Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Like Tax Day a Little More


This year, the average tax refund is $3,034. By investing a less than third of that, it's possible to become a turn-key entrepreneur and grow your own business leveraging a global brand and all the resources of a multi-million dollar corporation.
And if you didn't get a refund, just think what's possible next year. Starting a home-based business can actually increase your take-home pay. The laws for home-based business people who conduct their business either full- or part-time allow a multitude of deductions, including their home office, cars and maintenance, business vacations, phone, computer and internet and dining with colleagues, customers and referral sources.
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With no commutelow overhead, and no employees, according to Entrepreneur magazine, 95 percent of home-based businesses succeed in their first year and achieve an average income of $50,250 annually with many earning much more. According to accounting experts, if everyone in the U.S. who is employed full-time started a part-time business and used simple tax-saving strategies, each employee could easily reduce his or her taxes by $2,000 to $10,000 each year.
With Rodan + Fields, you can build a reliable additional income stream in the nooks and crannies of your schedule, around full-time jobs, kids, volunteer activities and the rest of your busy life. Working with the Doctors who created Proactiv -- the first global brand to leave retail and go into direct selling -- we're creating businesses of our own that allow us to design lives with more time, money, purpose and possibilities.
And there's never been a better time, with the start of our global expansion with the launch into Canada this Summer! To learn more about what a Rodan + Fields business could do for you, listen to this short Info Call, and then reach out to me to get your questions answered.
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I'd love to talk to men and women around the country who:
1) could use more tax deductions
2) are underpaid or fear being downsized
3) would love to build an exit strategy from a job they no longer love
4) need or want to make extra money without sacrificing time with their kids
If this describes you or someone you know, please connect us. As always, through our Referral Rewards Program, anyone you refer who becomes a Consultant or a Preferred Customer earns you FREE PRODUCT or a FINDERS FEE, your pick!
And speaking of products....
spring cleaning checklist

Winter is Taxing on your Skin -- It's Time for Spring Cleaning

This year, as you clear out closets, scrub baseboards and prep the garden, don’t forget your skin. Clean out your product graveyards and make room for skincare that actually delivers on its promises!

Get Your Glow Back...Guaranteed

Say Sayonara to dry, flakey winter skin and those annoying, hard-to-hide brown spots!
Transformation REVERSE after 2 months
Rodan + FieldsREVERSE is clinically proven to reverse the visible signs of sun damage. With a powerful combo of Retinol and Vit C, REVERSE erases the signs of premature aging caused by exposure to the sun over time. It exfoliates, lightens, brightens and protects. It's like SHOUT for your skin. REVERSE made me Foundation Free!!
Perfect for:
Skiers, outdoor enthusiasts, equestrians, tennis players, runners, men, women and anyone who has ever sun-bathed and gone long periods without sunscreen. It also works like a charm on melasma (dark spots caused by hormonal changes).
Start Spring Cleaning your skin this month, and you, too, could be foundation-free before summer.

Also in time for more sun and warmer weather...

Experience more even skin tone instantly with another product Beauty Editors love: Rodan + Fields Mineral Peptides. It's not make-up, it's a skin treatment with 20 SPF that gives your skin an air-brushed finish. Also packed with Peptides, you'll notice aneven skin tone and reduced redness in minutes! And with the anti-microbial kabuki brush, you can pre-load it and take it with you to reapply your SPF throughout the day. Comes in Light, Medium and Bronze.
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Become my Preferred Customer and enjoy Freebies!

You will love our PREFERRED CUSTOMER Program that includes Perks like 10% off and free shipping. And every new Preferred Customer through April 20 receives a FREE, FULL-SIZE Multi-Function Eye Cream. (A $60 value)
All products come with a 60-day empty bottle money back guarantee, me as your personal customer service support, and dermatologic nurses at your beck and call.
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Contact me today, and I can help you determine what the Doctors recommend for your skin. Then I can quickly take your order and you'll be on your way to the best skin of your life. But spring cleaning the garage? You're on your own.


we're so excited wet our plants
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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Cranberry Orange Scones

Are you looking for a tasty breakfast item to make this weekend?  A good friend of mine shared this cranberry orange scone recipe a while ago and I've made them a few times as a special breakfast treat. My boys love them and so do I.  The recipe came from the Go Bold With Butter website, but I altered the recipe slightly and use only dried cranberries.

Cranberry Orange Scones
Makes 8 scones


2-1/2 Cups Flour
1/2 Cup Sugar
1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
6 Tablespoons Cold Butter, Cubed
1 Cup Half & Half
1 Egg, Whisked
Zest of 1 Orange
3/4 Cup Dried Cranberries

Orange Glaze:
1 Cup Powdered Sugar
2 Tablespoons Orange Juice


Preheat oven to 425°F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

*I've used both a food processor and my KitchenAid mixer and the food processor works much better.  The dough is sticky and can get a little messy.

For the Scones:
Mix dry ingredients together in food processor or mixer, then add cubed butter until you have a sand like consistency.  Next add half & half, egg and orange zest until the mixture comes together in a ball.  Then add cranberries and pulse together quickly.  Place ball of dough on heavily floured surface, roll into a circle about 1 inch thick.  Then cut into 8 wedges and place on lined baking sheet.  Bake for 13-15 minutes, then transfer to cooling rack.

For the Orange Glaze:
Mix together powdered sugar and orange juice, then spoon glaze on scones.

Store scones in airtight container.

I've also made Blueberry Lemon scones using this recipe, but substituting the cranberries for fresh blueberries and the orange zest and juice for lemon zest and juice. Both are delicious, but my family prefers the cranberry orange scones.   They are yummy breakfast treat!

Happy Champagne Thursday!


Thursday, February 13, 2014

School Valentines

Parker and Ryder celebrated Valentine's day at school this week, with a party yesterday at Parker's school and one today at Ryder's school.  I was fortunate enough to be able to attend both.  It's so much fun watching them participate and interact with their friends at school.

Parker decided on a mustache Valentine after showing him a few different options on Pinterest.  He thought they were pretty funny!
I've officially decided printers are not my friend.  I have wasted so much time trying to get my printer at home to work and I've had enough.  I whipped up a couple quick designs in Photoshop and had Chris print them in black and white at work.  Then I cut them out and we used double sided tape to attach them to some red cardstock paper.   I found fun mustache straws at Michaels and we simply punched a couple holes in the Valentines and slid the straws in. 

I gave Ryder a few options too and he chose frog Valentines.  We found a bag of frogs in the Valentine section at Target for $3.  Ryder worked so hard unwrapping each frog and he enjoyed helping put together his Valentines.  

Parker and his friend Brooke after their party.  There was so much going on at Parker's party I didn't get any other pictures.  They each got to do a few different crafts, eat some special treats and pass out their Valentines.

Ryder eating his snack at his Valentine's party at school and then at home checking out all his goodies.  By the way his shirt isn't suppose to be like that, he completely stretched it out.  Ryder had so much fun passing out his Valentines to all his friends.  They all sat in a circle with their bags and each kid got a turn to go around the circle and hand out their Valentines.  

Mustaches and frogs... I definitely live with boys!

Happy Champagne Thursday!


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Christmas Card Organization

I have a problem.  I have a really hard time throwing away Christmas cards, baby announcements, and any other card or announcement that has a picture on it.  I have thrown away some in the past, but not all of them.  

This year I decided to organize my picture cards and announcements.  To begin with, I punched two holes in each card, with a three hole punch.  Then I organized the pictures by year, then separated each year with a piece of cardstock paper and wrote the year on each piece of cardstock.  I found some 3" book rings at Staples to keep everything together.  

I plan on keeping my new book with the my Christmas decorations and setting them out during the holidays to enjoy.  

Happy Champagne Thursday!


Monday, January 27, 2014

Reverse the Signs of Aging - Skincare Special


Our REVERSE regimen has been REDEFINED!

We are so excited to announce the new formulation of our REVERSE regimen! Our new REVERSE regimen can safely and effectively be used with our AMP MD roller! You can now combat dullness and dark marks, while also firming up your skin!
REVERSE regimen 2014

Clean the Slate and See a Brighter Future for Your Skin

Based on Multi-Med® Therapy, REVERSE Regimen is an effective, full- face solution that tackles the dullness, uneven skin tone, dark marks and other cumulative, telltale signs associated with sun exposure. It combines cosmetic and active-OTC ingredients to exfoliate dulling dead skin, address the appearance of unwanted pigmentation, help even and brighten overall look of skin tone and protect against further UV damage by providing a long-term solution for a radiant complexion.

And Because YOU are a Valued Customer…You Get SPECIAL PERKS!

If you'd like to be one of the first to get your hands on this regimen, we have special MEMBER'S ONLY pricing, this week only. You have the opportunity to get the new REVERSE regimen at 20% off retail, or you can AMP IT UP and get the AMP MD roller as well, saving over 30%. Contact me now for more info!
What if I'm not a Valued Customer...yet?
Don't worry, we can get you signed up as a preferred customer today and you will still be able to take advantage of this amazing deal!  Contact me for details!

Not only will you be able to reverse effects of sun damage, dullness, and dark marks, but you can also erase the signs of aging with our AMP MD Roller. Big results. Huge savings.
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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Free Valentines Print

Have you started decorating for Valentine's day?  Do you decorate for Valentine's day?  I don't do too much, but I did decorate my mantel.  I made an 'All You Need Is Love' print because I love The Beatles and it's the perfect phrase for Valentines.  I had an 8 x 10 print, printed at Costco and framed it in an 11 x 14 frame. Download the free print here.

Free Valentine's day print

I also bought a cardboard X and O and painted them red and pink for hugs and kisses.  I used some of the bottles and vases from years past for other miscellaneous items on the mantel as well.  Use what you have!  

Hugs & Kisses

Happy Champagne Thursday!


Thursday, January 16, 2014

Gift Cards

Do you have some holiday money burning a hole in your pocket?  Or did you get a a gift card you are not very excited about it?  Buy and sell gift cards at Cardpool.com   Get up to 92% cash back for your unwanted gift cards and buy gift cards at up to a 35% discount.  You can find just about any store you want:  Ann Taylor, Lowes, Target (maybe we should be using gift cards instead of credit cards there anyways), Banana Republic, Tiffany & Co, Starbucks, etc.  There are a ton to choose from.  Check it out and use this
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I'm not making any promises, but I'm really hoping to have some sort of project done by next week.  I'm not sure what's going on but last week I went to use our dremel tool, to work on an anniversary project for Chris and he had taken it to work.  Seriously, we use our dremel about 3 times a year and we both happen to need it on the same day.  So, maybe I'll finish that project, it shouldn't take too long.

Happy Champagne Thursday!