Archive - 2017

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Usborne Books & More National Convention 2017
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Summer of Love!
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Usborne Book Barn Special Peeps have Special Perks!
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Storytime LIVE!
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It’s an Usborne Pineapple Party!
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Shakespeare Week!
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Ask the Author Giveaway!
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Join our Friend-a-palooza Party!
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Tribal Council Giveaways!

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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Rooooomies!

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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?

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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

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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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Storytime LIVE!

I absolutely LOVE reading aloud to children! There are just SO many incredible benefits to this simple and joyful activity!

Join me each Tuesday at noon CST/1 pm EST as I read aloud a Kane Miller or Usborne picture book LIVE on my Facebook page! This is geared to children, so feel free to make lunch while I read aloud to your kiddos – it’s completely family-friendly!

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Due to copyright issues, I’m only allowed to read the stories LIVE – there’s no video playback to watch later – so set your alarms!

If you’re in my special UBB FB group, you get to vote on the next Storytime book each week!

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Click here to get in the special group! We have fun giveaways, sales, and all sorts of  nifty stuff going on in there – you’ll love it!

Thank you so much for dropping by, friend, and I hope to see you at my next Storytime LIVE on Tuesdays! Click here to hop over to my FB page!

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It’s an Usborne Pineapple Party!

Oh, friends! What a YEAR we’ve had!

It’s time to CELEBRATE at the Usborne National Convention!

If you’re a Pineapple, join me for an exclusive team party Friday night at SkyZone, a Tulsa trampoline park! We’ll jump on our own private court and enjoy pizza and waaaay too much ice cream! Eeeeek! This is going to be SO MUCH FUN!Pineapple Party at SkyZone

Be sure to let me know if you’ll be joining us! I can’t wait to party with you!

Not a Pineapple? Been thinking about Usborne, but you just haven’t taken the plunge yet?

What’s stopping you, friend?!

We have ZERO minimums, TONS of fun, and the great privilege of sharing amazing children’s books with families across the US!

Click here or below to check out my Joining FAQs:

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Please let me know if you have any questions; I’d love to help you discover if Usborne would be a good fit for you and your family. Click here to message me on Facebook.

And for all of my Pineapples, I’ll see YOU very soon!

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Shakespeare Week!

Happy Shakespeare Week, friends! It’s finally heeere!

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We’ve had so much fun celebrating The Bard, and I hope you’ll join our party on FB! Click here to come on over!

Usborne has a HUGE selection of Shakespeare books, and I’d love to help you find just the right ones for your family. Click below to watch my FB Live video on our Shakespeare collections:

Be sure to check into my FB page all week for more fun Shakespeare goodies!

Click here to shop for Shakespeare books, and please let me know if you’d like recommendations. I’d be honored to be your personal shopping assistant!

Thanks for stopping by, friends!

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Ask the Author Giveaway!

Is award-winning author Eric Ode really coming to my town?

YES!

Is he really going to answer your questions?

YES!

Am I over-the-moon excited?

YAAAAAS!!!!

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He’ll be answering our questions at our Usborne consultant dinner, but I need your help! What should we ask him? What do your kiddos want to know about a real-live children’s book author, poet, and songwriter?

Please click here to hop over to my Facebook page and submit a question. Everyone who does will be entered into a drawing for a signed copy of my FAVORITE Eric Ode book – Dan the Taxi Man!

Click here or below to check out my video review:

Isn’t this sooo exciting?! Eeeek!

Be sure to join me on Facebook to keep up with the fun and see if you’re our winner! Contest closes April 4th at 5 pm CST. Open to US residents and non-consultants only, please!

Thanks for stoppin’ by, friend!

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Join our Friend-a-palooza Party!

One of my favorite benefits of being a book lady – and perhaps the most unexpected – is building relationships with amazing women! Many of my Usborne teammates, hostesses, and customers have become dear friends, and I’m SO thankful and blessed to have them in my life!

This Thursday, March 16th, our team is having a Facebook ‘business opportunity’ party that celebrates friendship while giving you all the information you’ll need to decide if Usborne Books & More would be a good fit for you and your family. And I’d love for you to join us!

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Friend-a-palooza is all day Thursday, 8 am – 8 pm CST, and I’ll be posting fun giveaways and helpful information about the biz.! Since we absolutely don’t want to spam people with notifications, we’ve made this party a private FB event, so we’ll have to be FB friends for you to get an invite. Please click here to find me on FB and send me a request and quick message that you’d like to come to the party. And, if you’d like to unfriend me after the event, my feelings won’t be hurt – promise!

Check out this quick video to learn more about Friend-a-palooza:

Want to quickly learn about the biz a little first? Click here or below for my FAQs on joining:

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Hope to see you at Friend-a-palooza, and don’t forget to check out my Wednesday Live @ Lunch show on my Facebook page for all things Usborne!

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Thanks for checkin’ in, friend, and have an absolutely fabulous day!

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Tribal Council Giveaways!

Dust off your buffs, because Survivor is BACK!

Yes, I’m a super-fan of the reality show, and I want to celebrate this new season with weekly GIVEAWAYS on my FB page!

To enter, all you have to do is comment on Wednesdays with your guess of which castaway will be voted off that night. Everyone who guesses correctly will be put into a drawing for a free book the next day! Easy peasy!

Click here for the Survivor Season 34 cast list.

So, if you pick the loser correctly, you could pick your prize! Check out what I’ve got for ya:

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Mark your calendars and join me each Wednesday on FB for your chance to win!

Oh, btw, are you in my UBB Sale group yet on FB? It’s pretty awesome, and it’s the only way to get access to my weekly Wednesday sale, so click here or below to join the fun!

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Thanks for stopping by, friends! Have an absolutely marvelous day!

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