Archives for November 2012

Teacher’s Notebook Weekend Fun


Teachers Notebook is "giving back" to all its members. Make a purchase from a teacher shop and Teachers Notebook will take off an additional 10% from your ENTIRE ORDER!   With so many shops running sales, you could get up to 55% off!

My shop will have a 25% discount on everything, which will be combined with the extra 10% off from Teacher’s Notebook!  Now is definitely the time to purchase the printables you have been wanting from my shop and others on Teacher’s notebook!

If you missed my big deal post, be sure to check it, as many of the sales I posted about are still running!Black Friday Deals for Homeschoolers 2012

Black Friday {& beyond} Deals for YOU!

Black Friday Deals for Homeschoolers 2012

A few of my favorite companies are having excellent deal for the holiday season.  Some are Black Friday only, some go beyond, so be sure to read the details as you make your shopping plans.  If you have specific questions about details regarding a specific deal, be sure to contact the company specifically, as I don’t know anything beyond what is shared here!

What’s in the Bible ~ $30 off Old Testament Bundle, code: 30THANKS {valid Nov 22-27}


Other What’s in the Bible Deals…

  • All single DVDs 2-9 are only $10 each through Nov. 26, 2012
  • DVD 1 is only $5
  • Free Shipping on orders of $15 or more

Bright Ideas Press ~ 20% off entire order code: TurkeySoup {valid Nov 23-26}


Truth in the Tinsel ~ 20% off using code: ONEPLUS

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Christmas Celebrations ~ 50% off of all 3 Christmas eBooks {valid through Nov. 26}

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We Choose Virtues ~ 30% off your entire order, on Cyber Monday use code: MONDAY30!  Have you seen the new Virtue Kid Kit?  This is definitely my recommendation, it is an incredible deal as is, but with 30% off it’s an AMAZING deal!

Speekee ~ save $11 on an annual subscription to Speekee, just for my readers! {no expiration set}


Lillian Vernon ~ 15% off and Free Shipping on orders over $45 {expires 11/30} Lillian Vernon has many cool educational toys at great prices.  We got our cardboard block set from them years ago!  

BLACK FRIDAY / CYBER MONDAY SPECIAL - 15% off + Free Shipping on $45+ at with promo code 58ECO152 from 11/21-11/30 - 468 x 60

DaySpring ~ 30% off  with code 30SUPER {valid through 11/26}

Amazon has a couple of great deals on gifts we recommended in our Gifts for Boys post!

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Quoted from their site: For a limited time, buy the game Qwirkle and save an additional 30% on the select MindWare games below. Discount will be applied at checkout. Here’s how (restrictions apply). Discounts only apply to items sold by Does not apply to products sold by third-party merchants and other sellers through the site.


Quoted from their site: For a limited time, buy two select PlaSmart games and get $5 off. Discount will be applied at checkout. Here’s how (restrictions apply). Discounts only apply to items sold by Does not apply to products sold by third-party merchants and other sellers through the site.

Ahh! Bean Bags ~  On Saturday, November 24th (Small Biz Saturday), get $25 OFF all bean bags from AMEX. (Must register with AMEX first.) 

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Use code 1plus1plus1 for 5% off, it expires November 28, 2012. I am not sure if you can use 2 discount codes or not, you’d have to email Jade at Ahh! to ask any specific questions you may have about any of these offers. Our giveaway winner is posted, so be sure to check if you entered!

Happy Shopping!

Christmas Gift Ideas for Boys

 Christmas Gift Ideas

I get asked a lot about gift ideas, so I thought it might be helpful to throw a few out there with some mini reviews on each item. We personally own everything I recommend, and I will never recommend something we don’t love! I am also a believer in LESS is MORE, so although I recommend things, please know that things don’t make us happy…they are just a small addition to an already full life in Christ. I don’t in any way believe that Christmas is about stuff. I realize gifts are a natural part {especially from grandparents!}, and I love getting recommendations also, which is why I share with you!

This is my list of ideas for boys, gearing towards ages 6-10. I will link to everything where I find the best online price {most of the time it is Amazon}. Most links are affiliate links, some are not {if I am not affiliated with the particular company}. If you purchase anything through an affiliate link, you give back a percentage to our family…thanks!

Christmas Gift Ideas for Boys

Bible for Preschoolers


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Music and DVDs for Preschoolers Books for Preschoolers

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Learning Toys for Preschoolers


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Games for Preschoolers

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Preschool Gifts

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If you are looking for ideas for younger children, you can check out my Christmas Gift Ideas for Tots and Christmas Gift Ideas for Preschoolers posts!


Christmas Gift Ideas for Jesus  Christmas Gift Ideas for Moms  Christmas Gift Ideas for Preschoolers  Christmas Gift Ideas for Tots


If you are an Apple user, check out the app I use to organize all of our Christmas shopping. A fellow missionary and good friend developed it and I love it! Santa's Bag App_thumb[2][3]

Are We Thankful?


I have a friend, her name is Stacie.  I met her online first, and then in person at Relevant in 2011.  I also got to hang out with her again this year at Allume {new name for Relevant}.  I love her, and am so thankful this crazy world wide web brought us together as friends.

That’s Stacie on the left, and Crystal in the middle…

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Stacie has an eBook out that I didn’t even know she was writing, it’s called Thanksgiving Heart.  Yes, the book is launching right before the Thanksgiving holiday, but it has little to do with the holiday and everything to do with our HEARTS, all year long! 

She sent me a copy to peek and I am so thankful she did. I have been so busy lately, and a bit off to be honest. Thanksgiving isn’t usually a holiday I truly enjoy, mostly because it involves traveling and juggling children between grandparents. The transition of travel is hard for me, and it usually takes me about a week of reentry to be back to normal when we return.  We leave tomorrow and I am really trying to prepare my heart to be grateful for the trip and for our family time down south.  Stacie’s little eBook seems to be just what I need for the road.  I glanced through it quickly and read a few parts, here’s a quote that hit me right in the heart…

Instead of looking for the best in each situation and thanking the Giver of all good gifts, I focus on how I’m being affected. I focus on me, myself, and I.

I am excited to spend some of my quiet time reading my friend’s words. I hope to take some of the ideas and printables she provides and apply them to our life when we return.

The eBook is regularly priced at $3.99 but in honor of her launch, it is only $1.99 right now, through tomorrow night.  So, be sure to snag it now to get this awesome deal!


Truth in the Tinsel

You may recall we used the awesome Truth in the Tinsel eBook last year and loved it!  You can see our set up here, and a few of our crafts here, and here!

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This year we will be using the new printable ornaments, and admiring the crafts we made last year. I plan to add in the weekly advent activities from Everyday Emmanuel, and use Truth in the Tinsel printables daily.


You can buy the eBook for $7.99, and/or the printable ornaments for $3.99

Get 20% off with discount code: ONEPLUS