Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Scary Movie Update & Favorite Faux Fur Blanket

Well, we only made it through four out of the ten movies this weekend on John's List of Scary Movies for the Weekend.

With LSU, Yankees, and Saints playing this weekend, plus work and running a couple of errands, we just kind of ran out of time.

We were able to watch Scream, Hostel, Amityville Horror (2005), and From Dusk til Dawn. Amityville Horror was by far my favorite, followed by Scream, then Hostel, and lastly, From Dusk til Dawn.

Amityville Horror literally had me sweating like a beast because I was so scared. I think I might even have a small break out on my forehead where I was laying against John's arm and sweating.

I'm hoping we can get more of the movies in this weekend. Our week is pretty full because we are preparing to go see John's family in Pennsylvania. I have honestly been looking forward to this trip since this summer. With Fall coming a little later than normal, I'm so excited to see what the mountains will look like. Last year we went to Pennsylvania in the middle of August, so it was still quite warm and summery, so I'm looking forward to the foliage. I love the word foliage and will say it from when I see the first Fall foliage of the year until all the trees die.

The trip is quite long, so I'm glad we are going when there won't be snow. It's a 12 hour drive for us, some of it through the mountains. Ice and mountains just don't mix well in my opinion, so I'm excited for the weather we will be getting. The temps are looking like they will be a high of 52 and low of 30. I gotta make sure and pack my cuddl duds, beanies, and scarves. 

I might even have to bring my fur blanket with me. Honestly, this is the best blanket I have ever owned, and I only paid $50 for it from the Pottery Barn outlet. That's a steal in my book, especially from Pottery Barn. It has a good weight and color, and the feel is so soft!

I've also talked John into letting me spend money on some new sweaters for the trip. I'm going to look at Old Navy and maybe Walmart. I used to love Walmart clothing. It was cheap and cute, but I haven't shopped there in quite some time. I'm hoping to get some good finds.

As John's grandpap in Pennsylvania would say, "well, I don't know what else to tell ya."

Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday The 13th

Happy Friday the 13th witches!

John and I both share a huge love for all things Halloween, especially scary movies. He has made a list of 10 scary movies that we must start watching tonight and finish by Sunday night. Eeeek. Some he has seen and some he hasn't, so we aren't throwing any recommendations out there yet (in case any of them blow).

I love scary movies, but I'm not a pro at them, meaning I have not seen a lot of the classics or even the newer ones. I can't watch them by myself, and no matter how scared I get, I must see what happens therefore no covering my eyes. I may squint, but I can still see what's going on.

I've had two incidents with watching scary movies with John. The first incident was when he scared me so bad after watching a scary movie that I ran full speed into a wall, in the pitch black dark, at his parents house, with his parents there, and we had just started dating. Great first impression. The second incident was my fault, but he was there so he's getting looped into this one too. I had my arms curled up in a blanket by my face and punched myself square in the nose when I got scared in a movie. Good times.

I'm excited to sit down and get caught up with the rest of the world on scary movies, especially on the best day ever, Friday the 13th. Hopefully there will be no injuries.

John's List of Scary Movies for the Weekend:
Scream
Hostel
Amityville Horror
Final Destination
Sleepy Hollow
Silence of the Lambs
Shaun of the Dead
Get Out
Gerald's Game
The Babadook

What is your favorite scary movie?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Belleville Chili Cook-Off 2017

"Beans, beans are good for your heart.."

This past weekend was the 34th Annual Belleville Chili Cook-Off. I've been looking forward to this cook-off for several months now. It's one of the biggest festivals in Belleville. An estimated 60,000 people attended the festival this year.
 The festival is free entry, and parking is relatively easy. You can sample the vendor's chili for 50 cents. Some of the white chili costs 75 cents to a dollar to sample, and most of them weren't good. John and I would share a sample we could try as much as possible. Sadly we didn't get to sample them all, but we sampled A LOT.
Look at that hottness above with chipped finger nail polish, greasy forehead, and scrubs that she spilt beer on (and all down her arm and on another lady's ankle) because her arm itched.

While sampling and walking, we guzzled down some expensive beer that required tokens to purchase. I tried my first Stag beer, which was good! It tasted like Coors Light. I never really thought about drinking beer with my chili, and let me tell you, I recommend it!
 Belleville Firefighters are known to have some of the best chili, which I can attest to, but the Mexican restaurant, Casa Maria, won my heart over! John and I agree that the firefighters came in 3rd on our list. John's first pick was the Boy Scouts Troop 553! There were over 60 vendors and almost all of them had chili to sample, so it was a tough call on picking a number one.
After we couldn't stuff our bellies with chili any longer, we indulged in some ice cream served by the cutest man. I asked another guy that worked there (turned out to be the son) what the name of their shop was. He didn't really answer my question but told me this man above is his father. He is 87 years old and still runs the business. The ice cream was incredible! The son might not have told me the name of the restaurant (I don't think he could hear me), but he did say they are setup at the Belle-Clair Speedway every Saturday. Guess who's already planning a trip out to the Speedway? This chick.
The moon was beautiful, music was good, chili was awesome, ice cream was incredible, and the beer was cold. I would say we had a successful first chili cook-off!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

The Proverbial Leaf

I keep reading blog posts about "how to finish the year strong" and "how to finish your end of the year goals". I honestly thought to myself that these posts were kind of a waste to read, but I read them anyway. I didn't get much from them until today.

When I got home from work, it felt like I had turned a new leaf. In reality, it's the same proverbial (it took a minute for google to understand this is the word I was trying to spell) leaf I turn over every year around this time. It's the leaf that makes me want to indulge more in bubble baths, a skincare routine, the kitchen, walking, and painting my fingernails.

Who am I? This is for active people not couch potatoes. I am the real MVP couch po-ta-toe over here. No one can take my title. But lately, I've been wanting to do more.

BUBBLE BATHS:
Bathtub filled with hot enough water that it will last for at least an hour but not too hot where it burns my nether yayeh. Every Lush product imaginable fizzing, spinning, and changing my bath water colors. Bath salts that prickle my butt when I first get in but later making my skin feel oh so soft. And don't forget the actual bubbles. I want bubbles up to my neck, please.

SKINCARE ROUTINE:
For the morning time, I just use my go to cleanser and moisturizer. Easy peasy. Nighttime is probably my hardest routine to get into because I don't wear any makeup on my actual face most days except for mascara. If I leave my mascara on from the day before, my lashes look incredible the next day after I apply a little more mascara to them. I hate to be wasteful and get rid of that every single night. My goal nighttime routine is to use my makeup wipes to get the grime off of my face and get my eye makeup off, use my Clarisonic to really get deep down into those pesky pores of mine, pop on some eye cream, then moisturize. Some nights I know I want to get fancy and throw on a face mask and use serum instead of moisturizer, but we shall see. Let's not get ahead of ourselves.

BE IN THE KITCHEN MORE:
I'm mainly thinking crockpot recipes or baking over here. I'll leave the hard stuff up to Chef John. I know I want to try my hand at a pumpkin pie or pumpkin cheesecake, but I'll have to wait until my parents come to visit because John doesn't like pumpkin. I know. How are we even married? He's so not #basic. I really like the recipe I cooked from Cravings (see post here), so maybe I'll give one of those recipes a go.

EXERCISE:
Y'all.. I actually thought about going running, not to the fridge or bathroom, but on an actual run. All of my fat hurts just thinking about running. You know when your fat bounces while your running (or walking for that matter)? That's the kind of hurt I'm talking about. But I still want to do it. Wwwhhhyy body, wwwhhyy? I'm just ready to feel better about myself. *insert picture of McDonald's 10 piece nugget, large fry, and large coke w/ bbq sauce I just had*

PAINTING MY BEAUTIFUL NAIL:
(see Anjelah Johnson - Nail Salon for reference)
Fall colors have a way to my heart much like berry shades of lipstick do. So far I've painted them maroon and navy blue. Next they will be black then dark purple. Once November hits, I plan on bringing more of my browns out. I actually filed my fingernails the other day. I didn't know you were supposed to cut them then file them. I just filed them to the length I wanted. That would explain why it took me like an hour to do them. I absolutely hate a fingernail file, but somehow I did it. It was a pain in the ass. I will probably never do it again, but I'm glad I did it once in my life. I've also been using cuticle oil. Not sure if it's working, but it makes my fingers feel lovely when I'm done and wash off the excess.

So, what do you think? Do you have goals that you are trying to finish before the end of the year or just now coming up with? Did you turn over your proverbial leaf?

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Halloween & Fall Decorations

Happy 1st day of October y'all! I'm so excited for Fall and Halloween this year because I have a house I can decorate. Usually I help my parents decorate for Halloween or I've had an apartment, but this year I have my very own house #blessed! I wanted to decorate for Fall and Halloween, so insert this hodgepodge of decorating post.
 I bought all of my pumpkins and mums from Strackeljahn Farms. They have a really cute store on the side of Highway 40 in Saint Jacob, IL. Their prices on pumpkins and mums are great, and they have a good selection without being too overwhelming!

My parents bought me this adorable wrought iron spider from Donna's #6 in Mississippi, where they get their pumpkins from. This spider is probably one of my favorite Halloween decorations that I own. My parents have one almost just like it, and since they bought me one to have at my own house, it makes it even more special. It's like having a little piece of home away from home. You know what I mean..
 This glow in the dark ghost came from Donna's #6 as well. I would highly recommend going there for all of your pumpkin needs if you live in Mississippi. We would be going there if we didn't live all the way in Illinois!
 You might remember this blow mold from my apartment Halloween decorations post a while back. I got it and the Halloween village below from my grandparents after they passed away. Who knew Halloween decorations could be so sentimental?
This spider web is a huge pain in the ass to work with, but it really adds a lot to the decorations.
 You might have seen a similar picture to the one above from my Bath and Body Works Sale post, but this area is another one of my favorites in my house so you get to see it again. It's currently sitting on top of my barrel in my living room. This looks so cozy at night with the candle lit. I'm currently burning Autumn.
 Now onto the kitchen. My parents made these skulls and pumpkin from molds that they poured concrete into! They are so creative. I love how perfectly imperfect they are.
 I might have a slight tea towel obsession. We honestly use every single one of these towels because you can't dry dishes with the same towel you dry your hands with or the same towel you brush the crumbs off of the counter with.
 John and I both love skulls, so we have quite a few we decorate with. Sometimes we will put battery operated lights in them to make them glow at night. This year we were kind of lazy and just left them out.
Lastly, we have the mantle! This mixed with the candle glowing on the barrel makes for the most cozy October nights.

As I'm writing this, I'm drinking pumpkin beer and thinking of what Halloween movie we are going to watch tonight. What is your favorite Halloween movie?