10 Things To Carry While Playing Pokemon Go

Pokémon Go is a free-to-play location-based (GPS) augmented reality mobile game that has taken the world by storm. The app skyrocketed to the number one spot in the mobile gaming download charts in America in less than a day. Pokémon Go has players outside and walking around their communities as they attempt to catch Pokémon using their phone. Along the way are Pokéstops – which are typically landmarks – and PokéGyms. Pokéstops allow the trainer to collect items such as pokeballs and eggs and can be utilized every five minutes, which is perfect as you are walking from one area to the next.

I’ve read that many people are spending hours walking around collecting Pokémon and hitting up Pokéstops to collect items. This got me thinking about what I would need to take with me on my adventure and I wanted to share. These are items that fit easily in my purse so there isn’t much extra to lug around since I take my purse with me nearly everywhere.

Water bottle – it is important to stay hydrated, especially if you are walking around in the heat.

Sunscreen – lather up before you leave and make sure to reapply after a couple hours depending on the sunscreen type you choose.

A Power Source – Even with battery saver mode on Pokémon Go has proven to effectively drain your cellphone’s battery in record time. Give your phone a little extra juice when you’re out by using a portable battery charger, extended power case, or even bring your phone charger with you if you are going to stop near an outlet. Many local businesses are near Pokéstops.

Snacks – Jerky, protein bars, trail mix, something to munch on when you inevitably take a break.

Good shoes – some may scoff at this, but good shoes can really help with your feet not killing you the next day.

Personal Business Cards – bumping into other Pokémon trainers is a great way to form connections. Perhaps carry some personal business cards to promote your blog, business, or even just hand out basic info so you can connect with them again.

Pokémon Card
A quick Pokémon card generated idea
It’s ugly, but you get the idea.

Your Data Plan – Before you adventure make sure that you check your current cell phone data plan to see that it will support your travels. Pokémon Go must remain open and using wifi, 3G, 4G, or LTE to track your GPS location, thus utilizing a constant stream of data. It is estimated that app only consumes between 5MB to 10MB of data per hour, but you also must take into consideration other apps which use data as well – such as Facebook, Instagram, etc that can eat up your data.

Your Safety – If you choose to go Pokémon hunting at night make sure you stay safe. Criminals have targeted Pokéstop’s to rob people by setting up lure’s in the game to attract more Pokémon to that area. One suggestion I’ve seen is to carry a flashlight taser and pepper spray, if this is something you choose to do make sure your town/state allows the use of such objects. Personally, I’d stick with just taking basic safety measures. Hunt with friends, be aware of your surroundings, let someone know where you’re going, look up from  your phone, don’t have music going in your ears, and carry a mean right hook.

Knowledge of your local laws – You may not realize it but often times public parks and mall centers are closed to the public after a certain time of day. If you are caught on the property you can be charged with trespassing. Many towns even have a curfew set in place for people below a certain age. Be sure to check out what times you  might be prohibited from catching Pokémon in certain areas.

Patience – Pokémon Go is still in it’s baby stages. The game servers often go down, the game freezes as you attempt to throw pokéballs, the app crashes, rivals from the opposite teams are being rude, the pokémon you’re after keeps escaping, etc. Try to remain patient and not throw your phone on the ground in frustration.

Pet Safety Tip: If you’re traveling with a furry Pokémon trainer – like your dog – be sure that you consider the road and sidewalk temperature before you travel. Most people don’t realize that if the sidewalk is hot to touch for their own hand, that their pets paws are likely to get burned while walking as well. If the road is safe don’t forget that they are going to need to stay hydrated as well. Carry some extra water and a bowl to keep them healthy. You may also want to carry some plastic bags for any deposits they make on your adventure.

I hope that you have enjoyed my short list of items. I know that a couple of them seem like common sense, but you would be surprised at how something seemingly simple is often forgotten. I know that I have to remind myself to put sunscreen on my own children and myself when we go outside to play.

If you’re a trainer and carry other items with you while on your adventure please feel free to share in the comments!


Life Lately – June Edition

Life Captures

Life Lately - June Edition
Vincent’s Plant from Preschool // Fun at the pool // Brother & Sister time
Me being silly // New kicks for the kids // Those curls
Shark Pool! // CHEESE // Me again



Starflight is a young adult sci-fi light romance novel. Everyone who has mentioned Starflight by Melissa Landers has described it as being akin to Joss Whedon’s television series, Firefly. I’ve never watched Firefly (shame on me), but I loved Starflight and the Space Pirates story none the less. I felt that the book could stand alone without the inclusion of the romance, which felt like maybe the guy only liked the girl because she was the only one around.


I’ve been playing Evoland off and on for a couple months now. After six hours of game play I beat the final boss. As I was watching the credit scene it told me that I have completed 83.86% of the game, which means that I need to find some of the hidden areas and achievements to get to 100%.

The game itself is a bit lacking in the story line, but I enjoyed that Evoland gave major throwbacks to Legend of Zelda and Final Fantasy. It even has the Triple Triad card game from Final Fantasy VIII in the game! Triple Triad was one of my favorite parts of Final Fantasy VIII, so I was very excited when I found it. Evoland has a unique progression of graphics and sound. The graphics start at 8-bit and steadily progress to more modern 3D graphics and sound. Pretty cool right?


Lost Girl

Bo is a small-town girl on the run after a disastrous sexual encounter with her boyfriend ends with his death. Bo learns that she is not human, but a succubus, who feeds on the sexual energy of humans. She and her kind are members of the Fae, creatures of legend, who walk among humans and feed off them in different ways. As she searches for the truth about her origins and runs from her inhuman urges, she vows to help those she meets along the way — human or Fae — who need to right a wrong.

A couple years ago I managed to catch a few random episodes of Lost Girl and knew that I’d want to watch it. It seemed interesting, but I never got to start from the beginning – until now. Earlier this month I loaded up Netflix and found myself in a binge session after another. I’m nearing the end of Season 2 and looking forward to Season 3.

I did not know that Ksenia Solo, who plays Kenzi, also played a love interest of Cosima’s on Orphan Black. The blond hair threw me off!


Last June we dealt with our home being ruined by a flash flood, the June prior to that we felt we were in hell waiting on the medical results to see if our unborn daughter would be effected by Trisomy 13/18This June I’ve been hobbled up with crutches, but beyond that nothing terrible has happened, which is refreshing. Maybe I can enjoy June again?

June 05 – I finally got to watch the whole Frozen movie.

June 13 – Desiree: Vincent go potty.
Desiree: That’s not polite.

June 16 – Fangirled away and wrote a post about my excitement over the E3 announcements.

June 18 – Went to the pool for the first time this summer for a birthday party.

June 29 – Sorted into Wampus for Ilvermorny in Pottermore. I’m a Wamclaw (Wampus + Ravenclaw)




5 Fandom Friday

My Favorite Podcasts

I have never understood the appeal of podcasts. Most of the ones I had heard about seemed like boring radio talk shows that I had no interest in. Just let me listen to my music please! One day I happened to be reading the IGGPPC hashtag on twitter and I forget who it was, but fellow geeks were talking about some podcast called “Welcome to Night Vale” and how awesome it was. I looked it up and it did seem interesting so I downloaded the first episode on a two hour car ride and I was hooked. After that I realized that like music, books, and all fine things podcasts come in different categories to suit your interests. Not every one of them is full of monotone boringness, and so I am going to share my favorite podcasts with you.

Welcome to Night Vale

Welcome to Nightvale

Twice-monthly community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events. Turn on your radio and hide.
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One Bad Mother

One Bad Mother

One Bad Mother is a comedy podcast hosted by Biz Ellis and Theresa Thorn about motherhood and how unnatural it sometimes is. We aren’t all magical vessels! We deal with the thrills and embarrassments of motherhood and strive for less judging and more laughing.
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I adore One Bad Mother. It’s one of the very few parenting type podcasts I have heard that have made me feel better about myself, and my parenting abilities. It has made me realize how normal the things I go through are. They also have a wonderful Facebook group community set in a similar style.

Two?! Just two podcasts to share?!

Sadly, yes. I don’t listen to very many podcasts on a regular basis. I have some episodes saved from various podcasts to check out, but I can’t recommend them until I listen to them. Curious what they are?


Alice Isn't Dead

Alice Isn’t Dead

Alice Isn’t Dead – a new serial fiction podcast from the team behind Welcome to Night Vale.

A truck driver searches across America for the wife she had long assumed was dead. In the course of her search, she will encounter not-quite-human serial murderers, towns literally lost in time, and a conspiracy that goes way beyond one missing woman.

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Lore is an award-winning, critically-acclaimed podcast about true life scary stories. Each episode examines a new dark tale from history, and presents it in a style that’s been compared to a campfire experience.

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The rest of my “to eventually listen to” list are some parenting podcast episodes some women in the One Bad Mother group recommended. If you’re a podcast listener I would love to know what ones you recommend!