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Book review: MAGIC PIER: author Daniel P. Grote

Magic Pier  Daniel P. Grote $15.99 us iuniverse Fiction In the Fall of 2013 Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast. The shore towns of New Jersey were damaged, washed away, and are still recovering. Just take a drive down those South Jersey shore towns and you'll see. In this book,  Magic Pier , Drake Garrison is a real estate attorney but is torn about doing his work at the law firm and helping to re-build the pier in Seaside Heights where he worked as a young boy.  His wife is due with their first child, politicians are playing games as to who gets relief funds to rebuild the shore, and Drake is trying to manage it all.  Meeting with Washington D.C. and local politicians to channel funds to SeaSide Heights he finds himself the keynote speaker at a few events. People feel his passion for the pier.  Perhaps Drake feels the passion a bit too much when he leaves the court room just before a trial to go to the pier and help move the Tilt A whirl. The partners at his law firm request a mee

$250 Whole Foods Market gift basket giveaway. Share the Buzz!

Did you know honey bees pollinate over 100 of the foods grown that we eat from Almonds to Zucchini. Did you know honey bees pollinate the grasses that cows, goats and other grazers feed on? (meat, cheese, butter) Did you know the honey bee population is declining? Did you know YOU can help support honey bees? Do I have to be a bee keeper? Nah-just join the "Share the Buzz" with Whole Foods Market. Visit Whole Foods Market:  April 15-28 is "Share The Buzz" in Cherry Hill, or Marlton, or Princeton New Jersey for these events: Get crafty and make a FREE BEE and drop it in the hive.  For each bee made $1.00 will be donated to New Jersey Beekeepers. Shopping for groceries: April 15-28 look in the store for any foods that are grown in support of bee preservation- look for the "SharetheBuzz" signs throughout the store. Share your photo and tag it #SharetheBuzz and tag it the     store  you took the photo in,  @WholeFoodsMarketPrinceton, @WFM_CherryHIll  @WFM_M

LIBERA Boy Choir has a new CD and DVD: Angels Sing-Libera in America.

If you haven't heard LIBERA sing, be sure to watch the video! It's a very moving experience to listen to the songs. It's truly music to your ears.  LIBERA - The International Sensation as seen at the Papal Mass at Yankee Stadium, Kennedy Center Honors, TODAY Show, Tonight Show, PBS and NBC! Boychoir sensation LIBERA have released their new album  Angels Sing - Libera in America , with the DVD & Blu-ray coming March 10th!  Have a listen: such wonderful voices. Clear, Crisp, and lovely. Great song too!   What a Wonderful World:  The special is also being featured on public television around the country. Check your local listing for time and date. Celestial Song-List Includes: Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee America the Beautiful Amazing Grace The Prayer How Great Thou Art For tour dates, Album, and more info visit Libera .

HILLSONG-LET HOPE RISE film has just released the trailer. See it here first!

“Hillsong–LET HOPE RISE”  Movie coming soon!  See the official trailer here!  It's just been released. Hillsong is a church that spans globally to 12 locations Hillsong United is the name of the band. Their songs are sung by millions of people in churches. The band’s new single TOUCH THE SKY will be out soon. Join us on Facebook: Follow us on Twitter: Follow us on Instagram: Follow us on Tumblr:  http://HillsongMovie.Tumblr... Visit us on the Web: "The music of Hillsong spotlighted in the film – hits like “Mighty to Save,” “Hosanna,” “From The Inside Out,” Relentless” and, of course, “Oceans,” which topped Billboard’s Christian music charts for an unheard of 45 weeks!"  official synopsis for the movie:   “Hillsong–LET HOPE RISE” chronicles the spectacular and unlikely rise to prominence of the Australia-based Christian band, Hillsong UNITED. Directe

"The Drop Box" Adventures in Odyssey gift certificate giveaway

Ready for some adventure? Adventures in Odyssey has a new limited time offer $2.99 sampler CD: THE DROP BOX .  Based on Focus on the Family's film THE DROP BOX, this Adventure in Odyssey episode is set in South Korea where Whit and Eugene help a pastor with something you might not want to or ever think about. Helpless babies. The Drop Box is based on the true story of Pastor   Lee Jong-rak in South Korea  where he opened his home to babies that were orphaned. He created a warm safe place- a bin or The Drop Box, in his house where mothers can anonymously place their babies for refuge from abandoning their babies on the street.  Pop this CD in your car or home player and listen to a story of the value of human life. The audio is wonderful with clear, real life voices, sounds, and imagination as you listen to the stories unfold. Imaginations can take over while children listen to the story.  Visit the cast on their Facebook Page   There are three audio adventures on this sampler CD: R

The DoveKeepers airs on CBS on 4/31 and 5/1. Images and trailer here!

What was it like to live in ancient Israel in  70 Christian Era or Before Christ. If you were Jewish, orders were made to destroy you.   There were 900 Jewish persons who fled for their lives and hide in a fortress in  Masada. The fortress was said to be hidden from sight-like no one could see it. I can't even imagine hiding from the Roman armies, but The Dovekeepers -the woman in the fortress kept the community working together to survive.  Based on Alice Hoffman’s Bestselling Historical Novel About a Group of Extraordinary Women Whose Lives Intersect In a Fight for Survival at the Siege of Masada in 70 C.E. A FOUR-HOUR LIMITED EVENT SERIES FROM EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS ROMA DOWNEY AND MARK BURNETT  TUESDAY, MARCH 31 AND WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 2015 visit their  Facebook  page to see more about the show. photo credit: Courtesy CBS Television Network; about the series: "The project stars Cote de Pablo, Rachel Brosnahan and Kathryn Prescott in the title dovekeeper roles, Sam Neill as f

THE SOUND OF MUSIC 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION IS HERE, AND it's even better than I remember!!!

Oh yes It's here!!! The Sound of Music 50th anniversary Legacy Edition. MY FAVORITE THINGS. What a wonderful song-gets you out of those down moments in a heart beat! Julie Andrews is lovely. Another of my favorite songs is CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN. I'm just going to say all the songs are my favorite. The Sound of Music is the most in depth story I can ever remember as a child. What a special treat to watch it on television as a young child. So many aspects of this families life of being Motherless, the war, the hiding, the true strength of family. And of course the love story. Don't your just love when the Captain sings Edelweiss.  Maria. Captain Von Trapp, and his children with their singing voices can make you just want to run outside and find a mountain to sing your heart out! So do it! The Sound of Music 50th Anniversary CD is as good as it gets. It's wonderful. It's like a childhood memory flooding back with warmth and love. Something to hold onto and cherish. Eve

"Whatever Wanda!" from Shine Bright Kids book giveaway

Whatever Wanda  book review and giveaway: I'd go to Rubber Duck Days festival in town, wouldn't you? It's a family day for Wanda and she doesn't want to go to the festival and participate in the activities or wear the matching outfits her family is wearing. Those cute little Rubber Ducks look like so much fun to me, but Wanda is, well, not interested. If my family were going to Rubber Duck Days, I think one of my kids or both would be like, um no, but me-let's go! In this book from Shine Bright Kids, your little ones can follow the star through the book and see what kind of emotion Wanda is showing. When her mom calls her to wake up and get ready for the festival Wanda replies "Whatever". Mom is happy and excited, but Wanda pulls the covers over her head. Wanda's answer to anything is  "whatever" a ho hum kind of response she has during the festival. I'll admit, I say "whatever" to situations and that doesn't show a positive

CINDERELLA Exclusive Trailer and FREE printables.

I know you just want to see the trailer, so I put that first. Look for the free printables on this post too! Cinderella is in theaters now with FROZEN FEVER short film. click and print the images below: "A live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, “ Cinderella ” brings to life the timeless images from   Disney ’s 1950 animated masterpiece as fully-realized characters in a visually dazzling spectacle for a whole new generation." In theaters now! Along with the new short: FROZEN FEVER #Cinderella #FrozenFever Visit the official CINDERELLA Website:  Like CINDERELLA on Facebook:  Follow CINDERELLA on Twitter: Follow CINDERELLA on Instagram: Follow CINDERELLA on Pinterest: Follow CINDERELLA on Google +:

Giveaway: EASTER STORIES, Classic Tales for the Holy Season

Who can get the Easter Bunny song out of their head in Spring Time?! Here comes Peter Cotton tail hopping down the bunny trail,Hippity Hoppity Easter's on it's way. And it is on it's way.. at last. As a mom I've been focused on kids books for so long, that now I'm reading books for me. Less pictures, more words, although pictures are nice. For this Easter Season I have been reading a book with a collection of stories by well know authors like:  C.S. Lewis, Elizabeth Goudge, Leo Tolstoy, Oscar Wilde, Ruth Sawyer, Anton Chekhov, and other authors. Three of my favorite stories in the book,  Easter Stories  are "The Legend of Christophorus" by Hans Thomas- on page 171, "The Rag Man" by Walter Wangerin Jr- on page 313, and Mary's Child  by The Brothers Grim-on page 339.   My Dad and my husband both wear Saint Christopher Medals, so when I read the story of Christophorus  that was very special, and enlightening! Christophours was so driven to find

Snowflakes are a fallin'... FROZEN 2 is warming up to a sequel.

Brr...did you hear this? Frozen 2  is officially in development at Walt Disney Animation Studios with directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee and producer Peter Del Vecho, the Oscar®-winning film making team behind  Frozen . The sequel will take us back to  Arendelle.  The production and release date are in the works, stay tuned.

TOMORROWLAND Trailer and Poster from Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Tomorrowland will be in theaters May 22, 2015. Let's get this Summer started! About the film: "In Disney’s riveting mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” a jaded scientist and an optimistic teen embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space ."   STORY SYNOPSIS: "From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever. Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird &

Road Trip!!! Enter for chance to win a Walmart gift card to stock up on Febreze Car Vent Clips for your next trip.

Do you ever feel like you spend the day in your car driving to and fro? Take the kids to school Pick them up after school Take them to practice Pick them up from practice Errands Appointments Shopping Drive Thru meals Travel Our van smelled like a locker room, a fast food restaurant, and mud. I would park the car in the garage and put all the windows down to air it out. Then I thought what if there were mice in the garage? They might get in the car since the windows were open! Good thing Febreze makes Car Vent Clips. I use Febreze in the house, so why not the car! I don't want to drive a car that smells like this- Take Freshness to go It's March and time for Sunny days and Road Trips. Get rid of that cabin fever and go on a road trip with the family. Keep everyone's nose happy with Febreze Car Vent Clips that are available in a ton of fragrances  to suite your road trip and everyday trips.  (there is even a heavy duty and smoke odor eliminator) we played a fun road trip gam