About Tara


Tara is the Geeky Hostess. Lover of entertaining, decorating, and gift-giving with a personal and geeky flair. Have a question on Geek entertaining or etiquette? Email her at tara@geekyhostess.com !

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Friday Favorites: March 22

Fri Faves March 22

It’s time for some more Friday Favorites! These are things I’ve personally been loving this week. Check it out and let me know in the comments what your favorites of the week have been!

Graphic Novel: Husbands
You may have seen the web series. You may have read the individual issues. Now you can get the trade, starting on March 27th. I took a peek at it, and laughed out loud multiple times in the first few pages alone. The writing is snappy, the art is fun, and I may like it even more than the web series it’s based off of! Plus, Neil Gamin wrote the intro. Because it’s that awesome. You can pre-order it here.

Kickstarter: Job Hunters
Another day, another mention of Job Hunters. We did the math, and if all of our existing subscribers donated $3 to the campaign, we’d be well over our goal. Help us out, even with a few dollars, right here! And if you have donated, we’ve got awesome “Tiny Marshmallow” badges for you!

Treat: Banana Bread
In an effort to let less food go to waste, I made some impromptu banana bread this week with some browning bananas and some household staples. Bonus: I used the same recipe that I used at 4am during Extra Life! You can find the recipe here.

Airline: Virgin America
I’m lucky enough to get to fly to and from Boston on Virgin, my favorite airlines. You just feel cooler riding in their planes. Plus, they’s relatively inexpensive, I’ve never had delays on their flights, their food is healthy, tasty, and sometimes cheaper than in the airport, and their entertainment options keep me happy even if I’m in the middle seat. I’ve never had a bad experience with them. And I’ve now officially jinxed myself for the ride back home. Consider Virgin America for your next trip!

Tara’s at PAX East!


I’ve made the trek over to snowy Boston where I’ll be visiting with my brother and checking out the newest in gaming at PAX East! At PAX? You can find me at the following events:

Blending Games and Life Panel – Saturday, 10:30am

PAX After Hours with Scott and Kris – Saturday, 9:00pm

Improv Initiative 2 (I’m performing!) – Sunday, 12:00pm

I’m also running the @PAXParties twitter handle, so you’ll most likely see me out and about at the events happening in the evening.

If you happen to be at PAX East and see me roaming around the show floor on Sunday, make sure you come up and say “Hi!” I’ll have my brother in tow and I want him to think I’m cool. :-)

Not at PAX East? I’ll be attempting to update Twitter as often as the convention center will allow!

I hope to see some of you there!

Geek Girl Pen Pals


One problem I have as a modern day geek is that I’ve amassed a fantastic collection of stationary and cards, yet I have no one to send them to. The only times I’ve sent mail in the last few years has been for annual holiday cards and wedding-related stationary. So I’m thrilled with what @darlingstewie and @frogmellaink have created: An opportunity for us geeky ladies to use the postal system while making friends in the process! Finally–an excuse to buy even more fun stationary and spoil someone with all kinds of cute little geeky surprises.

You can sign up for the International Geek Girl Pen Pals Club at geekgirlpenpals.com. But hurry–you need to get your name submitted by April 1st!


I can’t wait to see who I get!

Kristina and Tara are Betty and Veronica!


Kristina and I have often talked about how fun it would be to do a “Betty and Veronica” shoot together. We both read the Archie comics while growing up, and although we may not agree with the girls always fighting over the same guy, we do have fond memories of the comics. When BuyCostumes.com offered to send us some Betty and Veronica costumes so we could finally do our shoot, we literally  jumped at the chance. Take a peek at our version of the characters below–one where they can just hang out and have fun without the distraction of stupid ol’ Archie–but first check out Kristina’s behind-the-scenes video!






Which comic character have you always wanted to dress up as?

Betty and Veronica’s costumes are $44.99 each at BuyCostumes.com, and include the top, skirt, knee-high leggings, and wigs (not shown).

Threadless Sale!

threadless pixel shirt

If we’re already talking about witty tees, I might as well mention that there’s another $10 Threadless sale going on! I quickly bought the shirt above, which I’ve had my eye on for a couple months. It’s going fast, but you can grab one as well right here.

Check out all of the items available in their $10 sale at Threadless.com!

Awesome Geeky/Hipster/Funny Tees


I’m a sucker for a good witty t-shirt. Today I came across Skreened, and I’m thisclose to dropping a big chunk of change on a new shirt wardrobe. They’re a bit pricey, but the shirts are just awesome. Between making the image above, I already found three other shirts I love as well. So the ultimate question is: Which one should I get?

Check out all the shirts at Skreened.com.