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How To Make Black Bat Pumpkins For Halloween!

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Welcome trick-or-treaters and Halloween guests to your door with a litter of black cat pumpkins. These carve-free kitties are easy to craft, making them a fun project for older children or small kids with a little help from a crafty adult.

Material that you need:

  • faux pumpkins of various sizes and shapes
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Black exterior paint
  • 2'' foam paintbrush
  • Black craft foam
  • Medium-tipped white paint marker
  • White craft paint
  • Small craft paintbrush
  • Grey and light brown pipe cleaners
  • Felt (Light grey, light brown or red)
  • Black marker
 

Halloween inspiration

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18.10.16

Halloween weekend is fast approaching and the colour orange has never been so appealing! We have picked out some of the finest inspiration for you to throw the best Halloween themed party, or drinks of some sort!

Halloween Mood

Flavours: pumpkin, orange, ginger, butternut squash, cinnamon, cranberry, chocolate Characters: bats, ghosts, cats, spiders, cobwebs, witch, Harry Potter, eyeballs Colour code: anything that looks like blood, lime green, orange, white

Sweet

 Halloween Franken-cupcakes

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Toffee apple muffins 

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Halloween ghost cupcakes 

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Drinks

Zombie punch

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Spiced orange pumpkin bowl 

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Hollow out a medium size pumpkin and fill halfway with ice. Depending on the size of your pumpkin, pour in 4 to 8 bottles of Crabbie's Spiced Orange Alcoholic Ginger Beer. Top with sliced oranges.

To make citrus ice cubes: Take 1 orange and use a peeler to create small orange zest peels to curl up and put in each tray. Take a second orange and cut in quarters, then cut each quarter into small triangle slices that will fit in the ice cube tray. Freeze.

To rim glasses: Mix the 2 tablespoons cinnamon, ¼ cup sugar in the raw, and 1 tablespoon allspice in a small bowl and then pour evenly onto a small plate. Rim each glass with orange slices to create a wet layer for the sugar mixture to stick to. Roll the rim of your glass into the cinnamon sugar mixture, add a few citrus ice cubes to your glass.

Black cauldron 

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In a cocktail shaker filled with ice...

  1. Combine 1½ parts Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila, ¾ part fresh lemon juice, ¼ part agave syrup, ¼ part sage simple syrup, 2 dashes Angostura bitters, and 1 capsule activated charcoal, which adds a jet-black hue and a light smoky flavor to the cocktail.
  2. Shake vigorously. Strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a lemon slice.

Smoked pumpkin

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In cocktail shaker filled with ice...

  1. Add 1 ounce Ketel One Orange, ¼ ounce lime juice, 1 ounce Illegal Mezcal, 2 heaping bar spoons of pumpkin butter, and 2 dashes orange bitters.
  2. Shake and strain into a rocks glass with cubes ice. Garnish with an orange twist and a sprinkle of flake smoked salt.

Pumpkin Carving

A quick how to on youtube

https://youtu.be/55WemWe7DU4

For your toolbox

Bargain: 9 piece carving kit for £1!

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For the experts...

Pumpkin pro safety power saw

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Carved creations beyond the norm

Great lanterns

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Elaborate table centrepieces

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A practical wine holder

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Some of your favourite animated characters

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Anything looking other than a pumpkin!

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Spooky decor

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And don't forget about our delicious pumpkin crisps!

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Energise in October

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06.10.16

Days are getting shorter and darker as we settle into the Autumnal months. The motivation to maintain the get up and go attitude that we usually have on sunnier, warm days is admittedly not the same as much as we would like it to be. Whether this is simply the motivation to get out of bed to work, or to keep fit and healthy in colder months; outdoor runs are less appealing and the temptation to reach for hot chocolate and marshmallows is real. However, here are multiple ways in which you can approach and beat the winter slump come October.

Light up with Lumie 

Bodyclock wake-up light

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Some would dub the Lumie body clock as the saviour to your early morning wake ups, especially during dark and gloomy months. The difficulty in getting up results in inertia, which is the inability to feel alert and perform when you first awake. So if you are not a morning person, this body clock wakes you up gently as the light turns on and gradually gets brighter in last thirty minutes of sleep. The light stimulates production of hormones that help us to get up and go, while suppressing those that bring on sleep.

The body clock also solves the issues associated with oversleeping, which may indicate that your body clock is set at a later time than desired. The light of Bodyclock can help to reset the body’s natural rhythms to suit the working day better and make you feel more awake and refreshed when you have to get up.

Bodyclocks start from £59.95

SAD light 

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Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern. Often known as "winter depression", symptoms of SAD tend to appear in the autumn as days start to get shorter. Symptoms of SAD can include:

  • a persistent low mood
  • a loss of pleasure of interest in normal everyday activities
  • irritability
  • feelings of despair, guilt and worthlessness
  • feeling lethargic (lacking in energy) and sleeping during the day
  • sleeping for longer than normal and finding it hard to get up in the morning
  • craving carbohydrates and gaining weight
Light therapy is a popular way to combat SAD. Lightboxes are able to treat the symptoms of SAD with summer levels of bright light. They lift mood, boost concentration and restore natural energy. Lumie offer a range of lightboxes which stimulate exposure to sunlight. The Arabica is just one lightbox which ideally can be used whilst watching TV or using the computer; recommended treatment time is 30-60 minutes. SAD lightboxes start from £99.95

Stretch

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There are multiple benefits in taking even 10 minutes of your morning routine to stretch your body before you get on with your day. Benefits include:

  • Improves posture
  • Fewer aches and pains
  • Increased blood flow
  • Greater amounts of energy

You can follow a straightforward sequence of total body stretching...

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Or, if you are a regular yogi, then you may be interested in a light morning yoga sequence such as...

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Soup for days 

There is no doubt that soup is a cold weather staple, we drink it by the gallons in the autumn and winter! Sales of soup noticeably increase during the colder months, however, shop brought soups are often laden with added 'nasties' such as unnecessary salt, sugar and artificial additives. So why not make your own home made soup? It is no longer time consuming due to the array of blenders that are now available to whizz up your own batch of wholesome glug.

Splurge

What you can make with the Vitamix blender is absolutely endless! You can make juices, smoothies, soup, nut butters, no strain nut milks, powders, sauces and dips, whipped cream and frothed milk and even pulled meat! If you can't afford the most coveted Vitamix blender (prices start from £299-£650), there are plenty alternatives which can do the same job for a small fraction of that price! screenshot-2016-10-06-10-09-50

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Keeping things affordable and simple, all you may need is this soup maker by Morphy Richards. Put in all your ingredients and select 1 of the 4 functions: blend, smooth, chunky or juice - to give your soup the perfect consistency! As well as preparing all kinds of soup, this blender is also able to heat them up too and the 1.6L capacity means that you can make enough soup for the whole week.

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Go Sober 

 

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Macmillan Cancer Support has launched their annual Go Sober for October campaign to encourage people to go sober for October and raise money to support those people who are affected by cancer. As well as fundraising for a highly respectable charity, you may be forever thankful after 31 days of booze free detoxing. No hangovers, a downsized beer belly and a noticeable amount left of your pay check to splurge on a new winter coat instead? Yes please.

So far just over £500,000 has been raised this year. To be involved in this fantastic cause, as well as feeling renewed and rejuvenated, sign up individually or with a team.

Halloween spirit 

halloween Halloween is not just for kids and trick or treating! Keep posted for Halloween themed recipes for all ages to celebrate.  

HALLOWEEN COMPETITION

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15.10.15

Trick or treat?  TREATTTTT! Halloween night is coming in a few weeks! Are you going to a party or watch a scary movie with your friends? Either way you need YUMMY snacks.  Giving Tree and its favourite brands are here to provide you with all you need ;)

COMPETITION TIME

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WHAT’S THE PRIZE INCLUDED?

Handmade popcorn in London that use natural ingredients. Their range contain over 40 innovative flavours (sweet or savoury). Healthy and delicious range that the whole family can enjoy. Preservative free, all natural, guilt free! 100% Raw organic coconut water, unheated, with nothing added and nothing taken away. This means both the taste and nutritional content are unchanged.

HOW TO ENTER?

It’s really easy, all you need to do:
  1.  Like our Facebook page, follow us on Instagram & Twitter and follow @chicoconutwater.
  2.  Share the Halloween  competition with the hashtag #joeandseph and #givingtreesnack.
The competition will be running from the 13th October to the 27th October 4pm, so good luck everyone! Here are our links: Facebook: GivingTree Twitter: @givingtreesnack Instagram: @givingtreesnack Chi’prize T&Cs: Correct entries will be submitted into our prize draw, and a winner selected at random. The winner will be contacted via twitter or Facebook, and must respond within 48 hours to receive their prize; otherwise a new winner will be selected. Open to UK residents only.