We Got the FUNK: October 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween Trail Mix

Looking for a LAST MINUTE, snack for your kids classroom party tomorrow?  Having a Halloween party and need something delicious and yummy to munch on?  Like the sweet & salty mixes? Only have $7.00 and 5 minutes to spare? This easy recipe is for you!


This is definitely kid tested and I cannot wait to see the kiddos in Eyan's class munching on this delicious trail mix at his school party!

It is very easy to make and relatively inexpensive.  In total this cost me about $7.00, and took me all of 5 minutes to get done.  I like quick, easy and cheap and this right here is pretty much all I had time for this week with the amount of sick child and crazy costume building that I was trying to fit in.


Ingredients:

  • 1 package of mini Oreos
  • 1 package of Goldfish crackers
  • 2/3 bag of Candy Corn
  • 2 popped bags of kettle corn

Directions:

  • Gather ingredients
  • Pop the pop corn
  • Pour the ingredients into the bowl and mix together.
  • Serve either out of the bowl or you can place them in individual packages.
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Hard Rock Cafe Roxtars™ Children's Program

You guys!  This weekend is going to be so exciting and full of fun.  Of course Halloween but also because I get to attend a really awesome event!  Hard Rock Cafe is launching their new Roxtars Children's Program and I get to preview it...and you can too!


I cannot wait to participate and share our experience with everyone.  I truly hope to see some of you there.  What a great way to enjoy this fall holiday weekend, and break out those rockstar costumes!!!

Details are below:
To launch the Hard Rock Roxtars program, Hard Rock Cafe Denver will host the “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star?” contest on November 1st 2014 at 11:00 am.  
For one night, kids, in costume or not, will eat free if each is with an adult purchasing an entrée*. Guests can bring their favorite pint-sized rock star to the cafe dressed in their best costume for a chance to win a Hard Rock Cafe gift card or a 2015 birthday party** for eight of the rock star’s closest band members and entourage. + Just as the rest of the city puts away their Halloween costumes, Hard Rock Cafe Denver will be on the look-out for the city’s future rock stars that look and dress the part. Any child under age 10, dressed as a rock star, or wearing their favorite Hard Rock gear, is eligible to participate in the contest. The contest celebrates the unveiling of the Hard Rock Roxtars, a band of characters serving as brand ambassadors for Hard Rock’s multifaceted brand-wide programs catering to children of all ages, presented at Hard Rock Cafes®, Hard Rock Hotels and Rock Shops® worldwide. The Hard Rock Roxtars will provide fans of Hard Rock with an authentic, irreverent experience rich in music content, allowing the brand to connect with future and veteran rockers alike. Inspired by Hard Rock International’s paramount differentiator – music – this band of five characters and music performers, the Hard Rock Roxtars, each have distinct personalities representing the individuality and freedom of artistic expression in children. Band members include Razzi™, Sir Kingston™, Styler™, Buddy Jr™ and Skiddley™. The Hard Rock Roxtars are each unapologetically original and designed to inspire kids of all ages to rock an inimitable brand of cool, allowing their originality to shine. 
“Hard Rock has always had great offerings for the whole family,” said Hard Rock Cafe Denver General Manager Sean Finney. “But now, with the launch of Roxtars, there is even more for kids – and parents – to love about Hard Rock.” Children who dine at Hard Rock Cafe Denver will be greeted with their own activity book, Hard Rock Roxtars themed menus, guitar-shaped plates and Hard Rock Roxtars photo opportunities. As part of The National Restaurant Association’s Kids LiveWell program in collaboration with Healthy Dining, a mission and online resource that helps parents and children alike select healthy menu options when dining out, Hard Rock Cafes worldwide will offer healthier food options, ranging from Skiddley’s “Not-so-diddley” chicken breast to the “twisted ‘n tasty” cavatappi pasta. 
When Hard Rock Roxtars travel, they do so in style, and families who stay at Hard Rock Hotels are immediately in the band. Kids will receive a special Hard Rock Roxtars Activity Book at check-in and unlimited entertainment at Hard Rock Roxity Kids Club, a family-friendly, music-inspired haven, customized per property, where kids rock to their own rhythm, catch a live Hard Rock Roxtars performance or take part in experiential, engaging and music-infused learning activities. Hard Rock Roxity Kids Club is currently available at Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza and will soon be offered at additional Hard Rock Hotels worldwide. 
Allowing kids to continue the fun, take their favorite character home or look the part, Rock Shops at Hard Rock Cafes and Hotels worldwide, including Hard Rock Cafe Denver, will feature the exclusive Hard Rock Roxtars collection of clothes, accessories and gear, including band tees and light up drum sticks. Collectible and original items will also be available for purchase at Hard Rock’s online Rock Shop at www.hardrock.com. 

  • What: Denver Celebrates Hard Rock RoxtarsLaunch with “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star?”  
  • When: 11 am-Event begins  
  • Where:Hard Rock Cafe Denver, 500 16th Street Mall, Suite 120 Denver, CO 80202

 For additional information, please contact Hard Rock Cafe Denver for contest details.  
* One child eats free with one adult purchasing an entrée. Excludes purchase of an appetizer, salad or dessert.
**Restrictions may apply+No celebrity or musician has endorsed the “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star” contest
 
About Hard Rock InternationalWith a total of 190 venues in 58 countries, including 144 cafes, 21 hotels and 10 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world's greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, Fl., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Biloxi, Chicago, Cancun, Ibiza, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, San Diego and Singapore. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include Seoul, San Juan and Marseille. New Hard Rock Hotel projects include Daytona Beach, Los Cabos, Abu Dhabi and Shenzhen and Haikou in China. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.
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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Sorry it's been quiet

You know those weeks.  Those ones where you can't remember if you bathed the kids in a week and your house is a disaster and sleep is elusive because your mind is racing trying to figure out how to balance it all.  Yeah those weeks. I'm having a solid 10 day stretch.

I have so much to write and so much to do and no energy to do it!  Add the super vomiting baby this weekend (I had to stay home today because she puked all night) along with the costume construction (OMG you're going to be amazed!) it's been rough.  I would love to share all we've been up too, my latest craft, the Purex giveaway and a really cool event with Hardrock cafe...and I will, but today we struggle through the sickness, the exhaustion and try to recoup!  

Hope y'all are doing fantastic.  I'll be back to posting regularly tomorrow.  

Until then this is my view today 

Someone feels great

Someone's refusing the BRAT diet and biting her brother

Someone needs to get well soon

And someone needs a housekeeper 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Solar Eclipse PinHole Camera

Today there is going to be an awesome SOLAR ECLIPSE!

However, looking at the Sun directly will damage your retinas and well that is bad.

I really want to teach my children about science and why it is so cool!  So creating a way to see the solar eclipse is something that is easy and fun.

Enter the PinHole Camera!!!

Sorry about the low quality photo...I took these with my macbook at school 
So if you are like me and you forgot your solar eclipse glasses (or you do not own a welding mask), you can quickly and easily create pinhole camera to watch the eclipse for next to nothing and in about 5 minutes.  QUICK-EASY-LEARNING CRAFT!

Steps:
1. Get a box.  The bigger the better :)
2. Get a piece of computer paper (or a few pieces) and tape it to the inside of the box.  This is where you will "project" the eclipse onto.


2. Cut a small aperture hole in the side of the box for you to look through during the eclipse.  Mine is about 1.5 inches wide by 1 inch tall. 


3. Get a piece of aluminum foil and tape it to the opposite side of the box (opposite from the paper and the aperture hole).  Then take a push pin and puncture the tiniest hole you can through it (and the box if necessary).  This will be the end that will face the sun.

Hole so tiny you cannot even see it!  This is good! Larger holes will distort the image and make
eclipse harder to see
4. Close the box off and tape up ANY light that you can see coming through.  Duct tape works great for this.  The only light should come from the foil and your aperture hole.
5. During the eclipse, place the box on your shoulder, turn your back to the sun so that you are perfectly aligned with your shadow and then look through the aperture and watch the eclipse!!!!

I have been showing this to my students all day!  I am super duper excited about this!  

Happy Viewing!

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Monday, October 20, 2014

If at first you don't succeed...

We went to the pumpkin patch...a different one.  I took pictures and feel like less of a mommy failure.  I won't annoy you with the details, just enjoy the photo dump. 






I also worked on Eyan's costume.  People it is epic...I cannot wait to reveal it!  





Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pregnancy & Infant Awareness Month

This month is near and dear to my heart.  This is the month that I lost my first baby.  Today is actually the day that Jason and I found out that the baby we were so hopeful for, was not going to make it.  I was about 7 weeks along.  I had not realized that I was actually pregnant for about 6 weeks but I knew my date exactly.  We had told tons of family and friends about this and were elated! Jason's mom had just gotten the terminal diagnosis and cried when we told her and said that she was going to hold on to see that baby.  A week later it ended, and I thought I would never make it through.  It was one of the final blows to our life after Jason's terrible accident, subsequent loss of job, Cheryl's terminal diagnosis and other awful circumstances.  I remember crying for days, and not leaving my bed.  I remember how empty I felt and how I had somehow let everyone down.  I remember the amazing words from people who had also suffered loss, and the not so nice words from those who had no idea.  Statements like "it probably had a genetic defect" or "it wasn't meant to be" were just not helpful, and made me feel more angry and sad.  It took until Eyan was safe in my arms for some of that hurt to subside, but still not a day goes by that I do not think about baby #1.

Eyan was a distraction and wonderful and amazing and everything I could imagine.  I am SO thankful that God placed that boy into our lives and our family.  I wouldn't change the course of events leading up to him.  We tried for number 2 (technically number 3) and then just stopped trying. Then got pregnant...at a pretty inopportune time in our lives.  It didn't mean we didn't want the baby, we WANTED that baby!  Excitement was high, symptoms were crazy, I was uneasy.  It is like I knew something wasn't right.  By mid-December I had some spotting and an ultrasound that confirmed my fears.  Baby #3 was not viable...although it had a heartbeat, the heartbeat was too low and I would miscarry in a couple weeks.  7 weeks later through more symptoms, the baby's heart finally stopped and on my sisters birthday I went into labor and delivered that tiny baby at home.  It was heartbreaking.  I spent the entire day in bed, empty, sad, unable to even talk to Jason.  Losing a baby felt so lonely...even the second time around.  Even with the amazing support system.  Even with "already having a healthy baby."  I was NOT quiet about this loss.  I chronicled it right here on this blog.  I questioned a lot of things after this second loss.  We almost didn't try for Emberlynn.  We couldn't handle losing another angel.  Emberlynn's pregnancy, delivery and life helped the healing, but never replaced either of my angels and neither of my children ever will.  I mourn those loses consistently and it makes me more appreciative of my sweet babies here on Earth.  I am lucky, I survived these losses, I am not just a statistic, I am a person, a REAL person and what I have learned is that when you talk about this, more people reach out to you that have gone through this horrible loss secretly.  It helps to have that support, to not feel so lonely, to realize that even though you feel empty and awful, that you will survive this.

Give Pregnancy Loss & Infant Loss a voice, speak up, share your story, support your brothers & sisters that are dealing and will deal with such a tough time.


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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Y3W: Daddy Weekend Snuggles

LOVE these three


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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

#DIY Lace Boot Socks

So I have been really working on creating my style, my 30 something adult style with those key pieces that I just love but feel comfortable and confident in.  I have particularly been focusing on accessorizing.  I fell in love with the lace leg warmers that I had been seeing all over Etsy, but the price was ridiculous ($25.00 for a cheap pair)!  So I set out to make some lace boot socks on a budget...and I think I succeeded!

Lace Boot Socks

I succeeded for a total of $3.00.  Yes THREE DOLLARS folks.  I ran to Walmart, grabbed a $1.67 pair of knee high socks and then over to the craft dept for a roll of lace ($1.00 on clearance)!  I headed home and knocked these adorable socks out in about 15 minutes. 

Supplies: 
  • Knee High Socks
  • Roll of lace
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine
  • Pins
  • Large mouth cup
Steps:
  1. Gather your supplies
  2. Place a sock on and then measure the lace ribbon around the top of the sock.  Overlap 1 extra inch for just in case!
  3. Take off the sock and then place it on the large mouth cup.
  4. Start pinning the ribbon to the top of the sock.  As you do this, allow the ribbon to bunch up.
  5. Once the ribbon is pinned, remove it from the cup
  6. The most difficult part was stretching the sock out as I was trying to sew the ribbon on.  It is very important that you stretch the top of the sock out as far as you can as you sew the ribbon down so that it will fit all the way up your leg (particularly if you are not using elastic thread...which I totally didn't).
  7. Repeat for sock 2
  8. Rock these adorable socks and do it knowing how much cash you just saved.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

My lame attempt at the pumpkin patch.

I'm such a Debbie downer when my hubby can't come to family outings.  It's tough sometimes to single mom these kids around and I'm damn lucky my friends and family are there to support the heck out of us, as well as having some pretty decently behaved children.

Last Sunday I was bummed Jason had work and we were going to a pumpkin patch with my friends. We were running late, I neglected to get an adequate breakfast for myself or the kids, I dressed us in full winter wear and forgot the stroller and lunches.  

It ended up being 70 degrees, the baby was a disaster and Eyan was whiney...and so was I.  The hangrys were setting in and well, it was rough and my friends were tolerating me.  Thank God they like me and those kids of mine. 

I sucked on the photo front but managed a few. 






Friday, October 10, 2014

Eyan's First Firetruck Experience

My sons teacher is THE BEST!  The kids at his school are getting a really dynamic curriculum and she is bringing in really amazing experiences for them. One of those things that she brought in was a fire truck/fire experience day and Eyan has been looking forward to this for weeks and they just had it on Wednesday and he had a blast.




How cute is he in that little fire truck and his hat!  They also gave him a bag of goodies and talked to them about fire safety. It made for a great discussion at night about fire and fire safety in our own house, we talked about how we would exit our house if there was a fire we sounded our fire alarms and we really focused on how our family is going to be safe in the event of a fire.

Oh and then after the fire truck experience my son and a little girl in his class decided to carry out a beautiful  dance! 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Y3W: Just Kickin It

This made me laugh so hard the other night.


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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Halloween Spiderweb #DIY Wreath

I told you it was coming!  Check out how cute and how easy this was!


This is such a fun wreath and my hubby was pretty impressed with my mad skillz.  I was able to make this one for under $10.00 as well.  I got the wire frame from our local dollar tree, the garland was from there as well.  I bought the ribbon from the craft store and the spider for less than $6.00, so the total cost of this wreath was $8.00.  What a huge steal!


Supplies:

  • Wire wreath frame
  • Scissors
  • Wired spiderweb ribbon
  • Thin black ribbon
  • spider
  • Garland

Steps:
  1. First wrap the garland around the wire frame.  If you want a fuller wreath, I suggest using 2 strands of garland.  I only bought one and used it. 
  2. Start making the web with the thin black ribbon.  It is the basic dream catcher weave where you loop around the frame, then cross it under and then tighten.  YOU ARE NOT making a not; you want it to slide a bit. 
  3. Continue to weave the ribbon around until you finish in the center.
  4. Attach the spider to the web (mine had a clip but hot glue would have worked just fine)
  5. Make a bow out of the wire ribbon and attach it to the wreath at an angle. I just continued to tie bows and then fluffed it out a bit. 
  6. Hang, smile and enjoy!

Basic weave!

A work in progress.


Finished Product!

Like it?  Pin it and share it!
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Monday, October 6, 2014

I had every intention

6 weeks ago I sat down and wrote this post about school year goals.  I had great intentions.  I figured I would be more pulled together this year because that baby was sleeping through the night and I had less preps to worry about at school.

Then school hit and here I am flailing around, exhausted, sick, overwhelmed and downright annoyed with myself.  It's like something happened after I had kids...oh yeah, I HAD KIDS! Best decision BTW, but chemically my brain has not recovered and my multitasking skills although still on point, are on point more in my mommy life then in my work/school life. 

So let's just revisit a couple of those silly goals.
Goal 1: Get up early, make coffee, eat breakfast and enjoy it. 
***reality: hit the snooze 3-4 times, jump out of bed realizing I have 15 minutes to shower and get ready. Brush teeth, jump in shower, shave 1/2 of one leg, forget to wash out conditioner, throw on a towel as I wave my hair around trying to get it to dry. Run downstairs and make coffee, feed dogs, unpack bags from day before and run back upstairs to blow dry hair while coffee is brewing. Get myself ready and get the bags, car and kids packed. Pour a cup of coffee grab a doughnut or granola bar and run out the door. 

Goal 2: Pack kids bags the night before
***reality: get outfits organized night before and sat them at the top of the stairs only to forget the dang socks or underware.  Slam the clothes into the kids bags and search for shoes at 6:05 (when I need to leave the house). 

Goal 3: dress up
***reality: I wear jeans 85% of the time but I'm trying to accessorize more and so this might be the only area I am successful at right now...I feel this area slipping.

Even those of us with the best of intentions slip up right. I'm rocking the rest of those goals and work is going well.  If only I could rock the homework, housework, mother of the year work a bit more!


At least this kid is smiling.

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Friday, October 3, 2014

A sneak peak at the start of the costumes!

I have a long way to go, but figured I would post a peek at Eyans costume!!!  Optimus Prime Eyan is gearing up to be epic!!!  As soon as Emberlynn's costume materials get here, I will post the progress on hers as well.  She is going to be a peacock!



If you're new here then you probably should know that my mom and I make all my kids costumes and I think each year it gets harder and harder.  Here is a run down of years past.

2010: Ninja Baby



2011: Biker (tutorial in link)


2012: Buzz Lightyear (tutorial in link)










Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Y3W: Papa Snuggle Loves


My dad may appear to not be enjoying this...but he actually posed for it.
The second I walked in the door he said "PICTURE NOW"