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sparkle kitchen- mexican corn dip

Mexican Corn Dip||The Willow Bee TreeIn this week’s The Willowbee Tree story “The Corn Children” older sister Piper leaves her younger brothers behind to get to the middle of a corn maze faster. She can’t understand why everyone gets upset until later, when the Willow Tree takes them to the Yucatan, and a mother jaguar teaches her the importance of keeping your word.

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friday’s kind words

Whenever a Sparkle family takes the time to share their experience with the stories, we are delighted and moved.  Each week we like to share some of the kind words and images we receive!




I wanted to share how much our boys loved the Martin and Sylvia weekly nature school stories – a huge hit and inspiring a significant change to our homeschool rhythm to include something similar. Thank you. 

They also inspired us to listen again to the kick starter goose eye summer camp series and have started bubbling all sorts of ideas as we head into spring here in Australia and look ahead to summer. Thank you for all you do.

~Smiles from The Lloyd family

the wonder of hallowen


**This is a repost of an article written by David for Simplicity Parenting.**

The end of October and the beginning of November are unique in the year.   Think of the world festivals during that span of three days: Halloween, All Souls Day, All Saints Day, Diwalli, Samhain, Day of the Dead.  How do you imagine them?  Many of us see them at night.  We see them in the darkness with lights above in the form of stars or fireworks  – or lights below in the form of flickering candles.

The common images from these holidays celebrate both darkness and light, but with a mood very different from that of Advent, Chanukah and Christmas.  Rather than a feeling of joyous anticipation, we feel wide-eyed and watchful – as if we are about to be surprised.

Though the festivals of late October and early November are all very different, there is a thread that winds its way through them all.  This thread is also present during the changes of the season: the descending nature of autumn in the northern hemisphere and the rising nature of spring in the southern.  This thread is wonder. Continue reading “the wonder of hallowen” »

sparkle kitchen- labneh


In this week’s The Willowbee Tree story, “Plenty for All”, Little Ty does not want to share his blocks with his older brother, and when Clancy leaves to play something else, he folds his arms and wonders why he is suddenly all by himself. Later, when all three children travel to an oasis in the Sahara Desert, a fox, an antelope and a gazelle teach them how generosity brings new friends.

The Sahara Desert stretches across North Africa and is one of the most naturally inhospitable places on Earth.  Perhaps because mother nature is so brutal there, the inhabitants have developed a reputation for being especially welcoming of guests, with lavish spreads of rich meat, vegetables, and tea. Continue reading “sparkle kitchen- labneh” »

friday’s kind words

Whenever a Sparkle family takes the time to share their experience with the stories, we are delighted and moved.  Each week we like to share some of the kind words and images we receive!


 This week’s kind words comes from three readers of the Sparkle Blog all talking about our newest audio book

The Violet Crown.


sparkle starWe are super because we listen to the natural world and everything in it. We are also SUPER happy to have a new story series to love and enjoy!!!!          

                                     ~Love, Morgaine and Ronan!!!!!


sparkle starWe loved The Welcome Wall!……and are going to space out the other “chapters” for other days. Thank you for turning your talents and energy towards older children.    




sparkle starWe are searching for hidden messages in our Australian bush. We live on 8 acres so my brothers and I are always super nature heroes. Sometimes we pretend we are Martin and Sylvia with an American accent.

                                  ~Sparkle Readers




sparkle kitchen- heathy “candy” necklaces

"Candy" Jewelry||Martin and Sylvia: More AdventuresIn this week’s Martin and Sylvia: More Adventures story “The Necklace”, Momma and Daddy are getting dressed up for a special dinner, and Sylvia notices Momma’s beautiful necklace. It was a gift from Daddy, and he explains that every little charm represents something special about Momma. Sylvia gets the idea that she and Martin could make their own necklaces—but what special “charms” should go on them?

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friday’s kind words

Whenever a Sparkle family takes the time to share their experience with the stories, we are delighted and moved.  Each week we like to share some of the kind words and images we receive!



Dear Sparkle Stories,

Lately I’m getting my first real taste of what sibling arguments look like and I’m struggling. I will say though- when we finally listened to the sibling argument audiobooks my boys (and me!!!) so craved, I was honestly a little terry!

Tilda, the house fairy, was so inspiring. I guess I’m telling you this because oh my goodness I’m so grateful for Sparkle Stories.

Listening to those three stories on a long drive today was absolutely healing, relieving, and thought provoking, for all of us! Thank you!  Can’t wait to listen to Junkyard Tales:)


celebrating fall equinox


For thousands of years, people around the world, in all different cultures have celebrated the change of seasons. It was – and still is – a time to celebrate hard work, to honor mother nature and to acknowledge the passage of time. Many of our modern holidays are held around the same time as these ancient festivals. Fall, winter, spring and summer can each be welcomed and celebrated in their own special way. This post will be the first in a four part series about celebrating the season your home.  Continue reading “celebrating fall equinox” »

The NEW “How to Be Super: Violet Crown” Audio Book. Win a chance to be a featured superhero!

It’s finally here!

We’re so excited for this launch -
this is one of our most extraordinary Series yet.

And what’s more:
The first story is free,
we’re putting the entire Audio Book on sale,
and we’re offering your children
the chance to be IN the Series

And sowithout further ado, w
e’re thrilled to present:

The How to Be Super:
Violet Crown Audio Book!

Five exciting stories about 
a hidden community of superheroes in Austin, Texas.

Discover your own superpowers
through over two and a half hours
of action-packed audio.

The Violet Crown is an epic tale of powerful heroes who defy the ambitious gods of that land.  They are stories of discovery, friendship, battle and betrayal.

And they all take place in modern day downtown Austin, Texas. 
In this introductory audio book, we are introduced to Dante Lee, a misfit 12 year old from the Crestview neighborhood in Austin TX, who discovers that he is actually one of 5 initiates into a secretive band of superheroes called the Violet Crown. 

Five stories.
Over two and a half hours of audio.

Perfect for ages 9+.

The young superheroes of Austin
begin their training at 12 years of age.

So for the first three days,
we’re putting it ON SALE
for 12% off!

Add the How to Be Super:
Violet Crown Audio Book
to your Shopping Bag
by clicking HERE.


(This offer good until Saturday, September 19th at midnight EST.
You can only access the sale by clicking the link above.)



brand_image_how_to_be_super_230There’s another hidden superhero 
out there, and we’re on a hunt.  

So we’re creating a 
Special Offer for
one lucky Violet Crown Listener!

Purchase the Audio Book,
and let us know with a comment below.

Say something like:
“I’m a superhero!” or
“Akron, Ohio member of the Violet Crown represents!”

This Sunday at 5 pm CST,
we will randomly choose ONE of the commenters.

Your family will then be invited into a phone conversation with David, from which he will create a superhero based on you, your child or your children.

This Superhero will be a featured CAMEO in the BRAND NEW SERIES that starts on the new website this fall!

Forever a superhero, can you believe it?  

This Giveaway is now over.
We wish we could make a superhero for EVERYONE!

Today’s winner is: Anne and family!
(Anne we will contact you via email.)

(One comment per family.  This event ends Sunday, September 20th at 5 pm CST.
The winner will be alerted by email.)

The FIRST STORY in the Audio Book is FREE!  

It’s called “The Welcome Wall”

In this story, we are introduced to Dante and his single mother, and we learn how on the morning of his 12 birthday, he experiences something incredible: he is struck by lightning.  He is unharmed, but it begins a series of events that leads him to the neighborhood welcome wall where he receives a message that changes everything.


    Download The Welcome Wall

You can also LISTEN on iTunesStitcher, and Soundcloud .

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sparkle kitchen- cashew butter

Cashew Butter||So Many Faries

In this week’s So Many Fairies, we meet Rosa, a young lady who can have anything she wants—nice dresses, precious toys, and well-bred pets. But all she really wants is to spend time with a hazel tree elf, named Corrilus, and he with her.

 When Rosa gets old enough to attend the local dances, her father tells her to turn her back on the fairy world and meet young men and women her own age. Reluctantly she goes, but is amazed to find a handsome young stranger there who looks very familiar. Could it be her adored tree elf in a man’s form?

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