Incorporating toys into a small apartment design.


When Mark and I visited his parents last week, and they kindly tried to send us home with all of his childhood toys, how could I resist! Mark has a large collection of 80’s memorabilia… Ninja Turtles, Ghostbusters, Beetlejuice, Pokemon, Power Rangers, and so much more nostalgic goodness. My challenge was to incorporate them into the design of our home, using the walls, and so it wouldn’t look too cluttered. In a 600 square foot apartment, using wall space in the design is key.


I had Mark install a long shelf along the ceiling so I could display all the toys. It’s hard to get these little guys to stand up, let me tell you. The mini-bar is one of my favorite parts of this room, of course. The IKEA Poang chair with red cushion and shiny pink pillow add the perfect pop of modern and color to the more classic design of the shelves and wall art.


Mark also put up another shelf for more toys, over my desk. So many toys! I got the disc wall clock from and the awesome Carpe Weird print from


Here’s a peek at the other half of our living room, which is where we have a bit of a renaissance theme going on. My father painted this epic shield containing our family crests, and of course, animals in human clothes are always awesome. The important things I tried to do to incorporate the shield into the room was adding splashes of color found in the shield, like the red fireplace, the blue ox figurine, and the green cup for bottle caps on the table.


I made sure to hang everything in the apartment at that 57″ sweet spot, while getting a little bit chaotic, in an organized way. I included works by MC Escher in our collage, as it’s Mark’s favorite artist.

Overall, I think it’s a good start to our home design, but I kind of wish I had a better quality camera for these pictures. Someday!

Post a comment to let me know your must-know tips for home design, or show me pictures of your homes!

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Boots, and too much cutes.

How is everyone’s Saturday going? Mark and I are going to be spending time with friends tonight, sitting around a smoky campfire, making s’mores, drinking beer, and having an awesome time. I hope you get to do some amazing things too this weekend, but in the mean time I’ve selected some cute items to show you guys that I just love!


1. I am on a serious mission to bring fanny packs back. Pastel Bunny Rabbit Party Fannypack by imyourpresent on Etsy. • 2. I’ve been longing for an actual official pair of Dr. Martens boots – more specifically these shiny patent ones. Come to me, pretty pretty boots. Women’s 1460 by Dr. Martens. • 3. I would rock the crap of this dress. Ugh, so kawaii! Melty Castle Circle Skirt Dress by roxiesweetheart on Etsy. 4. 626 might be terrifying, horrible, and a monster, but… aw, no he isn’t! Just look at him!!! Disney Lilo & Stitch Tongue Girls Pullover Top from Hot Topic. 5. Thanks to Toasty, I want to go bankrupt buying all these cute My Little Pony chibi vinyls from We Love Fine. Much too cute! My Little Pony Chibi Vinyls from We Love Fine. 6. Literalz Moon Prism Power Make-up. Get it? Do you get it? Because make-up? Do you get it? Moon Prism Power Make-up Bag from Dolls Kill.

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5 Nerdiest Things I’ve Ever Done

I’ve done lots of normal nerdy things: been obsessed with video games, cried at the end of a good fantasy novel, cosplayed at nerd conventions – the list goes on. But these are the dirty secrets of the nerd, the things that some nerds might even say is nerdy. Let’s get down and nerdy.

1. Dressed up as Moaning Myrtle to go to the book release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Nerds everywhere can relate to a love of dressing up. Cosplaying at conventions or even on Halloween (I guess maybe that’s just called “wearing a costume”). I took it a step further, and dressed up during the release of the 7th Harry Potter book, The Deathly Hallows… at Barnes and Noble. My sister dressed up as Hermione Granger and I dressed up as Moaning Myrtle, complete with crying and moping role-playing, and we went to wait in line for the book. With other people. Who were wearing regular clothes. We got a lot of funny looks.

2. Ran around in the woods dressed up as an elf, hitting skeletons with foam swords.

Larping is definitely in a class all its own when it comes to nerdy things. I began Larping in 2003. Larping stands for live-action role playing, and as it was explained to me at that time, it’s when “You dress up as a character, like an elf or something, and it’s mostly renaissance costuming, and you go around fighting zombies in the woods with foam swords.” I imagine when most people hear that, they would be both confused and terrified. To me, however, it seemed like the coolest and most fun idea I’d ever heard of. You could create and craft your own character, personality, back story, and costume, and actually enter a fantasy world for the weekend where everyone else plays along. I ended up creating a True Elf Cleric who wore a blue velvet dress and had big pointy ears. I could probably ramble on about Larp for another 3 paragraphs, so I’ll just stop here.

3. Confused a water fountain for a pensieve in the Harry Potter theme park.

When Mark and I went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and waited in line to get on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, it was a long wait. About an hour at least. And the WWOHP is in Orlando Florida, where, if you don’t know, it can feel the like the sun is burning you alive. So they have water fountains in the line while people are waiting – you know, so people don’t die. I saw a giant silver dish from afar and screamed “Is that a pensieve?” No, no, Stewie, you idiot. It’s a water fountain. Nerd.

4. Played tabletop role-playing games that weren’t Dungeons and Dragons.

Most people think of tabletop RPG games as being, well, Dungeons and Dragons. And certainly that’s the most popular one. I played a lot of D&D, don’t get me wrong. But I also explored the nerdy world of many other role-playing games. 7th Sea, Star Wars: The Role Playing Game, Call of Cthulu, Firefly/Serenity Role Playing Game… I’ve played a pretty big variety of role-playing games, gorram it.

5. Role-played in an online Furry community called Furcadia.

This may be the most embarassing and nerdy thing I can confess to, but hey, I was 13… that’s my excuse. I covered my adventures in Furcadia in this post, but really, it has to remain on my list as being super nerdy. In the game, you create your own anthropomorphic animal character and you walk around a pixel world, role-playing with other animal people. Yup. I did that.

*BONUS* 6. Gotten fandom related tattoos.


I saw this on @youthinkmemad‘s Fandom 5 post and realized I’m guitly of it too, so I’m going to use it as a bonus. I recently got a Luna from Sailor Moon as a maneki neko to add to the collection of kawaii tattoos. Oh, and my next nerdy tattoo will probbaly be Jiggly Puff from Pokemon. Jiggly puffffffff…. Thanks for reminding me of my nerdy ink, B!

Let me know how nerdy you are by leaving your nerdy confessions in a comment!

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20 things to do when you’re down in the dumps

1. Wash your hair, like they do at the salon.
Or go to a local salon and get your hair washed. I love it when someone else washes my hair! If you don’t want to go to the salon, wash your own hair. Really massage your scalp and hair folicles. Massage therapy, especially on our head, has a great affect on our mood. It gets the blood flowing to our head, relieves pain, and helps us feel relaxed. So treat your head to 15 minutes in the steam, and give it a good rub!

2. Go to your local library and find a book you read as a kid.
Maybe you’ll run into a little kid you can non-creepily recommend it too. If you don’t want to check it out, read it while you’re in the library. Kids books are pretty quick reads, after all. Notice little details about it you never noticed before. Try to remember the first time you read it. I would probably look for The Very Hungry Caterpillar or Where the Wild Things Are. And you can’t go wrong with Dr. Seuss.

3. Take a step to make a change.
Something specific bothering you? Take a step to change it, even if it’s just talking to a confidant about what you’re upset about. Taking steps to change something that’s upsetting us, no matter how small, can help us feel like we’ve accomplished something important, and helps us to relieve the stress of the problem.


4. Write a thoughtful letter to a famous person who changed your life.
I’ve been meaning to (I mean I totally did) write a letter to R.L. Stine to let him know how much the Goosebumps series shaped me as a kid. They were my favorite, and I knew being a spooky weirdo was okay if books like this existed! Pull out the pen and paper, and pick someone who created something meaningful to you, as a kid or an adult. Then let it all spill out onto the paper.

5. Get some vitamin D.
It’s time to go say hello to the sunshine! Get outside and lay in the sun, or go for a walk in the park. I think we can all relate to the winter-time blues, so if the sun is hiding away, you can fake it. Make your own beach getaway in your house! Turn up the heat and put on some summer clothes. It’s time for Jimmy Buffet and margaritas! (don’t forget some of those fancy tropical drink umbrellas!) Put on some beachy movies like 50 First Dates, Lilo and Stitch, Jaws, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, or Blue Hawaii, and watch them while laying on a towel.

6. Find a kindred spirit.
Think you’re down in the dumps? Chances are someone else is too. Use your sad radar and seek them out. Go out of your way to do something for them to pull them out of their slump. You’d be surprised what a random act of kindness can do for your mood!

7. Go fish.
Fishing for compliments isn’t something we should do all the time, but if we need a little pat on the back, it’s nice to get positive feedback from friends. Post something to social media and ask people what they think your best quality is. Hopefully your friends won’t troll you, but this plan may backfire. Who knows, maybe they’ll make you laugh!

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8. Sign up for a pen pal.
Not only will you have a friend from another exciting land, but chances are, your hometown is going to be new and exciting to them too. Go buy some postcards of your local area to send to your pen friend. Maybe snag some of your favorite candy or coasters from your favorite restaurant. Check out my favorite website for finding a pen pal!

9. Sponsor a child.
Mark and I sponsor through Compassion International, but there are so many great charities out there that can help you find a child in need. Charity Navigator has ratings and helpful search filters to help you find your perfect organization. Leave a comment with some of your favorites!

10. Get back to nature.
Spend some time in the woods. Let all 5 of your senses loose in the forest. Nothing rights a downtrodden spirit better than reconnecting with God and the planet. Sit on a stump and meditate. Sniff some tree bark. Poke some plants. Be on the look out for faeries. Maybe don’t eat any mushrooms though…

11. Check out the Darwin awards.
…and be glad you aren’t any of those people.

12. Spring clean, even if it isn’t spring.
Clean out your closet and donate some clothes you don’t wear anymore. Imagine how happy (and stylish!) their new owner will be. Clean out a cabinet or cupboard you haven’t opened in a while. Rearrange your furniture to freshen up your house. Make sure to put on the Happy Working Song as you clean crud up in the kitchen!


13. Watch one of your favorite movies or cartoons from when you were a kid.
Bonus points if you do it with wine, because wine makes everything better. I love getting on YouTube and finding episodes of Rainbow Brite, the Care Bears, Gummi Bears, and David the Gnome when I’m feeling down.

14. Get lost in a good spiritual book.
Sometimes our soul needs some TLC too. I find My Utmost for His Highest an encouragement to me on the daily. Find a book that speaks to you and get reconnected to a higher power.

15. Ask for suggestions for laugh-out-loud comedies from your friends.
Post it on a social network. Watch whatever they choose. Then, pop some popcorn and live-post about the experience!


16. Move it, move it.
Exercise is proven to make us happier, so get off your butt and shake it! Go for a walk while playing Ingress. Take your dog to the dog park. Go geo-caching. Find a local pool and go for a dip. Hike somewhere new. Make a game out of a TV show, and every time you see a certain character, or they say a certain word, do a jumping jack or a squat. Put on a dance song and jump around. Jump up jump up and get down.

17. Call your mom or dad, or a relative you haven’t talked to in a long time.
Tell the person you call all the silly little things you’ve been doing on this list. Maybe they’ll have a suggestion. Don’t forget to tell them you love them!

18. Pull out some art supplies and make a self portrait.
Getting creative is a great way to get happy. Do a quick sketch, drawing, pastel, painting, or just take a selfie and get crazy with your filters. Submit your selfie on French Girls and someone else will turn you into art. Maybe get weird, and make art using shaving cream on a table surface, or face paints. You go, Picasso!

A map of Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World!

19. Plan a pretend vacation.
Where have you always wanted to travel? Money is no object when you’re playing pretend! Scout out plane tickets, seek travel tips, and search for photos of your vacation location. Look up fun tourist attractions at your fake destination. Imagine what you’d pack if you left tomorrow. Think about what souvenirs you would want to bring home. I do this all the time with Disney World!

20. Write a blog post like this one.
Write down your own tips for things you can do the next time you’re down in the dumps, specific to your tastes. Include feel good movies and books you love, foods you enjoy, people who you would call to cheer you up, or songs you’d listen to. Then share your ideas with the world, and spread the happiness!

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