Saturday, November 1, 2014

Whaaaattt? November already?

HOW is it November ALREADY!? I'm pretty sure August was yesterday. Although, I feel that the stores and shopping world are telling me it's time for Christmas, when Halloween was just yesterday. Speaking of Halloween, we had 0 trick-or-treaters. We had 0 last year as well, I guess kids don't trick or treat at apartments.

1. We are watching college football, and by we I mean my husband. I am sitting here surfing Pinterest of course! He is a serial channel flipper. He cannot just stay on one channel and it drives me crazy, but of course I love him for it. 

2. I grew up in Arizona so we never did Daylight Savings. Then I moved to California for school and had to experience Daylight Savings for the first time. I live in Colorado now, and of course they do it here too. Can I just say I love the extra hour? Plus it makes waking up for work on Monday easier because my internal clock is not yet adjusted. 

3. Like I said before, how is is November already??? I have been on Fall Break all week and I cannot believe how fast this week went by. I am sad, because my mom was in town and she left today, but I am really looking forward to seeing my kiddos smiling faces on Monday morning. I have missed them, but shhh don't tell them that ;)

4. Last year at this time I had already been skiing at least 3 times. It was a great ski season. This year, so far there has been hardly any snow :(. The ski resorts have pushed back their opening dates and I am SO bummed. Hopefully they get snow soon!

5. I need to get off the couch and get some Advil! I got my flu shot yesterday and I always feel headachey and just blah the day after. Sometimes I even get a low fever!

6. I don't really get to read for pleasure during the school year. Scratch that, actually I don't really let myself read books for pleasure during the school year. I am the person who will start a book and I will not  sleep until I have finished it. So I make a list of all the books I want to read and I read them during the summer. Last summer I read 10 books. Gone Girl is currently on my Kindle, but I haven't read it yet- or seen the movie so no spoilers please!!

Happy Daylight Savings!

Mrs. W

Friday, October 31, 2014

Five for Friday Fall Break Edition

I cannot believe it is already Friday! Our district has been on Fall Break all week and it has flown by! My mom has been in town visiting and we have been up to some fun stuff! Get ready for some picture overload!
I have yet to explore Colorado Springs, so we decided to do an over night trip to the springs. We went to Garden of the Gods and stayed at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort

I made some excellent fish tacos on Sunday night for my mom and husband. They were soooo good, I am making them again this week :) Here is the recipe (compliments of pinterest, once again) Fish Taco Recipe

My mom and I are very competitive and decided to play Monopoly the other night. I crushed her! Then we played last night, but this time with my husband. I crushed them both last night too! It was so much fun. I miss the days of playing board games as a child. 

We decided to have a morning of getting pampered yesterday. I haven't had a pedicure in almost a year and a half! Needless to say my feet were gross. I was slightly embarrassed and felt back for the person scrubbing away at my feet. 

Last but not least The Chihuly exhibit is at the Denver Botanical Gardens. We went to Chihuly Nights (its totally sold out) I was lucky enough to snag some tickets a few weeks ago before it totally sold out for the remaining time here. It was awesome. We got there when the doors opened so we got to see the exhibit in sunlight and at night at well. If you get the chance to see it where ever you are, GO!

Mrs. W

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Couples Loofah and Soap Halloween Costume Tutorial

For Halloween this year my husband and I decided to be a loofa and bar of soap. These are two very simple costumes. I wanted to share how you can make these costumes. Please keep in mine that for the loofa costume I do have a tube dress underneath and it can be modified to be more age appropriate for younger kiddos. 

Materials for Loofa:
20-32 yards of Tulle (for reference I am 5'2" I used 32 yards of tulle, I think 24-26 yards would have been a good amount)
Yarn that matches the Tulle
Elastic (1 package)
Tube Dress (color matching tulle)
masking tape

Optional (Bubble Headband):
Plain Headband
Small Iridescent Clear ornaments
Hot glue gun with sticks

When you buy your tulle it will be folded in half. I had ordered mine online so it came on the bolt which made it easier to measure out. Keep the tulle folded in half as it will make it easier to measure out.

You will want to cut the tulle into strips that are 2 yards long.

When we measured it out we taped down the sides with masking tape and looped it back and forth taping each side down at the two yard mark. This makes it easier when you go to cut the pieces.

Next we cut the looped ends so that we had individual pieces.

You will have individual pieces like this:
Now, you will take 2 layers and fold them into thirds and then fold again into half.

Your pieces should look like this:

Once you have folded all your pieces you will want to cut pieces of yarn for each. Just make them as long as the width of the folded material. You will need 1 piece of yarn per piece of folded material. 
Next you are going to bunch up your pieces of fabric to look like bow tie pasta and tie the yarn and knot it as tight as you can.

You will have this when you are done:

Next you will need to tie elastic around your bust and waist and knot it. Tie it tighter that you would think to tie it because the fabric will weigh it down and it could stretch a little. 

Once you have your elastic bands begin tying the pieces of fabric to the elastic. Use the excess string from tying the fabric. 

Now all you need to do is fluff the material. For me I took each piece and separated it pulling mostly at the middle where the fabric is tied in half.

For the bubble headband all you need to do is pull the metal piece of the ornament out and hot glue onto the headband 

Soap Costume:

My husband is 5'11", 34 inch waist. He went to Home Depot and bought a moving box (Large size). It was $2. Then I had bulletin Board paper I had bought for my classroom and I basically wrapped the box. You can make it any brand of soap. We decided on the soap he uses which is Dove men. I used foil for the silver words and bird. Then I painted the white letters. The hardest part was cutting the holes for his arms because we wanted to make sure he could keep his arms by his side. We cut the holes after the box was decorated but recommend cutting the whole before you decorate.

This was before we cut the arm holes bigger.

Hope you enjoy!