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TS2 – Something Unexpected (Getting To Know The Characters)

Hey dearies! So, if you haven’t since on my Facebook and Twitter, I have just completed my first EVER Sims 2 Series! This is one of the big projects that I have been working on and I wanted to give you guys, more info on my characters.

So, I loved watching Sims 2 series ALL the time! To this day, I still watch them. There are some of my favorites that have stopped because they either were done making them or just didn’t have enough time to create them because they have grown up.

Now, that I finally have gotten my hands on the Sims 2, for the past couple months, I have been adding content, mods, watching videos, learning to film, and just playing around with the Sims 2. I don’t know why or what it is, but Sims 2 Series is just amazing, to me.

I finally had a script, for the very first episode and finally had time to create it! If you want to check out the very first episode of Something Unexpected, check out the link:

I got the idea from actually, one of my books, Something Unexpected. You guys might not have seen it on my blog, yet, but it was a book that I just finished and it was about a girl who has always listened to her parents, but when the ‘bad boy’ of the school enters her life, she stands up for herself and takes the time to find herself.

I will point out that this series and the book are NOT the same. The only big thing, that will be the same, is their names and some plots from the story itself. The book version, is a little too dirty for me to make with the Sims 2, so I figured I would change the plot and script a little bit.

Now, I will be completely honest with you, it isn’t the best, but I am a beginner and in order for me to improve is to fix or change the way I film or any of that. Basically, I am going to learn from my mistakes from each video I produce. So, let’s get into a little bit about the cast!

Characters:

  • Madison ‘Maddie’ (16)
    • She is the ‘main character’ of this story. She’s very creative and smart, top of her class. Her parents are like normal, not so much her mother, she give Madison a little bit of a hard time because of how she is. Madison doesn’t have very many best friends, other than Sami, so she took a chance and went on an online chatroom, that’s when she met Xajacks42(otherwise known as Jax, but she doesn’t know yet).
    • Family: Her parents, Daniel and Connie, are still married, but their relationship has been rocky because of how strict Connie is to their children. Madison also has a little sister, Fiona, she always wants Madison’s attention.
  • Jackson ‘Jax’ (17)
    • He is the bad boy of the school. Always gets into trouble and is kind of a ‘lady’s man’, but he is dating one of the most popular girls in school (go figure). He plays video games and met MadMadis88(Madison, but he doesn’t know yet either.) in an online chatroom. He usually has party’s, a lot, at his house, so he hangs out with his best friend, Nathan.
    • Family: He lives with his dad, Jim, but he is barely home, due to being a business man. His mother died when Jax was 9, from a car accident.
  • Nathan ‘Nate’ (16)
    • He is Jax’s best friend. Lives with his parents. He doesn’t really have many hobbies, other than sports. He has a huge crush on Madison, due to her father and his father are best friends and business partners to a major company. He actually finds out that Jax is talking to Madison and uses it to blackmail one of them (Not going to say because it would ruin the series for you.)
    • Family: His parents are all about business. They love their son, but plan on using Nathan crush to keep the family business to stay in the family.
  • Sami (16)
    • Best friends with Madison, they have been friends since they both started school. Sami is, what you would say, a ‘tree hugger’ and a artist. She lives with her mom and brother, but has a part time job, to help keep the family afloat.
  • Savannah (17)
    • The ‘popular girl’ of school. She is all about Jax and doesn’t ever want to let him go. She is also the ‘school slut’, since she used to cheat on Jax with other classmates. She really doesn’t like Madison, just because she is the ‘school nerd’ and that her brother has a huge crush on her. Basically she is annoyed with how much her brother talks about her. She lives with her parents, and older brother.

There you have it! Just a little bit about my characters. This is going to be a working progress, so bare with me when I try to upload a new episode every month. That’s the goal, but if there is any issues, I’ll post on my twitter and Facebook page to let you guys know!

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Let’s Rant – Episode 3 (My Sims 2 Series In Progress)

Hey dearies! I’m so sorry that it has been awhile with the podcasts, but I have had a lot going on and a few projects in the works!

So, I figured in this podcast, I would talk about one of those projects, Sims 2 Series. I also talk about how I started to get interested into the Sims 2 Series. I also talk about the series that I made for the very first time and what happened to the videos.

I will try my best to keep up on podcasts, but it is very difficult to with what’s been going on in my life. Thank you for everyone who is being patient with me and who have been supporting me since I first started to do this!

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Let’s Rant Podcast – Ep. 1 (Minecraft Aquatic Update)

Hello Dearies! I figured that I would talk about the new Minecraft update that just came out on the PC! I will also be uploading this to my YouTube Channel, if you want to check it out, I will leave the link down below!

The link with the list of what was added to the Aquatic Update:
https://minecraft.gamepedia.com/Update_Aquatic

Here is the server I was talking about, HomeTown, this is their website:
https://hometownmc.com/

Here is the link to my YouTube Channel, this will also be uploaded to my channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzooJ6mOChq1CCHgAiPGC8g

 

If you have any suggestions on what I should rant about next, feel free to comment or send me a e-mail at katie_farrington@aol.com

I will try to keep doing podcasts every Thursday, if I am unable to, I will post and let everyone know on my Facebook page!

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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?

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Mom Talk: Is It Possible To Work From Home As A Stay-At-Home Parent?

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Yes, I know it’s been a while since I have done a ‘Mom Talk’, but I wanted to go into detail to see if it is really possible to work from home as a stay-at-home parent. Whether you are trying to make extra cash for spending or looking to create a permit career.

Every since I had my kids, I’ve always wanted to be a stay-at-home mother and also have a career from home as well. There is a lot of scams, but their are a few that are very legit and could even give you benefits for you and your family.

I search everyday for a work at home career or even just a part-time job, but there is always an issue. Either I don’t have the experience, I don’t have a quiet place, or don’t have the sale mind to bug people to buy the products I’m pushing to sell.

So, I looked into doing survey’s for cash. However, there is always a catch. You either can’t cash out until you make, at least, $20-$30 bucks, which takes forever to do. Plus the survey’s were either the same thing, that I would spend 30 minutes to an hour to complete and only got less than .25 cents, or I wouldn’t qualify for most of the survey’s.

Let me tell you something, it IS possible to work from home. You just have to find it at the right opportunity.

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I’ve heard so many stories of people that are making enough money for even their spouses don’t have to work, plus still having enough money to buy their dream home, or have that car they always wanted, or even have a big family, like they have always dreamed of having.

I’ve always thought that if the time was right, the opportunity will come to me, I just can’t stop searching. Although, I’ve been trying to get back into the Customer Service pool, but the two things that stop me are: I have a loud, barking at whatever moves or makes a loud sound, dog and not feeling confident enough to do both working and taking care of my daughter.

That’s why I started this blog. I wanted to have a job where I could work whenever, but still have time for my kids. I still haven’t found a way to actually make money off of it, yet, but it’s possible. I just can’t give up.

Maybe one day, I’ll be able to look back on this all and enjoy my life as a stay-at-home mom and a working mom. Like I have always told myself, if it’s meant to be, then its meant to be. If it isn’t, just keep on swimming and don’t give up.

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Minecraft: Animal Mobs

In Minecraft, there are a lot of mobs. I’m going to be talking about the animal mobs and telling you what they are in the game for, or if they are just there to make the game more playable. Let’s begin!

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Cows: These were the first animal mobs that you will see in the game. They are everywhere! Which is a good thing if you are looking for beef, leather, or milk. The only thing that really sucks is that they are not ride-able. However, if they get on fire, they can cook your meat so you don’t have to waste any coal doing it. If you get two cows together and feed them both wheat, they can mate and create a little baby calf.

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Sheep: Another animal mob that you will see many of, but you definitely need, if you are looking to make a bed. Sheep only used to prove wool, but now, they do provide meat. You don’t even have to kill the sheep just to get wool. You can shear them, instead. You can also dye the sheep whatever color you would like and they will produce that same color, as long as you don’t kill them.

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Pig: Pigs were the first animal that you could ride. As long as you had a carrot on a fishing rod, you were good to go! However, I think that it is the most difficult way to travel. Pigs are good for getting pork and you can also get them to mate with carrots.

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Chicken: When I first saw a chicken in Minecraft, I seriously thought it looked like a duck. A lot of people get confused whether it is a chicken or a duck. The chicken can lay eggs every 5 minutes, you don’t even need seeds to make them mate. You can use the eggs, that they drop, to also spawn them. They also drop chicken and feathers, when killed.

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Horse: A lot of Minecraft players were very excited when this animal mob came out. We were finally able to travel by another animal other than a pig. Of course, you need a saddle, with sucks because you can’t craft it, you have to go out and find one. You can put armor on the horse, to protect them whenever you ride them at night. and in order to mate them, you need golden apples. Once you tame them, they are yours or other peoples to use. Make sure you have some lead, they tend to wander.

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Donkey: Another animal mob that you can ride, BUT the difference between the horse and donkey, is that the donkey can carry a saddleback, or chest. The only downfall is that they are very slow, but if i had to chose between a horse and a donkey, I would chose a donkey no matter what because that it can hold more items.

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Llama: These were added last year, on the console. I haven’t had enough time to actually play or use these, but I do know that if you hit them, they will spit at you and you will get damaged. You also need a saddle, but the best part is that you can have a lot of them follow you, if they are attached to a lead. I believe that these also carry saddles, but don’t quote me on that.

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Squid: One of the more useless animal mobs. They only give you ink sacks, which is only really needed if you wanted to make a book that you can write in. You can attack them, they will just squirt ink at you and swim away. They don’t attack you or make you lose damage if you touch them.

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Bat: This is the only animal mob that I know really doesn’t do anything, like at all! The only good purpose of the bat, is to let you know that you are near a cave. That is also the only way to find them, is in a cave.

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Parrot: You can actually tame these and if they are on a music block, they can sing. That’s really all they do. You tame a bird to basically sing. I believe you can tie them to a lead, but I’m not 100% sure.

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Wolf: This animal you can tame and it will follow you around like a lost puppy dog. You can even make them sit and stay in one place, if tamed. Be care if you try to kill them, if they aren’t tamed, that wolf and other wolfs that are in the area, will all attack you at once. Plus, you can have as many as you want, they will protect you from everything, except Creepers.

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Rabbit: These little creatures are very fast, if you approach them. I believe that they can be tamed by carrots. If you kill them, they will drop either a rabbits foot or it’s skin.

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Ocelot: The closest thing we will get to a cat, but you can tame them with fish. Only if you can catch them, they are very fast. I’m not really sure if they drop anything because I usually don’t hang out in the jungle part of Minecraft.

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Mule: Mules are the other animal mob that you can ride. You can carry a chest, but they can’t wear any armor, unlike donkeys and horses. A lot of people will say that donkeys are better that mules, but mules speed is a lot better compared to the donkey. I don’t know if they drop anything, it might be leather.

So that are all the current animal mobs in Minecraft for the console version. If they add any new ones, I will do an updated post on the newer ones. Here you go!

 

 

 

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Minecraft PS4 Edition: Review

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I know a lot of you are thinking, ‘Minecraft is a childs game.’ Well, it is, but to me, it’s not bad game play.

I started playing back in middle school, I remember borrowing my neighbors username and password just to be able to play it. If you don’t know what Minecraft is all about, let me give you a quick background to the game.

Basically, there are two modes you can chose from: Survival and Creative. Survival is where you gather the supplies you need to survive and then you can go into a portal called the Nether. Or you can use your skills to face off against the Enderdragon in The End. Or, if you simply just don’t want to get killed and just want to fly and build stuff, Creative is the way to go.

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I prefer Survival. I like a challenge, so I put it on hard. You can change the difficultly to 4 different modes, as well:

Peaceful – This is when you can play with no mods or monsters. Perfect for new players to start out.

Easy – This mode has mobs or monsters that come out at night or they will spawn in dark areas. When you get hit by any of this mobs or monsters, you won’t lose as many hearts as you would if the difficulty was on Normal.

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Here are a few of what the monsters look like in Minecraft.

Normal – Basically, most of the experienced players use this mode. It’s a perfect balance of mods and monsters. Your hunger does go down a lot more and so won’t your hearts. So it might be a good idea to always keep some food in your inventory.

Hard – This is where you would see more mods and monster out in the day and night. Being hit by any of them will make you lose more hearts. Armor would be your best friend. Also, you might be lucky enough to get a zombie to break down your door. It’s rare, but in Hard mode, it is a better chance to get one.

I’ve played the PC, Xbox 360, Kindle, PS3 and PS4 versions of Minecraft. My favorite has always been PC because you don’t have to be friends to connect with anyone. The console versions, you HAVE to be friends with them in order to play. The only other way they can connect is if you have it to allow friends from friends join.

In over all, you can build stuff, be a farmer, fight mods or monster, and make potions. At time, it can get bored very quick when playing by yourself.

I don’t mind playing multiplayer online, but some of the people that I do play with always want to talk on a microphone. What really drives me nuts is when they follow you and think that you were building a house for all of us, when really, I was building a house for myself.

I almost forgot! Minecraft has created themes for the game, of course, it doesn’t come with the base game. I bought the builders pack and I have been in love with the Greek Mythology one.

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Minecraft’s Greek Mythology Game Pack. Doesn’t come with the base game. Must be purchased in the Playstation Network Store.

So, there you have it! I will making more blogs on the different themes, animals, mods, monsters, or building you can do in Minecraft. So look out for those!

 

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Mom Talk: Technology Is Our Life

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Growing up, I was always outside. Everyday after school, I wouldn’t be inside. I would be outside playing with the neighborhood kids. There was never a day that we weren’t outside. Things have changed, since I was little. Technology is a lot more advance to the point that we don’t even have to physically turn on our lights.

Nowadays, I see more and more kids on a tablets or smart phones than going outside to play. What happened to making mud pies? Or playing tag?

Technology.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s very helpful, at times. I know some parents use it as a learning device, which is great! One thing that drives me nuts is seeing kids, less than 5 have their own phone.

There are parents who give their children technology to keep them distracted or busy so that they can get the house clean, make dinner, or even keep the busy when on a long trip. I see nothing wrong, as long as it is in moderation.

You see, I believe that our kids should be introduced to technology, at some point in their life. I don’t believe on starting them off on them until about age 4 or 5, but with only an hour a day to play.

I know a lot of people won’t agree on me about this topic, but kids or young children shouldn’t be on technology all day! I don’t care for my smart phone, I really don’t. The only reason I have it is because I need to check my e-mail, messager, and even to keep up with friends and family on Facebook. Other than that, I miss my blackberry!

Since I am a stay-at-home mom, I have that extra time to make sure that my kids aren’t always on the tablet or watching TV all day. I want them to be able to go outside and have fun!

But the one thing that drives me crazy is that when I see kids, younger than 5, who have their own phone already! I’m sorry, but that’s a big no to me! Some of them even have Facebook! I didn’t even have my first, flip phone, until I was 14! My fiance didn’t have one until 16!

My children won’t have one until they are 15 and they will start out with a regular flip phone, just like my fiance and I did.

To get back to the point, technology is ruining everything. If you really think about it, Facebook’s real purpose was to connect with your family and friends, but it’s become a place where you have to watch what you say, do, act, or anything! Because if someone where to search you into Google or any other search engine, whatever you post or do, never leaves the internet. It’s out to been seen by the world.

What happened to getting snail mail? What happen to the plain old telephone? Or playing board games with your friends?

Before you know it, technology will be doing everything for you, it’s already started. It has only just began.