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The Full Tank Life Fuel Your Dreams, Ignite Your Destiny by Ben Tankard
Modern-day Renaissance man and star of Bravo's Thicker Than Water Ben Tankard offers powerful motivation and practical tools to empower readers to find their destiny and create an action plan to unlock it.
As a pastor, pilot, motivational speaker, bestselling Gospel/Jazz musician, and reality TV star, Tankard has a lot of experience with both success and failure. He has learned that our greatest opportunities often come from our greatest disappointments. Today, he is doing what he was born to do, and he knows it didn't happen by accident. Tankard encourages readers to examine seven key elements-Dreams, Environment, Subconscious, Time, Inspiration, Network, and You, sharing his life-tested secrets to help readers find their own way. Including fresh insights on familiar Bible passages, wisdom from Tankard's own setbacks, and laugh-out-loud stories, Tankard shows readers that they too can have a "full ta…
Welcome to Zahramay Falls, the magical home of twin genies-in-training Shimmer and Shine! Available on DVD August 16, Shimmer and Shine: Welcome to Zahramay Falls takes fans on a journey with Shimmer, Shine, Leah and Zac, as they experience magical adventures in the genie world of Zahramay Falls.
After losing her place at a prestigious academy, a young dancer struggles to keep her passion alive in HONEY 3: Dare to Dance, the high-energy dance drama arriving on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD as well as On Demand on September 6, 2016, from Universal 1440 Entertainment.
The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today is out on DVD September 6 from Sony Home Entertainment!
In the brand new original animated film, Princess Alise is training to be the perfect royal but in her heart all she wants to do is sail the seven seas as a swashbuckling pirate! After setting sail, Princess Alise is shipwrecked and washes ashore on an island where she meets Lucas, a young boy who has been living there by herself. They have to work together to survive and get back to civilization!
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Each year our local Chamber of Commerce offers a program which connects high school students with local business leaders. Participating students received 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell. Each week during the program, students delved into Maxwell's book and principles therein. I had the opportunity to speak with some of the students and was really impressed as the students were able to apply the principles in the book to everyday life and their school studies. The lessons learned are sure to come in handy as these students prepare to enter the workforce.
I was introduced to John C. Maxwell's leadership principles a few years ago in a career workshop. You sometimes think those workshops are a waste of time and money. However, I feel I got my money's worth as I still apply some of the principles I learned in that workshop. Developing good leadership skills is important to me because there are times when it's an "If not ME, then WHO" ty…
I was thinking of writing a post on natural hair because of a conversation an acquaintance and I had over the "lack of growth" of my natural hair. Then I read about Pretoria Girls High School in South Africa and I KNEW I had to express my thoughts.
I've been planning a cruise for a long time. Keyword, "I've". Cruising is a hard sale for Hubby but I think I may have just sold him on taking our very FIRST cruise later this year! *applause! applause!!* Our Traveling Diva, Roz T, of Southern Divas and Dudes, is cruising to Cozumel, Mexico next week and offered to share a few tips with first time cruisers. I'm sure these tips will come in handy as Hubby and I make plans to set sail soon.
I looked in my purse and I had 3, yes 3 lip balms. Sad huh? I hope not because I love lip balms. I've got glosses and flavors and salves and more. Love, love them all!
I always have a variety of lip balms in my purse, in my bag, in my car, in my wallet, everywhere 'cept my pockets. Lesson learned after washing a lip balm or two and forever ruining some fave jeans.
Here are my Fave 5 lip balms (in no particular order)
Bath and Body Works C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Shine: BEST gloss ever plus a powerful kick of mint! Super shiny and extra glossy and sure to leave your lips poppin'! eos: Evolution of Smooth is the COOLEST lip balm ever. I've tried over a dozen eos brand lip balms and love, love, love them all BUT the Medicated Tangerine is my all-time fave. This orb-shaped balm contains shea butter, jojoba oil and vitamin E and goes on nice and smooth and spark conversation every single time others see me use it.
My kid received this in their BlogHer Hatch swag bag …
I get excited whenever a new restaurant opens up, especially when it's within walking distance from my job. A few weeks ago Soul Fish Café, a chain restaurant based out of Memphis opened and I have been eyeing the place waiting for the initial "new restaurant" hype to die down before dining there.
Today it happened. My Dining Divas asked what's for lunch and I suggested Soul Fish Café. My suggestion was surprising since fish isn't my thing and the menu is filled with fish options. I know hard to imagine a place named Soul Fish specializing in, well, fish. *side eye/snark*
One of my besties and I decided take the teens with us to BlogHer. My youngest, fresh off his Good Morning America appearance, his best friend since kindergarten and my niece were in for one heckuva memorable road trip!
Disclosure: 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. I can't believe it's been 2 weeks since BlogHer '16. There was so much to see and do. I was so excited to check out the Best Buy Mobile Plan and Compare Tool and be among the first to try out the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Yes, store launch was mid-August and we got to test a full 2 weeks before it hit the store.
I was surprised to learn nearly 50% of cell phone users overpay their monthly cell phone bill. The Best Buy team helped me use the Mobile Plan and Compare tool - which is available at all Best Buy stores I must add - and I was surprised to learn I could save some serious dough by making a few changes to my mobile plan and even upgrade our phones.
I did some calculating and figured out we could save enough to pay band fees for all three of our sons for the entire year with the money we saved just by making a few chang…
Now that the kiddos are back in school, it's time to buckle down and get in homework grind mode. Creating a space where kids can do their homework is important to their academic success. Even if you don't have an office area the kids can call their own, you can still create the perfect homework station using these 7 easy tips.
A love of reading is something I can truly say I inherited from my mom. I can remember sneaking away to read her V.C. Andrews' novels. Of course I was hooked on V.C. Andrews the moment I read Flowers in the Attic and my love of her writings has blossomed ever since.
Author V.C. Andrews passed away in the late 1980's. However, her estate continues to publish books every year since Andrews' untimely passing. My Sweet Audrina was first published in the early '80s so it was quite surprising to see Simon and Schuster announce the publication of a sequel some 35+ years later.
Last year, I read Osteen's THE POWER OF I AM. I am a huge fan of his books as they are so inspirational and a call to action for the readers. Now, the book is being released as a paperback.
I think of myself as a beacon of positivity but there are times when I am so heavy burdened with thoughts of my responsibilities as a wife, mother, the bills I have to pay not to mention worries of affairs of dear family and friends. Yet, no matter what troubles await me, I am up to the challenge. I surround myself with positive thoughts and keep moving forward because I know I AM a conqueror.
If it’s the Snow White tale you’re looking for, discover the story that came before in The Huntsman: Winter’s War.
The Huntsman: Winter’s War stars Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road, Monster) as the evil Queen Ravenna, who betrays her good sister Freya (Emily Blunt: Sicario, Edge of Tomorrow) with an unforgivable act, freezing Freya’s heart to love and unleashing in her an icy power she never knew she possessed. Retreating to a kingdom far to the north, Freya raises an army of Huntsmen as her protectors, with the only rule that no two of them should ever fall in love. As a war for domination escalates between the two queens, the hero standing between good and evil is Freya’s most elite Huntsman, Eric (Chris Hemsworth: Thor, Star Trek Into Darkness). Alongside fellow warrior Sara (Jessica Chastain: The Martian, The Help) — the only woman who has ever captured his heart — Eric must help Freya vanquish her sister or Ravenna’s wickedness will rule for eternity.
Kubo and the Two Strings is an epic action-adventure set in a fantastical Japan from acclaimed animation studio LAIKA. Clever, kindhearted Kubo (voiced by Art Parkinson of “Game of Thrones”) ekes out a humble living, telling stories to the people of his seaside town including Hosato (George Takei), Hashi (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), and Kameyo (Academy Award nominee Brenda Vaccaro). But his relatively quiet existence is shattered when he accidentally summons a spirit from his past which storms down from the heavens to enforce an age-old vendetta.
Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey (Academy Award winner Charlize Theron) and Beetle (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey), and sets out on a thrilling quest to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known. With the help of his shamisen – a magical musical instrument – Kubo must battle gods and monsters, including the vengeful Moon King (Academy Award nominee Ralp…
The Bible is full of stories of successful women. However, most of their stories are overshadowed by stories of men. Fortunately, Author Katara Washington Patton has compiled stories of some of the Bible's most successful women in her book, Successful Women of the Bible.
Last year, Patton gifted readers with her book, Successful Moms of the Bible, and Successful Women of the Bible is her latest. In Successful Women of the Bible, Patton shares stories of 10 of the Bibles most memorable women:
Summer flew by and now it's time for the first day of school. Doesn't matter if your kid is beginning their first day of kindergarten like the Littlest One, heading to middle school or gearing up for their senior year of high school, there's nothing like the first day of school. No one ever told me the first day of school would be so emotional. Not for the kiddos but for us parents.
A friend and I were talking the other day and she confessed she was a total wreck when she dropped her youngest off for her first day at her new middle school. She just sat in her car and cried as she watched her daughter walk up the steps to her classroom. The feeling was mutual. I confessed I too boo-hooed all the way from the kids' school to the office parking garage.
I don't know what it is but I always get so emotional after dropping the kids off on the first day of school. It's just something I've come to expect. It's my first day of school ritual I guess. I…
I'm looking forward to Charlize Theron voicing the role of Monkey in this week's theatrical release of Kubo and the Two Strings but I am so eagerly anticipating the release of The Huntsman: Winter's War on DVD and On Demand NEXT WEEK! We loved this movie and are glad it's coming to DVD! Woohoo!!!
If it’s the Snow White tale you’re looking for, discover the story that came before in The Huntsman: Winter’s War, coming to Digital HD on August 2, 2016 and 4K Ultra HDTM, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on August 23, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The Huntsman: Winter’s War on Blu-ray™ and DVD includes an all-new extended edition of the epic action-adventure, plus exclusive bonus features that reveal the movie’s behind-the-scenes secrets.
The Huntsman: Winter’s War stars Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road, Monster) as the evil Queen Ravenna, who betrays her good sister Freya (Emily Blunt: Sicario, Edge of Tomorrow) with an unforgivable act, freezing Freya’s …
A few years ago, a friend asked me to design a graduation card for her daughter who was graduating from middle school. She asked me to include the scripture Jeremiah 29:11 which states "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." What an empowering message to share with anyone, particularly a child of any age.
God Made You Just Right is a delightfully, illustrated board book which uses this scriptural reference to convey the message of appreciation for individuality. Each of us is beautifully and wonderfully made. The book serves as a reminder that there is no one else like you. Author Jill Roman Lord does a great job using easy to read text coupled with a powerful message for children of all ages.
The Little Old Lady and the Littlest One enjoyed reading God Made You Just Right and we look forward to sharing with our church library.