I love to DIY and so do my sisters, we don’t always have time but we make it a day when we do! Lots of friends and family are surprised when they find out how easy some projects are to do. And the supplies will run you less than you think. These days everyone wants to be more aware of what they are putting on their body as much as what goes into their body. Depending on what you want to try food, beauty, or home decor here are a few things you might like. I am also going to share the different apps and links I come across that maybe others are interested in.
Halloween Guide 2022
It’s that time of the year again Halloween Time and looking for fun activities for adults and kids here is a good place to start check out this list:
October is approaching and that means pumpkin patches and Halloween events. Halloween related celebrations are starting as early as September in Los Angeles and nearby counties. Our Halloween Guide 2022 – Los Angeles and Beyond can get your planning ready during this year’s activities. If you’re looking for an excursion with the kids and family, or scary adventures for the grown-ups, there’s lots of options from which to choose.
With fall in the air, you’ll find many special Halloween themed events. And certainly don’t forget to get a pumpkin, or a few for your home. It’s indeed a great time for family fun.
The Places Where We Go brings together an especially curated list of top-rated events you can schedule on your calendar. We’ve got you covered for pumpkin patches and hayrides at farms. While most local communities will have the typical stands with stacks of pumpkins for sale, others go the extra mile adding activities to entertain the kids. Some of these places will charge a fee to participate.
The following list is in the order of city names spread among several Southern California counties. Look for places close to your home, or areas within a reasonable driving distance. We’re sure that no matter where you live, you’ll surely find great options nearby.
Important Note: Please visit websites of attractions before visiting for the latest information and special guidelines that apply per listed attraction. Information may change after posting on our website.
Halloween Guide 2022 – Southern California Counties
We found the top events listed in several Southern California counties. Scroll through our list straightaway to see everything available or select the links below for the county of your choice:
LOS ANGELES COUNTY HALLOWEEN GUIDE 2022
Calabasas – Nights of the Jack
The ultimate Halloween event is back at King Gillette Ranch in Calabasas. Night of the Jack features Halloween fun for everyone. A 2/3-mile trail at the ranch has blazing gourds around every corner. See a spook-tacular illuminated light show experience under the California autumn sky. Live carving is demonstrated at this event.
The event is kid friendly, and they can see their favorite characters in pumpkin form. Adults can enjoy a seasonal cocktail at the Spookeasy bar while the littles can enjoy festive fall treats. Some of LA’s best food trucks will be serving meals on site. Don’t forget to visit the souvenir shop before departing to get a memento from your visit.
Most guests spend just over an hour on the site engaging in the activation zone before or after walking the trail. This is a largely popular event, typically attracting 100,000 visitors per season.
Important: Tickets are timed. Late arrivals will not receive entry nor a refund.
Dates: October 1 – October 31, 6pm to 10pm
Location: 26800 Mulholland Hwy, Calabasas, CA 91302
Admission: $34.99 – no late entries allowed; Children aged 2 and under are free. Ticket cost may increase after the initial pre-sale period
Culver City – Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch
Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch delivers a Halloween experience in the heart of they city. You might even see a few celebrities enjoying the fun here. Enjoy events, food and entertainment. And, while you visit, it’s a fun place to get your pumpkins. Check the website as the site occasionally closes for private events.
Dates: October 7 – October 31, 9am – 9pm
Location: 10100 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
Admission: Ranges from $10 to $30, depending on day and time selected. Children aged 2 and under are free.
La Cañada Flintridge – Carved at Descano Gardens
Carved is a family-friendly event for all ages. For three weeks in October, hundreds of carved pumpkins will line the Camellia Forest and Oak Grove. Along with pumpkins, the ever-popular pumpkin house, hay maze, and holiday-themed food and beverages will return. Guests can also enjoy UV “black light” experiences, artists sculpting pumpkins, and a special Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) installation at the Amphitheater.
Dates: October 11-31, 630pm to 10pm
Location: 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge, CA
Admission: $25 – $35
Los Angeles – Bob Barker Marionette Theater Halloween Spooktacular
The spooky season begins here September 18th. Gather your goblins and ghoulies for a great seasonal show- HaLLoWe’eN SpoOkTaCuLaR! You’ll be delighted by this haunting showcase of sweet spooks, including the Purple People Eater, Dracula, the Invisible Man, and many more!
The hour-long family friendly boo-sical revue, features over one hundred puppets. It’s a great eerie experience for everyone.
HIGH-GRADE, NON-CLOTH MASKS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL GUESTS OVER AGE 2, REGARDLESS OF VACCINATION STATUS.
Dates: September 24 – November 6
Times vary – check with the theater
Location: 4949 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042
Admission: $20, Children ages 2 and under are free
Los Angeles – Haunted Little Tokyo Block Party
On Saturday October 30, the Little Tokyo Ghost Club will be transforming the community for the annual Haunted Little Tokyo, a fun-filled Halloween celebration with frightfully fun events that are perfect for ghosts and ghouls of all ages. The block party event is for ages 21 and up.
This year, the “Block Party” will move to an outdoor secret location in Little Tokyo! The event will include all the favorites from previous block parties including DJs, drinks, food, and a costume contest. The location will be shared upon check-in at Brunswig Square (360 E. 2nd Street).
Light food and drinks will be available for purchase. This is also a dog-friendly event!
Guests must be 21 or over and provide proof of vaccination or negative Covid-19 test result within 72 hours before entering the event. The event is free with RSVP prior to the event.
Date: October 30
Time: 7pm – 12am
Location: 360 E. 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA
Admission: Free with RSVP – visit website to RSVP
Los Angeles – Haunted Little Tokyo Pumpkin Patch
The Haunted Little Tokyo Pumpkin Patch will offer a bone-chilling good time with pumpkins for purchase. Pumpkins will be from Tanaka Farms, a beloved Japanese American family farm located in Irvine, California. Activities at the Pumpkin Patch will be free and include a photo opportunity and a coloring contest.
Date: October 17
Time: 11apm – 5pm
Location: 335 E. 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles – Los Angeles Philharmonic – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Carrying on the annual tradition, this year’s special Halloween treat is a screening of the silent horror movie classic, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Organist Clark Wilson will provide music befitting the spooky movie. Come see a classic version of the Robert Louis Stevenson tale featuring leading man John Barrymore. The dangerous experiments of Dr. Jekyll reveal his dark side after drinking the potion.
Dates: October 31
Location: Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA, 90012
Los Angeles – Los Angeles Haunted Hayride
The ultimate Halloween event in Los Angeles is unlike most experiences. The Witch of the Woods has cast her spell to summon the spirits of the underworld to cross over and assimilate into form. The Hayride leads to a thrilling adventure of horrors afflicting the town. Dazed within the spell cast upon them, the Witch commands her army of crops and flesh to seek revenge on the people that have casted her out. The Spirit of Halloween comes to life surrounding helpless victims brave enough to board The Hayride.
Dates: Select nights September 23 – October 31
Location: 4730 Crystal Springs Dr., Los Angeles, CA, 90027
Admission: Visit website to see ticket options and price ranges
Los Angeles – LA Zoo – Boo at the Zoo
The Halloween spirit will be in full swing for 31 frightfully fun days at the L.A. Zoo with special activities and entertainment. Enjoy spooktacular sights daily. Weekends are even sweeter, with treats like open-air live shows, animal pumpkin feedings, themed photo ops, education stations, and much more. Costumes are encouraged!
We recommend visiting the LA Zoo website before your trip for the most up to date information on this event.
Dates: October 1 – October 31
Time: 10am – 4pm
Admission: Check LA zoo website
Location: 5333 Zoo Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027
Universal City – Universal Studios Hollywood – Halloween Horror Nights
Universal Studios Hollywood presents one of the scariest Halloween events in Southern California. Summon your scream squad to Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights with eight haunted houses, the Terror Tram, scare zones, a live show and exhilarating attractions. Whether you’re a superfan, here for the snacks or selfies, scared of everything or skeptical of everyone, remember, never go alone.
Enter haunted houses inspired by the biggest names in fear. You’re never quite sure if your spine is tingling with dread or sheer excitement.
This event is not recommended for children under 13.
Dates: September 8 – October 31, on select nights
Location: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
Admission: Check Universal Studios website for ticket price information and options. AAA members can save up to 30% off gate prices – AAA.com/hhn
Valencia – Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest
Enjoy a haunted house, six haunted mazes, eight scare zones and monster entertainment at Six Flags Magic Mountain. These events are recommended for Guests 13 and Over. No Costumes for Guests Over 12
Dates: Select dates September 10 – October 31
Location: 26101 Magic Mountain Pkwy, Valencia, CA 91355
Woodland Hills – Haunt O’Ween
Enjoy Halloween like never before! Once you enter the expansive, family-friendly 200,000 square foot space, you can stay as long as you’d like until closing. Over 35,000 pumpkins fill the playground and there are nine expansive thematic environments.
The immersive environment welcomes families for 31 days with the best of Halloween time. Go trick-or-treating in the Town of Haunt O’ Ween, walk through thousands of pumpkins, play a multitude of games and rides, get your face painted, enjoy food and drinks… the list is endless. Make sure to take plenty of photos and videos—you’ll remember the month of Haunt O’ Ween for years to come!
Dates: September 30 – October 31; Times: 4pm – 10pm
Location: 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA
Admission: $30 – $35, Children ages 2 and under are free
ORANGE COUNTY HALLOWEEN GUIDE 2022
San Clemente – Casa Creepy
For 3 nights each year, Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens in San Clemente becomes a 1920s-themed haunted house and gardens. Walk through 2.5 acres of the most haunted mansion on the block! Werewolves, vampires and ghosts are waiting behind every corner of our historic home, and you can bet on plenty of creepy-crawlies in the gardens.
Casa Romantica’s haunted walk contains sudden movement and sounds, and parts of the walk take place on unpaved or uneven historic grounds. All participants are required to agree to a waiver for this event in order to participate.
Casa Creepy Haunted House is suitable for most families with children ages 8 and up; please use your discretion. Costumes are encouraged; costume masks not allowed but medical masks are allowed.
This limited entrance events is capped at 250 guests per event and entry is timed.
Dates: October 27-29, 7pm to 9pm
Location: 415 Avenida Granada, San Clemente, CA 92672
Admission: $15 ages 13 & up • $10 ages 12 & under
RIVERSIDE COUNTY HALLOWEEN GUIDE 2022
Temecula – Peltzer Pumpkin Farm
The Petlzer Pumpkin Farms opens for a new season on September 24th. Come to the farm to pick your own pumpkin and enjoy a broad list of activities including games, petting zoo, train rides, pumpkin painting and a tractor garden.
Dates: September 24 – October 21
Times: Monday-Friday (10am – 8pm), Saturday-Sunday (9am-8pm)
Location: 39925 Calle Contento, Temecula, CA
Admission: $3 per person. Children aged 2 and under are free with a paid adult. Attraction ticket prices vary.
SAN DIEGO COUNTY HALLOWEEN GUIDE 2022
Carlsbad – Brick-or-Treat Party Nights at Legoland® California Resort
Brick-or-Treat Party Nights are the signature Halloween event at Legoland. On Saturday nights, join the Monsters who takeover LEGOLAND®. Experience shows, participate in character meet-and-greets, costume contests, treat stations and more.
New entertainment includes:
Vampyre’s Very Important Monsters (V.I.M) Dance Party – Bring your monstrous moves and ghoulish grooves to this interactive dance party.
Operation Monster Squad – Do you have what it takes to walk, grumble, and dance like a Monster?
A Candy-Coated Curse – Join curious trick-or-treaters as they sing, dance, and chant their way out of a sticky situation.
NEW 4D Movie: The Great Monster Chase – Laugh along in this 4D adventure filled with special effects as four tweens try to sneak their way into a monster party.
Don’t forget your costume.
Dates: Saturdays only September 17 – October 29 (3pm-9pm), and October 30 (2pm-8pm)
Location: One LEGOLAND Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Admission: Included with Legoland day tickets, hotel packages, and select annual passes AAA members can save up to 30% on tickets – AAA.com/bot
San Diego – The Haunted Trail of Balboa Park
It’s a one-of-a-kind haunt experience and has been called one of the top haunted attractions in the United States. Experience two haunts in one.
The 3,500 square foot eXperiment Maze provides a mile long terrifying outdoor trail. Be on guard as you move through twisted pines and gnarled oaks.
Next, experience the Haunted Trail. Climb onto the Ghoul Bus where a cloister of Nuns share the scary ride with you. Beware the chainsaw-wielding zombie rodeo clowns around the corner as they look to bring you into their slaughterhouse.
This event is geared toward adults who have guts to brave the chills and thrills.
Dates: September 23 – October 31, Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Location: The Haunted Trail is located at the corner of Balboa Dr & Juniper in Balboa Park
Admission: Starts at $25
San Diego – San Diego Zoo HalGLOWeen
The San Diego Zoo hosts HalGLOWeen on Fridays through Sundays in October, excluding October 30. This light-up-the-night Halloween-themed extravaganza features entertainment, dance parties, musical performances, and food specials. The interactive festivities are a fun event for the family.
Dates: Fridays through Sundays in October (excluding October 30) – Activities start at 5pm
Location: 2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Admission: AAA members can save 20% – AAA.com/sandiegozoo
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY HALLOWEEN GUIDE 2022
Solvang – Solvang Farmers Pumpkin Patch
Get lost in the 14-acre corn maze and then find your perfect pumpkin. The squash, gourds and pumpkins range from tiny specimens to super large. Moreover, this year’s event is bigger than ever so consider a visit if you’ll be in Santa Barbara County.
Dates: September 24 – October 31
Location: Alamo Pintado Road, Solvang, CA
VENTURA COUNTY HALLOWEEN GUIDE 2022
Our Halloween Guide 2022 for Ventura features three options. And we start with one of the best family-friendly events in Southern California right in Moorpark California.
Moorpark – Underwood Family Farms Fall Harvest Festival
Underwood Family Farms Fall Harvest Festival features a gigantic pumpkin patch and 5 themed weekends of live entertainment and family fun. This is unquestionably a great place to take your littles, as we have through the years. The Festival site will be filled with games, rides, photos ops, live entertainment, themed weekends, bands and more! Weekends will include all performances, bands, demonstrations & entertainment. Pick Your Own fruit, vegetables, and flowers as well as tractor-pulled wagon rides around the farm, Animal Center & visits with animals are offered daily.
- October 8-9: Farm Country Weekend
- October 15-16: Antique Tractor Weeken
- October 22-23: Wild West Weekend
- October 29-30: All About Pumpkins Weekend
Admission to Underwood Family Farms Fall Harvest Festival includes:
- Tractor-drawn Wagon Rides
- Corn Maze
- Farmer Craig’s Chicken Show
- Gigantic Pumpkin Patch
- Entry to Pick Your Own Fields (pickings separate)
- Photo Opportunities
- Pumpkin House
- Corn Stalk Labyrinth (on Oct. 10)
- Giant Tractor Display
- Pumpkin Displays
- Giant Spiders
- Harvest Basket
- Misting Tunnel
- Hay Climbing Pyramids
- Animal Center
- Play Equipment
- Cotton Harvester & Combine Slides
- Fun Hill with Tunnels and Wooden Firetruck
- Wooden Train
- Wooden School Bus
- Country Store
- 50 acres of open space to roam
- Pull wagons & wheelbarrows available (Personal wagons & strollers welcomed)
- Animal Shows (Weekends only)
- Pig Races (Weekends only)
- Demonstrations (Weekends only)
- Themed Weekends (Weekends only)
- Live Performers & Roaming Entertainment (Weekends only)
- Live Bands (Weekends only)
Tickets Required for the Following:
- Gem/Fossil Mining
- Electric Train
- John Deere, Bee, Cow & Grain Trains
- Horse-drawn Wagon Rides (weekends-only)
- Animal Petting & Duck Feeding Areas
- Bean & Corn Boxes
- Games & Crafts
- Face Painting
Any activities may adjust at any time due to current events.
Dates: October 1 – October 31, 9am to 6pm
Location: 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark, CA, 93021
Admission Monday-Friday: $14 General Admission
Admission Weekends: $22 pre-sale through 10/9 – $28 Day of Admission if spots available
Children under 2 and parking are free. Seniors (65+), Military, Veterans & Emergeny 1st Responders receive $2 admission discount daily with valid ID. – TICKETS ARE ON-LINE ONLY ON WEEKENDS – No Walk-ins on weekends.
Santa Paula – Prancer’s Farm 2022 Fall Festival
This fall harvest festival features a 30-acre pumpkin patch and family fun. Highlights include tractor-drawn wagon rides, pick your own pumpkin on 15 acres, hay pyramids, animal center with petting zoo, live performers (weekends only), wheelbarrows, corn expedition and sunflower picking and barrel train ride.
Dates: October 1 – October 31, 8am to dusk
Location: 18450 E. Telegraph Rd., Santa Paula, CA, 93060
Pre-sale tickets will only be available for the first two weekends. Children 2 and under are free.
Simi Valley – Simi Valley Historical Society & Museum at Strathearn Park
The Creepy Dolls Twilight Tours is offered once per year. In 2022, the event occurs on October 1st, though we are advised it has sold out by September 12th. This guided tour takes visitors back in time to the 1800s. If you enjoy creepy dolls, mark your calendar to get your tickets next year for this very popular event. It’s sure to sell out again.
Ventura – Big Wave Dave’s Christmas Trees & Pumpkin Patch
Find the perfect pumpkin from minis to giants. The patch is located in Ventura at the Pacific View Mall (near Target). Enjoy activities for the kids and photo opportunities. Besides pumpkins, you can also pick up ornamental items including gourds, Indian corn and hay bales. Also available are carving kits, candles and stencils.
Dates: October 1 – October 31, 10am to 9pm (Closing 6pm Halloween Day)
Location: 4075 Telegraph Rd., Ventura CA
Admission is Free
23 Free Pumpkin-Carving Stencils of Your Favorite Dog Breeds
Next stop at the grocery store when you pick up the pumpkin for your porch remember your fur kids grab one for them too! Check out ideas from http://www.bhg.com:
This Halloween, carve a dog breed pumpkin that looks just like your pup with our free dog pumpkin carving patterns. Let your friends and neighbors know which dog breed is best by carving a Halloween pumpkin that looks like your favorite canine with these easy pumpkin carving ideas. Get our free Dachshund, Labrador Retriever, Pug, and other dog pumpkin stencils, and get more ideas for sweet faces to carve!
Border Collie Pumpkin
Border Collies are a crowd favorite (I mean, look at those eyes!) and a Border Collie pumpkin carving is no exception. Sweeten up your outdoor Halloween decor with this adorable puppy pumpkin carving project.
Boston Terrier Pumpkin
This furry companion deserves his own pumpkin! A Boston Terrier pumpkin carving is easily one of our favorite Halloween stencil ideas.
Editor’s Tip: Make this dog pumpkin carving stencil your own by adding little details like shaded patches of fur, whiskers, or even a carved tag.
The accentuated whiskers on this Schnauzer pumpkin carving make for a perfect replica. This festive pumpkin carving is one of the best ways to cheerfully greet trick-or-treaters as they come up the driveway on Halloween night.
Labrador Retriever Pumpkin
A perfect pumpkin carving idea for kids this Labrador Retriever pumpkin carving will make anyone smile. Try carving this lab dog pumpkin stencil with just a few simple tools.
Does it get any cuter than this Beagle pumpkin carving? We don’t think so. If you’re feeling really creative, try carving multiple Beagle pumpkins for a “litter” of darling carved pumpkins.
Free Pumpkin Carving Stencils of Favorite Cat Breeds
There’s nothing spooky about this jack-o’-lantern. Boxers are one of the most popular dog breeds, and this boxer pumpkin carving is what your Halloween-decorated porch needs—puppy dog eyes, and all.
Editor’s Tip: The key to this Boxer pumpkin carving is the shading. Use a variety of tools and pressure to achieve the look.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Pumpkin
This dog stencil reminds us of some of our favorite furry friends! The floppy ears on this Cavalier King Charles Spaniel pumpkin carving are our favorite part about it.
German Shepherd Pumpkin
These brown and black pups are one of the most loyal dog breeds, and this replica is almost too good. We’re wagging our tails at this German Shepherd pumpkin carving. They even got the tongue right!
Do you have puppy fever? This free Chihuahua pumpkin stencil will suppress those feelings (well, maybe). It’ll make for an adorable fall decor piece, that’s for sure!
43 Free Pumpkin Stencils for Your Best Jack-o’-Lanterns Yet
Cocker Spaniel Pumpkin
Man’s best friend doesn’t get much better than this. Try this Cocker Spaniel pumpkin carving this year for furry delight.
Editor’s Tip: These dog pumpkin carvings make fun fall gifts! Create one for a friend and they’ll love displaying a sweet token to their furry friend.
Golden Retriever Pumpkin
As one of the most popular family dogs, Golden Retrievers are known for being incredibly friendly and happy. This pooch is just as happy about his own Golden Retriever pumpkin carving as we are. His smile sure shows it!
This Pomeranian pumpkin is one of our favorite easy pumpkin carving ideas. Try out the Pomeranian pumpkin carving this year for an adorable Halloween treat.
Jack Russell Terrier Pumpkin
This furry pup is ready for her beauty shot. Dog or cat person, you definitely need to try a Jack Russell Terrier pumpkin carving in your Halloween display this year. Seriously, how cute is this pup?
Scottish Terrier Pumpkin
This Scottish Terrier pumpkin carving will make for the cutest jack-o-lantern in the neighborhood. Since this pup’s whiskers are so detailed, most of this design is made by scraping the outer orange shell, rather than actually carving. With the right pumpkin carving tools, this face is so easy to recreate.
Dachshund Pumpkin Stencil
Hot dog! This pumpkin carved to look like a Dachshund pup is the cutest way to share your pet portrait. Whether you have a dog or not, this Dachshund pumpkin carving is sure to attract trick-or-treaters.
German Shorthaired Pointer Pumpkin
This German Shorthaired Pointer pumpkin carving stencil is paws-itively one of our favorites. Light a candle inside and show it off on your front porch.
Doberman Pinscher Pumpkin
This Doberman Pinscher pumpkin carving will guard your front porch—with cuteness! We’d give this good boy a trick-or-(dog)treat.
This pup stands with pride over his own Pug pumpkin carving. And we don’t blame him—we’re itching to get our hands on some carving tools to make this cute Pug pumpkin!
Add this one to our list of favorite pumpkin-carving ideas. This Rottweiler pumpkin carving can’t be passed up this Halloween.
Editor’s Tip: Size your dog pumpkin stencil to fit any pumpkin.
Smile for the camera! This model-worthy pooch is proud of his own Poodle pumpkin carving.
Editor’s Tip: Since a Poodle’s curly fur can be tricky to carve, focus on getting the face and ear shapes just right instead.
Shih Tzu Pumpkin
Trick-or-treaters will gawk at this oh-so-adorable Shih Tzu pumpkin carving. Add fun embellishments to this dog pumpkin carving like bows and hair accents—just use a long sewing pin to attach them to the pumpkin.
Siberian Husky Pumpkin
The shading on the snout of this Siberian Husky pumpkin carving makes it look so realistic. Place this pumpkin on your front steps for a warm welcome.
31 Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas
Yorkshire Terrier Pumpkin
Our free pumpkin carving pattern will show you how to get the shading on this adorable tiny pooch just right. The Yorkshire Terrier pumpkin carving stencil looks complicated, but it’s pretty easy to recreate!
25 Easy Pumpkin Carving Ideas for the Best Jack-o’-Lanterns on the Block
The market is full of pumpkins now and everyone knows why, so here are lots plenty of great ideas. Thank you http://www.bhg.com running out to get a few pumpkins now:
Carve your own funny, scary, or beautiful pumpkin carvings this Halloween. Your whole family will find plenty to love about these easy pumpkin carving ideas. We have everything from kid-friendly (and easy!) smiling carved faces to gorgeous carved pumpkin monograms for your front entryway. Plus, our free pumpkin carving stencils make these designs super easy to create!
This farm-inspired pumpkin is all about using your imagination. Carve out a barn-shaped opening and fill it with mini bales of straw and wee gourd animals. The no-carve cow and pic come to life using outdoor acrylic paint, felt, and glue—customize them to look like your favorite critters. Turn kids loose with supplies, and they’re sure to fashion an entire farmyard menagerie.
The little ones will get a kick out of the cheeky (and cheesy!) pumpkin carving idea for kids. Simply coat a real or faux pumpkin with soft yellow paint, drill a few different-sized holes, and add plastic mice in various stages of entering and leaving. For safety, use battery-operated candles for illumination.
Choo–choo, choose pumpkins of a similar size and shape. Cut out wheels and windows, then paint the train cars. This cute-as-pie idea is more freight than fright—what a delight!
Frankenstein Face Pumpkin
Create a Frankenstein monster that’s goofy and fun to carve. Our free pumpkin carving stencil makes this pumpkin pattern easy and fun for all ages. A pumpkin carving knife is the only tool you’ll need to get this stencil cut into your pumpkin.
Felt wings and ears secured with toothpicks transform petite pumpkins into wicked-cute bats. Etch out the eyes, then stick red sewing pins through the center of each to create beady stares. A coat of black paint on the bodies makes the eyes appear to glow even during the day.
Zombie Pumpkin Stencil
Walking Dead fans rejoice—we’ve got the best free pumpkin stencil for you. Create a creepy zombie hand with a lit background for a shaded and spooky design. Use a lumpy and bumpy pumpkin to complete the undead look.
Cute Owl Pumpkin
This owl pumpkin design is anything but scary! The details of this free pumpkin stencil include leaves, flowers, and polka dots. Use a drill and traditional carving tools to bring this free pumpkin design to life.
Carve your biggest pumpkin with a broad, goofy smile to greet trick-or-treaters as they walk up to your front porch. This classic jack-o’-lantern just has four easy shapes, so you’ll have a festive outdoor display completed in no time.
Editor’s tip: Rub Vaseline on the carved areas of your pumpkin to make it last longer.
This dragon pumpkin design breathes fire, which looks almost real once a candle is placed inside. This design plays with a mix of scraping and total carving for different amounts of light in different shapes.
Deer Pumpkin Stencil
This easy deer pumpkin doesn’t require any actual carving at all! First, transfer the stencil design to the surface of your pumpkin, then use an etching tool from a pumpkin carving tool kit to etch around the silhouette of the deer. Light the pumpkin from the inside for a subtle spooky glow when you’re done.
Traditional Pumpkins with a Twist
One easy way to pump up a traditional pumpkin—forget the orange and try a colorful gourd instead. Here, a green pumpkin transforms a traditional triangle face and crooked grin into an eye-catching focal point.
Angry Face Pumpkin
This angry pumpkin has teeth, pupils, and wobbly eyebrows, creating a festive and spooky decoration. Use a pumpkin saw and our free pumpkin carving template to get the look for your front entryway this fall. Don’t forget to put a small votive candle inside to illuminate the face.
Flame Pumpkin Stencils
Whether you’re carving the flame emoji on a single pumpkin or assembling a DIY pumpkin bonfire, we’ve got several free flame-shape stencils to choose from. You only need a big carving knife and a spoon to scoop out the insides for this easy pumpkin carving idea.
Easy Pumpkin Trio
A new twist on traditional pumpkin carving comes courtesy of this loveable trio of pumpkin ideas. Monster-inspired but without the scary edge, these easy pumpkin carving designs are a perfect complement to good-natured seasonal decorating. Create one or group them together to spice up your front entry for trick-or-treaters.
Grinning Pumpkin Grouping
If you have multiple carvers in your household, these silly pumpkin carving ideas are perfect. Each person can create a unique design. This grouping is forgiving of any flaws, with wide grins, big eyes, and goofy expressions—try one or all of our ideas for pumpkin faces to carve.
To make these pretty monogrammed Halloween pumpkins, decide whether you want to use the initial of your family name or the initials of each family member’s first name. Then, let each person pick their own pumpkin in various colors and sizes. Keeping all in the same font will give your family pumpkins Weasley-sweater vibes. You can print letters in different fonts to mix things up; trace them onto pumpkins and carve or gouge them out.
Light up your walkway for trick-or-treaters this Halloween with miniature pumpkin luminarias. Small-to-midsize pumpkins work perfectly for this easy carving idea. Hang a series of these carved faces along a sidewalk using heavy-gauge wire and black shepherd’s hooks. Skip the candles and use battery-operated lights instead.
Your littlest ones will love the good-natured vibe of this easy pumpkin carving idea. The simple pattern makes it easy to cut out the crooked teeth, oversize nose, and expressive eyebrows. For long-lasting light, consider battery-operated candles.
This smiling vampire stencil could seem scary at first, but he’s a friendly, funny monster: just look at that grin! This vampire pumpkin is all fun and games with a hooked nose and dramatic eyebrows. To make this vampire, simply use our stencil as a guide.
Ghost Emoji Stencil
Boo, we see you! For this emoji pumpkin carving idea, don’t use just any ghost—use your favorite emoji instead! A playful emoji ghost will make a haunting accent for your Halloween home. Bonus: Our ghost stencil is perfect for pumpkin decorators who would rather etch than carve their designs.
Take an easy pumpkin carving pattern, add flowers and greenery, and voila: floral-enhanced jack-o’-lanterns! Happy faces are quick to carve, and cheery colors add a light and bright touch to this autumn duo. Attach accents with pins, toothpicks, or glue for adorable smiling pumpkins.
Pumpkin House Numbers
This easy pumpkin carving idea is a great way to welcome visitors to your home this Halloween season. Start by removing the stems from the pumpkins (except for the top one). Trace number stencils onto pumpkins using a crafts knife, then chisel the pumpkin skin out of the stenciled numbers, revealing the lighter pumpkin flesh beneath.
Pumpkin for the Birds
Your kids will have fun helping pick out accents for this easy pumpkin carving idea. Transfer the pattern onto a pumpkin and cut it out. Make sure to cut the lid with a zigzag edge. Wind wire around the feet of artificial crows and position them as desired. Poke the wire ends into the pumpkin to secure the birds in place (you also could use fake mice or rats as other seasonal accents).
Give your cat pumpkin something to chase. Complete your pumpkin display with a fun scattering of mice using our free printable pumpkin carving stencils. Group multiple mice on one large pumpkin or carve individual pumpkins for more flexibility in the final arrangement.
Make quick work of easy pumpkin carving with everyone’s favorite tool: a drill. Start with a quick sketch of your design and use a drill with a small bit to create evenly spaced holes on the pumpkin. Tuck in a strand of LED lights for constant illumination.
Seven Things to Do in the Morning to Be Healthier and More Productive
After the sun rises and your alarm clock sounds, the morning often feels like it slips away. However, there are several ways to ensure this part of your day is utilized to the fullest. “Studies show that a positive start can significantly impact overall happiness levels and enhance productivity,” Kayote Joseph, a therapist, says, noting that it only takes 10 minutes to jumpstart your morning. The reason? “How you begin your day impacts your reticular activating system, which sifts and sorts external information,” she says, and helps you identify “more things to be grateful for or feel positively about.” Creating a habitual routine specific to your morning can ultimately help you have better days. “The science of habit creation looks like this: A behavior needs to be easily repeatable and followed by reward,” Andrea Marcellus, a wellness expert, shares. “Pick just one adjustment to focus on at a time, and be as consistent as possible for at least a week before adding another element to the [morning] routine.” Here, discover some of the best changes to make to your morning routine to maximize your wellness and efficiency throughout the remainder of the day.
Understand your body.
“A healthy and productive morning routine is one that sets you up for a positive mindset coupled with an energized body,” Marcellus says, something that might look very different from person to person. She recommends checking in with yourself to determine what makes you feel inspired mentally and physically; consider which foods, practices, and movements contribute to this. Then, instill “four or five activities that stimulate and empower you emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually” into your regimen, adds Marcellus.
Exercising, even for a short period of time, is part of a productive, healthy morning routine. “Movement combined with breath oxygenates every cell in the body, enlivening you both physically and mentally,” shares Marcellus, noting that intentional workouts and mindful breathing shuts down the brain’s amygdala—its fear and anxiety center—and activates the pathways that bolster problem solving and creativity. Adding gentle, impactful motion into your morning regimen, then, can empower your body and mind.
Eat a healthy breakfast.
According to Marcellus, eating one or two superfoods at breakfast each morning (or during a mid-morning snack if you wait over four hours between breakfast and lunch) will boost brain and body health and amplify dopamine (the happy hormone). “The key is to figure out which foods make you feel most energetic,” she says. “Many of my clients do better with yogurt or egg-based breakfasts and save grains for later in the day.”
Start the morning device-free.
Don’t begin your day by reaching for your devices—yes, this includes your cell phone. “Research shows that the first 10 minutes of one’s morning set the tone for one’s entire day, and checking emails and social media produce stress hormones in the brain, like adrenaline and cortisol,” Joseph explains.
Practice self-care techniques.
There are two main self-care practices Joseph says make for a better morning: meditating and writing in a gratitude journal. She guides beginners towards the former by way of YouTube (simply research guided morning meditations to get started). For the latter, Joseph likes to “wake up and write down all the good things I can remember from the day before.” However, any form of self-care—like making your favorite drink or visualizing your day ahead—works. “The goal here is to ease your brain out of theta (the brain wave state you’re in during sleep) and keep it out of high-beta (the brain wave state of stress) for as long as possible at the beginning of the day,” Joseph says.
Get dressed every day.
“I encourage people to get dressed and [look] put together, no matter what. It’s not about vanity—it’s about energy,” Marcellus says. This is particularly salient if you work from home. Practice “morning renewal” by putting on an outfit that fits well, arranging your hair, and applying a few makeup products, she shares. Feeling put together on the outside, Marcellus continues, gives us a mental and emotional boost on the inside.
You’ll know if the changes in your morning routine are making a difference based on your response to the first challenge of the day, Marcellus notes. “If your knee-jerk response is to immediately shift to dread or anger that doesn’t quickly move to possibility, your morning routine can still use some work,” she says. “Once you start to notice that challenges don’t penetrate so deeply, and that you are able to see solutions relatively quickly and without a huge emotional response, you know that you are well set up for success each day.”
ACAI BOWL RECIPE
I see acai berries added to so many things now drinks, foods, and facial products acai contain antioxidants and fiber. They are a so-called superfood with lots of health benefits, here is a quick recipe to try at home since Acai also is not cheap. http://www.veganhuggs.com always has great recipes let’s try this one out, you can find acai at most supermarkets frozen section or amazon freeze dry or powder form:
1 cup coconut milk or any plant-based milk (more if needed)
1 1/2 cups mixed berries , frozen
1 large banana , ripened
1 tablespoon chia seeds (sub flax seeds)
2 Acai Frozen Packs , unsweetened
To a high-powered blender, add the coconut milk and banana first, then add the remaining ingredients (break the acai packets in two). Blend on high until creamy and smooth, using the tamper as needed.
The consistency should be very thick, but if it’s too thick for the blender to move, add a few splashes of milk. If it’s too thin, add more frozen fruit. Pour into two small bowls and add your favorite toppings. Enjoy!
- Topping ideas: coconut flakes, sliced strawberries, blueberries, buckwheat groats, granola, chia seeds, hemp seeds, cacao nibs, nut butter, or dried fruit.
- If you would like to have a smoothie instead of a smoothie bowl, add a ½ cup more of plant-based milk or coconut water.
- If your blender isn’t powerful. You may want to defrost the acai packs for a few minutes before adding them. Just until it’s a little softer, but not thawed. You can run them under water or leave them on the counter.
- Feel free to get creative! Add your favorite fruit, greens, nuts, or seeds to your acai smoothie bowl. Keep the ratios about the same in this recipe and it will be delicious.
- For extra sweetness, add 2-4 Medjool dates to the blender.
- Nutrition is calculated without toppings.
- Recipe yields enough mixture for 2 small bowls or 1 large bowl.
Eating Two Servings of Avocado Each Week Could Decrease Your Risk of Having a Heart Attack
We know a proper diet is the best way to be healthy but do we all really follow a proper diet? Trying to eat healthy and really eating healthy not always the route everyone goes. Of course, when I see some of the things, I eat on the healthy list you know I get excited. Avocados go with everything salads, sandwich, guacamole, you can always find something to add avocado to. Now imagine it’s good for your heart win- win people! Check out this article from http://www.marthastewart.com and below is another article on cranberries also healthy for your heart:
Avocados are delicious just about any time of day (for breakfast, lunch, and yes, even in ice cream). As you’ve heard, they pack plenty of healthy fats and nutrients and now, according to a new study, there’s even more reason to eat avocado for your good health. In fact, researchers have concluded that consuming just two servings of the fruit each week (one whole avocado or one cup diced avocado) could decrease your risk of having a heart attack by 21 percent (compared to those who don’t eat the fruit), reports the Journal of the American Heart Association.
Researchers found that having a couple of servings of this healthy fat (equal to 80 grams) limits heart attack risks in women and men also when eaten in place of butter, cheese, and processed meats. To conduct their study, researchers followed more than 68,000 women and 41,000 men over a 30-year period for the Nurses’ Health Study and Health Professionals Follow-up Study. None of the participants had experienced cancer, coronary heart disease, or stroke at the start of the study; and, as a way for researchers to track participants’ health overtime, each participant filled out dietary questionnaires every four years over the course of the three decades.
Related: Beyond Smashing: Our Absolute Favorite Avocado Recipes for Every Meal
The team noted that eating half a serving of avocado (¼ cup) each day instead of the same serving of eggs, yogurt, cheese, margarine, butter, or processed meats, like bacon, limited the risk of heart attacks by 16 to 22 percent.
There are replacements for avocado if it isn’t readily available in your area, says Dr. David Katz, a specialist in preventive and lifestyle medicine and nutrition. He recommends trading high fat and processed foods for inexpensive alternatives such as beans, chickpeas, and lentils.
To prevent heart disease overall, the National Library of Medicine shares that reducing your sugar intake, as well as avoiding processed foods and saturated fats, is helpful. The American Heart Association adds that everyone’s body needs fat to increase energy, keep organs healthy, and more. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are known to protect the heart the most. Olive oil, canola oil, peanut oil, safflower oil, and sesame oil, avocados, and peanut butter are all examples of monounsaturated fats.
Eating Cranberries Every Day Could Benefit Your Heart, New Study Reveals
Do you have a favorite fruit? While apples, oranges, and bananas are common picks, you don’t want to overlook other delicious and nutritious options you can grab from your local market. Take cranberries, for example: You could reap benefits far beyond a satisfying snack just by incorporating the sweet-tart fruit into your daily diet. A recent study published in the journal Food & Function found that the natural substances in cranberries could boost the health of your blood vessels in addition to decreasing your risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
“The increases in polyphenols and metabolites in the bloodstream and the related improvements in flow-mediated dilation after cranberry consumption emphasize the important role cranberries may play in cardiovascular disease prevention,” Ana Rodriguez-Mateos, a co-author of the study, said. “Furthermore, the fact that these improvements in cardiovascular health were seen with an amount of cranberries that can be reasonably consumed daily makes cranberry an important fruit in the prevention of cardiovascular disease for the general public.”
Related: 10 Fresh Cranberry Recipes That Aren’t Sauce
The team came to their findings after their clinical trial that studied how freeze-dried whole cranberry powder, instead of juice, could benefit people’s hearts. (They noted that 9 grams of cranberry powder would be the same as consuming 100 grams of cranberries.) To conduct their study, researchers rounded up 45 men and they gave half of the group 4.5 grams of freeze-dried cranberry powder to drink twice every day and provided a placebo powder similar to the cranberry option for the other group for one month.
As a result, the researchers discovered that the volunteers’ who consumed the cranberry powder had improvements in their vascular function, even after the first day, based on flow-mediated dilation (FMD), meaning, participants got boosts in blood flow to their arteries from consuming the fruit. After the month period, the team also noted that the FMD increases linked to the increase in polyphenol metabolites, which prevents oxidative stress that often causes heart disease.
“Our findings provide solid evidence that cranberries can significantly affect vascular health even in people with low cardiovascular risk,” Christian Heiss, a co-author of the study out of the University of Surrey, added. “This study further indicates that specific metabolites present in the blood after cranberry consumption are related to the beneficial effects.”
Three Easy Yoga Flows to Try Every Morning
Finding it hard to get a true work out into your busy schedule, even 30 mins a day can help you feel and sleep better. Yoga is one of the most relaxing part of my day, I can always find time morning, noon, or night. You adjust your level as you go and can find many routines online also to help depending how flexible you want to be! Check out this article below and start getting your routine in daily:
Yoga is the meditative, slow-paced practice that so many of us have embraced with open arms. The reason? It is fantastic for longevity—and it’s never to late to pick up this wellness technique. Ahead, we chatted with two yoga instructors who shared three flows to work into your morning routine. They’re suited for seasoned yogis and novices alike.
Related: A 30-Minute Workout or 10,000 Steps Per Day—Which Is Better?
Still in Bed
Did you know that you can perform yoga even before you get out of bed? Elizabeth Thompson, co-founder of MilkLoveYoga, notes that the following sequence is something to try before rising for your day. Twists, she says, “relieve anxiety and tension and wake up the spine before moving;” to perform them, lie on your back and stretch your arms out wide. Bring your knees up to your chest and twist from side to side. Segue into a happy baby position, which “will relieve any stiffness left overnight,” Thompson, who is also the co-founder of Jollie, shares. Lie flat on your back, lift your knees toward your face with your lower legs and feet pointed upward at 90 degrees; grab the edges of your feet and feel the stretch. “If you cannot grab the edges of your feet, try for your calves,” Thompson says, noting that it is important to keep your head down during the entire movement. “The spine should be completely flat.” After holding the position for a minute or two, Thompson says to transition into child’s pose. To do so, get on your hands and knees and stretch your arms forward while pushing your hips back and down toward your mattress. “This also opens the hips and lengthens the spine—which is great after twisting,” she says, noting that, with open knees, you’ll have more room to sink back.
Next, try cat/cow. Get back onto all fours and start by looking upwards towards the ceiling while rolling your shoulders back and letting your stomach stretch down toward the mattress—this is cat. After one long breath, slowly move into cow by rolling your shoulders forward, curling your head down, and arching your back upward, reversing the stretch. “This movement brings mobility and length to the spine,” Thompson says, noting to inhale for cow and exhale for cat. Next, in a supine position, pull one knee up to your chest. Bend your other knee out to the side and cross your foot over the pulled-up knee—and voila, you’re in the figure four stretch. To deepen it, though, you’ll want to gently pull up on your un-crossed leg. “Figure four will stretch out your glutes and hips muscles that we use all day to walk and sit,” Thompson says.
Lastly, lie on your back and put your feet firmly on your mattress. Keep your shoulders down and lift your hips up in the air to perform a half-bridge. “This will start to stimulate the organs and wake up the legs before you fully exit the bed,” Thompson says. After moving through all of the above movements, it’s time to get out of bed. “Finally, end with a full-body stretch reaching to each side to provide length and energy to start the day—long side bodies support the mobility and length of our spines,” Thompson says.
Up and Ready to Flow
Once you’re out of bed, CorePower Yoga Senior Yoga Trainer Amy Opielowski recommends performing a quick and easy grounding flow—which she outlines, here. “These grounding yoga poses support balanced muscle engagement in your legs to stabilize your ankles, knees, and hips, and improve mobility,” she says. “Complete one round in the morning and work up to two rounds each day.” To begin, stand with your feet-hip distance apart and hover your right foot off the ground, she instructs. “Circle your ankle 10 times clockwise and 10 times counterclockwise.” It’s as simple as that—next, try the same movement higher up. “Stand with your feet together and place your hands on your knees,” she instructs. “Circle your knees 10 times clockwise and 10 times counterclockwise.”
After your circles, get ready for a nearly full-body stretch. “Start on your hands and knees and step your right foot to the outside of your right hand,” she says. “Slide your left knee back so that your knee is behind your right toes. Reach your right arm up and twist your torso to the right. Kick your left heel towards your glutes and grab the pinky toe side of your left foot.” Hold the pose for 30 seconds before switching sides. (If you can’t reach your foot, don’t fret; Opielowski says that you can use a strap or towel for added support.) To further stretch your legs, lie down on a mat and stack your heels under your knees. “Use a strap, belt, or towel to lasso the bottom of your right foot,” she instructs. “Hold the ends of the strap and extend your right leg up to the ceiling. Stack the right hip, knee, and ankle in one line and flex your right toes toward your shin.” For an even deeper stretch, she says to extend your left leg long onto your mat. Whichever you choose, she notes to hold the position for 30 seconds before switching legs.
As beneficial as in-bed figure fours are, doing them on solid ground can offer even more lengthening. With that in mind, Opielowski says to lie on your mat with your heels under your knees. “Cross your right ankle over your left knee and flex your right toes toward your right shin,” she instructs. “For more of a sensation, pull your left knee in towards your chest and interlace your hands behind the left thigh.” Hold for 30 seconds and move to the other leg.
Sun Salutation A
If runner’s lunges and figure fours don’t fit your idea of yoga (even though they’re the basis of vinyasa flows), consider moving directly into Ashtanga yoga’s primary sequence: sun salutations. According to Thompson, sun salutation A, which includes seven individual poses repeated in a flow of 11 total movements while synchronizing breath with each transition, is great for warming up and energizing the body. “Syncing breath and movement together first thing in the morning clears the brain for a positive start to the day,” she says, noting that sun salutations are often the first flows following the warmup in a yoga class for the same reason. Since they are more involved, beginners will benefit most from watching videos (try this one from Alo Yoga) or keeping a visual, like this colorful one from Etsy ($26.38, etsy.com), of the movements on hand. Eventually, though, the flow becomes second nature—and, once mastered, becomes the basis for the primary series of Ashtanga yoga.
Spicy Garlic Chickpeas
It’s meatless Monday what can you have that can still give you protein boost chickpea can never go wrong. Check out this recipe for spicy garlic chickpea from http://www.bonappetit.com. Think about all the sides, some rice, salad, perhaps on some avocado toast? Whatever your side is this will hit the spot and if you make enough pack to go for lunch the next day!
2 15-oz. cans chickpeas (rinsed)
4 crushed garlic cloves
1 chile de árbol, crushed, or ½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
¾ cup olive oil
freshly ground black pepper
Cook chickpeas with garlic and chile in oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until garlic is golden and chickpeas begin to blister, 6–8 minutes; season with salt and pepper.
What Is a Normal Stress Threshold—and Are You Past It?
These days who is not under some sort of stress, work, relationships, family, etc. We all know how stress can totally make you sick in so many ways without you realizing it. We don’t all have time to put together an exercise routine to help with managing stress but there are other options. Once you evaluate your situation you can put together a plan that best suits you to help relieve stress check out the article below:
Stress is unavoidable, but experts say it’s not always bad for us. “We all experience stress and anxiety, and, in small amounts stress can be helpful; it can motivate us to meet deadlines, pay bills, or do things that are unpleasant but are to our benefit,” says therapist Hope Kelaher, LCSW. But when we get too stressed, our bodies respond with physical, emotional, and mental changes that take even daily challenges—like sitting in traffic—from frustrating to impossible. “Stress, especially when it gets to be overwhelming, can be a primary reason people seek therapy,” says Kelaher. “The reality is that each of us has a different stress tolerance, which may also change over the life course as our ability to navigate challenges changes.” Ahead, how to determine whether or not you have exceeded your personal stress threshold, according to the experts.
Related: This Is What Happens to Your Body When You’re Stressed
Understand what causes stress.
At its most basic, stress is “a mental or physical response to an external situation or perceived challenge,” says Dr. Krystal Lewis, clinical psychologist and researcher at the National Institutes of Mental Health. “Everyone feels stress from time to time and some individuals feel it more often than others. Sometimes, the stress response occurs in situations to protect us and keep us safe; other times, this stress response can help motivate people. However, when the stress starts to affect our physical and/or mental health, well-being, or ability to function, we may have reached our stress threshold.”ADVERTISING
Everyone’s stress threshold is different: It’s impacted by your body’s physiology, which determines how often and how powerfully your stress response is triggered; personality traits, like perfectionism, social inhibition, and self-esteem; and other factors, like past trauma or current struggles. “Internal and external resources can significantly contribute to stress levels,” says Lewis. “If someone is lacking basic resources—food, shelter, money—they may experience stress differently. In essence, stress occurs when the perceived demands of the situation outweigh an individual’s available resources, and this could be perceived internal resources, like social competence for meeting new people, or external resources.”
Evaluate your own stress level.
Identifying the experiences that cause you stress—both by considering your physiological responses and your emotions around different experiences—can help you understand your own personal stress threshold. “Be aware of how your body responds to stress,” says Lewis. “Learn to identify the signs and symptoms of stress that you experience when you are dealing with challenging situations. Ask yourself: When do these signs and symptoms tend to go away and when do they tend to persist? Which signs and symptoms bother you the most?” Next, consider how you think about different types of experiences—which you find stressful, and which you don’t. “Ask yourself, what do you look forward to versus what you perceive as overwhelming or taxing?” says Lewis. “Learning to identify the situations that cause you stress is important so that you can determine how to address the situation or modify your response to it. Awareness of your own mind and body is most important in identifying where your stress threshold lies.”
Note how stress affects your health and daily life.
As you reach your stress threshold, your body will offer physical, mental, and emotional clues that can help you evaluate your well-being. “Stress can show up as pain in your chest, difficulty breathing, tension in your muscles, pain and discomfort in your stomach, or increased sick days,” says Lewis, who also cites headaches and migraines, gastrointestinal issues, elevated blood pressure and heart rate, and decreased libido as physical manifestations of stress. “Some of the mental and emotional signs are changes in mood, irritability, depression, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, racing thoughts and uncontrollable worry, memory problems, and indecision,” says Lewis. “Stress can also impact behaviors and some people may experience increased use of drugs and alcohol, increased or decreased appetite, social withdrawal, and sedentary or avoidant behavior. It is important for people to attend to their behaviors and explore why they may be engaging in them.”
Manage stress with relaxation techniques—and help.
If you’re reaching—or passing—your stress threshold, finding a management strategy that works for you is key. Lewis recommends incorporating yoga, meditation, walks, or other daily relaxation techniques into your routine, and practicing deep breathing and mindfulness exercises. “Some people may find it helpful to use a visualization activity of picturing a calm, relaxing environment, and placing themselves in that context while engaging in deep breathing,” says Lewis. “These activities can help in the immediate term, as well as the long-term. But when the stress response is being consistently triggered or seems to last for long periods and is impacting daily life, it is most important to reach out [to your doctor] for help.”
Gnocchi is a favorite of mine but finding ways to make it more delicious is super exciting! Doesn’t matter if you boil or oven bake it here is a recipe you will really enjoy. Fast and easy but full of flavor make enough to pack some for-lunch the next day, thanks again http://www.marthastewart.com:
6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1 large eggplant (1 pound), stem removed, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/8 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
1 1/2 pounds large tomatoes (3 to 4), cored and diced
1 pound fresh or frozen gnocchi
1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves, plus more for serving
1/2 cup ricotta
- Heat 1/4 cup oil in a large skillet over medium. Add eggplant, season generously with salt, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
- Add remaining 2 tablespoons oil to skillet over medium heat.
- Add garlic and red-pepper flakes and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1 minute.
- Add tomatoes and simmer, stirring, until slightly thickened, 5 minutes. Return eggplant with any juices to skillet; season with salt.
- Add gnocchi in a single layer atop eggplant, cover, and cook until tender, 6 to 8 minutes (or, if using frozen, about 1 minute more).
- Sprinkle with basil and serve, topped with a spoonful of ricotta, more basil leaves, pepper, and a drizzle of olive oil.