Oogie Boogie-Make Your Own Life Size

Sorry, there has been almost two months since I posted. It has been crazy at work and sports at home so no time lately to work on posts. I still have been working on projects and now that I am getting some more time to post you should see some cool things coming soon ūüôā I had a lot of fun making this life-size¬†Oogie Boogie. ¬†It’s another piece to my nightmare before Christmas Halloween props. I made this one so you can wear it as a costume. I think one of these years I will wear it and give out treats to the kids in the neighbourhood. ¬†My plan is to make our front porch into Oogie Boogies lair black light and all! ¬†It’s a slow process to work piece by piece.

Make your own Life size Ooogie Boogie

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  1. Burlap-I bought burlap sacks from Cal Ranch
  2. Wire
  3. Foam
  4. black fabric
  5. black marker
  6. needle and thread
  7. sewing machine
  8. Play bugs
  9. Black yarn
  10. PVC pipe 3/4
  11. 2 45 degrees 3/4 PVC pieces
  12. 2 90 degrees 3/4 PVC pieces
  13. 2 screw 3/4 PVC pieces
  14. 2-floor pipe holders these were the metal ones 3/4
  15. 3 X pieces 3/4 PVC
  16. 2 10ft pieces of PVC pipe you may not use all of it depending on how tall you make him.I bought a bunch of 2 ft pieces because of my small car

Making Oogie Boogies Head

The first thing you will need to do is get a piece of burlap I took a burlap bag turned it inside out and started towards the bottom middle. ¬†I mapped out where I wanted his mouth and eyes to go by pinching the burlap and eyeing where it would look good. Once I had it all mapped out I took some wire and covered it with black fabric and sewed around it.I think it would be best to use foam and push it through the foam. Make sure you fold the wire at the end you don’t want it poking you.

Now you can hand sew in the wire foam piece where you want it. I did separate pieces for the mouth top and bottom. Also, for both of the eyebrows.

Once your pieces are all in you can color the mouth and eyes in with a marker or if you really want it black you could put some black fabric in it and sew it in.  Keep in mind if you want to wear it as a costume you would want to leave room to breathe.

I also added wire covered with foam to the inside of the mask so it kept its shape.

The last thing I did was cut out the head and shape it. I had to add a little bit to the end of the head where it’s more tail like. ¬†I put it on my head and cut and tucked where needed.

 

Making Oogie Boogies Chest and Arms

The next step I did was the chest and arms piece. I took a burlap sack cut out the head hole and measured against my body where the arms should go. I don’t use patterns so it’s all my guesswork and comparing the pieces against one another.

Next, I took another burlap sack and decided how long the arms should go comparing the arm ends to the armholes. If you have never used a pattern before its helpful to see how armholes and arms are cut out.

I folded the head hole down and sew it. You do not want any raw burlap edges it falls apart easy and is itchy. I had to remove my clothes and wash them after sewing it all. It’s best to wear levis when working with burlap. I found this out the hard way ūüôā I also cut down the back of the neck to the middle-ish area of the back. I added velcro to make it easier to wear and also dress the PVC skeleton.

Last I added the arms and sewed the sides shut. *When sewing the arms shut I left holes and sew the edges so I had access for my hands to come out. You will only want to do this part if you want to maybe wear it for a costume. If you dont and wear it you are like a child trying to grab things with gloves on ūüôā

Oogie Boogie Legs and belly

On this part take the bottom edge of your chest piece and compare it to the top part of your leg pieces so it’s consistent¬†from top to bottom. I made sure the feet cutouts were big enough so I can wear my shoes. I had to cut this out in 4 pieces using the burlap sacks. ¬†If you are using just burlap you can probably do this in 2 pieces depending on how wide the burlap is.

Once you have it all cut out, sew the sides shut.

Leave holes in the bottom of the feet sewing the edges so it doesn’t fall apart. This is so you can slide the PVC pipe through it.

Optional-you can add on a black piece with bugs coming out. This is easier to do now then waiting for the chest piece to be added. You can also line the inside if you plan on wearing it. I lined the chest and some of the face so it wasn’t so itchy.

Now you will want to add the chest piece to the bottom piece sewing it all together.

Finishing Touches to Oogie Boogie

Now you will want to add the finishing touches. I hand sewn around the edges with black yarn doubled on the needle. With burlap, you have to do it double because it will pull through it if not.

Oogie Boogie PVC Body and Base

Base

I took an old table and cut out a square piece with my circular saw. I added a piece of wood to the one end so it makes it a lifted platform. You can easily create this same platform by taking a sq piece of wood and adding wood underneath to lift it.  Make sure your piece is large enough so his legs can stick to the bottom.

Spray paint or paint base let dry.

PVC Skeleton

You can build the PVC skeleton from the base up. Just leave enough room between the legs for the PVC pieces.  Set the pipe floor holders down first I would wait to attach them until you have the body all set where you want. Next, add the screw in PVC piece. Then 2ft pieces next then the 90-degree angle piece. Now you will want to figure the spacing between the legs leaving room for the x piece. once you have cut the middle piece and attache to the X you can do the body piece which I did another 2ft piece. Added another x piece and added the chest pieces 45 Degree angle pieces and another 2 ft piece for each arm. now you can add on the neck piece and the last x piece.

Once you have it all set and space where you want you can attach the floor flanges to the base. Then assemble it from there. You will want to add the costume/prop piece on before you attach the hips and body. I would also put the arm in the costume before you attach it to the 45-degree angle piece.

The last thing you will want to do is add the head to the body I made it as sperate pieces so that it was easier to put on. I added safety pins to help hold it in place.

Finished Oogie Boogie

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Life Struggles of The Working Mom

life struggles of the working mom

I have days where I feel like super mom and others where I just want to cry at my desk at work. Sometimes I really struggle to be a working mom. The option to be a stay at home mom has never really been an option. If we want a house, vehicles, travel I have to work so we can afford to do and have nice things. There are ways anyone could make it work and struggle but I’d rather let my kids have the option to do sports, have nice things, and do things I wasn’t able to do.

I grew up poor and was never able to do dance or sports, go on a nice vacation, go to movies, etc. Our clothes growing up were bought second-hand stores most of the time. New things were bought on sale at a cheap price. Don’t get me wrong I still love shopping at thrift stores and so do my children. Clearance is the first place I check for things but having an option to spend a little more on something new and nice is awesome. Here is a list of some of the things I struggle with and think most moms probably do.

life struggles of the working mom

Life Struggles of the Working Mom

  1. Summer vacation

    For a working mom it’s non-existent¬†my kids get to go to daycare while I am at work dealing with crazy people. ¬†Watching other moms go to local events that are only during the day. Our city does an education type thing at the local library. Guess who can’t go at noon to an event because I work till 3:30 every day?

  2. Daycare

    Making sure your kids are being taken care of while you are at work is always a worry. We had an amazing babysitter when my kids were younger but she had to move far away. Trust me if she would have stayed or moved closer to my work I would of went with her. I cried the day she told me she had to quit because they were moving.  Then we had a sweet Spanish lady watch our boys she was clean and nice and fed the kids well. They had a hard time being there because they were the only ones with occasionally her grandkids.

    They are now at a big daycare center which is good for social aspect learning. It was just hard to go to the big center because I felt they didn’t have as much one on one time. I do feel a little different about it now the ladies that work they are so good with my boys and they¬†love all the friends they make. It’s always hard to know if your kids are being well taken care of with a babysitter you hear of horror stories all the time and it freaks you out.

  3. Playdates

    Um unless you want to do a playdate between 4 and 5 they don’t happen at our house. I’m a lucky one and get home by 4:15 every day but we also leave at 6 am. It’s hard to see other friends with or without kids hanging out enjoying the day with each other.

  4. PTA

    Nope couldn’t¬†even if I wanted to because guess what time the meetings are at? 10 am on a work day. I can’t go to work 30 mins away for a few hours, drive 30 mins to school, then 30 mins back to work. It would end up being 2 and a half hours gone for 1 meeting.

  5. Things Break in your house

    So when your garage door breaks and they are like we can come out today at 12 can you do that? Huh well, I work so let’s schedule it 2 to 3 weeks out when my husband has a weekday off. In the mean time, I am dragging kids and myself through the front door with all our crap.

  6. Sick Kids-

    If we have a sick kid both my husband and I have to decide who has to miss work usually it’s me so it kills my PTO fast. Normally I am lucky to have 5 days of 15 days for actual fun or to do PTO.

    You get called from school or daycare with your kid is sick so it takes you 40 mins to get home and your poor kid has to suffer at school/daycare until you get there.

  7. Daycare Closed-

    You have to take PTO because who else can watch your kids when everyone you know works.

  8. Summer camp

    Unless it’s done by daycare my kids don’t go to summer camp because it starts usually at 8 am or later and is over with by 3 pm while my works hours are 7 am to 3:30 pm ūüôĀ

  9. Helping in Class

    When you child wants you to come and help in class because all the other moms do. You have to decline or just send store bought crap because you can’t even if you wanted to.

  10. Presentations and programs

    When you can make it, it’s usually to the program. When our children do presentations I usually just sent them with a good luck you will do good. Although working for a tech company I do have the skills to make some cool slideshows so they maybe a little better if the teacher allows it ūüôā

  11. Feeling like you can’t relax-

    After working a full day I just want to come home and clear my head. Honestly most days I don’t feel like I can. As soon as I walk in the door the dirty dishes, clothes, floors, animals are all staring me in the eyes. So going and just enjoying a show is hard because I need to clean up the house or my kids need mommy loves etc. When we have sports it’s straight to the stove to cook dinner before we go. Most of the time when we are doing sports I am not even prepared for dinner so we end up eating out. We eat out maybe more than we should because I just don’t have time.

  12. Free Things 

    Places give away free things like a¬†free slurpy, free entree, etc. Now if you wake up early enough you might be able to grab one if they are open. Going on a quick break wouldn’t work because the lines would be way too long. Once you get off work get kids etc you are usually too late and they are sold out. I wished I could just go whenever it not be too busy and get a free thing but life doesn’t work that way. We tried to get the free slurpy on slurpy day and missed it they had stopped giving them away. Dang ūüôĀ

While I struggle with all these things sometimes being a working mom is well worth it. My children get to have interactions with other children their own age at daycare. I get to socialize and use my intellect at work. Cool vacations are a must every few years. We have a nice house and some nice belongings. My children seem pretty happy for the most part. Yes, I do hear them complain about having to go to daycare, school, etc but who doesn’t. Sometimes I don’t want to go to work but I have to.

I know the other end of this stay at home moms have their own struggles and I have read a lot of articles on it so I feel you. Things aren’t always greener on the other side!

Who doesn’t wish I could do a little more for my children, home, pets but there is a limit to how much we can do. It’s hard to find the perfect balance of work and play. From the outside, it may seem like I’ve got it all figured out but I promise I don’t.

 

7 Reasons Why I love Being a Mom of Boys

mom of boys

I love being a mom of boys. Below is 7 of 100 ‘s of reasons why I love it. I always thought I would love having a daughter but after having boys I’d never trade it for anything. ¬†My boys are my everything!

 Mom of Boys 7 reasons why I love them!

Never Dull

Life is never dull with my boys it can be dead silent and one of them farts or says something funny. You learn to laugh even though its poop, fart, pee all the TIME! The other day my oldest came running in the house half crying saying his brother peed¬†on him. I was half laughing as he turned around and he had pee all the way down his back. I asked him what happened and he said my brother said he was going to pee and he would pee on me if I didn’t move. We’ll we know what happened! Let’s just say he was tossed into the tub right away.

Full of love

You can spend all day telling them to stop touching each other and fighting but at the end of the day we always have cuddles and watch a show or talk about our day. My boys always love when I hug them, hold them, kiss them and tickle them. Usually, the end of the day is the best for this.

Adventures

We love going on adventures like hiking to an area in the woods, digging holes in the dirt, riding 4 wheelers, going to soccer games, playing in the water. ¬†Boys are carefree and you can get dirty clothes most of the time not ruining them. Just no white shirts please they look the worst before any other color. ¬†Usually, my boy’s clothes have dirt and holes in them at all times as a mom you just learn to deal with it.

Clothes

It’s so easy to get them clothes most clothes match and aren’t too expensive. Unless its plaid on¬†aplaid my son tried to mix plaid shorts and a plaid shirt the one day I was like wow buddy you need to change one or the other it’s too much! Picture green larger plaid shorts and blue smaller plaid shirt it was like looking in a kaleidoscope.

Fun

They are so fun we can just go out in the back yard and play games any game really. They love to move around and let energy out. Which helps me stay active when I play with them outside. I don’t know if other boys are like my boys but when we play video games (xbox) we stand holding our controller and jumping around.

Love learning

My boys love to learn new things constantly so if we can use our hands to make something creative they love it. We have fun making dinner, creating fun little games, airplanes, slime, drawing, painting, etc. Educational tv, my kids love learning about dinosaurs, mysteries at the museum, magic, super why, etc.

My oldest can’t wait to start learning how to play an instrument¬†and learn a new language I kind of want to do it with him too. I encourage learning in our house and love they¬†love it too.

Sports

Oh, what mommy doesn’t¬†love to go and watch your son play sports. I love to cheer on my little guys it makes me so proud to see them having fun and learning teamwork while they do. Also, seeing them smile and look for you when they make the goal or get an awesome shot.¬†It makes me so proud to see them excelling and learning new things.

I hope everyone that is a mom of boys can enjoy this post. I would probably gloat if I was a mom of girls too! I am not so I have no idea what its like to have a daughter I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy my boys.



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Gak Slime Make Your Own

My little boys had so much fun making their own Gak Slime. This is one of the easiest play projects we have done. My son is having and end of year school party and we wanted to give his friends a little something they can play with and enjoy. I think the fun part about this was making the Gak Slime.  I guess I will find out how they like playing with it soon. During my childhood we loved this stuff I think if we would of know how to make our own then we would have had some of our own. My parents never had a ton of money growing up so we never got the actual Gak. It was always dollar store putty.

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Things you will need to make it

Warning! Do not eat the Slime it can be harmful if you ingest a lot of it.  There have been people claiming to get burns from borax I personally have not experienced this with myself or my children. We used a small amount of it in this recipe you might want to try and use less and see if it still works. Or you can go with the Sta flo liquid starch and see if that works better for you. If you do experience any burning please wash it off and go to the Dr. for professional help. You should wash your hands after using it anyway!  If you use this recipe use it at your own risk.

Mix the Borax

The first thing you will want to do is put 1 tsp or less of Borax in 1 cup of water you will want it to dissolve as much as possible. My little onE loved doing this part I think it’s because I let him scoop it and put it in the cut to mix. Yes, this part was messy but it made my little guy happy. ¬†My cats got on the counter and had to check it out they did stay far enough away no kitties were hurt in the making of the Gak Slime. We washed our hands after playing with the Gak and after each color so we didn’t mix colors. I would suggest you have them play in a non-carpeted area ūüôā

Add Color to Your Glue

Next, you will want to mix the 4 oz glue with just a little bit of water and your food coloring of choice. I did about 4 drops of food coloring to get our colors you can mix more if you want a darker color.

Make your globs 

Now you can add the borax water mix to the bowl it will make globs. Now, you can get the globs out with your hands and start playing.

Playing with your Gak Slime

This was such a fun easy project and what boy or girl doesn’t love playing with this stuff. If you have a boy like I do they will learn how to make it fart lol. So enjoy it! ¬†Wash hands when done!

 

Do not ingest the slime if you do please call American Association of Poison Control at 800-222-1222 immediately. Use at your own risk!

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12 Presents For Boys Ages 7-10

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Have you ever been stumped¬†on what to get a 7-10-year-old¬†boy? ¬†Where it’s getting close to my sons 8th birthday now I’m¬†wondering what I should get him. ¬†I starting trolling the internet and here is a list of 12 presents you can get your 7 to 10 year old. I think he would like a lot of these and a few he already has. With all the trends going on out there it’s hard to know what children are into these days. So below are the things I know my son has mentioned to me. I hope this helps you as much as it has me.

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12 Presents for Boys Ages 7 to 10

1.Heli ball– These are super fun to play with just watch that you don’t hit your face ūüôā My son got one of these for Christmas¬†he has a fun time playing with it in the house and so do I!

2. Lego Dimensions-This is a fun game you go around trying to get missing people in different areas you build actual legos for the set. Before you can even start playing you have to build the portal and the guys in the kit.  You can also get level packs like ghostbusters. They do carry it on different platforms. I can even play it too lol!

3.Skylanders– This is fun for kids. My children even get along playing it. Also having lots of Skylanders guys help too! We don’t have this Skylanders yet we have the one before the Imaginators. My child won’t let me forget this is one he really really wants.

4.Starwars LegosРMy kids can never have enough star wars ever at least that is what they think!

5.A stomp rocket– This would be fun for summer as long as you don’t¬†loose it over the fence ūüôā

6. The Lego Ideas Book– A book my boys would actually read!

7. Nerf guns¬†-Who doesn’t¬†love a Nerf War. Although you might want to get safety glasses. We actually have a safety¬†glasses rule in our house. If someone isn’t¬†wearing the safety glasses then you can’t shoot them. The nerf guns now days can cause some damage ūüôā

8. An RC Quadcopter- We’ve never had one of these I heard they can be fun or hard to control.¬†

9.Razor Scooter-A scooter to get around the razor brand seems to last the longest. Although I think I will end up buying a few over the years kids are hard on outdoor toys.

 

10.-Dodge Tag-This looks like a fun game. This would be something to get them active and outside when it’s warm.

 

11.Ninjago book and character-Sorry with all the legos my kids just love them! This is a storybook and Ninjago lego guy. A lot of boys are into these legos. They have a TV show based on the ninjas that have different powers and fight off bad guys.

 

12. Minecraft game for a tablet or phone. ¬†The game or any Minecraft¬†toy¬†works to fulfill the Minecraft want of a boy. My children love creating things on this game and you can get it for your game system it’s on different platforms. They also have battle mode where you can fight each other while creating things.

This game personally makes me motion sick but I have really bad motion sickness.

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