Sunday, October 20, 2019

Super Easy Halloween Costume Ideas

My daughter Natalie has always loved dressing up. This year she keeps changing her mind on what she wants to be for Halloween. She gets an allowance, and that usually goes towards outfits. Since she's on a budget, she doesn't spend that much.

So far, here's what she's worn this season. Right now she's saying she's going to be the zombie with the mask. But it could change. And heck, sometimes she DOES change. Last year she went trick-or-treating in one costume, came home after an hour and changed into a different one.

It's like she's living at Downton Abbey. I've told her it's not required that she change her attire throughout the day, but she insists.

Anyway, here are the costumes:

Stranger Things 3 was pretty awesome, right? I especially liked Robin, who worked at Scoops Ahoy with Steve. This is the dress version of their uniform.

It was at Hot Topic. The name tag did say Robin, but I had one made on Etsy for Natalie.

She actually needs the zombie shirt for the Thriller dance she's doing with her school. She made it herself. She bought a white t-shirt, fake blood, plus powder dirt. She also used real dirt and took out her hatred of math on the shirt in the backyard.

It turned out like this. The light up mask was found at Spirit Halloween for $19.95. She won't be wearing the mask for her performance but thinks it adds to the costume for Halloween. But she's also thinking of making her face all bloody for Halloween and not using the mask after all. Again. I never know what she's planning.

Natalie loves Mean Girls, so she wanted to stroll into school dressed like Damian. Was it Spirit Week? No. She was just bored.

You can buy the blue hoodie on Amazon here as well as the glasses here.

My son knows what his costume is. Three Hole Punch Jim from The Office. You can easily make this by getting a white button up shirt and tie. I cheated and got the adhesive buttons and tie in a kit from Spirit Halloween for $7.99. I figured I'd mess it up somehow. I found the button up shirt at Kohl's.

For a while she was obsessed with the Area 51 raid and aliens. So when she saw this on Amazon, she insisted on getting it. You can buy it here.

So there you go. A bunch of costumes.

What are you or your kids going to be for Halloween?

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Bloody Band-Aid Graham Crackers

My daughter Natalie was eating a graham cracker one day and was like, "Hey, these could be band-aids if something was in the middle."

So while she was in school I made these to surprise her with when she got home. Yes, I presented them like this for the added spook effect.

She was like, "What are those?" and I went, "Uh, band-aids. With BLOOD."

She gave me her best Annoyed Tween Look and claimed they didn't look that neat. (You know that scene in This Is Us where Beth says her girls are getting "meaner by the day?" I feel like this is Natalie sometimes.) Natalie was all, "I mean, you didn't make the frosting very SQUARE, so they look weird." She added, "But I'll still eat them," as though she were doing me a favor.

She has a point. But oh well. I've always said I am NOT a Pinterest mom. I don't craft well, and I burn things constantly. So you Pinterest Moms can make these neater.

They are easy to make. All you need is graham crackers, vanilla frosting, and fake blood. Or you can use the red gel if you can't find any. This fake blood was tricky to use. It sort of came out in weird drips. (It tasted kind of like cherry.)

You can make them neater, as my daughter says. Her friends thought they were cool, so if you're looking for something quick and easy to bring to a children's Halloween party, these will work. If anything, the kids will think the fake blood is cool.


BLOODY Band-Aid Graham Crackers


Graham Crackers
Vanilla frosting
Fake blood or red gel


1. Break apart the graham crackers.

2. Spread vanilla frosting in the middle. Don't just slap it on like I did or else they come out sloppy.

3. Spray on fake blood or add some red gel. If you want to get super gross, get some green gel for pus.

4. Serve! Hope that you don't have a picky tween who claims you didn't do it neatly.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Hey, It's Okay

I got this idea from Glamour magazine. You can link up any day of the week. All you have to do is make a list of what you're okay about. Simple! Please do not link up a post that has nothing to do with Hey, It's Okay. It's rude and I'll delete the link.

HEY, IT'S OKAY.... be going to see Maleficent 2 this weekend. I really liked the first one. have taken my daughter shopping on her day off Monday. We didn't get too much. We basically took pictures of we liked for Black Friday deals. love when I don't have to cook dinner. I tell everyone, "Find your own meals!" be annoyed with the Texas weather. It was 63 one day. And it's back to 90. Ugh. If it could just stay in the 70s, that would be great. love my Taco Bell shirt that I wore to Taco Bell. Tommy had one on too, but his hands are blocking the logo. (I love the Grande Nachos box!)

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