Tuesday, June 28, 2016

FREE 14 Day Trial Is Now Available for the Odyssey Adventure Club!


Think of ways you can enjoy this summer for free:
  • Hiking
  • Visiting parks in your area
  • Swimming
  • Camping in your backyard
  • Visit a public museum or library
Now, add more fun and imagination to your summer through the Odyssey Adventure Club!

The Odyssey Adventure Club will give you streaming access to more than 800 Adventures in Odyssey episodes plus a sneak peek of exclusive audio and video stories, on-line activities and daily devotions you can’t find anywhere else.

Start a free 14-day trial for your family today and make the summer even more fun!

Monday, June 27, 2016

FREE Walk It Off Now 6-Week Challenge and Giveaway

I have joined Wendie Pett's free Walk It Off Now 6-Week Challenge. I'd like to invite you to check it out and sign up here. I'm really excited about this challenge because I've tried to lose weight but it has been a struggle. I hope that the support and accountability provided by this challenge will help. From reading the information on Wendie's website, I like the fact that she doesn't just focus on physical health and wellness but she also includes keeping mind and spirit healthy. I also like her idea that our body is our gym (no equipment or gym membership ever required).

The 6-week challenge is absolutely free. When you sign up, you will get the full 6 week plan and video emails to keep you moving. But you can upgrade to the annual membership with all the perks including daily interaction with Wendie!  For a limited time, the upgrade is on sale for $47.

See what people said about the last Walk It Off Now Challenge:
This challenge has helped me gain more stamina after surgery, and kept me accountable to get out and MOVE.” ~Deb

Thx for keeping me accountable Wendie and for your prayers & friendship through a few rough spots this challenge. As I mentioned in a prior post I think the biggest accomplishment I have had these past challenges over this past year is the drastic drop in my cholesterol!!!” ~Vicki
Down 5 pounds and feeling great! Keeping it up and hubby is joining in!!”  ~Pam
GIVEAWAYSign up for the Free Walk It Off Now Challenge and leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win a FREE upgrade worth $197!!!  One winner will be selected on 6/30.  Challenge begins 7/4/16.
Prize Details:
Walk It Off Now program and a free year membership!!! $197 value.
1.            4 challenges for the year with complete plan via emails, video and download
2.            Access to join the private community with daily accountability and coaching from Wendie
3.            Walk It Off Now "DEVO" Style devotional (ebook form),
4.            Tracking journal
5.            Live walks each week with Wendie,
6.            FB Private Group party with giveaways (great prizes like a Fitbit)

~ Many thanks to Wendie Pett 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.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Review and Giveaway: Anchored Press Daily Planner

My Review:
I'm a perpetual planner-want-to-be :). I was excited to receive this Daily Planner from Anchored Press! It's a planner, devotional, prayer journal, meal planning, and memory-keeping put together in one sturdy, classy notebook. It's not your ordinary planner. This one is beautiful and meaningful. Spending time with God daily is very important to me. I'm glad to see that the Anchored Press's owner and planner's creator, Deana, feels the same. She created this planner to help women get anchored in God's Word and stay organized. This Daily Planner will help you be intentional about managing your time. The planner includes a Family Memory Making page, Family Go-To Dinners page, and Family Goals page. Each month starts with an insightful quote and ends with a Prayer Requests & Notes page. Daily page has an hourly scheduler from 6 am to 8 pm, My First Four (top 4 things to do), What's For Dinner?, Bible verses, short devotions, and an area for writing down your prayer list & thoughts. You will also find a mid-week prayer for your children and a weekly spot for jotting down how God blesses you each week (I really like this feature because I myself keep a thankful journal). I've enjoyed using this fantastic planner and I highly recommend it.

The 2017 daily planners will be released late August and there will be an expanded product line (2 formats, more color options and a separate prayer journal).  One of the planners has 52 devotionals, 1 for each week written by some amazing women of God such as Christine Caine and Jenni Catron! By the way, the current 2016 planners are 40% off which is a great deal because there are still 6 months left in the year to enjoy them.

January 2016 – December 2016
Portable Size: 7.5” wide x 9” tall
Thick 70# recycled paper printed with environmentally friendly soy ink
Hard cover, matte laminate with gold foil pressed detailing
Mylar coated gold foil pressed monthly tab pages
Strong wire-o binding
Helpful inside front pocket

GIVEAWAY: You can enter to win one of ten Anchored Press Planners at http://bit.ly/AnchoredPressGW16 or fill out the form below. The giveaway ends 6/30.

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~ Many thanks to Anchored Press 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 a prize from our sponsor Anchored Press in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.” 

Monday, June 20, 2016

Free Clubhouse Magazine Trial


Try 3 issues of the Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse® (ages 8-12) OR Clubhouse Jr.® (ages 3-7) magazine for free!

Created with kids in mind, Focus on the Family offers a world of fun and imagination through short stories, jokes, puzzles, and games as well as recipes and activities to do as a family. Plus, what child doesn’t like mail? Your child will enjoy getting this entertaining magazine each month in the mail.

Click here to sign up for the free Clubhouse® magazine trial.

Click here to sign up for the free Clubhouse Jr.® magazine trial.

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Grow Your Child's Faith This Summer!

Now is the time to make sure your kids have the greatest adventure this summer with more than 800 Adventures in Odyssey episodes and non-stop listening fun! Sign up for the Odyssey Adventure Club today for just $9.99 per month at OACLUB.org.

Book Review: Mother & Son by Emerson Eggerichs

Mothers love their sons. But mothers need to respect their sons, too, whether they deserve it or not. Often moms have difficulty relating to their sons, especially as they get older. This book comes to the rescue! Mother & Son shows moms why respect is so important to sons, what respect looks like and sounds like, what God expects of a mother, how to apply respect-talk, what boys and men innately desire, and more. At the end of the book, you'll find Appendix A: A Quick Start For Those Who Feel Pressed for Time, Appendix B: A Checklist (Apply G.U.I.D.E.S. to His Six Desires: C.H.A.I.R.S.), Appendix C: Daughters, Adult Women, and Mommy Issues, Appendix D: Tell Us Your Story, Appendix E: Emerson's 21 Days of Inspiration in Applying the Respect Message, and a bonus chapter, "The Real Reason to Parent God's Way" from Love & Respect in the Family.

I'm thankful for this book since I myself have two sons (17 & 14 years old). I find Mother & Son very helpful, insightful, and practical. It helps moms understand their sons better and know how to connect with them in more effective & meaningful ways. As several researches reveal and confirm, males do filter their world more through the respect grid than the love grid. No matter how old your son is, this book will be beneficial and relationship-boosting for you. The author offers suggestions for both younger boys and older boys. The respect effect motivates and energizes boys/men. On the other hand, the disrespect is disastrous. I've learned a lot about respect-talk from this book and written down in my notebook what I want to practice saying to my sons. I love this book and highly recommend it to all moms who have a son/sons!

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

Saturday, June 18, 2016

DVD Review: Ashes of Eden

Ashes of Eden is a crime drama about 18-year old Red who struggles in his
relationship with his police-officer mom and suffers from the consequences
of his wrong choices and troubled past. When he steals drugs and sells them
in order to help his mom pay the mortgage, he becomes a wanted man hunted
by both the police and drug dealers. People are getting killed. His desperate
mom turns to God for help. I like the fact that the movie deals head on with
real life issues facing today's families, without sugar-coating. Don't expect
Hollywood's quality regarding film production, acting, and script writing.
However, don't miss the important message and lessons you can get out of
this film. It covers drug addiction, family, peer pressure, choices & consequences, faith, and redemption. Some of the lessons include: Bad company corrupts character; 
No one is beyond God's grace and forgiveness; and No one can serve two masters (we must choose whether we will serve God or the things of the world). It has good music and the cast did a good job. Ashes of Eden DVD can be a great tool for parents, youth pastors, and those who work with youth to use for discussion with teens.

The DVD is not rated but I think it should be rated at least PG-13 because of
violence, sexual content, alcohol, and drugs.

If you're looking for Christian DVDs, check out FishFlix. You could get a $5
coupon to FishFlix.com if you join their email list. You can join by visiting
www.fishflix.com/5gift or texting 5-GIFT to 44222. 

~ I received a free copy of DVD from FishFlix.com in exchange for my honest review. All
opinions are my own.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Movie Review: Finding Dory

Opening Date:                 Friday, June 17 
Rating:                              PG
Running Time:                 95 minutes

Thirteen years after Finding Nemo,  I was looking forward to watching Finding Dory and I was not disappointed. In Finding Dory, we get to see Dory (voice of Ellen DeGeneres)'s backstory. As a young fish, she lives happily with her loving & understanding mom (voice of Diane Keaton) and dad (voice of Eugene Levy). But her short term memory loss has always been a challenge throughout her life. Forgetfulness can be frustrating and frightening. She gets separated from her parents and grows up without them. All of a sudden while living in the coral reef with Marlin (voice of Albert Brooks) and Nemo (voice of Hayden Rolence), Dory remembers that she has a family and is determined to go find them. Dory, Marlin, and Nemo journey across the ocean to California's Marine Life Institute (MLI), a rehabilitation center and aquarium. Some people may miss the fish tank gang from Finding Nemo. Well, you will enjoy meeting the new interesting characters at MLI: Hank the Octopus (voice of Ed O'Neill), Destiny the Whale Shark (voice of Kaitlin Olson), and Bailey the Beluga Whale (voice of Ty Burrell). Finding Dory is a fun, inspiring, & heart-warming film. Parents with a special needs kid will be able to relate. It's a beautiful story about family, friendship, parenting, unconditional love, encouragement, memories, struggles, strengths, hope, and perseverance. Awesome animation! Lots of laugh-out-loud moments! Check out the unforgettable adventure of this funny, friendly, forgetful fish! 

Like FINDING DORY on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PixarFindingDory

Follow FINDING DORY on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FindingDory

Follow Disney/Pixar on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/PixarFindingDory/

Follow Disney Studios on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/disneystudios/finding-dory/

Visit Disney/Pixar on Tumblr: http://disneypixar.tumblr.com

Visit the official FINDING DORY website here: https://disney.com/findingdory

~Special thanks to Allied Integrated Marketing for the opportunity to attend an advance screening of Finding Dory in 3D for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.
Finding Dory (2016) on IMDb

Monday, June 13, 2016

Make Your Children World Explorers


Give your family summer vacation a makeover this year and turn it into a "staycation." Have your kids forget their summer boredom, turn off their screens, and instead circle the globe with Focus on the Family's "World Explorers" summer adventure kit!

Throughout the next two months, travel our colorful, diverse world, visiting 27 different countries on six continents. Part of the fun will be figuring out where the next stop is, using five clues that reveal interesting facts about the next country. Once you've determined where you're going, use the games, activities and faith lessons to give your kids a glimpse into that country's unique culture.

Click here to sign up and receive your free summer adventure kit.

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Don’t Be Bored This Summer!

Now is the time to make sure your kids have the greatest adventure this summer with more than 800 Adventures in Odyssey episodes and non-stop listening fun! Sign up for the Odyssey Adventure Club today for just $9.99 per month at OACLUB.org.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Adventures in Odyssey Summer Challenge 2016

This summer, you can join Adventures in Odyssey’s Clubhouse Magazine and help children in the Middle East go to school and learn English. It’s Adventures in Odyssey's Clubhouse Magazine Exercise to Educate summer challenge!

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The Problem

Nearly 7,000 miles away from the United States, there's a war going on in the country of Syria. Many families have been forced from their homes. Parents have had to leave their jobs, and children have had to leave behind toys and friends.

Many of these families now live in refugee camps in nearby countries. They have tents instead of houses. Clean water is hard to come by. This war has put 2.6 million children out of school – some for more than four years already.

The Solution

Our friends at Focus on the Family Middle East know many families who don't have the money to buy a school uniform and pay for their children to go to school. They also know people who would love to teach children English in local churches.

You may not have a lot of money to help, but you probably have time, energy and excitement. Here's what you can do:

1. Go to to Whitsend.org/summer.
2. Print a sponsor sheet and exercise to earn points. You can do it for a week or the whole summer – just remember, the more you exercise, the more points you'll earn!
3. Ask your family and friends to sponsor your efforts.
4. Beginning in July, tell us how you did and receive a digital bundle from your friends at Adventures in Odyssey and Focus on the Family. The deadline to submit your information is August 31, 2016. 

For participating and submitting your information, you will get a free Adventures in Odyssey episode from Album 51. You will also get 101 Surefire Ways to Strengthen Your Child's Faith – eBook and the audio book of Imagination Station #1, “Voyage with the Vikings.” Make the most of your summer—exercise for your health and help other kids in need while you do!

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Don’t Be Bored This Summer!

Now is the time to make sure your kids have the greatest adventure this summer with over 800 Adventures in Odyssey episodes and non-stop listening fun! Sign up for the Odyssey Adventure Club today for just $9.99 per month at OACLUB.org.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

CD Review: Children of God by Phil Wickham

I love Phil Wickham's music so I was really excited for this opportunity to review his new album, "Children of God". I'm thankful that he's been completely healed from his surgery that removed a vocal polyp in 2014 and able to sing again. His renewed passion and deep gratitude for God are evident in this album.

Below are the 12 songs in the album:
1. Doxology/Amen
2. Better Than Life
3. Your Love Awakens Me
4. The Secret Place (feat. Madison Cunningham)
5. Wide Awake
6. My All In All
7. Starmaker (Above The Earth)

8. Children of God
9. Stand in Awe

10. Body Mind & Soul11. As It Is In Heaven
12. Spirit Of God

I enjoyed all the songs and started to sing along. My favorites are The Secret Place (this song is about spending time alone with God) and Spirit of God (it's a beautiful song of prayer). I also really like My All in All (Jesus is my All in All), Children of God (identity song...who we are in Christ), Stand in Awe (song about how great God is), Body Mind & Soul (song about us belonging to God), and As It Is In Heaven (song of surrender). Some of the songs are upbeat and epic while others are more reflective with slower tempo. The songs are written and sung from Phil's heart, expressing faith, freedom, hope, peace, zeal, adoration towards our amazing God and awe for His relentless love for us. I hope you'll check out this praise-filled album!

~I received a copy of this CD via Propeller Consulting, LLC in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.