Happy 3rd Gotcha Day, Sugar!

I adopted Sugar THREE years ago this afternoon! Every moment of the past few years with her has been the best, and she has been the one thing that kept me going strong throughout the pandemic (and the one thing that has kept me from sleeping past 3:30 am :’).

I remember every moment of the day she came home. The day started of with me spotting her on PetFinder and falling in love with the tiny calico, racing down to the Winnipeg Humane Society, then having my heartbroken when I found out she was already adopted but I was on the waitlist if something changed, going for a long run, and then receiving a phone call… I was completely out of breath (probably at the shock, and a bit of not being very fit!) that there was a mistake and she was MINE if I wanted to adopt her still. OF COURSE I DID!

I started this blog the day I got her intending on sharing life as a kooky cat lady. I didn’t actually post anything here until many months later though!

Just some favourite moments over the past couple of years! Amazing to see a shy little cat turn into a silly little cuddle monster, and me turn head over heels into a cat lady~!

The morning after she came home!
A couple of weeks after she got home she climbed to the top of the cabinets (bonus look at before they were painted pink – eek!!) Can’t believe this ever SHOCKED me considering she lives up here now! LOL!

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The Super Sweet World of Hello Kitty Appliances!

If you’ve followed me for a while, you might have seen I have a kitchen stuffed full of super cute Hello Kitty appliances!


I started collecting Hello Kitty seriously in 2016, and when I found out you could get kitchen appliances with Kitty’s face on them, there was no other option! Here are my thoughts on her world of kitchen cute-ture:

Coffee Maker

I only started drinking coffee last summer, so I didn’t really see the use of having a proper coffee maker… But now that I’m a caffeine aficionado, Kitty helps me out doing the brew! This coffee maker is small ~ which is perfect for just one coffee drinker like me!

Toaster

I make toast or a bagel every single day in the toaster, and it does its job! You do have to crank the dial to the max to see Kitty’s face appear on the bread, but it makes your day when she does pop up on your toast!

Waffle Maker

I’ve only used the waffle maker a couple times, because honestly it’s HORRENDOUS to clean. It needs to be done by hand, because obviously electrical appliances cannot be placed in the water. But the waffles are ADORABLE!

There is a similar Pancake Maker which I’ll pick up if I can find it at a super reasonable price, but it’s probably a bit redundant to have a waffle and pancake maker since they are pretty much the same thing (EEK! This seems like it could be controversial ;))

Chocolate Maker

I was fortunate to thrift the Chocolate Maker because it’s $30 to buy new! In my opinion, not really worth the price tag. I pretty much just use the container as storage, but the chocolate moulds are great.

Water Dispenser

I’ll admit that I have only filled this up with water a handful of times, as it’s a bit of a pain. There isn’t a plug at the bottom so you need to carefully fill it up and maneuver it to flip it upside down which is far more trouble than it’s worth for ~8 cups of water. Additionally, I typically drink soda water (or iced coffee lately!) so it’s not really something very practical to me. But the dispenser looks cute!

On my wishlist:

Microwave

I’ve had my eye on the microwave for a few years, but have had trouble finding one that will ship to Canada at a reasonable price. The microwave is TINY and has very small wattage (700 watts), but perfect if you are living in a small apartment with size restraints and only heat things up occasionally (which is not me… I freeze and defrost literally everything!)

Rice Cooker

Hand Mixer

Popcorn Maker

And there are mini fridges, toaster ovens, vacuums, sandwich makers… She has a whole culinary empire!!

If you cook on any serious basis, these definitely aren’t appropriate tools. But as statement pieces, they make your kitchen experiences super kawaii!

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Happy 20th Birthday Animal Crossing! (And An Update on Cupcake Island!)

Happy Birthday Animal Crossing! It has been twenty years since the original game, Animal Forest (Dōbutsu no Mori), was released in Japan! I wrote a post back in September celebrating the 18th Anniversary of the North American release and my memories of the game.

Animal Crossing has been a HUGE part of my life, so I will take any reason to celebrate it! To join in the festivities, I wanted to share an update on my island since it’s been a FULL YEAR (!) since Animal Crossing New Horizons was released and I shared my last tour, so of course. A lot has changed on Cupcake Island! 2020 was a weird year for me so I played heavily after it was released, and then was just not motivated at ALL between June and November. Then December hit, and I haven’t really put my Switch down since!

My goal was make to island that’s tasty enough to eat! So Cupcake is filled with colourful sweets, chocolate, islands of ice cream, mountains of cake, gumdrop dunes, and my house is the cherry on top of the big name-sake cupcake in the middle! It’s a bit chaotic, but it makes me happy! 🙂 Here’s a little photo tour of the sugary sights…

And some of the highlights of the last year:

So there we go, my little happy place! Feel free to come and visit my Dream Address!

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My March Favourites!

🍀 Happy March! 🍀 It’s been a very busy and tiring month for me with work, so I haven’t been able to blog much, unfortunately! But in the spirit of the month, I’m feeling incredibly lucky to be healthy and happy. 🙂 I wanted to share some of my favourite ~lucky~ things from March with you all:

TV Shows: Kim’s Convenience (CBC – now on Netflix), which is a hilarious and heartwarming show about a Korean family in Toronto who runs a convenience store. It takes a couple of episodes to get into, but you’ll fall head over heels for them. Ok see you!!

And I’m binging Nailed It! (Netflix) as we speak – as a brand new season of the best worst baking show just dropped!! Okay, not such a filled-with-luck kind of show.

Food: I’ve been enjoying these Jumbo Veggie Dogs (vegan) from Yves Veggie Cuisine! They taste just like the real thing according to my carnivore Dad and Brother.

Also discovered a brand new world thanks to Torani Coffee Syrups! They come in dozens of delicious flavours – my favourites so far being French Vanilla, Salted Caramel, and especially for this month: Irish Cream! I like to add them to my ice coffee, but work on hot coffee, ice cream, whatever! Hard to go back to “plain” coffee now!

March 14th was Pi Day! Sadly, made no pie (because I forgot to buy the ingredients :’)) Sugar, the margarine aficionado, was displeased.

Video Games: Animal Crossing, again! It’s the ONE YEAR anniversary of Animal Crossing New Horizons. I will soon share an in-depth catchup of my island!

Happy 1st Birthday, Cupcake Island!!

Websites: MyHeritage. I’ve been on a genealogy kick lately, which started with my 23andMe results in January. I have been building out my family tree and have learned so much about where my family has actually come from. You realize that these people aren’t just names and old years, but your family. I didn’t realize that my Dad’s side of the family (mostly) immigrated from Ireland to Canada in the 19th century – so this St. Patrick’s Day has even more meaning now.

Purchases: I’ve been redecorating my house a bit this year. I’m moving towards more of a shabby chic look, rather than the bright neons it’s been for many years!

I’ve been on the hunt for a nice floral area rug for my living room, and hit the jackpot with this beauty from Nourison (available on Amazon for $182 CAD)! I haven’t had a chance to take a picture of it in my living room yet as there is stuff everywhere (*blush*!) But the quality is surprisingly plush and lovely for the price tag.

Lots of changes around here and it’s getting bright and happy inside! Hope to share soon.

Love and luck, Erika and Sugar!! 🍀

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♡ My February Favourites! ♡

Hope you have all enjoyed a super sweet February filled with floating hearts, delicious candies, and lots of love for yourself! Here were some of my favourite things over the past 28 lovely days.

TV Shows: The Office (US) – finally gave this one a go after apparently my coworkers have been relentlessly quoting this for years and I’ve been clueless! It looks dry and muted and WAY too much like my real office so maybe that’s what’s been keeping me away! It’s a fake docu-comedy like Parks & Rec, which is one of my favourites – and it’s a surprisingly nice escape for a show about well… office life!

Music: I’ve been on an indie-pop kick again and have been getting back into some of my favourite bands from 2013-ish like CHVRCHES, Bastille, Hurts, and Florence + the Machine… One of my current on repeats:

Food: Still eating vegan and LOVING IT! I would love to start being even more conscious about what I’m eating and make sure it’s sustainable and cruelty-free. My favourite go-to meals lately are this super Saucy Ramen Noodle recipe and vegan pizza – which uses soy cheese.

Video Games: Pokemon Shield ~ it honestly took me a really long time to get used to the play style and how linear the storyline is. But after a year, I’ve fallen in LOVE with it! It has amazing graphics (I know other people would beg to differ), and plays really well on the Switch’s tv features.

Websites: I have been spending a lot of this brutally cold winter on Duolingo learning German and Neopets Classic!

Purchases: Funko has released retro Barbie Funko Pops of three of the most popular Barbie dolls from the 80s. They are way too cute for words! Can’t wait for mine to ship because they will fit right in here at my little pink house!

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