November 1, 2014

October Sponsor Spotlight

It's running a little late, but here is this month's sponsor spotlight! Unfortunately, not all my sponsors were able to get back to me in order to be featured, but nonetheless, show my sidebar pals some love!

by Kelly Michelle


I'm a New Zealander living in England so my blog is my online travel diary on what I get up too. I love travelling (more in style these days), am addicted to afternoon tea, I'm gluten free and totally obsessed with shoes! 
What are you doing (and wearing) this Halloween?
Unfortunately we don't celebrate Halloween however am going to make an effort to get in sweets for the kids in our street when they come knocking! 
What's your favorite fall accessory?
I'm a big lover of hats, so the crazier the hat the better for fall! 
Do you have a favorite ghost story from your home or childhood? 
Growing up in New Zealand, Halloween isn't a big celebration like in North America so we didn't really share ghost stories


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Weekend Links 11.01.2014


I hope you're all having a happy and safe Halloweekend! I've been having tons of fun with costumes-- damn, if I had the money to cosplay more often, I would. But I've got priorities and right now I can't make cosplay one of them-- how sad! Anyway, here are some totally cool links for your weekend.

This collection of gifs of fluffy kittens on piggy pillows will make you squeal.

"Danse Macabre" is the spookiest of spooky songs and it's totally my jam every Halloween.

Or, maybe you prefer an Orchestral arrangement of "This is Halloween" from The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Ask Polly: Should I lose weight to find love? Total must-read for anyone who's been scared of putting themselves out there because of their body.

A comic about seagulls that is really important because it's not just about seagulls.

This piece on loud sex and why you shouldn't apologize for it raises some pretty solid points.

A comic based on Kevin Smith's talk about the importance of encouraging artists.

How was your Halloween?


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October 31, 2014

5FF: Halloween Candy I Love + Halloween Safety Tips!


It's another 5 Fandom Friday hosted by The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick! This Friday, we're sharing the Halloween Candy we always hope for each Halloween.

Twix
You put a cookie in a chocolate, and then added caramel? Genius.

KitKats
Classic crunch + chocolate combo. There's something so distinctive about the crunch of a wafer, and no other candy compares.

Reese's Pieces
I think the cups have chocolate that is too sweet to be perfect, but the candy covering on Reese's pieces nails it, and gives the what I really want-- the candy-peanut-butter.

Werther's Original
I really love butterscotch. There's really not much to it outside of that.

Orange Pop Rocks
During the Halloween season, the orange pop rocks start selling in stores. That, my friends, is the Holy Grail.

Those are my 5! I hope you all have a spooky and safe Halloween! Here are another 5 for you-- 5 tips for staying safe on Halloween!

Don't drink and drive
We all know that fun nights can get boozy, but don't drink and drive. Don't let anyone drink and drive. Ever. Put the number of a local cab company in your phone so that you can call one for anyone who doesn't have a plan to get home. It only takes a second to end someone's life when you are driving a car, so don't take the risk.

Don't be alone
If you're going out, don't go alone. Things can get crazy on Halloween, and between the madness, the costumes, and the general spookiness, even in a crowded room it can be hard for people to notice that something weird or dangerous is happening. Be with people who will have your back and can tell the difference between you engaging in some friendly Halloween weirdness and something bad happening to you.

Have at least one sober friend
Along with the last two, it's good to have at least one friend who is not smashed, because they are chemically better able to make decisions and be aware of your surroundings. As the sober friend, I can tell you that as much as it can be hard on us when you push your limits with alcohol a little too far, we'd much rather be holding your hair and wiping off our shoes than wondering where the hell you are the next morning. (That said though, we'd really appreciate all efforts on your part to avoid vomiting.)

Charge your phone before you leave
Most of us charge our phones at night while we sleep since charging can take hours and we don't use our phones when we sleep-- but tonight, and any of this Halloweekend, juice up before you leave the house. It's super easy to do while getting your costume, hair, and make-up on. It might be an extra-long night, and with strangers disguised and everyone feeling freer to get extra weird, it's a good idea to go out with a phone that's fully charged, rather than chilling out at half-bat.

Don't do stupid things "because it's Halloween"
Dress stupid, talk stupid, whatever, but don't do crap like visit condemned buildings or commit crimes like vandalism. Don't try to summon a demon or a ghost. Don't test out the local ghost story (for me it's always been Bunnyman Bridge) for shits and giggles. Halloween is not "you're not gonna die from this" night. If it's a bad idea 364 days of the year, tonight is not a damn exception. Halloween is not gonna stop you from falling through rotten floorboards and impaling yourself in the town "haunted" building. You're also putting people in danger by wasting police and emergency resources by doing dumb stuff. That ambulance should be heading towards a man having a heart attack, not your idiot friend who broke their ribs doing something completely unnecessary. That police officer should be handling a break-in, not you TP-ing a neighbor's house.

Those are my 5 tips for staying safe. Luckily for you, it's not even hard to make choice that can minimize risks on Halloween and make it easier for you to just focus on having fun. Have a great night, ya'll.

What are your favorite Halloween Candies?

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5FF: Halloween Candy I Love + Halloween Safety Tips!


It's another 5 Fandom Friday hosted by The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick! This Friday, we're sharing the Halloween Candy we always hope for each Halloween.

Twix
You put a cookie in a chocolate, and then added caramel? Genius.

KitKats
Classic crunch + chocolate combo. There's something so distinctive about the crunch of a wafer, and no other candy compares.

Reese's Pieces
I think the cups have chocolate that is too sweet to be perfect, but the candy covering on Reese's pieces nails it, and gives the what I really want-- the candy-peanut-butter.

Werther's Original
I really love butterscotch. There's really not much to it outside of that.

Orange Pop Rocks
During the Halloween season, the orange pop rocks start selling in stores. That, my friends, is the Holy Grail.

Those are my 5! I hope you all have a spooky and safe Halloween! Here are another 5 for you-- 5 tips for staying safe on Halloween!

Don't drink and drive
We all know that fun nights can get boozy, but don't drink and drive. Don't let anyone drink and drive. Ever. Put the number of a local cab company in your phone so that you can call one for anyone who doesn't have a plan to get home. It only takes a second to end someone's life when you are driving a car, so don't take the risk.

Don't be alone
If you're going out, don't go alone. Things can get crazy on Halloween, and between the madness, the costumes, and the general spookiness, even in a crowded room it can be hard for people to notice that something weird or dangerous is happening. Be with people who will have your back and can tell the difference between you engaging in some friendly Halloween weirdness and something bad happening to you.

Have at least one sober friend
Along with the last two, it's good to have at least one friend who is not smashed, because they are chemically better able to make decisions and be aware of your surroundings. As the sober friend, I can tell you that as much as it can be hard on us when you push your limits with alcohol a little too far, we'd much rather be holding your hair and wiping off our shoes than wondering where the hell you are the next morning. (That said though, we'd really appreciate all efforts on your part to avoid vomiting.)

Charge your phone before you leave
Most of us charge our phones at night while we sleep since charging can take hours and we don't use our phones when we sleep-- but tonight, and any of this Halloweekend, juice up before you leave the house. It's super easy to do while getting your costume, hair, and make-up on. It might be an extra-long night, and with strangers disguised and everyone feeling freer to get extra weird, it's a good idea to go out with a phone that's fully charged, rather than chilling out at half-bat.

Don't do stupid things "because it's Halloween"
Dress stupid, talk stupid, whatever, but don't do crap like visit condemned buildings or commit crimes like vandalism. Don't try to summon a demon or a ghost. Don't test out the local ghost story (for me it's always been Bunnyman Bridge) for shits and giggles. Halloween is not "you're not gonna die from this" night. If it's a bad idea 364 days of the year, tonight is not a damn exception. Halloween is not gonna stop you from falling through rotten floorboards and impaling yourself in the town "haunted" building. You're also putting people in danger by wasting police and emergency resources by doing dumb stuff. That ambulance should be heading towards a man having a heart attack, not your idiot friend who broke their ribs doing something completely unnecessary. That police officer should be handling a break-in, not you TP-ing a neighbor's house.

Those are my 5 tips for staying safe. Luckily for you, it's not even hard to make choice that can minimize risks on Halloween and make it easier for you to just focus on having fun. Have a great night, ya'll.

What are your favorite Halloween Candies?

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