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Rick Warren Book: God’s Big Plans for Me – Review and Giveaway!

It’s always fun to plop down each night on the bedside with my kiddos and introduce them to a new and wonderful story from a special Bible themed storybook. This one is called God’s Big Plans for Me by Rick Warren. It is a devotional book designed for kids filled with 40 beautifully illustrated stories based off God’s Word. It includes many points of focus such as something to think about, something to remember, and a question to answer.
We have been reading it each night for about 12 days now and I have found it really captures the kids attention well. It shares just enough info based off the Bible stories covered that help students learn important key facts about those Bible stories without going too deep. if you have older elementary students, they will enjoy it and yet desire something that digs deeper, but this is still a great review collection of devotional stories they can read at bedtime. Younger students from toddler to early elementary will most likely benefit the most from this book.
It is a large hardcover book with beautifully illustrated pages. My daughter is 11 years old and she enjoys reading these short devotionals to her younger brother.  It’s a great idea for Christmas or birthday gifting. Enjoy!

About God’s Big Plans for Me Storybook Bible:
God’s Big Plans for Me Storybook Bible illustrates the 40 foundational principles written in the #1 New York Times bestseller The Purpose Driven Life by Pastor Rick Warren. With child-friendly language, engaging illustrations, and a chronological approach, Pastor Warren introduces each Bible story with a theme that aligns with one of his foundational principles. He wraps up the stories with a closing thought targeted to early readers. The colorful illustrations and narrative tone bring these beloved Bible stories to life for readers young and old. God’s Big Plans for Me Storybook Bible has foil decoration on the cover.

About God’s Great Love for You:
God’s Great Love for You, written by #1 New York Times bestselling author and respected pastor Rick Warren, takes children on a whimsical and heartfelt journey that lets them know God’s love is with them wherever they go. With breathtaking illustrations by Chris Saunders, the simple yet poignant text comes alive as a child journeys to places far and near and discovers God’s great love is perfect, and everywhere, and will never end.

Social Corner:
Hashtags: #RickWarren & #FlyBy

Purchase this book as a gift today!

 
GIVEAWAY TIME!
Prize: One winner will receive a copy of Rick Warren’s new book: God’s Big Plans for Me
Age: Must be 18 or older to enter. Void where prohibited.
Location: Open to the Continental US only.
Date: Starts October 30 and ends November 7 at midnight EST.
How to Enter:
Earn 1 entry by leaving a comment sharing what some of your favorite children’s storybooks or devotional books for kids are.
Earn a 2nd entry by visiting BecandBecDesign on Etsy and favoriting our shop.
Here are the new guidelines for you to use in 2017:

“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 on the same blog, 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.

Review and Giveaway for Jeremy Camp CD: The Answer

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This is part of the Holiday Tweet Fest! Follow along on Twitter at #htfest or follow @Choosingtolive so you don’t miss any of the fun giveaways, freebies, deals and games!

JEREMY CAMP “THE ANSWER”

To say that I was super excited and honored to get to review the latest Jeremy Camp CD called The Answer would be an understatement. In all my years of working as a blogger, I have found myself getting to meet many great music artists in person at various events and sometimes having the privilege to hear their testimony on a personal level. This was the case when I got to hang out with Jeremy Camp many years ago and actually stood beside him while he had me sign autographs (as a humble blogger!) while he signed autographs of his latest album that year. He taught me to use special silver or gold sharpies so they show up on dark colored objects, and shared lots of great tips.

Getting to meet him several times and hearing his music first hand was awesome, but it was his bits of testimony about all God helped him endure during his life that touched me the most. His fire and passion for living was amazing, and his strength of heart was so full that it gave off energy as if he was a light source himself. We all know WHO was creating that light source though, don’t we? It is the love of Jesus that shines brightly through Jeremy Camp and touches people no matter where he goes.

I really hope you’ll take the time to watch a few of these videos and enjoy the blessing of his inspired gift of music that God gave him. His music is a beautiful and harmonious reflection of that great light of Jesus even now in his 2017 album titled: The Answer. Guess what the Answer is about? You got it – Jesus! Once you are on the path to share the love of Christ with all your heart, it’s impossible to stop you! Jeremy knows how to spread the amazing love of Jesus and he has a very special gift of God’s love wrapped up in this awesome new CD for you this year! Don’t miss hearing ALL the terrific songs on his new album THE ANSWER!

Social Corner: Watch some of these song videos of his new album!
Word Of Life Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrX2tGgADu0
Word Of Life Song Story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGuxZC7Ncn4
The Answer Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQHXJi1EhDM

Ready to buy this great new CD for gift giving this holiday season or for your own listening pleasure? Grab it HERE

Official Hashtag:
#TheAnswer

GIVEAWAY TIME!

Enter for a chance to win your own copy of Jeremy Camp CD: The Answer! THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. Congratulations to our winner: Nicholas W.!!
Prize: One winner will receive a physical CD of the new album The Answer by Jeremy Camp!
Age: Must be 18 years or older to enter. Void where prohibited.
Location: Open to continental US.
Date:Oct 2 to Oct 11 at midnight EST! (Part of our Holiday Tweet Fest!)
How To Enter:
1. Leave a comment below sharing what you love about Jeremy Camp’s music, your favorite song or album, or name another Christian artist you love to listen to just as much. (counts as 1 entry).
2. You may get a second entry by retweeting this tweet and commenting below with your Twitter handle: https://twitter.com/Choosingtolive/status/914853482712190977
3. You may get a third entry by commenting on any other recent post on the blog.

“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 on the same blog, 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.

All In! Matthew West CD Review and Giveaway

Kicking off our Holiday Tweet Fest #htfest with a very special new CD by Matthew West titled: All In! Come check out this amazing album filled with the glorious sounds of God’s blessings on a man touched by God’s gift of music. What a great way to Praise the Lord – with an album declaring you are ALL IN for Jesus! I just love it!

 Ready to face all of life going ALL IN for Jesus and living the life you were always meant to live? What an incredible collection of great songs that both encourage and refresh your spirit as you learn to let go of the cares of this world and trust in God alone. Some of my favorites were All In (of course!) and others like Dream Again, Mercy Is a Song, Broken Things, Becoming Me, and The Beautiful Things We Miss. I really (to be honest) enjoyed the entire album!
My husband likes guitar more where I tend to like the drums and a dance beat or pop style in music. In this album there seems to be more use of drums than some of his others (to my happy surprise!) which gives it a real upbeat flair and some cool keyboard/electronic sound inspirations that always excite my musically oriented son who loves to play keyboard and memorize Matthew Wests songs for playing in church worship on Sundays.
 
Try the new Matthew West Album All In and be inspired!
Matthew’s heart behind the album:
Matthew wrote his new album All In with the goal of encouraging himself and others to get up off the sidelines of their faith and really live it out – to go all in in your time with God, all in with your family, all in with your community, and all in battling your fears that may hold you back from becoming who God made you to be. Along that same theme, Matthew will be launching a 6-week All in Challenge on his social media starting 9/18, and each week Matthew will be challenging his fans to go all in in a different part of their
lives. What does it look like when a heart that knows Jesus takes a step and holds nothing back? How can we go All In in the places that mean the most?
Social Corner: Watch these great vidoes of some of the new songs!
Broken Things (story behind the song): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BipPAfDq9ns
All In (Story Behind The Song): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmjVt4zkkRo
Ready to Buy this new Matthew West CD titled ALL IN? Go here!
HashTag: #ALLIN
 GIVEAWAY TIME!

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. The Winner is: Michelle D.!

Enter for a chance to win your own copy of Matthew West CD All In!
Prize: One winner will receive a physical CD of the new album ALL In by Matthew West!
Age: Must be 18 years or older to enter. Void where prohibited.
Location: Open to continental US.
Date: Sept 25 to Oct 1 at midnight EST! (Kicking off our Holiday Tweet Fest with this giveaway!)
HOW TO ENTER: 6-12 chances to win!
Get 1 entry for each of the following items you do below:
1. Leave a relavent comment on this post
2. Share this post on any social media channel and comment where you shared. You’ll find share buttons on this post.
3. RETWEET this Tweet 1 time OR Daily (once per day from Sept 25-Oct1): https://twitter.com/Choosingtolive/status/912391643898302465
4. Comment on any other post and comment here to tell me where you commented
5. Enter any other giveaway on our site and leave a comment on that post
6. Visit http://learningblast.net and leave a comment sharing what you think?
7. Bonus entry for my Giveaway Group fans! Just comment you are in the group. Not in the group yet? Join here!

“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 on the same blog, 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.

Love2EncourageYou is not responsible for delivery of giveaway prize. That will come from the sponsor.

Apply for HOLIDAY TWEET FEST in OCTOBER and November!

Did you know that there’s a quick and easy way to get your product in front of tens of thousands of possible new customers this holiday season? Imagine a Holiday Gift Guide of endless Tweets and Giveaway Fun! Thousands of followers on Twitter follow my tweets everyday @choosingtolive and with our strategic approach to introducing new products, sharing reviews, and announcing fun giveaways in an exciting and creative way this holiday season, you’d be doing yourself a favor to get on the awesome line up for our first annual HOLIDAY TWEET FEST!

Hurry! This fabulous launch of tantalizing tweets will be going live on October 1st through November 31st sharing high quality products, tasty treats and freebies, irresistible giveaways to enter, and a LIVE Twitter Party showcasing some of the exciting giveaways and special discounts available just for my readers! Have something cool in mind to include in our HOLIDAY TWEET FEST event? Contact Rebecca at love2encourageyou@yahoo.com today and lets get your idea in motion!

Love2EncourageYou is currently accepting applications for inclusion in our HOLIDAY TWEET FEST for any family friendly products or services from companies around the globe. Prices are listed below:

$5 Paypal: GIVEAWAYS or DISCOUNT TWEETS – one tweet sharing a giveaway item or discount of 15% or more to your product or service. MUST include #Ad in character count. (Bloggers are welcome to submit tweets to their holiday gift guides!)

$10 Paypal: YOUR CHOICE – one tweet with optional image and link sharing your wording about your product of choice

$25 Paypal: TWITTER PARTY mention – two tweets of your choice for inclusion in Twitter Party to be held on Friday, November 17th from 9pm to 10pm EST and inclusion in our list of participating sponsors in a follow-up article to be posted on Love2EncourageYou blog and tweeted the next day.

$50 Paypal + $10 Gift Card: TWITTER PARTY SPONSOR4 tweets about your company, product, or giveaway and 1 main tweet included as a mandatory RETWEET by followers entering to win the flash giveaway prizes for the end of Twitter Party. Your company will also receive inclusion at the TOP of our list of participating sponsors in a follow-up article to be posted on Love2EncourageYou blog and tweeted the next day.

$50 Paypal + Review Item: VIDEO REVIEW – YouTube, Blog Post & 2 TWEETS – Your family friendly toy/game/tech or other review item will be video reviewed on a date in October to be shared on YouTube and inserted in a Blog Post and then shared in 2 TWEETS on Twitter. Add 2 shares on Facebook and 1 on Instagram for an additional $15. (You are responsible for shipping a full size item to review which is mine to keep and cannot be returned along with payment through Paypal for options you choose: $50 or $65. Payment required in full in advance of review. All items received will be reviewed and posted during the months of October and November. Items arriving before the Twitter Party on October 20 will be posted immediately. Most items must allow up to 1 week for review.)

How to Apply for Holiday Tweet Fest: Send your interest email to Rebecca at love2encourageyou@yahoo.com and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Thank you in advance for your support of Love2EncourageYou. 10% of all proceeds will be going to help various local charities.

Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou is reaching out to help needy families and other local charities this holiday season. Therefore 10% of all proceeds from the sales at Holiday Tweet Fest will be used to purchase items to be a blessing to these families and charities.  Your advertising purchase is appreciated.  Any review items received by Love2EncourageYou are only accepted if they are family friendly and if they match the interests and needs of my family and audience here at Love2EncourageYou. My opinions are my own and may differ from your own. However, I believe everything I share has value in the eyes of my readers. Be safe and healthy this holiday season and count your blessings.

Florida Beach Vacation Within A Budget

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Carrying around heavy beach equipment such as beach chairs, umbrella, and cooler while dealing with whiny, tired kids in wet bathing suits on an hour or more car ride home has never been my idea of relaxing family entertainment. I prefer to choose a Florida beach vacation within a budget with an overnight stay in an affordable hotel and enjoy making a full weekend of it! You would probably agree that getting spoiled enjoying a walk-on style beach hotel, refreshing pool, maybe an air-conditioned arcade, restaurant dining for meals, and other amenities such as mini-golf, shuffle board, playgrounds, and more would be much more relaxing and suitable for positive family memories that the scenario I mentioned earlier.

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Family Friendly Florida Beach Vacation

Where does one go to enjoy a family friendly Florida beach vacation that doesn’t break the bank? One of these affordable hotel gems we recently learned about from my brother and his wife while they were visiting in Florida and stayed in St. Pete’s Beach at the Dolphin Beach Resort. Their hotel room was attractively decorated, pleasantly air-conditioned, and the back sliding door to the room opened right up onto the beach on the Gulf side of Florida.  They had two teenage children with them and my mother also came along. The family as a whole greatly appreciated the first floor accommodations and easy access to the beach and Gulf anytime they wished. Overall my brother and his wife shared they had a marvelous experience and were delighted it was convenient short drive to visit Busch Gardens in Tampa, FL as well both on their way to and from staying at the Dolphin Beach Resort.

Dolphin Beach Resort

Great For Special Occasions

It was both timely and helpful to have their input as my husband and I were approaching our 24th Wedding Anniversary and were hoping to find something special within our limited budget that would still have the allure of the beach nearby and a relaxing pool to cool off in when we didn’t want to go in the ocean. Both the reasonable price and convenient beach access seemed perfect for a weekend getaway with or without the kids. Knowing our summer is drawing to a close soon, we decided bringing the kids along was probably the best bet even if it ends up having to wait until September for hubby’s birthday. A weekend stay at the Dolphin Hotel is something to consider for your next special occasion!

I’m hoping to bring you some new updates and breath-taking pictures very soon after we enjoy our romantic and family oriented mini stay at the Dolphin Beach Resort in St. Pete’s beach, FL. Keep living life to the fullest and check back with us often on ways to make memories with your family while on a budget.

Go See All Saints in Theaters August 25

Calling all Christian movie lovers! Here’s a fantastic opportunity to get an early glimpse at the newest Christian film to hit theaters soon – All Saints! You will also have the chance to enter to win two tickets to see the film in theaters!!

ALL SAINTS is a refreshing heart-felt faith-based film that all audiences can enjoy. It’s very essence is the heart of God caring for us – His children. He knows our needs, and He listens to our prayers. God provides for our needs and answers those prayers according to His perfect Will. Sometimes God calls us to do things in this world on His behalf that will not only affect our futures and lives, but also the lives of many others. It’s incredible to hear stories like this one in All Saints and learn again and again how amazing our God truly is.

Here’s a general overview of the film All Saints:
-Product category: film
-Title: ALL SAINTS
-Genre: drama
-Rating: PG
-Run time: 1:48:00
-Recommended ages: 10 and up
-Campaign focus: theatrical release
-Release date: 8/25/17
-Studio: Sony AFFIRM (Sony Pictures)
-About: ALL SAINTS is based on the inspiring true story of salesman-turned-pastor Michael Spurlock (John Corbett), the tiny church he was ordered to shut down, and a group of refugees from Southeast Asia. Together, they risked everything to plant seeds for a future that might just save them all.

I’m very eager to see this full motion picture in theaters! There’s so much going on in this movie All Saints that many people can relate to. Prayer changes things! God hears our prayers and He answers in His timing! When you are looking for answers, get closer to God and listen for what He is trying to tell you. Don’t be so surprised when He actually answers those prayers!

Want to learn more sneak peaks about this exciting film? Check out these cool Behind the Scenes clips!

Other YouTube clips about the movie All Saints you may enjoy:
All Saints: John Corbett Decisions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ecr5uwJbZjA
The Pastors of All Saints: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDADYtgVWog
The Miracles of All Saints: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLw27W_WuhY

Keep up with all the fun! Share your thoughts about the film on social media and keep learning more from others by using hashtags  #AllSaintsFlyBy

Ready to see the movie? Visit the official film site at http://www.allsaintsmovie.com where you can  buy tickets to see the film, access video or photos, downloads, news, theaters the movie is playing in and much more.

Giveaway Time!

Prize: Enter to win 2 tickets to see the movie All Saints in theaters. (All Fandango codes are only good to use In U.S. movie theaters.)

Location: Open to USA residents only. Void where prohibited.

Age: Must be 18 years or older to enter.

Dates: August 14 – August 19th at midnight EST

To Enter: Leave a comment on this blog post sharing what other Christian films you have been inspired by in the past. You may leave a comment ONCE per day. Maximum of 6 entrees.

“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 on the same blog, 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.

Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou received two tickets to see the movie All Saints in exchange for sharing about this new film. I was only given the opportunity to view the free behind the scenes clips and trailers before the official release of the movie All Saints in theaters. I only support and encourage my readers to learn about items I feel are of value or interest to their families. 

Nichole Nordeman: Every Mile Mattered – Music CD Review & Giveaway!

It has always been a pleasure to do music reviews for you here at Love2EncourageYou. There are so many great and talented artists in the Christian music industry who create lyrics that just overflow with inspiration and encouragement from the blessings and trials they’ve experienced in life.

Today I have a heart-felt CD from Nichole Nordeman for you to enjoy! It’s titled: Every Mile Mattered

Some of you may have already heard the hit, “SLOW DOWN” on the Christian radio. She includes a new recording of that song on this album.

I’ve found that having the combination of reading God’s Word, prayer, and the sound of God inspired music can be a great combo over a relaxing cup of tea watching the sunrise for your morning devotions. Nichole Nordeman’s cd is both inspiring and calming in many ways. A great CD to listen to when reflecting after devotions and preparing for your day in the morning, or if you’re wanting to unwind after a hard day at work.

Here’s a glimpse at one of my favorite songs on the album: Listen To Your Life

I hope you will find it just as soothing and inspiring as I did! There are so few things in life that I take the time to enjoy amidst the hustle and bustle of caring for kids, cleaning house, work, and reaching out to others, but music has always been a source of peace and calming for me. Trust me when I share that this album is one of those go to albums to accomplish just that. Her gifts have been fine tuned after all these years of multiple albums and I really think Nichole Nordeman has offered us something special with this one!

For those of you who enjoy humor, my hubby was listening to the album with me during my review and when I got to that song, “Listen to Your Life”, he asked me this question: “So is that last song we just heard called, Listen To Your Wife?” I told him YES!!! lol.

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Official website – http://nicholenordeman.com

Purchase the CD here: 

ITunes http://capcmg.me/emm?IQid=b
Spotify:  http://capcmg.me/emm.sp
Amazon: http://capcmg.me/emm.am)

She has a book “SLOW DOWN” coming out in August!! If you’re interested, pre-order here:
http://slowdown-book.com

Stay connected to us by sharing about the CD using the Official Hashtags: #everymilemattered & FlyBy

Check out Nichole’s blog http://nicholenordeman.com and sign up for newsletters!

 GIVEAWAY TIME!

Enter to win your own copy of the Nichole Nordeman album: Every Mile Mattered!

Must be 18 yrs or older to enter. Void where prohibited.

Open to residents of the Continental USA (lower 48 states).

Dates: August 2nd -August 14th at Noon EST.

TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY: THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED.

Please see future giveaways listed on the blog including the next big giveaway for two Tickets to the movie All Saints!

“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 on the same blog, 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.

18th Birthday Present Ideas for Boys

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18th Birthday Present Ideas for Boys

As children grow, it becomes more and more difficult to get them gifts that they’ll truly appreciate. We as parents all remember the simpler days, when a small gift or a completely random object could amuse and entertain our small children for hours on end. As we experience more things in life, our threshold for appreciating things continues to increase. When children transition into young adulthood, it can be especially difficult to find joy in a gift that is sensible, affordable and sentimental. Fortunately, there are solutions: we’ll review today some great gift ideas for those boys in your life who are turning 18.

 

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  • The Latest Video Game Console

Most teenage boys absolutely love gaming consoles. Whether it’s a PC, Xbox One or PlayStation 4, there are several choices that cater to each type of gamer’s tastes. Today’s gaming consoles are absolutely phenomenal in terms of the gaming experience provided. Giving your 18 year-old boy one of these is almost certainly going to result in countless hours of enjoyment and use, unlike many other gifts that can be equally as pricey yet are easily discarded.

 

  • A Tower of Treats

If you’re aiming for a smaller gift for the man who’s turning 18, then you might want to consider how to take a bunch of tiny things and turn them into something awesome. We’re all familiar with the concept of gift baskets, but what about a tower of treats or a castle of collections? There are some great ideas on Pinterest (click here and here for a couple of them) showing ways you can take those tiny treats and savory somethings and combine them into something simple yet awesome!

 

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  • A New Vehicle

While this might be out of the realm of possibility for many, one’s 18th birthday symbolizes adulthood, freedom and independence. If you are in the position to do so, a new vehicle may be just the perfect gift for that growing boy in your life. Whether it’s a brand new car or a used one, one of the biggest desires of a young adult is to be able to go wherever and whenever he wants. This is especially an awesome gift if he is still relying on parental or public transportation to get from place to place.

 

  • Ask Him!

Finally, one smart recommendation – and perhaps the best way to provide him with a lasting gift – is to talk with the birthday boy about what he would like. This is almost certainly something you’ll need to do in order to find him a gift that he’ll continue to find interest in for years to come. The best gifts are gifts that help foster their talents, passions and interests: are you familiar with what motivates and inspires him? Whether it be music equipment, a piece of software or a series of acting lessons, consider what a gift that touches his special interests can mean on his 18th birthday.

Buying gifts for young adults can be tricky, but with a bit of preparation and planning, you’ll easily pull it off. Whether you’re looking at a new gaming console, a vehicle for the open road or something that truly taps into their passions, the thought of the gift matters above all else.

Love2EncourageYou is happy to bring you some of the highest quality content available on the web on a variety of family friendly topics through collaboration with many great writers. Feel free to comment below with your suggestions for future topic themes that would be helpful or of interest to you.

Mandisa: Out of the Dark – Review and Giveaway!

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There’s just something incredible about God’s people being inspired to share what He has laid upon their heart and done in their lives to give Him the glory. Mandisa has already become a wonderful inspiration to many with her previous hit songs that our Lord had here share with the world.  Now she shares her heart and tells us the story of how God has rescued her from some of the darkest parts of despair in her life. Encouraging us to look to Him for guidance and trusting Him to be there for us always. Watch a short video of Mandisa sharing this story behind her new album here.

Mandisa wrote her song “Overcomer” in 2013 to encourage her close friend Kisha, who was battling breast cancer. Mandisa really believed and prayed that God was going to heal her, but when Kisha went to be with Jesus in 2014, Mandisa’s foundation was shaken in a way she never expected. She fell into a deep pit of depression for close to 3 years, shutting out her friends, family and the rest of the world. Mandisa believes if she had kept going down that road she was on, she would not be here today… but God stepped in and lifted her out of that pit by using her close friends to communicate their love for her and God’s love for her. This album is Mandisa’s way of letting her fans into her story – it’s called ‘Out Of The Dark’ because that is exactly where God lifted her out of!
You can watch her talk openly about this on Good Morning America last week here.

No matter where you are in your walk with the Lord, or where you see yourself going in life, we all have a need for encouragement. Everyone can use a lift and a bright spot to help them through their day. This new album from Mandisa titled “Out of the Dark” can be that tool to help pull your down attitude into one of encouragement and gratitude!  Get your hands on a copy today and find ways to bless it to others as well. They will thank you!

I particularly felt blessed by this collection of “musical weapons against the enemy’s schemes” as you feel how much Mandisa pours out her heart to God in the lyrics. Her desire is to show us how much God truly loves us and rescues his children. We are NEVER alone during our trials or tough circumstances – God is there through the midst of it, gently guiding us through.

I always love songs that include other artists as guest singers or cameos so it was a joy to see so many great artists popping in for some of these great songs on Mandisa’s album such as Toby Mac, Kirk Franklin, Jeremy Camp and Britt Nicole!

Mandisa has a fantastic song on this album called “Unfinished” that I really think you’ll enjoy listening to. Check out the Acoustic Video for it here.

GIVEAWAY TIME!!

Now I give a huge thanks to Mandisa, Capital Records, and Flyby Promotions for allowing me to share a great opportunity with all of you! Here’s YOUR chance to win this brand new just released Mandisa album in a giveaway!

To Enter: Simply share in a blog post comment below telling me what Mandisa songs you enjoy the most, OR share how much you’d really like to win and why.  Each comment counts as one entry. You may enter once per day until the end of the giveaway.

You must be 18 years or older to enter. Open to the USA lower 48 states (Continental US) only. Void where prohibited.

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Be the Best with These Gifts for Him on Big Anniversaries

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What do you get a man when a big anniversary rolls around? You’ve been married 10, 20, maybe even 50 years, and you want to mark the occasion. Women often end up with jewelry, whether it’s a new ring or a pair of diamond earrings. While some men might appreciate jewelry or something else to wear, not all of them will. Coming up with ideas can be tough, even if you’re trying to think of a gift for someone you’ve been in love with for decades. Just asking him is one approach, but if you want your gift to be a surprise, you need to come up with some ideas on your own.

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A Watch

A gold watch is a traditional gift for someone retiring, but it’s perhaps not given as much as it might once have been. It’s an excellent choice for a big anniversary, especially if you’re considering spending more on something that will last. A good watch can last a long time, and even become an heirloom that gets passed through the generations. While smartwatches are handy, they’re unlikely to be handed down to your great-grandchildren. Before investing in a watch, think carefully about whether it’s the right choice. If he doesn’t usually wear one, it could end up just sitting in a box.

Jewelry

Jewelry definitely isn’t just for women. Men have always worn jewelry too, from rings and necklaces to piercings. You’ll know better than anyone whether your partner is the sort of person to wear jewelry, though. If he is, there are lots of options for what you could get him for a big anniversary. Any old piece of jewelry might not be that exciting, but if you want to get something special, there are some exciting choices. For example, check out the gold chain necklaces at https://www.frostnyc.com/collections/14k-gold-chains. If you’re willing to spend a bit of cash, you can give a gift that’s something to treasure for a long time. You might also think about a ring – if you get one, why not him too?

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Cufflinks

You might class cufflinks as a type of jewelry, although others might not see it the same way. Cufflinks are always a smart accessory to add to a suit, or just a dress shirt and pants. They come in all types of designs, from formal and simple to quirky and silly. While you can buy some cheap, novelty cufflinks for a few dollars, you can also get something of better quality. A pair of monogrammed cufflinks could be a good idea. There are some fantastic designer options, like the examples at http://www.luxos.com/news/fashion/4030-top-ten-cufflinks.

Something Personalized

Personalizing a gift is always a smart choice for a special occasion. You can personalize and customize just about anything you can think of. It could be some kind of jewelry or accessory, or it might be something he can put in his office. You can personalize pens, paperweights, wallets, glasses, or any gift you think someone might like. It gives you the chance to pick any gift you think your partner will love and make it extra special by turning it into something just for them.

 

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Practical Gifts

Some men are much more practical than others and would rather have something they can use than something that looks good. There are some useful gifts for the more practical man that he’s sure to use all the time. For example, a personalized pen knife can come in handy on a camping trip or while working around the house. You can even get something like a personalized hammer for men who love to do DIY whenever they get the chance. A gift can be special and practical at the same time.

Buying an anniversary gift for the man you love doesn’t have to be hard. If you know him well, you should be able to think of something he’ll love.

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