Thank You ~ March 2011

Some Linky Love for the following blogs/sites as a THANK YOU for sending loads of traffic my way!

From my Google Analytics report ~ March 2011

Top 10 Referring Sites

  1. Confessions of a Homeschooler
  2. Homeschool Creations
  3. Hubbards Cupboard
  4. Totally Tots
  5. Kelly’s Korner
  6. I Am Momma Hear Me Roar
  7. Counting Coconuts
  8. Supermama.It {I can’t even read this one!!!}
  9. Delightful Learning
  10. From Chalkboards to Strollers

Top 10 Visited Posts on 1+1+1=1/March 2011…in case you’re curious where other readers spend their time on this blog {I always love looking at these stats}

  1. Tot School Printables
  2. Behind the Scenes ~ Tot School, Where Do I Begin?
  3. Color By Number Sight Words
  4. Behind the Scenes ~ Our School room 2010/2011
  5. Behind the Scenes ~ Tot Trays
  6. Behind the Scenes ~ Preschool Workboxes
  7. Behind the Scenes ~ Routines, Schedules & Planning
  8. Behind the Scenes ~ Book Storage
  9. Behind the Scenes ~ How Do I Teach My Child to Read?
  10. New Tot School Forms

Finally, a BIG Thank You to our current blog sponsors and/or upcoming giveaway sponsors…

Behind the Scenes ~ Affiliates

Behind the ScenesAwhile back in 2009, I did a post about the topic of affiliates, but I have been getting many emails with questions so I thought it might be helpful to do an updated post to help anyone who is wondering what in the world an affiliate is, either to help my family out or to use them yourself on your own blog!

Basically here’s what it means…

  • I sign up with an affiliate company {ex Amazon Associates}.
  • I use their dashboard to create links to their products.
  • I place these links on my site.
  • Readers click through these links to get to the retailer.
  • If a purchase is made, I receive a small percentage of the total sale.  NO, I don’t see who you are or what you bought! 😉

If you shop through any of my links on my site, I will get credit.  THANK YOU so much for doing this!! I have affiliate buttons in the bottom right sidebar here on the blog and also have a support page here on my website. 

If you have a blog, you can do this too, here’s some links to some of the companies I am affiliated with.  There are more but these are just the ones I work with.  Even some of these links {not all} are refer-a-friend programs, and I will get a small referral fee if you join under my link {no cost to you}.  Don’t join just for that-look into the ones you think would be a good fit for you!




A few companies they represent… Lillian Vernon, Office Depot, iTunes.



Escalate Media A few companies they currently represent…, eBates, Vista Print, Zulily, Synovate.  Their offers change almost weekly, so this may not be accurate when you join…they are a bit different than the other companies.



Logical MediaLogical MediaVery similar to Escalate Media {above} with rotating offers.  A few of their current offers… Gillette Venus Embrace, Cool Savings, Clorox Greenworks, Kashi.



Google Affiliate Network

imageA few companies they represent…Oriental Trading, Barnes & Noble, Office Max




Share A SaleA few companies they represent…Old Schoolhouse, Signing Time, CSN, Tiny Prints


Amazon Associates

imageDon’t think I need to explain this one! Although I will say, there are a few states that don’t allow Amazon Affiliates. :-(



Commission Junction

imageA few companies they represent…DaySpring, Discount School Supply, Constructive Play Things, Gap/Old Navy





VigLink is really neat, they affiliate any links that you are not already affiliated with! 



Easy Lunchboxes

imageEasy Lunchboxes has their own affiliate program and it is one of the best I have seen!  It helps that I LOVE our Easy Lunchboxes too.


I LOVE CBD, and they are one of the few who let you use your own 10% affiliate discount for yourself too!  Meaning, you can use your own link and get a 10% commission for it!


New programs I have joined recently and really love so far…

MooLaLa and SocialDish

These aren’t affiliate companies but a new way of offering deals to large groups {similar to Groupon, but with $$ making potential}.  MooLaLa is already active and SocialDish has just launched recently in certain cities!


Other individual programs with great affiliate programs I am a part of: Tell Your Time –affiliate link is under the “Tell Your Time” label in the top navigation bar {an awesome eBook by Amy from }, All About Spelling {scroll to the bottom left and click on affiliates}, CurrClick {create an account in My Account}, & Squishy Tushy.


Now for a bit of my advice and thoughts on affiliates and blog money making in general…

When I began blogging years ago, I had no idea you could make a DIME! I began blogging truly to share and connect with others.  God has led me down a road that has come to a place of having the ability to earn a small income for our family through my sites.  Yes, I do make money, yes- this amount has grown over the years.  No, I did not plan this or set out to have this be the end result.  I fully believe God had this in mind, not me!    Honestly we could and would end it all tomorrow if we felt led by God to do so.  This blog and my sites do not come at the expense of my family.  I say all of that to speak to your heart.  Blog because you feel God leading you, and if He brings you money-great!  I know some may disagree with me, but that is my belief—100%!!!  I feel this way also about reviews/giveaways, which is why I don’t do very many at all and am even doing less now.  Anything that takes your time away from your family has to be worth it!  Many wonder why/how I have time to work so much on my sites and I think you would actually be amazed with how little time I spend.  I do things quickly and everything I do online comes naturally for me and is actually stress-relief!  I do not “work” at the expense of time with my kids or husband.  My sites are a ministry for this season of my life and God has truly paved the way.  We are so thankful for the path we are on!

See more of my Behind the Scenes posts here!

Raising Rock Stars Preschool ~ Letter Uu

Krash has officially begun Kindergarten so we are just doing portions of our remaining RRSP units.  You can read more about his Kindergarten plans here!

Raising Rock Stars Preschool Letter U
This is the main section of our preschool posts-focusing on what we do for our
Raising Rock Stars Preschool Curriculum. I am not sharing photos of each part every week, just what I happen to catch! We do the entire unit even if I don’t show it here in the photos!

Our letter this week ~ Uu, our verse: Unto Thee, oh God, do we give thanks.Uu

Measuring his verse…IMG_8856


Working on his Thank You craft…IMG_9448

The entire printable unit {everything else you see pictured above} is available for FREE on the main RRSP page…

You can download the entire letter Uu unit here.

I am no longer doing specific lesson plans since K is now in transition into Kindergarten {read more here}.  RRSP Blank Lesson PlanYou can download blank copies of the lesson plan on the Uu page here!

in the box

{A few things that were in his preschool workboxes for the week, not all activities are pictured}

U is for Umbrella color by numberIMG_8966

He had fun playing with his fish letters from his Grasshopper Preschool Prep KitIMG_9575

Trying out our Guidecraft InterloxIMG_9108



Moms favHelping Ladybug with her coloring during her Tot School Printables time {he was coloring the balls from Letter Bb} I LOVE the way she watches him!IMG_9358


More Preschool Links…

Be sure to visit Preschool Corner to see all of the other amazing home-preschool moms!

Do you have a blog post featuring this unit-RRSP Letter Uu? Link your exact post below, choose a thumbnail showing the program in action for your link!

~any non-RRSP Letter Uu posts will be deleted

Tot School ~ At Sea!!!

We have been away this past week on a dream cruise vacation with my parents!  Ladybug enjoyed herself thoroughly, and was just awesome!  She really seemed to love every minute and we enjoyed her little toddling, friendly self the entire week! Obviously we took TONS of pictures, so I thought I would give you a glimpse into her week onboard!

Lots of “wa-wa” time

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Lots of pretty outfits for dinner each night…

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Lots of family loving…

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Lot’s of cabin fun

IMG_0143  IMG_0144{best toy I brought along-homemade coloring sheets inside of heavy duty sheet protectors and Crayola “bright” dry erase crayons!  She LOVED it and colored them over and over again!!!!}

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A bit of dancing fun for the family dance party…

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Lots of yummy food and fun dinner times!

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New friends!  She was quite the flirt and made friends with MANY of the staff members!  This particular waiter would bring her butter mints each night, she loved him!IMG_1436

For those of you into cruising details, we sailed on Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam and LOVED it!  Our ports were: Half Moon Cay {Bahamas}, Grand Turk, Costa Maya, and Grand Cayman. The kids program onboard was amazing, even though Ladybug was too small for it. 

It was literally a DREAM vacation, we are so grateful and honestly feel so undeserving of something so amazing.  It was such a great time with my parents and for our family to just have fun and relax together.  NO internet, NO cell phones, NO work-just us!

We are still away from home, in a hotel layover today, since the flights were several hundred dollars cheaper to fly tomorrow.  I am actually excited to get home and settled back into our life, this trip was a perfect getaway and renewal for us!


More Tot School Links…

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Please put your tot’s age (in months) after it, like this: 1+1+1=1 (41 mos)

Cruising the Ocean Blue ~ Sensory Bin

In honor of our vacation with the grandparents {which is where we are NOW-this post is scheduled!}, I made the kids a Cruising Sensory BinIMG_9244

I hid tons of blue items underneath blue aquarium rocks, and then put the cruise/ocean related toys on the top…

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They LOVED this bin!!!The boys found all of the blue toys and decided to keep these in a separate bin, so they could sail around in the rocks…IMG_9305



Ladybug had a great time with the rocks, and loved transferring them into a metal bowl…IMG_9386Feeding the fish was a big hit too…IMG_9396

This bin was great fun and a great way to share our excitement for our upcoming vacation, I will share all about our trip when we return! IMG_9555

A bit of info on where I got some of the stuff:

  • BLUE aquarium rocks-from the pet store
  • Cruise Ship Toy Set {got on a former cruise}
  • Fish toys {from various places}
  • Sea Shells {collected from past beach trips}
  • BLUE stuff:  unifix cubes, marbles, beads, color squares, bottle tops, straws, cups, buttons, spoons, clothespins
  • Oriental Trading has tons of awesome sensory bin items, just search by theme! We got the mini star erasers from them for sure, and a few other things!


Use this button to jump to all of my Sensory Bin posts anytime. Sensory-Bins62