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    What are you going to be this Halloween? If you're like most moms, that hasn't even crossed your mind. I usually go as Tired Mom Who Stayed Up All Night Sewing Her Child the Perfect Costume. (It's a winner!) You put so much work into making the night magical for your kids, your own costume is often just an afterthought, if you consider it at all.

    I do feel like a party-pooper when I take my son trick-or-treating without wearing any costume at all. But who has the energy to figure out a grown-up getup, not to mention the time or money? Plus, some of us are a little too shy to go out in full character to begin with.

    So for moms who want to play along but don't want to spend a lot of money or time on it (aka pretty much all of us!), we have some ideas. Here are 11 super easy Mom Halloween costumes that match your kids and won't break the bank.

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    I have a love-hate relationship with seasonal trends. On the one hand, I really want to know what's hot and happening right now. On the other hand, updating my wardrobe is kinda-sorta-completely-not-at-all in my budget. Know what I mean? Especially at the beginning of the school year when we're all buying kids' clothes and supplies.

    Fortunately, fashion recycles. What's old becomes new again. Chances are some of fall's style trends are already sitting in your closet, just waiting for a second life as your favorites. All you need are a few tricks for styling the clothes and accessories you already own so they look fresh again.

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    The musical Hair once celebrated hair that grew "long as God could grow it." For most of us, especially if you are in your mid-30s or older, that's simply too long. Anything longer than my shoulder blades feels sinfully youthful and perhaps unflattering. But when is the best time of year to get your hair chopped? If you only get one professional cut a year, when should that be?

    It turns out: RIGHT NOW. Or at least in the next few weeks.

    "The best and most exciting time to get a haircut is in the fall," says Rodney Cutler, owner of the New York-based Cutler Salons. "It's a great time to give your hair a boost of TLC after the summer damage from sun, salt, and being outdoors. Also, I find that most clients are ready for a change this time of year."

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    Whether you're heading to a job interview or are going through a breakup and need a temporary fix until you firm up tattoo removal plans, anyone with a tattoo knows that the day may come when they've gotta cover it up!

    Just look at Melanie Griffith. She couldn't WAIT to get that Antonio tattoo lasered off, but before then? Cover up it was!

    Of course, she didn't use makeup and did eventually have it removed entirely. Thankfully, for the rest of us, it is possible to conceal even the most intricate ink. "It's really so simple," says Emmy Award-winning professional makeup artist Karen Dupiche, who is quite familiar with the best practices when hiding various kinds of body art. Here, five steps to flawlessly conceal a tattoo.

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    It seems like it happened overnight. My little girl went from wearing whatever her practical mother laid out for her to being a major fashion bug. And a fussy one at that! Everything has to match perfectly. Everything has to fit perfectly. And everything has to be the latest fashion.

    But, unfortunately, that very same daughter has the patience of a pea and can’t stand to go clothes shopping!

    Problem solved!

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    I know it’s a cliché, but I don’t know how else to say it. My kids are growing like weeds! I know everyone who has young kids is going through the same thing, but this back-to-school season makes it all too real -- and way too expensive!

    I’m not kidding, I can barely afford to keep my kids clothed. And once you add a fashionable tween to the mix, you’re adding a whole new element!

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    Ever since I abandoned ballet as a little girl, I've been waiting for this: an excuse to wear a tutu. Since becoming a grown-up, it's been looking pretty bleak. You just don't walk around dressed like a ballerina, at least not if you want to be taken seriously. But I think the tutu may be having a moment this year! I could be wrong, but I swear, I've been seeing tutus everywhere -- yes, for grown-up women.

    Can I pull it off? DARE I pull it off? It all depends on the styling. It just so happens that there are ways to wear a tulle skirt without looking like a little girl playing dress-up. Here are 9 styles we think any mom can pull off.

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    Barbie Loves Forever 21 I have been waiting for this moment since I was 5 years old. At long last, I will soon be able to dress like Barbie.

    Yes, that Barbie. As in THE Barbie doll. She of the ridiculously proportioned figure, sure, but also of the fantasy ball gowns, the hilariously impractical "career gal" suits, the purple monster-fur coats. Mattel is collaborating with Forever 21, Lord and Taylor, and Wildfox to create lines of women's clothes inspired by Barbie. And I can't wait.

    Talk all you want about setting more realistic expectations for body image. If we're talking about just the clothes, I am all for this.

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    Ladies, get out your nose ring. This old-school piercing could become the hot new thing this fall -- but only for the most daring among us. On her cover of the September W magazine, Rihanna sports a pierced septum. That's the wall separating your two nostrils. Riri's got a provocative bauble dangling underneath hers, the better to go with her intense glare and blue forehead, of course.

    I didn't know this before, but clearly no one can pull off a septum ring the way Rihanna can. Still, some of us are curious about this kind of piercing. Is it much more painful than an earring? Will it look ridiculous on you at drop-off? And is this the new tattoo for Rihanna?

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    No matter what our size, most of us prefer to look slim. And the key to looking svelte can be -- what's in your closet! Some clothes betray us and make us look heavier than we really are. But it doesn't have to be that way -- you could be dressing to enhance your figure. It just takes knowing a few clever tricks to make yourself look longer and leaner. Here are 12 different ways to look thinner just by how you dress.

    Don't forget the most important one of all: Stand up straight!

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