Category Archives: Movies, Books, & Music I recommend

Here are the best family-friendly movies, books, and music I recommend. You can have the confidence knowing this media is personally reviewed and family-friendly.

The Recovering Spender – A Story on Finances, Addiction, and Freedom!  #TheRecoveringSpender

The Recovering Spender – A Story on Finances, Addiction, and Freedom! #TheRecoveringSpender

 

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Did you by chance catch my last Facebook Live episode?  I spend a chunk of time talking about this new book:  The Recovering Spender by Lauren Greutman.

I am on a team of bloggers that is helping Lauren Greutman launch this book.  If officially hits the shelves one week from today, September 13th, 2016.  Good news – you can pre-order your copy today!

Now why would you want to read this, let alone pre-order it?  Well let me tell you about my experience reading this book.

I recently brought my copy along with me while on vacation so that this could be my “down time on the beach reading material”.  I’ll be honest though –  I wasn’t super duper excited reading another book about finances.  If you know me, I’m a huge proponent of budgeting, using coupons, and finding good deals, but I didn’t want to read a tutorial on something that I feel I have already mastered.

But this book wasn’t just about those practical things.  It was SO MUCH more!

I met Lauren for the first time a few years ago and a blogging conference.  We were actually roommates – and discovered that we have a mutual friend that lives near me (it’s a small world!)  I remember looking up to Lauren thinking she has it all together with her successful blogging business, and is just so friendly and outgoing.  She is so knowledgeable, caring and real.  I wanted to learn as much as I could from her that weekend because she seemed to have it all together.

And then I read her book and realized I didn’t know her story at. all.

This book Lauren gets down to the nitty gritty, painful details of her spending addiction that resulted in her family being $40,000 in consumer debt!  A large chunk of that was from “buying customers” to earn a “free” car from another business she had in the past.  My jaw just dropped when I read how she’d go to Target, buy whatever she wanted, and hide it in the trunk of her car so her husband would see it until she put everything away.  She revealed how terrible communication was about finances in her marriage.  She shared her insecurities and how they drove her to “live the American dream” to have nice things, no matter the consequences.

This is the exact opposite of what I expected from an awesome frugal blogger!  But this is the story that brought her to her knees as she faced her addiction and recovered to be who she is today.  Her story has shaped and molded her to being a financial coach and help others get out of the same rut.

If you are a “spender” and can’t pass up a good deal, and the word budget makes you sick to your stomach – then this book is for you.  If you are a “saver” like me, and want to get inside of the mind of those who struggle and give you insight on why they choose to overspend, then this book is for you.

Her story is one that will stick with you.  And her tips on how she “stays in the fence” now are just so useful and practical.  You all should just get a copy and read it – for real!

BUY Your Book Here on Amazon:  The Recovering Spender: How to Live a Happy, Fulfilled, Debt-Free Life for $10.33 ($9.99 for Kindle)

After you order, then Head Over HERE where you can click “Claim Bonuses.”

When you click that, it will take you to a Google form where you fill out where you purchased your book and your order #.  When they have that info, then they will email all of the awesome freebies to your inbox!

I’d love for you to come back and share with me what you think of the book!

War Room | Christian Movie Review  (PLUS War Room DVD Giveaway – Ends 12/26/15)

War Room | Christian Movie Review (PLUS War Room DVD Giveaway – Ends 12/26/15)

War Room | Christian Movie Review Synopsis:  Tony and Elizabeth Jordan seemingly have it all – great jobs, a beautiful daughter, and their dream house.  But appearances can be deceiving.  Tony and Elizabeth Jordan’s world is actually crumbling under the strain of a failing marriage.  While Tony basks in his professional success and flirts with… Continue Reading

New Buck Denver DVD Released:  Galaxy Buck Mission To Sector 9 (From Veggie Tales Creator Phil Vischer)

New Buck Denver DVD Released: Galaxy Buck Mission To Sector 9 (From Veggie Tales Creator Phil Vischer)

Is your family fans of Veggie Tales?  If so, then you may know about the Buck Denver series that was created by the same guy, Phil Vischer. If you haven’t heard, the newest Buck Denver DVD was just released:  Galaxy Buck:  Mission to Sector 9. Galaxy Buck: Mission to Sector 9 is a must-see for all ages, from… Continue Reading

Nicole Nordeman The Unmaking CD Giveaway – Ends 9/10/15 LAST DAY

Nicole Nordeman The Unmaking CD Giveaway – Ends 9/10/15 LAST DAY

    It has been a few years since Nicole Nordeman has released a new album – and it’s finally here:  The Unmaking! This album has 6 new songs on it, with “Slow Down” being my favorite.  It is a precious song that every mother can relate to!  (In fact, I can almost guarentee every… Continue Reading

Catching Faith | Christian Movie Review

Catching Faith | Christian Movie Review

Catching Faith | Christian Movie Review Synopsis:  John and Alexa Taylor appear to have the perfect life – they’re the envy of all the parents in town. Their son Beau is the high school football star and their daughter Ravyn is a straight-A student. But when Beau is caught drinking alcohol, his place on the team and… Continue Reading

The Father’s Love | Christian Movie Review

The Father’s Love | Christian Movie Review

The Father’s Love | Christian Movie Review Synopsis:  Inspired by a true story, The Father’s Love tells the story of a woman that meets the man of her dreams. Charming, handsome, and wealthy, Reece becomes her world. But as their story unfolds, Sarah discovers that man is nothing like she imagined in a journey that leaves her… Continue Reading

Virtuous – Christian Movie Review

Virtuous – Christian Movie Review

  Virtuous | Movie Review Synopsis:  When a young woman, Simone Burner (singer/songwriter, Brandy Allison), is accused of murdering the man who assaulted her, she seeks out the helps of attorney Jack Evans (Erik Estrada, TV’s CHiPs) to prove her innocence. A ruthless and corrupt prosecutor engages her in a trial that brings the past she’s longed… Continue Reading

Family Christmas Gift Guide | DVD’s, Books, LED Speakers, Ocarina’s & More!

Family Christmas Gift Guide | DVD’s, Books, LED Speakers, Ocarina’s & More!

The following is a list of items that my family has recently had the chance to try out and enjoy. Many are great for kids – but there are products here that everyone in the family will enjoy! Some of these I’ve posted reviews about recently, and a few on this list are brand new.… Continue Reading

A Long Way Off:  A Modern Day Prodigal Son Story | Christian Movie Review

A Long Way Off: A Modern Day Prodigal Son Story | Christian Movie Review

  A Long Way Off – Movie Review   Retelling the timeless parable of a father’s unconditional love, tempestuous young Jake tries to escape the duties of the family business by leaving his home and taking his dreams to the big city. Far from the wise words of his father, Abraham, Jake is finally free… Continue Reading

New Show on Hallmark Channel – Signed, Sealed, Delivered

New Show on Hallmark Channel – Signed, Sealed, Delivered

A new Family Friendly TV Show:  Signed, Sealed, Delivered  The new original series “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” is a wonderful combination of romance, comedy and drama that follows the lives of four postal detectives who transform themselves into a team of detectives to track down intended recipients of undeliverable mail. Their missions take them out of… Continue Reading