Monday, October 18, 2010

Promote Fall titles and crafts!

NOW is the time to promote wonderful Fall titles including the The Gigantic Turnip,  The Barefoot Book of Monsters and Tales of Mystery and Magic.  These three titles make wonderful Halloween gifts or to be read at an event or storytime.  

I recently came upon this easy craft that would be great at a storytime and craft event.   Monster Masks..

Creating monster masks is a creative way to help children understand that something are not as scary as they seem. That monsters are a part of our imagination. Just like the one they are getting ready to make.  You'll need:
  • Paper Plates
  • Craft Sticks
  • Miscellaneous craft supplies
  1. Give each child a paper plate. Make sure that if you are going to use eye holes that you cut them out in advance.
  2. Offer craft supplies and glue.
  3. Encourage the children to decorate their plate to make a monster mask.
  4. Tape the craft stick to the back bottom part of the plate.
  5. Find some fun monster music and let the children dance with their masks on
Read more about the source of this craft here
Happy Fall

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Think outside the box, part 2

Holiday time is right around the corner - make sure you are keeping up with the scattered holiday events in your area.  Churches and other fellowship organizations are great places that host holiday sales and bazaars.  Keep these tips in mind:
  • If it's advertised as a "craft fair" it's still worth taking a peek to see if they would allow a Barefoot Books vendor.  The books are special and different.  Also some organizers will allow you to attend if you provide a craft or activity sheets for the little guests.   (Pssst - Busy little ones = more parent shopping time!)
  • Think about hosting an online fundraiser, which will only help expand your business and contacts.  Donate a portion of your commission to the organization that you feel passionately about.  Online fundraisers are seldom much work
  • Look to hospitals, large hotels that host various events, assisted living facilities, dance studios, yoga studios and other venues that target your desired audience.  These books and products have a wide appeal to people of all ages.  Don't loose sight of that!
  • Balance - be sure to maintain a balance during the busy holiday season....don't sign up for every event you see, you'll only end up exhausted and too busy for yourself.  
 Read - share and enjoy this special time of year!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Barefoot on GMA

Just wanted to post the link to a recent link featured on Good Morning America that highlighted several direct sales companies, including (you guessed it) Barefoot!  Take a look here.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Summer is the perfect time to go Barefoot!

I apologize that I haven't been keeping up with this blog as much as I would like.  I don't have a good excuse, just the fact that life has sort of gotten in my way of focusing on Barefoot Books as much as I'd like. 

I would encourage everyone on my team to also become a member of Dena's Team Barefoot page on Facebook.  Dena is who I roll up under and is full of knowledge and information about these wonderful books and products.  As far as I'm concerned the more we share with one another, the more successful we will all be.  Oh, and be sure to congratulate Dena on the birth of her new son!

Just a couple of June tips...Barefoot Books and the activity cards make wonderful "Happy Summer" gifts as well as end of the school year teacher gifts.  Teachers love these books and inspire creative little minds - Riley's teacher is getting a deck of the Kids' Garden Cards, great for Summer and beyond!

As always, please do not hesitate to ask me any questions and offer suggestions! 

Happy Summer everyone!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Last days...

As most of you know, Barefoot Books' Cambridge Store is closing shop at the end of April and moving to their new location in Concord, NH.  Inventory there is up to 50% off (or more by now).  If you are in the area, it might be a great time to take one last look at this fabulous store that's been open since 2001.  Read more about it here.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Kids' Garden!

We were pretty thrilled today when our very first copy of the Kids' Garden cards finally arrived.  Riley sat right down to "dig in" and they certainly did not disappoint!  They are broken into five different categories:

  1. Exploring the Garden
  2. Planting and Growing
  3. Fun with PLants
  4. Discovering Creatures
  5. Creative Garden Art

Riley (age 5) really liked the deck but had a few favorites including - Corn Husk Dolls (a card all about how to make your very own). Planting a Pizza Bed and of course, Creating Flower Crowns.

It also includes a little pamphlet all about garden tools and saftey when using them!

I am honestly giving this new deck to every little one (and bigger ones) that I know for Spring and Summer birthdays.  What a fabulous gift!  I would encourage you to take a deeper look at this particular deck which, like all the Barefoot decks is full of wonderful, educational and thought provoking activities for your customers. 

 Really, who wouldn't want to plant a rainbow?  

Sorry for the lack of posts recently.  Two little ones makes life very busy these days.  I'm still learning to balance home, family and a business.  If anybody has suggestions of topics they'd like discussed or addressed, please email me at or comment here and I'd be happy to address any requests!

Friday, March 19, 2010

Books with cds shipping update

From today's ambassador weekly update, keep in mind this important piece of information regarding your orders!  Definetely something to consider!

North America shipping
We want to inform Ambassadors in North America that the United States Postal Service no longer allows books with CD's to ship as bound printed matter. As a result, if you place an order on the Barefoot Books website that contains a book w/ CD you will no longer see the USPS $4.99 shipping option. These orders have to be shipped via UPS which is based on order weight and delivery zip/postal code