How to Survive Haunted Houses/Trails

For those of you who know me, you know very well that October is my time to thrive. Even when I was younger, I have always been obsessed with Halloween.

Today marks the most marvelous day of the year - October 1st!

Let's be honest. Every month is Halloween for me but now is the only time I can actually decorate and dress-up. 

While I'm mapping out my plans for the next month--have to squeeze in every single Halloween themed adventure that I can--it popped into my head how much people hate haunted houses/trails.

This is one of my favorite parts of this month. For me, being scared is more of a thrill or adrenaline rush. I know all too well that many others do not feel this way.

"You're not dragging me to another haunted house this year, Brittany..." Imagine how many times I've heard that line.

For you haunted house/trail newbies, I'm going to break it down for you. If you have a friend like me who is relentless in dragging your group of friends to a haunted house, I'm going to help you get through it.

  1. Bring at least two tough people with you. Whenever I go to a haunted house with friends, I give them the option--put me in the front or put me in the back. My recommendation is to ALWAYS put your least afraid attendee in the back. While you may think that leading the way is terrifying (it can be), these people are seasoned veterans. They know that the people in the front as leading the way for a reason. They are less likely to scare you and will sometimes use the first person as a marker to begin their scaring. 
    1. Final word of advice: Bring someone to put in the front and someone to put in the back. The person in the back will be the "stalked" person. It doesn't hurt to have three, place them directly in the middle to break-up the scaredy cats in the middle. 
  2. At all costs, try not to act so afraid. If you run or scream, they will latch themselves onto you. That scary man with the chainsaw that isn't real? If you run from him, he will run after you. Imagine how anti-climatic it is for him to start chasing someone who doesn't run from him? Guess what he will do? Find the next unsuspecting victim. 
    1. Final word of advice: You will get scared and jump - everyone does. But limit it to that. Try not to continue screaming or running. These actors do this for a thrill. They will most certainly go after the person who is crying in a corner. 
  3. If you're into it, pregame the haunted house. The most important rule is to have a sober driver but if you're THAT nervous, drink a little to calm your nerves. 
    1. Final word of advice: Pregame a little if you want to. Do not show up obliterated as they will likely not let you into the haunted house and you may be a danger to yourself and the actors. 
  4. Recognize what you are afraid of. If you're afraid of clowns, I'm willing to bet my right arm that there will be numerous clowns in every single haunted house and haunted trail. 
    1. Final word of advice: Recognize your fears and tell everyone in your group. For example, I've become more claustrophobic as I've gotten older. Because of this, I let my friends know that if an enclosed space pops up in the middle of the haunted house, I'm booking it out of there as fast as possible. While you may fear one thing, someone else may be willing to take the heat during a tough part for you. 
  5. TRY TO HAVE SOME FUN! It's all in the spirit of Halloween so while you are afraid, enjoy yourself a little. You're with friends or your significant other. You'll all laugh after that one time that Johnny got super spooked and screamed. All about the memories. 
    1. Final word of advice: Suggest a place that has a haunted house + other activities. The Haunted Mill in Belmont is a great example. A group of my friends and I went through the haunted house then played a round of glow-in-the-dark mini golf afterwards. We all had some good laughs about the house and how scared everyone was. It gave us a chance to winddown. 
      1. You could even do this first if you're THAT nervous. May help calm your nerves before entering. 
Will definitely be planning to post more about some of my favorite October events in Charlotte, scary movies you MUST see, and any other suggestions for fun activities. 

Take my advice and try out a haunted house. You won't regret it (or you probably will but it'll be fun)!

Happy Halloween, my spooks. 

Sometimes, You Can Go Back to Square One

If you're thinking about visiting home, just go. If you're thinking of telling someone you love them, call them. If you're holding back something that means a lot to you, just let it go.

I had an itch to visit my family when I had a free weekend--the first free weekend in 6 weeks--and I could not be happier with my decision.

I am a victim of taking advantage of being so close to home. So many others cannot jump into a car and so easily get to their family.

I went home for a weekend and I didn't know that it would be the last time I would see my grandfather coherent.

How my feelings and sense of closure would be different if I hadn't been able to talk with him that weekend. He was happy when he saw me. He told me he loved me. He hugged me. Little did I know, I was able to say goodbye before actually having to.

Oh, how different it would be if I had just stayed in Charlotte that weekend. Like so many other weekends I have before.

Why this may not always be the case, you may not always have the chance to say goodbye to someone. Some of my deepest losses have been those that came without any preparation. Those losses still burn deep.

While you have the opportunity, take care of the ones you love. I have always been more of the type to say what I feel because tomorrows are not always promised.

Sometimes it's easy to forget that you haven't told a family member that you love them recently. Or that you have not been able to hug them. As we grow older, we lose priorities in things that seem important.

Here is your little reminder to make time for the small (or the big) things. Do things with intention. Do things that make your soul happy. It does not always have to be a race.

Sometimes, you can go back to square one. It isn't that you're falling behind. You're just refinding yourself. Regrounding yourself.

Words, Why Do They Matter Anyways?

You might notice that My Mellow Chaos has a new look. What do they always say? When a girl changes her hair, she's about to change her life?

Well, when a girl changes her blog layout, she's about to change the game. 

I feel like you must have whiplash from the number of times I've said "I'm back" then I go radio silent for a few months.

I'm not going to lie, it takes a lot of effort to maintain this. Emotionally and physically. No, I'm not complaining. I have recently been curious as to why I have fallen off the MMC bandwagon, yet again.

Time. Is that not an excuse for everything?

More often than I had expected, I've had individuals reach out. Some I know quite well, others simply friends of friends, and even a handful of people that have merely discovered My Mellow Chaos through a shared post or an Internet search. They tell me how much they appreciate my writing. Ask me when I plan to start again. Question how my book is going.

With my title: "Words, Why Do They Matter Anyways?" They matter infinitely. For someone to take time out of their day to ask when I'm going to write again, it was as if they threw lighter fluid into my dulling fire.

It was today that I went to check my blog's email account ( -- if you haven't yet heard) for the first time since I created it months ago. I was in shock. It wasn't empty like I had expected. I had emails from companies and individuals complimenting my writing, my style, my lifestyle. Asking for collaboration sessions. Requesting that I work as an ambassador for their company brand. This was the match that was dropped into my fire.

Once again, words matter. No matter how small. You can change someone's path. You can remind them of who they are and where they want to go. You might even shock someone's dreams back into reality.

For that, I thank you all. Passions may dull but they will never go away. You may forget why you started but never keep starting. If you don't keep starting, you may never find the end. 

It took a few months but I've never been more ready and more excited. I'm taking major strides towards tackling my FIRST novel head on. I have quite a few people in my corner--those who have agreed to proofread and even organizations who have agreed to answer questions for my knowledge. I'm really looking forward to informing myself on such an important topic and writing a kickass novel for all to enjoy.

If anything, My Mellow Chaos will always serve as a reminder. A reminder that I was able to put myself out there, having enough confidence to map off my little corner of the Internet. A reminder that I had so many opportunities in life to travel far, travel wide, and travel often. If anything, it will serve as a reminder of the happiest times in my life.

I'm looking forward to what's next and I sure hope that you're looking forward to it, too.

So Many Places to See... Not Enough Time to Blog

Well, hello there, my old friends. This is certainly overdue. 

My Mellow Chaos was born in anticipation of my trip to Australia, New Zealand, and Eastern Asia at the beginning of 2017. I knew I needed to start writing more but also wanted to share experiences that people would want to read about.

After traveling during March and April of last year, I knew it would be awhile before I had the opportunity to visit this part of the world again.

Flash forward to April 2018 and I'm thrilled to say I'm going back. For a fraction of the time but to a new country--South Korea. I will be visiting for two weeks--traveling to Seoul and Busan.

A lot has changed in the last year for me but in an amazing way. You all are quite familiar with my journey from an unhappy, unappreciated "treadmill walker" to this person with a new enthusiasm for everyday life.

This made me realize that the sparkly excitement from my big trip does not have to end. From one adventure to the next. I am surrounded by people who support and encourage my decisions. I'm lucky to be presented with opportunities to travel and see new parts of the world.

Cheers to hopefully becoming a better packer in the next 24 days. Once again, I cannot wait to share my adventure with all of you.

One Year Down, Many More to Come

Every year at the beginning of November, I have a realization. A realization that in two short months filled with love, holidays, and celebrations, we will have to say goodbye to yet another year. November is one of my favorite months and now I have another reason to love it. 

Today is a huge day for me and I have been really looking forward to sharing it with you all. 

Today marks one year since I started My Mellow Chaos. 

To be honest, I had forgotten the exact date when I purchased this domain. It didn't come to mind until I received an email letting me know my year was almost up.

What? Excuse me? Sheesh, time does fly when you're having fun. 

2017 has been a huge year for me. This is a year I really focused on myself and bettering my life. I realized I was unhappy in my former position after almost three years and took a huge risk by leaving the company. This decision was made in November when I decided to start blogging and booked my initial flight to Australia. I knew I needed to make a change. 

This was all done discretely. Mostly because of my nerves and my fear that I was making a  mistake. I hid this from quite a few individuals until I knew the time was right. 

Off I went for a month and a half traveling to Australia, New Zealand, and Eastern Asia, a part of the world I had always dreamed of visiting. I'm sure you all are familiar with this as a majority of you were gracious enough to follow me along in my journey. This trip changed everything for me. It brought me back to my roots and reminded me of the things I love. Traveling has always been something I enjoy. New experiences, new cultures, new food. Making the most out of my memories made. I met people from all around the world, eager to share their thoughts. I fell in love with dumplings and have FINALLY found a place in Charlotte with traditional plates. I was able to spend time traveling with three of my best friends. I realized it is okay to be alone. Before, I was afraid to eat alone in public, now I embrace it. Being independent is a strength, not a weakness. I was courageous and it was amazing. Never will I take for granted the experiences I was given. 

My great risk paid off when I found my now current position with a company who truly values me and believes I am an asset. Six months, to the date, I started this new job. I've only grown more dedicated to my role and the company. I've made life long friends and have grown immensely. I never knew I could feel so valued at a job and I'm forever grateful. 

Here I am, preparing for the last two months of the year and then another chapter begins. 

It is difficult to put into words how it feels to "close a chapter" of your life. As an avid book reader, I do view years as chapters and new ways to change my life and the lives of others. 

Who knows what 2018 will bring but I've never been more excited. This year I've loved, I've lost, I've felt heartbreak, I took chances, and I realized I am the one person who will always be there for myself. I started focusing on the things that matter the most--my career, my family, my friends. 

Cheers to those of you who have supported and loved me during this journey. For engaging with me and taking time out of your busy days to read my thoughts. I'll never be able to truly thank you enough but I'm excited to say that I'm only getting started. Big things are to come and I'm anxious to share them with you all. 

I Can Hang Out With Dogs AND Get Paid? Sign Me Up

Talk about falling off the bandwagon, sheesh...

I feel as if I've been on the go for months now. Things have been hectic but it's been a super busy and great few weeks. It is my FAVORITE time of the year and tons of great things are happening. The weather will hopefully start getting cooler, Halloween is right around the corner, scary movies are on TV all the time. You know this makes me a happier camper.

What better way to bounce back to my blogging then to talk about one of my favorite things on the planet? Puppies! (Yes, all dogs are puppies, don't care how old they are.)

This question is for all of you dog-owners out there: How many times have you been out and about, enjoying some adult beverages, lost track of time, and realized you had to cut your plans short to get back to your adorable little pup?

Don't feel guilty. This happens all the time. Dogs need love too. Unfortunately, I'm not fortunate enough to have a perfect pup of my own but I've witnessed this with numerous friends.

As always, I'm here to assist.

I've recently discovered Wag!, a new dog-walking service that could benefit you and me.

If you have to stay late at work or something pops up and you know your furry four-legged friend is due for a bathroom break, you can schedule a walk with one of Wag!'s trusted dog-walkers (aka me).

The app allows the dog-walker to request the walk. Once approved, they will send an ETA, letting you know how long until they get to your house. Once they arrive, they will check-in and provide updates along the way. The app even gives the ability to take pictures, videos, and indicate the specific route taken during the walk.

Feeling weird about someone you may not walking your dog? Note that there is extensive background checks and safety quizzes required of all dog walkers. Help people like me hang out with the dogs we cannot necessarily have.

You can download the Wag! app on your phone or visit the website to register. Be sure to use my promo code BRITTANY7672 for a $101 credit towards the service of your choice! That's NUMEROUS walks that you could take advantage of.

Be sure to sign-up today as this deal is only going on for a limited time.

In the meantime, let's keep our fingers crossed that I jump back on the blogging train.

Happy Tuesday!

Warby Parker: For All Your Eye Needs

Let me start this post by informing you all that I am one of the millions of Americans with terrible eyesight (Out of curiosity, I just did a Google search to confirm that number. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website, approximately 14 million Americans aged 12 years and older have self-reported visual impairment--fun fact of the day. Knowledge is power, people. Knowledge is power.)

But holy cow, do I hate it every single day of my life. 

I hate my horrible eyesight. I hate going to the eye doctor to only be told my vision is worsening. I hate sticking my fingers in my eyes every morning to put in my contacts. I hate when I accidentally put a contact in my eye inside out and my whole day is thrown off. I hate spending $300 on glasses that were 50% off. Nothing is worse than already having poor vision and then having to incur ridiculous expenses on top of that.

I did not choose to have bad eyesight, trust me. 

I may be a little late to the game but two days ago, I received my first purchase from Warby Parker. To say I'm satisfied with my order would be an understatement.

Never heard of them? Warby Parker defines themselves on their website as being founded with "rebellious spirit" and "a lofty objective." The objective? Designer eye-wear at an affordable price.

A friend of mine recently mentioned Warby Parker as an option when I talked about wanting new glasses. The best thing is you can go online, select five frames, and have them delivered to you FOR FREE to try-on.

Glasses and sunglasses are a big deal. We all have different face shapes and head sizes. I really needed to try on a pair of glasses and go out in public to see how they felt. I was a little hesitant about ordering glasses online but the free at-home try-on kit was a game changer.

After I received my first try-on box, I was hooked. 

I was looking for a more "funky" pair of glasses. Something a little more chic that I could wear without feeling like I was walking to my librarian job.

I do like the bigger frames so this is the look I was going for. These are the styles I selected in my try-at-home:

Spoiler alert: the first option was the winner and I'm wearing them as I type this. 

When I purchased my said $300 glasses with my arm and a leg, I believe I tried on maybe two or three frames--to which the optician helping me actually told me he didn't like a pair of glasses on me. 'Scuse me? Are you paying for my glasses? Didn't think so. By the time I had finished my eye appointment, I did not care to sit there and try on glasses.

With Warby Parker, you can try on glasses whenever you choose to and you have the ability to wear them out as you get to keep them for 5 days before sending them back.

Now that I've told you the good parts, here's the GREAT part. Guess how much these glasses cost me? Prescription, frames, lenses (anti-scratch), and shipping? $95.

WHAT? Brittany, you lie...

I kid you not. For anyone who has bought prescription glasses from their eye doctor, you know that purchasing glasses never comes easy.

My glasses arrived, in a very sleek box and case, in absolute perfect condition. They were a little wide on my head so I took them to the nearest Warby Parker store and they were tightened within 5 minutes. The optician was fantastic. I cannot say enough good things about this company and their product.

I was so happy with my purchase and the service I received, I just ordered a try-on kit for sunglasses--because any person with bad vision knows you will not survive summer without legitimate prescription sunglasses.

My advice? If you're looking for new glasses, prescription sunglasses, or even just general sunglasses, CHECK THEM OUT. Especially if you're in Charlotte, the Warby Parker store in Southend is convenient and a great location.

I'm all about sharing my positive experiences with you all. I definitely recommend checking out Warby Parker for your next set of glasses. I was torn between two in my box so I'll definitely be back again.

Happy almost Fourth of July, my friends! Have a wonderful weekend and be safe.

I Tried FabFitFun... Worth It?

If you're like me, I'm sure you see dozens, if not hundreds, of different advertisements every single day. I cannot even lie, I've tried out a ton of the products I've seen advertised. I'm such a sucker and have sometimes been let down with the products purchased.

It's hard to decipher which products/services are worth it and which ones are cheap scams plastered all over our social media pages.

It may be true that the more ads I see for something, the more I'm inclined to check it out. One in particular I've been seeing a lot more of recently is FabFitFun. The difference with these ads? They almost always have videos of people unveiling their boxes with more information on the product.

For those who are not familiar with FabFitFun, it is a seasonal box where you receive four shipments a year. It can include numerous items such as make-up, beauty products, jewelry, clothing, accessories, etc. All based on the preferences included within your profile. The box is advertised as containing at least $200 worth of merchandise. It's basically Christmas in a box as all products included are a surprise.

A little hesitant, I finally decided to check it out before the summer box was released. I mean, come on, summer is the best time to receive cute little goodies. My box was delivered on Saturday and I'm pretty excited to share all of these products with you all.
  • Michael Stars Ruana: $54
  • BKR Little - 500 ML: $35
  • Cargo Cosmetics Cargo HD Picture Perfect Highlighter: $30
  • Juice Beauty Smoothing Eye Concentrate: $29
  • Kris Nations Mystic Bar Necklace: $58
  • Eau Thermale Avene Ultra-Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+: $24
  • Understated Leather On the Road Again Travel Set: $28 (selected under my traveling preference, could have selected artist or chef)
  • Way of Will O3 Soothe and Cool Massage Oil: $29.50 (selected under my fitness preference, could have selected beauty)
  • Vital Proteins Marine Collagen: Sponsored 
I'm obsessed with every single item included in my box. What is great for me is I'm no make-up guru. I buy all make-up under $10 and I'm not even sure what I'm doing with it when I put it on. This gives me the chance to try out new make-up. I'm already loving the picture perfect highlighter as it looks AMAZING on!

*Pictured: FabFitFun catalog included in box, ruana, eye cream, sunscreen, traveling set, massage oil, BKR little water bottle, and collagen packet

*Pictured: Kris Nations Mystic Bar Necklace in silver/white

*Pictured: Descriptions and pricing of all included products. Also shown, the different selections you could have made as a preference and what you would have received for each. 

Overall, would I recommend? Absolutely. The variety of gifts in the box was fantastic and the retail value was more than quadruple what I paid (I paid $39.99 with a $10.00 discount code and the box was valued between $272 - $287.50). 

My favorite part is the box is only seasonal. I've tried numerous boxes which ship monthly and it can be overwhelming. I've found that I receive too much of things I don't like and just end up stashing them in my bathroom--which became a mess. 

FabFitFun focuses on the four seasons and provides great gifts for each quarter of the year. I love the variety of each box and I'm already looking forward to receiving my fall one. I can only hope super cute scarfs will be included...

If you have any questions about the particular products I've received, as always, please let me know. The eye cream was a life saver this weekend from those late nights and early mornings and as I mentioned, the highlighter made me feel picture perfect, literally and figuratively. 

The moral of today? Never be afraid to check out some new products. You never know what kind of goodies you'll get to indulge in! And as the wise show Parks and Rec once taught us: "TREAT YO SELF!"

Interested in trying out FabFitFun? Use the following link to sign-up and check out their site:

Happy summer living, my fun friends! Xo

Tuesday Talks, Episode 2

Unfortunately, the last two books I have read have not been some of my favorites. I do not agree with bashing books as they were not terrible, just not my 'cup of tea'. So for today's "episode" of Tuesday Talks, I'm going to share an exciting (well, it's exciting to me) new way of selecting a book to read.

If you're like me, you buy books faster than you can read them--shocking, I know. I buy books in bulk, unable to commit to only one. I would say, on average, I purchase anywhere between four to seven books a month, blame it on my indecisiveness.

Fun story: When I was younger, my mom and I would often go to bookstores--don't worry, we still do this but lucky for her, I'm able to purchase my own books. I would have such a hard time deciding on only one novel. When I would ask her to buy me a few, she would often say "just pick one." My rebuttal became, "At least I'm asking you to buy me books and not drugs." To this, she had no argument. I normally got each book I wanted. Thanks, mom!

Back to current day, after finishing my most recent book, I decided to alphabetize my bookshelves. Yes, I'm that dedicated to my books. As if I haven't admitted to my nerd life enough recently.

While sorting through my books, I realized how many I had not yet read. I like to refer to my bookshelves as the "Brittany Library" as I often let my friends check out books. How weird would it be if someone were to keep asking me about specific books on my shelves and I hadn't even read them?

I made a list of the books I have not read (spoiler alert, it was longer than I had thought) and wrote each novel on a separate sheet of paper. I placed these sheets of paper into a cup which is now placed on top of one of my bookshelves. Now whenever I finish a book, I simply reach into the cup and select my next book.

Whenever I do order new books, I include them in the cup. This keeps me from only reading my newly purchased books. Those books purchased a few months ago do not continue being pushed to the back burner until I finally forget I have them.

I'm super thrilled to finally tackle my list of pending books. All of the books I've purchased were once a point of interest for me so I'm only excited to be able to share new and old books with you as I continue on this journey.

Here's to always reading and looking for new ways to keep it saucy. Please feel free to leave any book recommendations in the comments below! If you're wanting an honest review on a book, I'm happy to be that person. Also, if you're reading a book and looking for someone to discuss with, I'm your girl!

Happy reading, my friends!

Also, see below: I documented the creation of this process via Snapchat. I typically snap my new book selection whenever it occurs. Join me on Snapchat at @bnmoffitt to see what I'm reading next! (I look rough, ignore me.)