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DIY Mrs Enginerd

$5 DIY Halloween Wreath

As I revisited the cork wreath, inspiration stuck again. Halloween is around the corner and it presented an opportunity to create something for my front door that was both original and economic. Walking through my local Dollar Tree store, I saw a few materials and decided to give it a try! What you’ll need: 1. […]

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DIY

Cork Wreath DIY

During the layoff’s early months, I went searching for simple DIY projects that married my meed to upcycle our 10 year collection of special occasion corks on a dollar store budget. After strolling through Pinterest and Etsy, I decided to create my own wreath design because 40% of my stash came from champagne bottles which […]

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Women Who Kick Ass In Gaming And Beyond

What Video Games Taught Me (and My Family)

A lot of parents these days blame video games for all the violence and bullying that occurs in schools. The media tries to play the “GTA” angle on every school shooting or hate crime that kids and adolescents commit, blaming their lack of respect for life and their inability to differentiate between real life and […]

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Mrs Enginerd Travel

Travel Destinations to Delight Your Inner Nerd

I know a lot of people will wonder why I didn’t add New York, Los Angeles, The Shire (New Zealand), Orlando or London to the list, but these cities by themselves already have a lot of advertising and proven reputations as popular tourist destinations. These are my favorite spots and are not meant to be […]

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Game Reviews Mrs Enginerd

Limbo (The Video Game)

As fall approaches and the Halloween decorations start popping up, the scare factor becomes an effective marketing ploy to attract crowds to the gore and suspense of mystery and horror games. Classics like Silent Hill and the Resident Evil franchises get revisited and sometimes new titles are released during this season to capitalize on America’s […]

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Book Reviews Mrs Enginerd

Room

Lately, I have been playing horror and mystery video games that explore the dark side of humanity. What happens after death? Why are people cruel and mean to each other? How do humans cope with loss? Room, by Emma Donoghue, presented a rare opportunity to answer these and many other questions. Ma, trapped in an […]

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Mrs Enginerd Travel

10 Hacks That Will Enhance Your Cruising Experience

When you combine all these tips, you can lower the average spending per guest by over $300 USD. My husband and I managed to get massages, haircuts, a bottle of wine, beers and souvenirs for $335 USD each instead of the projected $600 per person we would have spent paying for the cruise sponsored excursions, […]

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Game Reviews Mrs Enginerd

Transistor: Red’s Big Sword

When I started playing Transistor, I was blown away by the music, the game dynamics and the story line. The beautifully designed futuristic strategy game has everything you’d like in an adventure: artful graphics, fluent moves when attacking and a complex yet understandable set of combos and moves to fit your individual style. The game […]

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Layoff Mrs Enginerd

Pulling All The Stops

My friends became concerned as month four of the layoff train arrived at the station. When the journey started I had a lot of fuel and a couple of cars with very few baggage. At each destination, Santa Cruz, San Francisco and San Juan, I delivered most of the emotional baggage I was carrying but […]

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Mrs Enginerd Weddings

My Adventures As A First Time Matron of Honor: The Wedding Toast

I am not an emotional person. Not in public. Not unless the circumstances demanded that I show something other than a cool and calm demeanor. Acting comes naturally to me, so do poetry and oratorical improvisation. Give me a podium and I can argue or discuss just about anything. There is no subject that I […]