Kid’s Costumes

When it comes to Halloween and costumes, I love to go all out! Now that doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money, just think outside the box. This is when I get creative and rummage through what we already have and make multiple trips to my local Hobby Lobby. Creating your kiddos costume also does not mean you need to have a sewing machine.

Here are a few of my kids past costumes I created with very little money spent and just a little time, effort and creativity (mostly while they were sleeping). The boys pick who they want to be an I figure out how to make it happen.

LEGO BATMAN:

 

This was a fun one to figure out and create. I used cardboard, foam, foam sheets, a lot of duct tape, black spray paint and a little hot glue. He does have lego hands but appears to be hiding them in every picture.

BAD MICHAEL JACKSON:

For this costume, I did buy the wig and jacket because some things just need to be bought. I spray painted plastic buckles with chrome spray paint for the buckles and attached them to the gloves with hot glue. I fabric glued some red felt to some black skinny jeans and cut small slits to weave the black straps to attach the plastic buckles. Top it all off with a little a few of my belts, black eyeliner and BAM, Bad Michael Jackson! This boy loves dance!

HE-MAN:

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For all of the boots I covered the boys rain boots with felt and attached it with clear packing tape. For the Lego batman boots, I first added pieces of cardboard to give them the block shape and added fur accents to the He-man boots and buckles for the Michael Jackson boots. Afterwards the boots are not damaged and the felt comes right off.

This is what Halloween is all about! Get out there with your kiddos, dress up and have some fun! This is what they will remember and will be happy they had fun parents. I am already planning our next Halloween costumes, how about you?

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From Busted to Beautiful!

This is one of the coolest pieces I have found to date and I’m so excited I finally got around to it. It was in rough condition and needed a little repair and a whole lot of love. The drawers were broken, along with some of the shelving, hinges and doors. After fixing the drawers and shelves I lightly sanded the entire piece. I want the piece to keep its naturally distressed look so there is no need to completely strip it. Its old, beautiful and has had many miles on it and I want that to show. I also decided that for the inside,  I would keep the sides and back piece the original color. I just couldn’t cover up all that personality.

My first step is to paint the entire piece a light gray with my chalky paint. once it’s all dry I dry brushed a darker grey over the entire piece. This will allow all of the flaws and edges to come out (which I love)!

The doors needed a little extra love. The woven wire accents were barely hanging on and very dingy looking and there are two open spaces with nothing behind them. I took all the metal off and painted it with a dark metal spray paint. I re-attached the metal pieces with a staple gun and added glass to the open areas of the doors. All that’s left to do is add the clear sealing wax and done. Now to find this beautiful pie cabinet a new home.

I love this piece so much that it will be really hard to let this one go. I may just have to rearrange my house and find it a permanent spot. This is my final product, let me know what you think and if you have any painting tips you wold like me to share.

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Self Tanning Lotion

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See that picture that’s me right there. I’m not talking about the one in the pink bottoms with the pretty tan, the one behind her. Look a little closer… now you see her. I actually love my fair skin but sometimes I feel the need to be a little tan. When I was younger I was a lifeguard and always had a tan (well tan for me anyways). I have always been worried about getting burned, skin cancer and wrinkles.

Through years of modeling and swimsuit competitions I discovered self tanning lotion. I have tried many and I mean many. Let me tell you, they are not all created equally. I have tried several bad ones and had a few spray tans too. Loreal Sublime Bronze was my go to and seemed to work pretty well. You can find this at Target. Now applying self tanning lotion is something that I think you get better at as you go. Here is how you apply the lotion and it’s more work than necessary but it’s also necessary if you don’t want to be a streaky mess!

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The bottle says to apply lotion to your knees and elbows first and highly recommend to as well as your feet and ankles. Also, It’s good to exfoliate in the shower to slough off any dead skin. You want to put lotion on any dry areas first, otherwise those areas will soak up the the tanning lotion and you will end up with lots of blotches and darker areas. One thing I have learned from applying self tanning lotion is to work in sections. I do my legs first and start one leg at a time from the bottom up. You want to rub it in really good and smooth it out evenly so you’d not have blotches. As soon as I finish my legs, I wash my hands. This is a must! Otherwise, you will end up with dark, orangish hands. As you go, pay attention to your arms touching parts of your body that already have the tanning lotion on them and be sure to was them as you wash your hands.

Then, I do my hips, stomach, chest and wash my hands again. If you don’t have someone to apply it to your back, you want to be mindful of the amount you use when you do your sides and try to rub it in very well so that you don’t have funny lines. If your like me, your back tends to get all the sun anyways so it’s not noticeable. Now finally the tricky part, the arms. I don’t know why the arms are so difficult but that is where I will get lines if I get any at all.

Just be sure to start applying the lotion on the larger areas and and smooth it out towards the ends (apply the same to the rest of the body). On the legs I will start on the sun and calf and work the lotion out towards the ankle and knee so that most of the lotion is in the center and gradually smooths out towards the ends (same on the arms). I will sometimes put a little on my face as well but very little and you need to be careful of using too much around your eyebrows and hairline. Then you just sit and wait for it all to dry. By “air dry” I mean walk around naked, touching nothing until your body is no longer sticky!

If you have any blotchy areas the first time around, you can exfoliate them with a loofah before hand and go over and fix them the next time through. After all of that, I’m tired!

 

FAKE BAKE IS THE BEST SELF TANNER EVER!!!

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Now to tell you about Fake Bake,the most recent self tanner I found that is absolutely amazing and super easy. No streaks, orange hands, dries quickly and looks amazing!!!! It’s called FakeBake and I’m in love. It comes with gloves to put on, a fabric mitt that you use to rub in the self tanner and a self tanning spray.

With this you want to exfoliate before hand in the shower as well but the application is super fast and there is no dry time. Simply put on the gloves, put the mitt on one hand and get started. You can either spray the liquid directly on your body or on to the mitt to rub in. I spray it on the mitt and then rub it in to my skin. I start with my legs and work my way up. You will want to bend your knees and elbows when applying in those areas to avoid blotches. I just followed the simple instructions on the back and had no problems at all. For best results you will want to wait 6-8 hours before showering or getting wet. Some will run off in the shower but you will be left with a beautiful tan. I will be stocking up on this for sure! Sorry no pictures to show here but trust me. it’s amazing!

 

 

 

Fun Clown Makeup

Need a quick costume? A clown is an easy and quick way to go. This was for a fun day at work to promote our upcoming Halloween party. I like to go all out and try to get everyone involved. One of my tricks when applying dark eye shadow is to first brush loose powder under my eyes. This will make sure that none of the dark shadow you use will flake off and stay on your face. When you are done applying your eye shadow, just simply brush away the loose powder. First apply your eye shadow then add the black accents using a liquid eyeliner.

Add a fun wig, outfit and some lipstick and you are ready to terrorize your neighborhood, or coworkers in my case.

DIY Headboard

I have this beautiful large frame that was generously given to me by my MIL. It previously had a mirror in it that had cracked and had been removed and had a few cracks in the frame here and there. As soon as I saw it I had a plan of turning it into a headboard. This was a very quick, easy and inexpensive project. I paid a total of around 15$ for the entire project. The only thing I purchased was the fabric and crib size batting from Hobby Lobby.

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Since the frame is in rough shape I decided to give it a distressed look and white washed, then dry brushed paint on it. I First added paint to all the edges and crevices and then wiped away the excess so that all cracks would fill in with white.

Some of the corners were slightly split and cracked from the outside corner to the inside corners so I decided to patch them and create the same look in each corner to add to the distressed look. Then I dry brushed over the entire frame. Dry brushing is really simple after dipping the brush in paint you brush/ dab off all the excess paint so you are left with very little on the brush. This helps to create the light brush strokes, leaving the frame color visible while adding a textured look.

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After the patin was dry, I took out the backing to use as backing for the inside padded area I wanted to create. For the padding I tore apart an old crib mattress that was lying around in my basement (this was not easy but it did the trick). I pretty much ended up having to tear it apart with my hands because the mattress as is would be way too thick as is. I laid out the crib size batting, laid down my mattress stuffing and the backing on top if it and started stapling. I used the batting to keep the stuffing stiff and in place. This way I was able to keep the shape before adding the fabric.

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Before stapling down the fabric, I ironed out all the lines and creases then repeated the same process with the fabric. I folded the edges of the fabric over before stapling so the back would be a little neater (not that anyone will see it). Now I have the raised padded area that will fit back into the frame with little effort.

I pushed the padded area into the frame, secured the backing back to the frame and done. Now to hang it on the wall. Luckily this frame had all the hardware needed to hang a large heavy piece on the back. I love how this project tuned out and only took a couple of hours out of my weekend to complete. It also will be a great focal point for the guest room that I am slowly working on fixing up. Anything to get my parents in town more often. Now to add some new paint and work on the idea of adding a basement bathroom.

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Mystical Mermaid Makeup

What girl doesn’t dream of being a mermaid? I dressed up as one in grade school and again this past year for Halloween. I have seen many tutorials on mermaid makeup and wanted mine to be different. I wanted it to be beautiful yet a little eerie and mystical. I started with Mehron Syn Wax to create some dimension to my forehead and cheek bones and then added my make up.

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To get the fish scale look I put fish nets over my face and neck and brushed on my green, teal and purple makeup. Once I was happy with the color I added my gold liquid makeup for accents. When it comes to Halloween make up, Mehron is the best. It wears like normal makeup and is not oily or drying on your face.

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I then used the same colors on my eyes, eyebrows and lips. Just add a fun wig, mermaid tail and accessories and now you are a mystical mermaid. This is by far one of my favorite costumes yet!

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Navy Blue Playroom

This all started with the plan to put up a shelf in the playroom. The day before we planned on heading to Lowes for supplies for a shelf, I decided that we couldn’t possibly put up a new shelf until I repainted the room. The boys playroom needed a little pop of color and the walls are bare. I came across a few rooms while on Pinterest and quickly decided on a navy blue that would really accent the white trim, shelving and the bright green accents already in the room. The playroom has needed some attention for some time now and painting the walls is the first step in the right direction.

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After two coats of paint a third trip back to Lowes for more paint, the walls are done and I love the color! Just a little tip… If you head back for more paint or send your significant other, don’t let them give you a different type of paint because they don’t have half gallons in the paint you originally purchased. It will never match (lesson learned). Always use the same exact paint, other wise your two coats may turn into three to fix the un matching paint. Just a few more accent pieces here and there and this room will be complete. We of course had to add some Star Wars pieces here and there (because you can never have too many). What bright or daring color would you love to paint but are afraid to? The beauty is that if you don’t like it, you can paint over it! Now, to touch up all the white trim, cabinets and add a few more decorations.

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