Halloween Door Decoration

Inspiration: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/263812490646907328/

Ingredients:

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  • Cardboard box
  • Ribbon and/or other things to decorate your letters
  • Paint and/or colored paper
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors and/or Exacto knife
  • Printed letters (optional. I had to print letters because I’m awful at writting beautifuly)

Step One:

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Cut your letters in the cardboard box

Step Two:

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Paint your letters and/or cover them with colored paper

Step Three:

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Decorate your letters however you want

Final Product:

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I punched some holes and put some wool strands through to hold the letters together. This is what it looks like on my door!

 

How do you decorate for Halloween?

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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LotR: The Two Towers

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The second movie in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Two Towers, came out in December 2002. It was one of the best reviewed films of 2002, receiving a 96% rating from Rotten Tomatoes.

I won’t go in full detail like I usually do for this review. There are just so many things wrong with this movie. As usual, the movie is good if you don’t take in consideration what was actually in the book. I think it must be the worst adaptation I’ve seen so far. There are so many details that aren’t in their proper place on the timeline and they invented so many scenes.

For example, the scene where Faramir decides to take Frodo back to Gondor so he can give the ring to his father is complete bull crap. Faramir was never ever tempted to take the ring from Frodo and he never kept Frodo from doing his mission. After about a day and a half or maybe two days in the secret cave, Faramir decided to let Frodo go on his mission.

An example of a scene not in its place on the timeline is when the Ents takeover Isengard. If I followed the story correctly, that battle happened slightly before the battle at Helm’s Deep, not at the same time. How I know this? When Gandalf and company arrive at Isengard (which they don’t even show in the second movie) after the battle in Helm’s Deep, Merry and Pippin talk about the battle and they mention that they saw the orcs coming out of Isengard when the Ents arrived at Isengard’s gate. The Ents hid themselves, waiting for the perfect moment to strike I’m guessing, when the orcs started coming out of Isengard. Once the doors closed, the Ents started taking down the walls and invading Isengard.

Another thing that annoyed me so much is when they added scenes just to make the movie more dramatic (as if the book wasn’t dramatic enough). At one point in the movie, when they’re making their way to Helm’s Deep (which, by the way, was supposed to be just the army going there. The people were supposed to be led to the Hold of Dunharrow by Éowyn), they’re attacked by orcs on wolves. That never happened in the book; and to make it even more dramatic they make us think Aragorn died falling off a cliff.

Two last notes that frustrated me are during the battle of Helm’s Deep. For one, they made Théoden so much more stubborn than he was in the book. He annoyed me so bad! He kept making awful choices that he hadn’t made in the book. The last thing is when, for some reason, they decided to add Elves in the battle. There were no Elves in the battle of Helm’s Deep! But of course, all the Elves died during the first minute of the battle.

Overall, I was just so frustrated at how they did such an awful job that I completely disconnected from the movie at about an hour left. It’s such a bad adaptation that I wonder if the script writers actually read the book. Of course, that’s only my opinion; but honestly, don’t watch the movie with the hopes of seeing what was in the book. You’ll be let down so bad.

 

What did you think of the adaptation?

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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Picking a Halloween Costume for my Baby

Picking a Halloween costume is always tricky, so when I had to pick one for my baby, I started thinking about the “rules” of baby Halloween costumes; at least the ones that applied to my baby!

The first year is obviously the year when you can dress your baby in the cutest costume ever! On his first Halloween, my baby was dressed as a cute little tiger!

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This year is his second Halloween and now that he’s walking, I can combine a cute costume with a walking costume. By that I mean, a costume that is cute when a baby can walk. I don’t exactly know how to explain better than that. In my head there are the cute costumes for when he’s a tiny baby, and there are the costumes that are cute, but are way cuter when he can walk while wearing them. I wanted so bad to go with a Sylvester from Looney Toons costume, but I sadly couldn’t find one in his size. So we went with a costume with a theme that I had planned for next year, but it’s fine because he won’t be wearing what I thought he would for that theme so we can still do it when he’s older. I’ll show you a proper picture next week.

For the next Halloweens, he’ll be in the years when he can choose his own costume. Next year he won’t be able to properly choose his own costume, so I’ll still be able to pick at least two choices for him and he’ll choose between them; which means I can still have my personal fun for at least one more Halloween haha!

 

How do you decide how to dress yourself and/or your baby for Halloween?

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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C25K Week 6

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My baby sleeping while I workout

Day 1: Monday

Having taken a week off because I was sick, I was extremely scared of today’s workout, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought! I went slower than usual, as to not overdo it. I can still feel my legs throbbing, but it’s the usual throbbing that comes after my workouts, no additional pain like I thought I would have. I’m actually quite happy to be back on the horse! Last week, all I wanted to do was work out, but when I had time to do it I didn’t have enough energy! It must be the first time in my life I feel the need and the want to work out.

Day 2: Wednesday

Today’s workout consisted of a 5 minutes warm up walk, followed by a 10 minutes jog then a 3 minutes walk and another 10 minutes jog before the 5 minutes cool down. Somehow this workout felt harder on my legs than the 20 minutes jog from week 5. Maybe it’s because I spent a week doing nothing.

Day 3: Friday

Another non stop jogging workout today! 22 minutes this time, and I had less of a hard time with this one than with Wednesday’s workout! Strange isn’t it? It almost seems like I have less of a hard time doing non stop than having breaks. I think it’s because when I just jog non stop my body just keeps going, while when I have walk intervals my body doesn’t want to start jogging again so my legs start hurting. I wonder if that’s something that would be possible. Needing to only jog non stop, that if I stop I won’t be able to keep going. I guess we’ll see because from now on the workouts stop having walk intervals!

 

How was your week?

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

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It’s finally here! A week late, but you know, better late than never!

 

Published in November 1954, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is the second novel in the Lord of the Rings series written by J.R.R. Tolkien. As per the fashion of the first novel, this novel is also separated in two sections called books. Book Three focuses on Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Merry and Pippin; while Book Four focuses on Frodo and Sam’s quest.

The book starts off with Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli putting Boromir’s corpse in a boat and letting him sail on the Great River. After doing this task, they decide to follow the trail of the orcs to save Merry and Pippin. While they’re still running in Rohan, trying to catch up to the orcs, we learn how the hobbits got captured and they’re adventure with the orcs up until they managed to escape and run in Fangorn. There, they meet Treebeard and tell him of their journey and of what they know about the treachery of Saruman. Treebeard and the other Ents decide to go to war with Saruman.

Only two days behind, Aragorn and company arrive in Fangorn only to be met by Gandalf the White! Gandalf assures them the hobbits are safe and in good hands, and asks them to come with him to the Lord of the Mark. There, Gandalf delivers Théoden from the grip of the poison words of Wormtongue and convinces the Lord they need to go to war with Saruman.

While all this is happening on one side of the Great River, on the other side Frodo and Sam are having trouble finding their way to Mordor. After a few days, they get caught up by Gollum and they manage to make him lead them to the Black Gate. There, they find out there is no way they can enter Mordor by the Black Gate and Gollum tells them of another way. In Osgiliath, they are trapped by Men, but soon find out Captain Faramir is actually Boromir’s brother and they fall in his protection. After leaving him and his army, Frodo and Sam make their way to the secret passage in Mordor with Gollum still as their guide.

For the first two-three chapters I kept wondering when we would see Frodo and Sam. All they talked about was Aragorn and company. After the fourth chapter I got so into the story of Merry and Pippin and Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli that I forgot about Frodo and Sam. When I got to Book Four, I started getting a bit bored. Compared to the action that Aragorn and company were living, the tale of Frodo and Sam’s journey was too slow moving. Spending more than half of the chapters of Book Four just reading about the scenery and about how they just kept on walking and sleeping and eating for days made it quite hard to finish the book. Finally, at the end, action came and the book ended in a cliff-hanger, leaving me wanting to start the last book right away and hoping it starts off with Frodo and Sam and not with the others.

 

What did you think of the book?

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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C25K Week 5.5

As you know, if you read the last post, I spent last week barely being able to function because of a cold and needing to take care of my toddler while sick. Sadly, this means I didn’t have the energy to do week 6 of the C25K program. I hate myself so bad for skipping a whole week. I know I’m going to be in awful shape when I start week 6, but I couldn’t do anything about it. I did manage to go to work on Saturday, so that could count as a workout, even though I’m not registering it in the app. Wish me luck for this week!

 

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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The Unexpected Week That Threw Me Off My Schedule

So this week has been a tough one for me. It was a long week-end so we went up to my in-law’s and came back Monday night. Already I was exhausted from the week-end, we went to many places and I never sleep well when I’m not in my own bed, but then I woke up Tuesday morning with a hint of a cold. I hoped it was just tiredness making me blow my nose so much, it tends to happen.

For some reason the week before I decided it would be a good idea to schedule two appointments on the same day. It was a hell of a day. Barely made it to my appointment in the morning, then came back home only to have just enough time to buy the things I learned I needed, make lunch, eat, then right back out the door for my second appointment. After that I needed to make another purchase and had to set my baby down for a nap afterwards. It was only around 3p.m. that I finally got time to breathe a little, in between loads of laundry.

Wednesday morning brought a full on cold to my face. I was barely functional all day, but still forced myself to clean a little. It was a very bad idea; tired myself so much that I fell asleep reading my book in the evening. Good thing my SO was home from work or else my baby would’ve been walking around the house without surveillance!

On Thursday, I was supposed to work from 5p.m. to 9p.m., but I called in sick because I was worse off than the day before. On top of every other symptom I already had, a stupid nausea came over me and stuck around for the rest of the day. Barely had any energy, and the few ounces I has were spent taking care of my child; which mean still barely any reading done. Besides, even if I would’ve had more time to read, I had the hardest time keeping my eyes open for more than a paragraph!

Friday brought a little glimmer of hope. The nausea left me alone and the headaches decided to start leaving as well. The nose is still clogged up and I can’t read for more than 10 minutes at a time without falling asleep, but I’m starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Obviously, since I’m posting this today, it means there won’t be a review of Two Towers this week. I’ll do my best to finish it this week-end and make next week a double review week. Wish me luck!

 

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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Dryer Vent Pumpkin

Sadly, my cold kept me from being able to read my book. I kept practically falling asleep everytime I had more than a paragraph read. So today you’ll have this week’s DIY early, and hopefully you’ll have Wednesday’s review tomorrow. Enjoy!

I adore Halloween. My two favorite holidays, without a doubt, are Halloween and Christmas. I started looking through Pinterest to see if I could find some DIY decorations for Halloween and I found this awesome idea: http://adiamondinthestuff.com/2011/09/dryer-vent-pumpkin-tutorial.html and decided I could not not do it!

Ingredients:

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  • Dryer vent, mine was too big so I had to cut it with an exacto knife and pliers (I think that’s what they’re called) to cut the wires. Which ended up giving me enough to make two pumpkins!
  • Spray paint. I chose the traditional orange pumpkin XD
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Spanish Moss
  • Hot glue gun, with glue sticks of course

Step One:

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That was probably the hardest part of the whole DIY. Using the hot glue gun to glue the two sides together so it makes a circle. It must have taken me like ten times for each pumpkin before they finally glued together. The stupid glue dries up too fast!

Step Two:

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Spray paint your pumpkin. I had to do two coats.

Step Three/Final Product:

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Use the hot glue gun to glue the spanish moss and the cinnamon sticks. There’s obviously going to be some moss that falls off, unless you’re an expert with hot glue guns unlike me, but it should mostly stick there.

 

Until Next Time!

Young Mom <3


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