Friday, August 30, 2013

August Cara Box Reveal

Cara Box

Today I am linking up with Kaitlyn at Wifessionals to reveal my August Cara Box. This was my first time participating in the link up, and it was so much fun to shop for someone else, and to see what I would be sent! My partners for the exchange were Kala at My Breezy Room and Jess at Quaintrelle. I actually haven't sent Jess's box yet, because we weren't original partners. The person who I was supposed to send to, and who was supposed to send to her never responded, so we got matched earlier this week. I have her box all ready to go to the Post Office tomorrow, though and I hope she will love her box as much as I loved mine!

Kala did a great job picking out things that are so me... I loved everything she sent!  She was even thoughtful enough to include a gift receipt in case I hated it all...

Here's what I got...
How cute is that card? She wrote me a note about how the things in the box reminded her of me. 

As soon as I opened the box, I knew that there was something that smelled really good... it turned out to be these Vanilla Coconut scented hanging sachets in this cute chevron print. She said it was completely random, but I love it! Next, is this awesome decoration that says "Read." I can totally see it sitting on the bookshelf on the landing of my stairs. (I need to reorganize that shelf, and it will find a new home!)

One of my most favorite items from the box is this teal monogrammed note pad with pen. Being a southern girl, I love anything with my initials on it, and I can't wait to reuse that teal ribbon that its wrapped in during the month of September. I also love this list notepad. I need to do a better job of making lists, and hopefully this will help me! 

I love this little glass. It is made from recycled glass. Kala said that while it wasn't technically a wine glass that she could see me sipping out of it while reading a good book. I agree!  The last thing in my box was this nail polish. While I'm not really into painting my nails, I can definitely see me using it on my toes! 

Overall, I feel like Kala did a fabulous job picking out things for me! I can't wait for Jess to get her box. I really think she's gonna love it.  Did you participate in the Cara Box Exchange? What did you get in your box? 

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Teal Take Over - The Return

Last September, I started this little campaign called "Teal Take Over" on my blog during the month of September to help spread Ovarian Cancer Awareness. I had big plans and hopes for it. Then, life got crazy, and I didn't follow through in the way that I had planned... not this year!  Here's a look at some things that I have planned.

My original idea was to take over the blogging world for at least a day with a host of posts about Ovarian Cancer. They could be personal stories or just posts explaining the facts and spreading awareness. I feel like my blog has grown a lot since last year, and I have a lot more contacts in the blogging world. I feel like my reach is a little bit greater, and I know a lot of people who have a lot more reach than I do. I will be holding another Teal Take Over Link Up on Thursday, September 5. I will explain more about it next week.

My goal is to post something every single day during the month of September that has some link to spreading Ovarian Cancer Awareness. Teal will be taking over my blog during the month. I will talk about books, and organizations and ways that you can help. There will be a ton of information coming your way. There may be days where I break my own blogging rule of posting more than once a day, just so that I can keep my regular blogging up, but Teal will be the main focus.

I also want to feature Survivors. This disease takes the life of way too many people, so I want to introduce you to people who have fought and won against it. I want to celebrate them and let them share their stories with you. I am currently looking for more Survivors, so if you or someone you know would like to be featured, please put them in contact with me.

I also plan to wear as much Teal as possible during the month of September. I will be featuring my outfits and Teal Style on the blog as well. Please remember that I am no fashion blogger, but I will be doing my best!

So these are my goals... I will need as many of you that can spare one post during the month of September to help out. This cause is very near and dear to my heart, and we desperately need to spread awareness. There is no test, so right now, awareness is the best things we have to combat it.
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Thirty before 30 Update: 1 Month In

Today is the 28th, so that means its time for an update on my Thirty before 30 list. I can't believe that I'm already a month into this. August has seriously flown by. I did make some progress on the list this month. I decided that instead of listing each goal again every month, I will just list the goals that I've made progress on and then tell you what I've done. 

Try 10 foods that I've never tried before:
I made some progress on this one while I was in Florida. They provided a lot of meals, and so I used it as an opportunity to try some new foods. Here's what I tried and what I thought: 
  • Asparagus (I can take it or leave it)
  • Plantains (Super yummy!)
  • Pumpkin Bread (Love it! Especially the new Tupperware Pumpkin Spice Quick Bread)

That's 3 of 10 completed. 

Watch at least 10 movies, made in the 1980s, that I haven't seen before: 
So far I've watched: 
  • Pretty In Pink
  • Girls Just Want to Have Fun
  • Flashdance
  • The Breakfast Club
The movies were pretty good. They have awesome soundtracks. The only one that I didn't really like a lot was The Breakfast Club. Maybe I should watch it again. 
That's 4 of 10 completed.

Read 50 Books
I've only read 1 book so far, but it was a great one! I actually got a chance to read it before it is even released. The book is "Raw Edges" by Sandra D. Bricker. I loved it, and you will be hearing a lot more about it in the coming weeks. 
1 of 50 completed. 

Try 20 New Recipes
Saturday at my Tupperware Party, I made Fruit Salsa served with Cinnamon Chips and it was amazing.  Like seriously, so good. I will be doing a full blog post about it soon. 
1 of 20 completed. 

I think for 1 month, I made some pretty good progress. Can't wait to check some more items off the list and complete entire items. I'm trying to pace myself so that I don't stress myself out and have time to complete everything.

Next update on September 28! 

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

5 for Five

Today, I'm linking up with Jenn at Party of One for her 5 for Five link up. It is basically where you list 5 goals that you want to accomplish this week. I need to do this because I need to make some short term goals and get motivated to get stuff done.

Next Monday, I will report back on what I accomplished, and list 5 goals for the next week. So, here are my goals for this week:

  1. Go to the Post Office - I have some stuff that I need to get in the mail. I hate the Post Office. I don't know why, I just do. 
  2. Do a load of laundry every day - Yes, I'm behind. I need to catch up for real. 
  3. List some items on our local Facebook Yard Sale group - I need stuff gone, and the extra cash would be nice.
  4. Schedule at least 5 blog posts  - Stuff is going to be different around here next month, and I need to get a head start.  
  5. Organize my 'Mobile Office' for Tupperware - The bag I carry with my catalogs and stuff is a mess... needs some organization. 
Some of them seem like kind of 'duh' goals, but I really need some motivation. Hopefully, this link up will hold me accountable. 

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Tupperware Diamond Jubilee Recap Part 2: The Event

This post is long overdue, but I still feel that it needs to be written. Back to school, and all that jazz has delayed it, and I can't believe that its already been 2 weeks since I got back from Florida.  It is so hard to 'recap' such a great 4 days, but I will try my best...there will be lots of pictures!

On Wednesday morning, I left my parents' house around 3:30 am to drive to Raleigh to meet the ladies that I would be riding to Orlando with. It was a long day of riding and I was really tired, but I didn't sleep a lot in the car, which is very uncommon for me. I think I only slept for about 2 hours (once we were in Florida.)

Once we got to the Peabody, we checked in, and 2 of us immediately got on a bus and went to Tupperware Home Office for a tour. Tupperware's World Headquarters is in Orlando, Florida, so it is great that we get to visit during Jubilee. They have done a lot of changes to Home Office, and it is really a great place to visit.
Standing in front of the Friendship Fountain at Tupperware Home Office.

Confidence Wall - Love these colors!

Talent Scout Wall - These stars covered the entire room and into the hallway - My name is on there somewhere 3 times, but I didn't take the time to find it...

Wednesday night, I crashed early. I'm talking like 10ish, which is super early for me! 

Thursday morning, I slept in because Jubilee didn't start until 1pm. After a quick buffet lunch in the hotel, it was time to start! Here's a video that I took in the first session. You can tell how much energy is in the room! It was like this the whole event. 

The most exciting thing on Thursday was getting to hear the Chairman and CEO of Tupperware Brands, Rick Goings give his motivational speech. He talked a lot about being the best version of yourself, not only in your Tupperware business, but in life. One of my favorite quotes from his talk was this one
"You are where you are today because that's where you want to be... or else you would do what's necessary to change it!"

In the afternoon general session, there were also so fun new product announcements, and a product pass out, where we got new products for free! After the first session was over, we had a small break before the "Diamonds are Forever" Gala. So, I had time to go get all dressed up for that. 

Unfortunately, my phone died (and I left my camera at home) so I didn't get any pictures of that night. It was an awesome time of recognition. It is so inspirational to see all of the people who started at the same place in their business succeeding and earning hundreds of thousands of dollars just by working their awesome Tupperware business.  It was a late night, but it was so worth it. 

Friday is usually training day. We had a morning breakout session that was just for Managers. I loved this training on the "Core" of our business -- the Party. I got to learn from a lady named Cora Putz from Canada. One year ago, she was a Director with Tupperware, and in one year's time, she has promoted to a 5 Star Director, meaning that she has 5 other Directors under her. I got a lot of ideas from her, and I can't wait to implement some of them into my parties. 

After lunch, we had a breakout session by region, which focused on the "More" in our business. We had training from three Directors on how to specialize our businesses as "Organization Specialists," "Fundraising Specialists," and "Networking Specialists." This training was absolutely great. At the end of it, my head was spinning with ideas. I have selected a few of them that I will be using in the very near future. I love learning from people that are making it work. It sets me on fire and makes me want to hit the ground running when I get back. 

Friday night was "fun night," where everyone got dressed up in as much bling as they possibly could, and got together for a night of games, giveaways and just plain fun. People won diamonds, and handbags, cash and refrigerators. One lucky woman even won a car! Our company spoils us with the things that they giveaway to the consultants. 

One awesome thing during fun night is that my friend Sheila Tolbert performed a parody of "Sexy Back" about Tupperware... its awesome! After fun night was over, we headed to the bar, and it took forever to get there because she was constantly getting stopped by people. She is kind of famous. 

I stayed up way too late that night, hanging out with some people in the lounge. I talked to people that I'd never met before and caught up with some old friends. I sat and talked 'shop' with leaders from all over the country, always soaking in what they had to say. 

It was so hard to get up Saturday morning, but there was still more learning to be done! Another general session in the morning meant more exciting announcements and new products! 

Our brand new catalog was released! We have some awesome new products coming out, and I am just loving our new Host Gift Special... exclusive for the people who host a party! 
See that chevron in Christmas colors? Awesomesauce! 

Then we had another Regional breakout session that focuses on recognition. Our organization is awesome, and our Regional Director is amazing. I love our Regional meetings. 

After the regional meeting, it was time for our last general session. Two Directors were promoted to Executive Directors in an awe inspiring ceremony. We had final last words from our President, and he even sang for us. 

It was just an amazing event. I know I've used that word a lot, but I don't know how else to describe it. It is truly something that you have to experience for yourself. 

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Tupperware Diamond Jubilee Recap: Part 1 - What I Wore

It is so hard to try to write a recap post of the amazing three days that I had at Tupperware's Jubilee. The whole event was packed full of wonderful moments that were inspirational, motivational and educational. I will write more about that tomorrow.

I'm not a fashion blogger by any means. In reality, I suck at a lot of things that fashion bloggers are good at... but I was really 'proud' of my Jubilee outfit choices, so I thought I would share them with you.

When you're going to a conference like this, it is really important to be comfortable. We did a lot of walking in the hotel, so comfortable shoes were a must. I didn't pack anything but flats, and most of those were dressy flip flops.

On the first day, our Director wanted all of us to wear all white. I'm really pale, so I don't normally wear all white, but I did get a spray tan before I left, so I wasn't too worried about that. I lucked up and found a white shirt that has rhinestone accents (Diamond Jubilee, after all). I paired it with a pair of white shorts that I already owned.
You'll have to excuse the crappy mirror shot... and this was at the end of the day, so they weren't that wrinkled when I put them on! 

That night was our Diamonds are Forever Gala Night, and I went formal. This picture isn't the best either, but it will work. I'd picked out a different dress to wear, but there's a long story behind it, so I just went with a navy formal dress that I had, and wore a lot of bling accessories with it.  It is very long in the picture because I didn't wear heals... again, comfortable flip flops. The Gala ended up being about 5 hours long, so comfort was necessary.  
How pretty is that fountain?!

Friday was training day. A day of workshops. "Business Casual" dress code. I chose this black and white skirt with a red top. That seemed to be a popular color combination that day. 
I love this outfit. So comfortable. The maxi skirt feels like pajamas, for real. I had lots of black sparkly accessories too. My headband has a red bow on it. It's hard to see in this picture. See all those ribbons, I'm wearing? Recognition for a job well done! 

Friday night was "Bling It On Fun Night." Our Organization had matching t-shirts. I wore black capris and dressy flip flops, and as much bling as I could. 

Again, this picture was at the end of the night... right before I hit the bar and hung out with some awesome people that I'd never met before. 

I didn't get a picture of Saturday's outfit... a simple black maxi dress with rinestones and gems around the waist, worn with a purple scarf that our Organization has. 

Jubilee was such a fun time... I hope that tomorrow's post will even do it justice. 

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Guest Post: Small Town Fun on a Small Budget

This post was supposed to go live during my trip, but in my busyness, I forgot to publish... I'm still decompressing, and will be back tomorrow with a recap. Until then, enjoy this post from my good friend Holly from When Two Became Four. She has the most adorable twin girls. Her hubby, Mike, has recently started blogging too, so check him out, too!
With the rise of 15,000 square foot bouncy, neon colored play palaces, jungle gyms as fun and multicolored as ever, zoos and aquariums and tons of frozen yogurt joints on every corner, we as moms are spoiled for choice on where to take our kids for a fun summer day.
Unless you live in a town of a handful of stoplights and you can drive from end to end of your town in five minutes. Oh, and the nearest Starbucks is 45 minutes away. Oh, and you have twin toddlers in tow. That's when it's time to get creative.
Don't get me wrong. It's fun to make the 45 minute trek out of town and meet friends for an hour of jumping that will translate into a three hour nap later, or a super cool splash pad that provides fun memories and photographs for all. However, sometimes, you just don't want to leave home and schlep your entire life across two counties in search of a good time for your kids.
So what's a small town momma to do?
Here are a few options for some small town fun!
Plan a picnic. Go to the grocery store and get some delicious in-season fruits, juices, crackers, and some fancy meats and cheeses. Spread out a blanket and enjoy the good eats, the sunshine, the tickle of grass under your feet.
Plan a mega-playdate. Every kid brings a toy to a brunch (hostesses take turns) and you can catch up on the latest gab while your kiddos enjoy themselves!
Matinee movies. Believe it or not, you don't have to sell your firstborn or take a second mortgage out to take kids to the movies. Our small town has 4.00 matinees, and sometimes this will include popcorn and a beverage.
Field trips. Call ahead to your local fire department, grocery store, police department, farm, etc. to see if they would be willing to set up a mini field trip. Afterwards, your kids can write thank you notes!
Build Your Own Water Park. Set up the sprinkler. Fill up some water balloons from the dollar store. Create a slip n' slide with a tarp, a hill, some dish soap, and a hose. Hilarity ensues! :)
Do Good. Make cookies and take them to a nursing home, fire or police department, or to their pediatrician or dentist's office. With fall coming up, organize a neighborhood leaf raking party with cocoa and cookies to follow. Volunteer at a soup kitchen or pack boxes for troops overseas. This is a great way to socialize, meet new friends, and teach our kids to pay it forward.
What are some ways that you can entertain your kids in a small town and on a small budget?

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Tupperware #Jubilee13 Bound!

By the time that you read this, I will be headed to Orlando, Florida for Tupperware Jubilee! I am so excited to be going back this year! It is such a fun time with other consultants.  Words cannot describe the atmosphere!

This year is going to be extra special because we are celebrating 65 years! Tupperware seriously spoils us! I packed an empty tote bag to bring home all the goodies.

I will be checking in every so often on the blog. I have some posts scheduled. However, it may take me a little longer to respond to emails, etc.

Be sure to check back next week for a recap of Jubilee and my stay at the Peabody! 

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Weekend: Happy Birthday Maggie!

Yes, I know I'm a day late with the weekend update, but I just didn't have a minute yesterday to sit down and write. The weekend always seems to fly by, and yesterday was definitely a Monday.

This weekend was all about this little girl.
On Sunday, Maggie turned 1 year old. We celebrated on Saturday with a Minnie Mouse themed party. I made her outfit, and she was super cute! Here's a close up of the outfit. 
I used iron on transfers to make the onesie. I could have appliqued it, but I was running short on time, and this looks just as good to me. It was also a lot easier to match her invitations, which I designed. Everyone loved her outfit and kept asking where she got it. Some of them were surprised when I said I made it. Maggie loved her tutu. She would sit and just play with it. When she was wearing it, Parker said she was a butterfly. Its so cute to see how much he loves his little sister. 

On Sunday, her actual birthday, we all went out to eat, and spent the day together. By the end of the weekend, Maggie was worn out! She is taking more steps each day, and I'm sure she will be running all over the place everywhere! 

I seriously can't believe that Maggie is already a year old. It seems just like yesterday when she was born. I have loved watching her grow up so far, and I can't wait to see the little girl that she becomes. She is a little bit prissy, a little bit tomboy, a little bit sneaky, and a little bit sassy... all rolled into one... 

Also, on Sunday, I sang in church. Of course, the day that I had to sing, I overslept, so I was late. I was walking quickly to get there as quick as I could, and tripped going up the steps. I had my soundtrack in my hand, and the CD case busted. I was fine, as I didn't fall very hard... but I was praying that nothing was wrong with my CD. I just knew that I was going to get up there and it was going to start skipping. One of the lines in the song that I sang was "Lord, I know you still work miracles, You're performing one today..." - it was definitely true, cause it was a miracle that I got there on time and that the CD still worked! 

It was a quick weekend, with lots of little things, and some big things packed into just 2 days.  I can't wait for this upcoming weekend... I'm going to be in Orlando, Florida! I can't wait to tell you all about that!  What did you do this past weekend?

Linking up with Sami
Sami's Shenanigans
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