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A blog run by a former Starbucks barista claims the chain plans to roll out what they’re calling the Zombie Frappuccino.  The cream-based drink will feature bright colors, including a “Green Caramel Apple Powder” another pink powder, and pink “brains” whipped cream. It will only be available from October 26th to 31st.

Source: Grubstreet


With Halloween approaching a lot of people will be carving out pumpkins, which will leave them with a lot of leftover pumpkin guts.  Mashable has offered a few suggestion on what you can do with them other than throw them out:

  • Make “Harry Potter” inspired pumpkin juice – “Potter” kids at Hogwarts Hall were always drinking pumpkin juice and now you can make it yourself. All you need to do is pour boiling water over the guts, mash them up and then put them through a strainer. To make it a little tastier add some apple or lemon juice and some ice. 
  • Toast the Pumpkin seeds – Pumpkin seeds are actually quite delicious once toasted, and are even tastier when seasoned with things like turmeric and chile powder, or even cinnamon sugar. 
  • Make a face mask – Pumpkin guts are full of vitamins A and C, which are perfect for a face mask. All you need to do is take out the seeds, add honey or olive oil and then blend it until it’s the consistency of paste.
  • Use them in a recipe – Pumpkin is so versatile you can add it to a variety of recipes, like pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin bread and even pumpkin soup.
  • Throw them at stuff – Instead of throwing them out, how about have a little food fight fun. You can get out your frustrations by simply throwing them at a wall, or even at each other, but of course there will then be more cleanup involved.

Source: Mashable


For some people, Halloween is the best day of the year. They look forward to the spooky holiday, decorating their homes and maybe even their offices as soon as fall hits. And some of these folks like to go all in and dress up for Halloween at work, but not all workplaces are costume-friendly. So before you show up decked out from head to toe and see that all your coworkers are wearing regular clothes like any other day, answer these questions about office attire for October 31.

Has your office celebrated Halloween in the past? - When it’s your first year at the job, ask around and find out the dos and don’ts for Halloween. Just because your last gig had a costume contest and festive happy hour to celebrate, doesn’t mean this job will.

What’s the atmosphere in your office? - If you work with kids or in a creative work environment, you might be encouraged to wear a costume. But if you work in a big corporation or have a lot of client meetings in your office, they might not appreciate folks wearing festive attire.

What does your daily itinerary look like? - Have a light day with no important meetings on Halloween? You could be safe to dress up. But if you’re sitting down with HR to negotiate a pay raise, you might not want to be wearing Lady Gaga’smeat dress.

Is your costume work-appropriate? - No Playboy bunnies or Harley Quinn hot pants in the office, please.

Are you keeping things P.C.? - Some costumes may come off as offensive or insensitive, even if you didn’t intend them to. Don’t try to make a political statement with your workplace Halloween costume, save that for your bestie’s party and play it safe at work.

Source: Elite Daily


Dawson High School has crowned their new homecoming queen and this year’s winner is the kicker of the football team, Claire Jeffress. Not only did she help her team win the game, she posed for a photo in her crown and shoulder pads while holding a flower bouquet. How many homecoming queens can say that?

Jeffress has the support of her fellow students and her coaches, too. Her soccer and football coach, Kevin Pool, tweeted “Just too cool - our #hocoweek queen wears shoulder pads AND shin guards AND defines ‘classy.’”

This well-rounded student has played soccer for a long time and started kicking for her school’s football team back in seventh grade. She was on the junior varsity team first and last year she moved up to kick for the varsity team.

"Whenever I put on my pads or I go on the field, coach is like, 'You're not a girl right now. You're a football player.'" Jeffress explains. But she’s definitely a girl and now she’s got the crown to prove she’s a queen as well.

Source: Houston Chronicle

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