Fan Girl Friday!

fan-girl-friday-glasses-banner

 

Happy First Day of September, AKA “Return to Hogwarts” Day! And seeing as how Platform 9 3/4 will be bustling with little witches and wizards getting ready to go back to school–as I’m sure your little geeklings have already–today’s FGF is all about back to school gear!

 

I feel like we have a TON of Tupperware in our house. So this microwaveable bento lunch box was practically made for us! PLUS, it features Totoro!

412gtfe-QQL

This airtight container can be used in the microwave AND its dishwasher safe! Plus, its adorable! Get it here!

 

Got a gamer in your brood who would rather battle the boss than keep track of their homework? Etsy shop StalkingMarla has what you need!

These recycled game planners are amazing! Not only are they high-quality, but they’re eco-friendly AND features any game of your choice!

 

Got books on the brain? Let your bibliophile flag fly with these tee from ThinkGeek!

jqqi_lost_books_ladies_tee_mb

 

The shirts range from Small to 3X, so TG has you covered!

 

Need a way to calculate how many blocks it will take to build that Lego Death Star? I got chu. Or, should I say, Perpetual Kid’s got chu.

CALC-5011__50479.1426536630.1280.1280

PK’s Lego-inspired calculators come in four awesome colors–red, blue, green, and black!

 

Now that you’re all stocked for the new school year, you need something to carry all your geeky swag! And ThinkGeek has the mother (of dragons) of all backpacks for you!

a63f8433ea48cea94296ea4df5ceb169

According to the TG site: “…no dragons were harmed in the making of this backpack”–bonus! (insert laughing til you cry emoji here)

 

Happy long weekend and happy fangirling!

Fan Girl Friday

fan-girl-friday-harry-potter

 

Ah, Friday. My second favorite “f” word. (What? I was thinking “fries”. What were YOU thinking?!) Enough chit chat, let’s dive right in to the nerdy nifties I’ve found this week!

I really thought Huff the Hubs and I had a pretty nerdy wedding. I mean, our cake toppers were Lego, we had a frickin’ TARDIS, and I walked down the aisle to Storybook Love from The Princess Bride. But this couple? Man, they put us to shame!

Cassie and Lewis Byrom of Manchester, UK totally hit the Snitch out of the pitch with their a-DORK-able Harry Potter-themed nuptials! Just check out these pics!

harry-potter-themed-wedding-cassie-lewis-byrom-18

The bride and groom featured on their very own Wanted posters!

 

harry-potter-themed-wedding-cassie-lewis-byrom-20

The groom’s boutonniere? Yeah, those are pages from Harry Potter!

harry-potter-themed-wedding-cassie-lewis-byrom-26

The cake not only had house crests, but was adorned with a tribute to The Three Brothers and topped with Voldemort and Bellatrix Lego minifigs!

harry-potter-themed-wedding-cassie-lewis-byrom-37

Every guest (130 of them!) were each given a handmade wand! I wish I would’ve been invited to this! For more pics, click here!

 

Keeping with the HP theme, I’ve found an awesome way to not only help you de-stress, but also find out once and for all which Hogwarts house you belong in! Etsy shop ScentD has these amazing surprise bath bombs that reveal your house colors when dropped in the tub!

il_570xN.947117412_6ou5

Each bath bomb also includes a charm–either a lion for Griffyndor, a badger for Hufflepuff, a serpent for Slytherin, or bird for Ravenclaw! You can choose which house you want OR select “random” and be sorted! (They also have a charcoal bath bomb called “Sirius”!)

 

For the Potterhead that needs a magical manicure, NOVAPolish has what you need!

il_570xN.1013071249_6mzk

Seriously, how cute is that polish?! NOVA also has Totoro, Batman, and other themed polishes!

 

Let people know you mean business with this striking silver Lord Voldemort wand necklace from Soft Kitty Clothing:

voldemort wand necklace

Just, ya know, don’t go all “Avada Kedavra” on anyone, mmmkay?

 

Happy fangirling!

Mommy Monday

Mommy Monday New Banner

 

Here lately, I’ve been trying to make a conscious effort to teach Huff the Tot about kindness and empathy. (Daniel Tiger is a GREAT resource for this! Plus, that kid has a song for errything!) I want her to be mindful of others as well as of her own emotions. I picked up a few books from the library, but this one was my absolute favorite:

cover-have

Its called, Have You Filled a Bucket Todayand it is AMAZING! The book describes how everyone, all over the world carries around an invisible bucket. And when your bucket is full (of good thoughts and feelings about yourself) you feel happy. But when your bucket is empty, you feel sad and lonely.

The book goes on to explain how we can fill other’s buckets (and, in turn, fill our own) and become “bucket fillers”.

61PXPZo--eL

It also tells how there are some people who try to take good feelings from others’ buckets, thinking they can fill their own buckets but that will never work. These people are known as “bucket dippers”(i.e., bullies).

IMG_4742

This has been great for Huff the Tot! I’ve read it to her several times and she has said, on more than one occasion, “Mommy, I {insert something here such as “pick up my toys”, “draw you a picture”, or “build you a castle”} and I will fill your bucket up!”

bucket2

There are a TON of activities on the book’s website as well as on Pinterest! So you can keep the learning going with fun coloring pages or crafts! I think this would be a GREAT porject for an elementary school class as well! Heck, I think everyone in the nation could use some bucket filling nowadays!

 

Have you ever read this book? What did you think? Have you read one that covers the same premise? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

mommy-monday3

 

Before I had kids, I read A LOT. There was a time I could be found most days with a book in my hand. Then I started ghostwriting. And then I had kids. And my reading log went from about 40+ books a year to maybe four. I’m trying to remedy that, though, which is why one of my goals for 2017 is to read more. I want to read, not only for my own benefit, but I want my kids to see me reading–I want to raise little bookworms!

af2bb37ea2deefc0407c036378a27cc1

 

So any time Huff the Tot wants to read a book, I {most of the time} happily oblige. Here lately, her book of choice has been an old book of Huff the Hubs’:

IMG_2137

This book is all about Louis Pasteur, the inventor of the rabies vaccine (and pasteurization of milk!). HtT likes to read this book about 2,000 times a day, so it was no surprise to me when she came to me and said, “Mommy, my horse died. Her has the rabies germs.”

IMG_2106

Y’all, I can’t make this stuff up.

raw

And even though it may sound a bit morbid that my kid is pretending her horse died of rabies, I still think its awesome that my three-year-old is remembering and comprehending the story, as well as building her vocabulary! Those are just a few of the phenomenal benefits your kiddo gets just by you reading to them!

Do you read to your kids? What are some of their favorite books? Share in the comments below!

 

 

Her’s Day Thursday

Her's Day Thursday3

 

As you know, I’m all about raising Huff the Tot to be a strong, independent girl (you know, until she decides to be “strong willed” in the cereal aisle of the grocery store-ha!) and I love having books around that can help get those values across. I stumbled upon some awesome books while perusing the interwebs this week and they were too great not to share!

 

Not All Princesses Dress In Pink 

not-all-princesses-dress-in-pink

This book, written by Jane Yolen, let’s girls know that you can be any kind of princess you want! Want to be a princess that wears hockey uniforms? Do it! Are you a more traditional princess? Good for you! Like to breakdance while listening to classical music? Go, girl! Here’s an excerpt from this awesome book:

“Not all princesses dress in pink.
Some play in bright red socks that stink,
blue team jerseys that don’t quite fit,
accessorized with a baseball mitt,
and a sparkly crown!”

 

Stand Tall, Mary Lou Melon

stand-tall

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon tells the tale of little Molly Lou. She’s not like most people, but she’s okay with that! Her grandmother has taught her to be herself and be proud of who she is. But one day, Molly Lou starts a new school and there is a bully there determined to make Molly’s life miserable. But thankfully, our little heroine knows exactly what to do!

 

The Princess Knight

the-princess-knight

“Violet is a young princess who wishes she could show the world that she is just as brave and strong as her brothers. But her strict father insists that she get married, and her brothers only mock her when she wants to be included in their fun. So Violet decides to use her intelligence and bravery to show everyone–once and for all–what she’s made of.”

 

Dangerously Ever After 

dangerously-ever-after

The tag line alone is enough to hook a reader of any age: Not all princesses are made of sugar and spice–some are made of funnier, fiercer stuff.

 

Have you read any of these books? Do you have a favorite book you like to read to your little lady that promotes girl power? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

Mommy Monday New Banner

 

Ever since becoming a mom, one of my favorite hobbies, reading, has kind of fallen to the wayside. Between diaper changes and tantrums, I haven’t had the time. Not to mention I wrote books for a living and, at the end of the day, I didn’t want to read more. I just wanted to sleep. But now that I’m no longer ghostwriting/editing books, one of my goals is to read more. I finished Me Before You when Huff the Babe was a fresh newborn and sped through Harry Potter and the Cursed Child a few weeks ago. I told myself it was time to read a non-fiction; one that would help me in my new role as a SAHM and wife. I chose this book:

babyproofing

I had pinned this a loooooooooong time ago on Pinterest (back when Huff the Tot was a few months old) but I just now got around to reading it. I’m only six chapters in, but I gotta tell ya, its already taught me so much!

As I read, I feel like the authors have peeked inside my home, taking notes of the things I have said, thought, or argued with Huff the Hubs about. Though the authors are women, they do a good job of showing the perspectives of wives and husbands. There have been several times I have stopped to take notes or felt convicted. However, this particular subtitle spoke deep to my soul:

FullSizeRender(1)

I realized I have been stressing myself out, trying to make everything spotless, making sure laundry is folded and put away (even if I’m accomplishing this at 11:00 p.m.), cutting my daughter’s pb&j’s with a cookie cutter EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. instead of just cutting it into 4 triangles (because that’s how So-And-So did it on Facebook for her kid), and making every meal Pinterest-perfect, no matter how bad it stressed me out. I was putting so much effort into making sure everything was Instagram-worthy so other people would think I was doing a great job as a wife/mother, that I was alienating my kids and husband.

How many times have I said, “Mommy can’t play right now; I’m busy” or “No, you can’t help. Mommy wants this to look a certain way” or “Can you please just leave me alone so I can read this blog post about being a better communicator?!”

Something had to give. So when I read this, it was like I had seen the light. I decided “Good enough is good enough” will be my new mantra, especially in this season of life. With two little kids in the house, I can’t expect to get everything done nor can I expect it to be perfect. That is too much pressure and too much stress.

As long as my kids and husband are fed, know they’re loved, and have clean underwear (even if its not folded), that’s what matters.

Good enough is good enough.

 

 

 

Have you read this book? What were your thoughts? Have you read a parenting/marriage book that has spoken to you? Share in the comments below!

 

 

 

Mommy Monday

Mommy Monday New Banner 2

 

These last few weeks of pregnancy have been really rough on me. Between just the pure discomfort I’ve felt to the guilt I feel about not being able to be as active with Huff the Tot as I used to be, I’ve just felt incredibly down.

Last week, a dear friend sent me a text:

“FYI, I sent you a book through Amazon.

It’ll be there Monday!”

I was excited! She didn’t tell me what the book was. So Monday, when I opened the package, I saw this:

Desperate

I felt a peace come over me. I couldn’t really put my finger on it, but I KNEW I needed to read this book. (Now I know that it was such a God thing).

As I read the Introduction, I started sobbing. This woman was me. Even though she had three kids and I only one (with one on the way) I completely understood her. It was as though she looked inside my mind and heart and wrote down my deepest secrets. One line stuck with me:

Desperate 2

I’ve thought that A LOT these past few weeks. Between the constant Braxton Hicks and the false alarms, there are days I dread hearing the alarm or my daughter calling over the monitor, “Mommy! I awake!” There are days I want to call in sick, but Moms don’t have that luxury.

Even though I’ve only read a few chapters of this book, my spirit has been renewed and I’m feeling like there is hope when I couldn’t even see the possibility of it before.

If you’re a young momma that needs to feel like she’s not alone in her struggles or an older momma that wants to help out the new generation of mothers, I would definitely read this book!

You can get it here!

Have you ever read this book? What did you think? Do you have a book you’d recommend to a momma? Share int he comments below!