Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Homemade Play Dough

Play Dough Recipe:

1 cup white flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tablespoon cream of tartar (find it in the spice section)
1 tablespoon oil
1 cup water
food coloring

Mix first 4 ingredients in a pan. Add water and mix well. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for 3 – 5 minutes. Dough will become difficult to stir and form a “clump”. Remove from stove and knead for 5 minutes–add food coloring during kneading process. Play dough will keep for a long time stored in a covered plastic container or plastic sandwich bag.

This amount of play dough this recipe produced was perfect. Each of my 4 kids received a huge clump of play dough, so there was lots to share. Also, a great tip with Fall around the corner – add cinnamon to the dry ingredients (as much as you want until you get the right scent). It produces a magical smell that transports you to a world of pumpkin patches, colored leaves, and windy days.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Destined for Doon



Destined for Doon
By Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
Published by Zondervan

Average Blogger Rating: 4.39 Stars

Second in the series. I read the first and loved it so I couldn't wait to read this second book.



















Book Description

In this sequel to Doon, Mackenna Reid realizes she made a horrible mistake - choosing to follow her dreams of Broadway instead of staying in the enchanted land of Doon. To make everything worse, she's received her Calling - proof she and Duncan are each other's one true love - and it's pure torment, especially when visions of the very alluring Scottish prince appear right before she goes on stage. So when Duncan tells her an ancient curse threatens to overtake Doon and the new queen needs her to return, Kenna doesn't have to think twice. With darkness closing in on all sides, Kenna and Vee must battle a world of nightmares in order to protect the kingdom. But it will take the ultimate test of courage for Kenna to salvage her happily ever after.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Silly Putty/glow/magnetic

Glow in the Dark Silly Putty

While we were on vacation in NY my Aunt had given my oldest some glow sticks. My daughter had so much fun with these. She has always loved glow in the dark things (moon in my room, twilight turtle, etc.) We started to explore with glow in the dark materials. I have a lot of things planned for them so if I "glow you in the dark" to death I am apologizing now! Here are a few we started with.... stay tuned for more. :-)

Materials:

1. Glue
2. Glow in the dark paint... we tried several. So far glo away by Plaid gave the best glow.
3. Liquid starch.

Start by putting in 2 ounces of paint or so into a bowl. Add a cup of glue. Add starch until you get the consistency you want.... maybe 1/2 cup. If it's too sticky add starch, to stringy add glue. This can also be stored and saved in a plastic Ziploc bag for up to 2-4 weeks depending on your use.



Silly Putty Tutorial

1 cup Elmer's school glue (this type of glue works the best)
1/2 cup liquid starch
optional- food coloring and or glitter

The first step is to simply put 1/2 cup liquid starch into the bowl.

Now add the glue. Be sure to keep the ratio exactly 1 cup glue to 1/2 cup starch as it can get too sticky.
Now mix it all together. This stage takes awhile.
Just keep mixing and eventually it will come together.
Now is when you add the food coloring and or glitter.
Once it is together enough to handle knead it by hand. If it feels too sticky just add a little more starch.



Magnetic Silly Putty
Step 1: Tools + materials

TOOLS:
disposable gloves (latex or other)
disposable face mask
disposable work area (paper plate)

MATERIALS:
Thinking Putty ($2.00 or less) - any color
ferric iron oxide powder (artist supply stores)
neodymium magnet

The secret ingredient that makes the putty magnetic is an iron oxide powder, which is ferric (magnetic). Ferric iron oxide is a fine powder used as black pigment and can be found at art stores.

Step 2: Prepare putty
Start by clearing a space to work, make sure it is well ventilated. Iron oxide powder is very fine and inhaling it is probably not such a good idea. Put on your gloves and face mask before you begin.

Open the thinking putty and remove from the container. Work the putty in your hands a little to warm it up, then stretch it out like a sheet and lay it on your disposable work surface (sheet of paper or paper plate).

Step 3: Add iron oxide
Thinking Putty comes in different sizes, depending on where you purchase it. I found mine in a local toy shop, it comes in an egg-shaped container and is about 24 grams (0.8 oz).

For this size, I used about a tablespoon of iron oxide, you may require more or less depending on your putty size and amount of magnetism desired.

Carefully spoon the iron oxide into center of putty sheet, then close lid on iron oxide powder to reduce excess iron dust escaping.

Step 4: Work it
Gently fold edges of putty sheet into center and work the powder into the putty. Go slow, the powder produces lots of dust.

After a minute of massaging the putty it will lose it's color and begin to look black as pitch. Keep massaging putty for about 3-4 minutes.

Step 5: Experiment and have fun!
That's it, you're done! Grab your magnet and start experimenting with your new magnetic putty.

You can stretch out a strand and make it follow your magnet, you can polarize your putty to work as a magnet itself, and then there's the classic of placing the magnet directly on the putty and watching it envelop the magnet. There's plenty of fun to be had, check out the video I made with some of the fun you can do.



Saturday, December 9, 2017

Got a cold? Heres some Remedies from home to try.

These are from all different sites, compiled on here for your use. Hope it helps.



Cough Remedy
Warning!! This is spicy and potent enough to actually clear your head


2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar (preferably Bragg's, if available)
2 tablespoons honey (locally produced raw honey is best, if available)
2 tablespoons water
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Place all the ingredients in a small jar and shake to combine. Leave at room temperature for a few days or place in the refrigerator for longer storage. Shake well each time, before using. The spices will not dissolve into the liquid. It will not be a thick syrup, it should remain watery. Take as needed and have a happy and healthy new year!



Apple-Cider Vinegar and Honey Cough Syrup
A homemade apple-cider vinegar and honey cough syrup can clear congestion and reduce your cough naturally.
Mix 1/4 tsp. ground ginger, 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper, 1 tbsp. honey, 2 tbsp. water and 1 tbsp. apple-cider vinegar.
Mix the ingredients thoroughly, and take 1 tsp. at a time every few hours to suppress the cough.



Apple-Cider Vinegar Pillow
Apple-cider vinegar is a time-honored folk remedy. Dabbing your pillowcase with apple-cider vinegar before bed may help reduce nighttime coughing. The scent of the apple-cider vinegar may soothe and calm your throat, making you less likely to cough throughout the night.



Teaspoon of Honey> Taking 2 tsp. of honey may be as effective as dextromethorphan, the active ingredient in many over-the-counter cough syrups. Honey coats the throat, soothing the rawness and irritation. Additionally, honey may help reduce congestion. Although it is rare, honey does pose a risk of infant botulism, so do not give honey to children under the age of 1.



Honey and Hot Water> If you're not keen on drinking honey straight out of the bottle, mix 2 tsp. of honey in a mug of hot water. Squeeze a wedge of lemon into the cup, and stir until the ingredients are combined. Sip slowly to soothe the throat and alleviate your cough. Honey will soothe your cough, while the lemon juice will cut through the mucous in the back of your throat. Drink every few hours, as needed.



Sore Throat Remedies

• For fast and effective sore-throat relief, nothing beats an old-fashioned saltwater gargle. Salt acts as a mild antiseptic, and also draws water out of mucous membranes in the throat, which helps to clear phlegm. Dissolve a half-teaspoon salt in a glass of warm water, gargle and spit out. Repeat up to four times a day.


• Alternatively, gargle with a baking-soda solution. Dissolve one-half teaspoon of baking soda in a glass of warm water.


• Run a cool-mist vaporizer or humidifier in your bedroom. Adding moisture to the air will help keep the air from drying out and prevent the lining of your throat from becoming too dry. If you don’t have a humidifier, place a bowl of water on your radiator or heating vent each night. It will work as well as a store-bought device.


• Horehound reduces the swelling of inflamed throat tissue. It also thins mucus, which makes it easier for you to clear it from your throat. To make the tea, steep 2 teaspoons chopped herb in 1 cup boiling water for 10 minutes; strain and drink.


• Slippery elm contains mucilage that coats the throat and eases the soreness. Steep 1 teaspoon of the inner bark in 2 cups boiling water, strain and drink.


• Like slippery elm bark, marshmallow root (Althea officinalis) contains throat-coating mucilage. To make the tea, steep 2 teaspoons dried herb in 1 cup boiling water for 10 minutes; strain and drink. Drink three to five cups a day to help a sore throat.


• Take vitamin C three times a day. Whether your sore throat is caused by a cold, the flu or strep, this vitamin will help boost your immune system and fight off infection. Reduce the dose if you develop diarrhea.


• Echinacea. This herb’s antibacterial and antiviral properties will speed healing.


• Garlic, as another aid to fight off infection. Dried garlic has potent antibacterial and antiseptic properties.


• Zinc lozenge. In one study, people who sucked on a lozenge containing about 13 milligrams of zinc every two hours got rid of viral sore throats three to four days quicker than those who didn’t. But too much zinc can actually compromise immunity, which is why you shouldn’t take the lozenges for a long time.


Steps for sore throat

1: Keep Your Nasal Passages Clear
Doctors agree that two of the most common causes of sore-throat pain are postnasal drip and a dry throat that results from sleeping with your mouth open when your nasal passages are blocked.

Decongestants, especially those containing pseudo-ephedrine (read package labels), may be helpful in stopping the flow; follow package directions carefully. Using saline nasal spray can help make breathing easier promptly though temporarily, and it's probably worth investing in a humidifier to run in your bedroom at night.



2: Rest and Take It Easy
Common sense dictates staying in bed or at least resting when a sore throat's got you down. Taking it easy leaves more energy to fight the infection. If your sore throat doesn't require medical attention, rest will help get you back on the road to recovery.


3: Gargle
Gargle raspberry tea. Raspberry leaf tea can make a great gargle. (To make, pour 1 cup boiling water over 2 teaspoons dried leaves. Steep for 10 minutes, then strain. Allow to cool.) If you also have a fever, the gargle can be used as a fever-reducing drink, too. Do not drink any liquid you have used as a gargle.

Gargle with sage. This curative herb is a great sore-throat gargle. Mix 1 teaspoon in 1 cup boiling water. Steep for 10 minutes, then strain. Add 1 teaspoon each cider vinegar and honey, then gargle four times a day.

Gargle with turmeric. Try this gargle to calm a cranky throat. Mix together 1 cup hot water, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Gargle with the mixture twice a day. If you're not good with the gargle, mix 1/2 teaspoon turmeric in 1 cup hot milk and drink. Turmeric stains clothing, so be careful when mixing and gargling.

Gargle with warm saltwater. If you can gargle without gagging, make a saline solution by adding 1/2 teaspoon salt to a cup of very warm water. Yes, when your mother told you to gargle with saltwater, she knew what she was talking about. It cuts phlegm and reduces inflammation. Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon salt in 1/2 cup warm water, and gargle every three to four hours.

Gargle with Listerine. Another good gargling fluid is Listerine mouthwash. If you share the product with anyone else in your household, don't drink straight from the bottle; instead, pour a small amount into a cup (and don't share that, either).


4: Drink Cider Vinegar
This sore throat cure is found in several different remedies. Some doctors still swear that it is surprisingly palatable and works wonders. (Do not give it -- or any other honey-containing food or beverage -- to children under two years of age. Honey can carry a bacterium that can cause a kind of food poisoning called infant botulism and may also cause allergic reactions in very young children.)

1 tablespoon honey, any kind
1 tablespoon vinegar, preferably apple-cider vinegar
8 ounces hot water

Mix all the ingredients together in a mug and sip slowly (but don't let it get cold). Use as often as desired.

For gargling: You'll need 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup cider vinegar, and 1 cup warm water. Dissolve the salt in the vinegar, then mix in the water. Gargle every 15 minutes as necessary.


5: Make a Horseradish Cocktail
Try this Russian sore-throat cure. Combine 1 tablespoon pure horseradish or horseradish root with 1 teaspoon honey and 1 teaspoon ground cloves. Mix in a glass of warm water and drink slowly.


6: Use Citrus
Sip lemon juice. Mix 1 tablespoon each of honey and lemon juice in 1 cup warm water and sip away.

Drink lime juice. Combine 1 spoonful with a spoonful of honey and take as often as needed for a sore throat.


7: Take an Analgesic
Plain old aspirin, acetaminophen or ibuprofen can do wonders for sore-throat pain. However, aspirin shouldn't be given to children under the age of 19 because of the risk of Reye's syndrome, a potentially fatal condition. Pregnant and nursing women should check with their doctor before taking any medication


8: Eat a Juice Bar
Juice bars are cold and soothing to a hot throat. Don't suck, though. Sucking may irritate the throat even more. Simply let small pieces melt in your mouth.


9: Drink Hot Liquids
Especially if you're not good at gargling, drink hot fluids, such as coffee, tea or hot lemonade. Coating the tissue in your throat with warm liquid provides a benefit similar to applying hot packs to infected skin. (And sipping hot tea is more pleasant than trying to swallow a hot pack.)

To make a soothing tea, use a spoonful of marjoram steeped in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes. Strain, then sweeten to taste with honey.


10: Grab Some Hard Candy
Think of a sore throat as an excuse to indulge your sweet tooth, since some doctors say that sugar can help soothe a sore throat and the ticklish cough that may come with it. If nothing else, sucking on hard candy -- in the sugar-free variety -- can help keep your mouth and throat moist, which will make you feel more comfortable.


11: Steam It Out
One old-fashioned remedy for a cold or sore throat is a steam tent -- sitting with your face over a bowl of steaming hot water and your head covered with a towel to keep the steam in. Adding 1 to 2 drops eucalyptus oil can be soothing.

While it's easy to dismiss such a simple measure as an old wives' tale, several scientific studies have shown that steaming can actually shorten the duration of a throat infection.


12: Keep the Fluids Coming
Drink as much fluid as possible -- at least eight to 10 8-ounce glasses per day. Keeping your throat well lubricated with soothing liquids can prevent it from becoming dry and irritated and may even help banish the infection faster.


13: Suck on Garlic
This Amish remedy can treat or prevent sore throats. Peel a fresh clove, slice it in half, and place 1 piece in each cheek. Suck on the garlic like a cough drop. Occasionally, crush your teeth against the garlic, not to bite it in half, but to release its allicin, a chemical that can kill the bacteria that causes strep.


14: Spray It
Analgesic sprays, such as Chloraseptic, may be effective in temporarily relieving sore-throat pain. The only problem is that the effect doesn't last long. You may have to spray several times an hour. However, the sprays won't harm you and may take the edge off an extremely painful throat.

Also, when treating a sore throat, nix the colas and scratchy foods, such as chips and pretzels. They'll irritate an already irritated throat.

Spirit Fighter - Son of Angels 1


By Jerel Law
Published by Thomas Nelson
Reading level: Ages 9 and up
Paperback: 256 pages


This is a great read for young kids (like my daughter), to teens, to even adults (like me).


Jonah is 13 (his brother Jeremiah is 7, & his sister Eliza is 11). Their mother is Eleanor Stone. They are all part angel (from one who is a fallen angel). Jonah has a hard time in basketball practice. Afterwards he prays in the field (which is something his father said to do for guidance, and he is a pastor). He kicks a soccer ball in anger and it goes launching. He later tells his father (who in turn talks to his mother) and they sit him down (without his siblings) and tell him he (and his siblings) is a quarter angel, and his mother is half angel. He finds out that good and evil are still waging war, and that he will be expected to fight in the war.

Marcus and Taryn (who are angels) deliver the news/order from God that Jonah and Eliza must find a way to rescue their mother from the fallen angel's clutches. Jonah is given a watch thing called a MissionFinder 3000 to help find his mom.

This is a great novel. I couldn't put it down, nor can i explain all that much more without giving a little too much away. All I can say is anyone and everyone will likely like this book. It is a great spiritual adventurous novel to read.






Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.




Book Description

“In his exciting debut novel, Jerel Law transports readers to a place where supernatural forces of good and evil collide. Young readers will be entertained and inspired by *Spirit Fighter. I heartily recommend it.*” —Robert Whitlow, bestselling author of the Tides of Truth series

Percy Jackson, move over! Jonah Stone is here!

What if Nephilim—the children of angels and men—still walked the earth? And their very presence put the entire world in danger? In Spirit Fighter, Jonah and Eliza Stone learn that their mother is a Nephilim and that they have special powers as quarter-angels. When their mom is kidnapped by fallen angels, they must use those powers to save her. Along the way, they discover that there is a very real and dangerous war going on between good and evil and that God has a big part for them to play in that war.

Parents today are looking for fiction that makes Christianity and the Bible exciting for their kids. This series is the Christian answer to Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Kane Chronicles, The Secret Series and other middle-grade series packed with adventure, action, and supernatural fights. Son of Angels, Jonah Stone will be the first series in the market to explore this topic from a biblical perspective with content that is appropriate and exciting for middle-grade readers.

“Jerel Law has crafted a fantastic story that will leave every reader wanting more. Stop looking for the next great read in fantasy fiction for young readers—you’ve found it!” —Robert Liparulo, bestselling author of Dreamhouse Kings and The 13th Tribe

Thursday, December 7, 2017

League of Angels - Tycoon Strategy

Since tycoon time has started again, thought I would post this. I had this for my own records for ages. I hope this helps everyone. I know there is much more now a days but this is better than nothing xD

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For both VIP's and Non-VIP's using free to play only strategies.

Prodigy it is that time again where GTA throws a cross server tycoon at us. Unless your willing to spend a lot of money you have no shot at ranking in top 200. But by no means does this mean you shouldn't participate. For simply reaching 50,000 points by the end of the event you get two pieces of godly armor and two level six fused gems. And 50,000 is not hard to reach. So I am going to lay out category by category what you earn points for and free strategies to maximize your points without spending. If you want to spend more power to you. You will get more points. But for F2P players listen up.

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Gold
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You get 1 point for every 10k gold you collect. Gold collected from selling items doesn't count. Gold collected from chests does not count.

VIP Strategy:
1.) Collect login bonus. For VIP 7 that is 300k gold for 30 pts.
2.) Do alchemy attempts. You get nine. For me that is 275 gold each collect for a total of 247 pts.
3.) Win at least one CS match for 500k gold in hot events. 50 pts.
4.) Loop quests and dungeons for gold. Points may vary.
5.) Do erebus for gold obtained in event. Points may vary.
6.) Get 600 erebus score. Not always possible but equals 200 pts.
7.) Wyrm race. Plunder and event rewards. Points may vary.
8.) Only plant gold in your garden. Points vary by level of your tree and soil but I get 26k gold per square per hour. 10+ pts an hour.
a.) Try planting in your garden every hour throughout the day. For smaller players whose gardens trees/soil isn't leveled you get 10k gold per 2 hours. For veteran players you get upwards of 26k per 70 minutes (-10 min if watered). Do this for 10 hours a day. Then when your sleeping small players plant the 8 hour seeds. Vets plant the 24 hour seed as it takes us around 14 hours only per seed.
9.) Do tidal pool. 400k gold hot event reward. 40 pts.
10.) Tidal pool also gives gold from catching fish. Points may vary.
11.) 500 Devotion Points for 390k gold. 39 points.
12.) Do quiz daily. Points may vary.
13.) Do world boss daily. Points may vary.
14.) Do Dragonsoul to get 150k gold from hot events. 15 points.
15.) Do inferno daily for 300-450k gold per attempt. 60 pts
a.) If it doesn't hurt your score for S/A rank try to grab treasure chests for a chance at winning more gold.
---The day before tycoon right before reset blitz 30 times in a dungeon but don't collect. Then open after reset to get all of that gold and still have 150+ stamina to do loop quests.
---I also recommend saving feast chests up between tycoons so when you open bit by bit as tycoon starts you have a ton of stamina from the chests waiting to use in the event to get more gold.



Total daily points = Minimum of 911+ points (Possibly much more).

Non-VIP Strategy:
All of the above but heavy emphasis on planting in your garden as you lose 7 alchemy attempts, and VIP login bonus. You will get roughly 85 points less each day.



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Soulstones
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You get 2 points for every soulstone collected. Soulstones collected from chests do not count.

VIP Strategy:
1.) Do Tidal Pool before and after 1200 eastern time for two pool attempts each day. 820 tidal points get you 30 soulstones from benchmark rewards plus I believe 75 from the fish. 210 pts.
2.) Explore in raiders 15 times for 50 soulstones. 100 pts.
3.) Buy from voucher shop. Points may vary.
4.) Purchase with vouchers from group buy. 200 pts.
5.) Collect from loop quests. 30 soulstones. 60 pts.
6.) Possible to get from inferno. Points may vary.
7.) 500 devotion points for 10 soulstones. 20 points.
8.) Timed login reward for 10 soulstones. 20 points.
--In inferno lvl 55 or lower you win soulstones instead of seraph stones. Also if it doesn't hurt your timed score for S/R rank try to grab treasure chests to possibly get more soulstones.

Total daily points = Minimum of 610 points.

Non-VIP Strategy:
Same as above



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Angel Tears
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You receive 20 points for every angel tear collected. Tears collected from chests do not count.

VIP Strategy:
1.) VIP login bonus for 8 tears. 160 points.
2.) Wyrm race rewards. Reward varies. Minimum of 60 pts.
3.) Voucher Shop. Points may vary.
4.) Group Buy. Points may vary.
5.) Angel bond hot event 45 tears. 900 points.
- If you have spare angels inherit one to the other then re-level that angel. Some have all angels maxed and cannot do this hot event.
6.) 500 devotion points for eight tears. 160 points.

Total daily points = 1,280+ points (Unless all angels maxed)

Non-VIP Strategy:
All of the above except you lose the VIP login bonus tears for a loss of 160 points daily.



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Gems
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You receive 1 point for every 5 gemology points.

VIP Strategy:
1.) Extra 14 energy per day equals 30-70 tycoon points.
a.) Try averaging 25 pts per energy used. Two moves for 10 pts each is 20 pts but if two moves to score lets you get a 50-60 pt gemology combo that is 25-30 points on average per energy used.
b.) If possible always save up your gem energy cards until you see a tycoon you like and are prepared to use them in for rank/pts.
3.) Use 40-50 extra energy from gem cards to get 3,000 gemology points to get 80 gem energy cards as a reward. 3k equals 600 pts.

Total daily points = 600+ points minimum (Requires 3k in gemology).

Non-VIP Strategy:
You lose the extra 14 energy per day for a loss of 30-70 tycoon points. This means you may need to use 10-20 extra energy from gem cards And be especially diligent in planning your moves in gemology to obtain the maximum amount of points possible.

SPECIAL NOTE: In most previous tycoons on the last day or two of the event they usually held some kind of gemology hot event. Since the introduction of the gem enhance tokens having both a gem hot event for gem energy and gem enhance tokens is more rare. But if this does happen you get all of the rewards for getting 20,000 gemology points. If you average 10 pts per move that would cost 2k gem energy. But at 25 pts on average per move that is 800. Usually with 60 pt combos, etc, it takes 700-750 gem energy to get 20k pts.



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Bless Stones
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You receive 6 points for every bless stone collected. Bless stones collected from chests do not count.

VIP Strategy:
1.) You get 8 stones from VIP login bonus. 48 points.
2.) Tidal pool for getting 820k pts gets 3 stones. 18 points.
3.) Getting 1320 raiders points get 6 bless stones. 36 points.
4.) Voucher Shop. Points may vary.
5.) Group Buy. Points may vary.

Total daily points = 102+ points.

Non-VIP Strategy:
You don't get the VIP login bonus for 48 points. They used to give 60 bless stones for doing TA each day but for this tycoon that is not the case so your just out of luck.



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Runestones
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You receive 1 point for every runestone collected. Runes collected from chests do not count.

VIP Strategy:
1.) Do eternal spire. You receive 700-900 runes. Minimum 700 pts.
a.) Every other day don't open eternal spire after you started the blitz. Only open it after reset. The game then views this as having done six spire blitzes instead of the free three daily. Gives more prizes in hot events. Can be done three times per five day tycoon.
2.) Collect 100 runes from hot events. Collect 700 runes every other day from using the trick above. 100-700 pts. Averages to 420 pts.

Total daily points = 800+ pts (2100 pts on every other day).

Non- VIP Strategy:
You don't get to flip two cards per boss cleared in spire blitz for a loss of 30 bronze cards valued at roughly 250 pts daily. 500 every other day for six blitz rewards.



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Star Cutter [aka Gem Enhance tokens]
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You receive 2 points for every star cutter collected.

VIP Strategy:
1.) Achieve 2k gem points to get 30 star cutters. 60 points.
2.) Achieve 3k gem points for 190 stars in hot events. 380 points.
-- One time free hot event reward of 100 stars for 200 points.
3.) Buy 30 stars from arena shop in others tab. 60 points.

Total daily points = 500+ points (plus 200 one time pt reward).

Non-VIP Strategy:
Same as above. No one regardless of VIP status achieves 2,000 gem points with free energy with the exception of extraordinarily rare occasions. As your pushing for 3,000 daily it requires gem cards so VIP status isn't relevant. You simply may have two use 10-20 more gem energy from cards to achieve the same benchmark.



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Seraph Stones
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You receive 6 points for every seraph stone collected. Seraph Stones collected from chests do not count.

VIP Strategy:
1.) Do Inferno daily. You obtain between 18-26 depending upon your timed reward in the event. You receive minimum of 216 points.
2.) But up to 20 daily with dragon crests in arena shop. 120 pts.
a.) It may be wise to save up dragon crests to be able to purchase the full 20 daily for each tycoon event.
3.) Receive 30 from hot events for clearing erebus. 180 points.
4.) Voucher shop. Points may vary.
5.) Group Buy. Points may vary.

Total daily points = 526+ points.

Non-VIP Strategy:
You cannot blitz erebus so you have to manually do it daily but 300 points to receive the hot event reward is easy to do so no difference in points received for non-vip members.



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Element Dust
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You receive 2 points for every element crystal collected. Element dust collected from chests does not count.

VIP Strategy:
1.) Do inferno daily. 50-68 dust for rewards. Minimum of 100 pts.
a.) If it doesn't hurt your chances at an S/A rank try to grab a few treasure chests for a chance to get more element dust.
2.) Voucher Shop. Points may vary.
3.) Group Buy. Points may vary.

Total daily points = 100+ points minimum.

Non-VIP Strategy:
Same as above with no variance.



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Aegis Shards
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You receive 2 points for every aegis shard collected. You do not receive points for aegis shards collected from chests.

VIP Strategy:
1.) Blitz each aegis you have unlocked. The more you have defeated the more aegis' you can blitz. Strength reliant. Points depend on how many you have unlocked but average vet player gets 560-760 pts.
-- The game doesn't always let you but sometimes you can be blitzing more than one part of the game simultaneously. If it lets you blitz the highest zodiac you have unlocked right before reset but don't collect. After reset open to collect and still have your new post reset blitz attempt available.

Total daily points = 560+ minimum

Non-VIP Strategy:
Same as above with no variance.



___________________________________________________ The above numbers go off of a couple base assumptions. That the VIP players are VIP 7 in the range of level 65-75 with an average BR of 650k or so. Higher VIP numbers or lower give slightly different login rewards and many of these events don't give a set amount of points daily so I went with a conservative average number. Your total points may vary. I haven't spend a dime and have 12,475 tycoon points on the first day. Tycoons are a lot like war. You don't just jump into it. It takes planning, careful management of resources, and finding legal available loopholes in the game such as the eternal spire six blitz trick. Your points may vary depending upon your level, time committed, and other factors. But I believe with proper planning and effort it is possible for everyone to achieve the minimum points to receive the impressive rewards these events can yield without having to spend money to rank. And in single server events although slightly different many of the same strategies will help you excel and potentially rank high without having to spend. The trick is to save up the necessary resources to excel in these events and when you see a tycoon you like pounce on it. If you are willing to spend money for an extra boost more power to you. There is nothing wrong with that. But I know many of our members are full time students, facing medical problems with their families, are going through tough financial times, etc, so I wanted to create this guide to lend them a helping hand. It works just as well for spenders and will simply reinforce your progress in this event. I wish you all the best of luck.






Info for this was found in this page:
https://www.facebook.com/ProdigyS6/posts/531477756952644?fref=nf&pnref=story

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Firstborn





























by Lorie Ann Grover

This is a very interesting story. It is about how if your first child is born male, he is fine, but if your chils is a female, she is taken from you and left by the cliffs to die or be killed and eaten OR your parents can declare you as a male and raise you to be a male.

As a female (who was declared male) while you grow you are forced to suppress any and feminine urges or you will be killed the moment they find out you have them. When you are a baby you are given a pouch that is supposed to help to remove your femininty.

This book follows Tiadone through about a year of her (his) life. She is the only declared male in history, most fathers refuse to have a daughter being declared and would rather to try to have another child afterwards (which then can be male or female). So as a "Declared male" Tiadone has to do what all normale males do, which is going on perimeter patrol. It is something that can be dangerous.

I was sorry to see it end and wish there would be another book to follow up on the ending. (I can't really say much more or it will ruin the ending but I would definitely love to read more).








>Book Description

Where does a firstborn girl fit in a world dominated by men?

When Tiadone was born, her parents had two choices: leave their daughter outside the community to die in the wilds, or raise her as male and force her to suppress all feminine traits. Now, as the first female living as male in her village, Tiadone must prove her father didn’t make a mistake by letting her live.

As her male initiation approaches, Tiadone knows every eye on the community is on her, and desperately wishes to belong and finally be accepted. But at every step, traditional feminine gifts and traits emerge, and the bird she's been twined with is seen as a sign of the devil.

Worse, as Tiadone completes her rites, she finds she is drawn to her male best friend in ways that are very much in line with the female gender.

Confused and desperate, Tiadone tries to become what she must be while dealing with what she indeed has become: a young woman who may be able to stand up to her despotic rulers and uncover her real purpose in life.