Halloween Decor | Everything Is Under $100

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I am such a lover of autumn, it is my favorite time of the year to go shopping for decor, the second being is Christmas of course! I just love the different colors of reds, yellows, and oranges of the trees around town, but I also enjoy seeing the impressive Halloween displays in front yards. I am a fan of the tacky bright orange with the Charlie Brown eyes and mouth, but I also love the gore-y decorations some people are brave enough to show off on their neighbors too.

Right now, we currently don’t have a porch on our house so we can’t necessarily have any pumpkins on display, although I think we could get by with putting a couple at the base of the stairs. The cats would enjoy them but I think people would miss them at night and really hurt themselves because they were in the way. So, as another way to talk about ways of decorating, I figured this was the only way to go.

Below I will be giving you eight items that I found on Walmart’s website to help spice up your home a little with some ghoul-y cheer!

There were two things that I wanted to make sure I put on this post and they are everything will be under $100, I honestly tried to keep it about half of that but I kept finding cute things that were higher, so I caved a bit! I also thought it was smart to give you a subtle fall and some Thanksgiving options along with some spooky stuff too! I am going to talk about two items from each section, but if you’d like to check out the whole group, underneath the banner above are the links with their prices to each one. I want to apologize if any of them say they are “out of stock” at the time you go to check them out. None were like that when I created the post.

Thanksgiving Cream Pumpkins

I have always loved the faux white pumpkins, but I’ve always wanted to use the normal orange ones to do any of our crafts. As I’ve gotten older I’ve sort of realized how smart my nana and I would have been to use the fake pumpkins to decorate, because let’s face it we would have them forever! We could have put them in many places throughout the house instead of putting them outside in the cold!

Another reason why I love these pumpkins is because you can have them for the entire fall season. If you can find it in a neutral color like this, your house can look very chic but still have the full inspiration of everything autumn brings too. Walmart also has them in a light shade of green and dusty blue! These were my favorites though because I liked the way they looked, they were different!

Mustard Chevron Fleece Throw Blanket

I have been watching a lot of different YouTube videos lately and I’ve seen almost everyone talk about having a mustard colored blanket and at first, I didn’t understand all of the hype over it but then I thought it was the perfect color to continue my sunflower theme for my room. It wasn’t too bright or light of a hue and that’s what I’ve been interested in for the past few months. I also enjoy the little fringe at the sides because it reminds me of a blanket I had as a child, but ultimately I love fleece blankets so it really doesn’t matter what the color or little additions are on it, if it’s fleece I will pretty much love it to pieces!

Unfortunately, this was the first one that I found that was “expensive” to me, when I told my mom about it, she made it out to be not so bad. In my defense, I don’t go shopping for bedding stuff too often so our differences in price ranges are pretty prominent. I feel like once it becomes time for Christmas to steal the season’s time in the spotlight, it might go on clearance and that could be the perfect time to purchase it. That’s just my thinking for you today!

Mini Ceramic Halloween Tree

Growing up my grandparents had a lot of these types of trees around their house. My nana would leave them on at all hours and since we were afraid to sleep in that living room, those trees were just enough light to keep us sane through the whole night! Anyways, she also had a pretty white one and my papaw had a smaller one, that now belongs to me because it was always stored on top of the organ desk. I still need to replace the light bauble but I think I’ll have it up this winter!

When I saw this on the website, I immediately became very happy because it still looked like the others but it was just in black, purple and orange–regular Halloween colors! What was funny though is that all of the rage last Christmas were these black Christmas trees, and so I thought this would be as close as I would ever get to having a black tree in my room. However, there was one drawback once I looked at the price! So, again I went with my thought I had about the blanket that maybe after Halloween ends it’ll go up on sale.

Purple Translucent Skull Figurine

Right after I finished my search for the pumpkins, I had to check out the skulls they had too! I figured the type I was looking for were in low supplies, because I don’t really like the creepy looking ones nor do I enjoy the tacky ones that much either. When it comes to skulls, I am quite picky! I prefer both matte, day of the dead and translucent skulls. They did have some cool sugar skulls but when I saw this one with the word “purple” hell, even I knew it was game over!

The only thing I was puzzled about it was that it definitely doesn’t look purple on the picture. To me that is more like hot pink! So, I am hoping this isn’t false advertisement there. After I noticed, I also saw the price of it and I began to wonder on good the quality was, just because it looks gorgeous on the site, doesn’t mean it’ll look really cheap once you get it home. However, it could be a good product and I’m worrying for no reason at all!

What did you think of this little Halloween home decor post? do you have any favorites listed above? How would you rate the decorative items from Walmart?

REVIEW | Lair

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It’s been a while since I’ve actually reviewed anything besides albums or EPs, but today is different. As the rest of the US will be celebrating Thanksgiving (or Friendsgiving!) I thought I should probably have an easy going post for today. I actually had this figured out but I just needed a day to get it up and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to do it!

WARNING: Spoilers ahead! Beware!

Liar is a series that premiered in the United Kingdom first, as it is set there in the first place. Here in the United States, we ended up getting the first episode two or three weeks after they did, because it came on before the start of October. I actually never saw the promos for it, all I kept seeing was everybody on Twitter talking about it and I just figured that I’d never be able to watch it, because I follow a lot more UKers than Americans on my social media accounts. And then one day I was searching on my guide and found it on the Sundance Channel and I became a happy camper after that!

The story is about a woman, by the name of Laura Nielsen, played by Joanne Froggatt, she is newly single and a teacher at a school somewhere in England. Laura meets one of her students’ dad, Andrew Earlham, played by Ioan Gruffold. He is a doctor that works at the same hospital as her sister Katy. Laura and Andrew go out on a date and when they get back to her flat or apartment things apparently go array.  She wakes up, feeling strange, after she thinks that Andrew has raped her. The show is about what Laura and Andrew do in their lives while the allegations linger over them.

There were a lot of things that I really enjoyed about this show.

I loved not really knowing if Laura is telling the truth in the beginning, they don’t really show you how that night really unfolds until episode four, they mostly show you flashbacks of how the date went and then they show you how he was able to do it and get away with it. Andrew drugged her with GHB, which is a clear liquid that can be poured into someone’s drink undetected and they can feel really drowsy as it takes effect on the body.

Laura is such a strong character in the show. She tries her best to do everything in her power to make sure he does not do this to another woman. However, a man of her past reappears and wants to make sure that her case doesn’t go through. When lawyers hear of this man’s testimony, the case against Andrew doesn’t go to trail. And then the female detective Harmon, goes to Andrew’s house to personally tell him that piece of news and Andrew boldly tries to ask her out, but that’s when red lights flash in her mind (they did in mine too!) and she declines his offer but not without giving him a warning. The next day, she goes home and she’s in the early stages of pregnancy and apparently a lesbian, she has a different juice drink for everyday of the week and she falls asleep. She goes to the bathroom after getting up and she goes to stand up and she notices there’s quite a bit of blood below. So she suspects something happened right away.

This isn’t the only thing that is going on with story line. Laura’s sister Katy is having or had an affair with Laura’s now ex-boyfriend Tom. They both are interested in helping Laura capture Andrew doing something wrong, but then this secret comes out and it’s really sad for both Laura and Katy, as they seemed to be there for each other and after that, the trust isn’t there and to top it all off, Katy’s husband Liam basically kicks her out of their family home with him and their children. So it’s sad all around.

I think the first, fourth and sixth episodes were my favorites. We start to see the things coming together after the fourth episode, things make more sense and then Laura gets Andrew’s phone. She goes over to the old lady’s house and is inside that shed looking inside that gym bag, that whole scene was so uneasy for me because Mia was on the phone trying to call Andrew and I kept imagining him driving over there to come get her, but he never shows up. Laura turns in the case of SD cards of the recordings of the rapes, and the baggy of GHB bottles to the police.

And then the biggest bomb drops, as the end of the last episode shows Andrew Earlham in the middle of the marshes with what looks like a slash around his throat. So the question is who the hell killed him?!?! My money is on his kid honestly! I think the pressure was too much for him. I feel a child can deny an allegation one time, so when the detective pressed charges, I think that was his breaking point. The last scene we have of Luke’s life three months later and you see the screen of what kids that he went to school with were saying about the two of them kind of gives you an insight into the pain that Luke has been feeling lately; plus he looked like pure shit too.

I honestly can’t wait for season two now!

What did you think of Liar? And who do you think honestly killed Andrew at the end?

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This Thanksgiving

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Howdy!

It’s weird to believe that Thanksgiving was just last week and now everybody is decorating for Christmas, which depending on where you live, some people put up their Christmas trees the day after Halloween! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because of the amount of food you get to eat in one day!

Since Blondie’s fiance Brandon worked in retail on Black Friday, we had to reschedule the whole day. We decided to eat way earlier than we normally do, which is like 2pm. I ate before 11am and had turkey, mac and cheese, green bean casserole, and two and half giant cookies that my sister made! My “normal” lunch time is like around 2pm because people in my house like to sleep in so whenever I found out what time we were going to eat I was like, okay I need to eat supper late enough but not a lot so whenever the food is done, I will be able to eat a lot of it. Now that’s some strategic planning!

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Brandon and I sat on the love seat and even shared my little table so he didn’t have to put his plate on his lap like everybody else. One thing that we never do is watch the parade, like I was just happy it wasn’t the news! My favorite part of the parade are the musical numbers, but after I found out at the tender age of 19 that they were all lip-singing and not playing the instruments, I was very bummed! I still love the dancing though! After we were finished eating, I want to say like 10 minutes my dad just says “well, I think I will go back to bed now!” and he wasn’t kidding, he actually did go to bed and this prompt my mom and sister and very sleepy Brandon that we should go over to nana’s where the rest of my family was getting ready for their own feast.

Notice the ball on the right side!
Notice the ball on the right side!

We weren’t there for like an hour yet and we somehow had to go outside for family pictures, because my aunt and uncle brought down a fairly size table and extra chairs into the living room, so we didn’t have any more room to take pictures in there. My cousins brought down their camera and had trouble getting it set up on the tripod and timer. At one point, we had to use nana’s trash can to prop the camera on because it would not focus. As all of this was going on, majority of us that didn’t bring jackets (like moi) were freezing their asses off! Once we were done, we went back inside and then somebody suggested we do the manniquin challenge. I cannot tell you how many tries we did, our family is not one to shut up and hold for a minute or two so this was its own challenge, but we made it though!

Everybody mostly ate ham as the turkey took its time cooking in the oven. We also stuffed out faces of fruit and vegetables! I was honestly still full from my breakfast-lunch feat back at the house because the only things I ate over at my nana’s were grapes and vanilla ice cream later that evening!

We had some special guests come down this year, my cousin Amy who usually goes to her dad’s for the holiday came down that morning and only stayed until about 4pm after the mini food fight she and my mom had in the kitchen made her sort of late because they both had to get the hair washed by the end of it! Our second guest was a very close family friend Brittany, she was the one to film our winning manniquin challenge for us! We also had a late arrival with my cousin Kristi and her boyfriend Joe got there just in time for the turkey. Once we had our last vistors, we went back into the living room where we did one last family photo where again, we had trouble with the timer but at that point we were delirious and could not stop laughing if our lives depended on it! Trust me, I have an embarrassing picture of me with my mouth wide open to prove it!

To end the day, the kids, who are my oldest cousin’s kids, Dalas and Lynn helped me put up the tree as my mom took Blondie home. When I was working with the little ones, I started to realize how tired I was, so I didn’t fight when my mom came back to pick me up. I was actually a little bit happy to go home and lie down in my bed.

All in all, this Thanksgiving was pretty good! Lots and lots of laughter was involved and that made everything better. We all still wish that papaw could have been there, but knowing him he was probably glad he wasn’t considering how loud we were getting as the hours went on and I can’t blame him for that either! However, I still think he would have enjoyed our crazyness especially the dogs chasing after each other while everybody was standing in doorways and kitchen!

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How was your Thanksgiving if you celebrated it? What is one thing you are thankful for this year?

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A Day Of Thanks

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Howdy!

I love Thanksgiving! To me it’s the perfect holiday of absolute fun and chaos all built into one day! You have family members working on the meal itself while the kids watch TV or if it was nice outside, they played out in the yard. If you needed alcohol to get through the day, that was your business and nobody was going to try to talk you out of it because that other person might need a sip later!

My family was quite different, there was always chaos but it was mostly from the fact that it was such a small kitchen and everybody would be crammed in the amount of space left in the room. We would have tons of conversations going at once, sometimes it was just stories in general or people directing what to do next if they were in charge of a dish. Alcohol wasn’t necessarily a big thing in our times together either, which considering by the time food was in the oven, there were already enough headaches going around that I don’t think they wanted to wake up in a hangover that next morning!

This year will be our first major holiday without my papaw.

It’s still fresh in our minds that he’s not here. I am not big at talking about it out loud but while I was very excited to celebrate my birthday at the start of the month I woke up that morning, feeling very emotional because I knew my papaw wasn’t going to be there to help celebrate it. So I understand the feeling of everybody getting together for Thanksgiving and feeling sort of weird and possibly ashamed to have fun without him.

In order to make this post a happy one, I wanted to talk about the good times that we got to have with my papaw during Thanksgiving.

My papaw was very infamous at falling asleep in the middle of anything! A conversation, a game, or just simply having the family all in one room! My sister actually took video one time where she went over the entire room and everybody’s talking or making faces on camera and there’s papaw sitting in the doorway with his eyes shut and head down into his chest. It was so normal that we all thought it was hilarious mixed in with a little cute!

He and my nana were always getting their plates first, he always claimed a leg and would put it on display with a big ole smile on his face! Turkey was the main event and he loved it that my dad, his son-in-law would make for the day.

When it came down to desserts, there were basically only two pies that made their appearance at the table: pumpkin and apple. The only pie that my papaw would eat was the apple but of course a simple dollop of whipped cream wouldn’t suffice, he was very specific that you should only eat apple pie with chocolate ice cream on the side. Apparently, it was a genetic thing on his side of the family but as far as I know nobody else likes it that way! All of the grandkids would have to ask to borrow an ice cream bar because we honestly weren’t into the pies. Of course, later on nana would make a sheet cake for anybody who didn’t want pie and the icing and rest of the whipped cream would be left for the big food fight at the end of the day!

This year, it’s going to be hard to not have our head of the table sitting in silence, enjoying every bite whether it was savory or sweet. It’s going to be difficult to not see him trying to watch something on TV with everybody talking or in some cases yelling back and forth because he’d just turn up the volume. We swear he would do this to piss off nana! By that time, sometimes he’d just give up and go upstairs or go back to bed, which confused us because we were a loud bunch of goofballs when we’re together! No wonder the night of one Thanksgiving, he swore we were making so much noise that the neighbors would call the cops on us!

I don’t know what’s in store for today with my family. I just hope everybody’s positive and thankful that we can remember these memories of spending Thanksgiving as a family and laugh at all of the stupid crap we’ve all done and possibly going to do down the road. I don’t want to ever forget about those times, no matter how old I get, they’ll always live on in my mind.

Hope you are enjoying your day! 🙂

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DIY: Little Turkeys!

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Hi 🙂

I think I should come out and say my nana has really surprised me on the fact that she’s been so creative throughout this season! After introducing her to all of the popsicle crafts on Pinterest, she’s really put in the effort in creating new things! I actually figured we’d stop for a month and wait until the last week of November to start on our Christmas crafts because you know those are coming soon!

So when she sent me a batch of different crafts for Thanksgiving, (a variation of turkeys popped into my inbox on Facebook one day! It was scary!) but I didn’t make fun because I was a bit worried on what we were going to do in the three to five hours I tend to stay with her on a weekly basis! She took care of that, but that does mean we are quickly running out of our brand new paints and bottles of glitter!

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What you will need for this:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Glue
  • Paint
  • Brushes
  • Construction paper or cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Permanent Marker
  • Duct Tape (optional)
  • Glitter (optional)

My nana has these old coasters as we’re calling them, they are circular and have two different sides: one is shiny where the other has a grainy texture to it. The last time I tried painting on them, I used the shiny side and it took it forever to dry probably because of how many coats of paint I had to put on it, the one downfall of that side is that shiny texture makes the surface almost slippery, the paint didn’t want to stay where I had put it originally, so it was a pain in the butt! So when we were doing these, I decided to try out the other side and despite the fact I had to put two coats of brown on it, it actually worked a lot better for me!

Before I started painting though, I decided to make my job a lot easier and draw out a half an oval on the bottom of the circle going horizontal for the face of the turkey. After that, I painted big circles for the eyes with white in the upper part of the plain space and once that dried, I painted the surrounding around the eyes and in between with a lighter orange, as it mimicked the flap around its beak. I left that to dry for a bit before I took out the brown again and painted the rest of the area I had made for its face as I didn’t need it anymore. In case you don’t have a brush with tiny bristles, you can use a black Sharpie for the eyes! That’s what we had to use for them!

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As far as the back-end of the turkey, where its feathers are located at, we used our popsicle sticks and I tried to remember what a traditional turkey’s feathers would look like, so I chose both gray and orange, but again to make things easier on me, copying what I did with its body, I drew lines in different sections of the sticks of where to stop painting! This helped a lot for the gray! I added another coat of orange just before we glued them onto the turkey itself because I didn’t think the color went down enough, and I’m glad I did that because two didn’t have enough!

Anyways, after they were done drying completely, my nana took out her hot glue gun and put quite a bit of glue on the tops of the sticks and laid the body of the turkey on top of it. We had to weight it down with something heavu so they would all stick, but it looked really cute in the end!

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My nana actually didn’t use the coasters for hers, she cut up small circles of left over cardboard and used that as the body for the turkeys instead! Our methods were the basically the same past this point. We both started using popsicle sticks and the first one she created as painted in different colors that matched (or slightly) the glitter that we had left… Afterwards, she cut up a spoon-like shaped face for it with construction paper and used tiny parts of the paper for the mouth, she used white paint and the Sharpie for the eyes! She originally wanted the rest of the body to be covered in glitter, but when went cleaning in her office again, we found bend-y paper shavings and she glued those on it instead!

Her second turkey is mostly the same method as the other one, but the only difference was the body and “feathers” are covered in duct tape! And with using the duct tape too, she only had room for four sticks as to the original six we used for the other two! She had rainbow tape left over and used it instead of painting the areas. She did have to cut out another spoon shape for its face again, and everything about that is the same as the one above!

So what do you think? Would you want to re-create your own turkeys for Thanksgiving or fall in general? 

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A Late Thanksgiving Feast!

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Hey guys!

I know I’m a bit late getting this post up, but like last year my family had our Thanksgiving dinner on Black Friday instead of Thursday, because my mom would rather work on that holiday then both Christmas and NYE. For us, since some of my family live up north from us, it kind of works out well because then they get to celebrate with them first and come down the next day and eat with us crazy people! In all of the days I posted my OOTDs last week, I took over my camera. The one time I didn’t take mine–I thought with everybody around I wouldn’t need it–we had less 10 pictures. I didn’t have much to work with because in the pictures we did get included my dad and he doesn’t like his pictures on Facebook, much less my blog! So I’m only including two pictures out of the whole day.

1471771_3621088783949_1795380296_nI woke up Friday morning around 7:30am, a half hour before I was expected to wake up. My mom wanted to be over and start cooking at 9am. We were a little late. I wore a new outfit I got while we went out the week before. I’d be waiting to show it off since I came home that day. I wore a maroon, black, and white button-up plaid shirt and maroon leggings all from Charlotte Russe! I was very warm in that kitchen, but I didn’t notice it much because somebody was smart and opened the window in the screen door beforehand! My Aunt Laurie and nana made assortment of rolls: cinnamon and orange. I devoured an orange roll when I got there! Basically all of the women spent most of the day in the kitchen, including papaw, Uncle David, and cousin Taylor.

Probably an hour before we ate, my Aunt Laurie, nana and I decorated the cupcakes that she made the night before. I started out doing the icing but that was a little too difficult for me to do, so I decided to stick to sprinkle duty! We usually eat around 1pm or if we’re late (or turkey’s not done) it’ll be 2pm instead. I think everything was done by 12:30pm, which is literally unheard of! It was kind of hilarious that the ones who used to yell at the youngsters to sit at the kiddie table aka card table, were the ones sitting at that table! My sister and I had the “special” seats. We sat next to our papaw who always has a turkey leg for Thanksgiving! We have annual picture tradition now that before he takes a bite of it that we need a picture of him holding it! Poor guy! He always thinks he breaks a camera afterwards too!

After we were stuffed, just before my dad went home everybody wanted to take pictures with one along. Somehow I missed out on getting a one-on-one picture with my dad.  Suddenly everybody left to go take a nap except Taylor (he tried to!), my Aunt Katt, and I. We all sat out in the kitchen and talked. She had some berry slushie alcoholic drink. She let me have some of it, which was nice. I didn’t have a lot of it which I felt was smart. I am going to need to the right name of it for NYE. The three of us actually played the new game. It was actually pretty interesting and as since it was just us, we did it the right way such as using the board, dice, etc. On occasions we didn’t use the timer but it was really fun! As we kept going on, my nana, papaw, and my mom all kind of joined in and were yelling out answers. Nobody actually won, we were kind of stuck and nobody would land on a one. We’ll have to play at Christmas whenever we have people come down again.

I’m sorry this seemed so short, but this was basically all that happened that was on the positive side.

OOTD: Aztec

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Hi 🙂

So first off, if you came from Facebook or Twitter, you might realize the pictures are different from the others. I like to tease you a bit. I thought it would be cuter if I added the one with Oscar on my lap instead of the other, boring picture.

I went over to my nana’s Tuesday morning and this was what I wore over there. I actually got these leggings from a trip to the Dollar General last winter or maybe two years ago. They are my mom’s favorite, she likes to put them on me a lot. I’ve found a similar pair on Amazon, click here. They were a random purchase, we saw them on top of the racks and I knew I couldn’t leave without them. I had to wait until Christmas to wear them, but it was worth the wait! The shirt is a cotton, ivory top. I got it from Walmart along with the second top which is solid turquoise. Surprisingly both of them work well with the pants! So I actually have two ways to do this outfit and with me, that is really rare!

Have you been liking my OOTD posts? What do you like about them?