Check it out on TabithaDumas.com.
I am still in the process of putting all of my products and services under one umbrella but in the meantime, I am NOT taking on any new writing or consulting clients, which leaves me more time for YOU, my FanTABulous Women community!
I would LOVE to spend time with you talking about color, image and style! We can even go shopping together! OR, I can come help you in your closet!
YES, I can provide most of my services virtually, too! Contact me for more information.
My rates start at just $50 for an hour together when you come to my home office or we meet up in the east Phoenix valley. I can even do an “‘All About Me Day’ Head to Toe Makeover” package deal starting at just $499! Treat yourself or someone you love.
I look forward to meeting with you! And remember, I offer group events and workshops, too, starting at just $10 per person. Contact me for more info!
Spring is springing!
Are you sooooo over winter and ready for a refresh??
I’m offering a Total Spring Refresh for just $25 when you come to my home office/studio/craft room in south Chandler in the month of March!
Come with your skin care, makeup and color questions!
What does the Total Spring Refresh include?
- color analysis (including determination of your Dominant Color Category, best neutrals and best ‘pop’ colors plus much more)
- complete pampering facial including microdermabrasion treatment
- Satin Hands treatment
- MakeUpdate (we clean out your makeup bag, you get to try out a new look and I recommend makeup colors for you–Mary Kay or your favorite brand, it’s your choice)
- determination of your best SPRING colors
- light refreshments
- a FREE gift!
Plus receive an additional $10 gift certificate if you choose to purchase any Mary Kay products used during your appointment.
Plan to spend about an hour with me and YES, children are welcome! We have a playroom and a grassy back yard–no pool and no pets! Paypal, cash and checks are accepted.
You’ll feel like a new woman! Contact me to schedule your appointment today!
And…if you can’t make it to my house, I can come to you and two or more of your friends for just $10 per person! Contact me for details!
You work hard, I know you do.
At the end of the day, you deserve to relax and unwind.
I am the type who has an entire ritual that involves taking off my jewelry and clothes, performing my daily skin care routine and in the winter, the addition of extra lotion, fuzzy socks and lip balm.
Oh, and I put my pajamas on. If I’m lucky and I have the next day off, I can leave them on all night and until at least lunchtime the next day.
Every woman needs a cute pair of pajamas. You should feel good in them and they should make you smile. You should be able to heave a contended sigh when you put them on every night. Plus, you never know when you’ll be invited to a pajama party!
These are mine. Pink, turquoise, flannel and owly. Soooo soft.
Yes, cute pajamas fall under the “self care” category. Any time you do something that is just for you, it’s self care. Although, admittedly, the people around you will probably appreciate your cute pajamas, too.
Dare I say…show me your pajamas and I can see how well you take care of yourself?
OK, ‘fess up–are you wearing cute pajamas tonight?
This may seem a bit premature for some of you (back to school?!? In July?!?) but my oldest son is on a modified year-round school schedule (two weeks off after each grading period and seven weeks off in summer) and starts 2nd grade on July 22nd.
My baby is starting second grade!! Eeeeeek!!
Back-to-school time is HERE for us and I realized that I—work-at-home mom and home manager—need to get myself ready!
For me, summer has been a mixed bag. Yes, we got to take a road trip to my home state of Florida at the start of summer and, yes, my older son has kept the younger one occupied during the day so I could log some billable hours, but…we’ve been doing the “stay up late and wake up late” routine but when the boys are up late, I can’t get “real work” done (I need total peace and quiet to write) and my mornings when they’re sleeping in are not very productive. I’ve been lax on housework and meal planning (don’t ask me how many pizza boxes were in the recycle bin this week) and I’m low on energy because of the wacky sleep schedule. Plus, I’ve had to postpone my usual meetings because it’s hard to get child care for both boys.
I’m ready to get back into the school routine.
This year will be unique because on August 5, my younger son will begin preschool so I will have nine hours a week to be foot loose and kid-free. I’ll keep the fancy.
So I need to be ready.
Here are a few tools I assembled to help ME prepare! The idea is to keep things running smoothly and to set yourself up for a wonderful school year. For yourself AND the kids!
Cookbooks and meal planning tools.
Pull out your favorite cookbooks, grab a shopping list and map out your meals for the week (I do pizza, taco soup and pasta almost every week). Mine have to be quick, easy, and kid-friendly (and when I say kid, I mean picky-eater-kid).
New office supplies.
Why should the kids be the only ones who get fresh folders, markers and composition books?? Get some cute folders for filing all of the papers that will soon be coming in from school and treat yourself to some pretty pens and highlighters. Have a day planner handy, too, for writing down PTA meeting times and coffee dates. Remember to schedule in “me time,” too!
I advise my Mary Kay customers to have an everyday makeup look accessible to grab even if they only have five minutes to spend on their face in the morning. All you need is one or two neutral eye colors, a soft blush, mascara and gloss. I highly recommend the Mary Kay 3-in-1 cleanser, too, because it cleanses, exfoliates and freshens in one step. My other favorite multi-tasking product is the Mary Kay Moisture Renewing Gel Mask. It feels almost like aloe and you can use it as a quick mask or wear it overnight if your skin is dry, inflamed or stressed.
Designate a “mom zone” or “home management zone.”
This is the place to keep paperwork, calendars, to-do lists and things like greeting cards, wrapping supplies and bills all in one spot that is yours alone.
As you can see above, I am spoiled—I have a studio/office/craft room (nearly) all to myself but you can use a small desk, a corner of your laundry room or even a closet. For example…
Below is is my “drop and grab zone” between the front door and the garage where I can drop my keys or grab library books on the way in or out, plus a spot for reminders and papers.
Take a moment to tweak your inspiration board, too, so that the things that inspire you or make you smile are where you can see them regularly.
If you work from home, you may want to reorganize your desk or set up new filing systems–whatever it takes to be efficient and productive.
If you’re a home school mom, now is the time to get your desk and teaching area(s) ready.
There are some fun ideas for work-at-home and home school moms on my Back To School Pinterest board.
And you can’t go back to school without books!
I have found a good many of these at Goodwill.
Two of my favorites: “Simple Abundance” by Sarah Ban Breathnach and “Organized Simplicity” by Tsh Oxenreider.
For those with a business: “Love is the Killer Ap” by Tim Sanders, “Good to Great” by Jim Collins and “The Power of Uniqueness” by Arthur F. Miller, Jr.
And for personal development: “By Happy Without Being Perfect” by Alice D. Domar, Ph.D, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families” by Stephen R. Covey and “Take Time For Your Life” by Cheryl Richardson.
You may also need a new tote bag to carry your books in or maybe a pretty new purse for fall. You get a backpack for the kids, why not treat yourself??
Have some fun before the race to Winter Break begins and set yourself up for a wonderful new school year.
Remember to visit my Back To School Pinterest board board for more ideas, inspiring images and links!
Having worked at a Hallmark store for three years, I distinctly remember the last-minute rush EVERY year in the days leading up to Mother’s Day.
Thankfully, my mom already went through my Mary Kay inventory and chose HER gift–now I just have to wrap it!
Do YOU need some last-minute ideas?
Here are things you can get at almost any corner store and put together for a thoughtful gift.
Toss a ribbon around it or plunk it into a gift bag and you’re good to go! KEYWORD: “pretty!”
An artist’s sketchbook and some colored pencils or watercolors
A blank journal and a pretty pen
A pretty mug and a selection of tea or coffee (or coffee syrups)
A pretty frame
Gourmet cookies or snacks
Flavored vodka. There are so many options now!
A pretty scarf or wrap in her favorite color
Hand lotion and a calming candle for bedtime
Flowers in a pretty pot
Or I can help you out!
I do offer gift certificates and can even send you some verbiage for enclosing in Mom’s card!
Here are some of my offerings that your mom would LOVE!
:: Color analysis and beauty makeover (including going through her current products as well as recommending new ones)
:: An hour (or more) of my personal shopping services along with a gift card to her favorite store
:: Assistance with setting up an at-home spa experience
:: A closet overhaul and wardrobe assessment
:: A whole new skin care regimen or a new makeup look (plus the Ten Minute Face Tutorial for applying makeup in a flash)
Prices start at just $25 and YES, almost all of my services are available in-person and virtually!
Contact me for more information! (602) 349-1129 or letmerephrasethat(at)gmail.com
I do also have a few impressive Mary Kay items left if you happen to be local. I could even wrap and ship them for you!
The Mary Kay Mint Blossom pedicure set is just $25 and includes the cute bag, foot bath fizzy balls, a pumice, a cute nail file and the AMAZING Mint Blossom Icy Foot Gel. It smells terrific!
I also have the classic Satin Hands pampering set for $36. Perfect for keeping Mom’s hands soft and smooth!
I have eye shadow, blush, lipstick and lip gloss, too (from $6.50 to $16)–just tell me about your mom’s coloring and I can recommend the right shades!
I hope this helps and I wish YOU and your family a very Happy Mother’s Day!
Spring cleaning shouldn’t end at your baseboards.
When was the last time that you threw away old makeup and skin care items??
Besides cleaning out items you don’t use anymore, it’s also important to toss expired items.
Here are my guidelines. Get to tossin’!
P.S. Not sure what to keep or toss? Bring your makeup over for a Spring Makeover and I’ll help you get rid of what doesn’t work for you AND use what you have to look your best!
Are your lips dry? Do you need to exfoliate them…now??
You already have two of the BEST tools for sloughing dead skin from your lips:
At night before bed, simply rub your lips with a damp washcloth or toothbrush to gently remove the dead skin, rinse and apply a lip balm to leave on over night. Viola! Soft, kissable lips.
If you have a little more time and really want to pamper your lips, give this a shot. Mix equal parts brown sugar, honey and olive oil, rub gently onto lips and rinse.
Could your lips use a little TLC? Let me know if you try any of these ideas!
The only thing I have EVER done that has helped reduce the appearance of cellulite on my thighs is DRY BRUSHING. Plus it feels good!
Dry brushing also improves circulation, helps detox the skin and leaves your body feeling invigorated!
Try it every morning before your shower for a week and see if you can FEEL and SEE the difference!
Trust me, if you get into the habit, you will wonder how you ever lived without it. It’s especially great now that the cooler weather is approaching and your skin is drying out. Dry brushing also provides excellent exfoliation!
There is an excellent article about it HERE.
And this is a great how-to-get-started guide.
Do you plan to try it? Leave a comment on this post or on the FanTABulous Women Facebook page.
Got some strawberries “on their way out?”
Put them to good use! Overly-ripe, mushy (but not rotten) strawberries work best.
This is one of my favorite facials–it leaves your skin tingly and refreshed. It’s FanTABulous after a long day in the heat! You could even make it in the morning then store it in the fridge to apply later in the day. Aaaahhhh. Perfect to pamper yourself or to use for a girls’ night in.
You will need 4 very ripe strawberries and 2 drops of peppermint essential oil.
The fruit enzymes will slough way dead skin while the essential oil will refresh and perk up your complexion. The peppermint oil is so invigorating!
Instructions: mash the strawberries and press through a mesh strainer or squeeze through cheesecloth or (clean) panty hose. Catch the juice in a small bowl. Then add the essential oil to the juice and blend. Apply to face and neck with a saturated cotton square and massage into skin for about 1 minute (avoiding the eyes!). Rinse with cool water. Enjoy!