2015 Post Round-Up

Thursday, December 31, 2015

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Whew! I didn't realize it until I started going through my old posts, but 2015 was a big year on this blog! So of course, I thought I'd round up a few of my favorite posts and share them with you here. I love going back and looking through my blog like this. It's so affirming. Like, yeah,  I have days where I feel like nothing is going right, where I haven't gotten anything done, or that I have no control in what's going on. So posts like this are reminders to myself that my life is constantly changing for the better.

In January I finally found the time to post all about my wedding! It was a huge series of posts, which can all be found under the tag wedding stuff.

I guess all that wedding talk left me in a romantic mood, because I had not one but two diys for Valentines Day! The date night printables are a super easy gift. And my punny Kenetic Sand gifts were a hit at work.

In March I shared where we went on our honeymoon, and the honeymoon mini scrapbook I made!

 In May I started my new INVITES + INSPIRATION series, which I've had a lot of fun creating! I loved my cookie bake-off invite, because it's so colorful and fun. And my girl's night flower invite makes me smile every time I see it.

In September I started my healthy lifestyle series. I also shared my library's big summer event: HPLD Nerd Con! I created a star-gazing party invite, full of colors that I love. And last but not least, I shared my living room space and all of the hard work it took to get it to where it is now!

In October I finished out my healthy lifestyle goals, and I wrote a post about our library's dystopian event. That event is one of my favorite teen events we've ever had at the library!

In November I shared a fun set of Thanksgiving printables. I also talked all about my adventures in England, including Bath, London, and the Harry Potter Studios!

December was super busy for me, but I had time to start my Harry Potter challenge! Also (and I didn't share this on the blog) I was able to try something I've wanted to do for a long time, and that's streaming on Twitch! If you're into watching people play video games, checkout my channel at twitch.tv/giasaur!

So, that's my year! I wasn't lying when I said that there was a ton of things. Ever year is more and more exciting, and I can't wait to see what 2016 has in store!

And if you'd like to see my past round up posts, you can check them out here:
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inspire me: Bobbie Burgers

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

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Large canvases full blooms that are expressed with beautiful colors and wonderful texture. That's the work of Bobbie Burgers. I love how brushstrokes can be used in a way that looks "careless" but still creates the idea of an object... in this case, petals. And drips! Drips are some of my favorite things. I love art that knows it's a messy hobby.

Oh, and while I'm talking about Bobbie's take-your-breath-away florals, I should also point out that she makes sculptures as well. The ceramic piece below turned my like into love.

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Harry Potter Read-A-Thon

Thursday, December 3, 2015

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So every year, without fail, the first snowflake falls and I'm instantly transported to that magical world created by J.K. Rowling, staring at the ceiling of the great hall, or hearing the armor sing Christmas carols. I know I'm not the only one (especially judging by how many times Harry Potter is on TV during this season), so I thought I'd have a little fun with it.

So I'm officially inviting you to my blog's Harry Potter Read-A-Thon! 

I challenge you to get lost in the world of Harry Potter sometime in the next three months, and of course I will be joining you! For every book you read from the Harry Potter series, I will give you some digital freebies (a wallpaper, an illustration, or maybe something even cooler). If you finish all seven books you'll receive a physical prize!

So read them by yourself or with your kids, or listen to them while you clean or in the car. I don't care how you do it, just immerse yourself in the wizarding world somehow. Then shoot me an email at how.not.to.be.a.zombie @ gmail telling me what your favorite part of the book was, and I'll send you some free digital goodies. Once you've finished all seven books let me know, and I'll send you a free goodie back packed with stickers and other prizes!

If you want to enhance your reading experience, try pairing it with Pottermore, the official Harry Potter companion on the internet.

You can also pretend that you're reading in your favorite common room, with the help of this audio atmosphere list.

And yes, if you've already read the books I expect you to re-read them to get the freebies. This challenge is all about getting lost in the world! Also, if you have only watched the movies, I urge you to give the books a try. They are fantastic, and I promise that when you are done you'll love the series more.

I hope to you enjoy this challenge as much as I do!

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