Friday, August 29, 2014

Sponsor Spotlight: August 2014

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Writing - Geekery - Life. I write about my passion for writing, literature and words, through a series of snail mail-related posts, how-to's, book reviews, geek gushing and the occasional giveaway. I especially enjoy writing about the people that inspire me.

Who's your favorite fictional character? My top ones would be Stargirl, Lizzie Bennet, Sloan from The Newsroom, Rebel Blue and Elizabeth from Bioshock Infinite.
Are you a cat person, dog person, or neither? Dog person. My dog Nikki annoys the crap out of me, but I love her.
What's your best tip for staying cool in the hot weather? Air conditioning XD Nah, really my tip would be to get lounging in a chair outside with a cute bathing suit, your favorite drink with some Companion Cube-shaped ice, and an external fan under your laptop so you can work without you or your computer overheating.

October June

October June is a lifestyle, travel, and style blog written by a theatre student with a love of adventure, bad puns, and 90s sci-fi. Here you'll find personal style, inspirational posts, blogging tips, DIY projects, and sometimes recipes.

Who's your favorite fictional character? This question causes me so much anxiety, but I have to go with Hermione Granger. She taught me at age 6 that it was okay - preferred - to be a smart and capable girl, and to occasionally be a know it all. I see so much of myself in her and I grew up with her in the truest sense of the phrase. She has continued to be one of my biggest heroes since childhood.
Are you a cat person, dog person, or neither? Definitely a cat person! I love dogs, but kitty friends are my favorite.
What's your best tip for staying cool in the hot weather? Hmm... I'd say central air, but that feels like cheating. Sometimes when it's too hot at bedtime, I put my pillowcase in the freezer to give it a bit of a refreshing cool feeling. Just don't forget about it in there!
Hi! I'm Joie, and I am over at Confessions of a Book Pimp, where I am chronicling my desire to become fit and strong, as well as having fun sharing my fandoms and other likes. I'm also a pop culture fan, book, & comic lover (hence my nickname ""Book Pimp"" from my best friend) as well as an anime, music, & cat fan.

Who's your favorite fictional character? My favorite character is Thursday Next from Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series. She is unimpeachable, just, strong and has flaws. Also she can travel into the WHOLE of fiction.
Are you a cat person, dog person, or neither? I'm a cat lady...with no cat. I feel like a sad Dr. Seuss tale, waiting to happen.
What's your best tip for staying cool in the hot weather? Sleep if possible cause less energy is being used so your body can cool, or movie theaters for the A/C. If not SWIM cause if all else fails you'll be hecka tired and can't help but sleep.

Hi! I'm Mindy, a geeky gal who spends far too much time playing with her sewing machine. My blog, The Geeky Seamstress, chronicles my adventures (and misadventures) in sewing and cosplay.

Who's your favorite fictional character? My favorite fictional character is actually a tie between Captain Marvel, X-Men's Rogue, Wonder Woman and Sailor Jupiter. I love all of them!
Are you a cat person, dog person, or neither? I am most definitely a cat person. I could watch cat gifs all day!
What's your best tip for staying cool in the hot weather? Stay indoors with AC and play video games or read comics.

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I create kawaii and quirky illustrated stickers, cards, prints, zines, and more. I have a fatal attraction to cuteness that I need to share with the world! On my blog you will find plenty of handmade shops to fall in love with and support, kawaii goodies,indie business advice, SG shop updates, and tidbits of my life as a mom and small business owner.
Who's your favorite fictional character? My favorite fictional character is Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer!
Are you a cat person, dog person, or neither? I'm both! I love cats, but I have a dog >_< My husband is allergic to cats, so my cat Vash the Stampede lives with my mom.
What's your best tip for staying cool in the hot weather? Staying cool in the summer requires big hats and lots of iced coffee. 

Harper Honey

I'm Harper and my blog, Harper Honey, is a blog dedicated to the universes in my brain. Feminist essays, pretty things I lust after, music, career and college tips. I also review movies and musicals.

Who's your favorite fictional character? This is like asking someone to choose their favorite child, but I think my favorite is Atticus Finch, from To Kill A Mockingbird. He was a man of principle who at once respected everyone, even when they didn't deserve it, and through his integrity and compassion, compelled others in his community to do the same.
Are you a cat person, dog person, or neither? I'm both but I think I like cats a bit better having grown up with them.
What's your best tip for staying cool in the hot weather? Stay hydrated and wear cute skirts!

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Hi! I'm Mariko, a.k.a. Gamewife: cat mom, indie video game enthusiast and general nerd-girl about town. Gamerwife the blog is a mix of game reviews, cat love and snippets of my often mundane, but usually nerdy life. I love cooking, geek and video game culture, and a lot of very bad tv shows. Come join me, won't you?

Who's your favorite fictional character? My favourite fictional character is a toss up between Batman and Doctor Who.
Are you a cat person, dog person, or neither? I'm definitely a died in the wool crazy cat lady. But I also love dogs and all animals, really. Just a sucker for cute.
What's your best tip for staying cool in the hot weather? My best tip for staying cool in hot weather is spending as much time in water as possible.

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Who is your favorite fictional character?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Back to College Essentials

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Brita. All opinions are 100% mine.
Back to College Essentials

One of my favorite parts of going back to school is back to school shopping. I'm obsessed with school supplies and trying new brands is so exciting for me. By now, in my final year of graduate school, I've finally nailed down the essentials for the day-to-day college student. Staying organized and taking care of yourself are key to having a great school year.

1. Erin Condren Life Planner - Planners have been a life saver for me in college. I've tried many different styles and brands, but for now, I'm loving the Erin Condren Life Planner. It's visually appealing and has plenty of space to plan to do lists for each day. You can also get a totally custom cover!

2. Botanicals Notebook Collection - Having cute notebooks motivates me to use them more, and this pack is the perfect size to tuck into my planner.

3. BritaⓇ Filter Bottle - I try my best not to use plastic water bottles since they are so terrible for the environment (and for local economies where the water is harvested - watch the documentary Tapped if you're curious!). I love BritaⓇ's water filter pitchers at home, but these bottles - available at Target - are the perfect solution on-the-go. Because it has a built-in filter, the BritaⓇ filter bottles are convenient and can remove impurities from water anywhere on campus.

4. Staedtler Triplus Fineliner Pens - These are my favorite pens by far! The container flips around so the container can stand on its own. The rainbow colors are perfect for color coding assignments.

5. Dolls Kill Angel of Mine Backpack - It took years, but I'm finally using a backpack instead of a tote bag. It's so much better for your health - carrying your laptop, textbooks, and other supplies can wreck your back. I love this backpack because it's cute and functional - so many pockets!

What are your back to college essentials?

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Read it Forward

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It's back to school season! I've started my last year of graduate school, which means this is the last time picking out cute notebooks and supplies, my last first day of class, and my last time buying textbooks.

Okay, so buying textbooks is usually a pretty boring experience - find the cheapest price and click "buy," right? But this year, McGraw-Hill Education is introducing a new product - SmartBooks! The SmartBook is the first textbook to allow for adaptive reading and learning, modifying your experience based on how each student individually learns and absorbs information.

Read it Forward with McGraw-Hill Education

I was given a SmartBook to try out, and it was a really interesting experience! The book automatically highlights the most important concepts, and at the end of each chapter, you test your knowledge. Then, the book adapts based on what areas you need to focus on. The interface is really great for a digital textbook - when you are reviewing at the end of the chapter, you can easily reference the text itself. Plus, studies have proven that the SmartBook can improve student performance by at least a letter grade.

Choosing a SmartBook can help you learn, but McGraw-Hill Education is also pledging to donate a textbook to children in need for every SmartBook purchased by October 31, 2014. You can also use the code FORWARD14 to get 15% off your SmartBook purchase to make textbook shopping more affordable. For more information, be sure to watch the video below or visit the website.

Would you try a SmartBook?

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by McGraw-Hill Education. All opinions are my own!

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