Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Natalie Patalie's 2014 Blog Rewind



It's almost the new year! Are you ready?! I'm not, hahah. Anyway, I thought it'd be fun to do a little round up of some of my favorite posts I've written here throughout the year. I feel so grateful to be able to write here and share my thoughts and passions with all of you, and thanks to everyone Natalie Patalie has grown SO MUCH this year! I met a lot of great blogging friends and definitely know more about what the heck I'm doing than I did before.

Before getting started, I have to admit...some of my posts from earlier this year I don't like so much anymore. I'm going to highlight at least one post from every month this year anyway though, because they're things I published and I shouldn't be ashamed of that (even as I say that I'm not so sure)! It's also amusing to see how much better my more recent things are, hahah! So here we go :)

Star Wars: Science Meets Imagination
In which I learn that a jawa's height isn't that far off from my own.

January - In January I shared some pictures from the Star Wars: Science Meets Imagination exhibit we went to! You can check them out here! 

February -
This was kind of a slow month on the blog, but I did write about the wrap bracelet I made, which you can see here! I also went to see the LEGO Movie, which is still my favorite movie to come out in 2014!

T-shirt bracelets

March - I was really into crafting with t-shirts this month, and posted about some t-shirt bracelets I made! This was my first post to be featured on other blogs! You can find it right here. I also shared some screenshots in my mini review of South Park: The Stick of Truth! Awesome game.

April - This was the month that I started the 100 Happy Days challenge! Every week I posted a recap of the pictures I took. It was really fun! You can see my first week of pictures here.

My very first #100HappyDays photo.

May - May was a busy month! I moved to a new apartment and also participated in the online book conference, Armchair BEA, where I proceeded to blog about books every day that week. You can see my introduction post for that here, and click on the "Armchair BEA" tag if you'd like to see the rest!

June - In June I shared my Summer reading list (I read all but one of them), and on Friday the 13th I wrote about some of my favorite horror movies! You can check 'em out here and here.

Boudin Turtle
One of the things I wanted to do on my birthday was eat lunch at Boudin!

 July -
My birthday is in July! I turned (...silently counts in head...) 23 this year. I wrote about my special day and shared some pictures, which you can see here! I also wrote about tabletop games and shared the easiest DIY ever for a no-sew t-shirt headband!

August - In August I had a pretty cool time on social media. I also wrote my first Read Play Blog post, which is now something I look forward to writing every month!

September - This month I shared some of my geeky confessions, to some peoples dismay, which you can read about here :)

We made it in the paper, too!

October
- In October I had such a great time working on The Rocky Horror Show! I think a lot of us at the theatre can agree that it was both the most stressful AND fun experience we've had working there in a really long time. On closing night I took a lot of pictures and compiled a little a little photo-an-hour post so I could share with you guys what a night working backstage is like! This post also got me in trouble with a couple different link ups, hahah (but when I think about it I don't blame them, I should have been more mindful). You can see the post right here!

November - In the beginning of November I shared how I put together the Aquaman outfit I wore on Halloween (which I spent working at the theatre for a midnight showing of Rocky Horror). Even though it's really simple, I was really pleased with what I came up with and was so excited to wear it! I haven't worn it again since, but I'm always looking for an opportunity ;) Check out one of my favorite posts of the year here! November was also the month of Blueberry and Pineapple's first craft sale, and when I participated in #Nerdvember!


December - With the crazy weather we've been having in December, I was inspired to write about things I like to do on stormy nights, which I appropriately titled It Was a Dark and Stormy Night!

Phew. A whole year! Again, I'm so thankful for everyone that has stuck with me this year, and even everyone that just clicked over to my blog, went "meh," and closed the window. Without you I don't even know if I'd still be writing this right now. Sure, I'd still be writing something, somewhere, but it wouldn't be even nearly as fun, and it probably wouldn't be a public blog vulnerable to the masses. So thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for reading this blog and being my friend :)

Monday, December 29, 2014

Currently


Reading
Last week I finished reading Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline. For the most part I really liked it! However there are a LOT of 80's pop culture references, and some of it I just couldn't really keep up with. I do like some 80's movies and music, but I'm not obsessed with it and I wasn't born until '91. I have a few older friends that grew up in the 80's and LOVE this book, and I can understand why.

Watching 
Andrew and I are currently re-watching Arrested Development! Another one of my favorite, no longer running shows.

Listening
I don't really listen to a lot of Christmas music, but recently I've been listening to Cee Lo Green's Christmas album, Cee Lo's Magic Moment. It's just as ridiculous as you'd imagine.


Playing
Technically I've only played it once this month, but the game I'm really into right now is a tabletop game called Betrayal at House on the Hill. I didn't know much about it until my younger brother told me he wanted it for Christmas, but "I don't actually expect anyone to get it for me, it's expensive and hard to find." I guess he hasn't figured out that nothing's that hard to find with Amazon and Ebay around. However it was a little expensive, so my older brother, Andrew and I pooled in to get it for him. We all played it on Christmas and it was SO MUCH FUN. You start off as a group of friends exploring a seemingly abandoned mansion. Halfway through the game changes when the "haunt" begins, and you find out that one of you is actually a traitor that lured the rest of the friends there for one evil purpose or another. It comes with 50 different scenarios, so we're going to be playing this one for awhile!

Loving
All of my wonderful Christmas gifts from Andrew and my family! They're the best :) As I sit here writing this I'm wearing the super cozy robe Andrew got me (I'd been hinting for a new one) and a Snorlax t-shirt from my mom!

Working on
I don't have any personal projects that I'm working on, so I'll share something work related. This month the theatre I work at was doing Into the Woods, which I was assistant stage managing. They chose to do it at the same time as the movie coming out, to see if it brings in some new theatre-goers. Our closing performance was last night!

Friday, December 26, 2014

5 Fandom Friday - New Years Blogging Resolutions


Happy Friday! This weeks theme is new years resolutions for my little blog space here. Most years I end up making resolutions (both blogging related and not) that I don't follow through with, which is never a great feeling. This year I'm making smaller resolutions in hopes that I follow through with them, hahah.

1. Write more Buy for Good posts When I first started writing them, I had planned to have a new one every WEEK. Obviously that hasn't happened. Instead I want to try and have one out at least once a month. I love writing the Buy for Good posts and love hearing from you guys when I've helped them find a new way to support a cause!

2. Write more book reviews I've always loved writing about books, and I don't do it as often as I'd like. In fact, my first blog (which I deleted long ago, sorry) was entirely devoted to writing about books. Participating in Armchair BEA this summer also made me appreciate book bloggers and the book blogging community a lot more; it was really inspiring! Anyway, the reason I don't write as many book reviews as I want is because I just don't read as much as I used to. I'm always busy and lately reading has taken a wayside. So next year I want to make time to read more books and write more bookish things!

I won't be making book cupcakes, but aren't they cute? (source)

3. Work on my blog layout
 I think it's time for something a little more original that a Blogger pre-made layout with my own pictures and tweaks added to them. You're not fooling anyone, Natalie!

4. Start a blog link-up I've been wanting to start my own linkup for awhile now, but I can't settle on a theme. There's nothing wrong with free-for-all link ups, but there's millions of those out there and that's just not what I'm going for here. If you have any ideas or suggestions on what kind of link up you'd like to see, I'd love to hear them!

5. Learn more about HTML I think this is an important one for all bloggers. I definitely know more about it than I did a year ago, but there's still so much to learn!

Past 5 Fandom Friday posts:

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!


Yaaayyy! I just wanted to pop in and wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy holiday :) I hope you're all having an awesome day spent with your loved ones. I'll be heading over to my parents house soon, where I'll be eating delicious food and too many sweets!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

12 Days of Christmas - Holiday Decorations


Today's Christmasy topic is about our holiday decorations! Since I live in a small apartment I don't really decorate a lot for holidays. Unfortunately it's just more stuff to have out when it's already a little cramped with the things we have out all year round! However I did add a few Christmas touches :)

The first thing I pulled out was Christmas Hello Kitty! I have her propped on up the bookshelf.

Andrew and I don't get many Christmas cards (people my age aren't really card senders, and sending Christmas cards altogether seems to be dying out a little *sadface*), but the ones we do get I tape up on the wall. I don't know if everyone does this, but my mom does every year, so I thought I'd start doing it too :)


These are some of the Christmas ornaments my mom and I made. I don't have a  Christmas tree, so I decided to prop some of them up by the window. I couldn't decide if I wanted them facing outside or in, so I alternated them, hahah!

I also keep some Wintery scented candles out, which I love, but you all know what a candle looks like so I didn't take pictures of those. But yeah. That's pretty much it! Super basic. Someday when I have a house (or even just a bigger apartment) I'd like to have a little more fun with Christmas decorating, but for now this works :)

Previous 12 Days of Christmas posts:
- DIY Ornaments
- Christmas Memories
- Holiday Recipes

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sunday Fun Day Tag!

My friend Mary, mastermind behind Along Comes Mary, tagged me to participate in a little mini-interview so we can all get to know our bloggy friends a little better. Thanks, Mary! I hope it's ok that I stole the title you used, it's a good one! Hahah. Here's the five questions she asked me!

1) If you could have lunch with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?
Probably either Oprah of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Preferably not at the same time.

2) Where would you like to visit that you haven’t yet?
There's still so may places I want to visit! First on the list would be somewhere along the coral reef, so I can cross snorkeling off my bucket list. I also want to go to Blizzcon, hahah.


3) If you could switch places with anyone, who would you & why?
Kanye West! For a day anyway. Probably for forever, hahah.

4) Which fictional character do you most identify with?
Pam from The Office. Pam is awesome, even though she's kind of a dork. She usually likes to keep to herself, unless there's some good laughs to be had. She's also really creative, which I'm not sure is me but is always something I admire in people!

5) Who was your first concert?
I've been to a lot of concerts, but my first "big" concert was Panic! At the Disco in 2006. They were super huge at the time, so it was a pretty big deal and I thought I was really cool, hahah. Things aren't really the same as before, but I'm still a fan of theirs. And Brenden Urie is even more handsome now <3

Now I get to tag 5 more people and give them 5 questions to answer! I'm tagging Jessica, Kayly, Usagi, Megan and Skye (she's on a blogging break for December, but I want her to know I was thinking of her anyway!). Here's the questions I came up with:

1. If you could have one superpower for a day, what would it be and what would you do with it?
2. What's your most bizarre pet peeve?
3. Tell us about the person that knows you the best.
4. What's the last book you read that you really loved?
5. What's your favorite wintertime drink?

Friday, December 19, 2014

5 Fandom Friday - Favorite Christmas Movies

5 Fandom Friday

Happy Friday! This weeks Fandom Friday topic is Christmas movies! I have to confess that...I haven't seen very many. To rub it in, I took this Buzzfeed quiz on Christmas movies yesterday, and was only able to identify 4 out of 16. Oops. Luckily, the few that I have seen I really like.

1. The Muppet Christmas Carol This is my favorite Christmas movie! I love the Muppets and I love musicals.

Muppet Christmas Carol

2. Home Alone

3. A Charlie Brown Christmas 

4. Batman Returns
Ok, I know I'm stretching it now, but like I said I haven't seen very many. Batman Returns is set around Christmas, so there's that...

Batman Returns

5. The Nativity Story
I saw this in theatres when it was released with my family. I wasn't sure how much I'd like it, I mean, I already knew how the story went. However it was really nice and well-made.

BONUS: BoJack Horseman Christmas Special I literally finished watching this five seconds ago. I had mixed feelings for the first couple episodes, but by the end I really loved the first season of BoJack. This morning Andrew was sifting through Netflix, when from the corner of my eye I saw a screen grab of what was definitely a Christmas themed BoJack Horseman episode, and I said "Stop! Go back!" Sure enough, a brand new Christmas special had been released TODAY. I was so excited! And yes, it was as great as I expected it to be.

BoJack Horseman
"The size of this drink is offensive. especially coming from the beer capital of the world." (This picture isn't actually from the episode. I just really like this one.)

So there you go. I plan to watch a few more Holiday movies before Christmas gets here. I'm thinking Elf, A Christmas Story, and...I don't know, maybe Scrooged. Only one of those movies are on Netflix, though, so I might end up swapping a few. What are your favorite holiday movies? If you have your own 5 Fandom Friday post make sure to link it below! I try to read everyone's but sometimes I miss a few when scrolling through my different feeds!

Past 5 Fandom Friday posts:
Geeky Clothing I Need in My Closet Immediately
My Must See List of Halloween Movies
Candy!
Comfort Foods That Always Make Me Feel Better
Apps I Cannot Live Without
- A Christmas List to Defy All Odds

Pssst...there's two days left to enter the Femmecraft giveaway I'm hosting here on the blog! Express and support your geeky passions with jewelry that gives back - each pendant donates 10% to a correlating charity!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

12 Days of Christmas - DIY Christmas Ornaments!


Hey friends! Todays theme is DIY projects, but unfortunately I didn't have time to put together an actual DIY to share with you guys. You know how life gets during the holidays! So instead I thought I'd still pop in and just share a couple ornaments I made earlier this month.


Neither one was very hard to make, The star ornament was made from broken branches in my moms backyard, scrap fabric and Scrabble pieces acquired from the thrift store! Subtlety hot glue the sticks together and Scrabble pieces on, then tie fabric or ribbon around the points. Easy peasy!

The gingerbread man was made with foam gingerbread shaped cutout from the craft store, but if you have a steady hand you can just cut them out of sheet foam! Mine glitters, which I personally like but I think no glitter would be nice, too. For his hands and feet I cut little pieces of ric rac, and his eyes are made of felt. My mom and I find the half-eaten thing pretty funny, but that's also a personal choice ;)

Previous 12 Days of Christmas Posts:
- Christmas Memories
Holiday Recipes (cake balls!)

Pssst...there's still time to enter the Femmecraft giveaway I'm hosting here on the blog! Express and support your geeky passions with jewelry that gives back - each pendant donates 10% to a correlating charity!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Read Play Blog: My Gaming Wishlist and a Christmas Recommendation!

Read Play Blog
Read Play Blog is a meme about video games and books, posted every 16th of the month. Bloggers are encouraged to answer a discussion question, recommend a video game that they like, and share what they're currently playing. Hosted by Happy Indulgence Books & Read Me Away!

What's on your gaming wishlist? 

There's a few games I've had my eye on lately, so here's my top three! I think we can all agree that it's nearly impossible for a gamer to pick just ONE.


1. Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell If you're a regular reader of my video game posts then it's no surprise to see this on my list. If you're interested in a more in-depth description of why I need this in my life, check out this past post entirely dedicated to it!

2. LEGO The Hobbit I'm a huge fan of all the LEGO games, and LEGO Lord of the Rings has been the best one I've played so far! I can't wait to see what this one has in store.

3. Five Nights at Freddy's Honestly, I have mixed feelings on this one. I've always had a huge fascination with horror games (their story lines are always the best), but when I actually play them I get too scared and turn to mush. So yes, I strongly WANT to play this game, but I'm not sure if I actually WILL. Such is my life.

My Recommendation: BattleBlock Theater
BattleBlock Theater

With Christmas right around the corner (aaaahhh), I decided on a game that I would recommend to a broad range of people, in case you were planning on buying someone a game for the holidays! Basically I'd recommend it to anyone that isn't a stick in the mud. BattleBlock Theatre plays like an arcade game (so it's pretty simple to learn) with more of a story and witty humor throughout. The game begins with a narrator setting up the story of hundreds of friends aboard the S.S. Friendship (friend-ship, heheh). After a heavy storm, they're shipwrecked on a seemingly abandoned island, where the crew also vanishes. When your character finally wakes up he finds a run down theater, where you also find the entire crew who's being held hostage by CATS! The only thing I found disappointing about this game was that it didn't translate over to PC very well, in my opinion. I'm mostly a PC gamer, so when I found out this was finally getting released on PC I was really excited. Unfortunately I think it's better left on console.

Currently Playing: World of Warcraft

I've talked about playing WoW on and off for months now, so this isn't particularly interesting to read about anymore, hahah! I'm still having a lot of fun with it, and just when I think I've gotten the hang of it I learn about something new I should be doing! There's just SO MUCH stuff to do in Warcraft, it'd hard to get bored of it.

And tah-dah! That's it for this month. Next month's topic is games we're looking forward to in 2015! I promise I won't talk about Saints Row this time. I think you all get the idea by now ;)

Past Read Play Blog posts:
- Sci-Fi Games
- Halloween Edition!
- Favorite Gaming Platforms
- Favorite Gaming Genre

Pssst...there's still time to enter the Femmecraft giveaway I'm hosting here on the blog! Express and support your geeky passions with jewelry that gives back - each pendant donates 10% to a correlating charity!

Monday, December 15, 2014

12 Days of Christmas - Christmas Memories


Happy Monday! Our next topic for the 12 Days of Christmas is Holiday Memories! I thought I'd use this prompt to talk about some holiday traditions with my family and how we usually spend Christmas :) Since I usually spend Christmas with my own family, it's hard to say if we do anything that's considered "different," since it's just normal for us! Who's to say what makes a normal Christmas? That's my thought for the day, hahah.

Photo on the left doesn't really have anything to do with our holiday traditions, but it's festive and the only picture I have of Andrew dressed up (sigh).

My family does most of our Christmas-y things on Christmas Eve, rather than Christmas Day! So here's a little run through of how our Christmas Eve goes...

Food - We eat a lot! Duh. Throughout the day we have sweets and finger foods on the table that we snack on all day. I always insist that my mom makes peanut butter fudge, which I always eat too much of and feel sick (worth it). This year I want to try and bring a batch of cake balls!

Hangin' out - This part isn't strict or planned out, really. Until about 6pm we just hang out while eating, playing games, maybe watching a Christmas show or movie, and doing some last minute present wrapping! Basically just enjoying each others company.

Church - In the evening we get all dressed up and go to church. My favorite part of our church's Christmas Eve service is when we all light candles and sing "Silent Night."

Presents - After church, we go home, my dad lights up the fireplace, and we open presents! I know most families do presents on Christmas morning, but this is how we've always done it. I always get nervous when people open the presents I've given them. What if they don't like it?! Aaaahhh. After we've all unwrapped everything, we kinda just hang out more until we're tired and we go to bed (or in my case I go home and THEN go to bed).

Christmas Day - More food! On Christmas Day we have a more formal(ish), sit down feast! Then we just hang out, having the itis and maybe playing around with some of our gifts. I have a pretty good idea what we'll be doing part of the time, but I can't say what it is because it's related to something I'm giving, heheh ;)

What are your families Holiday traditions?


Pssst...there's still time to enter the Femmecraft giveaway I'm hosting here on the blog! Express and support your geeky passions with jewelry that gives back - each pendant donates 10% to a correlating charity!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

12 Days of Christmas - Holiday Recipes!


I know it's the most cliche thing to say right now, but can you believe Christmas is just around the corner?! I mean, I guess you can...it's colder out and your calender says December, but really, where does the time go? Aaah. Anyway, to bring a little Christmas spirit to the blog, I decided to participate in the Blogging 12 Days of Christmas hosted by my good friend Pam! From now through Christmas Eve there's a new Christmas-y topic we'll be writing about to spread some cheer :) Because of some prior commitments (both blogging commitments and real life ones) I won't be able to post each day here on the blog, but I'll still participate in some form of social media on those days!

To get us all started today's theme is holiday recipes! I'm not much of a cook, but I thought it'd be fun to talk about something I love making around the holidays (well I don't love the actual process of making them, but I love sharing treats and being able to say I made them, hahah). Cake balls!


Cake balls are amazing. They've been a pretty big thing for the last few years (ever since Starbucks started carrying them, basically), but I never tried one for myself until about three years ago. Back when I still worked at Ross Dress for Less I had a work friend that loved baking and would often bring us treats. One day during the holidays she brought in Funfetti, white chocolate cake balls and I was in LOVE. I asked her to share the recipe with me and I went on to make custom batches for my two best friends as part of their Christmas gifts, and another batch to bring to my parents house on Christmas Eve. With the trial and error batches along with the handful of leftovers from each batch, Andrew was pretty sick of cake balls once the holidays were over, hahah! Too much of a good thing, I guess. Either way, it's been year since I've made some, so I'm ready to get back at it!

A more accurate depiction of how mine actually look. They taste good though, I promise!

Making cake balls, while a little time consuming, is surprisingly simple. Since I'm not much of a food blogger I'll let someone a bit more qualified explain the recipe to you, This recipe is basically exactly how I make mine. The "candy coating" I use is just melted chocolate chips. I tried using confectioners chocolate, but I didn't like it quite as much. The only downside is that melted chocolate chips dry and harden REALLY fast, so when dipping the cake balls you'll need to act quickly or have a friend help you out! Baking is more fun with friends, anyway ;)


Pssst...there's still time to enter the Femmecraft giveaway I'm hosting here on the blog! Express and support your geeky passions with jewelry that gives back - each pendant donates 10% to a correlating charity!

Friday, December 12, 2014

5 Fandom Friday: A Christmas List to Defy All Odds


Happy Friday! I've had to miss the last couple Fandom Friday's, but I'm finally back at it. This weeks theme is "Presents I Want Santa To Bring Me." Originally I had planned to just share the Christmas list I'd made for my family and Andrew (they still ask me to every year, I'm not being greedy, hahah!) but I decided instead to have a little more fun with it! If I could ask Santa to bring me anything I wanted, here's what it'd be.

1. Galagoogoo A Galagoogoo is a pinata you can collect in the video game Viva Pinata. Honestly, if I could have any of the pinatas as a pet in real life I'd be over the moon. Galagoogoo's are awesome, though. They have giant eyes that don't always close when they sleep, and they live in a tiny adorable secret laboratory in a sandbox.

Galagoogoo Viva Pinata

2. Clementine A guitar with the ability to rock so hard it can kill everyone around you. Clementine is Eddie's guitar in the game Brutal Legend. It starts off as a normal guitar, but when you're transported to a fantasy heavy metal world it turns into a weapon of destruction! It can electrocute and burn enemies, but more importantly you can play guitar solos that cast spells!

Brutal Legend Clementine

3. Invisibility Cloak Because obviously.

Harry Potter invisibility cloak

4. Gandalf's Staff Another self explanatory choice, I think.

Gandalf the Grey

5. Dubstep Gun "It's a party in a gun! Make the world dance to your beat and fear the power of your wubs!"  I hope you didn't think I'd make it through this whole post without listing an item from Saints Row, because you'd be incredibly wrong! The Dubstep Gun is without a doubt my favorite weapon in the series. It fires pulses of energy to the beat of dubstep tunes. You can change the look of the gun, which changes the song that plays when it fires, too. The people around you also start dancing when they hear it! Well, until they explode, anyway.

Dubstep Gun Saints Row

So there you have it. With these items I'm pretty sure I'd be set for world domination, but I guess we'll never know. What would be on your wishlist?

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Past 5 Fandom Friday posts:
Geeky Clothing I Need in My Closet Immediately
My Must See List of Halloween Movies
Candy!
Comfort Foods That Always Make Me Feel Better
Apps I Cannot Live Without
Pssst...there's still time to enter the Femmecraft giveaway I'm hosting here on the blog! Express and support your geeky passions with jewelry that gives back - each pendant donates 10% to a correlating charity!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

It Was a Dark and Stormy Night

So apparently we're expecting a bit of a storm this week. Lots of wind, lots of rain, all that fun stuff. Oh, and flash floods possibly! I don't really see that part happening in my exact location, but I guess we'll see. The weather has been weird this year. A few months ago we were complaining that we needed more rain, and now we're complaining because there's too much of it!

Anyway, seeing updates about the weather on almost every site I go to makes me remember this and that time the power went out due to a storm (or just because), and things we did to stay occupied. It really isn't that bad. Sometimes it's actually kind of perfect, and forces you into doing something you wouldn't normally do because you were glued to your computer. And with that, I bring you...

Great book, by the way. Read it!

1. Candles This one's obvious. Not only are they crucial to your power outage experience, but if you're like me then you also just love having them around. If you think the power's going out that night, make sure you have some candles around. Bonus points if they smell awesome! When I was young my friends and I would sometimes roast marshmallows over candles and make s'mores. Now that I think about it, there are much better ways to roast a marshmallow, but it worked so whatever I guess?

2. Play a board game If you have your friends or family around, it's the perfect time to play a game! This is assuming you have enough candles and flashlights to see. Playing board games can be annoying when the other players keep checking the TV or their phones, but now that the power's out they have no choice but to pay attention. Hah! My favorite board games are Pandemic and Settlers of Catan.

3. Do some cleaning Let's talk about how many times you planned to do the dishes and got sidetracked for an hour (or two) watching cat videos and playing Candy Crush. Uh huh. Fold that pile of clothes you washed last week, you have no excuse now!

4. Read a book Personally I think reading under candlelight (and even my little clip on book light) is really cozy. Find that book you've been meaning to read (I know you have at least five) and maybe a cozy blanket and you're good to go.

5. Mad Libs Long car rides, boring waiting rooms, power outages; Mad Libs always have your back.


...and finally

6. Go to bed When all else fails, sleep it out. If you're lucky the power will be back on by the time you wake up. Hopefully. Hahah.

What do you like to do when the power's out? And why does the power always seem to go out at night? Things to think about. Stay warm, everyone! (>^.^)>

Pssst...there's still time to enter the Femmecraft giveaway I'm hosting here on the blog! Express and support your geeky passions with jewelry that gives back - each pendant donates 10% to a correlating charity!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Buy for Good: Femmecraft Jewelry (and a Giveaway!)

We all love expressing out geekier sides, but what if you could while also supporting a great cause? Today I'm really excited to share a new way to buy for good - in the form of Femmecraft jewelry! Femmecraft owner Cassie Goodwin created a line of pendants called The Enthusiasts, that's all about paying it forward while expressing and supporting your geeky passions! What could be better? Here's what Cassie has to say about the new collection:

“This is my most ambitious and personal project yet. I am a big believer in the importance of passion in everyday life, and I hope to spotlight the amazing variety of things that can bring joy to our lives and help geeks find a way to give back to the interests that give us so much.”

Currently the line features six different pendants, and 10% of each pendant sale goes towards a charity correlating to that pendant. Instead of letting me blab on about it all day, let me just show you a few ;)


Comic Fanatic - Proceeds go towards the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics art form and its community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians, and readers.

Gamer Geek - Proceeds go to Extra Life, a gaming marathon in support of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Extra Life Gamers rally friends and family members to sponsor their play, and since 2008 have raised over $8 Million! (Unrelated - Extra life is something I've wanted to participate in for a long time, I only lack the ability to stay awake for 24 hours. Maybe someday!)

STEMinist - Proceeds go to The Ada Initiative, promoting the participation of women in open technology and culture, including open source software, Wikipedia, and open social media.

Cheesin' with my Gamer Geek necklace! Dimple game was strong that day.

Cassie was so kind and offered to send me a pedant of my own, and while it was a very close tie between it and Word Nerd, I chose the Gamer Geek pendant! Like I said, Extra Life is something I've wanted to participate in for a long time, and since I haven't yet I thought it'd be fun to support it in a different way. I was also really drawn towards the bright red, glittery background of the pendant. So pretty!

Here's a few more pendants the collection; History Buff, Derby Folk and Word Nerd! You can get a closer look at ReluctantFemme's Etsy shop!


Now for a giveaway! If I haven't already convinced you on how awesome Cassie is, she's also offering $35.00 credit to her shop to one (1) lucky reader! That's just the right amount for a necklace of your choosing along with international shipping! What are you waiting for? Enter below!

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Monday, December 1, 2014

#Nerdvember Day 17-30 Recap and Wrap Up

#Nerdvember

Following suite of my first recap, here's a little rundown on the rest of my #Nerdvember outfits for the month! #Nerdvember is an Instagram contest that was put together by the girls over on Set to Stunning! The goal is to wear nerdy themed outfits for as many days as possible during November. Outfits can range from something obviously geeky like your favorite Marvel t-shirt, or more vague, like an outfit inspired by a character through the use of a specific color palette! So let's get to it!

Les Miserables, Fullmetal Alchemist

Day 17 - Fullmetal Alchemist I bought these Colonel Mustang and Major Armstrong charms at Anime Expo years ago. I never found the perfect place for them, so they eventually ended up as a necklace! Fullmetal Alchemist will always be my favorite anime! Also Colonel Mustang is my favorite character :)

Day 19 - Les Miserables I don't know if this theme technically counts or not, but it's definitely something I nerd out about so I went with it anyway! Les Mis is one of my favorite musicals. I even thought the movie was ok (not awesome, but ok). I got the charm bracelet when my mom and I went to see Les Mis at the Orpheum for our birthdays! The shirt is from when the theatre company I work for did their own production of Les Mis (one of the most difficult shows I've ever worked on), and the button was from a yard sale.

Power Rangers

Day 20 - Power Rangers Go go Power Rangerrrsss! I got this pin when I met Walter Emanuel Jones, AKA the original Black Ranger! I was a huge Power Ranger fan when I was a kid!

Day 22 - Ranma 1/2 Ukyo Kuonji didn't show up too often in the Ranma 1/2 series, but when she did it was always pretty amusing. Obviously this was a super basic day, but if I learned anything from #Nerdvember it's that my pin collection's a lot more badass than I remembered.

Katamari Damacy, Blueberry & Pineapple

Day 23 - Katamari Damacy I'm pretty sure the Katamari series is one of the cutest ever made. The earrings came in a set from Forever 21, but don't they look like little Katamari balls? Hahah.

Day 27 (Thanksgiving!) - Space I am the WORST at all forms of nail art, but for some reason I decided to try my own version of "galaxy nails." The picture is terrible quality, but you get the idea. It also matches the barrette I wore that day! It's from our shop, Blueberry & Pineapple ;)

Thor, Grumpy Cat

Day 28 - Thor This is my new Thor shirt! With the Black Friday sale it was only a couple bucks! I don't have many long sleeved shirts so this was a good piece to pick up for Winter. And it's just awesome.

Day 29 - Cats Cats on cats on cats! It's no secret that I love cats, and I've collected a LOT of cat things over the years. My favorite piece is my Grumpy Cat shirt! I ordered it on Think Geek last year for $5 (I'm a sucker for a sweet deal).

Jordandene

Day 30 - Lord of the Rings/Christmas I wore my Jordandene tank (again) to work! It was really cold that day so I paired it with a fuzzy thneed infinity scarf and a cardigan! I also added my Christmas tree earrings to be more festive <3

The end! This recap has a few less pictures than the last one did, unfortunately. I mentioned it a bit on a post last week, but I've been crazy busy and kind of in a slump, so some days I didn't have the time and other days I just wasn't feeling inspired. Either way I'm really glad I decided to participate in this challenge. The days that I did do something were a lot of fun! Sometimes I got weird looks (particularly on the cat day), but other people loved it. I also loved scrolling through the #Nerdvember tag on Instagram and seeing what everyone else came up with. Some of the outfits I saw were so creative! Today I was cleaning my closet a bit and found a few other items I could have used and I totally regret not finding them sooner! Oh well, there's always next year :)

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!


I hope everyone has an awesome day. Whether you're with family, friends, your cat or at work. There's an upside to everything ;) This year I'm thankful for so many things - my family and loved ones, moving into my new apartment this year, my jobs (even when I don't act like it), and having enough people to play Catan with me - just to list a few! What are you thankful for?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Currently

a great and terrible beauty, the office, ludacris

Reading
Right now I'm re-reading A Great and Terrible Beauty, by Libba Bray. It's one of the few YA books that didn't fill me with fiery rage. I read the series a long time ago and remember enjoying them, but for some reason I can't remember much that happened aside from the main plot points (and those were a bit fuzzy too). While looking for my next read I decided to re-read this series, because 1) I wanted to remember why I liked them in the first place, and 2) I've been feeling really stressed and bummed out lately, During those times I like reading things that are easy (hahah).

Watching
I'm watching a lot of things right now! Amazing Race, Project Runway: All Stars, Walking Dead, Once Upon a Time and About a Boy are what I'm attempting to keep up with. I've also been re-watching episodes of The Office lately, just because that show makes me really happy. Even when sad things happen on it I don't feel bad because I know it all works out in the end, hahah!

Listening 
Pandora is usually set to the "Ludacris" station. Because I'm really gangster! Just kidding :(

worms clan wars, apple cinnamon cheer, blueberry and pineapple

Playing
I've still been playing a lot of Worms. Well, not a LOT, because I haven't had much time to game, but when I am playing a game it's usually Worms with my brother. It's simple, yet very satisfying to see the opponent's worm go flying into the water after you kamikaze their butt.

Loving
I really like candles right now? I was never a candle person so I don't know why this is happening. It all started about two weeks ago. I was feeling really bummed out that day and passed a display of Glade holiday scented candles, and for some reason I really felt like I needed this $3.00 apple cinnamon candle in my life. I've been using it a lot and the smell fills up my small apartment quickly, which makes me smile :) The only upside to small living spaces, hahah. I also dug out a couple other candles I've had packed away but never really used, so I've just been using whatever candle I'm feelin' that day.

Working on
Earlier this month my mom and I were spending a lot of time working on our crafty things for two upcoming Blueberry and Pineapple events. Both have passed now, and while I'm glad we did them, that's one less thing to worry about! Now I'm just trying to make it through my actual jobs every day. I'm also still trying to finish Christmas shopping. Every year I say I'm going to get it done early, but I never do. I REALLY want to have it done early enough that I can just order it all online and not have to go to the store! Finally, as usual, I'm also working on my blog. Unfortunately I haven't been able to put as much effort as usual into it, but I have some future posts (including another giveaway, yay) that I'm really excited about! ;)