13 Nights Of Halloween

My all-time favorite Halloween decoration.

I love Halloween.

Last year we blatantly borrowed from Freeform’s 13 Nights Of Halloween and created our own. It was so much fun we’re making it a tradition. This year we added a couple of books and some TV episodes to our movie mix from last year.

Here’s Our List for 2017:

Note: Harry Potter is our Thanksgiving movie marathon tradition.
Note 2: All of our choices are available thorough Hulu, Netflix, or the Public Library. 

If you’re interested in creating your own 13 days of Halloween here are some ideas to get you started:

Here’s a whole list of TV movies and marathons for Halloween 2017.  Turner Classic Movies does Halloween right.  Note to self: We might make next year’s Halloween movie list all classic suspense movies . . . .

Another list that includes TCM and adds in the Hallmark Channel Halloween movies, too.

The Witchiest Movies of 2017

A good list of non-scary stop motion movies to watch is here.

TV Shows/Episodes
15 Best Halloween TV Episodes and another list here.

If you’re into scary, here’s a list.

ANY of the Doctor Who Weeping Angels episodes, BlinkThe Time Of Angels / Flesh and StoneThe God Complex  and The Angels Take Manhattan.  Bonus, The Empty Child and Tooth and Claw are super scary, too.  The Empty child has one of my all time favorite Doctor Who lines, which will spoil things if I quote it here.

Cozy Mystery Halloween book list, and here and here.

Modern Mrs. Darcy’s list of spooky but not quite scary books is here.

A list of Halloween picture books, Common Sense Media’s recommendations here, a YA list here, and several kids / YA lists mixed in here.

And, because Pinterest is the place for everything, here’s a board with all kinds of Halloween cozy mystery suggestions (with some Autumn suggestions, too).

If you’d rather, and you have access to Freeform, here’s their 2017 schedule.

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May Deal – Pay What You Think Is Fair

A couple of weeks ago maybe, as I was sitting in my office staring out the window, I was overcome with how much my life has changed and how overwhelmingly grateful I am for so much.

A couple of years ago life was upended. All at once. As is life’s prerogative. Initially, this was not o.k.

Not. O.k. At. All.

I was fond of saying “It’s fine if my work life is chaos as long as my home life isn’t.” And vice versa. This was not that. This was all chaos all the time.

A couple of months ago, the last of that chaos worked it’s way out of the picture.

And that’s how I came to be looking out my office window a couple of weeks ago. That office, that window, that view, are the end result of all that chaos. And the view feels good.

HeyAmyLou came to be during all that chaos. And now is the time to celebrate.

So, HeyAmyLou is making May Pay What You Think Is Fair Pricing Month for our newsletter production and design services, mailing list development and maintenance, or website development services.

You tell us what you think is fair pricing. HeyAmyLou will  give you the same great service, product and attention you always get.

HeyAmyLou is a company built around ethics, respect, family, and fun. We take pride in the ability to meet our client’s needs. Pay What You Think Is Fair Month is our virtual cake and candles celebration. A big WHOO-HOO! We MADE it!

We want you and your business to make it, too.

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The Things That Made My Year Great — 2016 edition


Shamelessly stolen from Austin Kleon, who can list out 100 things.


people who share

black eyed peas, collard greens and corn bread on new year’s day

yearly book challenges

weekly playlists


washi tape

The Eagles

lists in the back of books (Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend)

honey vanilla chamomile tea

A Year Of Living Your Yoga

my public library

soy sauce

painted garage windows

the days I accomplish everything on my to-do list

moving big projects forward

spring planting

wax seals on handwritten letters

Mental Health First Aid


saying goodbye to the probate court


tax refunds

Michael Franti concerts

farmer’s markets

new business cards

taking risks

easy fixes

slow Sunday mornings

kitchen gardens


creating systems

teaching yoga

24in48 book challenges

book stacks on Instagram


Pokemon GO

Finding lost dogs

compassionate pest control experts

clean sheets

cool August summer mornings

the sound of a fan

toad / frog relocation


The Youtube 8-hour fireplace

“A Year In The Life” (Gilmore Girls Revival)

selling a house and not spending another minute on Angie’s list for at least 6 months

cutting the cord in favor of Roku. Best decision ever.

ditching the smart phone for an old-fashioned flip phone. Another good decision.

Judy and Loretta at Mills Record Company

Good Reading
The Story of a F##k Fund – Billfold

Artists Aren’t Afraid Of Doing Things Badly – Jonathan Fields

Why I Gave Up a $95,000 Job to Move to an Island and Scoop Ice Cream – and the follow up  — Noelle Hancock

This Is What Happened When We Posted Monica Lewinsky’s TED Talk – Nadia Goodman

I came Undone: One Woman’s Horrifyingly Real Experience With Burnout — Glynnis Macnichol

Good Books

Tribe: On Homecoming And Belonging – Sebastian Junger

You’re Never Weird on The Internet [Almost]- Felicia Day

Furiously Happy: A FunnY Book About Horrible Things -Jenny Lawson

Wishful Drinking – Carrie Fisher

Hope In The Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities — Rebecca Solnit

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers – Robert Sapolsky

The Nightingale  — Kristin Hannah

One Second After – William Forstchen

The Accidental Alchemist, Pirate Vishnu and Artifact— Gigi Pandian

All The Light We Cannot See — Anthony Doerr

Good Movies and TV  

Hundred Foot Journey

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Jimmy’s Hall

The Lunchbox

Rebellion – TV Mini Series

Sports Night (seasons 1 & 2)

The Martian

Making lists– My favorite blog posts authored by me

A Different Kind Of Post For A Different Kind Of Election

How, And More Importantly, When To Delegate pt 1 and 2



And any of the weekly wrap ups.

Other People’s Lists – my favorite blog posts authored by others

Let It Be Sunday – Joy The Baker

I Love Lists – Shutterbean

Inspiring Simplicity – The Minimalists

*This post may contain affiliate links, meaning I may receive a small commission (at no cost to you) if you purchase something after clicking one of the links in this post. I only link things I have used and can truthfully recommend. Purchasing from these links helps me keep business costs low for my clients and that’s what HeyAmyLou is all about.

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cross-posted to IrishYogaChick




I like to make stuff. So I made a fall bucket list and a fall project list printable. Each has two versions, one blank and one partially filled in if you need a little inspiration to create your own lists.


blank     filled in                                         blank   filled in


And a fall playlist because, well, I dig fall.

John Coltrane: Autumn Serenade

Earth Wind & Fire: September

Green Day: Wake Me Up When September Ends

Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong: Autumn in New York

Van Morrison: Autumn Song

Daughtry: September

Don Henley: The Boys Of Summer

Bobby Pickett: Monster Mash

Michael Jackson: Thriller

The Nightmare Before Christmas Soundtrack: This Is Halloween


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I Have A Thing For Books

The proper term is obsession. I’m obsessed with books. My TBR list is upwards of 500 (that’s a lie. The number is so, so much higher than that).

I majored in English in college. (with minors in graphic arts and French — go ahead, make the joke.) At the time, I read anything and everything, except Moby Dick. Apologies to Dr. ___________. And then I quit reading. I put myself on the career fast-track, made myself miserable, and continued down that path for a very long time with very few books to show for it.

Then my mother got sick. And there was a lot of waiting. Waiting in doctor’s offices. Waiting in nursing homes. Waiting in attorney’s offices. Waiting in courtrooms.  It’s odd to say that a jackass disease brought me back to reading, but there it is.

Somewhere along the way I found book lists. Everyone has a book list, and I now read every one. Scouring for the next best book, or more likely the reminder that I’ve had a particular book on my TBR for far too long and I should just get to reading it.

These are my current favorite places to go for new books to read:

The Millions Most Anticipated 2016 Book Preview This list goes on for days. Heaven.

Huffington Post’s 32 Books To Add To Your Shelf In 2016

The Wall Street Journal’s Best Books of 2015

Ideas.TED.com Your Holiday Reading List: 58 Books Recommended By TED Speakers

And I would be remiss if I didn’t inlcude my favorite all-time everything list, Fast Company’s Monthly Your Creative Calendar, which always devotes a section to books.

Also, there’s a budding addiction with bookstores, to the point that I’m thinking of creating a bookstore themed vacation — taking the Airstream of my dreams and pointing it towards bookstores like these.  Plus Atlantis Books in Greece, Shakespeare and Company in Paris, and Barter Books in England. Oh, and in Gladstone Library, Wales, you can actually stay the night. Yes please.

What did I say earlier? Obsession? Absolutely.

[UPDATE] Guess what I just learned. There are youtube channels devoted to book reviews!

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Speaking of books . . .

And we were, a couple of days ago. Sort of.

Anyway,  if you follow me on Instagram, you saw my fangirl post about Jenny Lawson’s book Furiously Happy being my last book of 2015.  Now, barely into 2016, my first finished book You’re Never Weird On The Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day is going to cause me to have my second ever fangirl moment. Holy wow, these two books have set the 2016 reading bar pretty high.

I’m going to write  a more in-depth post on them soon. For now, though, if you’re looking for something to read head to your local library or bookstore and block out a weekend. And then come back here so we can discuss how good they are.

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Independence Day Playlist 2015

As always, if you hear something you like consider paying the artist buy buying the track, or better yet, the album. Independent record stores love to see you. Stay safe this weekend and take a moment to remember why we can celebrate this day the way we do.



Born in The USA – Bruce Springsteen
Small Town – John Mellencamp
American Woman – Lenny Kravitz
All Summer Long – Kid Rock
American Girl – Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
Fortunate Son – Creedence Clearwater Revival
American Girls – Counting Crows, Sheryl Crow
Living in America – James Brown
America – Waylon Jennings
Southern Style – Darius Rucker
Rockin’ in the Free World – Neil Young
4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy) – Bruce Springsteen
Our Country – John Mellencamp
4th of July – Shooter Jennings / George Jones
Back in the USA – Chuck Berry
This Land is Your Land – Pete Seeger
America The Beautiful – Keb’ Mo-
Ragged Old Flag – Johnny Cash


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[crossposted to Irish Yoga Chick]

The Best List Ever. FastCo’s Monthly Roundup

Image via Fast Company

It’s no secret I dig lists. And I feel confident that I’ve read enough of the m to pronounce this one the very best. Ever.

My plan for the month (see? I like lists):

  • Movies In Theatres: Jurassic World
  • Movies to Watch At Home: The Wolf Pack
  • Albums You Should Hear: Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard – Django and Jimmy / Ed Helms- Self Titled
  • Things to Watch On Your TV Or Computer: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
  • Books To Read: Judy Blume In The Unlikely Event
  • Places To Go: Pianos On Parade – various locations around Kansas City

Big Announcement!

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HeyAmyLou™ is growing! I’m so excited to announce we’ll soon be offering digital publishing services including book cover design, interior layout, publishing, physical book binding/printing, and quite possibly fulfillment. Our expertise is in technical publishing (manuals, art books, teacher’s guides) and non-fiction (family histories, memoirs), although novels and poetry books are always welcome.

Digital publishing will be incorporated into our permanent services offerings — website design and maintenance, newsletter publishing, social media marketing and small business consulting. And because I’m so excited about this, we might even start hosting book launch parties. What could be better than a party and a book? A party celebrating a book!

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