back-to-school book extravaganza

Sep 3, 2013 by

I have been buying and selling Usborne books for the past ten years or so. I love them to pieces and my children thoroughly enjoy them. They form a big part of our homeschooling adventures and are wonderful springboards to draw my children in to a topic and then launch them onto deeper study.

It is back-to-school time and I have a gift for you!

Ten of our favorite books at deep discounts!

Orders are due by Monday night at midnight and you must Paypal me at when you place your order. If we don’t reach our minimums, I will refund your pennies back to you pronto. When you email me your book order at, please include the title of the book, how many copies you want, and your snail mail address if you are not local.


See Inside Your Body has long been my children’s go-to book for all things body related. I would recommend it for children from 4-10. Each two-page spread details a different body system and has oodles of sturdy flaps to lift and find out more about that bone, cilia, muscle, or sphincter. Retail: $13.99, Back-to-School Special: $8.50



art treasuryArt Treasury is chock full of delicious art ideas. Each artist spotlighted has four pages devoted to them. The first two-page spread gives a biography of the artist and presents one of their most famous works of art. The next two pages give detailed instructions for how to create a similar type of art project with your own children. We love this book! Retails for 19.99, Back-to-School Special: $12.00


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The Big Book of Things To Draw is 96 pages of step-by-step drawing instructions perfect for anyone ten and up. We have used this to break down the process of drawing and have created some pretty remarkable works of art! Retail: $16.99, Back-to-School Special: $10.50.

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Oh my heavens, I love these things! I always have at least one set in the car and in my purse so my little ones can use them whenever we are out and about, stuck waiting for big kids to be done with lessons, at doctor’s appointments, etc. You can choose any of the fabulous card sets…our favorites for the 9 and younger set are 100 Things For Little Children To Do On A Journey, Animal Doodles, and Animal Stencil Cards. For the 8 and older set we love Math Puzzles, Number Puzzles, 50 Brain Games, 50 Secret Codes, Tricky Words To Spell, and Grammar & Punctuation. Retail: $9.99, Back-to-School Special: $6.50.

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The Patterns Coloring Book is a huge hit with everyone who sees it! It is full of intricately designed pages ready to be colored in (we like colored pencils best for this) in whatever color scheme your little artist selects. On many some of the two-page spread there are several sections of the same design so your artist can color one section in all warm tones, one in all cool, one in bold/contrasting, and one in soothing/similar tones. It is so powerful for children to see the difference effects of their color choices. This is one of our favorite books to give as birthday presents to our childrens friends. I would say it is perfect for anyone from 6 – 100! Retail: $5.99, Back-to-School Special: $4.00





Fisher and Annes LOVE the Sticker books. Sticker Dolly Dressing Around The World is one of Annesley’s favorite books. She loves all the sticker books and they actually last her several months, so it is a great investment of $$$ on my part too. Each page has a background scene with different characters and then your our little one dresses up the characters from around with stickers organized in the back by page number for each sticker set. Fisher’s favorite is Sticker Dressing Knights. Retail: $8.99, Back-to-School Special: $6.00.


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The Phonics Workbooks are super fun for anyone four and up and learning to read. They are full of coloring, drawing, copying, and sticker activities to learn all about the sounds the letters make. Set of Four Books Retail: $31.96, Back-to-School Special: $20.00.



The World Wars is a beautiful, 256 page book that allow youth to learn all about the leaders, battles, political issues, countries involved, treaties, weapons, victims, and survivors of the two biggest wars of the 20th century. The photographs are simply stunning and the text is informative while not being too graphic for youth to digest. This is my a favorite of Fisher and Blythe’s and will always be in our home as a reference book. Recommended for 10 and up, but Fisher is 8 and pours over the pictures for hours and asks us questions about what he is seeing. Retail: $25.99, Back-to-School Special: $16.00


Castles was Blythe’s favorite book for a long time and now Fisher loves it. You learn about all sorts of different types of castles from various parts of the world and different eras of time. The inside, outside, weaponry, staff, gardens, toileting, and much more are presented for each castle type in somewhat of a Where’s Waldo style combined with National Geographic type photos. This is a must-have book for anyone remotely interested in medieval history, weapons, or knights. Retail: $14.95, Back-to-School Special: $9.50.



I Love Words is such a delightful book! it is part writing, part art, and 100% hilarious creativity. Each page has a different writing prompt that draws children in to creating new words, making a talking cake, creating characters for stories, and becoming a fully-engaged writer. Retail: $14.95, Back-to-School Special: $9.50.

If these rock-bottom price selections aren’t your favorite, you can get anything in this catalog for 30% off.

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shelf reliance sale…amazing prices

Nov 22, 2012 by

Want to get some fabulouso deals on freeze-dried foods? My friend, Annette (the girls’ ballet teacher) is offering Black Friday prices that will knock your socks off. I have a few of their items and have loved them all. The meat packages are phenomenal and bring me tons of peace of mind. Annette often makes food for our iFamily Socials with these foods and no one knows they aren’t fresh. Super YUM!

Here is the complete Black Friday Price List. If you would like to cash in on these deals, go to What’s For Dinner and put in your order before the sale ends on Monday, November 26th at 11:59 p.m. MST. You can order beginning at midnight tonight.

Some of the most tempting products for me are the Egg Powder which will be $15.89 and the Tomato Powder which will be $24.69. Imagine not having to buy (and often waste!) those little cans of tomato paste! These Passionfruit Yogurt Bites are a great deal! They are normally $38.08 and will be $26.69 on the sale.

I hope you are able to find some foods your family will use and love! If you want me to get credit for your purchases, just say on your order form that Tracy sent you.

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catching up

Jun 1, 2009 by

We have been gone to Green Canyon swim camp for the past week and it was wonderful! I was in charge of organizing it and for the most part, it went off without a hitch. We had beautiful weather with no wind, lots of sun, and lovely nights to snuggle into a sleeping bag with my baby. About 90 children had lessons and 33 families camped, played, laughed, and snacked for 5 whole days…what fun! I am abundantly blessed with wonderful friends and many of them were with us camping. I think I got more hugs, kisses, and “Hey, Miss Tracy, watch this!”, than I ever have before in my life. Many of the attendees are my gymnastics students and they were always excited to show me their new skills in the water. My cousins, Tami and Camille, came all the way from Colorado and Utah to join us and they did almost all of the cooking and cleaning for our camp! Talk about amazing friends!

My shy boy, Fisher, had our favorite teacher, David, who helped him to feel comfortable and love lessons! I really thought it was $45 down the drain to even sign him up, but David worked incredibly hard at making friends with Fisher and would come to our camp to play catch with him, bring him a treat, or just to say hi all throughout the week. David is our hero! Blythe and Keziah did wonderful in their lessons. Blythe’s strokes are strong and in correct form. Her teacher had her demonstrate the breast stroke because hers is so beautiful. She has always been a great swimmer, but I saw a lot of progress this year even though she graduated from the Level 6 Red Cross Swimming Program last year. Keziah kept up with her class in Level 5, but she was a lot younger than the other children and far smaller. All three of them improved in courage, strength, and skills…WAY TO GO!

Now that we are home, I have a ton of stuff to get done…here is a sampling:

Today, the long lost Solar Ovens arrived and I am busy getting them out to people. I can’t wait to cook a meal in it! I will post pictures of the whole process soon. If anyone else wants to order one, I can now get them shipped directly to you. You can get info about them at Solar Oven Society.

I am busy organizing The Children’s Parade, which is part of The Celebration of Liberty festivities for Independence Day. We are trying a new thing this year…activities at the park afterwards. If you have a great idea for an activity, let me know ASAP. If you would like to help in any way, also let me know!

Of course, I am also swamped with laundry and unpacking. Blythe and I have tackled eight batches today and got all the camping stuff put away. Now we need to do the dishes, get the gymnastics equipment out of the dining room, bring our lawn back to life, clean all the bedrooms, declutter the basement, clean out the garage, take a load of stuff to the dump, deliver some Hotslings, put in an order of Nutrimills, get the garden planted, and get ready for colloquia on Thursday. Pretty calm, eh?

Fisher and Keziah are down in Cache Valley with Camille picking Dire’s Wode to earn money. They will earn $10 a bag. I am hoping Keziah earns at least $20 and I am really hoping Fisher doesn’t burn every inch of skin on his body.

I will get some more interesting thoughts on here soon…hopefully.

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