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How to make Halloween fun at home

Halloween is the most favorite holiday of many people since it reminds us of the bygone childhood carefree days.

Besides the decor and costumes, Halloween is about fun events and shared experiences with your loved ones. 

Halloween is about how creative you can be. You don’t need to spend a good amount of money on decorations or costumes but you can be creative with your costume choices and reuse old decorations. What we like about this day the most is that the focus is on the fun! Many fun activities can involve the whole family. 

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Get your family in the spirit with wickedly fun games, crafts, and recipes. Whatever you choose to do, we’re sure that nothing beats family time, and with the following Halloween activities, you’ll never run out of ideas. 

Cook together

Don’t let the rainy autumn days get you down. Get your whole family in the kitchen to whip up many Halloween treats. Bake some fun cake together that your children will love it! Or you can make some Halloween-themed muffins. You can also bake a batch of gooey monster cookies! And do you know what all kids want? Yes, doughnuts. You can make Halloween-themed mini doughnuts. Whom are we kidding? Make all this stuff and put yourselves into a sugar coma. Celebrate Halloween the right way!

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Make wicked Halloween decoration

This is the time when the whole family can be creative. Don’t buy your decorations – make them together. There are endless crafts you can make together! 

Throw a night of scary movies

This is the easiest solution to get your spooky fix. Decorate your living room with Halloween decorations and choose age-appropriate scary movies for your children. You can dress up to add to the Halloween spirit and eat the muffins you made previously that day. 

GAMES

There is not a single child who doesn’t love Halloween games! But if we’re completely honest, you’ll enjoy it, too. Here are some of our favorite ones: 

Tic-Tac-Toe

Kids love making this spooky game, besides they enjoy playing it! Well, it’s a classic game for a reason!

Feel Box

We admit – it’s a gross game, but it’s so popular party game for kids! You need to make boxes full of household items and slimy food and have your children feel their way through the box. This is just an example; you can put different things in your box. Whatever keeps your children interested! 

Guessing Game 

You need to fill a jar with many Halloween candies and have your whole family compete to discover how many candies are in it. The winner takes all the candies! Well, you can share them and have fun eating them. 

Scavenger Hunt

Whether you choose to play it in your backyard or inside the house, Halloween scavenger hunt is fun! Just print the instructions in advance.

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Carve pumpkins

After watching the movie, you can ask your children to carve pumpkins together, so you can do something that requires activity that is more physical. Pick up pumpkins, break out your carving knives, and see how quickly you get into the Halloween spirit. 

Host a Halloween party

Given the COVID-19 situation, the party will be for your family and people you are in contact with. Now, it’s the time when you can use all the decorations you made together, and all the muffins, doughnuts, and cakes! 

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How to maintain your weight loss

Once you’ve made it out and achieve your ideal weight and the goal body, all that sacrifice and discipline has taken a toll.

And you remember how much sweat and tears you spent in the process, right? The last thing you want to happen is to gain back your weight. 

Yes, you’ve hit the finish line, but that doesn’t mean you can stop running yet!

Sometimes it takes effort to keep off the weight you worked so hard to lose, the odds that you’ll gain them back are high! But, don’t worry – we’ve listed some surefire solutions to help you maintain the loss you’ve made. And if you want to lose, even more, we’ve got ways to overcome weight loss plateaus as well.

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Don’t stop with your routine

Keep it up with whatever you did to help you slim down and stay active, whether it was a yoga mat or a gym membership. You’ll experience a metabolism dip if you stop your routine after weight loss. You probably know many people who decided to throw in the towel as soon as they reach their goal. Obviously, you can celebrate and enjoy your success, but those 6 a.m. jogs that get you to your perfect body, are going to keep you there, too! 

Keep calories low

A regular diet low in both fat and calories is the secret to maintain weight loss. If you choose to follow this, make sure the fats you are eating are healthy ones like peanut butter, almonds, or avocados. Also, keep being just as diligent in your tracking calorie count, as you were back before you shed those pesky pounds! Otherwise, they’ll come right back.

Choose to chew more

The way you eat your food has more to do with weight loss than you might think. People who chew each bite 40 times will consume about 12 % less food than people chewing only 15. Slowing down gives your brain time to realize you aren’t hungry anymore. If you’re eating too fast your brain doesn’t instantly register your stomach is full. You can try to slow down by putting the fork down between bites or even eating with chopsticks.

Stay in control

Enjoy your guilty pleasures in moderation, but don’t indulge in massive cheat meals to make up for every hard-earned calorie you cut on. 

Keep clutter-free counters

If you don’t walk by the freezer section when you’re in the market, you’re far less likely to pick up a pack of chocolate ice cream. Keep in mind that when it comes to your kitchen organization. It really works! Out of sight, out of mind, right? Resisting temptation is hard enough without even sweet treats staring at you every time you walk to the fridge. 

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Don’t diet

You should be living a healthy lifestyle, not dieting. It’s easier to continue shopping mindfully and counting calories than it is to cut carbs or sugar completely. Stick to a routine you can keep up with even after you’ve reached your goals. 

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Step on the scale 

Brace yourself – this one’s hard to hear. When was the last time you did that? It doesn’t mean you should stop checking just because you like the number that’s on the scale now. Weighing yourself will reinforce the decision you had made to exercise regularly and eat clean. 

Manage your mood

Your favorite foods may be contributing factors to your mood swings, so cut those culprits from your grocery list ASAP! Take other measures if needed as well. Otherwise, if your diet makes you depressed, it may make maintaining weight loss a serious struggle.

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Low-alcohol cocktails are the new trend

We all know that drinking alcohol is bad, but you do not have to give up drinking entirely. This is where low-alcohol cocktails come in.

You don’t have to give up alcohol, but you also don’t need to drink to get drunk. Low-alcohol cocktails are what they sound like: cocktails with less alcohol.  

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Why should you drink low-alcohol cocktails? 

There are many occasions when low-alcohol cocktails are a perfect choice. They are ideal for happy hour or day drinking because you will relax but still be functional. Who doesn’t love day drinking? But it isn’t realistic to do that all the time. But can you have an Aperol spritz at brunch? Yes, you can. 

Low-alcohol cocktails are an ideal place for those that do not want to give up the booze but just want to take it easier. It is a good option for people who want to be healthier and more mindful when it comes to their booze intake. Also, these cocktails contain a few components, so they are easy to pair with food. 

How to make low-alcohol cocktails?

The basic premise for these cocktails is the same whether you make your cocktails with a lot or a little alcohol. Low-alcohol cocktails are complex, layered, and interesting, and they aren’t difficult to make. 

Champagne and wine are an amazing place to begin playing around with these cocktails since they have a lower level of alcohol than most spirits. If you are a fan of Champagne, you are going to like a Champagne cocktail that is going to be with less alcohol. Add an aperitif, a vinegary shrub, or bitters, and you will get a wonderful cocktail that will even pair with your meals. 

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Elderflower spritz 

This liqueur adds a range of flavors – from peach to tropical fruit, citrus, and pear, topped off with honeysuckle. You will need 50 mL elderflower liqueur, 60 mL Champagne, and 60 mL club soda. Fill half a glass with ice cubes and add the liqueur, then the Champagne and club soda. You can add a lemon slice as well. If you want you can make an alcohol-free version of this cocktail by using elderflower cordial instead of the liqueur. Of course, you should skip the Champagne and add 120 mL club soda. 

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Sherry Cobbler

This cocktail is a work of art. Sherry, a wine that is common in Spain, is fortified, with a little brandy added. It is higher in alcohol than regular wine but is served with a splash of club soda. Also, it is mixed with lemon and orange slices, simple syrup, and mint for a bright flavor.

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Reverse Manhattan 

If you like classic cocktails, but they are too strong for you, try the Reverse Manhattan. It switches the proportions of vermouth and bourbon, resulting in a lower level of alcohol and sweeter drink. You just need 30 mL whiskey, 60 mL vermouth, 1 cherry, and ice cubes. Fill half a shaker with ice cubes, combine the ingredients, and stir until chilled. Don’t forget to garnish with a cherry.

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5 smart ways to break any bad habit

Are you wondering how to break bad habits? Well, we offer proven and smart ways to break any bad habit that annoys you.

We are here to remind you that everything is possible! You should combine your dedication and these five smart ways below to start your bad habit-breaking journey!

First, you need to identify your triggers because the triggers are the first step in developing a bad habit. Identifying them is also the first step in moving past them. And it should be clear to you why you want to break a certain habit. It can be easier to change your habits when the change is beneficial or valuable to you. If you think about it, you will see the benefits of the change.

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Okay, now it is our turn to reveal to you the smart ways to break any bad habit. 

Get to the root of your bad habit

A bad habit is often a comfort blanket during emotional turmoil. Bad sleeping habits, poor eating, and drinking can be signs of stress or unhappiness in aspects of your professional or personal life.  In identifying the stressors of the habit, you can understand it, so you will be able to target the root of the bad behavior. In this way, you will be better equipped to beat this behavior. 

Accountability 

Accountability is crucial when it comes to changing habits. If you monitor your behaviors through tracking and journaling, you will have a record of your performance. It is good to have a visual representation of your behavior, which will hold you accountable. When you track your diet, water consumption, and goals you can see patterns in where you fell short and where you excelled. When you can see your poor performance and behavioral patterns, this accountability will be a motivation for you to do better tomorrow. 

Smart ways to break any habit: Replace it with another 

It is easier to break a bad habit if you replace the unwanted behavior with new, better behavior. Don’t just stop the unwanted behavior – it doesn’t work that way. Of course, the new habit needs to benefit you spiritually, physically, and mentally. For example, if you like eating fast food, try to replace this habit with learning to cook healthy meals that will satisfy your cravings. Or let’s say you’re stuck in a rut of social media scrolling. In that case, you should practice meditation or pick up a book to improve your mindset. The impulse to follow the new behavior will develop as you repeat it. 

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Visualize breaking the bad habit

Breaking a bad habit doesn’t have to be only a physical process. You should practice new behaviors mentally, too. Imagine how you would typically react in the morning before your work presentation. You might see yourself eating sweets or anxiously biting your nails. Now, imagine how you could react instead. Visualize yourself going over your presentation, practicing deep breathing, tidying your office, or going for a walk – anything that keeps you busy and calms you.

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Motivate yourself with rewards for success

Don’t forget that breaking a bad habit can be incredibly difficult. Acknowledge how far you have come, and give yourself rewards along the way. Celebrate your wins! Even small rewards, like telling yourself what an amazing job you are doing, will increase your drive to keep going. Focus on the progress you make, and you won’t engage in negative self-talk or become discouraged. 

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