Fan Girl Friday!

 

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Happy Friday, peeps! We are officially in Christmas countdown mode now that we are in December! Are you excited?! Need help getting into the Christmas spirit? Then I’ve got some nerdy nifties sure to put some jungle in your bells!

Last night, the fam and I watched Charlie Brown Christmas on TV–one of my favorite holiday specials! YouTuber Only Leigh decided to put her own geeky spin on the Christmas classic by making the mash-up, “Merry Christmas, Will Byers!” (a blend of Peanuts and Stranger Things!) Check it out:

 

 

I don’t know about you, but my Black Friday was spent binge-watching Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. And while I wanted to slap Rory (and Lorelai) a few times, I still really enjoyed the visit back to Stars Hollow! So much so that I think I need to grab some GG swag, like this adorable tee from I ❤ Apparel!

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This tee comes in a variety of colors (and you can also get this print on hoodies and mugs)! Plus they have other tees from Stars Hollow hot spots like Al’s Pancake World and, of course, Luke’s Diner!

 

For some folks, the holidays aren’t all stockings and rainbows. For some that aren’t able to make it home, the holidays can be a little sad. But have no fear! HomesickCandles.com can make you feel like you’re back with your family in your home state!

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After a group of friends relocated out of state, they wanted to still feel close to their roots and Homesick Candles was born! Each candle is comprised of scents native to or famous in that state. The description for my home state (Oklahoma) reads: “These scents will take you back to the good ol’ days at home in the Sooner State with hints of pecan, barbecue, cinnamon, and vanilla.” Mmm…smells like home!

 

Anyone else seeing their computer covered in boring, yellow Post-Its? It can make your desk seem very bleak indeed. Why not spruce up the joint with these:

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Rainbow scratch art notes will surely make those reminders like, “Take out the trash!” and “Pick up dry cleaning!” feel like less of a nuisance and more exciting when written on these! You can get 125 notes for $8.99 from Perpetual Kid!

 

Have a find YOU want featured on FGF? Hit me up on Twitter: @thehuffmanpost!

 

Happy Fangirling!

 

 

Christmas Specials

With only 16 days to Christmas, the signs of the season are everywhere: the stores, the neighborhoods, and our TVs. Even though Huff the Hubs and I don’t have cable, we still have the basic stations, so we’re able to see all of the Christmas specials.

 

One such special was last week—The Sound of Music Live with Carrie Underwood.

 

"The Nazis are coming, y'all."

“The Nazis are coming, y’all.”

Did you watch it? I did. Now, I love Carrie as much as the next Okie, but I feel like her performance was a little…flat. Don’t get me wrong, the gril can sing. But her acting? Um…How do I put this nicely? I prefer Julie Andrews.

 

While watching the cronge-worthy performance, I started thinking: What other Christmas specials are worth skipping?

 

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (remake)

"Wrong-o."

“Wrong-o.”

I love, love, love the animated How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Its one of my favorite Christmas specials! But the 2000 remake with Jim Carrey? HORRIBLE. For one, its about 45 minutes too long. Even though it features great makeup (and a pre-Gothtastic Taylor Momsen) it doesn’t capture the same magic and heart as the original.

 

I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown

"We're so silly, Linus!"

“We’re so silly, Linus!”

The Peanuts are as American as apple pie. And having Christmas without Linus saying his famous speech isn’t really Christmas. But I Want a Dog just doesn’t have the same Peanuts greatness that the other special has. Plus, a person can only hear “Good grief” so many times before it just gets irritating.

 

Eight Crazy Nights

"Instead of one, we've got EIGHT crazy nights!"

“Instead of one, we’ve got EIGHT crazy nights!”

I’ll admit, I’ve only seen the first ten minutes of Adam Sandler’s animated Hanukkah movie. And let me tell ya, that was enough. The animation is not Disney-quality, the jokes were campy, and to be honest, not as charming as the Sandler that sings The Hanukkah Song.

 

Pretty Much Anything on ABC Family

"Come on, Slater! We have to earn our $500!"

“Come on, Slater! We have to earn our $500!”

I really don’t like cheese. Not cheese as in the kind you eat with crackers. Cheese as in those movies that come on the Hallmark channel. Or, those that come on ABC Family. It seems as though every year, the folks over at ABCF throw in a silly premise, ridiculous dialogue, and a C-list celebrity and create a movie.

 

What about you? Any specials you like? Dislike? Wish would just go away?

Halloween in Hollywood

I’m not going to lie… Halloween isn’t really my favorite holiday.

I don’t like haunted houses (full disclosure: I once peed my pants in a haunted house…I will not tell you how old I was), I don’t like scary movies, and I feel like–as you get older–most girls see Halloween as “I-can-dress-like-a-slut-and-its-okay” Day. The things I do like about Halloween? The candy and {non-scary} movies.

What are my favorite movies? I’m glad you asked…

 

Hocus Pocus

This is reminiscent of me and my two sisters after someone has eaten all the Nutella.

This is reminiscent of me and my two sisters after someone has eaten all the Nutella.

OMG. I freaking LOVED this movie as a kid. The witches were hilarious, the storyline was awesome, and the big reveal of Zachary Binx at the end of the movie? Let me just say that’s when I had my first “celebrity” crush. Plus, you’ve got a wise-crackin’ zombie, excellent tunes, and one of my favorite movie quotes EVER.

 

Teen Witch

"My clothes are so hip!"

“My clothes are so hip!”

This is another gem from my childhood, courtesy of the Disney Channel. Every fall, this movie was on repeat on the weekends leading up to Halloween. I won’t lie. I always thought that when the main character had her “metamorphosis” that her clothes were off the hook! I wanted her outfits SO. FREAKING. BAD.

 

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! 

Good grief.

Good grief.

Even though I’ve only seen this movie a few times, I still adore it. Mostly because this movie centers mainly on Linus. He truly believes in the Great Pumpkin, even though no one else does. Plus, who doesn’t love the Peanuts gang?

 

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Harry Potter and the Pre-Pubescent Year at Hogwarts

Harry Potter and the Pre-Pubescent Year at Hogwarts

I know this isn’t technically a “Halloween” movie, but still! Its got wizards, a Dark Lord, floating Jacko-Lanterns, and trolls! Plus, you people know how much of an HP fan I am. I named my daughter Hermione for Merlin’s sake! You know I had to add this to the list!

 

Nightmare Before Christmas

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What’s this? What’s this?

Not going to lie: many of Tim Burton’s animated movies freak me out. I actually didn’t even watch this movie until LAST year! But after watching it (and making myself get past some of the freaky parts) I really liked it! I love the story of Jack! He’s probably one of my favorite Burton characters now!

 

What are your favorite Halloween movies?