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$50 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway


While the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are over, the Christmas shopping still isn’t done in our home – and maybe not in yours either. To help you along with your Christmas shopping (and budget), today we are giving away a $50 Amazon gift card!!! It’s not fancy, but maybe your Amazon cart is brimming with various ideas like mine (grins). 

Super easy to enter – have fun browsing Amazon (and shopping from your pajamas!). And several of the entry options allow you to enter once a day, so be sure to visit and share often. 

Enter the Giveaway

Ready to enter? All you need to do is follow the directions in the Rafflecopter widget below. Giveaway is open to those who can receive the $50 gift card via email. Giveaway ends on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 11:59pm.  

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Seeds of Christmas CD/DVD Giveaway

We received this product at no cost in exchange for our honest review. All opinions expressed are solely mine.

Our family has loved the music of Seeds Family Worship for years. Over six years to be exact. Their songs have been played throughout our house repeatedly, we have shared albums with friends, and often theirs are the songs that come to my mind in the middle of the night when I wake up and feel overwhelmed. 


Seeds has always done an amazing job putting Scripture to contemporary music and making it applicable in so many new ways. Just in time for Christmas, they have released Seeds of Christmas and you all will love this newest addition.

The last bit, I’ve been listening to the songs – yes, I know, Christmas music – but I am justifying it by the fact each song is a Bible verse. No sleigh bells – only a focus on the following six verses that lead up to the birth of Christ and reason for His arrival: 

  1. To Us a Child is Born – Isaiah 9:6, John 3:16
  2. To the Ends of the Earth – Micah 5:2-5
  3. Call His Name Immanuel – Isaiah 7:14
  4. Mary’s Song of Praise – Luke 1:46-50
  5. God With Us – Matthew 1:18-24
  6. Joy – Luke 2:8-14

Mary’s Song of Praise (Luke 1:46-50) is probably my favorite…

And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has looked on the humble estate of His servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. And His mercy is for those who fear Him from generation to generation.”

Here is a preview of the songs on Seeds of Christmas…

Seeds of Christmas is available for purchase HERE

Resources for Seeds of Christmas

If your church or children’s ministry would like to participate in the Christmas music fun, Seeds has videos, performance tracks, video performance tracks, sheet music, chord chards, and Bible memory cards to go along with the new album.

  • Instrumental Performance Tracks available here
  • Instrumental VIDEO Performance Tracks available here
  • Seeds Of Christmas Chord Charts available here
  • Seeds Of Christmas Sheet Music available here
  • Christmas Bible Memory Cards available here

Win a Seeds of Christmas CD/DVD Combo (2 Winners)


Seeds is giving aways TWO of the CD/DVD Christmas combos to my readers (either a physical or download pack). All you need to do is follow the directions in the Rafflecopter widget below. 

The nitty-gritty: Giveaway is open to those age 18 or older in order. Those without a US mailing address are eligible for the download version, so everyone can enter! The giveaway starts Thursday, October 27th and ends Wednesday, November 2nd at 11:59pm. Multiple means of entry are provided. Winner will be chosen at random using the Rafflecopter widget. The winner will be notified by email and have 72 hours to respond, or another winner will be chosen. 

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Facebook Flash Giveaway

BYB Flash giveaway coupon

Because I don’t want you to miss this (and hopefully you follow my Facebook page) – there is a FLASH GIVEAWAY happening over there until 11:59pm Thursday night for a $25 coupon to the Build Your Bundle sale

——> Head over HERE to enter

Scotch Laminator Giveaway (or Win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!!)

scotch laminator or amazon gift card giveaway from Homeschool Creations

One of our most well-used and loved homeschool supplies is my trusty Scotch laminator. I’ve had the very same laminator for over six years now and it has been put to good use and earned its keep many times over. 

(And every homeschooler should have one!)

I also love giveaways and with the Build Your Bundle sale starting next week (and so many things included you may want to print and laminate) I figured this would be the perfect time to give a laminator away! Besides, you all will be gearing up for the new school year before too long!

In addition to the Scotch laminator, I’m also including a pack of 100 laminating sheets because you will definitely want to get started laminating every possible item as soon as you can (or maybe that’s just me). Now, if you already own a laminator, don’t tune out!! Enter anyway, because you can choose a $50 Amazon gift card instead – because I know you have things hanging out in your cart. (grins)

Enter the Giveaway

Ready to enter? All you need to do is follow the directions in the Rafflecopter widget below. Giveaway is open to those who can receive the $50 gift card, but the laminator and pouches will only ship to US addresses. Giveaway ends on May 18, 2016 at 11:59pm.  

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Giveaway is open only to those 18 years of age or older. Entry into the giveaway also subscribes you to our email newsletter, but you are welcome to unsubscribe at any time. Giveaway is valued at approximately $50.  

Don’t Miss This Amazing Sale


A BIG, Huge Giveaway (over $3,000!!) and a Coupon Code for You


This giveaway is over because the sale is ON!! Click here to see the amazing bundles available through May 23, 2016! 


Starting next Monday, the 2016 Build Your Bundle Sale will be happening for ONE-WEEK ONLY, from May 16-23, 2016. To celebrate, they are hosting a HUGE GIVEAWAY and also giving all entrants a coupon code to use during the sale!! 

If you are familiar with the Build Your Bundle Sale and want to go directly to the giveaway and get your coupon, click here. If you want to learn more about the giveaway and get a sneak peek at the bundles, keep reading!

Build Your Bundle 2016 - Save 86% - 96% on #homeschool #curriculum!


  • Grand Prize Winner: ALL 15 Individual Bundles $3,559 Value
  • 3 Winners: Build Your OWN Premium Bundle up to $260 Value
  • EVERYONE who enters will get a coupon code to use when the sale starts
  • Winners will be announced Monday, May 16th
  • Refer the MOST people with your special link and WIN ALL 15 Individual Bundles $3,559 Value

Grab a Coupon Code – and Share with Friends!

You can receive a coupon code, just for entering your email address! Refer friends for additional savings!  Enter your email address to get a coupon code you can use when the 2015 Build Your Bundle Sale starts!


A Teeny, Tiny Peek

publishers in BYB2016

Did you catch the grand prize total??? Over $3,000 in some amazing curriculum choices – you all, there are some AMAZING publishers and products in the bundles this year.

There are several individual bundles, priced starting at $10. The 2016 Build Your Bundle Sale will consist of fifteen different bundles, plus, of course, the BUILD YOUR OWN OPTIONS!! These bundles are full of products from over 86 popular publishers! I can’t spill the products yet, but take a look at some of the publishers. …

  • WriteShop
  • Master Books
  • Amanda Bennett Unit Studies
  • Ellen McHenry – Basement Workshop
  • How Great Thou Art
  • BiblioPlan
  • Picture Smart Bible
  • Brookdale House
  • Character Concepts
  • Media Angels
  • A Journey Through Learning
  • Homeschool Legacy
  • Writing With Sharon Watson
  • Bright Ideas Press
  • Math Essentials
  • Notebooking Pages
  • Joyce Herzog
  • Trivium Pursuit
  • National Center for Biblical Parenting
  • Knowledge Quest
  • Barefoot Ragamuffin Curricula
  • Enrichment Studies
  • Live and Learn Press
  • Intoxicated on Life
  • Grapevine Studies
  • Home School Adventure Co.




The Build Your Bundle Sale will be ONE-WEEK ONLY

May 16th – May 23rd, 2016.

Don’t miss the BIGGEST homeschooling sale of the year. If you enter the BIG GIVEAWAY, you will automatically get reminded!

Giveaway end Sunday May 15th at midnight – enter now and grab your coupon code before it ends!

Ishtar’s Odyssey – an Advent Story for Families

Many years ago our family was introduced to an Advent series for families when I was literally cornered by a 10 year old boy in church and told about the many adventures of Jotham. He and his family were reading through the book Jotham’s Journey (aff link), and he shared in great detail all that was happening as they were reading. The story pulled him in, and in more recent years the life of Jotham has been something that our family has enjoyed as well.

Advent stories for families by Arnold Ytreeide

The author, Arnold Ytreeide, weaves the lives of four children through his stories: Jotham, Tabitha, Bartholomew, and Ishtar. After Jotham’s Journey (aff link), there were additional stories written about two of the other children, Tabitha and Bartholomew, and finally this year a NEW story has released just in time for the upcoming Advent season: Ishtar’s Odyssey (aff link)! I cannot tell you how excited our family was when the new book arrived!

About Ishtar’s Odyssey

Ishtar's Odyssey

Here is a quick overview of the book from the author:

Ten-year-old Ishtar has a great life.  He’s a Prince of Persia, son of the chief of the Magi (wise men who advise the king), and lives on the top floor of the royal palace.  With his bodyguard, Kazeem, never more than a few paces away, and with all the delicacies of the empire to eat, servants to take care of his every need, and a stream of exotic visitors coming for dinner every night, Ishtar has a great life!

Of course, he does have to attend lessons all day long — languages, mathematics, politics, history, and so on.  It’s during his astronomy lesson one night that Ishtar sees something strange — a new star in the sky that no one has ever seen before.  His father and the other magi get all excited, and Ishtar doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about.  He also doesn’t understand that his life is about to change drastically.

Soon Ishtar finds himself amongst a caravan of smelly camels, walking in the heat and dust of the desert, with little to eat, little to drink, and having to learn all sorts of new lessons.  His new tutor is the wilderness, and his new lessons are in survival.

Daily Readings

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Ishtar’s Odyssey (aff link) is divided into daily readings for each of the days of Advent, leading up to Christmas morning. There is an Advent chart in the back of the book giving the Sunday on which Advent begins (through the year 2081…so you should be good!). This year Advent begins on November 29th, so the first reading would begin that day.

Because Christmas falls on different days of the week, the readings in the final week are much shorter so multiple days can be read together, allowing the last story to be read Christmas morning.

Time for Reflection

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The daily readings take between 10-15 minutes to read, and a discussion and application section is at the end of each of the daily readings (see example above). I love that this is included because Advent is intended to be a time for pausing and reflecting – something each chapter gives you a chance to do as a family.

Bring the Book to Life!

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Ishtar’s Odyssey (aff link) also includes explanations of different Persian foods – which would be SO much fun to tie in with the readings! Children can experience a little taste of what Ishtar might have eaten and in doing so – create a lasting memory of their Advent learning.

A Little More about the Jotham’s Journey Series

One thing our kids groan about with each book are the chapter endings. Somehow each chapter manages to leave you on the edge of your seat, wanting to read more (and that’s a GOOD thing). There have been days when we’ve read an extra chapter (or two) because we didn’t want to stop!

Even though each of the children in the story ultimately end up in the same place, their paths are all different. There are similar scenes in the various books as the characters meet one another at separate times, and it is much fun to see a character from a different perspective.

Overall, these are books that you will want to cycle through and re-read over the years. We’ve read the first three books in the series (two of them twice), and the kids cannot wait to start Ishtar’s Odyssey this year!

There are a few parts of the story that can get a little intense for younger children, but when our youngest was reading along, I just modified the story a bit so it wouldn’t be quite as overwhelming for him. You may want to pre-read each chapter and decide for your family. The Amazon recommended ages are 8 and up, but we have read these with our youngest (so around age 5).

Purchase the Jotham’s Journey Series

Your family can start the Jotham’s Journey Advent series with any of the characters (although I would recommend Jotham first!). These are four stories that your family will be re-reading for years to come and establish a wonderful Advent tradition: Jotham’s Journey, Tabitha’s Travels, Bartholomew’s Passage, and Ishtar’s Odyssey.


Win a Copy of Ishtar’s Odyssey

Kregel Publications has generously offered to give away FOUR copies of the book Ishtar’s Odyssey by Arnold Ytreeide – so four winners!! Yay!!

Giveaway is open to those with a  US address and will run through Monday, November 16, 2015 at 11:59pm. Winners will be chosen and verified via Rafflecopter and have 48 hours to respond to email or another winner will be chosen.

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This book and giveaway items were provided to me at no charge by Kregel Publications. All opinions expressed in the post are solely mine.