May 17th, 2016

A few more things I’m currently enjoying.


Two of these are things I’ve either mentioned here on my blog or my Youtube channel before; the remaining ones are recent finds. Let’s take a closer look!

#1 MEMORY by Misaki Kawaii


Yesterday I went shopping with Emma, and we stopped by Tiger because I needed some craft supplies. Some marzipans wrote me to check out the Misaki Kawaii collection, now available, and so I did. All of it is so fun and colourful, but the one item I decided to take home, was this memory game. Did you use to play it when you were little? I remember loving it so much, and I thought every kid would have fond memories (ah, get it?… okay, sorry) of this game, but apparently I was wrong. Emma told me she never did, she didn’t know the rules, and so we planned to play it together.

Just in case you are not familiar with the game, the box comes with 40 “tiles”, with 20 different images. You place them all faced down and on your turn, you pick two and flip them. You will have to remember what you see because if they don’t match they go back faced down. Once you know where the matching images are located, you can flip them and collect them, and continue until you get one wrong.

It’s super simple, but I definitely wanted to add it to my board game collection, especially considering that the illustrations here are so unique!



I bought this game for myself during Christmas. I absolutely love Animal Crossing so I knew I would enjoy this as well, but because I’ve heard some bad reviews about it, I kind ย of left it on a shelf until a few days ago.

As soon as I started playing it, I realised how wrong I was to think that this wouldn’t be so good. It’s really fun! It has a lot more to offer than I’d imagined, and not only you get to build and decorate the villagers’ houses, but even the main town sites, like the hospital, the school and shops. Isn’t that amazing? You have a huge selection of furniture in the catalogue to pick from (for free) and you are given some pointers on what you must get done, and based on that, you get to be creative and make anything you like.

I seriously can’t put it down, which is bad because I have tons of work to do, but it’s just too good!!



I said in one of my previous posts that I was reading this book, and I explained how much people recommended this to me and how I simply had to check it out since Tim Burton is making a movie out of it.

So I read it all in about a week, and now that I’m done, I can share some thoughts on it:

  1. Very interesting story; so detailed and well thought out. I found myself thinking about the book while I wasn’t reading it, and that’s usually an indicator of the fact that I’m into the story.
  2. The pictures are a huge plus: since the events and people are so… peculiar, having them not only helps you get in the right mood, but also adds to the creepiness. The picture on the right, with the two boys wearing a costume, is my favourite out of all the book. So creepy.
  3. It’s original and different from anything I’ve ever read; I can see how this will fit well with Tim Burton’s style.

My rating would be a 8/10 – missing two points simply because I normally prefer a different kind of literature and although it was very creepy, my interest faded for a few chapters when *LITTLE SPOILER* the fight begun. But the beginning was great, the development of the story was incredible, and the ending kept me wanting to know more – which I will, since I already have the second book!


#4 FORGOTTEN PAPERS from Portugal


I got these while I was in Lisbon. The last day we entered a shop called “A Vida Portuguesa”, and Felix spotted this little clear envelope full of old papers. He knew I would have wanted it, so he got it for me.

When you open it and get the paper out, a lovely old scent of desiccated roses comes with them. To be honest, I haven’t decided yet if I should keep them as a memory of my trip, or if I should give them life and write on them, making them travel around the world, so they can reach my friends, with a message. Should I use them? Should I keep them? Ah, so difficult.

Either way, I’m happy Felix got these for me, as they look so wonderfully aged.


These are the four things I wanted to write about today. Now I’m gonna go back to play, ehm, I mean, work. OF COURSE.



55 thoughts on “FOUR FINDS.

  1. Terri

    Ahh I’ve been waiting for a nice cheerful post from you! I’ve been in hospital since Friday and mega bored! I’ve been playing animal crossing new leaf virtually constantly! I quite like miss perriguines too! If mainly for the pictures as well, I didn’t enjoy the second, hollow city, half as much xxx


  2. kristinamaksimovic14

    Memory games are THE BEST;
    Animal crossing looks interesting;
    The book seems too creepy for me (:D);
    If I were you, I would keep the papers since you got them from your bf. ๐Ÿ™‚



  3. Sara B.

    You’ve just convinced me to get Happy Home Designer ๐Ÿ™‚ By the way Marzia, did you get the chance to try the peanut butter and Nesquick mix I had suggested a few weeks back? If so, I hope you enjoyed!xoxo


  4. Amy

    All four items are great and very different from each other! I have thought about getting animal crossing happy home designer but I wasn’t sure if I would have to keep up with the game by buying more of those villager home cards. I’m not sure how long the game stays free before you have to pay for more add-ons, but it sounds very cute! I hope they continue to make more animal crossing games, maybe even for their new console, the NX.
    I understand your struggle of not wanting to use something so pretty! There is a lot of cute papers and erasers I used to get that I just couldn’t “waste.” I sometimes do that with nice art supplies. I don’t want to waste nice paper or the pencils with some art that I’m not positive that it will come out okay. I’m trying to get better at that. Maybe you can think about it for a week and see what stinks.


  5. Regan W

    Marzia, I have a question.
    Some time ago, I ordered Dream House from Amazon. Then I entered the contest for the reading kit (I live in the US). Today I got an email from Jackie Jou saying I was one of the winners. She says to reply to her within a time limit to claim my prizes, and to say- YES I ACCEPT!. Should I trust it?
    Please reply back if you can.


  6. Frisha

    Enjoy Animal Cro… I mean work!

    Love this post, I enjoy all the things you share: always so uplifting and interesting.

    PS: If I were you – I’d keep the papers as momentos, maybe until some HUGE opportunity arises to write someone.

    Frisha ๐Ÿ™‚


  7. sophierobinsonx

    Good afternoon marzia ๐Ÿ™‚
    These all look fun! I had animal crossing on the nintendo wii a few years ago and i didnt know how to play ๐Ÿ˜ฆ haha i continued to go on it everyday for weeks, maybe months because it was so cute. Id just walk around or go fishing. Desperate to give it another go. Maybe ill try the same one as you.
    Maybe you could keep some of the papers and use some too ๐Ÿ˜€ Just to special friends and family.
    Found your book the weekend in Warerstones! Had it as a treat! I started reading it whilst at the Monkey forest, eating my picnic from my new picnic basket ๐Ÿ˜€ haha!
    Enjoy playing! I mean working… X


    1. Kitsukara

      Either is good but I recommend going for the new 3DS (that comes in both sizes). I got the new 3DS xl and I find that the bigger screen is quite nice but it’s clunky and kind of big to bring around. So what ever fits your needs.


  8. itsme

    Ahhh, finally new post. I’m refreshing your page like every 5 minutes haha. I should stop it :))
    Well I’ll try to get that book in my hand. Because it looks so interesting and ofc creepy.
    About your papers from Lisbon have you considered to send them out to your marzipans (like me :p wink wink) It will brighten our life for a pretty long time. Just imagine one day when you open your mailbox or at your doorstep there’s one beautiful paper (postcard) from your favorite youtuber Marzia out of the blue . Isn’t it cool kk? Think about it, hehe I know you got lots of works have to do. But just a simple note from you is so meaningful for us, marzipans.
    Well I should stop it here hehe, Have a good day Marzia!


  9. Jenny

    Okay that book looks really really good marzia !!! And that memory game too, and animal crossing !!! Okay all of them lol


  10. Karalee

    I love animal crossing happy home designer! I have even bought the amiibo cards so I can design more houses!
    The book seems interesting and I think I’ll check it out.


  11. emi hartzler

    How could Emma never played memory games? Haha is weird. Nice review of the “MISS PEREGRINEโ€™S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN” book! I got it and i want to read it ๐Ÿ™‚ i hope i enjoy it as well! I wanted to ask you, since you love horror stuff and everything related. When i was little i used to read these books from R. L. Stine, they were for children, and they were all horror related. THEY ARE SO GOOD. No joking. Some of they are like really for children but i read a few – and god. They are really good. I’m gonna recommend you all of the collection called “Fear street”. They are amazing. I hope you get the chance to read them one day!!

    Greetings from Uruguay โ™ฅ โ™ฅ.


  12. I love baking

    Maybe you could design your own memory game with pictures of pugs or something and put them in your Marzia box or turn it into an app game haha.

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  13. Soลˆa Babinskรก

    The memory game you mentioned is called PEXESO in our country! I was obssesed by this game as a kid I awlawys wanted to play that (yop, I was kinda annoying) ๐Ÿ˜€


  14. thehumanphoenix

    Okay, memory is still the best game since you can play it for a minute or the whole day, I hope Emma loves it ๐Ÿ™‚
    And I recommend you to use only like few of them and send them to some friends you know will love it and enjoy them as much as you do, but keep few.
    Hope you’re having a very good day


  15. Ana Stevenson

    I love the little Portuguese souvenir! As nice as it would be to share it, I’m terrible at this… I’m a bit of a hoarder when it comes to pretty cards and papers! I only part with it if I know that the person who’s receiving it will keep it and cherish!
    I still have to read this book, I’ve been wanting for a while, but my to-read pile just keeps growing ):
    About the memory game, I used to play it all the time! In fact, it came with my dad’s first computer! Paint, solitaire, memory and that pong table were my favourites until I discovered Tomb Raider haha
    Have a lovely week! X


  16. milkywayturtle

    I just ordered the book! I hope I like it just as much as you… I am more of a mystery type but I love creepy stuff too. Can’t wait to read it. :3

    I grew up playing the memory game. Only we used card decks instead but it was still really fun. Hope Emma like it too!


  17. Darian Vaars

    Hi Marzia!
    If you like finding things and going to new places you should look up geocaching! There is also an app for it, and once you look it up you’ll see why ๐Ÿ˜‰ My husband and I recently have gotten into it!
    Happy Exploring!

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  18. Paula Watson

    Oooh, I really want to read this book! I’m just waiting the price to low a little bit, hahahaha.
    And about the postcards, well, if you think the friend you want to mail will appreciate the beauty and oldness (hahah) of it, like you do, you should send it! I’ts a fun and cute way to let your friends know you care about them! ๐Ÿ™‚
    (and sorry if a made some mistakes here)


  19. Carolina Vitรณria

    Hello Marzia!!

    I also LOVE animal crossing! It’s such creative, and adorable! I never tried the home designer, hopefully after my exams I can play !

    Once again Im very happy you came to Portugal! You got “The Lost Papers” ! I love the idea to be honest!

    Keep some, and use the others!!

    Hugs and kisses from your Portuguese fan!


  20. kamgabbyj

    I love how she finds so many cute cool things, and the fact that Felix knows her so well to get her something she would enjoy is just adorable. Shows true love when the partner takes and invests their interests into yours ๐Ÿ™‚ And marzia I toads know how you feel about playing games but also having to get things done, I’m sitting on my bed playing Pokรฉmon Conquest and I still have to visit the library to get some new reading material and clean up my tornado of a room XD ohhh geez lolz.

    Wish ya luck in your endeavours :3!!


  21. BailieInABottle

    These all seem like amazing things that I will be sure to check out myself, I’m also a huge fan of the stuff from tiger- that game is one of my favourites! Also I’ve found that those sort of papers are great for framing and hanging on the wall as a decoration or to add to a scrapbook collection. xxx


  22. Rebecca

    Your blogs are always so fascinating to read Marzia! I always enjoy reading about the interesting things you bought or places you have visited! Keep up the great work!


  23. samanthasspaceblog

    I love animal crossing and DS games in general. Could you maybe do a blog post on some of your favourite DS games? ๐Ÿ™‚ Mine are Style Boutique, Animal Crossing, Super Mario Bros and Tomodochi Life!


  24. zueymoth

    Hello Marzia!

    I am glad you were able to find so many cool things! I love Animal Crossing New Leaf, and I had been soooo excited for Animal Crossing Happy Home Designer, but sadly, it greatly disappointed me. I returned it. I tried so hard to like it but I hated it so much! ):

    However, I am glad you were able to enjoy it! The good thing about not having a rating system is that it allows you to be creative and interrupt what they want how every you like.

    Happy Gaming, Marzia!


  25. Milisha

    I totally agree that the book is good but i also didn’t enjoyed the part of the fight that much, besides that it is a book that has a lot to offer. Also Ransom Riggs is my author crush ๐Ÿ˜›
    I am planning to buy a Nintendo because it looks pretty fun
    thanks for the post Marzia love you


  26. Chiaruccia

    Ciao Marzia!
    Scriverai mai un post sui tuoi libri preferiti? Tipo… almeno una top 10! Ho bisogno di consigli su qualcosa di nuovo da leggere ed i tuoi gusti si avvicinano ai miei ๐Ÿ™‚ (hai un account su Goodreads?)
    Grazie, un bacino a Puga chan :*


  27. Queenzy

    Marzia!!!! I love your blog so much! It’s so lovely dear! Keep it up! I’m actually from Philippines and one of the admins of MarziaPiePH. Hope you’ll visit us soon here! We’ll be waiting for you, love!

    Love lots from Filipino Marzipans โค


  28. 3sther

    Share all of them and keep one for you as the lovely gift Felix gave you. Maybe one day you could visit Madrid, or San Sebastian; I’m actually visiting the last one and I am really enjoying the trip, although I love Sevilla



  29. Ansia

    Nice picks Marzia! It’s weird indeed that Emma hadn’t played the memory game! I know how difficult it is to focus on work when there are such great games! Anyway , always enjoying reading your blog! Have fun! ๐Ÿ™‚


  30. walkingcreatures

    Hi marzia,
    I have not started on the book yet, but I have just finished reading dream house. And can I just say it was one of the best books I’ve read in a long time, it was so clever I just had to read it again to put all the puzzles together. WELL DONE!! ๐Ÿ™‚


  31. Amethyst

    I’ve deff been wanting to read tht book and I think you should keep the envelope’s but write a letter to yourself about how you enjoyed your trip and what your fave parts abt it was. It’s good for the memoirs. ilysm <3<3<3


  32. samashbailey

    Marzia, have you ever tried playing Fantasy Life?

    Probably one of the best 3ds games out there! It has some game play that is similar to Animal Crossing, but soooo much more content. And the dlc is great as well! I think you’d really enjoy it. Be careful though it’s super addicting. I’ve already clocked well over 200 hours XD

    I think you’d really like it! Let us know if you pick it up!


  33. laratollin

    I loved to play memory when I was little. I had so many of them, but the one I will probably always remember is the one where the tiles were shaped as hearts and they had different illustrations of Didle and Diddlina on them. They are so adorable, I remember wanting everything with those two mice on it, so my mom bought me the memory game. I still have it at home โค


  34. marziaismyidol

    Hey Marzia!
    Im just so in love with your blog,i really love to read it,makes me so happy to read all the things you usually do,i kinda feel like thanks to your blog,im more happy & confident.
    Hope you can come to Portugal soon again,i really need to hug you & thank you for all the things you helped me. Thanks to you,i stopped cuting myself. Thank you for all the times you make/made me smile,youre the reason why i keep going,im gonna support you forever. โค love you ๐Ÿ™‚


  35. Istana

    I was going to recommend getting the miss peregrines home for peculiar children book because you loved the movie… but I see you already have๐Ÿ˜‚ I have yet to read it because I am very busy…๐Ÿ˜ฃ


  36. heartmugiwarapirates

    Hello, Marzia!
    I’m a resident from Portugal, not from Lisbon but from Porto, which is a beautiful city to live in. Hopefully you get a chance to visit it and I promise you won’t regret your stay here.
    There are many weekly fairs where you can buy old stuff for a really cheap price. It’s amazing how many pictures, letters and even books you can find there. I really like to spend hours looking at something old and just keep imagining what kind of “life” that object had. What story does it tells.
    I’m glad to see that Portugal is being more recognize and especially by my favorite youtuber!
    Have a nice day!


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