Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Perfect Summer

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

I got to watch a great movie over the summer.  A movie, that after I watched it with my husband, I wanted my 9 year old to watch.  The storyline is safe for young children and pre-teens could enjoy it.  My son liked that he got to watch a big kid movie.  This movie is about a mom and a son (Jake) who move across the country to live with her dad.  Jake is a teenager who is struggling to fit in with the local kids.  He asks his grandfather for some surfing lessons and encounters a group of guys who cause trouble.  Jake has a decision to make.  He could give-up or keep going.  This was a good movie for my son, who keeps quitting and is hard on himself.  This movie has no cuss words, has a fight seen but isn't too bad.  Great family movie!

About the movie:  In The Perfect Summer, fatherless teenage Jake is happy living in Chicago, until his mother decides to uproot them to a small surfing town where her estranged father, Jake's grandfather, lives.  The transition isn't easy for anyone and it seems everywhere he goes, Jake manages to make enemies, including the town bully, Tyler, who doesn't like the new interloper or his interest in young surfing prodigy, Kayla.  Stuck in the beach town with no friends and no knowledge of surfing, Jake has nowhere to turn until Cody (Jason Castro), the local surf shop owner, reveals that Jake's grandfather is a surf legend.  Tired of feeling like an outcast, Jake asks Lou to teach him about surfing.  Jake learns to face his fears, push through inhibitions and realizes that winning the respect of his new peers- and Kayla's heart- might mean facing the biggest challenge of his life.

Parents Ask, Experts Answer

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

Just in case you didn't know, I love reading parenting books.  I love getting as much knowledge as I can in raising my own children.  Finding out what works and what doesn't work in other families helps me to know what to try and what not to try.  I was given the opportunity to read Parents Ask, Experts Answer: Nurturing Happy, Healthy Children.  This book has been helpful in quite a few situations with my own boys.  While I do think this book is geared towards parents with younger ones, I have found some great advice in it for my older children too.  My favorite topics from this book are Peer Pressure, Sibling Rivalry, and Technology.  The chapters are not too long but they are packed with useful knowledge.  Some of which I found that I already do and some of which are new ideas to try.  I love hearing a few different experts opinions on these topics.

About Parents Ask, Experts Answer:

Who's the expert on your child?  You are!  But, wheat if you need validation?  What if you need support?  What if you have questions?  As a parent, you may assume others have it all figured out-that there is some kind of magic decoder ring or secret handshake that will give you the key to parenting.  But, if each child is unique, how can there be a one-size-fits-all guide to parenting?  Although no one has it all figured out, Parents Ask, Experts Answer empowers you by offering caring, informed responses from a variety of trusted professionals.  By presenting multiple solutions to each challenge, Parents Ask, Experts Answer helps you see that there may be several right answers to a problem.  You will be empowered to choose a realistic solution that is right for your family.

What is a parenting topic you want to know more about?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Noah giveaway

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

So a few months back the movie Noah came out in theaters.  There was so much controversy about this movie.  I finally was able to see this movie.  While I was watching this movie, I found myself questioning some of the things that were happening.  Now, I know that no one really knows for sure everything that happened in Noah's days, because no one was there.  The Bible gives account for it but it doesn't go into great detail about being on the ark and everything.  The only way we will know everything is to ask God when we go to Heaven.  I think Hollywood did it's part in entertaining.  The actors did a great job.  I believe that God will do His part in the lives of those who watch this movie.  It should encourage people to pick up the Bible to see how much of this is true, which will plant a seed in their lives and now all they have to do is water that seed by reading further.  This movie is a little intense for younger children.  It is rated PG-13.

Do you want to see this movie for yourself?  Then enter below on the rafflecopter form.  One lucky winner will receive a BluRay/DVD Combo pack of the movie Noah.

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Enough 10 Things We Should Be Telling Teenage Girls giveaway

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

You must be tan.  You have to be ditzy.  You should have the perfect body.  These are just a few of the things that the world is telling our pre-teen and teenage girls.  In the book Enough: 10 Things We Should Be Telling Teenage Girls, Kate Conner talks about a few things that girls should know.  I like how she tells her own stories of things that have happened to her.  She is real in what she is saying.  I don't have girls of my own but I have a bunch of nieces that I am gonna pass this book around to their parents.  It is an easy read with a lot of useful advice.

About the book:

You are beautiful.  You are valuable.  You are enough.

In a book based on her run-away blog post "Ten Things I Want to Tell Teenage Girls," which garnered more than 2 million views in two weeks, Kate Conner calls us to action in Enough.  We all have teenage girls in our lives who we love, whether it's a sister, friend, or daughter.  Kate has identified 10 things these girls need to hear today from someone who love her.

Peppered with wi and laced with grace, Kate's list tackles relevant issues like Facebook, emotions, drama, tanning beds, modesty, and flirtation.  Woven into each chapter is a powerful message of worth that transcends age, and will touch the should of women, young and old alike:  You are beautiful.  You are valuable.  You are enough.

A former youth-worker, wife to a college minister, and a young mom in her twenties, Conner stands squarely in generational gap, the perfect place from which to bridge it.  Conner offers herself as a translator, helping you to speak your teenager's language and equipping you with a fresh perspective from which to engage your teenage girl-one that may enable her to truly hear your heart (and your wisdom) for the first time since puberty.

Win a copy:
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Monday, August 11, 2014

First Things First…Date Your Spouse

(Disclosure:  This is a sponsored post.  All opinions shared are my own.)

Remember when you were dating before you married your spouse.  You would make the time to go out and spend time with each other.  That time spent together drew you closer together.  Fast forward a few years after you say "I Do".  When was the last time you went on a date with your spouse?  Being married with kids, I know it is hard to find that time.  He is working.  You are working.  Housework needs to be done.  Kids need to go here and there.  Need to find a babysitter.  Not enough money.  There will always be another excuse as to why you can't go on a date with your spouse, but your relationship needs that time together.  Don't buy that coffee for a few days and use it for a picnic date at the park.  Go on a nature trail.  Watch the sunset.  There are a lot of things that are free and cheap that you can go do on a date.

First Things First has a lot of tips for Marriage, Parenting, Relationships.  They are offering a family prize pack to one lucky reader of mine.  Enter below.  One winner will receive a His and Hers MoonPie T-shirt, and 2 boxes of single decker MoonPies.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Drop Your Pants For Underwareness

(This is a sponsored post by Depend.  All opinions shared are my own.)

After having 3 kids within 3 years, I have noticed a little bladder leakage.  There is a few other moms that I know who have mentioned the same problem.  Sometimes a sneeze, cough, or a good laugh could cause a little leakage.  I know that most people think that bladder leakage is more for the elderly but did you know that 65 million Americans experience bladder leakage, and that half of them are under 50, and 12 MILLION are under 35!  I will admit that before having kids, I always thought Depend was for older people, but now I know that I was wrong.  Luckily Depend has plenty of options for protection.  They have products for both women and men.  It isn't a one package fits all.  Now Depend has products that have Fit-Flex Protection!  

Now, I don't know if you've seen the commercial yet where everyone is walking around without their pants, at first I was like what in the world are they doing.  Then I saw that they are raising awareness about bladder protection.  The Drop Your Pants for Underwareness is a social movement with a charitable cause.  Depend will donate $1, up to $3 million, over the next three years to charities that advance the research, education, and awareness of bladder protection leakage for:

-Every pant drop, photo and video shared using #Underwareness and #DropYourPants
-Every personal video made about what Underwareness means to you that is uploaded to YouTube and tagged with #Underwareness and #DropYourPants

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Ruby Rockets

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

During the summer months my kids are always asking for cool treats.  I don't blame them either.  Here is Florida, our summers get really hot, humid and miserable.  I don't like giving them unhealthy sugar filled snacks and sometimes they want something more refreshing than cold fruit.  I found out about Ruby Rockets.  When I received them I opened each flavor up and gave a different flavor to each of my 3 sons.  Of course, I had to taste each of them too.  While these have veggies in them, you can't really taste them.  You can taste the sweet fruit flavors.  My kids loved them.  They noticed a different texture but it didn't mind it.  Afterwards, I told them that they just had a fruit and veggie popsicle and they were surprised.  I had them rank the flavors and all 3 boys liked the Galaxy Green, then the Orbit Orange and the Rock-It Red was last.  I use these popsicles for my 1 year old nephew too whenever I watch him.  It is good snack that is refreshing and healthy and I am okay with giving to everyone.  I also found that while these melt like any other popsicle would, it is slower to melt.

About Ruby Rockets:
-Only 4g of sugar in each pop
-Only popsicle with Healthy Probiotics
-Excellent Source of Vitamin A and C
-No added sugars, sweeteners, stabilizers, artificial colors or flavors
-Less than 35 calories in each pop
-Gluten-Free, Dairy-free and Vegan

These fun popsicles come in 3 delicious flavors:

Rock-It Red- Strawberry, Carrot, Sweet Potato, Beet and Lemon
Orbit Orange- Orange, Sweet Potato, Carrot, Lemon, and Strawberry
Galaxy Green- Kiwi, Avocado, Spinach, and Lemon

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