One game that I have been looking forward to since it was announced is Super Mario Odyssey. Knowing that it was coming out was one of the deciding factors on us getting the Nintendo Switch when we did. From the early trailers for this game, we could tell it would be fun for the whole family and an instant hit – and we were right! The game play and use of controllers is phenomenal – not to mention the story line. This game quickly became one of our favorites and I highly recommend it for any Nintendo fan!
I have been a fan of South Park for years and years. I was a young teenager when I started watching it and it is kind of something I grew up watching. I remember when the movie came out and my friends and I went to see it in theaters – ten times! I don’t watch it religiously anymore, but I will watch an episode here and there. I enjoyed the first UbiSoft South Park game, The Stick of Truth, so I was really excited to receive a copy of The Fractured But Whole.
It is no secret that the Smith family is a family of gamers. Yes, we are a busy bunch with lots of extracurricular activities like basketball and volunteering – but we always make time for gaming. Something you may not know about my daughters is that this is their third and fourth year of dance classes. It is something they look forward to every year. So when they can combine their passion for dance, and their love of video games, they are two happy girls. That is where Just Dance 2018 comes in.
As you know, I am a big gamer. But I don’t limit myself to video games. I love playing board games as well. Especially with my family and friends. I am an uber geek, and there are so many board games that are themed for my favorite geek shows and games! Here are 10 of my favorites that I think EVERY geek should play – at least once!
With the latest film, The Last Jedi, hitting theaters, Star Wars is on everyone’s minds. We ALL have at least one mega Star Wars fan on our shopping list this year, and if you are like me, you might be one of them. There are so many Star Wars items out there, that it can be difficult to weed out the must haves for huge fans. Don’t worry though, GameStop has you covered. With a huge selection of toys, games and even kitchen gear, you can make your Star Wars fan a VERY happy Jedi this Christmas!
We are a family of gamers. We have a Playstation 4, Wii U, Nintendo Switch, and 4 Nintendo DS Systems. There have been so many great games in 2017 so far, and it isn’t even half over! I sat my girls down and we talked about what our favorites are – so here is our list!
My husband is almost impossible to buy for. So when it comes to Father’s Day gifts, my daughters and I have to think outside the box. We have found some great items while shopping this year, and so I wanted to pass them along to my readers. All items listed were personally tested by myself and/or my husband.
As most of you know, I am a huge gamer. One of my favorite gaming publishers is Ubisoft. Their games are always entertaining. Recently, they released four new games that I think are must have games for any gamer!
Mill Creek Entertainment recently released some more great movies. This month, there were several great kids movies as well as documentaries. Check out my 5 must have Mill Creek new releases for August here.
I am a huge gamer, as most of you might know, and I am a big fan of the Ratchet and Clank video game series. My husband is as well and because of this, when the Ratchet and Clank movie was announced, we were thrilled! In fact, we took our young daughters to see it when it came out in theaters. We all really enjoyed the movie – in fact, my 5 year old says it is her favorite movie and asks to watch it all the time. I was excited to receive a copy of it on Blu-ray so that we could watch it at home again and again. Without giving anything away (because I want you to experience it like I did for the first time), I have put together a few reasons why fans of the Ratchet and Clank video game series will love the Ratchet and Clank movie.
The Oceaneer Club and Lab are the “kids only” parts of the boat on the Disney Cruise Line ships. They are for ages 3 to 12 (must be fully toilet trained) and are full of excitement! Parents can sign their kids in and out as they please so that they can enjoy some adult time on the cruise. My girls loved these areas and were quite upset when I would go and pick them up. I had to practically beg them to come to dinner with me the first night. Our next cruise will be a 7 day, and I wouldn’t be surprised if my husband and I end up going to dinner once or twice without them.
I am a big fan of The Hunger Games. I have not yet read the books, but I plan to now that I have finished the movies. I have been dying to see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 but with young children, it can be hard to get to the theater. So when this movie showed up on my doorstep last night (the day before it was to be released) my husband and I could not wait to pop it in. The second the girls went to bed, we were curled up on the couch ready to watch. I refuse to give anything away but I will say that I laughed a little, and cried a lot. The final chapter of The Hunger Games is dark and intense – but done extremely well. I loved every single second of it, and I was content with the ending as well – it could have been left off much worse. I have heard the movies follow the books almost to a T, but I have not read them yet so I cannot voice my opinion on that.
Disclosure: Mama Smith’s Review Blog received this item in exchange for her honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% hers.
February is another great month for DVD and Blu-ray releases from Mill Creek Entertainment! They have released three original documentaries, a couple Blu-rays, a nice assortment of multi-feature collections, and plenty of action packed films! There are 10 in total but I received 5 that are must sees if you ask me!
Backyard Chicken Coops
Backyard Chicken Coops is an hour long how-to documentary that outlines various topics that new chicken coop owner will need to know before embarking on creating their own coop. “Many people are starting to raise chickens and other livestock in urban areas as part of a broader small-scale agriculture movement. It’s an exciting change to the relationship we have with the food we eat, but if it’s something you’re interested in doing, it’s not something that you should start without understanding the risks and challenges involved,” says Matt Eckholm, director of the documentary.
Topics such as local ordinances, planning and construction of a coop, selecting and purchasing chickens, raising and caring for chickens as well as long term health care and concerns are covered. Eckholm says, “With Backyard Chicken Coops, I wanted to give an accessible overview of what goes into raising and keeping a small brood, both for people who have never been involved with poultry before, and people who may know a thing or two about chickens, but had never considered raising them in the city.” My husband and I raised chickens for several years so this was a really cool documentary for me to watch. I just loved every part of it! This documentary will be available exclusively at Tractor Supply Co and on the Mill Creek website here.
The discovery of gold nuggets in the Sacramento Valley in early 1848 sparked the Gold Rush, arguably one of the most significant events to shape American history during the first half of the 19th century. As news spread of the discovery, thousands of prospective gold miners traveled by sea or over land to San Francisco and the surrounding area; by the end of 1849, the non-native population of the California territory was some 100,000 (compared with the pre-1848 figure of less than 1,000). A total of $2 billion worth of precious metal was extracted from the area during the Gold Rush, which peaked in 1852. This captivating, new documentary series explores the stories of struggle and triumph of the thousands who risked everything for the pursuit of wealth and the illusive American Dream. Purchase here.
Frankenstein: The Complete Mini Series
“It should become the official home-study of alternative for kids too lazy to read the book. A literal and literate addition to the lengthy annals of monster lore.” – Variety
What happens when man violates the laws of God and science? For Captain Walton (Emmy and Golden Globe winner Donald Sutherland, The Hunger Games) and the crew of a weather-beaten ship stranded in the icy sea, the answer follows their rescue of a scientist close to death, frozen in fear, and insane with dire warnings. Viktor Frankenstein (Alec Newman, Frank Herbert’s Dune) has a story to tell—a story as chillingly real as the tortured howls emanating from the Arctic fog and as timeless as the need to be loved. Available in DVD and Blu-ray format. Purchase here.
Bump in the Night
The hilarious stop-motion animation adventures of Mr. Bumpy, Squishy, Molly Coddle and the various “household monsters” who make sure their humans are protected from dirty socks and other scary things.
I remember watching this show when I was young so I was super excited to share it with my daughters. My 4 year old really took to it and she just loves it! We went on a trip to Canada and it was a 3 hour drive each way – she watched this the entire drive! She loves Mr. Bumpy and will not stop talking about him. It is fun for me to watch this show again as well. Purchase here.
The Beast: The Complete Series
“Patrick Swayze’s performance is impressive for its resistance to cliché and remarkable for the mere fact of its execution.” – Ginia Bellafante, The New York Times
Veteran FBI agent Charles Barker, who isn’t afraid to break rules to get the job done, trains new rookie partner Ellis Dove in his pushing-the-envelope style of agenting. But if Dove is having trouble learning the ropes, it could be because he’s a little distracted: An FBI Internal Affairs team that suspects Barker may have gone rogue is pressuring Dove to work as a double agent and keep them posted on his mentor. Purchase here.
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As most of you know by now, I am a huge gamer. I love every aspect of it. I enjoy buckling down, putting on some headphones, and taking some “mommy time” to immerse myself in another world. I also enjoy getting the whole family together and playing fun and lighthearted video games. We own a Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, Xbox 360, and PS4 – so clearly we love a wide variety of games. Ubisoft has been one of my favorite gaming companies for quite some time now. No matter what type of gamer you are (hardcore, fun loving, family, or single player), you can never go wrong with an Ubisoft game! Here are a few that I recommend – and be sure to watch for future FanGirl Friday posts where I will get in to more detailed reviews of my favorites.
If you know me, you know what a huge gamer I am. Most people have at least one gamer on their holiday list and so I wanted to put together a list of some great holiday gifts that you should consider when shopping for the gamer on yours. If you have any gifts for gamers you can think of – please, comment with it!