Archive | August, 2014

Usborne ONLINE Book Party: Books for Classical Conversations

30 Aug

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Thanks for stopping by my Usborne ONLINE Kick-Off Party! I’ve been writing this week about some Usborne Favorites including books for Boys, Girls, “Learning to Read” & Readers, Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers. Visit those previous posts to learn about those books.

Even before becoming an Usborne Books & More Independent Consultant, Usborne books were always my BFFs as a Classical Conversations Tutor. My Usborne books were my “go to” resources when it came time for science experiments and projects. When I, personally, needed to read up on an aspect of rocks and minerals for Cycle 1, astronomy for Cycle 2 or the human body for Cycle 3, I grabbed my Usborne books. In addition to using them to “study up” so that I could dialog with my kiddos about a specific science topic, the vibrant, eye-capturing images and illustrations in my Usborne books have become my “go to” for visuals to share in class during science experiment time. It’s nice to not have to track down books at the library each week. (Been there, done that my first year as a Tutor. Took way too much time!)photo (9)

These are the books that I use the most to prepare for Science Experiments. The Internet-Linked Children’s Encyclopedia that I have is an older version of this one. (What are Internet-Linked books? How do they work? Read more here! Usborne Books created and launched these unique books in 2000! They’re amazing!) I also liked perusing through my Usborne Books of Science Activities Volume One and Volume Two (older editions shown below) because the exact experiment for class was often found in the book. I often glean additional insight into the experiment when exploring it in one of these books.

Books About the Body

Since we’re studying the Human Body for Cycle 3 this year, I am depending on this great book for use with our science experiments. I am also reading through it at home with my boys. As I have been preparing for each Cycle 3 science project, I have been blown away at God and His wisdom in how He created our bodies to work and function. I wanted  to give my sons some age-appropriate “depth” to the science facts they’re memorizing in class, so we have been using the See Inside Human Body book as extra reading at home. It seems as though my constant refrain after reading from this book is, “Wow, boys, isn’t it amazing how God perfectly created our bodies to work!” I, also, have been using the See Inside the Human Body book for visuals during the current experiments. Great news is that the Usborne Human Body Sticker book is $5 with an order of $40 or more when ordered by August 31. Can’t wait to use this with my boys!  As you’ll notice in this graphic here, Usborne actually has a whole host of books about the Human Body, and with Usborne’s commitment to make learning memorable and engaging, these books are gems! Your kiddos will love them!

You can also go to And Here We Go Mama’s post that links Cycle 3 with these Usborne books: Illustrated Dictionary of Science, The Usborne Science Encyclopedia, First Encyclopedia of the Human Body, and the See Inside the Human Body book.

Flags, World History & Time Traveler

These are some other books that my sons enjoy to go along with our CC learning at home. All things ancient world, history and geography are their loves.  Anytime my sons are recreating or imagining an event from world history, they pull out The Encyclopedia of World History or Time Traveler. Their current favorite book to use for down time at home or in the car is the Flags Sticker book. The flags are arranged by continents, so I am elated that they are having to remember that India is in Asia when they are trying to find where to place the Flag of India sticker. Speaking of the world, I am, also, personally in love (as are my boys!) with the Lift-the-Flap Picture Atlas.


August 2014 Customer Special

  • The GUEST SPECIAL as you shop! Download the flier here: CustomerSpecials: August 2014  or view it in the picture above. For my CC readers, the Human Body Sticker book is on the list for $5!!! For every $40 you spend, you can chose 3 books from this month’s list. Don’t you love a sale?!?!? Also, since this is an ONLINE party, you can take advantage of the Internet Specials, too.
  • Free Shipping when you spend $75! I will reimburse you via PayPal or will snail mail a check to cover your shipping costs with a retail order of $75. You will pay for the shipping with your order, and once it is processed, I will reimburse you.

Happy Shopping! If you have any questions about a book or an order, let me know! suzanneshares AT gmail DOT com

Friday Favorite: Veggie Mix (1 recipe=4 meals)

29 Aug

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It’s been a while since I’ve had a Friday Favorites post for you fine readers! You probably already detected the reality– I took the summer off from my regularly scheduled posts: What We’re Reading Wednesdays and Friday Favorites. Well, school is back in session at the Mosley Casa, so I am hoping to get back to my regularly scheduled bi-monthly posts. Today’s Friday Favorites is one that I’ve wanted to share for a while! I made a double batch of this Veggie Mix this week, so I knew it was time! Here’s today’s Friday Favorites….

Veggie Mix


This summer marks the 3rd year that we’ve participated in a CSA in our community. What is a CSA, you ask? Read more here for a long exhaustive description. My simple explanation is that we buy a “share” of a local farmer’s produce crop, and our share of the crop is delivered weekly to a local produce store. We pick our weekly stash of fruits and veggies up on Tuesdays, and it’s almost like Christmas! Each week is a surprise! We have know idea what we will be picking up each week, so it’s always exciting. 🙂 After doing this two summers prior with the same farmer, I can anticipate what items we will receive. My hypothesis of each week’s “loot” may not be accurate, but I have learned that each CSA year we will, at some point, enjoy fresh strawberries and blueberries, cabbage, tomatoes, patty pan and spaghetti squashes, and a variety of other things. It has been an adventure in the kitchen for me each summer as I have received a variety of produce that was unknown to me! Embarassingly, I had to ask the farmer’s delivery man on more than one occasion the name of several vegetables. AND, I may or may not have googled a video on How to Cut Up a Bok Choy.  But, I digress!

Each summer, though, my excitement builds around August as I know that we’ll be showered with a ton of onions, peppers tomatoes, and eggplants. When those vegetables start appearing, it is time for me to make my Veggie Mix! I originally found this recipe in Southern Living. Its appeal was the title of the article, “Five Fast Dinners Begin with One Vegetable Mix.” Hmmm…fascinating! So, I ripped out the recipe and tried it. To summarize how this recipe works, you make a base “Veggie Mix,” and you end the day with 4 frozen packages for later use (or, you can use immediately!). The original recipe came with FIVE uniquely different recipes that can be made using one package of the “Veggie Mix” base and a few more ingredients. When I read this information, I was sold. I have been making this “Veggie Mix” for at least 5 years. Clearly, it’s a “keeper.” I love that each summer I make 8-12 frozen packages of the “Veggie Mix,” and we, literally, eat on it all winter!

Today, l share my version of the “Veggie Mix” recipe, and you can visit Southern Living’s website for the original version that contains the 5 different recipes–Individual Pizzas, Greek-Style Chicken Stew, Shrimp with Rice, Beef and Vegetable Supper (aka “Spaghetti” in our house), and Black Bean Soup–to make using your “Veggie Mix” base. We have tried all of the recipes except the Individual Pizzas. When I make either of the other 4 recipes, I love that the final meal tastes entirely different than the other, unused recipes. So, you can make this mixture on Sunday afternoon and enjoy 4 different meals that week. I promise that while eating the Black Bean Soup you won’t think, “Hmmm…this tastes just like the Greek-Style Chicken Stew expect it has black beans instead of chicken.” The recipes and tastes are unique. Without further ado, here’s the recipe!

photo (35)This week’s bounty. I doubled the recipe for 8 frozen packages to enjoy this winter!


Veggie Mix (adapted from this Southern Living recipe)

1-2 onions, chopped
4 bell peppers, chopped (I use a mixture of green, yellow, red, and orange.)
1/4 cup olive or coconut oil (I use either.)
1 large eggplant, chopped
3 (14.5 oz.) cans diced tomatoes (or in the summer I use fresh tomatoes)
1/4 cup Greek seasoning (I make my own.)

1) Saute onions, peppers, and eggplant in oil 5-10 minutes, until cooked.
2) Add in tomatoes and Greek seasoning.
3) I bring to boil and then, turn down to lowest setting and simmer 15-20 minutes. This makes my house smell heavenly, so sometimes, I let it simmer a while!
4) Spoon 3 cups of Veggie Mix into freezer bag. Does this to create a total of 4 bags.
5) Freeze the 4 freezer bags of the “Veggie Mix.”  The original recipe says to freeze up to one month. Ummmmm, confession, I keep mine longer than a month in my freezer. 🙂
When you are ready to make one of the 5 recipes (Individual Pizzas, Black Bean Soup, Greek-Style Chicken Stew, Shrimp and Rice or Spaghetti) consult the original recipe for those directions. I usually pull out a ziploc bag of the “Veggie Mix” the day before I need it. I let it thaw on a plate (to avoid spills/leaks) in my fridge.

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Aren’t these pepper beautiful?!!?

Additional hint: I pulverize my veggies! The first few times I made this recipe I chopped the peppers, onions and eggplant by hand. My sons were able to “sort through” the veggies and pick out what they didn’t like. (Awesome! Grr!) I got a little wiser and started pulverizing the veggies in my food proccessor! Now, they can’t organize the vegetables by peppers, onions and eggplant and “fish” them out to avoid eating. 🙂 I love the yumminess and healthiness that they are ingesting every time we enjoy a “Veggie Mix” recipe! Here’s a picture of what the pulverized veggies look like:


I feel so “Sneaky Chef-ish.” 🙂 🙂 Please don’t tell my boys this little secret. Let’s just keep it between us, okay?

I’m excited to share this Friday Favorite with you! If you make this “Veggie Mix,” stop back by and comment below to let me know how you like it!




Chronicles of Narnia Audio Books–Re-releasing October 1 (YAY!)

26 Aug


It’s not secret that our family loves audio books. In fact, I’ve shared about some of our favorite, favorite, favorite audio books. The top of our list is the Focus on the Family Radio Theater Chronicles of Narnia Audio Drama. Our boys received this as a gift about 7 years ago and have thoroughly savored each of the 19 cds in the set. It has been out of print for several years, sadly. We recommend this version of the Narnia audio books non-stop to anyone we meet, However, it’s always a bummer to follow our recommendation with, “However, it’s out of print, and you can no longer buy it.” 😦 This harsh reality will, thankfully, end on October 1, 2014! 

EEEEEEEEEEEEEK! I am overly excited to share this exciting news that I recently discovered! The Focus on the Family Radio Theater Chronicles of Narnia Audio Drama is being re-released. All Chronicles of Narnia audio books are not, not, not created equal.This dramatized version has different actresses and actors for all of the various Narnia characters.; it is not a one-man read aloud of the books! Your children (and yourself!) will be drawn in to the stories from these timeless, God-glorifying works of literature. Add this to your shopping cart and give it to your children for their next birthday, Christmas…or “just because.” They will love it; I promise!

The official release date is October 1, but you can pre-order your copy now for about 30% off. YAY! YAY! YAY! 

Usborne ONLINE Book Party: Favorites for Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers

26 Aug

You're Invited.Usborne PartyThanks for stopping by to read more about Usborne Books and my ONLINE Kick-Off Party! To celebrate being a NEW Independent Consultant for Usborne Books & More, I’m having an ONLINE party! How exciting to shop ’til you drop in your pajamas and without make up! If you’ve missed my previous posts in this series, view these to find why I started selling Usborne booksBook Recommendations for Boys, Book Recommendations for Girls, and Books for “Learning to Read” and Beginning Readers.

Some of my FAVORITE books that Usborne has are for the youngest learners. Here are recommendations for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers:

Books for BabiesThere’s a Mouse About The House!–This is an interactive book with an accompanying “mouse.” The mouse goes through various slots in the book and in doing so goes about the house. Your kiddos will love putting the mouse through the hole and following his journey about the house!

Find the Duck–This is a classic of Usborne book lore. Many of their books have a hidden duck on each page. This board book allows your little one to search for the infamous Usborne duck. So fun!

Lullabies–This board book has an accompanying CD. Read the night time poems and lullabies and listen to the songs as well! Or, if you’re new to parenthood and want to learn some lullabies to sing to your kiddos, this is a great one!

Books for Toddlers

I have written about Farmyard Tales (YAY for an audio book!) You should also check out the Secrets of the Apple Tree. It is a “flashlight” book, which is amazingly unique! On each page, a question is asked of the child reading the book. To find the answer revealed, the child shines a flashlight on the back of the opposite page! I’ve never seen another book like this! LOVE IT! Or, if you prefer the beach, Secrets of the Seashore, is for you! This is another “shine-a-light” book involving seashore-themed exploration.

First Thousand Words–These little gems are available in a myriad of languages–English, French, Spanish, French, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Latin and Russian. These are fabulous picture books to use with toddler to teach him/her new vocabulary! So, grab your little one, let him/her plop down in your lap and enjoy some quality bonding time learning new things! The other amazing trait of these books is that each non-English version is internet-linked, so you can go online and hear a native speaker pronounce each word! (Latin is not included since it is no longer a spoken language.) That’s a fabulous “freebie” of these books! Isn’t that amazing?!!? Now you know why I love Usborne, don’t you?!?!?

Books for Preschoolers

You Choose–This is another unique book! Literally, you choose answers to questions as you work your way through the book. This book is designed for parent and child to talk through together. Your eyes will feast on colorful illustrations, and your heart and soul will delight in the dialog that you have with your child as you hear more of his/heart and thoughts.

Big Books–Usborne has an entire series of “Big Books.” Big Machines, Bugs, Animals, and Sea Creatures to name a few! Besides the fascinating content, each book has fold out pages to show the actual sizes of the book’s theme: machines, animals, bugs, or tractors! So, so fun!

Muddle And Match–I’m, also, currently in love with the Muddle and Match book. Of course, we have the boy version, but there is a girl version, too. The book is sliced into segments, “muddled,” if you will. Your child can then match the various segments and create a really funny boy or girl. You might end up with a knight-pirate-cowboy. The text you read to your child changes with the pictures, so there will be some silly, silly sentences created! Get ready to have a good ol’ belly laugh with your kiddo while you read this unique, one-of-a-kind book.


August 2014 Customer Special

  • The GUEST SPECIAL as you shop! Download the flier here: CustomerSpecials: August 2014  or view it in the picture above. For my CC readers, the Human Body Sticker book is on the list for $5!!! For every $40 you spend, you can chose 3 books from this month’s list. Don’t you love a sale?!?!? Also, since this is an ONLINE party, you can take advantage of the Internet Specials, too.
  • Free Shipping when you spend $75! I will reimburse you via PayPal or will snail mail a check to cover your shipping costs with a retail order of $75. You will pay for the shipping with your order, and once it is processed, I will reimburse you.

 Happy Shopping! If you have any questions about a book or an order, let me know! suzanneshares AT gmail DOT com




Usborne ONLINE Book Party: “Learning to Read” Books, Phonics Readers, & Audio books (Oh, my!)

23 Aug

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Thanks for joining me here for my Usborne ONLINE book party. The three previous posts in this series can be viewed here, Favorite Usborne Books for Boys here, and Favorite Usborne Books for Girls here.

Here are two quotes about reading and being read to in my Usborne catalog. I love these–so inspirational!

“A child spends 900 hours a year in school and 7800 hours at home–you are their primary teacher–you play an important role in your child’s education.”

“Children who are read to at least three times a week are almost twice as likely to score in the top 25% on standardized tests than those who are read to less than three times a week.”

One of the most exciting opportunities that I’ve had as a mother is to watch our oldest two boys (and now our third son is in the beginning stages!) learn to read. Watching them read their first books left me marveling and awe-inspired. It is one of those mysterious, magical milestones in a child’s life. As a book lover, I couldn’t wait for my boys to read, but I was clueless about how to select appropriate books to help them build confidence and to strengthen their ability to read. If you are clueless as I have been in the past, another quote from my Usborne catalog to help you:

“Research shows that children who read the most, read the best.”

 So, as you encourage your child to read more, here are some fabulous “learning to read” and phonics based readers (and a couple of audio books! You know how I LOVE audio books!!!) to help them on their journey.

Very First Reading Set

Very First Reading Program–This is a 15 volume boxed set of books designed to build confidence and enjoyment as your child is learning to read. The books are designed for parents or adults to read with their children. The left page is read by the “grown up,” the right page is to be read by the child. How exciting to have a shared experience together reading with your child?!?!? Accompanying the set is a 24-page parent guide that walks you through how to use this program. I will be buying this set to use with our youngest son who is in the first stages of learning how to read. I can already envision us sitting on the couch, him in my lap reading through these books together. Not only will he be learning to read, but we will be making memories together.

First Reading Box Set

Usborne First Reading Program-This 10 volume box set includes books from Level 1, 2, 3, and 4. These leveled readers are designed for children who are new readers with the goal of  increasing your child’s fluency. As your child progresses through each level, new aspects of language and vocabulary will be introduced. This set also includes a Parent’s Guide to instruct the parents in how to use these books and to help your child builds confidence and skill as a reader. I love Usborne’s philosophy of training parents to work with their children who are learning to read. This practical information is extremely helpful to us, right parents?!?!?

Ted & Friends

Ted and Friends: Phonics Readers (and audio book!) –This hardback book includes 12 books in the Usborne Phonics Readers series, and an audio cd with each story’s text is included! Your child will flourish and gain confidence as he/she reads along while listening to the audio cd. Each story was created and written under the advisement of a language expert in order to help your child learn to read. Some of the titles are: Fat Cat on a Mat, Big Pig on A Dig (we have this one and love it!!!), Hen’s Pens.

Cow Takes a Bow Combined Volume

Cow Takes A Bow and Other Tales (Combined Volume–saves you $$)–Usborne sells Combined Volumes of certain books. This means that the Combined Volume is a compilation of multiple books within the same series. Cow Takes a Bow and Other Tales is a collection of six books from the Usborne Phonics Readers. The advantage of buying the Combined Volume is that you save $$. This book is hardback and costs $14.99 for 6 books. One of the books included in this Combined Volume, Bee Makes Tea, when bought alone is $14.99 for hardback. Buy the Combined Volume and save $75 (or think of it as Buy 1, get 5 free!).

Usborne Readers with cds

The Little Book of Train Stories, The Usborne Book of Bible Stories, and The Complete Book of Farmyard Tales (all with CDs!!!)–These great books are FABULOUS for kiddos learning to read. First, they each have an accompanying audio cd that covers each story within the book. Your child can listen to the cd and follow along in the book at the same time. This will help develop word recognition. (Yipee!! I LOVE Audio Books!!) Another AMAZING component of these three books is that there are two lines of text on each page. One line of text is for beginning readers, and the second line of text is for more advanced readers.  How about THAT for building confidence for readers in your home?!?!

Plus, these books are amazingly priced–$8.99 for Train Stories (includes 4 books compiled in 1 hardback format with accompanying audio cd) and the Bible Stories (13 books compiled in 1 in hardback plus the cd) & Farmyard Tales (2o books compiled in 1 hardback plust the cd) are both $24.99. An average price for an audiobook without the accompanying book is $15-$20. These 3 include the book and the audiobook! Such a great deal!

I hope these will be helpful recommendations for your family as your kiddos begin the awesome journey of learning to read! Now, it’s time to ORDER!


August 2014 Customer Special

  • The GUEST SPECIAL as you shop! Download the flier here: CustomerSpecials: August 2014  or view it in the picture above. For my CC readers, the Human Body Sticker book is on the list for $5!!! For every $40 you spend, you can chose 3 books from this month’s list. Don’t you love a sale?!?!? Also, since this is an ONLINE party, you can take advantage of the Internet Specials, too.
  • Free Shipping when you spend $75! I will reimburse you via PayPal or will snail mail a check to cover your shipping costs with a retail order of $75. You will pay for the shipping with your order, and once it is processed, I will reimburse you.

 Happy Shopping! If you have any questions about a book or an order, let me know! suzanneshares AT gmail DOT com

Usborne ONLINE Book Party: Favorites for GIRLS

22 Aug

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As I shared yesterday, I’m a very new Usborne Books & More Independent Consultant! To celebrate I’m having an Usborne Book Catalog (and ONLINE!) Kick-Off Party! Running concurrent to my party will be blog posts featuring a myriad of Usborne products! This is my 2nd featured product post. If you missed the previous post, featuring books for BOYS, you will find it here.Usborne girls 5

These quality books I received in my Consultant Kit. These are only three of an abundance of Usborne books and activities geared for girls. Since I have no little girls running around our home, I do not have many of these on hand to show you via photographs. Thankfully, you can peruse these other girl-themed books online and shop ’til you drop!

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The Usborne Book of Drawing, Doodling, and Coloring–Isn’t this the delight of young girls–drawing, doodling, and coloring?!?! I would’ve thoroughly enjoyed this book as a young whippersnapper. Each page is complete with various images to color or complete a drawing. A book that encourages creativity and imagination?!?! I’ll take it! These would be great “rest time” books in the afternoons or evenings or helpful for young ones during church. The book shown in the picture here is the “generic” edition, but there is a specific Drawing, Doodling, and Coloring for Girls.

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Sticker Dolly Dressing Princesses–Princesses, stickers and dolls. What more can I say?!!? The title sums it up beautifully, and the little girl in your life will love this!

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Did you realize that sticker books are oh-so-fabulous for promoting and cultivating cognitive and motor skill development? When a child matches stickers to their designated spots, they are learning the cognitive skills of association and reasoning. Peeling and pulling a sticker off a page and placing it in a specific location results in fine motor skill development. Did you realize that a sticker book is strengthening muscles in fingers, which is preparing a child to write and draw?!?! You’ll never look at a sticker book the same, will you?

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Usborne Lots of Things to Spot at School–This a fabulous “combo” of the classic Usborne “Things to Spot” books and Usborne Sticker books. This book is filled with “look and find” school-themed pages (a Science day, on the playground, etc.), but the last segment of the book has stickers to use in the book as well!  “Things to Spot” + Stickers= a book that will entertain for hours!

Looking for additional girls books? Check out these….

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  • Are you ready to order? Go here to the online show to place your order and have it shipped to your home!
  • The GUEST SPECIAL as you shop! Download the flier here: CustomerSpecials: August 2014  For my CC readers, the Human Body Sticker book is on the list for $5!!! For every $40 you spend, you can chose 3 books from this month’s list. Don’t you love a sale?!?!? Also, since this is an ONLINE party, you can take advantage of the Internet Specials, too.
  • Free Shipping when you spend $75! I will reimburse you via PayPal or snail mail a check to cover your shipping costs with a retail order of $75. You will pay for the shipping with your order, and once it is processed, I will reimburse you.

Usborne Online Book Party: Favorites for BOYS

22 Aug

As I posted yesterday, I am excited to announce that I am now an Usborne Books & More Independent Consultant! To celebrate, I am having an Online Kick-Off Party! Over the next few days, I want to highlight an array of Usborne products for those of you who are new to Usborne.

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As a mother to 3 sons, I thought it would be appropriate to share a few Usborne books that my sons have been enjoying from my Consultant Kit.

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Special Forces–This book has caused many fights since it arrived in our home. No, the material covered in the book has not inspired this drama; it’s been inspired by the fact that we only have one copy of this book! Each son is eager to be reading it alone, all the time, without 2 brothers peering over the book. 🙂 This gives you a glimpse of its quality! This book goes into great detail about the elite special forces in various branches of military. The book’s content is totally engrossing to my sons. My heart always melts when I see them lost in a book! The Special Forces book is one of several in a series called the Discovery Adventure Collection. There is Collection #1 and Collection #2. These collections include books entitled Spying, Helicopters, Tanks, and Submarines. Certainly, these are a boy’s dream! Do you have a male reluctant reader? These might just do the trick! 🙂

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1001 Pirate Things to Spot–This book is oh-so-fabulous! My boys will sit still (yes, that is possible!) and work through this book again and again and again! Each section of the book is a two page picture equipped with random “pirate” things to spot. The items and number of each item are listed around the page’s edge. It’s hide-and-seek in a book. When we first received this book, our oldest son was around 4. He and I would sit together and work through the various pages. I have precious memories of the two of us cuddled up together looking for all-things-pirate. I don’t recall the specific items we scoured the pages for, yet I remember the most important thing about this book. It enabled me to have an enormous amount of one-on-one time with my son. In our fast-paced, ha-rem ska-rem society, I am grateful that Usborne books allow me to carve out time with my kiddos.for boys 3

1000 Things That Go–I received this book in my Consultant Kit, and I gave it a quick look over. As I filed it onto my bookshelf, I filed it into my brain as “too young” but a great book for boys. Well, earlier this week I had the privilege of taking FIVE (yes, you read that correctly!) boys on a field trip this week. We had a half hour drive to the location, so I grabbed this book and Lots Of Things to Spot at School. The boys were 4.5, two 7 year olds and two 9 year olds. My perception that this book was too “juvenile” for these ages was way off the mark! I loved the conversations with the boys that I was overhearing. “Wow, look at that hydroplane!” and “Can you believe the autorickshaw?” Page, after page, after page of vehicles was fodder for an exchange of words between this gaggle of boys in my van. The boys were having a conversation; they weren’t zoned out, glazed over and transfixed on an electronic device. They were having real, actual discussion and dialog together. Music to this Momma’s ears. This is what Usborne books are doing in our family, and I’m loving it!

Looking for additional BOY books?!?! Check out these below.


  • Are you ready to order? Go here to the online show to place your order and have it shipped to your home!
  • The GUEST SPECIAL as you shop! Download the flier here: CustomerSpecials: August 2014  For my CC readers, the Human Body Sticker book is on the list for $5!!! For every $40 you spend, you can chose 3 books from this month’s list. Don’t you love a sale?!?!? Also, since this is an ONLINE party, you can take advantage of the Internet Specials, too.
  • Free Shipping when you spend $75! I will reimburse you via PayPal or snail mail a check to you to cover your shipping costs with a retail order of $75. You will pay for the shipping with your order, and once it is processed, I will reimburse you.

Suzanne Shares…Usborne Books!

21 Aug

Book love

If you haven’t noticed with my plethora of posts regarding books, I love books…really, really, really love books! One of my favorite aspects of a good book is that it transports me to another place or era, or it totally transforms me into another person or creature. As I am visiting a secret hiding place, The Angels Den, during World War II, peering in on the life of a young Native American girl intrigued by palefaces, or imagining what it’s like to eat one apple, two pears, three plums, four strawberries, oranges, cake, ice cream, pie and a lollipop, a book has given me entrance into a myriad of places, thoughts, feelings that I never experienced previously. Endless possibilities and never before experienced journeys all come to fruition, perhaps not IRL (in real life) but via a good book.

I have always found enjoyment through reading. As we welcomed one, two, three sons into our family, one of my greatest delights is the shared experience created and memorialized through books. I have written about a vast quantity of those books and even shared one of my favorite resources for finding classic children’s literature.

I Love Usborne

I am excited to share today that I have another means of sharing fabulous children’s literature with you–Usborne books! I have recently become an Usborne Books & More Independent Consultant because, honestly, I just love books and was eager to share Usborne books with my sons!


Two of the greatest gifts my sons received have been Usborne books. A dear friend gave our second son Farmyard Tales First Word book when he was born, and we gobbled it up! We loved going through each page to find the various objects, including the duck, hidden on each page. Our oldest son, during his “Pirate” stage, received 1001 Pirate Things to Spot from his grandparents (Thanks, Mimi and Pop!), and he and I spent hours counting hidden cutlasses, Jolly Roger flags and parrots. Both books were my introduction to Usborne books, and I was immediately smitten! A few years later when we began homeschooling, our Sonlight curriculum introduced us to rich Usborne history texts like Time Travelers, The Usborne Children’s Internet-Linked Encyclopedia, Greek Myths and  The Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History. Even four years after completing that curriculum, these are the books that my sons still pull off the shelf to lose themselves in when their imaginations take them to past centuries.

Therefore, when given the opportunity to share my great love of Usborne books with others, it was a no-brainer for me. I am elated to be a new Usborne Books & More Independent Consultant and look forward to sharing my love for Usborne books with you and your family! To celebrate, I am having an Online/Catalog Kick Off party! If you, too, love Usborne books and have been eager to purchase some for your children, grandchildren or friends, now is the perfect opportunity! Go here to view my online Usborne store and shop, shop, shop, shop!

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Guest Specials & Internet Specials
This is one of my favorite aspects of an Usborne party–the Guest Specials! (See “Specials” on the LEFT side of the website.) Each month a variety of books are discounted to 60% off! When you spend $40, you can purchase up to THREE of these books for 60% off! (YAY! I always love a good sale!) The Guest Special is cumulative, so spend $80, and you can get three more! One of the reasons I wanted to have my Usborne Kick-Off Party in August is for this book shown above–it’s one of the Guest Specials this month! You can snag it for $5 when you spend $40! All of my CC readers, this would be a FUN book to use with Cycle 3; I can’t wait to get this for my sons! View all of the August Guest Specials here.

Also, shopping online with Usborne Books & More has its advantages! Every two weeks there are an array of books discounted in the Internet Specials section (See “SPECIALS” on the LEFT side of the website) of my online store. Peruse this section as well for some great deals. Who doesn’t like to save money?!?!?!

Spend $75 or more, Free Shipping  (ends 8/28)
I abhor paying for shipping. Don’t you??!?! To celebrate my Usborne Kick Off party, I’ll reimburse your shipping costs when you spend $75 retail or more. Once your order is processed, I will send you money via PayPal or snail mail. 🙂 My Usborne Kick Off party and the Free Shipping ends August 30.

Earn DOUBLE Free Books
Free, free, free! Doesn’t everyone love the word “free?” I LOVE THESE USBORNE BOOKS and want you to get to earn FREE ones, too! As a new Usborne consultant, I get the JOY and privilege of offering DOUBLE Free books to anyone who hosts a party with me in September or October. For example, when your Usborne party sales reach $250, you would normally earn $40 in free books, but by hosting a show during my first 12 weeks as a new Consultant, your earnings are DOUBLED to $80! Have an $800 party, receive $300 in free books, as opposed to the regular bonus of $150!

Don’t live local to me? Don’t worry! You can still host a party and take advantage of DOUBLE Free Books!!  I will be specializing and tailoring my Usborne business to online/catalog parties and can happily set you up as a Host. Contact me for more info about hosting a show: suzanneshares AT gmail DOT com.

New to Usborne? Come Back This Week To Read More!
Over the new few days to coincide with my Usborne Kick Off party, I will be highlighting various Usborne books and products to introduce you to some Usborne gems! 🙂 So, come on back! I’M SO EXCITED!!!

On the Eve of My 1st Day as an Essentials Mom: Essentials Encouragement

17 Aug


I posted last month a two-part Q&A: How To Gear Up For Essentials. (Missed the posts? Find them here and here.) A reader commented and shared her wonderful wisdom, and as I head to bed tonight and will awaken an Essentials parent on the morrow, I am repeating her sage sentences in my mind. Starting or recently beginning your Essentials journey? These words are for you and me:

I have had the pleasure of attending Essentials for five years and tutoring for three of them. I would like to also add that Essentials is a class that enables the parent to meet the needs of their student wherever they are academically. The degree of ability of the students and parents will vary, and it all works out quite nicely. Since it is designed to be a three year course which mimics the Trivium, no prior formal preparation in an English grammar program is necessary particularly if the parent chooses to spend those years simply engaging their child in good literature. Most parents will be learning right along side their students, and that is okay! If you are a first time Essentials parent, I recommend to adjust your expectations accordingly, be diligent in your efforts, and remember your second year will look nothing like your first year!

Thank you, Melinda!

Also, heading to bed reminding myself that the Lord is with me—always, and that includes Essentials class. 🙂

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?
My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade on your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.
The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life.
The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in
from this time forth and forevermore. (Psalm 121 ESV)

Seeds Family Worship–All CDs $9.97!!!

13 Aug



ALL Seeds Family Worship cds are currently on sale for $9.97!! We LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Seeds! Read this previous post for an exorbitant amount of reasons WHY we adore our Seeds Family Worship cds!  Or, do not stop go, do not collect $200 and go shop ’til you drop right now!

If you are new to Seeds Family Worship, know that by ordering ONE cd, you get TWO copies of that cd! This is their “buy and share” vision! (Isn’t that marvelous!?!?!?!) So, get some birthday present or Christmas shopping done! Or, call your BFF and order a gaggle of these cds together to split shipping costs. (Because who really ADORES paying for shipping?!?!? Splitting shipping costs is what BFFs are for, ya know?!?!?)

So, enough reading, go shopping! I can’t wait for you to get God’s Word stuck in the heads and hearts of your children (and your own!) via Seeds Family Worship’s brilliant musical masterpieces!

Also, if you’re in the Nashville area like me, there is a LIVE Seeds Family Worship/What’s In the Bible? event September 5th. There are other locations this fall as well. Go here for more information and to purchase tickets.