in the long run. From there, you can determine if you wish to create a costume from scratch or buy certain parts. Every Halloween, another costume is added to the bin, and more imagination is sparked on those rainy days. It is the ultimate “force myself to organize” activity that reaps benefits year long, creating a cycle of imagination between parent and child.
Once this bin is established, I recommend buying any parts of the Halloween costume a size up. Why buy a size up when my child fits a certain size? Because, if you are from the colder areas mentioned above, you will want to have room to fit sweats, jackets, and thermals underneath. The secondary benefit? Once it goes back in the costume bin (and I recommend saving this year’s costume aside until Halloween parties and Trick or Treating to create a special excitement for that particular costume rather than immediately introducing it into the bin), you will get an extra year or two out of the costume parts that you have had to purchase. When our children are growing as rapidly as they are, it is a definite bonus to have something they will grow into as they play!
I hope you look forward to more costume making tips and other autumn articles as you and your child spend some quality time creating this bin (and bonus points for recycling and decluttering your closet to find the items!)
When James was younger, I began the start of my Hippie Earth Mama blog. Here is the link to the articles! www.hippieearthmama.blogspot.com
Hippie Earth Mama
I’ve always leaned on the hippie, earthy side of things, but since becoming a mother, it seems these things are more important than ever. This blog is about my journey to be more eco friendly, expose my family to less toxins, and lead a lifestyle and parenting style that is inline with keeping things natural.
Annnnnd…. the blogging has officially begun! Each blog will be updated at least once a week. I have categorized the blogs to make my main page easier to navigate so be be sure to look to your favorite categories for frequent updates!