Crochet: Dr. Seuss Week "Cat In The Hat" Crochet Hats

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

This week is Dr. Seuss week at my son's elementary school. Each day this week they're supposed to do something related to Dr. Seuss. Yesterday was silly sock day to celebrate "Fox In Socks." Today was Cat In The Hat day. They were told to wear cat hats if they had any.

I thought it would be cool to crochet a Cat In The Hat top hat for my son to wear to school. I did a search on Pinterest and Ravelry. I didn't really want to pay for a pattern and didn't really have time to try and make my own pattern since I started making the hats yesterday afternoon.

I found the "A Cat In My Hat" pattern by Snappy Tots on Ravelry and went with that. I opted not to include the ears and braids.

I started with the Child/Teen/Adult pattern since my son is 6, but it ended up being too big for him. So, I gave that first hat to my husband. He's going to be reading to my preschooler's class this week and I thought it would be cool if he wore it for that. Then, I made the Toddler size hat and that fit my son better.

His teachers liked the hat and my son loved wearing it to school.

Cat In The Hat Crochet Hat

  • I/9 (5.0 mm) crochet hook
  • Worsted weight yarn in red and white
  • Yarn needle
     "A Cat In My Hat" by Snappy Tots

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Chick-Fil-A DIY Upcycling Challenge: DIY Musical Shakers #chickfilamomsDIY

DISCLOSURE: As a member of the Chick-Fil-A Moms Panel, I was provided coupons for free soup to facilitate this post. 

My family loves Chick-Fil-A. We eat it at least once a week. Last night, we had the chance to try the Chicken Tortilla Soup from Chick-Fil-A. I normally don't get the soup, but as a member of the Chick-Fil-A Moms, I was given a coupon to try it for free.

The soup was pretty good. It was a little thicker than what I was expecting, but still tasty.

A Visit To Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine - Baltimore, MD

Thursday, February 23, 2017

This year, we're on a mission to visit as many national parks as we can. Last month, we visited Fort Washington Park in Fort Washington, MD. This month, we ventured out to the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore, MD. In the past, I've only associated Fort McHenry with the tunnel that runs under the Baltimore Harbor. I didn't even know there was a park by there with the same name until my husband told me. He had visited as a child and he thought it would be fun to take the kids one day.

We had a chance to go on Presidents' Day. Both my husband and my kids were off that day and admission to participating national parks was free. We chose to visit Fort McHenry since it wasn't too far -- only about an hour away.

February 2017 Daily Goodie Box Unboxing

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

DISCLOSURE: I received a free Daily Goodie Box in order to facilitate this unboxing post. All opinions are my own.

Daily Goodie Box sends out boxes of free samples. It's free to join and all they ask for in return is your opinion on the products they sent.

This was my first box and I was surprised by how many items were in the box. Here's a short video of my unboxing.

Look at everything in the box!

Minions Valentines Box

Happy Valentine's Day!

I wanted to do a quick post about the Valentines Box my kindergartener and I made the other day. This was the first time a teacher asked us to make a box to hold the Valentines the kids would be receiving in class. Usually, my kids either decorated a paper bag or a little box at school.

I went on Pinterest and did a search on Valentine Boxes and when my 6-year-old saw a Minions one, he got excited and immediately said that was what he wanted!  It didn't look too hard and we had most of what we needed already at home.

First, we needed a shoe box. Luckily, we found one in my older daughter's closet that was a good size. I covered the box and its top in yellow cardstock. This part probably took the longest, since I had the cut all the pieces out and glue them onto the box.

Next, I cut out some blue cardstock for the Minion's overalls. I tried to cut somewhat identical pieces for the front and the back of the box. I also cut straps for the sides of the box.

After that, I cut out some white foam circles for his eyes. I used a plastic ring from a Tying Knots game. I traced the inside of the ring on the white foam paper and I used a glittery silver piece of foam for the goggles. I made the iris and pupil with brown and black cardstock. I made the goggle straps with a piece of black foam paper.

The boxes had to have the child's name on the front, so I used some foam letter stickers that I had to put his name on the overalls. I sketched out a mouth for the Valentines to go in and my husband cut it out with an Exacto knife.

I think it came out super cute! I can't wait to see how well it held up in class!

3DLightFX Deco Light - Kevin - Minions - REVIEW

Thursday, February 2, 2017

 DISCLOSURE:  This is a sponsored post in conjunction with  I received a free 3D Deco Light in exchange for a review.  All opinions are my own.

My younger kids can't sleep without a nightlight. They get scared when the room is too dark. So, we use this really old nightlight that my older kids used to use. It used to have a decorative part that matched my oldest daughter's nursery decor, but that broke off years ago. So it's just a naked nightlight bulb. My husband thinks it's too bright, but my son likes it.

This past weekend, I was excited to receive a 3DLightFX Deco Light. It's a nightlight that you hang on the wall. It comes with a crack sticker, so that the nightlight appears like it's crashed through your wall.It's available in all sorts of varieties -- from Disney and comic book characters to sports and other designs. I chose one in the shape of my son's favorite Minions character, Kevin.

L'Oreal EverPure Moisture VoxBox - REVIEW #FreeYourHair

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

DISCLOSURE: I received free samples from Influenster to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.

I color my hair pretty regularly. I go to the salon about every 6 weeks to get my roots colored, since the greys have been becoming more numerously lately. This past summer, I was coloring my hair a little more often. I experimented with purple, blue and even green streaks.

But, those colors fade so quickly. I was at the salon almost every 2-3 weeks getting touch ups. I was going through different brands of color-safe shampoos to see if I could find one that would help protect the color, while also making my hair feel less dry and damaged.  After getting tired of going to the salon so often, I ended up using a boxed color to dye it all brown.

Is It Wrong To Love Bread?

I love bread. I probably have bread almost everyday. My husband, though, tells me I eat too much bread. Too many carbs.

The Grain Foods Foundation came out with this great video. The song is catchy -- even my kids sing along to it.

I can't stop listening to it!