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How to Remember Baby’s 1st Halloween

Whether your baby is still in utero or is taking first toddling steps, their first experience of any holiday is important. These are the moments that, at the time, you might think you will remember clearly forever. But too soon it will be a distant memory. Taking a few minutes to jot down favorite moments and taking a few special photographs make all the difference. It is these cherished pieces that are worth adding to your baby book; they are stories you will treasure for years to come.

Here are some creative ideas we have compiled about how to remember baby’s 1st Halloween.

Pumpkin ideas:
“Baby’s 1st” stenciled cutout –


Putting that cute little pumpkin of yours inside a pumpkin –

Or dressing them up as a pumpkin – 

Costume photos:
This clever momma dresses up her baby while she is napping and sets up whimsical baby dream scenarios, like this spooky witch –


his littlest witch is obviously a good witch – ( sometimes all you need is a black sheet, a placemat and a little creative vision)


hen photographing your baby, make sure to not miss getting a snapshot of mom too



Baby foot print keepsakes:
A spooky ghosty –




Halloween Keepsakes:
A cozy onesie –


The perfect shirt for a pregnant momma on Halloween –

We got this book when our oldest had her first Halloween and it has been well loved ever since. Make sure to write a quick inscription in the front cover.
My First Halloween by Tomie dePaola



Funny Pet Costume Ideas

Last week we featured all sorts of fun kid’s costume ideas.  And, as much as your beloved animal buddies might hate you for putting them on display, this week we have all sorts of fabulous and funny pet costume ideas. Enjoy!

Add simple white dots to your sleek brown dog’s back = instant sweet fawn

Or for another woodland creature, how about transforming a black dog into a skunk?


If you have the kind of pet that would rebel against the idea of a “sweater,” how about keeping it simple by attaching a Ty beanie baby tag to their collar?



Or give a nod to this dapper fellow with a simple short tie –



Doug the Pug has taken the internet by storm with his celebrity hookups and clever costumes. Here are a few favorites to take inspiration from:
Harry Potter –
A Fluttery butterfly (pup-erfly?)


Not a dog person?

How about this brilliant ‘cat-in-the-hat’ idea found on etsy?


Or a classic lion costume is always a good choice:



Na na na na na na na na…bat cat!

That’s all for now folks! Share your favorite ideas with us on our facebook page.

Costumes for Little Ones

Your kids’ Halloween costumes and stories are something you will look back on for years to come and smile. But, coming up with creative costume ideas for little ones can be both enjoyable but also tricky, to help you find the best fit for your little guy/gal, here is a list of some of our favorites from around the internet.

A Baby aerobics instructor:

The perfect DIY snail costume from Oh Happy Day – snailcostume1


This hilarious rendition from the movie UP


A mini Audrey Hepburn –


Cotton Candy!



I love this new take on the traditional Skeleton – and its educational 🙂10cc1a866e646ff0e45a0cc329c57e32

Lovelane (an Etsy shop) has some pretty amazing superhero capes and helmets

And finally, you can never go wrong with book references. Here is the Man with the Yellow Hat and Curious George

And for the Baby Bunnies

Check out more of our favorite costume ideas on our pinterest board, here.

Welcome two new faces at My Own Little Story!

welcome 2 new facesNew face at My Own Little Story, Betony Coons and her family

About Betony Coons:

As a mom and an artist, I try my best to bring my children into the story I’m living. The work I do involves lots of creating: children’s books, murals, set design, and paintings (my husband and I share our story at Right now I am both a stay at home mom AND a full time working artist, so time is always the greatest commodity around here. For me, taking the time to snap little Instagram photos of our days, jot down a note or two of something funny my kids say, or just taking an extra moment to pause and hold these littles dears close, helps me savor the now that I know will be so fleeting. 

Betony is responsible for our new blog, our pinterest boards, our Facebook posts and all things social media related.  Her creative input is helping us see the website and all of our products in a whole new light!


My Own Little Story's Julie Johnson and her family

About Julie Johnson:

As a little girl, Julie fell in love with a certain type of art. She always carted around words and images and drawing materials and glue. Luckily, at a young age, she stumbled upon an amazing profession called Graphic Design. But little girls grow up, go to college (UCLA and Art Center College of Design), get married (to a super supportive husband), make a home (in Manhattan Beach, California) and become mom (to Hatcher and Madeline). These days, Julie creatively does a little of everything while appreciating both life’s challenges and also life’s wonderful rewards. She likes to keep her eyes wide-open welcoming new ideas, personal growth, and especially the collaboration with others.

Julie is responsible for the design of our fresh-looking website and newsletters, and collaboration on the development of our new features of our site.  

Keepsake Folders

Needing a unique baby shower gift for a new mom in your life? These keepsake folders and gift vouchers from My Own Little Story are the perfect present for the first-time parent or the parent who already has everything.

All of our gift vouchers come with a complimentary “Keepsake Folder” perfect for storing ultra-sound photos, birth announcements or shower invitations.  In addition, we have included and labeled vellum envelopes for enclosing your child’s hospital bracelet and first hair clippings- complete with double stick tape for securing your treasures in a printed book. Finally, we couldn’t resist sharing two of our most popular stationery designs- they make a perfect thank-you note or gift enclosure.  Be sure to enter the coupon code: GIFT to receive $6 dollars credit on your shipping!

Shop all the Keepsake Folders here!

Unique baby shower ideas from the only online baby book that sends email reminders.

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