Happy Valentine’s Day (and tea party report)

My Valentine’s Day Potluck Tea Party was a blast!

I hadn’t thrown a full-blown tea party since February 2009 so it was a treat for me to plan and host this year!

I had my house all decked out…

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Asian teas.

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Fairy tale/princess table.

 

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My tea-cup collection for them to choose from.
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The peach tree even bloomed for the occasion!

…my mom gave a little “tea-torial” (I made that word up!)…

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…the spread of food was incredible…

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Check out my loaded plate!

…the ladies were happy and festive…

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Tiaras are highly encouraged.

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Isn’t she elegant??

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Hats are encouraged, too.

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Prizes for festive food and attire!

…and my make-shift photo booth was a hit.

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Me and my mama!

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My sister-in-law knows how to “bring it.”

 

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My mom, hamming it up!

It was a delightful day and I am blessed to be surrounded by so many FanTABulous Women!

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

Us on Christmas

I hope you all are enjoying the holiday season and had a Merry Christmas!

Here are a few pictures until I have time for proper posts of our festivities. Look out for a post about old and new traditions as well as one about having a personal purpose statement, too.

So this was me on Christmas.

I got this enormous gift bag from my folks. I’ll show you what was inside soon–you’ll love it!

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Here’s the family at my folks’ house (below).

My sweet sister-in-law gave me those Stella & Dot earrings, aren’t they gorgeous?!? And that’s a Vintage Rose Wraps Headband, too.

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My husband got me these adorable and comfy owl pajamas. Every woman needs a pair of cute pajamas. I’ll blog more about that soon.

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It was a great day and…honestly…I’m glad it’s behind us.

There is so much in store for the end of the year, and for 2014!

Stay tuned, FanTABulous Women!

The #1 Secret to How I Built a Business I Love In Two Years

Two years ago, I came home to the east valley of Phoenix when our little family packed up and moved into my parents’ neighborhood in Chandler, Arizona.

When we relocated, our mortgage payment increased along with our our living expenses. Our sons were ages two and five and quite independent.

My husband affirmed what I had been thinking: It was time for me to find a job.

I had been “working” from home since my first son was six months old, but mostly dabbling in various direct sales companies and even running an Etsy shop for a couple of years.

It was time to get real.

But…I didn’t want to get a “real job” in an office or in a retail store. Having one son still at home during the day, I determined in my heart to become a work-at-home mom. I wanted to create a small business all my own and work from home so I could earn money to help our family while also parenting our sons, managing our home and volunteering within the community…and enjoy every aspect of it.

So I set out to build a business for myself. Boy, oh boy, has it been a journey! 

I am being absolutely vulnerable and authentic when I tell you that only in the last two months or so have I moved past being a “hobbyist” to actually turning a profit.

But I did it all in two years and with virtually zero capital (along with a very supportive and understanding husband by my side and a LOT of help from my parents, friends, extended family and cohorts).

In a way, I wish I had started sooner or could have sped up the process…but looking back, each obstacle, phase and success was another perfectly timed and vitally important step of my journey. I can honestly say that I have no regrets. 

Whether you think building a profitable home-based small business from scratch in two years is impressive or pathetic, if you’re still reading, I bet you’re wondering how I did it.

What’s the secret, you ask? I can summarize it in one word: networking.

 

Anyone who works as their own boss or works on commission knows about the power of networking.

There is a lot of power in the use of marketing and sales strategies, social media, honing your skills, personal development and the myriad of other areas of growth for a young small business—but networking is the one that fuels and propels them all.

See these business cards? They are just a small sampling of the cards I amassed over the last two years.

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I didn’t, however, merely go from meeting to meeting collecting cards! These cards represent hundreds of connections, contacts and resources shared. Many of these cards belong to people that I now call “friend!”

In my opinion, networking is a key component of any small business’s success. It took me two years to build my network to the point that it buoyed a profitable small business.

 

Yes, I’ll be writing more about this topic in the weeks to come and revealing the actual secrets to effective networking. I have a lot to say on this topic! Stay tuned!

What about you? Are you a master networker, a newbie or something in between? What do you want to know?

 

Need some holiday WOW?

I can tell you how to get it in two words: RED LIPSTICK.

If you choose a true red with a blue base, it WILL flatter your complexion, brighten your skin and even help your teeth to appear whiter.

I guarantee that you will get compliments.

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At a recent Christmas Tea in “Really Red” Mary Kay lipstick.

Try it and let me know what happens!

FanTABulous Quote #2

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How do you want people to feel when they are around you? How can you make people feel good today?

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