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Tuesday Giveaway Link Up 5/31

5/31/16
Tuesday Giveaway Link up

Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews, Shelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways. 

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Stop in as often as you can.

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

If you would  like to follow the  hostesses, we will gladly follow you back! Simply leave us a message to do so.

Featured Giveaways

Diana's White House Garden (hardcover children's book) US only Ends 6/5




Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily ReviewsShelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.


Dreamworks Shrek 15th Anniversary Edition #Shrek15Insiders #sponsored

5/30/16
I will receive a copy of Dreamworks Shrek Anniversary Edition as a Fox Insider.  All opinions are my own.
 Dreamworks movies
It's hard to believe, but it is the 15th anniversary of Dreamworks SHREK movie!  I remember watching it for the first time and completely cracking up.  It takes your average fairy tale and turns it upside down on its head with off-beat humor for the whole family to enjoy!  (mind you there is some language in it like an alternative word to donkey)

While there are many likeable characters, my favorite is Donkey.  Eddie Murphy is downright hilarious!

Shrek Anniversary Edition

You’ve never met a hero quite like SHREK, winner of the first
Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature. The endearing ogre sparked a motion picture phenomenon and captured the world’s imagination with...the Greatest Fairy Tale Never Told! This irreverent animated masterpiece arrives on Digital HD on May 16, 2016 and Blu-ray™ and DVD on June 7 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

SHREK Anniversary Edition


SHREK “not just a brilliant animated feature, but a superb film on any level” (Larry King, USA Today). Relive every moment of Shrek’s (Mike Myers) daring quest to rescue feisty Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz), with the help of his lovable loudmouthed Donkey (Eddie Murphy), and win back the deed to his beloved swamp from scheming Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow). Enchantingly irreverent and “monstrously clever” (Leah Rozen, People Magazine), SHREK is an ogre-sized adventure you’ll want to see again and again.

Stay tuned to our social media channels as we have our own SHREK Swampathon!  We'll be watching all four movies and celebrating with green themed items and games.  Just follow #Swampathon to see all the fun #FHEInsiders are up to!

In the meanwhile, you can download these printables to have your own movie night at home.


Activity Sheets/Printables 
*click on upper right hand corner to pop out and download/print 










Giveaway:

One reader will win SHREK Anniversary Edition Blu-ray

printables, activity pages, SHREK

Just use the Giveaway Tools below.  You must be a US resident 18 or older to enter.  You must complete each task entirely or your entries will not count.  

 This giveaway is not in any way associated with or endorsed by Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter.  Giveaway Ends 6/13/16 at  11:59 PM EST.  US Residents **18 and older** only may enter. One entry per household and IP address.  Winner will be drawn using random.org and will have **48 hrs** to respond to email or another winner will be chosen. Entries are verified.  No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.  The Attic Girl is not responsible/liable for prize delivery.  Prize may take 6-12 weeks to ship from the sponsor. By entering the giveaway, you agree to the Giveaway terms/rules.

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Disclosure:  I will receive a copy of the movie as a Fox Home Entertainment Insider.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own. Sponsor is providing the giveaway prize. For more info. see my Disclosure Policy.

Tuesday Giveaway Link Up 5/23 #giveaway #linky

5/23/16
Tuesday giveaway link up

Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews, Shelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways.

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Stop in as often as you can.

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

If you would  like to follow the  hostesses, we will gladly follow you back! Simply leave us a message to do so.


Featured Giveaway

Diana's White House Garden (hardcover children's book) US only Ends 6/5



Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily ReviewsShelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.


Save at Dutch Wonderland 2016 @FunatDW #sponsored #DWFamilyFun #DutchWonderland

I will receive tickets as a 2016 Dutch Wonderland blogger.  All opinions are my own.

It's hard to believe that summer is almost here!  That means planning fun activities for the family, including amusement parks.  We've been looking forward to warmer weather and checking out some of our favorites.

I am excited to let my readers know that I have partnered with Dutch Wonderland this summer to share savings on tickets!

Dutch Wonderland

My kids love Dutch Wonderland and now that we have moved, we're even closer to Lancaster, PA.  It's just a short drive from Baltimore, DC and Philadelphia and an easy day trip ideal for kids ages 3-10.
Exploration Island at Dutch Wonderland

AK loves seeing Duke and checking out all of the fun rides.  She can't wait to see the dinosaurs on Exploration Island and maybe even cool off at Duke's Lagoon (she's not big on water).
Duke's Lagoon Dutch Wonderland

New this spring 2016, families can enjoy a brand new meal option at the Mill Stream Eatery (located next to the bumper cars).   Bean Sprouts features healthy food options for kids and we can't wait to check out what they offer!
Bean Sprouts at Dutch Wonderland

Now, back to those ticket savings.   Tickets are required for ages 3 and up (kids ages 2 and under are free).

Dutch Wonderland
You can save by ordering online in advance:

1 Day ticket advance purchase $40.99

  • Tickets are valid for one admission any day during the 2016 summer season (expiring 10/9/2016)
4 Day Advance purchase ticket $36.99

  • Purchase tickets 4 days in advance online and SAVE $4 !  Available online only. Tickets are valid for one admission any day during the 2016 summer season (expiring 10/9/2016)
7 Day Advance purchase ticket $33.99

  • Purchase tickets 7 days in advance online and SAVE $7 ! Available online only. Tickets are valid for one admission any day during the 2016 summer season (expiring 10/9/2016)
Advanced Ticket options are available for purchase through September 2, 2016. Any Day tickets are available for purchase through October 9, 2016. Admission includes unlimited rides and shows during the 2016 operating season. All tickets expire October 9, 2016. All ticket purchases are non-refundable.


 Dutch Wonderland is a kingdom for kids to make lots of fun summer memories!   I hope you'll take advantage of these discounts and make some family memories of your own.


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Free Summer Reading Programs 2016 #SummerReading

5/19/16
Summer Reading Programs 2016

Summer will be here before you know it and now is a good time to prepare for those Summer Reading lists! 

One of the best places to find summer reading resources is your local library.  I can't say enough about library programs; they are awesome!

In the past, we've attended many fun programs at Anne Arundel County Library.   We loved the Babies in Bloom program as well as the summer reading prizes!

Since we've moved to PA, we'll be checking out Summer Reading Club at Chester County Library.  It starts in June so hopefully we'll see updated info this month. 


Here is a list of other programs and resources to help you get started:



Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program:  

 Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Triathalon

Step 1. Fill out the Summer Reading Triathlon Reading Journal (PDF).  
Step 2. Bring the completed Reading Journal to your local B&N store between May 17 and September 6, 2016 Find a Store.  
Step 3. Choose a FREE BOOK from the selection on the Reading Journal list at the store... Enjoy reading!

Free books to choose from:

GRADES 1 &  2

  • Detective Camp (A to Z Mysteries Super Edition #1)
  • DK Readers Level 1: Jungle Animals
  • Dr. Seuss: The Great Doodler
  • Jorge el curioso: El puesto de limonada
  • Mercy Watson to the Rescue
  • Pete the Cat: Scuba-Cat
  • Pinkalicious and Planet Pink
  • Stowaway!(Puppy Pirates Series #1)
  • The Thrills and Chills of Amusement Parks
GRADES 3 & 4

  • The Bell Bandit (The Lemonade War Series #3)
  • Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
  • I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916 (I Survived Series #2)
  • Justice League vs. Bizarro League(LEGO®DC Comics™ Super Heroes Series)
  • My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish
  • Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great
  • Stuart Little
GRADES 5 &6

  • The Bravest Princess
  • Chomp
  • Esperanza renace
  • Lea Dives In
  • The Night Gardener
  • President of the Whole Fifth Grade
  • Story Thieves (Story Thieves Series #1)
  • Travel Team 












Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

Step 1:  Register on Scholastic's Be A Reading Superhero site.

Step 2:  Read & log your minutes and get virtual prizes

Step 3:  Enter to win awesome prizes from Klutz in the Summer Sweepstakes



 Pizza Hut BOOK IT! Summer Reading

Pizza Hut BOOK IT!  Summer Reading with Candlewick Press

Lots of great free printables with book lists, calendars, activities and book themed kits!




Chuck E Cheese Summer Reading Reward Chart
Chuck E. Cheese Reading Incentive Chart

Step 1: Download the Reading Reward Chart

Step 2:  Track your child's reading progress for two weeks

Step 3: Bring in your chart to Chuck E. Cheese and receive 10 tokens (with food purchase)


 Sylvan's Book Adventure Program

Sylvan's Book Adventure Program 

Step 1: Register as a parent or child

Step 2:  Find titles to read on your child's grade level (recommended summer reading list also provided)

Step 3:  Have your child take quizzes about books that are available and earn points toward prizes


Happy Summer Reading!

Alice Through The Looking Glass Free Printables #ThroughTheLookingGlass

5/18/16
Alice Through The Looking Glass

One of my favorite Disney films growing up was Alice in Wonderland.   I love that Disney has updated the story in new movies that my kids can now enjoy!  When I saw Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter in the first film, I was hooked.  The Mad Hatter is one of my favorite characters, so add some Johnny Depp to that and it's just magical!  (Not to mention Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway!) We can't wait for Alice Through The Looking Glass to hit theaters May 27th!

Alice Through The Looking Glass
ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS / Disney© 2016

In Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” an all-new spectacular adventure featuring the unforgettable characters from Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories, Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland to save her friend the Mad Hatter. Directed by James Bobin, who brings a unique vision to the spectacular world Tim Burton created on screen in “Alice in Wonderland,” the film is written by Linda Woolverton based on characters created by Lewis Carroll and produced by Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd and Jennifer Todd and Tim Burton with John G. Scotti serving as executive producer. 



“Alice Through the Looking Glass” reunites the all-star cast from the worldwide blockbuster phenomenon, including: Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Matt Lucas and Helena Bonham Carter along with the voices of Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall. We are also introduced to several new characters: Zanik Hightopp (Rhys Ifans), the Mad Hatter’s father and Time himself (Sacha Baron Cohen), a peculiar creature who is part human, part clock. 



Alice Kingsleigh (Wasikowska) has spent the past three years sailing the high seas. Upon her return to London, she comes across a magical looking glass and returns to the fantastical realm of Underland. Reuniting with her friends the White Rabbit, Absolem, the White Queen and the Cheshire Cat, Alice must save the Hatter and Underland itself, before time runs out. Presented in Digital 3D™, Real D 3D and IMAX® 3D, Disney’s “Alice Through the Looking Glass” opens in U.S. theaters on May 27, 2016.


Download these fun Alice Through The Looking Glass printables at home!

Activity Sheets/Printables
*click on upper right hand corner to pop out and download/print 





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Tuesday Giveaway Link up 5/16

5/16/16
Tuesday giveaway Link Up

Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews, Shelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways. 

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Stop in as often as you can.

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

If you would  like to follow the  hostesses, we will gladly follow you back! Simply leave us a message to do so.

Featured Giveaway


Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily ReviewsShelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.


We Got Our Brick On at @brickfestlive #BrickFest #Philly #sponsored

5/13/16
I received tickets to Brickfest Live Philadelphia for review as a US Family Guide Blogger.  All opinions are my own.

We recently went to Brickfest Live at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA for the first time with our five year old and almost two year old daughters.


This LEGO fan experience was filled with lots of activities for the kids to do.  It was a little overwhelming for a newbie with such a large crowd and so many things to see {we got there right before it opened and the line was wrapping around the building}.

LEGO Brickfest Live Philadelphia

One of the first things we noticed when we entered was a display of Woody from Toy Story.  My five year old was drawn to it right away.  She loves all of the Toy Story movies and was surprised to see that he was made completely of LEGO bricks!

LEGO Brickfest Live

Then of course we stopped and took a selfie.  Because you know, that's what bloggers do.

LEGO Brickfest LIVE Philadelphia

After our obligatory selfie, we checked out some of the displays.  There were lots of great LEGO sets to see.  Some of my favorites were the Jurassic Park displays, Ghost Busters {my kids have no idea who they are but checked them out anyway}, and the train.


LEGO Brickfest Philadelphia
LEGO Brickfest Ghost Busters

AK was in absolute heaven when we encountered Star Wars characters like R2D2, Storm Troopers, and Darth Vader.  She was able to shake hands with R2D2, which was one of her favorite parts of the day!

LEGO Brickfest Live Philadelphia Star Wars



There was also some kind of shooting thing going on with these two characters.  {Though you had to pay extra to take a shot at them.}

LEGO Brickfest Star Wars



Mom Tip


One tip for attending a LEGO convention:  bring cash.  We found face painting was $10 {before Noon, the price went up to $12 after Noon) and didn't have enough cash with us, so we had to use the ATM.  It's nice that they have an ATM on hand, but it does cost you some bank & ATM fees so it's easier to bring cash ahead of time. 

AK enjoyed having her face painted as Hello Kitty! 


I'm not sure if the food area required cash or if you could use cards, but there is food available as well.  We opted to eat lunch after we left the Expo Center so I can't give any helpful tips about the food (our youngest has food allergies so we usually skip fast food like this or bring our own lunch).

The LEGO derby was a lot of fun to watch.  Kids had a time limit to build their car and then race them (I think there were 5 at a time). The line was long though, so we didn't participate since my kiddos were too impatient to wait that long.

LEGO Brickfest derby

There were brick building stations too.  They have a neat wall mosaic to add your own creations.  
LEGO Brickfest mural
 
Mom Tip
 


Another tip:  Prepare your kids ahead of time that they cannot bring LEGO bricks home.  AK has done make-and-take kind activities in the past.  But these are not make-and-take;  kids cannot bring them home.  We went over this before-hand so she would know what to expect.

{I wish that they had some kind of goody bag that kids could take home included in the cost of their ticket.  She would have enjoyed building a bit more if she had a little something to take home.} 

There's even a large tub of red bricks your kids can sit in and build.  AK tried it out but sitting on little bricks wasn't really her thing so she moved on pretty quickly.

LEGO Brickfest Minefaire

The brick tubs for toddlers had some great Duplo sets.  This area worried me for my toddler though.  AB has a severe peanut allergy which includes contact. {Peanuts and peanut oil can stay on surfaces} I was too worried about the risk of little hands eating and touching bricks and my daughter having an Anaphylactic reaction.    I'm not comfortable with these kinds of activities for her, being that she's little and puts everything in her mouth. So we skipped this.  

The Reading Rest area was a great spot to take a little break.  There were comfy large pillows to sit or lie down on and check out some fun books about LEGO.  If I had let her, AK would have stayed there forever.

There are lots of tables set up for shopping.  Some things seemed a bit pricey to me, but I have never been to a convention before.  They had a lot of neat sets and you can also buy individual figures.  AK thought the LEGO necklaces were pretty cool. 


LEGO Brickfest Philadelphia



LEGO Brickfest Philadelphia


USFamilyGuide.comIf you have older kiddos who are really into LEGO building, you could probably spend a lot of time browsing and playing.   My kids were pretty much finished after a couple of hours.  It's a fun place to spend a rainy day, but really ideal for kids who are a little older (and can handle long wait times) to get the most out of your tickets.

The Divergent Series: Allegiant Coming Digital HD 6/21 #allegiant

5/10/16
No compensation was received for this post.  I may receive a copy of Allegiant for review purposes.  All opions are my own.

Allegiant Blu-ray

My teen got me into the Divergent series after he read the books and the first movie came out.  I am excited to see what happens next as Tris and Four risk everything to save their world in the third installment!

The Divergent Series: Allegiant arrives on Digital HD June 21 and on Bluray Combo Pack, DVD, 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, and On Demand July 12 from Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment Label.

The Divergent Series: Allegiant


Directed by Robert Schwentke (The Divergent Series: Insurgent), written for the screen by Noah Oppenheim (The Maze Runner) and Adam Cooper (Exodus: Gods and Kings) & Bill Collage (Exodus: Gods and Kings), and based on the novel by Veronica RothThe Divergent Series: Allegiant stars Golden Globe® nominee Shailene Woodley (The Fault in Our Stars) and Theo James (Underworld: Awakening) as Tris and Four, alongside Jeff Daniels (The Martian), Miles Teller (Whiplash), Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars), Zoë Kravitz (Mad Max: Fury Road), Maggie Q (TV’s “Nikita”), Ray Stevenson (The Book of Eli), Bill Skarsgård (TV’s “Hemlock Grove”) with Academy Award® winner Octavia Spencer (Best Supporting Actress, The Help, 2011) and two-time Best Actress Academy Award® nominee Naomi Watts (21 Grams, 2003; The Impossible, 2012).

The Divergent Series: Allegiant

In this third exciting film in The Divergent Series, Tris and Four lead a team of rebels in a daring escape over the city wall—into a strange new world where they face a threat more dangerous than they ever imagined. Together, Tris and Four wage a furious battle for survival, fighting not only for their factions and loved ones, but for the future of an entire city in this dynamic, action-packed adventure.
The Blu-ray and Digital HD releases feature an in-depth look behind-the-scenes with six all-new featurettes plus audio commentary with producers Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher. The Blu-ray is encoded in Dolby TrueHD and features a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack, which delivers captivating sound that places and moves audio anywhere in the room, including overhead, to bring entertainment alive all around the audience. 



For viewers who need to catch up on the series, the first two installments, The Divergent Series: Divergent and The Divergent Series: Insurgent, will be available on 4K Ultra Combo pack on July 12 as well. 


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Tuesday Giveaway Link Up 5/9

5/9/16

Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews, Shelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways!

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Stop in as often as you can.

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

If you would  like to follow the  hostesses, we will gladly follow you back! Simply leave us a message to do so.

Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily ReviewsShelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.

   

The Choice Now Available on Blu-ray #TheChoice #sponsored

5/5/16
I received a copy of The Choice to review.  All opinions are my own.

The Choice Blu-ray



The Choice is now available on digital HD and DVD/Blu-ray May 3, just in time for Mother's Day.   

From novelist Nicholas Sparks, the author of classic love stories The Notebook and Dear John, the year’s most moving romance, The Choice, will be available on Digital HD April 19 and on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) on May 3 from Lionsgate. 

Based on Sparks’ best-selling novel, written for the screen by Bryan Sipe (Demolition), and directed by Ross Katz (Adult Beginners), The Choice stars Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies), Maggie Grace (Taken series), Alexandra Daddario (San Andreas), Tom Welling (TV’s “Smallville”) and Academy Award® nominee Tom Wilkinson (Best Actor, In the Bedroom, 2001), in a touching love story that will make viewers laugh, cry, and wonder how far they would go to keep the hope of love alive.

Travis is a fun-loving, smooth-talking bachelor who’s never considered a serious relationship—until he falls hard for his beautiful new neighbor, Gabby. But when fate threatens Travis and Gabby’s love, Travis must make a choice that will alter their lives forever in this unforgettably moving romance.

The home entertainment release of The Choice include in-depth special features including audio commentary with director Ross Katz and actor Benjamin Walker, four behind-the-scenes featurettes and deleted scenes.

BLU-RAY / DVD / DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES
  • Deleted Scenes
  • “Cinematic Choices: Making The Choice” Featurette
  • “Choosing Home: Nicholas Sparks and North Carolina” Featurette
  • “Nicholas Sparks with…” Featurette
  • Molly & Moby: Choice Dogs
  • Audio Commentary with Director Ross Katz and Actor Benjamin Walker


 



Warning:  I'm about to get long winded here.

I enjoy Nicholas Sparks' stories because there is a formula to them; a great love story and something thought provoking about the struggle of life and love and many times faith.   (One of my all time favorites is A Walk to Remember)

And usually there is some element of dealing with the difficulty (or possibility) of losing someone you love deeply.  When you read a Nicholas Sparks book or watch the movie adaptation, you know that from the beginning. 

While I wanted to love this movie, there was something that just bothered me about the premise too much for me to love it.

In order for me to love a film, I have to love the characters and cheer for their love story.  And honestly, I had a hard time liking them at times.  

Travis is charming and has a bit of that cliche "bad boy" quality to him.  He has been in relationships but seems to avoid commitment.  Typical scenario here.  But the actor, Benjamin Walker, plays his part very well and makes you believe he is genuinely in love with Gabby.

Gabby is smart and acts as though she won't take any guff from a guy hitting on her.  She is already in a relationship that is getting serious and seems to care about the guy.  But in one weekend, somehow she is willing to throw all that away and cheat on him with Travis.  Right after she has told Travis about her faith in God.  Ouch!

Not only is she willing to cheat on him in one weekend, she continues the relationship and you don't really see that she has any real struggle with it (until her boyfriend comes back from a trip).  

I just can't like a relationship that starts with someone cheating on another person.  I hate it and I think it's just disrespectful to the person that's been cheated on.  If you have changed your mind about the person you're with, then have the guts to tell the person to their face before you hurt them further.  

And I just didn't see how they could meet each other, maybe flirt a little, and then all of sudden be so passionate about each other.  I know some relationships happen quickly, but it just didn't feel authentic.


While the premise of their love story wasn't something I could cheer for, I was charmed by some of the romantic aspects of their relationship.  The setting was almost a character itself, and since I love the beach, that was my favorite part about the movie.  I think the beach at night with the moon and stars, the waves crashing and the wind against your hair is pretty romantic.   Call me cheesy if you will.


I think the character I liked the most was Travis' dad played by Tom Wilkinson.  He lost his wife to illness, and you could tell how much he loved her and their children.  He welcomes Gabby as though she were already a part of the family (so does Travis' sister) from the moment he meets her.   And he allows his son to make his own choices without giving his opinions unless asked.   It's also pretty adorable when he has a little love interest of his own!

And well, since I can't give away the big choice that has to be made in the movie, I will say you will need a box of tissues.  Because it deals with something that is gut-wrenchingly hard and hit very close to home (if you've read my blog you may be able to guess what that is).  I can't say anymore than that.
 


The Choice



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