Five Netflix Movies to Get You Ready for Fall

I have been all about the Netflix, lately. Maybe it’s because the weather is finally cooling off and I just want to hang out on my couch with a throw and encased by a fortress of pillows. I’m also sick with a cold, so there’s nothing better than a pillow fortress.

It’s a season for movie watching, and there are a few that remind me for one reason or another of fall.

1. Sleepy Hollow (1999)

This is kind of a quirky horror movie. It’s more spooky than horrific, and it is perfect for cuddling up to watch around Halloween. It’s visually wonderful, and I like seeing a classic story told in movie form.

2. Horns (2013)

This one is hard to describe without sounding like I’m in the middle of a drug-induced dream. Daniel Radcliffe’s character, Ig, one day awakens to find horns growing out of his head. The horns have a weird effect on people around him, and he uses his powers to try to find out who killed his girlfriend.

I recommend it if you’re into indie flicks with a supernatural edge. The movie is based on a book by Joe Hill, which is also very good.

3. Tucker & Dale Vs Evil (2010)

If you haven’t seen this, I can’t recommend it enough! Go into it knowing that it is a parody, but seriously the most hilarious parody of horror movies. It tells the story of two hillbilly’s who are minding their own business, when a group of college kids mistake them for backwoods killers.

4. Jumanji (1995)

Jumanji excited me so much as a kid, and it still does. I wanted a real life Jumanji board game, even though I saw the epic disaster that happened if you played it. I always felt like the guy with the bazooka made things even worse than the man-eating vines.

5. The Others (2001)

I like scary movies that aren’t that gory and disturbing. Creepy, yes, but I don’t want to have nightmares for a week. Don’t get me wrong, there are some scary parts in this movie, but it’s also a mystery. In it, Nicole Kidman’s character lives in a huge, old house with her two photosensitive children, and she believes that her house is haunted. Creepiness ensues.

What are your favorite movies to watch in fall?

house · house tour

House Tour: Living Room

My husband and I live in what is basically a two-room apartment. You may be accustomed to roaming such open spaces as two BEDROOM apartments, but ours is basically two rooms.

I will pretend that our kitchen is not basically the same room as our living room, so that will not be included.

Living in a small apartment space has its’ ups and downs. We have grown to love it, and it’s simple and easy to take care of for two people.

This is our living space, where we hang out most of the time. We still have sort of a collected-along-the-way group of furniture, but we bought our first very own couch last year, after our old hand-me-down one had seen some better days.

My ultimate style for my dream house would be cozy/comfortable. I like rooms where you can stretch out with a book surrounded by windows and pillows. And when it’s cold, bundle up with blankets and pajamas.
Boba and Luna tend to face off sometimes They have a love/hate relationship. They’re not actually brother and sister, but they were raised together since they were a few months old.
If you are here for cuddles, Luna is all about them.
Greg complains that we have too many pillows. I stand by that we have just enough.

Our TV stand should get upgraded at some point in the future, but we have zero plans so far. This is a stand we got for our very first apartment; it was super cheap, but it’s stood the test of time so far.

This is a side table that we built ourselves. Not the sturdiest of furniture, but enough to hold our books, laptop, sketchbook, and tablets, so that they are not cluttering up the coffee table.
Also, notice how all the remotes are on the shelf. They will probably not stay there. My husband has a tendency of remote-walking, where he moves around a lot while he watches TV, and takes the remote wherever he goes.
I have a small vegan recipe book collection.
TARDIS painting made by yours truly. We are big Whovians in this household.

Boba hanging out.

Our bookshelf – mostly, we only hold onto the ones we really like.

Mine, although we are both Harry Potter fans…

His… He’s into non-fiction war books; it’s not my kind of genre.

If my husband sits in this chair, a cat will most likely claim his lap.

Photos from our honeymoon.

Luna in her favorite spot.

That’s our living space! Sometimes I wish it were bigger, but most of the time I really enjoy having a small space that is easy to organize and prevents us from gathering too many things we don’t need.

What’s your ideal size space in which to live?
What’s your style of dream house?

food · travel

How to Eat Vegan While on a Camping Trip

Last month, my husband and I went on a 9-day camper van road trip around Iceland, and one of the biggest hurdles to deal with was finding food for ourselves that was vegan. We didn’t want to eat out every night, and most places didn’t have vegan options, anyway. Iceland is a pretty cool place, but fermented shark meat is not on my list of food to try.

If you ever thought about going vegan, you may be worried about what you would eat in unusual circumstances, like camping. Not to worry, though, you do not have to go hungry while all your friends are eating hot dogs.

#1 Research
If you are going to be camping for a while, check out what stores are nearby to find out if you will have access to fresh food along your way.

Before we went on our camping trip, I was a little worried and did some research about the shopping there. I found out that they would have plenty of grocery stores on our route.

#2 Be Inventive
Eating veggie burgers every day can get repetitive, so mix it up and combine ingredients you already have.

For example, for lunch on our camping trip, we sometimes sliced avocado with a sprinkle of salt along with some Paprika flavored chips on top of a bagel. Combined with fresh fruit and a can of foreign Coke, it does not make for a bad lunch.

#3 Prepare

Bring along the appropriate equipment, like a camping stove, pots, pans, and kitchen utensils. Also bring whatever food along that you know you won’t have access to once you get there.

I recommend bringing along your favorite energy bars for those emergency moments when you need to eat something right away.

#4 Beans!!
Beans are your best friend. Beans are full of protein and fiber and go with a lot of foods. I admit to eating chickpeas directly out of a can in a particularly hungry moment on our trip.

#5 Plan some recipes ahead of time
Here are some ideas:
Breakfast foods – Oatmeal, fresh fruits, and bagels + peanut butter + sliced bananas
Tacos – Tacos are super easy and you can add whatever filling you want. Usually, rice, beans, salsa and taco seasoning are easy to find.
Wraps – Chickpeas, rice, salsa, and avocado, or other ingredients you may like are easy to put in a wrap.
Pasta – Noodles & pasta sauce (to keep yourself healthy, sprinkle some nutritional yeast on top, vegans!)
Burgers – If you have a cooler, veggie burgers/sausages are awesome so you don’t have to feel like you are missing out on traditional campfire food.

#6 Have fun, eat cookies
Did you know Oreos are vegan? You can still enjoy lots of things that happen to be vegan, like everything on PETA’s accidentally vegan food list.

I’m crossing my fingers they bring back S’mores Oreos.

Do you have any favorite camping foods?
What’s the longest camping trip you’ve been on?

fitness · obstacle course

Five Reasons You Should Do an Obstacle Course

#1. You can go at your own pace. Everyone moves at a different pace, and no one even cares if you walk it (as long as you don’t take up the entire width of the trail). I like to go for the ‘prancing deer’ style.

#2. You can show off your super cool dance moves.

#3. It’s a great place to get out some of those deep down hidden emotions, like fear and absolute terror. You’ll also get embarrassing photographic evidence of these emotions.

This was about the time I decided that the boys I was with would be great on their own, and if I didn’t go down the slide right away, I would never do it. My body went down the slide before my brain was ready.

Am I crying here? Maybe? This is my “I hate water slides,” face. I know most people look forward to slides, but once once they reach longer than 10 ft, they transform into a tower of slippery nightmares for me.

I promise I’m actually fine. Every time I go down a water slide, I look like a cat in a tub (see last year’s obstacle course).

Oh, and there’s a pit of water at the bottom? Can’t wait for THAT!

On the flip side, my husband does it one-handed, while yelling with what I can only imagine is pure, manly glee.

That’s okay, maybe I did better at walking over a pool of water using a plank and a couple of ropes. Wait..

Can you tell how good I am at sports? It’s proven by how much I look like I’m crying while I’m doing them.

#4. You get super muddy, and it’s totally fine, because everyone is super muddy. And swimming through a pit of mud is kind of an enjoyable, floaty feeling, and you get to know what alligators feel like.

#5. At the end, you get a cool medal, a free hat and beer. I don’t drink the beer, but I appreciate the sentiment.

Okay, so maybe you just have to do it to know why you’re doing it. And some people are not into it, and that’s okay, too.

Which have you done, if any?

Our favorites are:
1. Warrior Dash
2. Tough Mudder (him, not me, yet)
3. Spartan Race
4. Wipe Out Run