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Friday, April 4, 2014

TGIF...

Where did this week go? I feel like I have been on a whirlwind ever since last Wednesday! Craziness!! 

My Mary & Martha corporate event went FABULOUS! Seriously... Better then I could have hoped for! Everyone who RSVP'd showed up! That has never happened... It was standing room only! My decision to have the inn cater it was a good call since I was crazy busy. We had THREE new consultants decide to join my team and all my current consultants booked parties so from that standpoint it was a HUGE success! The bigger success is that everyone had FUN (customers & consultants) and are all wanting to know if we can do a big multi-consultant VIP events a couple times a year! Yay!! 

Here are the few hurried pictures I got...
My crazy set up...

Love the Vintage Sign Board!!

Fake spring since it has yet to arrive here! 

More of our new product!

The purple flowers went on to be pinned to my current team members!



The cupcakes my favorite local bakery did were amazing and the hit of the night!

They hand piped each ampersand in colored white chocolate to top them with! 

Everyone went home with free goodies! They were all so excited!! 

I literally took these as the "early bird" guests were showing up... After that, the night was a total blur (in a good way) and I never got another moment to take a picture! 
Having my corporate mentor here for 48 hours was great but I was exhausted after she left. Her energy level is about three or four levels above mine so I felt like I had to constantly be "on" around her... She is amazing and full of great ideas and advice and I am forever grateful for her assistance but I just do not move and/or think at her level of energy! 

After we dropped her off at the airport Saturday Allison & I went shopping since we were in Portland and that is where we Mainers go to shop! I spent the better part of the day in one store but that is another story for another day!


Thanks for listening,

Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Peek...

Here is a sneak peek at the big Mary & Martha Event I am hosting this Friday...
We have someone from our corporate office coming in...
This event is a BIG DEAL for me...
I am pulling out ALL the stops!


Party Favors...


A touch of spring which belies the snow falling as I type this! 
(These have a purpose but I will have to tell you more later!)


Homemade name tags on homemade ribbon lanyards...
Why homemade ribbon lanyards you ask?
Because I couldn't find any cute ones in the colors I needed...
Why not?



Thanks for listening,

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Hello...

The other day when we were running errands I came out and found this on the window of my car...



It wasn't "stuck" on hard... In fact it looked like it had been riding around all day on someone's sweater... I kinda think I know who left it, but I could be completely wrong. Anyhow, it blessed me.
My vehicle is easily recognizable by the Mary & Martha logo I put on the rear window. I even have had people come into stores looking for me because they saw it... It was kind of weird at first but I have adjusted and occasionally you find a fun surprise like this one!

Of course now I have this Matthew West song stuck in my head...


Of course, I LOVE having this song stuck in my head...

While I am sharing YouTube videos, here are a couple more of Allison's videos...
Here is her latest one...


And this one she did a couple weeks back but the editing turned out really good so I wanted to share...


Isn't she beautiful and talented? Hahahaha... Not that I am biased at all!


Thanks for listening,

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Yesterday...

Yesterday this adorable little girl turned NINE months old!!! 

Say WHAT?!?!?!
Didn't that seem fast to anyone else?


It was also her mother's birthday yesterday...
We decided to do it up big as I know sometimes as a new wife and mom it can feel like your whole life is about everyone else. We did an all out birthday week starting last Saturday. For a full seven days she had presents and surprises everyday!
Not big gifts, a makeup palette she wanted, a couple of those Alex & Ani bracelets everyone seems so nuts about, a new travel cup for summer... That kind of thing... Her big gift was the full day with her husband in Portland (Our Portland Carrie!) with her hubs, sans baby! (Plus a little spending money of course!)

But yesterday was her actual birthday and she was convinced that the surprises were over...
Then she arrived at our house for dinner and found this...


Yes, an Olaf cake! How cute is he? 
"Winter's a good time to stay in and cuddle, but put me in summer and I'll be a.... Happy Snowman!"
(I think Frozen is seriously my new favorite Disney movie!)
We also had "taco night" which is in everyone's (but mine) top five favorite dinners...
Everyone sits around and passes the topping dishes around and it's messy and we get loud and laugh a lot and I enjoy that part, it's the clean up that seems to take the joy out of it for me, but last night I didn't mind.

We sat around the table long into the evening, talking, laughing, telling and retelling stories...
A good night was had by all! (Oh and there may have been a little visit for Katy by Vera Bradly in one of the brand new spring colors... Just to have a final surprise!)


Thanks for listening,

Friday, March 21, 2014

Be BOLD...

(I posted this on our consultant Facebook page but decided to post it over here so I could find it easier... I know this is written towards us Mary & Martha ladies but it can apply to other areas of life too!)
I read a quote lately that said "Timid salesmen have skinny children" and it made me chuckle but also think about the truth in it...
We are called to be BOLD not timid ("Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9)
Then why do we act so timid? Why are we afraid to promote our businesses? Doesn't Proverbs 31 call us to be wise in business? (She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard. Proverbs 31:16) Our "field" is Mary & Martha and the fruit of our hands is the work we put into it. How are our "vineyards" fairing?
Be BOLD in tending your vineyard... If EVERY teller at your bank doesn't have a new guide in her hand you are not bold... If EVERY hairdresser in the salon or nurse/receptionist at the doctor's office (plus one in the waiting room) doesn't have one when you leave you are not being bold... (I heard recently, if your hairdresser is not your customer, you need a new hairdresser!) How about EVERY teacher at your child's school? But catalogs cost money... No, catalogs sitting on a shelf or in a box in your home "cost" you money... Catalogs in customer hands MAKE you money! Trust me, it all adds up over time! The Lord will bless your business if you do the work. My constant prayer is for the Lord to bless my efforts and make them fruitful!
BE BOLD ladies... You bought the vineyard now buy the seeds, plant and tend them or else it will never grow!


Thanks for listening,

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Productivity...

I spent way too much time on Pintrest this evening...
I pinned a bunch of cute ideas but also I found a bunch of things that made me chuckle...
Thought I'd share...
You are welcome!





Yep...

Why do we do this? Then we are just sad that we have nothing to watch again!



Refer to the post you read a few posts ago...



Truth!

More truth!

That's pretty much my job description...



Plans for tomorrow after my pinning marathon tonight!


AMEN!


I don't wear them but my girls do and they are ALWAYS buying them... Where did they go?


All day... Every day!


The end!

Thanks for listening,

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Brain Dump...

Time for a trip down random thought lane... Buckle your seat belts, my mind can be a very weird place! 

The grand baby is standing! Like full fledged, ready to take a step, standing... She will be 9 months old later this week. Where did the time go? She is also in the midst of her first cold, or else I'd take a picture of the a fore mentioned standing. I watched her for about an hour today so her mom could go to the grocery store. She is in good spirits but wants to snuggle a lot more... Extra snuggling... Darn! 
Katy's birthday is this week and her gift from us is a full day of child care (really a gift for me) and spending money to head down to Portland for the day with Jed. She is looking forward to her day and sick or not I am looking forward to a full day of Gigi duty!! 

~Subject Change~

Mary & Martha is sending someone from corporate to Maine to do a special event. No just anyone but they are sending the person who has become my corporate mentor since I promoted. She has helped me to realize some really cool goals and I can't wait to have 48 hours of her! This event is kind of a big deal... I get a budget and there are boxes of things to give away arriving soon! I am SO EXCITED!! 
We are having it at a local inn in Rockland... The Berry Manor Inn to be exact... It is everything you'd expect a quaint, coastal Maine inn to be. Here look...


Of course these pictures are from their web site and it will not be summer here next week, but it still looks quaint and inviting. 

The actual event will be in the coach house...


Here is a look at the event space... 


Of course we will have it set up way less formally.
I will take pictures... I promise!
(If you are in the area and you want to come let me know!)

~Subject Change~

I used to cook all time... I loved cooking but when I was working full time at the school and dealing with my parent's health issues I got out of the habit of it. Now I am having a hard time getting back into the habit. I want to have nicer meals again... Meals worth sitting around the table and eating... I am just out of the habit. I need to figure out how to get back in the habit... I don't know why I am telling you this as it is in no way interesting that I am in a quickie meal/casserole slump.

~Subject Change~

I am a night owl and I keep trying to reform my ways. For years I have envied those early bird friends who wake up early and have their quiet time first thing over a cup of tea. The seem to greet the day with a smile on their face and I envision little chirping birds flying around them... I on the other hand have always been a night owl. I am rarely in bed before midnight and could easily stay up until 2 AM everyday  as long as I could sleep to 9 every morning... And when I do wake up I am chronically groggy until coffee is flowing through my veins. I frequently forget where we store the mugs (same cabinet since I was a child!) or leave out a step in the oh so confusing 3 steps it takes to make a cup of coffee! I am so groggy I need a full 45 minutes to hour to fully wake up and start my day. If I need to be somewhere in the morning I get up a full hour before I need to start getting ready just to sit and ease into the day. 

If you are still reading this post, you are a better friend then necessary! 



Thanks for listening,