Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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Wednesday GIVEAWAY link-up 04/16

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Monday, April 14, 2014

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Sofia the First: The Floating Palace on DVD

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* Disclaimer / Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate my review. This post reflects my honest, personal opinion and experience with the product which may differ from yours. Product information courtesy of the sponsor. No monetary compensation was provided for this post.

Our Thoughts-
“Sofia the First: The Floating Palace” out on DVD NOW!

My kids love when they get to help me review a Disney DVD and Sofia the First DVD’s are one they get really excited about. My oldest child’s favorite Disney princess is Ariel and “Sofia the First: The Floating Palace” features Ariel and other Mermaids.

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Sofia and her family go on vacation to a little cove. They don’t realize this is a special cove and they are endangering the mermaids that live there. Sofia’s amulet allows her to become a mermaid and help save her family and her new mermaid friends. Ariel comes to help Sofia as well.

There are three other episodes on this DVD. My kid’s favorite is the “Tr-Kingdom Picnic”. It teaches the importance of being a good sport in games, even if you are loosing.

The DVD also came with Sofia Friendship Bracelets. They are made of string. One is pink and one is purple, and they have a sea theme to them.

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My oldest child wanted to say, “I love love love this movie.”
My middle child wanted to say, “I like to watch this movie over and over again.”

I love Sofia the First shows, they teach important life skills in a fun and adventurous way. If your children love princesses I would recommend adding “Sofia the First: The Floating Palace” to your movie collection.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

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It’s time to start pumping, insuling pumping that is.

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Our daughter has had type 1 diabetes for over a year now and she’s faced around 1610 insulin injections. In Canada you can qualify for a free government paid insulin pump after you’ve had T1D for one year. We couldn’t wait for the time to come. Our poor child is covered in little bruises and still cries when we have to poke her. With an insulin pump she would only need one poke every 3 days. That’s exciting for all of us. For my husband and I we are excited to have more control over her blood sugar numbers, it won’t be perfect but better then it is now. In a few months she will be hooked up to s CGM (continual glucose monitor), and that will help her sugar numbers get even better. With the CGM we will see almost real time BG numbers all the time. We will be alerted to a sugar low or high before it happens.

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Yesterday my husband and I had a 3 hour training session with our daughter’s diabetic nurse. There is so much to learn about this insulin pump. It’s a bit overwhelming and stressful. So many numbers to figure out and buttons to push. After our session our nurse had us put in infusion set into our bellies. Infusion sets are the “needle” that goes into our child’s stomach to bring the insulin from the pump into her body. I was bracing myself for pain but I was surprise to feel none. I know some people it hurts more and that other places on the body can be more sensitive, but I was glad it didn’t hurt for my first time. I hope it won’t hurt for our daughter either. After we got our infusion sets in our nurse asked if we’d like to be hooked up to the pump for a few weeks with saline solution. We would input our daughter’s blood sugar numbers and carbs eaten into the pump and have it act like it was on her.

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I am now a pumping mom for the next three days. After the three days are over Chris, my husband, will get hooked up. I love that we get to experience a bit of what our child will go through, I can understand a little of how it feels to have it on. I’m sad this is her life but glad for the technology we have to make her life a bit easier. I’ve found the pump to be in the way at times, when sleeping, working out or doing housework. I push though it because I know my little girl has no choice, this will be on her 24/7, 365 days a year. Below is me getting ready to rock it out in my workout with the pump on. I did 30 minutes of cardio and the pump had no issues staying on.

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Our daughter will start pumping on April 28th. She scared but a bit excited. I think once she gets use to the routine of having it on she will be happy with it.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

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“Irreplaceable” in theaters for ONE night! May 7, 2014!! (in Canada)

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My Thoughts-
I was given the opportunity to attend a pre-screening of a new Focus on the Family movie called, “Irreplaceable”. It’s only in the theatres on May 7th. You can check out the Cineplex website for theatres and showtimes. (I believe this movie is showing the the USA on May 6th.)

“Irreplaceable” takes on the journey of one man (Tim Sisarich) to find out what is family. How it’s changed and what the Bible says about. I went into this movie thinking I would find out ways to “fix” this world and it’s immoralities. I came out of the movie asking how I can change MYSELF and be there for my family the way God wants me to. This movie will change how you look internally at yourself, and have you asking how you can help your family and in turn help the world. Below are some points I took away from the movie.

I had wished I had brought paper with me, I was jotting notes on any slip of paper I could find. There was so much to take in.

Tim Sisarich travels the world looking for answers to the family question. He talks to people on the streets, scholars and pastors about their view on family. He addresses, sexuality, the role of the mother, the role of the father and the role of children in the family today.

Tim found that a lot of people think divorce equals happiness, it’s the norm. However after talking with many people he could see that people were not happy and they longed for love. He also addressed sexuality. It’s all about what I want, when I want it. He kept a theme that ended up stating (this is paraphrased) “When you devalue sex you actually devalue marriage. When you devalue marriage you devalue the importance of being a parent. When you devalue the parent role you devalue your children.” It’s tough to hear and some might get defensive about it all but if you really think about it, it’s true. The movie goes deeper into why these are true and gives many examples and talks with people about their personal experience.

What’s wrong with the family? I AM. I need to love like Christ and show my children how to love like Christ. Until I can do that there is no “fixing” the world. No family is perfect, mine is FAR from it. However God is waiting for us to come back to him. Like the prodigal son. I loved this as well, I’m not sure if the quote was from the movie or something someone said in our discussion after the movie. But it is something I took away from the movie, “It’s better to be part of a REDEEMED family then a perfect family.”

In June of this year Focus on the Family will be releasing a follow-up 12 week Small group in-home study. There will be 20-30 minute videos each with along with discussion questions to follow. This will tie into “Irreplaceable”. You can pre-order this study from thefamilyproject.ca. “Irreplaceable” will be out on DVD sometime in August.

I think it would be great for churches to gather a group of people up to go see this movie. (There is a discount for groups over 20). I do want to put a strong warning on this, they talk about sexuality and have some images that would not be appropriate for children to see, please do not take them to see this movie.

Family is a tough subject to address. Not everyone will be happy to hear that they need to fix themselves, but it’s something I think we ALL need to hear and think about. Hope you can go see this movie. I’d love to hear what you think.

FIND it-
Irreplaceable website
Family Project website
Focus on the Family on Facebook
Focus on the Family on Twitter
Irreplaceable Canada official facebook page

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