Mad Like Alyce

Favorite Posts of 2016

Happy New Year and Happy 2nd Birthday to Mad Like Alyce! It’s hard for me to believe I have only been blogging for 2 years, but I’m still loving every moment of it. Here is a quick trip down memory lane at some of my favorite posts of 2016.

Mission to the Dominican Republic

Mission to the Dominican

I made a small promise to myself 3 years ago that I would travel out of the country at least once per year, and I knocked this one out in January 2016. Resorts are fun and all, but I really do like seeing more of the country, and mission trips are a great way to not only experience but to help. You can see more of the incredibly beauty of the Dominican Republic in my Favorite Pictures post!

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Ergonomic Corner Desk

While I still work on my blog primarily from the couch, I love this ergonomic desk! Since then, I have even upgraded the chair to a legit desk chair in robins egg blue. I still cannot say enough for how much an ergonomic setup saves my back, neck, and hands.

Appreciating Alcohol

Every so often, I realize just how different my life is now than before. I didn’t drink much in college… it’s so hard to enjoy when I was on so many medications at the time. It then became a huge factor in the terror of my home life. It wasn’t until well after college that I finally could appreciate a drink and even acquire a taste for red wine.

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Cupavci Cupcakes

Aaaaand let’s lighten the mood with some cupcakes!! These were the innovation of wanting to make cupavci for Damir’s dad, but really not wanting to make a huge mess of my hands. Instead, I remixed traditional cupavci by filling yellow cupcakes with strawberry jam and frosting with chocolate fudge and coconut.

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Missing Jaw Zombie Makeup Tutorial

ZOMBIES! I love zombie makeup, and had a blast creating and shooting these this year. My dad’s farm was the perfect setting for a post-apocalyptic zombie photo shoot. I also was ironically eaten alive by mosquitos while costumed as a zombie. I had well over 100 bites by the time the weekend was over.

shotgun-bride-zombie-feature-Shotgun Bride Zombie Costume

This zombie makeup tutorial really showcased just how versatile and easy this prosthetic gel is to use, not only for facial applications but really on any place on the body where you wish to display a wound.

Breadcrumb Trail of Credits

It was an interesting project to review my college transcript and watch the progression of my pain and the impacts it had on my college career. I was overwhelmed with the emotions and memories, the pain of falling apart and the pride of pulling myself through it.

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Glamping in the Palisades

Ok, so not actually “glamping” but drinking lots of wine out in the woods in an adorable cabin. Me and a good friend had a blast learning how to start a fire (not as easy as I was hoping, but we did it!), staying up late by the campfire, then making coffee on our second campfire the next morning!

beetlejuice-makeupBeetlejuice Costume

After my dad went and broke my heart by buying a Beetlejuice costume online, I had to show him how much more fun it is going the DIY route! Plus, this makeup tutorial turned out even better than I could have hoped for.

Farrell’s: My first 10 weeks

Finally I was so proud of my results from Farrells, and I’m really really missing being out on that blue mat while my injured shoulder heals. I may not have had the insane results that others have, but for me, the transformation was something totally different. At one point in my life, I was facing the fact that I might have to be on disability. I now can go out there and kick box with the best of them, and even show up some of the guys! Its all about perspective.

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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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  • I didn't want to say anything, then... or even now. But what someone else decided to do became a part of who I am now. A part of the damage I will always carry. My voice may have been small while I put myself together. Until I learned that the part of me that I am proudest of, the strength in me to overcome, is something you will never take. #metoo
  • Should have known #fridaythe13th would be the PERFECT day to start shooting my next project. You guys... I can't even begin to say how excited I am to share it with you, but for now, a quick peek.
  • Even in death, #pumpkinspice is life! Zombie walks are popping up all around the country, and if you want to wear your costume early as a "zombie" but don't want to actually damage the costume, this basic zombie is perfect! Or for me, it's a casual October Saturday....
  • Do you get to 3pm and feel like a total zombie without a caffeine jolt? Hey, me too! A playful take on the #basic girl, this is a tutorial that can give your costume zombie chic without the wounds and gore. Grab that #pumpkinspice latte and tackle those next few hours like the newly undead!
  • Brains... it's what's for dinner! Damir and I are at a place where he no longer questions brains in the fridge. #relationshipgoals #halloween #brains #brain #sfxmakeup #sfxmakeupartist
  • The easiest surgery recovery! If only I would bounce back from the real surgery as fast... instead of 6 weeks in a sling. This video shows just how easy these gel prosthetics are to remove, as opposed to spirit gum or pros-aid which require remover products.
  • After a year of having an injured shoulder, I am finally going to have surgery! For real... not this tutorial. But it IS inspired by my upcoming surgery, and the tutorial also contains a bit of a PSA on how you need to always keep fighting for your health and find a doctor who will fight with you. A MRI mistake lead to 9 months of additional pain, frustration, and medical costs. I'll get to spend this Halloween relaxing at home (in a sling) watching scary movies! Tutorial on the blog, link in bio!
  • Bruises are a great way to add interest to any Halloween costume, but I actually appreciate them for their behavior based on anatomy. They layers and shape you give your bruise are what can make you average injury go from "ouch" to "wow!" And just a slight change in these layers can show healing, or signs of deathly rot. I love making makeup bruises, mostly because I never recall how I get them in real life... I just run into things a lot apparently. The tutorial is on the blog, link in bio!
  • When you find the perfect coat in a consignment store to play Georgie from IT. But you know me, this coat would be ruined with sfx makeup and $50 was just a bit more than I wanted to spend. #cosplay #it #stephenking #halloweenmakeup #halloween #pennywise #georgie

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