Thursday, March 26, 2015

Grace of God DVD - review and giveaway

For girls night last night we all sat down to check out Grace of God, a new inspirational family movie that released March 24th. Based on the Ten Commandments, it's the perfect movie for an Easter movie night!

Having lost his faith many years ago, Detective Bill Broadly is called to investigate the disappearance of the local church’s collection plate. As he questions its various church members, rumors swirl as more congregants learn about the theft. When one unexpected church-goer confesses to stealing the funds, the confession resurrects Broadly’s views on God, and helps him see that through faith and belief there really is rebirth and redemption.
Stars in this movie include: John Ratzenberger (Cheers, Wall-E, Toy Story), Erin Bethea (Fireproof, Letters to God), and Lorenzo Lamas (The Bold and the Beautiful, Falcon Crest).
My Thoughts:
I'll start with the good.. The storyline is fantastic! $30 000 goes missing from the church, and everyone is a suspect! They did an amazing job of keeping you guessing through the entire movie of "who dunnit", and the culprit was one that we didn't expect! Next, the casting. I actually decided to review this movie based solely on who was in it! lol. No disappointment there! The cast is fantastic!
Now onto the flaws..and honestly they're not big. It was only an hour and a half, but I honestly felt that it dragged on. I found that I checked my phone a few times throughout the film, and noticed that my friends were getting kind of antsy too. Another complaint I have was the music, specifically when there were suspenseful or dramatic moments...the music was just too much and I found myself taken away from the movie. Also over the top were some of conversations in the movie. I guess I just don't find heavy scripture quoting going on in everyday life, and the majority of my friends are church-going Christians.
So truly, the pros definitely outweigh the cons, and really the cons are just my opinion. I recommend that you check out Grace of God movie for yourself, and then let me know what you think!
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Wine Funnies for #wordlesswednesday (LINKY)

Here are some funny things that I found on instagram regarding wine. Hope you enjoy! :)

Are you a wine drinker? I'm always on the lookout for good wine...maybe then i'll stop picking it because it has a cute/funny/unique label or bottle ;)
and be sure to link up your wordless Wednesday post!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe #review

Welcome to the Higher Grounds Café, a place where God speaks through the mundane and the miraculous.
Recently, I had the chance to check out new fiction novel, Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café, by Max Lucado. I had never read anything from Max before, but have heard many MANY people sing his praises, and he has over 120 million readers(!!), and frankly this sounded like just the book for me to try! I found it to be a very addictive and quick read, the main characters were wonderful. Though admittedly I did find a few places to be a little 'too christian' or even just cheesy. But overall, it's a really good read that I would definitely recommend. I have already passed it along to a friend who loves Mr Lucado's books, and she will continue to pay it forward.

What if you could ask God anything? What would you ask? And how would he answer?

Chelsea Chambers is on her own. After a public split from her NFL superstar husband, Chelsea takes a bold step out of the limelight and behind the counter of the Higher Grounds Café, an old-fashioned coffee shop in dire need of reinvention. But when her courage, expert planning, and out-of-this-world cupcakes fail to pay the bills, this newly single mom finds herself desperate for help. Better yet, a miracle.

Then a curious stranger lands at Chelsea’s door, and with him, an even more curious string of events. Soon, customers are flocking to the Higher Grounds Café, and not just for the cupcakes and cappuccino. They’ve come for the internet connection to the divine. Now the café has become the go-to place for people in search of answers to life’s biggest questions.

When a catastrophe strikes and her ex comes calling, Chelsea begins to wonder if the whole universe is conspiring against her quest to make it on her own. After a shocking discovery opens her eyes to the unseen world around her, Chelsea finds the courage to ask, and heaven answers in a most unexpected way.
About Max Lucado: More than 120 million readers have found comfort in the writings of Max Lucado. He ministers at the Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife, Denalyn, and a sweet but misbehaving mutt, Andy.
Find Max online: website, Facebook, Twitter

To find out more about this book, read other reviews, etc be sure to stop by the Litfuse page!

*Disclosure: I received this book, for free, in exchange for my honest review, from Litfuse Publicity.
Thursday, March 19, 2015

Jumbo Oatmeal Cookie #recipe

So I saw on twitter this morning that people were saying it's duh that means we bake cookies! In this case Orangie decided that a giant cookie was in order. It was supposed to be baked on a pizza pan, but I didn't feel that there was enough dough for our pan, and I was right. So we baked it in a 10" springform cake pan instead. Perfection!

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare pan by greasing lightly.
  • Combine dry ingredients in large bowl.
  • In another large bowl mix wet ingredients until well blended.
  • Gradually add dry mix to wet mix. Stir until well blended.
  • Press into prepared pan.
  • Top your 'pizza' with your choice of toppings. ie chocolate chips, raisins, nuts, etc.
  • Bake for approx. 10-12 mins until lightly browned.
  • Cool for approx. 10 mins in pan. Cut, serve, and enjoy!
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Fighting the Blues #wordlesswednesday (LINKY)

I've been struggling with some serious blues lately, so this week wasn't so exciting..sorry.

1) I *finally* got the Valentines décor down....March 13th..
2) I was struggling with a brutal cold, it was REALLY bad, but luckily only 2 days long.
3) Long story short, my teen let her hair get REALLLLLY out of hand. It was matted/dreadlocked...I cut off a solid 9-10" and then smooshed in 1/2 -3/4 bottle of conditioner and brushed the rest took a solid hour...then took her to get a proper's now chin length(instead of lower back), but I saved the day and she was appreciative, as she thought she was headed to a pixiecut for sure! *Always ALWAYS brush your hair!!!*
4) I still need to find a purpose for this gorgeous 32 yards of hand-spun art yarn. Not sure if I should make something small like a pouch/iphone 6+ cozy, or something big and loopy..?
5) I finished another cowl this week. This one totally reminds me of netting and mermaids!
6) In my darkness yesterday I decided to get out and see if some good old vitamin D would help..i walked 5 k, got in 7500 steps, and listened to some amazing worship music. It wasn't a quick fix but my soul did feel a bit better. Will try again today.

Anywho, I always appreciate a comment left, and as always link up your WW post :)

Whatever Wanda! by Christy Ziglar - review and #giveaway

Whatever Wanda is a new children's storybook from Christy Ziglar. It comes bearing a great message about shifting your attitude to be more optimistic. It's a great reminder, that even I needed to think about this week!

Wanda is in serious need of an attitude adjustment! She doesn’t want to accompany her family to the Rubber Duck Days Festival, and once there, she won’t participate in any of the events or join in with her friends. Soon Wanda receives some helpful advice and learns that:

“Sometimes you have to believe something will be great before it actually is. Being positive is a choice that makes everything better, not to mention, a whole lot more fun!”
About the Author: Christy Ziglar, financial planner, mother of twins, and niece of legendary motivator and the world’s original optimist, Zig Ziglar, is bringing the same timeless wisdom and ageless advice to an entirely new, younger audience through her Shine Bright Kids picture book series. Christy, her husband, and their twins live in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Serious YUM! Mini-Wheats wants you to #TryItHot - #giveaway

Ok, so I have to admit that I totally made Orangie take the #TryItHot challenge first! What can I say, I was skeptical. I like my Mini Wheats dry, in a bowl, as a snack. So when Orangie's reaction was an excited "Oh mom! It's awesome! You HAVE to try it! It makes the maple flavour come out so much better!!" then I knew that I had to give it a try! and gotta say I AM HOOKED!

"Why not try your Kellogg’s Mini-Wheats cereal hot? When served with warm milk, this whole-grain, high fibre, family favourite is a wholesome way to beat the winter chill. Simply warm up your favourite milk (regular, chocolate, soy, almond, etc.), add to your favourite Kellogg’s Mini-Wheats cereal flavour, and top with fresh/dried fruit, nuts, or anything you can dream up! It’s that easy!"

Our favourite Mini Wheats #TryItHot recipe was the Simply Scrumptious!

Tell me which one sounds best to you and you could win a #TryItHot prizepack! (arv $50)

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