Happy, happy Fridaaaaay! Last night I was able to catch one of my favorite podcasts, NPR’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me, live! The show initially sold out in under 3 hours and I was so bummed I missed the announcement. But luck was on my side because less than 24 hours before show time I called in and a few extra seats had opened up! Woo! It was so awesome to experience it live, and I can’t wait to hear the finished product on Saturday when the episode’s released!

The excitement continues because this weekend I’m also heading over to Disney for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween – my first time EVER attending! And yes, I’ll be reporting back on the experience, so stay tuned!

Shelldon the Nail Mug

In honor of National Coffee Day yesterday, I feel like some kind of coffee-related product needs to be included. So I share with you, the Shelldon the Snail Mug that for some reason, I can’t get enough of. I have more coffee mugs than I need in my pantry, but I think I need this in my life. Maybe it’s the bowtie? Or the fact that he’s named Shelldon AND wears a bowtie?!

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Dog Humor Dish Towel

This dish towel is perfect! I’m sure my fellow dog owners can relate to this humor. No matter what, you can never seem to escape the dog hair! Am I right?! It’s probably my most used “fashion accessory!”

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Communicating with iMessage Art

iPhone users – have you upgraded to iOS 10? If not, do it now! If so, you’ve probably been using the iMessage art feature, where you can draw photos or write messages to people. I’ll admit, my drawing skills aren’t the best in the black box, but it is really fun! Mashable tested out whether or not it’s possible to communicate solely via the art feature in messages, and to see if their messages would be understood. Check it out below, it’s pretty neat!

 

Continuing my “10 things you might not know about” series, today it’s all about Brussels! The capital city of Belgium is incredibly beautiful, filled with lots of unbelievable architecture, and like most European cities, a lot of history! Test your knowledge and see how many of these facts you know about Brussels!

How well do you know Brussels? Check out these 10 things you might not know!

 

  1. Brussel’s is most famous for waffles, chocolate, and beer (and for good reason – YUM)!
  2. One of the city’s most famous landmarks, Manneken Pis, is only 61 cm tall and is dressed in different costumes based on holidays/other events happening locally.
  3. There are 138 restaurants per square mile in Brussels.
  4. Grand Place (Grote Markt) features several 17th century public and private buildings around a cobbled square. However, the earliest reference to the market square dates back to the 12th century!
  5. Brussels’ International Airport is the world’s largest chocolate selling point.
  6. The city’s often called the “Heart of Europe,” as the European Union (EU) is headquartered here, and more than 30% of the population aren’t natives of the city/country.
  7. Comics have a huge influence on the city (especially Smurfs and TinTin, which has the most comic artists per square kilometer. Many exterior walls in the city are filled with comics, and there’s even a museum dedicated to comics.
  8. French is the most widely spoken language here, but signs also appear in German or Dutch, since Belgium has 3 official languages.
  9. The Atomium was an almost 335 ft. sculpture built for the science-themed Brussels World Fair in 1958. It was only supposed to be around for 6 months, but it became so popular that it became a permanent part of the city’s landscape. The monument consists of 9 spheres, representing the atom make-up of a cell of iron crystal (the atom was a big topic in science in the 1950s).
  10. Famous actress, Audrey Hepburn was born in Brussels.

 

Want to know more about Brussels? Read all about our stay at Hotel Amigo and how we spent 24 hours in the city (including drool-worthy waffles)!

Politics. The topic everyone tries to avoid, yet can’t seem to get enough of. The big topic of discussion today is the first official debate taking place at 9 p.m. EST night between the democratic and republican nominees, Clinton and Trump. Will you be tuning in?

With the election just over a month away, it’s a good time to learn more about where the candidates stand so you can make an informed decision when you head to the polls in November. Which speaking of, are you registered to vote? If not, the deadline to register is coming up! Be sure to check out your state’s deadlines (and important election-related dates) here.

But if you’re not ready to be bothered with figuring out out who you’re voting for as America’s president just yet, let’s chat about a much more fun election.. one with Peanuts!

Rock the Vote with Peanuts!

Peanuts Rock the Vote Campaign

Actress Nikki DeLoach is one of the celebs on board with Peanuts’ Rock the Vote initiative, and she recently gave us the low-down on the initiative. Here’s what you need to know:

The Peanuts Rocks the Vote campaign began in 1990 as a partnership between Peanuts and Rock the Vote, helping young people to register to vote. Since Charles Schulz (the creator of Peanuts) included political themes throughout the comic strip for decades, Peanuts wanted to do their part to help people get involved with politics/voting.

When you visit the Peanuts Rocks the Vote site, you can participate in the mock presidential election among the Peanuts characters (Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Sally, and Franklin) by reading their bios and platforms, and then casting your vote. Then, right there on the website, there’s a button that says “Register,” and when you click on that, Rock the Vote will help you register to vote in your location.

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In addition to getting yourself registered to vote, Peanuts also has some educational materials for teachers and kids (grades K-8), providing kids with a fun way to get involved with the issues of elections, campaign promises, polling, and candidate platforms. Fun fact: When I was in 5th grade, my teacher gave us an assignment to watch the presidential debate. While I didn’t fully comprehend all of the things being discussed while watching, it was a great conversation starter and really opened my eyes to politics early on! 

Schulz Museum

If you’re in California (or planning to be soon), the Schulz Museum in California has two special election-themed exhibits on display that you can check out now:

  • Snoopy Presents: Lucky Dogs and Presidential Pets: Features photos and fun facts about presidential pets. The exhibit goes all the way back to George Washington’s hunting hounds and Thomas Jefferson’s riding horses, and it also includes presidential pets you probably never heard about, like President John Quincy Adams’ pet alligator, who lived in the White House in an unfinished East Room bathtub!
  • Mr. Schulz Goes to Washington: Focuses on the intersection of politics with Charles Schulz and Peanuts. You can see some of Schulz’s correspondence with several American presidents, including a 1980 letter from Ronald Reagan, who was then in the middle of his own presidential campaign. Reagan jokingly wrote, “Anything you can do to talk Snoopy out of running will be appreciated. How would he feel about a cabinet post?”

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Giveaway Time!

As a Peanuts ambassador, I’m excited to be giving away a fun election-themed prize pack to one lucky winner, which will include one of the four styles of t-shirts below plus the Snoopy for President book and You’re Not Elected Charlie Brown DVDOpen to U.S. residents 18+. 

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Are you registered to vote? Which Peanuts character would you vote for to be the next president? 

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