Happy autumn! There is a chill in the air, leaves are changing colour and our lives are shifting with the mood of the season. At our houses, you’re going to find a lot more soups, candles and cozy movie nights with our spooky season favourites. It can be hard at times to let summer go but when we come to embrace fall, we remember all the reasons why it is arguably the best season. There are fun holidays to celebrate, beautiful nature walks to enjoy and a slower pace of life to appreciate. So for this autumn edition of GREIGE’s faves we have gathered some fun Halloween costume guides, shared our favourite kids author and a valuable parenting book for your own bedtime reading.
Play: DIY Halloween Costumes
I don’t know about you but I was thoroughly obsessed with the dress-up box as a kid. So, when Halloween came around, it was the perfect time to be the fairy-princess-ninja-pirate that I knew I was at heart. We want to keep that tradition of the homemade costume alive and share this amazing list of 51 easy-to-make Halloween costume ideas. There are options for newborns all the way up to elementary-aged kids. Mighty Moms Club has another great post that is specifically for baby costumes that can be made for less than $5. Our personal favourite is the pencil outfit with red shoes, yellow pants and shirt and a homemade hat! The best part about all of these? They can be made the night before if life keeps you too busy until then.
Book: Anything by Mo Willems
You will probably recognize Mo Willems for his popular Elephant & Piggie books or the infamous pigeon series (led by “Don’t let the Pigeon drive the bus!”). Mo Willems has an expansive library with guaranteed giggles in every read. He is the author and illustrator of picture books and early readers so your kids can follow along with the characters as they learn to read themselves. Many of his books are now even translated into French and Spanish. We have enjoyed reading his volumes just as much as our kids have and truly appreciated his social media presence during the pandemic lockdown. Mo is active on Instagram and Twitter.
Parenting Book: The Whole-Brain Child by Daniel J. Siegel & Tina Payne Bryson
The fall months are for curling up with a strong cup of tea, a lit candle and a great book. If parenting books are your jam, we highly recommend The Whole-Brain Child. Neuropsychiatrist, Daniel J. Siegel and pediatric and adolescent psychotherapist Tina Payne Bryson break down twelve revolutionary strategies to foster healthy brain development for your children. It is a New York Times bestseller and beloved by parents for the age-appropriate tips for dealing with day-to-day struggles with illustrations and examples.
We hope you enjoy these recommendations. Let us know what you think and if you have any of your own suggestions!