All Hallows Eve Jam Sesh

Happy Halloween guys and ghouls! As you start trekking your way up and down the streets of your ‘hood or hitch a ride with the headless horseman to a haunted house, you’ll need some hauntingly good tunes to jam out to. Luckily, I’m here for you. I was a deejay for a few years after all so I know what I’m talking about (*full disclosure, I never got to actually pick the music. Except once. And I totally chose Freebird. Mostly because it’s a long song and I needed to heat up a Lean Cuisine and hit up the vending machine for a Diet Coke…but I digress…). Here’s my wickedly good Halloween Playlist to get your ghoulish groove on!

 

Double, Double Toil and Trouble

You know I couldn’t make this list without a HP classic!

 

Monster Mash

You can’t have Halloween without this song. Its like trying to have Christmas without 24 hours of A Christmas Story. 

 

Thriller

Another obligatory Halloween song. This is technically mine and Huff the Hubs “song”. Seriously. It was our first dance song.

 

I Put a Spell On You

We’ve already established that  Hocus Pocus is the best Halloween movie ever made. And this song–though an oldie–is still a goodie.

 

Werewolf Bar Mitzvah 

If you’ve never watched 30 Rock, you’re seriously missing out. Don’t believe me? Watch this:

 

Be safe out in the streets tonight, goblins! And don’t forget to check your candy for razor blades!

 

 

Treat Yo Self!

Whilst on maternity leave, I probably made the greatest purchase of my life: a subscription to Netflix.

Because of said purchase, I have been binge watching all the shows I’ve always wanted to watch. One of these shows is Parks and Recreation. 

This show is HILARIOUS. Seriously, if you’ve never watched, do it. Its awesome. Anyway, moving on…

 

In one of the episodes, Tom (played by Aziz Ansari) and Donna (played by Retta–so cool she only needs one name) are celebrating their annual day of pleasure called: Treat Yo Self Day. What is Treat Yo Self Day? Let my homies explain:

 

Naturally, this episode cracked me up. But then I started thinking: What if did Treat Yo Self Day? What would I do?

 

Here’s my TYS game plan (if I ever get to have a TYS Day):

1. Eat three courses of cheesecake at The Cheesecake Factory.

Treat yo self. 

 

2. Buy the Body Bugg heart rate monitor I’ve always wanted (so I can make sure I’ve burned of all the calories from the cheesecake).

Treat yo self.

 

3. Get a massage, facial, and scalp treatment.

Treat yo self. 

 

4. Watch two movies back to back in the Warren Theater Director’s Suites and order the biggest popcorn imaginable.

Treat yo self. 

 

5. Buy something from Sky Mall. I don’t really care what it is, honestly. I just REALLY want to buy something from Sky Mall.

Treat yo self. 

 

6. Buy the boxed set of Frasier and watch it while drinking a milkshake.

Treat. Yo. Self. 

 

What would you do to treat yo self?

Donna. Droppin' truth bombs.

Donna. Droppin’ truth bombs.

Try It Tuesday

OMG you guys. Get ready for today’s Try it Tuesday! It. Is. AMAZING.

Seriously. Its not only delicious, its easy!

Here’s what you need:

~1 box chocolate cake mix
~1 1/4 C milk
~1/2 C vegetable or canola oil
~3 eggs
~1 (3.9 ounce) instant chocolate pudding
~2 C milk (I used skim)
~1 (12 ounce) bag milk chocolate chips
~parchment paper

 

According to the website, you’re supposed to start by lining the crockpot with parchment paper… we did not. The outer edges were burnt (womp, womp). Moral of the story? Always follow the directions. Moving on!

 

Line the crockpot with parchment paper and then spray it with cooking spray.

 

In a mixer, mix the chocolate cake mix with milk, oil and eggs. Beat on low-speed for about a minute. You can also do this by hand if you don’t want to dirty up the mixer. And, let’s face it, no one likes to clean those things. When the batter is nice and mixed, pour it into the crock pot.

You have my permission to lick the bowl.

You have my permission to lick the bowl.

 

After that, mix chocolate pudding with milk and beat it until the pudding thickens. This should take about 3-4 minutes. Then, pour the pudding over the top of the cake batter. Don’t stir it. Really, cross my heart and hope to die. It will cook up best if you leave the layers be.

 

The chocolate is never-ending with this thing.

The chocolate is never-ending with this thing.

Grab your bag of milk chocolate chips and pour the pretty little things all over the top of the pudding. Again, do not stir it.

Like pixie dust. Chocolate pixie dust.

Like pixie dust. Chocolate pixie dust.

Cover the crock and cook on low for 2 1/2 hours, or until the top of the cake is set.

 

Then, eat the deliciousness and try not to devour the entire crockpot. You’re going to want to, but resist the temptation. You will have eater’s remorse. Or you will have no remorse and eat three helpings like I did. Er…what? No…I didn’t eat three… Okay, I did. Its THAT good, people.

Behold, the loveliness.

Behold, the loveliness.

Band Nerds?

I used to think that people in band were nerds. After all, they played instruments and didn’t seem to have any athletic ability. That was the definition of a nerd, right?

 

Oh how wrong I was. I remember going to my first OU Football game about four years ago and seeing The Pride do their thang at halftime. It was pouring down rain and yet they still looked and sounded AMAZING. I was so impressed with their hard work and commitment. I felt like they were working just as hard as the guys in the jerseys.

 

Just think about it: people in band are probably up at the school/university just as much if not more than athletes. If they’re in marching band, they’re stomping around for hours out in the hot sun in the spring and summer or freezing their tails off in the fall and winter.

 

They’ve got dedication coming out the wazoo! I tried learning to play the guitar and I could barely pluck out Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star! These people are playing many complex songs they learned like, a week ago! And they sound good!

 

Still not convinced? Check out these amazing videos of marching bands:

 

 

 

 

(This post came to mind when my friend posted a video of the Ohio State marching band doing this awesome halftime show! They have also done a Disney tribute! Magic!)

Fan Girl Friday

Ahhh….we finally made it through another week!

Time to feast your eyes on some geeky goodies! Let’s do this thang!

This first find is legen–wait for it (and I hope you’re not lactose intolerant because the next part of this word is)–dary! Kick off your weekend by suiting up in this amazing suitjama set from Think Geek!

Sleepovers have never been so classy.

Sleepovers have never been so classy.

 

Book lovers, unite! There’s FINALLY a game for us to show off our knowledge of authors, their works, and how big bibliophiles we are! This Notable Novelists card game from Fred Flare is sure to jazz up any book club meeting!

Collect them all!

Collect them all!

 

Lately, my Pinterest news feed has been flooding with knitting and crocheting patterns. Unfortunately, I have chubby fingers and zero patience, so I refrain from such activities. However, the other day whilst walking around Michael’s, I saw the most AMAZING book! I think I might have to pick up knitting!

Get yo knit on.

Get yo knit on.

Inside are awesome projects from all of our favorite shows: Firefly, Doctor Who, Sherlock; as well as Star Wars and so many more! (To my knitting friends: get ready to have some orders placed!)

 

And finally, is anyone else SO excited about the new Captain America movie? Even though I hear Cap and the Black Widow totes kiss (I’m coming for you, Scar Jo; look out!) it still doesn’t hamper my nerd squeals. Check out the trailer that recently debuted online!

Oh Captain… you’re so dreamy.

 

 

Talk Show Host Day

Greetings!

Did you know that yesterday was National Talk Show Host Day? It was! I should’ve thrown a party, but I was too busy catching up on sleep. Apparently, all the money and fame the talk show hosts get just isn’t enough; they needed a whole day to recognize that they pretty much have the coolest jobs in the world (she said jealously). They (though I’m not 100% sure who “they” is…) picked October 23rd because its the King of Late Night–Mr. Johnny Carson’s–birthday!

So in honor of National Talk Show Host Day, I wanted to share with you my favorite hosts–both daytime and night-time–as well as my favorite talk show host moments.

Jimmy Fallon

jimmy fallon

I won’t lie; I don’t get to watch Jimmy as much as I’d like to. Mostly because it comes on late at night. Pre-baby I was in bed before 9:30 p.m. Now that Little Miss is here, I pretty much sleep whenever I can, so television is the last thing on my list. But if I were to stay up late, it’d be for Jimmy. He’s absolutely HILARIOUS. I loved him on SNL and I love him now! At least, the clips I see on Hulu/Facebook of his interviews and sketches crack me up! Like this one! And this one! Plus, he’s so cute when he talks about his new baby, Winnie Rose.

 

Kathie Lee and Hoda Kotb

kathie lee and hoda

These chicas are some of my favorites in the morning! They are so funny, and, I’m pretty sure they’re always plastered. They have no shame and no filter. That is why I think we’d all be BFFS. Plus, Hoda’s got great taste in music.

 

Conan O’Brien

When I was in college I watched Conan ALL. THE. TIME. I kinda had a little crush on him. He’s so funny and even though he sort of looks like Ron Howard, I find him oddly attractive. Anyway, moving on… I felt bad for the guy when the whole Jay Leno retiring “scandal” happened. Even though I love Jay, I still felt a pang of sadness for my ginger when he got canned from The Tonight Show. However, through it all, Coco has still kept it funny and not lost his ability to crack me up!

conan pope joke

 

 

Tom Cruise Acting Like a Monkey on Bath Salts on Oprah

Remember when Tom Cruise first got with Katie Holmes? You know, before he mind-controlled her to have his babies and never smile ever again? Yeah, that was the best. And who could forget this moment when he totally when bat-crap crazy on Queen Oprah’s show?

TOMCRUISE

 

 

Andy Kaufman Gets The Crap Knocked Out of Him on Letterman

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Granted, I wasn’t alive for this moment, seeing as how it happened in 1982. However, I have watched a lot of Andy Kaufman as Latka on Taxi when Nick at Nite was actually worth watching. But when I saw this clip, I couldn’t believe it really happened! On live TV no less! See what we miss with this new 8-second delay crap? Thanks a lot, Janet Jackson.

 

Britney Spears Proves Why She Should’ve Been Put on a 5150

Remember when Brit-Brit did it again and lost her marbles in 2006? I seriously thought homegirl was going to harm herself to the point of no return. I’m so glad though, that she was able to turn her life around. It gives me hope for Amanda Bynes and Lindsey Lohan. (Come on, Momma Spears, reach out to these girls!) I watched this interview live back in ’06 and recall sitting there with my jaw pretty much on the floor the entire time. It left many of us (Matt Lauer included) scratching our heads thinking: “What the what?!”

 

Teachers FINALLY Get The Rewards They’re Due

Even though Oprah has moved on from our televisions in the afternoons, she gave us great moments. Like this one. Its probably my favorite talk show moment EVER. Oprah invited teachers to her show and then dropped a bomb: underneath some of the seats were keys to brand-new cars. What these hard working mind-molders didn’t know was that EVERY chair had a set of car keys under it. Watching this clip gives me chills each time. I’ve got such a tender spot in my heart for teachers and I LOVE that O to the Prah paid it forward.

Try It Tuesday

Typically I like to do Try Its that are edible or crafty. But this week, I decided to do something else. 

With a new baby, its tough to get alone time with your spouse. Heck, even without a new baby its tough to find time in busy schedules to spend quality time together. 

But thanks to The Dating Divas, I have found some awesome date night ideas! This weekend, Huff the Hubs and I tried one of their ideas! 

Dating Divas

 

It was really fun and super easy! 

I printed out the game board:

Let's get ready to rumble!

Let’s get ready to rumble!

and Huff the Hubs and I got started. We both had a sheet with questions that we had to answer:

What's your favorite color? The color of victory.

What’s your favorite color? The color of victory.

 

After we filled in our answers, we asked each other our questions. Such as, I had to ask Huff the Hubs what my favorite dessert was. If he got it right, he moved down the board, if he got it wrong, he had to move backward. (Its cheesecake by the way). 

It was so much fun! We haven’t laughed so much in a such a long time! It was so cool to see who knew more about each other (and how we didn’t really know ourselves as much as we thought). There was more than one time when HtH said my guesses were better than the ones he wrote down. I guess that’s why I won!

Behold, the winner!

Behold, the winner!

You really need to check out the Dating Divas’ website! They have so many fun ideas! They have scavenger hunts, date nights that are out of the house, date nights in the house, and dates for every budget!

These are my confessions…

Before I got pregnant (and really up until my 5th month) I had a deep prejudice toward working moms. When someone told me they were so excited to go back to work after having their baby I would usually think the same thing: “What a cold-hearted monster!”

 

How dare a woman not want to stay home with her baby that she just carried for nine months and delivered? That’s just not right. That woman should want to be home with her child, 24/7, loving and caring for his or her needs.

 

“After all,” I thought, “my mom stayed home with us girls until we were all in school. Then she decided to go back to work. That’s how everyone should do it.”

 

Now, however, my mind has completely changed.

 

I’m not going to lie: I was really excited about going back to work today. Granted, I’m only in the office one day a week so I’ve got a pretty awesome deal that I know many women would like to have. Plus, I really like what I do. So the days I work from home don’t really feel like work because I like it, and it comes pretty easy to me.

 

As the end of my maternity leave got closer and my excitement to see my coworkers increased, I realized what a narrow-minded jerk I had been to all those working moms in the past (of course they didn’t know about it because it was all in my thoughts). I knew some moms had to go back to work—most homes need two incomes to survive (especially if this recession has taught us anything) but I suddenly realized something else: some moms like to work. And…I’m one of those moms.

 

I always thought I would be a stay-at-home mom. My mom stayed home and I LOVED it. She was always available for class parties, she was involved in so many of our activities, and I felt a deep bond with her that lasts to this day.

 

My sister is a stay-at-home mom too. And let me tell ya, that woman is like freaking Midas; everything she touches turns to gold. She bakes, she cooks, she sews, she scrapbooks, she blogs, AND she home schools.

 

So because they are SAHMs, I thought I would be too. After all, we’re from the same gene pool; I’m bound to get some of those awesome mommy chromosomes, right? Right?

 

I do think I’m doing pretty well with this parenting thing. I’m really feeling a close bond with Hermione and I’m learning to function on not a lot of sleep. And, to be honest, I don’t mind the late-night feedings and blow-out diaper changes. I want to do that. I want to take care of my baby.

 

But I also want to have something outside of the house. I want some adult-only conversations (not that the subject matter has to be “adult”; although you know I love poop and fart jokes). I want time to focus on something that stimulates my creativity. I know I could pick up a hobby like sewing or crocheting, but I love to write. And I really like my job. And I feel like I’m good at it. And—though I know this may sound selfish to some—but I feel like if I’m feeling fulfilled in something that I enjoy, I’ll be a better mother to Hermione.

 

So now I get it.

 

I get that some moms have to work, some moms like to work, and some really like staying at home. I get that whether you work in the home or out of the home, it doesn’t mean you love your child any more or any less. And I also get that we women get enough crap from other sources; we shouldn’t be giving each other a hard time just because we make different choices about work.

 

To any mom, whether you’re at home or climbing the corporate ladder, I want to tell you you’re awesome. And I promise to stop the judging. Unless you wear socks with sandals. You’ll really just be setting yourself if you do that.

Fan Girl Friday

Happy Friday everyone!

You’ve survived another workweek and I survived my first week back to work! (Technically I wasn’t at work since I work from home, but still…)

Even though I’ve been juggling work and Hermione, I’ve still found time to scour the interwebs to find some awesomely nerdy finds for you fangirls and boys!

Let do this!

Its officially fall, y’all. The high today in OKC was 54! And this weather means chilly nights! So grab a hot steaming cup of Madame Rosmerta’s hot cocoa and cuddle up with a copy of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them while wearing this:

"Red hair and a hand-me-down-robe?"

“Red hair and a hand-me-down-robe?”

Represent your house while watching an HP marathon! There’s Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, and Ravenclaw to choose from! Magical powers not included.

 

Get ready to rock game night through all of space, cowboy! Check out the new Firefly game!

"You can't take the dice from me."

“You can’t take the dice from me.”

From what I understand, its a little bit of Firefly and a little bit of Settlers of Catan. Here’s the description on Amazon: “Players begin with a ship, and travel from planet to planet, hiring crew, purchasing ship upgrades, and picking up cargo to deliver (jobs) all in the form of cards.” Some of the cargo is illegal but the fun is not!

 

Working from home has its advantages: staying in my jammies, being able to have Netflix on in the background, and yes: spying on the neighbors. In our old building, there was a lot to watch/overhear (I wasn’t “snooping”. If you stand outside yelling at each other, you’ve suspended all rights to privacy. You’ve also given me the right to call the cops and watch from my peephole.) Our new building isn’t as exciting… I may need to get this notebook and just watch people at the park:

Don't mind me, I'm just reading a good book...

Don’t mind me, I’m just reading a good book…

 

If you know me, you know my humor is very juvenile. I can’t help it. Farts and poop are hilarious and if you don’t find them funny, you’re dead inside. So when I saw this video I CRACKED up. I leave you this Friday with a little bit of potty humor:

My Retail Wish List

You guys. I am so FREAKING excited. There is going to be…..drumroll please….an H&M in Oklahoma City!

*cue the Beatle-mania-decibel-shattering screams*

Oh yeah! According to OKC Talk (which I hear is pretty credible) there are going to be awesome shops popping up all over the Memorial Road area! Obviously, I’m most excited about the H&M (my sister and I frequented that store whilst in London and Liverpool).

However, they’re also planning on building some other things I’m not too jazzed about. Like yet another outdoor store. I’m sorry, after getting Academy, Dick’s, AND Bass Pro, I think we’re set. But I digress. I really wish I was on these planning committees. If I was, we’d have some AWESOME stores that every other major city in America seems to have except OKC. Such as:

 

IKEA

Behold, the gloriousness.

Behold, the gloriousness.

I. LOVE. IKEA. Not only do they have cute knick knacks and decor, they’ve also got DELICIOUS Swedish meatballs (seriously, have you ever tried those things? AMAZE-BALLS. Literally.) As of now, we have to drive aaaallllll the way to Dallas just to get something to fill our bright yellow and blue bags. Not cool, IKEA. Not cool.

 

Top Shop

So posh!

So posh!

Honestly, I’ve never even set foot in a Top Shop. They’re all the rage in London (and you know how I love my Brits) and Kate Middleton shops there ALL the time. I mostly want a Top Shop here in OKC so I can walk around and be all: “Look at all the things I can’t afford but if I could, I’d totes be twinkies with Kate!” (Honestly, if Kate met me, I really think we’d be instant BFFs. Seriously. Plus, our kids are the same age and equally adorable–although I’d give a slight edge to Hermione. I’m bias that way.)

 

Marks and Spencer

Delightfully British.

Delightfully British.

This is yet another British import. This place is magnificent. Its basically a high-end, nicer WalMart. I know what you’re thinking: “But Jess, isn’t Target our ‘high-end WalMart’?” And to that I say, “You ain’t seen nothing yet.” You know how you can wear pajama pants to WalMart but not to Target? You want to wear at least jeans, a cute top, and throw on some mascara, right? At Marks and Spencer, be prepared to actually shower and shave your legs. Oh yeah, its THAT nice.

 

What would you like to see in OKC? (Besides the Dairy Queen that’s coming soon!)