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!

Hello!

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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  • Hey Guys! I've been quiet on Insta so far this October, but its because IM SO BUSY and i'm pretty much in Halloween Heaven. Between finishing my first commissioned costume (its super simple, but I completed foam armor for the first time!!!) and doing makeup at the haunted house, i've hardly had time for sleep... and I wouldn't have it any other way. 
This is one of my first clown practice runs. I tried doing 30 minutes or less, and initially I wasn't planning on posting. Having a few days of the crazed makeup chaos that is getting ready for house open under my belt, I have a new appreciation for what details you can and simply cannot complete in such a short time period, and kind of like the grunge this clown pulled off. Not everything you will create is perfect, but thats how we all learn! #clowns #hauntedhouse #halloweenmakeup #halloween2018
  • I think this barrel look could make a great clown character.... am I going over to the dark side and starting to like clowns?!?! Only time will tell, and there are still 20 days until Halloween! #nightmarebeforechristmas #halloweentown #lockshockandbarrel
  • "I say that we take a cannon, aim it at his door
And then knock three times
And when he answers
Sandy Claws will be no more!"
The props for Barrel were actually my favorite, even if they are a bit cheesy, and make this costume all the more fun. I'll have to keep an eye out for a skeleton costume this year... I would like to do this one again! #nightmarebeforechristmas #halloweentown #lockshockandbarrel
  • "We're his little henchmen and
We take our job with pride
We do our best to please him
And stay on his good side"
#Nightmarebeforechristmas #halloweentown #lockshockandbarrel
  • I am SO FREAKING PLEASED with this makeup... and I have no justification for why I love Barrel more than Shock... Could be the fun loving character or just that the colors popped more in these photos. Or maybe these clown-like looks are starting to grow on me.... #nightmarebeforechristmas #halloweentown #lockshockandbarrel
  • "Jack said, "We should work together"
Three of a kind
Birds of a feather
Now and forever
Wheeee!!!"
Those poor red eyes! Thats not fx eye-blood... it's what happens when you do too many makeups close together... this stuff can be hell on your skin! They didn't look this red in all of the photos, but they sure felt like it. I have since invested in a serious eye cream... its only one week into October! #redeyes #muaproblems #nightmarebeforechristmas #lockshockandbarrel
  • "Kidnap Mr. Sandy Claws
I wanna do it
Let's draw straws"
Maybe it is because this is my shortest wig or just the color palette, but I feel like my Shock makeup came across a bit like Beast Boy from Teen Titans... what do you think? #nightmarebeforechristmas #lockshockandbarrel #teentitans
  • "He'II be so pleased by our success
That he'll reward us too, I bet
Perhaps he'll make his special brew
Of snake and spider stew!"
One last shot of Lock... three guesses what the next one is, and the first two don't count ;) #nightmarebeforechristmas #lockshockandbarrel #halloweentown
  • "First, we're going to set some bait
Inside a nasty trap and wait
When he comes a-sniffing we will
Snap the trap and close the gate"
Ok, i couldn't wait to post this shot with the goofy masks I made 2 years ago... Im obsessed with this gorgeous wig from Webster Wigs. It's seriously my favorite. Speaking of the mask, Im excited to get these new pics posted on the blog, because the makeup and mask pics are super cheesy. It makes me proud to see how much I have improved in both makeup and prop-making in just a few years. #muapassion #lockshockandbarrel #nightmarebeforechristmas

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