Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Holiday Shopping & Fundraising

Hello, Readers,

I would love your particpation once again. A friend and I are working together to use 100% of our sales this holiday season to provide gifts and necessities for children in need.  With three months until the heat of the holiday season I am hoping I've caught you early in your holiday shopping journey and would like to encourage you to buy a few items from my site. I am affliated with several different companies in which I make a commission from the sales that occur when you follow the links I provide to place an order. I hope you can order a few things from here this holiday season to help with our project.

As I mentioned before when I released my book and used sales to make donations, being able to do this is something that has been a goal of mine for some time, but because I have two children of my own and spend a fortunate on gas communting almsot an hour now to work, we haven't had the financial means to do this. I can only do this with the extra income I make from my writing and blogging. Not only do I think I'm affliated with some great products that will make great holiday gifts for someone special in your life, but I hope you'll consider shopping here to help me help a child and/or children and their family out this holiday season.

Happy shopping. Again, I hope this holiday season you'll consider doing some shopping here with us.

Again 100% of the commission from the following products will be used for this season's holiday project.

Little Passports is a great subscription gift for any elementary student. We had the opportunity to review Little Passports a few months ago, and Averi loves it. Each month comes with new activities and items to help any child learn more about either the United States or the World. You can purchase just for the month or order a 3,6, or 12 month subscription.

USA Edition: Travel with Sofia and Sam as they visit two states per month $10.95-$13.95 per month

Recommended age: 7-12 years old
Discovery Kit for Month 1
  • An introductory letter from Sam and Sofia
  • USA Field Guide
  • USA Scratch Book
  • USA Wall Map
  • Disposable Camera and Photo Scavenger Hunt
State adventure kits for future months
Sam and Sofia visit 2 new states every month and send your child:
  • A 32-page activity-packed journal covering 2 states
  • Stickers
  • Pop-out Models
  • Postcards
  • Access to more information and activities online

World Edition: Travel to a new country every month with Sam and Sofia

 Explorer Kit for Month 1
  • A fun travel suitcase with a letter from our globetrotting characters Sam and Sofia
  • World wall map
  • Travel passport
  • Fun stickers, an activity sheet, and access to online games and activities
Country adventure kits for future months
Sam and Sofia visit a new country every month and send your child:
  • An adventure letter
  • Fun souvenirs
  • Stickers for your child's suitcase, passport, and map
  • Photos from that country's sites
  • Online games and activities in our Boarding Zone

Photobooks, Photo Products, and More with Shutterfly

Anyone that knows me personally knows that I am a photo nut. My family often wonders every year what photo gift I will come up with this holiday season. Everything I've purchased over the years from photo books, personalized calendars, and the well loved blankets we've gifted recently to grandparents have all come from Shutterfly. If you just happen to be family and are shopping for a gift idea for me hint, hint here. My thinking is you can never go wrong with photo type gifts.

I just about refuse to buy my kids toys at Christmas unless it's something like a bike or some classic toy every childhood should have. My kids have more toys than they know what to do with, and I can pretty much count on the grandparents to supply even more so our kids end up with mostly clothes, pjs, and shoes from us.  Lucky for us I guess though at age five Ave gets just as excited for a cute outfit or shoes as she does for some new toy. If you are going to be doing any baby, toddler, little kid clothes online shopping this holiday season come through here to shop Janie & Jack, Crazy 8, and Gymboree. Check out all their great Cyber Monday sales!

Janie & Jack                                                   Crazy 8                                    Gymboree

Baby Sale - Up to 50% Off

Scenic photos can make great holiday gifts for that one you're not sure what to buy. All profits from Point Click Capture Photography will go towards helping purchase gifts and things for children in need. I cannot link the actual picture available for purchase so these are actually the unedited versions. There are  pictures available in the following themes:  patriotic, seasonal, wildlife, national parks, cities, beaches, waterfalls, grapes and winery.

Need a small, inexpensive for the mom or friend in your life think about getting a print copy of Moms, Monsters, Media & Margaritas for $8  + shipping or email me at for a personalized copy for $13 including shipping. For Cyber Monday put in coupon code WQT32 for 35% off!

A very crafty friend of mine is also participating in this project and has offered to sell some of her adorable children's hats she knits as well. These can be for children of any age. She gave my daughter one last year, and I love it. You can place an order for a hat through me at or through her at and pay through pay pal. She is selling them for $15 a hat or $25 for two.


  1. I love hearing you are donating to SMA! How great is that

    1. Thanks. I donated to pediatric cancer this past summer. I'll be honest though. They're not very big donations! But we haven't been able to donate for five years due to the expense of our own children so at this point I'm happy with whatever little I can donate.