Happy Halloween!! Love, Bitsy

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

This year we’re sharing our costumes! We had so much fun putting them together and the girls are loving them so far. We hope you have a FUN, SAFE + HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Love, Madeline + Dorothy (Genevieve + Toto, too!)

Madeline Costume:

Dress: Cat And Mouse Clothing on Etsy, $42-

Hat: Amazon, $12-

Ribbon for Hat: Amazon, $9-

Shoes: Amazon, $15.99-

Capelet: Blue felt from local shop and red grosgrain ribbon from local shop

Dorothy Costume:

All “vintage” pieces from Mama except the shoes. Payless a few years ago.

Itsy Bitsy – Winter Boots!

My friend texted me yesterday – “You know those mornings when no shoes fit?!”. Umm, yes, I do. Quite well, actually! Unfortunately. The two of us had recently exchanged thoughts on winter boots for the upcoming season. The past few years we’ve done these – GAP KIDS COZY DUCK BOOTS – and have loved them. They are winterized, water-proof and best of all they were a one-shoe deal for kids. They could rock ‘n roll in them on the playground and in the classroom and even the snow. Well, I went to order a pair for the girls and was upset to find out that Gap is now charging $80/pair! Sad face.

So, my friend (and very trusted mom adviser) sent me a pic of her older daughter in a knock-off pair from Target. Love it. Getting on it. You should too! Let’s face it – they will wear them for what seems like 2 seconds, but are a staple in their winter wardrobe.

Check them out here:

Target Girls’ Stevies #WellieJellie Rain Boots (pink), $29.99-

Target Toddler Girls’ Suprize by Stride Right Boot, $29.99-

Target Girls’ Stevies #WellieJellie Rain Boots (navy), $29.99-

*Photo Credit: Target

Thank you! NO, thank YOUUU!

Bitsy is big on the thank you note. We feel the nicest way to personally thank someone for their thoughtfulness is to send them a hand-written note that you’ve spent time crafting letting them know why you appreciate their gift so much and how it has impacted your life for the better. Growing up, it was automatic that my mom expected us to write someone a thank you note very shortly after receiving a gift or nice gesture. Hence, the reason for this post…

This being said, we (totally!) understand that you are busy and we certainly understand that your 3/4/5-year old isn’t going to write their own thank you notes. Let’s face it, they are barely thanking us for wiping their bums all day, every day! However, what better way to start teaching them the value of a proper thank you than to have them involved in “writing” their own from when they are itty bitty?! Over the years, Bitsy has slowly eased Lucy into this process. When she was 3 we had her draw a “picture” on the thank you notes we sent out from her. When she was 4 we had her do the same. This past year – turning 5 – has opened up a world of responsibilities so we have her sign her name to all of the notes.  Next year, we plan to have her “write” her own via the fill-in style (see below). Eventually, by the time she is 7 or 8 we are hoping she will be able to sit down and understand the process of truly, genuinely thanking someone on paper.

We find it so exciting to receive a card in the actual mail. There is something special and personal about thanking someone for their thoughtfulness with an actual pen + card stock. That moment you open up a thank you note and realize that you had made someone happy. Priceless. Long live snail mail and the thank you note!

Bitsy has been in search of cute thank you note ideas for little ones. We hope you find a design/style you like and that suits your child’s age and your family’s lifestyle. And, we THANK YOU for reading!

Doodle Bugs Paper Scalloped Frame Thank You Note, $10- (set of 12)

Happy Heart Kid Thank You Note Kit, $7.95- (was $9.95-)

Doodle Bugs Paper Scalloped Mono Oval Thank You Note, $10- (set of 12)

MyExpression.com Gymnastic Incredible Girl Fill-In Thank You Cards, $11.95- (Set of 20)

ItsyBitsyPaper on Etsy Kids Fill In Thank You Notes, $18- (Set of 12)

MyExpression.com Hello Super Hero Flying Boy Fill-In Thank You Cards, $11.95- (Set of 20)

And one last cute one since the holidays are approaching:

Thank You Notes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Stationery Studio Christmas Fill In Thank You Notes, $46- (Set of 25)

*Photos above credited to each brand.

Lemonade 25 Cents!

We know this is a little off-season, but what better way to celebrate Bitsy’s 200th (!) post than to share with you a glance at our Lemonade Stand (from August!)?! We had a blast planning, creating + selling yummy lemonade (recipe below)! And we loved transforming the “Bitsy Retail Shop” we built for the girls last Christmas into a lemonade stand…

It started with Lucy + Greer creating their very own “Lemonade” sign to temporary replace the “Bitsy” sign…

Then, of course, we had to create a sign with our pricing:

Bitsy's Lemonade Stand!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then, it was show-time!:

It was such a blast and we can’t wait to do it again next summer!

HOMEMADE LEMONADE RECIPE

1 cup sugar

2/3 cup boiled water

6 large lemons

3 ¾ cups chilled still or sparkling water (we used still)

Mix the sugar and hot water in a heatproof bowl. Stir to dissolve sugar, then set aside to cool. Roll lemons to release the juice.

Squeeze the lemons. You need about 1 cup of lemon juice.

Pour the juice into a pitcher and stir in the sugar syrup. Finally, add the chilled water and mix.

Makes 5 cups.

And, yes, we kegged ours. It was a great way to keep the lemonade fresh and cold. It was also easier + more fun for Lucy to pour!

ENJOY!