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Years ago my mom called me and said she was mailing me a book that I simply HAD to read. She does not do this often, so I anxiously awaited the package. Finally, the book arrived and it was called “Same Kind of Different As Me.” Once the kids were in bed I opened the cover and began reading. Within 48 hours, I had finished the book and called my mom so we could discuss it. It was an amazing book. Then recently I was reached out to in order to gauge my interest in helping to promote a movie that is releasing this October. You can imagine the joy that filled me when I saw the movie was called Same Kind of Different As Me!

“Nobody can help everybody, but everybody can help somebody.” Words of wisdom from a homeless drifter; words that never would be shared with the world if not for a wayward husband, a forgiving wife, and an unforgettable true story that brought the three of them together.

With more money than they could ever possibly need, Ron and Debbie Hall have everything they could ever want … except for a loving marriage. When Ron’s unfaithfulness is brought to light, Debbie invites him to stay—as long as he remains truthful and does what she asks of him. But when her request includes serving the homeless at an inner-city rescue mission, Ron would prefer to write a large check instead. Guided by her faith and spurred on by the dream of a homeless man she senses will change their city, Debbie befriends a disenfranchised man named Denver. More surprisingly, so does Ron. Despite vast differences, their lives begin to intersect and they all are changed … forever.

I must have watched this trailer half a dozen times now.  The cast includes Greg Kinnear, Renée Zellweger, Djimon Hounsou and Jon Voight.  The movie will release October 20, 2017, but you can secure tickets and learn more by visiting their website today.

I am so excited for this release and cannot wait to see it.  Plus….BONUS!  I have two FREE Fandango movie tickets to offer to one lucky reader so you can go see Same Kind of Different As Me!!!

Enter below for your chance to win!

 

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

**“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.”**

The school year is winding down.  Our kids are doing a daily countdown and I think we have something like 15 days of school left.  I know our summer will include trips to parks, lakes, swimming, fishing, bike rides and other outdoor fun, but on rainy days it is nice to have a plan for some indoor fun.  I would love to watch this cute new movie, Max 2: White House Hero.

Man’s Best Friend Is The Country’s Biggest Hero

MAX 2: White House Hero

The All-New Original Movie Is Available on DVD, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack On May 23, 2017 & Digital HD Now.

Duty calls again, and our hero dog Max returns to action in “Max 2: White House Hero.” His new assignment brings him to Washington, D.C. to serve on the U.S. president’s Secret Service detail. When a foreign leader arrives with his precocious daughter Alex (Francesca Capaldi), tensions arise between both countries. First Son TJ (Zane Austin), along with Max and Alex, uncover a dangerous plot that puts both kids and both nations in jeopardy. A highly-sensitive mission will push Max’s specialized skills, intelligence and loyalty to the test.

Visit the Max 2: White House Hero Website:
http://max-themovie.com/

Follow Max on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/MaxMovie

You don’t have to wait for summer break though.  Have some fun right now, by playing with this free app.

• Help Max save TJ and Alex! Click anywhere on the game screen to jump over obstacles and make your best time.
• Watch the trailer and buy Max 2: White House Hero on DVD & Blu-ray May 23.

Ready for the giveaway?  Enter below for your chance to win the Blu-Ray + DVD + Digital HD copy of Max 2!

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Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free

Our kids love listening to music, audio books and radio broadcasts.  The issue has been streaming them into their rooms.  Typically we have had to take in a computer.  No biggie for the girls, but we don’t trust the boys not to use a computer to perfect their ninja moves. LOL! Thankfully, Best Buy just sent us Google Chromecast Audio!

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The Chromecast Audio, is an easy-to-set up and easy-to-use Google device. It’s drawback is the same since the stone age of computers, 1995 — compatibility.
It took less than five minutes to plug the votive-sized puck into a computer speaker in our boy’s room. Our intent, was to be able to stream music and stories into their room at night for them to listen to as they go to sleep.
This is our second Chrome device — fourth if you count Chromebooks. We’ve had an HP Chromebook since 2014 that works as well now as the day we bought it. It took some time getting used to it’s complete dependence on wifi, but it’s got an enviable battery life and it stands up to kid use. We got a ChromeCast for a second tv. I bought it the day after Christmas after the grandparents bought a flatscreen tv for our kids. We’re pretty much an Apple family but we have been bothered that we can’t get Amazon Prime shows on our Apple TV, so Chromecast seemed like an excellent option. No podcasts on it. There’s other apps that have some stories, but you need to buy the premium app to cast it. Overdrive — the app used by our library system for audio books, doesn’t cast from iPhones without some workarounds listed on several sites that come up under a perfunctory Google search. Tunein Radio, a free app with a premium option, seems to be a great source. We were able to stream Adventures in Odyssey — one of the boys’ favorites, from the radio station here.

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Now that we have some compatible apps, we are loving this!

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It sits nicely on the boys little bookshelf in their room and it’s so sweet to see them sitting there and listening to stories with their Chromecast Audio.  Another bonus to this system is that you can stream to multiple rooms!

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It uses wi-fi and has a crystal clear sound with no delays and skips.  There are hundreds of compatible apps available, so take your time and find out which work best for you and your family!  You can learn more about this over at Best Buy.

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Review Wire Media for Paramount Pictures. I received information to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation. All opinions are always my own.

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Denzel Washington directed and stars in this adaptation of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, which centers on a black garbage collector named Troy Maxson in 1950s Pittsburgh. Bitter that baseball’s color barrier was only broken after his own heyday in the Negro Leagues, Maxson is prone to taking out his frustrations on his loved ones. Both Washington and co-star Viola Davis won Tonys for their performances in the 2010 revival of the play. Stephen Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, and Mykelti Williamson round out the supporting cast.

On March 14th, this powerful movie will be available nationwide on Blu-Ray, DVD, Combo packs and as a Digital HD viewing.  You will be able to find it at retailers such as Amazon, iTunes, Best Buy, Walmart and more.

Visit FencesMovie.com to learn more about the cast, see more trailers and see what awards it has been nominated for.

I am excited to offer the following giveaway of Fences.  One reader will win a combo pack:

FENCES Blu-ray Combo Pack
The FENCES Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and English Audio Description and English, English SDH, French, and Spanish subtitles.  The combo pack includes access to a Digital HD copy of the film as well as the following:
Blu-ray
  • Feature film in high definition
  • Bonus Content:
    • Expanding the Audience: From Stage to Screen
    • The Company of Fences
    • Building Fences: Denzel Washington
    • Playing the Part: Rose Maxson
    • August Wilson’s Hill District

Please note that shipping could take 4-6 weeks.  Enter below for your chance to win.

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Minecraft has been quite the rage for a few years now.  There is the game that I think most parents are familiar with.  There is even a Minecraft convention that takes place.  But you have a great resource for cool Minecraft games and collectibles at your fingertips!

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Your local Best Buy!

Best Buys carries the really cool Minecraft games as well as an assortment of Minecrafts gifts and collectibles.

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Who wouldn’t love these mini figures? And the display case is awesome as well! Fans can collect all the mini figures and keep them on display with the cool case.

Best Buy also carries neat ideas like a Minecraft card game.  For those who aren’t inclined to play the game online, a card game is a great way to connect with your kiddo and their love for all things Minecraft.

I think my favorite cool Minecraft game at Best Buy is their Motion Movie Set.  Fans can take this set and set up their own in home studio for taking stop-motion films with Minecraft! Such a fun idea!  Our kids LOVE stop-motion and I know they would go crazy over this!

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Of course Best Buy carries all the cool Minecraft games.  You can get the Xbox One version, Xbox 360, Playstation 4 and more.  Just visit your local Best Buy or check out their Minecraft collection online.

You still have time to make sure your Minecraft fans will be happy this Christmas.  I would love to hear from you and learn what cool Minecraft items made it to your kids wish lists this year! Leave a comment and let me know!

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen