Operation Finale Opens Today! Check Out the Trailer!

The riveting movie, Operation Finale, will keep you on the edge of your seat! Starring Academy Award winner Sir Ben Kingsley and Golden Globe winner Oscar Isaac, the film captures the brilliantly executed mission to capture Adolf Eichmann, one of the chief architects of the Holocaust. Fifteen years after the end of World War II, a top-secret team of Israeli agents travels to Argentina where Eichmann is hiding with his family under an alias Ricardo Klement and execute an extremely dangerous abduction. Peter Malkin is forced to engage Eichmann in an intense and gripping game of cat-and-mouse with life-and-death stakes.

Check out the trailer and grab some popcorn for this intense thriller you won’t want to miss!

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In Theaters Today!

A Sweet Ode to Our Furry Friends! Dog Days Premieres August 8th!

A Feel Good Movie About Our Faithful Furry Friends!

                                              Premiering in Theaters, August 8th 

I’m so excited about the premiere of Dog Days, on August 8th because there is nothing sweeter than an endearing film about the most loving animals on earth…our dogs! If you have a furry friend then you know that dogs are seriously the kindest, most gentle and faithful companion around. Dog Days is a hilarious and heartfelt ensemble comedy that follows the lives of multiple dog owners and their beloved fluffy pals.  When these human and canine’s paths start to intertwine, their lives begin changing in ways they never expected.  This film is all about the joy dogs bring into our lives and what they can teach us about treating people with kindness and compassion which is what everyone needs to do a little more of these days.

Our pooch Winter, an adorable Shorkie came into our life about three years ago. Mind you I wasn’t keen on getting a dog. Dogs are great, but being a single mom with work, a kid, and a lot of busy going on, I can’t say that getting a dog was on my priority list. But, it was a vision my daughter had for our family and she worked very diligently in making it a reality. Finally, she and mom beat me into submission and along came Winter!

Winter won me over day one. Words literally can’t adequately express the joy our dog has brought into our life. Her faithfulness, unconditional love, compassion, protection, and kindness is mind-blowing. Winter loves us well! I can’t imagine our lives without Winter by our side. When we are sick she will literally lay next to us and not move. One day, I had a stomach bug and she laid in bed with me for hours, finally doubled over I had to let her go outside. She ran out did her business, and quickly ran back in toward the bedroom as if to say, “Come on, I know you’re sick, let’s get back to bed.”  

I’m amazed at how perceptive she is about our emotions and how she responds to them. Having a dog has changed our lives in the very best of ways and seeing her adorable face is pure joy. It’s not just us who loves our pooch, everyone who meets Winter falls in love! I have to laugh at how attached my mom has become to Winter. She lives four hours away and when we go home to visit she cries when we leave, the tears used to be about us, but I’m convinced they are now falling for our dog! But, that’s what dogs do they make you fall in love in the purest and sweetest ways.

That’s why I’m excited to see a move that applauds our best friend! What a fantastic way to celebrate our pooches and be reminded of all the joy they bring into our lives than to see #DogDays!

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Vanessa Hudgens stars as "Tara" in Ken Marino’s DOG DAYS, a LD Entertainment release. Credit : Jacob Yakob / LD Entertainment

Vanessa Hudgens stars as “Tara” in Ken Marino’s DOG DAYS, a LD Entertainment release.
Credit : Jacob Yakob / LD Entertainment

Here are a few photos of our best friend!

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Check Out the Preview of “God Friended Me,” Airing September 30th!

I’m so disenchanted with television lately, especially with so much ongoing vitriol, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that CBS has a new uplifting drama premiering,  Sunday, September 30th, 8PM-9PM. This is a clever drama using the social media platform in a way that is humorous, encouraging and appears to be worth watching!

“God Friended Me,” is about Miles Finer (Brandon Micheal Hall) an intelligent, optimistic, atheist.  This puts him at odds with his father, Reverend Arthur Finer (Joe Morton), who is stung by his son’s strong rejection of his faith. Miles hosts a podcast where he’s free to speak his mind, but that changes when he receives the ultimate friend request.

After repeated pokes by God, Miles’ curiosity takes over, and he accepts the request and follows the signs to Cara Bloom (Violet Beane), an online journalist. Brought together by the “God Account,” the two find themselves investigating God’s friend suggestions and inadvertently helping others in need. Joining them on their journey are Miles’s sister, Ali (Javica Leslie) and his best friend, Rakesh (Suraj Sharma). Miles is determined to get to the bottom of what he believes is an elaborate hoax, but in the process, this friend request may change his life forever!

Take a peek I think you’ll be looking forward to September on CBS!

*Thank you to Grace Hill Media for providing this clip

Need a Dose of Romance? Don’t Miss The Newly Released Movie on January 19th, “Forever My Girl!”

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I’ve grown accustomed as a single mom to being asked the questions, “Do you date?” Well, the answer is no I do not. But, it isn’t because I don’t believe in love. Quite the contrary! I absolutely believe in love and know that falling in love can happen on any given day. But, I also know that love comes in many forms and my greatest love is my daughter Anya. I always tell single moms that while they are waiting for the love of their life remember there is an abundance of love to experience in the meantime. What greater love is there than the love of your child? The time I spend with my daughter is precious and I try to find ways to create memories that will reside in our heart and mind.

Here are five ways how I spend the time with the love of my life:

  1. Traveling! We are road trip girls! Our best memories have been when we spontaneously hit the road with a couple bags, some snacks, and the radio blasting. Just recently we spent the week before Christmas in the Bahamas and had a wonderful and memorable time!
  2. Long Walks: Our best conversations happen when we’re taking long walks. In our busy world, our walks have become a way for us to unwind, talk about our day and get some fresh air together.
  3. Cooking: I’ve been cooking with Anya ever since she was a wee little one and it’s always a fun way to connect and do one thing we both love…eat!
  4. Throw a Party! We love a good party in this house. Planning, prepping and decorating is a fun way for us to share our creativity, have a lot of laughs and it allows me to better get to know my daughter’s friends.
  5. Good Old Cuddling! Nothing beats cuddling up with my kid. She’s 11 and growing like a weed so any cuddling I can get in I’m on it!

Okay, with all this being said, I’m still a sucker for unrequited love and I’m always up for a good romance! So, if you’re looking for a romantic story that warms your heart, don’t miss  Forever My Girl released in theaters on January 19’th.

Forever My Girl tells the story of music super-star Liam Page (Alex Roe) who left his bride, Josie (Jessica Rothe), at the altar choosing fame and fortune instead. However, Liam never got over Josie, his one true love, nor did he ever forget his Southern roots in the small community where he was born and raised. When he unexpectedly returns to his hometown for the funeral of his high school best friend, Liam is suddenly faced with the consequences of all that he left behind.  Forever My Girl is an uplifting romantic film about second chances.

Early Combo Pack Holiday Giveaway Winner Chosen!

 

 

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The holidays have arrived! What sweeter way to kick it off than with the brand new movie, “The Man Who Invented Christmas, “ hitting theaters, November 22nd! If you’re looking for a fun way to kick off the Christmas season then pack up the kids, get some hot cocoa and head to a theater near you to watch the magical journey that led to the creation of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and other classic characters from, “A Christmas Carol.” The film shows how Charles Dickens mixed real-life inspirations with his imagination to create timeless characters that led to the beloved story that became a Christmas favorite. You’ll enjoy the stellar cast that includes Christopher Plummer from The Sound of Music and  Dan Stevens from Beauty and the Beast and Downton Abbey in this delightful upcoming family movie.

I’m especially looking forward to this movie because The Christmas Carol is literally one of our favorite movies. In our family, it is a tradition for us to see the Muppets Chrismas Carol at our favorite movie house. I let her see it in her jammies than afterward we get hot chocolate and drive around the neighborhood looking at Christmas light and listening to carols.

One of our other traditions is giving to a cause such as Operation Christmas Child through the Samaritans Purse. It’s a wonderful way to teach our children about the sweetness of giving. If you’re looking for an opportunity to give back check out their ministry.

Okay here is the really cool part! Thanks to Grace Hill Media I have a fantastic giveaway for you Christmas Lovers!

You Can Win Not One…Not Two…But a Three DVD Combo Pack!

It’s a Perfect Combo to Add to Your Christmas Collection!

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Congratulations Laura! You won the Giveaway! Thank you to everyone who participated!

Goodbye Christopher Robin Giveaway! Enter Today!

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I hope you had the chance to see the very sweet movie, “Goodbye Christopher Robin.” I am so excited to offer this great giveaway hosted by Grace Hill Media! You’ll receive a leather-bound journal that your kids can use to write their own stories and a lovely linen bag that can hold your family’s favorite literary treasures.

How Can You Win?

Enter by leaving a comment telling me your favorite childhood book. One Winner will be chosen on Wednesday, November 15th.

Thank  you for participating and good luck!

Don’t Miss Tomorrow’s Release of the Heartwarming Movie, “Goodbye Christopher Robin,”

Don’t miss this heartwarming story about  A.A. Milne, an author, and veteran of The Great War suffering from PTSD who was inspired by his son to create the delightful stories of Winnie the Pooh and the characters who have come to reside on our bookshelves that we’ve read over and over again.

The film is being released tomorrow, Friday, October 13th nationwide! Take the kids to see what is sure to be a treat! Just take a look at the clip provided by Grace Hill Media and you will definitely want to get in movie line for the popcorn and snacks!

This is one movie that I can’t wait to take my daughter to see, especially after seeing the original stuffed animals on display in the children’s section at the New York Public Library this past summer! Just take a look at how lovely they are! Now, how can’t you want to see what inspired the story behind these adorable treasures!

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“A Dog’s Purpose,” A Touching Family Movie for All Dog Lovers!

Celebrate Your Dog’s Purpose!

Take the Kids to See, “A Dog’s Purpose,” on  January 27th!

It’s amazing how dogs have an ability to love you unconditionally. I had no plans on getting a pup, matter of fact I was completely against adding another responsibility to my already overflowing plate. But, after some coercing for years from my daughter, I ended up making one of the best decisions of my life… our dog Winter! Winter an adorable Shorkie has stolen my heart and has made our family complete. I can’t imagine her not cuddling up to me every day. Winter is the first one to greet me at the door, she’s loyal, fun, and is the sweetest addition to our life. We had no idea  what we were missing before her little paws trotted into our life.  Look at this face!

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I’m so excited about the January 27th release of “A Dog’s Purpose.” A heartwarming movie the whole family can enjoy and a sweet tribute to the pets that add love to our families.  Told from the perspective of “everybody’s best friend” the film highlights the importance of familial bonds, and the unconditional love we have for our best friends.

One of the coolest things about, “A Dog’s Purpose, ” is their partnership with the non-profit Best Friends Animal Society, and photos of dogs available for adoption. You can also add your dog to the website! Check out the trailer below and mark your calendars for this touching film. Oh and go give your pup an extra hug!

Who Inspires You? Tell Me and Win a $25.00 Target Gift Card!

Share Who Inspires You and Why and Win a $25 Target Gift Card Giveaway!

Leave a comment and tell me who inspires you and why and you will be entered in the drawing to win the $25 Gift Card! 

Deadline is Friday, August 5th

One of the greatest gift you can give another human being isn’t anything materialistic, it isn’t money it is simply to inspire them. When I reflect on the people who have inspired me some have been famous, but mostly they were humble, every day people who had the gift to inspire me through their words, actions and mainly their heart. My grandmother was a huge inspiration to me, although most would say she lived a pretty ordinary life, but I thought she was extraordinary. She lived her life being kind to all people, whether she knew them or not, she shared her faith in the most beautiful way, she was never judgmental and through her softness was a fierce strength that shined through. Although gone for almost seven years now, she still guides me everyday. That’s inspiration! Leaving those seeds that germinate even when you are no longer around.

When I think of inspiration, I also think of people with the odds stacked against them, who have been knocked down or have a disability or difficult circumstances and they overcome it with determination, grace and hard work. I think of my lovely friend who is in a wheelchair, but works out consistently to stay fit (much more than I do!) and has done extraordinary things regardless of the odds against her. I think fondly of a man from my church who is blind, yet gets up in front of our congregation on Sundays and leads our songs with his booming powerful voice, praising God. Then I think of his wife who is also blind, and gets on the metro in rush hour to go work in DC, which can be quite the challenge even for those of us who have our vision. I’m inspired by my friend, a single mom of a five-year old who is battling MS, but every day she takes care of her son, striving to give him everything he needs, never giving up, even when the exhaustion can bring her to her knees.  The courage and will of all these precious people inspire me to reach higher, to be better, and to examine myself to see how I can be an inspiration to others around me.

Need a little inspiration? Below is a clip of Rachel, a young adult from the cast of Born This Way on A&E. She faces the obstacles that come along with having Down Syndrome with courage, determination, and love and is a picture of inspiration. You can’t watch this and not be inspired. In these trying times I encourage you to surround yourself with inspiration whether it is with people, activities, and even television series like Born This Way that airs on A& E  10 PM/9 c.

Enter this fun giveaway and maybe you can give a small gift to the person who inspires you!

 

Giveaway sponsored by Grace Hill Media. The gift card will be mailed to you within 48 hours after the announcement of the winner.