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.
Some links that might help you put together this Descendants Mal costume are below:
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”.
Once you are in your Dashboard…
Dashboard > Posts > Categories
This is where you create your Category and describe it
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
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”.
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”.
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.
Anyone else as stressed out about gifting as I am?!
This is on my mind bc I’m getting a bonus next week from work and I’m seriously considering buying all my Xmas gifts with it (lol, yes in August) bc there’s so much uncertainty about if I’ll still have a job in Dec. And with this year being so abnormal I kinda want my family’s Xmas to be as close to normal as possible.
And I actually enjoy gifting. EXCEPT the part where they give me something in return. Gosh, I HATE receiving gifts.
My problem is that I’m not a materialistic person, so I don’t obtain much pleasure in acquiring things, and I never go shopping for myself except for essentials. Acquiring things actually causes more of a burden on me bc I get anxiety when things are out of place or when things don’t yet have a place. So when I receive something it usually sits out on my counter until I can create a “place” for it. And my space is very limited here so it does create a stress for me. I wish I could explain better why it drives me so crazy.
I actually re-gift ALOT too. Like, all the time. But it doesn’t help my dilemma bc every time I gift or re-gift, then they reciprocate and I get something back. So I’m at square one all over again. I don’t make any progress.
Lol I can actually vent about this topic forever but you all probably get the point by now. 🤗
So I’ve been having this weird headache in the back of my head, close to my neck. It’s not throbbing, but constant. Nothing relieves it – not caffeine, not pain meds, not sleep. I could actually still feel it while I was asleep! How is that even possible?! And it’s lasted an entire week.
I’ve never had a headache like this before. A “normal” headache for me is a throbbing pain in the front of my head, close to my eyes. It’s usually caused by stress and/or high blood pressure. And I can relieve it numerous ways.
I’m actually all better today (finally!) and I’m stumped as to what happened and why. And I’d love to prevent it from ever happening again.
I actually had an appointment with my doctor today. I made the appointment on Tues when I was feeling unwell. But the soonest they could see me was today and I woke up perfectly fine. Lol, figures.
They ran labs on me and everything came back normal. My blood, my blood pressure, and my urine all were within normal range.
So… I have no answers today folks. Doctor says if it happens again that I can get a brain scan. Wow, that seems intense but ok. Hopefully it won’t happen again.
Have you guys experienced a mystery headache like this before? Low, back of the head, persistent, etc… What resolution did you get?