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12 Times the Harry Potter Books Explained Everything About Life

It’s Harry Potter Week and we’re celebrating this magical wizard all week long! Come back each day for more magical stuff!

Well, it’s our last day of Harry Potter week!  I hope you all had as much fun as I did exploring the magical and wonderful world of Harry Potter!

As most of you may know, we’re coming up to Harry Potter’s birthday (July 31st) and in honor of what would be Harry’s 36th birthday, I’ve gathered a few of my absolute favorite quotes from the Harry Potter series.


Though some of these may not be the most WELL-KNOWN quotes from HP, I find that these are the quotes that really stood out to me, the ones that made me realize what an amazing, inspirational, and powerful series this is.  “Even after all this time?”, you say?  Always.


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20 Fun Facts About Harry Potter

It’s Harry Potter Week and we’re celebrating this magical wizard all week long! Come back each day for more magical stuff!

Greetings muggles and wizards!  Onward we go with Harry Potter week…I hope you’re all having fun here so far!

Today we’re going to go behind the covers and between the pages to unveil 20 Magical Facts about the Harry Potter book series.  Besides being one of the most successful book series of all time, the Harry Potter collection also holds many other awards and acknowledgements.

What other fun facts do you know about Harry Potter?  Share in the comments below!

20 Magical Facts About the Harry Potter Series

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was published in 1998, the same year the final Battle of Hogwarts was fought. Says Rowling, “I open at the close.”
Because a Patronus is a physical representation of one’s soul, James Potter’s stag and Lily Potter’s doe makes them literal soul mates. However, because of his eternal love for Lily, Snape’s Patronus is also a doe.
Rowling has said that if Voldemort saw a boggart, it would take the shape of his own corpse, since his greatest fear is death.
After the horcrux in Harry was destroyed, he lost the ability to speak Parseltongue.
Hoping to go to Hogwarts soon? No can do, USA citizens. Hogwarts only accepts wizards from Britain and Ireland.
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Natalie McDonald, who appears in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, was a real person. She was a nine-year-old girl from Canada who was dying of leukemia. She wrote to Rowling, asking what was going to happen in the next Harry Potter book since she wouldn’t be alive to read it. Rowling emailed back, but she was a day too late. In honor of her loyal fan, Rowling added her to the series and sorted her into Gryffindor, the house for the brave at heart.
Albus Dumbledore was homosexual and harbored romantic feelings towards Grindelwald.
J.K. Rowling actually wrote the final chapter of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows seven years before the release of the first book.

The Harry Potter books have been translated into more than 70 languages.

The Harry Potter books were the most banned books of the century in the US.
During the first 24 hours of its release, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows sold 11 million copies.
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The whole Harry Potter series contains 199 chapters, 4,224 pages, and 1,090,739 words.
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Famed novelist Stephen King has said that Dolores Umbridge is “…the greatest make-believe villain to come along since Hannibal Lecter.”

There are only 500 first-edition copies of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone; by contrast, there are 12 million first-edition copies of the final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the highest initial print run in history.

The Harry Potter series is the biggest-selling book series of all time. As of 2011, it has sold more than 450 million copies.harry potter applause clapping celebrate clap

J.K. Rowling has said that “The Mirror of Erised” is one of her favorite chapters from the entire series. Her other favorite is “The Forest Again” from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Both chapters involve Harry interacting with his parents.

In the Harry Potter universe, a gold Galleon is worth about $7.35, a silver Sickle is worth around $0.46, and a bronze Knut is worth about $0.02.

Using that math, the wand Harry buys in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone cost him about $51.45…just about what you would pay to buy one at Harry Potter World.

Drawing the cover art for the British edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s (Sorcerer’s) Stone was illustrator Tomas Taylor’s first professional commission.

The word “muggle”, meaning non-magic person, was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2003.


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Harry Potter Flying Keys Mobile

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True Potterheads will remember the key scene in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. In order to find said stone, Harry and his friends must tackle a series of challenges, one of them being a quest to find the key to a door amidst a room full of winged keys. As soon as Harry spots the right key and mounts his broom, the keys take off and start flying around the room with an angry vengeance.

Though these keys are much more docile, this cute Harry Potter Flying Keys Mobile is an ode to that awesome scene.

Made with various key charms and paper wings, these floating keys jingle ever so slightly in the breeze, and make a fun decoration in a bedroom or nursery.

The keys in this mobile were collected from various craft stores and other charms I had on hand from older projects. I used a lacy laser cut wood decoration to act as the top of my mobile, but you could use whatever works for you!



  • Laser cut wooden decoration (these are kind of delicate, so I used 2 and glued them together)
  • White acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Clear string
  • Assortment of key charms
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Old book pages or newspaper



  1. Paint both wooden decorations white with your acrylic paint. Let both dry completely. You’ll only need to paint one side of each piece since we’ll be gluing them together. If you find a sturdier piece of laser cut wood, you can just use that one piece and paint both sides.
  2. While your paint is drying, start tying string to your keys. Attach one end to the key and tie to various spots on the laser cut wood. Tie your keys at various lengths to add style and dimension.
  3. Cut out wings from book pages or newspaper. I found the easiest way to do this was to fold the paper in half and cut out wings on the crease. I just eyeballed it, but you can find templates online if needed.
  4. Glue the wings to the keys using a hot glue gun. This will also help secure the strings onto your keys.

Hang up your mobile and enjoy!

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Wisdom from a Clever Witch

It’s Harry Potter Week and we’re celebrating this magical wizard all week long!  Come back each day for more magical stuff!


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Pumpkin Pasties

It’s Harry Potter Week and we’re celebrating this magical wizard all week long! Come back each day for more magical stuff!

Hello, and welcome to Harry Potter week! In celebration of Harry’s birthday at the end of July, this whole week is dedicated to Harry and his magical wizarding world. With fun recipes, crafts, and trivia, this is bound to be a fun few days for all my fellow Potterheads!

Today we’re kicking things off with a tasty Harry Potter-inspired recipe. Direct from the Hogwarts Express, these Pumpkin Pasties are sure to please wizards and muggles alike. Though they’re not quite as exciting in the summer as they would be in the fall, these tasty pumpkin pockets are the perfect snack for when you’re sitting down to watch or read Harry Potter for what’s sure to be the billionth time by now.

Though I’m not a huge pumpkin fan, I really liked these pasties. A little sweet, little spice, and a touch of brisk fall air makes these Pumpkin Pasties a must-have for those looking to have the full Harry Potter dining experience!


Pumpkin Pasties


Pasty Crust

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 5 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable shortening, chilled and cut into small pieces
  • 4 tablespoons ice water


  • 1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (optional)


  1. Place the flour, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a food processor.  Pulse a few times to combine.  Scatter the butter and shortening over the flour mixture.  Pulse about 15 times until the mixture resembles coarse yellow meal, with no white powdery bits remaining.
    Tip:  Your butter and shortening need to be VERY cold.  I cut mine into pieces then put them in the freezer for about 10 minutes before adding them to the flour. 
  2. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl (it will be very crumbly, it’s okay!).  Sprinkle 4 tablespoons ice water over flour mixture.  Toss together until it starts clumping together.  I found it best to just go in there with my hands and mix the dough until it all gathered together.  Gather dough into a ball, then pat it into a disk.  Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  3. Combine pumpkin, sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice in a bowl.  Mix well and set aside.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Roll out dough 1/8 in. thick.  Cut out circles with rim of glass or biscuit cutter (I used a 3 in. round biscuit cutter).  Place cut disks on parchment-lined baking sheet.
  5. Place 2 tablespoons of filling in center of each circle of dough.  Moisten edges of dough with water.  Fold dough over filling and crimp edges together with a fork.  Cut slits on tops to make vents.  Sprinkle with raw sugar, if desired.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, or until lightly browned.  Serve warm!  With a 3 in. cutter, this recipe made about 10 pasties.

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Gumption Book Review

There’s only one word that comes to mind when I think of Nick Offerman: MAN. Not at all unlike the gruff but loveable Ron Swanson on NBC’s Parks and Recreation, Offerman is a man obsessed with nature, good whisky, and fine meat. He loves his country and the people that built it and is a true-blooded American all the way.

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He prides himself on his abstinence from technology and his hobby, no, passion for creative art. Whether it’s making cards for his wife (aww!) or crafting a boat out of wood, Offerman is a down and dirty man’s man. I mean, look at the sexiness oozing from this GIF:

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STAAAHHHPP!! I’m seriously in love with him.
PS-If you haven’t seen this Nick Offerman Yule Log special, pour yourself a nice glass of whisky and treat yo self to it.  It will warm your heart and soul.

But when he’s not working in his workshop or acting on stage or screen, Offerman spends his time with the written word. After the great success of his first book, Paddle Your Own Canoe, Offerman embarked on another collection of stories, this time focusing on those tried and true Americans that helped turn this country into the place it is today.

In Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers, Offerman takes us on a tour of American history, highlighting 21 creative, bold, and brilliant Americans who were trailblazers in their own right. Told with witty deadpan comedy that can only come from Offerman, each essay in Gumption aims to showcase how these individuals molded and paved their way through life, often battling controversy to realize their potential.

While I agreed with a good selection of the people Offerman included in this list, specifically Frederick Douglass, Eleanor Roosevelt, Carol Burnett, and Conan O’Brien, it started to become quite obvious that Gumption was turning into a place for Offerman to talk about all the people who helped mold and shape his own life. Offerman even owns up to his selfish ways, saying this book was the perfect excuse for him to “…meet his heroes and idols”, a notion I certainly can’t fault him for, because he has a great selection in Gumption. However, if his main goal was to really talk about the troublemakers that molded and shaped America, I think a few of his choices missed the boat. Sure the creative minds of Yoko Ono, Thomas Lie-Nielsen, Nat Benjamin, and George Nakashima have done amazing things, but do they belong in the same list as visionaries like Theodore Roosevelt, Wendell Berry, Willie Nelson, and Benjamin Franklin? While a lot of Offerman’s heroes in Gumption certainly were trailblazers in their own right, I felt some gutsy Americans were missing from this list.

But my own personal aggravation was just that, my opinion. I can think of a good handful of people that would be on my gumption list that might not make it onto yours, namely Sammy Davis Jr., George Carlin, and Abraham Lincoln. But, all things considered, Gumption offers readers an intimate and personal look into the American heroes that made Offerman the man he is today. Conversational, honest, and laugh-out-loud funny at times, Gumption proves, once again, that there really is nothing that Nick Offerman can’t do.

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Disney Princesses…Where Are They Now?

I think it’s proven fact now that every little girl has her favorite Disney Princess. Whether it’s her passion for reading, her love of nature, or her fabulous fashion sense, there’s a Disney princess for everyone!

And behind every Disney Princess is a woman who brings her to life. Not much is known about these amazing women who have lent their voices to some of the most iconic characters in movie history…but that is all about to change.

Broken down into the Classic Era Princesses (Snow White, Cinderella, and Aurora), the Renaissance Era Princesses (Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas, Mulan), and the Modern Era Princesses (Tiana, Rupunzel, Merida), this “Where Are They Now?” segment is a little lesson in what happened post “happily ever after.”


These lovely ladies are the classic fairy tale princesses. Born into poverty and marrying into royalty, these princesses must overcome evil and face personal struggles before ultimately winning out in the end. All in all, these fine damsels inhabit the ultimate in the fairy tale fantasy.

Snow White
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1938)
Voiced By: Adriana Caselotti

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Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Adriana Caselotti began her working life as a teacher and vocal coach. The daughter and sister of two professional opera singers, Adriana was a gifted musician from her very early years. Following a brief run as a chorus girl at MGM, Walt Disney hired Adriana to voice his beloved heroine, Snow White. She was paid $970 to work on the film (about $15,900 today) and was given a terrible contract, preventing her from appearing in any other film or media, even for Disney, after the release of Snow White. Disney was obsessed with not spoiling the illusion of Snow White and he did not want children recognizing Adriana as the voice or inspiration for his sweet character. The only other work Adriana was able to get after her work on Snow White were two small unaccredited roles in The Wizard of Oz (small voice-over as Juliet in the Tin Man’s song, “If I Only Had a Heart”) and It’s a Wonderful Life (bar singer). Later in life, Adriana wrote a how-to book about singing and even tried to pursue an opera career like her mom and sister. She continued to sign autographs and promote Snow White throughout the remainder of her life, participating in several Disney events and even was awarded the honor of becoming a Disney Legend. Over the course of her life, Adriana was married four times. She passed away from respiratory failure and lung cancer in 1997 at the age of 80.

Cinderella (1950)
Voiced By: Ilene Woods

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The daughter of a true stage mom, Ilene Woods began her acting career at the age of two. Her mother worked behind the scenes of Hollywood and pushed her daughter to pursue a career in acting, despite Ilene’s wishes to become a schoolteacher. At the age of 15, he had her own radio show, The Ilene Woods Show, which consisted of 15 minutes of music, broadcast three days a week. Many songwriters came on the show to present their music, including two up and coming musicians named Mack David and Jerry Livingston. Mack and Jerry joined forces with Ilene in 1948 to record “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo”, “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes”, and “So This is Love”. The songs were presented to Walt to be used in his upcoming movie, Cinderella. Disney was in love. Two days later, he asked Ilene to voice the character. Ilene beat out more than 300 other women up for the role and helped to promote the movie by singing for President Franklin D. Roosevelt and President Harry S. Truman. Like Adriana, Ilene was awarded a Disney Legend title and continued to sign autographs and promote Cinderella after her retirement from show business in 1972. Ilene went on to be the matriarch of a loving family and eventually passed away in 2010 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Voiced By: Mary Costa

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A true Southern Belle, Mary Costa was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee. A Sunday school soloist at the age of six, Mary was no stranger to the spotlight. During her teenage years, her family moved to Los Angeles, where she completed her high school education and was awarded a Music Sorority Award for her outstanding voice. She continued her musical education at the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music and went on to sing and perform with Edgar Bergen, Dean Martin, and Jerry Lewis. In 1952, Mary was one of several hundred women who went out to audition for the voice of Princess Aurora in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. Her audition was perfection. Disney called her personally within hours of her audition to inform her the part was hers. After her work on Sleeping Beauty, Mary took to the stage, performing in an astounding 44 operatic roles all over the world. She also made appearances on several TV shows, including Bing Crosby’s Christmas Show, The Hollywood Palace, and Frank Sinatra’s Women of the Year Special. Mary is now retired from show business and spends her time as an inspirational speaker. She is the celebrity ambassador for Childhelp, an organization to prevent child abuse, and she continues to do promotional work for Disney. She joined her fellow classic princesses as a Disney Legend in 1999, and was also awarded several other accolades, including Tennessee Woman of Distinction, honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, Tennessee’s 2015 Governor’s Art Award, and has a place in the Knoxville Opera Hall of Fame. Though she doesn’t reply directly to fan mail anymore, Mary continues to meet fans and promote her work on Sleeping Beauty at various Disney events.


Bold, strong-willed, and adventurous, these princesses want to challenge the iconic ‘princess’ facade their older Classic sisters worked so hard to create. Not so much driven by love as by adventure, freedom, and understanding, these women want adventure in the great wide somewhere.

The Little Mermaid (1989)
Voiced By: Jodi Benson

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Unlike her fellow princesses, Jodi Benson has voiced Ariel in The Little Mermaid, as well as its sequel, prequel, and television series. She also voiced Barbie in Pixar’s Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3. You can see her in Enchanted, where she makes a cameo as Patrick Dempsey’s assistant, Sam. A Tony-nominated actress, Jodi has a list of Broadway credits and continues to perform on stage at various venues. She also does a ton of voiceover work and can be heard singing and performing on several kids TV shows. She has performed on stage with some of the best musicians in the world, including The Boston Pops, The National Symphony under the direction of Marvin Hamlisch, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, and many more. She is the resident guest soloist for the Walt Disney Company/Disney Cruise Line and continues to portray Ariel in various productions and Disney celebrations.

Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Voiced By: Paige O’Hara

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Another Broadway baby, Page O’Hara began her professional career in the 1983 Broadway rendition of Showboat. Eight years later, when she was 30 years old, she made her motion picture debut as the voice of Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. She reprised her role in the film’s two direct-to-video follow-ups, as well. She also went on to have a cameo in Enchanted and continues to do promotional work (including painting Belle for Disney Fine Art) for Disney.

Aladdin (1992)
Voiced By: Linda Larkin

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Linda Larkin has voiced Jasmine in more than 20 Disney movies and video games. Mostly known as a vocal actress, Linda has also acted in a few TV shows and movies, including Murder, She Wrote, Doogie Howser, Wings, Anastasia, Runaway Bride, Law and Order, and has even played Jasmine on Aladdin on Ice. For her work as Jasmine, Linda became a Disney Legend in 2011 and continues to act and perform for Disney and other studios. She is married to actor Yul Vazquez (“The Soup Nazi” in Seinfeld) and is the aunt to actress Vanessa Aspillaga.

Pocahontas (1995)
Voiced By: Irene Bedard

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Born in Anchorage, Alaska, Irene Bedard is of Inupiat, Yupik, Inuit, Cree, and Metis ancestry. Though she’s best known for her role as Pocahontas, Irene has done work with several other Native American movies, and even went on to start two production companies aimed at bringing stories that are both positive and inspirational from Indian Country to the world at large. Irene didn’t only lend her voice to the role of Pocahontas, but she also served as the model for the character. She was selected as one of People magazine’s ’50 Most Beautiful People’ in 1995 and continues to work on projects that inspire and promote Indian culture. She won a Golden Globe in 1995 for her work on Lakota Woman and has several other acting awards under her belt. Today Irene can be seen and heard on several TV shows, including Young Justice and Longmire.

Mulan (1998)
Voiced By: Ming-Na Wen

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Ming-Na Wen began her acting career in 1985 on the television series, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. She also acted in As the World Turns, The Joy Luck Club, and ER before her big role on Mulan. In 2004, she took part in a Hollywood Home Game on the World Poker Tour and won! She went on to be a part of NBC’s Inconceivable and the FOX series, Vanished; however, both were cancelled early on in the process. Currently you can her Ming-Na in the Disney Channel show, Sofia the First, acting as the voice of Princess Jun.


With strong personalities and desires, these princesses are more relatable to young girls today. With different values, goals, and missions, the Modern Era Princesses have a lot to achieve before they say “I do!”.

The Princess and the Frog (2009)
Voiced By: Anika Noni Rose

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A student of the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, Anika Noni Rose has been a student of the stage since her high school years. Perhaps best known for her Tony Award-winning performance in the Broadway production of Caroline, or Change, she also got critical acclaim for her role as Lorrell Robinson in the 2006 film, Dreamgirls. In 2009, she was cast as Tiana in The Princess and the Frog and made history as the first African-American Disney princess. She has received several awards for her acting and singing and is currently acting on TV (Bates Motel, Power, and Roots).

Tangled (2010)
Voiced By: Mandy Moore

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Like several of the ‘princesses’ that came before her, Mandy Moore has voiced the character of Rapunzel in a Tangled sequel, several video games, and will do so again in a Disney Channel television series based on the film, due out in 2017. The song she performed with Zachary Levi, “I See the Light”, was a Grammy Winner in 2010 and she was ranked on VH1’s list of “100 Greatest Women in Music” two years later. After Tangled, Mandy tried to do some TV work, but several of her projects were canceled before they got off the ground. Mandy continues to expand her musical repertoire, working on her new album set to release sometime in 2016.

Brave (2012)
Voiced By: Kelly Macdonald

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Kelly Macdonald made her film debut opposite Ewan McGregor in the film, Trainspotting. She went on to star in Finding Neverland, Gosford Park, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, and the TV film, The Girl in the Café, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe and won an Emmy Award. In 2012, she was cast as the loveable Disney/Pixar princess, Merida. Unlike her fellow ‘princesses’, Kelly’s filmography is mainly on-camera acting, including recent roles in No Country for Old Men, Choke, and Anna Karenina. She has won several awards for her performances on both the big and small screen and was most recently seen in the award-winning show, Boardwalk Empire. Kelly is currently filming Okja, a South Korean science fiction horror movie, set for release in 2017.


By Disney standards (yes, there are standards AND rules), these fine females have not made it on the Disney Princess list; however, I think they deserve a mention here as they’re all amazing characters with great heart and passion!

The Lion King (1994)
Voiced By: Moira Kelly

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Best known for her roles in the film, The Cutting Edge and the TV drama, One Tree Hill, Moira Kelly has been acting and performing since high school. A devout Catholic, Moira often talks with her priest before accepting risqué movie roles. After voicing Nala in The Lion King, Moira went on to voice Nala in The Lion King II and The Lion King 1½. Since her work on The Lion King franchise, Moira has gone on to make guest appearances in TV shows, including Heroes, Law & Order, and Numb3rs.

Hercules (1997)
Voiced By: Susan Egan

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Another talent of the stage and screen, Susan Egan is an actress, singer, dancer, and comedian, best known for her work on Broadway. She originated the role of Belle in the Broadway musical adaptation of Beauty and the Beast before starring as Megara in Hercules three years later. A professionally trained dancer and singer, Susan has performed one-woman cabaret-style concerts and sings with symphonies all over the country.

Alice in Wonderland (1951)
Voiced By: Kathryn Beaumont

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Kathryn Beaumont has the great honor of voicing not one, but two lovely Disney ladies. After her work on Alice in Wonderland, Disney cast her as Wendy Darling in Peter Pan three years later. Her work on both films earned her the honor of Disney Legend in 1998. After a break from acting, Kathryn reprised her role as Alice, voicing the character in two episodes of the animated series, Disney’s House of Mouse. She also voiced Alice and Wendy again in 2002 for the video game, Kingdom Hearts.

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How to Make a Braided Seed Bead Necklace

CONFESSION:  I hate seed beads.  Usually I avoid working with them because they get EVERYWHERE, they’re way too dang small to see, and THEY GET EVERYWHERE.

However, I do love the look of a seed bead necklace.  I’m not one to shy away from color and seed bead necklaces are a fun and colorful accessory for summer…so I decided to give seed beads another try…

I still hate them.

Granted this was a fun project to make and I really like the way it turned out (I love the colors!), but DAMN! those beads are so freaking tiny.  It took WAY too long to actually finish this necklace and I’ll probably just resort to the creatives at Charming Charlie to create future seed bead accessories for my person, but if you’re looking for a fun jewelry project to make for the summer and are crazy bored one lazy, rainy weekend, jumping into a seed bead project will certainly help pass the time!


Braided Seed Bead Necklace


  • 2 strands of seed beads in the colors of your choice
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • E6000 Glue
  • 2 ribbon clamps
  • 2 jump rings
  • 1 clasp
  • Jewelry pliers


  1. Using a needle and thread, restring seed beads so you have 16 to 18 long strands of beads.  If the seed beads you buy come on a string long enough to braid, you can omit this step, but my beads were on small strings.  Whomp whomp!  Make sure you leave long ends at the beginning and end of each strand.
    Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 10.54.22 AMHelpful Hint:  I discovered this AMAZING trick to help you string your seed beads.  If you’re stringing with your right hand, wrap your left index finger with a piece of masking tape, sticky side out.  Use the tape to pick up seed beads and just slide the needle through the beads on your finger!  This saved me SO much time in making this necklace.

2. Once all your beads are strung, tie all the strings together with a knot at the top of the strings.  Tape your beads down on a flat surface and divide your strings into four equal groups of strings (I actually had two more strings than I needed, so mine were not even, but whateve’s!).
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3.  Braid your beads in a 4-strand braid.  I found this video helpful if you don’t know how to braid with four strings:

4. Once your braid is complete, tie strings together like you did at the top of the necklace.
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5. Secure each knot with a small drop of E6000 glue.

6. Clasp the ribbon clamps on each knot.  The E6000 glue will also help keep these clamps secure.

7. Attach one jump ring to one end and a clasp and jump ring to the other.
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Show off your new braided necklace!

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Taking Punishment…and Giving it Back


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White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Sure, chocolate chip cookies are okay. And snickerdoodles will do in a pinch. I could take or leave gingerbread cookies, but White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies…that’s where it’s at, people.

Though I have been a die-hard fan of these cookies my entire life, I never actually tried making them myself until a few days ago. WOW. Fresh out of the oven, warm and gooey and oh so buttery, these cookies are 100 times better hot off the pan.

For best results, be careful not to over bake these. They only need to be in the oven about 10 minutes, just until the edges start to brown. When you take them out, they will look puffy and raw, but let them sit for a while and cool slightly before you judge. A few minutes out of the oven and these will turn into soft, cakey mounds of happiness.


White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies


  • 2 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup butter, softened (1½ sticks)
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup white chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup chopped macadamia nuts



  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a mixer, cream together butter and sugars. Add egg, egg yolk, and vanilla. Mix until combined.
  3. Add flour mixture to butter mixture in small batches. Mix until all the flour is incorporated into the dough.
  4. Carefully stir in white chocolate chips and nuts.
  5. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill dough for about 1 hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Roll dough into 1 in. balls and place on parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  7. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until edges are just slightly browned.
    NOTE: The cookies will look very soft and puffy and you’ll want to keep them in longer, but RESIST THE URGE! Take them out as soon as you see the edges browning.
  8. Let cookies cool on baking sheet for a minute or two, then transfer to wire cooling grid and cool completely.

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