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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.

This giveaway starts on Thursday, May 25 and ends on Tuesday, May 30 at midnight, EST. Winners will have 24 hours to respond to email notification to claim their prize.

“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.”

Save The Lost: Glow in the Dark YOUTH Group Game

 

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Have you ever hoped to connect with your teens or the kids in the youth group on important topics like Salvation but weren’t sure how to break the ice? Here’s a unique and super fun way to do just that! Introducing the game: SAVE THE LOST! This fast paced action game is fully interactive for youth to get their energy out in a dark environment with glow in the dark components and exciting game play for all to enjoy! It plays somewhat similar to a capture the flag style activity, but much more impactful and significant when it comes to using in a youth group at church or at a camp. This fun family oriented game can be a huge hit at birthday parties, family reunions and block parties or graduations.

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Watch this video to get an idea of just how much energy and enthusiasm these kids have for this game!

VIDEO – See the game in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch? v=Z9RqmIJ7reQ
OFFICIAL RULES – Learn how it works: https://www.savethelostgame.com/the-game.html

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My son and I enjoyed sharing this game and donating it to our youth group at church. They LOVED Save The Lost! They enjoyed it so much they want me to buy more of the wrist bands to add even more players and expand the challenge! They played it again at a youth LOCK-IN event during Spring Break too and said it was a blast! An AWESOME way to help kids connect with the truth that Jesus is the LIGHT and is the WAY to be SAVED.

With the lure of social media and video games, it can be hard to get youth off the couch and active. It can also be difficult to get them to focus on their Bible study when all they want to do is go play with their friends.

This new, glow-in-the-dark adventure game helps solve both these problems. “Save the Lost” gets youth to experience Christian principles while giving them a reason to have physically active fun.

To no surprise, I’ve heard the game has been a big hit with youth leaders and students alike—reflecting on profound Biblical principles that teach about avoiding temptation, finding redemption and showing them how to help others do the same— all while being a delightfully exciting and fun game to play.

“The strategy that took place in the game involved everybody, and everybody was playing together,” says Jeff VanWagoner, another youth leader involved in testing the game. “Everybody would strategize as a whole group against the Tempters—regardless of whether or not they’re friends.”

Here are some other comments and testimonies from the Christian youth leaders who tried this game, Save the Lost:

“I know you may be skeptical and think, “OH, Another cheesy Christian game!” but let me tell you my kids LOVED it! I am a youth pastor in the heart of Hollywood, CA and my kids had a blast with this” — Michael B, Hollywood CA

“We used this game for our church youth group activity with boys aged 13-17 and they all had a fantastic time. There are multiple variations on the structure of the game which allowed them to pick and choose which they enjoyed the most. The technology worked amazing when we used it in a darkened gymnasium, and also outside as it turned dusk. The message of the game was evident to the boys, but not overbearing” — Laurn V, Riverton, UT

“This is the best game I have ever owned! I’m a youth leader at my Church…so I ordered it and I was amazed by how great this game is!! No joke my youth all loved this game and have discussed playing all Sundays after church! — Andrew A, Rio Roco, AZ

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I highly recommend purchasing this game for your next youth group event, family reunion or as a great way to have fun and be a positive impact at your son or daughter’s graduation party coming up! Paul King is the creator and teacher for this game and has done an amazing job on customer service – even helping me find additional items to go with the game when we wanted to expand the number of tempters for a bigger challenge. He is awesome and will be more than happy to assist you with anything your youth group, homeschool group, or Christian school needs to enjoy the game and make an impact on the lives of today’s youth.

Blessings to you as you embark on this exciting journey together to SAVE THE LOST!

Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou received a free sample copy of the game in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own and may differ from your own. However, I only share items I feel would be of value or interest to my readers. 

Preschool Kids Will Love This Peppa Pig DVD and Contest

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What a fun weekend! Between watching the live TV Special of Peppa Pig and the Golden Boots plus getting to review the new DVD that includes this peppasode special, we had a real blast! The brand new DVD of Peppa Pig: The Golden Boots is releasing in stores Tuesday, March 8, 2016! Don’t miss grabbing this fun-loving and full of laughs collection of some of the cutest Peppa Pig and family antics yet!

My daughter’s favorite episode on this DVD besides the “Golden Boots” peppasode was “Grampy Rabbit in Space”! Losing your voice can be a real problem, but this issue has a hilarious result.

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My son loved the “Golden Boots” peppasode so much he kept running around the house quacking like the duck in the episode! You’ve got to see it!  It’s absolutely adorable for all to enjoy along with watching the other DVD episodes. Get more details and a list of episodes from my initial post here.

Have you entered the Peppa Pig photo contest yet? In celebration of this new episdode and DVD, there is a super exciting “Peppa Pig and The Golden Boots” Facebook photo contest kicking off today – Monday, March 7! Check out www.facebook.com/OfficialPeppaPigUS  or www.peppapig.com for more information and for your chance to enter to win an oinktastic Peppa Pig prizepack!

Thanks again for visiting Love2EncourageYou! I hope you’ll be blessed beyond measure and treasure every moment with your children or grandchildren. It’s my pleasure to bring you reviews, giveaways, and helpful posts to enrich your time with your family. Stay tuned for our upcoming review of the new Peppa Pig app!

Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou received a free sample of the DVD in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own and may differ from others.

The Unmaking by 8X Dove Award Winner Nichole Nordeman

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Capital Records presents the newest album from Nichole Nordeman (8 times Dove Award Winner!) titled “The Unmaking“! Just released this weekend! Check out some of my favorite songs on the album such as “Name”, “Something Out Of Me”, and “Love You More”! She’s got a hit on her hands again with some of these amazing songs – great music and lyrics that you want to sing praises to the Lord with!


Love the beautiful picture of God’s grace that is painted in our minds while listening to these soothing and yet upbeat songs for the soul. I love hearing her songs on the local Christian radio and the songs from this new album, “The Unmaking”, are sure to be on there often.

Nichole’s contemporary Christian music style fluctuates from album to album slightly, and variety can be a good thing! I’m always happily blessed by the final outcome after listening to her music and words that the Lord inspired her to share with the world. I hope you’ll find “The Unmaking” to be a true blessing to your heart and give you encouragement to face tomorrow.

Visit Nichole Nordeman’s website and read her heart-felt message about why she sings for God. Very inspiring!

GIVEAWAY TIME!

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Prize: One winner will receive a copy of the new album by Nichole Nordeman called “The Unmaking”!

Location: Open to residents of the US and Canada.

Age: Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

Date: Ends at midnight EST on Sept 13th.

“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.”

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 channel. Love2EncourageYou is not responsible for sponsor prize fulfillment.

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.
Stay Connected and keep up with the movie!

Twitter:  @MickeyMatson


Official Website:  http://mickeymatson.com

Want to purchase the movie? Get it HERE

OFFICIAL HASHTAGS:  #PIRATESCODE

Enter to Win a Copy of Your Own!

Here’s the greatest part – you now get the chance to enter to win a copy of this movie for your very own!! Be sure to hit the share buttons on this post and share the love so others can get the chance to enter as well.

GIVEAWAY TIME!

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!

Age: Must be 18 or older to enter.

Location: Open to USA & Canada

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Good luck to each of you in the giveaway!

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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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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.   

STAY CONNECTED AND KEEP UP WITH THE FILM AND BOOKS!

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


Twitter: @OldFashionedVow

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

OFFICIAL HASHTAG:  #OLDFASHIONEDMOVIE

GIVEAWAY TIME!

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

To Enter: You may do any of the following to count as one entry each, but you must leave a comment for each action you complete in order for the entry to count as an additional entry in the giveaway.

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Good luck to each of you in the giveaway!

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.”

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.”

Veggie Tales Super Comics – Keep Kids Reading!

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.

Organize Your Life: Miu Color Offers Home and Fashion Products

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Choosing to do some spring organizing of your home? Try out these great dresser drawer compartment organizers by Miu Color! They come in a variety of fashionable colors to compliment both men or women’s tastes in home decor.

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There are tons of convenient ways to make good use of these adorable organizers and lots of things you can put in them to keep your home in tip top shape! When you purchase this organizer bundle from Miu Color you get three different varieties! Check out my handy checklist of potential items you could put in your organizer from Miu Color. This is only a sample list… I’m sure you could come up with a ton of other great things you can store inside these organizers too! Feel free to share your ideas with me in the comments below.

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What could you store neatly in these organizers from Miu Color?

  • socks (Can we say “lifesaver”?!! No more lost and mismatched socks!)
  • underwear
  • bras
  • jewelry
  • hair accessories
  • children’s shirts or pants
  • baby shoes
  • baby bibs
  • baby blankets
  • baby onesies (so wish I had this when I had my last child!)
  • hats, scarf or gloves
  • craft supplies (totally love it for this purpose!)
  • collectible cards (Yes, my hubby and son wanted to take my organizers for this purpose! lol)
  • CDS
  • video games or controllers (even Leapster cartridges or games)
  • Disney Infinity Figures and Discs (very helpful!)
  • Nintendo Amiibo Figures (very helpful!)
  • important cables and phone chargers for household electronics
  • new batteries of all types (I use to have to hunt thru a messy drawer to find the right batteries!)
  • pet food containers or pet toys (we conveniently store everything we need for our pet right under his cage using this handy organizer!)
  • party favors and activity supplies (I’m a planner, so this worked well for me prepping for future kids parties and get togethers)
  • school supplies (Yes! My homeschool supplies have a sense of order now and the kids know right where to find things.)
  • office supplies (Can anyone else relate to needing this badly?)
  • small collectibles, treasured memories like photos or rare antiques
  • small kids board books
  • paperback novels
  • everything else you can imagine!

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Miu Color also offers a neat handy shopping bag that easily folds into a tiny square to take in your purse or briefcase or diaper bag and pull it out when you need it most. I recently went to a convention and found this bag to be a life saver for gathering and collecting all the business cards, paperwork, swag and freebies or review items offered to me at the convention. I got to keep them all safely in one place and still had room for more! (And I got a lot of stuff that day! lol. )

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This bag is a nice fashionable color and they offer many other color choices for your preference. Buy this awesome foldable shopping bag today and take it with you everywhere!

Visit Miu Color today and pick up some GREAT gifts at affordable prices!

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Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou received free product in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own. However, I only share items I feel are of interest or value to my family and my readers.

Caillou Helps Out DVD by PBS Kids

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Check out this wonderful adventure for toddler to early elementary aged kids to enjoy with the new DVD called Caillou Helps Out. (This is a review of the upcoming release on DVD.) Caillou Helps Out will be available for purchase on June 16 for $12.99 SRP.

PBS Kids always brings the best in entertainment and educational value to our homes, and this time is no different. I adore the gentle loving nature of the Caillou show and how it establishes great family and moral values teaching kids learning concepts of all different sorts along the way.

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I highly recommend this new DVD, Caillou Helps Out. My kids always end up roll playing the scenes and begging me to help them do some of the activities that Caillou or his sister do in the show whenever we watch this new video – such as making tasty snacks, or wanting costume accessory help so they can play Captain Caillou!

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This DVD includes 7 heart-warming stories on the DVD including:

  1. Caillou Makes a Meal
  2. Follow Me
  3. Captain Caillou
  4. High Flyers
  5. Emma’s Extra Snacks
  6. The Untidy Classroom
  7. Smooth Sailing

Movie is approx. 60 minutes * Widescreen

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Please consider making a purchase of this great new kids DVD “Caillou Helps Out” by PBSKids starting June 16! Every purchase keeps PBS going and kids growing. Visit PBSKIDS.org/caillou.

The Caillou shows always incorporate lots of cute ways for the DAD in the show to be a great role model and teacher of life skills to Caillou. This DVD would be a fun gift to give your kids close to Father’s Day so they can enjoy watching it together and be blessed by all the fun and adventures father and son do together in the show.

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Thanks so much for visiting Love2EncourageYou today! Be sure to visit my Giveaways Page to enter to win a PBS Kids DVD or other cool prizes!

Disclosure: Love2EncourageYou received a sample copy in exchange for an honest review. My opinions are my own. However, I only share items I fell are of interest or value to my family and my readers.