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How I’m using social media to build real friendships

How I'm using social media to build real friendships

I’ve talked before about how moving is hard and making friends takes time. Whether you’ve lived somewhere for a long time or you’re new in an area, forging new social connections can be scary, complicated and totally daunting. I know a lot of you appreciated my advice on how to grow meaningful connections, so I thought I’d share a little about how I’m using social media to build real friendships. Like, actual burgeoning connections and stuff.

To be honest, before we left for the States, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Facebook. It was just so cluttered with crap, and most of my day to day friends weren’t on there much. I preferred twitter, and I still do, for news, silly interactions and fun quips. I was trying to get into Instagram, and it’s still something I’m trying to do more of, but it just feels like a serious time sink for me. It feels like you have to be on Instagram ALL THE TIME to actually see anything worthwhile. But my social media game changed a lot by moving. Continue Reading

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Florence – This Mobile Game Rekindled Something in My Soul

Florence - This Mobile Game Rekindled Something in My Soul

In many ways, I feel very out of touch with the latest developments in gaming and tech. I know, I’m a bad geek/gamer. But life is too busy to read that same daily gaming news that I used to write myself. I do listen to a friend’s podcast, though – as I mentioned recently – which is how I heard about Florence.

Matty raved about it on the podcast a while back, and then Sandy tweeted about how great it was while traveling back from E3. For a couple bucks, I figured it was worth a shot. And now I want to add my voice to those raving about it, especially if you care about love, art, or things that set your soul on fire.

(Disclaimer: Yes, I’ve used affiliate links in this post so that I might benefit if you click on them to download the game, but the editorial content is the same as it would be otherwise.) Continue Reading

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These are the podcasts I’ve been enjoying in 2018

These are the podcasts I've been enjoying in 2018

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I wasn’t much of a podcast fan. In fact, I used to think they were pretty stupid – I just didn’t get the appeal of them because they either seemed useless or boring or just a pain to listen to. But around this time last year, I got into a couple of them, and I would listen during my drive to drop off and pick up Harley from school. Now, I drive even less each day, and yet I have a few podcasts I’ve been enjoying in 2018.

I mainly listen while I’m at the gym and in the car. While I’m doing my weight training, I’ll listen to a podcast, switching to music for my cardio so I can push the rhythm and stuff. I don’t drive much anymore, except when I go visit my mom when I have over an hour each way, which can easily clear any podcast backlog I might have built up. So here are the things I’m listening to now, and please feel free to share your favorite podcasts as well. Continue Reading

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Top 5 Geeky Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Top 5 Geeky Father's Day Gift Ideas

Mother’s Day came and went, and now it’s time to prepare for Father’s Day. Dean keeps saying he doesn’t want anything for Father’s Day, gift and celebrations are apparently unnecessary. But I really want to get him something, and I think it’s important for Harley to see how nice it can be to celebrate other people and give other people nice things.

Just like I did for Mother’s Day, I figure this is a great opportunity to look for some fun Father’s Day gift ideas. Even if I can’t or don’t buy them this year, they might still be relevant next year. At the very least, I hope they help you figure out some things that you might like to give a geeky dad in your life. Disclaimer: Yes, these are affiliate links so I will get money if you use them to buy awesome stuff.  Continue Reading

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Please buy me these awesome geeky gifts

Please buy me these awesome geeky gifts for Mother's Day

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It’s coming up on Mother’s Day, which means I’m actually probably late for doing a shopping guide. All the organized bloggers probably did this months ago, with amazingly curated lists of beautiful items thanks to great brand collaborations and whatnot. However, I have barely had a moment to breathe thanks to hectic work deadlines and a little girl who has decided that she doesn’t want to go to sleep early or sleep in later than 5:45 am. I told the husband that he needs to make a big deal out of the Mother’s Day, though, and I promised that I’d give him a list of all the awesome geeky gifts that I’d like.

I mean sure, he could always just get me some Lindt chocolate – you know, the red ball thingies that melt in your mouth and are ridiculously delicious. But I figured I’d use this as an excuse to basically just window shop online. Besides, maybe I can make this list once and just retool it when it comes time for my birthday or some other special occasion that warrants a nice present. So, if you’re Dean, just read on below. If you’re anyone else, please be advised that there are affiliate links and stuff, so big disclaimer – I might make some money if you buy these cool things. And, without further ado, here are some ideas of what to buy other cool, quirky, geeky ladies who maybe like the same things I do. Continue Reading

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