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    BOOK REVIEW: The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma

    A tale of four brothers and one mythic event

    For the month of November, The Mommy Gamers book club read The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma. In his debut novel, Nigerian author Chigozie Obioma writes about “four brothers from a middle-class family–the oldest 15, and the youngest nine–take advantage of their father’s extended absence to skip school and go fishing at a forbidden river. There they encounter Abulu, a vision-seeing madman whose prophecy of violence will follow the boys through their lives, and shake up their family in both devastatingly tragic and yet redemptive ways. Already deemed a “classic tale of boyhood,” The Fishermen is both a coming-of-age novel, and a powerful portrait of familial and brotherly bonds, and what happens when trust–the main chord that binds a family–is broken.” (

    You can check out our book club discussion of The Fishermen here.

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    Star Wars Cast Spoils The Force Awakens (Just Kidding)

    A NERDIST Fake

    I’m not an obsessed Star Wars fan. I’ve seen the movies and will probably be marathoning through them machete order soon, I just haven’t been waiting at the edge of my seat for this new movie to come out. I haven’t minded that my facebook feed has been flooded with Star Wars memes, light saber profile photos, or even Star Wars branded fruit. What I have minded are all the silly declarations of unfriending and attempted murder over potential spoilers being released. With all that being said I find this NERDIST Fake pretty funny.

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    Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus

    Liquid magic in a bottle


    I don’t iron. It’s crazy, I know. I can’t say I’ve never ironed — I do own an iron and a large ironing board — but the number of times I’ve ironed in the last five years is like… less than one.

    I remember seeing the first anti wrinkle releaser commercial and it looked magical. That might have been the reason why I never purchased any: I just assumed it didn’t work. Could it really be that easy?


    When I was contacted by Downy I jumped at the chance to try this stuff. No, seriously. You should have seen the dance I did when my big blue box arrived. The package contained:

    • (1) 33.8 oz bottle of Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus (Light Fresh Scent)
    • (2) 16.9 oz bottles of Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus (Clean Linen Scent exclusively at Target)
    • (3) 3 oz bottles of Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus (Light Fresh Scent)
    • An “I <3 not ironing” shirt


    Ideally, my husband and I share the chore of laundry. He washes, I fold and put away. At least that’s how it’s supposed to go. Usually, what happens is: He washes and then clean laundry sits in the basket (I work a full time job and help run this site. Don’t judge me). Deciding what to wear consists of a daily dig through the basket; our clothes, wrinkled and no longer smelling fresh.

    If your laundry habits sound anything like ours then rejoice in knowing Downy Wrinkle Releaser will effectively kill two birds with one stone! Both the Light Fresh Scent and the Clean Linen Scent smell great. Most exciting of all is having a travel-sized, TSA-compliant option available. What better time to freshen up and un-wrinkle your laundry then after it’s been sitting in a suit case?

    If you’re still not sold, be sure to check out my demo video below. It really IS that simple and effective. I’ve been telling all my gal pals about Downy Wrinkle Releaser, as well as anyone else willing to listen. Why should we do more work than we have to? I don’t know about you, but let’s be real, I <3 not ironing.

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    The Vampire Diaries/The Originals Blue Ray, DVD + Digital Download Giveaway

    Are you fit for vampire life?

    The Vampire Diaries and The Originals DVD Covers
    Fans of The Mommy Gamers podcast are no stranger to how much I love vampires, specifically The Vampire Diaries and The Originals. I’ve actually just returned from my third tour of Mystic Falls (Covington, GA). You can hear about my first tour in Episode 48: A Vampire Diaries Special. I also might have maybe met some of the cast.

    First – we have four blogger exclusive interviews with the creator of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, Julie Plec. These super fan videos feature Julie confessing her favorite moments & top 5 episodes from the recent seasons of both The Vampire Diaries The Complete Sixth Season and The Originals The Complete Second Season.

    About The Vampire Diaries/The Originals

    About The Vampire Diaries The Complete Sixth Season

    The Vampire Diaries continues its sixth season with more delicious drama to sink your teeth into. In season five, after a passionate summer with Damon, Elena headed to Whitmore College with Caroline, not knowing Bonnie sacrificed her life for Jeremy’s. Meanwhile, Stefan and Caroline’s friendship deepened as they stood up to the Travelers, a nomadic witch tribe driven to strip Mystic Falls of magic and cast out its supernatural residents. In the shocking season finale, Damon, fearing he would lose his loved ones on the crumbling Other Side, made a huge sacrifice to bring them all back — with catastrophic and heartbreaking results. Season six follows the characters’ journey back to each other as they explore the duality of good versus evil inside themselves. Matt Davis reprises his role as Alaric Saltzman, recently returned from The Other Side. Plus, the season will make you misty-eyed as the departure of a major character will turn lives upside down and leave us asking what happened to Mystic Falls.

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    Own The Vampire Diaries The Complete Sixth Season on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD September 1, 2015.

    Contains All 22 Episodes From The Sixth Season Plus Two Featurettes, An Audio Commentary, The 2014 Comic-Con Panel, Deleted Scenes, And A Gag Reel

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    About The Originals The Complete Second Season

    As Original vampire-werewolf hybrid Klaus Mikaelson returned to the vibrant, supernaturally charged city of New Orleans in season one, he was stunned to learn — along with his siblings Elijah and Rebekah — that Hayley, a werewolf, was pregnant with his child, and his vampire protégé, Marcel, whom the Original siblings had thought long dead, was ruling the French Quarter. Soon, a bloody war escalated between vampires and witches — the stakes raised by powerful teenage witch Davina and by Klaus’s bond with Cami, a student with a painful past — and a ruthless pack of wolves seized the opportunity to stage a violent coup. Now, in season two, a new status quo must be adjusted to, as the newly empowered werewolves control the city. Klaus struggles with weaknesses as Elijah desperately tries to save Hayley — now a hybrid — from a vicious spiral of self-destruction. Meanwhile, with the re-emergence of several Mikaelsons, “family is power” takes on new meaning.

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    Own The Originals The Complete Second Season on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD September 1, 2015

    Contains All 22 Episodes From The Second Season Plus Never-Before-Seen Featurettes And Much More!

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    Oh god… I’m school girl squealing and hard core fan girling about doing this giveaway! I’m going to make it really easy on you to enter to win. Take the “Are you Fit for Vampire Life?” Quiz below to find out if you have what it takes to be a creature of the night. On September 1st come back to take a new “Could You Be a Supernatural Being?” Quiz – the app will be automatically updated with a new quiz experience, so be sure to take both! Leave a comment with at least one of your quiz results below before 11:59 pm EST on September 14, 2015 for your chance to win. Feel free to scroll through all the images from the shows and come back every week for new unlocked content.

    Official Rules

    Each household is only eligible to win (1) The Vampire Diaries Season 6 or The Originals Season 2 chosen at random via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

    A winner will be selected at random by 11:59pm EST September 16, 2015. Be sure to leave your email, facebook, or twitter handle so we can contact you if you win.

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    Ride in Mad Max-inspired Uber Vehicles During PAX Prime

    Friday, Aug. 28-Monday, Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. PDT

    Mad Max vehicle

    The upcoming open-world action game Mad Max from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developed by Avalanche Studios, available Sept. 1, will be bringing The Wasteland to Seattle at PAX Prime, where Uber (just when I thought they couldn’t get any better) will be offering Mad Max game-inspired vehicles for riders to select from in the area. That’s right. I repeat Warner Bros. Interactive Ent. and Avalanche Studios teamed up with Uber and will be offering Mad Max game-inspired vehicles for riders to select from in the area. Not gonna lie, I’m super jealous right now. My husband is an Uber driver and his jaw dropped when I told him about this. Having cupcakes and ice cream delivered is pretty sweet, but this, this is EPIC!

    If you happen to score an Uber ride in one of the Mad Max inspired cars please tweet us some pics @TheMommyGamers. I’ll just have to live vicariously through you.

    Mad Max game Uber vehicle

    Photo Credit: @Swift_sh0t

    Mad Max game Uber vehicle

    Photo Credit: @Swift_sh0t


    Uber riders will get a chance to ride in vehicles inspired by the Mad Max game at PAX Prime in Seattle from Aug. 28-Sept. 1.


    Uber riders at PAX Prime in Seattle


    Washington State Convention Center


    Friday, Aug. 28-Monday, Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. PDT


    The Mad Max video game introduces an original story set within the universe of Mad Max and features deep car customization that impacts its handling, metal-grinding vehicular action and gives players a vast arsenal of mobile weaponry within The Wasteland. Players become Max, the lone warrior who must fight to stay alive by engaging in vicious on-ground fighting, as well as physics-based vehicular combat, against savage factions who are fighting for domination and survival in this gritty, dynamic open-world.

    Pre-order Mad Max and get The Ripper, a fully upgradable Magnum Opus car body by visiting:

    Developed by Avalanche Studios, Mad Max will be released on Sept. 1, 2015 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.

    Lays Flavored Chips: Southern Biscuits and Gravy + West Coast Truffle Fries

    Do us a flavor and vote for your favorite

    Lays Flavored Chips

    If you haven’t heard yet, Lays potato chips does this crazy thing called “Do Us a Flavor” where they ask people to come up with outrageous flavors which are later voted on by the community. In podcast Episode 98: One Armed Ninja we briefly discuss some of these peculiar flavors. In an effort to take things one step further (and gross Marcia out at the same time), John and I decided to make a tasting video of the two flavors we purchased. Said video is featured below. The review itself is about 4 minutes long and the rest is… well, you’ll see. Enjoy!


    Performing hits by One Direction, Maroon 5, Carly Rae Jepson and more!


    Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and Iconic Entertainment Studios announced that ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: LIVE ON STAGE!, a brand new, music-filled interactive live show, will take the stage, touring 50+ cities nationwide for a total of 80 shows, beginning on October 5th in Toronto, Canada. The chipmunk trio is being accompanied by the Chipettes and will delight fans of all ages with LIVE performances featuring world-class production, music, special effects, and immersive interactivity to encourage audience participation.

    Based on the characters from the hit Twentieth Century Fox movies, the show will bring the music and excitement of a live rock concert to life as the Chipmunks perform hits by One Direction, Maroon 5, Carly Rae Jepson, Elvis Presley and more! Join the Chipmunks on a wild musical journey singing and dancing their way across America. With the Chipettes as their opening act, Alvin and the gang plan a big charity concert to save Woodstock. There’s plenty of excitement and laughs along the way as they kick it old school at a break-dancing competition in Chicago, shake rattle and roll at an Elvis convention in Las Vegas and kick up their boots at a hoe down in Nashville. Chipmunk fans of all ages (that includes me!) will experience the laughs, music and adventure LIVE on stage!

    I watched the TV show regularly as a kid. Theodore was my favorite. Is it weird that I really want to go to this? There’s a tour date in Jacksonville. How do I convince Marcia to make this a (The) Mommy Gamers family event? Leave some suggestions in the comments.

    See below for tour dates and locations. For more information, the most updated tour dates and to purchase tickets, please visit,

    Tour Dates:
    1. October 5th – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
    2. October 7th – Syracuse, NY – Crouse Hinds Hall
    3. October 8th – Lowell, MA – Memorial Auditorium
    4. October 9th – Upper Darby, PA – Tower Theatre
    5. October 10th – Washington, DC – Warner Theatre
    6. October 11th – Raleigh, NC – Memorial Auditorium
    7. October 14th – North Charleston, SC – North Charleston PAC
    8. October 15th – St Petersburg, FL – The Mahaffey
    9. October 16th – Miami, FL – Ziff Ballet Opera House
    10. October 17th – Jacksonville, FL – Moran Theatre
    11. October 18th – New Orleans, LA – Saenger Theatre
    12. October 20th – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
    13. October 22nd – San Antonio, TX – Majestic Theatre
    14. October 23rd – Oklahoma City, OK – Cox Convention Center Arena
    15. October 24th – Cedar Park, TX – Cedar Park Center
    16. October 25th – Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Theater
    17. October 26th – Kansas City, MO – Midland Theatre
    18. October 27th – Omaha, NE – UNO Arena
    19. October 28th – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theatre
    20. October 29th – Cleveland, OH – State Theatre
    21. October 30th – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
    22. October 31st – London, ON – Budweiser Gardens
    23. November 1st – Wallingford, CT – Oakdale Theatre
    24. November 2nd – Buffalo, NY – Center for the Arts
    25. November 5th – Norfolk, VA – Chrysler Hall
    26. November 6th – Indiana, PA – Kovalchick Arena
    27. November 7th – Indianapolis, IN – Murat Theatre
    28. November 8th – Louisville, KY – Palace Theatre
    29. November 9th – Charlotte, NC – Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
    30. November 11th – Schenectady, NY – Proctor’s Theatre
    31. November 12th – Kingston, RI – Ryan Center
    32. November 14th – Brooklyn, NY – King’s Theatre
    33. November 15th – Wilkes Barre, PA – FM Kirby Center
    34. November 18th – St. Louis, MO – Chaifetz Arena
    35. November 19th – Peoria, IL – Civic Center Theatre
    36. November 20th – Rosemont, IL – Rosemont Theatre
    37. November 21st – Rosemont, IL – Rosemont Theatre
    38. November 22nd – Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
    39. November 24th – Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre
    40. November 25th – Regina, SK – Conexus Arts Centre
    41. November 26th – Edmonton, AB – Northern Alberta Jubilee
    42. November 27th – Calgary, AB – Jack Singer Concert Hall
    43. November 28th – Vancouver, BC – The Centre for the Arts
    44. November 29th – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
    45. December 1st – Anaheim, CA – City National Grove
    46. December 2nd – Las Vegas, NV – Orleans Arena
    47. December 4th – Glendale, AZ – Gila River Arena
    48. December 5th – Rio Rancho, NM – Santa Ana Star Center
    49. December 6th – Denver, CO – Bellco Theatre

    About Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products:
    A division of 21st Century Fox and recognized industry leader, Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products licenses and markets properties worldwide on behalf of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Twentieth Century Fox Television and Fox Broadcasting Company, as well as third party lines. The division is aligned with Twentieth Century Fox Television, the flagship studio leading the industry in supplying award-winning and blockbuster primetime television programming and entertainment content.

    About Iconic Entertainment Studios:
    Iconic Entertainment Studios is Michael Cohl’s diversified international family show and event entertainment company specializing in the acquisition, development and production of high caliber touring exhibitions, unique live music tours and events, theatrical performances, and consumer and multimedia product offerings. Clients have included The Rolling Stones, U2, Pink Floyd and many others throughout the world. Current and recent productions include: Barbra Streisand, David Gilmour, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, The Marvel Experience, Rock of Ages, An Evening with Al Pacino, A Night with Janis Joplin, Super Why!, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer and Alvin and The Chipmunks.

    For additional information, visit:

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