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Artist Appreciation Day – Giveaway!
Spring 2016 New Titles and Giveaway!
Christmas Giveaway – My Secret Weapon that Every Mama Needs in her Purse!
Save More $ on Black Friday Deals!
Books for the Break!
My Usborne Books & More Story
You can teach your child to read – yes, YOU!
Usborne Slot-Together Victorian Dollhouse!
My Usborne Ireland Trip!
Usborne Books for Classical Conversations Cycle 1

Artist Appreciation Day – Giveaway!

Okay, so Artist Appreciation Day was actually yesterday… whoopsie! How could I have missed it?! 😉

In honor of this special day, let’s talk about Usborne’s art books!

Have you seen our art reference books? They really are some of the best I’ve seen (and I’ve looked through many art books!). I graduated with an Art degree from the University of Delaware many moons ago, and I love-love-lovity-LOVE fine art and music – and I want my girls to love them, too. However, it’s hard to know which art books to add to the family library when you can’t actually flip through them yourself.

Sigh… what to do?

I wish someone would just make a video of Usborne’s best-selling art books… that would really help, right?

Oh, wait! Y’all, I did that!

And I put together a giveaway?! What is this? Christmas!?! (scroll to the bottom for giveaway details)

Famous Paintings

The Usborne Book of Famous Paintings is one of our most popular art books! Recommended for ages 9+, it’s a beautiful introduction to 35 of the world’s best-loved paintings! There is some nudity (I always get asked that). Click here or below to see inside!

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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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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!


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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Usborne Slot-Together Victorian Dollhouse!

Oh, yes, friends! I am not exaggerating!

Usborne’s Slot-Together Victorian Dollhouse is a feast for the eyes! Oh, the details, people! The details! Everything from the beautiful dinner on the table to the fallen leaves caught on the balcony next to the sleeping cat and the spider under the bathtub, everything has been carefully thought out in this masterpiece of slot-togetherness! Oh, I could oooh and aaah about this all day long, so just take a look for yourselves while I go play dollhouse with my sweet girls!

Click here or below to check it out in action!

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My Usborne Ireland Trip!

My first goal with working with Usborne Books & More was to take our family to Disney World! God has provided for us, in that we can pay our bills, but there isn’t a lot of ‘wiggle room.’ I knew that if I wanted to make my dream of seeing The Mouse come true, we’d have to get creative.
A year and a half ago, that’s exactly what happened.
In March of 2014, I joined Usborne Books & More with a dream of taking my family on a vacation (we’d never been on one). In January of the following year, God made that a reality!

Usborne Books for Classical Conversations Cycle 1

Yes, you may have seen match-ups for Usborne and Classical Conversations, but here’s your change to actually see INSIDE the books! Well, some of the books. We have SO many that go with CC and other home school curriculum, that I just shared some of my favorites for Cycle 1! Check it out!

To view the match-ups and get more ideas for Cycle 1, click here! To see more sneak peeks inside our amazing Usborne books, check out my You Tube channel – TONS of great stuff, if I do say so myself! 😉 Are ya on FB? Yeah, me, too! Come hang out with me online by clicking here!


Thanks so much for visiting me today!

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