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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Halloween Treats & Craft Ideas

This week is Halloween and that means Halloween Parties!  I am always looking for new ideas to entertain. These are what I am trying this year!

Caramel Puffcorn\Popcorn
8 oz. Puffcorn or Popped Popcorn
1 cup Butter (do not substitute)
1 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup Light Corn Syrup
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
In a sauce pan bring butter, sugar and corn syrup to a boil, then cook for two minutes. Add Baking Soda. Stir well and remove from heat.  Place puffcorn in large mixing bowl.  Pour mixture over Puffcorn. Stir until puff corn is evenly coated.  Place mixture on baking sheets.  Bake in oven at 250 degrees for 45 minutes.  Stir mixture every 15 minutes.  Break apart and enjoy!

Salted Caramel Sauce
1 cup Granulated Sugar
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons Water
1/4 cup Salted Butter, slice into 1 tablespoon pieces
1/2 cup Heavy Cream
1/2 teaspoon Fine Seasalt

-In 2-3 qt. sauce pan, heat sugar and water over medium/high heat whisking constantly to dissolve sugar.  Once mixture reaches a boil, stop whisking and allow mixture to boil until it reaches a dark amber color.  This process takes awhile so be patient.  It will be clear for awhile and gradually turn.  Carefully swirl pan occasionally.  
Once your mixture turns the desired color immediately add butter and whisk until butter has melted then immediately remove from heat.  
Carefully pour in cream and whisk to combine until smooth.  Stir in seasalt. Pour into a glass jar or container to cool.  Once cool, store in airtight container or refrigerator.  

GlowStick Broom
See video link below for tutorial!

Pumpkin Slime Recipe
8 oz. Elmers School Glue
1/4 cup  Warm Water
1/2 teaspoon Borax Powder (Find in the Laundry detergent isle)
Food Coloring

In mixing bowl pour glue and add food color.  In a separate container mix very warm water and borax.  Pour mixture into glue mixture and combine.  Store in air tight container!

Chocolate Pumpkin Bowl
See video link below for Tutorial

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Young Maleficent Inspired Costume

This week's costume idea is by far my favorite in years!  I can't explain why except that perhaps it is so my style? Anyway, I am in love.  I hope that all my tips and tricks are helpful for you to create your own Young Maleficent.  
It was not our intention to duplicate Young Maleficent exactly.  It would have involved sewing (which I can do) but I didn't think the bulk of people would be able do that.  With that in mind our goal was to create a similar look with things we could find for sale in our area.  

  • Lace Dress: We found several that would work at Target.  Try Forever 21 or H&M also.  
  • Green Footless Tights:  I found these at Target for $3
  • Beaded Necklace:  Young Maleficent had a similar necklace so I bought a roll of waxed linen string and wooden beads.  All I did was tie a knot, place the bead, and tie another knot to keep it in place.  You can space to your liking.  
  • Small Pouch Purse:  I found a really cute kit at Hobby Lobby for $10.  I used my 40% off coupon.  
  • Feather Wings:  I bought white/cream at a Halloween store for $15.  Then I bought packs of cheap feathers (brown, cream, pale pink) and glued (hot glue gun) them on the wings.  
  • Antler Headband:  I bought some antlers at an antique store and a headband and flowers at craft store.  My husband cut the antlers the size I marked and then drilled a hole through the headband and antlers.  He then placed a screw from the under side of the headband up through the antlers to secure them.  After that it was my turn for the beautification.  I painted the tips gold and glued paper flowers on.  Not many will be able to tackle that process so if you fall into that category try Etsy.  There are several stores that make and sell them.  Simply go to Etsy and do a search for "antler headbands" for all kinds of options.  
  • Make up:  See video for instructions and products used.  
  • Shoes:  We used an existing pair of nude ballet flats.  

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sugar Skull Costume

This week I am really excited to share a Sugar Skull Costume with you.  This one was really fun to do.  I actually would have loved to paint all the face designs by hand but didn't know how many could manage that so I went for the quick and easy design.  I'm usually thankful for the "quick" when it comes down to getting dressed anyway.  

Items Needed For This Costume:

  • Dress: I purchased a "Little Red Riding Hood" costume from Party City.  I noticed this same costume is sold at tons of other sites.  Spirit Halloween, Chasing Fireflies, are a couple. I loved that it looked like a Mexican style dress with the velvet and lace.  I also thought you could wear a red or black dress if you have one already in your closet! Perhaps an old Homecoming or Prom dress?  
  • Floral Headband:  I got this at Claire's but it could easily have been made if you have supplies.
  • Face Stickers: Claire's Halloween Item.
  • Earrings:  Claire's Halloween Item.
  • Face Paint:  I got Snazaroo brand paint at Michaels.  I hate the cheap stuff they sell with costumes.  It is terrible to work with and looks awful.  I once asked the face painters at Disneyland what brand they used and ordered my own.  I love the Snazaroo brand.  Its works so well and lasts forever.  I used my 50% off coupon making my kit the same price as the cheap stuff in the Halloween section.  
  • Misc:  Craft brushes for face paint, eye lash glue ( if needed for face stickers )

Hair:  I started by parting the hair to one side.  I did a reverse french braid starting on the part and angled down and around to the other ear & secured with a rubber band. Pancake (or loosen) the braid dramatically.   The remaining hair was secured into a messy bun.  For hair tutorials like this one go to cutegirlshairstyles 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Black Kitty Costume

October is here!  I love Halloween so much and I'm so excited to share a few costume ideas with you this month.  This week I chose this easy Cat costume idea.  

Items Needed For This Costume:

  • Black Leotard: you could also use a black tshirt.  I got Bella's leotard at WalMart.
  • Black Leggings
  • Black Faux Leather Jacket:  this is completely optional but where we live you usually need a jacket or coat.  I also love the modern look it adds.
  • Shoes:  Bella wore black Dr Marten boots.  
  • Kitty Ears: Headband, Black pipe cleaners/chenille stems.  These items can be found at craft stores and Wal Mart.
  • Makeup:  black eye liner & mascara.  Optional: blush, bronzer, false eyelashes
  • Nail Polish:  I used a cheapo brand from Wal Mart. Look for black and black with glitter.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

White Pumpkin Challenge

I was invited to participate in Fox4 KC morning show's White Pumpkin decorating challenge.  The challenge was extended to 4 local/crafty ladies to decorate a white pumpkin (no rules).
What a great way to kick off October! 

I actually had a really hard time deciding between about 4 different designs so I went for a two pumpkin look!  Hey, when there are no rules I'm going to go all in.  

Pumpkin #1- Mod Podge Pumpkin
Items Needed:

  • White pumpkin-  I used faux carvable pumpkins.  I got them at Michaels at 50% off.  Depending on the size you want (there are 4 sizes) they range from $5-$12 at the discounted price.
  • Printer
  • Material-  I used a black and white Damask print
  • Mod Podge- I used a Matte finish.
  • Misc-  paint brush & scissors  


Pumpkin #2- Butterfly Swarm
Items Needed-
  • White Pumpkin:  I used faux and real for this style.  Both worked equally well.
  • Black Paper
  • Butterfly Punch:  They carry these at Hobby Lobby, Michaels and Joann. Don't forget to use a coupon.
  • Faux Butterflies:  There are tons to choose from in various sizes and shapes.  I used a Monarch butterfly from Hobby Lobby. You can find them at Michaels as well
  • Misc:  black spray paint, hot glue gun & glue.

I loved the way everything turned out. I have a really adorable center piece on my dining room table now! Thanks Fox4 KC for inviting me.  

Watch the TV segment here:


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Favorite Things

It has been awhile since I shared some of my favorite things.  I have some that I want to share this week!
Chocolate- Over the summer we took a little road trip to Chicago.  One of our  family favorite stores to visit is the Ghirardelli store.  You can buy large quantities of their products as well as enjoy yummy Ice Cream treats.  Yes, we did partake.  We also purchased a large bag of their "mini" squares.  There are a few different flavors that I ended up loving however, the caramel is still our family favorite.  
A couple weeks ago at Target I noticed these new packages of chocolate covered treats.  I decided to try the Sea Salt Cashews and Cranberries.  Yum!  Go get some!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough- One of my favorite cookie recipes is this Chocolate Chip Cookie.  (Don't judge my cookies in the photo.... they needed a little more flour. ) Trevor wanted me to make some dough to try the Stuffed Oreos so I thought appropriate to share the recipe with you too! Thank you Michelle for your yummy recipe.

1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup White Sugar
1/3 cup Margarine
1/3 cup Crisco
1  Egg
1  capful Vanilla
1 1/2 cup Flour (rounded)
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
Chocolate Chips 
Mix well brown sugar, white sugar, margarine, crisco, egg and vanilla.  Add flour, salt, and soda.  Continue to mix well.  Stir in lots of chocolate chips.  Bake at 375 for about 8 minutes.  

Crest Brilliance Boost-  This was recommended to me recently and I decided to give it a try as I'm always wanting whiter teeth.  I like the results.  You have to use toothpaste first and then the Brilliance Boost.  I don't know if it necessary to use Crest Brilliance Boost toothpaste but I did.

MiO Liquid Water Enhancer-  I wanted to stop drinking soda but I have a hard time drinking plain water.  When I was looking at different water flavors I saw this brand had 2 things that stuck out to me.  Pomegranate and an Energy option.  I have not had soda in about 3 months and don't miss it at all!

Joggers-  The pants shown above are one of my favorite things in a very long time.  I'm all about the comfort of these pants.  I can dress them up a little or wear for pajamas!  Win Win!
I got these at Target on promo for $17.99

LittleHoots App-  Perfect app for keeping those funny or special quotes.  Right now it is only available for iPhone but will be ready for Android soon.  Right now it is FREE so check it out!

E.L.F. Makeup Setting Mist-  I heard this brand worked as well as expensive options so decided to give it a try.  At $3 it was an easy choice.  Turns out I really like it.  It's purpose is to set your makeup for longer lasting loveliness!