Wednesday, October 31, 2012


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Saturday, October 27, 2012

DIY Wooden Ghosts

I love pinterest!  I can spend HOURS going through all the great ideas and wonderful pictures!
One of the very first "PINS" I did was for a DIY project for Halloween.  2x4 Ghosts was the title.  OMG I can totally do that!  Take 2x4s and paint them like ghosts!
Well, I am one of those people that like to know EXACTLY how it's done.  So I click on the link provided with the "PIN" and there were no instructions.... NOOOOO!
I even tried "GOOGLE"ing 2x4 Ghosts hoping that I could find something. Nope!
So I went out on my own!
The materials I used were:

  • 6x6 pieces of wood (I inherited these.  2x4s or even 4x4s will work just as great!  Mine are around 2                        feet tall.  Put them at whatever height you would like.)
  • White Paint ( I used outdoor, flat, no gloss paint.)
  • Black Paint (Same as above)
  • Paint Brushes
  • Newspaper or drop cloth
  • Pencil
  • Sander (optional)
  • Stencils for faces (optional)
**I wanted mine to have a distressed look over time.  So I did not put primer on mine.  If you want yours to look nice and neat, then use primer, either get paint that already has it in it or apply after you paint.
** You can also use gloss paint if you prefer.

First Step:
- Get your wood!
        Like I said, I inherited my 6x6 pieces of wood from my mother out of her front yard.
        They had a great deal of life left in them.

Step 2:
- Sand your wood, if needed.
      I took a sander to my 6x6s before painting them.  They had JUST a bit of roughness to them.  
      Use your judgement.

Step 3:
- Paint it!
    I only needed one coat of white paint.  Use your judgement!  

My Little Guy helping me out!
 (And his face is not always that color... he had his face painted like Spider Man earlier that day.)

These are my posts after painted white.

Step 4:
- Stencils for the Faces
    This step is optional.  If you are artistic and can freehand faces, go for it! I went online and found faces 
    to print out.  Then I cut out the dark parts. Use simple patterns or eccentric ones.
    Here are a few links that might help you with some faces:

Step 5:
- Apply faces.
    I used a pencil to trace my stencils.  

Step 6:
- Paint Face
    Once you have your face sketched out, paint it black.  I used a small art paint brush instead of a 
    larger brush that you use on walls or fence. I had to do two coats for the face.  You may have to do 
    more or less.

Step 7:
-Here is where you would also add a primer if you choose.


Here are a few of my finished products!

I was thinking of putting this one out at Christmas time with a Santa hat on it... A La Nightmare Before Christmas....

Trick or Treat Street Review

Every year, our little family has the most fun doing fall and Halloween type things in October! This year, we checked out TRICK OR TREAT STREET at THE CHILDREN'S MUSEUM.

Theses two little goblins are my little ones!  Bubba as Iron Man!  Dani as a Lady Bug!

The cool part about Trick Or Treat Street is that you can still play around with the regular attractions at the Museum!
The Mad Monster Lab was decked out with doctor/hospital lab type of toys and plenty of "monsters" to work on!

Dani playing with the x-rays and Bubba working on a monster

  Bubba and Daddy playing with science!

Through out the whole event were booths for Trick or Treating!  Each booth is sponsored by different businesses.  Everything from candy to tooth brushes were handed out to children.

The kids playing on the dance floor. Once you step onto the floor, "bubbles" appear and go wherever you go!
The kids also got to do Halloween type crafts!  Here they are making Ghost Lanterns.

 Which Daddy got to do instead!  Life of a parent!

Outside, there is a really cool Harry Potter display!

 Three Orange Doods are a roaming performance.  Below they are playing drums and letting the kids play as well.  At one point, one came up to Bubba and took his mask, then put it on!  

We had a great time at Trick or Treat Street!  There is plenty of things to keep the little ones occupied!  More than I have listed.  The only problem we had was keeping the two kids happy.  The 4 year old wanted to do EVERYTHING!  And the 18 month old wanted to keep going.  Good thing there was two of us!

Want to go?  HURRY! Trick or Treat Street is just for ONE WEEKEND!  October 26th-28th!

Monday, October 15, 2012

The Colors of Early Fall

It is early fall here in Colorado.  Which means winter could show up any day now.  Crazy Colorado weather!  

Last week I was able to get some pictures of the yard and some of the changing colors.

Petunias and a type of Mum... 
Both are going STRONG!  The type of Mum started to die out until the weather became cooler.  

This is my front yard.  After the horrible heat of the summer, the drought and water restrictions... OH and the  neighborhood rabbits, our grass looked REALLY bad!  
After aerating, seeding, fertilizing and watering,  MAN!  It is looking good!

Our Lilac and Forsythia in the back yard.  
You can see there is more color change in the forsythia than the lilac.  

My roses are starting to "grow" these different colored leaves.  Not sure what these are about.  Maybe this is how they "change" color in the fall.  Sorry... first time rose bush owner.

This is just a fun picture of our pearl bushes in the front.  I put bat garland around them for Halloween!

More pictures to come once more things start turning different colors!

Friday, October 12, 2012

In Memory of A Beautiful Little Girl!

On the morning of Friday, October 5th, 10 year old Jessica Ridgeway left home in Broomfield, CO to walk to school.  The only problem was, she never made it! 

5 days later, law enforcement found a body that was dismembered left in a field in Arvada, CO.  Later discovering that it was Jessica.  

As a mother and a fellow Colorado resident, this hits hard!  This beautiful little girl no longer has a chance at life because some sick person took her life.  Not only did they take her life, they also disrespected her by dismembering her body.  

Now the law enforcement is looking for her murderer!  If you might have any information on this horrible person, Please PLEASE send any tips to the Broomfield Police Department or the FBI.  

My your spirit always stay safe with the angels little one!  You will not be forgotten!


Here are more shows for Sesame Street LIVE  in Kentuky, Louisiana, Nevada and  Virginia

 - Owensboro , KY: “Can’t Stop Singing” with Play Zone
  • October 16 – 17
  • Lakefront Arena
- Lexington , KY: “Can’t Stop Singing” with Play Zone
  • October 19 – 21
  • Rupp Arena
- New Orleans , LA: “Elmo Makes Music” with Play Zone
  • October 25 – 218
  • Lakefront Arena
- Lafayette , LA: “Elmo Makes Music” with Play Zone
  • November 1-4
  • Cajundome
 - Fairfax , VA: “Can’t Stop Singing” with Play Zone
  • December 13 – 16
  • Patriot Center
- Las Vegas , NV : “Elmo’s Super Heroes”
  • November 9-11
  • Cox Pavilion
I will keep you enformed on more dates as I get them!

My Masterpiece Contest at Yogurtland!

My family LOVES Yogurtland!  My 4 year old son gets to create his own masterpiece and then eat it!  Now it is your turn!  

Yogurtland guests are invited to photograph and name their favorite, most imaginative yogurt creation and submit it to the My Masterpiece website and Facebook page.  At the end of the submission time frame, each entrant will receive a link to their Masterpiece submission and can invite their friends to vote for the top creations.  

Voting for the top masterpiece creations takes place from Oct. 29 – Nov. 2. The top 100 entries will be judged by a panel of Yogurtland judges based on taste, name and recipe of the Masterpiece, creativity of the recipe and the ability to easily recreate the Masterpiece in Yogurtland stores. The first place winner will receive a $500 Yogurtland gift card for a year of free yogurt, second place will receive a $250 gift card for six months of free yogurt, and third place will receive a $125 gift card for three months of free yogurt. The top three winners will also receive gift cards to reward their friends for voting for their entry. Each Yogurtland store is encouraged to choose a local winner who will receive a $100 Yogurtland gift card.  All entrants will receive a coupon to receive their first 3-ounces yogurt free.

Are you ready?  Go to this LINK and enter!

Fresh Beat Band is coming to town!

The Fresh Beat Band Live in Concert 
coming to the 
1st Bank Center - Broomfield, CO 
Nov. 4, 2012 6:00 PM 
Get your tickets today:
Click HERE

The Fresh Beat Band debuted in 2009 and is now in its third season on Nickelodeon. The Fresh Beat Band centers on four best friends - Kiki, Shout, Marina and Twist - in a band who love to sing and dance.  In each episode, preschoolers sing and dance along as they help The Fresh Beat Band solve everyday challenges. 

*Do you have little ones and do not live in the Denver area?  Go to and find what great deals they have in your area!

**Are you a blogger and want to get in on all the fun at
Go to this link and get your blog approved!  Then the fun begins!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Sesame Street LIVE!

Sesame Street LIVE is coming to 
November 23rd-25th
at the Wells Fargo Theater

Want to go?  Get your tickets here through Ticketmaster
and use the discount code: USF
for $3 off

For more information, go to

For those of you who are not in the Denver area, more shows will be posted soon!  I will update when that happens!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Children's Museum: Trick or Treat Street!

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Oct 26 - 28, 9 am – 7:30 pm daily

Trick or Treat Street is a three-day fall festival packed with delicious fun! Round up your fairies, superheroes and tiny goblins for this safe and friendly trick-or-treating extravaganza. Parade from one Treat House to the next collecting goodies, whip up delicious Dirty Desserts, take a spin on Vern's Mini Train, make classic Halloween crafts and meet costumed characters. There will be pumpkins galore, special StoryTimes, a Monster Carnival and so much more!

Located at 2121 Children’s Museum Drive, Denver, Colorado.

Click HERE for more information!