How You Can Prepare For Halloween!

How You Can Prepare For Halloween!

It tends to sneak up on ya, but not this year!

The most important holiday of all is approaching, and it’s approaching quickly.

Christmas? No.

Thanksgiving? Nope!

New Years? Not even close.

Halloween, my ultimate favorite holiday of all time, will be here in only a few short weeks. And there’s still so much to do! Halloween isn’t just a holiday; it’s a frame of mind. And it has a nasty habit of coming up from behind you, until next thing you know, it’s October 30th and you have to go as “cat” for the fifth year in a row.

But, lucky for you, I’m here to guide you through these tricky waters. There are many things that can help you prepare for October 31st, such as…

Haunted Houses!

What’s a better way to get into the ~spooky~ mood than to scare yourself shitless? Haunted houses have been a yearly tradition for me, and they never fail to disappoint. What’s there not to love? They’re like being in a horror movie, without the imminent danger of dying/possession/traumatization.

Don’t know where your nearest Haunted House is? Check out this cool site which finds haunted houses near you!

Carving Pumpkins!

I’m sure you’ve seen the pumpkin carving kits at CVS. You know which ones I’m talking about:

I can personally attest to them—they’re cheap, and they get the job done! Pumpkin carving is fun, creative, and an excellent stress reliever. Too much schoolwork? People around you driving you nuts? The current deteriorating socioeconomic, political, and ecological state of our world taking its toll on you? Take it out on the pumpkin!

Here are some images for inspiration!

This pumpkin bears an uncanny resemblance to Edna Mode from The Incredibles.

I legitimately can't imagine how long this pumpkin took to carve.

I like the idea of tin foil braces! While this pumpkin was probably easier to carve than the other two, it's just as cool.

Planning Your Halloween Costume!

Last year, I was a boring, plain skeleton. This year, I’ve got three costumes planned, each better than the last! Halloween is the one time where you can be somebody other than yourself. I say, take advantage of it! There are so many amazing costumes out there, and all you have to do is look for them. It’s a great tool for procrastination, trust me.

Halloween is the one time where you can go out in public wearing ridiculous items of clothing. Once again, here’s some inspiration!

Go as everybody's favorite food!

This only works for gingers, unfortunately.

TBH this costume freaks me out, but at least the makeup is cool...?

Watching scary movies!

If haunted houses aren’t your thing, scary movies are the next best thing! There’s nothing better than curling up with your laptop, apple cider, and pumpkin bread, only to spill it all over yourself when there’s a jump scare in the slasher movie you’re watching!

If you want to commit yourself full-time, here are 31 horror movies on Netflix for each day of October! Since you’re starting late, you’ll probably have to double up. But it’s fine, you didn’t need to do your homework anyways.


Halloween is a gem that we don’t deserve, but we should take it anyways! In case you couldn’t detect my enthusiasm for the greatest holiday in the world, here’s a fun game: count the number of exclamation points in this article!

Happy haunting!
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52 Instagram Captions Perfect For Your Next Beach Vacation

Perfect for those beach daze.

Summer is officially in full swing. We are all looking forward to the adventures that await us. A lot of us have been dreaming about the day when we finally get to kick our feet up and relax by the ocean. If you find yourself getting ready for a trip to the beach then read these quotes to help get your in the mood for your vacation. Whether you are looking for an Instagram caption or are just trying to settle a bad case of wanderlust, here are 52 quotes on summer:

1. "Hello summer."

2. "I'm happiest when I'm floating in the ocean."

3. "May you always have a shell in your pocket, and sand in your toes."

4. "Life is better with palm trees."

5. "Sandy toes. Sun-kissed nose."

6. "Balmy nights, pink sunsets, and salty air."

7. "Talk to the sand."

8. "Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink the wild air." -Emerson

9. "Everyone should believe in something. I believe I should go to the beach."

10. "Spontaneity is the best kind of adventure."

11. "The ocean is calling and I must go."

12. "Here comes the sun."

13. "If it requires a bikini, my answer is yes."

14. "I'm just a beachy kinda girl."

15. "As free as the ocean..."

16. "As endless as the ocean, as timeless as the tides..."

17. "Life's a beach. Enjoy the waves."

18. "A pineapple a day keeps the worries away."

19. "Let the currents guide your heart."

20. "Happiness comes in waves."

21. "Let's go somewhere where the stars kiss the ocean."

22. "My favorite color is sunset."

23. "I lost my heart to the sea."

24. "Sun, sand, and surf."

25. "Salt in the air. Sand in my hair."

26. "Smell the sea, and feel the sky. Let your soul and spirit fly." -Van Morrison

27. "High tides and good vibes."

28. "Mermaid kisses and starfish wishes."

29. "Stop and smell the ocean."

30. "I'm happy anywhere I can see the ocean."

31. "Tropical state of mind."

32. "Forever chasing the sun."

33. "Girls just wanna have sun."

34. "Some of the best memories are made in flip flops." -Kellie Elmore

35. "Good times and tan lines."

36. "Palm trees, ocean breeze, salty air, sun-kissed hair, endless summer, take me there."

37. "The ocean is calling."

38. "Love you to the beach and back."

39. "Paradise found."

40. "Seas the day."

41. "Live in the sunshine, swim in the sea, drink the wild air..." -Ralph Waldo Emerson

42. "Eat. Beach. Sleep. Repeat."

43. "I never met a sunset I didn't like."

44. "Beach daze always."

45. "Catch me by the sea."

46. "Only worry in the world is the tide gonna reach my chair." -Zac Brown Band

47. "Stay salty."

48. "Done adulating- let's be mermaids."

49. "Find me under the palm trees."

50. "Sea you soon."

51. "Hello sunshine."

52. "Don't mind me... I'm just chasing the sun."

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Keep Your Wellbeing On Track This Summer With These 5 Health Hacks

Don't waste your time off, use it!


Summertime is here, and for many of us, these three months of vacation mean more room for slacking off with our usual health routines. Between sleeping in through the morning gym alarm, and consuming too many tempting party foods and drinks, it is easy to fall into a euphoria of laziness and lose health as a top priority.

Here's the good news — believe it or not, summer is actually the easiest time of the year to get and stay in killer shape because of all of the extra time you have!

Here are some tips and tricks to get you started.

1. Try using the five-to-two rule.

It's easy to forget the difference between weekdays and weekends during summer when every day feels the same. But sometimes it is actually helpful to be aware of what day of the week it is. Just like you would do in school, try to stay on track during weekdays. Wake up at a reasonable time, exercise, find ways to be productive throughout the day, and be conscious of eating healthy. This way when the weekend rolls around, if you choose to indulge in sleeping in, or going out and having a few extra drinks, it's more acceptable than choosing to do so every single night. You will feel more in control, and trust me, your body will thank you for the moderation.

2. Skip the junk food and embrace the fresh seasonal produce.

Summer is the season where all of the nutrient-dense fruits and veggies are in their prime season. Take advantage of this! Skip the fast food, and try cooking since you now cannot use the excuse that you don't have time! Go to the grocery to stock up on fresh produce. There is nothing better than homemade, healthy food, and with so much time on your hands why not try some fun new recipes? Cooking is actually really enjoyable and rewarding. Here are some of my favorite healthy summertime recipes that keep my body feeling fresh and energized.

Healthy green smoothie

Quinoa Salad

Chia Pudding

Salmon and Apple Kale Salad

3. If you're tired of the gym, try alternative forms of exercise. 

Whether it is hiking, kayaking, swimming, or playing a family game of kickball, summer presents you with many more fun active opportunities than the colder, rainier months of the year. Take advantage of that if you are getting bored or unmotivated sitting in a stuffy gym.

4. Build a new routine.

During the school year, we all fall into a fairly consistent routine. We have classes at the same time every week, we have responsibilities, deadlines, and all of those other things that may seem pesky but actually, serve in giving our lives some major structure. For many of us, that structure is much needed. When summer arrives and suddenly we don't have those obligations calling us to get up and be productive, we fall into a slump of doing nothing. That's when it is helpful to set a new routine. Our bodies like routine and regularity and the best part about a summer routine is that you set it how you like it.

How do I build a new routine? Decide on a general bed and wake up time, at least for weekdays. Choose which days of the week you will exercise and stick to them! Plan out your week at the beginning of the week. I like to keep a weekly calendar. Before the week begins I write down all of the things I would like to get done that week and place them on the days I plan to do them. You can even write down your plans with friends or social events.

5.. In general, spend time outside.

Did you know that spending time in the sunshine and fresh air actually has an impact on your health? Nature can boost our moods, make us feel more energized and productive. And everyone knows that a healthy mindset leads to a healthier life. The great thing about summer is that we have endless opportunities to be outside because of the close weather. You can really take almost any activity you want and move it outside. Even as I sit here writing this blog I am sitting outside on our beautiful porch looking out over a lake.

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