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The Boxcar Children (DVD)

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boxcarThe Boxcar Children
Released August 19th!!
Phase 4 Films
81 minutes
Dove Approved – all ages!
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ABOUT THE BOXCAR CHILDREN
Four orphaned and homeless siblings happen upon an abandoned boxcar, which with a little creativity and hard work, they gradually furnish with all the comforts of home.
Fearful that they will be sent to live with the reputedly cruel grandfather they have never met, the children keep their new home a secret – until a serious illness forces them to reveal themselves in order to save young Violet.

Featuring an all-star cast of voice actors, including Academy Award Nominee Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now), J.K. Simmons (Spiderman), Zach Gordon (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Joey King (Fargo), Mackenzie Foy (Twilight series), and Jadon Sand (LEGO: The Movie), this is the very first full-length, animated feature adaptation of Gertrude Chandler Warner’s best-selling classic!

Melody (age 7)
What the DVD is about: It was about them finding a place to sleep because they were running away from their grandfather. They thought he was mean, but he wasn’t.
Like: I like the characters. I like that it is like the book, and it was exciting too! It was all exciting!
Dislike: I don’t not like anything.
Recommend: Everyone

Emily (age 5)
What the DVD is about: The DVD is about them wanting to find a new house.
Like: I like when grandpa gave them a new house and they can share the house and be a family. I like when they made the boxcar into a house.
Dislike: I didn’t like when they all slipped on the mud.
Recommend: I recommend this to my friends Ashlyn and Jadyn because they will like when the children go and find a new house.

Notes from Melody and Emily’s mom:
If you read The Boxcar Children as a young child, you will know that you are in for a treat with this new Collector’s Edition of The Boxcar Children DVD. The movie is not an exact re-telling of the first book in the series, but gives viewers an idea of how the adventures of the Boxcar Children all started. I love the animation and the music in this DVD. From it’s original publication in 1924 to today’s latest book and now DVD, Gertrude Chandler Warner’s story of four siblings live on. Melody started reading The Boxcar Children books when she was about 4 years old, and have loved each and every book she read, even checking them out from the library multiple times and reading them over and over again. She was really excited about getting to watch the movie. I wasn’t sure Emily would understand the storyline, but she loved it too! We’re not huge movie-watchers, but the girls have watched this DVD four times in the last month, choosing it over their beloved PBS Kids shows. This Collector’s Edition is also packed with fun special features:

  • The Boxcar Children e-book preview
  • The Boxcar Children Guide to Adventure e-book preview
  • Printable Town Map
  • Official Soundtrack
  • About the Author/Museum Featurette
  • Downloadable Activity Kit
  • Stills Gallery

GIVEAWAY
One lucky reader will receive a copy of The Boxar Children DVD. Giveaway ends Thursday, August 28th. (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.)

For your chance to win, leave a comment below with any related to The Boxcar Children (going on an adventure, siblings/family, etc.) For extra entries, tweet about the DVD or leave a comment on any post on our family blog Keeping Up with the Moys. Leave separate comments to each extra entry with link to entry if possible.

- Joyce

Other reviews of The Boxcar Children:
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“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.”

Written by Joyce and Norm

August 19, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Signed, Sealed, Delivered

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Hallmark Channel
Airs Sundays, 8/7c
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ABOUT SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED
As many of you know, we don’t own a TV. Shocking, I know! But with technology and social media and all that Internet good stuff, we are able to still stay up-to-date with at least a few shows that are streaming online. I remember Sunday evenings when the Hallmark movies would air, and we would watch after dinner, usually with tissues in hand. I’m all for a feel-good show. The Hallmark Channel offers just that!

There is a new original series on the Hallmark Channel called “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.” It is about four postal detectives who track down intended recipients of undeliverable mail. The team includes the group’s leader, Oliver O’Toole, who is a man of faith; new member, Shane McInerney, who is a technophile that add 21st century technology to the mix of old school; free-spirited Rita Haywith who is the “girl next door” with a photographic memory; and a master researcher Norman Dorman. You find yourself relating to these characters in some way, and there is a draw to help them solve their mystery of finding who the certain piece of mail was supposed to delivered to.

The episode we previewed is about a special couple with Down Syndrome who overcome challenges through finding out what the Scriptures have to say about the meaning of marriage. A letter which was written back in high school was supposed to be sent 10 years after graduation to a “future self” to see how things are going. Through tricky circumstances, the couple learn a few things, and even inspire the postal workers to think about the relationships around them. Despite obstacles, the conversations are wholesome and respectful, which I think is lacking in much of media today’s culture.

I also wanted to share that The American Bible Society has a Bible study to go with the series. You can sign up here: http://www.americanbible.org/features/signed-sealed-delivered. It is a seven-day Bible reading experience to dig deeper into the meaningful biblical themes revealed in each episode of Signed, Sealed, Delivered. It is free and only available for a limited 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.”

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May 25, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Finding Mommy Bliss

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MommyBliss_FlatforeBooksFinding Mommy Bliss
by Genny Heikka
Published by Hallway Publishing
178 pages
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When women are pregnant, people seem to always comment about the “glow” that moms-to-be have (even if we don’t feel glowing). Once that precious bundle arrives, everyone seems to have stories about how hard motherhood is. Yes, there are hard days, but that doesn’t need to be the focus of what it means to have kids. If having kids have seem to sucked the joy you once had, it is time to rediscovered that joy. There are so many great moments we experience with our kids. Genny Heikka will help you in finding mommy bliss in her new book.

ABOUT THE BOOK
In Genny’s book, Finding Mommy Bliss: , she shares with us 20 tips that will help us to discover unexpected joy in everyday moments. Each chapter is a tip. As I was reading the book, it was like listening to a mentor mom talk to me. I love reading the stories of how Genny found her way to mommy bliss, even during those challenging years of mothering young kids, and even while chasing crickets all over the house at six in the morning. I hear her heart for moms and I hear her hope that moms won’t miss those moments and opportunities when we need to take to teach and love on our kids when they make a mistake or they are needing a little more attention from us.

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Some of the tips are gentle reminders, and others are a smack in the forehead (at least for me!):

  • Don’t Rush the Journey
  • Create the Laugh
  • Love Your Dreams

One of my favorite parts of her book is the end of each chapter where she has a “Mom-to-Mom”, “Heart-to-Heart”, and “A Mom’s Prayer”. This is a great book to read on your own, but also a wonderful book to read through with a friend or a group of other moms. We all need cheerleaders on this journey called motherhood, and Genny is a great cheerleaders, but we also need others to come along aside us to encourage us.

Another thing I love? The Snippet App version of Finding Mommy Bliss!! It is so fun hearing and seeing Genny. You know she is passionate about moms finding bliss in their mothering adventures.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Genny Heikka
gennyBefore kids arrived on the scene, Genny was a manager at a global computer company, climbing the corporate ladder. She quit her job to stay at home with her kids, and she rediscovered her love of writing and set out to become an author. She lives in Northern California (for now) with her hubby and two kids. You can read more about here HERE and HERE.
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Other reviews of Finding Mommy Bliss:
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Barnes & Noble

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Genny Heikka 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 the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

GIVEAWAY
One lucky reader will receive a copy of Finding Mommy Bliss. Giveaway ends Tuesday, May 13th. (Giveaway open to US residents ONLY.)

For your chance to win, leave a comment below with a story/memory with your mom or about being a mom! For extra entries, tweet about the book or leave a comment on any post on our family blog Keeping Up with the Moys. Leave separate comments to each extra entry with link to entry if possible.

- Joyce

Written by Joyce and Norm

May 5, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Alone Yet Not Alone

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aloneyetnotaloneAlone Yet Not Alone (affiliate link)
by Tracy Leininger Craven
Zonderkidz
148 pages
For ages: 8+
Movie release 6/13/14

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This historic book tells of the story of two sisters, Barbara and Regina Leininger, whose family built their home in America’s new frontier in Pennsylvania in 1755. It is the time of the French and Indian War, and the Leininger family are faced with tragedy around them during what is known as the Penn’s Creek Massacre. Their lives are forever changed when the sisters are taken by Allegheny warriors.

It is a story of facing fears and bravery. It is a story of faith and trusting in God. Even in the darkest times, while Barbara and Regina felt alone, they knew they were not alone. They believed that God would bring them through.

The author Tracy Leininger Craven loves history and retelling real-life stories in her historical fiction books. From Alone Yet Not Alone, she captures the reader’s attention through the adventures of the time, but readers will also learn history as they follow along. This book is recommended for children ages 8 and up.

The feature film will be released in theaters June 13th 2014!!!!

Other reviews of Alone Yet Not Alone:
Amazon.com
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Christianbook

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): 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 the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

GIVEAWAY
One lucky reader will receive a copy of Alone Yet Not Alone. Giveaway ends Wednesday, May 14th. (Giveaway open to US and Canada ONLY. If you have been a winner of one of our giveaways in the last 30 days, you are not eligible for this giveaway.) We’re trying out a different way to do our giveaways, and keeping all review products, etc. on this site. Let us know if you have any questions.

Tell us if you will or will not be watching Alone Yet Not Alone at the theater, and click on THIS RAFFLECOPTER LINK to see how you can enter for your chance to win, and how to earn extra entries too!

- Joyce

Written by Joyce and Norm

April 30, 2014 at 10:50 AM

God’s Amazing World

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Screen Shot 2014-03-04 at 4.20.52 PMGod’s Amazing World
by Eileen Spinelli
Ideals Children’s Books
32 pages
For ages: 4 – 8 Years

Here are the girls’ review of the book:

Melody
Like: It teaches kids to experience the Bible.
Dislike: I don’t like that it doesn’t show the rest of her family, and it doesn’t show what happens next in the Bible.
Recommend: I recommend this book for anyone ages 2-5.

Emily
Like: I like that they love in that book. I like the picture of the Gracie’s painting. I like that God made the world.
Dislike: I liked all of it.
Recommend: My friends Ashlyn and Jadyn should read this. Melody (my sister) should read this.

Notes from Melody and Emily’s mom:
I think the girls did a good job with their review of the book. I also wanted to add that I like that the book is about cousins. There aren’t too many books about cousins, especially not cousins who get along and love each other. The illustrations are also cute and colorful. I love being able to chat with my kiddos about God being the Creator of the world. The uniqueness of all the things that surround us is not by accident. Our Creator is the Greatest Artist! I like that He paints a different sky every single day, like the sky in the picture below. :)

Other reviews of God’s Amazing World:
Amazon.com

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): 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 the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

GIVEAWAY
One lucky reader will receive a copy of God’s Amazing World. Giveaway ends Thursday, April 3rd. (Giveaway open to US and Canada ONLY. If you have been a winner of one of our giveaways in the last 30 days, you are not eligible for this giveaway.) We’re trying out a different way to do our giveaways, and keeping all review products, etc. on this site. Let us know if you have any questions.

Tell us something about God’s amazing world, and click on THIS RAFFLECOPTER LINK to see how you can enter for your chance to win, and how to earn extra entries too!

- Joyce

Written by Joyce and Norm

March 19, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Joshu-ya Brasserie

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Address: 2441 Dwight Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704
Phone: (510) 848-5260
Website: http://www.joshu-ya.com/

Our first date of 2014 was during Berkeley’s Restaurant Week at Joshu-ya Brasserie.  This was a small and nicely decorated place with one large seating area, one smaller seating area, and an outdoor seating area (with heat lamps and a crazy fire pillar we tried to take a picture of).  There was a nice small rock garden with waterfall….not sure if it was a koi pond or not.

Since it was Restaurant Week, we ordered two of the special $30 prix fixe menus (1 starter, 1 entree, and 1 dessert).  After reviewing the regular menu, there was a similar prix fixe option, but for $10 more.  Go during Restaurant Week and save a bit of scratch.

We ordered the Pommes Frites and a Lion King roll for our starters.  The Pommes Frites was french fries in duck fat with spicy aioli sauce on the side.  Tasty!  The Lion King roll was your typical baked salmon sushi roll.

For the entrees, we ordered the Slow Roasted Pork Belly Tacos and the Grass-Fed Lamb Burger (but instead got the Bone Marrow Kobe Burger).  The Slow Roasted Pork Belly Tacos were 6-hour roasted pork belly, radish, red bell pepper, and cilantro JALAPENO pesto. I capitalized jalapeno because there was quite a bit of it and it was very spicy with each bite taken.  Good thing our waiter came by often with water and napkins.  We didn’t know what to do with the Bone Marrow of the Bone Marrow Kobe Burger but it came with tempura onion rings with cheddar on a pantofolina bun.  The girls sitting next to us gawked at the enormous burger and the waiter was surprised we finished most of it.

 

For dessert, we ordered the Tiramisu and the Blueberry Honey Panna Cotta.  By this point, we were stuffed beyond belief.  But of course with my sweet tooth, the other side of my stomach accommodated the dessert =p  The Tiramisu was light and airy with chocolate, strawberries, and lady fingers.  The Blueberry Honey Panna Cotta had a smooth custard texture.

At this point, we almost couldn’t move because we were already stuffed coming from a huge brunch earlier in the day.  The waiter continually commented how good a job we were doing on the amount of food we ordered every time he came by.  All in all, the food at Joshu-ya was pretty top notch.  We have to come back and try some more items on the menu.

- Norm

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Changing Station [?]
Highchairs/Boosters [?]
Stroller Access [might be tight]

Other reviews of Joshu-ya Brasserie:
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The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted

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TMYAW_Book_3D-245The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted
by Gary Chapman
Published by Moody Publishers
$15.99
144 pages
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When a bride and groom stands before their loved ones to exchange vows and say, “I do,” they usually have some kind of picture of what their life would be like after that moment. “You may kiss the bride.”

But then, reality hits. There are bills to pay, work stresses, and then kids come into the picture. These aren’t necessarily bad things. The bills mean you have water coming out of your faucets in your home. The work stresses mean you have a job!…to pay those bills. And kids? Well…they are a joy, right? :) They truly are, but it just means you have to work that much more on being intentional in making time for your spouse.

ABOUT THE BOOK
In The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted, trusted counselor, relationship expert, and author of dozens of books Dr. Gary Chapman shares how we can strive toward “happily ever after” with true oneness. Dr. Chapman presents the wisdom he has gained through his experience of successes and failures in his marriage.

  • Are you trying to change your spouse?
  • Do you know what it means to really love someone?
  • Do you feel ignored or even alone in your effort to improve your marriage?

Dr. Chapman has answers and action steps on topics from expressing your emotions to managing your money, all in a format that will have you and your spouse talking and learning with every page. At the end of each chapter, there is a Your Turn section which allow you to go deeper into how you can move forward to a better marriage wherever you are at.

My favorite chapter is What Love Really Means. You’ll have to get your own copy and read more about what happened when Dr. Chapman’s wife kept leaving the drawers in their home opened, but it was a big lesson for him. He realized that if his options from this minor irritation were: (1) I could leave her! (2) I could be miserable every time I looked at an open drawer from now until the time I die or she dies, or (3) I could accept her as a “drawer opener” and take on myself the task of closing drawers, it wasn’t her who needed to change, he needed to change.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Dr. Gary Chapman
You may have heard of The Five Love Languages. Dr. Gary Chapman is the author of those books. With 45+ years of marriage behind him, Dr. Chapman knows about how we can improve or heal our most important relationships. His first book, The Five Love Language: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate, is a New York Times bestseller, and has helped millions of readers save their marriages. He speaks to thousands of couples nationwide through his weekend marriage conferences. He hosts a nationally syndicated radio program, A Love Language Minute, and a Saturday morning program, Building Relationships with Dr. Gary Chapman, both airing on more than 400 stations. Dr. Chapman and his wife have two grown children and currently live in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he serves as senior associate pastor at Calvary Baptist Church.

Other reviews of The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Christianbook.com

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): 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 the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

GIVEAWAY
One lucky reader will receive a copy of The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted. Giveaway ends Friday, February 28th. (Giveaway open to US and Canada ONLY. If you have been a winner of one of our giveaways in the last 30 days, you are not eligible for this giveaway.) We’re trying out a different way to do our giveaways, and keeping all review products, etc. on this site. Let us know if you have any questions.

Tell us your best marriage tip, and click on THIS RAFFLECOPTER LINK to see how you can enter for your chance to win, and how to earn extra entries too!

- Joyce

Written by Joyce and Norm

February 19, 2014 at 8:30 AM

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