This week is Read Across America Week. On Friday, my kids came home from school with letters of dress up days, including dress like your favorite book character day on Friday.
We have made many Dr. Seuss costumes over the years, so I thought I’d round up the best ones in case you need some inspiration.
Sam I Am
Click here for a tutorial on this super simple Sam I Am costume.
Click here to view this super simple Star-Bellied Sneetch tutorial, which includes a video. This costume might be my favorite that I have made and it was so easy.
Last year we did The Lorax and it was so simple. Click here to get all the details.
I hope this helps inspire you if you need an easy book character costume this week!
It’s Read Across America Week, which for many pre-school and elementary school students means book character dress up days. It’s also Dr. Seuss’s birthday, so it’s the perfect opportunity to dress up like one of his memorable characters.
Last year, Elias wanted to dress up like The Lorax. He loved wearing this costume and I loved how simple it was to make – no sewing required. Perfect for busy moms!
Below are the supplies you’ll need, which you can find on Amazon or at any craft store. You can easily make this one night, though it might be easier to do over the course of two so that you can dye and paint one night and cut and glue the other night.
- Dye the t-shirt and pants orange. (If you just want to do the shirt, you can buy an orange shirt. I was unable to
- Cut the sleeves into triangles to mimic fur
- Spray paint the glasses orange
- Cut eyebrows and mustache out of a yellow foam sheet (found at any craft store)
- Attach yellow eyebrows and a mustache with hot glue to the glasses (At Michaels I found mechanical glasses that made the eyebrows and mustache move, which was so fun!)
- For extra fun, make a Save the Truffala trees sign out of colored paper and a thin stick or dowel.
For more Dr. Seuss book character costumes, see this Sam I Am costume tutorial and this Star-Bellied Sneetch costume tutorial.
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For many years I have followed and admired the #illustratedfaith hashtag on Instagram. If you have never looked at it, you should.
The idea of #illustratedfaith was started by a woman named Shanna Noel who started doing art journaling in her bible. While people have written in their bibles for years and used highlighters and colored pencils, I don’t know that many used watercolors and inspirational stickers until recently.
DaySpring has partnered with Shana Noel to create an enormous Illustrated Faith product line. The scrapbooker in me simply loves this! Stickers, paints and pretty pens for your bible – sign me up.
I also love it because I have been in a dry season when it comes to reading my bible. When DaySpring reached out asking if I would want to do a sponsored post and try out these products, I enthusiastically said yes because I thought they might inspire me to open up my bible’s pages and dig in deeply.
I was right.
DaySpring sent me the Craving Connection Illustrated Faith kit, which is one of it’s newest kit offerings. Each month, for $29.99 DaySpring releases a new Illustrated Faith kit that comes with stickers, washi tape, a stamp set, bookmarks and a devotional tucked inside a plastic pouch. I think when coupled with a coupon, this price point is good for the supplies you are receiving.
The quality of everything I received was excellent and comparable to any scrapbooking products I’ve used — and I’ve used a lot! I actually am really excited to also use these products in my Project Life albums. You definitely don’t have to use them only in your bible!
And YES, I’m getting back into Project Life.
As I pondered where to begin, I decided to start with the first verse in the devotional, Colossians 3:14, which says “And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” The virtues that line is speaking of include compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience and forgiveness.
To highlight the whole section (3:12-14) I used yellow watercolor paint, and then purple paint in the margin to highlight the line about forgiveness. The stickers I used were from the Craving Connection kit.
I have really loved using these products. It might sound dramatic, but it felt like God used Illustrated Faith to beckon me to read His word in a new way. This morning I sat with the Craving Connection devotional, grateful for the wisdom of the women who penned the words to go with the Scripture.
So many of you who read this site like to craft, and I know you’ll love these products!
Tonight I am going to show you SO many more of these products on Facebook Live and actually do some painting and art journaling. I am also going to do a Project Life page using these products! Dayspring is also providing a HUGE giveaway, so you won’t want to miss it.
Will you plan to join me at 8:30 CST on Facebook? It’s going to be a lot of fun.
UPDATE: Here is the product demo I did on Facebook Live
We are so excited that When God Made You releases in just over a week.
Check out this sneak peak of the beautiful illustrations inside the book.
Our kids recently had a 100 days of school celebration. I have seen lots of ways to celebrate the first 100 days – bring in 100 things, make a poster with 100 things on it or dress like you are 100.
Both of my kids’ teachers opted to get extra fun and do the dress like you are 100 theme. I think I had as much fun as the kids!
The kids were SO cute and had a blast doing it. I think they looked like they were from up.
To get their hair grey, I saturated their hair with hair spray then sprinkled baby powder on the hair.
For Adeline, I found that the powder stayed a lot better when we pulled her hair back.
As for their clothes, we simply pulled things from their wardrobe and added some accessories, such as:
- Glasses (Dollar Tree reading glasses with the glass popped out)
- Canes (spray painted candy cane lawn decorations)
Other fun 100-year-old costume ideas I saw online:
- Sponge rollers (you can find these at The Dollar Tree)
- Fluff for tummys
If you have elementary aged kids, share how your school celebrates the 100th day of school!
This month, I had the spontaneous idea to do a Secret Valentine at my office. I think it is important to find ways to serve your colleagues, and this seemed like a fun activity to build morale and have a little fun at the same time.
Tomorrow will be the big reveal, and I am so excited to surprise and delight my Valentine with something I think she will really enjoy.
I’ll also be bringing cupcakes to leave in the kitchen for anyone to enjoy and a little gift for my office bestie and roommate, Courtney.
Courtney’s gift is thanks to Fair Trade Friday, a monthly subscription service which empowers women in 25 countries with jobs and support Mercy House maternity homes in Kenya. Literally, 100% of the proceeds support thousands of women and their children around the world. It’s such a cool subscription club.
Fair Trade Friday has three options:
Earring of the Month, which is $12.99 a month
Bracelet of the Month, which is $13.99 a month
Fair Trade Friday box, which includes 3-4 surprise items (think stylish accessories, organic soap, coffee, etc) for $32.99 a month.
Shipping is included and you can cancel anytime.
The founder of Fair Trade Friday, Kristen Welch sent me the February box to sample and I was so delighted by the contents. It included Fair Trade chocolate, a sweet brass bowl with “love” stamped in it, a set of three bracelets to give away for Valentine’s Day (or anytime), and a leather “taco” to keep your earbuds organized.
I especially loved the Valentine set. I am giving one to Courtney and then Adeline addressed the other two cards for her teachers. SO sweet!
I have sampled A LOT of subscription boxes over the years and I found Fair Trade Friday’s box to be on point for the price and the products. The fact that you purchase is literally changing lives for others around the world is pretty amazing too.
Fair Trade products are often more expensive because they pay their workers FAIR wages. Fair Trade Friday was established by the founders to help people — and not to get rich. Here’s an example from their site:
Let’s use one of our bags for example. They come from India. The company is Fair Trade certified, which guarantees the artisans were treated and paid fairly. By purchasing the bag (which will be an item in a club box with your Fair Trade Friday membership), you are supporting the oppressed people of India, including widows, disabled, anyone seen as unemployable or invaluable. The price of the product boils down to the wage earned by the artisan, the necessary materials, and shipping. That’s it. No one in the middle is taking a cut.
It’s really amazing and beautiful. I encourage you to check out this service. Maybe you are looking for a thoughtful gift to send to a friend out of state or simply want to use your money in a way that will make a difference. I just signed up for the Earring of the Month option and can’t wait to get my first order in March.
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, whip up one of these decadent red velvet desserts.
Gooey Red Velvet Brownie Cake – Beyond Frosting
Red Velvet Creme Brûlée Brownies – Peas and Peonies
Red Velvet Cheesecake – Tastes of Lizzy T
Red Velvet Poke Cake – Baking Beauty
No-Churn Red Velvet Ice Cream – Spaceships and Laser Beams
Red Velvet Cupcakes with Oreo Cream Cheese Frosting – Love Bakes Good Cakes
Stuffed Red Velvet Cookies – Princess Pinky Girl
No Bake Red Velvet Cheesecake Shooters – Beyond Frosting
Red Velvet Heart Cake Pops – Lady Behind the Curtain
Red Velvet Oreo Poke Cake – Whats Cooking Love?
Red Velvet Truffles – Powered by Mom
Red Velvet Cupcakes – The Crumby Cupcake
Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls – Love Bakes Good Cakes
Red Velvet Rocky Road Cupcakes – Lady Behind the Curtain
Microwave Red Velvet Lava Cakes – Whats Cooking Love?
Red Velvet Oreo White Chocolate Popcorn – A Moms Take
Red Velvet Chocolate Coffee Cake – Peas and Peonies
Red Velvet Swirl Cheesecake – Lady Behind the Curtain
Red Velvet Waffles – What the Fork
Red Velvet Cool Whip Cookies – Tammilee Tips
As parents, it’s important to us to select children’s programming that is encouraging and has positive lessons. Amazon’s award-winning show Creative Galaxy is a new favorite in our house, and I highly recommend it for kids under eight, especially if you have a child that is interested in art and creative expression.
For this sponsored post, Amazon gave us access to preview the new Valentine’s Day special “Heart Day,” which will be available on February 7 (tomorrow).
Despite being loyal Amazon Prime subscribers, we had never tuned into the show, but now my kids are hooked, especially my 5-year-old, Adeline.
In “Heart Day,” Epiphany (Kira Gelineau, Dear Viola) is ready to show her love with a special performance on Groovopolis, but she accidently ruins her costume before the show! She and Arty (Meesha Contreras) fly into the Creative Galaxy for a solution and together they help all his friends along the way learn that everyone has their own special way of saying “I heart you!” Samantha Bee (Full Frontal with Samantha Bee) and Jason Jones (The Daily Show) guest star as Arty’s parents, and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb lends her voice as Melody.
Amazon and Kahootz, creators of Spirograph, Fashion Plates and other award-winning classic toys, have teamed up to extend Arty’s art-filled adventures from Creative Galaxy beyond the screen with Arty’s Tool Belt. The colorful activity set includes an adjustable tool belt, pads for coloring, doodling and painting with water, sticker book, crayons and paintbrushes.
Adeline squealed over the set and begged me to put the tool belt on her immediately after we opened the Amazon box. She then got right to work painting with water using the included set.
I used to love painting with water when I was a little girl, so it made me smile watching her do the same.
Adelines tells us all the time that she is going to be an artist, so I love that Creative Galaxy encourages her to make things and explore her artistic passions.
Tonight Adeline and I did a Facebook Live making one of the crafts featured in the Valentine’s Day episode. Check it out:
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Amazon Prime, but all love for Creative Galaxy and crafting our own. Some links are affiliate links.