Thrifty Thursday: 4 Creative Ways to Use Leftover Halloween Candy

Let me guess, you bought a lot of Halloween candy. After all, tis the season for buying candy in bulk and not feeling guilty about it. It’s for the kids, right?

Yet whether you come home with a very proud “Trick-or-Treater” holding his or her plastic pumpkin filled to the brim with treats  or simply bought more candy bags than the total number of neighborhood kids, come Saturday morning, you are going to have a ton of leftover candy on your hands. Let me help you out with some of those leftovers….

4 Creative Ways to Use Leftover Halloween Candy #halloween #leftovercandy #thrifty #healthy #supportourtroops #trailmix #candy-infusedvodka #starburst #thanksgivingcenterpiece #gingerbreadhouse

 

 #1. Donate:  Support Our Troops

In my opinion, the best way to use leftover Halloween candy is by sending it to Operation Shoebox, an organization that provides care packages to troops deployed overseas and returning home. When you send your leftover candy bags to Operation Shoebox volunteers, they will use your candy to fill  special care packages given to men and women stationed across the world.

Donate your leftover Halloween candy to Troops overseas through Organizations like Operation Shoebox and Operation Gratitude #leftoverhalloweencandy #donate #giveback #usa #troops #neverforget

 

*For more information on how to donate your Halloween candy and to learn more about Operation Shoebox: click here.

#2. Decorate a Festive, Gingerbread House for the Holidays

 

Who doesn’t love decorating Gingerbread Houses for the holidays? And with all that leftover Halloween candy, you will have endless amounts of decorations for your Gingerbread house at your fingertips. And if you happen to have a lot of “Halloween-Themed” candy, such as those orange and black M&M’s, candy corn, those pumpkin candies, etc. use the candy to to create a fall Gingerbread House perfect for a Thanksgiving centerpiece. Save your halloween-themed leftover candy to decorate a fall harvest Gingerbread House perfect for your Thanksgiving centerpiece #thrifty #creativelylu #leftoverhalloweencandy #candycorn #thanksgiving #centerpiece

#3. Snack Attack: DIY Healthy Trail Mix

Let’s face it, endless amounts of leftover sugar hanging around the house can go very bad. In just Halloween movie marathon this weekend, you could wipe out a full bag Pay Days, Starbursts, and Reeses Pieces each. Pace your candy consumption  by mixing it with healthier snacks and storing it in individual Ziploc bags.

There’s really no wrong way to make Trail Mix, but here are some mix-in options:

  • 1 c. raw almonds
  • 1 c. chopped candy bars (Snickers, Twix, PayDay, etc.)
  • 1/2 c. sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 c. M&Ms
  • 1 c. pretzels
  • 1/2 c. cheerios
  • 1/2 c. candy corn

Portion Out Leftover Halloween Candy by Using it to Make Trail Mix in individual-sized snack bags #healthy #snacks #halloween #leftovercandy #portioncontrol

#4. Get Your Buzz On: DIY Candy-Infused Vodka

Did you know that you can make your own flavors of vodka? Well you can, and it’s super easy. Here’s how:

  1. Fill a water bottle with 6oz of vodka and pour one flavor of leftover Halloween candy, such as pink Starbursts, into the bottle.
  2. Shake the water bottle vigorously and set aside for a few hours.
  3. Once the bottle has rested, shake it up again.
  4. Put four coffee filters in a funnel and place into a measuring cup.
  5. Strain by pouring your filtered creation over the funnel.
  6. If the vodka turns out a little thick, repeat step 5 again.
  7. Pour the infused vodka into a flask and chill until it’s ready to serve.

Not sure what to do with your leftover halloween candy? Take a favorite flavor, such as pink Starbucks, and make a candy-infused Vodka #cocktails #starbucks #leftoverhalloweencandy #starburstvodka

I hope that these 4 tips have inspired you to create a fun-filled Halloween!

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Think Outside the Box #quotes #inspiration #motivation #beoriginal

Think Outside the Box #beoriginal


Wordless Wednesday: Halloween Edition

This Week's Wordless Wednesday photo is in honor of Halloween #halloween #cat #costume

 

 

*Every Wednesday, from now on, Creatively Lu will feature a photo of the week. There will be no words on the page. The goal is to inspire readers to come up with creative captions, quotes, and just general thoughts that pop into your mind when you see the photo.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Create a beautiful Wednesday!

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On-Trend Tuesday: 5 Gorgeous Ways to Incorporate Chocolate Brown into Your Fall Wardrobe

As sweet and delicious as the chocolate it’s named after, the shade chocolate brown is the perfect fall color. In honor of National Chocolate Day, here are five gorgeous ways to incorporate Chocolate Brown into your fall wardrobe:

5 Gorgeous Ways to Incorporate Chocolate Brown into Your Fall Wardrobe #essie #chocolatecakes #infinityscarf #bobbibrown #neutral #eyeshadow #fallfashion #h&m #sweater #jumper #comfy #ridingboots #toryburch

  1.  Pieces Knitted Tube Scarf in Chocolate

    While fall weather means that you can no longer get away with sleeveless tops and dresses, it doesn’t mean that you have to break out the heavy parkas just yet. Introducing the perfect way to stay warm without breaking a sweat: the infinity scarf. This infinity scarf in a light & airy knit fabric from Pieces.com is so easy to throw on and doesn’t require any fancy tying or knotting techniques

  2. Bobbi Brown Rich Chocolate Eye Palette

    The Bobbi Brown Rich Chocolate Eye Palette is better than a box of truffles. Featuring a rich array of chocolate-inspired shades, it’s the perfect fall take on a classic neutral eyeshadow. The palette includes a mix of textures including shimmery and sparkly hues, plus Bobbi’s pick-of-the-palette—Rich Chocolate eye shadow, a deliciously dark color that doubles as an eyeliner, too.

  3. H&M Wide Jumper in a Chocolate Brown Wool Blend

    Cozy, oversized sweaters are my all time favorite fall crush. Whether headed to work, out for a night on the town, or just lounging around, oversized sweaters are the ultimate fall fashion statement. This H&M Wide Jumper is incredibly comfortable, stylish, and can be paired with anything from skinny jeans to black leggings, and can even be dressed up with a chic pencil skirt. No matter how you style it, this Jumper is mandatory for your fall closet.

  4. Essie Neutral Nails in Chocolate Cakes

    The best way to accent your fall style is with a fresh manicure. When it comes to nail polish colors, brown is the new black! It’s time to swap out your Lincoln Park at Midnight for Chocolate Cakes by Essie. This creamy dark chocolate brown nail laquer s decadently sensuous and will leave them begging for crumbs of your affection.

  5. Tory Burch Simone Over-the-Knee Boots in Chocolate Brown

    Tis the season for thigh-high boots. As the air grows crisp, you can finally complete that cozy sweater and leggings outfit with the most exciting thing about fall: riding boots. These Simone Over-the-Knee Boots from Tory Burch in the shade Chocolate Brown are the perfect fall footwear. 

 

While these five items gorgeously highlight all that is delicious about Chocolate, there really is no substitute to the real thing. So make sure you enjoy a piece of chocolate today! Happy National Chocolate Day everyone!

 

Create a decadent Tuesday!

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And just in case you needed yet another excuse to enjoy a piece of chocolate today and everyday…

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Wordless Wednesday: Back to School

Back to School #sweet #photography #son #preschool #momdontcry

Photo c/o Liz McDonald of her son Joshua, age 3, on his first day of Preschool

Create a beautiful Wednesday!

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And now for your dose of inspiration…

There is no finish line so love the journey. #quotes #love #truth #life #creativelylu

“There is no finish line so love the journey”


Wordless Wednesday: It Feels Good to Be Lost in the Right Direction

It’s Wordless Wednesday featuring a photo with a view that reminds us why it’s good to be lost in the right direction:

It Feels Good to Be Lost in the Right Direction #travel #quotes #mountaintop #view

Create a  beautiful Wednesday!

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And now for your dose of inspiration inspired by this everlasting summer I am desperately clinging to… The Ocean is My Happy Place #photography #boy #ocean #beach #quotes #love

“The Ocean is My Happy Place”

Photo c/o Liz McDonald