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Tara’s at Vidcon!

I am currently heading to the airport, about to fly to sunny Anaheim for Vidcon. I’ll be repping Job Hunters when I’m not at Disneyland or meeting with friends. If you’re going, you should check out the following things I’m doing:

Job Hunters Q&A Session

I’ll be on the Job Hunters panel on Saturday at 12:30pm in room 209! We’ll show episodes 1-3 as well as run a Q&A session.

Vidcon Arena

Throughout the convention, we’re going to be running a game called “Vidcon Arena”! You’ll receive a QR code in your Vidcon bag. Stick the code onto your Vidcon badge, and scan others to get points for your “kills” in the arena. Top scoring players will get to face off against the Job Hunters cast in a game of laser tag for prizes! Find out more in this instructional video:

I’ve been working with QR Wild to make the Vidcon Arena game come to life, and they have gone above and beyond with it. I’m so psyched to see people playing it!

Will you be at Vidcon? (If you see me, stop me and say “Hi!”)

Job Hunters Season 2 Episode 1 is HERE!


The web series I produce, Job Hunters, has just released the first episode of its second season. We’ve been working on this for a year, and I’m so excited to have it out in the world now.

Some of you may not have even known me/read this blog back when the first season came out. But if you can give it a watch, I’d so appreciate it! You can start with the second season (there’s a recap at the beginning), or you can see the first season here.

Let me know what you think in the comments, and if you like it, please share it with your friends!

Job Hunters Merch is Here!

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For those who may not know, I am one of the producers of a web series called Job Hunters. And over the past year and a half, we’ve been working on the second season of the show. We’re launching our first episode on Tuesday (watch for a post that day!), and in the meantime, we’ve created some new in-world merch:

Avery World Tour Shirt: You’ll look like you were at Avery’s famous “Dancing on Rainbows” world tour with this shirt! (I’m personally planning on getting one of these to wear at Vidcon!)

MAEWIN Jumpsuit Shirt: Want to look like a job hunters but don’t want to wear a full jump suit out in public? We don’t blame you. Get this shirt instead.

Safe House Posters: These posters were created by our Art Director and can be seen in the Safe House during season two! Get them for your house and it will be like YOU live in a safe house!

You can check out all of the merch at dftba.com. Are you looking forward to season two?

Learn to Cook at Whole Foods

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The other day, Whole Foods invited me to check out “Whole Plate”, a new event space in the Whole Foods Interbay where they’ll be featuring cooking classes, wine tastings, and more. We got to see a cooking demo by Chef Anne, the healthy cooking coach, and learned all about how to use cherries in sweet and savory recipes. (Check out my Instagram for some of the pics from that event!) I’m particularly psyched after learning that I can make an amazingly delicious (and protein-packed) smoothie by blending cherries, almond milk, and almond butter together!

To celebrate the new space, Whole Foods Interbay is hosting an open house this Saturday (June 14) from 4-7pm. And in addition to the open house, they’ve given me a pair of passes to a class to give away! Just let me know in the comments which class you’d like to attend. I’ll randomly pick a winner on Wednesday, June 18th! (All classes are held at the Interbay Whole Foods, so you’ll need to get yourself there!) I had a great time and learned some cool new tips–I know you’ll love the classes as well.

Contest closed: Congrats to Steve for winning the cooking classes!

For more information on Whole Plate and the class schedule, click here!

 

 

Attend Crypticon and Help Out Camp Promise!

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Camp Promise Attendees getting in the Crypticon mood at their “Monster Mash” dance!

 

Crypticon is a fantastic event for all things horror, and is one of the few places where you can get your cheeks pinched by Doug Jones, play zombie tag, AND meet Bigfoot all at the same place. And this year, you can add one more thing to that list: assisting an awesome camp.

Camp Promise, a barrier-free, week-long overnight camp for kids, teens, and adults with muscular dystrophy or select neuromuscular diseases, is working with Crypticon to provide you pre-sale tickets on their site. If you purchase your Crypticon tickets from them, all of the proceeds go towards Camp Promise-West, held in Vaughn, Washington this summer. Plus, buying your tickets from them in advance will save you $25 off the door price! The camp is free to all of its campers, so your Crypticon ticket will help pay for someone to attend.

So grab your tickets now and tell your friends! Want to read up more on Camp Promise or find out how you can volunteer? Check out CampPromise.org.

Already got your Crypticon ticket but still want to help out? Camp Promise is looking for horror-themed donations for the silent auction they’ll be holding at Crypticon. Contact me if you have something, and I’ll pass you along to the camp director!

 

The Geeky Hostess is 4!

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It’s the 4th anniversary of when I sat down and wrote my first post for The Geeky Hostess. In 2010, I started the blog so I could give myself an excuse to learn more about throwing dinner parties, cooking, baking (I don’t think I even owned cupcake tins then!), etiquette, and home decor. I’ve learned a lot and still have a long way to go!

Thank you all for joining me here at geekyhostess.com. Four years later I still absolutely love working on this site, and I’m excited to see what happens with it this next year. I’m currently working on creating and fulfilling the Geeky Sprinkles, and as those come to fruition, you’ll see the Geeky Hostess site becoming much more than a blog. I have grand plans that I can’t wait to put into place! In the meantime, I hope to keep writing fun posts and coming up with recipes and parties for you all. If you have suggestions on things you’d like to see as I embark on a new year, let me know in the comments or email me! I love hearing from you.

So if you’re looking for an excuse to have a cupcake today, you’ve got it. Just tell people you’re celebrating the Geeky Hostess.

The Geeky Hostess is on Tumblr!

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So, I finally did it. I started using my Tumblr account. I’m scared and excited. I have no idea what I’m doing.

You can find me here: geekyhostess.tumblr.com

The tumblr account is going to be similar to my Twitter account: my personal account under the Geeky Hostess name. Which means you’ll find lots of geekery and parties and cupcakes and geek fashion, but you’ll also find random nonsense that made me want to click on the arrow button thing which I believe is reblog. I’m learning, guys.

Are you on Tumblr? Any accounts I need to follow? Any tips for me? I’m sure you’ll be hearing more from me and my Tumblr account as I learn more about it!

Tara’s at Emerald City Comicon!

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Emerald City Comicon‘s coming up this weekend, and I can’t wait to see folks, roam the exhibit hall, and attend/be on some panels! This is where I’ll be:

Friday: I won’t be at the convention itself, but I’ll be in the area and will most likely be hitting up some parties or shows in the evening! (Out of town friends: Let me know if you want to meet up for a drink or meal in the area!)

Saturday: Saturday is my day of panels! I’ll be on the following:

3pm: Makeup For Geeks (Room 2B)

The OneUpMakeup ladies will be joining forces with Espionage Cosmetics and Atomic Cosmetics to talk makeup! I’ll be moderating the panel and I’ll be providing some of my Geeky Hostess Espionage Cosmetics Collections for giveaways!!! (There are going to be a lot of great giveaways, so make sure you get to this panel on time!)

5pm: The Couple The Games Together… (GAMING – Sheraton Issaquah Room)

Mr. Geek and I will be joining other awesome couples to chat about what it’s like to be a couple that games together. I’m hoping to get to share some of my fave two-player board games as well as some “gaming with your sig. other” etiquette tips!

6:20pm: Building  Events the Geeky Way (Hall C – Room 610)

I’ll be talking about planning events–both Geeky Hostess-style parties and Dammit Liz-style larger events. If you want to know anything about any type of event planning in the Geek World (from dinner parties to conventions), you’ll want to be at this panel!

Sunday: I’ll be wandering around the exhibit hall, trying to say “Hi” to folks, and possibly catching some panels! I’ll also be at the one below…

1pm: Job Hunters Screening (TCC LL2)

Get ready for Season 2 by doing a re-watch of Job Hunters Season 1 with some members of the cast and crew. We’ll also show the teaser trailer for Season 2. We won’t have a chance to do an official Q&A, but grab us after the screening and we’ll be happy to answer your spoiler-free questions!

 

Emerald City Comicon is already sold out, but I’m guessing some of you already have your tickets! Will I see any of you there? What panels/guests/exhibitors are you looking forward to seeing?

LRR Con!

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When I’m not blogging and making cupcakes, I’m working with Dammit Liz Productions on awesome geeky events. And we have one coming up in May that I’m pretty psyched about! We’ll be putting on the first ever LoadingReadyRun Con.

LoadingReadyRun, for those who may not have heard of them, is an online sketch comedy troupe. They’ve created awesome content for The Escapist and Penny Arcade, and are celebrating 10 years of videos! They’ll be taking over the Doubletree Inn in Seattle exactly two months from now (May 10th) for a day of gaming, videos, and live entertainment. There will be board games, MtG, exclusive merch, a panel showcasing LRR’s favorite sketches, and a  concert in the evening.

Tickets are available for $25. For tickets, hotel room reservations, and more information,  check out loadingreadyrun.com/info/lrrcon.

If you like hanging out with awesome geeky people, you’ve gotta go! I hope to see you there!

 

LAST DAY To Get Geeky Sprinkles!

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The Geeky Sprinkles Kickstarter campaign is ending in 5 hours. It’s been an exciting month of running the campaign, and I’m thrilled to see where we end up. We’re currently thisclose to $42,000 which means we’ve officially funded and hit a stretch goal! What does that mean?

Geeky Sprinkles are going to happen! And if you pledge at a $26 level or higher you’re getting a free bonus bottle of sprinkles of your choice! If you pledge at $45 or higher, you’re getting TWO free bonus bottles of your choice!

Take a peek at the campaign and cheer me on for the last few hours. And don’t forget to make or adjust your pledge before time’s up! I’ll be on Twitter counting down until 9pm! Stop by and say “Hi!”