'Instant Family' Will Pull Your Heartstrings in a Good Way

What started as an older man’s joke about wanting to adopt a five-year-old instead of starting from scratch, Instant Family was inspired by writer and director Sean Anders’ real-life family. Pete (Mark Wahlberg) “accidentally” makes the joke to his wife Ellie (Rose Byrne) not wanting to be become that “old dad” everyone knows and before you know it, the two are traveling down to road toward foster care adoptions. After numerous classes taught by two caseworkers (Octavia Spencer and Tig Notaro), the two meet three kids at a “foster fair” gathering. Lizzy (Isabela Moner) is the 15-year-old older sister who has protectively looked after her younger siblings Juan (Gustavo Quiroz) and Lita (Julianna Gamiz) while their mother has been incarcerated. She’s a tough cookie with trust issues. Juan is both accident prone and highly sensitive and Lita is super sweet as long as she gets to eat potato chips at every meal. Almost overnight they become an “instant family” and everything g…

Win a Gift Card to Half Price Books

Win a Gift Card to Half Price Books
September is National Literacy Month and Half Price Books is offering an incentive to read and become “lit-fit” during the month. For every person who pledges to read throughout the month of September (and there doesn’t appear to by a minimum amount), HPB will donate $1 to literacy organizations in various communities capping off at $30,000. In addition, HPB will be giving away $10 gift cards to their stores to random winners throughout the month of September. To see which organizations HPB will be donating to, follow the link below.

So, all you need to do is follow this link, pledge your lit fitness goal and enter to win. (Deadline to enter is Monday, September 30, 2014 at 11:59 PM CDT.) 

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