DIY Halloween Costumes Recap

chefGasp! Can you believe Halloween is almost here?!?! We’ve been enjoying cooler temps, drinking apple cider, made our annual trip to the pumpkin patch and last weekend even watched “Its the great pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

While we aren’t much for the spooky scary stuff,  the Chase’s always love dressing up for anything, anytime at Halloween.  As I am busy trying to sew, adorn and construct costumes for 2013, I thought it would be fun to recap a few previous years costumes.

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The girls created matching hula girl costumes from the dress up collection.

Most of our costumes are created by a combination of creativity and our own closets. Lucky for us,  imagination runs rampant here among our brood. Costume creation is a perfect outlet.

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“The Count” , Ninja, CatWoman, Nerd & Zombie Nerd

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Pirate, Itsy-Bitsy-Spider, Elmo

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Cowgirl, Despicable Me group costume, Penguin

Looking forward to sharing this years costumes with you soon!  What are you & yours dressing up as this year? Feel free to post a link your best DIY costume idea or favorite Halloween blog post memory in the comments!

Best Fall Find. Pumpkin Sugar Scrub

Seriously. Do this now. It will take less than 10 minutes. You can thank me later.

I just stumbled upon possibly the best fall find yet. In my own kitchen. For practically free.

You can do this too. Amazing. (when I get this excited, I apparently only speak in short sentences. Who knew?!)

body scrub

Quick backstory: During one of my busiest weeks, aka THIS WEEK,  a good friend of mine posted she was participating in a sugar cleanse. I thought “I am trying to be more healthy and could also benefit from eliminating sugar from my life for a bit. I’ll do it too.”  Enter my dilemma: I had not consulted my calendar when agreeing to this and yet I had mentally given my word.  I guess I like a challenge.  Also, I am trying to make my health a priority not just when its convenient. Or when its fall and pumpkin lattes are EVERYWHERE!!!

Bringing us to this point, I miss pumpkin flavored anything today. I will remain strong. I gave my mental word. Yet….. I have an excess of sugar in my kitchen. Dilemma…….. Solution: Pumpkin Sugar Body Scrub. Dare I say, Brilliance. Not to mention my hands are now softer than a day at the spa and I spent zero dollars.

3 ingredients :

  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Coconut oil ( you can use olive oil, almond oil, probably even baby oil. We just mainly use coconut oil at our house)
  • 1.5 tsp -ish pumpkin extract ( I probably used a little more because I was craving pumpkin today and wanted it to be a little stronger)

That’s it. Mix and store in a sealed container.

I have the softest hands ever and it solved my pumpkin issue. I didn’t eat it of course . (Yes, I did briefly consider tasting it. Sugar is addicting people. Stay off the stuff.) They say half your cravings are influenced by smell.  This was perfect. You could double the recipe package it in small jars with a pretty label and it would make a great fall gift.  Enjoy!