Saturday, March 19, 2016

DIY Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat Costume


The school that I work at is having a Dr. Seuss Themed Literacy night. Since I am working a station with another teacher and already had this costume, I decided I would make my partner one as well. It is super easy and cheap!!! Hope you enjoy :)

Materials you will need:
  1. White Foam Sheet (Michael's)
  2. Red Koozie (Michael's)
  3. Headband
  4. White paper
  5. Hot glue gun






Step 1:

Find a cup that is bigger than the koozie and trace it on the foam sheet.



Step 2:

Cut the circle out.





Step 3:

Cut out two strips of paper that are a little less than an inch wide.



Step 4:

Hot glue both strips of paper around the koozie. I did trim the length of the strips just a little and just glued the ends down. I did not put glue all over the back, because you would see the glue through the paper.







Step 5:

Hot glue the koozie to the circle piece of white foam. Make sure to put it in the center before glueing it down.








Step 6:

Hot glue the hat to the handband, I glued mine about an inch or two from the center of the headband. I think it looks better on the side than sitting straight up on my head.







Now you can enjoy your new Cat in the Hat, mini hat! I have worn mine a couple of times since I made it a few years ago. This school year I wore it for Halloween and Dr. Seuss' Birthday. Below are a few pictures from Halloween. I added some whiskers on my face with liquid eyeliner and I found a sparkly bowtie from a previous costume. And with that I paired it with a red top and black leggings.








Until next time!

<3 Em





Monday, March 14, 2016

How I Curl My Hair




Where do I even begin? I have been curling my hair like this for quite some time and I'm finally going to let you in on my secrets :) 


First things first, the products and styling tools I use!

Hair Spray:

Herbal Essences - Hold Me Softly Hairspray Fixatif

You can find this at any major store, for less than $4 and lasts a long time. It smells amazing and doesn't leave my hair crunchy at all! They have it in a can version also, tried it before and I hated it. 





Curling Wand:

Bed Head Small Talk Curling Wand, 3/4 inch

I got my curling wand last summer at ULTA for super cheap, I think it was less than $20. Well I have had several people ask which wand I use. So I looked into it, and it looks like they no longer make this particular wand :( which is sad because this thing is AMAZING! I hate the wands that have the barrel that goes from big to small. I have tried several different ones and my hair never seems to stay and I feel like I am fighting to keep my hair wrapped around the wand. So when I found this straight 3/4 inch wand I was SO happy. Another thing I like about it is that it has an end piece, so I can hold onto it while holding my curl. I feel like I burn myself way more when I don't have an end piece. 

*It looks like you can still get this wand online at Amazon, but for way more than what I paid for mine.





** I did find the same brand/type of wand in a 1 inch. Which isn't much bigger than the one I use. It is currently at Target for less than $20!!


Curling Process:

1. When I know I am going to be curling my hair for work or for when I go out, I will always leave my hair in a braid. It tames my hair and gives it a little wave, which I feel really helps my curls last.

2. Once my hair has been in a braid for a few hours or overnight, I take the braid out and brush my hair. 

3. I section my hair based off my part, then I set aside each side of my hair over my shoulders.

4. I start with the right side of my hair because I have a lot more hair on that side based on the way I part my hair.

5. Starting at the back of the right side of my hair, I take a chunk of hair and separate it. I put the rest of my hair up in the front with a clip.

***Depending on how loose or tight I want my curls, depends on how small or big the section I take. Lately I have been doing looser curls/waves, so I take sections that are bigger than an inch.

6. Taking over an inch section of hair, I curl the section of hair away from my face. I normally hold the hair for at least 30 seconds. If I have a really big piece of hair I will leave it on longer.

7. When done, I let the curl cool while I curl the rest of the section of my hair.

8. Once done with that section of hair, I spray it with hair spray and continue this process until I am completely done with my hair. It normally takes me about 15-20 minutes to curl my entire head, because I curl it into bigger chunks.


When you are done curling your hair, the curls will be very tight and curly. They should look like this:












*I allow my curls to completely cool while I finish getting ready.



When I am done getting ready and am completely dressed I run my fingers all through the curls to break them up. Sometimes I'll even do a hair flip or two if they are too curly for me. When done I'm done finger combing through my hair, I spray hair spray one more time and my hair looks like this:















* Sorry for all the selfies... clearly I was feeling myself ;) But who wouldn't, with curls like these??

I hope you enjoy, until next time.

<3 Em

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Target Clothes and Shoes Haul




So Target is probably one of my favorite places to shop at. I am always shopping online and stopping in there on a weekly basis to see if they have gotten anything new or have any good sales going on.


Last week online they were having a sale on their clothes and shoes. If you spent over $75, you got 20% off your entire order. Well a lot of the items I wanted were already on sale or were pretty low. So I stocked up on some flannels and shirts. I also got some sandals, I am so over the cold and am ready for some warm weather. 

FYI: Target's shirts are so soft and comfortable, and are true to size. Whenever they have a sale on them I am always stocking up, you can never have enough basics. 

Hope you enjoy :)



White Patterned V-Neck
Originally: $9.00
Discounted: $7.20


Close up of the pink dots, they're cute elephants!



Striped White Shirt

Originally: $9.00
Discounted: $7.20


Black and White Flannel

Originally: $7.48
Discounted: $5.98



Gray V-Neck 

Originally: $9.00
Discounted: $7.20



Light Blue V-Neck

Originally: $9.00
Discounted: $7.20




Red and Blue Flannel

Originally: $7.48
Discounted: $5.98




Apple V-Neck 
(Thought this was perfect, since I'm a teacher)

Originally: $9.00
Discounted: $7.20






Black and White Patterned V-Neck 

Originally: $9.00
Discounted: $7.20


Close up of pattern





White and Black V-neck 

Originally: $9.00
Discounted: $7.20




Blue and White Flannel

Originally: $7.48
Discounted: $5.98




Red and Blue Flannel

Originally: $8.38
Discounted: $6.70




Gray and Yellow Flannel

Originally: $8.38
Discounted: $6.70




"Fancy That" Baseball Tee

Originally: $8.48
Discounted: $6.78




White and Navy Flannel

Originally: $7.48
Discounted: $5.98



Pink Flowy Tank

Originally: $5.08
Discounted: $4.06







Black Sandals

Originally: $15.99
Discounted: $12.79



Gold Sandals

Originally: $15.99
Discounted: $12.79




In total I saved over $37! I am so happy with everything I got and can't wait to wear everything.


Until next time,

<3 Em