May 12, 2022

Family Camp Movie - Comes out TOMORROW!!!


FAMILY CAMP is a faith-based family comedy from The Skit Guys, opening in theaters May 
13. It’s fun (and funny!) for the whole family ... everyone from 8 to 80.

Synopsis: When their pastor encourages the congregation to sign-up for a week away at family camp, Grace (Leigh-Allyn Baker) believes she’s found the perfect cure for her imperfect clan—even if they’d all rather be anywhere but at rustic Camp Katokwah. The first feature film from The Skit Guys—Tommy Woodard and Eddie James—FAMILY CAMP is a laugh-out-loud comedy that is sure to touch the hearts and tickle the funny bones of every family member from eight to eighty.

While there should be an endless supply, it sure feels as if we are running low on hope these days. FAMILY CAMP combines hope with humor and Him in an encouraging movie. By seeing it opening weekend (May 13-15), you are letting Hollywood know that you and your family want more movies like this!

I've enjoyed the past few Christian/Family friendly movies I've seen so I'm very excited to share this one with my family tomorrow. We are going in theaters, so I don't want to spoil the plot here. Go see it tomorrow!!!

Tickets are on sale now at https://familycampmovie.com/tickets/

Many thanks to K-LOVE Films for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own.

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March 31, 2022

WAITRESS: Broadway musical, in Philadelphia

WAITRESS is the first Broadway musical in history with an all-female creative team (including music and lyrics by beloved singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles). The cast is led by three incredible women, including Jisel Ayon Soleil, the first person of color to tour as Jenna!

This was my first time seeing a show since the global pandemic, and it was a welcome break. It was also my first time seeing Waitress, but I've heard a lot about it from watching Colleen Ballinger's Youtube channel. She had a chance to place Dawn in this production a few years back, so I was very excited to see what all the hype was about. 

While it wasn't as emotionally gripping as other shows I've seen (Les Miserables, Wicked etc) it had a good mixture of comedy and gravity. It was a tale of a woman stuck in an abusive relationship, finding herself pregnant, trying to find a way to escape the life she seemed trapped in. It was well done, and I really enjoyed it.

Buy tickets to see the show here: https://www.kimmelculturalcampus.org/

March 24, 2022

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I enjoy looking onto Pure Flix for family movie night. We try to hang out every Friday night as a family and find something the entire family can watch and there are so many to choose from. A couple years ago my older kids watched the Passion, but it was a bit too intense, so I was happy to see they came out with a "brick" version for kids. My son has watched Lego everything - Lego batman, Lego star wars etc. It makes it relatable to him and his interests, so I'm thrilled to see some Christian content in "brick" form.

There are also films that my husband and I would enjoy like the Case for Christ. I remember reading this book back when I was in high school. I'll admit I've gotten out of the habit of reading my Bible regularly and reading Christian education books like I used to, but putting the information into film format makes it more appealing to me and my stage of life. It's something that enriches our minds but also provides some entertainment.

As we approach the Easter season, check out the wide variety of Easter films that are available on Pure Flix. You can sign up for a free trial and see if this subscription is for you. I also know that many churches provide memberships, so perhaps yours does. It never hurts to ask, right?

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Many thanks to Pure Flix for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own.

March 21, 2022

Money Management & Planning For The Future

When my husband and I met we came from opposite ends of the money management spectrum. I believed in saving up and paying cash, or paying off my card immediately after a purchase. He was extremely responsible with his finances, but believed in putting things on credit and getting loans. Sometimes it was out of necessity. When we first met we took a course about money management, and read a book by Dave Ramsey, and it changed everything for us.  

The premise behind this money management method was being wise with your money and planning for the future. Of course, paying off debts was a top priority, but so was planning for an emergency. If you don't have an emergency fund then every little bill becomes an emergency, because you aren't prepared to handle it. That is a stressful way to live. Yes, many people have to live paycheck to paycheck, but there are probably small ways to cut back in order to set aside even five or ten dollars here and there, and those do add up over time. Or even check out tips on how to re-use and upcycle things you already own, instead of buying more. It is possible!

Another thing we learned is that there are multiple ways to plan for emergencies, where finances are concerned. Yes, you should have an emergency fund, which would be money in the bank you only touch for emergencies. However what about a death? This is where having a will comes into play as well as life insurance. Wills allow others to be able to take over your assets without waiting for a lot of court battles and red tape. It sets your loved ones up for a better financial situation in the event of a death. 

Not only should you create a will for yourself, but also invest in a life insurance plan. There are many places where you can get term life insurance quotes. This was the type recommended to us because in theory, if we are being responsible with our finances and putting money aside for decades, we should have enough savings by the time we are older that our savings will be build up, and no life insurance would be needed then, so term life insurance was the way to go. If you are older, then perhaps whole life insurance is the way to go, but we still had time to save and plan and prepare for our futures.

How are you planning for the future? I know some people buy canned goods and bottled water just in case we had another global pandemic, or even a war. It may be nice to have an emergency kit if this is something you worry about. Some people keep their cash under their mattress, but I advise against this method of planning personally. Everyone plans for the future different, but we could all learn a thing or two.

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March 18, 2022

Until Leaves Fall In Paris - by Sarah Sundin

As the Nazis march toward Paris in 1940, American ballerina Lucie Girard buys her favorite English-language bookstore to allow the Jewish owners to escape. Lucie struggles to run Green Leaf Books due to oppressive German laws and harsh conditions, but she finds a way to aid the resistance by passing secret messages between the pages of her books.

Widower Paul Aubrey wants nothing more than to return to the States with his little girl, but the US Army convinces him to keep his factory running and obtain military information from his German customers. As the war rages on, Paul offers his own resistance by sabotaging his product and hiding British airmen in his factory. After they meet in the bookstore, Paul and Lucie are drawn to each other, but she rejects him when she discovers he sells to the Germans. And for Paul to win her trust would mean betraying his mission.

Master of WWII-era fiction Sarah Sundin invites you onto the streets of occupied Paris to discover whether love or duty will prevail.

My Thoughts: I've been a fan of this author for years now. I was never a history fan when in school, but now I love reading historical fiction. The people and places come to life in her novels, and she always weaves in great interpersonal stories that draw me deeper into her novels. This book was no exception. I loved the ballerina who struggled to do the right thing, while struggling with knowing what the "right thing" to do was. It would be hard to be in her situation to want to support friends, follow her passion, and also follow her heart. While the relationship trajectory may be somewhat easy to predict, I still really love these novels by Sarah Sundin.

Thank you to Revell Books for a chance to read this novel early!

March 02, 2022

Tyson's Run Movie & GIVEAWAY

 ABOUT TYSON'S RUN

When fifteen-year-old Tyson attends public school for the first time, his life is changed forever. While helping his father clean up after the football team, Tyson befriends champion marathon runner Aklilu. Never letting his autism hold him back, Tyson becomes determined to run his first marathon in hopes of winning his father's approval.

With the help of an unlikely friend and his parents, Tyson learns that with faith in yourself and the courage to take the first step, anything is possible.


Watch the Trailer Below:


ABOUT TYSON'S RUN
 

When fifteen-year-old Tyson attends public school for the first time, his life is changed forever. While helping his father clean up after the football team, Tyson befriends champion marathon runner Aklilu. Never letting his autism hold him back, Tyson becomes determined to run his first marathon in hopes of winning his father's approval.

With the help of an unlikely friend and his parents, Tyson learns that with faith in yourself and the courage to take the first step, anything is possible.


My Thoughts:

It's a feel good movie that the entire family can enjoy together. Autism affects so many families, so it's nice to see it represented here. I think many parents have to "grieve" the child they thought they would have. We all have expectations going into parenting like..."I can't wait to play baseball with my son" or "I can't wait to take my daughter to ballet" but what if your child is not interested in these or not skilled in these areas? You have to let go of the ideas you had for who your child would be or what they would do, and learn to the love the child in front of you, as he/she is! I had to learn this being an adoptive parent. They may not have our traits or follow in our footsteps, but they are mine. I love who they are and can't wait to see who they'll become! The dad learned to fully embrace his son as he was, and Tyson overcome his obstacles, and both met with success!

Don’t miss this feel-good story of faith, courage, grit, and unlikely alliances for a teen on the autism spectrum. You will come away inspired!

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Many thanks to Collide Distribution for providing a sample of the product for this re-view. Opinions are 100% my own.


March 01, 2022

Where I find jewelry Inspiration?


Many of you have commented on my posts and videos asking where I find my jewelry or where I get my jewelry inspiration, so I thought I would make a dedicated post on this topic. For starters I have one piercing in each ear, and nowhere else, so we're strictly talking about earrings in this post because that's all I know. I love all types of metals for reference, so let's jump right in.


There are a few places that are my "to go" places for jewelry inspiration. The first place to check out is
 is a website called AURATE. I enjoy browsing this site, but the prices are a bit higher than I usually spend, but still, they have great pieces. I especially love their
drop earrings. I've been obsessed with geometric jewelry lately, and they have a handful of bar earrings that look so flattering on me and many other people.  They come in a variety of sizes and colors, and  some even have embellishments at the end like a stone or pearl. They have a lot to choose from.

The second being CVS. Why, you ask? I often have store credits, gift cards or extra care bucks to spend at CVS and a few years ago I discovered they carry the iam brand of jewelry and I LOVE it! They had gold rings, necklaces, bracelets but mostly earrings. They have everything from simple studs to elaborate hanging designs. It's always fun to browse the rack when I stop by the drugstore.



The other place that I find my jewelry is at Kohls. I just adore the Lauren Conrad collection. I've loved her ever since the days of the "Hills" TV show in which she appeared, and even now I'm still enjoying her fashion and accessories. She has classy elegant pieces that really fit my aesthetic. It's slightly girls, but still mature yet stylish. 

So these are three places you can find fun trendy earrings if you were in the market for them. Let me know where you find your favorite earrings, in the comments below. Hope you enjoyed!

Thank you to Responsival for sponsoring this post!

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January 26, 2022

Elmo’s World: All Around The Neighborhood, comes out February 1

Take a trip through Sesame Street - Elmo’s World: All Around The Neighborhood on February 1 with a new DVD & Digital release from Shout! Kids and Sesame Workshop.  

Join Elmo and his friends as they learn about the wonderful people, places, and things on Sesame Street! With over two hours of Elmo’s World shorts, preschoolers will find joy in everything their neighborhood holds! Learn all about doctors, newspapers, machines, factories, ramps, sports, getting dressed, bowling, veterinarians, nighttime, maps, blocks, transportation, measuring and photographers!

 

Included as an extra bonus on the DVD is Grover’s Jobs Through the Years Mash-Up. Grover is one of the hardest working monsters out there! Take a trip down memory lane and revisit some of Grover’s best and silliest jobs over the years. From taxi driver to meteorologist, there’s nothing this furry friend can’t do!

 

Currently in its 52nd season, Sesame Street is the country’s longest-running children’s television program and has received more Emmy® Awards than any other show in television history.


I have a 9 year old son and daughter, a 6 year old son and a 2 year old daughter and the two youngest really love ELMO and all his friends. I also nanny for a 5 month old and a 1.5 yr old and they are also huge fans. They ask for "elmoo" all day along. It's adorable how excited they get when they see a picture of elmo in a book or magazine, or when his furry little face pops up on the screen. We are big fans!


Thanks to Shout Factory for a chance to screen this film!

January 13, 2022

Redeeming Love Movie - Comes out January 21!!!

Based on the bestselling novel by Francine Rivers, REDEEMING LOVE is a powerful story of relentless love and perseverance as a young couple’s relationship clashes with the harsh realities of the California Gold Rush of 1850.
Angel expects only pain from those around her. Sold into prostitution as a child, Angel survives with hatred towards herself and the men that use her. She meets Michael Hosea, a farmer who believes God wants Angel to be his wife. Dire circumstances force Angel to accept his proposal, but when Michael defies her bitter expectations, her wounded heart begins to mend.

As Angel encounters a love unlike anything she ever experienced, feelings of unworthiness and shame cause her to run from a life she doesn’t think she deserves. As Michael sets out to find her, Angel discovers there is no brokenness that love can’t heal. 

Coming to theaters January 21, 2022, REDEEMING LOVE  shows there is no brokenness that love can’t heal.


ABOUT THE BOOK:An international sensation, the beloved REDEEMING LOVE  book continues to be one of the industry’s top-selling titles year after year. This remarkable novel has sold millions of copies and is among the top twenty on the ECPA fiction bestsellers list for four years running.


My thoughts:

I read this book years ago and it was the book that first introduced me to Francine Rivers, and I've read many of her books since then. You could say I'm a fan!  For those of you unfamiliar with the story, to sum up the novel, it's about a man who is called to love a woman with a troubled past. She denies him time and again, but he continues to hold on to hope.  As I mentioned it's been years since I read this book, so I don't recall all the specifics of the novel and how "graphic" it was, but this is a movie that has some adult themes including sexual and physical abuse as well as some very intimate adult moments on set, but has the underlying message of redemption. This is not what I would consider a "family film" or a "Christian" film, but a book based on a novel by a Christian author. While there are references to prayer and God, it's a very grown up storyline. I would recommend the movie, but caution those with children to screen it first. It has a PG-13 rating, but some material may be inappropriate for children around age 13, in my opinion.


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November 29, 2021

Hillsong & Chris Tomlin are going on TOUR!!!

 Hillsong UNITED & Chris Tomlin are going on a 33-city tour!



Hillsong UNITED and Chris Tomlin tickets are on sale now! Check out the cities HERE and find a date near you!


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Many thanks to Premier Productions for providing this product/product information for review. Opinions are 100% my own. I did receive the product in exchange for this re-view and post.

October 18, 2021

Tacos for Two: A Book Review

About this book:
Rory Perez, a food truck owner who can't cook, is struggling to keep the business she inherited from her aunt out of the red--and an upcoming contest during Modest's annual food truck festival seems the best way to do it. The prize money could finally give her a solid financial footing and keep her cousin with special needs paid up at her beloved assisted living home. Then maybe Rory will have enough time to meet the man she's been talking to via an anonymous online dating site.


Jude Strong is tired of being a puppet at his manipulative father's law firm, and the food truck festival seems like the perfect opportunity to dive into his passion for cooking and finally call his life his own. But if he loses the contest, he's back at the law firm for good. Failure is not an option.

Complications arise when Rory's chef gets mono and she realizes she has to cook after all. Then Jude discovers that his stiffest competition is the same woman he's been falling for online the past month.

Will these unlikely chefs sacrifice it all for the sake of love? Or will there only ever be tacos for one?

My thoughts:
I'll be honest and say I only made it about a third through the book, but the cheese fest was too much for me. Rory and Jude start an online chat, and they each had the "perfect" come back for every question and the "perfect" answers, and it was all just a little too unbelievable for me.  Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a good romantic novel, or a good rom com, but this one was just too cheesy. The concept was cute. She was trying to uphold her aunt's memory with her food, and he was trying to be his own man and branch out on his own away from his family's lawyer legacy, but I was not a fan unfortunately.  Everyone has their own opinions, but for me it just didn't have enough realistic qualities to it to keep me invested in finishing this novel.

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October 06, 2021

A Christmas In the Alps - Melody Carlson

 

After a time of heartache and loss, Simone Winthrop discovers a tantalizing letter from her French great-grandmother, which seems to suggest that she is heir to a family treasure. Ever practical, Simone assumes the claim is baseless, but her best friend encourages her to find out for sure. Despite her deep-rooted fear of flying, Simone boards a jet to travel to Paris at Christmastime to uncover the truth.

During the long flight, Simone meets the charming Kyle Larsson, who's on his way to France to become an apprentice clockmaker. Though they abruptly part ways, an unexpected rendezvous in the French Alps at Simone's family's clock factory may lead to the discovery of the family treasure . . . and so much more.

For anyone who is wearying of staying home, Melody Carlson invites you to spend Christmas with her in the beautiful French Alps this year. So pull on your mittens, tie your scarf tight, and prepare yourself for a magical mountain holiday.

I have enjoyed all of Melody Carlson's holiday books, and this one was no exception. Around early October I crave a taste of the holiday spirit, and her books always give that to me. So now that I've read my first holiday book for 2021, I'm ready for more! Her books, while somewhat predictable, are always an easy read and enjoyable!

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