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Usborne Book Friday (aka Black Friday) deals–all weekend!

28 Nov


It’s a great weekend to snag some great deals on Usborne books! The Book Friday (aka Black Friday) sale began this morning at 12:01 EST and will continue through the weekend. New titles will be released on Cyber Monday at 12:01 EST.

Here are a few of books from the Book Friday sale that I couldn’t WAIT to share with you:

Winter Activity Pack

Winter Activity Pack— I got this for my sons last weekend, and it kept them handily occupied during our Thanksgiving road trip. They were so entertained with the books from the Winter Activity Pack that they never asked to play my husband’s iPhone (win-win for me!). Usborne Books-1 and Electronics-0 and…one happy momma! These are mini versions of the books, which are all $8.99-$9.99 a piece, so $12.49 is a steal!

My Christmas Tree


My Christmas Tree–Isn’t this the sweetest?!?!? This board book ties together to become a Christmas tree! Your kiddos can enjoy having a Christmas tree of their own within their room. 🙂 It comes with stickers allowing them to decorate it to suit their fancy. 🙂

Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver’s Travels, Pinocchio and Magical Animals (Books AND an Audio Cd!)–These 3 different book sets would make a fabulous gift and are only $4.99! These abridged classics come with a book and audio cd of the book! They are half price! Did I mention they are $4.99?!?! (Can you tell that I’m ecstatic about these books?!?!?) My boys love audio books, and I quickly snagged all 3 of these for them for Christmas. They love to have a book in hand and follow along with the accompanying audio cd. Reading along with a CD is a fantastic way to strengthen reading abilities and to build confidence in their ability to read. Stock up on these for birthday parties or to donate to your local or school library!

FREE SHIPPING—Yes, you read that right! The best news EVER is that when you spend $100 on your order this weekend, your shipping is free! So, go out and shop ’til you drop! 🙂 Check back on Monday, too, when the Cyber Monday book selections roll over into different books! YAHOO!

Book Friday: How A Book Entertained My Son for THREE Hours

26 Nov

William with Robot book.two William with Robot Sticker Book Son #2–This is how he spent 3, non-stop hours yesterday afternoon–reading and assembling the Usborne Build Your Own Robots sticker book! Did he ask to play the iPad or watch TV? No. Happy mommy? Yes! Usborne-1 and Electronics-0 This is our son, who enjoys being read to but rarely picks up a book on his own accord for pleasure. I am grateful for how Usborne books are cultivating within my boys a love for and of books, even my sons who who would rather be digging in the dirt all day. 🙂 1488155_898903470122234_3239623188675499238_n If you’ve been looking for an opportunity to snag a great deal on Usborne titles for your children, grandchildren, nieces, or nephews, Book Friday (aka Black Friday) is the perfect opportunity! Starting at 12:01AM EST on Friday, November 28, Book Friday begins, and many, many Usborne titles will be discounted up to 60% off and FREE SHIPPING on orders of $100 or more! You better believe I’m setting an alarm to wake up and shop because our family LOVES Usborne books!

Are you ready to shop? Use this special link to take you to the Book Friday sale. I’m excited for your family to have Usborne books in their hands, hearts and minds! New to Usborne and need some book recommendations? Watch some of the videos from my YouTube channel Suzanne Shares Usborne Books to ‘meet’ a few of my favorite Usborne titles. Order now and your books will arrive in plenty of time for Christmas! 🙂10671398_10204244332500286_1000311271282078700_n

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




Kindle On Sale-$49

29 Apr

Just saw that Amazon Kindle (the “basic” model) is on sale for $49 (a $20 savings)! Thinking to do some birthday shopping for our oldest two since they’ve hijacked their parents’ Kindle. 🙂 Why have they hijacked their parents’ Kindle you ask?It’s the library’s fault! 🙂 Our library has thousands of children’s books that can be virtually checked out–for FREE! To say that our boys love this reality would be an understatement! They think it’s pretty cool and “grown up” to read on the Kindle! I think whatever keeps them interested in reading, right?!?!

The Kindle Paperwhite with Wi-Fi and various various Kindle Fire models are also $20 off. It appears that there is one deal per customer. This is a Mother’s Day sale, so snag this deal before it’s gone. 

One other perk that our family uses. 🙂 If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you get to check out one free Kindle book a month from Amazon. If you’re not an Amazon Prime member, enjoy a 30 Day FREE Trial!

Christmas Books that Our Family Loves

30 Nov

These are some of our favorite Christmas books, as well as a few new ones that we’re trying this year.  What I love about the books below is that they focus on the true meaning of Christmas–Jesus! With all of the competing voices SCREAMING at us during Christmas, my husband and I want to focus our family on Christ at Christmas, and these books have helped us with that. I hope these are helpful.

Christmas Came For Easter (Sharon Brunner)- As a parent, I desire for my boys to truly celebrate Jesus at Christmas. However, I feel like I’m leaving out half the story if I don’t tell them the importance of why Christ had to come to earth. He came to earth to live a perfect life so that those who put faith in Christ could take on His perfect life and be justified before God. Without Christ’s perfect life and death, salvation for humanity would not be a reality. So, if we only speak of Christmas, we are teaching only a portion of the story. Christmas came for Easter; it’s true. This short, beautiful book helps the children understand the bridge between Christmas and Easter. As a parent, I LOVE having this book to read with my boys. It is so wonderful to celebrate Christ becoming flesh, living among us, coming to earth. The greatest celebration, though, is His perfect life lived and sacrifice as the penalty for our sins.  This is a wonderful, kid-friendly way to delve into this wonderful reality with your children.

The Crippled Lamb (Max Lucado)-Is it safe for me to confess that last year was the first time I had read this book (and, consequently, my sons?!?!) Well, shame on me! It is a treasure, treasure, treasure! I had heard of it for years, but we’ve never read it! I know, I know, how tragic! I found it last year at Goodwill (score!), so I snatched it up. It’s the best $0.99 I’ve ever spent! You must read it this year!

One Shining Star: A Christmas Counting Book (Anne Kennedy)-Between 18 and 24 months, my oldest son had 3 books that he wanted read to him every day before naptime. This book was one of them. No, he didn’t care if it was before or after Christmas. The story goes from 1 to 10 with different elements of the Christmas story. I have this book memorized.  There are such sweet memories attached to it.

Who is Coming to Our House? (Joseph Slate)-This book is a delight! It’s written from the perspective of the animals in the stable.  They’re wondering who’s coming to their house…and what a joy when it’s Jesus!

Come and See: A Christmas Story (Monica Mayper)I love the simplicity of this book. I love that each character is repeating the refrain, “Come and See!” Can you imagine beholding Jesus?!?!? Wow!

“The Legend Of” books (The Legend of the Candy CaneChristmas TreeSt. Nicholas)-I love this series of books! As with most things, the origin of objects, traditions, etc. are usually lost over time. I love that these books do an excellent job of unearthing where certain Christmas “staples” originate. Did you know that St. Nicholas was a real person!?!? Do you know what the colors of the candy cane represent? Do you know where the tradition of the Christmas tree started? If not, you should read these books!

The Best Thing About Christmas (Christine Tangvald)-If you’ve never read any of the Happy Day books, I encourage you to check them out! They’re written from a Christian perspective. They have some GREAT books on the various holidays (We love their Halloween book, Let’s Shine Jesus Light on Halloween). This book is wonderful as it focuses on the greatest thing about Christmas–Jesus!

Pine Tree Parable (Liz Curtis Higgs)-If you haven’t read any of the 4 books in Liz Curtis Higgs’ Parable Series, you should!  This one is set on a Christmas tree farm and has a beautiful Christmas message.

Jesus, Me, and My Christmas Tree (Crystal Bowman)-I love all of Crystal Bowman’s books! This is another fun book that unearths the origin of the Christmas tree…in a fun, fun way!

A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)-Focus on the Family Radio Theater Series We LOVE the Focus on the Family Radio Theater audiobooks. (The Chronicles of Narnia is our favorite!!!) These audiobooks are not someone reading the book–BORING! They are fully, dramatized versions of the book; each character has a different actor/actress. It’s amazing! If you’re audiobook fans, check out this version of the Dickens classic.

I’m a little bit obsessed with A Christmas Carol, so we also read the children’s version of the book and watch it on DVD each year. We read the Little Creatures version above of the Dickens classic the past 2 years. I loved that the story and message was clearly conveyed, but it was also in a concise form so that I could read it to the boys in one sitting. We also have a tradition of watching The Muppet Christmas Carol on DVD during December as well.

Song of the Stars (Sally Lloyd-Jones)- This book is written by the author of one of our favorite Children’s Bibles (click here to read my post about our favorite Children’s Bibles!), The Jesus Storybook Bible. I love her writing! We read this last year, and it was a hit!

The Little Drummer Boy (Ezra Jack Keats)-I love this story AND I love Ezra Jack Keats. Last year was our first year to read this classic, and we all enjoyed this book. Ezra Jack Keats is a timeless author, and this is a timeless story. Add it to your reading list this year!

New books that we hope to read this Christmas

Jotham’s Journey (Arnold Ytreeide)A friend suggested this book to us last year, and I never got around to buying it. Our library didn’t have it. 😦 I broke down and bought it this year. We are DEFINITELY reading it this year! I also bought the other two Advent books by the same author, Tabitha’s Travels and Bartholomew’s Passage as well. I can’t wait to dive into these books!

What are your favorite Christmas books?!?!? I am always looking for new books to read with my boys!

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Bethlehem Was Just Set Up On Our Table (20% off Little Peoples)

30 Nov


“We just set up Bethlehem!” our almost 4 year old screamed this morning! That only means one thing around our home. We have just opened our Little Peoples Nativity Set. This is probably one of our family’s favorite Christmas decorations. Our boys are 8, 6, and almost 4, and they squeal and scream when we get this out each year. “Oh, I remember this!” was their reaction when we opened the box containing it this morning. That’s one thing that I love about traditions; children come to expect them. Traditions give them a place and identity in a family. For our sons, being a “Mosley” means Little Peoples Nativity Set, and their faces light up each year when we unveil it.


highly, highly, highly recommend the Little Peoples Nativity Set for your family. For those of you who participated in the Suzanne Shares Book Club in October, you will remember that Noel Piper mentions in her book, Treasuring God in Our Traditions, is the idea of having Nativity Sets all over your home, including some “play” ones that children are allowed to touch. We have taken that approach and actually keep 2 Nativity Sets that are from other countries out all year. We have enjoyed the Fisher Price Little Peoples Set as a set that our boys can touch and play with. One of my favorite memories when our oldest son was 2 was getting out the set and having him act out the Christmas story with the appropriate Little People as we read it from his favorite Children’s Bible. This was at age 2 1/2. No, my husband and I aren’t superstars or anything; we are just firm believers that little kiddos can soak in, understand and comprehend much more than is assumed. Surrounding our boys and our family with Nativity Sets at Christmas make it hard to ignore or forget the reason for Christmas. 🙂

This makes a great Christmas gift for a newborn or a young child. Our oldest son got this for his first Christmas (age 6 months). What a helpful tool it will be for you to use with your children to tell them the story of Jesus.

You can buy the set from Fisher-Price. It has been out of stock, so I’m excited to see that today they have it! Currently, you can also get 20% off your order and FREE SHIPPING with an order of $25 (which would be the case with this set) when you use the codeSUPERSALE. (Expiration is 12/1)

Enjoy Christmas, and enjoy teaching your children (and reminding yourself) of Christ coming to earth!

Brain-Stretchin’, Body Movin’ Christmas ideas (Can you tell I’m the mother of ALL boys?!?!)

10 Nov

I’m pulling these two posts out of the archives! Are you looking for some educational, fun-filled toy options for your kiddo or grandkiddo this Christmas?!??! Here you go. 🙂

The first post is a list of some favorite, favorite, favorite games that our family enjoys. Yes, we have 3 boys, so yes, many of these involve being ACTIVE (but not all of them!).


The second post is another great list of Christmas gift ideas for kiddos from one of my FAVORITE blogs, Orange Marmalade.

Shut the BoxOne other addition to the list! My friend introduced us to “Shut the Box” as a fun way to reinforce addition facts. My sons love it, and this game is how our 3 year old learned number recognition. You roll the dice and have to add them up. You then have to knock down numbers on the board that add up to that number. For example, if you rolled a 12, you could knock down a 10 & 2, 1, 3 & 8, etc. The goal is the “shut the box” which means knocking down all 12 of the numbers. It’s a great addition reinforcement….without them realizing their practicing math. It’s currently half price at Amazon ($10), which is cheaper than I found it when we got ours. 😦

A couple of other posts to check out for purposeful gift ideas for kids:

What are your favorite Christmas ideas for kiddos?!?!

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Thanksgiving & Little Peoples–FREE Shipping code (through 11/11)

9 Nov


As we recently finished discussing Treasuring God in Our Traditions for the Suzanne Shares book club, I’ve been writing a lot about traditions! Traditions help center us on Christ, remember the goodness of God and instruct our children. With Thanksgiving upon us, we have started celebrating our Mosley Thanksgiving traditions over the last few days! YAY! Our Handprint Thankful Tree is going strong (except we didn’t get to it today. See, I’m not perfect. 🙂 We’ll do two hands tomorrow. :)), we read our favorite, favorite Thanksgiving book tonight, and our Little Peoples Thanksgiving Set is being played with fondly.

Little People Thanksgiving

Speaking of the Little Peoples Thanksgiving Set, I am EXCITED to pass along a Fisher Price coupon where you can get 20% off and FREE SHIPPING with $25 or more. Here’s the code:


You can use it to snag the Little Peoples Thanksgiving Set and/or the Little Peoples Nativity set (another favorite of ours!). These are both great pieces of our Thanksgiving and Christmas traditions.

I had some happy boys the night we got our Thanksgiving Set out for the season. Sniff, sniff. They no longer make the Little Peoples Mayflower ship. 😦 Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂


Mothers of sons–you need this catalog

5 Nov

photo (3)I have read on numerous blogs about JMCremp’s. It is a company specializing in toys and gear for BOYS! There are bows and arrows, fishing gear, camo, swords, pocket knives, tents, farm toys, and more. I ordered their free catalog, and it came this week–GLORIOUS! My three boys have been pouring over it non-stop. Before bed tonight, my 3 year old went through every page, and said, “We need this and this and this and this.” Hilarious!

So, if you want several afternoons of quiet solitude, order this catalog. Your sons will be entertained for hours! Or, if you have boys in your life and need some Christmas ideas, order this catalog. As a mother of sons, I guarantee they’ll love anything from the catalog (at least that’s what my 3 year old told me!)

Seeds Family Worship-20% off coupon (through 11/8) & a FREE download!

5 Nov

–>>UPDATE: A reader let me know that she used the coupon, and it indicated
the coupon below is valid until Dec. 9. YAY! <<–

I’ve written lots and lots about how much we LOVE Seeds Family Worship cds! Scripture verses–word by word–set to music. They have been a fun way for us to memorize Scripture together. I, also, love them; the music is so well done that they lead me to worship and lift me from the pit on hard days.

Seeds of Character

I was excited to get a 20% off coupon code to share with you! YAY!

>>>Use the code: Story2013 to get 20% off your order!<<<

Just a note that the code doesn’t work on the “Give ‘Em Seven” bundle. Also, Seeds CDs come with 2 cds when you buy 1 cd. They want you to keep one copy for yourself and give one away! So, keep that in mind when you order. These cds, therefore, make GREAT gifts! Use the coupon by November 8 and go ahead and get Christmas shopping done!

The Seeds of Character cd shown above has a GREAT song that teaches all of the New Testament books of the Bible. I’m hoping, hoping, hoping, they’ll come out with one for the Old Testament books.

Also, go here to download the song, “We Trust” from Psalm 20:7…for FREE! (Don’t we all love free!)

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