Flamingo TN Bundle Review

You guys know how much I love my travler’s notebook, well in February The 1407 Planners had a presale for a collaboration kit with Scooterbug Cornor. The kit’s theme was flamingos and I thought it would be perfect for summer. At that time I was still really new to Travler’s Notebooks and was still wondering about what size would be good for me. I did have my first Foxy in size 1 (also considered a Passport size), this kit came as what is considered to be a Pocket size (Foxy size 2 -I believe), lucky for me I love it just as much as I love the Passport size!

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Life Lately: April 2017

Holy Moly! March went by so fast, and it feels like April is just as fast. March I was sick for a soild two weeks so that gave me some time on my hands (and lost of naps). It also happened to be when Mass Effect Andromeda was released so I played the crap out of it. Now that I experienced that trip, I’m making my way through the Kingdom Heart games again since the Final Mix came out. Depending on how I feel when I finish those up I might try Kingdom Hearts 2.8, I’m just not to sure how critical it is to going into Kingdom Hearts III (if and when that finally comes out).

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Trash or Not Trash, You Decide.

So I think by now we are all aware that Mass Effect Andromeda has been released, and was met with a mixture of criticism. I think my favorite of those is that people are calling ME:A the Dragon Age Inquisition of Space! And I totally get why people are saying that, but it makes me giggle more than anything else.

Full disclosure before we get into things; the only other ME Game I have played is ME:2 because I heard it was the best out of the series. And I didn’t really care for it. In fact I did not pre-order Andromeda, and I debated about weather to get it or wait for it to go on sale for about two weeks. So basically I’m not a fangirl of any sorts, but I’m also not a hater, like I just didn’t mesh with the game (ME:2) thats all.

So before we get into spoilers here are my general impressions of the game:

  • SPACE- lol obvious one, but in the game they make it feel like space is big and meant to be explored and that was kinda the point; I think they did that well.
  • Bugs- there are so many bugs in the game that I felt like I was playing a Bethesda game.
  • Combat- so kick ass, the only other ME game I’ve played is ME:2 and I hated the combat a lot. Actually, I just hated everything about that game. The ME series really isn’t for me, and yet here I find myself playing ME:A *sigh*
  • UI- clunky at best. I feel like they could have simplified so many things in the menus and had it be a lot cleaner.
  • Multiplayer-worth it. Or well, it was, until the latest patch. Maybe they will fix it, who knows?!
  • Story-Good, and makes me want to know what happens next. Feels like there will be DLC in our future.
  • New Game Plus- fuuuun. I really wish they had done this with Dragon Age!
  • Voice Acting & Scripts- Needs work, and I feel like that is being nice. Not all the characters did horrible, but some where pretty bad, and I feel it’s a direct effect of the script writers.
  • Animations- I feel like at this point I don’t really need to say anything, but they are pretty bad at times, other times it’s straight up cringe, and in rare moments its fine. (More about this in the spoiler section!)

Ok now time for spoilers, if you don’t want to be spoiled please stop reading! 

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Horizon Zero Dawn Thoughts

Horizon Zero Dawn was released last week on the 28th of February, and I was far to excited. Since it released at midnight eastern standard time it released at nine pacific standard time for me. Which meant my Monday night was spent enjoying the newest episode of Supergirl and then jumping into the game for a few hours before having to go to bed since I worked in the morning.  This game is the reason I wanted to get a PS4, and my boyfriend is freaking amazing for getting me a PS4 Pro. I’m going to try really, really hard not to spoil anything big in this post since the game is still new.

*Light Spoilers Warning*

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A TN Bundle: The Birds Are Chriping

img_2117Like last month I got a Traveler’s Notebook bundle from The 1407 Planners, I have so many ideas on how to deck out both my TNs using this month’s kit. The theme for this month is “The Birds Are Chirping” which is celebrating spring. They offered a mini kit that I think is still on sale for a St. Patty’s theme. I’m not huge into St. Patty’s so I was far more excited about the “The Birds Are Chirping” kit. I almost got the mini kit this month, then I saw the sticker sheets and extras and I just had to get the full kit. The thing I did change up about this month is that instead of getting the “standard” size, I got the “pocket” size for the inserts. And I am super happy about that decision. So Lets dig into this months kit!

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Introduction to Traveler’s Notebooks

Since getting into the planning community, and more into the bullet journal community I’ve come upon Traveler’s Journals. They are also known as Midori Traveler’s Notebooks. These note books have made their way across the world and call Japan home, as part of Japanese minimalism. At their most basic, generally they are a leather cover with an elastic band to hold its continues. There are many sizes to choose from, most common is the Standard (4.33X8.25in), which I use as well as what is known as a Passport size (3.4X4.9in) which I really love. I’ve also seen covers be made from cloth, and other materials.

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5 Video Games I Can’t Wait to Play

It’s been another week, and I have been super busy! This will be my third post this week (pats myself on the back)! For this weeks 5 Fandom Friday I decided to change the prompt a bit. The prompt is suppose to be “5 TV shows I can’t wait to watch” but after thinking about it, there really isn’t anything I’m over the moon about, or that I’m not watching already. So I thought “5 Video Games I Can’t Wait to Play” was better for me.

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& We Have Kick Off!

Today is the first day of NaNo! Holy cow, I can’t believe it’s here! So an update to my planning for NaNo post, I almost completed everything that I wanted to. The notebook I was going to originally use fell apart so I had to get a new one, and rewrote my summary, which was actually a good thing because I added in more things. My printer broke last week and I had to get a new one so I did not get my mood board completed, but I still want to make one.

I’ve got a good community of people to share the journey with, and an added bonus, one of my very good friends is participating this year as well. Which I am super excited about! You can add me as a writing buddy here.

To get into the mood of NaNo I thought I would share my NaNo Survival Kit:

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NaNo 2016 Survival Kit
  • Notebook: It has some lore things for world building, my over view of my story, and my summary. As well as an entire page of quotes I love to keep me motivated if I get stuck.
  • iPad: For writing on the go, I usually don’t like taking my laptop everywhere just because it is rather big, plus cords for charging, it can be a mess. I prefer my iPad for writing a lot of the time.
  • Planner: To stay organized and keep on track with word counts and goals. I made awesome sticker for my planner as well. Check them out here.
  • Coffee!: It’s no surprise that coffee is involved here. I love coffee rather than tea, I’m not sure why, but I’ve never been a huge tea drinker. I mostly only drink tea when I’m sick, and I put a ton of honey in it.
  • Pens: Gotta have something to write with! I’ve been obsessed with the Paper Mate Ink Joy gel pens. I’ve had some friends say they dry out fast but that hasn’t happened to me yet. I’ve gone through a about 6 black pens between home and work already. My orange, and blue are also almost out ( I wrote all my penpals in Orange this month + planning, and I’ve been doing NaNo planning in blue).
  • Snacks: Gotta have snacks! Lately I’ve been really into the Nature Valley Peanut butter granola bars. Delicious! I also really like snacks from NatureBox, and having hummus and veggies. I just got a huge thing of organic hummus from Costco for NaNo haha. I’m prepared!
  • Sticky Notes/Post Its: I’ve been into marble lately, I just think it’s so pretty, and I actually found some from an Etsy store. More places should make them, because I would not recommend the shop I got these from.  But I have them and am going to be using them for plot planning/layout to make sure I’ve included every scene from my summary.
  • Headphones: I know this didn’t make it in the photo, but when I go somewhere, or even at home, I like to listen to music while I write. “Get into the mood” if you will.

 

Are you ready for NaNo to start? What’s in your survival kit?

 

Fall Sweet Progress Box Swap Reveal

I participated in the Fall Sweet Progress Box Swap hosted by @akaleistar and @Mrs_AOK. This is a swap where you and your assigned partner send each other a box of fall happiness! I got an awesome swap partner, Susan, who runs Culinary Envy a fantastic recipe & food blog.

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The Girl of Steel

Halloween is a magical time of the year, the decorations, the candy, the parties. What’s not to love? The only thing that I’m actually not a fan of is dressing up- this relates to why I don’t cosplay either. I just don’t find it fun, or enjoyable, instead I tend to feel like I’ve messed the character up somehow and I’m not doing it justice.

The only character I actually want to dress up as is Supergirl. She is my favorite super hero. She made her DC comic book debut in 1959 and her first appearance in the new 52 was in 2011. For those unfamiliar with Supergirl she is the cousin of Superman, with all the same powers, but with the main difference of she was not raised here. She remembers Krypton, and misses her parents, family, friends, and world.

f8ba0ed7fea1734523635171ef731f0cLast year Supergirl appeared on TV in her own show, staring Melissa Benoist who also had a role on Glee (much like Grant Gustin, who plays Berry Allen on The Flash). The Supergirl TV show became the show I couldn’t get enough of and have been waiting patiently for season 2. I love the show for a few reasons:

  1. Female superhero- not over sexualized, a role model illustrating strengths & weakness that normal people deal with everyday, such as having the courage to stand up for what is right. Or pushing personal limits out of your comfort zone.
  2. Female empowerment- First of all Supergirl is a woman. Second: Cat Grant, Supergirl’s boss, a woman. Third: Lucy Lane, a woman high ranking in the military. Four: While not shown, the President is mentioned multiple times as “the president herself”, so female president. Not to mention the super badass ladies that are foes of Supergirl. All of these Women are strong characters who face everyday challenges and come out on the other side.
  3. Themes through out the show, such as hope- in humanity, in the world, in yourself. Such as you don’t have to take on the world by yourself, you can ask for help. Accepting help isn’t a weakness (this is something that I can learn a lot from). Such as being kind, humble, honest, following your heart are all good pursuits. That working hard pays off.
  4. In the TV show Kara is in her mid 20’s and she is super relatable to me, and I see so much of myself in her. Struggling with similar issues, figuring out what to do with her life. How to balance herself out. It’s nice to have a TV show like that.

If you haven’t seen Supergirl, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! Just kidding, you can catch the new season of Supergirl on the CW (Monday’s at 7 PM Pacific time), and the first season is now on Netflix in the US.

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