Monday, October 19, 2015

Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Women

Halloween is less than two weeks away so if you don't have a costume idea yet, don't worry, I'm here to help! All the costume suggestions below are perfect for if you are short on cash, feeling uncreative, or don't have any plans and something comes up at the last minute and you have to scrounge together a costume from items you already have in your closet. All of these costumes are DIY, easy and cheap, and all of them are awesome feminist ladies! What more could a girl want?

1. Rosie the Riveter
What you need: denim shirt, jeans, bandana, red lipstick

2. Clementine from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
What you need: an orange hoody, a wig or hair dye (blue, orange, or green), blue hand warmers (optional)

3. Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation
What you need: business clothes: blouse, skirt or dress pants, suit jacket, blonde hair
Bonus: carry around a waffle (real or fake) for added authenticity.

4. Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany's
You have a couple options here. Look #1: glamorous. Look #2: pajamas

What you need for Look #1: black dress, black gloves, tiara, statement necklace. accessorize with a cigarette holder, or with sunglasses and croissant (optional)

What you need for Look #2: eye mask, mens' white dress shirt, cat (optional)

5. Wednesday Adams from The Addams Family
What you need: white collar, long-sleeved dark dress, or sweater and skirt, two braids (helps if you have long, dark hair already)

6. Tina Belcher from Bob's Burgers
What you need: light blue t-shirt, darker blue skirt, gym socks, high tops, black glasses, yellow barrette, a black bob with bangs (wig or your real hair)

7. any of the ladies from Orange Is the New Black
What you need: (depends on the character you want to be). orange or tan scrubs, a grey zip-up hoodie, and grey or white long-sleeved undershirt will complete most of the looks.
Some characters have signature accessories like Alex's black glasses or Morello's red lipstick so it's up to you. 

I have never dressed up as any of these amazing ladies but I love all of the ideas so I hope some of you use them! I have a different costume planned for this year, I'll post pics after Halloween!

Happy Halloween! Good luck making an amazing costume!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

A Life That's Good Cover with Lisa

Happy Thanksgiving!

My sister and I covered "A Life That's Good" from the television show Nashville. The message is perfect for this time of year. I hope you enjoy it.


Sitting here tonight by the firelight
it reminds me I already have more than I should.
I don't need fame, no one to know my name.
At the end of the day, Lord, I pray
I have a life that's good.

Two arms around me, heaven to ground me,
and a family that always calls me home.
Four wheels to get there, enough love to share,
and a sweet, sweet, sweet song.
At the end of the day, Lord, I pray
I have a life that's good.

Sometimes I'm hard on me when dreams don't come easy.
I wanna look back and say I did all that I could.
At the end of the day, Lord, I pray
I have a life that's good.

Two arms around me, heaven to ground me,
and a family that always brings me home.
Four wheels to get there, enough love to share,
and a sweet, sweet, sweet song.
At the end of the day, Lord, I pray
I have a life that's good.

At the end of the day, Lord, I pray
I have a life that's good.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie Recipe (Vegan)

This is my recipe for my usual morning smoothie that I make and have for breakfast on my commute. It is super filling, very nutritious, tastes like a delicious milkshake, and it's vegan.

Ingredients: ice, a banana, baby spinach, peanut butter, chocolate protein powder (optional), oats, almond milk, and a blender
Note: this recipe makes one serving. (about 500 ml)

1. crush four ice cubes in the blender.
This is to make it cold. Make sure you crush the ice before adding the rest of the ingredients otherwise you will have ice chunks throughout your smoothie.

2. break up a banana and add to blender.
Bananas are a good source of potassium, fiber, manganese, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and natural sugar. They give you lots of energy.

3. add a handful of baby spinach to the blender.
Spinach is a superfood which means it has tons of good stuff that your body needs, like vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese, folate, magnesium, iron, copper, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin E, calcium, potassium, and vitamin C to name a few.
If you are a vegetarian or vegan it is really important to eat leafy greens to get that good calcium and iron into you. If you think it is gross to put spinach in a smoothie, the sweetness of the banana and almond milk and the richness of the peanut butter totally overpower the spinach and you can't even taste it.
4. add a spoonful of oats to the blender. 
I just use regular rolled oats so you can just throw them right in the blender. If you use steel cut oats you have to do a bit more prep and soak them overnight. Oats are a great source of fibre and protein with lots of health benefits including lower cholesterol. I add them to the smoothie to thicken it a bit, and to make it more filling. 

5. *optional* add about 1/4 spoonful of protein powder.
I use this chocolate flavored hemp fiber powder. It's just more protein and fiber. It makes the smoothie a bit more filling so you won't be hungry for a few hours, and gives it a bit more flavor. 

6. add a spoonful of peanut butter
Peanut butter gets a bad rap because it is high in saturated fat. But it is also high in protein, iron, fiber, and vitamin E. and it's delicious! I am a big fan of peanut butter. Like any food, I think it's important to control the portion you eat and try to create a balanced diet so you aren't deficient in anything and you aren't getting too much of the bad stuff. Go peanut butter!

7. add almond milk. 
I just eyeball it, then add more if the smoothie is too thick, but if you want to measure I suggest using the cup you'll be drinking your smoothie out of and filling it about 1/2 full, then pouring that into the blender.
Almond milk is a good source of calcium, iron, magnesium, vitamin B12, vitamin D, vitamin A, vitamin E, and protein. And it's delicious and vegan!

8. blend to your desired thickness. 
The more spinach you add, the greener it will be, but the peanut butter and protein powder make it look kind of brown. Might look gross, but it is super yummy!