Sunday, August 31

Be a Movie Screener for Sony!

 With a Sony Pictures Screening account, you can attend advanced screenings of upcoming films from Sony Pictures, Screen Gems, and Columbia Pictures. Best of all, attending these screenings is absolutely free!

In the last month, I've seen 2 movie screenings for films that are just now being released.  It is super cool to have the opportunity to see movies that almost no one else has seen yet, and to have a free date night with my hubby or my best friend!  We attended the screening for The Identical about a month ago thanks to Affirm Films which got me Googling "movie screening" which led to two weeks ago, when my hubby and I went to see When the Game Stands Tall thanks to Sony Pictures.  You can sign up to be a Sony Movie Screener here.  When there's a movie screening in your area, they simply send a code to your inbox which you use to accept your free tickets from the site.  It's so awesome, and it's open to everyone!  You do not have to be a blogger or anything--they just want a quick opinion at the end of the movie. Pretty awesome!

Disclaimer: Sony didn't give me anything for this post or encourage it in any way.  I just thought it would be something cool to share with my lovely readers.




Saturday, August 30

Holy Ghost DVD Giveaway: An Amazing Film!

My hubby and I watched "Holy Ghost" last night.  We planned to just watch it for about a 1/2 hour (it was late when we started!) but we were so hooked on it!  The testimonies of God's love and the lengths God will go to speak to someone's heart really touched me.  The main message I got out of this movie is that we shouldn't put God in a box or limit, something God has been showing me lately.  Truly, this seems to be the theme of my life for 2014.  Everything in this movie completely lines up with the bible--there's nothing weird or off about it... but it will challenge you and it may make you question the way you've been living your life.  And it will inspire you, I guarantee it!  An amazing film.

This movie features Brian "Head" Welch of Korn (did you know he's a Christian? his story is so powerful!), Lenny Kravitz, and others.  It's actually a documentary of these guys who decide to make a movie "led by the Holy Spirit"--sounds kind of crazy, right?  My hubby was especially wary of it, but even he was impressed with the actual movie once we watched it.  They end up going to Utah, Monte Carlo, to a Korn concert, and to the oldest city in the world. It is an incredible film, and I am feeling so blessed that I had the opportunity to review it!


Giveaway

One of my readers will win Holy Ghost on DVD and receive it in time for Christmas.  Enter below by Monday September 5th at 11 pm anyone's time.  I'll choose a winner the next morning via Random.org. 
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Friday, August 29

Mary Helen Children's Clothing: Whimsically Gorgeous #BackToSchoolFashion

Mary Helen Clothing is both whimsical and original.   My daughter loves her Betsy dress! It was hard to choose which one we wanted so I asked Mary Helen to surprise us.  Our other favorites were the Olive and the Kinley from the Fresh Cut Collection.  The Betsy dress is part of the Simple Bliss Collection.  The dress is adjustable and is something that will last for years.  The colors are vibrant and the combination is so unique.  No other girl we know has a dress like this!  Matching, reversible headbands are also sold at Mary Helen Clothing and they are so adorable.

The Betsy Dress
Mary Helen's dream has always been to create clothing for little girls that make them feel beautiful. Her clothing does just that. It brings out a child's spirit through bright colors, unique prints, and details that make everyone smile. 

From age eight and on can be a challenging time for self-confidence issues and negative influences, like the media telling kids how they should look. Mary Helen's goal is to build a foundation for girls to grow upon. By feeling beautiful in what they wear, girls will learn how to move forward in life with their heads held high and a great collection of bright, fun loving clothing to pass on to their little sisters.  I highly concur with all of that, and my youngest daughter is already asking when her sister is going to outgrow her Betsy dress!

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What is your favorite fashion from Mary Helen?

Special thanks to Mary Helen for providing me with this dress to review!

Thursday, August 28

Usborne Sticker Soldiers #BackToSchool Fun from Timberdoodle!


My little guy just finished Kindergarten.  Part of his history curriculum was something we'll be using again this year--Usborne's historical sticker books.  We used the Usborne Sticker Dressing Soldiers book from Timberdoodle to try out the series and we loved it!  I was surprised that the book was so huge.  The soldiers throughout history were fun and cute, but also historically accurate.  Soldiers throughout the world and our country for the last thousands of years were featured.  Most of the wars or time period included a large 2-page spread for the soldiers and each soldier had numerous pieces of his uniform to stick on.  Each also included a paragraph about the soldiers duties and the time period.  Even I learned quite a lot from this book.  As for my son, he learned a ton and gained more of an interest in history.  






Usborne also has Sticker Dressing books on Knights, Rescue Missions, Explorers, and the Second World War all of which are sold at our favorite homeschool store, Timberdoodle.  I'm planning to use all of them as part of my little guy's 1st grade curriculum this year. 

If you have any homeschool recommendations on products we should try, let me know.  I'm always eager for new suggestions for my 1st and 3rd graders!



Special thanks to Timberdoodle and the Doodle Dollars Program for providing us with this review opportunity!

Wednesday, August 27

The Dystopian Comeback and A Christian Dystopian Novel #Giveaway


Dystopian books and movies are definitely making a huge come-back with The Hunger Games, The Giver, and now Bonnie Calhoun's new series.  Thunder is the first in the Stone Braide Chronicles and, man, was I hooked from the first!  This book isn't officially out until September 2nd, but I enjoyed the Advance Readers Copy I received.  In the meantime, watch The Giver or read the book (or both-- they're equally amazing and thought-provoking), and wait for Mockingjay to appear in theatres.  November 21st--can't wait!!

What's with the apple? Read or watch The Giver and you shall see.
Now about Thunder: 

In post-apocalyptic America, Selah Chavez is crouched in long grass on a shore littered with the rusted metal remnants of a once-great city. It is the day before her eighteenth Born Remembrance, and she is hunting, though many people refuse to eat animal flesh, tainted by radiation during the Time of Sorrows. What Selah's really after are Landers, mysterious people from a land across the big water who survive the delirium-inducing passage in small boats that occasionally crash against the shoreline. She knows she should leave the capture to the men, but Landers bring a good price from the Company and are especially prized if they keep the markings they arrive with. Everything falls to pieces when the Lander Selah catches is stolen by her brothers--and Selah wakes up the next morning to find the Lander's distinctive mark has suddenly appeared on her own flesh. Once the hunter, Selah is now one of the hunted, and she knows only one person who can help her--Bohdi Locke, the Lander her brothers hope to sell.

Intriguing?  Yes.  Now for the complaint that must be mentioned (and I hate making complaints but my conscience will not rest if I am not honest).  This book is marketed as teen fiction.  My qualm with that is that it's quite lusty (for lack of a better word) for a Christian novel... truly, for any teen novel.  Selah and Bohdi are very attracted to each other and your pulse rises, and your cheeks flush (at least, mine did!) while you read some of their little encounters.  Read this as an adult and skim over those lines if you like, but if you're considering this book for your teenager, I do not recommend it. Personally, I wouldn't want my teenager reading the book; though I enjoyed it as a grown-up, I felt the need to skim over a few lines and hoped it wouldn't get too out of control. It didn't, but the author walked a slim line.  She could definitely have left out the racy parts and lines like "Why was she kissing him? Because it felt right."  I don't care who we are, we should not be doing stuff just because it "feels right"--teen, adult, Christian, or non-Christian.  This mentality is why so many teens end up pregnant, and why women believe being unfaithful in marriage is justified.  Super bad advice for a hormonal teenager.  Imo, when the main character in a book is acting a certain way and is rewarded by it, this is definitely condoning the action, whether good or bad. In this circumstance, bad call, Miss Calhoun, and bad call on the editors.


Thanks to the wonderful people at Family Christian for providing me with this book for review.


I received this book from the super nice people at Family Christian.  You can find them on:

GIVEAWAY
Enter below by September 5th at 11 pm anyone's time. I'll choose a winner the next morning via Random.org.


Thursday, August 21

Pley! The Netflix of Legos And A #LegoMovieGiveaway! Everything Is Awesome!

My kiddos looooove Legos!  "Love" as in they would play them all day if I let them.  Especially my little guy.  He's pretty much a Lego Master Builder.  This week, we discovered Pley.  When I say it's "the Netflix of Legos," it's exactly that.  You sign up for the free trial, pick your favorite sets, and they ship it to you that very same day!  I was so impressed with their huge selection (literally 100s of sets) and super fast shipping!  They even have the newest Lego Movie sets, Ninja Turtles, Friends, Ninjago, Disney Princess, and all my kids' favorites.  Plus, if you lose some pieces, they don't charge you for them.  And shipping is free both ways.  After the free trial, you can cancel easily on-line or keep the service for $15 a month.  There are also a couple different ways to earn free credit to either keep your Pley sets or to pay for the next month.  Definitely love this!

My Lego Master Builder and Some of His Creations (Lego City Sets Available at Pley)


Super Duper Awesomeness!
 



FREE TRIAL
You can sign up for a free 15 day trial by clicking Pley anywhere in this post.  :)  Let me know which sets your kiddos like best!

GIVEAWAY
One of my readers will receive the digital version of the Lego Movie via Ultra Violet (no need to have an Ultra Violet account; I'll get the winner all set up with everything they need).  Enter below by 8/28 at 11 pm anyone's time.  I'll choose a winner the next morning.  Good luck!  

In the meantime,for your viewing pleasure because... Everything Is Awesome!!!: