Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Always Icecream - A $coop of Learning - A TOS Review

Always Icecream

Geared to girls ages 7-12
$4.99 per month or $29.99 per year
Life-time membership $99.99

As a member of the TOS Crew, I recently received a free membership to the Always Icecream website to use and review.  This is a play and learn website which covers a variety of topics including: language arts, basic math, advanced math, science, geography, history, music, art, foreign languages, computer skills and, if desired, religious education.  At Always Icecream girls have access to fun drills in core academic subjects within a safe community experience.

This site has cute girly graphics--colorful, modern and fun.  Your daughter can even create her own mini version of herself.  There is a Mini World, a Pet World, a Friends section, a Learn and Play section, Videos and more.

Many Always Icecream members are homeschooled, and many of the ideas for the educational content originate from the experience of the founders as homeschool parents.  However, homeschooling is not a requirement to use Always Icecream.

Here’s a picture for the geography page for learning the United States

Here’s a picture from Learning to Type

A Bit of Information for Parents

Parents receive a complimentary account which lets them decide whether to allow "community features" which allow girls to communicate with other members.  Parents also get to customize the educational content presented to their girls.  Parents can even use this site to reward their girls with the site's in-game currency for accomplishing "real world tasks" like practicing piano, exercising, cleaning, etc.  Parents also receive weekly email reports on the learning progress of their daughters.

Parents, click for overview
Click for a Free Trial
Click to Buy Now
Visit Always Icecream on Facebook

Fun Rewards For Your Girls

Girls can earn rewards such as achievement medals, virtual pets and ice cream $coops (virtual currency) by completing learning materials and videos. These $coops are then used to play games or access other fun content. 
Here’s an example of a pet purchased with $coops at Pet World.  Awww, what a cute seal!  A variety of care items for the pet are also purchased with $coops.

If you decide to enable the “social” features of Always Icecream, girls can participate in fun competitions based on their achievements too! 

Online Safety - Got it Covered!

Always Icecream provides a friendly Learning Community set of social features - if you choose to allow them - which allow your daughter to interact with other members on Always Icecream. With this option, girls play "social" games, such as babysitting each other's pets or buying artwork from other members. The communication is moderated, and strict guidelines are enforced about what communication is permissible on the site.

***Content on Always Icecream is subject to moderation, contains no advertising and is blocked to search engines. To assure your child's online privacy the site is certified by Privo.

Great Features + Great Rewards = Happy Girls

• Learning Games and Rewards
• Educational Videos
• Shops and Games to Spend Rewards
• Weekly Progress Report to Parents
• Friends and Profiles
• Comments and Messages
• Entertaining Games and Videos as Rewards
• Social Games like Pet Sitting and Arts Shop
• Moderation prior to being visible to other members

Always Icecream guarantees your satisfaction or you get your money back!!! If you’re not fully satisfied with the service, you just send them an email with a brief description about what you didn’t like about your experience with the site.

So, What Did We Think About Always Icecream?  This has become my daughter's favorite place to go on the internet.  It's a place I'm comfortable letting her visit.  It's safe, fun, and she's learning in the process.  This site gets a thumbs-up from this mom.  This is definitely a tween site, but 14 is not too old for this one. 

The games, the mini-world and the many other features are engaging and fun.  The $coops rewards are fun incentives to keep accomplishing sections in various learning areas.  This one is what it says it is and more.

We haven't really found anything that didn't work for us.  We also haven't found anything objectionable within the site content, and we're pretty conservative most of the time.  We really like Always Icecream.

To see what other TOS Crew members thought click here

Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Product Review Crew I received a free copy of the above-mentioned product to use in order to provide an honest review of the product. I have not and will not receive further compensation for this review. Opinions and comments are my own. I am not obligated to provide a positive review.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Scruble Cube - A TOS Review

Scruble Cube
RSV Productions Inc
10014 N Dale Mabry Hwy
Ste 101
Tampa, FL 33618
Phone: 800-749-8920
Fax: 813-971-1549
$24.95 Scruble Cube    
$4.95 96 Replacement Letter Labels
1-4 players of any age that can spell

As a member of the TOS Review Crew I received an interesting and fun new learning game to use in order to provide this review.  Let me tell you about Scruble Cube.  

This word game/puzzle is designed to engage students in learning while having fun.

Warning:  Using the Scruble Cube may cause your child to improve his spelling, vocabulary and math!

How to describe this game . . . hmmm, how about in the words of the makers,

"So what if you took the known playing patterns of some of the most popular word games and puzzles in history and combine them in a brand new, unique format to create the World's Greatest 3-D Word Game?  Well, you'd have the "SCRUBLE Cube" a patent pending game with over 7,401 septillion possible configurations that anyone who can spell can play.  In SCRUBLE Cube there are 96 individually rotating letter and premium scoring pegs inserted onto a 4x4x4 cube."

If you're thinking of my favorite board game and a colored cube about now you're on the right track.

All of the letters have point values.  At the end of a player's turn the scoring begins.  There are Bonuses for words with a letter on at least three faces of the cube.  Not just a board game, now you're thinking in 3-D--with no funky glasses that are red and blue!

Scruble Cube helps in the development of logical deduction, analytical processing and word development skills.  Letters on the cube are combined in proportion to frequency of occurrence in the English language.

Some of the academic and life skills that can be learned while playing with the Scruble Cube include: mathematics trial and error, spelling, word building, research skills, mechanical skills, vocabulary development, teamwork, problem solving
skills, strategic thinking and more.

Click here to see how to use the Cube while educating your student.

The Scruble Cube website also has a number of free downloads including: Scruble Cube Points, Scruble Cube PDF Worksheets, Scruble Make a Sentence, Scruble Vowel Math, Scruble Word Logic and Periodic Table of Scruble Fun.   Printable instructions and a printable scorepad are also available.

Just like that fun colored cube you used to try to get back to normal, you can also play Scruble Cube as a puzzle where you return the cube to its original configuration which spells "Scruble Cube" in two directions.

For more information about the Scruble Cube as seen in other reviews and on TV click here .

Talk to Scruble users and share your scores and playing ideas on Facebook here .

Buy your Scruble Cube Now here .

Click here you to find out what other Crew members thought of the Scruble Cube.

Thumbs-up points:  We liked the many options of how to use the Cube.  We also liked the possibilities for learning.  The idea is great, and for the amount of time that we've had it, we do like the Cube.  My daughter, not the world's greatest speller, actually even thought the Cube was "kinda fun".  My husband and I both thought this was a product that "could be addicting".  We tried a number of different ways to play the suggested games and found them challenging and fun.

Thumbs-down points:  Using the Cube is more complicated than we expected.  This comment is not a problem, but I couldn't help wondering if a cube with less individual cubes would be more workable for younger ages.  In addition, while preparing this review, the Cube rolled off the bed onto the floor and broke into many little pieces--literally individual cubes.  Thankfully we had a chance to spend time with the product before the "explosion".  While I do understand that the company has excellent customer service, I don't think we'll probably seek out a new cube.  We try to get durable, hard-to-kill games for our family.  Between constant use and an overly exuberant 6 year old boy, we have better luck with metal, wood, and very strong plastic at our house.  One of the first things my little guy wanted to do was pull off the letter stickers.  Although the stickers are replaceable, we felt that we had to limit his use of the cube.  My daughter also felt like the twisting the cube to adjust letters to make a word was not very smooth.

Overall:  We liked the concept and ideas for use of the Scruble Cube.  We love games here, especially word games and math games.  We play our games a lot, and we can be hard on our games and even wear them out.  Just because we're not sure this is a good fit for our family, is not a reason to discourage readers from trying the Scruble Cube.   

Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Product Review Crew I received the above-mentioned product free to use in order to provide an honest review of the product. I have not and will not receive further compensation for this review. Opinions and comments are my own. I am not obligated to provide a positive review.

Friday, September 30, 2011

What Is He Thinking?? Rebecca St. James Book Review & Giveaway

What Is He Thinking--What Guys Want Us to Know 
    About Dating, Love, and Marriage

by Rebecca St. James
Hachette Book Group
237 Park Avenue
New York, NY  10017
Copyright 2011

ISBN 978-0-446-57267-5
$14.99 US / $16.50 Canada

I recently received a copy of What Is He Thinking by Rebecca St. James to read and provide a review.  Let me tell you about this book that will be pulled out a lot in the next few years.

In this book Rebecca interviews a range of men from high-profile to guy-next-door.  The interviews focus on single guys ages 20-35, and a few older mentors such as her dad, life coach and pastor.  The men interviewed answer questions such as:

  • What is the most attractive quality to you in a woman?
  • Is modesty truly attractive?
  • Is neediness a turn-off?
  • What do you find beautiful?
  • How can we be dependent on God for our identity, not on you?
  • How can we help you with boundaries physically?

Rebecca talks about her own dating life, single life, struggles with loneliness, and treating men as brothers in Christ while trusting God with your dating life.

Within this book Rebecca touches on

  1. First Impressions:  What Are Guys Really Looking For?
  2. Understanding Guys:  What Are They Thinking...About Us?
  3. Understanding Us:  Flirting, Body Image, and Major Turnoffs
  4. Spiritually Connecting:  God and Guys
  5. Physically Connecting:  Modesty, Sexuality, and Boundaries
  6. Getting Serious:  What Are They Thinking...About Marriage?
  7. Married Mentors:  What Did They Learn?
  8. An Open Floor:  What Do Guys Want to Say to Us?

There is also an Appendix containing her survey question for you to interview some of your guy friends.

Each chapter ends with "A Few Takeaways for You and Me" such as:

  • With quality guys, looks are only one component of attraction.
  • Don't talk too much.  Leave some mystery!
  • Regard dating as something that is precious; don't overdate.  God calls us to guard our hearts.
  • Don't settle for a man who will not value and cherish you.
  • Have a life apart from the relationship.
  • Good relationships take WORK!
  • Put your trust in God, not in the guy you're dating.
  • Set standards and ideal ahead of time.
  • Guard your heart.
Rebecca also provides some other ideas such as:
  • Top Ten Turnoffs For Guys 
  • Your Identity (a list of qualities about your identity and related Bible verses
  • Top Ten Things Guys Do To Keep Their Minds Off Sex
  • Three Ways to Guard Your Thought Life
What I Thought:  I really enjoyed this book.  It touches on a lot of things that often never get said or thought about in a relationship.  Rebecca offers a reality check for girls/young women who are just starting to date, already in a relationship, or just trying figure out guys and the whole dating scene.  The responses to her survey questions are honest and thought-provoking.  While sharing the responses to her questions, Rebecca shares a wholesome and modest twist on the topics and includes plenty of scripture references.  This would be a great book for any teen/young adult girl to read and discuss.  We'll be talking about the ideas in this book  while dealing with our growing up soooo fast daughter.  I really appreciate that Rebecca tackles the somewhat difficult things to talk about in a way that is easy for teens to read.

Go here to find Rebecca on Twitter  or watch her on YouTube here
You can read about Rebecca on her official Website or Facebook page 
Read more about the book at this Facebook page

For a preview of the first 10% of the book go here

Did this book sound interesting?  Why not enter the Giveaway?

I get to give one lucky person a copy of this great book.  I will be drawing a winner Friday, October 14th at noon.  Here's what you have to do to have a chance to win:

1.  Leave a comment here that you're interested in the book.
2.  For another entry tell me your favorite Rebecca St. James book or song.
3.  For another entry follow me on Google Friend Connect or Networked Blogs and leave a comment here that you are following.

Blessings and good luck to all who enter!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Carlito C. Caterpillar's MathHouse Game Card Set

Carlito C. Caterpillar's MathHouse Games
Domenico Marcario, M.S. and Art direction by Ron Eddy
Copyright 2011
Eyes for Learning LLC
Winetka, IL
For More Information:  or

I recently received a free copy of Carlito C. Caterpillar's MathHouse Game Card Set, a new game and educational tool, to use and review.  Created by Domenico Marcario, M.C., this game card set helps parents teach their kids math skills through games while building relationships at the same time.

Carlito C. Caterpillar’s Sensory Math Teaching System takes advantage of the natural way children learn, through sensory experiences.  This helps kids understand by doing rather than  passively watching someone else do the thinking for them.

The system contains activities and games for parents to play with their children. The material is presented in 3 stages (with a total of 20 steps and 2 games in each step) covering quantity, numeration, and operations. The active learning mode of this system has been noted to result in deep and thorough understanding of the concepts.  The games suggested can be played with items you already have such as socks, paperclips, fish-shaped crackers, cereal oat rings, etc.

Here's a breakdown of the Stages and Steps included:

Stage 1: Quantity

Steps 1-10 include:  Alike It or Not, Hungry Lion, Climb Up, Neighbors, In a Row, More or Less, Eye Spy, What Do They Make?, Put It Together and Measure Up

Stage 2: Numeration

Steps 11-14 include:  I'll Trade You, Counting Bead, Piggy Banker and Jump and Skip-Count

Stage 3:  Operations

Steps 15-20 include:  Gluing and Scissor Action, Grid/Matrix & Folding Action, Combining Operation, Taking Away Operation, Duplication Operation and Folding and Sharing Operation

The designers of Carlito C. Caterpillar’s MathHouse Games have a goal of making it fun to experience and play games while learning math.  Parents play games with their children – special games designed to demonstrate mathematical concepts to children.

The makers of the Carlito products say that one of the secrets is "JUST DON’T TELL YOUR CHILD THEY ARE LEARNING MATH WHEN YOU PLAY THESE GAMES."

You can visit the makers of the Carlito products here .  At the website are a few downloadable goodies too.  You'll find Carlito C. Caterpillar’s Hall of Fame Certificates of Excellence and Manipulatives to simply download, print and tape.  Kids can check out Carlito's Free Music Downloads and become enrolled in the Carlito Hall of Fame.

You'll also find information about new products at the site such as the new Carlito books and iPad app.

You can also visit the Carlito Facebook page here .

My thoughts:  This is a fun tool for parents to use with their kids.  The games are simple, easily assembled from items you most likely already have, and engaging.  I liked that the kids really get into the games and don't even think about the fact that they are learning something.  We've taught our kids a lot with a great variety of games--because it works!  I'd really encourage checking out the Carlito products if you have a child that loves games.  We really like relationship-building activities like games for connecting with our kids, and when they learn something in the process it's a win-win situation.

At first glance at the product name one might think this is a deck of cards of some sort.  It is actually a durable set of cards, attached with a metal ring, which describe the stages of learning math.  Instructions for gathering needed materials and game directions are found on these cards--not the games

Bring on the Fun - Now For the Giveaway

Are you interested in checking out the Carlito C. Caterpillar's MathHouse Games 20 Steps to Learning Math?  I will be drawing a winner of the MathHouse Game Card Set on Saturday, October 8th at noon.  Here's how you can get in on the random drawing:

1.  Leave a comment here that you're interested.
2.  For another entry leave a comment here about your favorite learning game.
3.  For another entry leave a comment here about another one of my blog posts.
4.  For another entry follow me on Google Friend Connect or Networked Blogs and leave a comment here.

Blessings and good luck to all who enter!! 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Friday, September 23, 2011

Aletheia Writing Magazine - Creativity For Christian Teens - A TOS Review

Alethia Writing Magazine - 
Creativity for Christian Teens
P.O. Box 1602
Lansdale, PA 19446

$26 US   $29 Canada (price includes shipping)

Ages 13-19

4 issues per year, 40 pages, colored illustrations and pictures
Recently I received a free copy of Aletheia Writing Magazine to read in order to provide a review for the TOS Homeschool Product Review Crew.  This quarterly magazine is a place where teens can share their artistic and writing talents.  The magazine is open to all Christian teens and their families, and many of the teens who have been published in the magazine are homeschoolers.  Teens who are chosen to be published receive no pay but receive 3 free copies of the magazine.

Each issue includes art and writings of contributing teens, a Writer's Challenge, the Featured Contributor, a book review, Glory to God for the Beauty of Nature, Ancient Ink and and an interview or other feature.  Here are pictures of the cover of the Fall 2011 issue and it's table of contents to give you an idea what the magazine is like.


Aletheia means "truth" or "unveiling", and the art and writings chosen for each issue are those which "unveil" Christian truths.  (The stories and poems in the magazine are not about apologetics, Bible doctrine, plainness, etc..)   Content that is accepted includes:
  • biographies of Classical authors, composers, musicians and artists 
  • historical and culture essays
  • philosophical essays
  • personal experiences of growth and faith
  • other related topics regarding wisdom, nature, stewardship, etc.
  • no violence, inappropriate sexual content or profanity is accepted
Fiction Book Reviews are also acceptable if they nurture faith and life.  The Book Reviews do not necessarily have to be about books written by Christian authors and may include different types of genres.  Philippians 4:8 is a suggested reference for acceptable content. (true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, praiseworthy)  The Publisher/Editor, Nick Muzekari, is also a writer and provides insight to teen authors who are trying to improve their writings.  Submissions are all submitted electronically and contributors are contacted within 1 week to 3 months.

What We Liked :  
  • The concept of a magazine written by and for teens.  
  • The short stories, poems and book reviews were well-written.  
  • The pictures and photographs included in the issue we read were great--very talented contributors.  
  • We also liked that the magazine as a whole was put together in a very professional manner.

What Didn't Work For Us:

While this mom is into writing, my teen daughter is not.  She said the magazine was okay, but she didn't get very excited about it's contents.  She did like the artwork and photographs much more than the writings.  As a whole she thought the magazine would be good for teens who are more interested in writing and perhaps a bit older.  I found some of the content to be age appropriate for my 14 year old, but I think 15-19 would be a better fit.  I was not terribly thrilled about some of the fantasy content, but that comes from personal preferences for materials we read and my personal beliefs.  My daughter said that depending on what she was reading she wouldn't necessarily have guessed from the content that this was supposed to be for "Christian" teens.  However, even the items I was not excited about were well-written.

To see what other TOS Crew members thought of this magazine click here

Disclaimer:  As a member of the TOS Product Review Crew I received a free copy of the above-mentioned magazine to read in order to provide this honest review.  I am not obligated to provide a positive review.  Opinions and comments are my own.  I did not and will not receive further compensation for this review.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Before Five in a Row - A TOS Review

Before Five In a Row
by Jane Claire Lambert
Five in a Row Publishing
P.O. Box 707
Grandview, MO, 64030-0707
ISBN 978-1-888659-04-7
Steve Lambert at

$35, exclusively available at

This is a guide for parents which contains creative ideas for learning readiness activities.  It is for adults to use with children ages 2-4 years old.  The book contains ideas and suggestions not printables and worksheets.  **Ideas not Activities**  Not all stories or activities have to be used or even done in the order presented.

Lately I've been using Before Five in a Row with my youngest.  My youngest is not one to sit down, be quiet and listen to a story unless he's in the mood.  He has loved all of the books we've read that were suggested in this book.  We have discussed shapes, sizes, alphabet, colors, counting, animals of many kinds, and so many other things while reading together.  This book has made the transition to sitting and listening a bit easier for me and my son.  We've had fun reading stories, singing songs and sharing one-on-one time.  Katy No-Pocket, ABC Bunny, Runaway Bunny and Goodnight Moon are the current favorites around here.  We only accomplished some of the many activities suggested, and I'm thinking we'll continue looking at and discussing the stories and concepts for some time.

Did I need this book?  Does anybody need this book?  No, the book is not required reading.  This book  
does make the one-on-one learning of basic concepts easier and more memorable--and definitely fun.
I really like the way related Bible stories are provided for each story.  The book and the stories used come from a Christian Worldview, but are not specifically Christian teaching.  FIAR does provide
another book for Biblical teaching.

Let me give you an idea of how Before Five in a Row is presented:

This book is a guide to aid parents in engaging their children in creative learning readiness activities.  The book contains 23 mini-units based on favorite classic children's books including:

  • Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?
  • Yellow Ball
  • My Blue Boat
  • The Little Rabbit
  • Ask Mr. Bear
  • Blueberries for Sal
  • Goodnight Moon
  • The Big Green Pocketbook
  • The Runaway Bunny
  • The ABC Bunny
  • If Jesus Came to My House
  • Caps for Sale 
  • The Carrot Seed
  • The Snowy Day
  • The Quiet Way Home
  • Play With Me
  • Prayer for a Child
  • I Am an Artist
  • Angus Lost
  • Katy No-Pocket
  • We're Going On a Bear Hunt
  • The Red Carpet
  • Corduroy
  • Jenny's Surprise Summer
Part One of the book contains Stories and Activities.

Each story section includes:

  • Title
  • Author
  • Illustrator
  • Copyright Date
  • Awards Received
  • Summary of the story
  • Reference and discussion ideas for a related Bible story

In addition, depending on the story, the following concepts are discussed as they come up in the stories):

  • Language Arts & Literature (alphabet, vocabulary, rhymes, nursery rhymes, poetry, etc.)
  • Science (weather, ponds, animals, plants, gardening, human body, shadows, health, etc.)
  • Math (numbers, counting, subtraction, shapes, etc.)
  • Art (colors, drawing, painting, watercolor, collage, etc.)
  • Character (Emotions and Relationships, fear, contentment, gratitude, thankfulness, etc.)
  • Music (suggestions for using songs with stories, discussion about basics notes, melody, etc.)
  • and more.
Part Two of the Book is the Parent's Treasury of Creative Ideas for Learning Readiness.  This section include activities for reading readiness, ideas for incorporating music, suggested additional resources,  
ideas for building your child's coordination and small muscle control, bath-time and kitchen activities and more.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone with a toddler/preschooler.  It's a good read, has lots of  great ideas and suggestions and might make finding that one-on-one time reading together a lot more fun!

For more information about the author and this and other Five in a Row products click here

To see what other  TOS Crew member thought of this book click here

Disclaimer:  As a member of the TOS Product Review Crew I received a free copy of the above-mentioned product to use in order to provide an honest review of the product.  I have not and will not receive further compensation for this review.  Opinions and comments are my own.  I am not obligated to provide a positive review.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

I Have a Riddle for You - It's a Giveaway and Review

Jeremy Riddle - Furious CD - from Vineyard Worship

Vineyard Worship artist and worship leader Jeremy Riddle has a new CD entitled "Furious" available as of today from NewDay Distribution.  Dove Award winning producer Ed Cash (Chris Tomlin, Matthew West, David Crowder Band) has contributed the backbone of the album.  They've created a great release!

I recently received a copy of this CD to provide an honest review of it.  I am so glad that I accepted the opportunity.  You can't help but worship while listening to the music and lyrics of this talented man.  The music, lyrics and worshipful focus of the CD are uplifting, entertaining, convicting, and will leave you different than you were when you started listening.

Jeremy is not not new to Vineyard Worship, but I had not heard him before.  I've heard him a lot lately though because we've been playing this one quite a bit.  This former junior high youth pastor facilitates a worship community of over 200 people.  Why not check this one out if you need something uplifting that will draw you into worship?

It's Another Giveaway - This is a Great CD!

In addition to receiving a copy I also get to give one away.  I will randomly draw a winner at noon on Sunday, October 2nd.  The winner will be posted here.  Here's how to enter this giveaway:

1.  Leave a comment here that you're interested.  Tell me if you have a favorite Vineyard artist.

2.  For another entry visit Jeremy's Facebook page and tell me about something you find there.  Leave a comment here.

3.  For another entry follow me on Google Friend Connect and leave me a comment here.

4.  For one more entry follow me on Networked Blogs and leave a comment here.

Blessings to all who Enter!

For more information about this CD visit Jeremy's page at Vineyard here
You can also find Jeremy on Facebook here
You'll find Jeremy on Twitter here
You can even get it now on  iTunes !

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

It's A Giveaway! The Shunning DVD from Hallmark Channel

The Shunning 
Hallmark Channel
A Film by Michael Landon Jr.
88 minutes long

DVD Review and Giveaway

I recently received a free DVD copy of the Hallmark Channel's The Shunning movie to view and provide an honest review.  Having read about the bestselling Lancaster County books by Beverly Lewis but not having had a chance to read them, I'm very glad I was given the opportunity.  This movie was really good.  Although I can't compare it to the book for obvious reasons, I now want to get the books and read them.
Have you ever made choices and regretted them later in life?  Have you ever wondered what if I had only ... ?  In this movie from Hallmark Channel you get a glimpse of how that scenario could play out.
"Before she succumbs to cancer, the dying wish of Laura Mayfield-Bennett is to be reunited with the daughter she never knew. Unfortunately, that daughter, Katie Lapp, is a member of the Amish order. Katie is about to be married, but uneasy about the path ahead. Now she discovers the secret her parents have kept from her: she's adopted."

The film, based on the first novel of the best-selling "The Heritage of Lancaster County" book series from author Beverly Lewis, stars Danielle Panabaker & Sherry Stringfield.

The acting and storyline of this moving movie kept me watching with eager anticipation to see what would happen next.  Although I understand the concept of shunning, I cannot imagine having to shun my own child.  This movie touches this parent's heart and makes me appreciate my daughter and her choices.  This one really made me think about those "what-ifs" we all have in the back of our minds.  The only downside to the movie was that it made me want to know what happened next--guess I'll have to wait to find out.  I'll be visiting the library soon to find out from the books.  I'll also be eagerly waiting for Hallmark to follow-up this fabulous movie.   

To find out more about the movie visit the Hallmark Channel page here
Visit The Shunning Movie Facebook page here
To see a trailer for The Shunning click here

Beverly Lewis, author of The Shunning, was born in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country. Author of more than eighty books, Beverly has a great interest in her mother's Plain heritage after having heard stories about her maternal grandmother being "shunned". Beverly has written many Amish-related novels, beginning with "The Shunning," which has sold more than one million copies.

For more about Beverly and her books visit here 

******Giveaway Alert******

I get to give a copy of this great movie to one lucky winner.  Would you like a chance to watch this great movie?  Here's how to have a chance to win a DVD copy in my giveaway.

1.  Leave me a comment here that you're interested in winning the movie.  Tell me if you've read Beverly's books and note your favorite.

2.  For another entry visit The Shunning Facebook page and leave a comment here.

3.  For another entry follow me on Google Friends Connect and leave a comment here.

4.  For another entry visit "Pondering on the Prairie" on Facebook and leave a comment there then tell me here.

One winner will be drawn randomly at noon on Sunday, September 25th.  Blessings to all who enter.

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

It's a Wrap - The Theo Presents Winners Are . . .

The winners of the Theo Presents DVD giveaway are Notable Scraps and Jamie.  (Watch for an e-mail to verify your mailing address.)  Blessings to all who entered.

Coming up next - Jeremy Riddle CD giveaway!!

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