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My 16 month old son chugs water from my glass as we sit and watch my middle son’s football practice on July 19, 2012.

 

Yesterday was the third practice for the Falcons in our area’s pee wee league dispite the blistering temperatures outside.  The board has mandated eight hours of conditioning before these young all-stars can suit up in pads for practice so our middle son’s coach has strategically scheduled four, two hour practices this week.  Tonight, the five and six-year-olds will fulfill their last hours in the coaches back yard in-ground pool.

Last year, this team’s coach was amazing.  From the first night with the boys, he gained their respect and attention by firm, yet encouraging coaching.  He encouraged team and unity along with hard work and attention to football technique.  It was really amazing what he was able to do with such young boys.  He actually lead them all the way to be league championships to claim first place!  This year he moved up to the next age level with his son but the assistant coach for the team stayed back to coach the other team members who didn’t move up.  SWEET!  We have had good practices with similar leadership as last year.  I can’t wait to see what happens this season with this team!

Pee Wee Falcons at the start of their 3rd practice, first practice getting on the line.

 

They worked for about 10 minutes and all of the kids were successfully lining up as if going to war with their coaches.  I think this year is going to be just as amazing as last year!  The only thing they need to work on is their hustle to and from each play, but honestly, it’s to be expected this early in the year.

They are proving to be trainable! That’s awesome!

 

My oldest son was placed on a developmental team this year, the TITANS!  He is VERY excited because last year his coaching was lacking.  They didn’t get the sweet taste of victory last year, not one time.  He wasn’t confident that he wanted to play this year because let’s face it, it’s not fun to lose all the time.  Because we want him to be involved in something we encouraged him to give it a go one more time and he is very thankful that he did.

Tuesday when I sat in on his practice, I could tell that he had some learning to do.  This team is hand selected and trained up to be the best.  Never once did I hear any of the coaches shouting or yelling.  The boys are there because they want to be.  They try hard because they want to be the best.  They work hard for their coach because there’s an unspoken respect there.  It’s truly amazing!  They spent their first practice breaking off into groups containing three to four boys to work on technique.

Detailed Technique Drills and Coaching

At the first water break, the boys hussled over to their water bottles, filled up and then ran back to the field with a training mission on their minds.  This picture was taken after less than a half hour of practice.  Take note of his soaked head and focus in his eyes!

Mouth full of cold water, he takes a minute to rest before going back out for another rotation of drills.

 

I am so proud of my boys.  I can’t wait to see what personal goals they blow out of the water, the excitement and pride in their little eyes as they defeat their fears and reservations.  I am looking forward to those chili mornings at the football field, the caravans to out-of-town games and the smell of window chalk!

Cheers,
Andrea

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“This is a horrific event,” Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates told a news conference, adding that a suspect was taken into custody in the parking lot behind the theater. He had initially put the death toll at 14, but a spokesman later told NBC the toll had been revised to 12.

taken from – http://news.yahoo.com/ten-killed-denver-movie-shooting-local-radio-083209128.html

I, like many people in this “Smartphone age,” woke up this morning to check facebook and see what happened while I was sleeping.  The first post I see is from a friend in northern Virginia posting the following status:

“Woke up this morning to see that life is now imitating art. Everything on the news reflects every bad movie out there. Praying for the families who thought they would see their kids come home from the movie last night. I’m going to the source that brings light, not dark.”

I wasn’t sure what she was talking about but figured maybe someone up in her area had had a car accident or something and teens didn’t make it home from a movie.  As I scrolled a little further, I saw many other comments and posts about how they would be praying for the families involved in the shooting in Denver.  In my mind these were still separate incidence and began to really agree with my friend’s original post.

“Everything on the news reflects every bad movie out there.”

What it would be like to live a day in the Leave it to Beaver days.  I know it is just a TV show.  I know that everyday life wasn’t like that.  But oh to be able to rest in the fact that when your kids went to school, you could bank on the worst they would come home with being a black eye from a scuffle on the playground.  And even, it would be an isolated incident.  Throw a couple punches and it’s done.  Oh to be part of a world where are kids are generally safe.  Where you can leave your car doors unlocked and help people stranded on the side of the road.

When I think about how we can make that type of a world a reality, I can’t help but be reminded that we have to be the change we want to see in the world.  Every change starts with me (and you).

For me, I know that I have to make the following changes, today:

  • Time with my Maker isn’t only reserved for the morning hours.  Thank Him for everything I have, see and love.
  • Make time to smile at people in the stores.  Slow down…
  • Tell people what they mean to me, DAILY.  Never assume they know.

If I made these changes in myself, maybe a domino style avalanche would happen in the lives of people I have contact with.  And then maybe the people they have contact with.  Maybe over time, we’d see a renewal in our country and the world.

These are my three changes, what about you?  What do you want to see change in the world and what will you commit to changing in order to see that change in the world?

Cheers,

Andrea

PS: If you blogged about the Denver Shootings, please comment with your link below.  Lets offer support to each other during this time of confusion.  Offer support to those you see hurting.  Offer a kind word, a smile…



Just two weeks ago, my oldest son turned nine years old!  Next month, my husband and I will have been married for 10 years!  10 YEARS!  What a big summer we are having this year!

The night before Jackson’s birthday, I was sitting on the couch crocheting while my husband watched television.  As if I had just walked into a brick wall, the realization that Jackson was turning nine really hit me.  I mean nine…that’s half of 18.  That means I’m half way done raising him.  I know that raising a child doesn’t end completely at the age of 18, but I am half way done with the time God has given me to mold him and shape him into the man he will become.  My timeline for instilling morals and teaching him how to keep a home, treat a woman and be a friend is half done.  That was an uncomfortable, unsettling feeling.  Yes, I shed tears that night.  I couldn’t believe we were to that point.  I swear I had just given birth to him.  This realization made me stop and analyze what I still have left to teach him and how I was going to get there.

One thing that has been on my mind and heart since he was born was my desire to raise my kids in home education.  We brought Jackson home after his first grade year because he was increasingly board and the teacher just had too many kids to teach.  I wanted more for him than he could get from the setting he was in at the school he was attending.  The first day of his second grade year was spent around our kitchen table.

That same year, I was running my in-home childcare (4 kids), was pregnant and transporting our youngest at the time to preschool in the public school system.  We were able to get speech help for him there which was a HUGE blessing!  At semester, my husband felt like Jackson should go back into the public school system because I had SOOooo much on my plate and was about to have a newborn to take care of.  I was so heartbroken.  I cried for months but kept the faith that one day, I’d be given the chance to bring him back home, and, God Willing, Gage (our middle son) too.

This past winter during Jackson’s 3rd grade year, he began to have social issues with kids at school.  Bullies are a HUGE problem these days and unfortunately my son fell victim to their harsh words and ways.  So much so he wanted to “go to sleep and never wake up.”  He BEGGED to come back home to homeschool again. As a work from home mother, I wanted to pull him right away and resume home education.  My husband encouraged me to allow him to finish out the year and to get help for the issues he was having.  He is so smart.  Through the next several months we learned that he had depression issues but those were from undiagnosed ADD.  Well that makes sense!  It also explains why he was so bored in 1st grade and why he had such a hard time paying attention long enough to get any homework done throughout the years.

We had begun to look into home education again just in case we, as a family, felt like it would be a good fit for our family for 4th grade.  With what I experienced the day before his birthday and my longtime desire to educate my kids myself, I have come to realize that I need to step up my Miche game.  We have fees and curriculum to purchase  before August should we decide to bring him back home.

That’s where YOU come in!

I need 4 people to host shows in July in order to be able to meet my goal of providing for my son’s education.  We all want what’s best for our kids.  For me and my son, home education is what I feel like is best for him.  Please help me do that!

Comment below if you would be interested in hosting a home/online/catalog/skype show.  I’d be happy to get that set up for you as soon as possible.  Our July shells will be announced tomorrow and you could be the first one to get your new shells and accessories for FREE!

Thanks for your help.  Thanks for your support!

LOOK! Extra hostess rewards for July!! Earn an extra $20-40 in free product!

Cheers,

Andrea



All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.  – Pablo Picasso

As a kid, I was taught to pick up crayons or markers and put color down to convey ideas and feelings.  Isn’t that what art is?  Of course it is!  It’s a way to show others who you are, what you do, what you like and what inspires you.  It’s a catalysis some people use to heal from hurts and celebrate achievements.

This coming fall, I plan to homeschool my oldest son and in time, I may bring home our middle son.  A few months ago as I was creating a giant world map and other art pieces for the room, I gave the boys empty canvases to paint whatever they wanted to.  Jackson, my oldest, had been given an assignment a month or so ago in art class at his public school to use oil pastels to recreate a still life picture of flowers in a vase of sorts.  When he brought it home, I asked where he got it because he had done such a good job it didn’t occur to me at that time that he had done it himself.  I was so impressed by the piece that it’s not hanging behind our dining room table, which is a focal point when you walk into the room, and our home for that matter.  You could just see the pride in his eyes as I gave his masterpieces it’s place of honor.  What do you think he painted on his empty canvas?  A recreation of the original oil pastel.  That accomplishment of being able to do such a good job has stuck with him and he, as a result, recreates it many times over.  It creates

warm fuzzy feelings for him. It’s a way for him to channel a good time/feeling/accomplishment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

So let me ask you.  How do you express yourself artistically now that you’re an adult.  Has your catalyst of self expression changed?  I know for me, I use different art forms.  I love to crochet, knit, sew and cook.  Yes I believe cooking is an art form!  I also very much enjoy making my outfits a piece of art.  I have also explored ways to use my body as a canvas…no not body paints or tattoos.  Just accessories!

I have learned so much about accessorizing in the last few years and it has taken my boring worrobe to new heights.  A simple grouping of necklaces can

Use a color wheel when accessorizing! It will help you to pick things that go together and ensure that you look amazing!

make all the difference in the world.  Add a pop of color by way of a summer shoe and a handbag.  You don’t have to purchase the expensive names and high-priced tags to look amazing!  If pattern on clothing scares you, pick a solid top

in your favorite color of the season. In art class as far back as grade school, we were shown a color wheel, right?  Remember that pie shaped poster your art teacher would hold up to show you primary and secondary colors?  Well get yourself one and post it in your closet.  That will be your best friend when learning how to accessorize!  If you want more instruction on how to use a color wheel to put an outfit together, click on the color wheel to the right and it will take you to an amazing write up on the subject.

When you apply this concept, you will realize how invaluable Miche handbags are!  It can be expensive to have to purchase a whole collection of designer handbags in all different shades, colors, patterns, textures and styles.  With Miche, you purchase one of the four base bags that fits your lifestyle and then shells to compliment your wardrobe.  You can take it a step further and purchase additional handles and purse charms to totally change the look of your shells when you need to refresh your stash of shells.  Not only does Miche make it easy to accessorize and stay in style, there’s no more dumping your bag out when you want to change your handbag.  You simply take detach the outer shell from your base bag and replace it with another!  What used to take 5 minutes can now be done in as little as 5 seconds, no kidding, no exaggeration.

Your mom used to encourage you to be creative as a child didn’t she?  Is she creative now?  How well does she transfer creativity into her outfits?  If she’s having trouble with that, why not get a Miche for her for Mother’s Day?  We have a great promotion going just for moms!  Not only that, with a qualifying purchase you can get vintage shells to go with her new base for a fraction of the list price!  She has taught you well over the years.  Remind her that she’s still smart and creative and that she’s beautiful!

There is an artist in all of us now just like there was on in us as a child.  Figure out how to ignite that passion to create and explore color as an adult.  If you don’t think you’re crafty or have drawing/painting talent, try to incorporate some color and texture into your wardrobe.  Make your body a canvas of sorts and see how much better you feel!  I promise it is really hard not to smile when you’ve put together and wear an amazing outfit!

Cheers,

Andrea



Many businesses come up with specific names for their products.  When looking through a catalog, it makes the experience fun, but in the real world, and for conversation sake, it can make it hard on consumers.  Let’s take Miche Shells for example.

Shells: The piece that goes on the outside of the base and gives the overall style of the bag. Despite marketing and representatives using the lingo, most people still call them covers.

Urban Shells: These shells for the Prima base were released toward the later part of the summer last year.  SO MANY people were anxiously awaiting their arrival.  Because people were talking about the rumors they might be coming before they actually got here, their name had already been established by the public: Backpack bags.

Go-Anywhere Bag: These shells were created to be able to fill the need so many women have.  How do you carry all your things when you’re going to the gym, pool, park or to the baby sitters?  Miche’s response was the Go-Anywhere, the public says diaper bag.

With these three simple examples, I hope I have gotten you thinking about branding.  How has your business or product established it’s “branding” and how has it overcome the tendency of the masses using general terms when referring to you?  Are you aware of generalized terms used in reference to your product or services?  This stuff does matter, and more than you realize. Below are times when knowing this information could drastically change your bottom line and overall effectiveness in business:

  • Blogging, Websites: Keywords, tags, META Tags and search engine optimization. If you don’t know the layman’s lingo for your products or services, you may be missing out severely on traffic to your internet information sites.   Keywords are words that general people use to describe or search for your products.  Knowing these, you can use them as tags on your blog or website.  A tag is simply a word or phrase that the search engines can grab on to when compiling a search someone’s asked for while sitting at their computer.
  • Twitter: Hash tags, profile naming.  If someone is looking for a Mother’s Day gift idea on Twitter, they are going to use the search function at the top of their screen.  If you haven’t used a “#” in front of the words they search for, you might miss some potential customers.  For example, if you go right now and search #LoveBeautySchool on Twitter, you will get a small sneak peek into what I’m working on for next month. 🙂  However, if nobody searches for #LoveBeautySchool, then the hashtag was just a waste of time.
  • Facebook Pages: If you have made a page on facebook.com like I have for my business, you need to optomize (or get the most out of) your search engine exposure!  How do you do that?  Again, use keywords, or commonly used words by the public, in your page description.  Also, be specific about who you are and what you do in your page name. As a side note:  Use dashes in your page name, too, as Google sees each word separated by a “-” as a word, instead of one big word.  For example, if I had know this when I made my page, I would have called it www.facebook.com/bag-transformation of having it all together as one word.

Nobody gets into business to fail.  Knowing helpful tips like these can help you get leads, connect with customers and improve your bottom line.

If you found this article helpful, please feel free to share this with your colleagues, tweet and/or facebook it!  Thanks for your support and many blessings in your current and future ventures!

Cheers,
Andrea

 



{April 5, 2012}   Do You Have Determination?

Today I was visiting some of my follower’s blogs and came across this blog that talked about how she and her dad did the New York Half Marathon.  To say it inspired me would be a complete understatement.  I couldn’t get it out of my mind for the rest of the day!

Think about the last goal you set for yourself. *waits a few minutes to allow you to think….stop reading and think!*  🙂

Answer these three questions:

  1. Did you reach your goal?
  2. Did you reach it on time (did you set a time limit for achieving it)?
  3. What resources did you utilize in order to accomplish your goal?

If you answered yes to the first two, chances are you have an answer for #3, too.  Let me explain.

In my experiences, when I have attempted to reach a goal on my own, I fell short. As a teen I used to run competitively.  I had amazing race times, would get personal records and enjoyed every minute of it.  But guess what, the races I ran were team races.  Cross country, 4x800m, 4x1600m.  I did do the regular 1600 and 800, too, but guess what?  My score went to help the team!

As an adult and after having my three kids, I have tried several times to shed the baby weight and to get back into my training.  I thought it would be easy.  I thought it would be a breeze.  And it would be if I had accountability and someone other than my eight year old son, though he does really well at kicking my butt out there.  I know myself well enough to know that I need a well thought out plan of action, and then someone to hold my feet to the floor.  Allow me to share with you how I plan to shed the 20 pounds that are sticking with me and to get back on my training regiment.

Goal: In November I want do the color run in Nashville.

How will I achieve it?

  1. As soon as I found out about this race, I posted on Facebook that I was looking for people who were interested in doing the race with me. There were around 10 people who said they would do it also.  One of which is coming all the way from Kansas to run it with me!  GO BECCA!
  2. I downloaded MapMyRun to my Android phone and got things set up on my desktop so I could track my runs.  How often, how far, how many calories burned, food intake, etc etc etc. I also decided to make my profile public so I could share my workouts with my friends.  One of them rides bikes competitively and uses MapMyRide so she knows how the system works.  Another friend of mine whom I run with on occasion has the program on her Android phone as well.
  3. I have asked my son to train and run it with me as well.  Trust me, he is more than happy to get out there and run 3 times a day if I were up for it.  He’s always asking when our next run is.
  4. Now, my blog!  You all know what I’m doing so I give you permission to ask me about how it’s going.
  5. I have thought about asking people to take pictures of me around town if they catch me walking during my workouts and then posting them to my wall, but I’m not sure if people would actually do it or not.  But I have thought about it!

So that’s what I have so far.  I know that if I am training and eating the way I am supposed to be, the weight will come off or my inches will decrease on their own.  I’m not worried too much about that aspect of things.

Feel free to comment with you experiences with such situations.  Lend a helping hand, so to speak if you know of something that would help.  Offer encouragement.  And most important of all, HOLD ME ACCOUNTABLE!

Cheers,

Andrea



{April 4, 2012}   Follower Appreciation!

Wow!  I just looked at my follower list and it has exploded!  I am so thankful to everyone who has decided to follow my fashion and family ramblings!  I am truly honored!y

To say thank you, I would like to give everyone a chance to give your blog and/or website extra exposure.  Please post in the comments below anything you’d like people to know about you, your blog, your business and/or your website.  My hope is that you can meet some really cool people this way and make some networking connections.  I encourage you to share this post on your blog, facebook and/or twitter account so your friends can get exposure as well.

I hope you all have a great day!

Cheers!

UPDATE: Once you comment I will add tags to this post concerning your business so search engines will pick it up.  Thanks for getting involved!  If you have specific tags you want me to put, type TAG: at the bottom of your post with up to 3 tags.

Andrea



I was on twitter today right before heading out to plant some flowers and saw Myra ( @blessedlife2) had posted about a contest a mutual “follower” was having:

“RT @decor_chick: Hey everyone come enter today’s giveaway and get your pantries and cupboards organized! http://bit.ly/H7sgtb

I jumped on the chance to enter!  I would encourage you to do the same if you are anything like me.  I want an organized kitchen but simply lack the know-how on how to go about doing it.  I have the best intentions of getting everything in order but end up making things worse.  My good friend Michelle has given me a few things to help organize my pots and pans, thankfully or I may have gotten pulled in by the monsters who live among them!  My canned goods cabinet is even worse off than my pans!  At dinner time we basically decide what we’re going to have as sides by what’s at the front.  To be perfectly honest I’m not even sure whats at the back of the rows of canned foods.

So what is this giveaway for?  It’s for a product that helps a person organize their canned goods.  It’s similar to those soda can organizers for your fridge except it’s for your canned goods in your pantry/cabinets!  It rotates your stash and keeps things nice and tidy while doing it!

Click either the link on the tweet above or go to www.decorchick.com to enter for your chance to win a set of 4 can organizers!  There’s even a discount code listed on her blog good for 10% off of your order at www.canorganizer.com if you aren’t the lucky one who wins.  That’s a pretty good deal.  The products are priced reasonably to start with, but who wouldn’t like to save a little bit?

I hope you all have a great day!  As for me, I’m heading out to finally get those flowers planted. I love spring!

Cheers,
Andrea



{January 19, 2012}   Two Boys, One Room, HUGE MESS!

Who knew that two boys could make such a HUGE mess?!  Good night!

Our family has recently started using a family schedule.  My oldest boy is in the process of being diagnosed ADD, my husband is ADD and the rest of us have the responsibility to help them function as part of the group.  My husband and I sat down and decided the best way to do that was to set out guidelines of when certain tasks would be completed each day of the week.  This is what we came up with:

6:30 am: Wake up and do morning routine (make bed, feed dogs, let them out to potty, brush teeth and get dressed)

7:30: School

3:15-4pm: Free time

4-5pm: Chores

5pm: Dinner

Following Dinner: Homework

7:30 Night routine & Free Time (shower, brush teeth, set clothes/school supplies out for the morning)

8:30: Bedtime (get drink, go potty, hugs/kisses, lights out)

So far it’s worked pretty well.  We have a chore chart that the boys use for the 4:00 time slot.  I will post pictures of that another day.  The other items are routine responsibilities that have to be done everyday.  For each of these areas on the schedule, we award poker chips for work completed.  At the end of the night, we allow them to count their tokens and change them in for something in the prize box if they have gotten 20 (or any multiple of 20) or save it to cash out on payday.

HOWEVER…there are moments I still want to pull my hair out!  Take this picture for example:

Pictured is my oldest son (carrying the telescope) and my youngest son.  My middle son is standing behind me.

Let me back up a second.  Last week, son 1 and son 2 decided they were going to rearrange their room without me.  The beds, dressers and toy boxes were put in “the perfect place.”  Trying not to crush their ambitions, I let it be.  After all we have to pick our battles, right?  A few days later?  A new design and this picture is the end result of their “creativity.”

Now this is a huge room.  The picture doesn’t do justice to the true magnitude of the mess.  Under the beds…I’m pretty sure something tried to grab me and pull me under there.  The wire cubes in the lower left hand corner of the picture…completely overflowing with I don’t even know what.

At 3:30 we put a halt to free time and made everyone meet in their room.  From that time until 9:30, we put their room back together.  My husband’s Job: Whip cracker. The boy’s job: Salvaging anything they could before I took over. My job: Trash bag patrol! I was able to get a total of five bags of trash removed from their room. Doodles, old homework, grocery receipts, Christmas wrapping paper, toy instructions, broken toys…you name it.  I took the following picture at 8:45:

Today when they get home, we are tackling the closet areas and finishing up some of the tasks that didn’t get completed last night.

What are your family’s secrets to keeping everything tidy and in place?  Do you use a reward system?  Do they have set chores for each day?  Do they perform their tasks on their own or with guidance?

Cheers,
Andrea



{January 14, 2012}   New Hostess Shells Released

It was announced this month that new Exclusive Hostess Shells would be released and yes they were!  There are three shells for the classic base and three for the prima  base.  For your viewing pleasure:

An $800 shows qualifies you to purchase one of these for peanuts!

Contact me today to schedule your show so you can earn one of these super exclusive shells for your base!  If you aren’t in the middle Tennessee area, you can still hold an online or catalog show.  If you’d like to have your friends over still, we can talk about Skype options too!    No matter which way you decide to have your show, as long as you reach $800 in sales, you can sang one of these shells.

Are you tired of having the same ol’ home party?  Here are some ideas for you to spice up your home show.

Wine & Cheese: Make it a sophisticated evening!

White Elephant: Everyone brings a funky gift to exchange.  It’s not just for Christmas time!

Paradise Island: Make it a “beach” night, complete with umbrella drinks and beach towels.

South of the Border: Bring on the margaritas and sombreros!

Fashion Diva Soirée: How fun is this? Everyone comes in party dress: have tiaras and boas to wear too. How about a catwalk to show off outfits and new Miche Bags, or a contest for “Best Diva?”

Ladies’ Night/Poker Night: This is a two-night event! Ladies make up their wish list for the Miche products they want at Ladies’ Night, and then men shop for their wives or girlfriends at Poker Night!

Mother/Daughter Tea Party: Make it a real occasion with a variety of teas to sample as well as scones, cookies, mini cucumber sandwiches or other delectable finger foods.

Dessert Party: Sweet treats and shopping too? It’s every woman’s dream come true! You can either provide a dessert sampler yourself or ask everyone to bring their favorite to share.

Midnight Madness: In the summer months, throw a patio party late at night complete with tiki torches, and serve nightcaps.

Chocolate Lovers’ Delight: Really—what more needs to be said about this? All-chocolate desserts and purse shopping? Yes, please!!

Be the first in your circle of friends to do something different.  Your home show will be all the rage for weeks to come!

Cheers,

Andrea



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