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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Happy first day of Fall, y'all! I'm so so excited that the season has finally kicked off. Between planning videos and blog posts for October and my every day life, it's been a whirlwind of a September.
Here's what I'm looking forward to this season:
WATCHING THE LEAVES CHANGE
COOLER WEATHER (CAN I GET AN AMEN?)
SCARY/HALLOWEEN MOVIE MARATHONS
CHECKING OFF MY OCTOBER BUCKET LIST
MY BIRTHDAY (OCTOBER 1)
ALL THE BUGS GOING AWAY FOR COLD SEASON
I know today's blog post was a short one that was just a bit fun and silly. Like I said, I've been working REALLY hard to make some great content for you guys next month. I hope you have an amazing first day of Fall. Wherever you are, sip some apple cider or hot chocolate or maybe even a Pumpkin Spice Latte in celebration of the first day of Fall!
As some of you may know, I am one of 13 city commissioners on the Fayetteville Millennial Commission. During one of our meetings last month, we had a visit from Sustainable Sandhills about National Drive Electric Week, which is this week.
I will share some information about a local event later, but now I want to share three benefits of driving an electric car:
1: IT IS BETTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
Electric vehicles don't need regular gasoline, so they don't release emissions into our environment. Renewable electricity resources such as solar or wind power can be used to "refuel" these cars, making them a great option for helping to change the environment.
2: IT CAN HELP YOUR AREA KEEP FUNDING
These grants could be for things like parks and recreational facilities, transportation, and community development. While it is great that the issuers of these grants value the importance that the local environment has on its residents, it is vital for the residents to try and make a positive impact on the environment where and when they can.
Electric vehicles are a great way to lower emission ratings, but you can also try energy conservation, carpooling/biking to work, and using public transportation.
3: IT MAY PROVE TO BE MORE COST-EFFECTIVE THAN TRADITIONAL GASOLINE
Everyone loves saving money, and you can be sure that you'll have a little extra in your wallet at the end of the week when you switch to an electric vehicle.
4: MORE ATTRACTIVE ELECTRIC CARS ARE BEING PRODUCED
In actuality, a ton of brands are creating stylish, practical electric vehicles. These include Tesla, Cadillac, Honda, and Nissan, to name a few. Just Google some images to see the stylish options available.
FIND YOUR LOCAL EVENT!
In Fayetteville, N.C., there will be an Electric Vehicle Show this Saturday, Sept. 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Honeycutt Park featuring electric cars from the brands listed above. There will also be door prizes from places like Fayetteville PWC, Sustainable Sandhills, PepBoys, Texas Roadhouse, Starbucks, and more!
Bring the kids to the event's Kids Zone, where they can make crafts and learn about solar derby race cars.
If you're not from the area, visit DriveElectricWeek.org/events and type in your zip code to find Drive Electric Week events near you.
In some respects, this month went by pretty slowly. However, another side of me feels like August has been a whirlwind! Either way, I have several new favorites that I want to share with you all today. Let's get into it:
OIL DIFFUSER AND FRANKINSCENSE SCENT
TARTIEST PRO TO GO PALETTE
HYDRATING SHAPE TAPE FOUNDATION
Sugar Rush 24K Lash Curler Set
DR. JART + CICAPAIR SKINCARE COLLECTION
Today, Aug. 19, is National Bow Day. Bows have always been a pretty popular fashion accessory. However, dancer and singer JoJo Siwa has brought the accessory back into fashion, especially for young girls.
I personally love to make these, but don't wear them often. But I do know that some of my posts attract mothers who might have a little girl to make these for. I think they would be particularly cute for a Wacky Tacky day at school or just a cute and affordable way to accessorize their outfits!
DISCLAIMER: I am using painters tape in this tutorial because I thought I had duct tape at home, but didn't.
1: CUT A STRIP OF TAPE
2: MEET THE TWO ENDS IN THE MIDDLE
3: FOLD ACCORDION-STYLE AN ODD NUMBER OF TIMES
4: WRAP TAPE AROUND THE MIDDLE TO SECURE
5: ADD A BOBBY PIN TO THE BACK AND ROCK IT!
You read that title correctly! My husband turns 23 today, and I wanted to commemorate his birthday by sharing with him and with the world 23 things I love about him and what he does for our relationship.
Let's get started, because 23 is a lot! I will elaborate on some and leave others with just their title!
1: HE IS MY BEST FRIEND
2: HE IS HANDSOME
3: HE SPOILS ME
4: HE LETS ME SPOIL HIM
5: HE IS KIND
6: HE LOVES MUSIC
7: HE IS A MAN OF GOD
8: HE HELPS OTHERS
9: HE CARES ABOUT MY MENTAL HEALTH
10: HE IS SO CREATIVE
11: HE MAKES ME LAUGH
12: HE IS LEVEL-HEADED
13: HE BRIGHTENS MY DAY
14: HE HAS EMPATHY
15: HE LOVES ANIMALS
16: HE MAKES CONTENT WITH ME
17: HE DOESN'T FOLLOW GENDER ROLES
18: BUT HE KNOWS WHEN TO SPEAK UP FOR ME
19: HE CALLS ME EVERY DAY AFTER WORK
20: HE ALWAYS TRIES TO MAKE ME FEEL BETTER WHEN I AM SICK OR SAD
21: HE ALWAYS HAS SOMETHING NICE TO SAY
22: HE IS POSITIVE
23: HE HAS SPENT 5 YEARS WITH ME