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Happy Tuesday Everyone!

I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend, a lovely Thanksgiving (if you’re here in the USA), and enjoyed some nice retail therapy, whether online or in stores.

Personally, this weekend was somehow not long enough for me!

I know, that seems ridiculous as I had Thursday, Friday, the weekend AND Monday off, but I guess I’ve just been doing too much running around to get much rest in which is fine by me, though my body is complaining a bit!

Thanksgiving was fantastic for me, having been the first time that I can remember since I lived at home that I actually didn’t drive all over the place to several Thanksgiving celebrations, but I wasn’t having it this year and it was seriously nice to just stay home and relax…and you know, eat pie.

It seemed really short-lived, though, as you all might know, I was at the local mall at nearly 2:30 AM! And it was CRAWLING with people! I was, like WTF?!

I am someone who really never experienced the madness of Black Friday until I was 20 and even then, I still didn’t go to the places I knew would be seriously flooded so this was the first time I’d actually seen a really packed shopping area in the wee hours of the early morning, mind you, so I was a bit blown away.

Take A Look For Yourself: 

Sorry for the crappy quality, but you can see it’s quite busy at only 3 AM!

You see, the mall had totally given me the slip. I checked opening times and Sephora’s recording said they opened at 5 AM so I had planned to go wait in line around 3 and wait until 5 AM, but when I arrived, I saw a huge flood of people already going in and out of the mall so I’m assuming they gave incorrect hours to intentionally prevent mobs and riots of people from all showing up at once, but I am pretty sure they actually opened at midnight which is just insane.

Anyhow. Saturday was spent shopping as well, but less so as shops were still really packed. The after – black friday line at Best Buy (electronics store) was so long, it weaved throughout the store and they had an employee with a sign that said “End of Line Starts Here” to let customers know because there were literally people everywhere. There’s nothing I want badly enough to stand in that line!

Sunday and Monday I spent getting a bit of rest in, but still had to catch up on laundry and things.

-Sigh- So, alas, I’m still pretty tired, but had a nice holiday weekend anyway!

Oh! Also, I’m debating between buying a treadmill or getting a gym membership as I’d like to run more regularly, but I live in a bad neighborhood so any advice is much welcome on which is the better path to take!

How was your holiday, weekend, etc?

Did you get in any shopping online or in stores?

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Notecards by Mealisab on Flickr via Pinterest


Or, Happy Día de Los Muertos!

It sounds sort of morbid to be saying that, but actually, Día de Los Muertos is quite a colorful celebration.

If you’re unfamiliar, Día de Los Muertos literally means the Day of the Dead. It comes from the Catholic tradition of All Souls Day and is celebrated on November 1st. It’s closely followed by All Saints Day (meant for children only who have passed on) which is celebrated on November 2nd. In Mexican tradition, the dead are honored and remembered for one day/night. Flowers (specifically orange marigolds), sugar skulls (literally), skeleton puppets and crafts, food, drinks, and altars featuring passed on loved ones are all a big part of the celebration. Actually, a lot of people even go to the cemetery where their loved ones are buried and leave that person’s favorite food, drinks, and other items at their tombstone along with marigolds and letters, pictures, lit candles, and other items held in remembrance. It may seem like a strange thing to do (or maybe not, if like me, you’re from California or another state that has a large Mexican population), but in Mexico, it’s common for whole families to be buried in the same cemetery and therefore makes sense for everyone to go to that one and remember them.

Anyway, so I’m not Mexican, but I grew up learning about this holiday in Spanish class and having many friends that do celebrate it so, of course, I’ve ended up being part of the festivities growing up.

If you’ve never experienced a Día de Los Muertos celebration, I highly recommend searching out local events online and attending one. You might think that because it’s a celebration of passed on loved ones that it’s a somber, dark occasion, but it’s actually really a joyful, colorful and lively way to remember the deceased, at least in my opinion.

So, with that, here’s some cool Día de Los Muertos images and things!

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Día de Los Muertos Makeup From ilooveu.wordpress.com via Pinterest

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Cemetery gatherings from Trinity.Edu via Pinterest

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Día de Los Muertos Wedding Cake From cakelava.blogspot.com.br via Pinterest

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Dia de Los Muertos Skull Crafts via Pinterest


Marigolds from prosserpta.org via Pinterest

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Dia de los Muertos by Tracey-anne McCartney via Pinterest

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Dia de Los Muertos From whiteaurora.tumblr.com via Pinterest

Have you ever heard of or do you celebrate Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)?

I’m so excited to see all the trick-or-treaters come by tonight! I think I’m really turning into an old person LOL. Anyway, so today’s post is a few of my favorite Halloween pins that I discovered and that really didn’t seem to fit into any topic, but that I thought were still really cool.

Enjoy and have a Happy Halloween!

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5 Party Ready Halloween Treats From theglitterguide.com via Pinterest

I’m not really sure what this is (I’m thinking it’s food-colored vanilla pudding and oreo?), but it’s looks delicious and perfect for Halloween! Especially if you plan on staying in or if you are hosting a party, these treats look awesome

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Halloween Nails from BakingBeauty.Net via Pinterest

I love these nails! They are seriously adorable and I’ve been so impressed with the Halloween themed nails people have come up with. If you’re interested in more Halloween nail designs, RaRa Reid has done some really cool ones!

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Hogwarts Coat of Arms Pumpkin by 9Gag.Com via Pinterest

OMG! Combining Harry Potter and Halloween is like the ultimate for me! Doesn’t this pumpkin look amazing ?? Personally, I have trouble doing a normal pumpkin carving (you know, triangle eyes, nose and a scary mouth), but this is really incredible!

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DIY Washable Hair Color From petgroomingthegoodthebadthefurry.blogspot.com

I never thought of this, but with the whole hair-chalking trend, someone was bound to connect the two. It’s such a brilliant and cheap idea if you have kids and don’t want to pay the $5-$10 cans of hair paint or whichever. This is a nice, affordable alternative.

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Awesome Halloween Decorations From plateandpattern.com

This is so creative and spooky – I love it! It reminds me of a more chic Haunted Mansion look. It seems this look isn’t that difficult to achieve either. All you need are some free online printable labels (some look old already or you can dip them in coffee and tea for an aged look), old empty liquor or other glass bottles, scent diffuser / candle wicks, skull from Halloween store, some dried or fake moss (craft store!) and a glass vase of some sort.

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Halloween Party Treats From hostessblog.com

I don’t know why, but everything looks cooler in a shot glass. It looks so decorative and you’ll feel less guilty indulging because it’s such a small portion. This is a great one for adult Halloween parties!

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Bloody Cocktails From bhg.com

Here’s another one for over 21 Halloween gatherings – Bloody Cocktails! No idea what’s in it, but it looks seriously cool! You could easily adapt this into a non-alcoholic drink for kids too – Just use plastic styled glasses instead of real, diet / regular 7Up and red food coloring on the outside for the blood. You could also serve Hawaiian Punch and do the blood for a super red bloody cocktail.

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Lawn Ghosts From inspiringpretty.com

This is such an ingenious idea for your lawn that’s not only cheap, but also fairly simple to do! One trip to the craft store and you’ll have a lawn full of ghosts!

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Vampire Cupcakes From cupcakeactivist.com

Okay so, on principle, I was going to leave this out just because the photo reminds me of Twilight, but I really think it’s a cool idea for cupcakes and it’s not too intricate an idea that average bakers can’t do it too. Plus, the effect is rather nice with very little effort and I’m all about that!

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Polyjuice Potion Jello From jelly-shot-test-kitchen.blogspot.com

Anything I can find that’s Harry Potter themed, I’ll be putting it up, whether on Halloween or, you know, any odd day. These look fun and delicious for kids parties, but you could make them into adult rather easily – just add alcohol. (Please only drinking age appropriate adults!)

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Halloween Party Drink Table From bhg.com

I love this drinking table from Bhg.com! Not only does it look easy, but it’s so stylish! The picture frame chalkboard is a nice touch and really cheap to do. I seem to be obsessed with chalkboards lately…

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Dracula’s Kiss Cocktail From cocktails.about.com

Doesn’t this cocktail look amazing??? It’s really simple to make, though you’ll need specialty black cherry vodka to do it. It also includes yummy grenadine and coke. I didn’t even know they made black cherry vodka, but it sounds brilliant! (Again, Please only drinking age appropriate adults!)

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Bloody Zombie Nails From i283.photobucket.com

Halloween nails have really seemed to evolved this year onto an entirely new level. They’re like how Halloween pumpkin carvings used to be so simple and then now they’ve gone on to become so intricate and creative. I really love the creativity of it all. That’s what makes Halloween such a blast, no?

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Leave On the Porch If You Won’t Be Home on Halloween! From marthastewart.com

This is a seriously simple, but unique idea for those who will be out on Halloween. Simply pick up a pumpkin and poke small holes into it in rows. Then, insert the lollipops of choice. You could use tootsie pops as shown here or there’s also blow pops, old fashioned lollipops, or if you wanted to make custom holes, you could actually even do ring pops.

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DIY Apothecary Jars From davelowe.blogspot.com

Earlier in the month, I discovered this awesome blog which includes a lot of Halloween DIY projects on the cheap. This guy has brilliant ideas on how to save money, but make decorations look really authentic at the same time. This project is really cool and surprisingly easy to do. You probably have most of what you need already on hand.

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Cinderella’s Pumpkin Carriage From bloging.lifeplusfitness.com

So, of course, I had to include something fairy tale themed in this post because I love everything magical and all that jazz. This goes back to what I was saying about pumpkin carvings becoming something really intricate and detailed. Some of these people have such incredible talent and imagination. It’s really impressive!

So, that’s all for now; enjoy your Halloween and Be safe!

What are your plans for Halloween?

Will you be staying in or heading out to trick or treat or attend parties?

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Hi Everyone!

I just wanted to share some awesome natural juices with you all today.

This stuff is so delicious and tasty, USDA certified organic and created using sustainable farming.

So far, I’ve tried their Iced Tea & Lemonade and the Strawberry Paradise blends.

The Iced Tea & Lemonade is really tasty without being overly sweet, but has a nice tang to it all the same.

The Strawberry Paradise juice blend is sooo delicious! You can actually taste natural strawberry flavor and seeds in this blend, but it’s not that artificial fruit flavor you get with most fruit drinks. This one just tastes pure and delicious.

I highly recommend these juice drinks and ones to try out!

They are a great company to support, especially with all of their ethical and green practices as well as their line of healthy, pure and delicious fruit blends.

They are available in a variety of groceries and health food stores in the USA.

Find out more about them – Here!

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way other than the samples that were sent to me from Purity Organic for review. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own.

Zhena’s Gypsy Tea – Tropical Organic Eco Green Tea in Mojito Mint Review

I recently purchased this tea at World Market (import type store) and I really love it! If you follow me on Instagram (@StorybookBeauty, if you care to join in!), you may have seen some iced tea I posted last weekend. Otherwise, you may have read this post from last Saturday where I also featured it. This is the tea I used to make that. It might be seen as kind of expensive to some ($7.99 USD for this tin), but I think the quality is really great and it’s organic and eco friendly. Also, even though it’s green tea, it’s pretty low in caffeine so I can drink it whenever without worrying about getting all twitchy. The ingredients are all organic and fair trade certified and the tea comes in very green (not literally) hemp tea sachets, which I love because with all the beauty products, my carbon footprint doesn’t need to be any bigger!

Anyway, check out the information this tea!

Just in case you missed it, here’s the tea I made!

I like things floating in my tea when it’s cold, preferably some fruit like lemons or strawberries or something and cucumber slices went nicely in this given the mint already infused in the tea itself. It was very cooling and refreshing given our 100+ F weather!

I love to make things like this in hot weather because tea is really flavorful without being too sweet or heavy and it’s totally guilt free! Plus, the health and beauty benefits of the green tea, lemon and cucumber as added bonuses for me!

How are you all staying cool this summer?

Is there a certain way you like to enjoy your tea?

Please feel free to share your tips, tricks and recipes in the comments!

Disclaimer: I was NOT given compensation to write this blog post in any way. My opinions, thoughts and experiences with this product are my own irregardless of if and/or how I obtain products.