Easy Halloween Decor


Halloween is so close and I am so excited! Yes, I realize it is still September, but Starbucks has already release the PSL and the first day of fall is only a few days away, don’t judge me. 

I popped into Target the other day and frolicked happily through their display. I am rather impressed with myself, I only bought six items. Success! 

(This has nothing to do with the fact that I have already purchased items from Michael’s Crafts and JoAnns. We’ll just pretend that didn’t happen.)

Anyway, last year I shared my Floating Witch Hats, this year  I came up with two really easy “DIY” decor pieces that anyone can do. Yes, I mean that, you could have two bottles of wine and still manage to get these done.

Be sure to remove the tags from all your fun purchases. (I’m looking at you, Mom.)

First Piece – 


Items needed:

Bird Cage – Target

(You don’t need to get all fancy, the one in the link will do.)

Crow Skeleton – Target 

(NOT a real one, that’s just weird. Also, NOT a live one, you don’t want that mess in your house.)

Now, take the crow (you can give it a name if you want to, I’ll call mine Herbert), open the cage, put him (or her if you have given it a girl’s name) in it, close the cage.

Yep, that easy. 


Look how happy he is, he loves it!

Second Piece – 


Items Needed:

Small Cloche – Target

(Be sure to get the one from the Halloween section, it has a cute bat on top. Plus it is made of plastic, so if you are doing this while full of wine, it’s unlikely you’ll break it.)

Purple Bat Lights  – Target

Orange Pumpkin Lights – Target

(These items are in the  $1-$3-$5 section in store only. If you go, don’t drink or text and drive, thanks.)

AA Batteries – 2 per each light set. 

(Yes, Target carries them too.)


Gently unwind lights from inset in box, and put the batteries in, turn lights on and look at how pretty they are.

Gently place lights in the top of the cloche, spreading them around as evenly as you can. 

Place the bottom of the cloche on, be sure to leave the battery packs out. Flip back over and voila! 


It might take a few tries to move the lights around to how you like them.

These are perfect placed on a mantel or side table!


Woohoo! You did it! Now go make yourself some Halloween Munch to celebrate! 

For the Stay at Home Moms 

There I was in the checkout line at Target today, (I know, it’s my favorite store!) when I had quite an unsettling experience. 

I’ll set the scene for you; it’s the Monday before Halloween, around lunch time. The store is apt to be a little busier during this time of day and time of year. I know I was getting the supplies I needed for our Halloween party, and saw others with such items as well. 

I was unloading my cart, having let a lady with one item step in front of me, when what to my listening ears should I hear? But a condescending woman, speaking quiet clear.

“So busy!! All these ‘little’ stay at home ‘mommies’.”

  
My head snapped up so fast you would have thought someone yelled, “Chris Evans is here and shirtless!” 

Sadly no, that is not what was said. Captain America was not there to save the day. Neither were any of the Avengers. (Although I think Black Widow would have been on this woman before I got my head up.)

  
I’ll go ahead and take a little “guess” myself (since this lady decided to make such a knee-jerk choice to assume everyone there was a “lowly, lame, sad, Stay at Home Mom*”) that she doesn’t have kids. 

*SAHM through the rest of the article. (And no, we are NONE of those things.)

I’ll go ahead and also assume she has NO idea how hard we actually work. Yes, I am a SAHM. A PROUD one! 

She should not just run around assuming because a business is a tad busy at a LUNCH HOUR, that everyone is a “little stay at home mommy”. 

Maybe these women, we’ll say they were all mothers just for the purpose of my rant, are on their lunch break? Running to Target to get a few things for their child’s costume, grabbing the snack needed for the class party, or getting bags of candy for the neighborhood trick-or-treaters, instead of eating lunch. 

(And because they know that Target will have what they need, they always do! I love you, Target!)

So what if all of us were SAHM?! What? Are you better than us and don’t have to wait in a short line?! We are all waiting, learn some patience! (And trust me, you aren’t better than us, certainly not with that “little” tone.)

She probably has no idea how hard a SAHM actually works. I run my website and all of my own social media accounts for it, take care of our child and household, while supporting and being present in my Husband’s job.  That’s like three full time jobs, I have no helper or assistant, and yet I’m patient enough to stand in line and be polite.

Some SAHM’s run successful in-home businesses. Some run successful craft businesses. Some work part time out of the home. Some work evening/night shifts to be with their kid(s) during the day. Some are also students and are working toward a degree. A lot of us volunteer at our child’s school, with charities/non-profits, at churches, and in the community. 

All while keeping the child(ren) taken care of, errands ran, house kept, schedules organized, etc.

Do you want to try? No. I don’t think you do. 

  
Being a Mom means no days off. No vacation, no sick days. You are on 24/7, everyday of the year. I joke with my husband anytime we travel with our sweet tiny human, it is a “business trip”.  

Potty needs or bad dream at 3am? Yep, Mom is awake.

Sick at school? Mom is on the way.

Class party? Mom will help plan it. 

Also, SAHM’s are smart. Many have degrees or left careers because their children were more important. We have brains, and thoughts, like any normal adult! We can have conversations, and even vote! (I know! “Say it isn’t so?!”)

  

Does it sound like we just sit with our feet up on the couch all day, “watching our stories”? No? 

We work our tails off during the day and still have a dinner ready on time.

  
(Me too, Beverly. Me too.)  

So please, before you run around judging someone because they chose to put their child first, know that we sleep a little better at night knowing our families are cared for, our households are (mostly) in order, and we work harder than you.

  

PS – This is also why wine and chocolate exist. They are really made for us, but we’re nice, and know how to share. #YoureWelcome 

Back to…work?

It was “back to school time” recently in Oregon, and my friend’s took it to the next level.

While everyone was posting those cute pictures of their kids all dressed up heading back to to first day of a new school year, Kami and Ben decided to take the side of humor. 

Kami posted this to her Facebook page:

  
This is the real side of life, my friends, and I can’t stop laughing. 

Yes, that says “Day 4,343 and 7,690 of work.” Even better, yes, that is an R2D2 lunch box…that makes noises! 

These are good people, and I am thankful for the friendship and laughs they bring into my life.

Share Monsters

  
Today I take a piece from Gary Vaynerchuk. 

I love when he brings up being a Share Monster during some of the #AskGaryVee Shoooows. 

He brings up such a great point, stop being lurkers! If you follow a brand/business page and see something you enjoy, or someone else might enjoy: Share, like, comment! 

People on Facebook are so quick to share the “share this if” posts, that are basically the spam of Facebook. (And it’s annoying, stop it.)

Yet, when a new business or brand is trying to grow and gain more followers, they skim past it and don’t think twice about sharing their post. I have noticed that they do this, even if they know the person!

It’s time to change it around. Stop spamming the rest of us, and try to help someone. 

Don’t be a lurker, be a Share Monster!!!!

Let’s Talk – The Walking Dead

  

AMC’s hit show The Walking Dead, ooh Walking Dead. (TWD for the rest of the article.) I’m hooked, so hooked, but was I always? No. 
Let me take you on a journey of how this show became my (and my husband’s) Sunday night “must have fix”. Note, “spoilers” ahead if you are still getting into the show.

I can fully admit that when this show was first getting ready to premier, I would change the channel or go hide under my bed until the previews were all gone. (Eek! Scary!)

Zombies, excuse me, Walkers, really freak me out. Vampires? Werewolves? Mummies? Nope, don’t bother me. Walkers? No thanks, I should just pass out now.

I, however, struggle with an “illness” that probably doesn’t have a name, but it deals with an over active “curiosity gland”. (That’s what I’ll call it, just play along. I’m sure Doc McStuffins would be able to diagnose me if I could get into her clinic to be checked out.) Anywho, yes, I get curious. What’s worse than being curious? Being curious and having a Peggy. 

If you don’t have a “Peggy”, I suggest you get one, my Peggy is great!  

Peggy has watched TWD from the start, and you guys, she is a FAN! She loves talking about it too. She never once told me, “Just watch the show!” when my curiosity gland got out control and something made me peek from under the bed. I always knew I could message her and ask about the show. She would happily, and fully explain.

Then it slowly started pouring over into Pinterest. I’d sign in and see a TWD meme and think, “Peggy would like that!” So I would send it to her. You all know how Pinterest works, right? If you send something, they have these algorithms that use their Spidey-Senses and think, “Oh she sent that pin! Let’s show her more!”

Basically, my Pinterest got to the point where I was seeing TWD pins ALL the time. This is how I learned character names, and various story lines. 

Then, one fateful day, I was left to my own devices while my daughter and husband napped. This is a very dangerous thing, the curiosity gland REALLY gets wild. It happened to be a Sunday. The Sunday of the Season 4 Finale.

There it was on my guide, the TWD marathon. “Still”, Episode 12 of Season 4 was just starting, I select it. Just Daryl & Beth in the woods, drinking moonshine in a cabin. Not bad, okay, I’ll watch the next. “Alone”, ooh starts off a bit intense with them fending off walkers in the fog, but I don’t hide under the bed. “The Grove” starts, just Carol, Tyrese and three girls trying to make it. 

This episode “turns” fast. (Get it? “Turns”?) At this point my husband, Mark, has joined me, and I’m pretty sure these were my thoughts: 

“What?! Why? Why is that girl playing with a walker?!” 

“No! What! This little weirdo is feeding it?! Oh shiz, run! Run! They’re coming after you!”

“HOLY SHIT!!!!!!!! That freak killed her sister! WTF AM I WATCHING?!”

“What’s Carol doing? 😳 Ooooh Lordy, she told her to look the flowers.”

After sitting there in silence for a few minutes, Mark asked. “What the hell did we just watch?!” I think I answered, “I don’t know….but I’m never watching this show again.” Oh how wrong I was.

Flash forward to October 2014. Mark had accepted a new job and we were moving out of state. Now remember I said I had a Peggy? Yeah, I also have a Dad. He also LOVES this show and loves talking about it. He helped me pack my house. 

This show was pretty much all we talked about on our “pack days”; which looking back, always seemed to be right after a Sunday. This further confirms that he and Peggy were somehow in cahoots with each other. 

The moving truck pulled out in early November, I still had three weeks left in Oregon. My daughter and I checked into the good ol’ “Mom n Dad: Bed n Breakfast” (aka, my parents house), and I prepared for Sunday nights. 

I survived through Season 5’s “Self-Help”, “Consumed” and “Crossed”. Then the mid-season finale aired the night Mark, our daughter, and I went wheels up out of Oregon heading to our new residence. 

I found myself at the airport trying to get the episode to steam on my phone, and couldn’t. 

Wait, what’s happening? 

The next night I grabbed the iPad and got all signed into the AMC website and was able to get “Coda”. Oh yay! I can watch the mid-season finale!!! What? Did I just…seriously, what is going on?!

Oh. My. Gosh. 

It happened. I wanted more. I sat crying and alone on my couch at the end of “Coda”. “Not Beth! Why Beth?? What’s going to happen now?!” I tried to let it go, tried to forget, but I couldn’t. It just wouldn’t stop poking my curiosity gland. 

Mid-December: *Ding* Oh, message from Dad. “TWD Marathon, all seasons from the beginning, starts New Years.” 

He knew you guys! He knew!!!! I immediately set our DVR, and we had them all. Every gory, scary, crazy, walker filled episode. We got them all watched, just in time for the February premier. It was glorious.

True that sometimes it still freaks me out, but not as bad. I finally understand why Carol had to tell Lizzie to “look at the flowers”, how Abraham, Eugene (and Eugene’s awesome mullet) came to be the with the group) and that I am big time Team Daryl/Carol! 

I’m glad I have a Dad and a Peggy. They help me try new things. Thank you Dad and Peggy, thank you. 

Now is it October 11th yet? Someone pass me some of Carol’s cookies while I wait. Maybe I’ll just do some stuff…and thangs to help me pass the time.
PS- Unless it has changed, the ringtone for me on my Dad’s phone is the opening theme for the show. Boom. 

Guest Post – Big Brother


There are many reasons to love summer. Warm days, longer nights, ice cream, the general feel of a more relaxed time, and the return of reality TV show: Big Brother.

This show started many seasons ago on CBS, and I not only enjoy it for the entertainment factor, but because I know my dear friend, Peggy, will be watching as well. We greatly enjoy spending the summer chatting about episodes, competitions, and of course, spoilers!

I am so touched that she decided to guest post this week and share why she loves the show:

My name is Peggy and I am a Big Brother-holic.

I have not always been a BBHolic. I, once, enjoyed a full, busy, summer season outside and with others.

I remember my first episode. It was early in the 4th season. That’s right. Fourth. It is now the 17th season. That’s 12 years (12 summers and one magical winter {thank you, writer’s strike ’07/’08!}.) of being hopelessly addicted to Big Brother.

I’m not even sure how I ended up on that channel that fateful summer evening but I was hooked immediately. I mean, really, how could I not be? Who were these people? What did I miss? Seemingly one of these “houseguests” aka HG’s was just kicked out. Like, scandalously KICKED OUT. Not the normal weekly eviction kind that was apparently scheduled to happen later that week. Oh, yeah. Later that week because BB doesn’t mess around. It’s on THREE times every week all summer long! AND! And there are cameras that are filming the entire time the HG’s are residing in there. Meaning this program truly is live and REALLY “reality”. You can, actually, pay CBS to watch these cameras 24/7! All access, baby! That’s right! If I so choose I can pay to watch neurotic and narcissistic people eat, sleep, compete, argue, make out, drink, drank, drunk and repeat!

But I digress.

Season 4. Violent outburst. Houseguest kicked out. SCANDAL!

Girls are bffs. Boys are best bros.Secretly the girls and boys used to date outside of the house. (They all think they have this secret advantage.) Wait. WHAT?!? Jun and Jee used to date?? NO!! Erika and Robert?? I don’t believe it!

I. am. hooked.

Season 5 is even better! Project DNA: Do Not Assume. Oh, please! Tell me MORE!

There are actually twins playing as one HG this season. The sisters secretly swap locations (one is segregated completely while the other is in the house playing the game) until a predesignated week when they both get to enter the house and play the game together and individually. They fool EVERYONE. Also, there are biological siblings in the house. The catch? They don’t know this because daddy never told them about each other! DELICIOUS!

Season 6 was juicy. Some of my personal favorite HG’s (I’m looking at you Janelle and Howie!) were this season. Honestly, the whole group was smart and competitive and I have trouble picking one out. I would like to point out that this is the group that caused the change in the free flowing booze option. I suspect you can imagine how good the drama was to illicit this particular change!

Season 7 was All-Stars. I mean, how perfect is that?? The best of the best and the most dramatic of the dramatic all back in the house. Together!

Dr. Will and, his “Chill Town” partner, Mike “Boogie” dominated All-Stars. Apparently, they owned season 2, also, and played the game exactly the same way all over again. (I’m still sad that I missed that season.) All-Stars is, obviously, THE. BEST.

(Dr. Will and Mike “Boogie”, “Chill Town”)

The next few seasons aren’t particularly noteworthy. Well, if you consider bikini baristas, estranged father/daughter duos, real born relationships (we’re talking eventual marriage and babies, here) and porn stars as “not noteworthy”, anyways.

So, now, here we are at season 17. This was a rough start. We’re beginning week 7 right now and the game is finally picking up. Of the, record setting, 17 HG’s I believe that there are MAYBE half a dozen game players in the house. It’s been frustrating watching a power couple (awww aren’t they cute being all cuddly?!?! GAG!) not play the game and still continue to run the house. Week 6 changed up the dynamic a bit and I’m finally curious about the eventual outcome of the game. As of now, I believe, that the professional poker player has this game in the bag. I kinda hope not, though. I have a weird crush on the Bobcat Goldthwait sounding dentist. Don’t judge. He’s great and I think he’s playing the game intentionally and smartly. There are others that are starting to peak my interest, too. I guess this season isn’t a total wash.

Is it Sunday, yet?

*twitch*

(“Johnny Mac”)

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