Monday, September 24, 2018

Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Beloved Classic, "Little Women" when a New Modern Day Adaptation Releases in Theaters This Friday, Sept. 28th. (Review)

Disclosure:  I was provided with promotional product and a screener from vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.



Has your family been hit with the cold or a bug yet?  It seems that now that the kids are back in school, thus starts the sick days.  My girls woke last Sunday complaining of a sore throat, runny nose and with fever, and by Monday, they were down and out on the couch for the remainder of the week, going through boxes of tissues, freeze pops and juice.  And, when it looked like they were getting better, my husband and I end up getting what they had, and have spent the past four days battling this nasty head/chest cold. Not fun.  Hopefully it will not be a bad fall/winter with colds and illness in the house, like in the previous few years.  If only summer could have stayed around for a little bit longer...I am not ready for cold season.

My girls and I had planned to see a couple movies releasing the end of this week including Little Women. But, with our recent colds, we may have to wait a week, if we are all not 100%.  But, thanks to a screener of Little Women sent to me to watch this past weekend, it did help lift our spirits when I told the girls that we may not be able to do our lunch and movie date to see it on Friday. They were bummed out, but then happy when they saw I was sent the movie to watch, and we did a little baking.  An advanced screening and cookies and brownies is always a win win. :-)

Have you seen the previews for Little Women, which arrives in theaters this Friday, Sept. 28?  If not, here is the official movie trailer:

"For 150 years, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women has motivated women of all ages to dream together and celebrate family. Coming to theaters for the first time September 28, a modern retelling of LITTLE WOMEN brings a new generation together with their mothers, sisters and friends."

Synposis:

"Sisters—and dreams—are unique in their ability to inspire, encourage and change the world. For 150 years, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women has motivated women of all ages to dream together and celebrate family. Coming to theaters for the first time, a modern retelling of LITTLE WOMEN brings a new generation together with their mothers, sisters and friends. 

From girls playing in the attic to women living with purpose, the March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy—are committed to always supporting each other. Yet, growing up sometimes means growing apart. An aspiring writer, Jo leaves for New York determined to publish a novel. In the wake of rejected draft upon draft, her editor challenges Jo to write about something more interesting—her family. When tragedy brings the sisters back home, sticking together takes on new meaning. As Jo comforts her sick sister, Beth asks for one thing: a story. Jo knows the perfect one … by heart."


Genre: drama
Rating: PG-13
Release date: 9/28/18
Studio: Pinnacle Peak
Talent: Lea Thompson (BACK TO THE FUTURE), Sarah Davenport, Lucas Grabeel (HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL), Ian Bohen, Bart Johnson (HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL).
Ticket info here.


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Doesn't it look great?  It really was an amazing movie.  I have loved all the Little Women movies made, but have to say that this one was my favorite so far. I loved how it was set in the present day and had flashbacks of the girls growing up, and how these events from their childhood and past, shaped how they were as adults. 

The story follows the March sisters, also known as the Little Women, a name their father who during some of their childhood years was in the service and overseas.  The movie never really got into his military role, just made it known he wasn't home, until later in the movie, when Beth got sick with leukemia for the first time. 

If you follow my blog, then you know that I had cancer.  So, whenever I see a movie that has a person with cancer, I can't help but tear up and be reminded of my own battle.  And, now that my girls are older and know that I had cancer, I saw them tear up and keep looking at me.  My youngest asked if my cancer would come back like Beth's did.  I told her that right now I am in remission for the past 10 years, and continue to fight to stay healthy and get check ups to make sure I am in the all clear.

Beth's cancer is only one part of this movie -- which will have you reaching for the tissues.  The story also revolves around Jo trying to write a book and get it published.  You see her and her sisters acting out the stories she wrote, in their attic, where they held their secret Pick Wick Club.  At one of the meetings, they each wrote their dreams/aspirations for the future on a flag on their castles (which their mom gave them).  Jo was the feminist and didn't want to just become a wife and mother.  Beth just wanted to be home and couldn't see what her future held, which is sad as we find out in the end that her cancer played a role in her not being able to see a future like her sisters.  The other sisters shared their life goals, and these went on flags they made and positioned in their section of the attic that was their special spot.

Like I said, this movie includes flashbacks of when the girls were younger, and then jumps to present day.  We find ourselves relating to the girls and hoping for their dad to return, which he does.  Then, we hope that all their childhood dreams for the future come true.  But, we all know that life is not a fairytale and that there are bumps along the way.  We see the girls struggle in their personal lives and see them want to give up on their dreams at times.  The sisters always seem to come together to lift each other up in their time of need and provide the support they need to continue on. 

Overall, there are many happily ever afters in this movie, and you will walk away feeling happy. But, yes, if you cry at movies, at sad or even happy parts, be ready with a box of tissues, as you will be reaching for them time and again.  As soon as the girls put the lights on, they asked me why my eyes and nose were all red, and why I was crying so much.  I told them that this is what happens at heartfelt movies like this, and was a good thing.  It shows we have feelings and feel for others.  I always tell the girls that they are like their mom and wear their heart on their sleeves, and I found myself wishing I could take some of the pain away from the Little Women, and hoped they all had a happily ever after.  And, having a personal connection to Beth as I had cancer, too, I felt for her during her battle and couldn't believe it when she found out her cancer came back.

This movie will play with your emotions, but in the end it really will leave you happy you saw the movie, and wanting to see it again.  I hope that my girls and I will be able to see it on the big screen.  And, this is one movie I can't wait to pick up when it arrives on DVD to add to our movie collection and watch time and again.  When I asked my girls what they thought of the movie, they gave it two thumbs up.  My oldest said she loved how each girl got her own story told, and how the sisters supported each other, no matter where they were in the world.  They all found time to come together in times of need, or were just a phone call away.

If you are looking for a perfect movie for an upcoming girls' night out, date night, or to bring the whole family to, I would recommend Little Women, which arrives in theaters this Friday, Sept. 28th..  This modern adaption of the classic Little Women gets two thumbs up from me and my girls! :-)

Follow this upcoming release on their social media channels below:




Disclosure:  I was provided with promotional product and a screener from vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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The Modern Adaption of the Classic Little Women arrives in Theaters This Friday (9/28). It's One Movie Not to Miss! #LittleWomenL3 (Review)

Disclosure:  I was provided with promotional product and a screener from LEVEL3digital.com in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.



Has your family been hit with the cold or a bug yet?  It seems that now that the kids are back in school, thus starts the sick days.  My girls woke last Sunday complaining of a sore throat, runny nose and with fever, and by Monday, they were down and out on the couch for the remainder of the week, going through boxes of tissues, freeze pops and juice.  And, when it looked like they were getting better, my husband and I end up getting what they had, and have spent the past four days battling this nasty head/chest cold. Not fun.  Hopefully it will not be a bad fall/winter with colds and illness in the house, like in the previous few years.  If only summer could have stayed around for a little bit longer...I am not ready for cold season.

My girls and I had planned to see a couple movies releasing the end of this week including Little Women. But, with our recent colds, we may have to wait a week, if we are all not 100%.  But, thanks to a screener of Little Women sent to me to watch this past weekend, it did help lift our spirits when I told the girls that we may not be able to do our lunch and movie date to see it on Friday. They were bummed out, but then happy when they saw I was sent the movie to watch, and we did a little baking.  An advanced screening and cookies and brownies is always a win win. :-)

Have you seen the previews for Little Women, which arrives in theaters this Friday, Sept. 28?  If not, here is the official movie trailer:

"For 150 years, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women has motivated women of all ages to dream together and celebrate family. Coming to theaters for the first time September 28, a modern retelling of LITTLE WOMEN brings a new generation together with their mothers, sisters and friends."

Synposis:

"Sisters—and dreams—are unique in their ability to inspire, encourage and change the world. For 150 years, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women has motivated women of all ages to dream together and celebrate family. Coming to theaters for the first time, a modern retelling of LITTLE WOMEN brings a new generation together with their mothers, sisters and friends. 

From girls playing in the attic to women living with purpose, the March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy—are committed to always supporting each other. Yet, growing up sometimes means growing apart. An aspiring writer, Jo leaves for New York determined to publish a novel. In the wake of rejected draft upon draft, her editor challenges Jo to write about something more interesting—her family. When tragedy brings the sisters back home, sticking together takes on new meaning. As Jo comforts her sick sister, Beth asks for one thing: a story. Jo knows the perfect one … by heart."

Genre: dramaRating: PG-13Release date: 9/28/18Studio: Pinnacle PeakTalent: Lea Thompson (BACK TO THE FUTURE), Sarah Davenport, Lucas Grabeel (HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL), Ian Bohen, Bart Johnson (HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL).
Ticket info here.

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Doesn't it look great?  It really was an amazing movie.  I have loved all the Little Women movies made, but have to say that this one was my favorite so far. I loved how it was set in the present day and had flashbacks of the girls growing up, and how these events from their childhood and past, shaped how they were as adults. 

The story follows the March sisters, also known as the Little Women, a name their father who during some of their childhood years was in the service and overseas.  The movie never really got into his military role, just made it known he wasn't home, until later in the movie, when Beth got sick with leukemia for the first time. 

If you follow my blog, then you know that I had cancer.  So, whenever I see a movie that has a person with cancer, I can't help but tear up and be reminded of my own battle.  And, now that my girls are older and know that I had cancer, I saw them tear up and keep looking at me.  My youngest asked if my cancer would come back like Beth's did.  I told her that right now I am in remission for the past 10 years, and continue to fight to stay healthy and get check ups to make sure I am in the all clear.

Beth's cancer is only one part of this movie -- which will have you reaching for the tissues.  The story also revolves around Jo trying to write a book and get it published.  You see her and her sisters acting out the stories she wrote, in their attic, where they held their secret Pick Wick Club.  At one of the meetings, they each wrote their dreams/aspirations for the future on a flag on their castles (which their mom gave them).  Jo was the feminist and didn't want to just become a wife and mother.  Beth just wanted to be home and couldn't see what her future held, which is sad as we find out in the end that her cancer played a role in her not being able to see a future like her sisters.  The other sisters shared their life goals, and these went on flags they made and positioned in their section of the attic that was their special spot.

Like I said, this movie includes flashbacks of when the girls were younger, and then jumps to present day.  We find ourselves relating to the girls and hoping for their dad to return, which he does.  Then, we hope that all their childhood dreams for the future come true.  But, we all know that life is not a fairytale and that there are bumps along the way.  We see the girls struggle in their personal lives and see them want to give up on their dreams at times.  The sisters always seem to come together to lift each other up in their time of need and provide the support they need to continue on. 

Overall, there are many happily ever afters in this movie, and you will walk away feeling happy. But, yes, if you cry at movies, at sad or even happy parts, be ready with a box of tissues, as you will be reaching for them time and again.  As soon as the girls put the lights on, they asked me why my eyes and nose were all red, and why I was crying so much.  I told them that this is what happens at heartfelt movies like this, and was a good thing.  It shows we have feelings and feel for others.  I always tell the girls that they are like their mom and wear their heart on their sleeves, and I found myself wishing I could take some of the pain away from the Little Women, and hoped they all had a happily ever after.  And, having a personal connection to Beth as I had cancer, too, I felt for her during her battle and couldn't believe it when she found out her cancer came back.

This movie will play with your emotions, but in the end it really will leave you happy you saw the movie, and wanting to see it again.  I hope that my girls and I will be able to see it on the big screen.  And, this is one movie I can't wait to pick up when it arrives on DVD to add to our movie collection and watch time and again.  When I asked my girls what they thought of the movie, they gave it two thumbs up.  My oldest said she loved how each girl got her own story told, and how the sisters supported each other, no matter where they were in the world.  They all found time to come together in times of need, or were just a phone call away.

If you are looking for a perfect movie for an upcoming girls' night out, date night, or to bring the whole family to, I would recommend Little Women, which arrives in theaters this Friday, Sept. 28th..  This modern adaption of the classic Little Women gets two thumbs up from me and my girls! :-)

Follow this upcoming release on their social media channels below:



Disclosure:  I was provided with promotional product and a screener from LEVEL3digital.com in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Expecting or Need Baby Shower Gift Ideas? Check out the Cute New Precious Moments Overflowing With Love Collection (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.




Last week I was sent a few pieces from the Precious Moments Overflowing with Love collection, which is now available for purchase at over BedBathandBeyond.com.  Included in the box were these adorable products, which would make the perfect gift to give someone you know who is expecting, or to add to your new baby's nursery, as you eagerly await your bundle of joy's arrival, or celebrate their recent birth....


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"Whether it’s a welcome home or a first birthday gift, the sweet animals on this collection will warm the heart of mom and baby alike.  The Precious Moments Overflowing with Love collection is the perfect, classic addition to your modern nursery, adding a pop of color and fun to every little one’s room."


"Add a sweet touch to your nursery decor with the Noah's Ark Picture Frame from Precious Moments. Featuring Noah's menagerie on the bottom corner, this ceramic frame surrounds your photo with a precious message on the front."


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"Add a touch of faithful style to your home with this Precious Moments Noah's Ark Waterball. Features Noah and his ark filled with all of God’s creatures beneath a musical snow globe that plays the tune “Jesus Loves Me".




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"Help your little one feel content and comfy as they lay to sleep with the Precious Moments Noah's Ark Nightlight. Featuring an adorable hand-painted design on porcelain, this sweet accent utilizes LED lighting for a long-lasting glow."



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Aren't these just the cutest?  You really have to see them up close to enjoy their true beauty.  They are so precious, and make you smile instantly just looking at them. :-)

I wish I could tell you my girls smiled the first time they saw them, but they were a little confused and upset.  They saw me pulling the Overflowing With Love Nightlight, Overflowing With Love Waterball, and Overflowing With Love Ceramic Frame out of their boxes to take a closer look, and wondered if I was keeping a secret from them. They knew these were gifts for a new baby, and wondered if it was for a new member of our family.  

I just had to share and the photo below I took of my oldest holding the ceramic frame.  You can see the "Oh no, what is going on?" look, followed by the eyes like "What aren't you telling me, Mom?"  :-)



Their daddy jokes all the time about getting a new baby, and that would mean they would have to share a room, less toys, and helping with diaper duty...and whenever he talks about it, you can see it bothers the girls.  They are content with being the two girls in the house and don't want to make room for another.  While it would be nice to have another baby, I am all set with the up all nights, diaper changes, potty training, etc.  The girls are now at the age that they are can do things on their own, and are also learning at the same pace, which helps with our homeschooling.  But, I will not lie...looking at these baby products from the Precious Moments Overflowing With Love collection, made me wonder what if would be like if we had another baby.  But, I happy with our little family, and wouldn't change it for the world. :-)

After reassuring my girls that they were not going to have to welcome a new baby into the house, they quickly changed their reaction and were all smiles, looking at the waterball, nightlight and ceramic frame.  


They asked what I was planning on doing with them, and if they could keep them.  I had a Noah's Ark theme for them when they were little and still have some of their nursery stuff on display in their playroom.  

Savannah wanted me to capture photos showing the Overflowing With Love Nightlight in the light, and when it was lit up in the dark....



My oldest daughter wanted the nighlight, while my youngest wanted the musical waterball.  She likes the “Jesus Loves Me" tune that this musical waterball plays, and said she would be extra careful with it, as not to drop and break it.  


I was thinking to gift these Overflowing with Love products to a dear friend who was welcoming her first baby and wasn't sure of a baby theme, but after seeing the girls get excited about the products, I decided to let them keep them, so that they and I could enjoy them. :-)  I will be buying these pieces, though, to gift to my friend, as they really are cute, and would make a great baby shower gift.




If you are expecting or have to buy for an upcoming baby shower, why not consider shopping the Precious Moments Overflowing With Love collection, available now at BedBathandBeyond.com?  I have been a fan of Precious Moments for forever and really love these new collections.  They really are adorable, and a gift that will be treasured for years to come.  To learn more about these and other new additions to the Precious Moments line, head on over to https://www.preciousmoments.com/ today.


Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.
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