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    What to Watch After Stuffing Your Face, with Wine Pairings

    Easter is a time for stuffing your face with too much ham and mashed potatoes, eating a plethora of candy and sending the kids out to hunt for the eggs. Adults, beer hunts, or mini hard alcohol hunts are the way to go, just be sure to grab the beer googles while you’re doing it. Also, before any activities are happening, make sure the ham is in the over and ready to go. We don’t want Aunt Janice to be upset dinner isn’t done on time.

    When you’re all done eating, there is nothing better than entering a food coma with something on your television. We at The Mommy Gamers have compiled a list of television shows and movies that you can watch after the fact. While not every movie is family friendly, we’ll make sure that we annotate movies that children should not be present. Unbutton those pants and take a load off!

    Santa Clarita Diet is great with a bold red, perhaps a Syrah or a Merlot. Santa Clarita Diet has two seasons on Netflix and ready for five main courses and a dessert buffet. Drew Barrymore plays a realtor who is turned corpse eater, which is exactly how you’ll feel after eating all that ham. Joel McHale also stars as husband, Joel, also realtor and man who hides the meat for safe keeping. We give Santa Clarita Diet two thumbs up. Wait, where are my thumbs?

    Peter Rabbit is a great family film to watch after filling up with snacks. We’re sure the children would enjoy this as well seeing as it’s the cutest, and I mean cutest movie out there. A wine pairing for this movie? Grab the hard stuff, grandpa might need it.

    The Mommy Gamers Easter Movies

    Hop is yet another great family movie to watch as the bunny ensues the comedy, causes trouble and helps bring the cute Easter goodness. While Peter Rabbit and Hop may take some of the family time for the day, we suggest another sparkling wine with this special viewing.

    Rise of the Guardians is probably the seasonal movie we will see since you could technically watch this one all year long. The movie has Father Christmas, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy come together to fight off darkness. How wonderful a Sauvignon would be with this film?

    Nailed It is a reality TV series on Netflix that shows elaborate desserts that have been made and the bakers attempt to make them, and the not so wonderful attempts at making them. Either way, bring the sister, brother, uncle, and whomever to watch this. It’s pretty good, and you can place bets within the family on who will win the grand prize of $10,000! A Rose would be fantastic with this show!

    The Mommy Gamers Brie Haddock Movies and Wine ;

    Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is a holiday tradition, no matter the holiday you celebrate. I prefer the 1971 version, because I can, but I guess Johnny Depp and his version are alright too if you want to watch Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Either are good, depending on your preference. For both versions of the film, we chose a good Port to go with all the treats, or if you’re more like me, I’ll go for a slightly sweet Riesling.

    Stranger Things will turn things up and scare the jeebies out of you, or just put you on the edge of your seat. Stranger Things is an awesome show that focuses on a group of kids that are playing Dungeons and Dragons. Their game comes to life, sort of, and comes out to get them. They also learn that this case has been going on for years. The town comes together to help the city end the abduction Over the two seasons, you’ll have many “what the heck” moments. For this one, grab the scotch!

    The Mommy Gamers Easter Stranger Things Wine

    Want something newer?

    Jumanji with Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Jack Black and Karen Gillan play is this reboot with a twist! Not only is this a good movie for the whole family and full of adventure, we’ll reach for the box wine on this one so we can plop on the couch with a blanket.

    The Pitches are back in Pitch Perfect 3. These girls head overseas for a USO tour and hope to be picked to go on tour with a rapper. In a turn of events, Fat Amy finds her father, or he finds her and trouble begins. The girls come together and get out of it while supporting one another the biggest changes of their lives. We think a glass of champagne over here will help keep things classy.

    Pitch Perfect 3 Wine The Mommy Gamers Easter

    Daddy’s Home 2 has a great line up, from Matt Damon, John Cena, to Will Ferrell and Mel Gibson. These guys try to come together in a family vacation but it has its ups and downs. While I would love to sit here and tell you all about it, the movie is currently on Redbox for your viewing pleasure. We feel an Old Fashioned or a Gibson to go along with your viewing pleasure.

    Maybe you don’t want the beverage of choice to go with the movie, and that’s okay. Whatever your viewing style is, or genre, we’ve got it covered! Sit back, relax and take that well needed two-hour nap!

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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.

     

    2017 Twitch Clips Compilation

    The Mommy Gamers YouTube Twitch Clips of 2017 Compilation Video

    2017 was the first year of regular game streaming and community building for The Mommy Gamers on Twitch. We took the channel from 600 followers to more than 5,000 and had the absolute best time gaming and making new friends. If you’re looking for a positive and supportive community on Twitch please join us!

    Oh…and keep making clips so we can keep making clip videos!

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    It’s Quiz Time Review [Xbox One]

    Former Buzz! Devs re-enter the trivia game space

    It's Quiz Time Xbox One Review The Mommy Gamers Mike RoblesI love trivia. I have so much useless knowledge rummaging around in my brain that I am pretty sure that it’s the reason I can’t remember things like anniversaries or my parents birthdays. So when I heard that former Buzz! devs  Snap Finger Click created It’s Quiz Time and that it was a new party trivia game, I was all in.

    It’s Quiz Time is out now for PC (Steam), PS4 and Xbox One. It’s a trivia party game that features over 25,000 questions and a wide range of topics. Covering the spectrum from historical political figures to Futurama and everything in-between. Up to 8 players can play locally by using their phones and downloading the It’s Quiz Time: Companion App. One of the best things about the companion app is that it keeps track of your stats. Your wins, losses, accuracy and more. It’s a neat way to brag to your friends about how much random crap you know. Or don’t know.

    It’s Quiz Time is presented in a way that never gets boring. Flashy, shiny, futuristic backgrounds are smooth and amazingly animated. Salli, the oddly built AI host, refers to everyone by name and helps welcome new players by asking preferred pronouns, and how to properly say their name. A typical game of It’s Quiz Time lasts 6 rounds. The Starter Round, four randomly chosen game-types, and The Big Finish. Whoever has the most points at the end wins.

    Snap Finger Click has included some amazing features other than just a trivia game and companion app. They are fully integrated with Twitch, Mixer and YouTube to give players a shot at being a host with live interactive streaming. Here you can set-up a webcam, Kinect, or Playstation camera and play with up to 10,000 players online.

    It’s the variety in game types that really make It’s Quiz Time Shine. Without spoiling too many of them I’ll talk about my favorites:

    Describe It: One player has 60 seconds to talk out loud and a describe a subject. These subjects can be books, movies, TV shows and more. The other players in the game all have words on their devices that they are waiting for the describer to say. Once the round ends the players can see how many words the describer said. If at any point there are words missing, or a word might have been checked off that wasn’t said, any player can call shenanigans for everyone to sort it out. I love this one because no matter how much anyone thinks they know about a subject, I have yet to see anyone get every clue. It can get really obscure.

    Guesstimation: Players are given a category (let’s go with TV Shows) and are asked a question like “How many episodes of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer were there?” The players will have a slider on a line between two numbers and the goal is to get as close to the actual number as possible. I like this one a lot because it helped me learn a lot of things I didn’t know. Like that there were 144 episodes of Buffy.

    Another unique aspect of the game is that it will ask you for your age. Then the game will tailor questions specifically to how old you are and will also include you in some questions about timelines. It’s pretty amazing but also comes with a massive downfall… Salli.

    Salli, while being an enthusiastic host, can get quite mean. Occasionally she will poke fun at who is in last place but sometimes she will make fun of someone for being older or younger than the other people that are playing. Every once in a while is ok, but it got to the point where one of my guest was made to feel uncomfortable because Salli outed their age. Another player got constantly berated for being the youngest, despite being in first. More often than not, instead of talking about how fun the trivia is, my guests and I were talking about how mean Salli is.

    Don’t get me wrong there’s so much fun stuff in It’s Quiz Time that I’ve already changed my New Year’s Eve party plans to now include some games of it. You just have to get past Salli being a total wad.

    It’s Quiz Time is out now for PS4, Xbox One and PC (Steam) and for $20, you’re going to get one hell of a good trivia game.

    The reviewer was given a copy of It’s Quiz Time on Xbox One for review purposes

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    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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    The Mommy Gamers Podcast Episode 172: All the Butts, All the Plugs

    The Mommy Gamers Podcast Episode 172 All the Butts, All the Plugs

     

    In Episode 172 of The Mommy Gamers Podcast we do talk a little bit about butts again, and plugs. But not that kind of plug. More of the promote your friends kind of plugs. This week Carrie and Marcia are joined by Mike Robles. In addition to being a Dad and a gamer, Mike writes video game reviews for Marooners’ Rock…and sometimes for The Mommy Gamers.

    Mike’s previous work as a community manager for some pretty big games gave he and Carrie a lot to talk about. Everyone talks a lot about the Ghost Recon Ghost War PVP Open Beta, Destiny 2, the Fortnite Battle Royale drama and much more. Butts and plugs aside, this episode is definitely high on our NSFW rating, and thanks to some American Vandal TV show talk, totally not good for the kids to listen to. You’ve been warned. Enjoy!

     

    Shout out to our newest Patreon supporter Brian from the Stay at Home Family Gamers aka @SAHFamilyGamers on Twitter! If you love our show, and want to support us and get fun rewards including a shout out on the next podcast, you can join our Patreon community here.

    Also, you don’t have to come back here every week to get the latest podcast. You can subscribe to The Mommy Gamers podcast for FREE on iHeart RadioGoogle Play MusiciTunes and Stitcher or you can access The Mommy Gamers app through Podcast Box on iTunes or in the Amazon app store for Android. Don’t forget to catch the live streams on Twitch and follow them us on TwitterYouTube, and Facebook too!

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    The Mommy Gamers Podcast Episode 171: Actually NO Butts

    The Mommy Gamers Podcast Episode 171: Actually NO Butts

     

    In Episode 171 of The Mommy Gamers Podcast Marcia and Carrie are joined by Jon Hydeman, aka The1Jon. Jon is a freelance game/software tester, a daddy, a huge Destiny fan, and an all around great guy. They chat a LOT about Destiny 2, and also Uncharted Lost Legacy, Conan Exile, and Last Day of June. Also…surprisingly enough, this week we do NOT talk about butts. You’re welcome.

    Shout out to our newest Patreon supporter Christey aka PlasticBob! You can check out her Twitch channel here. If you love our show, and want to support us and get fun rewards including a shout out on the next podcast, you can join our Patreon community here.

    Also, you don’t have to come back here every week to get the latest podcast. You can subscribe to The Mommy Gamers podcast for FREE on iHeart RadioGoogle Play MusiciTunes and Stitcher or you can access The Mommy Gamers app through Podcast Box on iTunes or in the Amazon app store for Android. Don’t forget to catch the live streams on Twitch and follow them us on TwitterYouTube, and Facebook too!

    Best of June and July Twitch Clips ~ The Mommy Gamers

    Best of June & July 2017 Twitch Clips ~ The Mommy GamersYou all made a LOT of great clips from the Twitch streams over the past two months, these are just a few. Tune in live at www.Twitch.tv/themommygamers and keep clipping!

     

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