Happy Halloween!

 

 

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Happy Halloween! Or as I like to call it, Happy “The-Kids-Are-Going-To-Act-Even-Crazier-Day-And-There’s-Really-No-Way-To-Stop-It-So-Just-Eat-All-The-Reese’s-They-Get-While-Hugging-Your-Knees-In-The-Corner” Day!

Us parents (and teachers!) have a lot to deal with this week–because, let’s face it, these kids are going to talk non-stop about Halloween the rest of the week–so I thought we could all use a little funny to get us through the madness these sugar-rush junkies are going to put us through!

 

 

Stay safe tonight! And remember to divvy up your kids candy after the go to bed so you get your favorites!

Mommy Monday

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Hey, Moms! Guess what? Tomorrow is Halloween. Yes, you read that right. TOMORROW. As in “less-than-ten-hours-from-now-tomorrow”. Got your kid’s costume made yet?

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I’ll take that as a “no”. Don’t worry! I’ve got you covered! Here are some easy-peasy, “I-can-make-this-in-twenty-minutes-or-less-with-a-trip-to-Walmart-or-Dollar-Tree” costumes that are actually creative and will look like you spent months planning!

 

Paper Doll Costume

All you need to make this costume is poster board (literally $1 at Walmart) and a black Sharpie. That’s it!

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Bank Robber

Get your kid a striped shirt (honestly, any color shirt with black stripes will work), a black beanie (hi, Dollar Tree!) and a black mask (yep, DT again!). Don’t have a drawstring bag? Grab a white pillowcase and draw on it with a magic marker. BOOM. Done.

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Jake from State Farm

Every little boy probably has a red polo and khakis somewhere in his closet. Borrow a headset from someone (or run to the thrift store!) and you’ve got yourself a clever costume on the cheap. Click the link above and print off an “official” Jake nametag!

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Wind Up Doll

This may be the easiest costume. Just dress your little one up in the cutest outfit she has, grab some cardboard, cut out a “winder”, and you’ve got yourself an adorable little doll!

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Fork in the Road

Got a black t-shirt? Cut out some white paper and grab that plasticware from last week’s takeout!

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Deviled Egg

Walmart/Dollar Tree/Party City/Target has devil horns like crazy! Cut out a yolk and you’ve got yourself a “punny” costume for less than a bag of Halloween candy!

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DO you have any ideas for last-minute costumes? Share in the comments below!

Fan Girl Friday!

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Happy Stranger Things Season Two Day! I mean, Happy Friday! I’ve got all kinds of geeky goodies and gossip to share with you so let’s jump right in!

Being a SAHM has its perks: you can wear jammies all day, dinosaur nuggets are a legitimate meal for an adult, and you get to some awesome children’s television. I love Sesame Street–Muppets are my jam and even though Elmo can be a tad annoying at times, they teach some great life lessons. The also do some HILARIOUS parodies! Like this week when they took on The Walking Dead!

I love that the characters names were “Sheriff Graham”, “Macaroon”, and “Dough Roll”!

 

 

Growing up, I had some pretty rad costumes. I’ll never forget when I dressed up as a Hershey’s Kiss (shout out to my dad for making a kick-a costume!) and I totally won the costume contest! But even I have to admit that when it comes to Halloween costumes, 8-year-old Anthony Alfano from Illinois would totally win first place!

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Anthony has cerebral palsy and is wheelchair-bound but that doesn’t stop his parents from letting him totally rock Halloween! Just take a look at his costumes!

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Last week I showed you a beautiful new line of Disney princess-inspired wedding dresses, and the Disney couture is growing! There is a new Disney-inspired line that has hit the runways and will soon be available to folks like us! These are my favorites:

A Snow White/Evil Queen-inspired frock:

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And a gown even Elsa would envy:

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Click here to see more!

 

One of my favorite movies is The Wizard of Oz. Not only for its nostalgia and amazing story, but also for its AWESOME songs! So when I saw a high school dance team put on a WoO-inspired dance at their pep rally, I was so jazzed! Just watch!

 

Happy Fangirling!

Her’s Day Thursday

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Halloween is almost here! I’m not so much into the whole gory, scary, parts of Hallowen–I just lurves the cosplay part of it! I’ve always loved dressing up in costumes. Especially well thought out costumes or creative costumes. I mourn for girls nowadays because, as Mean Girls showed us, Halloween has changed A LOT.

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This is why I’m so excited that A Mighty Girl has a complete list of costumes that will empower and inspire young girls! I mean, just look at these awesome costumes!

 

Rockford Peach 

“There’s no crying in baseball!”

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Amelia Earhart

For your adventurous little girl!

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Astronaut

Because girls like space, too!

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Ghostbuster’s Movie Costume

Because she ain’t afraid of no ghost!

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Hermione Granger

For your brave Gryffindor!

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Supergirl 

“It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s {insert your girl’s name here}!”

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What are some of your favorite Halloween costumes? Is your little one dressing up like any of these? Share in the comments below!

Try It Tuesday

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It is now the season of pumpkin errything so I decided to do a Try It I actually saw on Facebook!

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Here’s what you need:

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1 tube crescent rolls

1 c. canned pumpkin puree

3 oz. cream cheese, softened to room temperature

1 egg

2/3 c. sugar, divided

3 tsp. pumpkin pie spice, divided (not pictured; Imma tell you why in a minute)

1 tsp. vanilla extract

pinch of kosher salt

2 tbsp. melted butter

1/2 c. powdered sugar

1 tbsp. milk

 

First, preheat your oven to 375 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a hand mixer, mix pumpkin, cream cheese, egg, 1/3 c sugar, 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice and vanilla in a large bowl. Mix until the mixture is smooth and then add a pinch of salt. (Note: I didn’t have any pumpkin pie spice, so I made my own! It wasn’t that difficult, actually!)

 

Unroll the crescent rolls and pinch the perforations together to make a solid sheet. (I later saw that Pillsbury actually sells crescent sheets… really would’ve made this easier had I known about that!) Then, cut the crescents into 8 squares.

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Scoop a rounded tablespoon of the pumpkin mixture onto each square. Then, pinch up the corners together to create a ball.

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In a small bowl, combine the sugar with 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice. Brush the pumpkin balls with melted butter and roll them in the sugar mixture.

 

Place the balls on your parchment paper-lined baking sheet, leaving space between each one. Bake about 10-15 minutes. While the balls are baking, it’s time to make the glaze! In a small bowl, mix the powdered sugar and milk until smooth, adding more powdered sugar or milk until the desired consistency is reached. You can drizzle the glaze on or use it as a dip!

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First, let me say that I am NOT a pumpkin pie person. Like, at all. But these were really good! I think they’d be great for a fall brunch or even dessert at Thanksgiving! My only complaint was that I had a TON of leftover pumpkin mixture. I probably could’ve made 16 more pie bombs. For reals. So if you make these, be sure to buy extra crescents–you’ll need them!

 

Have you ever tried this before? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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While on Facebook the other day, I came across this hilarious video from Story of This Life, totally nailing it on what its like to be a parent with the help of Rhianna, Taylor Swift, and even The Rock!

 

It made me think of my post a few years ago about my “pregnancy soundtrack” and got me thinking which songs I would add now that I’ve got two little ankle biters.

Crazy – Gnarls Barkley

Because, kids.

 

Do You Really Want to Hurt Me? – Culture Club

This was ESPECIALLY relevant whilst breastfeeding… YOWZA.

 

[I Don’t Even Know My] Last Name – Carrie Underwood

There are days I am so sleep-deprived that I think, “Wait a second–what’s your name? What’s his name? WHAT’S MY NAME?!” I seriously signed my MAIDEN name on something not too long ago. I’ve been married over six years. Yeah.

 

A Beautiful Mess – Jason Mraz

This stage of life is hard. Its full of sleepless nights, nose wipin’, cutting crusts off sandwiches, and changing diapers. But you know what? Its still awesome.

 

 

 

What would you put on your parenting soundtrack? Share in the comments below!

Fan Girl Friday!

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Happy Friday, geeklings! We are only eleven days away from Halloween and one week away from the season two premiere of Stranger Things! Are you excited?! I AM! I’m also jazzed because I’ve found some nerdy nifties to get your weekend started off right!

Speaking of our favorite friends from Hawkins, Indiana, check out these a-DORK-able VYNL figures from Think Geek!

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I seriously just want to snuggle the crap out of that cute Dustin figure! Squeee!

 

Last week, I featured all things Star Wars: The Last Jedi. I can’t believe I left out this awesome Rey dress from Hot Topic!

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Cute as a cosplay or just for meeting your friends for an evening at Toshi Station!

 

I don’t really carry purses because I basically pack everything I own whenever I go places because, kids. BUT, if I did carry one, it would most definitely be this Flounder cross-body bag!

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Room for your keys, wallet, and travel dinglehopper!

 

And, while we’re semi on the subject of Disney, check out these beautiful Disney princess-inspired wedding dresses from the House of Mouse and designer Kuraudia Co.!

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According to the designer’s site, the “…fourteen designs featuring six princesses include Belle from “Beauty and the Beast,” Ariel from “The Little Mermaid,” “Snow White,” Rapunzel from “Tangled,” Aurora from “Sleeping Beauty” and, of course, “Cinderella”. To ensure these fairy-tale weddings have a happy ending, a selection of tuxedos inspired by six Disney movies are also available for the ‘princes’…” The best part? These dresses are actually licensed through Disney! Oh yes, that means these are LEGIT princess dresses! Click here to see more!

 

Have a geeky goody you want featured on Fan Girl Friday? Friend me on Facebook or hit me up on Twitter: @thehuffmanpost!

 

 

Happy fangirling!

 

Her’s Day Thursday

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One of my favorite shows to binge-watch here lately is Drunk History. Yes, its funny to see these inebriated comedians tell historical stories, but the reason I like it is it makes me research these stories to find out more about the people who are highlighted. The other night, I watched an episode about the Pinkerton Detective Agency. One of the detectives was a woman named Kate Warne.

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Kate Warne was born in 1833. Little is known about her life prior to working with the Pinkerton Agency. In 1856, Kate was left a widow at the age of 23 and saw an ad in a local Chicago newspaper for the Pinkerton Detective Agency. When she showed up at the agency and asked to speak to Allen Pinkerton, he believed she was looking for clerical work. However, Kate explained that she would best suited as a detective. After all, men tended to flap their gums and brag about things they probably ought not to brag about when a pretty woman is around. Intrigued, Pinkerton brought Kate on as a detective. He even chose her over his own brother!

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Soon after being hired on, Kate was assigned to look into embezzlement happening at the Adams Express Company. She was able to befriend the wife of the prime suspect, finding out condemning evidence about the couple, and ultimately bringing about justice to the tune of $50,000!

Not long after, The Pinkerton Agency was hired to protect president-elect Abraham Lincoln on his tour from Philadelphia to Washington D.C. When a plot was uncovered that a rogue group was planning to assassinate the next president, Kate set her own plan into action. She and Pinkerton convinced Lincoln to cut his tour short and he put his life in their hands. Kate decided that they would disguise Lincoln as her “invalid brother” and smuggle him onto a train. During the long, overnight train ride it is said that Kate did not sleep at all. Because of her tenacity and determination to keep the President safe, she inspired the Pinkerton Agency’s slogan: “We never sleep”.

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Kate Warne continued her spy and detective work throughout the Civil War and after through the Pinkerton Agency. In 1868, Kate died suddenly of pneumonia with her dear friend Allen Pinkerton by her bedside. Years later, when Pinkerton passed away, he was buried next to her at Graceland Cemetery in Chicago.

Thank you, Kate, for your bad-a legacy!

 

Try It Tuesday

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Finding dinners that are easy, healthy, and that my kids will eat (so I’m not making TWO meals) is kind of difficult. So when I saw Good Table’s new Freezer to Plate meals, I was super excited!

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After all, GT’s stuff has no preservatives, no artificial flavors, and no high fructose corn syrup. I’m totes down with that! Another part about this I really liked was the fact that I didn’t even have to thaw the chicken! I am notorious for forgetting to set out chicken to thaw. Then, dinner time rolls around and I’m like, “CRAP! The chicken is still frozen!” My excitement about this meal-in-a-box was growing.

It was pretty simple to prep. All I had to do was pour the noodles in, place the chicken on top (I actually remembered to thaw it–woo!), add a little water, and pour the sauce on top.

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Then, I just popped it in the oven for 30-35 minutes and dinner was done!

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It was…okay. I didn’t think it was very flavorful and the noodles were a tad on the chewy side. The kids ate some of it (mostly the noodles) but I wasn’t impressed.

Have you ever tried this before? What were your thoughts? Share in the comments below!

 

 

 

Fan Girl Friday!

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Happy Friday, padawans! Have you seen the The Last Jedi trailer that dropped this week?! NO?!  Don’t worry, I got chu.

 

 

*Cue the feels/goosebumps like crazy*

To celebrate the release of this new trailer (and the fact that Last Jedi tickets are already on sale–totes got mine!) every nerdy nifty on today’s FGF is Star Wars-related! Woot, woot!

I know its getting chilly out, but seriously, I think I need this workout tank from Etsy shop Everyday Unicorns:

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Yasssss, queen! I mean, Yasssss, general! 

 

I’m not trying to get all political up in here, but why do I feel like Kylo would totally be sporting this hilarious tee at a Storm Trooper hiring day rally?

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Anyone else notice the ADORABLE little feathered/furry creature next to Chewie in the trailer? Apparently, that little thing is a Porg (or maybe Porg is its name, I’m not entirely sure…) and it is cute AF! I have a feeling that little guy is going to be to Star Wars 8 what the niffler was to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them! Don’t believe me? Check out this “Awwww!”-inducing Porg Funko Bobble Head!

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While you’re buying popcorn at the theater waiting for TLJ to start, show your fandom side with this awesome Tauntaun coin purse!

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I’m not 100% sure, but I’m fairly certain this one does NOT have a foul odor (inside or out)!

 

Happy fangirling!