Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Bloggy Carnival Fall 2008

~~~THANKS FOR ALL THE ENTRIES!! If you are still interested in receiving a sample, please visit my website and register, marking that you came from the blog giveaway. From those registered users , I will choose 20 people to send a sample to in addition to the winner below! While you're there, you can upload a picture of yourself and use our "virtual makeover" to view how the products would actually look on you! How cool is that?!?

And now for the WINNER:


Congrats to Kristan!!! I will be e-mailing you soon to get your info...Should the winner not respond within 5 days, I will pick another winner!!

Bloggy Giveaways Quarterly Carnival Button It's time for the fall quarterly Bloggy Giveaway Carnival!!

I will be giving away a sample bag of Mary Kay products. The sample bag will include TimeWise 3 in 1 cleanser & age fighting moisturizer sample, a Microderm 2-step sample, a day & night solution sample, a satin hands sample, 3 eye color samples, a cheek color sample, a lip color sample and a lip gloss sample.

To be entered into my giveaway, all you will have to do is leave a message below with your email address in it. I will notify the winner this coming weekend, after using random.org to pick a winner. In case the winner does not get back with me within 5 days, I will pick a second winner.

Once you've left a message on here, go visit the giveaway "central" to see all of the other giveaways!! As of right now there are over 1,000 giveaways going on!!

"Who would do that to their kid?"

Overheard at pre-k while picking up Braydon from school:

Parent A: "Can you believe that someone wouldn't let their child have halloween candy?"

Parent B: "No! That poor child doesn't get to have all the fun that the rest of the kids have. It's a shame, they're depriving them of so much fun!"

Parent A: "They probably don't even let him watch tv or play video games!"

Parent C (Aka ME): Well, actually have you ever read the labels on the candy that you're giving your children? Most of the candy has artificial colors in them such as Red 40 and high fructose corn syrup. And no, he doesn't play video games. He reads books, rides his bike and spends time with his family.

Parents A & B: silence.

"Painful Elimination"

So the name of this post is pretty much just for my dad. It's a long story about a foreign exchange student, a class assignment and a foreigner talking to their high school class about "painful elimination" but not really understanding what they were talking about...

Anyways, for a little while now I've been considering cloth diapers. Other friends of mine have since switched to cloth diapers, and once I brought up the idea that I might be interested in using them, I've found other friends that used them that I was unaware of. But that's a lot of time and energy in cleaning diapers, and I just don't know if I can commit to that just yet. So I guess we'll just stick with our box of 240 diapers. Once they run out, we'll figure it out from there....

On Sunday, we were at my in-laws house, when I saw Makenna start to make the red "I'm about to go" face. I grabbed her, and started stripping her on the way to the bathroom. I don't know what came over me or what made me think about it, but I was going to put her on the potty and see if she'd go. Couldn't hurt, could it? Well anyways, I put her on the potty, and she just sat there grinning, playing with her feet, and GOING! I mean really going. A LOT. It was one of those "blow outs" that I'm so thankful fell in the potty, rather than in her diaper.

I called Kenney in there, partly because she was so stinking cute, (get it?!? Stinking?!?) being all small and stuff and sitting on the potty (with Mommy's help of course!) But I also called him in there to see and witness that she indeed had gone in the potty. I have a sneaking suspicion that had I not, he would not have believed me. Why would I lie about "crap" like that? (get it?!? "Crap" like that?!? Alright, I stop with the cracks about pooping...)

I'm sure my MIL thinks I'm nuts. After all, Makenna was purely breastfed til 9.5 months, eats organic baby food, doesn't eat much table food, and Braydon doesn't eat junk food, or anything with red 40 or high fructose corn syrup in it....So why wouldn't I work on potty training at (almost) 10 months?

I mean some countries/cultures don't even use diapers at all. Surely, if they can do it, so can I!! Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not forcing her to sit on the potty. But when she starts making the red face, I strip her diaper off and sit her on the potty. I save a diaper, and she's going to get used to going in the potty. She went yesterday in the potty when she started her red face. And today, she started making a face, although it wasn't red, but I ran her to the potty, and she peed. So that was pretty cool.

What do you think?!? Can you really potty train a 10 month old?!? =)

Bad, bad blogger!!

Okay, blogland, I'm back, I swear. Life is so busy and blah blah blah, you get the picture. Anyways, I've got much to blog about so I will post them individually...happy reading!!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Stock Market

A friend of mine sent this to me, and thought it was interesting...any comments?

Once upon a time in a village named Caveat Emptor, a man appeared and announced to the villagers that he would buy monkeys for $10 each. The villagers seeing that there were many monkeys around, went out to the forest, and started catching them. The man bought thousands at $10 and as supply started to diminish, the villagers stopped their effort. He further announced that he would now buy at $20. This renewed the efforts of the villagers and they started catching some of the few remaining monkeys again.Soon the supply diminished even further and people started going back to their farms. The offer increased to $25 each and the supply of monkeys became so little that it was an effort to even see a monkey, let alone catch it! The man now announced that he would buy monkeys at $50! However, since he had to go to the city on some business, his assistant would now buy on behalf of him.

In the absence of the man, the assistant told the villagers. "Look at all these monkeys in the big cage that the man has collected. I will sell them to you at $35 and when the man returns from the city, you can sell them to him for $50 each." The villagers rounded up with all their savings and bought all the monkeys. Then they never saw the man, nor his assistant again, only monkeys everywhere!

Now you have a better understanding of how the stock market works!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

WWWAT: Light


This week's theme for Wordless Wednesday with a Twist hosted by Rachel at American Mum, is "Light". After you've looked at my entry, go visit the other entries here and then why not participate?!?
My husband surprised me when I got home from a business dinner with candles and roses. =)




October 15th...

Remembering our lost little ones...For more information visis the Pregnancy & Infant Loss rememberance day's website.

Fall retreat...

I had a great time in West Virginia, and the kiddos and Kenney did just fine without me. It turned out, I won lots of stuff while I was there. I got in the top 5 of sales, runner up for Queen of Star Consultants and actually won Queen of Sharing!! I got a nice little tiara and a sash and got to move from the "VIP" seats to the head table! Pretty sweet! I know it probably sounds corny, and it probably is, but it felt really awesome to be acknowledged after my hard work! Sorry the pictures kinda stink, the people taking the pictures apparently didn't know how to take them...
my stash!!
Sherry (my fellow soon to be diq buddy!), my director Angela, me & Melody, our senior Sales director
All of of us that came from Rocky Mount: Melody, Sandy, Elvia, me, Sherry & Angela
Elvia, our national sales director Kathy & Sandy
Our national sales director Kathy & I! (notice that sweet tiara & sash!!) =)

Melody telling her "pantyhose" story....absolutely hysterical!
Our National Sales Director, Kathy
Dancing and celebrating the "pink cadillac" units
dancing to the "pink cadillac" song Speaking of pink cadillacs....check our NSD's caddy!!


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

What if...

What if... you made just $50 a week to pay for gas so that you don't have stop going places or seeing friends because of the gas prices? And it would take less than hour a week.

What if... you could find a new career that truly enriched the lives of other women and wasn't just a paycheck...something to really make a difference?

What if... you could be a stay-home mom and still earn an executive income?

What if... you had long-lasting, quality friendships with positive, Christian women?

What if... you drove a company car to show off your success, plus saving thousands of insurance, taxes and payments?

What if... you had total control over your schedule and income?

What if... you increased your self-esteem and self-confidence? How would that effect your family, your situation and your quality of life?

What if... you could earn a six-figure income based on your own efforts, not someone's opinion of you?

Mary Kay is so much more than just selling cosmetics...yet it all starts with selling cosmetics. And with the economy, this is the perfect recession-proof business to be in! Women will always wash their face and apply make-up. They will fix Ramen noodles for dinner to buy their foundation. The three things that do not suffer in a recession: alcohol, tobacco and MAKE-UP. They're all relatively inexpensive ways to make people feel better about themselves and their situations.

With the advertising that Mary Kay is running on TV during primetime shows like Oprah...we are getting more media coverage than ever before. We have an Award-winning website that only costs you $25 for the first year. You can benefit from the rush of web shopping due to the increase in gas cost. And we just launched our new Mineral Line that is attracting more clients than ever before.

THIS IS THE PERFECT TIME TO CONSIDER A MARY KAY BUSINESS!

Women want to feel pampered and special. Our makeovers are FREE and when shared with friends, they can even earn FREE products which are so appealing because of the economy. Women want great customer service because they don't have time to shop for themselves. We have a website to shop 24/7. We deliver or mail products for free. We keep records of previous purchases. We have a FREE virtual makeover on our website. We call our clients periodically. We build Customers For Life, not just one-time sales.

I BET IF YOU HAVE GOTTEN THIS FAR...THEN YOU ARE WANTING TO LEARN MORE!!! OR YOU HAVE SOMEONE IN MIND TO FORWARD THIS EMAIL TO!

YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE AND POSSIBLY EVERYTHING TO GAIN TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW MARY KAY COULD FIT IN YOUR LIFE!!

If you are interested in hearing more, I would LOVE to talk to you about this opportunity. There is absolutely no pressure or obligation, and I won't force you or harass you into doing anything. I don't work that way. But I do know how much it has changed my life in just the short time I've been in Mary Kay, and I can't help but wonder what Mary Kay will do for your life.

For more information, please e-mail me at Christyrue@marykay.com !

Thursday, October 9, 2008

West Virginia

So tomorrow morning I head to West Virginia for my "fall retreat" with Mary Kay. There's going to be tons of training, recognition for accomplishments, and lots of fun I'm sure.

I'm so excited, but nervous. This is the first time I've left my family for this long, the first time I've not had Makenna with me. I'm really kinda sad about that. Although it will be awesome to have a full night's rest, I will still miss my smiling girl, and my handsome little boy, and of course, my husband's snore. =)

Yeah, so I have to be at my director's house at 8:30 AM tomorrow morning, and it's 10:20 PM right now and my bag is not packed. I don't see that to be a problem. HAHAHAHA!! As usual, I'm doing everything I can do BUT what I'm supposed to be doing.

I will most likely not have access to a computer til Monday, so I'll hopefully have some decent pictures for you and lots of stories to tell you then!!

Monday, October 6, 2008

I had a small little scare when we went to church Yesterday morning. As I was signing Makenna in at the nursery, I began feeling this weird feeling on my left leg. I looked down and didn't see anything (but I had black hose on). A minute later the weird feeling turned into a burning, stinging sensation, and I basically threw Makenna in her room (it's a good thing she's such a good baby!) and ran into the bathroom in the nursery. I took off my hose and discovered my leg was COVERED in huge welts, from my toes, all the way up my entire leg. Just as I saw this, I felt something moving on my hand and noticed ANTS crawling all over my hand. Luckily I only managed to get bit a few times on my hand, but my legs and even my side were not so lucky.

I was going to just go to the Rite Aid up the street to get some benadryl and some cortizone cream, but as I began backing out of the parking space, my chest began tightening and I was shaking so bad it was hard for me to drive. Kenney came and helped me, and the lady in charge of the children's ministry told me to not worry about the kids, that they'd figure it out, that I needed to be seen right away.

We stopped home (on the way to Urgent Care) so I could change into shorts for them to examine all of the bites, and we headed on up to Urgent care. When we got there, I filled out the paper work, did the insurance stuff, blah blah blah and sat back down. A nurse called me up there and asked what happened, and asked me if I was having trouble breathing. I told her I really wasn't, but my chest was really tight and I was shaking. As I went to go sit back down, she got a glimpse of my leg, and told me I needed to come back right away.

When I got back there, they moved someone out of a treatment room in order for me to get seen. I thought this lady was over-reacting, and that I was fine. (I suppose once you have a child naturally, everything else is a piece of cake, right?!?) But she hooked me up to the monitors, and saw that my oxygen levels were really low, and my heartbeat was racing. one minute, my pulse would be in the 100s, then dropping in the high 40s the next. She made comments several times on how well I was handling it, and she wanted to make sure I was okay. Finally she looked over to me and said "You don't realize how bad this is do you?" It was at this point that I got worried. I mean they were just ants, right? I'd gotten bit by fire ants before, and hand small reactions to them before so I really had not been nervous until she said this. At this point, they went out and got Kenney and brought him back to sit with me. The doctor came in and looked at them and could not believe how bad it was. She ordered some shots, which helped bring my oxygen levels back in normal level, and then the benadryl started kicking in.

I woke up several hours later in my bed, and I looked down, and fortunately the welts had gone down some, but legs and finger were still swollen. Now I'm dealing with a horrible headache, due to one of the shots they gave me (a major steroid shot) and swollen leg/foot & finger. The doctor wants to see me again on tuesday, and I need to make an appointment to get an epi-pen prescription in case this happens again. I attempted to count how many bites I have, now that they've got those nice white head things on them, and lost track around 40 some.

I'm really mad about this to be honest. Not about the ants, really. I don't like the idea of it, but I'm mad that I feel like Kenney & I missed out yesterday morning. I really wanted to go to church. I was sooo looking forward to hearing Pastor's message about marriage and I feel robbed. We missed last week due to Kenney's brother Lamont returning from Iraq (that's a praise in & of itself!!) I know this was a specific attack on us to keep us away from church, and next week I will be out of town on business. But Kenney & I have decided that we will get the copies of the sermon & listen to them together. It just seems like one thing after another after another and it's not just a coincidence!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Gone...(my wordless wednesday!!)