Usborne Books & More Best Sellers Guide!

If you’re crazy about children’s books then this company probably isn’t anything new to you, they make some of the best possible children’s books on the market from birth through young adult!  Usborne Books & More has been around for over 40 years and continues to break records and earn some well deserved rewards for their imaginative and innovative approach to literacy.  Their books inspire and educate as well as entertain.  With over 2,000 books available in their online store and through consultants, you’re bound to find just the right title for your little reader.  That many books can also overwhelm a bit, so if you’re looking to learn more about some of the very best top sellers you’re in the right place!

This handy guide covers 20 of some of the top different categories and series of books Usborne Books & More offers.  Find a brief description, key points, and who might be most interested along with binding, target age range and price range. CLICK HERE to download the guide! I’d love to hear in a comment below what you think of it. You can also like me on Facebook  and follow me on Pinterest for more ideas and inspiration!

Ready to shop?  Use these handy links below to help find some of the awesome books featured! Use the ‘search’ feature on the website to find specific titles.

If you’re interested in getting these books for free I’d LOVE to help you host a party- either in person if you’re local to me or online if not!  Click here to connect with me and find a good date for your your event!  Interested in becoming a consultant yourself and building an incredible children’s library while making money? Click here, I’d love to have you on my team!

Already an Usborne consultant and looking for more ideas to help your business grow?? Be sure to check out this incredible planner for direct sales consultants designed just for you!! This post shows it in action and gives you a better idea how it’s used.

Coastal Kitchen Makeover Reveal With White Cabinets!

kitchen-before-3I’m so excited to reveal the final product of our gorgeous kitchen make over!  We moved into our new home just a few months ago and have been hard at work making it feel like our own.  I loved the layout of the kitchen with the large curved island, corner windows over the sink, walk in pantry and plenty of cupboard space.  I even loved the newer granite counter tops and back splash, but the dark colored walls and honey oak cabinets just weren’t calling my name.  We started by painting the walls in Sherwin Williams Sea Salt– the most lovely neutral grey color with blue and green undertones. The next step  was adding crown molding to the tops of the cupboards and board and batten wainscoting to the island and side cabinets.  I can’t believe what a difference this made already!

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I am a Child of God Free Printable

I loved being in Activities Days- it was probably my favorite calling in the church!  Ever 2 week’s we’d plan a wonderful activity with all the 8-11 year old girls in the neighborhood.  For one of the activities we purchased some 5X7 frames at the local dollar store and had the girls paint and decorate them in whatever way they wanted.  Then we had them this put this cute image in the frames to help them remember the wonderful phrase “I am a child of God.”  To get your own download of this cute printable please click HERE

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Our Coastal Home- Adding Crown Molding to Kitchen Cabinets and Wainscoting to Island

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We loved painting our walls in the kitchen area in Sherwin Williams Sea Salt! The next step is the kitchen cabinets.  I’ve always wanted a white kitchen.  It’s timeless, classy, and so clean looking.  Some people may not like white and the fact that everything shows up on it but that’s exactly why I love it! It may have something to do with my medical background, but I REALLY like to know when things are clean and white lets me do that. We currently have honey oak cabinets which were oh so very popular in the 80’s and 90’s, but they seem too yellow to me, and I especially feel that way against the new Sea Salt paint color. I love the layout of the kitchen and even like the size and shape of the cabinets, I’d just like them in white.

I contemplated painting the cabinets myself, even spent several hrs looking up tutorials and watching videos on how to do it.  I decided in the end I wanted it to look professional when I was done and the best way to get that is by having the cabinets actually sprayed in a hard finish and after much shopping around for a local painter I went with Chameleon Painting– more on this great company in my follow up post!

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To help the kitchen feel more complete the hubs and I decided to add crown molding to the top of the cabinets.  This adds so much class and makes a more finished look.  The hubby is a fairly handy fellow so we decided to do this part ourselves.  It was a lot of work but in the end it looks amazing!  Also, it is remarkably hard to find good pictures of kitchens with vaulted ceilings and cabinets with crown molding.  Almost all the photos I found were of cabinets that go all the way to the ceiling.

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Next we decided to add some board and batten wainscotting to the island and the bottom ends of the side cabinets. We used 4 inch wide X 1/2 inch thick floor molding and I love how it turned out. This also took a lot of time.  As in, we finished at 3 am the morning the cabinet painters were coming. Chameleon painters were amazing and told us if we had the molding and wainscoting in before they came they’d do the touch up work and paint it at the same time as the rest of the cabinets- sold! So here’s out final “before” pictures, next up we’ll be showing my gorgeous new WHITE kitchen, so stay tuned!

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Our Coastal Home- Painting the Kitchen Sea Salt

I am SO excited to share this project with you! We moved a few months ago into a new home and we love it, but we definitely want to make it our own.  I’ve always been drawn to the coastal home color scheme with it’s soft, peaceful colors.  It’s unique enough to feel like me, and timeless enough I won’t feel the need to repaint every few years. The home had been painted in a dark grey/brown color which was neutral and elegant, but way too dark for me.  My mood is highly influenced by the light around me so I knew I wanted to lighten things up significantly.

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Primary 4 Lesson 30: Nephi Receives Great Power

This LDS Primary lesson tells of Nephi prophesying.   The purpose of the lesson is to teach the children that through the power and authority of the priesthood Jesus Christ guides and blesses his followers and his church. To help the children remember what they learned during class I created this little handout.  For more ideas on how I use these handouts in my lessons, be sure to check out my post on using journals to enhance Primary! To download your own copy please click HERE

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Primary 4 Lesson 29: Nephi Prophesies

This LDS Primary lesson tells of Nephi prophesying.   The purpose of the lesson is to teach the children that Heavenly Father sends prophets to teach us about the Savior, help us repent, and warn us of things to come. To help the children remember what they learned during class I created this little handout.  For more ideas on how I use these handouts in my lessons, be sure to check out my post on using journals to enhance Primary! To download your own copy please click HERE

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Primary 4 Lesson 28: Nephi and Lehi in Prison

This LDS Primary lesson tells of Nephi and Lehi in prison.   The purpose of the lesson is to encourage the children to make the Savior the foundation of their lives by choosing to live his teachings. To help the children remember what they learned during class I created this little handout.  For more ideas on how I use these handouts in my lessons, be sure to check out my post on using journals to enhance Primary! To download your own copy please click  HERE

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Primary 4 Lesson 27: Helaman and the Two Thousand Warriors

This LDS Primary lesson tells of Captain Moroni and the Title of Liberty.   The purpose of the lesson is to teach the children that following the examples and teachings of righteous parents gives us power to defend truth and right. To help the children remember what they learned during class I created this little handout.  For more ideas on how I use these handouts in my lessons, be sure to check out my post on using journals to enhance Primary! To download your own copy please click HERE

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Primary 4 Lesson 26: Captain Moroni and the Title of Liberty

This LDS Primary lesson tells of Captain Moroni and the Title of Liberty.   The purpose of the lesson is to teach the children that true freedom comes by resisting evil and keeping Heavenly Father’s commandments. To help the children remember what they learned during class I created this little handout.  For more ideas on how I use these handouts in my lessons, be sure to check out my post on using journals to enhance Primary! To download your own copy please click HERE
Primary 4 Lesson 26 FlyerIf you appreciate these fun ideas and free handouts please let me know in a comment below! You can like me on Facebook, follow me on Pinterest and Instagram and sign up for my newsletter for more updates!