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Lift the Flap Periodic Table & Fall Frenzy

28 Sep

I have been dreaming about a Lift the Flap Periodic Table Book, and it’s like Usborne Books & More Read my mind (again!). Since we are on Cycle 3 again with Classical Conversations, chemistry and the Periodic Table is on my brain! When our Usborne Books & More Home Office announces this week that this book is being released October 2, I almost passed out! To say that I am excited about it, would be an understatement! If your family is also pumped up to add this to your home library, I am here to help! It is not currently on my website, but it should be this next week. In the meantime, contact me about a special deal for families ordering this book! You can message me through my Usborne FB page: Suzanne Shares Usborne Books Or email me: suzanneshares at gmail dot com as well. So so excited for our children to have access to this book, which is guaranteed to fuel their curiosity about the Periodic Table and these amazing elements!

Also, Usborne Books & More will have a HUGE Fall Frenzy Sale starting TODAY on my website: There will be 100+ titles that are no longer available in our catalog or going out of print. These books will be heavily discounted, and it’s a great time to check out to stock up for Christmas, baby showers and birthdays! These books will be available tonight through Halloween, October 31, and all books are while supplies last. For all the latest with Usborne Books & More news, Follow or Like my Usborne Books & More FB Page: Suzanne Shares Usborne Books and you can also find my blog FB page too: Suzanne Shares Thanks for all of your support and love!

Scotch Laminator-$16.99 (and pouches 60% off)–TODAY ONLY!

11 Dec

This little guy, my Scotch Thermal Laminator, (aka “My BFF) is on sale currently (TODAY ONLY–December 11) for $16.99, which is an AMAZING deal (and cheaper than my purchase price). I use it ALL THE TIME! Email this link to your husband, parents, family, friends, anyone who will buy you a new BFF, I mean LAMINATOR, for Christmas.

And, Amazon told me that I bought this item September 2010. Thanks, Amazon, this date had slipped my mind. 🙂 I failed to realize that I’ve had the same one for FOUR YEARS, and it is still going strong!

Plus, if you need the laminating pouches, these are currently 60% off TODAY ONLY too! 100 sheets for $9.94, such a great deal!!

Merry Christmas to yourself. 🙂 Just go ahead and buy both, wrap it, and write “To: Mom From: My loving children and/or husband” they will be so glad that you’ve shopped for yourself. 🙂

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

Today’s the last day to enter to win “The Word Became Flesh”

11 Mar


Today’s the last day to enter to win a copy of “The Word Became Flesh” and a set of ornaments to use with it. What is “The Word Became Flesh?” I explain it to folks as…the Easter version of the “Advent Jesse Tree” that many people use at Christmas. It is a family devotion used during the 40 days of Lent, and it’s fantastic! This is our 4th year using it, and it is such a blessing to our family has we journey through Scripture together.

To read more and to enter to win, go to this previous post. Enter by midnight tonight (Tuesday, March 11). YAY! The winner will be announced tomorrow!!

The silence is deafening

18 Jan

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This little guy turned “4” four days before Christmas. Probably another reason my blog has been silent for 6 weeks. 🙂 December birthdays = crazy, fun times, (and more silver hair for me), right?!?!?

I can’t believe I haven’t posted since the end of November! Sorry to be silent for–wow–about 6 weeks now. The silence was and is deafening to me. There were many posts started in my head, yet the time to pen them into this fancy blog publisher escaped me. As December started rolling along, at turbo speed mind you, I mentally reminded myself to focus on Christ and celebrating Him with our kiddos (Of course, we used our two favorite Advent calendars.  Yet another reminder that I don’t have it all together, I’ll let you in on something. There were a few days where we combined a couple of days into one! 🙂 ) The result was a wonderful, exhausting, memory-filled Christmas yet ZERO blog posts for 6 weeks. No regrets, but  my silent hiatus has now come to a close.

I look forward to 2014, to sharing wonderful resources, recipes and favorites this year. I look forward to you sharing those same things with me! So, here’s to a new year, new books to be read, new recipes to be discovered, new memories to be made, new lessons to learn, new things to discover. To sum it all up, lots to SHARE these next 300+ days of 2014!

 Although the blog was silent for six weeks, I posted frequently on the Suzanne Shares Facebook Page. Go here to “like” the page and receive those updates in your News Feed. My tendency is to post more frequently there.)

When Son #3 Grows Up, He wants to be an Astronaut and a Church-Locker

21 Oct


Church planter dad and church planter kid (aka Son #3)

You know your child is a church planter’s kid after this morning’s conversation…

“Mommy, when I grow up, I want to ride in a rocket ship,” says son #3.

“That’s called an astronaut, son #3.” I interject.

“Okay, Mommy, I want to be an astronaut and a church-locker when I grow up.” says son #3.

(Me being VERY puzzled) “What is a church-locker, son #3?” I inquire.

“You know, those men that lock up the church when you’re done.”

Our wonderful church plant congregation, Redeemer Church, will know exactly what he’s talking about! 🙂 Our church is blessed to meet at our local YMCA. Each Sunday when we leave Mr. Lee or Mr. Dennis, both YMCA employees, locks the door behind us. Thanks, Mr. Lee and Mr. Dennis for serving our church so well!

Join Suzanne Shares on Facebook!

5 Oct

I have had several readers contact me personally via email or Facebook this week indicating that they have tried to comment on my blog to no avail. 😦 I’m sooooooooooooo sorry about that and not exactly sure why that happened.

In the event of streamlining communication and keeping in touch with you, my fabulous readers, I created a Suzanne Shares Facebook Page. I feel kinda crazy-egomaniac here with this self-promotion.  However, with the first EVER Suzanne Shares Online Book Club kicking-off this month, I am wanting to create a shared space for us to dialog about the fabulous book we’ll be reading, Treasuring God in Our Traditions. I am soooooooooooooo excited about reading this book together with YOU and am praying that God uses the book in significant ways to draw you and your family closer to Him.

Did I mention that I am sooooooooooooo excited about reading this book together?!?!? YAY!!! See you over on Facebook.

Egg Carton Multiplication and Skip Counting Game–FREE PRINTABLE

5 Oct


If you missed my post earlier in the week highlighting the Egg Carton Multiplication and Skip Counting Game that we use ’round our house, you can read more about it here.

GREAT NEWS for those of you wanting to make this for your kiddos, Brandy from Half a Hundred Acre Wood made a printable with ALL of the numbers needed for skip counting/multiplying the 1s, 2s, 3s,…all the way to the 15s AND including the squares and cubes! 🙂 One of the fun things about creating this blog a year ago is that I’ve gotten to make fun friends out in the blogosphere. I even got to meet Brandy this summer @ our CC Practicum; she was our tutor trainer (how awesome is that?!?!) She’s just as wonderful, humble, enthusiastic, and caring in person as evidenced and exuded by her blog. She graciously emailed me the file to share with all of YOU! Download the file, print it (I would probably laminate it…because I laminate everything! ha!), number your egg carton, and you’re set! SO EASY! 

—>>Here’s the file! Click to download: skip-count-cards <<—

Also, two other quick suggestions:
1) 1 and 1/2 dozen egg carton–Brandy wisely used an 18-egg carton when she made hers at home. This allows for skip counting/multiplying the 13s, 14s, and 15s. GREAT idea, Brandy! You’ll see this picture in the file download.

2) Sytrofoam vs. Cardboard Egg Cartons–salmonella can “live” in the cardboard egg cartons, so go with a styrofoam one if you can. We normally use a styrofoam one, but it got left @ CC on Monday after we skip counted the 12s with my Abecedarians. This cardboard one was improvised for the picture. 🙂