Britney Spears Kid Costume

Britney Spears Kid Costume

So have I told you all lately that I go a bit overboard for Halloween?! No? Ok then… Well, I do. And one of my faves was the Britney Spears kid costume that I put together for my daughter one year.

There was this one year, where my kid was a Britney Spears fan bc I was a Britney Spears fan and we used to enjoy all the same things. (Lol, those days are long past us now.) But my daughter had 3 different Halloween parties to attend, so of course, I just HAD to prepare 3 different Britney Spears costumes.

Of course we did the obligatory “Hit Me Baby One More Time” outfit.

Britney Spears Kid Costume “Hit Me Baby One More Time” / Image Source: Pepper V.
Britney Spears Kid Costume “Hit Me Baby One More Time” / Image Source: Pepper V.

And believe it not, we put together a kid costume for “I’m a Slave 4 U” too! My kid was obsessed with doing this particular outfit bc she wanted the snake prop. We called it “Snake Britney” at home bc that’s the best thing about it.

Britney Spears “Snake” Costume / Image Source: Pepper V.
Britney Spears “Snake” Costume / Image Source: Pepper V.

And finally, we did the “Toxic” outfit too.

Britney Spears Kid Costume “Toxic” / Image Source: Pepper V.
Britney Spears Kid Costume “Toxic” / Image Source: Pepper V.
Britney Spears Kid Costume “Toxic” / Image Source: Pepper V.

Anyhow, that’s the scoop on my daughter’s Britney Spears Halloween… Hope you all cracked a smile. I sure did. 🤣😁

Gorgeous Beach Condo in Destin FL USA

Beach Resort in Destin FL View

So we just got back from our vacation to a beach condo in Destin FL in the U.S. Of course I took a ton of photos of the place before we moved in, while it was still clean and before we added all our clutter to it.

We stayed at The Silver Beach Towers in Destin FL. We found our condo via VRBO. This isn’t an affiliate link at all, I’m just describing to you what we did.

The condo was truly lovely and impressive. We needed the large kitchen too because we planned to eat “at home” for every meal. We only went “out” to eat one time during the whole vacation. Lol, which actually is the opposite of what I prefer to do while on vacation but we were being mindful of all the covid pre-cautions.

The one time we left the condo to go out to eat, we went to The Back Porch, a seafood and oyster house, which was actually within walking distance and it was a very pleasant and comfortable walk to get there.

I wish I could just live there permanently instead of just a few days. I hope you don’t mind a post full of photos of our beach condo in Destin FL, but here you go…

Living room pics…

Living Room Beach Resort, Destin FL
Beach Condo in Destin FL USA / Image Source: Pepper V.
Living Room Beach Resort, Destin FL
Beach Condo in Destin FL USA / Image Source: Pepper V.
Living Room Beach Resort, Destin FL
Beach Condo in Destin FL USA / Image Source: Pepper V.
Living Room Beach Resort, Destin FL
Beach Condo in Destin FL USA / Image Source: Pepper V.

Dining Room and Kitchen pics…

Dining Room Beach Resort, Destin FL
Beach Condo, Destin FL USA / Image Source: Pepper V.
Dining Room Beach Resort, Destin FL
Beach Condo, Destin FL USA / Image Source: Pepper V.
Kitchen Beach Resort, Destin FL
Beach Condo, Destin FL USA / Image Source: Pepper V.
Kitchen Beach Resort, Destin FL
Beach Condo, Destin FL USA / Image Source: Pepper V.

Extra Living Area pic…

Living Room Beach Resort, Destin FL
Beach Condo, Destin FL USA / Image Source: Pepper V.

The Bedrooms…

Bedroom Beach Resort, Destin FL
Beach Condo, Destin FL USA / Image Source: Pepper V.
Bedroom Beach Resort, Destin FL
Beach Condo, Destin FL USA / Image Source: Pepper V.
Bedroom Beach Resort, Destin FL
Beach Condo, Destin FL USA / Image Source: Pepper V.
Bedroom Beach Resort, Destin FL
Beach Condo, Destin FL USA / Image Source: Pepper V.

And most importantly, the View from the Balcony…

Beach Resort Destin FL View
Beach Condo, Destin FL USA / Image Source: Pepper V.

Truly Outrageous Jem and The Holograms Costume

Jem and the Holograms Costume

Since Halloween is the theme of the month, I found pics from one of my favorite costumes ever. My daughter and I dressed in Jem and The Holograms Costumes one year.

What is “Jem and the Holograms”?

Not alot of folks are familiar with “Jem and The Holograms”. It was only the greatest 80’s cartoon series of all time, so you truly missed out if didn’t watch. Don’t fight me. 🙂

But just in case you don’t believe me that it’s a real show that actually happened, you can check out all the scoop on Wikipedia. 🙂

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Not alot of people remember this cartoon TV series, which makes me sad. It was on during the 80s and definitely targeted the young girl crowd, and I was hooked ever since. I was mostly addicted to the music, as Jem was a rockstar/popstar and had the catchiest songs and the most outrageous fashion.

She was also a real-life person with a real-life job and real-life responsibilities raising foster kids. Her real-life persona was Jerrica, and she had to keep her rockstar persona a secret from everyone.

Holy smokes. Kinda like me with this blog. I’m using the alias Pepper Valentine here (lol, my rockstar name), and I am keeping this blog a secret from everyone in my real-life so I can be uncensored and unedited here, and have no real-life consequences for being myself.

Anyhow, the reason she had to keep her identity such a secret was because she had a secret supercomputer (in the 80s!) that created all the music and all the fashion via holograms that looked real to everyone else. And she thought that if that supercomputer was discovered, that it could be used for evil purposes. She was using it simply to be a rockstar.

So that’s a quick summary as to why I am a “Jem and the Holograms” fan. I’m a bit obsessed with the series still, and I have fun creating projects that are inspired by Jem, like these Halloween costumes for myself and my daughter. My daughter even had a Jem and the Holograms birthday party theme one year and I saved those pics on another post here. I’m happy to be able to share these pics even though it’s all over and in the past. I hope you like it too…

My Photos – Jem and the Holograms Costume

So one year myself and my daughter dressed as the main characters, Jem and Pizzazz, and we had a great time. Lol, how’d we do though? We look just like them, right?

Jem and the Holograms Costume / Image Source: Pepper V.
Jem and the Holograms Costume / Image Source: Pepper V.
Jem and the Holograms Costume / Image Source: Pepper V.
Jem and the Holograms Costume / Image Source: Pepper V.
Jem and the Holograms Costume / Image Source: Pepper V.
Jem and the Holograms Costume / Image Source: Pepper V.

Fun with The Descendants Mal Costume

Halloween is definitely my favorite holiday of all time! My daughter loves it too and dressed in The Descendants Mal costume one year.

I enjoy the costumes, and getting to dress-up, and being able to PRETEND to be someone else for a few hours.

I’m a weirdo and I usually start planning and gathering everything I need for costumes in the summer. Mostly because I hate the annual Halloween pop-up stores – they’re too crowded, over-priced, nothing will fit correctly right off the shelf, and everything is handled and picked-through. Gross.

So I usually start prepping WAY in advance, but the prices are better and it gives me alot more time to make sure I’m happy with it and overall it’s a much less stressful experience for me.

Anyhow… I personally don’t dress up as much anymore since I’m usually focused on my daughter and her costume instead. She has an epic one planned for this year, and we’re all prepped and ready to go. I’ll keep it a secret until the big day but I can’t wait to share it with you all!

But in the meantime… I can post some pics of past costumes for you. I love Halloween!

Here’s a pic of my daughter dressed as Mal from Disney’s “The Descendants” movie.

The Descendants Mal Costume / Image Source: Pepper V.

How to Create Blog Menus in WordPress, and Use Categories to Feed Pages

Create Blog Menus in Wordpress

I finally got time this weekend to try to fix up some things that have been bugging me on my blog. I was stumped about how to create blog menus in WordPress, as well as how to use categories to feed posts to specific pages. So once I figured it out, I decided to document it here and share in case it can help anyone else with the same problem.

I also had an issue with my default posts not showing up correctly on my home page. Only the 2 latest posts would ever appear, regardless of the number of posts settings I had saved. The solution for that specific issue is at the end of this post.

I am on WordPress.com so these tips would be applicable to that platform specifically.

I figured out how to create a new page and feed certain posts to it. This one was tricky and took ALOT of Googling to figure out, and even more trial-and-error. But I finally made it work using Categories.

If you’re a newbie like me, then Categories can be difficult to figure out. There are basically 3 locations you need to make Categories feed certain posts to a specific page. All 3 locations are in your WordPress Dashboard. You can access your Dashboard by going to “My Site” > “WP Admin”.

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Once you are in your Dashboard…

  • Dashboard > Posts > Categories
    • This is where you create your Category and describe it
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  • Dashboard > Pages
    • This is where you create your new Page
    • I used “Use Blank Layout” for mine and it worked ok
    • If you’d like to Copy an existing Page, be sure to use the “Copy” link available
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  • Dashboard > Appearance > Menus
    • This is where you assign a Category to a Page, so that certain posts (labelled with that specific Category) will automatically feed to that Page.
    • You use the “Add Menu Item” section, and double-check that when your Page gets added to the “Menu Structure” section, that it is labelled as “Category” instead of “Page”.
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I have a sneaking suspicion that different templates can react differently to this, so just keep double-checking on your live site that you’re happy with it.

One problem I ran into that took an extreme amount of Googling to resolve, was my issue with my Home page not displaying more than 2 of my latest posts, despite all my settings everywhere setting it to 10 posts per page.

The solution was a weird one, but it worked! So I’m sharing it here as well in case anyone else is having a similar problem.

  • Dashboard > Appearance > Menus
    • In the “Add Menu Items” section, you will expand the option for “Custom Links”
    • Enter “/” (right slash) into the “URL” field
    • Enter “Home” into the “Link Text” field
    • Select the “Add to Menu” button
    • You will notice that a new “Home” item appear in the “Menu Structure” section with “Custom Link” as it’s type. Drag it to the correct order where you’d like it.
    • Then, in the same “Menu Structure” section, and you will remove the original “Home” item that appears there as a “Page”.

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Chicken Rotel Spaghetti

Chicken Rotel Spaghetti is one of my favorite comfort meals. And it makes a ton so it’ll either serve a large crowd of people, or the leftovers will serve you well the next day too. I love it.

Chicken Rotel Spaghetti / Image Source: Pepper V.
Chicken Rotel Spaghetti / Image Source: Pepper V. To

Try it and let me know what you think! I’m open for suggestions on how to make it even tastier. 😁

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lb Cooked Chicken
  • 1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 pound Velvetta Cheese, cubed
  • 1 can Rotel, do not drain
  • 1 large white onion, diced
  • 1 package Spaghetti (16 oz)
  • Butter or olive oil
  • Garlic powder, optional

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Shred chicken and set aside.
  3. Cook spaghetti to the package instructions. I like cutting up the cooked spaghetti for easier mixing into the sauce later, but that’s up to you.
  4. Sautee the onions lightly, in either a small dab of butter or olive oil.
  5. Place the cream of chicken soup, cream of mushroom soup, velvetta cheese, sauteed onions, and rotel in a large pan or pot over LOW heat until the cheese is melted. Stir frequently.
  6. Optionally, add garlic powder to the sauce per your taste.
  7. Add the cooked spaghetti to the sauce. Then add the shredded chicken to the sauce. Combine well, and move everything to a baking dish.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes.
  9. Eat and be happy!

If you prefer to pin the recipe to your Pinterest, it’s here: https://pin.it/2h3hThs

Mystery Headache is Back

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Ugh. I’m definitely not someone to fuss over a headache. I’ve had headaches all my life. From stress, from decreasing my caffeine intake, from hangovers, from migraines, from eyestrain, etc…

But THIS particular headache I am fussing about because it is so UNLIKE any other I’ve had before. This one is very localized – the lower right backside of my head. It occasionally gives off a cooling sensation (weird). And the pain resembles labor contractions (super weird) – intense pain for a few seconds, then nothing for a few minutes, then the intense pain for a few seconds, then nothing again for a few minutes…. Over and over again for DAYS.

I’ve never experienced anything like this before.

And nothing will relieve it. I’ve tried every drug over the counter. I’ve tried resting and sleeping. I can feel this pain in my sleep even! I’ve tried massage and heatpacks. I even looked up some “old wives tales” / home remedies on the internet and drank some white vinegar if you want to know how desperate I was for relief. It was gross and didn’t work, btw.

So I have a doctor’s appointment today at 3. I hope they can fix me.