An Incredible Halloween

Saturday was Halloween and my family had a blast! No gore or scary costumes here! Earlier this year I got the idea to be The Incredibles for Halloween this year! We have the perfect number of people and even a red-headed baby to play Jack-Jack. I soon found out that buying the cheap “made in China” Incredibles costumes would have been WAY expensive. (The adult versions were like $40!) Sorry, I love Halloween, but not enough to go broke! Plus I would rather buy real clothes that are comfortable and possibly used again (minus my husband’s red leggings!)

The Incredibles

I opted to make my own. Off to find red leggings that would fit a grown man! (I found them!) I got some inspiration from Life Out of Bounds, including her logo and mask pattern, but mainly had a picture in my head of what I wanted and did my own thing.

Mr Incredible

I love that my husband was just as excited as I was about this! (Ok maybe not THAT much, but he was pretty excited!) I love that he doesn’t take himself too seriously and is game to wear red leggings and his underwear on the outside. I really think he is Mr. Incredible. Mr Incredible had red leggings, a red t-shirt with a black long sleeve shirt underneath. He had back boxer briefs with a yellow felt belt and HUGE black socks that he wore OVER his shoes, and of course, his mask to keep his identity a secret.

Elastigirl

As the maker of the costumes, I had a blast getting to dress up with my family! We went downtown for our local Trunk-or-Treat and we had so many comments and people stopping us to take a picture. That was super fun! Elastigirl also had red leggings, a red t-shirt with a black long sleeve shirt underneath. (which I forgot to wash before wearing and woke up with HIVES all over my arms the next morning) I used my black swimsuit bottoms with a yellow felt belt, and some black boots that worked just perfectly, and of course, my mask to keep my identity a secret.

Dash

My oldest was so excited to be Dash! I am pretty sure he would have dressed up like Dash for Halloween even if the rest of us were something different. As soon as he got his costume on he took off running through the house. I didn’t know what to do! Do you tell Dash to stop running in the house? Dash had red leggings, a red longs sleeve shirt, tights that were cut up to make underwear, boots (over his shoes) and arm cuffs (yeah, that’s right! I used the entire pair of tights!) a yellow felt belt and of course, a mask to keep his identity a secret.

 

Violet

My daughter is the shy one of the bunch and I wasn’t sure she would go for this, but as you can tell, she totally got into it. Even though we have a different birth order than the TRUE Incredibles (Violet is the oldest) it still worked out. Violet had red leggings, a red longs sleeve shirt, tights that were cut up to make underwear, boots and arm cuffs, a yellow felt belt and, of course, a mask to keep his identity a secret.

Jack-Jack

Baby G’s costume was so cute. It was just like the older two kids, but smaller. I originally didn’t make him a mask because I had no doubt he would just rip it off, but he did great when I was taking his picture! I also loved that Jack-Jack and Baby G are right about the same age, have red hair and totally make some of the same noises. Jack-Jack had tiny red leggings (with little bows at the end that we hid with the “boots”), a red onesie (which was amazingly hard to find, tights that were cut up to make underwear, boots and arm cuffs, a yellow felt belt and, of course, a mask to keep his identity a secret.

It made me feel great that not only did my family have a blast, but so many other people enjoyed our costumes! I have NO IDEA what to do for next year. I don’t know if I can top this! Better start working now! Hope you enjoyed our costumes! I would love to see what you and your family did for Halloween!

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DIY After Sun Cream

After sun cream

So let me tell you a little about myself. I have very fare skin. I mean, I am PALE! I have very light skin that loves to get burned very quickly if I forget to put some sun protection on (let’s do a sunscreen post another time).

This weekend I was helping with our church wide garage sale. The day started off wonderfully. The breeze was nice and the clouds were keeping the sun at bay, but soon the sun started to peek around the clouds. I was offered sunscreen early in the morning, but decided to wait a little…yeah, oops! We got really busy and sunscreen slipped my mind! Yup, sure enough, I came home burned to a crisp! Well, really only on the left side of my body. I scrambled for something strong to help with the sunburn, but realized I didn’t really have anything. I then realized that a sunburn is hurt/damaged skin and I should be very aware of what type of creams I put on it for healing. I then decided to whip up my own after-sun cream and it works SO WELL!! Here is what I used:

Supplies Needed:
A Small Mason jar with lid
1/2 Cup Aloe Vera Gel
4 Tablespoons of Coconut Oil
3 Tablespoons of Almond Oil
4 drops of Lavender Essential Oil (get the oil here)
2 Drops of Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Essential Oil (get the oil here)

If you want, you can also add 2-3 Drop of Helichrysum Essential Oil.

Directions:
Mix the gel and the oils together in the jar. Add the essential oils last and mix them in.
Apply generously over sunburned area every few hours.

Seriously, that’s it!
It feels wonderful on my burned skin and helped it heal so much faster than traditional after-sun creams!

If you want to make it SUPER simple (or you don’t have all the ingredients) Just simply add the aloe gel, the coconut oil and the lavender essential oil and it will still be a GREAT cream!

 

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