Friday, October 21, 2016

Comfortable and Fashionable

Long Sleeve Swing Dress from Cents of Style

Most days I wear a mom uniform. What does that look like? Messy bun on top of my head, jeans and a shirt. I am usually clamoring for comfortable, not stylish. Recently it seems more and more like fashion is trying to bridge that gap. Every day comfortable fashion doesn't have to look like you sewed it from an old blanket. It can be fun, flattering and comfy. 

I call these dresses pajama dresses. Why? They feel like cheating at life. I look like I am trying hard, but I am not really trying at all. You could take a nap in this thing, head to church or into your child's school all while feeling fantastic and comfy. 

My favorite way to wear this is with a fluffy scarf or patterned tights and boots. I love that since it is monochromatic you can throw on a statement necklace or almost any kind of scarf. This is my kind of clothing. 

Today Cents of Style has these dresses on sale for $21.95. I am going to get it in red too! 

The coupon code is DRESS2016 and it will make each dress $21.95 + FREE SHIPPING in the cart.

What color do you want?

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

DIY Harry Potter Makeup Brushes

I am Harry Potter obsessed. If I could redo my house in a combination of Doctor Who and Hogwarts I would be a happy girl. When I saw the Harry Potter makeup brushes floating around the internet, I fell in love. Before jumping to buy new brushes, I wanted to try making them myself and they were so fun. 

If you have made your own homemade wand before, these are really similar in style. The longer and skinnier the brush is the more wand like it will be, although I couldn't resist making wands out of all the styles! 

You will need:

  • Makeup Brushes (Elf ones are $1 a piece) 
  • Hot Glue
  • Metallic Silver Spray Paint 
  • Metallic Aged Copper Spray Paint
  • Masking Tape 
  • Parchment Paper
  • Plastic wrap or a plastic bag

Wrap the top of your brush in plastic wrap or a place a plastic bag over top of the brush part. Use masking tape to secure it and protect any parts of the brush you don't want covered in paint.

Use hot glue to make designs on the handles of the brush. I found that the ones that look the most like wants are the ones that have stripes instead of squiggles.

One the hot glue is dry, spray the brushes with metallic paint. The Aged Copper paint has more of a wand feel but the chrome ones are gorgeous and fun too!

Peel the masking tape off and then cast a spell before you do your makeup!

Do you have a Harry Potter fan in your life that would love these?

Elf Makeup Brushes
Aged Copper Spray Paint
Chrome Spray Paint

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DIY Quidditch Pitch

One of the most magical moments in Harry Potter for me was when he first learned to play Quidditch. Learning about the Quaffle, the Bludgers and that little Golden Snitch really made the Wizarding World that extra bit of fun. I have never been much of athletic person, but I have always wanted to play Quidditch. When my daughter requested a Harry Potter party for her birthday this year, I knew that it was time to live out my Quidditch dreams.

One of the activities for the party is going to be real live Quidditch. I mean, as real live as Quidditch can get when you can't actually fly on broomsticks and the Snitch doesn't fly on its own, but I am pretty sure watching kids run around with broomsticks is going to be pretty stinking fun anyway.

For a full Quidditch Pitch (6 Hoops) you will need:

  • 6 hula hoops (I found them at the dollar store)
  • brown spray paint
  • 4 - 2x2's cut at 38"
  • 2 - 2x2x48 pieces 
  • 12- 2 inch screws
  • 6 - 7.25" cuts of 2x8 
  • Drill with 3/8ths bit 
  • long nails

Drill two holes in the center of each of the bases. You want to countersink or drill the holes about half way through the piece of wood. This way when you drill the screws into the 2x2s, they won't stick out and make your Quidditch hoop wobble. After each of the bases have pilot holes, screw the bases and the 2x2s (long pieces) together. 

Nail a hula hoop to the top of each 2x2. I have found that the easiest way to do this is to push the nail through the plastic of the hula hoop before you nail it to the wood. It makes it so the hula hoop doesn't slip around when it is being nailed in. 

Spray paint the hula hoops brown to give it all a more uniform look and you have a Quidditch pitch! We plan on laying a sand bag on each of the stands to make sure it doesn't fall over during heavy play, but we have also talked about drilling a couple of extra holes through the bases and staking them down. It isn't necessary to stake them, they stand up well on their own, it just might make it easier if you are playing on an uneven surface. 

My daughter is absolutely thrilled with how the Quidditch Pitch turned out and keeps asking if it is time for her party yet.

Here is what you will need to play Quidditch:
broomsticks (see how I made affordable broomsticks here.)
Quidditch hoops
a quaffle (a slightly deflated volleyball works great!)
2 bludgers (Bludgers in our case will either be foam balls or balloons)
1 Golden Snitch (a golf ball painted gold)

Here are some guidelines to playing Quidditch on the ground.

  • Each player must keep their broom between their legs at all times. 
  • There are three Chasers on a team. Their goal is to get the ball through the hoops of the opposing team for 10 points each. 
  • There are two beaters on each team. Their job is to knock people out of play with the bludgers. When a player is hit with a bludger they must touch one of their own team's hoops before resuming play. 
  • There is one seeker whose job it is to find the Golden Snitch, that is hidden in the yard somewhere. 

Now, tell the truth, would you play Quidditch? 
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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Easy Harry Potter Monster Book of Monsters Journal

You will need: 

  • Faux Fur Fabric (You can buy it by the yard at the craft store)
  • a notebook (not spiral bound)
  • hot glue
  • 2 flat marbles
  • felt in red and white
  • scissors
  • orange paper
  • a black marker 
  • mod podge

Lay your notebook open on your faux fur and cut the fur to your specific notebook. The faux fur should cover most of the inside of the journal's front and back inside cover. the fur should only hang over the top and bottom of the book about half an inch. 

After you have your fur cut to your book, Use hot glue to glue the fur to the front of the book and to the inside covers of the notebook. Add a line of hot glue to the half inch that over laps the edges and push them together.

Cut a tongue out of red felt and teeth out of white. Glue them on the inside flap of the book. The tongue behind the teeth. 

Trace your flat marbles onto your orange paper. Cut the circles out and add pupils with a black marker. Use Mod Podge to secure the paper to the back of the flat marbles. Once the marbles are completely dry, glue them to the front cover of your book as the eyes. 

My 7-year-old is absolutely thrilled with the way her journal turned out and I am too! We already have plans to make more! 
Who would you make a monster book for?

Faux Fur Fabric
Flat Marbles
Felt in Various Colors

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