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

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    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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    Giveaway

    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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    A Mommy Gamer’s Guide to the World Cup

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    I love watching soccer.

    I didn’t play it growing up, or see it being played much. But in 1997, when the formation of a Chicago-based Major League Soccer team was announced, my then-boyfriend (now my ex-husband) was very excited because he’d been gone to Chicago Sting games (part of the NASL) with his father as a child. We attended the very first Chicago Fire game at Soldier Field, on April 4, 1998. Soccer has been my favorite sport ever since. And every four years, my life revolves around a slightly bigger event: the FIFA World Cup.

    There’s a reason they call soccer “the beautiful game.” Unlike our messy, stop-and-start American games, full of arbitrary rules and athletes so specialized as to appear abnormal, there’s something pure and amazing about soccer. Now, I’m not saying that soccer is perfect, or that there are no issues with fans, players, referees, clubs, leagues, countries. Of course there are. Just look at FIFA’s (the Fédération Internationale de Football Association) decision-making on which countries should be awarded World Cups. There might even be more politics than in any other sport, because soccer has such a rich, scrappy, strange, long-lived, sometimes unbelievable history around the world. I wouldn’t dare even try to touch on this legacy, because I couldn’t do it justice without a thoroughly researched 1,800-page thesis.

    There are two reasons that I love soccer. One is the game. I can’t remember from year to year what the players’ names are, which country won the Cup in 1998, or what Landon Donovan was doing then. I have a terrible memory for statistics. But watching a soccer game – there’s nothing like it. The scores may be low, but this is a case in which numbers don’t reflect the quality of the experience. A 0-0 tie, like the one Brazil and Mexico just had, can be the most exciting game of all.

    If you read about soccer, you’ll find any number of reasons why soccer is considered beautiful. It’s a simple game. Anyone can play it as long as they have a ball. There are no time-outs, and there is constant motion. The elite athletes have minimal equipment, and that means they can get really creative with what they do have – just a bit of synthetic leather, stitched together. In the most basic, unadulterated way soccer players must count on their speed, their agility, their strength, their smarts, and their teammates. It’s what sport is all about before the rules, the governing bodies, the fans, the hipsters, and the rest get to it. Artistry is born from this.

    The other reason is that soccer connects us. And we women are all about connections. It connects in a way no other sport does because everyone knows soccer. Poor people, kids, women – folks of every color and religion and orientation from around the world play it. So do the wealthy David Beckhams of the world. Soccer is an even playing ground, where strife is forgotten and only the game matters. And soccer, especially at the World Cup level, is a hopeful sport. The richest and most powerful countries aren’t necessarily the most dominant – but their populations gather under one banner to cheer on national teams. And desire for their own teams to come out on top sometimes has fans rooting for unlikely allies. Soccer unites the world in some very tangible and profound ways.

    Since this World Cup started, I’ve read numerous stupid articles about how women can get into the game or “survive” the period. Watch the boys, they’re so gorgeous (yes, they are, but that’s just icing on the cake). Learn the rules (duh!). Expect to be bored (really? That’s just idiotic). Expect your men to ignore you (who cares? Learn to love the sport yourself and ignore them instead). 

I’m here to say: forget all that really stupid advice. The best thing to do with the World Cup is just watch. Really watch. Pay attention, give it a chance. Enjoy. Even if you know nothing about the rules of the game or how match play works in the World Cup, soccer is beautiful. And that’s all there is to it.

    You’ll learn as you go. You’ll get to know the players and the countries and their styles of play. But the thing is: soccer is not complicated. It’s not like American football, which makes no sense these days. In soccer, players run across a field and try to get a ball into a goal. The other team tries to stop them. Players have to stay in bounds and they can’t use their hands. They can’t charge/kick/trip/hit/hold/tackle each other, and an attacking player can’t be between a line of defenders and the goal (the offside rule, which you must know because it’s both necessary and controversial). All these infractions result in penalties that can give the other team the edge, which is why players “dive” (over-act when possibly fouled). End of story. That’s what you need to know.

    I have one more concrete suggestion: the World Cup sticker book. Kids around the world collect World Cup stickers, and the book helps keep track of players, scores, teams, countries and more. My kid and I are putting stickers in the book together, and it’s a wonderful keepsake as well as a fun family activity.

    I end with this year’s official World Cup 2014 jam:

    And what the heck, I’m going to add the unofficial U.S. soccer anthem, Weezer’s “Represent,” because I LOVE this song:

    I can’t think about anything but soccer lately. So thanks for indulging me!

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    What the 50th Anniversary of “Doctor Who” Means to Me

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    When I was 13 years old, I had a crush on a boy who wore a really long multi-colored scarf to school almost every day. Naturally, when I learned that he was a fan of this weird British sci-fi show called “Doctor Who,” I watched it too. How else was I going to make him notice me?

    To be honest, my father introduced me to the show first, a few years earlier – but since it was, you know, my dad, it didn’t take. Continue Reading

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    After watching “Morning Joe” I’m switching to decaf…

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    After watching a clip from MSNBC’s Morning Joe. (Thanks to the guys at Kotaku“)  I was a little ticked off. Actually I was furious. But before I go off on my rant, here is what  Joe Scarborough said about this young generation…

    [quote] Men in their twenties, who unfortunately I think are weak, and stay at home, and play videogames and are weak, weak, weak and un-marriable! They’re just…there are no good men out there! Other than my son and his friends.[/quote]

    He was referring to the opinion of the apparent shifting of gender roles and women breadwinners. And obviously trying to help his son and his friends get noticed by the ladies. (Thanks for the plug, “Dad”.)

    So let me talk to Mr. Scarborough directly… I know many men out there that are in their twenties that have more physical strength and mental fortitude in their little pinky than you have in your whole body. I of course am talking about the men that protect and serve their country in the armed forces … and most of them enjoy video games. (I know that the women do the same thing in our military and are just as important, but since his statement was about men and not ladies I’m trying to make a point that there are more than just a handful of good men out there)

    I also have a neighbor who is in his early twenties. He works a full time job, goes to college making amazing grades. He also loves to play video games and treats his lady with love and a respect that all women deserve. So where do these people fall in your stereotype?

    Maybe you are just generalizing gamers… not the generation of twenty-somethings. Maybe you didn’t say it, but your tone was almost like you’re implying that anyone that plays video games is weak. Well get your butt out in the real world Joe… you obviously have let fame go to your head.  We are not shut-in’s living in our mom’s and dad’s basements. The gamers I know personally are intelligent passionate and hard working members of society. They are doctors and nurses, coal miners and farmers. True salt of the earth people. I would also like to point out that the average gamer is 36 years old Joe… that’s right thirty six.  Sure, maybe the young men that you see on a day to day basis are weak. But wait a second… How many twenty year olds do you hang out with or know other than your son and his friends and the interns that bring your coffee to you? Don’t try and pigeonhole gamers in a decades old stereotype. Gamers cannot be defined by any other way than their love of games.

    I guess what it all boils down to is something more sad than anything. I imagine it must be hard for you… working in your air conditioned TV studio. I guess working for the media, you really don’t get out much hence the white pasty skin that has to be covered up with a boatload of makeup. You’re fed lines on a teleprompter. So you’re basically told what to say, how to say it… and when to say it. You’re just a puppet on a string for a right wing agenda. Not that I’m saying that is a bad thing… it must be easy for you to accept your fate for the ability to continue to be in the limelight after your career in politics. You did leave politics to help raise your children, right? It’s almost like your teaching your son that mocking something you don’t know anything about makes you look better. Kinda like a bully.

    And we all know what happens to bullies… they always fall from their pedestal.

     

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    Happy Birthday X-Files

    xfilesThis week The X-Files turned 20. I remember watching each episode with bated breath as my two favorite F.B.I. agents would search for the elusive “Truth” that aliens existed, believing that there was a collective group keeping them from exposing the truth to the world. But I also loved what were affectionately called “Monster of the week” episodes. To celebrate the 20th anniversary, IGN.com posted their top ten stand alone episodes. Being the huge fan of the show that I am, I was intrigued on what they had to say. I respect them for their game reviews and most media coverage. However I was a bit upset with their list.

    You can check their article out here. Go on… click the link.
     Read it and come back…I’ll wait

    Mulder scullyNow far be it from me to expect everyone to have the same tastes as myself. But the article in question was written by not one, but five different authors. There shouldn’t be any errors to fall through the cracks, however… they messed up in a few aspects. First off, Pusher is NOT a stand alone episode. There was a sequel in which the villain, Robert Modell, returns. That episode is aptly named Kitsunegari. I’m assuming that this was a screw up because they never mentioned any other two time returning villains anywhere in their list and I’d bet that most fans would consider Victor Tooms or Donnie Pfaster to be way more memorable.

     

    Also, there is an episode on the list that was all about the possibility that Mulder’s sister was murdered and not abducted. Mulder’s sister Samantha was a huge story arch in the  the show. In my humble opinion it shouldn’t be considered a stand alone episode. Some could say that is debatable since Wikipedia had stated that it wasn’t relevant to the overall mythology. Of course Wikipedia has never had any entries be wrong before…. right? Ahem..

    out thereI would also wager that most people that followed the show more closely than IGN’s panel of pundits would remove the episodes Drive and Darkness Falls from the list as “most memorable” and would replace them as well… but obviously, the list is going to be different from every ones interpretation of what is memorable and all.

    Now I don’t disagree with the whole list, half of it I can agree on with a possible change of a sixth one with plenty to back up my case on why it is more memorable. However let me give you what I feel are some of the best stand alone episodes of the X-Files with a few extra tidbits of information that you may not have known about the show.

    In no particular order… I give you the top ten of Monster of the Week episodes

    ICEIce: This episode had Mulder and Scully sent to Alaska to investigate the deaths of an Alaskan research team that were studying ice cores. This may have had some of the worst special effects of the show’s history. But it is the story of “who can you trust” is what makes this one of the best. My favorite line is when Mulder and the other men have to inspect each others bodies for a parasite like worm. ” Before anyone passes judgment, may I remind you, we are in the Arctic.”

    the hostThe Host: Mulder and Scully after being reassigned to different departments in the beginning of the second season, investigate a body found in sewage. This results in the discovery of a bizarre fluke-man. This product of the Chernobyl accident goes on a murderous spree in the sewers of New Jersey. One side note. The person in the fluke-man costume was Darin Morgan. He would become the person behind four more of the most memorable episodes on this list.

    Small Potatoes: A small town is “blessed” by babies being born with tails. Mulder and Scully arrive only to encounter a suspect, Eddie Van Blundht, played by Darin Morgan, as the biological father, but how he was able to get these women pregnant is the real surprise. This was one of the many episodes written by Vince Gilligan creator of Breaking Bad.

     

    beyond the seaBeyond the Sea: After the sudden death of her father Scully is placed back on with Mulder to investigate a kidnapping of a young couple and a death row inmate claiming that he has a psychic link to the crime. The inmate says and will assist in the rescue of the victims if he is given a commuted sentence. This had Mulder and Scully reversing their usual roles of “believer” and “skeptic” for the first time in the series.  The story is very much like Silence of the Lambs… but with a paranormal twist.

    humbugHumbug: This story was written by Darin Morgan aka. fluke-man. It involves the murder of a circus performer and some of the casting of this show were actual sideshow performers including Jim Rose and The Enigma (his name before he had it legally changed was Paul… true story…). This was a witty and somewhat disturbing episode, but it is undeniably memorable. The music and lighthearted nature of the characters made this stand out amongst the nine seasons of the show.

    SyzygySyzygy: Mulder and Scully investigate the murders of high school students in a small town where everyone is acting strangely. Eventually discover that two teens are responsible, due to a rare planetary alignment that gives them the ability to manipulate the world around them. This one had a great exchange between the main characters since they too seemed to be affected by the strange alignment of the planets. Mulder: “You don’t suppose she’s a virgin, do you?” Scully: “I don’t even think she’s a blonde.”

    TSDXFIL FE003Home: This one was the first time I ever saw a parental warning before the show aired… The episode was filled with diabolical booby traps, inbred villains, and had a Texas chainsaw massacre feel. The only thing that broke the intense scenes were the fact that the sheriff’s name was Andy Taylor and his deputy was named Barney.

     

    Clyde Bruckmans Final ReposeClyde Bruckman’s Final Repose: Yet another episode penned by the talented Darin Morgan. This one involved Mulder and Scully investigate murders of fortune tellers. The two are assisted by a reluctant and strange fellow who possesses the ability to envision how people are going to die. This was a very heartwarming tale that won two Emmys one for the writing and one for Peter Boyle’s performance as Clyde Bruckman.

     

    outer spaceJose Chung’s ‘From Outer Space’:  Mulder and Scully investigate, a story about an alien abduction of two teenagers. Each character provides a different version of the same facts with hilarious results on screen. Within the episode, writer, Jose Chung, writes a book about the incident. This one had everything from Charles Nelson Reilly as Jose Chung and Jesse Ventura and Alex Trebek as Men in Black. An instant classic.

    War of the CoprophagesWar of the Coprophages: the last one that has any dealings with the writer Darin Morgan. This stand alone episode was all about the possibility of robotic alien bugs and mass histeria add on a sexy entomologist named Bambi and you have a highly entertaining episode.

     

     

     

    Die Hand Die VerletztDie Hand Die Verletzt: Last but not least, this episode Mulder and Scully are called to a small town after a teenager dies in an incident with strange occult-like undertones . At the same time, the town seemingly conservative teachers are in fact devil worshipers attempting to hide their tracks because they apparently have no involvement in the murder. During the investigation, the devil visits the town in the guise of a substitute teacher.

    The X-Files has expanded from the television to the big screen to video games, comic books, collectible cards and toys. There is rumors of a possible third movie as well as a new series of comics to pick up where the last movie left off… but time will tell. Until then… Trust No One

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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]

    Space Warriors Premiers Tonight: Win a DVD & Trip to Space Camp!

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    Space Warriors premiers tonight, May 31st at 8/7 central on Hallmark Channel, and you have a chance to win a Space Warriors Blu-ray Combo Pack, and a Family Trip to Space Camp!

    About the movie:

    Six highly skilled teenagers are handpicked to be part of a summer space camp competition at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. As the competition heats up, the kids have no idea that their ultimate challenge will be to solve a life or death crisis aboard the International Space Station as the world anxiously watches.

    Starring: Thomas Horn, Danny Glover, Josh Lucas, Dermot Mulroney, Mira Sorvino and Booboo Stewart.

    Space Warriors is the second film in the Walden Family Theater original lineup featuring great family entertainment, airing Friday nights exclusively on Hallmark Channel. Walden Family Theater is creating films for the whole family to enjoy together, so make sure to mark your calendars and gather around the television to watch all the great upcoming films!

    How to win:

    Watch Space Warriors on Hallmark Channel May 31st at 8/7C for your chance to win a trip for the whole family to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center’s Space Camp!  Keep an eye out for the secret keyword for a chance to go on location where Space Warriors was filmed and train like a real astronaut!

    Walden Family Theater is proud to announce the Space Warriors Blog App & a chance to Win a Family Trip to Space Camp!

    Reasons to check out the Space Warriors Blog App:

    *You could win a Family Trip to Space Camp!! – Tune in to Space Warriors on Hallmark Channel May 31 at 8/7c for the secret keyword to win a family trip to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center’s Space Camp!

    *Take the fun How Spacey Are You? QUIZ – Earn an entry in The Mommy Gamers Space Warriors DVD give away by posting your results in the comments section of this article. Are you a Space Warrior? Do you use the stars to navigate your journeys instead of the map function on your smartphone? Take the quiz to find out whether you’re destined to orbit the cosmos or whether you’re happiest living here on this planet.

    *Have fun with the Prepare for blast-off Space Warriors Viewing Guide – Mark your calendars for May 31st and check off the boxes as you watch Space Warriors for the most spectacular, spaciest experience!

    Get the Space Warriors Blog App here (you still have time before the movie tonight, but hurry!):
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    If this isn’t all sounding like a total blast yet…wait…there’s more! We have been given one Space Warriors Blu-ray Combo Pack to award one of our readers. Here are the ways you can earn an entry into the contest:

    * Tweet with the #SpaceWarriors hashtag and mention @TheMommyGamers

    * Post your results from the How Spacey Are You QUIZ in the comments section of this post.

    * Share your favorite activity from the Prepare for Blast-off Space Warriors Viewing Guide.

    Entries must be received by 6-7-2013, and the winners address must be provided to us no later than 6-15-2013 to ensure delivery of your prize.

    This is a promotion of the Walden Family Theater release of the Space Warriors Blog App. The Walden Family Theater is supplying the Blu-Ray combo prize for this contest. You can visit the official Space Warriors website here: http://spacewarriorsmovie.com/

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