always, sometimes, never

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always

Kiss John good morning, hello, goodbye, and goodnight.
Check my calendar to create a plan of attack for the day.
Tell the boys that I love them more than they possibly know.
Eat my weights worth in potato chips and feel awful after.
Have music blasting while I am driving.
Wish there were more time in the day to get things accomplished.
Arrive to work early by a minimum of five minutes.
Spend way too much time on Pinterest.
Forget to check or respond to text messages.
Move something slightly to make it line up properly.
Make my bed before I leave each morning.
Ask the dogs to be good and not bark while we are at work.
Stop and smell the roses when walking out or in the door.

sometimes

Mentally have my money spent before I have earned it.
Stay up throughout the night planning or writing blog posts.
Decide to put on makeup then forget to wash it off at night.
Put my finger and thumb in the shape of an “L” to remember which way is which.
Speak without thinking first.
Take naps during the beginning, middle, or end of the day.
Eat an entire bowl or bag of popcorn with absolutely no regrets.
Daydream about getting a puppy or teacup pig.

never

Watch scary movies by myself even though I love scary movies.
Have the doors unlocked if I am home alone or just with the kids.
Go outside in the dark unless I absolutely have to.
Eat crab, lobster, or shrimp due to being allergic.
Put the toilet paper roll on the incorrect way or leave the toilet seat up.
Sleep without checking the doors and windows throughout the house.
Read just one more page in a book.
Say no to purchasing plants or rocks.

what do you always, sometimes, never?

must watch halloween movies

Can you believe that the month of all things spooky is almost over? I feel like I blinked and October was almost at an end. This month flew by. Did it for you as well?

Halloween always has spelled two things: endless amounts of stove-popped popcorn and every-night-is-movie-night. Not to mention, I have a ton of Halloween-theme goodies for the kids to try. This year, since Carson is still on the young side, we will be sticking with family-friendly Halloween movies. After all, I don’t need him to be afraid of the dark… again.

must watch halloween movies

here are my must watch halloween movies

  • Hocus Pocus (1993).
  • Beetlejuice (1988).
  • Halloweentown (1998).
  • Casper (1995).
  • Ghostbusters (1984).
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993).
  • Corpse Bride (2005).
  • Frankenweenie (2012).
  • Hotel Transylvania (2012).
  • The Addams Family (1991).
  • Sleepy Hollow (1999).
  • Harry Potter (2001-2011).
  • Tower of Terror (1997).
  • Monster House (2006).
  • ParaNorman (2012).
  • Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015).
  • The Little Vampire (2000).
  • Monsters Inc (2001).
  • The Haunted Mansion (2003).
  • Halloweentown II (2001).
  • Matilda (1996).
  • Igor (2008).

What are your favorite must watch Halloween movies?

cozy ways to enjoy fall

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It is no secret that fall is my favorite season of all. Correspondingly, my two favorite months happen during the fall: October and November. Perhaps you can tell by my Instagram that there is not one thing that I do not love about this time of year. I suppose that it helps that fall in Washington is absolutely gorgeous! Seriously, just Google “Washington state in the fall” and you can decide for yourself. The leaves turning, the crispness in the air, the smell of the rain; I could go on and on. In lieu of going on for days, I wanted to share some cozy ways to enjoy fall.

cozy ways to enjoy fall

  • Go apple picking at a nearby orchard (bonus points if you bake apple pie with the apples).
  • Brew your own hot chocolate.
  • Write a gratitude list.
  • Bake everything pumpkin: pie, cookies, etc.
  • Jump in a pile of leaves.
  • Buy pumpkin scented candles.
  • Make hearty stews: chili, beef barley, chicken noodle soup, etc.
  • Create a nature-inspired scavenger hunt.
  • Decorate your home with fall-themed decor.
  • Wrap up in a cozy blanket on a chilly evening.
  • Visit nearby pumpkin patches.
  • Meditate in front of a warm fire.
  • Hike on a trail where the leaves are changing colors and falling.
  • Purchase outfits in warm fall colors: burgundy, olive, or mustard.
  • Start planning for Thanksgiving.
  • Cheer on your favorite sports team.
  • Donate to a food bank or volunteer at a local soup kitchen.
  • Unpack the boots, scarves, and beanies.

What are some reasons you love fall? How do you cozy up this time of year?

101 in 1001

101 in 1001

Inspired by the absolutely stunning Jordyn of the Fairy Princess Diaries, I decided I would make a list of 101 things that I wish to accomplish in 1001 days. Due to loving lists and accomplishing goals, I felt this would be the perfect post to share on the blog. Setting intentions, and living intentionally, has begun to play a rather large role in my life.

start date

October 23, 2017.

end date

July 20, 2020.

101 in 1001

P E R S O N A L (0/16)

1. Volunteer for a cause that I am passionate about.
2. Donate blood.
3. Unplug completely for forty-eight hours (no internet, phone, television, etc.).
4. Create a sacred space in my home.
5. Leave a 100% tip for amazing or above-and-beyond service.
6. Incorporate more essential oils into my everyday life.
7. Burn sage to cleanse my home.
8. Attempt the Marie Kondo method of tidying up.
9. Finish getting my last name changed.
10. Have my boys participate in five random acts of kindness with me.
11. Sell or throw away at least one hundred items.
12. Learn about my biological roots.
13. Have my wisdom teeth removed.
14. Wake up at five a.m. every morning for a month.
15. Become more fluent in Spanish.
16. Attend five essential oil classes.

T R E A T  M Y S E L F (0/8)

1. Get two new tattoos and one new piercing.
2. Soak in a milk bath.
3. Try a yoni steam.
4. Have my cards or palm read.
5. Try a new cut or color with my hair.
6. Treat myself to three spa treatments of any kind.
7. Get acupuncture.
8. Run carefree through a field of flowers.

F I N A N C I A L (0/8)

1. Pay off all credit card debt.
2. Earn a promotion or a raise.
3. Save money to travel.
4. Save three months’ worth of emergency funds.
5. Invest in my 401k.
6. Completely organize our files and paperwork.
7. Triple the boys’ savings accounts.
8. Save $5.00 for every goal completed.

B L O G G I N G (0/1)

1. Collaborate with five different brands or shops.

A D V E N T U R E (0/11)

1. Stay in a yurt.
2. Climb two mountains.
3. Watch the sun rise.
4. Hike a minimum of ten different trails.
5. Kayak around the sound.
6. Camp at least twice.
7. Stargaze and learn new constellations.
8. Travel to three different states.
9. Attend a festival.
10. Go on a spontaneous weekend trip; just the husband and me.
11. Go zip-lining

F A M I L Y  &  F R I E N D S (0/6)

1. Host three dinner parties.
2. Go on a girls’ weekend trip.
3. Start a new tradition.
4. Have family photos taken.
5. Do ten different science experiments with the boys.
6. Host a cookie exchange and a wine exchange.

S C H O O L  &  W O R K (0/2)

1. Graduate with honors from college.
2. Attend a work event.

F I T N E S S  &  H E A L T H (0/13)

1. Run five different 5k races.
2. Finish the “Bikini Body Guide” by Kayla Itsines.
3. Be able to run over three miles without stopping.
4. Take vitamins every single day for an entire month.
5. Try stand-up paddle board yoga.
6. Successfully be able to do a handstand and/or the splits.
7. Go vegan for an entire week.
8. Attend a “goat yoga” class.
9. Participate in a yoga challenge.
10. Run in a Spartan race.
11. Cut out junk food for an entire month (chocolate, potato chips, soda, sweets, etc.).
12. Run one hundred and one miles.
13. Try two new fitness classes I have never done before.

S P L U R G E (0/3)

1. Purchase ten new crystals or stones.
2. Decorate my home with fresh flowers on six different occasions.
3. Purchase ten new single oil essential oils that I do not currently own.

C R A F T  &  C R E A T E (0/9)

1. Complete twelve different home improvement projects.
2. Cook five traditional dishes from other countries.
3. Craft my own soap.
4. Learn how to make my own loose tea.
5. Organize and use up my craft supplies; then purchase new ones.
6. Take a painting class.
7. Make twenty-five different things from my Pinterest boards.
8. Craft my own candles.
9. Learn calligraphy.

J U S T  F O R  F U N (0/19)

1. Watch a movie beginning with each letter of the alphabet.
2. Pose for a boudoir shoot.
3. Plan an elaborate picnic.
4. Read the Harry Potter series with my youngest son.
5. Visit the local farmers market.
6. Go wine tasting.
7. Give ten “just because” gifts.
8. Successfully grow an indoor herb garden.
9. Bet on a horse at the race track.
10. See a musical or play.
11. See four movies at the drive in theater.
12. Order five “surprise me” drinks at my favorite coffee stand.
13. Do a home photo shoot in my own home.
14. Have a Harry Potter movie marathon.
15. Go both apple picking and berry picking.
16. Watch five classic films.
17. See a live comedy show.
18. Visit an aquarium, museum, and a zoo.
19. Build an impressive sand castle.

C E L E B R A T E (0/4)

1. Pick pumpkins from at least three different pumpkin patches.
2. Cut down and decorate our own Christmas tree.
3. Make a “thankful” tree for Thanksgiving.
4. Put together an upside down snowman.

new moon intentions

new moon

In my reintroduction post, I wrote about rediscovering myself and following a new path. Due to the need to keep myself accountable, I thought I would share a post on setting new moon intentions. This means celebrating tonight’s new moon by setting positive intentions for the moon cycle ahead. Creating a new moon intentions ritual is a powerful way to connect with yourself.

The new moon marks the beginning stage of the moon cycle. A day which farmers would plant their crops due to the soil being the most fertile and moist. Not to mention, the new moon is considered a growth phase and an invitation to start anew. This ritual holds fast to the idea that as the moon grows, so will your intentions.

setting your intentions

+ First create a sacred space. Whether it is a in a corner of your home or a space on your dresser or nightstand, create a space of beauty. Keep symbolic items there that help conjure up inspiration — candles, crystals, herbs, flowers, journals, plants, statues, etc.

+ Then you need to cleanse your body, mind, and surroundings. Meditating for at least five minutes and soaking in a bath are two amazing ways to cleanse. Also, if you prefer, you can drink an herbal detox tea. As for your home and surroundings, burn sage to clear out negativity.

+ Next, begin thinking about the intentions that you would like to set. Really ruminate on these intentions and then write them down on a piece of paper. Recite these intentions throughout the moon cycle. Think of it as continuing to water a seed to grow and thrive.

+ Lastly, send out a simple thank you. While it may sound silly to thank the universe, I firmly believe it is an important step. After all, what you put out is what you will get back.

Have you ever done a new moon intentions ritual? What are your thoughts?