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Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue

We have enjoyed all of Disney’s Planes and Cars movie. Coming July 18th to theaters near you is Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue!

View the trailer below:

PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE (In 3D)

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Website: Disney.com/Planes

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Follow on Twitter: twitter.com/DisneyPictures

Genre: Animation/Adventure

Rating: TBD

Release Date: July 18, 2014

Voice Cast: Dane Cook, Julie Bowen

Director: Bobs Gannaway

Producer: Ferrell Barron

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“Planes: Fire & Rescue” is a new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous team, including spirited super scooper Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero. Directed by Bobs Gannaway (“Secret of the Wings”), “Planes: Fire & Rescue” hits theaters in 3D on July 18, 2014.

“Planes: Fire & Rescue” is a new comedy-adventure in which Dusty joins forces with a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft and learns what it takes to become a true hero.

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Home Run – Movie Monday

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We found quite a few faith based movies on Amazon Prime (we are members). Some of them you have to pay for but a couple of them are free right now. One of the ones we watched for free this past weekend was called “Home Run”. It is about a professional baseball player, Cory Brand played by Scott Elrod, who struggles with alcohol addiction. It is set in Cory’s hometown where he finds himself after a car wreck and DUI. In order to avoid jail time, Cory is required to coach a little league baseball team, all the while trying to salvage his career and reputation.

The little league team, his 12 step program and his family all play a part in helping Cory, but ultimately it is God who gets Cory’s attention.

As sobering as alcohol addiction is, this movie was entertaining with a powerful message. We really liked it. To be honest, I felt sorry for Cory, as he dealt with his “demons”. I felt bad for his family who had to deal with him and his “problem”. I grew up in a home where alcoholism was a huge part of our life. It has devastating affects and it forever gave me an extreme dislike for anything alcohol related. While my loved one never found the freedom Cory did in this movie, it is my hope that those struggling with any addiction find help and freedom only Christ can bring through His healing grace.

This movie is rated PG-13 for mature thematic material, or in my opinion, the violent outbursts, the drinking scenes and subjects discussed in group therapy. We let our children under 13 watch it. We’ve discussed alcoholism with them before, the other mature themes seem to have gone over their heads because they didn’t illicit any questions from our children.

Watch the trailer here:

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God’s Not Dead – Movie Monday

“God’s Not Dead” 2014

Director: Harold Cronk

A Drama, Produced by Pure Flix, a Christian film studio.

Rated: PG 1hr 53min

Or go to www.GodsNotDeadtheMovie.com to view the trailer.

I have pretty much given up going to the movies, not interested in the selection of films offered, so I was intrigued by the little known, small budget film, “God’s Not Dead” which
opened March 21, 2014. It grossed $ 9.2 million, the first weekend, and as I watched the trailer, I immediately made plans to see this movie aimed towards Evangelical Christians.

Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper), a pre-law student, signs up for a philosophy class with an aggressive professor. Professor Radisson (Kevin Sorbo) is an atheist who demands that everyone declare and write on a sheet of paper that ‘God is dead.’ Josh, a Christian, refuses which causes the professor to challenge him to prove God’s existence. He is given the
opportunity to present his defense, in front of the class, and if he is unable to do this, he will fail the class. There are several story threads, woven through the movie, that capture the struggles, heartbreak and challenges that believers and those questioning their faith face.

One intriguing character is an elderly woman who is visited by her absentee son (Dean Cain). He is a successful businessman annoyed and impatient with her dependence and deteriorating state of dementia. He angrily questions her faith and she, in a moment of clarity, tells him about the consequences of sin. There are a few surprising twists and special appearances by Newsboys and “Duck Dynasty’s” Willie and Korie Robertson.

I recommend this movie because it encourages Evangelical Christians to stand up for their faith. It also invites those questioning their faith to ask questions about God. I am sick and
tired of offensive language and the blatant attempts of the media to shock and offend with their disrespectful comments. In this movie, the name of our Precious Savior Jesus Christ was spoken with reverence and praise. It has been a really long time since I’ve heard that in a movie. Also, another important concept, about this movie, was that it was based on actual court cases where students, like Josh Wheaton, defended their faith in an academic setting. The ending credits list the students and universities.

The responses to this film are, as expected, strongly divided. I think this quote by Paul Levinson, media critic and professor of communications and media studies at Fordham University in New York sums up the movie very well. He states, “The success of ‘God’s Not Dead’ shows at least three things: Big budgets are not necessary to make popular movies, there is a significant part of the population that cherishes faith-based movies, and students like narratives about arrogant professors who get their due.”

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Movie Monday – Underdogs Movie Review

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Trailer url:
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Underdogs Movie Review

If you liked Facing the Giants, I think you will like Underdogs. It is the story of one Ohio high school football team that opened the minds and won the hearts of their community. It was inspired by a true story.

Underdogs was a little slow paced at times but still intriguing enough to keep all our children’s attention. A couple of scenes may be objectionable depending on your preferences (pool scene and a guy opening the bathroom on a girl trying to get dressed). Some of our children said “ewww” to the kissing scenes and one of our sons counted six kisses! ;) After we finished the movie, it was so cute to hear him leave the room saying how many kisses were in the movie.

The language was good, only one reference to a$$ that I caught. So I would tend to disagree with This film has been approved for all audiences by the Dove Foundation. It will depend on your family’s values etc.

I really liked the fact there were intact families. I know families come in all shapes in sized, I am not dismissing that fact but so often movies don’t have one or the other parent and this movie had both parents of two of the teens. Also, the teens were respectful of their parents, except Johnny (quarterback for opposing team) a few times.

The story was inspiring and I loved how the team evolved under their new coach’s teaching and direction.

Our family enjoyed watching Underdogs together.

You can watch it too on video on demand (In-Demand, iTunes http://tinyurl.com/mhnspj6 or DIRECTV)! Or swing by Walmart and grab your favorite movie snacks and pick up the Underdogs DVD, on-sale now! http://www.walmart.com/ip/29114152

Features legendary hall-of-famer Joe Namath and stars D.B. Sweeney.

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Kidoodle.tv – Dad Central

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I participated in a Blog Blast Program on behalf of Dad Central Consulting for Kidoodle.TV.  I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

By Guest Dad Blogger Scott -

This is best thing next to sliced bread!  I love it!  My daughter loves it!  BONUS!  She loves watching Mario Brothers (I didn’t even know there was such a thing.)

Kidoodle.TV is age appropriate television viewing for your children, that you control.  When first setting it up you choose the age of your child/children.  The next screen will ask if you want to remove or add any addition programs.  Easy Right?

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Ok your child is ready to watch Kidoodle.TV.  You the parent will log on by entering your email address and password.  Then move onto the next screen, choose the child.  It asks how long you’d like to child to watch.  Once that time is up,Kidoodle.TV stops and says…

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Kidoodle.TV is on Facebook and  Twitter click here to follow them!

Even better there’s a free trial going on for December! Try it today! Did I mention if you sign up for a free trial by December 31, you have a chance to win 1 in 10 tablets or 1 in 10 Kidoodle.TV for a year!

Sign up today!

 

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Tmart MP3/MP4 Review

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My husband and I both have MP player products from another company and my

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daughter always wants to use them.  Well, the cost if they break is not one we can absorb at the moment. I’m sure there are other households with a similar issue. Tmart has a much less expensive alternative. For a fraction of the cost you can purchase a 4GB 2″ LCD Screen MP3/MP4 Player with FM/Camera Function. 

This MP3/MP4 player is about 4 inches long about 1 ½ inches wide, super light also. It has several functions including, music, video, photo, and FM radio. Included in the box was ear buds and USB cable. It takes pretty good pictures and videos. The sound quality is acceptable also.

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Tmart’s MP3/MP4 player comes in 9 colors, the one I received is purple. I was surprised by this inexpensive device for one that it has a camera & video and it autoflips.

I do wish it came with more instructions, not just a single quick start guide and a plug to charge it via an outlet. I think this is a good stocking stuffer for new music lovers in the house.

You can order Tmart MP4 players today, currently it’s only $19.99!!

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Sell DVDs Online – Movie & Music Lovers

This is a partnered post.

It’s Thrifty Thursday and it appears to have been a while since we posted any money saving tips. However, this week I came across something that is great for music lovers, gamers and movie addicts. Are you or someone you know huge music buffs? What about movies or gaming? Do you have extra CDs, games and DVDs you no longer use? This post is for you! I will reveal a way for you to get rid of unwanted stuff and make a little money while you are at it.

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My husband loves music and has quite the collection of CDs….somewhere in boxes he still has vinyl records and 8 tracks! We still have boxes in our bedroom from our move nearly two years ago and I found out one or two of the boxes are part of Robert’s CD collection. Sigh. I so want the boxes gone from our bedroom. If I was a conniving little wife I might be tempted to sell them on him and try to make some cash. But I am not. I wouldn’t do that to my husband. Nevertheless, if he knew he could make some money off of his stuff, I think he’d go through it all and see what he could let go of just to make a little extra money. That’s just the way he is and he’s done it in the past with other collectible items, etc.

That’s why my interest kind of peaked when I thought about selling stuff online. This new-to-me website that allows you to sell DVDs online, as well as CDs, and even games. musicMagpie is the solution to music lovers and their spouses! ;) This site allows you to swap all those unwanted CDs, DVDs and games in exchange for cold, hard cash. Strapped for cash? Tap into your music, movies and DVDs!

With the advent of the internet, anything truly is possible. We can sell and swap books, clothing and even our music and movie collections.

What are some ways you have created extra cash for your family?

Happy Thrifty Thursday!

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Littlest Pet Shop Sweetest Pets DVD

 Faith and Family Reviews received the following product in exchange for writing a review. While we consider it a privilege to receive free products to review, our reviews are our honest opinion and thoughts of the product.

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Shout! Factory Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios has released a NEW Littlest Pet Shop Sweetest Pets DVD!

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The DVD is entitled “Littlest Pet Shop: Sweetest Pets” and it is based on Hasbro’s popular Littlest Pet Shop brand and animated TV series. The DVD contains FIVE fun-filled episodes and captivating entertainment the whole family can enjoy. The DVD also features bonus content including a brand new coloring sheet.

For those of you who have not seen the series … basically, Littlest Pet Shop is an animated half-hour comedy series that follows Blythe Baxter and her father as they move into a Big City apartment above the Littlest Pet Shop store (an amazing day-camp for pets of all kinds including a doggie diva, dancing gecko, a sweet adorable panda, and others. Her real adventure begins when she discovers that she alone can miraculously understand and talk to all of the pets. Blythe joins them on fantastical adventured that include uproarious songs-and-dance sequences featuring all-new original music by Daytime Emmy Award nominee Daniel Ingram and the vocal talent of Ashley Ball, Tabitha St. Germain, Nicole Oliver, and Peter New.

Littlest Pet Shop: Sweetest Pets sees Blythe embark on five more wild adventures with her newest friends: Pepper, the hilarious skunk; Sunil, the magical mongoose; Penny, the adorable panda; Russell, the highly organized hedgehog; Zoe, the diva Spaniel; and, of course, Minka the artistic monkey!

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Episodes on DVD include:

  • Topped with Buttercream
  • Trading Places
  • Sweet (Truck) Ride
  • What’s in the Batter?
  • Bakers and Fakers
  • Penny For Your Laughs

DVD Bonus Content

  • Coloring Sheet

The DVD is available in Stores and online NOW!

Our Review:

My children absolutely ADORE Hasbro’s Littlest Pet Shop Products and Toys. So of course they were thrilled when the HUB TV network aired the cartoon series and released their first DVD.  Now they are overjoyed with a SECOND DVD that they can watch anytime they wish! As a mom I have to say that this is a great cartoon series. The characters are engaging and suitable for children…there are some cartoons out there that are inappropriate that I will not let my children watch …but this is NOT one of them! This is a delightful series about a young girl and pets. What I like is that even after the cartoon is over I find my children reenacting the episodes and imagining new adventures with their Littlest Pet Shop Toys and figures. I have three children, 2 girls ages 9 & 4 and a boy age 7…they ALL enjoy the series and the toys. Although honestly I have to say that my girls are more “into” Littlest Pet Shop than my son…but he will play along with them or watch the series and have just as much fun!

Overall, we cannot say enough about the release of the DVD…my household is enjoying the product and will for years to come…

For more information about the Hasbro brand please visit: www.habro.com

The DVD is reasonably priced at your local store or on Amazon.com here for 12.99

 

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Veggie Tales ~ The Little House That Stood

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I am sure you know by now that everyone in our house is an avid Veggie Tales fans! Both children and adults will delight in this new DVD! This DVD features the parable of the wise and foolish builders and boasts a lesson in making good choices!

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DVD synopsis: When the Three Little Pigs roll into Cabbageville looking to build some new houses, they meet one builder with a plan and two without a clue! Larry builds with hay, Mr. Lunt with bricks, but only Bob builds his house on a firm foundation ~ following the wise plans from the “Master Builders Handbook!” Will the Three Little Piggies make the right choices when it comes to building their houses ~ and their lives ~ on solid ground? Find out in this parable that shows children that when they follow God’s blueprints, they can stand strong when the storms come!

Additional Material: THE GOOD EGG OF GOOSEVILLE! Ever wonder what happened BEFORE Humpty cracked? Find out in this very Veggie retelling of the classic Humpty Dumpty story.

Our Review:

As we say time again and again…YEAH Veggie Tales! We love the life lessons that only the Big Idea group can bring to our family through Veggie Tales! This DVD delights both children and adults. We loved the twist on the familiar fairytale story. This episode is a great allegory about building your life on a firm foundation. We especially liked that the parable presented in the DVD opened up conversation with our older children about building a life founded in faith while entertaining the young one with valuable lessons through song and story.

I cannot say enough about the Veggie Tales series of DVD’s we LOVE them! The Bonus features on the DVD are an added plus! The children love the silly songs and back-stories…while adults love the discussion guide!

Do not miss out on this new feature from Big Idea and Veggie Tales!

You can find the Veggie Tales DVD wherever DVD’s are sold or purchase online HERE at Amazon.com

For more information about the Big Idea or Veggie Tales brand please visit www.veggietales.com

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Faith and Family Reviews received the following product in exchange for writing a review. While we consider it a privilege to receive free products to review, our reviews are our honest opinion and thoughts of the product.

 

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Monsters Inc 3D Review

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Monsters Inc 3D Review

Originally released in 2001, Monsters Inc. was proof once more than animation studios Pixar could do no wrong in the eyes of the public or the critics. Although ever so slightly less well-received than the likes of Toy Story and Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc. was still an instant box office smash, and is now as popular today with a new generation of children as it is nostalgic adults.

Joining the ranks of other Disney classics (Disney recently bought out Pixar Studios making it an official Disney franchise), Monsters Inc. is being given the 3D treatment, following in the footsteps of The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast. But is the 3D enhancement worth parting your cash for a
second time?

For anyone who didn’t see the film during its original release, a trip to the cinema is nothing short of a necessity. The hero James P. Sullivan (voiced by actor John Goodman) is a larger than life monster hero who must be seen to be believed. Sidekick Mike Wazowski (voiced by actor Billy Crystal), is a zany, funny little monster with a personality bigger than his tiny physique would suggest.

The city of Monstropolis is inspired, and the story is simple yet genius; a monster city which is powered by the screams of children. Only thing is, the children are a little more difficult to scare these days, and the monsters need an alternative power supply. Simple, compelling, hilarious and touching, cinema-goers that missed out the first time are lucky to be given the opportunity to watch a now modern classic piece of children’s cinema.

Those who already love the film and have from the beginning will no doubt appreciate a chance to take the kids to a cinematic showing, or to just relive the initial joy in an updated nostalgia fest. While the 3D does not enhance the film to any great extent, there are moments where the extra ticket price seems to justify itself. In particular, the climactic scene within the door factory is turned from brilliant into legendary with the addition of 3D.

With the new release the animations are touched up, made a little more vibrant, and given the new age treatment, meaning it essentially watches like a new film. Unlike The Lion King which at times appeared artificial with its 3D release (perhaps because it is a much older film), Monsters Inc. 3D seems brand new and shiny, giving you a fresh look at a much-treasured story.

This image was taken from the VUE Cinemas website.

This is a featured post by a guest writer.

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