October Photo Wrap-Up 2015

Fall is in full effect! Here are some of the pictures from this month. Wow how time flies!

Fair Time!

Fair Time!

O the weirdest things they can come up with to fry at the fair.

Great night!

Great night!

The Tulsa Fair is always a blast!

Softball!

Softball!

Friday night lights! Fridays are dedicated to softball baby!

Me and Mrs. Berry

I’ve always wanted to be a part of art!

Had fun stopping by The Max Retropub in downtown Tulsa.

Me and Halle

Me and Halle

Also enjoyed a fun night at The Warren Theatre in Broken Arrow, OK. The YouTube video can be found here

My best friend and I at the OKC Natural Hair Expo!

My best friend and I at the OKC Natural Hair Expo!

We enjoyed swinging by the Oklahoma City Natural Hair Expo. It was a really cool event put together by Resilient Soul.

That’s the month in Photographic review! I hope you end your month well and I’ll see you all in November if God is willing. Stay blessed.

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Top 5 “Not So Scary”, Scary Movies!

With Halloween fast approaching I felt that I would create a short list of scary movies that are lacking on the “scary” part. Please be aware that all of the movies on this list are from the 80’s or early 90’s. This is due to the fact that when I initially watched these I was a kid and once I got older I realized they weren’t nearly as scary as I thought they were. So here we go!

  1. LEPRECHAUN – 1993
You don't want to see this guy on your box of Lucky Charms!

You don’t want to see this guy on your box of Lucky Charms!

The only thing good that came of this movie or series was the rise of Friends star Jennifer Aniston. Yep, Jennifer Aniston was in Leprechaun. I don’t want to overlook Warwick Davis, he’s a good actor. However, somewhere half way through the movie you realize you haven’t winced or jumped yet. But you have giggled a bit at the dialogue. Yes the makeup is a little creepy, but that’s about as scary as it gets. You walk away from the movie with the reminder not to take anything that doesn’t belong to you. But didn’t your mom always tell you that?

2. GREMLINS – 1984

Not so cute and cuddly

Not so cute and cuddly

Don’t you want a mogwai? Of course you do! As long as you don’t get it wet or feed it after midnight then you’re in the clear. This movie is more fun than scary. Of course if anything like the events in this movie happened in real life you would probably be freaked out.

3. VAMPIRE IN BROOKLYN – 1995

Sorry Eddy. I can't you serious

Sorry Eddy. I can’t take you serious

I love Eddie Murphy. I love Angela Bassett. I love John Witherspoon. I do not love Eddie Murphy as a vampire or Angela Bassett as his love interest. This movie had some hilarious parts but I thought vampires were supposed to be scary. They tried it y’all, smh. It’s still entertaining though.

4. Chucky franchise

They couldn't leave well enough alone

They couldn’t leave well enough alone

This is a six film series. They scared me with the first film, Child’s Play. After the first movie things went out the window for me. It stopped being scary and became a little weird and comical. Basically as soon as Chucky got married I was through with the entire series!

5. Beetlejuice – 1988

The ghost with the most!

The ghost with the most!

I had to mention this movie. This is one of my favorite Michael Keaton movies. This is also one of the first Tim Burton movies I ever watched. I still enjoy the weird cartoony world that Tim Burton brings to his creations. The staircase snake and the sand worms are probably the only scary aspects of this movie. However, it’s still fun to watch. Especially the dinner table scene. You have to watch it to know why.

HONORABLE MENTIONS

  • KILLER CLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE – 1988
Definitely an honorable mention

Definitely an honorable mention

When I watched this movie as a kid it was pretty scary. However, as an adult the concept alone is pretty goofy. This movie actually has a cult following and many people remember it. The main reason it is an honorable mention is because there are people of all ages who are scared of clowns (also known as Coulrophobia) so this movie does have a decent “scare factor”.

  • CRITTERS – 1986
Just...yuck

Just…yuck

Aliens, called Krites, arrive on the planet and begin terrorizing everyone. And by terrorizing I mean eating. Bounty hunters chase them. People run in fear. That’s…about…it.

  • PUPPET MASTER – 1989
Not your average puppet show.

Not your average puppet show.

Puppets (toys) are animated by a spell to kill a man. This movie is the first of nine. Yep…they kept making them.

So if you’re looking for some strange and creepy movies to watch for Halloween then I hope this list helps with that. You never know some of these could make for a fun night. You’re Welcome! Enjoy!

How To Stay Fit On The Road

We’ve all been guilty of this. We are on the road away from home and we go into “vacation mode”. All of our routines go out the window, and that includes our fitness goals. All we want to do is over-indulge in laziness. We get back home and have to struggle to get back into the workout and healthy living mindset. However, we don’t have to do that. You may have noticed that I keep saying “we”. I too struggle with staying on track. Never fear I have compiled a list of helpful tools to keep “us” on track.

Do Something

You might not have the time or the equipment to do everything you would like to do. Don’t let that stop you. Keep it simple.

Stretch to warm up your muscles.

Stretch to warm up your muscles.

Stretch to warm up your muscles.

Stretch to warm up your muscles.

You can start with basic arm workouts, no equipment needed. Push-ups are a tried and true way to hit your triceps, biceps and chest muscles. If you know your max number of reps (repetitions) you can do sets working up to that. Or you can do several max out sets.

Upper body : push-ups

Upper body : push-ups

If you happen to have workout bands you can use those in various ways to get a good upper body workout.

Workout bands for upper body

Workout bands for upper body

Don’t let the lack of space be an excuse not to workout your legs. If you’ve spent a lot of time cramped up while driving or flying, getting the blood pumping through your legs might be a good idea. If you are lacking space you can always do body weight squats. These usually require a high number of reps to really work the muscles so you might want to consider maxing out on your reps. Lunges are also a good exercise. You can do them in place just like squats.

Lunges in place

Lunges in place

Adding ankle weights can be a great way to add some resistance to your leg workouts if you’re lacking equipment.

Ankle weights aid in providing resistance to your leg workouts

Ankle weights aid in providing resistance to your leg workouts

Don’t forget your waistline. Most abdominal workouts are typically done without machines anyway, so you should definitely be capable of hitting those abs.

Wall sits (or wall squats) work your abdominal muscles and your legs.

Wall sits (or wall squats) work your abdominal muscles and your legs.

You can also do planks which are simple to perform but you determine the level of intensity. Set your stopwatch on your phone and do a few sets.

Various degrees of planks

Various degrees of planks

Use The Hotel Facilities

Now if you’re staying at a hotel that allows access to its guests then I highly recommend you stop in. Most hotel gyms have the bare minimum when it comes to the equipment they provide. However, that simply means you have to put on your thinking caps and figure out some workouts or pull out your phone and Google it!

Pull-downs on machine

Pull-downs on machine

Sit-ups at an angle

Sit-ups on a reclining bench

Shoulder presses with dumbbells

Shoulder presses with dumbbells

Of course if none of these exercises suit you, then you can always find a runners path and go for a jog or a long walk. If the hotel has a pool then consider swimming a few laps to get in your exercise.

I hope you keep this article in mind the next time you are away from home. Always keep your physical fitness in mind when traveling.

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