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12 Days of Christmas from Forever!

There is still time to finish up projects for Christmas! I was so happy with my cards that I created and received from Forever! Take advantage of these sales for the next 12 days!

FOREVER use code PEARTREE for all sales!





Today is the final day of the awesome sales from FOREVER!

Our blowout November sale ends tomorrow, Wednesday, November 30th at 11:59pm Pacific. These last few hours are your final opportunity to take up to 40% OFF Forever products and services storewide with promo code NOV2016. Here’s a reminder of how much you can save:

  • 40% OFF all Forever print orders
  • 40% OFF  Historian 4 and Artisan® 5 purchases and upgrades
  • 30% OFF  single-payment Forever Storage purchases and upgrades
  • 30% OFF everything in the Forever Digital Art Store
  • 20% OFF all Forever Media Conversion Service packages

New Sale from CM!
Now is a great time to stock up on Scrapbooking supplies for the winter!

Free gifts with purchase! Find the details here!


Cyber Monday Sales I am finding!

Enjoy these deals!

These are the cutest!!
Pop-Up Holiday Cards
Black Friday Sale! Save $10 on your order! Ends 11/29/2016


I just tried them! Can’t wait to get my print back! Very easy to create!

And just ordered the Dasher Bundle from Forever! and got the Freebie Winter kit as well!


What deals have you found today?

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Forever is offering two amazing digital artwork packages at 50% off! Now through Monday, November 28.

The Dancer & Dasher bundles!  Some of this artwork will not be available after this weekend!  I love the page templates.  I usually  start from one a blueprint or click collage type page, and then change  it to my liking.

Just visit FOREVER choose products, Digital Art & it will be the first few packages you see! There is also a beautiful FREE winter blessings kit!

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On Black Friday weekend, FOREVER gave to me: 353 awesome embellishments, 78 beautiful papers, 70 pre-designed templates, nine incredible art kits, two exclusive bundles, and ONE. AMAZING. DEAL! 

Yes, discounts like this are worthy of a song.

From now through Cyber Monday, November 28th, you can purchase two exclusive $50 art kit bundles for $24.99 each. And it couldn’t be easier to save:

  • To claim the Dasher Bundle at a discount, just add it to your cart and apply promo code DASHER at checkout. All the kits in the bundle will magically appear in your cart!
  • To claim the Dancer Bundle at a discount, just add it to your cart and apply promo code DANCER at checkout. All the kits in the bundle will magically appear in your cart!

Check out the two bundles now, and pick the one you like best. Or, get them both! You can’t have Dasher without Dancer…

But remember: promo codes DASHER and DANCER expire at 11:59pm Pacific, Cyber Monday. Don’t let them disappear into the winter night! Find them here!

And don’t forget, there are amazing sales on most everything else until the end of this month!
All month long, take up to 40% OFF Forever™ products and services storewide with promo code NOV2016. Here’s another look at this incredible offer:
• 40% OFF all Forever™ print orders (including our 3 brand new products: puzzles, acrylic panels, and faux canvas wraps)
• 40% OFF Historian™ 4 and Artisan® 5 purchases and upgrades
• 30% OFF single-payment Forever Storage™ purchases and upgrades
• 30% OFF everything in the Forever™ Digital Art Store
• 20% OFF all Forever™ Media Conversion Service packages

Celebrating Memories!!


Tea Time!

Teatulia Organic Tea

Bread and water can so easily be toast and tea!  – author unknown

Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time the comforts of solitude and the pleasures of company. – author unknown



I LOVE tea! Especially when the weather is cold. I love to make a pot of tea first thing in the morning. Such a slowing, calming routine. A good cup of tea really doesn’t take that long to make, but it can’t be rushed!

For my 50th birthday, everyone at my party brought me tea. Perfect! I have been enjoying my tea and the blessing of friendship as I sip. I just used the last of my Chamomile tea from Teatulia Organic Teas!  It was delicious!  So of course I had to check them  out.  Because the tea is organic, I was expecting higher prices. I was impressed with the selection and the prices!  And there are some great sales going on and coming up!

So if you are a tea drinker, enjoy!  If you aren’t, try it, you may like it!

Bring Holiday warmth with the delicious taste of Teatulia’s organic tea! Enjoy 25% Oolong Tea through November!

And a Black Friday Special
Black Friday Sale 30% Off Site Wide! Use Code BLACK30.

Life is like a cup of tea, it’s all in how you make it.

Make it a great day!


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Tiny Prints card review

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Tiny Prints card making experience

Last weekend was card creation weekend for me! With the great sale Tiny Prints is offering, I went to their site to create a card. There are so many beautiful designs to choose from! Picking one is the hard part. Design was easy & fast. Choose your photos and simply add them. I chose a flat 5X7 card. I love that you can also design the back of your card as well. Tiny Prints offers several designs that allow you to add more photos and text.

I am happy to be able to offer these specials. Here are the current specials! Use the best code for you

Save up to 40% on your order! 30% no min. 40% off $149+ through Nov. 20th
Use code NOVAFF40

Get 40% Off Foil and Glitter Cards, 30% Off Everything Else! Through Nov. 20th

New Customers Get $15 off $40, or $30 off $80!
Use code AFF300ff Valid Through 12/31

Free Shipping on $49+
Use code FREESHIP49

For lots of beautiful options, and an easy card making experience check out Tiny Prints!

As you make holiday cards this year, I hope you take time to be grateful for the people in your life!

Celebrating Memories!

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Christmas cards!!

This may be the year I get my cards done before Thanksgiving!!  Always a first time for everything!  This past weekend I was playing with creating a card.  I used a few different sites.

First I designed at FOREVER Since most everything is on sale this month I started there! There will be no crazy black Friday sales, so you have time to make memories with your family! Create meaningful gifts all month and just make sure you order by the end of November using code NOV2016 to get all the discounts!


I used Forever projects to create a card. Right now the only option to create on-line is a 5X7 size. When you go onto the site, you do need to create a FREE account to get started.  You  create an album of the photos you want to use on your card and then you are ready to create!  There are some options to change the layout and background of your cards.  You get to design the front and back of the card!  It was fun and easy to do. With the discount, this is a great deal!

But I enjoy having total flexibility, so I ended up creating most of my cards on Artisan ! The software that I love and would recommend to anyone! Very easy to use! I have been an ambassador for this software from the time it was released.


In the next few days I will share some specials (and my experience) from some other companies!

Celebrating Memories!!


30 Days of Gratitude from Forever


Tis the season for gratefulness! Today as I type this I am grateful for this gorgeous fall day, for family, and so much more! I would love to hear from you..what are you grateful for this season?

There are some great sales being offered at Forever! The awesome thing is  instead of a black Friday blitz, that would take time away from CREATING memories over the holidays, they are offering specials all month long! So you have plenty of time to make meaningful gifts, cards, and books for Christmas! I will be creating my cards, working on some album pages, and maybe a few gifts as well! I would love to see what you create!  Join me on my Facebook page!

Specials for this month!  Visit FOREVER, choose products, and then Current Promotions! Use Code NOV2016 for ALL specials this month!


Grateful to be Celebrating Memories!


Educents gift guide


Happy November!!  Enjoy these gift ideas from Educents!  I love to give gifts that are educational and fun!  Here is a list of ideas for all ages.  My favorites..Magic school bus, Minecraft Mods and I will be checking out the Shockingly Awesome Learning books. Of course this is a great resource for any time of the year.

Gifts for ages 3 to 8

Life of Fred Math Books


Learning math, like literacy, is the key to endless doors in life. Story-based math learning has proven time and again to be one of the most enjoyable and effective ways to encourage this life skill. Math savant Dr. Stanley Schmidt created lovable characters Fred and Kingie whose adventures are so engrossing kids don’t even realize they’re learning m-a-t-h.

Gift a child in your life the beginning series to set them up for success in life. Don’t forget to add a plush Fred doll, adding another positive dimension to learning math. Friends help friends succeed – whether it’s math learning or otherwise. This holistic teaching method is sure to bring joy and success to your homeschool and beyond.

Reusable Wall Stickers

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From the wonders of the solar system to the miracle of the human body, these interactive play sets spark curiosity, delight and learning in every child. Made from reusable, non-BPA decal materials, they can go on walls, car windows and any surface ready to be used for fun, discovery, and knowledge mastery. The durable mini-sets are especially portable, great for road trips or plane travel, and to pack for a play date.

Mona MELisa is a family owned and operated business, and manufactures products in the USA. Educents is proud to have her as a member of our community.

The mini sets are perfect…We are homeschoolers and these are a great way to reinforce learning and encourage self exploration/learning…What I love is when they get folded over or dirty can get back to full use and clean….so durable.” – Marlene G

Homeschool Complete










How about one amazing bundle for all of kindergarten? This family owned and operated business created a complete kindergarten kit from Math to Language Arts and everything in between. Why? So you don’t need to curate resources and plan lessons yourself. New-to-homeschoolers will appreciate the detailed plans so you can follow along without hemming and hawing about what to do – it’s all laid out!

So much thought is put into this curriculum set – from the 3 ring binders and the specially durable paper, to flash cards for easy practicing, and calendars to keep you on track.

“As someone who is easily overwhelmed, an all-inclusive curriculum is a HUGE plus in my book.” – MaryEllen

This curriculum is created by a homeschool mom who knows homeschool experience through and through. Renowned and influential homeschool reviewer Cathy Duffy notes “Kindergarten Complete takes advantage of homeschoolers’ ability to interact closely with their children with lots of discussion plus hands-on activities.”

Learn to Read Kit



Ready to spark that moment when a beginner finishes their first book? Hooked on Phonics is the #1 recommended Learn to Read program in the US, and for good reason: it’s helped multiple generations of learners master reading and phonics. The Learn to Read Kit comes with 28 original stories and 8 bonus books by renowned children’s authors – one of these will be that first triumphant book! The pacing is designed to encourage those who struggle with reading to first gain confidence, have fun, then master reading. It’s so easy to follow along that children can even teach themselves to read with this program.

Literacy opens up the world of literature helping children build upon their imagination, become more empathetic, and improve emotional intelligence. Beyond that, we can recall the Harry S. Truman quote – that not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.”

“Now every morning my daughter says mom we have to do my school. She loves it and I do too.” – Amanda P

Give the gift of reading this season and open a world of possibilities for your child.

Gifts for Ages 9 to 12

Times Tales – Learn Multiplications Fast










What if you could turn a discouraged learner into a confident master? What if you could make one the biggest challenges in your child’s academic life not only easy, but fun? That’s what you can do with Times Tales – kids learn their times tables in an hour!

This 1 hour DVD uses stories and mnemonic devices to help kids learn their times tables in a snap – without rote memorization.

“My 11 year old has been struggling to memorize her times tables for years. She understands the concept and can figure the problems out, but it takes her a while because she’s trying to calculate it in her head. We’ve done games to memorize, made our own times tables, used flashed cards, tried xtra math…all to no avail. Within 2 HOURS of getting Times Tables Tales in the mail, she already had a few of them memorized. She is a visual learner and so having the characters and seeing the drawings of the stories made all the difference in the world to her. She has gained so much confidence in her ability to do math in just a few weeks because she had been so discouraged before. Thank you so much!” – Heather B

Give the gift of earned confidence to a little one in your life. It’s one gift that will last a lifetime.

Magic School Bus Science Club 12 – Month Subscription

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This is the perfect gift to inspire and encourage the kids who ask “why?” The famous Magic School Bus series took hold in the 90’s and has been getting kids excited about STEM ever since. The Science Club Kit takes the story based learning to the next level with comprehensive, hands-on kits that come right to your doorstep each month for a full year. And each month, you have at least 7 experiments!

This is a great choice for families with multiple children, kinesthetic, and visual learners – and just a fun, educational activity for a rainy day! The kits include experiments related to Volcanoes, Weather, Water, Fossils, Bacteria and Fungi, Star and Planets – the world around us. Best of all, each kit comes with a colorful, Magic School Bus themed manual and a paired guide for adults. You don’t need to be a science nerd to be able to have fun leading and learning as a parent. There’s also an online clubhouse with further information for young explorers. This is truly a gift that keeps on giving.

“We bought these kits almost a year ago and my kids have been loving them. Each month they arrive, the kids get extremely excited to get together the materials to do the experiments…It gives a good outline and the kids enjoy understanding what is needed to make everything work. I would recommend this to a friend.”

“My children are really enjoying their science now! Any time they get to do hands on, it’s awesome!” – Kristina P

“The kids ages are 9, 7 and 4 and they really like these kids. We unschool so this brings science into the house in a fun way. The first kit we did led to other discussions, pulling out the microscope, books on microscopic things to look at, etc.” – Jennifer G

ShillerMath Fractions



That feeling when…math finally clicks! The Shiller Math Fraction set is a complete package of lesson plans for multiple ages, manipulatives for hands-on and visual learning, and a truly step-by-step guide for parents. Thinking through and preparing every lesson detail is something you won’t have to do when teaching fractions, because Shiller Math already has.

Based on a montessori teaching methods for a homeschool audience, this kit provides the play by play to teach fractions to children at different levels. And because it’s so drawn out, you not only get more for your investment for teaching multiple ages, but you save gobs of time in prep work, which is priceless. That, and when your child masters this important skill.

Colorful, varied, and well thought out, this is one of the best gifts you can give your children and yourself.

I’ve been using ShillerMath Fractions for our homeschool with our 4 year old, 6 year old and 8 year old. My kids have learned so much! I’m in awe of how quickly they’ve learned addition and subtractions with fractions and even division and multiplication. They love the fractions disks and I love how easy it is to teach with this material. No preparation required. Excellent product!” – Ana W

Gifts for Ages 13 to 15

LearnToMod – Minecraft

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If you have a youngster, you’ve probably heard of Minecraft. It’s one of the most popular games for kids. And this coding game takes it to the next level. Kids learn to modify their Minecraft world with a year-long online “course”, and in doing so, learn computer programming with Java™! This is not just a fun game. This is a game that stokes creativity and guides kids toward technological confidence: how about giving your child two of the most important attributes in the 21st century, wrapped up in a game?

“My ten year old daughter, who had NO previous Java exposure, began the Mod Design 1 course at the beginning of the year. She finished her first Mod within eight weeks. Since the license we purchased said it was good for an entire year, I told her to continue creating mods and asking the teaching staff for assistance. She’s now almost finished with her second, more complex mod and I am very pleased with the team responsible for interacting with the students. They are friendly, encouraging and seem sincerely excited to be teaching and shaping the next generation of IT experts. My daughter, my IT husband and I highly recommend this program and company!”

My son is addicted to Minecraft. It’s is a creative game that challenges him to build ever more complex designs from buildings to creatures. As a homeschooler, this program challenges him to create on a whole new level. He learns basic Java language programming to design totally new tools, armor, ores and other things. He then “imports” his new design into the Minecraft game on his computer. This program has both engaging lessons and excellent tech support. I highly recommend this program.”

Youth Digital is a company with an express mission to empower kids to create with technology.

Math Madness Book Set


If you’re looking for new ways to inspire a child who’s already math whiz, or encouraging one who’s overwhelmed by the subject, look no further than the Math Madness Book set. The set includes two different books, “65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Math!” and “101 Things Everyone Should Know About Math” that children ages 10 to 14 find fun and entertaining.

Whether these replace bedtime stories at your house, or your little one reads them independently, these books teach your child how critical math is for their everyday lives. With each book, your child is challenged to solve math brainteasers and answer math questions related to sports, cooking, money, travel and more.

“These books are a fantastic set for children 10 and up that are struggling with math anxiety. They present the problems in a very fun and approachable way that makes sense. It’s math in the real world and helps kids understand how they will use math in their daily lives. I highly recommend starting with 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Math. It’s fun to read and extremely enjoyable in the way it’s laid out. Check out these books, you won’t be disappointed.” – Shelley B

This is the perfect gift for kids, parents, educators, and anyone else interested in knowing the difference between an Olympic event score of 9.0 and Richter scale score of 9.0.

Life of Fred Pre-Algebra


“Life of Fred” is quickly becoming a buzzword in the educational world. If any child has ever struggled with understanding math concepts, Fred is ready to jump in and help your child remember those tricky math concepts! How does he do it? Silly stories! The stories about Fred are so memorable, they will last a lifetime. As will the math lessons that are weaved into the stories.

In the Pre-Algebra series, students use math and science to solve quirky, real world scenarios – all while having fun with Fred of course! In this 3-book series, Fred covers concepts like numerals, area of a rectangle, the speed of light, nine forms of energy, Hooke’s law, photosynthesis, metric system, and more.

“My girls have never liked math because it does not come easily for them. I ordered Life of Fred Alg. 1 as review for them this summer. They like the fun and easy way it is presented and are understanding math more clearly. They agreed that they had fun with math for the first time ever!” -Judy

Parents of “non-math” kids will thank you for giving a gift that will help kids fall in love with math.

Gifts for Ages 16 to 18

Life of Fred High School Math


Life of Fred is preparing for college! In this series, students learn algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and a few other lessons from Fred. The Zillions of Practice books are keyed directly to the chapters and topics in the associated book. Each problem is worked out in complete detail to offer additional help for a student who may have gotten stuck along Fred’s mathematical journey.

“My oldest has been going through LOF for a while and found these books really fun. Fred makes concepts really easy to follow and is interesting to read. High school math has never been easier and more fun to learn!” -Kelly H.

Fred is also a great gift for adults who are interested in developing their own math skills. One of Fred’s mom students says, “After buying Fred Apples for my daughter, I bought myself Fred Trig. I tried taking Trig in college, but I had signed up for a 7 a.m. class (big mistake the first semester of college). I could barely stay awake; my professor wasn’t as engaging as Fred. I later took Statistics and stopped with math there. But I’ve always wished I had taken more math, because math is really just a language – it can be learned. I’m currently on page 80 of Fred’s Trig book. With Fred, doing Trig is like completing a crossword or a sudoku puzzle. It’s my new favorite leisure activity.”

Shockingly Awesome Books


From a book to create lego-based Christmas ornaments, to the popular comic book style books about electricity, physics, and even regression analysis, Shockingly Awesome Learning does a fantastic job of curating innovative books that make learning fun. Definitely worth checking out for older kids in your world!



Fun fall package from FOREVER

At my croptoberfest event today I had fun using this coupon! You can use it too!  Use Code 5off25art.  Good through Oct. 31st. I ordered the Classic Layout Bundle and the Bundle Collections! I love easy layout options.

And in addition there is a code for a beautiful fall package (20.00 value) for only $5.00 It’s called Harvest Friends Bundle! Use Code CROPTOBER16. The great thing is you can stack coupon codes! Visit FOREVER , drop down the products tab and go to digital art.  Offers end OCT 31st!



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