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Black Friday Sale 2018

When it comes to holiday shopping, Black Friday is the busiest day of the year, and often has the best sales prices you can find.

This year it's my goal to give Montessori teachers and parents the best gift ever, the ultimate Black Friday Sale on Montessori printables from Every Star Is Different!

If you've been waiting for a product to show up as our "Deal of the Week" or missed out on one of our monthly promotions, this sale is going to make your day!

If you've been unable to afford printables due to their price tag or are new to Every Star Is Different you are going to be so happy.


Black Friday Sale

Yes, you read that right.

Everything is 50% OFF.

This includes all of our individual products.

It also includes following bundles:

Montessori-inspired Back-to-School Bundle Montessori-inspired Language Bundle Montessori-inspired Art and Music Bundle Montessori-inspired Holidays Around the World Bundle

But know this sale won't last forever!

It's for a very limited time.

The Black Friday Sale starts at 12:00 AM EST on Thursday, November 22nd and goes through Saturday, November 24th at 11:59 PM EST.

That means you have only three days to grab everything you want.

I know you're busy.

I know you're starting to think about the holiday season and gift giving.

But this is an amazing opportunity to grab everything you've ever wanted from my store, including some amazing bundles you may have missed.

Go to the Every Star Is Different Shop and purchase your printables today for an amazing 50% OFF!

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Gift Ideas for Dad

It's that time of year again!  Jason, my husband, has put together a fabulous set of Gift Ideas for Dad aka his Christmas wish list.

And even if some of the categories like Universal Studios and The College of William & Mary are very specific, it's easy to think about what future vacations your family may be going on and where the special man in your life went to school.

Gift Ideas for Dad

Let's take a closer look at his ideas!

Our family is heading to Universal Studios at the end of January. This is our big family Christmas gift.  The boys had such a fun time there with me in September that Jason became a little jealous. Needless to say he wants to make sure he has lots of fun when he goes.  Vacations always give Jason the best excuse to buy new t-shirts and other clothing items which he's always in desperate need of.  And of course what would The Wizarding World of Harry Potter be like without your own wand?  

Gift Ideas for Dad-Universal Studios

Interactive Sirius Black Wand

E.T. T-Shirt-Adult Size Large

Harry Potter Gryffindor Baseball Cap

Jurassic Park T-Shirt Black

Harry Potter Weasley's Wizard Wheezes T-Shirt

Marvel X-Men Zip Up Hoodie

Returning to Virginia to live last year has definitely brought back a lot of memories from college.  I think the fact that we return to Williamsburg, VA for regular weekend getaways also adds to the nostalgia.  It only seems appropriate to be proud of your alma mater.
Gift Ideas for Dad-William & Mary

William & Mary Alumni License Plate Frame

William & Mary Winter Hat

William & Mary Keychain

William & Mary Baseball Cap

William & Mary Scarf

William & Mary Hoodie Sweatshirt

I've said it before and I'll say it again. Jason loves cooking and pretty much anything to do with really great food.  We share cooking responsibilities and both enjoy our time in the kitchen.  Jason can't wait to try out these new items!
Gift Ideas for Dad-Cooking

The Indian Cooking Course

Made in India

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

Natural Sea Salt Sampler

Laxmi Indian Spice Pack-5 Spices

MiToo Coffee Warmer

One of our favorite ways to celebrate the end of the week is to curl up on the couch when the kids go to bed and watch a good movie.  This list includes superhero movies that the boys don't like that he does, and a few others he's been wanting for a while.
Gift Ideas for Dad-Movies

Captain America: Civil War Blu-ray

Spider-Man: Homecoming Blu-ray

The Planet Earth Collection Blu-ray

Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations Collection 7 DVD

The Princess Bride (Criterion Collection Blu-ray)

A Hard Day's Night Criterion Collection Blu-ray/DVD

Music has become a part of everyday life for Jason as he works from home at the computer for several hours a day.  He has completely worn out his collection and definitely needs some new tunes.  We're still big into CDs as we always have a hard copy to use in the car or wherever else we may be, and they also don't require Internet to play.

Gift Ideas for Dad-Music

The Beatles (White Album) 3 CD Deluxe Edition

Metallica ...And Justice for All 3 CD Set

REM Automatic For The People 2 CD Set

Queen Bohemian Rhapsody Movie Soundtrack CD

David Bowie-Glastonbury 2000 2 CD Set

Joe Strummer 001 (2 CD Set)

It's no secret that Jason LOVES to read.  If he doesn't have a great book he'll read anything he can get his hands on.  These are his newest requests.
Gift Ideas for Dad-Books

No Barriers: A Blind Man's Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon

Abraham Lincoln: A Life (Volume 2)

Beastie Boys Book

Brain Games Jeopardy: Puzzles and Games

Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era

Vision (The Vision) by Tom King

I hope you were able to find ideas and/or at least inspiration from this list for someone special in our life!
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Gift Ideas for Mom

It's that time of year!  Everyone wants to know what I would like for Christmas and what I'm recommending as gifts for others.

Here are my favorite picks this holiday season.  I'm so excited about the variety in this list as it shows I'm much more than a wife, mother, and housekeeper.  Plus there are some really great ideas!

I hope you enjoy looking through these Gift Ideas for Mom.
Gift Ideas for Mom

Gift Ideas for Mom

Gift Ideas for Mom-Musicals
I can't remember a time when I haven't loved musicals.  My children and husband know I listen to them all the time, especially when I work.  There's just something about listening to a story told through music that motivates me to focus better and work harder whether I'm at my desk or working on home improvement projects.

I also find that musicals inspire me to be better and help me work through personal struggles and emotions I otherwise would have difficulties with.  Whether it be the fact that I sing my guts out in the process which is stress relief itself, or I can relate to a character enough to take perspective, I love having little reminders around of my own personal growth through difficult times.  Musical memorabilia does that for me.

Dear Evan Hansen CD

Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel

Today Is Going To Be A Good Day and Here's Why: Blank Journal

Dear Evan Hansen T-Shirt Size X-Large

Come From Away CD

Channel Of Peace: Stranded In Gander on 9/11

The Band's Visit CD

The Band's Visit Book

Hamilton: The Revolution

Hamilton: the Musical T-Shirt Size X-Large

Gift Ideas for Mom-Montessori

Montessori is such a huge focus of mine as a mother, teacher, and entrepreneur.  I have always said next to my belief in God, I have never felt so strongly about another set of beliefs and values.  I am constantly craving more information and try to find fun ways to incorporate Montessori into my life a little bit more.

Montessori Grammar Symbols Short Sleeve Shirt in White Size X-Large

Montessori Bead Stair Key Chain

The Advanced Montessori Method

Montessori: The Science Behind the Genius

Sewing in a Montessori Classroom: a practical life curriculum

The Montessori Elementary Material

Gift Ideas for Mom-Movies

After a tough day with the kids or a work deadline that I've finally met, my favorite go to relaxation activity is watching a movie.  There are some I've been wanting to see for a while and haven't, and others that I find myself wanting to watch annually no matter how many years have gone by.

The Meg blu-ray

Hidden Figures blu-ray

The Martian blu-ray

Pearl Harbor blu-ray

Titanic blu-ray

Forrest Gump blu-ray

Gift IDeas for Mom-Office
Over the past year we have worked extremely hard to take Every Star Is Different to the next level.  Next year we have even more exciting plans.  There is so much to read and learn though.  We always find we're wanting new resources.

And then there's our office space.  It used to be completely fine to just have a desk with a computer.  But now with progress comes the need to be more organized in a space that is specifically designed for work purposes.


Dotcom Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Growing Your Company Online

Will It Fly?

Framework Daily System File Bins

Set of 3 Wire Desk Accessories in Black

Barnaby Recycled Glass Task Accent Lamp

Gift Ideas fro Mom-Kitchen
Jason and I absolutely love to cook and bake.  Some of our favorite memories are of working in the kitchen together.  This is a good thing too because with four kiddos who have very different dietary special needs, we spend a lot of time making things from scratch.

Sadly, some of our favorite kitchen items are starting to deteriorate or have been lost and it's time to replace them.

All-Clad Stainless-Steel Standard Measuring Cups and Spoons Set

All-Clad Stainless-Steel Odd-Sized Measuring Cups and Spoons Set

All-Clad Stainless-Steel Colanders Set of 3

Sugar, Butter, Flour: The Waitress  Pie Book

Littledeer Wok Paddle

Wilton Loaf Pan

Gift Ideas for Mom-Home Decor

I have spent the last year furnishing our new home.  It's now time to start the decorating process.  After finally deciding on a color scheme and style I have come across these items that  I can't wait to use in our home.  I already know where I want to put each and every item.

Faux Succulent & Stone Arrangement

Electric Mercury Votive Holders, Blue-Set of 6

Unscented Votive Candles, Set of 12

PB Classic Table Runner-Sailor Blue

Nantucket Silver Coastal Lantern

Unscented Pillar Candle 4-4.5 in White

Monique Lhuilier Sliver Taper Candlesticks-Set of 3

Unscented Taper Candle, Set of 6 in White

Winter Wonderland Guest Towels

Gift Ideas for Mom-Minimalism

Three years ago I started my journey with minimalism.  I haven't looked back since.  It has been the most freeing experience and has helped my stress and anxiety levels so much.  If it wasn't for minimalism I don't think I would be functioning as well as I am today with all that we go through with our special needs kiddos.

I love adding to my minimalism library.  These books are from some of my favorite authors. And the magazine is one that I've loved for at least a decade.

The Minimalist Home

The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own

Spark Joy: An Illustrated Masterclass on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up

Real Simple Subscription

Clutter Free With Kids

Goodbye, Things: The New Japanese Minimalism

When it comes to reading for pleasure I'm quite picky.  I want to be awed and inspired in a good way.  Biographies seem to be the best fit for what I'm always on the look out for.  They also feed into my love for details about important people.  I can't wait to get my hands on these books!


The Romanovs: 1613-1918

Wishful Drinking

Let Me Tell You My Story

Elizabeth the Queen: The Life of a Modern Monarch

I Am Malala

And there you have it!  Whether you're looking for gift ideas for yourself or for others, I hope you've found something to enjoy on this list.

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Montessori-inspired Holidays Around the World Bundle

The holiday season is upon us.  It's a season filled with peace on earth and good will towards men.  

What better way to introduce these concepts than to learn about different cultures, religions, and holiday celebrations throughout the world?

You can do just that with the NEW Montessori-inspired Holidays Around the World Bundle.

This bundle includes so many fabulous resources about Christmas, Diwali, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan and more!

All are well thought out and researched.

Each activity has been created with the utmost respect and love.

In total you are receiving 484 pages of printables and that doesn't include bonuses.

The Montessori-inspired Holidays Around the World Bundle is designed for children in Montessori preschool and early elementary classrooms.

Montessori-inspired Holidays Around the World Bundle

Let's take a closer look at all that's included!

Montessori-inspired Holidays around the World Bundle Table of Contents

Montessori-inspired Diwali Printable Pack

The Montessori-inspired Diwali Printable Pack focuses on the five day Hindu celebration.  This printable pack includes vocabulary specific to the holiday itself but also explains some of the basic beliefs of Hinduism.  But that's not all.  Children are able to create a book that tells the story of Diwali.  

To round things out this printable pack includes beautiful math printables as well as diya outlines for fun art and practical life activities.

Montessori-inspired Hanukkah Printable Pack

The Montessori-inspired Hanukkah Printable Pack is an incredible resource for any who would like to learn more about Hanukkah and the Jewish faith.  You receive beautiful nomenclature and picture/description match up cards that introduce and explain aspects of Hanukkah and Judaism.  There is also a cut and paste book activity where children learn why Hanukkah is celebrated.

We couldn't stop there though.  There are beautiful language activities to reinforce vocabulary.  This printable pack includes fantastic Hanukkah themed math printables.  There is even a menorah candle/lighting practical life activity and all the information you need to play a fabulous game of dreidel.

Montessori-inspired Kwanzaa Printable Pack

The Montessori-inspired Kwanzaa Printable Pack may just be my favorite out of this entire bundle.  I knew nothing about this holiday before researching it.  I must say, it's pretty incredible.

This bundle includes a break down of the seven core principles and symbols of Kwanzaa in beautiful nomenclature cards, picture/description match up cards, and books that your children can create.  There are also fantastic cards about important people in African American history and aspects of African culture.

To round this bundle out you are also provided with resources and activities about the unity flag and kinara.  There is so much fun to be had!

Montessori-inspired Winter Holidays Around the World Printable Pack

The Montessori-inspired Winter Holidays Around the World Printable Pack is a combined resource of Christmas traditions and Winter Solstice beliefs from around the world in today's society and throughout history.  It also includes picture and flag match up cards of Christmas foods from around the world. 

Though this printable pack is smaller than some of the others it is jammed packed with facts that will wow adults and kids alike.

Montessori-inspired Religious Christmas Printable Pack

The Montessori-inspired Religious Christmas Printable Pack is an incredible resource that explains the religious beliefs of Christians at Christmas time.  This printable is designed to be used by anyone, with no specific denomination in mind.  All images in this bundle are art pieces throughout history.

The story of Christ's birth is provided in cards for sequencing.  There are character cards created in nomenclature style as well as picture/description match up cards.  And that's not all!  

This printable pack also includes an art history activity where children can sort pictures of Christ's birth story by art period.  For music lovers, there is a fabulous activity about Handel's Messiah included.

Montessori-inspired Ramadan Printable Pack

The Montessori-inspired Ramadan Printable Pack is an incredible resource for teaching about Islam.  There are so many nomenclature and picture/description match up cards that explain beliefs, Muslim life, and Ramadan.  There is also a sorting activity related to those who can fast and those who can't.

To round things out, since Ramadan is determined by the cycle of the moon, you are provided with moon cycle nomenclature cards and a book activity.

Montessori-inspired Christmas Themed Language Bundle

The Montessori-inspired Christmas Themed Language Bundle is a compilation of beginning, intermediate and advanced language activities similar to our other language bundles, but with a fun Christmas theme for the holiday season.

Activities include tracing, writing, picture/word match ups, first letter, ending letter, and short vowel sound clip cards, as well as word identification clip cards.  All images are true to life and can be printed in multiple sizes to adjust to your child's needs.

Montessori-inspired Christmas Botany Printable Pack

The Montessori-inspired Christmas Botany Printable Pack is such a fantastic resource when looking for ways to incorporate science into the holiday season.  This pack focuses on plants related to the holiday season, explains the origin of beliefs associated with them and provides wonderful identification nomenclature cards.

But that's not all!  You also receive some beautiful Christmas plant outlines to use for art and practical life activities in the classroom.  They come in three different sizes depending on your needs.

The Montessori-inspired Holidays Around the World Bundle is truly an incredible resource for the home or classroom.  I can think of no better way to teach peace, love, respect and kindness for all.  

In a world where so many are persecuted for their race, ethnicity and religious beliefs it's time to arm ourselves with education so that we may embrace differences and stand up to those who desperately need it.

Now through Tuesday, November 13th, you can purchase this amazing bundle for 75% OFF!  After Tuesday you will have to purchase each of the printable packs separately at full price.

Grab your Montessori-inspired Holidays Around the World Bundle today!

And since I love giving away printables, when you purchase your own copy of the Montessori-inspired Holidays Around the World Bundle, you will also receive two Christmas themed printable pack bonuses!

Montessori-inspired Holidays Around the World Bonuses:

Montessori-inspired Nutcracker Printable Pack

If you've followed Every Star Is Different through the holiday season before you know we LOVE the story of the nutcracker.  The Montessori-inspired Nutcracker Printable Pack includes some of our favorite printables updated and expanded as well as beautiful new ones.  It's quite a treasure!

Montessori-inspired Gingerbread Printable Pack

The Montessori-inspired Gingerbread Printable Pack is absolutely beautiful and will most likely make you very hungry.  All images are true to life, which makes this pack quite unique compared to others out there.

You receive a beautiful baking sequence activity, as well as math printables and ginger themed food cards.  And of course this printable pack wouldn't be complete without a gingerbread man outline.  There is so much fun to be had here!

I can't say enough about this amazing bundle and bonuses.  No where else will you find so many amazing holiday printables that have been well researched, beautifully made, and respectful of all.

The Montessori-inspired Holidays Around the World Bundle is only available through Tuesday, November 13th.  Be sure to grab your own copy before it's to late!

Purchase the Montessori-inspired Holidays Around the World Bundle today!

Montessori-inspired Holidays Around the World Bundle

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