Tuesday, June 30, 2015

All Creatures Big and Small {prescreening}

1 ARK. 
50,000 ANIMALS.  


We were given the opportunity to pre screen the movie All Creatures Big and Small. The movie will make its exclusive debut on Google Play on July 1st. You can {for a limited time} watch the movie for free on Google Play. This being the 4th of July weekend means there is usually some travel so having a new movie to keep the family entertained is awesome! Just add All Creatures Big and Small to your library and you can watch on any connected device. There are also character cards and a super cute coloring sheet that you can print out and take along.
So onto our thoughts:
All Creatures Big and Small is full of cute, bright, and colorful creatures. Most of the animals kids will recognize....the lions, zebras, and elephants. There are also additions to the animal kingdom like the nestrains or the grymps, they easily keep your attention throughout the story. The movie is about a group of animals that are about to board Noah's Ark. In order to board the ark you must be on the list. 
So who is on the list? Who has to stay behind? 
You will have to watch the movie to find out.

Come back and let me know what you liked about the movie?

Watch the trailer below.

Press Release: Monday, June 22, 2015 - (Mountain View, CA) - Join the animal kingdom on the journey of a lifetime with the exclusive debut of All Creatures Big and Small on Google Play July 1st, 2015. Featuring the voice talents of Martin Sheen and Amy Grant, and distributed by Entertainment One (eOne), All Creatures Big and Small is a family-friendly, feature-length adventure that re-imagines the epic tale of Noah's Ark.  Just in time for the long holiday weekend, audiences in the U.S. can enjoy their own complimentary HD copy starting July 1, and can pre-order the movie for their library starting today.*

In All Creatures Big and Small, a clumsy new species of Nestrians, led by patriarch Dave and son Finny, find themselves left off the list of animals allowed to board Noah’s Ark. With rough waters ahead, the father-son duo scramble in disguise to sneak onto the boat. Caught up in all the excitement, Finny accidentally steps off the boat and gets left behind leaving him and a few new friends to embark on an incredible and harrowing journey to reunite with their family. With the aid of creatures big and small, Dave must turn the Ark around to save his son in this heartwarming adventure of biblical proportions.


Disclosure: We were given this movie free/discounted rate to provide our review. Any and all thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.

Be the Best Mom You Can Be {review}

Wouldn't it be nice to have a guide to parenting? To raising whole children in a broken generation? 
Seems like everywhere you look and everything you hear is something about how society has caused a child to go bad. How the environments around children are causing them to act out, to rebel, to fall in with other kids that are not so good. 
Be The Best Mom You Can Be is the perfect read! This book is full of lessons to help with real world issues. There is always something new being thrown at us, as parents, and at our children in regards to challenges and growing up and this book will give you a little guidance to get through these things. 
This book goes through not only how to guide our children through things like drugs, dating, and education but into moms. Many moms are depressed and try to numb that depression. Moms that drink at night and try to hide it and those on painkillers to deal with parenting chaos. 
In the book there is also a section for single and working moms, both of which I have been and can attest to the sometimes craziness. 
It's hard, no matter what kind of family you have, and this is a great read for all levels and stages of moms.
You can order this book for Kindle or hardcover on Amazon

Have you read any good parenting books? 

About the book:  Marina Slayton and her husband, Gregory, best-selling author of Be a Better Dad Today, reveal the secrets to finding true joy in the sacred role of motherhood. Using story, humor, empathy, common sense, and straight talk-grounded in reality and personal experience-Be the Best Mom You Can Be helps readers from the best and most influential mothers in history. The book centers on a mother's desire for wisdom and her commitment to the wellbeing of her husband and children and provides six time-tested principles (the Six Secrets) for being a truly great mom. In the tradition of Stormie Omartian's and Barbara Rainey's books, the Slaytons offer value-based inspiration, a warm and personal tone, and insightful secrets to both educate and equip moms to be the best mothers they can be. This book will help any mom who wants to grow in her sacred role. Women who need encouragement or advice or who feel ill-equipped to be mothers will find the straight-forward evangelical perspective and practical advice life-changing.
About the Author:  Marina Slayton is a former educator with a master's degree, and Gregory Slayton is a venture capitalist and visiting professor at several Ivy League universities. They have been married for more than twenty-four years and raised four children. They live in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Disclosure:I received this book for review purposes. All opinions and thoughts are my own and honest. This post does contains affiliate links, which means if you click a link and make a purchase I may receive a commission. 

Pure Peppermint Essential Oil {review}

I am new to essential oils. They are all over my social media feeds but I just scroll through and don't really pay too much attention. Honestly I am just not too familiar with how they work other than the oils used for cooking. I was offered the opportunity to review Pure Peppermint Essential Oil from goPure and was excited to finally get caught up 0n all things Essentials. 

The sample I received was a 4oz bottle, much bigger than I expected. Before I used the oil I did a little research to see what the best way to use and how much, what peppermint was good for, etc.  Not only does the peppermint smell great, it is used for many different things. From bad breath and mental ailments to depression and upset stomachs. You can use the Peppermint Oil directly on an area to help with aching muscles or you can use it as aromatherapy. 
I read that putting a little on your forehead would help with headaches, which I happen to have daily, so I was all for giving that a try. It did help with mild headaches. I have migraines to but it did not do much for those, not for me anyways. My middle son has horrible sinus issues and can easily spend a day sniffling. I put a few drops in a diffuser in his room and it worked for him. He still sniffled off and on but nothing like normal. 
I am now in the process of learning more about different essential oils and trying different ones to see what works for what. It is always nice to have an non medication option to help with headaches and sleeping or upset tummies. 

From goPure Pure Peppermint Oil - 100% Pure & Cold Pressed Peppermint Essential Oil - Therapeutic Grade A. Peppermint Oil has MANY Benefits and here are just a few: its ability to treat indigestion, respiratory problems, headache, nausea, fever, stomach and bowel spasms, as well as for pain relief.

  • Each bottle contains 100% Pure, Therapeutic Grade A cold-pressed peppermint essential oil. Ideal for treating a wide range of ailments and disorders, this peppermint oil is the purest oil available.
  • Peppermint oil is one of the world’s most commonly used essential oils, with a history that dates back as far as 3,000 years. It offers a pleasant, uplifting scent that has been used to treat a variety of physical and mental ailments, from bad breath to depression. Modern research proves that it stimulates several regions of the brain, giving it the power to have a profound impact on the entire body.
  • With a high concentration of essential minerals like magnesium, potassium and calcium, it is a highly effective treatment for digestive disorders. Administering peppermint oil is easy; simply place a couple drops in a glass of water, and then drink.
  • Peppermint oil has been proven to have a positive effect on the respiratory system. Whether it is used as a chest rub or is inhaled through a vaporizer, it quickly clears the respiratory tract and provides fast relief from bronchitis, sinusitis and cold-related symptoms.
  • Pure peppermint oil can be used topically to relieve muscle pain, headaches or to simply give skin a vibrant, healthy glow. Its healing properties have been recognized for centuries, and it has been a staple in many medicine cabinets for generations.

With a pleasant scent and an abundance of applications, pure peppermint oil is one of the most widely used oils in the world. This versatile oil is useful in treating a wide range of issues pertaining to the body, health and mind.

The benefits of pure peppermint oil have been recognized since ancient times, and it has been used for thousands of years to treat a vast array or physical and mental health issues. The modern research of today has continued to prove what many societies have known for generations, showing that peppermint is one of nature’s most valuable and versatile herbal remedies.

Yielded from the fresh aerial parts of the peppermint plant, pure peppermint oil offers a high concentration of menthol and menthone. It also contains a vast number of health-promoting minerals and nutrients, including magnesium, folate, copper, potassium, calcium, copper and Vitamins A and C. Because of its pleasant smell and benefits, peppermint oil is commonly used in commercial soaps, shampoos and toothpastes.

When used topically, pure peppermint oil provides a cooling sensation, giving immediate soothing relief for sore muscles and joints. Additionally, its cooling properties make it effective is bringing down high fevers. Headache sufferers can experience relief by applying diluted peppermint oil directly to the forehead.

Peppermint oil has been used for hundreds of years to help overcome the symptoms of mild to moderate depression and anxiety. Its refreshing, uplifting scent has been shown by modern research to stimulate multiple regions of the brain, yielding a profound and direct impact on the body, emotions and psyche.

Pure peppermint oil is commonly used to provide relief for internal problems. It has been shown to cure indigestion and promote hunger, and it is one of the simplest, most effective treatments for an upset stomach. Research has proven that it is an effective treatment for getting rid of excessive stomach gas, eliminating bloating and discomfort. Those who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome can also find relief by taking pure peppermint oil daily. This oil can be used to naturally treat urinary tract infections, or to prevent a number of diseases by energizing the immune system. It promotes overall health by encouraging healthy blood flow, allowing the body to carry its nutrients to every cell. To treat digestive or other internal issues, simply stir a couple drops of the pure peppermint oil into a glass of water and drink.
Pure peppermint oil also benefits the respiratory system. It can clear the respiratory tract, providing relief from coughs, cold symptoms, asthma, sinusitis and bronchitis. To use for respiratory issues, use pure peppermint oil as a cold chest rub, or inhale it through a vaporizer.

Used topically, pure peppermint oil offers several benefits to the skin. It provides nourishment to the skin cells, encouraging cell regeneration to give you a healthy glow. Pure peppermint oil can also be massaged into the scalp to provide relief from the symptoms of dandruff.
With such a wide range of applications, it’s no wonder pure peppermint oil has been recognized has one of the world’s most widely used essential oils. From promoting skin health and a strong immune system, to providing relief from muscle aches and cold symptoms, pure peppermint oil is an essential staple in any medicine cabinet. 

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Disclosure: I did receive this product for review, all opinions and thoughts are my own and honest.