“Si-cology” by Uncle Si from Duck Dynasty #Giveaway

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Christian Values and Clean Humor Abound

How do you describe such an incredible honor? I was recently blessed with the rare review opportunity to receive a signed copy of the book “Si-cology” by Uncle Si from Duck Dynasty on A&E! Special thanks to Family Christian Stores for allowing me to review this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

It has been so much fun scouring through page after page of Si’s stories based from experiences in his life. They are filled with humor, wisdom, and strong Christian values. These stories  do not disappoint and are just what you’d expect from America’s favorite “Uncle Si” with some great belly-laugh stories to cherish and read again and again. Did I mention all the awesome one-liners too?

Whether you were already a huge fan of Uncle Si’s wit and wisdom from Duck Dynasty, or if you are a new budding fan eager to explore all the fun-loving ways and crazy antics of this unique family – you are in for a real treat with this book! I highly recommend “Si cology” to be on your Christmas wish list along with the newest book coming out in September from this beloved Christian family titled, “UnPHILtered”.


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Here are some details of this new release coming soon:

In the #1 “New York Times” bestseller, Happy, Happy, Happy, we learned about Phil Robertson’s colorful past and the wild road to becoming the beloved patriarch of A&E’s smash hit show, “Duck Dynasty.” Now, Phil returns to share his philosophy on life, which can be summed up in five short words: Love God, love your neighbor.

UnPHILtered: The Way I See It is an inspirational and entertaining book, and one where you will discover what makes Phil Robertson tick. He shares his views on faith–and how it has totally changed his way of life and how he treats others; family–how he raised his kids and is raising grandkids while teaching them the life principles he lives by; ducks–and the business principles that started the Duck Commander empire; marriage–including what he’s learned from his own marriage; and of course, his opinions on controversial topics like gun control, taxes, prayer in school, and the government.

UnPHILtered balances Robertson’s sometimes off-the-wall comments with his strong focus on home and family life, and is sure to spark discussion, laughs, and a sincere appreciation for Phil’s unique approach to life.

I’m sure your favorite Duck Dynasty fan will be tickled with both of these great books from the Robertson family. I actually have one more surprise announcement to share with you from the world of Duck Dynasty: Willie’s daughter Sadie also has a book that releases in October! Written towards an audience of teen girls, Sadie’s new book is titled, “Live Original”.

Now it’s your chance to enter to win an autographed copy of “Si-cology”!

GIVEAWAY TIME!

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Prize: One winner to receive an autographed copy of Si Robertson’s book, “Si-cology”!

End Date: 09/30/2014

Age: Must be 18 years or older to enter

Country: Open to  residents of the USA only

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Grow Deeper In Your Walk With God

*Disclosure: I am an affiliate of Family Christian Stores. This means if you click on any of the links in this post or on this site from Family Christian Store and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission.

GROW DEEPER IN YOUR WALK WITH GOD

It’s going to be a truly blessed FALL here at Love2EncourageYou! There are so many things that touch my heart. One praise for instance is getting to spend more time with my children this year. I love having more time to teach them about the Lord,  and setting a good example for them in my own daily activities is so important. For this reason, I have taken on the challenge to read at least two new Christian books each month. This proves successful to strengthen my own personal relationship with God and to continue improving my example to my children and others around me. Won’t you join me on this quest for self improvement and a deeper walk with the Lord?

As a Family Christian Stores blogger, I have so much to be thankful for. It excites me to have so many rare and unique opportunities to share with my readers by bringing you reviews and giveaways this coming year. Be sure to follow our updates regularly from Family Christian Stores to learn about the newest books, movies, music and more coming out. I love getting their updates and seeing what’s new to find some great books to choose from for my personal reading challenge.

Here are a few titles for your consideration:

Living Courageously by Joyce Meyer

*I personally love the Joyce Meyer devotionals. What a remarkable woman of God who has the drive and passion to share all she knows about the love and faithfulness of God with so many in this world. – Rebecca*


New from Joyce Meyer, Living Courageously: PreBuy now at FamilyChristian.com

Fear commonly affects our ability to live fully, holding us back from what enriches our lives and the lives of others. But our quality of life will improve when we learn how to be courageous in the face of fear.

In Living Courageously: You Can Face Anything, Just Do It Afraid, Joyce Meyer explains how, as Christians, we can overcome the paralyzing power of fear by calling upon the Lord. “Fear not” is written throughout the Bible. God knows His children will be confronted with fear, but He can help us resist it.

It is your inherited right as a child of God to live life to the fullest and to enjoy it. Joyce will encourage you to be expectant as you learn to conquer fear, become all God wants you to be, and do all He wants you to do. With a blend of personal insight and inspiring Scripture, this book will help you employ the power of God to overcome fear and achieve your best.

You Can You Will by Joel Osteen


New from Joel Osteen, You Can You Will: PreBuy now at FamilyChristian.com

In YOU CAN, YOU WILL, Joel Osteen identifies the eight irrefutable traits and attributes of highly successful people. These personal qualities are tested through the ages and all types of circumstances. The practical principles guide the lives of champions are:
Create bold visions – Dare to dream big dreams. Run your own race – Focus on your unique course and goals. Think positively – Control your thoughts and attitudes.Expect Good things to happen-Anticipate great opportunities.Stay Passionate – Light the fire within and approach life with enthusiasm.Commit to excellence – Do your best and maintain high standards. Keep growing – Deal withyour weaknesses and continually improve.Serve Others – Invest yourself in others.

AD 30 by Ted Dekker


Ted Dekker, A.D. 30: PreBuy now at FamilyChristian.com

In A.D. 30, you’ll step back into the year of our Lord, and dive head first into a war that is raging between kingdoms on the earth and in the heart.

The outcast daughter of one of the most powerful Bedouin sheikhs in Arabia, Maviah is called on to protect the very people who rejected her. When their enemies launch a sudden attack with devastating consequences, Maviah escapes with the help of two of her father’s warriors–Saba who speaks more with is sword than his voice and Judah, a Jew who comes from a tribe that can read the stars.

From there, Maviah must secure an unlikely alliance with King Herod of the Jews. It would be a journey filled with great danger. If they can even survive the vast trek across the desert, they will enter into a brutal world run by kings and emperors.

On the way, Maviah crosses paths unexpectedly with another man. An enigmatic teacher who speaks of a way in this life which offers greater power than any kingdom. His name is Yeshua, and his words turn everything known on its head. Though following him may present even greater danger, his may be the only way for Maviah to save her people–and herself.

Jesus Daily: 365 Interactive Devotions by Aaron Tabor


New from Aaron Tabor, Jesus Daily: PreBuy now at FamilyChristian.com

Based on the major themes found on the most active Facebook page in history, Jesus Daily is a 365-day interactive devotional that goes beyond even the fan page to create a deeper experience and cultural movement that celebrates your redemption in Christ. It presents a devotional thought but also challenges you to respond to each daily reflection using a variety of social media tools.

 

*Thank you for taking the time to consider each of these new books from some top Christian authors. I hope they will be an inspiration and a blessing to your personal commitment to grow deeper in your own walk with the Lord. Many blessings to each of you.

- Rebecca at Love2EncourageYou

*Disclosure: I am an affiliate of Family Christian Stores. This means if you click on any of the links in this post or on this site from Family Christian Store and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission.

Peg + Cat: Chickens On The Loose And Other Really Big Problems NEW DVD PBS #Review

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Disclosure: Special thanks to PBS KIDS for sending us a copy of this DVD in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own and may differ from that of others. However, I only review/share items I feel are of interest to my family and my readers.

Kids Learn All Sorts of Math Concepts

What an adorable and thoroughly entertaining children’s animated DVD! “Peg + Cat: Chickens On The Loose And Other Really Big Problems ” by PBS KIDS  is a fun, witty and educational show that leaves both kids and adults laughing and singing along to the show.

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What’s so special about Peg + Cat: Chickens On The Loose And Other Really Big Problems? For starters, kids learn all sorts of math concepts in a fun sing-a-long sort of way while watching Peg + Cat dance a jig, chase chickens and other silly antics. My children are big on singing and dancing and they ADORE this show! It’s also filled with humor and clever visual comedy that bring a smile throughout the video. The appeal with this cartoon is so contagious, even I can’t help laughing and finding myself absorbed into the Peg + Cat show too. If you have little ones that love to learn, enjoy a good laugh and find cats, pigs, chickens, dinosaurs, pirates and giants to be interesting characters to watch – then make sure to pick up your copy of Peg + Cat on DVD when it releases in September! Watch this cute clip below to take a sneak peak!

 

My favorite part of this great children’s DVD would be all the fantastic math lessons that are so cleverly introduced, repeated and summarized by the time the episode wraps up at the end. Your children will learn counting into the teen digits, counting to 100, proper size, addition facts to 10, counting backwards by 5′s, skip counting by twos, geometric shapes, learning to count floors/levels in a building, lengths, problem solving skills, and so much more! It is a series of helpful math lessons all packaged into one super fun video learning experience! Just like PBS KIDS to create such a phenomenal children’s program that is not only lots of fun, but full of educational value that parents and teachers can approve of.

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My family gives Peg + Cat: Chickens On The Loose And Other Really Big Problems DVD a 5 Star rating for family fun and educational value in math, problem solving, and the value of friendship. Not to mention it’s really funny! :)

My kids say their favorite part is when Peg sings, “I’ve got chickens all over me”. lol. She literally has a ton of little chicks sitting on her head and shoulders in that scene. So cute!

PEG + CAT: CHICKENS ON THE LOOSE AND OTHER REALLY BIG PROBLEMS” will be available on September 9, 2014. The DVD run time is approximately 100 minutes and its SRP is $12.99. In addition to featuring eight fun-filled stories, the DVD also includes special features – printable coloring pages and activities.

Hope you enjoy this fantastic new DVD from PBS KIDS when it comes out in September! We love it for viewing as a family, for homeschooling Math reinforcement, and just for fun for the little ones. I’m sure your children will be greatly entertained by it too.

Follow Love2EncourageYou on Facebook all this weekend to be part of all the fun and surprises for our 3rd Blogiversary Giveaway and Labor Day Weekend! We are giving away a PBS Nature series DVD in our 3rd Blogiversary Giveaway so don’t miss it!

Love2EncourageYou’s 3rd Blogiversary Giveaway $189 in Prizes

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Celebrate with us as Love2EncourageYou Blog gives thanks for it’s 3rd Blogiversary!

It’s our turn to say thank you to all of you – our dear readers – for making this day possible! We appreciate all your support, prayers, comments, suggestions, fun ideas, and awesome submissions for stories, recipes, photo contests and more! Special thanks also goes out to our wonderful sponsors along the way the past 3 years, and a big thanks to those who were kind and generous in offering the prizes for today’s giveaway!

We have $189 in prizes being offered with 8 winners!

3rd Blogiversary Prizes and Sponsors:

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  • One winner to receive an LED Teeth Whitening Kit from Smile Brilliant which includes shipping! (Coupon used to redeem from their website – $129.90 value!)
  • Five winners will each receive a $5.00 Gift Card from Family Christian Stores!
  • One winner to receive a brand new “Leave It To Beavers” DVD from PBS Nature series! A $19.99 value!
  • Lash Lengthening Mascara from Mary Kay Cosmetics! $15.00 value! (Cindy – independent consultant sponsored)

Host: Rebecca at Love2EncourageYou

RULES: Must be 18 years or older to enter.  Open to residents of the USA only. Void where prohibited.

DATES: Starts at 1:00am EST 08/28/2014 and Ends on 09/03/2014 at 11:59pm EST.

Disclosure: This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest. Love2EncourageYou received sample copies from some of the sponsors providing giveaway items here today in exchange for an honest review. You can read those reviews on other blog posts on this site. Love2EncourageYou and the other bloggers promoting this event are not responsible for sponsor prize distribution.

PBS Nature: Leave It To Beavers DVD #Review #Giveaway

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Calling all Nature fans! Homeschoolers, Educators, teachers, kids, parents,  and lovers of nature or lovers of beavers – it’s time to experience and appreciate the incredible lives of beavers in “Leave It To Beavers” DVD from the PBS nature series!

Disclosure: Special thanks to PBS Distribution for allowing me to review this wonderful film with my family in exchange for an honest review.

Amidst their own natural settings where wildlife thrive, this amazing documentary video about the lives of beavers is both extremely informative and very entertaining. Both my younger children (ages 3 and 7 yrs) watched the video along with me during this review.  I was so impressed at how well it kept their attention, and it created questions in their minds that sparked interest and imagination and that leads to real learning. My 7 yr old was completely chatty and interactive throughout the entire video! She even got out all their little animal figures and started role playing scenes from the movie. I love to see a video encourage their imaginations and promote that kind of active play.

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You literally will fall in love with beavers by watching this “Leave It To Beavers” DVD! You experience each stage of a beaver’s life, witness their breath-taking talents in engineering, and are moved by the amazing stories shared by trappers, and rehab specialists who help injured beavers recover and get introduced back into the wild. It is truly a sight to see!

I’m really not sure what my favorite part of the film was because there are just so many fascinating facts, gorgeous scenes and landscapes, adorable close-ups of both beavers and other wild life in their natural setting – plus many heart-warming stories to be enjoyed during this “Leave It To Beavers” nature video by PBS Distribution. We absolutely loved this DVD from start to finish! A must see!

My family gives this “Leave It To Beavers” DVD a 5 star rating for excellence in education and entertainment! Way to go, PBS!!

Here are a few facts from the official press release:

“NATURE: LEAVE IT TO BEAVERS”

EXPLORES NATURE’S GREATEST HYDRO-ENGINEERS

 

***PBS Distribution has released “NATURE: LEAVE IT TO BEAVERS” on DVD July 8. The beaver, more than any other animal, is responsible for creating fertile landscapes across North America, but it hasn’t gotten much recognition for that accomplishment until now. A growing number of scientists, conservationists and grass-roots environmentalists have come to regard beavers as overlooked tools in reversing the effects of global warming and world-wide water shortages. These industrious rodents are adept at controlling water and have been doing so for thousands of years. LEAVE IT TO BEAVERS tells the story of beavers in North America – their history, their near extinction, and their current comeback as modern day eco-heroes. 

LEAVE IT TO BEAVERS” is currently available on DVD. The run time of this program is approximately 60 minutes. The DVD SRP is $19.99. The program will also be available for digital download.

Millions of beavers once dominated the landscapes of Europe, Asia and North America. But when it was discovered that their fur made fantastic felt hats they were trapped to near extinction for the sake of fashion. It wasn’t until hats fell out of style that the population could slowly begin to recover and re-establish itself.

Yet as beavers reclaimed their ancestral ponds, they found themselves at odds with the humans who had moved in and developed the land in their absence. They gained a reputation as pests, the source of flooded properties and ruined roads, and were trapped and hunted all over again in an attempt to stop the damage. But it was a war the beavers continued to win, until a “beaver whisperer” in Canada came up with a plan to manipulate where the beavers built. It’s a win-win solution he plans to share with others who fight a losing war with beavers.

Beavers are devoted to their work as dam builders and they are born equipped and ready for the job. Their continuously growing, self-sharpening incisors strengthened with iron are the perfect tools of the trade. Not only do they help beavers fell the hundreds of trees they need to dam a river, they also come in handy for meals because beavers are vegetarians that gnaw through bark to eat the sugary layer underneath.

Every beaver family works together to build their dams of stone, logs and mud.  They erect sturdy lodges with secret entrances and exits and excavate deep channels in ponds that help retain water in arid environments. And as they work, broad meadows, rich with silt, and new ponds are created. 

By the 1990s, scientists began to notice and investigate the effects beavers were having on the landscape and to document the results. A dramatic example is what happened to Nevada’s Suzie Creek, transformed by beavers from a desert to a veritable garden supporting wildlife such as sandhill cranes and mule deer.

LEAVE IT TO BEAVERS” introduces viewers to an animal rehab expert who teaches a rescued orphan beaver the skills he’ll need to survive in the wild, and to hairdresser Sherri Tippie, the top live trapper of the species in North America, who rescues unwanted beavers in the Denver suburbs and then places them with farmers and beaver enthusiasts who eagerly provide new homes for them. Whether displaced from their pond, now part of a new housing development, or singled out for gnawing on trees at a golf course, Tippie has relocated over 1,000 beavers to date and her chief priority remains to keep families together. According to Tippie, “We’re asking so much of these animals and we’re displacing them. They’ve moved into a place where they should be and we don’t want them there. So if we’re going to mess around with them then we need to treat them as well as possible and then put them at a place where they can live out their lives.”  ***

GIVEAWAY TIME!

Want a chance to win this DVD? Keep coming back each day during our 3rd Blogiversary Giveaway Event here at Love2EncourageYou August 28-September 3 for daily chances to enter! Many sponsors offering a variety of family friendly prizes during our 3rd Blogiversary including your chance to win this “Leave It To Beavers” DVD from PBS Distribution!

GO HERE to ENTER GIVEAWAY

Disclosure: This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Open to USA residents only. Love2EncourageYou is not responsible for sponsor prize delivery.

 

Just Released! Boxcar Children DVD by PBSKIDS – Review and Giveaway

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Disclosure: I received an advanced copy of this DVD in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own and may differ from others. However, I only review and share items I feel are a good fit for my family and my readers.

Simply Delightful – A Must See!

Look what’s coming out on DVD Today, August 19th! This delightful and heart-warming story of the Boxcar Children is a hit with our family! Read more about it in our review below:

Four orphaned and homeless children who work together to survive and come across an abandoned boxcar.  After a little creativity and hard work, they soon have the boxcar looking like home. The film portrays all the elements of the wonderful book series with manners, hard work, caring for others, and compassion. Kids will enjoy the entertaining aspects of the colorful animation, and fabulous storyline. It was a joy to watch this film together as a family and be able to discuss what was happening with my little ones. There are many great life lessons to learn throughout.

The DVD features an awesome, all-star cast of voice actors, including Academy Award Nominee Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now), who stars as the voice of the grandfather and plays a fantastic part. There’s also some favorite stars like J.K. Simmons (Spiderman), Zach Gordon (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Joey King (Fargo), Mackenzie Foy (Twilight series), and Jadon Sand (LEGO: The Movie) who all do a tremendous job with voice acting in the very first full-length, animated feature adaptation of Gertrude Chandler Warner’s best-selling classic!  A great family movie that is to be enjoyed by any age. Highly Recommended!!

You can purchase a copy of the Boxcar Children on DVD at Walmart.

GIVEAWAY TIME!

Want to win a copy of this fantastic family movie on DVD? Enter to win the Boxcar Children DVD Today! Must be 18 years or older to enter. Open to USA and Canada. One entry per mailing address. Winner will be chosen using Random.org. See additional rules in disclosure below.

To ENTER the Giveaway:

Leave a comment on this blog post sharing your favorite children’s or family movie.

- Rebecca at Love2EncourageYou

*Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC, for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Love2EncourageYou is not responsible for shipment of prize.

Joyful and Moving – Gold City Hymn Revival Cd

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Disclosure: I was blessed to receive a copy of this cd for review in exchange for my honest opinion. I only share things I feel would be of value to my family and my readers. This post contains affiliate links. This means when you click on a link and make a purchase, I will receive a small monetary commission. I am a Family Christian Stores blogger.

Passionate and Inspiring

Let God’s Spirit fill the house when you listen, and sing or tap along to the refreshing sounds of Gold City Hymn Revival. What a nice mix of Gospel quartet and favorite hymns! You are going to love this wonderful new cd from Gold City coming out this Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at Family Christian Stores!

The latest cd by Gold City is both joyful and moving. The music is encouraging and made me feel like I was reliving college days at Liberty University enjoying all the great Christian concerts from top known music artists. I believe Gold City has a place in the hearts of several generations. Their music shares their passion for living a life after God’s own heart. Good variation in song speeds and of course awesome vocal range among it’s members.

I recommend picking up a copy of the newest Gold City album titled, “Gold City Hymn Revival” this Tuesday, August 19, 2014 from a Family Christian Store near you or through the Family Christian online store. Would make a nice gift for family or friends anytime of year, and during the coming holiday season.

Read the full press release below: (used with permission)

Gold City’s ‘Hymn Revival’ Releases August 19
Franklin, Tenn- August 13, 2014- New Haven Records recently announced the debut of Southern Gospel legend Gold City’s new hymn project, Hymn Revival, their first hymn recording since 1999. The new project includes such inspirational classics as “In Christ Alone” and “The Power of the Cross” in addition to such traditional hymns as “Great is Thy Faithfulness” and “I Need Thee Every Hour.”
Hymn Revival, co-produced by Gold City’s Danny Riley and multiple Academy of Country Music award-winning artist and musician, Gordon Mote, combines both a musical freshness and lyrical timelessness that appeals to today’s broad gospel and inspirational fan-base.
News of the record’s release was dampened by the late-breaking health issues of Gold City’s co-founder and award-winning bass singer, Tim Riley, who was sidelined by a mild stroke he experienced in Lawrenceburg, TN in late July.  Danny Riley comments, “Dad is in good hands and receiving great care. In fact, he is going home on Thursday, August 14 and we are hoping for a full recovery. In the meantime, these great hymns have brought us comfort and confidence—as they have for believers down through the centuries.”
Ken Harding, New Haven’s president, concurs, “Gold City is one of Southern Gospel’s most beloved groups and Tim Riley has been its foundation—both musically and otherwise—for more than three decades. We are honored to call them “family.” Our prayers and wishes go out to Tim, his family and the whole group as he continues to recover.”
Hymn Revival is available for pre-sale on iTunes now and releases August 19 in Family Christian Stores, Lifeway Christian Stores, iTunes, and wherever great gospel music is sold.
About Gold City Quartet:
Gold City is one of America’s premiere gospel vocal groups. Haling from Gadsden, AL, the legendary group has won more than 60 Singing News Fan Awards, recorded over 40 projects, been touring for more than 33 years, and won multiple Dove Awards. For additional information, go to www.goldcityqt.com.
About New Haven Records:
New Haven Records is a Nashville-based music corporation that includes label, publishing, and film companies. For almost three decades, they have focused on the uniquely American genres of Black Gospel, Southern Gospel, and Country & Bluegrass Gospel. New Haven’s product is distributed to the mainstream through SONY Distribution and to the Christian marketplace through Provident Music Distribution. For additional information, go to www.newhavenrecords.com
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- Rebecca at Love2EncourageYou

Disclosure: I was blessed to receive a copy of this cd for review in exchange for my honest opinion. My opinions are my own and may differ from that of others. However, I only share things I feel would be of value to my family and my readers. This post contains affiliate links. This means when you click on a link and make a purchase, I will receive a small monetary commission. I am a Family Christian Stores blogger.

 

Kids Academy Co Preschool Apps for #iPad and #iPhone

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Learning Apps for iPad and iPhone from Kids Academy Co

It’s been a good experience for my 3 year old son to learn and explore educational tasks in the fun learning apps from Kids Academy Co. My 7 year old daughter seems to enjoy them too for extra practice. The have many varieties for your family to try including the three apps included in today’s review.

Disclosure: Please note that Love2EncourageYou received monetary compensation in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of others. However, I only share reviews on items I feel are a good fit for my family and my readers.

  1. Kids Puzzles Preschool Math Games for Girls and Boys

  2. Preschool & Kindergarten Learning Kids Games – Free for Toddlers and Preschool Children

  3. Learn To Read & Write Kid’s Puzzles

Here’s a glimpse at each app we reviewed:

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Kids Puzzles Preschool Math Games for Girls and Boys: This app gives the student one tracing game (which is adorable) to try with three chances at the writing practice for learning numbers. You get to trace each of the three numbers twice in a row for additional practice. It’s super cute as the child traces over the numbers collecting fireflies that are then placed in a jar for the child once the number trace is complete. Both my children liked this jar with the fireflies game for practicing math. They felt tracing this way was easy to practice and a lot of fun. My 7 year old would have liked the paid version even more to unlock more numbers right away to keep her engaged longer, but my 3 year old loved the free version and just kept playing it over and over again gaining that helpful writing and number practice.

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Preschool & Kindergarten Learning Kids Games – Free For Toddlers and Preschool Children: This app includes three games. One was rhyming words and pictures with mazes. Another impressive game was learning upper and lower case letter recognition, phonics, and spelling. It kept the kids attention and covered multiple educational skills in language arts. Finally it included the math tracing numbers game with the fireflies like the app above.  All the games in the app have value in education and are smooth and easy for kids to try. The game prompts the child with a pointing hand to click on the word “continue” when ready to go to the next page or section of the game app.

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Learn To Read & Write Kid’s Puzzles: There are three mini games in this one: Easy Mazes, Rhyming Words (which also uses mazes) and Upper and Lower Case Letters. I’m impressed with the options to trace letters and all the praise and fanfare the game gives the child when they are done. It drops streamers and you see and hear the trumpets blast. Very cute! My son was repeating the cheers of praise saying, “Excellent!” or “You rock!” This free version allows you to play upper and lower case letters to trace. The feature for doing rhymes with a maze is super cute too that the kids seemed to enjoy. It would help young readers practice spelling 3 letter words also. Adorable animal characters and fun sounds help engage kids and hold their attention.

Overall Summary: My children enjoyed trying these colorful and educational apps from Kids Academy Co. Each FREE version app from Kids Academy Co. includes about 3 mini games. Within each free version, they usually include three letters, numbers or 3 chances at writing practice. You can see other free apps or paid versions available from Kids Academy Co. scrolling at the top of the home screen for your convenience if you wish to experience some of their other fun learning apps. You can purchase these apps for a small fee and unlock the full versions of these games. The paid versions of these apps would be an inexpensive and great addition to any homeschool curriculum, or for moms who want their kids to get some daily practice on much needed skills in a fun, entertaining and portable way. The free versions are very helpful and certainly enjoyable for toddlers and lower elementary age kids, but somewhat short. I recommend trying the paid versions for the value and the small cost.

- Rebecca at Love2EncourageYou

Disclosure: Please note that Love2EncourageYou received monetary compensation in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of others. However, I only share reviews on items I feel are a good fit for my family and my readers.

YumEarth Organic Fruit Snacks #Giveaway

It’s Giveaway Time here at Love2EncourageYou! Here’s a special guest post giveaway event for our readers to enter:

Welcome to the YumEarth Back to School Giveaway

Sponsored By: YumEarth

Hosted By: CrazyAboutDeals.com

YumEarth Back to School Giveaway

Thanks to YumEarth, Crazy About Deals, and an awesome group of bloggers, you get the chance to win 50 packs of YumEarth Organics Fruit Snacks!

About YumEarth:

We believe YumEarth tastes better because we choose real fruit extracts and planet friendly ingredients
grown on sustainable family farms to sweeten our lives and yours…and because we love spectacular flavor
and hand craft all our flavors to make them all tart and bright and delicious!

It is Back to School time and one of the concerns of parents are what your kids are eating for snacks. YumEarth candy are great alternatives for other candy. They are made with all-natural ingredients, no artificial colors or artificial dyes, no gluten, no peanuts, and no tree-nuts. They get to have tasty treats while you have to worry less about them eating all the other stuff found in other candies.

YumEarth was generous to give Crazy About Deals a free pack of YumEarth Organics Fruit Snacks to review. Read all about Crazy About Deals’s review of YumEarth.

Now it’s time to check out this generous prize being offered by YumEarth! I know my little ones would love it! 50 packs! Wow! – Rebecca at Love2EncourageYou

Crazy About Deals YumEarth Organics Fruit Snacks Review

The Giveaway ends 8/21 at 11:59 pm EST

Prize: 50 packs of YumEarth Organics Fruit Snacks

Be sure to complete the mandatory entry on the Rafflecopter.

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KIDS CORNER: Disney Creativity Studio App Review

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(picture created using Disney Creativity Studio App. The artist – my daughter – age 7, says it’s Kung Fu Panda)

Here is a fun-loving guest post brought to you from my sweet 7 year old daughter, “M”!  (With a little help from mommy of course)

*Disclosure: This is just a fun review done on a free app for iPad by my daughter with mommy’s help. No compensation was given for this post.

My 7 Year Old Daughter “M” Shares Her First Blog Post & Review:

This is the Disney Creativity Studio App for the iPad. The app was available for free from iTunes when we added it to our collection. When you first come in you have choices of which kind of movie characters you would like to draw. You can choose from: Disney Princesses, Mickey Mouse Club House, Mickey & Friends, Minnie Mouse Boutique, Monster’s University, Sophia the First, Jake & The Neverland Pirates, and Doc McStuffins.

Once you’ve made your choice, you have four options for coloring. There’s Activities, Learn To Draw, Draw Your Own, or My Artwork. If you go into Activities, you have three choices of what type of activity you want to do. You can do Learn To Draw, Coloring Pages, or Dot to Dot pictures. There are lots of colors and tools to paint or design with. There are frames and different backgrounds to choose from, plus cute character stamps to enhance your picture. (Side note for parents: Make someone’s day extra special by sharing your child’s creations online through email right from the app. There’s an icon in the top left corner – one of which is an envelope shape to send email. The parent enters a 3 digit code to access it and then you can mail your star’s artwork to Daddy, Grandma, Aunts and more.)

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My favorite part of Disney Creativity Studio is getting to try “Draw Your Own”. There are many useful tools and different colors to help be extra creative and original. There are interactive swirls of color that bounce around the screen when activated leaving a spray paint type of trail. It makes for a very cool look to your master piece! I enjoy choosing all the different backgrounds for each character and the fun stamps you can add to your picture. Here are a few of my master pieces below (and one from little brother). I hope you enjoy!

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(from my 3 yr old son, “G”)

**This  Disney Creativity Studio app gets a big round of applause from both my 7 yr old daughter and my 3 yr old son. This mommy approves too! :) Thanks for reading! More cute “Kid Corner” posts and reviews to come from “M”. Please leave a comment to support my daughter on her very first blog post. She is super excited and wants to be a blogger like mommy when she grows up! Haha! Have a blessed day everyone!

- Rebecca at Love2EncourageYou & my sweet 7 yr old daughter, “M”

*Disclosure: All pictures were created using the Disney Creativity Studio App for iPad.

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