Full of Laughs, Love and Affection – HOME Movie Now in Theaters!

facebooktwittergoogle_pluslinkedinrssyoutubeinstagram

home-trfm-home_title_rgb

HOME Movie NOW in Theaters 3/27!!

Trailer for HOME movie rated PG. Starts in theaters TODAY! (3/27)

How do you show affection to those you love and care for?  Do you have the kind of relationships with friends and family where you like to visit them in person no matter how far you have to travel to show your love and appreciation for having them in your life? What about blessing others with gifts or acts of kindness? These are just a few of the ways my family likes to show love to others around us. We enjoy taking time to reach out to a different neighbor or friend at least once a week.

home-HOME_sRGB_final_rgb

One of the fun things we have planned for Spring Break starting today is to go see the new movie HOME with some friends! I highly recommend giving this great new movie a try this weekend and show your loved ones how much you care by taking them along!

HOME

About the movie:

When Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human. And while he changes her planet and she changes his world, they discover the true meaning of the word HOME.

HOME

Share with us in the comments below how you like to show love and affection to those in your life. Do you live by the motto #micasestucasa ? (My home is your home) I know we do! We have folks visit from all over since we live in Florida and fortunately have a spare room for visitors to feel comfortable and stay for awhile. It’s such a blessing to be able to let my teen son have friends come over for all nighters or sleep overs and enjoy the blessing of being one big family.

3dOh_Beauty-e1427472516859

Want to have some fun getting ready for the movie? Here are two free images you can use as printables to print for the kids about the new move HOME!

Coloring-Page-Beauty-1

Maze-Beauty
I love mazes for kids and of course coloring pages are always a big hit with my preschooler. I hope your family enjoys these free goodies from the movie HOME. Be sure to share the love and let others know about this giveaway and freebies to the movie HOME too!

Jennifer Lopez Video, Feel the Light

HOME in theaters March 27. The film is PG.

I can’t wait to enjoy all the laughs, love and affection with my family at the new movie HOME this weekend! I hope you get to see it soon! Have fun!

Visit the official website for the movie HOME.

Follow on Facebook!

#DreamWorksHome
#micasaestucasa

Giveaway Time!

unnamed-41

Prize: Enter to win these three HOME books!

  • 1-chapter books
  • 1-reader
  • 1-Art of Home book

Location: Open to residents of the USA

Age: Must be 18 years or age or older

Ends: March 30 at midnight EST

 

Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou will receive a free copy of the same books being given away in this post. However, I only share items I feel are of interest or value to my family and my readers. Love2EncourageYou is not responsible for sponsor prize fulfillment.

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Check out the Mystery and Romance in Grace of God DVD

facebooktwittergoogle_pluslinkedinrssyoutubeinstagram

625828640162_USA_GRACEOFGOD_3D

Sometimes in a world of right and wrong, the grace God gives us and allows the people around us to have during times of trial and tough choices is an amazing thing to witness. In the movie “Grace of God” you’ll find the storyline to be different than you may be used to for a Christian film. It has all the elements of an interesting plot to capture your attention right from the beginning and draw you into the movie as you catch yourself trying to figure out the mystery.

I love to see a film that finds a way to bring the powerful message of redemption and forgiveness to the audience. God’s love is a gift. His Grace is a gift. Alright… I guess you’ll just have to watch it and see for yourself, but I think this is worth watching and sharing with a friend. If you know someone who may need to hear the message of why we believe in God and why people gather at church expecting forgiveness and having a place to belong, then this should be a fun way to enjoy a movie together with an interesting plot. 

Lorenzo Lamas and Erin Bethea play great parts in the film as always, and some of the new actors (at least they’re new to me) did a fantastic job too.  I love how different Lorenzo’s roles were between this film and the other movie I reviewed this week. lol. He does a powerful presentation when he needs to! I’m also always fond of any type of love interest development for romantics out there and found “Grace of God” to do a pretty good job bringing the charm of falling in love from a different perspective.

I am going to be frank with you though on one point -  I honestly think they should have ended the movie about 3 minutes sooner. The movie seems to end very nicely and then they add this last little portion after it as the real ending that seemed to distract from what they just accomplished.  I will be curious to see what you guys think.

10625005_867685279920574_4346764699607871534_n

Although “Grace of God” was not at all what I was expecting,  I still really enjoyed watching it. It was a refreshing change on what I’m used to with Christian films and it was fun to see the storyline bring in glimpses of what a church functions like and how important and precious the “trust” factor is within the body of Christ. Someone not used to attending church or being a part of a church “family” is not going to be aware of these things and this movie actually does a pretty good job portraying the beauty and treasure that it is to be part of the church family. I think there is more than one message intertwined in the film, but for the most part the message is wrapped up throughout the last half of the film.  I enjoyed the conclusion overall. I just prefer they cut out the last 3 minutes. Guess it’s because I’ve been reviewing movies for so long .

I hope we are continually blessed with film writers and creators who are not afraid to go outside the box of what society thinks is acceptable within a movie. I was happy to review “Grace of God” and thankful to be pleasantly surprised by its storyline and ability to give a great message in specific parts. (Watch for when the pastor is interviewed – it’s powerful!)

Dove-12+-FaithFriendly

Please enjoy purchasing and watching “Grace of God” with your family. This movie is safe for children 12 and older according to the cover art. Would make a great gift for someone at Easter or anytime.

About the movie:
Releases on DVD March 24, 2015
99 Minutes // Genre: Family, Inspirational // Rating:  NR

Having lost his faith many years ago, Detective Bill Broadly is called to investigate the disappearance of the local church’s collection plate. As he questions its various church members, rumors swirl as more congregants learn about the theft. When one unexpected church-goer confesses to stealing the funds, the confession resurrects Broadly’s views on God, and helps him see that through faith and belief there really is rebirth and redemption.

#GraceofGodMovie @Walmart

GIVEAWAY TIME!

625828640162_USA_GRACEOFGOD_3DPrize: One winner will receive a copy of the DVD “Grace of God”!

Location: Open to USA & Canada residents. Void where prohibited.

Age: Must be 18 years or older to enter.

Date: Ends on April 8 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. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.” Love2EncourageYou is not responsible for sponsor prize fulfillment.

 

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Dream Team Pets are both Cozy and Give Comfort at Bedtime

facebooktwittergoogle_pluslinkedinrssyoutubeinstagram

Dream Team Pets – The Innovative Child Sleep Training Toy

mighty-lion-3

Wouldn’t you love to solve the night time routine with your little one. I am always on the look out for something special that might bring a smile and a distraction to the fact that it is bedtime again. Fortunately there are amazing companies out there like Dream Team Pets who know what parents are looking for and have come up with some really cool products such as this sweet collection of Dream Team Pets for your little one to love and cherish as they snuggle into dreamland at night.

dtp-logo-color-r

“Dream Team Pets is much more than a bedtime toy-it’s an innovative kid’s sleep aid that helps end the bedtime battles of trying to keep your child in bed. Developed with the help of a pediatrician, Dream Team Pets bedtime routine empowers kids as they reward their Pet with stickers and a certificate for a good night’s sleep. If the child wakes up from a nightmare, there are no hard feelings because the responsibility is on their Pet, but when they successfully sleep in their own bed, the kids feel a sense of accomplishment as they reward their Dream Team Pet. What makes this unique is that the kids think they are training their Pet, but really they are sleep training themselves!”

dog-with-certificate-and-book__hi_res

My Readers receive 30% Off Dream Team Pets with Promo Code: USFGUIDE

IMG_0264

These Dream Team Pets come with a special book you can read with your child explaining that the pet is there to be their protector. They will keep them company and keep them safe while they dream. Your child will love and squeezy hug the pet even more after reading them that line! lol. I know my little guy is thrilled with his special puppy he got from Dream Team Pets. He wanted to hold him all night before he even went to bed and ended up falling asleep with him on the couch. Awe. I know .. too cute. But, the really neat thing about the purpose of Dream Team Pets is actually to help your child stay in their bed and in their bedrooms at night. You know – the constant night time reminders that you have a little one who doesn’t like to sleep through the night? Well with Dream Team Pets you can alleviate those fears your child may be having and let them sleep comfortable and snuggly with their new Dream Team Pet and still feel safe enough to not need to come calling for mom or dad. It’s a brilliant idea!

IMG_0262

We are enjoying this wonderful addition to his bedtime routine and I’m sure your child or grandchild will love sleeping with one of these cute and cuddly Dream Team Pets too.

mother-and-son-reading-with-lion

Please follow Dream Team Pets on social media:
Facebook
Google+
Pinterest
Twitter 

Disclosure: I received a free product in exchange for an honest review. I only share items I feel are of value or interest to my family and my readers.

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

ROBOTS-4-U and Dynamic Art Summer Camps Now Enrolling #Orlando

facebooktwittergoogle_pluslinkedinrssyoutubeinstagram

S.T.E.A.M. education: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math!

robotcamp

ROBOTS-4-U Summer Camps Now Enrolling – Where Fun, Thinking & Learning comes to Life!

www.ROBOTS-4-U.com

@Robots4U – Facebook.com/Robots4Usummercamp

AND

DynamicArt

DYNAMIC ART & DESIGN Summer Camps Now Enrolling – Where Technology Meets Creativity!

www.dynamic-art-design.com

@Robots4U #DynamicArt – Facebook.com/DynamicArtClass

My friends,

I wanted to share with you this incredible opportunity that just came in that I am allowed to offer to you – my sweet readers! This is a terrific offer and I hope it will help make your little campers have an absolutely amazing summer!

- Rebecca at Love2EncourageYou

Campers having a BLAST, while learning and playing in a dynamic environment. Learning about Robotics and Science, in an independent and exciting way!

Visit our WEB Sites www.ROBOTS-4-U.com and www.dynamic-art-design.com to see dates and locations for these day camps.

- Robot / Science / Engineering / Day Camp / Challenges

- Camps Girls and Boys – Aged 7 to 14

- Robot Camps and Dynamic Art Camps offered during June, July and August

- Hands on Learning, Self-Paced. Beginners to Expert!

KEY INFORMATION

- 1 week (5 days) long

- Days: Monday to Friday Times: 9:00-11:30a.m. and 12:30-3:00 p.m.

- CAMPERS RATIO: 1 Instructor to 16 participants
-Register early as camps do fill up quickly!

- Each Camper Individually uses a ROBOTICS or DYNAMIC ART Kit. Robot kits do not go home with campers but are available for purchase!

SPECIAL OFFER: 60% Off Robotics Science Summer Camps! Code: USF1550r www.ROBOTS-4-U.com @usfg #robots4u

robotcamp2

I don’t know about you, but this momma loves seeing her kiddos getting engaged hands on with robotics and art projects so both of these camps would be totally cool to enroll them in. My 8 year old says she thinks they both look great! My teen son said the same thing! Kids today love to stay busy and do fun things that are out of the normal routine during their summer break. They want to make memories and have a good time. I strongly recommend giving these two awesome camps a try this year! I know we would like to!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of US Family Guide and the sponsor above. I will received a gift card in exchange for sharing with my readers, however, I only share items I feel are of value or interest to my family and my readers.

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Entertaining and Fun: A Sloth Named Velcro DVD by PBS Nature

facebooktwittergoogle_pluslinkedinrssyoutubeinstagram

 IMG_0030

There’s lots to learn about sloths through this fantastic film from PBS Nature! A Velcro Named Sloth is a great DVD for homeschoolers, educators, and families who love to learn about animals – especially the sloth. We found this film to be jam-packed filled with all kinds of helpful insight into the lives and habitats of sloths.

“NATURE: A SLOTH NAMED VELCRO”

OVERTURNS OLD MYTHS AND OFFERS NEW INSIGHTS ABOUT THESE FASCINATING ANIMALS

 

View a preview of the DVD here:

Now available on DVD from PBS Distribution

There are so many wonderful moments in the DVD that make you smile, intrique you, and simply inform you with all the cool features you can learn about the sloth that many do not know. My personal favorite was to learn how diligently the male sloths cover their territory at night and make sure to travel even as far as a mile at their slow and steady pace in order to check in and make sure their kin are all safe. I didn’t know sloths were mostly nocturnal either.

IMG_0031

The entire DVD is enjoyable to watch. There is an adorable storyline sharing about the life of Velcro the sloth and how he was raised by a woman when he was just a baby sloth and eventually placed back into the wild. We also get to see inside looks into the activities of Care Centers and how they take measures to give medical care and comfort to sloths at risk or who are rescued.

My kids both enjoyed crawling around on the floor pretending to be like a sloth when it’s not in a tree. They were fascinated to learn that the sloth has moths and algae living in its fur on purpose to help it survive. Such interesting facts!

Here is a cute review below from a child’s perspective on this film from my daughter, M.  I hope you enjoy!

 IMG_0023

A Kid’s Corner Review of “A Velcro Named Sloth” by “M” (age 8):

It was a lot of fun learning about how sloths are in nature. How hard it is for sloths and how dangerous is the main things I found interesting that I never knew about. They are in danger from predators like ocelots and owls. They are actually at risk of getting killed from cars as they try to cross roadways and could get hit. Many people are starting to become animal ambassadors to help protect the sloths. If these people see a sloth crossing the road then they stop their cars and try to help get the sloth safely to the other side, so it will not be in danger of getting hit. I learned how we as people should try much harder to care for and have a heart for animals and mammals.

Thanks for visiting Love2EncourageYou today! Please leave a comment below and tell us what you think of this exciting new look into the lives of a sloth.

Be sure to check back often in April and May as our Spring Gift Guide is launching from April 1 – May 15! Lots of great reviews and giveaways coming soon – especially from PBSKids and PBSNature! Sponsors: Please feel free to reach out and get your product included today! Contact Rebecca at love2encourageyou@icloud.com.

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

PBS KIDS presents Wild Kratts: Shark-Tastic on DVD!

facebooktwittergoogle_pluslinkedinrssyoutubeinstagram

 IMG_0148

Can you believe this adorable smile? That’s what happens every time I turn on the Wild Kratts from PBSKIDS! My son just adores this show and he was more than ecstatic when the package arrived from PBS Distribution with an early release copy the brand new DVD called Wild Kratts Shark-Tastic coming out on April 14! He was so excited to sit in his special chair holding his giant hammerhead shark stuffed animal while watching the new adventures the Kratt brothers go on in this delightful and educational series of episodes.

IMG_0161IMG_0164

Both my 8 year old daughter and my 4 year old son enjoy the Wild Kratts because its not only really cool to see them live in person and then change to animated form to go on the full adventures learning about animals, but they love using their imaginations and acting out the scenes and silly antics the Kratt brothers do in these shows. It’s so much fun! I even enjoy watching the episodes and learning from them as an adult!

IMG_0162-1IMG_0163

The new Shark-Tastic has several great sea creatures featured in the DVD and one in particular really seemed to capture the kids attention and having them rewind it. The scene where the Kratt brothers actually feed a live Octopus just mesmerized them. They are now dying to have me take them to an Aquarium! How cool is that? Thank goodness spring break is next week so we can consider making that wish come true, right? Shhh… don’t tell my kids! It’s a surprise!

IMG_0166

You’ll find all sorts of great educational material embedded within each episode of these Wild Kratts adventures. I know you will see your kid’s interests in animals and their habitats and “creature powers” blossoming right before your eyes in no time. These episodes are addicting! You can’t watch them just once! lol.

IMG_0160

Please grab your copy of the newest Wild Kratts adventures on DVD and pick up Shark-Tastic for your family to enjoy!

JOIN THE KRATT BROTHERS ON
“SHARK-TASTIC” ADVENTURES IN A NEW DVD

 

“WILD KRATTS: SHARK-TASTIC” Available
from PBS Distribution April 14

PBS KIDS Series WILD KRATTS Helps Kids Learn Science
by Exploring Animals and Their “Creature Powers”

 

SHARK-TASTIC” includes four episodes of the PBS KIDS hit series WILD KRATTS, two of which are bonus episodes! From learning about the favorite prey of great white sharks, to gaining insight into how dolphins communicate, kids will be exposed to fascinating facts about sharks and other sea creatures in this fun-filled DVD. Animals highlighted in these four stories include a hawksbill turtle, dolphins, a tiger shark, a giant pacific octopus, great white sharks, a bowhead whale, a manta ray and many more.

In each episode of WILD KRATTS, creature teachers Chris and Martin Kratt take kids and their families along on extraordinary animal-powered adventures. The show transforms the Kratt Brothers, creators of the award-winning KRATTS’ CREATURES and Emmy-winning ZOBOOMAFOO, into animated versions of themselves, allowing the real-life zoologists to visit wild animals in their little-seen habitats and showcase key science concepts along the way. WILD KRATTS airs weekdays on PBS KIDS (check local listings).

Check out all the cool games and learning apps available from Wild Kratts series at PBSKIDS.org as well. My kids love them!

Thanks for visiting today friends. Please check out our other PBSKIDS DVD reviews and tell me some of your favorite Wild Kratts episodes or favorite PBSKIDS characters in the comments below. Don’t miss visiting our Giveaways Page for some PBSKIDS movie giveaways on occasion too!

- Rebecca

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Confessions of a Prodigal Son Movie – Calls Youth To The Light of Christ

facebooktwittergoogle_pluslinkedinrssyoutubeinstagram

10885454_900681599951584_6185309913534131864_n

I’m always delighted when I have the opportunity to review a new faith-based film. Today I get to share with you about “Confessions of a Prodigal Son“. Reviewing faith-based movies, books and other tools  is something I love to do and really enjoy sharing my thoughts and encouraging you in your walk with the Lord by finding helpful  resources to use in your journey.

Confessions of a Prodigal Son is a movie worth sharing with the young teens to twenty somethings in your life. It calls youth to the light and love of Christ. It draws them towards hope and forgiveness that comes from our Heavenly Father who never gives up on us.

Note to Parents: This particular film receives a PG13 rating from me as it has a lot of realistic situations that teens or college-aged may go through and I would caution allowing anyone younger to watch without parent approval. I feel this film is going to be helpful in impacting the lives of youth and twenty-somethings and for that reason I wanted to share it with you and encourage you to utilize resources like this in reaching out to students during those difficult years.

Take a moment to check out the trailer located HERE for Confessions of a Prodigal Son. It will help give you some insight about the film and help you make an informed decision when choosing to purchase and view the movie when it releases on March 31.

I feel movies like this are great to share with teens or youth groups, Sunday School classes, or as family movie night with teenage or older. See God’s hand at work in a mighty way as this film touches your heart and brings a message of … “What is the story of your life? And what makes it worthy of being told?” You have to keep watching all the way to the end of the movie so you can see the impact of the message being given.

Visit the movie website at www.confessionsofaprodigal.com.

Read one reporter’s opinion about the film HERE.

Film Description:
“Confessions of a Prodigal Son – A coming-of-age, modern, retelling of the Prodigal Son story. We follow newly independent Sean as he takes part of his college fund into his own hands and uses it to begin exploring life apart for the rules and expectations he has grown up with – put in place from his (pastor) father. But after meeting a strong and beautiful girl named Ali, Sean soon finds himself having to question what he thought he knew, all while trying to balance a lifestyle of partying and loose living instigated by his troubled best friend Cameron.

We follow Sean on his journey to discovery, through pain, longing and love and he begins to learn that every choice he makes, steers him ever closer to what kind of story his life is going to tell.” – from movie website

I give this film my recommendation coming from a parent of a teen who will be entering his college years soon. I believe the overall purpose of the film was a solid aim at this age group. It can be effective in reaching those who are willing to watch it and hopefully are receptive to it’s message. The beauty of the message really comes down to this – we have a God who loves us and forgives us unconditionally. No matter how badly we mess up our life, God will always be there waiting for us to come back to His arms.

Be blessed my friends as you watch this movie. I challenge each of you: Enjoy the story our Creator is writing with your life and make the choices that will determine a story worth sharing.

Thanks for visiting Love2EncourageYou blog. I hope my reviews are helpful and informative so you can continue your life’s journey closer to Christ and take care of your family.

- Rebecca

 

 

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Join Us! Swanling Countdown to Spring Caption This Contest

facebooktwittergoogle_pluslinkedinrssyoutubeinstagram

 Greetings my friends! Another FABULOUS Giveaway Event for you to enter and win some incredible prizes helpful to moms of little ones or moms to be! Check out these awesome sponsors – 27 of them!!!Rebecca at Love2EncourageYou

swanlingheader

We just can’t wait to celebrate the spring and we’re so excited to bring you the Countdown to Spring Caption This Contest hosted by Swanling! Fans will get a chance to win 27 prizes by submitting a fun caption for our contest image. Entering is so easy and fun! Submit your creative caption for the contest image shown below through Rafflecopter. Don’t forget to earn more chances to win by liking/visiting the brands’ Facebook pages, other social media sites, and more. Best Wishes to everyone!

  • One lucky winner will receive 27 prizes!
  • Open to U.S. residents only, ages 18 and up.
  • Everyone who enters the giveaway will receive something special after the giveaway as a thank you.
  • The giveaway will run until 5PM on Monday, March 23rd.
  • Entering is easy and can be done via Rafflecopter below.

Scroll below to check out all the amazing prizes! We added “Like on Facebook” links for each brand. If you like a handful a day that would be appreciated! We also encourage you to check out our sponsors who have amazing blogs you should follow.

Contest Photo:

swanling-fan-photo

 

Submit your creative caption for this photo in the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win big!

REMEMBER….the more points you earn the better chance you have to win! Enter via the Rafflecopter below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

So what are the AMAZING prizes? (Giveaway Open to U.S. residents only. Void where prohibited. Must be 18 years or older to enter. ):

Swanling Slumber Sleeper™

Like Swanling on Facebook

swanling

Swanling Innovations is committed to producing modern, safe and innovative products of only the highest quality that meet the expectations of discerning parents. The Slumber Sleeper™ is a 4-in-1 safe sleep solution. It is a mattress protector, fitted sheet, flat sheet, and sleep sack all in one. It is designed to help keep your baby safe, warm and centered. Although the sheet allows older children to move freely and change sleep positions, the Slumber Sleeper™ unique design helps facilitate back sleeping and helps keep baby centered while in the crib, two important components of safe sleep for babies, and you get the added benefit of easily keeping an eye on them without adjusting your baby monitor frequently.

www.swanling.com

Babee Talk

Like Babee Talk on Facebook

bbtalk

If you are hunting for organic cotton baby bedding that has it all, you’re in the right place. Designed by a mom and created with love for chic, safety-conscious parents, Babee Talk crib bedding, crib rail covers and plush toys combine the softest materials and rigorous safety checks with strikingly beautiful design.

http://www.babeetalk.com

Beautiful Earth

beautifulearth

We have made caring for your little one easy, with our complete Baby Box. It contains everything you need to cleanse, moisturize and protect your baby’s skin. Our Baby Box is a complete head-to-toe package, and contains full sized products to ensure your little one stays Natural. Beautiful Products are made without Parabens, Sulphates , coloring mineral oils or glycols. Each Baby Box contains Hair& Body Wash, Baby Lotion, Baby Bar, Baby Bath & Massage Oil, Barrier Cream and Breathe Easy Chest Rub. Our Baby Box is an Award Winner with Green Scene Mom!

http://www.beautifulearthusa.com

Wristy Buddy

Like Wristy Buddy on Facebook

wristybuddy

 

Wristy Buddy is a one piece teething wristband comprised of a wristband with an absorbent animal in the center, a textured teething attachment, and a satin attachment. Wristy Buddy is designed for babies that are teething that haven’t developed the motor skills to hold traditional teething objects. Babies that can’t grasp toys can manipulate Wristy Buddy. Wristy Buddy is made of absorbent materials to help keep little faces and clothing dry. Its various textures and colors engage and stimulate. It is easily accessible to your teething baby and is more sanitary than traditional teething objects.

http://www.wristybuddy.com

Baby Bump Bundle

Like Baby Bump Bundle on Facebook

bbb

BumpBundle is here to simplify the crazy world of pregnancy and baby products for gift givers, or mothers-to-be themselves. Each bundle is tailored to the three trimesters and can be ordered at any stage of the pregnancy. Then when the bundle of joy arrives, the BabyBundle gift box makes the perfect present. With the mother and baby in mind, Baby Bump Bundle, LLC, offering BumpBundle gift boxes for pregnant moms and BabyBundle gift boxes filled with goodies for newborn babies, was created and brought to life!

For relief from nipple discomfort postpartum, 3Girls Holistic Nipple Cream helps to heal, soothe, lubricate and protect, making breastfeeding and nursing much more comfortable!  It goes on smooth and won’t leave a greasy residue either.

http://babybumpbundle.com

Pacific Baby World

Like Pacific Baby on Facebook

pacficbaby

As more studies come out each year revealing the hidden hazards in our baby products, parents need to be proactive about finding the safest products for their kids. Pacific Baby World makes it easy by providing safe, innovative and practical products for baby. They are the only infant feeding company making bamboo as a priority material for baby – with a full feeding line including feeding and weaning bowls, cups, plates, and spoons.

http://pacificbabyworld.com

Cossettie

Like Cossettie on Facebook

cossettie

An extra large changing mat that provides more than enough coverage no matter where you are changing a diaper.

This changing mat provides plenty of coverage to make sure your baby is lying on a clean surface for diaper changing. The extra-large sized mat completely covers public restroom changing tables and is great for diaper changes in the car, on the ground, floor and on a bed – anywhere you need to change a baby. Its’ small attached bag also makes it easy to store and carry around.

http://www.cossettie.com/

BabyNav Baby Planners

Like BabyNav Baby Planners on Facebook

babynav

BabyNav Baby Planners is a premiere baby planning service, offering private and personalized consultation to expecting and new families. We provide unsurpassed service leaving you feeling fully prepared, while reducing stress and allowing every member of the family to embrace the magic and joy of pregnancy. But we don’t stop there. We also specialize in the post-partum support you need to feel confident and content while navigating  the world with your new infant. Whether you are expecting a single baby or multiples, if this is your first or your fourth baby, you are a working or a stay-at-home mom, we offer the services to meet your needs including baby gear consulting, custom registration management, personal shopping, gear preparation, nursery stocking, nursery organization, multiples preparation, concierge services and more!

http://www.babynavbabyplanners

PeapodMats

Like PeapodMats on Facebook

podmat

PeapodMats are simply amazing and versatile waterproof mats that are unlike any conventional waterproof mat or cover on the market today! PeapodMats are designed to protect the bed from all sorts of fluids.

The big difference? PeapodMats lie flat ON TOP of sheets with a grippy material underneath (WITHOUT flaps, wings, straps or velcro) which means NO more tucking, bunching, or moving. PeapodMats are comfortable and soft to sleep on with no “plastic crinkle” sound or “cold vinyl” feel. PeapodMats are focused on the toddler and schooler age group as they progress through potty training and bedwetting. However, anyone can make the investment in our mat when their little ones are just babies… after all, ALL babies will need to potty train. That said, our larger PeapodMats (3×5) are also suitable for adults to use. Hassle free when wet just wash and dry on regular cycle!

http://peapodmats.com

Sand Gone

Like Sand Gone on Facebook

Sand Gone is a dry powder that when applied to sandy parts of your body removes the sand leaving your skin soft and smooth. All natural ingredients with a coconut fragrance. A must for beachgoers or after playing in the sand.

www.sandgone.com

San Diego Bebe

Like San Diego Bebe on Facebook 

sdbb

San Diego Bebe was designed by San Diego native Sandy Clark, a passionate breastfeeding advocate and mother of twins. Clark was inspired at a San Diego beach one day where she witnessed a young mother unsuccessfully nursing her baby. As the mother struggled to keep a blanket across her shoulder while her baby wailed from heat and hunger, Clark vowed then and there to design a product that would help resolve the issue of privacy while nursing. San Diego Bebe was born that day. The mom invented and multiple-award winning San Diego Bebe Eco-Nursing Pillow is an eco-friendly nursing pillow that offers support, comfort, and discretion for mom and baby.

http://doubleblessings.com

Baby Elephant Ears

Like Baby Elephant Ears on Facebook

Unparalleled in style and function, Baby Elephant Ears is a baby headrest support pillow providing spinal/neck alignment and comfort – offered in diverse prints and organics, ethically manufactured, and made with sustainable materials.

Chiropractor-inspired and mom-designed, Baby Elephant Ears can go wherever baby goes – stroller, swing, car seat, changing table, wherever and whenever support is needed. Baby Elephant Ears is fully washable and requires no attachments, straps or special skills – just simple, loving use.

http://www.babyelephantears.com

Sleep Baby Sleep

Like Sleep Baby Sleep on Facebook

Baby/Toddler sleep site. Helping families with babies that are having sleep troubles such as frequent night wakings, problems sleeping through the night, nap troubles, sleep schedule issues, and anything else related to baby/toddler sleep. This is a one email baby/toddler sleep consultation package, for anyone who is having trouble getting their baby to sleep. This package included all questions/concerns answered by a sleep consultant, and a sleep plan if applicable.

http://violet-sleepbabysleep.blogspot.com

Maria Dismondy

Like Maria Dismondy on Facebook

Making Spirits Bright publishes children’s books with timeless messages that empower our youth! Start empowering your baby to live an extraordinary life by modeling positive character traits. This book reminds us that an infant can begin exhibiting acts of kindness well before they are walking and talking.

www.mariadismondy.com

Olie

Like Olie on Facebook

olie copy

Olie offers adorable satin bloomers for baby girls, ranging from sizes newborn to age 3. The Bloomers come in a variety of colors and cute patterns all with a little bow on the back!

http://www.theolie.com

Packable Pails

Like Packable Pails on Facebook

Packable Pails are collapsible beach pails that collapse to under two inches tall making travel easy. They come in four fun colors. They are made from BPA free plastic and food grade silicone. Use them at the beach, sandbox, in the snow, in the garden, and much more.

www.packablepails.com

PullyPalz

Like PullyPalz on Facebook

This innovative toy not only entertains baby, it keeps a pacifier in view and reach! With PullyPalz, dropped pacis even come back? Which is great for those times when parents need an ?extra hand?.

The toy uses something similar to a pulley system? When baby drops one, and it falls to the side, another is in view and reach. By grabbing the one in view and pulling toward mouth, the dropped paci comes back!

Mo Mo, Moo Moo, and Puddles are always ready to lend a hand? or hoof!

www.pullypalz.com

Little Ashkim

Like Little Ashkim on Facebook

littleashkim

Founded by a mom passionate about finding and providing the best quality for her children, Little Ashkim™ provides parents with a new choice in towels and clothing. Our company was designed around our primary customers – the babies and children that use our towels and wear our clothing. Each Little Ashkim product is designed to fulfill their practical needs with comfort and luxury.

This adorable slogan (If you think I’m cute, you should see mommy!) bodysuit is made of the softest 100% cotton interlock material for the comfort of your baby. The charming design will turn heads to your little cutie and to check out mommy.

https://littleashkim.com

oogiebear

Like oogiebear on Facebook

For parents of young children, oogiebear is the first booger removal tool that safely and gently removes both sticky and dried mucus from a child’s nostrils, and it can also be used to clean baby’s ears.

Developed by mother and Registered Pharmacist, Dr. Nina Farzin, oogiebear was created with comfort in mind, offering two unique ends to remove wet or dry boogers effectively to help children breathe easier and soothe them at a time of incredible discomfort.

http://www.myoogie.com

Squatchi

Like Squatchi on Facebook

squatchi

Squatchi® is a one-of-a-kind, at home children’s shoe sizer.  It frees you from going on countless errands, especially with the kids.  It saves you the trouble of returning shoe after shoe. Oh sure, online returns may be free, but your time certainly isn’t.  Most of all, Squatchi® makes your life so much easier.  It makes time for the real bonding moments, which do not happen on shopping trips.

http://squatchi.com

Cutie Bees

Like Cutie Bees on Facebook

cutiebees

Cutie Bees is on a mission – to make your kids LOOK GOOD and FEEL GOOD without compromise. They offer healthy, non-toxic and organic baby apparel so you never have to worry about the harmful chemicals found in most baby clothing.

The best part? With every Cutie Bees purchase you help make a positive impact on our environment. Together, we are making the world a better place. All Cutie Bees clothing is made with 100% certified organic cotton, dyed with non-toxic fabric dyes and finished non-toxic.

http://www.cutiebees.com

pello

Like pello on Facebook

pello

The pello is a distinct, donut-shaped floor pillow with raised edges, ultra-soft plush brushed poly and cotton fabrics and a padded center that benefits a child at all stages of development. It is machine-washable, can be thrown into the dryer, and is durable and portable for mothers on the go. Every pello has two side handles enabling it to be folded in half like a taco and easily portable. Each pello also includes a pocket with a loop inside to hold baby items. In addition, loops on the side of the pello keep toys at bay. pellos are made with the best materials. Our fabrics are handpicked and each pello is filled with 100% new polyester fibers. This helps the pello maintain its integrity and durability through countless machine washings.

http://mypello.com

Pure-GO by Bert&Bratt

Like Bert & Bratt on Facebook

bertbratt

Pure-GO by Bert&Bratt is a Portable UV Sterilizer for pacifiers, bottle nipples, small teethers, and sippy cup tops. NO heat, water or chemicals required! Just push a button to eliminate up to 99.9% of harmful germs in 4 minutes. This small and lightweight sterilizer is perfect for travel and easily fits in your purse or diaper bag. No more hassles to try to find soap and water or do the “drop and pop”. Just grab the Pure-GO sterilizer to conveniently keep your baby healthy.

http://bertandbratt.com

Cover My Heart

Like Cover My Heart on Facebook

covermyheart

 

CoverMyHeart founded in 2011 revolutionizing the post-pregnancy fashion world. Manufactured in the U.S., CoverMyHeart nursing covers and scarves feature unique designs for moms who are dedicated to nursing their child while maintaining a sense of style. Our goal is to offer products that are easy, convenient and fashionable. CoverMyHeart Nursing Scarfs are designed to wear with your everyday look. We strive to bring modern and fashionable products for breastfeeding mom’s.

http://www.covermyheart.com

Pacidoodle

Like Pacidoodle on Facebook

Pacidoodle® was born out of necessity because a baby’s pacifier is as personal as it gets! We are dedicated to turning ordinary pacifiers into Pacidoodles by permanently engraving baby’s name, monogram or cute saying on the knob. Parents enjoy peace of mind knowing their baby’s pacifier is clearly marked and the engraving will stand up to all the rigors of sterilization, will not rub off or fade. And the cute factor is over the top! People will stop right in their tracks to take a closer look and ask, “Where did you get that pacifier?” And then the light bulb goes off… “Why didn’t I think of that?” We believe every paci baby deserves a Pacidoodle!

http://www.pacidoodle.com

zCush

Like zCush on Facebook

zCush first launched the baby nap mats at the end of 2010 and has seen exceptional growth over the past few years. We will soon be introducing new designs and patterns to our Baby Nap Mat product line. The 5-in-1 Baby Nap Mat is ideal for napping, feeding, diaper changing, playing, and holding and passing a newborn with better comfort and support. Winner receives a green Firry Forest Chenille Baby Nap Mat.

http://www.zcush.com

Yummi Pouch

Like Yummi Pouch on Facebook

yummi

Yummi Pouch reusable food pouches make it easy to take healthy blended snacks and smoothies on the go. Our 6oz pouches feature a side spout for mess-free snacking, a top resealable opening and a stand-up bottom. Yummi Pouches are ideal for enjoying yogurt in the car. They easily fit in a lunchbox or diaper bag, and are freezer & dishwasher safe, and BPA & phthalates-free.

http://www.yummipouch.com

 

Sponsors:

Mommy Scene is a network of moms sharing ideas, tips, and life experiences. We share “our take” on family-focused brands, creative projects we do with our kids, and happenings from everyday life.

http://mommyscene.com

I’m a mom writing about my life of great, easy food to cook, adopting pets, collection of crafts, and dealing with drug addicts. My goal is to help people and pets. You can find some big giveaways, too.

http://momndaughtersavings.com

A lifestyle blog with a lil’ bit of everything.

http://plumcrazyaboutcoupons.com

My blog is a compilation of product reviews, blog reviews, giveaways, and my journey through pregnancy number two. I’m currently 27 weeks pregnant right now. I love to write and interact with my followers on my blog and all of my social networks as well.

http://bookwritingmomanddad.blogspot.com

Family Friendly Focus

http://www.cassandramsplace.com

I am a proud mom of 3 kiddos from Texas!! I am an Ambassador for many products. Blogging has given me chance to travel and attend events with my kiddos! In 2014 we were able to attend a Harlem Globetrotters game and take a few awesome family vacations ~ My family and I cant wait to see what adventures wait for us in 2015!!

http://www.dnbustersplace.com

Family friendly site with Christian encouragement, reviews and giveaways, topics on parenting, homeschool, frugal living, freebies, Orlando area attractions, blogging and social media tips and much more.

http://love2encourageyou.com

I’m a lifestyle and parenting blogger that also does many product reviews for big and small companies alike. I also specialize in sponsored posts and advertising.

http://www.funreviewsandgiveaways.com

Welcome to Sweetly Made (Just for you). The three of us are here to share organizational tips, business reviews, giveaways, DIY craft ideas, fun activities for kids, travel ideas, personalized Christmas stockings and more.

http://www.sweetlymadejustforyou.com/

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. We hereby release Facebook of any liability. Giveaway is open to US residents only. Winner(s) will be contacted by email 48 hours after the giveaway ends. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send us an email: giselle@socialmedia22.com. Swanling is not liable for any of the products given away. Love2EncourageYou is not responsible for sponsor prize fulfillment.

Once the giveaway is over, the brands shown above may send you one email with an exclusive offer as a thank you for entering.

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Baby Girl Clothes: How to Find Comfort and Fashion On a Budget

facebooktwittergoogle_pluslinkedinrssyoutubeinstagram

baby-17361_1280

Baby Girl Clothes: Finding The Right Outfits For Your Young One
 
Finding the most appealing fashion for young girls can be tricky and yet also very rewarding. Baby girl clothes that are cute and unique are splendid choices for parents who want to make sure that their young ones are well dressed at all times and yet stay within a budget. Thanks to the massive variety currently available, parents have more choices than ever before. While there are numerous helpful buying guides to be examined, let us take some of the guesswork out by examining a handful of factors for you to keep in mind.
 
The Importance of Size
 
Young girls will grow extremely fast, especially if they have access to nutritious food during their growing years. In fact, it is not uncommon for a toddler to progress in sizes in as little as a month or two. If you are like me and try to be frugal in your spending, save yourself from purchasing an item twice in a row by always choosing a size above what your child currently wears. In other words, give her room to grow.

baby-17367_1280
 
Plan a Year in Advance
 
It is always good idea to also purchase clothes for the following year. If we assume that your daughter or grandchild is nine months old in March, purchase clothes which are intended for toddlers between 18 and 24 months. This will help you to be prepared for the next spring. Such an approach is also a great way to avoid any last-minute rushes which can lead to higher spending costs.
 
Up-Market or Not?
 
There is little need to purchase very expensive baby girl clothes. As she will likely outgrow them quickly, you will soon find that upscale brands will remain in the closet as opposed to on her back. Unless you are anticipating passing hand-me-down items to a younger sibling later on, you are probably better off only purchasing a few name brands and selecting bargain-basement prices instead.

shopping-562616_1280
 
Take a Look Online
 
Retail outlets and shopping malls can be notoriously expensive. One excellent alternative is to focus your efforts online. There are countless virtual portals which will offer unbeatable deals on comfortable outfits for your little one at a fraction of the prices that would normally be paid. Also, it is easy to browse through hundreds or even thousands of different items to find the perfect outfit. Always compare and contrast at least three different sites to encounter the best levels of customer service and support. This is a good practice when making any type of purchases online.
 
It is actually very easy to find the best clothes for your sweet, growing girl. While she may not appreciate this effort at the present, you can remain confident that you are providing her with the most comfortable and trendy clothes on the market and staying within a budget at the same time!

Do you have tips for my readers about buying clothes for little ones? Please share with us in the comments.

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Turn Your Child’s Sleeping Troubles Into Mom and Daughter Time

facebooktwittergoogle_pluslinkedinrssyoutubeinstagram

Gabrielsleeping

Kids Having Trouble Sleeping

It’s amazing to me that the amount of effort I put into getting my 8 year old daughter into bed in a happy, contented state of mind somehow still draws her towards wanting to stay up late with mom. I don’t get it? My little guy is happily asleep anywhere he drops once it’s bedtime. My daughter on the other hand is a totally different child with some sleep issues at times.

IMG_0091

It’s so strange – you would think my daughter would be exhausted and begging for bedtime with the way she dances around the house all day and plays on the trampoline. This child has so much energy I could bottle it and make a fortune. lol. She is a super sweet and energetic kid with lots of ideas and creativity like her momma, but maybe that is getting the best of her already. Her current dilemma is being unable to stay asleep at night or even fall asleep in a reasonable amount of time each night after I put her to bed. Often I stay up late and work on my computer after putting the kids to bed simply because I know she is going to eventually get out of bed and try to wake me up for one reason or another. I think her imagination is causing her to have nightmares and such more often than usual for kids her age.

IMG_0090

Bedtime Routine

Our routine includes the typical brushing of teeth and going to the bathroom, changing into pjs and saying goodnight to her dad and brothers. Next she picks out a book to read to mom and then mom reads one to her – usually a calm devotional book or a happy thoughts type of book. My daughter then says her prayers and has a bottle of water beside her bed along with a small night light she can turn on and off if needed. There is lullaby music that plays on continuous mode and fills her room with a constant light noise to drown out the neighbors sprinklers turning on or other strange night noises.

IMG_0093

Nightmares and Loneliness

After all these precautions to allow a good night’s sleep, she still seems to be having nightmares more often recently, or she is just plain lonely or scared to be alone for some reason. We have talked to her about her recent episodes of not sleeping through the night, worked on getting her more exercise, eliminated a lot of the sugar from her diet and other ideas to help her sleep through the night, and yet we find ourselves still having her up at night at least once or twice most of the time lately. What other solutions are there to try to help kids that are struggling with fears of the dark,, having nightmares, or who simply don’t want to be alone at night and it’s preventing them from sleeping?

daughterspelling

Turn Sleeping Troubles Into Mom and Daughter Time

Well, tonight we decided to try something creative with the filling the “love tank” idea. After all the family went to bed, including my hubby, I watched for her showing the signs of not being able to fall asleep. At that point, I invited my daughter to come out into the living room and stay up with me. I said we could have some mom and daughter bonding time under the condition that she would be working while I was working. She LOVED that! I told her if she wanted to do a page of spelling words to write out, she could sit across from me at the table and write her new words while I worked on my computer. She giggled and smiled a huge grin and said, “This is like a special mom and daughter late night work date”! Who could resist such a cute response, right?

latenightsnack

Go the Extra Mile to Make the Time Special

I got up from the table and gave her a huge hug. Then I proceeded to pick out some healthy fruit and made a fancy cup of fruit for each of us to enjoy in some stemware. She thought it was the coolest thing ever! After snuggling on the couch eating our special treat, I had her use the spelling words in a sentence for me (something she doesn’t normally like to do).  Not only did she create some adorable and clever sentences using the spelling words, she actually declared it was fun! Praise the Lord!

momanddaughtermomanddaughter2

Initiating a “Plan B” Bedtime Routine

Hopefully after all the extra attention and special treatment together as just mom and daughter it will enable her to sleep soundly through the night and feel more comfortable going to bed on time in the future. If not, we will just have to start a new bedtime routine as a “Plan B” with the special mom/daughter dates continuing more often – but maybe start them just a little earlier in the evening next time! lol.

I hope you get the chance to turn something difficult around and make it into something special with your kids soon too. It’s worth the effort to make them smile and create a memory for both of you to cherish.

This is just one example of a way moms and dads can try to tackle the bedtime phobia patterns in some children who can’t seem to sleep through the night. Getting creative and trying to read what your child’s needs are in the situation can help work wonders for their confidence and feeling safe and secure at bedtime. This is just one mom’s opinion to another and is in no way meant to be taken as a medical solution to a real sleeping problem. Please visit your child’s Pediatrician if you suspect serious sleep pattern issues.

Comments are always fun so please share with me your experiences with kids that don’t like to go to sleep at bedtime or have trouble sleeping through the night. Or, maybe you’d like to share a special moment you’ve had where you got to turn a difficult situation into something special for you and your child. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please leave a comment below.

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Family and Christian Themes, Encouragement, Product Reviews & Giveaways, Orlando Travel, E-Store