A Review of Hamster Princess: Giant Trouble by Ursula Vernon, A Book Giveaway, & Make Your Own Stuffed Harpster! We were lucky to have the opportunity to review this 4th book in the Hamster Princess series. Everyone in the family absolutely loved the book And who is Harpster? Well you either have to read the book, or look down the page and download the Sewing Pattern so you can make a stuffed Harpster for your child (or maybe for yourself!) Here are some things my children had to say about the story: The Story is Amazing! It was So Fantastic that I Stayed Up TillRead More →

Happy Monday-Before-Thanksgiving! This is the last week of our giveaway contest to win a DVD documentary about common core, where it came from, and what effect it is having today on children in New York. To enter, you can contact me through this email address: dvdgiveaway@byebyebrickandmortar.com, or by posting in the comments section (below or in the original post about the contest), or by sending me a tweet at @bybybrickmortar. The contest ends on Dec 1st and I will contact the winner on Dec 2nd. Share With Your Friends31Read More →

A Common Core Documentary review and DVD giveaway I recently was given the opportunity to review a documentary describing the new Common Core standard produced by the HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association) called Building The Machine. In the spirit of full disclosure, the group provided me an evaluation copy and the ability to offer one copy as a free giveaway. They in no way influenced my review and even though we home school our children and are members of the HSLDA (in order to obtain the legal protection and advice they provide), I reviewed the documentary as an independent blogger and without any compensationRead More →