Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Orkin Fact or Fake Blog App and GIVEAWAY! (9/3)

*Disclosure: The following information was provided to me in promotion of Orkin LLC. I will be provided with the same items as in the giveaway in exchange for this post.
“Daddy longlegs are poisonous.”
“Mosquitoes prefer adults over children.”
“Ants can survive underwater.”
You’ve heard the myths about bugs before. Do you know what’s fact and what’s fake?
Take Orkin’s Scientific Fact or Scientific Fake™ Quiz to test your knowledge, and be sure to watch every clip for the scoop on these infamous bug myths.
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GIVEAWAY!:
One lucky reader will win the Back-to-School Scientific Prize Pack, which includes:
- Clip-on Fisheye Lens (iPhone, Galaxy, Android compatible)
- Orkin On-the-Go Drink Tumbler
- Orkin Drawstring Bag
- Orkin “Field Notes” Notebook w/ Pen

 
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Open to U.S. residents 18 years and older. Giveaway will end Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 11:59 EST. Winner will be chosen shortly after and contacted via e-mail. The winner will have 48 hours to respond otherwise I will have to choose a new winner.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

First Things First Family Prize Pack GIVEAWAY! (8/17)

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First Things First (FTF) is an award winning not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening families in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
FTF is a resource that collaborates with and is supported by a broad cross-section of community organizations, groups and individuals.
FTF accomplishes it mission through meaningful media messaging and skill building classes.
Did you know?:
• 24 million children are growing up in homes without their biological fathers.
• Only 30% of divorces are due to infidelity, addiction or abuse, 70% of divorces are due to couples feeling disconnected.
• Couples who manage to devote time specifically to one another at least once a week are markedly more likely to enjoy high-quality relationships and lower divorce rates, compared to couples who do not devote as much couple time to one another.
• Fathers provide unique benefits to their daughters through their active and positive presence from the time of birth all the way through adulthood.
FTF created the following video to help promoting husbands and wives dating through their marriage:


I've always heard how important it is to date your spouse.  I remember a sermon I heard once where the pastor and his wife went out on a date every Friday night and thought how great that was!  As much as I would like to go out on a date each week, life gets busy and honestly it just doesn't happen.  We're lucky if we go once a month, but we do find time to spend quality time together on a regular basis...and it always feels good to reconnect.  I think it's important for parents to spend time on their relationship for, not only their own well-being, but the well-being of the whole family.

GIVEAWAY!

Congratulations to comment #7, Debby!

One lucky reader will win a First Things First Family Prize Pack!:
*His and Hers Moonpie T-shirts (2 Large T-shirts)
*2 Boxes of single-decker Moonpies

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Open to U.S. residents 18 years and older. Giveaway will end Sunday, Agust 17th, 2014 at 11:59 EST. Winner will be chosen shortly after and contacted via e-mail. The winner will have 48 hours to respond otherwise I will have to choose a new winner.

"The Boxcar Children" DVD Review and GIVEAWAY! (8/27)

*Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.


About The Boxcar Children DVD:
Four orphaned and homeless siblings happen upon an abandoned boxcar, which with a little creativity and hard work, they gradually furnish with all the comforts of home. Fearful that they will be sent to live with the reputedly cruel grandfather they have never met, the children keep their new home a secret - until a serious illness forces them to reveal themselves in order to save young Violet.

About the Cast:
Featuring an all-star cast of voice actors, including Academy Award Nominee Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now), J.K. Simmons (Spiderman), Zach Gordon (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Joey King (Fargo), Mackenzie Foy (Twilight series), and Jadon Sand (LEGO: The Movie), this is the very first full-length, animated feature adaptation of Gertrude Chandler Warner's best-selling classic!

Collector's Edition Special Features:
* THE BOXCAR CHILDREN E-BOOK PREVIEW
* THE BOXCAR CHILDREN GUIDE TO ADVENTURE E-BOOK PREVIEW
* PRINTABLE TOWN MAP
* OFFICIAL SOUNDTRACK
* ABOUT THE AUTHOR/MUSEUM FEATURETTE
* DOWNLOADABLE ACTIVITY KIT
* STILLS GALLERY

Dove Approved - all ages!  

To learn more about The Boxcar Children DVD, check out the following sites:
    https://www.facebook.com/BoxcarChildren
    https://twitter.com/boxcarchildren

My Review:
When I was offered to review this movie, I immediately made sure that the kids and I picked up at least one of The Boxcar Children series books from the library.  I hoped to get the original, but they didn't have it, so we checked out "The Dinosaur Mystery" to read together.  (Morgan got one to read on her own and liked it so much that she's read several others now too.)  We've been spending much of the summer reading books, many classics, then watching the movies to go along with them and I knew this would be another book-to-movie opportunity for us. :-)

I have to say that the kids and I completely enjoyed The Boxcar Children DVD...probably more than the book/s we read!  (I will have to search out the original book now to read and compare!)  I really appreciated that the kids in the movie were hardworking and respectful and knew not only how to get along on their own, but also how to make a wonderful life for themselves in a boxcar!  I don't know that an animated film has ever felt so nice to watch...it was just so wonderfully wholesome and good!!

I HIGHLY recommend seeing this movie with your family...or even without your family, because I honestly think adults will like it just as much, or more, than the kids! :-)

Buy It!
The Boxcar Children is coming to DVD on August 19th! VOD also available!
Preorder at Walmart: http://www.walmart.com/ip/38107477 for $12.77.

GIVEAWAY:
One of my readers is going to win their own copy of The Boxcar Children!

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

"The Perfect Summer" DVD Review

*Disclosure: I was provided a copy of the following DVD in exchange for my honest review.  I was not compensated in any way.


 
About The Perfect Summer (from the website):
In The Perfect Summer, fatherless teenager Jake (Adam Horner) is happy living in Chicago, until his mother (Sydney Penny) decides to uproot them to a small surfing town where her estranged father (Eric Roberts), Jake's grandfather, lives. The transition isn't easy for anyone and it seems everywhere he goes, Jake manages to make enemies, including the town bully, Tyler (JD Banks), who doesn't like the new interloper or his interest in young surfing prodigy, Kayla (Katie Garfield). Stuck in the beach town with no friends and no knowledge of surfing, Jake has nowhere to turn until Cody (Jason Castro), the local surf shop owner, reveals that Jake's grandfather is a surf legend. Tired of feeling like an outcast, Jake asks Lou to teach him about surfing. Jake learns to face his fears, push through inhibitions and realizes that winning the respect of his new peers - and Katie's heart - might mean facing the biggest challenge of his life.
 

 


My Review:
The Perfect Summer was a great movie to watch as a family.  It had a few intense scenes that I wouldn't recommend for children under 6 but, I know at my kids ages, they have learned about bullies in school.  This movie just reinforced the importance of telling someone if you're being bullied (and how bad it would be to be the bully.)

I like that The Perfect Summer shows the importance of working hard and not giving up as well.  I think that's a very important message to share with kids and many of us adults might need a little reminder too. :-)

Buy It!
The Perfect Summer can be purchased through the movie website, www.perfectsummermovie.com, for $15.99.

Monday, August 11, 2014

"Teachable Moments" Book Review & Giveaway! (8/24)

*Disclosure:  I was provided a copy of the following book in exchange for my honest review.  I was not compensated in any other way.


About "Teachable Moments" Using Everyday Encounters with Media and Culture to Instill Conscience, Character, and Faith:
Never have Christian families been so challenged by the world around them to instill and instruct their children in the tenets of their faith. Yet within this pervasive secular culture, Christian families encounter “teachable moments,” those unplanned but unmatched opportunities to put their faith into action and live out the values and virtues embodied in Jesus Christ.

Nationally syndicated columnist and media advisor on all things parenting, Marybeth Hicks outlines the overarching issues and objectives in using daily encounters with the culture to impart the values and virtues of Christianity. Through entertaining and instructive questions and answers, she provides concrete examples of teachable moments that will ring true for every family.


My Review:
I can definitely see Teachable Moments being very useful in the years to come.  My kids are currently in elementary school and many of the issues that the author deals with are for middle school and high school age kids.  The chapters discuss teachable moments with family, media, friendship, school, sports and the real world plus much more.  Each chapter gives 10 great examples of moments that could arise and wonderful ways to talk to the kids about the situation as Christian parents.

I appreciate the author's views and as I read agreed with everything she was saying.  I plan to hold onto Teachable Moments as a reference, because I know that as teachable moments arise as the kids grow I will be rereading it several times for advice!

I highly recommend picking up a copy of Teachable Moments!  (You can also try to win a copy below!!)

Buy It!
Teachable Moments will be available for purchase on August 12th for $24.00 at Christian bookstores.

GIVEAWAY:
One of my readers is going to win their own copy of Teachable Moments!

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