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12032962_10153287138644983_4910941088961530721_nI want to share with you a comment from a small elementary school’s club. They are currently doing our CARDS FOR A CAUSE FUNDRAISER and they had this to say about the program.

“This is the easiest fundraiser I’ve ever done! One of my girls said she asked a few neighbors if they’d like to order the cards and they were very happy to – they liked that it was 30 cards for $30 and that the cards were so nice. The little girl said ‘all you have to do is ask and they buy them!’ “11988360_10153287138234983_272295816896363365_n

Would you like to know more about this super-easy program? Take a look at
http://CardsForACauseFundraisers.com/z0296 
and let me know when you’re ready to get started. This is so easy you can complete this fundraiser, start to finish, in about 2 weeks.

 

 

 

Simple and easy birthday party idea

Does your child love to read?  Here’s a simple and easy 3-step idea for a child’s birthday party or themed gathering.  You love easy, right?  12378457-happy-children-cartoon-sitting-on-the-floor-while-reading-books

STEP 1 – Contact Me to Set Your Party Date

I’ll set up your Facebook Event page and plan occasional posts and pics to get everyone excited about your special day.  You can start inviting people right away (moms and kids) or I can do that for you.  I’m happy to help!

STEP 2 – Use Birthday Party Invitations as Reminder Cards

Kids love to get mail so we can make them feel really special and remind their moms about the party at the same time.  Email me a quick guest list with addresses and I’ll take care of this for you too.

STEP 3 – Prepare as You Normally Would for the Birthday Party (but it’s even easier then that!)

Order a cake and mix up some punch or lemonade.  That’s it!images

What makes this so simple?

1.  You don’t need to buy party favors for the guests.  All the kids will be getting new books so you don’t have to stress about shopping for them and you don’t have the stress on your wallet either.

2.  The guests don’t have to shop for a present for your child so no stress for them either.

3.  Your child gets to pick out all the free books earned so they get exactly what they want.  No more gifts to return, no more acting like they like it when they don’t, no more getting gifts that they already have.

4.  You can easily arrange for party games or a sleepover after the shopping time is done, or send them all home if sleepovers aren’t your thing.  In any case, you get a chance to get to know your child’s friends and their parents a little better.  And in today’s fast-paced world, that’s always a good thing.

Set your date today.  If you are not in my area but still want to do this, contact me and I’ll find an Usborne Books & More rep in your area.

 

 

I recently happened upon a fascinating yet easy idea by way of a simple blog post.  The Warm Fuzzy Jar described therein is a superb tool that can be easily implemented.  If you don’t want to buy pom poms, use painted rocks for heavens sake.  Just do it, like Nike says.  Take the time to at least skim the post from Hands Free Mama (see link below) and consider the lasting impression you have on your own kids and the kids you care for.  Here’s a short quote to give you a taste.DSC_0040-e1432856425292

“It became clear to me that constant corrections were not helping my children become more successful, more productive, more effective, or more fulfilled.  Being critical was hindering my children’s gifts and causing them to be unsure of their abilities. Criticism was diminishing their unique lights that made them who they are.”

Now, consider changing your kids’ lives by changing yourself first.  Here’s the link for the article in its entirety  http://www.handsfreemama.com/2013/05/29/how-to-fill-up-a-child/

I remember having some of these art books a long time ago but now, I think you have to be looking for them.  I haven’t run across something like this in my local grocery store book selection lately.  These are so much fun you’ll probably want to join in.  I’ve included a video of the Magic Painting Book.  You just have to see it for yourself.

Isn’t that delightful?  I wish the background music could be included with every book purchased  as well!

0005374_300For the more advanced artist who appreciates the beauty of  intricate patterns we offer seven titles which yield countless hours of creative pleasure.  Choose from Art Deco Patterns, Celtic Patterns, Christmas Patterns and 0006965_300more.  One reviewer states that when shared, these books are not only relaxing, but a bonding experience.  At only $5.99, you can purchase an extra one for yourself to provide a calming respite from the hustle and bustle.

What are your kids doing this summer?

As the school year winds down you may be wondering how you’ll keep your kids active and engaged this summer  There are many options but camps and childcare can be so expensive.  One idea is to have your own Summer Brain Camp with a small group of like-minded families.  It isn’t as difficult as you’d think and you’ll probably spend only a fraction of what you’d spend on other activities.  Ask around and you may find more parents than you expected who have the same concerns.  
0008156_300I can help you find the resources you need to pull it off.  For example, you could get together once a week for simple and fun science experiments like the ones in 365 Science Activities or 101 Science Experiments.  0000419_300The activities usually involve common materials you’d find in your own home or at a nearby dollar store. Each family can take a turn directing the science activity, or one organized person can be your Camp Director and the other families can chip in snacks and drinks.  The possibilities are endless.
0000533_300If you have free spirited kids, we can help inspire the artistically minded.  The Art Treasury is unique in the way it “combines dazzling art from around the world with exciting projects to do that will inspire every young artist. It includes 0001343_famous_artists_book_of_il_300famous European paintings, delicate Japanese prints and traditional African masks, and each work of art is followed by a project influenced by the artist’s methods or ideas.” (from the catalog)  Pair it with The Usborne Book of Famous Artists to delve deeper into the lives of thirty-five of the world’s most talented artists.

Visit the website for yourself or get in touch for more summer ideas.  I’m here to help you find what you’re looking for.

Teach Your Monster to Read…our FREE online game for kids

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Did you know…

the British founder of Usborne Books Publishing, Peter Usborne, and his two adult children have developed a free online game through their charitable fund, the Usborne Foundation?  Created by reading experts and gaming professionals, this game has been available to kids around the world for four years now and your kids can use a PC or laptop and  join the fun too.  A downloadable App is also available for a small fee.

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Get more information at TeachYourMonstertoRead.com .  Read the reviews, join the blog, try the demos or start a free account.  Available for use both in home or at school, this is another tool you can use to make reading fun for your kids.  Get started today!

 

14990_674085702720200_1598832175211752452_nFull credit to Adam and Misti Yerton who own this wonderful clock, and have provided a guide to how it was made – http://imgur.com/a/KUyfg

I thought it would be fun to use your child’s favorite books and put it up in their room. As their favorites change, you can change out the books. Adam and Misti’s version has a plain white face for now but you could spruce that up according to your child’s personality and make changes to the look of the clock face as they grow.

International Book Giving Day – help me donate free books to deserving children!

International Book Giving Day is a real thing!  (There’s lots of info regarding Bookplates, Bookmarks and further ideas here – http://bookgivingday.com/blog/about-2/)

I am working on a Book Giving Day Challenge and I need your help.  In honor of International Book Giving Day, I want to get $1000 in new books into the hands of deserving children.   Here’s what I need from you; you have ten days to donate to the worthy children’s organization of your choice following the instructions below.

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1.  Place an order for at least $50 in books from my online E-fair at https://z0296.myubam.com/82579 by February 14th, 2015.

2.  For every person who orders at least $50 in books and donates them to a worthy children’s organization in February, I will ship an extra 50% in books to that organization FREE OF CHARGE!  

In order for that to happen, I’ll need the organization’s contact information to set up delivery and to confirm your donation. (If possible, I’d LOVE to have pictures of you dropping off the books or the kids enjoying your gift!)

Whether you order $50, $500 or $5000 in books, my offer stands.  I will give 50% in FREE BOOKS to the organization of your choice.  So put your thinking caps on.  There are so many organizations who would love new books.  Preschools, schools, homeless shelters, public libraries, after school programs, hospitals, the list goes on and on.  Please help me get $1000 in books in their hands.  Gather some friends to make an even bigger gift.  Have a Penny War at your school, church, scout group or daycare.  Help me reach this goal in February!

Now hurry up because time’s running out!  Book Giving Day is February 14th!