Going to a Comic Convention on the cheap

Spring is here, and with it, the beginning of comic book convention season. This past weekend, the annual Emerald City Comic-Con was held in Seattle, a convention I have long wanted to attend (I have several friends in the area and several more who travel in for it, and from all reports it’s a pretty …

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How Good is Two Buck Chuck?

We’re no wine experts; we like wine, but don’t know a lot about it or how to tell good from bad other than by deciding whether or not we like it. The sniffing part doesn’t work for me, because I have almost no sense of smell. We used to buy Trader Joe’s famous “two buck …

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier provides all the action, heroics and CGI eye candy one expects from the Marvel universe, but with an unexpected level of depth, both in character development and political subtext. Shortly before seeing the film, I had a conversation with my eldest daughter, in which she commented “I’m pretty sick of …

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Review: Muppets Most Wanted

Following up on 2011’s The Muppets, Director/co-screenwriter (with Nicholas Stoller) James Bobin guides Jim Henson’s cast of characters through a cleverly-plotted adventure full of songs and guest stars. The tone is more manic than the prior outing, capturing more of the flavor of the classic Muppet Show from the 1970s. The Muppets Most Wanted is …

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Jimmy

It seems like lifestyle bloggers come in three flavors:  1) Cute, hip DIY crafts featuring cute, sometimes quirky young women and their magazine-ready homes and  beautiful lush photography 2) Coupons, flash sales, giveaways, and mostly corporate-sponsored posts; 3) Christian homeschoolers who primarily feature recipes and frugal living advice. Blue Collar, Black Tie doesn’t really fall …

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Christmas Tree Skirt

For several years I have wanted a new tree skirt for the Christmas tree. The previous one was sewn from fabrics that no longer suited my style or my home. Marked down for clearance a week before Christmas, I found a 60″ round tablecloth at Target that had the right shades of red and green …

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Delicious and budget-friendly meals from Thanksgiving Leftovers

We hope everyone enjoyed a great Thanksgiving with friends and family. We’re so happy to have lots of leftovers. We’ll have turkey sandwiches (hot or cold) today for lunch, then I’ll start on the soup, pot pies, and shepherd’s pie. Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman, has some great recipes on her blog.

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Holiday Gift Guide – part 1

Black Friday, 2009, 4:30 AM

We’ve made no secret of our distaste for the annual descent into madness known as Black Friday, and this year it’s even worse, with many of the big box retailers starting the money-grubbing on Thanksgiving morning. Now, we could write a long and cranky screed about how many kinds of wrong this is, but instead, we’re going to be positive here.

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Disney’s ‘Frozen’ is a Winter Wonderland

Disney’s new feature, Frozen, stands as evidence that the studio has apparently embraced computer animation as the only way to make films; the moderate success of The Princess and the Frog convinced them to turn to the new technology because in today’s economy, “moderate success” is considered failure. Now that they are primarily a CGI animation studio, they’ve applied the old Disney standards to the new work, and fortunately the result is gorgeous.

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Gorilla My Dreams

The day after Halloween is the perfect time to stock up on supplies for next year. All the decorations, costumes and accessories go on clearance! Go get yourself some new bats and rats and skeletons marked down and put them in an appropriately labeled box so you can find them next year. As you are …

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