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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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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Adventure In Planning: Planning 101

Ever since about middle school, September has meant it’s time to buy a planner and get organized for the school year. While I’m not currently in school, my work life and personal life still have me super busy, so I tend to keep a planner. For the longest time I’ve been a fan of bullet journaling,  not the cool stuff you see on Instagram or tumblr, it’s really very messy, but it works for me.

About a year ago I discovered Erin Condren Life Planners, and I thought they were awesome, but REALLY expensive. But this year I’ve gotten even busier and I am in a better place financially so I splurged and ended up getting two. One in horizontal and one in vertical styles to see what works best for me. This, so far, has actually been a really good call for me. The horizontal one I use at work, and for planning/recording all of that. The vertical I use for personal at home. So far it’s been a lot of fun, very functional, and a creative adventure of sorts.

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Check out this blog post for free planner stickers!

I have been designing my own, and exploring the massive world of sticker paper, but for the most part I have been buying stickers and discovering what works best for me. And just what exactly I like to do for planning. In the future I hope to be designing more, but one of the best ways to learn is by consuming. So I’m consuming a bunch right now!

I’ve started a new instagram just for my planning stuff– I feel like I’m going to be posting so much that it’s just going to clutter up- so why not give it it’s own place? If that is something you would be interested in.

The following is a list of recommendations; favorite shops, shops that I tried but didn’t do well for me, and budget planning:

Favorite Stores so far:

Stickers:

Fox And Cactus: Based out of Brisbane, Australia, this shop does the cutest, stickers. They have functional, full kits, as well as more on the geeky side, which is super useful for me! This was one of the first shops I placed an order with and as soon as I got it, I turned around and placed a second order. High quality, fair prices, not to bad for international shipping, and it was rather quick when you think about how far away Australia is. Highly recommend for other geeky planners out there.

Libbie And Co: An American shop with the best feeling paper ever! I am seriously in love with the paper she uses, it’s fantastic! It’s high quality, matte, but so smooth and creamy, just really awesome. Things are priced fairly for deco/functional stickers. Things were shipped very fast which is always fantastic.

Love Your Planners: I really like this shop for white space weekly kits. They sell single sheets that are prefect for doing white space spreads- most of their one page kits are $3.50 USD, the only thing I wish that was different about them is that there were headers like “Today”, “To Do”, and “Littles” but I can make those myself, so it’s not a big deal by any means.

A Melancholy Moose: If you are as big of a Harry Potter fan as I am then this is a shop your going to love! I ended up buying a ton of sticker kits for the entire month of October from this shop (be sure to check out my Instagram for that in the future). All of the stickers are beautifully hand drawn, as well as being bright beautiful colors.

Soda Pop Studio Shop: This shop sells all it’s prices separately- so lets say you don’t want date covers or washi, no problem! You only want full boxes from one set and washi from another- done! Only pay for what you want. Prices vary depending on what you want- which is great. Two page kits are about $8 USD. Very fast shipping which was fantastic!

Accessories:

Libbie And Co: I got a couple Pom Pom keychains for my planner, and I also got one from Michaels for about the same amount of money ($5) and I actually prefer the one from Libbie- so soft and fluffy. (The pink one on my personal planner is from Libbie And Co)

screen-shot-2016-09-22-at-9-48-34-amThe Book Nook Patch: That adorable unicorn clip came from this shop. She has lots of variety, so there is something for everyone! Extremely well made, I was very impressed with the quality and craftsmanship. I will totally be buying more from her in the future, or if I need to get a little present for a friend, this shop will probably be a first thought.

 

 

One & Done Shops:

Glam Plan Prints: So technically this is a two and done shop. Glam Plan Prints is really well designed, nicely crafted, it’s just so expensive for me. The first order I placed was a pre-order for $25 and I think I’m going to have buyers remorse when it arrives. The second order I did was when the shop was having a sale and I got “glitch” kits. Still expensive, even though they were on sale. There are other shops out there that do full kits for less money with the same clip art. Basically all I’m saying is shop around and stay with in your comfort zone for price points of stickers.

Once More With Love: This shop is all over YouTube, and I was really curious about what all the fuss was about. This shop does hand drawn, “stick figure” or very a basic type of sticker was well as weekly kits. They are based out of Canada- and the shipping was super fast, was super happy with that. And yes they are cute, but the page size and amount of stickers you get seems a bit off to me. When compared next to a sheet from Fox and Cactus there is a noticeable difference, & I would rather buy sheets from Fox and Cactus.This is also because Fox and Cactus does more geeky things that are relevant to my life.

Bubba Bear Studios: I placed my order on August 26 and still haven’t gotten my order (as of September 22). In the store policies section there wasn’t much about processing time- but it’s been nearly a month and to me that’s ridiculous. If you do choose to order from this shop, don’t expect to get your order quickly.

Planning on a budget: 

For Etsy shops: $2 Tuesdays are fantastic, shops often have sales- they post things to their Insta, & FB groups the most it seems- and often offer coupons through YouTube videos. So just look around and there should be some good stuff you can get a deal on.

An additional option to Etsy shops are digital downloads. These are a great planning on a budget option because you can reprint them as much as you like.

DIY stickers: We live in a wonderful time when you can have photoshop on your tablet/phone- this is a total advantage because you can easily make simple stickers that are SUPER cost effective. (You can use any program you like, photoshop is just a good example of how far tech has come 🙂 )

Investing in Clip Art: Clip art for personal use is fantastic, it’s cheap, and reusable. You might even be able to find it for free.

Pinterest: Pinterest is a fantastic resource, from finding inspiration, to finding freebies. The possibilities are almost limitless. Check out my Pinterest board for planning to get started!

Michael’s (or other craft stores): Craft stores are great- they have stickers, pretty labels, washi tape, and so many other things you can use to incorporate into your planning. They also run really good sales (like everything in the store 50% off- those are my fav!).

What are some of your favorites? Any tips to share? I would love to know them, so leave me a comment down below!

 

#ReadThemAllThon Revenge Of The Witch Review

I’ve finished my first book for the #ReadThemAllThon! Revenge of the Witch was a really quick read for me, and about half way through it dawned on me that the story sounded so familiar because I had seen the movie. I didn’t care for the movie much, but it was alright. Which is what this book was.

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Books I’ve been Reading: June & July

I actually got a lot of reading done in July! I thought I was maybe going to get through one book, when I really got through two! Yay! In July I read The Magicians with my friends Bree & Ann, and This Savage Song. In June I read Starflight (which was also an Iggle Bookworms pick) and Four. These are my thoughts…

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#GGbookclub: The Night Circus

The Girl Gang made a book club recently and they just had their second tweet along about The Night Circus, which has been on my TBR since December 2015. SO I finally read it this month. If you want to join in the conversation be sure to check out #GGbookclub over on twitter. 

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Stranger Things Season 1

I have a TV, but I don’t have cable anymore. I haven’t for about 2 years now, and not that I really miss all the commercials, and flipping through channels. I do however hate having to wait until the next day to see whatever show I wanted to see. In the meantime though there is Netflix to comfort me. They are doing some really great stuff over there! Bringing things like Dare Devil, Jessica Jones, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and most recently Stranger Things.

Stranger Things was released on July 15, 2015. It is a “TV” series in the horror, drama, mystery genera that takes place in the 80’s. They really captured the feel of the old TV shows and Movies really well, typically I don’t like older TV shows & movies, I’m not really sure why that is, it’s just kinda cringy for me. However this got a hold of my attention and wouldn’t let go. The basic premise they start with is that a boy is on his way from a friends house and he mysteriously goes missing, then his family, friends, and local police set out to find him. On their quest they are met with horrifying terrors that make them question their reality.

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It’s A Band New World Out There!

The wait is finally over! PokemonGo is out for the US! After months of waiting it seems like the last day has been the worst of it. Having Australia and select other regions have it out was killing me! And by mid afternoon I broke down and figured out how to download it through the Australian app shop, which really wasn’t all that hard.

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