Nooligan : The Art of HaiNaNu Saulque

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(image credit to Nooligan)

If you have been around my blog or Instagram for a while you will know that I am an avid toy collector. Sadly due to my move, I currently do not have a lot of space to display my vast collection so it has kind of been put on the back burner. I have acquired a toy here and there, but nothing like I used to. Most of the toys that I collect have pieces done by artists that I really love such as Junko, Tara McPherson, Jeremiah Ketner, etc. I have never been one to collect prints, mostly because I have no where to hang them – but the other day when I was in Empires Comics Vault feeding my comic book addiction, I was greeted by a few prints at the cash register. One of them was the print pictured above.

Ben, the owner, told me that the artist, Hai-Na-Nu “Nooligan” Saulque, will create a print, do a limited run of 100 and then retire the print. I knew then and there that because of the unique styling coupled with my love of Disney that I could not pass up the opportunity to own it. It’s currently tucked away in a safe place until I find a suitable frame and a place to hang it. Check out his site to see some of his other pieces – fingers crossed he does some more Disney stuff! (and yes I know that Snow White was not always a Disney franchise, but… I’m a Disney girl living in a Disney world. So there.)

16 February, 2014

Love is a Mix Tape

Looking for a little romantic music but tired of the ole stand bys? Check out a few of my favorite love songs and maybe you will fall head over heels for some of them like I have. All of the songs link to YouTube.

The Bird and The BeeF-cking Boyfriend

The PixiesLa La Love You


Alkaline TrioWe Can Never Break Up


EnigmaGravity of Love

Type O NegativeBe My Druidess

Byrne and BarnesLove You Out of Your Mind

The RaveonettesLust

Best CoastBoyfriend

What is your favorite song about love?

11 February, 2014

With Love…

So Valentine’s Day is right around the corner – but you don’t have to have a sweetie to enjoy some of my favorite items on Etsy! I know I would be a happy girlie any of these items pleaded in my mailbox.

Geeky Valentines: The Starfi…


California necklace – califo…


Star Wars “I Love You/I…


I Love You More Than Pizza B…


Heart Candy Ring – Nope


Paper garland bunting, weddi…


Gift – Silver Heart Ring


8×10″ You Are My Advent…


SALE – Pixel Heart Hair Clip…


10 February, 2014

The Bookshelf

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In an effort to keep my reading list in check to obtain my goal of reading 30 books this year, I present to you my dear readers what I am paging through currently.

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling – I have adored Mindy for quite some time and I honestly can’t figure out why it took so long for me to pick up this book. So far I am a few chapters in and it is quite hilarious. Her struggles with weight are the same struggles I have faced through out my life, and I love the tone of her writing, as I feel like she is talking instead of trying too hard to write a book. It doesn’t hurt that in my head, I hear her voice while reading.

The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland’s Haunted Kingdom by Aubry Graves – This was a quick read for me, as I read it waiting for my plane to board from LAX to Sacramento when leaving Disneyland two weeks ago. It is similar to another book I read, The Park After Dark: An Unauthorized Guide to the Happiest (Haunted) Place on Earth by Richard Carradine. It delves into the paranormal at the park as well as some of the deaths that have occurred at the park. Both of these books are a must read for the Disney diehard.

Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke by Rob Sheffield – I have read Rob’s other books all of which I have immediately fallen in love with. I don’t know if it’s his writing style or musical references that pull on my heart strings, but I am so glad I took a chance on Talking to Girls About Duran Duran: One Young Man’s Quest for True Love and a Cooler Haircut in the clearance section at Urban Outfitters.

What are you reading?

27 January, 2014

2014 Goals

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It’s that time of the year again – well, it was that time of year again a few weeks ago – but close enough, where I sit down and think of things that I want to accomplish in the next year. I have thought about this topic quite a bit actually, even before the calendar flipped over to the new year. It’s sort of anxiety inducing but at the same time, it’s nice to have a list to look at and cross some things off. Resolutions have never really been my thing, as like most people, I find that they are hard to keep. There has been one major huge gigantic mega goal that I have been able to come up with that will definitely be a challenge to obtain, but will be totally worth it… Ready?


Now to some people this may not seem like much of a stretch – but let me elaborate. It’s about to get all kinds of personal up in here. A few years ago during a traumatic break-up, I decided that I needed to seek out the help of a therapist. I have always battled with depression, but I hit a pretty low low and knew that I could no longer deal with my issues myself because my current coping was not working for me.

I was diagnosed with depression (shocker! hah) and as a co-dependent. Talk about an eye opening experience. When I thought of co-dependency I always thought it meant that I was dependent on others to do things for me and make me happy. In a way this is true, but it is pretty much the exact opposite. I only feel happy when making others happy. Whether it means that I sacrifice my own happiness, money, time, etc. to do it that is how I feel happy, and when those people betray me, my brain cannot wrap around why they would do that because of everything that I feel that I have done for them – which they may have not even felt like what I was doing was out of the way for me.

A light went on. And it was actually kind of refreshing to know that there was a method to my madness. I have been making myself miserable for years under the guise of feeling happy that I was helping others who either a) never asked to be helped b) don’t appreciate the help c) never knew how I felt. Breaking the habit of co-dependency is a horrible feeling. I am by nature a people pleaser, a yes (wo)man, and apparently have no backbone. I have a hard time saying no and this usually gets abused. When I was in therapy I had to make a list of things that week that I either said no to or that I was doing for myself. It was hard in the beginning, but after a while, it started to feel really good.

It was nice to know that my friends wouldn’t hate me, or hell, even think differently of me if I said no to something. Work did not reprimand me for saying no either – the world kept spinning, and nothing catastrophic happened. I started to feel better, and really empowered by my new found ability to say no. Now don’t get me wrong, I am still selfless – I volunteer with a non-profit, I help friends in need, etc. etc. but I would look at things in a different way. Am I doing this because the person is asking for help or am I doing this because I feel compelled to help them to make me feel happy?

Flash forward a year or two – I am falling back into my old ways. I have become complacent about my own happiness again and its really starting to wear on me. So my goal this year is to make me happy. Do things that I want to do. Go places I want to go. Accomplish things I want to accomplish. Not steamrolling others in the process, but not putting too much stock into how I think they will feel – when in reality I have no idea. I am paralyzing myself and my dreams because of how I think others will perceive what I am doing as selfish instead of either a) having faith that the friends that I have will respect my choices and encourage me or b) associating with people who only use me for my inability to say no.

I am on the cusp of turning 30 – and feel like I have accomplished more for others than I have myself, so this is a year of change. Wish me luck.

Oh and I also want to: finish a half marathon, run a half marathon at Disneyland, get rid of my storage unit, thin out my possessions, read 30 books, blog more on here and Spoil your Dinner, pay down my debt even more, save to move out, buy a new car, create something every week, make a new friend (or friends!), get my memorial tattoo on my leg, try one new food a month, and keep in better contact with my friends.

26 January, 2014