Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Hero DVD giveaway

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

I just watched a really good father son movie!  Every Boy Needs a Hero is a movie that families can watch together and bond.  I love the value of the importance of fathers that this movie instills.  I know that there are circumstances that make it impossible for fathers to be in the picture, but every boy needs a positive male role model in their lives, whether it be a coach, a teacher, an uncle, etc.  This movie shows that importance and encourages dads to get involved in their children's lives!  It also is based off of baseball which is America's favorite sport!  This is a movie we will be watching for movie night one Friday.  My husband and sons will all love it.

Watch the trailer:

About this movie:
From the producers of Alone Yet Not Alone, comes a heartfelt movie about legendary small town baseball coach, Joe Finn, who after taking his shot as a scout for the big leagues returns home to discover the damage he's done by leaving his family behind.  Now on a quest to rebuild his relationship with his son David, Joe forms a new baseball league to reinvigorate the underdog little league team his son had been coaching.  Together, as father and son, they try to put away their differences and help bring their ragtag team of ball players, "The Gappers", to victory.

This movie is scheduled to be released Tuesday, September 16th!

Win It:  One lucky reader of mine will receive a copy of this great movie for their family!  Just enter on the rafflecopter form.

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Summer reading with Scholastic

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

Summer is full of outside time, swimming, and having fun.  Summer is also a great time to keep your children encouraged in reading.  Scholastic has plenty of great books to choose from for children of any age.  Boys and girls will have a tough time choosing just one book.  There are chapter books for the more advanced readers and simple board books for those who are just learning to read.  There is something for every reading level.  Some of the books that my boys have enjoyed include: the Magic School Bus series, Mighty Robots, and Fly Guy.  I really enjoy watching my sons reading books, especially when I see them reading to each other!  Twice a year Scholastic comes to my son's school and holds a book fair and we let them each pick out a book to add to our home library.  They love it.  It is awesome to see that they have a love for reading.

What is your child's favorite book?

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Fresh Baby Summer Food Safety

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

I have found myself spending a lot of time with my toddler nephew.  Of course as an aunt, I want the best for him, just like I do my own children.  When I heard of the Fresh Baby Summer Food Safety Program, I wanted to learn more about it.  Here is some information that I received:  Fresh Baby supports parents with simple and natural solutions to reducing a child's risk of obesity by promoting the development of healthy eating habits from the first bite of solid foods.  The recipes included in the books, newsletter and online were developed to be convenient for anyone, no matter their income or location.  With research concluding that children's eating preferences are establish by age 3, it is clear that parents play a crucial role in getting their children off to the right start.  

Here are some of the items that I received from Fresh Baby:

I love the storage pouch.  It was so easy to just toss this in the diaper bag on the go!

Children's and Adult Reusable Water Bottles
These fold flat for easy transport!  Definitely a plus!

This has to be my favorite item!  I love the looks of this, and I love how easy it is to keep snacks with me as I go place to place with him.

These are super helpful.  I love blending up some fruits and veggies for smoothies and recipes and these bags make it easy to measure and store!

All of these products have made it easier for me to make sure that, when my nephew is in my care he is eating healthy.  These products are very reasonably priced so you could make up some great baby shower presents with a few of these items!

Win it!  One lucky reader of mine will receive the same products that I did.  How awesome is that?!  All you have to do is enter below on the rafflecopter form.

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Wow, it's been a month!

Man, have I been slacking here.  Things have been so crazy.  We are in the process of buying a house so the house hunting has taken up a bunch of our time.  We are still looking for "our" house.  We have found a few and have made an offer but, things just haven't worked out yet.  But we have to be strong in our faith and not get depressed and know that this is all in God's timing, not ours.
The boys have gone back to school now and that takes a little bit of extra time to get them to school and get them into a routine after school.  All of the homework that has to get done with all three kids really does take up a lot of time.  I might even have to go to school with them to understand some of their math work.

I have finally found some time to catch up on my blog and get back to schedule.  So be expecting some great reviews and giveaways that have been waiting to be put up!

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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