Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Halloween 2012

So, we've had a lot of fun around the Todd household this Halloween.  Dylan & I dressed up as gender swapped old people.  He even rigged up some saggy boobies for his costume.

Sadie was Marceline the Vampire Queen & Claire was Princess Bubblegum, both are characters from Adventure Time.  I sewed Claire's dress & made her crown.  Dylan made Sadie's ax guitar.  I really, really, really dislike sewing costumes.  But I'm always happy with the results & for this one I learned to put in my very first zipper.  So yay me!  :)  But I'm not that awesome, cause I can see in this photo that the elastic gathering in one of her sleeves came undone.  Oh well.  It's a costume.  They were both over the moon with the end results.  That's what matters.

Finn was an ewok.  This costume was made by my sister-in-law for her little boy a few years back.  I had the hardest time getting a photo of Finn.  That boy won't hold still for anything!!

Good times.  These girls ended up with way too much candy though.  Like way too much.  We'll see how that all goes down!  :)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

New Graco Snugride Click Connect 40 - Sponsored Post

Last week I was lucky enough to attend a really fun blogger event put on by Graco.  The trusted brand for baby gear, Graco, has created the a new carseat that holds babies from birth all the way up to two years in the rear facing position.  It's called the Graco Snugride Click Connect 40

The blogger event was really fun.  It was held at Child's Play, so we got to bring our little ones & they ran around & played while the moms all talked carseats.  And each blogger got to go home with a carseat!  Thanks, Graco!

According to the American Academy of Prediatrics, "...toddlers are more than five times safer riding rear facing in a car seat.  They should stay rear facing until 2 years of age."  The SnugRide® Click Connect™ 40 is the only infant car seat that provides rear-facing protection for babies from birth to 2 years old, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The infant car seat grows with babies from four pounds up to 40 pounds, so parents can keep their children rear facing longer, while making sure they stay comfortable as they grow.

It seems that Graco has thought of everything.  Here are some of the really great features about this carseat:

* 4 - 40 pound weight limit
* Base adjusts with 8 recline positions for the most leg room of any rear facing seat.  You just keep adjusting the base as your baby grows.
* Simply Safe Adjust harness system easily adjusts without having to rethread the harness
* Click Connect attachment easily clicks into Graco Click Connect strollers
* Adjustable kick plate helps protect your upholstery from scuffs and marks

The Graco SnugRide® Click Connect™ 40 – the first and only newborn to two-year infant car seat that actually grows with your baby from four pounds all the way up to 40 pounds. The car seat is designed for a parent on the go. The infant car seat can be easily removed from the base and used as a carrier when the infant is small, providing portability and convenience so you can easily move your infant in and out of the car without disturbing them.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently made the recommendation to keep all children in rear-facing car seats until the age of 2. Graco set out to make this product so parents can keep infants rear facing longer while still keeping them comfortable.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Graco. The opinions and text are all mine.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Mini Chalkboard Disply Sign Tutorial

Today I am showing you how to make these adorable mini chalkboard display signs.  These little signs are so cute & can be used for buffet table, wedding table numbers, craft show displays, or just around your house.

I was given the great opportunity to do a little shopping at a new online craft supply store called Consumer Crafts.  I found that they have a wide variety or really great products & the cheapskate in me just loved their awesome prices!  Shipping was also very quick.  I received my order in about a week.  I purchased the following supplies for this project from their website:

Galvanized metal pails - 2 3/4 inch
Wood dowels
Wood rectangle cutouts - 3 inch
Dry floral foam
Acrylic paint
Preserved sheet moss
Glue gun

In addition to the items above, I used the following supplies that I already had on hand:

Chalkboard paint
Foam paintbrushes
Painter's tape

Okay, here is how it's done...

Cut off a chunk of the dry floral foam & press it into the bottom of your pail.  You want it to fit snug.  I held the foam up to my bucket & then eyeballed it.  Just cut the foam off with a sharp kitchen knife.

Next tear off a little bit of moss & attach it to the top of the foam with hot glue. This moss is so fun!  I love, love, love it!!

Now it's time to paint both your dowel & your rectangle piece.  I chose a nice turquoise color.  I also cut a few inches off my dowel with scissors before painting, just cause it didn't need to be as long as it was or it would look weird in the end.

At this point, I hot glued my dowel to the back of my sign.  You could do this now, or wait until after you paint the chalkboard.

Apply painters tape around the edges of the sign to create the little turquoise border.  Then paint with chalkboard paint.  Paint one coat with brush strokes going in one direction.  Allow that to dry & then paint another coat with the brushstrokes going in the opposite direction.

Once dry, remove the painters tape.  Insert your dowel into the moss & floral foam in the center of the bucket.  And you're done!  You can remove the sign to write on it & then place it right back into the pail.

Check out Consumer Crafts today!  They really do offer a great selection of craft supplies at really great prices!  They also have an awesome blog, Crafts Unleashed.  And you can keep up with them through twitter, Facebook & Pinterest as well.

Also don't miss the Refer-A-Friend Contest they are currently running.  They are giving away $250 shopping sprees to 6 winners! 

I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Consumer Crafts and Blueprint Social.  The opinions in this post are my own.
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