15 Geeky Cookie Cutters

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Use a cookie cutter to turn boring round cookies into any geeky shape you want.

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1. DINOSAURS; $12

You might not be the best paleontologist if you keep eating all of your findings, but with cookies this delicious looking, who can blame you?

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2. JAKE THE DOG FROM ADVENTURE TIME; $6.49

Adventure Time Jake the Dog Cookie Cutter
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Sorry: No matter how much they look like Jake, cookies don’t have the same magic ability to grow at will.

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3. SUPER MARIO BROTHERS; $42.95

Super Mario Cookie Cutter and Stamper Set
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Recreate your favorite level of Mario Brothers as a delicious dessert with this extensive set of cutters.

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4. STAR WARS; $15.64

What’s better than gingerbread men? Star Wars-themed gingerbread men. With the new movie coming out soon, you’ll definitely want to stock up on these for the holidays.

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5. TOTORO; $9

Bring some of the delight of the forest into your kitchen with lovely Totoro cookie cutters.

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6. DR. WHO; FROM $36

Whovians will love to chow down on TARDIS, Cyberman, K9, Sonic Screwdriver, and Dalek shaped cookies.

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7. GAME OF THRONES; $15.99

Game of Thrones House Sigil Plastic Cookie Cutters Set
Amazon

Winter is coming and that means it’s cookie season. Pick your favorite house sigil to grace your cookies.

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8. ANATOMICALLY CORRECT HEART; FROM $3.70

Anatomical Heart Cookie Cutter Detailed
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If traditional heart-shaped cookies aren’t for you, consider this anatomically-correct human heart shape instead.

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9. NAVI FAIRY FROM LEGENDS OF ZELDA; FROM $2.85

Navi Fairy Cookie Cutter
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Perhaps the most annoying of the cookie shapes, you’ll want to eat these Navi cookies quickly.

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10. SNORELAX FROM POKEMON; FROM $5.70

This time, you won’t need a Poke’flute to get through—just an appetite and a glass of milk.

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11. PAC-MAN; $9.25

Pacman Ghost Cookie/Fondant Cutter
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Ever want to play the edible version of Pac Man? Now is your chance with these colorful plastic cutters.

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12. SUPERMAN; $9.95

Make super-good treats with this heroic cookie cutter.

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13. WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE; $9

Shakespeare cookie cutter
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As Shakespeare wrote, "'Tis an ill cook that cannot lick his own fingers." Roll up your sleeves and get messy making some Bard cookies.

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14. SKELETONS; $5.60

These “gingerdead men” combine the sugary cheer of Christmas with the spookiness of Halloween. The cutters provide a deep groove in the dough so you can fill it in with white icing.

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15. BATMAN; $8.99

Batman Cookie Cutter
Amazon

Make the cookie you deserve, even it you don’t need it right now.

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This Stunning Tiny ‘Cliff’ House on Amazon Costs $105,000 (and Up)

Q-haus, Amazon
Q-haus, Amazon

Tiny houses are cheaper, simpler, and definitely more portable than full-sized homes, and thanks to online retailers, they're easier to purchase. On Amazon, you can shop for pre-fabricated tiny houses in between adding toilet paper and bed sheets to your cart. One of the latest minimalist structures Amazon has sold is a "Cliff" house with a few luxurious amenities you won't find in many conventional homes.

For $105,000, the third-party seller Q-haus will ship you its Cliff model in two ready-to-assemble modules, according to Southern Living. The 774-square-foot house is modular and can have two to three bedrooms and one to two bathrooms. The bathrooms—which are where many tiny homes cut corners—are spacious enough to house either a bath tub or a sauna. The space also boasts built-in furniture, smart-home technology, an outdoor terrace, and tall windows for letting in lots of natural light.

The Cliff is definitely cheaper than most brick-and-mortar homes on the market, but as Realtor.com warns, the Amazon price tag may be deceiving. Unless you're a skilled professional, you'll likely need to hire contractors to put the components of the home together for you. Add that to the cost of the land and the concrete foundation for the home's footprint and you're looking at a bill that's much larger than the $105,000 you'd pay up front.

Tiny homes may also seem like a good option if you're looking for new place to live immediately. But transitioning to tiny house life is rarely as easy as putting together a structure and calling it home. Zoning laws, insurance, and storage are all factors tiny home owners need to contend with before moving into their new abode.

Q-haus's Cliff design sold out shortly after it hit Amazon, and there's no indication of when or if it will be back in stock. But if you still have your heart set on downsizing your lifestyle, there are plenty of tiny dwellings available on Amazon for much cheaper prices.

[h/t Southern Living]

This Convenient, Comfortable Travel Pillow Doesn’t Wrap Around Your Neck

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Manuel-F-O/iStock via Getty Images

If an angry bit of airplane turbulence has recently whammed your forehead into the window, you probably have the bruises to prove that sleeping on the go can be a dangerous game. Though neck pillows can offer some security, not everyone’s a fan—some people can’t sleep totally upright, some don’t think it provides enough support, and others simply don’t like the feeling of a plush toilet seat curled around their necks.

For those people, there’s the Ostrich Pillow Mini, a tiny, oblong pillow into which you slip your hand, forearm, or elbow, depending on what’s most comfortable for you. It will stay in place and protect your head from airplane turbulence in a way that no balled-up, threadbare hoodie ever could, but it’s not just for those lucky winners (or purchasers) of window seats. You can use the pillow wherever you might be inclined to rest your head on top of your arms, including plane or train trays, piles of library books, and office desks. One Amazon customer even used the pillows as elbow pads to protect himself from unforgivingly hard arm rests.

Ostrich pillow mini
Amazon

Since the Ostrich Pillow Mini essentially works as an extension of your arm, you don’t have to stay stone-still while you sleep. As Travel + Leisure’s Claudia Fisher puts it, “Sometimes, I even wake up from a nap to discover I’ve shifted in my sleep but brought my little arm pillow with me to support my head in its new spot.”

In addition to its main opening, the pillow has two other holes. One is a small, finger-sized opening through which you slide your thumb if you’re keeping the pillow on your hand. The other is a larger hole at the other end, through which you slide your hand if you want the pillow to stay on your forearm or elbow.

Ostrich pillow mini
Amazon

It’s compact enough that you can easily fit it into your carry-on bag, backpack, or briefcase, and understated enough that you can power nap in public without drawing attention to yourself. The outer layer is light gray, and the inner layer comes in Midnight Grey, Blue Reef, or Sleepy Blue. You can order it for $35 from Amazon.

Check out some other ways to make flying more comfortable here.

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