Sunday, January 11, 2015

The Identical: Movie Review and Giveaway #TheIdentical



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The Identical starring Seth Green, Ashley Judd, Ray Liotta and more

There were so many things that appealed to me about this movie.

CHRISTIAN FAMILY FILM  What a pleasure to sit down on a Sunday afternoon with a big bowl of popcorn to enjoy a movie that my entire family could enjoy watching.  There were no worries about language or other issues, just wholesome entertainment.

GREAT MUSIC Who doesn't love the sounds of the 60s?  Upbeat tunes and toe tapping music abound in this movie.  Everyone at my house from teenagers to a senior adult enjoyed the music in this movie.

KENTUCKY GIRL You can't live in Kentucky and not be a fan of the Judds.  From Country Music mavens to movie superstar, many of those born in the Bluegrass love them all.  Watching Ashley Judd in this movie was a delight, even if she was not a major focus of the show.  

MOVIE WITH A MESSAGE This movie provides a positive, uplifting a message to believe in yourself and follow your dreams. 

More about the movie and the giveaway...


Sunday, January 4, 2015

Goodman Revival: Songs in the Key of Happy Review and Giveaway

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Old fashioned Gospel at the finest....   If you asked me to name Christian music royalty, those names would include the Gaithers and the Goodmans.  This cd is the best of both worlds... members of the Happy Goodman family singing traditional gospel songs produced by none other than the Gaithers.  If you have read my blog before, you know that I am a bit of a Bill Gaither fangirl.  

From the opening notes, I knew this was going to be a great cd to have in my collection.  As someone who grew up on Happy Goodman family records, I was taken back to my mom playing the music of the Goodman Family while she cleaned the house.  We dusted the living room many times to "Wouldn't Take Nothin for My Journey Now" and the new version of this old song did not disappoint.  As I look back, I not only have fond memories of this song but now also more fully identify with the lyrics.  Today, I realize that the struggles during my journey like broken relationships, changing schools and even losing my mom to Cancer have all helped shape me into the Christian woman I am today.  All of the songs on the disc are excellent and you will enjoy listening to every minute of it.  

Thanks to Family Christian for providing me a copy to listen to before the disc was even released in stores.  You can pre-order the disc now or you can enter the giveaway below and have a chance to win your own copy.  


Songs in the Key of Happy cd
BE BLESSED ~~Janet 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Cyber Monday Tervis Tumbler Deals

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A great gift for anyone on your list or pick up a few more for yourself.  You can never have too many of these cups.  They are a favorite at my house.


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BE BLESSED ~~Janet

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Review: Growing Up Social

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When I was given the opportunity to review Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen Driven World, I jumped at the opportunity.  I knew that everything I have ever read by Gary Chapman has been amazing (Five Love Languages, Desperate Marriages, etc)  and I was confident this latest work would not disappoint.  Even though I knew my schedule was crazy this time of year, I committed to reading the book and posting a review.



When the book arrived, I was somewhat concerned when I saw the cover.  Yes, I know it's easier to create boundaries with technology and focus when children are young but my baby is almost sixteen and these were "little kids" on the cover.  After reading, I will admit that yes, some strategies would be easier to implement if you started fresh with young children but the over-saturation of technology in our world is a problem for everyone, adults like myself included.  

As a read, my toes were stepped on several times when I realized how 'tied to my tech' I have become over the years.  Yes, I am often guilty of preferring to fire off an email or a quick text when a phone call or even a personal visit would be a much better form of contact.  Now, don't get me wrong, the authors do not recommend a totally tech-free lifestyle.  Christian parents simply need to find a balanced use of technology while still encouraging conversation, empathy and respect. 

The book offers encouragement for all parents and strategies for reclaiming family time among a digital era.  Like I said before, my child is already well into her teen years, so we will modify some of the suggestions in the book, but couldn't we all do with a little less screen time? In the book, they refer to the "thrills of our digital world" and compare them to a dangerous drug....  Facebook before rolling out of bed - Grabbing the phone the second it makes a noise - Just one more level of this game - I'll do that task as soon as a I find one more crock-pot recipe to Pin --- Any of those sound familiar?

About the book: 

Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World Paperback – September 1, 2014 by Gary Chapman & Arlene Pellicane 


In this digital age, children are spending more and more time interacting with a screen rather than a parent. Technology has the potential to add value to our families, but it can also erode a sense of togetherness and hinder a child's emotional growth. In Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World, you'll learn how to take back your home from an over-dependence on screens. Discover the five A+ skills needed to give your child the relational edge in a screen-driven world: affection, appreciation, anger management, apology, and attention. Today's screens aren't just in our living rooms; they are in our pockets. Now is the time to equip your child to live with screen time, not for screen time. Constant entertainment is not the goal of childhood. No phone, tablet, or gaming device can teach your child how to have healthy relationships; only you can.
Growing Up Social will help you:
  • Equip your child to be relational rich in a digital world
  • Replace mindless screen time with meaningful family time
  • Establish simple boundaries that make a huge difference
  • Read what's working for the screen savvy family down the street
  • Prepare your child to succeed down the road in relationships and life
  • Learn healthy ways to occupy your child while you get things done

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Northfield Publishing; New Edition edition (September 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802411231

I recommend this book to parents of children of any age, grandparents and even other family members who can learn from this practical guide to helping young people in this digital age.  Help our youth be part of this world without being consumed by the things of this world.  

BE BLESSED ~~Janet

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Saving Christmas: Movie Review and Giveaway

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Who doesn't love a great Christmas movie?  Add to that a movie with wholesome Christian values and starring Kirk Cameron, I'm in....   I mean, come on, if you are a "young" lady anywhere near my age, you probably had posters of the guy on your bedroom wall and waited eagerly for the next issue of Teen Beat or Bop just to see his smile.  But I digress, although Kirk Cameron plays a major role in the making of this movie, this movie is not about him or Santa or reindeer, but about the real reason for Christmas, Jesus Christ.

Saving Christmas will be enjoyed by all parts of your family. There is music and dancing and some pretty funny parts along the way but the true message shines through.... Jesus is the Reason for the Season.  How refreshing to find a movie that the whole family can enjoy and know that they will leave the theaters knowing a little more about Christmas, why we celebrate the way we do, and who we celebrate, all while having a great time.  


Saving Christmas opens in theaters Friday, November 14th.  The only "bad part" about this movie is that it will be a limited release in only 400 theaters across the county and will only play for two weeks. (Insert sad face here) Although this will make it difficult for some people to see it in the theater, I believe this movie is worth the effort.  More details about theaters can be found on the movie website Saving Christmas.com

And now for the fun part, a giveaway....  

One lucky person will win a Saving Christmas Prize Pack, including a movie poster signed by Kirk Cameron, a soundtrack CD and a car air freshener (that smells like a Christmas tree). Giveaway ends Sunday November 23, 2014 and is open to residents of the US and Canada.  


"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”
BE BLESSED ~~Janet