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23 Blast DVD Review and Giveaway! 3 comments   Recently updated !

23 BlastBased on true story:

 

As a typical teenager, Travis Freeman (Mark Hapka) is a local hero both on and off the high-school football field in his small Kentucky town, but in 1997, Travis contracts an infection that destroys his optic nerve and renders him blind overnight. With the loving help and concern of his parents, physical therapist, coach and best friend, Travis demonstrates what true bravery is: He continues to compete on the gridiron and helps his team advance to the state finals.

 

 

 

 

 

Holy cow, I love this movie.  I was a little concerned about letting my 12-year old watch it with me the first time (because of the PG-13 rating), but I needn’t have worried.  There was mild drinking of alcohol, which gave it the rating, but which was a poignant lesson shared in the film.  I felt fully engaged as I watched, and I actually cried at two different points.  During the movie, I tried putting myself in this young man’s shoes, and simply couldn’t come to imagine it.  I found myself thinking about my challenges, and realizing that, like Travis, I can move on and keep living.  I’m grateful for his inspirational example, and will share this movie with my son and other family members as one that is definitely worth watching!  After watching, I found myself wanting to know more, and so I spent time watching the bonus features.  Wow, what an incredible story, and what a great young man!  I’m so glad I had the chance to see 23 Blast; it’s a film I’ll watch again when I need motivation. I’m giving it 5 stars.

 

 
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As thrilled as I was to watch this film, I’m even more excited to give one of my lucky readers their very own DVD copy!  Enter below, using any/all of the options listed. You won’t regret seeing this film. and good luck.  You can also enter the 23 Blast Bowl, where a grand prize winner will receive 5 copies of the DVD, an autographed football from Tony Dungy, and a pizza party for 8-10 guests.  GO HERE to enter the bowl.

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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. 
 
Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

 

 


Ring in 2015 with a $15 Amazon.com Gift Card – Giveaway! 107 comments

I love a good giveaway, and I love Amazon.com, so hey, why not start the new year off right with both?  :)

 

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I’m teaming up with some awesome fellow bloggers to bring you multiple giveaways…and right here, you can enter to win a $15 Gift Code to Amazon.com!  Enter below, and good luck!  Happy 2015. :D

 
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Below you will find over 30 bloggers. Each blogger on the list below has a minimum value of $15 but most giveaways exceed that limit! Be sure to “hop” along to each blog and enter to win some amazing prizes! There is no limit to how many prizes you can win! Please don’t forget sharing is caring! Let your friends in on the fun!
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LEGAL STUFF: The Best is Yet to Come Giveaway bloggers are not responsible for sponsors/bloggers that do not fulfill their prizes or for any product failure or harm caused thereby. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.  Void where prohibited by law. Read Instructions carefully because rules vary from contest to contest. Make sure to provide a correct email address so we can reach you if you win. You have 24-48 hours to respond once contacted. In most cases, shipping of prizes is the responsibility of the sponsors who will be sending prizes to you directly. Your prize should arrive within 30 days, let us know if it doesn’t and we will TRY TO HELP OUT! The writer of this giveaway may have received a sample for this review and links may be affiliate links. Purchases made after clicking affiliate links help to support this blog and is appreciated. Compensation, if provided, is used for the purpose of promoting this event only. Opinions expressed are the blog’s own. This Giveaway is not affiliated with, associated with or promoted by Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, or any other social media company. Happy Entering!





The Identical DVD – Review and Giveaway! 34 comments

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The Identical, starring Ray Liotta, Ashley Judd, Seth Green, and Blake Rayne is a redemptive movie about a young man, the son of a preacher, who rejects his father’s desire for him to join the ministry and instead embarks on a career as a rock singer. As he struggles to pursue his dream and rise to stardom, he finds love, pain, success, failure and ultimately uncovers a hidden family secret that reveals who he really us. The Identical is a captivating story about a family restored and a life discovered that lifts your soul and warms your heart.

 

The story starts out extremely engaging.  It’s a sweet, tender story about a young man finding his way in life, and I enjoyed the storyline.  After a while, it seemed to drag on for me…the same story being played over and over.  The music is fun, and I especially like the song “Angel of Mine” that is played when he’s on his first date with a young woman.  I love the moral to the story; that we need to follow OUR OWN path, not the path that others have chosen for us.  I appreciated that it was a movie I could let my kids watch with me, and I didn’t have to worry that there would be scenes that were inappropriate.  We need more family friendly films in the world!

 

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Do you want a copy of this DVD to add to your family’s collection?  You can purchase it at a special discounted price from Family Christian.  Of course, you can also enter to win a copy as well :)

 

 
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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.

 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

 

 


Susie’s Hope DVD – Review and a Giveaway! 21 comments

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Based on the true story that successfully passed Susie’s Law in North Carolina, which seeks stricter punishment for animal abusers, Susie’s Hope brings to life the inspirational relationship between pit bull attack survivor Donna Lawrence and Susie, a pit bull-mix puppy found beaten, burned and left for dead. Recognizing reflect and abuse were to blame for the tragic attack that nearly claimed her life 10 months earlier, Donna resumes the battered animal and accepts her as family. Together, they learn to heal, love and forgive as thyey lead a historic effort to seek justice and protection, not only for Susie, but all animals. Starring Emmanuelle Vaguer (40 Days and 40 Nights), Burgess Jenkins (Remember The Titans) and Andrea Powell (Ender’s Game, The Twighlight: Breaking Dawn Saga: Part 2), Susie’s Hope is an incredible story of love, loss and redemption.

 

wp55448163_05_06About Susie:
Susie was found nearly dead in Greenfield Park in Greensboro, North Carolina on August 20, 2009. Just a puppy, Susie had licked the face of her owner’s newborn baby. Her owner became violent—she was beaten so severely her jaw was broken. That wasn’t enough, though. She was then set on fire and left for dead. Incredibly and against all odds Susie survived. Donna Lawrence adopted her two months later. Susie is now a trained therapy dog and event won the American Humane Association’s American Hero Dog this year!

 

Guys, you’ve gotta watch this film.  My gosh, it’s just so heartfelt, and so sweet.  Susie stars in the film as herself, and she’s just precious!  My 11-year old daughter watched this with me and cried her little eyes out.  I love to see how deeply she feels when it comes to animals, and it was a real tender thing to be able to watch this with her.  At the very end of the film I started wondering if it would drag on, but it didn’t.  The story is incredible, and inspiring.  I love movies based on true stories!  It’s a powerful thing to see how strong REAL people in our world are – to see how strong human (and animal) resilience can be.

 

Here’s the trailer:

 

Interested?  This website is a great resource for all things Susie related.  Oh, yeah, and one other thing…you can also enter to win your very own copy of this DVD right now.  Awesome!!  If you’re an animal lover, or know someone who is, you’d better enter this giveaway.  The story is incredible.  Open in the U.S. and Canada.

 
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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.

 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.


Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas In Theaters November 14, and a Giveaway! 21 comments

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This Christmas, have your family join with Kirk Cameron’s family and dive headfirst into all the joy, dancing, celebration, feasting, imagination, and traditions that glorify the true “reasons for the season.”  KIRK CAMERON’S SAVING CHRISTMAS is an engaging story that provides a biblical basis for our time-honored traditions and celebrations, and the inspiration to stand strongly against a culture that wants to trivialize and eliminate the faith elements of this holy season.  So take in the splendor, take in the majesty, take in the story.  Take it all in…and let’s put Christ back in Christmas!  KIRK CAMERON’S SAVING CHRISTMAS is in select theaters for a limited engagement beginning November 14 for TWO WEEKS ONLY!

 

I was SO lucky and fortunate to be given the chance to view this movie early…before it came out in theaters, and I’m SO glad I was!  What a great film.  The very beginning was a bit cheesy, and I couldn’t decide if it was to be funny or not.  I’m hoping the cheesiness of the beginning setup was on purpose, because I found it humorous. :)  As the film goes on, Kirk tells the very engaging story of the histories of different Christmas symbols.  He talks about commercialism, although not in the way you may think!  The beauty of this movie for me is the WAY these stories are told.  Adding film to the story, and dramatic music, adds so much to the power of it all.  I’m looking at Christmas in a whole new way, and I’ve always been a big believer in keeping Christ in Christmas anyway!  I really enjoyed it, truly.   I can’t lie, I’m dying to get out my Christmas decorations now, and to share with my children the symbolisms and the histories.  To share with them in this new light, as it has been shared with me.  (My husband won’t likely let me get stuff out quite yet, however. ;)  )

 

Would you like to see the film yourself?  Go to www.savingchristmas.com to watch the trailer and to find a theater near you.  Don’t waste time though, because as I said, it’s only going to be in theaters for 2 weeks.  

 

And hey, in keeping with the Christmas, I’m gonna hook you up!  One lucky reader is going to win the following:

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A SIGNED Saving Christmas movie poster (by Kirk Cameron), the soundtrack to the film, and a car air freshener (they smell like Christmas trees! :) )  Open in the US and Canada.  Good luck!

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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.

 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.


Manic Drive VIP CD – Review and Giveaway! 7 comments

Manic-Drive-VIP-CDI got the chance to review a Christian Rock CD, something that is definitely new to me!  It’s always fun to discover new music, so my kids and I were excited.  The songs are “harder rock” than I had expected.  Good tunes, though!  My daughter and I both liked the song Indestructible quite a bit.  It’s nice to know there is music out there with lyrics that I don’t have to be afraid of my kids hearing.

 

A little more about the band:

Manic Drive has been widely known as a Canadian band who always delivers a great show, but over the past few years and project releases, they have added to their extensive touring of Canadian and US markets multiple Billboard Top 10 & 20 singles on CHR & Christian Rock Radio. Manic Drive is clearly very intentional about reaching their generation and inspiring them to pursue a deeper walk with Christ and to get involved in changing the world they are inheriting. And they are uniquely equipped to do so. The band members, all in their early-mid twenties, have made sacrifices to pursue God’s call on their lives. Their life experience, spiritual maturity and ministry have opened doors to speak into the lives of their own generation and that is perhaps the most defining characteristic of this group of guys.

 

If you want to learn more about the band, or listen to some of their songs, check out the below links:

Official Website- http://www.manicdrive.com/

YouTube Channel- http://www.youtube.com/manicdrive

Official Twitter-  http://www.twitter.com/manicdrive

 

 

Here’s some fun news…I get to give a copy of the CD to ONE lucky winner!  Good luck! :D

 
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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.

 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.


Their Name Is Today by Johann Christoph Arnold – Giveaway! 13 comments

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TheirNameIsTodayDespite a perfect storm of hostile forces that threaten to deny children a healthy, happy childhood, courageous parents and teachers can turn the tide.  Yes, we can reclaim childhood, says Johann Christoph Arnold, whose books have helped more than a million readers through the challenges of education and family life.  In Their Name is Today, he highlights drastic changes in the way our society treats children.  But he also brings together the voices of dedicated parents and educators who are finding creative ways to give children the time and space they need to grow.  Cutting through the noise of conflicting opinions, Arnold takes us to the heart of education and parenting by defending every child’s right to the joy and wonder of childhood.

 

What a great book.  It keeps things very real, but also provides REAL hope in the futures that we can provide our children, and in the moments now that we have with our children.  There is so much sound advice in this book – advice that I will take to heart and apply to my own children.

The author’s story about Berto the monkey and the family having to leave him behind touched me and taught me a great lesson – and that’s how the entire book is written.  Personal stories, personal experiences, whether his own or those he knows, intertwined with messages intended to improve our lives.

This is a book I’ll refer back to often.  I’m so glad I had the chance to read it!

 

More about the author, Johann Christoph Arnold:

People have come to expect sound advice from Johann Christoph Arnold, an award-winning author with over 1.3 million copies of his books in print in more than 20 languages.4ef3c31d326e0a82390a00.L._V357127432_SX200_

A noted speaker and writer on marriage, parenting, and end-of-life issues, Arnold is a senior pastor of the Bruderhof, a movement of Christian communities. With his wife, Verena, he has counseled thousands of individuals and families over the last forty years. His books include Their Name Is Today, Why Forgive?, Rich in Years, Seeking Peace, Cries from the Heart, Be Not Afraid, and Why Children Matter.

Now, thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC, I am able to offer my awesome readers a chance to win a copy for yourself!  Are you looking for advice to help your children reclaim childhood?  Are you looking for ideas and ways to lower your children’s stress load?  If so, enter below; this book just may be what you’re looking for!!

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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.

 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.


Seasons of Grace Sweepstakes and Giveaway! 4 comments

3dbookIn bestselling author Lauraine Snelling’s new novel, To Everything A Season, the tight-knit town of Blessing, North Dakota faces change and challenge at every turn.

In the middle of the maelstrom is young Trygve Knutson. He’s devoted to his family and his community, but he sometimes dreams of other horizons–especially since meeting Miriam Hastings.

Miriam is in Blessing with one goal: to complete her training as a nurse, and get back to Chicago to support her siblings and her ailing mother.  But the town of Blessing has a way of drawing in the most reluctant visitor, and soon Miriam’s attachment to Trygve and his family has her questioning her entire future.

To celebrate the release of this heart-warming novel, Bethany House and author Lauraine Snelling are pleased to present the SEASONS OF GRACE Sweepstakes. This sweepstakes features three special prizes, each closely connected to the book:  One prize to sweep you back into history, one prize to enable you to give to someone else, and one prize to help you celebrate a little of the story’s romance, in your own home.

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This giveaway starts October 14, 2014 and ends November 3, 2014 @ 11:59 pm (PST). Entry is open to US residents only, age 18 and over. Winners will be selected Tuesday November 4, 2014, and announced at laurainesnelling.com.  See how to enter below!  Check out these fantastic prizes:

GRAND PRIZE:

SEASONS OF GRACE Grand Prize

RED RIVER RAILWAY ADVENTURE

In To Everything A Season, new visitors, old friends, and important supplies are transported to town on these rails, and the arrival platform is a place of warm greetings and new beginnings.

Our Grand Prize winner will have the chance to experience some of the same warmth and excitement with an authentic taste of the golden age of railroad travel:

A $200 value Scenic Steam Train Ride for Two (Location and dates available nationwide and will be specific to the winner’s state).

SECOND PRIZE:

SEASONS OF GRACE Second Prize

DINNER DELIVERY FROM INGEBORG

In the story, the inventive Ingeborg Bjorklund is well-known for her cooking, bread baking, and cheese making, and now she’s pondering another new idea to help her hometown: a delivery service!

Like the hard-working people in Blessing, many of our friends and family members carry heavy workloads and health burdens, and could use a helping hand and a comforting meal.

While we may not be able to deliver Ingeborg’s cooking, our Second Prize winner will win the next best thing, to be used for themselves, or as a gift to brighten the day of a friend facing chemo, a military spouse, a lonely senior citizen, or other worthy recipient:

$175 meal delivery gift card for MagicKitchen.com – Provide a full Thanksgiving meal for 6, or an extended selection of meals for 1 or 2. Gluten free, low sodium, and dialysis-friendly meals available.

THIRD PRIZE:

SEASONS OF GRACE Third Prize

STEAL AWAY DATE NIGHT PACK

The peaceful farming community of Blessing faces an unexpected threat when robbers target banks and businesses in towns nearby. As the town comes together to find a solution to the thieving problem, Ingeborg notices another kind of stealing going on: the new nurse in town, Miriam Hastings, has completely stolen the heart of her nephew, Trygve.

Soon Trygve and the dark-haired nurse with the sad eyes are regulars at the Blessing Soda Shop, sharing thoughts and dreams over Rebecca Valders’ famous fizzy concoctions.

Our Third Prize winner can share their own thoughts and dreams, and enjoy a taste of Blessing’s Soda Shop at home, with the Steal Away Date Night Pack.

This $100 value package includes: The UnGame Couples Edition, the Soda Stream Fountain Jet Home Soda Starter Kit, and the Homemade Soda Recipe Book.

How to Enter:

Go HERE and complete the entry box, anytime between October 14 and November 3.

 

Good luck!!


Overrated by Eugene Cho – A Review and Giveaway!

BookCover-2DAbout the book:

We all want to change the world, but as pastor Eugene Cho found out, it takes more than just desire. It takes action. In this personal confession he encourages readers to discover a practical discipleship that begins with the recognition that changing the world starts with changing ourselves.

Many people today talk about justice, but are they living justly? They want to change the world, but are they being changed themselves? Eugene Cho shares his story, a messy, painful story of being more in love with the ideas behind the actions than counting the cost and being a world-changer in action. Because everyone loves justice and compassion, but few have taken it upon themselves to truly live it out in their own lives. Cho is still on that journey to discover what it means, and invites readers to join him.

About the author:

Eugene is the founder and visionary of One Day’s Wagesa grassroots movement of people, stories, and actions to alleviate extreme global poverty. He is the founder and senior pastor of Quest Church, an urban, multicultural, and multigenerational church in Seattle, Washington. Eugene and his wife, Minhee, have three children.

 

My thoughts:

I love the book.  It wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, based on the subtitle:  “Are we more in love with the idea of changing the world than actually changing the world?”  A lot of what I read felt separate from that theme.  Still, I enjoyed it.  I love the author, Eugene Cho’s, sense of humor, and he had me cracking up in spots.  His self-depreciating is especially humorous, and really adds to his fun personality.  There are many points made in the book that strike me.  Close.  Hard.  In the heart.  For example, in his chapter about going deeper, he talks about how easy it is for us to say we want to build a well or donate money to build a well to help with the water crisis.  Then he educates the reader on the reality of this solution.  He shares additional solution ideas….these things made me think, and made me realize that following the popular ideas for helping are not always the BEST ways of helping.  That sometimes we need to look deeper into a problem before we jump on the bandwagon of “solving”.

Mr. Cho shares his own very real, very honest story.  He, like all of us, is a human being with weaknesses and strengths, and he isn’t afraid to showcase either.  He uses teachings from the Bible in most of the book, applying it to the situations he talks about.  His personality is woven all throughout the book, which is quite possibly my favorite part.

I’m giving Overrated by Eugene Cho 5 stars, and I recommend it.  It will make you laugh.  I believe it will make you think.

 

Curious to know more?

Check out the book trailer here.

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Propeller Consulting, LLC, has been generous enough to offer Better on a Budget readers a chance to win your own copy of this book!  Enter below. :)

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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.
 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.