May the fourth: Star Wars Day!

Happy Star Wars Day, everyone! (May the fourth be with you, get it?) My house is pretty amped for all things Star Wars. Even before we showed our young children the movies — in the proper order of 4, 5, 6, 1, 2, {extended pause for kids to age}, and 3 — we had them playing the LEGO Star Wars video game as a less scary introduction to the canon.

Princess Leia and Yoda are a fun Mom and Baby Halloween costumeThanks to the preschool playground, today’s little ones know that Yoda is awesome, Darth Vader is Luke’s Dad, and Princess Leia is the coolest princess ever (Sorry, Elsa!) before any of them sit in front of a movie screen to make up their own minds. And depending on the age of their parents, they grow up believing Ewoks are creepy or cute.

My fantasy birthday party probably includes a Princess Leia costume or at least a light saber battle.

Jedi training class at Golden Gate Knights

Babies can get in on the action, too. We’ve seen several adorable Star Wars baby costumes like this mini Princess Leia and R2D2 onesie (follow link, OMG).

Baby Princess Leia

Speaking of R2D2, I made this foam mobile for my children and they still love it three years later. Or at least they notice it when they’re hitting it with their dirty laundry from across the room.

How to: R2D2 starwars mobile


How will you celebrate Star Wars?


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picnic baby

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My friend Daniella decorates her house for every holiday, so I was not super surprised when she posted an adorable birthday garland for her daughter Noa on Facebook this week. Look, it’s Noa’s little face through the years (all four of them!) made festive with scrapbook paper hats. She pasted the photos into Word. Find […]