Last Minute Book Week Costume Ideas

Last Minute Book Week Costumes

Book Week is here! This year will be Pebble’s first official Book Week parade. She’ll be visiting her local primary school along with her kindergarten and joining in the Book Week fun. I’m very much a last minute person, and I struggle to sew a button on to a shirt, so making an elaborate costume is off the cards. Pebble is quite determined to be a “Super Hero Fairy” at the moment, which means that she’ll likely end up wearing her cape and wings from our dress ups box. Easy peasy! I’m sure there’s a super hero fairy in a book somewhere.

Perhaps, like me, you’re doing a last minute panic over Book Week costumes. I’ve seen some fab ones over the years as I’ve celebrated Book Week with the children in my class. I think on of my favourites (not that teachers have favourites, of course) was Mr Strong. It looked so cool! And it’s not too tricky to make at all. You will need to get organised a little bit, to get find a box large enough and paint it, but otherwise it’s very easy to do.

Last minute book week costume ideas

Here are a few other ideas that you can throw together without staying up for hours the night before the parade:

Veruca Salt from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

If you happen to have a red dress in the cupboard then this one is super easy.

Last minute book week costume ideas

Peter Pan and Mr Smee from Peter and Wendy by JM Barrie

 Mr Smee is especially easy, I’d love to see a cubby little tummy sticking out too.

Last minute book week costume ideas

Max and the Wild Thing from Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Check out the tutorials for these paper costumes over at Red Ted Art

Last minute book week costume ideas

Sam I Am from Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss

If this was my kid I’d take it even simpler (cos I can’t sew!). I’d grab a yellow t-shirt and hat from the cupboard, or cheapies from the shops, and make paper eggs and ham. If you search Google Images for ‘green eggs and ham’ I’m sure you’d find plenty of examples to print.

Last minute book week costume ideas

Thing 1 and Thing 2 from The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss

Take a look at the video tutorial for this simple costume over at Kidspot.

Last minute book week costume ideas

The Lorax from The Lorax by Dr Seuss

Gotta love a printable costume!

Last minute book week costume ideas

Fern from Charlotte’s Web by EB White

We have everything in the cupboard or Pebble to wear this costume.
I might even try and convince her that it’s a good idea. Mwahahahaha.

Last minute book week costume ideas

Arthur from the Arthur series by Marc Brown

Super cute, super easy.

Last minute book week costume ideas

Gum Nut Baby from Snugglepot and Cuddlepie by May Gibbs

Kat from The Organised Housewife made this cute gum nut baby outfit for her daughter. Don’t fret! The skirt can be no sew!

Last minute book week costume ideas

Angelina Ballerina from the Angelina series by Katharine Holabird

We already have the ballet gear, all I’d need for this one is some foam and ribbon from the craft shop to make the Angelina face. I’d probably cheat and make some little cardboard ears and stick them on a headband, like the Arthur costume.

Last minute book week costume ideas

Have you got book week costumes sorted yet? What are your kids dressing as?

Tailorbird {Giveaway}

I’m always looking for new ways to store and keep the mammoth pile of children’s art work that is taking over my home. I recently came across the gorgeous Rhi from Tailorbird. Rhi will take an art work and turn it into a beautiful, hand stitched keep sake. She was kind enough to do this for me – for my own art work! I drew this picture of “Octavia and Vicky” when I was five years old. Now it has been recreated in beautiful fabrics and will take pride of place in my little office nook when it gets a make over (coming soon!).

Octavia and Vicky - The Original

Tailorbird - custom made hand stiched linen {giveaway}Tailorbird - custom made hand stiched linen {giveaway}Tailorbird - custom made hand stiched linen {giveaway}

Rhi also creates gorgeous appliqué cushion covers and is giving Octavia and Vicky readers the chance to win some of her beautiful hand stitched pretties!

Tailorbird - custom made hand stiched linen {giveaway}

Tailorbird - custom made hand stiched linen {giveaway}

Tailorbird Giveaway

Thanks to Tailorbird you can win your choice of:

1 x custom child’s art appliqué up to A4 size, unframed

or

1 x cushion cover from the Tailorbird shop

To enter please leave a comment on this post telling me which prize you would choose. 

  • Entries close on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 at 11:59pm AEST
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The Big Girl Bedroom

Somehow I never got around to sharing Pebble’s big girl bedroom. I wanted to wait until she was properly settled, so that we could say that it truly has been a success, and now it’s been almost two months since she moved in. I can truly say that Pebble is very settled in her new big girl room. She loves it! The transition  luckily, was very easy. We talked about it a lot with her before hand, over a few months, and when the room was finally ready she was ready. We tried to keep a lot of the room the same – the same decorations, the same rug, the same toys to play with. Plus a few added extras – extra shelving and storage for toys, mostly. Now her room, while slightly smaller, is much more like a play room than a nursery.

The Big Girl Bedroom | Octavia and Vicky
The ‘before’ photo – Pebble’s new room used to be our spare room –
otherwise known as ‘open the door, throw it in and shut the door’ room. 

The move to the big girl bed from a cot bed was really easy. She was already used to having the bed rail on her cot bed, so that was nothing new. Her legs were getting so long that she was nearly too small for the cot bed, it was the perfect time to upgrade. I think it’s lovely that we have her big cousin’s old bed for her to sleep in, something loved and treasured and passed on to us. I also love that if one of us really needs to we can snuggle up with her in her big bed.

The Big Girl Bedroom | Octavia and VickyThe Big Girl Bedroom | Octavia and VickyTaking measurements for her new furnitures. Love them both writing down the measurements together :)

Pebble really enjoyed helping put together her new furniture, I think that helped with embracing the change too. Daddy and Pebble are now experts at assembling Ikea flat pack furniture! We bought two trofast frames and several different sizes and colours of tubs and they are just perfect. So easy for storing different bits and pieces and easy for children to pack away their own things… ahem…. not that she does pack away her own things…. but she could if she wanted to. We’ll work on that. 

The Big Girl Bedroom | Octavia and VickyAssembling furniture with Daddy

Pebble sleeps through most nights, perhaps waking once or twice to call out and have her blanket put back on her. I tuck her in and go to the loo, and by the time I’m back she’s snoring again. Occasionally I’ll have to sit and pat her for a bit longer, but not often. We have an adult chair next to the bed just for this purpose. I need a chair and my phone to keep my sanity on trickier nights! I don’t mind an excuse to catch up on some blog reading while patting her back to sleep :) I’ll wait until we’ve settled in with bubs before I comment on how things are going now that there is a baby waking up at all hours of the night (well, I assume there is… I will admit that I have scheduled this post to appear like magic while I’m getting to used to having two children. It’s a little strange to be writing from the past! Hello me! How are you going with the new baby? Be kind to yourself xx).

The Big Girl Bedroom | Octavia and VickyThe Big Girl Bedroom | Octavia and VickyThe finished room – please excuse the love hearts over the bunting –
the bunting spells her real name, I made it for her 2nd birthday.

You can use this free printable to make one too!

How is sleep going at your place? Are your kids getting any? Are you getting any? 

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Printable Family Meal Planner

Printable Family Meal PlannerThis post is sponsored by Digital Parents

We have been using a new family meal planning system and it’s going great!  Dinner time got a little out of control over the holiday season and Pebble spent a couple of weeks eating a lot of her favourite foods, and not much else. With Christmas out of the way and no more work to think about (hooray, maternity leave!) my brain found some space to take some control of the situation.

First I asked Pebble what her favourite dinner foods are (I may have given her some reminders of things that she’s tried and liked). We ended up with a good list of ten meals that she enjoys. Then I made a menu planner with days of the week cards and printed them out along with photos of Pebble’s favourite dinners. I laminated the lot and stuck them on the pantry wall.

I needed to make sure that the meal planner was stuck securely, but also that each day of the week and each meal was easy to move around each week. I used Scotch Restickable Tabs, which have worked perfectly. The menu stays put on the pantry door, and Pebble can easily grab each meal and put it where she wants to. There are no sticky or oily marks on the paint, and the best part is that the tabs can be washed with soapy water, rinsed and air dried to restore their stickiness. Keep reading to find out how you can win Scotch Restickable Tabs to try for yourself.

Printable Family Meal Planner Printable Family Meal Planner

Pebble was quite excited to see her new menu on display. She loved that all her favourite foods were shown, and also enjoyed looking at the days of the week. It was just like the calendar on Play School! She chose the foods that she wanted to put on her menu and on which days. Giving Pebble the control over the process has really helped her to embrace the change.

Printable Family Meal Planner

Pebble is eating a much wider range of foods and much less processed foods too.  I make my own ‘chicken nuggets’ (chicken breast schnitzels) and Pebble is now eating REAL tomato sauce on her pasta – made from TOMATOES! I serve up either salad or vegetables on the side, for Pebble to pick and choose from. Of course we still have our busy days when things don’t go as planned, but overall it’s working really well.

Scotch Restickable Tabs Giveaway

Thank you to 3M for generously giving me the full range of their Scotch Restickable Tabs to Giveaway to one reader.

To enter please leave a comment on this post telling me how you would like to use the Scotch Restickable tabs.

I also have 15 trial packs to giveaway to the first 15 commenters on this post.
*Australian addresses only

Update: Congrats to the winner of this giveaway: Bertha!

Product information: The Scotch Restickable Mounting range is a unique and innovative light weight mounting product which can be washed with soapy water, rinsed and air dried to restore stickiness. Scotch Restickable tabs are available in a variety of sizes, tabs, strips and sheets from Office works and Bunnings stores national wide. RRP $4.95.

Download your printable family meal planner

Three styles to choose from – click on the style of your choice to download:

Printable Family Meal Planner

Printable Family Meal Planner

Printable Family Meal Planner

Download your printable ‘Today Is…’ cards

Three styles to choose from – click on the style of your choice to download:

Printable Family Meal Planner

Printable Family Meal Planner

Printable Family Meal Planner

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Create a Reading Nook in Five Minutes

Thanks to The Little Book Adventure I have finally gotten around to making Pebble a reading nook. While I fell in love with some gorgeous and inspiring ideas, we settled on something that was quick, easy and completely adaptable. It literally took five minutes to put together!

I had planned a shopping trip to Ikea to get a few little bits and pieces, but while out and about was suddenly overtaken by a very upset belly. I abandoned the shopping so that I could be near….well.. facilities –  if you get my drift. Facilities that I did not have to share  with others. I left the purchasing to the husband and he did a stellar job choosing some gorgeous cushions! The leaf canopy is also from Ikea and the rest of the ‘nook’ is just our lounge room.

How to Create a Reading Nook in Five Minutes

1. Find a Nook! Ours happened to be a natural space between the couch and a full length window that we never use (don’t worry, it’s safety glass!). We then boxed in  a third side using Pebble’s craft drawers (otherwise known as ‘Doodle Drawers’. Mister Maker fans will understand). One day when our garden is looking  a little less weedy, and there isn’t a home gym and a gas heater right outside that window, we’ll open up the blinds and perhaps pop in a few cute planter boxes with some potted colour. Lovely! For now, the Holland blind completes the Book Nook Look.

2. Throw in some cushions. Thanks to Paul for picking out this cute selection.

3. Add in some finishing touches. We used the leaf canopy to create a cosy cubby. It is simply wedged not-so-delicately between the drawers and the couch.

4. Add some favourite books. Pebble and I chose some books that she knows and loves dearly, that she can ‘read’ by herself. Rotate the books regularly with a fresh batch from your collection (or the library).

Pebble is also a big fan of dragging some blankets and soft toys into the reading nook, as well as doing some drawing or pretend play. It’s her space to do with what she will :)

 

Looking for more reading nook inspiration?

Reading Nook Inspiration

Special thanks to Jackie at My Little Bookcase and her Little Book Adventure.

My Little Bookcase

 
Where do you like to read? Do you have your own little ‘book nook’?

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