My Favorite Amazon Purchases for Pups!

My Favorite Amazon Purchases for Pups!

Back in January, my partner and I added a second dog to our family. It was quite the journey to finally get not only our application accepted, but to also be approved for the dog we applied for. Many families have been adopting during the pandemic, and I am so glad so many have found their forever homes! This terrific outcome from something so horrible came with a side effect: it was very, very difficult to find a puppy for adoption that was still available. After many emails, phone calls, and applications, I managed to not only get an accepted application but also approval for a dachshund beagle mix, otherwise known as a doxle. The only “catch” according to the rescue was that he had a disability: zero vision in his right eye and only half vision in his left. Alec and I weren’t deterred. Padme has had her own share of health issues, and we knew that we could handle the new puppy’s special circumstances. And so, we put down a deposit and drove two hours to a neighboring state to pick up our new family member!

Odin, named after the Norse god who himself is missing an eye, doesn’t let his lack of vision keep him from playing or getting into trouble haha! He is very smart and has caught onto his training quickly. Having a new puppy in the household has brought some challenges so I thought it would be a good time for me to share some purchases that have really helped us with Odin as well as our senior dog, Padme who had some health issues last year that really changed how our household functions. Below I will be giving my honest reviews on products I have purchased from Amazon for our two fur babies that have improved all of our lives.

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My Simple & Affordable YouTube Filming Setup

My Simple & Affordable YouTube Filming Setup

I thought it was about time that I let my readers take a peek behind the curtain of the meggsngrits’ YouTube filming setup. I started with some simple basics to just get started with YouTube and streaming and have slowly added to it as time has gone by. I still have plans for more upgrades down the line, but I wanted to share some options for those of you who have been wanting to create your own setup for YouTube or Twitch. While I have yet to stream on Twitch in an official capacity, these have been tried and true for all of my recording needs. If you are looking for a budget-friendly filming setup, this is the setup for you! Quick Disclaimer: Due to the pandemic, many prices have fluctuated in the time I have purchased these products. If they do not fit within your budget now, you can always save them to a wish list for later. You work hard for your money; don’t spend it on something you can wait for.

From humble beginnings of using my old Samsung Galaxy S6 phone and a “husband-approved” pre-built gaming PC (with free monitors and a free keyboard from a friend), to a still-humble-but-a-bit-nicer custom PC setup, I bring you the current studio filming equipment for the meggsngrits YouTube channel! Below you will find options for some of the basic of basics for getting started creating your very own YouTube videos along with a little blurb of a review by myself. Feel free to ask questions on these in the comments down below, and I will do my very best to answer them!

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Review Rave: Mario & Breath of the Wild Switch Controllers

Welcome to my very first tech review for A Geeky Gal!

Every Tuesday is game night for my friends and me. What better way to spice of a Tuesday than with good food and games? While we had originally been playing board games, my husband and I  finally got to experience our friends’ Switch. The night ended with Alec and I playing Mario Kart, and it was such a blast that we and our friends decided to buy two additional controllers so all four of us could play!

Overview: Matt at Normal Happenings and I purchased two snazzy Switch controllers. He bought the red Mario “character and item collage” controller. I bought the black Breath of the Wild controller with a Link graphic decorating the side. Both were ordered from Amazon using Amazon Prime.

Review: Both controllers were about $20 each with the Mario controller coming in at $21.73 and BoTW coming in slightly cheaper at $19.19. Shipping was free with Prime, and they both arrived in two days.

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Both controllers are officially licensed by Nintendo which gets props in my book. Both controllers have 10 foot USB cables, analog cap covers, and soft touch grips. They also lack vibration support, amiibo function, and motion controls.

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Both controllers are beautifully designed. Matt quickly said he favored the Mario design over the BoTW design, but I disagree (probably because black is my favorite color). What we can agree on is that both controllers are nice to look at! I may update this review with how the graphics are holding up after some more use.

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Both controllers are comfortable to handle. While they may be a bit larger than the Joy-Cons, they were easy to use. The skins of the controllers are soft and ergonomic. They have a bit of weight to them and feel sturdy. The joystick heads are also changeable for you to make your gaming experience even more comfortable.

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Not only are these two controllers pretty and comfortable in your hands but the controls are quick and smooth. Matt had no problem beating all of us at Mario Kart (though that may have less to do with the controller and more to do with his skills). I found the controls to be easy to use and had no problems getting used to the placement of things.

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Overall, both controllers were great purchases. It’s hard to find good controllers that are also cheap. While some may miss the vibrate function and the motion controls, these controllers are still great choices for your player two (or three or four).

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Bottom Line: These are two very sturdy and affordable Switch controllers!

Geeky Gal’s Score: 5 out of 5 stars!

Which controller is your favorite? What was your latest tech purchase? Tell me in the comments!

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Review Rave: OwlCrate’s ‘Castles, Courts & Kingdoms’ via Cratejoy

Review Rave: OwlCrate’s ‘Castles, Courts & Kingdoms’ via Cratejoy

This is the second month of my OwlCrate subscription, and it really blew me away with all the goodies inside. OwlCrate hooked me with ‘Find Me in the Forest’ and reeled me in with ‘Castles, Courts & Kingdoms.’ Let’s dig into this review of OwlCrate’s November box: ‘Castles, Courts & Kingdoms’!

Overview: OwlCrate is a monthly subscription box that contains a newly published hardcover Young Adult book with a special cover, 3-5 other items, as well as exclusive goodies from publishers and authors. Each box also has a unique theme every month!

Review: I was so excited for this theme! I love medieval settings with strong women and a dash of romance. I couldn’t wait either to see what what Harry Potter item would be included this time! The box came two days after I got my tracking number, and I waited a few days to open it due to the holiday craziness. The wait was so worth it though!

The small postcard on top goes into detail about each item inside the box with a handy spoilers tag. I always set this aside first so I can dig in without spoiling any of the items. There is a booklet with an author interview, word search, suggested reads if you liked the book, an interview with Fizzy Fairy Apothecary, photo challenge, and next month’s theme! There is also a matching button to go with the booklet’s cover art.

Now let’s get to the good stuff…

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The book in this month’s box was The Glass Spare by Lauren Destafano. After opening the book, I found an autographed bookplate and a note from the author!

Here’s the note from the author as well as some colorful temporary gem tattoos!

The beautiful, lined notebook is from Stella Bookish Art! “Don’t let the hard days win.” -A Court of Mist and Fury

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This wooden brooch with magnet back from Juniper and Ivy Designs is based on the Grishaverse was specially made for OwlCrate subscribers! There’s 3 brooches total; which one did you get?

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My favorite item in the box was this Expecto Patronum beanie from OwlCrate! I wear it every day. I also lovelovelove my lip balm in blackberry mint from Geek Fire Labs.

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Last but certainly not least is this adorable Elven bread soap from Lord of the Rings by Fizzy Fairy Apothecary! You may have seen it on my instagram feed last night as the “soap which may not be used… only looked at and sniffed!” The smell is A-MA-ZING!

Bottom Line: Love Young Adult reads? Love bookish , handmade items from your favorite fandoms? You’ll love OwlCrate!

Geeky Gal’s Score: 5 out of 5 stars!

Would you like to see a video of next month’s OwlCrate unboxing? Leave me a comment if you prefer the blog style review or if you wanna see a Youtube unboxing! Or both?!

Review Rave: OwlCrate’s ‘Find Me in the Forest’ via Cratejoy

Review Rave: OwlCrate’s ‘Find Me in the Forest’ via Cratejoy

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OwlCrate has been on my Cratejoy wishlist for ages and I finally got to subscribe to this awesome monthly box! Let’s dig into the ‘Find Me in the Forest’ OwlCrate for the month of October!

Overview: OwlCrate is a monthly subscription box that contains a newly published hardcover Young Adult book with a special cover, 3-5 other items, as well as exclusive goodies from publishers and authors. Each box also has a unique theme every month!

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