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Birthday Gift Guide for Ages 3 to 13

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Birthday Gift Guide for Ages 3 to 13

If you’re a parent or relative of children age 3 to 13, then you have birthdays to attend. It can be almost every weekend sometimes! Finding the appropriate gift can be time-consuming and a bit stressful – whether it’s coming directly from you or from your child.

Never fear! Here is a gift guide to help you focus on enjoying time with loved ones (and getting on with your day!) rather than hemming and hawing over all the options. While summer birthdays have been top of my mind (especially my daughter’s half birthday party celebration), the gift guide is appropriate for any time of year. Feel free to bookmark this page as a gift that keeps on giving to you.

Gifts are organized by age group from preschooler to teen, and all of them are under $40 US! Happy gifting!

For giftees ages 3 to 5

Geometric Building Set

Tegu Blocks combine fun colours, geometric shapes, and a magnetic snap to create a playtime experience that’s fitting for the living room or the classroom. Parents (and littles) love this toy because it is environmentally friendly and can be social.

Make a Match Game

This game helps children grow memory skills with adorable dinosaur chips! The beautiful design is a treat for parents and kids alike. Perfect for picnics, play dates, and rainy games, the Make a Match game is small enough to carry in your pocket and hip enough for the coolest of preschool birthday parties.

For giftees ages 6 to 8

Animal Charades Game

Get kids on their feet and brimming with ideas! This high-quality wooden game is a perfect gift for outgoing children, to create an atmosphere of fun and creativity.

Pirate Adventure Board Game

Kids will have so much fun playing Rainbow Math that they won’t even realize they are learning math from an award-winning program.

Squishy Science Experiment

The Slimy Squishy Polymer Bucket is the perfect gift for budding scientists who aren’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty in the name of … scientific learning! Let them have fun while learning the basics of chemistry.

Garden Flowers Coloring Book

Colouring books make great gifts. These garden flower coloring books are perfect for child and parent to enjoy.

For giftees 9 to 10

Food Fighter 2-Player Game

Food Fighter is a board game for two children to face off in a kitchen-themed battle. Children will have fun while developing higher-order thinking skills, mathematics, literacy, and executive functioning skills.

Dream Catcher Kit

Building dreamcatchers is a classic crafting activity – this colourful kit has everything kids need to make something unique and beautiful!

Just Add Milk Experiments

Parents love these experiments because little parental oversight is required and they’re so easy to do right at home! Girls and boys, readers and scientists alike will love this colourful kit.

Gifts for Ages 11 to 13

Pairs in Pears

Whether or not they love this pun as much as some of us do, this game gets kids flexing vocabulary muscles while having fun with a little challenge and competition. A Bit like Scrabble, players build pairs of connecting words in matching patterns. Best of all it’s portable – a perfect gift and activity to bring along on sleepovers or for parties. For a little more “pearity,” pair with two more pears!

Rainforest Biome

Budding scientists and tweens who like hands-on fun will love this all-in-one Rainforest Biome – they get to start a whole ecosystem! The biome includes cacao beans (a favourite), clay, an apple snail shell, and more to create a full-on biofeedback loop. Cool!

Math & Science Mystery Books

Who doesn’t love to solve a mystery?! The One Minute Mystery series takes a simple concept and turns it into an awesome book. Kids will read mysteries, then use their powers of deduction and knowledge of math and science to find the solution. Each is as satisfying as the next!

Enjoy shopping for your birthday boy or girl!

Love, Luck &


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5 Great Resources for Learning About Canada

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5 Great Resources for Learning About Canada

Seeking resources for learning about Canada? Look no further. Here are 5 fun resources for your elementary or middle school/junior high student.

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The Canadian Adventure: A Virtual Trip Across Canada

If you don’t have the time or the cash to take a trip across Canada, take a virtual trip. Chock full of websites, videos, games, crafts, maps, recipes, and more to have fun learning about our beautiful country. Only $9.99. Check it out at The Canadian Homeschooler.

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Geography of Canada Matching Game

Learn about what each province and territory looks like, along with its flower, flag, and capital city with this fun matching game. Only $2.99. Check it out at The Canadian Homeschooler.

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Canadian History Exploration Mega Bundle

Learn about Canadian explorers and Vikings in Canada. Includes posters, task cards, quiz cards, and more. Only $23.50. Check it out at Diana Bailey – Teachers Pay Teachers.

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Timeline of Canada to Confederation

Learn about the most important events of Canadian history. Print it out and place it in a binder or duo tang, or display it on the wall. Only $4.99. Check it out at The Canadian Homeschooler.

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Canadian Government Mega Bundle

This bundle of seven resources will help children learn about Canada’s three levels of Government (federal, provincial/territorial, local), using information, comprehension questions, and Internet research. Only $23.75. Check it out at Diana Bailey – Teachers Pay Teachers.

Enjoy learning about Canada and Canadiana with your kids! What’s your favourite resource for learning about Canada? Please let me know in the comments below!

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Are You a WAHM or Blogger? Bundle Sale for Entrepreneurs!

Are You a WAHM or Blogger?

You know, most entrepreneurs feel discouraged by how they’re doing in at least one (if not more) of these areas:

1. They don’t feel like they have enough time to do everything necessary to make their business successful. (Yeah, this is me in spades)
2. The budget is tight and there’s not enough money to invest into growth. (Just had to replace our vehicle, so yep on this count as well)
3. They lack organization in their business, which leads to a lack of confidence in themselves. (I could be more organized …)
4. Amidst all that, they find it hard to take good care of themselves and their families, which can mean ruin for the business and family. (Add homeschooling into the mix and this can be downright hard!)

And that’s why I’m so incredibly excited to support The Ultimate Startup Bundle (2016 Edition) from the Ultimate Bundles team.

It’s a curated collection of 70 eBooks and eCourses to give you the resources, inspiration, and encouragement you need to help you win at startup and business.

With this bundle of resources, you’ll find solutions to the above problems and more. You’ll learn:

  • how to create a marketing plan that means real growth for your business (even if you’re starting from scratch)
  • growth hacks to help you generate traffic and leads, and turn leads into sales and happy customers
  • systems and processes for automating and scaling your business (so you can either spend more time on high-value activities … or simply relax and enjoy more time with your family)
  • plus, something special for you — FREE access to some of the best-in-class software for starting and growing your business (which means you don’t even need to spend an extra dime out of pocket to get started making money today!)
  • and tons more …

If you decide not to get this bundle (or you run out of time to grab it before it goes away), you run the risk of staying stuck and discouraged – always feeling that you should be making changes in yourself or your business, but not being aware of how easy those changes can be when you have the right resources to learn from!

And remember: it’s not even like this product is expensive! (Not like all those courses being pitched these days for hundreds or thousands of dollars!!)

For the price of a nice meal out for two (with wine of course), you get over 60 eBooks and eCourses plus a whole bunch of software bonus products that will feel like icing on the cake.

The combined value of the resources is over $3,300 – which means you get a 97% discount when you buy today! If you ask me, it’s a small price to pay. These bonuses are worth the cost of the bundle alone!

Tap here to take a look at everything that’s included in the bundle, including products from big names like Zig Ziglar and Michael Hyatt, for only $97 US!

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P.S. Act by August 4th and you get a special early bird bonus with The Ultimate Startup Bundle – the 20-week Startup Accelerator Program!


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All-CANADIAN Learning Sale!

*This sale has ended. Stay tuned for future sales.*
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One of the biggest questions I get asked about homeschooling is, “Where can I get Canadian homeschool curriculum?” Well, here is a whole bunch in one convenient bundle!

all-Canadian learning sale

Canadian resources for geography, history, French, and more! Yay! You’ll find curriculum from providers such as The Canadian Homeschooler, Donna Ward, and Hip Homeschooling.

$167 in resources for only $27 CDN, but only until August 8th! You don’t have to figure out any US exchange rate, and no shipping charges because it’s all digital! Tap here to learn more about The All-Canadian Learning Sale!

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Back to Homeschool Giveaway and Sale!

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Back to Homeschool Giveaway and Sale!

Enter the giveaway here for your chance to win nearly $700 worth of homeschool goodies PLUS you get freebies to download instantly when you enter! What is in the giveaway?

Giveaway ends Wednesday, August 3rd at midnight, so tap here to enter now!

And don’t miss the Brookdale House Sliding into Homeschool Sale! It starts today, August 2nd, with 40% off but don’t wait because that discount will be sliding down lower and lower as the week goes on! Get your 40% off on Brookdale House curriculum now! Use code bdhsliding at checkout!

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Save on Office Supplies for School and Work with Groupon

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Please note: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Save on Office Supplies for School and Work with Groupon

It’s that time again – August – when everyone starts to face the fact that vacation is almost over and it’s time to get ready for back to school and back to work. Groupon Goods can help you save on office supplies and more!

If you’re like me, you go through a lot of printer ink as a homeschool mom. Check out these printer cartridge sets, compatible with Brother, Canon, Epson, and HP printers:

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Whether you would like labels for your child to put on their school supplies, on their things for extra curricular activities (i.e. in their dance shoes), or they have one last summer camp coming up, you have to check out these labels starting at only $5 per set!

Save on Office Supplies

And here is something for everyone, for work or school: personalized journals!

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I think I may tuck some away for my daughter for Christmas, and maybe for “the teacher” as well (meaning me).

Check out the current deals on Groupon Goods now. New Groupon customers get an additional 25% off on your first Groupon deal! Use the code “FIRST” when you sign up, now until August 15, 2016. Check out Groupon on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest deals. And remember that there are many online classes you can save on through Groupon as well!

What do you like to save on through Grpupon? Please let me know in the comments below!

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5 Fun Math Resources

Math typically isn’t the first thing parents think of over the summer. But my daughter tends to take her time with math (and we have the flexibility to let her take her time in our homeschool), so we often end up working on math for some of the summer. This summer, we are also brushing up on some times tables that she doesn’t quite have down pat, using Times Tales.

I’ve rounded up some FUN math resources, from music videos to volcanic explosions, so you can brush up on some skills over the summer and/or make math fun starting this fall! The best part is, they’re all on sale (and if you’re Canadian, Canada Post isn’t going on strike this month after all).

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5 Fun Math Resources

1. Rock n Learn: Early Math

Try these super fun DVDs. Your kids can enjoy the sounds of rock and even hip hop to help them get excited about learning math. The Early Math DVDs cover addition and subtraction, telling time, and money and making change. Each DVD includes 12 to 18 video segments, and each video lasts about an hour.

Cost: $36.99 US (save $23) –> Get It Now

2. Times Tales

Times Tales is a very popular tool that uses stories to help kids memorize their upper times tables. It is what I am using with my daughter to solidify some of her times tables this summer (although we don’t have the DVD). This version includes videos and games. Why? It helps kids learn the multiplication tables in an hour – with songs and visuals!

Cost: $19.99 US (save $10) –> Get It Now

3. Math Slam

It is what it sounds like – a “Bop It” for math learning. Math Slam is a tool that uses sounds and lights – and slams – to engage kids in a fun contest of math acuity. There are 3 levels with 13 questions each. As your kids get faster they boost their score!

Cost: $40.99 US (save $2) –> Get It Now

4. ShillerMath Fraction Set

ShillerMath is a comprehensive math program that I almost picked up for my kids when they were younger. Their Fraction Set is a comprehensive supplement to any math curriculum. Part of why it’s great is because it is hands on and incorporates visual, kinesthetic, and practical learning. It includes a fractions lesson book, answer guide, parent guide, catchy songs, and unlimited downloadable resources.

Cost: $89.95 US (save $10) –> Get It Now

5. Magic School Bus Math Explosion

My kids loved the Magic School Bus when they were little! Mix a little hands-on science with math and you have active learners on your hands! It can be difficult to grasp math concepts if they aren’t applied in the real world and this is a delightful antidote for young learners.

Cost: $53.99 US (Save $6) –> Get It Now

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Homeschooling Your Child with Special Needs

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Homeschooling Your Child with Special Needs

Are you considering homeschooling your child with special needs? Many parents choose to homeschool their children with various special needs such as autism, ADHD, Downs Syndrome, giftedness, diabetes, and deafness.

A friend of mine started homeschooling her special needs child a few years ago, because his medical issues made being in the classroom downright dangerous. A simple fall could be deadly and the public school wasn’t willing to out necessary measures into effect. We started homeschooling our son in part because he was playing chess at age three and was bored when we put him into public school for his Kindergarten/Primary year.

The article, Homeschool Best Option for More and More Families With Special Needs Children, mentions a poll of homeschoolers that found 38% were homeschooling special needs children. If you are homeschooling your child with special needs, you’re not alone! Here is another article, sharing Perspectives on Teaching Special Needs for some encouragement from fellow homeschoolers.

If you are homeschooling your child with special needs, there are resources you can take advantage of:

I hope this helps you on your journey, whether you are homeschooling a child with special needs or considering it. Check out more articles on Meeting Your Child’s Learning Needs at The Canadian Homeschooler website.


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Herbs and Essential Oils Super Bundle!

*This sale is over. Stay tuned for more great bundles available in future.*

Raise your hand if you prefer to use over the counter and prescription drugs as a last resort. That’s me. In our home, we generally like to go the natural route. Sometimes we may take an aspirin, but not often, and medicine for coughs and colds rarely make it into the house.

Did you know that various prescription drugs acting together can even cause symptoms of dementia in the elderly? Ever since one of my family members had a bad reaction to a cholesterol drug (and has been in and out of the hospital ever since), I am even more determined to go the natural route when it comes to my family’s health!

Although I have been making my own cleaning products for over a decade, I am relatively new to the world of herbs and essential oils. I want to start a natural medicine chest, but where to start?

Maybe you’re ready for the next step. Maybe you’ve been dabbling a bit, but you want to get serious and learn more advanced information.

Or maybe you’re more of a beginner like me and just need some step-by-step tutorials, recipes, and safety information to help you feel good about moving forward.

Regardless of where you’re at, I’m so excited to introduce you to something created just for you, to equip you with more confidence, skills and know-how as you use herbs and essential oils in your own home!

It’s called the Herbs & Essential Oils Super Bundle.

Herbs and Essential Oils Super Bundle!

It’s a collection of 20 eCourses, eBooks and printables that bring together science-backed, time-honoured remedies and information, in one comprehensive package, at a price that’s too good to miss.

With these resources at your fingertips, you’ll be able to:

  • Separate fact from fiction as you choose quality herbs and essential oils.
  • Confidently prepare salves, syrups, tinctures, and teas.
  • Properly dilute oils for topical use.
  • Learn blending principals for aromatic use.
  • Incorporate essential oils into easy and effective herbal remedies.
  • Know which herbs are safe for use during pregnancy, and for babies and children.
  • Use printables to organize your essential oils for safety and ease of use.
  • Create beauty products, herbal baths, and even gifts for friends and family.

I am especially excited about the printables so I can remember safety instructions, as well as the eCourses so I can learn how to use everything!

You can get this entire herbs and essential oils library, worth over $400, for less than $30 US. That’s 92% off what it would cost to buy everything individually!

(Not to mention, it’s about the price of filling a prescription or two.)

It’s available for just 6 days, from now until Monday, June 27th, 2016 at 11:59pm EST (June 28th at 12:59am AST). That’s why the Ultimate Bundles team can offer so much for such a great deal, because they only have permission to sell it for such a short period of time.

Learn more or get your bundle now!

If you think getting all these herb & essential oil resources for less than $30 US sounds like a steal, then make sure to go HERE to see exactly what it includes and grab yours before this deal ends!

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Cathy Duffy’s Top Homeschool Curriculum Picks

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Cathy Duffy’s Top Homeschool Curriculum Picks

Cathy Duffy is the know-all when it comes to homeschool curricula. When I see Cathy has given a curriculum a good review, I am more likely to trust it. While I have reviewed quite a bit of curricula, she has reviewed hundreds in order to help educators like you and me make an educated decision when shopping.

Here’s a handful of the Cathy Duffy’s top homeschool curriculum picks available on sale at I hope these double-recommended educational resources will relieve you of endless hours shopping around for the best (and most cost-effective) homeschool resources.

Elementary Math & Science

Life of Fred Elementary Math

If you haven’t heard of Life of Fred, you’re in for a real treat. Dr. Stanley F Schmitt is a math teacher who developed a story-based math learning series that has taken homeschooling by storm! Forget rote learning that doesn’t resonate: learners follow Fred and his pals through life and learn math concepts along the way. Kids sometimes don’t even know they’re learning math until it’s pointed out to them!
Each book has a theme, such as Apples, Butterflies, and Cats. You can integrate math learning with the science study of the same topic!

Giant Butterly Garden

This ties in with the second Life of Fred book so well! With this set, little ones can learn about (and experience!) the miracles of metamorphosis. Available at Educents for $35.99 US.

Elementary Reading & Writing


I can’t say enough about story-based learning. It’s one of the oldest ways people have learned from each other – starting with fables that teach morals.
Grammaropolis is a great tool for Kindergarten/Primary to Grade 3 learners on the quest for perfect English grammar, which isn’t always straight forward! This set comes with animated shorts, music videos, books and quizzes.
Price: $40 US down from $50

Middle School Math

Life of Fred Intro to Algebra

I can’t say enough about the Life of Fred series! Kids learning algebra and beyond will enjoy the stories and learn the concepts through holistic learning. If your learner is new to Fred but at a more advanced level, it has been recommended that they start from the beginning. That said, re-learning a few known concepts in the Life of Fred framework will help them get up to speed with the story and succeed with the series.
Price: $34.08 US down from $38

Life of Fred Financial Choices

As your kids get older you may also want to instill strong financial decision making. We spend a lot of time in our own day to day life teaching our kids about saving, investing, and all the skills they will need to succeed in life. The Life of Fred Financial Choices book is a great intro.
Price: $15.99 US down from $19.99

Science for the Family

Magic School Bus Nature Bundle

Summer is a great time to get the whole family involved in experiments to foster learning and family bonding!
This set comes with four science kits at less than $16 each (a $35 savings). Toptics covered include:

  • Weather – learn about rainbows, tornadoes, the greenhouse effect, and more
  • Going Green – learn about recycling, compost, and making new paper out of old
  • Solar Energy – watch solar energy inflate balloons and spin a top
  • Wonders of Nature – build an ant hill, dissolve an egg shell, do an animal tracks exercise

Price: $63 US down from $100

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