Happy New Year to me — Inbox Zero!

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This is more just so I have the photographic evidence later, because it will never happen again… but you know how some people like to start off the New Year with a clean house? Yeah, I was going for a clean email inbox. We’ll just conveniently ignore the fact that I have other email inboxes for the moment… What do you like to get clean and organized before the New Year?

Merry Christmas, everyone!

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A Very Merry Christmas to all who celebrate! Here’s how we’ll be spending our day tomorrow — there may also be cookies involved. :) Hope you all have a wonderful holiday with friends and family.

My LEGO Scientists came!

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Look what came in the mail today! The LEGO Ideas Research Institute has been selling out immediately every time it goes in stock, but I snagged one in the brief shining moment it was in stock at Target about a week ago.

I think I’m going to put it together tomorrow and keep it in my office, and will let you know if I see it pop back into stock anywhere again — not sure if it will, since the LEGO site says they are releasing a new LEGO Ideas set in January.

Which came first, the chickens or the… EGGS, finally!

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It’s been a while since I’ve done an update on our chickens, but we now have reason to celebrate: Last week we saw our first egg, and now we’re up to … I think 8, total. We ate some, lol. Nuggets was the first and most consistent layer: Go, Nuggets!

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The ROI here will be measured in years, if ever. But the eggs. are. awesome! We did a blind taste test, scrambling up a couple eggs from our girls and a couple of regular store-bought eggs. Everyone in the family could tell the difference — and preferred the fresh.

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I guess these are classified as cage free, but not technically organic eggs, because the chickens aren’t fed organic feed. Here they are eating some conventional vegetable scraps, too — but they’ve been great helps in not wasting produce that starts to go bad and things like celery leaves, the kernels left over after the kids eat corn on the cob, carrot peelings, and more. (OK, like the fresh cranberries I bought and forgot to ever make…!)

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Our chickens aren’t pets, but they’re friendly and don’t mind being held — Fingers here actually loves it, and will go running up to MashupDad for some attention.

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MashupDad built a nice gate onto the run so that we can give them scraps easily and otherwise interact with our fine feathered friends when they’re out enjoying the sunshine. So far, so good! We’ve had a hawk hanging around in the tree eying them and a coyote has passed through a time or too, but nothing’s yet gotten into the run other than one very panicked squirrel that then couldn’t find his way back out.

Post your favorite place to view Christmas decorations here

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Don on Facebook has a good idea: “Can we do a Where are the best xmas decorations in our area list??? TY TY” It’s always fun to drive around and look at holiday lights, so if you have suggestions for a great location in/around Chicagoland, please comment here. Thanks!

Here… to tide you over. ;)

Mashup Mom Cyber Monday deals 11/30/14 – 12/1/14

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So now we are segueing straight from Black Friday into Cyber Monday! Since we have so many deals during this season of madness, here’s a summary guide to today’s. I am stickying this post to the top of Mashup Mom, will add to it as new things are posted across the day, and will un-sticky it the evening of 12/1 and start a new one.

Clothes, shoes, and accessories deals

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Coupons

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Electronics, computer, and camera deals

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Fitness deals

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Food & drink deals

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Freebies

General Cyber Monday deals

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Grocery & Drugstore deals

Household deals

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Local deals

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Magazine deals

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Personal care & beauty deals

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Photo and holiday cards deals

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Reader deals

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Toy deals

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Video Games deals

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Mashup Mom Pre Cyber Monday deals 11/29/14 – 11/30/14

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So now we are segueing straight from Black Friday into Cyber Monday! Since we have so many deals during this season of madness, here’s a summary guide to today’s. I am stickying this post to the top of Mashup Mom, will add to it as new things are posted across the day, and will un-sticky it the evening of 11/30 and start a new one.

Amazon subscribe & save deals

Books deals

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Clothes, shoes, accessories deals

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Electronics deals

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Gift cards deals

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Gifts of Randomness and good deals

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Grocery and drugstore deals

Household deals

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Local deals

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Magazine deals

Photo and holiday cards deals

50% off Holiday Cards! Code: DDCCN4261

Toy deals

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Mashup Mom BLACK FRIDAY deals 11/28/14 – 11/29/14

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Since we have so many deals during the Black Friday madness, here’s a summary guide to today’s! I am stickying this post to the top of Mashup Mom, will add to it as new things are posted across the day, and will un-sticky it the evening of 11/28 and start a new one.

Clothes, shoes, accessories deals

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Coupons

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Gadgets and gear deals

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Grocery and drugstore deals

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Household deals

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Local deals

Magazine deals

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Movie deals

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Personal care deals

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Reader deals

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Stocking Stuffers

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Technology and electronics deals

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Toy deals

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TV deals

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Video Game deals

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