October Blogging Challenge!

I’ve decided to participate in the October Blogging Challenge first the next 31 days! It’s been almost two years since I last did one of these challenges, and it was the thing that really got me into blogging in the first place. It will be fun to have a consistent daily goal and for YOU to get to know ME a bit better!! 🙂

Here’s a preview of the spooktacular fun to come!

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Falling for Autumn!

I love autumn! The vibe of the season fills me with such warmth even as the weather gets really chilly again. There is SO much to celebrate about this season!

Here are some of my favourite autumn things:

  • Cozy sweaters and fuzzy socks
  • Big cups of hot chocolate
  • Changing colours
  • Walking over crunchy crispy leaves
  • The smell of bonfires
  • Long dark nights
  • Cooler weather
  • Relaxing nights in watching a favourite movie or show
  • Time to craft or learn new hobbies!
  • Halloween season with candies and goodies galore!
  • Toasted marshmallows
  • Decorating pumpkins

Autumn is a fresh start, rather than the end of something! Enjoy the extra time to become the person you dreamed about coming all year!

Stay snuggly and healthy everyone! xoxo Erika

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Sunday Snaps for the end of summer!

Tomorrow is officially the last day of summer! I’m very excited for all the changes autumn will bring! It certainly looks like autumn here already. Just in the past day the trees have all started going from green to orange and leaves are falling! Yay for crunchy leaf piles!! I feel like autumn is really ENERGIZING me and I managed to accomplish a lot this week.

I’ve been trying to get outside as much as I can and saying hi to the friendly neighbourhood animal pals. These guys were having a blast with the leaves:

Sugar is definitely entertained watching the leaves fall from the window as well:

I’ve also been in a cleaning mood, and reorganized the closet today. Time to pull out the toasty warm cardigans again!

Did a ton of creating as well ~ I’m so glad to be back at it! Spent a lot of time knitting and getting caught up on the 2020 Mood Blanket:

Sugar and binged a bunch of Studio Ghibli Films! Didn’t realize that they are on Netflix now so it was a huge treat.

Which inspired me to make a Totoro feltie! Here he is in progress (while watching Arrietty sew in The Secret World of Arrietty):

Bought a Hello Kitty Perler Bead kit so also been tinkering with that a bit too ( you can get your own here!):

My parents were in town this week as well, so I had the privilege of babysitting my sweet pup Heidi, who lives with my parents at their cottage. I’ve missed the heck out of her this year so it was nice catching up!

The rainbow blanket has been great for some of the chilly nights we’ve been having lately ~ and I love it! Bye summer, see ya next year!

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Happy Anniversary, Animal Crossing!

Animal Crossing arrived in North America exactly eighteen years ago today (September 16, 2002). It was just a quirky little game with super cute but chatty animals, working odd jobs to earn money, and your very own… mortgage?! That kind of game couldn’t possibly go anywhere, could it? Of course!

Santa brought me and my brother a Gamecube for Christmas in 2002 and we were transported into a world where a talkative cat demanded to know who we were, where we were going, and why! Once we finally escaped the shakedown, we arrived at our own little town and were given a house of our very own. We were absolutely enamoured and have been living in the world of animals ever since! Following the original game for Gamecube, there have been multiple versions of the game over the years. While I’ve covered my adventures in the newest Animal Crossing game (New Horizons), I wanted to time-travel back to the earlier days of Animal Crossing!

Animal Crossing: Population Growing ~ Gamecube ~ 2002

The original game! While there were other simulation games that were super popular at the time (The Sims, Harvest Moon, etc) Animal Crossing was so different from anything else out there. You could befriend animals (or well… not!), decorate your own house, fish and catch bugs, shop, and join in festivals depending on the real world calendar, do as much or as little as you wanted… it was ENDLESS fun!

This is my little house! Back in the day, you could only pick from one of four houses and the upgrade the size and change the roof! It seems basic now, but was absolutely mind-blowing back in the day! The little guy standing next to the door is your personal Gyroid assistant! He would help you save the game and save extra items. I miss them so much. ^_^

The map with all of the locations! Everybody’s town was completely different which made it more exciting. You could travel by train to your friends’ towns which would require their memory card in your Gamecube (this was way before Wifi!)

There was a Police Station run by two cop dogs who would let you take lost goodies. Don’t you just hate it when you misplace your… rocket?!

And a look inside my house! Me, making questionable decor choices since 2002!

Animal Crossing: Wild World ~ Nintendo DS ~ 2005

Wild World moved from the Gamecube console to the handheld and was a much more open and customizable world than its predecessor! WW had the same familiar kind of fun, but customization was expanded, had upgraded graphics, and you could take it with you and even interact with friends over the internet!

Animal Crossing: City Folk ~ Nintendo Wii ~ 2008

City Folk (also known as Animal Crossing Let’s Go to the City!) went back to the console and added the fun feature of going… well into the CITY! There were shops and other little features that made you feel very chic and adventurous for getting out of your little village.

City Folk is the only game that I haven’t really played too much of other than tinkering around in my brothers’ town a bit growing up. It’s been on my list to play it more because I feel like I’m missing out on so much!

Animal Crossing: New Leaf ~ Nintendo 3DS ~ 2013

New Leaf really changed the game! It is a completely customizable game that you could make your very own! I have spent hundreds of hours customizing every single detail of my little town, PinkLove!

My town as you’d probably guess was…. PINK and filled with cuteness and love everywhere (just realizing the axe is probably making that sound less genuine – oops)!

My house! Filled with Lovely furniture and cuteness as physically possible!

New Leaf had a whole street with the shops! The Nook’s had an EMPIRE back in the day!

Loved going to grab a coffee in the early morning too! 3 sugars, 3 milks please!

New Leaf had some of the cutest sets! Look at the delicious Sweets Series! I miss it so much (not so much Gracie’s price tag though ;))

It’s a game full of creative expression that has been a big part of my life. I love seeing my animal friends when I need a boost of happy!

What are your favourite Animal Crossing memories?!

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Life is wild!

I spent a couple of hours outside every day this summer to get away from the craziness of inside life. I loved running or walking to nowhere in particular and watching the sunrises, animals, or just finding places I never knew existed and just really learning to appreciate every single second of it!

Winter here in Winnipeg, Canada is LONG. Like 6-7 months long (and it’s not uncommon to get snow in early MAY!) Most of which is below -20 celsius with many days where you can tolerate spending the time to run to the car COLD.

So as soon as you can get, out you do! I remember this day (May 16th) was one of the first days when Spring was really starting to come out and I actually bawled my eyes out as I went down this path! It was amazing.

I love heading down by the river to watch the sunrise and the occasional duck!

Sometimes I’d just sit on a bench or in the grass and watch the little birds and bugs go by. I felt my body being charged up once again.

Or stare at the sky and realize how small we really are!

I loved hearing the tweety birds in the early morning, or the grasshoppers in the evening. There is SO much more out there than our silly human made stresses!

Nature is incredible. I’m going to appreciate every second. Let’s get out there!!

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