Halloween -Becoming Toodee

Opps – Never hit publish on this one. Here you go!

Gwen asked me where Halloween went. It was funny and then it dawned on me. We started talking about Halloween in August. Asking her what she wanted to be. Telling her about the tradition of trick-or-treating. They talked about it at school, at her grandparents, at our house….her aunt Lindsay and Uncle Joe threw a Halloween party. She walked in TWO kiddo parades the day of Halloween then BOOM. Halloween was over. This year she was dedicated to dressing up like Toodee from Yo Gabba Gabba for Halloween. If you don’t have kids Yo Gabba Gabba is an interesting fantasy show about some large puppet characters that live in Gabba land. They have great music on the show apparently Toodee even went to Coachella back in 2010 (video)….and it actually is WAY better than lots of other shows for kids like F’ing Cailou, Dora or even Mickey Mouse Club (which in my opinion is crazy annoying). Did I mention I hate Cailou (the show on PBS – the cartoon kid is annoyingly lame, whinny and mean to his little sister, luckily that phase is OVER). Okay, back to Toodee for Halloween. For some reason they don’t make and sell a Toodee costume anywhere. I mean no where. So I decided to make one. Well I modified one. This is what I did to make Toodee. If your toddler wants to be Toodee too I highly recommend. I would say I am moderately good at sewing, I have been sewing on-and-off with my Mom since I was a kid but really just jumped back in having kids on my own. Here is what I did to make Toodee.

  • Purchased a Blues Clues Halloween costume. It is the perfect blue for a Toodee costume and I could easily add too and reconstruct the puppy into the Toodee costume.
  • Purchased light blue, white and black felt at the local fabric store, along with pipe cleaners and stuffing for the tail.
  • Fist things first I gut the feet out, all the reviews said the feet fell apart fast so I cut those out at the seam
  • Working on the “head” I cut the puppy mouth off at the seam and pinned the ears to look more like cat ears that Toodee has. To make them more pliable I added pipe cleaner in the ears to move them a little. I created side scales that go along Toodee’s face, just make little zig-zag pattern stuff it and sew it on. Easier to do. The scales with your machine over hand sewing.
  • The Blues Clues eyes were all wrong, so using felt I covered up the eyes and hand sewed on new eyeballs to match Toodee’s.
  • The body of the costume needed the most work, I covered up the blues clues pattern belly with white felt and added a mouth and teeth for Toodee.
  • The most challenging part was the scales and tail.
  • Using felt I cut out a zig zag pattern for the scales and tail. The tail you want to keep pretty short so it doesn’t fall on the ground. I used a stuffed Toodee doll to reference in size along with the size of the costume. The tail was about 16 inches long. Sew everything with the machine to ensure the stuffing will stay tight. I sewed it all keeping the right side together then flipped it right side and stuffed it before sewing it onto the costume.
  • Gwen hatted the “clip” part of the head so I took that off and sewed some soft ribbon under the chin so she would be more comfy.
  • To finish her look she wore her Yo Gabba Gabba shoes.

It was a hit and she wears it around the house often. When she enters the room she goes “Toodee is here and ready for the Halloween party!” It melts my heart and makes the costume reconstruction very much worth while.







Life Lessons | The Zoo With Two

I am a planner. I like organization. I am a self conscious mom in public. I want to be in control. There I had my therapy for the day.

Today I embarked on my first zoo trip with two kiddos in tow. My sister-in-law and her little 4-month old joined us as well as my Momma. I didn’t do my research and felt very unprepared for the day. My diaper bag was on point for the two kiddos. But my plan of attack at the zoo wasn’t.

Becoming a Mom has made me very aware of a few things. I need to do pre-planning, prep and re-con before outings. I didn’t do my planning for this outing and because of it I was feeling nervous all day. But we did have a good time. A few life lessons learned:

  1. Who knew you could take your own food into the zoo!! I mean really. That would have been nice to know to save $$ and calories. But the cheese pizza was delish and Gwen ate almost all of her lunch.
  2. When in public I feel super judged by other mom’s as my kid throws a half hissy fit for a popsicle. Why do I care? I don’t know…I gave her the popsicle she ate two bites and wanted her lunch. Again, why do I care?
  3. You can’t feed the giraffes until 10:30AM….Opps we were too early for that…I should have figured that out and went there first to keep munchin #1 from having melt-down of “I don’t understand why I can’t go pet the giraffes”…Check mark….Lesson learned.
  4. Gwen is much more adventurous than I thought. She wanted to ride the camel. It kinda freaked me out but we went for it. It was fun. And fun fact….Camels can carry about 3x their weight. Crazy!
  5. My nephew Henry loves being outside. It is adorable and I think he will be a wilderness man one day.
  6. Our little dude Van went in a carrier and he will slept through anything. Essentially the entire zoo trip!
  7. My Mom is a super-star Yaya. Her grandkids choo, smile and Gwen thinks she is the best playmate ever. It is a joy to see. I couldn’t get by without her for sure!
  8. Gwen has great balance…she took a little tumble and I freaked out but she has recovered and didn’t whine at all.
  9. The giraffes, camel (his name was Isaac), lions, tigers, bears, flamingos, monkeys and rhino are all rad…the birds and turtles are too. The elephant however looks sad.

So, I’ll do re-con next time. I’m sure everyone else will have the same amount of fun. But I will be more at ease with my inner Jenna monolog and chill out. I’m such an ESTJ….Welp…Both kids are passed out. Gwen is holding her new monkey toy very tight. I cleaned the entire house in a furry to control something and now I want to know when can I have that glass of wine I promised myself this morning??

Gwen & Momma @ the Zoo


Painting Cabinets….

Pinterest is my friend and foe with this house remodel. Post-Pregnancy brain probably isn’t helping, either. We are looking for a paint color (this is ongoing since ever inch of our current beige, peach, tan, yellow colored house needs to be painted).

We love the idea of white upper cabinets with cool knobs. Done. Easy.

The bottom cabinets are causing lots of Home Depot and paint sample runs. So far we have sampled 6 colors.

Our goal is a contemporary kitchen. Not southwestern. We wanted blue, but that felt it was looking too Santa Fe…so I think we have settled on more of a gray…we will see…

Cabinet color ideas…

Kitchen Cabinet Color

We have the knobs purchased (on sale from Anthro):

Anthro Door Knobs


Progress post to come soon…painting cabinets is no joke!