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A Learning Event for You (and a First for Me)

The next few weeks I am stepping out of my comfort zone by quite a bit, but it will be ALL good, because:  

  • it will be with two ladies I love immensely and who have become dear friends in the last ten years (Jodi and Carisa) and
  • it will be on a subject that I absolutely love – essential oils (and kids)

For three weeks, Jodi, Carisa, and I will be sharing OILY KIDS learning events focused on ways that we have found to help the kiddos in our lives by using essential oils. I really am excited to be a part of the classes (and teach a few), because our family has learned so much over the last five years. 

Here’s the thing: my kids aren’t perfect (I’m guessing yours aren’t either), but through all the ins and outs of day-to-day life, there are oils we’ve discovered that help us in a variety of areas – and I do want to share that with you. 

How to Join Us

Through Facebook, we have set up a public recurring event hosted by all three of us. Over three weeks, one of us will be there to share every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday starting March 19 at 1pm EST! The lessons will be a surprise, filled with either LIVE or pre-recorded videos, some graphic-based tips, and several fun PDF downloads!

ALL are welcome to attend, even if you aren’t on our Young Living team, but please know this event will be specific to Young Living products, and only positive comments will be allowed!

Topics that will be covered {all centered around KIDS}: Focus, Sleep, Emotions, Wellness, Moms, Cleaning with Kids, Healthy Bodies, & more!

Join us on Monday, March 19th as we launch the fun with the topic schedule, downloadable note taking guide, and giveaway. T fun will begin at 1pm EST and posts will appear throughout the day, closing up by 9pm. Be sure to pop over on the 19th so you don’t miss the giveaway and PDF download!

Starts: Monday, March 19th through Friday, April 6th

When: 1pm EST every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 

Ready to Participate? 

Click “going to” the event using this link (or clicking the image below), and you will be able to access all of the recurring events. We’d love to have you join us live, but you will still be able to view the videos if you can’t make it at the designated time (YAY!). 

Not on Facebook? 

Currently this event is only running via Facebook. If you aren’t on FB, please email us for more information. We do hope to create different versions of this event (off FB), but currently this event will only be in our FB group. 

Hope to see you there! 

Six Things I Love

TONIGHT (Tuesday, October 24th), the flash sale for the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle ends. But before you forget, I wanted to share six things that I’m loving from the bundle. 


These six items make this bundle MORE than worth it for me. Purchased separately the six are worth over $200, but are all in this $29.97 bundle! Here’s a quick look at what I’m excited about: 

  • The Temper Toolkit by Lisa Jo Baker ($29) – The Temper Toolkit is a collection of practical strategies, honest stories, and Biblical resources from one mom to another to help you take control of your temper BEFORE you lose it. I wrote a much more in depth post about this course (you can read it HERE) and highly recommend it!
  • Steady Days by Jamie Martin ($8.99) – teaches you how to apply the same techniques of efficiency, intention, and purpose that you’ve used in other careers to your most important position in life–motherhood.
  • The Cozy Minimalist ecourse ($39) – decorate your home with confidence, starting today, using just the right amount of stuff without wasting your hard earned money.
  • Delight in the Word of God ($8.99) -tool to help you connect with Jesus and hide God’s Word in your heart in a relaxing and fun way.
  • Adventures in Bible Journaling ($18.97) – designed with beginners in mind giving detailed descriptions of any supply you could possibly want and also helps you learn how to use each of those supplies in your own journaling.
  • A Mom’s Guide to Better Photos ($99) – teaches beginning photography to moms with any type of camera – smartphone, point & shoot, or DSLR on automatic – without using manual mode. Laurianna is going to use this course!

In addition to the multitude of ebooks and ecourses in the bundle, there are FREE bonus offers from amazing companies! Our family has already taken advantage of several of these, including Strawesome, HomeBinder, and HopeInk. Some are 100% free; other are yours for the cost of shipping only.

There is a catch though – the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle (aff link) re-release will only be available from 12:00 a.m. EST on Monday, October 23rd until 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, October 24th. JUST TWO DAYS!!

 

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A Bonus for You!

As an added bonus, if you purchase your bundle through Homeschool Creations, you’ll get a FREE copy of my Student Planner OR the new Weekly Homeschool Planner.  Purchase through THIS LINK and then email me a copy of your receipt  – and I will send you your freebie! 

Your Purchase is 100% Guaranteed

You can buy the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle (aff link) with confidence because your purchase is covered by the Ultimate Bundles one-year guarantee: you have a full year to enjoy all the books and courses in the bundle, and if you don’t feel like it’s made a huge difference to your family, you’ll get your money back in full!

 

Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle. Don’t forget – this bundle is only available until 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, October 24, 2017.

Disclosure: As a contributing author (since my printables Yearly Planner is included in the bundle), our family benefits from each purchase that goes through Homeschool Creations. We value your support – thank you! We pray this bundle and bonuses are a blessing to your family as they are to ours!

1 Day Only – Chalk Pastel Giveaway and 25% off Sale

Fall in Love with Art - 30% off All Fall Art

Today only (Monday, October 9th) you can save 25% on the ENTIRE STORE at ChalkPastel.com. They have a wide variety of video art courses and ebook tutorials – a little something for each season and subject. Chalk pastels are very forgiving and a great start for budding artists.

 

They are also hosting a giveaway for three (3) starter sets of Alphacolor soft chalk pastels to go with their lessons! 

Shop now before the sale ends! 

Print PDF Files for Less – Inexpensive Homeschool Printing

If there’s one thing we do a lot in our homeschool, it’s print. So many of the curriculum components we purchase come with ebook downloads or workbooks to print. Add to that the various bundle sales that pop up and the digital files pile up quickly. While I don’t mind printing them, often it can get tedious to remember what all I still need to print off.

My printer had already been getting quite the workout this year printing student planners, my homeschool planner, and a few various other items when one of my friends mentioned an online company she has been using and the prices were FABULOUS. 

I shared a live video on Facebook where you can see more of the questions people asked and a little more detail, but I also put together a quick video showing some of the things we had printed and how much we saved. 

Let’s put it this way – it was a good chunk of change compared to having it printed at Staples or another copy center locally. Overall I had TEN items printed and with shipping it was a few dollars more than having just two of the items printed at Staples (and that was for two of the smaller workbooks, a total of 220 pages). In all, we had over 900 pages printed from The Homeschool Printing Company

Here are a few of the services they offer: 

  • Black and white or color printing (single-sided or double-sided)
  • Laminating
  • Spiral binding with protective covers
  • 3 hole punching
  • various weights of paper
  • cardstock covers
  • 10-12 day turnaround time

Yes, I could have spent a chunk of time printing it off myself, but quite honestly I’m looking at that being $50 very well spent (and both time and ink saving for me!). Take a peek at the video above and see the various services they offer! I promise you – it’s a huge help! 

Want to save 10% on your first order? Visit TheHomeschooPrintingCompany.com and let them know I referred you and they’ll put the discount on your first order! 

Thanks for Your Patience…

I’ve received many emails over the last few days that files are unavailable for download on my site. People are getting 404 errors – and I apologize. 

There is an issue we are trying to fix with files prior to 2015. Thanks so much for your patience. :) I understand how frustrating it is and would be happy to help you out if you email me: homeschoolcreations at gmail. 

Busy Bags Kids Will Love

Preschool age is one of my favorite age groups to work with. First of all, they are curious, every little thing becomes a learning opportunity, and they LOVE pretty much everything. 

Keeping them occupied can be a predicament though. Because attention spans are short on those in the five and under crowd. Finding activities that keep kids learning, little hands busy, and make life easier for the parents – well, that’s a definite win in my book. 

My friend Sara, from Happy Brown House, recently wrote a book that does all three of those things. Busy Bags Kids Will Love is full of quiet boxes, bags, and bins (52 to be exact) that can be made ahead and brought along to play with in the van, at doctor’s visits, church – anywhere really! 

Why Busy Bags? 

The name ‘busy bags’ can be deceiving. Busy bags are more like educational activity kits that parents (or teachers) put together for children to play with either in moments a parent may need a little break (maybe you’re helping another child or trying to cook dinner) or when a quiet activity is needed. 

Busy bags also take on many different forms – from items in an actual bag, to bins full of fun, or even a box packed with learning supplies. In essence though, they are intended to keep the attention of little ones while providing something educational and fun

Creating Your Own Busy Bags

In her book Busy Bags Kids Will Love, Sara shares 52 activities that are easy to put together and focus on several specific learning areas:

  • math
  • fine motor skills
  • literacy
  • and just plain ol’ fun.

While we don’t have preschoolers in this house at the moment, we do have nieces and nephews that visit, so we’ll be making up some of these ideas and also sharing them with the grandparents. Between visiting kids and games our girls grab when babysitting, these are goldmines!

Each activity includes skills that are targeted, materials needed to create, and detailed directions to make the activity with full color pictures. She really makes it very simple! 

The bulk of the materials used are ones you can find in your own closet or inexpensively at the dollar store. There are some that require very little prep, while a few may need a little more time, BUT they are all easy enough for you to make. 

What I love most about these activities is the full intent for LEARNING that is packed into them. Yes, they will keep little hands occupied, but as they are busy, they will also be taking in and processing key information for this early stage: 1:1 counting, matching colors, identifying numbers, matching ABCs and so much more! 

In addition, Sara also shares 100 things children should know or be able to do before entering kindergarten. Sometimes it’s not all just about the alphabet and numbers. Overall, the book is truly a fabulous resource for any family with young children or those who work with them.

Grab a copy for your home or school from these sellers: 

Win a Copy!

To celebrate the release of her new book, Sara has generously offered to give a copy to one of my readers. Follow the directions in the Rafflecopter widget below. Giveaway is open to those with a US mailing address and ends on Sunday, June 25th at midnight. 

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