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    Bread Winner, Bread Baker
    by Sandy Elsberg
    Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars


    This book is another gift from my sister (and upline.)
      Although I understood how multi-level marketing companies worked before I read this book, it helped me see MLM's a little differently.

    Most people look at MLM companies as a hobby (mostly for women); a way to make a supplemental income.  This book focuses on looking at MLM's as an opportunity to create a customer base, a team to mentor and a way to earn a full-time paycheck.

    I believe the author's approach of looking at an MLM as a way to help others is great, but what you must keep in mind is that not all people will want to work their business in the same way as you may work yours.  You can teach others to the best of your ability, but it is up to the individuals to decide how much work, time and effort they put forth.

    What I did not appreciate about this book was how 'easy' the author makes it sound to acquire customers and team members.  No matter what MLM company you are with, I believe it takes a lot of time, dedication, persistence and sacrifice to truly make wages that you can live off of.  This is why I believe most who are in MLM's do it as a part-time gig because they already have a full-time job and do not have the aforementioned time to make full-time wages.

    On the positive side, the author shows how when a mentor takes the time to train a new MLM representative how this helps the company, the leader and the new representative.  It also shows the new team member how to teach anyone that they welcome into the company.  Focusing on learning about the company's products, finding customers, learning business practices and teaching how to be an all-around good business person is essential to making things come together as well.

    I recommend this book for anyone who does not understand how MLM companies work or anyone thinking about joining one.   Most importantly, this book shows an inside view of how what comes of your business is solely up to you and the effort the individual puts forth into being successful.  Most of the outcome in this type of business is on the shoulders of the representative.  Being responsible for outcomes, whether good or bad.



    Book Review: Bread Winner, Bread Baker by Sandy Elsberg

    Bread Winner, Bread Baker
    by Sandy Elsberg
    Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars


    This book is another gift from my sister (and upline.)
      Although I understood how multi-level marketing companies worked before I read this book, it helped me see MLM's a little differently.

    Most people look at MLM companies as a hobby (mostly for women); a way to make a supplemental income.  This book focuses on looking at MLM's as an opportunity to create a customer base, a team to mentor and a way to earn a full-time paycheck.

    I believe the author's approach of looking at an MLM as a way to help others is great, but what you must keep in mind is that not all people will want to work their business in the same way as you may work yours.  You can teach others to the best of your ability, but it is up to the individuals to decide how much work, time and effort they put forth.

    What I did not appreciate about this book was how 'easy' the author makes it sound to acquire customers and team members.  No matter what MLM company you are with, I believe it takes a lot of time, dedication, persistence and sacrifice to truly make wages that you can live off of.  This is why I believe most who are in MLM's do it as a part-time gig because they already have a full-time job and do not have the aforementioned time to make full-time wages.

    On the positive side, the author shows how when a mentor takes the time to train a new MLM representative how this helps the company, the leader and the new representative.  It also shows the new team member how to teach anyone that they welcome into the company.  Focusing on learning about the company's products, finding customers, learning business practices and teaching how to be an all-around good business person is essential to making things come together as well.

    I recommend this book for anyone who does not understand how MLM companies work or anyone thinking about joining one.   Most importantly, this book shows an inside view of how what comes of your business is solely up to you and the effort the individual puts forth into being successful.  Most of the outcome in this type of business is on the shoulders of the representative.  Being responsible for outcomes, whether good or bad.



    Posted at 10:29 AM  |  by Lisa Epler, AVON Representative


    Og Mandino ~ Three Volumes In One
    Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

    This is my first book review at All Around The Circle.

    I hope you enjoy my book reviews and insights in addition to Elle's.

    This is a book I would not have chosen for myself.

    It was given to me as a gift from my sister, 
    who just happens to be my up-line with Avon.
    Why wouldn't I have chosen it for myself you may wonder?
    Well, I'm not a 'self-help' reader and definitely am intimidated when I see a big 'ol book like this one is!!!!  Granted, there are three books in one in this particular book, but none the less, it sat on my bookshelf for about eleven months before I decided to make myself read it!

    At first I thought it was going to be all about business.

    But really, this is one of those books that you can apply to life in general, so I would recommend it to anyone.  Also, there are religious references in this book (no doubt) but even if you are not the religious type, do not let that hold you back from reading this book to gain knowledge.

    The first book is called "The Greatest Salesman In The World."

    This story is the basis of everything.  I honestly found myself excited to sit down and read to find out what would happen next.
    The main take away from this book are 'The Ten Scrolls.'
    These are ten lessons for beginning anew; to believe in yourself, have faith, build confidence, control emotions and focus on what you want in your life.  If you follow the book the way the author wants you to read the book, you will be reading one scroll every month to ingrain these scrolls into your brain.  Well, I do not have that kind of time and as I said above, I was intimidated enough at the size of the book and just wanted to get through it! (Just being honest here.)
    So with that said, I know I will refer back to this book in the future when I need some inspiration.  I enjoyed the story of the salesman and in the life lessons each scroll touches upon.  This is one of those books that every senior in high school or freshman in college should be required to read.

    The second book was called 'The Greatest Secret In The World' and I felt it was just reiterating each scroll in more detail and dragging out the process of dissecting each scroll.


    The third book was called 'The Greatest Miracle In The World' and I really enjoyed this one.  I couldn't wait to finish it to find out what happened!

    Og Mandino is a tremendous storyteller and I often wondered throughout this book how much of this story was fiction and how much was non-fiction because it truly read like a non-fiction book to me.

    I know I did not give away what the story lines of these books are about.

    It is very complicated to explain, but just know that these books are like no other I have ever read.  I can truly say that.  

    If you do read any of these books, please don't hesitate to come back and visit me here to comment and talk about the books.  


    The next book I would like to read by Og Mandino is 'The God Memorandum' which was a part of the last book ('The Greatest Miracle In The World.')  I was thinking of reading  'The Return Of The Ragpicker' because I thought it would pick up where the story left off in 'The Greatest Miracle In The World', but then I read some reviews from others who have read it.  They said the author wrote it ten to fifteen years after 'miracle' and that it was basically a 'brag' book of the author's accomplishments and 'politically correct platforms' replaced his God-based inspirations.  Because of this I will probably not bother with the 'return' book, however I would like to read more of his early works because it seems to me that is when he was most 'humble.'



    Book Review: Og Mandino- Three Volumes In One



    Og Mandino ~ Three Volumes In One
    Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

    This is my first book review at All Around The Circle.

    I hope you enjoy my book reviews and insights in addition to Elle's.

    This is a book I would not have chosen for myself.

    It was given to me as a gift from my sister, 
    who just happens to be my up-line with Avon.
    Why wouldn't I have chosen it for myself you may wonder?
    Well, I'm not a 'self-help' reader and definitely am intimidated when I see a big 'ol book like this one is!!!!  Granted, there are three books in one in this particular book, but none the less, it sat on my bookshelf for about eleven months before I decided to make myself read it!

    At first I thought it was going to be all about business.

    But really, this is one of those books that you can apply to life in general, so I would recommend it to anyone.  Also, there are religious references in this book (no doubt) but even if you are not the religious type, do not let that hold you back from reading this book to gain knowledge.

    The first book is called "The Greatest Salesman In The World."

    This story is the basis of everything.  I honestly found myself excited to sit down and read to find out what would happen next.
    The main take away from this book are 'The Ten Scrolls.'
    These are ten lessons for beginning anew; to believe in yourself, have faith, build confidence, control emotions and focus on what you want in your life.  If you follow the book the way the author wants you to read the book, you will be reading one scroll every month to ingrain these scrolls into your brain.  Well, I do not have that kind of time and as I said above, I was intimidated enough at the size of the book and just wanted to get through it! (Just being honest here.)
    So with that said, I know I will refer back to this book in the future when I need some inspiration.  I enjoyed the story of the salesman and in the life lessons each scroll touches upon.  This is one of those books that every senior in high school or freshman in college should be required to read.

    The second book was called 'The Greatest Secret In The World' and I felt it was just reiterating each scroll in more detail and dragging out the process of dissecting each scroll.


    The third book was called 'The Greatest Miracle In The World' and I really enjoyed this one.  I couldn't wait to finish it to find out what happened!

    Og Mandino is a tremendous storyteller and I often wondered throughout this book how much of this story was fiction and how much was non-fiction because it truly read like a non-fiction book to me.

    I know I did not give away what the story lines of these books are about.

    It is very complicated to explain, but just know that these books are like no other I have ever read.  I can truly say that.  

    If you do read any of these books, please don't hesitate to come back and visit me here to comment and talk about the books.  


    The next book I would like to read by Og Mandino is 'The God Memorandum' which was a part of the last book ('The Greatest Miracle In The World.')  I was thinking of reading  'The Return Of The Ragpicker' because I thought it would pick up where the story left off in 'The Greatest Miracle In The World', but then I read some reviews from others who have read it.  They said the author wrote it ten to fifteen years after 'miracle' and that it was basically a 'brag' book of the author's accomplishments and 'politically correct platforms' replaced his God-based inspirations.  Because of this I will probably not bother with the 'return' book, however I would like to read more of his early works because it seems to me that is when he was most 'humble.'



    Posted at 10:33 PM  |  by Lisa Epler, AVON Representative

    My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

    A View From The Top is a compilation of top selling Avon Representative stories revealing how they achieved their success.  The various representatives offer their views on how they became successful in the Avon direct marketing business and offer their strategies on how you can become successful as well.

    The reason I decided to read this book is because an online friend is an Avon Representative.  She asked me to help her promote her Avon business through my blog and in return she will help me monetarily so I can afford to do more things with my blog in the future.  This is in the early stages and we are slowly making progress working together.

    The stories in this book are truly inspiring.
    There are many women who came from dire situations, with no prior selling or marketing experience, who have built an incredibly large customer base as well as trained and mentored hundreds upon hundreds of  Avon Representatives.

    One thing that I have taken away from this book is that there's not just one way to be successful.  What works for one person may not work for another.  This makes sense since every individual has their strong and weak points.  That does not mean an individual cannot focus on one of their weaker qualities and become better at it.  Life is one continuous learning process.

    Another recurring theme throughout this book is that none of these women gave up.  Even when they may have lost their leadership title, their team or customer numbers diminished or something in their life threw them for a loop, they stuck with their business.  They did not throw in the towel.  Determination.

    They also all took action in their lives.  They believed in themselves.  Even sometimes when it was difficult to believe, they kept pushing through.  It's amazing what these women have done with something I always thought to be 'just a hobby' and not a real job.  But if you read this book, you will see that you can make a real career out of being an Avon Representative.  I was quite surprised!  That's not to say that doing it as a hobby,part-time, as supplemental income isn't a great idea either.....because it is!  You can make your own schedule and fir it into your life.  Flexibility is a wonderful thing!

    If you or someone you know is looking for a home-based earnings opportunity, this could be the start of something substantial.  And unlike many other direct selling companies it does not cost much to start!  Currently it is just $15!!!!!
    Follow this link to find out more about joining Avon.

    ****United States applicants only for the above link.****



    Book Review: A View From The Top (Various Authors)


    My Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

    A View From The Top is a compilation of top selling Avon Representative stories revealing how they achieved their success.  The various representatives offer their views on how they became successful in the Avon direct marketing business and offer their strategies on how you can become successful as well.

    The reason I decided to read this book is because an online friend is an Avon Representative.  She asked me to help her promote her Avon business through my blog and in return she will help me monetarily so I can afford to do more things with my blog in the future.  This is in the early stages and we are slowly making progress working together.

    The stories in this book are truly inspiring.
    There are many women who came from dire situations, with no prior selling or marketing experience, who have built an incredibly large customer base as well as trained and mentored hundreds upon hundreds of  Avon Representatives.

    One thing that I have taken away from this book is that there's not just one way to be successful.  What works for one person may not work for another.  This makes sense since every individual has their strong and weak points.  That does not mean an individual cannot focus on one of their weaker qualities and become better at it.  Life is one continuous learning process.

    Another recurring theme throughout this book is that none of these women gave up.  Even when they may have lost their leadership title, their team or customer numbers diminished or something in their life threw them for a loop, they stuck with their business.  They did not throw in the towel.  Determination.

    They also all took action in their lives.  They believed in themselves.  Even sometimes when it was difficult to believe, they kept pushing through.  It's amazing what these women have done with something I always thought to be 'just a hobby' and not a real job.  But if you read this book, you will see that you can make a real career out of being an Avon Representative.  I was quite surprised!  That's not to say that doing it as a hobby,part-time, as supplemental income isn't a great idea either.....because it is!  You can make your own schedule and fir it into your life.  Flexibility is a wonderful thing!

    If you or someone you know is looking for a home-based earnings opportunity, this could be the start of something substantial.  And unlike many other direct selling companies it does not cost much to start!  Currently it is just $15!!!!!
    Follow this link to find out more about joining Avon.

    ****United States applicants only for the above link.****



    Posted at 8:30 AM  |  by Elle
    My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


    What A Girl Needs From Her Mom is a Christian Parenting book by Cheri Fuller.  I was given this book as an Advanced Reader Copy from NetGalley.

    I started to read this book in November 2015 and did not finish it until May 2016.  Sometimes this happens with non-fiction books I read just because I may not be in the mood to read non-fiction.  This time however, it was just because I truly didn't have time to fit reading into my busy schedule.

    Although this is a Christian book, the values, insights and relatability the author shows through real life stories with mother's and their daughters are invaluable to anyone raising a daughter in today's world.

    From the 'degree of digital overload in our lives and families,' internet safety, helicopter parenting, knowing when to back off and give our daughters their space and relational bullying (this is an escalating problem and has affected both of my own daughters!) there are many relevant topics and a supply of great advice packed into this book.  The author also provides names of other books to read for more insight into problems affecting young girls today.

    Some of my favorite quotes from the book are:

    "It's our job to get to know and understand our children, not the other way around."

    "The years between sixteen and twenty-six are especially crucial because our girls make decisions that will impact the span of their whole lives, like the friends she'll hang out with, what college major and career she chooses, perhaps choosing a husband, or deciding whether to follow the faith she was raised in ot to throw it away."

    "The last dimension of the parent's role is teaching morality as part of a larger world view-a spiritual heritage that offers a vision of the purpose of human existence, ultimate reasons for leading a moral life, and traditions and rituals that weave the vision into the fabric of family living-and our own children's lives.  Though it is a challenging mission, it is a key part of our role"
    -Dr. Thomas Lickona

    "Remember that your words are important, but they can only go so far.  So much of the work of passing on a legacy of faith takes place when we model it ourselves and believe in our children." - Jim Burns

    "Perhaps parents would enjoy their children more if they stopped to realize that the film of childhood can never be run through for a second showing."
     - Evelyn Nown

    I recommend this book to mother's of girls, grandmothers, teachers, social workers, guidance counselors and anyone wanting to know more about the struggles this generation of young girls faces.  Very well written with some things I felt I already knew, but was worded in such a way that I would like revisit when dealing with a particular struggle or for reassurance that I am doing the right thing with raising my daughters.








    Book Review: What A Girl Needs From Her Mom by Cheri Fuller

    My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars


    What A Girl Needs From Her Mom is a Christian Parenting book by Cheri Fuller.  I was given this book as an Advanced Reader Copy from NetGalley.

    I started to read this book in November 2015 and did not finish it until May 2016.  Sometimes this happens with non-fiction books I read just because I may not be in the mood to read non-fiction.  This time however, it was just because I truly didn't have time to fit reading into my busy schedule.

    Although this is a Christian book, the values, insights and relatability the author shows through real life stories with mother's and their daughters are invaluable to anyone raising a daughter in today's world.

    From the 'degree of digital overload in our lives and families,' internet safety, helicopter parenting, knowing when to back off and give our daughters their space and relational bullying (this is an escalating problem and has affected both of my own daughters!) there are many relevant topics and a supply of great advice packed into this book.  The author also provides names of other books to read for more insight into problems affecting young girls today.

    Some of my favorite quotes from the book are:

    "It's our job to get to know and understand our children, not the other way around."

    "The years between sixteen and twenty-six are especially crucial because our girls make decisions that will impact the span of their whole lives, like the friends she'll hang out with, what college major and career she chooses, perhaps choosing a husband, or deciding whether to follow the faith she was raised in ot to throw it away."

    "The last dimension of the parent's role is teaching morality as part of a larger world view-a spiritual heritage that offers a vision of the purpose of human existence, ultimate reasons for leading a moral life, and traditions and rituals that weave the vision into the fabric of family living-and our own children's lives.  Though it is a challenging mission, it is a key part of our role"
    -Dr. Thomas Lickona

    "Remember that your words are important, but they can only go so far.  So much of the work of passing on a legacy of faith takes place when we model it ourselves and believe in our children." - Jim Burns

    "Perhaps parents would enjoy their children more if they stopped to realize that the film of childhood can never be run through for a second showing."
     - Evelyn Nown

    I recommend this book to mother's of girls, grandmothers, teachers, social workers, guidance counselors and anyone wanting to know more about the struggles this generation of young girls faces.  Very well written with some things I felt I already knew, but was worded in such a way that I would like revisit when dealing with a particular struggle or for reassurance that I am doing the right thing with raising my daughters.








    Posted at 10:38 PM  |  by Elle
    Hello AATC friends!

    It's been quite some time since I've blogged.

    I have wonderful followers who look for my book reviews,
     send me sweet e-mails asking about my family and blog friends
    who I follow and I've missed as well.

    Although I'm not going into detail as to why I've been gone, 
    I will say I needed some time away to regroup.  To figure out the direction of my blog and how I'm going to get where I want to go.

    I haven't been reading much at all, which is a BIG part of my blog....book reviews.  I've been missing it and with summer upon us, I hope to get back into reading & reviewing again.

    I've also decided to help an online friend with her business.
     This will help me to grow and earn money to expand my blog in the future.  I will be adding my friend as an author to my blog so she can be the voice of her business which will be located under her own section, but in turn she will compensate me for any customers she gains that are my followers.  I will also be helping her with some other virtual assistant tasks which will help me earn so I can create a bigger and better blog!  I'm looking forward to having another blogger on board with me to add to my site's content! 

    As always, family comes first and everyone around here is definitely keeping busy, busy, busy!

    My oldest daughter Em is now 13 years old and will be entering 8th grade....her last year of middle school!!!!  She's been busy this school year with singing in choirs and playing violin in orchestra.

    Kaye is 9 years old and will be heading into 4th grade.
    She's kept busy with Girl Scouts, friends birthday parties, 
    school & field trips.

    Jay has made me proud by quitting his addiction to cigarettes and continues adapting to a healthier lifestyle.

    I have been busy being the taxi driver for my daughters, housekeeper for our home and accountant for the bills which hasn't left me with much 'me' time.  I would like to get back to exercising and eating healthier, reading more and getting things organized around my home.  There's a lot to be done and when I get to where I am going, it will feel so much better to have accomplished a healthier lifestyle, more organized home and acquired some free time to just be.  

    Of course I'm excited to be back blogging and adding new and exciting things to my blog.  As always there are other places you can find me online.  Just scroll down  to the bottom of this post and look to the right of your screen.  All my social media icons are there and you can follow me on  whichever networks you're a part of.  Some social outlets I'm more involved with than others.  It's all  a work in progress and I'm grateful that you're along on this journey with me!


    Thank You for being a loyal follower and 
    I look forward to this new chapter ahead!!!

    Returning & Update

    Hello AATC friends!

    It's been quite some time since I've blogged.

    I have wonderful followers who look for my book reviews,
     send me sweet e-mails asking about my family and blog friends
    who I follow and I've missed as well.

    Although I'm not going into detail as to why I've been gone, 
    I will say I needed some time away to regroup.  To figure out the direction of my blog and how I'm going to get where I want to go.

    I haven't been reading much at all, which is a BIG part of my blog....book reviews.  I've been missing it and with summer upon us, I hope to get back into reading & reviewing again.

    I've also decided to help an online friend with her business.
     This will help me to grow and earn money to expand my blog in the future.  I will be adding my friend as an author to my blog so she can be the voice of her business which will be located under her own section, but in turn she will compensate me for any customers she gains that are my followers.  I will also be helping her with some other virtual assistant tasks which will help me earn so I can create a bigger and better blog!  I'm looking forward to having another blogger on board with me to add to my site's content! 

    As always, family comes first and everyone around here is definitely keeping busy, busy, busy!

    My oldest daughter Em is now 13 years old and will be entering 8th grade....her last year of middle school!!!!  She's been busy this school year with singing in choirs and playing violin in orchestra.

    Kaye is 9 years old and will be heading into 4th grade.
    She's kept busy with Girl Scouts, friends birthday parties, 
    school & field trips.

    Jay has made me proud by quitting his addiction to cigarettes and continues adapting to a healthier lifestyle.

    I have been busy being the taxi driver for my daughters, housekeeper for our home and accountant for the bills which hasn't left me with much 'me' time.  I would like to get back to exercising and eating healthier, reading more and getting things organized around my home.  There's a lot to be done and when I get to where I am going, it will feel so much better to have accomplished a healthier lifestyle, more organized home and acquired some free time to just be.  

    Of course I'm excited to be back blogging and adding new and exciting things to my blog.  As always there are other places you can find me online.  Just scroll down  to the bottom of this post and look to the right of your screen.  All my social media icons are there and you can follow me on  whichever networks you're a part of.  Some social outlets I'm more involved with than others.  It's all  a work in progress and I'm grateful that you're along on this journey with me!


    Thank You for being a loyal follower and 
    I look forward to this new chapter ahead!!!

    Posted at 11:54 AM  |  by Elle

    My rating: 3 of 5 stars


    Summer Snow's grandmother is dying and has written a bucket list for her!
    The first item is to locate a childhood friend named Martin, who meant so much to Summer.
    Summer finds herself in the middle of Martin and his quirky, dysfunctional brothers and their family secrets.


    This book was a 'midway' like for me; meaning there were parts of the storyline I really liked, and others not as much; just some odd & quirky things to me. I liked Summer's grandmother out of all the characters, and Martin's brothers the least.

    It would've been a quick read had I been more interested in the story, but I actually set it aside for awhile.

    I was given this book as an Advanced Reader copy from NetGalley-----Thank You!!!!!










    Book Review: Summer's List by Anita Higman


    My rating: 3 of 5 stars


    Summer Snow's grandmother is dying and has written a bucket list for her!
    The first item is to locate a childhood friend named Martin, who meant so much to Summer.
    Summer finds herself in the middle of Martin and his quirky, dysfunctional brothers and their family secrets.


    This book was a 'midway' like for me; meaning there were parts of the storyline I really liked, and others not as much; just some odd & quirky things to me. I liked Summer's grandmother out of all the characters, and Martin's brothers the least.

    It would've been a quick read had I been more interested in the story, but I actually set it aside for awhile.

    I was given this book as an Advanced Reader copy from NetGalley-----Thank You!!!!!










    Posted at 12:13 AM  |  by Elle

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