Sunday, November 19, 2017

Pass It On Book Review & Blog Tour


I want to share with you a book, a journal really.  It's called Pass It On (A Proverbs Journal For The Next Generation) by Champ Thornton.  The idea is simple.  Share yourself and your faith with the next generation, this legacy will stand the test of time.  This journal walks you through the book of Proverbs.  As you grow in your understanding of Proverbs this journal allows you to record and reflect your understanding and thoughts as well as your prayers and encouragements for the future generations.  You are creating your own personalized, wisdom journal with the goal of giving it to someone you love - hence the title, Pass It On.  And the ultimate goal, letting scripture impact the next generation.


You can circle, underline, connect key words and phrases, etc. throughout this journal.  I love that it focuses on growing one's understanding in Proverbs and then specifically sharing it with others through written word and thoughts.  The cover of this book is soft leather (possibly imitation) and the colors and artwork make me smile. There are 32 sections to complete.  Yes, there are only 31 Proverbs but Proverbs 22 is split into two sections; thus, 32 sections.  Each section contains a guided tour of the specific Proverb, At-A-Glance section of that Proverb, followed by the Proverb itself, a reflection section (for going deeper), a section for personalizing a prayer followed by a place to share your story.  I love how each sections contains the proverbs themselves for easy study and reference.  And the questions in each section are helpful for understanding, reflection and teaching.  It is self paced so how long it takes you is really up to you.  If you spend 10-20 minutes a day your personalized journal will be ready to give away in a little over a month.  If you spend 10-20 minutes every other day or each week it will take longer.  The speed of completion is not the focus though.  Your wisdom and encouragement is so don't worry if it takes you a bit longer.  I love the idea of passing on my journey to my kids and I'm thankful to have a tool to help me do that.



More About The Author
Champ Thornton, MDiv, is associate pastor of Ogletown, Baptist Church in Delaware.  He is also the author of "The Radical Book for Kids: Exploring the Roots and Shoots of Faith," "God's Love: A Bible Storybook," and Bible curriculum for both early and upper elementary aged children.  He and his wife have been married since 1996 and have three children.  You can read more about Champ at http://www.champthornton.com/.

You can check out the full Blog Tour for Pass It On here.

Learn more, read a sample, and purchase a copy.

Disclosure:  Thanks so much to Litfuse for choosing me to be a part of this tour and sending me a copy of Pass It On.  I look forward to completing my journal and doing just that - passing it on.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

TurnGram 30 Day Free Trial


Do you use Instagram?  I do!  I want to share TurnGram with you.  For a few bucks a month, TurnGram will select photos from your Instagram feed (based on instructions you provide) and deliver them directly to the door of your friends and loved ones.  I am intrigued!

Right now, you can get a 30 Day Free Trial.  No coupon code is required and they have a 100% money back guarantee if you are dissatisfied with their service in any way.  Sign up today and let me know what you think.  Stay tuned for a more in depth review after I use TurnGram myself.

Disclosure:  Thanks so much to US Family Guide and TurnGram for selecting me for this campaign.  As part of this campaign I will receive a 6 month subscription to TurnGram in exchange for my review.  Stay tuned!  All opinions are 100% my own.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Kutless CD ALPHA / OMEGA Review & Giveaway


If you enjoy christian music I am sure that you have heard of the group Kutless, a band that's been around for 15+ years.  Their style is a mix of rock and worship and their songs are really good.  I love that they focus on sharing the gospel with younger generations.  In 2012 they formed EOTA Ministries (End of The Age) to expand their outreach across the globe.  EOTA is a non-profit arm that helps Kutless host large, free concerts and outreach events.  You may recognize a few of their No. 1 radio singles "Strong Tower", "What Faith Can Do" and "Carry Me To The Cross."


I am excited to tell you about their new CD, ALPHA / OMEGA.  The album track-list includes Your Great Name, Strong Tower, King of My Heart, Cornerstone, You are Love, Great are You Lord, Your Love Awakens Me, Shepherd of My Soul, Gave It All, and No Wonder.

You may have heard the debut radio single from this album, "King of My Heart."  Check out their video of this song below.



I have to admit, there isn't a song on this CD that I don't like.  It is so uplifting and encouraging.  I have been playing this album daily and I can't help but smile more and worship the Lord more.  Just put this CD on repeat and your heart will thank you!  Interested in purchasing ALPHA / OMEGA, check it out here.  Don't forget to enter the giveaway below to win your own copy of this CD.

Ready for a giveaway?  One of you will win your own copy of Kutless' ALPHA / OMEGA.  Just enter the giveaway below and good luck!  Giveaway open to the continental U.S. only.

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Disclosure:  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC 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 Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, 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, November 13, 2017

The Man Who Invented Christmas Premeirs November 22nd & Giveaway

My favorite holiday is quickly approaching.  And while Thanksgiving is next I am actually referring to Christmas.  I love all the red and green, holiday music and most of all the spirit of giving!  David and I have been long time supporters of several different organizations.  I would like to highlight two of them:  Mobile Loaves and Fishes and H.E.A.R.T.  


Mobile Loaves and Fishes' food truck volunteers in Austin hit the streets 7 nights a week, 365 days a year to provide food, clothing, hygiene products and other necessary items to those in need.  Mobile Loaves and Fishes is the largest prepared feeding program to the homeless and working poor in Austin, Texas and it's an amazing organization.


The H.E.A.R.T. Program which stands for Housing, Entrepreneurship And Readiness Training was founded in order to create new opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities to achieve their full potential.  Since opening their program in 2006, this non-profit has served hundreds of people in the Houston area.  I love their philosophy that everyone deserves the opportunity to excel and experience the sense of pride and accomplishment that is achieved through education and employment.

Would you consider giving to one of these amazing organizations this Christmas season?  Not only will you bless others, you will feel good doing it!


Now, I want to tell you about an upcoming family movie, The Man Who Invented Christmas, which releases in theaters November 22nd.  Christopher Plummer from The Sound of Music stars alongside Dan Stevens from Beauty and the Beast and Downton Abbey in this film that tells the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and other classic characters from "A Christmas Carol."  This film shows how Charles Dickens combined real life inspirations with his amazing imagination to create unforgettable characters and a timeless tale, forever changing the holiday season.

Check out the behind the scenes Film Featurette below.


               
Ready for a giveaway?  One of you will win a DVD combo pack which includes The Sound of Music, Beauty and the Beast, and A Christmas Carol.  Awesome right?  Just enter below and good luck!

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Disclosure:  Thanks so much to Grace Hill Media for selecting me for this campaign and providing the prize for this giveaway.  As part of this campaign I will receive my own DVD combo pack.  All opinions are my own.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Sony Pictures The Star Releases November 17th


Have you heard of the upcoming movie The Star?  It releases nationwide on November 17th from the producer of Heaven is for Real and Miracles from Heaven (both movies I saw in the theater and enjoyed).  In Sony Pictures Animation's The Star, a small and brave donkey named Bo longs for a life beyond his village mill.  After finding the courage to break free Bo teams up with Ruth, a loveable lost sheep, and Dave, a dove with big aspirations, in a journey of a lifetime.  The friends follow the Star and become heroes in one of the greatest stories ever told.


Check out the official trailer below.



My favorite holiday is Christmas and the story of the first Christmas never gets old for me.  It's pretty amazing!  I love the idea of seeing it through a new perspective, that of the animals.  I'm drawn to animation movies with animals.  Even though he's a donkey, Bo is extremely relatable in his desire for more in life.  I have sometimes wondered what it must have been like for the donkey that bore the pregnant Mary and now audiences everywhere get to watch this adaptation of Bo and all the animals at the first Christmas.  Exciting indeed!

I also really liked the Lyric Video to "Life is Good" by A Great Big World.  I really enjoy inspirational and uplifting music.  Check it out below.



The Star website has some fun resources including an animated coloring book as well as many fun activities including printable diaromas, mazes, connecting the dots, character cards and more!

Remember, this movie premieres in theaters on November 17th.  Check out The Star's website to buy tickets and for more information.  Let me know what you think.

Disclosure:  Thanks so much to Sony and FlyBy for sending me this campaign information.  As part of this campaign I will receive Fandango tickets.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Watch Ya' Mouth Throwdown Edition


Does your family love to play games like mine?  Watch Ya' Mouth Throwdown Edition is the evolution of the original, wildly popular, hilarious Watch Ya' Mouth game.  Rather than just speak phrases, players now go head-to-head with hilarious and challenging tasks - while wearing mouthpieces.  I'm both nervous and excited to play this with the kids.  Stay tuned for a further update on how it goes!

If you want a hilarious family game to play during the Holidays then your search is over.  15% off Coupon Code: 15THROWDOWN http://amzn.to/2i6NKwG

Disclosure: Thanks so much to USFamilyGuide and Watch Ya' Mouth for allowing me to participate in this campaign. I will receive my own Watch Ya' Mouth Throwdown Edition game for review.  All opinions are my own.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Congratulations Houston Astros


Just wanted to share this image from Sporting News and officially say congratulations to the Houston Astros, the 2017 World Series Champions!  I don't know if you were able to watch any of the games but it was an amazing series to watch.