Thumbs Up for Mickey Matson and the Pirate’s Code DVD

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Need Fun Family Entertainment? Look No Further!

Mickey Matson and the Pirate’s Code is a great family film that shines above movies considered just appropriate for families. This film tries hard to create a fun and exciting atmosphere aimed for elementary to preteen ages as it is filled with “spy gear and scavenger hunt” types of elements throughout the film. We just loved the humor and comedy segments built into it as well! An absolute joy to watch for my younger kiddos with lots of twists and surprises in the plot, and we as adults found it enjoyable too. Christopher Lloyd of course shines as always in any film he is in and we are particular fond of his character in the Mickey Matson series as the grandfather. (Find out how he manages to make an appearance and positive impact in this new film!) We loved his part in the original movie called, “The Adventures of Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Treasure”.

We loved so many parts of the movie with the lead characters rolling down the sand after getting kidnapped to the super cool vehicle and gadgets they get to try out! However, I think our favorite part actually was not something in the film, but rather something they left out and included in the bloopers on the DVD. Be sure to watch the bloopers after you buy the film and keep an ear out for someone talking about a “dolphin”. My kids were rewinding this particular moment over and over – it made them laugh that much!

We will definitely be looking forward to more Mickey Matson films to follow! Thanks Pure Flix!

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About the movie:
Releases on DVD June 2, 2015
91 Minutes // Genre: Adventure // Rating:  NR
In this follow up to Mickey Matson and the Copperhead Treasure, Mickey Matson is at it again; this time pitted against the evil Admiral Ironsides and his gang of pirates who are intent on destroying civilization.  They’re new invention, the Tesla Coil, is a weapon of mass destruction that will send an electromagnetic pulse throughout the world, destroying every electronic device in existence.  With the help of a secret organization, Mickey and his best friend Sully embark on a mission to stop the pirates from taking over a submarine and stealing the last part needed to complete their devastating weapon.  If Admiral Ironsides succeeds in his plan, civilization will be sent back to the Stone Age.  It’s a race against time, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance.
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Twitter:  @MickeyMatson


Official Website:  http://mickeymatson.com

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Enter to win a copy of the new Mickey Matson and the Pirates Cove DVD!  Enter to win this for yourself or a friend or family member today!

Date: Ends 6/27 at midnight EST!

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Old Fashioned DVD Makes Great Date Night Movie

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Make it a Movie Night with Old Fashioned!

Hello again my sweet friends and fans! I am so glad you dropped by today. I have a wonderful movie, book and devotional to share about that I think many of you would enjoy. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this post too for your chance to win ALL THREE! The new Pure Flix film called “Old Fashioned” has been released on DVD and it actually impressed me! I do not feel the movie trailers do it justice. This film is a great fit for those interested in a good date night movie. It also works if you’re desiring to show something to your teen about courtship and dating or how to respect women while dating. I think married couples will get a real kick out of reminiscing their dating years as they watch this film too. I adore the way they laced elements of Biblical themes, and real life issues into the movie. So many of these incidents have actually come up in our lives and it is tough going through the way friends, family, and coworkers respond to your standards when you make a firm choice in your beliefs. I like seeing the way the actor handles these incidents in the film and the supporting characters in response.

Get the Book and Devotional Too!

There is also a great book released from Old Fashioned as well as an awesome devotional book! Of course reading the book to compare with the movie is always fun! I find it adds new perspective and value as it allows you to go even deeper into the message in the movie. Well written, enjoyable pace, and pleasant descriptions of the atmosphere, romance and other fun and important elements. I think you’ll find it a good read!

I was also especially happy to see how much helpful content they included in this devotional book designed to compliment the film. I highly recommend taking the time to enjoy and go through a devotional book like this with your boyfriend, fiancee or spouse. I find there can be so many great conversations that develop because of it that really help you bond as a couple and allow God to help your hearts mesh and grow closer as you keep Him and His standards first in your life. It will also increase your desire to pray together or for each other which is a something I very strongly recommend for any couple.

The Old Fashioned movie is a fabulous date night film that I believe you will enjoy highly. I particularly giggled at the thought of a few scenes that I could totally relate to and found myself taken back to my college years dating my hubby. I loved the conclusion at the end of the film of course, but I won’t dare spoil it on you… just make sure you get to see it! My dear husband’s comments I just have to share with you though… after the film ended he looked at me with his dimpled grin on his face and said, “So now you must really wish you had married a different guy, right?” The next morning he awoke smiling from ear to ear at me and proceeded to come give me a kiss … only on the cheek (watch the movie to see the significance) and said he had to do something special for his wife right away like make my favorite breakfast.  (Now ladies… don’t expect the royal treatment from every guy after they see this movie, but I just had to share I was lucky enough to have one that “got it” after watching this film. lol.) Run! Don’t walk… and get this film in your hands pronto! You could have a nice romantic evening and changed perspective for both of you on how a relationship as a couple could be real soon! Blessings to each of you who get the chance to do this and encourage positive reflection and nurturing of your relationship. I pray God’s greatest blessings upon the current marriages too who find a way to rekindle that which might be lost and invite God to become the center of all your thoughts towards each other.

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About the movie:
DVD Releases on June 16, 2015
115 minutes // Genre: Drama // Rating PG-13
 A romantic-drama, OLD FASHIONED centers on Clay Walsh, a former frat boy who gives up his reckless carousing and now runs an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town. There, he has become notorious for his lofty and outdated theories on love and romance as well as for his devout belief in God. When Amber Hewson, a free-spirited young woman with a restless soul, drifts into the area and rents the apartment above his shop, she finds herself surprisingly drawn to his strong faith and noble ideas, which are new and intriguing to her. And Clay, though he tries to fight and deny it, simply cannot resist being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life. Ultimately, Clay must step out from behind his relational theories and Amber must overcome her own fears and deep wounds as the two of them, together, attempt the impossible: an “old-fashioned” and God-honoring courtship in contemporary America. 

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About the novelization:  
Softcover; 303 pages 
Turning his back on his reckless lifestyle, former frat boy Clay Walsh has settled down to turn an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town….and to purse lofty and outdated theories on love and romance.  But when Amber Hewson, a free-spirited woman with a gypsy soul, rents the apartment above his shop, Clay can’t help being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life.  Amber also finds herself surprisingly drawn to Clay, but his ideas about relationships are unusual to say the least, and they bring to light her own deep wounds and fears about love.  They say opposites attract, but can Clay and Amber move beyond their differences and their pasts to attempt an “old fashioned” courtship?
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About the devotional:
Softcover; 222 pages 
Contrary to popular opinion, being “old fashioned” doesn’t mean you’re dull or unromantic.  In fact, a true old fashioned relationship can be more exciting and romantic than anything you’ve ever experienced!  So what does it mean to do things the old fashioned way?  Sure, it means opening doors, holding out chairs, and taking things slow.  But a true old fashioned romance goes much, much deeper than that.  Inspired by the motion picture Old Fashioned, this book will show you how to reclaim the lost art of romance by introducing you to romantic love as God intended it.  Regardless of your past mistakes, where you’ve been, what you’ve done, or where you are now, you can find and create a love that will last a lifetime!  As you work your way through this forty-day journey of inspiring readings and questions for reflection, you’ll discover all the unique and amazing benefits of doing things the old fashioned way.  And before you know it, you’ll be well on your way to creating a love story for the ages.   

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Official Website – http://www.oldfashionedmovie.com


Twitter: @OldFashionedVow

Want to make a purchase? Buy the movie, book or devotional HERE!

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Enter to win a fabulous gift set including the Old Fashioned Movie, Novel, and Devotional!! Woo-hoo! Enter to win this for yourself or a friend or family member today and reap the blessings of experiencing Old Fashioned in your life soon.

Date: Ends 6/26 at midnight EST!

Age: Must be 18 or older to enter.

Location: Open to USA & Canada

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Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

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Splashing Good Fun at Wallaroo Station at Lowry Park Zoo!

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Kiddie Rides That Excite and Delight

What a delightful day! I am simply amazed at how much Lowry Park Zoo has to offer its visitors, but I’m especially excited to share about the FUNTASTIC Wallaroo Station section of the park! We started off with some wonderful kiddie rides such as the Tiger Coaster, Banana Planes, and then the bumper boats and mini cars. I must say the mini cars ride is the most sophisticated and modern version of this type of ride I’ve ever seen! I wanted to ride it – it was that cool! Ever dream of riding on a manatee or a panda bear? Well now’s your chance! This is a lovely carousel featuring all kinds of favorite animals to ride on instead of the typical merri-go-round horses. My kids wanted to keep getting back on to ride another favorite animal the next time around! Did I mention these fun rides are included free with the price of admission? How awesome is that?!!

Gift Shops with Helpful and Unique Items

Next we peeked at some of the nifty gift shops that offer everything you could need to walk around the zoo or play in the water areas with wide brimmed hats, towels, adorable claw shaped water shoes, suntan lotion, sunglasses and more! There’s even an amazing “wings” of a macaw that slides on your arms so the child can flap their wings and pretend to be a bird. Very well made and the cleverest costume prop/gift item at a zoo I’ve ever encountered! My son and daughter wanted to bring it home!

Feed The Goats

There was a squeal of glee from my 8 year old daughter as she spotted the feeding machine for the petting zoo of goats and llamas. I scrounged in my purse for some quarters and we were on our way to feed the goats. The kids laughed and squirmed as the goats tickled their fingers and palms licking up the food out of their hands. I got some adorable photos and video of them. I highly suggest bringing quarters and a camera to be ready for those memorable moments!

Petting Zoo to Pet and Brush the Goats

The kids then wanted to proceed inside the petting zoo area and go in to brush the goat’s fur with these fun little brushes that fit on their hands. My daughter said she felt like she was working on a farm – she loved it! My son who is four years old didn’t want to leave – he was ready to play with the goats up close and personal all day. It’s great to note the zoo has hand washing stations throughout this section of the park so you can easily clean up after using the petting zoo or other areas of Wallaroo Station.

Tasty Cool Treats

We took a short break and cooled off with the excitement of creating their own icee from the huge icee station next to the Tiger Coaster and Petting Zoo. We mixed several tasty flavors such as grape, orange, cherry, blue raspberry, and Mountain Dew! There were still tons we haven’t tried yet!

Animal Shows and Entertainment

On our walk towards the next stop in Wallaroo Station, we saw the horses feeding and getting a wash down to cool them. It was so neat to see the two horses nuzzle each other by the nose as if they were in love. They have shows during the day with the horses and then a different show for the goats doing an obstacle course type of performance.

Bats, Flying Foxes and Upside Pics

We got to go for a walk along the wooden boardwalk type trail in Wallaroo Station that had various animals or birds to see during the trek. We especially enjoyed going inside the bat house area and seeing the flying foxes… they are so huge and colorful yet as my daughter mentioned… kind of creepy hanging upside down and realizing there are flying animals that big like bats.

We got a kick out of the awesome photo opp station in front of the bat house … your child can stand in front of this bat display with its wing coming out around them like they are being held by the bat. The sign is upside down on purpose over their head so that you take the picture and then rotate it upside down when you display it.. it makes it look like your child was hanging upside down with a giant bat!

Fantastic Food and Affordable Prices

That triggered the kids getting hungry for some lunch, so we headed over to the cafe and sat beside the koala exhibits! The koalas were sleeping of course, but it was still cool to see them while we ate in the shade. The food was super! We enjoyed a variety of menu items such as chicken ceasar salad, hot dog and fries, pizza, hamburger, and even a chicken club sandwich and fresh fruit and cheese n cracker cups. The service from the attendants there was great and the quality of the self serve condiments bar was awesome with everything from pickles to tomatoes and lots in between!

Walk About with Kangaroos

One of my favorite spots was the Walk About where you could see the kangaroos gently resting or feeding on veggies. They were so precious and gentle. You just wished you could go up and hug them or feed them a carrot. My kids were fascinated just walking by each one and seeing it hop along or sit up on its hind legs and listen to the sounds in the air. One even hid from the crown inside a rock formation and peeked it’s head out once in a while like it was playing peek-a-boo. Too cute!

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Splashing Good Fun At Wallaroo Station At Lowry Park Zoo

As the day progressed and the sun got hotter, we started to reapply suntan lotion and thought the kids may need a break from the heat. I am pleased to share that Lowry Park Zoo has been so thoughtful to families and made sure to have ways families with kids can have fun and beat the heat during their visit too. It was so awesome to see all the neat things you can do here in Wallaroo Station at Lowry Park Zoo. They have a very COOL water play area right in the middle of it all with fountains, waterfalls, dumping buckets, and spouts that squirt water out of the ground, sides of the wall and even from the mouths of turtles! My kids were just giggling and making friends with the other kids there – all having a splashing good time not minding the heat one bit.

More Tasty Cool Treats

There’s also a snow cone stand right by the entrance to Wallaroo Station that we highly recommend too where you can put your own flavors on! My daughter had so many flavors on hers it almost became a slushie instead of a snow cone. lol. Kids just love when they can do things themselves. Very addicting to keep choosing other flavors to put on the ice of the snow cone.

Isn’t it great to know your visit to Lowry Park Zoo can be filled with exciting exhibits of animals, fun kiddie rides, a petting zoo, delightful shows to watch, delicious food, cool down treats, and even a splash n play area? They’ve thought of everything!

Grab the COUPON

We LOVED our visit to Lowry Park Zoo and can’t wait to go back! There’s so much more than what I was even able to share with you today. I highly recommend using the coupon code below and treating the family to a day at the zoo or even buying an annual pass. That’s what we want to do next! A place this fun will be great family time year-round. Enjoy the Savings with this COUPON! Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo has offered to give my readers $3 off Zoo Admission!

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. Want to learn more? Read my previous post HERE.

Have you been to a zoo lately? What’s your favorite exhibit or animal, or other attraction? Share with us in the comments and tell us if you’ve been to Lowry Park Zoo’s Wallaroo Station.

Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou received free entrance to the zoo for the purpose of writing this review. However, I only share items that are of value or interest to my family and my readers. Special thanks to US Family Guide and Lowry Park Zoo.

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Michael W. Smith in NEW Sky Spills Over Video!

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Wow! I’m in awe of the incredible things God has been bringing along for me to share with you here at Love2EncourageYou!

You are in for an amazing treat! Michael W. Smith has given a handful of bloggers the opportunity to share with their audiences today about his brand new video from the (totally awesome) Sovereign album called “Sky Spills Over”! I am delighted to be able to do this for you!! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway below to win a copy of the Sovereign CD!

Here’s a personal quote from Michael W. Smith regarding the video:

“I’m really passionate about the song SKY SPILLS OVER.  It was fun creating it in the studio and I’ve been overwhelmed at the response it gets when we perform it live every night.  My son Ryan is a really talented filmmaker so I always enjoy working with him on a project.  But what made this project even more special was that 3 of my own grandkids were in the video.  This video was a lot of fun to make.  I hope people enjoy it!”

Check out “Sky Spills Over” below:

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I can’t wait to hear what you think about this new video by Michael W. Smith! Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Giveaway Time!

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Prize: One winner will receive a copy of the Michael W. Smith album Sovereign!

Location: Open to USA & Canada. Void where prohibited.

Age: Must be 18 years or older to enter.

Date: Ends at midnight EST on June 4th!

 

Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou will receive a sample product in exchange for sharing about the new video. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook or any other social media site. Love2EncourageYou is not responsible for sponsor prize fulfillment.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

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Hillsong United New CD Album: Empires!

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Hello Friends! I have had an exciting time getting to be on an interview call with Hillsong United’s Taya Smith sharing about their Brand New Album releasing TODAY called:  EMPIRES!
This album was created with a passion to share the spirit of worship with their audience. Taya specified how she asks God to make sure the music and lyrics are God’s words to the people and not theirs. It’s all about HIM and not about us she shared. It is very inspiring to here how deeply they wish to embrace God’s promises and share them through their music with the world to be a blessing, hope and encouragement to all. Taya shares Hillsong United is always trying to be in tune with the Holy Spirit and feel prayer is an important necessity to the development and application of their music. How awesome!
I was very impressed with the new Empires CD album by Hillsong United. I have always enjoyed their songs such as Oceans, Mighty To Save and Lead Me To The Cross. I know there are so many more I could name as well that have been songs of inspiration and worship to so many besides myself. In the new Empires album, I find that same beauty and majesty present in their songs. I love this title track called Empires. Enjoy this just released video!

 I also loved the songs Heart Like Heaven and Prince of Peace – among others. Here’s the Heart Like Heaven video!

Hillsong United also has an exciting movie coming out soon to theaters called “Let Hope Rise“. I’m so excited! Aren’t you?!! After hearing the passion in their music in this newest album Empires, I just know the new movie will be a must see! You can check back often for updates on the movie HERE.
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About Hillsong United:

UNITED is committed to writing songs that speak truth, create a unique sound, connect with churches, individuals and ultimately connect people everywhere with God. UNITED serve in church as a part of the wider Hillsong Worship and Creative team when they are home. When on tour, they are accompanied by the whole Hillsong team’s support and prayers that their ministry would arrest hearts and point people to Jesus, impacting individuals, local youth groups and local churches.

Don’t miss a moment! Follow Hillsong United on Social Media:
Twitter: @HillsongUnited

Instagram: @HillsongUnited


Check them out on tour this summer: http://outcrytour.com/
Here’s a video of their performance on the TODAY show in case you missed it last month: https://vimeo.com/123986301

Official website: http://smarturl.it/Empires
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Giveaway Time!

Prize: One winner will receive a brand new CD from Hillsong United called Empires!
Location: Must live in the USA or Canada. Void where prohibited.
Date: ends at midnight EST on June 3rd!

Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook or other social media sites. Love2EncourageYou received a sample copy in exchange for an honest review.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

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Veggie Tales Super Comics – Keep Kids Reading!

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Have you ever struggled with getting your child to buckle down and practice reading or get some good reading time in? One of the many delights of my career as a Preschool and Elementary Teacher was to help students learn to read or develop stronger reading habits. The desire to skip their reading assignment and go off to play or daydream seemed a constant battle with some students, where others adored getting their hands on anything they could read from magazines to comic books.

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Today I want to suggest a great way to encourage your reluctant readers to have some fun with their summer reading and keep their skills up. Introducing the Veggie Tales Super Comics Vol. 1 & 2! These are two fantastic new comic books with many of your favorite characters and stories you’ve grown to love from the Veggie Tales brand and they’ve even inserted a few surprise new stories too – all in comic strip form! Each Volume contains three stories with vibrant, colorful illustrations and adorable characters from Veggie Tales.

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Both my younger kids enjoyed reading these comic books – especially my youngest who is four years old and just developing his reading habits. He plopped right down on the floor for hours just scouring the pages one by one pointing out his favorite characters and telling me all about the stories in the book. It was just too cute!

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I hope you will find offering your reluctant readers something fun like these unique Veggie Tales Super Comics (available at Family Christian Stores and online) to be a sure win/win for you and your budding reader.

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VeggieTales SuperComics brings all the fun you’ve come to expect in a popular new format. Each SuperComic includes three VeggieTales stories, hundreds of full-color illustrations and fun bonus features. Stories included in this first volume are Dave and the Giant Pickle, Lyle the Kindly Viking and an all new Larry Boy and the Prideosaurus. Each story focuses on a specific lesson, with sharing, self-esteem, and humility being covered in this volume.

Product Details:

Pages: 104
Release: 02/2015
Age: 4- 8

Giveaway Time!

 

Prize: One winner to receive a copy of both Volume 1 and Volume 2 of the Veggie Tales Super Comics! ($12.99 value each)

Location: Must be a resident of the USA. Void where prohibited.

Age: Must be 18 years of age or older.

Date: Ends on June 10th at midnight EST.

 

Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook or other social sites. Love2EncourageYou received a free sample and gift certificate in exchange for an honest review. However, I only share items I feel would be of interest or value to my family and my readers.

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Play Star Catchers Scavenger Hunt Game!

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Greetings friends!

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.

Click on the image of the Star Box on each page it leads you to and move forward through the scavenger hunt.

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Disclosure: Giveaways are void where prohibited. Must be 18 years or older to enter. Each giveaway specifies instructions on location it is open to. Love2EncourageYou is not responsible for sponsor prize fulfillment on giveaways involving a different sponsor. These giveaways are in no way associated with Facebook or any social sites.

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Memorial Day Weekend Giveaway Celebration!

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Memorial Day Weekend Giveaway Celebration!

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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SPECIAL OFFERS just for my readers in honor of our amazing men and women who serve in the Armed Forces!

1. Grab our GOLD Sidebar Advertising on the left sidebar for 1 year of Advertising at 25% off with this coupon code: SAVE25NOW

Regular price $90/yr. Great savings!

2. RARE 1 Time Only Special! 45% off Sidebar Advertising (under Silver Ads) for ‪#‎business‬ owners and ‪#‎bloggers‬! Enter code: AWESOMEDEAL

GIVEAWAY TIME!

Prize: Enter to win 1 Month of FREE Sidebar Advertising at Love2EncourageYou!

(advertising must be family friendly with agreed upon safe site link, ad copy, and image.)

Location: Open to everyone. Void where prohibited.

Age: Must be 18 years of age or older.

Date: Ends at midnight EST on June10th!

 

Disclosure: This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook or any other social media site.

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Come back often throughout the weekend from May 22-May 25 for a new set of scavenger hunt star boxes to find! Thanks for playing!

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PLUMB Exhale CD is fabulous! High energy and Faith-filled!

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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!

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GREAT IS OUR GOD

About PLUMB:

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.”
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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!

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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.

Thanks for visiting Love2EncourageYou and reading my review of Plumb EXHALE album. Enter the giveaway below for your chance to WIN a copy of your own!

GIVEAWAY TIME!

Prize: One winner will receive a physical copy of the album EXHALE by Plumb!

Location: Open to USA and Canada. Void where prohibited.

Age: Must be 18 years or older to enter

Date: Ends on May 28 at midnight EST.

 

Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou is not responsible for sponsor prize fulfillment. Love2EncourageYou received a sample copy in exchange for an honest review. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook or any other social media site.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

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Visit Wallaroo Station at Lowry Park Zoo

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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!
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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.

EXPLORE

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!

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PLAY

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.

RIDE

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.

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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.

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Enjoy the Savings! Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo has offered to give my readers $3 off Zoo Admission!

Be sure to keep up with all the latest at the zoo by following them on Twitter:  @LowryParkZoo
Rebecca at Love2EncourageYou
Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou will receive free admission in exchange for a future review. However, I only share items I feel are of value or interest to my family and my readers.
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