Life Update!

Sharing where I’m at currently in my head and life.

Hello and welcome back to this little corner of the Internet 🙂

So let’s have a little update chat.

Lately I have been spending a lot of time reflecting on everything; my attitude, my weight, my dreams, my goals, my desires, etc. I want to overall be more positive like I feel that I was last year but it’s honestly difficult. It’s much easier to dwell on the bad and not so good and let that all overshadow the good that happened. Though with my positivity some days are better than others but on those good days I can see the difference in everything. Especially those around me. With being able to actually see the change it definitely helps motivate me to see the silver lining and hold on to the good.

I’m also back at the fitness game. Again. But it’s better to be back at it than not at all. I have been working on being more active every day by either going for a walk or riding the exercise bike that I have access to. I’m thinking this time is going to stick because I’m not doing it alone. Mathew and I are doing it together even when we’re apart. We’re holding each other accountable and making sure we both do something every night before we get to do the more fun things, like game. 😛 And I’m trying to make this time more fun. When I’m on the exercise bike, I’m watching an anime and I’m limiting myself to only watching that anime while exercising to draw me to workout more often and longer. So far so good! And having a workout buddy is making a huge difference too. I can’t wait to see how this keeps going.

My reflecting has lead me to set some obtainable personal goals to work towards over the next few years as well. I am a very goal oriented and goal driven person. If I have a goal in front of me, I don’t just want to achieve it, I want to crush it. Setting goals for myself helps remind me I have focus and purpose. It helps me keep my head up and keeps me positive about my future. I want to be successful and the way to success is to set yourself up for success, which is what I am doing. 🙂

Life isn’t always easy and it doesn’t always go my way but I love what I get to do, the people in my life, the rewards, the risks, and myself. I feel very rich every single day in all that I have in my life. The positivity will continue and so will the fitness. Everything else will fall in to play and will happen for a reason.

Stay classy and sassy guys! ❤ Enjoy your weekend!

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Gaming Favorites!

Talking about the old school Spyro games!

Hello guys! It’s hump day! YAY! I hope everyone had a wonderful Fourth of July yesterday!

So with the recent release of the remastered Crash Bandicoot games, I thought it would be perfect timing to talk a little bit about my love for the OG 3 Spyro games on the Playstation.

The first three Spyro games were actually the first games I owned for my Playstation 2. I know, kind of funny that the games I got with my Playstation 2 were Playstation games. I immediately delved deep in to the Spyro universe and fell completely head over heels in love. Soon after falling in love with Spyro it was all I could ever talk about. I loved the enemies, the colorful worlds, the detail in the worlds but most of all, I loved Spyro and Sparx. They were the perfect duo in my opinion. This platformer, RPG was and still is one of my favorites hands down ever. I am constantly on the lookout for a game that gives me the love and feels that this game did.

I personally have a hard time with what they have done to Spyro over the years but I do respect it. In an ever changing market, there’s got to be ways to appeal to a younger audience or to appeal to the audience that has grown up with Spyro. The developers decided to go with the new and younger crowd and have successfully brought Spyro back from obscurity and with it, Crash. I know it’s hard to watch something that we all know and love as one thing be changed into something so different. We may all say we like change, but overall I don’t like too much change. ESPECIALLY when it comes to games that I know and love very very much.

I know there’s rumbles in the community about getting a remastered Spyro trilogy like with Crash but honestly, how would that look? Crash is safe because he was never evolved into something like Spyro currently is. It’d be too much of a tug-of-war for Spyro, keep him true to what he was or bring him up to speed with current Spyro while somehow still keeping the play style and levels similar to what it was originally. While I’d love a Spyro remaster, I think I’m okay letting sleeping spirits lie on this one. It’d make too many people mad no matter what the studio did. It’ll never capture the same essence that it did originally and I’m okay with that. We all have memories and they stay happy and shiny for a reason. Let’s not burst our bubbles all at once.

Well this favorite game entry took a bit of a turn there 😛 But I’m not complaining. Enjoy guys. Let me know your thoughts and feelings as well!

Stay classy and sassy ❤

June Favorites

What I loved in June

Another month came to a close a little too quickly in my opinion. I can’t believe June is over and here we are, about to celebrate Independence Day! I hope you all had a wonderful June.

Media Favorites:

Discord – I personally am not a huge fan of Skype or any of the other providers but Discord is super helpful as my chat agent when playing games online with my friends and family. It gives you a lot of control over the settings which is nice. It also allows you to create groups and chats to always stay connected which is a big selling point for me. I know that other clients offer this but the biggest point is, all of my friends are choosing Discord, so it’s where the party is at, so to speak.

Sims 4 Parenthood – This addition to the game actually brought me back to playing /the Sims 4. I had pretty much abandoned the game because in my opinion, The Sims 3 was the superior entry of the series. Sims 4 had just left out took much until Parenthood hit. I think EA is doing a better job at giving fans what they should have had since the beginning. The fact that the game is getting more and more life-like and realistic is a big attraction to me. I typically like to focus on my families and growing the lineage so the introduction to the parenting skill was super cool. I’m really enjoying the new challenge posed by raising kids; the fact that parents have more of an influence on how their children turn out, that kids go through good and bad phases and can even throw tantrums draws me in more than ever before.

Beauty Favorites:

Bath and Body Works Country Apple Body Mist – I happened to stumble into a Bath and Body Works and came across this body mist and put it in my basket immediately. It smelled JUST like my childhood. I am so happy and beyond thrilled that they came back out with quite a few of the iconic 90’s scents. For a nostalgic 90’s kid, I will take every little thing I can get to relive those amazing moments of my life. Thanks Bath and Body Works for making it a reality. I had no idea how much I longed for and missed that smell until I got a whiff.

Kylie Lip Kits – I am a huge fan of liquid lipsticks because they’re less mess and they DRY. Then I don’t have to worry about kissing Mathew and getting lipstick all over him or ruining my lipstick. The great thing about the Kylie lip kits are they’re EASY to apply. I have a difficult time always getting it to look good and get it on fully and correctly. IT’S HARD! I don’t know how people do it so perfectly all the time. I feel like I practice enough. But apparently not. The lip kits are also super pigmented and beautiful. And they don’t look the same on every skin tone. It’s like the color helps match your skin tone and compliments it nicely. I know people who have used Maliboo and it turns out completely different on them than it does me. Same with Posie K. I think they’re worth all the money and last all day without the need to reapply and that’s super important. Especially when shelling out $29 a kit.

Book Favorite:

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page – So I was  a little weary of this book when I first started reading it because it took everything I thought I knew and loved about Dorothy and Oz and flipped and turned it all around. YES. I know this is fiction based on fiction but the thing about stories are, you have to buy into them to some degree. So calm down, don’t have a cow, it’s okay. I know. Anyway! You find out the Oz we left in the Wizard of Oz is not the same Oz. Everything is not happiness and sunshine. You find this all out through the way of Amy Gumm, a girl from Kansas like Dorothy who is swept up in a tornado and deposited in Oz just like Dorothy. But Oz does not look anything like it had been described in the books, no one is around, those she does find are not friendly at all and Dorothy is a not so nice princess who is ruining all of Oz. Amy is tasked with the mission of taking out Dorothy. Through her training and efforts she discovers she’s unable to trust anyone at all, even those she’s working for and with. Good is wicked and wicked is good. Everything is what it seems yet nothing that is seems. This is a great book and a great first book in the series. I flew through it and can’t wait to see what happens in the second book. If you’re looking for something of the fantasy genre, check it out.

Helpful Tips to Score at Garage Sales!

Score those video games at a garage sale!

Hello friends and welcome back! I hope you all have had a wonderful and amazing week.

It’s summertime and we all know what that means, garage sale season! So let’s talk about some tips to help score those games at garage sales!

First and foremost, if you missed Monday’s post about getting good deals check it out here because you need to have your resources to know if initial asking prices are high or low.

Next map out where you want to hit. Make sure to cover as much ground as quickly as possible. Other collectors are out there and will snag those games and deals!

Be sure to stop at all sales. Even if it looks like it’s not going to be a hit, still stop because it never hurts to ask.

ASK! Always ask! If they don’t have what you’re looking for ask. Start rattling off systems. It can and does work! If they have something ask to take a look and let them know you can probably make an offer.

Have them throw out a price first and negotiate from there. It allows you to assess how much they value the items and see what you might have to pay for it and negotiate from there.

DON’T be afraid to walk away. There will be other deals and sometimes walking away from the person, they may meet your offer or come closer to to what you want to pay.

Well those are all the tips I have! Good luck and hit those sales!

Stay classy and sassy guys! ❤

What I’ve Been Playing

Check out what I have been playing recently!

Hey friends! Can you believe it’s time for another What I’ve Been Playing Wednesday?! Me either.

As many of you know, the Steam Summer sale is underway and I picked up quite a few games, so naturally I have played a few of them. 😛

PC: Mainlining – This a PC hacking game. The entire game is played on a desktop of a computer. So you’re playing on a computer on your computer. So it’s like computer inception. The premise of the game is that you are working for an agency called MI7. Apparently it’s an agency that has some sort of authority because you are solving cases, which build upon each other, and arresting the perpetrator. The way in which you solve these cases is by hacking in to things and gather information as well as evidence. I personally am on case four or five of thirteen. So far I really enjoy the game a lot but I do find myself questioning that integrity of the work MI7 is doing. MI7 is putting away “bad guy” hackers by hacking… Seems just as bad and extremely hypocritical. I’m super interested in seeing how the rest of the story plays out.

PC: Golf It! – As many of you know, Mathew and I play a lot of Golf with Your Friends when we’re a part. Naturally playing the same courses over and over can get boring so we found Golf It! and picked it up. The game is very similar but very different from Golf with Your Friends. The hitting mechanic is one of the biggest differences beyond courses. Instead of having a power bar you have a putter that you pull back and then manually thrust forward in order to hit your ball which makes it difficult to judge power in your “swing.” It’s not terrible but definitely is an adjustment. The courses are similar in theme but different in actual layout, thank goodness! I also am a bit fan of the ball customization in Golf It! You are able to change color, add a hat, and change the trail of your ball. It makes it a lot more exciting. I’m a fan of the ability to make your own courses. Mathew and I downloaded a couple fan made courses last night and had an absolute blast with it. It’s still in early access but is definitely worth the buy. I highly recommend giving it a shot. Pun may or may not be intended 😉

PC: PRICE – Guys. We all know I love my point and click games. AND THIS WAS FREE! So it’s like a horror-ish point and click. It’s creepy for sure. AND HARD! So your character wakes up in his sister’s room where he’s locked in and weird, creepy things are happening. Now this is all I can tell you as I have not made it out of the room… Maybe one day I will but so far I’m not very good. 😛

PC: Sims 4 – I have played far too much of this. Or not enough, depending on how you look at it. I have created a lot of drama for my current Sim household and watched them grow up, old and on. I forgot just how incredibly addicting this game is. I find myself trying to achieve the “perfect” Sim. One who has max skills in everything. Who achieves all lifetime aspirations and raises great kids. I feel like I’m getting closer and closer to achieving this goal with the current family I am playing so we will all see if it’s possible for me!

PS4: Kingdom Hearts 1.5 and 2.5 – 358/2 Days – This is just pure cinematics so make sure to have two-ish hours set aside. I was okay with it just being cinematics because I remember playing the game on the DS and putting it down. I found the original game quite frustrating because all you did was missions and most of those resulted in being in Agrabah. Which happens to be the world I hate the most.  So naturally the level of fun I found in the game decreased dramatically.

I can’t wait to see what world I find myself jumping in to within the next two weeks. Probably more Sims 4 and Mainlining but hopefully more console gaming. We’ll see!!

Stay classy and sassy, friends! ❤

How I Know I’m Getting a Deal

Hello and welcome back to this great corner of the interwebs!

I thought I’d share with you all some of the things I do to know I’m getting a good deal on a game or even a console.

I like to make sure that I am decently versed in the specific types of games I am looking for. So for me, I keep up with GameCube, PS2, DS, 3DS, and N64. A good way to do this is to be a part of the game collecting community. I personally do this through frequenting r/gamecollecting on Reddit.

Once I have more knowledge about the systems I’m looking out for, I make sure that I have a good set to resources to access. I tend to use Ebay, Pricecharting.com and some actual game store websites, (Mainly estarland.com for me, they’re amazing). How do I use these resources you ask? Well I use Ebay to see what games have been sold for when I have a game I’m interested in right in front of me. I browse listings by sold and completed listings and compare that to what I have in front of me. It’s important to look at the completed and sold listings because if it’s listed for 40 bucks that doesn’t mean it’s actually selling for 40 bucks. I will use Pricecharting.com to see what the trending value of a game is, as well as it’s highest and lowest values. I also like to look at the trend of a game to see if it’s been increasing or decreasing to determine if I need to snatch a game up now or if I’m safe to wait a bit. And last but not least, I will use other game store’s websites, typically estarland.com for me. This site is honestly great. They let you know the condition of the game and the price differences due to the varying conditions. With their used games its typically, complete, no manual, and disc only. That way you can see what the game in front of you is being sold for in its current condition at another competitor.

Now besides just purchasing the item as is, what else can you do to try and snag a better deal? Great question. You can use all of your knowledge to try and haggle a better price. Yes. Ask for a better deal. Pull your resources. Prove your knowledge. The worse thing that can happen is someone says no. It can be unnerving and scary at times but trust me. It DOES work. Sometimes. Not always.

Also be sure to ask them about deals or coupons. Especially if you’re in an area you don’t frequent. You could get lucky and find a discount or better option that you never knew existed.

Add yourself to the email lists, a lot of local game stores send out weekly or monthly emails with deals and coupons. It’ll be a few more emails to go through every week or so, but you’ll thank yourself later.

Make sure to be friendly and talk with the store clerks. So many times I have found myself in better positions by striking up a conversation with the clerk. And I have made a friend or two along the way as well. Those clerks might even set things aside for you when they come in just because they know you’re looking for it. Making your life a lot easier.

One last tip I have is carry some cash. When you’re frequenting small independent game stores, taking the credit card cash out fee and waiting for that money to be deposited can mean life and death some days, a lot of the time they’re willing to give you a discount IF you pay in cash. Always offer and see what happens. Again, the worst thing that can happen is they say no.

Stay classy and sassy!

Creative Writing

Raw and emotional writing today.

I know today is supposed to be a favorite game posting but I’m just not feeling that today. It’s been awhile since I’ve been super raw and emotional with you guys with my writing so here we go:

All she wants is to be enveloped by someone else.

To be wrapped up by them completely.

To feel the way she feels about another human being.

Her heart is what makes her, who she is;

But it also leads her to so much heartbreak and disdain.

Yet here she is, keeping the fight up, keeping the momentum going to carry her forward, farther and further.

Maybe one day she will find what she seeks; to be loved the way she loves.

Maybe that day is today, maybe it’s tomorrow… But she will find it and she will get it because she is a warrior.

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I am attempting to keep a positive focus. It’s honestly very difficult and some times I am a lot better at it than others. But you know what? I’m human. The same as you and every one else. I make mistakes but I try my best to correct them and own them. That’s what I’m doing with this. I’m not the best but I also know that I am not the worse.

Life is rough, but I have a hell of a great life. And I won’t ever forget that. I got this. And so do you. We can get through anything and we will.

Stay classy and sassy. 😀