Thanksgiving can be a tough time of the year for a lot of people. Whether you are without your family, struggling financially, or dealing with difficult family members, the holiday might not be as joyous as you intend it to be.
Today's post will go over four things you should remember when celebrating Thanksgiving:
1. YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE AROUND TOXIC PEOPLE
I remember going over to my dad's mother's home for Thanksgiving and there was always an issue every year. One year, my cousin brought her boyfriend who had been physically abusing her. Another year (this could have been at Christmas), someone was smoking weed outside.
To me, that part of my family was and is toxic, so I don't visit them anymore. You should never feel obligated to see anyone. It hurts my heart that some people even go to Thanksgiving dinners with their abusers because they're expected to. Do yourself a favor and address the concerns or hang back and celebrate on your own.
2. YOU DON'T HAVE TO ENGAGE IN DEBATE THAT YOU KNOW WILL RESULT IN ARGUMENTS
Your family should respect you just as much as they respect your Uncle Judd. If they don't, then you have every right to make yourself comfortable.
3. IF YOU DON'T HAVE MONEY TO CELEBRATE, YOU DON'T HAVE TO HAVE A TRADITIONAL THANKSGIVING
Each invitee would bring a side or dessert so that you can all share the financial burden of the holiday.
4. BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING MIGHT NOT ACTUALLY BE A GOOD DEAL
I’ve seen a number of people doing this challenge where they post something they are thankful for each and every day. Well, I’m still working on my discipline. I tend to start things a lot and forget one day and just decide not to continue. It is a bad habit, but I’m trying to get better.
So, I figured today, and Thanksgiving is nearing and it is, after all, a season of thanks, I would post a blog about the thirty things I’m thankful for this year. Be advised that I’m always thankful for these things, but ‘tis the season to share it with the world.
2: MY HUSBAND, JONATHAN
3. MY MOM, SUSAN
4. MY BROTHER, TREY
5. MY NANA
6. MY IN-LAWS
7. MY FRIENDS
8. MY JOB
9. MY CHURCH
10. MY BLOG
I've always been passionate about writing and I love that this blog allows me to express myself through words.
11. OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL
12-14. OUR HOME, CARS, AND FOOD
It is easy to take these blessings for granted. Having a home, working cars, and food is such a blessing, especially when you've been in a position where you haven't had some of those things.
16. RUM TUM
17. REMINDERS OF MY GRANDY
18. THE MILLENNIAL ADVISORY COMMISSION
19. THE FAYNC BLOGGER NETWORK
20. MY READERS AND FOLLOWERS
Seriously, thank you! I sometimes get sad when I feel like my content isn't reaching many people. But then I get a follow here or there. I get likes or comments. It makes me feel great!
Seriously, the nectar of God. Couldn't function without it!
I've been really thankful for these this year. Jonathan's work schedule is kind of everywhere. This makes for easy cooking and clean up almost every day!
24. OUR MILITARY
25. LITTLE SURPRISES
I love little surprises. They often make my entire day. Yesterday, in fact, Jonathan bought me a slushee from the gas station. It was so random and cute. It made me so happy. He even got the one I liked.
26. EACH AND EVERY DAY
Each and every day is a gift, and I'm learning that more and more as I continue to grow up.
27. MY MIND AND OCCASIONAL SANITY
I'm thankful that I have a working mind that can think logically. I'm thankful that my mind is continuing to develop and learn. I'm also thankful for those moments where I don't feel stressed or anxious. Those occasional moments of sanity make my day sometimes.
28. FREELANCE OPPORTUNITIES
Making a little extra money here and there is always a blessing. I took a break for about a month on my Fiverr page, but I'm back and ready to work once again. Let me know if you need any freelance writing for dirt cheap. But, if you're a blogger, I would love to collab to help one another out. Reach out to me via email at TheOpinionatedOneOfficial@gmail.com!
Part of me feels like October flew by, but the other half of me feels like it lasted forever. Either way, I got to try a ton of things in October that I really loved. Without further ado, here they are:
BLUE CHEVRON ZULILY ONESIE
A WHOLE BRAND NEW OUTFIT!
PRETTY THINGS AND FAIRY WINGS BRUSH COLLECTION FROM TARTE COSMETICS
I was searching my brain and memories for some other scary thing that happened to me, and this was the first little story that I thought of. It actually ended up having a good ending, but it might not have.
Thanks to some good people, I was able to get to my destination safely and get home without a problem. So, let me tell you the story:
My navigation system tells me that my turn is coming up, but I can't see anything. By the time I see the extremely faded road sign for her road, I had already passed it. So, I decided it was time to find a road on the right so I could turn back around and get back to the road.
But, while I was on the phone with my mom, two men approached the car. Naturally, I was worried because I was along and they were older than me. I have always been taught that you shouldn't communicate with strangers, and that's even with your parents with you. I was all alone.
I heard my voice shaking when I told them that I was fine and that someone was going to come help me. They hadn't been sent by anyone, they were just passing by. I was on the phone with my mom and told her that two guys had approached and offered to help me get out of the ditch. My mom asked to talk to them and she agreed that they could help.
And that's how a scary night turned into a happy story!
Halloween is a great time of the year, but sometimes our pups get overlooked. Today, I want to share with you four Pinterest pins of healthy and tasty fall dog treats you can make for your furry friend!
1: PUMPKIN DOG TREATS
2: BAKED APPLE CHIPS
3: SKULL AND CROSSBONES FROZEN TREATS
4: PEANUT BUTTER, OATMEAL, AND BANANA DOG TREATS
As you’ve probably guessed, Halloween and fall are my favorite times of the year. I love watching horror movies, playing with Halloween makeup, and watching the season change.
One thing I also love to do is pass out candy to trick-or-treaters. One of my favorite YouTubers, Grav3yard Girl, passes out massive amounts of candy each year. I love watching her do her candy and prizes haul and her “assembling the goodie bags” video each and every year.
But I’ve noticed that my neighborhood isn’t the best for trick-or-treating, which really stinks because I love to do it.
So, to help you save money and time, I want to give you some things to think about when you start planning your Halloween night.
1: ARE THERE A LOT OF CHILDREN IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD?
2: DO YOU ENJOY HANDING OUT CANDY?
This will free you up to relax or do something with your own family. Plus, kids can tell when you’re not really into it. It’s OK to take a year off.
3: DO YOU HAVE OTHER PLANS?
SO, WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS YEAR?
It is as simple as that! I think a lot of us get weighed down by the societal convention of trick-or-treating and we decide to participate in something that either will cost us a ton of money for a ton of left overs, or will ultimately make our night less enjoyable.
Are you going to be handing out candy this year? Let me know in the comments!
Welcome to Sunday Scarries during Blogtober on TheOpinionatedOne.com!
This week, I wanted to talk about haunted houses, my one memory, and how it affected me forever. I need to tell you up front that I love all things spooky. I myself have been an “actress” during a haunted house. My high school used to do a “haunted school” event where different areas were decorated in a theme. When I did it with my brother, we were on the “psych ward” floor (which is kind of offensive in my mind NOW, but wasn’t anything I thought of back then).
BACKGROUND ON THE MEMORY
The church event was always really fun. You would go into the church and walk around to the different Sunday school rooms. After knocking on the door, a nice churchgoer would greet you and fill your bag with a handful of candy.
There was a lot of fake blood. Other things were going on around the house, too. When I was younger, I was less adept at understanding haunted houses and understanding that the people working them are just people in masks and costumes.
We were very clear with my grandmother that we didn’t want to go to any haunted house. However, our cousin wanted to go by, so she convinced my grandmother to go. I remember crying and saying “no, please don’t go there.”
HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED
There was a person wearing a very white mask that kind of looked like a devil face. It had a creepy smile. Other than that, the person (who I assume to be a man by how tall it was) wore a long black robe and black gloves.
The man approached the window and peered inside of the van. He kind of used his hands to cover the spaces around his eyes so he could get a clear view. After he confirmed that I was in there, he tapped the window with his hand and made a “come hither” gesture with his figure.
We also stopped going to my grandmother’s church because she had sworn to us we wouldn’t go to any haunted houses, but she continually broke the promise for our cousin.
I also sometimes wonder if that person was a part of the haunted house or not. I was pretty young and I think my grandmother knew the family. Surely they wouldn't have sent someone out into the road to tap on the window and scare a young girl. I could be wrong, but who knows what could have happened.
So that's the story. What do you think?
Aside from Christmas, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to decorate for. It's funny because we don't get a lot of trick or treaters and not many people come over. I think that I personally like the spooky decor.
So today, I want to tell you the three places I shop for Halloween decor that is cute or spooky at the right price!
CHRISTMAS TREE SHOPS
OLD TIME POTTERY
WHERE DO YOU FIND THE BEST DEALS?
You can find amazing deals at other places aside from these, but there usually has to be a sale going on. We bought the coolest dragon skeleton at JoAnn Fabrics, but there was a sale on at the time.
Tell me where I should look for awesome decor for Halloween!
To kick off blogtober here on TheOpinionatedOne.com, I figured one of my first few posts should be about my October 2019 bucket list. Let's get into it:
GO ON A HAY RIDE AND PICK PUMPKINS
DIY HALLOWEEN DECOR
HOST A HALLOWEEN PARTY
TRY NEW PRODUCTS
MAKE SOMETHING NEW
I love making food and desserts, but I also love challenging myself in the kitchen. I want to find a new food or dessert to try this month.
Hello everyone, and welcome to the last post for September. The last post of each month is usually a favorites post. I will say that some of these are presents for my birthday, and you'll see a few of them in my Oct. 1 vlog.
There are some birthday gifts that I didn't list in my favorites post because I haven't tried them yet. They will probably be in my October favorites post. With all that being said, let's get started:
FLANNEL MINI CANDLE, BATH AND BODY WORKS
MORPHE LIPSTICK IN THE SHADE "WHIPPED"
MORPHE X JEFFREE STAR PALETTE
NYX EYEBROW POWDER PENCIL
BATH AND BODY WORKS MINIS
MOVIE OF THE MONTH | HUSTLERS
I will say that you shouldn't expect to see too much of Lizzo or Cardi B. They are more of a cameo in the movie. However, you see a lot of Keke Palmer, Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, and Lili Reinhart. I would definitely recommend that you see the movie if you are of age! It is an awesome portrayal of a true story.
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