Black Friday {& Beyond} 2017

{disclaimer ~ affiliate links are used}

Black Friday 2014

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.


Amazon has awesome deals so far today, and more may be coming. I am watching for the best ones and will share on my Facebook page.


Amazon Black Friday Book

Truth in the Tinsel

Use Code: TINSEL2017 for 15% off of your entire cart!




The Crafty Classroom

Save 25% off of all Homeschool Curriculum and Activity Packs

Use code: Black25 for 25% off your entire cart       
Use code: CYBERFREE for a Science Notebook with Any Order

Expires 11/27/17




Use code: HOLIDAY for 10% off


Green Kids Crafts

GKC BF 2017

Green Kids Crafts: Use coupon code BLACK17 to take 70% off the first month of any subscription. And coupon code BFGET40 will get you 40% off any single box! To view their subscription options and Discovery Boxes and Kits, go here to start saving! These codes will expire midnight of November 24, 2017 or until supplies last.


Ivy Kids

New subscribers save 30% on their first kit with code IVYBLACK30.

Reduced prices on all gift subscriptions and holiday mini-kits.


Little Passports

60% off of the 1st month of any subscription

Use Code: BLACK60



Use code BF2017 to get 25% off any 3, 6 or 12 month subscription!

Nov 24-26. 2017



We Choose Virtues

25% off entire store

Use Code: BFCM25

Valid through 11.28.17

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Grapevine Bible Studies

30% off all studies

No Code Needed!





Ends Friday at midnight

    Cordaroy BF 2017



75% off 1st kit, $10 off new subs, code: 75off


Valid through 11.24.17


Bright Ideas Press

20% Off

No Code needed


Grammar Galaxy

25% off BLACKFRI2017 11/24-11/27

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Crystal Paine & Your Blogging University Products

Make Over Your Mornings — $10 (regularly $17)

Make Over Your Evenings — $10 (regularly $17)

Make Over Your Year — $10 (regularly $29)

15 Days to a Healthier You — $10 (regularly $15)

Blog Start-Up 101 — $20 (regularly $37)

WordPress 101 — $20 (regularly $37)

See them all here!

Prices valid Nov. 24-27

MOYM BF 2017


Young Living

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

Ends Saturday 11:59PM MT   

Young Living Black Friday Sales Extended 2017 WHO   

Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2017 Young Living Promo WHO

More awesome gift ideas and DEALS on our Holiday Deals page!

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


Did you miss our gift idea posts?  Click below!

Ultimate Early Childhood Christmas Gift Guide FB

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


The Amber Monkey ~ Review & Discount Code!

Amber Monkey Discount Code 1plus1

{disclaimer ~ The Amber Monkey sent our necklaces for this review and sponsored this post}

Many years ago I became a fan of amber necklaces for my teething baby daughter. That baby daughter is now 8 years old! When I was contacted by The Amber Monkey to review their jewelry I jumped at the chance! My daughter and I were both sent necklaces for this review and we are in love!

My daughter was sent the Rainbow Gemstone necklace, which has many benefits. The necklace includes many gemstones and baltic amber! Carnelian, Lapis Lazuli, Aventurine, Amethyst, Moss Agate, Lemon and Milk Baltic Amber make up this beautiful design!

Amber Monkey Rainbow Necklace

The benefits of this beautiful necklace are endless, users have seen improvements with ADHD, anxiety, depression, arthritis, sleep problems, migraines and stress. This particular necklace is exclusively at The Amber Monkey! 

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When asked what I would like to review, I mentioned my love for essential oils and learned that The Amber Monkey carries diffuser necklaces!!! The diffuser necklace I was sent has turquoise, baltic amber and a diffusing stone.

Amber Monkey Diffuser Necklace

Turquoise is beneficial for inflammation, depression and allergy relief.  I haven’t worn it long enough to know if the benefits will be there but it is gorgeous and I love all diffusing jewelry!

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ANY of this jewelry would make the perfect gift for someone in your life and I am thrilled to share a discount code: 1Plus1, which you can use to save 20% off retail orders through Jan 1, 2018! You can find information about choosing the correct size here. See the benefits of the different products here. I love that The Amber Monkey is a family owned business, you can read more about them here!

Click here to SHOP!!!

Amber Monkey Discount Code

Advent Bag Ideas

One of our Christmas traditions is our Advent bags! I prepare these bags each year and hang them up. We have a few different things that can go in them and depending on the year, I choose from what we have used in the past and sometimes add something new! My boys have grown out of this mostly but my daughter, who is 8, still LOVES this!

Personally, I like it because it is a great reminder during the busy holiday season for me. I prepare these in advance and then enjoy the simple daily activities with my daughter.


These are the printable number cards we use.

Here is a post showing all of our bags a few years ago. I took a photo each day to hold myself accountable! I then compiled all of them into a post. I love that I did this, seeing her sweet little face pop up in my Time-Hop on my phone every day in December brings me joy!

Advent 2013

Resources we have used…

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Home Art Studio ~ Great Gift Idea!


Home Art Studio has been a part of our homeschool for years now and we are happy to have them as a blog sponsor. If you have a child in your life who loves art, this would be a fabulous Christmas gift idea! Grab a DVD and some art supplies to go along with it and you have the perfect creative gift for the little artist in your life!

Recently we enjoyed the Holiday Arts and Crafts DVD and enjoyed making one of the Thanksgiving projects! Here’s a screenshot from the DVD we were watching as we made this cute turkey project!

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Her adorable finished turkey pinwheel which will now decorate our Thanksgiving table!

Home Art Studio Homeschool Art

This Holiday Arts and Crafts DVD contains:

  • 15 Projects
  • Lessons plans & instructions (PDF)
  • 1 Hour 55 Minutes of video teaching!

More Home Art Studio Projects

Below you can see some of the projects we have done over the past several years. Click to see the posts!

Home Art Studio  2nd Grade Home Art Studio Falling Project Home Art Studio Project -The Blue Dog Starry Night Art ProjectPenguin Art with Home Art Studio Art -9916 Home Art Studio Peacock Lesson Home Art Studio Project Three Porridge Bowls

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:


Free Lesson Videos ~ gives you an idea of how the lessons are formatted

Info about each grade level    

Grab your Home Art Studio DVDs here!

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One Stop Holiday Deals {for kids} Shop

This year I decided to try something new and gather all of the deals for kids I find in one place and update it daily. Your ONE STOP HOLIDAY DEALS {for kids} SHOP! I always share the best deals I find for kids {especially on Amazon} around this time of year but I know they are hard to find sometimes thanks to Facebook and not being news-feed-friendly for all of you.

Bookmark this new page, add it to your phone’s home screen, save it to your daily check-in favorites and one click will share all of the best deals for kids I have found for you – ALL in one place!


At the top of the webpage you’ll be able to see the date of my last update {I am on EST and will be doing updates each morning}. You’ll find Amazon’s best Deal of the Day for kids or families. If there is no family-friendly Deal of the Day, this section just won’t be there! Here’s a screenshot from 11/6/17:

Deal of the Day

Below that you’ll see specific toy deals I scout out for you, always saving at least 20% or more! I plan to update this page daily throughout November and December to help with your Christmas shopping!

Amazon Deals for Kids

Scroll down and you’ll find other deals that aren’t from Amazon!

Other Deals for Kids

Deals on Facebook Too!

I will also share quick deals on Facebook so be sure to set our FB page to “show first” in your news feed {at least for the holidays} so you don’t miss a deal we share in case it is a quick one that doesn’t get posted on this new deals webpage {like Amazon’s Lightning Deals – they are up and gone too quickly to get put on the webpage}.


Here’s a screenshot of how to do that! First, click on the “Following” tab and then in the drop down menu, make sure the “see first” has a check by it! This is easier to do on a computer rather than mobile if you are able!

FB See First in News Feed

I truly hope this helps you as you shop this season! It helps our family when you use our affiliate links and I thank you for that! Happy Christmas Shopping and Saving!