Pumpkins and Cinnamon and Zombies...Oh my!

DUDE. I am pretty pumped it is October. October is hands down my favourite month. It has my two favourite super awesome holidays, and lots and lots of good birthdays. It also has pumpkins. And cinnamon. And scarves. YAY!

Seriously, folks. October is amazing.


To celebrate making it to my favourite autumn month after a fairly crappy summer, my sister and I planned a Zombie movie marathon for every Friday of the month.


The only thing that could possibly make October more awesome is five Fridays in a row with zombie movies.

Choosing only five nights worth of movies was tough, however, so we made a point of keeping it a combination of light, classic, and at least partially kid-friendly. The kid friendliness is a must for us, since we wanted to both include my nephew and not have to wait until he is in bed to start the fest. We are old, people! Starting movies at nine o'clock means only one movie per night---mild kid-friendliness was a great solution to time limitations on movie marathon goodness. Of course, this meant having some wiggle room on criteria for at least a few picks... but we made it work. Also... this kid has seen some Walking Dead episodes without any adverse reaction, so we are lucky enough to have a tough kid around.

Because I love you all, I am sharing our fantabulous 5-weekend Zombie Movie Marathon schedule with you right here. No judging if you hate some of the choices--- we had four adults and a kid to please!!

I may not have mentioned this, but....I AM SO EXCITED!

Happy October! :)

Zombie Movie Marathon Schedule
(featuring a semi-kid-friendly starter film each week)

The Nightmare Before Christmas
Night of the Living Dead (1968 version)

Dawn of the Dead (2004 version)*

Rec (original version) /OR/ Quarantine (American version)*

Shaun of the Dead*
World War Z*

Hotel Transylvania*
28 Days Later

*on Netflix!!  The Resident Evil movies are also on Netflix. I believe "I Am Legend" is also on there. And there's a million awesome looking Zombie B-movies on there. You could improvise your own movie schedule entirely by streaming!


Etsy Treasury: Born in a Pumpkin Patch

In the spirit of welcoming the yummy autumn season into my life, and supporting some wonderful Etsy makers.... I have made my first Etsy treasury! Hoorah!

There was a lot of logic behind this decision. Okay, not really. It was mostly that I have been doing this type of Etsy roundup for awhile anyway, so may as well do it officially!! I won't make any promises about doing this on a regular basis... but I am actually confident (for once) that this is a habit I can keep.

Without further adieu, here is my first Etsy Treasury for your viewing (and shopping) pleasure. Click on through to the Etsy site to view the sources.

Etsy Treasury: Born in a Pumpkin Patch


Follow the #30DaySketch Challenge!

Hello, blog world.

I am dipping my toes in the blog pool. It feels nice. It really, really does. And even though my last post has done a pretty effective job of metaphorically stripping me down to my fancies... I am not ready to jump in the water yet. So I'll just sit here, scantily clad, cooling off my toes.

I decided at the end of July to take part in a #30daysketch challenge on Instagram for the month of August. Challenging myself creatively is something new for me, and something I have never, ever imagined doing online.

This challenge, for me, is part creative adventure and part self care. Embracing creativity--forcing myself to dose myself with a little bit of it each day--is an incredible alternative to staring at the ceiling and overthinking things. How fleeting life can be. How dusty my ceiling is.

Reconnecting with my artistic roots and doodling a little something each day has so far been fun. It feels open and honest and liberating... it is less about a perfect "before and after" shot and more about a process and being open to new things. Very #HumanBlogger-y. Each day I feel more and more like myself, and will likely look for another challenge once this one is over.

Follow me on Instagram to stay in the loop!! We have 19 days left.

This challenge has ended, but you can see compilation videos on Instagram from challenge-starter mayabki right here and my own copy-cat compilation here.


We are all #BoldBrilliantBeautiful: My "I Am" Statement

If you know me, you're very aware that I am late for everything.

Earlier this year, I started following This Heart of Mine Blog on her Bold.Brilliant.Beautiful.You. adventure. If you aren't sure what I'm talking about, the jist is this: a group of bloggers have decided to spend 2014 embracing their wants, needs, dreams, and humanity on their blogs.

I was fascinated by these bloggers opening up about who they really are and what drives them... but I was too scared to do it. That is, of course, until I got fed up and decided I needed only real in my life from now on.

I was shocked to have gained rather than lost a following after posting my #HumanBlogger rant. It made me feel like I could come back to blogging, as soon as I was ready. After thinking more and more about the I Am statements from the BBBY bloggers, I decided it was time to write my own I Am statement, and take my own I Am selfie. Even if I am six months late to the party. (Seriously---late.for.everything.)

So here I go. This is me.

I am a lover. I am not always not a fighter. I am human.

I am a lover of words.
I am a lover of poetry, and a lover of prose. I am a lover of stories.

I am a lover of art.
I am a lover of assemblages, and a lover of found objects. I am a lover of juxtaposition.

I am a lover of music.
I am a lover of lyrics, and a lover of rhythm. I am a lover of songs that get under your skin.

I am a lover of food.
I am adventurous with what I eat and cook. I am healthy, but I am a big fan of dipping things in Nutella when nobody is looking.

I am a lover of family.
I am a daughter, a sister, a cousin, a niece, an auntie and a friend. I am a lover of loving. I am not a lover of the word "girlfriend", but I am one of those, too.

I am one of the guys. I am one of the girls. I am accepting the reality that I can be friends with both.

I am a nerd. I am a geek. I am a little bit of a hipster, and a little bit annoyingly feminist. I am a believer in not embracing labels. I am a big fan of branding, though...

I am tenacious. I am diligent. I am someone you turn to if you want something done, and done right.

I am caring. I am protective. I am always watching the backs of the people I love, ready to go ninja on anyone who messes with them.

I am an excellent sleeper. I am not a morning person. I am a lover of coffee.

I am scatterbrained. I am crafty. I am creative to a fault.

Je suis une personne qui parle le Franglais comme une champion, mais je ne parle pas Fran├žais.

I am competent, and I am stubborn. I am capable of "doing it on my own".

I am lucky to be surrounded by people who are equally competent and stubborn. I am better off for accepting their help once in awhile.

I am a grammar geek, and a language nut. I am proud of myself for knowing better than to type "once and awhile" in my previous statement.

I am a smart ass. I am witty and clever (sometimes). I am (sometimes) self-deprecating.

I am not perfect. I am not trying to be.

I am good at making things pretty. I am good at making things make sense. I am tuned into the beauty in things. I am tuned into anything that could possibly go wrong.

I am an excellent overthinker.

I am an odd duck.

I am the only me I know how to be. I am good with that.

For 2014, I’ve joined forces with some blogging friends of mine to motivate and encourage ourselves and others to be bold, brilliant, beautiful and decidedly ourselves. And we totally want you to join us! The #boldbrilliantbeautiful project is a support group for all of us seeking to be real and vulnerable. No judging, no questions, just support and words of encouragement. Find us on Instagram with the #boldbrilliantbeautiful hashtag and on the Bold. Brilliant. Beautiful. You. Facebook page. All are invited and welcome. :)