The Blue Yonder Book of Days

by Stefani on 7-January-2009

The day has come friends! We are so excited… truly, the whole family is tickled pink, to share something new with you. (Keep on reading, because in the end, there's a prize to be had!)

We wanted it to be something that was truly US – all about nature and cooking up some kitchen fun, artistic endeavors and “fantastical” imaginings.

Blue Jay

And so, The Blue Yonder Book of Days was born.

Essentially, it is a monthly journal of mindful experiences, natural pursuits, yummy recipes, science experiments and time spent soaking in life’s goodness. It’s meant for any family that wants to spend time together, not just homeschoolers. Each edition comes with at least 12 illustrated pages to download, print and put in your own binder (you can make one for each child, or just make one big family book)

The issues also come with a detailed Parent Field Guide that provides seasonal reading lists, ways to expand each month's activities, and ideas for slowing down and holding on to the magic of each day of the year.

Your Book of Days journey can be as simple as a few minutes here and there each week, or (with the extra reading and projects suggested in the Field Guide) as detailed as a week's worth of exploring, projects and learning. Every single page has been kid tested 🙂

Kid Tested

The idea is that with the addition of each monthly issue + your family's writings, artwork, and photos, The Book of Days will become a memory book of all that was 2009, a celebration of  your family's time together.

winter birds

I’m going to be offering a new edition each month, for sale in our etsy shop. (February will be available on January 26th!) Once you place your order, you will, within 24 hours, receive your link to the PDF file for that month. Then, you can print the pages and begin your family's own Book of Days!

Something New

But wait, there’s more! (I always wanted a reason to say that!)

Each month, when we announce the arrival of the new issue, there will be a contest. All you have to do is leave a comment to be entered in the drawing, BUT if you choose to order the issue and participate in the Book of Days journey, you can earn more chances to win. If you send me an email with a story or photo of your family’s experience with a Book of Days activity, you get another chance – that’s one extra chance for each activity!

All the Blue Yonder Gang is excited to see how other families are using the book, so we thought we’d entice you with some truly fantastic toys… 

Every new month, a gorgeous handmade wooden toy from our amazing new sponsor, The Mama Kopp Shop, and an accompanying book will be up for grabs. Her work is natural, soulful and full of love and inspiration – exactly what we are hoping for in the Book of Days!

This month, you have a chance to win your own Tomten, and a copy of his story. This Month's Prize

So leave a comment here for a chance to win, then go and check out the Book of Days and the MamaKoppShop! We hope that you will be as excited as we are to fill up the year with family memories!

Joy January 7, 2009 at 8:39 am

Whoa, when you said something big was coming…this is such a cool, amazing idea Stephani. You bet I’ll be hopping on over to the etsy shop. Wow. Just wow. That’s all I can say.

Annika January 7, 2009 at 8:50 am

This is such an exciting idea! Between this, the Boys’ Almanac, and Lori’s Camp Creek Club, I feel like the universe is showing me my homeschooling path.

Sarah Jackson January 7, 2009 at 9:03 am

That is so fabulous Stef!! I love it. And just in time for us on our new adventure.

Yay!!

melissa January 7, 2009 at 9:09 am

what a wonderful idea, we can’t wait to get started!
thank you to you and your family for sharing.

Carrie January 7, 2009 at 9:18 am

I am sort of floored by the magnitude of this project you’ve taken on! What a fantastic process for your family and everyone who comes along for the ride! Wow.

Mary January 7, 2009 at 9:28 am

Wish you were around when I was bringing up my men..BUT just in time for my men bringing up their GIRLS!!!so all is not lost..
Thanx Stef… Mimi43grlz

Christie January 7, 2009 at 9:31 am

So, so cute. and with your pricing how can I say no? Now if we can just actually do it! I love the way the internet really allows folks to share their talents in manageable bits.

Stacy January 7, 2009 at 9:31 am

This all looks so ambitious for you and your family and so fantastic for the rest of us. Thank you for sharing. This may be just what I need to spend some purposful time with my littles and set aside the mundane to-do’s I so easily get distracted by. Can’t wait to check out the Mama Kopp Shop, that Tomten is wonderful!

Grace January 7, 2009 at 9:35 am

Absolutely wonderful and exciting Stefani! This project is so inspiring! Thank you for sharing your family’s life with the world. We are all blessed indeed. xo

Crystal January 7, 2009 at 9:36 am

Yay! So excited about this!

alemos January 7, 2009 at 9:39 am

This is too cute. I’m always looking for something to add to our schooling, and I love that it will be a lasting memory book.
Thanks for offering something so unique.

melody January 7, 2009 at 9:41 am

Wow I love this idea… can’t wait to check it out.

Cassandra M. January 7, 2009 at 9:43 am

Oh, I am so excited for this!!! What an awesome idea. I’m off to do some shopping…

gonzomama January 7, 2009 at 9:49 am

so creative! thank you for sharing and including everyone!

elissa Finger January 7, 2009 at 9:58 am

oh my, oh my, you are SOOO incredible. count me in for the chance to win, of course, and i am on my way to check out etsy right now……

Kay January 7, 2009 at 10:02 am

You are truely awesome! Can the Book of Days work with a family who has both parents working out of the home? I do hope so! Thank you!

Kris January 7, 2009 at 10:05 am

Oh my gosh! I’m so excited!! This is a wonderful idea….
and MamaKopp totally rocks too!

kyrie January 7, 2009 at 10:12 am

Oh, wow. This is not big, it’s HUGE! Super exciting!

Karen January 7, 2009 at 10:13 am

Wonderful idea! 🙂

Amber January 7, 2009 at 10:14 am

I’ve just ordered my book 🙂 What a great idea – thank you so much for offering this for us.

Claudia January 7, 2009 at 10:17 am

Oh, sounds so wonderful. Kudos to your entire family for creating such a lovely project. We look forward to learning more about it!

chantelle January 7, 2009 at 10:23 am

As I consider homeschooling – this is a kind shove forward in that direction. I’ll be delighted to “belly up to the bar” and place my money down on this one. 🙂

Tracey January 7, 2009 at 10:28 am

This is a wonderful idea. I can’t wait to share this with my family.

claudia January 7, 2009 at 10:33 am

wow, you go girl. thank you for the constant inspiration – homeschooling and otherwise!

Brianna January 7, 2009 at 10:36 am

Do you need to live in a snowy climate? We are desert dwellers and I wonder if it would work for us…

It sounds amazing though!

Janice January 7, 2009 at 10:38 am

YAY how cool! I don’t think I knew you had an etsy shop — of to heart you. 🙂

Dayle January 7, 2009 at 10:45 am

What a beautiful idea! Those wooden toys are soo sweet. And your drawings? Adorable!

heather January 7, 2009 at 10:52 am

what an original idea stefani, you are so totally brilliant! goodness, this is so good.
off to fill my shopping cart…
xo

Sherry January 7, 2009 at 11:09 am

Thanks for putting together this great idea! Hope to see all the great things that come of it!

Julie Alvarez January 7, 2009 at 11:10 am

This is absolutely fantastic!!
Congratulations…
My economy now is failing so much that I know I won’t be able to order the book but I will be following it’s lovely many uses out there.
I wish you a year full of love, creativity and days!

Tammy January 7, 2009 at 11:14 am

Fabulous idea!

Lorilee January 7, 2009 at 11:29 am

And it has begun! So excited for you Stefani. I printed my copy immediately! Now off to find a binder and start reading!!!! So happy to be part of this amazing and inspirational idea!

elizabeth January 7, 2009 at 11:31 am

Sounds so exciting. Hope we can use this during our evening family time together!! LOVE IT!

Heather A. January 7, 2009 at 11:39 am

such a great idea forces me out of lurkdom 🙂 I’m really looking forward to this… hopefully it keeps me from flying by days without knowing what happened to them!

Jen January 7, 2009 at 11:48 am

This is a fantastic idea. I’m definitely going over to your shop right now!

meg January 7, 2009 at 12:11 pm

How FANTASTIC is this?! Thank you for sharing your family’s love of life and for spreading that joy to others. I’ve just ordered my edition – I’ll be filing these away for the future once my baby (due in May) comes into his own appreciation of the wonders of the world!

Tiffany Sanders January 7, 2009 at 12:14 pm

YEAH! We are so excited about the Book of Days! My 5 year old homeschooler can hardly wait to get his hands on it. It is as if the Blue Yonder Boys are celebrities or something. He said,” I get one of the Boy’s books, Mom?!” …. yes, I said and all he could say was “Wooooowwww”. You have to laugh.
Congrats on such a success. Kudos!

Kristi January 7, 2009 at 12:22 pm

another cool idea Stef and boys! I love the idea about the glue gun too. I have seen them but did not know how well they worked. Good tip

Julie January 7, 2009 at 12:50 pm

We just discovered the Tomten this year. Such a great book !

Meredith January 7, 2009 at 12:52 pm

What an amazing idea, it might be just what my family needs to slow down a little and enjoy the day. Keep up the good work!

Sam D. January 7, 2009 at 1:07 pm

This sounds like so much fun. My daughter would love it.

Carrie January 7, 2009 at 1:22 pm

Count me in! What a great idea! It looks like you all will have such fun putting it all together, too. I really like the colored pencil look of the drawings. Just beautiful!

Mariella January 7, 2009 at 1:30 pm

I LOVE this concept!! Going to pop over to your Etsy shop & place my order!! 🙂 ~ M.

Launa January 7, 2009 at 1:42 pm

Wonderful new idea, Stephani. You inspire me all the time. Thank you for the give away!

Lise January 7, 2009 at 1:50 pm

Great idea! Thanks for the chance to win, too!
🙂 Lise

Steph January 7, 2009 at 2:06 pm

So much fun!!!

Julie January 7, 2009 at 2:08 pm

We are a desert dwelling family also and I’m wondering if this would work with our family ?

erna January 7, 2009 at 2:09 pm

Great idea! I ordered already!!! I’m so exited to start with it! I always wanted to do something like this but never seem to get around with it…this is the chance! thank you for offering that chance!!

Jill January 7, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Genius idea!! Thank you for motivating others to slow down as well. I mean to…I just simply forget…or get caught up. This is brilliant.

Adrienne January 7, 2009 at 2:45 pm

Oh ho ho! Do I have two little boys who are going to be happy – What a cool idea. Thanks for sharing.

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