Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Enter To Win Your Choice of Usborne Books! #backtoschool #bts #groovygiveaway

It's back to school time! To celebrate, I am giving you the opportunity to add some beautiful award-winning Usborne and Kane Miller books to your home library! 

I have been a longtime fan of Usborne books, and use many of them for my kid's homeschool curriculum. Our favorites are the Usborne encyclopedias which are an amazing bargain starting at $9.99 and are offered in paperback or hardcover for a little more. The encyclopedias are internet linked, so after reading about a particular subject, you can view videos, downloadable photos, and additional resources. They make the perfect companion for research papers for elementary to high school!


This year, my boys (who are fascinated with computers) will also be learning how to code using the Usborne book Coding For Beginners Using Scratch. This book, in conjunction with the Scratch website (a free, online program developed by MIT which is widely used in elementary schools), allowing them to get inside the code of their computer and create simple games and animations on screen.

This hardcover and spiral bound book (also an amazing bargain at $14.99!) is very durable and has bright and colorful pictures with easy to follow instructions for absolute beginners! The age suggestion for this book is 9 years and up, but my 7 year old can easily follow instructions and his 6 year old brother will be able to complete the activities with a little help. 

 Also included in the book is a glossary of terms and definitions that you can quiz your child with. I really cannot get over how entertaining this book and the games are. My boys love playing app games on the phone and tablet, which I try to limit as much as possible, but I do allow them to spend an hour or two with the Coding For Beginners challenges because they are gaining an understanding of how to create games like those that they love and get the satisfaction of watching that creation come to life with sound and music!

Of course, there are plenty of other wonderful books for every age from infant to teen that encourages play, literacy, and imagination. You can view just a small sample in the video below.

Take A Peek At Other Usborne & Kane Miller Books

You can browse all age-appropriate books for your loved one here.
* Note : All purchases made through through this link will help provide free books to The Family Center in Wilmore, Ky to help build their homeschooling library!

...and now for the giveaway!
All residents of the US & CAN 18 years and up can enter

Groovy Giveaways

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Spirited, Not Broken...

The other day, I gave my youngest son 7 math problems, a feat that I expected to be accomplished in just a few minutes. Of course, it ended up being much closer to 15 because he insisted on flying the mancala game pieces that he used for counting in the air, while making whooshing sounds. I had to bite my lip for much of that time, otherwise I would have blurted "No! stop pretending that those beads are space ships! Pay attention to your work! See? Your brother has already completed TWO pages!" All the while thinking "Why can't he just focus? What do I need to do to correct this?"


My crazy kid. He insisted on a bowl of milk with a side of fish for lunch.
While watching him play with those little bright pieces of colored plastic, I realized that his "problem" was in fact not a problem at all - I was the problem.

In this moment, I have come to realize that my ultimate job as a parent is to help my child flourish and rather than try to shape him into someone that he is not.

Both of my boys have an incredible imagination, and my youngest has the uncontrollable urge to make everything fun. It is so incredibly easy for him to get lost in his imaginary world of being a fighter pilot - a daydream that I am so quick to take him out of by nagging him to finish some very boring worksheet or change into some "real" clothes versus his costumes. He loves attending his lessons dressed as Batman, Wolverine, or any other number of superheroes.

Monday, August 1, 2016

It's Fun To Be A Kid Giveaway!

I can honestly say that some of my favorite memories were created when I was a kid. Life was so care-free and fun, and my worst problems consisted of my little brother crashing in on my sister and I's playtime with Barbie dolls.

In celebration of this joyous time, I have teamed up with a few other bloggers to share with you this awesome giveaway!

It's Fun To Be A Kid Giveaway! Over $130 in Prizes!

Sponsored By: 

Warm Tradition, Curious World, Cozy Phones,
KneeBees, and Treasure Run

Hosted By: 

Love, Mrs. Mommy

Co-Hosted By:

1 Lucky Winner Will Receive: 

Over $130 worth of kid goodies from 5 amazing sponsors!!

Warm Tradition 

The Bunny Rabbit Pillow: Made of a soft velvet type of non-pilling material. Perfect for children, teens and adults of all ages!! Warm Tradition also sells hot water bottles, made in Germany, and covers made in the USA. These high-quality bottles and covers have a lifetime guarantee! They have many styles to choose from such as classic bottles with fleece, flannel, or knit covers. Also, animal-shaped bottles, as well as personalized and monogram covers. Winner receives a bunny rabbit pillow.

World Breasfeeding Week Giveaway

August 1st through August 7th is 2016's World Breastfeeding Week. 2016's theme is about how breastfeeding is a key element in getting us to think about how to value our well-being from the start of life, how to respect each other and care for the world we share. My breastfeeding journey has been one of the most precious times of my life. Supporting a mother who chooses to breastfeeding their child is key to their success. When a nursing mother is judged, shamed, denied time or a place to feed their baby it is not only effecting that child's growth but that mother's mindset of their breastfeeding experience. This week highlights a women choice to breastfeed and all things that go along with that choice.

To celebrate this week, I am sharing an awesome World Breastfeeding Week giveaway hosted by MamatheFox that includes a bra from BeliBea (nursing bra), a case of Milkmaid Tea by Earth Mama Angel Baby and (1) tank top, (1) tee shirt and (1) Breezy Poncho from Bun Maternity (nursing clothing). This package has a value of $224 and is open to US residents. Please complete the form below for your chance to win this amazing package.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Oh! The Places You'll Go! Back To School Giveaway Hop - Enter To Win A Dr. Seuss & Bendon Book Prize Pack!

Can you believe that the new school year is just weeks away? I do not know about your kids, but mine are excited to begin the next grade and have had their noses stuck in books all summer long. To celebrate the love of learning, I have decided to join up with over 90 other bloggers in a HUGE back to school giveaway event!

Enter below for your chance to win this prize pack that includes :

Oh! The Places You'll Go book bag
2 Dr. Seuss mini-posters
Bendon Reading Discovery book set

Oh! The Places You'll Go!