Wednesday, March 23, 2016

DVD Review: Noble


Noble tells the remarkable true story of Christina Noble, an Irish woman driven by her dream, determined to rescue street children in Vietnam. It's a powerful film that is sure to inspire many, especially women. Christina has had a very rough life from losing her mom at a young age, being neglected & abandoned by her drunkard dad, being separated from her siblings, fending for herself in the slums of Ireland, being raped by a group of men when she was 17, being mistreated by nuns, losing her firstborn son to adoption without her agreeing to it, and being physically abused by her husband. In spite of her painful experiences, she has incredible compassion for neglected & abused children ("bui doi" which means dust of life) in Vietnam. Christina (aka "Mama Tina") is a strong fighter who bravely perseveres through obstacles and challenges. God transforms the broken pieces of her life into a beautiful mosaic that shines His light and love to touch so many lives. Real and raw emotions throughout the film. Christina is bold and transparent. She is not afraid to tell God how she feels while she remains steadfast in her faith, trusting that God has a purpose for her life and that He will lead her as she does the walking. She doesn't let her nightmares stop her or give her excuses from fulfilling her dream and bringing hope to others. Wonderful performances from the cast! All three actresses who play Christina Nobel at different ages did an outstanding job. Brendan Coyle (Mr. Bates from Downton Abbey) plays Gerry Shaw, an Irish oil businessman whom Christina seeks financial help from. I also love the music and singing in the movie. I enjoyed watching Noble and highly recommend this award-winning film!


~I received a free copy of this DVD via Edify Media, Inc. in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

DVD Review: When Calls the Heart--It Begins with Heart


When Calls the Heart series is inspired by Janette Oke's novel and produced by Michael Landon, Jr. It Begins with Heart is the first DVD of Season 3. As Hope Valley is preparing to welcome a new year, lots of interesting things happen. Foods keep missing from Abigail (Lori Loughlin)'s Cafe. Rip (Jack's dog) seems jealous of his master's relationship with Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) . Rosemary is occupied with organizing a perfect New Year's Eve celebration to impress a reporter from San Francisco Herald. A student, Laura Campbell, loves art but struggles to draw a picture for the New Year's Eve art contest. Bill Avery (Jack Wagner) tries to convince Jack (Daniel Lissing) that he's not the bad guy. Henry Gowen starts to pursue Nora. A new visitor, Jesse, comes to town asking for Matt Landry, a mysterious/unknown resident in Hope Valley. A new year brings in a new start for many lives in Hope Valley. I enjoyed watching this DVD and I appreciated the message of faith, God's plan, family value, kindness, love, truth, and prayers. A young actor who plays Cody does an excellent job. Great performance from the cast! This DVD is a lovely launch for Season 3. Looking forward to watching the next DVD!


~I received a free copy of this DVD via Edify Media, Inc. in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Nourish Your Family's Spiritual Health this Easter

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If your family is like most, breakfast is rushed to get everyone out the door. Lunch is spent at school or work. So where does that leave dinner? Nourish your family's spiritual health as you eat supper together. Adventures in Odyssey and Odyssey Adventure Club want to give you a free resource to help you begin your new dinner tradition of making the most of your family mealtime, beginning this Easter season. Simply head to this page and fill out the form to receive a free sample of Whit's End Mealtime Devotions.

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Want new resources to continue to build your family's faith, even after Easter is over? Consider signing your family up for the Odyssey Adventure Club (OAC). It offers safe and free content for everyone in your family. Membership to the OAC costs just $9.99 a month — or even less if parents make a six-month or one-year commitment. Enrollment provides more than enough content to keep kids engaged throughout the year:
  • Access to exclusive content and first looks at books and select Radio Theatre dramas.
  • On-the-go access to the OAC app for both iOS and Android users.
  • 24/7 streaming access to nearly 800 AIO episodes.
  • A new, members-only AIO episode every month.
  • A subscription to Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse Magazine, and more.
To learn more about the Odyssey Adventure Club, visit www.oaclub.org, Facebook, Twitter. and Pinterest.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Easter Devotions and Activities for Your Whole Family

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We're down to the final two weeks before we celebrate Easter and Jesus' resurrection. Do your children understand and grasp the full meaning of why we celebrate the holiday? Adventures in Odyssey and Odyssey Adventure Club want to provide your family with a week of meaningful, fun Easter activities to help make the holiday come alive this year. Simply head to this page and sign up to download your free PDF full of family devotions, egg wraps, recipes, crafts, and cards. Oh, and as a bonus, here's a free activity sheet from Focus on the Family!

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If you're looking to dig into the Easter holiday more and want to build your kids' faith, consider signing your family up for the Odyssey Adventure Club (OAC). It offers safe and free content for everyone in your family. Membership to the OAC costs just $9.99 a month — or even less if parents make a six-month or one-year commitment. Enrollment provides more than enough content to keep kids engaged throughout the year:
  • Access to exclusive content and first looks at books and select Radio Theatre dramas.
  • On-the-go access to the OAC app for both iOS and Android users.
  • 24/7 streaming access to nearly 800 AIO episodes.
  • A new, members-only AIO episode every month.
  • A subscription to Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse Magazine, and more.
To learn more about the Odyssey Adventure Club, visit www.oaclub.org, Facebook, Twitter. and Pinterest.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Walk Through Holy Week with Odyssey Adventure Club

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The Bible is no doubt a timeless book, but often it's seen by the younger generation as ancient and antiquated. How can we make the stories of the Bible—particularly the Easter story—alive and exciting for our children? Adventures in Odyssey has created a free activity kit for families to experience the Easter story brought to life through eight days of Christ-centered and fun activities. Click here to sign up and download the kit for free.

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If you're looking to bring the Bible to life further during the Easter season, consider signing your family up for the Odyssey Adventure Club (OAC). It offers safe and free content for everyone in your family. Membership to the OAC costs just $9.99 a month — or even less if parents make a six-month or one-year commitment. Enrollment provides more than enough content to keep kids engaged throughout the year:
  • Access to exclusive content and first looks at books and select Radio Theatre dramas.
  • On-the-go access to the OAC app for both iOS and Android users.
  • 24/7 streaming access to nearly 800 AIO episodes.
  • A new, members-only AIO episode every month.
  • A subscription to Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse Magazine, and more.
To learn more about the Odyssey Adventure Club, visit www.oaclub.org, Facebook, Twitter. and Pinterest.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Movie Review: Zootopia

Opening Date:                  Friday, March 4th
Rating:                               PG

Since her childhood, Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) has always wanted to be a cop. When her dream comes true, she's assigned to a station in Zootopia, a city where "predators" and "preys" live together peacefully...or so it seems. Being the first bunny cop, Judy faces many challenges and is determined to show others that she's a capable police officer, regardless of her size. She's eager to solve her first kidnapping case and seeks help from a slick & sly fox, Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman). An unlikely pair but also a lovable pair :)! We also get to meet several other interesting characters such as Clawhauser, a cheetah who loves to dance and works at the police station's front counter, Flash, a sloth who works at DMV, and Mr. Big, a shrew mafia boss. When some "predators" mysteriously become savage, Zootopia is in turmoil and fear. Judy and Nick step up to solve this mystery. I absolutely love the beautiful, excellent animation! The sceneries look realistic. The message is uplifting and inspiring. Everybody, no matter how big or small, can make a positive impact in the world! Funny and entertaining! Zootopia is a wonderful family film for all ages!


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You can print out Zootopia Animal Tracks for your kids.  And check out the following videos on how to draw Judy Hopps and Flash. Have fun!

~Special thanks to Allied Integrated Marketing for the opportunity to attend an advance screening of Disney's Zootopia in 3D for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Begin Prepping for Easter with Odyssey Adventure Club

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Easter is right around the corner! It's an exciting time of year for families, churches, and Christians everywhere as we remember the greatest story ever told: how God loved us so much He sacrificed His Son so we could spend eternity with Him. Take advantage of the Easter season to spend more time with your family investing in your kids' faith.

To get you started, you can download a fun cutout to have a craft night with your family and to prepare them for Palm Sunday. Plus stop by this page for a slew of crafts, recipes, and stories to share with your family during this special time of year!

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If you're looking to take one more step in investing in your kids' faith during the Easter season, consider signing your family up for the Odyssey Adventure Club (OAC). It offers safe and free content for everyone in your family. Membership to the OAC costs just $9.99 a month — or even less if parents make a six-month or one-year commitment. Enrollment provides more than enough content to keep kids engaged throughout the year:
  • Access to exclusive content and first looks at books and select Radio Theatre dramas.
  • On-the-go access to the OAC app for both iOS and Android users.
  • 24/7 streaming access to nearly 800 AIO episodes.
  • A new, members-only AIO episode every month.
  • A subscription to Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse Magazine, and more.
To learn more about the Odyssey Adventure Club, visit www.oaclub.org, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.