My Gaming Apps: Vol. 1

Hello, friends. For today’s blog, I thought I would share with you a few of my guilty pleasures, specifically, the current gaming apps that I’ve been playing on my phone. I’ll preface this post by saying that I currently own a hand-me-down Samsung Galaxy S3, and it is on it’s last leg of life. It has memory issues, crashes constantly, and isn’t good enough to play cool games like Pokemon Go. So, at the moment, these are the four games currently on my phone. I play a lot of other games, mostly hidden object or puzzle games, but they don’t stay installed for very long. These are the ones that have been here the longest, and that I play the most. Yes, they are all fairly casual games, and I know that they aren’t for everyone, but if you’re into those, read on!

Let’s begin.

1) Kim Kardashian Hollywood

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I know. I know, you guys. But let me explain. I am by no means a fan of the Kardashian/Jenner/West clan, but I am a sucker for a good fashion game… and this one is a GOOD fashion game. The character customization alone blows everything else out of the water with hundreds of fashionable outfits, hairstyles, makeup, and accessories, but it is so much more than that.

You can complete modeling/movie/TV/etc. gigs for money, fame, and K-stars. You can buy apartments, condos, and houses, and customize them. You can travel all around the world and complete gigs in exotic locales (Tokyo, Dubai, London, etc.). You can go on dates, fall in love, get married, have kids, and adopt pets. You can get exclusive clothing and accessories in weekend and holiday events. You can own your own stores to sell your own fashion line. You can shoot your own reality TV show. You can own your own hotel, gym, and club, and more. You can battle your evil rival (her name is Willow, and she is the worst) to get to the top of the food chain. You can befriend Kim, her entire family, and a few other famous folks, if that is your cup of tea. You can also compete in random fashion competitions with other users to win prizes.

There is so much content, and the game is constantly getting updated. The app can be played totally free, but there is the option to spend real money to buy energy, money, K-stars, and VIP status to make the game easier, but I’ve chosen not to give my money to a family of millionaires. If I had one major complaint, it would be that there are SO MANY ads. Every couple minutes, your game is interrupted as an ad pops up on your screen. It’s really annoying. Other than that, I’m addicted to this game, and it to this day has spent the longest time on my phone, reigning above all my other gaming apps.

2) Township

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Everyone knows what FarmVille is, yeah? Same thing. One of the hundreds of farming apps on the market, but so far, this one is my favorite. Pretty basic stuff for the most part: Plant crops, harvest crops, make things from crops, fill orders via the trains or plane, grow your town, etc. Well, this game has some fun extras that a lot of those other farming games don’t have, including Co-ops and chat windows, a zoo, mining and collecting gems and artifacts, and really cool holiday events.

There’s not much to say on this one, since everyone has played this type of this game on some platform, but it is really fun, and the graphics are cute, and I have been playing it for many, many months. Highly recommend.

3. Eden

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My most recent download, and honestly, I am addicted to this game. It’s another casual, gather/build/upgrade style game. You start out with a bonfire, and just a few settlers, and from there, you can forage in piles of leaves, sand, and rocks, hunt for animals in the woods, cook foods, go fishing, gather wood and water from the woods and creek, build and upgrade shelters, storage buildings, fields for planting crops, carpenter shops, and more. I’ve only been playing for a few days, but the graphics are gorgeous, and it is a fun, cute time waster.

My one and only complaint, is that it tends up lag a bit during bad weather scenarios, i.e. rain and storms, but that might just be because my phone is garbage.

4) Magikarp Jump

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This one is a weird one, and probably not everybody’s cup of tea. From the creators of Pokemon Go comes a silly, little game about… wait for it… Magikarp. Yep. You play a gender neutral, childlike character, who lives in a world where Magikarp are revered, and entered in jumping competitions, all across the land. You fish up your Magikarp, feed it different, upgradeable berries while it swims in it’s little pond, train it using various, random training exercises, level up it’s jumping ability, and battle other trainers. That’s about it.

The game is a bit slow, and I don’t particularly like that you can only use one Magikarp for so long (not long at all) before you have to retire it, fish up another one, and start all over. You do get bonuses o help level the Magikarp faster, and your level keeps going up, so you can keep higher and higher level Magikarp before having to retire them.

It’s got cute, bright graphics, and it a simple, casual game for young kids, as well as adults who want to waste their time. Sometimes, you can get a peek at some other Pokemon who come around to cheer on your Magikarp as well. No real complaints from me!

And there you have it! The four games currently installed on my horrible, dying phone. Hopefully I’ll be able to get an upgrade in the near future, and will be able to play some better games, but for now, I’m quite enjoying these, and recommend them all.

Thanks for reading, friends!

Jan

Daily Prompt 1/31/2016 | Roaring Laughter

The Daily Post’s Daily Prompt 1/31/2016 | Roaring Laughter

“What was the last thing that gave you a real, authentic, tearful, hearty belly laugh? Why was it so funny?”

I love laughing. I need laughter to survive. Do you enjoy laughing? Well, prepare yourselves, my friends, because I am about to introduce you to something amazing. Well, specifically, two someones. As many of you know, I am an avid YouTube watcher. I watch vloggers, gamers, and beauty gurus from several corners of the world, and I’m always looking for new channels to subscribe to. A few months ago, after hearing them referenced by nearly every YouTuber that I watch, I decided to subscribe to this hilarious duo.
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Meet Rhett McLaughlin and Charles Lincoln “Link” Neal III, aka Rhett and Link, the hilarious “Internetainer” duo behind the wildly popular YouTube channel, Good Mythical Morning. Good Mythical Morning is a family-friendly YouTube show, hosted by Rhett and Link, which currently boasts an impressive subscriber count of just under 10 million. GMM releases episodes every weekday, including a “show after the show” on a separate channel, called Good Mythical More, which includes unedited, goofy commentary, additional games or challenges, and a look at the crew behind GMM. Videos on both channels are generally between 10-15 minutes long, and are family friendly, so you can watch with your kids! Don’t have time to sit at your computer and watch episode after episode of GMM? No problem. You can also download episodes from iTunes as either a video podcast, or an audio podcast. Rhett and Link also have a main channel called Rhett & Link, where they perform funny skits, create original songs and music videos, and do commercials, are usually just a few minutes long, as well as an EXTRAS channel, where you get to see all kinds of funny extras, and get to know the crew better. Their 4 channels combined have around 16 million subscribers total! That’s pretty impressive. Aside from their popular YouTube channels, Rhett and Link also have a podcast called Ear Biscuits, which you can listen to on iTunes and SoundCloud. They also put out a weekly collaboration song with various other YouTubers, called Song Biscuits.

I’m subscribed to ALL THE CHANNELS.

Now that I’ve provided you with a ton of links to add to your arsenal of awesomeness, here’s a little bit more on Rhett and Link. These two guys have been best friends since the ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, you guys, and seem just as close as ever. They’re both all grown up (well, physically), are both married, with kids of their own, who sometimes make appearances on the show. The comedic chemistry between these two is amazing, and there is never a lull, or a dull moment, on their show. Whether they are tasting gross food for the sake of answering the age old question of “Will it?“, testing out ridiculous products, reading and opening fan mail, or testing out crazy theories, these two will keep your whole family laughing. They also interact with their fans frequently, across virtually every social media platform you can think of, and include them, and their fan mail, in the show. They’re seriously fantastic.
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There are currently well over 1,000 videos on JUST the Good Mythical Morning channel, and I’ve been enjoying binge-watching every episode throughout the day. Even as I type this, I’m watching an episode where Rhett and Link try to eat a pizza in 60 seconds! Before that, I watched a video about the 4 biggest viral hoaxes on the internet. These guys cover everything you can imagine, in a hilarious, engaging fashion.

Once you’ve become a super fan, you can spend your hard-earned money on some seriously cool merch from their store, including Rhett’s Beard Oil, Link’s Lip Balm, and awesome hoodies.
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One last time, here’s a list of most of their links and info, for anyone interested in becoming obsessed:
MAIN YOUTUBE CHANNEL: http://youtube.com/rhettandlink
GOOD MYTHICAL MORNING: http://youtube.com/rhettandlink2
GOOD MYTHICAL MORE: http://youtube.com/rhettandlink3
EXTRAS CHANNEL: http://youtube.com/rhettandlink4
MERCH STORE: http://rhettandlink.com/store
FACEBOOK: http://facebook.com/rhettandlink
TWITTER: http://twitter.com/rhettandlink
GOOGLE+: http://bit.ly/RhettLinkPlus

Good Mythical Morning iTunes download:
Video Podcast: http://bit.ly/xuJVPc
Audio Podcast: http://bit.ly/zSewZ6

Send them stuff to their PO Box:
Rhett & Link
PO Box 55605
Sherman Oaks, CA 91413

Okay, I’m done. Can you tell I love these guys? Seriously, check them out! Are any of you already Rhett and Link fans? How long have you been watching?

Thanks for reading, friends!

Jan

Egg-less, Oil-less, Boxed Cake Recipe

Hello, friends! Today is Liam’s first birthday! In honor of this momentous day in our lives, I decided to write a post about Liam’s birth story, which you can read (if you want, it is a birth story after all) by clicking here.

We quietly celebrated this special day yesterday, since Kyle is working all weekend. Unfortunately, Kyle’s mother was also working, so we celebrated at home, with just the three of us. We started the day off with blueberry birthday pancakes, which were a hit, but the real treat of the day was Liam’s birthday cake!

Well… cupcake, that is.

Liam doesn’t have any allergies to eggs or anything, but I still wanted to find a cake recipe that was a little bit on the healthier side. I also don’t bake, and couldn’t really afford to go out and buy a bunch of baking supplies and ingredients, that I will never use up. After hunting around online, I managed to stumble across a “healthier boxed cake” recipe, from the Dr. Oz Show, and decided to go with a boxed chocolate cake recipe (because it had the lowest calorie count and sugar content, surprisingly), though I did have to tweak it a bit.

The recipe reads as follows:

  • 1 package cake mix
  • 1/2 – 1 banana, mashed
  • 3/4 – 1 1/12 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • water (amount not specified)1. Just use a normal chocolate boxed cake mix (that calls for you to add water, egg, and oil), but make the following substitutes:
  • Instead of egg, use a mashed banana (1/2 banana per egg).
  • Instead of oil, use 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt per cup of oil.

2. Then follow the instructions on the box to finish making          the cake.

Now, I ended up using the recommended amount of bananas, but needed DOUBLE the amount of Greek yogurt (my recipe called for 1/2 cup of oil, but I used about 3/4 cup of Greek yogurt). Since the amount of water wasn’t specified, I used only 1/4 of a cup, but I probably could have used a bit more. I also added a bit of cinnamon to the mix, since I planned to top it with cinnamon graham cracker crumbles. It was very difficult to mix by hand, and the batter was very thick and sticky. This also made it quite difficult (and messy) to put into the cupcake liners. Usually when I bake cakes, cookies, cupcakes, etc. the cooking time is fairly accurate, but I needed to take these out about 3-4 minutes earlier than called for, and they still felt slightly overcooked.

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They smelled amazing, and the batter (which I shamelessly ate from the bowl) was delicious. However, it ended up not making 2 dozen, which it should have. We ended up with 16 total cupcakes, and they were yummy! The bottoms did end up being slightly overcooked, but the cake itself was surprisingly moist, all things considered. The banana and chocolate combination was really tasty, and reminded me of banana bread, or even cocoa zucchini bread, both of which I love!

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I topped Liam’s birthday cupcake with whipped cream, instead of icing, cinnamon graham cracker crumbles, and a blueberry. His favorite part was the whipped cream and graham crackers, but he did finish the entire thing! He didn’t care for the blueberries, however, which were still slightly bitter and firm (which is how I like them). But overall, as you can see, he loved it!

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I’ve also been snacking on the cupcakes, and love them! They are slightly better for you, as far as boxed cake mixes go, and are a good alternative for moms who can’t bake, or don’t want to waste baking ingredients that they may never use, and kiddies with allergies. I recommend!

Thank you for reading, friends!

Jan