Thursday, August 27, 2015

Giveaway Opp: The Vampire Diaries: The Complete Sixth Season & The Originals: The Complete Second Season


I love being apart of the TetherGroup Family because I get the opportunity of reviewing some amazing DVDs. This week, I wanted to share with you the following DVDs...

The Vampire Diaries

The Originals

So, be sure to join me in this fun blog post by taking the "Are you fit for Vampire life" quiz and enter the giveaway.



Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Twisters Numbers & Shapes {Written by Emilee}

Lately, I've been on the lookout for good children's books. I have three children and I love to read to them when time allows it. It is a little sad that when I only had one child, we would read all the time. We visited the library at least once a week. Now, it is extremely difficult to find the time to go out. I have a newborn...well a two month old who needs milk every 2 1/2-3 hours. I also have a two year old who has a G-tube so I hook her up with formula every three hours.

So, it is a wonderful opportunity when I can review brand new books just for my kids. 

This week, I reviewed 

Twisters Numbers & Shapes

Twisters Numbers


About:

Come on baby…let’s learn and twist! Little ones will love learning their numbers with this fun board book that’s perfectly sized for pint-sized hands. Each page has a twisty picture to turn and match. They’ll love counting their numbers from 1 to 10 twisting the page to find out: How many spots on the lady bug? How many splashes on the piggy? Bright, colorful illustrations, lots of new things to learn, and bendy pictures make this book an all-time favorite. (Ages Infant–3)
(0764168096)

Board book / 10 Pages / 7 x 7 / 2015

In my opinion:
Twisters Numbers is a book for kids to match and learn their numbers 1 to 10. It will be perfect for my youngest when she is old enough. I read it to my two year old who has special needs and helped her turn each animal. I loved how the animals spun around. This book was very basic and probably wouldn't be good for a five year old. Or at least not mine. He is at that stage where he is curious about everything and wants everything destroyed or in utter chaos. I'm pretty sure he would try and take the animals out and then the book would be ruined. However, maybe my five year old could start reading the words to his sisters. The words were fairly easy especially for beginner readers like my son. The book is a fun way for kids to learn how to count and that is the main idea. Overall, I thought it was made well. 

Twisters Shapes


About:

Come on baby…let’s learn and twist! Little ones will love learning their shapes with this fun board book that’s perfectly sized for pint-sized hands. Each page has a twisty picture to turn and match. Tiny tots can match up the diamonds on the dinosaur’s back, circles on the little boy’s glasses, and more. Bright, colorful illustrations, lots of new things to learn, and bendy pictures make these books all-time favorites that they’ll want to come back to over and over again. (Ages Infant–3)
(076416810)

Board book / 10 Pages / 7 x 7 / 2015

In my opinion:

Twisters Shapes was another fun book to read to my children. This time the focus was on shapes. It was the same concept as the Twisters Numbers book. You match up the shapes with the correct picture. I thought it could have had more pages including a heart, octagon, hexagon, etc. But, it included the basic shapes that a young child should learn. It would also be helpful to have different textures on each page. But, maybe I'm over my head with crazy ideas. Overall, I enjoyed reading it to my kids and recommend it to other readers.

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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2 DVDs Review: When Calls the Heart & Find a Way {Written by Emilee}

This morning I wanted to share with you two outstanding DVDs you must watch. These are excellent family films and it would be a shame for you to miss out...

First, one of my favorite Hallmark TV shows is 
When Calls The Heart: Heart of the Family


About:

Elizabeth returns to Hope Valley and immediately volunteers to look after a neighbor's rural homestead...and his two children, an undertaking which proves to be a bigger chore than she'd imagined. But when Jack lends a hand, and they wind up chatting by the fire, all seems right in Hope Valley and the world. Meanwhile, in Hamilton, Bill Avery sets about busting a counterfeiting ring wide open, an endeavor which surprisingly leads him to Hope Valley, where he mysteriously declines Jack's help. But Bill isn't the only big-town visitor: Elizabeth is even more surprised to see her former suitor, Charles Kensington, standing right in the middle of her schoolhouse.

In my opinion:

I loved the continued story of Jack and Elizabeth's relationship. I didn't care for Charles to be in the picture but there always is "the other guy." So, I'll just wait till they finally get together and get married. Because, we all know that Jack and Elizabeth will be together in the end. It is what the audience craves and we continue watching because of their adorable relationship. It is just a matter of time. I loved the characters. There is always some villain in the story which creates more drama. Bill Avery is leaning toward the dark side. Hopefully, he will realize his mistakes and ask for help. When Calls the Heart truly is a wonderful family film that all should watch. It is clean and definitely worth watching.

Second, I watched 
Find a Way


About:

Finding faith can be difficult for many people on any given day. Imagine an ordinary Sunday morning. It's time to get ready for church and you go to wake your talented, loving, bright, beautiful son. Only, he won't wake up...every again. What happens to faith then?

This is how tragedy began for a Burlington, North Carolina family. Their son, Harry Cohen, was a high school senior-a genuinely inspired young man, star football player, friend to all and a strong Christian. One morning he didn't wake up. The untimely death of an outstanding young person naturally brings up questions about faith and God's presence. How can God allow such a thing to happen? The even obviously has an immense effect on family, friends and the community at large.

Things that previously seemed to be so important are put into perspective and we can gain an understanding as to what is truly important in life. Harry is gone from us, but he continues to inspire actions, words and deeds with a message of faith & hope. Find a way will stand as a tribute to Harry Cohen and be a beacon of hope to anyone who has ever dealt with pain and heartache.

In my opinion:

This was definitely a very serious film with an important message of faith and persevering.  We must never give up on our faith especially when challenges arise. Life is hard but we can do hard things. It was hard to get through Find a way because our family is dealing with a daughter with a short life span. We don't know how long she has but we plan on spending as much time as possible with her while she is on the earth. Life is hard but we can endure to the end and trust in the Lord's path for us. I loved the different experiences the people had whether it be death, divorce, relationships, bullies, etc. We all have challenges and we can get through them together. It is through these type of inspired movies that remind us that we are not alone. We all struggle but together we can pull through. 

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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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

GOODNIGHT SANTA by Michelle Robinson {Written by Emilee}

I know you are probably getting your kids to school or already have kids in school. However, I love preparing ahead of time for the upcoming holidays especially Christmas. I knit Christmas stockings year round so I feel like I celebrate Christmas all the time.

I started a tradition a year ago to read a Christmas story everyday with my kids. It was another countdown to Christmas activity and it was a hit. Each day, my son unwrapped a book and we read it together.

I recently received a new Christmas book called Goodnight Santa which I will be adding to my countdown to Christmas book collection.


The Perfect Bedtime Book!
Michelle Robinson; illustrated by Nick East



About:

Goodnight Series - All books in this series 

    Goodnight snowman. Goodnight choir.
    Goodnight stockings by the fire.
    Goodnight tree and mistletoe…
    Santa’s coming!
    Ho ho ho!
Here’s a delightful bedtime book that explores all the wonderful and exciting things about Christmas. Santa’s workshop, his “list,” reindeers flying through the starry skies, gifts of every shape and size—it’s all celebrated in the pages of this colorful book. Exuberant illustrations and charming. rhyming text tell little ones all about Santa’s trek to their homes this Christmas Eve. But they had better settle down and say goodnight, because Santa Claus is on his way. A delightful, very merry look at Santa’s epic once-a-year visit that children will clamor for this holiday season, and every holiday season to come. (Ages 1-4)

In my opinion:

I absolutely love the Goodnight series and have collected each of Michelle Robinson's books. They really are the perfect bedtime book because you are teaching your child to say goodnight to everything around him/her. I loved the illustrations. They were bright, cheerful and captured the story. I loved that the story was full of rhymes. This year, I will add Goodnight to Santa to my Countdown to Christmas book activity. It is short and sweet and perfect for young families. I do wish Robinson continues to add more books to her Goodnight series because I highly enjoy reading them to my children. I definitely recommend Goodnight to Santa for any family who loves to read to their children or grandchildren.

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, August 14, 2015

The Fight for Finn Giveaway Hosted by Sleeping Baby


The story of baby Finn and the Blumenthal family is one of hope, strength, and courage that resonates deeply within all of us.

When Sleeping Baby appeared on the hit ABC show Shark Tank, they shared their story of losing a child and how they were able to overcome their struggles largely with the help and encouragement of their sweet customers. The Parkers were flooded with emails from supportive fans… including one woman, Kelly Blumenthal.
Kelly had just discovered she was pregnant with a child who had little to no chance at life due to potentially terminal heart defects. The Blumenthal family had to make plans to terminate the pregnancy based on the recommendation from doctors who conveyed the severity of the baby’s condition and his inevitable fate.
After watching Stephanie share her heart and story on Shark Tank, however, Kelly was renewed with a sense of purpose and drive to see her little one survive and give him a chance at life. Stephanie shared Kelly’s story on the Zipadee-Zip Facebook page and their Sleeping Baby Fans surrounded the family in an overwhelming outpouring of prayer and support during the pregnancy.
Finn is now 5 months old and is ALIVE, well and pretty darn ADORABLE too! In many respects, the Blumenthal family has since become part of the Parker family and they hold a special place in the hearts and prayers of tens of thousands of the Sleeping Baby Fans.

Fight for Finn Giveaway

Sleeping Baby wants to thank their fans for their outpouring of prayer and support with a very special Fight for Finn Giveaway!
5 lucky winners will be chosen to receive a Zipadee-Zip of their choice and 10 winners will receive a Little Sailor teether.

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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Freetown DVD Giveaway {Written by Emilee}

Today, I wanted to share an exceptionally powerful film called,

Freetown
from the director of The Saratov Approach and the producer of Saints and Soldiers



About:
Caught in the middle of a brutal civil war, six Liberian missionaries in Monrovia flee the widespread violence of their native country. Their destination: Freetown, Sierra Leone. With the help of local Church leader Phillip Abubakar (Henry Adofo), the missionaries make the difficult journey only to have their troubles compounded by a rebel fighter bent on killing one of their own. Based on true events, Freetown is a thrilling and inspiring story of hope and survival.

Special Features:
Behind the scenes
Director's commentary
Writing Freetown
Shooting in Africa
Music of Freetown
Filming Freetown
Rated PG-13 for thematic situations involving violence.
Subtitles in Spanish, French, and Portuguese.
All regions. Running time: 113 minutes

About Go Films:

Since its creation in 2002, Go Films has been the driving force behind the award-winning films Saints and Soldiers, Outlaw Trail, and Forever Strong. Co-founders Adam Abel and Ryan Little strive to create engaging entertainment. Based out of Utah, their projects benefit from the diverse scenery and the reputation their productions have established.

In my opinion:

Freetown was a powerful and well done film that you must watch. In a way it reminded me of Hotel Rwanda. It was inspirational and entertaining. Although, it was slow in some parts, I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. I highly enjoyed it and can't imagine what it must have been like to serve a mission in fear. However, I felt that the missionaries were protected. At times they were scared but they had faith to keep going.  I especially liked their church leader, Phillip Abubakar who truly showed obedience by driving the six missionaries to Sierra Leone. It wasn't easy to get there but through all of the challenges, they moved forward with faith and hope. Freetown was truly an inspiring true story of hope and survival.

Two of our readers will win a copy of Freetown.

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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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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Kickstarter It's Time to get Baby Strong


Okay moms…can you relate to this? New moms may have every intention to hit the gym, attend a class, go for a run, or pop in a DVD and workout at home...but things don't always work out this way with a new baby. When we heard about this new mom invention launching on Kickstarter, we just had to share with you! Baby Strong Workout is the solution for every new mom to feel good again...and by only using mom + baby! Make sure to scroll below to help spread the word about Baby Strong in two simple steps. Baby Strong Workout is a fun, effective and inexpensive workout option that helps moms of all sizes, shapes and fitness levels feel strong, healthy, happy and confident. Features:
  • Deck of workout cards held together with a teething ring link
  • Includes individual exercise cards and a series of pre-made workouts (do one-off exercises, put together your own workout or try the pre-made ones)
  • Baby Safe: chew, drool and baby-friendly material used for cards
  • Text and photo instructions included for each exercise
  • Follow pre-made workouts or customize your own


  Benefits:
  • Workout with ONLY mom + baby!
  • No gym, no classes, no special equipment
  • Created for moms of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels
  • Helps moms feel strong, healthy, happy, and confident
  • Fun, effective, and inexpensive workout for moms
  • Mommy Care + Baby Care
  • No Tears. No Guilt.
Could you help our friends over at Baby Strong Workout spread the word? Here are two simple steps:
Step 1:

BSW - watch video on kickstarter email banner
Step 2:
BSW - like us on Facebook email banner
Head over to the Baby Strong Workout website to learn more and if you think this is a great idea your pre-order on Kickstarter is much appreciated!
 
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