Hello! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and were able to enjoy spending time with family and friends.

We escaped to the mountains of Asheville for a few days and got to experience a light snow on Thanksgiving.

Mueller Family in Asheville Olivia in the snow

I wanted to let you know of a few Black Friday deals going on.

Kiwi Crate

Our favorite is Kiwi Crate (we even brought one with us!). Kiwi Crate is an awesome craft and activity crate filled with everything you need to start creating and even a little more.

Get 60% off your first month of any Kiwi Crate subscription with the code MERRYSUB.

Save 40% off on Holiday Crates and Single Crates too! Use the code MERRYSUB.

Want to know more about Kiwi Crate? Here’s our review. I was skeptical at first, but with each month I’m loving it more and more.

Little Passports

We’ve gotten two packages from Little Passports so far. The kids love it and, honestly, it’s growing on me slowly. Next month we’ll have our first Little Passports review.

Little Passports recently started a new line, Early Explorers, geared to the 3 – 5 crowd. Little Passports has a World & USA edition where you get to “travel” with two kids, Sam and Sofia, as they visit countries around the world or different states in the US.

Right now, Little Passports is having a Black Friday deal for 50% off monthly plans with the code BLACK50.

Tiny Prints

Still hoping to get Christmas cards out this year? Me too. We’re actually taking our family pictures today.

Tiny Prints - Holiday Offer
Tiny Prints is offering 30% +10% off holiday cards for their Black Friday sale until Sunday, November 30 with the code BLACKFRIDAY.

And if you’re looking  for gift ideas for the kids and families in your life, check out our Montessori Christmas Gift Guide. You’ll find guides for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, as well as gift ideas for homeschool families.

Montessori Christmas Gift Guide

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving weekend! The rest of ours will, hopefully, be filled with exploring downtown Asheville, taking pictures, and football.

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Montessori Christmas Activities

November 25, 2014
Montessori Christmas Activities

Did you catch our post of twenty-four Christmas activities for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers? If you haven’t, you should go check it out…if only to see pictures when my boys were babies. It’s crazy to think how fast they grow! Moving on… Because I can’t leave well enough alone and my kids are growing kids changing […]

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Montessori Christmas Activities for Infants, Toddlers, & Preschoolers

November 24, 2014
Montessori Christmas Activities for Infants, Toddlers, & Preschoolers

A few years ago I did a series called 12 Days of Montessori Christmas. Each day I shared a Montessori Christmas themed activity for infant/toddlers and preschoolers. All in all, there’s about 24 Christmas activities. Now you can find them all in the same place: Montessori Christmas Activities for Infants & Toddlers Days 1 – […]

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Christmas Ideas from Kiwi Crate

November 19, 2014

I know what you’re thinking, ‘Why spend more money on crafts I could do at home?’ Right? I know. But here’s what I’m slowly learning: convenience does have a payoff. I tend to be the ‘pick myself up by my bootstraps’ type of girl. In general, I tend to think why let someone do something […]

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Thanksgiving Theme Unit

November 6, 2014
Montessori Thanksgiving Theme Unit

For the last week and a half, I have been immersed in 17th century New England culture. And it’s been fascinating. As I prepared this Thanksgiving theme unit, there were so many tales and tangents I explored and new things I learned in my research. Like the Pilgrims weren’t originally called Pilgrims, but Separatists. And, […]

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Kiwi Crate Review: Fun with Flight

October 30, 2014
Kiwi Crate Review Opening the Box

What you want to know about Kiwi Crate…and maybe more. What we liked, what we didn’t like, and what we’re looking forward to from our Kiwi Crate subscription. My initial skepticism. When I first heard of Kiwi Crate it sounded fun, who wouldn’t love getting a box of colorful, fun activities in the mail? But I […]

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Johnny Appleseed & Apple Mini-Theme Unit

October 29, 2014
Johnny Appleseed's Apples A Mini-Theme Unit

After this week, you know my love for fall, right? I’m eager to welcome the changing of seasons even if the temperature hasn’t budged. The picking of apples and the baking of pies is another one of those things I don’t hesitate to embrace with abandon. Sure we’ve sweated the last two years we visited […]

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Our Non-Traditional Halloween’s

October 27, 2014

If traipsing up and down busy streets knocking on strangers doors to ask for candy isn’t your thing. Or even Trunk or Treat’s. No worries. You didn’t violate some parental holiday agreement. We’ve yet to have a traditional Halloween with our children. It wasn’t something we intentionally set out to boycott (we don’t). My husband […]

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A Nature Walk for Fall

October 24, 2014
A Nature Walk for Fall

I really can’t say how much it helps me to get outside and take a walk. Even with the kids. It’s funny though, because I tend to have a love-hate relationship with the great outdoors. I want to be a naturalist, but I don’t care for the sweating or all the prepping that can come […]

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10 Activities to Welcome Fall

October 20, 2014
10 Ways to Welcome Fall

I love fall, I really do. Not in a Pumpkin Spice Latte (I’m more of a Salted Caramel Mocha girl anyway), bust out the boots and sweaters kind of love. But the way the seasons move and change, I love noticing how one day the wind is cooler, the ground crunches with leaves, and the […]

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Montessori Halloween Activities

October 13, 2014
Montessori Halloween Activities

I love the change of seasons and adapting traditional Montessori activities to flow with the seasons. This weekend I spent a few hours pulling out all my fall materials, adding new ones to the mix and strewing them across the school room floor to build new activities. It’s the kind of fun only teachers (and […]

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