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5 Favorite ASMR Videos

I’m one of those people who can get extremely relaxed by listening to ASMR videos.  Not all of the ASMR videos out there trigger the tingly responses in me, so when I find a person whose voice is particularly relaxing to me, I take note.  I’d like to start regularly sharing my favorite ASMR videos with you.  Hopefully we have some of the same triggers.  Enjoy!

 

 

August Try-On Haul – Kohl’s & ModCloth

I just wanted to share with you the cool new clothing I purchased recently at Kohl’s and ModCloth.  Check out my video to see my try-on haul on Youtube.  This is my first try-on video, so I think there is definitely room for improvement in my delivery.  After watching it, I realized just how un-emotive I get when I’m nervous.  Really, I do have more personality than is evidenced in the vid.  I hope you enjoy!

 

 

Please let me know if you know of any other cool clothing stores that feature somewhat quirky fashion.  That’s my thing!

ModCloth Review #3

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This month’s Modcloth purchase was fairly simple (and it just happened to color-coordinate.)  I got this nifty t-shirt which has a unique cut to it, with some fun striped fabric.  I like how it looks, though it’s a bit unconventional.  The fabric is very soft, which I like in a t-shirt.  I’d say it was a little overpriced, though.  $29.99

I also got this fun Super Mario Bros. stationery.  It comes with twelve cards and envelopes.  The cards are actually die-cut characters which can be folded so that they stand up on their own.  They are super cute and I can’t wait to use them!  The only down side is that the writing area is rather small, so they’re not going to work for any kind of lengthy correspondence.  That’s okay–their cuteness more than makes up for it!  $8.99

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I’m quite happy with my Modcloth purchases this month.  Can’t wait to pick out next month’s purchase!

Quality: The quality of everything was great!  I think everything was very well made and high quality.

Cost: I thought that the cost was reasonable.  Some of the items on the site cost a lot more, like $50 to $100+ for dresses.  Those dresses are special designs and fabrics, though.  If you find just the right one, you would probably be willing to pay that much for it.  The free shipping is really nice, too.

Shipping: Free (on orders over $75)

Final Thoughts: I absolutely will be ordering again from ModCloth in the future.  Their designs are just my style and the quality is great, too.  While I don’t love the prices, I am willing to pay them for the right product.  If you have a quirky sense of style, you will probably really enjoy buying from them.  They also cater to plus-size women, which is a huge boon (no pun intended).

Check it out for yourself: ModCloth

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Pilaf Bengal

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I believe this recipe came from my mother-in-law.  It seems like an odd assortment of ingredients, but it really does end up tasting lovely.  Even my kids loved it!  Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Ingredients:

  • 1 box Rice-a-Roni
  • 1 C. chopped onion
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 C. chopped apples
  • 1/2 C. apricot preserves
  • 1 chicken bouillon cube
  • 1 Tbsp. flour
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 3/4 tsp. curry powder
  • 1 1/2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken, cubed
  • raisins
  • peanuts
  • coconut
  • chutney

 

Directions:

Prepare Rice-a-Roni as directed on package.  Meanwhile, sauté onion and garlic in butter, in a medium skillet.  Add apples, apricot preserves, bouillon, flour, pepper, lemon juice, and curry powder.  Stir to mix.  Add chicken and simmer 10 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.  Serve chicken mixture over Rice-a-Roni.  Garnish with raisins, peanuts, coconut, and chutney.

 

Oatmeal Pancakes

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I got this recipe from my sister-in-law.  We tend to go gaga over these because they are so good.  They’re the kind of food that you want to keep eating even after you’re full, just so you can keep tasting them.  Give ’em a try!

Ingredients:

  • 2 C. milk
  • 1 1/2 C. quick oats
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 C. canola oil
  • 3/4 C. flour
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt

 

Directions:

In large bowl, pour milk over oats.  Let stand 2 minutes.  Beat in eggs and oil, then add remaining ingredients and mix.  Mixture will be thin.  Cook on electric griddle at about 300 degrees.

Yield: 3 servings

ModCloth Review #2

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I made another ModCloth purchase recently when I spotted the Ghostbusters sweater in their online store.  How could I pass that up?  I absolutely love this sweater!  It’s warm and comfy, the design is awesome, and it’s very unique.  I paid attention to the reviews of others and got a size smaller than what I’d normally wear, because it’s actually sized for a man.  I also got a pair of purple velvety leggings which I plan on pairing with just the right dress/long sweater (yet to be purchased).

Sweater: $44.99

Leggings: $20.99

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Finally, they had some awesome Zelda-inspired earrings.  They are small, which is what I like.  I would prefer silver, but since gold was all they had, I was willing to make a concession.  I can’t wait to wear them!  $9.99

Quality: The quality of everything was great!  I think everything was very well made and high quality.

Cost: I thought that the cost was reasonable.  Some of the items on the site cost a lot more, like $50 to $100+ for dresses.  Those dresses are special designs and fabrics, though.  If you find just the right one, you would probably be willing to pay that much for it.  The free shipping was really nice, too.

Shipping: Free (on orders over $75)

Final Thoughts: I absolutely will be ordering again from ModCloth in the future.  Their designs are just my style and the quality is great, too.  While I don’t love the prices, I am willing to pay them for the right product.  If you have a quirky sense of style, you will probably really enjoy buying from them.  They also cater to plus-size women, which is a huge boon (no pun intended).

Check it out for yourself: ModCloth

Doctor Who: Seasons 1 & 2

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I just got finished watching seasons 1 and 2 of the Doctor Who series.  Ever the skeptic, I held off on watching the series, wary of the hype and sometimes mania surrounding Doctor Who.  Why must these people become fanatical?  Show some restraint, you sonic screwdriver freaks!

Ahem, well I did finally convince my brain to give it a go.  Doctor Who is challenging to watch if you don’t know what you’re getting yourself into.  Is it fantasy?  Is it sci-fi?  Is it serious or comical?  What the heck is this show?!  Those were some of the questions my brain was asking as I watched the first few episodes.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it.  I just didn’t know how to classify it.

Having finished two seasons, I can honestly say that it has grown on me, and I very much enjoy the show now.  I like The Doctor’s goofy and cavalier ways (I believe Eccleston is my favorite so far), the odd assortment of aliens (Star Trek might take a page from their book, but don’t tell them I said so), and the widely varying storylines.  When an episode starts, you really don’t have any idea of what to expect.  Each story is its own beast, so to speak.

I’m about 30 minutes past having watched The Doctor and Rose say their final farewells, and I’m still feeling a bit emotional.  No, I did not cry, but that’s because I make it a policy to never cry at make-believe situations.  (There are enough things in the real world to make one cry.)  I’m curious to find out what happens next, but also sad that a door is shutting on poor Rose.  She was a sweet lass.  Sigh.

Ages: young adult+

LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out – Movie 2013

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The kids wanted to check out this short movie from the library, so being the occasionally obliging mother that I am, I got it for them.  At first I was content to let them watch it by themselves, but I took note of the fact that they were laughing at it.  Hmm, I didn’t think that it was supposed to be a funny movie, just fighting and stuff.

Before we returned it to the library, I figured I should give it a view.  I’m glad I did, because it was so funny!  I wasn’t really expecting to enjoy it much.  Most kids’ shows nowadays usually leave something to be desired.  This one is different, though.  The people who did it are obviously fans of both LEGO and Star Wars.  The subtle humor for fans is sparkling.  And because it’s so short (22 minutes), you won’t feel too guilty about sitting down to watch it with your kids.  I highly recommend Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out for fun family viewing.

Rated: G

Klingon Pumpkin

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*This post is from a couple of years ago.

The day before Halloween I finally got around to carving my own pumpkin.  I don’t like doing it with the kids around–too stressful!  This year I wanted to do something Star Trek and the Klingon Empire emblem looked like it wouldn’t be too difficult.  I found an image on the Internet and printed it at what looked to be about the right size.  Then I trimmed off the extra paper around the image and taped it to the pumpkin.  A poky little carving tool was used to mark the lines with dots.  Then I removed the paper and carved as usual.  The result rocks!

Why don’t you give this method a try yourself?  You can choose any theme you like!

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Bananagrams

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Look at those beautiful letter tiles from a game that’s a bit like Scrabble, but more akin to a party game!  Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy Scrabble, but it can become incredibly tedious when you play it with people who are freakishly bent on getting the most points out of their words.  When you can get up and make yourself a cup of tea in the amount of time it takes your opponent to make their move, you know you’re playing that kind of game.  Can you tell this hits home for me?

Bananagrams is simpler than Scrabble, and I’d say a whole lot more kid-friendly.  Each person starts out with a whole lot of tiles, instead of just a few.  Players work on their own “boards” (really just an open space on the table) simultaneously to make an interconnected set of words, trying to use up all their tiles in the process.  Once a player has used all of his/her tiles, they say, “peel,” and everyone takes another tile from the middle.  The challenge is in constantly getting new letters to add to your board, which means you need to shuffle things around.

If you are not a good speller, or quick-thinking games are not your bag, this would be a very frustrating game.  It is also a challenge for kids to play against adults, but we let our kids bend the rules by not requiring that their words be interconnected.  We will also help them with spelling if they ask.

Basically, if you enjoy Scrabble, try out this game for a raucous good time.

Ages: School-age+

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