#Boxtumes: 4 Easy Steps to Create a Playing Card Halloween Costume Made with a Box

BY: - 19 Oct '17 | Parenting

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Amazon. The opinions and text are all mine.

You would think, since our kids are getting older, we would be phasing out of Halloween.  But each year, we find more and more ways to have fun together as a family. This year, we made costumes out of boxes and supplies that we had sitting around the house and office. This is a good way to have a great costume that will not cost you a fortune. And anything we didn’t have around the house, we ordered using Amazon Prime.

4 Easy Steps to Create a Playing Card Halloween Costume Made with a Box

You can have so much fun with playing card costumes because there are 52 different cards to choose from.  You can create cards for the entire family, such as a straight flush.  Couples can create costumes out of the king and the queen.  And there are so many great things you can do with the Joker.

We created playing card halloween costumes for our girls using a box. It was fast and it was fun. And thanks to #AmazonPrime it was very affordable.

We created playing card Halloween costumes for our girls using a box. It was fast and it was fun. And thanks to #AmazonPrime it was very affordable.

Step 1: Select the card(s) you will make.

You can print out symbols from the web or you can even purchase stencils to make the symbols.

Using a box is a good way to have a great costume that will not cost you a fortune. #Boxtumes

Using a box is a good way to have a great costume that will not cost you a fortune. #Boxtumes

Step 2: Collect Your Supplies

  • A box (big enough to use for the costume.)
  • White paper to the cover the box.
  • Printouts of your card symbols and numbers
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Tape
We already had all of the supplies to create our #Boxtumes costume at home.

We already had all he supplies to create our #Boxtumes costume at home.

Step 3: Assemble your costume

Cut holes in the box for your head and arms. Using the white paper and tape, cover the box. Finally, cut out your printed symbols and paste them on the box so that look like the playing card that you have chosen. Be sure to decorate the front and the back of the box.

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Step 4: Accessorize

The way to take your box costume up a notch is to accessorize and coordinate with the clothes that you wear under the box. You can also wear hats such as a King’s or Queen’s crown, a ski mask, or a Jester’s hat.  Since we selected spades, we will wear all black under our costumes.  It’s normally cool on Halloween, so I ordered these great cotton long sleeve shirts using Amazon Prime so that our girls will be cute and comfortable.  And of course they were affordable and they were delivered fast with Free Two-Day Shipping.

When you are making your #Boxtumes costume, anything you can't find around the house can be ordered using Amazon Prime.

When you are making your #Boxtumes costume, anything you can’t find around the house can be ordered using Amazon Prime.

Anything that you can’t find around your house can be ordered from Amazon Prime because they have such a wide variety of almost everything that you need, your items will come fast, and the best part about it is the Free Two-Day Shipping.

My girls will look great in their playing card Halloween costumes that I made from a box and items from around the house. We also ordered a few items using #AmazonPrime.

My girls will look great in their playing card Halloween costumes that I made from a box and items from around the house. We also ordered a few items using #AmazonPrime.

Disclosure:  I am part of the Mom It Forward Influencer Network and this is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Amazon. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Lamar Tyler is co-creator BlackandMarriedWithKids.com. He also is the co-producer of the films Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage, You Saved Me, Men Ain't Boys and Still Standing.

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3 Signs to Tell If You’re Co-Parenting or Just Trying to Get Your Boo Back

BY: - 8 Nov '17 | Parenting

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by Alexis Dobbins

At KidsNeed2, I promote positive, peaceful co-parenting. I coach moms and dad to eliminate the drama, anger, shame and blame, and work on being the best positive parents ever. Together.

And then one day I posted this pic on social media.coparent-image

I was surprised at the feedback; folks were tripping. Some people asked, “What does that mean?” A few people mentioned, “You gotta do what you gotta do to keep the peace”. Really? And then, one or two people said, “I wouldn’t put it out there like that.” My “it” was compromise, trying, make an effort. Apparently that was not as clear as I would have liked.

It got me thinking, though. How often is positive co-parenting about the children? How do you know when he or she wants to reignite the romance? How do you know whether it’s the children, or you, on the agenda? How do you know? Here are three signs to help you out.

Unnecessary touching over, well, anything.

I am a big  proponent of co-parents who can interact peaceably and kindly in public. One of the things you owe your children is the ability to assemble freely without fear of harm. (That might be in the Constitution, I’m not sure).

I talk about that in Six Tested Moves of Fake Positive Co-parenting. What I don’t mention is anything about touching the other parent, and that’s because it – touching – isn’t necessary and usually isn’t received well, unless there are still some feelings left. Somebody wants a redo. If he or she is touching you often, enough so that you notice it, be aware.

Unnecessary communication, usually after 9pm.

Friendly co-parents spend time together, go shopping for the children, maybe grab a meal (sometime with their significant others or members of the blended family). As a coach, I like to see co-parents interacting socially with the children and with each other.

If you need co-parenting help click here to schedule a free discovery call with Alexis.

With the children, get it? If the other parent always wants to talk after 9 or 10pm, and occasionally throws in an invite to meet them somewhere after 9 or 10pm, and the ‘somewhere’ is dimly lit and music is in there somewhere…somebody wants their boo back.

Unnecessary requests for help, usually involving touching and communication.

Co-parents plan certain events and activities with the other parent, allowing the child to receive attention and love from both parents. Same place, same space. It’s a child’s dream. Aside from that, though, there is always a “time with mom” and a “time with dad”. That, after all, is the core element of co-parenting; otherwise, you’d just be engaged in ole’ regular parenting.

Repeated requests for help may indicate an interest in spending more time with the other parent. If you’re thinking you may just have a uninformed or ill-prepared other parent, that may be the case. What do you want to look out for? The other signs. Touching. Excessive communication.

If you are seeing these 3 behaviors, you have a decision to make. Run with it and see what the end will be –little churchy there but oh so true. Or maybe you already know that things are right where you like them, and your goal is positive, peaceful, productive co-parenting…and nothing else. You can’t say you didn’t know.

About the Author: Alexis Dobbins is a co-parenting expert. She is a Mediation, Counseling and Coaching practitioner who specializes in supporting co-parents with the strategies needed to maintain a peaceful environment for their children.

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