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This was a costume we did for our first born son, way back in 2009. Now, our 2 youngest kids are loving Wall-E. Seems like Wall-E is a favorite and totally timeless.
WALL-E is a sweet, quirky, and funny little character that barely says a word. I was inspired to do this costume after researching on flickr. Seeing as we had very little time (procrastinator queen) I modified it to a simple version that we were able to complete in one night. Which is just about as much time I'm willing to spend on a homemade costume.
What You Will Need:
- Cardboard box to fit your child
- Extra cardboard for eyes, finger pieces and front panel
- Yellow Paint
- Rust Color Paint
- Silver spray paint
- Child sunglasses
- A pair of gloves
- Colored paper
- Duct Tape
- Scissors or box cutter
- Optional: Gray shirt and black pants for your child
FOR THE BODY
We started with a cardboard box just about the size of our son's body. Ours was a little on the big side. Make sure it is lightweight cardboard as it does get heavy walking around all night with it on (as we learned very quickly).
Measure your child's head and draw a circle a little wider at the top of your box for the head opening. Then draw two more smaller circles on the sides for the arms.
After the holes were cut I began painting most of the box yellow. I used acrylic paint and noticed it flakes off easily if there is any tape left on the box, so make sure to remove any tape or stickers before painting. We had to do a couple coats to completely hide the cardboard.
Once the paint was dry we added duct tape around each opening and along the top edge and along the top of the yellow paint. I spray painted a large rectangle of cardboard to fit to the front of the box as his number panel. I quickly cut and glued on some colored paper in shapes to imitate the lights on his front panel. I had high hopes of hand painting his logo name to the bottom, but I didn't have the time to get it to look right. So, I simply printed it out and glued it to the front. Then I applied more rustic paint to give it the old and worn look.
FOR THE EYES
I used a pair of plastic child sunglasses we had in our dress up box. I drew the WALL-E eye shapes freehand on cardboard. Once I had one eye finished, I used that as a template to trace the second eye so they were identical.
Then, I spray painted them both silver. I measured the sunglasses eye holes to cut holes out of the cardboard. Then, I hot glued them to the glasses. I added two circles of black card stock to the top of the eye opening to give it some extra detail and depth. They worked great and were easy for my son to wear all night.
FOR THE HANDS
We found a cheap pair of winter gloves lying around the house. I cut some strips of cardboard for the fingers and duct taped them to the gloves. Two fingers and one thumb. These worked great.
It was such a RAD costume, we had lots of people comment on it and his photo was even featured in the Harvest Carnival newsletter.
For other great costume inspirations, see Le Petite Arbre Pinterest board.
If you make this costume or something similar, please leave a comment and add your link. I'd love to see it.
God Stories are moments in my life where I knew, without a doubt, that God's hand was involved. They are usually completely unexpected, completely too far fetched to believe it is just a coincidence and usually leave me speechless and also in tears. When you have a moment like this, and you literally get a small taste of God reaching down to touch your life, it is so completely humbling and amazing at the same time. I feel like it is so important to write it down, not only for myself to remember that God has been there multiple times for me in our past. But, also to inspire others to slow down and notice the God moments in their own lives.
The Stranger at Target
Most of the time, I have all 4 of my kids with me, #homeschoollife. Who, at the time were 10, 8, 5 and 2 years old. We headed to Target to pick up some needed food items; cereal, milk, deli meat, etc. After collecting our food and leisurely perusing the Halloween section and toy section for fun, we headed to the self-check out lane. All 4 of my kids helped me put items on the scanner, one-by-one.
After we were finished scanning our food, I swiped my card to pay for our groceries. That's when I saw that one little message that no one wants to see. Especially, in a large store, with people waiting behind you, attendants standing nearby an d a cart full of hungry kids. The message flashed before me "card declined." "Oh no, not now." I remembered our account was getting low but, I thought we had enough to pay for just a few things.
I wish I could say that this was the first time this had happened to me, but sadly it was not. For the last 10 years, since I became a stay-at-home mom, living on just 1 low income in California has taken our family into worse debt and many months of overdrawn accounts. Every time it happens my heart sinks a little bit more into hopelessness. When will this time in our lives of not being able to pay for everyday items be over?
I was already preparing the speech I'd have to tell my kids in my head. Turning this into a "life lesson everyone needs to know." That we don't always get to buy what we want at the store, that life sometimes is hard and can be disappointing.
Each of my 4 kids held a small bag of cheddar bunnies in their hands with wide blue eyes, eagerly waiting to eat their treat of the day. Painfully, I told them the news that we had to leave the food at the store. I lifted the younger kids out of the cart and when reality set it, my 2 oldest kids started to cry. I turned to tell the attendant that our card was declined with a timid smile, as if everything would be ok. However, hearing my 2-year old belting out "I want my cheddar bunnies" and reaching for the left-behind basket, everyone knew it was not.
Walking out with 4 very sad kids, a young lady catches up with us, and stops us. She quickly offers to take care of our bill, she noticed we had cereal and milk and didn't want us to leave without it. Trying to be polite, I tell her that she doesn't have to do that, and that it was too much to ask of someone to pay for us. With a smile she insisted, and knowing how I'd want to be in her place, to help another family, I humbly agree.
We follow her back inside and amazingly, our cart is still at the checkout. She tells the attendant she is going to pay for us and happily pulls out her card to pay for all our groceries. All the while a line of people witnessing our entire situation. She doesn't seem to be a rich person at all. Just a normal. everyday person that was being used by God at just the time when we needed it. When she finished, I gave her a huge hug. The checker helping us seemed shocked at the whole situation and asked if I knew her. I replied, "no, she was just being nice."
After loading all the kids and groceries into the car and the kids are happily munching on their snack, the whole situation finally sank in. I cried the entire way home.
Although, I know we could be worse-off, it still totally stinks to be low income. I often wish and pray for God to get us out of this low income life so we don't have to have these kinds of situations anymore. But, then something like this happens and I think, would I still get to experience the hand of God through his people if I wasn't in this situation? If all my needs were met, would I get to experience God reaching down even for just a moment, to touch our lives? I don't know, and maybe that's the point. Although I'm sure God can reach down to anyone in any situation, maybe this is how he reaches out to me. He knew I needed to know that He sees us, hears our prayers and cares about our situation. Thank you, Lord.
Have you had a God moment?
What's your God moment? Let me know below.
The best part of these Flax seed energy bites, was they were 100% made by kids. Oh, it is a glorious day when they can make their own food.
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup ground flaxseed meal
- 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients together in a bowl; form into 1" balls using hands. Arrange bites on baking sheet and freeze until set.
Anytime I see the ingredient "natural flavoring" I know to run the other way. I learned pretty early on in my life that certain ingredients in processed food would bring me migraines. All the flavored, boxed rice in the store would give me a migraine immediately. Any flavored chips or canned soups also would give me headaches. I am actually thankful, though, because it forced me to learn which ingredients were the culprit and I learned how to cook things from scratch.
This is my favorite Spanish rice recipe. It is super easy, quick and full of good ingredients. My homemade chicken stock is one of my favorite ingredients to incorporate with other meals. It is so versatile, cheap and full of healthy nutrients that you can't get with store bought chicken broth. It's great to support bone health, teeth health, gut health and our immune systems. Which is so important during the winter season. Even picky kids love this rice. It's a great way to get bone broth into my kids, who don't always like to eat soup.
Make sure a read my tutorial on how to make Homemade Chicken Stock before you make the Spanish rice. I promise it makes a HUGE difference in flavor. For rinsing my rice, I use a measuring cup with a lid to strain the water out, like this one.
Not to brag... BUT.... my pizza dough is the bomb diggity. Haha. (at least according to my 4 kids). We've been making pizza dough for years and this recipe is our favorite. I don't remember how exactly this one came to be, a mish-mash of a few recipes I found, I'm sure. Which, pretty much sums up how all my recipes come to be.
We make pizza every Friday night, as a family tradition. Even though, I don't always eat pizza myself, see my Zuchinni pizza alternative here. The kids love to help me make the dough and put the toppings on. If they learn to cook anything from me, they will know how to make their own pizza dough. Ha!
Homemade Pizza Dough:
2 tsp yeast
2 cups warm water
1 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp salt
5 cups Organic Flour
1/2 - 1 cup Olive Oil
yields: 2 large pizza doughs
Here's what you do: In a small bowl or measuring cup add yeast and sugar to 2 cups warm water and stir.
In a separate large bowl add flour and salt, then mix together. Once yeast has bubbled a bit, pour into flour mixture.
Knead dough until it forms a round ball. Add more flour if too sticky. Pour olive oil to the outside of the dough. This gives it lots of flavor and helps the crust to get that golden brown color that makes my mouth water just thinking about it. (Mmmmmm... golden brown) Cover and let dough rise for at least 30-minutes. Longer is great, the Pioneer woman makes her pizza dough, several days in advance and let's it rest in the fridge. Great option.
Divide dough into two pieces. Roll out dough into a large circle. Precook dough at 450-475 degrees (depending on how crispy you like your pizza) for 5 minutes. This helps set the dough. If you have a pizza stone, you can skip this step.
Remove pizza dough from oven and add your sauce and toppings. Put back in the oven again for 10-13 minutes. Remove from oven when cheese and crust is golden brown. Slice and enjoy!
Super simple, and super delicious
Check out my video tutorial of this on my Periscope. ***Correction*** In the video I say that we buy Archer Farms pepperoni. The correct brand is Applegate NOT Archer Farms.
Do you make your own pizza? Do you have a family night each week?
When you don't want to spray harmful toxins on your skin or your kids' skin, just so you can enjoy the outdoors without attracting pests. You make an all natural spray with essential oils. This spray works best if you reapply often, about every 2 hours. Even better is to apply Purification to the bottom of your feet each day for 2 weeks prior to an outdoor trip so your body will emit a different odor that won't attract any bugs.
- Small Spray bottle
- 10 drops Peppermint
- 10 Drops Purification blend
- 10 drops Thieves blend
- Pinch of Salt
- Fill remainder with distilled water
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This recipe is originated from HomemadeMommy.net. She does amazing homemade recipes and this turned out great, we love it.
- 3 Tbsp Shea Butter
- 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
- 6 Tbsp Arrowroot Powder
- 1 Tbsp Baking Soda
- 10 drops of the essential oil (I used Purification essential oil blend because it neutralizes odors)
Whip the Shea butter and coconut oil in a mixer. Add your essential oil and continue to mix slowly. In a separate small bowl, mix together your dry ingredients. Combine wet and dry ingredients until mixed well. Apply a small amount on each armpit.
I have been wanting to try out this recipe for a long time, but never seemed to have the time to do it, #reallife, until the day I completely ran out of dishwasher soap and it was well past store closing hours. I decided to gather up the ingredients in my house and see if I could pull it off.
Thankfully, I had all the ingredients from making my own laundry detergent a month ago and thought maybe dishwashing soap might have similar ingredients? Yay, it does! Almost all the same ingredients and way easy to make. I'm all about easy and homemade (do those contradict each other?). HAHA.
I also love this recipe because it has Thieves cleaner and lemon essential oil in it. Thieves cleaner is a plant-based concentrate that is infused with powerful essential oils. I'm all about keeping pesticides, synthetics and GMO's out of my products, even my essential oils. So, I make sure to only buy my oils from Young Living. BONUS, you could actually leave Thieves cleaner under your sink and not worry if your kid got into. I speak from experience. My 2-year old grabbed the cleaner from under our sink, unscrewed the top and dumped it all over her. Thankfully, it was Thieves cleaner, I didn't need to worry. It was completely free of harmful chemicals. Bonus, it costs less than $1 to fill an entire spray bottle with. What?? I can't find any organic cleaner on the market that cheap! Double Win!!
So, here is the recipe I used, it totally worked and I feel so domesticated now.
- 1 cup of Borax
- 1 cup of Washing Soda
- 1/2 cap full of Thieves Cleaner
- 10 drops of Lemon essential oil
- Almost 1 cup of Vinegar
In a large glass bowl, mix the Borax and Washing Soda together. In a glass measuring cup add Thieves Cleaner and Lemon essential oil. Fill the remainder with vinegar until you have 1 cup of liquid. Add the liquid mixture into the dry mix and whisk together… it will foam a little. Pour into ice cube trays and let them sit out for about two hours. I put them in the fridge until they firmed up. Store in air tight mason jars.
Do not overfill your ice cube trays so they will easily fit in your dishwasher soap tray. Add vinegar to your rinse cycle.
Detox bath soaks are my new fav. If you've never done one, you need to, like asap. Epsom salt is actually not salt but magnesium sulfate. Which research suggests might be the single most important nutrient for human health, and chances are you're not getting enough. Detox bath soaks are a great way to absorb magnesium. Add essential oils to the mix and you have a recipe for relaxation, reducing occasional head and muscle tension, increasing concentration, helping itchy skin, and promoting a healthy immune system by flushing out toxins.
How Much To Use:
Use 1/2 cup of Epsom salt per 50lbs. of your body weight. I use 1.5 cups Epsom Salt for my body size. Then try adding 3-4 drops essential oil for children and up to 10 drops of essential oil for adults. Start with fewer drops and work your way up. Optional: adding Baking Soda helps neutralize the water, add 1 cup Baking soda to your bath.
Add your favorite essential oils to your Epsom salt and shake together in a mason jar. Pour into hot bath and soak for 20-30 minutes. Add a cute label and give as a gift to friends, teachers and coworkers.
EPSOM SALT BATH RECIPES:
Immune Support: 5 drops Thieves + 3 drops Frank
Nighty Night: 3 drops Lavender + 3 drops Peace & Calming
Mood Booster: 4 drops Frank + 2 drops Joy + 2 drops Valor
Glowing Skin: 5 drops Geranium + 2 drops Melrose
Muscle Soother: 3 drops PanAway + 3 drops Copaiba + 2 drops Rosemary
Breathe Easy: 5 drops Eucalyptus + 2 drops RC
If you're new to essential oils, make sure and read my Intro to Essential oils page.
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Ooh La La! Who knew that peppermint brownies would be so good. I'm a huge brownie fan, so I was pretty doubtful that anything could make them better, other than more chocolate or caramel. Just one drop of peppermint essential oil and these taste so heavenly.
Did you know Peppermint essential oil is one of the oldest and most highly regarded herbs for supporting normal digestion, including promoting healthy intestinal function and gastrointestinal system comfort?
This recipe has no artificial flavors, colors, or synthetic fillers, this is all natural, and super yummy. I used the dark chocolate chips from Sprouts with 68% Cacoa and it made a huge difference in taste. I received rave reviews from my party.
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Grease a glass baking dish (8x8 or 9x9).
Mix together all ingredients. Pour into the baking dish and bake for 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool for 30 minutes before cutting or removing from the pan. These store well at room temperature or in the fridge for a few days. Make sure you keep them in an airtight container.
My kids have, unfortunately, inherited my bad teeth. I've had cavities since my first dentist visit and it's only gotten worse since. So dental care is extremely important to me and leaving out any potential toxins, like flouride, is also important.
My first discovery was adding a drop of Thieves to my toothpaste. It's a little spicy but it packs a punch and my teeth are no longer sensitive, which is awesome. I knew my kids could not handle the Thieves essential oil in their toothpaste, so I bought the Kid Scents Toothpaste by Young Living. I love that Young Living has applied their famous Thieves blend of essential oils into a non-flouride toothpaste. The kids love it and this bottle has lasted us a long time, with 3 kids using it.
Young Living also makes two kinds of adult toothpaste that we use as well. I use the adult toothpaste along with some old fashioned oil-pulling to promote a healthy mouth. Love, love, love Young Living toothpaste.
To further promote healthy bones and teeth, there are a few supplements that Young Living offers. Omegagize, Mineral Essence, Super Cal and some Ningxia Red are some great options.
If you are new to essential oils, make sure and read my Intro to Essential Oils page. If you'd like to get plugged into a facebook group to learn more, send me a message.
I found this amazing recipe over at DontMessWithMama.com. She goes into much more detail as to what makes up the components of a true electrolyte drink and why it is so good for when you are dehydrated. Add in some essential oils and this is a power house drink.
Another powerhouse for energy when you are an athlete is Young Living's Ningxia Red super anti-oxidant drink or Ningxia Nitro. Both of those are super full of wonderful ingredients that support the body and promote energy.
Homemade Strawberry Lemonade Electrolyte Drink
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen organic strawberries
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 4 drops lemon essential oil
- 2 cups of water (filtered or purified) or coconut water
- 2 tbsp organic raw honey or organic maple syrup
- 1/8 tsp Himalayan Pink Salt or Celtic Sea Salt
If you are new to essential oils, make sure and read my Intro to Essential Oils page. Join a huge community on facebook where we talk essential oils daily, send me a message.
Thieves essential oil blend is famous for maintaining a healthy immune system. If you haven't heard of Thieves blend I will briefly explain, it's AWESOME! You can even google some cool experiments people have done with it. This oil blend has supported my whole family's immune system over the last year and now that winter is among us, I can see the difference it has made in our health.
I LOVE this recipe with Thieves Vitality and Lemon Vitality. It's so perfect for the winter season. Plus, it's super easy to make! Drink this tea through out the winter months to support a healthy immune system.
Thieves Vitality is on the spicy side, so I sweeten it to help balance. Make sure you only get one drop or it will be SUPER spicy. That's when you split it into two cups and dilute the remainder. Enjoy!
- Hot water
- 1 drop Thieves Vitality essential oil blend (only 1, trust me)
- 2 drops lemon Vitality essential oil
- Sweetener of choice. I use raw honey (I buy mine here)
Heat water until just before boiling. Add your sweetener and oils to a mug. Add hot water and stir. Feel free to make this your own and customize to your liking.
What are some natural methods you use to maintain your family's health all year long?
If this skin cream was on the market, it would blow the competition out of the water. There's nothing synthetic or chemical in it. Frankincense is known for its super skin promoting skills (yes, those are real skills). If you don't know all the amazing benefits of Frankincense, just google it, you will be amazed. Add a little Lavender for extra skin support, equals skin-tastic feeling!
Did you know that a ton of popular skin moisturizers actually cause cancer? Ugh, I know. We need to be extra careful with ANYTHING we put on our skin. Read labels, use the "Think Dirty" app to see just how toxic your over the counter skin creams and lotions are.
If you love to make homemade products, this one is super easy and super luxurious. I absolutely love this skin cream because I know every single ingredient in it and it actually promotes healthy skin firming and smoothing. All ingredients that will not harm your body and actually promote healthy appearing skin.
Homemade Skin Smoothing Cream
- 1/4 cup Coconut Oil (I buy mine here)
- 1/4 cup Shea Butter (I buy mine here)
- 15-20 drops Frankincense
- 1/4 tsp Almond Oil (I buy mine here)
- 8 drops Lavender
- 10 drops Joy Blend (optional but awesome)
1. Use a double boiler, or do create your own with one pot inside the other. Fill water in the bottom pot.
2. Melt the shea butter and coconut oil together.
3. Remove from heat and let cool for about 30 minutes.
4. Once cool, add Frankincense and Lavender essential oils and stir.
5. Wait until it's partially solid (refrigerate if necessary) then whip with a hand mixer until you achieve a butter-like consistency (few minutes).
6. Store in a 4 oz glass jar (I got mine for $1 at Target). This should keep for 6-12 months.
Optional: If you don’t have shea butter, use Cocoa Butter. Be warned chocolate-lovers, will have a chocolate scent.
To learn more about essential oils, check out Intro to Essential oils Page.
What doesn't this stuff do? Now, I know why it's called the "Swiss Army Knife" of essential oils. It's got a million uses, I can't even believe it. My husband loves it to maintain easy breathing through out the day. I love it to support healthy skin. I also use it on my kids to promote a restful night by adding it to their epsom salt bath before bed or to their diffuser. Love, love, love Lavender.
Some common uses for Lavender include:
- use 1 drop on dry or chapped skin to soothe
- add 4 drops to a diffuser before bedtime
- add 4 drops to 1 cup of Epsom Salt for relaxing bath time experience
- add 1 drop in your hand with your shampoo to support healthy hair growth
- add 2-3 drops on dryer balls to naturally scent your laundry.
- add 2 drops to 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup coconut oil to make an edible lip scrub
Find out why I love Young Living oils on my Why Choose Young Living page.
I use these 3 little bottles AHH-LOT! ALOT! A-LOT! If you're a mommy like me, you can relate, right? Even if you're not a mommy, life can be so stressful. From work, to traffic, to managing a business, struggling with finances, trying to stay healthy and even dealing with relationships can be so stressful.
Studies show that stress can greatly affect your health for the worse. If you're not finding ways to destress, you need to start PRONTO! A few years ago I experienced episodes of anxiety attacks. I didn't feel like I was really stressed, so I took numerous steps to relieve stress from exterior things as well as internal. Here are some great steps to schedule into your day to help you destress:
1: GET SLEEP: I know a few people who can do fine with very little sleep, but for the majority of us, this is HUGE! Sleep can make or break the rest of our day if we don't get enough of it. Set a bedtime routine to wind you down at night. Decide what time you will go to sleep and work backward. Set an alarm if you need a reminder. If you're on the computer at night, like I am, download the f.lux.com app that starts to dim your screen to ease your eyes before bed.
Essential oils are awesome to support healthy sleep. You can add them to some epsom salts in a night time bath before bed. Turn on the diffuser in your room and add some essential oils that promote a restful sleep. Some that we like are Valor, Lavender, Stress Away and Peace and Calming. Works great for kids too.
2: EXERCISE: This is pretty obvious, but it is not just for weight loss. Exercise detoxes your body of harmful toxins and relieves stress!! You don't have to do major exercise everyday, just incorporate some movement, something, anything! Take a quick walk, park farther away from your destination. Do some squats while you're waiting for something to cook in the kitchen. Do some punches any time you pass the mirror. Make it a habit of something you always do instead of being so still.
Want to promote healthy muscular system before, during and after exercise? Use PanAway, peppermint, Deep Relief and Copaiba on those muscles after a tough workout. Make a spray bottle with peppermint to cool the body while exercising.
3. LIMIT THE STRESSFUL SHOWS: This one is personal to each person, so do what's best for you. For me, I found that I was having serious anxiety after watching certain documentaries, stress-filled movies and even the news was too stressful to watch. I had to just stick with light-hearted movies. Seems so limiting, but there's so many cool things to watch out there that I don't miss it. A lot of times my husband and I will end up on YouTube watching our favorites, While They Were Napping (my good friend Heidi), Blimey Cow and Say Good Night Kevin.
4: GET OUTDOORS: This definitely can go hand-in-hand with exercise. People who actually get outside and get in the sun (you know good ol' Vitamin D) are healthier overall. This might be a great opportunity to meet some neighbors, discover some nature paths in your area, rekindle the kid in you and marvel at nature.
5: READ A BOOK! And I don't mean on the kindle or on the computer. The light beaming from your screen actually creates stress on your eyes and can inhibit sleep, especially if right before bed. Get out an old-fashioned book and read. Plus, it's a great alternative to a digital device right before bed.
6. OILS, OILS, OILS!: Part of my morning routine and through out the day is to put a drop of Joy over my heart and a few drops of Stress Away on my wrists and behind my ears. These are so relaxing and uplifting that I literally look back on my day and say to myself "wow, I was in such a more relaxed mood today." Then there's the amazing Frankincense. I make an amazing skin cream that not only is super good for smoothing and rejuvenating cells in the skin, but it is also relaxing and calming.
Check out the intro to essential oils page to learn more about how they have helped our lives.