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Tara Will Be Playing D&D…For the Kids!

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I’m thrilled to be participating in Extra Life again, a charitable event where folks game for pledges that go towards local children’s hospitals. This year is super exciting, because I’ll be a part of the official Wizards of the Coast D&D game, and will be participating in their live stream!

You can donate to the Seattle Children’s Hospital through my page, and your donations will help shape the character I play for the game, the things the DM allows me to have, and the type of cupcakes I’ll make and bring for my fellow adventurers!

You can also support Mr. Geek, who will be playing with me! He loves to troll the folks he’s playing with, so a donation to him will most likely end up hurting my character in the future. You’ve been warned…

So what are you waiting for? Donate a bit of money for sick kids, and help me create a ridiculous character in the process. Can’t afford to donate? Then please share this post or my page with your friends!

Will you be participating in Extra Life this year?

Join the Battle for The Net

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Enjoy blogs and smaller sites like The Geeky Hostess? Then help us fight for Net Neutrality. Cable companies want to charge websites fees and slow down those that can’t pay–this will result in the demise of independent sites. Help us keep a free and open internet by signing a letter to lawmakers. Visit Battleforthenet.com to get started.

Tara’s at PAX Prime!

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PAX Prime begins tomorrow, and I’m already tired! I’ll be working the whole time, but luckily that means that you’ll always know exactly where to find me!

On Friday, Sunday, and Monday, you’ll be able to find me in the Cards Against Humanity space at the ACT Theatre (connected to the convention center). Hours are 10am to 5:30pm!

On Friday night, I’ll be helping with the Cards Against Humanity panel at 8pm. Get there early if you’re hoping to get in!

On Saturday night, I’ll be running the Cards Against Humanity show at the Triple Door at 8pm. Standing Room tickets are still available!

And, of course, I’m still manning the @PAXParties twitter handle. This is the place to go if you want to know about all of the public parties happening this weekend!

If you see me, please say “Hi!” It always makes my day when I get to meet a new reader!

Will you be at PAX Prime? What are you excited to do/see?

The Geeky Hostess is Accepting Party Submissions!

 

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Wonderful, beautiful, exciting changes are happening soon for The Geeky Hostess. We’ll be playing with the layout of our site, expanding our offerings, and focusing a lot on parties and recipes. There will be more info on all of that over the next few months, but for now, we’re getting started by officially opening the site up to party submissions!

We want Geeky Hostess to be THE geeky party site, and to do that, we want to see YOUR geeky parties! If we select your submission, you and your party will be featured in a post on GeekyHostess.com. Just email parties@geekyhostess.com with a short description of your party and accompany it with clear, professional-looking images. If we’re interested in featuring you, we’ll respond back with more questions.

I can’t wait to see and share all of the fabulous events you’ve put together!

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.