Tuesday, January 26, 2016

My Fair Gentleman {Written by Emilee}



About:


In this Regency twist of My Fair Lady, Jack would rather be at sea than fixing the mistakes of his grandfather, the late Earl of Stansworth. Instead, he finds that inheriting his grandfather's wealth and title—and securing the welfare of his sister and mother—means joining the ranks of high society and living with the aristocracy. Luckily, Ivy Carlisle, the granddaughter of a dear friend of Jack's late grandmother, is willing to teach him etiquette and properly introduce him into society. Jack soon learns that his challenge isn't surviving his new lifestyle but surviving the conspiracies against him—as well as keeping himself from falling madly in love with his new tutor.

About the Author:

Nancy Campbell Allen (N.C. Allen) is the author of eleven published novels, which span genres from contemporary romantic suspense to historical fiction. In 2005 , her work won the Utah Best of State award. She has presented at numerous writing conferences and events since her first book was released in 1999. Nancy received a BS in Elementary Education from Weber State University. She loved to read, write, travel and research, and enjoys spending time laughing with family and friends. She is married and the mother of three children.

In my opinion:


I'm in love with the Proper romance novels and My Fair Gentleman is one of my favorites. It is also based on a classic, My Fair Lady but has its own twist. 

The characters Nancy created were equally enjoyable and I especially liked Ivy and Jack's relationship. Jack drove me nuts in the beginning with his rebellious side but throughout the story, his softer side was shown for his sister and mother. I guess I always appreciate men who are mature and act like gentlemen. Sometimes, we must overlook the faults in others because we never know who they will become.

Jack becomes the new Earl of Stansworth and quickly needs to learn how to be polite. How will he ever learn? That is where Ivy comes in. She struggles to teach him the correct way to act. Will she be successful? Will their relationship blossom?

This story was delightful and fabulous. I definitely recommend My Fair Gentleman to anyone who loves a proper romance novel. 

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

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Abby’s Crossing by Darryl Harris & Giveaway {Written by Tiffany}



About:

Fall 1862 — Following her husband’s tragic death, young widow Abby Butterfield Browett’s first responsibility is to her son. Her desire to provide a secure future for her child has led her to accept a proposal of marriage from Isaac, a man twice her age. In her heart, she knows that Isaac lacks the fire and zest for life that defines Abby, but her son will be cared for. Can she be happy with only that?

Friday, January 15, 2016

Just Let Go DVD {Written by Emilee}

I had the privilege of watching Just Let Go in the comfort of my home. It has been difficult for me to get out of the house due to having a seven month old, two and a half year old disabled child and a five year old. So, it was a treat to finally get to watch this incredible film. I wanted to see it in the theater but like I said, it is hard to get out of the house.

JUST LET GO


Book Tour: Return and Succeed by Robert R. Shallenberger {Written by Cassie}

We were given the opportunity of being apart of another book tour. The book I was told to read and review was called,

Return and succeed by
Robert R. Shallenberger


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ABOUT:  

The first few years after a mission can be some of the most critical years in a returned missionary’s life. The transition from the mission field to normal life can be difficult, and many RMs get lost in the shuffle and struggle to make that change. Author Robert Shallenberger draws on a lifetime of experience helping youth and adults with motivation and personal development to share powerful tips and advice that will not only help returned missionaries survive the transition but also help them be successful in all aspects of their lives. With advice grounded in LDS standards, Return and Succeed is an invaluable collection of life changing ideas, habits, and tools that will provide returned missionaries with the motivation and capability they need to stay firm in the faith and achieve their greatest potential.

IN MY OPINION:

This is a powerful and insightful book. Not only is it an excellent book for returned missionaries but also a great reminder for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints of things we need to work on. I like how it talks about how we should take time to study and ponder the scriptures daily with scriptures and references to go along with it. I also like how at the end of each chapter it summarizes the chapter in a nutshell.  I highly recommend this book to give as a gift for someone going on a mission or returning home.

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Christmas Round Up Blog Tour {Written by Tiffany}


I've teamed up with Covenant Publications in their Christmas Round Up Blog Tour. Here are a few items to add to your Christmas celebration as you remember the true meaning of Christmas. This Holiday Round Up will put you and your family in festive frame of mind for a glorious holiday season.
It's All About Christmas

About:
Like heirloom ornaments on a splendid tree, It’s All About Christmaswill put you and your family in a festive frame of mind for a glorious holiday season. Stuffed with stories, songs, poems, Christmas history, joyful traditions, recipes, and activities, this delightful book celebrates all things Christmas—from the sacred story of the Nativity to the lore of Saint Nick. Opening this book is like tearing the paper off a much-anticipated gift, offering new surprises with each turn of the page. Generously illustrated with scores of vibrant vintage images, It’s All About Christmas will remind you of Christmases past, help you appreciate Christmas present, and guide you to creating memories for the Christmases to come.
In my opinion:



I love “It’s All About Christmas,” because it includes stories, songs, poems, history, traditions, recipes, and activities all in one fabulous 230-page book! It opens with scriptures detailing the prophecy and birth of Christ from both the Bible and Book of Mormon. My kids were excited about reading the Christmas stories. I was ready to try the recipes and gift ideas for our neighbors. I love the section, “Christmas Around The World,” to learn about how others celebrate this season. Some of the classic stories are told in this book, including “The Gift of the Magi” and “The Elves and the Shoemaker.”  This is a wonderfully well-done storybook that will be read and used for many Christmas seasons to come! 


Words of Christmas


About:

Investigate the deeper meanings of Christmas with this beautifully designed book that takes a closer look at twenty-five words, like hope, faith, and joy, that we hear throughout the holidays. Reflect upon the true meaning of these oft-repeated words.
In my opinion: 


I reviewed “Words of Christmas, Savoring the True Meaning of the Season One Word at a Time.” With a word a day, “Words of Christmas” helps share a short devotional and associated scripture, whether from the Bible, the Book of Mormon or the Doctrine and Covenants, to help focus the Christmas season on Jesus Christ.
In our home, we have a Christmas devotional every morning during the month of December, in which we sing a song, read a scripture and tell a story related to Christmas. This book is perfect for our tradition! One of my favorite advent words from the book is Charity because we were able to expound on the meaning of giving gifts and service by reading the scripture, talking about how it applies to our lives, and taking action by helping a neighbor in need. Other words include those pertaining to the Nativity; as well as words that describe Christmastime, such as traditions, peace, joy and celebrate.
I recommend using this book as an advent. This is a simple and effective way to help refocus the season by reading a short explanation and associated scripture of words that pertain to the meaning of Christmas.



Marble Christus 3" Statue

In my opinion:


Invite a spirit of peace and comfort into your home with this beautiful symbol of our Savior’s love for us. In this finely finished statue, Jesus Christ’s welcoming arms invite all to come unto Him. This 3” tall by 2: wide statute is perfect for a mantle, desk, or display area to remind us of the comfort and peace Jesus Christ offers us.


A Songbook for LDS Families


About:

Her music and lyrics are timeless, her legacy limitless. Now audiences everywhere are invited to celebrate the work of musical legend Janice Kapp Perry with A Songbook for LDS Families, a stunning illustrated compilation of many of Janice’s most moving pieces. A Songbook for LDS Families highlights eighteen beloved and well-known songs, as well as twenty-eight newly penned Book of Mormon hymns composed by Janice Kapp Perry with text by Bonnie Hart Murray. The first section of this beautifully designed book showcases musical scores everyone loves, as well as new sister missionary arrangements of “As Sisters in Zion” and “In the Hollow of Th y Hand.” Incredible insights into the stories behind the cherished lyrics accompany each song. In addition to the choral arrangements, section two explains the process and highlights the scriptures that inspired the creation of these new Book of Mormon hymns. Also included in this special-edition volume are two CDs containing accompaniment tracks to all forty-six pieces of music. Underscored by the stunning artwork of Greg Olsen, Simon Dewey, and Tom Lovell, as well as the complete Book of Mormon art collection by Arnold Friberg, this unparalleled celebration of faith-promoting music is sure to be a treasured keepsake.

In my opinion:
 
I reviewed “A Songbook for LDS Families.” This book honors the musical legacy of Janice Kapp Perry. I remember listening to her music when I was a teenager, and now I enjoy playing her CD’s for my own kids! In fact, one of my daughters had the opportunity to sing and record Perry’s song, “A Child’s Prayer,” with the One Voice Children’s Choir, specifically for this book. I love how this songbook includes two CD’s, as well as the beautiful pictures and stories throughout the book. I have two children who have played the piano and are excited to try out some of these songs. We use this book for family home evenings, and to bring the spirit into our home with music.
 
He Knows My Name and No Ordinary Shepherd
 

About:

Own two award-winning films for one low price! This 2-pack DVD set with stories featuring the Savior includes He Knows My Name and No Ordinary Shepherd.
He Knows My Name


Little Rebekah is fascinated by the man her neighbors call Jesus, and she wants to hear all He has to say. But her mother, Sarah, wants Rebekah to keep her distance. She has heard that some call this man Master and others a heretic, but beyond that, she has heard rumors that some factions wish to harm Him. However, Rebekah is persistent, and one day she brings Jesus home to meet her mother and grandfather—a simple act that will forever change all their lives.


No Ordinary Shepherd


As the sun beams brightly on the hills surrounding Palestine, one young shepherd boy thoughtfully considers the significance of the day. The child, crippled in a terrible accident, has always treasured his shepherd father’s tale of that starlit night so many years before—a night filled with the wonder of angelic heralds and a tiny Bethlehem stable sheltering the chosen Messiah. Now, years since that sacred event, tales of Jesus of Nazareth’s miraculous birth touch the young boy’s faith. When he meets the gentle stranger in the hills—a man oddly familiar to him—the faithful young shepherd encounters a miracle of his own.



In my opinion:
 
I reviewed “He Knows My Name.” This is a short movie about a girl named Rebekah, who is fascinated by the man her neighbors know as Jesus, and wants to hear all He has to say. But her mother wants Rebekah to keep her distance from this man others label a heretic. Rebekah is persistent, and one day she brings Jesus home to meet her mother and grandfather- a simple act that will change all their lives. 
This is an excellent movie that portrays the love Jesus has for us, particularly little children. It is an enlightening and spiritual movie that offers hope. I love the miracles Jesus performs in Rebekah’s home. This movie will be a perfect addition to your home for the Christmas and Easter holidays, and can be enjoyed throughout the year. It has a beautiful message about Jesus’ healing power when you put your faith in him.



This review is for “No Ordinary Shepherd.” This is a DVD about a young shepherd boy, who was crippled in a terrible accident and has faith in the Savior, Jesus Christ. On the anniversary of the starlit night in which his father had told him about so many times before, he meets a gentle stranger in the hills and encounters a miracle of his own.
I enjoyed watching this with my family. They were interested in the story line and had several questions through out about the Savior and the miracles he gave the young shepherd boy. This is a heartwarming short tale that I intend on watching every Christmastime. It will surely strengthen your testimony of our Savior, a great reminder for Christmas and anytime of the year!
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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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Home and Away, a WWII Christmas Story by Dean Hughes {Written by Emilee}

In light of the upcoming Christmas season, Dean Hughes, a best selling author of over 100 books from Park City, is releasing a new book called Home and Away, a WWII Christmas Story. 


It is a nostalgic and tender story of a young boy, Dennis, who must comfort his worried family with Christmas cheer as they await the return of their eldest son fighting in the front lines of the battle in Europe. 

About:

Norma Hayes has always tried to make Christmas special for her family, but this year it is going to be difficult. Money is tight, and wartime rationing is taking its toll as well. Harder still, her oldest son, Glen, is on the front lines of the battle in Europe.
Glen Hayes wants nothing more than to be home for Christmas. He holds a sprig of lavender in his pocket. The scent reminds him of his mother. The memory of home may be the only thing that is keeping him alive and sane during the horrors of war.
Dennis Hayes is sixteen and longs to see his older brother again. He also longs to have a relationship with his father, but most important, Dennis is determined to buy something special for his mother this Christmas—the one gift he feels certain she deserves.
So many families have had their hopes dashed in World War II. Will the Hayes family make it through?
“Beautifully nostalgic. Hughes expertly captures the spirit of family, of war, and of Christmas. Home and Away isn’t just a book, it’s a gift.” – Jason F. Wright, New York Times best-selling author of Christmas Jars

Audio running time - 4 hours, unabridged. Read by Kirby Heyborne

About the author:

Dean Hughes is a best-selling writer who published his 100th book in 2014. He holds a bachelor's degree from Weber State College in Utah and master's and PhD degrees from the University of Washington. He has attended post-doctoral seminars at Stanford and Yale Universities and taught English at Central Missouri State University and Brigham Young University.
In my opinion:

It isn't hard to love the stories Dean Hughes writes. He is one of my favorite authors. Hughes always has a way to capture your attention. Home and away was a short story about a family who struggled during World War II. They had to be super careful with their money. And, they had a son on the front lines of the battle in Europe. 

The story goes back and forth between the two oldest sons, Dennis and Glen. I loved reading about Dennis, a sixteen year old who struggled to help his family as well as fit in as a teenager. He also worked to earn money to buy his mother something really nice. That part was touching. As I read, I wanted to help the Hayes family. I wanted to be the woman in the store who created a miracle for Dennis. I felt connected. Then the story switched over to Glen and you could get a glimpse on what it was like during World War II. Will the family ever see Glen again?

I love this time of year when service is done and there is more love for others. It seems that people are kinder, helpful and happier. Home and Away is a wonderful Christmas story and I definitely recommend it especially during this Christmas season.

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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Monday, December 14, 2015

ALL NEW FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM PERFECT FOR THE HOLIDAYS "MONKEY UP" STARRING CRYSTAL THE MONKEY {Written by Emilee}

Air Bud Entertainment, the production company that brought you the "Air Bud," "Air Buddies," and "Russell Madness" films are proud to announce their newest addition to their film collection, "MONKEY UP" which features Crystal the Monkey (Night at the Museum, 1, 2 & 3, We Bought a Zoo, The Hangover). 



The Hilarious Action-Packed First Starring Role For ‘Crystal’
Hollywood’s Most Famous Monkey
Awarded ‘Family Friendly’ Certification by The Dove Foundation

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HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (December 11, 2015) –Air Bud Entertainment, the creators of the beloved ‘Air Bud’ and ‘Buddies’ films is proud debut an all-new family movie, MONKEY UP, on Digital HD January 19, 2106 and DVD February 2, 2016.   A hilarious and heartwarming movie for the whole family, MONKEY UP stars ‘Crystal’ the adorable and multi-talented Capuchin monkey that audiences have fallen in love with in dozens of films including those in the The Hangover and Night at the Museum franchises.  The exciting new adventure introduces Crystal’s character ‘Monty’ -- the star of Monkey Up energy drink commercials…who dreams of breaking out of advertising to become an A list player on the Hollywood scene.

Marking the first time Crystal the monkey has landed a starring role, the film has been rated ‘Family Friendly’ by The Dove Foundation.  This recognition is awarded to movies, DVDs, made for TV movies and specials, books and other entertainment products that portray and encourage positive values.

The creative force behind the #1 live-action, direct-to-video movies in the family category for decades, MONKEY UP is produced by Air Bud Entertainment, the production team that has entertained generations with their hugely popular Air Bud and Air Buddies movies.   MONKEY UP will be released through Air Bud Entertainment’s partnership with Alchemy, the leading independent film and television distributor.
Joining MONKEY UP primate star Crystal, are John Ratzenberger (TV’s Cheers, all Pixar films), David Milchard (YouTube sensation Convos with my 2-Year Old), Danny Woodburn (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2), Erin Allin O’Reilly (Dumb and Dumber to), Jonathan Mangum (House at the end of the Drive) and Skylar Astin (Pitch Perfect 2) who lends his voice to Crystal the monkey in her role as ‘Monty.’   MONKEY UP is directed by Robert Vince.  It is written by Robert Vince, Anna McRoberts, Kirsten Hansen and Mary Pocrnic.  Produced by Anna McRoberts.

Exciting promotional partners supporting the MONKEY UP release include Riviana Foods' Success® Rice, Diana’s Bananas Inc., Flatout Flatbread, and Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Stores.

Synopsis 

Meet Monty -- a precocious actor, spokesperson and… a talking Capuchin Monkey!  He’s the face of the energy drink, ‘Monkey Up,’ but he dreams of becoming the first award-winning monkey movie star.  When the greedy owner of Monkey Up has other plans for Monty, the chase is on! He escapes with the help of his new family, the Andrews, and his hilarious primate siblings, Mort, Mooner, and Melody in an uproarious chase that proves Monty really is the ‘fast and the furriest’. Together they help Monty discover that fame and fortune come and go, but family is forever!

MONKEY UP is rated ‘PG’ by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).
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About Air Bud Entertainment

Air Bud Entertainment (ABE) is the company behind the beloved AIR BUD and BUDDIES franchise. For nearly 20 years, the AIR BUD and BUDDIES films have become an established and trusted family brand. ABE created the four-paw icon of this generation, which has become part of our social fabric across generations of children, parents and grandparents.  ABE's exciting new movies will be available across numerous multi-media and digital platforms. Fans can also watch exclusive programming on the recently launched Air Bud TV including original, all new short form content and TV series, in addition to sneak peaks of their adorable family-friendly films. Please visit  and subscribe 

About Alchemy


Alchemy is the largest independent distributor of film and television content across all platforms and windows in North America, specializing in the highest quality content. Alchemy develops tailored distribution strategies for the top family entertainment companies and brands, from theatrical release to DVD, digital, VOD, and television. The company has distributed works ranging from some the most well know known franchises to those of the finest independent filmmakers in the business. The company is the industry’s largest physical distributor outside of the major studios and Lionsgate, representing the majority of non-studio content at Walmart, Target, Best Buy and Sam’s Club and is the leading independent supplier to digital platforms including iTunes and Netflix.

In my opinion:

Monkey Up is definitely a kid friendly film and my five year old son loved it. After it was done he said, "I really like that monkey show." Honestly, at first I was afraid to watch because of the cheesy beginning. But, as I continued watching I felt connected to the mom. She was forgetful and even put eggs in the oven without realizing her mistake. It helped me realize that we are not perfect. We make mistakes as mothers. We balance a lot and sometimes we need to sit back and relax.

Monkey Up was a cute story about a little girl named Sophie who gets a doll house with Monty the monkey inside. Monty the monkey was an precocious actor hoping to go far as a movie star. He had big dreams and fate allowed him to be apart of Sophie's family. He ends up helping everyone and becomes a rescuer to the family crisis. I wasn't a fan of some of the music and it was a little ridiculous at times but it was a good family friendly movie. I know your kids will enjoy it. They may even dance to the music like my son did.

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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