10/17/20

Halloween Eats and Treats The Entire Family Will Love!

 

Thanks to Covid-19, this Halloween will be like nothing we have experienced. And most likely, not in a good way. I keep praying for torential rain so I can blame Mother Nature for ruining Halloween, not the pandemic. Still, we can't ignore Halloween. Our kids won't let us! So, in an effort to bring a little cheer to the holiday fear... below are some yummy Halloween eats and treats to make the day as special as possible...  And I'm not talking about hot dogs that look like fingers. Been there. Done that.







Halloween Tie-Die Bunt Cake






Super simple Cheese puff pumpkin bags. You can buy decorative bags at the grocery or dollar tree and fill them yourself. Cheap and easy!







Monster Marshmallow popsSo easy, the kids can make them...




Ear wax (caramel) marshmallows: SO gross and so easy to make!



Skeleton Cheese Skull





Spider PB&J! I love Healthy Halloween-inspired treats.


This Monster Meatloaf is so gross. I'm totally feeding it to my family.


Pumpkin drink cooler: GENIUS!


Coffin Bread Bowl: SO EASY!  No directions needed...


Homemade gummy worms: We make these a few times a year. Fun and easy!





What's your favorite? Have you ever tried any?

For more Halloween inspiration from costumes to decorations to more eats and treats, check out my Halloween Pinterest Boards.

10/15/20

PRO TIPS For HALLOWEEN Hair + Makeup For You And The Kiddos!

Whether you're going for super scary, super cute or super slutty, these Pro Tips For Party Perfect Halloween Hair + Makeup are super easy to pull off.



HALLOWEEN MAKEUP
These makeup ideas are so cool and so easy!


Use Fishnets as a stencil for perfect Mermaid Scales



For a closed, big mouth Cheshire Cat look, use your natural line as a guide. 



For an open mouth, use your upper lip line and chin as a guide!



For cartoon eyes, use white to draw a large outline under your lower lash, finish the look with fake eyelashes.



Use liquid eyeliner to make precise lines, that last! There are so many colors available today, the possibilities are endless.




For the crazy eye look, without wearing irritating contacts, incorporate design on eyelids. Hold closed for photos and shock factor.

Make sure the makeup you use is safe for little faces. Crappy makeup can end a Halloween before it starts.

Now that the basics are out of the way, here are a few tutorials that look complicated, but are so easy to recreate!

First: Double Vision



Oooohhhhh Cheetah! 





 A Skeleton perfect for boys and girls! 



Spoooooooky



Need a look that you can go from work to party, fast? 




HALLOWEEN HAIR
These Halloween hairstyles will scare, mystify and even melt a few hearts.




Create a ponytail, then wrap a mummy, spider, doll... you get the point.



Turn your child's hair into a spooky spiderweb



 Mmmmm Cupcakes! 



 Tie strips of tulle to a plastic headband for homemade Troll Hair! 





Don't forget the boys! 







10/14/20

PARENT PSA: 5 Halloween Costume Safety Hazards Parents Often Overlook


Whether you are making your little one's costume or buying it, below are 5 Halloween Costume Safety Hazards parents often overlook. Trust me, the last thing you want is a sh!tty Halloween!

1. Make sure the costume is weather appropriate. A frozen Princess is only a good thing for, Disney.  Dress your child appropriately, or face a wasted costume that is either ripped off for being too hot or covered with a blanket or coat. THINK: Avoid the Pretty Woman Hooker Costume in Alaska... Or always. 






2. Don't smother the kids with stifling masks. Make sure the mask is easily removed by your child, does not fit too snugly and allows for ease of breathing--through BOTH the mouth and nose. Babies and toddlers are crappy mask wearers. All they want to do is rip them off. Don't get your hopes up, and make sure the camera is ready the second you put the mask on or you might never get the photo! TIP: Hats are best secured with chin straps using velcro to hold the hat in place. The velcro will easily break away in an emergency situation.









3. Skip facepaint when possible. Facepaint is a recipe for disaster. Especially when put on around the eyes, nose, and mouth. All it takes is little sweat to make the paint run, opening the door to burning eyes and consumption. If facepaint is necessary, it should be free of all toxins. Young skin doesn't stand a chance against the harsh toxins found in cheap paint. Also, DO NOT use last year's paint. NOTE: Face and/or body paint on children under one is not recommended.



4. Make sure the fabric is not itchy or too rough. The itch factor can end a great costume's run in three seconds. Which, will end a happy Halloween. Which, will suck. COMFORT IS KEY!!! 

Think: This...




5. The costume should fit correctly, not too long or tight.  With the constant running, jumping and skipping your child will do in the costume, the costume needs to move easily with the child. Too long, and your child will trip. Too tight, and your child will be miserable trying to keep up with his friends. 

Avoid This:




BONUS TIP: Make sure the shoes your child wears are comfortable, or you will find yourself carrying your child in one arm and four pounds of candy in the other. 


What's your little sprout going to be for Halloween? Are you making a costume or buying one?

10/13/20

19 DIY FAMILY Halloween Costumes Everyone Will Love!




Whether you're a seamstress or all thumbs when it comes to sewing (Like me!), the following 19 family Halloween costumes, anyone can make! 

5 Star Chili Recipes: Vegetarian to Meat Lovers to 8-Alarm


Happy Fall Y'All! 

Waking up to crisp mornings, leaves falling at my feet and flocks of birds flying south, I can't help but be ready to get my chili-on! Just in case you were feeling the same, I thought I would share a few of the championship 5-star chili recipes I've saved to make this season. From vegetarian to meat lovers to eight-alarm, here are the best of the best.





30-Minute Chili. Yes, 30-minutes, total! With 5-minutes of prep and 25-minutes cook-time, this 30-minute chili from Southern Living had the reviewers swearing by it as their go-to for quick dinners and potlucks. Kid-approved, too!






This Blue Ribbon Chili recipe has over 2,200 reviews 95% are 5stars and ZERO one star. That means even the shittiest of chefs can pull this one off! Of course, it helps there's a video walkthrough. I'm totally giving this one a try. It's smooth chili, as opposed to the ultra-bean-y chili. (see above)





This 5-star 5-step chili recipe from, Betty Crocker, is super easy and ready in less than 2 hours!





This Vegetarian Chili with Avocado cream from Martha Stewert had the reviewers going wild.  One reviewer said, "I was so skeptical of this recipe - fennel and all that CELERY??? I was wrong. This is one of the best vegetarian chilis we've ever made."




Did you know there's an International Chili Society? Every year, ICS holds the world championship Chili-cookoff. Whether you like Texas Chili or 5-alarm, the ICS has a complete list of winner's and their championship Chili recipes. To see them all, click here





This Creamy White Chili from Taste of Home, makes it to the table in under an hour, has 552 5-star reviews and had one reviewer, a college student, singing it's praises. "I got this wonderful chili recipe from my sister-in-law, who made a big batch and served a crowd one night. It was a hit. Plus, it's easy and quick, which is helpful since I'm a college student. In all my years of 4-H cooking, I've never had another dish get so many compliments."




Why stop at 5-alarm? Epicurious is bringing out the fire department for their, Ding Dong 8-Alarm chili. Yes, EIGHT! How you wouldn't have to ice down your mouth and ass for 24 hours after a spoonful I don't know, but if this is your thing, or you hate someone and are going to their potluck, have a go at this insanity.


I remember my first turkey chili. When I found out it was made with turkey instead of beef, I was floored. I HAD NO IDEA! Truth be told, I pretty much only use turkey in my chili now. It's low-fat, heart healthy and NO ONE knows the difference. This 5-star turkey recipe is the clear winner with thousands of 5-star recipes. 



This weekend I'm making the turkey chili. Which is your favorite? 

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