Everyone Thinks They Are Too Old…

Until You Have the Stick in Your Hand!

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What you can’t see is the little 1 year old taking her turn with the pinata.  Due to past experience, I’ve learned that it’s not worth a good picture when I almost lose an eye!

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There’s my niece Bella, just over a year, taking her turn!  And apparently Shorty decided to dress up as a demon dog. Oh wait, maybe that’s just the camera flash reflecting!

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Next up is my buddy Joshua.  One of my favorite nephews 🙂

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Now it’s getting serious!

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My other niece, Samantha, who cracks me up… “Mr. T, you aren’t supposed to move it that much when I go to hit it!”

Uh, I think that’s actually the point!

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Ding! Ding! Ding!  And this was the winning hit!

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Time to gather the loot!

Everyone rolls their eyes and thinks they are too old, until they have that stick in their hand!

Happy Halloween Everyone!!

How to Make Your Own Pirate Costume in 10 Easy Steps

How to Make Your Own Pirate Costume in 10 Easy Steps.

1) Decide to be a Flapper Girl for Halloween.  Spend hours perusing the internet and Pinterest.  Head to the fabric store and discover that the patterns are only so-so, but more importantly – they don’t have enough fringe in stock.

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2) Change your mind on the spot and decide to be a pirate.  Hit the books again to find a pattern.  And then, when you can’t find one you like, hit up Pinterest for inspiration. Create a secret board where you can dump all of the pins you like, that way, your friends are surprised when they see you!

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3) Buy the fabric, guess at all the measurements.

4) Get home and realize you might have to do more than just guess.  Find a tutorial that makes you do things like this:

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Pull out measuring tape. Measure yourself. Then, because that’s not fun enough, start adding Pi so you can find a radius. Then go find real pie.

 

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If you look closely, my ruler is from 1965. If you are my parents, don’t look closely as this may or may not have belonged to you at one point. I’m pretty sure I “acquired” it in my teen years.

5) Sit down to sew. Realize you don’t remember how to load the bobbin so spend 30 min on YouTube trying not to get distracted by the offerings, and instead actually load the bobbin. I may or may not have watched this video.

I may or may not have just watched it again.

6) Go back to YouTube to figure out how to fix the machine when you break it.

7) Load everything up and head to your parents house when you can’t fix your machine.

8) Find their sewing machine – it has a computer – so much easier!

9) Go eat the last of the homemade ice cream hidden in their freezer after you possibly break their machine.

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This is an example of what homemade ice cream can look like. This is not my dad’s famous homemade ice cream because I sat down and ate it all.

10) Sew the skirt by hand and decide that the rest of the outfit looks more like a pirate if you don’t sew it at all. 🙂

Wordless Wednesday 10-1-14

It’s October 1st! This is a wonderful day in my world! And now, let’s bring on Wordless Wednesday!

And, for those that don’t know – I don’t have cable anymore, we are a pure internet TV family, and I’ve just discovered something I will miss:

ABC Family 13 nights of Halloween

What To Do With The Left Over Halloween Candy

I am seeing these posts all over the place.

Turn this:

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Into this:

From Yahoo! Shine article

From Yahoo! Shine article

All of these tips and tricks for the leftover Halloween candy.  Make a Christmas advent calendar with the candy.  Toss it all inside a pie crust and make an insane chocolate/caramel/nut/pretzel/dots pie.  Halloween bark.  Halloween popcorn.  The ideas are endless!  Apparently even the Elf on the Shelf tends to get in on the action.

All of those great ideas and I’m all:

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WHAT LEFT OVER HALLOWEEN CANDY???

It’s a Dead Man’s Party!

This years party was a Dead Man’s Party (think Oingo Boingo!) and I have declared it a success!

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My kitchen while in the process of making all of the goodies.

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My table being “staged” the night before.  Yes, that’s my notebook sitting there with three pages that contain my “to-do list”!

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The entree station set up (hot dogs and nachos) and the beverage station ready to go with some Zombie Tonic and Bat’s Brew.

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A few hours of sleep later and it’s time to unwrap and start loading the table up! That eyeball in the back is the pinata that hasn’t been hung up yet… but it looks cool, right?

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The fireplace is nailed shut so the zombies can’t get in, the entry way is properly lit up and the fair is bubbling and George is ready to greet guests!

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Me and Mr. T; Amy and Scott and even Shorty gets dressed up for the party!

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Next year I’m totally doing a photo booth!  Time to scour Pinterest for easy ideas!

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Mr. T and his friends – I love his theatre group, they are awesome kids!

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The pinata is always a “hit”!  hehehe – get it?  A Hit!  Yes, that is astro turf under the pinata.  I have a tiny dog and I want it easy to pick up the candy and goodies that are shoved in the pinata so that nothing is left behind for Shorty to eat/choke on.

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My mom and niece Bella. They were Me and Mini Me – dressed alike in tie-dye!

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My dad and Bella playing with mom

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My nephew chilling out!

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My niece Samantha getting ready to bob for an apple

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My nephew Jayman enjoying the fruit of his labor!

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My nephew Joshua taking a turn!

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This game is way harder than it looks! I had them stand 2 feet away and you throw a sticky spider at the web. I had to let everyone take three turns and we scored the best out of three! 🙂

All in all I think everyone had fun, we talked and ate and played and celebrated end of the harvest!  Okay, so maybe the harvest never came up, but for us, this time together is a celebration of our friendships, new and old.  So, while Monster Mash played in the background we celebrated!

Oh, and I must learn the Thriller dance.  🙂

Carving a Faux Pumpkin

I love Halloween!  I know, you are all surprised to hear that, but it is true!

Today I want to share this totally awesome tip I have for carving fake pumpkins – it will change your life.

I love carving pumpkins!  Every time I see a Pumpkin Masters book, especially when on sale, I grab it! They have awesome templates that range from super easy to the insane I would never attempt to do on my own!

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We used to get real pumpkins and carve them, and sometimes I still do; however, I’m in love with the fake pumpkins!  I can carve them and then bring them out year after year.  I like to pick them up once they go on sale but I have been known to pay full price (well, okay, I always have a coupon!).  I did pick one up this year with my 40% off coupon but while I was shopping I found the most amazing gadget!

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It’s called a Styro Cutter.  This little gadget is a thin wand that heats up. It is meant to be used on Styrofoam – wreaths, decorations, etc. but I have discovered that it works well on fake pumpkins, too!  This is awesome!  So, you tape your pattern onto the pumpkin, use the little tool that comes with the Pumpkin Masters kits to poke the tiny holes to create the outline and then you plug in the styro cutter.  Within minutes you will be engrossed in creating masterpieces!  Once the knife is hot you slide it into the pumpkin and then slowly work your way around doing a grown up version of connect the dots.

There are several reasons why I love this, first off – this little wand replaces all of the serrated blades that have the tiniest handles in the world!  Don’t get me wrong, those blades are awesome and do work, but I love not having to switch between the different tools.

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Secondly, the mess is minimal!  Before, there would be tons of orange shavings all over the place – but now, the orange foam shavings are minimal, I collect them in my hand and toss!  If you know me, then you know that I don’t like messy, so the fact that this minimized the mess makes it worth it.

Lastly, this cuts the carving time in half.  Since I don’t have to switch serrated blades and don’t have to stop to give my hand a rest, the time it took to make my pumpkin went by in a flash!  Mr. T had fun helping, too, which makes it even more fun for me!

This year the pumpkin we carved was double sided.  The front is a witch with a bubbling cauldron and when lit, it casts the outline of a couple of ghosts on the wall dancing behind the witch.  It is super awesome!!!

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Back – and these ghosts dance on the wall behind the witch!

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Not a good picture, but the one on the right we did last year… by hand… with the small serrated blades. Trust me, the hot knife makes carving so much easier! (The one on the left was pre-purchased like that, I can’t take credit!)

Along these lines – Penney at My Journey to Live an Authentic Life sent me this pin the other day… Do you remember how much I love baby showers?

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