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Happy Halloween!

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Whether you’re all dressed up at work, handing out treats at home, or just eating your weight in candy while watching scary movies, I hope you have a Happy Halloween!

Make sure to check out my post on my favorite Halloween movies if you need some suggestions!

I’ll probably be out trick-or-treating with my nephews, as I do every year. Thankfully they’re pretty cool kids, and usually end up sharing some candy with me after the night’s over – and not just the gross stuff, either!

What I look forward to the most every year is actually tomorrow – all that candy goes on clearance! Time to stock up on candy corn, mini candy bars, and my all-time favorite peanut butter cups!

I hope everyone has a spooky (and safe) Halloween!

Friday Favorites: Halloween Movies!

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Happy Friday!

Can you believe October’s almost over?! This past month flew by so fast for me. Between work, getting outside as much as possible, and chugging homemade Pumpkin Spiced Lattes, it was a busy month! I’m looking forward November this year, and brainstorming what I want to make for Thanksgiving this year (and maybe doing some test runs…yum).

Instead of sharing my favorites from the web this week, I thought I’d get into the Halloween spirit and share my favorite spooky movies! I don’t like traditional “horror” movies, but I do enjoy a lot of the funnier ones out there. Here are just a few to get you in the Halloween mood – and get a good laugh in, too!

Nosferatu (1922)

Screw Twilight – if you want a truly terrifying vampire movie, turn out all the lights, bundle up under the blankets, and put this one on. It’s old, dark, and super creepy. Bram Stoker’s Dracula was one of my favorite books as a kid, and this is a pretty close remake of it (in fact, Stoker’s family won a lawsuit over it).

Watch Nosferatu on Amazon or YouTube

Beetlejuice (1988)

I grew up watching the cartoon version of Beetlejuice, so it’s not surprise I enjoy the movie too! Michael Keaton is cheesy AF, but in the best way possible. You also get to see Alec Baldwin when he was, as Tina Fey puts it in 30 Rock, “in the bubble.” My nephew watched it when he was 4 and loved it, so I’d say it’s pretty safe to put this one on after trick or treating with the kids!

Watch Beetlejuice on Amazon

Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963)

It wouldn’t be a Halloween movie list without at least one Hitchcock movie, right? I once showed it as part of a Halloween-themed teaching unit at a high school, and my students loved it. If you’re looking for something scary, but not gory, I’d go with this one!

Watch The Birds on Amazon

Young Frankenstein (1974)

If you’re looking to laugh, definitely throw this movie on! You can’t go wrong with a Mel Brooks movie if you want a fun take on a classic story! You’ll be quoting this movie long after it’s over!

Watch Young Frankenstein on Netflix

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

My husband recently insisted I watch this movie, and I think it’s a totally underrated scary movie! If you’re anywhere near my age, and enjoyed “self-aware” horror movies like Scream, Scary Movie, and I Know What You Did Last Summer, this is right up your alley. It’s your typical “teens go to a cabin in the woods, and scary shit ensues,” but with a fun twist. I can’t tell you much more about it – just go watch it!

Watch The Cabin in the Woods on Amazon 

What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

The guys behind Flight of the Concords made a vampire mock-umentary. I really can’t say much more about it without ruining all the fun. It’s hilarious, weird and kinda heartwarming. A great movie to watch with friends, while chomping on some Halloween candy (or weed candy, if you’re into that sort of thing).

Watch What We Do in the Shadows on Amazon 

2015 Year in Review: Home

2015 Year in Review: Home

Decoration Inspiration: Thanksgiving / Spooky Fireplace / Holiday Decor: A Compromise / Home Office Makeover

My home-related posts this year were…not great. While I enjoy decorating our home, this year was challenging. We moved from a tiny, one-bedroom apartment that I lived in alone half the time, to a much larger two-bedroom apartment.

We have more space than we really need, very little storage, and I’m back to compromising with my husband. Add a tiny budget to that, and I’ve had to get very creative!

This is also the year I discovered Pinterest. It has been both a huge time-waster, and a great way to gather inspiration for future projects. I think it has helped me figure out what my home decor style really is, and I’ve enjoyed all the DIY projects they have on there to make my home amazing on a very, very tight budget!

2015 Year in Review: Home

Maintaining Wooden Cookware / Recent Thrift Store Buys / Thrifty Fall Updates / Easy Green: Potting House Plants

Even though I spent most of 2015 fantasizing about what I would love my future fantasy home to be like, I did also tackle some projects around the house. I learned how to take better care of my stuff, killed a few houseplants, and found some amazing thrift store buys.

I hope that next year I can tackle more DIY projects (I have one already in the works), figure out our storage problems, and since we’re planning on moving again soon, maybe find a place that meets more of our needs (like light…not that it’s easy to find here).

What are your home goals for 2016?

Friday Favorites: Happy Halloween!

Friday Favorites: Happy Halloween!

Our costumes for this year – Bert Macklin and Janet Snakehole!

Happy Halloween Everyone!

My husband and I are continuing our tradition of going out with our niece and nephews for trick or treat this weekend (to avoid dealing with it in our own neighborhood, of course). They have all decided to go as characters Chris Pratt has played in recent movies (Guardians of the Galaxy, The Lego Movie, and Jurassic World…at least I think that’s right).

Danny and I decided to stick with the Chris Pratt theme, and go as Andy and April’s alter egos, Bert Macklin and Janet Snakehole, from the show Parks and Recreation. We’re pretty sure the kids won’t get it, since they don’t watch the show, but we don’t care. I even managed to find everything we needed for both costumes at the thrift store (and some odds and ends at the craft store) for under $40!

Now, I’m off to catch up on making coffee, laundry, vacuuming, and taking a shower finally! We had a power outage this morning, so I’m woefully behind! I wasted my morning away at the local library, who thankfully had power – but now I’ve got tons to do!

I don’t have any favorites to share this week, so I just want to wish everyone a happy and safe Halloween weekend! Also, don’t forget that all the good candy goes on sale Sunday!!!!!

Spooky Fireplace

Spooky Fireplace

I’m not a huge fan of decorating for Halloween, but this year I thought I’d try to at least update our mantle with a few spooky details we had around the house. As it turns out, we had plenty of things around the house that worked! I’m hoping that, with a few small changes, this will work for the rest of fall too!

Here’s what I started with:

Spooky Fireplace

Our mantle is always a hodgepodge of stuff that I like, and a few things my husband threw up there recently. Sorry for the fuzzy picture – our living room is basically a cave, and taking decent photos in there is pretty much impossible. 

To start, I cleared everything off the mantle and gave it a good cleaning/dusting. Then, I went around the house and found a bunch of things I thought might work. Yes, we had the skull lying around – it belongs to my husband, and while I don’t remember why he has it, I knew it would be perfect. I also dug up some old books, and a few candle holders I bought recently on clearance at Michaels. 

Spooky Fireplace

The antique books have a piece of styrofoam under them, so hopefully that will keep them from sticking to the mantle. I also found a few Halloween-appropriate books in my husband’s collection, which I just removed the dust jackets and placed up there. The owl is my old makeup brush holder, and the black votive holder with the bird came in a set of three from Michaels for $3.

Spooky Fireplace

On the right, I added the copper candle holder, which was another clearance item from Michaels (I think it was $3-4 or something). The other stuff on the mantle are things we had around the house that fit into the fall color scheme, and will probably stay up until I get all Christmas-y around here in December. 

Spooky Fireplace

After about 20 minutes of fussing around, this is what I ended up with:

Spooky Fireplace

While I would have loved to replace the Monet print with something more fall-friendly, I never found a good replacement for it. Ideally, I’d love to find a mirror to put there to add more light, but I’m still on the lookout for a great antique one. 

While it’s definitely not over-the-top, I think it’s a great, subtle update that works for the season!