Archive - 2015

New Catalogs are In!
Spring 2016 New Titles and Giveaway!
Giving the Gift of Reading at Christmas!
New Titles are Coming Soon!
Christmas Giveaway – My Secret Weapon that Every Mama Needs in her Purse!
Save More $ on Black Friday Deals!
Books for the Break!
Big Changes!
My Usborne Books & More Story
You can teach your child to read – yes, YOU!

New Catalogs are In!

Yes, friends! You can all whoop and holler with me as we celebrate another incredible Usborne Books & More catalog! From new true stories (Everest, Gangsters, etc.) to new wipe-clean books and fashion designer goodies, we have literally something for everyone! Fix a cup of tea and click here or below to browse the new ‘big boy’ catalog, which has ALL of our award-winning titles!

Find some books you like?! Click here to visit my shopping site for more info. If you’d like to get these new titles for free or discounted, I am a party girl, and I’d love to help you and your friends have a fabulously fun Facebook party! Please click here to find me on Facebook and send me a message. Easy peasy!

Are ya ready for 2016? I’m SOOOO ready, friends! I have tons of surprises planned just for you; I’m so excited! Click here to like Usborne Book Barn on FB so you don’t miss the free book giveaways, reviews, insider info, and more! 2016 is going to ROCK!

Enjoy your precious families during these holidays, and I’ll see you soon!


Spring 2016 New Titles and Giveaway!

Usborne’s Spring 2016 titles are heeeere!! WOOT! And to celebrate, I’m doing a giveaway of one of my favorite new books, A Year in My Life!

a year

This journal is packed full of 365 drawing and writing activities that will be SO much fun to look back on at the end of the year! Your child can be creative every day! Here are just some of the prompts from this super-fun diary:

Day #143 – Pretend you found a message in a bottle. Write your response here.

Day #168 – Using four words, write a review of today.

Day #295 – Imagine you spent the day with your favorite fictional character. Draw a picture of where you went together.

Day #344 – Draw a scene from today, but give the people animal heads.

Click here or below to learn more about my new favorite book:

I absolutely adore this book so much because it exercises my child’s mind every day. Every day she will use her imagination! In fact, I love this book so much that I’m giving away 5 copies to 5 fabulous readers! Enter the giveaway at the bottom for your chance to win this book completely free – just because you’re awesome!

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Giving the Gift of Reading at Christmas!

I am so inspired by my sister in Usborne, Mel Howard (we have the same sponsor and team leader, so in the company family tree, we’re sisters)! She has a true passion for helping children have the best futures possible, and for the second year in a row, she’s raised money to bless the children of Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary in Huntsville, Alabama, with a book. That’s one book for every child in the school, from Head Start to 5th grade – 700 books! Y’all, that’s hundreds and hundreds of children! She even raised enough money to donate an extra $900+ in books to the school’s library! Here’s Mel with the surprised librarian:


Mel invited all the local Usborne consultants to help her pass out the books to the children before dismissal for Christmas break, and I jumped at the chance! I’m so used to doing home parties and FB parties and dealing with the mamas, that this was my first time to deliver books to a school and see the kids’ faces. Let me tell you, it was priceless, friends. I held back a tear or two, won’t lie. We went down every hall in this school, to every room, and shared a new book and a smile with them. It just melted my heart! And for many of these children, this will be the only book they have at home.  Read More

New Titles are Coming Soon!

Yes, friends, new books are almost heeeeeere!

I’m SO excited for the new releases, which are scheduled to be available on Dec. 21st! CRAZY! As soon as they’re available, I’ll let you know, plus, I’ll post some videos, images, and reviews ASAP!

This is soooo fun! Usborne gets around 100 new books and new catalogs twice a year – in January and July. We also get mid-season new titles, too; so we have NEW books about every 3 months!

I’ll keep you posted! Be sure we’re connected on Facebook for the latest and greatest!

How’s your holiday so far? I’ve got all the presents wrapped (almost!), and I’ve got fun stuff for the girls to do during the break, like our sticker books, which Anna absolutely LOVES!

Anna Christmas

Don’t forget to enter our giveaway for a chance to win your own set of ready-to-go activity cards – includes the marker! WOOT! Click here to get in on the action! And believe me, if you have young kiddos, you need these activity cards in your purse! Look what happened to us recently when I was caught with only 1 set:

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Christmas Giveaway – My Secret Weapon that Every Mama Needs in her Purse!

I have many things in my purse that can be considered my secret weapon (pepper spray, stun gun – we have to protect ourselves, friends! Have you seen the news?!), but, the ‘secret weapon’ that I’m most excited about is the one that gets my kiddos quiet! Yes, you know I love my girls, but not everyone in the doctor’s office or McDonald’s needs to hear them singing. So… in comes my handy dandy secret weapon! Click here or below to take a look!

You can make your own secret weapons with a pack of the cards, metal ring, marker, and hole punch, like this:

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Save More $ on Black Friday Deals!

I am SOOO excited!!

I love deals like I love banana slurpees, but I hate, hate, hate the crowds this time of year! That’s why I’m SO pumped about shopping online, and I’m especially excited about Usborne’s version of Black Friday – Book Friday! Take a look!


Deals start Thanksgiving night at 9 p.m. CST, BUT, I have two ways that you can save even MORE when you shop my super-special link for Black Friday Sales! Click here or watch below for details on exclusive savings from yours truly!

Are you pumped?! Yeah, me, too!! Okay, here are the extra ways to save when shopping my Black Friday Sales link:

  1. Book total is over $100, I’ll reimburse your shipping cost! FREE SHIPPING, friends! WOOT!
  2. If you order more than once, I’ll reimburse your additional shipping costs! More books will be added for Cyber Monday, so feel free to order away!


Like you, I’ll be making some sweet memories with my family this weekend, so I’ll get to your shipping reimbursements on Tuesday, Dec. 1st. Be on the lookout for an email from me on that date if you shop my special link for extra savings!

Click here to shop!

Sale starts Thanksgiving night at 9 p.m. CST, 10 p.m. EST, and ends Tuesday, Dec. 1st.

I’ve also got a TON of fun giveaways and trivia contests planned for my FB page (I just looooove trivia!!)! Click here to like Usborne Book Barn on FB so you don’t miss out on the fun!

Have a very happy Thanksgiving, friends! I’m SO thankful for your love and support!


Books for the Break!

They’re coooommming!!!

Your kids will be home with you very soon, all day, everyday, for like two weeks! That’s right – Christmas break is right around the corner – are you ready??

I love having my kids home with me, I really and truly do, but what I don’t love is all the time in front of the TV. This year, I’m going to be ready with awesome activity books that will keep them busy in a good way! Need some ideas for great books that will keep your child engaged and using his brain over the break? Make a cup of tea, put your feet up, and check out my latest videos! And if you’d like to order, use the Books for the Break link by clicking here, and I’ll reimburse your shipping! This crazy-awesome free shipping deal is good until Dec. 1st, so don’t wait!

And here’s one more WINNING book for the break! Take a look! (this video also debuts my new custom intro – whatcha think?!?!)

Time for new books, right!?! I’m here to help, friend! Click here to shop Books for the Break and take advantage of the free shipping (reimbursement) by Dec. 1st!

Thanks for stopping by today!


Big Changes!

I’m finally making the big move from Blogger to WordPress, and let me tell you, it ain’t easy! Please bear with me as I continue to migrate everything over and pretty it up (having some spacing issues and other what-nots).

I’m looking forward to taking Usborne Book Barn (UBB) to the next level in customer service! Thank you for supporting my business and joining me on this adventure. Be sure to subscribe to UBB (in right sidebar or at the bottom if you’re viewing this on a mobile device) so you keep up-to-date! I’ll also be doing lots of giveaways on my FB page, so click here to ‘like’ it and get in on the action!

Eeeek! This is so exciting!

My Usborne Books & More Story

Many of you have been with me since the beginning of my Usborne journey – thank you!

I started Usborne Books & More in March of 2014, and it really has changed my life! God has used this business to grow me and push me out of my comfort zone, and I’m very grateful to Him for the blessings this business has given us. It hasn’t all been rainbows and sunshine, though; having your own business is work, y’all! It’s hard work sometimes and certainly a roller coaster, but I still wouldn’t trade this experience and the friendships I’ve made through Usborne for the world! 

Thank you for supporting my business, and here’s an update on where I am right now, almost two years in (crazy!). Click here or watch below!

If you’d like to learn more about what I do as an Usborne Books & More independent consultant and see if the book biz might be a good fit for you and your family, please click here or below:


I’d love to hang out with you on Facebook! Click here or below to ‘like’ Usborne Book Barn and keep up-to-date on specials, giveaways, contests, exclusive book reviews, Usborne insider info., and more!


Thanks again for being here, friend! YOU are appreciated!

I hope I can serve you in the future by either connecting you with that perfect book for your child that will light a FIRE in him and get him excited about reading, or by coming alongside you and equipping you with the tools, knowledge, and support to have your own successful business. However I can serve you, I’m here, friend!

You can teach your child to read – yes, YOU!


I know what a struggle it can be to teach your child to read, believe me!

I taught my oldest daughter, Mary, and it wasn’t pretty. And we did it before I knew about all of the wonderful Usborne phonic books that should would have just LOVED!

So, with Anna, my younger girl, I’m going to do it ‘the Usborne way’ and use our phonics books and reading sets! To start, we’re going through the ABC books (as I like to call them) and learning to recognize letters and their sounds. Take a look by watching below or clicking here!

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