Inspiring, Upbeat Sounds From The Afters New Album + Giveaway

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It is my honor and privilege to introduce you to a wonderful Christian band call THE AFTERS. Their music is something you’ve probably heard many times on the Christian radio stations as their latest hit single called LIVE ON FOREVER was playing all summer near us. This single along with nine other awesome songs were finally presented in this great new album titled: LIVE ON FOREVER (The Afters).

Get pumped up my friends, because today you are being treated to a chance to WIN your very own copy of this super album by THE AFTERS! Enter the giveaway below and share with your contacts for more chances to win!

My daughter and I agree, this album shares some deep needed encouragement to its listeners that many will find treasured on their hearts to rely on in times of conflict and struggle. My personal favorites are Live On Forever and Legends. I like the musical arrangements on these two in particular as well as the lyrics that speak to our hearts. Songs like these inspire my own musically inclined children to want to become song writers for Jesus too! Way to go, THE AFTERS! Thanks for your heart-felt lyrics and rockin’ rhythms that inspire my children to dream big dreams and live their lives for Jesus in ALL they do!

Let me encourage you to read this incredible bio from the band as it shows how they dealt with great loss as they worked through personal battles and fear and conquered it with God’s strength the whole way through. This album was a labor of love and a battle cry to speak volumes to the world. It’s impressive to listen to their songs and recognize God’s power in all things knowing the history behind the band while trying to create this album.

The Afters – Live on Forever Bio:
It’s easy to assume stories of trial and triumph are just for the Bible or the history books. But miracles still happen, even when adversity hits hardest. Just ask Josh Havens, guitarist and lead vocalist of The Afters. He relates how the band’s latest effort, Live on Forever, began during a season of tragedy.

Just as the band regrouped to record, Havens witnessed the wife of a close friend contract cancer. Drummer Jordan Mohilowski (who produced the new album) had a brief health scare, and a close companion in his church—part of the worship team—was hit and killed by an impaired driver. She was a young woman, Havens says, who had unlimited potential.

But Live on Forever–the band’s fifth with the Fair Trade label-still took shape as a celebration of faithfulness, protection and promise—one that shimmers with strong rhythms, undeniable energy and compelling pop hooks. The album finds Havens in strong, soaring voice as he invites listeners to find shelter and strength in God. “If any theme has emerged, it would be ‘inspiration and motivation,’” Havens says.

Havens himself felt a deep need to hold on after another loss struck: The band’s longtime soundman, Anthony Martinez, saw his newborn daughter die in infancy.

Ask Havens to pick out a song that sums up the spirit of the album, and he chooses “Battles.” “It was the last song we wrote and the fastest we wrote,” he says. “We don’t typically write songs fast; we’ll change lyrics and melodies and craft our songs carefully. But ‘Battles’ poured out, the music and lyrics, in one day. It’s about standing up against fear and knowing God is always with us,” Havens explains. “It’s one of the takeaways we hope people get: ‘Don’t give up to fear.

Havens shares how, half a world away from his home in Phoenix, he caught a small glimpse of heaven’s reassurance. The place: downtown Amsterdam. The occasion: a dinner between shows with band members and spouses—including soundman Martinez and his wife. For their baby daughter, the Martinez couple had chosen an unusual moniker with an unusual spelling: Pieper. Against all odds, it also happened to be exactly how the intimate restaurant they dined at spelled its name. Still, no one was prepared for what happened at the end of the meal. “We were talking about baby Pieper, and as we got up to leave, we noticed that the only thing on the walls—the only thing—was a framed document, an award for hospitality. And the date on the award—the only date in the place—was Pieper’s birthday. Her mother just started bawling.” Havens sums up the reassurance all took home that night: “We thought, ‘This is where God’s angels fly: right in the middle of the loss.’ God gives us little glimpses to show us he’s here.”

“We worked on this record for almost two years and over those two years, it was a real season of loss,” Havens recalls. “But in the end, Live on Forever is about moving us to trust God, to stand up against fear. It’s an ‘ante up’ record, an anthem for people’s lives: ‘God you are with me in all this. I’m not alone.’”

Share this exciting new album info with friends and family! Let the band know you are sharing by including hashtag:  #TheAfters

Want to buy THE AFTERS “LIVE ON FOREVER” album for yourself or as a gift? 

Buy-links:
iTunes: http://www.smarturl.it/LOFAlbum-iTunes

Google Play:  http://www.smarturl.it/LOFAlbum-GPlay
Amazon:  http://www.smarturl.it/LOFAlbum-Amazon
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/4sVbYL5y6d2nMX2H5LggGx

Get Connected with The Afters:
Official website: www.theafters.com
twitter.com/theafters
facebook.com/theafters
instagram.com/theaftersofficial

Music Videos:
Battles (Official Lyric Video)
https://youtu.be/MQJWT017Jwc
Battles (Heart Of The Song)
https://youtu.be/-7IXh-P_lnY
Live On Forever (Heart Of The Song)
https://youtu.be/t_qz_U0YbrY
Live On Forever (Official Music Video)
https://youtu.be/OdS7EWMNrWc

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GIVEAWAY TIME!

Prize: One winner will receive their very own copy of the brand new CD titled LIVE ON FOREVER by THE AFTERS!

Who can enter? You must be 18 years or older and be a resident of the USA or Canada.

Date ending: This giveaway ends on Oct 1 at midnight EST!

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the
Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant  per mailing address, per  giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”
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The Best, Unique Gift Ideas

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Looking for a unique or unusual gift? Maybe you’re tired of giving the same kinds of things, or perhaps you’re buying for someone that’s a little more tricky. If you think out of the box there are plenty of great gift ideas that are rewarding to give. And are so much more personal than chocolates, flowers or vouchers. Here are a few to get you started!

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An Experience Day

Experience days are great for people who don’t care for material things (so any traditional ‘gift’ you give them won’t be quite right). Or for people who already seem to own just about everything and are impossible to buy for. You can tailor this to exactly what they like. It could be anything from a day at a spa to a ride in a hot air balloon, or tickets to a test drive in a muscle car. If they are a fan of shows, how about tickets to the theater? It could be anything from Lion King tickets for a spectacular Broadway show, or something at a local theater instead. Brainstorm the kind of things they like and choose accordingly, get it right and it could be the best gift they’ve ever received!

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Something Handmade

Whether you’re on a budget or just want to create something from the heart, a handmade gift can be a good way to go. There’s no shortage of incredible, inspiring ideas to choose from online, or you could utilize one of your skills. For example, if you’re a keen baker you could whip up some amazing homemade treats. Put them into a cute box or tin and you have a really thoughtful gift. The same applies if you’re in any way crafty or inventive. It could be a handmade candle or even a hamper you have put together yourself. The effort spent on it will be obvious, and it’s bound to go down well with whoever you’re gifting to. When you make something yourself you know you’re giving something that’s totally unique.

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A Personalized Gift

Tons of talented artists and designers offer their services online and create great personalized pieces. Personalization doesn’t have to just mean putting a name or initials on a piece. It could be with a birthstone, or a piece of art created from a map showing a special location. There are so many ways you could go with it, but having something personalized definitely makes it that bit more special. These days you can have photographs lasered onto necklace pendants. You can even have technology like tablets engraved with a special message. Think about it, and work out a way of choosing a gift that has some kind of personal element.
Regardless or whether your budget is big or small, when it comes to gift giving it’s definitely the thought that counts. These ideas show that you’ve really thought about the person you’re buying for and haven’t just picked up something generic off the shelves.

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Accepting Submissions: Holiday Gift Guide 2016

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Hooray! It’s that time of year again when all the fun and exciting new products start appearing for product reviewers to enjoy showcasing in their Holiday Gift Guides and for eager customers to start scoping out for their holiday shopping lists! Loads of new products will start coming through the blog in reviews and giveaways, or with product discount codes and special offers galore!

Are you one of those sellers who’ve never had the experience of getting your product reviewed by a blogger? It’s a wonderful way to get the word out about your brand and products and you can do all that right here at Love2EncourageYou by having them featured in a blog post plus inclusion in our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide, giveaway, sidebar advertising, social media shout outs, advertised in private Facebook groups by image/post or Facebook live video feed, and even mentioned in mini review video clips on Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube!  Whatever your advertising preference, I’ve got lots of options for you to choose from to highlight your products or services.

Want to get your Amazon product reviewed on Amazon and featured here at Love2EncourageYou? Let’s make it happen! Many Amazon sellers have already taken advantage of the benefits of getting their product featured here. Who’s going to be next?

Packages start as low as $15/month to get you started, all the way up to $100/mo to have it all! I have 28,000 fans across social media and collaborate with other bloggers to expand your reach to hundreds of thousands in certain packages. It’s very easy to get rolling with this type of advertising right now. Just email Rebecca at: love2encourageyou@icloud.com and I’ll be happy to send you all the details to find the package that is right for you. Accepting submissions from now until end of November. Holiday Gift Guide runs from mid September to December 2016.

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4 Things You Should Do Before Clothes Shopping This Weekend

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We all love a good shopping day every once in awhile. You get to buy some great new clothes which you can then wear out on a daily basis. It’s also a must when it’s time for a new season to stock up on some great new clothes! However, it’s easy to end up making the wrong decisions when you go out clothes shopping. Therefore, here are four things you should do before going clothes shopping this weekend.

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Check Out What You Have In Your Wardrobe Already

A lot of us end up purchasing items that we don’t actually need when we go shopping. Therefore, it ends up sitting in our wardrobe and never gets worn. So before you go shopping at the weekend, you need to look through your closet to see what you currently have. That way, it will stop you buying a brand new pair of jeans when you have a perfect pair already at home. It will also show you what you are missing from your wardrobe so that you know what to buy this weekend!

Look Online To See If There Are Any Good Deals

So many stores now have their own website where they have all their products on show. Therefore, you need to get online and have a look before you go to the store. You might spot some deals which might only be online and can get clued up on the latest trends. Also, you should look online on sites such as ShopItToMe to see if there are any sales in certain stores. That way, you know where to go for the best bargains. You can also find some great voucher codes which you can use with the top brands such as a Macy’s Discount. That way, you can spend up without worrying about breaking the bank!

Check How Much You Have To Spend

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You should also make sure you know how much you have to spend before you go shopping. You don’t want to make a purchase and then have to take it back as you forgot about the bill you need to pay next week! Therefore, you should look on your bank before you go and decide on a budget for your next shopping trip. You might want to take the amount in cash, so you don’t have to keep handing your card over to make a purchase and lose track of how much you have spent!

Get In A Good Mood

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You might be surprised to know that going clothes shopping can affect your spending habits. As this article says, if you go shopping when you are feeling emotional and down, you are more prone to make impulse purchases. And impulse shopping is one of the main reasons for people getting into money trouble! Therefore, always try and be in a good mood when you head out to the store, and be careful to spend wisely!

Remember you don’t have to spend a lot when you are out clothes shopping. Window shopping can be just as fun and means you are more likely to make better decisions on your purchases!

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Remembering 9/11 on 15 Year Anniversary

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ground-zero-1425044_1280On September 11, 2001, lives were changed forever. That was the day that almost 3,000 people lost their lives, including many service men and women that were trying to help. As we reach this day, the 15th anniversary of this tragedy, it is important to remember and keep in prayer all those people and their families.

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While so many lives were lost when hijackers crashed planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, it is also important to remember the heroes that tried to help.

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This includes not only the firefighters, policemen (and women), and military personnel, but also the men and women upon board United Airlines Flight 93. These brave men and women lost their lives trying to save others.

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This is what we should remember when we think of the tragedy, not the hatred. Yes, too many people died that day. However, it brought us closer as a country and proved how much we care for one another. People from all over the United States traveled to New York after the attacks to help however they could. People donated their time and money for the chance that they could ease the pain of the survivors just the slightest bit.

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So today, offer up a moment of silence for those lost on that day. Remember to hold your loved ones near. Remember to pray for the families of the fallen and to give thanks for those that survived that day. God obviously has a wonderful plan in store for them. Remember not just the tragedy of 9/11, but also the faith, hope, and love that came out of it.

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Guest Post by: Melleigha Nichols

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Melleigha “Mia” Nichols is the owner of Social Media by Miafollow, a social media management company specializing in helping owners of multiple companies with their social media needs. She also has a product review site, Mia’s Product Reviewsfollow, and will be launching a family oriented blog soon.

When not working diligently for her clients or writing guest blog posts, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their many fur babies at home in Missouri. She also enjoys crafting and making jewelry in her spare time to keep her hands busy. “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop”. Proverbs 16:27

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Beauty and Hair Products That Can Do Double Duty – Saving You Money and Hassle!

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It’s near impossible not to be seduced by the promises of the modern beauty world. Well, of course, we want our eyes to be bright and alert! Our hair should be swishy, shiny and absolutely devoid of anything even resembling frizz! Our lipstick shouldn’t move for an increasingly large number of hours!

Yet with every requirement, we feel – or are told – we want to aspire to, another product is added to the mix. If we want to curl our hair, we have multiple ways to do it – curling tongs, rollers, or even back-to-basics methods like the headband trick. For makeup, just getting our face on has steps including primer, concealer, foundation and contouring.

So with such a plethora of options clogging up your storage at home and demanding financial investment, is it all necessary? It’s estimated that for every 40 beauty items women own, they only use five of them. Madness! While some individual pieces are always going to be necessary, many items can easily pull double duty. Not convinced? Let us count the ways.

Pencil Eyeliner

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Compare a pencil eyeliner alongside an eyebrow pencil. What’s the difference?

Perhaps the shade, if you tend to go for black eyeliner or other bolder colors on occasion. But away from the color change, they are largely the same product – and they can be used as such.

Hairdryer

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You might be a little bit perplexed at this point. “But…” you mutter to the screen, “the clue is right in the name with that one?”

Sure, a hairdryer has a particular purpose. But what it is on the surface means it has a few other functions; a device for blowing hot hair.

A blast of the hairdryer on eyelash curlers is a surefire way to get a bigger impact. Heated eyelash curlers can cost three times the price of their non-heated counterparts, but with this trick, you get the best of both worlds.

Curling Tongs

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Again with the “clue is in the name”. However, there is another use – giving hair volume, but still keeping the lengths straight.

Take a section of hair and slide the barrel of the tongs underneath it, right to the roots. Leave for as long as you would to set a curl, then release. Roots are immediately given a boost. Just remember to let the hair cool before you brush it out, as it’s the cooling – not the heating – that sets the style. For the best results, find the best curling irons from Beauty Plus Salon and other retailers – and use a heat-protection spray.

Lipstick

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Again, this depends on the shades of makeup you have available. Keep this in mind when you shop, and it’s a lot easier to find a good match. Lipstick makes a great blusher, applied on the apples of the cheeks to give a glowing appearance. Matte lipstick is best for this, but you can wear the shine off glossier options with a thin layer of powder over the top. Talking of…

Powder and Foundation

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Brought together, they negate the need for a separate concealer. Apply foundation as usual and wait for it to dry, before dusting a light layer of powder over. Then take the foundation and apply again, this time on problem areas, as you would a concealer. Repeat the process until you have sufficient coverage, alternating foundation and powder until satisfied.

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Top New FREE Kids Apps for Android Devices – Hurry!

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Well I was all excited to get my kids some free new apps before I realized these were only available for Android devices. lol. Oh well. I figured I’d pass along the savings to all of you – my dear readers! My kids are huge fans of both Lego and Dr. Panda apps/games and when I see Dr. Panda games on sale I grab them. But to find the regularly $2.99 games (multiple ones!) on sale for FREE – I do a happy dance! I think I may need to invest in an Android tablet for the future! haha.

I hope your little angels have lots of fun with these great apps and educational games. Thanks for visiting Love2EncourageYou and be sure to share some of your favorite free or cheap apps in the comments below. Thanks for spreading and sharing the love with friends!

These apps are new within the last 30 days!

Dr. Panda Handyman

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Aug 8, 2016

Free Only with Underground Apps
Available instantly on your connected Android device

Dr. Panda Daycare

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Aug 16, 2016

Dr. Panda
Free Only with Underground Apps
Available instantly on your connected Android device
DrPandaBeautySalon
Aug 8, 2016

Dr. Panda
Price: reg. $2.99  now $0.00
This app is actually free with Amazon Underground
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
MyVeryHungryCatepillar
Aug 10, 2016
FREE!
StoryToys
DCSuperHeroGirls
Aug 26, 2016
FREE!
Mattel
FREE!
LEGO System A/S
It’s been so much fun hunting for freebies for you today! I hope you enjoyed them! Stay tuned for more great freebies coming up this week in other categories!
Share your suggestions for free kids apps in the comments.
Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou is not associated with Amazon. I do not receive any compensation for downloads.
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Colorful and Inspiring: The Biggest Story DVD and CD Audio Book + Giveaway

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Join me in this delightful journey through brilliant displays of bold, bright colors and intricate designs and patterns as part of the DVD just released for The Biggest Story – a children’s Bible Story collection on DVD. The original book was a huge hit with my kids with its unique artwork and easy to read and understand Bible stories.

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Now with the introduction of The Biggest Story on DVD and audio book on CD, we have even more great ways to enjoy this delightful collection of truly awesome kid-friendly content.

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My little ones are eager to watch this DVD before bedtime now. The DVD has around ten chapters and the narrator’s voice is pleasant and easy to listen to and understand as he reads/narrarates the story to the kids.

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I recommend to all parents to be prepared to pause the movie and answer questions your kids may have while they listen and watch each chapter of these different Bible stories unfold – at least the first time you watch this. I think it’s helpful to even sit down and watch it with them and snuggle as they will have fun witnessing the various beautiful illustrations shared in the movie storybook.

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I personally find it’s helpful to address questions kids have (they always have questions about the Bible) as you watch the film since you’ll have the convenience of pausing and restarting the DVD. It helps children absorb more of the important information being shared and then later stories can make more sense to them as they grow in their knowledge of lessons and stories from the Bible.

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They also like to listen to the audio book on CD in the car when we take long rides to visit friends or have to go pick up daddy and big brother from school.

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Overall, I found the set of DVD and audio book on CD to be very enjoyable and had fun sharing these with my kids for this review. Thank you to Flyby Promotions and the sponsor for the opportunity to experience them.

The Animated Short Film: Featuring beautifully animated illustrations adapted from the book, The Biggest Story: The Animated Short Film will captivate children and parents alike as they see how all the classic stories in the Bible connect to Scripture’s
overarching message about God’s glorious plan to redeem his rebellious people.
The Audio Book: This audio book of The Biggest Story—written and narrated also by the best-selling author Kevin DeYoung—leads kids and parents alike on an exciting journey through the Bible, connecting the dots from the garden of Eden to Christ’s death
on the cross to the new heaven and new earth.
Kevin DeYoung is senior pastor of University Reformed Church in East Lansing, MI, husband to Trisha, and father to seven children.
 

Giveaway Time!

Prize: One winner will receive both a brand new copy of The Biggest Story on DVD and the audio book on CD!

Location: USA and Canada

Age: Must be 18 years or older to enter. Void where prohibited.

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Enter the giveaway using the giveaway form below.

 

 

Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou received sample copies in exchange for an honest review. No further compensation was received. I only share items I feel are of value or interest to my readers and my family. Love2EncourageYou is not responsible for sponsor prize fulfillment. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook or any other social media channel.

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Help Your Child Get Creative In Art And Improve Confidence

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Have you ever tried to enjoy just sitting down with your child and having a fun activity drawing creative pictures using your imaginations only to have your child get frustrated that they can’t draw as well as you do? This is a normal reaction many students get when faced with peers who know how to draw well or when an older sibling or parent with artistic talent is drawing and they wish they could do as good a job. But how do you help solve your child’s frustrations and boost their confidence in their art? Give them tools that help teach them to draw and use their creativity!

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One of the most exciting things I’ve learned as a teacher and homeschool teacher is that when you introduce new concepts or tools in art or other areas, kids flourish and thrive at the possibilities of improving their skills and learning new things. You see their whole face light up with anticipation and determination – ready to tackle these new skills they are about to learn.  One great tool for starting artists is the delight of working with stencils!

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These fantastic pieces of plastic are artfully crafted to resemble all sorts of shapes in varying sizes. You’ll see many creative themes from fairies to dinosaurs and everything in between!

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I am totally impressed with this particular brand and their great attention to detail and the hard work involved in selecting shapes in theme sets. It makes it so much easier as a teacher and a parent to be able to flip through these stencils and see exactly what I need to work with my child at a quick glance rather than having the shapes scattered and unorganized.

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By engaging with the Mimtom plastic stencil set for their creative time, your child will begin to develop basic drawing practices and beyond! In a nutshell, they’ll be utilizing the skills found with tracing shapes as they shift from basics like moon and stars to more challenging shapes like dolphins or choo-choo train stencils. The cool bonus in playing with these stencils is that it doesn’t really matter where you are – you can use these stencils any place you and your child go! We’ve taken them with us in the car using our lap tables to lean on,  used them at the desk or kitchen table, plopped down on the floor at a friend’s house when visiting for dinner, and even brought them to the local park to get inspired to draw outdoor scenes with the stencils.

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Mimtom plastic stencils:

  • strong and flexible polypropylene material
  • solid carrying box with a handle
  • product weight: 2.6 lbs
  • size of carrying box: 12 x 8.3 x 2 inches
  • size of stencil: 10.3 x 7.3 inches

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You can learn more more about Mimtom by visiting their website at www.mimtom.com.  We are very pleased with our set and find that both my five year old son and my nine year old daughter are enjoying the exciting variety of stencils and themes available for their choosing. This particular set comes with 20 large colorful stencils with over 330 different stenciling shapes! These super thick stencils make all the difference is helping little children to correctly trace the shapes.

This set includes the following original designs:

  • Flowers & Butterflies
  • Ponies & Kittens
  • Fairies
  • Princesses & Ballerinas
  • Shopping
  • Farm & Wild Animals
  • Marine Creatures
  • Ships
  • Cars & Trucks
  • Racing
  • Airplanes & Helicopters
  • Universe
  • Christmas
  • Circus
  • Letters & Numbers and Geometric Shapes (among others)

You’re sure to love watching your little ones get excited about drawing and making some cute creations with these fun Mimtom stencils! Do you have suggestions for other stencil themes to  consider for the future? Share your ideas here in the comments!

Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou received a free sample of the Mimtom stencil set in exchange for our honest review. No other compensation was received. I only share items I feel are of value to my readers and my family.

 

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5 Tips To Make Your Morning School Routine Easier

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5 Tips To Make Your Morning School Routine Easier

Well, it’s that time of year again. Summer is almost over and the school year is about to begin. Chaos is abundant as your kids are dreading the beginning of school. All is not lost! Here are some tips to make the kids’ morning routine easier once school starts.

 

1. Lay out their clothes the night before. This makes it so much easier in the morning. Instead of worrying about what to wear, they can just focus on getting ready.

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2. Make sure their schoolbags are ready. Make sure all books, writing utensils and, most importantly, their homework is already in their bag. Also, make sure the bag is easily accessible and available for a quick grab on the way out the door to school.

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3. Have breakfast ready when they wake up. Getting breakfast prepared BEFORE they get up is a good thing, believe me! By having it already ready, you are not rushing around trying to make breakfast and get them ready at the same time.

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4. Make lunches the night before. I know not everyone takes their lunch to school anymore, and that is ok. However, for those of you that still send a lunch to school with your kids, save some time and make the meal before you go to bed the night before.

5. Stay positive! A positive attitude can help set the right tone for your child’s school day. If you help start the day on a positive note, they will be in a better mood to get through the rest of their busy day – and so will you.

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With these morning tips, your child’s day should get off to the right start. Plus, it will help keep you sane! Hope these tips help and have a blessed day.

Guest Post by Melleigha Nichols

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Melleigha “Mia” Nichols is the owner of Social Media by Mia, a social media management company specializing in helping owners of multiple companies with their social media needs. She also has a product review site, Mia’s Product Reviews, and will be launching a family oriented blog soon.

When not working diligently for her clients or writing guest blog posts, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their many fur babies at home in Missouri. She also enjoys crafting and making jewelry in her spare time to keep her hands busy. “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop”. Proverbs 16:27

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