This fourth of July weekend, many retailers are offering excellent online sales, with unbelievable prices. I will be updating this post throughout the weekend so be sure to check back. Some links are affiliate links.
Also, if you have never shopped online through Rakuten, this is a good weekend to do it. Rakuten is a site that links to hundreds of retailers. When you visit the retailers through them, you get cash back on your purchases. I have earned $100s of dollars in cashback through Rakuten. When you sign up and make your first purchase, you get a $10 bonus too. It’s an easy way to save extra money.
Carter’s is having a huge sale, including $5 doorbusters and up to 40% off clearance prices. Get free shipping on orders over $35.
Hanna Andersson is having an incredible sale, with prices up to 75% off. Hanna is probably my number one favorite brand, but I only buy the clothes during big clearance sales like this because it can get a little pricey otherwise. The quality is unlike any other store, the colors hold true no matter how much you wash them, the clothes never pill. They are really, really wonderful. I found pricing starting at just $9.99. Shop here.
Children’s Place is also having an amazing clearance sale, with shirts starting at $1.90. Plus, there’s no minimum for shipping!
Loft is having an amazing sale through 7/6. Get 70% off if you buy 4 or more items, or 60% off with 3 items. The prices are crazy low already, so lots of deals to be found.
Amazon’s Audible is offering a 46% off deal for past customers and new members, which basically is like buy 2 books, get 2 free. Plus, each month you will get a free audible original. So, over the course of 4 months, you’ll get eight audiobooks for just $7.95 a month (regularly $14.95 a month).
I have been an audible member on and off for years and canceled just a month ago, and it let me reactivate with this deal, so it is definitely worth trying if you have used Audible in the past.
This is a super way to get some great books for a heavy discount, including the newest releases. If you don’t know where to start, I just listened to Jessica Simpson’s memoir Open Book and it was phenomenal. I’m not exaggerating. Well worth the listen! Other audiobooks I have loved: Born a Crime, The Dutch House (read by Tom Hanks), The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting (by Brene Brown), In the Country We Love, The Sun Does Shine and A Life in Parts.
If you don’t listen to audiobooks, consider taking advantage of this for your kids. Audiobook listening is a great way to increase your child’s love of books, their reading comprehension and see themselves as great readers.
If you want to increase the books you read each year, start listening to audiobooks. I started listening to audiobooks several years ago and they have radically improved my reading life.
Here are 8 reasons why audiobooks are great:
- You can listen to a book during times when you couldn’t otherwise read, such as when you are doing the laundry, exercising, getting ready in the morning and driving. Not only does it make the time go by faster, but it makes it more enjoyable. I have found myself thinking, yay, another load of laundry to fold. I can listen to my book some more. Ha!
- You always have a book with you: Thanks to the Audible app and our phones always being with us, you always have a book to enjoy. In my fringe hours research, I found that the number one thing women wanted to do in their free time was read and listening to audiobooks makes that incredibly easy.
- You can read more books at the same time. I used to be a one book at a time person, but since starting to listen to audiobooks I always have two going at once – one that I listen to
- You are forced to take in a story more slowly. This is both a pro and a con, but more a pro, in my opinion. What I mean by this is because audio narration takes longer than silent reading, I find that I pay closer attention and am drawn into a story in a deeper way.
- The characters become more alive. When an audiobook is done well, the characters take on living personas that they don’t do when you read normally. A few favorite fiction audiobooks that I have loved are Lilac Girls, The Dutch House (narrated by Tom Hanks) I absolutely loved it. And while I think I would have loved it had I read the hard copy, I think I loved it even more because the three characters were voiced by three incredibly talented women, including an Emmy-nominated actress. I highly recommend the audio.
- Memoirs feels like you are sitting with the person. I love memoirs on audiobook because they are typically read by the author. Right now I am listening to Open Book by Jessica Simpson and it is read by her and excellent. For more memoirs that I love, check out this list.
- You are motivated to read longer books. I generally steer away from books that are more than 500 pages just because they feel so long. With an audiobook, I am more likely to select a long book. For instance, I have read several of the Outlander books via Audible, which are in the 30-40 hour range. They fly on audio!
- Your kids want to read more. Audiobooks are a great way to get kids to read more too. My kids love listening to books!
Get Free Audio Books
I get most of my audiobooks through Audible, which is an Amazon company. Audible currently has a special Amazon Prime members promo where you can try Audible.com for just $7.95 a month for four months (regularly $14.95 a month). This is like buying two months and getting two months free and is a savings of $30. Go here to take advantage of this deal now.
You can also get two free audio books from audiobooks.com when you sign up as a new member. This is another excellent service that I have downloaded several books from.
For all of these services, you can cancel easily and you get to keep your books forever! I recommend signing up for these trials and giving audiobooks a try. I know you’ll love them.
For More on Reading
Do you listen to audiobooks? If so, share some of your favorite titles in the comments!
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Want to help your child keep up their math skills this summer and have fun at the same time? Check out Revolution Math, an innovative web-based program that your child will love. Get your first month plus a learning kit for $1.
After months of distant learning, we parents are looking for ways to keep our children learning this summer. A few months ago, I discovered Revolution Math, and it has been a game-changer for my kids. If you are looking for an educational program that will engage, teach and stimulate your child all at the same time — you are going to love Revolution. Plus, the first month is only $1. This deal is only available until July 1, so sign up right away.
About Revolution Math
Revolution Math is a weekly program where your child joins a live math tutor and 2-3 other children their age for a live math adventure session. The lessons are story-based, and the children solve math problems independently and together to keep the story going. Nothing is pre-recorded. The lesson is completely real-time.
I signed Adeline up for the $1 trial and literally, after the first lesson, we were sold. Adeline went from being nervous about meeting a few new kids and not knowing what the program would be like to loving her hour of Revolution Math so much that she asked me if she could do it every day. The second week, she woke up on Monday and the first thing she said to me was, “I’m so excited for today.” When I asked her why, she replied with delight, “It’s Revolution Math day!!” I’m not making this up. She L O V E S it.
The program is geared toward 2nd through 5th graders, though my understanding is that many parents enroll 1st and 6th graders too. Revolution Math is designed to be an after-school program so the hour-long slots are in the afternoon and evening. We live in central time and when I enrolled I saw lessons starting as early as 2 pm.
Revolution Math is offering an incredible deal right now— click my exclusive link to get the first month for ONLY $1. With the $1 enrollment, your child receive a full Revolution Math learning kit in the mail (it includes masks, dice, graph paper, a protractor, and other math manipulatives that your child will use each week).
This is quite literally the best thing I have bought during this safer at home time. I cannot tell adequately express how much Adeline loves it. After her first lesson, we decided to sign Elias up too! Both kids have now been enrolled for about six weeks and they look forward to it every week. I think it is a perfect way to weave in some education throughout the summer.
As a parent, I was impressed by the lessons, the way the teacher engaged with the children, and the follow-up. Every week I have gotten an email from my kids’ teachers letting me know how she is doing and what the lesson for the week included. It’s truly a remarkable program. Plus it’s only $1 to try! 🙂 I think if you have a child in elementary school, it is 1000% worth doing the trial.
How To Enroll for $1
Revolution Math is offering that all new students can try the program for one month for just $1. Here’s how to sign up:
Click here to access Revolution Math
Enter your name and email address
Select a grade level for your child and a day for the one-hour class, with a real teachers + 2-3 other students from around the country
Select your class slot
Enter your payment information and you’ll just pay $1
Also, in case you are wondering, is it easy to cancel? Yes. Revolution Math will send you an email asking if you would like to continue with the subscription and you can continue or opt-out. Easy peasy.
This deal is ending soon, so don’t miss your chance to help your child for only $1.
This glamping spot just 20 minutes outside of Nashville is the perfect getaway for a couple or family.
Our family has been sheltering at home since March and we desperately needed some time away. When a friend posted about her family’s weekend trip glamping just outside Nashville, I booked almost immediately.
Hayshed Farms on Big Turnbull Creek is a piece of heaven! Seriously, if you have never been camping, or if you love being outdoors, this is a wonderful option. Our family is not a camping family and we had the absolute BEST time glamping at Hayshed Farms. It was the perfect overnight trip and one that I know my kids will remember for years to come.
Glamping Near Nashville, Tennessee
The camp is located in Kingston Springs on the Hayshed Farms property, right along the ridge of the beautiful Big Turnbull Creek. Hosted by Randy and Leslie Liles, you’ll feel right at home on their charming farm. Their warm hospitality made our experience even better.
At the glamping location, you’ll find:
A large tent, outfitted with king-sized bed, dresser, chairs and electricity for lighting and fans is your comfy home base. It’s definitely glamping at its best! Randy and Leslie also provided a child-sized cot to help accommodate our family of five. Elias slept in a sleeping bag on the floor. You could easily fit a queen air mattress in front of the king sized bed. Plenty of room! The tent was stocked with many essentials including toothbrushes, wipes, lotions, soap, bug spray, a bucket of supplies for our dog and more. The tent was large enough for our family of five and dog to sleep in comfortably. It is a lovely glamping experience.
Outside the tent is an outhouse.
The glampsite also includes a grill and portable propane stove, plenty of seating and a fire pit. You’ll find it is well-stocked with cooking utensils, skewers for cooking over the fire, paper products and everything you could need. We brought a cooler with frozen burgers, corn on the cob, fresh fruit and potato chips for an easy cookout. The site does not have a refrigerator, so a cooler filled with ice and drinks is essential.
A swing hangs from one of the massive trees and it was a huge hit with my kids. The property also has a big open barn where they host big events and my kids enjoyed playing with the giant Jenga set.
Glampers are invited to pick fresh produce from the garden that is planted next to the campsite. An abundance of lettuce, cabbage, peppers, blackberries and more are available.
At night, the site is lit up with lights strung from the trees.
Glamping Near Nashville on Turnbul Creek
Our favorite part of the property was definitely Turnbull Creek. We brought floats (a must!) and floated down the creek multiple times a day and had the best time. Definitely bring water shoes not water sandals to avoid having pebbles getting caught in your shoes. Also, while the campsite has a few towels, I recommend bringing beach towels. You can also fish in the creek. Be on the lookout for all sorts of creek life including crawdads, fish, frogs, beaver (I saw one climb right up on a rock!), and snakes (we saw a grown-up and a baby cottonmouth!).
Booking Your Glamping Experience – Save $10
For booking, do NOT book through AirBNB. Instead, email Leslie at email@example.com and tell her that Jessica sent you. When you use my name, you will get $10 off your booking + save on the AirBNB fees. (It was $200 to book on AirBNB, but when you call Leslie + use my name, it will only be $147!) You can also call 615-337-1529. I will get a small credit toward a future booking for our family if you use my name.
Check in is at 2 pm and check out is at 10 am.