The Past 2 Weeks In Review [June 16-29]

June 30, 2013

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I missed last week’s “review post” because we were traveling, but other than having some really beautiful weather and going out for ice cream, not a whole lot happened during the week.

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Last weekend we went on a little road trip over to Philly/New Jersey for a friend’s wedding.

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It was a black tie reception so we had to be extra fancy. It was kind of fun to get dressed up, but man, oh man was that dress a biotch to get into. Invisible zippers are the worst.

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The reception was at this fancy estate near Philadelphia. That’s actually the smaller of the homes that were on the property.

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The party was out on the patio and it was just gorgeous.

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We had a five course meal and I’m pretty sure it was all the best food I’ve ever had in my entire life. After dinner we went into the estate where each room had a different assortment of desserts to choose from.

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The next day we drove back to Ohio and have been visiting family and friends in our hometown this past week.

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We’re staying with my sister and her husband. They just adopted a new kitten and their cat is not too fond of her, but every now then you can catch them having a peaceful moment together.

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A few days ago, a couple of my friends and I found a baby bird that had been blown out of its nest from a storm. We were able to rescue it by making a fake nest out of a basket and a towel and putting it back in the tree. We were so, so, so excited when the momma Robin came back and continued to take care of the baby.

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Friday my sister and I went to Cedar Point and road the new roller coaster Gate Keeper. It was pretty fun, but it broke down right as we were pulling into the station so we were stuck on it for like ten minutes. That was not fun.

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The thunderstorms we got that day weren’t much fun either. Twice we were advised to seek shelter and they even lost power for like a split second. All in all though it was a pretty good trip.


We’re still visiting right now and will probably be heading back on Wednesday, just in time for the 4th of July. I didn’t get any posts finished for this coming week ahead of time. I’m going to try my best to at least get Fangirl Fashions, a free printable, and Friday Favorites up though, but please understand if I’m not able to get it all done this week.

That’s all for now. Hope you all had a fantastic weekend!




Friday Favorites #55

June 28, 2013

Adventure Time Bedroom from Mighty Oaks, Little Acorns 1

Adventure Time Bedroom from Mighty Oaks, Little Acorns 2

Adventure Time Bedroom from Mighty Oaks, Little Acorns 3

This Adventure Time bedroom designed by Mighty Oaks, Little Acorn is pretty rad. I hope I’m this cool of a mom if I ever have children. More pictures on her blog.

 

Blink and Seek by Patrick Ballesteros

I’m in love with Patrick Ballesteros newest piece titled “Blink and Seek”. So much Whovian love in one illustration! It’s available for preorder at his Big Cartel shop now.

 

Ender's Game Propaganda Poster 1

Ender's Game Propaganda Poster 2

Ender's Game Propaganda Poster 3

Summit released three new propaganda style posters for Ender’s Game. (via Geek Tyrant)

 

 

Free BTTF Cross Stitch Pattern Free Mario Cross Stitch PatternFree TLOZ Cross Stitch Pattern Free Yoda Cross Stitch Pattern

These geeky cross stitch patterns, as well as a few others, are available for free from HalloweenCostumes.com. (BTTF, Mario, TLOZ, Yoda)

 

Hyopnotoad Plush from ThinkGeek

ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD PLUSH! (available at ThinkGeek)

 

 

See something cool you think I’d like to feature? Leave a link in the comments or send me an email and have a happy weekend, everyone!




Giveaway with Firmoo

June 27, 2013

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Today I’m teaming up with Firmoo to give you guys a great giveaway! If you’re not familiar with Firmoo, it’s an online optical store that offers fashionable glasses and sunglasses at affordable prices – some as low as $8! They’re giving away a $20 E-Voucher to five of you lucky readers. With plenty of glasses in the $8-$40 range, $20 can go a long way! All you have to do is head on over to their site, browse through their awesome selection, and leave a comment on this post letting us know which pair is your favorite. Then make sure you enter through the Rafflecopter widget below.

But, it gets better! If we can reach at least 50 individual contestants, then Firmoo will give one lucky read their choice of glasses from their Classic Series completely free! So make sure you share this giveaway so someone can win that free pair of glasses!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The contest will run through July 13 and the winners will be chosen and contacted via email shortly after. As with any giveaway, there are a few rules to follow:

  • Contestants must be in range of Firmoo’s delivery. A list of countries they deliver to can be found here.
  • You must leave a comment on this post for your entries to be valid.
  • The voucher only goes toward the price of the glasses, shipping costs are not included.
  • Winners will have 48 hours to respond to the email before forfeiting their prize and a new winner is chosen

If you love Firmoo’s glasses as much as me, but you’re worried you wont win the voucher, then rest easy because Firmoo has a First Pair Free Program – which means exactly what it says. New buyers get their first pair for FREE! So what are you waiting for? Head on over to Firmoo and look through all of their glasses. You’re bound to find a few pairs you love! I know I sure did.

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Fangirl Fashion #8

June 25, 2013

Arc Reactor Ring by Gino Arizmendi

Gino Arizmendi, aka Pathetic Peripatetic, has created another beautiful and unique engagement ring – this time themed after the Arc Reactor from Iron Man.

 

Pillars of the Triforce from Shiny Things by Orin on Etsy

Have the Triforce on your side with this handmade beaded bracelet from Orin Drake (Shiny Things by Orin).

 

Star Wars Rebel Alliance Wallet from Bid Bad Toy Store

Show off your allegiance with this Rebel Alliance wallet from Bioworld Merchandising (available at Big Bad Toy Store). They also have a Galactic Empire version for all of you Imperial scum fans. ;)

 

Steampunk Octopus Necklace from SpoiledCherry on Etsy

I’ll never get sick of octopus themed clothing/accessories. (from Spoiled Cherry on Etsy)

 

TARDIS Union Jack Tank from Hot Topic

I’m loving all the new clothing Hot Topic has been selling lately. This Union Jack TARDIS Tank is a personal favorite.

 

 

See some awesome fangirl fashions you think I’d like to feature? Leave a link in the comments and have a great rest of the week!




Bits of Home: Instagram Photo Collage

June 24, 2013

Bits of Home: Instagram Photo Collage | allonsykimberly.com

In the little dining area of our new apartment there’s a coat closet/pantry – kind of an odd combination, but it works for the small space. Anyway, it has these fake wooden sliding doors that take up almost the entire wall. So basically it was just a big brown square. (Sorry I don’t have any “before” pictures). You’ll soon learn, as I show you more bits of our home, that I do not like blank space on walls (or doors now I guess). So I knew I wanted to cover up the closet doors somehow. I’d seen a few “Instagram Galleries” around the blogosphere and thought that would be fun to try.

Bits of Home: Instagram Photo Collage | allonsykimberly.com

I measured the doors themselves to know how many pictures I could fit. I knew I didn’t have enough actual Instagram pictures that I liked enough to fill up the space, so I ordered the ones I liked from Printstagram and the rest are 4x6 prints from Walgreens that I cut down to 4x4s. There were 222 pictures total. I laid them out on the floor in the order I wanted before sticking them on the doors with sticky tack.

Bits of Home: Instagram Photo Collage | allonsykimberly.com

This thing was ridiculously hard for me to photograph, so please forgive the poorer than usual quality of the pictures. The giant living room window/door that’s right across from the close made it impossible to get a shot without any glare. Okay  it probably wasn’t impossible, but you know I ain’t got them photog skillz, yo…?

Bits of Home: Instagram Photo Collage | allonsykimberly.com

Anyway, here’s a slightly less awful shot – complete with empty kitchen and random plugs and cords on the wall!

Bits of Home: Instagram Photo Collage | allonsykimberly.com

It took me probably around 5 days total to finish everything.

Bits of Home: Instagram Photo Collage | allonsykimberly.com

I had to leave a square open on each door for the handles. I had planned on the handles being more centered with the photos, but apparently I don’t got them measuring skillz either.

Bits of Home: Instagram Photo Collage | allonsykimberly.com

The doors can still slide open easily to get inside the closet, although sometimes I have to push the doors back/forward (depending on which door) to make sure it doesn’t catch the corner of one of the photos and bend it.

Overall though it works great and adds some interest to an otherwise boring section of the apartment.

// sometimes I share my projects, printables, and home decor on these sites. //



Friday Favorites #54

June 21, 2013

MrObvious - Abduction Story Poster via Etsy

I kind of have a thing for aliens, so I imminently fell in love with this Abduction Story Poster from Mark Gonyea.

 

Pit of Sarlacc Knit Hand Puppet from pandacatification on DeviantArt

Have you ever wanted to dress your hand up like the mighty Sarlacc inside the Pit of Carkoon? Well now you can with this hand puppet made by DeviantArt user pandacatification.

 

I already shared my feelings on Matt Smith’s departure from Doctor Who, but here is little Lindalee with her thoughts on the matter.

 

The kraken Umbrella by The Kraken Supply Shop

Can we stop for a moment and admire this Kraken Umbrella from The Kraken Supply Shop? Just look at that tentacle handle!

 

My Cabbages! Avatar Cabage Merchant Cosplay by Victor Sgroi

And finally, I will leave you with this. (via Nerdalicious) Have a great weekend!




Renting Text Books & Giving Back

June 20, 2013

I’ve mentioned once or twice around here that I’m planning on going back to college once everything is sorted out with Andrew’s schooling/job situation. But you know what, college is freakin’ expensive! The tuition alone is enough to make your bank account cry out in agony, but then you have to add the cost of text books on top of that. That’s one of the main reasons I didn’t go for a four year degree the first time around.

Even at a community college I was still paying over $500 each semester on text books, most of which I barely used in class, and all of which I never even picked up once the class was over. I probably paid at least $2,500 for all of my text books, but only made $20 from selling them back. Yeah. Not cool, man.

Luckily I won’t have to go through that frustration this next time around thanks to Campus Book Rentals.

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I know there are a lot of text book rental companies all over the web nowadays, but I really think that this company has them all beat. Not only will you save 40-90% off the cost of your books and get free shipping, you actually get to act like you own your books. That means you can highlight text, dog-ear pages, and even jot down notes ‘til your heart’s content [ provided they’re respectful notes of course ;) ] And if you decide you do actually want to own the book, all you have to do is pay the difference and its all yours.

They even allow you to rent out your own text books to other students through their RentBack program and earn 2-4 times more cash than you would from selling them back to the campus bookstore.

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My favorite thing about Campus Book Rental though, is how they give back. In addition to giving out $90,000 in textbook scholarships, they also partner with an amazing organization, Operation Smile.

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If you’re not familiar with Operation Smile, they are a charity group that perform life changing cleft lip surgeries on children whose families could not otherwise afford it. Without surgery cleft palettes often result in a child’s inability to eat, speak, socialize or smile, and can also lead to death before they even reach their first birthday. Campus Book Rentals donates money from every single book rental to help fund these surgeries.

 

I’m so glad that Campus Book Rental contacted me about writing a post about them. I truly do think they are a remarkable company and I’m looking forward to using their services in the future.

 

// If you haven’t already figured it out, this was a sponsored post, but all opinions are 100% mine and I wouldn’t endorse a company I didn’t believe in and genuinely love. //




Fangirl Fashions #7

June 18, 2013

Vintage Star Wars Blue Print in Green Dress from CakeShopCouture Star Wars Comic Dress by CakeShopCouture

These Star Wars dress from Cake Shop Couture are adorable! I love the vintage blueprint! Sadly the fabric has been discontinued and the owner only has enough fabric left for two more custom sized dresses. So you’d better hurry on over to their shop and order one while you can!

 

Adventure Time Leggings from Hot Topic

I’m not sure I could pull these Adventure Time leggings off, but they sure are fun to look at!

 

Steampunk Turtle Necklace from CosmicFIrefly on Etsy

How adorable is this little steampunk inspired turtle necklace from Cosmic Firefly?

 

Terrors of the Fire Swamp Tee  from SnorgTees

Come see the terrors of the Fire Swamp! Be wary of lightning sand, evade the flame spurts, and protect yourself from the horrifying Rodents of Unusual Size! (available at SnorgTees)

 

TLOZ Purse from DisturbinglyAdorable on Etsy

Having trouble carrying around all your rupees? Not anymore, as long as you equip yourself with this Legend of Zelda purse from Disturbingly Adorable.

 

 

See some awesome fangirl fashions you think I’d like to feature? Leave a link in the comments and have a great rest of the week!