Weekend giveaway: $100 holiday package from Sparkle Stories

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Welcome to this weekend’s giveaway–sponsored by one of our family’s favorite homeschooling resources, Sparkle Stories!

About Sparkle:

Sparkle Stories produces original audio stories for children. Our stories are simple, delightful and filled with a sense of wonder. They inspire children to play, to marvel, to laugh, to be kind.

We have nine original Story Series – all of which follow the seasons of the year.

This year we also have a brand new holiday goodie to share with you, the Martin & Sylvia advent calendar:

Each day of December, the advent calendar offers a new story — in which this homeschooled brother and sister pair take a small adventure and make a delightful discovery.

This Audio Book includes one long introductory story, followed by 24 daily audio stories, to be enjoyed December 1st through the 25th–that’s five hours of holiday audio!



Giveaway: The Martin & Sylvia Holiday Story Gift Package

One Simple Homeschool reader will win the following:

:: the Martin & Sylvia Around the Year package (5 seasonal audio books)
:: the Martin & Sylvia Audio Advent Calendar
:: a one year subscription to any of the Martin & Sylvia Series

The winning family can keep these to enjoy or give them as gifts for the holidays!

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How to Win

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To be entered for a chance to win, leave a comment on this post, answering this question: How old are your children and what part of your day during the holidays could use a little story time magic?

(If you’re reading this via email or reader, you must click over to the blog to leave your comment.)

For an extra entry, “Like” Sparkle Stories and Simple Homeschool on Facebook. Then leave another comment here letting me know you’ve done so.

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Special Offers

* Get the Martin & Sylvia Christmastime Audio Book for 50% off (That’s just $3!). Head here for details. Offer good through December 31st.

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About Jamie Martin

Jamie is a mama to three cute kids born on three different continents. She serves as editor of Simple Homeschool, and blogs about mindful parenting at Steady Mom. Jamie is also the author of two books: Steady Days and Mindset for Moms.


  1. I have an eight year old. The part of our day that could use a bit of magic is first thing in the morning — we’re definitely not morning people.
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  2. I have a four year old and the time we could use some magic are our transition times. Like before bedtime routine or transitioning from playtime to time to get ready to go somewhere.

  3. liked simple homeschool and sparkle stories on fb

  4. My littles are 4.5, 2.5, and 7m. The oldest loves to listen to stories during her quiet time while the younger two nap, and they often listen to them in the morning when I’m preparing breakfast!

  5. I have ‘liked’ both sparkle stories and simple homeschool on FB :)

  6. cindy hardy says:

    Have four children that range in age from 16-7. My seven-year-old has really enjoyed the free Sparkle Story stories. Our mornings could always use a little story time magic. Love the idea of a story advent!

  7. cindy hardy says:

    I have “liked” Sparkle Stories and Simple Homeshcool on Facebook. Thank you for the chance to win!

  8. My boy is 2 1/2 and magic is needed before dinner time.

  9. Megan Killion says:

    We have a 5, 3, and 1 year old. We could use a little more magic at bed time. Or maybe what we really need is a little more patience!

  10. Alison Ericson says:

    My kids are 5 and 3 and we like to listen to sparkle stories at quiet rest time in the middle of our day.

  11. Alison Ericson says:

    I already like Simple Homeschool and Sparkle Stories on FB .

  12. We love Sparkle Stories!

  13. My whole fam has FB ‘liked’ Sparkle Stories and Simple Homeschool. Thanks for the giveaway!

  14. My kids are 6, 4, and 21 months. We could use magic before dinner.

  15. Sara Meadows says:

    My daughter is 8 and I think anytime would be great for a good story :)

  16. My kiddos are 8, 5, and 2 and they all love audio books. We could use them in the afternoons especially when I need a break and they need to keep quiet during naptime.

  17. I like Simple Homeschool on fb long ago but now I’ve added Sparkle Stories!

  18. Jessica Gramkee says:

    My Daughter will be 2 in Jan ’14. She loves looking through her books and “reading” them to her cat and dog. We could use a little magic story time while I making up the Christmas Breakfast.

  19. Jessica Gramkee says:

    I have liked both Simple Homeschool and Sparkle Stories Facebook pages.

  20. My kids are 4, and twin boys that are 20 months. They could use a little story time magic right after their nighttime bath before bed. It would be the coziest of story times for sure! :)

  21. My boys are 12, twins are 4, and a 11 month old. We enjoy stories in the late afternoon. When we start to get a little tired and run out of things to do! We would love this!

  22. I liked Simple Homeschool and Sparkle Stories on Facebook!
    Susan’s latest post: 3 years old.

  23. I have a 6 year old and a 3 year old. Mid-afternoon is our “slump” and we could definitely use some Sparkle stories during that time.

  24. I like Sparkle Stories and Simple Homeschool on Facebook.

  25. My son is 4.5 & loves making up stories – this would be awesome! Our toughest transitions are mornings & before bedtime!

  26. I’ve liked Simple Homeschool & Sparkle Stories on FB also!

  27. I have a special needs six year old. He has left hemiplegic cerebral palsy caused by a stroke in utero. The part of the day we could enjoy a story would be night time before he goes to sleep. Nights are the hardest part of the day for him, so this would probably help him relax. This would be great for him.

  28. I have a 9-, 6- and 3-year-old and our afternoons could use a shine. I have eyeballed Sparkle Stories for a while now and love the chance to win this giveaway. Thanks!

  29. Also, I have liked both SS and SH on facebook. :)
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  30. Amanda beavers says:

    We love sparkle stories and will be doing the advent calendar this year. Life needs a little magic 😉 we use the stories for quite time to traveling. Already fans on Face book for both. Thanks

  31. shannon mills says:

    My kids are almost 7, almost 5, almost 2, and almost born. Everyone has January birthdays around here. We love to use audio books for post lunch quiet time and are in need of some new ones. Thanks for the giveaway and the 50% off link- I had never heard of Sparkle Stories and will check them out right now!

  32. We have three kids – 20 mos, 3.5 years and 5 years! We love Martin and Sylvia! We could use some story time magic when the baby goes for a nap – our house needs some “quiet time”!!

  33. I’ve already liked Sparkle Stories onbFacebook, and gave just liked Simple Homeschool, too!

  34. Hi, my youngest is 2yr, and my oldest is turning 6 on Dec 6th. We could use some story time magic for the times when Momma needs to prepare food. That is always a tricky, impatient time in our home.
    As a new-to-homeschooling mom I love your blog. Keep up the good work!

  35. I have liked simplehomeschool on FB for a while now and just liked sparklestories. It looks like a fun story tool.

  36. Our daughter is 10 and we have been enjoying Sparkle stories for a year. We would love these stories. We find that Sparkle stories enrich all of our lives at any time of day!
    Thank you for Sparkle Stories!

  37. Jessica A. says:

    My child is 5 and he loves to listen to stories especially during breakfast time or lunch time.

  38. Jessica A. says:

    I liked both Simple Homeschool and Sparkle Stories Facebook pages.

  39. I like sparkle stories and simple homeschool on Facebook

  40. My kids are 13, 8 and 5. We *all* love listening to Sparkle Stories! The time in our day that usually needs a bit of magic is late afternoon when I’m trying to make supper and they’re tired out from the day. Thanks for hosting such a wonderful giveaway!!

  41. I like you both on FB!

  42. I have a 5 and 3 year old, and my kids love listening to audio books while eating lunch!

  43. I have liked you both on Facebook. Thank you!

  44. Hi! My name is Marina and my children are aged 4 and 6. We love to have down time when we are crafting and could really use simple stories for that time in our day.

  45. My name is Marina and I am already a fan of both Simple Homeschool and Sparkle Stories on facebook. Thanks!

  46. Michelle A says:

    I have a 2 and 5 year old, and we would love to have a great story for every morning in December before we find out what our holiday activity is for the day.

  47. Michelle A says:

    I’ve liked Sparkle Stories on FB

  48. Michelle A says:

    I’ve liked Simple Homeschool on FB

  49. My children are almost 8, 4 1/2, and almost 3. My husband works at a social outreach center, which is fantastic, but incredibly busy during the holidays. Through the many long days through the holiday season solo-parenting, the pre-dinner hour is our most tired time, in need of some holiday story-telling magic, for sure!

  50. “liked” Sparkle Stories on FB…already there wtih Simple Homeschool.