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.

Treat Yourself to Spooky Self-Care in October

31 ways to take care of yourself this in October! Here is an October Self-Care Tracker. Feel free to do these in any order you like. See how many pumpkins you can get as you re-dedicate yourself to self-care. Thursday, October … Continue reading

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October Days to Celebrate

October – maybe one of my favorite months of the year! Almost everyone thinks about Halloween and Pumpkin Spice Lattes when they think about October. But did you know that October also is the month we celebrate National PoetryDay and … Continue reading

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Happy National Coffee Day! Freebies

Good morning! How about some free java? You can get a free cup of coffee at Krispy Kreme today. Rewards members may also have a free donut. You can get a free medium-sized cup of coffee (or iced coffee) at … Continue reading

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Self-Care September – Week Five

Self Care September Tracker Sunday, September 27 – Take a nature walk around your neighborhood. Take photos and post your favorite one on this Padlet. Some inspiration: spiderwebs, leaves, mums, pumpkins, squirrels, pinecones, birds, streams, trees. Monday, September 28 – … Continue reading

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Ghost Tours in DC and Virginia

Do you have any spooky plans for this fall? Ghost walking tours are still taking place in DC and Northern Virginia during the pandemic. Guides and participants wear masks and social distancing is observed. For even more space, choose the … Continue reading

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Self-Care September – Week Four

Download the Self Care September Tracker. Sunday, September 20 – Did you know that generosity is a form of self-care? The act of giving or contributing makes us feel good and gets us in touch with important parts of our … Continue reading

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Arrr! Talk Like A Pirate Today!

Ahoy, matey. It’s Talk Like A Pirate Day! You ask: why on earth should I talk like a pirate? Why: The Pandemic. Do absolutely anything you can do to relieve the incessant stress and angst of 2020, even to the … Continue reading

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Set your intentions with the New Moon

Tonight is the New Moon. Just as this is the beginning of a new lunar cycle, some believe it is also a good time for new beginnings — a fortuitous time to visualize your fondest dreams and to attempt to … Continue reading

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Celebrate Oktoberfest Pandemic-Style

Yes, it’s true: sadly “Oktoberfest” in Munich, originally scheduled to begin September 18 this year, has been cancelled. And yes, the Vienna, Virginia and Winchester, Virginia Oktoberfest events have also been cancelled. Even Das Festhaus at Busch Gardens Williamsburg is … Continue reading

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Self-Care September – Week Three

Sunday, September 13 – Today is National Positive Thinking Day. Join me in painting a rock with an image that symbolizes positivity for you or maybe a favorite positive word. Then upload a picture of your rock to this Padlet … Continue reading

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