Sunday, October 21, 2018

What Super Power would You Have?

This month I've already watched a ton of horror,  magical, and mythical movies. I love to make the most of the Halloween season by enjoying all the great classic Halloween movies. One, in particular, I see every year is  Hocus Pocus. 

I have watched Hocus Pocus as a kid so it's one of those movies that makes me feel like a kid again to watch. One thing I've always wanted to be is a witch. As a kid, I thought the classic witches were awesome! They had magic and could fly. 
Did you ever have those thoughts of if you had magical powers,  what kind of powers would you want? 


I thought it would be cool to have the power to go invisible when I want. 
Id uses it to sneak into movies, make sure People aren't talking about me behind my back.. ignore my husband when he wants to argue with me.. that should be the most ideal power. 

I also thought Mind Control would be awesome. 
Id just gets a job in sales and just have them buy what I needed to sell. That way it makes lots of money and is able to get what I want. 


Flying would obviously be a great power. I imagine flying at night, over some forest area or a big city to look at all the lights. It would feel so freeing and be so beautiful.  I think if I could do that,  I'd take advantage of the views and take up night photography. 

What kind of powers would you choose to have? 

Saturday, October 20, 2018

How to Put on Two Birthdays in the Same Month

October is a wonderful month for my little family. J and I are obsessed with Halloween so we try to make the most of it by going to lots of Halloween events and watching Halloween movies. 

We also have two kids who both have birthdays in October. no, it was not planned that way. So on top of all our Halloween stuff, we have to plan two birthday parties as well. 

This year I think we have finally figured out the easiest way to plan two birthdays in one month with minimal stress. I'm just you in on some of my secrets.



Buy in bulk
Before the birthdays come up,  check how much cups, plates, plastic utensils, and napkins you have.  Make sure you buy enough for both parties all at once. 

Get out of the house
If your lucky enough to have birthdays during the warmer months,  you are probably taking full advantage of doing birthdays at parks,  and outdoor areas. 
October is a bit and misses a month with the weather. Last year it was so warm that we were able to celebrate both kids birthdays at parks! 
Having No house cleaning stress was so amazing. This year we're not getting as lucky. But we still celebrate one birthday at the park.. it was freezing.  I don't think we can get away with the other birthday at the park this year. 


Toy stores!
Take your children to toy stores to see what draws them in the most. This saved me so much time of trying to decide what my kids "might" like. I just had them show me. 
I went online to find cheaper prices on toys they liked. I love Amazon for that. 


Keep it small
When kids are little,  you don't need to throw an elaborate party. My kids are still young enough that we just invite family. But my family is huge so it can get a little crazy at times. This year my oldest is turning 4, so we decided to have a friend party for him.  We're inviting a couple cousins close to his age,  And a few friends he has made through preschool and church. I feel like just having a few friends over is going to be a lot easier than entertaining a bunch of families. 


Do you really need a theme?
It's fun to have themed birthday parties and go all out. But it's really not that important. Your kids won't remember what the theme of their 5th birthday was. It's just something the parents do to make it look cute. I stopped turned after my first child's 1st birthday and it has saved me a lot of stress. 


Dollar store is your friend
I love the Dollar store. They always have what I need there. I needed a few invitations for my son's birthday.  Got an 8 pack for a dollar!
All those cheap parties favor that kids break and lose 5 minutes after bringing them home? Dollar store has a whole section of that stuff! 
I spent $8 between both kids birthdays for party favors, invitations, some decorations. It says that is pretty good. 


Get out of your head
I have anxiety,  which means I constantly think about what I need to get done until it's over with.  Birthdays are always a big source of anxiety for me,  but this year I'm too tired to be anxious about it. I am trying to keep birthday sid out of my mind until the week before.  I have just gotten my mind on other things when I notice I'm stressing over a birthday. 
Everything can be done within the week before the party. So just put it off until then!

Well, I've probably painted a pretty picture of a lazy mom. But seriously.. if my kids are happy,  I'm happy. No need to put more stress into it for the same outcome. 
How do you handle multiple birthdays in a month? Please share any tips you have to make birthdays easier!


Friday, October 19, 2018

Arguments With My OCD Husband

It's been a while since I've been able to talk about my experiences with my husband J, who has OCD. So I thought id add something new to some light into my life with an OCD husband.



J and I often have fights. Like any married couple, we fight about the usual stuff. But because he has OCD, we also have fights that to a normal person would be ridiculous.

Just tonight, after I put the kids to bed, I decided to go to the laundry room to get some sanitizer wipes to sanitize some door handles and things because both my kids have colds. My husband leaves his perfectly sanitized phone and keys on the counter right in front of the sanitizer container. He sanitized them every evening to get "work germs" off.

Anyway,  I'm in the laundry room grabbing a sanitizer wipe. J hears me and immediately comes in and stares at me. 
"Don't breath on my stuff!" he says.

I lose it on him. "Don't tell me what I can and cannot breathe on!" I yell. 
I fly off the handle easily when I'm mad. But I feel like I was justified in this situation. 

"I don't want your sick germs to get on my things!" He yells. 

"I'm not sick!" I say

"You don't know that!" J says 



And on and on that argument went. 
Being with an OCD person is so hard sometimes. I constantly feel like when he looks at me,  he sees this disgusting germ infested person. 


No matter how many arguments were getting into, Marriage is a commitment. And we both are working towards keeping our marriage happy and healthy. 



I am the type of person that likes to talk about my life. About all the craziness that most people wouldn't understand. It helps me to have these conversations because others will share things that aren't so perfect in their life. That just makes me feel better to know that no one is in a perfect marriage,  or that no one really has a completely perfect life. 

  Any silly arguments you have recently gotten into with your spouse/partner? 

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Halloween Superstition Series

One of the most common Halloween traditions is to carve a pumpkin to make Jack-o-lanterns. That's probably one of my favorite traditions for Halloween. I'm excited to do that with my kid when it gets closer to Halloween! 

Do you know why we carve pumpkins? Where the idea of jack-o-lanterns came from? 


The roots of the jack-o-lantern come from Celtic folklore. They tell a tragic tale of a drunken farmer named Jack who tricked the devil, but his trickery resulted in him being turned away from both the gates of heaven and hell after he died. Having no choice but to wander around the darkness of purgatory, Jack made a lantern from a turnip and a burning lump of coal that the devil had tossed him from hell.

Jack used the lantern to guide his lost soul; The Celts believed that placing Jack-o'-lanterns outside would help guide lost spirits home when they wander the streets on Halloween. Originally made using a hollowed out turnip with a small candle inside, Jack-o'-lanterns' frightening carved faces also served the purpose of scaring evil spirits away. 
When the Irish potato famine of 1846 forced Irish families to flee to North America, the tradition came with them. Since turnips were hard to come by in the states at the time, pumpkins were used as a substitute. 


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Must See Horror Movies

October is Halloween season, and to take full advantage of Halloween season,  you need to watch a lot of horror movies! I've compiled a list of my favorite horror movies to help you Decide what to watch this Halloween season. 

This movie is my favorite horror of all time. My hubby and I watch this every year on Halloween.  Jack Nicholson does such an amazing acting job.


This movie is one that will be a classic forever. It's so well done,  and I jumped out of my seat so much throughout the whole movie. No other movie does that to me!


One of those slasher movies that is so worth watching. 


I can't wait to see the new one that is coming out! But the first Halloween will always be one of my favorite horror movies


I've loved this movie since I was a kid. So many creepy moments,  and obviously the ending is great. 


This movie makes every horror movie list. And if you have ever been to a haunted house,  they always have a scene from this movie. 


You have to see the 1974 version if you haven't already. It doesn't have the special effects like the newer stuff,  but that's what makes it so good!


I have banned myself from watching any more of Rob Zombie movies because of how messed up he makes them. But, if your looking for really messed up horror.. watch this movie. 



I loved this movie. Not so scary as interesting,  but it has such an interesting twist!


Such a terrifying movie. I always feel like people are watching me from outside now. 


This movie also terrified me the first time I saw it. It seems like something like this could happen in my lifetime with how humanity is going. 


A zombie movie that will keep you up for days! Lots of blood and gore throughout the movie. 


This picture is exactly why I wanted to see this movie.  It did not disappoint! Such an interesting story and great acting by Daniel Kaluuya.


Film students working on a documentary, have taken interest in the Blair Witch murders. I cannot walk through a wooded area without thinking of this movie.

Psycho (1960)

If you haven't seen this movie,  your mother a true horror fan. I also suggest watching the TV series Bates Motel before watching this movie. It makes it so interesting!


Another oldie but a goodie. The ending of this movie is my favorite. 

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

How can you go wrong with a little zombie horror! I love older horror movies because of their special effects. 

Rosemary's Baby (1968)

Don't watch this if you're an expecting mother.

The Silence of the Lambs

A perfect cannibal classic. I love how well Anthony Hopkins does in this movie. 

Martyrs

This movie is very disturbing and very hard to watch. But it has an interesting story. 


The first one is the best. The rest aren't worth watching. The first time I saw this movie,  I couldn't sleep for a week. 

Annabelle 

I've never been more terrified of dolls in my life. Also not fun to watch when you're expecting. 




Tuesday, October 16, 2018

What "Must Go" from Life



Some days it's hard to stay positive. I just have so many things that annoy me, I can't help but be a little negative. So I've found that writing down things that have annoyed me recently,  helps get it off my mind and makes me feel better. 

Things that must go

What? 
I feel like I hear that word constantly! My kids come to me asking "what are you doing mom?" About 500 times a day. My husband also loves to come home and say "what?" Every time I move.. it drives me crazy and it must go!

Sickness
My OCD husband can't handle when someone in the house is sick. So it all falls on me. My son has developed a sore throat tonight and guess who gets to deal with it! I don't get the point of sickness anyway.. why do we have to get sick? Why can't we find a way to cure a common cold? Go away from my life sickness!

Knocking on my door
I'm sure people enjoy unannounced visitors... but I hate it. I have two dogs right now,  so any knock on my door and they go nuts,  if my kids are asleep,  they will be woken up from it.. and the only people who come visit is either church people or sales guys. I want nothing to do with either, so I think anyone knocking on my door should go! 

Speeders on the road
I can say I'm a pretty good driver. I'm good about not spending all the time, although I know the roads where there are no cops, so I bend the rules a little on those roads. 
I absolutely hate when I'm driving (over the speed limit) and someone drives their car right up behind mine as close as they can to show me I'm not going fast enough for them. Too many people do that nowadays. It's just old! Stop riding my bumper,  take a breath and realize you don't need to speed even if you are running late! 

Spiders
Yeah, they can just go far away and never come back. 

Hangnails
I get these like crazy in the winter and I hate it! I could probably take better care of my cuticles and hands but who has to be for that? Just disappear hangnails. Nobody needs you.

Mom Guilt
I'm so tired of the mom guilt I feel sometimes.  I think it just needs to take a hike. No more mom guilt for me. 


What are some things that "must go" from your life? Sometimes it's nice just to get it out. It helps you not think about it as much. And who knows,  putting it out there might actually help it disappear from your life!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Easy DIY Halloween Costumes for Adults



Every year I try not to put much thought into what costumes to wear for Halloween. I usually just go out and buy one.  Now that I have kids, we have to put a little more thought into it. This year,  my son decided he wanted to be Plankton from the TV show Spongebob. Did you know they don't have a regular plankton costume anywhere?! I almost had to resort to making it myself! luckily my son was ok with wearing the Plankton superhero costume from the Spongebob Movie. 
But he now wants me to dress up as spongebob. And those costumes can get expensive. So I'm just going to do a quick trip to my local thrift store and see what I can throw together. 

If you haven't found a costume for that upcoming thing Halloween party, you can check out my list of easy fun Halloween costumes!

1. Ghost
Don't cut holes out of a bed sheet just yet. Just a little face paint, a cute white beanie and some white clothes will do.


2. Fairy
Whether your a kid or an adult,  fairy costumes are always easy to come by. Or you can go to a local thrift store and make your own!
https://fairyroom.com/2012/10/31-days-of-fairy-costumes/

3. Dracula
I dressed my son up in a Dracula costume for his first Halloween and oh my gosh he was so adorable! I also have an aunt who paints some blood on her lips, puts on a Cape, and calls it a day.


4. Facebook 
If you have a face,  and cheap black eyeliner, you can be Facebook! Just write "BOOK accross your face. I stole this idea from the TV show "The Office". 


5. Princess
Every girl likes to be pretty. So, go all out! Buy a cute dress from a thrift store,  and a crown from the dollar store.  Your good to go!


6. Zombie
I always love coming across good zombie costumes. I dressed my hubby up as one a few years back because we were going to a Halloween party and had no costumes! A little face makeup, And some old crappy clothes your ok with ripping and staining is all you need! 


7. The Purge 
If your a horror movie fan like I am, then you have seen the Purge. All it takes to dress up like a person from the Purge is a creepy mask. You can buy one on Amazon, or find a plain mask to paint yourself! I predilections,  it will creep lots of people out.


8. Wednesday Addams
Get a long black wig to braid,  and a black dress.
https://www.google.com/amp/s/lyndsaypicardal.wordpress.com/2014/10/31/easy-and-inexpensive-halloween-costume-wednesday-addams/amp/?source=images

9. Life hands you lemons 
Get a shirt and write "Life" on it,  and buy a bag on lemons.  Super easy and clever!
http://www.helloinnovation.com/blog/fun-last-minute-halloween-costume-ideas-steal/

10. Gumball machine. You might need some hot glue,  and a few hundred of those fuzzy balls.. but it makes a cute costume.



One thing I love about not buying my own costume,  is that I can still do something fun and look like I made an effort. I hope you found a fun Halloween costume idea! 

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Utah Ghost Stories



I was trying to find some fun ideas to write about and find the idea to post some local ghost stories of my state of Utah. I had no idea about half of these stories. I'm surprised that I've heard a few of these stories from my mom growing up though. I thought she was just making stuff up.  If you haven't looked up local ghost stories about your hometown,  you definitely should check it out!

Disappearing Gravedigger:
One of the first gravediggers in Salt Lake City, Jean Baptiste lived with his wife in a two-bedroom home in town, had few friends, and was punctual. He was, perhaps, unusually well off for a gravedigger—and authorities learned the reason why in 1862. In just three years, Baptiste had robbed the graves of more than 300 people, stripping them of clothing and possessions, and dumping their naked bodies back in the caskets. The police found his home filled with clothing; he'd sold many of the possessions. Baptiste showed up in court wearing a suit a local storekeeper had been buried in. Banished to a remote island in the Great Salt Lake, Baptiste vanished six weeks later. Many say his ghost roams the southern coast of the lake carrying an armful of wet, rotting clothing.


Abandoned Pump House:

There is an old pump house in Benjamin that is known to be haunted. Once used to regulate irrigation to the farmers, legend says there was a tragic accident that killed two workers who were both caught in the machinery. While the electricity has long been disconnected from the pump house, it has been noted that people driving by after dark will often see lights shining through the cracks in the boarded-up windows. Upon closer inspection, voices and music are often heard as well.


Grafton ghost town:
Utah’s most famous ghost town, and setting for several scenes in the movie “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” features a private home where witnesses have reported hearing footsteps pacing the floorboards, feeling warm breath in their faces and feeling bursts of air as if someone has just rushed by them.


Haunted Memorial:

A large stone cross, an old memorial built by a man who lost his entire family when they were brutally murdered, sits in the middle of a wooded area of Kay’s Hollow. Over the years there have been reports of people in black cloaks and dog men chasing people away.


Mad Doctor:

The old Lehi Hospital, while no longer standing, was the setting of a rumored grisly murder, the ghostly remains of which were reportedly spotted throughout the years in the form of a nurse hanging from a flagpole, the victim of a doctor gone mad.

Hit and Run:

In the Ogden cemetery, there is a girl named Flo who was once sitting on the curb waiting for her ride. Suddenly she was hit by a car and died. Legend has it that if you drive by her gravestone and blink your car’s headlights three times she will appear first as a green light and then transform into a young girl as she floats toward your car, thinking you are her ride home.


Brigham Young University ghost:

In the reading room of the music section of BYU's Harold B. Lee Library, there have been reports of moaning noises that often sound like voices. The room, too, is always either extremely cold or extremely hot. In another part of the Music Library, the Harp Room, there is a mysterious "ghost chair" that will appear out of nowhere

Weeping Widow:

The Spanish Fork Cemetery is home to a beautifully carved gravestone that is in the shape of a young woman. Known as the Weeping Widow, the woman is crouched down with one arm extended and the other near her face. If you visit the grave after dark it is said that she will actually cry, tears streaming down her face, for her baby. During the day the water stains on her face are clearly visible.

Tooele Haunting:

This Utah town has been the subject for many ghost hunting TV shows, most likely because of the old hospital where it is said the spirits of dead patients still roam the halls. Shadowy figures have been seen crossing in the halls and the ghost of a small girl has been seen in the lobby. The hospital is now a popular Halloween haunted attraction.


I hope these ghost stories have gotten you in the Halloween spirit! 

What Super Power would You Have?

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