Thursday, October 17, 2019

Baby Boomers Manifesting and Staying Motivated

Post by Sharon

I often am plagued with self-doubt. It's easy to do when you're turning 57 and you spent your life building someone else's home and career and find yourself divorced. 

Starting over at this age looks like an unending mountainous climb. You have to try to get a home again, get health care again, get savings again, get a career, be able to retire.... And it's soooo late in the game! 

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Jack O'Lantern Lovers' Dream Experience

The town of Kenova, West Virginia (near Ohio border) puts on an amazing over 3000-pumpkin display at this home. 


Worth seeing! 

Desert Living: What's It Like?

Post by Sharon

People come to the desert to live or to live part of the year (snowbirds) for lots of reasons. Here's just some of what it's like living in the desert (having lived here for 36 years I know) -

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Metaphysical Healing

Post by Sharon

Life has a way of humbling us. As teens, we thought we knew everything and let authorities know that all the time. Then, as we raised kids, we realized we were really overwhelmed by adaptation and understanding a forming human being. Later, we began to roll with our life experiences and our challenges and it humbled us. We began to realize that as much as we try to grasp life, there are whole aspects of it yet to crack open. So, when I talk to my baby boomer friends about our lives evolving and changing, one aspect really opens up - holistic solutions to health and spiritual stimulation for our souls. 

Monday, October 14, 2019

The Most Haunted Roads of America

*Sharing this awesome route* 

Ready to be scared this Halloween season? We’d love to frighten you with the tales of America’s seven most terrifying roads. These roads are quite spooky as one may see from each unique story they hold. The roads are located in the NorthEast region of the U.S. and create a perfect chilling route that takes around 6 hours to complete. 

If you plan on visiting these roads you will find technology failures, ghosts roaming the streets, strange paranormal activity (including glowing orbs), unexplained fog, and screeches in the distance. You’ve been warned!

See an overview of the eerie roads below or read the full haunted road trip here. You’ll catch a glimpse of the legends on America’s most terrifying road, Clinton Road.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Staycation: Making Your Home into a Resort Getaway

Post by Sharon

If you consider a vacation might be a week long and in that week you have to trek around, wait for flights, get a rental car, lug your suitcases, and do it all over at the end of the week, no resort can counter that stress. Instead, focus on the things resorts offer that could be in your home to help you recover every day of the year. If your home is your oasis, the place you recover after a long day to be able to face the next day, there might be some features that are well worth the investment. I'm going to share my top faves for making your home your castle AND resort. - 

Friday, October 11, 2019

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Healthy Girl's Natural Medicine Cabinet

Post by Sharon

What does a natural-freak keep in her medicine cabinet? I'm sharing my top faves. (*Note: I am not a health care professional, just a person who loves natural alternatives, tests them, and researches extensively*)

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

History of Halloween Candy Tampering

October 31st is noted as All Hallow's Eve or Halloween.  It's believed Christians took this festival concept right from pagan origins of the Celtic Samhain celebration. There is much debate on how this holiday began, but it has become a most popular time for children to get candy and adults to put on costumes and watch scary movies. The basics are the same; scary decorations, costumes, parties, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, Jack O'Lanterns, apple bobbing, trick or treating, and horror themes. America has done Halloween up more than any other country, celebrating it full force with horror movie marathons to Haunted Attractions and huge parties.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Baby Boomers: Coming of Age Films

Post by Sharon

Depending on the generation, the styles and ethics change, but the themes never change - coming of age means defining oneself separate from the parents to become an individual. It is a time from adolescence and into young adulthood when we are fraught with anxiety, insecurity, and raging hormones. Sometimes, it feels good to remember that place, now that we are so far removed from its awkwardness. Here's some movies that will bring you nostalgia - both films done in our times and ones done in modern times taking place in our time. All of them are coming of age and a great watch as summer heads over the peak into the downhill mode and our thoughts turn to those first awkward days of school -

Monday, October 7, 2019

Doll Island: Baby Bumper Crop!

After leaving the dolls up all spring and summer awaiting Halloween time, I harvested the dolls on my backyard doll island and collected creepy hands, feet, and heads.... 

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees - Mask Photography

Post by Sharon 

We had a little fun last weekend with a Michael Myers mask and Jason Voorhees mask. The task? Find a way to incorporate them in settings for beautiful or chilling effect - 

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Hippie Halloween

Post by Sharon

Julie and I checked out Spirit Halloween shop and the hippie costume items. How fun! We'd wear this stuff any day!

Friday, October 4, 2019

How to Invent a Soup

Post by Sharon

I LOVE soup and especially because it can be made from elements in your pantry, freezer or fridge, and leftovers can make great soups components! I'm going to share what I've learned over the decades of soup making - 

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Classic Horror Movies: "The Birds"

This 1963 Alfred Hitchcock thriller has had a lingering effect on everyone who has seen it. It was loosely based on a Daphen de Maurier story. The premise? What happens if birds start going insane for no apparent reason?

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

No-Cost Halloween Decorating

Why was vintage Halloween so creepy? Folks used things around the homestead to decorate and that made for some spooky and worn/old looking items versus store-bought shiny and glittery stuff. Here's some no-cost stuff to do at home for a REAL vintage Halloween feel - 

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Autumn Child-Like Fun!

Remember holding flashlight up to your hand? Spend an October month with a flashlight and find some magic again. How about a leaf pile? What about a blanket fort? 

Monday, September 30, 2019

Cold Water - Just the Thing For What Ails You?

Polar bear dips were the rage for years, but they can be dangerous to your body, even causing a heart attack if the water is too shocking. 

But, cold water can be helpful for arthritis and inflammation. It reduces swelling and inflammation. How you go about that is another consideration.

I regularly do cold water dips in the wintertime, but I live in Phoenix. The water can be in the 50s. My idea of a dip is to walk down the stairs, submerge to my shoulders, and climb back out. If the water is really cold, your muscles don't work well, so you really need someone to stand by just in case.

The best way to recreate this is to take a shower - not too hot - you don't want to shock your body at contrasts, but turn it to cold before you turn it off, make a full circle and let your whole body get hit by the cold water and then climb out and bundle up.

I'm 78% Scandinavian and the rest is Highlander Scots, so my tolerance for cold and cold water is intense. When I get out of cold water, I feel invincible. My aches and pains are gone for the rest of the day. That is why I like to do it again the next day. 

It may seem counter intuitive to put cold water on sore joints, but the effect is surprising. 

Sunday, September 29, 2019

The Perch Brewery

Post by Julie

If you are ever in the historic area of Chandler AZ, be sure to check out the Perch Brewery and Pub.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Cheap and Easy Halloween Party Props

Some cheap acrylic paints, styrofoam balls, fishing line, fabrics, and 3" thick styrofoam blocks and you're ready to go for Halloween! 

Friday, September 27, 2019

Autumn Foods: Autumn Harvest Platters and Ploughman Platters

Post by Sharon 

When we think of autumn season, we often imagine hot soups or chili, but there is a variety of harvest-inspired meals to be made from nibbling trays of a variety of foods. As a Scandinavian and having been raised with Smorgasbord, I tend to prefer nibble varieties for a bit of flavor in each bite, and a wide variety of food types represented. Here's some great nibble tray ideas inspired by autumn harvest!

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Halloween Cockitail - Sanderson Sisters' Cocktail

Roosevelt Row Arts District

Post by Julie

Along the streets in downtown Phoenix, sits a corridor of amazing art called the Roosevelt Row Arts District. This non-profit organization was created by the Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation. Roosevelt Row has an array of amazing murals, esteemed galleries with exhibits that change often and are by famous artists, homegrown eateries, boutiques and much more. As you walk the RoRo district you will not only be impressed by the art and cultural events, but the cute chalets or other growing projects. The area is forever evolving.

After the stretch of streets deteriorated from the 1970s to the 1990s, many artists were drawn to the area. The buildings were dilapidated with boards on the windows and walls falling apart. The sidewalks had cracks and, in some areas, completely destroyed. Some of the buildings once served as crack houses, but were reasonably priced for studios and gallery space. As crime went down in the area, it attracted others to enjoy the artistic excitement and become part of RoRo. Be sure to visit Roosevelt Row the next time you are in Phoenix.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Halloween Foods - Fun Yums!

Whether you're just hanging out at home, having a family get together or a serious party, there are some fun ways to do up Halloween. Surprise your loved ones with some of these - 

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

CHEAP and Easy Halloween Decorations

This is my season! I know I'm not alone because readers of my  Halloween book Adult Halloween: Taking Back the Season! tell me that they get more excited about Halloween than Christmas!

Monday, September 23, 2019

Halloween Wars on Food Network - Tonight!

Food Network gets us! It's that time of year again this evening - Halloween Wars and lots of Halloween-oriented food programming. They will be showing old seasons of "Halloween Wars" leading up to the new Season 9 in October.

They begin Season 9 of the popular "Halloween Wars" series where cooks and pumpkin carvers square off to compete for the best creations for the themes given. 

In October they will include Halloween Baking Championship and Haunted Gingerbread Showdown! 

Get your sofa ready and your popcorn bowl filled!

Baby Boomers Manifesting and Staying Motivated

Post by Sharon I often am plagued with self-doubt. It's easy to do when you're turning 57 and you spent your life building som...