Epiphany Tutorials {giveaway}

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Today’s giveaway is from Lara of Epiphany Tutorials.  You can find Lara on Twitter, and  Facebook.  I asked Lara to share a bit about herself and her business with all of you today:

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My name is Lara Fenyar and I am the founder of Epiphany Tutorials, a homeschooling site that specializes in interactive online literature classes for middle and high school level students. I am a fully certified English and French teacher. I hold a Master’s Degree in French Studies and have over 8 years experience teaching in traditional and non-traditional educational settings, including middle school, high school, university as well as continuing and professional education. I am from Clifton, NJ, but grew up in Switzerland, New Jersey and France. I currently split my time between Paris, France and Clifton, New Jersey.

My husband and I believe the best education starts at home and that the guidance, experiences and support parents provide for their children are what helps to guarantee their ultimate success as human beings. We also acknowledge the importance of a classical education based in the traditions of Western culture. We specialize in literature, therefore our ambition is to encourage our students to enjoy reading, whether it be poetry or prose, drama or novel. Our classes are designed to help students become better readers but also better thinkers so that at the end of our course, they have a stronger love of literature and a renewed zest for learning.

books2We would like to give one Small Things student a free spot in any one of our 8- week intensive courses (The Great GatsbyMacbethEvelina or The House of Mirth). In addition, we are offering all Small Things readers 15% off of your purchase with the coupon code “15TREAT”.

For your chance to win, leave a comment on this post. For an additional chance to win “like” Epiphany Tutorials on Facebook and leave a second comment letting me know that you have done so.  Comments will close and a winner will be randomly selected on Monday, August 18th.  Comments are closed and the winner is Tracey, who commented, “I would love a chance to win this for Alex, any help with Macbeth would be greatly appreciated.”

Thanks, Epiphany Tutorials!

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Mamoo Kids {giveaway}

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Today’s giveaway is from Mamoo Kids, the small U.S. based business of mama, Anna Patty.  I asked Anna to share the story behind her shop with you all today along with a little about the adorable child sized bags she has created.  You can connect with Anna on Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | Instagram. I asked Anna to share the story behind Mamoo Kids with all of you:

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When I was a child, my mom and I would spend our summers together in Japan visiting family. I loved these summers. We would explore Tokyo by train, bus, and along the crowded sidewalks.  Afternoons would be spent adventuring around town to find our way to a family member’s house or to a park where my mom and her sisters would sit and talk for hours while I played on my own.

It was during those times, as a little girl, while the adults were catching up with old friends and family, I first felt the earliest buds of confidence that came from doing and accomplishing small things on my own.  This burgeoning self-confidence, sense of personal responsibility and independence came from the little bag my mom gave me before setting out for the day.

“Fill it with a few of your favorite toys,” my mom often told me. “You’ll be happy to have them when I am busy, so make sure you take care of them and the bag.” I would do as she said, and packed my favorite play-things in my bag and headed out for the day’s adventures. I remember how I would hold my bag tight while commuting on the busy trains and as I brushed past people on the sidewalks. I cherished having the select books and dolls during my travels each day.

When I started a family in San Francisco, I decided to give my children a similar gift that my mother once gave me. My boys were given a special everyday child-sized bag that they could use to hold the most treasured toys they collect as they journey through life.

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Mamoo bags are special  handmade kids bags made of 100% all-natural fibers, and offer a clean, modern design. We are committed to supporting our local community, therefore all of our children’s bags are made in San Francisco, California.  With recent statistics pointing out that approximately 60% of today’s school children are carrying bags weighing more than 10% of their body weight, Mamoo Kids set out to create, lightweight, eco-friendly bags that are both captivating to the younger crowd and proportionate to their size.  Mamoo’s all-natural cotton bags appeal directly to the 3-6 age group by being small enough to fit little kids’ bodies, yet still hold a book and folder, or special treasures without weighing them down.   For every bag that’s sold, Mamoo gives 5% of net profits to a children’s literacy program, Reading Partners. Reading Partners is a national non-profit that works hard to elevate the literacy of children in low-income schools.

My mom trusted me to decide for myself what I put into my bag all those summers ago. In doing so she helped to give me my first feelings of independence, responsibility and confidence.  Today Mamoo wants to help give your child the same wonderful feelings. I believe all this begins with something as simple as a bag. Please join our community and let Mamoo Kids bags help nurture and open up little worlds.

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For today’s giveaway, Anna is offering one winner his or her bag of choice.  In addition, receive 15% off all orders through August 15th.  To receive the discount use coupon code SMALLTHINGS15 at checkout.

For a chance to win, simply leave a comment on this post.  For a second chance to win, “like” Mamoo Kids on Facebook, and leave a second comment letting me know that you’ve done so.  Comments will close and a winner will be randomly selected on Monday, August 11th.  The winner will be notified via email and announced within this post.

Comments are closed and the winner is Alison, who commented, “These are lovely! I have made special bags for my older kids. I think my 5yr old guy would love this!
I really enjoyed the interview with Anna.
Thanks so much!”

Thanks, Anna and Mamoo Kids!

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