December 2019

Ringing in the New Year

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Fellow drinkers, you have less than two days to finalize your plans for New Year's Eve, which includes your choice of bubbly or other spirits to get into the New Year's spirit! Depending on what you already have going on, you may not even need to make new plans: many restaurants and venues are providing a toast complete with champagne. But if you plan on celebrating at home or with company in another home, you might want to get creative and get your bottles today.

Help Fight Tuberculosis

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When my kid was a toddler and had to get tested for TB, I was shocked. I always thought that tuberculosis was something in our past that wasn't anything to worry about today. After all, the most I've seen it mentioned are in fictional turn of the century TV shows and books.

Starbucks Hacks

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Starbucks hacks are so fun to me that I'm in a few different Facebook groups where I learn how to order like a pro! I don't even get Starbucks every week, but when I am headed there for a treat (usually when I can score a TON of points on my gold card, because that's the way to order!) I often check to see if there are any new tips and tricks. 

Ode to 2019

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2020 is only days away, and I have a tiny but mighty challenge for you, my fellow poets: can you sum it up in six words? If you're not familiar with six-word memoirs, check them out here and see what you think before accepting this challenge! Can you sum up 2019 in just six words? I'm still pondering mine.

Arrow Frogs As Pets

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My husband and I were at the pet store the other day looking at sale items for our dogs to chew up (I know some people who get cheap toys at the thrift store, which is great, but ours are 60 pounds and need something sturdier!) and we started browsing around and saw the most adorable Arrow Frogs for sale.

New Year's Eve Games

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As the New Year rapidly approaches, it's almost time for my favorite way to ring in another year: with games! We'll be playing with friends and family as usual this year, which means I'll get to try a bunch of new ones out since one of our friends and my sister both like to get new ones for the occasion. 

Weirdest Animals of 2019

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It's time for the annual wrap-up of everything in 2019, including strange animals! Live Science just published a list of the 10 strangest stories about animals from the year, which includes everything from ant cannibalism to the tardigrade's ability to eat its own mouth. Yeah, this list is definitely worth checking out.

2019 Reads Wrap-Up

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How was your year in books, Bibliophiles? If you rate your books at Goodreads like I do, it's pretty easy to track and see what you've read, what you liked and disliked and how much progress you made on your TBR. My TBR is ridiculous, with several thousand books, which makes it impossible to completely tackle, but I do make progress each year (while adding more books to the TBR!).

New Year's Desserts

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In the past, my family and I always made fun New Year's appetizers for our meal, but last year we started a new tradition where we go out for dinner somewhere we've never been before. This doesn't always mean dessert is on the menu, in a literal sense, so we still need to plan for a treat when we get home!

Baby Yoda Cat

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A few years ago, I saw a dog that looked just like an Ewok and wanted to adopt it so badly. We already have dogs and cats and I knew we couldn't get it because of those reasons, but now that there's a baby Yoda (Kevin?) cat I'm beginning to wonder if there really are any made-up characters in the Star Wars franchise. Maybe they're all based on real life pets!

Mass Rape In China

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The anti-Muslim sentiments in the United States, particularly after the last presidential election, feel as if they are at a bleak all-time high, but when I read about the treatment of Muslims in China it made me sick to my stomach.

New Year's Deals

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At this time of year, many people are shopped out after Christmas, but there are still some great deals going on. Here are just a few I know about; which ones are you planning on hitting?

Bath and Body Works: Their semi-annual sale is always this time of year, as well as in June. You can find a bunch of deals up to 75% off and it's really the time to stock up if you use their products throughout the year. They have daily deals you can sign up to learn about, like $3 handsoaps and wallflowers.

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