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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Happy 25 Years of Pokemon!

Yesterday Pokemon celebrated its 25th year of existence. Yes, TWENTY-FIVE YEARS with those colourful little pocket monsters – you read that right!

I wanted to share my own little journey of becoming a Pokemon Master as it’s been such a huge part of who I became.

Our journey back begins in 1998! A brand new anime show called Pokemon aired on a tv network called YTV here in Canada and it was all the rage around the playground. Soon the Pokemon card fad blew up and we brought our massive, perfectly categorized binders to the schoolyard and learned all about the cutthroat world of business and trade. It was a wild time, and they were soon banned! But that was my first foray into geek-culture and lifelong friendships started thanks to the PokeWorld.

The next summer (1999), I went to my friends’ cottage on a beautiful idyllic lake. She had just got a new game – Pokemon Red – for her birthday so what did we do? Play inside for a week straight on her tiny Original Gameboy (not even a Gameboy Color – just a standard, black and white Gameboy!) Don’t even think we left the cottage. 🙂 I soon got my own Pokemon Color and started my own journey. I picked Squirtle my first go and we travelled around Kanto, letting nothing get in our way! Except for the pesky Rock Tunnel… still have strong memories of the couple of weeks I was stuck in there… *shudders!*

From that first adventure on the Gameboy, the franchise and my obsession only grew. There now EIGHT generations of the game with almost 1000 different Pokemon in total, spinoff games like Pokemon Snap (90s kid Instagram) and Pokemon Go, shows and movies, toys, and the list goes on!

I can also thank Pokemon for being the thing that inspired me to get creative! My favourite characters were easy to turn into drawings (my parents must have had to hang a million pictures of Pokemon on the fridge!), knits, felties, and delicious treats!

It doesn’t seem like it’s been 20+ years since I was first introduced to Pokemon. I definitely didn’t imagine that I’d still be talking about Pikachu and pals as a 31 year old, surrounded by plushies and games. But I’m so glad I am.

Why have a regular pizza, when you can catch a Pizzachu?!
Poke-knits~
Jiggly-twins! I brought home this GIANT Jigglypuff plush from Aikon in 2018 and couldn’t resist dressing up.
Sugar the Kitty with her best bud, Skitty the Cat!
Nothing like unwinding from a hard day of school or work and entering the Pokemon World!

Here’s to 25 more years. I promise I’ll still be playing when I’m old and on my rocker! 🙂

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A Lovely Little Valentine’s Catchup!

Happy Valentine’s Day lovely friends! <3

Outside there is a polar vortex and it’s been nearly MINUS FIFTY with windchill for the past couple of weeks. I am completely stuck inside and really been missing being able to go for my outside adventures in the forests to unwind a little bit.

But at least it’s toasty warm and I’ve been keeping busy doing all sorts of things that I love! Here’s what I’ve been up to lately:

♡ Decorating the house for Valentine’s Day (it doesn’t really take much to love it up ;))

♡ Learning German on Duolingo!

♡ Celebrating Sugar’s THIRD birthday (which was on the 11th~ she’s truly a little Love Baby)! She got piles of treats and a new cat hammock that she’s never going to use!

♡ Baking a bunch of bread!

♡ Collecting all of the Valentiney boxes of chocolate on Animal Crossing!

Lots of love on this lovely day! <3 Erika and Sugar

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