My Favourite Video Games in 2020

I have seen a number of posts of people sharing their top games from 2020, and thought I would participate as well! 2020 was an ideal kind of gaming year: stuck inside with nothing but time and looking for a good escape.

I’ll admit, I didn’t really leave my “bubble” games wise, opting for some old reliable friends (nope, no crazy shoot-em-up apocalypse for me last year ;)).

Here’s what I played
New Releases~

Animal Crossing New Horizons ~ obviously my most anticipated game of the year, and it didn’t disappoint! I would have enjoyed it no matter what, but escaping to a sunny island of happy animals during a raging pandemic made ACNH just a little bit more special. I love open-ended games with no pressure, and this helped me escape into a world of my very own.

Stardew Valley ~ I started playing Stardew on election night to distract myself a bit… It’s a farming simulator game much like Harvest Moon, but has a bit more a “mature” feeling to it. While it’s somewhat similar to Animal Crossing where you get to live a new life, there are more required tasks needed to accomplish more rigid goals (eg. farming, marriage, etc). But the graphics and music are beautiful and an incredibly calming game when you need a distraction from the real worlds’ craziness!


Pokemon Sword/Shield ~ The newest generation in the line of Pokemon video games, which was released at the tail end of 2019. I have been sitting on a draft post FOREVER about my opinions on the newer Pokemon games, but I will keep my opinions to myself for now… I really only started getting into the game at the very end of the year, but so far it is a vast improvement from Sun/Moon. The graphics are beautiful (especially the architecture of the towns!) and it has a very open feel. And of course one of my favourite Pokemon, Alcremie, who is a pile of whipped cream, was introduced.

And the Gigantamax version is quite literally a gigantic cake.


Final Fantasy VIII Remaster ~ not a new game per se, but instead it is a remastered version of Playstation’s 1999 Final Fantasy VIII now released for the Switch with upgraded graphics. The game was a bit overshadowed by Final Fantasy VII, which was an actual remake and a much more popular title in the series, but it’s definitely worth checking out. The Junction system still remains a struggle, but if you can figure it out (pay attention to the tutorials!) the storyline and music are definitely worth it.


Retro Games~

Pokemon Pearl ~ I usually revert back to the older generations of Pokemon, Generation 4 being a favourite! Journeying through Sinnoh is so comforting and I could replay this version a million times and not get bored. Forever hoping for a proper remake *hint Nintendo!*

Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure ~ I have some great memories of playing this Playstation game with my cousins in the early 2000s. It’s basically what it says on the tin: a pure adorable sappy video game slash musical! There are singing and dancing cats, frogs, and pirates, and a girl has to rescue a prince from a erm… rather well-endowed Evil Queen. It’s just sugary, simple, FUN that was perfect for a year like last year. To add to the fun, it comes with a soundtrack of the songs from the game. Here’s a taste of the music from the game!

Other games I played in 2020:

  • Legend of Dragoon
  • Catz 4 (yes, super retro!)
  • The Sims
  • Harvest Moon: Story of Seasons
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October Blogging Challenge! Day 2: Goals for October!

The topic for Day 2 of the October Blogging Challenge is goals for October! It’s been a long time since I’ve made a list of goals so glad to bring it back! I’m excited to accomplish them all:

Get caught up on my Mood Blanket!

I took a knitting break for a couple of months because of my mental health and because of the lack of availability of yarn from the pandemic! But I’m busy knitting again and trying to catch up on the 100-ish squares that I’m behind on (eek!!) The blanket is SO huge now (it weighs almost 8 pounds and it’s only over half done!)

Get spooky for Halloween!

It’s THAT TIME OF THE YEAR!! It’s going to be a bit different because I’m really trying to avoid going into any stores at all, so I’m going to make all of my own decorations and goodies this year!

My Halloweeny Pinterest board here and is giving me a ton of ~scary~ ideas!

Decorate my bedroom

Now that my bedroom is painted and shuffled around, I have to figure out what to do with all of this extra space! I bought a pretty new vanity that I plan on painting :D… so stay tuned!

Cleanup my Animal Crossing Island

I haven’t played for far too long and my island is covered in weeds right now! I need to clean it up and get ready for all the spooky October events the game has prepared!!

Take more pictures!!

I’ve been HORRIBLE at taking pictures this year. My poor Instagram is terribly dusty and I want to get back on track and capture my little world!

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Step Right into a World of Pure Sugar~Coated Imagination! An Updated Tour of My Animal Crossing Island!

It’s been a while since I showed off Cupcake, my Animal Crossing New Horizons island. But I’ve been hard at work earning Bells and filling it to the brim with all sorts of sweet goodies!

So get your golden ticket out and lets get ready to enter the sugary candylicious world of Cupcake Island!!

I didn’t have any big plans or expectations of what my island would be other than sugary, fun, and happy! The island took on a life of it’s own and kind of turned into a scene out of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! There’s so much candy, colour, and well chaotic fun that I hope it makes Mr. Wonka proud! 😀

Let’s jump in! In the middle of the island is the big cupcake with all the shops and my house as the cherry on top!

Cupcake… where the streets are lined with sprinkles and gumballs!

Outside of the cupcake is all the fun islands (hard candy, ice cream, donuts, a creamsicle, lollipop, cookie and a sundae!) surrounded by colourful paths, chocolate mazes, fudge filled rivers including the “chocolate tube” (made of cliffs and waterfalls) from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory where Augustus Gloop lived my dream of being sucked up a tube of flowing chocolate!

My house is still pretty small right now, because I’ve spent most of my money on ramps and sweets! XD But here’s what it’s like right now.

I’ve even packed up a couple of treats to send you off on your way!

Thanks for coming by! If you’d like a personal tour, comment below and I’d be thrilled to have you over!

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April Adventures Bring May Catch Up Posts!

Hello friends!! As usual, I’m running LATE with my posts! Despite being inside pretty much the whole time, April just whizzed by!

I really want to seem like I’m nothing but rainbows and sugary sunshine, but thought I’d do some ~real talk~ about life and all that first. I’ve been working from home for two full months now, which has been mostly great. I save at least an hour each way on the commute, which has also helped tremendously with my anxiety. But I’ve also been pulling far longer hours at the virtual office which has been some *STRESSFUL* long days. At some points I feel like I’m the edge of burning out from my job. But I’m doing my best to find cheer in little things like baking, video games, and kitty snuggles and that really helps!

Now the days are longer and brighter and I’m learning to enjoy every moment at home because life will turn back to normal. Here’s some of how I passed the time in April!

The weather has been miserable, but I still found some rainbows (under a couple of feet of snow because I put out my doormat too early!! >.<)

I’m a bit of a bagel addict! But I haven’t been able to run to the bakery, so I had to learn to make my own instead. So introducing my homemade rings of happiness. The recipe is from Sally’s Baking Addiction!

I also made this delicious no bake cheesecake a few weeks ago! Recipe is from Tastemade 🙂

Sugar celebrated here second gotcha day on the 18th! Look how itty bitty she was two years ago!

I decided to repaint one of the walls in my living room, because I realized it was a bit too dark for space and needed a change! Now it’s a bright and airy lighter pink! There are more options for decorating now… think I might go a bit more shabby chic… but need to find new couches that match better!

And also did some spring cleaning on my spare room! Which has now turned into a craft and toy room!

I’m still knitting my mood blanket, but it’s really hard to find yarn and other supplies (seems like everyone else has the same crafty desires)! Amazon is out of most of my colours currently, so I’ll have a lot of catch up to do later on. But I’m still enjoying it! I’m also hoping to work on some sewing projects and maybe some perler beads soon now that I have the space!

And I’ve been spending a lot of time just unwinding playing video games!

Besides Animal Crossing which takes up most of my free time, I’ve been re-exploring the world of Final Fantasy 8 Remastered (usually with a kitty right in my face :D)!

So I’m certainly not bored and looking forward to even better days ahead! 🙂

Hope you and your loved ones are well and enjoying adventures of your own!

Until next time, Erika! xoxo

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Greetings from Cupcake Island! – My Adventures So Far in Animal Crossing New Horizons!

I can’t believe Animal Crossing New Horizons is here! After years and years of speculation on whether there would be a game, the game being pushed, and then countless wondering, the game is out and has been for a couple of weeks! I started writing this post the very afternoon that I got the game but had been a bit too exhausted (work and the of course COVID-19) to finish it up until now.

Because of the COVID-19 situation, I decided to digitally download the game instead of waiting for Amazon to ship it out (I had originally preordered from EBGames, but I’ve decided not to go out of course~ eventually I’ll go pick up the physical copy of the game and give it to my brother :)). The game couldn’t have come out at a better time for everyone given the COVID situation. Here’s what I’ve been up to on my sweet island of Cupcake!

Day 1 – arriving and picking my island name! Pink hair wasn’t an option initially AHH! Only a slight panic though as I unlocked it with Tom Nook’s new “NookMiles” program pretty fast!

Upon my arrival on Cupcake, I ended up getting the green airport and oranges, which weren’t my top selections – but what can you do! I decided to NOT reset the game, because I find that it really takes the fun out for me. I can collect the fruit and I’m hoping that there will be customization features for the airport sometime later (come on PINK FLOATPLANE!)

ACNH is a bit different from other games because you basically start with nothing and build up your own world by way of DIY projects. You find new DIY projects and then craft them by finding resources around your expansive island. It’s somewhat repetitive, but there really is NO obligation to actually do anything if you don’t want to! My kind of life!

Lately I’ve been tinkering around collecting all the cute pink things I can, getting ready to terraform (that’s right – you have the power to change land and water at your fingertips SO COOL!) my island into one big cupcake shape, and fishing up an absurd amount of… eggs in the Bunny Day Easter event.

My honest review is I really like this game. It’s probably one of my favourites out of the five main games in the series. I especially love the customization aspects of this game. The graphics are STUNNING (and here I was thinking New Leaf couldn’t possibly be beat XD)!! You can customize your character and their outfits, your island, and your home exactly as YOU want. There’s even a cat tree and a pink stand mixer so I can literally create ME in game. But fortunately unlike real life, you can do whatever you want and block out the bad things going on elsewhere. Why stress when you can talk to your animal pals, fish, catch bugs, or travel to other tropical islands to get away from it all (WATCH OUT FOR THE TARANTULAS THOUGH!!!)

But I’ve always been a SLOW player who shows up for a few minutes when I want to unwind (occasionally between checking my email – hurrah for #workfromhome ;)). But there is also the competitiveness in this game that I’m struggling with. I adore most of the people in the AC community. They are some of the most friendly, funny, creative people I’ve ever come across! While there isn’t a way to “beat” the game as your island is whatever you make for yourself, but it’s a bit exhausting to see fully landscaped islands filled to the brim with all sorts of carefully placed sparkly treasures that I ONE DAY hope to get my paws on! I’m just going to continue to have fun and relax with the series I’ve adored for most of my life. <3

~ XOX and Oranges Erika! (Aka Frosting from Cupcake Island!)

PS I would love it if you added me as a friend and came to visit! SW-7166-2365-8220

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