Geeky Goodies: Summertime Reading

Jul 3, 2017

Happy Monday, friends! I'm taking a week off from work to spend the holiday with family in Washington, and I'm so excited to get some time to relax. We had a bit of a nightmare experience getting here, with connecting flights getting cancelled and getting stuck with crazy long layovers...but we're here now and loving it!

Can you believe that it's already summer? It's a little too hot and sunny for my liking, but I understand that some people like the sun and warmth and stuff? Well, today I'm sharing a Geeky Goodies post all about my favorite activity to do on a hot, summer day: reading.

That's right, when temperatures are warm, I like to stay inside and read. I mean, I do enjoy the occasional outdoor barbeque and beach bonfire every now and then. But more often than not, I'd rather be basking in the awesomeness of my air conditioning with a good book than outside sweating my butt off. So here are a few cute bookish goodies from Etsy to help start the summertime reading fun off right!

  1. Louisa May Alcott Quote Poster - Little Tiger Designs
  2. Read More Books Pin - Fable and Black
  3. Book Nook Pillow - Minnie and Maude
  4. Namaste Home and Read Soy Candle - Vibes and Co.
  5. Stack of Books Earrings - Coryographies

Over to you!

What's your favorite summertime activity? Let me know in the comments below!

A Day in the Life of a Lady Geek: Anniversary Edition

Jun 29, 2017

Hi friends! Oh man, the week is almost over and I can't wait. I'm traveling for the 4th of July to visit my family in Washington, so my work days have been dragging! Just have to get through today and tomorrow, then I'll be taking my first week-long vacation since I started working twelve years ago.

I recently celebrated my anniversary with my husband in Woodside, CA. We've been married for three years, and we wanted to celebrate by doing something different than our standard vacations (which pretty much just involve visiting breweries in San Diego, haha). So we rented a sweet little AirBnB up in the mountains, surrounded by coastal Redwoods.

It was so much fun! Relaxing, peaceful...just what we needed. It was absolutely the best AirBnB experience we've had too. Our host was super accommodating, stocking up the fridge with sparkling water and food, giving us a map showing all of his favorite spots to hike, even offering to wash our dishes or laundry if we needed. Very cool experience.

We did spend a day in San Francisco, but I was so busy walking and enjoying all the sights that I didn't manage to take many pictures there. I did take quite a few of our spot in Woodside, as well as the surrounding areas we explored like Pescadero Beach and the Pigeon Point Lighthouse. I wanted to share a few of my faves with you all, please enjoy!

How cute is this setup? It was such a cozy, romantic little room and the extra touch with the rose petal heart and yummy chocolates was so great!

Seriously, how cute, right?!! The actual room was teeny tiny, with a bed, mini fridge, writing desk, and some shelves for all the food and dishes. It wasn't fancy, but it was absolutely heavenly. We were surrounded by Redwoods with no neighbors in sight! The only sounds we heard were bugs and was perfect.

The view just outside our door was beautiful! So much greenery, it was unlike anything I'd seen before. Naturally we spent our mornings in the guest room of the main house, where there was a couch and TV:P

The beaches along the Northern coast of California were so incredible. Very different from our Southern California beaches. The top photo is from Pescadero Beach, where we walked along some rocks in the fog and took like, a hundred photos. Foggy beaches are basically my new favorite place. The bottom shot is outside of the Pigeon Point Lighthouse, and I loved all of the pretty wildflowers!

More shots from Pigeon Point. I just couldn't get enough of the gorgeous flowers and how they looked against the rocks along the ocean. And the lighthouse was so cool! It's pretty rundown and they're fundraising to keep it maintained, so there was a cool little shop as well as an information center where we could check out the giant light that used to be in there. 

We never take many selfies because we're both so damn awkward, haha. But I really loved this one, which we took shortly after getting to Woodside. It was about a seven hour drive and we were both exhausted from waking up so early, but it was all so worth it for such a magical trip. Here's to many more anniversaries with my love.

Over to you!

What's the best trip you've ever been on? I'd love to hear all about it in the comments below!

Link Love: Celebrating 20 Years of Harry Potter

Jun 26, 2017

Hi friends! Did you know that today marks twenty years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was published? Geez, twenty years already?!

I remember my best friend showing me the book when it first released in the US, a year after it came out in the UK. She raved about it and let me borrow her copy, and I was instantly hooked. Looking back on that, it's so strange to think that I've known Harry, Hermione, and Ron for most of my life at this point. I have no idea where or who I'd be if J.K. Rowling hadn't shared her magic with us, and I'm grateful to have been a part of such a beautiful fandom for so long.

The Harry Potter franchise means many things to many people, and I wanted to spread the love by sharing a round-up of some of my favorite links all about the Boy Who Lived. Enjoy!

  • We'll start off the celebration with Potter Talk's '10 Ways to Celebrate Harry Potter's 20th Anniversary.' I'll definitely be doing #9 from Katy's list this weekend!
  • Celeste from Pretty Geekery has been trying recipes from the world of Harry Potter and these Cauldron Cakes look especially yummy.
  • They'd be the perfect treat for a Harry Potter party! Check out Melificent's tips for a magical party that any muggle could host:)
  • Have you seen Kay's gorgeous Harry, Hermione, and Ron quote prints? They're out of stock right now, but they still deserve all the attention because they're gorgeous.
  • Danielle of From Girlie to Nerdy has a super easy Harry Potter wand DIY up on her blog, and the results came out so magical!
  • Speaking of DIYs, Jessica created a Harry Potter version of the Guess Who board game on her blog The Nifty Nerd. This would be awesome at any Harry Potter-themed celebration, right?
  • Lastly, I couldn't devote a link love post to Harry Potter without including this amazing Yer A Wizard top by Jordanden√©, because duh, it's perfection.

Over to you!

How are you celebrating the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter today? Let me know in the comments below!

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