The Star

We are a bunch of writers and storytellers around here and a few months ago we were thinking of taking already-written stories and telling the stories from the point-of-view of another character. We did think of writing a story from the donkey’s viewpoint of the Christmas story, but now we don’t have to! It is going to be on the big screen! The Star releases on Friday, November 17. Let us know if you’ll be lining up to watch…or even come watch with us if you are in the area!

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The Star

Theatrical Release: November 17, 2017
Genre: Drama
Rating: PG
Run time: 52 minutes
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Featuring the voice of: Steven Yeun, Zachary Levi, Kelly Clarkson, Patricia Heaton, Tracy Morgan, Oprah Winfrey, Christopher Plummer, Mariah Carey, and more!
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I remember performing in The Small One musical in elementary school and this movie reminds me of that story. A small donkey longs for something beyond the typical donkey life. In The Star, Bo leaves the village mill and goes on an adventure of his dreams. He encounters a sheep named Ruth who has lost her flock and a dove named Dave who has some major goals. There are also three funny camels and other eccentric stable animals. They all become heroes in the greatest story ever told – the first Christmas. We are looking forward to watching this one. From the looks of the trailer, it’s going to be a fun one for the whole family.

There are some activities on the website for the kiddos. It is a great way to connect to the story before they watch it in theaters. Here’s an Animated Coloring Book.

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Maverick and Me

I know there are many people and animals out there who are lost or lonely. When I saw this story, I was really moved by how one person’s action led to a very happy dog in a loving family. So now, I think it’s great to have compassion, just like the woman in the story and love others, even your pets. 🙂

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Katherine Schwarzenegger: Website

Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Author/Illustrator: Katherine Schwarzenegger/Phyllis Harris
Price: $16.99
Format: Jacketed Hardcover
Page Count: 32
Ages: 4-7

*Maverick and Me

Note from Melody’s mom: This rescue dog story came at the perfect time. Our friends recently rescue an old dog who had many health issues (among other issues!) and the community rallied around to help him. Maverick and Me is a simple and lovely story about a dog named Maverick who was in a similar situation. When Maverick is found, he was hopeful to get a new home. The illustrations are cute and help to tell the story to children (and adults) who want to read a story of connection and how we can make a difference in a small or big way.

I like that Maverick got a big party for himself when he got adopted.  I also like that the woman who decided to rescue him bought him food and supplies.

I would recommend this book to kids 5-8, and also to all dog lovers.

Get your own copy *HERE.

Click this link to watch a clip of Katherine talking about Maverick and Me on the Today Show this morning.

OUR FRIEND FRODO

Frodo is a dog that has a story similar to Maverick’s. He was rescued by a friend of ours a couple months back, and he was hairless, dirty, and smelly. He was also very tiny, and had a tail like a rat’s tail. He had to get medication.

Luckily, the community came through to help him out after some friends set up a youcaring account. He’s been doing great and looks better. I helped him cheer up a couple of weeks ago. I think, though, seeing Frodo the way he is today, that he has maybe finally found his forever family.

GIVEAWAY

One lucky reader will receive a copy of Katherine Schwarzenegger’s Maverick and Me! Giveaway ends Wednesday, November 1st. (Giveaway open to continental US residents ONLY.)

For your chance to win, leave a comment below sharing your current favorite children’s book or just say “Howdy”. For extra entries, tweet about the series, share on Facebook, or leave a comment on any post on our family blog Keeping Up with the Moys. Leave separate comments for each extra entry with a link to entry if possible.

OTHER REVIEWS

Maverick and Me – Amazon | goodreads | Barnes & Noble | Target | Christianbook

+We received these books from WorthyKids/Ideals for free in exchange for an honest review.

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Books for Young Readers [September 2017]

Here’s a look at some new resources from Zondervan this month for your family:

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*Captain Snout and the Super Power Questions

Note: ANTs = Automatic Negative Thoughts

Melody (age 10):

I think a lot. I also ask a lot of questions. This is something my family knows, but sometimes, my thoughts can be negative. I liked Captain Snout and the Super Power Questions because it’s a method to keep ANTs away. Including my own!

I would recommend this book to anyone who (a) thinks or (b) thinks negative sometimes and also to everybody because EVERYBODY thinks negative sometimes…and we all need a boost.


Get your own copy *HERE.

*May The Faith Be With You: Bedtime Prayers + Holy Bible (NIrV)

From Joyce (Mom):

I would have never come up with the idea for this book and Bible. The bedtime prayers book is a book with rhyming prayers and a Bible verse. BUT the super cool added feature is that this book GLOWS IN THE DARK! It sure is exciting to this mama, so hopefully, it is exciting for your kiddos too!

The May the Faith Be With You Holy Bible is perfect for kiddos ages 6-10 who love outer space, intergalactic themes, Star Wars, or just reading the Bible. There are a few spreads that point to answers to questions or topics to discuss, like the Fruit of the Spirit page below.


Get your own copy of the prayer book *HERE. and the Bible *HERE.

*Day Dreams & Movie Screens

From Emily (age 8):

Day Dreams & Movie Screens is about a girl who has a wonderful family and life. She also is reading a Bible and going to be in a movie and making a speech. It is an adventure with her family and her dog named Austin. 😉

Get your own copy *HERE.

OTHER REVIEWS

Captain Snout and the Super Power Questions – Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Christianbook | Goodreads
May the Faith Be With You: Bedtime Prayers – Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Goodreads

May the Faith Be With You: Holy Bible (NIrV)Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Christianbook | Goodreads
Day Dreams & Movie Screens – Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Goodreads

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Same Kind of Different as Me

I love a good story. Whether it is a made-up story from a book or a story my grandmother told me about her childhood, I think stories have a way of connecting people. Our church has been celebrating different “heritage months” through the year, and it has brought about many stories. There have been stories of success, of failure, of anticipation, of hope, of hope lost, of grace, of forgiveness, of hate, of hate received, and of love. Same Kind of Different as Me is a movie releasing in theaters on October 20, and it makes me think of stories that some in our community may be living out.

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*Same Kind of Different as Me

Theatrical Release: October 20, 2017
Genre: Drama
Rating: PG-13
Run time: 2:02:41
Studio: Paramount Pictures/PureFlix
Starring: Greg Kinnear, Renée Zellweger, Djimon Hounsou, Jon Voight
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This movie is the story of an international art dealer who must become friends with a dangerous homeless man so he can save his struggling marriage. They embark on life’s journey together and lives are forever changed.

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I’m looking forward to watching this one because I think it will be one of those stories where we will reflect on how we are living our lives in this world. It might even be a movie that some won’t want to watch because of the same reason. I’ll be sharing more as it gets closer to the release and afterward, too.

If you’ve ever had someone in your life who is different than you are, this might open your eyes and heart to get to know their story…or to share your own story. Rich/poor, educated/uneducated, introverted/extroverted, young/old…you can plug in all kinds of opposites here and find that even the most different of people may be more like you than you think.

Check out the trailer below and then make sure to visit the official film site where you can buy tickets, access video, photos, downloads, news and more!

GIVEAWAY – 2 FANDANGO TICKETS

One lucky reader will receive 2 Fandango Tickets to see Same Kind of Different As Me in theaters! Giveaway ends Monday, October 16th. (Giveaway open to continental US residents ONLY.) Fandango voucher for tickets will be emailed to the winner.

For your chance to win, leave a comment below sharing your current favorite movie/film or just say “Howdy”. For extra entries, tweet about the movie, tweet about the giveaway, share on Facebook, or leave a comment on any post on our family blog Keeping Up with the Moys. Leave separate comments for each extra entry with a link to entry if possible.
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How I Spent $1 on a Halloween Costume

MONEY-SAVING TIP!

Since I’ve been reading More Than Just Making It and we had been chatting about finances over at my other page, I thought I would share a money-saving tip with you here.

It’s no surprise to you all that I’m not a shopper. I’m also not huge on a certain dress-up holiday. It was a challenge for me every year, BUT I have found my saving grace in this area – the Facebook buy/sell group that I run!

Last year I had a forest fairy and a Greek goddess or something like that – for just $10…TOTAL!

This year I sold that forest fairy costume. It was only worn 2 times for less than a few hours total. So if I do my math correctly, I spent $1 for the costume.

AND since I’m trying to think ahead for these types of things, I already have one costume for this year…a little spendier at $7, but definitely less than a new costume for more $$$.

What money-saving tips do you have when it comes to holidays and special occasions?

Jeremy Camp – The Answer

The Answer is a good album and full of good songs. It is also fun and powerful with God. – Emily (8)

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*Jeremy Camp – The Answer

Released: October 6, 2017
Label: Sparrow
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Word of Life

Norm’s Review – Jeremy Camp’s new album The Answer has that distinct Jeremy Camp pop/rock sound that is infectious. Depending on the situation you are experiencing, there should be a song on this album that will relate. Give it a listen!

Joyce’s Pick – My Father’s Arms // My Father’s arms are wider than the sea // And I’m standing on the shores of majesty // No matter how far I run, I can never outrun His love // My Father’s arms are holding me

Melody’s Pick – The Answer // He sees our sadness, He feels our sorrow // And in our weakness, He is strong // He holds the weight of, all of our failings // Greedy is our sin but greater the cross

Emily’s Pick – Never Stopped Loving // When I have gone astray // How You would chase me // When I was so afraid  // You would embrace me // You never stopped loving // You never stopped loving me You never stopped loving You never stopped loving me

Story Behind The Song

GIVEAWAY

One lucky reader will receive a copy of The Answer. Giveaway ends Friday, October 13th. (Giveaway open to continental US residents ONLY. If you have been a winner of one of our giveaways in the last 30 days, you are not eligible for this giveaway.)

For your chance to win, leave a comment below sharing your current favorite song/album or just say “Howdy”. For extra entries, tweet about the album, share on Facebook, or leave a comment on any post on our family blog Keeping Up with the Moys. Leave separate comments for each extra entry with a link to entry if possible.

OTHER REVIEWS

Coming soon

“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 on the same blog, 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.

Matthew West – All In

Matthew wrote his new album All In with the goal of encouraging himself and others to get up off the sidelines of their faith and really live it out – to go all in in your time with God, all in with your family, all in with your community, and all in battling your fears that may hold you back from becoming who God made you to be.

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*Matthew West – All In

Released: September 22, 2017
Label: Sparrow
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Story Behind The Song

Norm’s Review – Matthew West continues with his hit and catchy pop-rock sound (All In…love the lyrics) with an added splash of a couple of Gospel-ish songs. Carrie Underwood makes a guest appearance with background vocals on Something Greater.  There’s also an adorable, spontaneous hidden track with his daughters at the end of the album.

Joyce’s Pick – The Beautiful Things We Miss // I don’t wanna miss it / I don’t want look back someday and find / everything that really mattered / was right in front of me this whole time / Open up my eyes, Lord / Keep me in the moment just like this / before the beautiful things we love / become the beautiful things we miss

Melody’s Pick – Becoming Me // I’m becoming me because of you

Emily’s Pick – You Are Known // I want you to know / you are known…And you belong here in the arms that won’t let go

All In Lyric Video

Matthew will be launching a 6-week All In Challenge on his social media starting 9/18, and each week Matthew will be challenging his fans to go all in in a different part of their lives. What does it look like when a heart that knows Jesus takes a step and holds nothing back? How can we go All In in the places that mean the most?

GIVEAWAY

One lucky reader will receive a copy of All In. (Giveaway open to continental US residents ONLY. If you have been a winner of one of our giveaways in the last 30 days, you are not eligible for this giveaway.)

For your chance to win, leave a comment below sharing your current favorite song/album or just say “Howdy”. For extra entries, tweet about the album, share on Facebook, or leave a comment on any post on our family blog Keeping Up with the Moys. Leave separate comments for each extra entry with a link to entry if possible.

OTHER REVIEWS

Coming soon

“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 on the same blog, 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.