Friday, October 24, 2014

A Parents Guide to Keeping It Classy

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I have been very disturbed lately by the lack of parents keeping it classy. I in no way blame the child because they learn this behavior from the parents.  It really breaks my heart and the only thing I can do is pray.

1.  Watch the language
I'm no saint. I swear occasionally.  If I bang my toe you might hear something foul come out of my mouth. Your children imitate you. You're their first teacher and they look up to you. Bite the tongue when they are around. Or else their little mouths will be repeating what you say. I should not be hearing a third grader using the word "fricking" every other word. I know it's not the f word, but it implies the f word. 

2.  Fashion Show
Picking your child up from school is not a fashion show. You're not walking the runway. We are setting examples of how our children should dress.  Trust me I love clothes as much as the next person.  Here are two examples of what not to do. Yes, this actually happened. 

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You are not at the gym.  Yes, seeing big biceps is a nice treat, but not when you decide to block the sidewalk at school by showing off your manly strength doing push ups.  Also, didn't your mom teach you to put clothing on before going out?  Put on a shirt.  A little modesty goes a long way.  I was quite shocked, I tell you.  It was amusing.  I thought my eyes were deceiving me with this one.

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Yoga pants, jeans, heck even pajama pants with coffee mugs attached to the mom's hand all have my stamp of approval.   Showing every crack, crevice, thong, & dimple is two thumbs down.  We live in Michigan for goodness' sake.  It's cold most of the time, except for a few months out of the year.

3. Manners
The school parking lot boils down to a lack of manners.  There are horns blowing and people parking where they shouldn't be, because of pure laziness.  People, the drop off lane is called the drop off lane for a reason.  If you want to get out and socialize, simply park your car.  It's that simple!  I see people park in the drop off zone and then just leave their car in the drop off zone and socialize.  Hello!! Walking is good for you and I don't see a handicapped sticker on your car.

4. Protecting Your Child
This is the most important of them all.  We love our children more than anything.  Most of us would do anything in our power to keep them safe.  It broke my heart when I saw a fellow classmate of my daughter's on a motorcycle, with I'm guessing her father, and neither one of them were wearing a helmet.  I understand it's your choice if you choose not to wear a helmet.   It is the law though that your child must be wearing a helmet.  It just makes me sad that you took your child's right away.  She isn't old enough to make that decision on her own.

That completes my parents guide to keeping it classy.  I'm sure I will have new ones soon.  People never cease to amaze me.  All I am asking for is just a little class.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

DIY Kids Halloween Costumes As Seen on TV 20 Detroit

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Mom Among Chaos on TV20.
We once again had the opportunity to be on the TV20 Detroit morning news. We brought our daughters along to show off our easy, do-it-yourself Halloween costumes. The girls are dressed up as Wyldstyle from The LEGO Movie, a nerd, Elsa from Frozen, and Skelita from Monster High. Watch the video on YouTube.

Many of the items for the costumes may already be in your closet. If not, then they can be bought inexpensively at a thrift store.

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Keira as Wyldstyle.
For Wyldstyle you need a black hooded sweatshirt. This one is from Target. Then you add some pink & blue duct tape. For the final touches add freckles with eyeliner and put some streaks in her hair. These hair clips came from Meijer.

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Faith as a nerd.
For the nerd costume Faith wore a blue plaid skirt with a solid color top. The thrift store has skirts for .99 cents each. She added a mustache patterned tie and glasses from Five Below. Everything in the store is priced from $1-$5.

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Rylie as Elsa from the movie "Frozen".
For the Elsa costume there are many options. My daughter, Rylie, wanted a sparkly blue costume. You could also make it blue and white. I bought 2 rolls of plain blue tulle & 1 roll of glitter tulle from Michaels craft store. The tulle sells for $2.99-$3.99. Watch for 40% off coupons & buy one, get one free sales. I used the tulle to make a no sew skirt. You can use any size of elastic for the waistband of the tutu. 
First, measure around the waist and length of your child's legs. My 8 year old daughter needed 26.5 inches in length. Then you double that measurement before you cut the tulle. You fold the tulle in half. Next, you make a slip knot over the elastic. Keep doing that all the way around. 
If you have a sewing machine or if you can hand sew, like me, then you can attach the tutu to the bottom of a shirt.
For a cape you can sew the glitter tulle to the back of the shirt and along the sleeves. I added in snowflake ornaments from Dollar Tree.
Another option is using an already made cape. We have a nice light blue one from the Super Run in Ann Arbor, MI. It is made by SuperflyKids.
Emma as Elsa.
Here is another lovely Elsa dress that my friend, Lisa, came up with. It is a child's blue dress from the thrift store, along with the sleeves from a white lace women's shirt. Then sew a lace curtain or tablecloth on for the train.

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Katelyn as Skelita Monster High doll.
For the Skelita Monster High doll you need to wear a cute, colorful outfit. Having a bone or skull design is a plus. I found a cool skull shirt at Target for only $5.99. I also like these skeleton pjs at Target for $9.99. We purchased white opera gloves at Meijer, which my husband drew bones on. She forgot to wear them in the video. We also added bone print knee socks. Then we applied Tulip purple hair chalk. You can order it from Amazon for about $5. It works best when the hair is damp. Finally, we did her face makeup. Make a white face for the base, colored eye circles, black eyeliner designs, & a black lipstick outline.
I like this makeup tutorial for some ideas.

We had a fun time visiting TV 20 Detroit this morning.
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From Left: Stephanie, Crystal, Faith, & Katelyn. In Front: Keira & Rylie.
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Disney On Ice Princesses & Heroes Opening Night Review

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Enter a world of wonder where heroes and hearts prevail. Join Ariel as she yearns to explore the world above the waves and Prince Eric as he breaks Ursula’s slithering spell to reclaim his one true love. See Price Phillip, in a race against time to rescue Sleeping Beauty’s Aurora, defeat the evil Maleficent as she transforms herself into a fire-breathing dragon!
Be there to discover a whole new world with Jasmine and Aladdin. And, watch in awe as the dreams of Cinderella, Belle, Snow White, Rapunzel and Tiana all come true. High-flying jumps, daring acrobatics, breathtaking skating and lovable Disney friends are just a wish away! 

We go to Disney On Ice every year. It has become a family tradition. My children are always curious which Disney stories will be featured in each show. This show started out with Aladdin. My daughter, Katelyn, knows all the songs because she is currently rehearsing for Aladdin Jr. with the Warren Civic Theatre. My son liked the singing as they were chasing Aladdin around the ice. He loved the dragon that breathes fire on to the ice. My daughter, Katelyn, admired the scenery. I enjoyed the acrobatics & special effects. Make sure you stay for the finale. As you can see I took a lot of photos, but I want to remember this entertaining night. You can click on any of the photos to enlarge them.

See Disney On Ice presents Princesses & Heroes Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt where believing is just the beginning!

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There is quite a bit of Frozen in this show. But, I'm really looking forward to the Disney On Ice Frozen show coming to Detroit March 12-15, 2015.

Mom Among Chaos Appears on the Local News

The Mom Among Chaos girls joined 7 Action News This Morning on 20 to share some ideas on do it yourself Halloween decorations.

Here is the link to the news video.

You can see the Candy Corn Decorative Bottle post here.

See all of our Fall Wreath ideas here.

Watch next week, on Thursday 10/23/14, when we bring our daughters to show off DIY Halloween costumes and face paint.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

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