Minecraft Mania Hits Our Home

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The Minecraft Video Game Has Multiplayer Benefits

Minecraft is a unique and addicting game that offers lots of opportunity for families to enjoy many different modes of play. You can interact with the game in creative or survival mode and choose between peaceful, easy, normal or hard option levels. What a sheer bonus to finally find a family friendly game that offers the choice to work individually or as a team! Minecraft allows up to 4 players at a time in this creative and fun multiplayer game.

It has been a truly pleasant experience watching my oldest son (16 yrs) play the Minecraft online game through Playstation 3 with his friends from all over the country who can join him in a specific game if he wishes to share it. They collaborate to scour the map to all four corners as they search for treasures in the mines or villages. All the while, these guys are getting to fight off the bad guys and mobs of zombies, skeletons, spiders and more that attempt to knock down their health or worse.

Are You a Minecraft Mom or Dad?

As any good mom would do, I try to keep on top of the games my son has interest in playing and when invited to join him and his friends for a game…well, I couldn’t resist. I admit it took a little getting used to how to view and control all the buttons as you have to get comfortable using them rather quickly if you want to literally survive in survival mode.

Right along with the teens enthusiasm for the game is my 7 yr old daughter who thinks the game is so cool that she plays with us too and even cheers her brother on when only he is playing. It is very easy to learn and has been great having the option to use host privileges such as invisibility or flying to help my daughter overcome her initial fear of facing some of the monsters that come out at night. Of course that is easily solved by simply collecting wood and wool to make a bed and making sure each player goes to bed at night in the game. Minecraft will then jump your character right to morning again so you avoid having all the monsters around like at night.

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Minecraft can be a fascinating bit of entertainment to the point where even my husband and I have even enjoyed many evenings playing the game alone together …venturing out to attack the monster generators in the mines and find a way to survive as a team. Guys seem to naturally like the challenge of mining for the “good stuff” as far as searching for iron, emeralds, diamonds, gold, lapis lazuli and redstone in the deep caverns throughout the game. I personally enjoy the “fishing” part of the game as well as breeding the animals, or creating and maintaining farms and trading with the villagers. No matter what role you play in this game, there is certainly enough adventure and fun to go around for any personality type. My hubby seems to look forward to me joining him in the game as it is easier to accomplish more goals when two or more go into the same game seed together. Brave all odds this week and invite your hubby to a game of Minecraft. Once you both get used to the controls…it can real be quite fun and addicting to play together!

Education Value in Minecraft

There is a lot to be said for seeing your family or your child and a bunch of their friends learning to work as a team to survive in this game. It has so much potential for teaching many different things to kids from a homeschool parent’s perspective too. My next Minecraft post will share more about creative mode, trading with the villagers, and explaining some of the many ways Minecraft has educational value for the players such as creative logic and problem solving. I hope you’ll join us for our future series of posts called “Minecraft Mondays”. Want to learn more about this video game now? You can visit minecraft.net to watch a video and read more about the game or make a purchase. You can purchase the download of the game for your pc right there on the site, or you can buy the Playstation version like we did. You may even consider waiting to pick up an actual physical game disc from a local retailer for Minecraft. The game is around $20. We have certainly gotten our money’s worth out of it already. :)

Are you a Minecraft player? Whether you are an expert or just learning the game, we’d love to hear your tips and tricks for having fun with friends and family in this addicting multiplayer game. Just leave us a comment below with your best tip or most interesting game seed # you’ve experienced yet. Join us for another fun Minecraft post this coming Monday! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter or any of our other social channels. Thanks for reading!

Rebecca (Love2EncourageYou)

 

 

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HEARTS Education Foundation and Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good Program

HEARTS Education Foundation Is One of 250 Finalists for Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good Program
It is my enormous pleasure to introduce you to a great non-profit whose staff have a heart of gold and an extreme love for serving the community and its children. I personally know one of the staff and they would be so grateful for all your support. Please read this entire post and follow the instructions to vote for their non-profit in this exciting contest from Toyota to win a car!
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*Disclosure: I received renumeration for sharing this post. However, I only share items with my readers that I feel are of interest or value to my readers.
A Little Info About the Non-Profit:
Health Environmental Artistic Resource Training Services (H.E.A.R.T.S.) Education Foundation

 

We are a 501c3 non-profit corporation created to serve and facilitate in the development of children and youth, with goals of reaching out to surrounding neighborhoods with effective programs to empower their community. Presenting Moving and Improving

 

An Early Childhood and Special Needs Initiative to help children:

 

1. Reduce risk factors for disease, disabilities, disorders and disadvantages.

 

2. Strengthen social emotional and behavior skills and abilities.

 

3. Develop a stronger foundation of strength, balance, endurance and character, confidence and coordination.
Childhood obesity, heart disease, diabetes, behavior disorders, economic disadvantages and learning disabilities like Autism and ADHD are rapidly rising along with the costs of treating these disorders.
These problems and costs are significantly higher where poverty is prevalent. With the majority of brain development, attitudes, habits and fundamental skills being developed in the first five years of life, it makes sense to strategically address and take measures to build a stronger foundation for learning, performing and communication skills in all children
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HEARTS Education Foundation is proud to announce we’ve been selected as a finalist in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good Program.
Now we need your support! Vote for Moving and Improving at www.100carsforgood.com on 11/1/2013.
The new Toyota will help us provide high quality fitness, music and language training programs for over 200 disadvantaged preschool children each month in Summit and Jefferson Counties of CO.
Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program will award 100 vehicles over the course of 50 days to 100 deserving nonprofit organizations based on votes from the public. Winning organizations will use the Toyota vehicles to help expand their reach and missions within their communities.
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Please support HEARTS Education Foundation on 11/1/2013.
Voting will take place at www.100carsforgood.com.
Please vote for us in this Facebook campaign on November 1st. Right now you can go to www.100carsforgood.com and click the Sports and Recreation tab. Then scroll down to HEARTS Education Foundation – Evergreen CO and click the Remind Me tab, so you’ll remember to vote for us to win on November 1.
For more information visit www.heartseducationfoundation.org or call Scott Liebler at 303-902-4985.

I thank you deeply for supporting this fantastic non-profit in their efforts to be a blessing to their communities. Please use the share links above and tweet, pin, or share as much and as often as you can to help spread the word and give the Hearts Education Foundation a good chance at winning that new car to support their cause and help children.

Help spread the word and get them more votes by sharing on all your social media!! Here are a few suggested tweets to help you get started!!
Support HEARTS Education Foundation by voting www.100carsforgood.com as we compete for a new vehicle in Toyota #100Cars program!
Or:
Please cast your #Toyota #100Cars vote today for HEARTS Education Foundation at www.100carsforgood.com
*Note: By using the #Toyota and #100Cars hashtags you increase your opportunity for visibility beyond your follows by those searching for or following these specific hashtags.
Many blessings to each of you!
Rebecca at Love2EncourageYou
*Disclosure: I received renumeration for sharing this post. However, I only share items with my readers that I feel are of interest or value to my readers.

Elizabeth Scovil Designer Handbag Review and #Giveaway

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It is my great pleasure to introduce you to a lovely lady and her beautiful line of amazing designer handbags! Elizabeth Scovil has quite a gift for style and luxury when it comes to her handbags as well as a flair for the creative and practical needs of her customers. I instantly fell in love with her products as soon as I saw them at her booth at the Orlando Fall Home & Garden Show this year. When you visit her website, you’ll soon see for yourselves just why I couldn’t resist the delicious color schemes and patterns her products are made of. You can also stop by and visit her cozy shop to see them first hand at 2941 Staten Road, Orlando FL 32804. Please call ahead if you plan to stop by to make sure Elizabeth is available to assist you. She has to step out occasionally to run an errand. 407-947-5006. Feel free to come by and check out this amazing collection of designer handbags as well as a variety of other vendor products that share the theme of luxury such as specialty jewelry, scented soaps, and flavored honeys.

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Elizabeth has an original stitching technique that is the only one of its kind in all the USA. She has perfected her craft in such a way that each customer knows the bags were made with great care and individuality with the puckered stitching on the fabric. Her line of products have great charm and personality and they will soon become a fan favorite everywhere!

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I was lucky enough to be blessed with a chance to review one of her gorgeous medium sized tote bags!  Bag size is approx 13×14 with 6 large interior pockets. These bags are made of material with a scrumptious feel to it. The designer bags include six handy interior pockets that fit cell phones, ipods, pocket gaming systems (from my kiddos), calculators, sunglasses, snacks, coin purse, notepad or other helpful items you may need to store within quick reach. The medium tote has many uses. It is beautiful and classy enough to wear as your purse for daily use, going out on the town with the hubby, or versatile enough to be used as a beach bag when on vacation. They retail for $80.

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I teach homeschool co-op classes and I have found the medium tote bag to very useful in carrying all sorts of helpful extras in those pockets I mentioned earlier. On co-op days we bring along school supplies and other essentials and they don’t fall all over the place inside the purse since the pockets are nice and roomy and can hold several items.  There is also a loop of fabric installed inside the top lip of the tote bag with a keyring on the end for attaching your keys, or other small items that might be handy to keep close.

I currently have another item hanging from that loop inside that I got to review from Elizabeth’s line of delightful handbags. It is a business card holder! She makes the most helpful products! You’ve never seen a more breath-taking business card holder – these are sure to turn heads and make others take notice. Imagine using a wonderful item like this to display and carry your business cards in! I just love it! :) You can purchase a business card holder to match the color of your fabric of your handbag if you wish, or if you’re like me and have everything but the kitchen sink in your purse, you can choose a different design and color scheme to help it stand out when looking into the bag. I chose the one featured below with beautiful shades of purple and mauve.

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Elizabeth Scovil also makes some adorable tea bag carriers the fit nicely inside and can match your handbag as well. I’m a big tea lover and I thought this idea was brilliant! See the pic.

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I strongly recommend following Elizabeth Scovil on all her social media channels. You never know when she might be holding a giveaway or running a sale on merchandise. She is creating new products for the future too, so you can stay in the loop for the launch of any new items.

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Overall, I give the Elizabeth Scovil collection of designer handbags a big 5 out of 5 stars for class, creativity, uniqueness, high quality craftsmanship, gorgeous patterns, and great practical uses in a variety of ways. Love them! Visit elizabethscovil.com and purchase one of these stunning handbags for yourself, a family member, or friend. They make terrific gifts – especially with the holidays quickly approaching.

GIVEAWAY TIME!

Now here’s another way to get an Elizabeth Scovil Designer Handbag of your very own! You have an even greater chance to win in the giveaway below because Elizabeth has generously offered to give away not one bag but two!

Prize: Two winners will each receive a medium tote like the one I reviewed above! $80 retail value! (Total value of prizes in this giveaway are $160! Each winner receiving one handbag.)

Date: Giveaway starts October 5, 2013 at 12:01am to October 19, 2013 at 12:01am.

Location: Open to residents in the USA.

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

Please enter using the Rafflecopter form below. You must complete the first mandatory entry and then each additional optional entry will be revealed. I highly recommend entering as many as you can. The more you entries you submit, the higher your chances of winning. Please note: All entries will be verified. Cheating in any form is not tolerated. Good luck to each of you and have fun entering the giveaway!

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Thanks for visiting Love2EncourageYou!

Blessings,

Rebecca

*Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou received a free handbag and business card holder in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own and may differ from your own. However, I only share items I feel would be of interest or value to my readers. Love2EncourageYou is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.

BrylaneHome 3-Bin Laundry Sorter #Giveaway

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Wow! What a fantastic gift to give or receive! I would adore picking up one of these amazing BrylaneHome 3-bin Laundry Sorters! Can you imagine winning something to help keep your sanity when dealing with the laundry that piles up? How nice! I am going to shout this out big time because practical items are really big on my list this year and I’m sure they are in many other homes too. Hope all of you get a free moment to enter for your chance to win! It’s super quick – I promise! :) – Rebecca at Love2EncourageYou

Any room, any closet needs some tidy-me-up action every now and then. With laundry being one of the most disliked chores by our quick survey, we decided to add this BrylaneHome 3-bin Laundry Sorter for your room or your kids’.

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The fabric hanging containers are marked which dirty piece of laundry goes where. That will give you an upper hand when sorting it all before starting your washer. And if you have toddlers, they would be super excited to read “directions” right on the laundry sorter! Believe me, they would gladly follow those “darks,” “colors,” and “lights” labels, showing their ability to read all by themselves.

You could take this awesome laundry organizer home by entering your chances to win in the Rafflecopter form below. Can you believe they even labeled the bins for you on this laundry sorter? How awesome!

For more ideas, tips and excellent prizes, come to our live celebration of the BrylaneHome generous gifting on September 16, 2013, at 9pm Eastern Time. We’ll have prizes galore and surprises tucked in between awesome prizes, too! Find out more details and how to win those prizes at Let’s Party And Organize Our Homes For Winter With BrylaneHome.

Prize – 3-Bin Laundry Sorter

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Summer Saltz: I’m So Hollywood – Adorable and Fun to Read!

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Summer Saltz: I’m So Hollywood – Adorable and Fun to Read!

You are in for a real treat with this one my friends! Be sure to share this review/giveaway with your friends and family and don’t miss out on winning an adorable book and the chance to pick some up at a great discount!

Disclosure: I received renumeration in the form of free product and/or monetary compensation in exchange for my honest review and sharing this giveaway.

Every little girl I’ve met seems to adore the concept of getting dressed up in fancy clothes and having their chance to make a grand entrance in front of an audience to show off their “cool” new look. The main character in the book Summer Saltz: I’m So Hollywood by author, Connie Sewell, reminds me of that little girl in all of us who so desperately wants to have their moment in the spotlight – but in Summer’s case, a series of events makes her dream come crashing down. The book’s entire theme and story is so easy to relate to as life happens to all of us. It’s not only a fun and meaningful message for little girls, but is great for most parents to relate to who have had to comfort a child after their special day or big event turns into a disaster.

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There were many wonderful aspects to this book that would qualify it to be useful for education, homeschooling and Pre-K to Early Elementary age children. From a reading level perspective, it has about 2-3 sentences per page and uses some larger words so it would be for K- Early Elementary level readers. I found it amusing that my daughter’s favorite color in the world is pink, pink, pink and that is one of the words in this book that they tried to help kids learn how to read. The author included the word PINK in a sentence and actually had the print color for the letters be in the color PINK to help reinforce the ability to read it and learn how to recognize it better.

When it comes to children’s books, may it never be said that a book is boring – and this book certainly is NOT! With all its charms and personality shining through the pages, Summer Saltz: I’m So Hollywood even manages to include one key element that I always look for in a good children’s story – and that’s humor. There is a sweet pinch of humor spread throughout the book, but I gotta say…there is one particular page in this book that when my daughter and I read it, she just burst out into hysterical laughter! She had the most infectious giggle from then on whenever she re-read the book. Definitely a winner in my opinion. :)

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My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book together time and time again as the cute and colorful illustrations seem to flow from the pages and allow the character of Summer to jump right into your heart. What a precious account of what many families have most likely already been through with their child – which makes it that much more real and relational. I cannot express just how much we enjoyed this book together,  but hopefully you can see for yourself by the precious smile on my 6 year old’s face as she was imitating the character of Summer in the story.

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I’d like to note my great pleasure with discovering another priceless moment or lesson of virtue found near the end of this book as well – a heart warming example of the power of friendship. This final message not only melts your heart, but also can’t help but bring a smile to your face and wraps the entire book up quite nicely in a happy ending sort of way.

We give “Summer Saltz: I’m So Hollywood” five out of five stars for great presentation, an adorable story with valuable life lessons, and great illustrations. This is a book every little girl can enjoy over and over again.

I highly recommend picking up a copy for your child or grandchild to read. If you click on this banner ad below, you can purchase Summer Saltz: I’m So Hollywood books, combo packs or even t-shirts at 25% Off for a Limited Time! Everything in their store is on sale 25% Off just for you – my lovely readers! Head on over and stock up for Christmas or birthday gifts while the sale is still available. Just click on the banner ad below to make a purchase.

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Connie Sewell, the Author:

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Per the Summer Saltz website: “Growing up with a love for all things girly, Connie has always been intrigued by the HOLLYWOOD lifestyle. Connie created a business that brought all the glitz and glam to life. Her business specialized in creating fairytale birthday parties and themed camps for toddlers to tweens. Summer Saltz was inspired by a collage of personalities from the girls in her camps, but most of all, her own daughter, Summer. Connie happily resides in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina with her husband and two children. If she ever stumbles across a pair of sassy white sunglasses, Connie hopes to be just as HOLLYWOOD as Summer Saltz.”

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GIVEAWAY TIME!

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Prize: “Hollywood” Premier Package - This is the one with all the glitz and glam! Package includes the Summer Saltz: I’m So Hollywood book, accessory package, and sunglasses. (Please note that the accessory package and sunglasses ship separate from the book but should arrive around the same time.)

Date: 9/5/2013 – 9/19/2013 at midnight Eastern time.

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

Location: Open to USA residents.

Please enter using the Rafflecopter form below. You need to complete the mandatory entry and then it will unlock additional entries you can enter to increase your chances of winning. Good luck to everyone!

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Disclosure: I received renumeration in the form of free product and/or monetary compensation in exchange for my honest review and sharing this giveaway. My opinions are my own and may differ from your own. However, I only share items that I feel would be of value or interest to my readers.

Giveaway disclosure: Open to USA residents only. You must be 18 years of age or older to participate. All entries will be verified so please make sure you are completing them before clicking on the green enter button. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest. Love2EncourageYou is not responsible for sponsor prize fulfillment.

Many Blessings,

Rebecca at Love2EncourageYou

Central Florida Field Trip: Our Vital Earth

Here is a nice treat for all my homeschoolers and other families who like field trips. This is a special guest post from Megan of Education Possible. I’m sure you will find it very informative. :) – Rebecca at Love2EncourageYou

Central Florida Field Trip: Our Vital Earth

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Did you know that there is a worm farm, right here in Central Florida, where you can go to learn about worms and worm composting? It’s called Our Vital Earth and it’s located in Apopka.

My family loved the field trip we took there with our friends! It is obvious how much the owners enjoy teaching kids about the benefits of green living and how worm composting can play a vital role.

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After we arrived, we gathered in a classroom to learn about red wiggler worms.

Red wigglers are the best composting worms because they love cramped quarters and don’t burrow, which means they will stay high enough to eat your compost. Did you know that they eat approximately half their body weight in food a day?

We also learned that the worms produce some of the most nutrient-rich fertilizer you can find. This fertilizer, produced from the worm casings, can be spread directly on to your garden to help create healthy soil for your plants.

As part of our lesson, the kids were shown various composting bins that could be used to raise worms.

I always thought you had to have a lot of land to have a worm compost bin (mainly because of the smell), but I learned that you can have a bin in your garage, on the terrace of an apartment, or even in your home.

After we were educated about worms, it was time to meet some.

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Each child got to make their own mini-compost bottle to take home with them. They all started with an empty water bottle.

Then they added:

  • shredded newspaper
  • dirt
  • worms

Watching my girls pick out exactly which worms they wanted to take home was quite amusing. I’m not sure what their selection criteria was, but I watched as they carefully selected or discarded worms until they had the perfect ones for their bottle.

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I would love to say that our worms thrived and we now have hundreds of them eating our compost, but that wouldn’t be true. The girls did feed them faithfully, but they were challenging to care for in such a small bottle.

My children learned more than I could imagine about worms and worm farming during this field trip. For us, it’s been one of those trips that we still talk about.

Do you use worms as a part of your composting?

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BIO: Megan Zechman
Education Possible
megan@educationpossible.com
www.educationpossible.com

I love homeschooling! Learning is a way of life for our family. Most days you will find us exploring our Central Florida community, having fun while learning. I am constantly looking for new and interactive ways to engage my children. Pinterest is one of my favorite tools for finding fun, hands-on learning activities. Connect with me @Pinterest.

An Alternative Way to Earn Extra Cash from Home

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As many of you may know, I am a stay at home mom of three who has the pleasure of homeschooling my kiddos as well as being a WAHM through my blogging and online marketing. We are always looking for new ways to save on the budget and earn a little extra cash. In order to do this, it has to be something I can earn from home. There are loads of ways to pick up a few bucks getting rid of unwanted things around the house, but not all of them are worth the time and effort. Lately I’ve been having great interest in selling things that many of us (with multiple kids) probably have a bunch of collecting dust on a shelf anyway such as cds, dvds, games and blu-rays. I know we have a stack building up right now in our home that I would much rather pass onto someone else or turn them in for some cash. I’m sure you probably could find a few too, right?

What if I told you there was a site dedicated to just that? Yes, a place exists where you could sell your cds, dvds, blu-rays and games right from home and earn cash to get something new, pay a bill or treat the hubby to a date night! I’m all for it! I recently discovered a site called MusicMagpie.com through a friend and I gave it a try. I registered for free and took it out for a test drive. When entering bar codes from really old dvds I had lying around it gave me a handful of change as an offer price to buy my old out-dated stuff and take it off my hands. When entering bar codes to newer, more recent items such as modern cds or even dvds that had multiple discs included  – the amounts being offered were pretty good! If I combined a few more recent cds, dvds, blu-rays or games that I got as gifts or didn’t need any more along with a handful of older items of the same, it added up to a pretty decent check for just getting rid of junk around the house – enough to put some gas in the car or go to the movies! Music Magpie will let you get your items shipped to them for free by way of printing a label and placing it on your packaged items that they approved an offer for. It’s so easy to use their system. Just type in your bar codes, agree to the offer price, print your label to put on the package and once they check your items to match their quality control conditions – you get your check! Easy money!

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My teen son and I have been going through a lot of his old games, cds, a blu-ray or two and some dvds from the younger kids that they don’t watch much anymore. I have shared an example above of how it looks when entering barcodes into their system. In this example I put in five older items and a few new ones for a total of 7 items altogether. The offer price came to $18.70. That’s not bad! My son found a few more things to add that had a higher value so now he is going to make enough to buy himself a new video game! That made him super happy! :)

So if you are wanting to find an alternative way to earn some cash from home and be able to purge the old cds and stuff out of the house and put some change in your pocket, give MusicMagpie.com a try.  Let me know how you do with earning some extra cash! I know every little bit helps with the budget.

Many Blessings,

Rebecca at Love2EncourageYou

Orlando Fall Home & Garden Show – #Giveaway to #Win 4 tickets!

WIN 4 TICKETS

to the ORLANDO FALL HOME & GARDEN SHOW!

As we continue our 2 Year Blogiversary Celebration this month, I am excited to bring you another awesome giveaway! This one is just for my local fans here in Central Florida!

Check out the schedule below for the Orlando Fall Home & Garden Show and plan to bring your family the weekend of September 6-8! We will be there wandering the floors that weekend too!

Info to purchase tickets can be found below. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway to win 4 tickets to the Orlando Fall Home & Garden Show! You must be a resident of Florida or planning to be on vacation in the area during the weekend of Sept 6-8 to enter this giveaway.

*Disclosure: I received free tickets to the Orlando Fall Home & Garden Show in exchange for sharing this giveaway. However, I only share items I feel will be of interest or value to my readers. Sponsor will have winner’s tickets available at “will call” at the event.

2013 SHOW SUMMARY

 
WHAT: Presented by Show Technology, one of the nation’s most successful business-to-consumer trade show organizers, Orlando Fall Home & Garden Show transforms the Orange County Convention Center into a home and garden extravaganza. Exhibitors showcase everything from front entrance décor to backyard landscapes, and there are also incredible learning opportunities at the show, with stages featuring gardening, wild life and celebrity guest appearances.
WHEN: September 6-8, 2013
 
                             WHERE: 
                               Orange County Convention Center
                                9400 Universal Boulevard
                                Orlando, FL  32819
                                Ph: 407.685.1061
                                Directions
 
                             HIGH-LIGHTS:
                               Latest Trends in Kitchen & Bath and Home Appliances
Grand Gardens of Orlando
Pools, Spas & Outdoor Living
Interior Design Vignettes
Solar & Energy Reduction
Master Gardeners Seminars at the Garden Stage
Huge Garden Center with Plants and Gardening Products
Shop the Art, Gift and Gourmet Area
Wine Tastings
Flavors of Orlando
Bring the kids for the Interactive Kids Zone
City Wide Pet Adoptions (over 30 organizations)
Walgreens Village featuring healthy living, screenings, free samples, etc.
Live Birds of Prey shows
Free tote bags while supplies last
Celebrity Appearances from the show, Tanked*
 
 
WHEN:   Friday, September 6, 12-8p
                   Saturday, September 7, 10a-8p
                   Sunday, September 8, 11a-6p
 
                             COSTS:
                              Adults 17+ – $9.00
16 & Under – Free
Seniors 65+ – $6.00 (All Weekend)*
Active Duty Military – Free
Retired Military – $6.00*
$3 off when you purchase a ticket online at ShowTechnology.com and orlandohomeandgardenshow.com
$2.00 off Coupons available at: Walgreens, Home Depot, and Trustco Bank
*No further discounts apply to senior or retired military admission.
 
                             PARKING:
                               Prepaid $11 per cars, $22 per oversized vehicle.
After 5:00pm: $8 per car and $11 per oversized vehicle.
 
                             CONTACT: Pam Rogers, 210-383-0080
                             Onsite Show Manager/Primary Show Contact Name:
 877-663-6186
 
                              SPONSORS: WOCL, WKMG-TV, and Orlando Sentinel
 
 
CELEBRITIES
 
Wayde King, Star of Animal Planet’s Tanked
Wayde King’s love of fish began at an early age. Born and raised in Long Island, NY, Wayde’s earliest memories are of his mother and biological father, who was a fish dealer, and the multiple tanks they had in the basement of his home. Today, Wayde continues in the family business, designing and manufacturing some of the largest and most extravagant acrylic tanks in the world. When it comes to fish, Wayde is an expert and a perfectionist. With more than 34 years in the business, his goal is to not only keep the customer happy, but the fish as well.
 
Brett Raymer, Star of Animal Planet’s Tanked
Brett Raymer is Wayde King’s partner and COO of Acrylic Tank Manufacturing.  There isn’t a fish tank big enough to hold his larger-than-life ideas and personality. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Brett is always ready to take on a new business venture so he jumped at the opportunity to help his family create their tank-building dream in Las Vegas. Known for his ability to wheel and deal and his somewhat impulsive confidence, Brett has brought Wayde some of his most loyal clients.
 

About the Show, Tanked

Following the antics of two brothers-in-law as they run the largest aquarium manufacturing company in the nation, Tanked immerses viewers in the high-decibel, family-owned business of Acrylic Tank Manufacturing (ATM). Led by business partners, best friends (and often rivals) Wayde King and Brett Raymer, this 13,000 square foot tank building facility, located in Las Vegas, produces some of the most outrageous, larger-than-life and one-of-a-kind tanks for some of the most unusual fish and unique clients around.
 
ATM has created tanks to look like pyramids, spheres, phone booths, cars, and much more. Working with opinionated and outrageous family and staff, the show reveals the stress, success, and sometimes dysfunction of a family business that has been running strong for 14 years. Tanked brings the secrets of the underwater world to the surface with a comedic twist, leaving viewers bemused and captivated with each project from conception to final reveal.

 GIVEAWAY TIME!

PRIZE: 4 Tickets to the Orlando Fall Home & Garden Show! Tickets are good on any one day between September 6-8, 2013. (please note: parking is a separate charge. See details above.)

DATE: 8/30 – 9/1 at 11:59pm.

AGE: Must be age 18 yrs or older to enter. Void where prohibited.

LOCATION: Must be available to attend this local Orlando, Florida event on one of the days from Sept 6th-8th 2013 and live in the Central Florida area or within the state of FL to enter.

The more entries you complete the higher your chances of winning! Good luck to everyone!
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Many Blessings,

Rebecca at Love2EncourageYou

*Disclosure: I received free tickets to the Orlando Fall Home & Garden Show in exchange for sharing this giveaway. However, I only share items I feel will be of interest or value to my readers. Sponsor will mail winner’s tickets on Tuesday so they can arrive in time to attend the event. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.

Having a Bad Day? 9 Ways to Surround Yourself With Happiness

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Have you ever had one of those days when everything was going wrong? Trust me, I’ve had plenty of them. Life is just like that sometimes. I try my best to stay positive and focus on the good things that surround an event or circumstance as much as possible when something is beyond my control. There is usually a good reason for it happening, even if I can’t see why at that time.

One of the tricks I use to keep myself from wallowing in self pity or allowing myself to become too dismayed, is to try surrounding myself with things or people that make me happy. I’ve made a list below that will not only give you a few ideas of what I mean, but it will also give you a glimpse into getting to know me better as a person. :) Enjoy! I hope you can make your own list of ways to surround yourself with happiness so you’ll be well prepared the next time life throws you a curve ball and tries to rain on your parade.

Having a Bad Day? 9 Ways to Surround Yourself With Happiness

  • Spending a moment in God’s Word re-reading favorite verses of encouragement and praying for strength.
  • Calling a close friend, my mom, or siblings
  • Going outside to be around nature and all the beauty God created. Taking time to smell the flowers.
  • Listening to uplifting music or attending a Christian concert. The lyrics are not only glorifying to God and remind me who is in control, but the beat of the music (I like top 40, hip-hop, dance style music) can help you get your energy out if you like to dance, exercise or sing. Try it, it’s fun!
  • Spending time doing one of my favorite hobbies and gaining a sense of escape or accomplishment for doing something I’m good at. I personally love nature photography. I find it very relaxing and hard to resist when I’m surrounded by God’s creatures or his wonderful creation.
  • Having a special snack or treat to cheer you up and help you feel spoiled a bit. Drinking chocolate milk or rootbeer are my two favs. Chocolate milk reminds me of my dad (which always brings a smile) and rootbeer makes me think of home where I grew up in PA and all the wonderful family traditions. For some reason doing this simple thing makes me feel better.
  • Going out of my way to do something special for someone else. It’s amazingly therapeutic! Taking our mind off ourselves and focusing on blessing another is very helpful in remembering to be content in any circumstances.
  • Spending quality time loving on my family. Doing special activities with my kids that I don’t always stop and take the time to do can be very rewarding. Scheduling an evening to spend time as a family is a great stress reliever for me as it forces me to focus on how much I have to be thankful for. I love doing an activity all together such as a family game night, family walk, movie night with something we can all watch together, planning a picnic, or when we can afford to – a day at a theme park, museum or local arcade.
  • Planning a date with my hubby for the two of us to be alone is helpful too. Sometimes our spouse knows us better than we know ourselves and their input can be just the thing to help us feel more confident and cheerful about what tomorrow holds – especially knowing you can get through it together.

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Hugs and many blessings to each of you! Feel free to share with me in the comments below what types of things bring you happiness. I can’t wait to hear them!

Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”

Rebecca at Love2EncourageYou

 

 

Laptop Table #Giveaway – Organize Your Home for Winter Months

Let’s Organize Your Home for Winter Months
Laptop Table Giveaway
Aug 28 – Sep 1, 2013
Open to US

Woo-hoo! Check out the fabulous prize being offered in today’s giveaway! I just love laptop tables! We have one in our home and it is just so handy and useful! I am very pleased to be able to share this awesome giveaway with you today!

We are continuing on the road to a better home organization throughout the year.

It is important to de-clutter and give away those items we do not use any more. And it is important to re-purpose and even get hold of those things that would make our lives more organized, more structured in any efficient way!

Bringing You Moments To Celebrate

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Organized by Celebrate Woman Today

Look at this Laptop Table! It could be really handy for those who needs to move from one room to another and take their work with them! Sometimes we multitask, and we need out laptops or iPads right next to us. This cool laptop table would be a simple, yet very accommodating tool to make our work easier and less stressful.

Designed for both left- and right-hand users, this table has a built-in fan to make you feel cool no matter what your stress level is. Besides, for those who burn a midnight oil, it does have an LED light that gives you some extra minutes to complete your work. What not to like in this piece of furniture? It keeps you organized and allows you to take your work from one room to another!

We would love to put it up for a prize today. Anybody want it? Rafflecopter is awaiting your entries.

Prize – Laptop Table With Fan & LED Light, $120 Value

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Please be prepared to see more great giveaways like this in the weeks ahead too! Thanks for visiting Love2EncourageYou!

Many blessings,

Rebecca at Love2EncourageYou

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