Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Morgan's 9th Birthday! 2015

Morgan's birthday was a couple months ago, so I'm a bit behind blogging about it!  Her actual birthday was in the middle of the week.  She woke up to her traditional Birthday pan-'cake' with frosting and sprinkles!

I spent a whole morning trying to hunt down pictures of all her previous birthdays, so I could display them for her.  She thought that was pretty neat! :-)

I always try to decorate the easel somehow, so this is was this year's.  The picture was a free customized printable. :-)

Her favorite color is blue, so she wanted some blue chalk in her hair for her birthday.

While she was away at school, I used the recipe holder she made me for Mother's Day to make her some yummy brownies!

And then we had some brownie sundaes for her birthday treat!

The big surprise for her were the riddled clues that she had to go around the house and yard to find until the last one...her present!  She received an IOU to a movie. There wasn't a single kid movie playing in our area at the time, so we waited until Inside Out came out.  (She had requested going to the movies for her birthday.)  She also received a magazine subscription to Clubhouse and some books. :-)


Morgan's Birthday Party was the following weekend.  She helped decorate her cake.  More blue! :-)

After dinner she opened her gifts from friends and family...mostly clothes! :-)

And then it was time for some delicious cake!

Another memorable birthday!  The last year of the single digits for her...sad to think about, but she's excited! ;-)

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery Blu-Ray GIVEAWAY! (7/26) #ScoobyDoo

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About Scooby-Doo! and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery
Get ready to Rock! Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang team up with the one and only KISS in this all-new, out-of-this-world adventure! We join the Gang at Kiss World – the all-things-Kiss theme park, as they investigate a series of strange hauntings. With help from Kiss, they discover that the Crimson Witch has returned to summon The Destroyer from the alternate dimension of Kissteria! The evil duos ghastly plan, to destroy the earth! Can the Gang's cunning and Kiss's power of rock save the day?! Tune in to this Rock and Roll Mystery for some thunderous, heavy FUN!





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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

"When Calls the Heart: Trials of the Heart" Review

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About When Calls the Heart: Trials of the Heart:
From the celebrated author Janette Oke (The Love Comes Softly series) comes a rigorous and romantic adventure as epic as the wide frontier.  Erin Krakow (Army Wives), Daniel Lissing (Eye Candy) and Lori Laughlin (Full House, 90210) star in When Calls the Heart, "A beautiful story with roots in relationships, self-empowerment and the enduring power of love" (Common Sense Media).

Elizabeth Thatcher (Krakow) is an independent, strong-willed teacher who has foregone the life of the big city and found a job, a home-and romance with a handsome Mountie named Jack-in the small frontier town of Coal Valley.   But when she learns that her mother has taken ill, she returns to Hamilton, her hometown, with Jack as her escort.  Once in the comparably opulent Hamilton, Elizabeth and Jack are confounded by Jack's ne'er-do-well brother and Elizabeth's former suitor, Charles Kensington.  But it is Elizabeth's father, William, who drives a wedge between them when he suggests to Jack that Charles would be a better match for his well-bred daughter.

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My Review:
This series is truly wonderfully entertaining!  The new season has several unexpected changes that keep the viewer guessing at what the rest of the season will hold.  When Calls the Heart: Trials of the Heart still maintains it's family-friendly appeal and there really isn't anything not to love!  I don't want to give a single moment away if you haven't seen it yet.  It's just as great as always and I personally can't wait to see the rest of the season!

Buy It!  When Calls the Heart: Trials of the Heart can be purchased through amazon.com currently for $9.58.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

"The Father's Love" DVD Review

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About the movie:
Sarah, an aspiring filmmaker meets the man of her dreams. Charming, handsome, and wealthy, Reece becomes her world. As their story unfolds, Sarah is taken on a journey of heartbreak and forgiveness, exploring the meaning of her relationships both past and present.

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My Review:
"The Father's Love" was a very pleasant movie to watch.  I thought it was fairly nicely made and had good acting.  It was easy to see how the main character, Sarah, got caught up in the charms of Reece.  It made those of us watching want to see how the story played out.  It's not the typical romantic love story, but it's still neat to see how God works through Sarah to learn to forgive and move forward.

Buy It!
"The Father's Love" DVD is available for purchase from amazon.com.  It is currently only $9.79!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Old Fashioned Novelization and "The Old Fashioned Way" Companion Book Review and GIVEAWAY! (7/8) #OLDFASHIONEDMOVIE #FLYBY

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About the Old Fashioned Novelization:
Turning his back on his reckless lifestyle, former frat boy Clay Walsh has settled down to turn an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town....and to purse lofty and outdated theories on love and romance.  But when Amber Hewson, a free-spirited woman with a gypsy soul, rents the apartment above his shop, Clay can't help being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life.  Amber also finds herself surprisingly drawn to Clay, but his ideas about relationships are unusual to say the least, and they bring to light her own deep wounds and fears about love.  They say opposites attract, but can Clay and Amber move beyond their differences and their pasts to attempt an "old fashioned" courtship?

My Review:
After seeing the movie Old Fashioned, reading the novelization of the movie has been quite neat!  I always thought I'd prefer reading the book first, but it's interesting to be able to read what the characters are feeling and actually get details that I didn't necessarily pick up on while watching the movie.

The story is the same as in the movie, of course, and there is definitely something refreshingly sweet about the idea of the 'old-fashioned' dating style that Clay and Amber have. :-)

Buy it!
Old Fashioned, the novelization, can be purchased here for $11.99.


About The Old Fashioned Way: Reclaiming the Lost Art of Romance:
Contrary to popular opinion, being "old fashioned" doesn't mean you're dull or unromantic.  In fact, a true old fashioned relationship can be more exciting and romantic than anything you've ever experienced!  So what does it mean to do things the old fashioned way?  Sure, it means opening doors, holding out chairs, and taking things slow.  But a true old fashioned romance goes much, much deeper than that.  Inspired by the motion picture Old Fashioned, this book will show you how to reclaim the lost art of romance by introducing you to romantic love as God intended it.  Regardless of your past mistakes, where you've been, what you've done, or where you are now, you can find and create a love that will last a lifetime!  As you work your way through this forty-day journey of inspiring readings and questions for reflection, you'll discover all the unique and amazing benefits of doing things the old fashioned way.  And before you know it, you'll be well on your way to creating a love story for the ages.   

My Review:
This companion book to Old Fashioned would be a great guide to use before starting to date.  It goes over things like the benefits of online dating, building your character, treating each other with respect and a bunch more!  I wish I had read something like this before I jumped into dating...although I'm super happy with who God has blessed me with, so I must have done okay! ;-)  I just appreciate the topics discussed in The Old Fashioned Way and would definitely recommend it to anyone who is thinking of dating!

Buy it!
The Old Fashioned Way companion book can be purchased here for $10.99. 

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One lucky reader is going to win a copy of both books, the novelization of Old Fashioned and The Old Fashioned Way, PLUS a copy of the Old Fashioned DVD!  What a great prize!! :-)




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