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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!

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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!

COMING TO THEATERS: The Man Who Invented Christmas

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.

NOW IN THEATERS: 9/11, starring Charlie Sheen #Remember911

9/11 opens in theaters on September 8 and features an all star cast including Luis Guzman(The Taking of Pelham 1,2,3), Gina Gershon (Showgirls), Wood Harris (Justified), Jacqueline Bisset (Dancing on the Edge (BBC), Welcome to New York), Olga Fonda (The Vampire Diaries) and Bruce Davison (X-Men).

In the World Trade Center, a billionaire sits in his attorney’s office awaiting a divorce hearing against his wife. In a west side apartment, a bike messenger kisses his 5-year old daughter and sings her “Happy Birthday” before leaving for work. A maintenance man gets dispatched to help a tenant with his lock. In an upper east side apartment, a young model musters the courage to break up with her sugar daddy. As random as random can be, these individuals step into a crowded World Trade Center elevator.

Wrapped up in their own world, they all ride silently hearing only the sound of the elevator giving notice of each floor. When the elevator stops on the 34th floor, it empties leaving only these five behind. Moments later … their world changes as the collision of a jet into the North Tower incapacitates the elevator.

With no understanding of what has happened and is happening around them, these fives are forced to band together and fight against all odds to escape from the impending horrific collapse. During these critical minutes, a story of courage, faith, and the will to live unfolds.

 

WHAT’S YOUR 9/11 STORY?

Every person old enough to remember the events of September 11, 2001 no doubt has a story surrounding where they were when they first learned what was happening.  I was a junior in high school, just going to my English class.  The teacher came in and frantically told us there was some kind of attack going on in New York City.  Our entire class went to the library where we could watch the TV and see exactly what was going on.  There was no concentrating in class for the rest of the day–the teachers all had TVs on as well.  I didn’t even get to finish my day at school, as my mother was so scared she came to school and checked my sister and I out early.

I am happy to give my readers a chance to win a movie prize pack, including a poster signed by Charlie Sheen!  If you are comfortable, please share your 9/11 story.  If not, share a thought or other comment about that day.  Here’s what you can win.

Tuesday’s Children is the leading response and recovery organization supporting youth and families impacted by terrorism and traumatic loss relating to 9/11. Visit the official 911 movie website for more information.

Also, check out this cool feature where you can read and share the 9/11 fact cards, provided by Tuesday’s Children and watch behind-the-scenes interviews with Charlie Sheen, Gina Gershon, and Luis Guzman.

 

 

 

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: VeggieTales Noah’s Ark DVD

NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE!

Carrots meet cubits as VeggieTales builds an ark filled with fun, adventure and important lessons about trusting God in NOAH’S ARK, its first Bible-themed production in more than four years. Starring Wayne Brady and Jaci Velasquez, along with Larry the Cucumber, Bob the Tomato and a whole crew of Veggies, NOAH’S ARK will be available March 3 on DVD and digital download.

In NOAH’S ARK, Shem and Sadie return home from their honeymoon to find that Noah (played by Pa Grape) has begun, at God’s direction, to work on a massive ark, which his wife Naamah (played by Madame Blueberry) and sons Ham (played by Larry) and Japheth (played by Bob) are helping construct before the start of 40 days and 40 nights of rain.

But Shem doesn’t understand Noah’s unshakable faith in God, particularly when animals start arriving two-by-two – while the rain is nowhere to be seen. When the deluge does come, Shem begins to understand Noah’s determination to preserve humanity’s future … and the importance of trusting in God.

MY THOUGHTS:

Though my son, at 6, is on the upper age group of VeggieTales’ target demographic, he still enjoyed watching Noah’s Ark.  He is in kindergarten at a Catholic school, and has learned the story of the ark–so seeing the tale brought to life was a great way to bring the message home.

I also showed the film to my one year old niece while babysitting one day. She absolutely loved the songs and danced every time she heard one.  Both kids laughed at the silly voices and antics of the characters.

As a mom, I appreciate knowing that there is a kid friendly way to teach my kids the lessons of the Bible,  and also that I don’t have to be watching TV over my kid’s shoulder for fear of him seeing something inappropriate.

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The VeggieTales excitement continues with five all-new episodes of VeggieTales In The House, the hit animated series, debuting exclusively on Netflix – bringing the total of VeggieTales In the House episodes to 15 as the series continues its first season.

To learn more about NOAH’S ARK, and to order the DVD, visit the official VeggieTales website at http://www.veggietales.com, or call the toll-free VeggieTales Hotline at (844) 2-VEGGIE (U.S. callers only).

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I have an extra copy of VeggieTales Noah’s Ark to give away to one commenter! Let me know if you have ever seen any VeggieTales films before!

Giveaway open to US only, and will end on Easter Sunday, April 5.

TRAILER REVEAL: Hillsong–Let Hope Rise #HillsongMovie

Hillsong–LET HOPE RISE chronicles the spectacular and unlikely rise to prominence of the Australia-based Christian band, Hillsong UNITED. Directed by Michael John Warren, the film follows the band they labor to record their next album and explores the history of Hillsong, a 30-year journey from a tiny church in the Sydney suburbs to a vibrant international ministry. The movie culminates in a transformational concert experience spotlighting the humble hearts behind this worldwide sensation.

They changed the world, but the world’s not changing them.

Watch the OFFICIAL TRAILER for Hillsong – Let Hope Rise now. #HillsongMovie

Find out more about Hillsong–Let Hope Rise on the Facebook and Tumblr pages.

MOVIE REVIEW: Confessions of a Prodigal Son

I must confess; although I am a practicing Catholic and my son currently attends a Catholic school, watching faith-based movies isn’t really a hobby of mine.  I chalk it up to having a Catholic school education myself–those films we watched in religion class were usually real snoozers, so corny us students made fun of them behind the teachers’ backs.

When I got the chance to review Confessions of a Prodigal Son, however, I thought I’d give it a shot.  The parable contained within the title is one of the most famous bible stories–even non-Christians probably have heard it.  I also appreciated that such a young guy wrote the screenplay and starred in the movie. Most importantly, I had read that for Lent, not only should you give something up, you should add something of God to your Lenten preparations…so I delved back into the world of Christian film.

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The prodigal son in question is Sean Matthews, pastor’s son and college sophomore.  After high school he left home on quite bad terms with his parents, taking his college fund along with him.  Two years later, he is wallowing in a cycle of drinking, spending his money recklessly, partying, and going to class perpetually hungover.

Something’s gotta give, and it seems Sean doesn’t even know how stuck he is in his life until he meets Ali, a pretty waitress and dancer who teaches children at a studio.  When Sean learns that not only does Ali have actual goals for her life, but that she intends to fulfill them with the help of God, he is wary–as a pastor’s son, he has heard enough of God for several lifetimes.  Due to some bad decisions, Sean struggles and must determine what things he really needs in his life to succeed.

First, let me say that you should know this is a first film for the screenwriter, Nathan Clarkson.  His acting is OK, but his writing is better.  My favorite moments are between Sean and his friend Cameron, because they add some necessary moments of humor and levity.  The banter is also realistic between Sean and Ali, even making the conversation naturally turn towards matters of religion–and if you’ve seen any Christian films, you know this is not always so easily done.

One issue I had with the story overall was that I wished it would have been more clearly explained exactly what happened between Sean and his parents.  The viewer is just told that Sean was tired of their expectations for him and was ready to forge his own path in life.  This is kind of a generic answer, but the son taking the money and going off on his own is in direct correlation back to the original Prodigal Son Parable.

Overall, I would say that the best thing about this film is that it doesn’t beat you over the head with the mentions of God and his love for us, like a lot of more heavy handed Christian films can do.  The viewer is left with a feeling of love, yes, but also forgiveness and choice. I especially loved this because it gave me a lot to reflect upon during Lent.

With a minimal cast and a simple storyline, I think viewers of high school age and above will appreciate this movie most.  A lot of teenagers may relate to how Sean feels when it comes to wanting to escape his parents’ expectations, and I think this film is important in portraying that anything can be forgiven, even when you are at your lowest point.

The DVD will be released on March 24, 2015 and is available from several vendors both in store and online.

For more information, visit the Confessions of a Prodigal Son website and Facebook page.