April 30, 2016

May Photo-A-Day...

Here is the photo-a-day list Fat Mum Slim made for May 2016...
How To Take Part In May Photo-A-Day:     
  • Using the list as inspiration, take a photo each day.
  • Share it on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #FMSphotoaday. 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.

April 27, 2016

Doodlegraph | Tomfoolery In Party City...

Cinco de Mayo merely a week away, so to get in the spirit (And because we're have a big Fat Kid on Siete de Mayo) a couple of us hit up Party City the other day to pick up decorations and other randomness to celebrate. And because I can't go anywhere without taking pictures, I thought I would use the pictures to make another Doodlegraph for you guys.
So yeah, as you can see Day, Amanda and I acted like fools in Party City and bought a whole bunch of random crap for our up coming Fat Kid.

Stay tuned for the Fat Kid post, we have tons of stuff planned for that day so it should make for a good post.

April 21, 2016

Podcast | You Must Remember This (Charles Manson's Hollywood)...

As I mentioned last month, I am currently obsessed with Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark's podcast My Favorite Murder and have been listening to the episodes as soon as they've been popping up in my feed. Well in one of their episodes they mentioned a podcast called You Must Remember This (Specifically the Charles Manson series) and I started listening to it the other day. Oh my God, I binge listened to all twelve of the episodes and wish that there were more. It was this amazingly researched and produced series that went into the history of Charles Manson, his family and the events surrounding/leading up to the infamous killings. It was so good and if you're interested in true crime, Manson or whatever, you should give this podcast a listen because it was just so entertaining and intriguing.
Here is the synopsis of this series from the podcast's website:
This season, You Must Remember This will explore the murders committed in the summer of 1969 by followers of Charles Manson, and the Hollywood music and movie scene surrounding the killings. Throughout the series, we’ll learn how a single sociopath’s thwarted dreams of fame and fortune led to the gruesome events which became the symbolic “end of the sixties.” Future episodes will explore the various celebrities, musicians, movie stars and filmmakers (including Roman Polanski, Sharon Tate, The Beach Boys, Dennis Hopper, Doris Day and more) whose paths crossed with Manson’s in meaningful ways, both leading up to the murders and in their aftermath. Today, we’ll talk about what was going on in the show business capital that made Manson seem like a relatively normal guy. Then we'll lay out the basic facts of who was killed, and how, in order to begin to explain how these unthinkable crimes fit in to the tapestry of one of the most tumultuous times in Hollywood history.
If you give it a listen, let me know. I'm dying to talk to someone about this podcast!

April 19, 2016

Getting Ready For Japan & Hong Kong...

As I've done for the majority of my other travels, I've collected links to articles and blog posts about traveling in Japan and Hong Kong. And even though we aren't going for another couple of months I thought I'd share my current findings because someone else might find them useful. So here's what I've put together as of thus far...

Adventurous Kate -- What’s It Really Like To Travel Japan?
CNN -- 11 Extremely Practical Japan Travel Tips
CNN -- Tokyo Travel: 11 Things To Know Before You Go
FlipKey -- 30 Tips For First Time Travelers To Japan
Hey Kumo -- A Guide To A First Tokyo Trip
Japan Travel Mate
Nomadic Matt -- How To Turn High-Cost Japan Into A Cheap Place To Visit
Nomadic Matt -- Japan Travel Guide
Nomadic Matt -- 38 Reasons Why I Am Excited To Visit Japan
Notes Of Nomads -- 8 Surprising Things About Japan For First-Time Visitors
Japan Lover -- Cool Japan Travel Guide
Only In Japan -- How I Planned My Trip To Japan
Osaka Bob
Run Kimi Run -- Vacation Time! Japan Spring 2013
This Beautiful Day -- Travel Guide: Tokyo, Japan
The Phenomenal Mama -- Japan
To Europe & Beyond -- Everything You Need To Know About The Japan Rail Pass
To Europe & Beyond -- First Time In Japan: 11 Things That Surprised Me
Twenty-Something Travel -- A First-Time Itinerary For Japan
Twenty-Something Travel -- Simple Ways To Make Travel Cheaper In Japan
We Are Eaton -- Snapshot: Japan Vacation

My favorite YouTuber's Anna Lee and Jesse travel to Japan all the time and a few months back Jesse posted a video with tips for traveling in Tokyo that I found useful.

Bluebalu: Living In Hong Kong -- Hong Kong In General
Fathom Way To Go -- Hong Kong Essentials: The Scene 
Fathom Way To Go -- New & Improved! Our Hong Kong Guide
Joanne Khoo -- 2014 Hong Kong
Nomadic Matt -- How To Spend Four Days In Hong Kong
Peanuts Or Pretzels -- Hong Kong
The Blonde Abroad -- Ten Tips for Your First Trip to China
This Girl Abroad -- How A Visit To The Mainland Can Help You Appreciate Hong Kong

In addition to all of these articles and blog posts Justin and I watched a bunch of Anthony Bourdain shows and Rev Runs Around the World (2015–Present) because why not?!

Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (2005–2012)
  • Season Two, Episode One: Asia Special – China & Japan
  • Season Two, Episode Seven: Japan
  • Season Three, Episode Twelve: Hong Kong
  • Season Four, Episode Sixteen: Tokyo
  • Season Seven, Episode Eight: Japan
  • Season Eight, Episode Five: Japan – Cook It Raw
The Layover with Anthony Bourdain (2011–2013)
  • Season One, Episode Five: Hong Kong
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013–Present)
  • Season Two, Episode Eight: Tokyo
  • Season Six, Episode Four: Okinawa, Japan We aren't going here but it was fun to watch
Rev Runs Around the World (2015–Present)
  • Season One, Episode Three: Tokyo – Getting Diggy with It
  • Season One, Episode Five: Hong Kong – Please Don't Run

April 15, 2016

This Just Pinned: Week One Hundred & Fifty-Four...

Here are the highlights of my last few weeks pinning...
(via: Jelly Toast)
(via: Pinterest)

As always if you want to see what else I have up on Pinterest you can check out my account here.

April 12, 2016

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising | Red Band Trailer...

Universal Pictures just released a red band trailer (Which for those of you that don't know, is a movie trailer that depicts R-rated content) and new artwork for Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, which is hitting theaters next month. And I am loving it!

Returning stars Seth Rogen, Zac Efron and Rose Byrne are joined by Chloë Grace Moretz for Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, the follow-up to 2014’s most popular original comedy. Nicholas Stoller again directs in a film that follows what happens when the will of parenthood goes against the bonds of sisterhood.     

Now that Mac (Rogen) and Kelly Radner (Byrne) have a second baby on the way, they are ready to make the final move into adulthood: the suburbs. But just as they thought they’d reclaimed the neighborhood and were safe to sell, they learn that the new occupants next door are a sorority even more out of control than Teddy (Efron) and his brothers ever dreamed of being.     

Tired of their school’s sexist, restrictive system, the unorthodox ladies of Kappa Nu have decided to start a house where they can do whatever the hell they want. When Shelby (Moretz) and her sisters, Beth (Kiersey Clemons) and Nora (Beanie Feldstein), find the perfect place just off campus, they won’t let the fact that it’s located on a quiet street stand in their way of parties as epic as the guys throw.     

Forced to turn to the one ex-neighbor with the skills to bring down the new Greeks next door, the Radners—alongside best friends Jimmy (Ike Barinholtz) and Paula (Carla Gallo)—bring in charismatic Teddy as their secret weapon.  If he can infiltrate the sorority and charm his way through it, the thirtysomethings will shutter the Kappas’ home.  But if they think that their neighbors are going down without a fight, they have severely underestimated the power of youthful ingenuity and straight-up crazy.

I don't know about you guys, but this made me even more excited for this movie especially because I loved Neighbors (2014). And I'm not gonna lie, that poster totally would have been in my room in college.

Did this new trailer make you as excited as I am for this movie? Lemme know!

April 11, 2016

Saturdays Are For Brunch | Day Drinking In NYC...

As you may or may not know, baseball season is once again upon us and that means that I am a baseball widow from now until October. And because I refuse to let this fact bring me down, especially this year because Justin has a Saturday ticket plan instead of a Sunday one and he only bought tickets for himself, I've decided to make plans for all of the days Justin will be at baseball games and I started with opening weekend brunch this past Saturday.

So basically, while Justin was getting ready to watch baseball earlier last week, I was plotting with Day a day drinking extravaganza. And boy was there plotting and planning. Day sent me over a list of brunch spots based on the type of food they served, the alcoholic beverages included and the amount of time that you were able to spend at X restaurant. Once we picked out our spot, Vamos! Tacos & Tequila, we moved on to brunch outfits (We each got brunch shirts) and this just went on from there (You name it, we did it and all in the name of getting brunch drunk).

When Saturday actually rolled around we both met up at Toni's house (Who wasn't actually joining us for brunch) earlier than one would actually think that you'd need to. Got ready and caught the LIRR to start our day drinking adventure.

After over an hour train ride, two subway lines and a five block walk in the rain we made it to our destination. But we couldn't get our day drinking on just yet, we had to wait for Liz to arrive (Who took forever, sorry for blowing up your spot Liz).

Once she got to the restaurant it was on and we had a blast. We drank frozen margaritas, ate super yummy food and just had the best time dancing in our seats (Vamos! has a live DJ from 11AM-4PM on Saturdays and he was playing some awesome music) and acting like fools. 
Thankfully because the weather was pretty crappy outside we got to sit at our table way longer than the 90 minutes that the restaurant normally gives people. But eventually we decided to get up and sit at the bar to continue our drinking and carrying on. While we were at the bar Day's coworker Melissa showed up and we just had the best time.
At some point, we decided we needed to move on and we took a cab to Off The Wagon because Liz's friend is a bartender there and we needed a change of scenery (Plus I absolutely love that place). Unfortunately not long after getting there Day decided that she wanted to head back to Long Island, so we said our goodbyes, ran next door to Artichoke for some pizza and caught a cab back to Penn Station.
Can I tell you, if the rest of baseball season goes on like this I'm not gonna miss Justin (Sorry love) because we had the best time ever and I cannot wait to get the others together and do it all over.

Viva la brunch!!

April 10, 2016

Forgotten Photos From My iPhone: Food Porn Edition...

Xfinity Watchathon Week 2016...

This is for my Xfinity subscribers out there... Watchathon Week is back!! Beginning April 18–24 you will be able to have unlimited access to the hottest shows out there on premium, broadcast and cable networks. No matter what you want to watch, Watchathon makes it easy! You can catch you on your favorite shows are start watching that one popular show everyone talks about!
If you’re like most people, you simply cannot find the time to stay current with all the great TV that’s available. Fortunately, there’s Watchathon Week, an annual TV binge-athon that gives Xfinity TV customers free, unlimited access to the hottest shows from premium, cable and broadcast networks on Xfinity On Demand. With carte-blanche access to more than 250 series from April 18-24, there may be no better time to hunker down and catch-up on all you’ve been missing. What’s more, most of this great programming will also be available on-the-go via the Xfinity TV mobile app and website.

Of course, not everyone watches the same sort of shows. What kind of TV watcher are you?
The One-Show Die Hard:
You have no intention of moving from the couch until you finish your series from start to finish. Maybe you’ve heard co-workers gab about HBO’s Game of Thrones or you’ve heard good things about STARZ’s Power but never got around to watching. Or maybe you plan to use the week to watch every episode from every seasons of FOX’s The Simpsons. That’s right – every single episode (nearly 600 of them!) from the series are yours for the binging during the week. Here’s your chance to settle in, fire up your set-top box and let the episodes roll on Xfinity On Demand.

The One-Genre Fanatic:
Is any and all reality TV your thing? If so, use the week to catch up on current seasons of NBC’s The Voice, Bravo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta and ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. If you prefer reality that broadens your horizons a bit more you can check out every episode from every season of Discovery’s hits Bering Sea Gold and Gold Rush. Just looking for some good drama? During Watchathon Week, you can follow the infamous trial of the O.J. Simpson case on FX’s American Crime Story or step into the historic worlds of History’s The Vikings and STARZ’s Outlander and Black Sails.  If you simply prefer to watch some laugh out loud comedy, USA’s Playing House, NBC’s Superstore, FOX’s The Grinder and TV Land’s Younger can put a smile on your face and prove a great option for when you’re in the need for something quick and light.

The Español Loyalist:
You know you’ve got options and choose to watch your entertainment in Español, because you can. Whether you’re a fan of telenovelas or looking for a new top rated show in English to obsess about in Spanish with SAP (secondary audio programming), Watchathon Week gives you free access to more of the programming you want in your language of preference. So what are you waiting for? Get in on the action today and catch up on all four seasons of Telemundo’s super series El Señor de los Cielos. You’ll also have access to programs available only during Watchathon Week like Nuestra Tele’s La Viuda de la Mafia and Pasiones’ Xica de Silva, as well all episodes of Telemundo’s Dueños del Paraiso and the current season of La Viuda Negra from UniMás.

The FOMO Inflicted:
In other words, do you have a “fear of missing out” and always want to be in the know with the latest pop culture developments? If so, Watchathon Week is your chance to catch up on current seasons of all the buzziest TV you’ve been missing, including the FOX’s Empire and AMC’s The Walking Dead. You can also check out the entire first season of the hot new shows that had everyone talking, including USA’s Mr. Robot, FOX’s Scream Queens, ABC’s Quantico and NBC’s Chicago Med.

The Indecisive:
Can’t make a decision? It’s hard when there are so many options. Don’t worry—Xfinity’s team of entertainment experts has you covered with a long list of recommendations on to help you make the most of the week.
So, binge on.

April 8, 2016

Say No More Mon Amour | Happy Rex Manning Day...

If you're a fan of the 1995 cult classic Empire Records (As I am) you know that today is a very special day, it's Rex Manning Day! So go out, celebrate and always remember, "We mustn't dwell. No, not today. We can't. Not on Rex Manning day!"

Also, say no more mon amour...

Have a great weekend!