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Perfect Costumes For Halloween Fun! (Pets too!)

Halloween Costume Maleficent

You have 11 days left before Halloween. I have yet to pick a costume, and if you are a late bloomer like this southern California girl, I have a few Halloween costume choices for you, and your pet!

This is the year of Maleficent. If you have ever wanted to dress up as my favorite Disney character, this is THE year to do it. You can go a little more covered or revealing. Either way, it’s really just about the horns and the icy stares.

minion costume for women

While you all know I like a good pinup look, but really, when it comes to costumes I like to be able to walk around and not freeze. Modesty is highly under-rated. How about a little minion? I love this costume, it is fun and silly yet you can still tell that the person in the costume is a woman without being labeled “sexy minion.”

And a perennial favorite, Sally Nightmare Before Christmas style costume. Sally still reigns on Halloween, and this would be great as a couple’s costume. Just find your Jack and you’re set!

Don’t forget the pets, they look adorable in their pet Halloween costumes too!

If you are dressing up as a minion, why not include the puppy as well! How adorable is this dog minion costume? Especially if yo had a couple of dogs in the house, you could dress them all up and have your own crowd of minions follow you around the house all night!

Spider Dog Costume for Halloween
Or if you spent a little too long watching that YouTube video of the spider dog, why not dress up Fido in his own spider costume? Terrify your friends in a fun way of course.

No matter what you dress up as for Halloween, we want to see your costumes!  Send them our way on Instagram and Twitter!  

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Gwen Stefani Is Back In The Solo Game New Single Baby Don’t Lie Released

No Doubt singer and judge on The Voice Gwen Stefani released her new single baby don't lie

Last night, No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani dropped her new solo single “Baby Don’t Lie”. It has a very heavy pop feel and is sure to be a hit with her loyal fans. This is perfect timing for a new single and more than likely a new album from Gwen Stefani considering she has all of the free exposure from the “talent show” “The Voice.” Simply by being on a so called singing show, Gwen is getting her name and talent out into the general population again and she can do press for the show and her own ventures at the same time. Smart woman. Take advantage of the process when you can.

Need proof? Gwen promoted her new single by announcing on social media that she will be holding a Q & A on twitter Monday October 20th at 10pm EST just after “The Voice” with the tag #babydontlie. She’s savvy that’s for sure.

Honestly, I thought that Gwen was back in the solo music game earlier this summer with the hit “Fancy.” I heard the song while in the car and the only reason I stopped on a local station to listen to the chorus was because I thought she was the one singing the chorus. Imagine my surprise when I found out it was Charli XCX. In fact, Charli XCX’s whole sound on her album is as if her producer said, “Can you give me more Gwen?”

The new single, Baby Don’t Lie, is a departure from her Love. Angel. Music. Baby and Sweet Escape sounds, and it makes me wonder where this new album is going. So, what do you think of the new solo venture single?

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Cocktail Thursday: Cognac Brandy Crusta

cognac makes great fall drink cocktails

Cognac Brandy Crusta Cocktail Recipe

As the weather changes to fall and winter, the taste for certain cocktails turns more to the darker flavors. Today we celebrate with a great fall drink recipe, a classic cognac cocktail – the Brandy Crusta.

The Brandy Crusta is a great cocktail for fall. It was invented in New Orleans as a precursor to its cousin with a better marketing plan, the sidecar. I got this cognac cocktail recipe from Saveur, and it is perfect for this weekend. It includes cognac, orange liquor, lemon and bitters.

From Saveur.com
MAKES 1 COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS
2 oz. cognac like CAMUS
1 tsp. orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. simple syrup
2 dashes Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters or Angostura bitters
1 l″-wide strip lemon peel, to garnish

INSTRUCTIONS
Shake cognac, liqueur, juice, syrup, and bitters in a cocktail shaker filled with ice until chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into a chilled cordial glass; add lemon peel in cocktail to serve.

Most well stocked bars will have these ingredients on hand making this a new go to for you and your friends at your next movie night. You may have to make a stop at the produce section on the way home to pick up your lemon, though.

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Flashback -The Resurgence in Adventure Computer Games

prince alexander on the beach in kings quest 6.  Alexander feels a strange pulling sensation.

In the 1990s, I was a girl tied to the computer playing adventure games. You could not tell me that hours of playing Sierra’s Kings Quest and other classic computer adventure games was not the best way for me to pass my time. I absolutely loved the stories, the fun characters, the puzzle solving elements, and the beautifully painted (yes painted) backgrounds that these games had in store for me.

Fast forward to 30 years later and the old school adventure games that many enjoyed as kids are coming back with a bang.  It seems like they are everywhere right now.

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Raise a Glass! It’s National Red Wine Day

Wine barrels and crushed wine grapes

October 15th is National Red Wine Day

Today, October 15th, is National Red Wine Day. As if many of you needed an actual day to celebrate red wine, right?

Looking for a new red wine to try for this National Red Wine Day? You could pair up your favorite wine to your pop culture obsession of the moment, or reach for a classic. Either way, you’re sure to enjoy.

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