Month: September 2020

Halloween Movie Marathon: What to Watch and Where to Stream

We’re just a day away from October and I am READY to get my Halloween on! I know Halloween will be quite different this year, due to the pandemic, but I’m going to make the best of it. One of my favorite ways to gear up for spooky season is by watching scary movies. Typically we gather with some friends around Halloween and have a horror movie night, whether we’ll do this or not this year I’m not really sure, but we will definitely be spending our weekends marathoning some scary movies. I have a lot of fond memories as a kid having sleepovers with my friends and watching scary movies. My dad thought it would be fun to introduce us to classic horror movies like Halloween and The Exorcist. I was probably too young to be watching movies like this, haha, but it definitely sparked my love for spooky stuff. If I had to narrow down my favorite horror movies, I’d say my top 5: Trick ‘r Treat The Exorcist Halloween Rosemary’s Baby The …

Shopping Small

I have been on a real Etsy kick these days. I love seeing what other people out in the world are creating at home and if I can support their creative work, I try to. I feel like I can scroll through Etsy for hours on end just hunting down handmade and vintage pieces from all over. My favorites list is shamelessly overflowing at this point. I recently bought from a few shops that I wanted to share: Horticultural Charcoal from Living Arrangement I’m a baby plant lady, so I wasn’t sure why my plants were looking a little… sad. It turns out I had a few of them in pots with no drainage holes, which meant they were way too saturated. I found these horticultural charcoal packets from Living Arrangement and so far, so good! They were affordable and shipped quickly. Yes, I definitely could have just taken a 10 minute ride to the Home Depot, but this seemed like a good option and they were exactly what I needed. Pink Handmade Felt Lettering …

Sunday Not-So-Scaries: September 27

Hellooooo! I’m having a sleepy Sunday today, but not much else is new in my world. I’m anxiously awaiting the birth of my newest little nephew, seems like any day now! I love being an auntie so so much, it’s definitely my favorite role in life. On the first day of fall this year I decided that I needed to spend it outside — either in the woods or on the beach. Thankfully where I live I have easy access to both. I chose the beach, and I’m glad that I did. It was empty aside from a few sunbathers and a handful of surfers. Local summer — well, fall now. But I was able to walk down the beach without worrying about being too close to anyone (I brought a mask juuuuust in case). I laughed when I thought about the fact that my first beach day of 2020 just so happened to be on the first day of fall. I was happy to be there, though. I sat in the sand and put …

First Day of Autumn

I’ve already declared it in my heart and home that it’s spooky season, but today it’s official! Happy autumn equinox! In spite of all that this year has been so far, I want to walk into autumn with good intentions and just embrace all of the uncertainties – which is extremely hard to do for a person suffering from acute anxiety (yours truly) so I’m really going to try. I started decorating our home for Halloween a few weeks ago – I said I am DONE with summer. I was just ready to move on to the next season – I’ve never been a summer person. I’m not finished JUST yet, but here’s a peak at what I have up so far. I’m going to take a trip to a local nursery to buy some pumpkins and mums for our front door in the coming weeks, which is something I’ve done both years that we lived here for fall and really enjoy. Confession: my outdoor Halloween décor game is pretty weak, aka non-existent. I just …

Sunday Not-So-Scaries: September 20

Hello, hello! It’s really starting to feel like fall here in New Jersey, and it’s THE BEST! I got so excited that I packed away almost all of my summer clothes already, hoping for no rogue 80 degree days. This week was quite a blur, most likely because my stay-cation came to an end and it’s been an adjustment getting back into the swing/night shift. I’ve been doing this for nearly five years now so I know it just takes some time! On a somber note, I want to acknowledge the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She spent her entire career fighting for equality, and for that I thank her. I do want to share a few things that have brought some light to my week, though. The cooler weather has put me in a baking mood. The fall and winter are my favorite times of the year to make sweets. I made this skillet peach cobbler recipe from Half Baked Harvest this week, topped with a dollop of vanilla ice cream …

Two Years In Our Home Sweet Home

Wow wow wow! We’ve officially been in our home for two years! It feels like we’ve only been here for a minute, honestly. Time truly flies. I laugh when I think about the day we saw our home for the first time. We had been living with family to save up, and were house-hunting for well over a year at that point. When we left to meet with our realtor for an afternoon of home tours, I told Tom this was the last one for the year. If we didn’t find “the one” that day, we needed to take a break. House hunting is EXHAUSTING mentally, physically and spiritually, and we had been to so many showings with little success. Not to mention, our wedding was just around the corner. I didn’t have the bandwidth anymore to focus on both. And as if the universe heard me, we found our home that day – it was one of the last ones we walked through. Friends had told me that when you walked into “your” home, …

Easy DIY Skull Wreath

I’ve declared it Halloween season in this house already, despite it not being fall just yet — ALMOST! I’m an autumn lover, I know so compelling, and especially Halloween. I have a lot of fond memories of decorating our home for Halloween as a kid with my mom, and I wanted to carry that into my own home now as an adult. My mom has always been big on DIY decorations, and in my opinion is a master wreath artist. I’ve never made my own wreath before, and decided after a quick trip to the craft store that I was going to make one for Halloween. Luckily, there was a sole black wreath left, so I bought it and picked out a color scheme. I got the idea from Michaels and while I know I executed it differently, it really sparked my creativity. To make the wreath I used wire cutters to trim down the flower stems, and then arranged them how I wanted into the wreath. I turned on a spooky podcast to get …

I Got a Tarot Reading on Etsy

I’ve been shopping on Etsy a lot more than I have in the past these days. Seeing other people’s creations just brightens my day and inspires me so much. One night I was browsing the internetz for occult shops and found one that really spoke to me on Etsy. Of the many things offered, tarot readings were on the list. One of my long-running traditions is to get a reading once a year. I’ve gone to many different psychics and healers in my life – the majority were very good readings with the exception of maybe two, one of which I ended up consoling the man reading my cards about a personal issue he was facing. I’ve gone to coffee shops, Renaissance Faires, the back rooms of occult shops and other people’s homes for readings before, but I’ve never done one virtually. But ya know, COVID, so I bought it and hoped for the best. Well, here’s what happened. When purchasing, the reader asks that you leave three questions in the notes section of your …

Sunday Not-So-Scaries: September 13

It’s been a rainy week, but a happy one. I enjoyed having an entire week off with my husband, even if we didn’t get out much and spent time taking turns playing Tony Hawk Pro Skater on PS4, which I am very bad at. We would have been in Germany this week if COVID hadn’t happened, but I’m dreaming up our plans to really do it big whenever we can finally get there. I just got back from spending the weekend with my sister, brother-in-law and my little sweet nephew. He’s about ready to walk and had me on my toes! It was such a special visit and I’m so happy I was able to visit with them safely. A few things I’m loving this week: I know buying jeans seems really weird right now, but sometimes I want some normalcy back in my life. Transitioning into fall clothes is about to happen and I’d like to try to wear more than loungewear while I’m working remotely, but we’ll see if I actually do. No …

PCOS Awareness Month

September always feels so fresh to me. I’ve always equated it with new beginnings and while this year feels pretty different, I’m still digging deep for a fresh start in these COVID times. It’s in there somewhere. This month also happens to be Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome awareness month. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, or PCOS, is a hormonal disorder which affects roughly 1 in 10 people with ovaries. It’s the leading cause of infertility and can lead to an array of serious health issues including Type 2 Diabetes. And if you don’t know anyone with PCOS, now you do. I’m never sure how personal I’m willing to get here, but this feels important. I was diagnosed with PCOS 10 years ago when I was 21. I had spent a decade with extremely irregular and painful menstrual cycles prior to that diagnosis but never had an OGBYN who took my concerns seriously. They would shrug it off: I was young, it would work itself out, and they would throw birth control pills at me to regulate it. After …