31 Spooktacular Halloween Movies For You and Your Family

Happy October!

October is my favorite month of the year! I love pulling all the decorations out, roasting pumpkin seeds, and watching Halloween Movies! If you’re like me, you’ve already started watching Halloween movies back in September, but now that it is officially the month of Halloween I can really go nuts!

Every year ABC Family (now Freeform) hosts 13 Nights of Halloween. I have decided to come up with 31 Night of Halloween. I am going to give you a movie to watch for the whole month of October! Note: Most of these movies are for the family, but there may be a couple that little eyes probably shouldn’t watch.

31 Nights Of Halloween:

1.Hocus Pocus (1993)– Recommended Age: 11 and Up. This movie is a cult classic. hocus-pocus

2.The Lost Boys (1987)– Recommended Age: 13 and up. One of the best vampire movies ever made. No one is sparkling in this movie.the-lost-boys
3.Fright Night (1985)– Recommended Age: 17 and up. Do yourself a favor and watch the 80’s version! fright-night
4.Edward Scissorhands (1990) -Recommended Age: 13 and up.edward-scissorhands
5.The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) Recommended Age: 7 and Upthe-nightmare-before-christmas
6. Silver Bullet (1985) Recommended age: 15 and up.silver-bullet
7. Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983) Recommended Age: 6 and up.something-wicked-this-way-comes
8. Coraline (2009)– Recommended Age: 9 and Up. coraline
9. Beetlejuice (1988)– Recommended Age: 9 and Up.beetlejuice
10. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012)– Recommended Age: 14 and up.abraham-lincoln-vampire-hunter
11. Ghostbusters (1984) Recommended Age: 10 and up.ghostbusters
12. Ghostbusters 2 (1989) Recommended Age: 10 and up.ghostbuster-2
13. Corpse Bride (2005)Recommended Age: 10 and Upcorpse-bride
14. Ernest Scared Stupid (1991) Recommended Age: 9 and up.ernest-scared-stupid
15. Young Frankenstein (1974) Recommended Age: 10 and Up. R.I.P Gene Wilderyoung-frankenstein
16. Sleepy Hollow (1999) Recommended Age: 15 and up.sleepy-hollow
17. Shaun Of The Dead (2004) Recommended Age: 15 and up.shaun-of-the-dead
18. The Shining (Made for TV version) (1997) Recommended Age: 13 and upDon’t get me wrong I love the original but, Steven Weber (Wings) does an AMAZING job in this version.the-shining
19. Monster House (2006) Recommended Age: 10 and up.monster-house
20. Interview With A Vampire (1994)– Recommended Age: 14 and up. Could this movie have had a better cast!? All of them were phenomenal but Kristen Dunst blew me away!interview-with-a-vampire
21. Frankenweenie (2012) Recommended Age: 6 and up.frankenweenie
22. Practical Magic (1998) Recommended Age: 15 and up.practical-magic
23. Hotel Transylvania (2012) Recommended Age: 5 and up.hotel-transylvania
24. Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015) Recommended Age: 5 and up.hotel-transylvania-2
25. ParaNorman (2012) Recommended for Age: 6 and up.paranorman
26.The Addams Family or the Addams Family Values(1991/1993) Recommended Age: 12 and up.the-addams-family
27. The Haunted Mansion (2003)- Recommended Age: 9 and up.the-haunted-mansion
28. Any Harry Potter Movie (2001-2011) Recommend Age: 7 and up.harry-potter-movies
29. Casper (1995) Recommended Age: 6 and Upcasper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30. Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1992)-Recommended Age: 13 and up. Before Sarah Michelle Gellar there was Kristy Swanson. buffy-the-vampire-slayer
31. Halloweentown & Halloween Town 2 (1998/2001) Recommended Age: 6 and Uphalloweentown

Here are 31 movies for each night of October! I hope you and your family enjoy them!

What Halloween movies would you add to the list?

Cheers,

Victoria

 

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Month One Of Blogging: The Good And The Busy

Blogging

Today marks one month of blogging for me. One month of blogging and one month of running my Etsy Shop. And what a crazy month it has been! It is a lot, A LOT harder than people realize. It is also a lot of fun, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

I will not lie, this month has been quite the learning curve for me. Figuring out how to run a blog, promote my blog, etc. At times it has been very challenging and I have thought to myself, “What the hell am I getting myself into?” Then I read wonderful comments or figure something new out and it makes it all worth while.

I have also been busier than I have been in a very long time. Between my Etsy shop, my blog, and my baby girl, I feel like I hardly have time to sit down! In the mornings I work on my blog. Promoting, writing, replies to emails, etc. and then in the afternoon, I am working on Etsy orders. It’s been nuts!

But besides being extremely busy, things have been extremely good. I have connected with tons of other wonderful bloggers who have given tips, and have left so many great comments, and I have seen people take an interest in my creations which has made my little shop start to pick up. I have felt very blessed this past month.

To all the other bloggers that have just started and are feeling disappointed, don’t give up! Yes, it isn’t easy. You don’t go from zero to 10,000 likes in one night. Heck, I still haven’t even come close to reaching 10,000 likes. But with the right tools, and hard work, you can really make your blog into something. Just keep going!

I’m curious, what was your first month of blogging like?

 

Cheers,

Victoria

Get One Of These Beautiful Vintage Teacup Candles

Happy Monday!

I hope that everyone has had a splendid weekend! Mine was very busy working on Etsy orders, and creating new things for my Etsy shop. What I created this weekend has to be my favorite thing to date. Vintage teacup candles! Oh, how I love them so!

Recently, I have been on the hunt for vintage teacups specifically for this batch of candles. I know I could have ordered them online, but there is something special about being able to go out and find them myself. And that is exactly what I did. I found six beautiful old teacups from two different antique stores in a town near me. Three of them are from the same set, while the other three are each different.

Vintage Teacup Candles
The six wonderful teacups I found.

The ones on the right, are extremely old and have cracks and chips in them. Some people may not like the fact that I still chose to use them for  candles, but I feel as if they just add more charm to them. I sincerely hope someone loves them as much as I do.

These candles are 100% natural soy candles with a wonderfully relaxing lavender scent (my favorite). They have an all cotton wick so there is no need to worry about any heavy metals polluting the air when your candle is lit! And to top it all off, you are able to reuse the teacup once the candle is finished! I love being able to create Eco-friendly products for not only myself, but for other people! If you or someone you know can’t live without one, you can find them on http://www.etsy.com/shop/VictoriasCraftStudio.

I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the whole candle making process! I can’t wait to do my next batch!

Without further ado, here they are! My first batch of vintage teacup candles!

Vintage Teacup Candles

What is your favorite candle scent? I would love to hear ideas for my next batch!

Cheers,

Victoria

Stick To Your Ribs Salisbury Steak

Salisbury Steak

Home cooked meals…

Don’t you just love a good home cooked meal? One that just sticks to your ribs and leaves you completely satisfied? I know I do! Most of those meals for me involve potatoes just like the above. Today I am bringing you a family recipe. I know there are TONS of different kinds of recipes for Salisbury steak but I really love ours! And once you’re done trying it, you will too!

The secret to our Salisbury Steak is in our gravy. Instead of the brown gravy that most recipes call for, I use a can of cream of mushroom soup and milk. Different huh? And boy, is it divine! Mix that with some delicious mashed potatoes and a veggie and you have yourself one scrumptious meal!

I made this last night and it was probably the best I have made it yet! The patties stuck together nicely and didn’t fall apart. The gravy came out to a nice thickness, and tasted fabulous! I added some mashed potatoes to the menu just like I mentioned above. I added some asparagus (my go to veggie) and they had such a nice crisp to them I felt as if I was at a restaurant. My husband even mentioned that he thought the Salisbury steak was the best to date.

By the time we were done with dinner I was ready to go to sleep. This dish is comfort food at its finest.

Salisbury Steak

Stick To Your Ribs Salisbury Steak

  • Prep Time: 15m
  • Cook Time: 20m

Ingredients

  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 cup Plain bread crumbs OR 1 pieces of bread chopped up
  • 1/2 Small onion, diced real small
  • 1 Can Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 1 Can of Milk
  • dash Garlic Salt
  • dash Pepper

Instructions

  1. Spray bottom of large skillet with oil. Start warming pan on medium heat.
  2. While skillet is heating up, mix in a large bowl hamburger, onion, bread crumbs, and egg.
  3. Make hamburger mixture into 4 even sized patties. Make sure they are on the thinner side, they cook better.
  4. Put patties into warmed up skillet and cook.
  5. While patties are cooking, mix Cream of Mushroom soup and one can of milk together in a medium sized bowl.
  6. When patties are done, pour milk and soup mixture into the skillet. When soup mixture is hot and bubbly, it is time to eat!
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Salisbury Steak

 

Here it is. Another dinner that you can and should add into your rotation! You won’t regret it, and your family will thank you!

Try this recipe and share with me how you like it! Did you add anything differently? Were you as stuffed and sated as we were?

Until next time,

Victoria

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Balancing Baby, Work, and “Me” Time

Balancing Baby, Work, and "Me" Time

Baby A is turning nine months this month and I am blessed to be able to stay home with her. It was extremely important not only to me, but to my husband as well that I do that. Since she was born, I have worked a couple different stay-at-home jobs. Though the jobs may have changed, one thing has remained constant. Trying to find the balance between baby, work, and “me” time. And let me tell ya, the struggle is real!

For a couple months now I have wanted to start an Etsy shop along with a blog. This past month, I did just that! My days have gone from busy, to SUPER busy! It has been a struggle to come up with a schedule that works best for my family, and there are still days it goes right out the window but, I feel as if I’m starting to get the hang of this balancing act.

How I’m balancing baby, work, and “me” time:

5:30am-12:00pm: Baby A and I lounge around. We watch Peppa Pig, I drink coffee, we read books, etc. 7:00am-8:30am: Baby A naps so I squeeze in a workout and start working on either my blog or Etsy orders This also the time I clean the house, run errands, etc.

12:30pm/1pm- 6:00pm: Work! I work on Etsy orders and/or my blog, figure out dinner. Just work, work, work. Side note: Baby A is still here with me. I haven’t just left her out with the dogs to fend for herself.

After dinner I am finally able to stop running around and relax. I take a nice hot bath, with big ol’ bubbles and a good book! This is my “me” time.

I know that I am not alone in trying to find that balance between family, work, and personal time. It’s a job in itself. But I do know that I am doing the absolute best that I can. My family is the most important thing to me, so if there is a day where I throw the schedule out the window, and spend the whole day lounging with baby A, I know that is completely okay.

How are you balancing baby, work, and “me” time?

 

Cheers,

Victoria

 

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Birthday Trip/ Baby A’s First Trip To Zoo & Aquarium

Birthday Trip
I love Birthdays!

I love birthdays so much, and not just my birthday! Everything about a birthday I love. Food, presents, the atmosphere. It’s just so much fun! This Sunday is my birthday and my husband asked me what it was I wanted to do. My answer? To take our baby to the zoo and the aquarium for her first time! So that is what we did. We took a day trip and took baby A to the aquarium and the zoo.  It also happened to be my husbands first time for the aquarium as well, which was pretty awesome.  Seeing him carry her around and talk to her about all the different kinds of fish and animals was a proud mom/wife moment for me. It is always beautiful to see those two bonding and experiencing something together for the first time. Even something as silly as the aquarium.

Birthday Trip
Daddy and baby A looking at the fishies

 Watching baby A figure things out has been one of my greatest joys thus far in motherhood. I love to watch her face as she sits there and figures out what something does on her own. When we were looking at the gorillas yesterday she was staring with such fascination, watching them as they picked up veggies and ate them. Then, when one sat down right in front of her she started laughing. She has been a fearless little child so far. I don’t know whether I should be proud or nervous. Ha ha. I thought for sure she would be scared of the gorillas, but she wasn’t at all, she just laughed at them. Maybe it’s because she is always surrounded by animals at home. Three dogs, one cat, and four chickens to exact. We have the beginnings of our own zoo, let me tell ya!

Birthday Trip
Daddy and Baby A with the gorillas.

Anyways, this has been a birthday weekend so far. Taking baby A for her first zoo and aquarium experience and spending time with my family is better than any gift. Looking forward to many more!

What are your plans this weekend?

Cheers,

Victoria

 

Dinner alert! Steak and tortellini pasta dish

Happy Hump day everyone!

I can’t believe it is Wednesday already! I’ve been so busy with my Etsy shop, and trying to get things done before my birthday this weekend, that I almost forgot to put up another recipe for you all to try!

This week I am giving you a delicious steak and tortellini pasta dish (I told you I love pasta). My husband asks me to make this dish for him at least once a week, except for he calls it Tori’s Tortellini. It incorporates everything he LOVES in a meal… meat, cheese, and pasta. And because it is so damn delicious and pretty simple to make, I can’t deny him.

I feel like you can never really go wrong with a meat and pasta dish. Am I right, or am I right? Not only is it meat and pasta but now you are throwing in a delicious garlic cream sauce and cheese. Can you say YUUMMM!? It is making my stomach growl just talking about this.

For this recipe, I used elk steak. Some people are going to scrunch their noses up when they read this, and that’s okay! You can definitely substitute the elk steak for regular beef steak, the choice is yours. Or, if you are vegetarian, skip the meat and just make the tortellini and the garlic cream sauce! Whichever way you decide to make this, I promise you, you will not be disappointed! It is that good!

Drum roll please!

Steak and Tortellini Pasta Dish

Steak and Tortellini Pasta Dish

  • Prep Time: 15m
  • Cook Time: 20m
  • Total Time: 35m

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Whipping Cream or half and half
  • 1/4 cup Sour cream. Heaping cup
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • Minced Garlic
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 3 tablespoons Butter
  • 1 package Cheese filled Tortellini
  • 1 pound Steak. Cooked and cut up
  • dash Garlic Salt

Instructions

  1. Add butter to big frying pan. Once butter is melted add steak. Sprinkle a little bit of garlic salt and let cook.
  2. While the steak is cooking add sour cream, whipping cream, oil, minced garlic, and cheese together in a large mixing bowl. Stir well until mixture looks frothy. Set aside.
  3. Cook Tortellini according to package.
  4. When steaks are still a little pink, take out of pan and cut into bite size pieces. Put back into pan on low.
  5. When Tortellini is done, drain and add it to the pan with the steak. Pour sauce in pan with steak and tortellini and mix everything together.
  6. Raise temperature to medium heat. Cook till cheese is melted and sauce has thickened up.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Ta da! Here it is! I am really hoping this is something you guys truly enjoy and add to your recipe stash!

Steak and Tortellini Pasta Dish

I would love to hear your thoughts on this dish. Besides my husband telling me how much he loves it, I don’t have much opportunity to hear other people’s thoughts. So please, comment below!

Cheers,

Victoria

Refreshing Cherry Bomb Moscow Mule with Lime

Refreshing Cherry Bomb Moscow Mule w/ Lime
I love a good drink.

I love a big tasty glass of wine, I love a nice martini, I love a good beer, and I definitely love Moscow Mules.

Moscow Mules have to be one of my favorite beverages…like EVER! There is just something so refreshing about a Moscow Mule. The way the it fizzles in your mouth, the way the ginger beer compliments the other flavors, and lets not forget the copper mug! How badass is the copper mug?! Plus, there are so many different types of Moscow Mules! But, they can also be a little hard on your wallet. So, I decided why not try to make my own at home!

Going to the liquor store and trying to choose the flavored vodka that I was going to use for my homemade Moscow Mule was atrocious! Do you know how many different kids of vodka there are!? A billion. When did we get so many? I remember there being like five. Anyways. for this Moscow Mule I went with cherry. You can never go wrong with cherry flavor.

Now, for the good stuff. Making the Cherry Bomb Moscow Mule with Lime. When choosing a ginger beer, I would suggest using Goslings Ginger Beer. It has just the right gingery taste. The last time I made these, I used Cock-N-Bull Ginger Beer (as pictured), and I have to be honest, I didn’t like it. It was too spicy and overpowering for me. If you like that spicy taste, then by all means go for it! Also, I always add a little bit of the maraschino cherry juice along with some actual cherries! Nothing like getting a little fruit with your alcohol. 🙂

Refreshing Cherry Bomb Moscow Mule w/ Lime

Refreshing Cherry Bomb Moscow Mule

Ingredients

  • 1 Copper Mug
  • 4 ounces Ginger Beer
  • 1 1/2 ounces Cherry Vodka
  • 4/24 ounce Lime Juice
  • Maraschino Cherries
  • Lime
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. Put ice in Moscow Mule mug.
  2. Pour 1 1/2 ounces of cherry vodka in mug.
  3. Add 4 ounces of ginger beer.
  4. Pour a little maraschino cherry juice into ginger beer and vodka.
  5. Add 1/6 ounces of lime juice.
  6. Stir everything together.
  7. Add a couple maraschino cherries and cut off a slice or two of lime and add to mug.
  8. Enjoy!!!

There it is! I hope you went into the kitchen and made one for yourself and are now kicked back relaxing!

Cheers,

Victoria

My ‘To Do’ List For This Beautiful Fall

My fall 'To Do' List

I can feel it in the air when I wake up in the morning. I can see it in the change of the trees and feel it in my bones. Fall is coming!

Fall is my favorite season. I wish it lasted longer than it does. People always say that Spring brings new things, but I feel that way about fall. It brings new ideas, new opportunities, and a feeling of peace and calm to me. I love the sound of leaves crunching under my feet, watching my favorite Halloween movies, and pumpkin everything! It never gets old. Here is my fall ‘To Do’ list which includes some firsts with baby A as well as traditions.

My Fall ‘To Do’ list:
  1. Pumpkin Patch. I go to a pumpkin patch every year! We normally choose the ones with corn mazes, but this year we will have to keep it to just the pumpkin patch for Baby A. It will be her first one! I cannot wait to pull her around in a little wagon with pumpkins!
  2. Watch Hocus Pocus and Lost Boys for the 5,986,356 time. I can recite both of these movies from beginning to end. Tommy probably hates watching them with me anymore, but I have been watching these movies since I was a wee little lass. It is now tradition.
  3. Eat a lot of pumpkin. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin rolls. EVERYTHING pumpkin! I know this makes me sound like a basic white girl but I truly love all things pumpkin, NOT just PSL’s from Starbucks!
  4. Take Baby A trick-r-treating. We are beyond excited to take Baby A trick-r-treating. She won’t last long, but that doesn’t matter. Seeing her in her first costume is what I’m looking forward to.
  5. Eat Caramel Apples. Another tradition. Growing up, I would go back to Illinois with my ma (If you want AMAZING corn mazes, go to Illinois!) and we would go to this little farm where this lady always had homemade caramel apples. O.M.G they are to die for!
  6. Carve Pumpkins. I feel like this is a give-in but I had to put it on the list. Who doesn’t love carving pumpkins!?
  7. Bake Pumpkin Seeds. My favorite part of carving pumpkins is baking the seeds afterwards. (I will soon be adding a pumpkin seed recipe to my blog, so stay tuned!) I live off of pumpkin seeds during October!
  8. Take A Drive To See The Leaves. I live in the mountains and sometimes I take advantage of the beauty I’m surrounded by. Taking a drive and seeing all our trees changing is really something magical.

There it is. My fall ‘To Do’ list. It makes me excited and eager to get going just looking at it! What thing would be on your fall ‘To Do’ list?

 

Victoria

 

10 Reasons Why Your Best Friend Is Your Best Friend

 

10 Reasons Why Your Best Friend Is Your Best Friend

“Friendship is weird. You just pick a human you’ve met and you’re like, “Yup, I like this one” and you just do stuff with them.”

I met Meredith my freshmen year of college and we have now been best friends for nine years. We live in the same state but with jobs, families, and life in general, we don’t always get to see each other let alone talk. I was thinking back on our friendship today and thought about what makes your best friend, your best friend. Here’s 10 reasons I came up with.

10 Reasons why Your Best Friend Is Your  Best Friend

  1. No matter how long it’s been since you’ve last seen each other, every time you get together it’s like no time has passed at all. Sometimes months go by before Meredith and I are able to get together. But, when we do, it’s like I just saw her yesterday.
  2. They always save you from going home with that douche at the bar. I don’t even need to explain this one. We’ve all been there.
  3. They are the only ones who turn, “I’m just going to have one drink” to “What in the bloody hell happened last night”? I can’t even count the times this happened to us. I blame tequila…and wine.
  4. They know everything. I mean E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G.  They know every small detail of your life. Sometimes you love that about them, sometimes you hate it.
  5. They’re the only ones who can quote entire movies with you. So what if your whole conversation consists of lines out of Pitch Perfect.
  6. They know the minute you are sad and quickly arrive with wine, and a plan to throat punch whoever upset you. “Whats their name? “Where do they live?”
  7. They don’t care what you’re wearing when you hang out. You want to wear those old, comfy sweats, no makeup, and a baggy shirt? Girl, go ahead!
  8. They hate who you hate. No questions asked. They may not even know what the person looks like, but they hate them too.
  9. They’re just as bad a dancer as you. Fan hands anyone? How about the robot? No shame.
  10. You just cannot imagine life without them in it. I don’t know where or who I would be without my best friend.

Do you agree? What would you have added to the list?

Meredith and I.
Meredith and I.

Cheers,

Victoria

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