Wednesday, January 28, 2015

23 Blast DVD & Giveaway {Written by Emilee}

I have a new movie to share with all of you. It is an incredible story of perseverance, courage, and hope. I know you are going to love it! Plus, it is about football so I'm sure the boys in your home will love it.
 
 
About:

Rated PG-13 (brief drinking of alcohol on school property)  / 1h 42m

 As a typical teenager, Travis Freeman (Mark Hapka) is a local hero both on and off the high-school football field in his small Kentucky town, but in 1997, Travis contracts an infection that destroys his optic nerve and renders him blind overnight. With the loving help and concern of his parents, physical therapist, coach and best friend, Travis demonstrates what true bravery is: He continues to compete on the gridiron and helps his team advance to the state finals.

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In my opinion:
 
This movie was fabulous and I highly enjoyed it. It wasn't cheesy and the actors performed quite well. I was pretty impressed with the true story of a high school student who was a football star. His life was going so well and then all of a sudden experiences an infection in his eye resulting in blindness. He must conquer his obstacles and get through it with the help of his parents, therapist, best friend and coach. I couldn't imagine how that must have been but there were many supporters on his team.
 
Although, there were some that doubted, Travis overcame his challenges and went forward. I grew to love the physical therapist especially because my daughter has one as well. Therapists have a difficult job but she made it so Travis could overcome his trial of becoming blind. Even his best friend is a true supporter and makes it easier for him. However, Jerry does become jealous that Travis's life always seems to be better than his own. But, even Jerry is able to overcome his jealousy and move forward.
 
Overall, this movie was enjoyable for all ages. I highly recommend it.
 
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Boys don't Knit by T.S. Easton {Written by Emilee}

Whether you are a knitter or not, I have a fun book to share with all of you. It is called,
 

BOYS DON’T KNIT

by T.S. Easton 
 

 
About:
After an incident regarding a crossing guard and a bottle of Martini & Rossi (and his bonehead friends), 17-year-old worrier Ben Fletcher must develop his sense of social alignment, take up a hobby, and do some community service to avoid any further probation.
 He takes a knitting class (it was that or his father’s mechanic class) under the impression that it's taught by the hot teacher all the boys like. Turns out, it’s not. Perfect.
 Regardless, he sticks with it and comes to find that he’s a natural knitter, maybe even great. It even helps ease his anxiety and worrying. The only challenge now is to keep it hidden from his friends, his crush, and his soccer-obsessed father. What a tangled web Ben has weaved . . . or knitted.
 Praise for Boys Don’t Knit:
"Wonderfully funny novel . . . Wacky characters, a farcical plot and a fledgling romance are all part of the fun in this novel." - Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
 
About the author:
 
T. S. Easton is an experienced author of fiction for all ages in the UK. He lives in Surrey with his wife and three children. Boys Don't Knit received a Carnegie Medal nomination (2015). You can visit him online at tomeaston.co.uk.
 

In my opinion:
 
This was a delightfully funny book about a young man who got into trouble and ends up taking a knitting class. He was given a choice of four classes to be involved in from his probationer officer. He also must write a journal entry each day of his experiences. So, this book didn't have chapters but was broken down by date which was actually quite a fun way to read.
 
When I first knitted, I got it right away and began making Christmas stockings. Knitting really is a fun hobby that can be quite addicting so it was fun to read about his involvement. Ben was actually really good at knitting but it was hard for him to tell his father about it. He learns to trust and change.
 
The only problem I had with this book was the inappropriate jokes between the mom and dad and the language. I didn't think it was necessary especially for the key audience of age 13 & up/8 & up. For that reason, I wouldn't recommend it for that age group. But, I would recommend this book to adults as it was hilarious and easy to read.
 Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 

 
 
 
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In Plain Sight DVD-Stories of hope and freedom {Written by Emilee}

I was given the opportunity of viewing a movie called,

In Plain Sight
Stories of hope and freedom

This isn't a typical movie I'm drawn to, however, it was quite interesting and led me to understand what really is happening outside my little bubble.

About:

 This is a documentary that follows six modern-day abolitionists fighting sex trafficking across the country.   Its executive produced and narrated by Natalie Grant. 
 
 
Executive Produced and Narrated by Natalie Grant
 
IN PLAIN SIGHT
 
STORIES OF HOPE AND FREEDOM
 
RELEASING TO VIDEO January 13th 2015
 
Nashville, Tennessee- Executive Produced and Narrated by Natalie Grant, In Plain Sight: Stories of Hope and Freedom features six modern-day abolitionists as they fight sex trafficking across America. Premieres are scheduled around the nation in during January 2015.  Journeying to six US cities, the documentary opens the viewer’s eyes to what’s happening down the street "in plain sight". Through engaging interviews with numerous victims of sex trafficking, the force, coercion, and deception of the children and women becomes apparent. In the midst of the darkness, stories of hope and freedom emerge as each survivor shares how she was impacted through the work of a sex trafficking aftercare home.
 
“Most Americans are completely oblivious to the fact that thousands of women and children are enslaved within their own communities,” said David Trotter, co-executive producer. “This isn’t limited to Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and New York. We’re talking about cities across America – from Sacramento to Little Rock to Baltimore – where the unthinkable is happening.”
 
“The reality is that children are being ravaged day in and day out. If you have a heart beating on the inside of you, I don’t understand how this couldn’t be important to you,” said Natalie Grant, narrator and co-executive producer.
 
With a focus on educating the American public and motivating people to take action, the campaign centers around three resources to be released by Word Entertainment. The DVD, music album, and 31 Day Devotional& Group Study Guide will be available in stores nationwide on December 23rd, 2014. 
 
To learn more and watch the trailer, visit www.Wordfilms.com or www.inplainsightfilm.com.
 
Synopsisn Plain Sight is an inspiring documentary featuring the work of six female abolitionists as they fight against sex trafficking in the United States. Journeying to six US cities, the film opens the viewer’s eyes to what’s happening down the street ‘in plain sight.’  Through engaging interviews with numerous victims of sex trafficking, the force, coercion, and deception of the children and women becomes apparent. In the midst of the darkness, stories of hope and freedom emerge as each survivor shares how she was impacted through the work of a sex trafficking aftercare home founded by one of the featured abolitionists.
 
About Word Entertainment:  A leader in the music industry for over 60 years, Word Entertainment, a Warner/Curb company, is a unique, comprehensive entertainment company comprised of multi-faceted artist service departments including publishing, merchandising, booking, and online initiatives. Word Entertainment represents some of the top names and brands in music, including Meredith Andrews, Chris August, BarlowGirl, Francesca Battistelli, Big Daddy Weave, Jason Castro, Patrick Ryan Clark, Everfound, for KING & COUNTRY, Group 1 Crew, Love & The Outcome, Dara Maclean, Point Of Grace and Sidewalk Prophets and is home to 25 Entertainment, Word Distribution (representing Curb Records and Big Idea/VeggieTales among others), Word Print, Word Films, Word Music Publishing and Word Label Group’s Word Records, Word Worship and Fervent Records.
 In my opinion:
 Like I said earlier, this wasn't a movie I would normally watch, however, it made me realize that we can make a difference one life at a time. Sometimes, I like to watch documentaries because I can see what life is like for others. Then my problems seem small compared to their challenges. That isn't the only reason why I watch these documentaries. I like to learn as well and there is always some way to we can help those around us. As we serve others, we are serving God.
 
This movie taught me that there are some that were compelled to take action to help young adults. They were captured by their challenges and they wanted to do something about it. That takes courage!
 There were six women who had courage to take action. One woman created the Samaritan home to create a positive environment to help adults who have been victims of sex trafficking.  I still can't wrap my mind around why this happens to women across the U.S but it does. I also learned that in the U.S, we don't know much about sex trafficking because we hide it. In others countries, it is out in public so it is well known to everyone. The women are victims, not criminals which made it hard to hear their stories.
 Another home called, Redeemed was created as a safe home in Houston, TX. This home was based on physical, spiritual, emotional and mental ways to help these women. They even brought in horses for therapy.
 Overall, I was quite impressed with the six female abolitionists who shared their stories on how they have helped fight against sex trafficking. There is hope so if you know of anyone that is a victim of this horrible crime...do something about it. I definitely recommend watching this movie so we may all understand that there is hope to winning the ongoing battle against sex trafficking.
 
 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 

 
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Friday, January 23, 2015

Pantry Organization Tips {Written by Cassie}

January is a great month to get organized! With the enormous holidays behind us we may have more time to get started on our goals of making our homes more organized and clean. Here are a few tips to get started.
 
“It’s in the doing not just the thinking that we accomplish our goals.”
-Thomas S. Monson
 
Where do you start?
 
I took a good look at my pantry to see what containers I had and needed. I also used a lot of what I already had. I like to use common containers to look clean and orderly. Dollar Tree, Target, Walmart are a few great places to find inexpensive containers.
 
1.      Start by taking out all of your food.
2.      Clean, dust and sweep your pantry before you put everything away.
3.      Throw away expired items.
4.      Arrange food items that are alike in baskets.
5.      Use jars for baking items such as nuts, chocolate chips, etc.
6.      Use larger containers for food storage items such as flour, sugar, rice etc.
 
 
 
Here is a picture of my baking pantry. Items used only for baking.
*Brown baskets from Dollar Tree*
*White baskets from Target*
*Red lid containers from Costco*
 
*Clear containers from Walmart*
 
 
This is my second pantry for snacks, canned foods, canning and craft containers. I also use this pantry to store my 72-hour kits and folders for my family.
Large white containers from Macey’s grocery store.
Canning racks from Costco.
 
 
 
 
Do you have an organizing tip for your pantry? Share it in the comment section. Thanks in advance!
 
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Fire & Steel: A Generation Rising by Gerald N. Lund {Written by Tiffany}

2015 will be busy with book reviews so to start if off right, here is a fabulous book by one of my favorite authors...
 
Fire and Steel
Volume One: A Generation Rising
by Gerald N. Lund
 
 About: The strongest steel is forged in the hottest flames. From master storyteller Gerald N. Lund comes a new blockbuster series chronicling the lives of two families who will face some of the most turbulent times in history as they are tried to their very cores. Will they be tempered and strengthened by the hammering blows, will they bend to the point of breaking, or will they completely shatter? As volume one begins, life could not be more promising for the Eckhardts. They finally have a son, Hans, the male heir they have longed for and a child of such brilliance and promise that his success seems certain. But as youthful Hans’s ambition takes him away from his family and their small Bavarian village, the winds of unrest in Europe are about to erupt into the greatest war the world has ever known. Kicking off a story that will cross generations—and continents—the Eckhardts must brace themselves to weather the storms and turmoil that lie ahead. Only through sheer determination and fortitude will they be able to pass through the refiner’s fire and come out stronger and more united than ever before.
 
About the Author:
 
Elder Gerald N. Lund received his B.A. and M.S. degrees in sociology from Brigham Young University. He served for thirty-five years in the Church Educational System, and he served as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy from 2002 to 2008. He is a prolific and bestselling author of both fiction and nonfiction and is best known for his historical novels, including The Work and the Glory series, Fire of the Covenant, The Kingdom and the Crown series, and The Undaunted. He and his late wife, Lynn, are the parents of seven children.
 

In my opinion:
 
I reviewed the Fire and Steel series, “A Generation Rising,” by Gerald N. Lund. I was really excited to read this book, after reading several of Gerald Lund’s novels, including the Work and the Glory series. My expectations were met and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. This particular series will develop through 60 years, across both World Wars and the Great Depression. A Generation Rising follows the story of the Eckhardts; a family in southern Germany on the brink of World War I. Through out the story the family learns to cope with trials, successes, and struggles. The Eckhardts have a brilliant son whose achievements seem certain. But as Han’s ambition takes him away from his family and small Bavarian village, the greatest war the world has ever known will be presenting itself as a reality.  I highly recommend this book because it is captivating and one that I personally couldn’t put down! I’m looking forward to reading Volume two. 
 
 Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. 
 
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Another review of Fairy Tale Christmas by Michael McLean {Written by Tiffany}

I know Christmas is over  but Tiffany finished reading this fabulous book called,
 
Fairy Tale Christmas
by Michael McLean and Scott McLean
 
I didn't want to leave out her review so here you go...Plus, some of you may still be into Christmas. You never know...
 
 

Monday, January 19, 2015

NEW! VALENTINE SWEET NOTES by Lovable Lables {Written by Cassie}

 
Do you want your son or daughter to be the star of their class this Valentines Day?
 
Try out these cute personalized Valentine sweet notes from lovablelabels.ca.



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