Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Monday, December 29, 2014

Book Giveaway! New from Ideals: "A Love Letter From God" picture book.



New from Ideals books:

A love Letter from God is a fun and colorful book for Winter time reading! 
Makes a great Valentine's Day gift! Share God's love for children in this picture book.

Written by P.K. Hallinan who has written over 85 books on the topics of friendship, inspiration, love, and life values.
Illustrated by Laura Watson who has been sharing whimsical drawings in books, magazines, educational material, and retail applications since 1995. Her illustrations are so adorable and colorful!!!

The book has cut out heart shapes throughout the book's  pages, is made from heavy stock paper, and it perfect to read to your kiddos. The book reads like a letter God may have written to a child telling of his love for children. Read it to your child just like it's their own personal letter from God. 

 A good lesson and a good reading for parents and children to share their faith.

Tuck your children into bed and snuggle them up with this bed time story of God's love and his relationship with children. The warm, rich colors and fun cut outs in the book will keep the pages turning quickly and you'll have a request to "read it again"!

To order the book or find out more about the colorful timeless books for children, visit IDEALS.

SPECIAL OFFER: Be sure to check out this special offer!
For the month of January, every book from www.idealsbooks.com with the word “Love” in the title will be 20% off! Be sure to Search “LOVE2015” for a complete list of books.
Promotional Code to apply at check out is LOVE2015

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About the book:
Illustrator: Laura Watson

In this story, the author supposes what God might say in a personal letter written to a child. The unconditional and unlimited nature of God's love is revealed through simple and lyrical language. And the cutouts throughout the book add visual interest to the rich and varied artwork.


"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.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Giveaway: THE GOOD LIE, a film of faith, friends, and family to feed your soul.

 THE GOOD LIE will be available for purchase on BluRay and DVD on December 23, 2104 so there is still time to give it as a gift for Christmas or for yourself!  Enter the giveaway below for your chance to win a copy. 

The film tells the true life story of the Lost Boys of Sudan lives that were torn apart by civil war.  Their parents were killed in the war and the boys grew up in refugee camps. By the efforts of church groups and other charities, the boys are able to start new lives in the U.S.A.  

Carrie (Resse Witherspoon) meets them at the airport and from there she helps them get settled, and find jobs.  We See Carrie experience her own change that she has avoided for so many years as she interacts with the boys. 

This heartwarming story of the hard lives of The Lost Boys of Sudan gives us a look into a different world we only can imagine.  The efforts of so many faithful people to bring these boys to America to help them find jobs and become part of society is such a inspiration for humanity. 


Staring Oscar-winner, Resse Witherspoon and some of the actual Lost Boys from Sudan, this film is about four friends journey to America and in America. The film is very good and a wonderful story especially in this Christmas season of giving. 








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  1. "After their village is destroyed and their parents killed by Northern militia, Sudanese orphans Theo, his siblings and other survivors make a difficult journey to a refugee camp in Kenya. Thirteen years later, the group gets the chance to settle in the U.S. They are met in Kansas by Carrie Davis (Reese Witherspoon), who has been charged with finding them jobs. However, seeing how adrift they are in 20th-century America, Carrie endeavors to help them in rebuilding their shattered lives."
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal, Kuoth Wiel, Corey Stoll, Sarah Baker, Peterdeng Mongok, Okwar Jale, Thon Kueth, Beng Ajuet, Kejo Jale



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Disclosure: I was sent The Good Lie DVD for this post. The comments and views are my own,

Thursday, December 18, 2014

THE BOXTROLLS are coming to Digital HD December 23, 2014. See the trailer here!

THE BOXTROLLS

ON DIGITAL HD DECEMBER 23, 2014ECEMBER 23, 2014  
ON BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK AND DVD JANUARY 20, 2015 
FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT 20, 2015

Pick up you copy on December 23 to watch with the kids over the holiday break!


Bonus Features Exclusive to Blu-ray™ Combo Pack & Blu-ray 3D™ Combo Pack 
·         PRELIMINARY ANIMATIC SEQUENCES
o    Play with Commentary by Directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable
o    Baby In The Trash
o    Eggs In The Underworld
o    Man On A Horse
o    Trubshaw’s Inventorium
o    Cheese Shop
o    Tea And Cheese

Bonus Features on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D™ Combo Pack and DVD
·         DARE TO BE SQUARE:  BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE BOXTROLLS
o    VOICING THE BOXTROLLS
The tremendously talented cast members of The Boxtrolls discuss what it’s like to voice an animated puppet, what each actor brought to his/her role, whether their personalities were similar to their characters, and more.          
o    INSIDE THE BOX
The directors, producers, and creative supervisor of character fabrication Georgina Hayns share the challenges of crafting characters who are inside a box.
o    THE BIG CHEESE:  ALLERGY SNATCHER
The directors and producers are joined by Brian McLean, director of Rapid Prototyping, to discuss how the animation studio LAIKA creates the faces for their puppets.   The big story here – literally! – is how Snatcher’s face changes shape due to his cheese allergy.
o    DECONSTRUCTING THE DANCE
Discover how LAIKA combined traditional stop-motion animation with visual effects in order to create the beautiful ballroom dance sequence – and  how costume designer Deborah Cook met the challenge of creating costumes that could flow during a dance scene.
o    THINK BIG:  THE MECHA DRILL
Standing 5 feet tall and weighing over 75 pounds, the Mecha-Drill is the largest stop motion puppet/prop ever created by LAIKA.  Follow its creation from design to completion.

·         FEATURETTES
o    THE NATURE OF CREATION
o    TROLLS RIGHT OFF THE TONGUE
o    ALLERGIC TO EASY
o     LET’S DANCE
o    ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS

·         FEATURE COMMENTARY WITH DIRECTORS ANTHONY STACCHI AND GRAHAM ANNABLE

The Franklin Institute will be showing the new film: JERUSALEM, opening on 1/4/15. See trailer here!



This is a breath taking video-the views, city, and people of Jerusalem. The film looks great and something we can all learn from. Philadelphia release date at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA, on January  42015. 




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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Take a trip down a relaxing country road with, "All Of My Memories: The John Denver Collection"




JOHN DENVER – All Of My MemoriesThe John Denver Collection:
 4 CD Box Set/DL 
 Are you a John Denver fan? Order today for yourself or gift giving! This is a huge collection of his music and it's wonderful. 


John Denver’s recent release brought back tons of great musical memories.  The 4 CD collection of his life’s work expanded my appreciation of his career that spanned three decades.  Starting in the early 60’s with pioneering folk acts through later collaborations in his career such as Emmy Lou Harris and Placido Domingo, Denver sang songs that touched the soul of America and abroad.
This 90 song collection is a great way to revisit or connect with one of the best folk singer songwriters of the last decades.  I would recommend it for holiday giving to a folkie or to introduce the next generation of John Denver fans to his life’s work.

Here is one of my favorite songs in this video of Sunshine On My Shoulders. 
I also am pretty found of Take Me Home, Country Roads. His popular song Thank God I'm a Country Boy was one of those songs, where I did not know much about country living but John Denver's songs brought that to life. At this point, I'd so prefer Country living! At least I can listen to The John Denver Collection and take my mind out of the suburbs!



Head on over to  John Denver's VEVO-You Tube Channel to hear more of his warm country songs.

To find out more about this 4 CD Set, please visit Legacy Recordings.
Each CD has 20 or more songs on it, so go check it out! 

All Of My Memories: The John Denver Collection, pays high tribute to the prolific recording career of John Denver.  This deluxe 90-song, 4-CD box set, representing virtually every one of the studio and live albums he recorded in his lifetime, encom­passes hit singles and signature album tracks, demos, promotional rarities, limited edition and private pressings, and a total of six previously unreleased tracks.  The first truly comprehensive over­view of his more than three decades of recording, from 1964 (before his solo career took off) to 1997 (the year of his death), and is available now.



Disclosure I was sent John Denver: All Of My Memories for this blog post. The comments and views are my own.

Monday, December 15, 2014

New trailer for Disney/Pixar’s INSIDE OUT is here!


Inside out looks like a good film since it takes inside the mind! All those emotions! Watch as we see Riley and her parents emotions as they try to adjust to a new house and city. Riley is a young girl dealing with a new school and of course-the parents daily 50 questions!

Coming to a theater near you on June 19, 2015, but for now watch the trailer!

 From an adventurous balloon ride above the clouds to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Up”) has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In Disney•Pixar’s original movie “ Inside Out,” he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all—inside the mind. Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. 

Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.












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INSIDE OUT opens in theaters everywhere on June 19, 2015.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Holiday gift guide for book lovers: STEAMPUNK: CHARLES DICKENS, A CHRISTMAS CAROL and A TREASURY OF CHRISTMAS CLASSICS

Two books to help make your holidays a bit more meaningful with the classic story of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. This book also includes the stories: "A Christmas Tree" and "The Story Of The Goblins Who Stole a Sexton"
and the second book: A Treasury of Christmas Classics.

STEAMPUNK: Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
Hardcover; $18.95 US
illustrated by Zdenko Basic


Charles Dickens' A Christmas CarolGold edged pages and a timeless traditional story makes this book perfect for the coffee table, reading nook, or spot on the couch. Take a break from shopping, baking, and wrapping and read! 

Steampunk Illustrations of industrial London from Zdenko Basic give a haunting feel to the setting of old London bringing the characters of the story to life. 

Gift idea: 
  • Teens, college age, adults
  • Readers that like the classic stories
  • Fans of Charles Dickens
  • Teachers
  • Relatives 
The traditional Christmas tale of Scrooge and his ghosts.
This book includes the original text of A Christmas Carol, two other Dickens holiday stories, and haunting steampunk illustrations that the whole family can appreciate.



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A TREASURY OF CHRISTMAS CLASSICS
Hardcover; $14.95 US

A TREASURY OF CHRISTMAS CLASSICS includes: 
The Nutcrackerer, The Twelve Days of Christmas, and The Night Before Christmas. in this beautiful collection of bedtime stories to drift off into dreams of Christmas magic. 

All three stories are accompanied with whimsical illustrations by Christian Birmingham and Don Daily.

The stories are illustrated in deep colors and take you back in history to imagine the stories told so many years. Share these Christmas Classics with your family.

Gift idea: 
  • Teens, college age, adults
  • Readers that like the classic stories
  • Fans of Charles Dickens
  • Teachers
  • Relatives



Books are easy to wrap because they are flat!

Add a bow and curly ribbon!
Use a gift bag and some festive tissue paper!





Disclosure: I was sent samples of these books. The comments and views are my own.


Thursday, December 4, 2014

From the producers on THE BIBLE, the first trailer from AD is out, see it here!


On Easter Sunday, 2015 on NBC tune in to watch the premier of A.D. from executive producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. A.D. is 12 series event. 

The first trailer from the series is just out, watch it below.

When you watch this trailer, you'll see history. History of how Jesus died for us, and how he rose again! Set in the time of Jesus Crucifixion, Resurrection and the growth of the church. See the politicians that struggle to maintain control and try to prevent followers of Jesus to bring his message out into the world. 

Season 1 of A.D. takes you through the first 10 chapters of the Acts of the Apostles and the world changing events that immediately followed the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. 

For more information, go to www.ShareADTheSeries.com




The series premiers on Easter Sunday 2015 on NBC

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Giveaway: Susie's Hope DVD. Her story of being attacked by an abused dog and healing while helping abused animals.

In this merry month of December the thought of animals out in the cold dark night lends itself to a prayer. I look at our cat cuddled up on his blanket, safe, warm, fed, and healthy.  That's not the case of so many animals. Inside and outside. Susie's Hope film brings attention to animal abuse.  Based on a true story, and also brought about Susie's Law in North Carolina that seeks stricter punishment for animal abusers.

The film shows us the why and how Donna Lawrence found inspiration to helps abused animals. She was attacked by an abused dog she tried to care for, and then, during her healing days, on a walk with a friend they discover a severely abused pit bull-mix puppy that was left for dead in the park. She brought the puppy to the animal hospital, and with funds raised from the community the dog receives intensive treatment and therapy.  Donna and the puppy heal and forgive as they recover. The man that abused Susie was arrested, but at the time, the laws for such crimes were not strict. Now they are thanks to Donna and her friends rallying for a stiffer animal cruelty law in their state of North Carolina.

I watched another of the videos which was so incredibly sad and unbelievable that a person could abuse this puppy,Susie or any animal. It's just beyond comprehension. Each cold dark night say a prayer  for those abused animals and hope someone like Donna can care for them.


Susie's Hope is a nonprofit organization and you can find out more about it here,
SusiesHope-nc.org.  Susie is a registered therapy dog and visits burn victims in hospitals.  You can make a donation, purchase the DVD, books, and other merchandise on the site. 





About the movie: Run time 105 minutes
Based on the true story that successfully passed Susie’s Law in North Carolina, which seeks stricter punishment for animal abusers,Susie’s Hope brings to life the inspirational relationship between pit bull attack survivor Donna Lawrence and Susie, a pit bull-mix puppy found beaten, burned and left for dead. Recognizing reflect and abuse were to blame for the tragic attack that nearly claimed her life 10 months earlier, Donna resumes the battered animal and accepts her as family. Together, they learn to heal, love and forgive as they lead a historic effort to seek justice and protection, not only for Susie, but all animals. Starring Emmanuelle Vaguer (40 Days and 40 Nights), Burgess Jenkins (Remember The Titans) and Andrea Powell (Ender’s Game, The Twighlight: Breaking Dawn Saga: Part 2), Susie’s Hopeis an incredible story of love, loss and redemption.


About Susie:
Susie was found nearly dead in Greenfield Park in Greensboro, North Carolina on August 20, 2009. Just a puppy, Susie had licked the face of her owner’s newborn baby. Her owner became violent—she was beaten so severely her jaw was broken. That wasn’t enough, though. She was then set on fire and left for dead. Incredibly and against all odds Susie survived. Donna Lawrence adopted her two months later. Susie is now a trained therapy dog and event won the American Humane Association’s American Hero Dog this year!


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Giveaway: Buck Denver asks...What's in the Bible, God's Perfect Timing. (And... it's a perfect Christmas gift!)

There are days we pop in a DVD for the kids to watch while we clean up the kitchen, or maybe this time or year to sneak off and wrap presents. But you know in the background of our chores  we can hear the DVD story, and that is a good thing. Buck Denver's DVD's are family centered and a wonderful series for Christmas gift giving. Visit What's in The Bible's web site for holiday savings and free shipping on orders. (limited time offer)

In Volume 10 , Buck Denver asks... What's in the Bible DVD includes two 25 minute episodes:  The first episode: God's Perfect Timing where the the Old and New Testaments are talked about and how Jesus arrives at the perfect time. All God's plan!  The second episode: The Messiah has Come! Children find out why Jesus died for our sins and how he rose again to save us from sin.

While the kids are comfy watching Buck Denver it's nice to know we can learn and strengthen our beliefs right along with our children learning about the Bible. 
I am all for any bible lesson-grown up or children version.
Be sure to check out the free activities on the official web site for fun and learning.
About the movie:

Volume 10: Jesus Is the Good News! / Run time: Approx 66 min
Let VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer and a bunch of hilarious new friends explain the entire Bible to your kids in this groundbreaking fast-paced and fun-filled DVD series. Includes TWO 25 minute episodes: God’s Perfect Timing - Buck Denver and crew learn about the 400 years between the Old and New Testaments and how Jesus arrives at just the perfect time & The Messiah Has Come! - Learn about the life and ministry of Jesus-how He died for us and rose again to launch the kingdom of God in the world and in us!

Check out the official website here for ordering DVD's, Books, free activities, newsletter sign up, and special offers.
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