The Ghosts and Ghouls of La Raza

There are a lot of spiritualists and occultists in Mexico.

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On this week’s post for the FALL COLLABORATION, we wanted to share ghost and horror stories with our readers.  We are just days aways from Halloween and it only seems appropriate.

There are a lot of spiritualists and occultists in Mexico.  There are certain parts of the country that are known to host gatherings of witches and wizards.  There are even rumors of drug cartels stealing people and selling them to these occultists for human sacrifice.  Needless to say, there is a whole box full of horror stories and urban legends that run wild in the culture.  I’ll share just a few of them with you.

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La Llorona, or The Weeping Woman, is one of the most popular and memorable of ghosts and ghouls.  It is a legend that is iconic amongst the youth of Latin America.  The story of the Llorona is so famous because parents use it to keep children quiet at night and to keep them from going out late at night.  The story says that a women drowned her children in a river in Mexico as revenge.  Her husband had left her for another women and so in her rage she killed her own children.  After doing so, she came back to her senses and could not live with herself after what she had done.  She decides to drown herself so that she does not have to feel that immense pain of loss that is only found on Earth.  The problem is at heaven’s gate where they tell her that she can not enter until after she finds her missing children.  She is then forced to roam the Earth where she seeks children that resemble her own so that she can enter heaven.  She does so only at night and will prey on those that are alone or in small groups.  Since she feels the pain of loss on Earth, those that have had encounters with her say that she cries and yells, “Mis hijos.  Ay,  mis hijos.”  This translates to, “My children.  Oh, my children.”  If you hear her cry then you are marked for life and she will visit you wanting to take you.  The few that have seen her face are never the same.

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El Chupacabra is a blood-sucking beast that preys on livestock and humans alike.  This monster story was born after many animals in Latin America were attacked and left with bite marks on their necks.  They were also without one ounce of blood in your bodies.  After the initial attacks, farmers started to take up arms and keep watch.  This is when the first sightings happened.  They are described in many different fashions but all accounts give a few agreeable traits.  They have large red eyes, resemble a dog in many ways but that can walk upright, and they have fangs.  Of course, no one has ever caught one but nonetheless the legend prevails and there are still occasional attacks here and there.  It is said that if you live in rural parts of Latin America you could be attacked by one and your blood sucked right out of your body.  This is a big part of why children will not go into a barn alone anymore.  They are afraid they will walk in on El Chupacabra having a meal then become the next one.  How’s that for a monster tale?

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El Cucuy is Latin America’s Boogeyman.  He lives under your bed or in your closet is waiting for the lights to go out and for your parents to go to bed.  Usually he will get you only if you are not well behaved in the night hours but that has long been extended being attacked no matter what!  So watch yo self!  This is another one of the ghost stories that parents tell their kids so that they can get them to go to bed on time.  They have depicted him and called him in different ways across Latin America but in Mexico he is a man that is dressed in black with a monstrous face.  He devours children, and adults, that look at him when he approaches.  All the horror movie scenes where a child pulls up the covers while something breathes on the other side – El Cucuy cabron!!!  Chale, no mames that crap is scary.  If you let the covers down in your curiosity to find out what it is te va de madre.  So beware because he is everywhere.

Make sure to check out my fellow COLLABERS and their ghost stories!!  Thanks for the read and watch out for those that go bump in the night.

 Jacqueliine Joy- Warning! Warning!  She will make you laugh. She joins me in the “Bloggers that have Kiddo’s” group of the COLLAB.  Check her out.  Jacqueliine’s Blog Site

Varsha- originally from Aruba, she delivers great cooking, fine dining, a rich diverse culture, and different accents!  Totally different timezone, Totally awesome blog! Don’t miss it!! Varsha’s Blog Site

Lee- “The Originator” of the FALL COLLABORATION, she puts together great material on Lifestyle, Beauty, and Health with the purpose of helping everyone out – one at a time!!!  Lee’s Blog Site

Jenna- She promotes self-love and respect!  Check out her blog straight from the Lone-Star State!  Absolutely great material!!  Jenna’s Blog Site

Morgan- She blogs about life,  fitness,  college life and beauty!  She is a Girl vs. World and everything else and boy does she put up a fight.  Check out the great perspective and experiences!! Morgan’s Blog Site

 

 

 

What Are You Supposed To Be??

This is something that I have heard quite often over the years, “…So what are you supposed to be?” Mainly I credit my appreciation for the non-traditional costumes at Halloween time. Monsters always get you looking, but a smart and witty design will keep them looking and draw them in to ask that great question!

This is something that I have heard quite often over the years, “…So what are you supposed to be?”  Mainly I credit my appreciation for the non-traditional costumes at Halloween time. Monsters always get you looking, but a smart and witty design will keep them looking and draw them in to ask that great question!

This week on the FALL COLLABORATION we will be delving into why we choose the outfit we choose and how we put it together!

Option 1 – Deadpool

My traditional selection would be the infamous and pretentious comic/hero/potty-mouth savior in red.  This movie, while it missed the mark for me cinematically, is funny, action-packed, and introduces us to a super-hero that we can all relate to a little more than Thor or Iron Man (because none of us have either a British accent or a trillion bucks).  This gives you the freedom to actually live a little in the costume!  You can dance around instead of walk like a mummy and you can crack jokes as opposed to silently wearing the Jason mask you have donned every year since high school.  The character behind the costume is just as important as how it looks.  Deadpool is a great selection because the outfit is something that you can find most anywhere online.  This does mean that you will have stiff competition but that is part of the fun.  You get to have fake weapons at your side – even though here in the south you can’t be sure they are fake or if they are ACTUAL Desert Eagles.  All around this uniform or costume is just great!!  It looks great, helps you to pick up a great personality that you can have fun with, and I can see it leading to a great night no matter where you’re going.  This costume will be a simple design – just put it on and zip it up.  You can be creative with the weapons and all but your face will be covered so you can skip the make-up art with this selection.

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Option 2 – The BFG

By BFG we mean the main monster from the film The Big Friendly Giant.  A lot of people would not dare put this on to go to a Halloween party or get-together!!  I’m not sure why but I think it’s genius.  It looks funny, gives you permission to rock high-water trousers, gives you a trumpet as a prop, and styles your hair in a priceless bald/bowl cut my dad wears because that’s all he’s got.  This would be my pick for a non-traditional costume that will make people have to guess what you are dressed as.  This in turns stirs a conversation and boom!  You are in the door as far as making friends and meeting new people.  Isn’t making new friends, and vampires sucking human blood, what Halloween is all about anyway?  The image I selected definitely qualifies as goofy in all its definition but nonetheless I am convinced that this costume will keep them guessing, laughing, make you the star of the party and will be different than most you will see out on the town.  You can purchase from a large selection of different takes on this outfit or make your own.  One thing is key here – all the clothes should be too small for your except your shoes.  You will need a wig and maybe a trumpet to complete this look but the rest you can find at Savers for really cheap.

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Option 3 – Leatherface

The last selection for this year is a well-known and respected monster.  Leatherface from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre is a great outfit because of the blood and gore and the chainsaw that you get to wear.  I chose this character because there is a new film that will be released this year by the name Leatherface.  It allows you to run around yelling and screaming and scaring everyone around you.  You are going to concentrate the most on this outfit because there is not one way to get this done.  The most important aspects are going to be the long-sleeve cut-up and bloody shirt, old and tattered trousers (probably some old church slacks that are too large for you with suspenders), and boots!  The boots should be rubber boots because that is what he originally wore in the 1974 version.  As far as the face, well you can purchase a mask or make your own!!  Mwuahahahahah.  Just kidding.  Don’t take anyone out and wear their face – thanks bud.  Buy a mask and a wig and make sure they are covered in what looks like blood!  The chainsaw needs to be fake.  This is for safety concerns of course.  If you can’t find one but insist on a chainsaw, use a broken one that doesn’t work anymore but be super careful.  I advise if children are going to be near, avoid this.

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No matter what you choose for this Halloween, give it your own twist!!  Have fun and be creative with what you wear.  Remember to also make it comfortable because you want to walk a lot or dance you need mobility!  Check out my fellow COLLABERS on what they are wearing this season.

 

 Jacqueliine Joy- Warning! Warning!  She will make you laugh. She joins me in the “Bloggers that have Kiddo’s” group of the COLLAB.  Check her out.  Jacqueliine’s Blog Site

Varsha- originally from Aruba, she delivers great cooking, fine dining, a rich diverse culture, and different accents!  Totally different timezone, Totally awesome blog! Don’t miss it!! Varsha’s Blog Site

Lee- “The Originator” of the FALL COLLABORATION, she puts together great material on Lifestyle, Beauty, and Health with the purpose of helping everyone out – one at a time!!!  Lee’s Blog Site

Jenna- She promotes self-love and respect!  Check out her blog straight from the Lone-Star State!  Absolutely great material!!  Jenna’s Blog Site

Morgan- She blogs about life,  fitness,  college life and beauty!  She is a Girl vs. World and everything else and boy does she put up a fight.  Check out the great perspective and experiences!! Morgan’s Blog Site

 

 

5 Horror Films To Die For

When you looked down at the stairwell all you saw was black!

The genre of Horror films has a special place in my heart – and I don’t go there very often!  For a reason of course.  My childhood was filled with excitement and bewilderment due in large part because my family shared a 100-year old house with another family.  This thing was huge, creepy, squeaky and jam-packed with crazy people, myself excluded.  My best friend to-date and his family lived downstairs while my family lived upstairs.  When you looked down at the stairwell all you saw was black!  Add to this that my younger brother and I were in constant competition with my buddy and his younger brother; matching our bravado and macho in any activity including Horror Movies.  I saw the worst ones made way way way too young.

With October comes Halloween and a plethora of horror movies will flood our television screens very soon.  The following are my top 5 rated horror films so that you can weed out the duds and focus on the stuff that will make you sleep with the closet light on and hugging the bear you got for valentine’s day last year.

I warn you that my list will not resemble a lot of shortlists in this categories.  When I choose a film to watch I have to be convinced that there is more than just ghouls and ghosts at every corner.  I have to be immersed in the story, care about the characters and most importantly, the fear has to be deeper than face value.  A monster is somewhat scary, but the realization that your past will haunt you forever is man’s worst nightmare.

 

  • The Sixth Sense (1999)6-sense

I love this film for so many reasons.  In order to keep the conversation sweet and short, I’ll include the most obvious.  The director, M. Night Shyamalan, has got to be one of the most innovative and creative storytellers to ever grace the screen.  His plot twists and character depth grab a hold of you so tightly that he is able to run subtle details right under your nose and you won’t even notice.  This film delves into the most popular and on-demand subject matter which is the paranormal and psychology but it will take you where you least expect by the end.  If you have not seen it, then are you really even alive…?  I hope you see what I did there.

 

  • A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)freddy-2

I’m sure that 90 percent of those reading this have seen this film and that’s part of why I include it in my favorites.  This is one of those films that I saw way too young and that really screwed with my head.  I mean it’s the perfect premise to mess with any childhood – if you fall asleep, then you die!  Smiley Face!  This film was made in 1984 which is fours years before I was born but it spawned a collection of films with one common denominator – Freddy Krueger.  He is undoubtedly a staple of October, Halloween, Trick-or-Treat, and Horror.  You can run when you are awake but what do you when you’re asleep and Freddy takes control?  Krueger is a boss.

 

  • Baskin (2015)baskin

For those with a weak stomach and a photographic memory – you have been warned.  This film is for those that are truly intrigued with how far a film will go to try to get at your psyche and soul and for those that don’t mind guts and gore.  This film was meant to take you right to the belly of H-E-double hockey sticks and it gets you there quick.  Without divulging the entire movie let me just say that it will creep you out and imprint images of horror in your brain that you couldn’t wash away with all the Clorox wipes in the world.  Beware!

  • The Exorcist (1973)exorcist

Without a doubt, one of the most talked about horror and suspense films ever made.  It is said that when this film was first shown in theaters around the globe, the audience raced out in herds because of the images, vibe, and overall subject matters it dealt with.  That was then and this is now – but not a thing has changed.  This film is on my list because it deals with more than just ghosts and goblins.  It starts the conversation containing God and Devil;  Good and Evil;  Light and Dark;  and the most important one yet – they are more real than we care to admit and all around us.  I saw this movie at a very young age and I’ll never forget the moment it became too real and unbearable to take.  I cried, then ran, then had to be soothed like if I was a toddler.  Granted I was about 7 or 8 but that fact alone rests my case which is the following:

There is something very real, tangible, and palpable about the spiritual realms.  Most ignore it their entire lives and never think twice.  But that is fool-hearty.  They say children see your soul right in your eyes – it’s a sense that God has granted them in their innocence and as time goes by we lose it because we are marred by society, troubles and conflicts, and our selfish journey to grandness.  There is something sinister and almost too accurate in this film that resonates more with children and even with adults.  You can’t watch this film without feeling some sense of uneasiness, curiosity, and the need for faith in something larger than yourself.

 

 

  • The Babadook (2014)babadook-3

This film makes the hairs on the back of your neck raise from the moment that it begins.  The casting of this film introduces 3 main characters that you will sympathize with immediately.  A single mother that does not remember what love is and that mundanely, and in a zombie-like trance, traverses each day with the same 2 things in her hands.  In the right hand, she holds regret.  In the left hand, she holds hopelessness.  Her son, which is ingeniously portrayed, has problems at school, is an introvert, is awkward as F-&*, and sees something in his room at night.  Then there is the thing that goes thump in the night.  It creeps its way into their metaphysical world in the most unexpected way but they both end up finding out that it has been with them all along.  In fact, it is them and they are it.  By the end of the film, we learn the true definition of the phrase “Your past haunts you forever.”  If you have not seen this film I bid you farewell with 2 things –

  1.  Watch during morning hours – It won’t help or matter anyway.
  2. Don’t…watch…alone.

 

Check out the Horror Movies that make my fellow Collabers say “Gulp” in the night!

 Jacqueliine Joy- Warning! Warning!  She will make you laugh. She joins me in the “Bloggers that have Kiddo’s” group of the COLLAB.  Check her out.  Jacqueliine’s Blog Site

Varsha- originally from Aruba, she delivers great cooking, fine dining, a rich diverse culture, and different accents!  Totally different timezone, Totally awesome blog! Don’t miss it!! Varsha’s Blog Site

Lee- “The Originator” of the FALL COLLABORATION, she puts together great material on Lifestyle, Beauty, and Health with the purpose of helping everyone out – one at a time!!!  Lee’s Blog Site

Jenna- She promotes self-love and respect!  Check out her blog straight from the Lone-Star State!  Absolutely great material!!  Jenna’s Blog Site

Morgan- She blogs about life,  fitness,  college life and beauty!  She is a Girl vs. World and everything else and boy does she put up a fight.  Check out the great perspective and experiences!! Morgan’s Blog Site

A Gentleman in FALL!

Its the best of the best for the Fall season and it’s a part of your wardrobe that you can only use this type of year. Enjoy the weather outside without compromising the look you want to present.

This weeks post for the FALL COLLABORATION is one that I have been looking forward to!! With the change of weather comes a much needed transformation to your wardrobe.  The sandals and shorts go back in the closet while coats and sweaters come out and you prep footwear for snow and ice.  The temperature permits layers and this allow for a different look.  I’m going to present different options for any situation.  These articles of clothing are going to complete a tighter, clean, and fitted look.  This post would have a bazillion words if it described ALL the styles possible.  Nonetheless, the following is the look I strive for during Fall and Winter.

Jackets or coats are very important as Fall takes a tighter grasp on the air around you.  It gets cold and windy and you will need something to keep you warm without decompressing your look.  For this, I suggest you have at least 3 different types of jackets/coats.  I’ll explain why next:


The heavy coat is essential for when you have to really dress it up.  An elegant dinner or get-together will require that your outfit be more on the business side of the spectrum.  Throwing a sweat shirt with you alma mater will not due in this case (No offense intended).  If you are going to wear a tie or a blazer with a suit, then one of these is a must.  They sell longer trench coats which appear fancier but it is all about preference here.  Explore your options.


A leather jacket is necessary because it establishes that you mean business in a casual way.  If you ever saw those movies where the guy is on a dirt bike and its starting to get “dirty” you’ll understand what I mean.  The leather jacket just means that you are a bad-ass but your overall outfit can be more relaxed.  The styles vary but I prefer a beltline length and a sleek look.  You can wear this with multiples outfits and combinations of shoes or boots and jeans.

The last jacket is something that you can wear in those super casual moments.  This is for those midnight runs to Wal Mart in your sweat pants!  It works well because sometimes you don’t feel like a businessman or a Casanova but just want something to keep you warm but collected.  These are just a few options but again you can use your imagination.


Sweaters are most important while Fall transitions to Winter but even then you can add to your layered look.  With so many styles and cuts, you need to stock up on a few “staple” sweaters or cardigans to beef up your wardrobe.

Make sure you avoid over-sizing which we tend to do.  Avoid clothing that makes you look exaggeratingly square and that are too loud with buttons and flaps.  Extra material makes you look extra big.  Try to stick to a neutral color that you can pair with almost everything.  I prefer a black or a grey but with so many options – go crazy.

Its the best of the best for the Fall season and it’s a part of your wardrobe that you can only use this type of year.  Enjoy the weather outside without compromising the look you want to present.

 

Make sure to check out the rest of the COLLABERS all of their Fall style tips and tricks!!

Jacqueliine Joy- Warning! Warning!  She will make you laugh. She joins me in the “Bloggers that have Kiddo’s” group of the COLLAB.  Check her out.  Jacqueliine’s Blog Site

Varsha- originally from Aruba, she delivers great cooking, fine dining, a rich diverse culture, and different accents!  Totally different timezone, Totally awesome blog! Don’t miss it!! Varsha’s Blog Site

Lee- “The Originator” of the FALL COLLABORATION, she puts together great material on Lifestyle, Beauty, and Health with the purpose of helping everyone out – one at a time!!!  Lee’s Blog Site

Jenna- She promotes self-love and respect!  Check out her blog straight from the Lone-Star State!  Absolutely great material!!  Jenna’s Blog Site

Morgan- She blogs about life,  fitness,  college life and beauty!  She is a Girl vs. World and everything else and boy does she put up a fight.  Check out the great perspective and experiences!! Morgan’s Blog Site

REGNAT POPULUS! Arkansas in the Fall: Top 5!

I had the opportunity to live in many states but Arkansas has got to be the most interesting and diverse!

With this chapter of the FALL COLLABORATION, I have the great privilege of introducing readers to the great state of Arkansas!!   I had the opportunity to live in many states but Arkansas has got to be the most interesting and diverse!  It goes without saying that in 1863 when Arkansas was admitted into the Union the motto was Regnat populus – which translates to “The People Rule!”  The following is a list of some of the great places to visit and events to attend when Fall comes to The Natural States.

 

1- Thorncrown Chapel        Eureka Springs, AR               All Year Round  thorcrown

Over six million people have visited this magical chapel since it was opened in 1980.  This magnificent piece of architecture was placed fourth on the list of the top buildings of the twentieth century.  You can visit it any time of year but the fall colors are what make this place a delightful venue for weddings and sightseeing.  The town that it is in is also amazing and has that perfect small-town vibe offering big-time laughs and entertainment.

 

2- Arkansas-Oklahoma State Fair    Fort Smith, AR        September 23 – October 1

The Fair is a must-see!  People come from all over in order to get in on the larger-than-life drumsticks, the amazing cotton candy art, the Livestock and Creative Arts Competitions, the Fair Rides, Concerts, Rodeo, and so much more.  The Fair takes place in a lot of different places all at once.  It just depends on if you want to see a Hypnotist, if you’re interested in the Kachunga Alligator Show, or if you want to see all the shows and concerts at Kay Rogers Park.  There is something for everyone in the family at the State Fair and it opens its doors only in the Fall.

 

3- Mount Magazine State Park                                     All Year Roundasp_mtmag_2014_img_lg_08

Fall has never looked so spectacular.  Even though it takes a little more time for the changes in color to come over this state park, the Fall weather makes it the perfect time to hit the trails.  Hiking, lodging and cabins, horseback riding, canoes on a lake, rafting over rapids, mountain biking, hang gliding, ATV tours, and camping are all available here.  If one of the listed options doesn’t make you smile with excitement, I going to guess that it’s because you have never tried it before!  Word to the wise – get to Mount Magazine and “Just Do Et.”

 

4-  Fayetteville, AR & Razorback Stadium                   Septemter 3 – Novermber 25

razorback-stadium-1I decided to link the two because of their mutual existence.  Fayetteville is a young vibrant city full of energy, commerce, health, and beauty.  Part of what makes this town so popular and bustling is the University of Arkansas campus that is nestled right in the heart of this place.  For the sports fan in the state, this is the place to be to see Razorback Football, Basketball, and all other college division sports.  Fayetteville is also home to the infamous Dickson Street!  Bars and live bands, the best food, and entertainment at your fingertips.  Needless to say, this college town is much more than a college town now and to visit it is to see something new every time!

 

5- Magic Springs & Crystal Falls  

Magic Screams     Oct 8 – Oct 30    &    Cooler Sundays    Sept 23 – Oct 30

Located in beautiful Hot Springs, AR, this water and theme park offers a load of fun for all the family!  With admission to both at the same time you are sure to get your share of soaking and thrill-seeking fun!  The special events offered through Fall are Magic Screams and Cooler Sundays.  Magic Scream is Halloween town all over the place.  Ghost and ghouls jumping out at every corner, witches flying over-head, and waiting in line for a ride or game is not boring anymore when werewolves are trying to snatch you!  It’s a whole lot of fun and will definitely keep you giggling and on your toes.  Cooler Sundays is the opportunity to bring a cooler full of any goody that you want into the park with you at time of admission !!  Sound crazy?  It is but Magic Springs offers it every year.  This way you can have lots of fun and be able to carry your favorite snacks with you everywhere you go.

With so much to do and so much to see, Arkansas allows you to wake up every morning and experience something fresh and exciting.  Sometimes the only thing that lacks is the energy to keep up with all there is to visit!!

Many more where those came from and throughout the FALL COLLABORATION, I will be sharing more of the place I call home with all our readers.  Make sure to check out my fellow collaborators below as they share their homes with you and what do to “When In Rome… In Fall.”

Cheers!

Jacqueliine Joy- Warning! Warning!  She will make you laugh. She joins me in the “Bloggers that have Kiddo’s” group of the COLLAB.  Check her out.  Jacqueliine’s Blog Site

Varsha- originally from Aruba, she delivers great cooking, fine dining, a rich diverse culture, and different accents!  Totally different timezone, Totally awesome blog! Don’t miss it!! Varsha’s Blog Site

Lee- “The Originator” of the FALL COLLABORATION, she puts together great material on Lifestyle, Beauty, and Health with the purpose of helping everyone out – one at a time!!!  Lee’s Blog Site

Jenna- She promotes self-love and respect!  Check out her blog straight from the Lone-Star State!  Absolutely great material!!  Jenna’s Blog Site

Morgan- She blogs about life,  fitness,  college life and beauty!  She is a Girl vs. World and everything else and boy does she put up a fight.  Check out the great perspective and experiences!! Morgan’s Blog Site

 

 

 

 

Chicken Parm you taste so good!

As a man that lives in Merica, and lives in southern Merica, and loves Merica until the day that I die – I LOVE ME SOME FOOTBALL!!

For the second installment of our FALL COLLABORATION, the gang and I are going to take you through the steps on how to prepare for Primetime NFL Action!   As a man that lives in Merica, and lives in southern Merica, and loves Merica until the day that I die – I LOVE ME SOME FOOTBALL!!  Hank Williams Jr. was more famous in my home than Justin Timberlake or 98 Degrees because when you heard “Are You Ready For Some Football?” on the television – you knew it was bout to go down!   Monday night and Sundays were huge for us because that’s when the family came together for yet another fun and exciting time.  At my house, we had cousins come over with uncles and friends!  We had great food, jokes, rivalries, and you were sure to laugh your gut sore.

Now in days its no different!  There is a deep and thick love for the game of football in this country.  It stems from the rich history of great athletes that have set foot on the Grid Iron and from some of the most explosive last-minute plays!  Games that garnered the attention of more sets of eyes at one moment than anything else in the world!  Yes, that big!  So besides watching the game, allowing yourself to feel energy and excitement of the crowd and players, there are a few things that I find help me get the most of it!  You should adopt the following as your SOP for the duration of the season.

~Everyone Coming Over Needs A Jersey.  If Not, Just Go Home.

The Eyes of the experience.  We gather to yell and jump and fist pump our team to victory!!  The best thing you can do is wear your colors; wear the jersey of your favorite player!  This way, when they win, you can just throw the hot wings in your hand at the curtains and run into the street!  There you will be met by your strange and funky neighbors.  But today, you are fans!  So nothing else matters as you jump up to Belly Bump’em.  The smartest thing to do is to buy a quality jersey that will last you year after year.  If you are like me, I like to have somewhat of a collection, so I try to buy a new one every other year or so.  It can even be a T-Shirt with the logo of the team and team colors, but you can not show up to my house without colors.  Get with it!

~ The Food Must Be Spot On!!

Guacamole and Chips, Barbecue Chicken Nachos, Pigs In A Blanket, Bacon-Wrapped Potatoes with Creamy Dill Sauce, Barbecue Meatball Sliders, Kickin Chicken Nuggets, Grilled Chicken, Smoked Pork Ribs, and BUFFALO WINGS!!!  You don’t want me to go on, trust me.  I have limited GB space on this WordPress deal.  The food must make your mouth water.  It’s what catches the attention of that Nose of yours.  You enter the living room with the flat screen on the wall, but your nose takes you right into the kitchen to start to pick at the food!  When the belly can feast, the Beast is at peace.  It’s essential, and there are so many great recipes for you to try every single game.  You grab a plate full of food, grab a cold drink, then sit in front of the game to cheer and scream without running the risk of being famished.

~If The Stakes Aren’t High, Baby Bye, Bye, Bye!

JT reference there…  A fun thing that we like to do is make bets on a game.  Occasionally we will put a dollar or two in on a play for fun, but we like to up the ante!  This is why, as a general rule, I like to keep a bottle of scorching and spicy sauce in my cupboards.  This way the losing side knows that it has to pick a finger food then put the spicy sauce on it – and they don’t get water or milk! Not in my house!  Mwuahahahahaha.  It works well for pranks all year long too.  Dope.  Score.  For the guys, we have the losers leave the house without their jersey on (or any shirt at that matter).  For the ladies, especially from November through the Ship, they have them leave the house without their jersey on and their shoes and socks.  It’s usually frigid.  Something to add more punishment.

This list can go on forever and with a new season just around the corner every time, I love to add new things to make it a good time.  If you can catch a game live, you can take all of this to the tailgate parties that get way out there!!  It’s no longer your home where you have “control” – if it’s not OUT OF CONTROL it’s not TAILGATING.  Without all of the extravaganza and hype, the most pleasurable things for me is to surround myself with people that can laugh and have fun.  Surround yourself with people that love one of the above, and Football if possible, and you are sure to have a great night!  That’s what it is all about in the end – having an excuse to put down the phone, turn off your laptop or computer, put away your work, and live it up with family and friends.

Needless to say that my favorite NFL team are the Denver Broncos!  I grew up in Denver and still have family there.  The Mile High City is near and dear to my heart.  And since I live in Arkansas, well…

 

The title comes from a great commercial featuring Super Bowl 50 Champ Peyton Manning.  I’m sure you have seen it and I’m sure it annoys you by now!

 

Jacqueliine Joy- Warning! Warning!  She will make you laugh. She joins me in the “Bloggers that have Kiddo’s” group of the COLLAB.  Check her out.  Jacqueliine’s Blog Site

 

Varsha- originally from Aruba, she delivers great cooking, fine dining, a rich diverse culture, and different accents!  Totally different timezone, Totally awesome blog! Don’t miss it!! Varsha’s Blog Site

 

Lee- “The Originator” of the FALL COLLABORATION, she puts together great material on Lifestyle, Beauty, and Health with the purpose of helping everyone out – one at a time!!!  Lee’s Blog Site

 

Jenna- She promotes self-love and respect!  Check out her blog straight from the Lone-Star State!  Absolutely great material!!  Jenna’s Blog Site

 

Morgan- She blogs about life,  fitness,  college life and beauty!  She is a Girl vs. World and everything else and boy does she put up a fight.  Check out the great perspective and experiences!! Morgan’s Blog Site

I Cant Wait To Rake Leaves!

This is the first installment of mine for the FALL COLLABORATION that I have joined 5 other bloggers on.  Its an exciting moment for me because when you start writing you never really imagine all of the doors that its going to open up for you.  I have been most impressed with the great individuals that I have met and how great a spirit my friends exhibit on this FALL COLLABORATION.  Ill be sure to link them down below.  This week, we are talking about preparing for Fall and What Items we need to get us in the FALL-ZONE!

My favorite thing about the arrival of Fall is the change of weather!!  In reality, nothing signals change like Summer disappearing and that chilly, gusty wind finding its way into Arkansas.  This causes your entire life to flip upside down!  Okay, I admit that may be a bit exaggerated.  But if you think about it, the arrival of Fall changes your wardrobe, it changes how you spend your time, and where you spend your time.

I know that things around my home change for sure!  My wife and I love to decorate the home with fall colors.  The following is an example of what my wife will text me and expect me to reference when shopping and is she can not be there:

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Pillows, rugs, bedroom ornaments, bed sheets and comforters, and even the paintings on the wall will change.  Its an exiting time for us because we love the vibrancy and tranquility that these shades bring to your home.  Give it a try!  I guarantee that it will change the vibe in your adobe, or your money back!  Not really on the money back part.

img_2047Our favorite activity, aside from jogging, and traveling, is using the fireplace to light the living room while we watch a movie or listen to music.  I guess you could do that kind of thing at anytime of the year, but Fall brings with it that want to hibernate.  The need to stay indoors a bit more.  The crackling of the wood, the oak smell emanating from the fire, all the lights out expect for that petite lamp in the corner; the perfect setting.  You can forget about your worries, grab a small blanket, and lie on the soft and furry “Carafe” colored area rug.

The last thing that I will elaborate some on is the clothing!  I do not have a problem with saying (clears throat) “By Golly, I love me some sweaters and jackets!”  This will be another post that we introduce as part of the FALL COLLABORATION.  The difference in weather and temperature allows you to break out those Space Bags and finally use the Hart, Schaffer & Marx jackets and Sport Coats, long sleeve items by Thomas Dean, and Timb’s footwear and clothing!  The clothing style changes the world around you.

Flowers bloom great colors in Fall! Rake leaves:-(  Trees change colors!!  Campfires and Marshmallows!!  The list is endless on why FALL is, for me, one of my favorite times of year.  Keep a close eye on my friends and I as we break down FALL likes it never been done before on WordPress!  I assure you that you will learn something new, have a laugh while you read, and add something great to your FALL PREPARATIONS!!

Meet the COLLAB:

Jacqueliine Joy- Warning! Warning!  She will make you laugh. She joins me in the “Bloggers that have Kiddo’s” group of the COLLAB.  Check her out.  Jacqueliine’s Blog Site

 

Varsha- originally from Aruba, she brings to your some great cooking and fine dining. Don’t miss it!! Varsha’s Blog Site

 

Lee- “The Originator” of the FALL COLLABORATION, she puts together great material on Lifestyle, Beauty,and Health.  Lee’s Blog Site

 

Jenna- She promotes self love and respect! Absolutely great material!!  Jenna’s Blog Site

 

Morgan- She blogs about life,  fitness,  college life and beauty!  Check out the great perspective and experiences!! Morgan’s Blog Site