22 July 2014

DVD Review: Clue - A Movie Mystery Adventure

My family and I recently received a complimentary copy of the new DVD Clue: A Movie Mystery Adventure to review.


Based upon the wildly popular board game, this live action movie follows six very different teenagers - Dimitri, Liz, Lucas, Seamus and Whitney - who are just sitting back enjoying their lives when they witness a dramatic crime. When they go to report it, they are accused of a hoax. So they do what any rebellious teenager would do - they become sleuths on the hunt for clues to prove who really did the crime. Along the way they discover hidden treasures, decipher cryptic knowledge, and uncover a secret society. They even find out that they all might have a little bit more in common than they thought.

Dun dun dun... it's time for an updated who done it? While nothing compares to the original Clue movie (Tim Curry, anyone?) in my eyes, this is a fun take on the game for the tween crowd and might make them want to dust off mom or dad's dusty old Clue game. It's rated TV-PG, with some minor scary moments. (Basically if your tween already watches things along the lines of The Haunting Hour, they'll do fine with this one) This is a great sleep over DVD if kids haven't already seen it!

There is a bonus feature - a short behind the scenes look at Clue.

Clue: A Movie Mystery Adventure is available now wherever DVD's are sold. Widescreen format, it is rated TV-PG (see above), and has a total running time of 105 minutes long. The suggested retail price is $12.99, and you can find it at places like Family Video, where it's currently available for $9.99 as of this posting.

I received a complimentary copy of this DVD in order to view it and share my thoughts on it. All opinions are my own.

21 July 2014

Book Review: Prepper's Long-Term Survival Guide By Jim Cobb

I recently received a complimentary copy of the new book Prepper's Long Term Survival Guide by Jim Cobb to review.


So you've followed the guidelines and you have your 72 hour kit well stocked and you rotate it often. Now what? What happens if the disaster is worse than you've imagined - think Hurricane Katrina - and instead of days, you're looking at several weeks or even months until things are cleared up? What if it's the worst case scenario and there is no hope coming?

Neither are thoughts most of us like to think about. I don't know about you, but I enjoy my running hot water and a house in one piece (mostly), even if I do enjoy to camp. Let's not forget that I really, really enjoy my internet. ;) But if any of the unthinkable scenarios were to happen, it's great to find comfort in knowing that you're already ahead of the game. This book discuses the basics for longer term scenarios - like food, shelter, off-the-grid power, and first aid. From ideas on practical water collection for drinking and hygiene to techniques for defending your home from looters and other wrong doers, there is food for thought and topics for discussion. The author is the owner of Disaster Prep Consultants, and has been involved in emergency preparedness for about 30 years, so he knows his stuff and is sharing his knowledge in this book.

Speaking of discussion, this book does a great job bringing up topics that aren't easy to think about. The appendix has a great "Beyond Bugging Out" checklist with supplies that can come in handy for most disasters. There is also some recommended reading that covers some of the subjects included in the book, such as canning and first aid. This book is not a complete guide of course, but a good stepping stone to find out more - because like emergency kits, each scenario would be different. You might not live in an area where an earthquake could happen (although 1/3rd of the country does!), but a tornado could flatten your town - and take your emergency kit with it. Even worse, a virus epidemic along the lines of the Spanish Flu, or a terrorist taking down the electrical grid could cause an ugly mess for us all. I joke about being prepared for the zombie apocalypse, but it helps cover many of those scenarios in our personal emergency plans.

The beginning of the book contains a forward from Lisa Bedford, who you might know as The Survival Mom. (If you've not checked out her blog or her fabulous book, and you're new to preparedness - she's got lots of good stuff to learn from!) This is an easy to read and easy to learn from book with practical advice, and a great gift to those who you're nudging along on the preparedness trail. While it's available as an e-book (see below), like all preparedness books I recommend having on hand a paper copy, because you just never know if you'll be able to boot up or charge those electronics when the time comes.

Prepper's Long-Term Survival Guide by Jim Cobb is a paperback how-to book published by Ulysses Press. It is 208 pages long. The suggested cover price is $15.95, and Amazon has it available for $13.16 as of this posting. It is also available as an e-book for the Kindle and other e-readers.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to read it and share my thoughts on it. All opinions are my own, and not that of the author(s) or publisher.

Menu Planning Monday 7/21 - 7/27

The extremely hot weather we've had as of late seems to have disappeared, so we're back to be able to cook. I think we were all getting tired of sandwiches and cold foods. ;) I had to throw away a few things because they went bad faster than expected. :( I hate that - it always makes me feel horrible when food gets wasted around here.

Monday: Mexican Bake

Tuesday: taco night

Wednesday: sweet 'n sour chicken, steamed veggies, rice

Thursday: dinner out

Friday: pizza night (Chicken & bacon with BBQ sauce)

Saturday: grilled cheese, sweet potato fries, fruit kabobs

Sunday: slow cooker roast, w/potatoes & carrots, rolls

Check out Organizing Junkie for other great Menu Plans!

20 July 2014

DVD Review: Antboy

My family and I recently received a complimentary copy of the new live action DVD Antboy to review.


Hang onto your capes boys and girls, here comes a superhero film for the whole family to enjoy! Pelle is an ordinary 12 year old boy who blends into the scenery when a very unordinary ant bites him. Suddenly he has superpowers! Now he's a local hero dubbed as "Antboy", and even has a sidekick in his new friend, Wilheim, a comic book loving geek. From saving babies to flipping cars, Antboy is there to save the day. But villain "The Flea" is there to ruin the party and kidnaps a girl who Pelle has the hots for, terrorizing the town of Middelund. Can Antboy and Wilheim rescue the girl and still make it home in time for dinner? Who says superheros have to be adults?!

This Danish film has been dubbed over in English, and don't let that scare you away. It's a family friendly film with some cute moments, especially for kids who love superheros. No, it's not a big budget summer superhero blockbuster movie, but a fun choice for a movie night at home. It's actually based on a series of Danish books, and kids should enjoy it. My daughter got a kick out of it! The movie is Dove Foundation family approved, with just some minor scruffles and rough stuff.

There are no special features included on this DVD.

Antboy will be available on DVD this coming Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014. Widescreen format, it is rated PG. The total running time is 77 minutes long. The suggested retail price is $14.93.

I received a complimentary copy of this DVD in order to view it and share my thoughts on it. All opinions are my own.

16 July 2014

DVD Review: Cedar Cove Season One

I recently received a complimentary copy of the new DVD Cedar Cove: Season One to review.


Starring Andie MacDowell, this Hallmark original series is based on popular local author Debbie Macomber's book series, Cedar Cove. It follows Judge Olivia Lockhart who lives in the picturesque coastal town of Cedar Cove, Washington. Life isn't perfect for Olivia, as she battles balancing her career with her family, the death of her son, and finding love after divorce, while doing her best to care for the town she loves.

The three disc DVD set contains thirteen episodes from season one, as well as a special feature - a behind the scenes featurette.

I live in the town that is the basis for Cedar Cove (Port Orchard), so I am very familiar with Ms. Macomber's books. When I heard this series was being made, I was excited to get to see it. Sadly the show isn't actually filmed here in town, it's actually filmed north of the border in the Vancouver area. (BOOO! Credit for the attempt to get it made here though.) At least geographically it looks the same, so you'll still get to see some beautiful scenery while watching the show. To me Andie MacDowell is kind of an all-American woman who is just right for the series. I call this the perfect show for Hallmark - it's one of those shows where you can just sit back and relax and not worry that there is anything offensive in it. (Zone out worthy chic show, according to my DH). If you enjoy the books and you haven't checked out the show, now is the perfect time to do so.

Cedar Cove: Season One is available now wherever DVD's are sold. Widescreen format, it is not rated and safe for roughly ages 12 and up. The total running time is 588 minutes long. The suggested retail price is $24.95, and Amazon has it available for $19.99 as of this posting.

I received a complimentary copy of this DVD in order to view it and share my thoughts on it. All opinions are my own.

15 July 2014

Book Review: Rope Of Sand By C.F. Dunn

I recently received a complimentary copy of the new book Rope Of Sand by C.F. Dunn to review as part of a Kregel Book Blog Tour.


Emma D'Eresby has discovered Matthew's biggest secret with the help of the journal, and she is ready to meet his family who are understandably on guard about the whole situation. It's a cold winter in Maine as she weaves her way through Matthew's past and contemplates a future - a very strange one for most people to think about. After all, Matthew isn't your average man. As their relationship continues, his family gets even colder. Emma reluctantly agrees to meet his dying wife, Ellen, and realizes she is looking at a life full of concealment and lies. Is this what she wants?

This is book three in The Secret of the Journal series. (You can read my reviews of the first two books here and here.) This is a series where you really need to read the first two books in order to understand parts of what is going on in this one. If it's been awhile since you read the first two, the beginning of this one has a story so far section in the beginning to freshen up your memory. (you might want to re-read them if you have the time... moments get complicated to remember, especially if you read a lot of books!)

There is an underlying paranormal romance theme to this book and the rest in the series, but it is a Christian novel with those elements as well. I am trying to avoid the spoiler alert if you haven't read any of the books in this series, so writing this review is a little hard as we've progressed through the books... but if you enjoy paranormal books and enjoy British novels, then you should enjoy this series as well. I've enjoyed them thoroughly! The series will continue with book four, Realm Of Darkness.

Rope Of Sand by C.F. Dunn is a paperback fiction book published by Lion Fiction. It is 462 pages. The suggested cover price is $14.99, and Amazon has it available for $11.94 as of this posting. It is also available as an e-book for the Kindle and other e-readers.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to read it and share my thoughts on it. All opinions are my own, and not that of the author(s) or publisher.