Sonic The Hedgehog OUT NOW!

Last weekend St. Louis Dad and family gotten an invite to see Sonic The Hedgehog before it was released to theaters nation wide today. In the simplest of terms, the movie was awesome! As a kid growing up with Sonic on Sega as well as the animated series, this movie brought back that fun and excitement of getting to know this blue devil all over again.

Stepping off on a rocky start with a crazy CGI design, the team behind Sonic took the Internet’s wisdom to heart and brought Sonic to life by making him look like… Sonic. Listening to fans was enough to already get me to the movie and seeing what was in store. This dad was not disappointed, and either was mom and the kids!

The movie is a lot of fun. It is action packed with lots of jokes and of course the incredible Jim Carrey.

Our two kids have even taken to their YouTube Channels to share their delight of how great Sonic was!

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Of course once we got home, Sonic was in the air. Gotta run fast was the quote used for the remainder of the day, and as always snuck into our Valentine’s Day project as well!

Al decided for his first Valentine’s box for school, he was going to make the speedster himself!

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG is a live-action adventure comedy based on the global blockbuster videogame franchise from Sega that centers on the infamously brash bright blue hedgehog. The film follows the (mis)adventures of Sonic as he navigates the complexities of life on Earth with his newfound – human – best friend Tom Wachowski (James Marsden). Sonic and Tom join forces to try and stop the villainous Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) from capturing Sonic and using his immense powers for world domination. The film also stars Tika Sumpter and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic.


Jeff Fowler


James Marsden, Ben Schwartz, Tika Sumpter, Natasha Rothwell, Neal McDonough, Adam Pally and Jim Carrey

In Theaters February 14, 2020

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How You Can Make the Most of Gaming Right Now

Gaming is one of the most fun and fulfilling pastimes that you can enjoy in the modern world. There are a lot of factors that can play a role in this, and it is important to be able to make the most of the gaming experience. You have so many things you are going to need to think about when you try to make the most of gaming right now. This can be such a great social experience, and it’s something that plays a big role in modern life. 

Make sure you do as much as you can to work on improving your experiences, and this is something you need to work on right now. There are a lot of factors that play a part in this, and you need to understand exactly what it takes to make the most of gaming as much as you can. Think about what you can do to improve this, and work out what it takes to get a fun and fulfilling gaming experience. 

Choose the Right Games

Choosing the right games is one of the biggest ways of being able to enhance and enjoy this experience more, and this is something to think about. You need to be clear about what you’re going to have to do to make the most of this. There are a lot of things to keep in mind when you are looking to have a more fun and immersive gaming experience, and this is something to consider for the future. Make sure you think about the sorts of games that interest you and then use this as the perfect opportunity to find the best games out there that will improve your experience moving forward right now. 

Discover Online Opportunities

There are a lot of things you need to consider when it comes to improving your opportunities as much as possible. There are a lot of great ways in which you can use online gaming to make the most of your gaming experience. For a start, there are plenty of sites with thousands of free online games that you can enjoy playing. There are also sites like Grin – a social wagering platform that offers access to things like eSports. 

Make This a Family Event

Another great thing about gaming is that it has become much more of an experience that can be shared with other people. And this is something that you need to look into right now, as it can allow you to involve the whole family. Gaming is bigger than ever, and this means you can have a much more fun and complete experience that will make this more enjoyable in the process. 

Gaming is something that has become a much more immersive and sociable experience, and this is something you should check out as much as possible. You are going to have to make the most of the opportunities you have for gaming in 2020, and this is something you are going to need to keep in mind right now. Here are some of the best ideas you can use to improve the way you achieve this moving forward. 

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

What’s Next? Life After the Taal Volcano Eruption

January 12, 2020.It was a typical Sunday afternoon where families are gathered together, enjoying the weekend in high spirits as the new year has just rolled in. Not one person was aware of the tragedy that was about to unfold a few minutes later.

Needless to say, we all know what happened next. The ground started to rumble and shake. Fissures began to spew smoke and steam all over the island volcano. Then out came a huge pillar of smoke, ashes, volcanic debris, and sulfur.

Taal Volcano has erupted.

Small But Terrible

Taal Volcano is known to be the world’s smallest active volcano. It is the second most active volcano in the Philippines next to Mount Mayon.

To say that it is “small but terrible” is a complete understatement and undermines the tremendous destructive power of the volcano island.It is completely unpredictable. It can look peaceful and serene – beautiful, even – in its dormant state. However, once it unleashes its wrath, it leaves behind a trail of destruction and catastrophe.

Historically, according to a paper titled “The 2010 seismovolcanic crisis at Taal Volcano (Philippines),” eruptions of the small volcano are powerful and violent. They can happen at any time. Until now, as we all witnessed a few weeks ago, there is no surefire way to forecast its eruptions well in advance.

The volcano exploded without warning, taking the residents and tourists in the area completely by surprise. People were advised to evacuate and clear the cities and towns surrounding the area. Hordes of people fled the town and went to seek refuge in neighboring provinces.

What started as a dreamy Sunday turned out to be a nightmare.

Rescue and Relief Ops

As soon as the news of Taal’s eruption broke, rescue and relief operations were immediately mobilized. Filipinos and the world over started to take to social media and ask not just for prayers but for any kind of help that could be lent to the victims of the tragedy.

People started giving. Companies and institutions did their civic duties and organized donations drives. Military and police staff and personnel were deployed.Construction and trucking companies sent out trucks to help transport people. Some sent an articulated hauler to help with the disposal of ashes, dirt, and debris. Everybody wanted to pitch in and help.

For the next few days, help and assistance from all over poured it much to the relief of the victims and the volunteers on-site.

Picking Up the Pieces

Now that Phivolcs has lowered the alert level to Level 3, people are starting to go back to their homes to pick up the pieces and start all over again.

While some of them are excited to go home, others are left with severe trauma and just want to relocate.

All the help and aid they received are well appreciated. From food to clothes to financial aid to clean-up drives, the victims have nothing but gratefulness and respect to each Filipino that gave and volunteered. However, there is still a lingering sorrow left in their hearts in light of the pain of the losses they experienced.

On January 22, 2020, the Philippine House of Representatives held an out-of-town plenary session in Batangas where the volcano is located. According to House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, they did this to show the victims that the congress prioritizes responding to the victims’ needs.

While it may seem like a symbolic act, until something tangible and practical comes out of it, it will remain just that – symbolic. The question on a lot of the victims’ minds right now is, “Where do we go from here?”

How will the government help them rebuild their lives and regain that which was lost? How do you follow through to make sure the words spoken are not just empty promises?

But the Filipino people are resilient. They know how to bounce back from every tragedy they have faced. The Filipino spirit is very much alive, especially during circumstances like calamities. If there’s one good thing about a tragedy, it brings Filipinos together to work with one another in helping people rebuild their lives.

It might take some time and the process will not be an easy one but they will recover. They always recover.

This post is a collaborative effort by St. Louis Dad.

2020 Progressive Insurance St. Louis Boat & Sportshow!

It’s that time of year again! Time to start counting down until you lift the anchor for boating season to begin!!! What better way to start your countdown than at the Progressive® Insurance St. Louis Boat & Sportshow® !

Keep reading for a chance to win a family 4 pack to attend the show for free!!!

Many people that hear about this event think that it may be only about boats, that is far from the truth! Bring down the entire family and spend a day or two or three exploring all that the boat and sportshow has to offer! Play on the pirate ship, teach your kids some awesome fishing skills, indoor kayaking, and so much more. There will be plenty to keep those little eyes excited! Big engines, fast boats, and even get yourself a selfie with one of those yachts that you’ll own one day.

  • New! Career Day, Friday, Jan. 31, where students and job seekers can get career advice and hear about job openings from marine business professionals.
  • New! The Discover Boating Experience – The Hub for Boaters, featuring hands-on learning, dynamic demos, interactive activities and entertaining speakers to help educate and inspire boaters and dreamers alike. Enjoy short, powerful talks that will inspire your on-water and outdoor adventures at the main stage, and visit the Hub stations to take part in workshops, get one-on-one advice, see what’s new and more.
  • New! The Show Me Stage, where attendees can learn from fishing experts during free daily seminars and watch fishing and casting demonstrations.
  • Back by Popular Demand! Paddle Sports Pool, where attendees can get their feet wet checking out demos and testing a new Hobie or Jackson kayak. Seminars and open paddle times will be posted on-site.
  • The Hawg Trough, a 5,000-gallon, fully stocked fishing demo tank with seminars from pro anglers – a chance to see firsthand how fish react to various rods and bait.
  • Kids Archery Range, presented by The National Wild Turkey Foundation and St. Louis Longbeards, where kids can learn about outdoor safety and practice their archery and marksmanship skills at an archery range and BB gun range.
  • Upper Limits Rock Wall, where adventurous climbers can try their hand at an indoor climbing wall suited for all experience levels.
  • Pirate Island, where kids can climb aboard a pirate ship, sing pirate sea shanties, and skirmish with swords with Captain Tim and his crew of pirate scallywags for a “high seas adventure.”
  • Willow Creek Trout Pond, where little ones can practice their angling skills for free and reel in live trout.

So grab the family and come on down and see what all the Progressive® Insurance St. Louis Boat & Sportshow® has for your family.

And just because I love hooking up my readers with awesome deals use the code BOATGO9 to buy one get one ticket!!!


Last but not least, how about a family 4 pack of free tickets to the show for one lucky reader!?!?!? Share this post and comment below for a chance to win! I will randomly select a winner Sunday evening (1/26/20)! Once selected you will be contacted with all the info needed to get into the show!

Use the hashtag #STLBoatShow on social media, and feel free to tag @stlboatshow!


  • Thursday, Jan. 30, 2-9 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 31, Noon-9 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 1, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Show Location: America’s Center & The Dome, 701 Convention Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63101

Tickets: Tickets are $12 for adults, and children under 12 are free.