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Día de los Muertos Retablo made with Cereal

Día de los Muertos Retablo made with Cereal

This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Walmart. All opinions are my own.

The colors. The history. The beauty of Día de los Muertos is really what has captivated our attention when it comes to this Mexican tradition. We’ve mentioned before how Day of the Dead wasn’t always something we celebrated. Growing up, our families did always have their own way of honoring our loved ones who had passed, but it didn’t really involve the full Día de los Muertos experience.

It wasn’t until later on in life that both Juan and I decided Day of the Dead was something we indeed want to observe and celebrate. For us, it’s a celebration of our culture and an expression of the respect and honor we feel for our loved ones. Not only when they are alive, but also when they are no longer with us.

I’ve actually created and submitted a few retablos to local art exhibits for Day of the Dead before.

This year, when we were invited to share our Día de los Muertos experience by General Mills, I knew a retablo would be perfect. In case you’re not familiar, a retablo is basically an alter piece made to pay one’s respect to a specific loved one or loved ones on November 1 and 2 – Day of the Dead. The alters are meant to represent the individual being honored, whether that be through specific items, pictures, or even treats. Anything that you think your loved one would really enjoy!

In this case, my retablo is made almost completely of cereal.

Día de los Muertos Retablo made with Cereal

I used Trix and Lucky Charms purchased at Walmart to decorate the retablo inside and out. Underneath all of that tasty goodness is actually a shoe box I had laying around.

Día de los Muertos Retablo made with Cereal

Once the foundation was built, I focused on adding a lot of little details to my retablo.

You can’t celebrate Day of the Dead without having at least one Catrina.

Día de los Muertos Retablo made with Cereal

Papel picado made a perfect accessory.

Día de los Muertos Retablo made with Cereal

I had some colorful plastic fruit and flowers that ended up looking pretty good on the outside of my alter piece.

Día de los Muertos Retablo made with Cereal

These candles I already had in my Día de los Muertos collection.

Día de los Muertos Retablo made with Cereal

And I couldn’t resist making a couple of balloons with my Lucky Charms.

Día de los Muertos Retablo made with Cereal

This quote by Maya Angelou is one of my favorites.

Día de los Muertos Retablo made with Cereal

This retablo was a lot of fun to make. And guess what? It’s already sparking a lot of conversation around the tradition of Día de los Muertos in our household (including from Edgar).

Mission accomplished!

Sidewalk Family Board Game

Yes, it’s still hot. This Texas weather is not letting us do very much in the activities department. And we all know what happens when people spend too much time around each other staring at walls and screens.

It can get ugly.

You, your friends, your family, your cousins, your neighbors, in others words, everyone deserves to have a little fun under the cool sunset sky. You know what I’m talking about. That time of the day when there is just enough daylight for outdoor activities, right when the sun is beginning to set behind the visible horizon.

At that very moment, get everyone outside to play this game: Sidewalk Family Board Game.

Sidewalk Family Board Game

The rules and supplies needed are pretty simple.

Supplies:

    • Dice of ANY kind. You can DIY your dice with two big cardboard boxes. We bought our large foam blue dice at $5 Below.
    • Colored note cards: write rewards and “punishments” on cards. Or follow some of my suggested rewards and “punishments” listed below.
    • Sidewalk coloring chalk: The bigger the caulk the better (you can cover more area this way). We bought these at our local Family Dollar.
    • Rocks: These will be used just in case someone has to move and their space needs to be marked.
    • Lastly a marker: this will be used to write punishments.

Sidewalk Family Board Game

Rules:

  • Their must be at least 15-20 spaces. I suggest you use a large parking lot or long sidewalk.
  • Draw a yellow circle on each end of your connecting squares.
  • Each player starts on either circle and makes their way to the other circle on the other side and back using dice.
  • If you land on a colored square you must then pick up a corresponding colored note card and take the punishment or reward on that card.
  • First player to reach the yellow circle and return to the starting position wins.

Sidewalk Family Board GameSidewalk Family Board Game

Good Luck and may the best player win!

Creative Holiday Gift Wrapping Ideas

So for us one of the most important things about the holiday season is making our friends and loved ones feel special. More than the gifts we can or can’t get for everyone, we want anyone who we celebrate the season with to know that we’ve given their gifts a lot of thought. Part of achieving that ultimate goal, of course, is the presentation. In the case of Christmas, gift wrapping, dear friends, makes all the difference in the world.

Our creative holiday gift wrapping series proves it! Check out any of the links below see the full HOW TO on each of these gift-wrapping ideas, and then leave us a link to any of the cool holiday ideas that put you in the mood for a little extra holiday cheer.

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Glittered Ribbin Cutouts.
12 days of christmas traditional gift wrapping with nontraditional materials la_anjel craftythrifter juanofwords
Newspaper Comics.
12 days of christmas traditional gift wrapping with nontraditional materials la_anjel craftythrifter juanofwords
Pretty in Lace.
12 days of christmas traditional gift wrapping with nontraditional materials la_anjel craftythrifter juanofwords
A little Ribbon and Sass.
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New twist on the Traditional.
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Mexican Loteria wrapping paper.

Bringing our DIY Halloween Costumes to TV!!

Yes, this title definitely commands a double exclamation point!! We had no idea our DIY Halloween Costume series would land us a segment on CBS’s Great Day Houston here in Houston. But it did. And when the call came through we were so excited and ready to say yes! This has been such a fun passion project that sharing it with others is really what it’s all about for us. Our models, of course, were familia and they did awesome!

Please watch the video and tell us what you’re wearing this Halloween.

If you’re still not sure, hit the your local thrift store.

Just saying! 🙂

Bringing our DIY Halloween Costumes to TV!!

Dress up for Halloween: 80’s Chic!

What would a DIY Halloween Costume series be without a little 80’s flare? Well, not complete if you ask us. For this look, the acid wash denim jacket came out, as did the fun and colorful makeup from yesteryear.

Come to think about it, this look may just be the perfect one for this Halloween. What do you say? Which look has been your favorite so far?

You can’t do the “valley girl” #80s look without the sass. #Halloween look series. #demilavato

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Dress up for Halloween: 80's Chic!

Dress up for Halloween: Madeline

Can you believe our DIY Halloween Costume series is coming to an end? This will definitely go down as a Halloween to remember at Casa Los Metiches 🙂 Our latest look is from the Madeline book series. Tell us you do remember the books! They were awesome.

Madeline in Texas. Follow along as the #Halloween series unravels.

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This look also took the longest as it was pretty much made from scratch. Yeah, believe it or not, it’s not that easy to find an adult-sized Madeline costume these days. What are your thoughts? Any other looks we should consider before the big day??

Dress up for Halloween: Madeline Dress up for Halloween: Madeline

Dress up for Halloween: “Anything for Salinas!”

Bidi bidi bom bom. Need we say more? We’re Tejanos and we’re die hard fans of the late and great Selena Quintanilla Perez. Of course she was going to be a part of Anjelica’s DIY looks for Halloween.

Obvio. In the most respectful way possible. We hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we have. The proof is in the pudding. Just check out the video below!

Bidi bidi bidi bidi bom bom!

Yes I did. An homage to #Selena while I still had the look. Enjoy.

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Dress up for Halloween: "Anything for Salinas!"

Dress up for Halloween: Carmen Sandiego

And we’re back! Who else grew up with Carmen Sandiego? She was always one of our favorites and we knew Anjelica was going to knock this Halloween costume out of the park. What do you think? Did she do Carmen Sandiego justice?

You should know all of these DIY Halloween costume ideas are the product of her imaginación and the items she finds at the segunda. You can’t get much thriftier than that! Can you guess what the next look will be?

Here’s a clue. There’s a lot of yellow involved. 🙂

Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? #Halloween

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Dress up for Halloween: Carmen Sandiego