Wednesday, August 1, 2012

My New Business Venture

Have you heard of Arbonne? I just launched my new business and I couldn't be more excited! Arbonne is a Swiss company that has been around for over 30 years and sells plant-based skin care, cosmetics and health and wellness products. Want to learn more? Go to and let me know what you think!

Are you wondering how I have time for this with a 3 year old and 4 1/2 month old underfoot? Well, I'll be honest. I NEVER thought I would ever SELL anything but unlike candles and purses these are consumable products people need. I first joined with the goal of taking some pressure off my husband who is the sole income earner. But now that I am learning more about the company I really like the business model and I love the idea of having something to think about besides my two darling boys. And potty training. I mean, seriously. I was spending too much time on that one. And alas, little c is still not using the potty.

Anyway, to kick-off my second month in business I am running a special deal.

If you sign up to be a Preferred Client (20% off for 1 year) in August and place a $150 order (at 20% off of course) you will receive:
  • One FREE product up to $100 (you can even get the $102 vitamins for FREE!)
  • Your $20 Preferred Client sign up fee will be WAIVED!
That's a $270 value for only $120. (You will need to pay tax and shipping on the full amount.)
Or, if you sign up to be an Independent Consultant (like me!) I will cover the $79 sign-up fee!!!
Call me at 608.333.8199 to sign up and mention the August Special!


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Potty Training Made Easier

First of all, please accept my apology for my long hiatus. I found out I was pregnant in July of 2011 and needed all my energy to chase my toddler. Anyway, I read that Ellen DeGeneres said she was hesitant to have kids because she dreaded potty training. I couldn't agree more. I tried 3 day potty training with c when he was 29 months old last December and it was miserable. I made my husband help since he was home for Christmas break and he still cringes when I bring it up. While I respect the method I don't think every child can be potty trained at a particular age. My friends have it right--if your child isn't showing signs of readiness don't waste your time (and energy!) You need to follow their lead. So I decided to put off potty training to ensure my last months with one child was enjoyable instead of stressful. c will be going to preschool soon so I figured I would wait and try again this summer after I had adjusted to having two small children in the house. My second son, baby m, was born on March 16 (pictured below). Isn't he cute?

I was visiting my parents a couple weeks ago in DeKalb, IL and asked my cousin if her (almost) 5 year old would show c how he uses the potty. I am convinced that peer pressure will do the trick since he is obsessed with big kids. Sure enough a couple days later c announced, "I want to use the potty!" and plopped down on the potty that I TRAINED ON! Yes, my mom still has it and brought it out for our visit. He did it again that day and continued when we got back to Madison. After using his little potty chair several times he decided to use the big potty. I asked him if he wanted to go to the potty and he said yes. I followed him into the bathroom and before I knew it he had put the Elmo potty seat on the toilet and climbed on the Looster Booster (pictured below) and went pee pee. It happened so fast I was in shock! The Looster Booster has been sitting in our bathroom for almost a year and was only used by kids in our playgroup. I don't know if c had ever climbed on top of it. I promised the product's inventor, Monica, I would post a review of the stool on my blog but had to wait until my child actually used it. 

I really can't say enough about this product. It's genius! You may be thinking "What's the big deal? It's just a step stool." but that's where you're wrong. The stool wraps around the toilet so the child can step anywhere and it won't tip over. Plus, adults do not have to move it out of the way to go to the bathroom. And the raised lettering makes it slip-proof which helps when your tot really has to go! 

Another plus is the packaging--it ships in a huge box and is ready to use right out of the box! No instruction manuals or "Honey, can you put this together for me?" The Looster Booster is also available at stores (see complete list) and retails for $34.99. 

If potty training is in your future or you are struggling with the stools you have I highly recommend that you buy the Looster Booster!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Mikayla's Grace Auction and Remembrance Day

In honor of families who have lost babies through pregnancy, stillbirth, or in early infancy please consider supporting this amazing cause!

Online Auction
From August 21-25 Mikayla's Grace is hosting an online auction to benefit the Forever in Our Hearts Remembrance Day and Mikayla’s Grace. Bidding begins
August 21 but check out the auction items now.
How to Bid
To bid you must "like" the Mikayla’s Grace Facebook page. You can place a bid by leaving a comment under the item you want to bid on with the amount of your bid. There will be minimum starting bids that will be listed on each page. All bids must be increased by at least $1.00.
More info 
Forever in Our Hearts Remembrance Day
In honor of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness in October, Mikayla's Grace is hosting a remembrance day is to honor families who have lost babies through pregnancy, stillbirth, or in early infancy.

If you go:

Mikayla's Grace Forever in Our Hearts Remembrance Day
October 15 from 9:00am-12:00pm
McKee Farms Park in Fitchburg

More info
What is Mikayla’s Grace?
Mikayla’s Grace Inc. is a 501(c) 3 non-profit founded in 2011 by Melissa and Mike Terrill after they experienced the death of their second child, Mikayla Grace. She was born prematurely at 24 weeks 6 days on June 13, 2010 and lived in the NICU for two days before passing away from complications of prematurity. The organization supports families with a baby in the NICU and those who experience the death of an infant at Madison Area hospitals by providing NICU care packages and angel memory boxes. Mikayla's Grace made their first donation to St. Mary's Hospital on June 24, 2011. The hospital received 14 angel memory boxes and 20 NICU care packages with this first donation. Read more about the organization.

Half-Pint is Coming Soon!

The Half-Pint Sale is right around the corner and I can hardly wait! September 9-10 you can get some awesome deals on kids toys, gently used size 0-7 fall and winter clothes, strollers, baby carriers, kid cars and much more!

I sold items for the first time last year and loved it! I bought $100 worth of items and got a check for $100. I love breaking even.

This is not a garage sale! All clothing is inspected and offers only top quality gently used children’s clothes, toys, gear and more!

If You Go:
Friday, September 9 at 2:00-9:00pm (no strollers from 2-5pm)
Saturday, September 10  9am-5:00pm (Half-Price Sale: 1:00-5:00pm)
Goodman Community Center
149 Waubesa Street
Madison, WI

Entry is FREE.
Veteran's Tips: 
  • If you plan on buying a lot of items bring a friend to help you shelp things around. There is a "Hold" table but you are taking a risk that someone could 'accidently' grab your item. I have seen women with wagons or totes with a belt strapped to it to lug things around. Definitely bring reusable bags like those big $1 bags you get at TJ Maxx.
  • Go early! If you can volunteer, do it! I am volunteering for the first time this year because you can shop before the consignors AND the public. The good stuff goes fast and I intend to be there when it opens.
  • Parking is NOT EASY. I drove around the lot a couple times to find a spot. Be prepared to walk.
  • Do not bring children or a stroller if you don't have to. The aisles are skinny and they are a pain. Trust me. Strollers are not allowed on Friday, September 9 from 2-5pm.
See you at the sale!

Lu-WOW Days at Goodman Pool


Family Lu-WOWs  
Enjoy the last days of summer at Goodman Pool! Have a ball dancing to fun luau music and pretending you have been transported to a tropical paradise!
Wednesday, August 17, 5-7p.m.
Thursday, August 25, 1-3p.m.
Monday, August 29, 1-3p.m. 

Friday, August 5, 2011

Eureka! A New Way to Brush Kids' Teeth!

If your child's idea of brushing his/her teeth is sucking the delicious toothpaste off the brush then maybe you will like this idea. c's pediatrician suggested using an electronic toothbrush to get him to actually brush his teeth. I didn't even know they existed! I guess they are also have singing toothbrushes. Who knew? I hate being behind on this stuff. Anyway, for around $5 you can get a Thomas one like we did. I'll let you know how it goes.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Research Participants Needed

Have you heard of The Waisman Center Infant Lab? 

The center conducts research studies in order to understand the extraordinary learning abilities infants possess. Even though it's called The Infant Lab they conduct studies on children up to age 2-3. They offer appointments during the week and on Saturdays and the entire appointment usually lasts only 20 - 30 minutes!

I have taken my son a few times to participate in research studies. I think it's so important to contribute to research that we will undoubtedly benefit from. When he became older and more fidgety I was concerned he wouldn't sit still for the 2 minute study. But the staff is super organized and the entire appointment moves quickly. And breathe easy-you will not be separated from your child!

As a bonus your child will receive a special gift. Last time we were there we could take home a t-shirt, book or CASH!

Interested? Fill out the Online Enrollment Form and you will be contacted when your child is eligible for a study. Email for more information.