Currently in October

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Currently doing….

 

Lots of fall activities! In October, the foliage is prime and Halloween is around the corner and it’s the most wonderful time of the year. 

 

 

This weekend I went to a pumpkin walk & lighting and Oktoberfest on our mountain top.  October is a really busy month but a good month with lots of fun things planned! In addition to the normal fall busyness and fun, we have wedding festivities to go this month and next month. I also have a photo shoot planned for next weekend, (1940’s pinup at a big ship museum) but I am waiting to hear back on if the location is a definite.

We are planning to do a great pumpkin blaze and a haunted house too this month and also have a Halloween party to go to! (We still have to lock down our costumes…..)

 

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Normal life stuff….

 

This fall so far has been filled with good, but busy things.

I have been taking a Graphic Design class and that has been a lot of work, but fun! Even if you only take 1 class while working 40 hours a week, it’s a lot. Especially when you have Photoshop projects that take a lot of time and effort. Right now I am focusing on just taking classes and gaining skills that will help with me with my blogging and expand my opportunities for jobs. I want to continue with Graphic Design classes and also explore Web Design courses. I also want to complete the Google Digital Marketing certification, anyone done it?! (Career students, you out there, you with me) Lololol.

Life has also been really busy since we rescued Miss Molly and she came into our lives.

But oh so sweet.

This is what a happy girl who was just rescued looks like.

I swear we fall more and more in love with her every day…

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Lmao.

 

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Guys, I swear I have been working on my October and Halloween Happy planning.  I still only doing planning layouts when I feel up to it and think about it, I try not to stress about it at all and just have fun with it when I want to. But that will be coming soon!

 

Also, I am in the middle of playing Life is Strange: Before the Storm and will be blogging a review/my thoughts post on that once I am done. If you are not familiar with Life is Strange, I talked about it here. Because of our slow mountain wifi, I had to download the game at Frankie’s house ( a half hour away from me) so can only play it when I am there. So far I really love it and it is everything I thought it would be, but I haven’t gotten very far yet.

 

 

Currently watching…

THIS IS US.

 

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We waited so long for season 2 and it’s finally here! Will we get answers to all our questions?

Waiting to watch Strangers Things…

 

October 27th, season 2! 

 

 

 

What are you doing in this October?

 

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Weekend roundup: October and apple picking

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I first discovered this song in October of 2009 so it always makes me think of October. I saw Phantogram live in the beginning of this year and it was one of the best concerts I have ever been to!

 

 

 

 

 

Not only was it the weekend but it was the first day of October, the best month ever!

We were lucky enough to go back to Greig Farm in Red Hook like last October, but this time to apple pick!

 

 

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We are always this happy with food coming!

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Brisket sandwich and deviled eggs with hot apple cider. 

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Of course it pays off to have a very supportive #bloggerboyfriend who is always willing to take photos of you for your blog.

I was wearing my new Lularoe maxi skirt today that actually has palm trees on it, but the colors are very fall and the pattern from afar looks like leaves. I was wearing this with a striped shirt, and my Mickey Mouse beanie I blogged about here.

 

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I look like a baby in these photos (maybe it’s the braids and Mickey Mouse, haha?!) but I will forever be thankful for my baby face as it keeps me forever young.

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How was your first day of October?

Mental health monthly faves: October

It’s been awhile since I have done a mental health monthly favorites post!

These are the things that help me maintain mental sanity in that particular month.

Although I love the month of October, it gets dark by 6:30 pm now and it snowed twice already here on the mountain top. Within a week.

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With this change of seasons comes even more of a need for life’s little comforts…

October mental health monthly faves:

Outfits that make me feel good:

I feel prettiest lately in my dresses with tights and boots. My 2 favorites right now are my new plaid dress and these orange sparkly tights from H&M.

This is one of those outfits that after the fact I realized-I really wish I staged a whole fashion shoot with! But instead, you have me posing for Frankie as he takes pictures of me in his room. (please excuse the garbage can, lol)

Some day I will stage another actual fashion photo post. Like real bloggers do. Hehe.

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Another well planned out fashion photo for the blog. Lol. This sweater was thrifted as well but is from Target!

Thrifting and thrift hauls:

Let’s be real….shopping makes you feel good. There’s something about the thrill of finding those perfect items unexpectedly while out thrifting!

Last weekend I went Halloween costume searching at goodwill and salvation army and was not sure what to be when I arrived. When I left, I left with a pair of moon boots, which I knew would work perfectly for this weekend’s space themed party. 

Not only that, but I came across these wonders.

The dress is the one I am wearing above and it’s now one of my favorite dresses. The bag is a Dooney and Bourke, which I got for $15 and it goes for $60 or more on ebay. The shoes are Bass duck boots, which I found online for and can retail for $100 or more depending on the site.

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The crazy moon boots that I won’t wear ever again…but they will be great for my costume!

Sims:

I have been playing sims since I was 7 years old. I have played ever since, on and off, in binges- I will play it obsessively (when I have time) for hours, months, then put it down for 6 months and pick it back up again.

When the days start to get dark earlier and many people can be found curled up with a good book, you can find me curled up with a good sims session or another game.

My obsession with Shameless went a little farther this time when I went and created a whole Shameless Gallagher family and re-created their entire house, as best as I could. I think the kitchen came out the best!

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My next plan is to make Patsy’s pies diner where Fiona works since I have Sims Dine out expansion pack. And I’m basically going to have Frank come in and out and wreck havoc on their lives every now and then.

And you know I plan on getting Sims 4 city living when it comes out November 1st! Then the Gallaghers will move to their real hometown of Chicago.

I am pretty excited about the new social media and food critic job as well as festivals in the city and other city aspects like high rise apartments!

Exercise and keeping busy:

I think I am the kind of person who needs to be busy most of the time, but also make time to relax in between.

I have been trying to keep my gym routine from getting boring by trying new classes- Piyo, spin, and zumba. Now Zumba and cycle have become part of my regular routine!

It’s also been a good way to see my friends, who are just as busy, and we can do classes together.

Exercise is amazing for your mental health and I can’t imagine having a week without it! This week I missed my spin class because I had to stack wood and yesterday it snowed so I missed working out, but still shoveled snow, and I feel it in my arms today! I think it’s all about balance.

 

This is good for everyone’s mental health:

 

Two of my favorite things in 1 glorious video….Stranger Things and Peanuts. I just watched the great pumpkin last night with mama!

It’s a bit early to start thinking about Christmas, I know, but honestly with all the snow we got, it doesn’t seem that weird to me right now…

 

Here’s the article where I originally found the video. 

Thanks, Hellogiggles.

 

 What are some things that helped you this month?

 

 

Halloween Happy Planning

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It’s been so long since I did my last Happy Planner post. 

With Halloween coming, I felt like I had to plan! I feel re-inspired with planning when the holidays hit.

Lately, I am the kind of planner who plans when she feels like it and I don’t like to stress about planning every week out, even though I think it’s more fun to have a full planner to look through later on- I feel like when a hobby becomes an obligation, it becomes stressful and no longer fun. And then, what’s the point?

I got new stickers and washi tape from Michaels which have been getting good use lately. The Halloween section at Michaels is a scary place….and by scary I mean, frighteningly beautiful…and tempting.

Also, this week seems like Halloween week to me since Halloween is on a Monday this year!

 

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We are going to a space themed party this weekend. I am sure pictures will follow of the festivities… 

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Why does it feel like my favorite month just flew by?!….. Le sigh. 

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The witching hour is here…

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And don’t forget to be curious and work hard. 

What are your plans for this week and for Halloween weekend?! I hope you are feeling witchy ; )

Currently in October

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Happy weekend!

(I really did want to bake some yummy fall treats this weekend…)

Last month I did a Currently in September post  and am going to attempt to do these once a month!

So here it is, our currents for my favorite month ever. 

Currently in October 

Me, currently…

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This has been me all month and will continue to be me throughout October…

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Current foliage…

Looking around outside my house right now catches my breath.

Driving around my little mountain town, I feel distracted, and can’t think of where to look first.

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Currently wearing…

My Hunter boots and my fringe jacket. A lot. 

The jacket was on sale from Forever 21 for $20, the dress is from goodwill. I am excited to wear my Hunter boots with a variation of a million different styles of long thick socks.And leggings!

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Fox and squirrel leggings. And leggings, in general. 

I wish I could remember who blogged about these leggings I read about months ago, then obsessed over, and searched my local Walmarts for. I have the best boyfriend ever, who searched all over Walmart until he found them for me.

They have foxes and squirrels on them, so of course I needed them!

They also say they are “sueded” leggings , they have this buttery feeling to them.

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Currently watching…

Definitely still watching American Horror story! So far, it’s not my favorite season at all. But it is getting better each episode!

But currently in October, I’ve been watching…

Vlogtober on youtube. 

Vlogtober is when you tubers post a Vlog every day in October.

I mentioned Vlogtober last year in this post. and this Mental health monthly faves post.

Here are my favorite Vlogtobers who I have been watching for a few years now!

Sarah Hawkinson:

Sarah is a favorite you tuber of mine in general because she loves Halloween just like me, she’s an introvert also like me,  and I love her style and watching her thrifting trips. She is also the reason I started shopping obsessively at Michaels for Halloween stuff, all year round.

Samantha Maria:

Sunbeamsjess:

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Currently listening to…

I have been enjoying this Autumn Leaves playlist made by Spotify.

Here’s my October playlist, which I’ll be adding to a lot.

I haven’t been very good lately about finding new music, though. Anyone want to share any I would so appreciate it!

I just found the song above too, Sunset lover by Petit biscuit, if you want to give that a listen.

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Currently celebrating…

Coziness, warmth, and Halloween!

Every week Frankie and I celebrate a spooky night, where we light all of the fall candles, drink fall brews, and watch a scary movie. In a dimly lit and spookified room like this.

(Actually my room looks like this all year long.)

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Hanging skulls and tree branch lights in a  wine bottle, and pumpkin candles, oh my!

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Currently drinking…

Well, not right now, since it’s 11:30 am on a Saturday.

Fall cocktails. Fall pumpkin beers and ciders. 

The drinks to the right were Apple Jack and my friend’s Pumpkin pie martini, which was my favorite. Yummmm.

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Currently excited and thinking about…

Excited….Well guys, I landed my first sponsored post, where they are sending me $75 worth of Halloween goodies, all picked out by me, to blog about! I feel so blessed and I can’t wait to share with everyone. The fact that I got to hand pick all of the items made me feel great because I know that everything I am blogging about are products  I would obviously buy for myself!

Thinking about…And I am attending a space-themed Halloween party the weekend before Halloween and cannot decide between being Mrs. Frizzle from the Magic school bus, Buzz Light year, or Marvin the martian.  I will be making my costume and might buy a few little things for it if needed.

What do you guys think?! Help!

What are you doing this October? jacko

October is in the air!

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It’s here! It’s here! My favorite month of the year. 

 

In October we, along with the trees, start a new beginning and a new end. Things slow down, we get ready to settle into nighttime earlier, and we rest. 

Did you know that when you see the brightest trees in the fall that that means they had a particularly harsh winter the year before? So the most beautifully colored trees have been through the hardest of times…. something to think about.

 

“October is about trees revealing colors they’ve hidden all year. People have Octobers as well.” -JM Storm

 

“I’m so glad to live in a world where there are Octobers.”- Anne of Green Gables

 

“Bittersweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter…”- Carol Bishop Hipps

 

“Listen!

The air is rising and the wind is wild with leaves,

we have had our summer evenings,

now for October Eves!” – Humbert Wolfe

 

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Hope your October is all you ever imagined and more….. BOO!

Mental Health Monthly Faves

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I am a huge fan of watching youtubers. I love to watch mental health videos by my favorite people and a common theme they do is “mental health favorites” where they talk about what helped them mentally that month. So I wanted to take this on in blog form. I haven’t talked about my own mental health yet, but someday when I feel ready, I might. Here’s some of my favorite people, if you’d like an inspiration:

Lisa Emerald

Amy Christina

Anastasjia Louise

Rawsammi

Since November has arrived, here are my mental health favorites for october. These are all sorts of things that helped me feel happy and optimistic this month.

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                     October Mental Health favorites:

  • Photography. My mom and I got a camera together over the summer and I have been enjoying it so much. I always loved photography, but lately it is making me truly happy- I find that it is making me more mindful of what is around me. Instead of being annoyed when my dog wakes me up at 6 am to go out, I grab the camera as I look outside and see pink skies and I just feel grateful, like the world is waking me up with such a gift. I couldn’t resist the foliage this month, either. Remember this? My October mornings post  : )
  • Routines. I kind of need some sort of a routine in my week to stay positive and mentally healthy. Blogging has helped me with this a lot this month. I know that on mondays, I post in a promo monday blogging group and focus on getting my blog out there. Every other weekend for the season I went to the farmer’s market with mama. Things like this, they help me-the market, for example, gives me something to look forward to and the blog gives me goals to work on while doing something I love.
  • These babies. My best friends in any month, and they may be in every mental health favorite post!pups 6 both of them
  • Vlogtober. An October vlog segment my favorite youtubers do where they film every day until the end of October. I look so forward to these and I’m not sure why I enjoy watching them so much, but I do! I am so very excited for Vlogmas.
  • Journaling. I keep my dinosaur composition book next to my bed- I write down weekly goals, things I am grateful for, and blog post ideas or inspirations.
  • Candles, first fire of the season, being comfy in layers, and halloweeney-ness. All recipes for a healthy mind and happy heart.

Thanks, October. What were your mental health favorites this month?

stay mentally healthy