Thursday, October 30, 2014

How to Make a Treat Bag from a Lunch Bag (or Grocery Bag) Halloween Theme

I wanted to make cute inexpensive treat bags for Ella's class this year.  I was given the task to make treat bags, but I wanted them to be fun without breaking the bank.  These can be made with any colored lunch sacks or plain lunch sacs.  I also think it would be cute to make with a grocery bag and then you could use it for trick or treat.  


Lunch Bag 
Glue Stick 
Decorations (foam, stickers, markers) 
Hole Punch 

I used a Sharpie poster paint marker to put the kids' names on the bag.  I used silver since the bag was dark (black).

I then glued on two foam pieces as the main pieces to decorate, but you don't have to do this at all. I just used a regular glue stick (this one is large size).

Next fold down the top of the bag about an inch to crease the bag.  Then open the bag and fold the inch "seam" back down on itself.  It will look like so.... 

Now make 4 hole punches (2 on each side) on the top of the bag about a half inch from edge.

Cut a length of ribbon appropriate for the handle size (I honestly didn't measure) and string it through the hole.  Make 2 knots to prevent the ribbon from coming back through the hole.  Repeat on each side and for each hole.

Viola a handle.

I finished one sample to have to show the kids what it should look like when they are finished.

It turns out cute and it was simple and cheap.  The most expensive thing was the ribbon, but you could easily use curling ribbon too and that would make it a lot cheaper.

What do you think?  Would you try this project?  

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Trick or Treat at Lake Latonka

Oh my goodness y'all we are so busy.  I know I'm no more busy than any other mom out there.  We're all juggling go one place to the next, barely keeping our heads above water.  Right? Right!  Saturday was trick or treat at my mom's community.  My mom lives in a lake community where a lot of people are just part time residents (the lake is their vacation home).  So.... trick or treat is a week early.  My mom invited the kids up.  Of course, Nicholas had two hockey games.  I was really bummed because they put on a party at the community center and then you get to trick or treat.  I really wanted to take the kids.  I figured it would be fun and the kids would get to spend some time with my mom.  So I went to Nicholas' first hockey game and then took just Ella and Jack up to Trick or Treat.

Life is too short to not take advantage of time with your grandma (and other old random lady volunteers).

Playing games...

Decorating pumpkins...

Decorating cookies...

The games were kind of lame, but the kids liked them!  That's all that matters. 

These pics were taken at my sister's patio.  Her house (weekend getaway place) is right on the lake and the view is amazing.  It was a great backdrop for pictures.

We drove the kids around in the golf cart as they trick or treated and it was so nice to see them genuinely being kids and so, so happy.

They were so cute as the waited at the door, got their candy and then... 

... turned and ran away all smiles about what they just got.

Of course the kids got way too much candy that they didn't need, but I wouldn't change the day for anything. 

These days will be gone all too soon.

I only wish Nicholas could have joined us.

Monday, October 27, 2014

How to Make a Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Halloween Costume

So I've seen the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) theme done on halloween before.  I originally intended to be Katniss Everdeen, but then when I couldn't find my leather jacket (yes that's a real problem) and then didn't like my cargos, I scrapped that idea.

I decided to do the dial de los metros and I did a trial run the day before.  I didn't turn out GREAT, but I decided to be more patient and go with it the next day.

Since I'm the self proclaimed "Queen of Selfies"  I took a selfie with everyone at the party.  You'll get a good idea of how my make up looked and how it got worse and worse as the sangria flowed as the night went on.

So here's how I made my costume:

I used white face paint and painted my face white.  I just used my fingers, but a sponge would have been nice.

I then outlined my eyes with a black eyeliner and used the same eyeliner to make the flowers around my eyes.

I filled in the red with a paintbrush and red face paint.

Next I made an upside down heart on my forehead.  I then just drew on the spiderweb with a paintbrush and black face paint.  I filled in the web with black eye shadow and a shadow brush.

To do the nose I again did an upside down heart and then just filled it all in.

Guess what I did on my chin?  Upside down heart and filled it in.

I made two lines from the corner of my mouth out and then drew on the stitches on the lips with a thin paintbrush.

I freehanded the swirls on my cheeks with the same paintbrush method.

I realize it could have been better, but for doing it twice in my life, I was pleased.

I bought the flowers in the artificial flower section at Walmart.  I tore them off the stems and then used a bobby pin to secure them.

Believe it or not, I had this red and black dress and I had NEVER worn it.

I'm not usually a dress up for Halloween kind of gal, but I loved it and had a LOT of fun.  I loved that all the ladies showed up in costume AND none of them were slutty.  What is it about middle aged women thinking Halloween is their opportunity to dress like a skeeze?  Is that a word?  

All the Bunco Ladies (my house) 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Mizuno Wave Rider 18 Review

This post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of Mizuno.

I received a free pair of Mizuno Waver Rider 18 and when I opened the box I squealed.

I mean we don't choose shoes based on the way they look-- I get it, but eek!  I love them and it doesn't hurt that the shoes are the color of my son's hockey team.  #winning!  

I wore these shoes for a bunch of short runs already and I LOVE them so much.  I was surprised at how much I liked them as soon as I slipped my foot in. I'll be honest, I've never worn Mizuno before, but this neutral shoe felt just right on my foot and gave me just the right support I needed. These shoes have a sleek design and are lightweight.  I think the Wave Rider 18 is versatile shoe that will appeal to a wide range of neutral runners.

What I learned by accepting these shoes and agreeing to the review, was actually kind of thought provoking.  Mizuno is an awesome brand and they want us to "harness the power within."  I don't know about you, but I want to harness all the power I can get!  I'm in!  

Mizuno adopted the inspirational influence of the Japanese concept of "Hado," the intrinsic vibrational life force energy that promotes powerful transformations.  Hado is incorporated into the sleek, dynamic design relaying the power and kinetic energy of running, harnessing the transformative possibilities of every run.  

What does that mean?  Well to me it meant these shoes helped me do epic stuff.  I swear my runs got faster and my feet felt great.  I really was harnessing the transformative possibilities.  I was running fast (for me).  I might not understand the patented Wave Technology (delivering maximum responsiveness and a harmonious feel), but I understand the feeling of providing "just enough" support for my run.  

With the new Wave Rider 18, you will get the ideal balance of fit and performance.  Isn't that what we all want?  

Thanks to Mizuno and Fitfluential for the opportunity to review this shoe.  While this was sponsored post, all opinions are my own.