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29 January 2015

We're leaving today: A post in Supernatural gifs

From Giphy
I'm pretty sure this accurately expresses my feelings about today and the upcoming weekend of awesome.  I just can't hold it in anymore.

From a Google image search of "supernatural, excited, gif"...the link doesn't work
That's happening.  And so is this...
From imgur.com

According to my friend, Becca, this is going to be us, driving down the road, blaring the Harry Potter soundtrack:
From https://chelseaknight2012.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/tumblr_mgq1842nww1rd24zno8_400.gif
These girls.  They get me.

Honestly, Supernatural has the best gifs.  I can find a good gif for any emotion.

I will try to update with pictures as we go, but if you want up to date, as it's happening, make sure to follow my instagram (@akfurman) or my twitter (@maestra_amanda).

28 January 2015

Harry Potter Valentines

Since it's almost February, and I'm an elementary school teacher, Valentines fever is getting strong.  In fact, my fellow teachers are probably decorating their classrooms right now for the holiday and printing off class lists to give to parents so they can help their student spell their classmate's names correctly.

That being said, here are some awesome Harry Potter themed Valentines that I'd love to get!
I found these on Pinterest
Love!

27 January 2015

Alternate Harry Potter titles

At some point, either on Facebook or Pinterest, I stumbled across a list of titles of the HP books if they were written from Draco's perspective.  And it was hilarious.  Of course, I can't find it right now.
But, I did find this---a list of alternate titles based on the content of the book, from a normal Hogwarts student's perspective.
From Tumblr
I cannot decide which one is my favorite.  They're all pretty hilarious.

What do you think?  Know of any good alternate titles?


26 January 2015

{Out of the Box}: January Ipsy Bag

We interrupt the regularly scheduled Harry Potter posts to bring you an Out of the Box post.  But hey, I mentioned Harry Potter, and I plan on taking the bag, the brush, the lipbalm, and the eye shadow with me to Orlando.  So there you go!  
Out of the Box is a feature I do to showcase and give a brief review of products in the subscription boxes that I receive.

Today's review is of my Ipsy makeup bag for the month.  Ipsy is a service where "each month, subscribers will receive a beautiful Glam Bag with deluxe samples and full-sized beauty products. Members can watch and play along with the stylists with the same products that they are using. All for only $10 a month. "  If you are interested, please click here to use my referral code and help me earn free bags.

January's theme was "fresh start" and designed with a "new year, new you" idea in mind.  The bag itself was really nice this month; blue on one side, white on the other with a coral zipper for some pop.

Here's a screenshot of my glam room:

*Elizabeth Mott "All Over Shadow Brush"
     I'm very excited to try this brush.  I'm in need of some new brushes, so this came at a great time.  Plus it's a really pretty pink with very soft bristles.  I actually think I may use it as a contouring brush...we'll see
*Hikari Cosmetics Mechanical Eyeliner in "Storm" (grey)
     Not sure about this.  I like the color, and the eyeliner itself is very thin and precise, but when I tried it, it didn't look like I used anything.  It was either too light or didn't come out.  
*[Malin +Goetz] Mojito Lip Balm
     LOVE THIS STUFF!  I'm skeptical of lip balms.  I hate when they have menthol in them, makes my lips tingle, and not in a fun way.  This comes out thick, but not greasy.  It feels very rich on my lips, like it's actually healing them.
*Pacifica "Natural Mineral Coconut Eye Shadow" in "Ethereal"...a neutral, light golden tan
     I used this as my face highlighter with the Elizabeth Mott brush, and I looked darn good!  
*Probelle "Into the Blue" Nail Lacquer
     This fits the color scheme of the bag, but at 32, I don't really need blue nail polish.  I haven't tried it yet, but my friend says it takes at least 3 coats to look even remotely blue.  That seems like too much work.

Overall, I really liked my bag.  What do you think?  




Hogsmeade vs. Diagon Alley

So if you had your choice, where would you rather go?  Hogsmeade or Diagon Alley?

Having been to both at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, I can say that both are pretty amazing.  But, sadly enough, not the real thing.  But, we won't go there.
Photo credit:  Me!  

Now, Hogsmeade has it's advantages.  It's right by Hogwarts.  It's charming and quaint.  And it has Zonko's and Honeydukes.  Best of all, it has The Three Broomsticks.

And if you can't get to Orlando, here are some other towns that look like Hogsmeade.  (Thanks to my Mom for sending me that link!  Aka she who knows nothing Harry Potter saw this and knew that it was Harry Potter related!)
Photo credit:  Me

On the flipside, Diagon Alley is in the heart of London, and all the hustle and bustle that comes with that.    It has Weasley's Wizarding Wheezes.
Photo credit:  Me
And Gringott's.
Photo credit: Me
Not to mention The Leaky Cauldron, Flourish and Blotts, Florean Fortescue's Ice Cream, Eeylops, Olivander's, Quality Quidditch Supplies, and Knockturn Alley (not that one should ever go down there.  Who am I kidding?  It was awesome.)
Photo credit:  Me

I like to think, "Where would I rather live?"  and usually, it's a small town.  I like visiting the city and everything that is there, but I don't like the traffic and the parking.  However, one wouldn't need to worry about traffic and parking if they were a witch or wizard and could apparate or use Floo Powder.  On the flip side, if I wanted to teach at Hogwarts, I'd have to live at Hogsmeade.  But, that being said, I think I'd rather live in Diagon Alley and stay at Hogsmeade during the school year :)

What about you?  Where do you prefer?

25 January 2015

UPDATED: Favorite book and movie results

BAHAHAHAH I FORGOT TO POST!  THANKS TO THE 28 PEOPLE WHO VIEWED!  HAHAHAH

But, here we go!

We only had two people respond to the question, "What is your favorite Harry Potter book"..

RockinLibrarian says, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" because "Sure, Harry was an unstable wreck (but hey, wouldn't you be, too, if you were 15 and you'd just been used in a dark ritual to bring your parents' murderer back to life and it didn't occur to anyone that you could possibly use some counseling after?), but LUNA! DUMBLEDORE'S ARMY! THE SUPREME AWFULNESS OF UMBRAGE AND HER TECHNICOLOR KITTY PLATES! Bloated? Maybe. But all the best stuff happens WITHIN the bloat."

Love it! Technicolor kitty plates!

And Adriane says her favorite is "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" because, "I feel like this was still an innocent moment for Harry. After this point the books turned darker. I still liked them... Really loved them, but this book showed the promise and youth of Harry, Hermione, and Ron."

When last I looked, there weren't any responses to "What is your favorite Harry Potter movie?". So, if you'd like to go ahead and answer, click here for the form.


24 January 2015

Salazar Slytherin

from Harry Potter Wikia
I'd never looked at a picture of Salazar Slytherin before, but HOLY CRAP he looks like a bad dude.  Everything about him just reeks of evil and dark magic.  Geesh.

Anyway, Salazar Slytherin was one of the founding four of Hogwarts; founding the pure-blood house of Slytherin.  Nobody is exactly sure where Slytherin was born beyond "the fens" of eastern England and in the 10th century.

Slytherin was skilled at Parseltongue, Legilimacy and the Dark Arts.  He wanted only pure-blood witches and wizards to be admitted to Hogwarts, and when the other founders didn't agree, he created the Chamber of Secrets and placed a basilisk inside until the time where his heir would return, open the chamber and unleash death and destruction on all muggle-borns.  (ok, maybe those aren't the exact words, but look at that face.  He was thinking about raining down some pain.)

So, because Slytherin House has churned out more dark wizards than any other, it has become synonymous with evil and dark magic.  But my husband and a good friend were sorted into Slytherin (and I was too at first), they aren't all bad.  Usually.

Slytherin House only accepts pure-blood witches and wizards.   You also have to be cunning, resourceful and full of ambition.  Their colors are green and silver and their symbol is the serpent.  Some famous Slytherins include:  Tom Riddle (Lord Voldemort), Lucius Malfoy, the entire Black family (Narcissa, Bellatrix, Regulus, et al) save Sirius, Draco Malfoy, Severus Snape, the Crabbe family, the Goyle family, many Death Eaters, interestingly enough, Merlin and obviously, Dolores Umbridge.