Posted in Life, Updates

Coronacation: The Future of TNR

 

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So for the last three days Chris and I – along with most of the nation/world – has been under a quarantine because of the corona virus, and I am also on a mandatory “spring break”. I have been doing good actually – except for an hour on Wednesday when I thought i was going to lose it because I had been staring at a screen for the past two days -, and I’ve been very productive! I cleaned my floors, did laundry, and have kept up with the dishes. Not to mention I have done a lot of streaming – in case you missed that -, and a few Facebook or Instagram live videos. This “break” has actually began to feel like a little vacation for me, a coronacation you might say? I realized this morning I hadn’t reached out to my blogging community and so that is why I am here. I know we all are trying to adjust to being home-bound – for the most part -, while for some not knowing how long this will last. I just found out today the state of Kansas said schools are going to be out for the rest of the year – not semester, year! Wow! A part of me doesn’t think I could handle being at home and limiting my outings for a whole year, but then another part says, “You are stronger than this, you can make it work!” I guess what I am trying to say is I feel you. For someone who has a history of anxiety, it is especially hard, but I am finding ways to cope. One of those being, I am writing to all of you and I am streaming. Not only is it making the process easier to deal with, I actually get to talk to other humans – regardless if it is over a screen or not!

So what does this quarantine mean for TNR? Well, honestly, as long as I can come on here during the week and for an hour on Saturday’s or Sunday’s, I will be hanging out with each of you and making content that brings you joy and peace. As Chris and I said before, TNR is designed to foster community and love – especially in the times we are living now! So will you help me? Will you reach out to those you know and tell them about our Twitch channel and the other social platforms we have so we can build this community? This has been my baby for a while now, and I’m glad my husband could step up and help, but my vision is to see TNR reach the world and brighten the lives of every person we meet. So if you’re with me, and you want to help me create amazing content that will grow our little space, then comment below with some suggestions you think would help. And remember, Chris and I love tabletop games, RPG and MMO games, fantasy/crime/fiction books, and scifi/ inspirational family friendly movies and shows. If you can think of anything within that demographic that would help bring in more people share your thoughts below or send us a message in the contact section. Thanks again for joining us on this journey and have a safe and beautiful day!

Happy Trails,

Angie

P.S. Not trying to make light of the situation with the term, “coronacation”, but if we can’t find something amusing about this situation, we might just crack!

We’re on Twitch!

Hello friends, I hope you have had a good week so far! I (Angie) wanted to hop on here and let you know a few things about our Twitch channel and remind you of our upcoming stream.

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In case you missed it, we have our first video up on Twitch!! I did a dry run yesterday on Twitch to make sure I could figure out the setup and such for the platform, and decided to do an unboxing for my lady friends in TNR. You can go check it out here, and the YouTube videos are up as well in our unboxing playlist here.

#SITDOWNSUNDAY STREAM

Join us on March 15th, 2020 at 1 PM CST.  for our first sit down Sunday stream. Don’t forget to tell your friends and family, set a reminder, and remember to hop on because whatever we plan on doing, it is going to be a blast. Chris and I are excited to be relaxing with all of you and we look forward to your questions.

We have followers!!

Oh my word! Can you believe it? We have six (6) followers so far on our Twitch channel!!! How awesome is that? We hope after we have been on for a few months and people see our consistency they will link arms with us and become what we are considering calling roadies – the name is still up for discussion, lol – by subscribing to our channel. We hope if you haven’t done so already that you will hop on over to the channel and either follow, subscribe, or do both and help us foster community and love to others through our streams.

Well, that is all I have for today. I hope you have a good rest of your week. Look forward to chatting with you soon!

Happy Trails,

Angie

 

Posted in Community, Networking

Countdown to our first livestream!

March Reboot 1

 

  Wow! Can you believe March is here already? That’s insane! You know what I (Angie) also can’t believe? Two weeks from this past Sunday we will be doing our FIRST EVER LIVESTREAM!!!! Man, I don’t know about you but Chris and I are pretty excited! Who knows, if we hit 50 subs I might give something away from my makeup sub box or a book from one of my favorite authors! Anywho, I am getting side-tracked. Our first stream on Twitch will be March 15, 2020, at 1pm CST. We decided to get our feet wet by doing our Sit Down Sunday stream two times this month. Then once April rolls around, we plan on doing two Saturday streams and two Sunday streams. You can expect them to be in the mornings on Saturdays and afternoons on Sundays.

YouTube

What about YouTube?? Well, I have decided to make the Ambiance videos and lives on Thursdays and will be uploading them on Tuesdays. Along with this, you can expect the videos Chris and I did live on Sundays to be there as well. This way I am focusing most of my energy on creating content for the blogs, coming up with content for YouTube and Twitch, and still having time for my personal life.

Join the community

 

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Here is where you come in. Chris and I need our followers on here, and our friends and family to join us on this journey and get the word out. The way that looks is you follow us on YouTube and Twitch; decide if you are financially able to support us each month – all we will have starting off is two tiers of $5 or $15 a month -; and then make sure to share share share. The more traffic we get to our blog, YouTube, and especially our Twitch – the most important one – the better.

Why subscribers?

We could easily start out just asking for follows and likes and such, however by subscribing it does the following:

  • Better Quality Streams/Videos: Streaming can get expensive. In order to reach more people and have a consistent flow of traffic, we need to make sure we have good lighting, good sound, and good picture quality – which all comes over time, but we need the help of others to get them  – in order to produce better quality streams and videos.
  •  New Content: Chris and I don’t want the same videos or streams each time, that can get boring real quick! So in order to keep things fresh and lively, we need the finances to be able to travel to that local mom and pop shop and try their amazing burger or get that game/book our viewers have been recommending and check it out so we can discuss it with our community.
  •  All the things: We know we wouldn’t be able to do any of this without the love and support of you, so that is why we will have giveaways and prizes for those who subscribe to our Twitch channel. When you subscribe at the various levels you will get some amazing gifts from both of us. Then every three months we will randomly choose one of our subscribers and one of our active followers to win a pretty sweet prize pack. We have so much more in store than this, but we will discuss all of that later on down the road.

        If you can’t support us, we get it, we’ve been there! However, if you’re able to, and you want to partner with us to spread love and joy to others, then please reach out to us and we will discuss a plan of action.

Well, that is all for us today. Again, we appreciate each and every one of you. Thank you to those who comment, like our posts/videos, etc. and we look forward to chatting with you again soon!

Happy Trails,

Chris and Angie

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WE NEED YOUR HELP

We at TNR need your help! We are currently looking for people who will sponsor us, and allow us to show off their products on our YouTube and Twitch channel!

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How does that look? Well, as of right now we are looking for around 5 to 10 businesses that would be willing to allow us to use their product in our videos/stream or be willing to sponsor our videos. Here are some of the things we would like to do:

  • Play Your Game: We enjoy worker-placement, RPG, and various board/card games. If you have a game you think we would like, please feel free to contact us.
  •  Review Your Product: We enjoy things like Audiobooks, physical books, I (Angie) enjoy makeup – to an extent -, coffee and tea, we enjoy good food, local mom and pop shops, and even comics. If you want us to review your product live or on a video we want to hear from you.
  •  Products for every day/practical use: By this, we simply mean things such as everyday household items, clothes, or items people use on a regular basis – at a reasonable price.
  • Help us make better content: These are things we use to stream and help make better content for our viewers and those who join our community. This would be the equipment we use, the chairs we sit in, etc. If you think we would enjoy it, would help facilitate a better outcome for our viewers, then we want to talk to you!

Last but not least, we need others to join our community and support us financially. Whether it is five dollars – less than a cup of coffee – or more, we need a group of people who will join the Twitch fam and subscribe each month to help us reach as many people as possible and share the love and joy we hope to foster in the world around us. We will have various levels you can subscribe at, and through each one, you will be able to get the following goodies:

  • Help create content – within reason – for our YouTube and Twitch channel
  • At the end of our stream/video, we will give you a shoutout!
  • You might get to do a collab with us or we will host and highlight your own channel!
  •  Every quarter we will have a giveaway!

And these are just a few of the things we have planned for our channel. Look forward to linking arms with you on this journey!

Happy Trails,

Chris and Angie Frantz

Posted in Life

Be on the lookout

March Reboot 1

Hey everyone, so this week’s post is going to be a bit short, but I’m itching to share something amazing that my hubs and I have going on behind the scenes. However, I can’t quite share the details with you just yet, but I can say to be on the lookout for some exciting events and such we will have planned starting in Mid March, early April. O_O I know, very elusive, right? I don’t know if you’re like me at all, but I hate surprises….this is one, however, that I promise you will like – well, I hope you’ll like -, and what I can say is, you should expect me to be writing more on here one to two times per week, and uploading stuff on our other social platforms like YouTube and Instagram. That is all I can say for now, but I hope you will pray that God will direct our steps and help us as we step into this new leg of our journey. I look forward to sharing more with y’all! As always, please make sure to subscribe to the blog, head on over to our other social platforms on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube and follow us there, and then finally make sure to share with your friends so we can grow our little community and share this fun adventure with the world! ^_^

Happy Trails,

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~Angie~

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City Spotlight: STL

Today I want to share with you a few of my favorite places I like to go to when I drive over the river to St. Louis, MO. I should note, none of these business’ sponsored me to write about them, it was out of my free will.

On Saturday I finally got the chance to visit the new Ferris Wheel down at Union Station in St. Louis, MO. My hubs Chris and I decided to make a date evening of it, and so we stopped at two of my favorite places to eat as well – I will discuss those in a bit. It was a tad chilly when we first got there, but after a few hours it finally started to warm up. I had purchased tickets online beforehand and I believe it came out to be $15 a person. The cars, or whatever you will call them, were a decent size, as well as having both an emergency button and a few vents for heat. I could have done without the music, but it wasn’t horrible, and honestly neither were the crowds – course we came around 12ish so that could have been a huge factor. Both Chris and I had planned on going on the ride, however my husband wasn’t feeling well due to sinus drainage and had to step off. For someone who is afraid of heights, I have to be honest and say it was really enjoyable for me, even with being able to see how far off the ground we were. I enjoyed all the sights and took a few pictures I plan on uploading this weekend from my digital camera. You can view the video I took on my Instagram account here. I highly recommend going, and especially buying your tickets before you get there, it was a fun experience and hopefully the next time the hubs can ride with me.

FOOD, GLORIUS FOOD!

The Fountain on Locust

Before we attend the Wheel we got a bite to eat at The Fountain on Locust. First of all, for any fellow vintage 40s/50s lovers out there, this place is a dream come true. Second, the food is not only amazing, it is homemade right in St. Louis – except their ice cream which is from Wisconsin Dells. I could go on for hours talking about this place, but I encourage if you are coming to St. Louis, you need to check this place out! I will post a few pictures of the beautiful shots I took when I was there.

Pappy’s Smokehouse

Oh dear! Where do I start with this place? First, if you are a vegan or don’t eat meat, this isn’t the place to be. However, for my fellow carnivores out there, this place is like heaven on earth. My first date with Chris was at this place, and even though I was getting claustrophobic from standing in the tiny hallway waiting in line to place our order, it was all worth it when I took that first bite of my pulled pork sandwich. Chris and I came here after walking around Union Station and after I finished my ride on the big Wheel. The place has been in business for 12 years – and as a matter of fact Saturday was their anniversary! Not only do the owners and managers walk around and greet you, the staff are beyond amazing and friendly, and there are menus adorned all over the walls with various signatures from people such as Flogging Molly, Brendan Shanahan, Ozzy Osborn, and Andy from Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. This is the best BBQ place around the metro area in my opinion, and it is worth checking out! You can view the menu and find out more about them by clicking the link here.

I hope you enjoyed the post today, and as always don’t forget to share the site with your friends and if you’ve not done it already, then subscribe to the blog so you can get notifications when I upload a new post.

May you have a good week, and this Valentine’s I hope you know you are loved…regardless of your relationship status!

xoxo,

Angie

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Dealing with a Deviated Septum

Hey everyone, so I wanted to write about my recent sinus surgery, and give some updates on how I am doing. If you have ever had issues with sinus’, sinus infections, or problems with sour throats and stuff, then you are going to want to read today’s post. Before I begin though, make sure to subscribe to the blog so you can get notifications in your email when I write a new post on this blog, and then share this site with your friends that way we can increase our little community.

Dealing with a Deviated Septum

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On January 27th, 2020 I had sinus surgery and a deviated septum fixed. Since I was around 13 or so I began dealing with sinus drainage, and in my mid – teens I began having reoccuring sinus infections and bronchitis. Finally, when I was in my mid – twenties, I found out through a fellow classmate that I might have a deviated septum. My friend began mentioning how his nose leaned to one side and it would cause problems with his breathing, as well as having various issues with his sinus ducts. After my friend came back from having the surgery he mentioned how amazing he felt, not to mention the ability to smell properly. Since then, I have considered having the surgery, and hoping – because of the cost – that I would be able to afford it one day. Finally, that day came and even thought it was pretty pricey – I had to pay around 3K before my insurance would kick in -, I have to admit it was totally worth it. There are a few issues I am having, but granite, I am only two weeks out of having surgery – I will go into detail of this later.

My first major surgery

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I have never had surgery, let alone major surgery in my entire life, and so this was a first for me. Not only that, but I have never been put under anesthesia either, and so I was a bit nervous to say the least. However, the nurses at Memorial were extremely friendly, helpful, and caring. I didn’t even flinch when they put the iv in me, and except for the pinching, I don’t think I even noticed it was there. After I came out of surgery, my doctor said everything went well, and even though I had a bit of a breakdown at the hospital – due to the combo of anesthesia and the antibiotics -, I was good to head home. The first night was rough because I had to sleep in my recliner, I had to breath solely through my mouth because of the packing in my nose, and the fact I needed help getting to the bathroom and such because of the meds and having to keep my head straight and not bend over or bend my head back due to surgery. It seemed that night every 45 minutes I would wake up and look at the clock…it was excruciating!

 

The Recovery Process

The day after the surgery I was able to get the packing out, which hurt like something fierce, and suddenly I began feeling so much better! However, the process to healing took much longer than expected. The first week was hard simply because I had to retrain myself to soley breath through my nose, and then my doctor said it would take a while to get rid of the remainder mucus and blood that was compacted up in my nose – this of ‘ course meant I would have some drainage and when I began blowing my nose after the first week there would be a bit of blood on the tissue. As gross as this sounds, it was nothing compared to the way it felt….but I could breath! The following Monday after my surgery I went in for my doctor to check my nose out and to clean what he could in my nasal passages. Even though it looked good, and he did a good job of cleaning it, I still have some issues with drainage in the mornings, I feel I still need to sleep with my head sitting straight up, and I have to use a humidifier now. However, in the grand scheme of things, I have to say it was worth it. I can tell I am getting better, little by little each day; but to say this isn’t a mental battle would be a lie. As I stated above, I still am trying to train my brain into breathing solely through my nose, and my healing process is taking longer than I would have liked. However, the upside to this is I have trained myself to eating healthier and drinking more water. Not to mention, I have had some amazing times in my devotion. For those who don’t know, I am a follower of Jesus and so my faith defines me. Because of this, I make a point each morning to spend time in prayer, reading a portion of scripture, and journaling. During the week that I was off work – really almost two weeks -, I found ways to decrease my stress and anxiety, and I learned what it meant to listen to your body, and I began learning what my purpose was and how to take steps to living my best life. That might sound silly to you, but for someone who is overcoming anxiety, fights against approval addiction and learning to love myself, this was – as Oprah calls it – an “aha” moment for me.

In conclusion, I would say yes there were some hurdles – the cost, the fact I am still recovering, and a few headaches because of the lack of caffeine in that first week -, but if I had to do it all over again – which I hope I don’t – I would. So if you are considering geting sinus surgery and a deviated septum fixed, then I would highly recommend it. The only thing I would say, is make sure you have someone who can help you unselfishly, because without my husband and mom, I don’t know how well I would be feeling right now – aside from my faith getting me through, they were the reason I made it through so well. To see more pix scroll down, then click here to watch the video I posted on YouTube describing my progress.

As always, thanks for checking out my site, commenting, and showing your support.

much love,

Angie

 

Sinus surgery 4
Right after I got out of surgery, and as I was waking up.  

 

Sinus surgery 5
The next day, and a few hours before having the packing taken out.

 

Sinus surgery 6
One week post surgery.