17 September 2014

My Favorite Season

Although you know how much I dread winter, fall still remains my favorite season somehow. Part of this is surely because it's the beginning of all the events we make sure to see each year.

First up is usually Disney On Ice. One of my very favorite Disney on Ice shows was a few years ago, when my daughter Maggie was two. I can remember like it was yesterday, watching her yell, "HI MICKEY!" as Mickey and Minnie came out on the ice. The solid belief she apparently held was that he would see and hear HER when he came out. It was absolutely adorable.

Now is the time to start watching for all the local opportunities to see the show, and then all my friends' posts and pictures sharing everyone's fun memories! Click here to purchase tickets to a Disney On Ice show near you!

I received something of value from Feld Entertainment as part of their Insider Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

16 September 2014

The Greatest Show on Earth

I'm sort of a circus-buff. When we were in Florida a few months ago, I was so excited to find that my friends lived near the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey museum, and we got to spend a day there. I never even knew it existed til then!

But it turns out people expect me to be going for the benefit and entertainment of my kids - who knew?? Hahaha.... We love going as a family to the circus, and I'm hoping we'll be able to spend more time enjoying the pre-show with at least the seven-year-old this year. It's usually a bit crowded and intimidating for a pre-schooler, but there's always stuff our daughter wants to check out.

Will you be checking out the show this fall? Click here to purchase tickets for a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey performance in your area!

I received something of value from Feld Entertainment as part of their Insider Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

10 September 2014

Congratulations! Oprah tickets winner :)

Congrats to Braden! You are the winner of two tickets to the Oprah - The Life You Want weekend show.

Enjoy :)

p.s. this post has been edited - the original winner was unable to attend, so I drew another. ;)

05 September 2014

10 Random Things for Friday

  1. I'm getting a little hungry...should think about lunch.
  2. I can't believe it's fall already. My little girl is wrapping up her first week of school already!
  3. This is my last lazy weekend for a while. The rest of September is go-go-go!
  4. My newest fixation is my Erin Condren planner - did you know there are people that decorate them more than I did my old scrapbook?!? Crazy!
  5. Speaking of which... I need some good holiday washi tape!! :D
  6. I've been having some crazy nesting urges all over our living room and basement. I hope some of that motivation spreads to helping my office!
  7. I just moved my trash can in my office and found a hand underneath. I think it's a Monster High hand, but still...
  8. I have chocolate tasting parties the next TWO weekends. Go, me!
  9. The weather forecast makes it look like I might shave my legs this weekend. I was afraid we were skipping indian summer and going straight to jeans weather...
  10. Whew - some days ten things feel like a whole lotta randomness!

04 September 2014

Oprah's The Life You Want Weekend - TICKET GIVEAWAY - CLOSED

Now this sounds like an awesomely inspiring weekend! Oprah Winfrey is coming to the Palace of Auburn Hills next weekend - September 12 & 13. Please note that the tickets I've been provided to giveaway are for both days, as the show encompasses Friday night (7 - 9PM) AND Saturday (9AM - 5:30PM).

Check it out:
On Friday night, Oprah will take the stage, bringing her personal story and insights to life in a one of a kind intimate evening. Then on Saturday, Oprah will lead a day-long gathering of thousands with handpicked thought leaders and pop culture icons including Iyanla Vanzant, star of OWN’s hit series Iyanla Fix My Life, regular O Magazine contributor, best-selling author and spiritual life coach; and best-selling author of Eat Pray Love, Elizabeth Gilbert.
 You truly can live the life you want, and Oprah and her inspiring guests want to help you get there.

For your chance to win these tickets, you just need to do the following:
  • For one entry (REQUIRED): Comment on this post telling us who you find most inspiring, and including your name and contact info (phone number or email address). PLEASE NOTE: Entries without contact info will not be considered valid.
  • For an additional entry: Comment on any other post on this blog, then come back to this post and tell me which post you commented on (including your name to match up with the first entry).
That's it! Two entries possible, and I'll determine the winner randomly on Tuesday, September 9 at 11PM ET.


Wow. Sometimes, when I start a post, I get a sign that this is really worth writing about. This just happened to me as I uploaded this picture. I got a message on Facebook asking for my honest opinions about a networking/party plan/stay at home business. And I had already written my title - Why.

The picture above? Is a big part of my why. When I get bogged down by everything that has to get done at home whether or not I have a business, these are the friends I turn to. They're my 'chocolate wolf pack.' On days when I may have otherwise given up, working to the next conference or trip, so I can see my far-away friends in person again, is what keeps me doing it. Other than these events, I just see these friends on Facebook. Between the four of us, we cover three states - Michigan, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Not exactly friends I can meet for coffee!

Working at home, or even in network marketing or a party plan business, still has to be work if you want it to yield benefits for you. There are people who do it just for the discount on products, or primarily for tax benefits, but I also need to see cash benefits to continue investing my time and energy.

I have been seeing extra cash flow from my party plan businesses. (I say businesses because I've worked with two different companies in my more than 15 years in the industry, but I've only worked with one company at a time.) The best way to continually see cash is to do your business according to the basics. Book shows to share the products, book more shows, and find people who want the benefits of a business to join your team.

The benefits of having a party plan business are many, but not everyone joins for the same reasons. Some universal benefits include:
  • Commission based income from sales
  • Meeting new people (other consultants and other network marketers, as well as hostesses and guests at your own demonstrations)
  • Flexibility (use the time you have available to work your business)
  • Travel and other bonuses (most companies now have trips or other incentives that you earn while you also earn income)
  • Tax benefits
  • Discount on products
  • Conferences (okay, stay with me. Some people - like me - like meetings, or some moms in particular like a grown-up weekend away, that's mostly tax deductible)
If you're in a business like this, which one is it, and what is your favorite benefit?

27 August 2014

What the Hell Wednesday

Ahh... What the Hell Wednesday...

I really like to keep things as positive as possible, but this is really turning out to be a 'what the hell??' kind of week.
  • School stuff - ESPECIALLY at the elementary level - should be inclusive. School starts next week, and so far I've heard of TWO changes since the end of school last year. One involving the actual date for welcome night (my letter says last night, a bunch of people and then finally an email yesterday afternoon announced it as tonight), and one involving the first day of school. It was originally a full day (I'm not the only one who copied it down as a full day..), but I went double-checking dates after yesterday's snafu only to find that it's now a HALF day. Things I kinda think I need to know to properly help my second grader start the year off on the right foot.
  • I'm seeing lots of posts saying this winter will be like last winter. I. Cannot. Take. That. No, I mean it, I seriously cannot handle that again.
  • My hair? Needs to grow faster. I finally gave up on keeping the short style I like. Hubby gives lots of sideways comments about it being SO much better long, and I just can't find the money in the budget to get it cut regularly. So now I usually have wings. Keep in mind that I tried growing it for a year and a half before finally going with a short style, and it never reached pony tail length. I wonder if he'd consider a shaved head too short?

19 August 2014

Wild Summer Nights at the Detroit Zoo

It's not too late for the Detroit Zoo's Wild Summer Nights concert series!

You have two weeks left to enjoy the fun :)

The Detroit Zoo gets even wilder on Wednesday nights during July and August with its annual Wild Summer Nights concert series.

Concerts take place in the Zoo’s Main Picnic Grove from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 2 through August 27.   Wild Summer Nights features a variety of live music from local bands, including children’s, jazz, pop, folk and blues.  Concert-goers are invited to bring a blanket and pack a picnic.  Food, snacks, beer, wine and soft drinks are available for purchase from Zoo concessions.

The concerts are free with Zoo admission, which is $6 after 6 p.m. on Wednesdays in July and August. For the first 100 non-member car or vans that arrive at the Zoo for the Wild Summer Nights, Ford Motor Company will be paying for your parking of $6 (Members receive free parking). Plus, the Zoo remains open until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays during the concert series.

Valvoline Instant Oil Change will also have a booth where they'll be giving out candy, coupons, and prizes from their spin-to-win wheel! They've also provided a coupon for me to share here - good for zoo members and non-members alike :)