Enter your email below to get exclusive access to our best articles and tips before everybody else. Now that we have a sense of the different game modes, what they are, and why we’d use them, let’s turn toward the subject new players are typically most interested in: surviving in Survival Mode! Although you can eventually work toward great things in Survival Mode like having a functioning farm, protecting a city, and even saving the world by defeating the Ender Dragon, every adventure starts with baby steps.
The baby steps in early Survival Mode revolve around creating tools, securing shelter, and getting food. Each Survival Mode game starts with the in-game clock set to just slightly after dawn (you’ll always see the sun just above the horizon to the East).
As you advance in Survival Mode you’ll gain the ability to skip the night by sleeping and you’ll be better protected and armed in the face of nightly threats, but for now let that sink in: you have ten minutes from the moment you’re dropped into the map until the first wave of nightly mobs starts looking for you. Let’s start a Survival Mode game and walk you through surviving the first night and getting enough tools and food to really dig into the game.
Once you find a few trees, start wailing on them with your fists of fury and collecting the log blocks, seen in the screenshot above. Your “on person” crafting box is limited to 2×2 squares and only allows you to craft the simplest items. After you’ve converted the logs into wood, go ahead and take four of the wood and fill the small crafting space to create a crafting table. Drag the crafting table to the quick access bar (the nine-slot space at the bottom of the inventory window). The crafting table is one of the most fundamental and critical tools in Minecraft as it unlocks most of the initial tools and paves the way for you to explore your way, using those tools, to get material to craft the more advanced ones.
Go ahead and place the crafting table right down on the ground in front of you by selecting in the quick-access bar and right-clicking on the ground. We guarantee the pig that hopped up on the crafting table has no idea we’re about to make our first hunting tools and turn him into dinner. Once you’ve crafted the sticks, it’s time to make your first simple tools using sticks and wood blocks.
Go ahead and make at least two of each item except the hoe; we’ll be upgrading them soon enough, but you don’t want to be empty-handed while you’re working.
Using the right tool for the job not only makes the work speedier (you can cut down a tree with a sword for example, but it will take way longer than if you used an axe) but it also protects your tools. As you advance in the game and begin mining you can start creating tools, using the same recipes, of higher quality materials. The location where the game started you is known as your “spawn point.” The closer your build your first shelter to where the game started you, the better.
The most reliable way to get immediate shelter is to look for a hill or even a slight rise in elevation and tunnel into that hill with your pickaxe. While there are times to do it, most of the time it’s a sure way to inadvertently fall in a deep hole or cause a cave-in (like gravel or lava) on your head.
Some people like the challenge of building an above ground shelter akin to a cabin as their first survival structure, but we’re way too pragmatic for that. Since we’re not building a hunting lodge on your first night however, our first priority is carving out a little shelter. Once you’ve dug yourself a respectable hole in the side of the hill (don’t worry about making anything too fancy at first, a single width hallway going into the hill and terminating in a modest room 3×3 room is more than useful for a small starter shelter), you’ll have a bit of dirt and a bit of cobble in your inventory (cobble is the rubble created by mining stone blocks with your pickaxe). Plop down a crafting table in your new Spartan abode and use some of that cobble to make a furnace. Torches are one of the most important things in Minecraft (and let us tell you, you’ll be crafting and placing a lot of them in your explorations). Let us emphasize the bit about mobs again because it’s rather important: hostile mobs only spawn in low light conditions.
Everything takes time as we’ve learned, and successful Minecraft survivalists get really good at multitasking and timing their projects. Take a moment to place a few torches inside your shelter to illuminate it, then go outside and place torches on each side of the entrance. Trust us, when you’ve stayed out too late gathering resources and you’ve lost your bearings, you’ll appreciate a nice bright light to guide you home. At this point we have an illuminated shelter (with a door no less), a crafting table, a furnace, and some food.
Because we don’t have a bed yet (the only way we can skip the night), we’re going to have to hang around for the 10 minutes or so it takes for night to cycle into day. Use your crafting table and the same recipes we used to craft the wood sword, pickaxe, and shovel to craft yourself stone versions of the same tool.
Here’s how you craft a chest; place it like you would any other block and then right-click on it to open it. If you want to double your space, you can craft two chests and place them side by side to create a double-wide chest with twice the storage capacity of your on-person inventory!
Now that we have some basic tools, a simple burrow to hide out in, and some food, it’s time to hunker down for the first night. For homework, expand your base a little from the initial 3×3 square, add some torches, and stock your chest with the supplies you’ve gathered so far.
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Disclaimer: Most of the pages on the internet include affiliate links, including some on this site. Moving away from home and settling into campus life is a rite of passage for many students. It’s a fast-paced and exciting time— settling into a new environment, meeting new people and immersing yourself into the university lifestyle; and the key to making the most of your experience is to dive headfirst into Frosh Week and all the festivities that come with it.
Frosh Week only happens once a year – and it’s a great way to meet people and learn about your new campus.
Running around campus lost on your first day of classes is something you want to avoid, so be sure to figure out exactly where all of your lessons will be held and how far away they are from your dorm ahead of time. Yes, you want to put yourself out there to meet new people and get out of your comfort zone, but at the same time, you don’t have to do anything that makes you feel uncomfortable. There are many activities going on in your new town, city or university, so use Frosh Week as an opportunity to find out about them. Avoid falling into the trap of fast food and frozen pizza—not only is it bad for your health, but it’s also bad for your wallet.
Don’t be the student who never washes the dishes and then uses other people’s stuff when they haven’t washed their own.
As a new student starting university in a new place, there will probably be times when you feel a little low.
Everyone settles in at a different rate, so don’t let any initial bad experiences put you off. Fortunately they won’t be strangers for long, but that’s part of the lessons I hope to show you today. No one goes to college looking to get in trouble, but it does happen, and every year students get kicked out of their dorm for violating rules.
They are the only company I found to offer a free cooler which was invaluable at keeping our water chilled! Characters are such a big part of the experience and especially if your kids are believers in this kind of magic they are a must do. Character meals are perhaps the best way to spend time with specific characters and have a nice break in the day. We all agreed the meal at Tusker House at Animal Kingdom had the best food on the trip and we had so much fun with Mickey, Daisy and Goofy.  Daisy led the kids around in a conga line, Goofy followed the baby and I to the bathroom and we had nice photos with them all.
This is the shot that they will come to sell you at the table at Tusker House, but they are ok with you using your own camera!
Autograph books are a must when you plan on meeting characters, kids go wild over collecting everyone’s signatures. Collecting pressed pennies is also great, bring the coins stacked in a mini m-n-ms container to make your life easier. Each Disney resort offers great things to do and see, Downtown Disney is a fun place to unwind. With four kids in the house two of whom are twins, I have experienced quite a bit of breastfeeding.


We all know the health benefits of breastfeeding-it is nature’s way of nourishing our littlest ones. I tried to breastfeed my twins using my Boppy pillow that I used with my first two children. If you do not have two Boppy pillows, use two bouncy seats, or one Boppy and one seat.Of course if you are feeding one baby, sitting wherever you are comfortable works fine. After gaining 50 pounds with the twins, I lost a lot, quickly, after they were born. Forty pounds came off in about 2 months! If you start gaining weight due to too much snacking, then cut back a little, but ease into cutting back so your body knows it has calorie stores and calorie flow to support this high-calorie breastfeeding task.
If I have been nursing for a longer stretch-some nursing sessions last 30 minutes-and the twins start tugging at the breast like they want more, when I take some gulps of water, my milk has actually started to let down again.
There are times when my babies act like they want more milk at the end of a nursing session.
Often when I am eating a really tasty meal, even when I eat every last bit, I feel like I want more. Pumping at different times of the day is helpful for increasing milk supply, but I have found that pumping in the evening causes the babies to act like they are not getting enough at the crucial time before falling asleep.
I am not a pumping super woman, but when I get a rare moment to pump, I pump in the morning before the babies wake up. This just makes sense otherwise you will be awake every hour through the night and never will get a break during the day.
While every game is slightly different, the steps involved in going from naked and terrified in a brand new world to armored, armed, and safe in a little Hobbit-hole of sorts, are pretty consistent. A Minecraft day lasts for twenty real-time minutes: ten minutes of daylight and ten minutes of moonlight. Plains to the left with pigs roaming around (starting off with a herd of pigs nearby is practically like getting take out dinner) and a dense mushroom forest to our right (full of wood and likely more animals). We realize we emphasized this in the introduction to this lesson, but we’re emphasizing it again because the first night will come much faster than you anticipate.
It’s important we crank out a bunch of tools right away so we can make the most of the remaining daylight.
This opens up a whole new world of crafting tools and items that aren’t available in the simple 2×2 grid found in the inventory menu.
Swords inflict damage on animals and enemies but they’re very poor for manipulating blocks, outside of the rare block like cobwebs, so save them for actual fighting.
This way if you should die while fumbling through your first survival experience, you’ll spawn right back by your shelter. Now is a perfect time, by the way, to highlight one of the golden rules of exploring in Minecraft: Don’t dig straight down or straight up! It’s best to always approach excavation at an angle (either ascending or descending) to avoid those risks. Furnaces are second in importance to only crafting tables in Minecraft, and allow you to do all manner of useful things like smelt ore to extract metal and minerals as well as cook food.
They let you see in the dark, they illuminate your shelter (and other spaces) to keep aggressive mobs from spawning there, and they serve as useful markers. Placing torches in and around your base, in mines you’ve dug, in caves you’re exploring, etc. Since we just started in survival mode and we haven’t done any serious mining yet (nor did we happen to spawn somewhere with an exposed vein of coal) we need to make charcoal in order to light things up before night sets in.
If you see any sheep, go ahead and harvest some of them too as, although they don’t give you food, they give you wool which is quite valuable early in the game. As tempting as it is to immediately run around with your new torches, take a minute to throw some food on the old grill. We’d also recommend taking some dirt and building a simple obelisk structure on the hill above the door and slapping some torches on it so that you can see your shelter from a distance. The easiest way to seal the front door of your shelter is just to pile up two blocks of dirt to seal the hole.
We’re in a great position to survive the first night, perhaps not in style but definitely alive and fed. Don’t think it’ll be wasted time however, we’ve got things to do, holes to dig, and adventures to have, all from the comfort of our little shelter. Put the cooked food in your quick-access bar and then right-click to “eat” the food with the use function, and then take some of that extra cobble you have from digging out your shelter to craft better tools. Remember our point about building your first shelter near your spawn point in case you die? Tomorrow’s lesson will guide you through starting your very first mine, upgrading your tools, armoring yourself against the aggressive mobs, and expanding your range of exploration.
If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart).
Most experienced students will give you the same advice: Take the time to prepare and soak it all in.
Another tip is to try to attend any campus or library tours offered by the university—they provide tons of valuable information that you may need further down the road. University isn’t just a time to study—it’s also a time to become engaged with your peers and develop other skills. The temptation can be to slack off when it comes to attending classes, but it’s important to avoid the urge to sleep in and drag yourself out of bed to make it for that early morning lecture. To avoid spending needless money on convenient-but-greasy grub, try to devise a meal plan at the beginning of every week. Perhaps you’re missing family and friends, struggling to grasp a new culture, or just feeling a little overwhelmed by all the new experiences—however you’re feeling, you’re not alone.
It’s always a good idea to remember that you and your fellow students are all in the same boat; if you’re feeling shy and overloaded with new information, keep in mind that everyone is likely feeling the same way. Some simply are not accustomed to taking care of themselves and others go a little crazy without parental supervision. From how to live with a total stranger, to avoiding trouble with the RA and the police, I hope to help you navigate your dorm life successfully with a few tips and tricks from those of us who have been there and made those mistakes you’re hoping to avoid. In my own freshman dorm, my neighbor got kicked out the second week of classes in a whirlwind of drama and with 4 felony charges against him.
If you do illegal things in your dorm, don’t do it with your music up during ‘quiet hours.’ That’s the only excuse an RA needs to knock on your door and pop their head in.
RAs are not stupid, and whatever ‘trick’ you think you have come up with has already been used by someone, maybe even your RA (they were residents at one point too). It is IMPOSSIBLE to have more than 3-4 people in your dorm room without it sounding like a party.
If and when you finally do get caught breaking a rule in the dorm, remember #5 from this list and just cooperate. Saved us a lot of money in the parks, not to mention the rental price would have been triple the price if we rented from the parks. It is a lot of walking, often in humid heat, and kids need a break.  Our five year old was able to have shade and rest any time she wanted, she even took a short nap one day! I forgot this and went on a panicked search for a bigger memory card the day before the trip! Check your free Kenny the Pirate app to find out where the characters are going to be daily! Tip: Character meals require reservations as early as 180 days in advance so plan ahead if you can. When buying a sharpie try to find the retractable kind at a craft store, we saw too many characters fumbling with caps and kids playing with uncapped markers!
It does take planning and research but when you get there it will all fall into place if you are prepared and relaxed.
This post however is not meant to make you feel bad if you must switch your baby to another food source.
Although it was a great tool for breastfeeding my single babies, it was not big enough for twins. I set the babies each in a Boppy pillow-we bought a second from a yard sale site just for this purpose.
The nursing nest idea can still work for you, you just designate a spot that is always for you while feeding the baby.
Our bodies have to know they have the extra calories needed to support milk production. If I do not snack often today, tomorrow my babies will act like they are not getting enough milk at some feedings.


There are substances in breastmilk during the evening feedings that help induce sleep in babies.
My volume of milk is highest in the morning, so in my experience the twins do not seem as irritable when I have pumped in the morning versus in the evening.
We even started sitting in the water right on the edge of a beach so we can feel like proper shipwreck refuges that actually need to scramble to survive. Logs in hand, press the “E” key to bring up your inventory and place the logs in the small crafting box beside your avatar.
The first order of business is to turn some of the wood blocks into sticks as we need sticks for our tools.
As tempting as it is to get caught up in the quest for the perfect place to build yourself a dreamy cabin, now is not the time to wander far or aspire to a giant lodge in the woods. If you raced across the map before settling down, you’ll end up spawning very far away from your cozy home. As you become more experienced with Minecraft you can make your first shelter a tree fort, a cabin, or whatever catches your fancy.
If you run across pigs, cows, chickens, or other unsuspecting (but delicious) creatures while scouting a location for your base, by all means give them a whack or two with your freshly crafted wooden sword and collect food as you explore. After a few minutes in the furnace your wood blocks will become charcoal which will, in turn, allow you to craft torches. We really don’t want to be alone in our little hole-in-the-ground when it’s dark and mobs can spawn right there with us! We died documenting Hardcore Mode, even though we were trying our best to stay alive, because we didn’t set up a torch marker above our base and got lost at nightfall. The wood tools you crafted in the beginning are likely already severely worn as wood tools have very low durability. With that in mind, let’s craft our first chest and stash some of our extra gear in it so, should we take a spill while mining or encounter a group of creatures we weren’t prepared to handle, we don’t lose all our gear in one horrible swoop. At some point or another you’re going to have to learn the content, and it’s much easier to absorb when you have someone who knows what they’re talking about explaining it to you.
Rules that may have been acceptable at home, with your siblings or parents, aren’t always okay on campus, so try and be a mindful roommate and ensure you don’t get off on the wrong foot with anyone. Most freshmen do just fine, but after the allure of being away from your parents wears off and the excitement of dorm life fades, you start to realize that you have an entire year to live in a small dorm room, in a hall full of strangers. Now that’s a bit of an extreme situation, but there are lots of little things you can do to safe guard yourself against an unfortunate call to your parents. Chances are if the RA is at your door, you’re already done for, but if you cooperate and are apologetic, it will go into their report, giving you the possibility of mercy when your fate is decided later by the complex or building director.
My daughter was a bit in awe and was shy around the princesses until we used some of his tips like asking Belle what her favorite book is. Cinderella’s Royal Table is the only one that requires payment when you reserve, refundable if needed later.
Feeding single babies is different than feeding twins, but the 9 tips I share with you here have been learned from all of my experiences and benefit moms of single babies too.
A friend recommended the MyBrestFriend nursing pillow and after doing a little research I discovered the company made a Twin Deluxe version. Then I sit down on the floor, strap on the Twin Deluxe nursing pillow and lift the babies onto the twin pillow. Now I still weigh 10 pounds more than I did before getting pregnant, for a necessary reason-milk production.
When I ramp up my snacks-I eat almost every time I nurse-then they are pretty much satisfied after every feeding. Pretty much every time I have done this, I have a let down of milk after the break and the babies act satisfied. Ten minutes passes faster than you realize and you don’t want to get so caught up in playing Chuck Norris the Lumberjack that you never get around to setting up your shelter to weather the onslaught of mobs that come out at night. First, you need to put the logs on the crafting box on the inventory screen and then click on the small box beside the crafting space to create the wood planks. Two blocks stacked atop each other (anywhere in the crafting box on your person or on the table) will yield four sticks. The fourth is the hoe, used to till soil and plant crops, but we’re a ways off from agrarian life just yet. Axes are for chopping wood (and work well on trees, wood blocks, fences, and anything else made out of wood). Iron is better than stone and, when you finally mine deep enough, you’ll find diamond you can use to fashion very durable weapons, tools, and armor. There’s nothing worse than dying at night and spawning minutes away from your shelter without so much as a stick to beat back the zombies trying to eat you. Remember though, time flies and you have a mere ten minutes from the start of the adventure until sunset on the first day! If you don’t illuminate your shelter, for example, when you return from a day of hunting and gathering you might find it full of zombies. Just gather your wood and stone, craft those initial tools, make torches, and get into some shelter. Between eating out, buying all the required new textbooks and bar nights, Frosh Week may leave your wallet feeling a lot lighter than it did before you arrived. The parks rent strollers but I feel they are not worth the money and time.  Mostly because they must stay in the park so the long trip to the car has to be done hauling all of your bags and heavy exhausted children. If you want to buy one or already have a costume bring it, almost every girl was in their finest polyester.   At each meal they give the kids a wand or sword and a wishing star. Tip: Sharpies are best especially for characters wearing big gloves, I hot glued one with a retractable tip right to the book with ribbon. In fact there are homemade formula recipes you can try to be as natural and frugal as possible.
I can set them down in the Boppy pillows when a nursing session has ended with no risk of the babies falling.
I eat things like a cheese stick, yogurt, a handful of cashews, fruit or a granola bar as snacks. Every time I sit down to breastfeed, I take at least 3 gulps of water and then again at the end of the feeding I do the same. Why beat a pig to death with your bare hands after all, when you can wield a sword instead? Not all items in Minecraft stack, but most do (and can be stacked into piles of up to 64 units).
Pickaxes are best suited for stone and other heavy materials that axes and shovels struggle with. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet however, we’ve got a more pressing issue to deal with: shelter.
Do yourself a favour and set yourself a weekly or monthly budget before you arrive on campus, and always be sure to have a financial contingency plan or backup. I did not have to carry a bag at all, I kept the camera in my pocket and used a wristlet hooked around my belt loop and in my pocket to hold my phone, necessary cards and money.
The Beast reads Sleeping Beauty by the fire with her and it is very romantic, if you were curious. It was one of those magic moments we hoped our kids would have on this trip- she really believed the magic and it was precious. I nursed the babies while typing this post, because this pillow allows me to be completely hands-free.
Feel free to convert most of your logs into wood blocks but put a few aside for a later project.
There may be mobs still alive in the shade (or running around on fire) and Creepers have no problem hanging around in the sunlight waiting to sneak up on you and go BOOM!!! They are also post immediately on the photopass website so if you send your password, folks back home can see some of your pictures while you are there.  We let them take photos throughout the trip, ended up only buying one photo of all of us in front of the castle, one digital download was $15. Tip: If you want a family shot in front of the castle do NOT do it at noon with the sun in your faces.
We rented the city mini double and it was delivered to our hotel in almost new condition, clean and labeled with our name.



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