Monthly Archives: October 2015

Now I Ain’t Saying She A Gold Digger…

DIY Gold Digger Costume

Halloween is only a few days away and I finally have my costume all done!  You may have guessed from the photo above that I plan to be a GOLD DIGGER!  

Every year I go to a fun Halloween party for the adults and all the guests get really into their costumes.  In the past I have been:

A NURSE

A Nurse

SANTA’S HELPER

Santa's Helper

A PIRATE

Pirate

Princess Peach (from Mario Brothers)

Princess Peach

A Gladiator

Gladiator

She Ra

She Ra

I started looking for this year’s getup a few weeks ago and came across a gold-digger costume on the internet.  I thought the idea was awesome but the costume itself was tacky and cheaply made.  So, I decided to put my own together.  

I searched high and low for gold-sequined dresses but I couldn’t find anything I was in love with.  Then, I remembered my sequined Blogiversary gown (you can view that magnificent beast here) and figured that Rent the Runway would probably have something fabulous.    

Immediately, I found their Gold Glitz Gown by Badgley Mischka and knew it was THE ONE.  It was pricey.  $90 is nothing to sneeze at (especially for something I am renting for Halloween).  The only reason I sprung for it was because I already had most of the other accessories and I had a 20% off coupon so I saved an additional $18.

I already owned a gold clutch, shoes and jewelry.  I already had a small beach shovel (well Taylor did but I stole it…#bestmom) and gold spray paint from a previous DIY project.  I put a coat of gold on it this weekend and now it is the perfect prop.  

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I ordered the awesome shovel shown above on Ebay for EIGHT DOLLARS!!!  I cant believe the deal I got on it!  It is actually ten inches long and it is a vintage bottle opener from the 1960’s that I plan to wear on a chain as a necklace.

I also ordered my hardhat on Ebay for about $10.  I gave it a coat of spray paint as well so it matches my shovel perfectly.

This may be one of my favorite costumes ever!  It is fun and different and even if there are other gold diggers at the party I know they wont be wearing the exact same thing.

WHAT COSTUME WILL YOU BE SPORTING THIS HALLOWEEN?

Happy Weekend!

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Woo hoo!  Friday!  This week went by SUPER quickly for me.  I was home from work on Tuesday because Taylor was sick.  We spent the day lounging in my new bed and it was great.  Her being sick was not great but the relaxation was epic and the new mattress is LIFE-CHANGING!  I need some more of that this weekend.

Today I am linking up with AprilAmanda and Della.  Let’s jump right into it:

1.   We are officially in contract on our house!    It’s bittersweet.  I’m sad that things turned out the way they did but I do feel lucky that after we made the decision to sell it it did not take a super long time and sit on the market.  We sold it within five days and now we will close within sixty.  I am officially looking for an apartment for December 1st and (of course) all I can find right now is crap.  I have faith that “my place” will come along soon though.  Fingers crossed for me, please! 

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2. Ellie Goulding – On My Mind.  Love.  I have had this one on repeat all week.  Do you think she is talking about Ed Sheeran?    

3. Pioneer Woman’s Knock You Naked Brownies.  I need these in my life!  I desperately want to make them but I dont need that type of deliciousness in my house when I am the only one to eat them.  Hmmmmm – dilemma dilemma…

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4.  Lace trimmed sweaters.  I keep seeing these all over and I am obsessed!  Here is one that is Urban Outfitters for only $49!

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5.  Big Apple Circus Giveaway!  If you haven’t entered my giveaway for the Big Apple Circus you definitely should!  It has just been announced that R.L. Stein is going to be a special guest Ringmaster at this show!  Kids in costume will get a free cotton candy or popcorn and there will be a fun costume contest at the end!  bigapplecircus 

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Alright loves!  Have a fabulous weekend and thanks for visiting!  xo

DIY Waterproof Pet Placemat – #MyCatMyMuse

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Does anyone else have a slobbish pet?  I love my kitty, Jeter, with my whole heart but he is a hot mess when it comes to eating.  He splashes in his water bowl and gets food everywhere.  It’s not a good look when company comes over and there are puddles of water and pieces of cat food on your kitchen floor.

To combat this problem I realized that I would need to put something underneath his bowls.  It would have to be waterproof and easy to clean.  I looked online but I couldn’t find anything that I liked.  Then, the idea struck me to just make my own placemat.  I had a roll of peel and stick vinyl laminate in the closet, so I decided to sandwich something between two sheets of it.  

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  After a quick Google search of cat fabrics (unfortunately not the strangest thing I’ve Googled) I stumbled upon this one and knew it would be the perfect fit for my gentleman cat.  

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Jeter is a Lilac Point Balinese and he is very regal.  If he could have a mustache and a monocle, he totally would.  This print was made for him!  

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I hunkered down on the floor (my favorite crafting spot) with two yards of Cats with Mustaches fabric (one would have been fine but better safe than sorry), fabric scissors and the roll of peel and stick vinyl laminate and got to work.

(Jeter helped by supervising the project.)

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I spread out the roll of vinyl laminate to the size that I wanted for the placemat (leaving room for trimming) and cut off a piece.  Then, I used that to measure out an identical piece and cut it off the roll as well.  I peeled off the backing paper on one of the sheets of vinyl and laid it on top of my fabric.  (This way I could position it over the part of the pattern that I want included.)  

IMG_4308  Next, I trimmed all the way around.

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When I was finished cutting I flipped the placemat over, peeled the paper off my second piece of vinyl and stuck that on the back side.

Step Two

 Finally, I trimmed along the edges to make sure they were straight and uniform and I was DONE.  Easy peasy.

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To break in the new mat I picked up some of Jeter’s favorite wet food from PetSmart.  Whenever I am in there I stock up on Purina Muse® Natural Cat Food.  PetSmart is the exclusive retailer for it and they carry many different varieties.  Purina makes 30 recipes in total so Jeter could have a different one every day for month!

Right now there is a printable coupon available that will get you three free packages of Muse when you purchase three!

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#MyCatMyMuse Purina Muse Cat Food

With Muse you don’t have to choose between natural nutrition and food that tastes great. Your cat can have both when you choose Muse.  “Natural has never been so delicious. Put Muse to the test with our clean plate guarantee.”

(Jeter can definitely attest to that!)

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He loves the great taste and I love that all their recipes are made with real fish or poultry.  
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Have you guys done any fun DIY projects for your cats lately?  If so, please let a link for me in the comments!  I am always looking for new ways to spoil the Jeet!

The Big Apple Circus {+ A GIVEAWAY!!}

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Good morning and Happy Monday!  Guess what guys?  The Big Apple Circus is kicking off their 38th season with a fun show coming to NYC later this month. The World premier of “The Grand Tour” will be at Damrosh Park in Lincoln Center starting on October 21st, 2015 and running until January 10th, 2016.

THE GRAND TOUR is a circus extravaganza set in the 1920s and featuring acts from the four corners of the globe. Ships, trains, automobiles, and airplanes will serve as the backdrop for breathtaking acts of wonder, accompanied by the seven-piece Big Apple Circus Band playing live at each of more than 200 performances. Acts will include clowns, jugglers, acrobats, and aerialists, from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America, as well as domestic and rescue animals, all creating performances that will leave audiences smiling and cheering.

I have a great promotional code that you can use when buying tickets (if you don’t win them below). Use code BIGAPPLE to save up to 20% off tickets. * That’s per ticket, not just off the total purchase! (*Limited availability. Offer good on select seats and shows. Other conditions apply. Children under 3 are free when on the lap of a paid adult, one child per lap.)

The Big Apple Circus has been kind enough to offer one lucky ALG reader a family four pack of tickets to attend their Halloween show on Saturday, October 31st, 2015 at 4:30 pm!  You can enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.  Good luck!  xo

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Happy Friday!

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Happy Friday Loves!  I hope you all had a nice week!  I am wiped out.  Last Saturday and Sunday I had my two best friends and their kids over to stay at my house and it was CHAOS.  (I mean that in the best possible way.)  We were just busy doing things the entire two days.  It was a blast but I am old and if I don’t get some downtime during Saturday or Sunday it throws my whole week off.  Thankfully, this weekend is going to be a pretty relaxing one for me and I cant wait!  I have brunch planned with a girlfriend, some errands to run and a mani/pedi planned but other than that I want to just watch Netflix and veg.

Today I am linking up with AprilAmanda and Della.  Let’s jump right into it:mattress-pile

    1. New Mattress.  I took advantage of the sales last weekend for Columbus Day and scooped up a brand new mattress for myself!  I haven’t gotten one in over ten years and that one was a hand me down from a family member’s guest room.  Since beggars cant be choosers I took it gratefully at the time but it is the opposite in what I look for in a mattress.  I like a soft, fluffy cloud and this thing is a firm, hard cinderblock.    The springs poke me in the back and I have wanted to get a new one for years.  I CANT WAIT for it to be delivered on Sunday!  I feel like a little kid at Christmas!  


2. Taylor Singing.  I think I may have mentioned in the past that my daughter has an amazing voice.  She is extremely musically inclined.  I honestly have no idea where such a little thing gets such a big voice.  Usually she is private and doesn’t like me to tape her singing or post about it but last night she let me!  So, here you go…

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3.  Halloween Sweatshirt – Take II.  You guys may remember the super cute orange sweatshirt I ordered for Halloween.  It came.  It’s brown.  That’s over.  I just ordered this one and hopefully it is cute and the right color.  

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4.  Escape Room.  I’ve been wanting to do an escape room for a long time (have any of you ever done one?) and I just bought a Groupon for one.  I am pretty excited about it!  Me and five of my friends are going to try to solve Detective Story next month in order to escape the room.  

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5.  Ballerina Bun.  This is awesome!  I want to try it on Taylor’s hair.

Okay loves!  Have a fabulous weekend!