Rockin Mama™ https://rockinmama.net Motherhood, Giveaways and Product Reviews Tue, 24 Nov 2020 15:34:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://i1.wp.com/rockinmama.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/cropped-Rockin-Mama-Logo.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Rockin Mama™ https://rockinmama.net 32 32 111966601 Virtual CHOC Walk and Drive In Movie Night https://rockinmama.net/virtual-choc-walk-and-drive-in-movie-night/ https://rockinmama.net/virtual-choc-walk-and-drive-in-movie-night/#respond Tue, 24 Nov 2020 15:33:58 +0000 https://rockinmama.net/?p=83427 For the first time in many years, CHOC Walk decided to create a virtual event, in light of COVID-19. As a pediatric nurse, I have supported CHOC Walk for many years because the good they do for our community’s kids is invaluable. Leading up to the 2021 Virtual CHOC Walk, CHOC Foundation will host a series of fundraising events. The first will be two drive-in movie nights, perfectly timed for the holiday season.

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Virtual CHOC Walk

Virtual CHOC Walk

CHOC Walk in the Park has been an important community event for thirty years with a single goal to raise funds for health care programs, education, and research for kids in Southern California.

The brilliant minds over at CHOC Foundation have reimagined the upcoming Virtual CHOC Walk. There will be a year of celebrations leading up to the 30th Anniversary CHOC Walk, beginning with two drive-in movie nights.

Virtual CHOC Walk Disneyland

Over the next few months, I’ll be sharing ways to get involved and support what I believe is one of the most important events furthering the health care of children in Orange County.

  • To begin, register as an individual or with a team. You can do this right now!
  • Invite friends, family and coworkers to sign up and get involved with you.
  • Ask others to donate to your efforts. Visit CHOCWalk.org for fundraising tools to help boost your dollars.
CHOC Walk Drive In Movie Night

CHOC Walk Drive In Movie Night Presented by Hyundai

CHOC’s first drive-in movie event will take place at Brea Mall on Wednesday, December 2, 2020. Event proceeds will benefit CHOC and the incredible work their team of health care providers are doing to further the health care of children in Southern California.

There will be two movies shown that day including The Nightmare Before Christmas at 5 pm and Spider Man Homecoming at 730 pm. General tickets start at $50 with options to purchase both movies for $80. A VIP ticket option is also available. Each ticket is valid for one vehicle and the people inside.

This is a great way to show your CHOC Walk Team spirit while celebrating safely with your friends, family, and team members.

To register, visit chocfoundation.eventbrite.com.

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Gamer Guide to Ring Fit Adventure https://rockinmama.net/gamer-guide-to-ring-fit-adventure/ https://rockinmama.net/gamer-guide-to-ring-fit-adventure/#respond Wed, 18 Nov 2020 14:22:44 +0000 https://rockinmama.net/?p=83378 How do you keep up your workout routine, when gyms are closed in the middle of a pandemic? Nintendo has the answer with its brand new Ring Fit Adventure. This adventure game invites you to explore an imaginative, fantastical world to defeat enemies using exercise.

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Ring Fit Adventure Nintendo Switch

Ring Fit Adventure

Available exclusively for Nintendo Switch, Ring Fit Adventure fuses adventure and role play with exercise where players explore more than 100 levels in more than 20 vibrant worlds to defeat a bodybuilding dragon and his minions.

The player takes the role of a young athlete who meets a sentient Ring. Together, they team up to take down the evil, bodybuilding dragon named Dragaux. The player moves across the game’s world into various dungeons and encounters monsters to fight. The player attacks those monsters by performing one of thirty exercises. The amount of damage done is based on how effectively the exercise is completed. Exercises are classified by color with each color corresponding to a general part of the body the exercise is geared towards. The monsters are also classified by colors and exercises of the same color are more effective against them.

Ring Fit Adventure includes the Ring-Con, Leg Strap, and game. The Ring-Con is a Pilates ring that houses one Joy-Con. the Leg Strap is a piece of fabric that is attached to the user’s leg and houses the second Joy-Con. These accessories measure gamers’ real-world actions and help turn them into in-game movements, thus allowing players to move their character through the fantasy world. Once situated, players will travel across grass-swept plains by jogging in place, attack enemies with overhead shoulder presses, and refill the health meter by striking yoga poses.

Bodybuilding Dragon Ring Fit Adventure

Gamer Guide to Ring Fit Adventure

There are two modes of play available in Ring Fit Adventure. In the Adventure mode, players defeat enemies with attacks based on real-world exercises. Jog, sprint, and high knee through dozens of levels while using the Ring-Con to battle enemies. As you progress through each level, you will earn experience points and collect ingredients to create in-game restoring smoothies. Between battles, you may encounter unusual methods of transportation, such as squat-powered launch pads and waterfalls to paddleboard up.

Customize your style by visiting the General Store to get workout clothes that may increase your attack and defense stats. You can also complete special requests for townspeople to earn special rewards.

  • Explore a huge fantasy world and defeat enemies using real-life exercise
  • Jog, Sprint, and high knee through over 100 levels in more than 20 worlds
  • Control in-game movements with the new Ring-Con and Leg Strap accessories
  • Play a long-form adventure or shorter minigames suitable for most skill levels and schedules
  • Check your estimated pulse rate with the built-in IR Motion Sensor

The Quick Play mode offers challenges and 12 minigames that are ready when the game starts, so players can immediately jump into a quick workout. This general fitness mode allows players to perform the exercises without the game play elements. The minigames are based on certain exercises and can be performed as a single player or with multiple players (i.e. breaking boxes with gusts of air, crafting pottery using squats). The Rhythm Mode allows the player to move along to soundtrack from the game and includes music from other Nintendo games including Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Splatoon 2, and Wii Fit. Players who prefer quieter exercises to avoid disturbing others can enable quiet mode, where exercises like running in place can be replaced with squats.

Ring Fit Adventure

Tween Review of Ring Fit Adventure

Dive into a new exercise adventure with Ring Fit aAdventure. In this game, you use the Ring-Con to complete various exercises while making your way through the game.

An evil creature named Dragaux is trying to take over the world with his dark influence, while you and your trusty pal Ring are there to save the day. You use exercise to do things like complete battles against bosses or minions or you exercise for things like moving in the game.

The most difficult thing about this game when you first start is learning the different types of exercises. This isn’t a big issue because they teach you how to do the movements.

Something I like about this game is that it can scale the difficulty level based on your height, weight, and preferred exercise intensity. I really enjoy this game and I can’t think of anything to change for it. Overall, this is a really great game and I totally recommend it. This could be a good Christmas or birthday gift as well.

Ring Fit Adventure is now available for Nintendo Switch for $79.99.

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Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey Now Streaming On Netflix https://rockinmama.net/jingle-jangle-a-christmas-journey/ https://rockinmama.net/jingle-jangle-a-christmas-journey/#respond Fri, 13 Nov 2020 18:31:24 +0000 https://rockinmama.net/?p=83305 No matter who you are, no matter what you do, the magic lives inside of you.

In a true 2020 collision of holidays, we were streaming Christmas music and watching holiday movies before putting away our Halloween costumes. ‘Tis the season! And while I can guarantee you that I’ll be binge-watching my my favorite Christmas classics, Netflix just debuted a brand new Christmas musical you do not want to miss. Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey, debuts Friday, November 13 and has all the warmth of a holiday classic combined with the magic and wonder of Christmas.

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Madalen Mills in Jingle Jangle

Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

The very last live musical I saw was in March of this year. And while I miss the theatre immensely, Jingle Jangle filled that musical void. The film features an acclaimed cast, including Forest Whitaker, Hugh Bonneville, Phylicia Rashad, and Ricky Martin.

Forest Whitaker Jingle Jangle

Jingle Jangle is set in the fantastical town of Cobbleton and follows the story of Jeronicus Jangle (Whitaker), whose fanciful inventions are filled with whimsy and wonder. The death of his wife, estrangement from his daughter, and the theft of his most prized creation by his trusted apprentice results in his downward spiral. With his store now facing closure, Jeronicus becomes despondent. A visit from his smart, inventive granddaughter is the inspiration Jeronicus needs to heal past wounds and reawaken the magic within him.

Visually, the film is spectacular. I can imagine seeing this story depicted on a Broadway stage one day. The costumes and set design are extravagant and hearken back to an earlier era in history. The fusion of stop-motion and CGI animation, Broadway-worthy choreography, and original score with music from John Legend and Philip Lawrence showcases the creative talent of writer/director David E. Talbert.

Jingle Jangle

The story, while simple, is one of imagination and possibility, and love is the tie that binds. My daughter was drawn to Journey’s character, who is smart with a vibrant imagination and a gift for STEM. As a family, we talked about the importance of forgiveness, the strength of family, and the belief that anything is possible.

As a minority woman, I found it inspiring to see a diverse cast star in a film written by American playwright, author, and filmmaker David E. Talbert. This is Talbert’s third Christmas film, preceded by El Camino Christmas and Almost Christmas. After previewing the film, we sat down with the filmmakers for a virtual press conference and happy hour to discuss the twenty year journey that brought this film from the pages to the screen.

Jingle Jangle A Christmas Journey

Talbert’s inspiration for the film came from a poem he wrote, which reflected on the healing power of love. The question that weighed on him had to do with time. “How do you recapture it? How do you recapture your magic.” For Talbert, the answer is love.

I didn’t find it surprising that the story was originally intended for the stage. Talbert continued to draw inspiration from Dreamgirls and The Wiz. After the birth of his son, Talbert felt the story was better suited for film. Some of Talbert’s favorite childhood films, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and the original Doctor Doolittle all had a common theme…magic and wonder. What was missing from those films is representation. Talbert wanted to revisit the joy, magic, and wonder of his childhood, infused with people who look like him.

Jingle Jangle Watch Party

Netflix would like to invite you to join the for a Virtual Red Carpet + Watch Party for their new Holiday film – JINGLE JANGLE: A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY this Friday, November 13th to celebrate the film’s opening. To join, simply log on via Twitter and use the hashtag #JingleJangle.

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Ginger Hush Tea Mocktail – Steep Echo Tea https://rockinmama.net/ginger-hush-tea-mocktail/ https://rockinmama.net/ginger-hush-tea-mocktail/#respond Wed, 11 Nov 2020 16:03:40 +0000 https://rockinmama.net/?p=83245 I started drinking tea in my twenties as a way to curb my coffee habit and reap some of the health benefits, specifically with regards to boosting immunity. With my sensitivity to caffeine, I tend to lean towards herbal teas which can have positive effects on body systems. One of my longstanding and respected friends in this space, Romy Raves, introduced me to Steep Echo teas. Made from organic olive leaves, these teas are high in nutrients with positive health benefits.

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Steep Echo Tea

Steep Echo is a collection of fine, all-natural olive leaf teas. I had never heard of an olive leaf tea, so I was very interested in learning more about the brand.

At present, the brand offers five unique, sophisticated blends, each designed to boost health in a specific area. Each tea contains natural immune-boosting ingredients combined with hand-harvested organic olive leaves to enhance a healthy lifestyle.

  • Ascent: This vibrant blend of immune-boosting olive leaf is combined with cinnamon and finished with a touch of vanilla and monk fruit.
  • Bloom: This blend pairs organic olive leaves with cooling peppermint, echinacea and savory herbs, and hints of cranberry and licorice root. This is a great tea to drink to sooth sore throats during cold, flu, and allergy season.
  • Hush: This is the tea you’ll want to have on hand for soothing and settling an upset stomach. A blend of the finest olive leaf with spicy ginger, calming papaya, and peppermint, you can use this tea as a digestive aid.
  • Repose: This calming blend of organic olive leaf, natural botanicals, chamomile, and rose was designed to promote rest and relaxation.
  • Tend: This detoxifying blend features organic live leaf, corn silk, and couch grass along with notes of lemon myrtle, mango, and pomegranate. Pair this tea with seafood and lighter meals.

Benefits of the Olive Leaf

The olive leaves used in Steep Echo teas are sourced from the family-owned, certified-organic Bel Lavoro Orchard located in the mountains of Santa Barbara, California. Olive leaves contain the nutrient-rich compound Oleuropein, which promotes increased energy, cardiovascular health, and a more robust immune system. When carefully extracted, a small amount is sufficient to help fight infections and boost immunity. For comparison, the potency of Oleuropein is nearly double that of green tea extract and four times higher than vitamin C. Steep Echo combines the olive leaf with natural herbs, fruits, and spices for overall health and wellness.

Olive leaf tea is a great replacement for those (like myself) who are sensitive to caffeine since it is 100% natural and caffeine free.

Ginger Hush Mocktail

Romy organized a virtual tea party where she demonstrated how to make Steep Echo mocktails/cocktails with the founder. It was wonderful to hear the story of how the brand has evolved and get hands on with their olive leaf teas.

I decided to create my own twist on the brand’s Ginger Hush Fizz recipe.

Ginger Hush Mocktail
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Ginger Hush Mocktail

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces Steep Echo Hush
  • 4 ounces Ginger Beer
  • Fresh cranberries for garnish
  • Fresh thyme for garnish

Instructions

  • Brew a pot of tea using two Steep Echo Hush sachets. Allow to steep for several hours as it cools.
  • Combine steeped tea with ginger beer and serve over ice.
  • Garnish with fresh cranberries and fresh thyme.

Steep Echo Discount

Steep Echo teas make a wonderful holiday gift! Through December 10, 2020, use the code SteepParty to save 20% on their website.

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Little Bites Party Cake Cookies – Giveaway https://rockinmama.net/little-bites-party-cake-cookies/ https://rockinmama.net/little-bites-party-cake-cookies/#comments Fri, 30 Oct 2020 15:00:00 +0000 https://rockinmama.net/?p=83108 After being out of school since March, my kids finally returned in-person, which was enough of a reason to celebrate, since 2020 has been the most unpredictable year to date. With new schedules and guidelines, even something as simple as snack time has changed. Fortunately, my kids can still enjoy their favorite Little Bites snacks, including their brand new Soft Baked Party Cake Cookies.

The coupons for product redemption, information, and gift card have been provided by Entenmann’s Little Bites®  so that I could try the product and share my thoughts and information about Entenmann’s Little Bites® snacks. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and do not reflect the opinions of Entenmann’s Little Bites®.

Little Bites Soft Baked Party Cake Cookies

Little Bites Soft Baked Party Cake Cookies

With my kids home for six months, it quickly became apparent that they would snack all day long if I let them. I instituted some guidelines like arranging set snack times and pre-portioning out those snacks to avoid the free-for-all my kitchen had become.

Little Bites Cookies

My kids enjoy Little Bites snacks because they taste good and come in a variety of flavors. As a parent, I appreciate that the snacks are pre-portioned (six per package) and free from high fructose corn syrup and artificial preservatives.

Little Bites Party Cake Cookies

Little Bites’ newest snack is their Soft Baked Party Cookies. Most kids, including my own, love sprinkles, so snack time has become celebratory in our home. Little Bites Soft Baked Party Cake Cookies are made with colorful rainbow sprinkles and are perfect for snacking, in school or at home. And with Halloween just a few days away, they also make a great treat for would-be trick-or-treaters.

Myrtle Beach Vacation Giveaway

Little Bites snacks is offering families an opportunity to win a vacation to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. To enter, simply visit LittleBites.com before October 31, 2020.

Discover stunning sunrises over the Atlantic Ocean, fun days at the beach, lush natural wonders, and grand new adventures at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The destination features 60 miles of beautiful coastline, warm Southern hospitality, fresh coastal cuisine, and a unique flavor of fun.

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Little Bites Giveaway

One of you will win a $25 Visa digital gift card and (3) coupons for $5.00 off the purchase of any Entenmann’s® Little Bites. To enter, simply complete the Rafflecopter form and leave a comment with your favorite Little Bites Flavor. Comments will close in one week and a winner will be announced at that time!

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US Residents only. Duplicates and comments not including the above information will be disqualified. Comments are moderated. If you don’t see your comment in a reasonable amount of time, send me an email. Bloggers and non-bloggers may enter. If you don’t want to leave your email address, please be sure to check back for my announcement on the winner. Please note that winners must respond within 48 hours of being announced/contacted or another winner will be drawn.

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