The Fort Bragg Fisher House Needs Help

Recently, the Fort Bragg Fisher House reached out to the community stating that there were needs.  The Fisher House at Fort Bragg helps over 100 famlies each year.  But their bookcases are looking worn, and could look better and be equipped better to help those families.

I saw this list of needs, and because last year our fundraiser and book raiser for them was so successful, I asked if I could provide that help again.  Technically they are not allowed to say yes or no – so I thought, I will work toward this goal because I know my network is AMAZING; indeed, last year, we raised $300 in NEW books for those kids!  Want to try to bless them that way again?

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The Fisher House provides help to over 100 families yearly, as they wait for their soldiers to heal at the nearby Womack Army Hospital.  Their facility is incredible.  Handicap accessible, kitchen ready for many families, a beautiful setting and even an enclosed back yard full of toys for children.

 

However, as we well know, books that are read well need to be updated and replaced.  So, to provide help and stories to the families at the Ft Bragg Fisher House, I am launching our book drive.  It is easy and simple.  You can become involved by doing one of two things:

1) Go to https://tinyurl.com/FBfisherhouse and select one, two, or even 20 books from the list you’d like to donate.  Choose “SHIP WITH ORGANIZATION” at checkout and the books ship free!  I’ll send you a huge thank you, and if you are a business, I’ll give you a shout out on social media!

2) Copy and paste this message on your social media sites because EVERY BOOK HELPS:

The Ft Bragg Fisher House takes care of more than 100 soldiers’ families each year.  Now they’re asking for our help!  You can help by selecting any books from this list and having them sent to the Fisher House free of charge. Simply click here and select “SHIP WITH ORGANIZATION” for free shipping directly to the home! https://tinyurl.com/FBfisherhouse

I’d love to wrap this up for them by August 15.  Please please please help us get the word out.  These soldiers’ families deserve the very best.  It is my intention to give them the very best in children’s stories – books that last longer than most – and send them love in the quality of gifts they will receive.

Thank you for supporting our soldiers!

Happy Reading,
Wendy

P. S. Here’s the direct link to “My Mommy is a Hero” : https://b4108.myubam.com/p/6977/my-mommy-is-a-hero
Here’s the direct link to “My Daddy is a Hero” : https://b4108.myubam.com/p/6976/my-daddy-is-a-hero

 


Who Would YOU Be?

One of the most amazing things about being a reading advocate for busy families is the people I meet.  Their incredibly diverse goals inspire me!  I was also recently inspired at a conference this weekend with Brenda Ster and Melissa Fietsam… and by the book “Creating Magic” by Lee Cockerell.

People join our mission for so many different reasons.  And every single person’s goals matter.

I did my very best to put what I learned there into a graphic.  I’m curious!  Which would you be? Comment below!

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If you have questions, hit the contact form here!  I’d love to chat about YOUR goals.  Our team members’ goals are so incredibly diverse – it’s a blessing! I even have training in place for each type of goal.

You will love equipping your family with the very best in children’s literature, as well as giving others that opportunity.


The Best of 2017

I had too much fun getting my hands on books from Usborne Books & More this year.  From activity books to instant classics, there are so many to choose from that it helped me to categorize my favorites.

I have no control over publishing, but I know which books are staying put on my shelves.  Here’s a round-up of the books that I think will last through the years.

Most Likely to Induce a Snuggle:
“I Love You Hoo” by Rachel Bright
This picture book is a cute delight brimming with deep colors.  Those deep colors go hand in hand with the story.  It shows the depth of love for a child, and with a mama owl at the helm you know it’s as deep as wisdom itself.
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Most Likely to Rope You In: 
“EJ 12: Hot & Cold” by Susannah McFarlane
This story about a Girl Hero is riveting from the first chapter.  With 7 other books in the series, young readers follow EJ 12 (also known as Emma Jacks), worrying about everything from mean girls to how to save the world from a melting polar ice cap.  She uses math and coding to save the world, which I believe ushers young readers into believing they can, too.
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Most Likely to Make a Mom-to-be Squeal in Delight: 
Garden Sounds by Sam Taplin 
I know sometimes it’s hard to know what to pick out for a friend’s upcoming baby shower.  This book is a crowd pleaser at the shower, but more importantly, it’s a baby pleaser and a mom-to-be pleaser.  The sounds are peaceful enough to encourage the mom to reach for the book when she wants to create a peaceful space reading to her new baby.
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The Book That Surprised the World:
That’s Not My Unicorn by Fiona Watts
Since the 1970’s, Usborne Publishing in the UK has released 49 baby books in the “That’s Not My” series.  These books have stimulated young readers to reach out and grow with touchy-feely components and sing-songy predictability. This year, they surprised us all with the 50th release of “That’s Not My Unicorn.”  This delight continues the tradition of finding the mouse on every page, while also adding a separate dimension in the shimmering sides of the book.  I know that unicorns have been and will continue to be a source of inspiration – which is why I labeled this new release squarely as “classic” from its very first day.
Picture of That's Not My Unicorn

Most Likely to Make You Lose Track of Everything Else:
“The Mapmaker Chronicles” by A. L. Tait
Yes – the whole series!  When you factor in a humble protagonist, ships, and life and death, this fantasy series is a step into a different world.  The first books end in cliffhangers, but the entirety of each volume is nonstop excitement.  If you want to take a leap outside your world, this series is where you can forget it, too.
Picture of Race to the End of the World (Book 1)

Most Likely to Make the Long Trip to Grandmother’s Enjoyable:
The Usborne Museum Activity Book
If there’s ever a book to take for a road trip, this one is it.  This book, so unlike most on the market, makes clear that museums are sources of entertainment, too.  Activities like puzzles, coloring, and quizzes are each themed around different types of museums like fashion, technology, natural history and design.  By the time you make a museum stopover to break up your trip, your child will be excited to put their new knowledge into action.
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Most Likely to Entertain for Hours: 
Fingerprint Activities Book
This is also the #1 best seller in the UK this year.  For many reasons, children will enjoy the attached ink pads to use different colors in creating their mice, caterpillars, and dinosaurs.  The guided help on each page, complete with examples, makes this a relaxed way for children to encounter art and realize all they need are their own fingers.  With this book’s help, Moms will also find the time for that quick coffee they haven’t had the chance to drink yet, too!
Picture of Fingerprint Activities

I hope you enjoyed this round-up of the year.  If this review helped you, please share.  I appreciate you!

If you need more assistance, don’t hesitate to contact me.  Helping people find books is my favorite! These books have enlivened my home and as a distributor I have the honor of guiding friends through their choices.

And dear reader, may  2018 be your best yet!


My Fave Part of the Month

Recognizing teammates is hands down, by far, my favorite part of the month!  It’s when I get to recognize their work with Usborne Books & More for the previous month.  One of my friends is one of the hardest workers – she will do whatever it takes to meet her goals.  It’s amazing.  The other worked straight through Hurricane Irma even as it overtook her city in September.  Others took breaks for their family – sometimes we call this a pregnant pause, get it? – and I got to see them relearn some ropes and make some new connections.

It’s just so darn cool to watch teammates succeed.
Each one of these ladies, and even many not even pictured here, have incredible stories.

I’m also just amazed at the hurdles they’ve overcome.

I think of hurdles I had this past month and honestly many of them were mental.  I had just finished learning how to make a website! I felt like I earned a week off.  I also had so many ideas on how to serve my customers that I actually became even more overwhelmed.  So I narrowed my ideas down to the ones that will serve my customers best and make them happy.  I capped it off with a trip to the beach for leadership training.

September was a great month for making families and organizations BOOK HAPPY.


4 Ways to Earn for Black Friday

You’re invited!
We’re doing a 4 ways to earn party on Thursday, Oct 5!  See which size sweater suits you as you endeavor to have a debt free shopping season.  It’s so fun to beat Black Friday sales; but what if you could far out-earn your budget?  Come join us!  Contact me for an invitation!
Ugly Sweater Party – doesn’t get much better than this!

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