How To: Gothic Punk Screaming Banshee Costume

A few days ago I really let my 10 year old kid have it. I yelled and I yelled, and I yelled some more. I was so mad. So hurt. So FURIOUS.By the end of my rage, I honestly didn’t know why I was yelling.  And upon asking her if she knew why I was yelling, she didn’t know either.Darn it. Hate it when that happens.Anyway, just a few moments ago I just put Phoebe down for her nap. And she said, “Mama, hug.”And I gave her a tight hug. I got up walked to the door, and she said, “Mama, kiss.” And I ran Read more […]

Willow Smith Halloween Costume How-To :Whip Your Hair!

HAIR.4 letters. So much meaning.It’s important. Yes it is.  And it’s caused me a WHOLE LOT OF TROUBLE in my life.My hair is thick and coarse and wavy and frizzy. But it doesn’t seem the least bit curly. How in the heck can that be? I don’t know. I’ve been asking God that myself for the last 35 years.My girls all have varying amounts of hair, all coarse, all curly.And generally, we straighten it, because it’s easier that way.And every time I put a hair dryer to their hair, or mine I think “WHYYYYYY! Read more […]

How To Make A Dora The Explorer Costume in 5 minutes

Oh my goodness.I’ve got an Explorer.And her name is Dora.Dora, Dora, Dora, the Explooooorrrreeeerrrrr!!!!!!!!!”No. No. No. No. Mama. Mama. Mama. Mama. Mama. Boots. Boots. Boots. Boots. (Dora’s faithful sidekick)I WANT DORA, Mama. Dora! Dora! Dora!”Okay I get the point.The same point that I have gotten 2 other times before this. . . . . .when I made this very same costume for two other Dora aficionados.Though one wasn’t really an Exploradora, she was more of a Grumpadora.And the other one hung up Read more […]

How to Make a Giant Centipede For Your Yard

My kids play a lot of sports.Softball, Basketball, Volleyball, Swimming, and Soccer.  And let me tell you, we hear a whole lot of stuff on the sidelines.  News about divorces. Catty nonsense about Hoochie Mama parents. Dumb mumblings about people’s cats and dogs that we care not about. And lots and lots of rude remarks about life in general.This past weekend as my kid played her heart out on the soccer field, among a group of similarly sized, talented and aged children (she plays on a Co-Ed Read more […]

How to Make an Inexpensive Snake Wreath For Halloween

I hate snakes.No, no. Really. I HATE SNAKES.I know that hate is a really strong word, but trust this. Snakes bite. And wiggle. And seem as if they should be slimy when in fact are very soft and warm which is quite deceptive if you ask me. Nope. I don’t trust them one bit. You shouldn’t either.About 7 years ago, when Shelbi was 3, we were living in Dallas and a snake slithered into our house. It was black, thin as a pencil, and about 7 inches long. IT WAS HORRIFYING.   It freaked the mess out of Read more […]

Cooking with the Woo Kids: Easy Whole Wheat Turkey Lasagna

We were at basketball game yesterday evening. Shelbi was running up and down the court frantically. Jumping for the ball, rebounding like a pro, blocking shots. She was so on it.Bella (7) was in the hallway playing with her friend Rachel (8).Phoebe was crying at the top of her lungs because she wanted to eat a 10 day old bag of Cracker Jacks that had melted together to form on giant piece of stale caramelized popcorn.Soledad, was running around acting like a 4 year old nut.I got up from the stands, Read more […]

How to Make a Simple Hair Accessory & Keri Hilson ~ Pretty Girl Rock

Me:    What did you just say?Soledad (4):    Silence.Me:    Warwick! What did Soli just say?Warwick:    I don’t know.Soledad eyes wild, with her eye brows pinched in the middle. She has a smirk on her face that is dancing in mischeviousness.Me: Soledad! What. did. you. just. say???Her smiles widens, she places her hand on her hip, and tilts her head to the side.Soledad (4):   Don’t hate me ’cause I’m beautiful.And then she skipped off into the sunset.I’m not even playing.  That girl Read more […]

Super Quick Gingerbread House

The four year old is out to ruin Christmas for the whole lot of us.Tuesday, 11:00 am, Dollar TreeMe:  Okay gang.  Let’s split up. Shelbi and Bella you guys shop and grab your presents. I’ll take Soledad with me and we’ll grab her presents.  We’ll meet up at the front of the store when we’re done.All:   Okay.The oldest girls, are on their way.  I’m left staring at the 4 year old, face to face.Me:  You know we are not shopping for you, right?4 year old:  Yes, presents for my sisters.  That’s Read more […]

Baby Rag Doll Costume How-To

I was looking through Phoebe’s closet the other day, and I had a revelation.That poor kid has a lot of really ugly clothes.She has a pair of red and white checkered bloomers trimmed in 2 inch thick lace. The lace itself is bigger than her thigh.She has this crazy ugly green and white dress, that looks like it was the first dress the Pilgrims made, after the Native Americans invited them to The First Thanksgiving.She has this ridiculous bonnet/sombrero with massive red and white bows on it, that Read more […]

Little Girl Witchy Make-Up (a little scary, but still pretty)

Bella recently informed me that she wants to be a Little Girl Witch for Halloween.I couldn’t be happier.Apparently, she wants to be the little girl witch to my Mommy Witch. I’m a little less thrilled with this, considering I was going to be a Gypsy. But in the name of her happiness, I’ll be a witch too.Bella says she wants to be Ugly just like me.But not quite as ugly as me. More like Ugly Pretty. And scary. But not too scary. And definitely make her witchy, but not an ordinary witch, she’d Read more […]