Archives for November 2013

On the List ~ Candy Construction

From now until Christmas, I am featuring our all time favorite toys!  I will feature 10 different gift ideas between now and Dec 21, every Saturday. Already I featured Straws & Connectors, Indoor Energy Burners, Balance Bike, Bean Bag Chair, Letter Construction, and Foam Blocks!

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We were given the Candy Construction Building Set for a review awhile back {here’s the review}.  This is another building set that my kids all fell in love with immediately.  Building and candy theme?  Total win for them! 

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What Ages?

The recommended age range is 4-10.  I would recommend much younger as I think this is a great set to grow with.  My oldest is 11 and he still builds things with this set. The set has 92 pieces and the pieces are well made and sturdy.

Thoughts to Consider…

Sometimes when the kids build the car it doesn’t stay together as well as they would like.  This seems to be mostly because of the red “licorice” pieces.  The other creations stay together fine as long as they put them in correctly.  Ladybug has been building independently with this since day one {she was 3 1/2 when we got it} Now at 4 1/2 she can follow the manual and build things herself.  It is a very open-ended, creative building toy!

Currently the Candy Construction Building Set is $25 on Amazon here.


Do you already own the Candy Construction Building Set?  Is it on your list?

See more gift ideas On the List…

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Black Friday {& Beyond} 2013

Black Friday 2013

A few of my favorites 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!

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Teach Them Diligently is offering the early bird price of $45 currently AND a $7 discount with the code: SAVE7THANKS.  This deal expires 11/30/13. If you go to Nashville, Spartanburg, or DC I will see you there!



Integrity Time Bible Lessons is 40% off, making the entire curriculum that is regularly priced at $120, only $72.  This offer is valid through Dec. 4, 2013 and no code is needed.  Price is reflected on site. 

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Apologia has FREE SHIPPING and all of the books in the What We Believe series are 20% off. This specific deal is only for Black Friday 11/29. You’ll find these sale prices and more in the Apologia Nativity Shoppe. 



The Ultimate Healthy Living eBundle is back! If you missed it the first time, grab it now before it’s gone for good!  This entire bundle is only available for a special repeat sale Black Friday through December 2, 2013.


What’s in the Bible is offering 20% off of orders over $30, which also comes with FREE shipping! Use code: ABF20 through 12/2/13.

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We LOVE the Picture Smart Bible!  This is an awesome deal, use code: HOLIDAY35 to save 35% off of your order!  Deal is valid Nov. 28-Dec.2.


Bright Ideas Press is offering 20% off through Dec. 2, 2013.  Use code: fantasticday to save!

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I have NEVER seen our favorite Easy Lunchboxes on sale, so when I got this email I was excited! From 11/29-12 /2 Easy Lunchboxes will be 20% off on Amazon.  Regular price is $13.95 {for the set of 4} so you’ll know the sale is in effect when the price is 20% lower.  Not sure what time zone it will begin in, but the sale lasts through the weekend!  We have owned and loved our Easy Lunchboxes for years! I am going to order the new BRIGHT set via this deal!



We Choose Virtues is offering 30% off with code: HOLIDAY30 through Dec. 2.



YWAM is having a Thanksgiving sale, buy one get one free on this audio set {total for both $22}.  We read George Muller last year and loved it, I wish I would have had the audio version! This offer is valid through Dec. 15, 2013.  Shipping is $5.50 {US} for this set, making the total $27.50 for both CDs.  I checked on Amazon and each CD is listed at $19 right now, so this is a great deal!

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In honor of Cyber Monday, YWAM is offering this AMAZING deal.  If you don’t own the Christian Heroes set, please buy this for your family if possible.  They are wonderful! This package is valued at $112, and is only $45 through Cyber Monday {12/2/13}! Use code: CYBER13 to get the low price and FREE SHIPPING!YWAM

Note ~ I added these to my cart today to check shipping prices and both deals worked and came with free shipping IF you ordered together.  The top deal does not have free shipping on its own, but if you buy both of these deals, you’ll get free shipping for all.  Grand total if you order both of these deals: $67.  Amazing. I might actually hit “purchase” even though we already own the Heroes chapter books 1-5. We don’t own the rest!



My friend Stacie is having a sale right now, her amazing Preschool curriculum is $4 off using code: givethanks.  This is valid through Dec. 1, 2013.




A few Amazon Black Friday deals that caught my eye {since they were on my gift idea lists!}…

Rip Rider ~ a FAVORITE of both of my boys!  We paid $95 for this and it is on sale for $64.99 right now!Rip Rider


Strider Bike ~ is only $79.99 {for most colors} right now.  I have not seen the price this low on Amazon personally.  Normal is $99-109. SONY DSC


Scotch Laminator is only $19.99 right now {great price}!!!  This is the one I use and love!

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We are using the Birth of Jesus from Grapevine this month and will post a full review soon.  They are offering 30% off of all Birth of Jesus studies this weekend only!  Use code: 30Black



I have a little surprise for those of you who missed me PRE Black Friday sale.  I reactivated the 50% off code for TODAY only {code will expire at 11:59pm 11/29/13, EST}.  I felt badly for those of you who read it wrong and thought it lasted through Black Friday.  Use code: save50 on any purchase made in my store only {not Teacher’s Notebook}.

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Happy shopping, happy relaxing, happy preparing for December fun! Be sure to check out my gift ideas lists in case you need some ideas for those you love!

Christmas Gift Ideas 2013

Thanksgiving Preschool Fun

Thanksgiving Preschool Fun

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Her Thanksgiving shelf ~

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Our Mayflower ship  and Thanksgiving set are a yearly favorite, I am so glad they all still love it! I also had a basket of prepared activities, and her Thanksgiving books!

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I got bags of gems from the Target dollar spot when they were 50% off this year!  The kids have played with these so much!

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We had a blast for a couple of weeks with our Thanksgiving theme!  She loves turkeys so she got really into this one, much more than our fall theme week since she no longer likes scarecrows!

Painting a turkey was the first chosen activity!

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Many of her activities were in a Thanksgiving Notebook for her to flip through and choose each day!

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Several  “find the difference” pages, since she LOVES these!

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We used our Tt play dough page with our mini dots from our Spielgaben set!

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We also used the mini dots to match the colors on the dot fun turkey

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Measuring with cubes…

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I saw this adorable turkey on Educating Laytons and challenged my sons to make it for her!

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I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie, always a favorite!

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Putting Mayflowers in size order…

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She worked through all of our Thanksgiving tracing cards {and these}…

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This color/shape Thanksgiving graph was a great fit for her!

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We made a paper plate turkey…

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I don’t have any photos of our snuggly reading time, but the favorite Thanksgiving books this year were these…

pilgrim-cat  A Turkey for Thanksgiving

See Thanksgiving Tot School fun from last year…


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See more home preschool fun over at Preschool Corner!

Friends & Heroes Online Christmas Fun

We have been loving the Friends & Heroes DVDs since we reviewed the first one a few months ago.  I have since purchased the rest in the first series and the complete 2nd series! My kids watch one episode each school day during lunch time.  We will begin the 3rd and final series after Christmas!

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Friends and Heroes is offering these FREE Christmas resources to all!

First, they have an online Advent Calendar filled with daily Bible readings and activities {some online, some printables}!  You open one day at a time throughout the month of December to see your new reading and activity!



They also have a beautiful video, He Chose the Shepherds


Christmas Alphabet Printables

Christmas Alphabet Printables

I am so excited about these new Christmas Alphabet Printables! We will be using them during December, mostly for Ladybug.

I made the printable set full size {one letter per page} in case you wanted a big set, but you can easily scale down to whatever size you’d like. See a tutorial here if you aren’t sure how to do that!

I printed a mini version for us, using cardstock.  I set ours to print vertically 3×3.

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I laminated them and then cut them out.  I decided I would make a display for the wall using red ribbons and twine.

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I cut small pieces of red ribbon, made loops and simply taped them on the back.

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We will be hanging them up one at a time, but I put them all up so I could measure my string.

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I left the right side looped loosely so we could easily add a card each day.

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You could make a memory game, wall posters, ornaments, and so much more with these! I hope many of you enjoy them! 


Download the Christmas ABC Printables Here!

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I also made a digital eBook, which you can download here {scroll down until you se the graphic and then click on the title to download the PDF file}!  I didn’t figure you’d like it very much if I made the printables with a red background, but I did for the eBook since it won’t suck ink!  Enjoy!

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See more Christmas fun

Christmas Theme Pinterest Board