Halloween Trivia

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Halloween TriviaReady for a few “scary” facts about Halloween?  Maybe the kiddos that come to the door should have to answer a question before they get candy?  That would make you super popular in the neighborhood, ha!   {At least it would save you money next year on candy.}

However you choose to use them, here’s some cool trivia questions/facts about Halloween:

  1. Halloween, orginially All Hallows Eve originates from a the Pagan holiday that honors the dead.
  2. How much do Americans spend each year on Halloween {on everything from costumes, candy, decor, etc.}?  {$2.5 Billion!}
  3. Jack-o-lanterns come from the Irish.  They originally carved turnips and put small candles or coals inside to ward off evil spirits on All Hallow’s Eve.  They eventually adopted pumpkins after immigrating to the U.S. because they were so much easier to carve.
  4. Who started trick-or-treating?  {The Irish, they would go door to door asking for donations for the feast for All Hallow’s Eve}
  5. What is the fear of Halloween called?  {Samhainophobia}
  6. Why are owls popular symbols of Halloween?  {Because in Medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches in disguise} Interesting!
  7. Why are witches associated with Halloween?  {Because witches were thought to meet only 2 times per year, one of them being on Halloween}
  8. What is the record for the most Jack-o-lanterns lit in one place at one time?  {30,128 in Boston, Mass.}
  9. What is the largest pumpkin on record?  {2,032 lbs.}
  10. Did you know there is a $1000 fine for using or selling Silly String in Hollywood on Halloween?

Happy Halloween!

~Mavis

 

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10 Things to Do in Salt Lake City, Utah

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10 Things to Do in salt lake city

I know that when you think vacation, Salt Lake City isn’t the first place that pops to mind, but if you are looking for a really family friendly atmosphere, you may want to give it another look.  Turns out, there are TONS of things to do in Salt Lake.  Everytime I go, I am struck by all of the fun things they have to entertain a family with kids of all ages.

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Here’s a couple of suggestions if you find yourself headed that way:

  1. Park City.  It’s just a short drive form SLC, and it is notorious for a reason.  In the winter, you can ski.  In the summer, you can enjoy hikes, local venues, and great food.  If shopping is your thing, they have a pretty big outlet mall.
  2. Temple Square.  LDS or not, Temple Sqaure is beautiful.  It has well-manicured lawns, and if religious history is your thing, you will find plenty of opportunities for it here.  The architecture alone is worth a quick stroll through the grounds.
  3. Cathedral of Madeline.  This is another beautiful church.  Inside, organ music is playing most of the day.
  4. Hogle Zoo.  If you are not from a large city that hosts a zoo, Hogle is a must-see.  They have lots of natural habitat exhibits, elephants, rhinos, giraffes…you know, all the cool animals.
  5. Discovery Gateway.  If you are traveling with younger kids, Discovery Gateway is a HUGE hands-on discovery museum.  You won’t have to worry about them  breaking anything here–everything is meant to be played with.
  6. Sugarhouse Park.  Sugarhouse is the kind of trendy place to live in SLC, and it also boasts a really cool park, with streams, a pond, running trails, and playgrounds.  Time it right, and you might be able to catch a farmer’s market or an outdoor show.
  7. Lagoon.  Okay, so this is actually outside of SLC in Farmington, but it is great amusement park.  It has several roller coasters, and best of all, they let you drag in a cooler to feed and water your kiddos.  On hot days, you can add the water park to your ticket.
  8.  Thanksgiving Point is just a short drive outside of SLC and offers tons of summer concerts and events.  If concerts aren’t your thing, you can just stroll the gardens for free.  They really are impressive.
  9. If you caught some of the World Cup fever recently, you should totally check out a Salt Lake Real game.  It’s their professional soccer team, and the games are rumored to be reaaalllly fun.
  10. Big Cottonwood Canyon.  This is an amazing place to hike, snowshoe, and enjoy family picnics.  The canyon is seriously soooo beautiful anytime of year.

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Girl Scout Membership on the Decline

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Apparently The Girl Scouts are seeing a serious decline in both membership and volunteerism, according to an article I just read.  And I think that is pretty darn sad.  I was a Girl Scout, I sold cookies, and I went to camp.   And you know what?  That one week I spent at Girl Scout Camp when I was a ‘tween was one of the best summers of my life.  I learned to sail, got my head checked for lice, made tiki torches out of Kotex pads, made arts and crafts, used an outhouse, slept in a cabin with no doors, and sang some really cool camp songs that I still remember to this day.  It was the best summer ever!

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The article suggested that the decline might be due to competing activities and a lack of desire on the girls’ and the volunteers’ part to embrace the wilderness portion of the club.  The Girl Scouts have tried expanding their focus by offering “ …digital filmmaking, financial literacy, eating local, social innovation and business etiquette,” but still, their numbers are dwindling. Things have obviously gotten waaaay more complicated than they were for me as a young girl, because really, the cookies were all I needed to seal the deal.  And, even if the cookies weren’t enough, my green badge symbolized not just accomplishments, but acquired skills–I think that’s why it’s sad to see the decline.

So, if you have some spare time on your hands and you are a normal functioning adult {read:  not a weirdo}, you should totally pop over to your local Girl Scouts chapter and volunteer.

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I know there are some former Girl Scouts reading this right now, so make sure to share you favorite Girl Scout memory in the comments below…and power on fellow cookie-pushers!

~Mavis

**The article listed a pretty impressive group of former Girl Scouts:  Laura Bush, Condoleezza Rice, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton, Martha Stewart, Venus Williams, Katie Couric, Natalie Morales, Lisa Ling, Taylor Swift, Mariah Carey and Sandra Day O’Connor.

 

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Stadium Blankets, Bras, Pumpkin Puree, Zaycon Chicken, Online Deals, Coupons, Recipes and More

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Yesterday the hardwood guy installed our wood floors {see the picture on instagram} today he’s installing the tile in the laundry room and The Girl’s bathroom. Wahooo! Friday the counter tops are suppose to be installed so that means I should be able to unpack and get moved into the kitchen this Sunday. Yee- Ha! 

But now that the floors are getting installed, that means we are going to need a couch to sit on. I sold all our couches from the last house because the family room was much larger and the couches were HUGE and would not have fit in the new house. Well, I stopped by Dania furniture the other day and found one I really liked. It’s exactly like the one above except the left side will also have a chaise added to it. 

The cushions are super cozy and the fabric is crazy soft. {I’m totally not getting those pillows though}. The picture I took is a little bright, but I think the color will go well with the flooring as well as the slate around the fireplace and white kitchen. What do you think? I may snag one of those shaggy rugs from Costco to go with it to brighten up the space between the floor and the couch. Only problem is, it takes 6-8 weeks to get the couch. What do you think? Too bulky, or just right?

Happy Thursday everyone, now get out there and be AWESOME.

Mavis

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Zaycon Foods is offering boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.89/lb and it’s great way to stock up on chicken when this deal comes around. The chicken is sold in 40 pound cases for $75.60. 40 pounds may sound like a lot of chicken {and it is!} but buying in bulk is such a great way to fill your freezer and you can always split a case with a neighbor. Go HERE to place your order.

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Easy 8 Can Chicken Taco Soup

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Easy 8 Can Chicken Taco Soup

This is a pour and go recipe: my favorite kind. Pretty much all you need is a can opener and a pot. I know some people use canned chicken in recipes to simplify even further. I have so much frozen shredded chicken that I don’t have to do that, but it’s an option if you want to eliminate cooking and shredding the chicken. All the flavors meld really well together and make for a hearty, filling easy soup! I like to crunch up tortilla chips on top, and sprinkle with cheese and a dollop of sour cream to finish it off. Yum!

S&W Black Beans

Ingredients

1 {15 oz} can black beans, drained and rinsed
1 {15 oz} can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 {14.5 oz} can petite diced tomatoes
1 {15 oz} can corn, drained
1 can Cream of Chicken soup
1 {10 oz} can green enchilada sauce
2 {14 oz} cans chicken broth
1.5 cups cooked, shredded chicken breast {I use Zaycon chicken}
1 packet taco seasoning

Directions

Pour all ingredients into a large pot. Heat soup to boiling and then simmer on low for 10 minutes. Serve with shredded cheese, sour cream and tortilla chips. Enjoy!

~Mavis

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Halloween Deals and Freebies: Wearing Your Costume Gets You FREE Stuff!

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halloweenHalloween is the coolest and the weirdest holiday all wrapped into one. What other day of the year would it be socially acceptable to open your door to complete strangers dressed as mummies and zombies and give them stuff for free. It’s kinda awesome. And now those costumes will get you even more free stuff. Check out this list of Halloween deals and freebies. Some requires a costume and some of them are deals you can get just by showing up.  Because Halloween is awesome!

Souper Salad: 99 cent Kids Meal when kids wear their costumes from now until Halloween.

Build-a-Bear: FREE treat when you stop by any Build-a-Bear on Halloween.

IHOP: Kids who wear their costume get a FREE Scary Face Pancake until 10am. One per child for dine-in guests only on Halloween.

Lego Store: Wear your Halloween costume to the LEGO Store on Halloween and you’ll receive a special LEGO Halloween treat!

Chipotle: Any burrito, burrito bowl, salad or tacos for $3 when you wear your costume on Halloween {from 5pm to close}.

Krispy Kreme: FREE donut when you wear your costume on Halloween.

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Did I miss any? Have you ever taken advantage of any of these?

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12 Goals for the New Year Week 43 of 52

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I came up with 12 goals I’d like to accomplish this year with the hopes of being able to cross one off my list per month to make them more manageable. I thought a great way to hold myself accountable to the things I want to accomplish this year would be to do a weekly update.

After all, we all need a little help staying motivated sometimes. Here’s how I am doing so far:

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1. Clean, de-clutter and organize my entire home in 30 days or less. – So far this year I cleaned my closet, organized my kitchendecluttered my bathroom, organized my office, gutted the garage, and tackled the laundry room.  But that was at the old house. 

The kitchen counter tops and flooring is suppose to be installed later this week and once that’s done, I’ll finally be able to unpack all the kitchen boxes. Unfortunately I won’t be able to cook anything though until the electricians hook up everything. Also, our old kitchen table might be too big for the nook area. Which totally bums me out because I love it so.

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2. Fit into the same jeans I wore 8 years ago when we moved into our {now old} house.

And to think I almost gave up. Do you see that? Poor muffin top…. where did she go? ;)

Now, I’m not sure if it was the  It Works Ultimate Body Applicator my friend Wendy had me try {I wrapped twice} or working as Chino the Handyman’s sidekick knocking down walls and picking up trash 8 hours a day, {or if it was a combination of the two} but let me just say this… the muffin top is gone and I am finally able to fit into the same jeans I wore on move in day 8 years ago when we bought our last house.

Woooo Stinkin’ Hoooo!

3. Travel.   So far this year I have been to Boston, London, Paris, Portland, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia and Victoria B.C. I just cashed in my points for another plane ticket. Wahoo!

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4. Send my daughter to college without having a nervous breakdown thus spending a week in bed sobbing.  Done! She’s having a blast and lucky for me she likes talking/texting daily. :) She’s been working really hard lately so I decided to send her a little distraction. ;)

5. Get 3 new teeth. – I just looked on the calendar and noticed I have an appointment for next week. We’ll see if I keep it.

6. Pay off my car. Done! I’m pretty sure the Volvo wagon was the best car that was ever invented.

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7. Finish this primitive folk art rug I started 4 years ago. Finished! It took me 6 months but I’m done {I’m working on a second one and I hope to have it finished by Thanksgiving}.

8. Do something together as a family ever Sunday. We spent last Sunday doing fun stuff like cleaning out the garage, shopping for bathroom fixtures and painting the walls downstairs. Yee-Haw.

9.  Secret Plan #1 - Sell our house. It felt like it took us forever, but we were finally able to downsize both our home and yard and let me tell you Bob, it feels good. Really, really good.

10. Secret Plan #2 Buy a smaller house.  Done!

11. Secret Plan #3 – Working on it. ;)

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12. Convince the HH we should buy a Salt Box Style House in Colonial Williamsburg. Done! We didn’t buy a house in Colonial Williamsburg, but I did find us a vacation house on the east coast and we LOVE it. Each time I visit I check out the local thrift store to find “stuff” for the new place. So far so I’ve been pretty lucky.

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13. Spend at least 1 hour a day working in my garden.  On the agenda this week: get the other side of the patio weeds pulls {if it ever stops raining}

So there you have it, my goals for the new year.

How about YOU? How are your 2014 goals coming along?

~Mavis

P.S. YES, I know I wrote down 13 goals. I’m fairly certain I won’t be able to attain one of them. {gee, I wonder which one?} :) But I wanted to add it in there anyway because I believe in miracles. 

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Is Voice Mail a Thing of the Past?

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Is Voice Mail a Thing of the Past

While taking my daily stroll through the interweb the other day, I found an article about millennials {for the record, millennials are people born between 1977-1998} hating voice mail.  With text and social media, the millennial generation feels like voice mail has become more of a hassle.  After all, a quick text gets right to the point, whereas a voice mail requires listening to, and getting through what can potentially be awkward stuttering…or worse, really bad attempts at humor.

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Even though I am not a millennial {apparently, I am a generation X’er–born between 1965-1976}, I’ll admit, I wouldn’t mind if voice mail went away completely.  I love getting a text.  I can read it…or not, quickly.  And I can respond…or not, whenever the heck I get around to it.  I know I can do that with voice mail, but somehow voice mail feels more tedious.  Plus, I always wonder what the etiquette is on a voice mail.  If someone leaves me a voice mail, do I have to call them back, or can I just text them?  {Talk about 1st world problems! :) }  I get there is something more personal about a voice mail, but let’s face it, sometimes you just don’t feel like being personal–you feel like being pragmatic with quick yes or no answers.

What do you think, is voice mail is on its way out?  {Maybe one day the Smithsonian will have an iPhone on display with the voice mail screen pulled up–like an interactive display for the kids?}  Would you rather leave a voice mail or text?

~Mavis

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The Body Shop, Kitchen Composter, Batteries, Halloween Candy,Recipes, Coupon and More

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I don’t think I’ve ever met a dog as spoiled as Lucy the puggle dog. She is just so lovely, even when she’s being a little stinker. We are so lucky to have found her. 

Have a great Wednesday everyone,

Mavis

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Pumpkin Seed Brittle

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Pumpkin Seed Brittle

You’ve carved your pumpkins and are now left with heaps of pumpkin seeds. Tired of roasting them? Check out this pumpkin brittle recipe. It’s so good it might just make you want to go out and carve a few more pumpkins just so you’ll have more seeds to make another batch!

Pumpkin Seed Brittle recipe

Ingredients

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
3 tablespoons water
1 cup raw shelled pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Pumpkin Seed Brittle recipe

Directions

Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper {I use a Silpat. It’s the only way to go!}, spray with cooking spray and set aside. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring sugar, corn syrup, and water to a boil, stirring constantly to dissolve sugar. Cook until candy thermometer registers 290°, about 3–4 minutes. Stir in pumpkin seeds, butter, and salt and cook, stirring often, until thermometer registers 305°, about 3–4 more minutes.

Stir in the baking soda and cinnamon {mixture will bubble like crazy}, then immediately pour onto prepared baking sheet. Using a spatula, quickly spread out and sprinkle with sea salt. Let cool completely and then break brittle into pieces before serving.

Pumpkin Seed Brittle

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