Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Jams of the Week 8/16/17

Howdy and welcome to jams of the week!
Some weeks are easier to get pumped for life than others, and thank God I can pick tunes that help me try to be a happier person. I feel like we could all use a pick me up with the crap 45's been up to this week so here are three upbeat jams to brighten your day too





This song has been on my current playlist and when I watched the video it was about music making you happy...tis perfect.

Galantis - True Feeling





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sometimes you just have to tell yourself it's gunna be a good day
(see also, "Good Day" by Nappy Roots or ask Ice Cube)

DNCE - Good Day






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Glorious makes me happy for a lot of reasons: Skylar Grey's voice, Mack doing a solo adventure, etc. 
but then I saw the music video and I cried a happy kind of happy
which can be amazing


MACKLEMORE FEAT SKYLAR GREY - GLORIOUS






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OK I'm sneaking in a fourth jam because this song's music video makes me all kindsa happy
(I see you Riz)


Charli XCX - Boys






til next time,
Maggie

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Jams of the Week 8/8/17

Hola and welcome to jams of the week!
I'm being very unproductive on my day off and doing none of the things I'm supposed to be doing. 
Maybe once I post this I'll do a thing...



so this has been stuck in my head all week
I can't explain the music video but the song is awesome.

John Mayer - Still Feel Like Your Man






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I can't believe I haven't posted my BB Jack Johnson's new stuff yet
He has three new songs out but this is my favorite
and the video is awesome

Jack Johnson - My Mind Is For Sale






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last, lets jam

Sigala, Ella Eyre - Came Here for Love








k, going to motivate myself to do a thing now. 
Until next time,
Maggie

Monday, July 31, 2017

Magic Coffee for Harry's Birthday!


I love coffee and I love Harry Potter. No surprises these, but when the two collide I nerd out pretty hard! So you can imagine my happiness with Stone Creek Coffee's blend of the week "Siriusly Black." SCC loves to celebrate nerdiness and they made this blend for Harry's birthday. Look at its "ingredients" of powered root of Asphodel, an infusion of wormwood, and a bane of monkshood =) so clever.

This coffee made me think of Magic Coffee which is a special drink I had in Madison and fell in love with. It came from a place called Cafe Soleil, which sadly is no longer in business. They did share their recipe for Magic before closing and it's perfect to use Siriusly Black with! There are two ways to make it depending on how much time you have. I recommend the cold brew method so that the flavor is stronger.



Cafe Soleil's Magic Coffee
for a 4-cup pot (serves 4 with ice)
Brew a pot of your favorite dark roast coffee. Once it's brewed, transfer to a pitcher and add 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 cup cream and 1 shot of espresso. Chill overnight, or cool and ice it down. Serve over ice. Proportions should be adjusted to the user's taste.


OR


Cold-Brewed Magic
2/3 cup coarsely ground dark roast coffee
3 cups water
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
milk, half-and-half or cream

Put ground coffee and water in a wide-mouth jar or other container with a cover; stir. Add cinnamon and brown sugar. Stir and cover. Refrigerate for 12 hours or overnight.
Using a sieve, strain the contents of the jar into a bowl, then strain back into the jar for easy storage in the refrigerator. To serve, fill a glass half full with ice, add coffee mixture about halfway or so up the glass, and top off with your choice of milk, cream, half-and-half or any combination thereof.




I hope you enjoy and have a happy Potter birthday weekend!

Til next time,
Maggie


Friday, July 21, 2017

Jams of the Week 7/21/17

Welcome to le jams of the week!
Kind of a random three, but I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.


Max Frost - Adderall






Common Kings - Before You Go





Matt Maeson - Cringe






I felt this jams this week wouldn't be complete without a song from Linkin Park.
Yesterday when I heard Chester was gone I sat in my car and cried. How can someone who helped so many not be able to get help??
When I was a kid and felt alone, listening to Linkin Park made me feel like I wasn't the only one who felt angry and mad and sad. I listened to Meteora so much I actually broke it in half somehow. 
Thank you Chester for helping me feel heard, and making my dark days better. 

"It's hard to let you go"
Linkin Park - Waiting for the End





until next time,
Maggie


Monday, June 26, 2017

Harry Potter Awesome Art Roundup Vol 8


I was trying to think of the best way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and I think the occasion calls for another round the my Harry Potter Awesome Art Roundup!  
Lets get volume 8 started!



Invisibility cloak by wizardnem who has a whole wonderful tumblr full of awesome HP art.






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A little more love in this world by medlilove





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yer an artist by blvnk-art has a whole awesome blog full of awesome hp art. 
She's currently doing an Auror Potter series that I love. Heres a few:



Harry supporting Ginny






and this great Draco portrait






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I saw this set on my dash by Natalie and thought it was too cute not to share





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You know I love me some Dasstark and her newest HP is adorable. Can I have Draco in a jar?













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These adorable watercolors by Novahowe







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Too many to chose from with Natello 









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and I'll leave you with the trio, by upthehillart






It would be impossible for me to even try to sum up what Harry Potter means to me here, so I won't try. I hope you guys enjoy a little HP today in celebration, I'm going to go crack open the Sorcerers Stone and pretend I'm 11 again.


Till next time,
Maggie





Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Jams of the Week 6/21/17 Stiefvater Picks

Howdy and welcome to jams of the week!

I had a hard time finding some newer jams to share this week because I've been listening to audio books instead. One of my favorite books is The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater and deciding to listen to the audio book is one of the best choices I've made in recent time. I haven't been able to leave my car every day this week because I need to finish listening to the chapter or because I want to listen to the next. I literally know what's going to happen and I'm still on the edge of my seat. We've been having rainy weather making the story seem more magical and real and it's just so, so, so awesome. 

Besides for being a kick-ass writer, Maggie has a tumblr where she posts art, questions, and music. Her picks are normally awesome and since she's the reason for my lack in jams I thought I'd just share some of her recent picks I loved. 




To Kill A King - The Good Old Days
I don't remember the times that we fought
Or how you tore my world apart
Just the good old days




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Lost Lander - Give It Time




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SPELLES - Dead In The Water






If you want to check out some more jams and awesome other stuffs you can check out Maggie's tumblr here.





Until next time,
Maggie

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Jams of the Week 6/14/17


Hola and welcome to jams of the week



I'm kind of obsessed with Tove's voice. I also think this video is all of us dancing to our favorite song in our bedrooms.
I also considered posting "Number One" which I like a lot as well, go check that out!

Tove Styrke - Say My Name





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I used to be a huuge John Mayer fan but I kind of got turned off because he was constantly in the media for dating Taylor or Katy or whoever and he used to be a little obnoxious. 
So I probably haven't loved an album since Continuum. I listened to this one track totally randomly in a playlist and remembered why I love John. I almost cried because I think everyone thinks about ending up like their parents or not being able to control your destiny. 
Just a great, great song.

John Mayer - In the Blood




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I know this is on the radio but it's constantly in my head.
Rihanna & Future's voices are great together.

Future Feat. Rihanna - Selfish







Till next time,
Maggie

Saturday, June 10, 2017

April Uppercase: Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

Heya! I feel horrible because these unboxings are so late but I haven't been reading as much as normal sadly. I finally got to read Defy the Stars so I can tell you about this months box!

First all,  theliteraryllama does such a nice job photographing the box, I mean look at her wormhole background to match!



Included in the bag was the book (signed), a Defy magnet, an awesome bookmark and my favorite - a Harry Potter notebook. It also came with the read along codes so I could learn more about the authors thinking process and fun stuff. 










Lots of great goodies this month!


If it wasn't clear by now, the book of the month was Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray. I haven't read anything by her before so it was a clean slate for me.

via Goodreads:

"She’s a soldier.

Noemi Vidal is seventeen years old and sworn to protect her planet, Genesis. She’s willing to risk anything—including her own life. To their enemies on Earth, she’s a rebel.

He’s a machine.

Abandoned in space for years, utterly alone, Abel has advanced programming that’s begun to evolve. He wants only to protect his creator, and to be free. To the people of Genesis, he’s an abomination.

Noemi and Abel are enemies in an interstellar war, forced by chance to work together as they embark on a daring journey through the stars. Their efforts would end the fighting for good, but they’re not without sacrifice. The stakes are even higher than either of them first realized, and the more time they spend together, the more they’re forced to question everything they’d been taught was true."



SO what did I think of the book? I liked it! I compare all space books to the The Illuminae Files because that was the first one I really liked. I thought of Illuminae and Starbound, but by the end the book stood on it's own. The main characters are different and strong but not clichéd.


I really enjoyed this month of Uppercase and can't wait to tell you about May's box!


till next time,
Maggie

Friday, June 2, 2017

Jams of the Week 6/2/17


Wedding season is upon us and two of my favorite humans got hitched this past weekend with a quirky, wonderful ceremony that was totally them. They featured an assortment of artists and songs throughout the day so I thought my first selection would be one of my favorites from the day. Congratulations J & D, you two are blessings to everyone you meet.


Alexi Murdoch - All My Days




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I listened to "Tied" once and I was singing it the rest of the day.  I tried to find a better quality video but there were none except a few live versions - but I think it's better off the album.

Strangers You Know - Tied




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You might remember Bad Suns's from their hit "Cardiac Arrest" from a few years ago. I was a fan of that and I'm a fan of this too.

Bad Suns - Daft Pretty Boys






till next time,
Maggie

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Jams of the Week 5/27/17


Howdy and welcome to the jams of the week!


Timberland helped produce this song and makes a cameo in the background. The song is super catchy and fun, and I love how the music video is famous art come to life.  I feel like it's a small tribute to "Dirt Off Your Shoulders" which makes me like it more.


Jane Zhang - Dust My Shoulders Off




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I guess NEEDTOBREATHE (all caps annoyingly) is a Christian rock band but I couldn't tell when I heard this song? After re-listening I got it but that's kind of nice you can ignore or not ignore it if you want. You might have heard of them from their song BROTHER which featured Gavin DeGraw.

NEEDTOBREATHE - HAPPINESS

"I got dreams that keep me up in the dead of night / Telling me I wasn't made for the simple life"




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I'm obsessed with the beat of this song. I would take it without the words honestly and just play it on repeat (but ok the words are good too...)

Opia - Falling (Whethan Redo)




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I clicked this song and thought it was a cover of Heaven by DJ Sammy. Twas not, but I was happily surprised.

The Band CAMINO - Heaven - Audiotree Live

"This music's finally loud enough to drown you out"







ANDDD ok, shameless promotion, you should all go see the new King Arthur. Obviously for Charlie Hunnam, but also because it's awesome. I went with friends from work and I've jokingly been doing the "breathing song" randomly since then but the soundtrack is awesome. Check it, and the movie out! I like "The Devil & The Huntsman" and "Run Londinium" best. The vid below is a full soundtrack compilation. 


Daniel Pemberton - King Arthur Legend of the Sword






Til next time,
Maggie

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Jams of the Week 5/20/17

Hola and welcome to jams of the week!
Hope you're enjoying your rainy weekend with some chill reading or movie watching.  I finished Riverdale this weekend which had a great season finale, and has a great playlist of songs on Spotify. Check it out!




First jam is by Coleman Hell, who had a big hit with "2 Heads" last year. His voice is great and I highly recommend you check out all his songs.

Flowerchild - Coleman Hell





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I've heard so much bad news lately, and this song is the perfect one to combat the gloom

Good News - Ocean Park Standoff





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I've featured Oh Wonder on the blog before and they return with this wonderful song

Ultralife - Oh Wonder





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Bonus song of the week is from Guardians of the Galaxy 2! If you stayed for the credits, as you always should for any Marvel movie ever, duh, there was an awesome song featuring the Hoff. I found it asap on spotify and have been jamming out to it since. You have to wait until like halfway through for him to start singing but it's worth it. Enjoy!

Guardians Inferno - The Sneepers (feat. David Hasselhoff)


"Getting down and dirty with a procyon lotor
Got no people skills but he's good with motors

That weird thing by his side an infantilized sequoia
The two of them walk by, people say "Oh boy-a"

They ask me why I'm bringin'
A baby into battle

"Thats really irresponsible"
And getting them rattled

I say "Give me a break
Get off my back dammit"

I didn't learn parenting
My daddy was a planet

Zardu Hasselfrau (x2)

In these times of hardship
Just remember
We
Are
Groot"








Till next time,
Maggie

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Cursed Child Play London (No Spoilers)



In October of 2015 I woke up at 4am to buy tickets to a play I knew nothing about except that it was the "8th Harry Potter." I sat in an online queue for two hours and finally got my opportunity to buy tickets. I clicked for the next best date...April 2017!! I bought two sets knowing whatever I was doing in life 18 months later I would always drop for HP.

Flash forward to this month, it was finally here!! I will admit I was pretty nervous about seeing the play in person. When the play script came out I read it and didn't feel very connected to it. I would even say I was on the verge of not liking it. So what if I had spent all this money just to be let down!?  It turns out I was worried for nothing because the play was amazing, epic, and beautiful.



The script is split into two plays, each with its own intermission, so the show takes all day to see. Our first show started at 1:30pm and the second at 6:30pm. They tell you that you have to arrive an hour early to queue in line and I stopped by the day before to ask if that was really a thing. The ticket guy assured me it was and he wasn't lying. They check all your bags and the line went around the corner to get in. It was a very fast process so we got in quickly but then there was merch to buy so we had something to pass the remaining time.


I got a sweatshirt, a tote bag, and a patch. After the first play you're able to buy the behind the scenes book (it contains first play spoilers) so I did get that later as well. One small bummer I found with London plays is no free playbill, if you wanted it it was £5. I didn't have cash so I had to skip it.




They had drinks and snacks on every level and that was helpful because after sitting for so long you need something. Speaking of sitting...ouch. I'm sure no seat is comfortable to sit in all day but they were pretty tight on the leg room. If you go make sure you take every chance you get to go walk or stretch​.



Alright, to the play itself. I'm totally team #keepthesecrets so I won't tell you too much but the way they did the magic was amazing. You might read the script like I did and think the plot was lacking or weird but it plays out much better on stage. The actors themselves are wonderfully cast so if you can try to see it before they recast this year I'd highly highly suggest it. I don't want to spoil anything else so if you have any questions hit me up in the comments.



Helpful tips and tricks:
Chloe didn't have tickets so the ticket guy said her best bet was to wait for a return ticket the morning of the play. These are tickets people bought like me very early on and couldn't end up using. The ticket guy advised Chloe to arrive around 8:45am. She did and waited until doors opened at 10am and ended up getting better seats than even we had! She paid slightly more because it was floor level but she got tickets nonetheless. She said no one else was queued up until maybe 9:20am but I also don't know how many others got to buy return tickets.

Also you cannot pick up your tickets early from will call. It's sadly part of that "arrive an hour early" business. I tried.

You also cannot bring in food or drink. There was a large box of confiscated items at the bag check. It's a bummer but at least they have options inside (alcohol included). You can also pre-order food and drinks to be ready at intermission so you don't have to queue up!


All in all, I highly recommend the play to any Potter fans. You'll be glad you went =)







Till next time,

Maggie

Monday, May 8, 2017

March Uppercase: Hunted by Megan Spooner



Hiya! So I was about to write my review of April's Uppercase when I realized I was so busy with London stuff I never did March! So better late than never here's the awesome swag that was in the March bag.

The book for March was "Hunted" by Meagan Spooner. Meagan is one half of the team that brought us the Starbound trilogy which I devoured last year. If you haven't read those, check um out.


So here is the Goodreads synopsis:

"Beauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.

So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.

Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?"






Here's what was in the bag!



first off, the book, signed by Meagan. I like the cover, in particular the colors and the little bit of shininess.



A hello from Lisa and a description of what's all inside. 
Then the codes to read along with others! Always fun.


a "Hunted" bookmark





a beautiful gold print of some classic books


a book hoarder sticker, totally me


and some awesome Jane Austen socks.







I loved all the goodies in this month's bag. I read the book and still feel conflicted on whether or not I like it; I'm not a huge fan of Beauty and the Beast (sorry) and I didn't think the story was different enough to want to read? I thought it was well written and once I started reading it and I flew through it but...something about it didn't stick with me. 



Have you guys read Hunted? What did you think?


Stay tuned for April's Uppercase review coming soon!



till next time,
Maggie


Sunday, April 23, 2017

Jams of the Week 4/23/17

Hola and welcome to jams of the week!



I was pretty into "Radio" By Sylvan Esso and then my bff Beth made me listen to "H.S.K.T" and it was an instant earworm. I think it's on a commercial right now?



Sylvan Esso - H.S.K.T





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Do you have any of those songs that make you cry when you listen to them no matter what? "Ends of the Earth" does that to me. I;m 99% sure it's because it was used in the finale of Community, but its also just a beautiful song. They have a new album which you should listen to, but I'm posting Ends because it's my favorite. 



Lord Huron - Ends of the Earth







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There's something timeless about "Don't Take the Money." I feel like it has a 80's feel to it but if it came out anytime since then it would still be awesome. Shoutout to Lorde for the help and cameo. 


 "You steal the air out of my lungs, you make me feel it..." 



Bleachers - Don't Take The Money




till next time,
Maggie

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Jams of the Week 4/9/17

Poor lil blog I have been abandoning you because of my London travels. I'm hoping to blog some of that soon but until then here is a new jams of the week. 





One of my favorite songs of last year was "All My Friends" and Snakehips is back at it with "Don't Leave." Sidenote: for the longest time I thought their name was Snake ships. Whoops. 


"I may not ever get my shit together/
But ain't nobody gonna love you better"

Snakehips & MØ - Don't Leave







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I'd never heard of Take That before I saw them perform this song on James Corden and it instantly got stuck in my head. Apparently they used to be super huge in the UK around OG New Kids On The Block boy band times. 



Take That - Giants









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How could I do a jams of the week without the new Lorde song? I try to avoid the super trendy radio jams for this but I love it so much and it's always suck in my brain. I can't wait for the full album to be here!



Lorde - Green Light









till next time,
Maggie