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14 Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

14 Last Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

Every Halloween I invariably find myself with about two hours and not a lot of money to dream up an awesome costume. Coming up with a costume idea at the last minute can be hard, but inspiration is everywhere.

Are you in the same boat? Never fear, fellow procrastinator. I have made an art form out of finding great last minute Halloween costume ideas.

These costumes require only a basic set of crafting skills, and don’t require much time or money – all of them can be completed with less than $50 and in less than 2 hours.

1. Robot.

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    This costume idea is a winner every time. If you have a cardboard box, some scissors and duct tape, you have the basics covered. Simply add some things you have laying around for gears and gadgets and glue them to the box. Old Cd’s, soda caps, and tin foil can add a lot of interest to an otherwise basic costume.

    2. Unicorn.

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      What is more mystical and magical than a unicorn? Grab a paper cone, some string, or a headband and glue them together to create your horn. Dress in colorful pastel colors, or all white, and add a realistic tail with some paper streamers pinned together. You can gather all you need at a local dollar store.

      3. Cookie Monster.

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        If you’re a junk food addict, you may already have the necessities for this costume. A blue fuzzy sweatshirt, a package of chocolate chip cookies and some glue are all you need. Bonus – you can take an extra bag of cookies with you and eat them all night for realism.

        4. Cat.

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          Not only is this costume iconic for Halloween, but it is incredibly easy to do! A bit of black waterproof eyeliner to draw on whiskers and a cute nose, along with an all black outfit and a cat ear headband to complete the look. This costume will keep you purring all night long.

          5. Thief.

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            All you need is an entirely black ensemble (preferably form fitting), and a black ski mask to complement it. For bonus points, add some costume jewelry hanging half out of your pocket to show off your stolen goods.

            6. Mechanic.

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              Get ready to grunge it up with this costume idea. Put on a white sleeveless t-shirt, a pair of old jeans, and a bandana. Have a rag hanging out of your back pocket, place a grease stain on your cheek (shoe polish or makeup) and carry a wrench in your hand to finish the look.

              7. Retro 80’s.

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                Raid your mom’s closet for some leg warmers and a shirt with shoulder pads. Bright neon was the rage then, so be sure to choose vibrant colors. Don’t forget big hair.

                8. Mime.

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                  Do you have a striped shirt and black pants? What about some suspenders? Or a beret? These are the basics for this ensemble. Add some white costume makeup with some black eyeliner and you’re good to go. This costume also allows you to not talk to anyone you don’t want to!

                  9. Katniss Everdeen.

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                    Want to win the Hunger Games? If you have long brown hair you’re halfway there. Braid it on the side, and dress in brown cargo pants, a black shirt and jacket, with combat boots. Add a backpack or a toy bow and arrow for props.

                    10. Rosie the Riveter.

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                      Get yourself a red bandana, a shirt with rolled up sleeves, and a tube of bright red lipstick for this gorgeous throwback costume.

                      11. Doll (or Amidala).

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                        Put your hair up, and apply lipstick to the center of your top and bottom lip only. Add bright blush to your cheeks. A frilly or lacy dress will complete the look.

                        12. Jellyfish.

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                          Do you have a clear umbrella? If so, you can add paper streamers to the edges with a bit of tape or glue and hold it above your head. Wear all white or light blue and hold your umbrella above you.

                          13. Nerd.

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                            It’s never been cooler to be a nerd. Break out the school supplies and add some white tape to the center of a pair of black glasses and you’re all set.

                            14. Men in Black.

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                              If you have a white shirt, black tie, black pants, and jacket you have the basics covered. Add a pair of cool sunglasses and forget about smiling, since you’re keeping an eye out for rule-breaking aliens.

                              Featured photo credit: Nerd O Ween/Paul Callan via flickr.com

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                              Last Updated on February 21, 2019

                              Top 9 Foods for Incredible Brian Health And Brain Power

                              Top 9 Foods for Incredible Brian Health And Brain Power

                              Your brain is the most intricate and powerful organ in your entire body. It’s essentially a super-computer with brain power like a Ferrari.

                              If you have a Ferrari, would you put cheap gasoline in it? Of course not. You want to put in high-octane performance fuel to get the most out of your investment.

                              When it comes to the brain, many people are looking for the top foods that will supercharge the brainpower to help focus better, think more clearly and have better brain health.

                              In this article, we’ll look at the top 9 brain foods that will help create supercharge your brain with energy and health:

                              1. Salmon

                              Salmon has long been held as a healthy brain food, but what makes this fish so valuable for your brain health?

                              It’s important to understand that your brain is primarily made up of fat. Roughly 60% of your brain is fat. One of the most important fats that the brain uses as a building block for healthy brain cells is omega-3’s.

                              Omega-3’s are essential for building a healthy brain but one of the most important omega-3’s for your brain is DHA. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) forms nearly two-thirds of the omega-3’s found in your brain.[1]

                              Omega-3’s and DHA in particular help form the protective coating around our neurons. The better quality this coating is, the more efficient and effective our brain cells can work, allowing our brain power to work at full capacity.

                              Studies have shown that being deficient in DHA can affect normal brain development in children, which is why so many infant formulas and children’s supplements are beginning to include DHA.

                              Being deficient in DHA as an adult can cause focus and attention problems, mood swings, irritability, fatigue and poor sleep.

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                              2. Blueberries

                              Blueberries top the list as one of the most beneficial fruits to maximize your brain health and performance.

                              Blueberries have some of the highest content of antioxidants, particularly anthocyanins, than any other fruit, which helps protect the brain from stress and promote healthy brain aging.

                              Blueberries antioxidant content also help reduce inflammation, which allows the brain to maintain healthy energy levels.

                              Blueberries have begun to receive attention for their connection to brain performance.[2] Studies have demonstrated that eating blueberries on a regular basis can not only improve brain health but also brain performance as well including working memory.[3]

                              Blueberries not only taste great but are low in calories, high in Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Manganese.

                              3. Turmeric

                              Turmeric is a very impressive spice that has well-researched and proven to have tremendous benefits for your brain. Turmeric’s main compound that benefits the brain is called curcumin, which is responsible for turmerics bright yellow appearance.

                              Curcumin has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-cancer properties.[4]

                              Curcumin increases the production and availability of two important neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, two important neurotransmitters involved with happiness, motivation, pleasure, and reward.

                              Curcumin has been well documented to have powerful anti-depressive effects. In one study, it was found to be as effective for depression as popular medications such as SSRI’s like Prozac.[5]

                              Curcumin has also been shown to:

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                              • Increase blood flow to the brain.[6]
                              • Increase BDNF production, a powerful stimulator of neuroplasticity.[7]
                              • Increase DHA availability and synthesis in the brain.[8]
                              • Increase antioxidant levels in the brain to prevent brain aging and inflammation.[9]

                              4. Coffee

                              Coffee is the wonderful elixir of energy that many people cherish every single morning. The biggest reason people drink coffee is to get a dose of caffeine.

                              Caffeine is a natural neurological stimulant that not only gives you energy but also prevents adenosine, a neurotransmitter involved with feeling tired, from binding in the brain.

                              Many people are surprised to find that coffee actually contains a large quantity of antioxidants called polyphenols, which are important for reducing inflammation in the brain and keep your brain energized. The antioxidants in coffee also provide a neuroprotective effect, protecting the brain from stress and damage. [R]

                              Coffee can also:

                              • Improve alertness and concentration.[10]
                              • Help with neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s disease.[11]
                              • Reduce your risk of depression.[12]
                              • Improve your memory.
                              • Provide short-term boost in athletic performance.[13]

                              5. Broccoli

                              What was your least favorite food as a kid growing up?

                              Most likely, broccoli was your answer.

                              Broccoli may not have been your top choice, but it might be the top choice for your brain.

                              Broccoli contains a compound called sulforaphane. Sulforaphane has been shown to promote the proliferation and survival of brain cells by reducing inflammation and boosting production of BDNF. It has also been shown to boost neurogenesis, the production of new brain cells.[14]

                              Broccoli is also loaded with important nutrients Vitamin K and Folate. Vitamin K plays a vital role in protecting brain cells.[15] Folate plays a crucial role in detoxification and reducing inflammation in the brain.

                              6. Bone broth

                              Bone broth wasn’t just created to combine with soups, you can actually drink bone broth by itself.

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                              Drinking bone broth has become one of the biggest trends in the health and wellness industry and for good reason. Bone broth isn’t actually a new thing. Bone broth has been used for centuries as a healing tonic to promote health and longevity.

                              Much of the nutritional benefits and value of bone broth comes from its substantial vitamin and mineral content. Primarily calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium.

                              Your gut is called your second brain for a reason. Research continually shows that there is a direct and indirect connection between your gut and your brain. Your gut also houses and stores many important brain compounds involved with optimal brain performance. Therefore the health of your gut is vitally important for your brain health and performance.

                              Bone broth has become a go-to tool for helping heal the gut and provide the gut with the vital nutrient and resources it needs to heal and perform optimally.

                              With the vast amounts of nutrients that bone broth contains, it makes the list as a go-to food for your brain health.

                              Look for high quality, organic bone broth for the best results.

                              7. Walnuts

                              Walnuts are one of the top choices of nuts for brain health. Walnuts also look similar to a brain.

                              Amongst the wide variety of nuts available, walnuts contain the highest amounts of the important omega-3 DHA. DHA, as seen above, is a critical building block for a healthy brain.

                              Walnuts also contain high amounts of antioxidants, folate, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus, which help to lower inflammation.

                              Melatonin in walnuts is an important nutrient for regulating your sleep. Having low amounts of melatonin can make it challenging to get good quality sleep and getting poor quality sleep can dramatically impair brain health and performance.

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                              8. Eggs

                              For years, eggs were put on the nutritional naughty list; but now, eggs are finally getting the credit they deserve. Eggs can provide a tremendous boost to your brain health and longevity.

                              Eggs, particularly the yolks, contain a compound called choline. Choline is essential for building the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Acetylcholine plays an important role in mood, memory, and intelligence.

                              Egg yolks contain some of the highest quantities of choline. This is very important because low levels of choline can lead to low levels of acetylcholine, which in turn can cause increased inflammation, brain fog, difficulty concentrating and fatigue.

                              9. Dark chocolate

                              You’re about to love chocolate even more because chocolate, particularly dark chocolate, is great for your brain.

                              Chocolate boosts levels of endorphins, your brains “feel good” chemicals. This is why you feel so good eating chocolate.[16]

                              Chocolate also increases blood flow to the brain which can help improve memory, attention, focus, and reaction time.[17]

                              Dark chocolate contains high levels of magnesium, which has been coined “natures valium” for its ability to calm and relax the brain.

                              Lastly, dark chocolate has one of the highest antioxidant profiles out of any other food, including popular superfoods like acai berries, blueberries, or pomegranates.[18]

                              Conclusion

                              Your brain is a high performing organ and it uses quite a lot of energy, roughly 20% of the bodies energy demands.

                              In order to maintain a healthy brain, you need the right fuel to ensure that your brain has all the nutrients it needs to perform as well as adapt to the stress of life.

                              If you want to keep your brain performing well for a lifetime, then you want to make sure you are including as many of these brain health foods as possible.

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                              Reference

                              [1] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: DHA Effects in Brain Development and Function
                              [2] Canadian Science Publishing: Enhanced task-related brain activation and resting perfusion in healthy older adults after chronic blueberry supplementation
                              [3] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Cognitive effects following acute wild blueberry supplementation in 7- to 10-year-old children.
                              [4] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Curcumin: the Indian solid gold.
                              [5] Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition.: Turmeric, the Golden Spice
                              [6] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Effect of combined treatment with curcumin and candesartan on ischemic brain damage in mice.
                              [7] Science Direct: Curcumin reverses the effects of chronic stress on behavior, the HPA axis, BDNF expression and phosphorylation of CREB
                              [8] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Curcumin boosts DHA in the brain: Implications for the prevention of anxiety disorders.
                              [9] PLOS: A Chemical Analog of Curcumin as an Improved Inhibitor of Amyloid Abeta Oligomerization
                              [10] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Effects of Caffeine on Cognitive Performance, Mood, and Alertness in Sleep-Deprived Humans
                              [11] American Academy of Neurology: A Cup of Joe May Help Some Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms
                              [12] American Academy of Neurology: AAN 65th Annual Meeting Abstract
                              [13] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Effects of caffeine on the metabolic and catecholamine responses to exercise in 5 and 28 degrees C.
                              [14] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Hyperammonemia induces glial activation, neuroinflammation and alters neurotransmitter receptors in hippocampus, impairing spatial learning: reversal by sulforaphane
                              [15] Oxford Academic: Vitamin K and the Nervous System: An Overview of its Actions
                              [16] Diana L. Walcutt, Ph.D: Chocolate and Mood Disorders
                              [17] Health Magazine: Chocolate can do good things for your heart, skin and brain
                              [18] Chemistry Central Journal: Cacao seeds are a “Super Fruit”: A comparative analysis of various fruit powders and products

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