Archive - 2017

Join Usborne Books & More in December to GET MORE!
March of Dimes Book Drive!
Thank You Throwback Party!
Usborne Fall Frenzy Sale!
Awesome 80s Mystery Skate Party!
Where’s Peep Contest!
Fairy Tale Week at Usborne Book Barn!
Usborne Books & More National Convention 2017
Summer of Love!
Usborne Book Barn Special Peeps have Special Perks!

Join Usborne Books & More in December to GET MORE!

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Usborne Books & More offers amazing incentives to new Consultants – especially this December!

– During their first 30 days, Consultants may qualify for up to a full refund of their New Consultant Kit, and during their first 12 weeks may earn incentives including free books, cash bonuses, plus more!

– New Consultants joining during December 2017 will receive an ADDITIONAL 14 days to their first 30 days incentive period (44 days total), and an ADDITIONAL 2 weeks to their 12 week incentive period (14 weeks total).

We RARELY have joining specials anymore, friends, so this is a BIG DEAL! Please message me for more info, or click below to read my FAQs about the book biz! We have TONS of AWESOME stuff planned for our team in 2018, and I’d love for YOU to be a part of the fun!


March of Dimes Book Drive!

I’m SO excited to be joining hundreds of Usborne Books & More consultants this week for the March of Dimes Book Drive!

Usborne will MATCH 50% of our donations (hoorah!), and I’ll get a PIE in the FACE if we reach my goal of $1,000 by Sunday, November 26th, at 11:59 pm CST!

Please click here to donate, and you can watch these quick videos for more info.:

This is such an incredibly worthy cause! Take a look:

Thank you so much, friends, for your support!

Happy (early) Thanksgiving!


Thank You Throwback Party!

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God has blessed my family through this business in SO many ways this year, and I want to say thank you with a special appreciation party next month!

I’m hosting a Thank You Throwback Party in November with free books and giveaways in time for the holidays! All of my past hosts will be invited, as well as all customers who spend $50 or more during the month of October!

Click here to use the UBB Special Peeps link to shop.

Have you checked out our NEW releases yet?! Here are some of my favorites:




Speaking of ‘throwback,’ can you guess which decade we’ll be visiting during our Thank You party next month?! Hop over to my Facebook VIP group, UBB Special Peeps, to take a guess!

Thanks for stopping by!



Usborne Fall Frenzy Sale!

Fall Frenzy Sale

** Usborne Books & More is having an ONLINE SALE! **

This is B-I-G news, friends! I’ve only seen an official sale twice in my UBAM career (usually Black Friday)!

Sale Begins – Thursday, September 28th, 2017
Sale Ends – Tuesday, October 31st, 2017
(while supplies last)

Click here or the peep below to start shopping!

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After you enjoy some retail therapy (you deserve it, go on!), hop on over to my VIP group, UBB Special Peeps, and share with us what you got!

Thanks for stopping by, friends, and enjoy the Usborne Books & More Fall Frenzy!


Awesome 80s Mystery Skate Party!

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I’m sooo excited, friends!

Break out the Aqua Net and legwarmers, it’s time for our Awesome 80s Mystery Skate par-tay!

Usborne Books & More has recently changed its policies about these fun mystery hostess parties, so I’m not allowed to tell you about giveaways or free books in this public forum. So, to get the skinny, please hop on over to my VIP group, UBB Special Peeps, where you’ll find all the totally tubular details!

Here’s your official invitation, party people:

Click here or the image below to become a Special Peep! (special peeps have special perks!) 😉

The party is August 22-25th, 2017, and you do not want to miss this party, friends – trust me!

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Thanks for stopping by, and good luck with all the fun happies in the party (it’s SO hard not to tell you here!!!)!


Where’s Peep Contest!

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It’s finally heeeere!

My husband and I are going to Disney World soon, compliments of Usborne Books & More!


Click here to read more about this amazing (FREE!) trip!

I LOVE Disney World, and it’s actually why I started Usborne in the first place! And another thing I LOVE is a good contest! Can I get an Amen!

All contests and giveaways are now done in my UBB Special Peep group.

Are you a Peep yet? If not, click here or the image below to get yo’ peep on!

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While I’m at Disney, I’ll be taking pictures of Penelope Peep in random places. If you know your Disney, your library could grow! Just sayin’… 😉

Join me each day (July 17-22)  in UBB Special Peeps to find Penelope! More details for this contest can be found in the group now, so hop on over!

Thanks for stopping by, friends!


Fairy Tale Week at Usborne Book Barn!

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I love-love-loveity-LOVE reading fairy tales to my two girls!

Fairy tales can help reinforce good decisions, encourage critical thinking skills, boost cultural literacy, and help develop AMAZING imaginations!

I’m celebrating this fun and exciting genre all week over on my Facebook page, and I’d love for you to join me! I’m giving away TWO copies of my favorite fairy tale book, The Usborne Book of Fairy Tales.

Check out the details here:

To get your name in the drawing, comment on all 5 giveaway entry posts throughout the week. Here’s the first one:

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I’ll draw two winners on Saturday, July 8th. Contest is open to US residents and non-consultants only, please.

You are really going to LOVE this book! Stories included are

  1. Cinderella
  2. Sleeping Beauty
  3. Red Riding Hood
  4. Three Little Pigs
  5. The Story of Rumplestiltskin
  6. Goldilocks and the Three Bears

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Thanks so much for stopping by, friends!

I hope you have a wonderful Independence Day, and I look forward to seeing you on Facebook! Click here to hop on over!



Usborne Books & More National Convention 2017

My third National Convention with Usborne Books & More was by far the BEST!

I had an AMAZING time connecting with my team and learning from the leaders in our company. If you’re a book lady and have not yet attended Convention, you MUST put it on your calendar for next year – it’s a game-changer for your business (and a great girls’ getaway!).

Enjoy this little peek into my Convention weekend!

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Had the BEST time on the road trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma, with these lovely ladies! Laughed till I peed!

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I had the privilege to lead a breakout session with my friend Katie!

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Yep! It was pretty awesome, and we had a great time! 😉

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CEO Randall White and me with my Flamingo spirit stick (photo bomb courtesy of our VP, Heather Cobb, on the left!).

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Pineapple team GLOW PARTY at SkyZone trampoline park!

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The trampoline party was a BLAST! We had a private dodgeball court!

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SO proud of Colleen and her success this year!

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Convention or bust!

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Amazing new Team Leaders (with Peter Usborne in back center, and CEO Randall White in back right!)

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Peter Usborne and me!

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Summer of Love!

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I’m SO excited to announce that Usborne Book Barn is partnering with Aggie’s Arts for a Summer of Love!

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This June and July, I’m donating 25% of each order to support this wonderful charity that helps women and mamas in Uganda. Aggie’s Arts is celebrating its 10th year of empowering women in Kampala, Uganda, and I’m thrilled to help make a difference together with you!

Who is Aggie?

(from their website)

My journey to where I am today began with my parents’ journey. My father, who is from the Karamojong tribe in Uganda, came to Kampala seeking work. He found work as a house boy for a white man but he struggled to make ends meet, and his school studies suffered due to lack of money to pay for the fees. He ultimately ended up living in a slum. My mother is from Tanzania. At the age of 17, she was being forced to marry a 70 year old man when she decided to escape. Not knowing where she would go, she boarded a ship and landed in Uganda. Through their journeys, both of my parents ended up in the same slum called Katwe, which is where my eight siblings and I were born. Our life together was always a struggle to find food, clothing, and the fees for school.

When I was 15, I became pregnant by a man who was abusive both physically and sexually. For 16 years I was beaten on a regular basis and spent many nights locked out of my home as a form of his abuse. He would leave me for other women, including prostitutes.

Throughout these sixteen years, I had five children with him and they were not spared from this torture. They too were beaten by their father. They also experienced his lack of provision. He never provided food, clothing, school fees, or medical fees. During this time, I was the one who was trying to make ends meet and support my children in these needs.

One day this man, whom I had spent 16 years with and had 5 children by, sought to kill me. I ran for my life and ended up living in a nearby slum. After a few weeks, he left my children in the house alone. I saw my opportunity and went to retrieve them. The children and I continued to live in a slum with very little food, sometimes one meal a day and other days we went without food. At the time, I did not have a job because my children’s father had stolen my business which I had used to support us.

During this time, I taught in the house churches, served as a worship leader, and translated for volunteers coming to the slums. In the midst of all of our need, we were serving God, seeking His provision, and trusting Him to come to our rescue.

What happened next?

Well, it’s a love story!

Meet Simon.

In 1995, Simon came to Huntsville, Alabama, to earn a Master’s of Atmospheric Science degree. He finished in 1997 and for the next ten years worked in the university’s atmospheric sciences department. In July 2006, God led Simon to accompany a group on a two-week mission trip to Kampala, Uganda. For ten years he had been sponsoring a boy in Kampala through Compassion International, and when he heard about the trip, he couldn’t believe it! While he saw this as an opportunity to meet his boy, God had much bigger ideas for this Australian atmospheric scientist.

Simon met Aggie for the first time when he walked into the ministry center in Kampala. There he saw a beautiful, joyful Ugandan woman interacting easily with everyone, and he could not take his eyes off of her. Simon did not know that she was watching him too. Over the years, Aggie had been observing the visiting missionaries, seeing the way the men treated the women with dignity and respect. She wanted a husband like that, and on that day one of them stood before her; and he was clearly smitten.

As they got to know each other, she told him she had five children at home. He did not run away! But, he did wait until the last day to tell her his feelings for her. They continued to communicate after he went home, and soon Simon was back in Uganda – this time for three months – working with a ministry alongside Aggie. During that trip, Simon asked her to marry him, and her acceptance permanently redirected all the plans he had for his future. Suddenly he was the father of five children he loved as his very own. God increased their blessing when Ivy was born to them a few years later.

After Aggie had been removed from her situation in the slums of Uganda, she and Simon wanted to assist other women and children who are dealing with the same struggles she experienced most of her life.

In the first year of their marriage, Simon and Aggie began working with a small group of ladies in the slums of Kampala, Uganda. These ladies were desperate for a way to provide for their families. Most of them were working for pennies a day in a stone quarry.

Simon and Aggie realized that some of the women knew how to make paper bead necklaces, they simply had nowhere to sell them. Using their contacts in the United States, Simon and Aggie were able to provide a marketplace for the ladies to sell their crafts.

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Through the years, the income these ladies have generated through their craft sales has empowered them to build homes, send their children to school, receive medical care, and more! 

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Click here to visit the Aggie’s Arts website to learn more and even meet the artists making this beautiful, life-changing jewelry and crafts


If you’d like to make a direct purchase with Aggie’s Arts, please click here. They have gorgeous necklaces, bracelets, crosses, and more!

Click here to like Aggie’s Arts on Facebook.

Their US headquarters are here in Huntsville, local to me. I know some of the board members and have partnered with them before. My daughter’s school does a fundraiser with Aggie’s Arts each year. All that to say, this is the real deal, friends. Our Summer of Love can have a real impact on these women and their children, and I’m thrilled to donate 25% of book sales to support this worthy cause. I hope you’ll join me!

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Click here to shop my online bookstore.

Click here or below to join my Special Peep group and get in on sales, giveaways, and all-around fun on FB.


Thank you so much for taking the time to learn about Aggie’s Arts and how we can help this summer! Have a wonderful day, friends!



Usborne Book Barn Special Peeps have Special Perks!

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Peeps are just so cute and yummy, and now you can actually BE a peep – an Usborne Book Barn (UBB) Special Peep, that is!


I’d love for you to join my VIP group (although VIP just sounds so ‘normal,’ and if you know me, you know I like to do things a little differently, hence the PEEPS name!)! Click here or the image above to get yo’ peep on!

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Special Peeps have insider info, sneak peek videos, sales and discounts, and fun giveaways! I hope you’ll join me in this special FB group – we’ll have a blast!

I appreciate your support, and I’d love to help with your Usborne book addiction! Click here to connect with me on Facebook! And thanks for stopping by, friends!


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