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    Alex & Me Blu-ray DVD Giveaway ~ The Mommy Gamers

    Alex & Me 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.**

    Soccer superstar Alex Morgan scores her movie debut with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment in the full-length feature film Alex & Me on Blu-ray™ & DVD June 19, 2018. And we’ve got a copy of the movie to giveaway to one lucky fan of The Mommy Gamers!  Also featuring Nickelodeon star Siena Agudong (Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn and the upcoming Star Falls), the film follows the uplifting story of a young female athlete who learns how you need passion, determination and self-worth to make all your dreams come true.

    About Alex & Me

    Teenager Reagan Willis (Agudong) has one dream -to play soccer like her hero, Alex Morgan. Her bedroom is a shrine to all things Alex, including a life-size poster of the Olympic gold medalist. Yet in the Willis house, Reagan lives in the shadow of her prep football superstar brother. Logan. When Reagan fails to make the cut of the premiere local soccer club team and is humiliated by her rival Claire, she’s certain her ship has sailed. But after accidentally hitting her head, Reagan’s poster of Alex Morgan suddenly comes to life and everything changes!

    Enter to Win a copy of Alex & Me

    Alex & Me Blu-Ray DVD Movie Giveaway - The Mommy Gamers

    About Alex

    An Olympic Gold Medalist and FIFA Women’s World Cup champion with a penchant for goal scoring, Alex Morgan is one of the top soccer players on the planet, currently playing forward for the United States Women’s National Team and the Orlando Pride of the National Women’s Soccer League. Away from the field, Morgan is also an accomplished author of “The Kicks” series, a collection of chapter books filled with wonderful messages of empowerment for young girls. The first The Kicks book, “Saving the Team,” debuted at No. 7 on the New York Times Best Seller list.
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    Make your own Soccer Emoji from the new hit film!

     


    Eric Champnella (Thunderstruck, Mr. 3000, Eddie) wrote the Alex & Me screenplay and is also making his full-length feature debut as the film’s director. Alex Morgan serves as co-producer. Producers are Mike Karz (Blended) and William Bindley (Mother’s Day). Todd Williams (The Illusionist) is the executive producer.

    Other Cool People in This Movie

    Jerry Trainor (iCarly) also stars as Nigel, a less-than-reliable youth soccer coach, alongside Matt Cornett (Bella and the Bulldogs) as Reagan’s brother, Logan; Colin Critchley (Legends of the Hidden Temple) as Reagan’s soccer-playing pal, Ben; Chuiti Tiu (Nashville) as Reagan’s mother, Ann Wills; and Jim Klock (True Detective, Scream Queens) as Reagan’s father (and biggest fan), Joe Wills. Jessica Treska (HBO’s upcoming Sharp Objects) plays Reagan’s arch-rival, Claire.

    Fine Print

    *Each household is only eligible to win Alex & Me Blu-ray 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. The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please.

    **The assets included in this message were delivered to The Mommy Gamers to promote WB Home Entertainment. The Mommy Gamers are working with WB Home Entertainment to bring you fun giveaways and info on some amazing family movies you will all love.

     

     

    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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    *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!

     

    Influenster Cherish Voxbox Unboxing ~ The Mommy Gamers

    Influenster sent me their Cherish VoxBox, a new box with full sized products and coupons for awesome stuff. I opened it up live because unboxings are fun and people seem to like watching them. I infrequently get these boxes of goodies in exchange for my honest review. This particular box had items in it for the whole family. The dog, the kids, myself, and my imaginary boyfriend.



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    *I received all of these products from Influenster for free in exchange for my honest review. The Mommy Gamers are not employees of Influenster, we just love getting awesome things for free and sharing our thoughts about them with you!

    Elgato Collapsible Green Screen Unboxing

    The Elgato collapsible green screen has been on my ultimate Twitch streaming wish list for a while now. My birthday is coming up and I was absolutely surprised to see the mail carrier dragging this up to the front door. So of course I did an overly excited unboxing instantly!

    Old Green Screen:

     My previous green screen was part of this kit I got on Amazon. It worked great, but took up a lot of space. It wasn’t the easiest thing to set up and take down so I got in the habit of leaving it up.

    The frame for my old Limo Studio kit was wobbly, and with kids coming in and out of my space regularly I had some concerns about it possibly falling over. Did it do the job for my Twitch stream? Absolutely, and the price is fabulous for someone just getting started out playing around with chroma key for their stream or videos.

    As you can see in my unboxing video, the Elgato is a million times easier to set up. My youngest daughter could have done it herself, if she were just a little taller. Now I can within seconds have my green screen stowed away, giving me more of my office/bedroom space back. I tried it out today for the first time and aside from having to figure out where exactly to angle the green screen to work within my webcam frame, it was completely easy to use.

    The price is a little steep at $157, but worth the splurge if you can afford it. The Elgato green screen is frequently out of stock and hard to find. If you find it available and you’re ready to upgrade, definitely grab one.

    Link (if you can find it in stock) Elgato Green Screen (Amazon)
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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.

    New Fortnite Update Introduces Battle Royal PvP Mode

    Fortnite Battle Royale PvP Mode The Mommy Gamers

    Today, Epic Games announced Fortnite Battle Royale, an all-new PvP mode coming to the action-building game Fortnite on Sept. 26, available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Mac. Fortnite released in July as a paid early access game for Xbox One, PS4, PC and Mac. PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds players will find this new mode familiar as Fortnite Battle Royale similarly drops 100 players onto one giant map. Combat and building skills will be put to the test and the last commander standing wins. Check out the Battle Royal Announce Trailer here:


    Fortnite will also be available on discount this week at 25% off the Standard and Deluxe Founder’s Packs. The price discount runs through Sept. 18. Anyone who owns Fortnite can immediately play Battle Royale in the special Public Test for Fortnite Players that runs now until the launch on Sept. 26. Though it is worth reminding everyone that Fortnite is still an early access game, so players will likely experience crashes and bugs. From my personal experience with the game thus far, the crashes are few and far between.

    The Mommy Gamers community has been enjoying Fortnite on our Twitch streams found here. We also frequently team up through our Discord server, so if you are looking for friends to battle and adventure with check out our Discord community here.  I know I haven’t been bringing you guys a lot of gaming news, but I am really having a great experience with Fortnite and PUBG and I had to dump my excitement out somewhere. You’re welcome?

    For more information on Fortnite and to pick up the game visit the Epic Games site here.

    Best of May 2017 Twitch Clips ~ The Mommy Gamers

    Just the Clip Twitch Clips May 2017 The Mommy Gamers Jaxboxchick Marcia Morgan
    With more than one hundred hours streamed on Twitch in the month of May our community clipped a LOT of memorable moments. Here are some of the best, compiled in a super fancy YouTube video for you all to enjoy!

    If you’d like to have a shot at making an epic clip that might be included in future videos make sure to hang out at www.Twitch.TV/TheMommyGamers and clip away!

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    Darling VoxBox Influenster Unboxing

    Darling VoxBox The Mommy Gamers Influenster

    I’ve been a part of Influenster for a few years now. Influenster is a site that rewards your social media prowess with products that you can enjoy in exchange for honest product reviews. I don’t have to pretend I like the things I get, and sometimes I do not like them at all. This isn’t the case with all of the products in the most recent Darling Voxbox I received. I’ve already used pretty much everything in the box. Curious what was inside? Check out this unboxing video to see what I got, and then stick around for my thoughts down below.

     

    Instead of talking about every product in the box I’d like to highlight the one that I was the most impressed by. First off is the Live Clean gentle moisture baby lotion and tearless shampoo & wash. Because my youngest “baby” is seven I was going to pass this along to my sister who happens to still have baby age people in her house. However, when my youngest daughter did a sniff test on these products she proclaimed them hers. The lavender, aloe and chamomile scents blend together so nicely that I will admit I have used the lotion myself…recently. The products have an eco-friendly tag on them boasting 97% plant ingredients, SLS free (whatever that is) and paraben free. If those things are important to you and you enjoy hugging an amazing smelling child after bath time you should keep an eye out for their products.

    Honestly, all of the products in the Darling VoxBox are being used right now and I’m not dissapointed. If you have a nice social media reach and like trying out new products you should totally check out Influenster. Or just keep coming back here from time to time to check out what we get.

     

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