Thanksgiving Box

Thanksgiving is an amazing holiday. For starters, I love to eat. The thought of an entire holiday devoted to eating as much turkey and mashed potatoes you can, is amazing. But of course thats not all it’s about. When I think back on all of most memorable Thanksgivings, I don’t remember all the food. I know I ate it obviously, but it’s not what I remember. I remember being surrounded by my family. I remember laughing at the kids table with my cousins. I remember listening to Grandma and Dad playing the piano. And now that my lifestyle keeps me from being able to go home for Thanksgiving, I truly understand how thankful I am for those memories. I wish I completely grasped that when I was growing up, but I never thought those times would end. As a kid, it isn’t always as easy to see.

So this year, I decided to do an activity with the children I watch. The idea of this activity is to get the kids to think about what they are thankful for each day in November.

We started by making a Thanksgiving Box. 

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To make your own Thanksgiving Box you will need:

  • A Small Card Board Box
  • Card Stock or Construction Paper
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Letter Stickers (optional)

Start by covering the outside of your box with card stock or construction paper. I let Anna Kate pick out the paper (color or pattern) and I cut it to size and glued it to the box. Next, she took markers and colored in all the placed we couldn’t glue paper. Then we put together a little turkey. She helped draw the eyes and picked out the “perfect feathers” for our little thanksgiving friend. Once that was all secure, we used foam-letter stickers and spelled out “I Am Thankful For…” It was a great chance for her to practice her letter recognition and spelling. Once the outside was finished, she set out to decorate the inside. She spelled out “Happy Thanksgiving” with more stickers and drew things that reminded her of Thanksgiving. For her, that was a cooked turkey, a bowl of peas, a scarecrow, a pumpkins, and a batch of straw.

Next we started on what would go inside the box. We have been calling them the “Thankful Turkeys”. 

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To make these “Thankful Turkeys” you will need:

  • A Variety of Card Stock or Construction Paper
  • Markers
  • Scissors

As you can see, you don’t need much because you will be making these everyday. The actual turkeys are not what makes this project special, but instead what they write on them. Everyday, have the children trace one of their hands and decorate it to make a hand turkey. I gave the children as little direction on that as possible. I don’t like to give them examples so they don’t just copy my ideas. I like to leave the creative liberties in their hands.

Once they have completed their hand turkey for the day, have them write one thing they are thankful for and the date in the center of the turkey. Each day, have them complete one turkey and place it into the box. Since I don’t watch the kids over the weekend, and there are some days when they have extracurriculars, some days they have to make more than one. Brooks doesn’t enjoy making them as much, but the things he chooses to write are very entertaining. What he writes usually makes up for the rushed, “chubby fingered” turkeys he makes.

Not only do the children have to think about things they are thankful for each day, but by Thanksgiving Day they will have a box full of things they are thankful for. Anna Kate is so excited to be able to share these things with her parents, that she actually hides the box each day when I leave.

I have been amazed at some of the things the kids have told me they are thankful for. The first few were fairly obvious. They both chose family, friend, and God in no order for the first three days.  After that it got pretty unpredictable. They have said everything from “cheese” to “Auburn”. They have also taught me a lot about thankfulness. Again, I tried not to offer up too many examples so they would tell me what THEY were thankful for. After they finished naming off family and friends, they started to name off things that I take for granted in day to day life, like water and shelter. I found it amazing that at their age, they thought about being thankful for things like that. Things that I don’t even think to be thankful for now that I am paying for them.

Since we still have a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving, we still have quite a few more turkeys to make. But I have enjoyed this project so far. There are a lot of ways to personalize this project to fit you and the little ones in your life. You could also do this project as a family or as an adult. Instead of drawing on turkeys, you could simply write what you are thankful for on a sheet of paper, everyday for the month. It would be a great thing to look back at on Thanksgiving day with the ones you love. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with! Happy Thanksgiving, All!

alyssa

My Favorite Halloween Costumes of 2015

If you are anything like me, you’re still not over the Halloween season quite yet. I know people have already moved onto Thanksgiving, and even more have broken out the Christmas decorations, but I’m not ready to let go. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. For a couple of weekends, my social media stops being filled with the negativity, politics, and drama and is instead filled with people of all ages, being creative. I’m a sucker for a good DIY costume. And there’s just something about a well executed group costume that just makes me want to high-five complete strangers. Dressing up as your childhood favorites or pulling off a great recognizable costume fills a person with a sense of accomplishment. And don’t get me wrong, I love Thanksgiving. I have big plans for this year. I know I’m not the only one. But for those of you who aren’t ready to start singing Christmas carols quite yet, here are some of my favorite DIY Halloween costumes from this year.


Since they are always the cutest, let’s start with babies.

I am at the glorious age where everyone I know has or is going to have a baby. So I got to see countless baby costumes this year. But two baby costumes stole the show, in my opinion.

The first was one I got to see in person:

Jordyn as a Cabbage Patch Kid.

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You can not tell me that this isn’t the cutest thing you have ever seen. Jordyn’s mom, Skyler, made the box herself. She used a piece of card board and decorated it with green and pink wrapping paper and printed the Cabbage Patch Kids’ logo. She attached it to her umbrella stroller by cutting two holes in the box and sliding it onto the strollers handles. To keep it in the correct place she rigged up a prop using the wrapping paper tube. She cut holes in it the same way she did to the cardboard box but slid that on first. She also placed a pillow near the bottom to keep it off Jordyn’s feet. She also used iron-on paper to make her shirt. Her shirt says: ” #cabbagepatchkid #firsthalloween #trickortreat #Jordyn” And lastly, the precious finishing touch: the wig. Skyler bought the wig on Etsy. It totally brought the whole look together. I had the privilege of walking around with Jordyn while she trick-or-treated for the first time. She got compliments every where she went. And she even had a lot of strangers asking to take her picture.


The next baby to steal my heart:

Olivia as Hermione Granger

wpid-wp-1446492982721.jpegHer mom, Molly, started by designing a t-shirt tuxedo style Hogwart’s onesie in Illustrator. She had access to free onesie printing, so she used that, but she said it would have been easy to paint what she designed onto a onesie as well. She styled the onsie with black leggings and little black boots from Meijer’s. She made a black tu-tu by sewing a piece of elastic into a circle and attaching black tulle to it. She said her aunt made her the scarf and she sewed on the Gryffindor patch that she bought from Etsy. She also bought the Prefect pint from pin from Etsy. She wpid-wp-1446492995966.jpegmade the hat out of felt and used brown and white paint to age it. She made the wand out of a stick that she decorated with hot glue and then painted brown. After she completed this amazing costume, she went on to get some amazing props for some adorable pictures. She used a snitch from a necklace she owned, that she purchased on Etsy. Then bought an owl from Hobby Lobby, a broom from the Dollar Tree, and painted a pumpkin. She used her church’s fall decorations to finish off the look. I’m still not over how cute it all turned out. That is the cutest little mudblood I’ve ever seen!


Everyone who even kind of knows me, knows that I adore all things Disney. So show me a good Disney costume and you’ve got my attention. But show me a good Disney GROUP costume and you have my heart. The next costume was done by a group of college students:

The Seven Dwarves

Hannah Marovich as Doc, Hana Barker as Happy, Rachel Spade as Dopey, Morgan Sideris as Sleepy, Kasey Dunn as Bashful, Mikayla Giordano as Grumpy, and Stephanie Kyle as Sneezy.

wpid-wp-1446492737784.jpegThey pulled together this adorable Disney look for around $30 a person. They found all of the necessary pieces at the stores Hobby Lobby, Target and Cosmic.

The looks consists of shirts with each dwarf’s name, hats, jeans, and boots. And of course, Doc wore glasses. I love that they each posed as their character for their picture which helped pull everything together. I adore this group costume so much I wished I had thought of it. Simple and Classic. Not to mention, my favorite part about this costume is that it could be worn again on any given day, and still look totally adorable. Well done, ladies. Well done.


As much as I like group costumes, if someone can pull of a creative costume on their own, they will get my attention. The next costume was a creative twist to a very common costume:

Kristen as Kevin, The Evil Minion 

wpid-wp-1446492365749.jpegKristen loves minions so she found a way to be a minion for a second year. I loved it because you don’t see many Evil Minions running around, even though it is Halloween. She kept her costs under $10 by using a lot of things she already owned. She drew eyes on the bottoms of dixie cups, glued them into mason jar rings and attached them to one of her head bands. She cut a purple shirt, wore black shorts, black suspenders, and black boots. She duct taped a Gru symbol she printed out herself, to her shorts. She finished off her look by buying purple tights and purple hair spray. Although she was by herself, she found someone dressed as Gru and a regular minion! It doesn’t get any better than that!


This next costume is one that I have never seen before this year. Although I saw a couple people attempt this costume, this is the only one who got my approval. That being said, keep in mind that not all Disney costumes are created equal. And this one put the others to shame:

Heather as Darla 

wpid-wp-1446525383461.jpegHeather had a unique advantage in creating this costume; She works for an orthodontist! She was able to use a lingual arch wire, which she describe to me as the longest wire they had, to make her mouth piece. She bent it so it went around her ears, kind of like glasses, and rested it about her braces. To complete Darla’s outfit, she found a purple sweater and plaid purple “school-girl” skirt. She wore a white button up she already had under the sweater. She also bought a pair of ruffled white children’s socks from Wal-mart. She pulled the whole costume together by borrowing a fake gold fish from a co-worker, putting it in a plastic bag, tying it with a hair tie and attaching it to her wrist so she didn’t have to carry it around all night. She said she spent around $10 on the whole look and it turned out “way more awesome than she thought” when she put it on. I absolutely loved it. She blew that costume out of the water…. or the fish bowl if you will. Five stars.


There aren’t many guys who put time and effort into creating awesome costumes. So when I find one who does, it makes it that much more impressive. This next costume was not only impressive, but down right perfect.

Ryan as Edward Scissorhands 

wpid-wp-1446563964511.jpegRyan started with an outfit that he already owned and borrowed some black suspenders. He made the iconic hands out of old snow gloves, foam board, and metallic paint. He spent about $5 on the foam board and $2 on the paint. Because he was extremely dedicated to the look, he used white face paint and purple and black eye shadow. He bought some face skin from the Halloween store to make the scars.  And the finishing touch, lots and lots of hairspray. I have come to expect great costumes from Ryan. Last year he pulled off a flawless Billy the Puppet, aka the creepy guy on the bike from the Saw movies. With amazing back to back costumes, I am already looking forward to what he comes up with for next year. No pressure, Ryan! Good luck! I know you’ll deliver!


Coming up with a good couple’s costume can be hard at times. I’ve lived through the struggle of trying to both please your significant other while picking something you’ll want to wear. These next few couples picked the perfect duos and had some of the best couples costumes I have seen in a while.

Let’s start with the pair that got me to audibly laugh at my phone:

Rachel and Alex as Janet Snakehole and Burt Macklin

wpid-wp-1446499076392.jpegLet’s just say if I had been drinking anything, I would have spit it everywhere when I saw this costume. Janet Snakehole and Burtmaklin are the “alter egos” of April Ludgate and Andy Dwyer on the show Parks and Recreation. Being a huge fan of the show, this costume spoke to the happiest places of my soul. If you haven’t see the show, take this as my recommendation to do so. Rachel found her hat and cigarette holder on Amazon for about $25. She bought herself a cute dress on ModCloth for $60. She assured me it was super cute, so I am sure she plans to wear it again. She finished her look with pearls that she found at Meijer’s. Alex wore a pair of khakis, and paired it with a pale yellow shirt and blue jacket he found on Amazon. He used yellow duct tape to put the FBI logo on the jacket. He finished his look with a pair of sunglasses, that he also found on Amazon. He spent around $40 on the whole look. I’m not sure I will ever get over this costume. I may keep this one in my back pocket for a future Halloween.


Another great TV couple made the cut:

Chad and Jina as Sheldon and Amy

wpid-wp-1446499066362.jpegIf you don’t know who Sheldon and Amy are, you may live under a rock. But these two do not and they pulled off the couple from the Big Bang Theory like a couple of geniuses. Chad already had everything he needed except for the shirt. He bought that for $7 at WalMart. Jina found her purse and shoes at Goodwill for $2.50 and a skirt at Sears for $2. She informed me that she found options for both the flannel and the sweater at Goodwill, but opted to spent a little more a Kohl’s so she could wear them again. She said she spent about $60 at Kohl’s. I love how even though both outfits were extremely simple, they were instantly recognizable. Even though I have never seen anyone attempt to be Sheldon and Amy, I don’t think this can be topped! Bazinga!


This last couples costume is one I see on Pinterest all the time, but I have never seen this one pulled off by someone I know. I was honestly surprised to find out this was a last minute DIY.

Ashley and Matt as Mary Poppins and Bert

wpid-wp-1446527163145.jpegWhen I asked Ashley to explain how she went about styling these costumes, she laughed and said they didn’t decide to do this until about two days before the party they were attending. The only thing she really spent money on was their hats. She said they spent somewhere around $30 for them both. They used clothes that they already owned. She borrowed one of his tuxedo ties and used a $3 red ribbon to add the iconic touches to her costume. She also made Matt’s chimney sweep broom for about $3. I think they pulled it together extremely well for not planning it out. At first glance, I thought they both bought their costumes. That’s a sign of a great DIY! Knowing that they did such a great job in such a short amount of time, reminds me that we all have great DIY costume possibilities in our own closets if we just take the time to think about it!


I saw so many other awesome costumes, but I will always be a sucker for the ones people make as opposed to the ones people buy. I love knowing that other people enjoy putting thought, time, and energy into things. This is why Halloween will forever be one of my favorites. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with next year. But until then, I’ll just be creeping on everyone’s social media, hunting down costume ideas until Thanksgiving! Happy November everyone!

alyssa

And if you still can’t get enough, here are a few more pictures of these awesome costumes!

And if you still can’t get enough, here are a few more pictures of these awesome costumes!

Thank you to everyone who allowed me to write about their amazing costumes! And congratulations on having the best costumes of 2015!

DIY Belle and Gaston Costumes

wpid-wp-1446312895124.jpegHappy Halloween Everyone! I hope everyone is having a SPOOK-tacular day!

This morning, my four-legged side kick and I decided to go to the Broadway Paw-rade in Uptown Columbus. There were over a hundred dogs, and most of them were dressed up! It was a lot of fun. If you know me, even a little, you know I wouldn’t miss a chance to dress up with my fur baby. Koda Bear and I went as Belle and Gaston!

I put together both costumes for under $15. I’m actually quite impressed with how easily it all came together. Since we just got back from Disney World, I wasn’t wanting to spend too much. But I was also very inspired to keep my Disney outfits going strong.

But here’s what you need to pull it off!

Belle:

  1. Blue Dress – Plato’s Closet – $1 (on sale)
  2. Blue Ribbon – Michael’s – $3
  3. White Button-Up – Goodwill – $3
  4. 2 Yards White Fabric (for apron) – Previously Owned
  5. Black Flats – Previously Owned
  6. White Cami – Previously Owned – Optional
  7. Basket – Goodwill – $1
  8. Book – Previously Owned

**The Blue dress was the hardest thing to find. You want to find a dress that has a very basic shape. Its best to look for one with a tank top style top and a flare style bottom. My dress had lace already sewed in the bottom. You can add that if you like it.

Style It:

Start by putting on the white top. Button it up, but leave the top open. If your button-up shirt has pockets, you may want to put a white cami over it to smooth it out. Other wise you’ll be able to see the pocket lines through the dress. Put the dress on over the white shirt. Finish your outfit with your apron and black flats. Put your hair up. I twisted my bangs back and tied them up. Then I put the rest of my hair in a ponytail and added the ribbon.

If you need to make your apron, lay your dress down and decided how big you need it to be. Remember you will want it to be shorter then your dress. Cut out the size square you need and sew that square to a long strip of fabric you will use to tie it onto your waist. I used two layers of fabric because it was a little see-through. You may not need to.

Gaston:

**Disclaimer** This costume was intended for a dog, but you are essentially making a shirt. Although I would style a person different than a dog, but this costume would work for a person as well. 

  1. Red Polo – Goodwill – $3
  2. 2 Sheets of Yellow Felt – Michael’s -$1
  3. Brown Fabric – Previously Owned
  4. Hot Glue Gun and Glue

Make It:

Cut out sheets of yellow felt and glue them to the collar of the polo. Cut two strips of brown fabric for his belt. Glue them on the shirt. Cut out a buckle out of the left over yellow felt and glue it on. You could sew all of this on if you wanted, but I didn’t want to spend much time making something I wasn’t sure Koda would actually wear. I was afraid he would rip it up, but he wore it all morning and didn’t try to get it off once. I did have to safety pin it up some so he wouldn’t step on it. I only pinned up a couple of inches.

If you wanted to be Gaston, you could make this shirt for yourself. If it were me, personally, I would attach the yellow felt on the collar. Then I would wear an actual belt over it. I would pair it with brown or black pants or leggings and black boots. You could also accessorize with a bow and arrow.

I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Good luck and Happy Halloween!

alyssa

Ranger School Craft Challenge

When Zac left for Ranger School, I had no idea how I was going to occupy my time. I had a part time job, two fur babies and a whole lot of free time. We talked about all of the things I COULD do to fill my time, like working out, trying to make friends, or trying new recipes. And although I ended up doing all of those things, at the time the only idea we came up with that I thought I would stick to was a craft challenge.

The challenge was simple. For every week Zac was away, I had to complete at least one project and blog about it. In the end, he was gone for 13 weeks and I completed over 13 projects. There were a couple weeks I didn’t blog about my project because I didn’t want Zac to see it online before he saw it in person.

This challenge started as a way for me to fill time, but by the end of the 13 weeks, I had to find time to complete each project. I stepped out of my comfort zones and made friends, started going to the gym, and trying new things. When it was all said and done, this challenge jumpstarted my own “Ranger School” journey. I have changed and grown so much since the day I dropped Zac off. I did so much more than just wait for him to come home.

Well here it is! All the projects I completed in 13 weeks!

Ranger School Craft Challenge

Week One: Patriotic 4th of July Wreath

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Week Two: Travel Globe

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Week Three: Open When Letters & Batman Care Package

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Week Four: Office Chair Makeover

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Week Five: Rolodex Makeover

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Week Six: Keepsake Treasure Box Makeover

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Week Seven: Anniversary Care Package

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Week Eight: Paper Anniversary Gift 

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Week Nine: Olaf Painting

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Week Ten: Hawaii Care Package

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Week Eleven: Ribbon and Lace American Flag

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Week Twelve: Anniversary Date Wall Hanging

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Week Thirteen: Belle Dress & Beast Sign

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I am so glad I decided to do this. Not only did it give me something to do, it gave me something to talk to people about on the Ranger School Support groups. It made reaching out to make friends a little bit easier. And once I made those friends I found myself stepping out of my comfort zone and trying new foods, going to the gym, and eventually jump starting a new lifestyle. This challenge helped get me out of a funk that came from being in a new place by myself and now I feel completely at home. And completing a weekly craft or project has almost become a habit of mine now. I have several other projects in the works and I can’t wait to share them with you!

lyssa

Paper Anniversary Gift

IMG (432)One month ago, my husband and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary. As most of you probably know, the first anniversary is the “paper anniversary”. Because Zac was in Ranger School, we spent our special day apart. We had to wait until his first graduation pass to exchange gifts. Zac had limited resources to gifts while in Ranger School, yet he still managed to knock it out of the park. He wrote an amazingly heartfelt poem and read it to me when he got home.

I however, had ALL the time in the world to work on my gift since I didn’t have to worry about him coming home and seeing me working on it, so I knew mine would have to be good. I completed his gift as one of my weekly projects but didn’t post it because I wanted him to see it in person before he saw it on social media.

Here’s what I came up with:

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Supplies:

  • Large Piece of Sturdy Paper (I used poster board)
  • Large Piece of Sturdy Paper in Contrasting Color
  • Frame
  • Spray Paint (optional)
  • Staple Gun and Staples
  • X-acto Knife
  • Mod Podge

Directions:

  1. Choose a picture to work from.
  2. Draw (or trace if you don’t think you can draw) the picture to the size you want on your darker colored paper (I used black paper). If you want a large picture and you feel the need to trace it, you will need to blow the picture up in order to do so.wpid-wp-1442941649974.jpeg
  3. Cut the lighter piece of paper to fit in or behind your frame.
  4. Using an X-acto knife, cut around the outside edges of the subjects of your picture. Since my picture was a wedding picture, I also decided to cut out all of the white accents, such as: my dress, my veil, my tiara, Zac’s bow tie and parts of his tux.wpid-wp-1442941635639.jpeg
  5. Once you have all the pieces cut away, glue the darker piece of paper to the lighter piece using the Mod Podge. (Be careful about dragging the glue across the darker paper, it may smear.)
  6. Let dry.
  7. Once dry, insert into frame. I didn’t use a traditional frame with glass, so I stapled the paper to the frame with a staple gun.

I worked long and hard on that gift. I cut until my fingers hurt. So i was extremely happy when Zac loved it enough to want to hang it in our bedroom where we would see it every night. I thought I chose a gift that fit the “paper” theme that hadn’t be over used or too terribly common. I guess I better start figuring out how I’m gonna top that for next year!

lyssa

DIY Bam Bam and Pebbles Costumes

1900117_10152370685432617_3365013254769095359_nSince Halloween is right around the corner, I figured I would share the costumes I made for my husband and I last year. We didn’t have a lot of time to pull these costumes together, but I think they turned out pretty well.

Supplies:

For Bam Bam:

  • Orange Fabric
  • An Orange Hat
  • Brown Fabric
  • Safety Pins
  • A Small Dog Bone
  • A Medium Sized Dog Bone
  • Black Felt
  • Hot Glue
  • Scissors
  • Cave Man Club

**We found the plain orange hat at a hat store that custom embroiders hats. We found the Cave Man Club at Spirit Halloween. The Bones are all Nylabone bones. You can get them at WalMart,Target, Meijer, and Petsmart.

For Pebbles:

  • Green Tank Top
  • Light Blue Body Con Skirt (or blue shorts)
  • Black Felt
  • Medium Sized Dog Bone
  • Hot Glue
  • Scissors

Directions:

For Bam Bam:

  1. Start by measuring around the waist of the person who is going to be wearing the costume. Then have them measure how long they want their costume to be. Keep in mind that you will be cutting pieces off, so be sure to find out how long it needs to be for them to be comfortable.
  2. Next cut triangular shapes out of the orange fabric.
  3. Have the wearer tie the fabric around their waist where they want to wear it.
  4. Measure from the front left hip bone, over the shoulder to the right side of the lower back. Add about two inches and cut out a strip of brown fabric. Cut triangular shapes out of the brown fabric.
  5. Safety pin the brown fabric to the orange fabric. (Be sure to pin it so you can’t see the pin.) Hot glue the medium sized bone over the front safety pin.
  6. Cut out various sizes of triangles out of the black felt.
  7. Hot glue the black triangles all over the orange fabric.
  8. Cut out smaller triangles for the hat.
  9. Hot glue them all over the hat.
  10. Hot glue the small bone on the back of the hat.

For Pebbles:

  1. I found my green shirt at Plato’s Closet and ended up liking it too much to want to hot glue anything to it. So for mine, I cut triangles out of black felt that hat sticker backing. It didn’t really work as well as the hot glue, but it saved the shirt.
  2. Wear green shirt with blue skirt or shorts.
  3. Complete look buy wearing the last dog bone in your hair. I hot glued a bone to a hair thing.

It wasn’t the most difficult DIY i have ever done, but we were able to pull the two costumes together quickly and with very little money. I can’t wait to see what we come up with this year!

lyssa

Disney Themed Ranger School Homecoming

wpid-wp-1443008426382.jpegAnyone who knows us, knows that my husband and I love Beauty and the Beast. Sure, it was kinda my thing that morphed into our thing. But Zac grew to love it so much that Tale As Old As time was our wedding song, that he happily walked around Disney World wearing Beauty and the Beast Tank tops, and that we decorated our living room with a painting of the Beauty and the Beast stained glass window. Like a lot of things in our lives, it went from “my movie” to “our movie”.

While Zac was in Ranger School, I made him a book using pictures from the movie to try to make him laugh. The book suggested that Zac was the Beast, obviously, and that Ranger School was Gaston. There were pictures of Gaston attacking the Beast, pictures of Belle giving the Beast a stern “talking to”, and of course, pictures of the Beast defeating Gaston. This book was going to be given to Zac when he was on his bus ride back to Georgia from Florida, so I thought I would keep the Beauty and the Beast theme going when I went to pick him up.

wpid-wp-1442941679447.jpegFirst I made my version of a Disney Bound Belle dress. (I didn’t end up getting many pictures of just the dress on the day of because I was so excited to see Zac. But I did take one while I was working on my outfit.)

To make this Disney Bound, I found a plain, strapless yellow dress. It was not an easy thing to do at the end of summer. Most stores were transitioning to Fall clothing styles, so most yellows were mustardy tones that just wouldn’t cut it for me. Luckily, I had my crew of amazing friends helping me look. We found a ton of different styles of yellow dresses at Forever 21. I found a lot of really cute ones, that were actually way cuter than the one I bought. But I knew this particular dress would be perfect for what I wanted to do to it. Next, I went on the hunt for yellow tulle and buttons. Surprisingly, Hobby Lobby didn’t have ANY yellow tulle. They actually had every color BUT yellow. I did snag the rose and a red flower for my hair from Hobby Lobby though, so it didn’t end up being a wasted trip. Next I hit up JoAnn’s Fabric. I have had a lot of success with them lately, so I wasn’t too surprised when I found exactly what I needed. I did have to paint my buttons yellow, but that was a simple fix. I attached the tulle and buttons to my dress by hand, and ended up securing the buttons with hot glue so they would lay flat if I moved. My last added touch was finding red shoes. I found a really cute pair at Charlotte Ruse. wpid-wp-1442941698548.jpegUnfortunately, I have baby feet and they didn’t have my size. I ended up finding mine at Rue 21. There shoe sizes are a little strange so the closest I could get to “my size” was a S/M so they are a little bit big, but they got the job done.

Next I needed to make a sign. I knew showing up dressed as a Disney Princess could be potentially ridiculous, so I needed my sign to tie everything together. I decided to make it say “I’m here for my Beast.” Just to make sure there could be no doubt in anyones mind, I decided to draw the Beast on the sign too. I chose to draw him in his cape and angry so he’d be more masculine. I outlined everything and drew in stained glass throughout the outline.

Zac’s face when he saw me was exactly what I expected. A big ole’ smile and a goofy laugh. I know I could have shown up in sweat pants and he wouldn’t have cared but I was glad I did something silly. It gave me something to do and made him laugh before I even made it to him. And hey, now I can dress like Belle when ever I want to. I am NOT mad about that! 🙂

lyssa