Last Minute Halloween Costume: Scuba Diver Step-by-Step

Need a simple, last  minute Halloween Costume for your toddler?

Before I was even pregnant, I saw a photo of little trick-or-treat divers on Pinterest. The kids in the photo were much older than my daughter is now, but I had this realization this MIGHT be the last year we get to pick her costume!

{PLUS, She still uses a pacifier to sleep so I couldn’t resist the “pacifier regulator” …it’s my favorite part of the whole costume!}

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It’s simple.
It’s inexpensive.
It’s clever.

In full disclosure, these directions LOOK long, but that’s only because they’re thorough. Anyone can put this costume together.

Go ahead and make your own!

WHAT YOU NEED

The Wetsuit: Solid black clothes. You can find these anywhere!
..and she’ll wear them again.

The BCD (vest): (optional) Puffy vest of choice; Old Navy (comes in many colors; bonus…it was 1/2 off)
She’ll also wear this again.

The regulator (mouth piece)*: pacifier, black pipe cleaner, black porous soaker hose tubing
*you can get creative here and really use any sort of black tubing; pipe cleaner and the porous tubing were just what I found  first

The tank: empty two liter  bottle, sand paper, silver spray paint, black electrical tape, some sort of black chord- I used bungee cord, black craft paint

The Fins: Craft Foam Sheet (I grabbed the thickest I could find), sharpie

The mask: kids goggles (my daughter wore them like a headband instead of on her face)

DIRECTIONS

img_5078The Wetsuit: grab black clothes! done.

img_5079The BCD (vest): snag the puffy vest! done.

The regulator (mouth piece):
1) Wrap one piece of pipe cleaner tightly around the knob of the pacifier. Tightly twist the two “tails” together all the way to the end, making one “tail”
2) Measure out the porous hose tubing loosely from the middle of your toddlers shoulder blades to their mouth; cut.
3) Insert the tightly woven pipe cleaner (from pacifier) into the porous tubing. It will be a snug fit

The tank: 
1) Empty a 2 liter bottle; I chose a cheap brand with the traditional round look
2) Peel off the label and lightly sand the entire bottle
3) Spray paint the tank silver, let dry
4) Paint cap with with black craft paint, let dry
5) Wrap single piece of black electrical tape around bottle about 1/4 from top. This will line up in the middle of their shoulder blades. When looking for the best placement of tape, be sure they won’t bonk their head on cap of bottle
To attach to regulator: 
1) Twist black pipe cleaner around mouth of bottle (just like you did with the pacifier)
2) Insert the tightly woven pipe cleaner into the porous tubing. It will be a snug fit
To attach to child: 
1) Put vest on child
2) With one single piece of bungee cord, make a figure 8 going around both arms and criss-crossing between their shoulder blades…much like a backpack
3) Cut bungee at that size & knot
4) Using electrical tape, tape the criss crossed X bungee cord to the black electrical tape stripe on the tank

fullsizerender-13Fins (these will slip over ankle & sit on top of their shoes)
1) Find a template of flippers online and print or trace, OR freehand draw a fin on the craft foam. Be sure width of fin is slightly wider than the width of your child’s shoes. Longer is okay
2) Cut it out
3) Trace the existing fin on the craft foam, then cut out second fin
4) Cut small hold toward heel of fins so child is able to slip foot through. Be careful not to cut too closely to the edge so it doesn’t rip
5)Trace edges with black sharpie

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There you have it! Last minute, creative, simple halloween costume…

If you end up making this for your child, post your photos below!

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What you need to know about “Core de Force”

Core de Force is the newest Mixed Martial Arts style workout and it’s getting A LOT of attention. Here’s what you need to know!

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WHAT IS CORE DE FORCE?
Core de Force is the newest Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) style fitness program.

WHO IS CORE DE FORCE FOR?
Core de Force is for anyone looking for a total body transformation. It isn’t necessarily a weight loss program, but of course those results are likely.

WHAT IS CORE DE FORCE LIKE?
Core de Force is high intensity, high impact workout. It’s almost entirely cardio with interval training built right into each round. It’s designed for people who need to get moving.

WHO ARE THE TRAINERS?
Joel Freeman & Jericho McMatthews

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?
There is no equipment necessary; you’ll use your own body weight for resistance.

HOW LONG IS CORE DE FORCE?
Core de Force is a 30 day program. The workouts are between 30-45 minutes.

IS THERE A MODIFIER?
Yes. Every move has a modification to follow as you work up to the full move. The modifier isn’t necessarily “easier”…simply lower impact.

HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT FROM WHAT’S ALREADY OUT THERE?
The biggest difference: authenticity. Joel & Jericho spent over 18 months getting this one right. Their who goal was to keep it AUTHENTIC to MMA.

HOW DID THEY DO THAT?
-They themed it with 3 minute rounds (there’s even a bell!)
-They took the moves OFF the beat of music.
-They trained in a boxing gym.
-They consulted muay thai fighters.
-They scratched any moves fighters said they’d never use in a fight.

WHAT IS THE FOOD PLAN LIKE?
Very simple…plan on eating A LOT of food. Because this is a high intensity workout, you’ll be fueling your body and eating MORE than normal..including carbs (yay!). There are delicious recipes included like BBQ Chicken Pizza and Kobe Protein Burgers. The portion containers are optional.

WHAT SUPPLEMENTS ARE RECOMMENDED TO COMPLEMENT CORE DE FORCE?
The Performance Line & Shakeology are recommended for maximum performance.

CAN I TRY CORE DE FORCE BEFORE I BUY IT?
Yes! On October 24th for one day only, there is a free preview of an entire workout available on Beachbody On Demand. For every ONE person that tries Core de Force, Beachbody will donate $10 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Ask me how to get the sneak peek; I’ll direct you!

WHEN WILL CORE DE FORCE BE AVAILABLE? 
October 31: “Challenge Pack” available (bundled with Shakeology for a big discount)
November 1: “Base Kit” available through Beachbody Coaches
December 1: Released to the general public

ALI, HAVE YOU TRIED IT YET?
I have! Check out our quick sneak peek here:

ALRIGHT- I’M INTRIGUED! HOW DO I STAY UP TO DATE?
Join this event page as we count down to the release date! Stay tuned for more info about the free trial on October 24th.
email: alischroeder.fit@gmail.com

The Best Basic Day

[originally written July 8, 2016]

I have a dear friend that sits in her closet with a cup of coffee (but I bet sometimes it’s wine) when she needs a sec.

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I can’t fit in my closet, but the corner of my bedroom floor is working very well tonight. Yes, that’s a glass of wine.

Today was basic. 
Almost as basic as it could ever get, yet somehow one of the best days I’ve had in a while.

My daughter is becoming my most favorite human. It really wasn’t overnight, but all in one day she learned how to give kisses, blow raspberries (hilarious!), knows what you’re referring to when you ask her to find the puppy or baby (her toys), was fascinated with the ball pit for her birthday party, and is taking 3-4 steps on her own.

She is such a neat tiny little human.

I didn’t get nearly enough work done, but what I did do was structured and organized.
I’m very happy with that…I wish I could say that was normal.
I’m sure it’s no coincidence I had the best workout in a while.

I took the dog for a walk in a new neighborhood; I do that sometimes. Our same old block gets boring for both of us, sometimes driving a short mile in any direction first is just what we need. It might be one of the best walks we’ve had together—I don’t think she realizes how much I cherish those times, too.

My house is a mess. Not even just a mess, but actually dirty. Somehow, though, it still seems like a comfy home…even as I sit in the corner of my room.

You see.
Super basic.
The me five years ago never would have claimed this to be one of the best days. Yet somehow today was just that.

Beyond blessed to be in a place in my life that is filled with so much love & happiness…no matter how ordinary. I like this life we’re building.

Alright- picking myself up off the floor to go spend the remainder of the evening with the best man I know❤️

Thanks for being my listening eyes & ears. I hope you’re in a happy place, too, no matter how ordinary. If you’re not, I hope this chaotic moment you’re going through right now makes you appreciate that place of basic contentment when the time comes.

Cheers🍷