My Favorite 2019 Blog Moments

My Favorite 2019 Blog Moments

2020 — it’s a new year and a new decade! And while I’m actively planning fun blog posts and projects to share this year, I also find myself constantly reflecting on my favorite 2019 blog moments and achievements. It’s so easy for me to gloss over things that have happened, or to forget about them during my day-to-day hussle (bad memory over here!). That’s why I’m so excited to put my 2019 favorite blog moments down in a post.

Sometimes you set out on an adventure hoping and dreaming something will happen, and then it does, but since you’re so focused on planning the next big thing, you don’t take a moment to savor what is enfolding around you. When I started blogging two and half years ago, I would frequently get asked what my goals were. Quite frankly, I’m not sure I had GOAL GOALs. I started Popcorner Reviews so that I could share geeky things that brought me joy and help to build a community to support the endeavors of fellow geeks. (Aka it’s okay to be an adult who still LOVES Harry Potter and obsesses over all things Disney).

But back to that goal question. When asked what my goals were for my blog, I would say that I hoped to one day work with my favorite brands, like MARVEL and BoxLunch, and, you never know, maybe attend a red carpet event. Well… I did all three of these things in 2019!!!

Here are some of my favorite blog moments from 2019.

Working with Marvel Comics and Marvel Studios

WOW. Just wow. This was my DREAM. In 2019, I had the opportunity to work with MARVEL… TWICE.

Starting first with MARVEL Studios, to celebrate the Blu-ray release of Avengers: Endgame (my favorite movie of the year), I was selected to create an original recipe inspired by Iron Man (my favorite Avenger). Well, Tony loves cheeseburgers (and so does his daughter), so a recipe inspired by this seemed appropriate. Thus, I made I Love You 3,000 Cheeseburger Sliders and included some Iron Man-worthy slider skewers as a download.

I was also selected for a campaign with MARVEL Comics to celebrate their 80th anniversary. And with this campaign, I got to pair my infinity gauntlet with the power gauntlet! Talk about an AMAZING project.

#shop

Attending the Geekly Retreat

While I started blogging in 2017, it took me two and a half years to attend a blogging retreat, and I’m not sure why I waited so long! In November, I was selected to attend the first-ever Geeky Retreat for female entertainment writers in LA, hosted by the ladies of The Geekly Show. I had the most amazing experience ever. I learned SO MUCH from women whose blogs I had followed for years — my blog idols for sure — and connected with bloggers in real life. Not only did I leave the retreat having experienced some AMAZING things (more on that below), but I left with FRIENDS who have become blogging allies and supporters.

Throughout the four-day retreat, I had the opportunity to learn from female trailblazers in the entertainment writing space, attend movie screenings and interview cast, producers, and directors (for films including Playing with Fire, Lady and the Tramp, Noelle, Spies in Disguise, and more), tour Disney Studios and Paramount Studios, walk the Frozen 2 red carpet and attend the Frozen 2 movie premiere, and attend the Frozen 2 press junket featuring the cast and crew.

If it sounds like I had some surreal moments, it’s because I did!

Attending the Frozen 2 Red Carpet

Okay, I know I just touched on this with my Geekly Retreat highlight, but attending the Frozen 2 red carpet premiere deserves its own call out! I mean, I got to walk the RED CARPET, wear a glitzy dress, and rub shoulders with the stars of the film. I was one of the first people to watch Frozen 2 — it was absolutely amazing — and I even got to attend the after party — full of Frozen-filled-fun and McDonald’s Happy Meals (now that’s my kind of party).

Being Accepted into the BoxLunch Collective

One of my favorite brands Is BoxLunch. I wear their fun geek pieces ALL the time and was thrilled when they opened a store near me. So when they announced that they would be launching an influencer program in 2019, the BoxLunch Collective, I jumped at the chance to apply — and WOW, WOW, WOW, I was selected as one of the first 100 BoxLunch Collective participants! Now I can amp up the volume on my love for this brand even more and regularly share my favorite BoxLunch items on my blog — like this Stranger Things ugly holiday sweater.

Upping my Photography Skills and Enrolling in Foodtography School

This year, I also made some blog investments to up my photography skills. I invested in a new camera (no more relying on iPhone photos — although I still use that, too) and I enrolled in Broma Bakery’s Foodtography School! What’s Foodtography School you might ask? Well, it’s a comprehensive course for food photographers that covers composition, branding, lighting, staging, and more! I’ve learned so much from this course, and I plan to “re-take” it this year to build on what I’ve learned.

How did my photography approve? Well, I re-shot my Dumbo cupcakes following this course, and, WOW, I was so happy with the improvement! Check it out for yourself below.

*BEFORE*

*AFTER*

Embarking on a Star Wars Baking Challenge (and Introducing Video Content on Instagram)

If you’ve followed my blog for awhile, you know I LOVE a good movie marathon and coming up with themed recipes. I combined these two loves at the end of the year to prepare for the epic finale of the Skywalker saga with a Star Wars movie marathon and a Star Wars baking challenge. Each week I watched a Star Wars film and then shared a dessert inspired by it. It was a TON of fun, but also a TON of baking! *sugar coma alert*

Here’s a quick recap of all of my Skywalker saga recipes — oh, and one for The Mandalorian, too. 🙂

Along with the challenge of theming a recipe after each movie, I also challenged myself to tackle a video for each one. I haven’t done too much in the video space yet, for some reason showing up and talking on video is intimidating to me! But I’m so glad I gave it a go for this baking challenge. After I created each recipe, I filmed a short Instagram TV video where I talked about what I loved for each film, what Star Wars means to me, and showed off that movie’s themed recipe. Watch them all here!

The best part is that video is now a little less intimidating for me! I plan to tackle some new video challenges in 2020, so stay tuned!

My Favorite DIYs of 2019

My Favorite Geek Eats of 2019

My Favorite Geek Chic Style Posts of 2019

2019 was such a fun year for Popcorner Reviews, and I can’t thank you enough for all of your support. Each time you read a blog, like a post, or comment, you are providing encouragement and support for me on my blog journey, and it means SO much to me.

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8 Comments

  1. January 23, 2020 / 1:33 pm

    What a fun year!! I love following and reading your blog because I love all the geeky/nerdy things! You got to do so many fun things in 2019, I can’t wait to see what 2020 has in store for you!

  2. Becky Ginther
    January 23, 2020 / 1:58 pm

    You are amazing – what a great year, and I love your blog and everything you do!

  3. January 23, 2020 / 7:37 pm

    Wow, you’ve done so much in a year! I love that you got the chance to connect with other bloggers, work with your favorite brands, and improve your skills. It sounds like you had a lot of fun.

  4. January 23, 2020 / 9:52 pm

    Wow you had some super fun moments to look back on! I especially love all the bakery posts, so clever!

  5. January 23, 2020 / 11:09 pm

    What a great year! I love your hair from Star Wars! You rocked it!!

    Kileen
    cute & little

  6. January 23, 2020 / 11:11 pm

    You inspired me ALL.YEAR.LONG. and I’m so excited for everything you accomplished and everything you participated in during 2019. I was envious over and over seeing your adventures and your geeky fun. It makes me extra thrilled to see what 2020 has in store for you. I can only imagine that this year will be bigger and better!

  7. January 24, 2020 / 12:54 pm

    Wow! It is so fun to see all your accomplishments for the year in one post! Boxlunch was so smart to pick you as an ambassador. It looks like the Foodtography school was a great investment too. You always make the best desserts and I look forward to seeing more photos of them.

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