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The Star

I love this movie……I was able to take ALL my kids plus my youngest son’s biological brother and sister.  Most small kids worm and have the attention span of a gnat.  These kids never moved.  They sat, mesmerized… would see their eyes light up and then hear those sweet giggles, in the dark.  It warmed my soul.  My other younger children asked questions because this perspective is unique…coming from the animals.  The dialogue was awesome and I’m THRILLED to be able to watch this movie and listen to the soundtrack (mind blowing) as much as we want….I’m actually anxious for my husband to watch it LOL

Please, take the time to check out the links, below….listen to the soundtrack and prepare to be amazed… will be glad you did!


THE STAR is now out in digital format and next week it will be out in DVD and BLU-RAY format.
There are many bonus features, one of which is a Devon Franklin Bible study!

Dropbox linked here with a slew of social assets, images, posts, along with a link to various banner images and sizes:


Buy Link:


There is a LIVE GUIDED BIBLE STUDY w/ DEVON FRANKLIN is “interactive and super engaging”.


“Full of humor and heart” – Huffington Post
“The Star is destined to become a classic!” – The Dove Foundation
Golden Globe® Nominated for Best Original Song by Mariah Carey & Marc Shaiman


The Tale of Faith and Friendship Includes Six Sing-Along Videos from Mariah Carey, Fifth Harmony, Kelsea Ballerini, A Great Big World, and Kirk Franklin
Includes a Dance Along, “How-to” Crafts Video and Much More Available on Digital February 6 and On Blu-ray + DVD + Digital on February 20

CULVER CITY, Calif. (January XX, 2018) – From the studio that brought you MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN & CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS comes the timeless tale about faith, friendship, and the importance of believing in yourself. AFFIRM Films and Sony Pictures Animation’s THE STAR arrives for the first time on Digital on February 6 and on Blu-ray + DVD + Digital February 20 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The heartwarming animated comedy follows a small but brave donkey named Bo (voiced by Steven Yeun, “The Walking Dead”), who yearns for a life beyond his daily grind at the village mill. One day he finds the courage to break free and finally goes on the adventure of his dreams. On his journey, he teams up with Ruth (voiced by Aidy Bryant, “Saturday Night Live”), a lovable sheep who has lost her flock and Dave (voiced by Keegan-Michael Key, Friends From College), a dove with lofty aspirations, along with three wisecracking camels voiced by Tracy Morgan (“30 Rock”), Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey. Bo and his new friends follow the star and become accidental heroes in the greatest story ever told.
Rounding out the all-star voice cast including Gina Rodriguez (“Jane The Virgin”) as Mary, Zachary Levi (“Chuck”) as Joseph, Grammy® Award-Winner Kelly Clarkson as Leah the horse, Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”) as Zach the goat, Ving Rhames  (Mission Impossible) as Thaddeus the dog, Gabriel Iglesias (Coco, Ferdinand) as Rufus the dog, Patricia Heaton (“The Middle”) as Edith the cow, Emmy® and Tony® Award-Winner Kristin Chenoweth as Abby the mouse, and Christopher Plummer (All the Money in the World) as King Herod.
THE STAR is filled with more than an hour of engaging bonus materials including the “Star-aoke: Sing Along with Bo & Friends,” a dance along to “Life Is Good” by A Great Big World, plus a collection of fun lyric videos that will have you singing along to the inspiring music from THE STAR.  Families can enjoy crafting and baking with “how-to” videos “Star Mason Jar Votives” and “Sweet and Sparkly Stars,” and they also can go behind-the-scenes to explore the amazing talent who bring these characters to life.  In “Faith All Year Round,” renowned pastor and motivational speaker, DeVon Franklin delivers a fun and engaging children’s sermon discussing the themes of the film and keeping the spirit of this inspiring story alive in us every day.
THE STAR is directed by Academy Award® nominated writer/director Timothy Reckart, screenplay by Carlos Kotkin, and story by Simon Moore and Carlos Kotkin. The film is executive produced by DeVon Franklin, Brian Henson and Lisa Henson, and produced by Jennifer Magee-Cook. The Star is presented by AFFIRM films and Sony Pictures Animation in association with Walden Media, Franklin Entertainment and The Jim Henson Company. The uplifting theme song, “The Star” by Mariah Carey and veteran songwriter Marc Shaiman was also nominated for a 2018 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. “The Star” song is now available on The Star: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, which assembles new music from a bevy of powerhouse superstars.

Bonus Materials Include: 
* Star-aoke: Sing-Along with Bo & Friends: In this all new song, sing along with your favorite characters including Bo, Dave, Ruth and the unforgettable camels * “Life Is Good” Dance-Along: Shake your tail feathers and move your hooves in this fun dance along* Lyric Sing-Along Videos: Enjoy the eclectic and inspiring music of THE STAR with these colorful lyric videos that allow you to sing along with your favorite recording artists* “The Star” by Mariah Carey* “Can You See” by Fifth Harmony* “Children Go Where I Send You” by Kelsea Ballerini* “We Three Kings” by Kirk Franklin* “Life Is Good” by A Great Big World* Sweet and Sparkly Stars: Create star-themed cookies to be enjoyed year round * Star Mason Jar Votives: Let the light of THE STAR shine with this simple yet stunning craft* Faith All Year Round with DeVon Franklin: A children’s sermon discussing the themes of the film and how to keep the spirit of this inspiring story alive in us every day* An All-Star Cast: Meet the stars of the film and explore the exciting voice cast who bring these amazing characters to life
THE STAR has a run time of approximately 86 minutes and is rated PG: for some thematic elements
GOLDEN GLOBE® is a registered trademark and service mark of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) is a Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) company. Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information, go to

Sony Pictures Animation produces a variety of animated and family entertainment for audiences around the world.  The studio is following its worldwide comedy hits—the record-breaking monster comedies Hotel Transylvania and Hotel Transylvania 2, the hybrid live action/animated blockbusters The Smurfs and The Smurfs 2, and the mouth-watering Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs movies—with the fully animated reboot Smurfs: The Lost Village available on digital and Blu-ray now; a surprising and comic take at the secret world inside our phones with The Emoji Movie now on Digital HD, Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD; the inspirational The Star currently in theaters.  Next will be Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation from director Genndy Tartakovsky in July 2018; and the groundbreaking animated feature Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse from the minds of Chris Miller and Phil Lord in December 2018.  The studio, in conjunction with Aardman Animations, has produced two critically acclaimed feature films:  the CG-animated family comedy Arthur Christmas; and the Academy Award® nominated stop-frame animated high-seas adventure, The Pirates! Band of Misfits.  In 2007, Surf’s Up also received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Animated Feature Film; a sequel entitled Surf’s Up 2: WaveMania is now available on digital and DVD.  The division, whose first feature film Open Season led to a very successful movie franchise including the brand new Open Season: Scared Silly now available on digital, DVD and Blu-ray, was founded in 2002.  Sony Pictures Animation is a division of the Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group.*

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Films produces, acquires and markets films that inspire, uplift and entertain audiences around the world. Since releasing its first theatrical film-The Kendrick Brothers’ drama, Facing the Giants in 2007, AFFIRM Films has released numerous quality faith-based films including Soul Surfer, based on the inspirational true story of surfer Bethany Hamilton; When the Game Stands Tall, the sports drama inspired by the story of the De La Salle Spartans; War Room, which hit #1 on the domestic box office chart; Risen, which followed the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection, as told through the eyes of a non-believer; and was the faith-based marketing partner with Columbia Pictures and TriStar Pictures for their films Miracles from Heaven and the #2 faith-based film of all time, Heaven Is for Real. AFFIRM Films also released All Saints in August of 2017. In partnership with Sony Pictures Animation and Columbia Pictures AFFIRM Films released the animated film The Star on November 17, 2017, the story of the first Christmas from the perspective of the animals in the stable. AFFIRM will next release Paul, Apostle of Christ on March 28, 2018. AFFIRM Films is a division of Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA), a Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) company.


Staci Griesbach Jamie Falkowitz-TancrediSony Pictures Home Entertainment Falkowitz PR(310) 244-6903 (818)
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Please Consider Helping my Son


For more info on Opsoclonus Myoclonus Syndrome and Hunter’s journey through this 1 in 10 million person condition, please visit:

CaringBridge – Hunter Crum OMS Warrior

and to possibly help us raise money for a mobility/PTSD trained dog, as well as, making our bathroom handicap accessible, you can visit:

GoFundMe – Hunter Crum OMS Warrior

Above all…..pray…..Jesus is bigger 🙂

Matthew 5:37

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Happy 20th Birthday, Alyssa

Image may contain: 2 people, people standing and people sitting

This nugget is 20 yrs old!

She loves even numbers.

She hates math.

She eats the weirdest things.

She loves to bake.

She LOVES animals.

She has a dimple where her Papaw had his dimple.

She is my only child with blue eyes.

She is sneaky.

She laughs at her own jokes.

She loves Disney movies.

Oh….and she loves Jason…the fella in the picture!

I can’t even………..

Book Review: Always Fall Forward


I was anxious to receive this book, to review, because the movie is *such* a hit with my family.  I have 4 sons and 3 of them love sports (the fourth is only 4), so my hope was that my husband would interact with the boys because, he too, is a sports fanatic.  What a good way to bond, dig deep in the Word, and relate about similar “sporty” analogies.

One phrase that stuck out to me was “Make your mistakes at full speed.”  I tell my kids, often, that I would rather than try 1000x and fail then to never try at all.  They are so stuck on perfection and not screwing up, but that is not life.  Life is full of “making your mistakes at full speed” and then learning from them…..from there, you get better, you get wiser.

I encourage you to check out, not only the movie Woodlawn, but to read this 52 week devotional….whether you have children or not, there is so much that can be learned through life lessons from the field.

To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, please mention as part of every Web or Amazon review that Tyndale House Publishers has provided you with a complimentary copy of this book.

Homemade Granola

bowl, breakfast, cereal


12 c. oats

1/2 c. wheat germ (optional)

1/2 c. flax seed (optional)

4 T. brown sugar

1 T. cinnamon

Nuts (sunflower seeds, almonds, peanuts, etc)

Dried fruit (cranberries, blueberries, bananas, apples, raisins, etc)

1/2 c. whole wheat flour

Mix in a super large bowl.

In a smaller bowl, mix 1 c. oil and 1 c. honey.  Microwave for a minute and then pour over the dry ingredients.

Mix well.

Bake on greased cookie sheet at 325 for between 15-20 minutes.  I baked it on 2 separate cookie sheets and I baked them one at a time.

Let cool completely.

Place in gallon sized baggie, quart jars, or something with an airtight seal.


My Bowels are Stirring…..



… the thought of watching my daughter walk down the aisle to marry this boy.

……at watching her daddy “give” her away.

……of listening them pour out their hearts by writing their own vows.

…….at hearing them say “I do.”


……..10 more days……

Moving and Shaking


Superheroes from all my friends at home

I’m in the process of shifting all of Hunter’s OMS related blog posts and videos to CaringBridge. If you are interested in following our journey, you can go to Hunter Crum OMS Warrior at

CaringBridge will allow me to keep all of his stuff in one spot.  I can add photos and videos and work on fundraising for a mobility dog, as well.  It is just easier for me since this condition is SO rare and specific.

Please head on over there and enjoy the cutie pictures I have up of him.  I’m slowly working on copying/pasting my OMS related blog posts to that site.

Also, for this blog….I’m changing things up again.  Not big changes, but ones that I think will benefit me and my readers.  I will be putting together an email list and I hope to have more giveaways, an ebook cookbook, and some other fun ideas.

If there is anything anyone wants focused on, in this blog, please let me know in the comments or you can email at




Frugal living?



Wordless Wednesday

I vow to still grab your butt even when you're old and wrinkly

Essential Oil Cleaning Recipes

aromatherapy, beauty, blur


Bathroom Cleaner (32 oz. bottle)

1 T. baking soda (link below)

2 T. Castile soap (link below)

30 drops Tea Tree oil

20 drops Orange oil

10 drops On guard

Warm water to fill to top.

Spray all parts of your bathroom.  Let sit for about 10 minutes.  Spray again before wiping down.

All Purpose Cleaner (32 oz. bottle)

1 c. white vinegar

4 c. water

20-30 drops essential oil (I add Onguard to this, as well as, something else….usually orange)

“Febreze” (12 oz. bottle)

1 T. Baking Soda

2 c. warm water

15 drops essential oil

Glass Cleaner (32 oz. bottle)

2 c. water

2 T. vinegar

10 drops essential oil

Furniture Cleaner (safe for wood) (12 oz. bottle)

2/3 c. white vinegar (link below)

1/3 c. olive oil

10 drops essential oil (I used Jasmine)

Shake before use.

Floor Cleaner (used on laminate flooring) (24 oz. attachment to steam mop)

Equal parts white vinegar and water

Squirt of Dawn Blue Dishsoap

15 drops of favorite essential oil

Foaming Handsoap (8 oz. bottle)

Empty foaming handsoap dispenser.


2 T. Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap

1 T. carrier oil

15 drops of Onguard essential oil

Poo-Pourri (4 oz. bottle)

2 T. rubbing alcohol

20 drops any essential oils

Top with water

Spray 5x on surface of toilet bowl water before going to the bathroom… your business like a boss…..your place will not have the odiferous odor of defacation 🙂

**One thing to remember is use Glass Spray bottles or Metal spray bottles if you are using any citrus based essential oil.  That oil will eat through plastic bottles.**


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