June Favorites

What I loved in June

Another month came to a close a little too quickly in my opinion. I can’t believe June is over and here we are, about to celebrate Independence Day! I hope you all had a wonderful June.

Media Favorites:

Discord – I personally am not a huge fan of Skype or any of the other providers but Discord is super helpful as my chat agent when playing games online with my friends and family. It gives you a lot of control over the settings which is nice. It also allows you to create groups and chats to always stay connected which is a big selling point for me. I know that other clients offer this but the biggest point is, all of my friends are choosing Discord, so it’s where the party is at, so to speak.

Sims 4 Parenthood – This addition to the game actually brought me back to playing /the Sims 4. I had pretty much abandoned the game because in my opinion, The Sims 3 was the superior entry of the series. Sims 4 had just left out took much until Parenthood hit. I think EA is doing a better job at giving fans what they should have had since the beginning. The fact that the game is getting more and more life-like and realistic is a big attraction to me. I typically like to focus on my families and growing the lineage so the introduction to the parenting skill was super cool. I’m really enjoying the new challenge posed by raising kids; the fact that parents have more of an influence on how their children turn out, that kids go through good and bad phases and can even throw tantrums draws me in more than ever before.

Beauty Favorites:

Bath and Body Works Country Apple Body Mist – I happened to stumble into a Bath and Body Works and came across this body mist and put it in my basket immediately. It smelled JUST like my childhood. I am so happy and beyond thrilled that they came back out with quite a few of the iconic 90’s scents. For a nostalgic 90’s kid, I will take every little thing I can get to relive those amazing moments of my life. Thanks Bath and Body Works for making it a reality. I had no idea how much I longed for and missed that smell until I got a whiff.

Kylie Lip Kits – I am a huge fan of liquid lipsticks because they’re less mess and they DRY. Then I don’t have to worry about kissing Mathew and getting lipstick all over him or ruining my lipstick. The great thing about the Kylie lip kits are they’re EASY to apply. I have a difficult time always getting it to look good and get it on fully and correctly. IT’S HARD! I don’t know how people do it so perfectly all the time. I feel like I practice enough. But apparently not. The lip kits are also super pigmented and beautiful. And they don’t look the same on every skin tone. It’s like the color helps match your skin tone and compliments it nicely. I know people who have used Maliboo and it turns out completely different on them than it does me. Same with Posie K. I think they’re worth all the money and last all day without the need to reapply and that’s super important. Especially when shelling out $29 a kit.

Book Favorite:

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page – So I was  a little weary of this book when I first started reading it because it took everything I thought I knew and loved about Dorothy and Oz and flipped and turned it all around. YES. I know this is fiction based on fiction but the thing about stories are, you have to buy into them to some degree. So calm down, don’t have a cow, it’s okay. I know. Anyway! You find out the Oz we left in the Wizard of Oz is not the same Oz. Everything is not happiness and sunshine. You find this all out through the way of Amy Gumm, a girl from Kansas like Dorothy who is swept up in a tornado and deposited in Oz just like Dorothy. But Oz does not look anything like it had been described in the books, no one is around, those she does find are not friendly at all and Dorothy is a not so nice princess who is ruining all of Oz. Amy is tasked with the mission of taking out Dorothy. Through her training and efforts she discovers she’s unable to trust anyone at all, even those she’s working for and with. Good is wicked and wicked is good. Everything is what it seems yet nothing that is seems. This is a great book and a great first book in the series. I flew through it and can’t wait to see what happens in the second book. If you’re looking for something of the fantasy genre, check it out.

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Helpful Tips to Score at Garage Sales!

Score those video games at a garage sale!

Hello friends and welcome back! I hope you all have had a wonderful and amazing week.

It’s summertime and we all know what that means, garage sale season! So let’s talk about some tips to help score those games at garage sales!

First and foremost, if you missed Monday’s post about getting good deals check it out here because you need to have your resources to know if initial asking prices are high or low.

Next map out where you want to hit. Make sure to cover as much ground as quickly as possible. Other collectors are out there and will snag those games and deals!

Be sure to stop at all sales. Even if it looks like it’s not going to be a hit, still stop because it never hurts to ask.

ASK! Always ask! If they don’t have what you’re looking for ask. Start rattling off systems. It can and does work! If they have something ask to take a look and let them know you can probably make an offer.

Have them throw out a price first and negotiate from there. It allows you to assess how much they value the items and see what you might have to pay for it and negotiate from there.

DON’T be afraid to walk away. There will be other deals and sometimes walking away from the person, they may meet your offer or come closer to to what you want to pay.

Well those are all the tips I have! Good luck and hit those sales!

Stay classy and sassy guys! ❤

What I’ve Been Playing

Check out what I have been playing recently!

Hey friends! Can you believe it’s time for another What I’ve Been Playing Wednesday?! Me either.

As many of you know, the Steam Summer sale is underway and I picked up quite a few games, so naturally I have played a few of them. 😛

PC: Mainlining – This a PC hacking game. The entire game is played on a desktop of a computer. So you’re playing on a computer on your computer. So it’s like computer inception. The premise of the game is that you are working for an agency called MI7. Apparently it’s an agency that has some sort of authority because you are solving cases, which build upon each other, and arresting the perpetrator. The way in which you solve these cases is by hacking in to things and gather information as well as evidence. I personally am on case four or five of thirteen. So far I really enjoy the game a lot but I do find myself questioning that integrity of the work MI7 is doing. MI7 is putting away “bad guy” hackers by hacking… Seems just as bad and extremely hypocritical. I’m super interested in seeing how the rest of the story plays out.

PC: Golf It! – As many of you know, Mathew and I play a lot of Golf with Your Friends when we’re a part. Naturally playing the same courses over and over can get boring so we found Golf It! and picked it up. The game is very similar but very different from Golf with Your Friends. The hitting mechanic is one of the biggest differences beyond courses. Instead of having a power bar you have a putter that you pull back and then manually thrust forward in order to hit your ball which makes it difficult to judge power in your “swing.” It’s not terrible but definitely is an adjustment. The courses are similar in theme but different in actual layout, thank goodness! I also am a bit fan of the ball customization in Golf It! You are able to change color, add a hat, and change the trail of your ball. It makes it a lot more exciting. I’m a fan of the ability to make your own courses. Mathew and I downloaded a couple fan made courses last night and had an absolute blast with it. It’s still in early access but is definitely worth the buy. I highly recommend giving it a shot. Pun may or may not be intended 😉

PC: PRICE – Guys. We all know I love my point and click games. AND THIS WAS FREE! So it’s like a horror-ish point and click. It’s creepy for sure. AND HARD! So your character wakes up in his sister’s room where he’s locked in and weird, creepy things are happening. Now this is all I can tell you as I have not made it out of the room… Maybe one day I will but so far I’m not very good. 😛

PC: Sims 4 – I have played far too much of this. Or not enough, depending on how you look at it. I have created a lot of drama for my current Sim household and watched them grow up, old and on. I forgot just how incredibly addicting this game is. I find myself trying to achieve the “perfect” Sim. One who has max skills in everything. Who achieves all lifetime aspirations and raises great kids. I feel like I’m getting closer and closer to achieving this goal with the current family I am playing so we will all see if it’s possible for me!

PS4: Kingdom Hearts 1.5 and 2.5 – 358/2 Days – This is just pure cinematics so make sure to have two-ish hours set aside. I was okay with it just being cinematics because I remember playing the game on the DS and putting it down. I found the original game quite frustrating because all you did was missions and most of those resulted in being in Agrabah. Which happens to be the world I hate the most.  So naturally the level of fun I found in the game decreased dramatically.

I can’t wait to see what world I find myself jumping in to within the next two weeks. Probably more Sims 4 and Mainlining but hopefully more console gaming. We’ll see!!

Stay classy and sassy, friends! ❤

How I Know I’m Getting a Deal

Hello and welcome back to this great corner of the interwebs!

I thought I’d share with you all some of the things I do to know I’m getting a good deal on a game or even a console.

I like to make sure that I am decently versed in the specific types of games I am looking for. So for me, I keep up with GameCube, PS2, DS, 3DS, and N64. A good way to do this is to be a part of the game collecting community. I personally do this through frequenting r/gamecollecting on Reddit.

Once I have more knowledge about the systems I’m looking out for, I make sure that I have a good set to resources to access. I tend to use Ebay, Pricecharting.com and some actual game store websites, (Mainly estarland.com for me, they’re amazing). How do I use these resources you ask? Well I use Ebay to see what games have been sold for when I have a game I’m interested in right in front of me. I browse listings by sold and completed listings and compare that to what I have in front of me. It’s important to look at the completed and sold listings because if it’s listed for 40 bucks that doesn’t mean it’s actually selling for 40 bucks. I will use Pricecharting.com to see what the trending value of a game is, as well as it’s highest and lowest values. I also like to look at the trend of a game to see if it’s been increasing or decreasing to determine if I need to snatch a game up now or if I’m safe to wait a bit. And last but not least, I will use other game store’s websites, typically estarland.com for me. This site is honestly great. They let you know the condition of the game and the price differences due to the varying conditions. With their used games its typically, complete, no manual, and disc only. That way you can see what the game in front of you is being sold for in its current condition at another competitor.

Now besides just purchasing the item as is, what else can you do to try and snag a better deal? Great question. You can use all of your knowledge to try and haggle a better price. Yes. Ask for a better deal. Pull your resources. Prove your knowledge. The worse thing that can happen is someone says no. It can be unnerving and scary at times but trust me. It DOES work. Sometimes. Not always.

Also be sure to ask them about deals or coupons. Especially if you’re in an area you don’t frequent. You could get lucky and find a discount or better option that you never knew existed.

Add yourself to the email lists, a lot of local game stores send out weekly or monthly emails with deals and coupons. It’ll be a few more emails to go through every week or so, but you’ll thank yourself later.

Make sure to be friendly and talk with the store clerks. So many times I have found myself in better positions by striking up a conversation with the clerk. And I have made a friend or two along the way as well. Those clerks might even set things aside for you when they come in just because they know you’re looking for it. Making your life a lot easier.

One last tip I have is carry some cash. When you’re frequenting small independent game stores, taking the credit card cash out fee and waiting for that money to be deposited can mean life and death some days, a lot of the time they’re willing to give you a discount IF you pay in cash. Always offer and see what happens. Again, the worst thing that can happen is they say no.

Stay classy and sassy!

Creative Writing

Raw and emotional writing today.

I know today is supposed to be a favorite game posting but I’m just not feeling that today. It’s been awhile since I’ve been super raw and emotional with you guys with my writing so here we go:

All she wants is to be enveloped by someone else.

To be wrapped up by them completely.

To feel the way she feels about another human being.

Her heart is what makes her, who she is;

But it also leads her to so much heartbreak and disdain.

Yet here she is, keeping the fight up, keeping the momentum going to carry her forward, farther and further.

Maybe one day she will find what she seeks; to be loved the way she loves.

Maybe that day is today, maybe it’s tomorrow… But she will find it and she will get it because she is a warrior.

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I am attempting to keep a positive focus. It’s honestly very difficult and some times I am a lot better at it than others. But you know what? I’m human. The same as you and every one else. I make mistakes but I try my best to correct them and own them. That’s what I’m doing with this. I’m not the best but I also know that I am not the worse.

Life is rough, but I have a hell of a great life. And I won’t ever forget that. I got this. And so do you. We can get through anything and we will.

Stay classy and sassy. 😀

Life Update!

Check out what I’ve been up to lately!

Hello all!

So what’s been new with me…

Well first and foremost if you didn’t see my big announcement blog… I opened my Etsy shop! NerdCentral13! Well guys, I SOLD MY FIRST ITEM! I had a lovely lady contact me about making a custom order for her. What was that custom order you ask?! A Lilligant pot. Like the Pokemon! Well I finished her up and shipped her out so take a look!

As you obviously can see, I do take custom orders and I am happy to attempt any and all feats you might request of me!

I also have had the pleasure of seeing some pretty cool places.

First up was Loveland Castle in Loveland, Ohio.

This is where Mathew and I most recently were able to see Mikey Mason perform. Which was amazing. Like always!

Mathew was sweet enough to take us on a little day trip to Louisville for Memorial day, which I picked up A LOT of games if you did not see that, CHECK IT OUT. Don’t worry. I’ll wait… we got to see some amazing views of the city, both fell in love with Louisville. But only at a distance. I will love visiting but do NOT want to move there. It just seemed so empty almost every where we went. It was strange. Sadly I didn’t get any pictures but I did get to enjoy the day with my man and that’s what matters. Some times its better to live in the moment than to document the moment. And it just means we will have to go back just so I can capture some of those magnificent views on camera!

And last but not least, Mathew and I made a trip out to Indy to pick up his mom from the airport and we were able to go a little early and make it to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to go to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. This was an amazing experience. Not only did we get to check out the museum BUT there was also a couple events going on that day which meant we got to see some cars out on the track. I was just overwhelmed by everything. It was too cool to watch the cars out on the track! They also had an event with Jaguar and Range Rover where they had some really nice Jags that YOU COULD DRIVE! But sadly we didn’t have enough time nor did we have closed toed shoes to do the event.

Mathew and I have been trying to make sure we have at least one adventure a month and I would say we have done a pretty great job at that so far.

I just can’t say enough how lucky am I to have this life. I love what I get to do and experience and I am forever thankful for that. Especially because of who I get to experience these moments with.

Let’s see where the next month or so takes us.

Stay classy and sassy guys ❤

What I’ve Been Playing Wednesday!

Take a look at what I’ve been playing and my opinions on them! 🙂

Wow. What a two weeks.

You’ll all be happy to know I got some great gaming in. Some good games, some not so good in the sense that they weren’t what I was expecting or looking to play at the time.

Let’s get right to it!

GameCube: Ribbit King – I don’t know what I was expecting with this game honestly but I wasn’t expecting what I got. I had always been told that if I enjoyed Animal Crossing and Harvest Moon then I’d really enjoy Ribbit King. So in my mind it’s somehow similar to the two. Well that’s just not right at all. In Ribbit King, you just play a golf like game. That’s all you do. Which is cool and great if that’s what you wanted turning it on and that’s what you expected. But I didn’t. I was just really disappointed with it. Maybe when it’s what I’m looking to play I’ll like it but for now I’m just happy to have it as part of the collection.

GameCube: Sims 2 Pets – This game turned out similar to Ribbit King for me; not what I was expecting or wanted at the time. I am just so used to Sims games on the console having a story mode and a free play mode. I personally stick to the story mode because I’d much rather play “free play mode” on the PC in the traditional Sims. So when I turned on the Sims 2 Pets and was met with no story mode I was surprised. And then I immediately turned off the game, no joke. If I wanted to play a traditional Sims game I would turn on my computer where it’s easier to control, not my GameCube.

PC: GTA V Online – I hadn’t played this in so long on the PC that I had forgotten a lot of the controls which made playing again a lot of fun. 😉 I also was finally able to play with Mathew and my family which makes the game that much more fun. I have a long way to go to get my character back to where I’m used to being but in the mean time, I’m really enjoying causing mayhem and destruction wherever I go. And I can’t forget about the random goofy glitches. Random gaggle of skydiver NPCs dropping from the sky anyone?

PC: Golf With Your Friends – So there’s a new level and a new game mode that’s been added. Like what?! YES! First let’s discuss the new level, which is a prehistoric level and it’s a lot of fun with all the twists and turns and trick shots you can make. BUT it’s really hard.  As I’ve said before, the game is still in Beta so tweaks can and will be made and with a couple of these holes on this level really need it! The last level especially. It seems almost impossible to make it through with 12 strokes and two minutes. Now for the new game mode. It’s called dunk. So instead of having a hole to put your ball in to (that’s what she said, I’m not sorry, it had to be said ;)) You bounce your ball in to the basketball hoop. It’s hard because the hit area seems to be kind of flawed but it’s a lot of fun. I can’t wait to try all the levels out this way. It takes a lot of the work out of navigating through the levels. Your bounces most definitely have to be times just right through!

PC: Sims 4 – The Sims 4 Parenthood pack just came out so I, of course, had to give it a go. The Sims is getting extremely real for those of use who play with families. You now have a parenting skill you can build up! There are so many new interactions with children and it’s honestly now a lot harder to raise kids. You have all this influence over your child but at the same time there’s so many things that just aren’t in your control at all. There are not phases that your child can go through, they ask for advice, they have different things that can be influenced like emotional control, manners, etc. A lot of the time one thing will be influenced positively while something else will be influenced negatively at the same time. It’s a lot of  fun and brings a lot more challenge to the Sims 4 so, as of right now I’m currently still enjoying what I’m experiencing. We will see if that changes. 😛

Stay classy and sassy y’all ❤