I am a mom of 2 kids and wife to an amazing red head. I love Jesus with all my heart and strive to make my life a reflection of Him. I'm a photographer, a busy body who can't sit still, and a girl who's traveled to 21 different countries but wants to see so much more. I co-founded Ten Thousand Homes whose goal is provide HOPE and HOME to Africa's orphans and vulnerable children. I'm also the writer behind my personal blog, I Believe In Love where I share my travel adventures, my photography, and creativity.

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A Cool Map Giveaway

Maps. Have I mentioned how much I love them? Yes, I believe I must have at some point. Not only are maps educational, but there’s so much creativity to be had with them. The colors and styles are so vast, and the fact that they can be amazing art pieces is awesome!

studying the map

I am currently a home schooling Mama, so maps are invaluable to me. I’m also an American Mama living in S. Africa, so U.S.A. maps are even more invaluable. I love my kids being able to see where they come from and where their relatives live. It keeps our heritage alive.

I recently received a USA New Century laminated map from Maps.Com. We.all.love.it. Seriously. My kids have unrolled it numerous times and laid it on the floor to see where different cities are. The other day they were huddled around with their friends talking about places they’ve been and lived. Excitement and education all wrapped into one. Awesomeness.

checking out the map

I really love the rich colors in this map. It almost makes it look older (which I like), and that earthy tone is fabulous. I also love the detail. We were all quite surprised to find some Texas towns on there that we didn’t realize were big enough to make it onto a map!


How would you like to win your very own USA New Century map? Maps.Com has graciously offered one Today’s Mama reader the chance to win a 55×38 laminated USA New Century Map! (Check out more specs on the map here.) Giveaway is open to U.S. addresses only and ends Monday, April 1st at 1 pm CST when random number generator will choose one winner!

USA New Century Map


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For more posts written by me, visit my personal blog, I Believe In Love. For more posts on maps and travel, visit…

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  1. Heather 03/31/2013 at 8:36 pm

    I love maps and this one is beautiful. It would look great on my wall.

  2. jennifer {studiojru} 03/27/2013 at 3:37 pm

    I am a map lover! Love seeing all the possibilities that are in front of me! 🙂

  3. Erica R. 03/26/2013 at 11:58 am

    This would be awesome to hang up on our big wall in the hallway

  4. Becky 03/25/2013 at 8:48 am

    I’ve always wanted to get a big map to put up in our house. Then the kids can mark all the places that we go on vacation…

  5. Rachel Johnson 03/24/2013 at 9:08 pm

    I love maps, and hope my kids will like to travel as much as their parents do!

  6. Morgan 03/24/2013 at 12:55 pm

    I’m a homeschooling mom as well and I LOVE when we have maps that the kiddo can truly interact with and step “into.” We currently have a huge puzzle map and a globe but I was just thinking how wonderful it would be to have a new large map of the states! Thanks for this opportunity!!

  7. Jenn 03/24/2013 at 8:35 am

    I collect interesting maps & globes. I recently found an old school pull down from an antique shop. I love how they remind me of my past travels and inspire me to see more of the world.

  8. S 03/24/2013 at 6:00 am

    We use a map with my 4 year old daily. We put a sticker on all the places daddy travels to. (he is a truck driver)

  9. Karen Petersen 03/23/2013 at 4:15 pm

    I love to see where places are in the world, I love that they double as an art piece. I love the bright colors. I want one!!

  10. Rebekah 03/23/2013 at 4:07 pm

    I like maps because they link closely with history. I also love the organization of maps.

  11. Maria Antonescu 03/23/2013 at 11:20 am

    Yah Maps! Great giveaway!

  12. Laura 03/23/2013 at 10:56 am

    I love maps! They are such a great learning tool! Such fun!

  13. Camille 03/23/2013 at 10:26 am

    I love both globes and maps. I is such a great tool to teach my kids that there is so much to explore.

  14. Monique B. 03/23/2013 at 9:57 am

    I, too, love maps! We have them on 7 walls in our home that I can count! 🙂 This is a beautiful map – I’d love it for our homeschooling family! Thank you!

  15. Laura 03/23/2013 at 9:36 am

    We would love to win one of these for our little girl! We no longer live near family, so it would be great to show her where everyone is around the country.

  16. sandy 03/23/2013 at 9:32 am

    Would love to replace my beat-up worn out map with this one!

  17. Haley L 03/23/2013 at 9:20 am

    My boys love maps, especially my 7 year old. We would really enjoy finding different places on this map including the home cities of various family members and the location of various landmarks, states, cities, national parks, etc.

  18. Ellie 03/23/2013 at 9:05 am

    We have a bathroom shower map and we love exploring the world in the tub!

  19. Rebecca 03/23/2013 at 8:56 am

    Not only are they educational but they make great art! We love them in our house!

  20. Ellie 03/23/2013 at 8:55 am

    Love maps! I got my undergrad in Geography and really learned to appreciate maps in a whole new way. I want my son to appreciate them as well!

  21. Magdalena Summers 03/23/2013 at 8:34 am

    Love maps and hope i win!!

  22. Dina Caballero 03/23/2013 at 8:30 am

    I want to show my daughters that there is so much more out there 🙂

  23. Kerri S 03/23/2013 at 8:09 am

    To look at all the places I’ve been!

  24. Libby H 03/23/2013 at 7:57 am

    I love thinking about the people all the different places we see on maps. THanks for the chance!

  25. Brenda 03/23/2013 at 7:44 am

    I love maps, too, and would love to put one up in our family/toy room for the kids to see all the time. I love how we look at maps and dream about traveling to new places.

  26. Susan 03/23/2013 at 7:38 am

    I love maps and globes as do my students. I could use a more up-do-date one for my media center.

  27. kelly smith 03/23/2013 at 7:18 am

    Love maps! My dishes even have maps on them! We want to hang a big map in our daughter’s room.

  28. Amanda 03/23/2013 at 7:03 am

    I love to show my children that there are places outside our own little town.

  29. Sarah C. 03/23/2013 at 6:40 am

    I love maps and I love showing my daughter where people and places are!

  30. Angie Edrington 03/23/2013 at 6:10 am

    As a Special Ed teacher I see how exciting maps can be. Kids hear about places all the time, but maps help give them context. 🙂

  31. Wendy N 03/23/2013 at 6:01 am

    I love maps!! I love how so many of them are different and can be used for so many things. Right now my four year old loves to point out the cities and towns we have been to in our state!!

  32. Kris 03/23/2013 at 3:16 am

    As the child of a cartographer, I was raised reading and creating maps. I love how maps can link places together, provide endless possibilities and make this world seem somehow smaller and more accessible!

  33. Allison Bauer 03/23/2013 at 1:55 am

    Looking at places we want to visit!

  34. Tina 03/23/2013 at 1:46 am

    This map is awesome!! I have 10 grandchildren and I have a room just for them. I have hundreds of books and projects for them in there. This map would be a great addition !!

  35. susan 03/23/2013 at 1:31 am

    We love finding new places!

  36. shirley 03/23/2013 at 1:23 am

    i used to have a laminated map when I was in college and I loved playing trivia games with it. Plus, with such a diverse community, I love looking up where so many people are from. My 4 year olds have already learned so much about our planet!

  37. Teresa T 03/23/2013 at 1:09 am

    Maps provide the “visual” tool to showing the relationship. How far from me type questions with the kids helps them seeing past their piece of the world.

  38. Monica 03/23/2013 at 1:01 am

    My son has been asking for one….I would love to surprise him!

  39. Sarah Karlsen 03/23/2013 at 12:30 am

    If I don’t win…where can I buy one?

  40. Amylynn H 03/23/2013 at 12:07 am

    I do love maps! I see them like artwork. I love the colors and lines.

  41. Emily S. 03/23/2013 at 12:02 am

    My dad raised me loving maps of all sorts! His favorite comment to us even today is, “Those places really exist!” Now, as I raise my own children, I love watching how maps help them think beyond themselves.

  42. Mary 03/22/2013 at 11:58 pm

    So fun and educational at the same time. I love that!

  43. Darcey 03/22/2013 at 11:57 pm

    I love to look at a map and dream of places I want to go.

  44. Elaina Meadows 03/22/2013 at 11:57 pm

    Love maps! I believe they are a great way to learn 🙂

  45. Ali Smith 03/22/2013 at 11:47 pm

    I love maps! It’s cool to see the shapes of our world, and to day dream…

  46. melissa 03/22/2013 at 11:46 pm

    My children LOVE maps! My oldest impartiality loves reading about other places and hunting up then on maps then drawing his own.

  47. Lori D 03/22/2013 at 11:38 pm

    I’ve always loved maps. I have a road atlas that marks every road trip we have taken as a family. It’s almost 20 years old and I still prefer it over a GPS. I love seeing where we’ve been and where we are about to go. You can’t see all the extras on your Garmin that you can on a map. For me it’s not about getting from point A to B but about all the possibilities in between!

  48. Val 03/22/2013 at 11:38 pm

    I don’t have kids… but I love maps!

  49. Amanda G 03/22/2013 at 11:26 pm

    What a cool giveaway! My kids would <3 this!

  50. Nicole 03/22/2013 at 11:25 pm

    I love maps, old and new. I especially love them now that I can show my son where his daddy is at during his travels for his job. It makes my heart happy when my son wants to pull out the map and find out where daddy is, too cute.

  51. Amy Bounds 03/22/2013 at 11:25 pm

    I love how much my son enjoys maps.

  52. Dawn Taylor 03/22/2013 at 11:15 pm

    I ♥ maps and so do my boys. We are always so budget constricted that we love to daydream travel trips.

  53. Cindy McGregor 03/22/2013 at 11:10 pm

    What I love about maps to being able to see where I am compared to all the places I’d love to one day visit!!!

  54. Christelle melin rodas 03/22/2013 at 11:09 pm

    I love maps, I am a geographer!!! I love to see where I have been and where I would go!!

  55. Tonya L 03/22/2013 at 11:06 pm

    I often forget relational-ly where things are and a map like this would be really nice. I also like to pin where we’ve been.

  56. Veronica Stahnke 03/22/2013 at 11:05 pm

    This map is beautiful! Also, you are a true inspiration and I wish I could convince my husband that we could benefit from moving to a new country and enriching our lives.

  57. Donna H 03/22/2013 at 11:04 pm

    This is great! I love beautiful maps. This would be so helpful teaching our 4 year old!

  58. Tina O. 03/22/2013 at 11:00 pm

    We LOVE maps! And that looks like a cool one!

  59. April J 03/22/2013 at 10:59 pm

    I love maps because they are so educational! My kids love running to our globe and showing me where different states or countries are! They would love a giant map for sure!!!

  60. Amber Mesherger 03/22/2013 at 10:59 pm

    We love maps and watching how cultures and boundaries change over time.

  61. Sandy R 03/22/2013 at 10:58 pm

    Love maps and globes. This would be a nice addition to my collection.

  62. Chris Yazzie 03/22/2013 at 10:56 pm

    I love maps too. So fun to explore, imagine, and make connections!

  63. Mary Beth Hunt 03/22/2013 at 10:52 pm

    Maps appeal to any age and they are beautiful!

  64. Shay 03/22/2013 at 10:50 pm

    I grew up with a map of the States and Canadian Provinces. My mom would outline with a black sharpie all the states 3 or more members of our family had traveled to. It was quite impressive! I love that my own little family has taken several trips throughout the states, this amazing country has so much to explore!

  65. Shelley C. 03/22/2013 at 10:49 pm

    I LOVE maps…they give me a sense of curiosity and wonder~

  66. Sarah S. 03/22/2013 at 10:47 pm

    Love it!!

  67. Alicia 03/22/2013 at 10:46 pm

    WOW!!!! This would be wonderful in my new classroom! I am just finishing up my student teaching and am looking for a classroom to call my own. What an amazing map! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  68. Tricia 03/22/2013 at 10:44 pm

    My five year old son would absolutely LOVE to have a map. He is always asking me where a city is, where a specific place he has heard about is and why there are different “states”. This would be fantastic tool to help him begin learning more about the states cities and such. He is a brilliant child always wanting to learn.

  69. Amelia 03/22/2013 at 10:43 pm

    I love how they inspire questions and stories! 🙂

  70. Dana 03/22/2013 at 10:41 pm

    Love Maps! Everything is our fav!

  71. Amy Allen Johnson 03/22/2013 at 3:28 pm

    We love maps. I have plans for a giant 6×8 foot map for our wall, an old French map of Paris. We love comparing maps from different times, to see what’s changed (new countries in the world, changed names, different colors). Thanks for sharing!