Today we are so pleased to have Valarie Budayr of Jump Into a Book join us for a sponsorship giveaway. Valarie has contributed to every edition of Rhythm of The Home, and her work in the magazine, as well as on her three websites has been invaluable to families around the globe. We hope that you enjoy getting to know Jump Into a Book in a bit more detail, and leave a comment below to enter to win a $25 gift certificate to Amazon. The winner will be chosen randomly on Monday morning.
Tell us a bit about Jump into a Book.
Jump Into a book is a website dedicated to bringing the stories we love to life in a family or community setting. When at Jump Into A Book, you can experience great books together via our “Something to Do Book Reviews”, meet great authors where they write” In the Garrett”, take a sneak peak at some of our favorite books which have been made into movies, and browse our “booklists” for something great to read. Feel like delving a little further into a book? Why not take a Jump into a Book adventure? In our very own humblest opinion, a good story should never stay on the page.
What inspired you to begin your work, and what keeps you motivated today?
Jump into a Book has been an incredible journey that I’ve had with my children and our love of reading. 10 years ago I started a mother/daughter book club called “Book Adventures”. Zaina, my eldest, was in third grade and the school was making her be very independent and much of her school work was no longer done in a group but by herself. They also had a very rigorous reading program which didn’t allow for much reading time at home. I felt that I was losing our reading connection as a family. I created this book club so mothers and daughters could read books aloud to each other. After a few weeks, we would come together to make those books come alive through feasts, crafts, games, songs etc. We would refer to this as “going to adventure”.
A few years later we added a boy to our family and the book adventures as well as what we are reading has changed greatly. We are a family with a very strong reading culture. It isn’t difficult to be motivated. There are so many great books and so many new books being published all the time and the hardest decision is choosing the books we are going to jump into. There are so many books and not enough time. The blogging format has made it possible to share our love of book jumping with a larger community. There are many of us out there. It is such a rewarding experience and that in itself is what keeps us going.
How do you balance being an artist, business owner, and parent?
Luckily this is a job which is easy to balance. I will say that I have an awareness of being connected to the computer. I have a specific time when I am online writing blog posts, reading blog posts, and doing the business end of the company. From 3:30 on when everyone is home from school, I’m one hundred percent theirs. I might check my email in the evening before bed but usually everything is tied up before the children come home.
When the children were younger I would have a babysitter come into the house and I would go upstairs and work for a few hours. I also swapped out time with friends. I would watch their children so they could get something done and then they would watch mine. I’ve found being a creative entrepreneur has to have specific hours, especially working from an at home office. Creating a sense of balance has been so important to my family. I feel that I’m not pulled in a million directions and that everything receives the positive outcome it’s looking for.
You can learn more about Jump Into a Book by visiting their website
Valarie and Jump into a Book are offering a $25 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner, and this time of year always seem so perfect to curl up with a good read. Simply leave a comment below to be entered, and tell us your favorite book from childhood. Thank you to Valarie, and good luck!
Congratulations to Mamabird Liz for winning the Amazon gift certificate. Another giveaway is just around the corner!