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    Humble Book Bundle: Make: Electronics 2018

    Humble Book Bundle Make Electronics 2018

    Humble Bundle brings you $367 worth of digital books about electronics, JavaScript and even a digital book about how to make drones! Pay what you want, starting at $1 to unlock the first five digital books. The $1 bundle level includes a digital book with fun and easy DIY projects for younger budding electricians. 

    If you, or someone you know has an interest in things like making wearable electronics, sensors, or even how to teach facial recognition on a Raspberry Pi this is a great bundle. It’s also getting really close to the holidays, so this might make a perfect gift for someone you know!

    What’s Humble Bundle?

    Humble Bundle is a distribution platform that sells ebooks, video games, and lots of other great digital content. Humble Bundle also supports many charities. Using our link to purchase things via Humble Bundle additionally supports Extra Life, one of our favorite charities! 

    * Disclosure: The Mommy Gamers are a Humble Bundle partner. Using our link helps keep our website going and helps Extra Life charity. Thank you!

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    Daphne & Velma Blu-Ray DVD Movie Giveaway – The Mommy Gamers

    **Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.**

    Daphne and Velma is out on Blu-ray from Warner Bros Home Entertainment as well as Digital and DVD! If news of the smart and resourceful women of the iconic Scooby-Doo franchise coming to life in an all-new mystery isn’t exciting enough, we’ve also got a Digital, DVD and Blu-Ray combo copy to give away.

    About Daphne & Velma

    Jinkies! Film stars Sarah Jeffery (Disney’s Descendants: Wicked World) and Sarah Gilman (ABC’s Last Man Standing) team up to follow the first mystery-solving adventures of Scooby-Doo’s leading ladies. As a long time lover of everything Scooby-Doo I will admit to never being able to get enough of the characters. I have also always been curious about some of their backstories. Especially Daphne and Velma.

    Daphne & Velma start out as best friends who have only ever interacted online. They become best friends in spite of the fact that they have wildly different personalities. The way they met online speaks personally to the online introvert in me, and helps fuel my argument that online friendships ARE absolutely real valid friendships.

    Fate eventually tosses the two girls together in real life and that’s when all the mysterious fun begins. I am not going to spoil the story-line for you, but it definitely has the same mysterious feel of some of the previous Scooby-Doo movies.

    Daphne & Velma is a heartwarming movie that feels just like a straight to DVD film should. Cheesy and entertaining. But if you love these characters you are going to absolutely enjoy this movie. I very much enjoyed seeing how they portrayed Daphne and Velma and hope there are more of these featuring the rest of Mystery, Inc. Gang coming soon.

    Daphne & Velma need your help!

    Help Daphne & Velma solve their latest case by helping them decrypt the footage! Dial the knob and meters to just the right position to unlock the footage and move to the next challenge. You’ll trigger fun & spooky sounds right from the movie in this fun soundboard:

     

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    Daphne & Velma Blu-Ray DVD Movie Giveaway - The Mommy Gamers

    Learn How to Make Daphne & Velma Slime at Home!

     

    *The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please. Winner must provide their address within 48 hours of being contacted or prize goes to the next randomly selected winner. AKA keep an eye on your email on 6/8/2018 when the contest ends.  Assets included within this giveaway were delivered to The Mommy Gamers to promote Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The Mommy Gamers are working with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment to bring you fun giveaways!

     

    TheMikeRobles Presents – Top 5 Bunnies in Video Games

    Every Bunny Loves Some Bunny Sometimes

    Easter is here and that means it’s time to celebrate everything that is bunny related. Being a gamer for over [REDACTED] years I have seen my share of bunnies in video games. So dear readers, I present to you (without consulting Jax AT ALL),

    TheMikeRobles’s Top 5 Bunnies in Video Games

    #5 – Reader Rabbit

    This is where it all started for me. As a WeeMikeRobles I often finished my work early in school. This meant that I was bothering other kids. The teachers eventually found out that if they sat me down in front of a computer and popped in a game, I wouldn’t bother anyone. Reader Rabbit served as Edutainment Software. A learning experience designed as a game. Since his inception in 1984, Reader Rabbit has been teaching kids language and making it fun while doing it.

    Top Bunnies in Video Games The Mommy Gamers Reader Rabbit

    #4 – Bucky O’Hare

    Bucky! Captain Bucky O’Hare (admit it, you were singing it). Had a comic book series, television series, and one heck of a great NES game. Crazy difficult with an amazing soundtrack Bucky O’Hare on the NES was ahead of it’s time. The game let you select your world and, after rescuing crew members, allowed you to switch between them for the rest of the game. It’s pretty hard to find, but if you can, Bucky O’Hare is a rare obscure gem that is a MUST for collectors.

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    #3 – Robbie The Rabbit (Silent Hill 3)

    Who doesn’t love cute pink mascots? Who doesn’t love cute pink mascots wearing overalls? Who doesn’t love cute… pink… mascots wearing overalls… and covered in blood… slumped over as if appearing dead? I love horror games. I LOVED the Silent Hill series. I own many variations of Silent Hill 2. Silent Hill 3 was ok, but it had some wonderful standout moments and characters. Like Robbie. His lifeless body served as a factor to make the player feel uneasy. Trust me, it worked. I the Silent Hill: Arcade game he eventually appeared as an enemy with a high pitched laugh. Like we needed MORE of a reason for him to be creepy.

    #2 – Hoppy (ClayFighter Series)

    As mentioned in my Claybook review, there was a time where games in the 90s used a lot of claymation for their visual aesthetic. This where ClayFighter came in. The first game sold great so work began on a sequel: C2: Judgement Clay. Like every new iteration of a fighting game, new characters needed to be introduced. This where we got the musclebound, Austrian accented Hoppy. A clear parody of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hoppy became quite popular and got a reappearance in ClayFighter 63 and 1/3 for the Nintendo 64. I’m certain that if we get a reboot of the ClayFighter series, you would absolutely see Hoppy make a return.

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    #1 – Oswald The Lucky Rabbit (Epic Mickey Series)

    Let me share some old school Disney trivia for you. Before Mickey Mouse was created, Walt Disney had another star: Oswald The Lucky Rabbit. Disney lost the rights to Oswald and while on a train ride to meeting, created Mickey Mouse. The rest was history. In 2006 The Walt Disney Company managed to regain the rights for Oswald. Oswald was finally back where he belonged.

    Disney’s Epic Mickey shows the struggle Oswald endured as he was left behind for Mickey Mouse. He’s angry, he’s lonely. He questions his own self worth. Oswald is a tragic character who’s just misunderstood. The emotions felt in Epic Mickey tug at your heartstrings and make you feel so incredibly bad for Oswald. He took a version of Disneyland and created it in his own image where he is the star. I will never forget how sad I felt when Mickey stumbles up Oswald’s version of the famous “Partners Statue”. Oswald even said to Mickey

    “Now I really do see why he liked you more.” after watching Mickey do whatever it takes to save a kingdom.

    Bunnies in Video Games Easter The Mommy Gamers Oswald

    After the events in Epic Mickey, Oswald partners with Mickey Mouse in Epic Mickey 2. This time around he’s much happier, much more positive, and unfortunately, much more trusting. That’s all I’ll say about that.

    If you never played them, I highly recommend the Epic Mickey Series. It’s a fantastic, dark and surreal take.

    There you have it folks! My Top 5 Video Game Rabbits. What are yours? Were there some I missed? Leave us a comment and let us know who makes your top 5.

    Hoppy Easter!

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    Unboxing & Giveaway ~ Johnny Mnemonic & Kickboxer Prize Pack from Comet TV & CHARGE

    The COMET TV and CHARGE! March Prize Pack is perfect for binging some classic films and TV Shows!

    If you like free stuff and Kickboxer films The Mommy Gamers have you covered with this new giveaway from COMET TV and their new network CHARGE! CHARGE! is a new free broadcast network featuring action programming including movies, series and sports entertainment. They sent us a box of goodies to celebrate all the fun things they have happening on both those networks.

    There is an awesome best of the worst marathon happening at COMET TV happening in March, and an awesome giveaway for one of YOU as well. If you want to know what is in the giveaway check out this unboxing video.

     

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    CHARGE! punches it’s way into our lives with an awesome Kickboxer marathon!

    All five films will be shown Monday-Friday, March 26-30 at 6/5C – including the original Van Damme movie that started it all!

    The roundhouse kicks begin March 26 at 6/5C

    Kickboxer
    Saturday, March 10 at 10/9C
    Monday, March 26 at 6/5C

    Kickboxer 2: The Road Back
    Saturday, March 10 at MIDNIGHT/11C
    Tuesday, March 27 at 6/5C

    Kickboxer 3: The Art of War
    Saturday, March 17 at 10/9C
    Wednesday, March 28 at 6/5C

    Kickboxer 4: The Aggressor
    Saturday, March 17 at MIDNIGHT/11C
    Thursday, March 29 at 6/5C

    The Redemption: Kickboxer 5
    Saturday, March 24 at 10/9C
    Friday, March 30 at 6/5C

     

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    “BEST WORST MOVIES” in March

    COMET TV is rolling out the red carpet for some of the best worst movies on planet Earth. They’re so bad… they’re awesome. Catch films like …

    Creature (1985)
    Gargoyles (1972)
    Jaws of Satan (1982)
    Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
    Monster Dog (1984)
    Reptilicus (1962)
    The Milpitas Monster (1976)
    Vicious Lips (1986)

    Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
    Cyberpunk might be all the rage right now, but Johnny Mnemonic was doing it before it was cool. Keanu Reeves stars as a data courier who traffics top secret information via an implant in his brain. Sounds cool, right? Not when that data ends up acting like a virus that could kill you dead if you don’t get the passwords in time.

    Wednesday, March 28 at 6/5C

     

    Enter the Giveaway Here:

    Johnny Mnemonic & Kickboxer Prize Pack from Comet TV, CHARGE, and The Mommy Gamers

    Comment below and tell us which Kickboxer film is your favorite, or just make a silly comment for extra luck in the giveaway.

    *Giveaway open to the US. No P.O. Boxes please. Winner must submit their address by April 5th or prize will go to the next winner. Assets were delivered to The Mommy Gamers to promote COMET TV & CHARGE. We also think their content is awesome so make sure to go check it out and give their sites some support so these contests can keep happening.

     

    A Close Encounter with the Hello Kitty Food Truck…Part Two

    If you follow The Mommy Gamers, you may know that in April 2016 I sought out the Hello Kitty food truck in vain hopes of scoring cute snacks. Unfortunately, the truck was woefully equipped to deal with Chicagoland enthusiasm for adorable Japanese nonsense, and I failed. I get did a mug and a T-shirt (it should’ve said “I visited the Hello Kitty Cafe and all I got was…”).

    This year, the Hello Kitty Cafe came closer to me – specifically, to a mall about 10 minutes from my house. Now, I know this mall. My kid did Gymboree in this mall every week from age 1-3. I do about 90 percent of my retail therapy here. I buy all my books at the Barnes & Noble. I get my Nespresso refills here. Until recently when it closed, I got my regular chocolate Godiva reward here (a free truffle every month!). I occasionally get together with my girlfriends and my book club here.

    Yes, there is a young girl sitting behind the menu. I hope she got some good treats!

    Just last week I made my houseguest from Kansas go visit so she could bring me some Nando’s Peri-Peri. Oh, I also get my hair cut here. And when I have giant stress knots in my shoulder from livin’ the glamorous freelance writer lifestyle, I go to the Mario Tricoci in this mall so someone can (attempt to) knead them out.

    This is a definite advantage when scoping out Hello Kitty food trucks. When I heard it was going to be by the L.L. Bean, I knew exactly where to park when everyone else was complaining about no parking. So I arrived right at 10:30 and got into line immediately. I know this place so well I could tell without even looking that my wait would be shorter than last year.

    This year I was somewhat more prepared, although I still didn’t bring any sunblock (it’s October in the Chicago area, who knew – and it looked cloudy when I went to Zumba that morning). I also forgot a snack. I had a giant book. The fourth in the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan, to be exact, which I’m re-reading for an online book club. I had a water bottle because my kid was in Orlando riding Space Mountain without me, so he could not make a tea run. I had my workout bag, with a wrap inside in case it got cold.

    The people behind me clearly didn’t know what they were getting into. They’d just come from a dance class, following a slumber party that was making their two little girls very grumpy because they’d stayed up so late. After I told them about my four hours in line last year, they decided their kids wouldn’t be able to stay a half hour, let alone four, and left.

    The people ahead of me were a bit more knowledgeable, and had done this the previous year as well. Nevertheless, they disappeared somewhere between my arrival and the front of the line, and I ended up talking to a nice group of three people – one of whom had the exact same name as me.

    We all took lots of pictures and selfies. The point where you get to the menu sign is A Big Deal. Kids are running around, people are refreshing their pals in line with Starbucks coffees (there’s one right near where the truck was parked) and snacks (ironic, right?), and we’re getting to know our neighbors.

    Actually, come to think of it, when I stood in line to see Hillary Clinton this past Monday at a local bookstore, it was basically the same thing except that Peet’s Coffee came by every so often to offer free samples of cookies and brownies. Now that would have been a good marketing ploy for someone at the mall.

    Apparently I like standing in lines in order to spend money on stuff. Capitalism loves me.

    Anyway, it really didn’t feel that long before I got to the front, where all of us took pictures of the Hello Kitty truck’s tires – well, they were decorated with images of bows! It felt like a triumph, especially when the only thing they’d run out of were the small thermal water bottles (18 ounces). Everyone takes longer than they should at the front because they’re deciding, once they actually see the product in the window. Today, they were selling handmade bow headbands that were not listed on the menu.

    Sadly, I was assuming the t-shirts and mugs would be like last years, and they weren’t. So of course I had to buy one of everything. Although I never wore my t-shirt from last year, so I was able to resist that.

    Here’s a picture of my haul:

    A Quick Review

    So, I finally got to try the food. Actually, it’s pretty good. I don’t eat macarons that often so I’m not sure how they compare to the regular stuff, but they were pretty, tasty, and sweet, and you could even tell what the flavors were supposed to be. The mini-cakes were denser than I expected, rich and flavorful. The cookies – whoa, I forgot about the cookies! I know what I’m having for lunch…

    I bought a freaking $36 thermal mug! But it’s totally cute and I’m just going to put it somewhere prominent in my house and stare at it with adoration from time to time. And the regular mug, with the bow handle, is going to hold lots of chai tea this winter.

    Was it worth the money and effort? Well, I guess it depends on your point of view. I had been in Chinatown just the day before, and if all I’d wanted was cute Hello Kitty stuff I could have gotten it there at a fraction of the price. The best part of doing the Hello Kitty Cafe, I’ve learned, is the experience. Being there with other geeky people who are willing to stand in line for the privilege of buying overpriced merch is most of the fun.

    No, I don’t regret it. Yes, I’ll probably do it again. Yes, I’m probably a bit crazy. But if you’re not willing to do it, too – or at least laugh with me about my doing it and bring me lattes while I wait – you’re really not my people anyway.

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    Cooking with Dice: Making Delicious Food, RPG-Style

    Gamify your meal-planning!

    I love to cook. I get a chance to do it quite often because I’m a single mom and I can’t afford healthy, gourmet restaurant dinners every night. I can barely afford pizza once a week!

    I love gaming. That, I often have to skip because I also have to make money. My time is pretty much always taken up writing, trying to get more writing work, getting my school work done, and doing mom things.

    So – I don’t always have time to game. I have a new PS4 I’ve barely touched. I have Zelda: Breath of the Wild, sitting in my living room starting at me. I drop my kid off at D&D games and then go home to study. This doesn’t stop me from sneaking a few minutes of smartphone gaming at bedtime and Pokemon Go when I’m out and about. But it does mean my gaming time is cut pretty drastically. Every year my #1 New Year’s resolution is to Play More Games.

    So, what’s the compromise? This fall, I’m finding it in a little book called Cooking With Dice.

    Yes, it’s exactly what you think it is. A kitchen-based RPG. And it’s going to save my season!

    What is Cooking With Dice?

    This original game, the first in what will be a series, turns cooking into a game you can play alone or with the entire family.

    This past spring, Cooking with Dice was a Kickstarter project offered by the people behind Adventure Scents. Creator Jennifer Howlett says that the project, and her company, started as a way of gamifying cooking to make it more fun for her kids, and to help her family connect. “I think that gamifying something is a great way to drive learning and motivation,” she says. “I love watching TV cooking competition shows (it’s a guilty pleasure) and have always wished I could capture that adventure in my own kitchen. I feel like Cooking with Dice has helped me to experiment more with cooking and try out things I’d never done before.”

    She did plenty of research to create the recipes in the book, and utilized family members and volunteer play testers to complete the project.

    There’s a story. You’re an adventure-chef, journeying through a fantasy setting with different scenarios. Like Dungeons & Dragons, there are classes and races, and you roll your dice to introduce an element of chance into your endeavors. Actually, you start out at Level 1 as a Plongeur (dishwasher), and work your way up to Chef de Cuisine (head chef).

    And it’s fun. Using formulas and gaming tables rather than outright recipes, Cooking with Dice allows you to gamify different aspects of cooking. You can be more creative and flexible, and, as Howlett says in the book, add “your own personal magic.” This first installment of the series forgoes heat in favor of chemical changes caused by acid. Every food you create is a bit different, because the dice decide.

    The Good:

    Quickles (my version had rosemary)

    I’m not really an RPG gamer. I don’t have any patience to read the manuals, and no one has ever invited me into a D&D session that evolved past character creation. But Cooking with Dice is short and the instructions are clear and simple.

    But this concept has made my grocery shopping more interesting. I hate grocery stores. Now, though, I take my copy of this game, and a bag of dice, and I roll to see what ingredients I’m going to be buying. If you see a random person in the produce section trying to find a flat surface, then rolling a 20-sided die, that could be me. Or someone else playing the game.

    Also, this type of cooking is unfamiliar to me. I tend to be more hit or miss when it comes to dishes that require chemical reactions as the main form of food alteration. However, this is giving me a chance to try things I’ve never done. It’s fun, and getting kids on board is easy. The writing is engaging and witty, and the recipes and instruction are creative, well thought out and simple.

    I made pickles (see above)! In fact, I made quite a few items that are outside my comfort range, and my son helped. He hates pickles, but would eat the game’s Quickles all day. (Ours were cucumber seasoned with rosemary, based on our roll.)

    So, success! Howlett’s goal worked for me. I’m sold! And my son has never had so much fun cooking. I haven’t quite finished the book yet, but I’m getting there. This is a really good way to get your kids involved in the kitchen.

    The Bad:

    I can’t think of anything, except that failure can be discouraging, and I failed with the cheese the first time because I used pasteurized milk. I also failed with the Dragonfly Jam because I could not locate the right kind of pectin. But those things aren’t Cooking with Dice’s fault. The book clearly said I could not use pasteurized milk, and I could not locate the correct kind of pectin. Oops. Like I said, this is not an area of cuisine that I’m terribly familiar with.

    Ceviche Tomato Bombs (with shrimp)

    To be honest, it’s actually taking me a long time to get through the game because I’m always so busy, and finding other ways to use up ingredients I bought for the game is sometimes beyond my mental capability, even though they aren’t weird or anything. So my son and I have to make an extra effort to do the game justice, but Cooking with Dice gives our kitchen a much-needed culinary spark on nights we decide to play. It’s a good thing the game is so easy and flexible, because otherwise it’d just be another Crock-Pot dump meal for us.

    The Final Word:

    In a world that’s becoming more and more digitized, in which we have much less free time than we’d like, Cooking with Dice is a breath of fresh air. My son isn’t always a super-adventurous eater but he’ll try new foods, especially if we make them ourselves.

    Cooking with Dice lets us fit gaming into our busy lifestyle, and eat better food while we’re doing it. That’s a win-win in my book!

    Howlett and her 12-year-old daughter are working on a sequel for 2018, which would contain formulas that are easy for kids to make with minimal supervision. I’m on board with that!

    If you’d like more information on the book and Adventure Scents, visit www.cookingwithdice.com. Next month, Cooking with Dice: The Acid Test will be available via the website and through Amazon.com.

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