Part of the fun of the holidays is opening little gifts you receive before the "big day" itself. These might be little gifts from your coworkers, friends, or even from an advent calendar. Since December has already started, I wanted to share with you six cool advent calendars that are Prime eligible on Amazon, so you can start unpacking Christmas a little early this year.
1. FOR THE TEA DRINKER
2. FOR THE CHOCOLATE LOVER
3. FOR THE BATH LOVER
4. FOR THE SPIRITUAL HEALER
5. FOR THE FIDGETER
6. FOR THE DIY-ER
RedBubble is an awesome place for freelance artists and graphic designers to make a little extra cash on the side, especially during the holiday season. A portion of every purchase comes back to me, so if you're looking for a way to support a small blogger who isn't quite making money off of their main content just yet, this is it. Let's get into the designs:
1. TWO SIZES TOO SMALL
2. ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS FOOD
3. 'TIS THE SEASON TO BE FREEZIN'
4. KISS ME IT'S CHRISTMAS
5. SWEATER WEATHER
6. PEOPLE ARE LINK SNOWFLAKES
7. CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE
Would you rather walk through a graveyard at midnight or spend a night in a spooky abandoned old house?
I would rather walk through a graveyard at midnight. I think that if spirits exist, they’d likely be around their families and loved ones rather than in the graveyard.
Would you rather dunk for apples or carve a jack-lantern?
I would rather carve a jack-o-lantern because right now dunking for apples is pretty dangerous with COVID.
Would you rather meet a vampire or meet a werewolf?
I would rather meet a vampire because I don’t think werewolves traditionally know what they’re doing, but a vampire does. By that I mean that most werewolf stories feature the person waking up having no memory of what they’ve done to others.
Would you rather be dressed up as Superman / Wonder Woman or as Batman / Catwoman?
I would rather dress up as Wonder Woman because I don’t think a latex suit would be very flattering on me!
Would you rather go trick or treating or stay home and watch a scary movie?
When I was a kid, I would have picked Trick or Treating. But, I love scary movies so much, so I would much rather stay home and watch one of those.
Would you rather eat candy apple or candy corn?
I think candy apples are a little hard on the teeth, so I’ll go with candy corn.
Would you rather go to a real haunted house or watch a horror movie marathon?
I would 100 percent rather watch a horror movie marathon. I love watching movies, especially scary ones.
Would you rather have a creative costume or a scary costume?
I’ve always been a fan of creative costumes. I grew up with a very crafty nana and mom, and so creativity is in my veins.
Would you rather watch a scary movie with a scary movie buff or watch a scary movie with a scaredy cat?
I’m used to watching scary movies with both. I like watching them with scaredy cats because I think it is funny to see what they find scary vs. what I find scary.
Would you rather be absolutely terrified of the dark or be afraid of the the thing underneath your bed?
I love the dark, so I guess I’d rather be afraid of the thing under my bed. You can’t really get away from darkness. Maybe I could sleep on the couch instead.
Would you rather get attacked by a giant spider or a spooky skeleton?
Omg, spooky skeleton. I hate spiders, so a giant one wouldn’t work well for me.
Would you rather eat candy every day for a month or have no candy for a month?
I would rather have no candy for a month because there are other sweets I could have, and I wouldn’t want to get sick of candy!
Would you rather visit a haunted house or a haunted graveyard?
Haunted graveyard because there wouldn’t be doors that ghosts could lock and I could get away much easier.
Would you rather be scared or make someone else scared?
I would rather make someone else scared.
Would you rather go trick or treating with a group of friends or with a group of family members?
Is Trick or Treating a family tradition for you?
It was when I was a kid.
Would you rather have candy for dinner or have candy for breakfast?
Candy for breakfast because it can give me energy for the day.
Halloween is my favorite holiday, so I like to think I know a lot about it already. However, I find myself learning more and more each year when I do my annual Spooktober series. In today’s blog post, I wanted to share 8 interesting Halloween facts with you all.
1: THE TOP PUMPKIN PRODUCING STATE IS ILLINOIS
2: THE HOLIDAY IS CENTURIES OLD
Originally, the holiday of Halloween was celebrated as an end-of-summer festival and marked the end of fall harvest times. Obviously, the holiday developed different traditions, but the act of trick-or-treating came sooner rather than later. In medieval times, youngsters dressed in costumes would go knocking on neighbors’ doors to perform a song or trick for food or money!
3: A HALLOWEEN TRADITION TO FIND A HUSBAND?
You read that right. Young women in the 18th century developed rituals for Halloween that would help them catch a man! They would throw apple peels over their shoulders. It was said the first initial of their future husband could be seen in the pattern of the fallen peels!
4: ANIMAL SUPERSTITIONS
5: A LOT OF TRADITIONS CAME FROM THE IRISH
6: A GREAT MAGICIAN DIED ON ALL HALLOWS EVE
I had no idea, but apparently Harry Houdini, the renowned magician, died on Oct. 31, 1926, from a ruptured appendix. For some reason, I always though Houdini died from performing one of his renowned tricks, but it seems I was wrong!
7: MORE CANDY IS PURCHASED ON HALLOWEEN THAN ON V-DAY
8: CANDY CORN IS THE MOST PRODUCED HALLOWEEN CANDY
I was shocked to learn this because almost everyone I know hates the stuff, despite my love for it. Apparently nearly 35 million pounds of it is produced each and every year.
I hope you enjoyed this fun list, and I hope you learned something new. I know I did. Have a great day and be sure to check back here or over at YouTube.com/gemusiclover throughout the month of October for Spooktober 2021.
CUTE CANDY CORN
What I hope I don’t see, but know that I will, are costumes poking fun at COVID-19. I know that some people choose to deal with tough subjects by making them into jokes, but COVID-19 is nothing to joke about.
2: RESURGENCE OF TWILIGHT CHARACTERS
3: BO BURNHAM “INSIDE” LOOKS
The special was funny at times but sobering for most of it. Burnham tackles subjects like technology addiction, opinions, social injustice, and politics. Burnham managed to capture visually pleasing footage, many frames of which were turned into trends on TikTok.
4: CRUELLA DEVILLE
5: BRIDGERTON LOOKS
6: ZOOM-RELATED COSTUMES
1: LINVILLE FALLS, N.C.
2: ASHEVILLE, N.C.
3: NEW YORK CITY, N.Y.
4: BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY, VA.
I'm a sucker for the South in fall, I know. Most of the items on this list have been Southern towns. However, I can't express how pretty the Blue Ridge Parkway is in fall. It's a great option if you're looking to stay in the car and stop along the way at pretty lookouts. As you can see by this gorgeous photo, there's so much lovely foliage in the fall. Not to mention that the Blue Ridge Parkway stretches from Souther Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee.
5: GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS, TENN.
That's all for today's post. Tell me in the comments where your favorite place to visit in the fall is!
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1. You are sometimes your worst critic.
2. It’s OK to not be OK, and to seek help for it.
3. Removing that toxic person from your life can help you accomplish great things.
4. Love your community, and do what you can to make it better.
5. Speak up, even when it is hard or unpopular.
6. Call your loved ones, because one day you could wake up and they could be gone.
12. Don’t let other people steal your peace.
13. [Some] social media is fake.
14. All things truly do work for the good of those who love the Lord.
15. Take life one step at a time.
16. Find a spouse that’s willing to carry the mental load of your problems with you
24. Weirdly enough, astrological signs and characteristics are pretty on point.
25. Stop wasting time hoping everyone will like you .
Disclaimer: I am sad and that is the dominate emotion I am struggling with. I am not suicidal. However, this is a pretty heavy
post, so if you are struggling with that, this may not be the best post for you to read. If you or someone you know is struggling
with these thoughts, please phone the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.
A few weeks ago, my nana passed away unexpectedly. I was close to her all my life, but she became reclusive as she got older. She also had dementia and could be combative about doing what was best for her health at times.
I’m guessing this is where my stuck and depressed feelings are coming from. That alongside anxiety I have for addressing anything that ever goes wrong in our rental with my landlord.
Those who don’t have a creative or physical outlet take comfort in talking to people. But I can’t seem to allow myself to do that, either. The people I love who will read this might get upset at me for saying that, because they’ve never given me a reason to feel like they wouldn’t be there for me.
I have no doubt in my mind that God has blessed me and my family, even though we’ve had a horrible experience in the last few weeks with losing someone unexpectedly. People have shown kindness and love, and family bonds have been strengthened. And because all of that, I have this overwhelming hate for my current depressive state and the fact that my brain can’t seem to sit that feeling aside for more positive thinking.
So, if you got this far, thank you for reading and hearing me out. Writing truly is a source of joy and maybe even therapy for me. Plus, I always ask myself if sharing my thoughts and feelings could benefit someone. I know I’m not alone in this feeling, but I would love to know if you have ever felt this way and what may have worked best for you when you were in this place.
I got a call from my mom last night telling me to head to the gas station to fill up my car. Why? Because the United States had been hit with a ransomware attack and a hacking group was holding access to the Colonial Pipeline hostage until they receive a payment from the government.
According to the hacking group, their goal is to get money from this attack, not disrupt society. However, they underestimated just how involved gas is in our nation and in the eastern United States.
Our economy largely depends on gas for the transportation of goods to stores. Goods like groceries, medication, and clothing, not to mention our precious Amazon packages. This cyberattack certainly has and will disrupt our society, as the Colonial Pipeline fuels much of the eastern U.S.
But what can we do to make our gas last? Let me offer up a few tips in today's short blog post.
If people continue to hoard the gas, it is very possible that limits and restrictions will be placed on how much gas each person can use.
5. Cut down on car idling time: I don't know about you, but sometimes I tend to let my car idle while I'm listening to the rest of an awesome song, on the phone with my mom after a long day of work, or when I'm eating my lunch in my car. According to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, Idling uses up to half a gallon of fuel per hour! Idling even for a few minutes can cost a pretty penny down the line!