Home Parties are cozy and fun! Girls Nights, Wine, and Books! After introductions, have each guest pick up a book to share with the whole group. This will get everyone thinking and talking about the books!
Home Parties are great for getting one-on-one time in with the guests. They’re also awesome for a night away- for both the guests, the host, and the consultant!
Enjoy your Home Parties!
*Helpful Tips: Think small when packing for a home party. Less is More. Bring a small variety of books to keep a simple fun, atmosphere without being overwhelming.
Who doesn’t love a party right from home, on your phone, and in your pjs? I love Facebook Parties. Fun, without the hassle of a home party. No getting all dolled up. Just plan out the posts and get ready to rock your party.
Want to up your Facebook game? Check out this AWESOME training! It definitely took my Facebook parties to the next level with fun themes. A few of the themes I have personally worked are Romantic Comedies (for February), Christmas, New Year/New You, and 90s. There are so many ways to go with these fun themes using the same format taught in this training.
Plan out your games before hand and get information on the party guests from the hostess before the party. Go LIVE to spark some party engagement. Want to up your game with great hostess coaching? Check out this amazing training as well!
Vendor events are an awesome way to get out of your warm market and meet some new people. My favorite vendor events are in the fall, usually held at a school carnival. Vendor events are also awesome leading up to Christmas. Just before Christmas is an amazing time to sell books. People are ready to stock up for their children and grandchildren.
Be sure to bring a good supply of inventory as well as booth slips and business cards. Also, make friends with the other vendors! You never know what connections might come from it!
Oh my goodness! I could go on and on (but I won’t ;)… ) about all the ways to work with Schools and Libraries. To see the detailed list, check out my blog focused specifics on Schools and Libraries.
Different possibilities include:
- Author Visits
- Books Fairs
- $5 Book Days
- Reach for the Stars, a reading incentive program
- Literacy for the Lifetime, a grant program used for Free Books
As a former teacher, I love working with schools. I love seeing a child’s face light up with learning. That’s what I miss as a teacher, seeing the lightbulb moment. I love the fact that I’m still able to contribute to literacy and life-long learning while still staying home with my babies.
Storytime at a local boutique
This is one way that excited me most! Find a local retail or resale shop that regularly brings in new customers with their children. I found a local shop that even has a space devoted to childhood and play. I get to read stories to the children that come and then chat with their moms as they browse a bit of my selection.
This is a win-win for my business and the shop’s!
Cards for a Cause is the best fundraiser I’ve ever seen! 30 embellished greeting cards come in a beautiful box with dividers. Sell these boxes for $30 each, or $1 per card. These cards would sell for $3 or $4 in the stores!
Then, the organization makes $13 per box sold. Imagine the groups you could help through this fundraiser!
This past December I helped a Moms Groups raise over $300 to sponsor a family for Christmas. They were able to get the family of four set for the Christmas holidays!
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I have some great news! I just started a birthday club!
Join my birthday club and get 10% off books ordered in the month of your child’s birthday! Plus, you’ll get an email a few weeks before the special day so your child’s birthday doesn’t sneak up on you as they sometimes do.
All you need to do is fill out this form and I will do the rest!
That’s the Reading Scoop!
It’s always great to meet awesome experts in your field. I work as an Educational Service Representative for Usborne Books & More. One of the best parts of being a book lady, is interacting with authors and illustrators.
Melanie Hope Greenberg
Over the past few weeks I’ve chatted with illustrator, Melanie Hope Greenberg. Melanie graciously offered to come into my VIP Group to have a Question and Answer Session. I was blown away from this offer from an illustrator of over 16 books!!!
Even better, we sell one of her beautiful picture books, Americanly. Americanly, written by Lynn Parrish Sutton, is a sweet rhyming book describing many of the most beautiful landmarks of America. The whimsical illustrations match the playful text perfectly.
Question & Answer Session
Melanie definitely has a passion for what she does. In our question and answer session, my group members and I learned that Melanie is self-taught and loves drawing pretty much everything. We also learned a little about the illustrating process. I never knew publishers put authors and illustrators together. Illustrators and authors don’t contact each other for various jobs, at least in Melanie’s case.
It was amazing to be able to share Melanie with my group! Several people asked Melanie questions and found the answers fascinating. I myself am keeping this Question & Answer Session in my group for new members to discover. I can also pass on this new knowledge to aspiring illustrators I meet during my school visits.
Childhood can be so stressful these days with testing and even world problems. Sometimes we need a little more childhood and a little less stress. I like Melanie’s illustrations for this reason. They’re sweet and calming. Melanie often shares her illustrations on her Facebook page if you’re interested.
As a mom, a reader, a teacher, and a dreamer, I love any opportunity to work with or learn from an enthusiast in their field. Many other book ladies would be lucky to learn from her as well.
Book Ladies, Authors, Illustrators, and Publishers all work towards the same goal in the work of Children’s Literature. We work to inspire children and pass on literature to the next generation. I will follow Melanie’s work and look forward to future encounters as well as future books!
If you would like to learn more about Melanie Hope Greenberg, read this!
If you would like to hear storytime from me featuring new titles, join my group!
So many people feel they don’t have time for direct sales or the gym or cooking or basically anything. A lot of times I’m one of these people.
You may not have a lot of time, but direct sales may not require as much time as you think.
Work when you Can
I work mostly during nap time. I stay at home with my two boys, so my time is definitely limited. With a toddler and baby, my attention is mostly elsewhere.
Work Smarter, not Harder
Work Smarter, not harder. Stick to a reasonable and flexible schedule. Do Money Tasks First Every Single Time.
Fit in small tasks in between activities or your everyday life. Carve out time for larger tasks especially parties.
So much of direct sales is misunderstood and seen as spammy! Shame on these direct sellers. We are creating a service and a business, so we shouldn’t be prying or begging!
Our number one goal should be to build relationships. Build relationships where you are. At work, in your Moms Groups, at church, and wherever else you already are!
Just like you would recommend your friend that does awesome massages, is the best tax attorney or you know the best plumber in the area, people will recommend you for your service and the product you sell.
My passions lie in education, child development, and reading. When you sell books through Usborne Books & More, you can very easily and naturally talk to people through your passion.
There is a large market for books, as there is with many other products.
Be creative. Do storytime. Throw your own parties. Have children create reviews.
I’m so grateful for my family and friends, but I’m also very grateful to work with Usborne Books & More. Being with the company over two years now, I have had countless parties, held several book fairs, fundraisers, and matched children with the perfect books.
This February you can join Usborne for just $40! I joined when the deal was $55 a couple of years ago. This is the lowest I’ve seen!
This is the perfect time to join because the school and library division opened up for the first time in 2 years! That means you can work with schools to fundraise, hold book fairs, reading incentive programs, author visits, and more! (As a former teacher, I LOVE working with schools!)
When working direct sales, you learn so much about yourself, business, and life!
Not only have I learned about Usborne through the weekly trainings we have, but I’ve also learned from other direct sellers about mindset to help me in other areas of my life as both a wife and a mother.
As I just stated, take these new skills and transfer them to other areas of your life.
This consultant kit comes with:
- 7 Titles (pictured in the image above)
- 5 Spring 2018 Usborne Books & More Catalogs
- 20 Spring 2018 Mini Catalogs
- 50 Customer Order Forms
- 10 Host Guides
- 6 Month E-Business Package
- Branded Box
Where would you start first? A party launch? Working your contacts with schools? Fundraising for a great cause with Non-Profits?
$40 is one of the best deals around to start your own business. Start Now and I’ll be there to guide you in the process I love! Spreading literacy while supporting my family!
I’ll show you the tricks of the trade and introduce you to some other awesome leaders! Join me in an awesome mission of promoting literacy!
Any questions? Contact me @ email@example.com for any further questions. I look forward to working with you!
I just saw The Greatest Showman. Talk about inspirational! If you got half as much inspiration from The Greatest Showman as I did, you will fall in love with these inspirational books!
Some of my favorite Inspirational Children’s Books:
I left The Greatest Showman so inspired! I left wanting to conquer the world. This book can inspire, too. This is such a cute story of a bear that wants to read. This is the perfect inspiring story for any young reader. Light the fire in your young reader and inspire them to read for life!
Scribble & Author is an awesome story about writing a story. It can also remind us that we are the writers of our story. We can choose how our live ends up, just like P.T. Barnum did seen in The Greatest Showman. Keep inspiring others in your life and you will live an inspired life.
This awesome adventure series is the perfect story for anyone that has self-doubt or is insecure about their abilities. Although this is a series, each story can easily stand alone. Learn new life-saving skills while reading this simple, yet powerful chapter book. Perfect for 2nd-4th graders or even awesome for a read-aloud starting at 6 or 7 years old.
Inspirational Books by Michelle Nelson-Schmidt:
Before I get into the books, this author, much like The Greatest Showman is awe-inspiring.
Michelle Nelson- Schmidt is one amazing writer, illustrator, and friend. She oozes inspiration just like the songs in The Greatest Showman are my new workout (or cleaning) mojo theme! Here are some of my favorite stories written by Michelle Nelson-Schmidt.
Bob is a Unicorn
In this story by Michelle Nelson-Schmidt, Bob is a little different, just like many of the characters in The Greatest Showman! Bob thinks he’s a unicorn, but the other animals just don’t see it. Just like in the movie, some people didn’t see the excitement of P.T. Barnum’s circus. This story teaches to be who you are despite what others see in you or say about you. It also teaches to be passionate and creative.
Dog and Mouse
If you’re looking for an adorable book about friendship, Dog and Mouse is for you! The character, Dog, searches and searches for the perfect companion. Mouse helps him look. Throughout their friendship search, Dog realizes Mouse is who he was searching for all along! This story will bring a tear to your eyes and a smile to your face at the same time! A true treasure!
Other Inspirational Books (with Plushes):
I’m probably going to end up seeing and buying The Greatest Showman. Just like that movie, this is a book to read again and again! This uplifting story is one of Michelle’s best! It’s great for young and old alike. Cordelia believes she can fly and has all the confidence in the world until others tell her she’s can’t. Watch Cordelia pick herself up and prove everyone wrong! Cordelia would make the perfect graduation gift and is a MUST-HAVE for any home!
Jonathan James and the Whatif Monster
Another book by Nelson-Scmidt is Jonathan James and the Whatif Monster. Jonathan James , like so many children, doubts himself at every turn. He’s constantly questioning himself, or the Whatif Monster does it for him. The Whatif Monster asks, What if you fall? What if they laugh? Jonathan turns the negative language around to see that life can be full of surprises, good and bad. This is the perfect story for the chronic worrier in all of us!
Enjoy these books? Come check out the full selection Usborne Books & More has to offer.
We have a special guest illustrator visiting soon! Hope to see you there!
That’s the Reading Scoop,
I just watched the most inspiring movie, The Greatest Showman. My word of the year is Inspire and this completely fits the definition.
I laughed. I cried. And I definitely clapped at the end! Don’t tell, I also wrote down a few quotes! They were too good not to remember!
5 Memorable Quotes from the Greatest Showman
“A Man’s station is only limited by his imagination”
Stuck in a rut? When is the last time you really let yourself dream? Dream. Dream big! Create a vision board like we are in my group. Not in my group? I’d love to have you! Shout your dreams to the world and allow yourself a few minutes to just imagine. Then, make realistic goals to get you a step further to reaching your big dreams.
“We can live in a world that we design.”
This goes right along with vision boards and our imagination. We cannot change everything around us, but we can affect so much of our world. Take a piece of your life that annoys you. Disorganization. Flaky friends. Take the opportunity this new year to design the world you want. Spend your time wisely. Spend time with people that deserve it. Get a new job!
Just like an architect designing a house, have some fun with crayons and paper. Design your dream life and live it!
“Comfort is the enemy of progress.”
Big dreams are scary. There’s a reason “out of our comfort zone” exists. We get comfortable in our routine. Change is scary, but without change we will not grow. Our circumstances will not get any better, either. What is one definition of insanity? Isn’t it when we keep doing the same things, but expect a different outcome?
If something isn’t working, change it. If we want something more in our life, we need to try something new. Talk to someone new. Reach out to an old friend. Ask for a raise. Workout differently. Eat better. We’ll never know the outcome unless we try.
“I make no apologies. This is me.”
I have lived so much of my life worrying about what other people think. Do I measure up? Why can’t I be more like ________?
Stop comparing yourself to others! Make no apologies. Be yourself and be proud of it. Make a list of your strengths and your favorite traits. Tell someone close to you what you are proud of. Then, think about one trait or skill you would like to improve on.
Be your self. Be your best self and keep striving to be better.
“What’s waited til tomorrow starts today.”
This last quote really hit me. Why wait for tomorrow when awesome could start today! Keep your vision and your goals handy so you can look at them daily. Begin your best life today!
Next time you’re at the theatre, see The Greatest Showman. It’s worth every penny! And, if you’d like to see some inspiring children’s books, start here!
Keep in touch! If you’d like some inspiration on pinterest, click here.
I’m looking to inspire and be inspired this year! Come and say hi in my group when illustrator, Melanie Hope Greenberg comes by for a Q & A just for my VIPs!
Work with Schools and Libraries
If you just joined Usborne Books & More, you might be wondering what it takes to work with schools and libraries.
Educational Service Representatives
Educational Service Representatives, formerly known as Educational Consultants, work their book business just like other consultants through home parties and Facebook parties. In addition to these parties, Educational Service Representatives (ESRs) can work with schools and libraries to promote literacy even more!
As a former reading teacher, working with schools and libraries is one of my favorite parts of this job. From Book Fairs and $5 Book Days to grant programs and fundraisers, there are so many options to work your Usborne Books & More business through schools and libraries.
I was one of the lucky few that got to work with schools and libraries right when I joined 2 years ago. As a former Reading Teacher, I love working with schools and libraries. Through Usborne Books & More Educational Services, I have conducted book fairs, $5 Book Days, and helped schools use grant money to get more books for FREE!
During Convention this past June, Home Office revealed a thrilling announcement!!
The School and Library certification will be back with the new year 2018!!
Get Certified Soon
Current Educational Consultants will begin the re certification process January 2nd with the School and Library Division fully open to new consultants January 16th. I love working in the School and Library Division of Usborne Books & More. I even have three $5 Book Days coming up in the next few months.
In addition, Home Office has also hired new people in the School and Library Sector and there will be new trainings available to all Educational Service Representatives as well.
There is certainly more news to come. Home Office is sending weekly emails until the certification process begins.
If you’d like more information, be sure to contact me.
For now, that’s the Reading Scoop,
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I’ve started choosing a word of the year to set my life on track. Last year my word was Believe. Believe you are beautiful. Believe you are enough. This year I chose Inspire.
I want to first inspire myself. I’m an emotional person, but since Justin was born, I don’t know that I’ve truly felt like myself. I have great days, more than not, but I often feel off. I need to inspire myself. How?
Workout every day
I’m often inspired and even at time jealous of people that workout and stick to their routine daily. I’m going to make it work. Now is a great time, actually. My husband, sadly, recently, lost his job. With him home now, I have no excuse to get my 20 minute workout in every single day.
I need to meal plan for real! I just got an Instant Pot Cookbook for Christmas. My Instant Pot has saved me many times by allowing me to cook quick and healthy meals. I’ve been blessed with not cooking for the holidays being with my in-laws in California, but back home in Houston, I need to get back on track.
Spend Quality Time with my Family
I love my moms groups for this very reason. We have kid-friendly activities planned several times a week to enjoy our children while bonding with other moms at the same time. I need to schedule special time with both of my boys alone. These days, though, my 9 month-old who has never taken a bottle, gets plenty of quality time with momma!
In addition to my children, I need to make more of an effort to have quality time with my husband. We get lots of tv time, but I plan to make more stay-at-home date nights. Pinning to commence!
With my new planner to help, I need to organize both my schedule and my house! Boy the clutter just continues day after day. I need to truly take advantage of the time my husband is home and organize both my personal and office space. Have any suggestions? I’d love any and all!
Inspire Fellow Moms
I want to inspire other moms through my blog, my relationships, and my business. Moms have it hard, whether they stay at home, or work full-time. We need to inspire each other and feed off of positive ideas to better ourselves and our children.
I want to reach out to more moms in my area to ensure they are aware of the many moms groups available and all the opportunities that come with them.
I want to reach out to moms, also, to let them know of the opportunities I’m allowed through Usborne Books & More. The School and Library Division is opening up again for the first time in 2 years. The opportunities through schools, libraries, and home parties are an incredible way to help your family and inspire others at the same time!
I love giving happy mail including bookmarks and stickers with beloved book characters. I will inspire readers through my Facebook Group, through finding the just right books for the just right children, and through the young ones in my life.
I will reach out to past customers to see what tips I can give to expand and inspire more reading!
In the coming months, I hope to refine my teaching and inspiring craft by getting my masters in reading.
Let’s do this: INSPIRE. What a word! Full of incredible possibilities!
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