Review and Giveaway: The Promise (DVD)

promise-coverTHE PROMISE: BIRTH OF THE MESSIAH, THE ANIMATED MUSICAL
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Glorious Films
45 minutes
Website | FB | Twitter | Amazon | YouTube

We’re trying out a different way to do our giveaways, and keeping all review products, etc. on our review site. Let us know if you have any questions.

Head over to our REVIEW BLOG to read what the girls thought about The Promise, and see how you can win your own copy of the DVD!

One lucky reader will receive a copy of the The Promise DVD. Giveaway ends Wednesday, December 11th. (Giveaway open to US residents ONLY. If you have been a winner of one of our giveaways in the last 30 days, you are not eligible for this giveaway.)

– Joyce

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Review: The Nativity Story

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Screen Shot 2013-11-05 at 11.53.35 AMTHE NATIVITY STORY
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$3.99 (iPad)
$1.99 (iPhone)
App | YouTube

About The Nativity Story
Where will baby Jesus be born? At the market? At a restaurant? At the inn? Readers of this book app can follow Joseph and Mary on their search for a place to stay in Bethlehem. Along the way they encounter a variety of colourful local people and animals. This is a fun and engaging way to share the original story of Christmas with the young generation and remind them what Christmas is all about.

Primary Audience: Kids age 2-10

Why Kids Love This App

  •  By tapping and swiping, kids can help Joseph and Mary find a place to stay.
  • Knock on doors..Pull on the rope…Ring the bell…Open windows…Make people talk…
  • Create music! Help a band of angels play their instruments.

 Why Parents & Grandparents Love This App

  • Nostalgia. It feels like a classic pop-up book, bringing back memories for parents and grandparents.
  • Optional Narration: Listen to old-timey narrator tell the story, or read story yourself.
  • Extra Feature: Explore the original Bible text that tells the Nativity Story.

How is This Christmas App Different?

  • Interactive – We use the touch technology and animation to engage the reader in the story in an enchanting and educational way.
  • Original – The app is designed like a vintage popup book and includes unique features such as interacting with a band of angels and playing instruments like trumpet and harp.

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Click HERE to find out why people love this app and how it’s different.
Click HERE to find out why we love this app!

Do you have a favorite Nativity book? What app do your kiddos like?

– Joyce

Review and Giveaway: 1 Girl Nation

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to our winner, Kendra!

image1 GIRL NATION
^ link to review
Released August 20, 2013
Website | FB | Twitter | YouTube

About 1 Girl Nation
Landing in the space where One Direction meets TobyMac, 1 Girl Nation is an exciting blend of upbeat pop music, with lyrics that are totally focused on living life for God, even while you’re young. 1GN, as they’ve already been dubbed, stars Carmen, Kayli, Kelsey, Lauryn Taylor and Lindsey, five girls with a passion for telling their fans about Christ through their music. Their first single, “While We’re Young,” can be heard on radio stations across the country and their self-titled debut album is available now!

Primary Audience: preteens, teens, and young adults (as well as parents, too!)

Below is their first music video for their song While We’re Young. If you click over to YouTube, there are more fun videos and covers they have done. The one that I stumbled upon a few months ago before 1 Girl Nation released, is their cover of Every Good Thing by The Afters.

GIVEAWAY time!!
One lucky reader will receive a copy of the 1 Girl Nation CD. Giveaway ends Thursday, December 5th at 4PM. (Giveaway open to US and Canadian residents. If you have been a winner of one of our giveaways in the last 30 days, you are not eligible for this giveaway.)

To enter, leave a comment telling about the last song you heard, or anything related to music…or just tell me that you are a teeny-bopper like me…or say ‘Howdy!’ Thanks!

For an extra entry, leave a comment on the girls’ review of 1 GIRL NATION.

I was trying to upload a clip of the girls singing While We’re Young, but I have not been feeling well enough to do that this week. :/ I’ll update if I can get a vid of them singing and dancing. :p

– Joyce

Giveaway: Christmas Countdown Planner

Giveaway is now closed. The winner of Christmas Countdown Planner is Kayla Rice!

Disclaimer: I was given a copy of the Christmas Countdown Planner to review, but all opinions are my own.

So, when it comes to the holidays, I never have a plan of attack…at all. Every year I head into the holidays thinking I will get it together, but then the last-minute holidays cards are flying and decorations are exploding from their boxes. We’re supposed to have stockings? Did I send a thank you card to so-and-so? It is just a whirlwind of a season. I really want to enjoy the real reason for the season, but also enjoy some of the fun traditions. We are starting to get into the groove of what the Christmas season means for our family, but I am so so thrilled to have a tool that will help me to keep everything straight this year!

Enter the Christmas Countdown Planner by Jill Craft aka The Sassy Slow Cooker.

What is the Christmas Countdown Planner?
It is a PDF download of 52 pages of lists and section dividers for the 2013 AND 2014 holiday season. In this 2 year Christmas Countdown Planner you will find:

  • 2013-2014 Calendar Pages for the months of November and December
  • Notebook Cover, Dividers, and Spine Covers
  • Budget Planner
  • Inventory List
  • Homemade Gift List
  • Stocking Stuffer List
  • Advent and Tradition Ideas
  • Christmas Card List
  • Master Gift List
  • Individual Gift List
  • Cleaning List
  • Menu Plan
  • Recipe Section

Jill shares some great tips as she explains the different parts of her planner. She has a tip about filling out the budget form in pencil (simple but genius!) and keeping all your receipts in a pencil pouch so that if you are in need of a exchange/return, the receipt is readily available (again, simple but just need a little nudge in the right direction). I LOVE how she decides who to send Christmas cards to. It’s the same method I use to decide too. 😉 During the holidays, most people feel like they need to take part in every single tradition and to visit with everyone they know, but Jill doesn’t do that. “Relax, you can start doing this next year.” She is also a “sucker for traditions,” like me. I am finally realizing that I can’t follow every single fun tradition that comes along, and we will have to pick and choose what works for our family. I’m glad there is a Devotions section divider because I am loving doing the fun Advent activities with the kiddos, which we never really did growing up…not just celebrating Jesus’ birth, but everything leading up to His birth-day.

Giveaway Time!!
You can win a Christmas Countdown Planner for yourself…and for a friend! To enter, leave a comment telling us what you do to prepare for the holidays, when you start preparing, or what your favorite holiday tradition is…or say ‘Howdy!’ Thanks!

Giveaway ends Saturday, November 2nd at 11:30pm. For extra entries, you can leave one comment on any post on our blog ONCE A DAY ONLY until the end of the giveaway.

If you would rather get your own copy as soon as possible and get planning, you can click on the following link to get your own copy of the CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN PLANNER.

Review and Giveaway: Ring the Bell

Giveaway is now closed. The winner of the Ring the Bell DVD is Helen!

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the products mentioned below for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

ringthebellRing the Bell (<–link to review)
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Arc Entertainment
Released April 9, 2013
Website | Trailer | Facebook

About Ring the Bell:
Ring The Bell shares the story of a slick, big city sports agent Rob Decker who seems to have it all. But on his latest mission to sign a high school baseball superstar, Rob becomes stranded in a small town where the simplicity of life—and the faith of the people—stand in stark contrast to his own fast-paced, win-at-all-costs mindset. Torn between these two worlds, will Rob have the courage to let faith transform his life? This heartwarming story of redemption is sure to entertain and inspire the whole family.

Ring The Bell features a host of well-known Christian music artists, such as Mark Hall along with his band Casting Crowns, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Matthew West, all who play a role in this inspirational drama. Several former and current Major League Baseball all-stars are also featured in the film: ESPN analysts John Kruk and Rick Sutcliffe (a former Cy Young Award winner), along with Ben Zobrist.

GIVEAWAY time!!
One lucky reader will receive a copy of Ring the Bell. Giveaway ends Monday, May 27th at 7:17pm.

To enter, leave a comment telling about the last DVD you watched, or your thoughts on baseball, or who your favorite ball team is…or just tell us about anything related to the topic of this post…or say ‘Howdy!’ Thanks!

For extra entries, you can leave one comment on any post on our blog once a day only until the end of the giveaway, or leave a comment on our review of RING THE BELL.

– Joyce

Review and Giveaway: This Is Our Time

Giveaway is now closed. The winner of the This Is Our Time DVD is Helen!

thisisourtimeThis Is Our Time
Pure Flix Entertainment
Releases April 16, 2013
Website

About the film
This Is Our Time, distributed by Pure Flix, follows the post-collegiate lives of five friends connected by their strong belief in God who all long to make a meaningful difference in the world. But when tragedy strikes the close-knit group, their friendship and their faith are tested in ways they never imagined.

This is an inspirational film about what it really means, and what it really takes, to follow the call of God in your life. The movie tells the interwoven stories of Luke (T.J. Dalrymple) and Alé (Erin Bethea), who marry right after school and move to India to serve as missionaries for Embrace A Village, a ministry that cares for those afflicted with leprosy and their families; aspiring financier Catherine (Kate Cobb), who joins a prestigious financial institution determined to make an impact on corporate America; Ryder (Matthew Florida), who lands an impressive job in social media and can’t wait to use the powerful medium for a greater good; and Ethan (Shawn-Caulin Young,) seemingly the odd man out, who struggles to find his God-given-purpose and feels sidelined by God.

“What they all come to learn is that it never really was their time,” Arnold said. “It always was, always is, God’s time.”

GIVEAWAY time!!
One lucky reader will receive a copy of This Is Our Time. Giveaway ends Friday, April 19, at 11:31pm.

To enter, leave a comment telling about the last DVD you watched, or your thoughts on graduation, or what you thought your life would be like after graduating…or just tell us about anything related to the topic of this post…or say ‘Howdy!’ Thanks!

For extra entries, you can leave one comment on any post on our blog once a day only until the end of the giveaway, or leave a comment on our review of This Is Our Time.

– Joyce

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

To Walk or Stay Book Club

I would like to invite you to be a part of the To Walk or Stay book club that is starting April 15th. It will continue until June 20th.

To Walk or Stay Book ClubThe chapters are easy to read. Lara shares truths that can be applied to all areas of your life, not just marriage. Is there something in your life where He is calling you to stay, even if it will take hard work?

“This really isn’t just a book about marriage, it’s about a really big God who wants to meet us in the darkest of valleys and administer hope and life and healing. He’s just that GOOD.” – Lara Williams

Each Thursday, I will post a link here to that week/chapter’s post. Make sure you get your own copy soon and join us! (There is still a giveaway going on at Patti’s blog.) Chapter 8 discussion will be hosted right here on our blog.

April 18, Chapter 1 :: Lara Williams at “To Overflowing
April 25, Chapter 2 :: Crystal Stine
May 2, Chapter 3 :: Katie Orr at “Hello Mornings
May 9, Chapter 4 :: Kayse Pratt
May 16, Chapter 5 :: Michele-Lyn Ault at “A Life Surrendered
May 23, Chapter 6 :: Tracie Stier-Johnson
May 30, Chapter 7 :: Francie Winslow at “Up, In, and Out
June 6, Chapter 8 :: Joyce Moy
June 13, Chapter 9 :: Erika Dawson
June 20, Chapter 10 :: Stacey Thacker at “29 Lincoln Avenue

Make sure to RSVP on the book club page.

– Joyce

P.S. If you can’t decide to join or not, read what others are saying about To Walk or Stay (scroll down to the bottom of the post).

To Walk or Stay by Lara Williams

I am not even really sure what to say, or how I can add to the conversations about Lara Williams’ book To Walk or Stay. Fellow HelloMornings friends Katie, Amanda, and some others amazing women (<— scroll to bottom for links) have much better words than I do to share what this book is all about.

To Walk or Stay CoverI did not know what to expect when I started reading Lara’s book. She wanted some of us from the HelloMornings team to help her “raise our sword against the enemy” because “[h]e is absolutely attacking marriages because he hates that it’s meant to reflect Jesus.” Of course, I want to do that, but I was not sure what my own personal takeaway would be from the book. To walk or stay? If I was posed with that question for our marriage in hard times, I would say ‘stay’. That would be the right answer, right? Well, I was blown away by the message that God has for the readers through this book. If you have ever heard Lara speak before, you will know that she can preach it. (And a little trivia: she also raps.)

Even though the backdrop of the book is the infidelity and betrayal in her marriage, that is not the whole story. I love what Lara says in her promo video.

“This really isn’t just a book about marriage, it’s about a really big God who wants to meet us in the darkest of valleys and administer hope and life and healing. He’s just that GOOD.”

“It is about a faithful, able sufficient God who has abundance for His children.”


To Walk or Stay Promo Video from Lara Williams on Vimeo.

Whether you are struggling in your marriage or not, we are imperfect people married to another imperfect person. Before getting married, we all had expectations of what marriage would be like (or if you’re not married yet, what it will look like). If we are all honest, it is NOT what we expected. We want that “happily ever after” story. *cue Disney princess movie music* That ending is within our reach, if we keep our relationship Christ-centered, but it definitely takes a lot of hard work. We can see that God can take something that is broken, and restore it to beauty.

Die to self quote from To Walk or StayI love the Small Group Discussion and Digging Deeper sections at the end of each chapter. I look forward to being a part of the To Walk or Stay book club that starts in April. Make sure you get your own copy of the book and join in. (Chapter 8 discussion will be hosted right here on our blog.)

To Walk or Stay Book ClubFrom Amazon.com
Her marriage slowly deteriorated behind the facade of a happy, Christian home. After six years together, with three young children, Lara discovered the devastating reality of her husband’s marital betrayal.Lara gives tender guidance to any woman walking the unexpected paths of betrayal. But even more than that, she testifies of the victorious life in Christ available to everyone, regardless of any shattered hopes or suffocating fears.

Podcast Interview by Bible Geek Gone Wild

Get the book or enter to win a copy over on Tracie’s blog, Inspired to Action (5 winners) Sheila’s blog, The Better Mom (5 winners), Christie’s blog, Francie’s blog (5 winners), Patti’s blog (1 winner), or Jennifer’s blog (<–new local blogger I’m stalking following, 2 winners). (You can also win stuff on Lara’s blog.)

– Joyce