Help Me Become a Geek and Sundry Vlogger!


I submitted my new “Geek Etiquette” vlog to Geek and Sundry’s vlogger search, and I’ve moved on to the “community feedback” portion. Basically, Geek and Sundry wants to know if you would be interested in a regular Geek Etiquette show. If you’d like to see me chatting about etiquette tips in a regular series, please look at, like, vote, and share my video! It would mean SO much to me. You can visit my video (and share it with your friends) at this link:

Have an etiquette topic you’d like to see me do in the future? Leave a comment on the video and let me know!

I’m psyched to be in the running, and appreciate anything you can do to spread the word. Let’s show Geek and Sundry that we’re ready for more etiquette in our lives!

Free Rides with uberX!


To celebrate the summer, uberX is giving away FREE rides from today, June 18 through the 20th (up to $20). The uberX is their new hybrid, lower-priced car, so you get the same sweet Uber , but your wallet and the earth feels better about the whole thing. Their free rides are unlimited for the three days, so you can get yourself to and from your destination for free and in style.

If I wasn’t filming Job Hunters, I’d totally use the rides for a fun date night to and from GameWorks or the EMP.

So visit, grab the app, and start planning a fun activity to take advantage of their free days! You may even be treated to a sweet neon Uber tank top once you’re inside the car.

Let me know if you use uberX over the next couple days!

Friday Favorites: June 14

Friday Faves 6-14

It’s June 14th. This means a few things:

  • Summer is only about a week away!
  • Job Hunters starts shooting season 2 tomorrow! I’m on very little sleep!
  • It’s my parents’  anniversary! Yay for love!

So pretty much, all of the excitement forever. Take a look at my favorites for this past week, and excuse me in advance if posts are slow/minimal in the next week or two as I go produce a web series!

Favorite Article: D&D DIY
My first “D&D DIY” article went up on the Dungeons and Dragons website today, and I’m ridiculously excited. GUYS. I’m writing something for DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS. My life. Anyway, go learn how to make gelatinous cubes with Mountain Dew!

Favorite Scientific Breakthrough: Why Cupcakes are Nutritious
Take this article with a grain of salt. Or a spoonful of buttercream frosting. Whatever.

Favorite Site: Bloglovin
I’ve been looking for a way to keep up with a bunch of blogs I love, and with Google Reader going away soon, I was in a panic. Enter Bloglovin. I’m still playing around with it, but so far, it’s a super easy way to follow blogs and find awesome new ones. I’m hooked. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

Favorite Video: Geek Etiquette
I made a video! On etiquette! Woot! Let me know what you think and what etiquette topic you’d like to see me ramble on about next.

Favorite Social Media: @WatchJobHunters
Follow along on the Job Hunters Twitter Handle to see behind-the-scenes pics and video starting on Saturday! We promise to keep it interesting.

What are you loving this weekend?

All-Ett: The World’s Thinnest Wallet


Guys (and ladies who carry wallets), take a look at your wallet. Is it bulging? Broken? Heavy? Stretching out or fading your pants pockets? It’s time you get it replaced.

It can’t be comfortable to carry around a super thick wallet, and it’s doing nothing for the looks of your pants. All-Ett has designed a wallet that they claim is the “world’s thinnest” (I’m still waiting to hear from Guinness on the official proclamation), and it apparently can hold the same amount of stuff as your current wallet while drastically reducing the width.

Wallet Comparison


Between their patented design, a thinner material, and a little bit of magic, you may not want to go back to a normal wallet again.

The wallets are available in rip-stop nylon for $19.95 or leather for $34.95. I’d recommend grabbing one as a Father’s Day gift and another for yourself. The site also has other wallets available, including a sweet RFID-blocking wallet for those who are more focused on security.

What do you currently use for a wallet? Would you give a thinner design a try?

This is a sponsored post for All-Ett. All words and opinions are my own. 

Tentacle Wall Decal

octopus tentacles

How cool would these be peeking out of your bathtub? These tentacle wall decals come in a variety of sizes, so they can come out of your sink, tub, shower, or anywhere else you may want. Tentacles not your thing? StickerBrand has a variety of options including tree branches, pirate ships, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the moon.

StickerBrand is available on for a limited time, so grab them while you can get the discount!

Amy Sedaris’ Fabric Line

Amy Sedaris Fabric

Amy Sedaris is an inspiration to me. She’s an actress, a comedian, an author of cookbooks and craft books, and according to Wikipedia, “runs a cupcake and cheese ball business, Dusty Food Cupcakes, out of her home kitchen.” So, you know, she’s living pretty much all of my life goals. She can now add “fabric designer” to her list of accomplishments.

Her “I Like You” fabric collection features bright, quirky prints including images of rick rack, dollar signs, and the phrase “I like you” over and over.

You can find her fabric in larger cuts, variety packs, and craft kits, as well as Sedaris’ books at

I’m off to quilt with the “I Like You” print and learn how to make cheese balls.

Friday Favorites: June 7

Friday Fave 6-7

Wow, first week of June has already come and gone. If the weather stays like it’s been, I’m going to be a happy camper for the next few months! Lots of exciting things this week:

Favorite Store: The Geeky Hostess Store
I’ve launched an online store! There are only a few products in it to start, but more are on their way. I’ll let you know as new items are added, but in the meantime, check it out!

Favorite Read: The Skimm
The Skimm is a daily email newsletter that fills you in on what’s been in happening in news and pop culture in easy, bite-sized pieces. By the time you’ve finished reading it, you’ll be able to intelligently butt your way into any conversation you may overhear. Sign up at

Favorite Gift Idea: Say It With Bacon
Oscar Meyer wins for best marketing. They’ve launched a new site where you can send gifts of bacon (or some fun e-cards) to a loved-one in your life. Visit

Favorite Kickstarter: Arkyd
Get a “space selfie” or help a classroom learn more about space by kickstarting a space telescope! Visit

Favorite Activity: Science EXPO
Come see me emcee the Science EXPO Day in Seattle Center tomorrow! It’s free!

Favorite Blog: My Month on Yankee
A family friend moved onto Yankee Ferry, a historic landmark in NY, and blogged about her month there. It’s a fascinating read!

Why You Should Consider Boxed Wine For Your Party

Black  Box Wines

I recently had the opportunity to try Black Box Wines, and luckily that opportunity came the day before my Arrested Development party. I was considering picking up boxed wine as “Lucille’s Juicebox” but was dreading picking up your standard Franzia or other boxed wines that are known for being cheap but not much else. Black Box wine is decent wine that just happens to be boxed. But still–what’s the benefit of having Black Box, or other boxed wine, at your parties?

  • It’s inexpensive. One of these boxes holds 4 bottles of wine, and at around $25 each, that’s a cheaper price per bottle than you can normally get. 
  • It’s low maintenance. You don’t need to worry about opening up multiple bottles throughout the party. Just put one of these guys on your table, and you’re ready to go.
  • It lasts longer. If you don’t go through the whole box at one party, it’s not a problem. One of these boxes will last a month. We didn’t finish all of the Merlot at the party, so I’ve been able to enjoy a small glass of wine here and there with dinner or use some when cooking without worrying about opening and finishing an entire bottle of wine. This is actually my favorite part of these boxes!

My friends seemed skeptical at first, but a couple of them had heard of Black Box and knew they were decent. They seemed to enjoy it–the Sauvignon Blanc didn’t make it through the night!

So how can you use these? Try any of these ideas:

  • Minecraft party
  • Pixelated/nostalgic games party
  • Arrested Development party
  • Wine tasting party (Keep it in the kitchen and pour it along with a few bottled wines into different glasses. Hold a tasting and see what people like best!)

If you want to learn a bit more about Black Box Wines or pick some up for yourself, visit They’ve also got some cute little tetra packs that hold 3 glasses of wine that are perfect for picnics.

Are you a boxed wine drinker? Would you get boxed wine for a party you’re hosting?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Black Box Wines. The opinions and text are all mine. See more info from bloggers using Black Box Wines here

Tara is at Science EXPO Day!


I’m thrilled to be the emcee at the Science EXPO Day happening this Saturday at the Seattle Center. According to the website, “Science EXPO Day is a festive, one-day event featuring over 150 booths, activities, demonstrations, and performances that celebrate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and show how integral they are to the region’s culture and prosperity.”

From 12pm-6pm I’ll be going back and forth between the large stage and small stage introducing performers like Massive Monkees and The Not Its and presentations on things like dangerous science, the science behind psychics/magicians, and much more.

I wandered into the Science EXPO Day last year, and it was an amazing event. Kids and families everywhere were getting so excited about science while talking to people who worked in the field. It’s an incredible feeling to see so many kids (particularly so many little girls) that wanted to do something involving science when they grow up. Take your kids and share the love and excitement!

And if you see me, say “Hi!”

Visit for more info on Science EXPO Day and the calendar of stage performances.