Time to kick off Memorial Day Weekend with a new GAME! Introducing Star Catchers! Enjoy a freebie, secret giveaway, coupon code, kids joke or other surprise! You never know what you’ll find! Game will start at 9pm EST on May 22. Come back often throughout the weekend May 22- May 25 to see the game reset with new things to find! Have fun and enjoy your holiday weekend! Leave me a message in the comments below sharing what plans you have for the Memorial Day Weekend Holiday.
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Time for enjoying family and friends, having picnics and barbeques and remembering and honoring our Nation’s Military. There is so much to be thankful for in our lives. It is always a good time to rest and remember – giving thanks to the Lord for protecting our families and our country through many trials this past year. Join with me today in celebrating! I will kick this weekend off with a series of fun giveaways with everything from Christian music, DVDs and Books, to advertising spots and more! Let the fun begin!
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It’s been an honor to have the chance to review the new album EXHALE from Plumb with Curb Records, Inc. I adore so many of the songs – it’s hard to choose a favorite! My kids listen to their songs in the car and in our home on the Christian radio, and I love hearing them sing and repeat these awesome faith-filled lyrics!
I must say though – I do truly love the songs, “Lord, I’m Ready Now” and “Great is Our God”. Here are the music videos on YouTube by Plumb. Enjoy!
LORD, I’M READY NOW
GREAT IS OUR GOD
Tiffany Arbuckle Lee, better-known by her stage name Plumb, is a songwriter, recording artist, performer and author. Plumb has sold more than 500,000 albums and over two million singles worldwide, co-penned songs for numerous other artists, including Michelle Branch, Mandisa, Mandy Moore, Jaci Velasquez, and Natalie Grant, and had music placed in many films and television shows.Originally signed as a Christian Contemporary Music (CCM) recording artist in 1997, Plumb is now known as well as or better in alternative rock, electronic dance music, and for the use of her music in film and television than she is in the CCM market.
About the album: EXHALE, the seventh studio album from acclaimed multi-genre singer, songwriter and author PLUMB, expresses a new focus and vision. After the runaway success of NEED YOU NOW (the album, title track and book), which coincided with her own moving story of brokenness and ultimately healing, Exhale brims with worshipful songs of gratitude and hope.
The defining concept of EXHALE was born from a sermon at Plumb’s home church, wherein her pastor Pete Wilson expressed the notion that the Church doesn’t exist for itself. Rather, believers come to church to breathe in grace and truth, be changed, and then go out and “exhale” that hope into their surrounding community.
“That idea of exhaling hope hit me right away and I couldn’t get to the Notes section on my phone fast enough. I started writing the chorus of Exhale right then and there,” explains Plumb. “I have been made new by the ultimate hope, and I want to share and exhale that hope in everyway I can.”
I think Plumb has such a huge audience that their music appeals to. I would recommend this group and their new album EXHALE to anyone! You will not be disappointed with their depth of musical talent both instrumentally and vocally. Their devotion to sharing the Gospel of Christ with the world through their music is awesome. It is an admirable mission that many great Christian music artists and bands are excelling at – and Plumb is one of those bands!
What is your favorite song by Plumb? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Feel free to share the link to one of their YouTube videos in the comments or just tell us the name of the song so others can be blessed by it as well.
Please join me in supporting Christian music by prayerfully making a purchase on iTunes of the new Plumb EXHALE album today!
I hope the message of HOPE in their music will always be a blessing to you! Don’t miss hearing the song, “SMOKE” if you get the chance. It’s perfect for offering hope to anyone you think needs a boost.
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Howdy friends! It’s my pleasure to share about a wonderful family friendly attraction in the Tampa, Florida area that you can bring your family to this summer during school break or anytime throughout the year!
On May 11, 2002 Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo introduced Wallaroo Station, a 4.5 acre Australian-themed family area, where thousands of families with young children have enjoyed an interactive Australian adventure. The hands-on, family-friendly features helped the Zoo secure top honors from two national parenting magazines: Parents, “10 Best Zoos,” (2009); and Child, “The 10 Best Zoos for Kids” (2004).Earlier this year, Wallaroo Station temporarily closed for remodeling – the first significant updating of this award-winning attraction in its 13 year history. Newly re-opened for spring, guests to the “new Wallaroo” can expect this Aussie area to be even more “Auss-ome” with new animals and upgraded amenities, including:
* a female Queensland koala named “Ceduna” (a mate for our male “Heathcliff”);
* “Bushland Birds” habitat with feathered friends and Fiji-banded iguanas;
* more water features in “The Billabong” splash ground;
* redesigned cafe with “grab and go” food and beverage;
* expanded dining area with additional seats and shade canopies;
* a new nursing mothers area with baby-friendly features;
* a new and fun ride for young children – Lil’ Joeys Caravan;
* new midway games and activities;
* ponies on parade (twice daily) and a goat show; and
* livestock training demonstrations with ponies and llamas.
Take a trip to the “Land of Oz” and visit a variety of animals of Australia and its neighbors including koala, wallabies, cockatoos, emu, singing dogs and flying fox bats. Help welcome the newest Aussie additions – a female Queensland koala named “Ceduna,” colorful birds and Fiji-banded iguanas, and take a walkabout with the wallabies in their walk-thru exhibit. The petting area features a herd of friendly goats that children can brush, pet and feed. Adjacent to the petting area, families can step into a barn that houses Haflinger horses and llamas. Don’t miss the new daily pony parade, goat show and livestock training demonstrations!
The newly upgraded “Billabong” water play area takes kids “down under” to an interactive splash zone with in-ground fountains and free standing water features. Try your hand at new midway games with the chance to win prizes and souvenirs, or go mining for gems and fossils at the new Hopper’s Mining Company.
Children can take a spin on one of five fun rides: the NEW Lil Joey’s Caravan, Tasmanian Tiger Family Roller Coaster, Overland Express Kiddie Train, Boomer’s Flyin’ Bananas and Outback Bumper Boats.
Parents can enjoy added shade while their little joeys cool off in the water play area. Next door is Boomer’s Cafe, a redesigned grab-and-go restaurant offering a variety of freshly prepared foods and drinks. A “mommy center,” designed for nursing mothers, provides shade and privacy for infants and caregivers.
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 has been rated No. 1 by Parents magazine, “10 Best Zoos,” (2009) and Child magazine, “The 10 Best Zoos for Kids” (2004).
I’m really looking forward to hearing about your visit! Please share with me in the comments if you get to visit or have visited in the past. I’d love to hear about your adventures! Don’t forget to grab the coupon below!!
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. Parking is free. Visit www.LowryParkZoo.org or call (813) 935-8552 for information. Also find the Zoo on Facebook and Twitter.
We’ve been pressing on these last few weeks to come up with some unique new ways to enjoy our last days of homeschooling for this year. It’s amazing how a simple trip to Target and the Dollar Store can help you get those creative juices flowing when you go in with a mind set of making your kids final school days fun, fun, FUN! I wanted to focus on choosing things that would enable us to use more math and counting in our final days in some fresh, original approaches. I aimed to try things that would fascinate the kids and make it so they didn’t even realize they were learning. I hope you enjoy these reviews and homeschooling suggestions for incorporating math. They can also be an easy way to bring some laughs into your summertime schedule and help keep kids math skills sharp.
First, we picked up some cool bubble solution called “Grab-A-Bubble” in a bright blue color (they come in green, and pink too!) at the Dollar Store and we used it for a counting activity for my Preschooler. These bubbles are pretty cool I must say. They advertise that they last and last, and amazingly they really do. You can literally blow bubbles you can hold in your hand and stack into little towers! We would try catching as many as we can amidst their giggling and then have my youngest count how many each of us caught. Beware – on a windy day catching those bubbles can be tough! He would then answer who had the lowest number of bubbles and who had the highest.
My eight year old daughter loved the Grab-A-Bubbles too and would enjoy adding up the groups of three numbers (the tower each of us were holding) to do an addition problem. Or, she tried popping some of them to create a subtraction problem. She soon discovered that in order to do a multiplication problem she really needed to blow more bubbles.
We then had a blast going on the best search and find counting game ever – bubbles, bubbles everywhere! We found them in the grass, flowers, bushes, trees, driveway, side of the house, on the air conditioner, in our hair and on our clothes and shoes!
The bubbles can be teeny tiny or medium sized and they just stay there for a long time before finally dissolving. My little guy loved stomping on them in the grass and on the driveway. Pretty cool to have so much fun with a toy that came from the Dollar Store!
Play-Doh Numbers Bucket
Next, we followed up with a totally awesome Play-doh Bucket with Numbers that we found at Target for just $7. This collection of cookie cutters shaped like miniature numbers 1-9 is perfect for smaller hands to grasp and uses less play dough than full size cookie cutters. My four year old wanted to instantly get to work using the rolling pin that came with the set to smooth out some play-doh and get started cutting out numbers.
He impressed mom and dad with his desire to place various numbers side by side and name the double digit numbers he was making each time. He also had fun learning to add by placing the smaller numbers in the selected positions on the play mat and formed addition equations to solve.
This Play-Doh Bucket of Numbers was hours of fun for both my four year old and my eight year old with this simple $7 bucket!
Flood Force Stryker Water Guns
Finally, we decided to have some more outdoor fun with a pack of three toy water guns or water squirters that the kids wanted to use to help me water my flowers in our front flower garden. With the 95 degree heat here in Florida lately, this turned into lots of high-pitched squeals of delight and lots of laughter and fun as we went from watering the flowers to chasing each other around the yard and nearly got the neighbor wet! Oops! They thought it was adorable to see the kids having a good time helping me water the garden and enjoyed hearing their laughter. The kids begged me to teach them how to reload the water squirters and wanted to go out several times that day to look for other things they could squirt. This set of three Flood Force Stryker water guns were only $6 at Target!
For my preschooler’s educational practice, we used the water guns to draw shapes with the water squirting out of the guns onto the driveway. For my daughter, we would measure with a measuring tape how far her farthest squirt with the water went down the driveway. And then just for fun, we made a target on the palm tree to squirt at, and found lots of bushes and other things that might need “watering” in a fun way.
Don’t just spend your last days of school just finishing up regular schoolwork – discover a new approach or a unique way to make it fun! Take a break and find ways to build a little excitement and creativity into your day and still get that education in at the same time. You can end the year making a real impression on your kids and their excitement about learning!
Share with me in the comments any other fun and inexpensive ideas for indoor or outdoor fun and math games you may have thought up. I’d love to hear them! I know lots of other moms and dads will be grateful for some great ideas to entertain their kids this summer too while still keeping up on their math.
Greetings Friends! In recent years, it has become more and more of a priority in my life to do whatever it takes to keep healthy and protect my personal health and that of my family and friends. I’m sure you probably feel the same driving need to take preventative steps to keep yourself in good health year after year. Today I want to invite you to learn about a unique health product I was introduced to that can have a very positive effect in helping at least one third of the population of women in our country – those with bladder leakage.
InControl Medical is a medical device manufacturer (www.incontrolmedical.com) who created an amazing product for women called the Apex device that the FDA recently cleared for sale over-the-counter direct to the consumer. There is a definite need for this Apex device (www.dontpadtheproblem.com). It’s purpose is to strengthen and restore a woman’s pelvic floor muscles to help fight bladder leakage. This is great news to know a product like this exists when you consider a third of the female population suffer with this condition. Check out this informative video about the Apex device:
Did you know that childbirth is the number one reason a woman’s pelvic floor is weakened? The pelvic floor is a group of muscles at the base of the torso and responsible for supporting the internal organs. When the pelvic floor becomes stretched or weakened, a woman may experience bladder leakage when coughing, laughing, sneezing or exercising.
Strengthening the pelvic floor is important for every woman and Apex helps a woman do just that from the comfort and privacy of her own home. Hundreds of physicians have recommended the Apex to postpartum patients as treatment to restore their pelvic floor after childbirth.
It is an admirable goal that InControl Medical has in trying to reach out and inform women and hopefully help them before their problem becomes severe and they need a more expensive product or procedure. One of the company’s reps shared with me how rewarding it is to know the impact on someone’s life with the use of their various health products at InControl Medical!
I have had a very positive experience discussing and learning more about this incredibly helpful product for women like myself who may have had multiple children or are getting older and find our pelvic floor muscles lacking strength. Each of us may be getting to a point where we need to consider the Apex device . It can be a valued health product or tool to improve our current and future health. Given the opportunity, wouldn’t you like to help improve your pelvic floor muscles and prevent embarrassing moments or future risk for something worse? Now you can! InControl Medical is graciously offering a big discount on the Apex device for my readers here at Love2EncourageYou! Read more …
To learn more about the Apex device, please visit www.dontpadtheproblem.com. For the next 30 days, they will be offering $35 discount plus free shipping
Enter code at checkout: MBRH15
Don’t miss out on this special offer from InControl Medical for purchasing the Apex device at a large discount. If you know someone who could use a product like the Apex device, please share this post with them so they can take advantage of the special discount code too. I hope some of you will share in the comments below if you or someone you know could benefit from this great product. Thanks! I look forward to hearing from you.
Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou received renumeration for sharing about this product. However, I only share content I feel is of value or interest to my family and my readers.
Choosing to do some spring organizing of your home? Try out these great dresser drawer compartment organizers by Miu Color! They come in a variety of fashionable colors to compliment both men or women’s tastes in home decor.
There are tons of convenient ways to make good use of these adorable organizers and lots of things you can put in them to keep your home in tip top shape! When you purchase this organizer bundle from Miu Color you get three different varieties! Check out my handy checklist of potential items you could put in your organizer from Miu Color. This is only a sample list… I’m sure you could come up with a ton of other great things you can store inside these organizers too! Feel free to share your ideas with me in the comments below.
What could you store neatly in these organizers from Miu Color?
socks (Can we say “lifesaver”?!! No more lost and mismatched socks!)
children’s shirts or pants
baby onesies (so wish I had this when I had my last child!)
hats, scarf or gloves
craft supplies (totally love it for this purpose!)
collectible cards (Yes, my hubby and son wanted to take my organizers for this purpose! lol)
video games or controllers (even Leapster cartridges or games)
Disney Infinity Figures and Discs (very helpful!)
Nintendo Amiibo Figures (very helpful!)
important cables and phone chargers for household electronics
new batteries of all types (I use to have to hunt thru a messy drawer to find the right batteries!)
pet food containers or pet toys (we conveniently store everything we need for our pet right under his cage using this handy organizer!)
party favors and activity supplies (I’m a planner, so this worked well for me prepping for future kids parties and get togethers)
school supplies (Yes! My homeschool supplies have a sense of order now and the kids know right where to find things.)
office supplies (Can anyone else relate to needing this badly?)
small collectibles, treasured memories like photos or rare antiques
small kids board books
everything else you can imagine!
Miu Color also offers a neat handy shopping bag that easily folds into a tiny square to take in your purse or briefcase or diaper bag and pull it out when you need it most. I recently went to a convention and found this bag to be a life saver for gathering and collecting all the business cards, paperwork, swag and freebies or review items offered to me at the convention. I got to keep them all safely in one place and still had room for more! (And I got a lot of stuff that day! lol. )
This bag is a nice fashionable color and they offer many other color choices for your preference. Buy this awesome foldable shopping bag today and take it with you everywhere!
Visit Miu Color today and pick up some GREAT gifts at affordable prices!
Check out this wonderful adventure for toddler to early elementary aged kids to enjoy with the new DVD called Caillou Helps Out. (This is a review of the upcoming release on DVD.) Caillou Helps Out will be available for purchase on June 16 for $12.99 SRP.
PBS Kids always brings the best in entertainment and educational value to our homes, and this time is no different. I adore the gentle loving nature of the Caillou show and how it establishes great family and moral values teaching kids learning concepts of all different sorts along the way.
I highly recommend this new DVD, Caillou Helps Out. My kids always end up roll playing the scenes and begging me to help them do some of the activities that Caillou or his sister do in the show whenever we watch this new video – such as making tasty snacks, or wanting costume accessory help so they can play Captain Caillou!
This DVD includes 7 heart-warming stories on the DVD including:
Caillou Makes a Meal
Emma’s Extra Snacks
The Untidy Classroom
Movie is approx. 60 minutes * Widescreen
Please consider making a purchase of this great new kids DVD “Caillou Helps Out” by PBSKids starting June 16! Every purchase keeps PBS going and kids growing. Visit PBSKIDS.org/caillou.
The Caillou shows always incorporate lots of cute ways for the DAD in the show to be a great role model and teacher of life skills to Caillou. This DVD would be a fun gift to give your kids close to Father’s Day so they can enjoy watching it together and be blessed by all the fun and adventures father and son do together in the show.
Thanks so much for visiting Love2EncourageYou today! Be sure to visit my Giveaways Page to enter to win a PBS Kids DVD or other cool prizes!
Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou received a sample copy in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own. However, I only share items I fell are of interest or value to my family and my readers.
Now available on DVD – Reading Rainbow: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie!! Check out this fun-filled story book adventure on DVD from Reading Rainbow and PBS Kids!
Join LaVar from Reading Rainbow as he takes you on all kinds of little learning adventures leading up to the reading of some of children’s favorite storybooks! You’ll visit a bowling alley, cooking in the kitchen with LaVar Burton and more! It’s tons of fun on these excursions – my daughter says they are the best part! She loves them!
Reading Rainbow: Starring LeVar Burton
Take a look, it’s in a book, a Reading Rainbow! For over 30 years, this beloved children’s television series has been bringing stories to life. Hosted by acclaimed actor LeVar Burton (Remember Star Trek Next Generation? I loved him in that show!) journey to exciting places and build a lasting connection with your favorite books.
Episodes included in this DVD:
1. If You Give A Mouse A Cookie – Celebrity Reader: Beth Howland
Beth Howland reads If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, the tale of a little boy who offers a cookie to a mouse. Watch as one thing leads to another, showing how actions lead to consequences. Finally, see a domino expert build world class displays. (This totally thrilled both my four year old son and my eight year old daughter!)
2. Owen – Celebrity Reader: Matthew Broderick
It’s easy to get flashbacks while watching Reading Rainbow. Now it’s LeVar’s turn, as he gets in touch with visions of his boyhood. Matthew Broderick reads Owen, about a little mouse who’s very attached to his security blanket and doesn’t want to give it up, even if it means he will be teased when he starts school. ( I was very happy for LeVar Burton making his dreams come true personally by writing his own children’s book and having it published! Now to have the famous actor Matthew Broderick (also one of my favorites) share LeVar’s story called Owen in this video – it must have been a dream come true for LeVar! I love to see those kind of dreams come true!)
3. Two Old Potatoes and Me – Celebrity Reader: Jordan Puryear
Jordan Puryear reads Two Old Potatoes and Me, about a girl who works with her father to reuse two old potatoes by replanting the sprouts to grow a whole new crop. LeVar, working with his daughter, is inspired to make potato dishes from recipes in the book. (Some delicious recipes to try and a lot of fun seeing father and daughter making them together.)
4. Mr. George Baker – Celebrity Reader: Wayne Brady
(Be inspired!) Wayne Brady narrates the story of an elderly man who decides to go back to school to learn to read, even though he is almost 100, and his relationship with his young neighbor as they wait for the bus every day. It’s never too late to make your dreams a reality!
I have always enjoyed Reading Rainbow, and now to see it with my own children all these years has been such a blessing! I really enjoyed this particular collection of shows in this DVD. I hope your family will be blessed by it too. Reading is supposed to be fun, exciting, adventurous and full of smiles – Reading Rainbow and LeVar Burton accomplish bringing that to life within this DVD.
Get excited about your next bedtime story and pick up this great video called Reading Rainbow: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie from PBS Kids and PBS Distribution to enjoy having the story read to both parent and child! This DVD includes 4 classic episodes from Reading Rainbow. Enjoy this together and make reading and learning fun! Available for purchase on DVD today!
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Welcome friends! The summer weather is practically upon us and that means it’s time to start getting serious about taking care of our skin health in the sunshine.
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month! I’ve teamed up with a bunch of other great bloggers to share the Sun Safety Giveaway hosted by pello and SwimZip (two mom inventors who are also both skin cancer survivors)! It means a lot to all of us especially because of the important message for sun safety. We have 8 amazing prizes for you to win!! There is also a great infographic you can share that will help spread awareness for Skin Cancer Awareness Month (May).
Directions: Please enter using the Rafflecopter form below.
Location: Open to US Residents only.
Date: Ends May 26th.
Thank you so much for participating and remember to care for your skin!