Mad Like Alyce

For the last 8+ years, my family has done an “Italian” Thanksgiving using authentic recipes from my cousin’s Sicilian chef husband… YUM! That said, we actually haven’t had a traditional thanksgiving with the stuffing, gravy, turkey, casseroles, etc. in years and in the last week, I found myself absolutely CRAVING Thanksgiving foods. So, I decided to make them myself!

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Whoah… Thanksgiving for just you and Damir… are you nuts? Yes. I might be… Our apartment sized fridge is already packed to the gills with leftovers. But hang on just a second… there is more to it.

See, there is a gentleman who I will be very shortly introducing to you via a post on his poetry that I have been blessed with meeting and getting to know in past months. Kent, my now friend and poet, had less than $12 to his name just 6 months ago, but through the kindness of my friends and co-workers, we have helped him to get on his feet and start getting a grip on his health issues, which include Parkinson’s Disease and COPD.

Not everyone has something to be thankful for…

The holidays can be incredibly lonely without family and friends, and I know he doesn’t have much in the means of travel, and I wanted to make sure he had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday regardless! All of the Thanksgiving food you will be seeing on the blog in the next few days was prepared and frozen with cooking instructions, and will be delivered to Kent tomorrow in donated bake ware. It cost me just $40 for the food and fixins, and its a small thing that goes a long way!

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The “Give Thanks” Challenge

This time of year is full of ads for Black Friday encouraging you to spend your annual paycheck/max your credit cards on DEALS DEALS DEALS. While I certainly encourage you to partake if that’s your thing… I also challenge you and your family to think up a way to make a difference. How can you help someone you know? Could you line up or volunteer a few months worth of snow removal for the elderly neighbor down the street? Purchase a bag full of kids gloves and hats and donate to local charities? Maybe assembling a full meal and delivering to someone you know could use the help, be it someone who has recently been sick, or a family with a newborn and limited time. Be creative, and make it a family affair!

Make someone’s day, remember to be thankful for everything you have… and to pass it along!

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Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!

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  • Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more. 
Super excited that my family is NOT doing gifts this year! We are all just bringing a side dish, dessert, and a board game for some quality family time. What are you doing for Christmas? #thegrinchwhostolechristmas #whoville #grinch #grinchchristmas #christmasmovies #grinchmas
  • Even if I wanted to go, my schedule wouldn't allow it! 4 o'clock: wallow in self pity. 4:30: stare into the abyss. 5 o'clock: solve world hunger (tell no one). 5:30: jazzercise. 6:30: dinner with me, I can't cancel that again! 7 o'clock: wrestle with my self loathing. I'm booked! Course if I bump the loathing to 9 I can still be done in time to lay in bed, stare at the ceiling and slip slowly into madness. But what would I wear! #thegrinchwhostolechristmas #whoville #grinch #grinchchristmas #christmasmovies
  • "I'm gunna throw up... and then I'm going to DIIIIIIIEEEEEEEE!"
Probably my favorite line in the entire movie, so much so that it has stuck with me for years. This is often how my anxiety feels like, and I think of this line from the Grinch often when I'm struggling, even at the height of summer! So, the Grinch is a bit near and dear to my heart, and no one will ever take Jim Carrey's place in my heart, even if if it does grow three sizes. #grinch #thegrinchthatstolechristmas #christmas #grinchmakeup
  • I’ve never actually smoked a day in my life. #frosty #frostythesnowman #glamfrosty #winter #wintermakeup
  • One of the reasons I liked this makeup so much was the incredibly simple nose. I’ve tried some looks in the past and I don’t know if it was the white face, orange nose, or just my lack of makeup experience, but I hated them. Instead of trying to literally draw a carrot, this is just a nod in that direction. Also, I’m not one for glitter but I really dig these eyes! Good thing I like them, because I still have glitter on my face. #glitter #frosty #wintermakeup
  • Sticking with my winter theme, it’s Frosty! Ok, this one is a great example of why I love the internet. I saw an AMAZING frosty photo on an Instagram feature account and took a screenshot because I was dying to recreate it. Normally I make sure I have the artists handle in the screenshot so I can tag them if I ever do try it, but somehow missed it this time. To find her, I took to YouTube to find @victorialyn ’s tutorial, and I’m completely blown away with not only the makeup, but the production quality of her videos. I know how much time and effort something like that takes and they are so much fun to watch, even if you don’t plan on doing the makeup in the tutorial. I love finding new artists to follow and be inspired by! #frosty #frostythesnowman #winter
  • The last look at my Frostbite! What other injury makeups could be considered "Holiday"? or at least timely for winter? Or should I do something more glam next? I have half a mind to save more gory winter looks for January when i'm no longer feeling the warm and fuzzies when it snows! #winter #frostbite #frostbitemakeup #sfx #sfxmua
  • "Walking in a Winter Wonderland"
Im really pleased with how this turned out! I know it's no super glamorous but creating actual injuries and skin conditions is a great challenge. I'll spare you the reference material, but it was fun trying to re-create the blistering, as gross as that sounds. Stay warm my friends! #frostbite #frostbitemakeup #winterwonderland #sfxmakeup #sfxmua
  • "Baby it's cold outside."
This look inspired by a 3 hour drive in a blizzard last weekend. It actually wasn't too bad, mostly just excruciatingly slow, but living in SD, I know how dangerous it can be going off the road in bad conditions. #frostbite #SFX #sfxmakeup #brrrrrr #sfxwound

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