Friday, October 10, 2014

Weekend catchup...

Small blogging hiatus between my new R+F Business, my normal 9 to 5er, my mom roll, wife roll, house cleaner roll, and lately Dr roll with two sick kids.  Ya’ll know how the story goes.   However, we have managed to have a little fun on the weekends!


Let me catch you up…


September 13th weekend… we went Apple picking with our dear friends The Thornes!!  Henry and James are 3 months apart and just too cute together!! 

Hunter V was a BIG fan of driving the tractor, eating the apples and not so much of the animals.  (notice head buried in daddy’s shoulder) 




September 20th weekend…my VERY BEST FRIEND (from high school, college roommate, and maid of honor) came to visit with her mom and her baby James.  Our “James’s” are about 6 weeks apart and this was my first time seeing her since she became a mom herself.  It’s crazy to look back and remember her and I sitting outside our lockers in highschool talking about going to the same college together. Fast forward through four amazing years with her as the best roommate ever and TONS I mean TONS of laughter to us now married with children.  It’s pretty cool, and I love this girl more today than I did 10 years ago despite our distance now (she lives just outside NYC).


Anywho….my mom came to town, she brought her mom with her and we had a nice little girls and babies weekend together!


Moving on…Sept 27th weekend we had a yard sale, a birthday party to attend and brought the boys to spend some time with their Grami (my mother in law).


Last weekend I headed to Greensboro for my cousin Shannon’s bridal shower.  This chic has been right by my side through my weddings, babies and always does an amazing job of keeping in touch and helping me out with the boys.  A heart of gold she has!  I couldn’t be happier that she found her best friend and they are getting married this New Years Eve!! Can we say Parrrrrrrrr TAY!!!!!!!!!!  


This weekend the best is yet to come!!!  Nana and Papa arrived yesterday to watch the boys for the weekend while Hunter and I head to Charleston …SANS babies!!   A college bestie is getting married on Friday night, and the rest of the weekend we just plan to soak up some alone time!  It feels weird, I’m leaving town and I don’t have to pack bottles, food, toys, diapers, wipes, lovies, books, snacks, sound machines, pack n plays, strollers, monitors…..should I keep going. Haha.  Can you tell I’m really excited?!!!  Understandably considering it’s been over a year and a half since we’ve been anywhere without a kid on our hip!!


Hope you all are scratching to-do’s off your fall bucket list!!  It all goes too fast that’s for sure!! xo

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?
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