Thursday, August 28, 2014

The SIMS 4 Demo and Launch

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I have a pretty busy schedule during the week. I feel like I am always go, go, going, and that my to-do list is never quite complete. After we have made it through the day, the house is somewhat clean, and my to-do list for the day is mostly done, I try my hardest to relax in the evenings. Whether it's playing a game or laying in bed reading a book. I have to be able to unwind at the end of the day somehow, otherwise stress builds up, and I eventually snap. One thing I love doing to unwind is playing a game on my laptop. I don't always have a lot of time to do so, but when I do, it's normally The Sims. My love for the Sims started when I was around twelve years old and my best friend introduced me to it. Ever since then, I've been hooked and have played several version of The Sims. A few of my favorites are The Sims house party, The Sims Vacation, and recently The Sims 3. When I heard The Sims™ 4 demo was available and that The Sims™ 4 launch is on September 2nd, I did a little happy dance!

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // The SIMS 4 Demo and Launch #TheSims4 #Shop #Cbias


Live.Laugh.L0ve. // The SIMS 4 Demo and Launch #TheSims4 #Shop #Cbias

When I found out I could check out a demo of The Sims™ 4 before I bought it, I jumped on that quick! I wanted to see what made it so much better than The Sims 3. The demo absolutely did NOT disappoint! I loved how much I could customize my Sim. There are so many new options to choose from and it made creating my Sim 100 times more fun. One of the things I really enjoyed was creating a personality for my Sim, a personality that was very much me. I feel like The Sims™ 4 gives you more options and makes your Sim seem a lot more real because you get to choose a wide variety of traits for your Sim's personality! It was a blast! Another thing I got a kick out of, was you could customize their walk! There were different walks you could have your Sim do and one of them even had me laughing out loud.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // The SIMS 4 Demo and Launch #TheSims4 #Shop #Cbias

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // The SIMS 4 Demo and Launch #TheSims4 #Shop #Cbias

I remember the first time I ever built my own house on the Sims instead of buying one. I quickly learned that I loved building a home, decorating it, and perfecting it to my taste. I love that The Sims™ 4 makes building houses even easier and better! I could spend so much time building a house to perfection and that's exactly what I plan to do! =D I was always worried that I was going to somehow lose my Sims game. A computer crash, accidentally deleting it, whatever, and sadly it did happen. I didn't always mind starting over, but sometimes it was just so dang frustrating to have to start from scratch. I loveeee that you can save and share your creations straight to your computer or facebook. That takes away my fear of losing all that fun hard work! ;)

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // The SIMS 4 Demo and Launch #TheSims4 #Shop #Cbias

I seriously can't wait to be able to play it in the evenings and I wanted it as soon as I could get my hands on it! Thankfully, I could pre-order it on Walmart.com or if you prefer to shop in store, it will be hitting stores September 2nd! I love that I could pre-order it and have it right on my computer and when you pre-order The Sims™ 4, you get a free pack of Sour Patch Kids Gum AND if you purchase it in store on September 2nd, you will also receive your free gum as well!

If you are a nerd like me, *wink* be sure to head over to The Sims™ 4's facebook page and give it a like to keep up with the latest and greatest!

So, what do you think? Will you be pre-ordering the game or running to the store to buy it next week?! I definitely recommend you check out the demo and give it a little test run, I guarantee you will fall in love with it like I did!

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Dear Jay

Dear Jay,
  Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Dear Jay

How is it that this summer passed so quickly? How is you are growing up so fast? I wish time would slow down, I wish I could stop time and just hold you forever. I love watching you grow though. It really is a bittersweet feeling, wanting you to stay little, but loving watching you become this independent big boy. I can't believe you are in first grade. We woke up a little late Monday morning, but you were so excited to start getting ready. You ate your breakfast, took your shower, and got ready. We chatted about school and making new friends. When it was time to go, we walked hand in hand to your classroom and I didn't want to let you go. I wanted to hold your small hand and just stay with you. You smiled at me though, let my hand go, and walked right to your seat. I was fighting back tears, but I knew you were going to be fine.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Dear Jay

As a momma, it's a hard line to walk. Watching you grow, wanting you to learn, letting you become independent, but wanting to hold your small hand forever because I know there will come a time when you don't want me to hold your hand, a time when I don't get to walk you in to school. I cherish these moments with you Jay. My heart is filled with so much love and joy for you that it takes my breath away. I am truly so blessed to be your momma. So blessed that God chose me, I couldn't imagine life without you, I couldn't imagine not watching you grow up. I might want you to stay little forever, I may want to hold your hand always, but I know I will hold your heart forever.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Dear Jay

Your first day went so well. As soon as you spotted me when I picked you up after school, you were beaming! You climbed into the car and started chatting away. I was so happy to hear that you loved your teacher and that you had a wonderful first day of school. The second day went just as well and you even told me about the new friend you made. It warms my heart that you are having great days in school because I miss you like crazy when you are gone and I'm always worried/wondering how your day is going. I just wanted to say how much I love you and how proud of you I am.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Dear Jay

Love,
Mommy.
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Monday, August 25, 2014

I was reminded how lucky I am to have my husband

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // I was reminded how lucky I am to have my husband

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // I was reminded how lucky I am to have my husband

This weekend was pure bliss. Hubby has been working a lot lately so, I've been doing this "solo parenting" thing for a few weeks. Well, he had the whole weekend off and it was wonderful. My back has really been bothering me as my stomach continues to get bigger, which is expected, but it doesn't make it easier. Saturday night, Hubby told me he was going to make dinner, anything I wanted. I told him I wanted Meatloaf so that's what he made, along with baked potatoes, green beans, and rolls. :) While dinner was in the oven he also cleaned the kitchen and did dishes. The whole time he was doing that and the boys were playing, I got to sit on the couch and read. It was nice to just relax.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // I was reminded how lucky I am to have my husband

Then Sunday morning, I woke up to the smell of something delicious. I stumbled my way out of bed and into the kitchen to see what it was and there Hubby was, making breakfast for us. To say I was shocked was a complete understatement. After breakfast he helped me out with the boys so much and continued to clean up the house. I had a smile on my face as I asked him, "What did I do to deserve this?" He looked at me, gave me a kiss, and said, "What did you do? Well, you put up with me working a lot, you take care of our kids, and your run our household. That's why you deserve this." With my pregnancy hormones I was fighting back tears.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // I was reminded how lucky I am to have my husband

He also made dinner again Sunday night. It was seriously such a relaxing weekend and I felt completely spoiled with all the help. The boys were pretty darn good all weekend and by Sunday night, we were rested, and ready for school to start today. This weekend I was reminded of how truly blessed I am to have the husband I do. He blew me away this weekend and I couldn't stop thanking God for the wonderful man I married.

What has your Husband done lately that just made you stop and go, "Wow, I'm so lucky to have him."?

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Depression and Suicide

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Depression and Suicide

When I first found out about the passing of Robin Williams, I was incredibly sad. This man that has been in some of my favorite movies for years, was no longer alive. When I found out he took his own life, I was not only completely shocked, I was heartbroken. This "happy" man who had spent his career making people laugh, had committed suicide. However, it wasn't until I saw the tweet from TheAcademy on Twitter, that I started crying. "Genie, you're free." It wasn't long before I saw some of the anger and backlash about that little tweet. "Suicide is not freeing." People cried in outrage. "It shouldn't be looked at as freeing."

I could see the point of why people were/are saying that and I can see why people were upset by it. It does make it sound like suicide would be a good thing for someone considering it because that person would be "free" from their pain. Yes, Robin Williams is now free. He is free from the pain, sadness, and hurt he felt. He is free from the demons he felt he couldn't escape. He is free from whatever it was that was consuming him. We didn't know his story, but he is free from those things. But...

His family isn't free... His family isn't free from wondering how they didn't see it coming. They are not free from the pain of his loss. They re not free from wondering why he did it or how this could happen. They are not free from wondering if they could have done more. Suicide may have freed him from his pain, but he left behind a world of hurt, a world of questions. I was talking to my mom after I found out about this and I couldn't help but wonder if someone could have done something more for him or if he was just too far gone. I don't know his story, but when something like this happens, I can't help but wonder if something more could have been done for him or for anyone who has taken their own life or tried to take their own life. Why did he feel like he had no way out? It's not just him though, it's anyone going through this... this being depression and suicidal thoughts. I've talked a little about my own struggle with mild depression. I've watched family members hurt themselves, some overcame it, and some didn't. Never once did I turn a blind eye to it or act like it wasn't a big deal. I've talked about depression with them, I've yelled, and I've cried out of frustration for wanting to help and feeling helpless.

Society however has made it seem like depression shouldn't be talked about. People should take their meds and move on. They should "get over it" and "just be happy their alive." If only it were that easy. People have also made depression seem like it's not a big deal, "I'm so depressed I couldn't get this new whatever." "Ugh, I really wanted to do this, it's so depressing that I can't." No, that kind of shit isn't depressing, you might be sad over something so tiny, but you aren't depressed about it. Depression is a term used too much, too loosely, and not taken seriously enough for those who do actually suffer from depression. I didn't always understand depression before I had it, but I always tried to understand it. It wasn't until I experienced it, that I fully understood it. This isn't about me though, this is about you, about us, about society.

If you are struggling with depression, please talk to someone, anyone. Hell, email me, I will talk to you and you can trust me. We will email back and forth as many times as needed and as often as needed. I want you to know someone is here for you, someone cares, and someone will listen, even if it's a stranger. You are NOT alone in this and you don't have to go through this alone.

If you know someone with depression, Reach out to them and keep reaching out to them until they let you in. Let them know you are here for them and that they aren't alone.

As a society, stop throwing the word depression around over nothing. As a society, we need to make it our mission to reach out to those who do suffer from depression. We need to smile and strike up a conversation with someone. Put the damn phone down and pay attention to people.

Everyone is fighting a battle that we know nothing about and your kindness could brighten someones day. Never forget that.

R.I.P. Robin Williams, you will be greatly missed.

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