Book of the Month Coupon Code

Summer is almost upon us. And summer is made for reading.

If you want some new books to add to your summer reading list, you really need to check out Book of the Month.

I have been a subscriber of Book of the Month for four months and it is, without question, my favorite thing right now. I talk about it with someone almost every day. I’m obsessed. Right now they are having a 50% off sale (with the code SUMMER50) making it the perfect time to test it out.

Here’s how it works:

  • Each month on the 1st you are given five books to choose from. Books ship on the 6th each month and if you don’t chose a book, one will be selected for you. You receive your book the following week.
  • You devour it and repeat the next month

There’s something so amazing about receiving monthly a hand-picked, fantastic, hardcover, NEW book in the mail.

The cost is typically $14.99-$12.99 a month depending on how many months you sign up for, but through the end of May you can get a three-month subscription for only $7.50 a month ($22.50) with the code SUMMER50.

That’s 50% off!!

Book of the Month is a wonderful resource for buying GREAT, new books for your summer reading stack. Seriously – three new hardbacks for $22.50? I cannot get over it.

Some of my favorite books I have read this year are from Book of the Month. Currently I am in the middle of I Let You Go and it will definitely be one of my top 10 books of 2016.

Book of the Month offers a broad range of both fiction and non-fiction hardcover books. A variety of “judges” make the book selections and the books generally are all very newly released (usually in the current month, but no older than in the past three months).

PLUS, as an added perk to Book of the Month, you can add up to two more books to your shipments for additional $10 a book. Every month I find myself adding additional books to my boxes because they have such a fantastic selection at prices better than Amazon. (A few favorites you might consider adding: I Let You Go, Salt of the Sea and When Breath Becomes Air. Two books that I am adding to my June shipment are The Nest and No One Knows).

Each summer, thousands of readers flock to Modern Mrs. Darcy’s summer reading list, and she has multiple Book of the Month books on this summer’s list.

Trust me on this one. Book of the Month is absolutely worth trying out if you are a reader- especially for such a low price. And summer is the perfect time! (Book of the Month told me that this is the absolute best deal they can offer on a subscription.)

You are going to love it!

Get your subscription now. (Don’t forget the code SUMMER50)

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10 Family-Friendly Activities in Chattanooga

by jessicaturner on May 24, 2016

Things for families to do in Chattanooga

Earlier this spring, we traveled to Chattanooga, Tennessee for a four-day, three-night family trip. Chattanooga is less than 3 hours from Nashville, and we absolutely loved our time there.

Below is an overview of what we did over the course of three days (we left on the fourth day), which I hope will be helpful if you ever plan a trip there and in determining how much time you need for various attractions. Our kids are 7, 4 and 1, so that also played into what we chose to do!

Day One:

Things for families to do in Chattanooga

We drove to Chattanooga early one morning, so we had about 2/3 of a day to enjoy. Being located less than 3 hours from Nashville + having the benefit of a time change really worked in our favor. We enjoyed lunch downtown, checked out some of the cities amazing sculptures, then headed to our first excursion.

 

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Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum: For a quiet, memorable morning or afternoon, check out the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. When you come upon the museum, you’ll have the opportunity to check out a bunch of old trains and go inside several train cars.

Things for families to do in Chattanooga

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Then, get a ticket to ride on Missionary Ridge. Our kids LOVED the steam coming out of the train when it pulled up to the station. The whole experience took less than 2 hours.

AirBNB for families in Chattanooga

AirBNB for families in Chattanooga

We decided to do an AirBNB for our lodging in Chattanooga and checked in late in the afternoon. It was way more affordable than a hotel and  gave us more space with the kids. We loved the little apartment (The Carriage House) we stayed in on Lookout Mountain.

Day Two:

Our first full day in Chattanooga was so much fun.

fun things for families to do in Chattanooga - The Creative Discovery Museum

Creative Discovery Museum: As one of the nation’s top children’s museums, the Creative Discovery Museum is perfect for young families.

fun things for families to do in Chattanooga - The Creative Discovery Museum

fun things for families to do in Chattanooga - The Creative Discovery Museum

fun things for families to do in Chattanooga - The Creative Discovery Museum

We spent about 2.5 hours there, which was ample time to enjoy most of what the museum had to offer. A few of my kids’ favorites included the water play area, the art and music exhibits and the toy cars.

Tennessee Aquarium: Like the Creative Discovery Museum, the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga is ranked one of the nation’s best. It might be my favorite that I have ever visited.

fun things for families to do in Chattanooga - The Tennessee Aquarium

The aquarium is divided into two buildings – the ocean building and the river building. A few friends recommended to start in the river building because the ocean building is better and therefore makes the whole experience better to end there. Honestly, we loved the river building, so I think you could start with either.

fun things for families to do in Chattanooga - The Tennessee Aquarium

fun things for families to do in Chattanooga - The Tennessee Aquarium

fun things for families to do in Chattanooga - The Tennessee Aquarium

fun things for families to do in Chattanooga - The Tennessee Aquarium

The Aquarium’s website is excellent in describing all that you will see. A few favorites included Stingray Bay where you could touch the stingrays, the Butterfly garden (it was amazing having butterflies fluttering around and landing on us), the jellyfish exhibit (Ezra’s favorite!) and the River Giants.

IMAX: An IMAX 3-D theater is always fun for kids and adults! The IMAX is affiliated with the aquarium and in the same general area. We visited it after lunch and it was good way to have a quiet time before going to the aquarium.

Note: Our family did the Creative Discovery Museum in the morning (including eating lunch there), then went to the IMAX and then the aquarium. It was a full day, but very doable and fun. All three are in walking distance of one another.

Things to do with kids in Chattanooga

The Pumpkin Playground: We found out about Chattanooga’s Pumpkin Playground from our AirBNB hosts and I am SO glad they told us about it.Without question, it is the coolest playground I have visited. It blew my mind, and my kids were in heaven. Pictures can’t do it justice.

Things to do with kids in Chattanooga

Things to do with kids in Chattanooga

Things to do with kids in Chattanooga

Things to do with kids in Chattanooga

Things to do with kids in Chattanooga

Things to do with kids in Chattanooga

The Pumpkin Playground has so many different areas to explore and includes jungle gyms made of tires, a zipline, swings, the biggest slide I have ever seen at a playground and so much more. We could have stayed half a day and my kids would have been happy. DEFINITELY worth adding to your Chattanooga vacation list.

Day Three:

Day three was all about the iconic Ruby Falls and Rock City, both extremely well-known when people think of the Chattanooga area. We had never visited either and had a blast!

Ruby Falls: Ruby Falls is a waterfall located 1,120 feet below ground in Lookout Mountain. It was discovered in 1928 and opened as an attraction in 1930.

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Things to do with kids in Chattanooga: Ruby Falls
We really enjoyed our guided tour through the underground cavern and the kids were still talking about it well after the visit. Definitely worth experiencing!

Things to do with kids in Chattanooga: Rock City
Rock City:
We absolutely LOVED Rock City. Before going, we really didn’t know much about it – just that everyone who vacations in Chattanooga goes there.

Things to do with kids in Chattanooga: Rock City

Things to do with kids in Chattanooga: Rock City

Things to do with kids in Chattanooga: Rock City

Things to do with kids in Chattanooga: Rock CityRock City has so much charm and wonder with its massive ancient rock formations, lush gardens and breathtaking “See 7 States” panoramic views.

Things to do with kids in Chattanooga: Rock City

Things to do with kids in Chattanooga: Rock City

Things for families to do in Chattanooga

Things to do with kids in Chattanooga: Rock City

It also includes an “Enchanted Trail” with fairy and gnome statues, as well as Fairyland Caverns and Mother Good Village, which are reminiscent of old school Disney puppets. It is a must-experience for a Chattanooga family vacation.

Note: We did Ruby Falls and Rock City before lunch.  No need to plan a whole day to do these two attractions. For lunch, skip eating at Rock City and instead go to Cafe on the Corner. It was one of our favorite restaurants in Chattanooga.

Things to do with kids in Chattanooga: Clumpies

Clumpies Ice Cream: If you have time, definitely make a stop at Clumpies Ice Cream for some delightful and unusual ice cream flavors. I had the carrot cake ice cream and it might be one of my favorite ice creams ever (clearly it was seasonal due to Easter being around the corner!) The shop is charming and the ice cream is delicious.

Things for families to do in Chattanooga

Shop: Chattanooga has many charming stores to visit, especially on Frazier Ave. While you are there, be sure to check out Blue Skies. It’s utterly adorable and has an amazing selection of books, paper products and gifts.

Day Four:

Things for families to do in Chattanooga

Things for families to do in Chattanooga

Incline Railroad: We did the Incline Railroad on our way out of town and this was the only fail of the trip. I would not recommend people spend money on this attraction. It is very short and not worth the ticket price. I’m only glad we did it to tell you not to do it.

Things for families to do in Chattanooga

Chattanooga is a wonderful city for families and a perfect vacation getaway.

For more inspiration of what to do in Chattanooga, check out this post of 30 Things for Your Family to Do in Chattanooga. It makes me want to plan my next trip right away!

Things for Families to Do in Chattanooga including Rock City, Ruby Falls, Tennessee Aquarium, Creative Discovery Museum, Frazier Avenue, Clumpies Ice Cream and the Tennessee Valley Railway Museum

Disclosure: Thank you to the Chattanooga Visitor’s Bureau who, after learning we had booked a visit, provided adult passes for Matthew and me for some of our excursions.

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3 Ways I’m Taking Care of My Body

May 20, 2016

I’ve never been one to love exercise. Even as a little girl, I much preferred reading books to running around the yard. Gym class was always my least favorite. But, as I am getting older, my metabolism is slowing and my body has changed, especially after having three children. Unfortunately, my genes did not predispose […]

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Heading to the Red Carpet with Ellen *DYING*

May 19, 2016

If you are a parent, you probably are aware that Finding Dory is releasing next month. Our house has been extremely excited for the release since it was first announced on Ellen. The movie releases on June 17, which is the week of Adeline’s birthday, so we decided to do a Finding Dory birthday party […]

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Tips for Quality Time with Your Children

May 18, 2016

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Disney Junior. All opinions are 100% mine. Do you ever look at your kids and feel like they have grown overnight? That’s how I have been feeling about Elias and Adeline lately, but especially Adeline. All of a sudden she has blossomed – getting taller, […]

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When You Only Have an Hour

May 17, 2016

On Sunday, I headed to Chicago for a two-day blogging conference. The blogging conference schedule was packed, but I found an hour of time that I could meet with a friend that I hadn’t seen since college. When I told Mathew that I was getting together with my old friend Jessica, he said to me, […]

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Helping Our Kids Make Good TV Choices

May 13, 2016

This post is sponsored by XFINITY. Matthew and I have always been passionate about limiting our children’s screen time. Whether it’s a television or iPad or laptop or a handheld video game, if the device features a screen, we try our best to regulate the number of minutes they spend watching and/or tapping its screen. […]

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How to Market a Book + A Free Online Summit

May 11, 2016

It’s rare that I talk marketing here on The Mom Creative, despite the fact that I am a marketing professional by day (yes, I have a full-time day job!) and it is something I am very passionate about. However, today I’m on Mike Kim’s podcast talking all about book marketing and I thought it might be fun to […]

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Finding Dory Treats | Easy Cereal Bars Recipe

May 9, 2016

Finding Dory releases in less than six weeks, and we are having a Finding Dory birthday party for Adeline in late June. Needless to say we are on Dory alert wherever we go. When I saw this Finding Dory cereal at the grocery store, I thought it would be fun to make Finding Dory treats […]

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Slow Down: The Heartsong of Every Mom

May 6, 2016

I say to my kids all the time, “stop growing! Can’t you just slow down a little bit?” They giggle and laugh and say “noooooo mommy! I want to get big! I’m going to be bigger than you.” At 5’0″ tall, I sure hope they will be. When I first heard Nichole Nordeman’s song Slow […]

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