Mega List of Black Friday Deals!

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There are so many good places online that are offering Black Friday deals! I’m going to share my favorite places here.

Black Friday Sale at Deborah & Co.! Save 20% off Storewide and 30% off select items!

Save 20% off storewide at Deborah & Co. with the code: BLACKFRIDAY at the checkout! Our fleece lined leggings and full length layering shells are 30% off, no coupon code needed! Every order of $50 or more (before shipping) gets a free pair of Angora Socks for free! Get the gifts you need for the ladies in your life at Little Deborah!

Character Badges Bundle Sale! Save 40% off our popular Character Training program!

Character Badges Bundle Package is 40% off from Friday through Monday, no coupon needed.  This is our popular character training program for children ages 3-12. It comes with charts for obedience/disobedience/consequence, reward badges for the children to wear, flash cards and a complete instruction kit on how to use this program. Get it now while the price is so low!

Lilla Rose Black Friday Sale Info!

 The enormous Lilla Rose Black Friday sale is here! Save 20%-50% off and all the Flexi Of The Month Clips have been brought back, in very limited quantity! I’m having a mystery hostess party, and all orders of $50 or more in the USA will receive a free clip of my choosing!! This is good for my current and brand new customers, (please stay loyal to your current consultant if you have one!).

Osborne Books are up to 60% off during Black Friday!!

You will hear more about Usborne Books in a few weeks. I’m hosting a party as I have fallen in love with so many items they sell! Our 9 year old son loves the sticker books they have on soldiers, knights, etc. I’m loving all the new doodling and drawing books they have just released. Seriously, there are so many good items and you can get a large selection of them for up to 60% off during the Black Friday weekend!

You can shop through my party link here. My children will be absolutely thrilled if I’m able to earn them some free books as the hostess! :)

Black Friday at the Bulk Herb Store!

I love so many things at the Bulk Herb Store! I’m drinking the red raspberry tea right now during my pregnancy and love it. You can save 15% off your entire order (minus a few exceptions) with the code: BLACKFRIDAY14.

2014 Black Friday Sale BIP

Bright Ideas Press has most of their curriculum 20% off! This includes the popular Mystery of History, and Christian Kids Explore Science series (we have used that science and love it!). Use the code gobblegobble at the checkout.

Character Concepts Black Friday Sale!

Character Concepts has 25% off everything with the code: HOLIDAY25 through Sunday. My boys love the stories on CD they have, and the character training workbooks they offer are excellent.

I don’t normally share deals for other bloggers but I’m excited about this sale! I signed up with great hesitation for this blogging course a few months ago. I’ve purchased other courses and been disappointed with them, but I am so very grateful I made the investment in this course! It’s really good, and if you are wanting to work harder on your blog and grow, this is a good place to start! The private Facebook page that goes along with the group is really helpful as well. This is the lowest price you will find the Elite Blog Academy course, as it will jump up $100 in price next month. The sale price of $299 ends December 5th.

I’ve heard excellent things about The Tummy Team’s online programs. They have an 8 week program to help get your body ready for birth, and they also have a program that helps you heal from a weak core.

Do you….

…suffer from low back pain?
…struggle with a weak core and protruding tummy?
…have a chronically “slumped’ posture?
…occasionally have “leakage issues” when you cough, sneeze or jump?
…have a weak spot at your belly button that pushes out when you try to do a crunch?
…have trouble performing everyday activities without pain or fatigue?

You might need one of their programs!

Use the code: HAPPY35 to save 35% off all their online programs. Or save 20% off a splint with the code: SPLINTSALE at the checkout. These codes are valid Friday through Monday only. I’m interested in getting a splint from them for after the baby is born, as I’ve heard really good things about them.

Flirty Aprons

 Flirty Aprons –  50% Off + Free Shipping with code BLACKFLIRTY50

This sale is from Black Friday through 12/3.


Cents of Style – On Black Friday only you can get Knit Winter Scarves for $7.95 & FREE SHIPPING with the code BLACK at the checkout!

Save 30% off at Dayspring with the code: 30FRIDAY14 plus save up to 76% off the Markdown area!

25 Days of Christmas Books for Children

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25 Days of Christmas Reading List!

We’re starting a new tradition in December and I’m really looking forward to it! Our 25 days of Christmas books for children was created out of a desire to slow the month of December down and focus on what is truly important. I want to spend a lot of fun time with the children, building memories and doing meaningful things with them.

Every day in December we are going to read one book together. What makes it super special is that the book will be wrapped up with a number on it, and they get to unwrap the book that goes along with the day. Most of them will be about Jesus and his birth, but others will be on wintertime, or Christmas in general. We don’t do anything with Santa Clause so I don’t have books included with him in them.

I was able to request all of these through my library, so definitely check into that!

Our 25 Days of Christmas Book List

A Christmas Goodnight Book

1. A Christmas Goodnight by Nola Buck

“On a quiet but wondrous Christmas Eve, the nativity story comes to life, and families everywhere celebrate the miracle of Christmas.”

Christmas in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

2. Christmas in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

“Long ago, a little girl named Laura Ingalls lived in a little house in the Big Woods of Wisconsin with her Pa, her Ma, her sisters, Mary and Carrie, and their good old bulldog, Jack. Winter was just around the corner, and Laura worked hard to help make the little house ready for the cold days ahead. Soon there was frost on the windows and snow on the ground, but Laura and her folks were warm and cozy in their snug little house in the Big Woods.”

The Big Snow Book

3. The Big Snow by Berta Hadar

“The woodland animals were all getting ready for the winter. Geese flew south, rabbits and deer grew thick warm coats, and the raccoons and chipmunks lay down for a long winter nap. Come Christmastime, the wise owls were the first to see the rainbow around the moon. It was a sure sign that the big snow was on its way.”

Saint Francis and the Christmas Donkey

4. Saint Francis and the Christmas Donkey by Robert Byrd

(We are not Catholic so I might edit this book slightly if I need to, I’m not sure yet)

“When Saint Francis, the patron saint of animals, encounters a donkey who is unhappy with his lot in life, Francis tells him a story that heals. True, long ago God punished the mischievous animal by giving him long ears, a loud bray, and heavy burdens to bear. Yet God gave the donkey something wonderful, too. For who was it that carried Mary to Bethlehem across rugged mountains and burning desert sand? And in the stable, who warmed the Baby Jesus with his breath? Whose love and devotion on the trip from Nazareth outshone even the gifts of the wise men?”

This Is the Stable

5. This is the Stable by Cynthia Cotten

“Wondrous things are happening in the stable. The animals are gathering. Shepherds and wise men and angels are coming from afar. All of them are flocking to see the Christ child, born this night in Bethlehem.”

6. The Tale of the Three Trees: A Traditional Folklore by Angela Hunt

(While they say it is an Easter book I’m going to use it for Christmas!)

“Featuring the wonderful illustrations of Tim Jonke, this best-selling children’s book tells the Easter story from a new and unusual point of view. Children will be deeply touched as they understand, perhaps for the first time, the significance of Christ’s life and his atoning sacrifice on the cross.”

Marlee's Surprise

7. Marmee’s Surprise, A Little Woman story by Monica Kulling

“Each of the four March sisters is special in her own unique way. Meg is a dreamer, Jo is a tomboy, Beth is shy and thoughtful, and Amy is a bundle of energy. But despite their differences, the girls pull together to get through a difficult winter holiday. Based on the first chapter of the enduring classic Little Women, this enchanting retelling will introduce a new generation of “little women” to the works of Louisa May Alcott.  “

Lift the Flap Nativity

8. Usborne Lift the Flap Nativity by Felicity Brooks

(My older ones will have to be patient this night – this is a book best for my 2 and 4 year old)

“This illustrated volume provides a sensitive telling of the nativity story which aims to evoke a sense of wonder and mystery in very young children. The detail of this flap book incorporates details such as mice hiding in the corner of baby Jesus’ manger.”

The Story of Christmas

9. The Story of Christmas by Pamela Dalton

“Deeply reverent, richly detailed, and teeming with life, Dalton’s images follow the story of the Nativity from the appearance of the Angel, to the shepherds who came from the fields, and to the three wise men who followed the star to pay respect for their new king. Working in a Pennsylvania-German folk-art tradition, rich with lovingly rendered animals and figures, Pamela Dalton has created a book that takes a deserved place among the finest celebrations of Christmas.”

Room for a Little One

10. Room for a Little One: A Christmas Tale  by Martin Waddell

“On a cold winter night, Kind Ox invites one visitor after another into the shelter of his stable–Old Dog, Stray Cat, and Small Mouse, who rest together in harmony. When Tired Donkey appears, he brings with him Mary and Joseph, and all of the animals welcome Jesus when He is born.”

Through the Animals Eyes

11. Through the Animal’s Eyes: A Story Of the First Christmas by Christopher Wormell

“From dogs watching over the shepherds’ flocks when angels appear, to a charmed cobra performing in Herod’s court as the king tries to deceive the wise men, Wormell’s trademark animal imagery brings a new perspective to the story of the first Christmas.”

The Legend of the Candy Cane

12. The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg

(I’m going to get miniature candy canes and let them eat them while I read them the story!)

“One dark November night a stranger rides into a small prairie town. Who is he? Why has he come? The townspeople wish he were a doctor, a dressmaker, or a trader. But the children have the greatest wish of all, a deep, quiet, secret wish. Then a young girl named Lucy befriends the newcomer. When he reveals his identity and shares with her the legend of the candy cane, she discovers fulfillment of her wishes and the answer to her town’s dreams. Now will she share what she has learned?”

God Gave Us Christmas

13. God Gave Us Christmas by Lisa Bergren

“As Little Cub and her family prepare to celebrate the most special day of the year, the curious young polar bear begins to wonder… “Who invented Christmas?”
Mama’s answer only leads to more questions like “Is God more important than Santa?” So she and Little Cub head off on a polar expedition to find God and to see how he gave them Christmas. Along the way, they find signs that God is at work all around them. Through Mama’s gentle guidance, Little Cub learns about the very first Christmas and discovers that…Jesus is the best present of all.”

Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey

14. The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski

“Jonathan Toomey is the best woodcarver in the valley, but he is always alone and never smiles. No one knows about the mementos of his lost wife and child that he keeps in an unopened drawer. But one early winter’s day, a widow and her young son approach him with a gentle request that leads to a joyful miracle.”

The Crippled Lamb

15. The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado

“In this timeless bestseller, readers experience the tender love God has for those who feel alone and different. Joshua was a lamb with a crippled leg who felt left out because he couldn’t run and play like the other lambs. But God had a very special plan for Joshua’s life, as He does for all who feel alone. Readers can expect a gentle tug on their hearts as the little lamb’s prayers are answered in an amazing way.”

Itsy Bitsy Christmas

16. Itsy Bitsy Christmas by Max Lucado

“Do you ever feel like you are too small or too ordinary? That is just how Itsy and Bitsy feel. When these two charming little mice hear that a King is coming to Bethlehem, they set off with great enthusiasm to find Him. Along the way, they are met with discouraging words telling them they are too little and unimportant for any king. Just when Itsy and Bitsy begin to believe that they really aren’t big enough for the new King, they learn that Christ the King has indeed come for everyone. “

Tonight you are my baby

17. Tonight You Are My Baby: Mary’s Christmas Gift by Jeannine Norris

“The miracle of Christmas began with a mother holding her child, filled with boundless love. Now the warmth and spirit of the first Christmas come alive in this Nativity retelling, perfect for mothers to share with their own little ones.”

Listen to the Silent Night

18. Listen to the Silent Night by Dandi Mackall

“It was not such a silent night when Baby Jesus was born. From the baa, baa, baaof sheep to the flut-flut-flutter of angel wings, it was actually quite noisy! “

One Wintry Night

19. One Wintry Night by Ruth Graham Bell

“A classic Christmas picture book, One Wintry Night tells the story of a mountain boy who is injured in a snowstorm and seeks refuge in a cabin. While he waits out the storm, the woman who lives there tells him the Christmas story. In a magnificent blend of a contemporary setting with the history of God’s redeeming love, Ruth Graham created a wonderful and unique version of the Christmas story.”

One Shining Star

20. One Shining Star: A Christmas Counting Book by Anne Kennedy

“Help your child learn to count using the most beloved story of all—Jesus’ birth! With gentle rhyme and number fun from 1 to 10, this book is full of shepherds, kings angels, animals, a baby, and a shiny star, all waiting to be counted before bedtime.”

The Little Drummer Boy

21. The Little Drummer Boy by Ezra Keats

“A procession travels to Bethlehem, bringing gifts for the newborn baby Jesus. The little drummer boy comes along, although he is too poor to bring a present fit for a king. Instead, he plays a song on his drum for the Christ Child. Within the little drummer boy’s seemingly simple gift lies the true spirit of Christmas.”

Humphrey's First Christmas

22. Humphrey’s First Christmas by Carol Heyer

(I’m going to make it clear to my children that the three wise men did not come to baby Jesus in the manger, but when he was a little older.)

“We’ve all heard the story of the three wise men who brought their gifts to Baby Jesus. But what about the camels who carried them? Here is the story of Humphrey the camel and his long, cold journey to Bethlehem. Humphrey has lost his blanket and schemes to acquire a new one. When the party reaches its destination, Humphrey is so drawn to the love surrounding Baby Jesus that he finds himself selflessly giving his new blanket to the Christ child.”

The Gift Of The Magi

23. The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

“In a shabby New York flat, Della sobs as she counts the few coins she has saved to buy a Christmas present for her husband, Jim. A gift worthy of her devotion will require a great sacrifice: selling her long, beautiful hair. Jim, meanwhile, has made a sacrifice for Della that is no less difficult. As they exchange gifts on Christmas Eve, the discovery of what each has done fills them with despair, until they realize that the true gifts of Christmas can be found more readily in their humble apartment than in any fine store.”

On This Special Night

24. On This Special Night by Claire Freedman

“On a silent winter’s night, one star burns brighter than all the rest. “That must be a special star,” Mother Cat whispers. When Little Kitten and Mother Cat join the animals journeying toward the starry light, they discover that it is a special star indeed — shining with peace, love, and joy on this very special night.”

25. The Christmas Story from the gospel of Luke in the Bible!

I can’t wait for December 1st to start this! So much fun and good memories will be taking place! :)

Studying Thanksgiving In Your Homeschool!

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My boys love to read about the pilgrims all year long, but when November comes we like to stop as a family and study Thanksgiving during our homeschool days! I’ve learned from experience that if you wait until November to start requesting books at your library, it is really hard to get them to come in time! So now is the time to log onto your library website, or visit your library and get the books you need!

Here are the resources I’m going to use for studying the history of Thanksgiving and the lessons we learn during this time.

A Thanksgiving Unit Study For Little Ones!


Last year I put together this free unit study on Thanksgiving! It says Kindergarten, but from all the feedback I got it really is good for K-2nd grade!

Count Your Blessings Ebook

This is a brand new resource that I’m really excited about! I love hymns. I grew up singing them and now my children are as well. I was surprised with how in-depth this Count Your Blessings unit study is.   You will study 3 beloved hymns: Count Your Blessings, Great is Thy Faithfulness, and The Doxology in this unit study. The study is written for older elementary students to do on their own if you wish. Or, you could work through it as a family. Copywork of the hymn lyrics is provided for older children as well as younger children. If you work 20-30 minutes a day, the flexible schedule will span about 3 weeks. I can’t wait for us to get started!

My boys need more writing practice, and this will be a very easy way to get them to 1). Stop and think through all they have to be grateful for.  2). Receive more writing practice! This 29 page journaling notebook will be the perfect thing for them to use in November, plus it will be special to keep! You can save 50% off in price with the code: ModestMom at the checkout! They also have a a younger journal option for K-2nd grade.

Stories of the Pilgrims

Every year we read Stories of the Pilgrims together. It is such a good book, and our children love it!

Pilgrim Paper Dolls

This year I plan on using these Pilgrim Paper dolls with my girls. They love paper dolls, so this will be a special time of acting out the pilgrim story though paper dolls!

Every year my husband and children put together a skit on Thanksgiving day for extended family. Normally I’m dragged into the skit as well. :) This year my husband told our children they are doing it all on their own, and they are excited to put something together! It will be cute to see what they come up with.

So there’s our family plan for the month of November! It is hard to believe it’s just about a week away!

The Logic Of English Review

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Logic of English Curriculum Review! |

When my boys were younger I followed the Charlotte Mason approach to teaching grammar. Basically for grades 1-3 you  read to them constantly and have them learn through narrations, copywork and books.

The Logic of English

I personally regret that decision. My boys don’t have a firm grasp on grammar and this is the year we are working to fix that. Since the boys are close enough in grades it is easiest to do grammar together. I discovered The Logic of English a few months back, and as soon as I found it I knew I wanted to try it.

This curriculum is not for moms who want to hand something to their child and let them do it on their own. It very much requires teacher/student involvement. You can’t use this curriculum without the teacher’s guide as it guides you through every step and even tells you what to say. I really appreciate that part of it!

The Logic of English Curriculum

The first day we started The Logic of English it took us 2 hours to get through a lesson! That seemed a little overwhelming, until I realized you don’t have to get through 1 lesson a day! The lessons are broken up into different sections. This program covers reading, spelling and writing. We don’t need any help with reading; both boys read really well. But we want to use the grammar and spelling sections.

One day we might do the spelling part of the lesson. I purchased the spelling rules flashcards (I love all the flashcards – high quality items!). We learn a new rule on the flashcard and spell out the words. They learn how many syllables are in a word, and we clap, say, and spell a word out. Then we might go through and figure out if the spelling word is a noun, adjective, etc.

I’m very impressed with the curriculum. The target age of the curriculum is around 8. I’m using it with an 8 and 10 year old. I’ve seen a lot of older children using this, and it is especially good for dyslexic children.

I actually was so impressed with the style of teaching that I ordered the student books for the younger grades, and I’m using them (slowly!) with my girls. My 6 year old is reading out loud to me from a beginner reader book every day. We don’t always get to the lesson and work page but my goal is to do it 3 times a week.

There are also fun games that go along with The Logic of English. I highly recommend getting the Phonogram Game Cards. Every time we pull these out my boys cheer! They love playing the different games!

The Essentials Teacher’s Manual is $95.00 and you can use it over and over again! The student workbook is $25.00. So far my oldest has a workbook and my 8 year old is using a plain spiral bound notebook. If you have the money I would suggest the workbook, but if it comes down to it I think you could make a plain notebook work, though not as well.

If you feel insecure about teaching writing, spelling, grammar, or reading, this is an excellent curriculum to consider using. I love how the curriculum takes the teacher by the hand, guiding them through the lesson. It really helps you stay in command of the lesson, even if you’ve forgotten a rule!

*Some of these items were sent to me to review free of charge. I was not paid for the review and all thoughts are strictly my own*