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Household Items Make Fun Halloween Costumes!

Halloween always seems to sneak up quickly and without a lot of planning, a fun and memorable costume can be a challenge. But with some cardboard, glue, spray paint and random other household items you can come up with some fun and creative costumes that are easy to put together last minute.

  1. A Lego block:All you need is a cardboard box, solo cups, glue and some paint and before you know it you’re a lego. Easy peasy.

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  2. Bundle of Grapes:For this you’ll need purple or green balloons, a coordinating shirt, black pants and safety pins! Inflate the baloons, and pin them to your shirt, wrap some fake ivy around a headband and voilà! You’re a bunch of grapes! And if you have a group together you might look like the Fruit of the Loom fruits!

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  3. Glowing Jelly Fish:Get an umbrella (clear for the best effect) and glue or tape ribbon and streamers and/or bubble wrap all around. And for an extra fun glow, get some glow sticks or even battery-powered Christmas lights.

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  4. Hoodie Animal:Have an old solid color hoodie lying around? Get some felt and fabric glue and you could have yourself a quick, easy and best of all cozy animal costume in no time!

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  5. The Cabbage Pack Kid:This is fun if you’ve got a little one! All you need is a cardboard box, paint,a crochet hat and yarn, a cute little baby outfit, and a stroller with a baby! Such an original idea!

    cabbage_patch_kidPhoto from costume-works.com

  6. Wall-E the Robot:A fun option for adults or children and all you need is a cardboard box, poster board, CDs and paint! Original fun and easy!

    wallPhoto from costume-works.com

  7. 50 Shades of Gray:For Couples out there this is a unique spin on the popular book. It’s literally 50 shades of gray, using paint swatches from your local hardware or paint store! Throw on a nice gray outfit and then add in your 50 shades of gray with paint swatches in a tie, and skirt and other accessories.

    50_shades_of_grayPhoto from costume-works.com

  8. The Solo Cup Lobster:This is the most elaborate and maybe not as “quick” as the others, but definitely a show pleaser! You’ll need lots of red, Solo plates and cups, a red hat, red duct tape, some string and felt and styrofoam balls for the eyes!

    FJZ7AZ1F8DOSRH8.LARGEPhoto from instructables.com

Whatever your Halloween plans may be, from costume parties and contests to trick or treating, we hope you have a fun and safe holiday!

For more Halloween and Fall Holiday inspiration check out these sites!

costume-works.com
ivillage.com
marthastewart.com
pinterest.com

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4th of July Apps Make the Holiday More FUN!

No need to put your phone or tablet down on the 4th of July.  These apps can make your holiday taste good, sound sweet, look festive and all around more fun!

unnamedLet’s start with the weather.  Want to know if you should grill out?  Go to the lake?  The pool?   The fireworks display?  The NOAA Hi-Def Radar App shows real time animated weather radar images and much more detailed information than the average weather app.  You can pinpoint weather conditions to an address and even track lightning strikes.Available for iPhones, iPads, and on Google Play.

 

 

Grill-it-xlPicnic time?  Need some grilling inspiration?  Try this Grill-It XL app.  Not just for experienced grillers, but for everyone.  Search for recipes by ingredients – and learn everything from how to brine and smoke a turkey to making the perfectly grilled burger.  Available for iPad or Google Play.

 

 

unnamed-1Need some patriotic tunes?  PBS will be broadcasting “A Capitol Fourth – America’s Independence Day Celebration” live from Washington, D.C.  You can listen by streaming your favorite NPR station from this app.  For iPhoneiPads, and on Google Play.

 

 

unnamed-2How about keeping up with America’s pastime?  Check schedules, scores, and stats or buy tickets for your local team from the Major League Baseball app.  For the iPhoneiPad, or on Google Play.

 

 

unnamed-3Need to keep the kids busy waiting for the fireworks to start?  Here are some apps that will let them create some firework displays of their own.  iPhoneiPad and on Google Play.

Have a safe and happy 4th!

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Sparked Interest Among Young Americans to Buy a Home This Year.

As 2013 progresses and the real estate market steadily improves, we may be seeing more homes sold to an unexpected group of customers – the young people of America. There are increasing numbers of young Americans who are showing strong interest in purchasing a home of their own this year, as shown by a survey conducted by the market research firm of Harris Interactive.

Starting on April 18, 2013 and ending on April 22nd, the online survey was taken by 2,064 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. Conducted after the federal tax filing deadline, this is the time when Americans typically have a clearer view of their finances. According to the survey, a total of 41 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 34 (46 percent men and 36 percent women) are interested in buying a home this year. Within that same 18-34 age group who show an interest, 17 percent of men and 6 percent of women see their finances as shaky but still think they can swing buying a home this year.

Across all age groups, 30 percent of Americans are interested in buying a home in the next coming year. Also, among that same combined group, 10 percent of men and 4 percent of women said their finances were shaky but still think they can swing buying a home.

This is great news for real estate agents and professionals because it shows the positive impact that the growing real estate market is making on the willingness of young Americans to go out and buy a home, ultimately giving you new prospects and leads to build your business.

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