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Entertainment, Kids, Movies August 26, 2016

3 Reasons Fans of the Ratchet & Clank Video Game Series Will Love the Movie | #RatchetAndClank

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.

Disney, Disney Cruise Series, Disney Planning, Entertainment, Kids, Travel August 25, 2016

Why Your Kids (and You!) Will Love the Oceaneer Club & Lab | #DisneyCruise Series Part 2 | #DisneyDream

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.

Entertainment, Movies March 22, 2016

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Out Today (+ Fan Event Cast Photos) | #MockingjayPart2

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.

Entertainment, Movies February 16, 2016

5 Must Have New Titles from Mill Creek Entertainment

Disclosure: Mama Smith’s Review Blog received this item in exchange for her honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% hers.

MillCreek DVDs

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

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.

Gold Rush

Gold Rush

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

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 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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About Mill Creek Entertainment

Mill Creek Entertainment is the leading provider of value home video content to the retail and specialty marketplaces. With over 50 million DVDs and Blu-ray discs sold annually the company has established a powerful distribution network that encompasses over 30,000 storefronts and millions of online customers. The company is relentless in its quest to always provide outstanding content and packaging with amazing value propositions to ensure consumer demand and customer satisfaction. Mill Creek offers a tremendous range of content including contemporary and classic feature film and television, kids’ animation, documentary, special interest and fitness. Compilations range from double-features to 100-movie collections as well as 10 to 600 episode TV collections. Driven by its immense library of over 12,000 hours of owned and licensed content and licensing partnerships with major studios and production companies world- wide, the company continues to redefine the value marketplace. For more information: www.millcreekent.com.

Entertainment, FanGirl Friday, Gaming December 18, 2015

6 Ubisoft Video Games That Every Gamer Needs | #HGG #FanGirlFriday #UbiStars

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.

Entertainment, FanGirl Friday, Gaming June 26, 2015

5 Must Play Video Games #FanGirlFriday

For today’s FanGirl Friday post, I decided to talk about a few video games that you NEED to have. I know from personally experience that even the most “hardcore gamer” can get distracted by life. Since having kids, my video game time has been drastically shortened. So I know how important knowing which video games to purchase is. No use wasting your precious video game time on a game that just is not worth it. So below are 5 games that I would say are must haves. Enjoy!