Tuesday, December 27, 2011

And the winner is...


Congrats! I'm so excited to tell you that you have won the Shabby Apple dress. I have passed on your contact information to Shabby Apple and you should hear from them soon. Thanks for playing, everyone! Hopefully there will be more giveaways in the future.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Last Minute Reminder for the Shabby Apple Giveaway!

Hey guys, don't forget to enter the giveaway for the Shabby Apple dress! It closes tomorrow at 11:59 PM!

Here's the link in case you missed it!

And here is a really dorky picture of me wearing the dress. I look very awkward because I'm trying to hold my sweater behind my back so it doesn't cover up all the detail.


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Last Minute Holiday Round-Up

Here is a roundup of some great holiday tips and freebies I've found recently (and over the years):

Holiday Hair tutorials - simple, classy 'dos you can do yourself

Super cute printable gift tags - just print and cut out at home

More awesome free printable gift tags

Handmade gift ideas from Martha Stewart

Make your own jam

DIY Christmas Decor

Make your own wreaths - these would make great gifts!

Campfire Chic's round-up of holiday posts

Wine Etiquette - who knew?

Proof of Santa for you parents out there

Make bows out of magazines and plastic grocery bags (these are really attractive, despite how they sound)

How to use leftover wrapping paper

DIY gift bags - make your own or dress up inexpensive alternatives

And a few tips of my own:
  • Use your leftover holiday cards from previous years for gifts like money and gift cards. If it has been a few years, I'm pretty sure the recipient will have forgotten what your Christmas card looked like.
  • Use old holiday cards received from others as gift tags, labels, and wrapping decor.
  • Use yarn instead of ribbon. It's much less expensive. This is especially cool if you make pom-poms as well (see picture above)
  • Re-use gift bags - I keep the tags on them so I don't end up giving it right back to the same person. 
  • Keep crumpled up tissue paper to use as gift padding
  • For inexpensive wrapping items, visit Paper Mart
  • Kraft paper can be dressed up really nicely with paper doilies, tags, and twine. So much cheaper and more environmental than wrapping paper

Monday, December 19, 2011

Shabby Apple Dress Giveaway!

Hey guys, it's time for a great giveaway! I am so excited that Shabby Apple, an amazing online store that has great women's dresses, kids dresses, and accessories, has given me a free dress to give to a lucky reader. 

The dress I chose is the Mariposa Grove, a really pretty green number with this cool petal detail along the neckline. It is a universally flattering cut, and it is a deeper green than it appears in these pictures (not quite emerald, but a bit darker than pictured). It would be great for the holidays, but it would also work for any season. I love this dress so much that I own it myself. How is that for an endorsement? 

There are five ways to enter, but every one of them requires you to come back and leave a comment. Don't forget! This contest is open to U.S. residents only. 

1) Leave a comment here on this post telling me where you would wear this dress. Don't forget to include your email address.

2) Subscribe to this blog using Google Friend Connect (in the left column). Leave a separate comment saying that you have subscribed. If you are already a subscriber, you can comment saying that. 

3) Tweet or blog about the giveaway and then leave a separate comment here linking to your entry or tweet. Here is a sample tweet that you can just copy and paste:

I just entered to win a Shabby Apple Dress from @jendeats! Enter the giveaway here:  http://bit.ly/rZACSn

4) "Like" Nerdified Shirts on facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nerdified-Shirts/115898075180408 and come back and leave a separate comment about it. 

5) "Like" Shabby Apple on facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shabby-Apple/56291792791 and then come back here and leave a separate comment saying that you have liked them. 

This contest will close on December 27th at 11:59pm so you guys have some time before and after Christmas to enter. 

Disclaimer: This dress has been provided by Shabby Apple, and I am not being compensated for this review. All opinions are mine!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas Movie Marathon

Favorite Christmas movies....Go!

Here are mine, the ones I've seen a million times and are never tiring. I included movies I love where pivotal scenes take place at Christmas time.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (original cartoon)
The Nightmare before Christmas (I watch this at Halloween and Christmas)
Edward Scissorhands
Mickey's Christmas Carol (my favorite incarnation of the story, since I love Scrooge McDuck so much)
Love, Actually
Miracle on 34th Street (the original)
While You Were Sleeping
Sleepless in Seattle
John Denver and the Muppets Christmas Specials
Home Alone

Runners up. These are the ones that Mike's family grew up watching, but I had never watched regularly until we started dating:

National Lampoons Christmas Vacation
The Muppet Christmas Carol

Now, please list all of yours so I can go "Oh man, I totally left that one off!"

P.S. I've never seen A Christmas Story. Every year I think: This is the year! Hopefully, this will be the actual year.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Video Interlude

Hey all! Still unpacking and doing all the final projects and papers for school (it's the last week). I had to come back to the interwebs for a few minutes to share two videos with you.

First off, we have a very enthusiastic porcupine eating a pumpkin.

And we have one of the greatest "cooking shows" of all time, My Drunk Kitchen. Watch all the episodes. Seriously. She's hilarious and uses editing quite skillfully.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Moving Update and a Book Recommendation

Oh man, it has been a busy week. We are totally moved into our new house now, with boxes everywhere. After all the hauling, cleaning, packing, paperwork, and standing in line at comcast for an hour just have them screw up our internet stuff twice, I basically collapsed for an entire day yesterday. It did help that it was peacefully snowing outside and that we now live half a mile from downtown, so I got to order two meals without leaving the house! This is a big deal for us, considering the last place we lived only had pizza and Chinese food delivery, and it was the first place we have lived that had the latter.

The problem with moving only a couple of miles is that you underestimate all the stuff you have to do. We had both houses for a week and a half, so we could take our time moving things over. We rented a small U-haul for one day and brought most of our boxes over in that. We hired movers for the furniture, which was great, but we still ended up having to make several trips between the houses with just our cars. It was brutal, and we were seriously wiped out by the end. The last two days, I had a maid service come in to clean the upstairs and then the carpet cleaners came. During this time, I finished up the downstairs packing and cleaning. I was so sleep-deprived by this point that I brought a sleeping bag and pillow to catch a nap between meetings. 

Moving on from all my complaints (pun not intended), I just have to say that the only thing that kept me sane during this whole ordeal was getting to listen to the audiobook of Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline, read by Wil Wheaton. I recommend it to anyone who has ever done anything geeky, or anyone who just likes a good quest story. Wil Wheaton's narration is just wonderful, it totally pushes a 4-star book into 5-star territory.

It is set in a future in which mankind is suffering from several crises, and to escape from its problems, people regularly plug into a virtual world called the Oasis. It's kind of like World of Warcraft meets Second Life, but infinitely more awesome than both put together. The eccentric designer of the Oasis dies and leaves his entire fortune and his company to anyone who can figure out his riddle and complete a massive quest within the virtual world.

The thing that really tips the book into the awesome category is that this designer is obsessed with the 80s, during which he was a teenager. There are tons of references to this era and to science fiction and fantasy of every generation. Don't worry, even if you weren't a teenager in the 80s (I wasn't), you will enjoy the references. For example, the protagonist eventually acquires a (virtual) firefly-class starship named the Vonnegut to travel between (virtual) planets. For everyday driving/flying, he brings his Delorean with flux capacitor and, interestingly enough, Ghostbuster emblems on the doors. If any of that sounds appealing to you, you should read this book.

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