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    Ewin Knight Series Gaming Chair Review

    Ewinracing Knight Series The Mommy Gamers Review

    Which chair to buy when you sit for many hours a day is a very important decision. Gaming, working, streaming, or doing anything that requires long hours in a chair can take a toll on your body. How do you pick the right chair? If you’re like me you hit the internet looking for some honest reviews. Hopefully this one about the Ewin Knight Series gaming chair I’m currently sitting on helps.

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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 156

    The Mommy Gamers Podcats Episode 156 Harvest Moon 64, Pokemon Go, Nintendo Switch, Lego Batman

    In Episode 156 of The Mommy Gamers Podcast, Carrie has some sort of plague on top of being pregnant so Marcia and Desirai are joined by one of their favorite friends and fellow podcasters, Terrence Wilson from the Stays Krunchy in Milk Podcast. You can check out his show where they talk about video games, odd flavored oreos, and other relevant pop culture topics over at stayskrunchyinmilk.com .

    This weeks gaming talk covers Harvest Moon 64 from 1999 coming to the WiiU Virtual Console and the latest PokemonGO update. With the Nintendo Switch coming soon, everyone talks excitedly about features they are looking forward to and the launch titles lineup.

    Desirai and Marcia are curious about a product that combines science with hair dye, resulting in colors that change based on the temperature. Terrence and Marcia both watched the LEGO Batman movie with their kids and chat about that.  They also discus The Art of Hanky Panky by Olivia Savage, a fun giveaway on our website and so much more.

    Do you love our podcast? Would you like to support the show and help us continue to keep getting bigger and better? Want to get a shoutout on the next show?  Earn exclusive rewards, such as being the FIRST to listen to each new podcast episode, by becoming a patron at Patreon.com/TheMommyGamers.  We even take selfies before every episode and Desirai crafts those into a special adorable image just for our supporters.

    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 Google 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 follow them on Twitter, and Facebook too!

     

     

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    The Mommy Gamers Podcast Episode 151 – Nintendo Switch, Dragon Quest 8, Rise And Shine, The OA

    Nintendo Switch, Dragon Quest 8, Rise And Shine, The OA - The Mommy Gamers 151In Episode 151 of The Mommy Gamers podcast the ladies celebrate Carrie’s birthday! Happy Birthday Carrie!! They talk about Rise and Shine, a punishingly difficult 2D puzzle-platformer from Adult Swim Games. They also discuss Dragon Quest VIII, details about the new Nintendo Switch console, the movie Bridget Jones’s Baby, The OA, why Taco Bell is trying to trick them into believing it’s “health food” and so much more.

    You can check out Marcia’s Rise and Shine YouTube video here.

    Interested in supporting The Mommy Gamers? Earn exclusive rewards, such as being the FIRST to listen to each new podcast episode, by becoming a patron on Patreon. Remember, you can subscribe to The Mommy Gamers podcast for FREE on Google 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 follow them on Twitter, and Facebook too!

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    Rise and Shine

    Rise and Shine Game ~ First Part ~ The Mommy Gamers

     

    In Rise and Shine from Adult Swim games, a young boy named Rise is enjoying a seemingly normal day at Candy Mall when chaos ensues. Rise quickly discovers his home planet, Gamearth, is under attack by gruns from Nexgen planet. Surrounded by dead bodies and complete destruction a hero named Blink uses his last dying breath to hand over Shine, a magical gun with an oddly sarcastic sense of humor. Honestly, I could type out the rest of the story…but I kind of already made a YouTube video about it. Enjoy the video, and my very poor gaming skills.

     

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    The Mommy Gamers Podcast Episode 150 – Thumper, Overwatch, Jackbox Party Pack 3, War and Order

    Thumper, Overwatch, Jackbox Party Pack 3, War and Order - The Mommy Gamers 150

    For Episode 150 of The Mommy Gamers Podcast Carrie, Desirai and Marcia kick off 2017 right with their first podcast of the year and plenty of awesome topics to keep you laughing.  This week the ladies talk about Thumper, a cool new rhythm violence video game available on Steam, Marcia’s recent purchase of the Jackbox Party Pack 3 games, War and Order, Overwatch (yes still Overwatch), Kissenger, World of Van Helsing, the family-friendly animated movie Storks, why they love the hit TV show Project Dad and more.

    Interested in supporting The Mommy Gamers? Earn exclusive rewards, such as being the FIRST to listen to each new podcast episode, by becoming a patron on Patreon. Remember, you can subscribe to The Mommy Gamers podcast for FREE on Google 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 follow them on Twitter, and Facebook too!

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