Saturday, February 25, 2017

Friday Favorites and a God Wink Story for Ya!

Hello friends!  Happy Friday Saturday!!!  I hope you are all having a great weekend.  My intentions was to finally put together a Friday Favorites for you but due to the amazing 70 degree weather we have been having, those plans were scrapped as we decided to play outside and enjoy every last moment that we could.  Today it's 40 here in Cleveland...and back to February in Cleveland.  I certainly can't complain though, even 40's in February is a heat wave compared to a typical February here.  

So before I dig into my typical Friday Favorites post, I have a fun story to share with all of you.  As we kicked off the New Year, one of my New Year's goals was to truly try to blog more often here at Karen At Home.  The year started off great and then my Limelight business kicked off like you wouldn't believe and Mommy blogging just went out the window.  Isn't that how it usually goes though?  Life gets crazy and blogging is the first to get nixed off of the priority list.  Don't get me wrong, I am over the moon that my Limelight business is taking off and that my team is growing at a rapid pace.  I have the most amazing girls on my team and it is my biggest blessing to be able to train them to run a successful Limelight business of their own.   So I made the decision a few weeks back to put down Karen At Home, I hated to do it, but it felt good just MAKING that decision because I felt like it was just one of the many things constantly hanging over my head.  I even messaged my dear blogging friend Diane my plans.  It felt good knowing I had one less thing to worry about and putting it out there to my friend seemed to finalize it.  As sad as I was, I knew it was the right decision.  And then we went to Great Wolf Lodge a few weeks later... we always make it a point every Winter to plan a small weekend getaway to an indoor waterpark.  It's a fun way to break up the Winter and we always have a great time.  The kids absolutely love our little tradition and look forward to going every year.  Right before we were about to head back home, I was hanging out with Jillian near the locker room.  The two of us had just showered and put on lounge wear for the hour car ride back to Cleveland.  I looked like a hot mess all freshly showered, but knew at that point I was aiming more for "car ride comfort" then to see anyone I knew.  And then the most awesome thing happened.  A Mom came up to me and introduced herself as Kate and wanted to know if my name was Karen.  I told her it was and she further explained that she was a fellow blog reader and just had to stop by and say hello.  I was blown away!  Wow!  It was as if it were a sign from God that no matter how crazy busy things are right now with life, I still need to keep up my little corner of the internet going.  So Katie, if you are reading this, thank you so much for stopping by and introducing yourself (and hopefully you excused my appearance, I am shocked you even recognized me, lol!!!) you impacted me more than you know and I plan on continuing Karen At Home as best as I can.  And a big thank you to all of you who stop by here to see how everything is going in our life, I appreciate it more than you know.

So in typical Friday Favorites fashion, I am linking up with Erika to share what I am loving this week...

I bought these adorable peep toe booties at Kohl's this week, all of the warm weather was  putting me in the mood for Spring!

Healthier options in the Target checkout aisles!  I loved seeing that our Target put in these healthier options and that they were no longer filled with just pop and candy bars.  I helped myself to a container of nuts, cheese and meat.  The perfect protein snack for Mom's on the Go who are TRYING to make better snacking decisions.

These two are always my favorites!  We had a great day at the Lake Farmpark for Presidents Day, the warmer weather allowed for us to play outside on their new playground. The kids had a blast!  We are SO looking forward to Spring around here.

I can't seem to get enough of Limelight's Enduring Lipcolors (Liquid Lipstick).  The staying power is amazing and I love how you can outline your lips with the applicator, my lipstick never disappears and it looks great for several hours.  You can also mix multiple colors for a different look, here I am wearing Elle layered with Creme Brulee.

I hope you all have an amazing weekend!!!



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Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday Favorites

Hello friends!!  Happy Friday! I hope you all had a great week!!  Ours went by so quickly, and with a snow day thrown in the middle for good measure, part of me still feels like we are in holiday catch up mode.

Today I am linking up with the awesome Erika, Narci and Andrea for another Friday Favorites.  It's a fun way to recap your favorite happenings of the week!

ONE ~ My 2017 Planner

I blogged on Monday all about my 2017 Planner which I am absolutely loving so far.  It is the perfect planner for me and I totally for see myself buying this planner again for 2018.  The easy customization and the price is what truly did it for me.  Learn more about why I love my planner here.

TWO ~ Dry Wax Spray

This AG Dry Wax Spray is slowly becoming a favorite.  I ran out of my "poof powder" and have not had a chance to replace it yet so I grabbed for this one morning.  I love all the volume it gave the crown of my hair.

THREE ~ This boy 

Nicholas has been asking for headphones for the last few weeks, he saw a few kids at Jillian's dance class with them on, so I finally ordered him some.  Apparently he is now a member of the cool club :)  I snapped this picture this week of him wearing them and he just looked so grown up to me.  Now that it's 2017, it's becoming more real that this little guy is going to be starting Kindergarten in a few months.  

FOUR ~ Live Video

This may seem like an unusual favorite but I couldn't be more relieved.  After a year of struggling with the fear of speaking on Live Video (via Periscope of Facebook Live), I have finally conquered my fear this week.  There has been a LOT of trial and error along with the butterflies and moments where I have wanted to hide under my desk chair, but I did it!  

I challenged myself when I started my Limelight business go Live at least once a week and since I started back in October, it finally feels comfortable to me.  I am actually at a point where I look FORWARD to going Live.  I don't think the pre-live jitters will ever go away but I can honestly say the anticipation of going Live is worse than actually being Live.  If I can ever offer anyone some encouragement or advice about going Live, I would be happy to chat with you.  If I can do it, anyone can!

I hope you all have an amazing weekend!!!


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Monday, January 09, 2017

My 2017 Planner

Happy Monday friends!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  I am so thrilled to be sharing with you today my 2017 Planner.  As you may know, I take my planners pretty seriously.  This year was no exception as I extensively researched my perfect planner for 2017.  After trying out a few printable planners on Etsy, I decided to go with The Happy Planner by Create 365.  Let me share with you why...


Over the years, I have tried several different planners... from an inexpensive one I picked up at Target to the most expensive Erin Condren.  I take my planners pretty seriously and will even make my own planner stickers if the mood strikes me.  As a busy Mompreneur, there is just no better tool in keeping both my business and my life as a busy Mama on track than a well organized planner.

Brand – I’m using a The Happy Planner.  I came across The Happy Planner on one of my many trips to Michael's over the holidays.  The beautiful display of brightly colored planners caught my eye and the Planner girl in me had to check it out immediately.  I loved how the planner was so well thought out and you could also customize it to your busy life.  It was also had a very similar layout to the Erin Condren planner which I was already familiar with. I was sold immediately with all of the Add On's.  This was the only planner that I have ever found that you could do this with and for the price, I was in planner girl heaven.  

Add Ons – To fit my 7×9.25 planner, I’m using the Happy Planner Fitness Extension pack

the Happy Planner Life Pocket Folders

and half sheet inserts for detailed planning and checklists.  

All of the Add On's have tabs to fit easily into your existing planner.  Genius!

Weekly Planning - Every Sunday I gather my planner and planner stickers to spend an hour planning out my week.  I plan everything from our meals to the kids activities to my business goals/appointments.  I will also try to plan out two topics to blog about, one for my business blog and one for my Mama blog.  Using the Half Sheet Notes Inserts, I also plan out 2 To-Do lists, one for business and one for Family Life.  I love having one complete planner that helps me to plan it all.  

With my new planner system, 2017 already feels more confident and organized.  How do you use a planner to keep your life organized?


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Friday, January 06, 2017

Friday Favorites

Hello friends!!  Happy Friday!  I am so excited to be sharing my first Friday Favorites post of 2017.  Did you all have a nice holiday?  It truly seemed to fly by and was thankful to have caught up on a few things with the kids back in school.  Per usual, I am linking up with Erika, Andrea and Narci and sharing with you all of my favorites this past week and looking forward to reading all about yours.  Have a great weekend!

Today I am linking up with the awesome Erika, Narci and Andrea for another Friday Favorites.  It's a fun way to recap your favorite happenings of the week!

ONE ~ 2017 Setting (and achieving) Goals!

Don't you just love this time of year?  I love the excitement of starting off the year with a clean slate and a mind full of big expectations for the upcoming year.  I know I have several goals in mind both personally and professionally and truly excited for what is to come.  I wrote a post earlier this week all about setting goals and shared a few tips on how to successfully achieve them.

TWO ~ Tunic Tops and Baseball Tees

I shared my most recent tops that I purchased on Instagram earlier this week and realized that tunic and baseball tee's are huge staples in my wardrobe these days.  At least I am consistent, right?  
The plum tunic is from and the Black and Cheetah print baseball tee is from Amazon.  I already owned the one in red and just had to have it in Black.


If you have been reading my blog for awhile now, you all know I have been following The Bachelor franchise since the days of Alex Michel and Trista.  Every year, the show just seems to get better and better and this season so far is proving to be another masterpiece. 

The Bachelor is pretty much the ONLY TV show I will make time for.  It's that good! If you love the Bachelor, then you need to read the recaps from Sheaffer Told Me Too blog.  She is a genius and so, so funny!  #yourwelcome


I have been trying to ease into eating healthier this week which I am sure a lot of you have as well.  We finally bid farewell to the endless amounts of dips and Christmas cookies that seemed to be a staple in our diet and now trying to replace them with healthier options.  When I am not in the mood for a salad, I will typically whip up a quick and easy stir fry without the rice.  It is also VERY similar to my Turkey Sausage and Noodles recipe.  My recent favorite consists of only four ingredients: olive oil,  turkey sausage, onions and peas.  It's super easy and low carb which I love.  It fills you up and is the perfect healthy option when you are just not feeling like a salad.

I hope you all have an amazing weekend!!!


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Wednesday, January 04, 2017

The 5 Easy Steps to Setting Goals

Hello friends!  Happy New Year!  I hope you all had an amazing weekend and are excited to take on 2017.   I wrote a blog post over at my Karen Tucci Beauty Blog all about The 5 Easy Steps to Setting Goals and felt that all of you could also benefit from this post which can really be applied to any aspect in your life. 

Let's talk goals, have you written down what you would like to accomplish this year?  Do you have an action plan in place to achieve those goals?  I personally believe that setting goals is critical in achieving what you want in life and in your Direct Sales business.   Whether it's achieving a certain sales goal or a certain rank within your company, goals are what drives you to make it happen!

When setting goals there are a few things to keep in mind...the key to setting goals and achieving goals is to visualize them by writing them down or creating a vision board.  I personally love writing down my goals and putting them in my planner.  I keep them front and center on a post-it note with everything I do as a constant reminder of what I want to achieve.   Also, you want to align your goals with YOUR personal vision and what is important to you.   With that in mind, let's talk about the 5 easy steps to setting (and achieving!) your goals.

The 5 Easy Steps to Setting Goals
1. Set Goals that Motivate You - If your goals don't get you excited or make you want to move forward in life, then you will never achieve them.  When setting your goals, keep your "why" in the forefront, your "why" will always ignite your passion to move forward.
2.  Set SMART Goals - As a former Corporate Accoutant, we were always told that our goals should be measured by the SMART method.  SMART stands for:
SPECIFIC - Be specific in what you would like to achieve.

MEASURABLE - Your goals must be measurable, if your goals seem to large, break them down into smaller, measurable goals.

AGREED UPON - Be sure your goals are agreed upon and align with your family's priorities.

REALISTIC - Be sure your goals are achievable, if they are too out of reach, it will be hard to stick with your plan. 

TIME SENSITIVE - It is important to set a deadline to reach your goals, it also helps to set smaller deadlines within your time frame to make the goals seem more achievable.  For example, if you are wanting to achieve Director status within 12 months, set a goal for yourself to achieve Lead Consultant in 2 months, Senior Consultant in 6 months, etc.  By breaking down your goals into specific, achievable deadlines, the goals seem much more achievable and far less daunting.
3. Put Goals in Writing - As I mentioned above, put your goals in writing, create a vision board or even share them with an accountability partner.  By putting your goals out there, it makes them easier to visualize and achieve!

4. Create an Action Plan - Creating an Action Plan will help you to break down your goals into specific and achievable steps. 

5. Stick to It - I certainly can understand that sometimes life just happens and can throw you off the course of achieving your goals.  If your current routing isn't getting you closer to meeting your goals, revisit your Action Plan to see where you can improve areas to get you that much closer and to keep distractions at bay.

What are your goals for 2017?  I would love to hear!  Leave them in the comments below.  Looking for a better way to take control of your Direct Sales business routine so your can achieve your goals?  Sign up to receive my FREE Top Secrets to a Perfect Direct Sales Week.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Why I Love Limelight by Alcone Botanical Foundation

Hello friends!  I hope you all had a wonderful holiday with your friends and family.  I wanted to share with you today my love for Limelight by Alcone's most popular products, the Limelight by Alcone Botanical Foundation.   After giving birth to my son, my hormones went crazy causing cystic acne to develop all over my face.  Once the acne finally cleared up, I was left with horrible scarring on my cheeks.  I tried everything to cover up my acne scars, but wanted my skin to still look natural and not heavily made up.  Those of you with this type of skin issue know that it's almost impossible to find the perfect foundation that offers the perfect coverage for acne scars without looking like you are wearing a ton of makeup.  Then I tried Limelight by Alcone's Botanical foundation.  It was the perfect coverage and blended perfectly over my acne scars.  I am finally no longer embarrassed of my skin or my scars.  Limelight by Alcone's Botanical foundation has given me back my confidence and my beautiful skin again.  I love sharing my experience first hand and would love to help you feel confidant again too.

Limelight by Alcone Botanical foundation is:
  • Mineral Oil Free
  • Lanolin Oil Free
  • Fragrance Free
  • Petrolatum Free
  • No Animal Extracts
  • Cruelty Free
  • Wax Based
  • FDA Approved colors
  • 50% pigmented (compared to most commercial brands at 18-23%) 
  • Professional Grade
  • Made in the USA

Limelight's Botanical Foundation is hand-crafted in stringent, small batches to ensure consistent color from batch to batch.  Another aspect that I love about Limelight by Alcone's Botanical foundation is that it was developed by renowned makeup artist Vincent J-R Kehoe.  As President and Director of the Research Council of Make-up Artists, he designed and produced a vegan foundation that has been the choice of professionals and celebrities for almost a decade.  Simply put, this professional grade foundation will provide you with amazing, natural looking coverage.  With Limelight, less is more, so your foundation will last longer than other brands. 

Not sure which foundation shade is right for you?  Take this quiz to see which color is best for you or feel free to contact me so I can send you a few samples to find your perfect match.

The following video provides a little more information about how I make my foundation samples.  I am passionate about finding your perfect match so you feel confident in ordering the proper foundation shade that is right for your skin tone.

Feel free to contact me anytime at to request your Limelight by Alcone Foundation samples.  If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, I would love to help.   Have a great day!!!

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Friday Favorites ~ Sunday Edition

Hello friends!!  I hope you are all having a great weekend!  I am a bit behind on my Friday Favorites post but wanted to still capture our weeks favs with a post nonetheless.  Tis the season to be behind schedule, right?  LOL!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

As always, I am linking up with Andrea, Erika and Narci this week for a little weekly recap of my favorites.


Lazy snow days...we had 2 snow days this week hence another reason for being behind.  Snowed in with 2 babies = nothing gets done.  Seriously, my house was a constant tornado with these two being at home two days straight.  I spent more time cleaning up meals and picking up toys which didn't leave much time left for anything else.  


This sweet boy had his Christmas concert this week and he couldn't have been sweeter.  I just love this age!  

He did a great job remembering all of his line too!  So sad that this was our last preschool Christmas concert. 


We celebrated my sweet girl's 7th birthday with the family last Saturday in spite of 18 inches of snow that had just stopped falling 3 hours before the party.  We almost had to cancel but luckily the plows came through and cleared the roads just in time.

So. Much. Snow.


Make more fun memories at the Lake Farm Park.  We had breakfast with Santa on Sunday and had such a great time.  This was our first time we were served the lunch menu and it was delicious.  The kids loved their food!!  

The kids got to make another toy at Santa's Toy Shop, their second of the season.  Needless to say, they love making toys!

Nicholas made a Star Wars Star Fighter...

and Jillian a Dolphin.


Since we were snowed in the last few days, I decided to finally mount the 4 picture frames I had purchased at IKEA this past Summer.  I also played around with a few accessories I had laying around the house and have to say I am loving how my home office is coming together.   Next step is to purchase a few Inspirational prints from Etsy for the frames and my office backdrop will be complete.  Not only am I in love with the new decor, it's main purpose is to serve as a backdrop for my new business Youtube channel. 

 Have a great weekend friends!!


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Easy Sausage and Noodles

Hello friends!  I hope you are all having a wonderful Wednesday!  Winter has officially made it's appearance here in Cleveland as we gear up for another 6 inches of now tonight.  I know the kids are hoping for a snow day tomorrow, however, Mommy needs that time to do some last minute Christmas shopping!  Has Winter finally hit in your corner of the world yet?

I wanted to share with all of you an Sausage and Noodles recipe I made for my family a few weeks ago.  I modified it from a Cabbage and Noodles recipe on found on Pinterest, I knew my kids would never go for the cabbage so I modified it to our liking.  I personally thought it was both easy and delicious.  Enjoy!!!

  • 12 oz turkey sausage, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • ¼ cup salted butter
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (I used dried minced garlic from my spice rack)
  • ⅔ cup frozen peas
  • 8 oz uncooked egg noodles
  • salt to taste
How to Make It:

Cook noodles according to package directions, drain and set aside.  In a large saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil. Cook sausage until lightly browned.  Add remaining olive oil, butter, minced garlic and onion. Cook until softened, about 5 minutes.  Cook until tender (10-15 minutes). Stir in peas, noodles and salt. Cook 2-3 minutes or until heated through.

I hope you all had an amazing week!


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Friday, December 09, 2016

Friday Favorites ~ The First Snow Day of the Year Edition

Happy Friday friends!  I hope you are all having a great week :)  

I am currently sitting in my office watching the snowfall outside my office window as my sweet babies are sleeping upstairs.  It's the first official snow day here and I am sure they are going to love this little unexpected 3 day weekend.  I had all kinds of plans today to run errands for Jillian's birthday party tomorrow, however, Mother Nature clearly had other plans.  It looks like it will be a lot of morning cuddles instead :)

In typical Friday fashion, I am linking up with Andrea, Erika and Narci this week for a little weekly recap of my favorites.


Playing in the snow.  My kids were dying yesterday to get outside so I bundled them all up and let them play for a bit.  Jillian's snow pants literally arrived in the mail from Target YESTERDAY.   


This little guy has returned and already up to no good.  I am already running out of ideas with what to do with him next.  I have only forgot to move him once, luckily for me Jeff gets up early and came through with the Daddy save.


Making memories this holiday season.  We have been busy attending all of our Christmas event favorites this month and have a few more coming up on our calendar.  Breakfast with Santa is a fun annual tradition with our family. 

Along with Country Lights at the Lake Farmpark...always a family fav this time of year.  My kids love making a toy at Santa's Workshop!


Being a new Beauty Guide with Limelight by Alcone, I have had to up my selfie game a bit.  LOL!!!  

One of my favorite products so far is the Enduring Lip Color (liquid lipstick).  It is a long lasting liquid lipstick that makes it through my morning coffee, kissing boo boos and sneaking a Christmas cookie (or two).  I absolutely love it and plan on buying one in every shade.  #lifegoals


How cute is this shirt?  I ordered it this week from Fairy Season and dying for it to come in.  It is going to be on a frequent rotation from now until Christmas.  Have a great weekend friends!!