Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Cardboard "CARS" Tutorial

There have been so many great cardboard box ideas on the web lately that I wanted to take it for a ride.  

We don't have tons of money, so all the ideas I had seen on Pinterest were cool, but I couldn't very well do too much.  I wanted to keep it cheap.

Everyone has been asking for a tutorial on this, and really its quite simple, so I'm going to share it with my readers to give you all an idea of how to accomplish this cute Cars theme on a budget!

First of all save all the Huggies Diaper boxes you think you'll need!  I have 2 kids that can sit in the boxes, so I saved 4 buggies boxes.  Two for the cars and two for the wheels (four wheels on each box.)

By the way aren't these the cutest?!

  I was so proud of them when they were finished!  It was Cole's 3rd birthday, and I wanted him to have something fun, but also something we could do at home just as a family.  They ate their dinner in their cars and watched-- you guessed it!  'CARS' the movie!  

It was such a blast, and after a month later, their Cars boxes still sit in their bedrooms next to their beds.  They love them!

Here's what you'll need:
2 Huggies cardboard boxes (holding size 3 diapers and up--these work best because of their shape and size)
White Butcher Paper cut to size and taped around the boxes
Glue Gun and glue sticks (for wheels face, and lightning bolts)
Regular Glue stick (large you will need lots of glue--I already had this on hand)
Red felt 
Blue felt 
White Cardstock
Black Cardstock 
Blue, Green and Black sharpie markers
Yellow Cardstock
Box Cutter (trust me that nothing else will cut through the boxes than these!)

Drawing the Details 
Having the Cars DVD handy helped me to make sure I got the design of the faces, lightning bolts and even the little car tattoo on Sally the Porshe right.  Work on these parts first!  I did them last, however, I would have been done sooner had I started the little parts at the beginning!

 I only did lightning McQueen and Sally the Porche because I have a girl and a boy, but you could also do Matter the tow truck and many others.  Just watch the movie again and pause for better ideas of how to make them look. Use your imagination and please tag me in instagram if you end up trying this out!  I would love to see what you all come up with! My insta is @mammagazette.

Body of Car
You will need at least 8-10 sheets of felt for the body of each car because you want it to cover completely.  The felt squares at Michaels are just the right size.  Don't buy the small ones because they won't cover it!  The less lines you see on the cars the better!  You will have to trim the tops of the felt with scissors.

I glued on the felt with regular glue sticks, but first wrapped them in white butcher paper.  Tape the white butcher paper down first before adding the felt squares.  Cut all your felt to size and glue with a regular elmers glue stick or whatever you have on hand that acts as a glue stick.

Details of Car
Glue on all the details once cut, traced and drawn. These include: the face, lightning bolt and I also did the spoiler on the back of Sally the porshe.  The Sally Spoiler folded down, so I could put a piece of red felt along the top for the taillight and then I drew her tattoo under the spoiler, and it turned out very cute!  You can look up Sally's tattoo via google.  Click on this link HERE for a picture to free hand.  Don't sweat it if it isn't perfect!  Mine sure wasn't, and my daughter thought it was so cute!

I cut the wheels after drawing large circles using a tupperware bowl.  It was large enough for the car and I used a pen to draw it on the cardboard and cut it out.  I used hot glue to adhere each wheel to the cars, after the black card stock was glued on with the glue stick.

Once you have it all done you will love seeing your kiddos faces!  The only thing I had to pay for was my buggies diapers from Costco and thats a necessity.  I had all the other items in my craft selection, so there was no need to run to the store!  Hopefully, that's how this project turns out for you all!

Tell me what you think of this tutorial.  I did not think I would be doing this spin on the blog, so I didn't take step by step photos.  Hopefully with my future tutorials I will be able to have more step by steps for my readers!  

Lastly, Look at those faces!  My 3 year old had the best birthday.  They ate dinner in them, watched a movie and even ate cake in them!  The mess stays in the car!  And you see that cute rug underneath them didn't even get a speck of food on it!  

Mom.  Winning.

What do you think of the CARS idea?  Comment below! 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

A Little Re-Introduction For You, My Readers

Previously on my blog, I was going to keep it as strictly funny stories, however my darling husband suggested I go ahead and go with my dream of being a mom blogger.  

He pointed out many know things that make you go. Yeah.  I am totally a cookie cutter mom blogger and I should expand my horizons.  I have done it all.  I have couponed, I price match, I craft, I bake, I cook, I ran a cleaning business at one point, and I have been through a lot as a mom, and I can really hand some great ideas out to other moms who are looking for ways to simplify, live on a budget, decorate your house, and do it with realism!  

All you get here is real mom stuff by me.  I am hooking this up to Pinterest, and I'm so excited to get going with this new adventure!  

We are a family of five.  In my posts before I was keeping the names of my kiddos hidden, but since I have an instagram and my kids identities are shown there, I plan on sharing them here too.  So without further ado here is a photo of my sweet family!  

Copywrite @mammagazette
copy-write @mamma gazette

I have tutorials coming up this week! 

Some are baking, some are crafty, and holy moly I hope you love it!  I'm excited to impart just a little bit of my world to each of you!  

Sunday, November 9, 2014

5 Going on 30

Last Friday, Miss C had her little girl friend over for a play date. They were talking like little miniature teenagers as they colored in their coloring books and discussed things from school like who played on the monkey bars and how much they loved to do summer salts at recess.

As the talking went on, it turned into boys were chasing the girls, etc.

After a while I heard Miss C whisper (but not really a whisper--you know the kind they think is whispering, but really we can all hear every detail;)) to her little friend, "M's (play date friend) got a boyfriend! M's got a boyfriend!" And then there were giggles and more giggles and more "whispering."

I sent her mom a text message about how funny they were acting during the whole conversation.  Then she sent me a photo of her daughter dancing with this little boy in the class during 50's day. It was the cutest thing!

Miss C and her little friend are quite the gossips. At least they are just gossiping about each other!

Oh, and apparently Miss C doesn't have a boyfriend because her boyfriend is in another class. (So it starts!)

5 year olds going on 30 I tell ya! This mamma gazette isn't ready for all that!

If any of you have funny stories about your little ones having boyfriends and girlfriends, I would love to hear them!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

So Many Faces, I Tell Ya!

Oh the faces of a baby.

"You're boring me to tears, mamma!"
"Okay, well I guess I can sing you a song..."
I know, I'm cute.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Word to Your Mothers

So we all have mothers. Mothers have mothers and their mothers have mothers.

I have made a few pacts that I will do for my kids when they get older.

First, I will ALWAYS tell them they are doing a good job. Even if they don't feel that way or they feel overwhelmed. Unless of course they are despicable human beings and neglect their children...or worse.

Secondly, I will never ever forget the heck my own kids put me through. That way when my children have their own kids I can say, yep been there, and it was hard. Keep on keepin' on because someday it will get easier and better. Yes my kids woke me up at night, yes my kids did fight. They ran over me like a tractor on a rampage. Yes they threw tantrums. Yes they had meltdowns in the middle of the grocery store!

Thirdly, I will never say I understand. Every mom in previous generations did it different. And each generation has new things to add to their plate. While my generation has this amazing technology, it also means people are less inclined to come to your rescue in person. I think most moms my age would agree with this! And on top of that we are not allowed to do a lot of things moms could do even 10 or 20 or 30 years ago.

Fourthly, for all that is good and holy I will not try correcting everything my kids do as parents. It's hard enough in certain aspects of life to feel as though you're not doing enough, or doing it "right". People cope with parenthood differently. Mine is eating ice cream and watching TV shows for a couple hours after the kids go to bed. And that's OK. The secret ice cream calls on me almost everyday because everyday is a new challenge.

Last but not least, I won't say I had it harder. You can't know how hard it is for a mom until you've walked a mile in her shoes. Even though situations can seem similar in comparison, there will always be something that makes it drastically different for each family.

I am thankful for all the generations of moms out there. Each of them has a different story to tell. Each Mom is unique. Each Mom hopefully shows love to their children each day no matter the circumstance they find themselves.

I'm blessed to be a mom. I love this work and I know it's a grand thing to be able to raise some of Gods special children. It's hard work. And it's a 24/7 kinda work!

The days where I feel the most joy out of being a mom are those ones where I get to take my kids out to ride their bikes, go to the park, play board games, eat treats, and talk about a school day. Those are the great things. And when they say "I love you, mom," give you a huge hug and a big kiss it's the best reward in the world.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

All Tied Up

Lately we've been trying to think of creative ways to stay entertained while the newborn sleeps.

Miss C had this brilliant idea of putting all her stuffed animals into her laundry bag, and then tying her brother to the chair with the bag string.

To her dismay it isn't working out like she planned. I'm sure there are some ulterior motives seeing as Mr C has been giving her a hard time all morning, but for now he's quite enjoying it.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I Too Miss the Village

Click on the article below for where I got the inspiration of this post.

I Miss the Village

This subject is so serious for Momma Gazette.  I wasn't sure I should post it. After all, I promised to keep it light and free of serious forums such as these.

Recently, I felt like I should remove myself from social media, so as to get back on track. Hopefully make better connections with the people around me--my kids, my husband, my friends. It has been so wonderful for not only myself, but for my kids and husband who desperately need their momma home in body and mind.

The phrase it takes a village to raise a child, is a rarity now days, as I read the article the truth of that really sunk in for me.

Being a new mom of 3, having a husband who is gone a lot and will be even more come this fall semester, I wish I was living in the 50's or 60's when there was a village of mommas who helped each other instead of judging one another and feeling like they're "intruding" on other moms.

There are so many houses on my street, and I only know a handful very briefly.

As I was reading the article above, I started to daydream of the village in my head.

The village of Mommas I imagine are ones who come to your aid without any question. They call you up to check on you and your family. They aren't afraid to tell your kids when they need a "teaching moment." They love you as a mom in whatever parenting style you choose: nursing vs. bottle, attachment parenting vs. Babywise books, negative vs. positive reinforcement. You know what I'm getting at. There's no comparison. There's no question of whether one mommas way is better than another. Just helping each other. Being there. Doing. Loving my children like their own.

I long for that village--especially now. These times of economic ruin have made the world self-centered. Self reliant.  It is good in a lot of ways, but as I get older, I welcome help. I welcome offers to serve. And when I get back on my own two feet and on schedule again as I normally do after having a baby, I offer help, because I know what it's like to be so tired you can hardly function. I know what it's like to have a husband who works hard for our family and has to be away more often than normal. I know what it's like to have no one around you but the neighbors who share your yard, and a family who is miles and miles from your home away from home.

If only the village was larger and this world was not so closed off to their neighbor. What a different place our neighborhoods would be. What a safer place our neighborhoods would be knowing that we could trust each other.

It really does take a village to raise our children, and I miss it terribly.

So as stated in the Huffington Article, I will watch the momma at the park, and see in her the same longing I have, and invite her over for lunch, and a playdate with my littles.  I will always help other moms when they need it, because I know what they are feeling.  I want to help.