2016 U.S. Food Blogger Christmas Gift Swap

The other day I was scrolling through Twitter, when I came across a blogger gift swap. I immediately wanted join, but found out quickly it was just for UK bloggers. Bummed, I went back to scrolling. Then, last week I was making my daily rounds on Facebook when I came across another blogger gift swap! Trying not to get too excited, I started reading. By the end of it, I had signed up!

2016 U.S. Food Blogger Christmas Gift Swap

U.S. Food Blogger Christmas Gift Swap

So, as you might have guessed from above, it is called the 2016 U.S Food Blogger Christmas Gift Swap. You do not have to be 100% food blogger. If you dabble in other things, that is totally fine. It also doesn’t matter if you have an itty bitty blog or a HUGE blog. The whole idea behind it is to get to know and interact with other bloggers, with a little gift swapping.

The masterminds behind this are: The Kitchen Revival, Make It With Missy, Living Lean And In The Green, and Love, Marriage, And Family. I am so glad that they have created such an event and that I get to take part!

What happens is, you will randomly be paired up with another blogger in the beginning of November. You’ll then have some time to get to know the blogger you are paired with. Then you swap gifts! The deadline for the gift swapping will be December 17th. And no worries, you do not have to worry about spending tons of money! The spending limit is $25. Baked goods and homemade gifts are also welcome! Just make sure if you chose to do baked goods, the recipient isn’t allergic to anything.

Since it is the first year these lovely ladies are doing this, it is limited to 100 people. So be sure and go sign up now! You seriously don’t want to miss out this!

For more information visit: eventbrite.com. This page will tell you everything you need to know!

I look forward to seeing you there!

Cheers,

Victoria

 

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

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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

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.

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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!

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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

 

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