Thursday, October 31, 2019

Lush - Natural Cosmetics That Are Lush!

Post by Sharon

A visit to the mall always brings one of my special joys - going into the Lush Cosmetics store and smelling and trying out products to find my new next obsession. If you want natural products that harken back to the 60s/70s era, this is a dream place to find it! 

Hot Cocoa Weather

Post by Sharon

We are moving into hot cocoa weather. It's not just a cup of sweet wonder, but a beautiful sentimental ritual. Today's post is going to delve deeply into the best hot cocoa recipes in the world and the best treats to accompany them, all hot cocoa-themed! 

1970s Campy Horror With Big-Named Stars!

"Devil Dog: Hound of Hell" is just one of many awesome 1970s campy movies. Some can be found on YouTube. This one stars Richard Crenna and Yvette Mimieux. A dog, a minion of Satan, torments a family.  Here's more fun ones - 

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Your Mind is Capable of so Much More!

Post by Sharon

You don't think you need to grow your mind after school is over and work training is completed?

Here's what the mind's situation is like - 

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Beautiful Etsy Jewelry Shop

When someone very dear to me lost his daughter to murder, I wanted to give him something that would make it possible to take her spirit with him everywhere he goes. So, I started a search that ended up at one of the best jewelry sites I've found on Etsy, and is by Divine intervention, the shop owner is one of the kindest and most thoughtful human beings. 

Spooky and Fun Activities to Bring on Halloween Attitude

Halloween is the time that, as kids, we tested how brave we were against monsters in the dark. Instead of challenging them nightly in the bedroom, we gathered our posse and owned the night. Henceforth, a realization grew in our young minds - the monsters are only in our heads. Here we are adults who adored the season as kids, so how do we celebrate the challenge today? 

Monday, October 28, 2019

My Top 5 Dream Halloween Locations

Post by Sharon

With Halloween looming just days away, I am pondering the dream locations to spend a Halloween. I'm sharing mine - 

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Horror Movies on Streaming Channels: Roku, Prime, Netflix

I'll try to make horror watching easy for you by giving y'all a heads up on what's the best Halloween horror on the major streaming channels. No more flipping around to decide. Just refer to this spiffy post! Happy Haunting!

How to Host a Horror Movie Marathon

You want to have friends over for a movie marathon, but it's not enough to just show one horror movie after another. How about if you pick a theme with snacks to match and a lineup that showcases the theme? 

Saturday, October 26, 2019

"Dark Selfies" Coming in 2020!

Our group at State 48 Films has been working vigorously on our new streaming TV series, "Dark Selfies." 

Feel free to follow our page on Facebook as we go into filming the series for release in 2020.   LINK

The series is an anthology in the horror/thriller genre.

We will be updating regularly on our progress.

Working with a team of such professional talents is so rewarding. Sharon is co-author on several of the scripts and will be working in other capacities such as makeup/wardrobe, directing, and promotion. Julie will also be involved in many capacities from crew to cast.

While the Collector gathers the dark selfies in his private album, fates unfold among those captured in those dark moments. What does he know that we do not?

This is the series we always dreamed was out there. We are very excited this is evolving into something our readers will enjoy very much!

How to Claim One Autumn Day For You

Post by Sharon 

My favorite time of year - autumn. The smells, the air, the chill, the colors, Halloween, bonfires, yummy foods, hot cocoa... Here's just some ways to reclaims an autumn day all to yourself.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Chilling Short Film - Out Today

Horror shorts are one of my favorite passtimes to watch and this one sounds like a chillingly good one - out for release today!

Bayou-Themed Halloween Party Ideas

Post by Sharon

Once I decided to have a Halloween party this year, the next step was the theme. Because I've been growing vines up the sides of the back patio and created a "doll island" in the yard, I figured a Bayou theme might be cool. Now, I'm in the developing phase. Of course, October being my busiest month ,I had to shelve the party, but the concept was cool, so I'm sharing it - 

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Tea Tree Oil - The Natural Go-To Household Item

Post by Sharon

Although I am not a health care professional, I am a savvy consumer with healthy skepticism about claims by products. However, some products stand the test of time and cultures to prove some very important benefits. One of the top go-to items I keep in my cabinet is Tea Tree oil and the reasons are vast!

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Publish That Book - Finally!

our first book (self-published)

Post by Sharon and Julie 

There's at least one book inside of everyone. You might have an expertise you want to share, a journey you want to share, or an intriguing plot concept. You've put everything first before this "bucket list" item. Now is your time. Publishing a book is easier than it ever was before.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

1970s Childhood

Children of the 70s - a unique breed. We had many influences that created who we are today. If your main childhood years were in the 70s, consider yourself a very individual person.

Fall and Winter Fashions

Post by Sharon and Julie

Fall 2019 has hit the malls big time and there are some real take-aways about what the fashion trends are. In general, it's a pretty good season for any figure or coloring. 

We trekked to the mall to see the trends and found ourselves rather comfortable with the choices. It felt like autumn in the 1970s.

Monday, October 21, 2019

How To Make a Haunted Mirror

Post by Sharon 

This technique I came up with is extremely cheap and easy to do. I got creative and after making this mirror (above), I made more - 

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Bohemian Campers

Post by Sharon and Julie

Hippie vans, gypsy caravans give way today to the bohemian camper. As we plan to acquire a camper trailer to pull behind the Jeep and trek to some unusual places to share here on Groovy New Life and on our Groovy New Life  YouTube Channel, we thought we'd share how fun these can be - 

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Why Mature Woman Choose To Live Alone

Post by Sharon Day

My mom was proud to serve in the Navy during WWII. Her role model prior to that time was Amelia Earhart. She loved the feeling of responsibility, independence, and dating a lot! Then, my father became her boss and they fell in love, married, and had five children.

When I was 16, my father died quite suddenly. He was 59 and mom was 54. My mom didn't drive, had never handle a bill, was quite sheltered.

I watched her struggle with the loneliness and the overwhelming responsibilities. I taught her to drive. She was so proud to have a license. I helped her with finding repair people for the house and car. And I pondered if she would ever find another man and no longer be alone. As the baby of the family and older siblings living elsewhere, I worried I might be babysitting mom forever.

And, over a year or so, something very unusual happened. I never saw it coming -

Friday, October 18, 2019

Tall, Dark and Elusive - My Latest Book Is Released!

Post by Sharon

Book two in my SEEK Team Investigation paranormal romance series is out now online in bookstores. It will be out next week on ebooks - all formats - on Smashwords.


Billionaire Edward Schulte dispatches psychic Beau Fraser and her investigative team to track down evidence of Bigfoot. Chasing the elusive hairy man is nearly as dangerous and terrifying as her feelings for Marco. Caught in the crosshairs between two men who want her, Beau has to dance a fine line. On the one hand, she must keep Schulte’s secret from the team, and on the other hand, she doesn’t want to upset the newly developed closeness with Marco. Will the team that investigated ghosts in the last installment (“Ghost of a Chance!”) be able to survive the dangers in the forests, and will Beau Fraser be able to survive the dangers of the heart?

As the air turns crisp and cool, nothing beats a good cozy romance tale. Simply put, Tall, Dark, and Elusive is an excellent read and I highly recommend it.
                                                                                                            Barry Huddleston of Gnostalgia 

Book one in the series was "Ghost of a Chance!" (the beginning of the romance between Beau and Marco - and investigating ghosts) 

I am proud to say the editor proclaimed this was the best cold read she had ever had! Be ready for excitement and the use of real-life info on the subject of Bigfoot as well as use of real-life encounters.

Fire Pits and Bonfire Foods

Post by Sharon

It's that time of year as darkness increases and temperatures decrease that we instinctively seek fire - fireplace, candlelight, or bonfire. Here's some great firepits and ideas for your backyard fire session eating. -

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!

How to Age Jeans

Post by Sharon People are paying hundreds of dollars a pair for jeans that look aged/vintage/torn/faded/distressed/bleached/frazzled. ...