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My Hanukkah Wish List

Mr. Beez and I have the exciting ritual of telling one another EXACTLY what to buy for Hanukkah. (Note: 8 days of Hanukkah, so we get 8 presents).  We are both practical people, and want to buy one another presents that we love and use.  The easiest way to accomplish this is with a list that is specific as possible.  No, it doesn’t take the magic out of unwrapping presents if you already know what’s in the package….because even if I didn’t tell Mr. Beez exactly what to buy, I’d secretly unwrap and peek at the presents ahead of time anyway. I have no patience.

Mr. Beez has been pestering me to get him the  darn list already, so here it is!

1.  A 2012 Bruegger’s bottomless coffee card! Mr. Beez got one of these for me for this year, and it has been great great great!  I use it nearly every day.  The weeks where they had Pumpkin Spice coffee were especially great, and I’m hoping they bring back the Golden French Toast coffee soon!

2. A Global Chef’s knife.  I have a chef’s knife but it’s less than stellar. The chef’s knife is the only knife I really use while cooking, so it would be a waste to get a whole knife set that I won’t use.  A good chef’s knife, however, will go a long way in my kitchen.

3. Blinc mascara. Simply the best mascara ever. EVER.  It is the original “tube” mascara. It feels ultra-light going on, and it doesn’t crumble or smear as the day wears on.

4. A So White LUSH bath bomb.  The apple scent is delicious.  Bonus– unlike other brightly colored, glitter-filled LUSH bath bombs, this one won’t stain the tub.

5.  Hope in a Jar Moisturizer, SPF 25.  Every time I see my doctor, she says “You wear sunblock every day, right?” and then I LIE to her, and say “of course!” (I LIE to my doctor about sunscreen. What is wrong with me?…is it a mitigating factor that I’m virtually never outside?)  Now that I am getting old and raisin-faced, it is time for me to use that sunscreen for real.  Hope in a Jar is the best moisturizer in the world, by far.  It smells fresh and feels weightless, never greasy.

6.  Sally Hansen nail polishes.  Sally Hansen has come out with a ton of really fun colors lately.  I know OPI is the big thing in nail polish, but I think Sally Hansen does just as well for way cheaper.  I love the Complete Salon Manicure and Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear.  I’m very tough on my hands, and these nail polishes hold up for a good long while.

7.  A digital alarm clock that is not ugly.  I use my cell phone as an alarm clock…but I realized the perils of that practice when I lost my cell phone for nearly 24 hours this weekend (while it was on silent, of course).

What I really  want is a Clocky, but Mr. Beez forbids me from bringing one in the house.

He said I’m welcome to have one, but I’ll have to sleep in the garage.

8. Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey.  My usual lip shade is chapstick.  I’d like to experiment with more bold lip colors, but I’m terrified I’ll look like some kind of clown.  This lip shade has gotten great press, and is said to be “universally flattering,” so I’d like to give it a try.

What is on your wish list for this holiday season?

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Halloween’s last gasps…

Halloween is wrapping up…boooo 🙁  I wore festive black and orange today, in celebration, and I ate a lot of candy.  Trick or treating began in our neighborhood at 5:30. I rushed out from work early, swung by Costco and got a huge bag of candy.  We had all of SEVEN kids come by, so now I’ve got about 5 pounds of candy to eat.  I got good candy too– a chocolate mix of M&M’s, Milky Way, and the KING of Halloween Treats– MINI KIT KAT. Yum.

Baby Beez had a Halloween party at her daycare this morning.  They sang songs, played with stickers, and played with musical instruments.

It’s amazing how much bigger this little monkey is than last Halloween.  Last Halloween, she was a sad bumblebee, and a frog.

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And more Halloween treats!

Except I can’t take the credit for these ones.  Our friends Christine and Trav came over last night for movies and dinner and Halloween snacks.  Christine made these spooky rice krispie treat snakes and peanut butter eyeballs!

YUM.

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Halloween Treats

Yesterday I was in Suzie Homemaker mode in the kitchen, and I made 3 quick and fun Halloween treats all while Baby Beez was napping (I admit she took a ridiculously long 3 hour nap…but it took less than 2 hours for me to put together these treats.)

Blueberry muffin’s aren’t traditionally Halloween treats, but the paper cups make them Halloween-y.  Baby Beez’ daycare is having a Halloween party on Monday, and I wanted to bring a treat that is even just a tiny bit healthier than candy.  I cheated and used the Betty Crocker just-add-water mix, so these were super fast to make.

Popcorn balls are my FAVORITE autumn treat.  They are ridiculously easy to make, and fast–actually speed is the key, because you have to be quick and form the popcorn balls before the marshmallow mix cools.  I always put M&M’s in them because that makes them even BETTER.  To make popcorn balls, just use any rice krispie treats recipe, and substitute 2 bags of popped microwave popcorn (sort out the unpopped kernels) for the rice krispies.  You can buy popcorn balls from the store but they are nowhere near as good as homemade, and since they’re so ridiculously fast and easy to make, it really is worth the effort.

I also made dirt cups.  Yes, I know I’m not in kindergarten anymore, but I still love dirt cups.  I was a little sad that I couldn’t find those weird pumpkin candies they tend to sell around Halloween, but the worms did just fine.  Dirt cups take less than 10 minutes to make (when you are lazy like me and use instant pudding), and it’s kind of fun to bludgeon all the oreos.