5 Fandom Friday: Favorite Podcasts

Hello lovelies and welcome to another 5 Fandom Friday. It’s been awhile since I’ve done a 5FF, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share some of my favorite podcasts. as always thanks to the fabulous gals Megan over at The Nerdy Girlie and Kristi at Super Space Chick for coming up with 5FF and the prompts. Here are my picks in no particular order.


1. The Read

The Read is a weekly podcast hosted by Kid Fury and Crissle that covers hip hop and pop culture, along with bringing awareness to issues faced by POC, and some current events. At the end of each episode the host go on to “Read” someone, or an event that has pissed them off. I honestly laugh from beginning to end, or shout out an Amen here and there,  and find myself nodding in agreement when they tackle some of the current events. I’ll warn everyone that it’s NSFW since there’s cursing involved. You don’t have to be heavy into hip hop to enjoy the show, they cover pop culture in general; and Kid Fury is one of us with his love of games and all things geek.


2. The Friend Zone

Join Assante, Fran, and Dustin every Wednesday as they discuss mental hygiene and ways to try to live a happier better life. Why I love it? POC discussing mental health needs and overall well being. In general mental heal needs is an area I’m always pushing for discussion in since I work in the field, and the importance of POC to speak on these issues is so needed. But don’t get it twisted this isn’t just some boring podcasts addressing medical terminology and such. Fran is chock full of awesome holistic approaches for all sorts of well being. They’re funny, they’re genuine, and you can tell they really are friends and want to make a difference in people’s life. This one may also be NSFW due to swearing.


3. Fake Goth Girls

I briefly mentioned Fake Goth Girls last week in one of my post, so of course I had to include them. Join Liz and Mia every week as they discuss women issues, geek culture, and adulting. They’re super cute, funny, and always entertaining. They’re best friends, and that works so well with the way they interact on the show. I’m always learning about some cool new game, or podcast, and other awesome geeks in the world through their show.


4. Criminal

Criminal isn’t just about crimes, it’s about people who have either done something wrong, have had something wrong done to them, are in involved in the justice system in some way, or just so happen to be caught up in some wrong doing. They discuss not just current crimes, but incidents that have happened in the past too. I love hearing when they interview some of the people involved and hearing the backstories.


5. Slate Money

Okay guys I’ll admit in terms of money I don’t have much, but I’m still super interested in economy and growing ones personal wealth. Slate Money features Felix Salmon of Fusion, Cathy O’Neil of MathBabe.org, and Jordan Weissman of Slate. The trio have good chemistry, and have a way of talking about money, and issues involving money in a way I get. If you would’ve asked me a year ago if Iwould listen to this based of the title I might’ve said no, but I’m so glad I gave it a shot.

I listen to so many podcasts that picking just 5 was tough. I tried giving a good mix of things I listen to. Feel free to share with me your favorite podcasts. 

Xoxo,

Desiree

Potter Week

Hello cupcakes. Anyone who knows me knows I’m a big Harry Potter fan. I’ve read all the books and seen all the movies several times. I’ve shed tears of joy and sadness. And when we went to the Wizarding World a few years back I was in awe and could barely contain my excitement. Originally I meant for this post to go up yesterday for Harry and J.K.’ birthday (Happy Belated Birthday!!), but as you see that didn’t happen. However here I am ready to share two of my loves combined, Harry potter and Pops!

About 3 weeks ago Funko Pops released a line of Harry potter Pops and you know I had to go snatch them up. I’m still missing two of the currents that are out, Hermonie and Harry holding the sword. There are rumors of a Quidditch Harry being released this month and a Harry with the invisibility cloak in the future. I can’t wait for them all. In the meantime here’s a video I made with all the HP Pops I currently have. Enjoy!!

Potter week has me wanting to reread all the books. I may do so after I’m done with 2 books I’m working on now. If anyone is interested in reading along together let me know.

How did you celebrate Potter Week? What’s your favorite scene from the books/movies?

Thanks for stopping by. Please comment with any suggestions for upcoming videos you would like.

XoXo

Desiree

Latina Media Beauty, Hair, and Wellness Expo

Hello Cupcakes.

Today I headed to North Jersey with my friend Katy for the Latina Media: Beauty, Hair and Health Expo. This was the first year for the expo and overall ok. The location was great, right off the main highway, and plenty of parking. Milani cosmetics was there and I enjoyed their exhibit. So many beautiful matte lip colors (which I’m all about right now), but I’ll get into matte lipsticks in a different blog. One thing is for sure the panel I attended was amazing.

The panel was about real Latina beauty and included Massiel “Mankofit” Arias, and Dascha Polanco (Dayanara from OITNB), among others. Even if you’re not a Latina this panel was just full of positivity and self love. I encourage everyone to watch at least of it.  I made a video which is kinda long, but worth watching. Of course I couldn’t record the whole panel or my video would be over a hour long.

All the ladies looked amazing and were just so real and positive. I left there feeling so inspired. I know I’ll be attending next year’s expo and expect it will be bigger and better.
As of right now I don’t have any conventions set except for NYCC in October. If you know of anything coming up in the NJ/NY area let me know. I’m into loads if different things and attend all types of different conventions/expos.
What did you do this weekend? What’s your favorite convention to attend? 

Till next time loves. As always comments are welcomed.
Xoxo

Desiree 

Currently…

Hello cupcakes…:

Wow it’s been a long time!! Life has been busy busy. As you can see or maybe you can’t (I’ve been having issues with my redirect), my blog and URL name have changed from GeekyGlamFit to XoMermaidKisses. I’ve also switched over my IG and Twitter handles to the same. Why? Well because I kinda wanted a fresh start and honestly I just fell in love with the name. With that being said I should be updating on a more regular basis, I hope. In the meantime I’m just going to post some of my currents.
  Reading: Radical Self Love: A Guide to Loving Yourself and Living Your Dream by Gala Darling. I’ve been following Gala’s blog for years now and simply love her. This book is just full of love and positivity. A nice little pick me up and reminder to stay focus. If you want to get your hands on it I suggest you do so quick. If I’m not mistaken this week is the last week it’s going to be sold.
Watching: Well I’ve been watching so many things! So here’s the thing for some reason I’m going through some phase where I start shows and stop halfway and move on to another. Not cause I don’t like them, honesty I don’t know why. So here’s the list of shows I’m watching now.

Oranges is the New Black: I know, I know how can I have not finished it the first weekend it was out?!

Daredevil: I love it, just have to get around to finishing.

Sense 8: This is sorta sci fi I guess. It’s 8 individuals that are somehow linked telepathically. They’re from all parts of the world and all walks of life. It’s pretty interesting and I’m really enjoying it. I do warn you there’s a bit of sexual content which doesn’t bother me, but people tend to mention that a lot when talking about this show.

Between: I only started watching this a few days ago and so far have only seen 3 episodes. Again a sci fi kinda vibe to it. Basically with out going into details is people start dropping dead, no idea why, town is quarantined, and I haven’t gotten too far. Won’t get into too many details but it’s made more interesting by the population that is being affected but this phenomenon.

Doing: What have I not been doing? Oh so much. Attempting to enjoy summer. Spending time with the family, and my adorable little niece who is now 1 month!! Oh and I started Vlogging! Yay! I have 3 videos so far with a new one hopefully coming up this weekend. I’ll also be attending the Latina beauty expo this upcoming weekend so if you’re there and see me say hi. Please comment, share, and subscribe.

I’ve been using the Sony A5000 as my vlogging camera and let me tell you I’m so happy with it. I do have a Canon DSLR but when I don’t feel like carrying that the Sony is perfect. I know there’s a newer model but honestly I’m more than pleased with this one. It has a pop up screen that makes it so convenient. If you’re looking for an everyday carry camera to vlog I suggest you check this one out.


Playing: I’m still hooked on Animal Crossing New Leaf and trying to make my town oh so pretty. If you play send me your friend code so we can visit each other. I also picked up a PS4 along with the new Batman game but have yet to play. The Mr has started and says he really likes it so far. I’ve watched some gameplay and I have to say it looks really good.

Randoms: I’ve been back to doing my makeup more often. I have picked up some products I’m so happy with. I’m not sure yet if I’ll do a post about them, a video, or maybe both. If there’s any products you want to recommend, feel free to put it in the comments. Also I’m always looking for book recommendations, even though I’m so behind on my to read list. Shoot them my way.
What are you into currently? Have any fun plans coming up? I love hearing all the cool things everyone is up to. 

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Thanks for stopping by.

Xoxo

Mermaid kisses and starfish wishes.