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23 Blast (DVD)

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23blast23 Blast
Released January 13, 2015!!
Capitol Christian
98 minutes
Rated PG-13 (brief drinking of alcohol on school property)
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ABOUT 23 BLAST
This film is inspired by the true story of Travis Freeman. Travis (played by Mark Hapka) plays high school football  in a small town in Kentucky. He is loved by his local community, not just for his skills on the field, but for being an all-around great guy. In 1997, Travis contracts an infection and overnight he becomes blind. He thought his dreams of playing the game was over, but he overcomes many challenges with the help of his parents, physical therapist, coach, and best friend. He was able to get back on the field and help his team get to the state finals.

You all know I love a feel-good movie, and this is definitely one of those. While the events in the film did not happen exactly the way they did in real life, Travis Freeman did in fact have an unshakeable faith after he became blind. Stories like this is always welcomed over what is typically shown on the big screen targeting young people today. You can read about where Travis is today, and his thoughts about the movie HERE. (There is a 30-second ad before you can get to the article.)

GIVEAWAY
One lucky reader will receive a copy of 23 Blast DVD. Giveaway ends Friday, February 6th. (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 anything related to sports/football or someone who has inspired you despite challenges in their life.
For extra entries,
Tweet: 23 Blast Review & #Giveaway (DVD) #football http://ctt.ec/r1eS9+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 23 Blast:
Amazon.com
Christianbook.com
familychristian.com
imdb.com

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Written by Joyce and Norm

January 29, 2015 at 11:40 AM

Philz Coffee Truck

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Address: Various Locations (1300 Potrero Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94110 for Customer Service or Facebook or Twitter)
Phone: (415) 834-5933
Website: http://www.philzcoffee.com/

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Starting the first week of 2015, the new Philz Coffee Truck started setting up shop a block from my workplace!  Days and hours are: Monday through Friday, 6am to 3pm.  Lines started forming, so I decided to go during non-meal hours to try and catch a short line.  The truck is based off of the successful local San Francisco coffee chain: Philz Coffee.  They do gourmet coffee – one cup at a time.  They grind the beans for your cup at the time of order and you can customize the cream/milk and sugar content.

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Before going, I perused the online menu on Urbanspoon or Menuism and decided to get Philtered Soul since I love all things sweet.  I chose “sweet” for the amount of sugar and wanted 2% milk for the cream.  However, the barista said they had a nonfat milk mixed with real whipping cream, so I decided to get that instead.  The coffee lived up to its hype and was AMAZING!

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Philtered Soul is: a medium dark roast coffee at its sweetest. the philtered soul has a burst of chocolate with an overwhelmingly satisfying aftertaste sure to please your souls deepest desires. a favorite of all coffee drinkers who posses a sweet tooth. note: this blend may contain traces of hazelnut.

***Update 1/23/2015***: I tried the Hot Chocolate and it was sweet and you could taste the richness of the fresh cocoa beans.  Philz also whipped cream fresh and added it to the drink.

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Towards the front of the truck, they have a small slide-up window for pastries to compliment your beverage, if you so desire.

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Having the Philz Coffee Truck only a block away from work could be a really good thing…or really bad thing.

– Norm

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Other reviews of the Philz Coffee Truck:
yelp

Written by Joyce and Norm

January 12, 2015 at 11:36 PM

Me So Hungry

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Address: Various (follow via Facebook or Twitter)
Phone: (415) 366-3886 or (415) 580-2869
Website: http://mesohungrytruck.com/

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The Me So Hungry food truck has been stopping by 1 block from my workplace recently, so I decided to finally try them out.  I ordered the Slider Sampler to taste the variety of their menu.  I should try their sweet potato fries, french fries, or onion rings too next time.

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Slider Sampler (love the soft bun on each of the sliders):

Cali Slider (left on picture) – Angus Beef, Smoked Apple-Wood Bacon, Balsamic Sauteed Onions, Gorgonzola Cheese.  The slider had a strong (maybe overpowering) Gorgonzola taste.  Love the balsamic sauteed onions and fresh greens.

Flyin’ Hawaiian Slider (center on picture) – Chicken Breast, Crispy Maui Onions, Chipotle Aioli.  There was a generous amount of shredded chicken and Sweet Chili Sauce.  The slider was a bit messy from the overabundance of sauce that overshadowed the crispy Maui onions.

Spicy PBJ Slider (right on picture) – Peanut Butter, Jelly, Sriracha, Smoked Apple-Wood Bacon Crumble, Sharp Cheddar.  Unbeatable combo of PB&J and bacon.  There was a hint of heat from the Sriracha.

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– Norm

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Other reviews of Me So Hungry:
yelp
Roaming Hunger
FourSquare

Written by Joyce and Norm

December 22, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Small Talk

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1-9239fd6071Small Talk: Learning From My Children About What Matters Most
Written by Amy Julia Becker
Published by Zondervan
October 28, 2014
240 pages
Book Website | Book Trailer | Amy’s Website
Twitter | Facebook

After becoming a mom, did you feel a little lost? People all of a sudden have all this advice to give you about what to feed your baby, what not to feed your baby, what kinds of diapers to use, how to get them to sleep, and on and on, like you didn’t just get that business degree not so long ago. Do all these opinions matter in the grand scheme of things? What really matters? There is no book that teaches you these life skills of being a parent. I mean, sure there are parenting books that have techniques and methods, but if you have ever known more than one person, you know that all people are different and unique, kids included. How will someone else, who is not you, know how to parent your child, who is not their child? How will they know best how to love our children? Our children are always learning and growing, and so in the same way, we are also learning and growing. They come to us with their problems and questions. To be honest, it is sometimes annoying, especially when I don’t have the answer, am I right? :p But when we slow down enough to really hear them and listen to them, we discover more about ourselves and the world around us than they are discovering about themselves and the world around them.

For a long time, I thought my children were a distraction from the work God was doing in my life and in the world around me. I am starting to realize they are the work God is doing in my life. They are the invitation to give, to receive, to be humbled, to grow. They are the vehicles of grace. – p.13

When was the last time you had a conversation with your kids? What did you talk about? From beauty and kindness, tragedy and disability, prayer and miracles, and everything in-between, Amy Julia shares these conversations she has with her kids, and how that deepened her relationships with them. They helped her to understand more deeply what she believes and what God is doing in her own life. She invites us to have these same conversations with our own kids. What are some big questions your little kids are asking? Whether the questions and answers are simple or complex, we are always learning and growing, so why not learn and grow together with our kids.

ABOUT AMY JULIA BECKER
71Q75i-bbWL._UX250_Amy Julia Becker writes about faith, family, and disability for Parents.com, the New York Times Motherlode blog, TheAtlantic.com, The Huffington Post parents page, Christianity Today, The Christian century, and numerous other publications. Her first book, A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations, and a Little Girl Named Penny, was named one of the Top Ten Religion Books of 2011 by Publishers Weekly. Amy Julia lives in western Connecticut with her husband and three children.

GIVEAWAY
One lucky reader will win a copy of the book Small Talk. Giveaway ends Sunday, December 7th. (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 sharing what you talk to your kids about. For extra entries, tweet about the giveaway, share on Facebook, 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 Small Talk:
amazon.com
goodreads
Barnes & Noble
Christianbook.com

“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.”

Seoulful Korean Fried Chicken

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Address: Various (follow via Facebook)
Phone: (650) 333-6052
Website: http://seoulfulfc.com/

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I passed by the Seoulful Korean Fried Chicken truck on the way to lunch and decided to try it out today.  It’s a sister truck to Hiyaaa! (Vietnamese Food Truck).

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The Order: Rice & Slaw Combo (Dark Meat)

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Coleslaw had mild vinaigrette with cut-up jalapeno mixed in with shredded cabbage and cilantro.  Fried chicken (thigh and drumstick) was nicely breaded/fried and tasted deliciously sweet (ordered with the sweet soy glaze).  Sweet, sushi-type, short-grained Calrose rice lined the bottom of the takeout box.

This was a good and basic fried chicken combo platter.  I have to go back and try the Seoulful Sandwich and the Garlic Fries for a more comprehensive review.

– Norm

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Other reviews of Seoulful Korean Fried Chicken:
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Written by Joyce and Norm

November 26, 2014 at 10:47 PM

Growing Up Social

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51D5KwBDGAL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World
Written by Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane
Published by Northfield Publishing
New Edition edition (September 1, 2014)
240 pages
Website | Book Trailer

Is technology bringing your family closer together, or is it driving your family farther apart? – Introduction

Wow! If I was to answer honestly, I think I would be scared of that answer. The truth is, while there are so many wonderful things about technology, there are also so many not-so-wonderful things about it as well. I am so glad to read this book that addresses the issues of how we can help our kids grow up in this generation that is so dependent on screens for entertainment, for education, for friendships, and more. It is not all bad, of course, but there needs to be balance and limits. My favorite things in the book are the Parent Resources and the Discussion Guides for every chapter.

GUS-1250More than straight A’s, strong moral character will predict your child’s success as he or she grows into an adult. – p.31

Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane share stories from their own life and the experience they have with their kids and screens. They will guide readers in making positive changes to help families become “social” again in this “social” media world. Chapman and Pellicane share the five A+ skills that every child needs to develop to be relational: affection, appreciation, anger management, apology, and attention. There is a Screen-Safe Family Pledge which I think is super important for all families to have, especially in this time of cyberbullying and how fast things go viral.

There is a lot of food for thought in Growing Up Social. I think it can also help lots of parents figure out how and when to spend their time online or in front a screen.

ABOUT GARY CHAPMAN
PastedGraphic-2Gary Chapman- author, speaker, and counselor—has a passion for people and for helping them form lasting relationships. He is the bestselling author of The 5 Love Languages series and the director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants, Inc. Gary travels the world presenting seminars, and his radio programs air on more than 400 stations. For more information, visit 5lovelanguages.com.

ABOUT ARLENE PELLICANE
PastedGraphic-1 Arlene Pellicane- is a speaker and author of 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Wife and 31 Days to a Happy Husband. She has been featured on The Today Show, The 700 Club, and Family Life Today and formerly served as the associate producer for Turning Point Television with Dr. David Jeremiah. Arlene lives in Southern California with her husband, James, and their three children. Find out more at ArlenePellicane.com.

GIVEAWAY
One lucky reader will win a copy of the book Growing Up Social. Giveaway ends Wednesday, November 26th. (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 sharing about social media and this generation. For extra entries, tweet about the giveaway, share on Facebook, 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 Growing Up Social:
amazon.com
goodreads
Barnes & Noble
Christianbook.com
Family Christian

“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.”

Noah: A Wordless Picture Book

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Giveaway info at the end of post.
noahenNoah: A Wordless Picture Book
by Mark Lundy
Released October 24, 2014!!
Published by Plough Publishing House
64 pages
Age Range: 2-18 years
Mark’s Website | NOAH website

ABOUT NOAH
A hundred years before the Great Flood, a man named Noah came home talking crazy. God wanted him to build the biggest ship the world had ever seen. The future of humanity depended on it. How would his wife respond? What would the neighbors think? Was it even feasible?

This lavish reimagining of one of the greatest stories of all time will fascinate children and adults alike. Nuanced and playful, yet meticulous in following the biblical narrative, Mark Ludy’s world-class art digs deeper than the Sunday-school tale of cuddly animals, exploring Noah’s relationship with his family, the natural world, God – and a formidable engineering challenge.

Immerse yourself in this stunning wordless epic. Whatever your age, you’ll never read this story in the same way again.

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ABOUT MARK LUNDY
Mark Ludy has written or illustrated eight children’s books including The Farmer, The Flower Man, The Grump, When I Was a Boy I Dreamed, When I Was a Girl I Dreamed, and Jujo the Youngest Tribesman. When he’s not immersed in his sketchbooks, you’ll find him in schools promoting art and literacy. He lives in Colorado with his wife, daughter, and two sons.

Melody (age 7)
What the book is about: It is about God sending for Noah in a dream and telling him to build the ark because there is going to be a flood.
Like: I like that it describes Noah’s experience in pictures.
Dislike: The part where he had a boy because I don’t understand that part, and the part where he was crying.
Recommend: I recommend this to anyone who has a good eye for details because you will notice things fast in the pictures.

Emily (age 5)
What the book is about: The Noah book is about building an ark!
Like: That God told Noah to build the ark, and the flood.
Dislike: I did not like the people saying, ‘Hey, why are you building an ark? There isn’t a flood!”
Recommend: My friends Becca and Bella will like the book.

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Notes from Melody and Emily’s mom:
Noah is a wordless book about the story of Noah and the ark. It’s not just a cutesy story of animals lining up two-by-two to enter the ark, it has a pretty accurate depiction of the darkness that occurs once the Lord shut the door of the ark. It was not just the sprinkling of rain that we get here in California during the drought. It was a harsh downpour that was a demonstration of God’s anger. I have to admit that the beginning was a little confusing to me. I think there should be a page at the beginning that gives parents an overview of the story and pictures. The pictures are fantastic as well. It will draw any reader into discovering more of Noah’s story in the Word. It definitely piqued my interest to re-read the passage in Genesis about Noah since we are so used to hearing the storybook Bible stories. Although my girls like the book, I would recommend it to kids who are a little older than mine. It would definitely depend on your kids and if they are okay with seeing the destruction that the flood caused, but be prepared to have discussions for kids who want to dig deeper.

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Bonus: Squeakers the mouse is hidden on every page!

GIVEAWAY
One lucky reader will receive a copy of the Noah wordless book. Giveaway ends Saturday, November 22nd. (Giveaway open to US and Canada 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 sharing what character you think should have their story in a wordless picture book or your child’s fave Bible story. For extra entries, tweet about the book, share on Facebook, 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 Noah:
Amazon.com

“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

November 15, 2014 at 12:02 PM

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