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

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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!

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!

About:

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!

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.

The Identical – In Theaters September 5, And A Soundtrack Giveaway

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The IDENTICAL tells the compelling story of twin brothers unknowingly separated at birth during the Great Depression. DREXEL HEMSLEY becomes an iconic 50’s rock ’n’ roll star, while RYAN WADE (Blake Rayne) struggles to balance his love for music and pleasing his father. The Reverend Wade (Ray Liotta) and his wife (Ashley Judd) are sure their adopted son has been gifted and called by God to be a preacher. But Ryan challenges his parent’s vision for his life, and unflinchingly chooses to launch his own music career with his best friend (Seth Green). Encouraged by his wife (Erin Cottrell) and employer (Joe Pantoliano), Ryan embarks on an unpredictable, provocative path – performing the legendary music of Drecel Hemsley in sold out venues all across the country. As the brothers destinies tragically collide, Ryan discovers that Drexel is his identical twin which leads him to question everything he’s ever believed about God, family, and his own identity.

 

About the Soundtrack Sampler:
 THE IDENTICAL ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK SAMPLER features 12 of the 20 original songs by Jerry Marcellino and Yochanan Marcellino from the film. Including “Your Love’s Keepin’ Me Tonight,” “City Lights,” “Angel of Mine,” “Everybody Knows It” and “Nashville Tonight.”

Check out the official movie website here: http://theidenticalmovie.com

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*If you’re interested in getting some friends together to see THE IDENTICAL, we have a group ticket opportunity HERE!

 

If you’re looking for a family-friendly, music-filled film, this is it.  I absolutely LOVE that there has been a new surge of appropriate, family-friendly movies come out recently.  I think it’s so awesome to be able to watch quality entertainment without fear of being bombarded by sex, drugs, and/or violence.  I’m definitely excited to see The Identical when it comes out!

I was given a CD sampler of the soundtrack for this film, and I can tell just from the music that this is gonna be a fun, engaging movie to watch!  My personal favorite is Angel of Mine.  (I love me a good bit of R&B.)  The music has that 50’s “Elvis” feel to it, and takes me back to what I imagine the 50’s must have been like.  The sampler of the original score is beautiful, and I can imagine that it adds a great richness to the story.  I kinda want the full soundtrack now, just so I can get that score! :D

 

Propeller Consulting, LLC has been generous enough to provide an extra copy of the soundtrack sampler for one of our lucky readers!  You can have the chance to fall in love with the music from this sweet movie!
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CONGRATULATIONS to the winner!!  Thank you everyone who entered!  Stay tuned for more. :)

 
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.

The Boxcar Children DVD: Review and Giveaway

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About the Film

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!

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My kids weren’t as excited to watch this film as I had hoped they would be, so it sat on our entertainment center for a week.  Last night, I decided I was gonna just watch it myself!  As I’d assumed, my kids heard the television on and came in to see what I was watching.

We all LOVED it!  It’s an adorable, sweet film.  Throughout the entire movie, Munchkin (11) kept saying, “Wow, they are so nice!”, or “they are so creative!”, or “what a great idea!”  as she watched.  She started out thinking the movie would be too young for her, but she really liked it.  Buddy Boy (7) kept calling the characters the Box Elder children, lol, and he’s already asked me twice today if he can watch it again.

Buddy Boy has a REALLY hard time with movies.  I’ve played church-made, gentle films (like this one) and he’s had nightmares over them.  I was definitely hesitant about playing this before bed, but I needn’t have worried.  Although there is conflict in the story, it’s not “scary” or high intensity, and so he did great with it.  In fact, I woke up to him telling me his version of the “Box Elder” Children story. :)

At times I personally was moved as well.  It’s definitely a children’s story, but I enjoyed watching these kids’ ingenuity come out, and I came away thinking that I can do a better job at being self-reliant.  Who would have thought I’d come away motivated to do better myself?  It was a pleasant surprise.

Another surprising benefit I’ve seen since watching the movie:  My kids are making extra effort to be nice to each other, like the siblings in the film.  Munchkin told me, “this makes me want to be a better big sister!”  How awesome is that??  This movie gets the FULL 5 stars from me.  We all love it!

 

Okay, so now you need to know how to get your own copy, right?  Here’s your first option.  You can Preorder at Walmarthttp://www.walmart.com/ip/38107477  .  Option 2:  You can win it here!  Pretty sweet, right? 

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.

 

Enough: 10 Things You Should Be Telling Teenage Girls (Review and GIVEAWAY)

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I’m just finishing up a great new book – one I’m thrilled to be sharing with you:

Enough:  10 Things You Should Be Telling Teenage Girls by Kate Conner

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You are beautiful. You are valuable. You are enough.

In a book based on her run-away blog post “Ten Things I Want to Tell Teenage Girls,” which garnered more than 2 million views in two weeks, Kate Conner calls us to action in Enough. We all have teenage girls in our lives who we love, whether it’s a sister, friend, or daughter. Kate has identified 10 things these girls need to hear today from someone who loves her.

Peppered with wit and laced with grace, Kate’s list tackles relevant issues like Facebook, emotions, drama, tanning beds, modesty, and flirtation. Woven into each chapter is a powerful message of worth that transcends age, and will touch the souls of women, young and old alike: You are beautiful. You are valuable. You are enough.

My Thoughts:

Holy cow, I love it.  Having an 11-year old daughter at home scares me to death, I’ll admit it.  I work at the school she attends and I am quite frequently horrified at the things I see and hear from the kids her age.  The idea of navigating the teenage years is not one I relish.

I had high hopes for this book, and it did NOT disappoint!  The author, Kate, is hilarious.  She writes the book in a way that is very blunt and to-the-point, but she keeps it fun and comfortable for the reader.  She shares advice that I find MYSELF needing to follow.  (For example, what kind of story am I telling on facebook?  It’s an eye-opener.)  She provides realistic, sage advice to the reader.

Among my favorite moments in the book is the beauty history, when Kate shares with the reader the history of what has been considered beautiful.  It’s a reminder of how fickle we are as a society in what we see as beauty, and that we ALL are beautiful the way we are.

I also love that she approaches the dreaded teenage girl emotions.  We tend to think of teenage girls as overly dramatic (and they certainly can be), and as overly emotional, but Kate reminds us that emotions are GOOD.  We should NEVER belittle a young woman, or anyone, for feeling emotions.

There are a lot of other fantastic points in the book, and my copy is sure to have plenty of highlights and will be referenced often.  I’m giving Enough by Kate Conner 5 stars.  I LOVED it!

Now for the most exciting part.  Propeller Consulting, LLC, is providing an ADDITIONAL copy of this book for one lucky reader of this blog!  (yay!)  The instructions to enter are below.  Open to 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.