Making Pumpkin Seeds From Your Carved Pumpkins

When you are carving your pumpkins this year, try saving the seeds to make your own fresh roasted pumpkin seeds! They are super easy to make and they taste great. 

  1. Save the seeds from your pumpkin 
  2. Wash them off 
  3. Let them dry on a towel
  4. Put the seeds in a bowl and add olive oil and seasonings- I use olive oil, sea salt, and a small amount of pepper
  5. Heat the oven to 350°F 
  6. Spread the seeds evenly along a lightly greased baking sheet
  7. Bake for 11-14 minutes or until they are golden brown- toss the seeds every few minutes for best results

Horror Movies to Watch this Halloween Season

If you’re anything like me, you watch scary movies year round. There is something extra spooky about watching them around Halloween though! Here are some of my favorite horror movies and where you can watch them:

Netflix-

  • The Conjuring
  • The Conjuring 2
  • Before I wake
  • Winchester
  • Eli
  • The Green Inferno
  • Death Note
  • Hush
  • Insidious Chapter 2
  • Unfriended
  • The Haunting in Connecticut 2
  • American Horror Story (this is a TV series- each season has a different theme. You do not need to watch the seasons in order.)

Hulu-

  • IT
  • Children of the Corn
  • Lights Out
  • Paranormal Activity 4
  • Blair Witch
  • No Escape
  • 47 Meters Down
  • Friend Request

HBO Max-

  • The Invisible Man
  • Orphan
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street
  • The Amityville Horror
  • Ouija: Origin of Evil
  • Annabelle: Creation
  • Poltergeist

Most Haunted Cities in the US

New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans has many places that have been reported as haunted, which isn’t surprising considering the town’s history in slavery, voodoo, war, and more. There are churches, hospitals, houses, cemeteries, and many other places that people claim to be haunted.

Chicago, Illinois
Chicago has a rich history from the great Chicago fire, to mob and criminal history. Hundreds of people died in the Nederlander Theatre in the early 1900s, which makes the area known as being haunted. Chicago is also home to the United States’ first known serial killer named H.H. Holmes, who killed many, many people. The site was known as “Murder Castle.”


Savannah, Georgia
Savannah is one of the top rated haunted cities. There are so many places that are considered haunted, such as homes, hotels, restaurants, and more. Reports of apparitions at some of these locations have made them highly visited places. The town has been featured on ghost hunting shows as well.


St. Augustine, Florida
St. Augustine is home to a museum that is known for being haunted by girls who drown there in the 1800s. People visiting this town have reported apparitions and other paranormal activities.

Portland, Oregon
Portland has a dark history regarding their underground tunnels. They were used in the 1800s to transport locals who were kidnapped from the bars and taken to ships. It is said they were sent to other countries and never seen again.

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Gettysburg is the site of one of the bloodiest, most brutal parts of the Civil War. It ranks in one of the most haunted places in the world! People have reported seeing apparitions of soldiers all around the area from where the battle took place, to the nearby farmland, and even local hotels.


Washington, D.C.
Washington D.C. is where the White House is located. To many people’s surprise, it is known for being haunted by former presidents such as Abraham Lincoln, William Henry Harrison, and even some of the first ladies.

San Francisco, California
San Francisco is well known for Alcatraz being a large attraction that is reported as haunted but there are some other places in the area too. One of them being Mare Island Naval Shipyard, China Camp State Park, and the USS Hornet.


Salem, Massachusetts
Salem is most known for the Salem witch trials. There were 19 people who were tortured and executed. People have reported many apparitions of ghostly figures. One of the ghosts that is said to haunt the area, especially the Howard Street Cemetery, is Giles Corey who was also accused of witchcraft.

San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio is another city that has a rich history. There were thousands of deaths because of The Battle of the Alamo. People have reported apparitions of soldiers and hearing their cries.


Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston is yet another city that has so much history to it- which isn’t all good. There have been reports of apparitions of soldiers from the Civil War. There is a history of pirates from early times. It is also known for the history of voodoo being practiced.

World Mental Health Day

This Sunday is World Mental Health Day. It is an internationally recognized day to advocate for mental health awareness and education. On average, 1 in 5 people experience mental illness in a year. It is important to recognize the signs of a mental illness and how to improve your mental health. 

The Mayo Clinic states:

Signs and symptoms of mental illness can vary, depending on the disorder, circumstances and other factors. Mental illness symptoms can affect emotions, thoughts and behaviors.

Examples of signs and symptoms include:

  • Feeling sad or down
  • Confused thinking or reduced ability to concentrate
  • Excessive fears or worries, or extreme feelings of guilt
  • Extreme mood changes of highs and lows
  • Withdrawal from friends and activities
  • Significant tiredness, low energy or problems sleeping
  • Detachment from reality (delusions), paranoia or hallucinations
  • Inability to cope with daily problems or stress
  • Trouble understanding and relating to situations and to people
  • Problems with alcohol or drug use
  • Major changes in eating habits
  • Sex drive changes
  • Excessive anger, hostility or violence
  • Suicidal thinking

Here are some ways you can improve your mental health:

  • Find people you trust who you can talk to (friends, family, therapist, etc.)
  • Exercise regularly
  • Focus on self-care
  • Learn new skills
  • Eat well
  • Manage stress
  • Take care of your physical health
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Deep breathing exercises
  • Talk to your doctor

By coming together and recognizing World Mental Health Day, we can help end the stigma around mental health. So many people are impacted by a mental illness- it’s time we start educating and advocating. 

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is breast cancer awareness month! It is recognized to help increase awareness of the ongoing fight. In addition to breast cancer awareness month, National Mammography day is recognized on the third Friday of October each year. Almost everyone knows someone who is affected by breast cancer as 1 in 8 women are diagnosed. 

The CDC states some warning signs of breast cancer are—

  • New lump in the breast or underarm (armpit).
  • Thickening or swelling of part of the breast.
  • Irritation or dimpling of breast skin.
  • Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast.
  • Pulling in of the nipple or pain in the nipple area.
  • Nipple discharge other than breast milk, including blood.
  • Any change in the size or the shape of the breast.
  • Pain in any area of the breast.

To get screened, contact your doctor today. You can get screened in most clinics, hospitals, or doctors offices. For additional information, visit https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/index.htm.

Benefits of Cold Showers

Cold showers have many mental and physical health benefits. A shower is considered cold if it is below 70°F. Here are some of the top health benefits:

  • Calms itchy skin
  • Increases/improves circulation
  • Increases endorphins
  • Helps improve metabolism
  • Fights common illnesses
  • Improve emotional resilience
  • Increases alertness
  • Helps muscle recovery
  • Increases testosterone in men
  • Helps drain your lymphatic system and gets rid of waste
  • It helps wake you up in the morning

If you are not used to taking cold showers, it’ll be easiest to slowly start getting into the habit of taking them. Start by lowering the temperature a small amount each time you shower. If it begins feeling uncomfortable, try practicing a breathing exercise or slightly increasing the temperature.

Are You Gaslighting Yourself?

According to the Oxford dictionary, gaslighting means:

Manipulating (someone) by psychological means into questioning their own sanity. The abuser tries to twist others’ sense of reality. A common example of gaslighting is when someone does something abusive and then denies that it ever happened. 

But did you know that you can gaslight yourself? When something is said or done that hurts your feelings, our initial reaction is to feel upset. Then, some people instinctively think, “I’m being dramatic- it’s not that big of a deal.” This is a problem because we don’t give ourselves time to understand that our emotions are valid! 

A few signs you are gaslighting yourself are; you belittle yourself/thoughts/feelings, you doubt your memory of how something happened, you blame yourself, you doubt yourself, you question your judgement, you apologize more than you need to, you wonder what’s wrong with you, you assume everyone is disappointed in you, you have a hard time making decisions, and so many more. 

Below are some comparisons of what external gaslighting may look like and what internal gaslighting may look like. Either type of gaslighting will cause negative thoughts towards yourself and the situation. What’s important is knowing how to reverse that mindset and turn the negative thoughts into positive self-affirmations.

The next time you begin self-gaslighting, try to take a step back and look at the big picture. Your emotions and thoughts are completely valid and you have a right to be hurt or upset. Once you can acknowledge this, it’ll be easier for you to take an approach towards a solution.

Reversing a Negative Mindset

At some point, everyone has to deal with negativity in their life. What’s important is knowing how to reverse a negative mindset. 

When you are consistently making negative comments or viewing things in a negative manner, it is hard for the people around you to stay positive. Unknowingly, your negativity will drain others of their positive energy and before you know it, everyone around you is being negative too. It’s a ripple effect. 

Research done by Stanford University shows that a positive attitude towards a subject is linked to higher achievement in that subject. When you think more positively it leads to improved functioning in your brain’s memory center. You can use this to have a positive attitude towards other areas of your life.

“Keep my word positive. Words become my behaviors. Keep my behaviors positive. Behaviors become my habits. Keep my habits positive. Habits become my values. Keep my values positive. Values become my destiny.”

Mahatma Gandhi

For every negative thought and/or statement, make yourself have 2 positive ones. If something negative happens, there are still positive things that can come from it. 

For example: if you lose your job, it may be hard right away and negatively impact your life but there are positives that can come from it such as having a chance for a fresh start, forcing you out of your comfort zone, finding a better job, etc. This is how you can create opportunities for yourself.

Remember, nothing is completely negative- sometimes you just need to look for the positives in a negative. When you learn to reframe your mind and look for the positives, it becomes easier to handle negative situations. There will always be things you cannot control. In these situations, look for the things you can control. Everything always works out the way it is supposed to. 

First Day of Fall

As you know, yesterday was the first official day of fall. The weather is getting cooler, it is getting dark earlier in the evening, and leaves are beginning to fall. As it continues to get closer to some of the best holidays, here are some fall activities you can do:

  • Apple picking
  • Pumpkin patch
  • Hayrides
  • Corn maze
  • Road trip to see the fall colors
  • Hiking
  • Picnic 
  • Go camping
  • Stay at a cabin
  • Go on a bike ride 
  • Start a new book
  • Have a bonfire
  • Make fall foods such as caramel apples or anything with pumpkins
  • Visit a brewery or winery
  • Learn new crockpot recipes
  • Go to a haunted house

If you have any other must-do fall activities, let us know in the comments!

How to Get Through Mondays

Start by preparing on Sunday. Get your clothes picked out for the following morning, complete your weekend tasks so they aren’t delayed into Monday, and go to bed early. 

Wake up a few minutes earlier than normal and don’t go back to sleep. 

Start your day by drinking water.

Eat some breakfast- even if you are not a breakfast person you can still make a smoothie or something light to get your body going.

Fill out your calendar to start planning for the week

Dress for success- there is a saying “look good, feel good” for a reason. 

Start thinking about plans for the upcoming weekend to have something to look forward to.

Complete some of your easier tasks first.

Take breaks throughout the day to help keep you motivated.

Treat yourself to a coffee on your way to work or order some lunch. 

Be positive and have fun at work.