Crack an Egg and get FREE Books!

Do you love books for your kids ages newborn to young adult? I homeschool and as a homeschooler I can’t get enough books! I’m super excited to share this offer with you. Read below for more info on an awesome way to get free books for you and your family!!

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Have you ever hosted a Facebook Party? It’s pretty easy, all you are in charge of is getting your friends to RSVP and I’m in charge of everything else. The more friends you get to rsvp, the more friends make purchases and the more free books you get! And if you want even more free Usborne books, all  you have to do is comment with your choice of an egg below. Inside the eggs there are $30 to $50 dollars in free books just for hosting a party! No less and that’s on top of whatever you make from the party!! The first time I ever hosted a party I made $80 in free books and $75 in half off!! And guess what, over 50% of Usborne books are $9.99 or less!! Can you imagine how many free books that is!!

Comment below to get started!!:)

Here are a few awesome best sellers for the kids in your life!!

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Gardening with Littles

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Anybody else excited about getting their gardening on?!? Last year was our first year of gardening as a family and my kids really loved the idea of it but didn’t get involved like I had hoped… mainly my fault.

So this year we are making a huge effort to get excited about growing our own food. I purchased some summer gardening tools and gloves for the kids at Hobby Lobby(half off of course;)) a few weeks ago and started getting our garden ready not too long ago. So far my kids are digging it! (Get it… digging it!) Anyways I’ve been trying to think of other ways to get them excited about spring/gardening and I came across this garden yoga poses for kids. How fun is this!

Then I started to look for books that might pique their interest as well and I came across several from Usborne Books … haha isn’t that lucky! Here are some titles below that I think look super fun, educational and might really help my kiddos get interested!

With the adorable and fun yoga poses, the new child size gardening tools and these awesome books, I think we will be gardening like maniacs by April.

Here’s to happy gardening!

 

 

 

 

Free Books…. Say What?

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So as you know I officially have an Usborne online store and would love to give you all some free books! Do you have Facebook? Do you have friends that know kids? Do you love free stuff?

If you answered yes to all three questions then you may want to host a party for Usborne. You will get $20 in free books of your choice if you can get 20 people to rsvp to your fb party and double hostess rewards if they choose to place orders. When I hosted a party for the first time before I was a consultant I earned $80 in free books and $75 in half off books!! It was amazing. And $20 dollars on top of that is even better!

The task is simple. I prepare everything and run the entire party and you just contact your friends and invite them if they are interested! Facebook parties are the absolute best because you can sit from the comfort of your own home in your pj’s and pretty much do what you would normally do!! And if this helps over half of Usborne books are $9.99 or less so you could get a ton of books as long as you get those friends there and at least some of them place orders. But you get $20 free as long as they just rsvp!!!

Here’s a little sneak peak at Usborne books… Usborne Books Site . Here you can contact me if you are interested in hosting, You can also look through all the books here and even place an order. Please comment if have questions or interested in finding out more!!

Can’t wait to hear from you…

Here are some awesome books from Usborne

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A salesperson I never thought I would be!

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So, it’s official… I am an Usborne Books consultant. I fought it for about 3 months and could fight the urge no longer! I am terrified, haha I will never confess to be a good saleswoman and in a past life I would have said I would never do such a thing but I am shocked by my kids love and my love for these books!

They seem to be special!!

As a homeschooler books are obviously a little more of a treasure in our home, these are the things that nourish my children’s need for knowledge when I’m at a loss for what to introduce next. They find things that expand their interest when I have given up on searching for information.

We love books but we especially have a special place in our hearts for Usborne books. Today my friend was asking me some questions about Usborne and I sent her a video of the exact book she was looking for… because we had it in our library of books. I loved this experience, I loved being able to help someone with something that I was actually passionate about and excited about sharing.

I realize this is a small blog but I still can not contain my excitement about these books. Below is a picture of one of the books I recommended to someone today. It’s called All Better! It has 5 sticky “bandaids” on the inside cover and each page has a different animal with an ouchie that the child needs to put a bandaid on. We love this book!!

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There are so many amazing books, both fiction and non-fiction for newborns to young adults, that will deepen your child’s love for reading and learning and I really do stand by them… (fyi.. I don’t stand behind many products… or any… except for turmeric, love turmeric!!!)

Anyways, I’m sure I will have my up and down battles of the aspect of selling these books but I’m really just excited to talk about them more!! So if you want to talk to me about them go right ahead, I will be here!!:)

 

 

If interested in looking through Usborne books, here is a great link to search for books, get ideas, or buys some amazing books. Usborne Books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My babies broke my body

This is a wonderful and very true post about our bodies after babies!! As lovely as those babies are, they sometimes leave our bodies a mess… a big mess. At least for me, I wasn’t one of those women who was great at pregnancy or labor or delivery. Now that being said, I seem to be doing a pretty bang up job keeping them alive and happy. Anyways this is a great post by a lovely personal trainer friend/sister of mine! She is dabbling in online training now and rocking it! Read on if your body has been babyfied…

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Disclaimer-there may be an over-usage of the word “body” please forgive 😉

It’s true, that my babies broke my body. It’s true that it will never be quite the same, I will always have stretch marks, and breast feeding certainly was hard on me! But I would never in a million years take it back! All you mommas out there feel the same way, I’m sure.

Doing lots of cardio over the years has helped. I love to run, Run like the wind doth blow! But the truth is over time it’s hard on your body…the knees start to ache and injuries occur and then one can’t run. What to do?

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The past few years I have began to weight train, and it has changed and shaped my body in ways I never thought possible. I am more comfortable with my self now than ever before  (yes, even more so…

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5 Things I learned in my First Year of Homeschooling.

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Our first year of homeschooling will be over in a couple months and I’ve found myself reminiscing ( and yes I’m using the correct word here) about all the worries and anxieties I had leading up to the beginning of the school year.  Here are 5 things I’ve learned about myself and homeschooling.

1.I AM NOT A TOTAL REJECT!! 

To explain, I have never been very confident in my ability to make friends with women as an adult woman. Now to keep me from sounding like a recluse I will add that I have a lot of women friends but the difference is that I made these friends when I was just a girl. When we were just girls. I still have friends that I’ve had since elementary school, those are some of my closest friends. I have friends that I made when I was in a youth/college group at church and a very good friend that I made at my first ever job, Hobby Lobby. But the entire realm of women makes me shutter. Now as a homeschooler, you might not think I meet very many grown ups or see anyone at all ever that is over 4 feet tall but in all actuality I do and it was one of my biggest fears going into this. The kind of homeschooler I wanted to be was not the one that came natural for me. (Hey look, I have social anxiety and I was public schooled… more info on this in # 4.) We got out of the house, we joined a co-op where we knew practically no one going into it. We have play dates consistently and guess what… I am surviving. I sweat a lot but not as much as I did those first couple months of Thursdays, meeting people and trying to get to know all the different mothers.

I like the word mothers better, makes me sweat less than the word women, lots of different women. Eek. And I really can’t explain the fear because I am one.

2.HOMESCHOOLING CAN GET REALLY EXPENSIVE!! 

I didn’t really realize this until I started searching around for next years curriculum. We are doing My Father’s World 1st grade curriculum right now (which was not so cheap itself) and looking at future purchases with them would be going into a lot of several hundreds of dollars, not just several. I’ve realized through blogs and blogging myself that you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to teach your child. You don’t have to get one big curriculum package. You can buy used, which is what I’m looking into for this next fall. Going cheaper does not mean you will lose any of the quality that you are wanting. My son is only 5 and we are doing 1st grade this year. He is amazing and a super fast learner, I don’t know if all my children will learn at this rate but if so I shouldn’t have to spend much on anything else right? :/

All that being said, we do absolutely love My Father’s World so may still get the bulk of it through them.

3.IT’S NOT ONE SIZE FITS ALL!!

Going into this I really didn’t know what to expect but I had a feeling, after hours of searching for curriculums and subjects and grade levels that I was in for quite a ride. And it really is hit or miss. Some things that we have loved this year and last (preschool) others have not so much. For instance we absolutely loved almost everything about Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, my child really took to it and the only thing I had a real problem with was the stories got kind of repetitive. My son got a little bored with it so we skipped a few here and there. He picked it up quickly though. Now once I started talking to other mom’s in our co-op I learned that some of them didn’t care for it because it didn’t click for their kid and they found something else that did. I think I will find this happens a lot more as we go along and my own children have a different way of learning.

4.MY CHILD IS STILL NORMAL AND I BELIEVE HE WILL CONTINUE TO BE!!

I’m not gonna lie and say this wasn’t a huge worry I had, probably because it’s one of the most common misconceptions people have about homeschooled children. They will be socially awkward or they seem just a little different. Honestly it’s really funny now that I think about it. I went to public school and I was a a little weird and awkward so if my kids ends up like that it’s most likely genetic. Here is a great post about this very topic. It’s Because They’re Homeschooled: No, Actually It’s Not. I know several homeschooled children and several public schooled children and you know what… I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. Some kids are shy, some are not, some are very active, some are not.

Personality, Personality, Personality!!!!

5.IT’S A LOT HARDER AND A LOT MORE REWARDING THAN I EXPECTED!!

Don’t get me wrong, I had a feeling it would be hard but it’s a different kind of hard once you are deep in the thick of it. Before we started I was worried about all of the above, about curriculum choices and normal kids and me being the biggest, nerdiest mom ever. But now those have pretty much faded away, every once in awhile they will pop up again but it’s nothing I can’t handle. What was unexpectedly hard is realizing that there are some days when neither of us want to do school. Somedays my temper is a little shorter than I would like. Some days showing grace doesn’t seem like much of an option. While we make school as yell free and stress free as possible that doesn’t mean that some days aren’t harder than others. There is a fine balance in being the mom and the teacher of your children. I don’t think I have quite gotten it down yet but I’m working on it. Another hard thing is just wanting them to succeed, wanting to do the best thing for my child and when they are struggling with something or not figuring it out the thought pops into my head, “Maybe I’m not good enough to do this job.” and then that’s about the time the rewarding part comes in. I have found that about the time when I am starting to second guess our decision to homeschool there is a grace that blankets our house and it’s definitely not from me. Whether it’s just peace that washes over me or me seeing my son figure something out that he’s been struggling with. I’m reminded that I didn’t go into this decision lightly. Lots of prayer and thought and discussion went into this and I know that at this time in our lives this is what we should be doing and God never fails to remind me of that when I am starting to get a little stressed out.

I really was not expecting or planning on writing down all of my thoughts that I have been having this last month or so about schooling but I’m so glad I did. It was a great way to reflect and see that the prayers and worries I had earlier on were answered in one way or the other, which then gives me hope and faith that the worries and struggles that come along now and in the future will not overtake me.

If you are struggling with a decision about homeschooling, whether it be to try it out or not or just how in the world to start off, I’m always here. I definitely don’t have all the answers but sometimes it’s just nice to talk to someone who gets it. Support is a very necessary thing, whether you homeschool or not!!