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!  

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.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sorry Not Sorry

So....... recently baby C was born. 

I have not been super fab at posting the day to day funnies since that time.

We still have plenty of funny things going on around our house, especially with a newborn.

Like Mr. C loves to poke baby C's eyes and kiss him while he's eating.

Or how Miss C starts talking like a teenager when she's only 5 years old.

Recent conversations like: "He's aggravating me, Mom!!" or "Will I be able to have babies too, mom?"  Yikes...lets save that for when you're 30, shall we?

Baby C does funny things like farting, and burping which get good laughs out of his two older siblings.  We are working on manners with the oldest two, but I'm afraid with Baby C's recent entrance, manners are going to take some more time.


Yep those are the noises we hear lately. ;)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Dinosaur Obsessions

Lately Miss C has been really into watching and learning about dinosaurs.  In fact, she can tell me most of the different kinds of dinosaurs now.

The Dino nuggets are her favorite ones to eat, and as she eats them, she states which dinosaur she's about to gobble down. 

However, this momma was getting a little bored with dinosaur shows one evening and here's how my conversation went with Miss C...

Miss C:  How bout we watch a Dinosaur show?  

Me: I'm kinda getting tired of watching dinosaur shows.

Miss C: Maybe you could just close your eyes.  

Ha. Ha. Ha.  

Dinosaur show it is. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Cupcake Wars

Cupcake wars. We've all heard of the television show, but have you heard of the show you get from a tired little 2 year old named Mr. C?

It's a fun one. Let's start from the beginning, shall we?

Everyday at 10 o'clock we have snack time. Of course, I promised the kids one of the leftover cupcakes from dessert last night, but Daddy insisted we wait until after lunch, and I agreed it was too early for cupcakes. (Although sometimes on my really awesome mom of the year days I end up giving them dessert for breakfast. Anyone else guilty of this?)

Bad idea. Mr. C started crying because instead of the cupcake we were giving him some crackers and cheese. This understandably was not okay with neither Miss C or Mr. C.

So I gave them each a cupcake. First part of the battle is won and so far it's not looking good for this momma!

Miss C is gobbling up her cupcake, and then there's her brother, Mr. C who starts to lick it like a dog who's not sure what was just put in front of him.


I decide to jump in--thinking maybe he wants the wrapper off so he can actually eat the cupcake and not the paper?

Yeah sounds legit.

I unwrap the cupcake.

And then the water works start...

I've just taken off a part of his cupcake?! I can hear him say it ten years from now...

"MOM! Why did you take that wrapper off my cupcake when I was 2 years old?! It was a part of the cucpake! I will always remember that horrible day!"

Yes, because heaven forbid he can actually eat the cupcake instead of licking it to death and not take a bite out of the paper. (Licking post for another day by the way...).

Okay so how do I fix this? Well of course I say, "Let's put the wrapper back on the cupcake."

Problem solved right?


Now the cupcake is deformed, because the wrapper won't stay on.

Again...The water works from Mr. C.

I look at my 5 year old and she's almost done with hers.

So then I say to Mr. C. "Well maybe we should start all over again, and get you a new cupcake!"

Really this is just an excuse for me to EAT the deformed cupcake, which is now sitting lopsided without a wrapper again. Nothing was working out here.

The lopsided cupcake makes Mr. C cry even harder and louder than before.

Yep. Time for a new cupcake. And now I get to eat one as an excuse! Baby C (in my tummy) is going to be kicking me for hours lose situation here.

I then get a new cupcake for Mr. C and hurry to shove the old one in my mouth.

Mr. C seems content with his new cupcake, but is still staring at it blankly. He licks it again and then I decide to give him a spoon, so he can at least dig into the cupcake.

And we have a winner! He uses the spoon! Yay! He's happy.


The cupcake gets demolished by his own spoon and it's broken into three pieces as you can see in the picture.

Well darn it, we thought it would all work out but the cupcake is deformed now and doesn't look the same, so now Mr. C is really throwing a fit.

You know? It was like watching a tiny tornado thrash his limbs around like he was going to destroy a whole entire city.

I'm not sure who won the cupcake wars? Me, the momma, or Mr. C, or even the cupcake that was able to live a few minutes longer, (because I ended up eating that one too) but I can say there is one tired little 2 year old asleep in his crib!

Maybe I did win after all.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Dress Up, Pleasure and Perfection

Miss C requested a picnic in the backyard on Saturday afternoon, but before hand they wanted to play for a bit.

First I have to share the attire they wore.

Miss C decided to wear her Frozen princess crown, and flip flops.  Mr. C followed suit and put on his flip flops but also decided pajamas were a good combo with Miss C's leopard print fuzzy cap and his Nike jacket.  A funny combination to behold.

After playing for a while, they were ready for the picnic, so I made them both peanut butter and honey sandwiches, brought out a big blanket to sit on in our backyard and their sipy cups.

For a bit they sat down and ate, but then I look over and see a cute little cuddly Mr. C, hug Miss C from behind.

Miss C then says, "I like playing with you Mr. C.  Do your sandals hurt?"

Later on Miss C noticed that Mr. C wasn't eating his sandwich.

Mr. C was not really eating his sandwich, so Miss C then says, "It would give me great pleasure if you would eat your sandwich, Mr. C!"

Beauty and the Beast, anyone?  "It would give me great pleasure if you would join me for dinner!" It's what we watch almost every single day besides Frozen.

Mr. C then replies with an, "uh."  Which means no.  Usually what he says to everything.

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Yesterday, Miss C was very excited for Daddy to wake up.  When he finally did, she gave him a big hug and then say's: "Daddy, I'm perfect!"  What the...  Where did she get that idea?

Daddy replies with: "Well if you were perfect you'd never get in trouble, and I'm pretty sure you've been in trouble before, so you're not perfect."

Miss C says, "NO, Daddy!  I'm perfect!!"

There was no arguing with her on that one.  We're learning to pick our battles over here in this house!