DIY Dinosaur Costumes

My oldest son (5) has always been big into dinosaurs. Since he was 2. So this year he decided he wanted to be a dinosaur, specifically a spinosaurus. According to my son, the spinosaurus is more ferocious and has slightly bigger arms than the T Rex. Also, his favorite color is red. So a red spinosaurus it is. โค๏ธ

My daughter is 3 and wants to do everything my son does, so of course, she wanted to be a dinosaur as well. Everyone knows the Triceratops is the girlies dinosaur, and when given a choice of color, she chose pink and purple. Always. ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’•

My baby boy (9 months) didn’t have a choice. I get to pick birthday party themes, Halloween costumes, and Christmas presents without his input for the next two years, so I’m thankful for that. He just fell right for him to be a green baby stegosaurus. ๐Ÿ’š

My goal this year was to spend as little money as possible on Halloween costumes. I was very committed. Everything I purchased was from the dollar tree, or Goodwill. And I used whatever I could that I already had. My son had a red T-shirt, which I actually think was from the dollar tree, and I found red sweatpants for him at Goodwill for two dollars. My daughter had solid pink long johns that worked perfect as the base of her costume. And my baby had a hand-me-down green T-shirt and sweatpants that worked like a charm. ๐Ÿ€

I decided to start with my daughters costume, the pink and purple triceratops. I Purchased the following items at the dollar tree, where everything is one dollar. ๐Ÿ’ธ๐ŸŒณ

Styrofoam cones for the horns, in the craft aisle.

These pennants looked like perfect Dino tails! Also in the craft aisle. ๐Ÿ˜

Foam sheets for purposes TBD.

Tutu, obvi.

And I decided I can make the triceratops sale using these fairy wings from the dollar tree. ๐ŸŽ€

I had this toddler size Nike hat at home, and while it was a great hat, I decided to sacrifice it for the greater goodโ€ฆ#dinosquad.

So I painted it pink. And I don’t feel bad about it all. ย ๐Ÿ’—

Then I formed the fairy wings into a triceratops crown and glued purple felt, which I had in my old teacher stash, to make spikes.

Then I painted the Styrofoam cones purple and glue them on. I also hot glued the crown onto the back of the hat and secured it with a binder clip. ย โœ”๏ธ

I thought these little plastic teeth brushing cups would be perfect for Dino eyes and my assumptions were correct! ๐Ÿ‘€

Just glued some black felt cuticles to the cups and voila! Eyeballs. I also formed a third smaller horn by rolling up a sheet of foam. I stapled it and painted it purple to match.

I then made big floppy dino feet using the foam sheets and painting them pink. I stapled triangle pieces of purple felt for the toes. Super simple! I cut a crescent shape into of foam for my daughter to slip her foot into. ๐Ÿ‘ฃ

I also made these dino hands from old gloves but didnโ€™t end up using them as it was about 80ยฐ the first day we wore these costumes to the Harvest Fest at ourchurch. ๐ŸŒž

Finally, I folded the purple pennant to form a dino tail and stapled to the tutu. Easy peasy.

Ta-da!!! Next up was my five-year-oldโ€™s spinosaurus costume. I found a red baseball hat that was the perfect size for $2 at Goodwill. ๐Ÿค‘

I just painted the little navy blue circles red to make it solid red. Then I added yellow-orange spikes I made out of felt. I made the eyes the same way as my daughterโ€™s, using the little white plastic cups and felt black circles. I also made the tail the same way, minus the tutu. And I added the yellow-orange spikes. I made his dino feet the same way as my daughterโ€™s, just using his spiny color theme. Additionally, I added lots of long sharp white teeth to the spinosaurus dino hat, as my son requested.

I looked at several pictures of the spinosaurus as I worked. ๐Ÿคฃ

Next I had to figure out how to make the sail. The spinosaurus has a large sail on its back. So back to the dollar tree. And guess what I came up with?!

Another pair of fairy wings. So I formed the wings into a spinosaurus sail and painted it that same yellow-orange color to match the spikes. Like this ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ

I added some large sheets of the yellow-orange felt to cover all the glitter that was on the wings. I didnโ€™t mind if a little glitter popped through on my daughterโ€™s triceratops crown but couldnโ€™t have that on my sonโ€™s spinosaurus sail. ๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿผ

Also, I just used cheap craft acrylic paint. I actually had all the colors I needed. But if I had to buy it, I buy the cheapest brand. I think itโ€™s like $.75 a bottle. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐ŸŽจ

Then I hot glued on strips of red felt with a little point on the top. This was the finished product.

It worked great because it already had the elastic armbands attached from the ferry wings! And my son was very pleased with how it turned out, which was most important to me.

Next up was my green baby steggy. I found another hand me down baseball hat, infant sized, and painted green.

Who knew painting hats was a thing? It was my first time. But it worked great for this project. And I think I will be painting more hats in the future! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’š

Then I just added blue felt pent pentagon shaped plates to the hat to resemble a stegosaurus. The pennants came in packs of two, so I was able to get four of them for $2. One pack was purple and green, the other was red and blue. So I used the blue felt pennant to cut out the Stegosaurus plates! I made the same eyes I made for my daughterโ€™s costume using the little white plastic cups and black felt circles. Then I hot glued them onto the hat. I used a green pennant, hot glued blue felt plates onto it, and left it flat and attached it to his shirt for his steggy tail.

I made the same floppy dino feet using the foam sheets and stapled blue felt triangles to it for the toes. ๐Ÿ‘ฃ

Are you ready for the finale?! Brace yourselves…itโ€™s REALLY cute. ๐Ÿ˜

Baby stegs ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š Ready for spiny?!?!

He is scary cute!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฑโค๏ธ He was so happy with the outcome, and so was I. Love this little dino loving man of mine. โค๏ธ

And here comes my triceratops princess. ๐Ÿ’•

#NailedIt Pink and purple triceratops always wear tutus. ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’“

One more pic for your viewing pleasure.

Gosh I love her.

Here is my dino squad all together. ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’œโค๏ธ

I am one blessed mommasaurus!

3 angry dinosaurs in the this shot! โ˜๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜ค

Last one. Beware the dinos. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I hope you enjoyed this post and maybe found something you could use from it! I sure enjoyed making these super easy DIY costumes for my kiddos this year. And I felt super good about my thrifty choices. I hope you all have a โ€œroaringโ€ good time this harvest season and enjoy time with your family and with our good God. ๐Ÿ’œ

Love, Courtney


DIY Pumpkin Succulents

I love fall. I really love all the change of seasons, but especially fall. When seasons start to change, it always draws me closer to God. It reminds me that He always goes before me. That He is constant, He never changes. That just when I feel completely tired of a season, like I can’t it anymore… that season changes in a way that is beautifully authored and illustrated by God. New and different kinds of beauty arrive in the colors of the leaves and pumpkin spiced smells, and relief in the cooler temperatures. I feel God’s comfort and presence in all of it. And so to embrace all of this love I have for fall and Jesus, I decorate my house! If I didn’t have 3 little kids and if I had a lot more money, my house would be so different! I decorated the house 7 years ago when we moved in and have only altered it ever so slightly since I had my first kid, 5 1/2 years ago ๐Ÿ˜œ It just doesn’t seem to make sense to get anything new when you have little kids in the house. Let’s be honest, it doesn’t even make sense to clean. But we do. ๐Ÿ˜ And sometimes adding a little something new in my house is kinda the best. I’ve seen those pumpkin potted succulents at Bullseye’s Playground at Target for the last few weeks and always thought…cute. I think they are $3. Then I realized I I have a handful of succulents that I cut off of a bush and used for decorations for a baby shower last year. I also realized I had some of those styrofoam pumpkin decorations. So I thought maybe I can make some myself and not spend money? So I did. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I started with this one โ˜๐Ÿผ๏ธ. It’s hard to tell from the picture but it’s pretty big! I think I got it at Big Lots about 10 years ago and the stem had just barely been hanging on the last couple years. So I popped it out and stuck a succulent in it. Easy as ๐ŸŽƒ pie. Original stem. ๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿผ I had some other pumpkin decorations in my stash. Some from the Dollar Tree and a collection from a box I got at Pier 1 a few years ago. All the stems popped out pretty easy and the succulent stems popped right in. ๐Ÿ˜ŽI did buy one pumpkin decoration at the dollar store. It was the only one left and the stem was already missing. Perfect. ๐Ÿ˜I work messy, clearly, but the pumpkin succulents look cute in a cluster. ๐Ÿค—I removed them from the mess and took this picture of them sitting on my kids’ table. On my dining room table. Kitchen counter.Entry way.And on my mantle.  My favorite ones are probably on my mantle. So small and simple but I kind of lurve it. I don’t know if I’d call this a tutorial but I hope you enjoyed this post. ๐Ÿ’› If not, here is the word of God, which is always good.

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” 

Ecclesiastes 3:11 

Is He drawing you closer to His heart in this season? 


Hello Chapter 2

Well, I’m back. And a lot has changed over the past couple years, that’s for sure. I resigned from teaching, had another baby, and my husband resigned from teaching as well. He took a position as the youth pastor at our church and just had his one year anniversary in that role. I’ll be honest, life is pretty crazy right now. Three kids got me like ๐Ÿ˜œ and it turns out being a youth pastor’s wife is a part-time job in itself. About once a week my husband and I stop and remind each other that we wouldn’t trade our hectic lives for anything in the world. Life is crazy beautiful. Here is my squad. ๐Ÿ’“

And God has been urging me ever so gently but clearly to start blogging again. So here we are. I’m not in the classroom anymore so of course this will be a different kind of blog. But I’m praying over this platform, my words, and whatever impact they might have on whoever reads them. I’ll be sharing truths that I feel spirit lead to share, anecdotes from working in youth ministry, adventures in mommyhood, party prep, crafts, and maybe a few old teaching tales. So stay tuned! ๐Ÿ“ป


Teachers Pay Teachers More to Love for Back to School One Day Sale!

I love this letter from TpT!

Dear Teacher,

Life doesnโ€™t slow down for back to school time and neither do you. We know you’re determined to create the best school year ever for your students and we’re here to help make that happen. Get prepped, get organized… and get ready for TpT’s More Love for Back to School sale!

The More Love for Back to School saleย starts Wednesday, August 19th at 12:01 a.m. (ET) and runs for one day only. Use promo code MORE15 at checkout to save up to 28% on every resource throughout the site.

Get those wish lists ready! And discover great ideas and inspiration below so you can start shopping as soon as the sale is on: Wednesday, August 19th!

Click on the button for the link to the sale and my store!

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Everything in my store is 20% off including bundles, which are already 20% off!ย  I hope you find everything you need and really LOVE this back to school season!

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

(Hebrews 10:24-25)


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Final Hours of of 20% off SALE!

This banner pretty much sums it up!ย  : )ย  Sale ends tonight.

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“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
ย ย ย ย come before him with joyful songs.
ย Know that the Lord is God.
ย ย ย ย It is he who made us, and we are his;
ย ย ย ย we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.”

(Psalm 100 1-3)


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Earth Day Fun Flash Freebie!

This item will be free on Earth Day only!!!

Earth Day Fluency Passages, Comprehension Questions and Writing Craftivity {K-2}

This packet contains 2 original fluency passages I wrote and 3 comprehension and extension activities to accompany each. This package includes teacher copies that you can print in color and reuse. It also includes a black and white copies that you can print off for each student and record their scores on it. This file also includes an Earth Day writing craftivity.


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Flesch Kincaid Readability Grade Level for passage 1: 0.0
Flesch Kincaid Readability Grade Level for passage 2: 1.8

*Ideas for Use*
These materials can be used for differentiated whole group instruction! You can also use these materials as differentiated reading intervention using the hot, warm and cold read strategy. It would look something like this:

Day 1: Cold read, discussion, comprehension questions (Lower levels of Blooms Taxonomy including Remembering and Understanding)
Day 2: Warm read, discussion, comprehension questions or activity (Middle levels of Blooms Taxonomy including Applying and Analyzing)
Day 3: Hot read, discussion, extension activity (Highest levels of Blooms Taxonomy including Evaluating and Creating).

***These passages are included in the Fluency and Comprehension Reading Intervention for All Seasons Kindergarten & First Grade Packets. A version of this craftivity is included in the Craftivities for All Seasons Packet.***

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“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.ย ย The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

ย And God said, โ€œLet there be light,โ€ and there was light.ย ย And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness.ย  God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

And God said, โ€œLet there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.โ€ย  And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so.ย  ย And God called the expanse Heaven.ย  And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.

ย And God said, โ€œLet the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.โ€ And it was so. 10ย God called the dry land Earth, ย and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.

{Genesis 1: 1-10}


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