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Monday, October 31, 2022

How to have a safe Halloween

October 31, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

Happy Halloween! Halloween is a fun-filled time for kids and adults. These safety tips for parents, children and homeowners will help keep everyone safe this Halloween night.

For parents:

  • Make or buy costumes in light-coloured material that is easy to see at night. 
  • Place strips of reflective tape on the back and front of costumes and the trick-or-treat bag, so drivers can better see your child.
  • Only buy costumes labelled flame-retardant. If you make your costume, use nylon or polyester materials, which are flame-retardant.
  • Put your child’s name, address and phone number on their costume.
  • Costumes and shoes should fit properly to prevent trips and falls.
  • Make sure wigs and beards don't cover your kids' eyes, noses, or mouths.
  • Masks make it hard for children to see what’s around them, including cars. Try hypoallergenic, non-toxic makeup instead.
  • Don't use coloured or decorative contact lenses.
  • Make sure that any props your kids carry, such as wands or swords, are short and flexible.

Halloween skeletons

Children under ten should be accompanied by an adult for trick or treating. By the age of ten, some children are ready to go trick-or-treating with a group of friends. 

Trick-or-treaters under age ten (10) should:

  • Always go trick-or-treating with an adult.
  • Know how to call 112 (or the emergency number of your area) in case they get lost.
  • Know their home phone number or your cellphone number. 

Older kids who go out on their own should:

  • Know their planned route and when they'll be coming home.
  • Carry a mobile phone.
  • Go in a group of at least three people and stay together.
  • Only go to houses with porch lights on.
  • Stay away from candles and other flames.
  • Know to never go into strangers' homes.
  • Not eat any treats until they get home.

trak-or-treat sign

For all trick-or-treaters:

According to Safe Kids Worldwide, the risk of kids being hit by a car is higher on Halloween than on any other day of the year. 

So, follow these tips:

  • Walk on sidewalks on lit streets.
  • Do not run from house to house.
  • Always walk facing traffic when walking on roads.
  • Cross the street at crosswalks and never assume that vehicles will stop.
  • Give kids flashlights with fresh batteries. Kids may also wear glow sticks as bracelets or necklaces.

When kids get home:
  • Help them check all treats to make sure they're sealed. 
  • Don't let young children have hard candy or gum that can pose a choking risk.
  • As you check what your kids brought home, keep track of how much candy they got and store it.
  • Remove makeup before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.

For homeowners:

Make sure trick-or-treaters are safe when visiting your home too.

  • Turn on outdoor lights.
  • Remove items from your yard or porch that might trip a child.
  • Clean wet leaves from your steps and driveway.
  • Use an alternative to candles in your pumpkins.
  • Some children have food allergies. Consider giving treats other than candy, such as stickers, glow sticks or a small toy.
  • Put out a teal-coloured pumpkin (teal being the colour of food allergy awareness) to let children with food allergies know that you're handing out allergen-free goodies.
  • Keep family pets away from trick-or-treaters, even if they seem innocuous to you.

teal Halloween basket full of treats

Alternatives to traditional trick-or-treating

  • Halloween candy hunt
  • Costume party
  • Outdoor Halloween scavenger hunt
  • Halloween dance off
  • Halloween night at home with themed games and movies. 

Have a fun spooky night!

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Weekly recap 24 - 30 October

October 30, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

Happy Sunday! How was your week? This week I've spent numerous hours working on my YouTube channels. I'm preparing my first true crime video, which you will be able to watch very soon, on my second channel

I'm also converting previous blog posts into videos for my main channel, making some changes to the script and choosing related images and videos to include. This new project is rather time-consuming, but I'm having fun and hope more people will subscribe and enjoy my posts and videos.

I also published three blog posts. If you overlooked any, let me tell you what you missed:

Last Tuesday, I wrote about my two YouTube channels. My main channel focuses on beauty, lifestyle and self-care videos, and my brand-new second channel will focus on true crime. Then, on Wednesday, I shared eight tips to make any bedroom feel more relaxing. And finally, on Friday, I posted a collection of Halloween-related posts I know you will love.

(links below)

weekly recap collage


October 25, 2022 - My YouTube channels: Cosette's Beauty Pantry and True Crime Tales with Cosette

October 26, 2022 - Eight (8) ways to make your bedroom feel more relaxing

October 28, 2022 - Three (3) days till Halloween 🎃

I hope you are all having a great weekend.

Thank you for reading, and don't forget to subscribe to the blog if you haven't already.

Talk to you soon!

Friday, October 28, 2022

Three (3) days till Halloween 🎃

October 28, 2022 0 Comments

Hello everyone!

Halloween is only three days away. I posted plenty of Halloween-related content in the past weeks, as I've been doing year after year. Below you will find a collection of some Halloween posts I know you will like! 

First, if you are still not ready for Monday's holiday, read this:

Ten (10) ways to get in the Halloween spirit

I divided the articles into different categories, so you can easily find what you are looking for.

(Links below)

Jack-o'-lantern with fairy lights

Costume ideas:

Outfit inspiration (Halloween edition) - The Little Mermaid

Outfit inspiration (Halloween edition) - Where's Wally? (Waldo)

Outfit inspiration (Halloween edition) - Wednesday Addams

Last-minute Halloween costume | Rosie The Riveter

Nail art ideas:

Nails Of The Day (NOTD): Jack-o'-lantern

Nails Of The Day (NOTD): A bloody Halloween

Makeup ideas:

Halloween makeup ideas for kids and adults

Calavera (aka sugar skull) makeup

How to remove Halloween makeup

Trick or Treating

A healthier Halloween 🎃 🍭🍫🍬

Trick or Treat - Vegan sweets to buy in Malta

Shows and movies to binge-watch:

Six (6) must-watch ghost movies for a scary evening

Ten (10) 2022 scary shows to binge-watch this Halloween season

Ten (10) 2022 true crime dramas to binge-watch now

The Addams Family vs The Munsters

Scary books:

Six (6) books that will get you in the mood for Halloween

How are you planning to spend this Halloween? Will you be dressing up in costume? If so, who or what will you be this Halloween? Leave a comment below!

Talk to you soon.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Eight (8) ways to make your bedroom feel more relaxing

October 26, 2022 1 Comments

Hello everyone!

Most of the rooms in our homes are abuzz with activity. There is just one home area meant to calm and comfort us: the bedroom. Creating a more relaxing bedroom can be a great way to improve our mental health and create a cosy space in our home where we can escape from the world. 

Here are some tips to make your bedroom feel more relaxing:

1. Tidy and clean

First, you should make sure your bedroom is clean and decluttered. A tidy room is better both hygienically and aesthetically speaking. It is also a less stressful environment. 

bedroom with light walls

2. Good mattress

Your mattress makes the difference between a good night of sleep and an unrestful one. Invest in a good one and always choose the best you can afford.

3. Light or neutral colours

When choosing colours for your bedroom, it's important to use light or neutral colours. This will help to create a calming and relaxing atmosphere. When choosing the palette for your bedroom, the best choices are shades of green and blue, followed by grey, beige and white.

bedroom with blue walls

4. Soft lights

To create a calm atmosphere, avoid using bright, white artificial lights - reminiscent of an operating room. Instead, consider dimming the lights. You can also use fairy lights or candles. This will help you feel calmer and at ease in the space.

Georgia peach scented candle

5. No electronics

Make it a point to turn off electronic devices at least an hour before bedtime or keep them out of the room; an e-reader is the only exception.

6. Bedside table essentials

Make sure you have everything you'll need before bed and throughout the night within reach. Things like a noise machine, water, an eye mask, lip balm, etc.

7. Heavenly scents

Aromatherapy is a great way to create a soothing and relaxing scent in your bedroom. Create a spa-like, peaceful environment using essential oils, diffusers, incenses, or scented candles. Some popular scents include tangerine, lavender, sandalwood, frankincense, ylang ylang and jasmine.

flowers and diffuser on bedside table

8. Nature elements

One of the best ways to relax is by including natural elements in your bedroom. You can add stones, seashells, crystals, plants and flowers. Or you could hang pictures or paintings of natural scenes such as forests, mountains, lakes and beaches.

Is your bedroom a calming space where you can recharge?

Talk to you soon!