January Favorites – 2018 Edition

Hello friends!

Here we are at the tail end of January. This month has been abuzz with activity — From yoga to birthdays, extreme cold weather to 60 degrees.. Personally, I’d like to go back to that 60 degree weather. Despite being soggy outside, it was so nice to open the windows for a bit in January! haha!

This month I hosted my first ever yoga challenge on Instagram! It was a lot of fun and I hope I get the chance to host again!

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But I digress..

Let’s jump in to the point of this post — things I’ve enjoyed more than other things this month! I love favorites posts and videos! It’s interesting to see what other people have really liked, and sometimes something catches my eye and I test it out.

Let’s get started!

 

Bill Nye Saves The World

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I grew up watching Bill Nye The Science Guy. It was one of my favorite shows! So, when I first heard that Bill Nye was coming back with his own Netflix series, I was excited! When the first season came out, we all sat down and devoured the entire thing in one sitting! Then, it was announced there was a season 2! Of course, we sat down and watched all the episodes. It’s hard not to. Once you start the first episode, you just have to keep going. Classic Bill is back and better than ever! He has celebrities come on, panels of experts, fun experiments, and this season he has Bill Meets Science Twitter — scientists from around the world have tweeted at Bill about what they do, and he chose a few to come on the show and talk about it. It’s very cool! I highly recommend this show for the entire family!!

 

Hair Sanity Rejuvenator

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DISCLAIMER: I recieved this complimentary bottle to test and review. All opinions are my own.

This little bottle is full of miracles! You might have seen my review on the Hair Sanity 2-part system earlier this month. This was an extra gift to test and review. I loved it! Most of you know that I have super long, thick hair.. I didn’t think I would get a full use out of this tiny bottle — I ended up getting 4 uses! Yeah. It comes out as a thin liquid, but when you rub it in your hands, and then onto your hair, it thickens up to penetrate all of your strands. Leave it on for about 5 minutes or so, rinse, and style as usual. You’re left with shiny, silky, soft hair! I love this stuff!! It’s perfect for wintertime!

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MainStays Cool Mist Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser

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This was a Christmas present and I am actually surprised by how much I love it! This little diffuser has made such a difference in the overall quality of our sleep. You just fill it with water, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil, plug it in, turn it on, and let it go. You can choose to cycle through the colors, have it sit on one color, or just use the misting feature. The light takes some getting used to, especially if you normally sleep in a completely blacked out room. The unit turns off automatically when the water level gets too low. This is such a fabulous gift. Right now we only have lavender essential oil, but I am looking into getting a eucalyptus oil. I love the minty refreshing scent of eucalyptus!  If you don’t have one of these, you might consider looking into getting one!

 

Sand Cloud Mint Baja Towel

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I recieved this towel from a giveaway Sand Cloud was having on their Instagram. It’s huge — 38×64 inches and it’s made from 100% Turkish Cotton. I love this towel and I cannot wait for summer! I have big plans to take this up to the Lake, using it for yoga pictures, fun landscape shots, and laying out in the sun! I want to purchase a couple more so my husband and son can each have their own!

What I really love about Sand Cloud is that they donate 10 percent of every purchase toward protecting, rehabilitating, and preserving marine wildlife, protecting and preserving the world’s oceans, and working on water quality issues. You can read more about their mission here. You can use my referral link for a discount if you are interested in shopping! 🙂

Loreal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Repair and Protect Balm

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DISCLAIMER: I recieved this product complimentary to test and review. All opinions are my own.
Isn’t that a mouthful? haha! But seriously, I love this stuff! You might have seen my review earlier this month. I like to use this in place of my regular conditioner. It helps keep my hair touchably soft, and my red vibrant and gorgeous! I cannot say enough good things about this product! I highly recommend it!

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Well, that’s it for me this month. What your favorite things? Share them in the comments! Also, feel free to leave a link to your post or video if you made a January Favorites. I’d love to check it out!

 

 

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7 Things You Should Do When You Start Feeling Sick

Hello friends!

Happy Sunday! Our very first Sunday of 2018!

Originally, I had planned on writing up a little something concerning mindset and gratitude. But yesterday, throughout the day, I started to notice a familiar little tingle in the back of my throat. Granted, I went to bed pretty late the night before and still woke up early and went about my day. I was planning on taking a nice afternoon nap, but I was surprised with a burst of energy and by the time I was actually ready to relax, I didn’t have the time. Go figure, right?

Getting sick usually happens at the most inopportune time. I have so much planned these next few weeks. I simply cannot get sick.

I’d say that’s probably the vast majority of people.

I have a few tricks up my sleeve to try to stave off this potential cold/flu virus and I thought I would share them with all of you this week.

Let’s get started!

 

Disinfect all common surfaces.

Grab out your Lysol wipes, paper towels and cleaner spray, whatever you use and spend 5-10 minutes wiping down all door knobs, faucets, light switches, TV remotes, and whatever else you can think of that everyone is always touching. Clean your computer, keyboard, mouse, tablet, phone, all electronics as well. I like to use a paper towel with a bit of hand sanitizer to wipe down most of that. Be sure to use something that is electronic friendly.

Run your humidifier/vaporizer.

I love to have my humidifier running with a little Vicks solution to spread that euclyptus scent throughout my house. Be careful with this, though. You don’t want to put too much humidity in the air. The general consensus on the ideal humidity level is a range between 30% and 50%. It all depends on your home. For us, we strive to maintain a delicate balance between our dehumidifier and our humidifier.

I found these three articles helpful:

Humidifiers: Air moisture eases skin, breathing symptoms

How to Maintain the Proper Humidity Levels in Your Home

Relative Humidity and Your Home

H2O and Orange Juice

Staying hydrated is important, especially if you are starting to feel sick. Be sure to drink plenty of water. Adding pieces of fruit or splashes of lemon juice is a great way to mix it up!

I also love to have an extra glass or two of orange juice when I’m feeling under the weather. The vitamin C does wonders for your immune system. Because I am not a fan of milk, I always choose orange juice with added calcium and vitamin D.

Hot Tea.

Tea has many benefits. When your throat is sore, nothing is better than a cup of soothing hot tea. When I start to feel sick, I reach for Yogi Echinacea tea. I also love Yogi Kava tea. Both are delicious and great for boosting the immune system and de-stressing.

Wash your hands.

The single best way to stop the spread of germs is by washing your hands. This is so important. I used to work in the healthcare field, and this was always the number one thing that was emphasized. Everyone should wash their hands, but when you’re starting to feel sick, be even more mindful of lathering up.

Hot bath.

It is so wonderful to sink in to a bathtub full of hot bubbles and relax. An epsom salt bath is always a good choice, too, if it’s available to you. When I don’t have any epsom salt, I like to add a little baking soda to my bath for a detox. I think it’s more mind over matter with the baking soda, but hey, whatever works, right? haha!

Sleep.

Last, but not least, my favorite: sleep. I think part of my problem right now is that I didn’t get enough sleep. Getting to bed at a decent time is a struggle sometimes. There is just so much to do. However, your body needs rest, especially if you’re starting to feel sick. We can’t always control what time we need to be up. (I have to be up at 4:50am each morning) So, try your very best to get to bed early, or at least at a decent time. I always shoot for 9pm. Most days I get there right around 9pm, but life gets busy and there are nights when I’m lucky to get there at 10pm. Getting to bed early when you are starting to feel sick might just help prevent you from getting full blown sick.

 

Those are the seven main things I do when I start feeling unwell. Do you have any tried and true tricks? Share them with me in the comments. I’d love to know anything else I can do. I’m keeping my fingers crossed and my thoughts positive that I’m going to be feeling better later today.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

 

How To Deal With People

Hello Friends!

Happy Sunday!

Thanksgiving is this week in the U.S.

Thursday evening, after the turkey (or ham) and pumpkin pie have been gobbled up, naps taken, football played (and watched), the official start of Christmas shopping begins.

Black Friday in particular is always a mad house. People get up super early to score deals on gifts for their family and friends, as well as treasures for themselves.

With the holiday season in full swing, I thought I would repost this gem from last year. It was around this time that I encountered some rudeness and was inspired to write this post. I’m proud to say that I held my tongue and remained the better person by not responding in the heat of the moment. As I reiterate below, sometimes the best response is silence.

Manners are important.

Being polite is important.

Treating people with respect is important.

These are universal truths and you’ll find that you get a lot further in life by using your manners.

I think this is something we all can keep in mind this holiday season, and beyond.

Without further ado…

How To Deal With People

-Simple, straightforward, and to the point –

In all situations, in all encounters, with strangers, people who work in customer service, rude members of your family, etc..

Be polite.

Be kind.

Remember your manners.

When in doubt, remain silent.

“Be kind to unkind people. They need it the most.” -Buddha

This will save you a lot of future headache.

Is it easy? Is it instantly satisfying?

No. Not at all.

In fact, it could probably be one of the hardest things you will ever do – it is one of the most challenging skills to master.

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And it just might kill you… Constantly deflecting rudeness, personal criticism, just plain meanness….Always striving to be gracious and kind, no matter the circumstance.

But you will be a better person for it. It’s the right thing to do; other polite, well mannered people will respect you; and in my opinion, it is a true mark of being an adult.

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When people are rude to you,they reveal who they are,not who you are.Don't take it personally.

 

There is never an excuse for being rude.

Never.

Always be polite.

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How I (Ruined and) Fixed My Cast Iron Skillet

A few years ago, we spent a couple days at Mohican State Park with my husband’s family.

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It was wonderful to getaway and just have fun. In preparation for this trip, we bought a cast iron skillet. It was surprisingly inexpensive and my husband had promised me that it would literally last forever as long as we took care of it. I learned a lot of great tricks on how to care for cast iron during that trip.

Fast forward a couple of years to present day. We have an electric stove (for the very first time. We’ve always had gas stoves in the past), so I don’t like using the cast iron often at our house. The first time I did, I was frying bacon and set all the fire alarms off from the smoke. (In my defense, they are all connected, so one goes off, they all go off)

Good times.

Last week my husband and my son decided to use the cast iron skillet to make Chipped Beef over Mashed Potatoes. (This was a staple in both of our grandparents’ houses growing up and it is delicious! If you’ve never had it or if you don’t know how to recreate the magical goodness from your childhood — click here to read my recipe.)

As they neared the adding flour step, my husband asked me to stir. Well, I was too focused on the edges and didn’t pay enough attention to the bottom of the pan. Some of it burned to the bottom. Normally when this happens, I like to procrastinate and let the pan soak in hot, soapy water. Let’s all cringe together as I type the next sentence: I filled my cast iron pan with hot, soapy water and allowed it to soak… for several days.

The pan was clean, minus the burnt section on the bottom that my sponge just wasn’t tackling. So, of course, the pan started to rust.

Sigh.

Luckily all was not lost.

The internet and ambition to the rescue.

I rolled up my sleeves and got to work to fix this pan. The first step was to clean it. I managed to get the bottom clean finally.

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The next step was trying to figure out how to get the rust off. I’m pretty sure we have a rust eraser somewhere in this house.. but I couldn’t find one. Then I remembered we did in fact have a bag of steel wool. I was very excited about this.

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I filled my sink with hot, soapy water. I put the cast iron pan in the water and started scrubbing with the steel wool. I did this twice to make sure that I removed everything.

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First round

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Second round
Then, it was time for re-seasoning. I set the oven for 375 and lined the bottom rack with aluminium foil. Once the pan was coated with vegetable oil, bottom and handle included, I put it in the oven upside down on the top rack for one hour. I left it in the oven after the hour was up to cool.

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When I pulled the pan out later that night, I realized that the oil hadn’t coated evenly. So, I seasoned it one more time the next day.

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It’s not perfect, but it does look a lot better now. I’m happy that I didn’t completely ruin the pan and I was able to fix it.

Moral(s) of the story:

  • Stir food on the stove better.
  • Don’t allow your cast iron skillet to soak in water in a stainless steel sink.
  • Also, save random items from your old house. You never know when they’ll come in handy.

Thank goodness for the internet.

This was the first article I used for help: Just Rust Us: You Can Bring a Cast-Iron Pan Back From the Dead

I also used this one from Lodge, since that is the company who made my skillet: REFURBISH YOUR FINISH

 

The Miracle of Gratitude

Hello friends! Happy Sunday!

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Gratitude is a powerful practice that can have a positive effect on your overall happiness and well being. When you focus on what you have and begin to truly appreciate everything in your life, your perspective will shift. This has a ripple effect. Soon, your attitude is transformed and you have a better outlook on life.

When life is good, it is easy to express gratitude. It comes naturally for most. Receiving a gift or winning a prize floods you with feelings of happiness and joy, maybe you get excited, and you feel appreciative and grateful. The challenge lies in practicing gratitude when life presents obstacles or times get tough. When a loved one is sick, you lose your job, or your life gets completely turned upside down in some other way, it’s easy and absolutely normal to feel anger, sadness, depression – any number of negative emotions. It is in the darkest times that gratitude has the most power.

Gratitude is a choice. It takes practice and conscious effort – every single day.

Practicing gratitude sometimes takes a lot of inner strength. But it is extremely powerful.

“Gratitude, like faith, is a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it grows, and the more power you have to use it on your behalf. If you do not practice gratefulness, its benefaction will go unnoticed, and your capacity to draw on its gifts will be diminished. To be grateful is to find blessings in everything. This is the most powerful attitude to adopt, for there are blessings in everything.”
-Alan Cohen

You can’t always control your circumstances. But you can control how you react to them.

“Life is 10% of what happens to you, 90% of how you react to it.” – Charles R. Swindoll

Now is the perfect time to start incorporating gratitude into your daily life. When you practice gratitude, you change your mindset. You shift your focus to the good in your life. Your attitude changes and you begin to feel happier.

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.” -Melanie Beattie

I’m very excited to announce the second annual 30 Day Gratitude Challenge. I hosted this last year on my official Facebook page, but this year I thought I would post it right here on the blog. It starts on Tuesday November 1.

Each day, I will post a prompt that will get you thinking about, and practicing gratitude. By the end of the month, you will have created a good habit, improved your daily mood, and quite possibly, will have transformed your life!

Don’t worry. This will not be time consuming. Each day will take approximately 5-10 minutes max. You don’t have to be at home to participate — That’s the beauty of gratitude: You can take it with you anywhere you go!

Gratitude doesn’t have to be a big to-do. You do not have to be religious. There are really no rules.

 

I’d love for you to join me on this journey! And.. why not invite a few friends or your family to join you? Share this post with everyone across your social media so that others can join us!

I also have a fun tradition I’d like to share with you.

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Every year, my son and I create a Gratitude Tree. We go outside, collect some sturdy branches, and gather them in an antique teapot to create our tree. We start each November morning by writing down what we are grateful for that day and hang it up on the tree. Click here to learn how to make your own Gratitude Tree for your family this year!

I wanted to share this with you now so you can collect your branches while the weather is still decently warm. 🙂

For more on Practical Gratitude, please visit my article:

4 Tips to Bring Gratitude Into Your Daily Life

Be sure to subscribe and follow the blog so you don’t miss out on any of the gratitude prompts. Leave a comment below and let me know you’re in for the challenge!

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Have a wonderful week friends!

 

The Best Family-Friendly Halloween Movies

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Halloween is one of my favorite holidays! I love decorating the house with my son, while  listening to a Halloween playlist or watching one of our favorite Halloween inspired movies.

Growing up, I loved spooky, scary movies. The scarier the better! Now that I’m a little older, I enjoy tamer, less scary options.

The classics.

With that in mind, here is my list of favorite family friendly Halloween movies. Whip up some popcorn and grab a few sweet snacks, and settle in for a fun family movie night!

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Enjoy!

 

 

Hocus Pocus

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My all-time favorite.

 

I love this movie! I saw it in theaters when I was 4 and it remains one of my all time favorite movies. We watch this throughout the year, but once October arrives, we have it on repeat. This is a perfect family friendly Halloween movie. It is not too scary and has a lot of humor.

After his family moves to Salem, Mass., Max, his sister, and their new friend explore an old abandoned house. Max accidentally frees three evil witches who once lived there. With the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches’ spell book and prevent them from becoming immortal.

This was my favorite part when I was little…

 

 

GhostBusters

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Classics.

 

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The new Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters is a beloved classic. An all star cast, interesting story lines, and humor throughout make these movies a must-see. We watch them throughout the year, but they are perfect for Halloween time!

GhostBusters is about a team of scientists, who after losing their positions at a university in New York City, decide to become “ghostbusters” to wage a high-tech battle with the supernatural for money. They stumble upon a gateway to another dimension, a doorway that will release evil upon the city. The Ghostbusters must now save New York from complete destruction.

In GhostBusters II, the scientists return once again to battle the forces of evil in New York City. An ancient tyrant sets his sights on Dana’s baby as the new home for his wicked soul and puts the three scientists back in business. The quest quickly goes awry, landing them in court. But when the ghosts turn on the judge, he issues an order allowing the Ghostbusters to get back to work.

And the new version is just as good! Hilarious cast and fun for the whole family! Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth team up to save Manhattan from an invasion of spirits, spooks, and slime.

 

 

BeetleJuice

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A classic Tim Burton movie.

BeetleJuice is another Halloween classic! It has all of the elements of a Tim Burton movie, with a lot of humor added into the mix. Michael Keaton is hilarious as BeetleJuice, and is joined by amazing actors to create a fun, unique story.

After the Maitlands die in a car accident, they find themselves stuck haunting their country residence, unable to leave the house. When the unbearable Deetzes and their teen daughter Lydia buy the home, the Maitlands attempt to scare them away without success. Their efforts attract Beetlejuice, a rambunctious spirit whose “help” quickly becomes dangerous for the Maitlands and innocent Lydia.

One of my favorite parts…

 

 

Addams Family and Addams Family Values

 

The Addams Family movies are classics from my childhood. “They’re creepy and they’re kooky, mysteriously spooky..” My entire family gathers around the TV to watch these two films. Full of humor and weirdness, they are sure to delight people of all ages. The best part? The Addams Family is on Netflix!

Addams Family – When a man claiming to be Fester, the missing brother of Gomez Addams, arrives at the Addams’ home, the family is thrilled. However, Morticia  begins to suspect the man is a fraud, since he cannot recall details of Fester’s life. With the help of lawyer Tully Alford, Fester manages to get the Addams clan evicted from their home. Gomez realizes the two men are conspiring to swindle the Addams fortune and that he must challenge Fester.

Addams Family Values – Gomez and Morticia are celebrating the arrival of a baby boy. But siblings Wednesday and Pugsley are not happy about the new addition, and try their best to eliminate the infant. When nanny Debbie Jelinsky appears to keep the kids in line, her presence leads to an unexpected treacherous twist.

 

Harry Potter

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I own all the books, but only a few of the movies.

 

I am a huge fan of Harry Potter! I own all of the books and have read each of them several times. While in most cases, the book is better than the movie, I have to admit that the movies are pretty good. These are movies that are great to watch year round, but are also fun around Halloween time.

When he was a baby, Harry Potter’s parents were killed. He was sent to live with the Dursley’s, his aunt, uncle, and cousin. At age 11, Harry Potter finds out that he is a wizard and is invited to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. While at Hogwarts, Harry finds out that he is famous in the wizarding world and learns secrets about his family. So begins a 7 year adventure and battle with the evil Voldemort.

There are eight total movies.

Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone
Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part I
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part II

 

HalloweenTown

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Oh the days of the Disney Channel Original Movies! There are many good ones! The HalloweenTown movies are among my all time favorites and I love watching them around Halloween time! All of the movies are fantastic, even Return to HalloweenTown, when they recast the part of Marnie. Your kids are sure to enjoy the magic, weirdness, and fun of HalloweenTown!

HalloweenTown – After learning she is a witch, Marnie helps save a town full of supernatural creatures.

HalloweenTown II – Marnie and her grandmother, the famous Cromwell witch, try to stop a villain from permanently transforming trick-or-treaters into their costume characters.

 

Casper

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Another classic from my childhood. Casper is a great family Halloween movie!

Casper is a friendly ghost who peacefully haunts a mansion in Maine. When specialist James Harvey arrives to communicate with Casper and his fellow spirits, he brings along his teenage daughter, Kat. Casper quickly falls in love with Kat, but their budding relationship is complicated not only by his transparent state, but also by his trouble-making apparition uncles and their mischievous antics.

 

Teen Witch

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I was introduced to this movie as a teenager and it instantly became one of my favorites! I completely related to Louise, who was the typical nerdy smart girl. How I wished I had a Madame Serena in my life and a beautiful talisman necklace!

High-school nerd Louise Miller learns from psychic Madame Serena that she’s possessed with magical abilities that will begin working on her 16th birthday. When the prophecy proves true, the teenager uses her new powers to get what she’s always desired: popularity. After getting back at some bullies, the young witch casts a spell over hunky jock Brad Powell. But Louise soon learns that getting what you want isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

And I have to add a video of one of my favorite scenes.

 

Goosebumps

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I’ve read all of the Goosebumps books and I loved watching the TV series. When I saw Jack Black was starring in a Goosebumps movie, I had to see it. My family and I really enjoyed this movie and now it’s on our list of favorite Halloween movies to watch each year.

Upset about moving from the big city to a small town, young Zach Cooper  finds a silver lining when he meets his beautiful neighbor Hannah. The teen is surprised to learn that Hannah’s mysterious father is R.L. Stine, the famous author of the best-selling “Goosebumps” series. When Zach accidentally unleashes the monsters from the fantastic tales, it’s up to Stine, his daughter and Cooper to return the beasts back to the books where they belong.

 

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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This is one of my favorites. A classic early 90’s movie, eventually turned into a long running TV series (that I also loved.) Plenty of humor, but the vampires can be a little scary for younger children. This movie is probably best for Tweens and up.

For Buffy Summers, nothing is the same after she meets Merrick Jamison-Smythe. Merrick tells the teen that he’s been sent to train her to fight vampires, and he proves himself by displaying his supernatural powers. Buffy is a quick study, and soon takes fellow student Oliver Pike under her wing, repeatedly saving him from fierce bloodsuckers. But, when a very dangerous vampire gets rambunctious, she must go to war again.

And my favorite part, the “How Funky is Your Chicken” cheer.

 

It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

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It’s just not Halloween without Charlie Brown. This beloved classic usually airs on TV in October, on ABC. We never miss it!

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a 1966 American prime time animated television special based on the comic strip, Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz.

 

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Those are my favorite family-friendly Halloween movies. What is your favorite? Leave a comment and let me know! 🙂

September 2017 Favorites

Hello friends!

The end of September is here, which means it’s time for another monthly favorites post. Here are the things I have enjoyed more than other things this month.

 

Tone Brazilian Glam Body Wash

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I’ve been using this all month and I love it! It has a tropical, coconut-y scent that stays with you all day. It makes you feel like you are in the midst of a tropical oasis, even when it’s rainy and gross outside.

 

Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes+

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My mother-in-law gave this mascara set to me and I really love it! This is a two step mascara and I apply it to the ends of my lashes, on top of my normal mascara. It makes my lashes look longer and makes my eyes pop!

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SROMAY Chakra Bracelet

This was another gift from my mother-in-law. It’s made with lava beads and acts as a diffuser for multiple health and wellness benefits. You can put a few drops of essential oils on the black lava beads and the scent lasts up to 48 hours! I love this bracelet and it’s a perfect complement to my yoga practice!

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ScentSationals Vanilla Bean Wax

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My husband surprised me with this a couple weeks ago. I put a wax square in our wax burner, light a tea light candle, and our entire house is filled with the relaxing scent of vanilla. It smells just like vanilla ice cream! The scent lasts for a long time. I reuse the same wax over and over. And this brand is relatively inexpensive. These are $2 at Wal-Mart and they have a variety of scents to choose from!

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Fresh Corn on the Cob

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If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen my latest Instastory – sharing the delicious corn on the cob we recently had. We’ve been all over the state this summer, but were only just able to visit our favorite Farmer’s Market. It might officially be Autumn, but the weather and the food scream Summer. Corn on the Cob is one of my favorite summer-time dishes!

Hair Slinky Hair Ties

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I love doing yoga and fitness challenges on Instagram. Recently, my friend Kattie hosted a Power Yoga Challenge. I was selected as the winner! This hair tie was one of my gifts. Yes, that phone cord looking thing around my wrist is a hair tie! I received the powder blue one and a purple one. It was actually perfect because my hair is super long and I have a hard time keeping it in a pony tail with the traditional no tangle, no pull hair ties. This Hair Slinky hair tie is amazing! It’s heavy duty and keeps my hair up in the pony tail. When I take it out, it doesn’t pull on my hair, or rip any out.. which is a miracle! I love these! Every girl needs at least one! Check out Hair Slinky on their website for more info: https://www.hairslinky.com/

 

Sylvester the Gourd

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When we were at the Farmer’s Market, I spotted this cool looking gourd. I just had to bring him home and make him a part of my Halloween/Fall decor!

 

That’s it for this month! What things have you been enjoying? Leave a comment and let me know!

House Cleaning

The weather has been absolutely beautiful in Ohio. Sunny, blue skies, 90 degrees… definitely not Fall type.. minus the tree in our backyard that has been losing its leaves since late last month.

Of course, we have to find time to get out and enjoy this weather while it lasts.

Yesterday we took a break and went out. I checked on my houseplants that were bathing in the sun and went around the corner to check on my cacti.

That’s when I spotted this guy.

 

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He was not having those leaves in his web. Even as breeze was blowing him back and forth, he was actively moving about the web and chucking the leaves to the ground. It was an amazing sight to see!

Real Life Science.

 

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On a side note: identifying spiders is no easy feat. I’ve narrowed it down.. I believe this is an American House Spider.. but it does kind of resemble an orb weaver.

Do you know what it is? If so, please tell me in the comments. 🙂

…Oh and yes, we named him. This is Charlotte the Second. (The first Charlotte was a labyrinth orb weaver that had a massive web in our front garden, right in front of a window. We had front row seats last month when that spider caught a fly in her web and was going through her spinning and eating process. Very cool!)

Vacation, Birthdays, and Big Foot

 

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Hello friends!

What a wonderful week it’s been! Because it was my birthday last week, we took time off and had a little staycation.. which was perfect! Sleeping in is vastly underrated and it was so nice to not hear the Ghostbusters theme at 4:50am for a few days. haha!

The weather wasn’t too bad.. mid-60’s into the 70’s, a little sunshine, a little rain.. Perfect for lazy mornings and afternoons, lounging in pajamas.

I turned 30 and it was everything I thought it would be. We enjoyed a delicious roast and chocolately brownies; there were candles. I binged American Horror Story Season 3 (my favorite season thus far) and did some exercising.

Friday we took a trip to Salt Fork State Park in southeastern Ohio. It’s one of my favorite parks in all of the state. It was incredibly foggy…

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We had a picnic, met some new friends, did a little exploring…

 

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But alas, we did not spot Big Foot. We did, however, stop in at my favorite place in all of the park, Stone House.

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We ate at Cracker Barrel in Cambridge, which is one of the best Cracker Barrels we’ve ever been to…

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On the way home, we stopped at Dillion State Park. It was beautiful.

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While we were there, I spotted this free little library. How cool!

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It was an absolutely amazing week with much needed rest.

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If you are in the area, definitely stop by these State Parks!

Learn more about Salt Fork State Park: A Visitor’s Guide To Salt Fork State Park

Learn more about Stone House: A Trip to Stone House

Further reading: 5 Ohio State Parks You Need to Explore