Something a Little Supernatural…

Halloween is so close I can taste it. It’s not my most favorite of holidays, but there is something about it that is near and dear to my heart. Now, I am going to be a fangirl and sound a little bit obsessed, but I literally can not help myself. It was only a matter of time before I decided to blog about this, but given the wonderful month of October, I think this post’s subject matter is quite appropriate and perfect considering.

But first….

I used to love watching scary movies. I remember when The Ring came out. It was part of a slew of PG 13 horror movies. It was pretty awesome because I was a teenager and a lot of the time I couldn’t actually see rated R movies without my parents present.  I didn’t see it in the theater, but rather at a friend’s house. We were there alone, and I remember the phone ringing in the movie after that dumb girl watched the video of impending doom. (Okay, okay, I guess she couldn’t have known exactly what she was in for, but still.) Seconds later, my friend’s house phone rang and scared the crap out of both of us, and of course, being that we were silly teenage girls, we let just about any noise scare us, as if we were next on that crazy dead girl’s list.

I spent a lot of time watching scary movies, television shows, and having fun being scared by them. I’m not sure why exactly, but I’ve always been interested in the idea of ghosts and things that we can’t necessarily explain. Although, television shows documenting real life cases are a bit more horrifying since they are usually based on the experiences of real people.

I think my love for most things scary made me inclined to watch the first episode of a show called Supernatural. I remember seeing the promos for it. I was a freshman in college (does that age me or what?), and I remember being crazy excited for it. That’s way back when the CW was the WB. I watched the pilot, and was basically hooked.

Me, actor Misha Collins and my husband

Me, actor Misha Collins (Castiel) and my husband. Emerald City Comic Con 2012.

I think what draws you in about this show is the relationship between the Winchester brothers, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles).  They hunt monsters. They both approach this differently, and it makes for a very interesting dynamic between them.  An added bonus is that the writers take great care in making sure the mythology and lore used in the show is accurate. Most of the monsters can be found in various cultural myths and legends all around the world. To name just a few, djinn, vampires, shape shifters, gods, angry spirits, werewolves, demons, witches and just about everything in between. The first three seasons focused on the brothers finding their father, a demon that killed their mother and the consequences of making a deal with a demon. From season four and on, there is an angel and demon story line, and I have really enjoyed some of the places they’ve taken it without losing the importance of the relationships that each character has with one another. It doesn’t hurt that the Winchesters save the world a few times either.

Halloween comes once a year, but I have a little bit of it in my life many days out of every year. I spent two months this summer rewatching every episode in anticipation of the premiere of season 10. (I know, 10 seasons! Wowza.) We are now about 3 episodes into this new season, and the writers still don’t cease to amaze me. They’ve perfected heartbreak, drama, unexpected plot twists, love, hate, desperation, and more. I have to say though, some of the best shows were when they outwardly made fun of the show and the actors (The French Mistake). There’s so much to love about it that it’s hard not to go a little nuts when there’s a break in between seasons or episodes. Shameless plug over.

I think what has kept my interest in things that go bump in the night has been this show. It renewed my love of things that are scary, and perhaps made me a bit of a crazy overly obsessed fangirl. If you’re looking to add something fun to your Halloween fright night, consider adding Supernatural to the repertoire. It will definitely satisfy the scary, funny, and sometimes gory needs of scary story lovers everywhere. Don’t forget the pie.

 Do any of you watch Supernatural? What other shows inspire your love (or hate) of the scary and spooky? Sound off in the comments below!!

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Ode to the Ugly Produce

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“In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they’re still beautiful.” – Alice Walker

Every month my husband, son and little yorkie pack it up and make the scenic drive to Kansas City, where my husband fulfills his Army Reserve duties. It is about a four hour drive from Fort Leonard Wood, so it is a bit of a monthly chore. However, my family lives near KC, and they own some beautiful land along with a large garden. So, my son, is always looking forward to seeing his grandparents! Here is a pic of the garden:

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During the Fall months some of the produce include apples, butternut squash, yellow squash, and sweet potatoes.  My mother offered my son, Caden, and apple from this glorious paradise. You would think my son would smile in delight at the organic offering which is so important for a child his age. If you don’t realize the importance of giving your child organic apples, please read my  article here.

Well, the aforementioned apple is tree-ripened and they don’t all have that grocery store shine. So of course, my little guy turned his nose up like an ugly fruit snob. He also looked disgustingly down upon some of the butternut squash and sweet potatoes. I knew what I had to do. It was time to reinforce the importance of “beauty on the inside.” My mother informed him, he would make a poor farmer unless he learned to see the beauty in all of God’s creations. So it was time. It was time for an……

Ode to the Ugly Produce:

2014-10-11 12.51.09Oh sweet potato, u are so fair –

Your beauty is rare, though that rough skin could use a peel,

But let’s keep it real,

Never pluck your stray hair!

 

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Butternut squash you are so sweet,

I’ve never met a one I wouldn’t eat,

Your spots don’t turn me off,

your shape is fine,

like wine,

and together we shall dine!

 
 
 
 

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Sweet apple, Love is a battlefield,

or so the song goes,

You make no promises, no demands,

And I will never tell you you’re wrong -

It’s not just a song!

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[…] I recently took a trip to visit family while my husband had Reserve Drill in Kansas City. It was great to get outside in the crsip Fall weather and show my son their garden.  Here is a pics of their land and a link to my full blog post on Army Wife Network. http://lovingasoldier.com/ode-to-the-ugly-produce/ […]

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Fall Adventure List (With Printable!)

Fall Adventure List Printable_FotorTake a deep breath in through the nose.

That’s right, a good, wholesome whiff.

Do you smell that? IT’S FALL!

My husband and I have come to the conclusion that fall is probably our favorite season. It is just so… well, fall-ish. We adore the beauty, sounds and smells that come with this season. We anticipate the holiday season that we may (or may not) be spending together. It is the time of year when the world around us is changing and pumpkin spice everything appears at every corner.

Some people mourn the end of the summer and loathe fall, primarily due to the fact that “adventure” seems to fall by the wayside. We are now well into fall, but I would like to share a little secret:

Just because fall is here doesn’t mean that adventure has to stop.

In fact, fall means an opportunity for new adventures—ones that are unique to this season.

So that is what I would like to share with you today. I have composed a fall adventure list, complete with a handy dandy printable if you want to add a new dimension of fun. The printable below includes the following 12 Fall Adventure Suggestions on leaf silhouettes. You and the kiddos can print them out on different colored construction paper or cardstock, then choose a random leaf out of your “adventure bucket.”

When you have experienced the adventure, you can use the leaf to decorate around the house or place on a bulletin board.

If you are super motivated and extra Pinterest-y, you could make a tree template for your wall, put your leaves on the tree and as you achieve the adventure, move the leaf from the tree branches to a “pile” below it.

Also included with the printable is a sheet of “blank” leaves so you can add your own fall adventures to the list.

Ready to “Fall” into fun? Let’s see what Fall Adventures are in store for us this glorious season. #ItsLikeSecondGradeAllOverAgain #WhereAreMySafetyScissors?

  1. Explore a new “Fall-Only” location. This could be a pumpkin patch, cider mill, corn maze or anything like that. It is great for the kids—and it can also be tons of fun for grown ups. (Let’s not forget that there will probably be delicious treats involved with this adventure.)
  1. Go through your clothes. We have all heard about spring cleaning, but what about rotating out our summer clothes for the fall/winter collection? If you don’t live in a climate that requires different attire for changing seasons, consider cleaning out your closet of clothes that don’t fit anymore. Get rid of too-big items (which might motivate you to make healthier holiday choices) or donate clothes to a shelter/charity in prep for upcoming holiday season.
  1. Spend some time thinking about your upcoming goals for 2015. Did that one scare you a bit? Yeah, we have a little over two months before the New Year is going to be knocking down our door. Don’t let it sneak up on you. Think ahead and get ready for yet another new season!
  1. Drink a fall beverage. This can be a seasonal blend from Starbucks (Pumpkin Spice Latte, anyone?) or hot apple cider or cocoa with the kiddos, or even a seasonal fall adult beverage for our 21-and-older readers out there.
  1. Read a “seasonal” book… or twelve. There are a lot of great books coming out this fall—snag one and use it to go to your “happy place” when the holiday rush starts to get all up in your grill.
  1. Capture ideas in a gratitude journal. “Thanksvember” is right around the corner. Instead of just focusing on gratitude for a one month, what if we cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude 365 days a year? Get a head start and write down your blessings and things you are grateful for starting today.
  1. Do an act of service. Actually, don’t feel like you have to stop at one act of service. Consider making this fall a SEASON of service. Volunteer for a cause you are passionate about, compliment the cashier at the commissary on a job well done, encourage your kiddos to hold the door for the person behind them or even buy a seasonal fall drink for another coffee shop patron. Nothing is too small.
  1. Make one holiday decoration. Bust out the craft glue, construction paper and safety scissors and create some great fall décor by yourself or with your kids. If you are extra motivated, think ahead to Thanksgiving and Christmas. (Pinterest would probably be a great place to find inspiration.)
  1. Intentionally add beauty/joy to life. A new fall wreath on your door. A cinnamon candle burning on the TV stand. Shampoo that smells so awesome, the roots of your hair smile. Get creative and enjoy life!
  2. Bake pumpkin something. Bread, cupcakes, cider, seeds, pie. Bake it. Savor it. And if you are feeling extra generous, share it. (Feel free to send a slice my way!)
  3. Try a new Crockpot Recipe. God bless Crockpot cooking. I use my Crockpot year-round but when fall shows up, I kick it into high gear. Soups, veggies, meat, even drinks and desserts can be a product of Crockpot magic.
  4. Do a fall photo shoot. This doesn’t have to be “official” or a one-time deal. Take the kids to the park or pumpkin patch and capture some candid shots. Or if you will be spending this season apart from your beloved soldier, book a session to send some pics to him for the holidays. Oh, and don’t forget that Christmas card send-out season is coming soon too!

There are some many wonderful adventures to be had in this fall season. What would you add to the list? Feel free to comment below.

Enjoy the printable. Simply click on the  PDF link to download and print.

Fall Adventure List Printable

Fall Adventure List Printable

Live with a spirit of adventure. Let’s FALL into a season of fun!

Falling into Fun,

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AWTR Show 493: The Importance of Self Care

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“Army Wife Talk Radio”

Army Wife Talk Radio is the leading internet talk radio show for Army wives, by Army wives. AWTR is hosted by the Army Wife Network Core Team – www.ArmyWifeNetwork.com. AWTR guests bring exciting, relevant topics and resources to the attention of our military families. 

Featuring: Barbara McNally, author of Unbridled: A Memoir – proceeds from the book go towards her foundation, which hosts regular spa days for the wives of wounded warriors and she is here to share with us the 5 things she has learned about self-care from those wounded warrior wives.

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AWN Announces Upcoming Field Exercise at Ft. Sill, OK

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Army Wife Network Announces Upcoming Field Exercise™: Battle Buddies Tour, coming to Ft. Sill, OK

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Bartonville, TX – October 18, 2014 – Army Wife Network (AWN), the leading site for Army wives by Army wives, is excited to announce the final stop of its 2014 seminar series Field Exercise™  tour at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma Field Exercise™  is a high energy, interactive, four-hour seminar series designed to empower and inspire military spouses by providing them a time to connect, share support, obtain resources and enjoy camaraderie. Spouses attending the events experience networking opportunities, a meal and interactive discussions related to challenges and opportunities faced by military spouses. 2014 brings a new high-energy installment of this series with a theme of Battle Buddies. AWN began holding the events in 2007, and has organized the Field Exercise™ series (FE™: Priceless Packages and FE™: Love Military Life) at 17 Army posts across the country.

This year Army Wife Network has partnered with Corvias Military Living, a military housing partner at 13 locations across the country. AWN looks forward to hosting Field Exercise™  at Fort Sill, Ok., November 20 and 21.

Field Exercise™: Battle Buddies focuses on relationship building and the importance of friendships. AWN has developed strategies, addressed challenges and plans to offer solutions to encourage making of friends and engaging in meaningful relationships in the military community. AWN Core Team Member and Field Exercise™  co-presenter, Paula Swanson, adds, “We know the importance of having a solid support system, especially living this military spouse life. We have pulled from our own personal experiences, quantified data, fan feedback, and blogger contributions to devise this empowering event that offers tried and true strategies for building strong relationships.”

Online registration is required to attend Field Exercise™: Battle Buddies and opens Monday, November 3rd at 8PM EST during AWN’s Army Wife Talk Radio show. Please watch AWN’s Facebook page for special details. To register, simply visit www.armywifenetwork.com, click on the dropdown menu for Events and click Register for Field Exercise™. Both events are identical, so you only need to register for one.

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Army Wife Network is a core team of new and seasoned Army wives and military community members on a mission to empower the journeys of those who follow. AWN boasts the original internet talk radio show designed specifically for military spouses – Army Wife Talk Radio – in its ninth year of broadcasting, over 84,000 Facebook fans, and one of the longest running military spouse blogs on the internet.

For more information about the conference series, contact Alison Pulcher at Alison@ArmyWifeNetwork.com. Sponsorships are available for the 2015 series. For more information about sponsorship, please contact Tara Crooks at Tara@ArmyWifeNetwork.com

About Corvias Military Living

Corvias is a privately-owned, vertically-integrated real estate solutions group dedicated to building strong communities through partnerships that deliver the highest quality development, construction and management solutions to a range of clients, including the military and higher education. Applying our success as pioneers of real estate development and management for the military, our family of companies, Corvias Military Living and Corvias Campus Living, deliver customer service that exceeds client expectations, and an innovative, comprehensive approach to facility financing, management and construction. We have the ability to forge partnerships that consistently put the interests of our clients first and the flexibility to pursue creative, sustainable long-term solutions to their most difficult challenges. www.corvias.com.

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