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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Reading with Ringling Brothers...

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This past week, during our library day, we learned that Ringling Brothers had teamed up with the Henderson Library District to encourage reading. If children read 5 books, then they earn a free ticket to the circus, which is coming to town here. I was pretty darn excited...maybe even a little more than my littles. I had seen a commercial for the circus, but knew at $15 a pop, it was nowhere in my family's budget for a family night. I mean that would be about $60 for us all to go! Nope nowhere near what I budget for family night*. However, if my littles earn their tickets, then the cost of going to the circus is back into the realm of what I budget. Why am I sharing this? Well because I love anything that encourages my children to read and I love having them set a goal and work hard to earn something fun. I know I am not the only mama out here in Henderson who feels like this, so I thought I would share the knowledge. Lets all encourage our littles to read and work hard. Hey us Mamas can even pick out a book or two to read! Kids learn by example, so I try to remind myself to set a good reading example as well. I just finished reading Out of Control. It was a good one. In fact the whole series rocks my pioneer loving socks!

If you don't live in the Henderson area, check with your local library and see what programs they have going on. Our library is always cooking up something to get those kids to read.

*I know you are going to ask what I budget for family nights, so I figured I'd share. I like to spend around $40-$50 a month on family night. This includes any special treats or outings. Because of this small budget, I try to keep things as frugal as I can. $40 really adds up when you have a family of four. I try to always remind myself that family night is not about the amount of money you spend, but how you spend your time together.We just try to have a little frugal fun each week!

Have a great day lovelies!

XO Danielle


  1. I am with you about loving any program that encourages kids to read! I always had my kids enrolled in some reading program at the library when they were growing up. They earned all kinds of good coupons and prizes, but my favorite was when they earned tickets to Major League Baseball games. That was a favorite FHE activity in our home! BTW, I printed off your tutorial on making a baby quilt and last night I got all the stuff I will need to make several! I am so excited to make these. Your tutorials are so easy to follow - even I can do it! Love your blog!

  2. Danielle,
    Juat saw your story on Channel 8 - you go girl. When you wake up Mother's Day you can truly say you are a great mother. Your children are learning lessons that that will help them for the rest of their lives. Your home is clean, your children are healthy and happy, your husband is supportive and working towards a goal and one can see the love in your family - what more could anyone ask for. You are richer than anyone could ever imagine.
    Your will be in my heart and my prayers.

  3. Danielle, Just saw your story on Channel 8 - you go girl!!! When you wake up Mother's Day you can be assured you are a great mother. You have a clean home, healthy and happy children, a supportive and working toward a goal husband - what more could you ask for. You are richer than you can ever imagine. You are my thoughts and my prayers.

  4. thanks so much for this info we'll definitely use it! did u know that barnles and noble does a similiar thing? read 8 books they get a free one! our b&n has a little coffee shop and i thot about doing the night he picks out the free book an FHE event and we eat a piece of cake and coffee/juice special. let me know if you want the link for b&n and did u get the book yet?

  5. I recommend the documentary "An Apology to Elephants" to change your mind about the circus.

  6. First of all, I love your blog and all of the great recipes and tips. I just want to encourage you to watch the documentary "An Apology to Elephants" before thinking about attending the circus.

    1. I watched An Apology to Elephants, wish other mothers knew about the animal abuse for entertainment that the circus has hidden for centuries. On YouTube “No Fun for Elephants” narrated by Bob Barker. “To many, it looks like harmless fun, but elephants pay a heavy price for the few minutes of entertainment they provide when performing in circus shows, giving rides, or making appearances…Most of us marvel at the majesty of wild animals and I can understand why people want to see animals like elephants up close. But isn’t it especially tragic when animals are suffering and being abused simply to entertain us?”

    2. All public libraries carry this book, “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate a must read for all young readers and mothers too. This book won the 2013 Newberry Book Award.

  7. Thank you for this amazing information. I am so glad that I have discovered your blog!


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