Archives for October 2013

DIY Halloween Bathroom Decor. Or How Chrissy is SERIOUSLY Twisted: 2013 Edition

After a year and a half of getting to know me on the internet, I PROBABLY don’t have to tell you that I’m seriously messed up in the head. I probably also don’t have to tell you that I’m a smidge on the sick and twisted side. Or that I love Halloween. Or that I love fake blood and guts and scaring the crap out of people.

So it REALLY shouldn’t surprise you that when I had the opportunity—for the first time ever, as I now live in my very own apartment (that I do not own, therefore don’t have to care about quite as much)—to really go a little nuts on the Halloween decor.

After Pinteresting the heck out of Halloween for the last month (Do you follow me on Pinterest? Because you should. I pin awesome stuff), Brian and I threw a little…Halloween Kickoff Party in our tiny apartment. And by tiny, I mean big enough to fit 24 of our closest pals. Obviously.


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The thing that I was most excited to decorate though…was the bathroom. Most of the apartment had a fun Halloween feel to it (and I’ll take you on a photo tour soon, promise!) thanks to my Halloween-loving uncle who donated a slew of amazing Halloween-y items to us (we filled up the car with goodies!) But the bathroom…the bathroom was going to be disgusting. And amazing. And perfect.

After working in a pretty awesome haunted house…and then my stint as an extra in a horror movie (I’ll tell you about that when the movie comes out, yo!), I learned a few tricks for high quality horror. So I had a plan. I was going to turn our bathroom into something of a horror scene.

For our Halloween party, we turned our bathroom into a bloody horror scene using some items we had laying around the kitchen for realistic looking blood that was EASY to clean up.

For our Halloween party, we turned our bathroom into a bloody horror scene using some items we had laying around the kitchen for realistic looking blood that was EASY to clean up.

DIY Decorative Blood

For the blood, I picked up some corn syrup, chocolate syrup and strawberry syrup. Then I mixed them all together. The real bonus, though was the pumpkin spice coffee grounds. That’s it. Easy peasy. And it smelled AMAZING. So even though my bathroom looked disgusting, it didn’t smell like ass at all!

What do you think, guys? Twisted? Awesome? Disgusting?

Our guests told us that our bathroom was disgusting…BUT they also said that it smelled REALLY nice. And it totally did.

Cleaning up the fake blood

Everyone kept tell me that it was going to be SUCH a bitch to clean up. Because like…sticky. Oh and that we would have ants. But you know what? It wasn’t so bad.

Unfortunately, because we need to like…shower…we couldn’t keep these decs up through the season. So I went to work. I used two rolls of paper towels, an entire can of Extra Strength Scrubbing Bubbles (minus whatever I used to clean the bathroom prior to the mess), half a can of Windex Foaming Glass Cleaner, A bunch of 409 Kitchen cleaner and some Windex Bathroom Touch Up (this one, I scored from BlogHer)….

You want to know what worked best?

Warm water.

I realized, as I was breathing in all of the chemicals and choking to death, that maybe I should try just good old fashioned water, so I turned on the shower. And watched as coffee grounds and syrup melted off the walls and filled the tub. It was amazing. Even though I felt ridiculous for wasting all of the cleaning product that I wasted. Because water is awesome.

And the towel? I threw it in the washer. Piece of cake.

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What is the creepiest thing you’ve done for Halloween?

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How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love My Stats

Stats.

Fucking stats.

My stats fluctuate more than Oprah’s weight (or mine for that matter), and I’m not entirely sure why. That being said, I’ve decided Fuck that. Fuck that a lot.™ 

I no longer care about my stats. As long as there are more than 3 people (Mom, me, and me) reading my little blog venture (and I know you’re all out there), I’m a happy Chrissy. Actually, I’m more than a happy Chrissy. I’m ecstatic.

If you’re busy worrying about how many people view your blog each day…STOP. Because it shouldn’t matter. Are you writing for you, or are you writing for them? Do the stats make you panicky? Overwhelmed? Nervous? Excited? Pick you up then drop you down? Do you feel like it’s a rollercoaster that just. won’t. end? Get off the ride. When it comes to a rolling stop at the station, stand up and call it quits. On the stats. Not your blog.

Build your community. Focus on relationships, not numbers. Make friends in the blogosphere. Comment on other blogs. Make new friends. Troll the comments sections of blogs you like. If you like them, you’ll probably like others who do as well. Become active on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or join a new social media platform altogether, like Triberr or Yappem. Join my social media communities. Connect with me. Connect with other bloggers. It’s all about networking, not numbers.

Do I actually love my stats? No. Because I rarely look at them anymore.

What’s your favorite part of the blogging community? Whether you’re a writer or a valued reader, how do you get involved?

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Denny’s: From High School Hangout to Tasty Breakfast Spot

Remember when you used to go hang out at Denny’s until curfew? Drinking coffee with your pals, talking about everything, playing card games and other random large group games like Mafia? Or in college, when you’d go for large group late night snacks after your fraternity’s chapter meeting, sipping on strawberry shakes while waiting for your loaded cheese fries with sour cream instead of ranch because you hated ranch with a fiery passion that could only be matched by your love for cheese? Or maybe that was just me.

Denny’s was a staple in my high school and college life. It’s a great place to reminisce. And as I more recently learned, it’s a great place to celebrate change. For the better.

A few weeks ago, as I was watching Breaking Bad’s Season 5.2 premier, I was excited to see that Walter White was enjoying his 52nd birthday at Denny’s. And that he got it for free. (In case you’re wondering, I have a Google spreadsheet with a list of places to get free food on your birthday. And yes, Denny’s is TOTALLY on that list. Maybe one day I’ll share my list with you.)

Breaking Bad 52 Bacon

And maybe if you’re really nice, they’ll shape the bacon for you.

But when I made my way into Denny’s this past weekend, I was all over their BYO Omelette menu. You guys, let me tell you a little about the awesome add-ins that you can use to create the biggest, tastiest omelette for a really great price.

Breaking Bad 52 Bacon

  • 6 different cheeses (YES!)
  • 7 different meats
  • 7 different veggies (including some sauteed options)

I opted for cheddar cheese, chicken sausage, pico de gallo, jalapenos and avocado on an egg-white omelette (in an effort to be somewhat healthy, despite my add on of hash browns. Hey…I was proud that I opted out of the added bacon and cheese on my hashbrowns, okay?)

I was also super stoked to discover that Denny’s has a meal nutritional calculator on their site, which I could even use on my fancy phone. I knew going into the hash browns that they were 6 points plus on my Weight Watchers plan and the omelette that I created was still going to be a whopping 11 points plus. But for a delicious breakfast chock full of protein, I could totally deal. Besides, breakfast IS the most important meal of the day. And quite frankly, I’d rather use my points in the morning than at night. So about that omelette…

I LOVE that they actually put all of the ingredients INSIDE a folded egg. You don’t know how often I get annoyed when the ingredients are cooked into the eggy part. Because then what’s the difference between that and a finely shaped scrambled egg? The best part? The avocado wasn’t slimey or brown. And I could SEE that they didn’t skimp on the ingredients. Happy breakfast = happy Chrissy. Denny's BYO OmeletteOverall, I was thoroughly impressed with my fast and delicious meal. That chicken sausage? WAY tastier than a lot of turkey sausages I’ve tried.

Guys, do you have any positive Denny’s memories or experiences to add to the conversation? Would you go try out this tasty Build-Your-Own-Omelette menu? Do you even like breakfast?

This post was sponsored by the fine people at Denny’s. I was compensated with a gift card to try out their new BYO omelette menu. I was not compensated to say nice things; those were all mine to say. You can keep this conversation going socially by connecting with @DennysDiner and using the #BYOomelette.

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Things I do when I’m stressed out

I’m an OCD type A creative with a tendency to become stressed out about…well…anything. If you were creative and had that pesky type A need for perfection, you’d get stressed out too.

Someone used to tell me that I was wound tighter than an 8-day clock…and maybe I was…am…I mean…little things really get to me. Like when a fellow writer makes the presumption that I’m going to butcher their content. And tells me as such. In no kinder words.

But instead of rambling on about being stressed out, I thought I’d offer my wisdom and tell you how I handle stress in my life.

Things that help me unwind

  • 2019 edit: Reading.
  • 2019 edit: Writing.
  • 2019 edit: Cooking and making cheese plates.
  • 2019 edit: Disney
  • Quiet time is really important. Meditation. Snuggling. Napping. Any of these things can help calm me down. Brian’s really good at dragging me over to the couch and just…sitting with me until I’m less frazzled.
  • Mindless activity. I used to play stupid games like Angry Birds or Bejeweled or long ago-Snood. Then I spent some time on Pinterest. I would scroll through pages and pages of images, quotes, comics and more and pin or not. It doesn’t really matter to me.
    • 2019 edit: My mindless activities of choice are watching movies and TV shows I’ve seen a dozen times. Or coloring in adult coloring books.
  • Drink a bottle of wine. Without a glass. Sometimes with crying. Sometimes with angry rants. Sometimes quietly.
    • 2019 edit: Not nearly as much. And that’s okay.
  • List-making. I am a list-maker through and through. If I can plan it out on a list, I feel instantly better about it. If I make the list 7 more times, even better.
  • Think happy thoughts. What’s coming? What’s good? What’s exciting? I often imagine my life as a famous Chrissy. (But not those other famous Chrissys. They kind of suck. Famous ME Chrissy. Quirks and all.)
  • Take a bath. A delightful bubble bath with colorful bubbles from LUSH. Because 2013 Chrissy was obsessed.
  • Plot my revenge. Did you really think that I wouldn’t have this on my de-stress list? Really? Because I’m the nice girl? Just because I’m nice doesn’t mean I can’t dream evil dreams. About revenge.

There are more things on my list, but I want to know what you did when you’re stressed out. What truly calms you down?

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