Christian Books, Music & Movies Sale!

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Great Deals on Christian Books, Music & Movies!

Please help me reach my goals this year! Alright gang, here’s the deal I’m offering – I hope you’ll find it has great value for both of us.  I really need to save up to buy podcasting equipment and I thought this might be a great way to clean house and help you HELP ME by offering you the chance to buy some wonderful Christian books to read, music to worship to, or family friendly and Christian movies to watch! ALL items are either brand new that I purchased at the local Christian bookstore as gifts, won as prizes in giveaways, or some were gently used one time (LIKE NEW to NEW CONDITION) when I received them to use for a review. I will be listing often throughout the week, so please check back for new additions to the list.

Feel free to email me at love2encourageyou@icloud.com with the items you wish to purchase along with your Paypal email and I’ll send you an invoice through Paypal to make the purchase and help support Love2EncourageYou blog. I am more than happy to combine shipping as I know the cost of shipping can add up quickly, so just email me for a quote on shipping to your zip code before your final purchase and I’ll give you the estimated total. If you just wish to make a small donation to Love2EncourageYou to help go towards equipment for the future Encouragement Podcast I’ll be starting, feel free to send to my Paypal email at: faith flower@gmail.com

Thanks for your continued patronage and support. Each of you has helped make this blog what it is, and I appreciate your faithful readership! Many blessings to you and your family in 2016. Let’s have fun this year together and continue encouraging one another!

Know someone who might like to help or who would be interested in getting some amazing deals on new & gently used books, movies or music? Share this post with a friend by email or on your favorite social media! You also have permission to embed this post on your blog. Thanks in advance for spreading the word!

Rebecca at Love2EncourageYou

Christian or Family Friendly Books, Music & Movies to Purchase

Here’s a list of titles for movies, music and books. Not all titles are Christian. Some are just kids or family friendly items. Email me or comment below on this post if you want to reserve an item or ask for pictures or more details on a particular item. Thanks! *All prices are listed without shipping. Please email for shipping quote. Most items will ship for between $5-$12 shipping in US lower 48 via Parcel Post. I recommend buying multiple books/movies and saving money with combined shipping costs.

  1. Susie’s Hope DVD (gently used one time)$4
  2. When the Game Stands Tall DVD (gently used one time)$4
  3. Mercy Rule DVD (gently used one time) $4
  4. Old Fashioned DVD (gently used one time) $4
  5. Joey and Rory Country Classics – A Tapestry of our Musical Heritage (Gaither Gospel Series) gently used one time. DVD $4
  6. Veggie Tales Super Comics Vol. 2 /softcover book (Like New – used for a review) Retails $12.99 (SALE: $6)
  7. Becoming Myself – Embracing God’s Dream of You by Stasi Eldredge / softcover book (NEW) Retails $22.99 (SALE: $6)
  8. Every Bitter Thing is Sweet – Tasting the Goodness of God in all Things by Sara Hagerty / hardcover book with dust jacket + bonus 2 bookmarks that match the book tucked inside the front cover. (NEW) Retail $16.99 (SALE: $6)
  9. Growing Up Social – Raising Relational Kids In a Screen-Driven World by Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane / softcover book (NEW) Retail $15.99 (SALE: $6)
  10. The Biggest Story – How The Snake Crusher Brings Us Back To The Garden by Kevin DeYoung / hardcover book with dust jacket (LIKE NEW – used once for a review) Retail $17.99 (SALE: $6)
  11. The Hardest Peace – Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life’s Hard by Kara Tippetts / softcover book (NEW) Retails $15.99 (SALE: $6)
  12. Overrated by Eugene Cho / softcover book (NEW) Retails $15.99 (SALE: $6)
  13. Killing Lions by John & Sam Eldredge / hardcover book (NEW) Retails for $19.99 (SALE: $6)
  14. The Wisdom of Faith by Bobby Bowden / hardcover book (NEW) Retail $24.99 (SALE: $6)
  15. Magnetic – Becoming the Girl He Wants by Lynn Cowell / softcover book Retails $13.99 (SALE: $6)
  16. The Story by Max Lucado / softcover book

Other New or Like New items for sale including music CDS:

  • The Calling by Cathryn Clinton /softcover novel ISBN#978-0-7636-3373-8 Retail $5.99 (SALE: $2.50)
  • SIGNED COPY! The Power of Your Story – 40 Short and Real Life Stories Filled With Lessons by Alberto Sardinas /softcover book This book is from a giveaway I won! I actually met him in person at a blogger conference in Disney. This is a brand new book and is signed by Alberto Sardinas along with the message, “Best Wishes!” on the front inside page! (SALE: $8)
  • Kim Collingsworth – Magestic CD (Christian music CD) Brand new and sealed! (SALE: $5)
  • NF – Mansion CD (NEW & SEALED) $5
  • About A Mile – About A Mile CD (NEW & SEALED) $5
  • Matt Maher – All The People Said Amen CD(NEW & SEALED) $5
  • Crystal Aikin – All I Need CD(NEW & SEALED) $5
  • Jonathan Thulin – Science Fiction CD (NEW & SEALED) $5
  • Jars of Clay – A collection of 20 Songs chosen by fans performed by Jars of Clay at Gray Matters Studio in Celebration of 20 Years of Friendship & Music CD (NEW & SEALED 2 Disc Set!) $7
  • Robin Mark – East of the River CD (NEW & SEALED) $3
  • Deitrick Haddon – The Best of Deitrick Haddon CD(Like New – used once for a review) $4
  • Gaither Gospel Series: Goodman Revival – Songs in the Key of Happy CD (Like New – used once for a review) $4
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5 Great iPad Apps for Kids

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Kids Use iPad Apps for Learning and Fun

It’s a daily ritual for this family to make sure all the iPads are charged, so the kids can enjoy them the next day. They get access either during their free time after schoolwork for homeschooling is done, or as part of their homeschooling when it is an educational app on the iPad or a learning game they want to play. I allow a large variety of apps included in their daily routine to sharpen their skills in reading, spelling, math, science, geography, art, music, Bible, history and learning to speak Spanish.

Often times though, the kids learn just as much in the way of new skills such as public speaking, creating stories with script writing, and drama by playing apps and games that incorporate the microphone and camera functions of the iPad. They love to be actors and actresses in their own little plays or movies and will many times include each other as part of the show! I love to see this type of cooperation, creativity and interaction with my kids! They’ve even pulled me into a few of the video creations and story albums they’ve made over time. It’s all lots of fun!

Below, I’ve listed a brief explanation beside each of five fun and potentially educational apps. These are apps that my kids specifically wanted me to share with you today because they are some of their top favorite iPad apps to play!

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5 Great iPad Apps for Kids

Here are 5 great apps I believe your family would benefit from trying out today!

  1. Action Movie FX (FREE! However, we love the Star Wars version which gives you one free and then it’s very cheap to buy extra effects! Love the results! Kids become the stars of their own movie and you’ll see their acting and posing talents blossom before your eyes!)
  2. Neko Atsume Kitty Collector (FREE) This adorable app gives your child the opportunity to set out food and toys to attract stray kittens to come and play or eat in your backyard. You can also earn an expansion to have the kitties come inside your home with the free fishes (money in the game). You can take pics of your kitties and put them in albums. You can collect gifts from the kittens too that allow you to get more toys and food, or the home expansion if you hadn’t earned it yet.
  3. Super Why Phonics Fair (Purchased in a bundle, but also sold separately) In this app, there is a multitude of attractions or rides the child can go to. Each attraction assists in helping the child learn Phonics concepts and they earn virtual rewards or sticker prizes. Great for PreK to early elementary age.
  4. Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes (FREE) Great for early elementary age and up. There are Light side and Dark side battles your child can participate in. You get data cards that unlock new characters from the Star Wars movies to play with. It depends which character you choose as to what type of battle you have. You can choose which move you want to use or the weapon/skill you use in battle to defeat the enemies.
  5. Disney Dream Treats (FREE) This is a matching game app that allows you to create your own personalized characters using the camera or pics you already have in your photo album. Disney characters like Ariel from the Little Mermaid host the games and you match up a variety of treats trying to get three or more in a row in order to earn points to reach your goal. It includes bonuses and other incentives to raise your score. It is not a timed game so this makes it less stressful for kids and more enjoyable. When you earn 3 out of 3 stars for every 5 or so levels, it unlocks coins to help you purchase free costumes for your personalized characters. My kids love that part! It dresses up your child’s character like a Disney tourist with Mickey Ears hats in different styles, the green Aliens from Toy Story, Ariel, Jack Skellington, and others.

Looking forward to hearing about more great kids apps? Stay tuned for more App posts about Our Top Picks for Preschoolers, Homeschooling Friendly Apps, Free Apps and Games for Kids and more!

Do you have a favorite app or game for the iPad that you’d like to share with the audience here at Love2EncourageYou? Please leave a comment and tell us about your best suggestion for iPad apps for kids or education. I’ll be happy to reply. I can’t wait to hear your suggestions.

 

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Advertising Sale on Review and Giveaway Posts

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SPONSORS: Review & Giveaway Posts SALE OFFER!

Hello my sweet friends and followers!

It’s Rebecca here, and I’m coming to you today to offer a very special set of package deals to help promote your product, service, blog, website, or business!

PROMOTIONAL POST: For just $25, you can get your brand highlighted and promoted in a blog post here at Love2EncourageYou and promoted on social media to over 27,000 followers!

REVIEW POST only: For $25, You can send a product for me to review that is family friendly, and I’ll share an honest review to my followers in a blog post, on social media shout outs and in a mini video for Instagram, Facebook or Youtube! Get on my schedule NOW before I’m all booked up for the coming months! (Please note, the product must be a full size product and not a sample size. The product needs to be shipped free of charge and it will not be returned.) Email Rebecca at love2encourageyou@icloud.com to send your letter of interest or links to the product you’d like me to consider for review.

Giveaway Post only: For $40, I’ll promote your brand by spreading the word through a giveaway – with a product or gift card that you provide as the prize. I will share within a multitude of private Facebook groups, Google+ groups, and on all my social media and the blog. For additional help spreading the word, I can recruit up to 10 more bloggers to help promote this giveaway and expand the reach to a much larger range of fans for just $50 extra (optional). Your giveaway post will also get inserted into 10+ giveaway linkie lists that blog giveaway fans travel frequently!

SIDEBAR AD: Get your product, business, or blog featured near the top right sidebar at Love2EncourageYou.com! 300×250 size ad for 1 month is on sale for just $5! Email Rebecca at love2encourageyou@icloud.com and I’ll send you a PROMO code to get the regular Super Sponsor $15/mo ad size at that discounted rate!

READERS: Make Your Voice Heard!

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It’s a huge help to me knowing what my fans are interested in, and I’m offering to let you share with me in the comments of this post to tell all the sponsors out there what you really want to see reviews or giveaways on! Don’t be shy! Share as many things that interest you. If you want to see some celebrity interviews, travel and activities info, fashion and beauty posts, parenting and family, homeschooling and education, finance and saving money, or whatever else interests you … just share in the comments and we will try to make it happen this year! Are you part of the Love2EncourageYou community of friends and fans on Facebook? Join our group today!

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Blessings,

Rebecca at Love2EncourageYou

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Interview with Erin Krakow of When Calls the Heart!

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Interview with Erin Krakow

When Calls The Heart from the Hallmark Channel had a great season 2 this past year starring Erin Krakow. I especially loved the 2 hour season 2 premier last year on  April 25th! Season premiers are just so exciting and it’s the start of a brand new season of great writing and lively acting from our favorite characters in this awesome show! Well I’ve got news for you Hearties –  We don’t have to wait until April to see the Season Premier of Season 3 – it’s coming up quick on Sunday, February 21 at 8pm Central on the Hallmark Channel! The title of this must see new season is “Troubled Hearts”!

I have had so much fun being able to follow the lives and career of Erin Krakow and her fellow actors and actresses this past season and I’ve loved being part of the Facebook group they have too! The fans adore her and enjoy her gentle, cheerful nature and devoted spirit to do what is right.

I had the rare privilege to be part of an audio interview this year with some other bloggers to interview Erin Krakow and learn more about her excitement for the When Calls The Heart TV series. Here’s what she shared with us:

Her acting career started when she was about 5 and a half years old and has evolved over the years since then.

They offered her the position for the When Calls the Heart part and she said “yes”. It’s one of the best decisions she’s ever made and it is a role that is very dear to her.

Her character Elizabeth is similar to her real personality of Erin in a lot of days. Both follow their dreams and are very passionate about what they do. Have an appreciation for the finer things in life but also for the great outdoors. They feel they like to be there for friends when they need  us.

She grew up in South FL and then went to college in NY. She learned how to take care of herself.

What has been the most rewarding aspect of When Calls the Heart? Seeing how the fans have responded to the show. I love what I do and its a joy to see the finished product when it all comes together. It’s so nice getting to hear from the #hearties and how they feel about the show.

The dresses are constricting and she has to wear a corset under most of those outfits, but she still likes wearing them as that is how women dressed in those days. Her favorite is the pink top and pink skirt with a train.

Are you a good cook in real life because Elizabeth burns food alot in season one? She can hold her own and she does cook but she considers herself a better baker. She likes to bake various desserts.

Following your dreams is a really important element. Not allowing fear to control you and doing what is right is important. The 1900s time period was about when the When Calls The Heart set was modeled after. She shares how much fun it was to be a part of that environment. Erin urges all of us to, “Be true to yourself and your dreams.”

Do you watch the shows? Yes, I watch with friends and family. I try to stay active on Twitter and see what the fans like about the show.

Erin was absolutely adorable in her interview! She was making us laugh & had a very sweet voice with sincerity in her love for the show & her #hearties fans! #FaithTV @flybypromotions

 

Erin has been able to have some great mentors in her life in acting career. #hearties #FaithTV

They film the When Calls The Heart series in British Columbia. It’s an incredible place to work. They’ve built this amazing town. It feels like taking a time machine to work everyday. I’m very grateful to all of them. It’s about 4-5 months to work on a season.

It was an honor to be part of this interview this year and I look forward to continuing to follow Erin’s career with whatever the future holds for her. It was a true pleasure to get to know her a little better. I wish her the best and recommend the When Calls The Heart Series on DVD/Blu-ray for yourself or gifts for a friend or family member too! It’s a delightful family friendly show that spans a large age range. Please take the time to check it out on the Hallmark Channel!

Don’t miss the upcoming season 3 Premier of When Calls The Heart titled, “Troubled Hearts” on Sunday, February 21st at 8pm Central!

Disclosure: There was no material connection with this interview with Erin Krakow from When Calls The Heart.

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M is for Manger children’s storybook review

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In this adorable hardback children’s book by Tyndale Kids publishing, you’ll find nothing less than perfection in writing, illustration and print quality!

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I was so impressed with this book overall – from the beautiful kid-friendly illustrations designed by Claire Keay that help kids learn their A B C’s to the glossy, colorful printed pages and sturdy hardcover binding. Authors: Crystal Bowman and Teri McKinley, absolutely shine with this well-written children’s book that demonstrates the story of the celebration and birth of Jesus to kids on their level of understanding, but still includes the important and necessary elements of truth from the Bible story to help make this the perfect gift for little ones. It even includes Scripture references and verse to help support the mini story on each page that goes with a letter of the alphabet.

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ABC books are always a joy to read with your little ones as they grow interest in learning their ABC’s and reading, but with “M is for Manger”, to combine it into a keepsake hardcover book that is focused on Jesus – now that’s just plain AWESOME!

Grab a copy of M is for Manger today and enjoy the beauty and truth of this kid’s Bible Storybook throughout the entire year.

Blessings,

Rebecca at Love2EncourageYou

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Disclosure: Special thanks to Tyndale Kids Publishing for providing Love2EncourageYou a sample copy for review. My opinions are my own and may differ from your own, but I only share items I feel will be of value or interest to my family and my readers.

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Peace Begins With Letting Go

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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 love2encourageyou@icloud.com. I look forward to hearing from you! Blessings!

– Rebecca at Love2EncourageYou

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Peppa Pig Cold Winter Day DVD #Preschool

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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE ITEM!! 

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.

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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.

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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.

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Bloom where you are planted

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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.

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Prepping Your Child for Dual Enrollment – High School and College

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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.

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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 Amazon.com 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!

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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!


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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.

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Blessings Appear As We Sell Our Home

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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 http://love2encourageyou.com 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

PS: I have tons of My Coke Rewards codes I’ll be share on this site in future posts so keep reading new posts in the days ahead and comment whenever you find a code and get to claim it so I can replace it with a new one. Thanks! Here’s one to start with! Congrats to the first one to find it! Don’t forget to comment and tell me you’ve claimed it!

My Coke Rewards Code: 4TN54W67K5TKRF

 

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