Easy Teacher Gifts with Rodan and Fields

Friday, May 22, 2015

Happy Friday friends!  I hope you all had a wonderful week :) It's been a little bittersweet over here in my world, my sweet Jillian graduated from preschool this week and is officially a Kindergartener.  I still can't quite wrap my brain around it and totally lost it driving out of her school parking lot yesterday afternoon for the last time.  Although it was a very exciting and emotional week for all of us, I did manage to come up with an adorable teacher gift for Jillian's teachers that I couldn't wait to share wih all of you!   If you’re a mom, you might be racking your brain trying to find a gift for your child’s teacher. This cute little chevron gift bag is filled with goodies cost about $40 and would be something useful and fun that your child could actually help put together.


How to make it:
I created this little note with the help of Pic Monkey using one of their "School U" themed overlays, but you could have your child hand write the gift tag.

I purchased all the craft items at Michaels, which includes the card stock for the note, large circle paper punch, chevron gift bag and white ribbon.  The Rodan and Fields I purchased from my Rodan and Fields website and they showed up in 3 business days! I just love their quick service.  The entire gift took less than 15 minutes to pull together. 
Best of luck to your little ones (and you too!!!) on their last week of school!  I hope you have a fabulous Summer!!
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Friday Favorites

Friday, May 15, 2015

Happy Friday friends! I hope you all had an amazing week!  Hard to believe another week has come and gone...Next week marks the last week of preschool for Jillian and just the thought of it makes me tear up.  Where did this year go?  Where did the last 5 years go?  Excuse me while I go cry in my pantry, and then I may or may not eat the rest of the Oreos that I have stashed away in there.

This sweet girl is just growing up way too fast!!  

I am excited to kick off the weekend linking up with Erika, Andrea and Narci with a Friday Favorites post.  Here are a few of my favorites from this past week....

{Summer Lovin'}
Although most of this week has been a little on the chilly side, we have seen glimpses of what is to come this Summer...

We had our first visit from the Ice Cream truck followed by the second a few days later.  I am thinking that this ice cream truck is on to us and will be swinging by our house A LOT.

We bought a bubble machine at Kohl's this Winter and finally busted it out this week.  My kids can never get enough of bubbles as this bubble machine was perfect for them.

{Home Decor}

One of the items on my "Mommy" bucket list this Summer is to start decorating my home again.  If you have been a reader of my blog, you know just how much I love decorating, however, it has truly fallen in the priority list rankings these past few years and it's time to get back into it.  I have missed decorating so much!!  This week I decided to kick things off by visiting the holy grail of home decor....Homegoods.  I picked up a few accessories for my naked tables and looking forward to doing more!!  This table still needs a silver vase or candle stick to finish it off.

I am on the hunt for a sunburst mirror for above this buffet, it's a work and progress at the moment and looking forward to the finished product.  I also picked up a few baskets for the rest of the house, a blanket basket for the fire place...

And a basket for our bread which fit this empty corner of our kitchen counter tops.

I am thinking a cute lamp behind the basket would finish off the corner nicely.  

{Nightime Cuddles}

Although I said I would NEVER do this,  have to admit, I still lay with Nicholas at night before he falls asleep.  it's a habit that I am going to have to break here soon but moments like this make it all worth it.  

{Spring Fashion}

The Jane.com obsession continues!!  If you happen to read Monday's post, you know just how much I love this daily deals website.  I loved my drapes cardigan so much, this I also picked up one in emerald green and black for only $14.99 a piece.  Can't wait for these to come in!

{Rodan + Fields}

Look at what came in the mail today!!!  The Rodan + Fields AMP System has arrived and I couldn't be more excited. The AMP system is proven to firm your skin and reduce the appearance of acne scars. Acne scarring is a very personal struggle for me and is something very close to my heart.   I suffered from a very devastating case of hormonal cystic acne after having kids.  It's a very painful story that I plan on sharing in a future post one day.  For now, I have a few acne scars that I would love to get rid of and can't wait to see what this can do.  

Check out these amazing results from a fellow consultant...

I plan on taking some before and after pictures and can't wait to share my results with all of you!  If you ever have any questions about the struggles of hormonal cystic acne or the Rodan + Fields AMP System, please let me know or visit my website.

Hope you all have an amazing weekend friends!!!


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My Best Kept Fashion Secret...Jane.com

Monday, May 11, 2015

Happy Monday friends!!  I hope you all had a fabulous Mother's and that you were all spoiled rotten!  I continue to pray for all of you ladies who pray daily about becoming moms. You're on my heart all the time!

Today I want to share with you all an amazing website where I purchase most of my clothes... Jane.com.  I always receive so many compliments from friends on items I purchase from here!  I love to share this amazing resource with them and want to share it with all of you too.
Jane.com is a daily deals website which offers boutique style clothing for very low prices.  I can not even tell you how many amazing finds I have purchased and for cheap! (I was not paid by Jane.com to post this article, these are the true opinions of my own and just absolutely love this site!)

Here are a few cute items I have purchased at Jane.com in the past year.  I will try posting links to similar items, however, since items on this site change daily, I may not be able to find the exact item.

Dolman Tops
I love wearing dolman tops in the Fall and Spring, the go great with skinny jeans or leggings and have a very flattering cut to them.  I own at least 3 Dolman style shirts from Jane.com and absolutely love them!  Here is a short sleeve style for Summer and one for kids too!
Chevron Flowy Hi Low Tanks
These flowy tanks in a Chevron print were my Summer staples last year and they look to be in the rotation for yet again another Summer.  I wear them with a cami underneath that I also purchased from Jane.com.  I absolutely love that you can purchase both basics and key pieces!!

I wear both tops with skinny jeans and wedges.  Love the flowy look of the tank on top and skinny look on the bottom.

 Chevron Shift Dress
Have I mentioned I love anything chevron?  No wonder I love Jane.com so much.  They offer so many items in trendy prints.  I especially love this Chevron Shift dress, I pair mine with black leggings with flats or tall boots.
Solid Lace Tunic
Love these Solid Lace Tunics for the Fall in mustard.  I also pair this top with leggings or skinny jeans with flats or tall boots.
Maxi Dress
Jane.com always has a large assortment of Maxi dresses all of the time which are a huge staple in my closet in the Summer.  I own this tank chevron maxi in the black pattern. 

Lace Shorts

I fell in love with these lace shorts last Summer and SO excited that they are in style again this Summer!!!  I will definitely be busting out these babies again. 
 Fun Skirts for Young Girls

I bought this cute chevron skirt for Jillian last Summer and can't wait for her to wear it again this Summer.  I love that Jane.com also has clothing for my sweet Jillian too!  So many cute items that you are just not able to find at your local Target or Department store.

Long Draped Knit Cardigans

Long Cardigans are a staple in any season, especially Spring of Fall.  I am totally in love with both of these cardigans and have gotten so much use out of them!  My Fall/Spring uniform always consists of a long cardi, long and lean tank paired with skinny jeans and tall boots.
Top 5 Reasons Why I Love Jane.com

1. Boutique style clothing at very low prices.  Who doesn't love this? #amen

2. Everything is purchased on line.  I love shopping but I do not love carting my two beautiful babies around when it comes to clothing shopping for myself!

3. You can purchase both basics and trendy pieces along with other items such as make-up jewelry and items from your home.

4. Jane.com also carries boutique clothing for kids that you just can't find at Target.

5. Paypal! I love the convenience of shopping with Paypal, I can make a purchase with one push of a button.  Paypal already has your payment and shipping info on file which makes it so easy to shop!

Do you shop at Jane.com or any daily deals website?  I would love to hear your best kept fashion secrets!! 

What's for dinner tonight with your family?  Tonight we are having my amazing Chicken Spaghetti!!!  I have not made this in awhile and I can not wait.

Have an amazing day! 

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Friday Favorites

Friday, May 08, 2015

Happy Friday everyone!  What a gorgeous morning it is here in Cleveland!!  So excited for the warm weather to FINALLY be here.  I am just loving this view outside from the office window of my home.  You can barely make out the leaves sprouting from our Hydrangea tree, pretty soon this tree will just explode and I won't be able to see much else :). The kids are loving every bit of this warm weather and I am already seeing glimpses of what Summer is going to look like with my adorable babies. 

I am excited to kick off the weekend linking up with Erika, Andrea and Narci with a Friday Favorites post.  Here are a few of my favorites from this past week....
Like I said, I am soooo ready and excited for Summer!!!  It was our first 80 degree day here yesterday and we took full advantage of it.  We purchased this bubble machine at our local Kohl's and the kids had a blast with it all afternoon.  I think we used every bit of the bubbles we had in the entire house with it!

We just returned from our first Disney World trip as a family and still reliving the awesome memories here at home.  We had such an amazing time, I hope to blog about our entire trip next week and some helpful tips to those looking to plan their first trip.  I have to say it was a very overwhelming trip to plan but I feel we made every moment count and our kids had a blast!
On a last minute Target shopping trip before Disney, I picked up this adorable tankini top.  I already owned a solid black one from last year and this little addition was a perfect addition.  I love being able to change up your swimsuit by mixing and matching separates! 
{My New Summer Purse}

Can I just say how much I love my new purse?  It is perfect for Summer!  I also realized it is the first actual purse I have had in 5 years that is not a baby bag.  I have to admit, I loved everything about having a baby bag because it was so BIG!  It was an awesome excuse to practically carry everything you own along with a diaper or two :) I am just naturally a big bag/purse kind of girl and love that it is still a decent enough size to fit everything I need for the Summer.  Anyone else feel this way?  A girl just needs her things!!!

{Squat Away May}

I found this squat challenge on Instagram and I decided what did I have to lose?  It's a daily squat challenge for May and I can do it anywhere in my home while watching the babies.  I am really trying to get back into a healthy lifestyle after having a very unhealthy Winter.  Here's to hoping to a tighter touchy at the end of the month :)
{Happy Mommy Box}

Do you subscribe to Happy Mommy Box?  It's an adorable monthly service for Mom's created by two of my favorite bloggers Natalie and Mandy.  I have not ordered the actually monthly box yet, however, I fell in love with this mug and tank recently.  It was a sweet, little Mother's Day gift to myself.  Who doesn't love a Happy Mommy?
Have an amazing weekend friends!
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A Letter to Nicholas on his 3rd Birthday

Thursday, May 07, 2015

My sweet boy!  You turned 3 last month.  THREE!  I don’t know if I can write your letter without tearing up.  It's so hard to believe my sweet baby is growing up right before my eyes.

You are at such a fun, adorable stage right now Nicholas.  And there isn't a sport that you don't love or try to master.  You truly surprise me every day with how gifted you truly are as an athlete.  You certainly were blessed with this trait from your Daddy because I know it was not from me :)  This is a tough one but if I had to choose your favorite sport, it would have to be basketball.  Followed closely by hockey, football and then baseball. 

You still point out basketball hoops every where we go and you actually become upset if you see one laying on the ground.  "Basketball hoop broke!" you will exclaim from your car seat followed by "Daddy has to fix it!"  Apparently Daddy can fix everything in your eyes.  With the weather warming up, you are so excited to be able to play basketball outside again with the big kids.  You can actually make a shot here and there using the "big boy" hoop set up in our cul de sac.  Daddy had to pick you up every time to make a successful shot last Summer, it's amazing just how much you have grown in a year.  I can only imagine your ability to play in a few years!

I love that you look up to your big sister Jillian and want to do everything that she is doing, even if it includes watching The Princess and the Frog, My Little Ponies or Cinderella.   You are certainly lost when your big sister is at preschool in the mornings and I can only imagine just how lost you will be when Jillian starts Kindergarten in the Fall.  You love to tackle your sister ALL OF THE TIME, however, I have also seen a sweet and concerned side too if she is ever hurt or scared.  Even though you are the younger brother, the little man in you also shows a protective side when it comes to your big sister.  I love that you two are best friends and always look out for one another. 

I remember three being the age where I could finally trust Jillian to play by herself and not have to worry about what she was doing every minute of the day and this is exactly where we are at now with you.  You can finally be trusted to play upstairs with your sister while I do the dishes or the laundry in another room.  It's so nice for both of us to have finally reached this level of independence although I sometimes miss that little boy toddling around the house wanting to chase after his big sister up the stairs. 

You are obsessed with Tractors at the moment so a tractor birthday party was the obvious way to go.  You always have me drive around the neighborhood looking for one.  Good thing we live in a new construction neighborhood and have easy access to all kinds of tractors :)  I think the men who drive the tractors in our neighborhood are starting to think I am a little nuts.  You have me stop the car so you can watch them intently, it's the price I will pay to see the sweet smile on your face.  Every tractor we pass you will declare if it is moving or not, it is beyond cute to hear you say "I see a Tractor!  And he is moving!"  Tractors that are not moving are just not as exciting to you, buddy.


I wish I could bottle you up at this age forever. And you have such a charming little personality.  The cutest thing you say at the moment is "I am mad with you" or "I am mad with Sissy".  If you are really mad, you place you hands on your hips and pout your lip out.  There is no messing with you when you are in this mood.  It cracks me up every time!  You definitely have a little temper streak, it's a good thing you are so cute!

Your favorite foods right now are "Daddy Pasta", yogurt and corn.  And you absolutely love suckers and popsicles.  Your favorite movie is Wreck It Ralph and your favorite TV show is Jake and the Neverland Pirates.  

You are Mama's boy and never like to leave my side.  EVER.  It is adorable that you always want to be my little side kick, however, we are going to have a lot of challenges ahead of us with preschool starting this Fall.  You have already told me you do not want to go because you don't want to leave me.  Growing up is hard buddy but we will get through it!!  Speaking of challenges and growing up, we also need to get you potty trained and finally take away your 'mammie' once and for all.
You have my heart Nicholas.  You have had it wrapped around your little finger from the second we met.  Sometimes your daddy gets slightly frustrated with me because you can do no wrong in my book.  I can’t help it.  You are my little boyfriend who all of a sudden isn’t so little anymore.  Even though you turned three, you will always be my baby.  You will always have your mom’s heart wrapped around your little finger.  
But I do know that you are such a “big boy” now and so proud of it.  And we are all proud of you little buddy.  We love you to pieces and I can’t imagine our family without you in it.   You make me smile every single day.  I can’t thank you enough for all of the smiles.  And for all of the kisses and hugs and cuddles and conversations.  I can’t thank you enough for all of the happiness you bring me by being sweet, perfect you.
Happy 3rd birthday Nicholas!  Love you forever. 
Love, Mama
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Finding the Right Direct Sales Business for You

Monday, April 13, 2015

Good Morning friends!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  Today I want to share with you a post from my Direct Sales Blog, The Direct Sales Mama, all about Finding the Right Direct Sales Business for You.  This is a common question that I receive and would love to share with you a few things I learned over the years.  Direct Sales has been a HUGE blessing to our family and is one of the main reasons that I am able to stay at home with my two precious babies.  I love helping other Mama's out there achieve their dreams through a Direct Sales business and would love to help all of you out there too. Feel free to contact me anytime with questions, I would love to help!

Hi Friends!  I hope you are all having a wonderful week!  I have been so blessed to have had a very successful 4 years in direct sales and can honestly say I have learned so many things along the way.   Even with the successes, I have made mistakes but it has helped me learn so much about myself and about the Direct Sales industry. Most importantly, I now know exactly what to look for in choosing the right Direct Sales business for me and can't wait to share these tips with YOU! 

Find a Direct Sales company that isn’t saturated in your area.

If there are already several consultants for that company in the circles you are in it probably isn’t the best idea to sell for that same company. Instead, find something that very few around you are selling.

Make sure the company is reputable and has good leaders.

The founders of a company hold all the cards in their hand. They have to be strong, knowledgeable leaders for a company to succeed long term. Without wisdom, experience and a good team, a company simply can’t survive in this industry.

The price point needs to be something that the majority of people can afford.

There can and should be higher priced items for sure but there must be lower prices to bring customers in. If they know they can leave with a quality product for a good price, they’re more likely to come to the party. Once there, they’re likely to find something else they like and will often spend more than they planned to spend but a low price point is a must have. Higher priced items are also great because they mean increased sales and profits for you. A good balance is where success is at.

Quality is important with a product guarantee.

Customers will come to your launch because of your attitude, they’ll buy because of a great price point but they’ll return because of quality.  Your products need to deliver.

Find a company that sells something unique but not too trendy.

People are drawn to the new “thing” that everyone else is getting. There is a huge buy-in when the product is something they've never seen before or something that is similar to a product they have at home but done better in a unique way.  There is less interest or demand in a product you are selling if you can go to your local Target and pick one up.  If the product is also too trendy, the interest for it will quickly disappear once the next "big thing" comes along.

Consumable products are the best option.

I believe that it is easier to have and maintain sales when you have a consumable product. If you’re selling a product that will run out, customers will be back for more. Especially if its a product that they’re already using and yours are better than any they can find at the store. Most people would rather spend their money helping a friend in business than at a large big box store.
Ground floor opportunities are important.

Joining a company in its first couple of years provides you with an amazing opportunity to grow a tremendous business with that company. Direct sales is about sales but it’s also about building a strong team. Joining early gives you a chance at having a large team of customers as well as a strong downline.

Competitive Compensation Plans.

You’ll want to find a company that has commission rates that match up with your goals. If your goal is to make an extra $100 a month for your kids activities but you only want to have to have one party a month then you’ll want to find a company with a 25% commission plan and average party sales of $400-$500 per party. Make sure the commission and average sales match up with your goals.  It's also important that you are paid a competitive rate for bringing in new people into the business and for mentoring them.

The product needs to be Age Appropriate.

If the products are something that you and your friends feel out of touch with then you should keep looking for another company.

Love your product!

Find a company that sells something you use often if not daily. Your attitude toward your product will increase sales more than the product itself. If you’re not passionate about it, your friends won’t be either.
What criteria do you look for in a Direct Sales Company?  I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.  Have a great day!  XOXO

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What I Wore Wednesday

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Happy Wednesday friends!  Today, I decided to link up with The Pleated Poppy and do her What I Wore Wednesday.  With the Spring weather upon us, it is my goal and "Spring Resolution" to wear more than just yoga pants!  I am especially excited that I even got a new "do" for Spring!!  After months of debating, I took a leap of faith and decided to finally chop my long locks into a more fashionable long bob.  As much as I loved having my long hair, I am loving my new cut even more because it is SO. MUCH. EASIER.  I was finding myself too often just throwing it into a pony tail in the mornings because I didn't want to deal with it so what was the point of having long hair anyway if it was always up?  Much happier with the shorter hair for Spring!

To spice things up a bit, I thought I would also share with you my outfit from Easter.  Love this dress!  I bought it at Banana Republic Outlet last year along with the matching cardigan.  My pink Fitbit accessorizes it well, no?  Ha!

Jillian is on Spring Break from preschool this week, however, I made it a point to change out of my yoga pants and dress up.  Even if it was just for a quick lunch to Chick Fil A and a trip to the local Y to sign the kids up for swim lessons, it felt good to get out of the house!

On our way to Chick Fil A, my sweet girl was excited for some chicken nuggets!!

Love these sheer henley tops from Old Navy, I have them in pink and black and even though I purchased them last year, I would love to buy more.  They are perfect for Spring.  So fun, right?  My jeans are also from Old Navy, they are my absolute favorite, the Rock Star skinny.  

I was extremely excited today to finally break out my "Target Toms" that I bought way back in January.  Did you know that Target sold Toms for all of a hot minute?  I was luck enough to snag a pair on Clearance but was unable to wear them until now.  The snowy Cleveland weather would have destroyed them.  So yay, new Toms today!  

As you can see...life at our house is pretty boring this week...workout clothes and some Old Navy favs on repeat.  That is what I wore this Wednesday.  What about you?  What are you wearing?  What's your favorite Spring go-to?  I would love to know.


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