Sunday, September 21, 2014

Weekly Warrior Queen Links #11

This week has been a doozy. We've been up, down and all around but I've been enjoying it mostly - as a recluse.

Also, we are totally about to become "those people" with Bella, who came home late friday night by the way. I mean, she already has her own Instagram, since she will clearly be a complete football dog. I mean, during the fall we're either watching football or watching a recorded show. Except when the Angels are in the playoffs...or the Ducks start hockey on time.

Anyway, this week has been so inspiring with the posts I've found...I hope you like them!

This week's news focus has been the NFL and the abuse accusations. This post on The Feminist Feline took all of my thoughts that I couldn't quite put into words and said them.

If you haven't guessed it, I love affirmations! I always forget to use them, but Jemma reminds us that affirmations lead to a positive mind.

These Five Things You Must Tell Your Parents Before They Die is so, so important.

Marinashutup is one of my favorite vloggers and this video about her struggles with depression really hits home.

The way that schools are slut shaming and humiliating young girls makes me so, so angry.

Speaking of schools, these feminist high school students are amazing. Thank you for being a part of world change.

Sometimes I need to read things like this post on How to Explain Feminism to Non-Feminist Women in a Non-Threatening Way. I definitely needed this.

Falling From Grace posted the best blog about transgender models. You go girl!

This week, I discovered Anastasia Amour and her positive blog - this post on authenticity and anxiety spoke to me.

Sorry to turn on your waterworks buuuut....I had to do it. This story is beautiful and heart wrenching.

All of this is just a total yes. I can't even handle the truth in this Buzzfeed Video about being a woman on the internet/

This mom tells it like it is, and I couldn't be more proud of her.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

PicStick Photo Magnets + Discount Code

You may not know it, but I am completely obsessed with pictures. You can probably guess since most bloggers are obsessed with pictures. I used to scrapbook but quickly got overwhelmed with everything. 

Then I signed up for services like Shutterfly and Groovebook and my photo happiness was complete! I've bought photo books, photo cards, photo name it. 

But what I never got was photo magnets. Maybe that's because I didn't have my own fridge for awhile living the nomad life, but now we have a fridge. Technically two fridges, since our friend is borrowing the fridge we own and our apartment provided one, but I digress.

When I found out that PicStick wanted me to review their photo magnets I squealed. 

Seriously, let's just talk about how last Thursday my best friend and I sat in my dining room convincing ourselves that we couldn't afford another photo thing because we need to pay bills.

It was a tough decision, but I think she'll be happy now that she can get photo magnets like mine at a discount with the code QUEEN25, courtesy of PicStick for my readers.

Yes, I realize I look dead in that top left corner. This was when I fell asleep on the way to Vegas and we laugh about the way it looks like the boys are transporting a dead body.

These magnets came so fast - less than a week - and they came all the way from England. Which is pretty cool. I put some European pictures in there to make myself feel more exotic. (My brain has a weird thought process).

Did I mention I love magnets? I have so many that don't hold anything up and Iman makes fun of me for it

See, I told you we love pictures. These are just the pictures that we have printed since we moved into our apartment. But now my apartment is filled with pictures that I love! I chose to print mostly pictures from this chapter of our life. 

I made sure that Jimi was on the magnets since he lives here too #RoomieLife

On PickStick you can pick where you get your pictures: Upload, Facebook or Dropbox. I chose to use my Instagram pictures that are on my FB because I always put my favorite pictures on Instagram

The process was so easy, pick 9 photos and crop them, preview the print and purchase! Actually deciding the 9 photos is probably going to be what takes you the longest (but hey, you can always buy more than one sheet!) It even automatically rotates your pictures for you!

The sheets are $14.99, but that includes FREE shipping. Free shipping from the UK? I'm in! With the discount QUEEN25, it is just over $10. Seriously a great deal!

How awesome would this be as a gift for a loved one or friend, especially one who just celebrated a new life event?

I received this product complimentary to review, but all opinions are my own! 

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Living With Boy Roomates

Alright, it's time we have a talk about living with boys. I never really gave much thought to living with roommates always had boyfriends over, I always had boy-friends over and it was always just a normal thing to have guys in the kitchen or guys around to do stuff.

Actually, it would have been weird if no boys were ever over, but when you live with 10 girls in a dorm, or 4 other girls in a house...there's bound to be very few all girls nights. I was totally okay with that, though. I'm sort of androgynous.

Welcome to my life #husbandroommateandi

When Iman and I moved in together as the two of us, I told him I was super against having a roommate when we were married. I said that we could live with another couple or a roommate prior to marriage, but when we're married I just want it to be the two of us, like a family.

Well, then we got married and moved out and were having a grand old time together but wishing we had more money to do more things. So, to save money we stayed in a lot - I blogged and Iman played video games and our friend started coming over to play video games, too. I guess you could tell it was getting serious when he started bringing his own t.v. when he'd come over. That's probably when we started jokingly calling him Roomie.

This is how our sofa ALWAYS looks

Finally, it was discussed and we agreed upon it and he was sort of half living in our house half living at home? It was a very weird time for me because we hadn't made him a key yet and he also insisted on sleeping on the couch when we had an extra bedroom for him.

BUT, he's now an official roommate. I still have stuff in his room because that's where our desk is, but hey...that's all I've got in there now which I think is a great accomplishment!

Obligatory Crash picture, we miss you :(

Living with two guys is definitely interesting. On the one hand, it's like I'm living with my husband and my brother again (which is probably why it isn't so weird) and on the other hand there is a whole lot of gaming going on.

Literally, all we do is blog and game. Thursdays are Lauren nights though, so we add Lauren and her laptop to the mix. Saturdays are friend nights where we have friends over and don't videogame/blog but get drunk and play board games.

I sort of feel like I'm in high school again. But hey, I'm 25 and I'm not pregnant yet and who says that being an adult means we can't do fun things like this?

On top of that, having a roommate is incredibly nice because someone helps us with the chores! And he brings us food! Just last night he got hungry in the middle of the night, got Del Taco and texted us that he had breakfast in the fridge for us when we got up. It was such a sweet surprise in the morning!

His schedule is pretty opposite ours, so Iman and I still have a lot of alone time together. We don't include him in all of our plans and he doesn't include us in all of his. You roommates are usually! It is nice though on the nights that Iman is working or out and there's another person home with me. I'm a scaredy cat of being home alone (maybe because creepers occasionally come to my door looking for the old renters.)

Have you ever lived with male roommates? Would you ever have a roommate after you're married?

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

So You're Engaged...Planning Your Engagement Party

I'm back for a second week of: So You're Engaged, Now What?

Besides picking our date (which we didn't stick with anyway), planning our engagement party was the very first thing I did when we got engaged. I knew my bridesmaids, but Iman wasn't sure on the number of his groomsmen and I really didn't want the number to be uneven. #ocdproblems

Now, give me a party to throw and I'm you're girl. I can throw together an impromptu party within an hour (complete with food, guests and some sort of decoration or theme). I can also spend forever picking out the perfect theme and creating everything.

My family is a party family. When we have parties it's not a little dinky dinner party (that's like, my ultimate goal), but a full blown occasion. Let's just say our birthday parties were "small" if there were only 75 people there - hence why our wedding was so large.

Note, take more pictures than I did. I literally have NONE with family

I spent quite some time agonizing over our engagement party before deciding: simple is better.

At least for me, I'm not a crazy glitter person, though I love to throw those parties for other people.

When you decide to plan your engagement party the first thing you need to think about is: How simple do you want it and who do you want to invite?

For us, we really wanted to get all of our family together to meet each other, finally. We also wanted to invite some friends. We looked at our engagement party as a chance to celebrate with some people who may not make the wedding guest list because of our budget. Some people send out wedding announcements for this, but we prefer to tell you in person.

Tiffany was my first friend. We don't talk often but I'm so happy she made it to the party! 

While we kept it simple (I really don't think there were any decorations), we  got creative with the food. I had some Pinterest recipes I wanted to try. Of course, I was still making food when our first guests arrived...but that's pretty typical of a Mexican family so no one minded.

TIP: Carry around a notepad and get everyone's addresses.

We used word of mouth and social media to invite people to our engagement party, although looking back, it would have been awesome to make real invitations and thank you cards. That stuff can get expensive though, amiright?

Creating a custom stamp for our wedding would have saved so much money! Think about it, if you have one "Thank you" stamp with your initials, you can put it on every card - with a personal note of course. It creates a unified theme!

When Diva Gone Domestic contacted me for a giveaway I was ecstatic - but sad that I had missed the window of my own wedding. So I got a stamp for my WQ letters to test it out. They also offer custom address stamps - which I want so badly, but I have no idea if we will be moving in the next 9 months, and that would be such a waste!

Diva Gone Domestic was started by Tara and is a full design studio - including wedding invitations and graphic design. Currently, they're doing 25 days of giveaways - so head on over to their blog to find more giveaways!

These stamps are the popular vintage wood-handle stamps, which makes it so easy to use! You definitely want to kiss the paper, instead of stamping it super hard. A little bit goes a long way!

I received this product complimentary to review. All opinions are my own.

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