DIY Halloween Costume – $5

How to costume posts aren’t very helpful after Halloween if you ask me. I always forget them by the next year. So here is a quick DIY post based on Jidge’s costume last year.

He wanted to be Woody, which was great except he was also going through a phase where many clothing items were deemed uncomfortable, and therefore unwearable, within minutes of putting them on. I was NOT willing to pay 20+ dollars for a cheap looking costume that he might refuse to wear. Plus I hate wasting money on something I think I can do.

I bought a cow print vest and brown cowboy hat at the dollar tree and already had a red bandana and play badge laying around (but those are only about a buck also).

I found a white button down of his that had a few stains anyway and bought a 3 dollar bottle of yellow RIT dye.

With the shirt dyed yellow I took out my red sharpie and a ruler and set to work on the lines.

The whole costume cost me $5 and took about half hour of work (not counting the time I just left the shirt sitting in dye).

The finished product? Cuter than the store ones if you ask me and most importantly more comfortable, he wore this costume for fun months after Halloween ended.



The Making of a Smoothie Pack

My son, husband and I all love smoothies, even my 8 month old likes them, but buying them is expensive (and often involves adding unnecessary sugar!) and making them is a hassle so we didn’t enjoy them as often as we should. I wanted to be able to have them daily without getting out 14 containers and making my kitchen a mess.

Since I needed a better way to do a household task I, of course, turned to pinterest.

What did I find? Smoothie Packs! The concept is putting stuff you need into baggies so your smoothie is kind of prepacked.

But as I have learned things on pinterest are RARELY as easy as they seem so I tackled the task to see if it really was simple.

I decided to make:

The spinach/kale cubes since keeping fresh greens on hand is hard in my house (they either get used the first night or they get forgotten and wilt).

The greek yogurt cubes, frozen juice concentrate and banana halves Ā since we eat this stuff like crazy and it would get eaten leaving none for smoothies between shopping trips.

First, fill blender with fresh spinach and kale and a cup of water

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Blend until liquid (took me like 3 sets to do most of the bag) (Check out our super modern blender šŸ˜‰ )

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Pour liquid into ice cube trays.

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Later, when frozen, get them out. This was harder than it looked but with a little warm water run over the bottom of the tray

I dumped it upside down on a baking sheet and squeezed each individual cube slot until I felt the cube pop free. Not “easy”, but not hardĀ either.

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Next, repeat the step with the yogurt cubes (fill trays, then when frozen, pop them out)

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Finally, assemble bags I put two yogurt cubes a few spinach cubes, a 1/3 or 1/2 banana (some family members don’t like heavy banana flavor),

2 tablespoons of juice concentrate (I alternated orange and apple).

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I marked them with an A or O for the juice and noted the amount of banana them put them in an ice box in my freezer.

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Next, I tested out an assembled bag by dumping it in, adding 1 cup frozen fruit mix (we have a tropical blend and a berry blend so we can change flavors easy) and a half cup either water or milk to thin it out a bit. We are awaiting a new blender we ordered but until then all the frozen ingredients is a little tough on our 1970s blender but all in all super easy, minimal clean up and delicious!

This pinterest idea is actually *almost* as easy as advertised AND, in my opinion totally worth the effort.

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