It’s a Start!

Today I am writing on the second day of my Zazzle store “The B Shop” being open! I’ve added a few designs and made two collections. You can check them out on my “Shop B” page!

I’ve also opened a Fancy, Instagram and Twitter account which I will link below. As of today, each of my products only has a few views, but I am hopeful that there will soon be more to add to the bunch!

The products with writing are all done with calligraphy pens.

The products with photos are pictures I’ve taken.

You can connect with The B Shop here:

I hope to connect with you all on these platforms and I hope you enjoy the products I create!

It’s a Start!

That One Time I Googled it and Got it Right

Due to a recent incident, I still stand by the “don’t Google it” rule but here’s the one time I Googled it and got it right.

Disclaimer: For anyone who may not be good with health related topics (such as myself), this blog should be alright for you. There were not really any side effects to worry about and it is nothing to be afraid of. Take it from someone who had it and was totally fine with it!

One day in early 2015, I noticed a spot on the side of my stomach. At this point it was relatively small.

It hadn’t been long when I noticed that this spot was getting bigger. It was now about the size of two quarters put together in an oval shape. It had little bumps around the side and it was slightly itchy. I took to be a rash.

Over the next little bit, I noticed more little bumps popping up, and the itching was a little bit worse. A couple weeks later there were even more little red bumps popping up around my stomach and back. I started to worry.

I mentioned it to my mother, who thought it may just be a rash as well. “Well, maybe you should see a doctor,” she said when it was still there a week later.

I mentioned it to my grandmother who thought it may be ringworm.

My friend, being an instigator said I better get it checked out before “I die.” Thanks, friend. You’re the reason I’m still here today.

Being the hypochondriac that I am, I was not planning to go to the doctor anytime soon. That was a last resort. I would do anything in my power to avoid the doctor for as long as I could.

So, I Googled it.

Search: Itchy red patches on stomach and back.

Up came a page about rashes. I scrolled through the list until I found the one that I thought most accurately looked like it and described the same symptoms that I was having.

Pityriasis Rosea. A skin problem that causes a rash. Nobody knows what causes it but in most cases it is harmless.

I read into it a bit more to make sure it really matched with what I was experiencing. I learned that the large patch I had first noticed was called a “herald patch.” There could be some cold-like symptoms but I didn’t seem to have any. The patches could be christmas tree shaped, which I noticed I had.

So I told my mother what I thought it was and she said I better go to the doctor to make sure thats what it really was. So I agreed, only because I didn’t want to die and there was a good chance I was just wishful thinking on what I had.

Since I don’t have a family doctor anymore I had to go to a clinic. I didn’t mention anything about Pityriasis Rosea to the doctor. Partly because I didn’t want her to know that I Googled it and also partly because I didn’t want to be wrong. So I let her know what was going on and she checked it out. Then she left the room.

When she returned she asked if we had ever heard of Pityriasis Rosea. To which my mom and I laughed and said yes. That’s when I told her I had Googled it and we came in to be sure of what it was. She confirmed that it was and said it should go away soon. It did!

I still don’t believe that we should believe every result on Google, but when we get a strong feeling about something maybe take it with a grain of salt and consult a professional to be sure.

Have you ever Googled something and turned out to be right? Maybe you’ve also experienced Pityriasis Rosea? Let me know in the comments!

That One Time I Googled it and Got it Right

Trying Something New

The one thing that I’m most scared of is spiders. And change. And failing. And, well… many other things. Trying new things is definitely high on the list as well.

I like to try new things in a low risk environment. For me, that means in the comfort of my own home where I know I am free of judgement to practice at something until I am good enough at it to show it to the world. Unfortunately, that can’t always be a good thing. I lack constructive criticism and honest truths from others. What I fear most about making my work public is the fear of rejection and hate. Diving into more depth on those topics are for another post.

I’m writing this as I try out something new that I am quickly becoming pretty passionate about. I am mesmerized by videos that I have seen on this topic and I was eager to try it out myself. Many of you probably follow accounts on Instagram or Twitter that show you artist’s work and other entertaining videos, as do I. As someone who has always been very appreciative of art and pretty passionate about it, I’ve always loved seeing the process of how one creates their own masterpiece.

I am now working in a field of my own where I get to create art everyday. My art is writing, but when I have spare time I enjoy creating other types of art. Videos, websites, DIY projects, painting and countless other activities. I am now adding something else to the list: calligraphy.

A few weeks ago, I purchased a calligraphy pen with 3 different nibs at Michaels. I had conducted some of my own research and went there to specifically purchase the Pilot Parallel Calligraphy Pens. Unfortunately I didn’t research well enough to know that the Michaels I had went to didn’t sell them. (Great job, B.)

That night I went home and started writing. I wrote so much that the first ink cartridge had already ran out. The next night I had an insatiable urge to write again. I decided to control myself and savor the ink cartridge until I was able to get new ink. Already I could tell that my writing was improving from the night before. I am by no means a calligraphy expert but I could tell that the pen didn’t feel as foreign to me. And even better, I enjoyed it so much.

So where do I want to go from here? Well, I want to practice more. In fact, I want to be able to write beautiful pieces for not only myself but maybe others if they’d like! As of today, I would like to have the chance to write calligraphy daily. I’m planning to have another blog post up soon with the tools I’ve recently bought from Amazon. We’ll see where it goes and I’ll be sure to keep updating!

Are you a calligrapher or someone like me who would love to get into the art? Maybe you have some tips or recommendations? Let me know in the comments!

Trying Something New

Game Review: Velvet Sundown

Name: Velvet Sundown

Developer: Tribe Studios


Platform: Windows/Mac

Price: Free (with scenarios that can be purchased)

Download: Steam

Although I’m late to finding this game, it doesn’t matter much because I had to wait anyway to play it. All jokes aside, I was filled with anticipation. The start screen is equipped with a chat, a log filled with the players online and the playable scenarios off to the side.

The start screen is equipped with a chat, a log filled with the players that are currently online and the playable scenarios off to the side. To start you off and get you familiar with the controls, the game puts you into the tutorial. Here you learn the basics, which is estimated to take 10 minutes but it should presumably take less (I took less than 5 minutes).

Then you’re brought back out to the loading screen where you now get to fend for yourself.

One thing I love about this game is that all of the scenarios, both free and paid rotate every two and a half hours. This gives you the chance to try them all out before you buy.

I wouldn’t buy them just yet, though. Even if you LOVE the scenarios, I wouldn’t recommend buying them until you seen the demand. At the time of writing this, there are five players in game. Every one of these players is playing the free version. The other three (including me) are waiting patiently for enough players to join our round of the free scenario that has spun around this time.

This for me is one of the downfalls of the game. It truthfully isn’t that fun to wait for an undisclosed amount of time to play a game, but it is easier to overcome once you really get into the gameplay.

So finally. Into the overall gameplay. You’re thrown into the scenario with around four other players (three for me because I dragged my friend along) and you take over the body of a random character. You get a quick overview of the character and their place on the boat. Next, you’re given objectives and an inventory with supplies. Then you’re free to roam the boat!

I’ve played all of the scenarios and the objectives in each scenario are different. Most scenarios take around half an hour to play. For the most part the roles of the characters are similar. The layout of the yacht is the same. There are items like tasers, important data, business cards and passports. There are devices that can identify you. Pens to write down the name of who you’re accusing as the murderer. And the items are only part of the fun.

The online multiplayer experience in this game can be a hit or miss. For myself, I get a kick out of behaviour triggered by anonymity. I found the experience to be interesting and unpredictable. This also makes for a whole new experience each time you play. I’ve noticed a few regulars on the game, but they always make for a great time.

Next you do what you please. None of the story is revealed to you. You’re left to figure it out. Walk up to Matt and tase him.

Game Review: Velvet Sundown

Vines That Deserve an Oscar

  1. This brave little kitty.


2. This 6-second horror film.


3. justjamiie’s tiny mishap.




5. This throwback.


6. This beautiful creation that will make you hungry.


6. This dog that realized the next moments defined its future.


7. Yet another 6-second horror film.


8. And finally, a vine of a man who comforts all people with arachnophobia.
















Vines That Deserve an Oscar

A Life Changing Trip

Late 2014 til early 2015 was one of the most interesting times of my life. I did things that I had never even dreamed that I would do. I was in college, completing projects for clients I chose, and clients I didn’t choose. It was a competitive environment where my classmates and I tried to create our best work in hopes that a client might choose it. Yes, to use for real, for real. 

On Labour Day weekend of 2014, I found myself in Toronto. Along with my friend and my sister, we were taking our once-in-a-lifetime chance (which surprisingly turned out to be the “first of many more”) to do something we had been waiting to do for a few years. We found ourselves beside the catwalk at the Rogers Centre watching one of our favourite bands, and later sleeping in a hotel that they had stayed in the year before.

Skipping forward to March 2015, I found myself and the rest of my program in New York City. Not being one for the city life, I found myself a bit miserable during the 4-day stay. But there were most definitely some highlights.

Each day, my professors had planned trips to multiple agencies. We visited large global agencies like DDB New York and BBDO New York, and smaller ones like BigBuzz. I took so much away from visiting and learning from these respectable agencies. Their offices were inspiring and designed to work well with their employees. And the employees – inspirational. Many of them were very young too. Seeing people that are not much older than me working in highly respectable and reputable agencies like the ones we visited was so interesting and motivating. They had mounds of information that they were willing to share with us. Coming from a small city like Ottawa, I guess you could say we didn’t really know what to expect from New York and agencies that had actually created some of our favourite ads. I can’t speak for my classmates, but they have given me an expectation for myself to work even harder and create great work. I can’t thank them enough for that.

There was one last agency that we visited that really stood out to me. They way they worked was so interesting and different from the other visits, that I can’t leave it out. sparks & honey is another agency we visited that not only gave us a tour, but they also let us sit in on one of their meetings, where they discuss things that are happening in the world as well as trends to watch.

And that’s what their agency thrives off of. Trends and culture. They have boards around their office, drowned in sticky notes with any trend that you could ever think of. They analyze these and use them to their advantage.

One of my professors told us about their app after we returned from the trip. It’s called now, next. Everyday, they analyze new trends and cultural shifts. And they assign different elements of culture to the trends. It’s an interesting and informative app that can really help with advertising and marketing, or any industry really that involves consumer behaviour. It really gives a great understanding of everything that is going on in the world.

New York was a wonderful and necessary experience that I’m glad I was able to be apart of. Even though I don’t like the hustle and bustle of big cities, and I’m not one for looking out my window to see yet another building, I had a great time visiting these insightful agencies. Oh, and watching a taping of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Maybe living in New York isn’t my cup of tea, but I’d certainly be open to remote job opportunities there for sure.

I finished off the rest of 2015 with more exciting memories that I would love to share in another post. But I will treasure the memories from these agency visits for a lifetime.

Do you know of any new and innovative agencies that are popping up in the world? Maybe you have a favourite? Thanks for reading, and let me know in the comments!

A Life Changing Trip

When the Lord Copies and Pastes

Instagram. A simple and easy to use app that’s grown to crazy heights in the past 6 years. There are still some faults that I wish could be changed within the app (like the ability to click links that are posted in the captions) but it’s a great way to stay connected with your friends and celebrities alike. And for the celebrities, it can be an easy way to become highly-criticized.

By today, most people have heard about Scott Disick’s Instagram “slip-up” where he was to write the caption under the picture he had to post at 4pm for Bootea. The caption, copied and pasted from an instructional email that Bootea sent to him, was caught by Twitter user @frankiegreek. Instead of just posting the caption that they had sent him, he posted the whole email:

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Photo by @frankiegreek on Twitter

Although the caption is fixed now, there are some lessons that we can learn from this as advertisers.

Looking at the situation, it’s hard to place blame on someone. The Bootea team made it clear of what the caption was to be. It seemed to be properly distinguished from the rest of the message, so it seems to be just an honest mistake on Scott’s end.

But what could Bootea have done differently to prevent this from happening?

One alternative (although it’s tedious) could have been two separate emails. One instructional email:

“Hi Scott!

The email to follow will have the caption for your Instagram post. Please post it at 4pm.

Thank you!”

And one email  with the subject of “Instagram Caption” that solely contains the caption:

“Keeping up with the summer workout routine with my morning @booteauk protein shake!”

By doing this, it’s harder to copy and paste the wrong thing. At the same time, it’s easier to distinguish what you really should be copy and pasting.

We have to remember that celebrities are busy too, and have many other things to worry about. Giving them an easy system to work with will not only help them out, but also save them from the “bad publicity” that this could potentially cause them.

One other thing they could have done was to send a quick reminder that he could schedule into his calendar. This would include the date, time, subject (saying what it’s for) and the message. It’s a simple alert that could have been sent to him by email. And with one click, it would be put into his calendar.

Of course the Bootea team probably didn’t anticipate that this would ever happen, but surely, they’ve learned from it. Hopefully some of these suggestions will help you, or others to eliminate the chance of this from happening. The easier we make it on our promoters, the easier it will be for us.

Do you have any other suggestions that could have prevented Lord Disick from this Instagram mishap? Let me know what you think about the whole situation!

When the Lord Copies and Pastes

The Virality of a BuzzFeed Post

As of yesterday, I went back on to BuzzFeed to test out some content. I am really interested in the whole “listicle” concept and what works and what doesn’t. I logged back on today to see not too much action on my post from yesterday. So as of today, I’ve written a new one.

Yesterday I wrote: “6 Unavoidable Feelings When Trying To Avoid Someone“. This has only racked up 11 views as of right now. Here’s a quick overview of the post:

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I’ve shared it through text, and Twitter. I was pretty happy to see that 11 people had actually taken the time to look at it. But I hope to be able to rack up more views as time goes on.

Today I wrote:  “10 Items You Can Buy To Annoy Your Coworkers“. Posted 44 minutes ago, it has so far only racked up 6 views. Here’s an overview:

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This has only been shared through Twitter (and now WordPress). I am hoping to have more success with this too.

All in all, I’ll keep updating the stats on my experiment. I would encourage you to share the articles if you like, and see if we can get the ball rolling.

So, if you’re interested in checking out my articles, here they are again:

6 Unavoidable Feelings When Trying To Avoid Someone

10 Items You Can Buy To Annoy Your Coworkers

(I also made a quiz in college on the Advertising industry if you’re interested in checking that out) R U Ready For The Advertising Industry?

If you’d like to check me out on social media, here are my handles:

Twitter: @BrxndyB

Instagram: @bthewriter

I’d love to hear if you’ve tried your hand at writing any BuzzFeed posts and your success stories. Let me know in the comments!

The Virality of a BuzzFeed Post

The Many Snakes of

It’s the reincarnation of Snake, that game that our parents used to play way back before we were even a thought in their mind. But now, we get to enjoy it in the form of, an addictive online multi-player game that has been revamped to make the game even more fun.

I’ve played this game. A lot actually. So much that I think that I have went through a transition of all of these types of players. There are some that you’ll hate, and there are some that you’ll love. You’ll have to try it out to see which player you are, and how to avoid being targeted by the other players in the game. Good luck, it’s a snake-eat-snake world out there.

1. The Trapper

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Photo by Lowtech Studios on the Google Play Store

This player feels no remorse in making you squirm and squeal as they trap you in their spinning terror of a body. If you’re smaller than them, but big enough to provide enough food in exchange for their risk of being killed accidentally, they will hunt you down. They’ll surround you. And once you’re surrounded, there’s no getting out. Unless they let you go. But this is pretty much a guarantee that you’re fresh meat.

(There’s also a trapper that traps the trapper. Your small position makes you more vulnerable to being trapped as well. But you’ll see this snake coming and have the chance to get out before it’s too late.)

2. The Follower


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This player has probably died an excessive amount of times on They are most likely smaller snakes following larger ones to either, feed on their prey, or try to sneak attack the larger snakes. They are likely to get caught up in “feeding frenzies” where a large amount of snakes have disintegrated. The blood bath is caused by snakes hitting each other when struggling to eat the remains of the deceased snakes. Sounds pretty wild when it’s put that way, but that is really what it feels like. These snakes can be found in any high-volume areas on the map where they try to get big as quick as possible.

3. The Sneaky Snake

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You’ll find these players staying as far as possible from the hustle and bustle of the other inhabitants. They’re at the far sides of the map. Eating the sparse particles that appear and hoping for the occasional disintegrated snake, they stay away from the drama and try to eat enough to become more dominant before mustering up the confidence to move closer in on the map.

4. The Targeter


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This snake doesn’t care what size you are. It will do whatever it has to in order to take you out. These snakes typically stay close to you and act like they are hovering around and picking up food. Then before you know it, they take the plunge. They speed ahead of you and make you run into them. AVOID THESE SNAKES AT ALL COSTS. THEY REFUSE TO GIVE UP. You have been warned.

5. The Giants

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These guys are usually on the top of the leaderboard, or close to making it. They do whatever they can to avoid the little nub snakes that make useless attempts at killing them. They have technique, and you have to figure them out. They’ll turn into themselves, avoiding your measly attack. They’ll turn in front of you, killing you before you can even speed away. Be cautious when attacking these snakes, they are pros at catching their prey and staying on top.

6. The Scaredy-Snake

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This snake will hover around you, and when you try to kill it, it cowers off never to be seen again. These snakes are usually VERY small. They will make one attempt at killing you, but if they miss or you make an attempt at killing them they get away as fast as they can, often using up all of their speed powers.

Wouldn’t it be great if players used these nicknames for their snakes so that we didn’t have to figure out motives and tactics? Sure, but that’s all part of the fun. The nicknames, the gameplay and the players themselves give this game it’s sugar and spice, and make it addictive and fun.

By the way, if you see me around on the server, please don’t kill me. My username is usually “brandylovesfood22”. I’m usually pretty fearless on the server though. 🙂

Which snake are you? Which snake do you hate? Do you think you have all of these snakes figured out? Leave a comment below and let me know what you think!

The Many Snakes of

What to do next?

Tiny and fragile. A little hand to hold. Sooner or later, we all will get old.

“What to do next?”

Young minds, and young hearts. Consumed by play. Oh, how do we put off the adolescent days?

“What to do next?”

They’re finally here! Let’s open a beer! What’s that drug? Should I feel fear?

“What to do next?”

Bombarded with questions. Irritated minds. Fresh out of college, but the future is blind.

“What to do next?”

A brand new start. Nobody knows the past. Get down to work, or the boss will kick your ass.

“What to do next?”

A place of your own. This one will do. And one more thing! I love you.

“What to do next?”

Is it time? It’s time. Oh, what a joy! Let’s wait, don’t tell! Is it a girl, or a boy?

“What to do next?”

Teaching and guiding. Are they ever smart! There is no way they’ll ever grow up to throw darts!

“What to do next?”

High in high school, isn’t that how it is? I never thought that would be my kids.

“What to do next?”

Off to college, they’ve finally found their way. Let’s hope they are prepared for what they have to pay.

“What to do next?”

It’s been a week, and still no call. Should we do it? We’re the parents, after all.

“What to do next?”

Their first job! Now we can relax. They’ll make their own money, and pay their own tax.

“What to do next?”

It’s about time! The kids came to visit. They brought their partners. They’re quite exquisite.

“What to do next?”

We’re finally retired! That’s pretty crazy. Remember when our parents used to call us lazy!

“What to do next?”

Hospital calling. It’s bad news they say. We need you to come here and meet us today.

“What to do next?”

They say that it’s serious, they say that I’m delirious. Should I be furious, I’m sure we can cure this.

“What to do next?”

Feeling alright, as the weeks pass. But the family, they’re like broken glass.

“What to do next?”

It’s come, it’s time. You’ll always be mine. Please stop crying. You’ll all be fine.

“What to do next?”

What is life without you, without me, without family? I know you’ll miss my smile, but be patient, and again, you’ll see.

“What to do next?”

When the grieving is done, and the battle has been won, there is only one thing that will lead you back to the fun: “What to do next?”

What to do next?