Thursday, October 25, 2012

Halloween Bark

After Jackson got in a better mood, I decided to embark on Halloween Bark.  You'll never guess where I found the idea!  Pretty easy, got a 5 different colors of Wilton's Candies from Michael's.  Melted them in the microwave.  then I lined cookie sheets with wax paper, put half of each color on one and half on the other.  I just spread them in messy columns with the back of a spoon.  Then I gave each boy a skewer and had them start drawing in the candy to create a tie-dyed look.  (we're making this for our Tie Dye Halloween party on Saturday)

Then I gave each boy some M&Ms, some pumpkin sprinkles that i found at Michael's and some fruit and nut trail mix blend to sprinkle over their mixed up mess.  I included the nut mix because i felt that just candy was too sweet and it called for something salty.

I placed the sheets in my freezer and walked away.  Half an hour later, pulled them out and ta-da!

Then we just broke it up in to pieces and put them in a box, separating the layers with wax paper.  I think they came out pretty cool and not too thick, either!

Angry Boy!

So, I may have picked up a few irritating habits from one who shall remain when someone is grumpy or mean to me, I get extra "buzzy" for them!  Jackson was in a foul mood when i got home, I held him for a few minutes but that didn't help at all, so, what did this mom do?  I picked up the camera.  HA!  Didn't really get him out of the bad mood, but it made mommy not try to kill him *smiling through gritted teeth*  cheers!  Oh, and the pics where he looks like he is gritting his teeth...yeah...he's growling at me.  literally, growling.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

I Saw it on Pintrest!

Yes, I'm famous for the little sentence, "So, I saw this thing on Pintrest and....".  Once again, I saw something that was not only cute, but I had everything for!  As mother would say, "It was meant to be!".  The kids helped with this one too.  Took a board out of my husbands wood pile, cut it into 4 pieces (no need to measure, just eyeball it).  Sanded down the edges.  Then we painted them.  The Pintrest item had a pumpkin, a mummy, a ghost, and Frankenstein's monster.  I was successful with the pumpkin, ghost, and green guy.  However, i though i had some old burlap in my fabric box, but no such luck.  I had already painted the board black with big yellow eyes, though, so, what to do?  AHAH!  An owl!  (My husband said it could also be a raven, but whatever).  While the creepies were drying, we painted another longer board for the base.  I'm not that great at free-hand painting letters, so i just used some fun sticker letters i already had and then did a clear coat over them.  Drying, done.  Screwed it all together and ta-da!  A fast, fun, inexpensive, yet, cute porch decoration.  Go me!  Looking for other stuff to create now, any ideas?  Please share!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

50 Shades of Snore

So, I finally finished all 3 books of Fifty Shades and I, personally, was extremely disappointed.  Just to begin, it's one of the worst written books I have ever had the misfortune to read.  Unfortunately for me, I have this issue where I can't leave a book once it's must be I was "forced" to read them all.  I seriously would like to take up a collection to send the author a thesaurus!  Seriously?  If Miss Steele was "awash with sensation" one more time; I just don't know what I’d do!  

As for content......okay, what 21 year old doesn't have some clue about technology?  How do you make it through college nowadays without an email address at the very least?  Also, let's step back........we go from "who is this guy?" to "I can't live without you!" in five of which was spent broken up.  I'm sorry, no.  It's not even remotely believable.  I know the point was just to fill in the gaps between the badly penned sex scenes, but could we please take a moment to develop a relationship?  

Going on, did the author pick up a technical manual about BDSM and then just copy out definitions word for word?  I thought you were supposed to write about what you knew?  Every "instance" was the opportunity for one great big eye roll!!!  Oh, stow your twitching palms!  I know it's a "fantasy" or whatever, but come on now, women, how many times do you find yourself "panting" and "begging"?  Also, might I point out that never was she as sore as a virgin turned porn star should be?  I don't care how much lube you have, at some point, you're going to hurt with that much activity!

This brings me to my current frustration with a lot of literature as well.  I am so sick of emotional morons!  I mean, come on, does every woman have to be a gaming-playing twit who becomes totally devoid of intelligent thought at the site of a decent looking guy?  It's exasperating!  What are guys supposed to think about us???  

All I can say is that the author is lucky she had a taboo working in her favor or she'd have to use her books for firewood this winter!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Dinosaur Birthday Party

Mikey decided the day after his 4th birthday that he wanted a Dinosaur party for this 5th.  Of course, throughout the year I would ask him if that's still what he wanted and he stuck with it, so, lucky for me, I had most of a year to plan this one out (and to make purchases).  The invitations were a dinosaur egg that opened.  I used a large Easter egg cookie cutter to trace the shape.  The back was one full piece, for the two front pieces, I cut two eggs out of cardboard and then cut a bottom and a top separately so they would overlap, and then used those two pieces as my pattern.  I have a dot hole puncher that I used to cut a bunch of colored circles and then hot glued those down.


For decorations, i kept it simple to green streamers, some balloons, some footprints up the front walk, and my birthday wreathe.

 The activities I chose were:

1.  Make fossil necklaces.  I used a recipe for "Play Clay" at  It turned out ok....I did forget to eventually give the children their necklaces because they weren't totally dried, but that's beside the point, right?

2.  Hunt for dinosaur eggs.  About 3 weeks beforehand, I got some water balloons because they would be the right size and a bunch of newspaper.  I found a really great paper mache recipe at  In total I did 4 layers of paper, but only 2 at a time to give them the best chance at drying all the way through.  When they were totally dry and hard, which took about 2 weeks since I don't have that much time all at once so I did them on consecutive Saturdays, I painted them with plain old acrylics.  When that was dry, I took an exacto knife, cut a slit and stuffed them with small dinosaur toys.


3.  Dig for dinosaur bones.  As you know, you can find almost anything on  So that's where I turned for dinosaur bones.  I ended up with some pretty great products, but I did take my time in reading reviews and hunting for the best value.  We buried them in the sandy pit behind our house where our pool usually sits.  I gave each kid a paint brush so they could 'properly' clean their bones.

4.  Breaking Geodes.  Now, this didn't go well.  The idea was there and it could have been great, but no such luck.  This was another item I thought I had researched well, but out of 20 geodes only 2 had any kind of noticeable formations in them and then those were that clear white color and not purplish in the slightest.  The kids did enjoy hitting stuff with the mallet, though.  Well, to be honest, some of them did.  I hit most of them just to get through it.  We still gave each kid a baggie with their pieces.

5.  Dinosaur tattoos.  The least imaginative item.  I ordered them and my sister and friend applied them.  We did this at the same time as the geodes so that only half the kids were outside hitting things at once.

For the food, I didn't get too involved.  I did buy way way way too much, but nothing spectacular.  "Dino" Dogs and "Pterodactyl" Bites.  Veggies, chips, spinach dip.

For the cake, I attempted a truly original idea, but I didn't execute it well.  The concept was a dirt cake, green grass icing, and then dinosaur footprints through the grass.........below was the result.  Maybe someone else would have better luck with this one.

In the goody bags, I included magnets, dinosaur fact cards, and reusable dinosaur stickers and then they got their eggs, the dinosaurs, and the skeletons they dug up.  All of the dinosaur stuff I found for the goody bags came from keeping an eye on the $1 bins at target and Wal-Mart.  You never know what they'll have in those bins!  I hope I have been able to give you some ideas and if you attempt that cake, please show me your results!!