Friday, September 12, 2014

Dolphin Tale 2, Review & Giveaway

I'd heard a lot about Dolphin Tale and finally got to watch it with my kids. They love dolphins, and they loved this movie! Honestly, I thought it might be cheesy and geared more toward younger children, but I was surprised to find this movie kept my attention as well as my kids'! ;) Dolphin Tale is clean, funny, and touching as well as educational. Of course, I loved the fact that two of the characters were homeschooled!

I was excited to hear about Dolphin Tale 2 and even more excited to be able to review the curriculum that goes along with the movie! The curriculum includes downloadable videos & worksheets that is suitable for multiple ages. My children range in grades from 1-10. They all watched the videos together, and then the younger children answered questions orally and colored or drew pictures of what they learned while the older children did the more advanced portions of the worksheets. I thought the lessons were a little dry, but still interesting and the children seemed to enjoy them. I definitely recommend it!

Dolphin Tale 2 came out today! I don't know when we will get to see it, but we definitely will as soon as we can. If you're able, watch Dolphin Tale (if you haven't already) and then go see Dolphin Tale 2! 

Oh, and did I mention that I got this cute shirt (which my daughter confiscated...wouldn't fit me anyway) and cool sunglasses? (I kept the sunglasses. Well, for now.)

What's great is that YOU have a chance to get a cute shirt and cool sunglasses! Enter below! 

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About the movie:
Inspired by true events, Dolphin Tale 2  continues the story of the brave dolphin Winter, whose miraculous rescue and recovery—thanks to a groundbreaking prosthetic tail—made her a symbol of hope and perseverance to people around the world and inspired the 2011 family hit movie “Dolphin Tale.” This film reunites the entire main cast, led by Harry Connick Jr., Oscar winner Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson, and of course, the remarkable dolphin Winter as herself. Champion surfer Bethany Hamilton, who has been an example of courage, also appears in the film.

It has been several years since young Sawyer Nelson and the dedicated team at the Clearwater Marine Hospital, headed by Dr. Clay Haskett, rescued Winter. With the help of Dr. Cameron McCarthy, who developed a unique prosthetic tail for the injured dolphin, they were able to save her life. Yet their fight is not over. Winter’s surrogate mother, the very elderly dolphin Panama, has passed away, leaving Winter without the only pool mate she has ever known. However, the loss of Panama may have greater repercussions for Winter, who, according to USDA regulations, cannot be housed alone, as dolphins’ social behavior requires them to be paired with other dolphins. Time is running out to find a companion for her before the team at Clearwater loses their beloved Winter to another aquarium.

Twitter: @dolphintale
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I received a promo pack from Flyby Promotions in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Monday Blessings

Keeping it short today because I should already have a lot of stuff done but I didn't get to it and now I'm just staring at everything wondering where to start and if I should just throw everything out the door and take a nap and would it be okay if I fast-forwarded to next month, please?  (Ya gotta love run on sentences and an extreme lack of punctuation, right? Because that's how my mind is runnin' right now, so....)

Today, I'm thankful for:
1. Doing surprisingly well at my little sale.
2. Being able to use the money I made to buy a few things for our "new" house.
3. The comfort of knowing that God's got us in His hands. 
4. For His forgiveness and grace when I don't trust Him like I know I should.
5. For lifelong friendships that stand the test of time.
6. For the sounds of summer.
7. For a rare sweet tea. Two of them, actually. 
8. For our awesome homeschool group. Seriously...some of the best moms around. :)
9. For the ability to play the piano, because it's a comfort to me.
10. For the return of football season, amen? 

What are some of your Monday blessings?