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:


*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!

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 Walmart  .  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)

**Giveaway Closed.  Congratulations to Nichole for winning!

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


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.

Giveaways Galore!

I’ve come across a few really great giveaways, and I wanted to share them with you.  Some are fairly low entry, too.  Score!


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Good luck, friends!

Daily Break – Glade Best Feelings Giveaway + Coupon!!

What is the power of scent?


That’s what the folks at DailyBreak and Glade want to discuss – by hosting a giveaway!  GO HERE now and enter for your chance to win!  6 prize(s) will be awarded.

The prizes to be awarded are:
Grand Prize: One of Four Getaways (Estimated Retail Value: $3,000)
Runner-Up Prize: Glade Gift Basket (Estimated Retail Value: $75.00 each)

PLUS Print a coupon for $1.00 off any Glade® product (excludes 8 oz Aerosol and Solids)

Sweepstakes ends August 17, 2014.


Good luck!

Enter to Give Giveaway! Give: Joy Sweepstakes

Enter the GIVE:JOY Sweepstakes from author Lauraine Snelling!

In bestselling author Lauraine Snelling’s new novel, Heaven Sent Rain, Dinah Taylor has an orderly life, and that is just how she likes it. A balanced bank account, a perfectly furnished luxury apartment, a satisfying career as a scientist and CEO of her own company, and an uncomplicated personal life. Then her well-ordered world is thrown into chaos when she finds a seven-year-old boy and his scruffy dog sitting alone outside her office building.

3dbookTo celebrate the release of this heart-warming novel, FaithWords and author Lauraine Snelling are pleased to present the GIVE:JOY Sweepstakes. This sweepstakes features three spectacular prizes, each closely connected to the story, but each prize also comes with a twist: you “Enter to Give”, rather than “Enter to Win”!

Awesome idea, right? When I heard about this giveaway, I knew I had to share. Helping others, friends, is what it’s all about!

This is your chance to do something beautiful and make a difference for a friend, family member, shelter, church, or charity.

Timeframe & Notifications:

This giveaway starts July 1, 2014 and ends July 21, 2014 @ 11:59 pm (PST). Entry is open to US residents only, age 18 and over. Winners will be selected Tuesday July 22, 2014, and announced at


Wanna know what you can win?  Check it out:

Grand Prize:

grandprize1In Heaven Sent Rain, Dinah meets a little boy named Jonah, and his dog. Jonah faces a life of struggle, hunger, and poverty, but his courage in these challenges inspires Dinah to step outside her world and do something wonderful for him. Through her choice, Dinah discovers joy is found not in getting more for herself, but in giving to make someone else’s life better. Our Grand Prize winner will have the same opportunity for joy, with their choice of :

• A $250 VISA gift card for a friend in need, or
• A $250 donation to the faith-based charity, church, or shelter of their choice


Second Prize:

secondprize1A mysterious thing happens to Dinah several times in the story: flowers! In honor of Dinah’s secret flower sender (you’ll have to read the story to find out his or her identity) we’re offering our Second Prize winner the chance to become a secret flower sender themselves, and brighten the day of a sick friend, a new mom, a military spouse, a weary co-worker, or some other deserving person in their life, with:

• A 3-month gift subscription to ProFlowers Bouquet of the Month Club

Third Prize:

thirdprize1Like Jonah’s dog, Mutt, the animals in our lives are priceless sources of help, comfort, and unconditional love.
And Like Dr. G, many real-life veterinarians and animal shelter workers make all the difference in the lives of our animals, often giving services beyond what’s billed. Our Third Prize winner will have a chance to do something extra special for their favorite vet or animal shelter, with:

• A $100 veterinary/shelter donation to be used toward treatment of an animal whose owner cannot afford to pay for veterinary care, or
• A $100 Starbucks card sent to the veterinary/shelter staff as a special encouragement gift

It’s easy to enter – I already did!  Go to and complete the entry box, anytime between now and July 21.

Good luck!!

Canvas Champ Review and Giveaway

Y’all, I love canvas prints.  I LOVE them.  They can be expensive, but they look so great!  This is why I’m excited to introduce you to Canvas Champ.  They have the lowest canvas prices that I’ve seen yet.  Here’s a little more about them:

logoAre you searching for large canvas prints – say, 16 x 20 canvas prints or even larger, like 30 x 40 custom large cheap canvas prints? You’re at the right place – anything you want for your canvas print deals is available right here with discounted price inexpensive canvas prints as compare to other online shops.
If you are new to discount canvas prints, let us explain a little. Our cheap canvas prints begin with sturdy frames with artist canvas stretched over them. They are ¾” or 1” deep, and our gallery collection allows you to stretch the printed surface right over the edge and around the sides. Hang yours with or without an added frame – it’s your choice.

Did we mention our 100% quality guarantee, or our lowest price guarantee? They’re worth checking out, along with free and fast shipping, simple ordering and gift certificates.

I chose to use a nature shot I’d taken, to see how that turned out on a 10×8-inch canvas.  I loved it!  Next time I’ll do one bigger.  The product shipped quickly, and was packaged very carefully.  I wish I’d taken a picture of the wrap, because it was done so well.  It took me five minutes to get it completely open!  I like that Canvas Champ will take such care to make sure my product gets to me safe and sound.

Canvas Champ 12x8" canvas

Buddy Boy approved

They also do more than just canvas.  Customers can order custom metal prints, photo boards, and peel and stick products, among other options.

So…does this pass the “Better on a Budget” test?  Yes, yes, yes!  The quality of the canvas is fantastic, and I have been nothing but impressed with the customer service and handling of the product.  And of course, there’s the price, lower than other canvas places I’ve seen.  I’d highly recommend Canvas Champ to my readers!


And now…for the most exciting part.  Canvas Champ has generously offered to give one of our readers a FREE canvas print!  Enter below!

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*I received a free canvas print from Canvas Champ in exchange for my HONEST review.  The opinions are mine, and mine alone.