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    The Mommy Gamers Review: WaterPura Baby Wipes

    The Mommy Gamers WaterPura

    If you listen to our podcast, watch our YouTube channel, or just in general follow any of our shenanigans, then you are aware that I (Carrie) just had a baby. This gave me the perfect opportunity to review the WaterPura chemical-free wipes I was sent for free for review purposes.

    At First Glance

    For those of you who may know me, you know that I’m pretty wary of chemicals. I clean my house mostly with vinegar and try to only eat grass-fed meats when I do eat meat. So when I heard that these wipes were completely chemical-free, I was pretty much already sold. Instead of chemicals, they are made of 99.9% water and a touch of citrus. I was, however, wary as to how well they were going to work. I received them a couple weeks before I gave birth, and decided to hold on to them until I could really give them a good test… the first poop.

    The Test

    Anyone who has had a baby knows that first poop is a sticky, tar-like mess. It isn’t very easy to get wiped off, which is awful considering how sensitive newborn skin is. However, I was extremely pleasantly surprised to see that the WaterPura wipes tackled that first poop like a champ. It wiped clean off without having to scrub or use more than two wipes. Let me tell you, this was no small feat considering just the massive size of my daughter’s first deuce. The WaterPura wipes did not at all let me down.

    Over the next few days I was seriously stunned at how well they worked against not only diaper messes, but also on sticky spit up. The wipes being chemical-free eased my mind a bit since I was wiping her face with them. I’ve always felt wary about wiping infant faces with normal wipes. Also, since they are mostly water, they are extremely gentle on the skin. All three of my other daughters ended up at some point with a diaper rash so bad I would have to forgo wipes for a while. WaterPura wipes shouldn’t give me this issue, since they are 99.9% water.

    Conclusion:

    WaterPura wipes are seriously hands down the best wipes I have ever tried. They work better than normal wipes, and I don’t have to worry about wiping down my newborn with chemicals. I can’t recommend them enough.

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    Carrie Fisher: Our Princess is in Another Castle

    I’ve been trying to find the strength to write this for a few days now. Every time I would try to start, I hit an emotional wall and couldn’t find the strength. Different people are touched in different ways by the lives of celebrities they love. They are inspired or driven in their lives by those they see as their heroes. Carrie Fisher was such a celebrity to many. She was so much to so many, including myself.

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    She was a princess.

    For many of us who loved her, it all began when we first saw her in Star Wars. Carrie Fisher’s portrayal of Princess Leia Organa was not typical of what we had seen in princesses up until then. Leia was strong, could take care of herself, and was not at all a damsel in distress. She was someone who I looked up to so much. I was a serious tomboy when I was younger, and it made me feel so good to know there was an actual princess who was just as tough as I wanted to be.

    The Mommy Gamers Carrie Fisher Princess Leia

    She was tough and could save herself.

    On a personal note, being named after a horror story was not always easy for me. However, one thing I was always able to hold onto was that I also shared a name with Princess Leia herself, Carrie Fisher. It helped me emotionally shield myself from the awkwardness I felt sharing a name with a telekinetic psychopath. Carrie Fisher gave me someone to look up to as a little girl who gave me a sense of pride I just couldn’t find anywhere else.

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    Dat smile.

    Beyond a galaxy far far away though, Carrie Fisher was so much more. She was also an inspiration to anyone who has battled personal demons. She struggled with mental illness and addiction, and was open about both. Her strength has helped many, including myself, to find help when they needed it. Despite her struggles, she never lost her humor. Just another testament to the amazing strength that was Carrie Fisher. If you haven’t seen her stage show, Wishful Drinking, I highly recommend it. It’s currently streaming on HBO GO.

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    She could always poke fun at herself.

    Carrie Fisher was also an extremely accomplished writer. Her most famous work, Postcards From the Edge, was a semi-autobiographical novel Fisher later developed for the big screen. The novel was an outlet for her to discuss not only her struggles with addiction, but also her relationship with her mother. The film adaptation, which she wrote the screenplay for, won two Academy Awards, 3 BAFTAs, and 3 Golden Globes. If you haven’t seen it, I can’t recommend it enough.

    She wrote an Oscar winning movie.

    My heart aches for her daughter, Billie Lourd (Scream Queens), who has also lost her grandmother, Fisher’s mother, Debbie Reynolds (Singin’ In the Rain). A mother should never have to outlive one of her children, and yet it happens all too often. Her last wishes were to be with Carrie again, and I’m happy she is at peace with her little girl.

    She was always herself, and never apologized for who she was.

    All in all, Carrie Fisher is the most inspirational celebrity I’ve ever known of. She helped me deal with low self esteem when I was younger, and has inspired me to never compromise who I am now that I’m older. She was a true force of nature and will be deeply missed. I want to end this piece with Fisher’s instructions on how her obituary should read:

    I tell my younger friends that no matter how I go, I want it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra.

    RIP Carrie Fisher 1956-2016. How has Carrie Fisher touched your life? Let us know on Twitter and Facebook.

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    Carrie’s Favorite Scary Movies

    Today is Halloween and to celebrate, I wanted to share my favorite horror films. I was raised on horror films, and am literally named after the Stephen King novel, so horror is very important to me. There are many different types of horror films, and all of them have place in my heart. The list below, however, are my top favorites across all the genres. These are listed in no particular order.

    1) Fright Night

    Fright Night has been one of my favorite movies since its release in 1985. Written and directed by Tom Holland (Thinner), Fright Night was a story of the Boy Who Cried Wolf with a twist. Charley Brewster is a normal teenage boy with an obsessed for old horror films. When a stranger moves in next door, he begins to connect the odd behaviors of his new neighbor with a series of disappearances in the area. Charley eventually comes to the conclusion that a vampire has moved in next door to him. He has a hard time convincing anyone of what he believes, but eventually they all are forced to listen. Fright Night stars William Ragsdale, (Herman’s Head), Amanda Bearse (Married with Children), and Chris Sarandon (Child’s Play).

    2) Halloween

    The original Halloween is hard to beat in terms of classic horror films. It really redefined the entire genre, and was the beginning of the slasher craze. All of the Halloween movies (with the exception of 3.. we don’t talk about 3… too many roaches.. can not handle) are great in their own rights. However, the first is by far the best out of the series. It is the only one that truly scares me. The second Halloween was also great, but still not quite the same standard as the first. Directed by John Carpenter (Big Trouble in Little China), Halloween stars Jamie Lee Curtis (Scream Queens), Donald Pleasance (Escape from New York), and P.J. Soles (Carrie).

    3) Evil Dead 2

    All of the Evil Dead movies are fun, but Evil Dead 2 is by far my favorite in the franchise. Evil Dead was true horror, Army of Darkness was comedy, and Evil Dead 2 was the perfect blend of the two. It was scary while still being funny and ridiculous. I tend to think of Evil Dead 2 as the “porridge that Goldilocks ate” as far as how perfectly it blends horror with comedy. If you haven’t seen any of the movies in the series, go ahead and start with this one. You’ll thank me. Directed by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man), Evil Dead 2 stars Bruce Campbell (Burn Notice) and Ted Raimi (Xena: Warrior Princess).

    4) Ghost Story

    Ghost Story is an oldie but a goodie. The movie revolves around a group of old men who realize that a secret they’ve held for 50 years has come back to haunt them… literally. This was one of the first ghost movies I ever saw, and it is still one of my favorites. If you haven’t seen it, you won’t regret spending time on it. The cast alone is enough to make it worth it. Ghost Story stars Fred Astaire (Funny Face), Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. (Little Caeser), and Alice Krige (Star Trek: First Contact).

    5) The Exorcist

    The only movie that every truly scared me was The Exorcist. I think my real fear of this movie came from my extreme fear of demonic possession when I was little. I suffer from sleep paralysis, but when you’re 5 years old, it’s as close to what you can imagine being possessed is like. Because of this, I had a serious fear growing up of being possessed. I know, I know, it’s super silly, but it doesn’t change how it was for me at the time. Even still, despite being terrified by this movie, it has always been among my favorites. It’s like riding a roller coaster, you’re terrified when you’re on it, but you can’t wait to go again. The Exorcist stars Max von Sydow (Strange Brew), Ellen Burstyn (Interstellar), and Linda Blair (Supernatural).

    These movies are just my top five of all time, but there are so many more worth looking into. Fright Night 2, Shutter (the original Thai version), Let the Right One In, Ringu, Silent Hill, and Nightmare on Elm Street are all great examples of some more of my favorite horror films. What are your favorite? Let me know in the comments below, on our Twitter, and on our Facebook page!

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    Keeba Rage Unlocked: Pottermore’s Patronus Quiz

     

    Recently, J.K. Rowling‘s Pottermore finally released a Patronus quiz. Myself along with many other Harry Potter fans had been waiting eagerly in order to find out what our personal Patronus would be. The quiz, however, was disappointing at best. The quiz was timed, hosted on a buggy website, and had very few questions. I was extremely upset by my results. You can see my entire reaction to the quiz in the newest episode of Keeba Rage below.

    Did you take the quiz? Let me know what your result was, and if you were happy with it in the comments below. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel for all of our awesome video content.

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    Late to the Party: The Warcraft Movie

    This review contains some possible spoilers. If you have not yet seen the movie, and do not want to be spoiled, you may not want to continue. The spoilers aren’t massive, but they are there. You have been warned.

    Warcraft

    I know, I know, the Warcraft movie has been out for a while now. However, since I refuse to be one of those parents who drags a small child to a movie they aren’t going to pay attention through, I wait to see movies until they come out on streaming. Warcraft was definitely well worth the wait. As a fan of the franchise, and as a fan of fantasy movies in general, Warcraft was everything I could have hoped for.

    Warcraft mostly follows the story of the first game, which I used to watch my boyfriend in high school play almost nightly. I didn’t have a PC back then, so I would just watch him play, and loved it. The movie tells of the Orcs‘ arrival in Azeroth along with the introduction of Fel magic to the Orcish race. Adapted for the screen by Charles Leavitt (In the Heart of the Sea) and Duncan Jones (Source Code), Warcraft was very faithful to the actual lore of the game. There were a couple of liberties taken, but nothing that was glaring or completely story-changing. Also, even though the lore of Warcraft is very deep, the movie does a really good job of not alienating viewers who may not have had any prior history with the games.

    Durotan Warcraft

    For those of us who have played the games, the movie was full of Easter eggs and references. From the subtle addition of a Murloc, to Hellscream standing in the background, I couldn’t stop nergasming. I think my favorite moment in the movie, though, was near the end. During the epic final battle between Khadgar and Medivh, Khadgar is surrounded by the same yellow glow that a player in World of Warcraft is surrounded by when they level up. KHADGAR LEVELED UP DURING THE BOSS FIGHT. I literally stood up and cheered. I shouted, “He leveled up! Did you see that? He leveled up!” I don’t think anything in any movie ever has made me as happy as that small addition did. Bravo, Duncan Jones, bravo.

    Khadgar Levels Up

    I really hate the bad reviews that Warcraft received. I feel as if video game movies shouldn’t be reviewed by the same critics as other movies. That would be living in a fantasy world, but if you’re not a gamer, you just don’t get it most of the time. This was everything a video game movie should be. It was true to the game’s lore, it explained itself well for those who haven’t played the games, and had a ton of fun additions for those who do play the games. Anyone else looking to make a video game movie should take note.

    In case you haven’t seen it, and want to, Warcraft is currently out on streaming, and will be released on DVD and BluRay on September 27th. I’ve seen the list of special features coming on the DVD/BluRay including a gag reel, deleted scenes, and several featurettes.

    Have you seen it yet? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below!

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    Pokémon GO Plus: The Good and The Bad

    Pokémon GO Plus

    As soon as I heard about the Pokémon GO Plus, I grabbed every game I could part with and went to GameStop to preorder. Niantic hadn’t released a whole lot of details on how the peripheral device would work, but I knew it was supposed to make playing easier, so I was on board. Like many who was excited to get their hands on the accessory, I was disappointed when I heard they were pushing back their original release date from late July until September. However, I waited patiently, have been using it for a few days now, and have come to my opinions on the currently in low supply device.

    The Good

    • Wearing it: Pokémon GO Plus comes with two options for a person to wear it. You can either clip it on your person, or wear it on a bracelet. I love the options, but I have chosen to wear it as a bracelet. It’s lightweight and more comfortable than most watches I’ve worn in my time. I also think it looks pretty cool, as it looks like a cross between a Pokéball, and a map marker on Google Maps.

     

    • Ease of use: Once paired with the Pokémon GO app, the Pokémon GO Plus makes playing so much easier. The device will vibrate and flash with a green light when a Pokémon is near. Then, all you have to do is push the button on the device for a chance to catch the Pokémon. If the device flashes with different colors, it means you caught the Pokémon. If it flashes red, it means the Pokémon ran away.

     

    • Pokémon GO Plus will vibrate and flash blue if you pass within range of a Pokéstop. Again, pressing the button on the device will count as “spinning” the Pokéstop in game, rewarding you with items. However, if the device flashes red after trying to “spin” the Pokéstop, then it means you have already traveled too far away from the Pokéstop in order for the spin to count.

     

    • Niantic’s peripheral also makes hatching eggs easier. While the device is connected via Bluetooth to the app, it acts as a pedometer. No longer do you have to worry about whether or not the app is “counting” how far you’re traveling due to it’s not always so reliable GPS. The Pokémon GO Plus counts your steps that are then read in the app as distance traveled. If someone were so inclined, they could lie on their couch, shake the device, and hatch all the eggs their heart desires.

     

    • Using other apps: While Pokémon GO is connected to the Pokémon GO Plus via Bluetooth, you can back out of the app and it will run in the background. This means you can use other apps on your phone and still catch all the Pokémon that come into range.

    The Bad

    • Battery Life: Since the app has to be connected via Bluetooth in order for the Pokémon GO Plus to work, it does cause a little more strain on the battery. It’s very easy to keep the app going all day to maximize on the Pokémon extravaganza, however, be prepared to charge your phone more than once a day if you do this.

     

    • Disconnects after a time: I’m sure they put this in as a way to help save on phone battery life, but it can become annoying to keep going back into the app to reconnect the Pokémon GO Plus.

     

    • Running out of Pokeballs: Since it’s so much easier to catch Pokemon with Pokémon GO Plus, be prepared to run out of balls more quickly. I accidentally went through 100 balls in just a little over a day. However, if you’re someone who lives close to a ton of Pokéstops, then Pokémon GO Plus will make it much easier for you to keep up your supply of Pokéballs without having to throw money at microtransactions.

    The Verdict

    8/10 Would buy again.

    Pokémon GO Plus is a freaking godsend and I can’t sing its praises enough. Get your hands on one as soon as you can. It has made Pokémon GO fun for me again. If you’re someone who stopped playing because it became a grind, or because you just didn’t have time for it, Pokémon GO Plus might just be what you need to get back into the game.

    Pokémon GO Plus is available at most retailers that sell games for $34.99.

    The Kids From Stranger Things Reviewing Retro Toys Gives Me Life

    I’ve made it no secret how much I love Stranger Things. If you aren’t aware, read how excited I was to hear it was renewed here. A huge part of what makes Stranger Things so magical are the incredibly talented child actors who served as stars of the show. These kids have incredible careers ahead of them, and I can’t wait to follow each and every one.

    Earlier today, Buzzfeed released a video of the kids from Stranger Things reviewing retro toys. It is the most amazing video I have seen in a while. Caleb McLaughlin (who played Lucas), Millie Bobby Brown (who played Eleven), and Gaten Matarazzo (who played everyone’s favorite toothless hero, Dustin) review everything from Pop Rocks to Furby and more. Check it out for yourself below.

    These kids are seriously too adorable. What was your favorite part of the video? Let us know in the comments below!

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