Geeky Goodies: Fantastic Beasts

Nov 19, 2016

So Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them premiered yesterday! Did you see it?! My hubby and I hate movie theaters so we probably won't be watching it for a while, but most of the reviews I'm reading are pretty great.

I love the idea of entering J.K. Rowling's wizarding world from an adult's perspective. The Harry Potter franchise is one of my very favorites, so I can't wait to see a different side of it all. To get into more of a magical frame of mind, I found five awesome handmade goodies inspired by Fantastic Beasts!

  1. Newt Scamander Art Print | BigInk
  2. Newt Scamander Magnetic Bookmark | Paperly & Co
  3. Fantastic Beasts Book Charm Necklace | Meraki Imaginations
  4. Newt Scamander Suitcase Pin | Common Fiction
  5. Fantastic Beasts Inspired Scarf | Savvy Stitch

Over to you!

Have you seen the movie yet? I'd love to hear what you thought of it!

5 on 15: It's a Kind of Magic

Nov 15, 2016

Hey friends! My husband and I have been sick for the past few days, which totally sucks. I'm happy to get back into my regular blogging routine though, and I can't wait to share my 5 on 15 with you all!

For those of you who don't know, 5 on 15 is a monthly photography challenge where you take five awesome photos based on the month's theme. Check out Emma of Scruffy Little Nerd Herder's original post about it here.

This month's theme was 'magic,' and here's what I came up with:

I'm ashamed to admit this, but I had never heard of Bee and Puppycat before getting my hands on this print by Liana a few months back. It's basically the BEST THING EVER. Such a bummer that there aren't infinite episodes to enjoy, but at least I have this perfect print to stare at lovingly.

Isn't this beer label magical? Flying wizards and unicorns, oh my! I'm not a fan of beer aged in bourbon or scotch barrels, but this one was pretty yummy.

Still so in love with this journal. I got it from Cori in the Geek Girls x Bloggers Spooky Swap last month, and it's perfect for jotting my blog post ideas during the day. I found out recently that Cori customized it with the 'What Would Hermione Do?' quote herself, which makes it even more awesome!

My tarot deck from The Wild Unknown is still one of my favorite purchases of all time. Such gorgeous colors and artwork.

I couldn't help but include a screenie of Mercy's witch skin from the Halloween event in Overwatch. I had been hoping to win it in a loot box and even spent IRL money on a bunch of them...but no such luck. So I ended up spending all my gold on it instead. Totally worth it!

Over to you!

Did you join in on 5 on 15 this month? Let me know in the comments below, I'd love to check out your photos! Next month's theme is 'galaxy' and I can't wait to get some photos together to share. If you want to join in, check out Emma's post here!

A Day in the Life of a Lady Geek: Adventures at Joshua Tree

Nov 10, 2016

A couple weekends ago, I visited Joshua Tree with my love and some friends. It was such a magical experience, and I wanted to share some of my trip with you all! I only took a handful of photos with my phone, but the desert is so gorgeous that I figure you guys will forgive me=P

We didn't get to the park until a little after six p.m. We spent a while driving through and admiring all of the pretty colors and plant-life there, but these cacti were our favorites. These little guys are called cholas, and they look fluffy but I promise you, they're not.

The sunset blew us all away! So many colors and the sky looked so lovely as the backdrop for the desert.

The second day was for my hubby to geek out. He majored in Archaeology, so the museum collection tour of the archaeological artifacts found in the park was right up his alley. I didn't get a picture of any of that stuff (because old clay pots, while super cool, are just not my favorite thing), but Gary had such a good time!

On our last day there, we went on a tour of the rock art in Coyote Hole, a canyon just outside of the protected national park. This is a super low-quality photo, but how cool are those petroglyphs? Or are they pictographs? Not going to lie, I wasn't paying much attention on the hike but man, it was a lot of fun!

We were all decked out in our hiking gear, even though the hike ended up being really mellow. We had so much fun that we decided to go camping at least once a month from now on, yay!

I ended up discovering that my phone can create gifs, which is crazy cool! Definitely something I'll be taking advantage of from now on. I had way too much fun creating gifs of our camp fire. The guys were so proud of this thing, it was adorable.

Over to you!

Have you been on any fun trips or visited any national parks recently? Tell me about it in the comments below!

Geeking Out About: November

Nov 7, 2016

I recently took down all of my old 'Geeking Out About' posts and have been bummed about it ever since. It's one of my favorite segments, but I had to figure out a way to geek out without copyright infringement, so they had to go. This new format is inspired by Emma's 'Anticipating' and Victoria's 'Monthly Look Ahead' segments. Thanks ladies!

The Crown - Netflix is totally killing it with their Netflix Originals these days, huh? The Crown came out on November 4th and I've only gotten through a few episodes, but I'm loving it so far. It's about Queen Elizabeth II's life, starting from her marriage to Prince Philip and following her rise to power. Historical dramas don't usually do it for me, but each episode is so gorgeous and emotional that I can't get enough!

Westworld - Oh my gosh, have you seen Westworld yet?! It's mind-blowingly awesome, and last night's episode was no exception. In a nutshell, it's about a futuristic Old West-style amusement park with robotic hosts. I don't want to give away any spoilers so that's all I'll say for now, but you really need to check it out.

ARQ - I've only watched one movie over the past month since there are so many fantastic shows to binge on, but ARQ called to me. I didn't have high expectations for it but it actually blew me away! I can't even attempt to explain this one, but if you like time-travel and suspense, you'll love this movie.

Humans - I guess I'm on a robot kick lately, since this is the second show on my list that features them. Humans premiered last year and won't be coming back until February 2017, so now is a perfect time to watch. It's a sci-fi drama where people own synthetic humans, or Synths, to do their busy work. Things get crazy, and that's all I can say without spoiling anything!

Black Mirror - Because duh. I'm so bummed that I've already gotten through all six of the new episodes! Black Mirror is always incredible. None of the episodes in season three really floored me like the first two seasons did, but I still had so much fun watching them. If you haven't checked it out yet, you definitely should.

Vikings - The first half of season four aired earlier this year, and I've been waiting for the second half ever since! If you haven't watched it yet, Vikings is about Ragnar Lothbrok's rise from farmer to King...with some other crazy stuff happening along the way. It sucked my husband and I in immediately when we started watching it last year, so I highly recommend. New episodes are set to air November 30th.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - It's almost time, you guys. Fantastic Beasts will be released worldwide on November 18th! I probably won't go to the theaters to see it until a couple weeks after its released (I just hate movie theaters so much), but I know it's going to be amazing.

Overwatch's Sombra - After the Overwatch fanbase has been waiting for what feels like forever, the new character Sombra is finally being released. If you haven't seen the video from BlizzCon yet, check it out here. She looks like a badass and I'm definitely loving all the purple.

<3 as="" available="" br="" of="" on="" play="" ptr="" s="" she="" the="" to="" today="">Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life - November 25th can't get here soon enough, right? I'm pretty sure that most of us having been waiting for this revival, since the show ended in 2007. I can't wait to find out what life has been like for Lorelai and Rory these past nine years!

Gemina: The Illuminae Files 2 - Gemina was released last month, so I'm really falling behind on my reading list here. I have it on audiobook, but I know that won't be nearly as awesome an experience as reading the hardback version and falling in love with all of the graphics. I'm hoping to pick it up this month and to leave a review for you all!

Over to you!

What have you been geeking out about lately? Share with me in the comments below, I'd love to geek out with you!

Geek Girl Bloggers Spooky Swap

Nov 2, 2016

The fabulous Danielle of From Girlie to Nerdy organized a Halloween-themed gift swap for our Geek Girls x Bloggers Facebook community, which are always such a blast to participate in. My swap partner, Cori of Geeky Mama, really hit the mark with my gifts. Check them out!

These Star Wars Tsums Tsums are the absolute cutest. I'm slowly but surely building my Tsum Tsum collection (since I'm obsessed and all), so these are perfect additions!

This journal is my favorite gift of the bunch. Harry Potter has been such a big part of my life, so I've looked up to Hermione for a very long time. This journal is such a sweet little reminder to stay strong and use my head, just like my favorite wizard does.

I'm in love with these washi tapes! I've already used them in my planner because duh, they're just begging to be used. So darn pretty.

Thanks so much, Cori! If you've never checked out her blog, Geeky Mama, you totally should. It's full of geekiness and mamahood, just as the name implies. Seriously, her kids are super cute and I always look forward to her monthly 'Achievement Unlocked' feature!

Want in on the fun?

If you're a geeky gal and a blogger, you should check out the Geek Girls x Bloggers Facebook group. It's full of amazingly supportive ladies, and we're always doing fun swaps and link-ups. We would love for you to join us!

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