Kid’s Costumes

When it comes to Halloween and costumes, I love to go all out! Now that doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of money, just think outside the box. This is when I get creative and rummage through what we already have and make multiple trips to my local Hobby Lobby. Creating your kiddos costume also does not mean you need to have a sewing machine.

Here are a few of my kids past costumes I created with very little money spent and just a little time, effort and creativity (mostly while they were sleeping). The boys pick who they want to be an I figure out how to make it happen.

LEGO BATMAN:

 

This was a fun one to figure out and create. I used cardboard, foam, foam sheets, a lot of duct tape, black spray paint and a little hot glue. He does have lego hands but appears to be hiding them in every picture.

BAD MICHAEL JACKSON:

For this costume, I did buy the wig and jacket because some things just need to be bought. I spray painted plastic buckles with chrome spray paint for the buckles and attached them to the gloves with hot glue. I fabric glued some red felt to some black skinny jeans and cut small slits to weave the black straps to attach the plastic buckles. Top it all off with a little a few of my belts, black eyeliner and BAM, Bad Michael Jackson! This boy loves dance!

HE-MAN:

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For all of the boots I covered the boys rain boots with felt and attached it with clear packing tape. For the Lego batman boots, I first added pieces of cardboard to give them the block shape and added fur accents to the He-man boots and buckles for the Michael Jackson boots. Afterwards the boots are not damaged and the felt comes right off.

This is what Halloween is all about! Get out there with your kiddos, dress up and have some fun! This is what they will remember and will be happy they had fun parents. I am already planning our next Halloween costumes, how about you?

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Self Tanning Lotion

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See that picture that’s me right there. I’m not talking about the one in the pink bottoms with the pretty tan, the one behind her. Look a little closer… now you see her. I actually love my fair skin but sometimes I feel the need to be a little tan. When I was younger I was a lifeguard and always had a tan (well tan for me anyways). I have always been worried about getting burned, skin cancer and wrinkles.

Through years of modeling and swimsuit competitions I discovered self tanning lotion. I have tried many and I mean many. Let me tell you, they are not all created equally. I have tried several bad ones and had a few spray tans too. Loreal Sublime Bronze was my go to and seemed to work pretty well. You can find this at Target. Now applying self tanning lotion is something that I think you get better at as you go. Here is how you apply the lotion and it’s more work than necessary but it’s also necessary if you don’t want to be a streaky mess!

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The bottle says to apply lotion to your knees and elbows first and highly recommend to as well as your feet and ankles. Also, It’s good to exfoliate in the shower to slough off any dead skin. You want to put lotion on any dry areas first, otherwise those areas will soak up the the tanning lotion and you will end up with lots of blotches and darker areas. One thing I have learned from applying self tanning lotion is to work in sections. I do my legs first and start one leg at a time from the bottom up. You want to rub it in really good and smooth it out evenly so you’d not have blotches. As soon as I finish my legs, I wash my hands. This is a must! Otherwise, you will end up with dark, orangish hands. As you go, pay attention to your arms touching parts of your body that already have the tanning lotion on them and be sure to was them as you wash your hands.

Then, I do my hips, stomach, chest and wash my hands again. If you don’t have someone to apply it to your back, you want to be mindful of the amount you use when you do your sides and try to rub it in very well so that you don’t have funny lines. If your like me, your back tends to get all the sun anyways so it’s not noticeable. Now finally the tricky part, the arms. I don’t know why the arms are so difficult but that is where I will get lines if I get any at all.

Just be sure to start applying the lotion on the larger areas and and smooth it out towards the ends (apply the same to the rest of the body). On the legs I will start on the sun and calf and work the lotion out towards the ankle and knee so that most of the lotion is in the center and gradually smooths out towards the ends (same on the arms). I will sometimes put a little on my face as well but very little and you need to be careful of using too much around your eyebrows and hairline. Then you just sit and wait for it all to dry. By “air dry” I mean walk around naked, touching nothing until your body is no longer sticky!

If you have any blotchy areas the first time around, you can exfoliate them with a loofah before hand and go over and fix them the next time through. After all of that, I’m tired!

 

FAKE BAKE IS THE BEST SELF TANNER EVER!!!

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Now to tell you about Fake Bake,the most recent self tanner I found that is absolutely amazing and super easy. No streaks, orange hands, dries quickly and looks amazing!!!! It’s called FakeBake and I’m in love. It comes with gloves to put on, a fabric mitt that you use to rub in the self tanner and a self tanning spray.

With this you want to exfoliate before hand in the shower as well but the application is super fast and there is no dry time. Simply put on the gloves, put the mitt on one hand and get started. You can either spray the liquid directly on your body or on to the mitt to rub in. I spray it on the mitt and then rub it in to my skin. I start with my legs and work my way up. You will want to bend your knees and elbows when applying in those areas to avoid blotches. I just followed the simple instructions on the back and had no problems at all. For best results you will want to wait 6-8 hours before showering or getting wet. Some will run off in the shower but you will be left with a beautiful tan. I will be stocking up on this for sure! Sorry no pictures to show here but trust me. it’s amazing!

 

 

 

Fun Clown Makeup

Need a quick costume? A clown is an easy and quick way to go. This was for a fun day at work to promote our upcoming Halloween party. I like to go all out and try to get everyone involved. One of my tricks when applying dark eye shadow is to first brush loose powder under my eyes. This will make sure that none of the dark shadow you use will flake off and stay on your face. When you are done applying your eye shadow, just simply brush away the loose powder. First apply your eye shadow then add the black accents using a liquid eyeliner.

Add a fun wig, outfit and some lipstick and you are ready to terrorize your neighborhood, or coworkers in my case.

Mystical Mermaid Makeup

What girl doesn’t dream of being a mermaid? I dressed up as one in grade school and again this past year for Halloween. I have seen many tutorials on mermaid makeup and wanted mine to be different. I wanted it to be beautiful yet a little eerie and mystical. I started with Mehron Syn Wax to create some dimension to my forehead and cheek bones and then added my make up.

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To get the fish scale look I put fish nets over my face and neck and brushed on my green, teal and purple makeup. Once I was happy with the color I added my gold liquid makeup for accents. When it comes to Halloween make up, Mehron is the best. It wears like normal makeup and is not oily or drying on your face.

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I then used the same colors on my eyes, eyebrows and lips. Just add a fun wig, mermaid tail and accessories and now you are a mystical mermaid. This is by far one of my favorite costumes yet!

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Removing Moles with Apple Cider Vinegar

There are many uses and benefits of using apple cider vinegar, which you may have heard of. Here are more uses for Apple Cider Vinegar (some of which I still need to try). One, I know works for sure (removing raised moles). I did a test run on a few of different sizes and in different locations. If you are one of those people who doesn’t have any, good for you. I on the other hand are pretty much covered with them and have several that I would rather not have.

 

I soaked a small piece of cotton with the apple cider vinegar, placed it on each mole and covered with a band-aid over night. There wasn’t much of a change after the first night. After the second night the moles started to look clear and then started to scab over on the third and fourth nights (depending on size). I repeated this process until the mole was completely scabbed over and then let it heal. Its works best if you don’t skip nights in between. After the scab is gone it may be a little pink for a while but eventually goes away.

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I was absolutely amazed when all of the moles I had applied the vinegar to were gone after the scabs were gone. I then just had a red area that went away a little more each day. it was so easy and pain free! Here is a picture of the area with very little scabbing left. The area is mostly red, but healing great. Every day it looks better and best of all, the mole is gone! The process really is amazing!

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Waist Cincher Adventure

All the craze lately with celebs seems to be using waist cinchers. I have been very curious myself and decided to try them out for a little while and tell you my experience and what I thought. I first found a reputable looking site at a decent price (because I have three kids and can’t afford to pay $200+). I ordered my waist trainer from Style Dealz. I followed the sizing charts and according to my measurements I ordered a medium.

My current measurements are: waist 31 inches, hips 42.5

I have been curious about these for many reasons. Yes, they are said to make your waist smaller which is great and all but that is not my main reason and I don’t want to go to an extreme of pushing my organs all around. Eek! I’m not trying to be a Kardashian, they are fabulous and entertaining but that’s not my goal.

I have Diastasis Recti, which is a separation in my center abdominal muscles that causes my insides to push out through the opening (yuck, too much information I know). It not only makes me appear as though I am newly pregnant but causes me back pain and makes me clothes fit horribly, along with other issues. This is fairly common in many women for various reasons such as your frame, pregnant with large and multiple babies and many more. I happen to have a small frame, and had twins followed by a very large baby, so there you go. Here is a picture below so you know exactly what I am talking about:

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I’m interested to see how the corset will help with these issues along with my modified exercises to target my abdominal separation. If you happen to have this you must be careful with the exercises you do because you could actually make it worse when you think it should be getting better. Check to see if you have Diastasis Recti.

It says to start out wearing the corset for only a few hours at a time and to build up to wearing it longer. Once you can wear it for 8 hours or so comfortably you can start using the next row of hooks.

WEEK 1: The first few times putting it on took a little bit of time. Start from the bottom and work your way up. For me it was easier to start around the smallest part of my waist and then I would pull it down as I went until all the clasps were hooked. After I take the corset off each time my midsection is a bi sweaty, so I know soothing is happening.

I have always had good posture but man this makes my posture instantly better and smooths out my stomach making my clothes fit better. It also helped me while doing my exercises for my diastasis recti. Hopefully it will help me to get those muscles back together. After several days of using it, I feel like a rock star and my back does not seem to be hurting as much!

After a week of using the corset, I can say that it’s pretty comfortable and has definitely helped my back. As for my diastatis recti, only time will tell. I even wore it to the gym one morning under my shirt with a tank top underneath and let me tell you, there was some major sweating going on! Now for the part that you are really wanting to know, did I lose any size on my waist? Surprisingly yes, I did. In the first week of wearing it, I lost 2 inches from the smallest part of my waist. Not bad, I guess. Here’s hoping for a change in my diastasis recti as well.

Pop Art Zombie Make-up

Halloween is one my absolute favorite Holidays! Who doesn’t love dressing up as someone or something else for a day. When it comes to costumes I like to get creative and create a costume. Most of the time I will piece together something from my own clothes and then paint my face and do my hair to go along with it. My motto is “Go Big or Go Home.”

I found this amazing face painting tutorial on Pinterest of course (which I am addicted to). I have been painting my halloween make-up for years and I absolutely fell in love with this Mehron makeup. It was not at all dry, itchy and never cracked. This makeup has great colors and wears like a normal foundation and I highly recommend it to everyone. I was also able to do this exact make-up two times and still have plenty left over. If you want to be a Pop Art Zombie check it out and share your outcome. But, if your going to be a zombie, be a fabulous one.

Just a tip: For thin lines and details I use an inexpensive liquid eyeliner. It goes on smooth and wears comfortably.