Friday, October 31, 2014

5 Fandom Friday: Candy, Candy, Candy!

Today's Fandom Friday post feels a bit reminiscent. The last time I went trick-or-treating was in 2010 and I was already well aware that I was too old to be doing so. I went with my little brother, because we thought it'd be funny to wear costumes that went together, so my mom agreed that that made it ok for me to go. He wanted to be Ash, from Pokemon, and wanted me to be Snorlax. Snorlax has always been my favorite Pokemon! We were pretty cute.

I dare you to try telling me we're not cute.

So yeah. Today's Fandom Friday topic is all about candy, and those special little treats you not-so-secretly got excited for when you saw a kind stranger tossing it into your trick-or-treating bag. I love candy - a little too much, so this topic was easy peasy for me. Some of these candies might be a little more new, and weren't actually around last time I went trick-or-treating, but I'm adding them anyway because I can't remember and because they're still my favorites. Let's go!

1. Hershey's Cookies n Creme 

This is my all time favorite candy. I could eat them all day, get sick, take a nap, and then eat more of them. So good.

2. Trolli Sour Brite Crawlers 

I don't know why they can't spell it "bright," but they're delicious so it doesn't really matter. I like the octopus shaped ones too, when I can find them!

3. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups

I love peanut butter, and these melt in your mouth so perfectly *swoon.* The only downside is that they also melt outside of your mouth a little too perfectly. Not ideal when reading or clacking away on your computer. Perfect for binge watching shows on Netflix.

4. Pretzel M&M's

Regular M&M's are alright, but these take it to the next level. The salty-sweet proportions are just right, and I like the added crunch. Since they're fatter than regular M&M's, the bags of these you see at the cash register seem deceivingly small once you eat them. Wah :(

5. White Chocolate Kit Kat

Yum! I know cookies and cream Kit Kats exist, but I've yet to find one. I feel like those would be my favorite, though. Until then, these work just fine! Compared to other chocolate bars, eating these feels light and airy to me. It makes it easier to lie to yourself and say it's ok to eat a few more.

So there you have it. I hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween! What are YOUR favorite candies?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Follow Me Around on Opening Night (It's Just a Step to the Left)!

We made it in the paper!

I often see these "photo an hour" challenges, where basically someone takes a photo every hour to document what a regular day in their life looks like. I thought it might be fun to do the same, but rather than the whole day (my whole day isn't that interesting), it'll document my job as assistant stage manager at the theatre! Opening night for The Rocky Horror Show was coming up, and I thought that would be the perfect day to do it! I started writing this post, planing on choosing from my collection of photos I took to use one for every hour, but then I just couldn't decide which photos more accurately showed what I was doing. I decided the most logical thing to do was use them ALL! I took a photo about every half hour, hahah. So here's a little glimpse into my life at that theatre place I'm always talking about :)

Woooo! Let's get started.

5:00 PM

Call time was at 6:00, but my boyfriend, Andrew, was going in at 5:00 to help finish the set. As assistant stage manager I'm supposed to arrive before the cast anyway, so I just tagged along with Andrew. So yeah -- it was opening night and our set wasn't finished yet. Welcome to live theatre! Hahah. I snapped this picture of the set as I walked in. In this picture, the set hadn't been fully painted yet, and they're hanging the "Denton - The Home of Happiness" sign and the church used in the opening scene with Brad and Janet.

5:30 PM

Earlier that day I was talking to my bloggy friend Pam about how she started taking #OOTD (Outfit of the Day) photos, so I snapped this photo in the dressing room as I was making my rounds of the building. I thought about posting it on Instagram, but then I felt self conscious, hahah. Sorry it's so grainy :(

6:00 PM

One of my duties is to check in all the props used in the show, and preset them all before each show. One of my presets is to set up this little collection of props for Dr. Frank-N-Furter used in the song "Sword of Damocles," which is when his creation, Rocky, comes alive for the first time. The director specifically said she wanted him to use a baby bottle, a rippable teddy bear, a rattle, and a dildo. So there ya go.

6:30 PM

By 6:30 I had finished what I could of my duties (they were still doing set finishing stuff onstage so I couldn't do all of my set up stuff), so I went to go help our prop mistress make these little Rocky Horror goody bags. If you're not familiar, there are some audience participation things for live showings of Rocky Horror, such as holding a newspaper over your head and shooting squirt guns when it's "raining," throwing rice at the wedding, and throwing rolls of Scott's brand toilet paper when Brad yells "Great Scott!" Since we have a lot of expensive equipment that we don't have the money to replace, we decided to be party poopers and ask showgoers NOT to bring these supplies. Instead, we're providing these bags that contain the supplies that are safe to use, and this way we have a better idea of what will be thrown around and what to look out for. Some people sneaked in some things anyway, but it could have been worse. Do you like the red Rocky Horror lips stamped on the front? I thought it was a fun little touch :)

7:00 PM

Just for fun, whenever we start a run of a new show we draw "secret buddies." It's the same as a secret santa, but we surprise them with little gifts throughout the entire 3 week run of the show. Things can get stressful, so a little surprise of your favorite snack or something can help lighten the mood. On opening night I received my first very generous set of treats from my secret buddy. Sour gummy worms are one of my favorite candies! I laughed at the little framed picture of Oprah; I had written on my secret buddy form that she's my hero! Finally they also left me these cute Sleepy tissues. I can't remember for sure, but there's a good chance I wrote about my love for napping on my form too. Or whoever sent these just knows I'd usually rather be sleeping, hahah.

7:30 PM

The set finally came together thirty minutes before the curtains went up! #Hustle?! Hahah. Here's a little peek of the pillars that come in for Dr. Frank-N-Furter's lab. The little glowy parts are light bulbs lit up behind tissue paper! A week before I had helped get the light bulbs ready. Our set designer had bought twenty boxes of colored string lights from Target, and we had to unscrew all the light bulbs and screw them back on in a different order so we could string them up and down the pillars just right!

8:00 PM

8:00 was go time! No one is allowed to take pictures during the show, so I just took a little snap of my set up backstage. During the shows I hang out on stage left, where our fly rail system is (that's what we use to make the hanging set pieces fly on and offstage, with those ropes you see here). Andrew flies most of the things in and out during this show, but there are a few scenes where things fly up and down at the same time, so for those ones I help him out. On the bottom half of the picture you can see my music stand where I keep a script for the show, because you never know when an actor is gonna frantically run up and flip through the pages because they brain farted on their opening line for their next scene. The black box thing clipped to it is part of my headset that I have to wear during shows. I REALLY hate wearing a headset, but unfortunately it's kind of important. The stage manager hangs out in the techie booth calling the light and sound cues, and if something goes wrong he needs to be able to tell me immediately. Usually when this happens it has something to do with the trap door we use in the show, or an actors microphone went out, so I have to go check their microphone pack when they get offstage (or I tell the dressers and get them to do it if I can't/don't want to touch a sweaty person).


This was during intermission. Honestly I just forgot to check what time it was. In theory it should have been about 8:45, but with live theatre it's hard to tell. During intermission I have surprisingly few things to do. I set this upright bed thing to center stage, and that's it. With spare time I'll pick up some of the act 1 props left backstage that we don't need in act 2. I had to take the picture at this weird angle because the front main curtain is down, and this bed has to be set as close to the curtain as possible. I guess I could have taken the picture before I set it where it needs to go, but whatever hahah. If it looks like a bald guy is creepin' in this photo, it's because he is.

10:00 PM

We made it through the show! In act 2 during the song "Eddie" they use nine teddy bears with their limbs velcroed on so they can tear the bears apart. They throw the limbs in the air and by the end of the song the pieces have managed to get EVERYWHERE, and after the whole show's done I go around collecting bear pieces so we can do it again tomorrow. Sometimes I can't find all the pieces and I have a minor freak-out, but they always show up...somewhere...eventually. Hahah.

Ta-dah! So there's a little look at what I do during shows. Depending on my job for a specific show, things might be a little (or a lot) different. For this show I'm assistant stage manager, so I basically just help the stage manager get things done and be his second set of eyes and ears. The last show I did, Bonnie and Clyde, I stage managed it all by myself, so things were much more hectic and I did a lot of different things just hoping it'd all get done, because I didn't have an assistant! Sometimes I work more with lights, and during the actual shows I spend most of my time 50ft above the stage, making things look bright. Maybe for the next show I'll do another one of these posts, so you can get a look at even more things around the theatre? We'll see :) Do you see a lot of live theatre shows? 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Pam's Birthday GIVEAWAY!

Happy Monday! I hope everyone is having a great (or at least tolerable) start to their week! My weekend was spent being busy at the theatre as usual, hahah! Now, onto the giveaway!

My blogger buddy Pam from Hodge Podge Moments, recently had a birthday! Yaaay :) To celebrate, she wanted to host a fun little giveaway with some friends to co-host with her! Enter below to win a box of goodies, hand picked by Pam herself, ad space on Hodge Podge Moments, AND on Wandering Forever More! Wooo!

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Friday, October 24, 2014

5 Fandom Friday: A Must-See List of Halloween Movies

5 Fandom Friday
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Happy Friday! This weeks 5 Fandom Friday post is about our favorite Halloween movies. At first I wasn't sure exactly how to interpret this; are we talking movies ABOUT Halloween (such as the appropriately named Halloween franchise), scary movies in general (since we all associate Halloween with scary movies), or maybe your Halloween movie traditions? Since I couldn't decide, I decided to touch base on all of them!

1. Classics - Poltergeist

But do yourself a favor and don't watch the rest of the series.

No horror movie list is complete without Poltergeist, I think. Just because it was made in 1982 doesn't mean it's lacking in thrills. In fact, I'd say this makes it on the list of scariest movies I've ever seen. It keeps you guessing (and scared), and the story is great. Don't be fooled by the PG rating! I watched it for the first time when I was maybe 15, and I couldn't look at clowns, trees, or mirrors the same way for a little while.

2. Scariest - The Poughkeepsie Tapes

The Poughkeepsie Tapes

Obviously "scariest" is very relative, but for me, The Poughkeepsie Tapes is the scariest movie I've ever seen. I watched it years ago; I haven't watched it since, and there's no way you're gonna make me. I've heard some people say they had to sleep with the light on afterwards, but others that were pretty unfazed, so I guess it really depends. Movies with a bigger sense of realism are what freak me out, rather than something that's just a big gorefest (I like the gorey movies, too, they just aren't very scary to me). I also have this thing about horror movies with masks. I don't know, they just really freak me out. This movie feels really long because the suspense is really intense; suspense similar to Paranormal Activity, except not stupid and pointless (sorry, P.A. fans). Finding a copy of this movie isn't the easiest thing to do, but if you're looking for a creepy suspense flick and an excuse to never let your daughters out at night, this is it.

3. Best pick for your Halloween party - Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Throwback! We all remember this show, right? Ok, so it's a TV series rather than a movie, and they aren't particularly scary. It still has a sense of creepiness about it, and they're fun to watch when you want something a little dark, a little fun, and not scary enough to keep you up at night. Since they're short and the plot isn't too deep, you can leave them running in the background while you're friends are over as you're hanging out and eating candy. Which is exactly what I've done on multiple occasions, and it's always been really popular with my friends!

4 - A movie that's actually about Halloween (or is it?) - The Nightmare Before Christmas

Nightmare before Christmas

Another classic! I've always been a little unsure about this one, is it a Halloween movie, or a Christmas one? I guess it's both. I've always loved The Nightmare Before Christmas, even through that awkward period when Hot Topic was filled with it and all the "emo kids" had Jack and Sally plastered all over everything...but I digress. I have this badass and amazing Nightmare Before Christmas hoodie that I got at Disneyland (NOT Hot Topic), and it is still the warmest hoodie I own. I got the hoodie a million years ago, but I also had this weird habit of wearing my hoodies way too big back then. Now it fits me like it's actually supposed to. Yay!

5. One more movie just because I like it - Buried

Ryan Reynolds Buried

The premise is simple. Iraq-based American civilian truck driver Paul/Ryan Reynolds is attacked, and wakes up to find himself buried alive in a wooden coffin, with only a lighter, flask, flashlight, knife, glowsticks, pen and a mobile phone. Basically you could just call this movie "Ryan Reynolds in a Box," because that is literally all you'll see. That kind of sounds boring, though I think it's universally agreed upon that Ryan Reynolds is a pretty handsome dude, so things could be worse. But! The plot thickens! Why was Ryan Reynolds put in the box?! Will Ryan Reynolds ever get out of the box?! How does Ryan Reynolds get phone service in the box?! It's pretty intense. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Pura Vida Bracelets - Impact Update!

Hey friends! So I know I've already talked about Pura Vida Bracelets before, and I know that some of you are already big fans! If not, I'll fill you in really quick - each bracelet donates to a cause and provides full time jobs for artisans in Costa Rica! And they're cute! Hahah. You can read more about them in my post here. Anyway, today I received this little Impact Update chart, and I thought it might be fun to share. It's cool to see how much of an impact you're really helping to create!

Yay! It just makes me want to add to my collection even more. I've had my eye on a few of the designs, Unfortunately that will have to wait until after I pay my rent this month. If you decide to stop by the site, don't forget to use my code for a sweet discount!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Book Report

Today I'm participating in the monthly Circle with Kiki from In Its Time. This month the topic is on one of my favorite things...books!

I'd like to welcome you to today's post with a cat gif.

What are your favorite books you've read this year?

I read a lot of good books this year, but I'll narrow it down. The absolute BEST book I read was Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. I found it very inspiring, and it's also what drove me to start writing my Buy for Good series. There is also a 2 part documentary based on the book, which is very conveniently on Netflix! They recently came out with another book called A Path Appears, which I'm reading right now. It's about making a difference at home and all over the world, and becoming the most global effective citizens we can be. There's also a documentary for that on its way, but I won't be able to see it until January!

Half the Sky

Some other great books I read this year were China Dolls, by Lisa See (one of my favorite authors), and Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened, by Allie Brosh. Hyperbole and a Half started as just a blog, and I was really happy when this book came out! Even though it took me a year to start reading it, hahah.

What did you just finish reading?

The most recent book I finished was Deadly Little Lies, by Laurie Faria Stolarz. I hated it so much that I wrote a whole post about it :P It is the second book in a series, but I don't plan on reading the rest of them.

Deadly Little Lies

What are you reading next?

Well as I previously said, I'm currently reading A Path Appears. I also have The Goldfinch checked out from the library, and plan to read that next. Unfortunately I'm a slow reader, and since that book's so big I'll probably have to return it before I'm done :( I might just check it out again but for my Nook.

What were your favorite books as a kid?

When I was a kid I really liked this series called Akiko, by Mark Crilley. I've often heard it described as a cross between Star Wars and The Wizard of Oz. It's about a girl and her adventures on different planets with some alien friends. At the beginning of each book, her alien friends would come pick her up from her bedroom window, and leave an Akiko robot replica in her place until the real Akiko came back!

What book would you want on a deserted island?

I'm kind of torn on this one. At first I was thinking I'd want to bring something really big that I've never read before. I was going to say War and Peace, because one of my goals is to read it someday, and what better time than stranded on a deserted island? Then I was thinking that that might not be the most interesting thing to read (I wouldn't want to be stuck with a boring book), so maybe I'd just want to go with one of my favorite books instead? In that case I would bring Cloud Atlas, which is one of my favorite books. I could also benefit from rereading it because there's just some much symbolism and callbacks and EVERYTHING shoved in there, half of which I didn't even realize until I was already finished reading it. However, if one existed, I would bring a giant book that contained all seven Harry Potter books. I've been meaning to finally finish the series, and since it's been so long I'd want to start from the beginning! It'd also eat up a lot of time, hahah! So if that book existed, that would be my final answer ;)

What about you?! If you linked up this month I'd love to read your post, or even if you didn't and just want to leave your answers in a comment below! Let's talk about books <3

In Its Time

Monday, October 20, 2014

Happy Monday!


Sorry there's post here today! I try to have something up every Monday, but this week I just couldn't get myself to do it. Between the opening of our new show, Rocky Horror (which is going great), my other job, and preparing for an upcoming craft fair, the time leftover ended up being used for eating or naps, hahah.

I hope everyone had a great weekend! :)

Friday, October 17, 2014

Review - Deadly Little Lies (Or - I Read this YA Book and I Wish I Hadn't)

I should start this off by making it very clear that I generally do not like YA books at all. After ten seconds of thorough research, I've learned that the book I'm about to review is/was relatively popular, too. You've been warned!

Anyway, about maybe 7 years ago, I was in this thing where you'd receive advance reading copies of YA books (I didn't hate all YA then, just maybe half of it) and email the publishers back with a little review and what I thought could have been better. One of the books I remember reading from that was Deadly Little Secret by Laurie Faria Stolarz. I'm not going to review that whole book, but you can get the general idea of it with the synopsis here. It included most of the things I didn't like about YA books; teen angst, awkward and unrealistic teenage romance, and was 80% in a school setting. That aside, it was a quick and easy read because it was very fast paced and when kids weren't being stupid, the action was pretty intense. I wanted to know why this chick was being stalked/if someone was actually going to try murdering her, and why this Ben dude was creepin' around all weird. I finished the book to a somewhat unsatisfying ending, put it on my bookshelf, and over time kind of just forgot about it.

Deadly Little Lies review

...until a few weeks ago, when I was at my Friends of the Library book store. I saw the spine of a book and thought the styling looked familiar, so I picked it up and saw that Deadly Little Secret had turned itself into a series, and that this was the second book, Deadly Little Lies. I don't really know what came over me, but as I was standing there with the book in hand, I thought about when I read the first one, and for some I wasn't remembering it for as bad as it really was. I threw a quarter into the payment slot and brought it home. Here's a little synopsis from the back of the book to get us all on the same page:

Last fall, sixteen-year-old Camelia fell for Ben, the mysterious new boy at school who turned out to have a very "mysterious" gift--pyschometry, the ability to sense the future through touch. But just as Camelia and Ben's romance began to heat up, he abruptly left town. Brokenhearted, Camelia has spent the last few months studying everything she can about psychometry, and experiencing her own strange brushes with premonition. Camelia wonders if Ben's abilities have somehow rubbed off on her. Can the power of psychometry be transferred? Even once Ben returns to school, Camelia can't get close enough to share her secret with him. Despite the romantic tension between them, Ben remains aloof, avoiding contact. Then when an unexpected kiss leads to a frightening argument, Camelia makes the painful decision to let Ben go and move on. Adam, the hot new guy at work, seems good for her in ways Ben wasn't. Adam is easygoing, and seems to really care about her. But when Camelia and Adam start dating, a surprising love triangle results. A chilling sequence of events upturns secrets from Ben's past--and Adam's. Someone is lying, and it's up to Camelia to figure out who--before it's too late.

The second book picks up a few months after the first one. The guy who was stalking her (it was her ex-boyfriend, who we hadn't even really heard of until the "big reveal," very anti-climatic) is sent away to some other state, and the guy she was into, Ben, dips out because he needs to "get away" for awhile. When school starts again Ben comes back, but he's giving our girl Camelia the cold shoulder for whatever reason (teen angst, I'm telling you). Ben is all annoying because he's so conflicted; sometimes he'll try to talk to her and say he has "feelings" for her still, but then other times he doesn't want anything to do with her, because it's "safer this way." Camelia goes chasing after him more than I think one should if they're trying to keep their dignity, until she meets this oh-so-handsome college dude, named Adam, which ends up making Ben into a jealous mess. Because just when I think things can't get worse, they bring a love triangle into the mix.

Parks and Recreation Ron Swanson gif
Why wouldn't I use this as a chance to use my feeling approipriate gif collection?

Meanwhile, Camelia is getting creepy messages again, reminiscent of the first book. Cryptic notes in the mail, mysterious packages being left in her room, bloody scrawls on her garage door - normal stuff. The most confusing part of this series (for me anyway), has been why she gets into these situations and doesn't do anything about it. Basically she's just waiting around until whoever's bugging her decides to sneak into her room with a chainsaw (that's an exaggeration, except it kind of isn't). Someone's been following me and taking pictures of me while I'm out? No worries. Someone broke into my house through my bedroom window? Whatever. Not once does she even consider calling the police. She won't tell her parents because they're busy worrying about her aunt that's in the hospital for a non life threatening issue. She does, however, tell her two dingbat friends, but seeing as they never even offer to walk her home that didn't do her much good.

Stephen Colbert gif
What she should have said to "friends," Kimmie and Wes.

So pretty much the whole book goes back and forth from creepy stalkery things, trying to get Ben to pay attention to her, changing her mind and ignoring Ben to hang out with Adam, and then back to the beginning again. Yes, the mystery of who's behind the evil shenanigans DOES keep you guessing, but only because the answer is something you never would have pieced together on your own, as it involves people and things that had nothing to do with the rest of the story (this complaint is aimed at both books, though the first book is the bigger culprit). I can't guess that it was Mrs. White with the candlestick if I didn't even know she was in the story.

Clue movie gif

So that's my review of Deadly Little Lies, but Laurie Faria Stolarz. If you've read this series, I'd love to hear your opinions, whether they disagree with mine or not! I know I'm a bit of a minority when it comes to my feelings on YA books, so I'm sure there's some super fans for this series somewhere! Let's talk! :)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Read Play Blog - Halloween Edition!

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

 What game character would you like to be this Halloween?

I'm glad you asked! Well, it's not really a secret that I already have my Halloween costume planned out - Aquaman! While he isn't strictly a game character, he's in a fair share of games and it's in the same geeky realm, anyway. Putting together an Aquaman outfit (more of a semi-casual cosplay, because I need to be able to wear it to work) has been an interesting journey. It doesn't require many pieces, which is cool, but the pieces it does require aren't really things you can run out to the store and find. As I'm not a badass cosplay making extraordinaire, I spent a lot of time on the internet looking for things.


Now, if I could be any character I wanted for Halloween, assuming I was a badass cosplay making extraordinaire, I think I would be my favorite character from my second favorite game series - Xiahou Dun, from Dynasty Warriors. Probably not the most recent designs of him, because he has shorter hair in the newer games. Xiahou Dun is pretty legit. He gets hit in the eye with an arrow, hardly even flinches, and wears a cool eye patch for the rest of his days.

Xiahou Dun

Game Recommendation: Dynasty Warriors 7

So on that same wavelength, my game recommendation for this month is Dynasty Warriors 7. It's a hack and slash type game and is loosely based on the Chinese classical novel, Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Many of the characters actually existed during the Three Kingdoms period (AD 220 - 280) but aren't really historically accurate in the game, so don't reference it in your history class. I've made it no secret that I enjoy a lot of games that are not usually considered very cool or popular, but that's alright.

Dynasty Warriors 7

I honestly enjoy every single game in this series (excluding  the Dynasty Warriors Gundam games, because those are the WORST), but 7 is my favorite. To me, it has the most interesting story mode levels and I liked the new way of customizing your weapons. In each level of story mode you are forced to play the character that plays a prominent role in that particular story arc, so you'll actually feel like you're part of the story rather than just someone along for the ride. So for example, you can't use this girl because she wasn't born yet in the story, and you can't use that guy because he died in the story on the previous level. At first I wasn't a fan of this, but after playing through I'm glad it worked out that way. It gave me the chance to learn about different character abilities and weapons that I wouldn't have bothered with otherwise. Now I think using a fan as a weapon is pretty badass, when before I was strictly swords and halberds. There's still a free-to-play type thing with its own different levels, called Conquest Mode. In Conquest Mode you can play whichever character you want (as long as they're unlocked), and can work your way around the map earning new weapons, and my favorite - animal companions! Most of my characters use the panda companion; while you're in battle he rolls around on his back and heals you <3

Currently Playing: World of Warcraft - Mists of Pandaria

Unfortunately I don't get to wear a paddy hat.

I took a bit of a break from WoW, but now I'm back at it with Mists of Pandaria! I'm having SO much fun being Boohun (hahah) the huntress panda, it's awesome. I don't even know if I'll ever go back to my original character, Nafumae the shamen troll. Pandaren hunters all start with a pet turtle that follows them around, and I named mine Stinky. This refers to my real-life pet turtle, who is named Leonardo but is always often called Stinky Turtle.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Buy for Good: It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Awhile back I was introduced to an online shop called The Red Bow. It's basically a mecca of Hello Kitty, for those of us that don't always want to visit the little girls department in search of Hello Kitty accessories (no shame if you do, I do, but my pink plastic Hello Kitty head earrings don't exactly match with my work clothes). So last week I was window shopping, like ya do, and spotted this Pink Ribbon Hello Kitty Necklace, where with every necklace sold, they donate $5 to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (I'm not in Canada, but the shop is). I thought the necklace was adorable, and we all know I'm a sucker when it comes to buying things for a good cause. A week later, I found the prettiest package in my mailbox!

The Red Bow
To clarify, this was also wrapped in a red bubble wrap envelope, hahah.

The little note was a nice touch, too. Andrew and I were getting ready to leave just as this showed up, and I had to tell him "Wait! I need to take a picture of the wrapping first so I can open this in the car!" He's used to it. Now I've been wearing the necklace ever since! She's wearing a pink ribbon instead of her signature red bow!

Hello Kitty The Red Bow
I've been having a lot of cat-on-cat outfits lately.

Anyway, while so far it has indicated otherwise, I'm not writing this post just to show off my necklace. I also wanted to take a minute to showcase other organizations that also donate to breast cancer research and charities. Hopefully there's a little something for everyone here!

Pura Vida Bracelets + Boarding for Breast Cancer

Pura Vida Bracelets

One of my favorite companies is Pura Vida Bracelets. They offer hundreds of bracelets, and many of them donate to different causes. Pura Vida has a number of different bracelets that all donate to Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC), a non-profit foundation dedicated to providing education, prevention and support programs for young people and the action sports community at large. Their collection of bracelets starts at $5.00, and you can check them all out here. Added bonus - use the code NATALIEA20 at checkout for 20% off your order!

Panera Bread Pink Ribbon Bagels

Panera Pink Ribbon Bagels

Eat for a cause! We all need another excuse to go to Panera, right? Every October Panera offers these ribbon shaped bagels, where a portion of the proceeds goes to Breast Cancer charities NATIONWIDE! Not only that, but they sounds delicious too - loaded cherry chips, dried cherries and cranberries, vanilla, honey and brown sugar. Yum!

ONEHOPE Wine Pink 365 Gift Box
ONEHOPE Pink 365

Fancy! Each box contains a bottle of ONEHOPE chardonnay, a Voluspa Bella Sucre Coconut Wax Candle and a $10 ONEHOPE gift card.  The best part is that HALF of the profits from each box sold is donated to The Gateway for Cancer Research, who's committed to funding innovative cancer research studies that can help today's cancer patients feel better, live longer or be cured. The amount donated from every THREE boxes sold funds a clinical trial for a woman with breast cancer through Gateway for Cancer Research :)