Homemade Halloween Costume

Check out these Power Rangers Megaforce dudes!

We purchased our son’s Halloween costume at the local thrift store and he really wanted his dad to be a power ranger too. I was not down to spend $45 on a costume for a couple hours walking in the cold. So I through this together.

First I printed the mask from here:

https://lifeshehas.com/super-mega-power-rangers-printable-coloring-masks/

I colored this mask in and ran it through my laminator. Added a string to wrap around his head.

Then I purchased a $6 red Hanes Sweatshirt from Walmart. I cut it down the middle and put duct-tape on the seam.

I spray painted an old belt gold.

I wrapped my husbands ankles with red and silver duct-tape over his black sweatpants.

He wore a black shirt.

Perfection!

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Miss Sabby Knits

Check out these cuties modeling for my Etsy store, Miss Sabby Knits. I have been knitting since college. I have a whole bin of things I’ve knitted throughout the years. I’ve sold on Etsy years ago, but this time I’m doing it for a hobby. I’ll be adding items as I knit them. I’ve decided that the one thing that everyone loves is a good winter hat. So, I’ve decided to sell “The Winter Hat” with the customizable embellishment. Check it out!

One of my favorite knitting patterns was inspired by a pattern I found for free on Ravelry. Read about it here.

Also, I am not a photographer. HOWEVER… I did take these pictures of my boys with my iphone and I love the way they turned out. Here is what I did if you want to achieve the same look:

  • Purchase a chunky knit hat. You can purchase the one my boys are wearing in my Etsy store here.
  • set a chair (mine was a white wooden chair) by a window with natural light.
  • set kid in chair without the light (sun beams) directly on their face or body.
  • say cheese 🙂
  • use the “photoshop express” app (adobe PS express)
  • filter the photo with “HicontrastBW”
  • admire your cuties!

Miss Sabby Knit Beanie

It’s knitting season!

Check out my latest project. Michaels has an awesome 50% off coupon that makes choosing yarn even harder. My next hat is going to be made with Patons 100% wool. Stay tuned!

It is so much fun to metal stamp the aluminum ring! Talk about a cheap and fun project.

Custom/ Personalized Ring

I use the impressart collection to personalize the ring. Really easy! It just takes a few minutes to stamp the letters into the metal and it adds such a great finishing touch. I stamped this first ring (on the baby blue hat) on my coffee table and it created a ripple in the lettering. I now stamp on a piece of granite as my base and the ring sits much more flat (in the black and white photo of my guy).

For my boys, I stamp our last name so things don’t get lost in the preschool lost and found.

How to take the B/W pic…

If you would like more info about taking these black and white pics click here.

The free pattern:

The pattern I used was inspired from this one I got free over at Ravelry. It knitted up quick.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

What is this cookie magic!? This recipe makes the perfect cookie.

It’s almost like a brownie, but in cookie form. It’s perfectly crunchy on the outside, with a gooey bite inside.

This is the kind of cookie that you make and your family eats them off the cookie sheet as they come out of the oven… then you have to wait 10 min longer to get one when the next batch comes out.

They are, “why didn’t you make more?” kind of perfect.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie Batter

Without further ado…

The best chocolate chocolate chip cookie recipe.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe
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Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie

View the original recipe here.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened (I used 1/2 cup butter 1/2 shortening)
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In large bowl, beat butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt; stir into the butter mixture until well blended. Mix in the chocolate chips and walnuts. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or just until set. Cool slightly on the cookie sheets before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

 

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookie
Like brownies in cookie form

LA in a day

This was written for a guide for my little sister and her friend to travel to Los Angeles for the first time and explore as many places as possible- a completely epic one day trip. She plans on returning in another month to explore the places she loved for a longer period of time.

No joke this itinerary is going to be exhausting, but totally worth it.

You can download the itinerary below for use as a guide (costs, Uber surges, estimated drive times, traffic, and the like can change and are out of our control). I cannot verify the information, please travel at your own risk.

EPIC LA IN A DAY TRIP 2018

ABOUT

*This trip is meant to accompany the Spirit Airlines DFW-LAX flight arriving in LAX at 8:30am and leaving LAX at 8:15pm. This flight can be purchased at a Spirit Airlines counter for approximately $82.40 round trip per person.

Please click here to read my post about booking your flight with Spirit to accompany this trip.

This trip includes seven Los Angeles locations without the use of a rental car. Travel time is based on Google estimates for normal traffic at the time of travel and estimated arrival is based on the maximum time estimated traveling with Uber.

Download the itinerary at the bottom of the page. 


TRIP OVERVIEW

  • The Original Farmers Market LA
  • The Grove
  • TCL Chinese Theatre Courtyard
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame
    • Hollywood Blvd. Street Performers
  • Griffith Park Observatory
    • Hollywood Sign
  • Santa Monica Pier
  • Venice Beach Boardwalk

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ITINERARY

24 OCTOBER 2018 / 7:00 AM / ARRIVE AT DFW AIRPORT

Arrive at the airport with only a backpack that can fit under the seat in front of you. Spirit charges extra for additional bags.

GO STRAIGHT TO SECURITY- Present drivers license and boarding pass.

7:00 AM CENTRAL STANDARD TIME/ AIRPLANE DEPARTS FROM DFW

Flight time 3 hours 22 minutes

8:22 AM PACIFIC STANDARD TIME / AIRPLANE ARRIVES IN LAX

9:00 AM / GET UBER

Spirit Airlines arrives in Terminal 3.

On the departures (upper) level, there are “Ride Service” pickup signs located curbside. Sign “B” is where you should meet your driver.

FROM: LAX Terminal 3

TO: “The Original Farmers Market”, West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA via

uberPOOL approximately $21.52 for two people.

Approximate drive time is 22-45 minutes.

9:45 AM (11:45 AM TEXAS LUNCH TIME)/ ARRIVE AT THE GROVE

Eat Lunch at The Original Farmers Market.

Singapore Banana Leaf ($12.45 chicken curry + drinks)

Walk over to and explore The Grove– a celebrity hot spot.

The Trolly ride is FREE.

11:00 AM / UBER TO CHINESE THEATRE

FROM: The Grove- The pickup and dropoff area is located at Circle Valet off of The Grove Drive. The Grove Drive is accessible via Beverly Blvd. or 3rd Street. You will see Uber signage when you approach the pickup and drop-off area.

TO: Chinese Theatre, Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA

uberPOOL approximately $7.72 for two people.

Approximate drive time is 12 minutes.

Explore Chinese Theatre Handprints

11:15 AM / WALK HOLLYWOOD BLVD (45 minutes)

1 mile walk straight through to “Hollywood Burger” takes about 20

minutes. Stop and enjoy the sites along the way.

12:00 PM / GRAB A SNACK

Hollywood Burger – Hollywood Famous Shakes $4.95

12:15 PM / UBER TO Griffith Park Observatory

FROM: Hollywood Burger, 6250 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

TO: 2800 East Observatory Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90027

uberPOOL approximately $9.69 for two people

Approximate drive time is 18 minutes.

12:40 PM / EXPLORE GRIFFITH PARK OBSERVATORY (approx. 1 hour)

Visitors can look through telescopes, explore exhibits, see live shows in the Samuel Oschin Planetarium, and enjoy spectacular views of Los Angeles and the Hollywood Sign.

OPTIONAL SHOW: 12:45pm Water Is Life at the Samuel Oschin Planetarium $7 per person.

1:45 PM / UBER TO DINNER

FROM: Griffith Park Observatory

TO: Benny’s Tacos & Chicken Rotisserie, 915 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica,

CA 90401

uberPOOL approximately $27.21 for two people.

Approximate drive time is between 40 min – 1 hour 10 minutes.

3:00 PM (5:00 PM TEXAS DINNER TIME)/ EAT DINNER

Benny’s Tacos & Chicken Rotisserie

Most popular item is the “California Burrito with Chipotle Chicken”

Take food to go.

3:20 PM / RENT BIKES- BIKE TO SANTA MONICA PIER

Use the “SOCIAL BICYCLES” App to rent bikes.

Use Google maps for directions to “Santa Monica Pier”

1.3 mile bike ride- approx. 7 minutes

Eat burritos on the beach or while walking around the pier with bikes.

Explore- do not return bikes.

4:00 PM / BIKE TO VENICE BEACH

Use Google maps to bike along the bike path down to Venice Beach.

1.8 mile bike ride- approx. 10 minutes

Take your time. Take Pictures along the way.

Return Bikes to the hub at “12 Park Avenue, Los Angeles”

4:15 PM / EXPLORE VENICE BEACH (1 hour 15 minutes)

Venice Beach Boardwalk

Venice Public Art Walls

Muscle Beach

The “Venice” sign is located at Windward Ave & Pacific Ave

End with the Venice Beach Fishing Pier (Washington St.)

5:30 PM / UBER TO LAX

FROM: 3015 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291

TO: LAX Terminal 3 Departures

uberPOOL approximate cost is $15.37 for two people.

Approximate drive time is 26-60 minutes.

6:30 PM / ARRIVE AT LAX TERMINAL 3

Go through security

Boarding begins at approximately 7:30 pm

8:15 PM / DEPART LAX TO DFW

1:12 AM / ARRIVE AT DFW


COST SUMMARY

*Assuming two travelers.

  • Approximate Total Cost of Uber: $81.51 – $30 first time Uber credit = $51.51
  • All activities are free.
  • Cost of biking approx. 50 minutes x $0.12 per minute = $12 for 2 people.
  • Cost of Lunch $30 for 2 people (2- $12.45 chicken curry + drinks).
  • Cost of snack $10 for 2 people ($4.95 milkshakes).
  • Cost of dinner $30 for 2 people (2- $12.95 burritos + drinks)
  • Cost of roundtrip flight $82.40 per person

= COST OF DAY (Lunch, snack, dinner, transportation, biking, attractions & entertainment) = approx. $133.51 approx. $67 each person).

= COST OF TRIP (Day + flights)= approx. $149 per person (if both people have never used Uber), $165 per person if they have used Uber and cannot use the coupons.

DFW to LAX
Complete Itinerary

*This is a sample itinerary and is provided for free for informational use. Please use as a guide and travel at your own risk. Costs, Travel estimates are subject to change.*

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