Wednesday, February 14, 2018

"Wonder" the Movie

My family and I recently watched the movie "Wonder" and were blown away by this great family friendly movie with a message for everyone: choose kind.

My kids (11 and 14) had never read the book (despite my offering) and so they went into watching the movie with very little information. In fact, my husband and I were pre-screening it to see if it would be okay for them to watch, when they spontaneously came into the family room and joined us moments after it started.

I read the book "Wonder" a couple of years ago and so I was interested to see what the movie would be like. This movie has excellent acting by a great cast. I love the imaginative spin they had throughout the movie (reminiscent of "Ramona and Beezus"). Like the book, the movie focuses on the point of view of various characters and tells a story beyond what you might think at 'face value'.

If you're looking for a great movie for your family to watch together, consider this one.

If you're wondering if it's right for your kids --  check out the Wonder review on Kids in Mind for specifics (and some mild spoilers).

~❀~ Chelsey ~❀~

Thursday, December 21, 2017

The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

"The House on Foster Hill" by Jaime Jo Wright is a Christian murder mystery that tells the story of two young women at two different times in history: Ivy's story is set in the early 1900's; Kaine's story is set in the present day.

Kaine's husband died two years ago in an accident that she insists was no accident. In an attempt to start over, Kaine impulsively purchases an old house that has some family history. As Kaine uncovers the history of the house she sees how circumstances in the past eerily mirror her own life.

"When the house's dark history 
comes back with a vengeance, 
Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization 
she has nowhere left to hide." 

Over a hundred years earlier, Ivy is struggling to find meaning in life while recovering from her brother's death and a broken heart. A mysterious murder on the Foster Hill property leaves Ivy looking for answers...

I found Ivy to be a more compelling character and thought her storyline was more intriguing than the present day storyline. I might have prefered it if the novel were written predominantly in the past. That being said, I did find it interesting to see how Ivy and Kaine's stories intertwined.  

This novel is a mystery that incorporates elements of romance -- both in the present timeline and in the past. Although it deals with some mature themes, the novel isn't graphic and there is no foul language. Some of the Christian conversations at the beginning of the novel felt a bit contrived, but overall a strong message of hope comes through. If you're a fan of historical mystery, but like it to be mild, this novel may be one for you.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc." 

~❀~ Chelsey ~❀~

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Operation Christmas Child!

Samaritan's Purse has a program called Operation Christmas Child. This is a great opportunity for you (and your children!) to participate in an act of service that shows the love of God!

Samaritan's Purse ensures that children all over the world (who might otherwise not receive anything) receive this special gift. The shoeboxes are sent to more than 100 countries to bless children regardless of their race, religion, or gender. 

“My favorite items in my shoebox were school supplies. 
They were really important to me because 
it meant I could go to school.”

Luis, Panama
Check out the website's Packing Ideas for more quotes from children who have been blessed and, of course, to get some more packing ideas!
Consider adding a "Let's Be Friends!" page where you can write a short letter and identify on the map where you're from!

Here's a checklist my kids and I have made. Feel free to leave a comment if you think we should add anything to the list!

School Supplies
stuffed animal
pencil crayons
musical instruments
card games
face cloth

note books

soccer ball and pump
school books


jump rope/Chinese rope



For Girls
sewing kit
kitchen spoons
hair clips
hair elastics

capybaras ~❀~ Chelsey ~❀~

Friday, October 6, 2017

SketchyDez Custom Character Design Giveaway

Have you ever thought of a cartoon character you wish existed? Do you know a birthday girl or boy who would love to be drawn in the style of their favourite character? Maybe you would like to see your favourite character in casual clothes, in a unique pose or holding a certain accessory?

SketchyDez is a 13 year old artist who specializes in creating art of custom cartoon characters or art of beloved characters in different clothes or poses.

Check out:
Some of the themes that SketchyDez specializes in:

My Little Pony Equestria Girls
Mario Characters and Princesses
Super Heroes
Tinkerbell / fairies
Harley Quinn / Poison Ivy

Buy it: Visit SketchyDez Etsy Shop to order custom artwork. Click on the Custom Cartoon Character listing and then browse through by clicking the arrow to see more examples.

Win it: One Sowing Dandelion Seeds reader will win a custom work of art. An American or Canadian winner will win a hardcopy of the art or a digital copy of the art. An International winner will win a digital copy of the art only.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Please note that SketchyDez has the right to refuse custom requests (even the request of the giveaway winner!) and she does not do creepy or inappropriate themes. This is at her discretion.

~❀~ Chelsey ~❀~

"Same Kind of Different as Me" Movie Giveaway

"Same Kind of Different as Me" is an uplifting movie that is based on a true story. Releasing nationwide on Friday, October, 20, 2017 "Same Kind of Different as Me" is a heartwarming movie that is recommended for ages 13 and up.


Greg Kinnear (least known for "Stuck on You"), Renee Zellweger (who portrayed Beatrix Potter in "Miss Potter"), and Djimon Hounsou (voice of Drago in "How to Train Your Dragon" 2 and 3) lead the cast in this movie. With excellent acting and strong emotions, "Same Kind of Different as Me" is sure to make an impression on you.

In "Same Kind of Different as Me" Debbie Hall, a woman with a heart of gold, has a dream about a homeless man that she feels compelled to find and befriend. Ron, her husband, is a self-absorbed art dealer who is on the verge of leaving their marriage. Can Ron and Debbie find this mysterious homeless man and if so, what kind of a difference will it make?

Thanks to an invitation by the Pure Flix team, my husband and I were able to pre-screen the movie "Same Kind of Different as Me". We loved that the movie leaves you with such a strong sense of hope. Throughout the movie Ron, Debbie and Denver make a difference in the lives of one another and in the lives of the people around them. Hopefully this movie will inspire you to make a difference, however small it may seem at first, in the life of another person.

Check out:

"Same Kind of Different as Me" Official Film Site has videos, information about the movie and cast as well as more inspiration for making a difference in the lives of others!

"Same Kind of Different as Me" Official Film Blog has excerpts from the book of the same name as well as posts on topics such as: the immeasurable worth of each person and keys to a healthy relationship.

"Same Kind of Different as Me" Facebook Page has photos, interviews and behind-the-scenes clips. Check out interviews with the real Ron Hall!

Buy it: Visit "Same Kind of Different as Me" Official Film Site to buy tickets for the movie and get more information.

Win it: One Sowing Dandelion Seeds reader (US only) will win movie tickets for two to see the movie "Same Kind of Different as Me" in theaters! (2 Fandango discount code tickets).

Disclosure: Thanks to LEV3L and Pure Flix, I received two Fandango movie tickets in exchange for an honest review on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe would be good for my readers.

~❀~ Chelsey ~❀~

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Here comes the Solar Eclipse!

On Monday, August 21st there will be a solar eclipse in North America! Depending on where you live, it may be a total solar eclipse (like the one last seen in the United States in 1918!) or it could be a partial solar eclipse.

Eclipse America is a great source of information (like the above image)
You can put your zip code in to see when the solar eclipse or partial solar eclipse will be in your neighbourhood.


An easy way to "see" the solar eclipse is to view its shadow through a pinhole made in cardboard. Last solar eclipse my kids and I experimented with cereal boxes and various sizes of holes. My kids even constructed a mechanism to hold the cardboard out of tinker toys so it could be held steady while we traced the image of the eclipsed sun onto another paper.

Check out for information on How to Watch Solar Eclipses (and how not to watch solar eclipses!).

~❀~ Chelsey ~❀~

Friday, August 4, 2017

"All Saints" Movie Giveaway

I love movies that are inspiring -- even more so when the movie is based on a true story. "All Saints" is just that -- an inspiring movie based on a true story! Releasing nationwide on Friday, August 25, 2017, "All Saints" looks to be a feel good movie (recommended age is 10 and up).

John Corbett is known for starring in some great movies including: "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and "Ramona and Beezus" (where he plays one of the best dads ever).

In "All Saints" John Corbett plays salesman-turned-pastor, Michael Spurlock, who is told his first assignment as pastor is to shut down his small church.

Michael, his congregation, and a group of Karen refugees from Burma sponsored by his church are faced with a decision -- will they risk it all and rise to the challenge to provide hope for their community?

"All Saints" is sure to be a movie with a great message. I'm looking forward to seeing it and supporting a quality, Christian movie. I hope it will challenge Christians to step out in faith and make a difference in the lives of others and in the lives of their communities.

Check out:

"All Saints" Official Film Site has some amazing resources including: Refugee Information, Discussion Guides and clips from the movie.

"All Saints" Facebook Page has photos, interviews (including one with the real Michael Spurlock) and behind-the-scenes clips!

Buy it: Visit "All Saints" Official Film Site to buy tickets for the movie and get more information.

Win it: One Sowing Dandelion Seeds reader (US only) will win movie tickets for two to see the movie "All Saints" in theaters! (2 Fandango discount code tickets).

Disclosure: As a featured contributor of Sony's ALL SAINTS Influencer Program, I received the value of two movie tickets in exchange for an honest review on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe would be good for my readers.

~❀~ Chelsey ~❀~
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