Friday, June 19, 2015

Movie Review: Inside Out

Opening Date:                  Friday, June 19th
Rating:                               PG
Running Time:                  106 Mins
Directed by:                      Academy Award® winner Pete Docter ("Monsters, Inc.", "Up")
Co-Directed by:                Ronnie del Carmen
Produced by:                     Jonas Rivera ("Up")
Screenplay by:                  Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley

Thanks to Allied Integrated Marketing, my family and I were given an opportunity to attend an advance screening of this film. Inside Out is an emotional movie about emotions. It shows what's going on inside the mind of an 11 year old girl, Riley. The main emotions that reside in Headquarters (aka the control center) are Joy (voice of Amy Poehler), Sadness (voice of Phyllis Smith), Fear (voice of Bill Hader), Anger (voice of Lewis Black), and Disgust (voice of Mindy Kaling). The voice cast is excellent; each voice fits its character perfectly. All five emotions work together to help Riley adjust to a big change in her life when her family moves from Minnesota to San Francisco. But then Joy and Sadness get swept up into Riley's Long Term Memory and have to figure out how to get back to Headquarters. Since only Fear, Anger, and Disgust remain in Headquarters, Riley is in turmoil. In the meantime, Joy and Sadness have an unforgettable adventure of their own. Parents of preteens and teens will be able to relate to Riley's parents as they know how challenging it is to help their kids navigate through the roller-coaster ride of their emotions.

I highly recommend Inside Out! It's a fantastic family movie! Funny, witty, imaginative, thought-provoking, and heart-tugging! All emotions have their places (roles). We use different emotions to convey (a thought or feeling), communicate, cope, and connect with others. This movie shows how emotions affect our actions & reactions and what we experience in the real world affects our emotions. There are many more emotions in real life but it would be too crowded in the Headquarters if they had more than 5. My family enjoyed this poignant movie and and was touched by it. It reminded me that childhood doesn't last forever and that I should make as many fond memories with my children as possible. These "core memories" will serve them well, especially when their emotions are out of whack :).

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Join Odyssey Adventure Club for a Summer Challenge and Movie Ticket Giveaway

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Summer . . . a time that kids pine for during the school year and parents may anticipate with something akin to dread. Fearing refrains of “I’m bored” or hours spent on the couch playing video games can make moms and dads nervous about the long, hot months stretching before their family. Focus on the Family’s Odyssey Adventure Club offers an answer, encouraging parents and kids to embrace faith and fun with the Take the Plunge Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse magazine’s Summer Challenge.

Take the Plunge

The Take the Plunge challenge features:
  • Master Mind Monday — commit God’s Word to memory
  • Ways to Play Wednesday — spend active time with your family
  • Faith Sharing Friday — share God’s love with others
The Take the Plunge challenge helps families memorize at least five verses, engage in five activities together and share their faith with five people before the school doors swing open again. Those who sign up will receive an 11-week plan with suggested verses to memorize, activity ideas (such as visiting a war memorial) and ways to witness (such as passing out popsicles at the park with an invitation to your church), making this challenge the perfect tool for parents who want summer to be a time of spiritual and social stimulation for their kids.

"Research tells us that the more senses we involve when teaching children a principle, the more likely it is to stick,” Plugged In editor and Adventures in Odyssey podcast host Bob Smithouser says. “Bible memorization by itself is great, but it becomes even more powerful when put into action. Know it. Share it. Live it.”

Families who sign up to take part in the challenge at will have access to weekly verses to memorize, ideas for family fun and suggestions for service projects that allow a family to share their faith. Additionally, anyone who signs up to participate in the Take the Plunge challenge will receive a free scene from the latest Adventures in Odyssey album, as well as a free story from the book Strange Journey Back.

A Bonus Contest

From June 1–5, tell us in 30 words or less how you are going to take the plunge to deepen your faith this summer for a chance to win a family four-pack of tickets to the theatrical release of Beyond The Mask June 5th weekend and free access to the Odyssey Adventure Club all summer long (June, July, August—total $85 prize value)!

Send your entry to Two winners will be chosen to win each day June 1-5 and announced on the Adventures in Odyssey Facebook Page.

Entries will be chosen based on creativity and writing skill. Rules are available at