5 Last Minute DIY Halloween Costumes

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It’s the season of colorful crunchy leaves underfoot, tart apple cider, cozy sweaters, and of course, the great Halloween debate: what can I dress up as that won’t break the bank Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to be creative (and original) when it comes to costumes, and all of them can be easily put together yourself.

1. Marionette Doll

All you need for this one is a steady hand with a makeup brush, and an old dress or suit and tie. Not good free handing makeup? Check out a YouTube tutorial. For more inspiration, see the newest scary movie Annabelle.

2. Sims

There are plenty of templates for that neon little diamond shape above a Sim’s head. The rest of the costume is just your normal clothes!

3. Bunch of Grapes

Pick a color, any color! Blow up a bunch of purple, green, or red balloons and then pin them to your clothes (which should be the same color as whatever color balloons you choose).

4. Lego

Find an old cardboard box and spray paint it the color Lego you want to be. When it’s dry, cut out the holes for your arms and head. Grab six plastic cups and paint them if necessary, give them a trim, and then glue them to the box.

5. Risky Business

Easiest costume ever, right? All you need for this classic is an oversized white dress shirt, white socks, and a pair of sunglasses! Classy and comfortable!

Still stuck on ideas? Check out your local thrift store as sometimes they have costumes put together in the window displays. Whatever your choice, it doesn’t have to be expensive!

Have you already decided what to be for Halloween? Share your idea with us in the comments!

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3 Apple-icious Fall Baking Recipes

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When I think of baked goods in the fall, I automatically think of one key ingredient – apples! This is the season of apple crumb cakes, hot cider, and most important of all, apple pie. So head on out to your local super market and pick up a pound of your favorite apples. Or better yet, if you’re really in the Autumn spirit, drive out to your nearest pick-your-own farm and pick your own fresh apples to try out these three delicious fall recipes!

1. Apple Pie

Homemade apple pie is the best fall dessert! If you are really skilled, you can do a homemade pie crust, or you can buy a frozen pre-made 9-inch pie crust instead. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and melt 1/2 cup of unsalted butter in a pan and stir in 3 tablespoons of flour. Mix well, then add 1/2 cup white sugar and 1/2 cup brown sugar. Pour in 1/4 cup water and bring mixture to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes and set aside to cool. Peel, core, and slice about 6 apples. Place the apples inside the prepared pie crust, then cover the mound of apples with your top crust and pour the liquid moisture over it. Bake for 50 minutes.

Homemade Apple Pie Fall Dessert

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2. Soft Apple Cake

An alternative to apple pie, is soft apple cake. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and remove the egg yolks from 5 eggs and beat the egg whites until a white foam forms. Slowly mix in 1 cup of sugar and 3 tablespoons of vanilla sugar. Add the egg yolks back into the mixture slowly, one-by-one while continuously mixing. Add in 1 cup of flour and 1 teaspoon of baking powder. After completely mixing, pour the batter onto a greased baking pan and place the apple slices of 5 apples on top of the batter. Bake for 45 minutes, or until golden brown.

Apple Cake Fall Dessert

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3. Homemade Apple Sauce

Although not a baking recipe, this homemade apple sauce is a great addition to any baked good whether it be a muffin or a piece of cake. Place 8 apples peeled, cored, and cut into cubes in a pan with 2 tablespoons of cinnamon, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and 1/2 cup of water. Cover the pan and leave it to simmer on low heat. The apples will begin to soften as they are stirred continuously with all of the ingredients. Completely soften the apples until it becomes apple sauce – simple enough!

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Do you have any fall dessert favorites? Tell us in a comment below!

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Fall Into Fall Trends

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The fall season has officially arrived! This year’s fall fashion trends are probably styles you’ve already had sitting in your closet or drawers. Try out these looks for the best style this fall season!

1. Plaid Fad

Plaid Fad Fall Fashion

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The plaid fad started in the summer, but it’s shifted its way into fall trends. This classic style has been around for quite some time but has recently made it’s comeback to the fashion world. You can style the signature plaid shirt in multiple ways – dress it up with a cute skirt and some accessories, or dress it down and keep it tied around you waist for that classic 90’s look. However you wear it, plaid is the hottest fashion style!

2. Dark Lips

Dark Lips Fall Fashion Style

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If you’re on a budget and can’t afford to change up your wardrobe, adding a quick touch of dark lips can do just the trick! Dark lips are the current trend in the beauty world. You can do dark purple lips or dark red lips. Make sure to use a lip liner to prevent your lipstick from feathering out.

3. Robe Coats

Fall Fashion Robe Coat Style

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I know what you’re thinking, who would style a coat after a robe? But, robe coats are the perfect addition to any outfit this fall season. Whether it be a casual, business, or formal outfit, the robe coat is the way to go! It’s also really comfortable.

What are you wearing this fall? Tell us in the comments below!

 

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Finding Balance

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Being a full-time student, working a full-time job, and being married can all sometimes drive me nuts. I love it all, but because I give 100% to whatever I commit myself to, it can get a little overwhelming. My favorite saying is, “So much to do, so little time.” Over the past few years I’ve figured out at least a few things that make my life (and my husband’s life) easier, healthier, and more manageable.

1. Chore Schedule

I used to pick one day and try to get all of the cleaning done, and I only did this once my place looked like a disaster. It would take me all day and I wouldn’t have time for anything else. Instead, I decided to make a daily chore list to do a little a day and never let it get overwhelming. For example, Monday’s list would be to make the bed, clean the sinks, and clean the counter tops. Tuesday’s list would be to make the bed, clean the toilets, do the dishes, etc. Breaking up the chores into little pieces at a time has made life much more manageable!

Weekly Chore Schedule

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2. Use A Planner

For a lot of people, remembering things isn’t an issue. If you’re like me, you pretend it’s not an issue, and then reality sets in when you miss a birthday or a homework assignment. I got myself a tiny planner that fits in my purse, so that I have it 24/7. Every event, grocery item, and homework assignment goes in there so I can keep track of everything in a simple way. It’s all about getting in a routine and checking your planner every night or morning.

Planner Organization

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3. Cook In Bulk

Trying to cook every meal is way too stressful and time consuming. So, Sunday I do laundry and cooking. I cook some chicken, beef, and other meats for the week so that I can put it in different dishes all week. I may have a chicken wrap one day, and then the next day have a chicken caesar salad! This way, I’m eating healthy, but I’m not wasting time everyday cooking!

Cooking In Bulk

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The biggest part of keeping everything balances and staying ahead of schedule is to figuring out what is going to help YOU be organized. For me, it’s these three things that really keep me focused. For you, it may be something different. Whatever it is, when you find what works, you will dominate the semester!

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3 Things To Know About Going Greek

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Going Greek was certainly one of the best decisions I’ve ever made in my life. It helped with my grades (which needed severe improving), it got me more involved on campus (something every freshman should do right away), and it taught me life lessons that I likely wouldn’t have got anywhere else. On top of that, we have a LOT of fun whether we are doing community service or having a social. So if you’re considering joining a fraternity or a sorority, I strongly encourage you to do it. Just make sure you are well informed before you make a decision.

1. Don’t Tolerate Hazing

Hazing is defined as anything that one is forced to do, especially if it makes him/her uncomfortable or puts them in harm’s way. Unfortunately, a good amount of Greek organizations still haze – so be on the lookout. If at any point someone pressures you into doing something you would not normally do, that is hazing. Hazing does nothing to build true brother/sisterhood and usually only serves to amuse older members. What usually starts off as something lighthearted and funny can spiral out of control fast. Don’t let this scare you though! There are plenty of Greek organizations that do not haze and will be more than willing to work around a problem if anything about joining makes you uncomfortable. These are generally the most respected fraternities and sororities on campus and the ones that know how to stay out of trouble, meaning – you won’t join and then be kicked off campus before your four years are up. If at any point you notice or feel the effects of hazing, there are campus hotlines you can call to report it.

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2. Paying Dues

For those of you who don’t know, joining Greek life is not exactly inexpensive. Everyone has to pay a set amount of money per semester, usually a few hundred bucks, so that your fraternity or sorority has money to operate. This pays for things like philanthropies, socials with other Greek orgs, composite photo-shoots, the ever important house supplies, and gas for any brotherhood/sisterhood events you need to drive to. Some people see it as paying for having a social group, but this is a rather misguided concept. The best way to explain it is that the more you put into Greek life, the more you get out of it. Which is why the organizations that do a lot more events end up having higher dues. I suggest looking for a fraternity that is involved in campus life, but not so much that dues are unreasonably high for your budget. The great thing about dues is that every year the members have to vote on the approved budget, meaning if you think it’s too expensive you have some power to reduce the cost.

Piggy Bank Greek Life Sorority Dues

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3. Join For The Right Reasons

Did you watch a lot of college movies and TV shows when you were younger? Is your conception of Greek life simply a way to get to the best parties on campus and drink the night away? Well then I’m sorry to tell you this, but that’s not what Greek life is really about. Anyone can get into a party if they know the right people. Greek life is about so much more than solo cups and togas – it’s about forming an unbreakable bond with each other; it’s about making yourself a better person; it’s about giving back to the community; it’s about applying yourself in school, work, and all other aspects of your life. If that doesn’t sound like something you’d be interested in, then that is okay, Greek life is not for everyone.

Fraternity College Boys

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Hopefully you will consider Greek life and try it out for yourself!

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