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Help for the Hopeless: Recovery Options for Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Addiction Is A Disease

There are hundreds of individuals each year in Florida that may be facing a very serious disease that often goes unchecked and many times unnoticed by those living around the ones who suffer with it. This unrelenting and tragic disease is called addiction. The sad truth is this scary and often lonely disease can overcome anyone who falls into its grasp. It affects men, women and teens all over the state. In the Jacksonville area alone, there have been statistics calculated since 2015 showing that over 3800 people have sadly lost their lives to just one of these deadly addictions – Opioids.

 

Opioid Use Is Rising

Drug and alcohol abuse is a difficult subject for some people to discuss and one of the reasons behind it is because for them – it hits home. Yes, there are families all over the state that are dealing with a  teen, college student, parent, or even grandparent who is affected and hooked on one of the many different substances that people abuse and get addicted with every year. Opioids is a hot topic across our country lately and has to be dealt with soon or the number of deaths that are tragically lost will increase greatly. Some types of substances that individuals tend to become addicted to are: alcohol, club drugs, cocaine, Fentanyl, hallucinogens, inhalants, Heroin, Marijuana, MDMA (Ecstasy/Molly), Methamphetamine.

 

Why Aren’t We Doing More To Help Stop It?

If thousands of people are losing their lives to this horrible addiction of drug or alcohol abuse, why aren’t we doing more to stop it? Maybe there is a lack of awareness on this subject? It’s possible the majority of people out there in Florida are just not informed well enough about the seriousness of the disease and what it does to literally handicap the mind of those who are battling with it day to day. Addiction of this magnitude can literally plaque the mind and body so much that it makes the sufferer feel trapped and stuck in their addiction of drug or alcohol abuse believing that there is no way out. Unfortunately this feeling of hopelessness inside can prevent someone from truly getting the help and assistance they need to break their addiction and fight this deadly disease.

 

How To Find Help For The Hopeless

Why aren’t the families of those who have these addictions trying harder to get them the help they need? Maybe their loved ones are avoiding the issue and choosing to turn a blind eye because they just aren’t sure what to do to help them.  If this is the case, it’s time to put an end to that feeling of hopelessness for all parties involved. Let’s stop the sleepless nights wondering if your loved one is going to be alive in the morning. No more worrying how you are going to get them the help they need. There are solutions out there. Rehab and recovery centers exist to eliminate that feeling of being trapped and bring help to the hopeless. Find real support for drug detox in Jacksonville Florida and get answers to your biggest questions today. Isn’t it worth it to act now and choose to help prevent another unnecessary and tragic death in Florida?

 

If you need added encouragement to help you while you and your loved one are facing the reality of conquering this scary disease of addiction together, feel free to check out some of my favorite verses for calming the soul and bringing peace.

 

Hope & Glory: Helping Our Parents Age With Dignity

We all have a right to dignity. As we all age, we begin to ponder what this actually means. We can live a fearless life and not show any thoughts for what happens when we get old and infirm, but for those close to us, especially our parents, who succumb to old age, demands a shred of dignity. This brings it closer to home, especially when we start to think about how we can care for our parents properly. So, as our parents get older, and we have to start being their caregiver, in one way or another, how can we make sure that they age with dignity?

 

Focus on the good

If you are looking after someone who is getting older and struggling more with the basic physical duties in life, it’s very easy to focus on the negative. By reminiscing on the more positive memories from the past, this helps shift the balance from a feeling of hopelessness, to a sense of invigoration. Be careful with this- focusing on the past can emphasize how difficult the present is!

 

Reinvent precious memories

This is a great one for anyone who has relatives undergoing dementia care, or is in a care home and their faculties are beginning to disappear. It happens a lot now, where reminiscence therapy can help to kickstart the brain. This isn’t always going to be successful, but even for those who have completely lost control of their faculties, celebrating past memories are an affirmation of their positives in life. It also shows them that you appreciate them more, rather than just leaving them in a care home with their former lives being just a memory.

 

Don’t just focus on the past

Naturally, as we all get older, we can spend more time focusing on the past than we do the present. While focusing on the future may bring about anxiety, depression, or an increase in isolation in our aging family members, we should make a concerted effort to help them focus on the here and now. This means embarking on more adventures. Creating new stories to tell, and making new memories is just as important. This is probably the biggest thing that we should do when looking after the welfare of our loved ones who are so succumbing to age. Aging with dignity is such a difficult concept, but it’s something we would all demand. After all, it’s our right to maintain any sense of dignity.

 

As we all get older, we can feel a sense of isolation, as friends and companions pass away, but there is still an opportunity to make new memories. Having a companion in old age makes the process easier to cope with, and this is something that we, as those who don’t have to think about these things just yet, need to bear in mind. The cliche of any person getting older, means that they are, to an extent, shut away from society, and it’s a cliche because there’s a lot of truth in this. This is completely unfair. How would you like this? It’s our right to ensure that we all age with dignity. And the best way for us to begin this is to ensure the dignity of our loved ones. What will you do differently this year to care appropriately for your aging loved ones and help them gain the dignity in old age that they have earned?

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Supporting Your Partner After They Have Lost a Parent

The pain of losing a parent is one that cannot be understated, and can only truly be understood once you have experienced it for yourself. It is an overwhelming and challenging time, and a time when you need your loved ones to be supportive, helpful and a positive influence. You can quickly find yourself swamped with responsibilities, and you will need your partner to be there for you most of all.

 

For a partner, seeing their loved one going through such a traumatic experience can be tough. You can feel helpless and separated from them, and this can lead to you taking a backward step when you should be moving forward to take care of them. Here are some useful tips on how to support a partner in the aftermath of them losing a parent.

 

Be There

The most obvious, and not to mention vital, advice anybody can give when dealing with a partner’s grief is just to be there. You can be as forthcoming or in the background as you like with your support, but your partner should be well aware that you are there to be a shoulder to cry on, or to rely upon for any tasks that they may not be feeling up to doing. Simple tasks such as making phone calls and informing friends and family are enough. It’s incredible how much time and energy you can save your partner by doing this, as it will save them having to keep going through their grief when they should be processing it.

 

Listen

At such a difficult time, it can be easy to smother your partner or become distant as you are unsure just how much your partner wants you around. The best course of action in this instance is simply to listen to what they have to say. If they want to be left alone, give them a little space, and at the same time, if they need you, do lend your support in any way, whether it is emotional support or some tasks need doing. Be prepared to listen and be as helpful as you can. They will thank you for it as time passes and their grief begins to settle.

 

Take Them Out of Themselves for a While

 

Once you are in a position to know that your partner is ready to go out and face the outside world, it is a good idea to take them out of themselves for a while. It could mean anything from visiting a museum to having a day out at the zoo, but it definitely needs to be fun and constructive. Something challenging like the Escape Room Milwaukee is popular for would be good. It’s a fun and challenging exercise where you team up to solve mysteries and tasks, within a 60-minute time limit. It could be a great way to get them smiling again while being challenging enough to get them to concentrate on something other than their loss.

 

Help Them To Focus

 

Being a supportive partner is much more than being an arm around a shoulder, it is about being able to help your grieving partner to focus on what needs doing in the aftermath of losing a parent. For example, if your mother or father is now widowed, you can steer your partner towards helping them arrange the funeral, organize their finances and any insurance policies that need to be looked at, and help them focus on what needs to be done in the aftermath. It can be tricky and difficult, but it’s essential that grief doesn’t take over their life.

 

Choosing to Live a Fearless Life

Going about your daily business and pondering why things end up so messy and chaotic sometimes can really play tricks on your emotions. The stress, trials, and limitations of our world here on Earth can be bitter and cruel in more ways than one.  Searching for the answers to heal the hurt inside by pouring abnormally long hours into your job, avoiding friends or family,  turning to alcohol, drugs, or sex out of marriage isn’t the answer.  This world doesn’t offer the hope you need to calm the storms of life, but there is someone who can – Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

You CAN find hope and the real courage to face the trials and dangers of this world.

Giving your daily cares to the Lord in prayer and searching His Word in the Bible for the answers you seek is a great way to begin lightening the load. So many times I meet people that cross my path who have no idea how to heal the hurt inside. These individuals have never really heard the Gospel explained to know who Jesus is. They don’t understand that the Bible’s words are Truth and can guide us towards the Light and Love that God is. Jesus is the answer to heal our troubled minds and help us find courage to face tomorrow. Wouldn’t you like to find this kind of healing freedom and relief to make life worth living?

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” 1 Peter 1:3

I urge you my friends to seek out those you know who are strong in their faith. They can guide you to a church pastor or leader that knows the truth of God’s Word and can help set you free of the burdens you carry through leading you to Salvation through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I welcome you to reach out to me here or through my Facebook page at http://facebook.com/love2encourageyou. I’ll be happy to discuss ways to encourage you in your faith and learn how to walk with Christ daily.

Today’s world is falling apart and I am so distressed with what our world is becoming. Don’t let the chaos surrounding you take hold and influence you in a negative way. Get a tighter grip on your own faith and relationship with Jesus now, so as the enemy wreaks havoc on our world you will be able to stand strong and be a beacon of hope for your family, your children, friends and all those you come in contact with.

For those who are being a lighthouse and beacon to the world already – I applaud you! Our nation and our world need more LIGHT to spread across the lands. You and I have a duty and a calling to reach the lost, the oppressed, the hurting, the weak in spirit, and still strengthen each other to run the race and finish it well in God’s eyes. Will you join me? Comment below if you want to strengthen your walk and be a light to others in Jesus Name.

If you’d like to connect with me about collaborating on future posts for the cause of Christ and reaching this lost world, please contact Rebecca at love2encourageyou@yahoo.com.

Be most richly blessed my friends! God be with you!

Making Your Hair a Feature To Be Proud Of

We place so much focus on different aspects of our appearance. While it’s extremely important to be comfortable in ourselves as we are, it’s also beneficial to bear in mind that the way we present ourselves can speak volumes about our character. We can use the way we look to forge a space for ourselves and communicate our identity to others. This can be achieved by curating the way you dress, how you do your makeup or skincare, and for some in today’s society – whether you have piercings or tattoos or not. But for now, let’s focus on hair. Here’s everything you need to know to make it a personal feature that you’re proud of!

 

Using the Right Hair Products

One of the biggest mistakes that people make when styling their hair is using the wrong products. Products can make a profound difference to both the health and appearance of your locks. Seeing as everyone’s locks are different, it may be best to consult with a specialist if you want to find the perfect products without having to search and try out trial and error time and time again. However, generally speaking, there are certain products that benefit general hair types. Here are some to consider.

 

Purple Shampoo

 

If you bleach your hair, chances are that you’re already tired of trying to strip your locks of brassy (or yellow tones). Toners are great for this, but they require a little specialist knowledge to apply properly with beautiful results. If you want to stay safe, try using purple shampoo instead. The purple hues in the shampoo neutralise the yellow tones in the hair. Find the best purple shampoo on the market and try it out!

 

Argan Oil

 

Argan oil has gained profound popularity on the market in recent years. So what’s the hype all about? Well, argan oil is produced by the Moroccan Argan tree and has various moisturising uses. Recently, companies have been incorporating it into shampoos and conditioning treatments for hair. It contains high doses of Vitamin E, which promotes healthy hair growth and antioxidants, which serve to boost hair cells. What’s more? It moisturises the scalp, preventing dandruff and encourage healthy hair growth from the root, even if you have bleached your hair or used heated styling products.

 

Learning How to Use Heated Styling Equipment

The most effective way of completely changing how your hair looks is to use heated styling products. Now, these can be harmful to your hair if set to too high a heat, or if used regularly. But for occasional use, they can be fun! Consider trying out straighteners, curling wands, and crimpers. Each can have a profound effect on the appearance of your hair, drastically changing your overall aesthetic. Learn how to use each type by watching different beauty tutorials. There are so many out there that will be specific to the exact piece of equipment that you have. You just have to scout them out! You could even watch them before you even purchase heated styling tools in order to decide which you want to invest your time and money in. Alternatively, watch and read specific reviews on each product to help you make your mind up!

 

 

 

Knowing What to Ask for at the Hairdresser’s

You may be comfortable with your current style, but when the time comes that you want to mix things up a bit, you’re going to have to take a trip to the hairdressers. We’re all well aware of that awful feeling when you leave the hairdressers with something that you definitely didn’t want and feel uncomfortable with. You head home and start an immediate search for hair growth treatments and products or colour strippers. Instead, you want to leave feeling and looking fresh and content with what you’ve got. So, how do you guarantee a good cut? Well, of course, you need to find a hairdresser who you can trust with your tresses. But the key to getting what you want from your stylist is effective communication. Remember that even the greatest hairdresser can fall short of your expectations if they don’t have a clear idea of what it is that you want. Here’s a quick guide to some basic hairdressing terms so that you can effectively convey what you want during your consultation and understand whatever your stylist says to you.

 

“Layering”

 

Layering is a hairdressing technique that works for the majority of hair types. Whether your hair is long, short, mid-length, asymmetric, even, straight, curly, volumised, or silky sleek, it can work for you. So chances are you’ve heard the term thrown about a few times before! But what actually are layers and do you want them? Well, layering involves leaving the bottom layers of hair longer while trimming the hair from the crown of the head into short layers. It can give the illusion of length to shorter styles, or the illusion of volume to  The other is to give the illusion of volume. The differences between the layers can be subtle or drastic, forming a stepped look. If you wear your hair curly, layers are greatly recommended, as they minimise the weight of the upper parts of your hair, meaning that curls can stay in for longer.

 

“Blunt Finish”

 

The blunt cut is a hairdressing staple. Made famous by Vidal Sassoon, this cut involves a complete straight finish across the bottom. It’s absolutely perfect if you want a sleek and neat cut.

 

“Choppy Finish”

 

For those who don’t have all too much time on their hands when it comes to daily styling, nice neat finishes may be a little too high maintenance. So why not consider a choppy finish? This involves the hair being finished in a less uniform look and requires fewer touch-ups. You also don’t have to check into the hairdressers as regularly for shape ups!

 

These are just a few ways to alter the appearance and health of your hair, helping you to express yourself through its style! So, improve on your current hair regime and try them out!

 

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Paul, Apostle of Christ Movie in Theaters March 23

Paul, Apostle of Christ is a new full length feature film for viewers to get excited about! This Christian film shows great promise in the trailers and looks to be a must see movie during Spring Break! Gather a group of friends and enjoy seeing this film before Easter!

In Theaters Nationwide Week Before Easter Friday, March 23, 2018.

In PAUL, APOSTLE OF CHRIST , Luke risks his life to visit Paul, who is held captive in a Roman prison under Nero’s rule. Together, they struggle against a determined emperor and the frailties of the human spirit in order to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ and spread their message to the world.

Paul’s letters and writings were vital to the spreading of Christianity, and became a large part of the New Testament. Our story focuses on how, despite persecution and peril, they shared Jesus’ message of love, redemption and forgiveness with a small community of believers who in turn, took it to the whole world.

Great pains were taken to maintain biblical accuracy. Using scripture as the only reference, director Andrew Hyatt recreated the story of Paul on film, including the close relationship with Luke, whom at the end of Paul’s life, at his own peril, traveled in and out of the prison carrying Paul’s writings to the community of believers

Parental Advisory: The MPAA has rated the film PG-13 for some violent content and disturbing images.

Running time is 1:47 min

I’m really looking forward to seeing how they portray the life of Paul in this film. I’ll be taking my twenty year old son and seeing what his opinion and perspective is on the film afterwards as well. He is an Honors student and Creative Writing major at a Christian University here in FL and screen writing is a class he is taking in the fall. He is hoping for inspiration for potentially writing scripts for Christian film companies in the future. He was equally looking forward to seeing this film, Paul, Apostle of Christ and how they will choose to unveil this amazing story of one of the Bible’s hero type characters.

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Ice Dragon: Legend of the Blue Daisies debuts for 2 Day Event!

Super exciting news to share! I’ve been waiting patiently for another new faith-based animated feature film to come out to theaters to take the kids to, and we got our wish! The inspirational animated feature ICE DRAGON: LEGEND OF THE BLUE DAISIES debuts in U.S. movie theaters for a two-day event on
Saturday, March 24th at 12:55 p.m. and Monday, March 26th at 6:30 p.m. (all local times)

Take a quick peek at this short video trailer of the new film coming out soon at select theaters for this two day only event! Available to watch on March 24 and March 26 only! Don’t miss it! Take the family!

About the movie:

Melody, a gifted young dreamer, and her feisty friend Leif must set aside their differences and use the power of magical Blue Daisies and an ancient Song to save their world from an evil Ice Dragon. When the blue flowers that once bloomed all around her village begin to disappear, Melody and her eccentric grandfather recognize this as a sign of great danger… but no one believes them! Racing against time, Melody must convince Leif and the other villagers before it’s too late. Great songs and engaging characters highlight this inspiring, animated adventure for the whole family.

This film is based on a short story by Canadian director and producer Bruce Stacey, his faith-based adventure features the voice talents of Rheal Rees (Melody), Justin Debé (Leif) and Bill Bray (Nicholai).

“The original story sat in my drawer for more than 20 years until I was encouraged by friends at Cartoon Conrad Productions (Kulipari-Net?ix Original Series) to dust it off and adapt it for the screen,” Director and Producer Bruce Stacey said. “I am thrilled this family adventure is making it to the big screen for audiences nationwide to enjoy.”

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My daughter in particular is so thrilled to go see this with me as it is supposed to be a musical style adventure, but has dragons and knights and maidens to attract both guys and girls alike to this delightful adventure on the big screen.
Doesn’t this film sound adorable and exciting? I’m fascinated to go see a faith-based cartoon with dragons! haha! I really hope you’ll get to see it! Please comment on this post if you’ll be going to the debut in theaters too! I’d love to hear your thoughts after you see the movie as well!

**Hey Friends! Please note that this is not a typical wide-release film. It will only be available to be seen for a very special two-night event in cinemas nationwide. Tickets and more information are available at FathomEvents.com.

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I Can Only Imagine Movie in Theater 3/16

 

I CAN ONLY IMAGINE is the exciting new Christian film coming to theaters on March 16, 2018!
I’ve had the honor and privilege to watch some sneak peek clips of this film based on the song known most by the artist, Bart Millard, and Christian band, Mercy Me, and I can certainly say it has grabbed my interest! A very compelling storyline that should hit home with a lot of people. It will speak to many who may be searching for healing in broken relationships with their parent or loved one, as well as impacting them through the power of this incredible inspired song and how it came to be. I’m looking forward to seeing the film in its entirety this week coming and will have to share in another post my full thoughts on the film.
About the Movie:
It’s the song that brings ultimate hope to so many … often in the midst of life’s most challenging moments. Amazingly, the song was written in mere minutes by MercyMe lead singer Bart Millard. In reality, those lyrics took a lifetime to craft.
Although he found faith at a young age, life wasn’t easy for Bart. He leaned into an active imagination and his love of music as escapes from a troubled home life. As he grew older, Bart turned to football in hopes of somehow connecting with his abusive father. But a career-ending injury—combined with the vision of a teacher who saw unlimited potential—set Bart on a musical pathway.
Chasing a dream while running from broken relationships with father and Shannon, his childhood sweetheart, Bart hits the road on an old, decrepit tour bus with his new band MercyMe—named for his grandmother’s favorite expression. With the guidance of a grizzled music-industry insider, the band begins a journey none of them could ever have imagined.
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I was happily surprised to see some fun visitors in the film including everyone’s favorite from War Room – Priscilla Shirer! Can’t wait to see what kind of role they gave her.
The whole concept of God helping to explode the Christian music and Christian film industry simply thrills me! I have prayed for so long for more family friendly and faith-based films to be created and for Christian music to be inspired that speaks straight to the hearts of those who listen. I believe this film has the opportunity to do just that on both accounts!!
Now, if you add the fact that Dennis Quaid is in the I Can Only Imagine movie as a major role in the film, you’ll see it has huge impact on my excitement to see it! I can’t wait to see his experience and acting expertise portrayed in a Christian film like this! My husband and I have always loved his acting and many of the films he has been in have been used to share with our children as some of our favorites. This would be a super addition to our family collection I’m sure. I’ll be happily anticipating the film’s release this Friday, March 16th!
I did get to watch a clip of behind the scenes footage where they interviewed Dennis Quaid about his role. Without giving away any big spoilers, I will express that he seemed to thoroughly enjoy sharing about his part in the movie and the transformation that gets to occur in his character.  If you want to find out what kind of awesome impact this film can have on you and your family or friends – be sure to pick up tickets and support the release of this film this weekend in a theater near you!
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Never Get Stuck For A Gift Again – 15 Gift Ideas For Teen

Buying for teens is something that most people find tough. Whether you’re a parent of a teen, an aunt to one, a godparent, or something else, you want to make sure you give them a great gift. Things change so quickly these days, though, so what if you buy them something outdated? Something that they don’t think is ‘cool’? Don’t panic. There are 15 ideas here that can suit many teens, so you don’t have to resort to giving them money.

 

A Magazine Subscription

A magazine subscription is suited for any teen, of any age, with any taste. Whether they’re into cars, makeup, or crafts, there’s a magazine subscription out there for them. This is a great gift because they’ll get something posted to them every week/month.

 

A Candy Hamper

It might not be great for their teeth, but it’s a special occasion. A hamper filled with their favorite candy should make them smile. You could even get creative with it. If this is a teen that prefers healthier food (or you know their parents wouldn’t approve of candy), fruit hampers are a thing too!  

 

 

Clothing Vouchers

Teens always seem to want something new to wear, don’t they? For this gift, all you need to know is where they love to shop, and purchase vouchers for them so they can pick something out themselves. It might not be as fun to give as other gifts on the list, but at least you know they’re not going to roll their eyes at you.

 

Lounge Wear

Relaxing with Netflix is something anybody of any age likes to do from time to time. What better way to do it than in some cosy loungewear? Not quite regular clothing and not quite pyjamas, loungewear fits nicely between the two so that they don’t feel like lazy slobs while watching their favorite show, yet they stay comfortable.

 

Great Books

For the teen who loves to read, you can’t go wrong with great books. Reading helps to improve all kinds of skills, so think of a book you feel will really engage them and go for it. There are all kinds of books written for teens on the market, from vampire fantasies to love stories, and so much more. Twilight, The Hunger Games, and The Fault in Our Stars are just a few titles.

 

A Polaroid Camera

Young people seem to love polaroids. They’re fun to take and vintage in a good way, which makes them extremely fashionable! If you’re on the lookout for a ‘main present’ and you have a slightly bigger budget, getting a polaroid camera for them is a fantastic idea. Make sure you compare the different types out there, how much the film is going to be, and the different features. You want the polaroids to look great, but remember, teens will want a camera that looks cool too!

 

A Day Out

What better gift is there than spending quality time with a teen? You could plan a day out to explore somewhere you’ve never been before. You could take this day to go shopping, to a show, or even to go zorbing.

 

A Game

Board games seem to be dying out, although there are still a few that teens could approve of – how about that ‘meme’ game? It fits in perfectly with teen culture and means they’re staring at a screen all the time! However, if you just can’t drag your teen away from the PC, it might be better to get them a game they can play there, like https://www.finalfantasyxvapp.com. Some games can actually be beneficial, as they teach kids to use critical thinking skills, improve their reaction times, and more. They aren’t all ‘a waste of time’!

 

Personalized Jewelry

Personalized jewelry is a sweet gift that any teen can treasure forever. You can purchase friendship style bracelets for a more relaxed look, or a silver/gold piece for something they can wear to special occasions. The jewelry doesn’t have to be personalized, this is just something that can make the gift extra special.

 

Silicone Shower Speaker

This is for all the teens who love to sing in the shower. A silicone shower speaker can withstand water and allows them to hear their favorite songs while they get ready for the day ahead. If you don’t really fancy listening to them sing at the top of their lungs (the acoustics in the bathroom can mean the music echoing all around the house), then a normal speaker, such as a bluetooth version could also be a great gift.

 

Movie Tickets

Kids love the movies, and buying them movie tickets could allow the two of you to bond. Alternatively, you could purchase one for a friend, too. Movie theatres usually have deals where you can pay a monthly fee and see as many films as possible, so consider that for the ultimate movie geek teen!

 

A Light Box

Light boxes are cool additions to any bedroom. They can spell out pretty much any word, phrase, or name that they like and it’ll be lit up by this nifty little box.

 

A Spotify Subscription

You’d be hard pressed to find a teen that didn’t love music. Buying CDs and albums this way can still work, but pretty much everything is done online now. An iTunes voucher allows them to buy music they want to store on their smartphone device, or you could purchase a Spotify subscription for them so they can listen to whatever they want, whenever they want.  

 

A Harry Potter Coloring Book

Diehard Harry Potter fans are still cropping up all over the globe. Harry Potter coloring books might sound like something for pre-teens, but to an avid Harry Potter fan, it could make the perfect addition to any collection. Coloring is a therapeutic activity too.

 

A Selfie Light

Getting those perfect angles and the perfect lighting can be tough, but it’s made much easier with a selfie light attached to a smartphone. If you know your teen loves taking selfies, this could be a thoughtful gift.

 

Which of these gifts are you going to buy for the teen in your life?

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Discover Safari Wilderness – 1 of the Top 10 Safaris in the US!

Time to add another exciting adventure in Central Florida to our list! Check out this amazing opportunity to take your family or friends to visit Safari Wilderness today! Read about all the fun ways to view, photograph, learn more about, and interact with the animals at Safari Wilderness in Lakeland, FL!

Our family is going to be visiting TODAY for a sneaky surprise for my daughter’s 11th birthday! You won’t want to miss the delightful pics and stories of our adventure coming up tomorrow!

DISCOVER ONE OF FODOR’S “TOP 10 SAFARIS IN THE U.S.” IN THE HEART OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
Feel worlds away at Safari Wilderness, no passport or long-haul flights required

LAKELAND, FL (November 6, 2017) – Rivaling the African savanna, the dramatic, 260-acre landscape of Safari Wilderness sets the scene for an unforgettable, family adventure. Located halfway between Tampa and Orlando in scenic Lakeland, Polk County, Florida, this family-owned, working game ranch offers an up-close encounter with herds of roaming exotic animals—without the crowds and lines found at theme parks and zoos.

During the signature vehicle safari, an experienced guide leads a small group of adventurers in a custom safari vehicle through the open vista of grazing animals surrounded by cypress domes and bay trees. Under the truck’s shaded canopy, guests are safe, cool and comfortable year-round, and everyone has the perfect view. Safari highlights include close-up encounters with Eland, Red Lechwe, Sitatunga, Waterbuck, Grant’s Zebra, Greater Kudu, Watusi Cattle, Barasingha, Axis Deer, Fallow Deer, Water Buffalo, Scimitar-Horned Oryx and Nilgai. Guests may also take part in hands-on interactions with many species that feed from the vehicle. Pricing is $90 per guest. All ages are welcome.

Other tour options include a 90-minute camelback expedition in which guests can join the ranch’s roaming animals by becoming a part of the herd. Two experienced tour guides and handlers lead camels through the pristine wilderness. This is the only full-on camel-backed game-viewing safari outside of Africa. Pricing is $180 per guest. Children ages three to five must ride with an adult. Children under age three are not permitted.

Another option, game viewing by kayak, offers a unique perspective that is active, adventurous and educational. During this tour, guides lead small groups to easily navigate freshwater areas and encounter wetland species such as common and Defassa Waterbuck and Red Lechwe. Kayakers will also spot a variety of common local Waterfowl and upland birds such as Killdeer, Egrets, Herons, Ibis, Spoonbills, Cormorants, Wood Duck, Anhinga, Bald Eagle, Kestrel, Red-shouldered Hawk, Meadowlark, Black and Turkey Vulture. Pricing is $180 per person. Children ages five to eight must ride with an adult. Children under age five are not permitted.

Any of the above safari experiences can be extended with the following add-on activities:

  • Lemur feeding – Enter the Ring-tailed Lemur habitat with a guide and hand feed grapes to a troop of playful and polite Prosimians. This “guest favorite” is in high demand and limited to a few participants per day.
  • Budgie feeding – Enter an outdoor aviary with a guide and feed up to 200 beautiful Budgie Parakeets. These colorful, sweet and playful creatures will land to eat seed straight out of a willing hand.
  • Guinea pig feeding – Guinea pigs live in colonies, which are fascinating to experience. The whole colony greets guests with excited whistling in anticipation of being fed.

Available by reservation only, tours are strictly limited in size to ensure a high-quality experience for every guest. Each guided safari lasts approximately one and a half to two hours. For online reservations visit http://safariwilderness.com or call (813) 382-2120.

In addition to tours, Safari Wilderness offers facility rentals—including the option of a full buyout—to host weddings, field trips, birthday parties, company holiday parties and corporate groups. For rental information visit http://safariwilderness.com/rentals/.

Follow Safari Wilderness on Facebook and Instagram at @SafariWilderness and on Twitter at @SafariWild.


Let me know if you get to go visit Safari Wilderness! I can’t wait to hear how you liked it! It’s now on our top ten list of family friendly experiences in Central Florida! Lots of beautiful pics coming soon from our visit!

Rebecca at Love2EncourageYou