Halloween is just a few days away. Are you ready?

I have candy ready and waiting for the costumed kids that will come to our door. It’s always fun to see what costumes are popular, and I love seeing the creativity of homemade costumes.

We did not, however, carve pumpkins this year. We didn’t even buy any! But, that’s ok. We have some Halloween decor in the house, and that will suffice.

When I was much younger, I went to see the original Halloween movie when it came out. Yea, the original from 1978. It was pretty popular and I wanted to see it. Not gonna lie, it scared me! I probably had nightmares afterward, lol. The scene where Michael Myers puts a sheet on to look like a ghost and stands in the door way on the way to his next victim had me afraid to wake in the middle of the night and look to the doorway! Even the music is haunting!

I most likely won’t go see the new one, even though they say it’s as good as the first. We don’t really do movies too much anymore, unfortunately. Have you seen it?

It’s hard to believe that the end of October is here! But, we are chomping at the bit to get going on Christmas decorating. The Christmas decor just adds to the atmosphere of Thanksgiving. The decorating may happen on November 1st.

I love the holidays!



Have You Seen It Yet?

If you’ve been following me, you know I love photography! I love to take my camera out and shoot nature photos. Nature is my favorite thing to photograph.  I also love macro shots. I’m no professional, by any stretch, but I have gotten some pretty good photos in the last few years, in my opinion.

I use a Canon T3i, nothing fancy.

Did you know I have a portfolio on 500px? Check it out!


I also have a portfolio on Fine Art America. Check that out too!


Thanks for looking!

Christmas Spirit

You already know that I am super stoked for the holidays this year. The months of November and December bring so much fun, food, treats, festive decor and family time, I love it!

I love the essential oil blend, Christmas Spirit, from Young Living! It smells like Christmas in a bottle, and when you put it in your diffuser, your house smells amazing!

Christmas Spirit is a blend of orange, cinnamon bark and spruce essential oils. The perfect blend! I diffuse this all the time during the holidays, but I also love it all year long! Seriously, I like to stock up on it so I never run out.

If you love the holidays as much as I do, you will love Christmas Spirit!

New Recipe

For dinner yesterday, I made a new recipe. I get tired of cooking the same things all the time, so, once in a while, I throw in something new.

It’s a chicken recipe. Fried chicken, something I almost never make. I don’t care for the mess from frying chicken, but, I was willing to give this a try because it sounded good. There is an option for baking this in the oven.

Double Crunch Honey Garlic Chicken

It was very good! Even Adam thought it was good! And, yes, there was extra clean-up afterward, but it was worth it. Will I make it again? Yes!

Give it a try!

The Holidays Are Coming

Even though it’s only October, I’m super excited for the holidays this year! I’ve made a good sized dent in my Christmas shopping already, and I’m excited to do the rest. I’ve picked up some things that I know the recipients are going to love, and, for me, that’s the best part of Christmas.

Yes, I know, we still need to get through Halloween. I love Halloween, but, it’s not as fun for me as it used to be when my boys were young. However, I love seeing neighborhood kids come to the door in their costumes.

And, there’s also Thanksgiving. I love this holiday! I love that we are all together and the amazing food that goes with Thanksgiving! I love stuffing, or dressing as some people call it. I could make a meal out of just stuffing and mashed potatoes! I’ve always had the jellied cranberry sauce out of a can, and, I love it. But, last year, I made homemade cranberry sauce and it was amazing! And, let’s not forget about the black olives! Oh, and, of course, pie! I make pumpkin pie and cherry cheese pie for Thanksgiving. Yummo! I can’t wait!

We have always put our Christmas tree up on the day after Thanksgiving. Last year, I think we put it up on the weekend before the holiday. But this year, we may put it up at the beginning of November. I love having the tree up, love the lights, the ornaments with special meaning, all of it.

So much to look forward to!

Are you excited for the holidays?


Fall is upon us, and, while most of the trees here are still green, I have spotted a few trees that are changing color already.

Fall is such a pretty time of year! I love the colorful leaves, the pumpkins, and, yes, even the cooler temps. I am for sure a summer lover, but, I also enjoy the beginning of fall when the temps cool off just a bit.

It’s also a good time of year if you love to get out with your camera. Even a quick trip to a local place where fall beauty is showing is fun. Adam and I made a quick trip to a local place a few days ago. I wanted to go specifically for nature shots, and I wasn’t disappointed. Nature shots are my favorite. Here is a shot of some fall color I found that day:

I love the bright fall colors against the blue sky!

I definitely want to get out more with my camera this season. We have lots going on, especially during this month of October, but, I’m gonna do my best to make time for photography.

Make time to do the things you love!

Fall Firm Up

I think I have mentioned before that I work out with GHUTV online. It’s an online subscription that gives you access to a huge variety of workouts and so much more. They also do a live workout every Monday, which then becomes part of your library.

When I first started with GHUTV, a year and a half ago, I usually just picked a workout and went with it. There is a private fb group called GHUTV Squad, for members. The group usually follows 2 different calendars each month, or you can do your own thing and pick your own workouts. I find that I am more consistent if I stay with a calendar.

For September, they introduced a new calendar, Fall Firm Up Trainers Challenge. This was a calendar of all “live” workouts, and it was intense. I was a sweaty mess every day of this calendar! Yesterday, I finished it!

There’s another new calendar coming for October, it will be released on Monday, I believe. So, today I did Cardio Step 2. It was so much fun! Tomorrow will be a rest day.

I love being a part of the GHUTV Squad. It’s an amazing community of motivation and support.

Do you workout out at home?

Workout Buddy

Do you have a workout buddy? A friend or family member who joins you in your workout?

My workout buddy is Zeus, our german shepherd. He likes to come downstairs with me in the morning while I get my workout in. He pretty much just sleeps the entire time, but he’s down there with me. So, I guess he’s being supportive. 😂

Our other dog, Zeke, couldn’t care less. He rarely comes downstairs during workout time.

I’ve been following the Fall Firm Up Trainers Challenge with Get Healthy U TV. Following a calendar helps keep me more consistent and forces me to choose more challenging workouts. 3 more days and I will have this calendar complete! Chris Freytag and the GHUTV Squad are amazing! If you want to workout from home, have a huge variety of workouts at your disposal, and a squad of motivating and supporting people, then GHUTV is for you! I love it!

Did you get your workout in today? Who is your workout buddy?


There’s Still Time

Did you miss the sale?

Did you miss getting 10% off on your Premium Starter Kit?

So many people have taken advantage of this deal, that Young Living extended it! That’s right! You, too, can get your premium starter kit of oils for 10% off! The sale has been extended through September 18th, 2018.

It was 3 1/2 years ago that I got my kit. I paid full price for mine. I wasn’t sure what to do with them, but I wanted to give them a try.

Now, I reach for these oils every single day! I use them for all the things: to support my skin, my emotions, my body systems, the list is endless!

I would love to add you to our oily family on Facebook. This group is an amazing resource for all things oily! Tips, tricks, advice, oily recipes. You can even ask questions and someone will find the answer for you.

What better way to head into fall and winter than with a oily arsenal at your disposal?!

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