Babies are too young to eat candy, let alone know what they wants to be for Halloween! But that doesn't mean you can't still have a little fun for the holiday. Quick! Before he gets old enough to realize how ridiculous he looks in a costume you pick out, throw on one of these hilarious getups and don't forget to take a picture so he'll remember!
And of course, since this blog is all about savings money, I made sure all my picks were amazingly affordable as well. Chances are you can put most of them together with the stuff you already have in your home! Extra points for creativity!
Sofia Before the Golden Girls: Pin an antique broach to your baby's cardigan. Put her in oversized glasses (at least for as long as it takes to snap the picture before she slaps them off). I must say, it's the cotton ball wig is what really makes this costume. I die!
Baby Borat: Borat is already a bit controversial. Add a baby to that and you have the perfect unconventional costume! All you have to do it cut out the front and back of a lime green onesie and put it on, diaper and all. Throw a pair of goggles over your babies head, draw on a mustache and you have yourself Baby Borat! Now that's scary!
Spaghetti and Meatballs: This clever costume is shockingly easy to make. Cut a hole in the bottom of a big plastic bowl and have your baby wear it like a skirt. Fill the bowl with thick yellow yarn and glue some of the yarn to your baby's white onsie. Randomly stick brown balls in and around the bowl. Easy peasy!
Wayne and Garth: Perhaps one of my favorite moves of all time, Wayne's World is the perfect costume for twins! The only thing you have to buy at the costume store are the long blond and black wigs. Add a flannel shirt and a black tee, some torn up jeans and baby converses to compete the look.
Up: Dressing your baby up as the old men from Up is funny in itself, but add a walker made out of PVS pipes and a bundle of helium balloons and you've just taken this idea to new heights!
Nice of you to finally show up after a scorching hot and humid summer. I can't wait for your crisp temperatures, colorful leaves, and most of all - your end-of-the-month event - Halloween!
To help you get started on your Halloween preparation, Vitaprint is offering a customizable Halloween tote bag for just $2! Use it as a candy bag, or a ToT bag as the cool kids like to call it. The sturdy canvas won't break under the weight of your candy collection (heaven forbid!), and the personalized patters are much more exciting that the tired plastic pumpkin bucket. Plus, you can customize your tote by putting the name your little trick-or-treaters on the front so there is no confusing whose candy is whose. That kind of argument could get ugly!
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Yesterday I discussed my top household cleaning supplies, and I can't believe I forgot to include Bar Keepers Friend! An oldie but a goodie - Bar Keepers Friend has been the friend to many kitchens and bathrooms since 1882, and continues to have millions of loyal users who give credence to the motto, "Once Tried, Always Used."
The thing I love most about Bar Keepers Friend is that it's an all-purpose cleaner that works without bleach, so you can safely use it on kitchen surfaces without leaving inedible chemicals behind. The powerful cleaner is strong enough to buff out scratch marks on stainless steel but gentle enough to use on just about everything form chrome to glass to grout. As a matter of fact, Bar Keepers Friend runs the gamut of special uses. I've highlighted some of my favorites below.
- Use Bar Keepers Friend on stainless steel. Other cleansers containing bleach are not recommended for stainless steel.
- Use Bar Keepers Friend to removed discoloration on glass and ceramic cooktops.
- Use Bar Keepers Friend to buff away scratches from dishes.
- Use Bar Keepers Friend to remove embarrassing spray tan lines form hands and feet (bet you didn't see that one coming!).
- Use Bar Keepers Friend to clean car wheels, chrome, glass and more.
- Use Bar Keepers Friend to clean rust from bicycles.
The places we live in have a lot of power, and I'm not just talking about the power to shelter us from rain and snow, I'm talking about the power to actually alter our moods. Likewise, we have power over our houses. Studies suggest that making tiny adjustments in your habits around the house can actually make a huge impact on one's emotional well-being. No need to wait for the weekend or an end-of-the-year salary bonus. Just a few tweaks to your daily routine is all it takes to cultivate a positive attitude!
Here are five tiny tasks you can do to truly change your mood. Each one takes less than 5 minutes to complete. Give it a go and see if it makes a difference for you!
Make Your Bed
I used to argue that making my bed was a waste of time. I'm just going to get right back into it anyway, right? Turns out, making your bed is a catalyst for other healthy habits. Think about it: Making your bed will inspire you to want to clean the sheets, which will inspire you to want to do the rest of your laundry, which will inspire you to want to put away your clothes, which will inspire you to want to tidy up the other rooms. Before you know it, you're coming home from work to a clean, organized home. Oh happy day!
Just Do It!
At some point in my adult life, I realized that putting off cleaning the dishes didn't end with the dishes cleaning themselves. I might as well just do it, preferably with a smile and some good tunes.
Start a Journal
I'm constantly asking my kids what the best part of their day was (and "nothing" doesn't count as an answer), but no one is making me reflect on my day and all the good that came out of it. I keep a small notepad on my nightstand and jot down something that made me happy everyday. It's a wonderful reminder that, even on a bad day, there's always something good that happened, too.
Tame the Paper Dragon
The majority of the mail I get is junk mail, and yet it somehow ends up sitting unopened on my front door table for weeks (even months). Before I know it, the "paper dragon" has swallowed up some seriously important and timely envelopes - like a bill that needs to get paid or a check that needs to be cashed - and I'm in a much bigger mess than the pile of envelopes spilling over onto the floor. I've started keeping a small garbage can by my front door so I can go through the mail AT ONCE and throw away anything I don't need... again, AT ONCE. What's left gets taken care of or filed away. The same thing applies to my email Inbox.
Keep Everything in its Place
It's a simple fact: Clutter causes stress. Take the extra five minutes to return everything to it's correct place before leaving a room. Instill this lesson in your kids early on and maybe, just maybe, the remote will be ready for you on the coffee table when it's time to relax on the couch, or your keys will be waiting for you by the door when it's time to head off to work.