It’s That Time of Year Again

 


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“When witches go riding & black cats are seen, the moon laughs & whispers ’tis near Halloween” – Unknown

#31 Days of Halloween

Nothing gets me more excited for Halloween than watching The Legend of Sleepy Hallow. If you have followed my blog you know that I love Halloween and every thing about the season. I love decorating my home, preparing treats, handing out candy and being scared. Every year I make a list of Halloween (both kid friendly & horror) movies and television shows that I want to watch during the 31 days of October.  Some are old favorites, while others are ones I have never seen before. I would love if you could join in and watch them too.

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Resolutions, Yes or No?

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis

Happy 2017!

With the beginning of a new year, comes the obligatory resolutions. I am wondering if they are necessary or something we do because it is that time of year. I really do not like the word “resolutions” and feel like I’m setting myself up to fail. Instead of improving our life, we are chose a huge or generic goal, subconsciously knowing we will not meet it. Lose 10 pounds, exercise more, get more organized, so trying the latest technique or trend will now make you weigh less, become more healthy with a more organized life and home. Wow, that’s a big job for one little goal.

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Coping with Autumn Anxiety

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“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree.” — Emily Bronte

Autumn is transform summer to winter: when nighttime arrives earlier, days become shorter, and temperatures become cooler. “Autumn,” a Latin word, first appeared in English in the late 14th century, and over took “harvest.” In the 17th century, “fall” came into use, almost certainly as a poetic complement to “spring,” according to “Folk Taxonomies in Early English” (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2003) by Earl R. Anderson.

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Self Care: Facials Part 2

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“Self-care is never a selfish act– it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others.” – Parker Palmer 

 Benefits of Home Facial for Your Skin and Soul

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Extractions should only take place after steaming the skin because steam helps to open the follicles and soften the oxidized oil in them. To extract, wrap a tissue around each index finger and carefully place one finger on each side of the blackhead pushing down gently with a slight “squeeze.” The blackheads should come out easily. If they do not, leave them alone to avoid further irritating the skin. You may also use blackhead removal tools

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Self Care: Facials Part 1

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“Love yourself first, and everything else falls in line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. ” – Lucille Ball

Benefits of Home Facial for Your Skin and Soul

After my recent blog post about relaxation tips for stress, I decided to begin a series about how self-care benefits your body, mind and soul. Because of our busy lives, other things can push our personal needs to the bottom of our “to do” list.  Self care rituals involve all areas: body, mind and spirit, and are extremely important for everyone. Women, who are much more prone to anxiety and depression, should put importance on their self-care. Once you make self-care a habit, you will begin to feel good and improve physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Taking care of yourself, both physically and mentally, can really improve your daily life, your self-esteem, and your overall well-being.

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Fall Home Decor and Positivity

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“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.” – William Cullent Bryant

I love autumn. I also love decorating my house for fall. We spend most of our time in our homes and so I approach my own home decoration with positivity in mind. Decorating your home is personal. I try to use things that make me happy for fall: such as pumpkins, candles, nature and especially birds. Changing your home for the season will bring a freshness and warmth and increase the positive energy which will influence you and your family.

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#31 Days of Halloween

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“turn out your lights…pull down the shade…draw the drapes…cuddle up in your favorite spot by the telly, for today’s tale of terror!” – Sir Graves Ghastly

Happy Ghost Hunting Day!

While you are hunting ghosts today, don’t forget to plan your horror viewing for the next #31 days of Halloween. I love this time of the year and especially all the scary movies and shows. I think my love of horror movies began as a child when I would watch Sir Graves Ghastly every Saturday afternoon. If you are not familiar with the program, it aired on Channel 2 in Detroit and showed old scary movies hosted by a tongue in cheek vampire named Sir Graves Ghastly and his merry band of weird co-stars. My favorite was the singing skull.

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Fall Fashion Wish List

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Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.- Albert Camus

Fall is my favorite time of year. I am lucky to live in a part of the country that has four seasons. The warm Indian summer leading to the crisp autumn days. It does feel like a second spring because everything reminds me of new beginnings. School, pumpkin lattes, scarves, boots, leaves changing colors, Halloween, Thanksgiving, cider mills, sweaters, fuzzy socks, but I could go on forever. My absolute favorite thing is the way a clear fall day smells.

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As You Shoot Across the Sky

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“Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.”-Stephen Hawking

Laying down and looking at the stars is a good relaxation technique when stressed.  I have never been much of a stargazer but lately I have been spending some time looking up and marveling at nature. To be able to see something that takes millions of years to reach us is a miracle.

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