Friday, October 28, 2011

Skeleton Costume Tutorial

I had to squeeze in one more Halloween tutorial. My son had decided that he wanted to be a skeleton for Halloween this year. Yes an easy costume that I can actually make that won't break the bank! Score! So here is what I did. Seriously the easiest costume ever!


- 1 black sweat outfit (found mine at Wal-mart for $10)
- 2 bottles of glow in the dark fabric paint
- black puffy paint ( I just used up whatever was left in my supply closet which was 2 small bottles)
- 1 sponge brush
- 1 small paint brush
- 1 white fabric marking pencil
- pieces of cardboard
- a picture of a skeleton for reference

First I drew the outline of the bones. Not bad for freehand, huh?

Then I outlined the bones with the paint w/ the small paint brush.

Then I filled in the outlines w/ the paint. I did about 3 coats. I want to be sure that it will glow nice and bright. Once I finished filling I then went around the bones with the black puffy paint. I let it dry over night.

Finally what you have is a fun glow in the dark skeleton!

Happy Haunting!!

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Fall Series Reminder

Reminder: For those of you who are participating in the Fall series you have a few days left to send me what you will be sharing! If you are interested there is still time to send me an email. All entries are due on Friday the 28th.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Zuchini Bread

I had mentioned in another post here that the hubs and I are trying to eat better. Well now that it's fall and it gets getting cooler I had the urge to make some zuchini bread. I already had a recipe but it doesn't fit into our new eating habits, so I went on the hunt to find a new recipe in hopes that it would be just as good as the one that I currently have. Guess what!?  I found one! It is super yummy that I had to share it with you.


Low GI (Glycemic Index) Zuchini Bread

2 1/2 cups shredded zucchini (about 2 medium)
1 cup unsweetened applesauce (I had used homemade sweetened applesauce) 1/2 cup canola oil
3/4 cup fat-free egg product or 3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 cups sugar (I only used 1 cup) 1 1/2 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups Gold Medal® whole wheat flour
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon (I only used 2 tsp b/c of the applesauce)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

  • Heat oven to 350°F. Spray bottoms only of 2 (8×4-inch) loaf pans with cooking spray.
  • In large bowl, mix zucchini, applesauce, oil, egg product, vanilla and sugar until well blended. Stir in all remaining ingredients except walnuts until well blended. Stir in walnuts. Spoon batter evenly into pans
Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Loosen sides of loaves from pans; remove from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 1 hour. 


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Monday, October 17, 2011

Bat Tutorial

I'm so excited to share with another Halloween tutorial! This one was a fun project that took a little longer to do than I had expected. Oh well! I turned out super cute!


- styrofoam balls, different sizes
- black foam
- bat wing template
- black glitter
- black paint
- paint brush
- modge podge
- white felt
- googlie eyes
- paper glue
- scissors
- pins
- clear thread

First I started out by painting half of the styrofoam balls and placed them on plastic cups to dry.  (for me since I started it the evening I left them over night to dry)

After the paint dried on one end I painted the other and let that dry.

While the paint was drying on the balls I cut out my bat wings from the black foam. Then I modge podged them first one side and sprinkled the glitter on it.

I glued and glittered both sides of the wings. I had 5 bats so that was 10 wings that I glittered! Crazy I know! In the words of my co-worker "Ewwy glitter!" haha Not really but it did get a little messy.

While the wings were drying I took the balls and cut out small rectangles so that I had a place to glue the wings into. I placed the wings into the holes and then pinned them for durability.

Next it was time to add the fangs and the eyes! I glued down the eyes. Then I cut out the fangs from the white felt and glued them on. Doesn't he look scary? haha

Then I cut different lengths of the clear thread, and tied a knot at the end. Then I used a pin and slipped it through the knot, dipped into the glue and stuck it into the top of the bat. Voila! You now have scary flying bats on your front porch!

Have Fun!

P.S. Linking up to Craft O Maniac and Sassy Sites!

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

New Affiliate: Collectable Coupons

Today I wanted to share with you my newest affiliate link from Collectable Coupons! Let me tell you that I LOVE this site! I love saving money! I have been using this site to order extra coupons for a few months now. I get the paper but that can get a little pricey, so I only get 2 Sunday papers from my local newpaper company and then the rest of the coupons that I actually need I go to Collectable Coupons. You can get so many coupons for only a few dollars. For example I just put in order for 19 new coupons and it was just a little over $2. $2 people!  You can also order whole inserts for less than what you pay for an entire Sunday paper! Not bad in my book.

So if you are looking to save on your grocery bill and love couponing I encourage you to check out their site!

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Monday, October 10, 2011

PB Knock-off Ghosts Tutorial

I got my new Pottery Barn catalog a few weeks ago, the kid costume edition and was flipping through it and found these cute ghosts.

Cute right, but I wasn't willling to pay the price since I could make them for WAY cheaper. I mean really it's just styrofoam balls and gauze fabric.

So armed with my Joann, Michael and Hobby Lobby coupons, I headed over to Joann's to get what I needed. Here is a short tutorial on how to make these cute ghosts.


- 3 styrofoam balls (small, medium and large)
- black acrylic paint
- 2 1/2 yards gauze fabric
- invisble thread
- modge podge
- paint brushes

(Some of the other supplies are for another project that I will be sharing later this week.)

First I traced out where I wanted to paint the eyes.

Here are the eyes painted on. Very simple.

Next I laid out the fabric and cut into thirds, so that it was about even for each ghost. Then I modge podged the the fabric onto the styrofoam. Then I cut my thread into varying lengths and then put a needle through the knot and dipped into glue, so that it won't come out.

Here is what the ghosts look like after they are all done. Forgive the little boy with the irritated look on face, haha. He didn't want to help me out too much.

Here are the ghosts hanging up in my front porch. I love it!

Have fun, and happy haunting!

P.S. Linking up to Craft O Maniac

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Fun Friday: October

Happy Friday everyone!!

I think that Pinterest has become an addiction. I love going on and looking for fun ideas for my home and life. I thought that I would share some of my favorite Halloween ideas. Be prepared for some cuteness and spookiness and quite possibly be grossed out!

Mummy Pumpkin from BHG

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Halloween Party from Half Baked

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Ghost Jugs from Suzanne Prochaska

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Colored Pumpkins from All You

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Speciman Jars from Country Living

I hope you have been inspired. Now off to work on those ideas!

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Fall Series

Hey there fellow readers! Now that the weather is getting cooler I am going to do a Fall series about fun fall crafts and yummy recipes and I'm looking for bloggers and crafters to join in on the festivites. You can share a fun tutorial, your favorite fall recipe or even your favorite part of the fall season. All submissions need to be entered to my email at on or before Oct 28th.

I would love to have you on. If you know someone that would be interested please pass the word along. I want this to be a success.

Here are few guidelines that will make it fun.
- introduce yourself (include picture)
- tells us what you are sharing (if you are doing a tutorial please send it in html format)
- have fun!

When each post will be shown:
Mon & Thurs - tutorial or fun thing about fall
Wed - Recipe


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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Recipe of the Week: Homemade Hummus

Recently my husband and I have decided to overhaul our diet, b/c let's face it, we've become fat. haha Well at least fatter than we would like to be. Anyways, so I got a few cook books to look over and while I was looking at them the thought came to me to make hummus. mmm . . . we are snackers at our house and this is a healthy way to eat a snack. So . . I set out to find easy recipes with yummy flavor and stumbled upon 2 of them! Yea! I want to share what I found so that you can have a yummy healthy snack too.

Avocado Hummus


1 15oz can of drained chickpeas
1 tsp of minced garlic
4 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp tahini (sesame paste)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt
1 1/2 medium avocados


1. cut avocados in half and remove pit
2. drain chickpeas pour into foor processor w/ garlic and puree.
3. add remaining ingredients and process until smooth and creamy. add more salt and lemon juice as desired.
4. transfer to containt and chill until ready to serve.

Roaste Red Pepper Hummus


1 tsp garlic
1 15oz can of drained chickpeas
1/3 cup tahini
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 tbsp low-fat plain yogurt
1 meduim roasted pepper
1/4 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp onion powder


1. roast peppers in oven under broiler, set aside to cool.
2. in food processer combine chickpeas, yogurt, garlic, tahini, and lemon juice. process until smooth.
3. add roasted peppers and blend until finley chopped. season with salt and pepper. transfer to container and chill until ready to serve

** the tahini can be food at a sprounts, whole foods or henry's next to the peanut butter. **

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Shop Sale

Hey there! I wanted you all to know that with the holidays approaching that I will be offering a coupon code for my shop. Use the coupon code HOLIDAY at checkout to receive 10% off your purchase.

I will also be taking custom orders and for a limited time only custom orders on tutus. I will be posting color options available soon for the tutus.

I have been posting new listings and will continue to do so for the next several days. Be sure to check out my shop.

** Please keep in mind that I do work full time and my time is limited, so please no large orders. I am willing to work with you for whatever you need.**

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