Are You Haunted?

When I was growing up I was always so afraid of the idea of being haunted. I was terrified of demons and ghosts and all of the things that go bump in the night. I avoided horror movies like the plague and a ouija board could send me running from a house like a bat out of hell.

But as I grew older I started to realize that it wasn’t the literal ghosts and ghouls that I needed to be afraid of haunting me. I stopped being so afraid of “getting haunted” when I realized that I already was.

I think we are all haunted.

We are haunted by the ghosts of our past. By the things we won’t let go. We are haunted by our “what if’s” and “if only’s”. But unlike most spooky stories it’s not the ghosts that need to move on, it’s us.

I am learning that it is good to remember your past. It is good to learn from your mistakes and remember the moments that made us strong.

But not if they are haunting us.

At a certain point it is ok to let go. To let go of the negative parts of our past. It is ok to let go of anger we have been holding onto for years. It is ok to forgive people who have wronged us. It is ok to let go of your ghosts and slowly let them fade away. It is ok to acknowledge that your past made you the person you are today, but it does not necessarily define your future.

The past does not necessarily set the tone for your entire life. You do! Hold onto the happy and let go of the bad.

I hope that everyone has a very happy and safe Halloween, full of positive energy and making joyful memories!


HP Costumes
Chad and I dressed as Hogwarts Students this year for Halloween! I’m only a little obsessed. 
HP Pumpkins
Chad and I carved Harry Potter themed pumpkins this year! 

My DIY Harry Potter Bedroom

I love Harry Potter. I grew up reading the books with my family, staying up late to go to the midnight premieres of all of the movies, and playing “Hogwarts” endlessly with my childhood friends.

When I hear the melody of “Hedwig’s Theme” my heart does a little flip of joy!

J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world was my childhood. These stories will always hold a very special place in my heart, and no matter how old I get I will never stop waiting for my Hogwarts acceptance letter!

When my husband and I bought our first home this past fall I did not plan on having a full-blown Harry Potter themed bedroom.

I had a few HP decor items and decided to put them all into one of our guest bedrooms. Then I kept finding more and more Harry Potter paraphernalia…a couple of candle sticks that look like they belong floating above the tables in the Great Hall, a wand from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Florida, a couple of antique bottles. Next thing I know I am staying up until the wee hours of the morning frantically crocheting Ravenclaw blankets, scouring the internet for Harry Potter trinkets, and making “potions” out of glitter and corn syrup…I’m a WIZARD HARRY!

So, I now am the proud keeper of the humble beginnings of a badass Harry Potter bedroom! Someday I will tweak it to make it a nursery, but for now it is all MINE! It is absolutely my favorite room in the house and I am so excited to continue to work on it and add to it!

I wanted to share some pictures of this fun little room! I will try to share where/how I made some of the key items!

Wands up!

An authentic “Dumbledore’s Army” pin from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios


“Don’t Let the Muggles Get you Down” wall sticker – Amazon $10.00, Hufflepuff House Scarf – Amazon $25.00

Originally this room had a dresser (one of the items that inspired the Harry Potter transformation), this bed and the jewelry “organizer” seen in this photo. All of these items were brought with us from our townhouse to the new house.

It wasn’t hard to add a little magic to this part of the room with a hand crocheted Ravenclaw house blanket, a Hufflepuff house scarf, and one of my favorite quotes from Ron Weasley! I plan on adding house scarves from the other three houses to complete the look!

“Don’t Let the Muggles Get you Down” has been a very important quote for my family and friends this year. We participated in our first annual Walk MS Twin Cities this year to help raise awareness and money for all of those living with Multiple Sclerosis. I was diagnosed with Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis this year and because of my strong love for Harry Potter and the strength I have found throughout my life in these stories, we named our team Dumbledore’s Army. Click the link to check out our team bio!

Dumbledore’s Army ended up raising almost $20,000 towards finding a cure for this disease! The quote pictured on the wall in the above photo was also pictured on the back of our team shirts!


HufflepuffWe cannot wait to return next Spring for our second year with Walk MS Twin Cities, where Dumbledore’s Army will continue to fight for a cure!






Map of Diagon Alley – Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studios 
Hedwig – Amazon $9.00, Floating Shelves – Amazon $17.00, Gold Frame – Dollar Tree – $1.00, Ginny Weasley’s Wand – Universal Studios $40.00 

These shelving units were SO easy to install. They are a bit smaller than what I was expecting when I ordered them (I had originally wanted to put the books on them but they are too small for that).

The “9 3/4” sign was very easy (and fun!) to make!

Step 1 : Print out your image on a piece of regular paper
Step 2 : ‘Age’ the paper by brewing a cup of tea and pouring it over the paper (put the paper on a large dinner plate in the sink for this) and let that sit for about 20 minutes.
Step 3: “Wipe” all of the tea off the paper with your hand and allow the paper to dry for about 20 minutes on the plate
Step 4: Use a blow dryer to gently blow dry the paper. It will start to crinkle a bit on its own. Make sure you blow straight down with the paper on the plate! If you try to hold the paper up off the plate you will blow your paper apart!
Step 5: Once your paper is completely dry use a lighter to CAREFULLY burn the edges of the paper to give it that ancient finished look!


This dresser and trunk were really the inspiration for this room! 

The dresser is an antique that has been handed down throughout my family. It is missing a few of the handles for the drawers and I plan on replacing those eventually, I am just waiting to come across the perfect ones!

I totally lucked out on this trunk! I scored this beautiful beast from a garage sale for $50.00. To answer my husbands first question…YES it was worth it!

P.S. It is currently housing a VERY special, white dress…talk about precious cargo!



Ginny Weasley Quote – HomeGoods – $14.00 

I happened across this plaque when I was out running errands and thought it would be perfect for my Harry Potter inspired room.

This happens to be my husbands favorite part of the room as it doubles as an Multiple Sclerosis joke…got enough nerve…get it? I didn’t even think of that until he said it, but I kind of love it!


As I continue to come across antique bottles and trinkets I snag them and add them to my ever-growing potions corner!

I created the vibrantly colored potions by mixing water with Mica Powder Pigments soap dye! I found out later that it actually works better to use corn syrup rather than water. It helps the pigments not to settle on the bottom of the bottles.

Another tip; super glue the corks in when you are finished to make your vials leak free!

Well I hope you enjoyed my little ‘work in progress’! I know I certainly do!