Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Summer Spirit Of Giving #SSGiving

Usually during the winter holidays is normally when people get into the Mompact Summer Spirit of Giving.  There are still 11 months in the rest of the year that people could still be in need of someone who has the spirit of giving.  I know that some people think that giving usually means something that costs money, but in reality, it doesn't have to.  Just the other day, I had my sons help me mow our elderly neighbors yard.  I was teaching them that it is okay to help out someone without being asked, and without expecting something in return.  I think it sunk in with them.  I also love sharing Boogie Wipes with random parents that I see.  (Boogie Wipes is a great mom made product that helps young children with runny noses!)  There are so many ways that you can share the giving spirit with others, here are just a couple of ideas:  

Hand out water bottles on a hot summer day
Collect things for nursing homes
Make a dinner for someone who is sick 

Also, get the children involved.  Teaching this upcoming generation about kindness and giving could be a great thing for our future!  

I think that this is a great event from MomPact.  (MomPact is a great place to find out how to make your own company and find companies that were developed by moms just like us.)

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Virtuous DVD

(Disclosure:  I received this movie in exchange for my honest opinion.  All opinions shared are my own.)

I absolutely love reviewing movies.  I love adding films to our family library that we can all watch without the worries of foul language or inappropriate scenes.  Virtuous is one of those movies I am glad I have.  When it first started, I was thinking there is some over-acting going on and I am watching another cheesy Christian movie.  Once you get past that, the storyline draws you in.  I found myself really into this movie and hoping that everything worked out with the characters.  It's a good film that I could show in my youth group or young adult class at church.

Check out this trailer:

About the movie:

When a young woman, Simone Burner is accused of murdering the man who assaulted her, she seeks out the help of attorney Jack Evans to prove her innocence.  A ruthless and corrupt prosecutor engages her in a trial that brings the past she's longed to escape to the forefront of her defense.  "Virtuous" will inspire and ignite you to live the principles of proverbs 31-faith, integrity, wisdom and honor.

What is your favorite family friendly film?

Women are Scary

(Disclosure:  I received this book in order to facilitate my review.  All opinions shared are my own.)

So, I'll be honest, women are scary lol.  I don't have a lot of women friends.  I find it hard to be friends with women because I feel that lots of women can be judgmental towards each other.  I also spent the last 10 years busy being a mom to my boys and now that they are at an independent age, I find that I don't have many women that I can call up to chat.  I have lots of acquaintances but not that one really good friend.  I desire to have that friendship with another mom but, it is awkward to form that friendship.  It's like I am back at the first day of school.  The book Women Are Scary nailed it.  It talks about all the different mommy wars that we have and how to overcome those and become the friends that we need.  This book would be a great gift for a new mom so that she can get ahead of the game and make that mom friend.

About the book:

A popular blogger offers solid advice to forming mom relationships, leading readers from acquaintances to lifelong friends.  Too many women are frazzled and lonely, isolated in their minivans while schlepping bags, strollers, and munchkins to and fro across town.  It doesn't have to be this way.  In this hilarious yet thought-provoking guide to "momlationships," blogger Melanie Dale uses a dating analogy to help women get more intentional about bonding with each other.  "We are better together," she writes.  "We make each other better moms, better humans.  We need each other, because mothering is just too darn hard."  Using humor and stories from the trenches of motherhood, Women are Scary leads readers from acquaintances to lifelong friends.  "This is our journey to each other," Melanie continues, "to finding our people and being other people's people, learning how to bless each other and not destroy each other.

All Groan Up

(Disclosure:  I received this book in order to facilitate my review.  All opinions shared are my own.)

You've graduated high school.  Finished getting your college degree.  Now what?  What are you supposed to do now that you are an "adult"?  In the book  All Groan Up, Paul Angone talks about his journey into adulthood.  He opens up about his own personal experiences and how he has become the person he has.  There were some hilarious parts to this book, and some parts of this book, I felt like he was describing my life.  This book would be a good gift to give someone in college or going to college.

About this book:

This is the honest and hilarious story of author Paul Angone as he emerges into the unknowns of adulthood.  Angone writes about life's biggest transition with humor and hope, wit and wisdom,  snark and sarcasm, all with complete and utter transparency about the most defining decade of our lives.
Come on, how hard can it be?  It's a question millions of students are asking themselves right now, thinking about life after college.  When will life feel like it's supposed to?  It's a question millions of graduates are asking themselves right now, thinking about life after college.  You're not alone in this twenty-something struggle, quips author Paul Angone.  All Groan Up is for college students who are great at pinpointing what they don't want to do, and for college grads who are struggling with pinpointing who they want to be-as thoughts of changing the world take a back seat to the reality of making a living and moving out of their parents basement.  This juicy, brilliant, and candid story of Paul's own journey into adulthood to find the secret to the ever so coveted purposeful and impassioned life-or just a job that pays-is eloquently penned and hilariously relatable.  When adulthood goes awry, when goals have gone astray, when handy life plans have gone up in flames, All Groan Up is a must read for twenty somethings and their parents and loved ones.

Monday, July 13, 2015

God's Not Dead 2

(Disclosure:  I received this information to pass on to my readers.  All opinions shared are my own.)

I have to be honest, my husband and I finally got to watch God's Not Dead the other night.  It was such a good movie for families with older children to watch.  My 7 & 8 would lose interest in it, but I could see my 10 year old watching it all the way through.  When we watch movies late at night, I usually fall asleep, but as we were watching this, I couldn't because it is such a great movie.  I thought it was funny that the next day is when I heard about the sequel coming.  That's just the way God works.

About the movie:

Scheduled to be released in theaters Easter 2016, God's Not Dead 2 will have audiences standing unashamedly and firmly in their faith during a time when it seems increasingly unfavorable and divisive to do so in the public square.  The film takes audiences back to Hope Springs, Arkansas…home not only of Hadleigh University, but also of Martin Luther King Jr. High School, where beloved teacher of the year Grace Wesley helps students understand and enjoy history.  Grace's love of teaching, her love of life, and her love of people all come from the same place: her love of Christ.  So when Brooke, a hurting student grieving the loss of her brother, finds Grace at a coffee shop, their conversation naturally leads to Grace sharing with Brooke the hope she finds in Christ.  However, when Brooke asks an honest question about Jesus during a lesson Grace is teaching about Dr. King and Gandhi, Grace's answer lands her in big trouble-almost before she finishes giving her reasoned response.  With the principle and superintendent teaming up with a zealous civil liberties group represented by an attorney with no love lost for God, Grace faces an epic court case with, the help of a sympathetic and charismatic defense lawyer that could cost her the career she had always dreamed of-and expel God from the classroom once and for all.  In a story that could easily be pulled from today's headlines, it's good to remember some things will always remain the same:  "God IS Surely Alive!"

This is one movie I can't wait to go see.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Beginners Bible Giveaway

(Disclosure:  I received these products in order to facilitate my review.  All opinions shared are my own.)

Happy Birthday to The Beginner's Bible.  They have been around for 25 years now.  I remember it when I was little and I was excited to be able to purchase it for my own kids.  I have read it to each of my children from front to back, numerous times.  I love the bright illustrations and my kids love the stories that are included in it.  I received a variety of products from Zonderkidz to review.  Each book has its own value.  My kids love the Super Duty Mighty Jumbo activity book.  This has kept them busy during this summer.  Jesus Shows God's Love is a great book for younger readers to read.  It is easy to read.  The Noah's Ark story book is really cute to read to your younger children.  The Bible Story Favorites dvd is really entertaining for young ones who like watching movies.  This is great to watch together as a family and discuss the stories.  The Beginner's Bible NIRV bible is great for the older readers to start reading God's word.  The words are large enough that young eyes doesn't have to strain to read.  These are all great products to add to your family library.  But I have one favorite in particular that I am sharing.  The Beginner's Bible Collectors Edition.  This product includes the Beginner's Bible Story book and 2 dvds with Bible stories.  This would make a perfect gift for any young child.  

Speaking of gifts…I get the opportunity to give this Collectors Edition away to one of my lucky readers.  How awesome.  All you have to do is enter the rafflecopter form.  Please note that if you have received this for your own review, you are not eligible to win this from me.  

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Pirate's Code giveaway

(Disclosure:  I received this movie in order to facilitate my review.  All opinions shared are my own.)

Summer time is here and my kids have already started the "I'm bored" statements.  So I put on a movie that I had received from FlyBy Promotions called Pirate's Code.  This is the 2nd movie in the Mickey Matson series.  When my kids asked what I was putting on I told them a pirate movie.  Their response was most pirate movies are inappropriate.  I told them this one would be fine for them to watch.  When it started, all 3 of my boys were glued to their seats.  They love adventure type movies and this one was a perfect fit for them.  I love that this movie was clean.  No cuss words, no sex scenes, very minor violence.  The kids all really enjoy this movie and will watch it often.

About this movie:

In this follow up to Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Treasure, Mickey Matson is at it again; this time pitted against the evil Admiral Ironsides and his gang of pirates who are intent on destroying civilization.  Their new invention, the Tesla Coil, is a weapon of mass destruction that will send an electromagnetic pulse throughout the world, destroying every electronic device in existence.  With the help of a secret organization, Mickey and his best friend Sully, embark on a mission to stop the pirates from taking over a submarine and stealing the last part needed to complete their devastating weapon.  If Admiral Ironsides succeeds in his plan, civilization will be sent back to the Stone Age.  It's a race against time, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance.

Watch the trailer:

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One lucky reader of mine will be receiving this movie for their family.

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