Friday, July 18, 2014

Planes: Fire & Rescue

Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014) Poster

Opening Date:                  Friday, July 18
Rating:                              PG
“Planes: Fire & Rescue” is a new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger (voice of Ed Harris) and his courageous team, including spirited super scooper Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero. Directed by Bobs Gannaway (“Secret of the Wings”).

Thanks to Allied-THA, my family and I were given an opportunity to attend a 3D advance screening of this film. Planes: Fire & Rescue is the sequel to 2013's Planes. Dusty returns to his hometown of Propwash Junction after several racing victories. When Dusty learns that his gear box needs to be replaced but it is out of production, he realizes that his racing career apparently comes to an end. Dusty decides to become an aerial firefighter to help his friend, Mayday. He finds aerial firefighting difficult, challenging, yet rewarding. He also finds wonderful support from his brave fire & rescue team. There are many action scenes as they work together tirelessly to battle a fierce, massive wildfire. It's a beautiful story of courage, sacrifice, rescue, and risk-taking. It's not as funny as Planes but it's still enjoyable. Below are a trailer video and a video of Still I Fly (I really like this song from the movie). Great film for families, especially those of firefighters :)!

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

DVD Review and Giveaway: The Perfect Summer

The Perfect Summer is a movie about the worst summer turning into the unexpectedly pleasant summer when Jake (Adam Horner), a fatherless, 17 year old internet-dependent young man and his Mom (Sydney Penny) move from Chicago to live with her estranged father/Jake's grandfather (Eric Roberts) in a small surfing town. This change is difficult for Jake who seems to have nothing in common with people in the beach town. Everybody knows how to surf, except Jake. In addition, the town bully, Tyler (JD Banks), takes pleasure in giving Jake a hard time. Jake feels like an outcast and is bored to death. Things look dim and depressing for the summer until he meets Kayla, a beautiful talented surfer. Jake becomes interested in surfing and discovers that his own grandfather, Lou, is a surf legend. Lou teaches Jake how to surf and helps him find courage to face & overcome his fears and challenges in life. Jake accepts the dare from Tyler to enter a surfing competition even though he is just a beginner. In the end, Jake realizes that there are more important things than winning a competition. My family and I enjoyed this DVD. Great performance and beautiful setting! Jason Castro does a great job playing a friendly surf shop owner. Chill out with The Perfect Summer, a perfect movie for the summer :)!

GIVEAWAYYou can win a copy of this DVD!
Deadline: 7/29 at midnight (Pacific time) 
To Enter: Leave a comment here with your email address. Please share your favorite thing(s) to do in summertime.

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

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

DVD Review and Giveaway: When Calls the Heart "The Dance"

When Calls the Heart--"The Dance" is the latest DVD in the When Calls the Heart television series inspired by the writings of Janette Oke and directed by Michael Landon, Jr. In this DVD, new miners (who are single men) came to Coal Valley to help reopen the mine. The town welcomes them and celebrates with a Miner's Dance and the annual Miner's Games. One of the new miners, Billy Hamilton, is determined to steal Elizabeth Thatcher (a beautiful teacher from a rich family)'s heart. He charms Elizabeth with "his poetry" and flattering words. This makes Jack Thorton (the local Mounty) very concerned :). When things start disappearing in Coal Valley, Jack is readily suspicious that Billy might be a thief. Is Billy whom he claims to be? In the meantime, a pregnant widow, Carla Noonan, has complications in her pregnancy and has moved in with Abigail Stanton (played by Lori Loughlin) and Elizabeth so that the women can keep an eye on her and take care of her. Mary, a widow, finds herself torn between her protective son and a handsome, kind-hearted miner, Mr. Graves, who is interested in her. When Calls the Heart--"The Dance" is a beautiful story of kindness, love, trust, courage, and hope! I enjoyed watching this DVD and highly recommend it. Entertaining and wholesome!

GIVEAWAYYou can win a copy of this DVD!
Deadline: 7/29 at midnight (Pacific time) 
To Enter: Leave a comment here with your email address. Do you have a favorite poem or poet? Do you write poetry? Please share.

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

Monday, July 7, 2014

Book Review: God's Promises for Tough Times by Jen Sheppard

I collect devotional books. God's Promises for Tough Times is the newest addition to my collection. It's an easy & encouraging read! There are 34 devotionals in the book. It covers various promises of God about different issues such as peace, patience, treasure, rest, prayers, fear, faith, love, grace, trust, worry, comfort, and more. The author is realistic and insightful. She offers hope and encouragement from God's truths. Each devotional is short and concise. She gets to the point; there's no sugarcoating. I really appreciate her Biblically sound messages. At the end of the book, you'll find a great list of comforting Bible references for life's problems such as Afraid, Anxious, Depressed, Discouraged, Grieving, Lonely, Anger, Envy, Temptation, etc. I'm glad she also warns readers about the false gospel of the "Word of Faith Movement". She encourages readers to trust God totally, rely on Him completely, and rest peacefully in His presence, power & promises. God cares. God understands. God loves you. God is with you and for you always. Are you going through tough times or do you know someone who is? Check this devotional out and rediscover the beauty of God's promises!

Author Bio:
Jen Sheppard is a wife, homeschooling mother, and inspirational writer. She challenges people to take up their cross, turn from worldly traditions, and get back to following the Lord in truth. She is also the author A Wise Woman Builds Her House: Encouragement for Christian Stay at Home Mothers

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Book Review: Parenting for the Launch by Dennis Trittin and Arlyn Lawrence

Last year, I reviewed What I Wish I Knew at 18 by Dennis Trittin and I loved it! This year I was so glad and thankful for an opportunity to review Parenting for the Launch by Dennis Trittin and Arlyn Lawrence. What an awesome book it is! I still have 2 teens left at home so I greatly appreciate this book. It's definitely a must read for any parents who have teens. It helps parents effectively prepare and equip their teens for their new chapters of life when they leave home. Are you nervous...are you ready to launch your kid out into the "real world"? The authors offer practical strategies and insightful advice that are truly helpful and invaluable. The book is divided into 3 main parts: Destination Preparation, Relationship Preparation, and Transition Preparation. It also has 5 useful appendices. Each chapter ends with a "Take Five" section which includes key questions for readers to reflect upon.

Changes. Challenges. Pressures. Responsibilities. Teens and young adults need life skills and solid leadership foundation to succeed and thrive. Parents can help them by giving them wings, not strings (which tie them down). "Wings are the things we do to prepare our children to be secure, confident, and independent adults, who will live with integrity and impact. We empower our kids when we train them with strong internal guiding principles and give them freedom, opportunity, and accountability to apply those principles according to their unique style and interests. Picture an eagle--it can soar to the heights. It is free to explore high and far and to navigate the turbulence that life often brings." (p. 13) I highly recommend this excellent parenting guide!

"They tell us of the growing issues with this younger generation: disrespect for authority, lack of social skills, apathy, and an entitlement mentality." (p. 16)

"Parents have a special opportunity to help their children identify what brings them joy, fulfillment, and inspiration. Understanding our talents and showing the different ways they can be used is an inspirational and motivational gift we can all give our children." (p. 40)

"The gifts of preparation, empowerment, and belief are priceless to our children." (p. 50)

"Our expectations of our kids can have a huge impact on them, both good and bad. Good, in that we (hopefully) inspire them to excellence and give them a compelling vision for life. Bad, on the other hand, when our expectations violate their unique designs and create discouragement and resentment." (p. 88)

~I received a free copy of this book from Icon Media Group in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

RUMSPRINGA’S HOPE | Kindle Giveaway from Beth Shriver

Don't miss the first book, Rumspringa's Hope, in Beth Shriver's new Spirit of the Amish series. Beth is celebrating the series launch with a Kindle Fire Giveaway!
One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • Rumspringa's Hope by Beth Shriver
Enter today, but hurry! The giveaway ends on June 22nd. Winner will be announced June 23rd on Beth's blog.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by Beth's blog on June 23rd to see if you won.

Friday, May 30, 2014

DVD Review and Giveaway: When Calls the Heart "A Telling Silence"

I'm excited to tell you about the third DVD release of the When Calls the Heart series--When Calls the Heart "A Telling Silence". It keeps getting better. In this DVD, Elizabeth Thatcher (a young high society teacher struggling to make a difference in Coal Valley) tries to find out why an eight year old Rosaleen Sullivan becomes mute after her dad died in the mining explosion and wants to help her open up but then Rosaleen goes missing. Meanwhile, the pastor urges Constable Jack Thornton to investigate the church fire that took place three months earlier. Jack discovers evidence that may implicate Cat Montgomery if she insists on keeping silent about what happened the night the church was burned down.

To be silent or not to be silent...that's the question. I really enjoyed watching this DVD. There are twists and turns. Faith. Family. Forgiveness. "The light of love restores every lost voice," writes Elizabeth in her diary. It beautifully summarizes this DVD's theme! Looking for a wholesome series for your family to watch together? Check the When Calls the Heart series out!

GIVEAWAY: You can win a copy of this DVD!
Deadline: 6/14 at midnight (Pacific time)
To Enter: Leave a comment here with your email address.

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