How To Make A Beautiful Princess Costume This Halloween

If you have a young daughter, odds are she will want to dress up as a princess for Halloween. While it may be easy to just go out and purchase a costume, it can be quite expensive in the long run. Making a homemade princess costume for Halloween can be not only affordable, but fun as well.

If you have a pretty pink or white dress, this can be the basis for the outfit. White leotards and a white body suit are suggested to wear with  the dress.  Adding glitter to the sleeves of the body suit would also be a great idea, not to mention the body suit and leotards would keep your child warm on Halloween.

Once you have these basic items, the next thing which has to be addressed is whether your daughter will wear slippers or shoes. White shoes would be appropriate, or if you can find a pair of white slippers and garnish them with glitter; this would be awesome!

Depending on which princess your daughter has chosen, that is, one of the Disney characters such as Cinderella or Snow White, or perhaps a princess she read about in a book, the right accessories will accent the entire wardrobe to create the most enchanting princess of all.

While some princesses wear capes, others wear fur wraps. Whatever is chosen, it can easily be made with fabric. For example, a white cape can be adorned with gold lace around the edges, and a gold jeweled clasp can be utilized to close the front at the neck. A wrap made of fur can be purchased at a fabric store and cut to fit your daughter’s shoulders. You can attach both ends together with either a beautiful piece of jewelry, preferably one with a clasp.

What is a princess without a tiara? This can easily be made with wire and ribbons. There are star wires available in different colors. Simply measure the child’s head and cut a piece of star wire and form it into a circle. Use the ribbon to wrap around the base of the wire utilizing one or several color ribbons. You can add additional wire to form a three-dimensional tiara as well.


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Carrot Cake Smoothie with Coconut Whipped Cream

Carrot Smoothie
Carrot Smoothie

This healthy and delicious smoothie tastes more like a decadent dessert than a nutritious way to start the day. The natural sweetness of the orange and carrots are balanced by a trio of complementary spices, while a spoonful of homemade coconut whipped cream serves as the perfect finishing touch.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Serves: 2

Tip: For best results, use coconut milk that does not contain guar gum to make the whipped cream.
*Note: coconut milk often contains guar gum, commonly used as a stabilizer. (Organic brands contain organic guar gum.) It’s used to stabilize coconut milk, leaving the substance smooth and creamy.

Coconut Whipped Cream Ingredients:

1 13.5-oz. can coconut milk, chilled
1-2 T. maple syrup (optional)
1 t. orange zest (optional)

Smoothie Ingredients:

1 c. coconut milk
1 large banana, cut into chunks and frozen
2 large stalks celery, roughly chopped
1 large orange, peeled
4 large carrots, roughly chopped
¾ t. cinnamon
¾ t. ground allspice
½ t. ground nutmeg
4-6 ice cubes

Optional Garnish:
Ground cinnamon
Finely chopped walnuts

Directions:
1. Chill coconut milk in refrigerator for several hours or overnight. To prepare, remove can from refrigerator without shaking or turning and remove lid. Scoop out the solidified “cream” from the top of the can and transfer to a mixing bowl. Reserve remaining liquid coconut milk to use in smoothie.

2. Add maple syrup and orange zest, if desired, to mixing bowl and blend until light and airy. Allow coconut cream to warm up slightly before blending if lumps persist. Cover and place bowl in refrigerator until ready to use.

3. Add the coconut milk and frozen banana to a high-speed blender or (bullet smoothie mixer) and blend until smooth, around 30 seconds.

4. Add celery, orange, carrots, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and ice cubes. Blend on high speed until completely combined and creamy, approximately 1-2 minutes.

5. Pour into glasses and top with a scoop of coconut whipped cream. Garnish with a dash of cinnamon or finely chopped walnuts, if desired, and serve immediately. Enjoy!


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Christians Can View Halloween As A Positive

Christians usually have an uncomfortable feeling about Halloween.

The reason for that, is because for the most part, it has quite a few seemingly hideous connotations attached to it.eg. bloody knives,
bloody fangs, creepy bugs etc.

In actuality, however, Halloween originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.
In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints; soon, All Saints Day incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows Eve, and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a day of activities like trick-or-treating, carving jack-o-lanterns, festive gatherings, donning costumes and eating sweet treats.
It would do one good, to review the history and the orgin behind this Holiday, there are some many articles and resources online.
Halloween does not have to be a negative, for christians, and viewed in a legalistic light.  It can be a positive.

Christians can use Halloween as an Opportunity to share the Good News of God’s love.
get creative and make your own little love note tracts, with the kids, mummies can represent lazarus coming from death into new life!
One of the resources I appreciate for colorful Quality Tracts is “The Basic Gospel Ministry” located in Texas.
In addition if you’re in business trick or treaters will be accompanied by their parents, what golden opportunity to hand out your business card
in decorative bag of goodies just for the parents!

At any rate no matter which Holiday it is, we have the control to adjust it to fit our family convictions & beliefs thus making the outcome very positive and lots of fun!
As christians we can become creative with the Holiday, just as we do with any other Holiday!


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