Archives for December 2, 2016

Brightly–books for kids of all ages & tips for parents! They also have great gift suggestions this Holiday Season!

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I recently learned about a great site for Parents and Kids called Brightly. As a homeschool Mom, I am really excited about this website. Brightly is a resource from Penguin Random House that features book recommendations from all publishers for every age and stage, reading tips, author essays, and more. This is really cool! I really like the following resource: Brightly’s Back to School Essentials,  which includes books for kids at every age level (Pre-K through High School), plus tips for parents to get back into the school groove. I know that it is already December, but I still find this quite helpful!

Brightly’s Back to School Essentials, includes books for kids at every age level (Pre-K through High School). They sent me a few books for the Tween age group and I was impressed. Two of the book choices are in the photos above! We also received the following:

Brightly Family Book Club: Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth

Graphic Novels? Yea, They’re Fun for the WHOLE Family

And, Brightly isn’t just a helpful School Resource, they also have some great holiday gift ideas this Holiday season!

Check them out here: Brightly’s Holiday Central 2016: Gift Ideas, Seasonal Reads, and More!


Self Disclosure: I received free books to facilitate this post. Photos were provided.


Looking for Reading Glasses? is the place to look!


Looking for Reading Glasses that are affordable and stylish? is the place to shop! I received a pair called The Dahlia. These are available in 3 color varieties: Rainbow Floral, Black/Pink Floral and Red/Blue Splatter. I chose the Black/Pink Floral and are very happy with the choice. They are comfortable and fit well. These are quite affordable at $14.95.

But, has a wide variety and even have a variety of Reading Sunglasses. There is also Free U.S. Shipping if you spend $30.

They also have Men’s reading glasses and Reading Glasses Accessories.

These would make great stocking stuffers!

Check out this holiday season!

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post. Photo was provided.


Share your IndividualiTEA for a Chance to Win $500 and a Year’s Supply of Tea! Special Giveaway Opportunity!


Tea Council of the USA Launches Photo Sharing Sweepstakes to Celebrate Hot Tea!

 In honor of the second annual National Hot Tea Day – to be celebrated on January 12, 2017– the Tea Council of the USA is launching the IndividualiTEA Photo Sharing Sweepstakes to give tea lovers across the nation an opportunity to win $500 and a year’s supply of tea. Entering is easy…simply share a photo, video or short explanation (in 140 characters or less!) with the unique ways, times, or places you like to enjoy your favorite tea – black, green, white or oolong – on Twitter with the hashtag #IndividualiTEA for a chance to win!

An ancient beverage nearly 5,000 years old, tea has become an American favorite, with approximately four in five U.S. consumers drinking tea. Everyone has a unique way of enjoying tea, as well as their own individual preference for tea times and tea types. Whether you enjoy your favorite cup as a morning pick me up at work, to socialize with family and friends, to relax before bed, or on vacation – the Tea Council of the USA encourages you to share your #IndividualiTEA.

Visit the Tea Council of the USA or follow @TeaCouncil on Twitter to learn more about the many unique characteristics of tea.

IndividualiTEA Photo Sharing Sweepstakes Details

The sweepstakes runs through January 31, 2017. A copy of the official rules can be found here. Enter as many times as you’d like and don’t forget to tag and tell your friends! To enter:

  • Share a photo, video or explanation of the unique ways, times, and places you like to enjoy your favorite tea on Twitter and at with the hashtag #IndividualiTEA and tag @TeaCouncil.
  • You’ll be prompted to finalize your entry for a chance to win at

We have also teamed up for a Special Giveaway!

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One winner will win a Give basket like the one I received above! You will love this! It is filled with Tea Goodies! My family loved the Matcha Love Japanese Green Tea! To enter, leave a comment below telling us your favorite kind of Tea! Deadline to enter is December 8th, 2016 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via


Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Top photo and press info regarding the sweepstakes was provided. SoCal City Kids will select the winner and the Tea Council of the USA will ship the gift basket to the winner.