Spooktacular DIY Halloween Costumes for Adults

September 23, 2016 12:01 pm

If you’re invited to a Halloween party but you’re struggling to find a truly original costume, you might want to make your own! You don’t need any sewing skills to create these fun and witty costumes, and best of all, they might even save you a few bucks.

Umbrella Bat Costume [marthastewart.com]
Transform that broken old umbrella into a DIY costume that everyone will love. This easy tutorial involves absolutely no sewing, but it does require pliers to pull apart the umbrella and mold it into realistic bat wings. Once the wings are complete, all you’ll need is a black bodysuit and an optional mask if you want to add some more detail.

Iron Chef [realsimple.com]
If witty pun costumes are more your thing, you’ll love this easy "Iron Chef" idea. Simply wear a chef’s hat and a matching white apron with some cooking supplies inside to create the “chef” portion, but also carry a clothing iron with you for the “iron” part.

Egg [womansday.com]
For something minimal and still very funny, dress as a standard over-easy egg. Just wear a completely white outfit (even a sweatsuit would do), and glue an oval-shaped piece of yellow construction paper or felt to your chest. Voila—a complete costume in less than five minutes flat.

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Latour: A Taste of Paris in Ridgewood

September 22, 2016 2:50 pm

Rated among the Top 40 for "Best Food in New Jersey" by Zagat, Latour Restaurant has established itself as a premier culinary experience. After working as a chef in some of New York’s finest hotels, Chef Latour opened his namesake restaurant 13 years ago and has been perfecting his uniquely crafted blend of French and American cuisine for Latour’s guests ever since.

Those who come to dine can enjoy French classics with an American flair, such as the escargots a la bourguignonne, the French cheese souffle, medallion of beef au poivre, and coq au vin. No perfect meal is complete without a sweet bite at the end, so treat yourself to the famous crème brulee. Chef Latour takes pride in his dishes, serving them with beautiful presentations that you’ll almost regret eating, until you taste it of course. The warm, inviting, and romantic atmosphere is the perfect complement to a memorable meal.

Latour is open for lunch and dinner and is a BYOB, so bring your favorite wine to pair with your favorite French dishes. A four-course tasting menu is also available for more adventurous foodies.

6 East Ridgewood Ave
Ridgewood NJ 07450
(201) 445-5056

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When Life Gives You Lemons, Use Them to Clean! Here’s How!

September 16, 2016 12:01 pm

Did you know that lemons work as a natural disinfectant, a stain remover, a polish for metals, and so much more? Try these simple cleaning tips using the power of citrus!

  • Scrub your dirty dishes or plastic containers with a recently juiced lemon and a little bit of coarse salt to remove any stains or smells. This also works for wooden cutting boards.
  • Rub some lemon juice on a sponge and leave it in your refrigerator for several hours to remove any odors.
  • Give your microwave a good cleaning by mixing three tablespoons of lemon juice and one and a half cups of water into a microwave-safe bowl. Place the bowl into your microwave and put it on high for five to ten minutes. Then just wipe away any remaining spots with a dishrag.
  • Make your own eco-friendly household cleaner with citrus peels and white vinegar. Simply place citrus peels in a glass mason jar, then pour enough vinegar over top to cover the peels. Let the mixture infuse for two weeks, then strain out the vinegar into a spray bottle!

Cleaning With Lemon Juice [DIY Network]
10 Clever Ways to Clean With a Lemon [The Kitchn]
34 Useful Reasons to Load Up On Lemons [Reader’s Digest]

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