I’m back and Thanksgiving is the middle child

________ is back, tell a friend.

BRANDI!!!

I know, I know; you all missed me; but please hold your applause until the end..

I don’t know, but what I do know is that I am not going to interfere with the course of things by talking about them online while they are in progress.

However, when everything is concluded I promise that I will write a blog post about it.

In the mean time just know that

  1. I’m out of my funk and back to posting every other Wednesday.
  2. A short little blurb will follow this one.
  3. “Bush doesn’t care about black people” mic drop.

Thanksgiving: the middle child

For many people the holy trinity of holidays is Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Mine is comprised of Easter, Mardi Gras, and Juneteenth; but then again I am a different breed.

Considering the standard norm one may notice that Thanksgiving is nestled smack dab in the middle of two worldwide phenomenon’s.

Thanksgiving is like Chris Brown in a group comprised of Chris, R. Kelly, and Bill Cosby. The public scrutiny and gravity of the offenses committed by the other two are so great that they manage to make Breezy look good.

So this holiday season put some respect on Thanksgivings name and honor it.

Don’t disrespect it by putting up another holidays decorations on that day,

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Christmas is coming!

Christmas is coming and to be honest I’m not nearly as excited as everyone around me.

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This isn’t really a new phenomenon, I haven’t really been a Christmas fan since I got my own job and just brought the things that I wanted throughout the year.  I no longer had to wait for Christmas to get an item that I wanted; I just had to wait until payday. Every other Friday became my Christmas.  Every other Friday was the day that I had been anticipating since it came two weeks ago.  Payday brought with it all of the material joy that Christmas brings as well as family members that you never see anymore.  I meet alcoholic uncles that I didn’t know I had that want to “hold a couple dolla’s” everytime I get paid.  And don’t get me started on income tax refunds!  That time period is the most wonderful time of the year!  All of the kids walking around in their new clothes, nobodies arguing about bills, no couches on the sidewalk symbolizing an eviction.  Ahhh, money doesn’t buy happiness but it sure does help.
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My point is simply that giving and receiving costly gifts  is not of much importance when you reach a certain age.  The sentiment behind the present means more than the actual cost behind it.  For example, mothers would prefer a 50 cent macaroni necklace from their kid over a thousand dollar diamond necklace.

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Well, most mothers, my broke self would take the diamond necklace. Sorry future kids!

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So below are a list of presents that garner the “kids macaroni necklace” appeal.  I have gave each one of these as presents and they are always received well. Perhaps most important is the fact that they cost nothing, except your time.  Oh, and love, make sure to put love into your creation, it’s  the most important step!  A macaroni necklace with no love that you find at the gas station is not as heartwarming as one made with love by your kids.  So be sure to incorporate it!

YouTube playlist mixtape

This gift is somewhat of an homage to the frequently gifted mixtapes of the 90s. It involves simply choosing a bundle of videos and adding them to a playlist that you will then send to the recipient.  A mix of music videos with video clips pertinent to the gift receiver are best.

Family or friends framed drawn portrait

Now if you are like me and are not gifted with Frida Kahlo-esque drawing skills it’s always received warmly when your family portrait is comprised of stick figure caricatures of everyone, like this: stick figure family.jpgIf placed in a unique picture frame found at the thrift store this gift screams special.

Note Jar

This gift is tedious in that it requires you to make a slew of notes that contain inspirational quotes, motivational phrases, etc. Then to combine them into a mason jar or container with a lid and to gift it.  This gift is especially meaningful to those that you will not see in a while, instruct them to open one a day.
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Thank you Letter

Writing a sweet note of appreciation is a way to imbibe gratitude and in turn feed your soul while also making another know how much you love and appreciate them.

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Sweet Dreams spray

This is a gift for all the kids young enough to believe this actually works.  As someone scarred from the phrase “Sweet Dreams” because of that song by the Eurythmics (demon voice: Sweet Dreams are made of thisssss)

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I would not suggest giving it to anyone who was younger than 10 when that song was popular.

This spray simply consists of a few drops of lavender oil, a few drops of chamomile, water, and a pinch of salt.  Optional ingredients include a pinch of the safe glitter they sell at chain stores.  You put your final product into a spray bottle and slap a label onto it with “Sweet Dream Spray” and instructions to spray it onto their bedsheet or pillow before going to sleep and your gift is done!
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Halloween Costumes from the thrift store

Halloween is my third favorite holiday.  Preceding it are the other chill holidays, Easter and Martin Luther King Jr. day,  The fact that Halloween is holding the bronze medal for holidays does not make it any less fantastic in my eyes.

My holiday ranking list is most comparable to the times garnered in a 100 meter race.  They are extremely close together being determined by mere hundredths of a second.

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So, to sum it all up,  don’t underestimate my love for Halloween.  I love everything about it from the eerie feeling it gives, to the candy (especially the candy), to my favorite: the costumes!

I LOVE dressing up for Halloween.  I have a twin brother, and you know there’s nothing cuter than a couples costume.  Then when you add a pinch of cute kids the outcome is a successful halloween night.

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This isn’t us, but it’s something our mom would do.

Our mom dressed us up as everything from Barney and Betty Boop to a cowboy and indian (this was the 90s people, no one even heard of cultural appropriation back then).  When I was under the age of 15 a successful Halloween night meant several bagfuls of candy, nowadays it means other things…

But the takeaway from this post is that if you look memorable on Halloween night the great pumpkin will bless you with a successful night!  Also I’m somewhat of an expert when it comes to Halloween costumes (not to brag but I have 9 “Best costume” awards just saying) and I actually practice what I preach!

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So read more to discover how to make a unique costume with pieces found at the thrift store!

Gothic Girl

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I actually wore this costume to a Halloween club event a few years back.  I don’t have any pictures of it because I had just turned 21 and didn’t know how to drink yet without getting wasted, so needless to say I don’t really remember much after leaving my residence hall (thank god those times are over).  The brief times that I do remember are that this costume looked pretty yet creepy, it wasn’t your typical slutty costume that isn’t even scary.  That it was not made it unique and memorable.

Little Leaguer

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That scene on Hocus Pocus when the little sister tries to defend her big brother and proclaims that he’s dressed as a “little leaguer” is so iconic.  Being a little leaguer for a Halloween costume would actually be a great costume.

Spice Girl

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If you’re a 90’s kid, chances are you can finish the verse “If you wanna be my lover, you gotta get with my __________”.  The Spice Girls was iconic!  I don’t know about you, but I definitely wanted a gang of friends who had my back like that.  They also promoted diversity before it was dubbed “advantageous”.  The Spice Girls is a really great group costume.

Carrie

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Stephen Kings Carrie is remembered visually for the scene in which the main character sports an evening gown covered in pigs blood, switch the pigs blood with a faux blood mixture of kool-aid and jello and pour it over a cheap 80’s formal dress from the thrift store (don’t worry, the faux blood washes out easily) and you have the greatest and cheapest halloween costume!

Couples costume: Egyptian Queen and king

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YES for this costume, it doesn’t even need words it speaks for it, it speaks for itself!   Just look at it!  Oh and if you know the guy in the picture tell him keep doing what he’s doing.  He has a beautiful woman AND a banging body!

Tourist

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This costume is a triple threat!  It’s cute, unique, and EASY. This is a great last minute costume idea.

Festival goer

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This is a fun costume perfect for those Halloween parties when you want a cute costume that’s not scary or too slutty.

Prom Queen

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When I hear Prom Queen I first think of that bad lil wayne song lol.  I’m sure other people think fondly of prom, not me.  The drama surrounding it (my friends ex took another girl and those are fighting moves for teenagers, and then I would have to fight with her because that’s my friend and I looked too cute to be fighting) and the high cost of it turned me off.  But this costume is cheap and Halloween parties are usually free!

Volleyball player

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Volleyball is a serious sport which requires just as much skill and athleticism as any other sport.  The fact that the players have to wear those tight spandex shorts that make their butt look good does not take away from this.

But seriously volleyball players have the most memorable uniforms of any sport.  Also,  Dressing like them is a lot more unique than the played out cheerleader costume.

Captain underpants

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In a world where there’ a resurgence in the popularity of superheroes; everyone wants to be like them.  Batman has let it be known that you don’t have to have powers to be a superhero, just money and good looks.  Captain Underpants has none of those things and sitll manages to attempt to fight crime.  He is an inspiration to all and on Halloween you can honor him by dressing up as him!

This costume is so funny and unique.  If you think about it wearing underwear in public is akin to wearing swimsuit bottoms, but if you don’t feel comfortable doing so you could put them over leggings or jeans.

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