Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Dear Santa...

Hey Santa! 
It's been a while. Like, years. For real. I figured that since I didn't write you any letters for an even longer while, maybe that's why you forgot about me. But here I am!! Still alive and more importantly, doing well! So well that I think I deserve to be showered with gifts this year! Ha, just kidding. But for real though, i've been a really really good girl and I just want that to be known ;)
If you've got time, between all of the little kids with no families and the sick ones, especially the sick ones, i've got a little list going. Take a look, maybe you've got somethin' just layin' around?

- Some new underwear and maybe a new bra or two. Funny how things change as you get older right? But I really could use some new undies Santa. 
- Snow. Lots and lots of snow. But only for Christmas day if possible- can't be driving to work in the horrendous stuff!
- A to-go coffee mug. Maybe your elves can make a better one than i've found myself? I swear every one I buy ends up leaking rather quickly or always freakin' leaked from day one. 
- Some short brown boots. I NEED ALL THE BOOTS. I have acquired quite the love for boots recently...
- A boyfriend. Or at least some potential ones...
- A case of Rockstar BOOM! Whipped Strawberry energy drinks. These things are so good...can't...stop...drinking...them...
- A 10 foot phone charger cord. Or 20. And preferably it winds up into a small container by itself. Yeah, that's what I want it to do. 
- The motivation to blog more often. I really need that back. Maybe just some ideas of where to go with it? Please and thank you.
- A puppy. I REALLY REALLY REALLY need a puppy. A kitten will do too. 

Great chatting Santa. If ya can't make any of this happen, it's all hard feelings. Make sure all those kids get what they need first.


Monday, October 19, 2015

{Octopus Costume} || tutorial |

Hey there! I am sitting here thinking about the Halloween costumes i've made for Porter in the past, and was remembering my favorite- an octopus. 
I am reposting the tutorial because it's too good to not :)


I really wanted Porter to be an Octopus for Halloween. I originally was asking my mom to make it, but since I got her old sewing machine, I decided to do it myself. I really had no idea what to do though. I looked online for octopus baby costumes and it literally brought up 1 or 2 handmade costumes. Shoot. Someone had used socks for theirs, so I decided to use tights. I googled Octopuses and looked at a bunch of real ones and kinda went off of that.

So here ya go.

I dyed the white tights green with Rit Dye.
This is what they ended up looking like after being dyed.
I then rubber banded all of the tights separately, and a onesie as well. After they were done, I soaked them in Soda Ash (for tie-dying).
Viola! Done! I used blue and yellow dye and once they were washed and dried-
I cut the legs from the top part of the tights. 
I then sewed the feet to be more pointy.
Then, I stuffed each one.
After they were stuffed, I cut out felt circles to use on the bottom of the legs, for tentacles. 
Each felt circle was hot glued on.
Sorry for the lack of photos after the last step. I used thick ribbon for the waist and hot glued all of the legs to the ribbon.
And the hat- it's two of the tops parts of the tights sewn together, and I sewed felt eyes to it. It also has stuffing in the top to create a more cone-like shape.

And I sincerely apologize for not having a picture of a person (i.e. Porter) in the costume. He's been teething the last couple of days and PISSED so I haven't gotten a chance to put it all on him at the same time. Soon I promise!!

Sunday, October 18, 2015


Just a little update of sorts :)

Life HAS been good. It really has. There have been a lot of changes in my life in the last few months, and up until about a month ago, life's been crazy yo. Like, really crazy. But it's starting to settle down- except on the job front. But on another note...

It's been nice being back in Colorado. Porter is so pumped to be close to his dad again, and it makes me so happy to see him happy. Things between his dad and I have been great- very unlike what it was like a year ago when I moved back to IL. But it's been so good. They spend lots of time together, and we're able to arrange that with ease and no arguments or disagreements. It's nice.

Fall is here and it's beautiful. The leaves are all changing and we're keeping busy doing stuff outside because the weather has been amazing. Not too hot, not too cold...just perfect. When i'm not busy enjoying the weather, i'm applying for jobs. Not so much fun, but hopefully something will come soon!

I've been cooking more than usual- made an awesome pesto stuffed chicken that I NEED to make again and post a recipe for- too good not to share! We've been trying to eat a little healthier around here and i'm starting to discover some really awesome, good for us's been fun :)

Anyway, off to spend some time outside before it starts to get dark (i'm not looking forward to daylight savings time at all!)...have a great rest of your Sunday! GO BRONCOS!

Monday, September 28, 2015


Fall is here! I've always loved the changing of the seasons, and there's so much to do in the Fall. Every year there are a handful of things I always have to do, but this year i'm going to make an effort to do some new (to me) things.

1. Burn candles- LOTS AND LOTS OF CANDLES. Fall brings a nice crisp chill to the air, and it's nice to have some good smelling candles burning around the house. Bath and Body Works has a great Fall candle that is, don't you know, just perfect for Fall!

2. Apple Orchards. I've never been apple picking and I am definitely going to get there this year!

3. Leaf rubbing. This is something I did as a kid and it brings back such good memories, and I don't know about you, but i've got a kid who will have a blast peeling all the wrappers off of the crayons.

4. Long drives into the mountains to see all of the Aspen trees changing colors. I love scenic road trips!

5. Buy some new scarves. Fall is the perfect time to add a scarf to outfits that you might get chilly in later on in the day. Here's one scarf i'm loving, and another.

6. Make homemade Apple Cider. This recipe is simple and looks delicious!

7. Do a zombie crawl. We have a great one here in Denver, and it's fun for all ages.

8. Rake leaves with the sole intention of jumping in them and throwing them up in the air.

9. Bake lots of homemade bread. I got a bread maker for Christmas and have yet to use it. This pumpkin bread recipe looks amazing!

10. Go to a pumpkin farm and do all of the things. Hayrides, pumpkin picking, playing in corn kernals, corn mazes...woohoo!