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Tips and Tricks to keep your Halloween Happy and Healthy! - No mess no stress halloween tips for Spoonies!

Posted Oct 04 2010 7:51am
Good morning and hello rainy weather... again!
Actually, it's fine because other than a few errands and some graduate work I have nothing else to do, and it gives me an excuse to sit down and get my work done... Assuming my body holds out long enough to do so. But, before we get going on school work, I'd like to offer you all something that we included in the first edition (October Edition) of the CHRONICLYsILLy Newsletter, It is some helpful tips and tricks to help all of us lupies and spoonies get through the halloween season, with little stress, little to no mess and no flares (in the aftermath of costume shopping, school parties and trick-or-treating) I love the holidays but I also know they can be stressful and stress is a big no-no for the chronically ill as it usually worsens our conditions. So without further adieu, here we go folks- Listen up because these are some simple and helpful tips!

Helpful tips to get you through halloween- stress and flare free!

With halloween right around the corner at the end of our month, it can be difficult to juggle the beginning of the holiday season, and get ready for trick-or-treaters, and for those of you who have children back to school, parties, and halloween costumes can be overwhelming! Here are some tips to help you stay calm and keep those flares at bay!

- Start looking for costumes now- if you wait you run the risk of them not having the size of the princess barbie dream dress your little girl wants, and you will end up running to 4 different party citys trying to find her "the only costume she wants!"

- Costumes can be expensive- try a semi homemade or stores such as target and walmart! They have really reasonable costumes and a ton of accessories so you can "build-your-own" it ends up being a lot cheaper and still produces an awesome costume- usually with a ton more accessories than the pre-packaged costume! This is also a great way to get creative with your family, kids, neighbors and build your own costumes! The best part is... you can reuse parts next halloween from their costumes this year! Thrifty, frugal and fun!

- Don't buy your halloween candy in advance- This is one thing that you might want to hold off on- especially if mr. prednisone is currently in your medicine routine- Trust me that candy will not live to see halloween day when you get a prednisone hankering!

- Stay involved with class activities, and ask the teacher to start the class list for the party early so there is plenty of notice! I remember bringing home a note the day before a party saying we needed 25 cupcakes for the next day, and the look of terror on my parents faces as they both worked full time! Being a future teacher myself, I know how crucial it is to always plan ahead and leave parents enough time (this also helps keep my stress levels down!)

-Get yourself a fun halloween costume! Halloween is not just for kids folks! Put that lupus rash to use and dress up as a raggedy anne doll (no need to buy the rose red cheek blush when you already have a permanent one from your malar rash!) And no worries men out there, we didn't forget you- put your rash to work and dress up like santa for halloween! It's hilarious and practical (also hides those unwanted prednisone pounds and puts them to good use as a Belly that shook like a bowl full of jelly!)

- Enjoy it! halloween is a Fun holiday and you can add little desserts and tricks to dinner eat night to get you all ready for the holiday-Better homes and gardens has a ton of semi-homemade treats that you and your family will love! They are quick, easy and tasty! So you won't have to dip into your spoon reserves either!

And on that note, do not forget to stop by the Lupus Magazine (TLM- as we lupies like to call it- or maybe its just us writers but im a little obsessed with abbreviations so deal with it!) and of course I will not leave you without our daily jolt-of-java!


Suffering from a bad case of the flu, the outraged patient bellowed, "Three weeks?? The doctor can't see me for three weeks?? I could well be dead by then!"

Calmly the voice at the other end of the line replied, "If so, would you please have your wife call to cancel the appointment?"

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