Sunday, February 19, 2012

"That's Not My..." Craft Activity

Have you read any of the "That's Not My ..." line of books?  We own That's Not My Dolly and That's Not My Puppy, and our one year-old really enjoys them.  This week, the Infant Bibliophile decided to create one of his own!

"That's Not My [baby sister's name]."  I blurred his cover to omit personal names, but you get the idea.  We used an old box of "extra" photos, but just used a bit of tape to hold them down, so they can be returned once we are ready to dispose of the craft.

Here are a few of my favorite pages:

"His ears are too big"

"That's not a person"

I realized with horror that I don't have ONE printed photo of his baby sister for the final page.  Everything is digital!  I better hit Shutterfly soon.  For now, we just printed a black and white on regular printer paper.

Easy and fun!  This is making me want to search the shelves for other baby books to inspire us.  Next, I think we'll make a local version of the "Goodnight, (city name)" books.  It would also be fun to use different materials to make a touchy feely book.  And we haven't made a flap book in awhile.

Comment: Do you make books with your kids? 

Disclosure: As an Usborne Books consultant, I will earn a commission if you click on any of the links above and purchase anything. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The Scoop on Getting Started with Usborne Books

This is the story of how (and why) I decided to become an Usborne Book Consultant this month, and how much fun we have been having with it.  First, a photo of my assistant:
My sidekick, before our first homeshow.
Next,  I want to share a secret with you.  Ok, it's not so secret.  But it's a fantastic deal.  Ready?  Come in close... During February only, you can sign up to be an Usborne Consultant for $29.  Why is that a great deal, you might ask?  Because, this is what $29 will get you:

Titles: Conspiracy 365 - January, Counting Rhymes, Everyone Poops, First Encyclopedia of Science, How Big is a Million, My Sister's a Pop Star, Sticker Dolly Dressing Costumes & Parties, and That's Not My Puppy.

That's $150 worth of books!  There were a lot of smiles in this house the day that the box arrived.  For us, I would have spent full money on The First Encyclopedia of Science, That's Not My Puppy, The Poop Book, How Big is a Million, and The Sticker Dolly Dressing Book, and those alone cost $53.  So I saved $24, and got an extra three books.  Yahoo!  I'm not much of a salesperson, but these books sell themselves. 

PLUS, I recieved all of the business stuff I needed to get started earning more (free) books - order forms, website and online ordering system, catalogs, brochures, invitation postcards, and a network of warm, fun consultants who love books as much as we do!  I debated whether to join Usborne for years (seriously, I'm like that.  You should have seen me trying to decide which sippie cup to purchase), and it has been a great decision.  But if it turned out not to be a good fit for me, I figured I would have just spent $29 on 8 books.  Not to mention the "pretend book party store" my 4 year old set up with my supplies.  A win-win purchase either way. :)  If money is not an option, or if you are certain that this will be a good fit for you, there is also a larger kit available with 25 books. 

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a consultant, leave me a comment or send me an email, and I'm happy to answer any questions you have honestly and quickly.  And if you'd like to know more about the books above, stay tuned to Mama Smiles, because she will be featuring a guest post from us this weekend with some reviews (and a give away!).

You can find the full catalog of Usborne books here.  We also have a new Usborne facebook page set up; "like" it to learn about specials and give aways.  The first give away will be happening shortly.

Disclosure: I will earn commissions on purchases made through our Usborne site, and possibly by helping other consultants get started. 

Sunday, February 12, 2012


Pipe cleaners in a pasta strainer :)
Holy cow.  October 20th was our last post?!  My blog hiatus just somehow kept going and going.  My little baby has turned into a toddler, and my four year old is a bundle of little boy energy.  Ever in search of ways to make my life as a stay at home mom more entertaining, I've recently embarked on a new enterprise... I signed on an Usborne Books consultant.  I feel really strongly about the importance of books in young children's lives (well, duh.), and I love putting quality books into little hands.  Especially little hands that claim they don't like books... a challenge!  Bring it on!  As an Usborne consultant, I will earn some great books, a little spare change, and likely a few new friends.  I'm gearing up to share some of our favorite Usborne books here, and at the sites of some of our blog buddies, who have agreed to join in our fun by hosting some fun "e-shows," complete with door prizes and customer specials.  So stay tuned... I'll try not to make it four months again until my next post!

(If you have ever thought about becoming an Usborne book consultant, February's monthly special makes it a great time to do it.  Email me if you want any more info!).  

Disclosure: As an Usborne consultant, I'll earn a commission from sales placed through the Usborne site linked above.