Summer Shenanigans

Wow, it has been a while!  But time flies when you’re having fun!  What a wild year it has been so far.  I can’t believe it’s already the middle of summer.  The fun started with an all expense paid cruise for two to Bermuda on the huge and beautiful Anthem of the Seas!  It’s amazing to have been able to treat my hubby to this as it was only a week after our 16th Wedding Anniversary!

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And it was just for doing what I love!  It was definitely a fun and amazing experience for our first cruise!  And we ported in Bermuda for a night and walked around the island as well as took a boat tour that had a lot of rum involved!  Needless to say, I felt like a pirate after that!  We also got a kiss under the Moongate to make a wish as it was legend there it meant a long and happy life together! And that is our ship in the background!  Part of it, anyway.

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I was super shocked to receive recognition as well, as you can see by the look on my face!  I was in the top ten of reps who earned the trip for new title advancements, which means my team is fabulous and they really deserved the award!  But I was very happy to accept it on their behalf and it was wonderful to share that moment with my hubby!  That’s him in the hat behind me!

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After that whirlwind five-night cruise, we returned to reality to wrap up May.  We had end of year activities for the kids including my son’s graduation from elementary school!  I can’t believe I have a child entering middle school!  It even felt weird typing that out!  But he received several awards at his ceremony and was in the top two in his class for math and science!  Proud parent moment for sure!  We are so proud of him!  And our baby girl isn’t a baby anymore!  She is still in elementary but growing so fast!

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Speaking of awards, my President’s Recognition Program Luncheon was the day after the Fifth Grade Ceremony and I unexpectedly cleaned up!  I ended up with seven new statuettes, some for sales and some for the team, as well as a certificate for my sales title increase, and a few other goodies for different achievements.  It was a wonderful and heart-filling day!  My mentor even drove all the way up to be with me!  That just made it even more special!

After school let out, we have enjoyed some time at the lake, some time at the pool, and some time with friends, with a little work mixed in of course!  It definitely is a perk to be able to set your own schedule and hit the lake on a Tuesday at 11am!  No crowds!

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I will say this, I normally use our DEET Free Expedition aerosol spray for a bug repellent and sunblock, but at the lake it is super windy so I grabbed one of the DEET Free Bug Guard Plus Lotions and oh-em-gee is this stuff amazeballs!  My daughter has very sensitive skin and we have had a hard time finding sun block that didn’t break her out and my son is so fair-skinned he normally burns no matter how much we reapply.  But, we spent three hours at the lake one afternoon and she did not get any reapplication and was not burnt at all AND didn’t have any rash from the SPF!  My son got reapplied once in the three hour time and didn’t get burnt (seriously he is much more pale than the rest of us so I didn’t want to risk it).  The bottle does say waterproof for 80 minutes, so to make it stretch the way we did is a huge deal for him and his pastiness!  Most sunblock that says 80 minutes doesn’t even last 30 on him in the water!  The fact is smells good and also repels mosquitoes and no-see-ums as well as many other icky creatures is a plus!

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Besides our water play I have enjoyed some fresh made French Toast courtesy of my son the budding chef!  He also has whipped up grilled cheese for his sister a few times!  They have gotten along brilliantly this summer to be together so much!

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He has weaseled his way out of several errands and deliveries but my baby girl enjoys riding around with me!  In fact, it’s only during the summer months that she gets to do that with me as well as going to my mentor’s meetings.  During the school year it is just too late for her to be out so I always promise to take her during the summer.  The last time we went down, there were some storms but she was able to see her first rainbow in person ever, and it was a double rainbow at that!  She enjoys being around all my teammates and adores my mentor so I love when I can take her with me.

I was able to help my momma after her knee surgery and my teammates and customers were amazing and patient with me.  She of course rocked that surgery is already released from physical therapy and about to take her second trip to Gulfport post-op!  Her surgery was only in mid-May and she has already traveled TWICE!  It was such a blessing to not worry about a job and just be with my mom since she has always been there for me.  My sister was a huge help, especially the first week, and of course Dad was there in the evenings to take care of her and took her to some appointments because he wanted to.  Other than that, it’s been business as usual working from home most days and getting out to talk to folks others.  The cat always seems irritated with me when I am on the phone a lot during the day; this is his face all day until my hubby gets home!

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We were able to catch a few Braves game this year as a family and we love that!  One was 15 innings, though, and we were delirious by the time it was over!  Fun memories, though!

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We still have a little bit of summer left, but it sure is flying by.  I will say, my second summer as a work-from-home-momma has been much smoother and more fun!  I will try to not be so delayed on my next installment of Beauty Boss Momma, but glad to catch you all up!

If you want to be able to enjoy summers with your kids or just need a little extra for something special, message me or click here!  If you don’t need any funds but need quality products at affordable prices click here and feel free to share the site or the blog!

I don’t know anyone…

I always hear from people I discuss my business with that it is so great for me but they don’t have time, which I hit on before, but also that they don’t anyone who would buy from them.  I felt the same way when I started, but I also was prepared to find new people who needed awesome products so I didn’t let it stop me.

But what I quickly realized is the people I knew already did, in fact, want to buy from me!  Most were crazy excited when I mentioned my new venture and jumped all over it!  So, I was pleasantly surprised to have a built-in customer base!  I was so afraid they would think I was being salesy or pushy that I didn’t immediately mention it to those I saw regularly but thanks to my sister, everyone found out!  So while I intended to find strangers to sell to, my friends and coworkers ended up buying a good bit so I was doing much better than expected because I completely didn’t count on those extra sales!

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Everyone has friends that want to help them.  Case in point-a good friend of mine that has bought from me since my very first order, as well as brought me tons of referrals over the years, always told me she just liked helping me out when I would mention starting her own business.  And I certainly enjoyed those orders and all her help!  But recently, she made a comment that opened a door to discuss the opportunity again.  Long story short, she joined the next day!  I was so excited for her and knew she would do so great, but she was concerned she wouldn’t hit her first incentive goal because there was only one week until her order day.  I told her she will at least double what she brought to me normally and she looked at me like I was crazy, which is totally fair!  But I explained that the folks she brings me orders for don’t personally know me, they just like the product and know she can get to me.  But the moment she goes to the same group of people and announces she is now the rep, her friends and family will be so excited for her and want to help her that they will end up placing more orders than normal.  She still thought I was crazy but said she would let her friends know.  The week passed and she didn’t double the normal orders she brought to me…SHE TRIPLED THEM!!  The sheer joy on her face and the pride she had in herself was amazing to witness.  Moments like that make me proud to do what I do.  So, moral of the story, everyone knows someone and if you have friends, you will have customers!  When the fee is $25, what exactly do you have to lose??  Go start now here!

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No Time for That

I think it’s fair to say we are all guilty of spewing the ole, “I don’t have time for that,” line, especially when being asked to do something we don’t want to do.  But from time to time, I have to evaluate what I am doing that leaves me with such little time.  For instance,  I told hubby I didn’t have time to put the laundry away, I was just swamped.  However, as I replay the day in my head I recall scrolling FB for quite some time after making my necessary calls and texts in the morning….

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I hear people constantly saying they need extra money, but when I approach them with my fabulous opportunity the most used rejection is, “I don’t have time for that.”  Those same people continue to complain about their financial situation while also posting on FB how they binge watched three seasons of their new favorite show in two days and send me requests for extra lives on games I didn’t even know existed.  I get it, those games are addictive and that is exactly why I don’t play them!  I have folks say they don’t have time for a skincare regimen.  Well, it takes all of a minute to wipe your makeup off with our wipes and another minute to throw on some moisturizer but hey, if you want to deal with the deep wrinkles later because you didn’t want to head to bed a few minutes early, that’s ok, we have a cream for that, too!

I began my business while I was working a FT job and my kids were one and five.  Yes, I had to fit it into an already hectic schedule, but at the time we needed a little extra for bills so I made it work.  Over time, the business turned into something so much more for me.  It became an opportunity to not only be home with my children, but continue to contribute to my household financially.  Eventually, with some planning, scheduling, and lots of great people along the way I left that job.  Now, do not mistake the term “work from home” as “chilling at the crib”.  I still have to work, I just get to do it when I want.  And when I say work I mean talk on the phone with friends while collecting their orders or chatting with a new team member about how they can earn some extra or make a plan to be home with their children.  So, next time you are about to complain about your situation, stop and think about how many hours you spend on TV, FB, or the worst…Pintrest…If you have 5-10 hours a week, you have time to build a business.  And for $25, what do you really have to lose?  Curious, click here and complete the form!

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Schools out for summer!

The school year is officially over for the little Berries!  The past few weeks were so hectic and full of activity I feel like I haven’t sat down until today!! Today marks the official first day of my first summer vacation with the little Berries as a mompreneur. I have some work to do, a webinar to prep for early next week, and some mailings to send off. But, for now, I am taking full advantage of being my own boss and enjoying some fun in the sun with the kids!!  Have a safe Memorial Day and don’t forget what it’s really about!

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An ending is a start to a new beginning…

This morning my five year old daughter had her Kindergarten Graduation Ceremony.  It may have very well been the cutest thing I have ever seen!  The teacher put together a wonderful presentation and the kids stood so tall and proud stating their lines they rehearsed for a couple of weeks now and singing the songs they chose about learning.  We started in the cafeteria with the kids on stage and then moved to their classroom to enjoy some refreshments and watch a slide show the teacher had put together to highlight their wonderful first year of “Big Kid” school.  As I watched the slide show, I noticed myself in so many pictures along with all the smiling faces, and of course my favorite, my daughter’s smiling face.  As I kept watching, I began to get choked up.  Not because I was sad the year was coming to a close, but because for the first time in my children’s lives, I was there.  I was there for the field trips.  I was there to help make banners.  I was there to help decorate cookies in the class.  I was there to lend a hand to the room moms when needed.  I was there to volunteer at the school.  I was there for field day.  I was even there for my son’s Wax Museum presentation for his AIM class that he practiced so hard for.  And none of those times was I guilted about missing work or scrambling to make-up time or beg to leave an office.  None.  I was in control of my calendar, my schedule, my life.  I answered only to customers and team members and they are always so understanding and willing to work with me so that I can be the best mom and wife I can be while also meeting their needs.  So, while I am so proud of my daughter moving to her next grade level and looking forward to enjoying the same program for my son next week, I am even more excited for our first summer together with me as a nothing more than a wife, mom, and boss.

If you are tired of missing everything like I was, click here so that I may help you enjoy this amazing feeling.  I hope that every mom can enjoy this before it’s too late…

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