Fall Outfit from Peek Kids

I’m so excited for Fall. Hapa Baby has the cutest fall outfits from Peek Kids.

She is wearing the Little Peanut Essentials Kara Dress (different color), Organic Cotton Tights (different color), Camper Shoes (different color), and a homemade Orange Bow.

Hapa Baby is wearing her fall outfit as she dances with Grandma. The homemade bow really ties the outfit together.

Hapa Baby is wearing her fall outfit as she dances with Grandma. The homemade bow really ties the outfit together.

Shopping on a budget pro-tip: We always purchase clothes on a clearance sale and save it until the right season. This can be difficult if your children have growth spurts. Sometimes, this happens to us and we end up having to save it “for the next baby.” If the next baby ends up being a boy, we are going to put most of extra outfits on ebay.

Seahawks Tutus for the Superbowl: A tutu tutorial (sort of)

My mom’s friends asked us to make them after we made a tutu for our friend’s niece’s birthday. They were so excited to see it they asked mom if she could make them some, too. Of course, she had to say yes.

So, yesterday, she came home with a ton of tulle by the yard in white, navy blue, lime green these were not by the spool, each strip needed to be cut individually.  We cut it 6 inches by 60 inches because we wanted longer tutus, but for children you can cut it 6 inches by  anywhere from 30 to 40 inches.

We measured out the tulle by folding it.

Making Seahawks Tutus for the Superbowl

Making Seahawks Tutus for the Superbowl

Making Seahawks Tutus for the Superbowl

Then began cutting it into 6 inch strips. Again, because we wanted it longer, we cut it into long strips.

Making Seahawks Tutus for the Superbowl

Making Seahawks Tutus for the Superbowl

After we cut the strips, we measured out the elastic (3/4″ no-roll elastic) for mom’s friends waists. To take stretching into account, we cut it 3 inches less than the size of the waist and sewed it together.
Making Seahawks Tutus for the Superbowl

Then, with each color, we tied it the tulle strips in double knots around the elastic (some people use slip knots, but I prefer regular knots doubled), being very careful not to bend the elastic.

Mom tried it on.

Making Seahawks Tutus for the Superbowl

We loved it, but…Something was missing.
Making Seahawks Tutus for the Superbowl

Ribbon and glitter!

Making Seahawks Tutus for the Superbowl

We added some white glitter tulle and wrapped the waistband with white satin ribbon (for comfort and design) and tied a big loopy bow!

Making Seahawks Tutus for the Superbowl

It was perfect!
Making Seahawks Tutus for the Superbowl

Mom’s friends will be decked out for the Superbowl, and we were able to get some tutu practice done for Hapa Baby’s Birthday Party!

If you’re looking for more instructions here are a few great blogs:

What is Hanai? The Story of My Hanai Sister

In the past couple of posts, I’ve written about my hanai sister quite often. I’m sure a few of you are thinking, what does that mean? According to Wikipedia,” Hānai is a term used in the Hawaiian culture that refers to the informal adoption of one person by another, regardless of the age involved.[1] It can be used as an adjective, such as “hānai child”, or as a verb “to hānai” someone into the family.” Growing up in Hawaii, I use this term a lot to describe my best friend who is more than just my best friend, but not a blood relative. She is my sister in every way except that she’s not blood related. From the age of 12, my hanai sister has been with me for almost every major event — including PSAT Preparation, college visits, my wedding, and visiting us within hours of Hapa Baby’s birth.

She’s amazing and has always been there for me through everything. She is successful, accomplished, and is the lovely lady that creates all the hair clips and headbands at Blooming Vintage. She created this headband for Hapa Baby when for Christmas last year. To date, it is still the only headband that she will use.

Best Baby Headband Ever

Best Baby Headband Ever from Booming Vintage on Etsy

My hanai sister also made all the flower clips for my wedding. I knew the style I was going for, and she brought this to me as a surprise to add to the wedding. The white flower with a side french braid and black dresses were perfect for a daytime wedding while remaining elegant.

Maid of honors wearing flower clips from Blooming Vintage and Black Dresses from Target

Left to Right: Matron of Honor, Me, and Maid of Honor ( a.k.a. my hanai sister) wearing flower clips from Blooming Vintage and Black Dresses from Target.

I’m so happy and grateful to have had her in my life, and I look forward to many more years of amazing friendship (and sisterhood!)

Do you have any friends that you would consider hanai that you are grateful for? I’d love to hear about them!