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How I Made My Pepita and Mama Ismelda Halloween Bike Costume

From the moment that I saw COCO –one of my FAVORITE all-time Disney movies, I KNEW what I wanted to be for Halloween this year…..or, as usual, rather; I knew what I wanted to RIDE for Halloween.


I don’t think that I did that spirit animal justice, by any means, but overall the costume was a hit and was fun!!!

Check out this  VIDEO that my friend posted on Instagram of my riding on Pepita!

If I was going to ride Pepita, the spirit animal of Mama Ismelda, then it only made sense that I would dress up as Imelda.

WHICH required a whole new style of make up for me…

BUT lets start with the BIKE costume first:

I was lucky enough to already have the “skeleton” of the bike costume as I wanted to ride a DRAGON in a previous Halloween so I had already made the wings.

For the basic jist of how I made the wings, check out my AWESOME BIKE COSTUME IDEAS post!

The wings took about 16 hours to make so I’m glad I didn’t have to reinvent that wheel AND was so happy to be able to reuse them!

Now all I had to do was paint them.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE:  See how ugly it looks all along?  but the finished product looks great!  I’m not an artist, and one doesn’t have to be, to make a decent costume!!!!

It’s always nice to have a helper , of course 🙂  THANKS  Sirius Black!

Here are the base coats

Then added some green definition (I just tried to use the picture at the top of this blog as a guide).

Nothing special here…..but all that matters is bright colors!

My point with all these pix? it can look like a mess and no talent required, and the end result still looks pretty good!

And the yellow definitely helped!!!!!!!!!!


ONCE I was done painting, I used my hot glue gun to add on THESE AWESOME LIGHTS!!!!!!  They REALLY made the costume!!!!

oh boy- –THEN I had to make the head….so I decided that, for the first time since grade school, I’d use paper mache!!! This stuff is SOOOO easy~ just add water and mold!

I didn’t think blowing up a balloon would make the head as big as I wanted it to be, so I bought wire mesh instead , although, it turns out that if I got a big enough balloon, that probably would’ve been bigger and better and easier. 🙁

So I’m not sure that I recommend the wire mesh, and would probably recommend an old school big balloon!

Although I was an inexperienced NOOB (as quite obviously illustrated below)  I REALLY, REALLY enjoyed playing with the paper mache and molding Pepita’s weird head with my hands.  I can’t wait for my next paper mache project!

Once poor disfigured Pepita had fully dried (24 hours) it was time to paint him.  CLEARLY I’m no artist….but this is how he turned out, and he served his purpose 😉

…….and TA-DA!!!!!by the way, these wings MOVE too!!!!!   See my other blog (AWESOME BIKE COSTUME IDEAS ) for a link to how to make MOVING wings for your bike!

And, of course, SAFETY first, so i HAD to wear a helmet….BUT I couldn’t just wear my boring old helmet so I just dressed this one up with this Dia de los Metros Light up Red Flower Crown Headband!  

(which I actually just put on on top of my last purple light up headpiece for ease)

The cool thing is that it LIGHTS UP!

now….MAKE UP!!!

Finally, I threw on my dress and did my make-up.

For the make-up I used Mehron Black, Mehron White, then for the embellishments  I could use either Mehon Purple, Mehron Pink, Mehron Blue  OR what I used, Face Gems …or you could try these super cool Temporary Face Tattoos but I do not know how well they do on top of the make-up.

TIP:  Brush waterproof gel black eyeliner around your eyes.

The Mehron face paints are VERY HIGH QUALITY make-ups, which doesn’t smear, offers excellent coverage and looks GREAT!!!!

and followed THIS tutorial:  Disney Pixar Coco Imelda Makeup Tutorial 

Then, once we got to Crank Arm, I “assembled” the costume by duct taping the wings to the handlebars with blue duct tape, and VIOLA!

It was a super fun costume, and night!

Let me know if you try it or something like it!!!

Get your phone in the SPIRIT for the Holidays!!! Warning: So Many good Wallpapers, it’s so hard to pick just one!

OK, I’m pretty sure that Christmas started BEFORE Thanksgiving, in fact, RIGHT after Halloween, so we are behind the times, but it’s not too late to get your phone in the spirit of the Holidays…in fact, I found some great wallpapers to help you do just that!

My first Favorite are the ones specifically for your Lock screens!

When added and sized properly, they make your lock screen look like this:

Here are some more great ones for your lock screen:

teehee, this first one is per my husbands request 🙂

olaf #wallpaper #christmas | disney wallpapers for iphones – HD Wallpaper for PC Desktop Background

iPhone 5 Wallpaper

Seal Beach, UNITED STATES: Michael Pless, dressed in a Santa wetsuit and beard enjoys a Christmas eve surf at Seal Beach, California, early 24 December 2006. Warm temperatures are forcast for Christmas in southern California. Pless, a surfing instructor, also has a tuxedo wetsuit for New Years eve. AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

And some simple, not too busy ones, for your home screen:


Christmas Lights Iphone Wallpaper New Snowflakes & Bubbles Cookie Inspiration Pinterest

iPhone 5 Wallpaper
christmas Rustic Christmas Iphone Background tree heart love decorations iphone wallpapers hd rhpinterestcom save and set just as background save Rustic Christmas Iphone Background

Christmas Iphone Wallpaper | Pixelstalk within Christmas Background Wallpaper Iphone –

However you choose to celebrate, or decorate, hope you have an AMAZING HOLIDAY SEASON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Grateful for all that Fall brings, including GORGEOUS cell phone backgrounds! ;)

I’m not gonna lie, I’m not ready to say goodbye to Halloween!!!  I think I’m going to keep my decorations up at least another week….or year!

BUT…. the leaves are finally changing around here and I guess it’s time to switch gears, focus on GRATITUDE and the WONDERFUL things about Autumn!

Here are some of the SMART PHONE WALLPAPERS that I’ve come across in my search for reminders of why it’s ok to say goodbye to warm weather and Halloween!

I have to start with GRATITUDE….‘‘tis the season, right?

Gratitude for the FALL COLORS (my FAVORITE color pallets, actually!)

Gratitude for COZINESS!!


or just candles in the woods…..
And the Fall FOODS!!!


I hope you all have a WONDERFUL Fall and Thanksgiving Season!!!!!




7 Tips for an AMAZING Day at Discovery Cove in Orlando!!!!

Ok guys…this experience should definitely be on your bucket list!!!

Not only is swimming with dolphins, or sharks, manta rays, huge tropical fish, even birds, AMAZING, but this place is GORGEOUS, and like being at a tropical ALL-INCLUSIVE resort for the day!!!

As soon as you enter Discovery Cove, you are immediately transported from Orlando to a Tropical Island Resort. This does not feel like Orlando at all!  AND…in addition to the amazing experience to be had here, all your food, beer, and wine is INCLUDED  AND  with your entrance to Discovery Cove you get FREE entrance to both SeaWorld and Aquatica for 14 days surrounding the date of your Discovery Cove visit!

I’ve put together some helpful tips for your trip to help plan for an amazing day:

Tip 1: Do NOT bring sunscreen!  ANIMAL friendly sunscreen is available at the lockers.  Please do not use your own sunscreen.

Tip 2: Wet suits are provided!  They have both long sleeve wetsuits for the cooler days and shorties for hotter days.  Towels are provided, too, so all you need to bring is your bathing suits!

Tip 3: Bring your appetite!  Breakfast and lunch are included in your entrance fee, as well as snacks all day long, and drinks, slushies, beer, and wine!

Tip 4:  Arrive Early!  That way you can have FIRST PICK when reserving your Dolphin or Shark Swim time for the day and can be done with breakfast in plenty of time to enjoy the day!

Tip 5:  Go to the bird Aviary first thing in the morning as soon as that side opens up.  The birds will be hungry then, and will be more apt to interact with you!

You can always swim to the Aviary in the Tropical River which is heated to 85-89F degrees!  (see people swimming below)

Tip 6: Bring waterproof camera/go-pro!!! There are amazing fish to see underwater.  Unfortunately ,our Go-Pro broke, so I won’t be able to upload any pix from it.  But it IS fun to have along!  The “Reef” area is filled with all these types of fish to swim alongside!!!

Tip 7:  You can save money and avoid the crowds by going in the winter, using their long sleeve wet suits, and warming up frequently by taking HOT showers in their beautiful bathhouses!

The Tropical River is heated to 85-89 degrees, but the water where the animals live in has to be 72F degrees in order to keep the microbial contamination levels lowered.  Also, Florida weather is hit or miss in the winter.  It can sometimes get into the upper 70’s in January!

The biggest Con to going in the winter is that some of  animals, like the marmosets and otters, may be less active. 🙁 But still adorable!

This picture was taken when it was about 50 degrees F

Look at how little crowd there is though!

But it’s also pretty AWESOME in the summer, too!!!

I hope that these tips are helpful, and that you have an awesome time!

You can also check out my YouTube video for a great tour of the place during winter HERE!

If you have any other questions, please leave them in the comment section below and I will get back to you as soon as I can!!

How to make Beer Can Party Favors -DIY

Hi there DIY-ers! These are some cute party favors that can be made with your favorite beer cans for HANDS FREE DRINKS!!!! 🙂

Step 1: Drink beer 🙂

Step 2:  Buy $5 PARTY BEADS from Amazon!

Step 3: Remove the top of the can with a can opener and something to help punch it out….the edges will automatically be smooth because of the way that can’s are made.

Step 4: Soak the cans in dish soap for at least 30 minutes

Step 5: Scrub the cans with a bottle brush and then rinse out thoroughly:

Step 6:  Place the cans upside down and allow to dry

Step 7: Carefully poke a whole in the can and attach the beads by tying them to the can using either a twist tie or ribbon, or something like that.

Step 8: Wear, look beautiful, and have a blast!!!!