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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…

Redefining the Cheat Day


I've always struggled with healthy eating. While I know a lot about nutrition, and I actually love the taste of most healthy foods, I've conditioned myself to think that a real treat has to be something that is bad for me - hence the "cheat day." With its own hash tag on social media, cheat day is the universal day (usually on the weekend) when even some of the most devout health nuts post indulgent picks of their weekend treats. But what are we really treating ourselves to?

When I set out to get back in shape after having my children, it didn't take me long to notice that these cheat days were turning into full cheat weekends, and those weekends full of bad food choices would leave me unmotivated and lethargic by the time Monday rolled around. This made it all too tempting to skip a much-needed workout.

I have tried the other diet practice of having a little something everyday to curb binge cravings, and during the week it totally works. But I still find myself wanting to treat myself come Friday night when I'm done with work and it's time to settle in for a good movie on the couch. All it takes is one little excuse, and I'm at the grocery store with sweets and something involving way too much cheese and/or fatty meat. No amount of cardio the following Monday could ever make up for the thousands of extra calories I kept consuming all in the name "rewarding" myself on the weekends. Something had to change.

Words have a lot of power over our thoughts and our actions, so I started with the word cheat. It's the perfect word for what I was doing; I was cheating myself out of the kind of health I deserve. I've made a conscious decision to stop using the phrase "cheat day" and have replaced it with "treat day."

I treat myself with things that are good for me - things that I know will motivate me to make better choices all weekend. To get that feeling of indulgence, I mix in other things that make me feel good - things that have nothing to do with food, like a little pampering or a new magazine. Even if you're on a budget, it's easy to indulge in healthier treats if you cut out some of the junk. What are some things you would treat yourself to that are good for you?

Now, that doesn't mean I don't eat junk anymore. It's all about balance, and I don't beat myself up about it. No guilt. No regrets. But after having gotten back to a reasonable weight, it's much easier for me to have just a piece of dessert and not eat the whole damn pie!


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