Rockin Mama™ https://rockinmama.net Motherhood, Giveaways and Product Reviews Sat, 28 Mar 2020 05:49:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://rockinmama.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/cropped-Rockin-Mama-Logo-32x32.png Rockin Mama™ https://rockinmama.net 32 32 111966601 New Movies to Stream at Home https://rockinmama.net/new-movies-to-stream-at-home/ https://rockinmama.net/new-movies-to-stream-at-home/#respond Sat, 28 Mar 2020 04:31:11 +0000 https://rockinmama.net/?p=80021 If you’ve already binge-watched your favorite Netflix shows, and you’re ready for something new, check out the best new movies being release on digital ahead of schedule. I personally can’t wait to see Emma, The Way Back, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and The Call of the Wild!

Theatrical Movies Available Now on Digital

The Call of the Wild

Adapted from Jack London’s literary classic, The Call of the Wild brings the story of Buck to the screen. This warm-hearted dog has a blissful domestic life, until he is suddenly uprooted to the exotic wilds of the Canadian Yukon during the Gold Rush of the 1890s. The newest member of the mail delivery dog sled team, Buck experiences the adventure of a lifetime, ultimately finding his true place in the world as he becomes his own master. The film stars Harrison Ford, Omar Sy, Dan Stevens, Karen Gillan, and Bradley Whitford. The Call of the wild is available now on Digital and Movies Anywhere.

Onward

When teen elf brothers Ian and Barley Lightfoot get an unexpected opportunity to spend one more day with their late dad, they embark on an extraordinary quest aboard Barley’s epic van Guinevere. When their mom realizes her boys are missing, she teams up with The Manticore (voiced by Octavia Spencer) to find them. Together, this magical day could mean more than they dreamed. Onward is now available on Digital and Movies Anywhere, and on Disney+ April 3, 2020. Read our review here.

Frozen 2

The sequel to Disney’s icy animated film inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale The Snow Queen, is now the second highest-growing film of all time! In Frozen 2, Elsa will endeavor to find out why she was born with magical powers. And together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, and Sven, she will set out on a dangerous and remarkable journey to save her kingdom. Frozen 2 is now available on Digital, Blu-ray and DVD. Read our review here.

Spies in Disguise

Will Smith and Tom Holland lend their voices in Spies in Disguise, an animated comedy filled with espionage and adventure. Super spy Lance Sterling (Smith) and scientist Walter Beckett (Holland) couldn’t be more different. The duo team up to save the world when a biodynamic concealment experiment transforms Lance into a fierce, majestic pigeon. Spies in Disguise is now available on Digital, Blu-ray, and DVD. Read our review here.

Emma

The latest cinematic adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved comedy follows the story of Emma Woodhouse, a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town.  As she interferes in the love lives of her friends, Emma must venture through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along. Funny and heartwarming, the story about finding your equal and achieving your happy ending is now available on Demand, and on Digital 05/05/2020.

I Still Believe

I Still Believe

Jeremy Camp shared his story about his first wife Melissa during a performance at Fishfest some years ago. Though brief, I was moved to tears as he shared his love for her and how he married her in spite of her cancer diagnosis.

The very last film I saw in theaters before our state’s shutdown was I Still Believe, the powerful, moving true story of Christian singer-songwriter Jeremy Camp and his first wife. Camp’s journey of love and loss demonstrates that there is always hope in the midst of tragedy. I Still Believe is available now On Demand via Amazon Prime Video, AppleTV, Google Play and cable providers.

Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

The final episode in the Skywalker saga provided Star Wars fans with a decidedly satisfactory conclusion. Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron lead the Resistance’s final stand against Kylo Ren and the First Order, now aided by the return of the deceased galactic emperor Palpatine. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is now available on Digital, and on Blu-ray and DVD March 31, 2020. Read our review here.

The Way Back

I had vowed to see The Way Back right before the theaters closed two weeks ago. Ben Affleck is one of my favorite actors, and he stars in this sports drama film about a construction worker who’s life has spiraled downward.

Affleck stars as Jack Cunningham, a high school basketball phenom with a full university scholarship. For reasons unknown, he walked away from the game, thus forfeiting his future. Years later, Jack’s life has taken a turn for the worst, triggered by a loss which is costing him his marriage and ultimately his life. When he is asked to coach the basketball team at his alma mater, he accepts. As the team starts to come together, Jack finally finds a reason to confront the past and set him on his road back to redemption. The Way Back is now available on Digital.

Theatrical Movies Coming to Digital

Sonic the Hedgehog

Sonic the Hedgehog

Inspired by the global blockbuster video game franchise from Sega, Sonic the Hedgehog follows the story of the world’s speediest hedgehog as he embraces his new home on Earth. This live-action adventure comedy stars James Marsden, who teams up with Sonic to defend the planet from the evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey), who has plans for world domination. Available on Digital March 31, 2020 from Paramount Home Entertainment, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and for rental on demand/disc May 19, 2020.

Robert Downey Jr Dolittle

Dolittle

Robert Downey Jr. is fantastic in the latest reboot of the original Doctor Dolittle film. After losing his wife, he isolates himself behind the wall of his manor, conversing with the animals on property. When the Queen falls ill, he is forced to set sail on an epic adventure in search of a rare cure, along with his animal friends.

Dolittle is now available on Digital, and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on April 7, 2020. Read our review here.

Trolls World Tour

We saw a super sneak peek (the animation was not even complete!) of Trolls World Tour last year, and my kids absolutely loved it. We were looking forward to seeing the final production in theaters, but due to our state’s shutdown, this will be our next family movie night adventure!

Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake return in Trolls World Tour, the sequel to the original film, which debuted in theaters in 2016. Poppy and Branch are back, and discover that they are but one of six different Trolls tribes scattered over six different lands, devoted to six different music genres. When member of the hard-rock royalty Queen Barb seeks to destroy all other types of music, it is up to Poppy, Branch, and their friends to visit the other lands in hopes of unifying the Trolls in harmony against Barb. Trolls World Tour will be available On Demand April 10, 2020.

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FREE Star Stable Concert + Book Series https://rockinmama.net/star-stable-book-series/ https://rockinmama.net/star-stable-book-series/#respond Fri, 27 Mar 2020 19:22:05 +0000 https://rockinmama.net/?p=80013 In light of the recent directive to stay home, many musicians, artists, actors, and brands are bringing entertainment directly into the homes of families, thanks to the digital age. Star Stable Entertainment, creator of digital games and original music filled with magic and adventure for girls around the world, will host a live concert on Instagram today at 4 pm EST/1 pm PST. The brand also released their first book in a brand new fantasy-trilogy series called Soul Riders: Jorvik Calling!

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Star Stable

Star Stable Entertainment is the company behind the magical world of Jorvik, experienced by girls across the globe through digital games, original music, and a brand new book series. Star Stable Online is a digital horse-adventure game where players care for horses, face challenges, and build friendships.

Star Stable Summer Breeze

Last year, Star Stable Music was born, which brought in-game artists and bands to life with music across a variety of genres including country, pop, and rock. The first musical release was for Soul Rider Lisa Peterson, the second for rock-band The Miscreants.

Lisa Peterson Poster

Star Stable Concert

Do not miss the very first Star Stable Concert, live on Instagram. There will be live chats with Star Stable personalities so fans can connect with each other and talk about their favorite songs. Here are the details:

  • WHEN: Friday, March 27, 2020 4 pm ET/ 1 pm PT
  • WHERE: Instagram https://www.instagram.com/starstableonline/
  • WHAT: Join millions of tween/teen girls around the globe for a LIVE, online music concert by Star Stable’s Amanda Örtenhag, the voice/singer of the leading in-game character Soul Rider Lisa Peterson. Amanda is sheltered at home and wants to share her music with you! She will perform LIVE from her kitchen in Stockholm.
Star Stable Book Series Soul Riders Jorvik Calling

Star Stable Launches Books Series – Soul Riders: Jorvik Calling

Star Stable just launched the first book in their new book series, inspired by the popular digital horse-adventure game Star Stable Online. As a young girl, I always had a book in hand, and I’m constantly looking for ways to inspire my own daughter to read more.

The book series is a new way for young girls to explore the magical world of Jorvik. As in the digital game, the book series inspires girls with messages that they are strong, powerful and can be the hero of their own adventures.

Jorvik Calling takes the Soul riders (the all-girl team of heroes) on a journey to save Jorvik. Readers follow the Soul Riders as they forge a special bond with their horses, unlock their own power, and discover their destiny to save the world. The series is ideal for girls ages 9-14. You can purchase the book for $8.99 on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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Gamer Guide to Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games 2020 https://rockinmama.net/gamer-guide-to-mario-and-sonic-at-the-olympic-games-2020/ https://rockinmama.net/gamer-guide-to-mario-and-sonic-at-the-olympic-games-2020/#respond Wed, 25 Mar 2020 14:29:59 +0000 https://rockinmama.net/?p=79983 Can’t travel to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo? Celebrate and compete in your favorite sports from home with Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Now available exclusively for Nintendo Switch, the game is perfect for solo or team game play and features more than 30 events to play including the classic 2D competition.

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Mario Skateboarding

Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games 2020

Inspired by the 2020 Summer Olympics, Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games 2020 is a sports video game crossover between Nintendo’s Super Mario and Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog franchises. This is the sixth title in the Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games series and each game is officially licensed by the International Olympic Committee.

Players can play as Mario, Sonic, or a character from your favorite games. Compete in more than 30 events based on sports from the Olympic Games, including boxing, soccer, swimming, gymnastics, karate, skateboarding, sport climbing, and surfing.

Gameplay is expansive and varied, including motion and button controls, single and dual Joy-Con, single-player and multiplayer, local split-screen and online! With the added story mode, you’ll be sent back to 1964 to compete in classic, retro 2D sports events, featuring 8-bit and 16-bit styles for Mario and Sonic.

Sonic the Hedgehog Surfing

Gamer Guide to Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games 2020

In Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, players can do the following:

Play a Bountiful Medley of Events: Skateboarding, surfing, sport climbing and more to reach the top of the podium! With more than 30 events to master in this fun-filled Olympic Games showdown, there are plenty of ways to prove your skills to your friends in local and online multiplayer.

Party On with Dream Events: Dream Events deliver a layer of fantastical chaos. Zip through a downhill obstacle course on your hoverboard, throwdown for territorial control with lightning-fast karate action, or smash the most targets inside a traditional Japanese manor!

So Many Ways to Play: Exclusively on Nintendo Switch, determine who the real champion is while using the fun and flexibility of Joy-Con controllers* to your advantage either solo or in local split-screen and online multiplayer**, delivering fun for all ages and groups.

Experience a Brand-New Story: Help Mario and Sonic escape from a 2D-themed console, the “Tokyo ’64,” hatched as part of Dr. Eggman’s and Bowser’s nefarious plans to trap the colorful and capable power pair.

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Mario and Sonic Running

Tween Review of Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games 2020

A new way to enjoy the Olympics with Mario and Sonic! There are a variety of events to choose from like fencing, boxing, surfing, swimming, and much more. 

Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Boxing

The game isn’t difficult to learn to play and you can always get tutorials for the events. One of my favorite features of this game is that it has a story mode. I love games with stories and Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games did not disappoint me. I also love the fact that you can play in the 2020 Olympics and the 1964 Olympics. I don’t really think any of this game needs changing at all. It is great in every way and I think Nintendo did another great job. 

Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

For more information, or to purchase Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games 2020, visit https://www.olympicvideogames.com/marioandsonic/.

Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games Nintendo Switch

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Gamer Guide to Pokemon Sword & Shield https://rockinmama.net/gamer-guide-to-pokemon-sword-and-shield/ https://rockinmama.net/gamer-guide-to-pokemon-sword-and-shield/#respond Mon, 23 Mar 2020 05:02:22 +0000 https://rockinmama.net/?p=79936 My son was six when he first started collecting Pokémon cards. He was initially drawn to the story, then proceeded to playing and completing Pokémon X, Pokémon Alpha Sapphire, Pokémon Sun, Pokémon Ultra Moon, Pokémon Gold, and Let’s Go Pikachu. Still on his list? Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield. Release in November 2019, these were two of the fastest-selling Nintendo Switch games of all time. As an avid Pokémon fan, my son was excited to learn that Nintendo is now offering a Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Double Pack Bundle, which includes two codes that will reward gamers with a special item known as a Dynamax Crystal.

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Pokemon Sword and Shield

Pokémon

Pokémon are creatures of varied shapes and sizes who live in the wild or alongside humans. Pokémon generally don’t speak (although they may vocalize their names and are raised and commanded by their owners, called Trainers. During their adventures, Pokémon grow and become more experienced and can evolve into stronger Pokémon. At present, there are more than 700 creatures that inhabit the Pokémon universe. The brand has expanded tremendously to include a trading card game, video games, films and TV series, and more.

Pokémon Sword, Pokémon Shield

In Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield, players set out on a journey through the Galar region, where they catch, battle and trade a variety of Pokémon. Throughout the game, they meet varied characters and unravel the mystery behind the two Legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta. Players also explore the Wild Area, a vast expanse of land where players control the camera and participate in Max Raid Battles to face off against enormous, strong Pokémon known as Dynamax Pokémon.

To play the game, choose a partner Pokémon (Grookey, Scorbunny, or Sobble), then encounter new and familiar Pokémon as you catch, battle, and trade. Players can control the camera and explore the vast areas around them in the Wild Area. Team up with other players locally or online in the new multiplayer co-op Max Raid Battles. Trainers who possess the special item Dynamax Band can Dynamax their own Pokémon.

Pokemon Sword and Shield Nintendo Switch

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Double Pack

When you purchase the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Double Pack, you will receive two codes (one per game) which will reward you with the Dynamax Crystal. Use these crystals to face Dynamax Larvitar and Dynamax Jangmo-o in special Max Raid Battles. These Pokémon normally can’t be encountered until later in the game.

Camping in Pokemon Sword and Shield

Gamer Guide to Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield

  • Catch, battle, and trade Pokémon on a new adventure in the Galar region
  • Choose from three new partner Pokémon and encounter never-before-seen Pokémon
  • Unravel the mystery behind the Legendary Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta!
  • Control the camera in the vast Wild Area
  • Team up with other Trainers to participate in Max Raid Battles!
  • Battle wild Dynamax Pokémon in Max Raid Battlesand try catching them!
Yamper in Pokemon Sword and Shield

Tween Review of Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield

Explore the Galar region with Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield! Traverse a European themed landscape and discover new locations and Pokémon to catch. Take part in the tournament-like gym challenges and work to challenge the undefeated champion Leon.

You get a choice of 3 partner Pokémon. Grookey, Sobble, and Scorbunny. These Pokémon are very helpful and will help you out during your entire journey.

One of the most difficult parts of learning to play this game is all of the new things that have been implemented like making curry in Pokémon camps. Something people need to know about Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield is that there are differences in the games. In Pokémon Sword, you will encounter different Pokémon including stonejurner, darumaka, darmanitan, jangmo-o, Farfetch’d, and many others. Shield players get access to larvitar, goomy, ponyta, eiscue, and others. Another difference is the gyms. In Pokémon Sword, the 4th gym will be fighting type and the gym leader will be Bea. In Pokémon Shield, the 4th gym will be ghost type and the leader will be allister. In Sword, the 6th gym leader will be the rock type trainer Gordie. And in Shield, the 6th gym leader will be Melony the ice type trainer. One of the final differences is the legendary Pokémon you will encounter. In Sword, you can catch Zacian. In Shied, you catch Zamazenta. 

My favorite part of playing the new games are the max raid battles. You can team up with friends and take down huge bosses. Something I would like changed to the game is the addition of more Pokémon in updates after the DLC. Something like adding 5 new Pokémon every month would make the game very enjoyable because I would be able to catch more Pokémon. Overall though, I think that Pokémon did a great job with this game and can’t wait to see what will be next.  (Sinnoh remakes please)

Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Double Pack

You can purchase Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield online here: https://swordshield.pokemon.com/en-us/buy-now/

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Spies in Disguise on Blu-ray and DVD – Printables https://rockinmama.net/spies-in-disguise-printables/ https://rockinmama.net/spies-in-disguise-printables/#respond Sun, 22 Mar 2020 07:03:08 +0000 https://rockinmama.net/?p=79899 Filled with action and espionage, Spies in Disguise stars the voice talents of Will Smith and Tom Holland in a film about two opposites who to come together to save the world. Now available on Movies Anywhere, 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD, you’ll receive access to exclusive bonus features including bonus features including a Super Secret Spy Mode.

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Will Smith Spies In Disguise

Spies In Disguise

Based loosely on the animated short Pigeon: Impossible, by Lucas Martell, Spies in Disguise tells the story of super spy Lance Sterling (Smith) and scientist Walter Beckett (Holand), who team up to save the world when a “biodynamic concealment” experiment transforms Lance into a pigeon.

Spies In Disguise Still

Lance is the world’s most awesome spy. Cool, charming and super-skilled, saving the world is his job and no one does it better. On the contrary, Walter is the opposite of Lance, a great mind but not a great socializer. What he lacks in social skills though, he makes up for in smarts and invention: Walter is the scientific genius who invents the gadgets Lance uses on his missions.  Now the two will have to rely on each other if they hope to save the world.

Spies In Disguise

I wasn’t entirely sure how my tweens would receive the film but in the last week, we’ve seen it at least 3 times, per their request. They were immediately drawn in with the espionage and humor. I appreciated the models of teamwork and appreciation for differences displayed in the film while my kids were laughing at Lance’s pigeon transformation. Own it on Digital, Blu-ray, and DVD.

Spies in Disguise Printables

To celebrate the release of the film and to host your own movie night, download our free Spies in Disguise printables and activity sheets.

Spies in Disguise Printable Word Search
Spies in Disguise Printable Crossword Puzzle
Spies in Disguise Printables
Spies in Disguise Printable Maze
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