Reviews, giveaways and memes - Jumpin Beans

23.6.12

Get Caught Reading With Dinosaur Train : Guess Who Buddy

You know how I feel about reading and how I love to read with Broxton.  The fact that he grabs a book for me to read to him, or for him to read to me... Well, it makes me so proud and happy!
Imagine my sadness when I read the following: 
According to United We Serve, a nationwide service initiative that helps meet growing social needs resulting from the economic downturn, 80% of preschool and after-school programs serving low-income populations have no age-appropriate books for their children. A recent study shows that while in middle-income neighborhoods the ratio of age-appropriate books per child is 13 to 1, in low-income neighborhoods the ratio is 1 for every 300 children.

The most successful way to improve the reading achievement of low-income children is to increase their access to print. Communities ranking high in achievement tests have several factors in common: an abundance of books in public libraries, easy access to books in the community at large and a large number of textbooks per student.


Seeing as though we do not go to the library that often, nor is Broxton in school, I was happy to know that there is a "Get Caught Reading" program that takes photo's of well known figures "caught reading" and they are in print ads everywhere...
Since I am reviewing the Dinosaur Train Book, Guess Who, Buddy...
I thought it would be cool to show you the Dinosaur Train Get Caught Reading Poster.  


Now, on to the book...
If you have a little one that loves Dinosaur Train, you will love this book.
We watch Dinosaur Train often, so I would think Broxton would have known all the answers already...
Then again, I had a hard time reading their technical name, so that might be why he did not know it all..
This book is super cute...
It starts off with a character we all know and love...
 He is tall, wears a red vest and a red hat...
That's Right!!!! It's Mr. Conductor!!!!
That was how the whole book is....
I like that it is cute and interactive (you flip the flap to get the answer) and it is only 10 pages, so they will not get overwhelmed!
 

Hope to see more Dinosaur Train books soon!

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I Love Being a Stay At Home Mom @chickensoupsoul #giveaway

I never thought I would have the opportunity to be a stay at home mom...
I have worked since I was 15, so I just did not see that as an option..
Then, we were able to let me do so and here I am...
I love it so much.  It is a job, just one that is not paid with monetary amounts..
But, the kisses, memories and experience I get while having the best job in my opinion is one that I would not trade for anything in the world...

Now, I am not judging.
Some do not have the opportunity, some just do not want to... 

To each their own, but for me... It is right...


Being a stay at home mom is wonderful and I am happy to see that Chicken Soup for the Soul has decided to do a book of 101 stories for Mothers about Hard Work and Happy Families.




The chapters include: 
Decisions, Decisions

The Daily Grind
Outside the Box
Becoming a Specialist
Working from Home
Ladies Who Launch
Gender Benders
The Dividends
Pink Slips
Looking Back


I have enjoyed flipping through reading different stories in here.

This book isn't just from the view of a Stay at Home Mom, there are also Stay at Home Dads, as well as the stories from kids and the spouse that works outside the home.  
If you love great stories of true love, you should check this book out!  



I will leave you with this quote: 
"There's no such thing as calling in sick on mommyhood." ~ Cokie Roberts



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22.6.12

TV on DVD : Wilfred Available Now


Have you watched WILFRED?
I haven't... when it came on, it looked sort of dumb.. (in the previews) but I will admit, I have been drawn to see what it was about...but I did not want to start and wonder if I have missed something..
So, I now own season one...
I will let you know what I think about it once I watch...

Here is the synopsis:
Elijah Wood stars as Ryan, a down-on-his-luck lawyer who forms a unique friendship with his sexy neighbor's pet pooch "Wilfred." Everyone else sees a dog, but Ryan sees a bong-ripping, beer-chugging, foul-mouthed Australian bloke in a furry suit (played by the outrageously funny Jason Gann.) By unleashing the surly, sweet and always adventurous Wilfred, Ryan may just learn to stand on his own hind legs and embrace the insanity of real life.

Here is a deleted scene on You Tube...




If you have seen this show, I would love your thoughts on it!

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Fox Is Busy... and It Is A Good Thing!

As you can tell by my posts on different movies, I love working with Fox.  
They have been around forever and I hope they continue to do so!

I just received 2 different emails that I wanted to share with you on the "what's going on at Fox" end of things..

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Up first: 
FOX CINEMA ARCHIVES: 

 Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment today debuted Fox Cinema Archives, a new manufacture-on-demand (MOD) series for film aficionados and collectors that goes deep into the studio’s vault to bring some of its most classic films featuring some of the biggest stars of the twentieth century to DVD for the first time.
 Movie lovers can purchase a wide variety of films from the Fox Cinema Archives series at major top-tier retailers with more titles to become available in the coming months. The first wave of titles includes:


Dangerous Years (1948), 63 min.
After a botched robbery, a district attorney prosecutes a teenage boy he doesn’t realize is his own son.

Fraulein (1958), 97 min.
A shy German girl helps the Allies during WWII and is helped in return by a kindly American officer at the war’s end.

Love is News (1937), 77 min.
A beautiful heiress has a scheme to embarrass a handsome gossip columnist played by Hollywood idol Tyrone Power.

Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell (1951), 88 min.
A 50 year-old claiming to be 77 checks into a dreary senior citizen's home and infects the residents with his youthful energy making them realize that you’re never too old to have fun.

My Wife's Best Friend (1952), 87 min.
When a man confesses to his wife that he has been unfaithful, she imagines all the different ways that historical figures such as Cleopatra and Joan of Arc might handle the situation.

Rings on Her Fingers (1942), 86 min.
In this romantic comedy, a pair of swindlers convince a young girl to pretend to fall in love with a man they believe is a millionaire, but the plan backfires.

Suez (1938), 98 min.
This epic adventure of the building of the Suez Canal tells the story of the engineer who attempts to create the canal that will connect the Mediterranean and Red Seas.

Diplomatic Courier (1952), 98 min.
Diplomatic Courier is a Cold War spy tale about an agent who must hunt down vital information about Russia's plans to invade Yugoslavia.

They Came to Blow Up America (1943), 73 min.
An American FBI agent of German heritage infiltrates a Nazi bund and foils acts of sabotage.

Way of a Gaucho (1952), 90 min.
After inadvertently killing a man, an Argentinian gaucho signs on with the army in order to avoid a jail sentence, then soon after forms a band of outlaws. 

Claudia (1943), 92 min.
A fairly frank depiction of the day-to-day troubles of a child-like bride in the 1940s.

The Foxes of Harrow (1947), 118 min.
In 1820, a New Orleans adventurer woos his way to the top of Louisiana society.

Kidnapped (1938), 90 min.
A young heir falls into the hands of kidnappers on his travels to Scotland to take over the family fortune and is saved by a dubious renegade.

Frontier Marshal (1939), 71 min.
When Wyatt Earp becomes the Marshal of Tombstone, Arizona, he attempts to quiet the rowdy town. He's successful with the exception of Curly Bell and his gang, who kill Doc Holliday, forcing the Marshal to settle the score.

Life Begins at Eight-Thirty (1942), 84 min.
A young disabled girl and her composer boyfriend try to revive the stage career of her alcoholic father.

I have never heard of any of these... Have you ?  

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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has released a new app for movie lovers, Own The Moments, available today on iPhone and Android.  The mobile app allows fans to get a daily movie moment featuring trivia and a clip or photo from one of Fox’s most notable films from the classics to today’s biggest new releases. Fans can then share, like and comment on the movie moment with their friends. 

Download the app now to see what today’s moment is!


Official site*:
On Facebook:

*iPad compatible

   
Please note - some of the featured clips presented in the app are intended for a mature audience of 17 and over.

Do you think this is something you would download?

I was not asked to post this, I just thought it might be good information for some of my readers.

Do You Know a Family Caregiver? @chickensoupsoul #giveaway

If you know someone who is a family caregiver, you know that they deal with more than their fair share.
From Wikipedia:   A general definition of a carer/caregiver is someone who is responsible for the care of someone who has poor mental health, physically disabled or whose health is impaired by sickness or old age.


Chicken Soup for the Soul has now released a book for Family Caregivers:  101 Stories of Love, Sacrifice and Bonding.  


The Chapters Include: 

Lessons Learned
All You Need Is Love
Finding Joy
Acceptance
Laughter is the Best Medicine
Perseverance
Blessings 
Saying Goodbye

This book really hits home for me.. 

First of all, my grandaddy is not in the best of health... 
So, that in itself breaks my heart... 

My mema has to take care of him and yes, she is his caregiver...


Also, a friend of mine is married to a guy that was diagnosed with ALS.  
They are young and in love and facing all the challenges that come their way.  
Granted, some days are better than others, but as in the third story (also about someone with ALS) you have to love unconditionally with no guarantees.


The one thing I really enjoyed about this book?
The fact that it not only has stories from the point of view of the caregiver... 
There are also stories from those that receive the care.
I liked how one of the ones receiving care said that it made him feel good when his son (caregiver) focused on what he COULD do instead of the things he no longer could do...  It allowed him to keep his dignity and self esteem.  


We know how much I love the quotes throughout the book.... 


and I will leave you with this one: 
" Tears are the safety valve of the heart when too much pressure is laid on it."   ~ Albert Smith



As with each story in the Chicken Soup book, you can feel the tug at your heartstrings....
I know that even if you do not know a family caregiver personally, you will still enjoy the love and bonding shared through these pages...


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I SEE ME Free Shipping Code Expires 7/5/2012


You know how much Broxton loves the I SEE ME books... 
We have had the chance to review 2 of them and he is always looking at them (never mind one is a Christmas book!) 

Well, I just got an email that I wanted to share with you...
FREE SHIPPING: 


From now until July 5th...


Enter coupon code :  'yayforme" at checkout 
(Domestic shipping only.  International and Canadian Customers will get a $7.95 shipping discount.  Expires 7/5/2012




*** This is not a paid or sponsored post, I just wanted to share the great deal with you.  ***

21.6.12

Honor a Hero With Help from #dollargeneral and #proctor&gamble #giveaway

Being a military spouse, I love to see companies that honor the sacrifices that our men and women of the Armed Services deal with...
That was why when I saw the chance to share a bit of great news from Dollar General and Proctor & Gamble, I was all over it...


Throughout the month of June, in recognition of the men and women of the U.S. military and their families, Dollar General is teaming up with Procter & Gamble to honor those true Every Day Heroes who have made sacrifices for their families, their communities and their country.  

Dollar General truly values these heroes and their experiences and offers many career opportunities for returning veterans. Dollar General is the winner of the 2011 Military Officers Association of America Distinguished Service Award and was recognized in GI Jobs magazine’s list of Most Military Friendly Employers.
Now, you can honor the military heroes in your life and your community: Dollar General is offering the opportunity to upload a video about your military hero to www.dollargeneral.com/everydayheroes
Not only that, but to help spread the word, Dollar General and Proctor and Gamble are giving one lucky reader the chance to win a great prize pack.

Do you know anyone in the military? 
 I do and I am proud to say that my husband is in the Georgia Army National Guard.  


One winner will win the following: 

A Swiffer 360° Duster, a Pringles red computer speaker, Old Spice Champion Deodorant, Tide sample packs  and a Dollar General reusable shopping bag.
(The speaker is pretty cool, as it was made to fit in a Pringles can!)






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Awesome Adventures: Races, Chases & Fun #giveaway

It is GIVEAWAY time!!!!!!!!
Ready to win a great DVD for your preschooler?!


On your mark … get set … go for all new fast and furious entertainment in Awesome Adventures: Races, Chases & Fun, racing onto DVD, Digital Download and On Demand June 12, 2012 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment. Zoom into action-packed fun with six rip-roaring adventures featuring preschool favorites Thomas & Friends™, Fireman Sam™ and Bob the Builder™.  Always driving home lessons in friendship, loyalty, responsibility and teamwork, this trio takes the checkered flag every time!

DVD SYNOPSIS

Racing engines, run-away go-carts, and monster chases lead to thrills, spills and rescues! Thomas and Hiro discover there’s no need for speed when trying to be a Really Useful Engine; Fireman Sam is rescue-ready when Norman and James forget to put safety first; Bob the Builder’s Machine Team keep their eyes open to big adventure and big fun, putting the TEAM in teamwork and getting the job done. Get set and go with your favorite, fast friends in these six exciting adventures!

DVD EPISODES



Thomas and Friends - Play Time

Thomas and Friends - Hiro Helps Out
Fireman Sam - When Fools Rush In
Bob the Builder - Roley's Rovers
Bob the Builder- Lofty and the Monster




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20.6.12

Together, Growing Appetites for God Book Review


"If you struggle as a parent to read the Bible yourself, how can you pass a love for God's word along to your children?"  
Wow... talk about a way to grab your attention and never let it go..

I read that sentence on the back of the book, Together Growing Appetites for God, and I knew it was one that needed to be read by me.


I am only just starting it, but already... it is hitting home.

In this book, the mom is trying to read the Bible to her 3 preschool children.  
She is reading (and stopping to answer questions of no relation to what is being read, as well as making food and everything else you can think of...) and wondering if she is just reading this out loud to herself...

Then, she SEES it...

No, she isn't reading it out loud only to herself... 
She is also reading to her little ones, as she sees them reenacting what they had just heard...



Here is the synopsis that I was sent: 
Together- 
Overwhelmed and discouraged with her own lack of personal devotion to God’s word, and with four small children requiring her attention, Carrie Ward knew something had to change.  So, armed with a much-prayed-over plan, Carrie decided to read the entire Bible with her children—infant through preschool age—and began reading one chapter out loud over breakfast each morning.  Within a matter of weeks she began to see a transformation in her family as Scripture guided their lives in a new way.  Together: Growing Appetites for God, is part personal story and part practical guide for other moms also desiring to impart biblical truths to their little ones.  In Together, Ward speaks from her perspective as an everyday mama who learned to lead her children through the Bible, and how they grew to love it.


Doesn't it sound like a great book?

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19.6.12

My Eyes Tear Up Every Time

I have never posted these pictures, but I need to...   I want to..


As everyone knows, I am so proud of my husband.  
With him being gone the first year of Broxton's life, it was hard... and I was so happy when he returned from deployment... Not just the fact that he was home... 


BUT- because it was nice to see so many people out there in support for him!  

So, this post today, is to show you this homecoming through the eyes of the military wife.  

Yes, this was from 2010, but I still have tears in my eyes as I look back through them....

OUR CARAVAN RIDE HOME: 
This was the lead off in our caravan home :)

We had police escorts to get all of our caravan home together.  

This was awesome, we had the Patriot Guard escorting us as well.   We had to stop to let them refuel (and to meet up with more for the ride home.)  While we waited for everyone to fill up, we just stopped in the middle of the road... People came out from their work to greet our soldiers, Flash Foods donated care bags (with drinks, pencils, tshirt and other items)  It was awesome to FEEL the love and support from the community on the way..
More Patriot Guard Riders... 
Everyone lining back up for the caravan home.
The guys chatting before loading back up.
  
Patriot Guard... They will always hold a special place in my heart..
Krystals out feeding everyone before continuing home.  
Everyone had decorations on their cars!


Patriot Guard ready to lead us home... Marc was even able to ride with them on his new bike!

This melts my heart every single time... I love when the communities come together to show pride.  
People from town lining the road in support.  
Once we arrived back at the Armory, the Patriot Guard was lined up with flags lining the way for us all to enter.  It was the most overwhelming , emotional thing I think I have ever seen from complete strangers..


I will tell you this... The Patriot Guard has a place in my heart and I am so honored to have been able to take these pictures...   If I ever see one (They normally have a vest on with the Patriot Guard patch) I always thank them... Not only do they arrive and escort units that arrive home safe from deployment... They are also the ones that are there to escort those that give the ultimate sacrifice.  These men and women have hearts of gold... 


Happy Wednesday Everyone.  

Need Help In Scripture? Parenting With Scripture Review


I have mentioned before about finding a church... 
I have also mentioned about enrolling Broxton into preschool.

I am so excited for it and I know Broxton is too...


I love that we have found a church home and everything, as I really want Broxton to be raised up with a church home.  I have to tell you something, I am still learning in my faith.  
I am not that familiar with the Bible, so when I had the chance to review the book, Parenting with Scripture, I was eager to do so.



Once it arrived, I had to go ahead and have a look and I am very impressed with it.

I even had to make Marc listen as I tried to explain it to him.

I feel as though this is a great book for one that is just learning, as well as those that are more familiar with the Bible.

Let me try and explain it to you...



Once you open the book, you have a word.


Let's go with Courage for the sake of this post...
The book then gives the definition: Courage:   n.  Bravery or fearlessness


You then have several verses that will help you explain...
Hold on, it gets better...


You then have a discussion section, such as : What does God say about fear and being afraid?  
(Then, you have more scripture to help you answer the question.)

I really think that this will be a great tool for me to use in life...

Not just in parenting, but with daily things as well.

I think that this would be a great addition to any library.


Here is the summary that was sent to me that made me eager to get this book:
Parenting With Scripture-
Written by a Christian mom who saw the need for a topical Scripture reference guide for parents, Parenting with Scripture  is an easy-to-use guide for parents of children ages 2 through teen that will equip you to instill God’s principles into the everyday lives of your children. With 101 alphabetically sorted topics ranging from apathy, charity, fighting, pride and worry; parents can easily flip through the pages of Parenting with Scripture to find the perfect topic and take advantage of those teaching moments in parenting where the issues and questions you face with your children can mean the difference between a Godly lesson learned or a opportunity missed. 


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18.6.12

Flicka : Country Pride is Great for the Whole Family

After posting a movie that we did not like, I thought it would be nice to go ahead and post one that we did enjoy!  I hate that I have not seen the other Flicka movies, but we had the chance to watch Flicka : Country Pride and it was great.
I am not a horse fan, but I am not against them either... I just don't own any and really have no desire to go riding either... But, that doesn't mean I hate them...


I knew that Clint Black was in it, along with his wife... but that was about it...

So, I talked Marc into watching it and Broxton had to get his horses out to play with during the movie...


SYNOPSIS: 
When Toby (Clint Black) takes on a job at a stable with Flicka in tow, the owner’s teenage daughter Kelly (Kacey Rohl), quickly bonds with the wild horse. A budding equestrian rider, she hopes to break Flicka for an upcoming competition, despite her mother’s (Lisa Hartman Black) disapproval. With the competition approaching, a rival trainer stealing business, and a growing fear they may be forced to sell the stable, Toby steps in to turn things around for Kelly and her mother.


I loved the movie and it was perfectly cast!  I thought it was for sure a great movie to recommend for family night.  No, this isn't a "chic flick" nor is a "blood and guts" movie either... Just perfect entertainment for the whole family... OF ALL AGES!  

I liked that I did not need to see the other Flicka movies to be able to enjoy this one... 
Makes this a great one in my book!

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Did You Watch You Can Count On Me? The Follow Up Film Is Out July 10: Margaret

***** This post has been edited, as of 7:56 pm on June 18, 2012. *****

I am so confused... 
That is the only way that I can even think to start this post...
This past weekend, I was so excited to have a couple movies lined up for us to watch...
(Reviews are coming, no worries...)

First Movie to watch... Margaret... 
I hate to have to break this to you, but I thought it was pretty awful.
I was so excited, as the cast was awesome... 
Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Mark Ruffalo, Mathew Broderick...

Let me clarify something first...
It is a follow up to a movie called YOU CAN COUNT ON ME.  
(I have not seen that, so maybe that was why I was not a fan of this movie...)
But, let me tell you my thoughts on this movie...

First of all, I can not figure out why the movie is called Margaret.  
As far as I can remember, there was not a character named Margaret in the whole movie...
Second of all, I just can not figure out any of the movie...
It just made no sense to me...

BUT... and a BIG BUT here... 
Like all in your face BUT...   
I now think I need to go back and watch the first movie, as I have tons of questions now...
Ha ha ha... 
Guess this wasn't that great of a review, huh?

Let me break it down a bit easier for you:

Here is the Synopsis: 
From Academy Award® nominated* writer/director Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count On Me) comes a stirring drama Rolling Stone calls “a film of rare beauty and shocking gravity.” Anna Paquin, Matt Damon and Mark Ruffalo lead a celebrated cast in the story of a Manhattan teenager whose life is profoundly altered after witnessing a terrible accident. Experience an emotional teen’s extraordinary journey to set things right as her innocent ideals come crashing against the harsh realities of the adult world. It’s an “extraordinarily ambitious film,” raves Time Magazine.

As an FYI:  Just a warning, plenty of cursing... 
Now, if I end up watching this other one and figuring anything out, I will for sure let you know...

Have you seen YOU CAN COUNT ON ME or MARGARET?  What are your thoughts?


***** I have learned from a reader that the two movies do not go together.  As I said, I have not seen the other movie, so reading the post online, I took it to be a "follow up movie" (more as a sequel) when it seems that it is just the next movie from the director/writer.   Either way, I am still confused and just lost...   I would love to get input from others that have seen the movie(s). *****


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17.6.12

Happy Father's Day!

Father's Day is special to me... 
Because I have the best daddy in the world... 
I also have a pretty cool father-in-law!  
Finally, because I married a man that is a wonderful daddy as well.  

With these Father figures around, Broxton has some pretty big shoes to fill!!!

Marc and ALL his boys!  


My dad putting Broxton's high chair together for us, while Marc was deployed.  


I do not have any pictures of Marc's dad on my computer... 
But, we are seeing him soon, so that will all change soon!

Hope you all have a wonderful Father's Day!


 
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