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    Threaded Gamer: Gamer Tees Delivered Monthly

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    It’s T-shirt Tuesday, the most exciting day of the week, where we get to share our funny/geeky/gamer shirts with you! What better way to celebrate T-Shirt Tuesday than by giving away a free shirt?!

    You may have noticed a bit of a decline in our shirt sharing pics lately. I assure you, our enthusiasm is still intact. The sad truth is we’ve been running out of shirts! Thankfully, subscription services like Threaded Gamer exist. I’ve already subscribed, you should too. $9.99 a month for a gamer tee delivered straight to my door? You can’t beat that with a bat!

    First and foremost Threaded Gamer is founded by… you guessed it!…GAMERS! They’re so passionate about gaming that, like the rest of us, they love wearing it on their shirts. The shirt designs will often be a mash-ups, ridiculous folly or some sort of parody. We’ll be giving away the Variafall design seen above.

    Please use the rafflecopter widget below to enter. The contest end date is displayed in the top left of the widget. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

    Remember, we love seeing your shirts, so be sure to share them with us on instagram by tagging your photos with #TShirtTuesday and #TheMommyGamers.

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    Veronica Mars DVD Giveaway

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    The Veronica Mars Movie

    It’s here! It’s here! It’s finally here! The Veronica Mars record breaking Kickstarter campaign that ended on April 12, 2013, was shot over 23 days during June-July 2013. The movie will be released in selected theaters nationwide on March 14th, 2014.

    If you were somehow out of the loop and didn’t know they were making a Veronica Mars movie, here’s what it’s about:

    “On the eve of graduating law school, Veronica Mars has put Neptune and her amateur sleuthing days behind her. While interviewing at high-end New York law firms, Veronica Mars gets a call from her ex-boyfriend Logan who has been accused of murder. Veronica heads back to Neptune just to help Logan find an attorney, but when things don’t seem right with how Logan’s case is perceived and handled, Veronica finds herself being pulled back into a life she thought she had left behind.”

    See it in select Theaters MARCH 14
    Order Veronica Mars [HD]on DIGITAL HD

    Head on over to http://theveronicamarsmovie.com to watch the trailer.

    Follow @veronicamars and include #VeronicaMarsMovie in your tweets to let everyone know how excited you are.

    Contest

    In an effort to get everyone pumped about the movie’s release we’ll be giving away a copy of the Veronica Mars movie on DVD, when it becomes available of course. The DVD is expected to drop some time in May. For your chance to win take the 3 levels of “Purity Test Marshmallow Super-Fan Trivia” and post your results in the comments below.

    Official Rules

    Giveaway open to the U.S.A.

    Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Veronica Mars DVD 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 Sunday March 30th, 2014.

    [box type=”info”]This post contains an affiliate link. You can read more about our official disclosure policy here. Information and prize provided by Warner Bros. [/box]

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    Are Your Kids Cooler Than You? Educate Yourself And Even The Score.

    Win a 1 Year Subscription to iParent.tv

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    Kids and Social Networks

    I have a Kik account for one reason and one reason only; To chat with my son. He’ll be thirteen this year and right now I’ve only allowed him to have an instagram account. He’s not allowed on facebook or twitter, but he uses Kik on his ipod to chat with friends. I wouldn’t have heard of Kik if it hadn’t been for him and that scared me. It’s hard to keep up with teens these days. They’re using apps like Snap Chat to socialize. They want to be where parents aren’t. Social networks keep popping up and it’s getting more and more difficult to be in the know. Enter iParent.tv.

    Introducing iParent.tv

    iParent.tv was developed to keep parents ahead of the tech curve. They believe they have the opportunity to help parents understand, get involved and safeguard their children in the ever-evolving tech World. iParent.TV educates parents with all the latest trends via Websites – Social Media – Apps – Devices.

    The idea started with a group of dads who felt like their 9-year-olds knew more about tech than they did. They were right. But their idea will help change that forever for all parents. Once launched, iParent.TV will have 100s of videos and product reviews that are very current, cutting edge and trending, keeping parents who subscribe ahead of the tech curve.

    So, how will it work? The iParent.TV website will be a subscription-based site costing $49 per year for parents to access all the videos, reviews, how-tos, and live chat support. It will be the largest site on the net helping parents understand what’s safe and what’s not in the world of tech. – However, they are offering it for only $29 if you help fund their project on Indiegogo.

    Here’s what you get: Articles, videos, reviews, tips, tools and expert advice on EVERYTHING like…
    – Popular Apps
    – Social Network Sites
    – Major Websites
    – Top Devices

    Contest

    Visit http://igg.me/at/iparent, watch the video and let us know your favorite part about the iParent.tv platform in the comments below for your chance to win a 1 year subscription to iParent.tv.

    Official Rules

    Each household is only eligible to win One (1) Subscription to iparent.tv 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 1pm EST Sunday March 9th, 2014.

    [box type=”info”] While The Mommy Gamers did receive an additional 1 year subscription to iParent.tv, as parents we can appreciate their service, so we agreed to write about it. You can read more about our official disclosure here. Information and prize provided by iParent.tv. [/box]

    Dad Illustrates Kids’ Sandwich Bags With Fun Drawings

    My super crafty friend Cathe Holden once posted about how she doodled love notes on napkins and packed them with her kid’s lunches. Over the years she’s saved the napkins. It was such a brilliant idea and an easy way to remind your kids they’re loved. I wanted to do something similar for my son but he’s always preferred to buy his lunch at school.

    Anyway, it looks like Cathe isn’t the only parent packing their kid’s lunches with art. Graphic designer, David LaFerriere has been drawing decorative lunch bags for his kids Evan, 15, and Kenny, 14 since May 2008. He had originally tried drawing on the bread with food coloring. Unfortunately the tough bread made it difficult and the process was too time consuming. He instead began drawing on the clear sandwich bags with colored Sharpies.

    “It was just a way to have fun with the kids,” David says. “And also start my creative juices before work. I had already been making their lunches, and I experimented with a few things.”

    Cat Lunchbag Drawing

    In 2009, Sharpie contacted David and asked to feature his work on their blog. Since then his creative lunch bag photos have received over 600,000 views.

    I’m not the best illustrator but in an effort to encourage my son to read I designed him some custom bookmarks. He asked me to make him an Autobots and Decepticon bookmarks with his name on them. Too bad he still hates reading.

    What kind of creative and sentimental things do you do for your kids? Let us know in the comments below!

    [Source: Flickr Blog]

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    Cheerios Biracial Ad Causes Some To Choke On Their Breakfast

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    This commercial is awesome. It has breakfast, Love, a cute kid, humor, and a biracial family :insert record scratch: Did that freak you out? Hopefully not. Seriously, how is this something people still get upset about? Crazy, right? Apparently, it’s not as nuts as we’d think. Cheerios was forced to disable comments on their youtube video after receiving thousand of racist comments. That makes me incredibly sad. Thankfully, Cheerios is sticking to their guns and keeping the ad up. Thousands more have been rushing to the Cheerios facebook page to congratulate them on a job well done.

    My son is biracial and knowing that he will still encounter racism in this day and age really sucks. Could you believe that just this week a man in Virginia got a visit from the police after shopping at Walmart with his biracial daughters. They thought he had kidnapped them!!! They pulled the kids aside and asked them to point out who their parents were. Oh my god. I can’t. I can’t even imagine what I would do if this happened to me.

    Meagan Hatcher Mays over at Jezebel has shared her thoughts on the Cheerios ad and growing up in a biracial family. It’s definitely worth the read.

    How do YOU feel about the commercial? Be sure to let us know in the comments below.

    [box type=”shadow”]Random but fun fact: The mom in this commercial is played by Whitney Avalon. I met Whitney in LA last year while we were shooting a Best Buy commercial.[/box]

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    Buddy & Me by Sunbreak Games Needs Your Help

    There’s not much time so I’ll keep this short and sweet. Buddy & Me is a unique platforming adventure about friendship, running through the forest of dreams. It’s for select iOS & Android mobile/tablet devices.

    Their kickstarter project is currently $9,000 under goal with less than 48 hours left.

    Their kickstarter project is currently $7,000 under goal with less than 30 hours left.

    OMG They are less than $800 away from their goal with four hours left! Chip in now!

    I want this game, my son wants this game… If you watched the video above I bet you want this game too! Please tell your family and friends. Together we can make this game possible!

    You can also help by using http://clicktotweet.com/YB8e1 to tell the Mayor of Seattle about this Pacific North West inspired tablet game.

    Buddy & Me Team:

    • Jason Behr: President, Creative Director.
    • Brennan McQuerry: Lead Programmer.
    • Gene Lange: Background Concept, Painter.
    • Andrew Brinkworth: Character Illustrator, Animator.
    • Aaron Cherof: Composer.

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    Old Clockmaker’s Riddle

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    Available today in the Mac App Store is Old Clockmaker’s Riddle. I recently had the chance to play the game, but before I get into my thoughts about it, here is what G5 Entertainment has to stay about their game.

    [quote] Life changes instantly in a small country village when the town’s massive clock tower suddenly stops working. The place suddenly falls into decay. Intrigued, you head on an adventure to help the dying city. You’ll play over 50 tantalizing levels to remove the curse and return the town to its former glory. Mr. Ryan, who lives in the only intact house, will help you unfold the story and make useful tools for you to progress in the game.

    Old Clockmaker’s Riddle is a polished title with beautiful graphics and user-friendly controls. You need to drag and swap shining gems to make a match of at least three in a row and reveal a proper number of clock hands to restore one of the destroyed buildings. There are obstacles and bonus gems aplenty, as you’ll encounter pieces that can be swapped by frozen pieces. Frozen parts will simply fall to the bottom of the screen, and even locked pieces won’t move until a match is made containing them. Just as there are obstacles working against you, so too are there power-ups that help you out, like arrows that wipe out whole rows or columns of gems, lightning bolts, and bombs that remove small sections of gems.

    There are two game modes: relaxed and timed so both beginners and advanced casual game fans will enjoy the gameplay. Wrapped into a fairy-tale storyline, Old Clockmaker’s Riddle is fascinating match 3 game for the whole family.[/quote]

    I should probably tell you, although I’ve played match 3 games in the past, the puzzle genre is not really my bag of chips. With that being said, my husband and I (we like to play casual games together at night before bed) found ourselves wanting to play this game a LOT more than expected. This game is unlike any Match 3 game either of us have played.

    I think what sets the Old Clockmaker’s Riddle apart is that it has a storyline (Read: Goal). Anyone can play a Match 3 game all day if they want, but in the end they’re essentially just wasting time if there isn’t a goal. The goal in the Old Clockmaker’s Riddle is to ‘return the town to it’s former glory’. With each match game I completed, puzzle I solved, and building I restored, I found myself wanting to do exactly that. I wanted to get to the end. I wanted to win. I wanted to see the beautiful colorful town live once again.

    Aside from the storyline, the other addicting part of the game is it’s power-ups and upgrades. The power-ups are unlocked as you restore the buildings and progress through the game. To use them however, they must first be purchased with in game currency (tokens are collected as you match the different colored gems). The power-ups can later be upgraded to improve their duration and/or strength.

    Although it is a Match 3 game from start to finish, some of the levels played differently than others. For example: During some levels the goal might be to collect a certain number of clock hands, which turn back time to restore the buildings. Other levels however are more puzzle like in nature and must be completed in a certain number of moves. The puzzle boards were actually frustrating for me. More often than not I was overusing the hint button (which will cost you experience points) or skipping the puzzle altogether, but I expect these levels to be more fun for those that really enjoy puzzle games.

    My only real complaint about the game is how often it crashed on me towards the end. I was working on restoring some of the final houses and was only able to get through a level and a half before it crashed again. It crashed between 5-6 times in a twenty minute time span (My Macbook Pro is relatively new so I’m reluctant to blame my machine. However, anything is possible.). This was frustrating to say the least but my hubby and I were really happy to see that the game properly saved our progress. Despite the crashing hiccups we were still able to successfully complete the game. With our aggressive game play, and skipping some puzzles here and there, we finished Relaxed mode in just under 15 hours.

    The Old Clockmaker’s Riddle is a fun game with beautiful artwork, and familiar (but unique) music. It’s definitely a Match 3 Game that stands apart and can be enjoyed by all.

    Don’t forget to check out the trailer below. Also, if you’ve played Old Clockmaker’s Riddle let us know what you thought about it in the comments below. The Mommy Gamers were provided with codes for this game courtesy of G5 Entertainment. Thanks guys!

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    The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

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    Sometimes here at The Mommy Gamers, we read books. You know, if we can squeeze them in between crying babies, whiny husbands (wait… isn’t that the same thing?), cooking, cleaning, working, and gaming. In episode 22: The Deep Dark Hole, I mentioned reading The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman.

    [quote type=”center”]We constantly bickered and instead of finding ways to spend time together, we were making excuses to spend time apart.[/quote] 
    If you listened you’ll know how enthusiastic I was about this book, and I’ll tell you why. There’s something sad that seems to happen when you’ve been in a relationship a really long time. You stop listening and you start taking each other for granted. You’re together without really being together. Slowly, all the things you loved about each other start to become the things you hate about each other. The passion is gone and you’re convinced it’s never coming back. In marriages this is often referred to as the 7 year itch. In shorter relationships this is usually where you break up, or cheat on each other before parting ways. It happens all the time and it’s sad because it doesn’t have to.

    My husband and I recently fell victim to a lot of what I mentioned above. Thankfully neither of us cheated, but we were starting to wonder if our relationship had out lived our love. We stopped cuddling, we stopped holding hands, we stopped talking to each other, but probably worst of all was the fact that we both stopped listening. We constantly bickered and instead of finding ways to spend time together, we were making excuses to spend time apart.

    After hearing mention of the 5 Love Languages from two different therapists as well as my best friend Crystal, I decided to read it. I AM SO GLAD I DID. I honestly feel like it helped turn my relationship around. It feels like we started dating again and instead of being annoyed by our differences, we once again appreciate them. We no longer feel unheard. Now that we understand what love language to speak, we know exactly what to do to make sure we each feel appreciated.

    [quote type=”center”]Now that we understand what love language to speak, we know exactly what to do to make sure we each feel appreciated.[/quote] 
    According to Author Gary Chapman, everyone has a primary love language although some people may be fluent in more than one. For example, my primary love language is Acts of Service. However, for me, Quality Time comes in close second.

    The 5 Love Languages are as follows:

    1. Words of Affirmation: Saying “I Love You”, “Thank You”, “You’re amazing”, using words are the best way to make this person feel appreciated.
    2. Physical Touch: A back rub, a kiss on the forehead, holding hands. For this person being appropriately touched (it varies from person to person) means the world to them.
    3. Acts of Service: Actions speak louder than words for these people. Watching the kids, cleaning up after dinner, changing the oil in the car, what you do for them shows them how much they are loved.
    4. Gifts: Being surprised with flowers, jewelry, chocolate. For these people receiving gifts makes them feel most loved.
    5. Quality Time: Deep conversations, shared hobbies and activities speak volumes. Knowing you enjoy spending time with them is what these people truly desire.

    The theory is people tend to speak to their partners in their own love language. Unfortunately, more often than not, partners are not fluent in the same language. For example, like I mentioned before, my primary language is ‘Acts of Service’. However, my husband’s is ‘Words of Affirmation’, so although he told me he loved me everyday, I didn’t feel loved because he wasn’t showing me in a way I understood. The same applies the other way around. I stopped saying I love you because I was confident my actions spoke so much louder than words. To my husband however, not hearing those words meant I no longer cared.

    Can you easily identify your love language from the descriptions above? If you’re still not sure what your primary love language is just answer a few questions on the book’s website and it will tell you.

    5LoveLanguagesCoverAlthough I’ve outlined the 5 love languages in this post, I strongly encourage you read the book. My husband was reluctant to read it at first. He didn’t feel it was necessary because he understood the general concept. However, after reading it, he agrees with me. There’s something about reading all the case studies that really helps bring the message home. I learned so much more about myself and my relationship than I could have from just knowing what the 5 love languages were.

    If you’re newly married, in a dying relationship or on the brink of divorce, I highly recommend this book. I think even happy couples could greatly benefit from the information. Truthfully, if I could buy a copy for everyone I know, I would. ’nuff said.

    You can purchase The 5 Love Languages in Paperback or for the Kindle from amazon.com

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