Friday, February 8, 2019

Review: Confessions of an Adoptive Parent by: Mike Berry

 Confessions of an Adoptive Parent: Hope and Help from the Trenches of Foster Care and Adoption
**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

About the Book:
Know That You Are Not Alone on This Journey

Adopting or fostering a child brings its own unique set of challenges only another parent facing the same uphill climb could possibly understand. From parenting children with traumatic pasts, to dealing with attachment issues, to raising a child with special needs, it can sometimes be a struggle just getting through the day.

Mike Berry knows the loneliness and isolation you can easily feel in your particular parenting role—because he's been there. He's still there, and he wants to give you the hope and encouragement you so desperately need.

There are plenty of how-to guides out there on parenting, but this one-of-a-kind book is specifically designed to address your needs as a parent of an adopted or foster child. With a refreshing dose of honesty, empathy, and care, you'll discover you are definitely not alone on your journey and God has a very special plan for you and your family.

My Review:
 So whether or not you are an adoptive parent or foster parent there is tons to learn from the author. He has had struggles that he has taken from and to show us the in's and out's of something that could be amazing both in the eyes of the parent or the child.

 I love the fact that the author recommends finding a support system from the community. I really do believe that sharing your struggles and successes with others really helps in the immediate and in the long run.

 He offers you hope through all that he has learned but through Biblical teaching, as well. A great help!

Friday, January 25, 2019

Review: My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge by:Pepper Basham

 My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge: Laurel's Dream
**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

About the Book:
Journey into the Blue Ridge Mountains of 1918 where Laurel McAdams endures the challenges of a hard life while dreaming things can eventually improve. But trouble arrives in the form of an outsider. Having failed his British father again, Jonathan Taylor joins his uncle's missionary endeavors as a teacher in a two-room schoolhouse. Laurel feels compelled to protect the tenderhearted teacher from the harsh realities of Appalachian life, even while his stories of life outside the mountains pull at Laurel's imagination. Faced with angry parents over teaching methods, Laurel's father's drunken rages, and bad news from England, will Jonathan leave and never return, or will he stay and let love bloom?

My Review:
 In each of the "My Heart Belongs" series you are transported to a different time and place. I like the books and writings because it never gets old. Each one is different and unique in its own way. Poor Laurel she has always held out hope that her life would eventually get better and she thought it had when she met Jonathan but setbacks were bound to happen as they sometimes do.

 Soon the two of them were met with many different things design to bring upset and possibly disaster but they have to decide if they will let that hold them back or just make them stronger.

 A great story that teaches you to keep getting back up after you have been knocked down and that true love maybe waiting around the corner.

A great Pepper Basham book, indeed!

Review: The Snowman Sponsored by:NCircle Entertainment

 The Snowman
 **Disclosure**This product was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from NCircle Entertainment. All opinions are my own.

About the Product:
One crisp, winter morning, a young boy wakes up to find a thick blanket of snow has covered the ground as far as the eye can see. Filled with excitement, the boy decides to build a snowman using a tangerine for his nose, coal for his buttons and eyes, and tops him off with a hat and scarf. Later that night, at the stroke of midnight, the snowman comes to life! The young boy and the snowman embark on a magical adventure of discovery where the snowman explores the young boy's world and in return he takes him flying to his home in the North Pole. Upon arriving at the North Pole, the two join a party as the guests of honor to a very special person. Based on Raymond Briggs book, THE SNOWMAN is a family classic for generations to enjoy.

My Review:
 What child doesn't love snow? I dont know of many. This movie actually came from the book, The Snowman. The snowman is a curious fellow that brings so much delight yet is such a mystery but in this story he comes to life for one little bow. Both the snowman and the boy go on an adventure unlike any other and the two of them share something o magical that it would only happen in make believe to you or me. But in this story imagination is life and life is imagination.

 This was a great movie to watch with the kids and NCircle brought the story to life, very well. This movie retails for $7.99 and can be found here.

Review&Giveaway: The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot about Christmas Sponsored by:NCircle Entertainment

 The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!
 **Disclosure**This product was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from NCircle Entertainment. All opinions are my own.

About the Product:
'Twas the day before Christmas and all through the yard the Cat in the Hat and his guests partied hard. When the party was over, and the guests all departed one poor baby reindeer was left broken-hearted! Can the Cat in the Hat, Sally, Nick and the Fish help make come true little Ralph's Christmas wish? to be with his family, in far-off Freeze-Your-Knees. Will you help see him home? Come be our guests, please!

My Review:
 Christmas would not be Christmas without the Cat in the Hat and his crazy adventures. Cat and his friends want to help Ralph have the Christmas of his dreams. I really enjoy seeing the Dr. Suess characters played out in film rather than in books. The characters really come to life for me and I get to see my son's delight in it, as well.

 NCircle Entertainment has many of this series and it is showing our children true character qualities that hopefully will instill something positive in them. This company has a lot of great educational videos to share with my son and my family, as a whole.

 Winter is still upon us and seems to be hanging in there--this is one of those cuddle up by the fire types of videos. My son and I grab some hot chocolate and some buttery popcorn and sit by the fire while we watch Cat and his friends. It always makes for a great day!

The link to this video is here and it retails for $6.99.

Review: Octonauts:The Very Vegimal Christmas Sponsored by:NCircle Entertainment

 Octonauts: The Very Vegimal Christmas
**Disclosure**This product was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the sponsor. All opinions are my own.

About the Product:
Dive into adventure with your favorite underwater explorers, the OCTONAUTS! Join brave Captain Barnacles, daredevil ex-pirate Kwazii, and medic Peso Penguin, along with the other Octonauts as they explore the world's oceans, rescue the creatures who live there, and protect their habitats above and below the waves! On this very merry DVD, join the Octonauts as they celebrate the holidays! #the Vegimals plans for a Christmas feast aboard the Octopod are interrupted when the Octonauts become entangled in a gigantic blob of sea snot! #the holiday excitement continues when the Octonauts travel to Professor Inkling's childhood home, an undersea mountain, but soon discover that a rockslide has endangered the local creatures, including Inkling's nephew, Squirt! Can the Octonauts rescue the creatures and save Christmas in time?

My Review:
 The Octonauts are at it again!
A great movie to explore all the inhabitants of the see but still get a touch of excitement. The Octonauts celebrate the holidays their way and we get to share that with them. But, you get four complete episodes so only two are for the holidays which is great. So if you are watching in the new year you can still have some viwing fun.

 The four action-packed episodes are Vary Vegimal Christmas, Great Christmas Rescue, Artic Orcas, and Orcas. Do you know what an Orca is? I didn't but now I do. It was some more fascinating learning adventures to share with my child. We really enjoyed it.

Review: Sonic:Christmas Blast Sponsored by:NCircle Entertainment

 Sonic Christmas Blast
 **Disclosure** This DVD was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from NCircke Entertainment. All opinions are my own.

About the Product:
 Santa Claus announces his retirement on television and the public is shocked! But it's Santa's replacement Robotropolis who has everyone worried. It seems Robotropolis has his own ideas and instead of giving boys and girls gifts Robotropolis would rather receive them. Join Sonic the Hedgehog in an adventure to rescue the spirit of Christmas and bring joy back to the world!

My Review:
 Sonic is a favorite of my boys. I think he's fast arrival everywhere he goes reminds them of themselves. Sonic Christmas Blast is a great one for the holidays. Santa decides to retire but his replacement turns out to not be the best so Sonic to the rescue. sonic along with his friends try to rid the world of Robotnik Claus and return Christmas back to its originally joyful and happy place in the world.

 Along with the Christmas episode there are 3 more episodes for your children to enjoy. Running time is approximately 88 minutes so thats almost an hour and a half of fun for my boys. They enjoyed their sonic DVD just as much as I did. Retails for $6.99 at this link.

Review: Guess How Much I Love You: Christmas to the Moon and Back Sponsored by:NCircle Entertainment

 Guess How Much I Love You: Christmas To The Moon And Back
This product was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from NCircle Entertainment. All opinions are my own.

About the Product:
2018 release. Enjoy this Christmas special adventure based on the classic picture book that has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide, written by Sam McBratney, illustrated by Anita Jeram and published by Walker Books. On a snow-covered Christmas Eve, Little Nutbrown Hare and friends stumble across a little Brown Bear who is lost. Determined to return their young friend back to his mother in time for Christmas, Little Nutbrown Hare and Little Field Mouse venture bravely into the unknown woods while Little Redwood Fox and Little Grey Squirrel go to find Big Nutbrown Hare. But when night falls and snow covers their paw prints they realize they are all lost. Now the young heroes face missing Christmas with their own families and friends. As they build a snow cave to sleep in, they are comforted by the moon. It's the moon that comes to their rescue as it's light captures Little Field Mouse's Christmas Decoration, and sparkles brightly, capturing the attention of the grown-ups and leading to their reunion. Christmas morning is shared with their new friends. Through this epic journey we are reminded that the greatest gift of Christmas is being with the ones you love.

My Review:
 This series of books is seriously, the sweetest! Whenever an opportunity comes up for me to review these sweet little books are movies I jump at it. I love the woodland creatures and the life that they show of these sweet little animals. My son loves the interaction of the animals.

 In this episode little Brown Bear is lost and Little Nutbrown Hare and his friends turn the forest upside down trying to find him. After all, it is snowing and its Christmas Eve. This episode is so precious and it shows the love that these friends have for each other.

 This Christmas episode is 30 minutes long and retails for $6.99 at this link.