500 Likes Giveaway!!!

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We’re celebrating today! 

Upside Down Homeschooling recently hit 500 likes on Facebook! This is a huge milestone in the short life of this blog.

You fabulous ladies, the readers of Upside Down Homeschooling, are who made this possible. You have been such an awesome source of encouragement and inspiration to myself and to your fellow readers.

So today, we are celebrating YOU!

Please take a few minutes to enter the following SIX giveaways! {You didn’t think we could stop at just one, did you?!}

Our first giveaway is the book Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver.

This book transformed my Christian walk. It’s perfect for busy homeschool moms like us who have the best intentions and want nothing more than to spend hours at the feet of Jesus, but the demands of this busy life get in the way. I pray that the winner of this book will be blessed by it the way I have been.

Ready to enter? Use the following Rafflecopter entry form below.
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  Our next giveaway is this awesome Train Case from Katie Stedman, Independent Creative Partner with Initials, Inc. The lucky winner will get one Train Case with your choice of color and personalization. $30 value. How cool is that? I absolutely love this product. It’s on my wish list!   Want to enter? Use the Rafflecopter form below. a Rafflecopter giveaway
Giveaway # 3: Carol from Lessons from the Homestead is offering one of our lucky readers one free title of your choice from her Lessons from the Homestead series. You have your choice from Lessons from the Beehive, Lessons from the Hen House, Lessons from the Seed Catalog, Lessons from the Tree House or Lessons from the Garden (which will be ready later this week). These eBooks are full of great tips for blending homeschooling and homesteading.

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  Next giveaway….Silpada! Jonna Davis, Independent Silpada Designs Representative has so graciously offered to give one lucky person a Sterling Silver cross necklace and bracelet. Silpada is handcrafted Sterling Silver jewelry. $47 value. Feeling lucky? Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter this giveaway!   a Rafflecopter giveaway
Do you want another awesome giveaway?? Tracy, Independent Consultant for Usborne Books is giving away one copy of The Usborne Essential Atlas of the World. No homeschool bookshelf is complete without a copy of this great resource! Use the Rafflecopter below to enter! a Rafflecopter giveawayOur last, but certainly not least giveaway for today… Hot off the press! Karen DeBeus from Simply Living For Him is giving away one copy of her latest eBook, Called Home: Finding Joy in Letting God Lead Your Homeschool. This book is full of encouragement and is sure to transform the way you think about your homeschool. The winner of this book is definitely in for a blessing!

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Giveaways will be open through Friday, September 7th 12:01 a.m. Winners will be announced on Friday!

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Heather Bowen

Heather is the founder and owner of Upside Down Homeschooling. She is a homeschooling mom of two little girls. Heather and her husband, Andrew- author and founder of Project Conversion, have been married for nine years. They reside in southeastern NC and have recently joined the Catholic Church. Heather is a nurse by trade, but left her nursing scrubs behind in October 2012, to become a full-time work at home mom. She is a professional blogger and speaker. You can also find her blogging at FrugalHomeschoolFamily.com. She and her husband will also be launching CatholicFamilyResources.com later this year.


  1. Christine says

    Thank you for this chance to win. I have 2 girls with special needs. These things would be such a blessing to me & my girls. :)

  2. Jonna says

    I am in LOVE with that train case….should I even admit that I thought it was a slatted box that would hold toy trains (before I saw the picture)????? bahahaaaaaa!! (Guess my “mommy of boys” brain was on!! Anyway, it is GORGEOUS and I would use it for something fun and fabulous—jewlery maybe?? And, of course, I would choose pink :-)

    • Leah says

      I thought the same thing when I heard train case. :) I was thinking red! The books sounds like a great giveaway. I totally feel like I am doing instead of being. A

  3. Jonna says

    I remember saying how much you enjoyed “Having a Mary heart in a Martha world.” Although I don’t homeschool, I do stay at home with small children and I also commit myself to lots of things (occasionally toooo much :-( ) I love any book that will help me with my Christian walk, and would love to read this one!

  4. Melissa says

    I think they’re now on my wish list also ;). I’d probably choose pink or brown & use it with my little lady. Thanks.

  5. Melissa says

    If I were to chose which Lessons from the Homestead book, I’d probably choose Lessons from the Henhouse since we have chickens–but that’s a hard choice. Thanks.

  6. Vicki Barnes says

    The Atlas is indispensable in a homeschool and we don’t have a colorful hardcover to stand the test of time and many kids!

  7. Vicki Barnes says

    Sometimes I falter in finding the Joy in homeschooling(and sometimes life in general) Called Home sounds like it would be e great pick-me-up to read.

  8. Amy says

    I think the book would be great! I LOVE the train case – the brown is my favorite! Called Home is something I would really love to read. As a brand new homeschooling mom I think it would be a great resource. The necklace is beautiful!

  9. Danielle says

    I would love The Usborne Essential Atlas of the World! We are learning all about the world this year and this would definitely come in handy.

  10. Ashlie Hogan says

    I would absolutely love to win this atlas because I LOVE geography and I’m trying to instill that love into my children!

  11. Brandie Sievers says

    I would love the Atlas of the World book because, my son is learning not only states and capitals this year, but also about the continets and other countries.

  12. Lori Morgan says

    I would love the Called Home book, I was led to this site from the author’s site. I’ve been homeschooling for 7 yrs. and always need the encouragement to press on :)

  13. Leslie says

    I have been wanting to read Having a Mary Heart… for a long time. That is something that I struggle with, as I’m sure many others do! Thanks for the opportunity!

  14. says

    Called Home looks like it’s perfect for setting aside the petty concerns of homeschooling in favor of focusing on what’s really important. At this time, I have a full-time job and work out of the home 4 days a week. It’s crazy and hectic and maddening, but I still intend to be an active part of my daughter’s educational life, and I think this would help make the best of that time I do have with her.

  15. Maralena says

    I would love to win the book about Having A Mary Heart in a Martha World…
    I think it would help me…or maybe glean some things to help me…either way.

  16. Rachel says

    With Six kids, I feel like all I do is…..DO! I would love to read some encouragement and practical advice about how to “have a Mary Heart in a Martha World.” I keep thinking about how busy we all are, and how it used to be slower…sigh. Sure hope I win it!

  17. Rachel says

    I would love to win the train case and give it to my sweet little girl for her Birthday in October. She needs something to put all her pretty treasures in to keep them out of reach of her five brothers!

  18. Rachel says

    ooh, ooh! I need to win Lessons from the Homestead! We have a (very) small farm(ette) and would LOVE to find news ways to integrate our children’s education with farming!

  19. Rachel says

    I orginally came to this page to enter to win, “Called Home.” I read the comment from another reader and decided this just might be what I need to read right now!

  20. says

    This would be such a blessing as I learn to let God plan out our homeschool and family life. In some ways, I haven’t been ‘home’ even though I’ve been physically present. This book sounds like it would address my desire to be home, and be led by God.

  21. Cindy says

    I would love to win the atlas and the two books I entered for. I have had a calling in my heart lately to be more like Mary, but have a house like Martha. I also want to start homeschooling my boys with the main focus on the Bible, so the other book, as well as the atlas would be a HUGE help to our homeschooling adventures :)

  22. says

    Hi there! Thanks for the chance to win a special book for my homeschooling resource shelf. I LOVE Usborne books, and especially their geography/atlas books. This would be an EXCELLENT addition to our homeschool.
    Kristy ~AKA~ Mama to the Man Crew

  23. Veronica Johnson says

    I love the train case. I would choose brown or pink and would use it for toiletries when I’m traveling. When I’m not traveling, I think I might use it for my current knitting or hand sewing project to make it easy to grab when I’m running errands to doctors and appointments.

  24. Cindy N. says

    I would love the mary and martha, usborne atlas, and the called home book. All of these resources would be great as I transition into our first year of homeschool for my 1st, 3rd and 5th grader. Thanks!

  25. Cristina says

    I can’t really pick which drawings I would like most they are all amazing. With us starting geography soon I think the atlas is best.

  26. Robyn says

    The Called Home book wold help by teaching my human body to give God the lead even when I feel that know better. He is the true leader in our school.

  27. Nicole M. says

    I love the green bag with blue initial. I don’t know what I would use it for yet, but I KNOW I would find something!!

  28. Nicole M. says

    I would choose Lessons from the Treehouse or Lessons from the Garden as I have not had much success with my garden this year and could use some advice.

  29. Nicole M. says

    AFter only a couple weeks it is easy to fall into monotony of lesson plans and common core standards. Called Home would be a great resource. THanks for all the giveaways!!

  30. Autumn says

    Not exactly sure why “Called Home” would benefit our homeschool, but I do know we need more of Him in our schooling, so I’m sure the why would be revealed as we read the book.

  31. kimberly says

    I would love to win the first book, Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World. I truly do get so busy with school, cleaning, taking care of my 6mo. old, etc., that I neglect having personal time with our Lord. I tell myself, everyday, I will/must take time today, yet it rarely happens.

  32. kimberly says

    I would love to read any of this series. I would pick “Lessons From the Treehouse” because we are moving to a place that has a treehouse. My children are so excited.

  33. kimberly says

    We highly recommend Usborne books to friends and family. I had actually saw this atlas at our homeschool convention and wrote it on my book wishlist!

  34. kimberly says

    I think Called Home is a book I should read, regardless if I won it or not. My flesh takes over and I often feel that there is no joy in our homeschool days. When I truly give our time to God, the difference is incredible. Even as I write this, I’m thinking, then why do I continually try to be in charge?!

  35. says

    I’d like to win the book because I really have a problem discerning the value of each woman and what she represents. I think it must be about balance, but maybe the book would help?

  36. says

    My son enjoys finding places on the map. He has a US map as his placemat and a light up globe that he finagled from gramma’s house. This book would be a helpful addition.

  37. Fibia says

    I would like to win the Mary Martha book because I struggle with the same issues: I WANT to sit at the feet of Jesus but I feel like the demands of life pull me away daily. Would love to learn how to balance it all.

  38. Alana P. says

    If I won the train case, I’d probably choose the pink one… my little girl really would love a special case of her own for precious memories and treasures, so it’d go to her…

  39. melissa f says

    I have always wanted to read that book. I want to be productive but still focus on what matters. And I have a hard time balancing that

  40. Heather says

    My daughter loves anything map or geography related. Anything to continue to support this interest. Plus if it helps my son too…even better!

  41. Stephanie E. says

    I would love to have the Atlas in our library at home. It would really help us to bring our geography lessons to a whole new level.

  42. Charice L. says

    Fantastic giveaways! Congrats on the 500 “likes’! I like the hot pink train case, lessons from the garden, I’ve not heard of Silpada jewelry before, and all of the books would be a blessing. :)

  43. Julia Reffner says

    I would love to read Having a Mary Heart because I’ve heard so much about this book over a period of years. I can’t believe I haven’t read it yet.

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