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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

DIY Pokemon Squirtle Costume

Halloween is just around the corner and I am finally getting costumes made.  I like to do family themes every year.  They are getting harder and harder to do because my kids are getting older and starting to have an opinion about who they want to go as.  Can you believe it?!?!  I knew that this would happen, so I try to come up with ideas that will get everyone excited.  Something that my boys are into.  And then try to persuade my little girl to join in :).  Well this year we are going to be going as Pokemon.  I am going to to share with you the costumes that I have made.  I would not call myself a seamstress and I usually make things up as I go, but I have loved the end products.  And I hope that you will too!

 So here is one of the Pokemon- Squirtle.  

DIY Pokemon Squirtle Costume

Here is what he looks like in the show.
This is how I made it
Using a shirt pattern, I cut out the pieces out of fleece.  
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Before I sewed up the shirt, I put some black ribbon onto the front of the shirt and sewed it on.  Then I put together the shirt like it said to in the pattern. I also sewed a hood onto the shirt.  I made it up as I went and forgot to take pictures. 
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For the shell, I took two pieces of fleece and cut two ovals. One is slightly larger than the other one.
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Then with the ribbon, I made the design on the back and then sewed it onto the larger oval, leaving a little opening to put the batting in.
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I put the batting in and sewing it closed.  Then I folded the edge of the larger oval over and sewed it together.  I did the brown to give it a little more padding for the yellow.  I then took a strip of yellow fleece and glued it onto the shell.  
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I put the shell onto the shirt.  I stitched it by hand and then I also glued it for more stability.  
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For the tail I cut out two pieces of fleece in the shape of the tail and then sewed them together.  I then flipped it inside out and stuff it with batting.  I curled up the end of the tail and hand stitched it together.  Then I sewed it underneath the shirt.
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For the face, I cut out felt and then used a glue gun and glued it onto the hood.
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For the pants, I used a pattern.  For a tutorial, you can go here.

And that's it!!  It actually wasn't very hard, just time consuming.    
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And here it is in the back.
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And here is my little guy in his costume.  
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Now he is ready for Halloween!!  I used fleece so he can be nice and warm on the cool night :)
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Easy and Healthy Halloween Snack Ideas

I love holidays and I love doing things for my kids during the holidays, it's just so much fun!  I love coming up with yummy snacks and treats for them, but I don't always want to give them something sugary, like baked goods or candy.  I want them to have some healthy snacks too.  So I thought it would be fun to dress up some of their already favorite snacks and turn them into Halloween characters.  It was sooooo easy and only took a matter of seconds but they are so much fun!  These are perfect for snack or for school lunches!

Easy and healthy Halloween Snack Idea
Frankenstein apples.  I just took a food marker and drew on the apples.  Easy!  Do not use a permanent marker!  
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Pumpkin oranges.  Just took a permanent marker and drew faces.
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Ghost string cheese.  I love how these look!  And of course, so easy!
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Easy Halloween Treat Idea- Pumpkin Cups with Chocolate Milkshake #TruMooTreats

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of TruMoo for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
I am obsessed with chocolate milk.  I love it.  You know when people ask what your favorite drink is, I always say chocolate milk.  When I was a baby that is all I would take in a bottle and I think that has stuck with me.  Since I love it so much, I of course feed it to my children.  And they love it too!  Our favorite brand is TruMoo.  It's by far the best, it just tastes the best.  It's not too chocolately, it has just the right amount of chocolate.  Along with their chooclate milk, they also have an awesome seasonal flavor called Orange Scream.
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I love making little Halloween themed treats for my kids, but I don't seem to make the treats that take a long time, or I need a ton of ingredients.  I love simple treats.  Something just like these chocolate milkshake in a pumpkin cup.  My kids were so excited when they saw it, it was just so fun to make it for them.
Halloween Pumpkin Cups with Chocolate milkshake #TruMooTreats
This is a pretty basic recipe, but when you have quality ingredients, you don't need to add anything else.
I  used TruMoo chocolate milk and vanilla ice cream.  That's it and it was delicious!  I just blended them up in my blender.  The amount all depends on the how thick you want it.  You add more milk if you like to thin and less if you like it thick. 
Then I put it into some orange cups that I turned into pumpkins by drawing on them with a marker.  I let my kids create their own pumpkin too.  I was an easy way to turn a yummy drink into a Halloween drink.
I added whip cream and straws and that's it! 
My kids were in heaven!  Especially this little guy.  He was so excited to get his own treat. 
The Orange Scream flavor would be awesome in this recipe too!  It would be so fun to use it and then put the milkshake in a cleap cup and draw the face on it! 
There are so many great recipes out there that you can make using TruMoo, the chocolate or Orange Scream.  .  You can visit their website for more delicious TruMoo Halloween recipes. You can also follow them on Facebook and Pinterest to get great recipes! 
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Sunday, October 19, 2014

10 DIY Costume Ideas {MMM #248 Block Party}

I know Halloween is coming up faster than I'd like at our house. We're in some serious need of easy DIY costumes around here, so I thought we'd start our Block Party with a round-up of some great Costume Ideas.

Now it's time for the Block Party Link-Up hosted by Making the World Cuter | Rae Gun Ramblings | Keeping It Simple Crafts | Pieces By Polly  

Polly here from Pieces by Polly as your host for this week.
I've been crazy busy the last few weeks trying to keep up on orders for Harry Potter themed items in my Pieces by Polly Shop.  (There are still a few days to order scarves and wands in time for Halloween delivery).  I did manage to get one of my own new projects posted this week:
Mummy Wrapped Halloween Letters

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Easy Meal Idea- Sausage Breakfast Burrito #BringHillshireHome

Disclosure: I was chosen and compensated for this campaign through Mom it Forward.  All opinions are my own.

Life is busy.  That is just the way it is and it doesn't seem to be getting any less busy any time soon.  When it gets crazy, I always like to have those super simple meals for dinner that are just so easy, packed with protein and so yummy.  These sausage breakfast burritos made with Jimmy Dean fully cooked sausage is a perfect meal for those crazy evenings.  They are quick and they are a huge hit at my house!
Easy Sausage Breakfast Burrito #BringHillshireHome
This is what you'll:
Jimmy Dean fully cooked sausages
Hash browns
Any other toppings you would like

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The first thing that I cook are the potatoes because they take the longest.  

While the potatoes are cooking, I make up the eggs.  I love to put a little bit of milk and cheese in mine just to make them super fluffy!  
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Since the sausage is already cooked, you just need to heat it up in the microwave.  I love how easy and quick that is!  Plus they still taste amazing.  
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This is the fun part, you just put on the ingredients on the table and everyone gets to make their own burrito.  This was so good!  
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We love Jimmy Dean sausage.  It's always in our fridge for when we need to add protein to a meal.  Like these burritos.  Another way we use it is in spaghetti.  It's super good!  Plus you don't have to worry about thawing out the meat and cooking it, I can just pop them into the microwave and I'm good to go!
Right now the Jimmy Dean products and other Hillshire Farm products have coupons on the Just for U website (or on the Safeway app).  It's a great time to get some now because they are a good price with the coupons.  You can stock up so you can be ready for when you need to add some protein to your meals.

You need to check out these other recipes!  They look amazing!

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