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Friday, October 24, 2014

DIY Pokemon Charizard Dragon Costume


A couple days ago I revealed that our theme for Halloween this year was Pokemon.  It actually took some convincing with me kids, some of them were super excited about it.  Two of them were not.  My second son wasn't super excited, which really surprised me because he's the one that is obsessed with Pokemon right now, well at least he was a month ago.  He changes his mind every week or so.  Anyways, I knew that if I was going to convince him to do Pokemon with us, I would have to let him pick any one that he wanted to be.  Of course he picked the very big and scary dragon Charizard!  I of course said okay and then I started to freak out because I had no clue how to make a dragon.  I seriously just winged it (pun intended) as I was making this costume.  It came together nicely and he LOVES it!

DIY Pokemon Charizard Costume
So here is the picture of Charizard.  Pretty awesome huh?

I did the shirt and the pants just like I did with the Squirtle costume, using a simple shirt and pants pattern.  That was a the easy part. 
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The trickiest part for me were the wings.  I didn't want wings that were flabby, I wanted them to be big and had that point like Charizard has.
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So what I did was I cut out the wings out of fleece. Then I folded over a piece about 1/2 inch and sewed it, making a little pocket.  Then I stuck a 3/8" dowel into the wings.  That way they had more structure and got that point.  I then sewed the wings directly onto the the shirt.  Using a needle and thread, I sewed them onto the arms, in 2-3 places on each arm so when he puts out his arms, the wings go out.  Pretty awesome, huh?
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For the tail, I just sewed two pieces of fleece together and stuffed it with battling.  Then I sewed it on the inside of the shirt in the back.  Then out of felt, I cut out flames and sewed those on by hand.  Come Halloween, I plan on putting a little battery operated tea light to make the fire glow!  The claws are just white felt glued on.
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For the hood and face, I made eyes and teeth out of felt and glued those on.  For the horns/ear, I sewed to pieces together, filled with battling and then using a needle and thread sewed it on by hand.
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I love the side view of him, he looks so fierce!  He can't wait to wear this costume out on Halloween! 
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Spooky Halloween Low Calorie Drinks #PlatinumPoints #CollectiveBias


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Everyone in my family loves a fun drink.  Whether it be juice, chocolate milk or water with flavor in it, my kids get pretty excited about it.  You can say that our family is pretty obsessed with fun drinks.   What I don't love about all of those fruity drinks and other drinks is all the calories in them.  It's amazing how much sugar is in them and I think as parents we don't realize or we forget how much sugar and calories are in those drinks.  

My kids don't love water, they will drink it when they are really thirsty, but they prefer something different.  That's why we use Crystal Light in our house.  We constantly have three or four flavors in our cupboards.  It helps my kids to drink more water and honestly it helps me stay hydrated too.  We just put a little squirt of the flavor in our water and we are good to go.  My kids will drink a full cup.  It's great and we love it.

We love it so much that I thought that it would be fun to turn our regular water flavored with Crystal Light into a spooky Halloween drink.  It was so fun to make and my kids had a blast drinking it!  Who knew that drinking water could be this much fun!
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 Before hand I froze some Halloween rings in ice cubes, to make the drink even more spooky.  I of course washed them before putting them into the water. 
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I used the Tropical Coconut (one of my favorites) for the drink.  The orange color is perfect for
 Halloween.  I then used about 64 oz of water and I crushed some ice with a blender.
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I squirted the liquid into the water and then stirred it up.
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Then I added the crushed ice.
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Now time for all the creepy ice cubes.  
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Isn't it so much fun?!  Seriously they would have be happy with it just like this.  It was so fun.
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But to make it really spooky, I thought that it would awesome to put a little dry ice in it.  And it was!  They kids loved watching it bubble and I did too.  If you want it to be extra bubbly, you can add the Crystal Light to carbonated water too.
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I got all of the Crystal Light in the flavored water section at Walmart.  There are so many flavors to choose from.  We love both the packets and the liquids.  
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Here are three of my favorite flavors.  
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Do you love Crystal Light as much as I do?  Well Crystal Light has teamed up with Miranda Lambert and has come up with a loyalty program called #PlatinumPoints.  Basically all you have to do is buy the Crystal Light that you love from Walmart, take a picture of your receipt and send it in and then you will get rewards to get some awesome Miranda Lambery rewards!  And at the end of the program, they are going to randomly selected one winner, woohoo!  Sounds sweet, huh?!  

Now you tell me, which one is your favorite flavor? 



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

DIY Pokemon Squirtle Turtle 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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