Monday, October 31, 2016

Fun Facts About Halloween

Hi Lovelies!!

Happy Halloween!!!!! I thought since today is Halloween I would share some fun facts about Halloween with you. So, sit back, relax, grab your favorite Halloween candy, and enjoy some fun little factoids about Halloween.

Fun Facts about Halloween

Halloween Fun Fact #1: Because the movie Halloween (1978) was on such a tight budget, they had to use the cheapest mask they could find for the character Michael Meyers, which turned out to be a William Shatner Star Trek mask. Shatner initially didn't know the mask was in his likeness, but when he found out years later, he said he was honored.

Halloween Fun Fact #2: The first Jack-O-Lanterns were actually made from turnips.

 Halloween Fun Fact #3: The word "witch" comes from the Old English wicce, meaning "wise woman." In fact, wiccan were highly respected people at one time. According to popular belief, witches held one of their two main meetings, or sabbats, on Halloween night.

Halloween Fun Fact #4: Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween.

Halloween Fun Fact #5: 9.The largest pumpkin ever measured was grown by Norm Craven, who broke the world record in 1993 with a 836 lb. pumpkin.

Halloween Fun Fact #6: Trick-or-treating evolved from the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out treats and food to placate spirits who roamed the streets at Samhain, a sacred festival that marked the end of the Celtic calendar year.

 Halloween Fun Fact #7: "Halloween" is short for "Hallows' Eve" or "Hallows' Evening," which was the evening before All Hallows' (sanctified or holy) Day or Hallowmas on November 1. In an effort to convert pagans, the Christian church decided that Hallowmas or All Saints' Day (November 1) and All Souls' Day (November 2) should assimilate sacred pagan holidays that fell on or around October 31.

Halloween Fun Fact #8: Ireland is typically believed to be the birthplace of Halloween.

Halloween Fun Fact #9: With their link to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (a precursor to Halloween) and later to witches, cats have a permanent place in Halloween folklore. During the ancient celebration of Samhain, Druids were said to throw cats into a fire, often in wicker cages, as part of divination proceedings.

Halloween Fun Fact #10: Scarecrows, a popular Halloween fixture, symbolize the ancient agricultural roots of the holiday.

Have a safe and fun Halloween!!


Sunday, October 30, 2016

Our Fall Bucket List 2016

Hi Lovelies!!

It's time share my family's Fall Bucket List!! It's so hard to believe that we are at the beginning of fall and that the Holidays are just around the corner. 

Well, here it is in all of it's glory!!

 via Crafthub
 Have a great day!!


Saturday, October 29, 2016

Favorite Hororr Movies

Hi Lovelies!

With Halloween coming up I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite horror movies. Now, I have always been a fan of horror movies and I understand that some of you might not be, but that's okay. If you are not a fan of horror movies then you might just want to skip this post altogether. For those who love horror movies get your popcorn and your big fuzzy blankets ready!!!

1. The Scream series (1996). I love this series!! It's nineties nostalgia in a slasher film. What's not to love?

2. Friday the 13th 1, 2 , and 3. That's it...just those three!! I love all three of these. The third movie I still have a hard time watching because it freaks me out that much.

3. Halloween. Jamie Lee Curtis is the best! Need I say more?

4. Rosemary's baby (1968). Just the right of freaky to scare the crap out of me.

5. The Exorcist (1973). Probably the most disturbing movie on this list and probably the most offensive movie I have ever seen.

6. The Shining (1980). One of the most visually beautiful horror films in my opinion. Jack Nicholson is super creepy in this one!!

7. It. This needs to be on this list. That damn clown gave nightmares for months!! It was worth it thought because I loved the story and the movie!

8. Identity. This is another favorite of mine and John Cusack was awesome in it!  I loved that multiple personality disorder was the focus of the story.

9. A Nightmare of Elm Street. This is another favorite of mine. After seeing the moving I would not take baths for months, which brings me to the last movie on the list.

10. Psycho. I would not take showers after seeing this movie, yet it us one of my favorites!

What are your favorite horror movies?


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

9 Things You Didn't Know About the Rocky Horror Picture Show

Hi Lovelies!!! 

In honor of the remake of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" that premiered on October 20th, I decided to scour the interwebs to find some interesting tid bits about the original. It took a day or two (with interrupts and there were so many websites) to find what I was looking for, but I was able to find a website that was pretty interesting. So, without further adeau here are some interesting facts about The Rocky Horror Picture Show courtesy of 10 Things you did not know about the Rocky Horror Picture Show. 

Enjoy and Let's do the time warp again!!!!!!!

1.  The Rocky Horror Picture Show was not a successful musical

 Richard O’Brien wrote the book, lyrics, and music for The Rocky Horror Show, which originated in an experimental theater space in London (and featured O’Brien, Curry, Patricia Quinn, and Nell Campbell in the roles they’re recreate on screen — plus Julie Covington, best known as having been the first to sing “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina” as Eva Peron on the original concept album of Evita). It was a big hit when it opened in 1973, and Curry traveled with the show to the Roxy in Los Angeles, where it had a nine-month run 1974-1975. The show transferred to Broadway (with Curry, O’Brien, and Meat Loaf, who starred in the LA cast in tow) in 1975, and despite three Tony nominations (including one for Curry), it was a flop, closing after 45 performances. The show returned to Broadway decades later, however, and ran for two years. Luke Perry, Joan Jett, Ana Gasteyer, and Orange Is the New Black‘s Lea DeLaria all appeared in the musical.

2.  Meat Loaf nearly walked out during his first production of the stage show

Meat Loaf didn’t know what he had signed up for when he joined the cast of the Los Angeles production. The rehearsal process started with the actors singing the songs out of costume, but once dress rehearsal came around — and he spotted the full-blown version of Tim Curry in “Sweet Transvestite” — Meat Loaf got cold feet and nearly walked out of the production when he realized he’d have to wear a pair of fishnets himself. But, as he says in the interview above, he got over it, thankfully, and stuck around with the show long enough to be cast as Eddie in the film.

3.  Horror movie legend Vincent Price was almost cast in the film

In addition than the notoriously queer subject matter, Rocky Horror is a musical love-letter of sorts to old Hollywood, particularly B-grade horror movies and creature-features. It’s why O’Brien fondly recalls Vincent Price’s presence in the opening night audience of The Rocky Horror Show‘s London premiere to be a good omen. Years later, when O’Brien and Jim Sharman were working on the film, they caught Price’s interest in the role of the Narrator — but ultimately Price couldn’t commit to the shooting schedule.

4.  That's Magenta's mouth in the opening credit sequence

 Patricia Quinn, who played the raccoon-eyed Magenta in the film (and in the original London stage show), offered up her lips and teeth for that iconic opening number — although she lip-synced to Rocky Horror creator (and Riff Raff’s alter ego) Richard O’Brien, sings “Science Fiction Double Feature” in pitch-perfect falsetto.

5.  The actor that played Rocky did not sing or speak his lines

 Peter Hinwood, who played Frank-N-Furter’s gorgeous (if dim-witted) creation, couldn’t sing, but that’s no big deal for a movie musical — you just have someone else sing for him. The trouble was, the muscled adonis also couldn’t act, so even his speaking lines were dubbed by another actor. Hinwood admitted to People in 2000 that he doesn’t consider the film a great moment in his career, and explained why he didn’t continue acting: “One, I can’t act. Two, I cringe with embarrassment every time I see myself on film. Three, I relish a quiet, peaceful life.”

6.  Many of the Transylvanians are in the wedding scene

 Recognize any of those wedding attendants? Many of them show up as Frank-N-Furter’s party guests — and if you look closely, you’ll recognize that Tim Curry is the preacher, while Richard O’Brien and Patricia Quinn are dressed up as characters in an homage to Grant Wood’s famous painting American Gothic.

7.  The final song and scene was cut from some versions of the film

 While it turns up on the soundtrack, “Super Heroes” was cut from the home video release of the film. As the official Rocky Horror fan club website explains, “In completing the stereo portion of the movie, certain deadlines were imposed and it wasn’t possible from the production end to include ‘Super Heroes.’ When the video was re-released at a lower price, it was decided not to include ‘Super Heroes’ because it wouldn’t be fair to those who paid $89.95 for the original release.” The scene, seen above, was digitally restored for DVD and Blu-ray editions of the movie.

8.  You can visit Dr. Frank-n-Ferter castle in real life

The imposing castle that hosts Frank-N-Furter’s deadly shenanigans is a real place in England called Oakley Court, which overlooks the Thames in the village of Bray. It had appeared in many movies before, including several horror films produced by the famed Hammer Films and the 1976 mystery Murder by Death. Nowadays it’s a hotel, so go ahead and book a room. (I wouldn’t expect a Rocky Horror-style floor show, though.)

9.  There is a sequel

 Years after Rocky Horror became a cult hit, Jim Sharman and Richard O’Brien wrote a sequel-of-sorts, the equally campy horror musical Shock Treatment, which sees Brad and Janet Majors (now played by Cliff De Young and Jessica Harper) as contestants on a devious game show. O’Brien, Patricia Quinn, and Nell Campbell were the only Rocky Horror stars to return for this sequel, which was a critical and commercial flop and never quite achieved its predecessor’s cult status. (Sadly, it’s not available to stream online.)

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

What's Up Wednesday

Hi Lovelies!! Here's what I'm up to this Wednesday

What I'm eating this week:  I have a meal plan full of comfort foods for this week. I think it's the cooler weather that is coming that is to blame!! So far I have made spaghetti and meatballs, I will be making beef stew, chicken noodle soup, and creamy chicken and noodles.

What I'm working on this week: I'm working on planner bands, planner clips, and inserts for my new shop that will be launching next week. I am so excited about this and I cannot wait to share some sneak peeks with everyone! Shop's name will be announced this weekend!

What I'm watching/reading: Right now I am watching Gilmore Girls (again), Stranger Things, The Ranch, and I just discovered This Is Us

What I'm listening to: Actually I'm watching videos on Youtube of some of my favorite 80s hair bands! Bon Jovi, Cinderella, Poison, Def Lepard, just to name a few.

What I'm loving: Everything Fall!! Bring on the sweaters and hot chocolate and football (GO COWBOYS!!)

What are you up to this Wednesday?

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Fun Facts about Fall

Happy Fall Lovelies!

It's finally time to pull out the sweaters and watch the leaves morph into various shades of yellow and orange. Fall can be a gorgeous time of year, but do you know the history behind it? Well, my friends, I have compiled a list some fun fall facts to celebrate this time wonderful time of year! Enjoy!

 Fun Facts about Fall:

 Fact #1:  Americans typically refer to this time of year as “fall,” while the British use the word “autumn.” Both terms date back to the 16th century but before that it was called “harvest.

Fact #2:  Fall was called “harvest” because of the “harvest moon” that occurs when the full moon is closest to the autumn equinox. Before man-made lighting, this moonlight was essential to a prosperous harvest.

Fact #3:  Weight gain around this time of year may not only be due to comforting fall foods like pumpkin pie and cider, researchers have found that lack of vitamin D reduces fat breakdown and triggers fat storage.

Fact #4:  According to The Weather Channel, pumpkins are the most craved food during the fall. Although, if you’ve left the house anytime recently, this may not come as a surprise to you.  

Fact #5:  The yellow and orange colors you see actually always exist in leaves but they are overpowered by the abundance of green from chlorophyll. The amount of chlorophyll starts to decrease as the sun weakens and the days grow shorter.

Fact #6:  Red and purple leaves are only that color because of the presence of sugars and sap that are trapped within the leaves. These sugars provide plants with the energy they need to survive.

Fact #7:  Many birds will prepare for their winter migration during the fall. The distance they can travel is impressive; the Arctic Tern travels 11,000 miles each way for it’s annual migration. That’s no small feat.

Fact #8:  Evergreen trees such as pines, cedars, and spruces stay green because their leaves (needles) are covered with thick wax and they contain materials that prevent freezing when it gets cold.

Fact #9:  Men and women experience high levels of testosterone during the fall. This makes sense because more babies are conceived during the fall and winter. The cause is unknown but it could be due to lack of sunlight or even go back to ancient mating rituals.

Fact #10:  We can’t forget Halloween! Halloween takes place in the fall and comes from ancient Celtic tradition. They believed that ghosts roamed on Halloween and people would wear disguises in order to hide from these spirits.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

October Goals

Happy October Lovelies!!

Since I did not work on my September goals I am moving them over to October. I hope I can at least cross 2 off my list at the end of the month.

October Goals:

1.  Organize the kid's closets
2.  Create office space in the corner of the family room
3.  Book at least 3 Facebook parties for Jamberry
4.  Begin a new (slightly scary) venture with the Husby
5.  Make at least 2 freezer meals a week
6.  Read 2 books
7.  Blog at least 3 times per week
8.  Menu plan consistently
9.  Use my planner consistently (my days would be less hectic if I would do this)
10. Eat more fruits and veggies

What are your goals?


Monday, October 3, 2016

Happy Homemaker Monday- 10/3/16

Hi Lovelies!!

Good morning!!! I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing weekend. We spent our weekend relaxing and visiting our local museum. While we were there we noticed that are switching out the exhibits again. This time the exhibit is "Grossology". It teaches kids about the inner workings of the human body. Let me just say that my daughter is very excited for this one. She cannot wait until it opens, it's all she has talked about all weekend.  Here are some pics I found online of the exhibit:

Anyway, back to the task at hand.... I am linking up with Sandra from Diary of a Stay at home Mom. So, put your feet up, grab your favorite drink, and let's get this party started!!

On the weather front:

I love this time of year!

On my bedside table:

Nothing since I don't have a bedside table.

On my TV:

Just the usual, Gilmore Girls, Friends, and How I Met Your Mother. Now I have added Stranger Things, and The Ranch (October 7th).

Thinking and pondering:

Opening a second etsy shop and wondering how I am going to do it.

Listening to:

The TV

Favorite Youtube video last week:

Cleaning videos, morning routine and evening routine videos, and plan with me videos.

On the menu this week:

I will come back to this question later. I cannot find my menu plan!!!

On my To do list:

Setting up this week in my planner
Reorganizing C's clothes

Looking forward to:

Finally getting a new washer!!! Hopefully this will happen soon. This needs to happen really soon.

What I plan on doing for myself this week:

Reading, reading, and more reading.

Devotionals, scripture reading, and key versers:

Have a nice Monday Lovelies!!


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