Wednesday, October 29, 2014

simple dessert platter

Hey everyone! With Halloween festivities a couple of days away, and then other holiday parties close behind, I thought I'd share a quick and inexpensive addition to your partyware.
This post originally appeared on October 22, 2012.

I have been seeing these DIY glass pedestals for awhile now; they are all over the internet on craft blogs and Pinterest. People talk about using thrift store or Dollar Tree finds but I was a bit skeptical that I would really be able to find something that looked decent. Finally, I remembered to check my Dollar Tree store when I was there getting the houses for my Halloween village and I found a nice looking candlestick holder and small plate. I already had E-6000 glue (amazingly strong and good for so many things!), so I was excited to give this a try.

This project involves 4 easy steps:
  1. Acquire the candlestick(s) and plate(s) that you will be using (someday I would also like to make a tiered stand);
  2. Glue around the rim of the candlestick and place the plate on top;
  3. Turn it upside down and let it dry overnight;
  4. Wash it. :)

Monday, October 27, 2014

ocean buddies sibling costumes

Okay, truthfully, I cannot believe that this Friday is already Halloween.
Also, this post could have been called, "How to get 3 costumes for your kids for less than $20".
Also, also, I was conned this year.
I bought a costume from the store. Gasp!
I have never bought a costume from the store for my kids.
Not that I'm mad at you if you do, there is definitely nothing wrong with that. My issue with store bought costumes is typically two-fold: (1) you pay $$$ for something your kid will wear once or twice (usually); and (2) I feel like costumes are becoming more and more cheaply made.
But we were at Costco over a month ago and I fell in love with a mermaid costume (that was on sale for $15!) for my little lady. I mean, how adorable is this?!

And I didn't make a stitch of her costume. Well, I did make the leg warmers but I made them a couple of years ago for daughter #1. Little lady's headband was a gift from my amazingly talented friend, Tiffany. 
Oh my. That tail. I die.
I need a legitimate excuse for her to wear this everyday until she grows out of it.

And until my kids can fight me on this, I like to dress my kids in coordinating costumes because, well, because it's extra cute. So I could have made them sea creature outfits, and I actually did think about making a fish and a turtle or a fish and a sea jelly...
But I decided for once to make my life a little easier and just pull stuff together with things I had at home.

My little hula girl; wearing one of her tank tops, one of my many lava lavas (I knew I'd be glad I kept all those), and a couple of shell necklaces I got in Hawai'i awhile ago.
Oh, and her sandals that I scored at Babies R Us for 50 cents sometime last year.

And here's my little surfer guy, staying true to his southern California roots.

I was a little concerned he would be upset about his costume, he'd been campaigning pretty hard to be Captain America for months now. But, it turns out, he was just excited to be wearing a costume at all.

So there you have it, my kiddos' Halloween costumes for this year.
And I gotta say, it was pretty nice not to have to make anything this year. Not that I won't be making costumes in the future. On the contrary, I already have their costumes planned for next year and it most definitely involves sewing (It's what they were supposed to be this year, before I got taken in by Costco and their reasonably priced, adorable costumes. Dang you Costco!). But I am really pleased with their costumes this year and it was really easy to pull them together, and stress free. Which I love.
And need.
What are y'all going to be?

Linked to: Maybe She Made It, Sowdering About, Lamberts Lately

Friday, October 24, 2014

Semi-Charmed Winter 2014 Book Challenge

After seeing multiple posts on blogs about the Winter book challenge from Semi-Charmed Kind of Life, I knew I had to join.
What can I say? I've always been a follower.
But seriously, I LOVE to read and have felt the past couple of years like I haven't been reading nearly enough.

You can head over to Megan's blog to check out all the details, but here's the short version:

    • The challenge starts on November 1, 2014 and ends on February 28, 2015. Only books read during that time period will count.
    • Each book must be at least 200 pages long and audio books count.
    • A book can only be used for one category, and each category can only be completed once.
    • Books must be new to you, with the exception of three books that you can "reread".
    • Each category allots different points, and the maximum number of points you can earn is 200.
    So here are the categories and my picks; I'm not gonna lie, some of these are tricky and I might be changing things up. There are also a couple I still need to decide on for sure.


    5 points: Freebie! Read any book that fits the general rules.
    >>We'll see ;)

    10 points: Read a book written by an author who has published at least 10 books. 
    >>Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder, 238 pages.
    I love this whole series and this book will be one of my "rereads". This time I plan on reading it to my littles and seeing if they're old enough to like it yet.

    10 points: Read a book of short stories.
    >>The Complete Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway by Ernest Hemingway, 650 pages
    I read some of these years ago for AP English, but haven't read the whole book all the way through. Does that count as a "reread"?

    10 points: Read a book with a food (not a drink!) in the title. 
    >>The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, 274 pages
    I have been wanting to read this book for awhile so this is the perfect time to get 'er done.

    15 points: Read the first book in a series that is new to you (so no rereads for this one!). 
    >>The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien, 458 pages.
     My husband owns these books and obviously I've seen the movies, but I have never read any of these. At least I know enough though to know that the first book in the series is not The Hobbit. ;)

    15 points: Read a book that was originally written in a language that is not your native language. 
    >>Les Miserables by Victo Hugo, 1463 pages (unabridged)
    This is my favorite musical and I've started the book on two different occasions, I'm hoping this time I can make it through.

    15 points: Read a book written by a local author (either an author from your state if you live in the United States, or in your country if you live somewhere else.
    >> Eragon by Christopher Paolini, 503 pages
    I really lucked out because a lot of authors come from California. :) My husband has read this whole series and I haven't read any of them yet.

    20 points: Read a "bookish book" (in which books play an important role, e.g. the setting involves a bookstore or library, a major character is an author, or a book that celebrates reading and books.
    >>The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, 552 pages
    This is another one that I have been wanting to read for awhile and figured this was a good opportunity to cross it off my list. Although, did you realize it was so long?

    20 points: Read a book with a direction in the title (e.g. north, south, east, west or any combination of those). 
    >>Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz, 272 pages.
    Another one I've heard of and wanted to read the past couple years. Also, quite honestly, I was trying to decide between this and another one, and this one was almost half the length.

    25 points: Read a book from a genre you don't usually read. 
    This one has sat on our bookshelf almost our entire married life, and I thought it would be the perfect choice for this category since I think the only biographies I've ever read have been assigned for school.

    25 points: Read a book with a song lyric in the title. Be sure to tell us the song name and artist as well! 
    >>Hmm... I still have to decide. I'm hoping to stumble across something fantastic!

    30 points: Read two books with a different meal in each title (e.g. breakfast, lunch, dinner, supper, brunch).
    >>Thirteen at Dinner by Agatha Christie, 260 pages
    I have read a couple of Agatha Christie books in the past and really enjoyed them so I'm sure I'll like this one.
    >>Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut, 302 pages. A Vonnegut story I've never read, I saw this on a couple of other people's lists and it sounded interesting.


    In the whole list I only have one actual "reread", which is pretty cool I think. Looking at the length on some of these is a little scary, but that's okay! I'm sure I won't get the full 200 points but the important thing is to start gobbling up some books again!