Entertainment with Erika

Hey Ladies!!  It’s been a while for a little entertainment chat so I thought it was time.  You guys always have the best recommendations so not only do I love sharing-I truly love getting some new ideas from you!  This is what I’ve been reading/watching lately…

Several of my books this month were books recommended by Amazon.  You know how Amazon will show you “books also purchased by other customers who bought this book”?  Well, apparently this month I did a lot of shopping in that section.  ðŸ™‚

This book is all about change-whether it’s a new job in a new town, a mama with a new baby, or a new diagnosis-change happens to us all.  Kristen helps you see a new side of change.  The side that isn’t so bad. We’re told that God never leaves us or forsakes us and that’s even referring to change!  ha!  Crazy to believe sometimes.  Isn’t it?

First of all, I’m a big fan of Karen Ehman, so I was pumped when I heard this new book was coming out.  Hoodwinked tackles ten myths that moms face-from being able to do it all to believing your way is the right way.  This was a quick refreshing read that left me rallying behind all of us.  We’re all doing it our way and we’re all surviving.  A great read for any mom!

I absolutely loved Leah Remini in King of Queens and that’s pretty much all I knew about her.  I watched her interview last fall about Scientology (it was SO intriguing), so I was pumped about reading this book.  I loved it!  In Troublemaker, she shares her life’s journey, her ups and downs with Scientology, and how her life has been going since she chose to leave Scientology.  I finished the book a huge Leah Remini fan!  I’d definitely recommend this one.

Thanks again, Amazon for this recommendation.  ðŸ˜‰  This book took me a bit to get into, but once I got started I found myself invested in Emily’s story.  She shares her own story about struggles with eating disorders, trying to get pregnant, and choosing peace over fear.

I just finished reading this book and oh my goodness, it was a tough one.  Kara shared her beautiful story about grace and faithfulness as she fought to overcome her battle with cancer.  As the mother to four children she tackled those tough conversations with so much grace. She has the kind of faith I can only hope I’d have when faced with such difficult circumstances.  I cried throughout the story, but it was a great book.  Taught me a lot about tackling hard things and choosing God’s grace to cover all the hard places.  Definitely recommend it!

I’m always on the look out for good family-friendly movies.  My big kids are hitting the age where they want to watch real-people movies not animated movies as much.  If you have any good recommendations, please share.  I’d love them even more if they were on Netflix.  ðŸ™‚

Nixon is a big dog fan so if a movie has been made about a dog-we’ve probably seen it.  Most of them are just kind of -eh but this movie was GOOD!  I was into and might have even shed a tear.

Alvin and the Chipmunks-The Road Chip
The kiddos and I watched this movie while we were in Nashville.  It was so cute!  My kids loved it and what adult doesn’t enjoy Alvin and the Chipmunks, right??  If I’m going to watch an animated movie, please give me the chipmunks!  ðŸ™‚

The Real Housewives of Atlanta
One of my favorite guilty pleasures is RHOA.  These girls know how to bring the drama and I get sucked in EVERY season!

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
I feel the same way about these ladies!  I just can’t say “NO”!!  
If you’re watching, who is your fave??  I’m a huge Lisa Rinna fan!  I love that girl!  (Well-not cool that she even brought up that Yolanda could potentially be making up her disease, but other than that-I love her!)

Breaking Bad
This has been our post-football season show!  We watch an episode almost every night and it’s SO good!  (We-as in Tab and I-NOT the kids…definitely a rated R show!)  

The Bachelor 
AHH!!!  The Bachelor is back and it just makes me happy.  I get into this show every year.  Bachelor…I just can’t quit you.  Do you guys have a favorite??

What are you guys watching and reading right now??

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  1. 1.12.16
    Unknown said:

    great book recs…troublemaker is on my jan 'to read' list!
    I watch EVERY season of all the RH franchise. LOVE kyle from Beverly Hills, and NeNe- she's comin back next week– BLOOP! 😉

  2. 1.12.16
    Danielle Mcdermott said:

    Ebby lee would probably love McKenna shoots for the Stars an American girl movie! All about following your dreams and accepting who you are! It's on netflix!

  3. 1.12.16
    Anonymous said:

    The Real Housewives of Atlanta is my fave! Also, we are going to start Breaking Bad after we finish up with Making a Murderer. So good!

  4. 1.12.16
    Mix and Match Mama said:

    Breaking Bad, Breaking Bad, Breaking Bad…I just love that show! Okay, about to start the book you gave me yesterday! I love your suggestions! And the Real Housewives of both Atlanta and Beverley Hills are both bringing it this season!

  5. 1.12.16
    K said:

    We rented Pan (thanks to free coupons from redbox) and it was awful. On the other hand, my son who is 3, loved it. Go figure. I'll have to check out Max. We've tried showing him the older Alvin movies and he didn't seem to dig them, but maybe I'll try again in a few months. Like you, I get ideas on Amazon. I also like reading the book reviews in the People Magazine. I love the local library because I can check out new releases (books and movies). I read The Lake House by Kate Morton which was excellent. I'm currently reading Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (I'm liking it so far). As for TV shows, I'm watching a lot of Hallmark movies these days :). And I DVR'd J Lo's new series but haven't been able to watch the first episode yet.

  6. 1.12.16
    Kimm said:

    I need to order girl meets change ASAP! With all that I have had going on lately I need to read that! Thanks for the recommendations !

  7. 1.12.16
    Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said:

    I love Leah Remini! And we haven't seen Max, but we definitely need to!

  8. 1.12.16
    Kim said:

    I am pretty much obsessed with Making a Murderer. Man in the High Castle was amazing as well, it's if the Nazi party won WWII. For lighter stuff, Master of None is absolutely hilarious.

    For the kids, my 6 year old loves Everyone's Hero. A cute baseball movie. My 9 year old is counting down until Fuller House is available on Netflix. Both kids are obsessed with Star Wars, The Force Awakens.

  9. 1.12.16
    Unknown said:

    I am so afraid to watch animal movies. They are always sad, in my opinion. Was Max super sad?

  10. 1.12.16
    Unknown said:

    My favorite on the bachelor right now is Amanda with the two daughters! Definitely not liking Olivia!! I need to start Breaking Bad, I've heard it was good by several people.

  11. 1.12.16
    Unknown said:

    My husband and I are fans of keeping The Office and Parks and Recreation in constant rotation! I was intrigued by Breaking Bad and liked to first episode but I just couldn't it was too "bad" for me. Hoping that you get some good suggestions so that I can add them to my list!

  12. 1.12.16
    Liz F. said:

    Like so much of the world I was obsessed with Making of a Murderer on Netflix. Also on Netflix "Girlfriend's Guide to Divorce" is now available to stream. It is better than I'd thought, almost has a Sex & the City vibe.

  13. 1.12.16
    Elizabeth said:

    Breaking Bad is so good!! Who knew we would be pulling for a man who makes drugs. Ha!! My husband and I are obsessed with making a murderer (on Netflix). If you listened to the first season of serial podcast you will like this. So good!

  14. 1.12.16
    Paula said:

    Max! MAX! I may have walked away a few times & cried! I wasn't prepared because I didn't know the plot!

    I don't watch any of those shows, but GREAT book recommendations! I really want to read Leah book! I love biographies!

  15. 1.12.16
    Dana said:

    Making A Murderer documentary on Netflix! Such an intriguing story! And I love me some RHOA too!

  16. 1.12.16
    MM said:

    My youngest daughter lived for real (not cartoon) dog movies…all of them!! Her favorites were the Air Bud movies (particularly the original and the Air Buddies series), Hotel for Dogs (very cute), Beverly Hills Chihuahua (might be too girly for your boys), Benji (the original), Because of Winn Dixie (awesome), Eight Below (great movie and a little sad…also has one slightly scary scene – might be okay for your older two but might scare Bowen – you can preview that scene on You Tube and see for yourself), Snow Dogs (cute), Cats and Dogs (painful for adults but my girl loved it), White Fang (your kids might need to be a little older for this one)and Where the Red Fern Grows (definitely meant for older kids but it's a wonderful classic movie). An older cartoon dog movie that my girls LOVED is Balto. When we went to NYC this summer, we had to find Balto's statue and take pictures (my girls are now 20 and 14 so this movie meant a lot to them)!!

  17. 1.12.16
    kelly said:

    Iron Will was a great movie for boys and girls!

  18. 1.12.16
    JJaz said:

    For tv shows, I like Black-ish, Supergirl, Arrow, the Flash, Giada Entertains, used to like Blood and Oil until the episodes finished. And a bunch of shows on the Disney channel. Lol!

  19. 1.12.16
    Unknown said:

    Me and the hubby just finished parenthood and now are on to friday night lights! I think both were recommended by you! So thank you because they are such great shows . We did breaking bad last year and of course I never miss the bachelor either! It never disappoints!

  20. 1.12.16
    Melanie Smith said:

    Leah Remini's book has been on my list for awhile. I need to buy it! I also love RHOBH. They are so ridiculous. And I LOVE Lisa Rinna. She's so funny!

  21. 1.12.16
    Tanya said:

    Thanks for all the recommendations! I love getting new book ideas. We loved Breaking Bad…totally addictive. And the whole family loved Max, especially since we have a German Shepherd. As far as recommendations – someone mentioned the Air Bud movies, my kids loved those. Other ideas: American Girl movies, Nanny McPhee, Night at the Museum, Spy Kids, Dolphin Tale, High School Musical. Have a good day!

  22. 1.12.16
    Kristi said:

    Leah Remini has a reality show called "It's all relative" with her family on TLC. It's really funny! You can see clips on tlc.com

  23. 1.12.16
    Olivia at Joyfully Prudent said:

    My shows right now…The Bachelor (my favorite), Biggest Loser (it motivates me to workout and eat better), American Idol (I've watched every season…this is the last one), and Homeland. Homeland is on Showtime, but we taped it…one of the best shows ever!

  24. 1.12.16
    Dianna said:

    I am reading (actually listening to the audiobook)Troublemaker. So good! Before that I finished Magician's Lie which was also really good.

  25. 1.12.16
    Lindsay's Sweet World said:

    BACHELORRRR!!!! My favorite!

  26. 1.12.16
    Kelsey @ The Peacock Roost said:

    Several of these books sound really good! I love Alvin & the Chipmunks, RHOBH & The Bachelor!

  27. 1.12.16
    Megan said:

    Love these posts!!! I need to read the book on change. Ekk!!! And I have high expectations for the bachelor this year.

  28. 1.12.16
    Unknown said:

    My kiddos are about the same ages as yours. They love all the Free Willy movies, and Dolphin Tale. Great family friendly movies. Also, the 4 Home Alone movies. Amazon sells the 4 pack. As far as books, I am almost finished with After You. You need to read Me Before You first. It's excellent. And, obviously watching the Bachelor 🙂

  29. 1.13.16
    Sally Hepworth said:

    Desperate to read Troublemaker! It's not out in Australia yet. Just finished The Lake House by Kate Morton and it was gorgeous xx

  30. 1.13.16
    Unknown said:

    I can't wait to get shay's cookbooks- I preordered them, soo excited as ALL her meals are my fave. We are watching bachelor too & we LOVE the Little couple, last night both my teens came down to watch it with me. I cherish those times ����oooooh, & BIG fan of Blacklist and that new one with Jennifer Lopez was very good too! Shades of blue!