What I Pack For a Convention Day

Most comic-cons and conventions typically have their rules posted on their website. Make sure to check ahead of time to avoid the hassle of an issue regarding types of bags allowed and what items are allowed.

First off, pick a bag you will be comfortable carrying all day. Do what you think will work best for you, maybe a crossover/messenger bag, or a tote and a fanny pack might work. I don’t like to carry a separate purse, so for me, the bag needs to have multiple compartments and room for smaller items I might purchase.

Water. Super important. I live in Phoenix so I have been well trained to always carry water with me. For a day at a convention, I would suggest freezing a bottle and then only freezing half of a second bottle, then topping it off before you leave for the convention. This is where reading the rules in advance come into play. Maybe you need to have bottles factory sealed etc. I have a friend that brings her refillable bottle and uses the water fountains. For me, I don’t want to worry about misplacing it, so I bring two plastic bottles. Do what works for you, but if you are allowed, you should pack water. (Who wants to pay for bottled water there? Not me!)

I pack my two waters wrapped in paper towels and place them into a plastic bag. This helps deal with the icy bottles “sweating” and you don’t want them to get anything nice in your bag wet. I like using see-through bags. Just in case you need to have security check your bag, this helps put them at ease and makes things easier.

Snacks. Conventions can be long days and you don’t want to spend time in line just getting something to carry you through. Having a small variety of granola snacks and treats help a ton and they allow you to save money for more special purchases.

Phone and charger(s). I always pack portable chargers along with a wall charger. You might not have planned to be live tweeting or texting with a friend from Tumblr you plan to meet up with, but it happens and you need to have that phone charged. Make sure to pack all cords needed.

Your wallet. You will want to buy stuff. Have your wallet in a safe, designated location in your convention bag.

Mints. I tend to live off of mints at conventions. So I pack more than maybe most would.

Toiletries.  I utilize a small makeup bag for these items. It’s  great to have something like this for a long day. These items would include, but not limited to: feminine products, aspirin etc., bandaids, eye drops, toothbrush, toothpaste, earbuds, coin change, pen, hair tie, cough drops, nail file, makeup, etc.

Other items I pack near wallet for quicker access: Chapstick, Kleenex, hand sanitizer and wet wipes

Any items you like to have autographed. Keep these items in their own plastic bag. You want to protect these items the best you can, but also have quick access to them.

Working Markers/Pens. Depending on the situation, you might need to provide a pen or marker. Be ready. If it’s a paint style pen, prep it.

Schedule. I like to pack a highlighter or even post-it notes to help mark what events I want to attend. If the convention has a phone application, that can be awesome too.

A book or magazine to read/something to do. There might be downtime and your feet might be too sore to walk the exhibitor hall. I don’t like to waste power on my phone, so I typically will pack a book. You never know if you will get stuck in a longer than expected line or you just want to relax for a few minutes. Just don’t pack something too heavy, you have to carry this bag.

Your tickets! If they are physical tickets, printed or on your phone. Make sure you have them! If you are buying at the door, make sure you know if they take your form of payment and that they still have tickets available.

Other things to consider:

Items for cosplay. Are you going to be in costume? Be prepared so you don’t end up with a massive wardrobe malfunction. I pack: Mini sewing kit, glue, extra pantyhose, back up parts/pieces and any needed makeup or hair items. For Phoenix Comicon, I knew I would be taking public transit. I packed a pair of thin flats to change into so I didn’t need to wear high heel boots on the light rail in 100+ degree weather.

Prescribed Medications. This will be a long day, be ready with anything you might need.

Camera. I typically just use my phone, but if the convention allows photos and you want to get some nice shots, pack it. Remember though, you will be carrying it with you all day and you might have to remain in your seat during panels. 

Feel free to add any tips/suggestions you may have when you reblog this post!

anonymous asked:

Feyrhys and the AU “I was trying to take a sneeky picture of you because i told my friend about the hot guy on the train and she wanted to see but you totally noticed and yeah this is awkward”

A/N: ok i really love this AU.  And I kinda (by kinda i mean definitely) want to write more in this universe, so let me know what you all think! @rhysndtrash I did the thing! [Part 2!]

~ Rattled ~

Shooting a furtive glance toward her slumbering companion, Feyre bit her lip and tugged her cellphone from the pocket of her messenger bag.

I think I found my muse

There’s a delay in reply, which Feyre fills by scrolling through Tumblr and Instagram, grinning faintly at a few kind comments and tags on her latest piece, which is a misleading characterization unless one considers ‘latest’ to mean over six months.  Still, its good for her ego. 

She’s halfway through reading a ranting conspiracy theory, which managed to connect heelys and Roswell, when an alert drops down at the top of her screen from Mor.

Oo.  intriguing.  is he hot? 

Smirking despite herself, Feyre opens the message to respond.

I never said it was a he

I could be talking about a non-human for all you know

Three dots appear almost immediately and she settles back against the worn but pleasantly clean faux velvety seat, sipping at her fountain drink only to be met with a mouthful of watered down Sprite.  Gross.

pretty sure thats illegal

also that doesnt sound like a denial to me…

Rolling her eyes, Feyre answers back,

ew thanks for making that gross

and fine.  it’s a guy.  but this isn’t about hotness.  artists have muses that they remain platonic with

mhmmm.  so is this going to be a fling or are we talking long term life partners?

whats your stance on marriage as an institution?

Feyre lets out a snort at that, then quickly checks to be sure she hasn’t woken sleeping beauty.  Because he is…beautiful that is.  Purely from an artistic perspective.  This isn’t romantic attraction.  She definitely didn’t think about mouthing her way across his sharp jaw bone while his hands gripped-

i hate you

As if Mor had expected that answer, she fires back almost immediately

no u dont.  and send pics

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Day Bi Day: A Documented Study of the Bisexual (Rafael Barba x Reader)

A/N: I’m not off hiatus, but I’ve been sitting on this idea since maybe late-April/early-May, and Pride Month seemed like the best time to actually do it. So forgive me if it’s kinda crap, I’m not entirely back into my groove just yet. Also: There’s a reason documentaries are a visual medium: It’s because writing out one like a story is hard. But it helps to imagine the narration being done by Tilda Swinton or David Attenborough. Shoutout to @xemopeachx for looking forward to this and being my hype(wo)man and @mrsrafaelbarba – both of them let me pass things by them segment by craptastic segment! (Also, tagging @ohbelieveyoume because if they have to suffer through this monstrosity, then so do you. That being said, Happy Pride Month!!

New York City: Home to over 8,550,405 people, it is a melting pot featuring persons from varying walks of life. This port city has long served as a nesting ground for new ideas, and stomping ground for old-time culture treasured by the society of the present day. But in such a vast hub of differing ideals and backgrounds, it easily becomes a hotbed for practices unchecked. For in a city so grand and driven by the ambition to progress, some ideas can slip through the cracks. Or, better yet, slip right beneath our noses.

It is here that we introduce Rafael Barba.

A man of Cuban descent, Rafael has worked his way to the position of ADA in the Sex Crimes Bureau of New York City’s 16th Precinct. A self-made man, Rafael is easily a representative of the American Dream come to fruition. There is, however, one lingering secret that he carries: Rafael identifies as bisexual. In addition, his romantic partner, (Y/N), also identifies as bisexual.

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A concept: During Pyrrha’s Death Week™ (that time of the month), she has bad cramps and has to stay in bed for awhile, and Jaune thinks she’s dying. He does everything in his power to try to get her back to health, and she’s so overwhelmed by his love and she loves it.

He even tucks her into bed and gives her a kiss on the forehead, saying that’s what his mother would do when he or his sisters got sick.

Pyrrha whispers “I will never wash my forehead again” and Nora says “Oh please, I tried that once when Ren hugged me and kissed me, and showering without washing your forehead is hard. Like Ren when we hugged!~”

Pyrrha goes to sleep wishing Jaune could’ve hugged her and she would’ve felt his boner on her.

Jaune also has a supply of craisins and chocolate at the ready for Pyrrha. She lets him have some.

Is eating healthy really that expensive? I know some people think that eating healthy is going to break the bank but I promise it doesn’t have to! Yes- if you are buying a bunch of specialty foods, shopping at expensive health foods stores, and being picky about what brands you get then sometimes it can add up! But I am able to afford a healthy diet on a college budget (and let me tell you that is not much!)

My typical grocery list:


  • Canned Beans (chickpeas, kidney beans, & black beans) - bagged beans are cheap too!
  • Spinach & Kale
  • Bananas (like 3 bunches haha)
  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Zucchini
  • Other fruits & veggies
  • Hummus

Monthly: (these are a little bit more pricey but they last me the whole month or longer and are totally worth it!)

  • Brown Rice
  • Oatmeal 
  • Quinoa
  • Frozen Fruit
  • Lemon Juice
  • Peanut Butter (natural)
  • Nuts
  • Craisins
  • Bread (I keep it in the freezer and take some out each week)

I spend around $20-25 every week and then probably an additional $30 when I buy the monthly foods. 

  • I buy store brands and in bulk whenever possible because it is cheaper!
  • I also buy organic beans which are only 90 cents - but you can find normal beans even cheaper! If you go with bagged beans and cook them yourself it will be even cheaper than the cans! I always look for sales as well.
  • Buying fruits & veggies frozen is typically cheaper!
  • Shop at a farmers market for fruits and veggies - you can usually find good deals!

My typical meals:

Breakfast - oatmeal with craisins and a banana

Lunch & dinner - A bean dish with rice or quinoa, a smoothie, or a sandwich with a salad.

Snacks- veggies with hummus, salads, fruits (frozen fruit is amazing!), trail mix, and apples with PB!

Not all healthy foods are cheap but you definitely can find a way to eat healthy on a budget! 

**Make sure to check out the shopping on a budget link below for tips on how to save money at the grocery store!

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The Herbs that Herbalists Take

By Matthew Hamm

In the ever-growing market of herbal medicine, it’s getting more difficult to decide what herbs to buy. When companies come out with new products that seem better than other brands, how does the consumer decide which product is best? For the average herbal consumer, the world of herbal medicine is made even more confusing by the constant release of contradicting studies, along with the addling advice of know-it-all friends. We asked some leading herbal professionals what herbs they take, how they take them, and their tips on choosing what’s best for you.

Herbs in Teas, Cooking and Tinctures

Randy Kidd, D.V.M., believes in the power of herbs. Kidd, author of the “Pet corner” column in Herbs for Health, holds doctorates in veterinary medicine and veterinary and clinical pathology, and practices holistic veterinary medicine. He takes an experimental approach when using different herbs.

“I take one week a month to really learn one herb—I try to use it in everything,” he says. “I take it at various times of the day in varying amounts. The idea is to see how this one herb affects me individually.”

Kidd does not take his herbs in capsule or tablet form because he doesn’t feel that pill forms take full advantage of an herb’s potential. Most of the herbs Kidd uses are in teas and in his cooking. The most common herbs in his teas include licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra), hawthorn (Crataegus spp.), burdock root (Arctium lappa), nettle (Urtica dioica), and echinacea (Echinacea spp.). Kidd enjoys cooking with garlic (Allium sativum), turmeric (Curcuma longa), sage (Salvia officinalis), and oregano (Origanum vulgare).

Kidd buys most of his herbs in bulk from Frontier Herbs, a company located in Norway, Iowa, because nearly all of their products are organically certified and he feels that Frontier has the best quality control in the country. He is currently test- growing several culinary and medicinal herbs to see what grows best in his soil and climate. Kidd is attempting to organically certify his thirty-acre farm and in the future wants to develop his own line of herbal products.

Some people need herbs to help their bodies keep up with their busy schedules. Mindy Green, an herbalist, aromatherapist, writer, and esthetician consults for companies in the natural products industry as well as directing education programs at the Herb Research Foundation in Boulder, Colorado. She takes herbs to promote her own good health.

“I like to use herbs preventively, supporting the body before it creates a specific condition,” she says. Green home-grows her own nettles and eats them as a steamed green or dries them for soup in the winter. Green also has a daily habit of drinking 1 quart of her special bone-building and osteoporosis-preventing tea blend. Her recipe consists of equal parts of nettle, oatstraw (Avena sativa), horsetail (Equisetum arvense), alfalfa (Medicago sativa), and red clover (Trifolium pratense). She uses ¼ cup of the dry herbal mixture to 1 quart of water, steeps the tea for one hour, and drinks the mixture throughout the day. For premade products, Green uses Herb Pharm’s Super Echinacea tincture or tablets and Sambucol elderberry (Sambucus nigra) extract from Nature’s Way for colds and the flu.

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anonymous asked:

I'm looking more into a vegan diet and I was wondering what you eat on a regular basis because I feel like it would be really hard to maintain. Thanks babe

Heck yah that’s awesome and I’m so glad to hear it! I just got home from college and I’m really stoked to be cooking for myself again.

It took me about a year and a half to transition fully from vegetarian to vegan so don’t be too overwhelmed by the commitment. I’m a firm believer that it’s something you have to explore and feel out for yourself since we live in a culture whose diet is so dominated by the consumption of animal products. It takes time for your mindset to change and to find/establish a consistent routine that works for you.
Everyone is capable of going vegan or at least cutting back - you just have to start somewhere.


  • Avocado toast (mash an avocado with olive oil and lemon/lime juice and spread over toast or a bagel)
  • Bagel with hummus
  • Plain oatmeal made with almond milk with banana, peanut butter, dried cherries, almond slices, and sometimes some brown sugar
    • Side note: dried cherries are high in melatonin which helps you sleep better
  • Cereal with almond or coconut milk (favorite is cheerios which is like 99.999999% vegan but otherwise I rec raisin brand or captain crunch)
  • Toast with peanut butter and bananas or jelly
  • Pancakes are super easy to make vegan! I buy normal whole grain pancake mix and substitute the milk with nondairy milk and the egg for a flax egg which is an egg substitute
    • side note: flax eggs are a super easy, much healthier egg substitute, even if you aren’t vegan/transitioning
  • F R U I T - bananas, apples, berries, or whatever’s in season
  • Smoothies with nondairy milk, frozen or fresh fruit, peanut butter, spinach, kale, nondairy yogurt, coffee - whatever’s in the fridge. There are a trillion recipes on pinterest and other health food blogs


  • I usually keep 3-4 vegetables in my fridge that are easy to throw in anything I make or eat as a side throughout the week. You can also keep canned or frozen veggies 
  • Couscous/quinoa/brown rice are all super easy to make with vegetables and fairly inexpensive to buy in bulk. Try spinach, asparagus, tomatoes, carrots, red peppers, mushrooms, pine nuts or almonds, etc. and season with garlic, parsley, mint, basil, etc.
  • Seasoned black beans, red beans, chickpeas, etc. from a bag or a can
  • Seasoned edamame (v good with sriracha)
  • Progresso carries a lot of vegan soups!!! Favorites are vegetable lentil, vegetarian vegetable, and hearty tomato
  • Bulk meals that can last all week like vegetarian chili, pasta, big rice dishes, etc.
  • Salads with whatever veggies I have in the fridge + pine nuts, almonds, craisins, etc. Favorite vegan salad dressings are balsamic and raspberry or pomegranate vinagrette.
  • POTATOES - try a baked potato with Hormel vegetarian chili on top
  • I love making the veggie and hummus sandwich from the coffee shop where I used to work which has lotsa veggies like spring mix, cucumbers, tomato, and carrots with hummus, pine nuts, and craisins on wheat bread
  • I’m not a fan of most vegan meat substitutes plus they can get pricey, but there are some pretty good options for soy chicken nuggets + there’s always tofu or tempeh you can buy in bulk and keep in the fridge for when you need something tasty and substantive.


  • Cliff bars
  • Trail mix (I like to make my own bc it’s cheaper)
  • Unsalted nut mixes or just plain almonds
  • Guac/chips n salsa
  • Simply salted popcorn from Orville Redenbacher
  • Fruit cups
  • Hummus with pretzels, carrots, celery, etc.
  • Fruit pops (available in the freezer section)
  • Baked Lays potato chips
  • Traditional chex mix
  • Apples with peanut butter
  • Ben & Jerry’s has vegan ice cream now and it’s THE BEST.

And if you’re worried about going out to eat:

  • Cafeteria style Tex-Mex restaurants like Qdoba, Moe’s, and Chipotle (where you get guac free of charge with a veggie bowl)
  • Domino’s thin crust is vegan and they’ll make your pizza without cheese. They usually have a coupon for a large with 5 toppings for about $10 and I get lotsa veggies (spinach, roasted red pepper, tomatoes, etc.)
  • Indian restaurants foreverrrrr
  • Panera back bean and garden vegetable soup and salads (they have a few really good new ones) - they used to have a really great soba noodle bowl with edamame but I think it’s seasonal
  • #6 Veggie club from Jimmy Johns, sans mayo and cheese
  • Most Chinese take-out places have mixed veggies and brown rice
  • Wendy’s has an apple pecan salad that you can get with no chicken or cheese. Plus their fries are vegan. And they have tropical green tea which is the bomb.
  • Veggie sub with no cheese at Subway - I get all the veggies with a tiny bit of sweet onion sauce and tons of oregano
  • Einstein Brothers has a sandwich called the hummus veg-out that you can get without the veggie cream cheese spread + their fruit cups are A+++
  • Dairy Queen’s light smoothies and StarKiss bars are vegan
  • Noodles & Co. is my favorite place to eat out - favorite is the Japanese Pan Noodles. You can add tofu to any dish.
  • Yo Taco Bell has SO MANY vegan options just google it omg. Even the cinnamon twists are vegan.

I’m always happy to answer any other questions you might have!!

Best of luck xx