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Looted: Unboxing #DoMore with Degree from Influenster

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My friend Lauren over at Beer Up Your Life recently convinced me to sign up for Influenster, a site where they send you products (samples and full sizes) for free and ask that you review the product. It’s such a great program because if the product is crap, it can help others not waste their hard-earned dollar. On the flip side, if it’s a great product this service can help promote it across the board and get people in the know. I recently got my first box for their #DoMore campaign with Degree’s MotionSense deodorant in Fresh Energy.

Let’s be real here, guys. Everyone needs to wear this stuff, but not everyone can use the same types. I believe this was Degree’s attempt at making a deodorant for women to help with long lasting protection and fragrance when exercising. Unfortunately, I’m not big on the whole exercise train like I should be, but I woke up this morning and thought, “Why not? Might as well try it since I’ve got it.”

Initial Thought: This actually smells really good. It’s not over powering and it’s not strong, but you can definitely smell it. For the first hour I had it on, I’d get a whiff of it every time I moved my arms. The strength of the smell has gone down since then. It glided on very smoothly and doesn’t appear to have left white markings on my clothes like many deodorants tend to do.

End of Day Thoughts: Overall, not bad of a product. It gets the job done and smells good while doing it. I can definitely see myself recommending this product to any of my female friends who are in the market for a deodorant that’s a step above your normal stick. Because I’m not a very active person, I think I’ll stick to my regular choice of Secret, but I would definitely keep this in mind for when I get my gym membership and start working up a sweat. Luckily, I’ve got a full size stick from Influenster to get me through a true trial period.

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Happy First Day of Fall!

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Happy Autumnal Equinox Day, everyone! Or, in other words, HAPPY FIRST DAY OF FALL, Y’ALL!

So, my neck of the woods is still looking like Summer, but the cooler mornings and nights are helping feed my excitement for my favorite season of all time: Fall! What’s there to not love about Fall?! The leaves on trees changing their colors and fluttering to the ground, the cool breeze sweeping over your skin while it’s being kissed by the sun, getting to dress in a mix of summer and winter layers. If I had it my way the start of the year would be the Autumnal Equinox. As a child, my plan was to have a home in different areas of the world and live in those homes only during the fall season of that area. I had planned that I would live my life in an eternal chase for Fall.

The start of Fall also means the start of the holiday season and very special dates! Halloween, NaNoWriMo, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and eventually ending it all with Fourth of July! Additionally, I get to move into my new place soon! *twirls in a tiny pile of leaves*

How can you not love Fall when it leads to such exciting days ahead?!

 

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Captain’s Log: #ANerdGoesToNapa

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Ok, I’m just start this off with a ripped bandaid: I was in Napa last month when the 6.0 earthquake hit at 3 in the morning.

My mom had planned this great, relaxing yearly family trip to Napa, CA months and months ago. She was so stoked about the trip mainly due to the Napa Valley Wine Train she managed to get us tickets for and keep even after 3 different reschedules. The neat thing about this train is that it takes you into St. Helena and back to Downtown Napa, all while serving you local wines and super fancy hors d’oeuvres, appetizers, dinners and desserts. Seriously, the silverware is actual vintage silverware. We starting in the wine tasting car, where we were served a starting glass of wine (me a glass of Merlot, my mom a glass of Chardonnay), along with a plate of  slices of sourdough bread with different cheeses and prosciutto, a Serrano pepper, seaweed salad, grapes and more. At one point, I managed to get to the back of the train (we were in the last car) and get photos of the vast Napa Valley and some of the side of the train.

Once we were moved into the dinner car and our order was placed, we were treated to a hot towel to clean our hands with, a salad, and more bread. I can’t begin to explain how amazing the food was! We didn’t even manage to finish our meals after stuffing our faces full of the fancies and wine. We end the evening with coffee all around, Crème Brûlée and a chocolate cake (with a candle for me to blow out). They gave me a small pack of cork coasters with the train logo on them as a souvenir for going for my (sorta) birthday. It was a slow start to the evening, but picked up a lot around dinner. We made it home around 11 and we all eventually passed out in our fluffy beds around midnight.

The earthquake hit just before 3 in the morning on Sunday. News reports said 3:30a, but we were out in the parking lot by a few minutes after 3. I was jolted awake by my mother’s yelling and spent the remaining time being unsure of whether or not the building was going to collapse down on us. The second it stopped, I did what I was always taught in school to do: head for cover under a door frame. So there we were, my dad still waking up and blind as a bat without his glasses, my mom freaking out and praying loud for Jesus to save us, and me trying to keep everyone from talking about how we’re gonna die.

Once I had my wits a bit more about me, I took a chance and ran back to the night stand in the middle of the room for my cell phone just in case we needed to call 911 for any reason. Naturally, it was on the way back to the bathroom that I ended up tripping and taking a chunk out of my toe on a dresser drawer and then trip on all the additional dresser drawers, a TV, a shelf, my dad’s cane, and the microwave. All within a 10-foot walk. *takes a graceful bow* You have no idea how happy and grateful I am that this is all that happened. Then, we got the fuck out of that building. Fast. Naturally, my clumsy ass was the only person who got hurt in our hotel.

In the thick of it, I didn’t get any photos. I did get some accidental footage while using my phone’s video camera flash to navigate my mom and I back in the hotel room an hour later to grab our stuff, but nothing you can really make much from. Turns out the shelf behind the TV fell, knocked the TV over and the dresser drawers fell on top of that. The microwave crashed to the ground, as well as my suitcase and stand. My makeup was thrown to the floor and my favorite eyeshadow was shattered. My dad’s glasses rolled under the bed for their own safety and his cane laid untouched in the middle of the floor. The wine bottles stayed safe, as did we. We cut out of Napa at 5a and managed to avoid the issues most were experiencing by taking an alternate route. 20 minutes out of Napa we finally saw power again.

We were extremely lucky to have not been Downtown when the earthquake hit like my mom had originally tried desperately hard to have us stay, and the public was far luckier that it had not happened during the Blues, Brews and BBQ event that was in the Downtown Napa area where many of the historical buildings fell apart. I’m very much convinced that this unfortunate event happening in the middle of the night while everyone was tucked safely into their beds. My heart goes out to those individuals, as well as those who’s homes and businesses were destroyed in the quake.

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We must defend Net Neutrality

This is the battle for the net

Major cable companies want to slow down (and break!) your favorite sites, for profit. Join us (and sites like Google, Reddit, Etsy, and Mozilla) in the Internet slowdown today and sign in favor for Net Neutrality.

I’m in. Are you in?

 

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My site crashed + a life update

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If you’ve been seeing this symbol around the site lately, it’s because my website blew up randomly about 2 weeks ago. I got really upset and disappeared from my blog and all of the posts I’d been working on. Images? Gone. Posts? Gone. Installations? Gone. Backups? Gone.

Gone. Gone. Gone. Everything. All my other sites, though? Totally fine. Wtf, right? And all of this just a couple days after I woke up in Napa to a 6.0 earthquake and had my life rattled.

I got lucky, though. The database was still intact, I had saved all of my images in a well-organized folder off-domain. I had to step away for a bit. You understand, right? Over a year’s worth of blogging, gone in an instant and the most that could be found was that an approved update that I never actually did broke the whole damn thing somehow.

Additionally, I’m moving! I’m so excited about it, you guys! I’ve been wanting out of that apartment for a few years now and have been hunting for an affordable place that’s very similar to the one I have now in the next town over. As of October 1st, I will be an official resident of Lodi, CA. Still not sure how I feel about that. This means that I’m going to be pretty much absent this month while I work on a new layout, some new content, and get settled in.

Thanks for being patient with me guys!

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Nerd Cave: Inspiration – Storybook Home

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Who says you can’t live in your favorite storybook? You know, other than the limitations of reality? You can always find ways to incorporate the things you love in life into your home. Take these homes for example. Each dweller found a way to place little to major aspects of the storybook life into their home.

Simple elements can mean a big difference when creating your storybook home. Swap your bed frame for a wrought iron bed. You can find wonderful and sturdy vintage ones at large antique stores, or cheat a bit for a lower out-of-pocket cost by getting a newer one. String fairy lights outside on a tree, bush, potted plant or railing will add a spot of whimsy that might not have been there before. Display that giant book collection for the world to see, even if they aren’t all super old, cloth hardcover novels. Branches on the wall are great for hanging jewelry, scarves, ties, and hanging ornament collectibles that aren’t limited to Christmas time usage.

Practice that speech in front of an ornate mirror in the hallway or bedroom instead of that cheap, simple framed one you have from an antique store, home goods store or street faire. Display all of your teacups in open shelving in your kitchen. Other dwellers chose to place in character elements to really make their theme stand out. A silhouette of Peter Pan’s shadow through a lamp shade. Bring the outdoors in with moss terrariums, silk vines wrapped around things, or single red roses placed near books.

A mouse hole cut out with an actually mouse collectable and house design in the crown moulding that also doubles as a night light. A knocker on a door with a hand holding an apple that closely resembles Snow White’s hand right before the apple falls from her cold, limp hand. Introducing these elements to start with will make you feel like you stepped into a magical land in no time.

Struggling to think of what could be bought and where it could be placed? I’ll be coming back soon with everything you’ll want on your starting wishlist to help you live happily ever after!

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Nerd Cave: Loot This Science Kitchen

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Looking for the perfect products to create your science themed kitchen? Look no further! I’ve put together a clean set of tools you’ll want in your home lab!

Erlenmeyer Flasks and test tubes are the perfect containers to keep your cooking liquids and spices on your shelves. These items were built to keep things contained and fresh. Not good with the metric system? A lot of the pieces designed for the home will have the oz. and cup equivalents.

For parties, look toward Think Geek’s Chemist’s Cocktail Set for a fun new way to do shots with your friends. Add a little dry ice for a smokey effect. Give your guests something to look forward to during dinner as you work your way through the lasagna dish to see the period table etch into the bottom of GoneGirly’s laser engraved Pyrex with lid. End the evening with a round of coffee, allowing everyone to pour their sugar in with Milk & Hone Luxuries’ stamped Sucrose molecule spoon.

Amazon, Think Geek, Williams-Sonoma and Etsy have a lot of great products both custom and mass-produced that would be perfect additions to your home. If you’re looking for older pieces, then you should definitely check out sites like ebay or School Outfitters to find lab stools and more. Old lab stools can be easily cleaned and polished to make them look like new or accentuate their imperfections.

Have a favorite science-themed piece you think should be known about? Leave my a comment down below with a link!

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We’ll miss you dearly, Robin Williams

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Yesterday afternoon, it was announced across all forms of media that our beloved Robin Williams passed away. Regardless of the circumstances of his death (which are still being determined), we was an amazing actor who will be missed by fans of all ages and backgrounds. He brought us endless laughs, quotes to enjoy with our friends and characters we will remember for all our days. Robin was a billion different characters in one talented, genius mind. We should celebrate his life with those very same smiles he gave us.

Robin, we will miss you, but we will never forget you.

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Geek Chic: Hot Day Party Dress

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Lately, my weekends have been filled with back-to-back events and me spending WAY too much time outdoors in the sweltering heat. The temperatures have been in the high 90s, some days pushing 100+ degrees. I spent the weekend before last outdoors for a baptismal reception at the home of one of my mom’s friends. The house was packed and heated by the time we got there and we all opted to sit outside next to the jumpy house with an overhead and table side fan blowing the hot air around us while being attacked by flies. Directly after the party, Michael and I headed to a going away party for his college-bound brother, which was also a packed house and the temperature was rising fast. Sometimes, heat is unavoidable regardless of how low you set the AC.

Luckily, I went into that day knowing how much time I was going to be spending in warmer environments. As a person with thick, coarse hair, it’s important to know how to style your hair in a way that doesn’t make these kinds of situations worse. I even went with a lighter cotton dress that would be perfect for both parties and carry well from afternoon to evening. I let my hair, lipstick and nails acts as my little pops of color and did just a simple cat-eye eyeliner. Having everything set in place, simple and hassle free was key since I knew I wasn’t going to have really any time to touch up throughout the day.

It was really nice getting to relax for a little bit in between at my parents place. That’s me with my parents’ dog, Chucky, above. He’s a total ham and such a well-behaved little guy. He stopped every once in a while to see what was going on while my dad tested out his new camera and help me out with these photos. All about turning my head to get hair close ups just to catch him right as he’s taking a dump. Not awkward at all, I don’t know what you’re talking about.

 

This Outfit:
Dress – Forever 21 (similar)
Shoes – Target (old, similar)
Purse – Coach Poppy (old)
Sunglasses – Target (exact)

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Nerd Cave: Inspiration – Science Kitchen

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Whenever I’m in my kitchen testing out a new recipe I end up feeling like I’m some kind of mad science genius in her lab working on a poison to take down the protagonist in the story. By chance, I came across some amazing science-themed kitchens. These mad geniuses came up with some amazingly brilliant ideas on how to incorporate test tubes, vintage beakers and other tools, while also capturing the very art of science in such beautiful ways.

Using test tubes and beakers in the kitchen make not only for great conversational pieces, but can be really effective in the kitchen. Beakers with measurements on the side can help you keep track of how much you have left before you need to refill and buy more. Test tubes holding seasonings and toppings such as sprinkles can really free up cabinet and counter space. I scored some of the Martha Stewart test tube favors earlier this year on clearance at Joann’s and have been able to move almost all my seasonings into them. I store my seasonings in a drawer now, so having everything laid out flatly and being able to easily see what I’m grabbing helps a lot. These are plastic, so if you’re planning on purchasing the real deal I suggest getting a rack for the counter top or for mounting on the wall. Most wall mounts will have to be made, but Amazon has some single row racks you can mount to the wall yourself, which is probably what I’ll end up doing.

If you’re planning on using test tubes or beakers for food storage, I can’t stress enough the importance of having a good stopper or cork in place to ensure freshness of the contents. Depending on the size of your test tubes and the contents you’re putting into them, you might not be able to fit a whole small container of seasoning into them. I suggest putting the remainder in a small plastic storage tub and placing in a space that stays at room temperature. There were a few brand new containers I managed to fit with no problem, and others that had a lot left over.

I’m most impressed by the talented homeowners who were able to incorporate a DNA Strand on the floor and the numbers for Pi as a back splash in tile. The DNA Strand piece was done a bit more intricately, with it’s rounded pieces and use of multiple colors. If you haven’t caught on yet, the Pi back splashers had each column go to 10 tiles, using the black tile pieces to represent the number. Take the very first column for example: the first number in Pi is 3, so they used 3 black tiles. As a whole, the back splash could be seen as a skyline, a graph, or a sound wave. The colors each set of artists chose work really well in each space.

Interested in purchasing items to create a science kitchen of your own? Stay tuned as I’ll be putting together a list of must have items for your lab… err, I mean kitchen.

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