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.

Many thanks to Momentum for a chance to screen this movie early! #RedeemingLoveMovieMIN AND #RLGirlsNightOutGiveaway

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!

Order your tickets today!!!

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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.


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!

September 30, 2021

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Vindication is a unique crime drama series that alters the perception of faith-based entertainment. Detective Travis (Todd Terry, Breaking Bad) has spent 15 years solving cases in the small town of East Bank, Texas. When the addition of an eager trainee upends his routine, Travis is forced to adjust his ways while balancing a growing number of suspiciously consistent cases. At home, tensions between the cynical detective and his devoutly religious wife escalate when their estranged daughter returns home.

I just finished watching season 2, episode 6 called the Facade. The questionable behavior of an eccentric photographer in East Bank reunites Sgt. Travis and Kris for an investigation. Check it out now on Pureflix!

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September 14, 2021

GIVEAWAY: Roar Like A Lion (Kids Devotional Book)

With eye-catching art, fascinating stories and facts, Bible verses and prayers, and simple action steps, this 90-day devotional will help your kids approach both fun moments and tough times with their hearts set on God's faithfulness.
Roar Like a Lion covers highly relevant topics such as:
  • Facing fears about school and friendships
  • Dealing with peer pressure and bullying
  • Handling new challenges, disappointments, and grief
  • Having courage to try something new
  • Understanding how we each fit into God's great story

My kids have really enjoyed this so far. For reference my kids are 9, 8, 5 & 1. Each devotional is 2 pages long, with some application and then some fun facts. My oldest son, Braeden, loves learning facts about people, places and animals. He just soaks it up, so I can see him doing this devotional for a long time coming!

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Many thanks to Thomas Nelson for providing this product/product information for review.  Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive the product in exchange for this review and post.

September 09, 2021



Vindication is a unique crime drama series that alters the perception of faith-based entertainment. Detective Travis (Todd Terry, Breaking Bad) has spent 15 years solving cases in the small town of East Bank, Texas. When the addition of an eager trainee upends his routine, Travis is forced to adjust his ways while balancing a growing number of suspiciously consistent cases. At home, tensions between the cynical detective and his devoutly religious wife escalate when their estranged daughter returns home.

My husband and I watch shows like Big Brother, The Equalizer and In the dark....some reality and some crime shows. We like a mix of shows, but we find we are often out of new episodes to watch on TV or our streaming channels, which is why I love discovering new shows we can watch together. We watched a few episodes of Vindication on Pureflix together. If I'm being honest the acting is not the best, but it's entertaining. Each episodes has the same detective but a different plot and a different crime to solve. There isn't anything graphic or disturbing so even those with a weak stomach can enjoy this show.


September 07, 2021

Passing the Time!


Let's face it, during the pandemic and the stay at home order I scoured the web for ways to keep myself and my kiddos busy, and I found some really fun options. We discovered online art classes and Youtube videos. My son and I took up crocheting (it was short lived for him, but I've been doing it for years). My big kids and I sewed our own stuffed animals, and even a few stuffed monsters, and puppets from socks. We also learned how to type using an online typing class (typingclub, as seen above). We actually had challenges to see who could type faster or type with the most accuracy. It was actually really fun! We like to challenge each other. We also found some really fun online gaming options and apps. 

Not only did my kids introduce me to popular games like Minecraft, Roblox, Pet Shop and Township (which I may or may not have been addicted to for a solid 6 months), but I found online gaming sites that provide free entertainment, and some educational games too (splashlearn & prodigy). So while my kids were occupied with fun educational sites, I decided to see what was out there for me and I found sites with games for all ages (https://www.solitaire.org/) with a host of games to choose from. This site has games like solitaire. They also have pyramid where you have to find pairs of cards to equal 13 in hopes of clearing them all. These are only a few games available; there are so many more, and FREE to play!

So after we learned to sew, bake, draw, crochet, type and game, it was time to get back to the real world (at least some of the time), so we started taking more family walks around our neighborhood, having picnics, taking day trips to the park or the beach, playing basketball outside, re-learning to ride bikes at a nearby parking lot and much more. I think it's really important to have a healthy balance. Screen time and learning new hobbies is great, but it's also important to enjoy nature, and connect with other people close to you.

I hope this gave you some ideas if you are still under the stay at home order, recovering from an illness or injury, or just looking for ways to pass the time!

July 31, 2021

The Nature of Small Birds - A Book Review

 In 1975, three thousand children were airlifted out of Saigon to be adopted into Western homes. When Mindy, one of those children, announces her plans to return to Vietnam to find her birth mother, her loving adoptive family is suddenly thrown back to the events surrounding her unconventional arrival into their lives.

Though her father supports Mindy's desire to meet her family of origin, he struggles privately with an unsettling fear that he'll lose the daughter he's poured his heart into. Mindy's mother undergoes the emotional roller coaster inherent in the adoption of a child from a war-torn country, discovering the joy hidden amid the difficulties. And Mindy's sister helps her sort through relics that whisper of the effect the trauma of war has had on their family--but also speak of the beauty of overcoming.

Told through three strong voices in three compelling timelines, The Nature of Small Birds is a hopeful story that explores the meaning of family far beyond genetic code.

My Thoughts: 

I thought I would love this book being a parent of adopted children, but I really hated that it went back-and-forth between four or five characters so it made it very hard to follow who was telling each chapter. We are in the past in one chapter with a female narrator, and in the next we jump to the future and it's from a man's perspective. No only changing people, but also changing time frames. The story was interesting, as I was not familiar with operation babylift, but it didn’t really grip my attention the way other adoption books have in the past.  I’m only giving this one three stars out of five.

June 05, 2021

Dino Stroll - life like dinosaurs up close and personal!

Dino Stroll, produced by Canterbury Village Events, is the only tour that lets you walk along and stand next to over 75 life-like and life-size dinosaurs standing over 25 feet tall and spanning over 60 feet long, including T-Rex, Velociraptors and Stegosaurus, just to name a few. During Dino Stroll, the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center will be transformed into the Mesozoic Era with prehistoric dinosaurs from the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, throughout! 

Dino Stroll is the most realistic tour back into history with animatronic dinosaurs that are created with moving heads, necks, tails, wings, eyes blinking, mouths that open and close, breathing movements, synchronized sounds and many more exquisite details that bring them to life. 

 Stroll has a national charitable giving initiative to support those struggling within the communities of each city they visit.  In Philadelphia, Dino Stroll has partnered with PACS (Phoenixville Area Community Services) and will be hosting a food drive encouraging attendees to bring canned or non-perishable food items to the event.  There will be collection bins located at the front entrance for Dino Stroll.  By collaborating together, all collected food items will then be donated to help children and families in the Phoenixville area facing hunger and food insecurities. 

WHEN:       Dino Stroll will take place June 5-6, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m  

WHERE:     Greater Philadelphia Expo Center 

As you can see my kids had a blast, especially my older son, Braeden (pictured here). He brought along a pack of dinosaur cards (in his hand) so he could match up the cards with the dinosaurs we were seeing. It was like having our own little tour guide with us, providing us with additional facts on each type! Some were inflatables, while others were mechanical with moving pieces. If you have young ones who enjoy dinosaurs they would really enjoy this!


See this site for other location dates/times: www.DinoStroll.com

June 01, 2021

Giveaway: Sesame Street: Cool Counting Collection DVD

Los Angeles – On Sesame Street, you can count on your friends … and count with them, too! Sesame Street: Cool Counting Collection will be available on DVD and digital download on June 8, 2021 from Shout Kids and Sesame Workshop. Join Elmo, Abby, Cookie Monster, and more as they sing, play, and laugh their way from 1 to 20. Learning numbers has never been more fun—or more furry!

Animations, songs, and favorite moments from recent seasons make counting as easy as, well, 1-2-3! Celebrity friends help the little ones practice their numbers, too: Elvis Costello wants to count to 10, but he’s missing an important number; Feist sings about her favorite number 4; and Liam Neeson gets an acting lesson from Count von Count while they count to 20.
The DVD is packed with over two hours of fun and comes complete with bonus features, including quintessential counting segments from Elmo’s World and Abby’s Flying Fairy School. Also included with the DVD is a Count with Elmo! mini-book for young fans.
Bonus Features:
·        Street Story: Numeric-Con
·        Street Story: Elmo and Zoe’s Hat Contest
·        Abby’s Flying Fairy School: Sheepytime
·        Elmo’s World: Counting

Currently in its 51st 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.


My 5 year old loves Sesame Street so he was thrilled to get this in the mail. He's watched it almost every day since and he said "I was so happy that it had special features." It not only allowed him to build on his counting skills but also gave mom a little break during the day. He does not watch TV or moving normally, so it was nice to find something educational that he really enjoyed!!!

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