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The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns premieres on Lifetime on November 25, 2014 at 10:00 PM (EST) / 9:00 PM (CST)

 

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I am not catholic, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t respect priests and nuns. In fact I am very impressed by them. I could not imagine giving up everything to serve God.

As odd as it sounds I am fascinated by that sacred world. Most people don’t get to see what goes on “behind the scenes” and the process one must go through in order to become a full fledged nun. I’m pretty sure it’s NOT like it appears in the film The Sound of Music.

A new series premiering on Lifetime explores the lives of five young women and their decision to join the sisterhood of nuns. The series is appropriately called The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns. It airs on Lifetime on November 25, 2014 at 10:00 PM (EST) / 9:00 PM (CST).

The all-new groundbreaking Lifetime® seriesThe Sisterhood (#Sisterhood) follows five young women who are considering the life-changing decision of taking religious vows to become Catholic nuns. For the first time ever, cameras were granted access to three convents* where the women live and work together alongside nuns during the discernment phase, the process wherein they decide if they want to formally continue on their holy path.

In observance of the sacred vows of chastity, poverty and obedience, they leave behind everything they have come to love – boyfriends, family members and all their worldly possessions – to see if they have what it takes to become servants of the church and brides of Christ.

There are five young women in this series. Who will join the sisterhood and who will have second thoughts?

Christie, 27, from Glendale, California, likes to rock out with her country music band while still following all the traditional tenets of the church.

Claire, 26, a parish music minister from Joliet, Illinois, was homeschooled throughout her childhood in a devout Catholic home.

Eseni, 23, a former beauty queen and aspiring model from the Bronx, rebelled against the church as a teen but has returned to Catholicism in search of her true calling.

Francesca, 21, is a recent graduate and die-hard believer from New Jersey who struggles with church positions on hot-button issues.

Stacey, 26, is a lifelong Catholic who lives in New York and has traveled throughout the country, performing in musical theater.

None of these ladies strike me as being a typical “candidate” for the sisterhood. It will be interesting to see how their stories unfold as they spend six weeks at a convent.

I’m looking forward to getting an inside peek at a convent too. So little is known about what goes on behind those closed doors.

Here is a sneak peek at the series.

 

For more information visit their official Lifetime webpage – The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns. You can also check out Lifetime on social media.

The official hastag for the series is #TheSisterhood.

What do you think about the series? Will you be tuning in? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

*I have partnered with Lifetime to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Star Wars – The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions now available on Blu-ray

 

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I’m very excited for the new Star Wars film which is expected to land in theaters in December 2015. I’m sure the film is going to create a whole new generation of Star Wars fans.

I am a life long Star Wars fan. I saw the original film, Star Wars: The New Hope, in the theater when it was first released. I’ve been a fan every since.

Have you seen the series Star Wars: The Clone Wars yet? It’s an animated series based on the Star Wars series. I watched many episodes from the series. I admit I was not a die hard fan of the series where I couldn’t miss an episode, but I did watch them as often as I could. I think they gave a lot of insight and background to the stories Star Wars fans know and love. It also helped give some insight into the characters and their background stories.

I honestly thought the series had ended. I didn’t know that the Cartoon Network “pulled the plug” on the series. I wonder why?

What remained were 13 episodes that were already created. Instead of letting the episodes get locked away in a cabinet some where the show’s creator opted to put the remaining episodes on Blu-ray for fans to enjoy.

These remaining episodes (seen by some as Season 6) are available on Netflix. It was the only place you could see them until now. Now the Lost Missions episodes are available on Blu-ray and DVD.

Even though I missed a lot of the episodes I still wanted to see these formerly “unseen” episodes. I was curious to not only learn more about the beloved characters and story line, but I also wanted to see if they gave any kind of a hint about what Star Wars 7 is about.

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The animation for this series is awesome. It’s not your typical “kiddie” animation with cutesy characters and bright colors. It’s more of a grown up type of cartoon although children can enjoy this as well (not little ones because some of the characters can be scary and the fight scenes might be too intense).

The quality is excellent, most especially because it’s on Blu-ray.

The story line is awesome. As I said, this is not a “kiddie” show. The stories and situations are more complex and intense then an episode of the Mickey Mouse Club. :-)

It would help if you have seen earlier Star Wars: Clone Wars episodes before watching The Lost Missions. You CAN still enjoy the episodes without seeing previous episodes, but you would understand things better and appreciate the episodes more if you know what led up to them.

True fans of the series will want to pick up a copy of Star Wars: Clone Wars so that you can see where the series was meant to leave off – not what was seen on television.

There are some bonus features on the Blu-ray including four additional story reels – “A Death on Utapau,” “In Search of the Crystal,” “Crystal Crisis” and “The Big Bang.” There is also an interesting documentary about the entire series which gives viewers and fans some insight into how this series was brought to life. I always find these “background” stories interesting. It makes you appreciate the show much more when you know what went on behind the scenes to bring it to life.

Look for Star Wars – Clone Wars: The Lost Missions where ever Blu-rays are sold.

Have you seen the series before? What do you think about it? Have you seen the Lost Missions?

Here is a clip for your enjoyment.

 

 

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – in theaters November 21, 2014

*I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Lions Gate. I received a book, products, and a promotional item to thank me for participating.
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Several years ago my daughter was begging me for a series of books from an author Suzanne Collins. I knew nothing of the books or the author so I was reluctant to purchase books I knew nothing about (just in case they were not age appropriate). After learning that all her friends were reading a book called The Hunger Games I figured it was OK for her to read the book so I picked her up a copy.

My daughter was so into the book that she read it in a matter of a couple of days and begged me to get her the second one in the series.

About the same time we learned that the book was coming to theaters are a feature film by the same name, The Hunger Games. My daughter was so excited. The day the movie came out she went to see it with her friends.

Admittedly I had no interest in the book or the film.

One day I saw the DVD in the store and bought it as a gift for our daughter. She watched it several times back to back. I knew there had to be something about the movie to make my daughter such a huge fan. So one day when everyone was at work and school I popped the movie into the DVD to watch it. I was hooked! I didn’t think it would have been that good. I even picked up my daughter’s copy of the book and read that too (I wish I had read the book first). Before I knew it I was also excited when we learned that the next book in the series was also coming out as a feature film. As soon as that film was available on DVD I purchased it as well because I couldn’t wait to see what happened to Katniss and her friends.

We do have the second book in the trilogy but I haven’t read it yet (my daughter did).

On November 21, 2014 the first part of the last book in the trilogy, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I, comes to theaters.

Thanks to Mom Central I received a copy of the book, Mockingjay, as well as a few more copies to give out to friends.

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I started to read the book the same day it arrived. I couldn’t wait to dive into it.

I invited over a couple of friends and a neighbor for an afternoon of The Hunger Games. I picked up some “grown up” snacks (crackers, fancy cheeses, cheese spread), fruits and tea biscuits, coffee, tea and wine.

We watched both films, The Hunger Games and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire back to back. Thank goodness The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is on Netflix because I couldn’t track down our copy. I wanted to make sure that we saw BOTH films in sequence.

After we watched both films (and chatted a lot about the movies and “mom stuff”) I surprised each of them with a copy of the book Mockingjay, which is the third and final book in the series. They were psyched! No one knew what was going to happen next to Katniss or what happened to Peeta. Personally that is one thing I was super curious about – Peeta.

A few of the ladies started to flip through the book but I asked that they wait to read it so we can all start on the book together (although I cheated – I did start to read it).

I showed the trailer to my guests (via my computer) to get them excited about the book an the upcoming movie. Here is the trailer for your enjoyment.

 

We were going to get together again and discuss the book and share our thoughts this weekend, but I was invited at the last minute to go to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and couldn’t set something up. I feel bad about that too.

The movie opens on the 21st and we had planned to go and see it together (a few of us – not everyone could make it). Instead of seeing the film opening weekend (which would be a nightmare – the theater will be packed) we are going to plan a little impromptu get together next Saturday morning (I have plans in the afternoon) to discuss the book (we all finished reading it as far as I know). Hopefully we can meet up at the mall and go see the film the following weekend.

I’m done reading the book. I was going to pace myself a little better but I had to see how it ended. I was surprised at the ending – sort of. I THINK I kind of felt it would end the way it did, but I wasn’t 100% sure.

Some might this the book and movies series are for teens and ‘tweens. They are not. Plenty of grown ups enjoy them just as much as the younger crowd does.

I really like Katniss. I like how she is fiercely loyal and protecting of her family and friends and how she stands up for others.

A great book and a glass of wine with friends.

A great book and a glass of wine with friends.

She’s a hero, and she’s a strong women (emotionally and physically) but she doesn’t apply that label to herself. She doesn’t see herself as a hero. She’s just Katniss. She’s the same humble, down to Earth girl she’s always been. I like that quality about her. She didn’t let the games or all the corruption get the best of her.

This is all evident the third book in the series which is probably the most action packed out of all of them. I also like that we see more of Gale in this book then we have in the past.

I also like the “sci-fi” aspect to the series. I find it fascinating, although the idea of having the different districts doesn’t sound too appealing.

If you would like to learn more about the film, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I please visit the official website. Part II should be released this time next year.

Have you read all three books in the series? Have you seen both films? Are you looking forward to seeing The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Kimberly

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Movie Review – Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars

 

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Are you a fan of the animated series Phineas and Ferb? My kids love that show. They watched it all the time when they were younger (and still do from time to time). I never watched the show until I was sent their holiday show to review. I laughed so hard! Dr. Doofenshmirtz cracks me up.

I am a big time Star Wars fan. I have been the original film. I still remember seeing it in the movie theater with my father. I was in awe of it. I couldn’t wait for the sequels (and prequals). I’m even super excited for the latest Star Wars film to come to theaters.

The creators of Phines and Ferb came up with their own version of Star Wars that I think Phineas and Ferb and Star Wars fans will find fun and entertaining. It’s appropriately called Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars.

I initially thought that this movie was going to be Phineas and Ferb characters as Star Wars characters (for example, Candace as Princess Leia). I was wrong.

The characters from the series, Phineas and Ferb, are all in the movie as well as characters from the original Star Wars film, The New Hope (Star Wars IV). Phineas and Ferb live in the same universe as the rest of the Star Wars characters. In fact they appear throughout the film.

Phineas and Ferb live on the planet Tattooine and Luke Skywalker is a friend and neighbor. They act like their usual happy-go-lucky selves. Unknown to them they are going to get involved with rebellion.

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Each character from Phineas and Ferb have roles in this film. Candace is a storm trooper, Dr. Doofenshirtz is the evil Darthenshmirtz and Perry the Platypus is a secret agent who is trying to help the rebellion destroy the Death Star.

What I love about this film is that it’s NOT a remake of Star Wars with Phineas and Ferb characters but rather it’s a “dual movie” (for lack of a better description). There are two story lines (Phineas and Ferb and Star Wars) that intertwine with one another.

The movie is FUNNY. There are many “laugh out loud” moments. I found it interesting that my kids (neither have seen Star Wars – as shocking as that sounds) laughed at some parts and my husband laughed at others. There were times we all laughed together. There is something for everyone in this movie.

I am a big fan of Star Wars and the film creators did a great job staying true to the Star Wars story. It as fun seeing familiar characters from the Star Wars series too.

The animation is excellent. I loved seeing familiar things and places from Star Wars animated. It reminded me a lot of the animated Star Wars series The Clone Wars.

Check out this clip from the movie.

 

Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars is available now where ever movies are sold.

Here are some activities your family might enjoy too. Simply click on the file (link) to download, save and print out the activities.

What do you think about this film? Have you seen it? Do you think its something you family would enjoy? Feel free to share your thoughts.

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Mark your calendars to tune in to Aaliyah, The Princess of R&B at 8:00 PM (EST/PST) on November 15, 2014

 

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I wanted to give readers a gentle reminder to mark their calendars to turn into the the made for television movie, Aaliyah, The Princess of R&B which will be airing at 8:00 PM (EST/PST) on Lifetime. Please check your local TV guide for the channel.

In case you missed my original post you can read it here – Gone too soon… Celebrate the life of Aaliyah on November 15, 2014. Please note that the $150 gift card giveaway is over and the winner has been selected. 

The two-hour movie, executively produced by Howard Braunstein, Debra Martin Chase and Wendy Williams and staring the multi-talented actress and singer/songwriter Alexandra Shipp, follows the beautiful and talented performer’s inspirational journey.  From her debut on Star Search at the age of ten, the challenges she faced during her rise to become the Princess of R&B and the legacy she left behind, Aaliyah continues to be one of the most successful artists in the recording industry and was named Billboard’s tenth most famous R&B artists of the past 25 years.

Here is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.

 

It’s a shame that she died so young. She died in a plane accident in the Bahamas on August 25, 2001. She was only 22 years old. Imagine what she could have done in the music industry if she was still alive? I think she would have crossed over to feature films too just like other artists have (Jennifer Lopez, Justin Timberlake, Tim McGraw…).

I’ll be live tweeting throughout the film using the hashtag #AaliyahMovie. My Twitter handle is @She_Scribes in case you want to join e and share in some conversation about the film. I hope you’ll join me! :-)

Were you a fan of Aaliyah (or are you still a fan)? Do you have a favorite Aaliyah song? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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Kimberly

*I am working with Lifetime Television to promote this film. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and  not influenced in any way. 

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Ancient Aliens: The Complete Series now available on DVD

 

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I have always been fascinated by the mysteries that surround us. Even as a young girl I would sit in total “awe” watching the television series In Search Of. The show explored things like the Loch Ness Monster, Big Foot, UFOs and other unexplained things.

My husband jokes with me all the time that I should have been a lawyer because I ask a lot of questions and I am not fully satisfy with the answers.

I’m a curious person by nature. I think that is why I am so drawn to the History Channel series Ancient Aliens.

Have you seen the series before? It’s on often. Now it appears on the H2 Channel.

The series began in 2010 and is not on season 7.

Today (November 11, 2014) the entire six seasons are now available in one set – Ancient Aliens: The Complete Series from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

From over 10,000 years of the most credible evidence unearthed, we’ll explore the ancient and mysterious, from sacred relics, artifacts and wall carvings to technologies, places and lore, all in a search for the humankind’s origins and even the secrets of the universe. New interpretations of ancient texts reveal new historical possibilities: Were ancient gods really aliens? Was Satan really humanity’s ally in the Bible? This groundbreaking HISTORY® series on H2® also uncovers the alien dimension within secret codes, deadly cults, mega-disasters and plagues; alien connections to dinosaurs, NASA and even the Third Reich; and considers time travel, underwater UFO activity, ancient martian civilizations, the possibility that some children have alien DNA — and if you can believe it, much more. Experience the trip of a lifetime (or many) in this mother of all gift sets.

The six series are spread out over 23 discs which include 12 episodes from season six that have not been seen on DVD before. In all there are 82 episodes with a run time just over 68 hours.

I have the set. I was super excited when it was sent to me to review.

I missed the first couple of seasons of the series. I never watched the History Channel so I never knew the series even existed. If I did I would have watched it from it’s inception.

I just started watching the series from the beginning. It’s going to take a long time to watch all 68+ hours of the DVD collection. Right now I have been watching 1-2 episodes at a time. Eventually I will make my way through every disc.

I have seen repeats of Ancient Aliens on television. Its great to see episodes I have never seen before.

It was fun to see the original episode (episode one from season one). It touched up something that has always fascinated me – the giant statues on Easter Island. The episode also explored the Nazca lines and drawings in Peru and the great pyramids.

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Visiting the Great Pyramids is on my “Bucket List”. There are actually a few episodes that visit the pyramids and explore alien connections. I don’t recall the title of the episode but there is one that suggests electricity was used to light the tunnels in the pyramids based on drawings and evidence that was found there. How fascinating is that?

The second episode explores ancient text that suggests “flying machines” (space crafts?) and examines theories that could explain how megaliths (giant rocks – like the kind found Stonehenge) could be cut with such precision when only (supposedly) simple tools were available to the people at that time.

With each episode I a left scratching my head. It makes me think about things and question my beliefs.

The series features different scientist and others from around the world who share their thoughts, experiences and findings. These people are professors in Archaeology, Anthropology, Art History, Astronomy, Religious Studies, Engineering, History and others. These are well educated people who are respected in their fields and among their peers. These are not a bunch of theorists who get together on the weekend to make up wild and crazy stories.

Even my cynical husband who doesn’t believe in the possibility of extra terrestrial life on other planets is often heard going “humm…” (in a questionable tone of voice) when he watches the show with me. You can tell that the show touches upon something that even he questions.

I think anyone, even those who truly don’t believe there is a possibility of life on other planets, might find themselves a bit fascinated by the things the show finds – possible evidence from around the world.

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Puma Punku – PHOTO SOURCE: Wiki Commons

Seriously… how can you look at the structures found at Puma Punku? If you are not familiar with that place, Google it. Or even just Google images from Puma Punku. There are stones there that weigh over 100 TONS that were from quarries 60 miles a way. How did primitive get those massive stones up a mountain to Puma Punku. And how were people using nothing more than rocks to chisel with cut out such intricate designs that rival that work a laser would do?

It blows my mind!

If you are a fan of the show you’ll want to pick up this collection so that you can catch up on episodes you missed and enjoy your favorite episodes over and over again.

If you have someone on your holiday shopping list who enjoys the show, or who is fascinated by the “unknown”, this collection would make a fantastic gift.

Look for Ancient Aliens: The Complete Series where ever DVDs are sold.

Are you a fan of the show? Do you believe in the possibility of life on other planets? Feel free to share your thoughts.

Puma Punku PHOTO SOURCE: Wiki Commons

Puma Punku PHOTO SOURCE: Wiki Commons

Kimberly

*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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