Life to the Max Celebrates Thanksgiving with a Free Shipping Offer in Max’s Store

November 24th, 2010 by Robin Reynolds

The Life to the Max message has always been about love, gratitude and maintaining a positive attitude even in the face of unexpected life changes. At this time of Thanksgiving and when many families are struggling with the impact of the depressed economy, the time for this message couldn’t be more right.

We are so grateful to our fans for making our little book a success and for sharing a part of your journey with us. To thank you for your loyalty and to make your gift-giving a little easier, this Thanksgiving weekend-Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday-we are offering Free Standard Shipping on orders of $40 or more in Max’s Store. Buy a Gift Pack and an extra bandana and your order will ship free. Or buy 2 books and a pet tag and your order will ship free. Any way you put it together, if it totals $40 or more, you’ll get free shipping.

From Max and me, from Terry and Percilla and from Amber and Krissy, we wish you many blessings this Thanksgiving. May it be filled with love, laughter and loads of fun!

Make a Date to Buy Your Airedale Terrier Rescue Calendar!

November 17th, 2010 by Robin Reynolds

One of the animal rescue organizations that we support with our sales in Max’s Store is Southwest Airedale Terrier Rescue.  Anyone who has worked with Sidney, Rose or any of the other dedicated volunteers knows just how hard this group works to ensure that every rescued Airedale gets a loving home.

We are so grateful to them for placing Krissy with us. She is such an affectionate, playful and happy girl, and she has helped our now empty nest seem not so empty.

To help raise funds for their efforts again this year, SWAT has created a 2011 Engagement Calendar that is packed with stories and pictures of Airedales adopted through the hard work of the volunteers who network throughout the southwestern United States.

Krissy is not featured in the calendar (not that she isn’t pin-up material; I just didn’t get around to submitting anything) and we get no fees for promoting this.  We just think this group and this project are definitely worth supporting and these calendars will be treasured by anyone who receives one.  Don’t wait because these calendars are bound to sell out quick.  Go to www.airedaleterriers.org/swatto order your copy today!

And speaking of great holiday gift items, check out our Life to the Max holiday cards in Max’s Storethey’re now 50% off!

Life to the MAX Philosophy: Magic in the Aire!

November 11th, 2010 by Robin Reynolds

This summer my family visited the central coast of California. One of our day trips was to the palatial Hearst Castle in San Simeon. Built by newspaper magnate, William Randolph Hearst, this lavish estate not only accommodates a pastiche of historic architectural styles and priceless antiquities, but as we learned on our tour, at one time, was home to more than 30 exotic species of animals. Tigers, bears, apes, ostriches, buffalo, yaks, emus, kangaroos, llamas, giraffes, and zebras were part of the menagerie that were housed either in private zoo enclosures or allowed to roam the more than 250,000 acres freely.

During Hearst’s financial troubles in the late 1930′s, he could no longer afford to maintain the zoo and the animals were sold or donated to zoos around the state. As we toured the expansive estate, we were told that when the zoo was closed, some of the zebras escaped and if we watched closely we might get a glimpse of some of the descendants of the original zebra inhabitants, grazing among the present day cattle herd.

Upon hearing this, I was determined to see this unusual sight. All morning during the drive up and down the hillside and around the estate, I scoured the range to glimpse the distinctive striped markings among the sea of typical brown cows. But I saw nothing.

As we began to drive back down the highway after our visit, I lamented to my husband and son that “I really wanted to see a zebra!”

My husband motioned to the herd of brown cows, grazing in the field next to the road, “There are zebras,” he said.

“Those are cows!” I protested.

My husband, trying not to disappoint me, said, “They’re just dirty!”

We laughed and I looked away to sulk privately, when my son piped up from the backseat, “No, Mom, they really ARE zebras. Look!”

We had driven just a few more hundred feet which had revealed the backside of a slope. There on the other side of the rise among the brown cows were six zebras. It was such a magical moment that none of us really thought to take pictures, savoring the moment in our minds instead.

Later as I reflected on this event, I realized that had I continued to pout and give up hope in finding what I sought, I might have missed the very magical moment I so wanted to experience. It was a good reminder that there is always something magical in the things around us every day-in our interactions with our families, friends, co-workers and even our dogs. We just have to be aware, patient and never give up hope that they will be revealed to us when the time is right.

So today when you look at something that you see every day, look a little closer. You may just see there’s magic in the Aire!

Author’s Roost Host Joe Carroccio Interviews Robin Reynolds about Life to the MAX

November 3rd, 2010 by Robin Reynolds

Recently, I was interviewed by Author’s Roost Joe Carroccio about my book, Life to the Max, Maxims for a Great Life by a Dog named Max. Author’s Roost is a community site for authors, speakers, coaches, consultants, corporate trainers, educators, seminar leaders and workshop producers. It is a also a resource for the print, broadcast and internet media and for local, regional and national event planners for are looking for speakers and industry expert sources. You can listen to my interview with Joe here:

[Click to hear Robin Reynolds interview]

In addition, to the speaking engagements I do about my book, I also have developed a book marketing presentation called Marketing to the Max,  What My Dogs Taught Me About Marketing My Books. You can visit my listing on Author’s Roost to find out more about my presentation.  Here are just a few of comments I’ve received from audience members:

“Your information was very helpful especially for those of us who are just getting started.”

“You are the personification of marketing! Wow!”

“Your presentation had a profound impact on me.  It was very creative and provided a lot of valuable information.  Great job!”

Let me know if you have a group or event who needs a presenter!