Mad Like Alyce

Favorite posts of 2015

Happy New Year!!!!

I’m so excited to be a full year into this blog, and I was shocked this morning to realize that I put up 116 post in 2015. I will go over my goals recap soon, but just a teaser: I had planned on doing 1 post each week. I more than doubled this!!!

I also had noticed a lot of my favorite bloggers sharing their favorite posts of 2015, and thought it was a great idea to share some of my favorite posts you might not have seen during the past year. I didn’t realize just how much fun this exercise would be! Some posts I had completely forgotten about, and after digging through my archives, I struggled to narrow it down to even 10! There were some great DIY’s that I cut simply because I wanted to include some of the more powerful posts on my journey this year with really starting to feel in control of my PTSD. But never you fear, some of my best Halloween posts made the list.

Alyce’s Favorite Posts of 2015



A Chronic Pain Nightmare: The Problem with Insurance

I turned 26 this year, and subsequently lost the safety net of being on my Dad’s insurance. This post delves into some of my biggest frustrations surrounding how insurance can severely limit the quality of life for those living with Chronic Pain.

hatter-feature2-768x1024Mad Hatter Costume Tutorial

This costume was by far my favorite creation this year. It turned out so much better than I had anticipated, and considering the amount of time investment it took in comparison to others, this was a clear winner.

Sally-1Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas Costume DIY

This is the DIY I am the most proud of. The dress was honestly a labor of love, and the time investment in creating this was a bit exhausting (probably exacerbated by my lack of seamstress skills or knowledge of how to construct a dress), but overall, it turned out so incredibly beautiful. I’m just so pleased with it, and still think it was more than worth it in the end.

Road-to-Pine-Ridge-1000x580The Road to Pine Ridge

This summer I went out and spent a week volunteering at The Dream Center on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in western South Dakota. I cannot tell you how much this trip changed me. It rubbed me raw and left my soul vulnerable. It changed my entire way of thinking about the world. I am a different person because of this experience. I hope that you have a chance to experience something like this in your lives.



Word of the Day: Fragile

I wrote this post right after making a major breakthrough with my counseling. It was not long after this experience that I began to start getting a grip on my PTSD. Often we feel like we are already incredibly fragile when we have PTSD, yet there is something to be said for opening the doors to the safe room in our minds and making ourselves incredibly, immensely, vulnerable. To let the fear out, you have to open the door.

Aquired tasteMaybe Being Oneself is Always an Acquired Taste

Along with my journey of accepting my PTSD, I have made great steps in accepting myself and my body. In a world where our bodies are always under a microscope, I find that I am finally starting to accept who I am, and realize that it doesn’t matter what I look like, I need to love myself first.

jack-1070x580Jack Skellington Makeup Tutorial

This was my favorite makeup tutorial by far, and I had such a great time doing this costume in cahoots with my sister.

Sun-and-moon-1070x580Sun & Moon

Even though I am nearing my 2 year dating anniversary with Damir, it was just during this year that I started to learn what a healthy relationship was. A past of domestic violence makes relationships so difficult, and it wasn’t until I had this epiphany about relationships and energy that I realized how to make it work for me.


What Will Really Sink Your Ship

This was a great lesson about catastrophizing every little worry. It is also a great realization into how our PTSD, while a disability at times, can also give as attributes that help us in life.


The Mayor from Nightmare Before Christmas Costume DIY

This was a last minute addition to my costume roster, but I absolutely loved it for its simplicity and impact. If only I could find a good way to see out of it! It would still work wonders as a Halloween decor lampshade.

jack cake-1000x580Jack Skellington Surprise Cake

Ok, so I lied… I could only narrow it down to 11. This cake was the kickoff to my mad month of Halloween, and I just loved every second of making it. It was the first time I really felt like I created something truly awesome and worth sharing, and really boosted my confidence. It also has opened the door into trying to improve my overall blog photography… which is a project in itself.


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!

Costume & Makeup Tutorials


  • I should be in bed, but instead I'm fighting sleep and fooling around on Photoshop. This is a mirrored version to complete a full face. I have my makeup out and ready for a new look, but have nothing left in the tank today, so here's my last Gwen Dylan... for now ;)
Also, I forget how asymmetrical our faces can be until you flip a photo, or in this case, mirror it. Even just flipping it looked so strange to me!
  • I’m having waaaayyyy to much fun with this one, and it’s just the makeup! I think I might have to start this cosplay this weekend... what’s a good material to use to make a fake shovel blade? I’m a nube when it comes to fabrication, so any and all advice is welcome!
  • You GUYS this might have moved to my favorite makeup of all time. Gwen Dylan, inspired by the cover of iZombie: Dead to the World. I think I might have to make this a full scale cosplay, what do you think?

The zombie half was created using @mehronmakeup water paints. Wig is from @ardawigs (I think it is the Magnum Long Classic in Titanium Blonde). Eyes were photoshopped to match the comic book cover.
  • You may know of Liv Moore, but do you know who Gwen Dylan? You guys, i'm really really pleased with how this turned out! Modeled after the cover of iZombie: Dead to the World, Gwen Dylan is the original iZombie heroine, a revenant zombie that must eat brains once per month to retain her mind, which is easy, seeing as she is a gravedigger. 
The zombie half was created using @mehronmakeup  water paints. Wig is from @ardawigs (I think it is the Magnum Long Classic in Titanium Blonde). Eyes were photoshopped to match the cover.
  • Some like it hot! Unlike Liv Moore in iZombie, I would get some pretty bad heartburn, but that doesn't stop me from adding Sriracha. I think the most disturbing part of this picture is that even though I added white to the foundation to get that "ultra pale" look, you still can hardly see the difference between my face and hands... sigh. #palelife #zombie
  • When you get those late night munchies... Another look at this Full On Zombie Liv Moore from iZombie. The more I look at this, the more I love it... why do I procrastinate in posting things for so long?!? I've got a few blog posts in the works for projects that I started last year! I should hopefully have more things up in the near future. In the meantime, bon appetit.
  • Happy Valentines Day! I'll always love you for your BRAINS!!!
I did this iZombie Liv Moore in Full-On Zombie back before my surgery and just haven't gotten around to posting until now! I had wanted to come up with some kind of Valentines day themed look to kick me back into things now that my arm is mostly functional, but I was just struggling to think of what I wanted to do. Valentines Day is just not my thing. Unless there is chocolate. I Digress.
Halfway into my glass of wine, I realized this was the perfect time to post this look. I technically have a video, but the jury is still out on whether or not to post it just yet. I'm mostly just glad to be at a point where I can start experimenting with makeup again!
  • Anybody else struggle this time of year? I’m looking at these lovely sunbeams from my Alice In Wonderland shoot this summer to bring some sunshine to my day. I’ll be doing just fine, then be lying on the couch trying to feel like I can breathe again. I know it is ok, and these increased symptoms will pass, but it’s certainly not fun, especially when I have projects and ideas id like to tackle, but can’t get past this paralyzing anxiety. What do you guys use to help with SADD? #SADD #anxiety #ptsd #seasonaldepression  #winteristheworst #whydoilivehere
  • Halfway done! Still a ton to do, and I’ve learned ALOT already, like how not to sew in an invisible zipper, that I need a seam ripper, and need to invest in real fabric shears. But it’s actually coming together! Having never used a pattern before, I admit I looked at the pile of paper with some skepticism. Also, it kind of matches my couch. 😂 #cosplay #sewing #mccallspatterns #mccalls #mccallscosplay #spacesuit #plussizecosplay


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