Peace Begins With Letting Go



Have you ever wondered why on certain days the sky shines so brightly and so warm and wonderful right where you are? Have you ever noticed the shimmering rays of the sun peeking through the clouds as if God is saying directly to you, “I’m here.” ? It’s because HE is there! He is smiling upon you in more ways than you can even count! It’s the simple things in life that bring me a big smile – my children’s happiness, my husband’s approval, the chance to bless a friend or neighbor or stranger, a freshly blooming flower, a sunset or sunrise… and so on. Why do we insist then on fussing so much as moms, parents or spouses about the things in life that really don’t matter much in the long run? It’s in those times we just need to stop and notice the beauty, power and strength of God all around us and pay attention to the hints He is sending us to listen to Him and follow His lead.

I wanted to share with you on this beautiful morning, that the only thing we need to focus on is how we can serve the Lord TODAY, not tomorrow or next year or five years from now, but TODAY – and really focus on WHO HE IS and what HE feels is important in our lives. Getting the chance recently to sell my home and go through the entire process of just “letting go” of something I felt was “mine” was a HUGE step in God reminding me that HIS WILL is usually different than MY WILL. It’s hard as parents, spouses, moms and just as adults in our growing years to think of even considering not owning a home and not having something we can rely on for our children’s futures. BUT… I am  here to tell you there is an AMAZING PEACE that comes when we are willing to LET GO and LET GOD go to work. Even when in the world’s eyes we have something going on that the world says needs to stay in our life to give us stability …. that is STILL just the WORLD talking. It’s not our LOVING, HEAVENLY FATHER who KNOWS us better than we know ourselves and has got a PLAN for our FUTURE that is MORE than we can even IMAGINE! EMBRACE opportunities that come up with GOD AT YOUR SIDE today. If you feel HIM tugging at your heart to do something you’re afraid to try, or to let go of some possession or job that God may be saying it’s time to move on from, just remember … sometimes that first BIG STEP is LETTING GOD TAKE CONTROL of our future. Wouldn’t you rather have it in HIS HANDS anyway? I know that’s where I want to be!!

We are so much more at peace now after letting go of our house and old life and moving to our new city, new home and new life here in a different part of Florida. Are things different? Yes! Is that a bad thing? Absolutely NOT! We are beyond thrilled with all the doors God has opened for us to make new friends, get new job opportunities, see new places and experience new things – it’s all been like a dream. I keep wondering when the visit to this world will end and I’ll have to go back to my old life full of stress and isolation far away from hubby’s work and our church.  I encourage you right now to read Jeremiah 29:11-13 from the Bible. It’s so inspiring to know God is in control and has a plan for our lives! Don’t just take my word for it – read God’s message from the book of Jeremiah in the Bible and believe in His promises. I’m telling you my friends – those promises are true!

Living closer to my husband’s job, and our church family has made all the difference in the world! God knew we would be so much more at peace and filled with contentment. We can invite friends or new people we meet at church to come over to our home for lunch or fellowship after the service every Sunday. The amazing bonus is since we have this new home layout we have enough room and options to entertain more guests and be better hosts! I have always loved creative hospitality and my last home made it easy to do just that. I had no idea God could “top” that set up even more – but that’s exactly what He did! We love our new home and its close proximity to so many things and people in our lives. I wouldn’t have it any other way. God knew we would be happier here. He knew it would make us content. We just had to learn to TRUST HIM completely despite what the world might say and be willing to LET GO of the past and our earthly possessions. I wish the same blessings upon you and your families today. May you find the Amazing Peace from Letting Go and Letting God that we are experiencing right now and may it be a great encouragement to you. Take courage and Trust God for your best future!

I would adore hearing you share your experiences with God meeting you where you are and convincing you that letting go and trusting him even more can bring a brighter future full of peace. Please share with me in the comments or feel free to email me and share your story at I look forward to hearing from you! Blessings!

– Rebecca at Love2EncourageYou


Peppa Pig Cold Winter Day DVD #Preschool




I’m having a blast today watching my kids giggle and laugh as they watch and review the newest DVD from the Peppa Pig collection called “Cold Winter Day”! It’s so cute!

Right now they are watching the “Ice Skating” peppasode and are sliding around my foyer in their socks pretending to ice skate along with Peppa and her little brother George. They’ve enjoyed the gentle reminders of kindness, friendship, good manners, and love that are laced throughout the Peppa Pig episodes often. My youngest is four years and he thought it was fun when Peppa and her brother wanted to brush their teeth longer or take their bath longer. All these great reminders to keep clean, and healthy are wonderful for Preschoolers to hear often and from a source other than mommy! lol.


We thoroughly enjoyed the “Sleeping Princess” episode where daddy pig read them a bedtime story. I could go on and on about this adorable program. I just know your kids will enjoy it too! Peppa Pig is a great source of joy and good, clean fun to watch and explore concepts with your little ones.


This new Cold Winter Day collection of episodes from Peppa Pig comes out on November 3, 2015 on both DVD and Digital Download. Don’t miss it! Makes a super holiday gift for someone special in your life.

Episodes include:

  • Cold Winter Day
  • Not Very Well
  • Snow
  • Thunderstorm
  • The Sleepy Princess
  • Bedtime
  • Swimming
  • Daddy Pig’s Office
  • Ice Skating
  • The Toy Cupboard

Disclosure: Special thanks to Entertainment One for the chance to review a copy in exchange for an honest review. It is a pleasure to share such fantastic family entertainment with my readers.


Bloom where you are planted



Greetings my sweet readers!

I’m delighted to share that we are finally settling into our new  home and new city here in Florida. It’s hard to believe how fast this summer and fall have flown by with all the hard work and preparation that goes into showing, selling and closing on a home. We are very glad that is behind us! God is so good in all things though and we are very thankful for His unbelievable provision in all things great and small. He made a way in every circumstance to help us get through without too much stress. Lesson to be learned? God’s got this! Don’t worry or stress about anything. He is bigger than all problems that may pop up and show their ugly face. If you can hang in there, say a prayer and BELIEVE that God is BIGGER than any attack the enemy can send your way, then you will find an amazing peace that passes all understanding. I bet you’ll also find your current trial will suddenly seem very small compared to other things people are going through. Our God is an AWESOME God! He can and WILL be there for you through any circumstance. Trust in the Lord and you will see His miracles come shining through the darkest hours.

It was a joy to be side by side some terrific friends that helped us pack and load the truck during our move to our new home, along with making some new friends from our church near the new house that so kindly volunteered to help us unload the moving truck. A very special shout-out to one family who went beyond the call of duty and not only helped unload the truck, but sent family members to watch my kids, disinfect my cabinets in the kitchen, unpack kitchen items, bought the kids lunch, blessed us with toiletries and other essentials you need when first moving into a place, and let me take a full van of teens to the old house to finish last minute packing and loading of the truck for a second round. What a blessing this family has been to us! You KNOW who you are! 😉 We are forever grateful to EVERYONE who helped us in any way – through prayer, food provisions, financial help, packing, moving and physical labor. You are ALL simply the BEST! May God bless you in a mighty way for all your sacrifices of love towards our family. My only hope is that you will allow us to be there for you one day in your time of need too. You have all been such a treasure to our hearts through your friendship and love.

I’ve always loved the phrase, “Bloom where you are planted.” But it wasn’t until recently when I was forced to make a decision to sell our home that we loved tremendously and move to a new home and new city and new life, that I realized that phrase can be applied to many things. In my new environment – we know not only are we to try to be happy in all circumstances in our life whether rich or poor, in sickness and in health, but we are to strive to live for Jesus and trust in Him no matter how strange or different the new circumstances or environment may seem. Blooming where we are planted could mean to you – being the best you can at a new job and reaching out to coworkers or customers. Maybe it means to another the chance to show their talents of cooking, baking, sewing, craftiness in art, and share with neighbors near their home or in their church. For my family, we were already trying to bloom while stretching ourselves across two different cities and we found it quite difficult. Now God has blessed me with a chance to do it more successfully by only having to bloom in one. We were concerned how things would turn out in some ways, but knew God was directing us to this area for a reason. I’m happy to share we love our new home, our church and hubby loves his job and my son loves his school and college he is dual-enrolled in. The little ones seem to love the neighborhood and all it has to offer. Plus God already dropped a new job on my lap that I can start to stretch my wings and fly with, so as they say – Bloom where you are planted. Realizing God’s plan for our life and taking that step of faith to sell our home has made all the difference. Sometimes you just have to let go and let God! I’m making my new home and city our new garden to thrive in so I can bloom where I’ve been newly planted. :) May God bless us with opportunities to touch hearts and lives in His Name.  I hope He blesses you with the opportunity to do the same.


Prepping Your Child for Dual Enrollment – High School and College


IMG_2455 Have you ever gotten to experience stepping onto a college campus to register your child for classes for the first time and felt like you just entered the Twilight Zone? I think I aged 10 years that day! lol. My how life just flies by. I have had the unique privilege that is now becoming more available to students and families across America to have my teen son dual-enrolled. In a nutshell, it means he gets to attend college classes at a local community college part of the day earning real college credits towards a degree while still attending his junior and senior years in high school the other part of the day. This amazing opportunity can be both exhilarating and frightening for both the student and parents.

Never fear – I’m here to tell you there is hope! There are many things you can do to help prepare your student for this rewarding experience and #FallBackToSchool with ease! In this post you’ll find lots of great tips for making the transition of back to high school or first time at college go more smoothly. I’d also like to share the Follett #FallBackToSchool campaign with you and ask you to share your own back to school tips with us in the comments below, or you can reach out to @FollettNews on Twitter or Follett Corporation on Facebook and let them know your suggestions on how to make back to school schedule adjustments and preparations go smoothly.

One very important tip is to make sure you choose a sturdy backpack with multiple compartments for storing high school books and folders in one section and separating the books and notebooks for the college courses in the other sections. I cannot stress enough that the value of a well-made backpack with separate sections for organizing the students various books and assignments can be critical for them keeping ahead of the game and staying successful in both high school and college classes. You also want to have a backpack that won’t wear out with the weight of all those books and wear and tear of being tossed around on the floor often between switching from highs school to college campus.

Stay smart, orderly and on time by keeping a student agenda or handbook with daily assignments and a calendar for recording dates of future projects. It can be an extremely vital tool to ensuring success this year.

Developing good communication skills within your student is so important as they’ll need to use them to ask key questions to teachers, administration and college professors about their classes, or even to catch rides to commute back and forth to and from the college campus and back to the high school each day for dual-enrollment.


Plan ahead and set up your student’s class schedule with the college as early on as possible. Getting into the classes recommended by your student’s counselor is important to their success by starting the year out on the right foot. Having the extra time early on to hunt for the college textbooks on sale through either or eBay is helpful, but you can also attempt to get them cheaply through a rental service which I think is even better! Caution: You need to keep in mind it takes a few weeks for books to ship media mail from most of these companies so don’t wait until the last minute!

Another fantastic asset some feel is very helpful to assist your student is to embrace the use of technology in today’s educational world. Check out this great info-graphic!

Teaching or Tech


For this reason, I recommend utilizing time-keeping apps for iPhone or iPad if you have access to them. Additionally, I have my son use a timer and spend at least 30 extra minutes each night studying for one subject he feels he could use the extra time invested in that week. I like the use of the apps since most teens/college age seem to be all about their cell phones and tablets. It’s helpful to give them positive suggestions on how to use technology in a helpful way to improve their educational success!

There are so many other valuable tips waiting to help your student grab hold of a successful school year this year. Visit Follett for more helpful Back To School info that will encourage and enable your student to be off to a great start! Don’t forget to share your #Fallbacktoschool tips with us in the comments below!

Disclosure:  Love2EncourageYou received compensation in exchange for sharing my honest input about great tips for heading back to school and the cool informative graphics by Follett. I only share items of interest or value to my readers.


Blessings Appear As We Sell Our Home



My apologies to my dear readers –  it’s been insanely crazy around here over the last few weeks/months. I hope everyone is doing well and looking forward to hearing the wonderful things God has been doing in our life lately!

Well, for starters, we began the process of selling our home. We decided we needed to live closer to my hubby’s work and our church. Now add financial stress to the mix and it all added up to needing to sell the house and move onto the next chapter in our lives together. Cleaning, purging and donating tons and tons of “stuff” that we accumulate in life (not to mention ten times more when you’re a blogger! lol.) made it a very daunting task from the beginning. Accepting the fact that we had to move and sell our home was not easy to go through either, but we found ourselves daring to believe in what God could have planned for our near future if we are faithful in this task and try our best to get the home ready to put on the market.

Finally the house was ready to be seen and we researched until we found just the right real estate agent to hire to represent us. Shortly after listing the house for sale and asking our friends and family to keep it in prayer, God came through swiftly with a miracle and the house SOLD in just 7 days!! We got almost a full price offer and were delighted to find out the buyers were in love with our home as much as we were and couldn’t wait to move into the neighborhood. That made the stress of selling this beautiful vacation home a lot easier on me knowing someone else with kids would be blessed with it now.

After accepting the buyers offer, we went through the prayer over inspection. Of course as you know, God came through with flying colors there too and the home was cleared to have no major issues of any kind! We were so relieved and thankful for God’s continued hand in it all and we moved forward for the appraisal. We also began our search for a single family home to live in near my husband’s job and our church in a city about 45 minutes away.

Unfortunately through all this process of cleaning the house spotless and fixing up things here or there that needed mending, we all got worn out and our immune systems became vulnerable. Our whole household has been passing around some horrible coughing/head cold virus that is similar to bronchitis or worse. It has caused my hubby and son to miss school to get better, and kept me in bed several days still trying to care for the kids etc. Not fun. However, when we are weak, He is made strong, right? We have been going through quite the series of events trying to sell our home and it has been incredible seeing God’s hand in everything!! He has opened every door and closed the ones He didn’t want us to walk through. I can’t thank God enough for His great provision for our needs each step of the way.

All should go through soon as we hear back on the appraisal and we will close on the house on Oct 26!! We prayed about finding just the right housing to move into and hoped for a move in date of Oct 15. I’m thrilled to share God has enabled us to be the first ones to get our application in on a gorgeous single family house to rent in a safe neighborhood close to my husband’s school and our church. I’m delighted to express these praises with you and ask for your continued prayers as we move into our new place in 2 weeks! Once the house sale is final (after Oct 26) I will be back to blogging full time and you can expect some AMAZING things to come!

It’s been SO HARD to say no to sponsors or delay the campaigns from those who are anxious to share their products with my readers in giveaways and reviews, but I just can’t take on too much while moving right now. Please help me be able to help you more by still visiting this blog and website at often and keep the traffic up here. Comments and shares help a lot too! This will ensure we get lots of GREAT sponsors to share with you in the months of November and December for the holidays!

I pray God’s hand of blessing upon each of you this week and hope you will keep visiting as I unveil an awesome line up of events coming in November! Thank you friends and please know how much your continued support and readership means to me.

Rebecca at Love2EncourageYou

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ZooBoo KIDS Halloween Event at Tampa Lowry Park Zoo



Hey Zoo fans! It’s an all new ZooBoo, just for kids at Tampa Lowry Park Zoo! Ideal for little boys and “ghouls” (age 11 & under), ZooBoo KIDS is a Halloween treat for families. If you’ve ever been to the Tampa Lowry Park Zoo, you know how much fun it is for kids and families! Just imagine how much more excitement it will bring to your little ones to be able to experience this very special Halloween event just for them!



Go batty with extended hours on select nights and “fright free” festivities like a trick-or-treat trail, corn maze, creepy critter encounters, friendly character appearances, fall photo opportunities, Halloween-themed games, festive seasonal decor and a Monster Mash dance party. On designated days, guests can watch some of the Zoo’s animals have a smashing good time too with pumpkin toss enrichments. ZooBoo KIDS activities are included with paid Zoo admission or Zoo membership. Visit for a schedule of events.

Just think of all the fun awaiting you and your family as you stroll through the various areas of this beautiful zoo! There are so many great festivities to choose from while you are there – your kids are sure to enjoy every minute of it! The ZooBoo KIDS event is a wonderful way to build special memories with your children or grandchildren that will last for years to come.


About Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo
Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is operated by the Lowry Park Zoological Society, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to excellence in education, conservation and research. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and is featured among the “Top 25 Zoos in the U.S” by TripAdvisor (2015) and “10 Best Zoos in the U.S.” by Trekaroo (2015). The Zoo is located at 1101 W. Sligh Avenue in Tampa, one mile west of I-275 (exit 48) and is open seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with extended hours on select nights during special events. Daytime admission prices are: adult – $27.95, seniors (60+) – $25.95, children ages 3-11 – $20.95, and children 2 and under are free. Parking is free. Visit or call (813) 935-8552 for information. Find the Zoo on Facebook and Twitter.


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The Unmaking by 8X Dove Award Winner Nichole Nordeman



Capital Records presents the newest album from Nichole Nordeman (8 times Dove Award Winner!) titled “The Unmaking“! Just released this weekend! Check out some of my favorite songs on the album such as “Name”, “Something Out Of Me”, and “Love You More”! She’s got a hit on her hands again with some of these amazing songs – great music and lyrics that you want to sing praises to the Lord with!

Love the beautiful picture of God’s grace that is painted in our minds while listening to these soothing and yet upbeat songs for the soul. I love hearing her songs on the local Christian radio and the songs from this new album, “The Unmaking”, are sure to be on there often.

Nichole’s contemporary Christian music style fluctuates from album to album slightly, and variety can be a good thing! I’m always happily blessed by the final outcome after listening to her music and words that the Lord inspired her to share with the world. I hope you’ll find “The Unmaking” to be a true blessing to your heart and give you encouragement to face tomorrow.

Visit Nichole Nordeman’s website and read her heart-felt message about why she sings for God. Very inspiring!



Prize: One winner will receive a copy of the new album by Nichole Nordeman called “The Unmaking”!

Location: Open to residents of the US and Canada.

Age: Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

Date: Ends at midnight EST on Sept 13th.

“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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Apologetics Study Bible for Students HCSB



It’s been an interesting summer for me here in Florida filled with many blessings. How amazing things are with God’s hand leading the changes! Between making the decision to try and sell our house so we can move closer to my hubby’s work and our church, to starting my own educational resources company – this has been a blur of a summer. The really neat part of all this is through this crazy busy time, God’s allowed me to be offered endless opportunities to do reviews of Bibles, Christian CDs, and other great Christian and family friendly resources! It’s such a refreshing part of my interest in blogging to be able to learn about great new products and share my reviews with all of you. What I love even more are the opportunities to put these valuable resources into your hands absolutely free with our giveaways! A huge round of applause and deepest thanks to so many wonderful sponsors that offer these amazing blessings to my readers – including today’s totally fantastic Bible being featured for review and giveaway: The Apologetics Study Bible for Students!


This Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) is a beautifully crafted hardcover that has a sharp outer design for the cover as well as similar graphics occasionally on the inside. I love the indented and colored tabs to help quickly put your fingers near the right book of the Bible for easier study.  The commentaries and articles scattered randomly throughout this Apologetics Study Bible for Students are very interesting and thought provoking – calling the learner to deeper study and understanding of the particular topic being shared. I rather enjoyed some of the quotes featured and have shared them with others myself. It’s nice to see someone who is fluent in the Word of God trying to reach student’s hearts and minds with topics that would be important to them.


One of the best parts added to this Bible were the 25 Tactics available for students to learn how to stand up to opposition to Christianity by better understanding why they believe what they believe.  In a nut shell, it’s giving them the courage to share their faith with others boldly for Christ. That’s what it’s all about, right?


There are so many cool features in this Bible it is hard to mention them all, but here’s a list from the back cover:

  • Built on the Holman Christian Standard Bible — a clear, contemporary English translation that’s faithful to the original languages of the Bible.
  • Book Introductions — for each of the sixty-six books of the Bible.
  • Study Notes — provide evidence of the reliability and truthfulness of Scripture.
  • 120 Articles — written by today’s leading Christian thinkers dealing with life’s ultimate questions.
  • 60 Twisted Scriptures — address ways that various religious movements distort Scripture to support doctrine contrary to historic Christian teaching.
  • 50 Bones & Dirt — features important archaeological discoveries with an apologetics value.
  • 50 Notable Quotes — from influential people throughout history
  • 25 Tactics — will equip students to withstand opposition to Christianity by outlining tactics and strategies for handling frequently heard anti-Christian arguments
  • 20 Personal Stories — will encourage and strengthen readers in their faith by describing how God has worked dramatically in people’s lives.
  • 20 Top Five — are bullet point lists that help readers remember significant apologetics topics
  • Contributors include: Sean McDowell, Greg Stier, Alison Thomas, Dan Kimball, and more than 45 others

The Apologetics Study Bible for Students will ground Christian students in the truths of Scripture by equipping them with thoughtful and practical responses to difficult and heartfelt challenges to core issues of faith and life. It’s the study Bible that will actually help students articulate their faith. Think of it as Christian apologetics 101.

*Special thanks to Flyby Promotions for sponsoring the giveaway for one winner to receive a Free Apologetics Study Bible for Students just like this one!!



Prize: One winner will receive an Apologetics Study Bible for Students.

Location: Must be a resident of the USA or Canada.

Age: Must be 18 years or older.

Date: Ends at midnight EST on August 27th.


Disclosure: This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook or any other social media channel. Love2EncourageYou received a free copy in exchange for a review.

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 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.”




Back To School Fun with Peppa Pig on DVD



Woo-hoo! It’s that time of year again – Back To School! I know many parents are excited about getting school underway again, but for many children the back to school time can be one of nervous tension or fear. I am happy to share about a fun, new video from Peppa Pig called, “Peppa Pig: School Bus Trip” that will help your child dismiss some of those tensions and anxieties and get excited about going Back To School again! It even comes with a nice little Scholastic mini book for your child to enjoy and relive the episode about the Class Trip.


After enjoying all the episodes on this adorable Peppa Pig DVD, my eight year old daughter shared her favorite episode was the one about going to the library. She says it made her excited about school time starting again and enjoying going to the library and all the cool things you can do there! She loves to learn about new things and books are such a great way for her to study on her own.


There were all sorts of neat songs and cute things they did in these other Peppa Pig: School Bus Trip episodes about field trips or playing in the gym at school. The kids learn how to use their imaginations, appreciate the outdoors and nature, learn about echoes and more! It was lots of fun seeing my four year old’s reaction to when they fed bread to the ducks in the outdoors episode. He immediately asked if we could go feed the ducks at the park near us too!


Peppa Pig has lots of enjoyable lessons and cute characters with lots of different personalities so every child can find someone to relate to. The educational elements in this DVD were very helpful and come highly recommended to teachers, parents and homeschoolers looking for a fun transition activity by showing this video to your children or students to get excited about school again.

The “Peppasodes” include:

  • School Bus Trip
  • The School Camp
  • Gym Class
  • School Play
  • Mister Skinnylegs
  • Jamble Sale
  • Sports Day
  • The Quarrel
  • Madame Gazelle’s Leaving Party
  • The Library

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Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou received a free sample copy in exchange for an honest review.


Reading Rainbow’s Skybrary App Can Help Improve Reading Skills


IMG_2202I can’t wait to tell you about two great Reading Rainbow products – the new DVD “Animal Cafe,” and a new online offering called SKYBRARY! The new DVD, features four episodes from the classic PBS series, while the new web-based SKYBRARY provides access to children’s books and story-driven educational video field trips (500+ books, 150+ video field trips). Your kids or students in school are going to love them both!

IMG_2204First let me share about the incredible Skybrary App or Online site where your kids can read, be read to, watch virtual field trip videos, and interact with cool effects within the books they’re reading! My daughter was so excited when I told her we get to have a subscription to the Reading Rainbow Skybrary app that she jumped up on my lap and hugged me! lol.

IMG_2225She had tried the awesome 14 day free trial before and was so sad when her time was up. This Skybrary experience is a must have for homeschoolers, or parents who wish to give their kids the opportunity to enjoy learning and reading on a daily basis through all the terrific books, videos and interactions on this site. You can use Skybrary on your computer, tablet, phone or other mobile device.

IMG_2227I highly recommend at least trying the 14 day free trial, but believe me … investing the small subscription price is well worth it! My kids are glued to reading right now! They were so drawn in by all the fun stories and videos that they sat as close as they could next to each other so they can see what the other was currently reading and check out two fun books at once! Too cute!

My four year old is now walking around the house telling us about Giant Pandas and Red Pandas eating bamboo 12 hours a day and how cute they are when the cubs roar. Check out this YouTube video I made of my 4 yr old imitating the panda cub on the Reading Rainbow Skybrary App!

IMG_2229The Skybrary experience allows the child to choose their own personal interests for books such as princesses, animals, vehicles, and more. They can even choose a themed “backpack” to store their chosen books in that they checked out and then return their books to the book return when they are done. You can see in the picture that my daughter chose the pretty pink princess backback for hers.

There is even a sticker rewards section that gives the students virtual stickers (after reading a book) that they can drag and place on different themed “islands” to decorate them. My four year old really loves this option and keeps wanting to read more books to earn more stickers! Yay!


I am so grateful for this amazing Skybrary subscription! It has been fun to see the kids blossoming in their reading skills while using it so often. They just LOVE using Skybrary!


My four year old uses the “Read to Me” feature, while my daughter switches often from “Read it myself” to the “Read to Me” feature and vice versa. She even has her little brother sit next to her and reads the story to him and lets him press the swirling spots on the pages that are interactive and they both giggle together watching the motion or action it created.

New Online Service –SKYBRARY
Designed to entice and excite children’s natural sense of curiosity about their world, SKYBRARY delivers an adventure-based unlimited book reading and video field trip experience.
Young readers and pre-readers pilot their own personal hot air balloons among SKYBRARY’S seven unique themed islands, each featuring a wide array of quality literature and video content. These engaging worlds of animals, music, adventure, science, heroes, friends and family feature more than 500 books from esteemed authors and acclaimed publishers, made available to children as “read by myself” or “read to me,” and contain interactive elements that enhance enjoyment while preserving the reading experience. More than 150 newly produced and classic video field trips with host LeVar Burton show children they can “Go Anywhere, Be Anything” as they are taken behind the scenes to places such as the White House, the Los Angeles Ballet, the Grand Canyon and Cirque du Soleil.
SKYBRARY is available at and offers a 14-day free trial with unlimited access to the complete digital library of books and videos. After the trial period ends, subscription plans are available. SKYBRARY is available from RRKidz.

Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou received a free sample of the DVD and temporary subscription to Skybrary for the purpose of a review.

animal cafe

Now to share about the fun-filled and educational DVD called “Animal Cafe” by Reading Rainbow with La Var Burton! This DVD is a great Back to School item to have on hand for showing to students in your homeschool or classroom. I personally love reading quality books and Reading Rainbow does a tremendous job choosing the finest, high quality and award winning books to present to their readers and listeners during the Reading Rainbow DVD episodes.

These animated stories often feature a main message such as good morals and values, friendship, etc. and they usually have La Var introduce the story in a fun and unique way then he sums it up again at the end. My son and daughter like watching these before bedtime and also during homeschool time when I need them to have a good educational transition activity to calm them down from recess time outdoors or when I’m introducing a new theme in one of our subjects like reading or history.

This new “Animal Cafe” DVD we got to review is a fun filled and educational! LaVar Burton helps kids engage with this entertaining video by introducing each concept or lesson within it and the book the idea or story originates from.  The interesting and sometimes even comical mini lessons he acts out during the episodes can be quite funny, but always worth watching and listening to the point in the story.  One of our favorite episodes was the first one which takes us behind the scenes in areas of NY city and other great learning experiences. The kids were fascinated learning about bats, and the fish markets in NY.

These episodes are filled with suggestions on wonderful books that are packed with educational tidbits on these subjects. I really enjoyed the presentation of each episode and have always felt Reading Rainbow does a fabulous job providing top quality educational entertainment for kids of all ages.

Don’t miss starting the new school year off right and picking up a copy of the “Animal Cafe” DVD by Reading Rainbow for your kids or your classroom (if you’re a teacher). I highly recommend purchasing 6 months or a year’s worth of Skybrary App to enjoy throughout the months and watch your kids imaginations and interest in reading soar!

New DVD – “Reading Rainbow: Animal Café”
The four episodes and books featured in this DVD are “Animal Cafe,” read by Martin Short, “The Tortoise and the Hare,” read by Gilda Radner, “Ludlow Laughs,” read by Phyllis Diller, and “Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message,” read by Nicholson Earl Billey. Airing on PBS from 1983-2009, and hosted by LeVar Burton (“Roots,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation”) for its entire 26-year run, the program garnered more than 200 awards, including 26 Emmys and a Peabody Award. To learning about comedy in one episode, to profiling people who have occupations in the evening and early morning in another, LeVar takes children on fun-filled learning adventures they won’t forget.
“Animal Café” will be available at Target and other retailers starting June 30, 2015. The DVD run time is approximately 120 minutes and its SRP is $6.99. This DVD is available from PBS Distribution.

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