Mental health monthly faves: October

It’s been awhile since I have done a mental health monthly favorites post!

These are the things that help me maintain mental sanity in that particular month.

Although I love the month of October, it gets dark by 6:30 pm now and it snowed twice already here on the mountain top. Within a week.

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With this change of seasons comes even more of a need for life’s little comforts…

October mental health monthly faves:

Outfits that make me feel good:

I feel prettiest lately in my dresses with tights and boots. My 2 favorites right now are my new plaid dress and these orange sparkly tights from H&M.

This is one of those outfits that after the fact I realized-I really wish I staged a whole fashion shoot with! But instead, you have me posing for Frankie as he takes pictures of me in his room. (please excuse the garbage can, lol)

Some day I will stage another actual fashion photo post. Like real bloggers do. Hehe.

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Another well planned out fashion photo for the blog. Lol. This sweater was thrifted as well but is from Target!

Thrifting and thrift hauls:

Let’s be real….shopping makes you feel good. There’s something about the thrill of finding those perfect items unexpectedly while out thrifting!

Last weekend I went Halloween costume searching at goodwill and salvation army and was not sure what to be when I arrived. When I left, I left with a pair of moon boots, which I knew would work perfectly for this weekend’s space themed party. 

Not only that, but I came across these wonders.

The dress is the one I am wearing above and it’s now one of my favorite dresses. The bag is a Dooney and Bourke, which I got for $15 and it goes for $60 or more on ebay. The shoes are Bass duck boots, which I found online for and can retail for $100 or more depending on the site.

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The crazy moon boots that I won’t wear ever again…but they will be great for my costume!

Sims:

I have been playing sims since I was 7 years old. I have played ever since, on and off, in binges- I will play it obsessively (when I have time) for hours, months, then put it down for 6 months and pick it back up again.

When the days start to get dark earlier and many people can be found curled up with a good book, you can find me curled up with a good sims session or another game.

My obsession with Shameless went a little farther this time when I went and created a whole Shameless Gallagher family and re-created their entire house, as best as I could. I think the kitchen came out the best!

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My next plan is to make Patsy’s pies diner where Fiona works since I have Sims Dine out expansion pack. And I’m basically going to have Frank come in and out and wreck havoc on their lives every now and then.

And you know I plan on getting Sims 4 city living when it comes out November 1st! Then the Gallaghers will move to their real hometown of Chicago.

I am pretty excited about the new social media and food critic job as well as festivals in the city and other city aspects like high rise apartments!

Exercise and keeping busy:

I think I am the kind of person who needs to be busy most of the time, but also make time to relax in between.

I have been trying to keep my gym routine from getting boring by trying new classes- Piyo, spin, and zumba. Now Zumba and cycle have become part of my regular routine!

It’s also been a good way to see my friends, who are just as busy, and we can do classes together.

Exercise is amazing for your mental health and I can’t imagine having a week without it! This week I missed my spin class because I had to stack wood and yesterday it snowed so I missed working out, but still shoveled snow, and I feel it in my arms today! I think it’s all about balance.

 

This is good for everyone’s mental health:

 

Two of my favorite things in 1 glorious video….Stranger Things and Peanuts. I just watched the great pumpkin last night with mama!

It’s a bit early to start thinking about Christmas, I know, but honestly with all the snow we got, it doesn’t seem that weird to me right now…

 

Here’s the article where I originally found the video. 

Thanks, Hellogiggles.

 

 What are some things that helped you this month?

 

 

Halloween Happy Planning

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It’s been so long since I did my last Happy Planner post. 

With Halloween coming, I felt like I had to plan! I feel re-inspired with planning when the holidays hit.

Lately, I am the kind of planner who plans when she feels like it and I don’t like to stress about planning every week out, even though I think it’s more fun to have a full planner to look through later on- I feel like when a hobby becomes an obligation, it becomes stressful and no longer fun. And then, what’s the point?

I got new stickers and washi tape from Michaels which have been getting good use lately. The Halloween section at Michaels is a scary place….and by scary I mean, frighteningly beautiful…and tempting.

Also, this week seems like Halloween week to me since Halloween is on a Monday this year!

 

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We are going to a space themed party this weekend. I am sure pictures will follow of the festivities… 

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Why does it feel like my favorite month just flew by?!….. Le sigh. 

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The witching hour is here…

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And don’t forget to be curious and work hard. 

What are your plans for this week and for Halloween weekend?! I hope you are feeling witchy ; )

300 followers and weekend dreams

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(This song is in a car commercial and every time I see it I wanna dance and last night, when I could not sleep a wink,I had the beat in my head…so it had to go on the blog. #obsessed.)

 

We have reached 300 followers on this little up and coming blog!

 

 

This is a tiny update because honestly… I picked up a new project, as I usually do, and life has been busier.  I’ll talk more about it later because I wanted to do a whole post on that! But basically I am always hustling towards my goals and can’t stop, won’t stop. ok.png

I’ve been struggling with balance again. What is it with October, my favorite month, and feeling a sense of struggling to balance it all?

It’s getting dark early again and that’s been hard for me. I know that’s part of it because I feel this tiredness I haven’t felt in awhile, an effect of doing so much, and also- it’s dark by 6:30 pm…it makes me just want to crawl into bed…. z emoji.jpg

And I have started trying new exercise classes- 2 weeks ago Piyo, last week Zumba (which I have done before but picked back up after awhile) and this week Spin (I’m sore) and those have left me a little…tired, as well. With everything else. Why do I always decide to pick up a million new things at once?! Lol.

Piyo made me feel nauseas and like I was going to die, all at the same time. Spin, on the other hand, I loved and hope to make a weekly thing!

 

Anyway… when life gets a little bit harder, I try to go back to the little things, so here’s some pictures from my beautiful weekend…

 

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I have to digress for a minute and talk about Greig Farm in Red Hook, NY.

This place has everything you could ever need. Apple and pumpkin picking, delicious bbq food in this adorable air stream trailer,  pygmy goats, and an indoor farmer’s market!!

I am getting hungry again just thinking about all of the yummy food we had.

 

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We got these smokey deviled eggs and this brisket sandwich, both were amazing. The drink,too!

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An obvious fall necessity.

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I also love Sunday drives in October….

 

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Thank you to anyone who has followed and supported this blog!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halloween spooky haul!

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(….This song is so weird, yet totally perfect. Listen while you view…)

 

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Via:

 

Hello everyone! I hope you are all enjoying your spooky Octobers full of bright colors and dreams of goblins, ghosts, oh my….

 

My lack of posting this week is about to be justified because I have a fun post for you all!

 

I was honored enough to be able to work with Oriental Trading and at the same time, upgrade my Halloween collection. They sent me products to review, but being a huge Halloween lover, of course I was so excited!I got to pick out all of my own items- so they are all items I would honestly buy myself anyway.

 

Upon viewing their site to decide what goodies I wanted, I was so excited, like a kid in a Halloween store. After all, they have SO much Halloween stuff on their site- (Oriental Trading Halloween)

 

Since I love Halloween so much, I picked items that I thought I would use all year round, too.  (Because that’s totally normal to keep spooky things around all year, right?)’

 

 

Halloween lampshade topper:

 

The first item I wanted to feature was this Halloween lampshade topper, which is my favorite item that arrived.

 

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It has a feature on top that allows you to make it tighter or looser and is easily hideable, which I thought was really handy. The features are beautiful up close, too! Something about this topper just reminds me of the Adams family….and I would definitely keep this up all year long in my room.

 

Skeleton hand glasses:

 

The next item I was gifted with were the Skeleton hand glasses.  They come in a dozen and I could hardly contain myself.

Here they are pictured with apple cider(mmmmm), but feel free to add any bubbly cauldron-like Halloween cocktail to the glasses, I feel like they are just made for that!

I cannot wait to break these out at my next Halloween party. Or, any random weekday wine night by myself…just kidding, kind of.

 

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Zipper mouth character pillows:

 

The Zipper mouth characters pillows made a nice addition to our white couch.  I just think they are so cute and they go perfectly with my Stranger Things pillows.(from Redbubble, if you are interested) Anyone else obsessed with Stranger things?!! I cannot wait until the new season… and I just found out Eleven and some of the crew were at NYC Com icon and I wish I had known!

 

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They can’t believe how cute the pillows are, either. 

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Round spider web table topper:

 

The Round Spider web table topper is a great addition to any table. Here, I have it on my square nightstand and even that worked perfectly. Don’t forget your other Halloween/fall accents, though!

 

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Black Widow Halloween costume: 

Aside from Halloween decorations, do you even know how many Halloween costumes Oriental trading has?!

 

This was an unexpected surprise, they sent me a Halloween costume that I didn’t even ask for! It was the Black Widow from Captain America 🙂

 

Sissy got lucky, as she had a Halloween costume party to go to and now has a costume and looks stunning in it!

 

And I got lucky to be able to work with such a generous company! Everything was shipped so quickly and the quality so far has been consistent with their online reviews.

 

Have you gotten any good Halloween hauls?

Thanks for reading 🙂

 

Currently in October

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Happy weekend!

(I really did want to bake some yummy fall treats this weekend…)

Last month I did a Currently in September post  and am going to attempt to do these once a month!

So here it is, our currents for my favorite month ever. 

Currently in October 

Me, currently…

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This has been me all month and will continue to be me throughout October…

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Current foliage…

Looking around outside my house right now catches my breath.

Driving around my little mountain town, I feel distracted, and can’t think of where to look first.

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Currently wearing…

My Hunter boots and my fringe jacket. A lot. 

The jacket was on sale from Forever 21 for $20, the dress is from goodwill. I am excited to wear my Hunter boots with a variation of a million different styles of long thick socks.And leggings!

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Fox and squirrel leggings. And leggings, in general. 

I wish I could remember who blogged about these leggings I read about months ago, then obsessed over, and searched my local Walmarts for. I have the best boyfriend ever, who searched all over Walmart until he found them for me.

They have foxes and squirrels on them, so of course I needed them!

They also say they are “sueded” leggings , they have this buttery feeling to them.

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Currently watching…

Definitely still watching American Horror story! So far, it’s not my favorite season at all. But it is getting better each episode!

But currently in October, I’ve been watching…

Vlogtober on youtube. 

Vlogtober is when you tubers post a Vlog every day in October.

I mentioned Vlogtober last year in this post. and this Mental health monthly faves post.

Here are my favorite Vlogtobers who I have been watching for a few years now!

Sarah Hawkinson:

Sarah is a favorite you tuber of mine in general because she loves Halloween just like me, she’s an introvert also like me,  and I love her style and watching her thrifting trips. She is also the reason I started shopping obsessively at Michaels for Halloween stuff, all year round.

Samantha Maria:

Sunbeamsjess:

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Currently listening to…

I have been enjoying this Autumn Leaves playlist made by Spotify.

Here’s my October playlist, which I’ll be adding to a lot.

I haven’t been very good lately about finding new music, though. Anyone want to share any I would so appreciate it!

I just found the song above too, Sunset lover by Petit biscuit, if you want to give that a listen.

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Currently celebrating…

Coziness, warmth, and Halloween!

Every week Frankie and I celebrate a spooky night, where we light all of the fall candles, drink fall brews, and watch a scary movie. In a dimly lit and spookified room like this.

(Actually my room looks like this all year long.)

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Hanging skulls and tree branch lights in a  wine bottle, and pumpkin candles, oh my!

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Currently drinking…

Well, not right now, since it’s 11:30 am on a Saturday.

Fall cocktails. Fall pumpkin beers and ciders. 

The drinks to the right were Apple Jack and my friend’s Pumpkin pie martini, which was my favorite. Yummmm.

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Currently excited and thinking about…

Excited….Well guys, I landed my first sponsored post, where they are sending me $75 worth of Halloween goodies, all picked out by me, to blog about! I feel so blessed and I can’t wait to share with everyone. The fact that I got to hand pick all of the items made me feel great because I know that everything I am blogging about are products  I would obviously buy for myself!

Thinking about…And I am attending a space-themed Halloween party the weekend before Halloween and cannot decide between being Mrs. Frizzle from the Magic school bus, Buzz Light year, or Marvin the martian.  I will be making my costume and might buy a few little things for it if needed.

What do you guys think?! Help!

What are you doing this October? jacko

October is in the air!

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It’s here! It’s here! My favorite month of the year. 

 

In October we, along with the trees, start a new beginning and a new end. Things slow down, we get ready to settle into nighttime earlier, and we rest. 

Did you know that when you see the brightest trees in the fall that that means they had a particularly harsh winter the year before? So the most beautifully colored trees have been through the hardest of times…. something to think about.

 

“October is about trees revealing colors they’ve hidden all year. People have Octobers as well.” -JM Storm

 

“I’m so glad to live in a world where there are Octobers.”- Anne of Green Gables

 

“Bittersweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter…”- Carol Bishop Hipps

 

“Listen!

The air is rising and the wind is wild with leaves,

we have had our summer evenings,

now for October Eves!” – Humbert Wolfe

 

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Hope your October is all you ever imagined and more….. BOO!