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February 12, 2018

5 Ways To Enjoy Valentine's Day At Home

As someone that refuses to go out on Valentine's Day, I thought this article from one of my partners had some good ideas for those of you looking for last minute at home Valentine's Day stuff.
FIVE WAYS TO ENJOY
VALENTINES DAY AT HOME
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and with that many people will be making reservations and flocking to restaurants for that romantic night. To avoid the crowd, you can opt for a Valentine’s Day at home that can be as exciting, romantic and entertaining without having to fight the crowds or pay for an expensive pre-fixe meal at a local restaurant.

Below, find five easy ideas to have a fun Valentine’s Day from the comfort of your own home:


Romantic Dinner Delivery
This year Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday, and for those that work a 9-5, cooking a romantic dinner isn’t the easiest option after work. We suggest using Postmates, which offers first time users a coupon of up to $100 worth of delivery credit. All you have to do is download the app, decide what you feel like having for dinner and order! Don’t forget to use the code “TKYEU” to redeem the free delivery.

Disconnect & Reconnect With Your Significant Other
If you have Xfinity, you can disconnect from your WiFi and reconnect with your loved one! All you have to do is download the xFi app. This app allows you to “pause” your WiFi connection from whichever device you want. It is a great way to ensure that you’re completely present with your significant other and not glued to your phone.


Romantic Night of Streaming Latin American Films
Who doesn’t love to stay home and watch movies? There’s so many great streaming services out there, but you definitely need to give Pantaya a try. Pantaya is a platform that streams the best in Latin American film; there’s nothing like a Latin American romantic comedy! You can download the streaming service through any mobile device, and you’re in luck because here’s a free trial to check it out. Below are two Valentine's Day-themed releases worth checking out: 
Tales of an Immoral Couple (Drama)
Lucio and Martina had a passionate romance during their youth at a strict Catholic high school. 25 years later they unexpectedly run into each other in the city of San Miguel de Allende.Their immediate reaction is to pretend to be happily married and even with children on the way. As they try to maintain their false lives in a comedy of errors, we find out just what happened between the young couple so long ago.

      
El Que Busca Encuentra (Romantic Comedy)
El Que Busca Encuentra tells the story of Marcos (Claudio Lafarga) and Esperanza (Ana Brenda Contreras), two children who fall in love when they lose at Estadio Azteca during a football game. More than 20 years later in which they have not been seen again, life has taken them by different paths, but the memory of that infantile love is so strong that they are able to find again and to have a magic appointment. However, through a terrible confusion they separate again, so they will have to find a way to get back together.
Winter Olympics 2018
It’s very common for couples to have opposite taste when it comes to sports. Women might like to watch sports games every once in a while, meanwhile some men watch every game religiously, but everyone seems to find a middle ground when it comes to the Olympic Games. Find that middle ground this Valentine's Day by tuning into the Winter Olympics & watch the alpine skiing finals or women’s ice skating. Team USA will be playing hockey against Slovenia that day & the men’s team will be in the finals for halfpipe snowboarding. If you have Xfinity cable service, you can use the Sports app which allows you to watch any game & keep up with the scoreboard

Smart Home
If you like to keep up with the latest technology, there are various products that you can add to your home so that you can have a futuristic romantic evening. If you’re reading this, you still have time to go out and buy the latest technology to enhance your evening. You can buy a Nest thermostat that allows you to adjust the temperature from your phone. You can also install the Xfinity Home service and control your Phillips Hue lights and dim them to set the perfect romantic setting.
I don't know about you but I'm down with these ideas. I love the idea of "pausing" the wifi because I am very guilty of looking at my phone while I should be paying attention to actual people. Also, I've never used Postmates but I'd be down to try it. And I love love love smart home products, so I would love to be able to dim the lights and change the temperature from my phone before I pause my wifi.

What do you think? Lemme know!

My Favorite Podcasts

As you may or may not know, I really enjoy podcasts and because I have a decent commute to and from work I have a lot of time to listen to them. So I thought that I'd share my current favorite podcasts, as well as my OG favorites.

Take away a pocket full of science knowledge and some insane stories about what fuels these professional ologists' obsessions. Hosted by humorist and science correspondent Alie Ward.
Ologies is hands down my favorite new podcast. Alie (Whom I'm a big fan of from Slumber Party with Alie & Georgia) teased this podcast forever before it dropped and it was so worth the wait. In each episode Alie talks to a different ologist about their field of study and it is so fucking fascinating. She has managed to make me interested in things like Horology (Which was the answer to a question on HQ the other day) and has made me want to study Thanatology (Like I took an introductory webinar on it from the Art of Dying Institute in December). It is just so captivating and funny, and I honestly look forward to each new episode.

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Comedian and self-proclaimed "beauty passionista" Jackie Johnson attempts to take the seriousness, mysteries, and intimidation out of makeup and skincare as she gabs with fellow artists about what beauty and self-care means to them. 
This podcast is vegan and cruelty-free.
Those of you that have been here for awhile know that I love love love makeup and all things beauty, so when I first heard an ad for Natch Beau while listening to My Favorite Murder I knew I had to give this podcast a try. Especially because I fell in love with Jackie Johnson after listening to her on an episode of Slumber Party with Alie & Georgia forever ago.


Natch Beau is the perfect combination of beauty talk and comedy, which are two things that I enjoy very much so. And don't let the name or description above dissuade you, even though Jackie is a vegan she isn't an obnoxious vegan. It's just a super fun podcast that doesn't take itself too seriously.

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Deadly Manners is a 10 episode, dark comedy murder-mystery series set in the winter of 1954. It follows the events during the night of the affluent Billings family annual dinner party with their distinguished, eccentric guests. However, all is not fun and games as shortly after the party starts, a snowstorm begins to rage outside, trapping all the partygoers inside their host’s mansion. When a murderer starts killing off those in attendance, the guests must figure out who is responsible, or at least how to stay alive -- lest they be next. Deadly Manners was created by Ali Garfinkel and Alex Aldea. Deadly Manners stars Kristen Bell, Denis O'Hare, Alisha Boe, RuPaul, Anna Chlumsky, Timothy Simons, Michelle Visage, Alona Tal, David Cummings and is narrated by LeVar Burton.
When I heard RuPaul and Michelle Visage talk about Deadly Manners on their podcast, RuPaul: What's The Tee with Michelle Visage,  I had to give it a shot even though I don't typically listen to fiction. And I'm so glad I did because this podcast was so much fun. The story was intriguing, the actors where amazing and I couldn't wait for each week's installment.

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Some of my other favorites that I've mentioned before:
 Do you have a favorite podcast or a recommendation for me? Lemme know!

* There are no new episodes of these podcasts, but I still think you should give their back catalog a listen

February 6, 2018

La Boda de Valentina Trailer

Valentine's Day is quickly approaching and you know what that means, it's Rom-Com season. And I know I don't mention it often but I do enjoy a good Rom-Com in between all the bad horror movies that I love so much.

Recently I was sent the trailer for the upcoming film La Boda de Valentina (2018), which is a bilingual Rom-Com hitting theaters February 9th, and I just thought it looked so perfect for Valentine's Day that I just had to share it with all of you.
What would you do if your fiancé asked you to get married in your home country, but you know  that the  moment  you land your ex (and love of your life) is going to try to win you back? This is exactly what  happened to Valentina, played by Marimar Vega, in Pantelion Films newest “La Boda de Valentina,” in theatres February 9, 2018. 
Valentina seems to have the perfect life in New York, with a perfect job and a perfect boyfriend, Jason  Tat e (Ryan Carnes) — far, far away from her scandalous political family in Mexico. When Jason proposes  to her and wants to go to home to meet the family she has been keeping a secret, her two worlds clash. At first she refuses to go but unforeseen circumstances force her to go to the motherland. 
As soon as she arrives, she discovers that her family set her up in a fake marriage with her ex - boyfriend,  Angel (Omar Chaparo) to help her father ’s political  campaign .  Even though the sham was supposed to  be temporary and kept secret,  she soon realizes that the “divorce” papers are not going to be easy to  get.  Meanwhile in New York, Jason sens es that there’s something wrong and decides to surprise her. It is  then that he meets Angel and  realizes he’s still madly in love with Valentina and is willing to do anything  to win her over.
Between arguments and fights, Angel and Jason want to prove who Valentina has had the most fun  with. Jason took her to a Coldplay  concert  but with Angel she drank a whole bottle of tequila, Angel took  her to swim in Cozumel but she went scuba diving in Aruba with Jason. Somehow by the time the night  had ended they had gotten drunk together and even started a fight with some Lucha Libre  wrestlers.
Valentina quickly realizes that she  cannot run away from her past and that she needs to decide who her  heart belongs to.
Here's the trailer for anyone interested...


Release Date: February 9, 2018 
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Rated: R
Cast: Kate Vernon, Ryan Carnes, Omar Chaparro,  Marimar Vega, Jesús Zavala, Tony Dalton & Christian Tappán
Directed by: Marco Polo Constandse
Written by: Beto Gómez, Santiago Limón & Issa López
Produced by: Tania Benítez, Marco Polo Constandse, Angela Donald, Henry Less, Issa López, Avelino Rodríguez & Carlos Taibo

Personally I really enjoy that it's a bilingual film with a familiar concept that has some spice to it. It's nice, at least for me, to see a Rom-Com without your typical players and an all English speaking cast. I really do look forward to see this because it just looks like so much fun, especially for the season.

Lemme know what you think!

January 31, 2018

February Photo-A-Day

Here is the photo-a-day list Fat Mum Slim made for February 2018...
How To Take Part In February Photo-A-Day:     

  • Using the list as inspiration, take a photo each day.     
  • Share it on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtags #FMSphotoaday and #FMSPAD. You can also share on your blog or on Facebook by joining her group.     
  • Check out other people's photos and like them or comment on them.
  • Each day a Fab Four is picked from the photos shared on Instagram for the challenge. It’s four photos that have captured their attention from each prompt. Check the feed @littlemomentsapp to see the photos.

January 30, 2018

Stuck In My Head: Finesse (Remix)

For the first time in a long time I have a song stuck in my head. Literally for the entire past week I've had "Finesse (Remix)" by Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B playing on loop in my brain. It's just so damn catchy and reminds me of the early 90's R&B and rap songs that I love so much.

So here it is to get it stuck in your head...

January 10, 2018

Realizations In The New Year

So, it's a little over a week into the new year and I've just come to the realization that I spent almost the entirety of 2017 focusing on other people. And that in doing so, I haven't truly taken time to take care of myself in almost a year. Which, as you can probably guess, has been a detriment on myself as a whole.

For months I've been trying to figure out what the fuck is wrong with me and how to express it. And I just couldn't for whatever reason, which is so frustrating to me because of how normally articulate and verbal I am.

It hasn't been until this past week that I could truly express how I've been feeling for months.

Last Friday, the day after the East Coast was hit with that "bomb cyclone" or whatever other made up fucking name people are using for it, I was leaving to go to work and I ended up slipping outside of my building and hurting my shoulder. Instead of staying home and taking care of myself I went to work, and while at work I ended up having to deal with some complete and utter bullshit from Administration. So by the time I got home I was just mentally and psychically exhausted. Like I couldn't even take my snow boots off, Justin had to do it for me. And as he was helping me, I just looked at him and said "I've felt like a wounded animal backed into a corner all day..."

Then this past Sunday I had to deal with an ongoing issue I've been having with an individual. And in dealing with the person and the issue, I ended up betraying myself for the greater good. Which caused me to have the most visceral reaction (Tears, shaking. You would have thought someone died, and Justin did).

Because of the intensity of the reaction I had, I just couldn't pull myself together all day. And at one point while Justin and I were out grocery shopping, I ended up snapping at him (Which he did not deserve) and barking that I've spent almost a year taking care and doing things for others and neglecting myself.

In that moment I finally realized what was wrong. And it was such a simple, stupid thing that I would have recognized in anyone else right away.

Since having my realization I've decided that I need to take care of myself in order to be any good to anyone else that I might need to take care of also. Because I know I'm never going to stop taking care and helping the people that I love.


Thus, 2018 is going to be about taking care of myself first and foremost so that I can be the best version of myself for me and everyone else that I care about.

What does this mean for my blog? I'm actually going to try to be around more because blogging helps me focus and channel my energy.

So, thank you for sticking with me and supporting me year after year. You have no idea how much I appreciate all of you.

December 17, 2017

Christmas Wishlist

Since Christmas Eve is only a week away I thought that I'd throw together a last minute Christmas wishlist in case anyone wanted to know what I wanted for Christmas...
Is there anything you're wishing for? Lemme know what you're asking for this holiday season!

December 3, 2017

Sunday Steal

1. Do You Prefer Hardcover, Paperback Or Kindle... And Why?  
In terms of just reading a book, I don't care as long as it's a physical book (I hate e-readers, yet I'm okay with audio books only because of my commute). But if I'm purchasing a book, which I don't do often, I prefer it to be a hardcover if possible.

2. If I Were To Own A Book Shop I Would Call It...  
Hmm... You'd think that as a librarian I'd have a dream name for a book shop but I don't. If I did someday own a book shop it would have to have the word 'librarian' in it for sure. Maybe The Librarian's Book Den or something like that...

3. My Favorite Quote From A Book (Mention The Title) Is... 
"Hysteria is impossible without an audience. Panicking by yourself is the same as laughing alone in an empty room. You feel really silly."
"All God does is watch us and kill us when we get boring. We must never, ever be boring."
4. The Author (Alive Or Dead) I Would Love To Have Lunch With Would Be...  
Hmm... I would be down for a nice lunch with Edgar Allen Poe, Stephen King and Chuck Palahniuk.

5. If I Was Going To A Deserted Island And Could Only Bring One Book, Except For The SAS Survival Guide, It Would Be...  
Thankfully I have a pretty active imagination, so I could probably just bring something like "14,000 Things To Be Happy About" by Barbara Ann Kipfer or something like that with lists.

6. I Would Love Someone To Invent A Bookish Gadget That...  
I don't need bookish gadgets. Just give me a normal ass book.

7. The Smell Of An Old Book Reminds Me Of... 
Work... I'm a librarian... What else did you expect my answer to be.

Oh, and FYI the glue used on new books smells like baby vomit. True story.

8. If I Could Be The Lead Character In A Book (Mention The Title), It Would Be...
Hmm.. I don't have a specific title that I'd want to be the main character in but probably some travel adventure mystical comedy type book, because that is basically my life anyways.

9. The Most Overrated Book Of All Time Is...
This is a very subjective question... That being said I fucking hate "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger, as well as "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding.

10. I Hate It When A Book...
Sucks... Is damaged...

November 30, 2017

Movie Trailer | The Shape Of Water

As you may or may not know, Justin and I are huge fans of anything with Guillermo del Toro's name attached to it. So it goes without saying that we are super excited for his newest offering The Shape of Water (2017) which is coming out tomorrow in New York City.

From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes THE SHAPE OF WATER - an  other - worldly fairy tale, set  against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 196 2 . In the  hidden high - security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is  trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co - worker Zelda  (Octa via Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Rounding out the cast are Michael  Shannon, Richard Jenkins,  Doug Jones and  Michael Stuhlbarg. 

Fox Searchlight Pictures presents, in association with TSG Entertainment, a  Double Dare You Production,  THE SHAPE OF WATER directed by Guillermo del Toro from a  screenplay by  d el Toro  & Vanessa Taylor with story by  Guillermo  del Toro .  The producers are  Gu illermo  d el Toro , p.g.a. and J. Miles Dale , p.g.a. .   The filmmaking crew includes director of  photography Dan Laustsen, DFF, production designer Paul  Denham  Austerberry, film editor Sidney  Wolinsky, ACE, associate producer Daniel Kraus, visual effects supe rvisor Dennis Berardi, music by  Alexandre Desplat, costume designer Luis Sequeira and casting by Robin D. Cook, CSA
For those of you that may not have seen the trailer, here it is...


Genre:Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Cast: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg and Octavia Spencer
Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
Writer: Guillermo del Toro
Screenplay by: Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor 
Produced by: Guillermo del Toro & J. Miles Dale
Rated: R
Release Date: December 8, 2017

So is anyone else excited for this? Do you love Guillermo del Toro as much as Justin and I do? If so, lemme know! And if you do love del Toro I totally need to know what you're favorite movie he is attached to is.

“Water takes the shape of whatever is holding it at the time and although water can be so gentle, it's also  the most powerful and malleable force in the universe. That's also love, isn't it?  It doesn’t matter what shape we put love into, it becomes that, whether it’s man, woman or creature.”
- Guillermo del Toro on The Shape of Water

For those of you interested, here is an interview with Guillermo del Toro in Spanish...