Inside-ish Out-like: A Pop Culture Mom Font

Two of the things I’m totally addicted to now, the iFontMaker app for iPad and Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out. So I’ve decided to marry them.

For those who don’t know, iFontMaker is an app that allows you to draw your own fonts. The website says you can draw a font in 5 minutes. This is probably true for some people, but I’m Type A and complicated when it comes to anything creative, so for me, it’s often the equivalent of five days. The font that appears on the web version of this site is my handwriting. This font was probably redone, oh, six or seven times. I have various fonts I’ve created for the purpose of one-key shortcuts (for example, a private signature font I use at work to sign PDFs), fonts of cartoons of my family just because I ran out of ideas, chalkboard fonts, fonts to make diecuts for my Cricut (also in the top five on my current addictions list) and of characters my kids love. That’s where Inside Out comes in.

Inside Out is easily one of the best family movies I’ve seen in a long time. It has unseated Frozen as far as the Pop Culture Girls’ obsession meter goes. You heard me, Disgust is more popular than Elsa. Seriously.

So after we saw Inside Out the first time, I started working on a font. I’m not exactly sure what we’ll do with it other than using it in the Cricut and basically just randomly inserting it in documents just because we can [fan art made easy!], but my kids were super excited when I finally finished it today.

I’m not selfish, so I’m sharing it with you all. All I ask is that you let people know where you got it. So Inside-ish Out-like is all yours for the low cost of attribution. Just click here. I hope you experience lots of Joy and make Core Memories using it! 

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It’s a Hard-Knock Life for Us!

Is anyone else as excited about the new Annie movie as I am we are? The Pop Culture Fam won’t be able to see the movie on opening night, but we are going to see it Christmas week.

To get ready, I made the Pop Culture Girls dresses inspired by both the traditional Annie dress and the new one!

Old Annie in the front

New Annie in the back

For the pattern, I used look C on New Look A6335. I used sateen polyester fabric (“new Annie” shine) with the red and white combination of the traditional Annie dress. Instead of the recommended leather belt, I made a ribbon sash out of same white sateen. To reflect the new Annie dress style, I made a large bow out of the same sateen material [if you look closely, you can see that the inside of the bow is white—a “traditional Annie” throwback], but put it on the back instead of the front.
Construction wise, the dress is pretty awesome. My favorite thing about this pattern is that it is fully lined (not something you often see with girls’ casual dress patterns!) and has netting to give the A-line skirt that adorable poof. The pattern includes sleeveless options, too. 


The girls are excited about their Annie dresses, and I can’t wait for them to wear them to the movie!


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Do You Wanna Build a Snowman? Hell yeah, we do! (Sewing Project) | The Pop Culture Mom

The Pop Culture Girls are so excited! We’re going to a public #Frozen singalong tonight, and they’re going to wear their new Elsa and Anna costumes.

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Go Texan Day Resolutions Met!

Those of you not from Texas (more specifically, Houston) probably have no idea what a “Go Texan Day” is. Basically, the Friday before the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (and related opening day parade) begins, Houstonians are encouraged to “Go Texan” by donning western gear. For many Houstonians, this simply translates to “jeans day” or maybe “jeans and cute boots” day.

The Pop Culture Girls’ school asks that parents make stick horses (instructions provided for those who need it) and that the kids dress up in western gear. They also celebrate Go Texan Day a full week before the actual day, for reasons that have never actually been explained to the parents. Last Friday was the girls’ Week-Before-the-Real-Thing Go Texan Day.
Last year, in preparation for WBTRT GTD, I sat on the floor of my living room for several hours hand-sewing stick horses. The horses were cute, no doubt, but my already bad back was killing me from hunching over for so long (my chiropractor was not happy about that), and my hands were cramped. I kept saying over and over that if I knew how to use a sewing machine, that process would have gone a lot faster.
I’ve always known how to sew by hand (to some extent, anyway), but have always sucked at using a sewing machine. I always outsourced my sewing to my mom, who is pretty fabulous with a machine. She spent several years trying to teach me, but I usually just ended up breaking a needle or the machine or something. Funny, I could cross-stitch, latch hook, and hand-sew, but using a sewing machine? Forget it.
So last year, fresh off my pain of all-day sewing to make two stick horses, I vowed I would learn to sew before Go Texan Day 2014.
I told Pop Culture Dad that all I wanted for Mothers Day, my birthday (in June), and Christmas was a Hello Kitty sewing machine and sewing lessons. He complied. I had sewing lessons every Saturday in June (including one on my actual birthday). I kept going with and and kept practicing. I’ve definitely been getting better at it, and (so far) I haven’t broken my machine!
This year, in addition to the stick horses, I decided to tackle making western outfits for the girls. I was pretty successful with them, too, don’tcha think?


(For clarification: I did not make the shirts under the vest)

How Much Can You Get Done in a Day (Alone)?

In April, I left my former life as a Big Law (firm) lawyer for the wonderful life of an in-house (governmental) counsel. In addition to the usual perk of schedule stability that comes with in-house counsel life, my new gig also comes with a perk often unheard of for attorneys, in-house or otherwise—every other Friday off. This magnificent perk is part of an Employee Travel Reduction (“ETR”) work plan. The General Counsel of my company did warn me before I started that there’s a remote possibility that I would have to work on an ETR day or two a couple of times a year [in his position, he has to work quite a few; but that’s rare for the other attorneys], but at least when that rare occurrence happens, I would have the luxury of being able to work from home, in my pajamas, rather than trekking out to the office. In the four months I’ve been here, I’ve only had to work one ETR day. Ironically, it was my second week of work (my first ETR day). The Monday after, it was clear how rare working on one’s ETR day must be, as I had several visits from internal higher-ups (including our Executive Director—the equivalent of a CEO in the private sector) thanking me, commending me, and apologizing to me for working on my day off… even though it was only a few hours out of my day.

Every ETR day, I have huge plans for my day off. The Pop Culture Girls are still at school on those days, and Pop Culture Dad is at work, so it seems like with nearly 10 hours to myself, I should get a ton of things done, right? Wrong.

I understand that part of my problem is my ADD. I have a number of home projects in the works, and there’s no possible way I could finish them all with one day to myself—or even 10 days! Somehow, though, every other Friday, I assume that all of these time-consuming tasks can be completed in a couple of hours. To give you an idea of how far my delusion goes, here’s a list of the projects I’ve been working on over various ETR days:

  • finish bricking, painting, and organizing the playroom [complete]
  • finish painting and redecorating the ocean-themed bathroom and install new double towel bar in the Pop Culture Girls’ bathroom [approximately half complete; it would help if Pop Culture Dad could remember where he hid the battery to the drills]

    Sorry, dear Nemo, someday your friends (and dad) will come…

  • garden [was complete, then it was a bust, and now I just don’t even want to think about it. This “gardening” task, however, took three full ETR days of its own]
  • fully organize the shelves in my newly expanded pantry (twice its original size) [50% completion; and I’ve given up]
  • various sewing projects that have rotated throughout the weeks: Dora PJs for the girls [complete; but it took so long that by the time I completed the tops, we can’t find the pants]; convert the sucky Gerber training pants into thick and waterproof training pants for Super Girl [20 trainers COMPLETE]; a purple top for myself for going out [complete]; a fully lined dress for work [25% completion]; a puffy skirt Little Diva requested [10% complete, if cutting a two-piece pattern and buying material constitutes any level of competition]; a full suit out of the lovely material my BFF bought me for my birthday [the pattern isn’t even cut]; a pencil bag Little Diva requested to match the purse I made in sewing class [80% complete… before my cleaning company threw away the last pattern piece and attached fabric. Abandon project?]; make additional pajama tops for Super Girl and her ever-expanding torso [I got as far as buying fabric… which I then used for the trainers, since I didn’t even know where I was going to go with these pajama tops].

    Has anyone seen these pants?


  • reorganize the house and wash, fold, hang, and put away 100% of the laundry, including properly separating those items that need to go to Goodwill from those that need to go to consignment (separated by season for the consignment items) from those that need repair [ha! ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Do I even need to tell you the status of this one?]
  • a whole host of other things that escape my memory now, but which occur to me every Thursday and make my “Mommy-Do List” for the next day

    As you can tell, “overly ambitious” is probably an understatement for what I have going on here—especially since every week I seem to be under the impression that more than one of these things needs to be on my list to complete in the 10 hours I get to myself that day. Also, with this day off (and me not having yet accrued any vacation time—not that I’ll really have any extra time once my vacation accrues), I have to throw in doctors’ and dentist appointments for the kids [I have yet to take myself to the doctor, even though I’m probably in desperate need for a visit to the chiropractor if nothing else], hair appointments, and the occasional extremely long lunch with my mother. I also generally don’t take my ADD medication on my day off [why “waste” it on chores??], so you can imagine how many times I find my motivation waning the second I sit down for a breather.

    I know “day to myself” is a fantasy for most moms, whether they work outside the home, work at home, or stay at home with kids. The frustration of getting things done with little people [or big significant others] underfoot is a common problem of all women. I wonder, though, how realistic our fantasy of “All The Things I Could Get Done Alone” is in 10 hours. I mean, 10 hours certainly sounds like a lot. At work in 10 hours, I could have (and have had) three meetings and drafted a contract. However, with 10 hours at home, I’m lucky if I’ve gotten through three baskets of laundry. Is my ADD truly compounding my problem [not the project-starting issue; that, I clearly know is a problem], or is it that moms are so used to having to be able to do anything and everything to keep the family running that we don’t even realize how few hours there practically are in the day?

    How about the rest of you: What is your fantasy of what would want to do with the day to yourself, and what do you think you think you would actually do?

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