Posted in Books, Reviews

Book Review: Game Of Thrones (Book 1)

Hey Dearies! So, as I’ve been getting back into reading, I started to read the infamous GOT books, I got them after the show had already aired, but that’s what usually happens when a book gets turned into a series or movie, either you read it before it turned into a live-action or you find out after the fact.

To me, the only series that I have read before they wanted to release a T.V. series or live-action was the House of Night Series, but those books will be for another time and its a rumor that I’m not 100% sure if they are doing or not.

Anyway, back to GOT. If you haven’t already seen this series, it’s about castles, dragons, kingdoms, but more suited for adults. The first book follows really closely with the first season, as I was reading this, I was also watching an episode that followed what I had read.

WARNING: Spoilers to come! Don’t read forward if you don’t want me to spoil it for you!

The first thing I want to say is that, if you are a fan of the series, they did a really good job of following the book, but to me, the book was really hard to get into because I’m not really used to reading books like this, meaning it does have a lot of big words and it took me a little bit longer to get into, but once Ned becomes the hand, it’s a lot easier.

The way the book is set up is that every chapter is a different person’s point-of-view. The best part is that chapters aren’t in a cycle, they are very random, first, you’ll be reading about Ned, then you’ll jump to Jon or Dany.

About halfway through the book, King Robert, who goes out hunting and ends up getting hurt badly, he dies in the first season and in the book. I was getting a little bit worry that he still wasn’t dead, but you have to remember, the book always has more detail than the T.V. Show.

I do want to say, after watching the series before reading the book and then watching the episodes that occur from what I read in the book, it really helped me to understand who the characters were and what the story is about.

Now that I’m rewatching the series as I read them, it does help me when I’m going through and reading each of the books. Which if you didn’t know, there are 5 books in the Game Of Thrones series.

So, for once, one of the books is spot on to the, I would say the first season of GOT. What did you think about the book? Have you read it or were you like me and found out after the fact? Let me know below!

Also, I want to note that these books take a lot of time to finish, so please be patient for me to get through the second book!

Posted in Products, Reviews

Product Review: Color Street Nails

Hey Dearies! So, our first product review of the year will be from Color Street. Now, if you haven’t heard about this product before, they are an ‘MLM’ business that sells an easier way to applying nail polish in less time than it takes you to actually take the time to get your nails painted.

This company also offers the same opportunity to those who would like to be apart of this brand and sell it themselves, kinda like Avon or Paparazzi.

Now, this product, not only does it make it easier to apply nail polish, but there are tons of different designs and colors to try from.

If you are a mom like me, it can be difficult to actually take the time to paint your nails, not to mention having enough time to let them dry as well. So an easier way to not only apply nail polish but also not having to deal with having to air out your room or house because of the smell sounds like a plus to me!

Here’s what they look like:

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By the way, if this hasn’t already caught your eye, noticed how photoshopped the nail polish are to the fingers? Not kidding, this is how they show you what it looks like on their website!

I know what you are thinking, ‘Sounds good, but are they really worth it?’.

Well, let’s talk about it some more. So, when I am doing these types of reviews, I like to ask myself a few questions about the product before coming to a final conclusion. Because this is part of an MLM, I’ll be asking myself some other questions, such as these:

  • How’s the quality? 
  • How long does it last?
  • Does it work for me?
  • Is it worth the money?
  • Would it be worth signing up?
  • Overall, is it something I would use or buy again?

-How’s the quality?

I would say the quality looks pretty good in person versus online or in pictures. If this product isn’t shown on actual fingers and not ‘photoshopped’ on the same hands over and over, I think it would catch the eyes of customers better.

As you see in the photo above, if I didn’t mention the photo was clearly photoshopped, were you able to notice?

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-How long does it last?

These last about a week, depending on how active you are with your hands, it can last longer, but the real problem is that you can’t keep them on for long periods of time. My mom kept her Christmas ones on for little over 3 weeks and they turned her nails yellow.

Not to mention that once they start chipping off, they become pretty easy to peel off and once you start, you’ll keep going until they are completely off.

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-Does it work for me?

Yes, it does. Even though the process can be a pain in the ass, they are definitely worth trying at least once. I hate to paint my nails and especially during the wintertime when you can’t or don’t want to open a window to air out the fumes of actual nail polish, they are very easy to put on either during the kiddos nap time or after they go to bed.

-Is it worth the money?

As of February 2020, they are priced at $13.00. You 2 full sets of nail strips to do both of your hands twice. They also have them in different sizes, so they should fit for all sizes if not, they can stretch a little bit to make them fit.

In one of the full strips, they only recommend you to use one of the full strips for each hand, but if your nails aren’t as long, you can definitely get to wear these or try them out 2 times and see if you like them or not to purchase again or give to a friend to have them try it out.

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Another downfall with these as well is that once they are opened from that plastic seal they tend to get hard if they are left out for too long. I recommend putting your extra strips in a plastic baggie and making sure there isn’t any air for them to get dried up.

Overall, if you want a quicker way to do your nails, they are worth it, but because they have so many options, it’s hard to want to try out only a few.

-Would it be worth signing up?

The big question that everyone asks or should ask before joining an MLM company, is it truly worth it? Remember, if you aren’t passionate about the product or products you are selling, DON’T waste your money over it!

As always, before joining one of these groups, you have to have the extra money to purchase a ‘kit’ that is needed in order to start selling.

In my honest opinion, as much as I love doing my nails, I wouldn’t sign up. To me, I wouldn’t want to spend $125 dollars on a kit when I can use that money towards something else. Even though its a one time purchase, even after that, you still got to buy more products and get more people to join in order to make money.

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This is something that you would have to look into and DO RESEARCH on BEFORE joining. Also, talking to current members and ex-members is very helpful, they can tell you if it’s worth it or not.

-Overall, is it something I would use or buy again?

Sure, it’s an easier way to put nail polish on, but I don’t think this would be something I would buy all the time. I do love the options they have on different colors, designs and glitters to choose from, but with it being $13 dollars for about 2 tries, it might be cheaper for me to get my favorite plastic stick-on nails that it would be to buy these.

I think these are perfect for holiday gifts and even if you want to have salon nails for the holidays. It’s hard to not want to try them all, but the fact that they have to photoshop their nail design, instead of placing them on actual nails, really bothers me.


What do you think about Color Street Nails? Have you tried them or have seen your friends selling them? What do you think about them? Let me know in the comments below!

Posted in Reviews, TV Shows

T.V. Show Review: Friends (1994-2004)

‘I’ll be there for you’

As soon as you hear those words, immediately think of Friends. Yes! We are talking about one of the most greatest T.V. series in the world and one of my all-time favorites to sit down and enjoy.

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If you haven’t seen nor heard of Friends, then you must be living under a rock like Patrick Star! It’s a show about 6 friends, Monica, Rachel, Pheobe, Ross, Joey, and Chandler, as you get to watch them live their lives, work, and wish that you could have a group of friends just like them.

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It doesn’t matter what type of mood I’m in, Friends always makes me feel better. It’s one of those shows that I’ve seen multiple times, and I don’t have any shame either, that can literally put your mood from shitty to happy, after watching a few episodes.

The show is an all-time favorite but was sadly removed from Netflix, due to every other cable station becoming just like Netflix. So, I haven’t been able to watch Friends whenever I wanted since that happened at the beginning of 2020.

The show also talks about some big stuff or life problems that we can or do encounter as an adult, such as pregnancy, marriage, break-ups, divorce, changing jobs, family problems, or that famous line of Ross’s WE WERE ON A BREAK!

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Which if you didn’t know, about Ross’s line of ‘We were on a break’, the show Friends made it clear on how if you were to take a break in a relationship, there are two ways your partner will see it as Ross’s side or Rachel’s side.

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After that episode, more people had to enclose what an actual relationship break is. Not to mention, as much as we LOVED Ross and Rachel being together, their relationship was quite toxic than we wanted to believe.

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I actually have this mug!

The best part about this show is that each person from the Friends group is quite different from each other:

  • Joey –  He was an actor, that wasn’t very smart when it comes to common sense, but was a lovable lady’s man that could get any woman he wanted by saying, ‘Hey, how you doin?’
  • Rachel – She was the snob of the group, born into a rich lifestyle, but was friends with Monica since high school. She also loves fashion, but don’t let her make a trifle.
  • Ross – Loves dinosaurs and getting married/divorced. He is definitely a nerd at heart and anything to do with science.
  • Monica – Is a fat kid at heart, loves to cook and make sure everything is neat and clean. She’s also pretty organized, so do not move her furniture an inch.
  • Chandler – The joker of the group and very sarcastic, no one really knows what his job entails, but it has to do with being a transponder, as Rachel calls it.
  • Pheobe – She’s the weird one from the group, but we all love her the same. She’s very musically and everyone knows her favorite song ‘Smelly Cat’.

As much as they are different from each other, they always have one other character that makes sure she is in every season of Friends, and one way you will know about who she is, by her laugh.

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But their favorite place is hanging out in Central Perk, their favorite coffee shop that you’ll always see them in if they aren’t at Monica’s or Joey’s/Chandler’s apartment when they are all together, you can see the love that they all have for each other.

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This show is something that is for everyone, whether you want to laugh, smile, or cry, they will always be there for you.

What do you think about Friends? Is it on your playlist of favorites? Let me know in the comments down below!

 

 

 

Posted in Reviews, TV Shows

T.V. Show Review: Once Upon A Time (2011-2018)

Hey Dearies! So, since I’ve started to do reviews on books, I wanted to start on T.V. shows as well. One of my favorites was Once Upon A Time, I watched it from the beginning and was immediately drawn into it.

However, to a lot of people, Once Upon A Time was very confusing and difficult to follow along, but after watching the entire series a few times, it was easier to follow along to the storyline.

For those of you who don’t know what the plot is, of course, it has something to do with fairytales and happily ever afters. Basically, Snow White and Prince Charming are getting married when the Evil Queen interrupts and tells them that she is going to cast a curse to get her happily ever after.

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Fun Fact: The actors who played Snow and Charming fell in love during the making of Once Upon A Time. They are married and the writers wrote Snow to be pregnant when the actor who played her was pregnant. 

The curse is basically everyone being transferred into this new world that, or the real world, where they have forgotten who their former lives are and are living entirely different lives. However, the only way the curse can be broken is by Emma, Prince Charming and Snow White’s child that was born before the curse hit and was sent into a magical tree to make sure that she was saved in order to break the curse.

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Emma and the Evil Queen.

Long story short, Emma is visited by her son, who she gave up for adoption when he was first born, and try to get Emma to break the curse by getting her to believe that everyone is part of a fairy tale.

If you want to see what the trailer for Once Upon A Time, check out this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rga4rp4j5TY


Now, before I get more into the review, I want to make sure that there might be some spoilers to watch out for!

It’s a lot to get into, but the storyline catches on very quickly, however, they tend to write side characters out or kill them off before they get a good introduction. Not to mention, they go back and forth to the past and present quite a bit, which can confuse you.

For the first few seasons, they did pretty well, but some of the characters I wish had more on-screen time, such as Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jasmine, and Mulan.

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Merida and Mulan.

The cast was perfect, especially for the Evil Queen, Rumpelstiltskin, Captain Hook, Snow White, and Prince Charming. 

The only thing I didn’t like about the series is the last season. From season 1 to 6, you had the main cast members: Emma, Henry, Snow, Charming, Regina (Evil Queen), Mr. Gold ( Rumpelstiltskin, and Captian Hook.

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Ain’t this pirate dreamy?!

Even though the last season did have Regina, Mr. Gold, and Captain Hook, it also made Henry grow up into an adult. It felt like something was missing, but the other castmates were ready to end the series, but they wanted one more season just so it was ended the right way.

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Fun Fact: Have you ever played Castlevania: Lords of Shadow? The actor, Robert Carlyle actually voices Dracula. 

It felt quite rushed, but one thing that bugged me is that they basically repeated what happened in season 1, having now Henry’s daughter come up to his room to get him to break the curse. Not to mention, Henry’s love interest was Cinderalla, but hardcore Once Upon A Time fans, we already met Cinderella back in season 1.

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The Cinderella in the left is from Season 1 and the one of the right is from Season 7.

 

Although, I did like the fact that Regina finally gets her happy ending and becomes the Queen to all realms, since the writers did put her through hell and back, literally.


Overall, I think it was a really great show, other than a few minor flaws, it turned out quite wonderful. I’ve always loved fairytales and I always love to see how different people interpret them, such as Bella and Rumple being ‘Beauty and the Beast’.

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Beauty and the Beast.

If you are interested and want to check it out, Once Upon A Time is still on Netflix, not sure for how much longer, but all seasons are available!

What do you think about Once Upon A Time? Have you watched it, what are your thoughts? Be sure to let me down below in the comments!

 

 

Posted in Gaming, Sims

The Sims Saga: Which Do I Prefer?

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When you here the game Sims, what comes to mind? I think about The Sims games, creating a character and controlling their life. A lot of people forget that the Sims first originated from SimCity, where you created a city and made sure that it was successful.

I’m not going to talk about SimCity, though. This is mainly about The Sims. I’ll be honest, I’ve never actually played the Sims, but for it’s time, it was amazing. To be able to control their life, made them do whatever our hearts wanted them to do.

It was like GTA, but without the violence and free will to move your Sim manual. You could even create your dream house, have a family, or get the job of your dreams. When I got hooked, it wasn’t with the first The Sims, it was The Sims 2.

The Sims 2

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The first time I saw The Sims 2, was when I was on YouTube. I had came across it and it was recommend to me. A lot of people actually used The Sims 2 game, to create movies or series, or what got me hooked on, was the teen pregnancy series.

You must think that I’m weird to like to watch them, but seriously, look up the series ‘My Life’. The creator of that series, she really got me to thinking that I wanted to do something creative like that. If you actually watch her series, from her very first episode, to her newer ones, she has come a long way.

The Sims 2 had more to offer, as well. There were more add-on’s to the game, such as the different seasons, hobbies, and even jobs. It made the game play more like real life.

I finally had a chance to buy it for myself, and I am currently, trying to learn how to film and make a good series, that I will post on my YouTube channel.

Even if you aren’t trying to make a series, its a great way to past the time on a rainy day. Hell, I even when forward and created my fiance, son, daughter, and myself into the game. I highly recommend getting this game! It’s the best of both worlds.

Now, let’s talk about its, aftermath…The Sims 3.

The Sims 3

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I’m going to try my best not to bash this game. It wasn’t a bad sequel to The Sims 3. They added a lot of new things, such as making it easier to custom clothes and items, you didn’t have to wait for loading times to get from one place to another, and you could follow your Sim to work, the hospital, etc.

There was one BIG issue with this game. It is SO buggy. If you didn’t have the best computer in the world, you were bugging because your game would lag. Brand new or with mods, it would lag, or the loading time would take forever. Especially if you are in create-a-sim.

To me, the creators wanted to get this game out, as soon as possible because of the high demand that The Sims 2 was, so they did rush it, a little, by adding some stuff that the other games never had.

The one thing that I LOVED about it, was that you could follow your Sim anywhere without having to deal with those loading screens and the way you could custom, almost everything.

The Sims 3 was the first Sims game that I have ever own and I had the season, pets, and supernatural packs that made the game play so much fun! I wonder, now that I have a better computer, if it would run better?

Last, but not least, let’s get to the newer Sims game that came out in the last few years, The Sims 4.

The Sims 4

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Again, this is another game I haven’t touched, yet, and I have looked into seeing if it is really worth getting, but to me, the creators went back a couple steps. You think with a newer game, it would be better and would fix the problems from the last game, well, they did, but not very well.

I have heard that the game play is okay, graphics are okay, etc. It is missing A LOT from The Sims 3 game. You have loading screens for EVERYWHERE you go, even if you are going to the next door neighbor.

It’s not as buggy or laggy, as The Sims 3 was, but they had to get rid of a lot of stuff, in order to fix it, which a lot of people were disappointed in. The Sims 4, seems to me, boring. Just because they didn’t add anything new that would make us get excited.

Although, they did add a pack that basically makes you do your Sims job. Which was something that we could do in the other games, but I would rather just fast-forward my Sim’s job, then doing it, I’m already controlling pretty much them, why should I have to do their work for them?

Which is worth playing?

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The Sims 2, hands down. I would recommend it to everyone. It plays great on Windows 10, there is a few glitches, but it’s still playable. I like how the Sims are in this game and how you can do so much.

Plus, it still has that SimCity feeling to it, so that I could make my own town, I could. I am hoping to get a few more packs, just to play around with it some more. I do have the the Late Night and University packs, so I am hoping to either get Pets or Seasons next.

If you are a Sims fan, which game do you prefer? Leave a comment down below! There has also been a rumor that they are working on The Sims 5, do you thinks they should have another Sims? If so, what do you think they need to improve or leave alone?

Posted in Gaming, Minecraft

Minecraft: PC Review

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I know it has been awhile since I have done a blog for gaming. So, I finally got a better computer to game with and I was able to play Minecraft for the PC version. Let me just say, I had to get used to the controls.

Now, keep in mind, I haven’t played the PC version is such a LONG time. I mean really long time. The last time I played it was back in my Sophomore year of high school (So around 2012ish, so about 6 years or so).

The first thing that I did was multiplayer. I googled a couple of servers, I will leave them down below with their IP address, just in case you want to check them out. Now, I haven’t done any games, yet, so I figured that I would find a kingdom or town to start in. Let me just say, they have came a long way from when they first started.

Back then, I remember being spawned into town hall, other players jumping everywhere, shops and cities as far as I could see, everything was so close! You weren’t aloud to get into the castle, but there were some trees that made it possible to jump over the wall. You could do basically anything, but break blocks in the town.

Now, they have made it possible to not have to use signs, but make the words appear in front of you. Towns aren’t the same, everything is spaced out, making you have to use the ‘key words’, such as ‘/spawn or /home’. etc. I was never one to open the chat box, but some of the servers, its something you NEED to do.

The only thing that bugs me about using the ‘key words’, is that it is different for every server, which isn’t a bad thing, but I get them mixed up. If you are like me and can’t remember shit, get yourself a notebook or sticky notes, because you are going to have to write them down and have them at your fingertips.

Other than that, it’s nice to play with other people, though, I’m not sure if you can or can’t use a microphone on it, as much as I hate mics, this would be something that would make it easier to play and chat, instead of pausing every minute to chat.

The only other thing that I wish they would do, if they haven’t already, make it possible to play with your friends, just your friends, but I don’t think they have that unless you are willing to spend some money to have a server to play on. If that’s the case, I’m better off playing with my brother on Playstation.

I have yet to try out, on my own, creative and survival, I was actually thinking about making a video on it, but I’m still unsure. I will have to try it out, whenever I have the chance too.

*Here is the list of Servers that I have visited or even played in*

  •  Castia
    • Play.CastiaMC.com
  • The Oasis
    • play.theOasisMC.com
  • Elitecraft
    • EC-MC.NET
  • SwanCraft
    • play.swancraftmc.com
  • The Lord of the Craft
    • mc.lotc.co
  • HomeTown
    • smp.hometownmc.com
  • Kingdom Skies
    • 192.99.194.144:26493
  • Elyssia MC
    • mc.elyssiamc.com

*NOTE*

I do not own any of these servers, I am only a player on these worlds. All rights go to the owners and creators. I only added them, so that if anyone wanted to try out these worlds, they can. If there is any problems with me posting theses servers, feel free to e-mail at katie_farrington@aol.com. 

Also, if any of the servers aren’t working, I do apologize, I might of typed the IP Address in wrong. If there is anything wrong with the servers, I don’t have anything to do with them, it might be because there is no one on the server, or like I said, I typed them in wrong.