Monday, September 15, 2014

A Film for the Whole Family! Releasing Tomorrow! Hero DVD Review & #Giveaway!

A father’s broken relationship with his family fills him with determination to win back the son he left behind.  Reaching out through the game they both love, he deliberately forms a baseball team designed to reconnect both fathers and sons, transforming their town in the process.  The story shows how one good man can lead change in his community for the common good.




MY THOUGHTS-It isn't often that I give full approval on a film now a days. I have seen way too many that I have problems with or I can't give it 5 stars. Hero is a movie about a father who has been absent in his families life until one day something tragic happens. So he returns, only to find a very bitter son who thinks his father deserted them.

The filming is done very well and doesn't look like some that I have seen. Looks professional and the acting was excellent as well. The biggest part of this to me were the lessons involved that would be great for any family to learn. We see a man who failed his family when they needed him the most, and he knows it. Sometimes his attitude was great and other times it wasn't. His son, who isn't a little boy but a young man, has a lot of trouble when he sees his father there for the other boys on the ball team but he remembers him not being there for himself. It is a hard situation to deal with but I loved how it was worked out. Everything isn't all rosy and they have rough patches to overcome. I like the outlook portrayed in that ball isn't the whole goal, but the lessons that can be taken away from the game.

I think my favorite character would be either the older coach(always there with words of wisdom, even for the father) or the youngest little boy on the team. His father is in prison but he wants to help his son. There are so many layers to this movie and I was close to tears once. Needless to say the whole family enjoyed the film including the little girls. So this isn't just for the guys! There is one time that a term is used that we don't use in our house, but it wasn't anything major. Otherwise great for the whole family!!



Now, any of you interested in winning a copy for yourself? Be sure to enter through the Rafflecopter form! One copy to a winner in the US ONLY. Winner will be chosen through Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. Giveaway ends 9/29.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Raina's Choice by Gilbert Morris Book #Review!



When a mysterious stranger, Ty Kincaid, arrives in her town from Mexico, headed for Arkansas by way of the riverboats, Raina Vernay s mind starts churning a plan to escape her brutal brother-in-law and locate the father she s never know. Ty just might be her ticket to Indian Territory and freedom. . . . Then Ty lands himself in jail, and Raina has to wonder if this wanted man is any use to her. She needs a hero. Can she find him in Ty?

MY REVIEW-Gilbert Morris is one of those authors you expect to be around forever. You grew up reading his books and yet he still has new books coming out. And his newest one, Raina's Choice, is the third book in the Western Justice series and while I have read some of his newer ones, this one I think was really good.

The book opens with two men in a Mexican prison. They haven't done anything wrong, but got stuck in the wrong place during a revolution. One of them expects to die, while the other is hanging onto the assurance that God is in control and will get them out. Ty Kincaid is the one who is just waiting to die. He is ill and the Mexicans don't care, they just work the prisoners until they give out and then bury them. But his friend Jim has bribed the guards to help them escape. Which happens but at the expense of Jim's life.

Raina is the heroine. Strong and yet vulnerable she is constantly fighting off her brother-in-law. He is such a jerk and I really wanted to slap him. Raina has tried running away from him once already but the sheriff caught her and brought her back. She is forced to help wait on tables at the saloon when a young man wanders in who is different from the rest. Yep, you guessed it:) Ty is the man who is polite and kind to her. But he also gets put in jail when the corrupt sheriff arrests him. So Raina boldly offers to help him break out of jail if he will help her escape her brother-in-law.

The storyline is really good and I loved how the escape and romance isn't the whole book. We see Raina as she searches for her father along with a lot of history. That is one of my favorite parts of Gilbert Morris books is the historical figures we get to meet. Love the western theme! Another excellent book from Gilbert Morris!



**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Thursday, September 11, 2014

“Love & Cupcakes” Kindle Giveaway and Facebook Party from @BetsyStAmant!



Kat Varland has had enough of chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry.

At twenty-six years old, Kat is still living in the shadows of her family in Bayou Bend, Louisiana. Still working shifts at her Aunt Maggie's bakery. Still wondering what to do with her passion for baking and her business degree. And still single.

But when Lucas Brannen, Kat's best friend, signs her up for a reality TV bake-off on Cupcake Combat, everything Kat ever wanted is suddenly dangled in front of her: creative license as a baker, recognition as a visionary . . . and a job at a famous bakery in New York.

As the competition heats up, Lucas realizes he might have made a huge mistake. As much as he wants the best for Kat, the only thing he wants for himself---her---is suddenly in danger of slipping away.

The bright lights of reality cooking wars and the chance at a successful career dazzle Kat's senses and Lucas is faced with a difficult choice: help his friend achieve her dreams . . . or sabotage her chances to keep her in Louisiana.

Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/AZIVZ


MY REVIEW-This was my first full-size novel by Betsy St Amant that I have ever read. And I have to tell you, I AM HUNGRY FOR A CUPCAKE! The recipes and all the baking Kat does has me drooling. I am so glad that Betsy included a recipe in the back for the Raspberry Lemonade Torte Cupcakes. Definitely going to be trying these out:)

The whole plot for this story was a good one. Two people who have known each other forever, best of friends, but they both want more and are afraid to bring it up or it will get weird. Kat is a baker in her aunt's cupcake shop but wants more from her life. She is a jazzy baker, always experimenting with new concoctions and most of the people love it. But her family doesn't see the use in going outside the lines of plain ole vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. The team coach is Lucas. He also happens to be her best coach and he thinks the world of her. Always there to encourage her and help eat her new cupcakes. But when he signs her up for a baking contest without telling her, things go from good to bad. He doesn't want her out of his life but he wants to encourage her to live out her dreams. And she thinks he is pushing her away from him.

The book is overflowing with lessons and teaching all wrapped up and mixed in so sweetly you don't even realize it until it is over. I really fell in love with Lucas. His life hasn't been a joy ride and what he sees as helping Kat often sees as controlling. I think they both learned and grew together. There was one spot that I felt pushed the boundaries a little when Kat and Lucas are in a hotel room. Nothing happens but it almost does, and I felt this could have been changed a little bit. One of those kissing moments that leads to more. Darren and his text messages were a great addition to the book. He is smart and has a lot of wisdom. Overall a good book that I was immediately pulled into. Wonderful story!


THE KINDLE GIVEAWAY DETAILS

Don't miss Betsy St. Amant's latest fiction release, All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes. A "sweet" tale of two best friends and the choices they make between dreams and a possible "sure thing," St. Amant's novel is sure to satisfy your romantic-fiction craving.

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Betsy is celebrating with a fun Kindle giveaway and a Love & Cupcakes Facebook party!
One winner will receive:

  • A brand new Kindle

  • All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes by Betsy St. Amant

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 18th. Winner will be announced at the "Love & Cupcakes" Author Chat Party on 9/18. Betsy will be hosting a "sweet" book chat, giving away prizes, and answering questions from readers. She will also share an exclusive sneak peek at her next book project!





So grab your copy of All's Fair in Love and Cupcakes and join Betsy on the evening of September 18th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)




Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 18th!



**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Dolphin Tale 2 Releasing Friday + #Giveaway! #DolphinTale2 #HomeschoolDay2014 #WinterHasHope




I personally have not seen Dolphin Tale 2. Nor the first one:) But I have it on my watch list after reading up on it. Sounds like a really good inspirational film that teaches minor lessons that impact children in a big way. And for me, this is a big part in the entertainment we put in front of our young people. Sure I want them to have a good time and laugh, but I also enjoy when a program or a movie reinforces what is taught at home.



Dolphin Tale 2 will be releasing on Friday the 12th. Yep, tomorrow!! I can't wait to see how it turns out! And did you know, there is a homeschool curriculum based on this film? I had no idea it was this big or that people who homeschool had taken such an interest in it. We homeschool and use a specific course, but I would be interested in seeing how this one is.



So is anyone wanting some Dolphin Tale 2 swag?? I have a pack to giveaway to one of my readers!! You will receive the same items I did. A t-shirt and a pair of sunglasses. But not just any old shirt and glasses. These are all Dolphin Tale themed!! How sweet is that? This giveaway is for US only and ends 9/26. Winner will be chosen using Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

CFBA Tour for Thief of Glory by Sigmund Brouwer




This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Thief of Glory

WaterBrook Press (August 19, 2014)


by

Sigmund Brouwer


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:




Sigmund Brouwer is the best-selling author of nearly thirty novels, with close to 4 million books in print. Based on his inspiration for Thief of Glory, which Sigmund wrote as a way to learn and honor the his parent’s stories, especially of his father’s boyhood in a Japanese concentration camp, Sigmund leads The Chapters of Our Lives memoir seminars across the United States and Canada. Sigmund is married to recording artist Cindy Morgan and has two daughters.



ABOUT THE BOOK



A boy coming of age in a time of war…
the love that inspires him to survive.


For ten year-old Jeremiah Prins, the life of privilege as the son of a school headmaster in the Dutch East Indies comes crashing to a halt in 1942 after the Japanese Imperialist invasion of the Southeast Pacific. Jeremiah takes on the responsibility of caring for his younger siblings when his father and older stepbrothers are separated from the rest of the family, and he is surprised by what life in the camp reveals about a woman he barely knows—his frail, troubled mother.


Amidst starvation, brutality, sacrifice and generosity, Jeremiah draws on all of his courage and cunning to fill in the gap for his mother. Life in the camps is made more tolerable as Jeremiah’s boyhood infatuation with his close friend Laura deepens into a friendship from which they both draw strength.


When the darkest sides of humanity threaten to overwhelm Jeremiah and Laura, they reach for God’s light and grace, shining through his people. Time and war will test their fortitude and the only thing that will bring them safely to the other side is the most enduring bond of all.


If you would like to read the first chapter of Thief of Glory, go HERE.

MY REVIEW WILL COME AFTER I RECEIVE THE BOOK. BEEN A LITTLE DELAY:)




**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

SheerCover #FlawlessFinish Cosmetics #Review @SheerCover

I am not the type of girl who often wears makeup. I always wear some lip balm or gloss, maybe some blush and on occasion I will go all out to put on the whole deal. But I think after trying out the new SheerCover I received, I just might be wearing this all the time:) Check out my review but also make sure to enter the contest that ends tonight!!

I received several products for review. I think the foundation might be a tad bit darker than I normally wear but in all, I was impressed with how it turned out:) Take a look at the pictures and then see my thoughts below.












As you can see from the pictures, the foundation is for sure darker than my normal skin color. I am pretty pale and light while this darkened me up some. But the makeup was super easy to apply and one thing I liked was the booklet they sent with tips, how-to pictures, etc. The products themselves worked great. I used very little bronzer/blush and the products for your eyes work wonders! I love how long it made my lashes. People often comment that my lashes are long but this really gave them length. I think my favorite product out of them all was the conceal trio. I struggle with acne a lot so I often have little spots. This covered them quite well and I was amazed at how easy it was to conceal.

Overall these were great products! I loved working with this wonderful company and for those of you who wear makeup, I would urge you to check them out. Also, SheerCover is having this amazing giveaway where the winner received a year's supply of makeup! Be sure to go enter as it ends this evening!



**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Monday, September 8, 2014

alternaVites Vitamin Stick #Review & #Giveaway!! #99HealthyDays



How many of your children take vitamins? In our family we often do, not as regular as we would like, but the children always have a problem finding a vitamin they enjoy. That is why I was surprised when I found these multivitamins that the girls not only enjoyed, but asked for!!



The flavors are delicious(I tried one myself), it is super easy to take and I love that they are sugar free!!



As you can see from the picture, this is a powder that most children will look on as fun. I think next time I am going to sprinkle it in the yogurt. The little booklet they sent has smoothie recipes on the back I can't wait to try:) So if you have picky children, check out alternaVites!!


Does your child take a multivitamin? Maybe they don't like the taste of chewable vitamins. Or you don't like the fact that those gummy vitamins are sugar coated. alternaVites will solve all these problems! Plus they are also gluten free!


Rich Vitamins was founded in an effort to eliminate any and all excuses as to why many people do not take vitamins. So many people opt not to take vitamins because they forget, they taste bad, they’re hard to choke down, they’re full of sugar, or they contain artificial ingredients or food allergens.


Any vitamin, no matter how good, can’t help if you don’t take them! So they set out to provide solutions to all these problems with a daily multivitamin that’s easy to take, delicious, portable, potent, and sugar & allergen-free. That’s when alternaVites Kids was born.





alternaVites Kids is a delicious powder that you sprinkle directly on your tongue where it melts in your mouth. So no more chalky chewables or sugary gummies that can stick in between kids’ teeth! As an option, you can also mix it into yogurt, pudding, smoothies and shakes, so it’s versatility gives you many ways to take it (with our without your children even knowing!)


The daily dose stick packs make it easy for travel or taking on the go, so no more forgetting! And the comprehensive formula is sugar, gluten and allergen-free, making alternaVites Kids a great choice for kids with food sensitivities.

Unlike many other kids’ vitamin products, alternaVites Kids:



  • Is truly delicious! Available in two awesome flavors: strawberry bubble gum and raspberry cotton candy.

  • Contains 0 grams of sugar (free of aspartame and high fructose corn syrup)

  • Gluten- free*

  • No artificial sweeteners, colors, flavors, or preservatives

  • Vegetarian

  • No GMO ingredients

  • Contains no egg, milk, peanut, tree nuts, wheat, soy, fish or shellfish.*

  • Certified kosher (OU)

  • One per day

  • Endorsed by pediatric dentists
  • *However, we encourage all parents of children with food allergies or sensitivities to consult with their child’s doctor or pediatrician before use.




    And now, that alternaVites Kids is available at Walmart, it’s more convenient than ever to give your children a great daily multi to help fill in the nutritional gaps their diet may be missing.



    Tag alternaVites on, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram if you see alternaVites at Walmart. Use hashtag #99HealthyDays and we will pick random winners of more Celebrity Gift Bags! Take a selfie in the store, in your cart or your receipt to share!

    As a company, they strongly believe in supporting charitable causes and giving back. That’s why Rich Vitamins is proud to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital as a Partner in Hope and other cancer charities focusing on research, treatment and prevention, as well as Vitamin Angels, an organization that helps at-risk populations gain access to lifesaving and life changing vitamins and minerals.


    Now for the giveaway! I have 2 Celebrity Gift Bags.
    A celebrity gift bag (the same ones they give out at Pre-Emmy and Academy Award Events) which includes an adorable convertible tote bag, 2-month supply alternaVites Kids (1 box each flavor), Activity Booklet, Picture Frame Magnet, Pen ($50 value). Enter below on the Rafflecopter form.




    This information is brought to you by alternaVites and SavingYouDinero.com



    **DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

    Saturday, September 6, 2014

    Upcoming Holiday Gift Guide Event!!

    Hello readers!! I am planning and organizing for my Holiday Gift Guide that is starting mid October. I have several companies already signed up and many more interested. This year my event will run from mid October to early December. There will be plenty of giveaways and lots of fun products to win, or even purchase:)



    I have a question for you all. Do you have any products or companies you are interested in seeing? If so, leave a comment and I will see about getting them involved!! I am excited about this and I know you all will be too!!

    Companies, I am interested in featuring any family friendly products so if you want your product reviewed or introduced to my readers, use that "contact me" button up there and send an email!



    **DISCLOSURE: The photo was used from FreeImages.com and sh0dan  Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

    Friday, September 5, 2014

    CFBA Tour for Driftwood Tides by Gina Holmes




    This week, the

    Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

    is introducing

    Driftwood Tides

    Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (September 1, 2014)

    by

    Gina Holmes


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:




    Gina Holmes is the founder of  Novel Rocket, regularly named as one of Writers Digest’s best websites for writers. Her debut, Crossing Oceans, was a Christy and Gold Medallion finalist and winner of the Carol Award, INSPY, and RWA’s Inspirational Reader’s Choice, as well as being a CBA, ECPA, Amazon and PW  bestseller. Her sophomore novel,  Dry as Rain was a Christy Award finalist. Her latest novel, Wings of Glass has been named as one of the best books of the year by Library Journal and was a SIBA Okra pick and a finalist for Romantic Times’ Reviewers Choice Award. She holds degrees in science and nursing and currently resides with her family in southern Virginia. She works too hard, laughs too loud, and longs to see others heal from their past and discover their God-given purpose.


    ABOUT THE BOOK



    He made himself an island until something unexpected washed ashore.
    When Holton lost his wife, Adele, in a freak accident, he shut himself off from the world, living a life of seclusion, making drifwood sculptures and drowning his pain in gin. Until twenty-three-year-old Libby knocks on his door, asking for a job and claiming to be a friend of his late wife. When he discovers Libby is actually his late wife’s illegitimate daughter, given up for adoption without his knowledge, his life is turned upside down as he struggles to accept that the wife he’d given saint status to was not the woman he thought he knew.


    Together Holton and Libby form an unlikely bond as the two struggle to learn the identity of Libby’s father and the truth about Adele, themselves, and each other.


    If you would like to read the first chapter of Driftwood Tides, go HERE.



    MY REVIEW-This is probably the first book I have ever read by Gina Holmes. And I am now a dedicated fan;) Driftwood Tides follows the story of Libby, a young woman who unexpectedly finds out that she is adopted, and the life she has known over the last 24 years is not really true. All this comes right before her wedding so things are thrown into chaos as she tries tracking down her birth mother.

    I found the characters to be oh so flawed but so very true to real life. Holton has turned to the bottle ever since his wife died and we see some moral issues that are portrayed as realistic. I don't agree with the decisions made but I also know how young people are and what goes through the mind of a teenager. I found Caroline(Libby's adoptive mother) to be harsh but I also was drawn to her for some reason. I guess behind all the anger and sharp tongue you see the silent need to be loved and to be needed. Rob is Libby's fiance and I went from liking him to disliking him and then liking him again.

    This was a wonderful book that makes you think. I get tired sometimes of reading a romance book that doesn't really give strong lessons. This one had some great lessons in it but it wasn't preachy. Excellent book!!




    **DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

    Thursday, September 4, 2014

    Making Marion by Beth Moran Book #Review



    She had been looking for somewhere to stay, but instead Marion Miller finds herself on the wrong side of the reception desk at the Peace and Pigs campground and, despite her horrible shyness, promptly lands herself a job.Marion came to Nottinghamshire--home of Sherwood Forest--to discover her father's mysterious past, but all she has to go on is a picture of her father dressed up, it would seem, as Robin Hood. Life on a busy campground challenges Marion's formerly controlled life--the pigs roam free, the resident chickens seem determined to thwart her, and an unfortunate incident with a runaway bike throws her into the arms of the beautiful, but deeply unimpressed, Reuben.Yet, Marion's would-be boyfriend Jake, and Reuben's stunning fiancĂ©e Erica, conspire to leave little room for Marion to daydream about the twinkling eyes of her rescuer . . . Will Marion ever find peace, and perhaps even love, among the pigs? Including a large cast of memorable, colorful characters, Making Marion is an outstanding debut romantic comedy that touches on issues of identity and family with a natural ease.

    MY THOUGHTS-When this book came in I had such high hopes for it. I enjoy a good clean comedy now and then and who could resist the Robin Hood theme? But after about 5 chapters I was pretty upset over things I found inside. I know this book isn't being marketed as "Christian" but I would expect it to be clean. And that is not what I found.

    The plot sounded really interesting, even now it is a fun theme with the heroine finding her Robin Hood. Marion Miller has had a hard childhood and she stumbles upon a campground while looking for Sherwood Forest. The owner of this campground, Scarlett, gives her a job, even though Scarlett knows she has trouble in her past. I really liked Scarlett. A sweet southern belle who knows what she wants and gives of herself to a lot of people. Marion is a very troubled woman and at times I liked her but at times I also got fed up with her. Rueben(the Robin Hood prince) is a likable man. The secondary characters are really well done. One of my favorites was Valerie. What a sweetheart!

    So, the plot was good, the characters were interesting, but I cannot put my stamp of approval on this book. In chapter 4 there was a somewhat descriptive account of a woman's chest. As in very descriptive. Then at the end of chapter 4 I was kind of shocked as Marion and her escort for the night return to the van(trailer) and she hears a noise inside. Jake goes to investigate and the door is opened on a couple in the middle of something. Yes, you guessed it. There is just enough written to know what is going on and way more than I wanted in my book. At this point I skimmed the rest of the book. I found several swear words including some that I never expected. Even if this book isn't Christian, it isn't clean either.

    I hate doing a review like this because the book was interesting. But I have a line and this book crossed it. Maybe someone else will enjoy it and be able to overlook these things, but for me it was too much.



    **DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

    Wednesday, September 3, 2014

    Branson, MO Tourism $325 Gift Card #Giveaway!! @BTCbranson

    I personally love Branson, MO. This lovely place is such a sweet homey area. We visit normally at least once a year for vacation or to take some family time. And now I want to tell you about their wonderful sweepstakes where somebody will win a $325 gift card to vacation in Branson:)

    The kids are heading back to school and summer's ending, so we thought it would be a great time to give away another gift card! Branson Tourism Center is giving away a $325 Branson gift card so that one lucky winner can come to Branson and have some fun and see some of Branson's great shows like, The Duttons, it, Pierce Arrow, and Shoji Tabuchi. This can be used at our location for the purchase of any lodging or show/attraction tickets that we sell.



    To enter just click on this contest link - http://www.bransontourismcenter.com/page/contest

    For more information on the Branson Tourism Center http://www.bransontourismcenter.com
    http://www.bransontourismcenter.com/shows
    http://www.bransontourismcenter.com/lodging


    Please take a few minutes to head over to the Branson Tourism Center and either make plans to visit or enter the giveaway. Anyone who loves family themed areas will enjoy Branson. 



    **DISCLOSURE: I will be receiving a $25 gift card in compensation. All thoughts are 100% mine.  Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

    What's in the Bible Series for Children!! #FCblogger

    I recently was able to review a series for children called, What's In the Bible. This is hosted by Phil Vischer and incorporates a ton of Bible into the program and yet makes it so interesting even the adults might be caught watching it:) I had personally never heard of this program before but once I started it I knew it was something I could back and suggest to others with children. I was able to review two of the episodes but check out the whole set!


    Buck Denver Asks, What's in the Bible, Kids DVD

    The two episodes I received start off with a little boy(puppet here folks) riding in a van. He talks for just a little and then it jumps to what he calls the dvd. And there our lesson starts. But the teaching is done in such a way that you enjoy it, laugh and have fun while you are learning. I mean, we have everything from pirates, preachers, archeologists, cowboys, piano players and a whole lesson rolled into this engaging program! I think the favorite character out of them all were the two adorable and cute archeologists/adventurers know as Clive and Ian. But they are all really well done and the children found them to be quite entertaining.

    One of the parts I really liked in this series is when Pastor Paul explains a Bible word. The word doesn't necessarily have to be from the Bible but something like the Trinity. He takes the harder things in the Bible and explains them where a young person can completely understand. Each puppet character has their specific job and they are so fun to watch, even Buck Denver when he wants to forget the theme song:)

    This series is great for a Sunday school teacher, a home-school family, or for those who just want to teach their children. Oh, and grandparents might enjoy giving this to grandchildren! Overall I loved it and might have had a few differences over something but these were minor preferences. A great series that I know I will be suggesting in the future.


    Buck Denver Asks, What's in the Bible, Kids DVD

    Take a minute and check out the What's In The Bible program.



    **DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

    A Long Way Off DVD Review & #Giveaway.



    A LONG WAY OFF is a spirited, modern day retelling of the classic biblical Story of the Prodigal Son – a story about father-son relationships and about the mercy and forgiveness of both his heavenly Father and his earthly father.  Jake Abraham (JASON BURKEY/October Baby) works for his father (JOHN DIEHL/Stargate), a successful produce farmer in North Carolina.   Jake doesn’t like agri-business very much and he’s desperate to leave for the excitement and faster life of the big city. To his shock and delight, his father suddenly agrees to give Jake his inheritance so he can strike out on his own. Bidding farewell to his dad, his brother, Seth (DAVE BLAMY/Army Wives), their loyal secretary, Mrs. Grey (EDIE MCCLURG/ Ferris Bueller’s Day Off/Frozen) and their ranch hand, Jose (ROBERT AMAYA/Courageous), Jake heads to the city where he meets a new friend, Summer (ZOE MYERS/ Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) at the local coffee shop. But Jake is all too eager to sow his oats and make his fortune in a series of sharp stock market moves. He soon runs afoul of an opportunistic temptress (JOANNA JOWETT/Destiny Road) and her mysterious boyfriend, Frank (ROBERT DAVI/ License to Kill/Goonies/Diehard), and in the process, loses everything and finds his life on the line.

    MY REVIEW-I am always somewhat skeptical over a movie retelling a bible account. Many times free license is taken over what they want to put in the film but this is one movie I was impressed with. We basically see the Prodigal Son told in modern times. A young man who is working for his father but rebellious, upset at his family and an older son who is shown as having a lot of bitterness at the younger son who wants to implement new farming techniques. They really don't get along. And the father plays a wonderful part showing the kindness, compassion and love that we see in scripture.

    The film opens with Jose, a farm hand talking to Jake, the younger son. They are planning to meet for lunch and Jose narrates part of this. He tells how things are different now than they used to be and how Jake wasn't always this way. It then takes you back to before Jake gets upset and leaves the farm. I have to tell you that I think I liked the father and his portrayal best. All the actors do a great job but personally the dad was my favorite. It was soo well done about how much his dad loves him but the son doesn't want anything to do with it other than the money his father can give him. So he takes the money and heads for the big city.

    My favorite part was the end. It was very emotional and touching. I think it really helped bring things to life that we see in scripture. I would urge those with young children to use caution in viewing this film. Maybe scan it first so you know what is in there. When Jake is in town partying it up it is implied that he is immoral and we see alcohol, etc. I understand why they do it and for teenagers I don't see any problem showing them this film but for younger children it might be above their heads. Otherwise a great film that I was very impressed with. Wonderful portrayal of our heavenly Father who loves us and waits for us. Excellent!



    Is anyone interested in a giveaway? This is the copy I reviewed so it has been opened and watched once. But still in great shape. USA only as I am shipping. Giveaway will end 9/17 and winner will be chosen through Random.org. They will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

    Monday, September 1, 2014

    Orkin Fact or Fake App + Scientific Back-to-School PRIZE PACK #Giveaway!

    Well, I can't believe September is here already. Seems like summer just started and yet we are heading into fall. Hopefully your weather is more like fall than ours is. I have a totally fun giveaway for you all today. Orkin always has the neatest giveaways! Remember the last one I did with a magnifying glass, sunglasses, activity book and bug catcher? This one is for back to school science and I think these are more for the adults or older children. I know I can't wait for my pack to come in:)



     How many of you have heard facts about bugs, only to go look it up and find out it wasn't true? I sure have! Anything from why fireflies light up to how bees find the smelliest flowers. It is interesting to see the answers I have heard to my questions. Now you can take the Fact or Fake quiz and see how you match up. I am going to take it myself for fun!



    One of my readers will be receiving their own prize pack pictured above. This giveaway will end 9/12 and winner will be chosen through Random.org. They will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

    Friday, August 29, 2014

    For Such a Time by Kate Breslin #Review

    Powerful Retelling of the Story of Esther — In 1944, blonde and blue-eyed Jewess Hadassah Benjamin feels abandoned by God when she is saved from a firing squad only to be handed over to a new enemy. Pressed into service by SS-Kommandant Colonel Aric von Schmidt at the transit camp of Theresienstadt in Czechoslovakia, she is able to hide behind the false identity of Stella Muller. However, in order to survive and maintain her cover as Aric's secretary, she is forced to stand by as her own people are sent to Auschwitz. 



    Suspecting her employer is a man of hidden depths and sympathies, Stella cautiously appeals to him on behalf of those in the camp. Aric's compassion gives her hope, and she finds herself battling a growing attraction for this man she knows she should despise as an enemy.

    Stella pours herself into her efforts to keep even some of the camp's prisoners safe, but she risks the revelation of her true identity with every attempt. When her bravery brings her to the point of the ultimate sacrifice, she has only her faith to lean upon. Perhaps God has placed her there for such a time as this, but how can she save her people when she is unable to save herself?



    MY THOUGHTS-This book here is one you will want to read again and again! Kate Breslin opens the book with questions and keeps you guessing until the end. This is based on the story of Esther and it very much brings the Bible to life. I was amazed at how it mirrored the Bible account.

    The leading lady is Stella Muller, or as some know her, Hadassah. As the book starts we see her locked up in an attic unsure of what the day will bring. Could be death. Especially when a German officer arrives to take her away. I would have a hard time picking a favorite between Stella or Aric, the German officer. I like his kindness, boldness and compassion that many didn't show back then. This time period was fraught with hardships, murders and people showing racism because of someones blood. Stella shows stupendous courage as well and I quickly fell in love with her. My favorite part was at the end and Joseph brings his mother a gift from a soldier. Wow!! I had tears rolling down my cheeks and chills at the same time. What a story. Definitely be looking for others by Kate Breslin. An author who brought this novel to life.



    **DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

    Wednesday, August 27, 2014

    Essentia Water for my #Exercise!

    I received product from Essentia Water for my review purposes. All thoughts are 100% mine. No other compensation was given. 

    For those of you following my weight loss challenge, I apologize for not being as strict on posting about it. I am following through on my end but not as consistent with posting for you all. One of the problems I have is trying to hydrate after I workout. I don't exactly want to consume a bunch of calories but I do want to re-hydrate once I sweat it all out:) There are drinks out there that I can use but I don't care for the sugar and dyes that are in most of them. I would rather drink just plain ole water, but that also doesn't restore with electrolytes. That is why I was super excited to try Essentia Water!! It is Enhanced Hydration Perfected! And I am totally loving it:)



    I received a box of bottled water from Essentia and in varying sizes. Two were pop-top bottles that work great for taking to the gym, fitting in my cup holder, etc. Then two of them were a middle size with screw on tops. These were used to put my flavoring in as I sometimes put a liquid drop of flavoring in my water. And the third size was a full 1.5-liter bottle. I used these for filling my infuser water bottle. I have one of the bottles you can put fruit in the bottom and it flavors your water. So it was excellent to have the big bottle.


    I was kind of expecting a flavor difference in the water as it is alkaline water that has been electrolyte enhanced with minerals. But I couldn't tell a difference in flavor, texture, etc. It was like drinking a regular bottle of water!! The only difference? There were good minerals in here to help hydrate me instead of just drinking plain ole water. I could tell after my workout that I felt better after drinking this water but just that I was refreshed quicker. Believe me, it isn't a miracle product, but I like how it worked. Ice cold, with fruit, or just out of the bottle, I used it after my workouts and felt refreshed. If you are someone who regularly exercises, runs, jogs, any workout that you sweat a lot, this is a product I would urge you to look into.

    Be sure to follow Essentia Water on their social media sites. They have a splendid giveaway right now that only has a few days left to enter! 

    So tell me, how do you hydrate after a workout? What is your favorite way to refresh? 






    **DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

    $200 B&B Weekend Getaway Giveaway & 9/9 Facebook Party with Deborah Raney!

    Home to Chicory Lane || Book 1, A Chicory Inn Novel


    Landyn longs for home, but her mother may have other plans.
    Audrey Whitman’s dreams are coming true. Now that their five kids are grown, she and her husband, Grant, are turning their beloved family home into a cozy bed and breakfast just a mile outside of Langhorne, Missouri.
    Opening weekend makes Audrey anxious, with family and friends coming from all over to help celebrate the occasion. But when Audrey’s daughter, Landyn, arrives, the U-Haul she’s pulling makes it clear she’s not just here for a few days. Audrey immediately has questions. What happened in New York that sent Landyn running home? Where was Landyn’s husband, Chase? And what else was her daughter not telling her? One thing was for sure, the Chicory Inn was off to a rocky start. Can Audrey still realize her dream and at the same time provide the comfort of home her daughter so desperately needs?


    MY REVIEW-Deborah Raney is one of those authors I really enjoy reading. She writes novels about real people in real life situations. And this new series is no different. You will thoroughly love this book and the characters found therein.

    Grant and Audrey have made their house into an inn after their children have all grown and moved out. Audrey is dealing with having an empty house but also worrying about her husband and the debt they have from the inn. The dialogue goes back and forth from all the main players, Audrey, Grant, Chase, and Landyn. We see what is going on with all of them and their perspectives. When the open house day comes their daughter Landyn arrives pulling a trailer and no husband. Turns out her husband Chase made a stupid move. Or what appears to be a stupid move to her. So she left him in NY and came home to MO.

    I really fell in love with Audrey and Grant. They have their problems but you could just feel the love between them. Their relationship is so sweet as you see them work out their difficulties. Of course at times I wanted to slap each of them, but they put each other first and really show a wonderful marriage. Landyn and Chase I had a little bit of trouble with. Mainly because they were so stubborn with each other. And don't get me wrong, I understand having hurt feelings and the little things that seem to be bigger than they are. But they seemed to over-react a lot and almost act childish. Before the book is over you will want to scream and I think this makes the book so realistic. Often situations in life make us feel upset, angry and unsure of what our choice should be. Wonderful opening to a new series Deborah!!


    THE WEEKEND GETAWAY CONTEST!!

    The first book in Deborah Raney's new Chicory Inn series, Home to Chicory Lane, introduces us to Audrey Whitman, a mother who has launched all her children into life and now looks forward to fulfilling some of her own dreams during her empty-nest years. However, not all of her children are ready to stay out of the nest quite yet.

    Deborah is celebrating the release of her new series with a $200 B&B Weekend Getaway and a Facebook author chat party.



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    One winner will receive:



    • A B&B Weekend Getaway (via a $200 Visa cash card)

    • Home to Chicory Lane by Deborah Raney


    • Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 9th. Winner will be announced at the Home to Chicory Lane Author Chat Party on 9/9. Deborah will be hosting a heartfelt book chat, giving away prizes, and answering questions from readers. She will also share an exclusive sneak peek at the next book in the Chicory Inn series!






      So grab your copy of Home to Chicory Lane and join Deborah on the evening of September 9th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)





      Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 9th!


      **DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**
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