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Happy Last-Friday-Before-Christmas/It’s-Only-Three-Days-Until-Christmas! Do you have all of your shopping done? No?! Still need something for those hard-to-buy-for folks on your list? Don’t worry, I got chu!

 

It’s a trap…for your coins! This a-DORK-able coin purse is shaped in the likeness of everyone’s favorite space squid, Admiral Ackbar!

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Its functional, its cute, and bonus! No Bothans died in the making of this accessory!   

 

Y’all, its frickin’ cold here in Oklahoma today. Yesterday it was sunny and 65 and my crew and I were at the zoo. Today? Its 32 out, spitting freezing rain, and snow is supposed to come through this evening! We need a way to stay warm in this dreary weather! Enter this from Perpetual Kid!

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This microwaveable rainbow neck warmer will keep you nice and toasty while also keeping seasonal affective disorder at bay with its bright colors and happiness-inducing shape!

 

Are all of your clan descending upon your gates this Christmas and you need a way to keep them entertained lest your holiday party turn into a yuletide version of The Red Wedding?

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Bust out this Game of Thrones-themed Cards Against Humanity pack and you’ll be golden! Just, ya know, not like Viserys. (hey-oh!)

 

This last find is actually something I kind of want, too! My sister has one and its so much fun! Its a letter board from Letter Folk!

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This is the gift that keeps on giving, especially if you Instagram all your hilarious quotes! (Also, just a tip: I saw letters and symbols for these letter boards in the Target Dollar Spot! Woot woot!)

 

Happy fangirling and Merry Christmas!

 

Try It Tuesday

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The other day, I saw a video on Facebook showing how to bake brownies using cookie cutters in the oven. Intrigued, I thought I’d try it out! After all, if you bake the brownies first and then cut them out, you’ve got a ton of oddly-shaped brownies left over!
First, I mixed up the brownie mix. I saw this tasty mix at Aldi and couldn’t pass it up!
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Then, I laid out parchment paper on some cookie sheets and plopped the cookie cutters down.
After that, I poured some brownie mix into each cookie cutter and placed the cookie sheets in the oven.

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After they baked for about 30-40 minutes, I took them out and let them cool. Then, I tried to pop the brownies out of the cutters.
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Yeah. The video made it look A LOT easier. Certain shapes did better than others and some turned into just blobs of brownie.
Sigh.
I think it would just be easier to bake the brownies as usual and THEN cut out the shapes. I know what you’re thinking—“But what about the leftover brownies?”. And I have an answer: cake pops! Or truffles! (Okay, that was TWO answers. But still, you have options!)
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Have you ever tried this before? What were your results? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday

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Y’all, its one week til Christmas. And I think I speak for every mom, dad, teacher, and anyone else who is around children right now when I say: WE ARE ALL LOSING OUR MINDS! Seriously, I think once Thanksgiving is over kids have an unspoken pact with one another to take every last shred of sanity from the adults in their lives. Because we’re all going crazy, I’ve found some hilarious memes and tweets to help you laugh to keep from crying!

 

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Mommy Monday

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Now that Thanksgiving is over, we’re about to hit the time of year in which there are parties to attend, dishes to make, and presents to wrap. And, typically, all of these responsibilities fall on us mommas. Which means instead of feeling like Mrs. Claus you can end up feeling more like the Krampus.

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Luckily, I’ve rounded up the best tips and tricks to help you get through this holiday season without losing your tinsel all over a mall Santa.

Learn to Say No

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Repeat after me: “I don’t have to go to every party.” Seriously, you don’t have to say yes to an invite just because they asked. If you’ve got a lot going on and need to spend time at home just to decompress or want to wrap presents while watching a Hallmark movie, then by all means DO IT. If going to a party is going to stress you out, stay home. Relax. Not sure how to decline an invite? MyDomaine has some awesome tips to turn down an invitation with class.

 

Shorten Your Gift-Giving List

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I LOVE giving gifts. Huff the Hubs calls me “Leslie Knope” because gift-giving is kind of like my superpower. And I’ll pretty much give anyone a present. The mailman? Check. My dentist? Check. The kids’ pediatrician? Double check. But, that’s not always cost-effective. Which can lead to fretting over the cash flow. As I stated before, you’ve got to learn to say no. This means cutting your gift-giving list down. Instead of giving a gift to your grandma, grandpa, uncle, aunt, etc., make an agreement to forgo gifts this year OR draw names instead! That way, everyone gets something but you don’t have to break the bank! Just be sure to set a spending limit beforehand!

 

Simplify 

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A moms, we all want to make every moment of the holidays seem magical to our kids. Guess what? The simplest things can be magical. You don’t have to have your hubs dress up as Santa or move that freaking Elf every single day to make Christmas amazing. Do simple things: watch A Charlie Brown Christmas and pop popcorn, make snowflakes out of paper, bake cookies (make it even simpler and get the pre-cut kind!). Your kids will be happy just spending time with you!

 

Keep Christ in Christmas

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While the gifts, the parties, and the cookies are all fun parts of Christmas, they are not the ONLY part. Nor should they be the part that is focused on. Help keep Christmas in perspective for your kids (and yourself!) by shifting the focus where it needs to be: on the miracle of Jesus’ birth. There are a ton of resources out there to help with this! But you can’t go wrong with just simply pulling out your Bible and reading the Christmas story. You don’t have to sit down and give your kids a long sermon, talk about it in the car (“Can you imagine riding a donkey all the way to Bethlehem?!”), while you’re eating dinner (“What do you think the Wise Men ate while they traveled?”), or even while giving your kiddos a bath (“Do you think baby Jesus liked his first bath?”). Shift your focus and you’ll shift your perspective.

 

For more tips, click here, here, or here! Do you have any tips for a less-stressed holiday? Share in the comments below!

Fan Girl Friday

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Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit’s Friday! Woot, woot! Let me tell ya, I’m super glad that this day is over! Let’s dive right in the gloriously geeky goodies I’ve found for you!

 

We are all goddesses, right? Now you can show just how much of a goddess you are with this awesome Thor-inspired wristlet from Think Geek!

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Cute enough to go with any outfit and big enough to hold all your crime-fighting essentials!

 

The Tenth Doctor may be long forgotten to some Whovians but not to this girl! Ten will always be my favorite which means I need to add this next find to my Christmas list!

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Seriously, how adorable is this?! Not only will I love it, but I’m hoping my little nerdlings will love it too!

 

Speaking of Christmas, the holiday season is upon us and that means parties will be filling up your weekends! Want the man in your life to look dapper while also sporting his nerd-side? Look no further!

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This suit is guaranteed to to turn heads! The jacket and pants are emblazoned with the face of none other than Darth Vader and accented with red buttons and lining around the pockets. Force couture at its best!

 

Everyone likes to get mail, right? Well, actually, that depends on the type of mail. Bills? Not so much. Cards and letters? YES! Send old school snail mail to your peeps with this lovely Jane Austen-inspired stationery set!

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This set includes: 20 note cards with Jane Austen quotes, 20 envelopes, 20 sticker seals, hardcover pocket journal, and a box for storage!

 

Happy fangirling!

 

Fan Girl Friday!

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Yes, yes, I know–its only Wednesday. BUT, I had to show you some last-minute geeky gifts for the fanboy/fangirl in your life before that pesky two-day shipping becomes obsolete! I’ve found presents for all of the different nerds in your life!

 

For the sharp-dressed Jedi: 

Those bland beige and brown robes are a thing of the past! Help your rebel look fly while arguing about intergalactic trade law in this:

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Hashtag, hottest in the galaxy. Hashtag, ballin’ like a Bothan.

 

For the Whimsical Woman:

Got someone on your list that loves fantastical creatures and needs to keep a little light on at night? Have no fear! Perpetual Kid has got what you need!
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This a-DORK-able color-changing unicorn nightlight creates a soft, glowing light while protecting you from bad dreams and from the fear of stepping on a Lego during those late-night bathroom trips!

 

For Your Bestie:

When you think of best friends, who do you think of? Lucy and Ethel? Batman and Robin? Kirk and Spock! Show your bud you’ll always have their back with this Star Trek ensignia friendship necklace!

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Let’s just hope one of you doesn’t go the way of Spock in Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan. *Overcome with feels*

 

For the One Who Should’ve Run Away With the Flying Circus: 

Got a friend that thinks he/she’s John Cleese with an American accent? Someone on your list that just will NOT stop acting like they work for the Ministry of Silly Walks? Look no further than Think Geek:

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You’ll make your geek so happy, they won’t be able to get out “Aye, tis a scratch!” without crying tears of joy!

Happy fangirling!