Her’s Day Thursday

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We’ve been seeing a lot of support for women’s rights in the news lately. From Emma Watson’s speeches to Meryl Streep’s emphatic fist bump during Patricia Arquette’s Oscar acceptance to Reese Witherspoon’s #AskHerMore campaign, we see celebrities bringing the female fight to the forefront.

Another cause that’s gaining steam is the “Women on 20’s” campaign. A non-profit group has compiled a list of women they would like to see replace Andrew Jackson on the twenty dollar bill in time for the 100th anniversary (the year 2020) of the Constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote.

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Over 256K votes have been cast since mid-March and the list has been trimmed to four contenders: Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and Wilma Mankiller. The group hopes to garner enough public support to push this through to the President. Help out by casting a vote for your favorite lady here! Voting closes at 11:59 p.m. ET on Mother’s Day, May 10, 2015, so get to it!

Personally, I’d LOVE to see Wilma Mankiller on the $20 bill! But I’m a little partial to a fellow Okie! Go vote, people!

 

 

Writer Wednesday

Writer Wednesday

 

Happy Hump Day, fellow writers!

Here is today’s prompt:

In a sentence, describe the smell of spring.

In a word, the sound of winter.

In a line of a limerick, the feel of fall.

In five words, the taste of summer.

 

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Freshly mowed grass, the perfume of freshly bloomed flowers, and the stench of Bradford Pear trees permeate the air.

 

winter

Silent.

 

fall

It’s neither hot nor chilly.

 

summer

Watermelon. Popsicle’s. Lemonade. Snow cones.

Try It Tuesday

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The other night after Huff the Hubs gave Huff the Babe a bath, he called me into the bathroom. “Look!” he said, disgusted, pointing to the bathtub. There were little black blobs floating in the water.

“What is that?!” I asked.

“I think its mold,” HtH replied.

I really hated to throw these away because HtB LURVES them SO much. Completely grossed out, I went to Pinterest to look for a way to clean up my kid’s bath toys. Evidently, this is not an uncommon thing. Thankfully, I found a pin that had some helpful tips:

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Here’s what you need:

~A large bowl (or sink)

~Vinegar

~Bleach

First, I looked for the toys that had the little holes that water could enter into. As you can see, the holes were black, indicating mold:

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I filled my bathroom sink up with hot water and about 1/2 cup of vinegar (I cleaned the sink beforehand; very important) and dropped in the toys. I made sure to squeeze vinegar water into the toys and swish the mixture around to break up the mold:

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I let the toys soak for about 2 hours and then rinsed them out. By the time I was finished with the toys, the water looked like this:

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Disgusting, right?

What was more disgusting was the fact that I could still SEE mold in the toys. I decided to pull no punches and grabbed the bleach. I soaked the toys again, in the kitchen sink, using a hot water and Clorox concoction. I soaked the toys for another hour and then rinsed them. Here’s what Hermione’s favorite unicorn puked up:

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So. Flipping. Gross.

BUT, I am happy to report that Eunice the Unicorn had a shimmering white mouth AND we couldn’t see any buildup of mold through her belly–yay! The story was not the same, however, for one of the cupcakes. We could literally see the mold through the plastic. Huff the Hubs decided we should just call it and toss the tiny cake. I agreed, but asked that he cut it open first:

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Try not to vomit.

After I rinsed and dried the other toys, I got the hot glue gun and closed up any of the squirter holes in the toys. Hopefully this will help keep the mold at bay. And, if all else fails, we’ll just toss the toys. Although that will make bath time a very dull affair.

Have you ever cleaned your kids’ bath toys? What did you do?

Fan Girl Friday

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Another week in the books, folks! And what better way to welcome the weekend than with a plethora of nerdy news and novelties just for you!

Avengers: The Age of Ultron hits theaters in a little less than two weeks! I think I need to prepare for the premiere by scoring one of these A-DORK-ABLE dresses from Hot Topic!
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I REALLY want the Loki one! Seriously, how cute are these?! Sadly, they’re not available in stores yet, but they will be soon! You can actually head over to Hot Topic’s website and pre-order yours now!

You guys know I love The Muppets, so when I heard that there was a newly-discovered animal that looked just like Kermit, I did the arm flail:

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Isn’t he a cutie?! Technically, this little guy’s name is Hyalinobatrachium dianae but I’ll call him Kermit for now.

Being a child of the late 80’s/early 90’s, I was around for a lot of the great, new Disney classics as well as some smooth R&B. So when I saw this mash-up, I squealed with delight:

With the new Star Wars trailer hitting the web, there’s tons of new SW swag hitting stores, too! Like these awesome Han and Leia rings:

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I think I know what Huff the Hubs can get me for Mother’s Day!

Happy fangirling!

Her’s Day Thursday

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My sister is in grad school right now and, in one of her classes, she has to read books of different genres and write book analyses’ on them. The other day, I walked by the kitchen table and saw this:

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Which got me thinking, who are the Mercury 13 women? I’ve never heard of them, but they sound like some awesome ladies! Here’s what I found out!

 

Back in 1960, William Randolph Lovelace II (the creator of the tests used to determine whether or not a man could become an astronaut) wondered how women would fare under the same tests. Together with Geraldyn “Jerrie” Cobb, they started their research.

 

Jerrie Cobb, gassing up the shuttle.

Jerrie Cobb, gassing up the shuttle.

Cobb and Lovelace looked over 700 records of female pilots in order to find candidates and finally found 32 women who met the specifications. These women were put through rigorous and, at times, invasive tests that calculated their ability to withstand the stressors of space.

One of the M13 Women riding a stationery bike to test her endurance.

One of the M13 Women riding a stationery bike to test her endurance.

Of the 32 women tested, 13 passed the first phase of testing and were advanced to the next phase. Those women were:

Myrtle Cagle

Jerrie Cobb

Janet Dietrich

Marion Dietrich

Wally Funk

Sarah Gorelick (later Ratley)

Janey Hart (née Briggs)

Jean Hixson

Rhea Hurrle (later Allison, then Woltman)

Gene Nora Stumbough (later Jessen)

Irene Leverton

Jerri Sloan (née Hamilton, later Truhill)

Bernice Steadman (née Trimble)

Eight of the surviving Mercury 13 Women

Eight of the surviving Mercury 13 Women

Because of family commitments, not all women were able to travel to Oklahoma City, OK for additional testing. Some of the women were later asked to go to Pensacola, FL for more testing (Phase III) but received a telegram a few days before the start date, informing them that the training had been cancelled.

Immediately, Jerrie Cobb flew to D.C. to lobby for the right to resume the testing. However, she was met with much resistance. After committee hearings and even letters written to the President of the United States, the program was never reinstated. Though some may see Jerrie Cobb’s fight as lost, it paved the way for future female astronauts like Sally Ride, the first American woman in space.

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Jerrie Cobb

So kudos to you, Mercury 13 women, for having The Right Stuff!

Writer Wednesday

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Happy Earth Day, y’all!

 

Here is today’s prompt:

After she started working full-time downtown, her personality totally changed.

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She no longer wore her hair down, but rather in a tight bun she created by destroying an old sock. Gone were the days of chugging Folgers from an old 7-11 reusable tumbler—she only drank chai tea flavored with agave now. Her Skechers® were swapped for Louboutins, her garage sale purse tossed in exchange for a Michael Kors, and she wouldn’t dream of walking into the office without perfecting her lips to Kylie Jenner status.

 

Try It Tuesday

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I am always trying to find new ways to save money. That’s one of the main reasons Huff the Hubs and I decided to cloth diaper; the savings were astronomical! Now that we’re saving for a down payment, my money-saving mind has been searching for tips and tricks that will help our spread our budget a little further. So earlier this week when I noticed I was almost out of coffee creamer, I thought, “Why don’t I try to make my own?” Then I stumbled upon this pin!

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Its DIY coffee creamer!

Here’s what you need:

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~1 can (14 oz) condensed milk (I used fat free; I like low-cal creamer)

~Milk (again, I used skim; but the original pin says that the more fat your milk has, the creamier it will be)

~Vanilla extract

The original pin has a host of other flavor mixes, but since I typically use French Vanilla coffee creamer, I used that recipe!

All you have to do is combine the can of condensed milk with 1 3/4 cup milk and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract and mix well:

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And then, BAM! you’re done!

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I think it turned out pretty good! I’m kind of picky about the brands of creamer I use, so it was a little different using this. But it wasn’t bad. PLUS, I did save some money! Here’s the math:

Coffeemate Sugar Free French Vanilla Creamer: $3.18

Homemade Creamer: $2.46

Savings: $0.72

Not a huge chunk of change, but every little bit helps! I’m going to use all of the creamer I made and, by the time the bottle is empty, if I’ve gotten used to it I think I’ll continue to make my own!

 

Have you ever made your own coffee creamer? What recipe did you use? Share in the comments!