Animal Crossing

Let me start with this; did I buy a Nintendo Switch for the sole purpose of playing Animal Crossing? Yes. But do I love it? Yes, and am happy with the decision.

Now that I got that out of the way, here we go with the real post. I guess I wanted to “switch” things up today and just talk about the video game I seem to have fallen in love with. I know it is nothing like the normal school or bullet journal posts, but it IS related to my life. And, this blog is called Life with EG, right? I hope a little change in topic doesn’t disappoint you because I am really excited for this post… I could probably go on way more than I need to but I will keep it to a normal post length…hopefully you can make it though it 🙂

How did I even get into Animal Crossing?

That’s the real question. I only started playing Animal Crossing a little bit ago on my friend’s Switch. I really wanted to try it because everyone was talking about it at work, and I had heard about it all over. I thought, “$60 for one video game seemed kind of ridiculous, so it better be really amazing.” Well let me tell you, it was. So, I decided to go out and buy my own Switch, knowing I could not live without it for very long. I didn’t buy just any Switch though… I got the the Animal Crossing edition (I will include a photo). This one has pastel green and blue JoyCons instead of the normal red and blue. The charging dock is Animal Crossing themed, and the back of the console is engraved with adorable Animal Crossing related decorations. All around, the Animal Crossing Switch is just cuter and better. Plus, if I buy the Switch mainly for that game, I better have that edition. Before I bought it, I debated back and forth on whether or not to buy my own, but I decided to go for it and treat myself. I am sure glad I did.

What even IS Animal Crossing?

Animal crossing is a simulation game where you have your own island and you basically just get to create and explore. You start off in a little tent and have to pay off the fees in “miles”. You can get miles for doing things such as talking to neighbors, selling fish, and building items. Once you pay off the tent, you can get a house. You pay off the house with Bells, which are just the in game currency. You can get bells by selling items, and you can sell basically anything. You progress through the game by upgrading buildings, making a museum, inviting more villagers, etc. It is based in real time and where you are in the world. So, when it says something will be done tomorrow, it is really done tomorrow. If it is 7PM, the sun will start to set, and if it is snowy where you live, it will be snowy there too. Now, it isn’t precise enough to know EXACTLY where you live, but it is based off of what is happening in North America, or other regions.

Accomplishments

In the beginning of the game, there is always a lot to do. As you progress on, there is less that you really HAVE to accomplish. Instead, you are working on expanding the island by upgrading your home, inviting residents to the island, and creating the landscape. I will explain what I have done so far…

  • Upgraded my tent to a house; I payed off my first expenses and am working on expanding my house with more rooms.
  • Opened the museum; you have to collect donations for Blathers (an owl character) to open a museum. The donations can be anything from bugs to butterflies to fish. You have to bring a certain amount to Tom Nook before Blathers comes. Once Blathers is there (he runs the museum), you give him enough donations to start the museum. He can also assess fossils, which go in the museum and are worth a lot of Bells if you sell them.
  • Nook’s Cranny: when you start off the game, you sell things to Timmy and Tommy to get Bells. They are just located in the Resident Services tent. However, Timmy will ask you to collect wood, hardwood, softwood, and iron nuggets in order to upgrade to the Nook’s Cranny shop. Once you have all the donations for him, the shop will upgrade and get its own building.
  • Moved in three new villagers; once you upgrade to get Nook’s Cranny, Tom Nook will ask you to make a handful of items for three villagers. You have to craft 3 exterior items and 3 interior items for each house. Once you crafted all these and have given them to their correct houses, the villagers will move in.
  • Upgraded the Resident Services building: the building comes after the houses are all up. At this point, I am able to change the landscape by adding ramps, bridges, etc. However, they are all quite pricey.
  • Built my campsite: I just built the campsite yesterday, so I am still waiting to see what fun adventures that brings me!

Who would I recommend Animal Crossing to?

Honestly, just about anyone. Animal Crossing is a great, relaxing game for all ages. It is easy to understand and follow along with the story for younger kids, but also a way to take your mind off things as an adult. I don’t think you can get too old for Animal Crossing. Unlike other video games there is no real competition or struggle in the game. You just go day by day and try to expand your island. No time limit, nothing! That’s what I love about it.. because I suck at almost every other video games. PVP? Not my thing. Racing games? Nope. Relaxing and just having fun? There you go, perfect!

Thank you again for reading, and I hope you enjoyed a little change in content. Let me know if you have any questions 🙂 Or, maybe if you buy yourself the game!!

As always,

with love,

EmmaGrace

Organizing Notecards

College Life with EG: Part 15

Happy Monday and the beginning of a great week to all of my wonderful followers! I hope you had a relaxing weekend and are ready to get pumped up for the week ahead of us! I have a few tests this week, so I am mentally preparing myself right now:) Wish me luck!

Last week, one of my followers asked if I could make a post on how to organize notecards. And, of course, that’s a yes! I love if you would all comment post ideas because I am always looking for new topics for the blog (plus I want to write about what you guys are interested in)! I am so happy because that topic fits in perfectly with this week and with the College Life with EG miniseries. It also fits great with my life because I have a ton of tests coming up and notecards are a great tool in studying! First off, I want to show you a few ways you can use them.

How to Use the Notecards

1. Definitions

This is my favorite way to remember specific vocabulary words. You can write the word on one side and the definition of the other. When you study, you can either look at the words and try to recall the definition or look at the definitions a d recall the words. If you have different colors, you can use one color for each chapter/list of words. If you want to save paper, you can split the paper in half and write two words per notecard.

2. Sections

This is great if you want a lot fo information on each card, and you just want to look at notes a bit more broken down. Hou can write sections of notes like you would in a notebook, but instead on the cards. For example, in chapter ten, one notecard could be section 10.1, the net section 10.2, etc. If you write a lot, you could even break it down into pages, where each notecard is somewhere from 1-5 pages. This way may get a little bit jumbled, so make sure to get out your colored pens and highlighters to keep everything organized.

3. Facts

If you have a bunch of random facts that you need to memorize, you can write them all out on a notecard. Then, you can just flip through notecards one by one when you want to study. If you have a little trick to remember each fact, you can write that on the other side of the notecards. The only problem with this way is that there is no way for you to quiz yourself. Instead you just have to look and read each notecard. For some people, that woks. For others, they have to be able to quiz themselves by flipping the card over like in the definition way.

4. Pictures and diagrams

I have found that you can really get information in your head better if you use some sort of picture to make it simpler. For example, if you are trying to memorize all the parts of the nervous system, you could make a tree diagram to break it down. Once you memorize the diagram, and how to break it down, you can start to memorize more difficult facts, such as what everything in the nervous system does. Here is an example form the internet

Organizatin of the Nervous System

You memorize where everything goes on the diagram, and how it breaks down, then you memorize each individual part. Another example would be if you are trying to study anatomy. If you are looking at the aparts of the arm, you can draw the arm and label each part. The first side of the notecard would just say “arm” and the other side would have the picture. If you wanted to quiz yourself, you can look at only the sides of the notecard with the body parts. ON a separate sheet of paper, you can try to draw the body part, them compare it with the picture on the other side of the notecard.

5. Partial sentences

This is a great way to memorize facts while still being able to quiz yourself. You separate the sentence or fact into two parts, and one part goes on each side. For example, if you are trying to memorize the fact, “glass tables are see-through”, one side would say “glass tables are” and the other side would say “see-through.” You can quiz yourself by going through the notecards starting with the first part of each fact, then the second part of each fact.

6. Studying another language

My Spanish teachers in high school always encouraged me to use notecards. You can do this in a few ways. The first is with the English definition on one side and the Spanish word on the other side. So, the first side fo the notecard would say “nice” and the other side oddly say “amable.”

10 Things That Make Me Happy

I often like to sit back and think about the simple things in life that make me happy. There are so many crazy things happening in life, and it’s important to slow down and do little actions that make you happy. It doesn’t need to be a vacation across the country or an extravagant meal; it can be as simple as looking out the window. For all of us, there are small things that occur DAILY that just make us happy. Today, I will share a few of mine with you all. As always, feel free to comment below! Let me know what makes you happy and if you connect with any of these!

1. My cat watching birds out the window

Some people love to watch and listen to the birds when the springtime comes. Instead, I love watching my cat watch and listen because he gets excited about something so simple. He sits on the windowsill and bats at the window wishing he just play with one. I love how happy he is (and yes, I am a bit obsessed with my cat, it makes me so happy. Lucky for me, he does this almost everyday… I love the consistency too. Every morning, I can count on Cooper to get on the windowsill and watch the birds. That means I can count on a bit of happiness every morning.

2. Lattes

I never liked any sort of coffee until about a year or two ago. I started to drink caramel lattes at work, with double the normal amount of syrup. Then, I began to work down to less and less syrup and now I can drink just a plain latte. I still love flavored ones the most though:). Each morning, I know I can get up and have a latte. I bought an espresso machine from my coworker and use it almost daily. My lattes are warm and cozy, and they just bring a bit of peace into my heart. To be honest, I don’t even like them for the caffeine. I really don’t even feel like they wake me up, I just love the taste and the consistency (again! Consistency should have been one of the things on this list).

3. Walks

My boyfriend and I love to go for walks, especially when the weather is getting nicer and the sun is up past 5PM. It’s the perfect way to get some fresh air and clear your head. Especially when you’re tired and don’t feel like going for a run or going to the gym, a walk is a great compromise that gets you active (and outside usually). I will walk on the treadmill, but it is not nearly as exciting as going outside. The nature around is so beautiful and I just love to take it all in. Plus, there are a ton of beautiful walking trails where I live, so I can explore these as well as my neighborhood.

4. Bullet Journaling (Journaling)

I guess this is an obvious one, but I love to bullet journal as a way to get my mind relaxed. While I do it for the blog, I mostly just do it for myself. Planning out my life and getting organized just brings me so much pleasure. When I bullet journal, I feel like I can get my creativity all out onto paper, and in the end, I have my life planned out. Also, it lets me work on my calligraphy, which is something I have always wanted to be good at. Along with doing my bullet journal, I also have a plain lined journal-to track my thoughts-and a prompted journal, which is one of my FAVORITE things. A few of the prompts include a map where you draw in ten places you want to visit, a page where you write your fears and scribble on them until they are gone, etc. If you would like to purchase that journal, you can get it from Amazon here!!

5. Blogging

This is another obvious one, but I thought I’d put it on here. I am happy to blog for two reasons: for myself, and to inspire all of you. For starters, when I am blogging, I get to have fun and share my unique ideas. I love to write, but I never liked formal writing in school. This gives me an area to write about anything and everything I want, and work on my writing skills for school in the process. This doesn’t feel like a chore like writing in school does. Plus, every week I look forward to brainstorming a new topic and writing about it. Sometimes it’s the bullet journal, sometimes it’s tips about school, and sometimes it’s just about the most random things! Whatever it is, I love it.

Second, I love to inspire all of you who read this. Whether I am giving useful school tips, helping you make new bullet journal spreads, or you just enjoy reading my page, that makes me SO happy. I can reach so many people from something so simple as writing a blog. So thank you again for reading my posts because that truly does make me smile.

6. Reading a Good Book

I have found that reading is a great thing to do before you go to bed. It allows you to slow yourself down before sleep. I also found that reading outside on a sunny day is amazing, and so is cozying up to the fire with a good book in the winter. No matter when or where it is, I love reading a good book. I am currently reading City of Joy by Dominique Lapierre and Paper Towns by John Green. What is next up on your reading list?

7. Turning off the light at night

Turning off my lamp at night is just a satisfying end to the day. Usually I sit in bed and read, blog, or bullet journal before bed. Obviously, I keep the lamp on to do this. When I am all ready for bed. I lay on my pillow, reach up, and turn off the lamp. It makes a satisfying click and the room goes dark. Then, I go to bed. I can’t explain why this is so amazing to me but something about the click of the light then the presence of a dark room is just peaceful and a good end to the day. Again, it is a constant in my life. Every night, I turn off the lamp and go to sleep, and I love being able to do that.

8. Staring into space

Do you ever find yourself just staring at nothing at all for a few minutes before you come back to reality? I do it all the time. Even at work with customers, sometimes I find myself looking at nothing. Then, I have to apologize for accidentally ignoring them and they think I’m goofy. Maybe I should try to focus a bit more at work, but either way, it brings me happiness. When I am in the middle of a hard test, I just look at nothing for a minute or two and I am good to go again. Maybe I look silly doing it, but who cares?

9. Math Homework

Ok, I am sure most of you can’t relate to this one. You probably related to some of the other ones (maybe not the light at night one, but one of them FOR SURE. Going for a walk?), but this one may be a little weird. Probably an education major thing, lol. Anyway, right now I am in an education math class, which basically teaches you how to teach children math. At the beginning of the semester, the teacher said, “prepare yourself because the class itself will be a lot of work and you will have quite a bit of homework.” I was never once worried. At the end of every class, I get my homework and I am so excited to do it. I do it before all my other homework (which is not as exciting) because I can’t wait to get it done. The thing is, it’s not even easy. You would think it would be easy because it is just how to teach elementary kids, but it is teaching me how to look at the math from all angles. I love that! It really makes me think.

10. Watching Tik Tok

Yep. It is a guilty pleasure of mine. I can get glued to Tik Tok for hours on end. I tell myself I am going to watch three videos, and 1,000 videos later I come out of my slump and realize it’s time to get stuff done. Maybe you have the same problem with binge-worthy TV or YouTube videos!

PS. These are in no particular order. They all make me so so happy! I hope you can connect with some of them, but maybe not others! And, that’s okay. Anything that makes you happy is worth doing. Let me know what your favorite things in life are below! 🙂

As always,

with love,

EmmaGrace

College Life with EG: Part 14B

School Supplies Part 2

Happy Monday everyone! Today is a great day and a great start to an amazing week. I am so convinced that if you start your Monday off right you will have a better rest of the week. Now, I write my posts a couple days before they actually go out, so right now it is not actually Monday for me… but I am getting myself prepared to have an amazing week! This week I want to continue writing in my bullet journal daily! How are you all doing? Did you do last week’s spreads, and have you done the drawing challenge? Mine is turning out nicely this first week;)

Anyway, sorry to keep you waiting on the rest of the school supplies blog, but I really wanted to get those March spreads out to you last week. If you remember from the first post, I ended talking about the different types of supplies you need based on how prepared you want to be (if you haven’t read that post, here is the link!!) I was talking about the supplies you need to be “extra” prepared. After I explain that, I will tell you the best supplies I get to stay within budget! Also, some of the supplies I have linked on Amazon because that is the most convenient way to shop right now, but you can find all of it at Walmart (as you can see, there are a few things I only found at Walmart, not Amazon). That is where I always do my shopping at the beginning of the year!

Extra

  • Lots of pens, pencils, and highlighters: I would keep a couple of cheap pencils with you and then one or two of the the nicer ones (I will explain these below). In my opinion, the more pencils the better because they get lost so, so easily. You want to have as many pens as you think you need to take really good notes. As extra as I am, I usually have about 10-15 (this may be a LITTLE overboard). As for highlighters, I would say about three. I usually use pens to underline and show important parts of my notes, but it’s nice to have a few basic colored highlighters as well.
  • Pencil case: you can get a basic pencil case from Walmart or Meijer, but if you have a ton of stuff, I would recommend a makeup brush bag! They have so many fun patterns and hold way more!!
  • Notebooks: again, this is up to you on how many notebooks you want. If you want each class to have their own notebook, that works. Otherwise, you can get multiple subjects and your classes can all share a notebook. I mentioned in my last post that I like all the classes to have their own notebook, then I just reuse them the next year (after ripping out the old pages).
  • Folders: one folder for every class to hold all the extra papers. I recommend binders as well, so if you purchase the folders with the 3 holes to fit in a binder, those are the best. I will link my favorites below!
  • Binders: this is the part that is very different form the “minimalist” and the “average.” I keep a binder AND a folder. I organize most of my papers in the binder, but sometimes I put things in the folder for two reasons. The first is if I do not have my three hole punch and need to keep a paper safe. Usually teachers just give you papers that haven’t been punched, so you can keep these in your folders temporarily. The second reason is if I want to make space in my backpack. Sometimes I only need a couple papers for a class, so I transfer them to my folder instead of bringing the whole binder.
  • Three hole pinch: in case your teachers do not hole punch papers, or if you have to print things out at home, you will need a three hole punch to put the papers into your binders.
  • Binder dividers: you will want to make sure your binder is organized so you can find everything you need quickly. You can organize your tabs in any way you see fit, but here are a few of the categories I organize by:
    • Chapters: chapter 1 material, chapter 2 material, etc.
    • Notes, study guides, assignments, quizzes (these are all individual tabs)
    • Topics: similar to chapters, but maybe your class has topics that pertain to a few chapters, and you want all of that together
    • Date: you can organize material by the month
  • Calculator: if you have a math class
  • Sticky notes: I love using the bookmark sticky notes to keep track of important parts of a textbook, pages in my books, etc. I also use regular sticky notes to make extra notes on my papers when I run out of room.
  • There are some essential items for certain classes, such as rulers or protractors. If you know you will need that stuff, I would recommend one of the kits with all of those supplies. Otherwise, you can wait until class starts to confirm what you need.

My Favorite Supplies!

Pens

Pencils

  • PaperMate Clearpoint pencils (the “nice” ones): I literally did a sales presentation on these sophomore year of high school… they are amazing!! Worth the money until you lose them;)
  • BIC mechanical pencils (the “cheap” ones): these pencils are great to carry around because they are cheap but still great quality. If someone asks to borrow a pencil, you can give them these instead of your nice ones!

Highlighters

Folders

  • Five Star 2 pocket Stay-Put Folder: this is the BEST. First of all, this folder is plastic, which I need because I tend to spill everything. It also has the hole punches so they can fit right into your binder. The insides have tabs at the top so paper cannot fall out if you tip it upside down and there is a little pocket for index cards on the inside. I can’t say enough great things about this folder!

Notebooks

  • I have a few favorite notebooks, but the Exceed ones can only be found at Walmart. I love the Five Start brand, but the Exceed are a little bit cheaper.

Sticky Notes

I usually stick with the Post-It note brand because they have the best stick to them. I know I can take them on and off the paper a few times and they will still work perfectly. I have linked the 3×3 ones that I use to add notes onto my paper and the bookmark ones that I use to put tabs in my textbooks.

Pencil Case

I love to use the Vera Bradley makeup bags for my pencils and pens! There are so many compartments to fit everything you need, including a calculator! Unfortunately, my favorite one has been discontinued, but I still linked a couple ones I like below.

Binders

I love the Exceed binders! They are a little on the pricey side, but still less than the on brand (Avery and Five Star). They are plastic with a plastic cover so you can decorate a piece of paper however you please for the cover. They also have the D ring so nothing every falls out.

Three Hole Punch

I found an amazing three hole punch at Walmart, and I have had it for a few years. It still works great!

Binder dividers

You can really go with any dividers, but I love the ones with little tabs that slide in and out, rather than the stickers. These are amazing because you can change the tab when the class is over, and you want to use the binder for something else.

Calculator

For what you need in a calculator, it really depends on the class. You can get one that only does the basic operations if the works for you. However, you may want to upgrade once you get to the higher level math classes. I love the TI-84! It is great and worth the extra money if you have harder classes. Plus, you can take it to the SAT and most standardized tests, which I think that will be much more useful than a basic calculator. I linked the mint one on Amazon, but they have SOO many colors to choose from!

Thank you all for reading the post today, and I hope this can help you out! Have a great week!~

As always,

with love,

EmmaGrace

The Power of Simplicity

So… you may be wondering what in the world I mean by the title. Well, let me tell you. Sometimes simple things can be just so amazing. Here’s an example: notecards. Yesterday, I had a ton of stuff on my mind and a lot of things I wanted to get done. Nothing major, but little things for each class, like finishing part of an essay or up chapter notes. When everything is swimming in my mind, I have absolutely NO ability to focus. So, I grabbed a notecard and just made a simple to do list. Nothing fancy, just a bulleted list of all the things I wanted to get done. It helped me SOOO much, and I was able to get everything done:)… the power of simplicity = the greatness of a notecard. That’s all.

As always,

with love,

EmmaGrace

March Bullet Journal Spreads

Hello all and welcome back! It is the beginning of March so you know what that means… new bullet journal spreads. I am really excited because my posts don’t normally match up exactly with the first of the month, but today really is the first! I did not do any monthly spreads last month so we are well overdue:) I know you are waiting on the second post for the school supply shopping as well, so that will come next Monday. I was thinking about doing it for today but wanted to make sure you had all the bullet journal spreads set for the month of March! So, today I will have three monthly spreads for you to choose from (or make them all!).

March Title and Goals

I have never done a title spread for any month and thought I would give this a try. It’s pretty simple. To start with, I just wrote the word March and made lots of decorations to go around. I am always trying to improve my not-so-good drawing skills and this was a perfect opportunity for me. It is the month of green/shamrocks, not the month of succulents, but I drew them anyway. I saw a cute succulent bullet journal online and had to try it out. I love succulents, but I can never seem to keep them alive. So, they can live forever right here in my bullet journal.

Also, at the bottom of this spread, I have a few goals for myself, including personal, school, and blog/bullet journal. You can make whatever type of goals you want, but here are a few more ideas: work/career, family, relationship, health, and financial.

/image

March Title and Goals

Drawing Challenge

I have seen these drawing challenges all over Facebook and Instagram, but I’ve never actually seen one made into a bullet journal. So… here it is! This bullet journal spread features 31 different things to draw throughout the month. In order to make this spread, I just started by writing March Drawing Challenge at the top. Feel free to write this in the most creative way you can. Then, I made a 5 by 6 grid for the 30 days of the month, and added one extra box at the top for the 31st. If you choose to do this in a month with only 30 days, it will look even better. Also, if you are using the Happy Planner pages, each of my squares was a 7×7 box (if you want it to look exactly the same). Then, I wrote in a drawing for each day. You can use the same drawings as I did, or look up some ideas on Google. I believe they even have themed drawing challenges based on the month.

Personally, I have a hard time remembering to write in my bullet journal daily. For example, I really struggle to fill in my Year in Pixels spread everyday. I am hoping to do better this month. I made this page as another way to inspire me to write in my bullet journal everyday. For some reason I just find it hard to slow down and take the time to do simple things like a drawing challenge, even though it only takes five minutes. As you saw in the above spread, I have bullet journal goals. One of those goals will be to write in my bullet journal daily. I want to hold myself accountable for these drawings (and for filling out the Year in Pixels spread). Let’s hold each other accountable! Comment a few goals you set this month, and let me know how you do in the beginning of April.

Drawing Challenge

March General Spread

It’s been awhile since I have done a regular calendar spread. I usually buy the monthly/weekly combo pack from The Happy Planner, but I ran out of the monthly spreads in January. However, I still have a few of the weekly spreads left over from when I took a break from my bullet journal. So, when I am out of weekly pages I will buy a new pack and have monthly spreads again. For now, I will just use my creativity to plan out the month.

I started this spread with a simple title, “March.” Then, I drew a calendar. Please forgive me for the sloppy lines, I only had one contact in when I did this spread… lol. Also, I did this horizontally because I think it fits the page better. If you are using the Happy Planner dot pages, the dimensions of each box were 6 boxes by six boxes. After drawing the calendar itself, I filled out the days of the week at the top as well as each date in the boxes. I also had a bit of room at the side to make a to-do list and a birthday list. I just wrote both of the title with a pen and used my stickers (which I will link below) for the list part.

March General Spread

I hope you love these monthly spreads! If you decide to do any, please comment below! Have a wonderful week!

As always,

with love,

EmmaGrace

Supplies Used

Tombow Dual Brush Pens

  • I used this for the title in “Drawing Challenge” as well as to color in the succulents for March Title and Goals. I also used them to write the word goals in that page. I used these to write the title in “March General Spread” as well as the headings for the to-do list and the birthday list.

Happy Planner dot paper

Frixion Erasable Pens

  • I used these pens to outline my succulents and to write the type of goals in :March Title and Goals.”I also used them to make the outline and to write the topics for the drawings in “Drawing Challenge.”

Happy Planner Stickers

  • This is the sticker pack I used for the two lists in “March General Spread”

Pentel Brush Pens

  • I used these for the accent on the title in “March General Spread.” I also used them for the days of the week in the same spread.

PaperMate InkJoy Gel pens