Lauren Mancke had me singing the Flintstones last night. And that was just the beginning. A scroll through her Instagram was a stroll down memory lane. I believe I actually shrieked when I came upon Laverne and Shirley. How could she know them? Her profile pic looked so young! I couldn’t stop myself. I flipped through every image and was instantly hooked on #manckemonthofcostumes.
It made me happy. And that’s her goal.
Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated! Give us any chance we'll take it. Read us any rule we'll break it. We're going to make our dreams come true. Doing it our way. It's another #manckemonthofcostumes with our go getting gals Laverne & Shirley. There ain't nothing we won't try. Never heard the word impossible. This time there's no stopping us. We're going to do it! Make all our dreeeams come true for me and you. . #halloweendiy #twins #twincostumes #siblingcostumes #laverneandshirley #twinstagram #kidscostumes #kidsofinstagram #thatsdarling
Lauren’s instagram shots of her son in homemade Halloween costumes garnered a following among family and friends a couple of years ago. Now, this year she has twin 9-month-old girls to include in the creativity. And, after her sister tagged a reporter or two – well, she’s going viral as we say. And I for one, think this happiness should be contagious.
This time she’s highlighting lots of dynamic duos as she clothes those girls in simple outfits that she often puts together the same day they appear on Instagram.
There's no crying in baseball …or in #manckemonthofcostumes (too soon to tell on that actually 😜). Ever since little league, this movie has been one of my favorites. Are you a Dottie or a Kit? Comment below! . #halloween #diyhalloweencostume #kidscostumes #thatsdarling #twinning #twinstagram #twins #dressup #ministylekidscostumes
Lauren was willing to take a few questions from us over here at Columbia SC Moms Blog, and the first thing we asked her was how she became so prolific with pop culture.
“Nick at Nite,” she said. “I watched a lot of Nick at Nite.”
And just like that, I was back in my childhood home reliving long summer days of television and reruns.
I imagined what she might have looked like as a child and I asked about her Halloween memories. She had one to share.
“When I was seven years old I was a pirate. But not just any pirate. I was a boy pirate. I took mascara and drew in some stubble on my face. You know, for a beard. And I made a giant moustache.”
I could see it as she described, that little girl playing with clothes and makeup, creating a world of make believe, spending her days in fun and happiness. Lauren Mancke is still doing that today. Her images clearly show some photography expertise, but at their heart, they are simple. Two kids who can’t yet walk just sitting there in front of a solid background or leaned up against a couple of props.
• #Giveaway • Do you suppose she's a wildflower? What kind of species is an Alice? Curiouser and curiouser! Well folks, we are wandering around a wonderland of our own called #manckemonthofcostumes so enter our biggest giveaway yet! You could win a $100 gift card to @primarydotcom. Have I gone mad? I’m afraid so, but let me tell you something, the best people usually are. . Here’s all you have to do: 1. Like this post + Follow @laurenmancke 2. Tag 3 friends below! Check back for more costumes every day until Halloween. Winner announced on Friday, Oct. 20. . #primaryhalloweenparade #primarydotcom #siblingcostumes #twins #halloweendiy #twincostumes
There’s an approachability to #manckemonthofcostumes that you need to discover for yourself. Lauren usually shares her wardrobe secrets in her last instagram shot. There you’ll often see the solid color fabrics that are modified with her secret weapons – “colored duct tape and peel/stick felt.”
So, basically, mamas, Lauren is telling us – you can do this, too. Although, you may need to meet up with her at Lexington’s newest Hobby Lobby. (She says she goes most every day!)
The cutest ladies in bedrock, Wilma(!) and Betty are having a yabba dabba doo time! A dabba doo time! It’s another #manckemonthofcostumes straight from a modern stone age family. #flintstones . #costumeideas #twincostumes #siblingcostumes #twinstagram #twingirls #halloweendiy #bettyrubble #wilmaflintstone
These might be the cutest outlaws I've ever seen. 😂 Thelma and Louise aren't backing down and neither are we. We are going to just keep going. Check back daily for more costumes during #manckemonthofcostumes! . #halloweendiy #costumeideas #siblingcostumes #twincostumes #twins #twinning #kidsofinstagram #babiesofinstagram #thatsdarling
When I wake up in the morning and the alarm gives out a warning, I don't think I'll ever make it on time …by the time I look at my supplies for the day's costume, I think I'm so excited, I'm so excited, I'm so scared! Today we were #savedbythebell with little Kelly Kapowski and Jessie Spano. Tag a friend that you know loves #savedbythebell. . Today's #manckemonthofcostumes shirts were printed by @southern_script basically overnight. Thank you! . #siblingcostumes #costumeideas #kidscostumes #thatsdarling #flashesofdelight #kellykapowski #jessiespano #twincostumes #twinstagram #halloweendiy
Stop taking my hand! The force is strong with these two little #starwars fans. It's another #manckemonthofcostumes that has me 😂 – If you'd like to take home this hand drawn BB-8 prop, just follow us and tag 2 friends below to enter in our #giveaway. Winner chosen on Monday, Oct 9th! – #halloweendiy #costumeideas #siblingcostumes #twincostumes #bb8 #rey #handdrawn #babycostume
Winter is here, and so is our most epic photo shoot to date. I’m not sure if chaos is a ladder, but it’s another #manckemonthofcostumes. This time in Winterfell with House Stark. Arya, Sansa, and Jon are rulers of the North and of our hearts. #gameofthrones More costumes posted every day until Halloween. . #primarydotcom #primaryhalloweenparade #jonsnow #sansastark #aryastark #halloweendiy #kidscostumes #babyjonsnow #costumeideas #siblingcostumes #twinstagram #thatsdarling #flashesofdelight #livecolorfully