15 gift guides for just about ANYONE

gift guides for everyone

My FAVORITE thing is to find the perfect gifts for people. It’s like a sport for me. I used to do a lot of gift guides on this blog, but then I started doing them over on Offbeat Home instead (where there is more traffic and can be more helpful). But I figured I could put a list together of all my gift guides, so I can be helpful over here too!

Here we go:

My second favorite thing is know that I’ve helped others find perfect gifts. So if I have done so successfully, please let me know! It warms my cold black heart.

Adventures in Adventure Time Halloween costumes

meggyfin does Steampunk Princess Bubblegum

Last Halloween, I was finally able to unveil my costume that took me all year to put together: Steampunk Princess Bubblegum — based on this drawing.

Here’s how I pulled this off without sewing anything:

steampunk princess bubblegum details

* Princess Bubblegum headband
* Pink Elope Radioactive Aviator Glasses
* Renaissance Maiden Costume
* Pink cosplay wig
* Malco Modes Mid-Thigh Length Pettipant Bloomers
* Corset and pouch from Clockwork Couture
* Prospectress Boot
* Pink tights

adventure time steampunk

I was in good company with Adventure Time fun — Punk Rock PB and Finn, Marshall Lee and Fionna.

This year, I’m continuing on with the Adventure Time Halloween theme, but with a LOT less preparation. I’m not going to a huge Halloween party, but I’m going to a Halloween-themed dance club night. This means my costume needs to be lighter and danceable. I also have purple hair this year, and I didn’t want to sweat in a wig. So… the obvious answer became LUMPY SPACE PRINCESS!

lumpy space princess glasses

I already have purple hair, and a purple dress, so the only thing left to do was snag these glasses and I had a $12 costume!

I lumping LOVE Adventure Time costumes!

I’m kicking Christmas’ ass this year

Totally boring, brag-y posts. But it’s mah blog and I’ll brag if I want to…

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Decorations? Amy’s dad rented a pair of bolt cutters and broke into the storage unit that had a key break off in the lock. They’ve been freed and put up.

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Tree? Found it, chopped it down, brought it home, decorated it. Done.

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Parties? Went to one, made these chocolate dreidels that have been tweeted about my Pee-Wee Herman. And I made it a point to take a picture with my best friends Erik and Oliver.

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Presents? Fucking taken care of. All of ‘em. Done. And they’re thoughtful as hell. (Btw, if you haven’t found the right gifts yet, check out my gift guides on Offbeat Home.)

Travel? Just booked the rental car that will take us from LA to Texas, and it’s cheaper by MORE THAN HALF then two roundtrip tickets, boarding the dogs, and the gas it’d take to get there.

Now I can’t wait to get to get to get to Texas, drink wine with family members in front of roaring fires, and play with my dogs in the snow.

Let’s do this, Christmas!

Aaron’s 37th NYE birthday blowout

Aaron's 37th NYE birthday party

Once again, Aaron’s birthday rockin’ eve was an amazing time. There was a lot less people at this party then at years past, but it was just as much fun as they’ve always been. For those of you who don’t know, Aaron is that guy I married and his birthday is 12/31. We both used to hate that birthday date because, well, making reservations for dinner is a nightmare and most of your friends can’t hang out because they’re trying to give their partners a nice evening. So we started throwing an annual New Years Eve birthday party for people who don’t feel like celebrating New Years Eve with the masses. And it’s been our favorite day of the year ever since.

Here’s how this birthday blowout went down:

Animal masks were donned:

Megan (koala) & Aaron (giraffe), Daren (monkey) and KayLee (tiger)

Aaron's 37th NYE birthday party

Ari as the creepy horse.

The Finleyquists were together, as always:

Aaron's 37th NYE birthday party

There was much dancing:

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Our Merry Finleyquistmas

Here’s a quicky about the my first Christmas without ANY family. The Finleys spent it with our best friend Coco Rosenquist — hence the “Finleyquistmas” name.

We spent Christmas eve with Oliver and Marianne:

Ollie and Marianne

me and the Zoo

Reindeer slippers
Coco rocked her reindeer slippers.

The next morning, aka Christmas, I got up before everyone else, turned on our fireplace, and spent the morning with my fur babies…
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Why this atheist loves her some freaking Christmas…

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This year is the year that I came out as an atheist. I don’t know why it took me so long to admit and and share it with others. But, I feel a HUGE sense of relief being really out and proud about it.

This post is one that I’ve been kicking around for a while, but I never published last year when I started writing it. And now, a year later, I’m ready to hit publish and put this out there.

This is how and why this atheist not only celebrates, but loves her some Christmas. It’s long, and rambles at time, it talks about my views and awkward experiences with religion, but if you feel like getting inside of my brain, you can take a stroll through this Christmas-themed coming out party…
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