“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!

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Parents Guide to Scary Movies- Tips From Focus on The Family Experts

With THE CONJURING 2 in theaters this Friday, it’s only natural to think about scary movies. For some of us, the thoughts are about avoiding them at all costs, but for others there’s excitement at thinking about getting a good scare from our theater seats.

But what about our kids? Especially at younger ages, they can be truly disturbed if they happen to see something onscreen that frightens them. It may not even be a well-made supernatural horror film like THE CONJURING 2 – certainly not for pre-teens – but could be something they see in one of their favorite cartoons that raises fears.

What can you do as a parent when this happens to your son or daughter? Here are a few tips from the experts at Focus on the Family:

  • The first thing you need to do is sit down with your child and give them the chance to discuss the film openly. Ask them what they saw, what they thought about it, and how it made them feel. Whatever you do, don’t make light of their fears or dismiss their feelings as silly or immature.
  • Once their emotions have been aired, assure your son or daughter that this was only a story, just like the imaginary tales they may have seen in picture story books. Bad things weren’t happening to real people – they were actors playing a pretend game, like they and their friends do.
  • Reassure your child that you, as their parent, are dedicated to protecting them. Let them know that it is one of your most important jobs – ensuring they feel safe and are safe. Reinforce that message with plenty of hugs.
  • If you are a Christian family, you can explain that God has promised to be with them at all times, even in the midst of danger. Open up the Bible and show them the passages where God promises never to leave us or forsake us (Genesis 28:15; Deuteronomy 31:6, 8; Joshua 1:5; Hebrews 13:5). Pray with them about the scary movie and their fears, and encourage them to pray on their own when they become frightened at night. If it seems appropriate, you can also practice some coping techniques with them, like deep breathing relaxation exercises or visualizing a happy place.
  • One last thought: it is definitely not a good idea for you to sleep in your child’s room or to let them sleep in your bed. That will only reinforce the behavior you’re trying to eliminate, encouraging them to act helpless and dependent. So whatever happens, make it clear that you will not be sleeping with them. Instead, find some other way to make them feel secure, like turning on a nightlight for a while or letting them take a special stuffed animal to bed.

Come to think of it, if you go see THE CONJURING 2 and you’re still a little scared even after the credits roll, feel free to take your favorite stuffed animal to bed with you, too.

 

 

My Top 10 Faith & Spirituality Movie Picks on Netflix

The weekend has arrived! If you’re experiencing a wet weekend like we are it may be a perfect time for a  movie marathon.  If you have Netflix you may want to check out these movies in the Faith and Spirituality section that are kid friendly and have wonderful messages of hope, love and faith!popc

Here are my Top 10  recommendations:

  1. Once I Was a Beehive
  2. The Bible
  3. Matter of Faith
  4. What If?
  5. Camp Harlow
  6. The Identical
  7. October Baby
  8. Unconditional
  9. Heaven’s Door
  10. Christmas on Salvation Street

Grab the popcorn, snuggle up and happy watching!

Hallmark Channel Original Movie “Hearts of Spring” starring Lisa Whelchel Airs Tonight!

The Hallmark Channel Original World Premiere “Hearts of Spring” airs

Saturday, April 9 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, 8C

Did you know I have a girl crush? I do and it is Lisa Whelchel! I have loved Lisa Whelchel since she played glamour girl Blair on Facts of Life.  Then I rediscovered her when I became a mom and the fire was rekindled! I devoured her books about parenthood, friendships, traditions and then she was on Survivor which totally sealed the deal on why I think she is so awesome. So when I found out about her new movie for Hallmark I just had to try to get a sneak peek to share it with you all! Guess what? They gave me a sneak peak and it looks like a perfect Saturday night movie.

Hearts of Spring,” a Hallmark Channel Original Movie starring, Lisa Whelchel, Michael Shanks and Clancy Cauble who is Lisa’s daughter. “Hearts of Spring,” brings us the story of single mom Carly Ashby (Whelchel) raises her daughter Sadie (Cauble), runs her flower shop and blogs about parenting, her real passion. Dipping her toe into the dating scene after years, Carly finally finds an attractive  prospect in Dr. Andy Sommers (Shanks), a pediatrician who just may be Mr. Right. But, Carly  discovers Andy is ‘Juggling dad,’ an opinionated blogger with radically different ideas about parenting who blows up her blog with his fiery comments, their fledgling relationship seems headed for the rocks or is it? Tune in tonight and find out!

Get An Inside Peak at God’s Not Dead 2!

Faith, Courage, Love…

If you loved God’s Not Dead, then you’ll be thrilled to know that God’s Not Dead 2  is on its way to movie theaters! God’s Not Dead 2 is the sequel to the highest-grossing independent faith film of 2014. The film stars Melissa Joan Hart, Jesse Metcalfe, Sadie Robertson and veteran actors Ray Wise, Jon Lindstrom, and Ernie Hudson. God’s Not Dead 2 is about faith, courage and taking a stand. What I loved about the previous movie was it asked us to reflect – would we have the strength to express our beliefs no matter the cost? In a world that begs us to conform to its ways this movie is so relevant to a faith believers walk.

Check out the, ‘Heart of the Story,’ a short featurette that gives you an inside look at this faith building movie that hits movie theaters on April 1st.

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Need Some Inspiration? See The New Movie Release “Greater” The Story of Brandon Burlsworth

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With 2016 underway we can all use a little inspiration to reminds us that nothing is impossible when our faith is rooted in Christ, we have a dream and a passion to work towards making our dream a reality. You won’t want to miss,“Greater,”  the story of Brandon Burlsworth, the unlikely star football player at the University of Arkansas whose inspiring life and legacy taught family, friends and fans about the greater purposes and lasting impact of a life lived for God.

Brandon Burlsworth (newcomer Chris Severio) had a dream, to play for the Arkansas Razorbacks, but wasn’t considered even good enough to play Division I football. That didn’t deter Brandon. Instead fueled by faith, determination and the support of his older brother Marty (Neal McDonough) and his struggling single mom, Barbara (Leslie Easterbrook),  he takes a huge risk by walking on to the team in 1994. He succeeds in the face of staggering odds, and by the end of his college career, Burlsworth was not only a star player in the SEC, but he was also a 1st Team All-American.  He was then taken as an early pick in the 1999 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. Then tragedy hits and the real test of faith comes that no one saw coming.

Take a look at the trailer for, “Greater,” and make a date to see it with your friends, family, or church on January 29th.

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Need Inspiration? See WOODLAWN!

“WOODLAWN”

A MOVIE WITH A MESSAGE

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I had the pleasure of being able to view the movie, “WOODLAWN,” before it hit movie theaters last Friday. This was by far one of the most inspiring, touching and exhilarating films I’ve seen in 2015. If you are a football fan you will love this movie, if you are a Christian you will love this movie, if you just need to be inspired you will love this movie…YOU WILL JUST LOVE THIS MOVIE! From Pure Flix (GOD’S NOT DEAD, DO YOU BELIEVE?), Roma Downey and Mark Burnett (THE BIBLE, SON OF GOD) and the Erwin Brothers (MOM’S NIGHT OUT, OCTOBER BABY) comes WOODLAWN, a high school football drama and a remarkable true story that happened in the early 1970s in Birmingham, Alabama when racism and hate ran rapid. This movie shows us that when a  spiritual awakening takes place love and forgiveness replaces hate and anger. It reminds you that when people bond in love and the unity of Christ they can overcome any obstacles, hate simply does not stand a chance. Something we all need to reminded of in this day and age.

The movie centers around the Woodlawn football team players who are struggling not only on the football field, but with one another. Until one day at football camp when they are introduced to Hank, a sports chaplain who ends up practically converting the whole football team into accepting Christ. This spiritual awakening has a ripple effect that is beautiful to watch as you see barriers being broken, respect growing, and sportsmanship at it’s finest. At the heart of the movie is Tony Nathan (Caleb Castille) a black star running back who’s humble nature is absolutely endearing to watch. As the two rivaling teams get ready to battle at the packed stadium of 42,000 fans you realize just how significant this moment in time was to a city who had been ravaged by racism and hate. This is a Christian film about hope and faith, but anyone can relate to this storyline because it crosses all divides.  I was blown away by this film and it will definitely be in my movie library.  If there is one movie you see this year, WOODLAWN should be the one! Take a look at the trailer and plan to see it soon!

 

 

Catch the World Premiere of “Signed, Sealed Delivered: Truth Be Told”

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I thoroughly enjoyed the Signed, Sealed and Delivered: From Paris with Love, so I was thrilled to hear that Signed, Sealed and Delivered:Truth Be Told was airing this Sunday, September 13th at 9:00 PM 8 CT on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries. I was even more excited that I got a sneak peak of this delightful movie  (thanks to Grace Hill Media) and I encourage you to tune in for a real treat!

In “Signed Sealed Delivered: Truth Be Told” the beloved Postables Oliver, Shane, Rita and Norm are on a mission to uncover the truth from a war torn letter about a soldier missing in action whose daughter is desperate to receive one of those letters. Rita and Norman continue to enchant us with their innocent budding love for one another and Shane stands faithfully by Oliver when he gets an unexpected visit from his estranged father (Gregory Harrison) that shakes him to his core.

Martha Williamson(Creator and Executive Producer of Touched by an Angel) gives us characters whose vulnerability and honesty pulls us in and doesn’t let go. You find yourself invested in their journey and rooting for their happy ending. In an age where technology is king, this movie reminds us of the intimacy and beauty of the written letter and how it impacts those on the receiving end. If you want to kick back and enjoy a wholesome movie with a relevant message about faith, love, war and kindness then tune into the Hallmark Channel on Sunday.

Watch the Trailer of “THE 33″ …The Trapped Chilean Miners

 

Do you recall when the Chilean miners were trapped underground for more than 60 days? The world was praying and fixated on whether they would survive. It was a miraculous story and after five years it is now coming to he big screen. “THE 33,”  spotlights the faith of these men as their fate hung in the balance.

Thanks to Grace Hill Media I have a sneak peak at “The 33,” that will give you chills. I watched it and immediately wanted to see the story of these courageous men.

CNN is also running a special on the 33 men that explores how faith got them through their ordeal. Don’t miss “A Miner Miracle: Five Years after the Chilean Rescue” Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Join @RosaFlores for a live twitter chat during the show using#ChileanMinersCNN.