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Life Lessons from Horror Movies

I love a good horror movie. Okay scratch that. I love a few select horror movies and none of them are recent. Trust me, just ask anyone who gets incredibly mad at me laughing the entire time because I just cannot suspend my disbelief for two or so hours. I might get into my favorites in another post because I just finished watching the 1979 version of the Amityville Horror and AMC’s Fear Fest is going to start in just a few days. Plenty to write about, right?

We all know the horror movie clichés. I mean, if we didn’t there wouldn’t have been 5, yes FIVE, Scary Movie franchise films to mock them. For example: There’s the typical don’t go camping because, of course, nothing good ever happens in the woods. Who likes spending time outdoors anyway? Another good one: Don’t be a promiscuously dressed female attempting to run away from any ghost, zombie, monster, or killer. Why would you be wearing heels at time like this? Are you serious right now? Get rid of them and high tail it out of there, girl. See what I’m getting at? So I chose 6 of the best life lessons we can learn from classic horror movies to get ourselves through the next few creepy weeks leading up to Halloween.

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Must Have Halloween Decor

Growing up Halloween was a huge deal in my house. As a kid my sister and I would get free rein to decorate whatever we wanted. I still remember these incredibly 1980s felt, orange pumpkins with silly expressions we hung on all the windows (Oh wow I found them online: here). Most of our decorations ended up being those buckets from McDonald’s and the dress up chicken nuggets because they were fun. We never really carved pumpkins except for the day before Halloween (or even on Halloween) because of my parents policy on making messes. Pumpkin carving is by far one of the messiest activities for children and pumpkin guts are disgusting. As an adult it’s still really fun to decorate for Halloween. I still don’t really do much in the way of pumpkins. I’ll display them but carving just isn’t my thing. Not only is it messy, it’s also dangerous for a clumsy person such as myself. I love Target sells fake, designed pumpkins and pumpkin art for me to stick on them instead.

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What I’m Listening To, Volume 5

I know monthly around this time I drop the themed mix of my choosing, but October is going to be a little different. Halloween is probably my second favorite holiday because it really combines two of my best qualities: being dead inside and my love of (some) holidays. So it really goes without saying that making my yearly Halloween mix is one of my favorite things to do. A lot of work goes into handcrafting my mixture of horror scores, creepy songs and popular favorites not to mention the search for the ideal creepy image to accompany it. Halloween is fast approaching so that mix will be out in the next week or so (hopefully). I just hope I get to add some of the new Stranger Things soundtrack into this year’s mix since the show’s return coincides with this most frightful time of year.

Since the Halloween mix has yet to reach my high standards (standards no one else cares about), I decided to just throw together a playlist of what I’m listening to a lot right now. This 5th playlist in a series of who knows how many to come features a bunch of new releases and some classic Tom Petty. Of course it had to have some Tom Petty on it because the classic rock station around here played nothing but blocks and blocks of his work after his passing. There are just so many good Tom Petty songs.

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Oh My God, Pumpkin Everything

Any time a product comes out that claims to tase like, smell like, or anything remotely involving pumpkin spice odds are I’m going to try it. If that makes me “basic” so be it. To me there’s nothing I’d rather have from mid-September to mid-December than a good pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin pie, or pumpkin bread. There’s just something so comforting to me about it. It reminds me of chilly days spent relaxing or enjoying crisp fall nights. I’ve literally been waiting to make a pumpkin pie for the last three weeks, but the weather has been unseasonably warm and I definitely do not need to have pie just lying around.

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Links I Love 006

This weekend I have a little fall break and I use that term loosely. While I have a “break” I’m not much of a break person. I just find something to do or get ahead with so I’m not stressed later. Unfortunately I’ll likely be cleaning or organizing, but hopefully I’ll get to make some yummy food (or some sea salt chocolate chip cookies at least).

As usual here are some really interesting and, hopefully, fun things from around the Internet. Sorry it’s a little design centric this time, but those were definitely some interesting reads over the last week or so.

Enjoy!

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The List: Dog Costumes

I won’t lie; I love dressing up my dog. For whatever reason she loves it. On my Instagram you can find her in a rufferee costume, springtime cape, and her Halloween costume last year: pinata. Where normal dogs would be completely irritated and sad by being dressed in clothes many people believe they should not be wearing, Chloe loves it. She completely changes her personality and she begins to show them off to everyone who will look at it. I’m pretty positive she even has a dog model walk she’s perfected since she was a puppy. Her little outfits have even gotten her (randomly) asked to make an appearance at  someone’s Super Bowl party while on a walk in her rufferee costume.

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Fall Wish List

October might be my favorite month. There’s this feeling where everything is changing (yes, dying leaves are great and we don’t even have them here), and the weather finally becomes tolerable. There are tons more things to do and explore. So beware for the next month this blog is going to be filled with so many things I love including classic horror movies, chilly weather clothes, and Halloween.

First up my fall wish list. AKA all the things I really want to buy but probably shouldn’t. How could I possibly say no to the H&M jersey dress? They did send it to me in a marketing email as a Halloween costume so I mean…it serves multiple purposes. I’ve mentioned wanting a burgundy/wine colored sweater before and I think I’ll definitely be scooping up this one. The other items are just pretty little things that have caught my eye over the past few weeks. I’m currently working on a fall shop for the blog filled with things I love and recommend for the next few months. Hopefully that will be done and up soon.

SHOP: Sweater, jeans, Rolling Stones tee, ankle boots, handbag, chambray shirt, rings, dress