If you've been a follower of the blog for long, you'll know that I absolutely love fall! Today, Sept. 22, is the offical First Day of Fall, which has me excited and ready for the months to come. No matter what's going on in the world, I always have a sense of happiness toward the end of the year. The end of the year brings birthdays and holidays that mean lots of family get-togethers and time with the people I love.
HOW WILL YOU CELEBRATE?
Tell me in the comments how you plan to celebrate the first day of fall! Hope you all have a fantastic day today. Please connect with me on social media and remember to also connect over on TikTok @imagoofygabbie.
At the start of the COVID stay-at-home order, no one could seem to get their hands on a
Nintendo Switch because so many of us Animal Crossing addicts were buying them up to
experience the newest game in the Animal Crossing series, Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
The game takes places on an island, where you can build a life, a home (that will put you into
major debt), and much more. However, many players have dreams of different updates that
would make the game play even more fun than it already is. Here are some of my suggestions:
1. SELF-IDENTIFYING FOSSILS
It would be great, following the donation of all of the fossils, for them to auto identify when you dig them up, so you don’t have to wait through Blathers’ groggy speech when you wake him up.
2. AN INDEX FOR THE ART
3. LIST OF DONATED MUSEUM ITEMS
4. LAYING TILE/BRICK UNDER BUILDINGS
5. MORE UPGRADES TO THE NOOK STORE
6. A COFFEE SHOP
7. MORE COMMUNITY EVENTS
8. ABILITY TO THROW PARTIES
9. GETTING BFF's PHOTOS MORE EASILY
10. USE CUSTOM DESIGN DOWNLOAD FOR FLAG
I am not very talented at creating a flag, and I found some designs I really liked and downloaded them. I was sad to see that I couldn’t use them as my flag design! Help us artistically challenged players by allowing us to use custom designs.
If your family is a lot like mine, you all probably get together with extended family members on Christmas Eve to celebrate together. However, sometimes these get togethers can be boring. So, I wanted to suggest a few games you can play with one another to have some more fun this holiday season!
BOARD AND CARD GAME NIGHT
CHRISTMAS TRIVIA GAMES
Do you have any other fun Christmas game ideas? Leave them in the comments or send me a message on social media!
If you haven't heard, Disney is officially pulling its titles from Netflix in order to draw in customers for its new streaming service, Disney Plus.
You may be asking, "why do you care, aren't you like 26?" Yes, I am. But, first of all, that doesn't mean I don't enjoy Disney movies. Second of all, Disney owns a ton of titles that go beyond their cute animated character movies.
I've seen several blogs and articles containing predictions about Netflix's future. With Disney Plus charging about $7 a month, and Netflix charging about double that for multiple watchers, Disney Plus seems to be the better deal.
In addition, Disney Plus will get back the superhero movies, Disney shows, and a TON of Lifetime movies (let's all shed a tear for having fewer sappy Christmas movies to watch this season).
That was the Nickelodeon show from my teenhood, Victorious. I LOVED that show growing up, and I always love to take a walk down memory lane by rewatching old shows.
What if, and hear me out here, what if Netflix teamed up to exclusively offer streams of old and new Nickelodeon shows?
Since Nickelodeon and Disney are like the N'SYNC and Backstreet Boys of television, I have a good feeling that many people will stay for a chance to see some older Nickelodeon shows (and the newer ones).
If not, I know that Netflix has made strides in their original series. They are really good, and I wouldn't be surprised if the inclusion and continuation of those will keep the subscriptions coming!
As for me and my husband, I'm not sure what we're going to do. My wallet says another subscription isn't a good idea. However, it may be something we do down the line when money isn't as tight.
What do you think? Would you stay with Netflix if you could watch old Nick shows?
Below is a collection of YouTube videos that are perfect for this season. I have added text to clarify where needed.
Bunny from Grav3yardGirl is one of my favorite people to watch in this season because she and I have a similar love for Halloween. I love watching her treat bag hauls. She lives in Texas and always has a huge treat bag to give to her trick or treaters! She's done these for years, so you can binge them!
I've recently gotten into Sierra Schultzzie and she has been doing some fun Halloween content. There are a ton of YouTubers who are doing Halloween costume videos right now.
Honestly, any Loey Lane video is perfect for Halloween. She reads scary stories and Creepy Pastas, so it's a must for this season!
Hailey Reese is also another great person to look at for Halloween content. She talks about hauntings and sometimes will read subscriber stories.
I debated adding Eleanor Neale to this because she mostly covers true crime. This isn't meant as any disrespect. I am personally fascinated year round with learning more about cases and how the police have and are working to solve them. She also gives the "no disrespect" disclaimer before she covers the story. She has covered solved and unsolved murders with good and bad endings.
This is just a small collection of some of my favorite gamers and their scary games playthroughs. Markiplier has a "3 Scary Games" series on his channel. Daz doesn't post a ton of horror game content, but Jack does.
Be advised that these guys do curse so, if you aren't OK with that, don't watch them! I would recommend that you look for a good horror game or horror game series playthrough to watch this season!
1. Favorite horror or Halloween-themed song?
2. Name something you wouldn’t want to run into in a dark forest or in an abandoned building.
3. Have you ever played with a Ouija Board?
4. Favorite horror monster or villain?
5. The creepiest thing that’s ever happened while you were alone?
Probably just hearing things and thinking that I'm not alone.
6. If you were dared to spend the night in a “haunted house”, would you do it?
7. Are you superstitious?
8. Do you ever see figures in your peripheral vision?
9. Which urban legend scares you the most?
10. Do you prefer gore or thrillers?
Thriller movies. They have much more substance than gore films, which are usually just about how much blood can be spilled in each scene. I think those films are questionable and promote a kind of weird scare factor in people.
11. Do you believe in multiple dimensions or worlds?
12. Ever made a potion of any sort?
13. Do you get scared easily?
14. Have you ever played Bloody Mary?
15. Do you believe in demons/the devil?
16. You’re home alone but you hear footsteps in your house, what do you do?
17. If you got trapped in one scary movie, which would you choose?
18. If you could only wear one halloween costume for the rest of your life, what would you be?
Probably something simple like a witch or a vampire.
19. would you ever go to a graveyard at night?
20. In a zombie apocalypse what is your weapon of choice?
21. Would you rather go to a Halloween party or go trick or treating?
22. You’re in a horror movie. Are you the final girl, the first to die, the comic relief, the skeptic, the smart one, or the killer?
23. Do you have to watch something happy after watching a horror movie so you can go to sleep?
It depends on how scary the horror movie is. If recent horror movies are the case, no. I can usually sleep fine after watching something scary.
24. Whilst watching scary movies, are you the person who yells at the characters, the person with their eyes covered the whole time, or the person who falls asleep?
25. Are you the one who gets scared, or the one who does the scaring?
I get scared if people scare me in real life, but I also love to do the scaring as well!
26. Favorite scary book?
27. How old were you when you saw your first horror movie?
I don't know. I was a child. I can tell you that the first horror movies I watched were the Amityville Horror Films.
28. What was your first Halloween costume?
29. What are you going to be for Halloween this year?
I honestly don't know if I'm going to "be" anything. I have a few options. For trunk-or-treat, I think I am going as "Ariel."
30. If you could have a spooky halloween pet (black cat, owl, bat, rat, wolf), what would you pick?
I realized that there are a lot of book worms out there reading blog post day after day about people's favorite books. So, today I wanted to bring you a book review and explanation of my favorite book: "The Outsiders."
Later, a fight escalates to unbelievable heights, leaving some of the greasers on the lam from the law.
Now that you have a mini-summary, here are the reasons I like this book so much:
NARRATIVE FORMAT IS WELL-WRITTEN
IT TAKES A SERIOUS LOOK AT CLASSISM
My middle school was a lot like the one described in "The Outsiders." Less than half of the student body was from the poorer side of town. The rest lived in lavish houses by the lake and took their boat out every weekend when it was warm. You could tell that there was some separation between socioeconomic classes in my middle school. I think I love this book so much because I sometimes felt empathy for Ponyboy.
IT SHOWS THAT FAMILY CAN BE MORE THAN BLOOD
Growing up, and still to this day, I have had friends who are family. If one of us is hurting, we are both hurting. If one of us needs advice, we are a shoulder to cry on, a listening ear, and a giver of sound advice. I love this about this book.
If you haven't checked this book out, you need to! It is such an easy read, and a really great story if I do say so myself! I hope you will let me know what you think of my book recommendation. Thanks so much for reading!
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Happy Friday, everyone! Today, I wanted to do a bit of a storytime about the post that I wrote that caused me to shut down my last blog.
That's right, I had a different blog at one point called "What a Big Girl Blogs." I shared a lot more of my opinion on that blog than I did this one. You may be surprised to know that it was a post on the Kardashians that caused me to shut down my last blog.
After all, she had been flaunting it on social media, and she has a huge following. Even people who hate her and her family are watching her. I also took some time to point out reasons why I thought the Kardashian/Jenner clan weren't the best role models for girls.
WHAT HAPPENED WHEN I POSTED?
My best friend was held at gunpoint, and that was so nerve-wracking for me to know. To know that someone who you love dearly could have been taken from you. I never would be OK with that or imply that someone deserved that, but that's what he took from the conversation.
His brother, who didn't like me for whatever reason, jumped on as well. Thankfully, all of my friends defended me and were quick to call them out. Never once did I call either of the guys names, yet they continued to call me names.
I was super shocked when their mother hopped on the post and told me I was being rude. My friends were quick to jump in to set the record straight, pointing her to the negative and rude comments from her son. I eventually deleted and blocked them. However, this made me re-evaluate if I wanted a blog or not.
VALIDATED YEARS LATER BY THE KARDASHIANS
“Even though it was horrific and I wouldn’t wish it upon anyone, it really did deeply change me to where now I feel like I can get back to myself,” Kardashian said in an interview on “The Alec Baldwin Show” that aired Sunday.
Kim basically admitted that she realized how much she flaunted (not saying she doesn't do that now) and that she realized that life is about more than what you own.
Since then, we've also seen Khloe become more honest about the men she has had in her life. Since Tristan cheated on her, you can tell she is more aware.
I wish that the Kardashian/Jenner tribe realized what they are doing to the self-esteem of younger people who watch them, specifically women. We've seen a bit of improvement since Kylie admitted that her lips were plumper because of filler. She, at one point, was alleging that she only used lipliner to overdraw her lips so that they appeared fuller. Only around the time of her pregnancy did she admit to stopping the lip injections.
I'm super glad they don't seemingly advertise for corsets anymore. However, you see "revenge body" (which is bananas insulting and implies that women still need the attention of the man they left/who left them after they've broken up), used a lot.
I'm all for being healthy. I do think it is important to remind people that famous people/celebrities can afford things like personal chefs, nutritionists, child care, and personal trainers.
WHY I LET IT STOP ME
I thought to myself, "if this is how it's going to be when I share my opinions, why bother sharing them at all."
I will say that this has taken control. I don't share my opinions very often anymore, and my opinions have somewhat changed in the last few years. I am not what you would call a "straight-ticket" kinda person. I have some conservative views and some liberal views. This isn't great because it means that I'll make both sides mad at me for some reason in the end!
WHAT'S DIFFERENT ABOUT THIS BLOG?
Effectively, I'm killing two birds with one stone. I'm solving my issue while doing what I love: writing!
Secondly, I've been much more consistent on this blog. This blog has a post schedule (every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday). I very rarely miss a day! This has built a kind of audience for me (according to my views) and has made me feel that I need to be consistent for that audience.
And lastly, I just try not to put people's perceptions of me above my own happiness anymore. I'm 25 years old. A quarter of a century. I don't want to live for the approval of others. The only things that matter to me is that I'm pleasing God; loving my life; and making my loved ones feel safe, valid, and happy. If I'm doing that, I don't really care what else happens. I'm just happy to be happy!
1: WHEN YOU SEE YOUR DOG AND ARE OVERWHELMED WITH PURE, UNADULTERATED LOVE FOR HIM/HER
2: BUT THEN THEY GO TO ANOTHER ROOM AND THEY GET QUIET AND YOU KNOW THEY'RE UP TO SOMETHING
3: OR THEY FREEZE AND START GAGGING AND YOU WANT THEM TO MOVE OFF THE BED SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO WASH THE SHEETS AGAIN
4: WHEN YOUR PARTNER GETS MAD WHEN YOUR DOG TEARS SOMETHING UP, BUT YOU'RE MORE CONCERNED ABOUT THE DOG
5: BUT NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES YOUR DOG WON'T LET YOU GO PEE ON YOUR OWN....
6: OR SIT LITERALLY ANYWHERE ELSE INSTEAD OF RIGHT ON TOP OF YOU
7: YOU CAN ALWAYS BET THAT THEY WILL BE LOYAL TO YOU, EVEN WHEN YOU LOSE YOUR COOL WITH THEM...
8: AND THAT YOU'LL ALWAYS HAVE PLENTY OF PICTURES IN YOUR CAMERA ROLL TO SHOW WHEN PEOPLE ASK YOU IF YOU HAVE A DOG
9: AND EVEN WHEN YOU FIND YOURSELF SLIPPING IN TO YOUR "MOM" VOICE....
10: YOU WOULDN'T TRADE YOUR "DOG MOM" STATUS FOR THE WORLD
HAPPY DOG MOM DAY!
Welcome to the 14 Days of Love series! Today is the last day I will be sharing the answers that were given to me by 14 content creators that I connected with on social media. I'm so sad to see it end, but so happy for the many creators who were featured!
Today is Day 14, and our feature is Samantha from Smack Of Flavor. She strives to present readers with delicious recipes and tips to help them learn to cook with a "smack of flavor!" Here's more about Samantha:
I asked each of my featured creators to answer a few questions for me. Check out Samantha's answers below before heading over to SmackOfFlavor.com to get "Recipes without fluff but with plenty of cheese." Sounds like my kind of food!
Q: WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR BLOG?
I love being able to talk to people about food. Cooking is such a passion of mine, and I love sharing it with others.
Q. WHAT DO YOU HOPE PEOPLE WILL KNOW YOU AND YOUR BLOG FOR?
I hope people will see my authenticity. I don't want to bombard them with fluff recipes or fad concepts but really help people cook better. You learn to cook with concepts as much as recipes.
Q. WHAT TOPICS DO YOU MOST LOVE TO COVER ON YOUR BLOG?
I love the blog posts as much as the recipes. Lately I've been doing a meal prep blog series and I love getting feed back from readers. It's great to see I can help people eat healthier and cook more at home.
Q. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE POST AND WHY?
Q. WHO ARE YOUR INSPIRATIONS AND WHY DO YOU LOVE THEM?
I learned a lot about food photography from Joanie Simon at the Bite Shop on YouTube. Her videos helped me take my photos to the next level and I'm constantly learning from her expertise. Also for cooks I love Alex Guarnaschelli. Her food always looks amazing and she's such a fierce competitor. She's an inspiration as a woman and as a cook.
Q. DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR OTHER BLOGGERS?
I'd tell people to keep growing and keep learning. I am constantly listening to podcasts and videos, reading articles and cookbooks trying to learn. And just because someone does a food blog one way doesn't mean you have to follow in their footsteps. Make it your own!
Samantha, Smack of Flavor | www.SmackOfFlavor.com
Twitter | @SmackOfFlavor
Instagram | @SmackOfFlavor
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Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.