Black Friday {and beyond} 2016

Black Friday 2014

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A few of my favorites are having excellent deals for the holiday season.  Some have started now, some are Black Friday only, some go beyond actual Black Friday, so be sure to read the details as you make your shopping plans.


Truth in the Tinsel

We love Truth in the Tinsel! Buy Truth in the Tinsel ebook ($7.99) + the new Printable Christmas Trees ($5) + the Printable Ornaments ($3.99) for only $15!


AND, for Black Friday only, use code BLACKFRIDAY2BUCKS to take $2 off making it only $13!black-friday-banner

Marbles The Brain Store

We have shared toys we love from Marbles in our Family Game Night Gift Guide, Indoor Activity Gift Guide, & Brain Games Gift Guide – we LOVE this store and this deal is amazing!

Marbles BF 2016

Valid through 11/27/2016. See details on their site, bottom of page

The Crafty Classroom

Save 25% off of all Homeschool Curriculum and Activity Packs

Use code: Sale25 for 25% off your entire cart
Use code: FreePoetry for a Free Poetry eBook for Kids




Use code: GIVEJOY for orders under $250

Use code: BLISS for orders over $250

Educents Black Friday 2016


Green Kids Crafts

Green Kids 2016

Green Kids Crafts: Use coupon code BFSUB16 to take 70% off the first month of any subscription. And coupon code BFGET40 will get you 40% off any single Discovery Box, Creativity Kit, or Science Kit! To view their subscription options and Discovery Boxes and Kits, go here to start saving! These codes will expire midnight of November 27, 2016 or until supplies last.


Ivy Kids

10% off on all past Ivy Kids kits in the store through 12/4 with code IVYCYBER16

Reduced prices on Holiday Mini-Kits and all Gift Subscriptions through12/31 – no coupon code required!



Little Passports

60% off of the 1st month of any subscription

Use Code: BLACK60

LP 2016


Friends and Heroes

Sign up for the Friends and Heroes newsletter and receive a special coupon code to save $10 on any purchase of $20 or more from the Friends and Heroes webstore.



We Choose Virtues

30% off entire store

Use Code: HOLIDAY30

Valid through 11.29.16

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Grapevine Bible Studies

30% off all studies, Dent & Ding and Bundles

No Code Needed!


What’s in the Bible

$5 DVDs! No code needed!

Get the WHOLE BIBLE for $65! AMAZING!


Valid through 11.28.16


Lillian Vernon

10% Off Any Order PLUS Free Shipping at $59+

Use Code: AFLIT350

Lillian Vernon Black Friday Savings

Valid through 11.27.16


Tiny Prints

Black Friday Sale! Save 40% Off Your Order Plus Free Shipping!


Valid through 11.27.16



Bright Ideas Press

20% Off

Use Code: pumpkinpie

Bright Ideas 2016


Young Living

AMAZING deals for current wholesale members! Already a member – check your email for your direct links to these offers!

Not a member yet? TODAY is the day, join with me and you will get a FREE bottle of Christmas Spirit, a special welcome package from me and access to any of these discounts {you can add these items to your starter kit order!}.


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Did you miss our gift idea posts?  Click below!

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Gift Ideas for 5 Year Olds  Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids  Gift Ideas for 8 Year Olds

More awesome gift ideas and DEALS on Amazon…

Be sure to check my Facebook page daily, I am searching for the best toy deals every day!

Toy Deals on Amazon

LEGO Deal 2016

Little Live Pets 2016

Amazon Toy Deals

Subscription Boxes ~ Gift Ideas

We have our next new Gift Guide for 2016, featuring Subscription Boxes for Kids Gift Ideas! Below I will share with you which ones we have personally used and one we have not tried but have heard good things about!

Subscription Boxes Gift Ideas

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First let me tell you about my 3 favorite subscription boxes, all we have personally used!

First up is Little Passports which we have used for many years and bought personally. we collected the 12 month subscription and enjoyed every month. We used these a lot when we were doing our continent studies which sadly I have gotten away from. We still have some LP boxes saved up which I plan to use with Ladybug this year and next!

Current Deal:

Little Passports Sale 2016


Next up is Ivy Kids, which we got to experience thanks to them becoming a blog sponsor. We have used several of their kits and my daughter loves them! I highly recommend this kit for those of you looking to do unit studies with your younger children but just don’t have the time to pull together all of the resources. These boxes are a perfect match for you!

A House for Hermit Crab Unit Study with Ivy Kids Kit Over in the Ocean Unit Study with Ivy Kids Kits Penguin and Pinecone Unit Study with Ivy Kids Kits Gotta Go Gotta Go Ivy Kids Kit Review - A Fun Way to Explore the Monarch Butterfly

Current Deal:

20% off of your first Ivy Kit {new Subscribers only} Use Code: IVY20

Our most recent addition has been KidStir which has been a huge hit with her! We got a box to review as an affiliate and plan to buy several more {shhh, they are Christmas gifts}. I realized soon after getting this box that this is the perfect activity to do with a grandparent if possible! Ladybug is a pretty picky eater and some of the recipes are a bit ‘strange’ to her but she tries them since she made them!


You get a neat cookbook binder with your first box, and each box also comes with 2 neat tools. Everything included is very high quality!



Current Deal:

Get 40% off your first shipment on subscriptions of any length. Use code: THANKS40 {expires Thanksgiving Day}

Finally, Green Kids Crafts, which we have not personally tried but I have read reviews and like what I see!

 Green Kids

Current Deal:

Green Kids Crafts: Use coupon code BFSUB16 to take 70% off the first month of any subscription. And coupon code BFGET40 will get you 40% off any single Discovery Box, Creativity Kit, or Science Kit! To view their subscription options and Discovery Boxes and Kits, go here to start saving! These codes will expire midnight of November 27, 2016 or until supplies last.

Stay tuned for the remaining categories! I am excited to share all of our new gift ideas with you! See our  Family Game Night Ideas here, our Brain Games here,  our Gifts to Inspire Creativity here, our Indoor Activity Ideas here, and our New Early Childhood Gift Ideas post here!

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Follow along with us on Facebook to get some sneak peeks as I share individual products we love from now until Christmas. Be sure to subscribe to daily or weekly email updates to be sure not to miss the full posts for each category!


More awesome gift ideas and DEALS on Amazon…

Be sure to check my Facebook page daily, I am searching for the best toy deals every day!

Toy Deals on Amazon

LEGO Deal 2016

Little Live Pets 2016

Amazon Toy Deals

Our Favorite Homeschool Lesson Planner

You may have seen my color-coded piece of paper in the background of many of my homeschool photos. We have three of these lovely papers each week and they are a constant sight in our homeschool. I rely heavily on these awesome pieces of paper and so do my kids. The actual magic occurs on a Saturday afternoon when I sit at my computer and easily copy/paste, drag/drop and create lesson plans for each of my children. I click print and we are ready!

Homeschool Lesson Planning with Lessontrek


We have used Lessontrek for years now and have no plans of switching to anything else. I have blogged about Lessontrek several times, and honestly when we were first given the chance to review it I thought it would be a passing review, I had no idea I would continue to use it for this long! I am grateful for the sanity this online lesson planner provides to me.

You can see sample lesson plans from this homeschool year in our 2nd, 5th, and 9th grade wrap-up posts! I type up plans on a weekly basis, so I can easily adjust and make changes as needed. I then print the plans for each child and we use the paper copy during the week to keep us on track.

2nd Grade Homeschool Lessontrek 5th Grade Homeschool Lessontrek Lessontrek Lesson Plan 9th Grade


Lessontrek has been building new features for its customers and wants to include Shared Subjects, Attendance Tracking, Grade Reports, and many other useful features that improve the functionality. They need to hire a small team of software programmers to help make this program even better!


Have you ever heard of Crowdfunding? Lessontrek is lowering their one year subscription price for the first 10,000 customers to $15 for the first year. They want to make this tool for everyone so they plan to use the proceeds to hire programmers in order to quickly add all the new features listed above, and other features customers want to see in the program. All new features are included in your $15 price!

Not sure you want an entire year, give the FREE 2 week trial a shot! Then come back here and use the discount code to get your first year at a fabulous price!

If you want the most amazing lesson planner on the market, sign up with this great price while you still can!

Lessontrek Online Lesson Planner Discount

Discount Code must be applied to the Yearly subscription plan,

use code:150P

offer ends 1/30/17

Tot School Gathering Place Week 202

Welcome to Tot School™ Gathering Place! Gather together here, gather ideas from other blogs, share your own ideas on your own blog. Browse around at the other posts linked up, leave a few comments if you have time, and be sure to check back to see if your blog was featured!

Each week we will feature photo{s} and ideas from blogs who link up. Remember, provide a link back to Tot School Gathering Place within your post that you link up, so you can be considered for the feature!


Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all have an amazing day celebrating with family and friends! I am so thankful for every one of my readers! You make this segment possible and such a joy! My prayer is that you would enjoy reading other bloggers’ posts about Tot Schooling and gain inspiration to teach your own Tot! Keep on making those memories with your Tots, Mamas! You all are doing a great job! And don’t forget to link up your own post about what you and your Tot have experienced this past week! We love to what you are up to!

Are you looking for fun and easy ways to teach your Tot to count? Look no farther! Head on over to SmartE PartE and check out the different trays Mama Kristin has created for Tot E. Some of them are bound to excite your Tot!

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Have you ever taken time off from schooling and have had trouble getting back into a routine again? Take a look at Learn 2 Live Life and how Mama Ria handled that same situation.11202016 Learn 2 Live Life

With Thanksgiving upon us, Christmas is soon to follow! We have a bunch of traditions that we enjoy doing as a family each year! How about your family? One tradition that Mama Isabel from Uno Zwei Tutu enjoys is making Christmas ornaments with her Tot! Take a peek at the ornament she and her Tot created this year!

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Do you have your FREE

Where to Begin with Tot School eBook?

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Indoor Activity  Gift Ideas   Let's Create! Gift Ideas

See the Tot School webpage here! Tot-School-early-learning-through-pl[1]

Follow {1plus1plus1} Carisa’s board Tot School Ideas on Pinterest.

Are you NEW or have never been featured? Read this! Basics: write a specific post about what you did with your tot, link up the permalink from your post, link back to Tot School within that post, put your tot’s age in months in ( ) like this: (43 months).

Home Art Studio Project ~ The Blue Dog

Home Art Studio Project -The Blue Dog


We have been using Home Art Studio for a long time now. You can see all of the projects I have blogged about here! Home Art Studio sent us curriculum to review years ago and I bought the 2nd Grade DVD to use with my daughter this year.

Recently she completed the Blue Dog project and loved it! First, she watched Ms. Volin read a story and then explain how to do the art project.

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She likes to change things up a bit and make it her own, which I love. She often likes to do a test drawing before using her real paper which is what she is doing below.

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Then, I set her up and let her work! She is pretty independent now and loves creating. The blue mat under her is something we use a lot!

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Her finished project!

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Home Art Studio Information

Home Art Studio is an award winning DVD/ROM based art education program, taught by Lindsey Volin, designed for homeschooling families. Every fun art project teaches students experience, but who want to ensure that their children receive a well-rounded arts education.

Here are some helpful direct links:

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