Halloween Costumes Throughout The Years…

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It’s not often I share snippets of my family life here on Confetti & Curves… but this year it felt a little different as it’s Emma’s last year in primary school. No more getting up at the screech of dawn to dust off the face paints and fake blood. It’s certainly the end of an era, but as my little girl prepares for High School I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of her cute, quirky and slightly gory Halloween costumes right back from P1…

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Primary 1

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Emma’s first year at school and her first Halloween party with all her new best friends… lots of green face paint and scowls as she opted for dressing up as a tiny witch!

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Primary 2

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Her second year of school and once again it was witching hour… only this time I reckon she’d perfected the pose a little better 😉 Practice makes perfect after all!!!

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Primary 3

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For her 3rd year of primary school, Emma based her costume all around her mini hat that she loved wearing… a long black wig and sparkly ball gown was the perfect ensemble for a scary victorian vampire type lady – we’re still trying to put a name to it 😀 Check out her makeup – all done by a tiny but talented Emma!

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Primary 4

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More wigs, layers of cream makeup and a super hot wig with purple highlights transformed this little lady into a rather spooky (if not slightly cute) vampiress!

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Primary 5

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Lots of hair back-combing, oozing fake blood and dark sultry eyes edged with veins was the ingredients required for Dracula’s Daughter. This scary look won her first prize at fancy dress! *woo hoo*

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Primary 7 – Emma’s last year!

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Gosh my little girl looks so grown up… all dressed in her victorian maids costume she was eager to have her face painted just like a Victorian dolly – finished off with the little crack in her head to give the illusion of broken porcelain! I wonder if she’ll be up for doing some extra chores around the house seeing as she looks so good in character?! *hehe*

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One very proud mama – it’s been such an exciting and fun journey creating her primary school costumes over the years and watching her flourish into a confident little lady! Not gonna lie, I’m a little saddened it’s her last Halloween at primary school with all the great memories and friends she’s made but I’m pretty sure it won’t stop her partying just as hard next year at high school!

Wishing you all a fabulous Halloween weekend whatever you’re up to, don’t forget to say a quick hello in the comments below 🙂

Cheerio Chums…

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Make Your Own ‘I Heart Buttons’ Wall Art…

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Happy Monday Blog Buddies…

It’s been a ridiculous length of time since I’ve tackled some crafty DIY projects, so this weekend I thought it was high time I put right to abandoning my craft drawers and got a little creative with a truck load of buttons I’ve had gathering dust in some containers. I must say I ADORE button craft and find them incredibly cute in almost any project, but seeing as I had a spare frame from Ikea and a rather bare looking bedroom wall I thought I could combine the two and tackle this cute heart shaped button collage to brighten up my boudoir decor. Fancy giving it a go yourself? Here’s how to do it…

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The must-have ingredients:

One rather fabulous looking photo-frame – Ikea are great for a whole range of shapes & sizes to suit any budget

A small truck-load of buttons (well, maybe just a container full)

Glue Dots or Clear Drying Craft Glue

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1) The Frame

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Firstly you’ll need to get hold of a decent size frame, however if your buttons are small enough I’m sure it could work equally as well in something a little more dainty. Steve bought me this frame from Ikea quite some time ago, it’s a very chic looking ‘Norrlida’ frame which is perfect for displaying a pop of colourful buttons! Measuring in at 50x50cm’s it’s quite a biggie, but seeing as it’s for a rather expansive wall it’s the perfect size for maximum impact.

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2) The Buttons

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For this project you’ll need quite a few handfuls of them, of course all that depends on the size of frame and shape that you’re creating. I easily used 200-300 and kept it to a mixture of different colours so it would pull in accents of any room colour should I wish to hang it somewhere else. Both E-bay & Amazon have a great range of buttons for sale in packs of colours to suit whatever shade your heart desires. I personally think the blush tones are incredibly chic!

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3) The Heart

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Now it’s time to roll up the sleeves and get on with the fun part… if you’re using the Norrlida frame remove the backing, take the strong cardboard insert & choose which colour you’d prefer the background for your buttons to be – black or white. I went for white as it will tie in a little better with the rest of the decor.

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Next draw a large heart on the middle of the blank board. This doesn’t have to be too perfect as your buttons will take on a shape of their own… just try and keep the line as feint as possible.

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4) Filling In

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Carefully place a mound of buttons onto the canvas and begin to spread them out into the positioning & shape you want. After you’ve got the buttons placed where you want them to be it’s handy to take a quick snap of your picture, just in case any of them get misplaced or moved.

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Keeping the buttons on the background, take your pack of sticky dots and begin to stick each button individually onto the canvas – this is by far the most time consuming of the whole project, mine took at least 40 minutes to place so I’d suggest you keep your laptop close by and stock up on your favourite YouTubers to keep you company. Ooooh, talking of which… you can check out my channel by *clicking here* 😉 hehe

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As an alternative to sticky dots you can use clear-drying craft glue to affix your buttons with, however it is a little bit messier and will need a considerable amount of drying time before you can place your work of art into it’s frame – hence why I love glue dots. There’s no mess, just instant adhesive without the drying time!

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5) You’re Done

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Voila! Once they’re all stuck (and dried if using glue) then it’s time to house your button art back in the frame – this will test if you’ve missed any or not, which is why your picture earlier may come in handy.

Once the art piece is securely in its frame give the glass a little wipe with window cleaner to remove any smudge marks & get ready to hang your work of art for all to admire! I’m putting mine above my dressing table as it will work perfectly with all the coloured lotions and potions!

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There you have it beauty buddies, my little weekend craft project. What do you think? Is this something you’d try? What colour would YOUR buttons be?

As always thanks so much for stopping by and don’t forget to say a quick hello in the comments below!

Cheerio Chums…

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Sunday Shenanigans…

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Hey Beauty Buddies…

Yaaaay for a brand new month! I always get excited for March arriving as sunny spring is just peeking round the corner… time to clear out the closet and relish in a whole new season of adventures.

 How was your weekend? Did I miss anything? We had one of the quietest 48 hours in a loooong time. Forget a pj day, it was more like a full weekend of lounging around doing absolutely nothing apart from recharging our batteries… I even managed to close the laptop for (most) of the duration too – I know, shocking right?!

However come Sunday morning I woke with a huge urge to spring out of bed and fill my lungs with some fresh salty sea air by taking a lovely dander along our local beach. Considering the sun was streaming in through the cracks of the blinds it would’ve been a shame not to take advantage of such a gorgeous morning – anything to get out in a bit of much needed sunshine.

Tottering down the stairs semi-ready for my seaside dander, Steve was busy working away in the kitchen… he’d gotten up early to prepare a yummy Sunday lunch and had the entire house cleaned from one end to the other. Seeing as I usually tackle most of the cooking it was such a welcomed break and a great feeling having absolutely nothing to do… so Ems’ and I grabbed our coats and headed out for a bit of fresh air whilst Steve stayed at home sipping his coffee and pre-booking the all important Ireland v England rugby game (that would undoubtedly exercise my vocal chords)

Anyways, I thought it would be fun to take a few piccies of our little Sunday shenanigans to share with you guys…

 

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Yep, photographic evidence that a huge Sunday lunch was all prepared by my very own head-chef. All I had to do was sit back and enjoy eating it… what a lucky lady 🙂

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On our way out the front door I noticed (for the 1st time I must add) my little spring flowers have made an appearance meaning it’s ‘almost’ time to shed the winter woollies *happy dance*

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So we made the 45 second walk to the breezy shores (yes we live that close!) and I have to say that although my teeny little spring flowers are in full bloom I’ll not be hanging up my chunky knits just yet… it was SO cold but worth the teeth chattering!

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Searching for little weird shaped pebbles (preferably heart ones) to add to Emma’s collection of seaside memorabilia she has stored in various places, including a little pile by the front door and a jar full of shells in the bathroom. Love seaside life ❤

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Time for a dander along the shoreline… so good for clearing your thoughts and unbelievably therapeutic. Any time I feel my anxiety playing up a walk along the beach always helps calms me down. Everyone needs a bitta beach in their lives 😉

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I don’t care what anyone says, no matter what age you are you can’t resist playing catch with the waves… even if it means squelching home in soggy gym shoes! Thankfully I have a 9 year old daughter I can excuse my childish Tom foolery on *rolls eyes*

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Tide well on it’s way out, getting windy and cold…

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Homeward bound for some tea & warmth by the fire.

Did you do anything exciting this weekend, or like us did you spend it chillaxing? As always thanks so much for reading, do say a quick hello in the comments below, you know how much I enjoy a little chatter! Happy March y’all 🙂

Cheerio chums…

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Behind The Blog… featuring Lisa from Cuppa Sunshine & Sugar

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Hey Beauty Buddies…

Hope you’re all keeping well & surviving enjoying the week so far?! I’ve been having a huge Spring Clean around the house by bagging things for local charity shops and also adding to a monumental mountain of trash. Is it just me, or is there something completely liberating about having a maahoosive de-clutter? The freedom of opening my kitchen drawers without a landslide of junk spilling out (almost) moves me to tears! As for Emma’s room, who knew a 9 year old could hoard such vast amounts of EVERYTHING?! She’s got a collection of Barbie shoes that would put Jimmy Choo’s entire collection to shame… 2 hours alone wading through a toy chest of dolls, dried up felt tip pens and missing jigsaw pieces *face palm* Thankfully calmness has been restored and we’ve topped up the storeroom of the local charity shop for the entire season!

However this morning it’s back to virtual reality as I present you all with another fun-filled Behind The Blog. You know the drill by now ladies: kettle on, feet up & bum nestled into the nearest comfy chair 😉

As always, if you’re new to Confetti & Curves *friendly wave* and not entirely sure what Behind The Blog is all about *click here* to bring yourself up to speed – you may even find yourself getting involved! And why not?

So who’s perched on our digital hot-seat this morning? Well,  it’s none other than the incredibly witty, stylish and sassy super-mama Lisa from Cuppa Sunshine & Sugar. Lisa really is a little ray of sunshine that burst onto my blog-radar late 2014 and since then I’ve been hooked on reading her positive & humorous posts that never fail to ignite a huge smile. Even her ‘About’ page makes you feel like you’re catching up with a life-long chum. If you haven’t already checked out her cosy little corner of the interweb make sure to get yourself over and say hi, she really is a blogging treasure!

Anyways enough from me, here’s the lovely lady herself…

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In only 5 words describe what readers can expect from your blog:

Humor, Positivity, Family, Food, Fun

What inspired you to start blogging?

Long answer:  I have always LOVED writing and connecting with people through it.  While the world increasingly floods us with negative and disheartening media…I was feeling the push to put something positive out there.  To blog was an idea that had been sitting in the back of my mind for so long and I wasn’t brave enough to take on.  Until recently, I wasn’t ready to put myself out there to be received or to not be.  After much encouragement from those dear to me… I just went for it.

Short answer:  I’m a self-proclaimed word nerd that loves a good chuckle.

 

Tell us about your blog name… what made you decide on it?

So I gotta break it down because it’s kind of a mish mash of a lot of meanings really.  It was created in a collaborative effort with my Mr. Man.  He’s the best!

Cuppa:  My Dad and Grandmother’s side of the family is from England where the term “cuppa” is so often used.  It has become a frequent phrase among family and friends for me.  Want a cuppa tea or a cuppa coffee or??…they all are delicious and ooze positive feelings, especially at the start of the day but really any time of day.

Sunshine:  Forever I have sung “You Are My Sunshine” to my littles and let’s face it…sunshine in general fills us up with happy feelings and feel good attitudes which just adds a little pep to our step!

& Sugar:  I.LOVE.SUGAR. There are only positive feelings when I see it, smell it and devour it.  Period.  Plus, it has been my lifelong nickname from my Dad.  Awww, right?  Yeah it’s sweet, cute and slightly embarrassing if he tags on “booger” in front of my friends as a teenager.  Yep. Sugar Booger.  Needless to say…he is a huge source of humor for me! xoxo

Do you ever suffer from Blogger’s Block & if so how do you overcome it?

Not yet.  I have found myself worried that it must be coming.  So, I plan ahead.  Every time I have an idea or thought of something I’d like to write about or share, I jot it down on paper that is organized by categories.  Once on paper, it calms my mind rather than trying to remember all of my ideas in a jumbled mess.  Jumbled mind messes overwhelm and stress me out.  I also try hard to find balance in my posting frequency.  Post enough to keep it fresh, but not too much that it becomes “too much”.  At the moment I am on somewhat of a schedule so that my dedicated readers know what they can expect from me.  Friday Funnies, Sunday Scoops, Weekly Whims (Tuesdays) with the occasional one-off for say a special announcement and/or an AWARD acceptance…whoop whoop!  It is my hope that by keeping a frequency balance I will prevent reader and writer burnout, but still keep my blog active and fresh.  I am of course new to this so I have resolved to just tweak it as I go, as needed.

What’s your favourite post to date?

Shooting for Mom of The Year—then he got the toilet brush!

Describe your everyday clothes style:

Jeans, Blouse or Sweater, Uggs or tall leather riding-style boots and usually a scarf.

Pretty simplistic on jewelry.  Just wedding ring, favorite Michael Kors or Baby-G watch, white gold hoop earrings-but sometimes fun dangle style, and my Vintage Pearl necklace with personalized tags.  Sometimes I throw on a fun beaded necklace if I forego the scarf.  I love the look of large handbags and have many stashed away, but while toting around a diaper bag I usually just use a cute clutch/wristlet that easily fits in the diaper bag or a cross-body medium size purse.

What are your current top 3 beauty items?

Eyebrow pencil.  Foundation.  Lip gloss.  (If you will allow a 4th for my favorite hair product it would be BioSilk Silk Therapy…one of my LOVES for 10+ years)

How do you like to relax & unwind after a stressful day?

Comfy pj’s then a good giggle and snuggle with my family.  Also a couple of slices of Tillamook Medium Cheddar Cheese helps too.  What?  Yep cheese.

Describe your ideal Saturday night:

Take-out and chillaxing at home with my crew.  For a date night though…me and The Hub like dinner, shopping and a movie.  Girly Night with my group of girlfriends is always a rocking good time too.

What do you do to relax?

Skydive.  Just kidding.  Ziplining is as close as I will ever get to soaring through the skies.

To relax it depends on my mood.  I like to read, watch TV, blog, shop, sew, craft, bake and hang out with friends and family.

Everyone has their bad habits, what’s yours?

Staying up too late.  I regret it every single freaking morning.

What’s your most cherished childhood memory?

Oh geez.  That’s hard.  There are so many.  Probably camping and boating with my family.  I always loved when we would wake up early, jump in the boat to dash across the lake to the marina for breakfast and giant popsicles.  My first time fishing…I was about 9 years old.  My dad was a smoker then and every single time he would light up I would yell “fish on!” and he would have to put out the cig to “handle” my fish.  This went on for about 20 or so fish in a row and my dad was a grumpy smoker that wasted a bunch that day.  Hahaha!  Oh and the best part of that scene was my Grandpa standing in the middle of the 16’ boat holding a very large patio umbrella up to shade us all.  That umbrella was huge, looked ridiculous and was perfectly imperfect.  J

What was your favourite school subject?

Crap.  Well it most definitely was NOT math.  We’ll go with Language Arts and Social Studies for a tie.

What’s your dream job?

Saturday Night Live cast member would be awesome.  Although, successful mom, wife and blogger is super great too.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I am never where I thought l would be when I look back, but I am always blessed with where the years take me.  So I guess the most honest answer is…I have no idea, but I can’t wait to find out.

What top 5 things are on your bucket list?

1) Travel Europe (then see as much of the world as possible).

2) Get my Black Belt in Taekwondo (Brown belt now…one more to go then BLACK!)

3) Go ziplining in various places around the world.

4) Attend our kids’ college graduations.

5) Be a Nana (Grandma). “Love ‘em to pieces, sugar load them and then send them home!” will be my motto.

What’s your biggest achievement to date?

Raising my children.  Every single day feels like a new achievement in preparing them for their lives outside of the nest as independent, respectable, humble, contributing members of society.  So I say that aint so shabby! << insert Southern drawl from my roots!

Who inspires you?

My Mom.  All of the minutes of every day.

Do you have a favourite inspirational quote?

“Be kind to others, not because they are nice but because you are.”

What top tips would you give to someone who is thinking of starting their own blog?

Just go for it.  It’s hella scary to jump two feet first and put yourself out there, but at the end of the day if you follow your heart and put the real genuine you into your material you will be unique and there will be an audience for you.  The planet has enough people for that.  You can do it!

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QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS:

Tea or Coffee = Tea, but coffee don’t go!

 

Coke or Pepsi = Coke.  Pepsi, it’s not you it’s me.

 

Messy mayhem or Super Organised = S-U-P-E-R Organized

 

Cute kitten or Playful puppy = Playful puppy. Cats are creepy.

 

Night In or Night Out = Night In unless you are volunteering to babysit…then…

 

Heels or Flats = Flats.  Cute doesn’t have to hurt.

 

Lip Stick or Lip Gloss = Lip Gloss. Muah!

 

Rock Chick or Pop Princess = Pop Princess.  Madonna-Style!

 

Paperback or E-book = E-book. But hey, Paperback, we’re cool too.

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Contact Lisa:

Blog Website: Cuppa Sunshine & Sugar

Facebook: Cuppa Sunshine & Sugar FB Page

Twitter: @CuppaSnS

Instagram: cuppasunshineandsugar

Pinterest: CuppaSnS

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Thanks so much for reading and of course do say hi in the comments below… we always enjoy a good chatter here on Confetti & Curves 🙂

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My Friday Night Fav’s…

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Hello lovelies…

It’s the weeeeeekend *happy dance* Oddly enough, for someone who works from home there’s still something unique about Fridays (even if all the other days often mull into one) it just has that fuzzy exciting feeling… the entire human race seems in such a cheery mood with everyone wishing each other a happy weekend as they prepare to spend two glorious days wrapped up in a duvet with no alarm set *aaahh bliss* whilst those of us with kids are just so darn thankful to get a break from the damp & grizzly school runs.

However, Friday night is what I reeeeally look forward to! It’s that one night of the week I close the laptop, turn off my phone, light every candle I possess and spend a solitary night of catching up with ME – and this Friday night is no exception! So to kick start the weekend here’s a few of my Friday night favourites that have somehow evolved into an essential weekly ritual…

1) BRING ON THE BUBBLES

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First things first… I run a huge hot steaming bath! Every other day of the week a quick shower is perfect but Friday nights are for lying back in a tantalizing tub filled with my most special lotions and potions. I’m loving this Honeymania Bubble Bath Melt from The Body Shop. Just drizzle in for oodles of creamy bubbles that smell utterly amazing. Pure indulgence.

2) PAMPER THOSE PORES

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 After a good long soak in my honey infused bubbles it’s time to chillax with a little facial treat to pamper the pores. My skin usually takes quite a blattering this time of year with living right beside the sea, so it’s nice to treat my face to something that little extra special even if it is just once a week! Try out this gorgeous Creamy Coconut face mask by Montagne Jeunesse – it’s an absolute bargain at a mere £1 (currently available from Boots) and leaves your skin feeling silky smooth.

3) CURL UP IN STYLE

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 My next step is slipping into the comfiest pair of PJ’s & fluffy slipper socks I can find! I recently spotted this adorable BEE MINE Pyjama set from Evans, which I’ve promised myself as soon as pay-day arrives. Who can resist wearing such charming little bumble bee’s? Certainly not I. Great news for all my fellow curvy chums – they’re also available up to a size 32! *yippee*

 4) SHOW TIME

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 Once snuggled up on the couch it’s time to settle down with a girly DVD. My favourite one a the moment has to be The Notebook… it’s just one of those movies I never seem to tire of watching. Okay, I admit, Mr Gosling may have something to do with it – but screen hotties aside, it’s such a amazing story that has me clutching firmly onto my Kleenex from the opening scene. I’m pretty sure us gals measure the success of a movie in how many tears we shed. If by some random chance you haven’t seen it yet (where the heck have you been?!) clear the schedule and watch it… just remember to remove all traces of mascara beforehand to avoid resembling Alice Cooper.

5) THE MUNCHIES

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 Of course no Friday night movie marathon would be complete without the obligatory munchies and seeing as I’m *trying* to be a tad healthier in 2015 I’m sticking to lighter snacks such as popcorn and freshly squeezed juices with my new fruit blender – which I must say is working a treat ladies, if you don’t posses one you absolutely must!! The smoothies are aaaamazingggg…

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Are you a Friday night recluse who loves to hibernate and catch up with some ‘me’ time? If so, how do you unwind? As always I love reading your thoughts & feedback in the comments below so do take a moment to say a hi! Wishing you all a fabulous Friday night 🙂

Cheerio chums…

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Trick or Treat? Make-Up for Tiny Terrors…

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Hello lovelies… finally, the spookiest day of the year has arrived and here at the Rees household excitement is running high as pumpkins are carved, toffee apples are ready for consumption and my make-up kit prepares itself to create a series of frightful looks for a night of trick or treating. However, a few days ago I had a little early practice at creating a bewitching look for my daughter Emma’s end of term Halloween disco. Being a nine year old who loves nothing more than playing dress up and painting herself in play make-up, it was no surprise she wanted to go all out this year and opt for a very scary look that would combine a mixture of grease paint, false blood and LOTS of back combing… and so off to Asda we went in search for some inspiration amongst their Halloween aisle! I must say I was rather impressed with their selection of goodies, but after a good rummage round the shelves Em’s and I opted for the Smiffy’s Make-Up FX kit that contained the necessary face-paints, blood capsules, sponge and  brush to make the look a success. At a mere £4 I was more than happy to make the investment, particularly if it saves my own make-up collection from being tortured to within an inch of its life.

The kit itself may seem pretty basic to look at but it done the job perfectly. The face paints went on without any bother whatsoever (compared to some cheaper ones we’ve tried in previous years) and gave a very realistic look, especially when the white is lightly dabbed over with the black to create more of a cadaverous grey/bruised effect. I will say however, that the sponge is incredibly tiny and at times hard to keep hold off so if you have a bigger applicator lying about I’d highly recommend you keep it to hand. The basic face application took about 20 minutes in total which wasn’t too painful, Emma remarked how comfortable it felt and non irritating for her sensitive skin – which is always a major plus as not every product is suitable for her to wear. Thankfully we had applied a little tester 24 hours before the main application, just to ensure it was safe enough to use without flaring up any unwanted reactions.

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To finish the look I dug out an old liquid liner and added a few little stitches on various parts of her face (including the sides of her mouth) and drew some very fine vein lines just under her darkened eyes which added some  fun detail to make it a little more realistic. Finally that left us adding the false blood, which I must admit was so much fun! Considering they come in tiny little capsules I was preparing myself for a rather messy, blood splattered kitchen floor after assuming the contents would literally burst out everywhere. However I was surprised to find it was a lot more thicker than I imagined which made it really easy to create the look we wanted.

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TA-DA! So there you have it, one tiny terror all ready for a night of ghostly goings-on. If you have any great tips for Halloween or Special effects make-up, have created your own super spooky look or have a recent Halloween blog-post you’d like to share do leave it in the comments below, I’d love to check them out!

Wishing you all a frighteningly fun but super-safe Halloween… Cheerio chums! 🙂

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Spooky Halloween Bat Display…

As Halloween swiftly approaches, I always get an overwhelming desire to roll up my sleeves, break out the acrylic paints, paper glue and dive right into making cute little Halloween crafts. Of course having a nine year old daughter only adds to the excuse to run riot, and as per usual Emma’s roped into peppering our little abode with all sorts of spooky artistry.

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This year I thought I’d attempt a really cute bat display I spotted in Tesco Food & Living Magazine. Although the original creation is displayed with the twigs pushed into a Pumpkin, Em’s and I thought we’d save ours the pain of piercing him with garden sticks and opted a glass flower vase instead finished off with black ribbon.

I must admit, this is probably one of the easiest and most effective Halloween crafts I’ve created (even the most novice of crafter can’t go far wrong), it doesn’t make too much mess (though a table covering is highly recommended) and is relatively quick so you’re not left grumbling a few hours later – great for eager kiddies who prefer to see their efforts come to life rather pronto!

So here’s what you’ll need:

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Firstly, get yourself out to the garden or local woodland and find some decent size twigs. Thankfully our garden is edged with rather bulky bushes so uncovering our twigs wasn’t too much of a task, however you’ll also need to rustle up:

 

Some paint (acrylic works really well)

A decent child’s sized paint brush

Some black card

Twine or thread

A pencil and pair of scissors…

Something to display the twigs in when done: vase/pumpkin/large jar/ empty bottle etc.

 

Here’s how to do it:

 

After rummaging around the garden to find your chosen sticks, clear them of all dirt and debri. I’d suggest you also give them a clean under warm water to remove any hidden nasties that could be lurking. If necessary leave them to dry.

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Once dry it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get painting! Em’s and I chose a gorgeous coppery acrylic paint for a touch of autumnal shimmer. However blacks, browns and even purple will look equally as impressive. Just make sure you get all the nooks and crannies covered, then leave the paint to dry – this really shouldn’t take too long if using acrylic, ours were touchable in 30 minutes!

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Next take your black card and draw a template of a bat with your pencil. Cut this out and use it to draw another 4-6 bats… or as many as you darn well like! Carefully cut out your little colony of bats and trim to neaten. You’ll also need to rub out any obvious pencil lines.

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Next make a hole in the head of your bat *ouch* and carefully tie your thread through. I used a hole punch as my card was rather thick. Now make a loop on the other end of the thread to dangle your bats from the twigs.

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Display your twigs in a vase (or pumpkin) and enjoy your crafty art work… voila!

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Top Tips…

 

  • Sprinkle your twigs with glitter for an extra twinkly effect… black glitter looks fantastic over black acrylic paint!
  • Once done keep them for Christmas. You can always swap your bats for mini baubles!
  • If you’re limited for space why not make a miniature version to display on your desk? Your bats could look super cute in a jam jar with some spooky themed ribbon tied around it!

 

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