7/1/15

Old Fashioned Novelization & Old Fashioned Way Devotional Review & Prize Pack Giveaway


I had the opportunity to review Old Fashioned, a film based on the screenplay of Rik Swartzwelder, last week--and follow up that review by delving a little deeper into the ideas and concepts posed in the film with a novelization of Old Fashioned by Rene Gutteridge and the Old Fashioned Way Devotional by Ginger Kolbaba. I am excited to post reviews of both of these written pieces--and share the opportunity to win an Old Fashioned Prize Pack containing the film, the novelization and the devotional at the end of this post!  

I received complimentary copies of each of these items for use in my blog reviews. All opinions are my own.  

About the Old Fashioned Novelization by Rene Gutteridge--based on the screenplay by Rik Swartzwelder. By turning his back on his reckless lifestyle, former frat boy Clay Walsh has settled down to turn an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town....and to purse lofty and outdated theories on love and romance. But when Amber Hewson, a free-spirited woman with a gypsy soul, rents the apartment above his shop, Clay can't help being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life. Amber also finds herself surprisingly drawn to Clay, but his ideas about relationships are unusual to say the least, and they bring to light her own deep wounds and fears about love. They say opposites attract, but can Clay and Amber move beyond their differences and their pasts to attempt an "old fashioned" courtship?

The Old Fashioned Novelization presents deeper character stories than the film.   I tend to prefer to read a book on which a movie is based rather than reading a book created from a film.  In this case, I would probably recommend watching the film first so that you have no background and no pre-formed opinions.  Watch the film as a love story--then dive deeper into the film's message with the novelization.  The Old Fashioned Novelization is very well written and draws readers a little deeper into the characters' motivations, beliefs and the message of the film. 

You may not like the characters or believe in them.  We are surrounded by  "modern romance"--in terms of reality television, daytime "talk" shows, and popular movies and books.  As a society, we are so far removed from "old fashioned" courtship and morality that the film and the novelization seem closer to science fiction to so many of us! Clay seems a little overbearing and controlling--but, much of that illustrates his unwavering belief in his views on relationships.  His views are pretty extreme--and his love interest Amber willingly conforms to them.  Readers will need to take a step back and recognize that, while the beliefs and messages presented in this novelization are extreme--they are going back to the basics of courtship that is simply uncommon today.

Would I recommend the Old Fashioned Novelization by Rene Gutteridge?  I would suggest watching the film first as the written novelization is based on the screenplay and not the reverse.  If you are willing to try a different sort of "romance"--and are open to strong moral and religious convictions and a different take on modern courtship--this novelization really adds to the Old Fashioned film's message.

About the Old Fashioned Way Devotional by Ginger Kolbaba. Contrary to popular opinion, being "old fashioned" doesn't mean you're dull or unromantic. In fact, a true old fashioned relationship can be more exciting and romantic than anything you've ever experienced! So what does it mean to do things the old fashioned way? Sure, it means opening doors, holding out chairs, and taking things slow. But a true old fashioned romance goes much, much deeper than that. Inspired by the motion picture Old Fashioned, this book will show you how to reclaim the lost art of romance by introducing you to romantic love as God intended it. Regardless of your past mistakes, where you've been, what you've done, or where you are now, you can find and create a love that will last a lifetime! As you work your way through this forty-day journey of inspiring readings and questions for reflection, you'll discover all the unique and amazing benefits of doing things the old fashioned way. And before you know it, you'll be well on your way to creating a love story for the ages.

The Old Fashioned Way Devotional offers a guide to single Christians.  Dating today is difficult--especially for older singles.  This devotional attempts to illustrate that "old fashioned" dating is still possible--even when it goes against popular culture.  The book is certainly Christian based, and offers scripture quotes, daily prayers and Christian based advice to singles on today's dating scene. 

Would I recommend the Old Fashioned Way Devotional by Ginger Kolbaba?  As an "old married lady" with three children--the book didn't offer much for me--but, I could certainly see it as a resource offering some guidance and support for young, dating adults seeking something a little different than the bar scenes or "reality tv" dating experiences.

The views presented in each of the Old Fashioned items featured here are certainly Christian and certainly presented strongly.  Even if the convictions of the authors are not your own; you may find yourself interested in the strengths of character and morality they present in each work.  It's always nice to see someone stand up for something personal--especially when it seems that the bulk of society has turned the other way.

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6/30/15

Wordless Wednesday Link Up : Father's Day Weekend


We have been absent from Wordless Wednesday sharing for the past couple of weeks!  The phrase "lazy days of summer" seems to have skipped our little corner of the world!  Our schedules have been pretty crazy!  We thought we would share some of our recent Father's Day happenings as this week's Wordless Wednesday post and bloghop!

Waking up in Georgetown, KY


Notice that Miss Lynnie's wakeup is the only one featured.  She always tends to wake up with a smile--and never minds a camera in her face first thing in the morning!

The girls had a dance competition in Lexington, KY, on Father's Day--so we were up bright and early Sunday morning!

A New Dress....and a Couple of Trophies


It's always a relief when the dance day goes well for at least one of the girls--especially on holidays like Mother's Day and Father's Day!  Macy was excited about both her new dress and taking home trophies!

Early Dinner at Izzy's in Cincinnati...








It's hard for us to drive by Izzy's if we are passing through the Cincinnati area near lunch or dinner times!

  Then....Off to See the Kittens...
12 spring kittens from three litters have joined the family at Grandma and Granpa T.'s house!

Awww....


Can you see the extra toes on his front paws?  The litter has two polydactyl kittens!  (This one is my favorite!)

Lynnie's Favorite...


These two were inseparable for about 3 hours or so!

Time for a Little Fishing...


She caught the biggest bluegill I think I've ever seen!  


It was a busy Father's Day weekend with travel, dance competitions, food, fishing and fun--but, it was all very well worth it!

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6/29/15

Walkin' on the Sun by Paul DeLisle Book Release Day


I am not sure if I will be hosting a review of this book in the upcoming weeks; but, I do know that it will certainly be of interest to a lot of music lovers.  Who hasn't rocked out to the music of Smash Mouth?  Now you can go behind the music with a band that carried the spirit of a generation in Walkin' on the Sun; The Official Smash Mouth Biography by bassist, Paul DeLisle.  

About Walkin' on the Sun by Paul DeLisle.
Hello. My name is Paul DeLisle. I’m the guy who wrote this book. You've probably never heard of me. That's okay. Most people wouldn't know me from Adam. But, unless you've been living in a cloistered monastery for the last fifteen years, you have heard of my band.

So begins the memoir of the creation, rise, and current state of the multi-platinum recording artist Smash Mouth as told by bassist Paul DeLisle. Well known for their hits “All Star,” “Walking on the Sun,” “Then the Morning Comes,” “Can’t Get Enough of You Baby,” and “I’m a Believer,” the band carried the spirit of a generation, but didn't stop there. Enjoy this behind-the-scenes look from Paul’s unique, there from the start, insider’s view.

Excerpt from Walkin' on the Sun by Paul DeLisle:
There's an episode of Cheers where washed-up ball player Sam Malone, frustrated with either Diane or Rebecca, proclaims, "Y'know, most people don't know this ... but I’m famous!"

I love that line. I can totally relate. 

You see, I am a founding and continued member of the band Smash Mouth. Yet I am, proudly and alas, the bass player. I’m not famous. 

My band is.

From the beginning, Smash Mouth was set up as a democracy between four musicians and a manager, each player having an equal voice on band matters. Yet we were all fully aware and accepting of the fact that, as lead singer/frontman, Steve Harwell would be getting a disproportionate amount of attention. Seeing as he is the face and mouthpiece of Smash Mouth, you may be a little disappointed he didn't write this book.

But stay with me here. Because as you'll see, I have a unique vantage point: as one of only four original constituents, I’ve been involved in every aspect of the band since day one. Only Steve and I have trod every step of this Smash Mouth journey. Also, while traditionally under-recognized, the bass player himself sees everything. Plus I went to college. Who better to write a book about Smash Mouth?

That said, keep in mind this book is solely from my point of view. Steve, Greg, Kevin, and Robert would obviously have different takes on certain events. However, this book is simply intended as a comprehensive account of our rise to fame and continued success.
So without further ado ... here’s what happened:

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6/28/15

Shopping Online to Find the Right Commercial Refrigerator


Keeping things cold or chilling various items is as common to the food service industry as preparing meals. For this reason finding the right restaurant refrigerator can be a major asset to any facility desiring to run at optimum capacity. Because many different models that feature a number of different features exist, shoppers need to make an informed decision to balance current needs with future needs requires a fair bit of research. Luckily, websites that specialize in refrigerators for restaurants, along with other needed equipment, have all the answers potential buyers could need.

Current Needs
Restaurant owners need to find a unit capable of satisfying current needs. Units with a number of different shelves or various cooling zones provide an element of flexibility for the enterprise, but other refrigerator models focus on capacity being able to store many different items at the same temperature. Using the internet to find a new unit that matches current specifications can simplify the shopping process. Plus, going into the process with a particular type of feature or option in mind will help narrow the available models into a more manageable list. After all, online retailers tend to have large selections, which is another major asset.

Future Needs
Savvy restaurant professionals also realize that the goal of the business is to perform for a number of years. Therefore, purchasing a refrigerator capable of handling additional volumes of food can make a lot of sense. Finding the perfect unit that balances current needs while keeping future growth in mind generally means buying a larger unit, but leaving room in the business plan and budget to accommodate a second unit can also be a great idea. In short, being mindful of potential changes in business can create plenty of opportunities to prepare.

In the end, restaurants need to take stock of the future and the present when purchasing any type of equipment. Refrigerators and coolers need to have enough capacity to keep the operation running worry-free without fail. Warranty information and additional specifications are clearly spelling out on websites. In addition, restaurants that take advantage of buying online can usually realize significant savings since ecommerce locations can operate without the added cost of maintaining a showroom. In short, shopping online can be a great way to find the perfect restaurant grade refrigerator at a price that works for the organization.

6/27/15

PIRATES CODE: THE ADVENTURES OF MICKEY MATSON Movie Review and Giveaway


I love movies--but, find it difficult to find a family friendly movie suitable (and interesting enough) for our entire family to watch.  My husband enjoys comedies, I enjoy action movies and the girls drift toward animated movies or movies focused on teens.   We recently had the opportunity to watch and review PIRATES CODE: THE ADVENTURES OF MICKEY MATSON.  (I also have a copy for one lucky reader to win at end of this post!)  This movie seemed to have something for all of us with humor, action, adventure--with young stars and a well known name in Christopher Lloyd.  What did our family think of PIRATES CODE: THE ADVENTURES OF MICKEY MATSON?

We received a complimentary copy of this movie for use in our review.  All opinions are our own.

Quick Summary of PIRATES CODE: THE ADVENTURES OF MICKEY MATSON.  In this follow up to Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Treasure, Mickey Matson is at it again; this time pitted against the evil Admiral Ironsides and his gang of pirates who are intent on destroying civilization.  Their new invention, the Tesla Coil, is a weapon of mass destruction that will send an electromagnetic pulse throughout the world, destroying every electronic device in existence.  With the help of a secret organization, Mickey and his best friend Sully embark on a mission to stop the pirates from taking over a submarine and stealing the last part needed to complete their devastating weapon.  If Admiral Ironsides succeeds in his plan, civilization will be sent back to the Stone Age. It's a race against time, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance.

PIRATES CODE: THE ADVENTURES OF MICKEY MATSON is a family friendly action adventure movie.  The kids love action and adventure; but, most action movies aren't family friendly.  The violence is too graphic or the costumes are too revealing or the the scenes are simply too realistic.   PIRATES CODE: THE ADVENTURES OF MICKEY MATSON is a family friendly action movie.  Parents may cringe a bit at the unrealistic scenes and the comical violence--but, there isn't really much in the movie that the kids cannot watch and enjoy.

Kids may like the movie more than parents.  Okay--depending on your sense of humor, your kids may enjoy the movie far more than you do.  I am not necessarily a fan of slapstick, "kiddie" comedy--and this movie does offer a bit of that.   The grown up actors did try to offer something for the adults--and Christopher Lloyd is always a family favorite--but, PIRATES CODE: THE ADVENTURES OF MICKEY MATSON is really geared toward the kids. 


Would I recommend PIRATES CODE: THE ADVENTURES OF MICKEY MATSON?  We didn't watch the first Mickey Matson movie--so this was our first experience with the characters.  If you have an action movie loving family, this movie is certainly family friendly and appropriate for even the younger ones.  My daughters found that it kept their interest and they did it funny; although there was some eye rolling from the oldest at times.  Having said that the kids may enjoy it more than adults--as a parent, I am still a fan of any movie that we can watch together as a family--and would recommend this movie to others seeking a fun, family movie night idea.  Especially for a movie without animation!

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