Thursday, October 17, 2019

10 Fun Halloween Themed Hair Ideas


10 Fun Halloween Themed Hair Ideas
10 Fun Halloween Themed Hair Ideas
10 Fun Halloween Themed Hair Ideas

About a year ago, my daughter had 'Crazy Hair Day' at her preschool, and because it was right before Halloween, we decided to make pumpkin buns. It was honestly much easier than I'd anticipated. I just used doughnut bun inserts to create two buns, bobby pinned them in place, coated with orange hairspray, and cut down green pipe cleaners for the stems, which I inserted right into the middle of doughnut buns. So fun!

She asked me the other day if we could do this again the week of Halloween, and said she'd love to try a couple of other Halloween themed hair ideas as well. I came across so many cool ideas while Googling and browsing Pinterest, and thought I'd share some of my favorites. These don't have to just be for kids either! I usually just do a simple costume for myself where I mainly wear accessories, so these are perfect for getting in the spirit without the pressure of having to go all out.

  • pumpkin buns (two minis or one big)
  • spider hair (bun on top with eight braids hanging down)
  • spider braids (hair in two french braids with plastic spider rings attached down them)
  • spider web bun (bun on top with cotton spider webs bobby pinned over it)
  • crow bird nest bun (large doughbut bun with a black bird attached)
  • creepy bird next hair (tease/rat hair, add tons of hair spray, and insert sticks)
  • Bride of Frankenstein hair (tutorial here)
  • dirt hair (spray or paint hair black and attach rubber insects)
  • witch hat hair (spray or paint hair black and molded around a foam come to form witch hat)
  • devil horn hair (tutorial here)


If you have any other ideas I might have missed, let me know in the comments!


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Monday, October 14, 2019

4 Favorite Cool Weather Soups


4 Delicious Autumn Soups

Ahhh, autumn in Chicago land. It was almost 80 degrees on Thursday, and by Friday night, we officially hit freezing at 32. And while I'm not usually a fan of cold weather in any form, it was fun to pull out a couple of my favorite soup recipes and enjoy some hot soup this weekend. These 4 (and veggie chili; I need to share that recipe!) are my favorites for fall and winter. Click on the images or link for the full recipes.

4 Delicious Autumn Soups

4 Delicious Autumn Soups

4 Delicious Autumn Soups


We also shared this delicious corn chowder recipe way back in 2013.

What is your favorite soup when the weather starts to get chilly?


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Monday, October 7, 2019

Easy Halloween Pizzas


Easy Halloween Pizzas

I originally shared this recipe last year, but we've been making them nonstop around here this month, Halloween is in 3 weeks, so it only seemed right to share again. The original recipe I shared was for all plant-based, vegan products, but we have made them with regular cheese too, and I have updated the recipe to reflect this.

These are so easy to make and so much fun! My kids love them as an after school snack and for lunch on the weekends. They'd be perfect for a Halloween party too. They're yummy food and a craft in one.

Vegan Mini Pizzas
Vegan Mini Halloween Pizzas

Easy Mini Halloween Pizzas
Makes 6 mini pizzas


INGREDIENTS

6 english muffins*, halved
3 cups shredded cheese or vegan cheese (we usually do a mix of mozzarella and cheddar)
1 cup jarred pizza sauce
black olives
green olives
green pepper


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Placed halved english muffins cut side up on a baking sheet, and top each with pizza sauce until covered, then top with cheese shreds. (If you want to make a mummy pizza, use the cheese shreds to form "bandages".) Bake for about 10 minutes, or until cheese is fully melted. Then get creative! To make a jack-o-lantern, create a face with black olives and sliced green pepper, and a pumpkin stem from green pepper. To make a spider pizza, top with a vertically halved black olive for the body, a horizontally halved black olive for the head, and sliced black olives for the legs. To make a mummy pizza, use green olives to create eyes. To make a monster/Frankenstein pizza, top with a piece of sliced green pepper and small olive pieces.

Mini Halloween Pizzas
Vegan Halloween Pizzas
Mini Halloween Pizzas

Happy Halloween snacking!


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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

9 Perfect Throw Blankets for Autumn


9 Perfect Throw Blankets for Autumn
1. BouclĂ© Throw ($17.99)   |    2. Dark Beige Wool Blend Throw ($49.99)   |   3. Jacquard Wood Blend Throw ($59.99)   |   4.  Faux Fur Throw ($79.99)  |   5.  Textured Knit Throw ($79.99)   |   6. Beige and White Soft Throw ($34.99)  |   7.  Dark Grey Melange Wool Blend Throw ($49.99)   |   8. Chenille Throw ($49.99)   |   9. Fleece Throw with Fringe ($29.99)


It is 75 degrees as I'm typing this, but I am well aware that the inevitable cold Chicago weather is waiting, all sinister and sneaky, to jump upon us sooner than later. It's funny, because I come from a family of cozy types (my mom is hygge personified), but snuggling up on the couch with a crackling fire in the fire place and snow falling outside makes me feel a panicked sense of flight where I just want to run full force to the tropics. There is, however, one exception to this, and that's blankets. It can be mid-July and if I'm watching a movie or reading, I need a freaking throw blanket on me, and immediately. So whether you're a weird, nonlogical blanket lover like me, or you love some good old fashion autumn coziness, I hope these pretty throw blankets I'm sharing today strike you fancy. I just ordered #2, but I'm eyeing #3 too.


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