Monday, October 31, 2016

Rubik's Cube Halloween Costume Tutorial

It's Halloween, a day that many kids will find themselves in a sugar coma by days end. Bless all the amazing teachers out there that will be dealing with all the excited, hyped up kids today, and for dealing with the fall out tomorrow! I must say, I enjoyed Halloween falling on a Saturday last year. Here are some funny memes to kick off your Halloween morning!

I have made a couple costumes in the past for my littles. There was Bob the Tomato when Max was two (and Cooper and Jack have worn it as well), and the fun Dinosaur when Max was 4! But I've had a couple year hiatus from the costume making fun. 

AHHH! I miss these little guys!

This year, Max and I were brainstorming a costume for him, and let's just say the easy days of 100+ choices and changing your mind every other second are gone (insert sad face). It definitely gets harder to find an age appropriate costume that a 4th grade boy would be proud of. So, one day in the car pick up line I did just that, I searched for cool costumes for 10 year old boys! BAM, there it was....a rubik's cube. Max and several of his classmates are really into rubiks cubes right now...they are all the rage again. I presented the idea to Max when he jumped in the car and he was on board. So, I got to work.

This costume was so easy to make (and very easy on my wallet), but I will say, it was time consuming...taking me a little over 3 hours to complete.

Here's what you will need...

  • -1- 18 inch by 18 inch box (mine was 18"x24" and I cut the box to be a square).
  • -1 can of black spray paint
  • -box cutters (or something sharp to cut neck and arm holes with)
  • -3 sheets of card stock in each of five rubik's cube colors (we went with white, red, blue, yellow, and red).
  • -ruler
  • -scissors or paper cutter
  • -hot glue gun

1. Prep your box (cut into cube). Cut the neck hole, find a circle to trace (I used a mixing bowl)! Cut the arm holes out (find a smaller circle to trace...I used a round vase base). This was harder than the neck hole because it's not on the edge. I placed a scrap of card board under the are I was cutting so it would not cut through to the other side of the box. Spray paint box.

2. While I was waiting for the box to completely dry, I headed inside to cut my rubiks cube squares.

I made my squares 5 1/2" x 5 1/2".

3. Lay your squares out leaving a thin black border the squares. Once you have the squares how you like, begin hot gluing the back and securing them to the box (you have to be fast one you get the glue on the card stock, it dries fast). 

You can make your rubik's cube have random colors (a work in progress) or the same colors on one side. I left this decision up to Max, and he wanted his cube complete! 

Continue glueing all the squares on each side. I left the top for last (it was the hardest with the big neck hole). The easiest way I found was to lay out the squares and then use painters tape to tape the squares near the neck hole down, flip the box over and trace the neck hole on top of the bottom of the squares. When you then flip the box over and remove the squares you can easily cut the the exact circular pattern off the square! I wish I had taken a picture during this step! 

Ta Da! It's complete!

I worked on and finished this costume while Max was at school. So, I nervously waited to pick him up hoping he would be please with how it turned out! Luckily, he was! Here he is trying it on to make sure it fits!

It made its debut at our schools Haunt the Halls later that night (talk about procrastination ;-)...but it was a few weeks before Halloween so I felt like I was on top of things!

Did you make your child's Halloween costume? I would love to hear what you made, leave me a comment below! I hope everyone has a safe and candy coma free Halloween! 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

What's Up Wednesday!

Today, I'm trying something new and different and linking up with What's Up Wednesday. The last Wednesday of each month we answer the following questions! So here goes!

1. WHAT WE'RE EATING THIS WEEK...I've been enjoying starting to make some of our fall favorites! Chicken and Noodles over Mashed Potatoes, and Chili. I'm trying to figure out the rest of my menu for the week. I would love to make fajitas one night this week, and try to get some more grilling nights in before it gets too cold. I've been craving something pumpkin, maybe I can find a fun fall dessert to try this weekend.


Finally sharing our big news... baby #5 is on the way. I had a miscarriage back in May, so I definitely wanted to wait to share the news until I had been to the doctor and was at the end of the first trimester! I didn't have my first appointment and ultrasound until I was 13 weeks along (I'm almost at the 15 week mark now). Seeing the baby on the screen was such a happy relief. My due date is April 23, 2017 (one week after Max's birthday). I share a birthday with my youngest brother (we are 6 years apart), it would be crazy if Max shared a birthday with his youngest sibling too (they will be 10 years apart). When deciding on how to announce #5 we had to go with the "we now have a basketball team" picture. I cannot even count the number of times in the past two years that I've heard the statement, "You only need one more to have your own basketball team!" So, it seemed fitting. Thank you for all the kind words and congratulations that you shared on Facebook and in person!

3. WHAT I'M LOVING...That my race is complete and that training is done (for now)! Yes, I ran a half marathon 13 weeks pregnant! There was no record breaking time for me on race day, but little did everyone know my goal was just to finish! It was hard to know that my time was going to be slower than normal, and that most people would not know why. I just had to put that out of my mind and run a healthy race for me and baby #5! Crossing that finish line was very rewarding, knowing I had stuck to my training plan even when I didn't feel well (morning sickness and 1st trimester exhaustion), and a calf injury! I'm enjoying my training break, but I'm already looking forward to next years KC Marathon with great expectations!

4. WHAT WE'VE BEEN UP TO...Well, my hubby was just voted the President of the Pastor's Conference for the Missouri Baptist Convention! I'm so proud of him and excited to see what he will plan for the conference his year as President (2019)! So, does that make me the First Lady (lol)?!? 

5. WHAT I'M DREADING...That we are losing more and more daylight each day. I ran out to the grocery store this morning at 7 and when I drove home around 7:30 am it was still dark.


I've been working on getting my etsy shop back up and running! My store Kate W Designs has been on "vacation mode" for two years (since right before Judson was born). It has been so much fun going though all my fabric and sewing again. I'm trying something new and only listing items once they are made and ready to ship (I'm hoping this will help me stay on top of the orders). I have some new products in the works, I can't wait to show them to you very soon!

I just had my first sale back since opening, so exciting! My busiest season was always leading up to Christmas (as crayon holders make great Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers), so here's hoping for a busy November/December! 


This weekend Hallmark's Countdown to Christmas begins! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Hallmark movies and having 1 or 2 new movies a weekend from now until Christmas is so exciting! 


You and Me Forever. Marriage in Light of Eternity by Francis and Lisa Chan. We just finished this book and study on Wednesday nights at church. I highly recommend this book! It is unlike any marriage study I have ever done. It is a must read!

Timeless new show on NBC...

I love the historical element to this show! Plus, how cool would it be to travel back to major historical events? I'm loving this new show.

Designated Survivor on ABC

I've got to balance all those Hallmark movies with a little action ;-)!

9. WHAT I'M LISTENING TO...Spotify, KLOVE, and 88.5!

10. WHAT I'M WEARING...Nothing too exciting to share on this front. I've had to break out a few pieces from my maternity clothes stash (jeans and a couple dresses). I'm in the awkward in-between stage...starting to outgrown a few things, but most maternity things are still too big. So, I've been trying to make things work. In my opinion (which I guess I'm sort of an expert this being my fifth pregnancy ;-)), having a baby in the spring (needing maternity clothes fall-early spring) is definitely the easiest to dress for. There are so many fall/winter clothes that I already have that can easily transition into pregnancy. The cardigans, open sweaters, jackets, button up shirts that can be worn open. I'm thankful that this adds more variety to my wardrobe.

Hanging out with the family! I'm excited for a weekend that doesn't have a whole lot scheduled...those are the best, in my opinion! I'm hoping to bake some fall goodies, carve pumpkins, finish all the party prep for Max's 4th grade Halloween class party, and enjoy my hubby and boys!

12. WHAT I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH...Thanksgiving and all it's yumminess, our annual trip to watch the Plaza lighting, and decorating for Christmas, of course! It's the most magical time of the year!

13. WHAT ELSE IS NEW...Not too much! Just staying busy...and looking forward to finding out if I will have 5 boys, or 4 boys and 1 girl! I will be so excited either way! More to come on that soon!

Saturday, October 22, 2016


Team W's 5th player! We have our basketball team! #futurerecruit #April2017

Friday, October 7, 2016

Five Things Friday

It's Friday! Woot Woot! This week flew by and I am excited to have the weekend here.

one. October. I've said it before. Fall is my favorite season. The last few weeks have been busy, but I'm going to be busting out the fall decor and decorating my mantle today. Here is a fun FREE printable I found from Sincerely, Sara D's blog. The quote is from L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables, "I am so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers." Amen Anne, I could not have said it better myself! My mom introduced me to the books and movie when I was growing up, and I was hooked. The deep friendship between Anne and Diana, the back and forth between Anne and Gilbert, I could not get enough. I even named my two pet birds Anne and Gilbert. #loyalfan. Let's just say that the announcement that there is going to be a Anne of Green Gables series on Netflix has me more than a little giddy! I'm excited to print this out and add it to my seasonal decor.

two. running update. I wrote HERE about my running injury and dealing with my disappointment. Well, I took 10 days off and got out for my first run on Wednesday. I'm excited to report that I had no pain in my calf. Here's to hoping I will be at the starting line come race day 8 days from now! I love running past all the cool sites in downtown Kansas City, Missouri (especially in the fall).

three. everyone loves a little encouragement. Parenting is tough. It's a thankless job (most days). Don't get me wrong, it's the best job I've ever had, but definitely the most challenging ;-). The other day I picked up the boys from school and we headed to drop off some dry cleaning and then headed across the street to grab a Papa Murphy's pizza and Cinnamon Wheel for dinner (if you haven't tried a Cinnamon Wheel you are missing out)! Anyway, after we waited for our order, I was out the door with my little brood. Out in the parking lot a nice man walked up to me as I was loading up and buckling kids in their cars seats and said, "Mam, I just want to say, you have a lot going on. You are doing a great job!" It was such a small statement, but it made my day. I thanked him and then wished I could watch back a clip of us inside the Papa Murphy's. Nothing stuck out in my mind as the kids being crazy or anything. Hmmmm...I wonder what he would have thought to know I had one more kiddo (who was at a friend's birthday party after school)? Two things really stick out in my mind. One, you have no idea when people are watching you (so good or bad it will be seen). Two, that I want to be someone who encourages others (my spouse, my kids, my friends, and even random people on the street). Who can you encourage today?

four. Mom friends. I'm writing a post about why Moms need other Mom friends, it should be up sometime next week. I love these ladies! We had MOPS yesterday (Mother's of Preschoolers) and I had such a relaxing and refreshing two hours away from my littles with these ladies. If you're a mom and need some encouragement or a group of people who "get" what you are going through as a mom, I encourage you to find a MOPS group near you. You can put in your zip code HERE and it will give you a list of the groups near you! I truly believe that "Better Moms Make a Better World." 

five. Halloween. School Class Party Planning is in full swing. My friend Mandy and I are Room Reps for our sons' fourth grade class. This is my first year helping plan the party. I think we have some fun things planned, pending teacher approval (we are submitting our plan today). Hopefully, the fourth graders will think so too! Let me just say, what did we do before Pinterest? Here are some of my favorite Halloween pinterest ideas. These are not necessarily what we are doing for our party, but some fun ideas I found along the way in trying to plan the party. I couldn't get pictures of some of our activities and drink ideas. There are some creative people out there. Mandy also found Frankenstein peeps that you can use instead of ghost peeps in the pudding cups below. In our school district the treats have to be prepackaged, no homemade treats (which is a good thing with all the allergies out there). So, you have to get a little creative when it comes to the snacks. #pinteretforthewin 
Have a great weekend!