Saturday, October 22, 2016

"When Calls the Heart" Season 2

If you haven't heard of "When Calls the Heart" yet, you've been missing out on some great family entertainment!


When Calls the Heart is a tv series produced by Michael Landon Jr. and based on the book series by Christian author, Janette Oke.

To sum up: Elizabeth Thatcher, a new teacher from a wealthy family, travels west to teach in a small coal mining town.  Set in 1910 in Western Canada, Elizabeth overcomes many obstacles, often with the help of the local mountie, Jack Thornton.

Without giving spoilers, Season 2 is different from Season 1 in that there are storylines that take place in Coal Valley and storylines that take place in the big city of Hamilton, Elizabeth's hometown.  This means that we are introduced to more characters -- specifically Elizabeth's family.  Another difference between Season 2 and Season 1 is the addition of a mystery that weaves its way through multiple episodes...  I'd tell you more about it, but then where would the mystery be?

This boxset contains the episodes of When Calls the Heart as they aired on the Hallmark channel, but also contains a 2 for 1 movie-length version of the episodes so you can choose which way you would like to watch the series.

What I like about When Calls the Heart is that this is family friendly entertainment at its best.  While the storylines are compelling, they aren't extremely scary.  Being set in the 1900s, everyone is on their best behaviour in terms of how they conduct themselves and how they speak.  It's like traveling back in time!

After my family finished watching season 2, Elijah, my 10 year old son, was so curious to find out what happens next.  He could barely go to sleep that night!

The acting in When Calls the Heart is superb and the characters are endearing.  If you are looking for something heartwarming with innocent love triangles and a dash of suspense, this show is for you and your whole family.

Check out: Fish Flix for When Calls the Heart DVDs as well as other Christian Movies "to inspire and entertain"!

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Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product for free in exchange for an honest review on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe would be good for my readers.

~❀~ Chelsey ~❀~

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Afters: "Live on Forever" CD Giveaway

"Live on Forever" is the newest album from the Christian band, The Afters.  The soul searching songs on the album are in response to loss and heartache, BUT -- the album is ultimately one of HOPE and JOY!

"Our hope was to encourage people...
[to] remind them that we grow through tragedy 
and God is faithful through it all."
Josh Havens -- lead singer of The Afters

We need to be continually reminded to consider life from God's point of view and not our own temporal point of view.  "Live on Forever" is an album of songs that help us see our life (and present sufferings) in light of eternity.


The song "Battles" reminds us that God is with us and will not leave us in the midst of trying times.  In fact -- He is fighting our battles for us!

One of my favourite songs on the album is "Sunrise":  


"You are the sunrise in my sky
Nothing can hide you from my eyes
A day is coming soon when You'll make all things new.
You are the sunrise in my sky."

If you are looking for encouragement and hope -- give The Afters "Live on Forever" a listen.  You are sure to find a song that meets you where you're at and gives you the message from God that you need to hear.

Check Out: The Afters Official Website or visit them at: Twitter / Facebook / Instagram

Buy It: You can buy "The Afters: Live on Forever" on Amazon iTunes Google Play Spotify

Win It: One Sowing Dandelion Seeds reader will win a copy of the CD "The Afters: Live on Forever"

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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 a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

~❀~ Chelsey ~❀~

Thursday, September 8, 2016

"Miracle in Music City" by Natalie Grant

*This post is by guest blogger, Desiree, who is 12 years old.*

"Miracle in Music City" by Natalie Grant is book 3 of the Glimmer Girls series. The series is about twins: Mia and Maddie, along with their younger sister Lulu. Together the sisters solve mysteries as they travel with their famous mother, singer Gloria Glimmer.



In book 3: "Miracle in Music City", Mia, Maddie and Lulu are invited to sing at the Grand Ole Opry for a fundraiser for the homeless. Unfortunately, their friends are jealous of the sisters' singing opportunity. 

One of the things I disliked about the story is that, in the beginning of the book, Mia and Maddie get back from a summer concert tour to find out that their best friends, Annabeth and Emily, made up a dance while they were gone. Mia and Maddie are really offended and a fight starts between the four friends that lasts throughout the whole book. I just think that the dance fight was made into too big of a problem in the book.

One of the best parts in this book is the great moral about helping others. In the story the twins serve soup to the homeless and end up meeting a young homeless girl around their age named Ruby. Mia and Maddie try to come up with ways to help Ruby and her family when an expensive guitar goes missing and Ruby's family is the prime suspects. Can Mia and Maddie solve the mystery and help their new friend at the same time?

I think that this book is good for 7 to 11 year old girls - especially those who like singing and dancing. The themes of helping others and of forgiveness are important morals. 

Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers http://booklookbloggers.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

~❀~ Desiree ~❀~

Monday, July 25, 2016

"All Things Bright and Beautiful" Book Giveaway

"All Things Bright and Beautiful" written by Cecil Frances Alexander and illustrated by Kathy Hudson, is a beautiful hardcover book that is sure to bless anyone who reads it.

"All Things Bright and Beautiful" was originally a hymn published in 1848.  This hymn is one that I sang when I was in a children's choir and so this was a special book to share with my own children.

"How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well."

The illustrations by Katy Hudson are adorable and show three kids enjoying God's creation.  The children see many beautiful animals and flowers throughout the day as they play in the sun and wind.  The end of the book shows nocturnal animals as the family goes to sleep in their tent.  You can't help but feel appreciative of all that God has given us when you read this book.

This book is 'bright' and 'beautiful' and highlights the amazing creation all around us.  

Buy It:  You can buy "All Things Bright and Beautiful" on Amazon

Win it:  One Sowing Dandelion Seeds reader will win a copy of the book "All Things Bright and Beautiful".


"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 a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

   ~❀~ Chelsey ~❀~

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

"Theo: God's Grace" DVD

"Theo: God's Grace" is the second DVD in the Christian animated series that highlights spiritual topics in a way that kids (and adults!) can better understand them.



The series has a Grandfatherly narrator, named Theo, who loves to sing hymns and tells stories from the Bible.  Two mice, Luther and Belfry, provide the comic relief.  The quality animation and character voice-over work are very impressive.

Themes covered in "Theo: God's Grace" include: the armor of God, redemption, and new birth.  The armor of God episode shows how Paul wrote these verses while he was a prisoner in Rome.  Seeing the context of the verses makes it so much more interesting.  The episode on redemption touches on slavery and discusses how God has paid the price for us.  The new birth episode discusses what spiritual death is and tells the story of Nicodemus meeting Jesus at night.

Each episode is approximately 10 minutes.  Ideally, watching an episode will encourage deeper heart to heart conversations with your child/children.

My one concern with "Theo: God's Grace" DVD is when Luther states: "We better shove off before we get the belt of truth".  I didn't find it funny and suspect that many kids won't 'get' a joke about spankings.

A word of warning for those with sensitive kids, some might be scared by the cat who (spoiler alert) catches and tries to eat Luther and Belfry.  My sensitive kids were fine with it, but 'scary' varies person to person.

My kids loved watching the bonus feature "From Pencil to Pixel" which shows behind the scenes animation techniques.  "Theo's Fireplace" was also a great bonus feature.  How neat to feel like a cartoon character sitting in front of a cartoon fireplace!

I would recommend Theo: God's Grace DVD for anyone who wants to introduce or reinforce key aspects of the Christian faith (all while having a lighthearted laugh).  This DVD is great for the whole family!

Check out: Fish Flix for all of the Theo DVDs as well as other Christian Movies "to inspire and entertain"!

Buy It: Theo: God's Grace DVD

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Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product for free in exchange for an honest review on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe would be good for my readers.
~❀~ Chelsey ~❀~

Thursday, June 30, 2016

"Strong and Kind..." By Korie Robertson with Chrys Howard

"Strong and Kind and Other Important Character Traits Your Child Needs to Succeed" by Korie Robertson with her mom, Chrys Howard, is a parenting book that contains encouragement and stories that will inspire you in your own parenting journey.


What Legacy Will You Pass Down To The Next Generation?

This book is not your typical parenting book because it isn't so much telling you how to parent as much as it encourages you to pick specific character traits and be intentional about instilling them in your children.

Character traits that are discussed include being: strong, kind, self-controlled, honest, compassionate, patient, joyful, loyal and humble.  Bible verses are used in discussing these virtues and personal parenting stories are shared from both Willie's childhood family and Korie's childhood family.  Noting the difference between these families remind us that there are many different ways to raise kids.  Stories from Willie and Korie's own family are also shared.
 
Some themes in this book include: being consistent so your kids know what's expected of them; not presenting a 'perfect' view of yourself to your kids; and letting your kids work through things on their own before interfering.

One thing that I did not agree with is the idea of holding a child to "train" them. (pg 35 and pg 61).  This was brought up as a way to teach a child to sit through a church service and was referred to as "the daddy straitjacket".
 
I think that not all children can handle sitting still in church.  When toys and snacks and colouring don't work, sometimes they just need a walk outside or a visit to the nursery to play for a while.  Personally I see this as a stage and not a willful act of disobedience on the part of the child and I think given time, many children, (but not necessarily all), will be capable of sitting in church.

This book made mention of Louie Zamperini which lead me to watch the movie "Unbroken" based on his experiences during World War II.  This movie is amazing.  Be sure to watch the bonus features too!

If you are a fan of Duck Dynasty and if you are a parent (or intend to be) this book is worth a read.

Ultimately this book reminds us: "Being perfect parents and raising perfect children should never be our goal.  Raising children who believe in a perfect God is." (pg 105).  How true this is -- and if we can instil in our children some of the characteristics of God along the way, all the better.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

~❀~ Chelsey ~❀~

Sunday, May 22, 2016

"Snow Treasure" by Marie McSwigan

This novel is set in Nazi occupied Norway during World War II.  A group of children use sleds to smuggle their country's gold past Nazi soldiers -- ultimately saving lives by keeping this resource out of the hands of the enemy.

I 'always' enjoy books and movies based on a true story and this book is no exception.  Although it should be noted that some question the credibility of the story.

This captivating story of bravery and courage is well worth the read for anyone preteen and up.

Check out this "Snow Treasure" Novel Study by Scholastic.


~❀~ Chelsey ~❀~
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