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The Resurrection of Gavin Stone

The Resurrection of Gavin Stone Review

If you’ve seen inspirational movies before, you’ve seen this plot: Bad boy gets in trouble. Bad boy gets community service. Bad boy meets good girl. Good girl inspires bad boy. Bad boy has transformation. Everybody’s happy.

While The Resurrection of Gavin Stone follows this basic plot line, it manages to take viewers on a journey of surprise, delight, and entertainment along the way.

The film was both funny and cute, although I’m partial to lead Brett Dalton (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D) so I don’t take much convincing.

Dalton plays Gavin Stone, an actor whose destructive lifestyle has forced him into community service in his hometown, a place he’d rather leave in the dust.

Tasked with janitorial duty, Stone negotiates his involvement with the Easter play—starring as Jesus—as a way to complete his community service instead. There’s just one hitch. Stone must be a professing Christian to take part.

How to be a Christian

From Googling “How to be a Christian,” Stone learns two tips: 1) Go to church and 2) Wear the costume. Watching Stone muddle his way through fitting into the classic Christian stereotype is hilarious, if not a bit revealing. Though at first he treats playing a Christian like any other role, the relationships Stone develops through the church teach him a lot about love, truth, and forgiveness. In the end he experiences a transformation where his old life stops making sense and he begins to understand what the Christian message really means. Stone is even able to face his past and reconcile with his father.

The Resurrection of Gavin Stone is a heartfelt look at the power of the Gospel to transform even the most unlikely person. It’s a study in contrast, temptation, and hope.

The Resurrection of Gavin Stone is now available on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD!

The Resurrection of Gavin Stone synopsis

The Resurrection of Gavin Stone is an inspirational comedy rated PG about faith and forgiveness. Gavin Stone, a washed-up former child star is forced to do community service at a local mega-church and pretends to be Christian so he can land the part of Jesus in their annual Passion Play only to discover that the most important role of his life is far from Hollywood.

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Review originally published January 2017

Post-Makeup Recovery Workout with Skindinavia [product review]

Skindinavia post-makeup recovery spray

Post-makeup recovery spray. Never heard of it? Me either. However, I’m familiar with Skindinavia and their spray-on primer (which I LOVE, by the way) so I didn’t hesitate to try out their newest product.

So, what is it?

In any skincare regime you employ you’ll use some element of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing. Where does post-makeup recovery fit in—toning? Well, sort of. It’s kind of a new category.

The big idea with this spray is infusing your skin with zinc, magnesium, and willow within five minutes of cleansing. This is supposed to help your skin recover from a long day of makeup wearing (I read zinc helps reduce puffiness) as well as help prevent breakouts and clogged pores.

I was most eager to see if it would make a difference to my lifelong blackhead collection. Could Skindinavia post-makeup recovery spray help me?

Short story: yes, yes it can. I’m so happy.

And here’s the long story

A man stopped me as I walked through the mall and asked if I had a skin cleansing routine. He was holding a jar of face cream and I felt my shoulders rise with anxiety in anticipation of the hard sell.

But he blocked my footpath so I engaged.


We got into a conversation about skincare—consisting of my deflecting questions about my age, amount of sun damage on my face, etc—and the next time I looked around I was inside the store. Oh boy. Shoving samples in my purse I backed out of the store mumbling about passing through this way on my way out (yeah right). I hated everything about the experience. I get the tactic—make the person feel bad about herself so she’ll purchase your magic cure. But…there has to be a better way!

Part of my issue is I’m not confident in my skincare routine. I try loads of products but have no real idea if they’re helping or not. Perhaps you can relate. All these anti-aging serums and creams and firming agents all look and sound good but which one will work for me? Who can I talk to who’s not financially invested in the product? I mean, YouTube reviews of course but where else?

This is why I’m telling you about post-recovery makeup spray today. So when you get hauled inside the face cream mall store you can say with confidence “I don’t need your $800 system, I have the $26 spray.”

(Because it costs $26.)

Most of all, I don’t want you to walk around feeling like an old fogey like I have been for the past few months. This little spray has added a lot of, well, recovery. My skin feels fresher and healthier. It may all be in my mind but I like how I feel.

The Post-Makeup Recovery Spray

SKINDINAVIA’S new Post-Makeup Recovery Spray has already become a favorite of top makeup artists to keep skin clear in between and after makeup applications. Our easy-to-use and highly effective formula quickly delivers a boost of key nutrients including powerhouse mineral zinc that is clinically-proven to help prevent breakouts and open clogged pores.

Simply spray on within five minutes of removing makeup. Our cutting edge delivery system works quickly to provide a blend of zinc, magnesium and willow bark to keep skin clear. Formulated to work independently or as a powerful first step in your current skin care regimen.

The result is clear, luminous, skin ready for your next picture-perfect makeup application.


  • Ultra-fast penetrating formula is applied when pores are most receptive to nutrients, within five minutes of removing your makeup
  • Our hero ingredient: Zinc. Research shows supplementing skin with can reduce breakouts by 50%
  • Zinc also protects skin’s lipids and fibroblasts (the cells that make collagen) and reduces oil production, preventing clogged pores
  • Developed in conjunction with top makeup artists looking to keep skin clear and luminous between applications. Used as a quick fix between long shoots
  • All SKINDINAVIA products are paraben-free and hypoallergenic. Cruelty-free

Champion (2017) [movie review]

champion movie review

Champion (2017) Review

Champion (2017) starts out as a race-car movie but after 30 minutes transitions to a forgiveness movie. Or, rather, a top 10 list teaching us how to forgive and why it’s so important.

Did I stir up a little drama for you? I hope so, because it’s worth the watch. In Champion, you meet Sean Weathers, the cocky know-it-all who’s at the top of his game, Gracie “Junebug” Weathers, his nine-almost-10-year-old daughter who steals every scene she’s in, Jack Reed, the big-city-business-guy looking to reconnect with his estranged son, and Ray Reed, the up-and-coming race-car driver (and estranged son).

Both families seem to be—on the surface—in good shape until an accident during a race changes everything. Sending everyone into chaos, families are broken, lives fall apart, and just when it seems like they’re on the brink of losing everything…forgiveness steps in.

champion screenshot

Sean and Jack are encouraged to work together fixing up lakeside cabin. They discover a top 10 list Ray wrote and decide to complete each item—the final task being “learn to forgive.”

The big idea in Champion is “forgiveness doesn’t erase your past, but it does help to rewrite your future.” Forgiveness isn’t easy, in fact, it was searched for and lost several times throughout the story. And the truth is, the characters had every right to hold back forgiving. The film explores the ideas of grudges, pride, humility, challenging yourself, letting go, breaking/keeping promises, and being brave.

Champion is a touching story with only a moderate amount of preachiness. I enjoyed the story (once the car racing part was over) and loved the top 10 list. That spoke to me. I always knew top 10 lists would save the world.

Champion hits theatres May 19, 2017.

Champion (2017) Synopsis

Race-car driver Sean Weathers was at the top of his game…beautiful daughter, top sponsors, the best crew money could buy and an ego that trumped them all. Just weeks before ending the best season of his life, he was in control—or so he thought. When a grudge series with another racer turns personal, the ego and arrogance that propelled him to the top causes a tragedy that sends his life spinning.

Jack Reed was successful as a businessman, but he struggled as a father. Just when they were reconnecting, he got the news his only son Ray was dead. Through his grief Jack discovers the truth that Ray had wanted to share with him, that the road to understanding and peace would have to begin with forgiveness.

Andrew Cheney (BEYOND THE MASK) stars with Gary Graham (Star Trek “Renegades”, ALL THE RIGHT MOVES) and Robert Amaya (COURAGEOUS, MOM’S NIGHT OUT). Directed by Judd Brannon (WAR ROOM), the film is produced by Brannon Pictures.

How to Create a Digital Business Card for Your Freelance Writing Business

Think of your email signature as a digital business card. It’s a perfect opportunity to promote your business through everyday communication.

Creating a digital business card for your freelance writing business

What if you had a digital business card that you could pass out to all your friends and colleagues to help you get paid work?

When you’re a hungry freelance writer it’s difficult to know where to look for work. Things like job boards, Craigslist, and cold emailing queries are what people lean towards but these are (in general) low paying, competitive, and an exhausting hustle. Your chances of landing solid clients are low so your pitch rate has to be high.

If you’re wondering how established freelance writers generate leads they’ll tell you most of their work comes through warm leads (existing relationships) and referrals. Even if you’re just starting out these options are available to you too. The trick is letting people know what you do and that you’re available so they think of you when an opportunity comes up.

Today we’ll focus on one of the easiest yet most overlooked way to put yourself in front of warm leads and set yourself up for referrals. It’s your email signature. We do almost everything by email so this is a golden opportunity to add a little bit about yourself and your business.

No, this doesn’t make you look desperate. Think of your email signature as a digital business card. It’s a perfect opportunity to promote yourself and your business through your everyday communication.

Here’s what a good email signature can accomplish.

  • Makes you look professional
  • Advertises your expertise
  • Lets people know you’re available
  • Lets people know how you want to be contacted
  • Serves as free marketing
  • Is professional and shows you’re serious about your business
  • Makes it easy for people to contact you

Convinced? Great, let’s do this.

Already have one? Wonderful! Take a few minutes to review your email signature and adjust as necessary.

What should your digital business card include?

Best practice recommends between four and seven lines for an email signature (although I say less is more here), so pick and choose the information you will include. Some suggestions include the list below.

  • Your name
  • Your title/type of writing you do
  • Company name (if relevant)
  • Contact information (How do you want people to contact you? Remember including your email address is redundant)
  • Website address (link here to your professional site or the site you want prospective clients to see—where they can learn more about you and your services)
  • Tagline (what sets you apart from your competitors) or marketing message
  • Social links (if relevant, and only if you want your prospective clients to see)

Avoid adding images—most people have image blockers or read email on phones these days. If you feel you need your photo, logo, or social icons then use a service that will embed it into your email signature like Wisestamp or Hubspot.

Another tip is keep your email signature brief. There’s no need to list every social platform. Dial back your contact information to the best way people can reach you and your best website, which will give people more information about you and your services.

I’ve linked instructions for adding your signature to your email below.

  • Adding your signature in Gmail
  • Adding your signature in Outlook
  • And don’t forget about your smarphone!

  • Adding your signature to your iPhone
  • Adding your signature to your Android

Be brave, put yourself out there!

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Are We Happy Yet? [book review]

Are We Happy Yet? Eight Keys to Unlocking a Joyful Life

Are we happy yet

What would you say if I told you there’s a formula for happiness? What if I told you happiness is available to all but isn’t something you’re entitled to? Would you believe me if I told you happiness comes from inside and not from anything external—not stuff, not people, not circumstances?

What would you say if I told you the keys to unlocking happiness were available in paperback?

Are We Happy Yet? author Lisa Cypers Kamen says happiness comes from the transformative power of self-mastery, and that happiness isn’t the destination but a byproduct of the journey.

Curious? There’s more.

In her book, she confronts common objections for why we aren’t or can’t be happy. Trauma, genetic depression, real problems, etc. Not discounting the challenges we face, there are ample exercises and quizzes to help us gauge where we’re at happiness-wise and arm ourselves with the data we need to move forward, towards a happier life. She challenges us to deal with the mental horde of stuff packed away in our attic and take a more emotional minimalist approach—let it go!

Eight Keys to Unlocking a Joyful Life

  1. Life is tough, but happiness is available to us all
  2. Your inner child is your inner sage available to guide you
  3. More is not always better
  4. We cannot control life, only ourselves
  5. Our happiness is our personal responsibility
  6. Choose activities and people that foster happiness
  7. Treat yourself the way you wish to be treated
  8. Happiness is an inside job. Happiness is your inside job

Each of the eight keys is defined, explained, and unpacked using storytelling, clear language, and motivational exercises. If you’re wondering where your happiness roadblocks are, this book will help you define, deal with, and move past them.

The new revised edition of Are We Happy Yet? Eight Keys to Unlocking a Joyful Life releases March 20, 2017.

Are We Happy Yet? Eight Keys to Unlocking a Joyful Life

Are We Happy Yet? Eight Keys to Unlocking a Joyful Life is an exciting fusion of science and heart, offering a guide in creating our own personal “happiness revolution.”
Lisa Cypers Kamen, an internationally known applied positive psychology coach, lifestyle management specialist and Harvesting Happiness Talk Radio show host, gives us the keys to her breakthrough system for cultivating sustainable wellbeing and happiness in our lives from the inside out— regardless of external circumstance. Lisa’s techniques combine mental, emotional and spiritual muscle-building training for greater resiliency, self-mastery and optimal living.

Her inspiring and practical tips, keys, and exercises will boost your “Happiness-Factor” to new levels and show you how to tap into the joy and peace you deserve.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Accept the past for what it is—a reference point, not a destination
  • Embrace the truth that while life is tough, you can be happy
  • Transform your relationship with yourself from enemy to ally
  • Appreciate why less is often more
  • Focus on what’s right with your life, not what’s wrong
  • Control the only person you can—yourself
  • Invest in yourself to become more mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually fit
  • Use your newly discovered joy to become a more positive and productive influence in the world—and much more

Are We Happy Yet? Eight Keys to Unlocking a Joyful Life is available at your favourite neighbourhood or online bookseller.