Empty Shelf Challenge – March

I knew this challenge would be hard. I started with a bang and have been dragging the last month or so. BUT, I am still moving forward, inching maybe but moving forward. Here’s the latest I’ve finished.

The Blessed LIfe was a little harder for me to get through not because it’s a hard read but it worked on my heart along the way so I took my time in taking it all in.

The Blessed Life

And because I am a mom and read about 20-30 minutes each kid I will include all these Junie B. Jones books C boy and I have been reading since the new year. These books crack us up.

Junie B.  Jones

I’m looking forward to the next book I’ve decided to re-read. I think it will help me keep on task.

Denim & Neutrals

Denim & Neutrals

The Closet of a Fashionista – 40 Hanger Challenge

I’d like to share that I fully intended to have this challenge in place and “working it” January 1st. I didn’t, however, take into account… Christmas and all the fun activities that we do during that time. ugh…

Now my goal is to have everything in place February first and begin posting an outfit a day on my Facebook page and a weekly review here. What is the 40 Hanger Challenge? Several months ago I came across a blogger who did this for her closet. She cleared out her closet and only kept 40 hanging items. She did this for a year. If something came in another item had to leave. Made her really think about what her fashion personality and needs were. It has been mulling around in my head all this time.  Could I really do that? Do I even WANT to do that. Then I thought about a few of my clients. While I am a clothes horse my clients who truly just want a few key pieces need to KNOW I really can achieve that for them.

At this time I am not planning on staying with just 40 for more that just the month. I do plan on downsizing as the shear number is just silly and truly I want pieces I love, of quality and I fit into. My husband was happy to hear this, as it seems I have taken over some closet area that was suppose to be his 14 years ago. oops…

In the mean time… here is where I am at:

  • Counted the number of hanging clothes I actually have in my closet. (over 300 OMGosh!) No this doesn’t count what’s in my dresser. 
  • Found 40 PURPLE hangers to use.
  • Purchased a container to store the clothing not being used in the challenge and started filling it. I have purged a few items along the way. (yea, me!)

What does 40 purple hangers look like?

40 Purple hangers and the space hubby wants back.

40 Purple hangers and the space hubby wants back.

Now to decipher the ratios of pants, tops, jackets, etc… February in Arizona can range from 40* to 80*. I am also contemplating how I want to apply this concept to shoes and accessories, eeek.

Lots to think about. Stay tuned.

Happy New Year!

Goodbye 2013!  Hello 2014!

I don’t know about you but last year was a challenge. I had big plans and feel like I fell short on all of them. One of those being this blog. I like to share my thoughts with you but it was difficult to truly find the time among all the craziness of my life.

So, I shall start again. Make my plans and see what happens. I hope you’ll join me on this journey of faith, fashion and family.

I’d like to share one goal with you for now. I have decided to accept Jon Acuff’s #empytshelf challenge for 2014. I emptied a shelf and have started reading at least 10 pages a day. Now this is a BIG DEAL as reading with 2 boys running about is not, shall I say, easy. So here is my shelf.

The start of a New Year.

The start of a New Year.

This is the first book to go on my shelf.  Yep, I already read one book!! Woot! And I highly recommend this one. It is a fast read and great teaching on relationship marketing.

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Other Goals:

  • 40 Hanger Challenge – More on this later as I am going to blog my way throughout the challenge from start to finish.
  • Couch to 5K – I am not sure how I really feel about this one as I have always said if I am running you know someone/thing is chasing me. With that said the concept keeps stirring in my heart so I thought let’s see what happens.

Would you like to join me on one of these goals?  What are you reading?

Learning New Things – May Photo a Day 28

It is said that learning new things keeps your mind working and staves off Alzheimer’s. Good thing as I need all the brain cells I can get. I have two stinkin smarty boys who keep me on my toes and a history of Alzheimer’s in the family. 2012 must be a year of learning. I am learning to blog (still working on it), I have learned several new apps, and some new business tools. We are just half way through the year, wonder what’s next.

Today I wanted to share a new app I have been playing with, Pic Stitch. It is a free iPhone app. It allows you to photo “block” your pictures into one pic. Kinda cool. I had been seeing many of my instagram friends (also a new year learning thing) using something like this and wanted to figure it out. My awesome niece lead me to the app and history is made. 🙂

Here’s a quick how to. Super easy you don’t really even need me to show you but I am pretty proud of myself for figuring it out. I used it for May 28 photo a day

28. Weather  Rain Dance (the end result) Sweet P was dancing in the living room as it was just to hot to go outside. When he grabbed the maracas it reminded me of a “rain dance”.

Weather – Rain Dance

When in Pic Stitch you’ll have some options to choose from on how many photos and the shape/layout you want. I started with these three photos.

You can edit them right within the app, cropping changing the lighting you can even add silly stickers if you want. Haven’t tried that one yet myself but my hubby has a super funny one he did. Since I added the writing on with another app I saved this layout and added the words. I do believe that Pic Stick has a word option… still learning. 🙂 When you upload to Instagram you can still play with the lighting.

What have you learned to do recently?

Family – March Photo a Day 11. Someone you talked to today

Spending a few Sundays with hubby’s family each month is really special to us. There is pancakes or waffles, stories from the weeks, and lots of laughter. We were requested to make sure we made this particular Sunday as it would be the last we could spend with our niece before she moved to NYC. I am so proud of her. She is off on an adventure of a life time. She is super talented and creative and NY will just bring that out more. OH the possibilities. I know the family is sad we won’t get to see her as often and maybe even a little worried. (I know my boys will miss her they love her tons.) But I trust she will be just fine.  This photo is of her and mom and brother. I missed the “perfect” shot of her brother sticking his hand in her face. I do love this photo of the three of them.

Someone I talked to today... had to say goodbye.

Thoughts on Leadership

I went to a conference for BeautiControl this month. I go to keep up on what’s happening and to get and keep motivated. Being in business for yourself is not always easy. So being in the presence of other women that have made the same decision and are all leaders is so refreshing and positive.

One of the speakers talked about the “local economy”. Doing business with those in your community and keeping as much money locally. This really spoke to me. I want to change the local economy for the better. I guess I need to get a move on. I love that BeautiControl is a Made in the USA product. So even though I have to purchase them from TX it still stays in the US.

Growing personally is important. How am I improving my self and the lives of those around me? I have heard from so many sources that we are leaders, yes, you and I. We influence out families and friends and if we are “lucky” enough others.  This is an important job. We were given the 8 Keys to personal developemenet and achievement. I have decided to take each of the keys for the next 8 months and focus on one. Looking forward to see how that goes.

The Theme

My roomies and some of the best ladies I know.

Here is the rest of my experience via photos.

Lunch provided... YUM!

Hanging with 1300 of my closest friends. 🙂

Lots and lots of notes...

We got goodies!

Inside the gift - New Products.

Dressing for Awards night.

The WHO Foundation did a new event – Zumba! I was so excited, even if I did have to get up early.

Zumba

Me in front of the promo screen.

What inspires you?

New Year – New Brushes

I just received the new brush set I ordered from BeautiControl. They come in a beautiful & handy carrying case. There are 5 brushes total (A brush each for powder, contoured blush, angled eye shadow, angled eyeliner, and a double-ended lash brow groomer) and I added the foundation brush to round off the collection.  My clients can receive a set by inviting me to teach a Glamour Party.

Not only do I understand applying makeup with high-quality brushes make all the difference in the world!  Your make up is smooth and well blended AND always looks professionally done.  But there is something to having new,untouched brushes to start off the year. I think of the possibilities that open up to me through these brushes. The people these brushes will touch, teach & beautify. We, my brushes and I, will have stories to tell about the adventures of 2012.