Sunday, March 28, 2010

Top Gun Ride for Children

Please help the Ultimate Book Soiree raise funds for the 8th Annual Top Gun Ride for Children here in Atlanta, Ga.

If you are in the Atlanta, Ga. area, the 8th Annual Top Gun Ride to benefit the Center for Children and Young Adults (CCYA) and the Georgia National Guard Family Support Foundation will take place April 17, 2010 rain or shine. The escorted ride departs from the Hooters in Kennesaw at 4:30 PM, travels through West Cobb and then continues on to the Clay National Guard Center where everyone will enjoy music, food and a raffle for a Triumph Bonneville Motorcycle valued at nearly $10,000.

Use the link to look for and order books for children ages 1-12 years old. 90% of all profits will go to fund the Center for Children and Young Adults (CCYA) and the Georgia National Guard Family Support Foundation.

You can learn more about the Top Gun Ride and CCYA at the links below. You can also visit The Ultimate Book Soiree at to place orders outside of this fundraiser or request your own fundraiser or book drive.

Take care and I hope you can join us April 17th.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Devastation in Haiti

Hello All!

By now, I know you have heard of the earthquake that hit Haiti on Tuesday. From what I've seen and heard, the destruction is unimaginable. While listening to the news, I was directed to visit the website below for organizations accepting charitable contributions. If you have not already done so, I urge you to at your earliest convenience.

For those of you that really know me, times have been difficult but I will make every effort to do what I can to help those in need. If you have access to this e-mail you are far more fortunate than those in Port-au-Prince tonight.

If you hear of any other legitimate aid organizations, please pass the word along. I am also looking for any organization that may be taking clothes and shoes to those that need them.

Thank you and please continue to pray!


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Season Greetings and Happy Reading!

Hello All!

I know it has been a while since I have written and for that I apologize. I've been racking my brain trying to come up with some good sales for parents and some excellent crafts for kids. I think I may have found a few really good ones.

Recently, I was giving two American Girl magazines for my daughter and was amazed at the number of great ideas they contained. I wanted to share a few of those with you. I also wanted to update you on the latest sales that The Ultimate Book Soiree can offer though Barefoot Books. If you haven't checked out the website please do. These books are amazing.

As aways, I'm open to your suggestions and crafting ideas.



Fruit Pizza
This is a wonderful idea for those holiday sleepovers and even a family Christmas event.

1 (18 ounce) package refrigerated sugar cookie dough
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

2 cups sliced fresh strawberries

1/2 cup white sugar
1 pinch salt
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Slice cookie dough and arrange on greased pizza pan, overlapping edges. Press dough flat into pan. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Allow to cool.
2.In a large bowl, soften cream cheese, then fold in the whipped topping. Spread over cooled crust. You can chill for a while at this point, or continue by arranging the fruit.
3.Begin with strawberries, sliced in half. Arrange in a circle around the outside edge. Continue with fruit of your choice, working towards the middle. If bananas are used, dip them in lemon juice so they don't darken. Then make a sauce to spoon over fruit.
4.In a saucepan, combine sugar, salt, corn starch, orange juice, lemon juice and water. Cook and stir over medium heat. Bring to a boil, and cook for 1 or 2 minutes, until thickened. Remove from heat, and add grated orange rind. Allow to cool, but not set up. Spoon over fruit. Chill for two hours, then cut into wedges and serve.

This recipe was taken from You can also find a mor kid friendly version of this pizza in the July/ August 2009 edition of American Girl Magazine.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Join an award wnning team

I would like to take this time to introduce you to Barefoot Books. This company was started by two hardworking women that wanted a better career/ home life. They also had a strong desire to introduce their children and the world to excellent reading material.

Times are harder today more than ever. Money is tight and the holiday season is fast approaching. Becoming a Barefoot books ambassador is absolutely free and worth a second look.

This company is unlike any other direct sales organization I have researched. They offer a complete variety of training materials, videos, marketing and sales publications at your fingertips. You have no inventory to control and you are your own boss. You also manage your own time and resources.

I'm not saying this opportunity will make you a Hilton overnight but you can earn an excellent commission, learn something about running a business and sell a product you can stand behind.

Click on the link below or go to for more details.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Have a holly, jolly holiday season

Oh yes, the holiday season is quickly approaching and many of use are caught once again unprepared. Well, maybe you are not as unprepared as you think.

Children are excellent and creative little artists. They are never afraid to take a risk and every creation is a master piece. Why not take a few of those masterpieces and be a little creative yourself. Buy a variety of frames and make a mini collection using drawings created by your children. Take it a step further and scan these images. They can be used for greeting cards, mugs, t-shirts, hats, etc.

Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and Moms and Dads will love these very creative treasures from your children. Your kids will love it too. They would be extremely excited to know that they not only helped but had a starring role in your gift giving.

Sample image uses RIBBA frame 11 3/4" x 15 3/4" $9.99 from IKEA

Monday, November 2, 2009

Learning through doing- Activities to keep your kids hopping

My daughter loves following me around. I know this may not be new to many of you but I never imagined to what extent. So, in an effort to always make our day a learning experience each daily duty is a mini activity. For starters we create lists. My daughter can not read yet but she can draw pictures. She will create a picture list of our "to do" list and I will add the word next to the image. This does several things. She will begin to learn organizational skills, perfect her art skills and word recognition.

Together, we work diligently on checking off all items on our list. Our next big activity is to learn a new language. I will keep you posted on the results!

Work together and stay involved in your children's lives. It is never too late to show them how much you care.



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