Saturday Suggestions

Sunshine Blogger Award + Geeky Nominations

Nomination

I’ve been nominated for an award! Well, kind of. The lovely Lauren from Love Lauren Ellen graciously nominated all of her readers so here we are! Thank you, Lauren! Anyone who likes beauty and lifestyle blogs should check hers out. It’s really cute with reviews, hauls, routines, and cute inspo posts. It’s definitely one I enjoy reading.

The award is the Sunshine Blogger Award. There’s a few rules, some questions, and then my own nominations!

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Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who has nominated you for this award.
  2. Answer the questions that the blogger asked you.
  3. Nominate new blogs and write new questions for them.
  4. List the rules and display the logo of sunshine blog award in your post.

 

Lauren’s questions!

1. If you could have all the clothes from any shop, what shop would you choose?

Hot Topic… I love quirky and alternative clothes. There’s always going to be a little goth in my heart.

2. What are some of your goals at the minute?

Goal 1: Some of my Instagram followers know that I’m trying to lose weight so I can feel better and be healthier. I want to lose 17 more pounds. Goal 2: Make a Let’s Play for Youtube. Goal 3: Do some subscription box reviews for the blog.

3. What is your favourite social media platform?

Instagram. Hands down.

4. If you had any advice for a new blogger, what would it be?

Don’t get hung up on how many views you aren’t getting. Keep writing, and the readers will come to you.

5. Do you still love blogging as much as you did when you started?

I love it even more so now. It’s become an amazing outlet.

6. Who is your biggest support when blogging?

Myself! I am my #1 fan!

7. What are your favourite posts to write?

MCFT/My Current Favorite Things, because they really are my current favorite things.

8. What is your favourite thing to do with your free time?

Binge watch Netflix.

9. Do you prepare your posts before writing or do you think as you write?

I have a rough idea usually, but I always speak from the heart.

10. What is your favourite colour?

Black.

 

My questions for my nominations!

  1. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
  2. Who or what is your spirit animal?
  3. What is your favorite snack?
  4. What is one thing on your bucket list?
  5. What are you saving money for right now?
  6. What is your strategy for the zombie apocalypse?
  7. What movie/book character are you most like?
  8. If you could do anything you want for a living, what would it be?
  9. If we were all forced to wear a warning label, what would yours say?
  10. If you were going to bury a time capsule, what would you put in it?

 

My nominations are:

Ana from Le Geeky Liife

Julie from Infinity Jules

Megan from The Nerdy Girlie

Melissa from Melificent

 

Five Fandom Friday · Geek Fashion & Tech

5 Fandom Friday: Apps I Can’t Live Without

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If you’re like me, your phone is always at your side. You play your music on it, call your mom on it, watch funny cat videos on it. It’s a great tool for daily use, especially for me. I’m either sending a text, checking my calendar or putting in my meals to calorie count so my phone sees a lot of use. If I had to pick only five apps to have on my phone, it’d be these!

 

Pinterest

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Recipes? Check. Outfits? Check. DIY? Check. Home decor? Check. Wedding? Check. Get everything and more with this app. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t already have an account, but if you don’t, you should. I can plan all my meals, find new ways to wear my clothes, create DIY crafts on the cheap, decorate my home, and plan my wedding from this app.

 

Audible

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The only thing that got me through my first international flight? Harry Potter. I’m serious. I got through most of the book before we landed. I had never been on a plane before and took my first flight from Atlanta, GA to Philadelphia, PA then to Dublin, Ireland. The little hop from ATL to PHL went quickly. That overnight flight to Dublin was a bit rough. I felt sick and queasy and couldn’t sleep at all. Thank Loki for audio books.

 

My Fitness Pal

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I have a big Spoilers! post planned to talk about my weight loss journey so far. MFP has been a big part of it. I’ll go into more detail in my Spoiler! post but this app allows to track your calories, exercise, water intake, weight, and more! If you’re active or trying to lose weight or maintain your current weight, My Fitness Pal is the best app you can get for free.

 

Amazon Music

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My fancy new car (it’s not really fancy, but it’s fancy to me!) has blue tooth and I love to use Amazon Music to play my homemade playlists in the car. There’s so many current and popular free albums. Panic! at the Disco’s Death of Bachelor is essentially on in my car at all times. I do switch it up sometimes with a band-specific station depending on my mood.

 

Google Docs

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Goggle Docs is amazing. I use it to make grocery lists, keep up with blog post ideas, track my bills, make my monthly budget, make my wedding budget, and also track my wedding budget so far. I can download word documents and PDF’s straight to it and save them in the app.

 

What are your favorite apps? Let me know in the comments!

Favorite Things · Geek Fashion & Tech

MCFT: Geek Girl Swim Suits & Bikinis

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Star Wars Darth Vader Bikini

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Find it at Hot Topic. $10 for the top & $10 for the bottoms. This is probably my favorite suit out of this post. Where else can you get a sweet Star Wars Bikini for $20?

 

Sailor Moon High-Waisted Pinup Swimsuit

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Get it from Bows by SamanthaRose. The entire set is $60. The details in these Sailor Scout swimsuits are fantastic. I can’t wait to see these used for a cosplay shoot.

 

DC Comics Wonder Woman Bikini

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Grab yours at Hot Topic. The top is $5. The bottoms are $5. Did you love the new Wonder Woman movie? Get this bikini to show off your love for WW and look hot doing it.

 

Sailor Venus High-Waisted Pinup Swimsuit

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Buy it from Bows by SamanthaRose. The entire set is $60. I had to share another Sailor Scout with ya’ll. These suits are just amazing and look so flattering. You need one and so do all our friends.

Five Fandom Friday

5 Fandom Friday: Favorite Youtubers

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Special thank you to Darling Stewie for this topic via her 5 Fandom Friday DLC (Stewie Pack)! She has inspired me to think up my own DLC for A Nerdy Girlie’s original idea of the 5 Fandom Friday topics! Make sure you check out that post soon. Without further ado, meet my 5 favorite Youtubers!

 

Markiplier

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Probably the most “famous” Youtuber in this list is the one and only Let’s Player, Markiplier. I discovered him while watching Five Nights at Freddy’s LP’s. He was absolutely hilarious and definitely earned his status of King of FNAF. Other videos of his that I love are his Amnesia LP and all of his Indie Horror RPG LP’s. He’s simply a fantastic, funny, and well-rounded person. If you love watching Let’s Play videos and need a good laugh, check him out.

 

Christopher Odd

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Perhaps not the most “famous” Youtuber, Chris Odd attracts a more mature and adult audience. I found his channel mentioned in a thread about mature Let’s Players. After watching him play Little Nightmares and What Remains of Edith Finch, I was super happy with his walkthroughs and play style (set the vibe!). He plays very much in the same way I would play. If you’re looking for a more adult Let’s Player with an thorough play style, Chris Odd is a highly recommended Youtuber.

 

Liezl Jayne Strydom

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After starting my own weight loss journey, and discovering forums dedicated to the 1200 calorie lifestyle, someone recommended Liezl Jane’s instagram which led me to her Youtube. If you’re following a low calorie diet, her channel is worth a look. She has several videos with snack and recipe ideas. Even if you just need some weight loss tips, she’s full of great information.

 

Nerdy Nummies – Rosanna Pansino

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Rosanna Pansino quickly captured my heart with her geeky recipes that have already been mentioned on my blog a few times. I stumbled across her unicorn cake (Hello, 25th birthday!) and fell down a rabbit hole of fun and easy recipes that appeal to my geek side. You should check her out if you’re a beginner baker, already love to bake, or just love watching cool food creations come together.

 

Feast of Fiction

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I discovered Feast of Fiction after looking around for Black Butler recipes, specifically the curry bun! (I search for the weirdest things I swear but if you watched the anime, you know how wonderful the food looks.) FoF covers all kinds of dishes from all your favorite shows, books, and anime. Most of the recipes are easy but some might be geared towards a more seasoned cook (pun intended). Check them out if you’ve ever wondered how to make Harry Potter’s butter beer or Black Butler’s curry buns.

 

Who is your favorite Youtuber? What do you get from watching them? Share them with me in the comments!

Favorite Things · Recipes

MCFT: (Healthy) Party Food & Recipes for D&D Night

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I was super excited to be invited into a D&D campaign with some of my best friends a couple of months ago. I love everything about D&D and have loads of fun every time we play. Every Friday we get together and eat while we hash out the DM’s puzzles and battles. It’s been a great experience for me as a beginner.

Because it’s dinner time when we get together, we usually order take out or bring take out to the games. Here lately to save on cash, we’ve tried bringing in meat and cheese trays, pizza rolls, etc. Unfortunately, this isn’t that good for you. I wanted to find some healthy recipes beyond hummus and chips or veggie trays. Here’s a short list of some easy recipes to feed your adventurers during a D&D night.

De-Pudged Pigs in a Blanket via Hungry Girl

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Character: De-Pudged Pigs

Stats: 45 minutes total prep and cook time; 134 calories per 4 pigs; 4 ingredients including mustard for dipping.

 

Avocado BLT Pasta Salad via Emily Bites

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Character: Avocado BLT Pasta Salad

Stats: can be made the night before; 175 calories per 1 cup; easy for beginner cooks

 

Sweet Sausage Rolls via Skinny Points

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Character: Sweet Sausage Rolls

Stats: 30 minutes total prep and cook time; 128 calories per sausage roll; 6 ingredients

 

Greek Yogurt Lemon Bars via Sally’s Baking Addiction

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Character: Greek Yogurt Lemon Bars

Stats: 4 hours, 45 minutes total prep, cook, and cooling time; 130 calories per bar; can be made the night before

 

Skinny Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies via Amy’s Healthy Baking

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Character: Skinny Peanut Butter Muddy Buddies

Stats: good for up to 3 days; 148 calories per 1/2 cup; 6 ingredients

 

What are you favorite healthy recipes for game night? Share them with me in the comments!

Five Fandom Friday · Month of Magic

Month of Magic: A Hogwarts Party for Two

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In case you haven’t heard: the month of July is dedicated to Harry Potter on AGeekyGal!  If you would like to get in on the madness, go to this master post and follow the instructions. Feel free to use my banner above for your blog post!

To end our wonderful Month of Magic: Harry Potter, I wanted to celebrate with a small Hogwarts feast for two! With my brother in town for the week, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to make some yummy dinner and dessert. Please forgive my picture taking skills! I will update these pictures as soon as I am moved into a nicer place.

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First is a really simple recipe for Hogsmeade Sweet & Sour Meatballs. I found a similar recipe on Pinterest and modified it to our tastes. This is an awesome and easy crock pot recipe!

  • One bag of your preferred frozen meatballs
  • One bottle of Kikkoman’s Sweet and Sour Sauce
  • 1/4 cup of lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup of soy sauce
  • chili powder to your taste
  • sesame seeds

Put the meatballs, Sweet and Sour Sauce, lemon juice, soy sauce and chili powder in the crock pot. Stir and combine all the ingredients. Set the crock pot on high for two hours. Stir them periodically and gently. Once heated through, plate them and sprinkle sesame seeds over top!

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To compliment our meatballs, I made some truly homemade mashed potatoes straight from Mrs. Weasley’s kitchen. If you’re feeling cool, top these with your sweet & sour meatballs. It’s really good!

  • 3 small to medium russet potatoes, peeled, washed, and cubed
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 to 1 cup of milk

Soak your cubed potatoes in a stock pot for about half an hour in cold water. Drain them then fill the pot with water again until they are covered. Bring to a boil on the stove. Once boiling, cover the pot and put on medium-low. Leave covered for about 15 minutes. Use a fork to check how tender they are. Once tender, drain and put back in the pot. Add butter, salt, and pepper. Use a potato masher to start mashing the potatoes and ingredients. Start adding the milk a little at a time and keep mashing until it is your desired creamy or chunky consistency.

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Now you just need some veggies to balance out your feast. I love roasted veggies for literally every meal. They’re really easy to make.

  • asparagus
  • brussel sprouts
  • oil or cooking spray
  • salt and pepper

First, set your oven to 425F. Spray a cookie sheet with oil or drizzle a little on the pan and make sure to cover the entire surface. Next, chop the brussel sprouts in half. Lay these and the asparagus on the pan. Lightly brush oil over the tops of them before sprinkling a little salt and pepper all over the veggies. Finally, pop them in the over for 15 to 20 minutes, turning once half way through.

Plate your Hogwarts feast and sit down to enjoy a Harry Potter movie! We chose Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (or Philosopher’s Stone) to enjoy during our meal. It was a lot of food but really good and filling. I hope we can do it again for Halloween or Christmas for a big group. I think it’d go over really well!

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For dessert, I made Nerdy Nummies’ Butterbeer Milkshake! Man, are these babies sweet! I couldn’t even finish mine. I also left off the whipped cream and butter scotch morsels to save on my daily calorie count. You can check out my blog post on calorie counting and my diet in a later blog post.

I followed Ro’s instructions for the most part but I used Halo Top Vanilla Bean ice cream in place of just regular ice cream and a touch of milk to cut through some of the sweetness. I could have cut more calories using a diet cream soda if I was making these just for myself!

It was a wonderful night of magic and a great end to our Month of Magic: Harry Potter blog series. I can’t wait to see what blog posts you guys have ready for me to read!

 

Some of the artwork used is designed by Freepik
Five Fandom Friday · Month of Magic

Month of Magic: Favorite Theories of the HP Universe

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In case you haven’t heard: the month of July is dedicated to Harry Potter on AGeekyGal!  If you would like to get in on the madness, go to this master post and follow the instructions. Feel free to use my banner above for your blog post!

JK has caused a few uproars with her “revelations” that border on canon and crazy. We still lover her and the wonderful HP universe that she has created though! Fans have their own theories too on JK’s HP universe. There’s always been a couple of things that never quite sat right with me that I’ll feature here in my favorite theories of the Harry Potter universe.

 

Hermione and Harry should have been together

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Put down your pitchforks and torches. Even JK commented on this in an interview. In the books, I never imagined Harry with Ginny or Hermione with Ron until the last couple of books. Harry and Hermione fit together in my head. Take this tent scene for instance. It’s awkward, but there’s a hint of romance. It just made sense in the earlier books that they would end up together.

 

The Deathly Hallows mirror Snape’s, Voldemort’s, and Harry’s deaths

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If you know the story of the Deathly Hallows, you know that Death tried to trick the brothers with gifts for outsmarting him. The first brother was given the Elder wand for power and died soon after from the enemies he made. The second brother was given the resurrection stone to bring back his deceased wife, who withers away; he commits suicide after losing his love. The third brother is given the invisibility cloak which he uses to hide from death until he is an old man then he greets death like an old friend.

The first brother is Voldemort. He died for power. The second brother is Snape, who died for his lost love, Lily. The third brother is Harry, who greeted death as an old friend. Now some are even speculating that Dumbledore is Death because of him greeting Harry in King’s Cross.

 

The Defense against the Dark Arts teaching position is cursed

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This is an easy one. Each Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher has only ever lasted one year during Harry’s school career. Did Tom Riddle curse the position after being denied it? Is that why Dumbledore wouldn’t let Snape take over the position? Will we ever find out?!

 

Neville Was Never Bad At Magic

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We know that the wand chooses the wizard but that wizards can use others’ wands; they just won’t perform at their best. Neville uses his father’s wand up until it’s broken after the battle at the Department of Mysteries. After getting his own wand, Neville vastly improves, even being compared to Hermione, who was the top student. He goes on to lead Dumbledore’s Army in Harry’s absence.

 

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Do you have any favorite fan theories? Tell me in the comments!