FAST & Last Minute Halloween Costumes- all you need is the make up in your bag

Whoa!   Probably more than 10 minutes but easy and no costume needed.  Image: Pinterest

Whoa!   Probably more than 10 minutes but easy and no costume needed.  Image: Pinterest

If there is one thing we love,  it's the magic of Halloween.   Ok, who are we kidding...we just love the excuse to wear a costume, dress up our kids and eat a ton of candy that we have smuggled from their loot.  

Halloween is fun, spooky, candy filled, fantasy making and exciting.   But nothing is scarier than not having time to get a costume together!   Don't worry guys,  we got you.

A few weeks ago we were invited to a kids costume party and we had not a minute to even think if we were going to dress up let alone getting something together.  So what was I to do when my girls asked me to join them in their kitty fun?   

I grabbed eye liner (lots of it), bronzer, blush, mascara (tons of it) and luminizer.  Voila!  Kitty on call.  I threw on some old ears we had lying around, a black utility suit and 10 minutes later we were off!

While I was searching deer costumes I came across the cutest account of a mama called The Beautiful Circus.  She had the sweetest deer tutorial on her insta account.  We are obsessed!  Fingers crossed the bunnies "beg" me to be bambi!   

TheBeautifulCircus.com. How cute is she??

TheBeautifulCircus.com. How cute is she??

To get her look she used foundation, white cream makeup, bronzer, blush, eyeliner and mascara.  Head over to her blog for a tutorial and more cute animal ideas.

For years we have both been in love with the Roy Lichtenstein costume.  It's so classic and requires 15 minutes and only a few products.  

Shannon Brooke Imagery

Shannon Brooke Imagery

Below is a detailed tutorial but you could achieve this look in less time.   Grab red & white lipstick or face paint, an eyeliner brush, bright shadow (blue and any other bright color. Blue is if you want tears)  , black eyeliner (gel pen is best), mascara and hairspray to hold your hair in place.  

Need something even easier?  You can never go wrong with Kate the Great.

A glittery gold star over a quickly lined eye.  Perfect.  Image: Pinterest

A glittery gold star over a quickly lined eye.  Perfect.  Image: Pinterest

Dear Never-ending Story,  you will forever be our forever.  And childlike empress?  You will forever be our favorite dream costume.  

Pinterest.  This takes nothing more than an upside down jeweled necklace, reddish brown shadow, eyeliner, mascara, blush and a white nightgown or poncho.

Pinterest.  This takes nothing more than an upside down jeweled necklace, reddish brown shadow, eyeliner, mascara, blush and a white nightgown or poncho.

Why we haven't done it yet is beyond me.  Or is it because no one will be our luck dragon or Atreu.  Ahhhemmmmm...boys?!?

What ever you do or what ever you become...have a blast, eat candy, enjoy the moment and we love you!

Image: Pinterest

Image: Pinterest

xoxo TWH





Laugh when you want to cry.

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A wise friend once told me.  "Just laugh when you feel like crying."  When the words came out of her beautiful and loving face, I have to admit, I thought she had gone as crazy as me.  

But she was right.  Not only was I grateful that a fellow mama was brave and honest enough to tell me there are days she wants to just scream and cry, but she was right.   There are two choices when the days seem endless and the angels you live for turn into Jekyll or Hyde. You can either melt, scream and cry or you can laugh.   

Sure, when I am driving and one kid is screaming and kicking the seat and the other is repeatedly (yet sweetly but still maddening) saying "mama...mama...peeeaazzee mama" I look like an insane woman laughing but it absolutely helps bring my boiling blood down.  I feel more in control of my emotional being and wellness and I don't feel like a horrible witch for screaming at my kids when the day is over.  

The other day a couple of mom friends and I took our kids to a museum.  Seemed like a harmless fun filled day full of history and wonderment.  But have you ever taken three 4.5 year olds and three babies (2 of which run faster than most adults) to a historical museum with gorgeous echoing halls and huge dark animal filled rooms?  Well we did and it was madness.  But for some reason it was an absolute blast!  There was no yelling or screaming from anyone...well until the end of day meltdowns for toys began.  

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I know what you're thinking..."the moms were on their best behavior".  Nope...the raddest thing about having mom friends is that they are just that...friends that have kids.  We bare it all.  The embarrassing, the nasty, the things that no one tells you and there are no judgements.  Just hugs and huge glasses of wine.   We all learned our dear friend, Lucy's trick!  Just laugh.  Crying or yelling will make it all worse.  

Not only were the kids less defiant when we weren't shouting at them, there were less meltdowns.  When we almost lost one in an elevator because the doors began closing with her alone in it,   we were all less stressed and it made it that much more memorable.  We actually laughed a bit when we got that door open.   Throughout the day each one of our kids did something too loud, too naughty, or too 4.5 year old and we would all look at each other, laugh, roll our eyes for the other and continue on.  

Of course I don't mean laugh instead of discipline.  Just try it when they are acting out, when they are testing your last nerve.  It actually scares them a little.  Sssshhhh

And P.S. this whole laugh it out idea is a work in progress too.  There are plenty of tear filled, loud voiced, losing it days too...

xoxo TWH