YouTube – Your One Stop Shop For Halloween Ideas



Trick or treat! It’s October and that can only mean one thing. It’s Halloween — everyone’s favorite creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky time of year.

YouTube is THE destination for Halloween, from dramatic makeup transformations with Kandee Johnson to SoCraftastic’s clever DIY decorating ideas and yummy treats via MyCupCakeAddiction and Rosanna Pansino. Plus, Halloween costume ideas from #1 style and beauty YouTuber, Michelle Phan and popular YouTube teens Brooklyn and Bailey.

This year people have been searching on Google for that perfect costume, for the latest Google Halloween costume trends, click here: g.co/frightgeist.

Whatever it is, YouTube has got you covered this Halloween.

Tasty Halloween Recipes

  • Rosana Pansino (+4M subscribers & +1 Billion views) – Rosanna of  “Nerdy Nummies” has the most popular cooking show online. Watch as her and fellow YouTubers MyLifeAsEva bake Costume Quest 2 Halloween treats.
  • MyCupCakeAddiction  (+2M subscribers & +269M views) – Elise loves to create amazing cakes, cupcakes and sweets. She had the opportunity to team up with R.L. Stine aka Jack Black to create 3 amazing spooky treats to celebrate the new Goosebumps movie and Halloween!
  • LaurDIY (+2.4M subscribers & +115M views) – Toronto based DIY and lifestyle YouTuber, Lauren, whips up chocolate covered pretzels that look like pumpkins, creepy oreo eyeballs, and Halloween kabobs.
  • WhatsUpMoms (+725K subscribers & +170M views) – This channel is produced by moms, and they aim to inspire, inform, and make people laugh. This Halloween they are showing us how to make yummy chocolate apples!

Make-Up/Costume Ideas

  • Michelle Phan (+8M subscribers & +1.1 Billion views) – #1 beauty YouTuber, Michelle Phan, gives us clever and hilarious Halloween costume ideas from Tinder to Grumpy Cat and even a Belfie.
  • Kandee Johnson (+3.2M subscribers & +344M views) – Youtube makeup, style and fun guru, Kandee Johnson, is here to help you transform into female kick-butt superhero,  Wonder Woman.
  • Grav3yardgirl (+5.8M subscribers & +824M views) – Bunny Meyer is a quirky and fun YouTube beauty guru.  Watch her transform into Sarah Sanderson from Hocus Pocus. Plus, check out these Halloween-esque shoes she unboxed!
  • Brooklyn and Bailey (+1.9M subscribers & +206M views) – Need a Halloween costume but aren’t feeling creative? Check out Brooklyn and Bailey’s 28 last minute Halloween costume ideas including favorites Minnie Mouse and Minions.
  • Glam&Gore (+956K subscribers & +53M views) – Glam&Gore describe their channel as “the swiss army knife of makeup tutorials.” Pay close attention because they can help you turn into Harley Quinn this Halloween.
  • rosaliesaysrawr (+217K subscribers & +6M views) – Rosalie is her name and YouTube is her game with videos ranging from DIY, Fashion and Challenges. Want your beloved four-legged friend to dress up with you this Halloween? Rosalie has the perfect costume; Red Bull and an angel costume.

DIY Halloween Decor/Craft Ideas

  • SoCraftastic (+1.2M subscribers & +131M views) – This DIY arts & crafts channel will show you how to make a glow in the dark pumpkin.
  • WhatsUpMoms (+725K subscribers & +170M views) – From a spooky terrarium to a reusable glow and the dark trick or treating bag, these moms show us how to do Halloween right.
  • JustLikeThat (+404K subscribers & +29M views)  – These group of girls bring new videos each week and showed their viewers how to make a Halloween candy centerpiece, festive drinks and balloon art.
  • Karina Garcia – (+390K subscribers & +20M views) – Karina Garcia loves sharing DIY videos and review. This month she shows us how to create gross eyeballs in a jar and a spider web “night light.”

Do you have a favorite YouTube channel that you turn to for holiday/seasonal ideas/recipes? If so, please leave the link in the comment section so me and other readers can check it out.



*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers.

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Adult Costume Purchases on the Rise – Top 2015 Adult Halloween Costumes from zulily!


Snow White Deluxe Costume Set - Women

Are you getting dressed up for Halloween this year?

I haven’t worn a costume for Halloween in 20+ YEARS. We haven’t had the need to. We haven’t been invited to any costume parties (I would love to go to one). I have worn Halloween shirts and put on face make up (scars, stitches, spiders, blood…), but that is the extent of it.

Being a stay at home/work from home mom I never had to think about getting dressed up for work. Last year I was employed some place that didn’t allow for something like that (we were not allowed to celebrate holidays). I have a new job this year and I am very tempted to get dressed up in some kind of a costume. I work with kids and I know they will be wearing costumes, so why not join in on the fun? After all, why should the kids have all the fun.

According to online retailer zulily, sales data shows purchases for adult costumes have increased 41% from 2014 to 2015. Additionally, nearly one-third of adults aged 25-34 said they plan to dress up for Halloween this year, according to a recent survey**. That’s more than their 18-24 year old counterparts, in which only one in four said they were dressing up this year.

Wonder Woman Skirt Costume Set - Women

If you are not familiar with zulily, it is an online retailer focused on serving up fresh, unexpected items at the best prices. Customers have something new to discover each and every morning, so be sure to check back on zulily.com to shop unique items for the whole family.

I subscribe to zulily so that I never miss out on great discoveries. My favorite things to purchase there are plus size clothing, holiday/seasonal decor and things for around our home.

If I were to dress up I’d probably go for a zombie or classic witch. Although a Disney princess sounds like fun too. I’ve always wanted to be a pretty princess.

Based on zulily sales data and a recent survey, here are some of the top adult costumes for 2015:

  • Movie/TV characters: It’s no surprise Princess Leia and Minions were the top picks, both franchises have new installments coming out this year.
  • Superheroes: Girl power reigns supreme with WonderWoman and CatWoman as the top picks.
  • Disney Characters: Both the classic Snow White and Frozen’s Anna and Elsa were at the top of the list.
  • Prince William and Kate were ranked the top choice for costume inspiration for couple’s this year.
  • Star Wars was cited as the top overall movie choice for costume inspiration this year
  • The Walking Dead was the top TV show choice for costume inspiration. Season 6 premieres October 11th.

None of these surprise me. These characters are very popular these days, especially Star Wars characters. Everyone is super excited about the new film coming out this December.

Check out some of the fun adult costumes you can find on zulily.

Deluxe Catwoman Dress-Up Set - Women Elsa Deluxe Dress-Up Outfit - Women Frozen Anna Coronation Deluxe Costume - Women Minions Costume Set - Women White Princess Leia Satin Costume Set - Women

I don’t think I could pull off most of these costumes (I’m not sexy enough) but the Minion one is adorable. That one is more “me.”

Zulily has costumes for men too, as well as for teens and children.

I’m hoping that we can get dressed up at work this year. I think it would be fun and I know whatever costume I choose I’ll go all out with make up and accessories too.

Are you getting dressed up for Halloween this year? If so, what are you going as?

To check out these and other costumes on zulily please visit zulily.com. You can also connect with zulily on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom of their website. You should also check out the free zulily app, found in the app store.

On a side note, zulily has a lot of awesome Star Wars and Peanuts clothing, toys and decor. You should check them out.



*I received a gift card in exchange for my participation. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

* *The study was conducted online using the GfK “Knowledge Panel,” an online probability-based panel designed to be representative of the US general population, not just the online population. The study consisted of 1,000 interviews conducted between September 18th and September 25th among adults aged 18+. The margin of error is +/-3 percentage points.

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The Force Awakens at JCPenney


Star Wars the Force Awakens

Are you excited about the much anticipated film of the year – Star Wars: The Force Awakens? It comes to theaters on December 18, 2015.

I am a HUGE Star Wars fan. I always have been ever since I saw the original film, Star Wars: A New Hope, in theaters back in 1977. Sheesh… I’m dating myself now. YES… I am old enough to have seen the original Star Wars film in theaters.

I have been in love with Star Wars since that first film. I had huge crushes on Harrison Ford (Han Solo) and Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker). I had posters on my bedroom wall and everything. I even asked “Santa” to bring me Star Wars toys, but for some reason “Santa” never did. I always wanted an At-At. I guess they were just too expensive at the time.

Fast forward to 2015. I am so excited about the new installment to the Star Wars franchise. It’s going to be great to find out what happened to my beloved characters (Luke, Han and Leia) after all these years.

I think it’s great that a whole new generation of people will get to see and appreciate this incredible franchise.

As you can imagine there will be a lot of merchandising available leading up the to film’s release, as well as afterwards. I’m sure Star Wars products will be on the top of most holiday wish lists this year.

JCPenney Star Wars the Force Awakens

If you are looking for a “one stop shop” for Star Wars merchandising you should check out what is available at JCPenney. In stores across the country, and online, all-new Star Wars: The Force Awakens merchandise will be available in celebration of the movie’s upcoming theatrical release. JCPenney has an array of apparel, accessories and bedding and more from the movie.

In addition, while you are stocking up on your Star Wars gear, you’ll have the opportunity to pose for out-of-this-world pictures with life-size cut outs of Chewbacca, Kylo Ren and a Stormtrooper. Cool!

Check out some of the products available at your local JCPenney or online.

Star Wars Merchandise at JC Penney

I already have an awesome Star Wars: The Force Awakens t-shirt from JCPenney. I love it and I have had some people make comments about it when I’m out and about (they like the shirt, they can’t wait to see the movie…).

Here is a photo of me sporting my cool new Star Wars gear. My apologies for the poor quality of the photo. We had to use my cellphone.

Star Wars

I love that JCPenney has Star Wars clothing in plus sizes. Plus size people like to show off their love of Star Wars too. LOL!

If you would like to see all the other Star Wars: The Force Awakens products available at JCPenney visit a store near you or check them out online at www.JCPenney.com. You can also go directly to their Star Wars page.

Don’t forget to connect with JCPenney on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom of their website.

Are you excited about the new film? Which is your favorite Star Wars film to date? Do you have a favorite character? Feel free to share your thoughts.

May be force be with you…

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*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Super comfy and fashionable shoes from Aerosoles



When I was a stay at home/work from home mom I didn’t worry about the shoes I wore. I had a pair of sneakers and a pair of winter boots. That was all I needed. I just needed something to run errands, shop and take my kids to/from school, friend’s homes and activities.

I returned back into the workforce last year after being a stay at home/work from home mom for almost 18 years – yes, YEARS! Needles to say it took a lot of getting used to. I suddenly had to be someplace at a specific time, answer to someone else, drive in inclement weather and learn to balance work and home (plus blogging).

I had to revamp my wardrobe too. No more “knock around the house” clothes. I needed things that were professional looking, yet comfy to wear. The job I had required me to be on the floor a lot (playing with children). My new job requires that I play with kids too, just not on the floor (they are older children).

Thankfully I am still able to wear sneakers, but since I am dressing a bit nicer I need shoes that are professional looking, fashionable and most importantly comfortable.

One of my favorite brand for such shoes is Aerosoles. My new favorite, especially for the fall season, is their shoe called “Lantern.” Lantern is available in a variety of colors/patterns.

Aerosoles Lantern

I’m a simple person so I like things that will go with most of my wardrobe. For that reason I opted to get Lantern in basic black.

According to the brand;

A cushy, scored sole and a memory foam footbed offer you a platform of cool comfort in this 1½” wedge slip-on loafer we’ve dubbed Lantern. Versatility galore so you can wear this style with everything. Stitch ’N Turn technology gives you a feeling of the greatest flexibility when you step.

What I like about these shoes is that they are SO COMFORTABLE. They were comfortable from the first time I slipped them on my feet. Unlike other shoe that need to be “broken in” before they feel comfortable. Aerosoles shoes are always comfortable from the very first step (providing you are wearing the correct size/width for your foot of course).

You can feel the memory foam footbed. It’s like walking on a pillow. It’s great for people who are on their feet a long time. The footbed also has a sueded sock and lining to add even more luxurious comfort when you are wearing the shoes.

Aerosoles shoes have a unique “diamond flex sole,” which helps to disperse friction away from your feet which also adds to them being so comfortable.

The shoes are also flexible which means you can comfortably stand on your tippy toes if you need to. Being “vertically challenged” (aka – short) I find that I often have to stand on my toes to reach things. These shoes are flexible/bendy enough to allow me to do what I need to do in comfort, as well as the shoes remaining on my feet and not sliding off.

Shoe 2

Shoe 3

Diamond Flex soles

Shoes 1

I like these shoes not only for their amazing comfort, but also because they are great for both casual and dressy occasions. You can easily wear these shoes to work and then out to dinner or drink with friends. They are also perfectly fine to run errands or go shopping. They are a very versatile shoe and style.

They have a thick sole which gives you a wee bit of height too. Not much, but much more than wearing a flat.

I also like that I can wear these barefoot, with stockings or socks. Like I said, they are versatile.

These are just one of many great shoe options from Aerosoles. Whether you are looking for flats, sneakers, sandles, boots or heels – Aerosoles has the shoe for you. They have so many wonderful colors, styles and designs to choose from.

For more information about these and other shoes visit www.Aerosoles.com. You can also find the brand on Facebook, Twitter and even Pinterest.

Aerosoles shoes are available online as well as retail locations.

Are you a fan of Aerosoles? Do you have a favorite pair of Aerosoles shoes? Feel free to comment and tell me about them.



*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Esperos: Carry Hope Bags (giveaway ends 10/5/15)


Esperos Bag

I have to admit that I used to not be much of a “bag” person for a very long time. As a teenager I carried around HUGE bags/purses. They rivaled most diaper bags. I used to carry just about everything inside of them.

Fast forward to when I did have to carry around diaper bags. Once again I carried around everything in them except this time it was for my kids, not for me.

As soon as I was able to leave my home without a diaper bag I stopped carrying bags all together. I replaced my big purses and diaper bags with a small wristlet, big enough to carry my wallet, keys and cellphone – that’s it!

Being a stay at home mom I never really need to tote things around with me. That all changed when I finally returned to the work force and a got a job outside of the home. Suddenly I had to carry things with me – snacks, phone charger, book, iPad… things that would not fit in my wristlet.

I do have some bigger bags, but I find that tote bags are more my style. For that reason I have amassed a nice collection of tote bags. I use them for work, running errands, going out with my family and a variety of other reasons. Even my teenager daughter uses them to bring along things when she goes on sleep overs or to carry around her books when she’s at school (college classes). She even uses them to bring a long a change of clothes to the gym.

I recently received a lovely tote bag from a company called Esperos. I was sent to review their Poppy Market Tote.

Esperos Bag

This is a wonderful tote bag. It’s big enough to carry around a lot of essentials without being too bulky.

I love the sleek, simple, classy design.

The bag is very well made out heavy duty material.

The handles are comfortable to hold on to and help you carry a lot of things easily and comfortably.

There is even a handy little inner pocket for your keys, phone or other small items.

This bag is great for picking up a few things at the grocery store, taking books to/from the library, shopping and just about any other reason you can think of.

What makes this bag even nicer is that Esperos donates 10% of each sale to the Nobelity Project – a non-profit organization based in Austin, Texas. Their mission is to bridge gaps in information and infrastructure
to ensure education for all. This program is known as “Carry Hope.”

Esperos Carry Hope

Oliver, the company founder, started Esperos three years ago after spending some time doing humanitarian and mission work in Central America.  It was a simple idea: sell backpacks and use the money to help fund education for children in the developing world.  Although Esperos has grown and their product line has evolved, their heart is still the same: make stylish, durable products and help impact education worldwide.

Did you know that more than 75 million children in the developing world lack access to a quality education.

As you probably already know, education is the key to overcoming the cycle of poverty and that it should be available to everyone. That is why Esperos got involved.

For Esperos product sold helps fund one year of education for a child in the developing world.

If you would like to learn more or check out all of the products Esperos offers, please visit www.EsperosBags.com. You can also check out the brand on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest – with the handle @EsperosBags.

Esperos would like to extend a 15% discount code. Use the code EsperosMoms when checking out and the discount will be automatically applied.

Esperos Poppy Market Tote

Esperos would also like to give a lucky reader their own Esperos bag. It’s the same bag that I received to review (Poppy Market Tote). 

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on October 5, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me why you would like to win this tote bag?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries won’t qualify.

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*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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ShoeBuy.com – Brand name footwear for back to school and beyond



I have a confession to make – I would walk around barefoot where ever I go ALL THE TIME if that was possible. I know, that is gross and unsanitary, and honestly, I would never REALLY do that – I just feel like I want to all the time.

I grew up in the country. I was barefoot all the time when I was home. I would even play in the woods barefoot. Needless to say I got a lot of splinters and bee stings in my feet.

Growing up I was strictly a sneaker girl. My best friends had a variety of shoes. They had shoes to match different outfits, shoes for the different types of weather, and shoes they simply enjoyed wearing.

Even when I became a mom I was still a sneaker girl. Oddly enough my daughter LOVES shoes. She’s obsessed with them. I often joke that some how I’m missing a “girly gene” that makes people love shoes.

I think a huge reason why I prefer sneakers is because for almost 17 years I was a stay at home mom. When I was home with my kids I was barefoot. When I took them to the playground or the park I wore sneakers. I never had a need for dressy shoes. If the weather was bad I simply wouldn’t go outside with them so I had no need for boots.

This all changed when I got a job outside of the home last year. Getting back into the workforce required me to dress professionally every day. I’m grateful that wearing sneakers was allowed at my job, but there were times my outfit simply wouldn’t look right with sneakers. That is when I finally learned to appreciate, and embrace, the wonderful world of shoes.

We all need different shoes for a variety of reasons. Even your kids need more than one pair of shoes.

A lot of shoes

Going store to store shopping for shoes is a hassle. Especially if you are shopping for more than one person. That is why I appreciate ShoeBuy.com. ShoeBuy.com is literally your “one stop shop” for all your footwear needs for every member of your house hold.

We had to pick up new shoes for both of my kids (teenagers). My son already had a decent pair of sneakers (we purchased a new pair towards the end of school). What he wanted was a pair of boots for the colder weather. It was hard to think of boots in when the weather was still sweltering hot, but that is what he wanted.

To be fair we gave him some other fabulous choices to choose from available at ShoeBuy.com.

Although our son would rather wear sweatpants and shoes, we showed him options that would go with jeans and khakis too, as well as shoes that would work in the Spring, Summer and Fall (and possibly Winter).

Canvas and cool kicks are always in style:


Converse Chuck Taylor® All Star Seasonal High


Converse Chuck Taylor® All Star Seasonal Low


Tommy Hilfiger Richmond


Everyday casual:


Skechers GOvulc Diverge Slip On


Dr. Martens 1460


Timberland Classic 6″ Premium Boot

When the mood (or school event!) strikes for something more structured, stick to the classics:


Sperry Top-Sider Authentic Original Boat Shoe


Clarks Bushacre 2 Boot

These were just some of the shoes that he looked at.

It didn’t take him long to decide which ones he wanted. He wanted the Timberland Boots. My husband has a pair of Timberland Boots and my son has always wanted a pair. We were reluctant to buy him the boots until we knew he feet had stopped growing. Timberland Boots are high quality boots and a bit on the pricey side. We were afraid to spend the money only to have him outgrow them a few months later. Thankfully his feet have stopped growing so we are able to get him better quality shoes.

My son is anxiously waiting for the weather to turn so he can wear these awesome boots.

My son is anxiously waiting for the weather to turn so he can wear these awesome boots.

My son LOVES the Timberland Boots from ShoeBuy.com. He keeps saying how he wishes it would snow. He’s anxious to finally get a chance to wear them out of the house. These are the PERFECT winter boot. Not only do they keep your foot warm and dry they also have a rugged bottom to help you trek through snow and keep you from slipping too much on the ice.

Our daughter is in college this year. She does a lot of walking around campus. Then she travels straight to her job where she is on her feet for 4-5 hours. Needless to say she needed a decent shoe.

ShoeBuy.com has many different styles to suit anyone’s preferences. Their options are endless.

Here are a few classics with fresh twists that will keep you in style this season from great brands, so you know they’ll last!

Canvas kicks are always a great choice:


Keds Taylor Swift’s Champion Bow Stripe Sneaker


Keds Taylor Swift’s Champion Key Print Sneaker


Converse Chuck Taylor® All Star Dainty Ox

Booties are a fall favorite:


Minnetonka Dixon Boot


Jack Rogers Bailee Boot

Sandals to bridge the season:


Birkenstock Gizeh Birko-Flor™ Sandal


Madeline Rylan Sandal

Comfortable flats:


Lucky Brand Emmie Flat


Jessica SimpsonMarieta Flat


Steve Madden Kwiltt

My daughter opted for a pair of Vans Sneakers. Honestly, I don’t mind Vans for the most part, but they are not exactly great when it comes to supporting your feet. There is no arch support. For me, Vans are more a fashion sneaker, not one practical for being on your feet all day. I would have preferred that she chose something from New Balance, K Swiss, The Northface or Reebok. All of these brands are sold on ShoeBuy.com.

My daughter chose a black and white pair of Vans because she felt they went with everything she owns. They ARE very nice shoes, I just wish we opted for something that will make standing on her feet for hours at a time and hiking all over campus a bit more comfortable.

Cute Vans. The laces and shoes are remarkably still clean looking that is because my daughter is very picky and likes to keep her shoes clean looking (thankfully).

Cute Vans. The laces and shoes are remarkably still clean looking that is because my daughter is very picky and likes to keep her shoes clean looking (thankfully).

As you can see ShoeBuy.com has it all. They have every type of shoe imaginable and just about any brand you can think of from for men, women and children.

ShoeBuy.com also carries clothing, bags and accessories.

ShoeBuy.com allows you to shop for shoes for the whole family from the comfort and convenience of your own home. In addition, ShoeBuy.com offers FREE shipping and FREE exchanges.

If you would like to see all that ShoeBuy.com has to offer simply visit their website. The brand can also be found on social media. All the links are found on the bottom left of their website.

Have you ever shoppe at ShoeBuy.com before? If so, feel free to tell me about your experience.

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*I received free products in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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