Author Archives: Mary Fletcher Jones

About Mary Fletcher Jones

Mary Fletcher Jones is a mom, teacher, and blogger. Her blogs include Autumn in Virginia, Cool Yule Blog and You Can't Make This Stuff Up, among others. She is also the creator of "Living Well With Autism," an online resource for caregivers of children, teens, and adults with autism and related special needs.

Pamper with a pumpkin spa night

Autumn in Virginia tip: if you do this pumpkin spa night, the meditation, light the candle and the pumpkin smoothie, you can check off 4 self-care activities on the October Self-Care Challenge! With a little advance preparation, you can have … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Bela Lugosi! Watch “The Raven” free

Happy Birthday, Bela Lugosi! He is one of my favorite actors and Dracula (1931) is one of my all-time favorite movies.  Dracula was a tremednous success for Universal Pictures and helped launch the film studio’s horror movie enterprise. The vampire … Continue reading

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Easy Pumpkin Smoothie

Pumpkin is a low-calorie food that is full of nutrients, including vitamins C and A. This pumpkin smoothie is easy to make and tastes like pumpkin pie in a glass! In a blender, add 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin puree … Continue reading

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Spooky Word of the Week: Lycanthropy

Many a man who is pure of heart And says his prayers by night May become a wolf when the wolfsbane blooms And the autumn moon shines bright. Tonight, in honor of the full moon this week, our spoooky word … Continue reading

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Creature Double Feature: The Mummy and The Old Dark House

As a special treat, Peacock.com is making a selection of classic Universal horror movies free to view online in October. I thought I would feature two classic horror films a week, just as I used to watch them in second-run … Continue reading

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Are you scared? Be very scared…

Because today is Face Your Fears Day. It’s normal to be afraid of some things. But phobias are different. Phobias are strong and irrational fears or aversions. Phobias plague you when you know you shouldn’t be afraid but you just … Continue reading

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Spooky Word of the Week: Phantasmagoria

If you are a film buff, I think you will take a special interest in this week’s spooky word. Phantasmagoria is a word with a fascinating history. In current usage, phantasmagoria means a sequence of imaginary and often scary images, … Continue reading

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Creature Double Feature: Dracula and Dracula’s Daughter

For the Halloween month of October, PeacockTV.com is making a number of classic Universal horror movies free to watch online. I am showcasing a “double-feature” of films each week. This week, I have selected Dracula (1931) and Dracula’s Daughter (1936).  … Continue reading

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Happy Haunted House Day!

Yes, today is officially Haunted House Day.  I have some ideas for you… Make this paper haunted house craft with the kids. The template makes it easy.

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Create an autumn sacred space

Many people have a space in their home where they display pictures, cards, trophies, religious items and other mementos of love, reverence and pride.  Think about how people use mantels and decorate them for the holidays and throughout the year. … Continue reading

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