#BLOGTOBER Day 21- On Halloween Night- A Poem

Ok, I will admit, I ran out of inspiration for today’s post. So I found some fun prompts to use for the time being.  Hey sometimes you have to do it, because I wasn’t about to miss a day of Blogtober!

Prompt: Write a Halloween poem using the following words: bat, pumpkin, candy, spooky, night, orange, black, witch, scary, wind. 

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On Halloween Night- A Poem

Candy Candy

is all you see

Children singing Trick-or-Treat

The Black cat climbs

my what sharp teeth!

beady yellow eyes

Midnight moon, high in the sky

Winds howling

breezes floating by rustling leaves

Bats flying

Catch them, you can only try

Green witches casting spells

Cackling over a boiling cauldron

Orange pumpkins

creepy carved smiles

Spirits whisper “sit down, stay for a while.”

Creaking doors opening

Cold hands reach

“Run,” the ghost whispers, “there is someone behind you.”

Flickering lights

Screams of terror

Scary noises haunt

Spooky creatures taunt

Hurry home

before Halloween night swallows you whole

 

Happy Almost Halloween!

😉

*I do not take credit for any images used.*

-<3-

#BLOGTOBER Day 20-Fall Smoothie Recipe

Pumpkin/Apple Smoothie

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INGREDIENTS:

Apple

Pumpkin Butter

Oats

Nutmeg

Cinnamon

Milk

Ice

*I used my Ninja Bullet, but you can use any blender really. 

TASTE: [Adjustments]

This was a nice blend of fall flavors. I enjoyed it. However, I kind of just threw this together with what I had. So next time I might add some creamy peanut butter and use real canned pumpkin, maybe a little maple syrup, you can get really creative! That might make it more filling. This was more of a smoothie shot than a full filling cup. I didn’t really use specific measurements, I never do for my smoothies. I just kind of eye ball it. I would add liquids with caution, depending on how thick or thin you want your smoothie. The more milk/ice the thinner it gets. The more oats and things like peanut butter can thicken it up. I like a nice balance. If it passes the straw test, I think your good to go. In other words if you can sip it through the straw without intense struggle, than you got it right! 😉

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I know it may look kind of gross, lol, but it’s actually really good. With a few adjustments, it would probably be way better.

 

Enjoy!

 

* All photos are my own.*

-<3-

 

#BLOGTOBER Day 19- The Jack-o-lantern

When I was a kid, my family and I used to watch Halloween every year together. We would gather on the couch, light our recently carved pumpkin and shut the lights out. The one lonely flame, flickering. My mom loves scary movies and growing up we always watched together, screaming along the way.  Cue the music

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There was this one specific year we were in the middle of the chilling killing sprees of Michael Myers, when all of a sudden our flickering flame in our Jack-o-lantern shut out. I remember we all gasped, breath held in, until it then re-lit. I think the fact that it re-lit was more scary than it going out in the first place. A draft can come in out of nowhere, but relighting? Now that’s some spooky shit. Pardon my French. 
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We laughed and finished our movie. But for a few brief moments it was super creepy there, and we all felt it. Hey Halloween is a time to get a little spooked, right? Haha. It’s a memory we still talk about today. 

Ah, Halloween memories, with the fam. Good times. 

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Who’s excited for the new 2018 Halloween?…Jamie Lee Curtis is back, bitches!

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OUT NOW!

 

 

 

* I do not take credit for any images or music used.*

-<3-

 

 

#BLOGTOBER Day 18- Fall Mix [Middle School/High School Edition]

Back in the early-mid 2000s, to say that my music taste was very different, would be an understatement. Enter Punk Pop. It was a HUGE deal and me and my friends were all in on it! I was into that emo, rock band, head nodding stuff. And our girl Avril Lavigne, she came just when we needed her most. She made ties and stud bracelets a thing! She showed us it was cool to dress different and not always be “super girly” just because we are girls.  

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Avril Lavigne

For some reason, recently this Fall, those old songs are resurfacing and they just give off some Fall vibes. They have that weird emo/ almost eerie feeling to them, so hey I thought why not dive into my old CD collection and share some middle school/ high school favorites with you. [Some were in 2005 which kind of leaked into my high school years, same with some from 2001 that leaked into my middle school years. For instance  bands like Jimmy Eat World, and Foo Fighters were around a while before I started to really love them. I have older cousins and an older brother so I would hear their music, but then I actually began to listen to it myself. Big thanks to #OTH, #TheOC #ACinderellaStory] 😉

 

 

 

Middle/High School Emo Fall Mix [62 Songs]

Let Go-Avril Lavigne [Full Album, I can’t choose!] [2002]

The Middle-Jimmy Eat World [2001]

Sweetness- Jimmy Eat World [2001]

Hear You Me -Jimmy Eat World [2001]

If You Don’t, Don’t -Jimmy Eat World [2001]

Sugar, We’re Goin Down- Fall Out Boy [2005]

Dance, Dance- Fall Out Boy [2005]

A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More “Touch Me”-Fall out Boy [2005]

This Ain’t A Scene, It’s An Arms Race- Fall Out Boy [2007]

Thnks Fr Th Mmrs- Fall Out Boy [2007]

Helena- My Chemical Romance [2004]

I’m Not Okay (I Promise)- My Chemical Romance [2004]

To The End- My Chemical Romance [2004]

The Ghost of You- My Chemical Romance [2004]

I Write Sins Not Tragedies- Panic! At The Disco [2005]

Nails For Breakfast, Tacks For Snacks- Panic! At The Disco [2005]

Lying Is The Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off – Panic! At The Disco [2005]

But It’s Better If You Do- Panic! At The Disco [2005]

How To Save A Life- The Fray [Full Album, I can’t choose!] [2005] *These guys are my fav, I’ve seen them in concert a few times, and actually met them at The Today Show Concert Series. Super chill guys! 😀 

Niki FM- Hawthorne Heights [2004]

^ there is a really cool tribute by The String Quartet

Hotel Paper-Michelle Branch [Full Album, I can’t choose!] [2002]

Can’t Hold Us Down-Christina Aguilera [2002]

Fighter-Christina Aguilera [2002]

Underappreciated -Christina Aguilera [2002]

Impossible-Christina Aguilera [2002]

Beautiful-Christina Aguilera [2002]

The Voice Within-Christina Aguilera [2002]

Wake Me Up When September Ends- Green Day [2005]

Ocean Avenue- Yellowcard [2003]

Only One- Yellowcard [2003]

Mr. Brightside- The Killers [2004] *Shout out to my best friend, this band was her fav!

Move Along- All American Rejects [2005]

Dirty Little Secret- All American Rejects [2005]

It Ends Tonight- All American Rejects [2005]

Bring Me To Life- Evanescence [2003]

My Immortal- Evanescence [2003]

Numb- Linkin Park [2003]

In The End- Linkin Park [2003]

Seven Nation Army- The White Stripes [2003]

Anthem-Good Charlotte [2002]

Speed Of Sound- Coldplay [2005]

Fix You- Coldplay [2005]

The Scientist- Coldplay [2002]

Clocks- Coldplay [2002]

Viva La Vida- Coldplay [2008]

Perfect- Simple Plan [2002]

Addicted- Simple Plan [2002]

Welcome To My Life- Simple Plan [2004]

I’d Do Anything- Simple Plan [2002]

In Too Deep- Sum 41 [2001]

Fat Lip- Sum 41 [2001]

Best Of You- Foo Fighters [2005] *Oh man my brother and I were obsessed with this song, #REPLAYBUTTON

The Sound Of Settling- Death Cab For Cutie [2003] *Shout out to the best friend again! She introduced me to this band. 

A Lack Of Color- Death Cab For Cutie [2003]

I Will Follow You Into The Dark- Death Cab For Cutie [2005]

Lightness- Death Cab For Cutie [2003]

Boston- Augustana [2005]

Hide And Seek- Imogen Heap [2005]

Snow Patrol- Eyes Open [Full Album, I can’t choose!] [2006] 

Misery Business-Paramore [2007]

CrushCrushCrush- Paramore [2007]

That’s What You Get- Paramore [2007]

 

So I was going to link each song, but I just don’t have the patience for that! Haha, hey at least now I put all these artists/emo bands back on your radar. Go crazy! Feel that nostalgia. You’re Welcome. 😉

All songs available on Spotify, YouTube, etc, and I’m sure hidden in your old CD collection. 

Side Note:

In 2014 I found a post similar to this, where I chat about old I-pod jams– below is a funny excerpt from it…

That awkward moment when you realize you used to be a really big My Chemical Romance fan and wore a lot of black eyeliner, and bought every shirt with a skull on it…wait was I goth that one point in my life? haha #letyourfreakflagflyyy

To be clear I wouldn’t wear the eyeliner to school, and that phase came more when I was in high school…Little Michelle…my 15th birthday party, channeling my…dare I say it…Peyton Sawyer (you know Haley is my girl!) vibes with them curls, black jacket & boots, denim skirt, and skull shirt. Oh and hey OC mix tape! 😉

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It’s so crazy to see how my taste in music varies. If you notice the vibes of The Fray, Coldplay, and Snow Patrol are a little less emo than say Fall Out Boy, and Panic! At The Disco. I would say my taste gravitates more toward the softer rock now. But emo basically stands for emotional, so really if any song inflicts a feeling, who’s to say that one song or artist can’t fit more than one genre. I love music, sure maybe I lost touch with a lot of these bands, you grow up, your life changes, your taste changes. But anytime I hear any of these songs, the vibes are still so good. My music taste is all over the place, and I don’t mind. 

*All images are my own, except the Avril Lavigne Image.*

Were you into Emo as a pre-teen/teen?

Did I miss any of your favorites?

-<3-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#BLOGTOBER Day 17- Some Recipes for the Fall Season

During holiday season, I usually like to bake some treats. The next few recipes, I’m going to share with you, I have baked for Thanksgiving. I know we still have a bit to go. We still have to celebrate Halloween, and I’m not one to rush holidays! But I just thought since I’ve tried out these recipes in the past, I can give you some ideas for planning ahead for your Thanksgiving meal. Or hey maybe you want to try one of these recipes out for Halloween, instead. Do whatever your heart desires!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

I made these last year for Thanksgiving and added in my own little touch, by topping them off with Reese’s Pieces and adding Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups to the cookie tray display. It also added some fall color to them! I made 3 trays of cookies, because I was visiting a lot of different people, (which is usually the case) so I made enough for each house. Can’t show up empty handed! To add to the presentation, I wrapped them in saran wrap and added some fall colored bows. I included a little tag with twine that said Happy Thanksgiving, and that stated they were Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip flavored, just in case anyone had an allergy, I wanted them to be aware.

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I searched my recipe folder, and my favorites and I couldn’t find the recipe. However, I feel like I remember searching simple few ingredient peanut butter, chocolate chip cookies, so it might have been one of these, linked HERE, & HERE 

Taste Verdict:

Peanut Butter and Chocolate are two of my favorite things. So I LOVED these. They were very rich and VERY peanut buttery. With milk, you can have one or two and it was delicious. I would definitely make these again. If you are not into peanut butter, I guess you can just omit it, and bake your traditional chocolate chip cookie. That’s always a crowd favorite. 

Layered Pumpkin Lasagna

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I found the exact recipe I used HERE

Taste Verdict:

This was a bit of a long process, and requires many ingredients, and ALOT of work. I wasn’t aware how time consuming it could be. It’s more of a no bake dessert, but you do have to create each layer and than build this sweet dessert lasagna. It’s a bit of a weird concept, but I thought it was actually really delicious and those who are pumpkin fans, seemed to enjoy it! I feel like I would tackle making this again, at some point. 

Apple Pie Punch

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Ingredients 

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I found the exact recipe I used HERE

Taste Verdict: 

In my family, I seemed to have taken on dessert and drinks. I usually bake for every holiday event. And one Thanksgiving I decided to add in a little drinky drank recipe. I omitted the vodka for this recipe, because I wanted it to be safe for the kiddies to drink, but guests were free to add a little spike if they felt so inclined to. This was a tasty treat. I’d definitely make it again. It was easy enough!

 

*All photos are my own, I do not take credit for any recipes used.*

Have any fun fall recipes to share?

If you make any of these, let me know in the comments below!

 

Happy Fall Baking!

-<3-

 

 

 

 

 

#BLOGTOBER Day 16- TV Shows to Binge watch in the Fall Season that will give you a little spook…

Fall is a time for cozy nights in with jack-o-lanterns flickering  and shows that give you that eerie feeling. Need a show to binge this Fall season, look no further! 

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Stranger Things (Netflix) 

2017-Present [2 Seasons, filming Season 3]

When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one strange little girl.- Via Netflix Original site.

How To Get Away With Murder (ABC)

2014-Present [Currently airing it’s 5th Season]

A group of ambitious law students and their brilliant criminal defense professor become involved in a twisted murder plot that promises to change the course of their lives. – Via IMDb

Riverdale (The CW)

2017- Present [Currently airing it’s 3rd Season]

A subversive take on Archie and his friends, exploring small town life, the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome façade.- Via IMDb

YOU (Lifetime) 

2018 [Airing it’s first season on Sunday nights]

A clever bookstore manager relies on his savvy Internet know-how to make the woman of his dreams fall in love with him. -Via IMDb

The Vampire Diaries (Netflix, Hulu)

2009-2017 [8 Seasons]

The lives, loves, dangers and disasters in the town, Mystic Falls, Virginia. Creatures of unspeakable horror lurk beneath this town as a teenage girl is suddenly torn between two vampire brothers.  -Via IMDb

The Bates Motel (Netflix)

2013-2017 [5 Seasons]

A contemporary prequel to Psycho, giving a portrayal of how Norman Bates’ psyche unravels through his teenage years, and how deeply intricate his relationship with his mother, Norma, truly is.- Via IMDb

Scream (the MTV series) (Netflix, Amazon Prime)

2015-2018 [2 Seasons]

A serialized anthology series that follows a group of teenagers being targeted by a masked serial killer. – Via IMDb

*Season 3 is said to be coming soon.

Eye Candy (MTV.com, Amazon Prime)

2015 [1 Season]

A New York woman suspects that one of her online dates is a serial killer.- Via IMDb

Pretty Little Liars (Netflix) 

2010-2017 [7 Seasons]

Four friends band together against an anonymous foe who threatens to reveal their darkest secrets, while also investigating the disappearance of their best friend. – Via IMDb

Sabrina the Teenage Witch (Hulu, YouTube)

1996-2003 [7 Seasons]

When a 16-year-old high school student finds out she’s a witch, her two aunts offer guidance on how to control her newly-discovered magical powers. -Via IMDb

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Hulu, YouTube)

1996-2003 [7 Seasons]

A young woman, destined to slay vampires, demons and other infernal creatures, deals with her life fighting evil, with the help of her friends. -Via IMDb

Roswell (Hulu)

1999-2002 [3 Seasons]

Follows the lives of three young alien/human hybrids with extraordinary gifts in Roswell.- Via IMDb

Charmed (90’s original) (Netflix, Hulu, YouTube)

1998-2006 [8 Seasons]

Three sisters discover their destiny, to battle against the forces of evil, using their witchcraft. They are the Charmed Ones. – Via IMDb

The X Files (Hulu, YouTube, Amazon Prime)

1993-2018/present (on and off) [11 Seasons]

Two F.B.I. Agents, Fox Mulder the believer and Dana Scully the skeptic, investigate the strange and unexplained, while hidden forces work to impede their efforts.-Via IMDb 

Tales from the Crypt (YouTube, Amazon Prime, HBO)

1989-1996 [7 Seasons]

Tales of horror based on the gruesome E.C. comic books of the 1950s presented by the legendary Crypt Keeper, a sinister ghoul obsessed with gallows humor and horrific puns.-Via IMDb 

Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction (YouTube/Amazon Prime)

1997-2002 [4 Seasons]

Within the course of one hour 5 stories are shown. None of these stories have any logical explanation, and some of them actually occurred. You are left to decide which of these stories, if any are fact, and which are fiction.- Via IMDb

The Walking Dead- Watch at your own risk. (Netflix)

2010-2018 [Currently airing it’s 9th Season on AMC]

Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma to learn the world is in ruins [#ZombieApocalyse], and must lead a group of survivors to stay alive. – Via IMDb

^I am including this last one, because I have such great memories of it, that is before they killed off certain favorites of mine. Now I feel like the show has gone down hill, and I haven’t watched in a few seasons. But there is something about it that just screams Fall to me. So if you can stomach losing precious characters, have at it! 

As you may have noticed some of these shows are throwbacks and no longer on tv.  They can be found on Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, etc. Others are very new or currently still airing, and can be found on those same sites, as well as their networks/free on demand. In any case each of these paired with a cozy, cold, fall night in, would be perfect to get your Halloween spook fix. So pop your pop-corn, grab some tea or apple cider and pick your poison. Happy Binging friends! 

Enjoy!

And let me know if I missed any of your favorites! 

* I do not take credit for any summaries/images/videos used.*

-<3-

 

 

#BLOGTOBER Day 15- Jewelry Making Tutorial- Memory Wire Bracelet

I love jewelry. I love accessorizing. I think it’s such a creative form of expression. With just a few key pieces of jewelry you can transform any outfit. I have draws full of jewelry and then because of the nature of my job, I was able to take on a new hobby of jewelry making. In order to educate others, I had to do a bit of research. Shout out to YouTube!

FINISHED WIRE BRACELET

(Due to the wire type, and the style of the bracelet, you can have different looks, just two rows, or many rows- creating a multi bangle bracelet look with, essentially just the one bracelet that wraps around your wrist several times. The wire also allows for it to be adjusted to your wrist, basically a one size fits all bracelet.)

I made this bracelet back in March or April I think. I made it with earthy colors- a mix of glass and clay beads- some with tribal designs on them. I made it like so, because it fits my personal style. However, I just feel like it has such fall vibes to it, and I wear it now, so I thought I’d share it. (You can customize this bracelet to your style and use any style beads, or colors/patterns/designs.)

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I followed this Jewellers Academy tutorial on YouTube.

^Memory Wire Bracelet Tutorial starts @ the 9:48 mark. However, I suggest watching Parts 1 & 2 of this Beginner’s series because it will teach you all about the tools and how to use them for specific techniques- such as cutting memory wire and looping- both used in this project.

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All supplies were purchased from blick.com

^Just look under jewelry making.

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I didn’t really have any specific pattern. I just knew I wanted an earthy color scheme, and a junky multi bracelet look. So I just added beads randomly, trying to create a unique, bohemian look.

I’ve made various jewelry pieces by following these tutorials (and various others). I’ve made earrings, bracelets, necklaces, chokers, pins, etc. I still have yet to conquer any rings, but hopefully soon. It’s super fun, and it’s even cooler to be wearing something and be able to say, I made this. And they can be great gift ideas too. If you package it nicely and add a little “made with love” sticker…and Voila!

 

^ Here is a pair of earrings I made and packaged for my Mom as part of her

Mother’s Day gift. 

 

 

If you make any jewelry pieces of your own, let me know in the comments below!

*I do not take credit for the videos used as tutorials.*

*All photos are my own.*

-<3-

#BLOGTOBER Day 14- Fall Themed Gift Basket Idea

My best friend recently got married this Summer. So each of the bridesmaids created a seasonal themed basket for her Bridal Shower. I chose Fall, because the feels and obsession is real. I love the cozy fall vibes and colors. And knowing the color scheme for her new place, I really tried to tie all that into the pieces I purchased for her basket.

THE FINISHED PRODUCT:

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The basket was actually lent to me by the bride’s mother. It was my best friend’s grandmother’s basket so it was really nice to have that special touch added in for her.

ALL THE CONTENTS & WHERE I GOT THEM (as best as I can remember): 

Fall/Thanksgiving Tea Towels (Amazon)

Halloween Towel Set (Amazon)

Throw Blanket (Lakeside)

Coaster Set (Pier 1)

Thankful Candle & Pumpkin/Apple Candle (Bath & Body Works)

Apple Orchid Hand Soap (Bath & Body Works)

Chevron Pumpkin (Lakeside)

Metal Pumpkin (Pier 1)

Amber Glass Pumpkin (Pier 1)

Wine Glasses (Pier 1)

Place Mats (Pier 1)

Seasonal Napkins (Oriental Trading)

Fall Chalk Wall Design (Lakeside)

Rug (Pier 1)

Harvest/Autumn Gatherings Sign (Amazon)

Give Thanks Tin Sign (Amazon)

Foliage and Grass (Various Dollar Stores) 

 

Making a fall basket as a gift?

Hope this helps!

*All images are my own.*

-<3-

 

 

#BLOGTOBER Day 13- A Fall Memory

Growing up, I was a really big Barbie fan. I loved buying them and playing with them. I loved picking out their outfits and brushing their hair. I had tons of them! And every Halloween or Holiday they would release a new seasonal Barbie. I wasn’t one much for collectibles, because I actually liked to play with my dolls. 

I remember when I was younger I used to take trips with my Aunt and my Mom, upstate to visit my cousin in college. 

It was a long drive so my Mom let me skip school on a Friday and we drove up early and shopped with my cousin for stuff she needed. We just spent the whole day with her. 

Those were always such fun days.

But this one time, I remember, while we were shopping, I saw a Halloween Barbie, that I really wanted. 

My parents never raised us to expect that we’d get everything we wanted or everything we asked for. But my mom made an exception and, ended up letting me get the Barbie. I was so excited that I opened it up right away and played with her the whole car ride home. It was always the best feeling, opening a new Barbie. 

Til this day I remember what the doll looked like and because of the internet…I can show you just exactly which one it was. 

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I remember thinking she was dressed so cool. I loved her sparkly, glitter dress and she had on these cool black ankle boots. Her lipstick was a nice orange, to match her orange studs. And how cool is that flame detailing at the bottom of the dress. She also came with a trick or treat bag. 😉 She was just super fun. I really hope my niece is a Barbie fan when she gets a big older!  I have all of mine packed away, I need someone to share them with. 

There was just something about playing with Barbies. It was like my own early form of story telling. I could name them, give them personalities, create plots, dress them according to their style. It was a blast, and these dolls could be anything they wanted to be. If you ask me, Barbies are an incredible tool for a child’s imagination. It certainly was for mine.

Signed, 

Barbie Girl 😉 

P.S. Just in case you didn’t know, Barbie has a YouTube Channel…

*I do not own any images, videos, songs/lyrics used.*

-<3-

 

 

 

#BLOGTOBER Day 12- A Cheesy Fall Poem ;)

 

Fall

Crisp leaves falling from trees

Oranges, Reds, Golds, and Greens

Rain drops dancing upon the ground

Cool breeze flowing all around

Pumpkin spice scents everywhere

Patches of pumpkins and spooky hayrides if you dare

Apples cider and pies galore

Cozy sweaters and fuzzy socks that allows you a good snore

Scary movie marathons

The haunting hour is upon

Michael Jackson’s Thriller

Forever and always a good Chiller, Killer

Disney Channel’s Halloweentown

Starring Kimberly J. Brown

Thanksgiving and Halloween

Memories for family and friends- the greatest team

 

 

Happy Fall!

*All pictures are my own.*

-<3-