Halloween hasn't always been one of my favorite holidays. I'm not that creative when it comes to figuring out a costume, so I always felt kinda meh about the whole thing. But then, about three or four years ago, I discovered this amazing make up palette and I realized I could just use my awesome make up skills (aka watching youtube tutorials) and the make up would essentially make the costume. Suddenly, Halloween became one of my favorite holidays and I absolutely love trying to figure out a good face I can do. It'll be hard to top last year's:
I did both the make up for myself and Greg, and we had a great time at the Halloween party we went to. If yoga does work out, I want to be a make up artist that does this kind of work. I can barely figure out a regular, everyday make up look, but I'm not half bad at costume make up (if I do say so myself!). I am crazy about it!
Anyway, since we've been in Germany for the last few years, trick or treaters haven't really been on our radar, but this year I'm hoping it'll be different! I wanted to share some healthier alternatives to conventional candy. Conventional candy is loaded with refined sugar, artificial colors and flavors, and I wanted to shine the spotlight on great companies we can trust that produce candy so good the kids won't even know the difference. And we can feel good about giving it out because we've supported trustworthy small businesses, and we know the treats are made with superior ingredients.
1. Mint Chocolate Bites. With just six ingredients (none of which include soy, an emulsifier or refined sugar- hallelujah!), these bad boys are an easy favorite and also make a great afternoon pick-me-up. They are currently running a 15% off site-wide promotion for Halloween, but YBC readers get a little VIP treatment for an ADDITIONAL 15% OFF with code YBCHalloween15. Woop!
2. Paleo Treats. This company is serious about four things: flavor, texture, ingredients and Paleo, and they guarantee you will love your Paleo Treats or your money back. These goodies are gluten free, dairy free, grain free, and contain no preservatives, stabilizers, and nothing synthetic. And they're as good as they promised. Free shipping over $50, no coupon needed.
3. Organic jelly beans, gummy bears, peach rings, watermelon rings. These healthier candies from Surf Sweets are delicious, and non GMO, and made with organic ingredients. Surf Sweets are also made and packaged in a facility free of the 10 most common allergens. The Surf Sweets company is also a member of 1% for the Planet, meaning they donate at least 1% of their sales to environmental causes.
4. Organic fruit chews, Organic choco chews, Organic lollipops. These TruJoy Sweets are organic, nonGMO, vegan and gluten free (although there are nuts in the facility in which they're made). TruJoy is also a member of 1% for the Planet, meaning they donate at least 1% of their sales to environmental causes.
This giveaway is open to those in the USA. To enter, just leave a comment below in the comment section telling us about a favorite Halloween memory or your best costume. Bonus points that count for nothing if you add in a photo! Then, just go to the rafflecopter widget directly below this paragraph to check off that you've left a comment. A winner will be announced next Thursday, October 22, 2015. Can't wait to hear your stories and hopefully see your costumes!