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    Brilliant Day

    So, if you know anything about me, I assume it’s that I’m a geek.

    I mean, it’s fairly obvious, given that I have a website showcasing my love for everything in the nerd realm.

    This is why I think you’ll understand why I’ve declared a brilliant day, once I explain it all to you.

    Let’s get started.

    Today, I got to hang out with Dr. Michio Kaku.

    Yes. The (Dr.) Michio Kaku.

    If you know who that is, skip ahead.
    If you don’t know who that is, keep reading.

    Dr. Michio Kaku, my fair lads, is one of those lovely ‘popularizers of science.’
    This means his work is so interesting that even those not generally interested in science get excited. He makes the idea of science ‘popular,’ to the general public, much like the lovely Bill Nye (The Science Guy, as you may know him) or the ever amazing Neil deGrasse Tyson. They are demigods within their fields, and the eyes of fellow nerds. Science celebrities, basically.

    Luckily, I’m into science, so this was even better.

    He considers himself a futurist- meaning his work generally focuses on the systematic predictions or possibilities of the future, for human society and life on Earth as a whole. He’s written tons of books filled with his thoughts, such as these titles below [which are linked to places where you can buy them, btw. I really recommend them. They’re fascinating reads!]

    futureofthemind  physicsofthefuture  physicsoftheimpossible  parallelworlds  hyperspace  beyondeinstein  visions

     

    These are the covers, and I love them. There are older versions of most of the books, but I love the illustrations for these covers. They just look so great. Perfect and sci-fi-y.

    ‘The Future of the Mind’ is his newest; it’s hit #1 on The New York Times’ book lists, and it’s at #1 on Amazon for scientific research books overall!

    My personal favorite, although they’re all amazing, is the ‘Physics of the Impossible’ book, which talks about sci-fi elements from movies, and tvs shows, and such, and then actually talks about the physics of their concepts, and which are actually something that can be achieved in the future and which are total imagination. He talks about things like phasers, teleportation, time travel, all sorts of stuff. If you like sci-fi shows, and are looking for a read to start with, I’d definitely say this is the book for you.

    Dr. Kaku is an amazing person, and I really think you should research more about him if you are interested in learning more! He has had an amazing life so far, and is FULL of awesome information. Keep an eye out for him.

    ANYWAYS.

    The reason why today is brilliant?

    I’ll tell you why.

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    GEEKIFIED: DIY Bird Feeders

    Inspired by pinterest (1) So, along with my new post series ‘Inspired by Pinterest,’ where I show my version of crafts that have been floating around on pinterest, I figured, I should create a new series for projects whose inspiration also came from pinterest, but that got a ‘geek’ remake. Thus, GEEKIFIED posts are born. Happy birthday, GEEKIFIED. Welcome to the world. You’re so beautiful.   As an example in the series, let’s start out with with these DIY bird feeders I saw on Pinterest. The pin itself leads to a buzzfeed link, which I then followed to the original content, found at Pink Pistaschio. Her instructions were simple- she even called a bird handler to make sure all the ingredients were safe for birds beforehand (SPOILER ALERT: they are safe).




    Inspired by this initial pin, I was excited to create some different shapes than the traditional circle (although I still did a heart. I love hearts. Like fun, I’m not going to make a heart.) I chose some dinosaurs, a skull, a heart (duhhh) and a raven. Half are from a dinosaur cookie cutter set I got from Walmart, one is from a Wilson fondant set that is supposed to be used to make Calla Lillies, and the others are from a Halloween cookie cutter set.

    Choose your cookie cutters I chose the Raven because I love the idea of birds eating something bird shaped. Is that weird?

    Anyways, here’s what you need for my version:

    + Fun cookie cutter shapes

    + 2 packets unflavored gelatin (I used Knox. It’s the only unflavored brand I know)

    + 2/3 cup water in a saucepan (cool/cold water. DO NOT heat up the water until after the gelatin dissolves)

    + 2 cups birdseed (I used a random generic brand, but you can lure different types of birds with different types of seeds!)

    + Cooking Spray (to coat your cookie cutters)

    + Cookie Sheet lined with Wax Paper (do this first, trust me)

    + A beverage straw or two, for making the hole in the bird feeders.

    + Twine, string, wird, etc. i.e. something to tie to the bird feeder so you can hang it.

    Let’s get started.

    Step one: In a small saucepan, stir the two packets of gelatin into the water until the gelatin is fully dissolved.

    Pour the Gelatin Step two: Turn your burner on, to medium heat, and stir constantly until the gelatin simmers. I may have heated it too much, but it didn’t affect the outcome of my treats, so don’t worry about mistakes! Simmer and Stir Step three: Remove the pan from heat, and stir in all your birdseed. MIX MIX MIX! Then, let cool. Pour in Birdseed
    Step four: While the birdseed mix is cooling, line your cookie sheet/baking sheet with the wax paper. This didn’t need a picture, haha.

    Step five: Spray the inside of your cookie cutters with cooking spray, to make the treats easy to get out and easy to clean afterwards. Then, line them up on your baking sheet for the next step. There is no picture for this either.

    Step six: Spoon your birdseed mixture into your little cookie cutters. You could do this carefully, but you’re still going to make a little bt of a mess, I bet. No worries. That’s why you’ve got that wax paper. Spoon them at least halfway full (mine are filled to the brim). Spoon it in

    Step seven: Insert a bit of a cut beverage straw into each treat to preserve a hole for string. Add a straw bit

    Step eight: Put baking sheet with treats into fridge to firm up. Leave it alone for at least an hour. All ready for the fridge: Ready for the fridge!

    Step nine: Remove treats from fridge, remove treats from cookie cutters, remove straws from treats. Remove the treat from mold: Remove from mold

    Step ten: String them up, and hang outside!! FInished Raven FInished Heart

    LOOK HOW CUTE.
    String them up I CAN’T DEAL WITH IT! Admire your work! Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

    HINT: If you aren’t going to put all of your bird feeders out at once, you MUST store them in the fridge. Gelatin molds if left out, and your bird feeders will mold if left out on the counter and stuff.

    Typically, birds eat them before they have a chance to mold outdoors, so don’t worry about it.
    The birds in my area are savages, and the feeders were all gone (I made more than pictured) within three days. SAVAGES.

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    DIY Marble Planter Pot

    Inspired by pinterest

     

    Pinterest.

    Isn’t it the best?
    Honestly, I would have about 50% fewer DIYs if it weren’t for Pinterest.
    So, I’ve started a new series for me.

    ‘Inspired by Pinterest”

    These posts will be projects I’ve seen on pinterest that I’ve given my own try at.

    My first official post in the series will be this lovely DIY Marble Planter Pot.
    Look how cute mine turned out!

    Close up

    Also, yes, I know, I need to paint that water disk thing.
    I seriously can’t remember the name.
    HELP.

    Anyways:

    It was inspired by this pin:


    And the original content can be found on the Oh Joy! Website.

    LET’S GET STARTED:

    You will need-

    + Disposable pot/bowl of room temp. water (it is important that it is not cold, so the polish doesn’t hard on the water’s surface)
    + Nail polish colors of choice
    + Item to be paint (I chose a terra cotta planter I had painted white last week)

    !! Try to do this project outside, if you can, so you don’t get overwhelmed by the smell of nail polish !!

    Step one: Get your pot of water. Like I said above, it is important for it not to be too cold! Room temp. water, or even a little warmer is better, so that your polish doesn’t hard on the surface of the water before you even paint your planter. Also, get your object to be painted. I chose a terra cotta pot that I painted white.

    Pot o' Water

    Blank Pot

    Step two: Pick out your polishes. I choose three colors that went together.
    A pastel purple I got from Five Below,
    A teal blue I got from Rue 21,
    and a hot pink/magenta color from Sally Beauty.

    The Chosen Ones [for the project]

    Step three: Slowly pour the polishes, one color at a time, on the surface of the water. Make sure you pour them out from fairly close to the water, of they will sink down the bottom and not help you out at all. You may want to stir the paint around a little to get better coverage. I learned I liked my designs better when i DID NOT stir it.

    Polish 1

    Polish Two

    Polish 3 and stir

    Step four: Dip it real good. Slowly dip your pot (or whatever object you’re painting) into the polish coated water. The polish will cling to the sides of the pot and ‘paint’ it. I dipped my pot two or three times, re-coating the water with polish each time.

    Dip a few times

    You may not need to dip it multiple times!
    My polish was older (which was why I used it), and not it good shape. Some were super thin, and some were that old and chunky type. In order for me to get goo coverage, I dipped it multiple times.
    If you use a decent nail polish, and thoroughly coat the surface of the water in your pot, once may be enough!

    Step five: Let it dry. I let mine dry outside, as well. Because I didn’t want my roommate to complain about a nail polish smell.

    I have no picture of this. It would literally just be a standing pot.

    Step six: Once completely dry, put a plant in it, and admire your creation!

    Close up

    It stands out among my other planters. it’s so cute. Also, I obviously need to paint the under plant disk thing white. What is it called? The name is failing me.
    Any ways, I need to paint that white too, then all will be completed!

    Pretty New Pot

    HAPPY DIY-ING!

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    LootCrate Unboxing

    LootCrate Unboxing: March 2015

    It’s time for another unboxing of my monthly LootCrate.

    Just so we all remember:  LootCrate is a geeky subscription box. Each month, you get a box filled with nerdy goodies, gamer gear, comics, toys and sometimes an exclusive shirt. Items vary each month, following a theme.

    LootCrate can be found here. Subscriptions are $13.95 a month, plus shipping and handling [If you choose a one month at a time option- You can save month by signing up ahead for several box plans, like the prepaid 3 months plan). My LootCrate monthly total typically ends up, after S&H, being about $20 a month. There’s typically some sort of coupon code online for $3-5 off for your first box, if you’re thinking about a subscription!

    Here’s the crate for March 2015! The theme was ‘Covert’ and it featured spy themed goodies.

    I actually had an issue with this crate: an item was missing. HOWEVER: LootCrate is amazing. Within two days of notifying them about the missing item, I had a replacement for the missing item on my doorstep. They even responded to my tweets asking what I should do. A+ response time, guys. I really appreciate it. That’s why I stick around.

    On another note, This crate was a ‘miss’ for me. I have a love/hate relationship with the items I get from LootCrate a lot. Sometimes, they are useless or uninteresting to me. This month had a lot more items that I disliked or didn’t care for than items I actually liked, which bummed me out. Bummer.

    I did love two items,and liked one, but in a crate of 9ish items, that’s not a very strong rate of likeage.

    Anyways. Here’s almost everything in the crate:

    Full LootCrate March 15

    I say ‘almost’ because when I unboxed the crate, as previously mentioned, I had a missing item.
    I could go back and take pictures of it now, buuuuuuut 1) I’m really lazy and 2) it’s at my office and I’m at my house, soooo. Make do.

    But, if you didn’t already know, LootCrate is amazing.
    I reached out to them on Twitter, and they responded within 15 minutes with instructions on what to do.

    Then, after following their instructions, of course, I was reached by someone at LootCrate who apologized and had a replacement item in my mailbox within two days. Beautiful people. Good work.

     

    ANYWAYS. On to the items in the crate.

    This first item is an exclusive Bond: This is Stirred Tshirt from Loot Crate Labs.

    Lootcrate shirt March 15

    It’s cute, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t wear stuff like this, and I’m not a huge Bond fan. I probably should have skipped this crate, and bought the two things I did like later, but how was I to know? Hindsight is 20/20.

    Next, we have an item I liked: Spy Mad Libs, from Penguin Books.

    Mad Libs

    If you haven’t played Mad Libs, you are missing out. It’s goofy and a nice quick game.
    It’s the game where certain words are missing from a story, and the reader asks you for nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs to fill in the blanks. Then they read you the entire story, with your goofy words added in.
    More often than not, it’s hilarious.

    The next one is an exclusive Orphan Black Comic from IDW Comics.
    If you haven’t heard of this series, this could be a neat way to get into it, if you already get LootCrate.
    Apparently it’s about a girl who finds out she has clones running around.
    This comic follows one of the clone’s lives.

    Orphan Black Comic

     

     

    So, an item that I actually LOVED- the Exclusive Field Agent Blink Time Wrist Watch.

    Spy Watch

    It doesn’t look like much here, but watch this clip I took:

     

    Awesome, right? I love it.

    Another item was the Exclusive Paracord Survival Bracelet from Loot Crate Labs.
    You can tell it’s theirs, not only from their logo, but the distinct orange and black color scheme.

    Bracelet

    I have brothers and friends in the military, so I own a couple of these bracelets already.
    And I really don’t like the color orange. I try not to wear it.
    This is a neat item in theory, but it wasn’t for me.
    Although I may disagree with saying that if I’m in a tough spot and happen to have it on me. Although, again, I probably won’t because it’ll stay at home sitting in the crate.

    NEXT, we have a replica Agents of Shield Lanyard and Badge, from EFX Collectibles.

    Shield Badge

    I’d probably like this if I watched the show (don’t yell at me). Another miss for me.

    And, it wouldn’t be a LootCrate if they didn’t give you a code for something in your crate.
    This month’s code is a digital download of ‘Ninjak’ from Valiant.

    Comic Button

    I’m not a fan of the codes, because I either forget to download things, or I deem it too much work from something I’m uninterested in. Soooo, this will probably go unused as well.

    Here was my missing item (that got shipped out to me super fast after I reported it missing). It’s labeled as an exclusive Special Agent Dossier Notebook (2-pack) from Field Notes. This was an item I loved.

    Field Notes

    Now that I’ve gotten my replacement, I can say that this is one of my favorite items in this crate. They are super slim, cute notebooks. If any of you know me personally, you’d know that I always carry a notebook with me, so these geeky, slim ones are so perfect.

    Anyways. Have another photo.

    Open LootCrate
    Freshly opened LootCrate

    This crate opened up to fold into a pretend laptop or something, I think.
    But, like I said, I was kind of disappointed in most of this crate, so I didn’t even unfold it.

    Sorry for letting you down.
    But, there you have it folks. That was March’s “COVERT” themed box.

    Once again, if you’re interested, you can go to LootCrate to check out their subscriptions.
    I’m still thinking about switching to the yearly plan, to get the expense out of the way and to save an additional $24, but I don’t know. It depends on whether or not I like APril’s crate. If it’s kind of disappointing, I may just unsubscribe. Womp Womp.

    If you’d like to save $3 on your first crate, they typically release a coupon code at some point, so watch for that.

    The theme for April is stated as ‘Fantasy,’ stating “Swords and sorcery, myths and magic, dragons and… things that aren’t dragons. This month, it’s all about FANTASY!” [Source – LootCrate].

    I have high faith for April’s crate.

    Here’s hoping.

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    DIY Dino Planter

    Dino Planter

    So, I came across this post on Pinterest, and loved the idea.

    After some searching, I found that the original is from the lovely folks at Plaid Pigeon, I believe, so if you are gung-ho about purchasing one of these, take a look in their shop! Theirs include real plants, more color options, and more dinosaur (and even animal) options. Their store is lovely, so if you’d like to buy one, please visit them at Plaid Pigeon.

    But now, the problem was that I couldn’t afford the cute planter on my own, but still wanted one.

    For a DIY version, my instructions are below.
    If you’d like to put in a real succulent, instead of the fake one I used, all you’ll need to do is follow the alterations mentioned below, as well!

    Here’s what you’ll need for the Faux version:
    Things you'll need!
    -Paint color of choice
    -Paint Brush
    -Plastic Dino (Mine was $1 from Dollar Tree)
    -Craft Knife (Be careful!)
    -Faux Succulent

    For a REAL plant, please replace the Faux Succulent with a real succulent plant, along with gathering some small rocks, and some good cacti/succulent soil.

    First step is to cut a hole in the top of your dino. I used a faux plant, so my hole could be really small.
    Cut a hole
    For a real plant, make sure you cut out a large, even hole out of the back of your dino, and also cut a small hole in each foot (for drainage).

    Next step is to paint that sucker. I used a cute blue. You can also spray a coat of clear spray paint or enamel when finished for protection.
    Paint your boy
    For a real plant, make sure you don’t get paint inside the Dino.

    Then, add your faux succulent, and VOILA!
    Finished little guy!
    For a real plant, add a bottom layer of small rocks, another layer of soil, and then nestle your plant inside. Then, as previously mentioned- VOILA!

     

    You’re all set!

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    #oddhoneyswap with Harper from HarperHoney.com

    So, I participated in the #oddhoneyswap from HarperHoney.com.
    If you haven’t given the website a visit, I suggest taking a look.
    It’s run by a lovely lady named Harper. She’s an absolute doll, and she blogs about some interesting stuff.

    ANYWAYS. She started a package swap a few months ago, and named it the ‘Odd Honey Swap,’
    ‘odd’ because it happens every odd numbered month, ‘honey’ because it’s part of the blog name, and ‘swap’ because that’s self explanatory.

    Her original post about it is here: CLICK ME!

    You basically sign up by filling out a survey, the information from which will be used to help match you with a swap partner. Then, once Harper messages both parties that they’ve been matched, you start to communicate and get to know each other! Later on, you put a package together, on theme for the swap, created specifically for your swap partner (and wait for your own goodies to come in that mail).

    That’s it! It’s that easy!

    So, March’s theme was ‘Love Letters.’
    oh la la.

    Amazingly enough, I was partnered up with the Swap Master herself, Harper!

    We chatted for a month or two through email, and then sent each other our Love themed packages.

    Click here for Harper’s reaction to my package, along with her unboxing video!

    Or, click here for Harper’s package to me!

     

     

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    Package from Harper!!

    As mentioned in the main post, found here, I participated in a package swap, with the lovely Harper from HarperHoney.com

    The theme was ‘Love Letters,’ and boy, did Harper deliver!

    LOOK AT THIS COLORFUL BOX FROM THE HEAVENS!

    Harper Box

    So, that’s an overview of the box she sent. It is PACKED with colors; stickers, candy, letters and fun goodies all over! It’s so cute, I love it.

    Let’s break it down, piece by piece.

    Harper gave some guidelines on what to send (of course, along the theme).

    oddhoneymarchLoveLetters

    So, first off, sorry for the pictures- it was really dark, and kind of stormy, so the pictures came out a little wonky.

    Anyways.

    Task 1: love Letter to you

    Letter from Harper

    Harper sent me a genuine love letter. It was really sweet. We’ve been talking for a while, and got a glimpse into each other’s personality. She told me what she liked about me in her love letter to me. It’s awlways awesome to have physical reminders about your good qualities. This was a sweet letter.
    ALSO, your eyes are not deceiving you. Those are genuine Lisa Frank stickers. Beautiful. We live in a beautiful world.

    Task 2: love letter to me

    Letter to Harper from Harper

    This part was writing a love letter to yourself. I won’t share her actual letter, because that’s private.
    I think it’s a really brave thing to look at yourself critically, and talk to yourself honestly.
    This part was really important to me.

    Task 3: favorite music

    Mix Tape

    Harper also sent me a mixtape of her fav. songs! The song list is listed on the cd case (thank god, because I’m terrible at guessing songs, and too lazy to look it up). All good choices, friends. Look at that list.

    Task 4: favorite book

    Look at this. This doll got me a postcard.

    Postcard Front

    On the back, she named her favorite books, and mentioned that the postcard is from her favorite bookstore.

    Postcard Back

    I actually go back to NYC in two months, so I’ll be sure to hit up this spot in her honor.

    Task 5: snack lovin’

    Candies

    Look at these candies. So sweet. I love sweetarts, and it’s super cute that they were all heart shaped. They even had little love notes on them (like conversation hearts), saying things like ‘Love U’ and ‘Cutie’. Super on theme. Lovey and yummy. And, the Hello Kitty candy was cute, too. I loved the packaging.
    I’m a sucker for nice packaging. It’s because I’m in Marketing, I guess.

    Brownie Mix

    She also sent some decadent red velvet brownie mix. Mmmmm. My mom’s favorite flavor for cakes and such is Red Velvet, so this will be perfect to share with here when I force her to binge watch AHS Coven with me. Spread the love, y’all.

    Task 6: love letter supplies

    Stationary

    Look at these cute writing supplies, too. I love them. This girl is rocking the theme hardcore, no joke. She knows what she’s doing.

    I’m especially excited for this one:

    Close up Stationary

    This is because I’m definitely going to send it to my little niece, whom I refer to as Booberry. Boo is a little over 2 years old, and she is the most beautiful, perfect child I have ever met. I love her so much.

    Even more exciting, Harper included some beads with the package.

    Beads

    This is even more perfect to go with the stationary.
    ‘WHY?” you ask?

    Because, there were enough to make two matching bracelets.

    matching bracelets

    I’m going to make one for me, using the larger beads.
    AND THEN, I’m going to make one for my niece that matches mine, using the smaller beads.

    And I’ll mail it to her using the stationary I just got.

    DO YOU SEE HOW THIS ALL FITS TOGETHER?

    I’m just really excited.

    Other items I got:

    Stickers

    Some sweet stickers. Once again, genuine Lisa Frank stickers. Are you excited for me? Also, rainbow smiles and action stickers. Perfect!

    ANDDDD

    SLINKY WOW

    An m-effin slinky. Yinz can’t possibly understand how great this is. Because I finally have stairs again. 15 magnificent stairs for this beast to crawl down.

    So,
    that’s a wrap up of my #ODDHONEYSWAP package.

    Thanks to Harper, from Harperhoney.com, for the amazing package and the chance to participate in the swap!

    If you’re interested in signing up for the next swap, check out her new swap page here.
    Deadline for signup is Friday, April 3rd!
    Packages should be sent out by May 9th.

    The theme is Bloom!

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