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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Trick or Treat...oh my feet!

October is here! Do you know what that means? Yup. Time to get the Dr. Scholl's out! LOL

As a kid, I couldn't wait for "that day". Actually, those "days". Where I grew up, Trick-or-Treating was a two day event.

Seriously! Two whole days of dressing up and getting free candy! WHIPEEE

While I reveled in the glory of all that sugar, and probably helped finance my dentist's new house, as an adult, I realize now why my parents groaned and tried to bribe us kids to stay home at least one night--at least until we were older and could go out alone. (Yes. I admit I Trick-or-Treated until I was 16. Full blown costume and all!)

Although my kids only get one night a year to dress up like the little demons, goblins, and princesses they are, and beg for candy, I too, like my parents, now groan at the idea of Trick-or-Treating. And every year I ask myself (as of turning 30 or so), when did walking become such a darn chore? I'll tell you when...when I started sitting behind a computer full time for work and play.

Yup. Writer butt is a cold hard fact of life. But it doesn't only affect your buttocks! It takes a toll on your whole body...especially your feet!

Whether it's age, or lack of exercise for the other 364 days a year...whatever reason, I have decided this year I would combat my writer butt and feet with some good ol' regular candy-free walking of my own.

As of last month, I have made it a point to walk a little bit each day, rain or shine. King Alfred makes the perfect companion as I strut around the farm, and keeps me entertained with his hopping and playing that I forget I am outside for a while. I do this in hopes that come Halloween night, I'm not crying by the fifth block and praying my kids score enough candy to call it a night. This year, I am determined to outlast the kids!

So what is the point of this post, Isha?

Isha's feet hurt because she sits on her butt all day?
Writer butt is for real. #buttcushionsaremygod
Isha is encouraging people to be active to save their feet in the future.
Isha really just wants to last longer Trick-or-Treating to steal all the kids' extra chocolate...

Or all the above?

Yes, all the above!

Tell me, am I the only parent who has or does experience this? Share your Halloween experiences as an adult below in the comments! And stay tuned until next month for an update on my hopefully extended round of using my kids to beg for candy! Wait...I mean, taking my kids Trick-or-Treating...


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Monday, October 16, 2017

Trick or Treat - About Your Favorite #Halloween Candy by Kristin Wallace

So, we are just a couple weeks away from Halloween. As a kid I loved getting dressed up to go trick or treating. The best part of the night was sorting through the collected “treats” to find the best candy when we got home. I thought it might be fun to do some research on Halloween candy and find out what the most popular treats are.

First...did you know Americans spend about $2.5 billion (that’s right billion) on candy during Halloween? 

Companies and news organizations love to do polls, so of course someone did a poll about favorite Halloween candy…by state. Somehow, candy corn ranked #1 in 5 states. Not sure what’s wrong with those people.

And here is a list of the Top 25 most popular Halloween treats, according to The Daily Meal.

25. Whoppers – Malted milk balls. Not a fan.

24. Toblerone – Originally from Switzerland, but it’s caught on in the US.

23. Smarties – Colored sugar basically, with a hint of tartness. Are these the same as Sweet Tarts?

22. Air Heads – Developed in 1986. It’s soft, chewy & sour.

21. Sour Patch Kids – People love sour candy that turns sweet apparently.

20. Jolly Ranchers – Colorful, full of flavor, a little sour & sweet.

19. Swedish Fish – I have honestly never even heard of these.

18. Candy Corn – The National Confectioners Association claims 35 million pounds of this stuff is produced every year. Mostly I think they sit around in the candy bowl until everything else is gone so you HAVE to eat them.

17. Hershey’s Kisses – Did you know a machine wraps 1,300 kisses in foil per minute?

16. Dove Chocolate Bars – I go for the Dark Chocolate ones, bite-sized are the best.

15. Twix – Cookie, caramel and chocolate together, and it all works.

14. Almond Joy – Why? Why ruin good chocolate with coconut?

13. Butterfinger – I feel like I’m going to crack a tooth trying to eat these.

12. Milky Way – They say this was named after a malted milk shake (not the galaxy).

11. Hershey’s Cookies N’ Cream – I don’t understand the point of white chocolate at all.

10. 3 Musketeers – Did you know there were originally three flavors: strawberry, vanilla & chocolate? That’s where the “3” in the name comes from. In 1945, they started selling only the chocolate version.

9. Skittles – Strangest commercials ever, but they are pretty tasty.

8. Twix 4 To Go – How did Twix get on this list twice? Seems like cheating.

7. Starburst – Chewy, fruity, delicious addiction.

6. Twizzlers – I’ll eat them if I have to, but I won’t enjoy it.

5. Kit Kat Bar – You can’t eat one without singing the commercial.

4. Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bar – This is like America’s chocolate bar. It’s been made in Hershey, Pennsylvania since 1900.

3. Snickers – This candy debuted in 1930. Best known these days for the “You’re not you when you’re hungry” commercials featuring actors like Betty White.

2. M&Ms – The real question for you is…plain or peanut?

1. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups - YES…chocolate, peanut butter, deliciousness!

So, what is your favorite Halloween candy? Which did you love to find in your trick o’ treat bag? Which do you try to steal from your kids’ stash?

Kristin Wallace is the USA Today Best Selling Author of inspirational and contemporary romance, and women’s fiction filled with “Love, Laughter and a Leap of Faith”. She is the author of two best selling series, Shellwater Key Tales (sweet contemporary romance) and Covington Falls Chronicles (inspirational romance). Her latest book will release November 7th. Pre-order LOVING YOU AT CHRISTMAS, an all new holiday story and the final book in the Shellwater Key Tales series.