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Halloween costumes for kidlets and big kids

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Children’s cosplaying done right

Star Wars + kids = the best Offbeat Mama fodder EVER, courtesy of The Daily What.

How to make a light-up robot costume for $15

I made this costume from duct tape, parts of old electronic equipment, LED Christmas lights, and dimmer switches. It was comfortable and safe, it stood up to lots of abuse and monkey-like toddler behavior, and it only cost me about 15 bucks to make. Here’s how I did it…

Ear scarves for cosplay kids

So, I was ogling this psychedelic bunny ear hoodie, and stumbled across these adorable ear scarves: Because really, what kid doesn’t need a scarf with ears!? Dangit. The cosplay folks have all the fun…

This pirate skull tutu — does it come in adult sizes?

Ok, so since we’re talking about princess phases … clearly, I’m still stuck in mine. This is one of those outfits that makes me regress a little. The zebra-print ribbon? The skull applique? The ridiculousness of the tulle? So, until I find out if my unborn son likes tutus, trucks, or both at the same […]

Saying goodbye to the princess phase

When my daughter Violet was a young toddler, she had no use for dresses. She screeched and flailed around if I tried to put her in one. She was extremely physical. She walked early, she climbed anything in sight and she had no fear. And then, her third birthday arrived…