Monday, September 29, 2014

My New Business!!

Alright friends and followers here’s the big news!!

I am officially a Rodan + Fields consultant.  This may not be as exciting of news to you as it is to me but let me explain. 


1.       This past week I have started it has been soooooooo cool to see the fruits of my labor.  I have worked in corporate America for over 10 years and the harder I work does not mean the more money I see.  In selling Rodan + Fields the harder I work, the more business I sell the more money I see…that my friends is motivating!!

2.       On the same note…I technically own my own business!!  I track all my business expenses, lunch meetings, travel (gas), product purchases, computer (if I needed one) and when it comes tax time I write that all off!  I am in control of how I want to sell my product.  I’m not forced to do silly parties, stock inventory or work a certain amount of hours.  I’m my own boss with this one and I do what I want with it….IT’s soooooooooooo refreshing!! 

3.       When I started learning more about these products and then actually using them I could not stop grinning ear to ear.  They are AWESOME.   I quickly realized whether I was selling this product or not, I’m officially hooked and WILL be buying them for the rest of my life.   (not kidding).  I’m going to tell my friends about them anyways, I know they are going to start using them too once they see my results so I might as well make a little commission of my yapping. 


On that note, I’ll give you the quick and dirty of the Brand!




Rodan + Fields was created by the Dr’s that created ProActiv. They are current practicing Dermatologists out of California with at 2.5 year wait list to be a patient.   They saw the market in anti-aging products and took their money and success from ProActiv in 2002  and started Rodan + Fields.  From 2002 – 2008 their products were the #1 skincare line sold in high end retailers like Nordstrom.  However, the Dr’s are also smart business women and they realized they were paying an arm and a leg to sell their products in store and decided to go the Direct Sales Route.   They are also working moms and therefore also wanted to open an outlet for working moms to be able to own their own business and market their product that they knew they would be using and love anyways (hello that’s me!). 


Ok…now a quick and dirty of the products!  Keeping in mind these are clinically proven, created by Dr’s, money back guaranteed results!!! Yes, you read that right…money back if you don’t like them.  That’s how good they are!



There are four different skincare Regimes and each regime is a 3 to 4 steps.  You will have your wash, your treatment product, your toner and then your lotion. 


1 – Soothe:  For sensitive skin, redness, irritation, eczema, rosasea.  Now keep I mind it will not cure your eczema or rosasea but it will treat your symptoms and relieve your redness and sensitive    skin.

2- Unblemish: For acne prone people and acne scaring. 

3 – Reverse: For sun damage, sun spots, brown spots, and an overall lighter appearance

4 – Redefine: For anti-aging, cell turnover, reduce fine lines and fight the signs of aging.


If you want to see what regime is right for you,  click the link below, answer 4 or 5 quick questions and Rodan + Fields will give you advice.



Now the goal is to get everyone on the anti-aging regime, however if you have redness, acne, or sunspots we would want to treat those symptoms first, get you cleared up, and then start you on the anti-aging regime.  Or if you have no skin concerns to start then you are one lucky guy or girl and you can go straight to anti-aging.  And don’t say you don’t have wrinkles because if you don’t start a cell turnover regime NOW and prevent wrinkles then YOU WILL!!  NOW is the time to take care of your skin before it goes downhill…not after the fact!! Ok, I’m done with my shpeal there J


No top of the daily Regimes, Rodan + Fields also sells multi-function eye creams, serums, amp roller (non-invasive micro-Exfoliating roller), and a Macro Exfoliator (similar to a clarisonic).


Alright now what you all really want to know.  COST??  Depending on the regime right for you the cost is anywhere from $160 to $200 dollars.  BUT these are 60 day supplies so your monthly skin care cost could be anywhere from 80 to 100 bucks.  Sound crazy? Think of it this way, like I did.  How much do you spend a month at target on your, burts bees wash, no.7 eyecream, oil of Olay lotion etc.  Probably around 40 to 50 dollars and you’re doing crap to your skin (it’s the truth).  So for an extra 30-50 bucks a month you can actually be changing your skins appearance , and prepping for a wrinkle free face in the future. 


Not sold yet?  sorry I know this all coming off so sales’ie…but I am seriously passionate about these products that I don’t even care because as soon as you use them you will forget my sales pitch and start thanking me J I have friends that already have!!


Alright so the #gamechanger.  Rodan + Fields just created a new product called Acute Care…its already being talked about in all the fashion magazines like Hapers Bazaar.  

The slogan is “fill a wrinkle, over night, while you sleep”  It is literally a strip that you place over a wrinkle  before bed and you will wake up in the morning and the wrinkle will be filled.  Now…you will see immediate results overnight, however the lasting results are to use one strip every 3 days, for 4 weeks.  That’s 10 strips in the box.  If you follow that regime you will see lasting results for 12 weeks! 3 months!!   How much is Botox?  I have girlfriends that get Botox and its $500 minimum a procedure, results wear off in 4 months and you have to get shot with needles in a Dr’s office.   There is nothing like this on the market yet, and when it becomes available for everyone…I’m telling you its going to go NUTs!!


If u want to get your hands on the Acute care, it is being sold to preferred customers only on one day Oct. 27th.  After that, it does not come to market for others to buy until Jan 2015.  All preferred customer means is you sign up for automatic 60 day replenishments …HOWEVER, preferred customers get 10% off ALL THE TIME off EVERYTHING, and you will get an email a week before your shipment allowing you to either change what products your want or delay your order (you are not obligated to buy anything to be a preferred customer) and 10% off. No brainer…I’m not sure why anyone wouldn’t.


Alright….I’m sure I totally overwhelmed you and your head is spinning, mine is too and I’m even the one that knows about this stuff.  So, if you just want to learn more about the products, see some before and after photos, try them out, learn about Rodan + Fields consultants ANYTHING feel free to reach out to me. and we can set up some time to chat.  OR, if you just want to browse their products on your own on the internet


OR…. If you’re in Charlotte, come to my business launch party! It will be on October 16th at 7:30pm at my house. (email me for the official invite).  It is NOT a pass around an order form at the end of the party and place your order type deal.  I promise, that’s why I love this business.   It’s a come learn about Rodan + Fields as a business and their products. Total learning and support…and free wine J  xo!


Thanks to those who even read through this whole post!  Everyone has been really really supportive of me in this new and exciting venture I’m embarking on and for that alone, I thank you!!


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Worth the wait......

Hi Friends!! I know I've been MIA lately but life is taking a good way!

Work is crazy, had the BF in town last weekend which was a TON of fun, have been planning and prepping for our Skybrook neighborhood yard sale which is THIS SATURDAY btw...7am-Noon Come see us!! (we'll have free coffee :))

AND...have a new business venture in the works!! Yep, you read that right! I haven't been this excited over anything in a LOOOOOOONG time.

Stay tuned, it'll be worth the wait, I promise :) xoxo

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Last Night’s dinner: Spicy Shrimp and Brussels Sprouts Stir Fry

When I cook dinner it’s a casserole or a pasta dish (not very healthy). Thankfully, when Hunter cooks it’s fairly healthy or we might weigh 500 pounds each. He tried this recipe a while back and it quickly became a go to in our house. Last time, Hunter made it, he played around a bit by adding some snow peas and cooked kale. And don’t be afraid if you don’t like Brussels sprouts, they are chopped up in the recipe and nothing but pure crunchy delight. Trust me!!

Here’s the original Recipe courtesy of Martha Stewart:


•2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
•1 pound brussels sprouts, trimmed and shredded
•Salt and pepper
•1 cup bean sprouts
•2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
•1 small green chile, such as Thai, thinly sliced
•3 scallions, white and green parts separated and thinly sliced
•1 pound medium shrimp (41 to 50), peeled and deveined (tails left on)
•2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
•Lime wedges, for serving


1.In a large skillet or wok, heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil over medium-high. In 2 batches, saute brussels sprouts until tender, 5 minutes total; season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a platter. Add bean sprouts to pan and cook until heated through, 1 minute; add to platter.
2.Wipe out pan, add remaining tablespoon vegetable oil, and return to heat. Add garlic, chile, and scallion whites and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add shrimp, season with salt and pepper, and saute until opaque throughout, about 4 minutes. Add to platter, drizzle with sesame oil, top with scallion greens, and toss. Serve with lime wedges.

And here you can see where Hunter added some snow peas, kale, and we always top it off with some red pepper flakes and soy sauce!

Bon App├ętit, Guilt Fee!!

Monday, September 15, 2014

At da club... house

It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood,
A beautiful day for a neighbor,
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?

It's a neighborly day in this beautywood,
A neighborly day for a beauty,
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?

I have always wanted to have a neighbor just like you,
I've always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you.

So let's make the most of this beautiful day,
Since we're together, we might as well say,
Would you be mine?
Could you be mine?
Won't you be my neighbor?

Won't you please,
Won't you please,
Please won't you be my neighbor?

We live in the same neighborhood with 3 sets of our closest friends. It was honestly not planned….We just all happened to either fall in love with the neighborhood or found houses we loved there. When Hunter and I were house hunting last year we said we would move to the neighborhood where we found the house. Stars aligned and we just happened fall in love with a home in the same neighborhood as our friends.

Any who – it’s wonderful…we live on the 10th Hole right across the street from the club house and driving range. We are also in walking distance to the pool, gym, and central park complete with playground, pavilion, grills, soccer fields, basketball courts, and beach volleyball! The club house does kids eat free Tuesdays and $2 dollar drafts (best deal in town)! And Friday nights they have $12 dollar bottles of wine and $2 dollar drafts. It’s the perfect place for kiddos to run around too….we sit outside, enjoy the golf course view, and the Hunters can practice their short game on the practice green while we wait for our food. Hunter V is also particularly fond of rolling his cars down the big hills!

Throw meeting the neighbors into the mix and you have to drag me out of the place…I never want to leave  This past Friday was just that scenario. Hunter had a friend from College in town, we met up with neighbor Thorne’s, the kiddos played on the golf course, the vino flowed…and next thing you knew…kid’s/babies bedtime….wait what’s that?

Here’s some visuals to help you picture it better :)

Walk up to the clubhouse...

View looking back down at our house...

     Kiddos having fun on the practice green...

                      A sad attempt at taming torturing a 3yr old for a family picture :)
                      Pa Pa Pweese dont make me leave...

                     James can't hang! Zonked!

Won't you be my neighbor?

Friday, September 12, 2014

Let's talk Gallery Walls....

I've been wanting to share our hallway gallery wall on the blog. Then I saw this morning Kelly’s Korner blog was having a link up party on them. Perfect timing…here goes.

It started out like this…with Hunter trying twice to hang it and took it down both times because he thought it looked terrible.

So I started from scratch and ended up with this….

Mom and I hung it when they were here for James's baptism weekend and everyone now loves it!!! I love that its pretty informal so I can add more pictures without redoing the whole look as the years go on.

My frames are all from potterybarn. (shocking I know, I’m so predictable)

Hope you all have a great weekend! xo

Monday, September 8, 2014

Weekend Recap

How about them Hokies!! Hunter and I agree to agree that we both really like the new quarterback Michael Brewer. I watched his post game interview last night and for a 22 year old he really seems to be level headed and have his shiz together. The facial hair could go…but we won’t go there. I’m sure it doesn’t prevent the college girls from seriously digging him!

So Hunter was in Ohio at the Hokie game. His words when he got home on Sunday were “It’s fun to win.” He said there were no strangers amongst the Hokie fans on Saturday night after that game. Sounds like a good time to me! I’m sorry I missed it (or sorry I wasn’t even invited).

And so it goes…back home on the ranch, I was certainly not lonely thanks to some wonderful friends!! Friday night I put the boys down at The Thorne’s house and enjoyed “un-wine-ding” from the week with Lindsey and John.

Saturday the boys and I had a nice morning at home that involved some napping for James, some tri-cycle riding and baseball playing for Hunter.

After James woke up from his morning nap we headed to The Mitchell’s house for some lunch and play date. After lunch, both boys went down for a nap at their house and I was able to enjoy almost two whole hours of me time catching up with my girlfriend Nicola – her babes slept too and it was truly heaven!

After naps, we headed home to re-group (re-pack diaper bag) before we met back up with The Thorne’s and Mitchells at Birkdale for dinner. A little Bad Daddy’s burger bar, and TCBY to boot and mama was SPENT!! We were home and all in bed by 8:30pm!!

Being we were out and about all day Saturday, Sunday I did not want to leave the house at all! Hunter was home bright and early from Ohio (and tired) so while he and James took morning naps, little Hunter and I had some awesome play time together in his playroom. We read books, did flashcards, played memory, put together puzzles, built rainbows out of play-doh….I haven’t given him that kind of one-on-one attention in a long time and it felt good! We will def do it more often!

After lunch both boys went back down for naps and I ran some errands kid free. Pier-one, Home goods, and the grocery store in 1.5hrs….its amazing how quickly you can get stuff done without kids in tow!

And in the afternoon we did our best to soak up all that is left of summer by breaking out the slip n slide, and sitting on the back deck.

Then all too quickly 5:30pm hit. Dinner, bath, bed commenced and before we knew it, it was 9pm and Monday morning.

Back at it.

Home Tour: Upstairs Hallways

Anyone need a little distraction from this dreary Monday? I sure do! How about a little piece of Home Tour. This is the hallway between the boys bedrooms. One of few areas that I would consider done!

I use the baskets under the console table to throw their stuff in, that is scattered around the house, and needs to be put way in their rooms. I long for the day that they empty these baskets themselves. :)

Hope you all have a great week!

Table: Potterybarn
Mirror: Potterybarn
Baskets: Target
Lamp shades: Potterybarn
Lamps: Homegoods
Decor: Homegoods
Frames: Target

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