Favorite Books and Summer Vacation Giveaway!

Happy Monday! I was so excited to learn so many fun and fascinating things about my fellow ‘Or So She Says…’ contributors last week in the Q & A Blog Hop.What an awesome group of ladies they are. Well, today, we are all back to share and give away some of our favorite books AND there is a vacation on the line too!

How many times, in your stressful life, have you dreamed about laying out on the beach with a great book? ‘Or so she says…’ to the rescue! So, to further expand on our favorites, all of the OSSS contributors got together to give away their favorite books, perfect for summer reading! The best part is, one person will win EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM. That’s right, the whole bundle! That’s 15 books, yo. Oh, but it gets better. Get Away Today, the greatest travel agency ever and ‘Or so she says…’ contributor, offered another winner a 3-night hotel stay in Anaheim or San Diego (winner’s choice) with their choice of two adult theme park tickets… PLUS, they get the 15 book bundle too!
Favorite Books Giveaway

Lets go over those prizes again:

Grand Prize Winner: 15 ‘Contributors’ Favorite Books’ Bundle PLUS a 3-night hotel stay in Anaheim or San Diego (winner’s choice) with their choice of two adult theme park tickets! Vacation courtesy of Get Away Today.

Runner Up: 15 ‘Contributors’ Favorite Books’ Bundle (details of books below.)

win, win, win3Ready to enter? So, all we ask is for you to follow ‘Or so she says…’ and the contributors on Pinterest. We are all pin-maniacs and know you’ll love the great ideas we send your way. After you enter, be sure to scroll down and check out all the books included in the giveaway. It’s so fun to see what each contributor picked as her favorite book!

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Want to know which books are included in the bundle?? What are the contributors’ favorites?? Check ‘em out!

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1. Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley ~ “This book was not what I expected…it surpassed what I was hoping for. Mystery, romance and intrigue. Great characters and an interesting plot. It was a great read and perfect for summer reading!” Jana of Double the Deliciousness

2. Plate to Pixel by Helene Dujardin – “This book is a favorite because it teaches how to not only how photograph food, but how to do it beautifully!” Gina of Kleinworth and Co.

3. These is My Words by Nancy Turner “While I’m a country/ farm girl at heart, I can’t even begin to imagine what the early settlers went through! I love how they worked the land, built their own homes, and made everything from scratch! And I’m always up for a good love story! Jack and Sarah’s won’t disappoint!” Brooke of Blissful Roots

4. The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino – “Aw, I love this book! It’s a super unique book, in that it’s a parable, teaching you how to be a better person, but also an activity book. Each chapter, you read over and over, until you master the character trait. It’s a great story with lots of great thoughts. I think I highlighted half the book!” Mariel of ‘Or so she says…

5. Eat Cake by Jeanne Ray “Eat Cake will make it’s way into your list of favorite books, it’s a quick and enjoyable read. I love this book for more reasons than the fact that the main character shares my name! It’ll have you laughing and crying- all at the same time! If you’re like me and have a unexplainable urge to bake… you’ll totally connect with Eat Cake!” Ruthie of Cooking with Ruthie

6. Wonder by RJ Palacio – “My 9-year-old daughter recommended Wonder to me and I enjoyed it just as much as she did. This is a compelling novel that is fun and easy enough for summer, but also intelligent and thought-provoking. Share it with your family when you are finished!” Allison of Tips for Family Trips

7. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin – “I love this book because it is getting me to think deeper about what I do to bring happiness upon myself. I am a happy person, but am loving the new outlook and am loving making new goals to make myself really live a happy life.” Kiki of Kiki and Company

8. Happier by Tal Ben-Shahar – “It’s easy to think that once a certain thing happens, I’ll be happy. Well, this book provides little life secrets to be happier each and every day. It is applicable for every life stage. It has changed my way of thinking about happiness.” Melissa of So Festive!

9. Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson – “Sometimes a mom just needs a good, quick, easy summer read to distract her from doing more laundry or to keep her busy during swim lessons. If you love a good Jane Austen romance, you will love this book! Set in Jane Austen’s English countryside of 1820, this romance will keep you quickly turning the pages as you watch Kate’s struggle to learn to follow her heart!” Veronica of Lolly Lu Designs

10. Leadership and Self- Deception“Do you want to know the secret to having a happy and successful family and marriage? Want to know how to have successful relationships with anyone you come in contact with? Leadership and Self-deception holds the key to mending, strengthening and flourishing in all of your relationships. This book is a life changer- Promise!” Heather of Family Volley

11. Surprise Inside Cakes by Amanda Rettke – “It’s a beautiful book of cakes and it’s full of cake decorating tips for the everyday bake. Amazing cakes for every special occasion, all with a little surprise on the inside.” Zainab of Blahnik Baker

12. The Child Whisperer by Carol Tuttle – “It taught me how to parent my very determined toddler (at the time) based on her personality type.” Amy of The Connection We Share

13. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaleo Hosseini – “I read this as part of a book club and it has stuck with me ever since. It is a beautifully written, emotionally gripping story of two Afghan women’s suffering, strength, and resilience. What I love most about it is the way it celebrates the strength of the human spirit – a beautiful thing!” Cathy of Lemon Tree Dwelling

14. I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella – “A light, charming book by the author of the popular Shopaholic series. This clever romantic comedy makes for a fun and easy summer read, by the pool or on the beach!” Samantha of Five Heart Home

15. Princess Academy by Shannon Hale – “I loved this simple story that has some fun little twists. My favorite part is that my daughter loved this book as much as I did. I love being able to enjoy the same books as my daughter. This is one that was enjoyable for us both!” Holly of Bits of Everything

Bonus Book! Food Storage by Angel Paskett – “Everyone should be prepared on some level, and this is the book that can help answer your questions and get you there. It begins with the basics and answers almost any question you have with getting started. I wish I had this a few years ago, but glad I have it now!” Jamie from Prepared Housewives

Longest post of your life? Maybe! But, it’s worth it. Good luck to you!

Fine print: Must be U.S. resident and 18 years or older to enter. Vacation package must be booked at least 60 days in advance and is subject to availability and some blackout dates. This post contains affiliate links.

Beautiful Oops printable at Books Alive Series

Reading with my kids has always been a favorite activity, so I was thrilled to be invited to join Paging Supermoms in their Books Alive Series today.

Head on over to hear about this awesome book, Beautiful Oops and grab a free printable to do with your kids! Plus find a ton of other great books to check out too.

Back to School Smile Catcher {free printable} + 7 other amazing Back to School Printables!

You guys, school is right around the corner! Yikes and yippee. Today, you will find 8 amazing back to school printable projects to help you feel back in the Back to School spirit!

I am super excited to share with you this Smile Catcher:


You probably knew them as a cootie catcher, but I thought a smile catcher was a much better name for these sweet little toys that will bring some giggles to your kids lunch!

DIRECTIONS:

To make the Smile Catcher, simply download the free printable. Print and cut it out. Write a sweet little note to your kiddo on the blank section. Now it is time to fold. Laying it on it’s back side (all white) fold all four corner to the middle. (This will fold the pictures and the numbers to the back). Next, turn it over so you can see the jokes and fold each of the points to the center. Fold the Smile Catcher over halfway and then again the other halfway. Put your fingers in the squares where the pictures are and puff it out. (see pic below) You are done. Stick this in your child’s lunch, and they will be guaranteed a few giggles at lunch.


My kids approved all the jokes. :)


And I love that you can write a quick note to let them know how much you love them!

I hope you enjoy this sweet Smile Catcher and hope your school year has a sweet start!

To download the free Smile Catcher, click on the link below:

Smile Catcher- Back to School Edition

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Now click on over to each of these other amazing projects and you will be ready for school in no time!


1. Paging Supermom: Print and frame this Alphabet Art for your wall or to give to teacher.
2. Kiki & Company: Send this fun toy in their lunch, sure to spark somegiggles with friends.
3. Eighteen25: Share this pep talk print with thekids before sending them off to school.
4. The Idea Room: Get the kids ready for Back-to-School with this funCountdown Banner.
5. Simple As That: Inspire a young reader with this free set of printable bookmarks.
6. Whipperberry: Help everybody get in the school routine with this after-school checklist.
7. Thirty Handmade Days: Send your kids back to school with these lunch-box jokes.
8. The Crafting Chicks: Make a sweet gift for teacher with these fill-in notes.

 

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