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Guest Blogger #5: Melissa Ruddy Interview

Here is my interview from a guest post I did at the beginning of October! Thanks again Mayur.

It's Mayur Remember?

A while ago, I posted a Call for Guest Bloggers, Melissa from ‘In Between Moderation‘ responded. She kind of liked what I do so she asked me to write a guest blog for and that you can check out here.

Her blog is all about balance, and she herself tries to achieve balance in her life and try to help other reach the goal. She herself is a amazing writer, her blog post is inspirational.

So let’s hear more from her shall we?

1. Who are you and why do you write?

I am a mom of two, a wife, a full-time employee and someone who is trying to not overdue things while at the same time trying to fit everything in. I write because I need a voice, I need reflection, I need the sanity of the outlet it provides.

2. What kind of stories/posts…

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This Halloween be a Grandma

PA250726It’s Halloween!!!!! Today is a day were anyone can become anything. You can dress-up like a pirate, a witch or even a taco and no one will think your crazy. You can unleash your creativity, and weirdness and just have fun.

The year my family went as Telli Tubbies.

The year my family went as Telli Tubbies.

I am reminded of my grandmother, Mary Barile. Even at 95, she would still dress-up for Halloween. Not only would she dress up, she would also go to Halloween Horror nights. Yes…at 95! She was so much fun. So today, in the spirit of “Grandma Mary,” tap into your inner child, unleash your creativity, dress-up and have a great Halloween!


Spidery Treat

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Treat.” These cupcake’s were not only a sweet treat, they were a treat for me to create.


My top 5 Halloween Movies to Watch with Kids

I know this is a list that has been done to death. Here is my issue. Many movies that are Halloween”ish” are either to adult, scary or geared towards toddlers. I have an 8-year old and a 5 year old and finding a Halloween movie that is still on the innocent side is kind of a challenge. So here is the list that I have found that seems to appeal to both, but still maintain a G rating and are not totally agony for an adult to watch with the kids.

  1. Monsters.Inc – A great movie for anytime of the year really. It has fun characters, age appropriate themes and as usual a good lesson.
  2. The Nightmare Before Christmas – The animation and songs make it an interesting but different type of movie. Some of the lyrics can get a bit rough but nothing that is to outrageous.
  3. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown – It’s an oldie but a goody. It is a little slow in spots but still fun to watch.
  4. Hotel Transylvania – Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, and Kevin James are a few of the famous actors that lend their voices to this movie. Gotta say Sandler’s “Drac” is great. It actually had me laughing along with the kids. Can’t wait to see Hotel Transylvania 2 which is out in theaters now.

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  5. Harry Potter and The Sorcerer Stone – But only the first one…maybe the second one (The Chamber or Secrets.) if you kids are a bit older maybe 6 or 7. .My 5 year old can handle the first Harry Potter, the second was a bit to scary at the end. However, the first movie is fun, fanciful and has a good lesson of bravery and friendship.
There are a couple I have seen on other lists that didn’t workout for me.
1. Hocus Pocus – Cute movie, but I didn’t remember them talking about the lead male being a “virgin.” That began the question from my 8-year-old, “Mom, what’s a virgin?” Awkward…
2. ParaNorman – Didn’t get past the first 5 minutes because they immediately used the word “sex,” right out of the gate! My kids are still to young for this conversation and this is not how I want it to start. This was totally unexpected for a kids movie. Don’t know if they were trying to be funny or appeal to adults but there are plenty Halloween movies for adults. Sex or sex references have no place in a kids movie.
3. Halloweentown – Great for the kids but I couldn’t watch it with them. I found the story annoying and the acting abominable. But at least it is safe, not to scary and has no sex references. I would put it on if I have something to do in the next room.
 What are your picks for Halloween movies to watch with the kids? Leave a comment. Would love to get some new ideas and suggestions.?

Happy National Chocolate Day!!!!!


It seems very funny to me that National Chocolate Day comes right before Halloween (which is filled with chocolate candy among other things.) I defiantly notice the irony that I just did a post about eating candy in moderation, then one about celebrating chocolate. You got me. But come on this is a national event. We can’t miss that right???? In any case, no one can say National Chocolate Day is not a reason to celebrate. Here are 10 reasons to celebrate this yummy confection.

  1. Chocolate, especially the dark variety, is rich in anti-oxidants, which reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. Chocolate also has copper, iron, zinc and magnesium -nutrients essential to the body-
  2. Chocolate syrup was used to depict blood in the iconic shower scene of Hitchcock’s film, “Psycho.” –
  3. Scientific research can prove that chocolate is not addictive –
  4. Cacao trees can live to be 200 years old, but they produce marketable cocoa beans for only 25
  5.  Researchers have found no link between acne and chocolate. In fact, German researchers suggest that flavonoids in chocolate absorb UV light, which help protect and increase blood flow to the skin, ultimately improving its appearance.
  6. In September, 2011, a chocolate bar was created that weighed close to 12 thousand pounds. The bar required roughly seventeen hundred pounds of cocoa butter and about fourteen hundred pounds of chocolate liquor. –
  7.  The name chocolate comes from the Aztec word xocalati meaning bitter water. Not at all surprising, being that they concocted a drink by combining cacao with chillie peppers, achiote, cornmeal and it’s believed they added a form of hallucnogenic mushroom (possibly helped to take their minds of the taste).-
  8.  Chocolate produces the effects of a mild anti-depressant by increasing serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain. –
  9.  Although not scientifically proven, chocolate is believed by many, to be an aphrodisiac. The theory is supported by the fact that chocolate does contain among many chemicals the stimulants: caffeine, theobromine, and
  10. It tastes really good and makes people happy!!!!

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So, at least for today, enjoy a piece (in moderation of course) of  guilt-free chocolate and celebrate all the history, joy, and health benefits it bestows. Have a very chocolaty day!

Halloween Candy in Moderation

candy-corn-1538379You knew I was going to go there. With Halloween on the horizon and the willpower to resist set for impending doom, I had to do a post about limiting the Halloween candy. It is not just a problem for the kiddies. The sugar high hits adults pretty hard. I know by the end of the night I have dripped into my kids treat bag one to many times. For me even if I hide the candy away it calls to me… Whispers in that seductive mini-chocolate bar voice. “I’m right the cabinet. They kids are asleep… they will never know.”

It is my own version of a Telltale Heart in candy. The voice gets louder and louder till unknowingly my hands are drawn to the candy bag before I can stop them. When I come to and realize what I have done, I stand amongst a counter of candy wrapper shrapnel. The sad remains of the sugar and excess calories I have consumed. Don’t be like me! Stop the evil candy demon from possessing your mind. Here are some strategies I plan on trying in the hopes of keeping the siren song of the Baby Ruth, Tootsie Roll, and Milky Way, at bay.colorful-candies-1505050

  1. Don’t open the bag!- As I have said before, I am an “all or nothing” type of person. Once I start on the slippery road of sugar, it is usually a quick down hill slide that continues till I hit rock bottom…or the bottom of the treat bag.
  2. Drink water– Ok, I know it is not a replacement for chocolate but, if I drink enough water, the feeling of fullness might make it to uncomfortable to eat candy.
  3. Wear tight clothes– Again the discomfort of tight clothing might trick me mentally into not wanting to eat any candy.
  4. Set up a non-food reward– If I go the night without eating candy I will by myself new shoes!!! ( Hey, this one might actually work!)
  5. Distraction, out of sight out of mind – Tell my family not to let me eat the candy, have them hide it when we come home. (Ok, I know this one is a long shot.)
I would love to say that I am the type of person who can stand firm and say I will not eat candy on Halloween, but it’s Halloween. If you have any suggestions please help! I would desperately love to hear them! Please help me prevent the candy driven shame I will feel the day after Halloween. For those of you that can have “just a piece,” Enjoy.

Dance the night away at the Zombie Prom! And other undead events

Are you fearing a Zombie apocalypse but want to wear you pink taffeta dress and heels? Are you craving some brains and cruedite while you slow dance to “Every breath you take,”  and “In your eyes.” Then this is the party for you!

Ok, I have to talk about one of the coolest idea I have seen in a long time. It is such in the spirit of the season. It is….you guessed it….Zombie Prom!!!! So cool, right? There is a town by me that is organizing and hosting a Zombie Prom. I don’t know why but I am so excited about this. This looks like so much fun, especially if you are a Walking Dead Fan. Zombies apparently are the new vampires after all! So, I got to thinking about what other Zombie themed events and attractions other towns might be hosting.

Apparently, Zombie paintball has totally taken off all over the Nation. Click here for a site that will help you find a Zombie paintball close to you.

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There are also Zombie runs and Zombie 5k’s that are spreading like a zombie virus all over the U.S. There is even and app called Zombie, Run that will help you train for these events or just help you prepare to outrun the undead.

The topper however is the full zombie immersion experience at Zombie Town in Ashville, NC. There you can become a full fledged Zombie hunter.  In the hour long session you are part of a zombie filled show where you are the center of the story line.

Before we laugh off the Zombie Apocalypse as a silly Halloween prank I found his on the Center for Disease Control website.

“Wonder why Zombies, Zombie Apocalypse, and Zombie Preparedness continue to live or walk dead on a CDC web site? As it turns out what first began as a tongue in cheek campaign to engage new audiences with preparedness messages has proven to be a very effective platform. We continue to reach and engage a wide variety of audiences on all hazards preparedness via Zombie Preparedness.”


So the Zombie outbreak is helping the CDC reach more people about other serious health issues. So Zombies are actually doing some good! Who knew…

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