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COMING SOON TO THEATERS: Dog Days

Statistics say that over 65 percent of American households have at least one pet.  And of those, over 40 percent of homes have a dog.  There’s a reason why pups are so often featured in movies and television shows–they are central to so many of our lives and they bring a joy all their own!

DOG DAYS is a hilarious and heartfelt ensemble comedy that follows the lives of multiple dog owners and their beloved fluffy pals.  When these human and canine’s paths start to intertwine, their lives begin changing in ways they never expected.  This is a sweet film about the joy our furry friends bring into our lives and what they can teach us about treating people with kindness and compassion.  DOG DAYS releases in theaters in August 8.

Our family lost our own pup just over a year ago.  Jasper was a stray we rescued from the side of a highway.  We turned him from a shy, skittish pup into a furry ball of energy that loved to play with my boys.

 

 

Jasper was the first dog my kids ever had, so I know they will always have fond memories of him.  He loved to snuggle up in covers with us, play fetch, and eat treats! Jasper taught my older son how much responsibility comes with owning a pet, and that animals can quickly become important family members.

Before bringing Jasper into our lives, I would have said that I was, without a doubt, a cat person! But now, I know that when the time is right, we will welcome another pup into our home and give it an amazing amount of affection!

 

Be sure to check out Dog Days and reminisce about your own furry friends on August 8!

Vanessa Hudgens stars as “Tara” in Ken Marino’s DOG DAYS, a LD Entertainment release.
Credit : Jacob Yakob / LD Entertainment

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SERIES PREMIERE COMING SOON: God Friended Me

Quick Question:  If GOD asks you to be his FB friend, would you…A) Confirm or B) Ignore His Friend Request

This September, a new and uplifting television series premieres on CBS.  GOD FRIENDED ME is about an outspoken atheist whose life is turned upside down when he receives a friend request on social media from God, and unwittingly becomes an agent of change in the lives and destinies of others around him.

This is an inspirational show about hope, faith, and a question we’ve all asked ourselves – what’s my purpose in this world – how can I be of service to others and be an agent of good?

GOD FRIENDED ME is created by Bryant Wynbrandt and Steven Lilien, the producing team behind some of tv’s biggest hits including, GOTHAMHAWAII FIVE-O, andALCATRAZ.  It stars Joe Morton (Justice League, The Good Wife), Violet Beane (The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow), Suraj Sharma (Life of PiHomeland) and newcomer Brandon Micheal Hall.  The series premieres on Sunday, September 30 on CBS Television.

TRAILER RELEASE: Creed 2

PRIDE. LEGACY. FAMILY.
This fall, there is more to lose than a title.

In Theaters Wednesday, November 21st

 Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history.

Director: Steven Caple Jr.
Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Wood Harris, Russell Hornsby, Florian “Big Nasty” Munteanu, Andre Ward, Phylicia Rashad, Dolph Lundgren
Writer: Sylvester Stallone
Distributor: MGM, Warner Bros. Pictures
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Everyone has faced a challenge or an obstacle in their life, right?  Think about this quote from Rocky Balboa: “But it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.”

It’s not something I talk about much, but shortly after my husband and I got married over ten years ago, we discovered I was pregnant.  This was a baby that was very much wanted, and we celebrated and immediately told our families the news.  Within a couple of short weeks though, we discovered that I miscarried and the grief we both had was immense.

I was so emotionally worn out that I decided I wanted to wait a while before trying for another baby, but the universe must have known what I needed because within 2 months I was pregnant again.  Cautiously, we prepared for our baby.  Even though I had a very difficult pregnancy with a lot of illness, we happily welcomed our first son into the world on October 10, 2008.

It was hard for me to reconcile that I had lost a baby but there was one in my arms I had to take care of.  With the help of my amazingly supportive husband, I made it through those newborn days and we now have mostly fond memories of that time.

You move forward in life, you must know that you have to get back up as many times as you fall.

COMING SOON TO THEATERS: Smallfoot

An adventure for all ages, with original music and an all-star cast, “SMALLFOOT” turns the Bigfoot legend upside down when a bright young Yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human. News of this “smallfoot” throws the simple Yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village, in an all new story about friendship, courage and the joy of discovery.

 

“Smallfoot” stars Channing Tatum (“The LEGO® Batman Movie,” the “Jump Street” films) as the Yeti, Migo, and James Corden (“Trolls,” “The Emoji Movie”) as the Smallfoot, Percy. Also starring are Zendaya (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”), Common (“Selma”), LeBron James (upcoming “Space Jam 2”), Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”), Danny DeVito (“The Lorax”), Yara Shahidi (TV’s “Black-ish”), Ely Henry (TV’s “Justice League Action”), and Jimmy Tatro (“22 Jump Street”).

“Smallfoot” is directed by Karey Kirkpatrick, Annie Award-winning director of “Over the Hedge.” The film is produced by Bonne Radford (“Curious George”), Glenn Ficarra (“Storks,” “The is Us,”) and John Requa (“Storks,” “This is Us”). Serving as executive producers are Nicholas Stoller, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Jared Stern, Sergio Pablos, and Kirkpatrick. The creative team includes editor Peter Ettinger, and composer Heitor Pereira.

The film is set to debut in theaters September 28, 2018.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Animation Group, “Smallfoot” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

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FILM SPOTLIGHT & GIVEAWAY: Beyond the Sun

A heartwarming family film is releasing this week.  Distributed by AMBI Distribution, BEYOND THE SUN, is a modern day tale of hope, faith and courage based on stories from the Bible. This delightful family movie chronicles the adventures of four young friends in search of God.

The film features a very rare special appearance by Pope Francis.  In support of the film, AMBI Media Group is holding a special contest where one lucky winner will win an Exclusive Private Tour of the Vatican and Front Row Tickets to an Audience with The Pope For Four!

For anyone who has ever wanted to visit Italy and The Vatican, this is your chance!  For additional details about the contest and to enter, please go to:

www.freetriptorome.com.

BEYOND THE SUN will be available for purchase across multiple platforms including iTunes, Amazon, and TUGG on May 15th.

 

My family and I are not “outdoorsy” types of people at all!  When it comes to an adventure, we’d rather keep it of the indoor type, or the personally challenging type!

I would say a great adventure we have undertaken is the addition of a second child after being an only child household for seven years!  When I became pregnant with my now two year old, I was feeling so many emotions at once.  I was shocked, happy, worried, and overwhelmed.  I knew our lives were about to change drastically but I really had no idea just how much.

I now look at my two boys and I know they are living proof that God does everything for a reason.  Having my boys spaced seven years apart was just what I think I needed.  I feel like I will have enough time to dedicate to both of their young lives without being too frazzled.  There is no greater feeling as a mother than seeing your children bond, and let me tell you, my baby loves his big brother!

Having two boys in my home to raise is an amazing adventure and I know God gave me care of my two angels for a reason.  I have learned that you will be given what you need, when you need it (and even if you don’t know you do) if you just have faith.

FILM SPOTLIGHT: Wraith, coming May 8

Wraith (rāth) noun: a ghost or ghostlike image of someone, especially one seen after, or shortly before, their death

Something’s very wrong in the Lukens’ house.

After living uneventfully for years in their historic home, the Lukens family have somehow awakened a ghostly presence. Who is this frightening spirit and why won’t it leave their 14 year-old daughter, Lucy, alone?

Everything changed when Dennis and Katie Lukens discovered they were pregnant again. Expecting in your 40’s is always high-risk and dangerous, so when the Lukens decide all options are on the table – including termination – the unexpected starts to happen. Sinister forces are now conspiring against the family. But is this eerie, wraith-like spirit actually trying to haunt them…or help them?

Wraith is available on all VOD platforms and Blu-ray/DVD May 8th.

www.wraiththemovie.com

In this film, the Lukens question their ability to bring another child into the world.  It made me think about whether I could offer some advice to anyone who has ever felt the same.

I have been a parent for nine and a half years now, and I wouldn’t trade a single second of it for anything.  No, not every day is perfect.  Sometimes your kids are going to get on your last nerve.  Sometimes you’ll really need a break before you feel you will have a breakdown.  Sometimes you’ll wonder, at the end of a long and stressful day, if you are truly cut out to give your children the parent they deserve.

But the miraculous thing is, God knows when you are feeling like this.  That’s when he sends your child to give you a random kiss and an “I love you mom.” It’s when you can make your baby giggle with the silliest word or glance.  It’s when you can feel the love passing between you during hugs or snuggles.  Being a mother has been the most amazing experience of my life, and although there are days I have to remember, “This too shall pass,” I remember just that.  We are only given so much time with our children before we have to send them out into the wide world.  Cherish it.

 

WRAITH is a Supernatural Thriller rated PG-13. It will be released on VOD/DVD May 8, 2018    

The cast includes Jackson Hurst, Ali Hillis, Lance Henriksen, Jensen Buchanan, Catherine Frances, and Lily Hansen It is written and directed by Michael O. Sajbel and producers are Dennis H. Ranke and  Michael O. Sajbel.

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COMING SOON TO THEATERS: The Miracle Season

Hey yall!  I’m excited to share the trailer for a heartfelt family film coming soon to a theater near you.  The Miracle Season opens April 6, 2018.

Based on the inspiring true story of West High School girls’ volleyball team.  After the tragic death of the school’s star player Caroline “Line” Found, the remaining team players must band together under the guidance of their tough-love coach in hope of winning the state championship.

Is there a sport or activity that you had to overcome struggles to master?  My son is 9 year old, and he started playing soccer when he was 7.  Soccer is not the biggest sport in Louisiana, by any means, so I thought it was cool that he wanted to participate at all.

When he joined, he was a bit on the small side and was disappointed that he never got to play the positions he wanted to play, and that he never scored a goal.  There was always a kid bigger and faster than he is, so he had to put his whole heart into the game to get noticed and work hard at practices to improve his skills.

We have just finished his third season in soccer and I am so proud at the way he has improved!  He was made the main goalie of his team this year, and he even got to score a goal in one game while playing striker.  He was a real asset to his team and I could tell his confidence was sky high.  I know he’s learned that size doesn’t matter, and that the way to get better at anything is to work at it, and he can apply this to so many situations in his life.

Leave me a comment telling me your story and be sure to check out The Miracle Season on April 6!

My Advice for a Happy Relationship

When I was first asked to write this post, I had to think about it for a minute.  Yes, I have been married for over ten years, and they passed quickly.  We’ve had our share of ups and downs.  Even through all that and 2 kids later, I do still feel we have that special “spark.” I’m not sure if the advice I give will be relevant for every couple and every relationship, but here are some little things that work to keep Jared and I close.

Check in with One Another

Everyone has their things to do and people to see on an everyday basis.  While my husband works and I stay at home raising the kids, he still calls several times a day to check in on what we are doing and how the boys are behaving.  It really makes me feel like he’s thinking about me even when we are not together and that we are both in this parenting thing together.

Support Each Other’s Hobbies

While my hobbies might vary from time to time, whether it’s reading or shopping or clothes, my husband is really only interested in two things: sports and video games.  On his off days I give him time to play games if he wants to, and it’s easy for me to watch sports with him because I like to see his passion for the game.  He also encourages me to go off and have time by myself or with my sisters to do things I want to do.  Even if you don’t necessarily love the things your partner does, it’s important to make an effort to try or at least not openly insult the hobbies they have.  If the hobby does become an obsession that makes your partner ignore household and parenting duties though, it’s time to have a talk.

Don’t Hold Major Annoyances Inside

Which brings me to my next point–if you’re having an issue with your partner which is truly bothering you, say something!  Rather than letting your irritation build up to the point of anger which will erupt into a shouting match, directly and rationally communicate about what’s bothering you.  The goal is to get any problem out into the open–they might not even realize there is a problem!

Make any Night a Date Night

Although we don’t always have the time or the money to go out on fancy dinner dates, we often just wait until the kids are in bed and have a little meal to ourselves with no distractions.  We’ll set the table with low lighting and a bottle of wine, and just eat and lazily chat about things.  We don’t have to get dressed up and hire a babysitter.  It helps us feel like people and not just parents, even though we inevitably talk about the kids!

As I said, these are just a few ways my husband and I keep the gates of communication open and make each other feel loved.  We are by no means perfect but after being married for ten years maybe we do have a little bit of magic to share 🙂

If you and your partner are needing a sweet date night, check out the upcoming film Forever my Girl.

Forever My Girl tells the story of music super-star Liam Page (Alex Roe) who left his bride, Josie (Jessica Rothe), at the altar choosing fame and fortune instead. However, Liam never got over Josie, his one true love, nor did he ever forget his Southern roots in the small community where he was born and raised. When he unexpectedly returns to his hometown for the funeral of his high school best friend, Liam is suddenly faced with the consequences of all that he left behind.  Forever My Girl is an uplifting romantic film about second chances.  This wonderful film is perfect for all of us who believe in courtship, romance, and love enduring all things.  It also has an amazing music soundtrack that includes hot CMA New Artist of the Year nominee Lauren Alaina, Travis Tritt, and Alex Roe who stars in our film as country star “Liam Page.” It releases in theaters on January 19.

 

HOLIDAY MOVIE GIVEAWAY! Family Fave Holiday Films

When the Thanksgiving dinner has been eaten, the tree is up, and the halls have been decked, many families like to spend Holiday nights together watching some of their favorite films of the season!

In our house, my husband can’t let a Christmas pass without watching his two picks: A Charlie Brown Christmas, and The Grinch who Stole Christmas.

One film that is a must for this momma is Elf.  I also HAVE TO watch The Nutcracker some time during December.

We so love cuddling up on the sofa with our boys and having popcorn and cocoa while making these traditions they will surely remember as they get older.

Coming out right in time for your family to enjoy during the Thanksgiving break is a new take on Dickens’ perennial tale, A Christmas Carol!

The Man Who Invented Christmas tells of the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge (Christopher Plummer), Tiny Tim and other classic characters from A Christmas Carol. Directed by Bharat Nalluri (MISS PETTIGREW LIVES FOR A DAY), the film shows how Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) mixed real life inspirations with his vivid imagination to conjure up unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season into the celebration we know today.

Directed by Bharat Nalluri
Written by Susan Coyne
Starring Dan Stevens, Christopher Plummer and Jonathan Pryce
Bleecker Street will release THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS in theaters on November 22, 2017.

The stars of The Man who Invented Christmas have been in other amazing films, and I have partnered with Grace Hill Media to offer this AWESOME giveaway!

The giveaway includes a DVD combo-pack of the following movies:

               The Sound of Music

                Beauty and the Beast

               A Christmas Carol

 

One reader will win ALL THREE of these films to share with those you love!

All you need to do to enter is TELL ME WHAT YOUR FAVORITE HOLIDAY FILM IS!

This giveaway will end on November 24, 2017.

Thanks for stopping by! Please check out this behind the scenes featurette about The Man who Invented Christmas.

COMING SOON: Goodbye Christopher Robin–Opens October 13

GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne, and his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?

I am thrilled to share with you this EXCLUSIVE clip from the film!