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DIY Amelia Earhart Costume with Smarties

DIY Amelia Earhart Costume. Smarties Throughout History Halloween Costume!

This blog post is sponsored + in partnership with Smarties. 

It’s that time of year where we start choosing our Halloween costumes! Gracie is 2 years old and is finally grasping the idea of dressing up as someone else for the holiday. This Halloween, I was inspired by the Smarties Candy Company new campaign: Smarties Throughout History. This campaign highlights the importance of helping children learn + connect to historical intellects. We decided to choose a “smarty” from history to dress up as this year!

Check out Gracie’s big feature on the Smarties Blog.

DIY Amelia Earhart Costume. Smarties Throughout History Halloween Costume!

There are tons of smart women throughout history, so it was tricky to choose one to have Gracie dress up as. My dad (Gracie’s grandpa), is a pilot and Gracie loves looking in the sky at the airplanes. So, for our “smarties” costume, we chose Amelia Earhart! She is super inspiring, as she was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She got many awards + set tons of records. Gracie and I were so excited to make a DIY costume of her!

DIY Amelia Earhart Costume. Smarties Throughout History Halloween Costume!

This costume is super easy to create. For most of the costume, you can use pieces from your daughter’s closet!

MATERIALS NEEDED:

+Cardboard box

+Scissors

+Duck Tape

+Aviator Hat

+Brown Jacket

+Brown pants

+Boots

+Scarf

+Smarties to snack on while you craft 🙂

STEPS TO MAKE AIRPLANE:

1+ Start with a medium sized cardboard box.

DIY Amelia Earhart Costume. Smarties Throughout History Halloween Costume!

DIY Amelia Earhart Costume. Smarties Throughout History Halloween Costume!

2+ Cut off the flaps from the top (this will become the bottom of the box!). Save these to use the for the wings (step #6)

DIY Amelia Earhart Costume. Smarties Throughout History Halloween Costume!

DIY Amelia Earhart Costume. Smarties Throughout History Halloween Costume!

3+ Turn the box over, and cut out a whole in the middle of the box. This will be where your child either sits or stands through. We ended up making this whole a little bit bigger later.

DIY Amelia Earhart Costume. Smarties Throughout History Halloween Costume!

DIY Amelia Earhart Costume. Smarties Throughout History Halloween Costume!

4+ On both sides of the box, cut a small rectangle to be a hole for the arms! This way, your child can either hold the box up, or they can stick their arms through.

DIY Amelia Earhart Costume. Smarties Throughout History Halloween Costume!

5+ Cover the box with duck tape.

DIY Amelia Earhart Costume. Smarties Throughout History Halloween Costume!

DIY Amelia Earhart Costume. Smarties Throughout History Halloween Costume!

DIY Amelia Earhart Costume. Smarties Throughout History Halloween Costume!

6+ Time for the wings! Take the two long flaps from step #2 and cut them into airplane wings by rounding off the top.  Add a few pieces of duck tape for a nice look.

DIY Amelia Earhart Costume. Smarties Throughout History Halloween Costume!

DIY Amelia Earhart Costume. Smarties Throughout History Halloween Costume!

7+ To attach the wings to the airplane, I used a few small pieces of duck tape and stuck them right above the arm holes.

DIY Amelia Earhart Costume. Smarties Throughout History Halloween Costume!

8+ Cut two small rectangles for the front propeller. Tape them together in an “x” shape. Add a circle to the front of it + cover it with duck tape.

DIY Amelia Earhart Costume. Smarties Throughout History Halloween Costume!

DIY Amelia Earhart Costume. Smarties Throughout History Halloween Costume!

The plane is complete!

DIY Amelia Earhart Costume. Smarties Throughout History Halloween Costume!

Be sure to add some Smarties candy to really finish it off! We really love Smarties as a candy in our house. It really is a smart choice because it’s peanut, dairy, and gluten free! And each roll is only 25 calories. I love them because Gracie really takes her time eating these! And, they bring me back to my childhood. They have always been a classic!

DIY Amelia Earhart Costume. Smarties Throughout History Halloween Costume!

STEPS TO COMPLETE OUTFIT:

DIY Amelia Earhart Costume. Smarties Throughout History Halloween Costume!

1+ Start with a simple white onesie, or pilot’s onesie! We had this one from Gracie’s grandpa + it came in handy for this costume! The jacket covers most of the bodysuit, so I wouldn’t put too much thought into this part.

DIY Amelia Earhart Costume. Smarties Throughout History Halloween Costume!

2+ Add some brown pants! We used some simple leggings.

DIY Amelia Earhart Costume. Smarties Throughout History Halloween Costume!

3+ Add a brown jacket! We looked everywhere for a cute bomber jacket, but decided to use a simple sweater instead.

DIY Amelia Earhart Costume. Smarties Throughout History Halloween Costume!

4+ Throw in some boots!

DIY Amelia Earhart Costume. Smarties Throughout History Halloween Costume!

5+ Purchase an aviator hat if you can find one! We picked one up at Party City, but you can easily use a brown winter hat + throw on some goggles. If you have colorful goggles, you can always spray paint them brown or black to give them an aviator feel! Gracie’s lucky to have her pilot grandpa who lent his pilot’s goggles to her!

DIY Amelia Earhart Costume. Smarties Throughout History Halloween Costume!

6+ A fun trick-or-treating bag makes a nice touch! We used this small luggage to hold Gracie’s candy + I think it’s the perfect touch!

DIY Amelia Earhart Costume. Smarties Throughout History Halloween Costume!

7+ Add a scarf! Amelia Earhart was often seen wearing a white scarf. We had a gray one laying around, but Gracie wasn’t a big fan!

DIY Amelia Earhart Costume. Smarties Throughout History Halloween Costume!

DIY Amelia Earhart Costume. Smarties Throughout History Halloween Costume!

DIY Amelia Earhart Costume. Smarties Throughout History Halloween Costume!

FINISHED OUTFIT 

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Playroom Makeover

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We have lived in our house for just over a year now + have finally completely finished the playroom! It’s been one of the last things on our “home to-do list”, but we are so happy with the way it turned out!

Here is a before photo – this is when we first saw the house. This is the previous owners stuff (NOT OURS! LOL).

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Here is the after. Can you even believe the transformation?

This post is sponsored by Lorena Canals Rugs, but, as always, all my opinions are my own!

Our Lorena Canals rugs are the centerpiece and the inspiration for the whole playroom. These rugs are extremely high quality, yet they can actually be WASHED in a conventional washing machine! This is SO important when throwing nice rugs in a playroom – because I know they will get spilled on, potty’d on, and just plain dirty. Now I don’t have to worry, though. They are incredibly easy to wash. And they are so lightweight, too!

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I’m having a hard time choosing which rug is my favorite. I have the Botanic Plants one and the Naador one. I think I’m loving the Naador one because of the fun print + adorable tassels. Which one is your favorite?

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I highly recommend Lorena Canals if you are looking for a rug for your kids room, playroom, and even ANY room. Lorena rocks because, in addition to rugs, they also sell adorable accessories to make any room cuter! We have the leaf basket and the Monstera cushion. Both work so well in the playroom. The basket is currently holding a plant, but can easily be used for toy or blanket storage. And the cushion is usually used by me, LOL. Playing on the floor while 22 weeks pregnant is hard, so I’m usually laying on this while I play with Gracie. It makes a fun reading spot when Gracie’s in the mood, though.

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Our playroom is full of lots of other fun toys, accessories, and decor! One of my other favorite items is our Tnee’s Teepee! We have the classic black and white one. I love the way it looks styled in a corner. Gracie loves hiding, reading, + just hanging in here. I love that it’s gender neutral (we have a boy coming soon!).

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We get lots of questions about our toy storage! This wooden storage unit is from Ikea! It’s the perfect spot to store all of Gracie’s toys, so the room always looks organized. Okay, not always, but at least everything has a place. Usually these buckets are all around the room and Gracie’s new thing is just DUMPING everything out so she can see it all. But when we are done, we know where it all goes. It’s nice to have a big storage unit to house everything.

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Gracie’s little play table is also from Ikea. It’s the perfect size for her. She’s often here playing with her blocks + toys from Bannor Toys. These are the prettiest toys for a playroom. They make the best gifts, too! We also draw a lot here + make some playdoh creations, too.

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Another one of Gracie’s favorite things about the playroom is the IKEA kitchen. Can you tell we love IKEA? We got this for her when she turned one, and she’s played with it everyday since. I recommend everyone get this.

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Another thing that added so much life to the playroom was our Modern Burlap “I am a child of God” swaddle. We love Modern Burlap’s swaddles! She makes lots of different designs (all monochrome- which I love). But this one is perfect for hanging on the wall. You can also use it as a crib sheet, or just a regular swaddle blanket! Right now, I am obsessed with it hanging. I have the hardest time finding stuff to hang on the walls + this was the perfect solution.

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Another one of my favorite aspects of the playroom are my new watercolor prints from Malaika Grace Illustrations. Guys, this is such an incredible keepsake. Malaika took a couple photos from my Instagram + she turned them into watercolors. She is SO talented. Everyone needs one of these to hang in their playroom. I will forever cherish these.

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Another great decor idea is to hang some baskets and roll up some Aden + Anais swaddle blankets in it. Or stick a cute stuffed animal. The unicorn is from Target! Our tall basket is from Design Dua. I love these baskets because they can be used as laundry baskets, more toy storage, or even just decor!

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Here’s a full list of where we got everything!

Both rugs: Lorena Canals Rugs

Plant basket: Lorena Canals Rugs

Monstera Cushion: Lorena Canals Rugs

Toy storage: IKEA

Teepee: Tnee’s Teepees

Play table: IKEA

Play kitchen: IKEA

Watercolor prints: Malaika Grace Illustrations

Wooden toys: Bannor Toys

Book storage: IKEA

Child of God wall hanging: Modern Burlap

Wire baskets: Hobby Lobby

Swaddle Blankets: Aden + Anais

Black and white swaddle by kitchen: Modern Burlap

Tall basket: Design Dua

 

How to curate a white + bright instagram feed

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Instagram is HUGE right now. It’s got like 400 million users on it- or something crazy! With all those people using it, it’s important to have your feed stand out in some way. Whether you have a shop page or just a personal insta like me, you might want to try to “theme” your instagram to attract more engaged followers!

I get a lot of questions about how I edit my instagram photos and get a white, crisp look to them. So I thought I would share some of my favorite instagram tips and tricks!

1// Edit all your photos the same. This is an easy way to give your feed a consistent look and feel. I use VSCO to edit my photos. I use the same filter for each photo. Pick one you like and stick with it! It makes a big difference when you look at your insta feed as a whole. Also, try to take your photos with the same light. In our house, the light is best between 11-4 so I try to take my instagram pics sometime in that time frame. It just makes it a whole lot easier to edit when the lighting is good.

2// Use white space. This is also known as negative space in photography. Sometimes it’s best to have some space around your subject so your eye can focus on what’s most important. Here’s a great article about negative white space. When taking a photo, pay attention to the background. I try not to have my backgrounds busy. This helps create an overall white + bright feel to my feed. It makes it look simple + more minimal.

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3// Make whites, whiter. This is one of my tricks I use to really have my photos bright + stand out a bit. When I take a photo against one of our white walls in the house, sometimes it doesn’t actually turn out as white as I want. I use the app FaceTune and actually take those white spaces and make them whiter.

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See that white line?? That’s where I started whitening the background. It really makes your photos POP.

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4//Vary your photos. At first I was just posting photo after photo of Gracie. Which of course I still love. However, when I started mixing up the photos I was taking, I started getting more followers. When you break up your photo style, it makes your feed more interesting. Now I try to vary between photos of me, home decor photos, gracie photos, flat lays, nature photos, etc. Pick 4-5 “types of photos” and keep switching between them.

5// Plan it out. Try the app Planoly to test out your new look before actually posting to instagram. See how your photos look as a whole, first! You can move them around in the app and see what looks best.

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