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Guess How Much I Love You: Autumn Journey {DVD Review + Giveaway}

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The Guess How Much I Love you series by best-selling author Sam McBratney have been some of my favorite books to read to both my children! What’s exciting is that my kids can enjoy the book series inspired animated adventures of Little Nutbrown Hare on DVD . I don’t know about you, but I find something magical about seeing my favorite storybook characters come to life on screen and this feature doesn’t disappoint!

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Old Fashioned {DVD Review}

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A romantic-drama, OLD FASHIONED centers on Clay Walsh, a former frat boy who gives up his reckless carousing and now runs an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town. There, he has become notorious for his lofty and outdated theories on love and romance as well as for his devout belief in God. When Amber Hewson, a free-spirited young woman with a restless soul, drifts into the area and rents the apartment above his shop, she finds herself surprisingly drawn to his strong faith and noble ideas, which are new and intriguing to her. And Clay, though he tries to fight and deny it, simply cannot resist being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life. Ultimately, Clay must step out from behind his relational theories and Amber must overcome her own fears and deep wounds as the two of them, together, attempt the impossible: an “old-fashioned” and God-honoring courtship in contemporary America.  

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Peter Pan Live! {Review + Giveaway + Activites}

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Fly into adventure as NBC presents a bold new production of the classic Broadway musical that has delighted audiences for generations.

 Filmed and broadcast live from New York, this wondrous adaptation of the original Broadway musical tells the beloved story of Peter Pan (Allison Williams, HBO’s Girls), a mischievous boy who ran away to have adventures in Neverland and never grow up! This family classic from the producers of Chicago, Hairspray, and Footloose features Academy Award winner Christopher Walken as Captain Hook and unforgettable songs, including “I’m Flying,” “I Won’t Grow Up,” and “Never Never Land” that will have everyone singing along for years to come!

Peter Pan Live! is available on DVD and as a DVD+CD Soundtrack Gift Set, which includes the CD soundtrack recorded by the cast, just in time for the holidays!  Both the DVD and DVD+CD gift set also includes the special documentary The Making of Peter Pan Live! as seen on NBC, which gives fans an inside look at the creation of this season’s biggest holiday event.  Peter Pan Live! is adapted from J.M. Barrie’s classic tale and features the iconic songs of the 1954 original Broadway production, including “I’m Flying,” “I Won’t Grow Up,” and “Never Never Land,” PLUS brand new songs penned by Amanda Green, songwriter and daughter of Peter Pan’s original lyricist, to create a truly new and memorable musical event.

Bonus Features • The Making of PETER PAN LIVE! – An exciting backstage look at the creation of an all-new production of the classic Broadway musical from rehearsals through performance.

Our Thoughts…

Peter Pan Live did not disappoint. My 6 1/2 year old daughter adored seeing this live musical version. She’s asked to watch it many more times since her first viewing. I am so happy she’s fallen in love with a such a classic!

Not having anything to compare this too, I think it was done well. The acting and singing was quite enjoyable. The dancing was fun to see! Who knew Captain Hook was capable of tap dancing?  The songs were memorable and I believe owning the musical soundtrack is a must in addition to the DVD.

It’s truly a magical tale and certain to be well received by the entire family, especially children. I hope to see more live classics presented by NBC!

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Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars on DVD Now!

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Synopsis: A couple of summers ago in a galaxy far, far away, Phineas and Ferb are happily basking in the glow of Tatooine’s twin suns — until plans for the Death Star accidentally fall into their hands, thrusting them (and Agent P) into a galactic rebellion and an epic struggle of good versus evil in PHINEAS AND FERB: STAR WARS(TM). Will Phineas and Ferb be able to resist the Dark Side? Will Stormtrooper Candace finally bust a Rebel? Can Agent P stop Darthenshmirtz from using his Force-powered “Sith-Inator”?

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**In exchange for promoting this DVD, my family and I received a complimentary family kit which included a Darth Vader Voice Changer, a Darth Vader Baseball Cap, and Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars DVD! It was like Christmas came early. My son and daughter adore the voice changer and have been using it non-stop since it arrived. **

We are elighted that Disney and Lucasfilm joined forces to bring us such a action-packed fun, intergalactic adventure! This is a movie that my entire family was excited about seeing. Sometimes our movie nights are hit or miss but this one was definitely a hit!

P1170187Throughout all the action packed scenes and saving the world, kids learn all about teamwork, forgiveness, second chances, and never giving up. I know my kids were pretty engaged and couldn’t wait to see what would be happening next. They’ve asked to watch the movie several times since we’ve gotten it.

P1170184Other than the excellent full length Star Wars themed feature on the DVD there are five bonus adventures which makes run time of the entire DVD 164 minutes long. Each DVD comes with a Complimentary Collectible Perry-In-Carbonite Keychain which I’ve already claimed for my own keyring! Subtitles and language are available in English, French, and Spanish.

Episodes:

  1. For Your Ice Only/ Happy New Years!
  2. Steampunx/ It’s No Picnic
  3. Terrifying Tri-State Trilogy Of Terror (Parts 1 &2)
  4. Dof 101/ Father’s Day
  5. Tales of the Resistance (Parts 1 & 2)

 

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Phineas & Ferb: Star Wars can be purchased right now on Amazon.com for $14.96. You can also find it at Target, Wal-Mart and other well known retailers. This DVD would make a great gift for those of all ages that love Phineas & Ferb as well as Star Wars!

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own or my immediate family members, based on our personal experience with the product.

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Moms Night Out {DVD Review & $25.00 Gift Certificate from Family Christian.com!}

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From the producers of October Baby comes a faith-based message and hysterically funny comedy that your whole family will enjoy! Allyson and her friends just want a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and conversation – a long-needed Moms’ Night Out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation and food not served in a paper bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for three hours… what could go wrong?

My Thoughts…

Mom’s Night Out, is a movie I believe everyone mom should see. I found myself nodding my head, laughing out loud, and even shedding a tear or two. This movie is a comedy but it certainly tugs at the heart strings reminding Mom’s that even when it seems hard that God has got our backs. Too often as mom’s we play the comparison game and put extremely high expectations on ourselves instead of falling into our roles naturally. This movie gives hope, encouragement, and reminds of the real reason why we do what we do and to not lose sight of that.

The all-star cast includes Sarah Drew, Sean Astin, Patricia Heaton and Trace Adkins. The cast works together great and the vast array of character gives us many different perspectives in fun and often hilarious way. I really liked watching all the bonus features and hearing from their heart of what this movie was to them and about their parts in it. If you see this movie, I really recommend taking the time to see all the features too.

I can’t wait to get a group of girlfriends together for a Mom’s movie night in to watch this flick. It’s highly relate-able (the main character is a Mom blogger) and I will probably watch it many times more. Though, if husbands want to see this movie as well, it would probably go over well. It caught the eye of my husband with all the action and antics! Totally a movie for the whole family. Runtime is 98 minutes and the rating is PG.

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Giveaway & Review: Buck Denver asks…What’s in the Bible Volume 10: Jesus is The Good News!

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.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

whatbible10Let VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer and a bunch of hilarious new friends explain the entire Bible to your kids in this groundbreaking fast-paced and fun-filled DVD series. Includes TWO 25 minute episodes: God’s Perfect Timing – Buck Denver and crew learn about the 400 years between the Old and New Testaments and how Jesus arrives at just the perfect time & The Messiah Has Come! – Learn about the life and ministry of Jesus-how He died for us and rose again to launch the kingdom of God in the world and in us!

Our Thoughts…

Buck Denver asks…Volume 10: Jesus Is the Good News! is an excellent DVD to share with children, especially during the Holiday season. I say this because in celebrating Christmas as believers we are celebrating Christ, God’s gift to us. I feel it’s very important for children to see Him as more than just a babe in a manager. This collection teaches all about Jesus and what’s He’s done for us.

On this collection the Gospels Matthew, Mark, Luke & John are explained and discussed. These books show us that Jesus’ arrival was perfect in timing! We also learn very much about God through Jesus’ life & ministry while here on the Earth from the promise of a Saviour to His ultimate sacrifice for us!

Phil Vischer ( creator of the VeggieTales) has done an excellent job is explaining all of this in ways children can understand easily. There’s puppets, flash animations, catchy songs, but aside from all that, the DVD explains much in a serious manner and encourages children if they have questions about any of the topics like salvation to talk to a parent, church leader, etc. I think it’s good that was suggested instead of praying a prayer right there and then not knowing what they should do next in their walk with Christ.

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Things that were covered included: How the Power of Sin & Death Were Broken, That we all became sons & daughters of Christ, Jesus showed His Authority on Earth, That in the future there will be no evil and a New Kingdom of God is awaiting us, and much more. I would suggest watching one out of the two twenty-five minute episodes at a time and then discussing it before moving on. I appreciate there was a family discussion guide included with the DVD with great questions to direct conversations.

In addition to the DVD, there some fabulous extras found on the What’s in the Bible website to use and incorporate with watching the DVD. There’s coloring sheets, family discussion guide to back up what was learned and covered on the DVD, and more to print out absolutely free!

My children are quite fans of the series and we will continue to watch and discuss it! My daughter is 6 and she’s been asking more and more questions about God. I’m glad I’ve got this series to turn too for help in explaining and answering her! think this DVD is best suited for children age 5-10 years old and it’s really great for the whole family to enjoy together during this time of the year.We’ve been fan of this series for several years now and recommend this title as well as the others available highly.

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