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Welcome To All Around The Circle!

Glad you've found the time to visit with me today! I'm Elle and I blog about my family and review books I've read. Life is always changing around here, but we try to keep up the best we can. I hope you'll follow along on our journey.
Other locations I maintain: CraftWithKids NetWork FB Group, CraftWithKids Network FB Page, SparkPeople Connections, and Lighthouse Lane Tags 'N Snags Group.

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Welcome 2013 UBP Visitors!

  visitors from the 2013 Ultimate Blog Party!

This is my 3rd year participating in this fun-filled party and
I can't wait to visit blogs and meet new friends!

If you are a current reader of my blog and wondering what this 'blog party' is about please take a look at this nicely constructed video from our host, 5 Minutes For Mom.

My name is Elle and I am the voice behind 'All Around The Circle'.
The name of my blog came about because that is how I felt most days; like I'm in one of those hamster wheels doing the same things day after day.  Sometimes it's a drag, other times not as much.

My family consists of my husband 'Jay', whom I met in September 1995 and married in September 1998. In March 2000 we bought our first home and then adopted a German Shepherd/Beagle mix who we renamed Sandler. In December 2002, we welcomed our first daughter 'Em' and in October 2006 welcomed our second daughter 'Kaye'.


Life is ever-changing and this year that is true more than ever.

At the end of February 2013, my husband Jay nonchalantly mentioned to the man who remodeled our kitchen two years ago, that I could 'help him out' with his business. At the time he was coming from a trade show and was inundated with sales leads, had a lot of sales appointments to meet with and was feeling a bit overwhelmed. For the past month I've been training with him to learn about the suppliers he uses, ordering techniques and preparing for this weekend's upcoming Spring Home Show.
It's sort of bittersweet stepping back into the business world after being in my 'at home' world for the past 12 years, but I think I am ready for it. I will be working from home, so that will be a bit challenging during the summer with my daughters off from school,
but next school year Kaye will be in 1st grade, so no more ½ day Kindergarten days to deal with (½ day afternoon Kindergarten leaves me with very little time to do much nowadays!)

Over the past year my blog has mostly been reviews of the books I have been reading.I've been trying to read a lot of the books that I've purchased from used books sales that have been sitting on my TBR (to-be-read) bookshelves for too long now. I've also been
putting my books on Paperbackswap so that I can use the credits to buy books for my daughters book interests. For now Em and I are the big readers, while Kaye is just beginning to read (exciting!) and Jay continues to be just a newspaper/magazine reader.

Some other things I can tell you about my family:
  • Both Em and Kaye are Girl Scouts. Em is a Junior and Kaye is a Daisy
  • Em just started playing violin this year and she is doing very well with it
  • Both my daughters sing in our church choir
  • My husband is an electrician
  • I have an Associate's Degree in Travel & Tourism and worked as a Youth Counselor on board a cruise ship in the early 1990's


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