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25 Halloween Costumes w/Your LBD

The easiest way to create a last-minute or inexpensive Halloween costume is to start with things you already have. I do it every year, because I get so frustrated with how expensive yet poorly-made most Halloween costumes are. I'd rather use what is already in my closet, or spend a little extra on accessories or a new dress that I can wear anytime of the year. A little black dress is the easiest way to use what you have to create a Halloween costume with a few inexpensive accessories and other accessories you probably already have in your closet.Pictured Above: Halloween Black Mesh Dress


1. Black Cat - This is the easiest way to use your little black dress on Halloween. I know it's pretty much the most generic costume in history, but for good reason - it's just so easy and affordable. It's the perfect last-minute costume for women, because you could really use any black outfit even if you don't have a little black dress. Pair it with your black flats or heels and a…

Strawberry Banana Smoothie & Popsicles, One Recipe Two Ways


Personally I'd rather be curled up on a couch with snow falling outside, a hot cup of anything in my mug, candles lit, and a good movie on. But summer is here after all. On the bright side, I can finally bust out my favorite sun dresses and sandals! And I don't have to spend half an hour bundling the girls up every time we go somewhere, looking for countless mitten and scarves that disappear as often as matching socks do.

Since my girls can't  ever wait for the nice evening to roll around, I like to serve them lots of frozen treats to keep them cool and hydrated during the hot summer days. But I loathe those sugary popsicles. And sure these days a lot of them are made with real fruit, but they still have added ingredients.

Plus I recently found out that Kylie is lactose intolerant. The kid had a stomach ache for seven years! Now I know why. I just assumed she had a sensitive stomach like I do. She has been whining and whining, thinking she won't be able to have ice cream anymore. I told her that there is non-dairy ice cream, but since we always have coconut milk on hand, I thought why not make our own non-dairy frozen treats with no sugar, preservatives, food coloring , etc. The best part is that you can sneak in kale. This green leafy vegetable is packed with nutrition. I've experimented with celery, spinach, and other greens; kale has the best texture and you can hardly taste it when it's blended with fruit and juice. This smoothie recipe of mine doubles as the perfect frozen treat!

Strawberry Banana Frozen Treat/Smoothie
serves 4

Ingredients
 -2 cups frozen, sliced strawberries

-2 bananas sliced

-1/2 cup milk

-1 cup fruit juice (preferrably apple juice, the flavor blends in and doesn't overpower the other fruit flavors)

-(optional) 1 cup kale

Directions

-blend on high until smooth and drink as is, or poor into ice tray or popsicle molds and freeze at least 2 hours

*Let the Kiddos Help: slicing the banana with a butter knife is a safe way to let your little chef practice their cutting skills!

Comments

  1. Mmm, this sounds delicious! I normally don't freeze the strawberries, just mash them up fresh.

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