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3 Great Costume Ideas Using Old Bed Sheets

While most of the little boys in our neighborhood wanted to be superheroes for Halloween, my son wanted to dress as his favorite fruit: grapes. After driving to several costume retailers and not being able to find what we were looking for, I decided it was time to seek alternative options. I researched homemade costumes and found an array of cheap and simple methods of creating my sons look as well as many others. Utilizing some old beds sheets and a couple of other materials, I was able to create a fantastic bushel of grapes. Not only did my homemade creation earn me some extra cool points with my little one, but I was able to save lots of money as well.

Dressing up is one of the best aspects of Halloween, however, it can also be one of the most wasteful. Every year, millions of parents purchase ready-made-costumes for their children. Their costume is usually worn one time then it’s cast aside. Instead of purchasing another costume, join me and get creative. With minimal materials, you can easily make some of the most unique and fun Halloween outfits for your children. It’s okay if you don’t know where to start as I have included 3 costume ideas you can make just by using some old bed sheets.

1. Grape Costume

Photo Courtesy of Coolest Homemade Costumes

You will need:

  • A purple or green sheet
  • A pack of purple or green balloons
  • Safety pins
  • A piece of green felt
  • A stocking cap
  • Scissors

Instructions:

First, take your scissors and cut out a hole from the sheet for your child’s head. Next, fashion sleeves out of the sheet and fasten them together with the safety pins. Now blow up balloons, and begin fastening the edge of them all over the sheet until no empty space remains. Finally, cut leaf shapes out of the felt and fasten them to the stocking cap. Now your child’s costume is complete.

2. Mummy Costume

You will need:

  • A white sheet
  • Scissors

Instructions:

With your scissors, begin cutting a variety of strips to accommodate all the different parts of your child’s body. Once you have cut all your strips, begin wrapping them around your child. Voila, you child is a mummy.

3. Greek or Roman

You will need:

  • A white sheet
  • A gold rope or belt

Instructions:

Fold the sheet in the middle, and place the folded part over your child’s shoulder. Open the ends of the sheet to wrap around your child’s body. The neckline can be as low or high as you’d like. Just remember that draping is the key. A gold rope or belt can be used to secure the sheet at the waist.

Selecting The Right Mattress For Your Body & Sleep Habits

Choosing the right mattress can make the difference between years of satisfactory sleep or endless nights trying to find a comfortable position. Your body type has a bearing on the type of mattress you should select for best support. Your personal sleep preferences should also be taken into account when selecting the right mattress for your need

Side, Stomach or Back Sleepers

Your sleep position is a significant factor in selecting a mattress. Ultimately, a good mattress should keep your spine in a straight alignment regardless of what position you take. However, many back sleepers find that a firm mattress offers the necessary support of the lower back. Side sleepers need a bit more “give” to allow them a comfortable position that still offers support. For these sleepers, a medium firmness is a good choice. If you sleep on your stomach, a soft mattress will make you fall into it face down too readily, causing a deep curve in the lower back and neck. Choose a medium firmness mattress to allow some support for both upper and lower body.

Broad Shoulders

Individuals who have broad shoulders and are side sleepers will probably prefer a mattress on the softer side. Too much pressure on the shoulders can be uncomfortable, so softer support can be a better choice. The right mattress can be especially important for those with shoulder problems. A firm mattress can allow too much pressure on the shoulder joint, leading to aches and pains upon waking in the morning.

Wide Hips

Similarly, those individuals with wide hips may find that a firm textured mattress places too much pressure on tender hipbones. Older people who are troubled by hip pain may find this particularly uncomfortable. Give considerable thought before committing to the purchase of a mattress. A store with a good return policy may be a good idea for people who may have difficulty finding the right firmness texture for their needs.

Weight Factors

Thin individuals can generally tolerate any thickness and firmness of mattress unless they have other health issues that may come into play. However, heavy individuals generally prefer firm mattresses that are over nine inches in thickness to avoid unnecessary pressure.

Mattress Accessories

Many consumers find that adding one of the mattress accessories that are available can help to make a mattress more comfortable for their particular body type. Padded mattress covers and mattress pads can additional softness when needed and can be removed when the sensitive body part improves. Buyers can choose from a wide variety of products that can help to raise the comfort level of their mattress for a better night’s sleep.

Unique bedding in celebrity mansions

Just like the grandiose buildings that host them, bedding in the mansions of the rich and famous is often both luxurious and fabulously color-coordinated. Elle Décor reported on several stunning spaces where our favorite celebrities go to retreat and relax. Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo enlisted the help of famous designer Martyn Lawrence-Bullard to create a globetrotter look to her bedroom. Her bed is a luxurious Parisian one, topped of with an Indian throw and West African pillows.
Singer Cher goes with a similar global theme, favoring a ‘far east’ look, complete with embellished pillows and an ivory colored bedspread. Showing a similar attraction to unusual yet elegant pairings, Sarah Jessica Parker aimed for a little taste of the dramatic in her master suite, with soft white bedding mixed with colorful accessories that make the room ‘pop.’
Sara Jessica Parker
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Jennifer Aniston’s former master suite in Beverly Hills is a simple, luxurious room: A delicate balance between wood paneling and cream-white pillows and linens. Other celebrity mansion boudoirs of note include Sharon and Ozzy Osborne’s whimsical master bedroom which, HGTV reports, features silk bedding and a mirrored canopy bed. Which celebrity bedroom design idea do you like the best? Are you inspired by any of their choices? Tell us in the comments.
Cher's master suite with far east motif

Does Hypoallergenic Bedding Really Work?

Around 20 million people in the US alone suffer from allergies to dust mites and other allergens. My children are two of them. They suffer from such symptoms as breathing problems, sneezing, and hives when they are exposed to certain allergens. Hypoallergenic bedding like mattress covers was one of the first items that my allergy specialist recommended for allergy management. A number of people wonder if hypoallergenic bedding works. I am here to answer that question for the allergy sufferers in the world: Hypoallergenic bedding is quite effective in allergy management for children and adults. It can create the perfect treatment plan when it is used in conjunction with other treatment methods.

What is Hypoallergenic Bedding?

Hypoallergenic bedding consists of items such a pillows and pillowcases, comforters, mattresses, sheets, covers and the like. Manufacturers create this special bedding with the intention of causing the least amount of allergic reactions from a sufferer. Most hypoallergenic bedding is made of synthetic material as opposed to down filled materials that cause allergic reactions. Some hypoallergenic bedding is made of vinyl because vinyl is a material that repels dust mite droppings. Dust mites are located everywhere, and their droppings cause allergic reactions because they settle in the sheets, pillows and covers.

Hypoallergenic Sheets

Hypoallergenic bedding works by creating a barrier between the allergic person and the dust mites. The special material works to reduce the amount of vapors and skin flakes on which dust mites thrive. Eventually, the dust mites die and decrease the person’s chances of getting ill. You can find hypoallergenic bedding in a wide variety of online and physical locations. Most carriers label their special bedding as hypoallergenic. Consumer reviews and comparisons can help you to locate the most successful products for allergies. I purchased my children’s bedding through an online allergy club.

Allergy Proofing the Room

For maximum results, you will want to allergy proof the room. Your additional efforts will fortify the effectiveness of the hypoallergenic bedding. One thing you can do to decrease the amount of dust mites in the room is frequently wash the bedding. You may want to run the bedding through a washer with hot water two times per week to minimize infestation. Replacing old carpeting can help to minimize dust mites. Over time, they become trapped in the carpet. Starting with new carpeting can provide a breath of refreshing air the allergic person. Area rugs are an excellent choice because they can be removed and cleaned with ease.

If you have curtains in the bedroom, you can decrease allergic reactions by installing shades or blinds that you can easily wipe down to remove the dust mites. Cleaning the blinds with bleach several times a week can help to combat those annoying critters. Additionally, dusting is an effective practice that you can perform at least once per month to keep down dust mites. If the allergies are severe, then you can increase your dusting efforts to twice per month or once per week. Hypoallergenic bedding does work wonderfully, but multiple efforts will help you even more.

“Friendly” Competition – How To Get A Leg Up

There’s nothing worse than having a friend who is constantly one upping you.  There are three types of people who can make you feel bad like this:

1. Mr. Naturally Talented

This is the least obnoxious option because there’s not a ton you could do to overtake them in your budding competition.  They don’t put in a ton of effort while you do, but they still beat you with ease.  Personally, I was always second in my school’s ping pong tournaments because of one such friend.

2. Sir Hard Worker

Someone who works harder than seems possible – at EVERYTHING!  This situation usually leads to low self-confidence in the defeated party because it seems that they might be able to win if they just put in a bit more effort.  Avoid hard workers at all costs!

3. King All Of The Above

Someone who’s naturally more talented AND works harder than is feasible – combining number 1 & 2.  This one is usually pretty palatable because you have the “I couldn’t beat them if I tried” excuse in your back pocket.  Still, this combination of natural talent and hard work usually leads them to do something awesome later in life.  Then, if you played the long game right, you’d have a famous friend to brag about!

There are also a variety of situations in which the above can play out. Just check out our new video below (and watch for the special offer at the end!):

As you can imagine, going camping with a dude who makes you look bad is no fun.  Sure, it’s nice to have a buddy who can pitch a tent in two minutes, start a fire with just wood and rocks, and all sorts of other tricks that would put Davey Crocket to shame.  Ultimately, however, you just want to have a good time, enjoy the outdoors, and most importantly, not be horribly uncomfortable.

The Solution

I’ll tell you a little secret about being overcoming this discomfort – it is really easy!  Just focus on the smaller details and you’ll be hailed as a forward-thinking genius.

Imagine that after a long day of doing outdoorsy things in the blazing sun, you and your camping buddy settle into your sleeping bags to catch some must needed rest. Even though you’re both tired, falling asleep outdoors isn’t that easy; after all, your sleeping bag is nothing like the warm and soft mattress you have at home.

So, what’s the easiest way to bring that comfort from home with you into the cold and wet forest? A soft pillow with a smooth satin pillowcase will do the trick.  Now imagine the looks on all of your camping mate’s face when you pull out your shiny satin pillow. It’s almost unfair! When you wake up in the morning, I can guarantee you that your camping mate with a sore neck will be thinking about your genius planning all day long.  Plus, you may be able to beat him in a few miscellaneous competitions while he works off the grogginess!