Staying Stylish in Suburbia

Corny Fun in the Pumpkin Patch

Friday, October 17, 2014

We finally got around to picking out a few pumpkins this week. It was a beautiful fall day and after all the rain we've been getting it was nice to get outside together. 

The girls especially enjoyed the sandbox filled with corn. 

Note to self, maybe not such a great idea to wear ripped jeans in a sandbox full of corn. It's days later and we're still finding little kernels all around our house. All in the name of fun though. 

The best part of the trip for me was this swing and picking up fresh pressed apple cider and pumpkin butter from the farm. Oh so tasty!

DIY- Making Headbands in Protest of Pink!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

As a mom of two girls, I get really sick of the over saturation of pink in every product and piece of clothing. A little bit of pink never hurt anyone, but must it be smeared all over everything deemed girl-appropriate? Boring! For that reason, I tend to lean away from dressing my girls in pinks on top of pinks on top of pinks. I don't dress that way, so why should they be limited one color? 

Unfortunately, if you have a little girl (especially a baby without long hair) people look for the pink to clue them in on gender. Everywhere we go people take one look at Mazzy and assume that she is a boy. They go up to Esmae and ask her, "Is that your baby brother?" To which she responds, "That's my baby sister, silly!" Three-year-olds are always brilliant at pointing out people's short-sightedness. It feels awkward for me to correct someone like that though, and I usually let it slide. Still, it irks me. 

So the other day when I was headed to the craft store and a man in the parking lot smiled at Mazzy and said, "He looks like a baseball player," I had, had enough. First of all the man (although well-meaning) would have never given that compliment if he had known she was a girl. That alone is annoying enough. I played baseball as little girl and I had a great arm. But I digress.

I didn't say anything to him but I did decide to buy the materials to make Mazzy a few fall inspired headbands while I was at the craft store. My thought was that putting something in her hair would help clue people in without submitting to the pink. Plus, I thought it would be a fun project.

These headbands were so easy to make. All you need are paper or felt flowers from the craft store, elastic bands in the colors of your choice, and a glue gun.

Measure the length of band that will be a comfortable but snug fit. Cut it and then glue the two ends together. Next, attach the flowers with glue as well. It helps to lay it out first to get an idea of how it will look.

Here are a few examples of the final result. The only way I could get her to sit still enough for these photos was to take them while she was eating. I love how they turned out though, and I never get a boy comment when she wears them out and about. Mission accomplished!