Easy Ringmaster Costume

Last year I managed to find two of the same tiger costumes in the sizes for my daughters for this year for $5 each on local yard sale Facebook groups. That determined that this year we were doing a circus them for Halloween!


The tiger costumes just needed a good washing to brighten them up and trim a few loose threads. I found an item at a thrift store that was made of red sequin fabric that had seen better days so I cut it apart to make bows for the head and tail (I used this same basic fabric bow process for the ones on the head). Done! They actually really enjoy wearing these so I decided not to tempt fate by trying to draw whiskers on them.

The benefit of knowing what you want to do well in advance of Halloween is that you can take advantage of getting the items you need when you see them. The ringmaster costume basically hinged on being able to find a red jacket so I was thrilled when I walked into a thrift store while visiting family in Florida a few months back and found one that also happened to be half off that day.

Fast forward to about a month ago when JoAnn’s had a percent off your whole purchase coupon available. I used ready made shoulder pads that were already black and the base for the epaulettes. I than eyeballed the length I would need of gold fringe trim to go around the shoulder pads. I hot glued the fringe around the rounded edge of the shoulder pads and then hot glued the shoulder pad on to the jacket. I had just a little piece left over so I hot glued that on the front chest.


For the front of the jacket, I eyeballed the length needed of a black and gold cord I found. I put tape around I would cut the piece apart and then heat sealed it. I then hot glued the cord into place. I also removed the lower buttons to mimic a military style jacket and reinforced the remaining buttons so they wouldn’t fall off.

Add a top hat with a dollar tree red sequin headband around it and an inexpensive black bowtie. I put them all over a white button down, dark fitted pants, and knee high boots I already owned. Here is more “Pinspiration” that I gathered.

Now, we are just hoping for decent weather to go trick or treating. We have a red wagon with a canopy so it will look like an old fashion animal train car. My husband will be in all khaki with a safari hat and whip as the animal tamer. The circus will be in town! Happy Halloween!


Disney On Ice Recap

I ended up taking my 3 year old to Disney On Ice Princesses & Heroes for a Mommy and Me date this evening. We had a great time. She was very excited to see the different princesses and the use of the lights and special effects was in true Disney fashion – spot on and inventive. In the first half, the popular princess seemed to be Ariel. I ended up having a sing along of all the Little Mermaid songs with the two little girls behind me.

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However, it all of a sudden turned into a rock concert when it was clear the Frozen sisters segment was about to begin. You could see all the kids scoot to the edge of their seat, gripping the armrests. The crowd roared as soon as the Anna started skating. It was one big sing along with a few hundred of my newest friends – little girls, big kids, and even moms were belting out “Let It Go.”

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I hope they rotate who gets to play Elsa because it must be such a rush to get that kind of reaction. Kids were in the aisles dancing and twirling. I am pretty sure every version of Anna and Elsa costumes were present in the crowd. One girl, dressed as Elsa, acted out the entire segment in front of the stage. The little girls seated near the front corners of the stage were staring, wide-eyed at Elsa and Anna standing close enough to touch. As usual, all the performers were great and interacted with the audience throughout the show.

If you are in Dayton, OH, be sure to grab tickets and get to show this weekend. They will be in town through Sunday. Click here to purchase tickets to a Disney On Ice show near you!

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*All photos taken by Michelle VanHuss for DomesticatingMichelle.com. Not to be copied or used for any other purpose.*

Monster Faces Activity

Halloween is around the corner and this year my almost 4 year old is into monsters. I love that the library near us has book bundles, a handful of books banded together on various topics that are on display. It makes it easy to grab a few books without trying to keep track of two girls heading in different directions while reading book spines. The latest batch that Kelsey picked out is a Monster themed set.

One of the favorites has been Mostly Monsterly by Tammi Sauer. It’s about a monster who is like every other monster except she has some hobbies the other monsters just don’t get.


In my usual fashion, I had some materials laying around, in this case sheets of felt, and had a quick idea. In the end, we have a fun new “busy bag” idea that my preschooler enjoyed and even my 1 year old had fun checking out. To create your own Monster Faces Felt Activity, just get a little creative with some scissors and felt and cut out shapes that could be eyes, mouth, etc. I just used basic shapes like triangles, circles, and squares in various sizes and some zig zag pieces that could maybe be hair, or teeth, or eyebrows.

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That’s pretty much it! It took a few minutes to get started and I just kept making more pieces from the scraps after cutting out bigger shapes. The girls played with these for a while until, well, the 1 year old started acting like a 1 year old and trying to grab all the pieces. You can only do so much.

Don’t mind the bedhead. We were still in pajamas at almost lunch time – who doesn’t love a lazy weekend morning. I hope your little monsters enjoy the activity, too!


Disney On Ice Princesses and Heroes Ticket Giveaway! (Dayton, OH)


Through artistic skating and graceful acrobatics, Disney On Ice presents Princesses & Heroes beautifully recreates the defining moments when eight Disney Princesses’ wishes are fulfilled with help from their devoted Princes.  Tinker Bell guides guests through the inspiring stories of Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Tiana, Jasmine, Aurora and Snow White as their wishes are being granted and their dreams coming true.

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 breaks Ursula’s slithering spell to reclaim his one true love.  See Prince Philip defeat the evil Maleficent as she transforms herself into a fire-breathing dragon in a race against time to rescue Sleeping Beauty’s Aurora.  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!  Disney On Ice presents Princesses & Heroes, where believing is just the beginning!

Disney On Ice Princesses & Heroes is coming to the WSU Nutter Center October 22-26, 2014. See when it is coming to your town and purchase tickets today!

Dayton area shows:

Oct 22, 2014 (Wed) 7:00 PM

Oct 23, 2014 (Thu) 7:00 PM

Oct 24, 2014 (Fri) 7:00 PM

Oct 25, 2014 (Sat) 1:00 PM

Oct 25, 2014 (Sat) 5:00 PM

Oct 26, 2014 (Sun) 1:00 PM

Oct 26, 2014 (Sun) 5:00 PM



My daughter recently started liking Rapunzel, in addition to Ana and Elsa. She also knows who some of the princesses, like Belle and Cinderella, are from their Sofia the First appearances. I’m hoping I can get her interested in Tiana soon. Either way, I know she is going to love watching this show. The costumes and music are great and the skaters are always so wonderfully talented and graceful. We can’t wait to go!

Would you like to win a pair of tickets? Follow the link below to the entry form! *The prize is 4 tickets to the opening show, Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 7pm and the WSU Nutter Center in Dayton, Ohio. The giveaway ends at midnight on October 14; a winner will be selected and will have 24 hours to reply to claim their prize.

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I received something of value from Feld Entertainment as part of their Insider Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Last Day as a Stay at Home Mom

The last time I worked was a few days before Kelsey was born almost 4 years ago. I have been a stay at home mom since she was born and part of what lead to this blog. I have been with her almost everyday of her life and Aubrey has never gone more than a few hours without me in her first year of life.

Until last week.

I never intended on staying home forever and figured I would look at going back when Aubrey turned 1. Well, a weeks short of that, I started looking and sent a few resumes out. Then, an opportunity through a friend presented itself. After two interviews, I found myself being offered a full-time position the week of Aubrey’s first birthday. It starts tomorrow.

Thankfully, it worked out that I was able to get both girls into the same daycare nearby on base and that they could start a week before my position started. Kelsey has loved it and adapted very well to going everyday (she was going two full days a week at another daycare before this). Aubrey, on the other hand, has had a rougher time adjusting.

As I suspected, she enjoys playing and, after being a little cautious the first day, she is eating well. However, the most worrisome part for me is that she isn’t really taking to the new sleep schedule of 1 nap after lunch instead of an AM and PM nap. Also, the biggest change is that at home she is nursed to sleep for naps and often just takes her naps on my lap or in a carrier. At least she is quiet when she wakes up after a short catnap and looks at books while the teachers do their tasks. I just wish I could get her to sleep at night.

While they were at daycare this week, I constantly kept checking my phone. Only one call – apparently, Aubrey has some sort of skin allergy to cottage cheese we are now going to be looking into. At least she has been getting more comfortable with the adults that care for her and all the staff seem nice, knowledgeable, and hard working.

The other thing is that this daycare refuses to utilize cloth diapers so we now provide disposable diapers and wipes for while she is there but are still using cloth diapers and wipes at home in the evenings and on the weekends. I find it a little depressing, but I’ll get over it.

We are still nursing at home. So, we’ll see how long she is interested in it. I actually had to go purchase regular bras and part of my work wardrobe since I have been mainly living in nursing camisoles.

I am excited about going back to work and my job is going to be challenging and taking me back into the worlds of both dance and education. It is just tough going back as a Mom. I think I have questioned whether or not I should at least once a day since accepting the offer. I question whether or not I’ll be able to balance work and family. I question if I am doing more harm than good for my girls. I don’t know how this transition is going to go for all the parties involved.

I have adjusted my tasks so that I do a majority of household chores and personal errands during the weekdays so there is lots of family time in the evenings and weekends. That is not going to be an option anymore. Just going to visit family won’t be an option for a while and will take more coordination. On the other hand, I am looking forward to the occasion lunch date. My husband took this past week off and it was wonderful to eat and converse in peace.

I also got a ton of projects and things around the house done including a yard sale. Cleared out some clutter before things get busy and it gets too cold and we made enough to get the next size up of car seats we need for the girls plus a few odds and ends of winter clothing.

It is going to be interesting around here for the next few weeks as everyone adjusts to our new normal, but I am hopeful everyone will come out okay in the end. I am excited about the new clothes I picked up and I actually had a reason to get some new makeup and get my nails done.

I am grateful that I had the chance to be home with these two gorgeous little girls, even if some days I wanted to pull my hair out. I am now happy to take on the challenge of getting out into the world again. Wish me luck!



Cloth Diaper Giveaway by Mama Mooshka

This month Mama Mooshka is hosting a cloth diaper giveaway with co-hosts Willy B Mum and Making It Home! Being cloth diaper advocates ourselves, we wanted to share the wonderful world of cloth diapering with another special momma out there!
The lucky winner will receive 1 pocket diaper (for boy or girl), 2 organic inserts, and 2 unbleached prefolds (size 1). 
This giveaway starts October 1st, 2014 and will run until midnight on October 31st, so get your entries in!
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Have fun, good luck, and stay tuned for more upcoming giveaways this holiday season!