Maestro Classics CD Bundle Giveaway

I am excited to share Maestro Classics with you today!


The Maestro Classic CDs are wonderful mini-units that help introduce symphony and orchestra to younger students. Maestro Classics produces “Stories in Music” which are a classical music CD series for children ages 5 to 12, but can be enjoyed by everyone, yes…even us big people! Each CD comes with a booklet full of lesson activity ideas and games to play while listening, my kids personally love the cd insert. The CDs also include information on composers and historical facts when appropriate to the musical selections. The stories are engaging keep kids attention while at the same time introducing them to classical symphony and orchestra.

If you aren’t familiar with Maestro Classics, I recommend going to their website to learn more.  If you look for this graphic,


down at the bottom of their site, you’ll find answers to common questions about the series! 

One thing I love about Maestro Classics is their homeschool music curriculum guide.

We personally own Peter and the Wolf and my kids love it!  I hope to own more of their CDS in the future!IMG_9603

Maestro Classics would like to give one of you a four CD classical music set, called the "Story Pack" which includes…image


Mike Mulligan 

mike-mulligan-and-his-steam-shovel_newVirginia Lee Burton’s classic American storybook, a childhood favorite for generations, is brought to life with this beautiful new music for orchestra and Irish bagpipes.
In the story, Mike Mulligan refuses to give up his aging steam shovel Mary Anne as they travel to find one last job together. A tale of loyalty and friendship, perseverance and good ideas, this musical CD won a Parents’ Choice GOLD award.

The Tortoise and the Hare

tortoise-and-the-hareHare, certain that talent and new running shoes will win the race, stops for a little French onion soup at the bistro along the route. All the small animals in the forest cheer poor, slow Tortoise along, while Hare, who is far ahead, decides to take a nap. The charming musical score, complete with “The Pretzel Vendor of Paris” song, won a Parents’ Choice GOLD award. 

Casey at Bat

casey-at-the-bat_newWhen the Mudville Nine are almost certain to lose the game, Mighty Casey takes his turn at bat, and the fans hold their breath as each pitch is thrown.
The upbeat, jazzy music performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra is highlighted by cheering crowds, vendors hawking their wares, the cheers of spectators and the sounds of the ball being hit, which bring the story to life.

Juanita the Spanish Lobster

juanita-the-spanish-lobster_newThis new musical work from England combines flamenco guitar music with bel canto opera, poking fun at both, while telling a delightful story. The music of this tale invites you to not only have fun listening but also to learn and sing along.

You’ll get a kick out of the high level of quality music performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the dynamic storytelling and the multifaceted tongue-in-cheek humor. Fun for all!

Great for kids ages 4-12 and their families (These stories in particular are nice for younger kids, since they have fewer possible "scary" moments, with the exception of Juanita, where there is one very short "scary" moment when she is captured in a lobster trap, but her friend saves her very quickly)


To enter to win this $65 set, use the Rafflecopter form below.  If you don’t see the Rafflecopter form, and you are reading in email or RSS, be sure to click over to the blog itself to enter!

Giveaway is open to US and Canada, and ends May 31, 2012.

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Letter Mazes A-Z ~ Subscriber Freebie

I have a new Subscriber Freebie for all of you who subscribe to the blog {details are below if you are unclear of what it means to subscribe or how to subscribe}.  I have been working on the individual Letter Mazes for quite some time now and am thrilled to say that they are all finished!

 Letter Mazes Bundle

I even made some edits thanks to a few tips from a few of you who are using them.  I will continue to offer the individual files for FREE here, but will be selling the bundle of all letters A-Z in my Teacher’s Notebook Shop soon.  BUT, you can get it for FREE through May 31, 2012 if you are a blog subscriber!

Not sure what to do with these?  Here are a few ideas for you in this post about the letter mazes!IMG_6655

The Letter Mazes A-Z Bundle will only be offered for free with a special link at the bottom of the daily 1+1+1=1 email or RSS feed every day through May 31, 2012.  It won’t be anywhere else right now!  Eventually the set will be for sale, so get it for free now while you can!

If you don’t subscribe yet, just click here for email and then be sure to confirm your email address once you get the initial email from Feedburner {be sure to check your spam folders if you can’t find the email}.  If you’d rather read in an RSS reader like Google Reader, just click here!  If you have any questions, just leave me a comment!  I am grateful for all of you who follow here regularly and hope this freebie blesses you!

Are You A Yeller?


I am excited to tell you about something new I found several months ago, Positive Parenting Solutions!  The founder, Amy McCready, sent me an email awhile back and we began getting to know each other. Honestly I was VERY hesitant to partner with Positive Parenting Solutions at first, mostly because the program isn’t faith based.  I shared these concerns with Amy and she was incredibly understanding and supportive.  I took lots of time to review the program itself and read up on what it is all about.  Amy kindly supported me investigating to be certain that I thought this was a good fit for my audience.

I am thrilled to say that I do believe it is a good fit!  While it is not faith based, the cornerstones of the program are areas I believe can help us all as parents.  I struggle deeply with yelling, and I was up for anything to help me get this under control.  I am still going through the full program myself, learning MANY strategies.  Some I have known and forgotten, many that are actually new to me. 

I am honored to host a FREE webinar for YOU on May 2, 2012 at 9pm EST.  I wanted to host this so you could get a peek into what the program is all about and so you can “meet” Amy yourself.  She hosts the webinar live for us!  So cool huh?  There is even a PDF file for you to download and take notes on!


Here are the official details about our upcoming webinar…

Get Kids to Listen Without Nagging, Reminding or Yelling

Why is it so difficult sometimes to get kids to listen? You know she heard you, but she ignores you. You ask again and still . . . no response.

If you’re tired of nagging, reminding and yelling to get kids to listen – this session is for you! 1+1+1=1 is excited to partner with Amy McCready, founder of Positive Parenting Solutions & TODAY Show contributor to offer a FREE LIVE training on

Wednesday, May 2nd, at 9PM Eastern.

Join us to learn easy to implement strategies to correct misbehavior and reclaim the calm voice you had before kids.

Discover proven tools for your most frustrating discipline dilemmas including the 5 R’s of Fair & Effective Consequences.

All you need is your computer. (No webcam required.) You’ll see and hear Amy on your screen and you can even ask questions and she’ll make them part of the presentation. Parents RAVE about this session.

RSVP today and then kick back and learn from the comfort of your home.

Webinar seating will be limited so learn more and RSVP now! I’ll look forward to welcoming you.

In the meantime, we’d love it if you could let your Facebook friends know about this exciting webinar – just click this link to share on Facebook.

About Amy McCready

Parenting expert Amy McCready is the Founder of Positive Parenting Solutions and a image"recovering yeller." She is a champion of positive parenting techniques for happier families and well-behaved kids. Amy reaches a worldwide audience with her Positive Parenting Solutions Online course and is a frequent guest on the TODAY Show and has also appeared on Rachael Ray, CNN, Fox & Friends, MSNBC, and elsewhere. In her most important role, she is mom to two teenage boys.

I hope to “see” many of you at the webinar, I will be logged in for it also!

Teaching God’s Word

My awesome friend Jolanthe, who writes Homeschool Creations,  is a part of the 10 Days series going on right now, she is sharing 10 Days of Teaching God’s Word.


Today, Jolanthe shared about my Raising Rock Stars Preschool/Kindergarten program!


She is hosting a GIVEAWAY for 3 winners!  Each winner will receive the RRSP Bundle, RRSK Early Access, and access to the Members Only PowerPoint section {which hosts the PP shows for the RRSP program}!


Head on over to Homeschool Creations and enter to win

Hard Lotion? Huh?

Over a year ago I did a review and giveaway for a product I had never heard of, MadeOn Hard Lotion.  I said yes to hosting the review due to my husband’s dry winter skin issues.  Thankfully this was his solution and now we are loyal customers!

Here’s what we use specifically and I have repeat ordered many times already!  Hard Lotion {Bee Silk}, Peppermint Lip Balm, and Goat Milk Soap.image

PacMan and Krash have very dry hands and use the lotion bars to combat this.  I can always tell when they aren’t using it, their poor hands get cracked.  My husband uses the soap and hard lotion to battle his dry winter skin.  I use the soap and the lip balm…I only need the hard lotion on occasion.

Renee, who owns MadeOn, is so helpful and kind.  She is hosting a BIG giveaway with 10 winners, each receiving a combo gift pack {family size hard lotion bar, pocket size lotion bar, coffee soap, and lip balm}.  You can learn more about these awesome products and enter to win here!MadeOnGiveawayFinal

The giveaway ends 4/30/12