Friday, November 21, 2014

I Do Spy | Sweaters

These aren't your usual comfy sweaters. And, guys, these are the.best. I mean, how can you top a Jesus sweater (hint: with a T-Rex)?


T-Rex the Halls Men's Sweater — ModCloth (I would totally make this into a lady's version)
Mrs. Clause The Riveter Sweatshirt — Feminist Apparel  
Happy Birthday Jesus Sweater — Amazon
No Kids Table Sweatshirt — Dentz Designs*

Song of the Blog: The Sweater Song by Weezer

*Come back next Wednesday! I'm giving away one of their Christmas-themed sweatshirts!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Book Review | The Boy Detective Fails

The Boy Detective Fails
by Joe Meno

Goodreads Synopsis: In the twilight of a childhood full of wonder, Billy Argo, boy detective, is brokenhearted to find that his younger sister and crime-solving partner, Caroline, has committed suicide. Ten years later, Billy, age thirty, returns from an extended stay at St Vitus' Hospital for the Mentally Ill to discover a world full of unimaginable strangeness: office buildings vanish without reason, small animals turn up without their heads, and cruel villains ride city buses to complete their evil schemes.
Lost within this unwelcoming place, Billy finds the companionship of two lonely children, Effie and Gus Mumford - one a science fair genius, the other a charming, silent bully. With a nearly forgotten bravery, Billy confronts the monotony of his job in telephone sales, the awkward beauty of a desperate pickpocket named Penny Maple, and the seemingly impossible solution to the mystery of his sister's death. Along the path laden with hidden clues and codes that dare to be deciphered, the boy detective may learn the greatest secret of all: the necessity of the unknown.
Review: First things first, I understand that this book is eight years old. But I just want you all to realize this book exists and to go out and read it. 
This is one of the smartest books I've read in a long time. And I don't mean thought provoking (although it is) or Malcolm Gladwell smart. There are mysteries to solve, depression to overcome and literal mysteries to solve (for reals, there's even a decoder for the reader to solve clues that the Boy Detective is unable to do). 
The mysteries that the Boy Detective, close sister and childhood friend solve resemble those of The Scooby Doo Gang. And then tragedies strike, building start to disappear and bunnies' heads are decapitated. What's the Boy Detective to do?



I was recommended this book after I praised The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (another must read). And, I have to say, this is even better. It's hard not to give anything away expanding from the synopsis that Goodreads provides but if you want something entertaining, smart and with some serious heart, then read The Boy Detective Fails. I found myself getting attached to every character, despite how good or evil they were. And YOU GET TO SOLVE CLUES. 
It's brilliant.
Rating: 5 out of 5 goats
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

10 Ways to Find New Music

The wedding weekend got me a little busy so Emily was kind enough to help us all discover new music, because Lord knows I love talking about music.

Hey everyone, I'm Emily & I blog over at Designs By Emily F! One of my favorite things to do is find new music so I thought I'd share some of the ways to find new music that is more than just the 20 songs that are on the radio all the time (not that I don't like them). 


1. 8tracks - This one is a recent discovery thanks to Areeba who did a guest post last month on her favorite apps. I love how you can pick a certain mood & find playlist that I go along with it.

2. Songza - Songza is pretty similar to 8tracks, it has the playlists by mood & genre.

3. Pandora - My favorite thing to do on Pandora is add a radio for some of my favorite artists then shuffle those. The one's I do the most are Kate Nash, Lily Allen & Regina Spektor

4. TV Shows -I watch a lot of tv and I always love when I hear a great song that I hadn't heard before. I've found so many amazing songs from Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill & Finding Carter. There are a lit more than that but these are the ones I'd look up every episode to see what songs where played. 

One of the best songs I've found from a tv show recently was this cover of Radiohead's Creep by Michelle Branch on Stalker. They've been playing covers of songs at the end of every episode.



5. TuneFind - This site basically makes it super easy to find all the songs you fall in love with from a tv show. You just search for the TV show & it's broken down into seasons and then again into the episode.

6. YouTube - I love finding covers of songs I love and the small artists that are writing original songs.

7. Shazam - This app will listen to audio & find a song you are looking for. Most of the time I take a screenshot on my phone so that then next time I buy a lot of songs I have a list of ones I want.

8. Spotify - I'm sure all of you know what this site is so I wont put an explanation. It would bother me if I there wasn't anything next to it.

9. Search for Artists you Like - This might seem silly you might not hear when some of the smaller artists released new music. You could also find songs you might have missed before.

10. Blogs - I love when bloggers & youtubers share playlists.

What are your favorite ways to find new music?
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Weekly Wishes | Thirty-Two

Last Week's Wishes

Grimmer Fest: Tears of joy were shed (mostly mine). Vows were said. Beer was drunk. Mexican Food was consumed. Dancing was had. Cops were called. Family and friends alike were hungover. I call that a wild success.




Health Insurance: In case you all aren't aware, enrollment for affordable health care is now open, which means I can *finally* have health insurance again! Once I obtain that, I will be making all of the doctor appointments.

Catch Up with Friends: Remember my lifers? Well I've been so busy with life these past few....months.... that I've neglected my best friends. I'm sorry ladies. I miss you.

Song of the Blog: The Ballad of Love and Hate by The Avett Brothers

Weekly Wishes is where I join up with The Nectar Collective amongst many other bloggers to share the goals or challenges we wish to achieve this week. We're a community of goal-setters.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

eShatki | Temporary Style Blogger

There are some dresses that make you want to go dancing. There are others that make you want to go to a nice dinner.

Then there's that dress that comes once every few years that makes you feel completely fabulous. My friends, I'm pleased to say that I have found that dress.


Photographs by Lisa Allard | Jewelry by WildThing Jewelry

eShatki is this incredible online boutique that has a wide range of clothing. No matter which type of dress, skirt or jacket you're looking for, they will have the right choice for your occasion. My occasion is my brother's rehearsal dinner (which is tonight!). I wanted to look classy, yet not be too fancy. I wanted it to fit me in a way that showed off my fabulous figure, but not skin tight. Enter my two toned poplin dress. 




Here's what's great about eShatki: their customer service and their customization. 

I had incorrectly measured myself and could not get that thing over my shoulders to save my life (curse my Viking shoulders!). I was incredibly disappointed, to say the least. But, fear not loved ones, they e-mailed me a return postage and even before I sent back my too-small dress, they had already shipped me my dear-Lord-please-fit-me dress. 

And fit me, it did. Now, I know what you're thinking, oh yah, there are more than small/medium/large options. Oh, there's so much more. Not only are there more than three or four size options, you can choose the the sleeve type and the dress length. 

I repeat: YOU CAN CHOOSE THE DRESS LENGTH. 

As someone who has large hips and a bodacious back side, I usually have to size up and everything is too long on me. Not with this dress. When I reordered it and had to go a size larger than originally planned, I made sure to go with the shorter dress length and it fit me just as it was supposed to.

From now until December 11th, you wonderful ladies get 10% off when you shop at eShatki. Just *use the code "thehungrygoat" and voila! It's just in time for all of those family and friends-filled holiday gatherings. C'mon. You know you need a new party dress.

Have I sold you on eShatki yet? Because I love them forever and ever. 





eShatki


I received this dress for free in exchange for a product review. However, all my thoughts are my own, honest opinion. Thank you for supporting the companies that support my blog.

*The code must be entered in the "promotional code" box and it is not case sensitive. The code can be used any number of times throughout the valid period.  It can be used with any other promotional offers in the same order unless explicitly specified otherwise. This discount code is not applicable on clearance or sales items, gift cards or overstock categories. It is not applicable on previous purchases. 


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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

How To: Road Trips with an Electric Car

Hi there, fans of The Hungry Goat! I am Rachel, the blogger behind With Love, Rachel, and I am really excited to take over Katie's blog today.


With the holidays coming up, I know many of you will have some sort of road trip in store to see family-- we're making the 10 hour drive from Orange County to Flagstaff, AZ for Thanksgiving, and I am actually looking forward to it. Road trips are one of my favorite traditions, but last year we complicated this tradition a bit buy purchasing an electric car (a Tesla).

teslaOne of the major hesitations people have about electric cars is the range it can get. We hear it all the time: sure, it's a nice car, but you can't exactly go very far, can you? It's not something you can use for a road trip. 

Au contraire! We've made several trips up to Northern California, even to the windy coastal highways of Big Sur, without ever having to purchase gas. In fact, it's really not much different at all, and so I want to dispel the myth that electric cars are impractical.

First, it's important to know that there are many electric car charging stations just off of major highways. Tesla has a network of superchargers up the west coast, down the eastern corridor, and along two routes that connect the two coasts. With the superchargers, you can get a full "tank" of electricity in about 25 minutes-- a full charge gets you about 265 miles. Now sure, 25 minutes is longer than the 5-10 minutes it takes at a gas station, but it's free, and you can walk away from your car while it's charging to go grab a cup of coffee or some lunch.

A Tesla Supercharger station.

There are some lower voltage chargers available too, and here's where it takes just a little more planning than a regular trip. We usually make reservations at hotels that have a charging outlet, and let the car charge overnight. More hotels have them than you'd think, as it really only takes the voltage of a clothes dryer. It just needs to be an accessible outlet. Imagine staying at a hotel AND getting a free tank of gas-- that would never happen, but with an electric car, it does! We've found some of our favorite hotels this way (like the posh but accessible Canary Hotel in Santa Barbara or the cozy Hillcrest Lodge in Big Bear) by searching forums and websites like Plugshare.com.

That's the other thing: there are a lot of resources to help you map out and plan a road trip. There's EVJourney that let's you plug in your destination and plans the best route, or Plugshare, which let's you know about charging stations in any city, including hotels.

So, the only drawback (if any) is that you must have a little bit of a plan in mind. You can't just plan on hopping in your car, filling up along the way at whichever gas station you come across, and stopping at the first motel with a "Vacancy" sign. But the planning itself is so easy; we've booked a place on Air BnB the night before we wanted to leave, charged the car overnight, and took off to the desert just like that.

But. But! The best part is that you never pay for gas! A round trip from L.A. to San Francisco will always cost me at least a hundred if we took my Mini Cooper, and that's an efficient little car. Driving to San Francisco in the Tesla means that we make a couple of stops for about 30 minutes each, but we pay nothing!

My hope is that as more people see how little life changes with an electric car, the cars become more mainstream. No matter what your political leanings, I think that we can all agree that becoming less oil-dependent is good for many reasons. If you have questions about life with an EV, let me know in the comments!

Thank you so much Rachel for guest posting today! You all should definitely check out her blog because she's brilliant and funny. It's like we were separated at birth or something.

Song of the Blog: I'm In Love with My Car by Queen

Monday, November 10, 2014

Weekly Wishes | Thirty-One

Last Week's Wishes

Study Italian: Yes! I downloaded this awesome app Duolingo and I've been using it every day. It was awarded iPhone's app of the year last year, which means it has to be great. You get points for every answer you get correct and for when you use the app consecutively. So, yeah, I studied Italian. (they have other languages, too)


Grimmer Fest: My younger brother is getting married this weekend to an incredibly awesome young lady. I am taking on a sister. I finally get to be a bridesmaid. I will be drinking and having fun with my whole family. There will be beer aplenty. I'm, plain and simple, excited.

Song of the Blog: Marry Me by Train

Weekly Wishes is where I join up with The Nectar Collective amongst many other bloggers to share the goals or challenges we wish to achieve this week. We're a community of goal-setters.