July 2019

Pink Katydid Crickets

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Pink animals always blow my mind. They look like majestic beings worthy of unicorn status, and I don't just mean pink dolphins. Did you know that there are pink insects in the wild, too? They are super rare, but there's a pink katydid cricket that you have to click here to see.

The Science Behind Puppy Eyes

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Why does it seem like everything good or cute in the world has a scientific explanation. In love? Those are just good hormones and chemicals pumping through your brain. Think puppies are cute? They've only evolved that way to get more from us! It's totally unfair, and if you think about it for too long it will have you questioning everything you love in the world.

Bees at the Bus Stop

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Did you hear about how Holland is transforming bus stops into bee habitats? They've added little bee havens to the tops of 300 bus stop awnings and I can't even. This is the best, cutest idea I've heard about in forever. As our bee populations dwindle, we need to go about making the world a much more bee-friendly place. Wow, did you ever think we'd need those words, in that order?

Flower Unit Studies

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Since I'm a homeschooling mom, you can bet I love unit studies. Unit studies are a great way to learn a lot about a topic, especially if you make them immersive. Only Passionate Curiosity had a unit study up about flowers that I thought I would share with the gardening folks here at Garden Report! This is a great resource to use if you're sharing flower knowledge with grandkids, children you teach, your own kids or even want to devise a way to learn more about flowers yourself. 

Lavender Drinks

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What is it about the fullness of midsummer that makes us turn to lavender? It's got such a refreshing quality, especially when paired with lemon or even vanilla scents. It's perfect for oiling or scenting your home, as well as for blending into cocktails! Lavender drinks are an excellent idea for July and August refreshment.

Women Who Made Walking On The Moon Possible

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The men who actually landed on the moon made some pretty irritating jokes about women in space, but women are who made it possible for them to land there in the first place. Many women were involved not only with the moon landing, but with all of NASA's projects since. Everyone from secretaries to MIT-trained scientist Margaret Hamilton deserve recognition, and don't even get us started on the women of color who were hidden from history for decades.

Horror Movies Of The 80s

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Are you a lover of horror movies? If so, you might want to check out this list of the best underrated scary movies of the 80s. Some of them, like Pupper Master, are considered classics in my circle, but others, like Chopping Mall, are totally new to me. Evil Dead, I would argue, is a cult classic; it's been adapted several times since then, including comics and a musical version.

The Weirdest Shake You've Ever Had

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Foie gras in a milkshake? That sounds absolutely horrifying to me for multiple reasons, but it's definitely something that some people drink. Strange shakes are all the rage right now, and people seem to think that anything can be made into one. In most cases, I'd agree and say why not, but some of them (like the foie gras) I'm just not okay with!

Dessert Cocktails

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Whether you have a sweet tooth or you're just looking for a really fun way to cool off, boozy desserts are the way to go. So many of them even include ice cream, and what could be better than that? A summr granita featuring Bailey's sounds completey irrisistable, and I definitely needs these s'mores pudding shots in my life. Liquor.com has seven of these scrumptious recipes you can try out before the summer's through.

The Best Cat Jokes

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Cat jokes and memes are some of the best entertainment we have, don't you think? Cats are so funny already, so it makes perfect sense for their behavior, when explained or even roasted, to be just as entertaining. Whether you like jokes about how cats "own" their humans, how cats are jerks or how they differ from dogs, they are some of the funniest, and often even the cleanest, jokes around.

Sci-Fi July Wrap Up

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Sci-Fi July is nearing its end, and I sure wish I'd been able to read and watch much more Sci-Fi than I actually got around to this month. Things always pop up to get in the way, right? That's life. But I did get to see some fun films and TV shows, read some sci-fi and even find new books to add to my TBR pile.

Fun Amazon Finds

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Amazon.com can be as big of a time suck as social media sites and your favorite blogs or Pinterest. Once you start discovering cool new deals, weird finds for under $20 and other goodies it's hard to stop looking, making wish lists and generally spending way too much time online.

FOB Poke Bar

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Have you ever wanted to build your own Poke Bowl in a fresh salad bar type setting? At FOB Poke Bar, you can do just that. Choose from no protein/salad options, a two-scoop or a three-scoop bowl with your base, then add in a bunch of fresh, yummy ingredients!

The Pink Door

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Where can you enjoy fantastic entertainment alongside classic Italian fare? The Pink Door, of course! The thought of their arancini makes my stomach growl, and their salumi platter will make you feel like royalty. You can enjoy just about any pasta at The Pink Door, from trofie or lasangna to linguine or risotto. Of course you can get fresh seafood, as well as specialties like lavender-glazed lamb. Yum! It really doesn't get more decadent than this.

Funko Pop Game Coming Soon

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Any geek worth their salt either has or wants a collection of Funko Pops, the little figures that represent our favorite pop culture icons. They have "pops" for everything from Disney characters to the Netflix characters of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, so there is definitely something for everyone. That's why it's so exciting that fans will now be able to enjoy their favorite pops in a board game.

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