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Month: October 2017

Where in the Bloody Hell Did Halloween Come From?

  Tomorrow, people all over the nation and the world will disguise themselves and walk around their neighborhoods begging strangers for candy. Seems legit. I was raised in a very religious household, and never celebrated Halloween growing up. It makes me wonder where this bizarre holiday and its traditions came from, and how it became what it is today. I did some research, and I have to say, it was fascinating. I decided to be a doll and share the most interesting points in a post, in honor of the holiday. Happy Halloween!   Origins Like most holidays, the origins of Halloween are rooted in pagan customs. It seems that Halloween began in Celtic Ireland some 2,000 years ago. Back then, it was not called Halloween, it was called Samhain, which means November, or summer’s end. The Celts had four major festivals each year, and Samhain was their autumn festival.     One thing that makes the Celtic calendar much different from ours is that the Celts believed that days and years began in darkness and transitioned into lightness. This is why their new year began in the winter. It began in the darker months, and progressed lighter into spring and summer. So November 1 is the Celtic New Year. Celebrations began at sunset the night before, which is October 31. The Celts were very cautious of transitions, believing...

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What’s REALLY in My Purse?

Hello Broads! I’ve been perusing loads of different lifestyle blogs lately, sizing up my competition, seeing what others in my niche are up to, and getting idea for posts. I’ve noticed a lot of lifestyle and fashion bloggers like to share what’s in their purse. How fun! I’m a naturally sort of nosy person, so a peek into another woman’s handbag seems like great fun to me.     Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed. I kept seeing pictures of brand new purses, with beautiful items lined up neatly. Like this:     Or this:     Where’s the lint, the gum wrappers, and the pony tail holders? Where’s the real stuff? Many of these posts are incredibly staged. It’s almost as if some of these bloggers went and bought a new purse, and then filled it with brand new stuff, and are passing it off as their “everyday” bag. It made me feel inadequate. For a minute. Until I realized, if I’m annoyed at how artificial many of these posts are, and if I’m feeling inadequate, there has to be a lot of other women feeling the same way. Why is it so hard to find a realistic “What’s in my purse?” blog post. Eff it. I’ll do it myself. Would you like to know what’s ACTUALLY in my purse? Well, you’re going to find out right now....

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Six Reasons Why Space in a Relationship is Not Bad, it’s RAD

Ah space in a relationship. It can be such a controversial subject. I was married exactly one week after I turned 20 years old. Tying the knot felt like such an adult thing to do. I’m not going to lie, I felt like a badass in my wedding dress. It was a classy, sexy, crisp white, A-line gown my grandmother purchased for $99 online, and it made me look like a woman. Underneath all the beading and tulle, I was scared shitless. It felt like I was pulling one over on everyone. I was terrified that at any moment...

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Decor For Real: My Uneducated Thoughts

I am always looking for easy and cheap decor ideas to spruce up my home for each changing season. Here is where I encounter problems. Most of the decorating blogs and websites out there are just not realistic. Many decorating blogs have an air of pretentiousness to them. I mean, don’t get me wrong, there are some incredibly beautiful ideas on these blogs, which we will call “Those who shall remain unnamed.” It’s not my style to specifically call someone out that I’ve never even met. Besides, these blogs serve a purpose, and there is a reason they are...

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Cheers to REAL!

I love social media. I love being able to see what my brother in Okinawa is up to. I love checking up on my mom, my sisters and my nephew, who live a few states away in Washington. My dad lives in Oregon, so I also like to keep tabs on how he is doing. I have friends all over the country and world, and social media keeps us closely connected. It’s so nice to be able to hop on to Facebook or Instagram and see what everyone is doing today. I dig getting recipes, product recommendations, ideas and inspiration for decor, gift-giving, organizing, fashion, beauty and more. What’s not to love?     A lot, actually. As much as I love social media, I also equally hate it. I can’t stand when people’s timelines consist of dozens and dozens of selfies, sprinkled with post updates like “Sooooo bored!”  It drives me nuts when I see a post directed at some mysterious person who is unnamed, with vague statements that nobody will understand.  If you aren’t going to explain who the hell you are talking to and what the hell you are talking about, don’t be surprised when nobody gives a crap. I lose my mind when people post about politics or religion with a narrow world view, and no courtesy or respect for the opinions of others. I...

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