Fan Girl Friday!

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Happy Friday! And happy Halloween Eve! Or, as I like to call it, “Candy Coma Eve”. I’ve found some delightfully dorky delights to make your weekend great!

 

I know it’s a bit early to be talking about Christmas, but once Halloween is done it’s we’re going to be on a downhill slide people! Do you realize that Christmas is less than eight weeks away?!
Yeah I’m freaking out too.
I’m super excited to show you this first fabulous nerdy find from Think Geek! While others will be sporting the Who’s from Whoville this Christmas you can represent the Who from Gallifrey with this awesome Tardis  lawn decor!
Fan GIrl Friday Tardis Lawn DecorHandsome and clever Doctor not included.
With the holidays fast approaching I’m sure everyone is thinking about how they’re going to entertain people. I’m sure everyone’s also thinking they can make their holiday meals just as fabulous as everything they see on Pinterest. Well I’m going to step further and I’m gonna help you have the best Thanksgiving or Christmas or Hanukkah dinner in the galaxy!

Fan GIrl Friday C3PO and R2D2 Napkin and Napkin RingsThese R2-D2 napkins and C-3 PO napkin rings will certainly add Jedi flair to any meal!
Add some more rebellion to dinner with this Millennium Falcon cutting board! You can serve cheeses, bread, or any other kind of nummy!
Fan GIrl Friday Millenium Falcon Cutting Board

It’ll impress your guests faster than you can say “Kessel Run”!

 

And since tomorrow is Halloween, let’s get into the spirit with this awesome Halloween light show by Tom BetGeorge from Tracy, California! (Sidebar it’s totally awesome because it’s all Disney villains!) Behold the greatness!

Her’s Day Thursday

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Since Halloween is in less than 48 hours, I thought I would highlight a lady who is actually a major reason we celebrate the holiday the way we do!

Elizabeth Krebs was the president of the local garden club in Hiawatha, Kansas back in 1912. On the morning of November 1st of that year, Elizabeth woke to find her prize-winning garden smashed to bits. There were other reports of havoc; fences being destroyed, houses egged, and windows being smashed. She knew it had to be the same culprits who had destroyed other flowers around town–rowdy children. In her town, kids were notorious for creating all kinds of destruction on Halloween night. Desperate to make her town garden-smashing free, Elizabeth put together a plan.

Story #30987, Hiawatha Halloween Frolic, Hiawatha, KS, Eric Oldham, director of Brown County Historical Society, holds picture of Halloween parade founder, Mrs Krebs.

The next year, Elizabeth threw a huge Halloween party at her house for the town’s children. She had treats, games, and fun planned for them. Several kids came to Elizabeth’s party. Because of the turnout, Elizabeth was confident there would be no chaos.

When she woke the next morning, however, her hopes were dashed. Several gardens were demolished and a mail wagon was even set ablaze! During the next year, Elizabeth worked tirelessly with local law enforcement, city leaders, and educators to come up with a plan to make the holiday more enjoyable and less violent.

Hers Day Thursday Elizabeth Krebs

On Halloween, 1914, Elizabeth put her plan into action. She organized a town-wide Halloween parade complete with events, games, and costume contests. Practically everyone in the town came! When November 1st rolled in, the town police chief visited Elizabeth at her home. He informed her that the reports of destruction were down dramatically from the previous year!

 

Because of the success of Elizabeth’s plan, the town of Hiawatha, Kansas has kept up the tradition and several cities and towns have followed suit. Because of Elizabeth Krebs, many of our Halloween traditions exist!

Hers Day Thursday Halloween Parade

Thanks, Elizabeth, for helping Halloween be less of a trick and more of a treat!

Try It Tuesday — Pumpkin Seeds

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The other night, Huff the Hubs and I decided to get pumpkins to carve. We were going to go to a local pumpkin patch, but when we got there, it cost $10 a person just to get inside. But with us trying to be gazelles and get out of debt, we couldn’t bring ourselves to it.

Enter Aldi and their $2.99 pumpkins. These gourds are ENORMOUS. I’m talkin’ Cinderella’s carriage big. So after waddling up the stairs, Huff the Hubs did the gross work of carving the top and emptying out the insides.

Don’t be jelly. That hunk of man is ALL mine.

We almost threw the seeds out, but I remembered something I saw on Pinterest, so I had him save them.

The recipe is so simple! Only three ingredients! I love recipes like that–its a lot harder to screw it up.

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Mommy Monday

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Holy cow, y’all, it feels like I haven’t blogged in (*Squints Voice*) FOR-EV-ER!

Last week, my mom, sister Bridget, Huff the Tot, and I went to Virginia to visit to my sister, brother-in-law, and their brood. It was so good to get to see everyone (and the sites) as well as watch Hermione bond (and fight, ha!) with her cousins.

Travelling in itself is stressful, but add a toddler to the mix and a pregnant, hormonal woman to the mix and you’re basically asking for disaster.

Huff the Tot actually did really well on all flights. She just played with her toys or watched a Disney flick and was content. I’m not a good flyer, so I was basically having a panic attack every time I heard a squeal from the engine or felt a bump of turbulence.

All in all, the trip was really enjoyable! There were some parts, though, that were tough. Like when Huff the Tot woke up in the middle of the night puking or was so crabby that I was frustrated beyond belief. Don’t get me wrong; my mom, sisters, and brother-in-law were all extremely helpful, but it was tough to be away from Huff the Hubs for so long–particularly when Hermione would say, “A go home to Daddy!” (way to twist that knife in my heart, kid).

One evening while we were away, we ate at On the Border after a day trip to Washington D.C. I was exhausted, Huff the Tot was exhausted; basically everyone looked like extras from The Walking Dead. It was then that HtT decided it was a good time to have a meltdown. Which caused me to have a meltdown. Needless to say, while I was crying in the OtB bathroom while my brother-in-law walked around with Huff the Tot, I felt like a crap mom and really needed a molten chocolate cake all to myself.

Later that night as I laid in bed, I was scrolling through Facebook and came across a video that had me laughing so hard I was afraid I was going to wake up Hermione. It really helped me lighten up. I figured I wasn’t the only one who needed to see this, so I thought I’d share it with you! Hopefully this will help you to giggle and get through today’s “toughness”.

 

 

And, because Halloween is this weekend and we all know “That Mom”, here’s another video. Enjoy!

 

If you haven’t already, you need to check out The Break Womb’s YouTube channel! These women are hilarious!

The Bun in the Oven

I thought I’d shake things up a bit today since we just got some exciting news!

Its a Boy'

That’s right, Hermione will be a big sister to a little brother! I’m not going to lie, I was rooting for another girl just because I figured it’d be easier: reuse the same clothes, I know how the sister dynamic works, and I’m all about Disney princesses. But then I started thinking about my nephews and how much I love them. Then I started to get excited about a little boy!

Another reason I wasn’t too keen on a boy–at first–was that I wasn’t too jazzed about the name we have picked out. It’s actually Huff the Hubs choice. And the guy will NOT back down. So, he agreed to let me give our son TWO middle names and I get to pick both!

Our son’s name will be:

Uriah

Why did we choose these names? I’ll tell you!

Huff the Hubs has always loved the name Uriah. When he told me this is what he wanted to name our “someday son” years ago, I couldn’t believe it.

You know he gets cheated on by Bathsheba, right?” I asked.

“Yeah…”

“And then King David sends for him to come back from war when he finds out Bathsheba got knocked up because he couldn’t keep his hands to himself,” I added.

“Uh huh…”

“And then King David basically orders Uriah to spend time with his wife and he refuses so King David has him killed…you really want our son named after that?!”

“Yes.”

I couldn’t believe it. First of all, Uriah has such a sad story! And not only that, but if my son ever got cheated on by some girl, you better believe this Momma Bear would have something to say!

But then I started to think about the kind of man Uriah was. He was brave; he was a warrior in the king’s army. He was loyal; when he was called in from war, he didn’t rush off to have a conjugal visit. He insisted that he protect the king because how could he “eat, drink, and be merry” while his brothers were still fighting on the front lines? I’d be so proud of my boy if he was as brave and loyal! (It should also be noted that my dad LOVES the name Uriah because its the name of his favorite band.)

 

Francis is the name of my beloved grandfather who passed away when I was in elementary school:

Papa Francis

My dad says that I share a lot of similarities with my Papa Francis, including my looks. My Papa was a kind, gentle, loving man. He loved OU football and working with his hands. I always knew I wanted to name my first son after such an amazing man!

 

And yes, you guessed it, the second middle name, Indiana, is after our favorite “professor”:

Indy

Indiana has always been on our list of boy names, even when we weren’t even trying to get pregnant. We both knew we always wanted a little boy named Indiana that we could call “Indy”. Not only are the movies such a big part of our lives and childhoods, but we love the character of Indiana Jones. He loves history, loves to learn, and wants to preserve historical artifacts for everyone to see and enjoy. Plus, he’s a total bad-a.

 

So there you have it! The newest addition to the Huffman clan will be: Uriah Francis Indiana. Lock up your daughters, folks.

 

I realize not everyone will like his name, and I’m okay with that. There are some people who have named their kids certain names that I don’t care for. But, you know what I do when that happens? I keep it to myself. Why? Because my kid is not your kid. And vice versa.

 

We got a lot of flack when we told people what we were naming Hermione. Yeah, it hurt sometimes. But then I remembered why we chose that name. And if people don’t like our son’s name, that’s fine too. Because I know why we have chosen these names. We want our kids to have names that mean something to us. Besides, it could be worse. We could be naming our son Albus Severus.

 

 

Try It Tuesday

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Last week, I saw a video making the rounds on Facebook that showed a yummy apple cobbler-like recipe. It only had three ingredients and cooked in the slow cooker (which is awesome for a lazy cooker such as myself). So I decided to try it out!

Here’s what you need:

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~2, 20-ounce cans of apple pie filling

~1 box spice cake mix

~8 oz butter (two sticks)

 

First, drop the pie filling in the slow cooker and stir.

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Then, pour the cake mix on top and plop the butter on top of that.

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Cook on high for 2-2 1/2 hours. Then, top with ice cream and enjoy!

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This was really good! My ONLY complaint was that it was reeeeeaaaally buttery. Can you see the butter in the picture above? I think next time I’ll use a tad less butter. Like maybe 1 1/2 sticks instead of 2.

 

Have you ever made this before? Did you like it? Have you made it with different pie fillings? Share in the comments below!

Fan Girl Friday

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Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiittttt’s Friday! This week has kind of stunk it up big time, so I’m going to bring some geeky goodies that will warm your insides! And today is all about someone very near and dear to my heart—Harry Potter. Even though its been more than 10 years since the first Harry Potter book came out, the magic of it lives on. That is why today’s FGF is all about The Boy Who Lived!

This week, the fully illustrated versions of Harry Potter hit stores! They’re a wee bit taller and wider than the versions we’re used to, but they look fantastic! I REALLY want a copy of all of them! Just check out the beautiful artwork:

Fan Girl Friday Harry Potter Illustrated Edition

Imma need these in my life.

This Christmas we can all leave our Muggle celebrations behind and travel to our home away from home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. I’m so not joking. Now that the Harry Potter Studio Tour has opened up in England, the genius folks have now opened up the Great Hall for wizards and Muggles alike to break bread and down a draught of butterbeer!

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That’s right! For only $375, you can have a Christmas feast inside the Great Hall!

And, if that isn’t “Potterhead”enough for you, you can actually LIVE in the Great Hall. Well, kinda. The school that was used to film the first three HP movies has now been renovated into apartments and town homes!

Fan Girl Friday Great Hall Live

You can rent out a flat and throw a party in the Great Hall! Be sure to book The Weird Sisters; they know how to rock.

When the HP films were coming out, I checked MuggleNet.com just about every eingle day for updates and behind the scenes pics. Now, they are doing something so awesome, I seriously got goosebumps when I read about it. They have started a new movement called ‘Potter It Forward’. This is when you go to your local library and leave notes about your own experience with the magical world of JK Rowling for future Potterheads to enjoy! Like this:

Fan GIrl Friday Potter it Forward

The movement has also taken to Twitter using: #PotterItForward. I love this!

And, last but not least, carry your love of everything Potter right around your neck with this beautiful Deathly Hallows-inspired accessory:

Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Necklace

And remember if someone asks you, “You’re still obsessed with that?” you are obligated to reply with a soft, “Always.”

Happy fangirling!

Her’s Day Thursday

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I’m super excited about today’s leading lady! I’ve been wanting to write about her for a while, but I also know she’s more well-known than others, and I’ve been wanting to highlight some ladies you may not have known about. But this woman is just too great NOT to write about! Today’s Her’s Day Thursday BAMF is: Marie Curie.

 

Marie Skłodowska (Curie) was born in 1867 in Warsaw, Poland to a family that had recently lost all of its fortune. Though many thought she and her siblings were doomed to live an impoverished life, Marie worked hard on her education. She attended a boarding school at the age of ten, having been taught by tutors until then. When she was older, she and her sister began their advanced studies at the Flying University—the only university that admitted female students in Warsaw.

Hers Day Thursday Marie Curie

Marie and her sister travelled to Paris in 1891 and enrolled at the University of Paris. Marie studied during the day and tutored students at night as a way to keep herself financially afloat. She earned a degree in physics in 1893 and continued her education, earning a second degree in 1894.

 

Marie began research into the properties of different kinds of steels and needed a laboratory to work. A fellow physicist introduced her to Pierre Curie, another scientist who had access to a large laboratory. Pierre allowed Marie to conduct her research at his lab and the two soon fell in love and married.

Hers Day Thursday Marie and Pierre Curie

Marie went on to earn her PhD and became the first female professor at the University of Paris. Marie’s research continued as she discovered two elements: polonium and radium. She also coined the term “radioactivity” and found the methods for isolating radioactive isotopes.

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She was awarded not one but two Nobel Prizes; once for physics in 1903 (which she shared with her husband and another physicist) and again for chemistry in 1911.

 

During World War I, Marie saw the need for mobile x-ray units to help doctors and battlefield surgeons on the front lines. She was soon appointed director of the Red Cross Radiology Service and trained other women to serve as aides. She also produced needles containing radon to use for sterilizing infected tissue.

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During the war, Marie’s research went on the backburner. However, after the war, she continued her humanitarian work as well as her research. Marie Curie died in 1934, due to aplastic anemia—contracted from her exposure to radium over many, many years. The dangers of radium were unknown at the time, and Marie would carry test tubes of it in her pocket and leave it in her desk drawers. Even today some of Marie’s personal papers and belongings are considered dangerous because of the high levels of radioactivity.

 

Marie Curie was an innovator, a determined woman, and a scientist. Her legacy still lives on today.

Try It Tuesday

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Its finally here, folks! The day you’ve all been waiting for; its reveal day for my play kitchen revamp!

I have been working on this thing for WEEKS and finally finished it a few days ago. I’m soooooo happy with how it turned out!

Before I get to the reveal, I’m going to tell you how I completely re-did a side-of-the-road find!

Here is the before:

 

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Really not much to look at, huh? It wasn’t fugly, per se, but it was outdated and needed some sprucing up.

I knew I had a lot of work ahead of me, but I was stoked to have such a fun project and addition to Hermione’s toy collection.

First, I sanded the entire kitchen with 3M sandpaper, 120 grit. This is a crucial step! Sanding the plastic ensures that the paint stays on well. There were a few places I didn’t sand as well as I should have and the paint sort of flaked off.

Then, I taped up the areas I didn’t want painted (a small chalkboard) and put a layer of primer on.

 

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I ended up doing two coats of primer with this spray paint from Wal-Mart:

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When I was finished priming, I taped/covered everything except for the top of the kitchen. I knew I wanted it to mostly be white (I like the “clean” look) but I wanted punches of color. So I got this paint for the “roof”:

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The name is Gum Drop! How cute is that?! I also got some pink paint called “Ballet Shoes” for the “oven” door. I put two coats of each color on each area and let those dry for about a day or two.

 

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After the paint dried, it was time to add some finishing touches. Because the paint covered some of those hard-to-remove stickers, I decided to use jewels I bought at Dollar Tree to add a little bling. When I was at Michael’s, I found some awesome rhinestone adhesive ribbon that I used to edge some areas. I added those stick on hooks and my mom crocheted little potholders!

I also bought some decorative duct tape and placed it on the table as a “table cover”. My dad cut some wire coils down and I used those as the grills for the stove top and he also cut some plastic so I could replace the oven door. (I used a silicone I found at Wal-Mart to apply the coils and the plastic sheeting. It worked great!)

And now–drum-roll, please–is the finished kitchen:

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As you can see, Huff the Tot LURVES it! She has been playing with it and “making cakes” like a little baker! This was such a fun project! I’ve looked online and in stores and these kitchen usually run around $70.00. Mine cost $28.98! AND I was able to match it to fit the colors of Hermione’s room as well as reuse something that would’ve ended up in a landfill!

 

Have you ever done a revamp like this? How did it go? What did you use? Share in the comments below!

 

 

 

Mommy Monday

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Y’all, I don’t know if its the pregnancy hormones or what, but I have been feeling extreme Mommy Guilt lately. I’ve been so tired lately that a lot of the responsibilities have been shifted to Huff the Hubs. I’ve been napping A LOT (when I can, that is) and missing out on fun little moments with my little family. I feel like such a slug. But I’m also so exhausted from my normal duties (work, taking care of a house that is still full of boxes) as well as you know, growing a human, that I get wore out FAST.

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I know that now that I’m in the second trimester, I should get my energy back, but I’m starting to think I’m going to feel this way for a while.

I feel guilty that I can’t do as much as I once could. I feel guilty that we aren’t doing more stuff with Huff the Tot while she’s still our “Only”. I feel guilty that I haven’t unpacked the house, hung stuff on the walls, got the nursery ready, or spent more quality time with Huff the Hubs.

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I feel guilty that I have to work. I feel guilty when I drop my kid off at the sitter’s (even though the sitter is my aunt and grandmother). I feel guilty that I’m not more in touch with my friends and their lives.

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I feel guilty that I forget to take my prenatal vitamin some nights and my baby will suffer because s/he isn’t getting enough nutrients. I feel guilty that I’m not working out as much as I used to.

 

Will this guilt ever end?!

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I really hope it does. Because IT. IS. EXHAUSTING.