Monthly Archives: October 2013

Younique Monday Freebie


It’s Monday.. BOO MONDAY!!! So.. I thought we needed to do a Monday Freebie!

You have heard me praise Younique, the all natural makeup that I am currently using, so let’s have a party and get you a freebie!!

As I’m building my Younique Kit (which we all know means that I’m getting all the goodies I can get my hands on), I’ve found one particular tool that I have fell in love with. The crease brush. 



The crease brush is fabulous for applying the eye pigment in just the right spot. The bristles are soft and supple and hold just enough product. It glides the pigment on to your eye smoothly and evenly.. 



Here is the link to the product for you to take a look at it yourself:


So.. how do you get yours free?? Simple, host a Younique Facebook Party. You invite your friends, I do the rest of the work!  


We tailor fit our parties to last according to your needs, 3 days, 5 days, or 10 days. Regardless of the time length, you and your guests will still get the full product preview, games and MORE freebies!!!

There are two ways to sign up for a party:

Click this link and fill it out, it will send me the info:

Or leave a comment with your facebook information and let me know that you want a party!!! What do you have to lose? A little girl time? A free Crease Brush? Even more freebies with a qualifying party? Finding and falling in love with a healthy new product?

Give me and my Younique life a try, you might like us!


How Many Frogs Are You Going To Eat Today?


Have you heard the new phrase going around the net “Have to go eat my frogs”??? What in the world are these people talking about? I’m from the south, we eat frog legs… wait, let me correct that, some southerners eat frog legs. I don’t. I’ve seen them fried before, and those little legs jump all around the pan. It just looks too alive for me to touch LOL!! Gross. So, I kept thinking, what is it, why are all of these people talking about eating frogs??? 

Turns out, a frog is the yucky thing that you don’t want to do. It is your To Do list for the day. Put the hardest things to swallow in the front and get them out of the way. Those of us that love planners, want to make them pretty, use our stickers, post-it notes, washi tape, etc.. well, we get more absorbed in getting those to do lists pretty than actually doing them. So, time to suck it up and eat your frogs. Once they are done, you can go on to the more fun things in life.

The frogs that I have to eat today:

  • Complete 3 case reviews for my day job
  • Organize my desk
  • Clear a shelf and get all of my catalogs (thirty one, younique, stampin up) organized (DONE!)
  • Post on my thirty one boot camp group to give my downline staff their tasks for today.
  • Color my hair (trust me.. don’t put a little pink in your hair while on vacation just for fun.. it might stick like glue and 4 months later it might still be there. Our department commissioner is coming for a visit tomorrow, this pink has to be GONE!)
  • Find 5 outfits for work, I don’t feel like fighting it every morning this week. 
  • Start my vacation to do list (and then eat that frog in a few days!)

Tomorrow, I’ll come back.. let’s see how many of these frogs I eat before bedtime! 

How many frogs do you need to eat???



Younique Fiber Lashes Review


WOW! What a week! I’m worn out, what about you? I’ve been super lazy today.. but didn’t want to get in my “I’m too tired to blog” mood.. that has historically destroyed every blog that I have ever started. So, today, we are going to talk about my favorite ‘spoil me’ item: Mascara.

Due to skin issues and a gluten allergy, I’ve been on the hunt for safer, more natural makeups. I’m hooked on Younqiue. So.. where we go, hang on!!!

Like most women my age, I cut my ‘makeup teeth’ on Maybelline. We all had that big pink mascara tube didn’t we??? Huge Brush, gave us the big lashes we wanted, gave us that look like liked!! We all made sure to get the waterproof so that our big luscious lashes wouldn’t end up down in our bras during the July heat! Those of us that are 80’s teens, we know our makeup!

As I got older and my skin became more sensitive, I had to start looking for other products. I’ve tried them all: Maybelline, Almay, Bare Minerals, Loreal, Avon, Mary Kay, you name it.. I’ve slathered it on my face and pumped my thin, invisible eyelashes with it!

With a little more maturity and curiosity, I started reading product labels and searching out ingredients. This is the ingredient list of the last mascara I used:


 And here is the result with 3 coats (note to self.. I’m not good at selfies LOL)



This met a need.. until I wanted less chemicals and more lash. I am the type, If I was a celebrity and had someone come in and put on false eyelashes on me everyday. Sitting here, in my pj’s, with doggy on the front, I would have lashes so long that they would flutter against the computer screen while I type!!! 

On to the next, and final product that I’m using. I’m sold. I found Younique Fiber Lash and I’m hooked!!! First thing I did was look at the ingredient list:

It is a 2 part system, so there are two ingredient lists:

Transplating Gel Ingredients: collagen, water, natural Propolis, Brazilian palm glue, Black iron oxide, Acrylic Copolymer, Nylon 12, Stearic acid, propylene glycol/emulsifier. 

Natural fibers Ingredients: 100% natural fibers taken from the campanulaceae of green tea. 

This is my second selfie with 2 coats of fiber lashes (yes, I know that you shouldn’t wear blue mascara with blue eyes.. but I was feeling a little hippish that day!)



 Can you see the difference? Yes, my lashes are much fuller and longer.. but the thing I noticed is that the whites of my eyes are much brighter. These photos are not edited except to crop so that I don’t scare you to death with my whole face!  I’ve been using the Fiber Lashes for several weeks now, and cannot imagine going back to the other mascara. 

I believe in this product. I can tell the difference in my pictures, but more than anything, I can tell the difference in how my eyes feel. I have no itching, burning or redness after applying the mascara. 

For the remainder of this month, I’m running a special. If you buy the fiber lashes, you will get a free eye pigment mailed to you from me. I’m doing this because someone that is a negative nellie said that I couldn’t sell 10 sets of the fiber lashes. Hmm.. really. I think people that say stuff like that are really people that are afraid and don’t want to step out of their comfort zone to try something new. I say, take a chance.. what do you have to lose? The product is returnable if you don’t like it. Give the mascara away if you don’t like it and use the leather case as a eye glasses case…


So.. are you brave enough to take a chance???

The Dark Side of Direct Seller Groups On Social Media


Social Media has given the direct seller a whole new customer base. It has allowed us to reach customers that would not normally know our companies exist! It is an exciting time to be a direct seller with places like Facebook and Twitter!

It has also given us a place for direct sellers to get together and grow our businesses together. We cross train, we build friendships and we share our products with each other. In today’s direct selling market, you may never know your upline on a personal basis. For instance, I signed up with Stampin’ Up to be a consultant because I’m a scrapbooker and I wanted the discount. I signed up online and don’t have a clue who my sponsor is. She is someone in my home town, but I don’t know her. And honestly, I don’t really care to meet her. I’m not in this business to make money, but rather to feed my addiction and get a discount while doing it!

My Thirty One Gifts Director, she’s my online friend. We have been friends forever.. but only online, we’ve never met face to face. She lives far away…

My Younique upline.. same thing, friend from online.

So, these groups are a blessing for those of us that want to connect, learn and share together.. but there is a dark side also.. the ‘game board’. I’ll admit, I’m a game board addict, I love them. It is the gambler in me. It’s like playing the lottery and knowing you will always get a prize!

Here is how it works:

You have a closed group of direct sellers. You play games that are of a certain value. They usually start at $150 and go up to $600. For each game, there are usually 3 winners: Consultant, Hostess and Free Pass.

Consultant is the direct seller who represents the company that wins.

Hostess is the person that is ‘hosting’ the virtual party and get the hostess rewards (if you are not familiar with direct selling companies, most give incentives to hostesses based on the sale amount of the party).

Free pass.. you lucked out, you don’t have to pay!

Then, based on the cash total of the party, you, being the gambler, buys a spot. These spots can cost from $10 up to $50.. depending on number of participants and number the total party goal. Let’s say that I’m joining a $200 game. There would be 23 spots that cost $10 each: 1 hostess, 1 consultant, 1 free spot, and 20 buyers. Everyone picks a number and makes a commitment to purchase $10 in products from the winning consultant.

You pick your numbers, you hold your breath, you wait for the drawing.. and this is the important part. You want to make sure that you are in a reputable group that has an independent ‘drawer’, the person that enters the names and numbers into a one of the online randomizer sites. It the Drawer needs to know that the site needs a time stamp on it. They need to be impartial. There needs to be trust.

The results are posted and the celebrating and partying begins! Those that won, they reap the rewards of our addictive personalities. We all have our own little hiding place at home where we hide our purchases. Little boxes of the most unique and awesome little gifts that our family members will get this Christmas.

At at that point, while 99% of us are celebrating, there is that 1%.. that negative nellie, debbie downer, party pooper 1%. They are the ones that will be very upset that they didn’t win the party. They will be shocked that they actually have committed to make a purchase at a company that they don’t like. They loved the odds until the odds didn’t fall in their favor.

They will complain, they will trash the company that won. They will send messages to everyone that the party was rigged, that the winner is a favorite of the admin. The worst ones, they will slip out of the group without making their purchases. They will leave the consultant and hostess hanging.. without that purchase, the hostess might not get the hostess credits!

More often than not, those debbie downers will go off and make their own group. They will pull in their unsuspecting direct selling friends and talk up what a great way to have fun and make money that this game stuff is! And inevitably, they will win the first game on their site.. the second game, they will win the hostess. They can’t seem to figure out how to load the time stamped screen shots of the drawing… a little glitch in their computer, or they forgot to capture the image or they didn’t know they were supposed to do that!

They rig, they win, they rig, they win.. but in the end, they lose because slowly, but surely, their names are passed around the social media groups. They become known as the non payers, the cheaters. Their business suffers for it, and they are left wondering, “Why didn’t I just buy the $10 tupperware bowl?”

Why I’m Throwing Away My Stilettos


I think I warned you in the beginning.. this blog will be about anything and everything. If it is on my mind, it is going to come out of my fingertips and pass in front of you.. (Hey, at least I tried to make the blog look pretty!!)

I have insomnia, plus I’m a workaholic, so.. I just rolled out of bed. It feels good to be able to get up on a Sunday morning at 10:30 am and not have to worry about feeding the kids, going to the grocery, etc.. I’m lucky, my daughter is an adult. She’s going to be 22 this week.

Anyway, I digress.. So, I woke up way past the time that I know my friends with little ones get up. I should feel great, I should feel ready to take on the world. But, oh no, my damn foot hurts. Why does it hurt you ask?? (oh, you didn’t ask, but I’m going to tell you anyway).

I have Haglund’s Deformity.. better known as a pump bump. I could show you some pictures (not of my foot of course LOL), but they aren’t what you would call Sunday morning brunch appropriate.

I figure most people know what a heal spur is and how it hurts on the bottom of your foot? Well, a pump bump is on the back of your foot.. it is where your  Achilles tendon connects to the heel. We wqmen, in our pursuit of what.. to be taller, prettier, sexier.. I don’t know, have been squeezing our feet into higher and higher heels, walking around all day long like we ‘got this’ and then coming home and limping through the house when no one can see us.

Sure, there are going to be some of you that say, I love my heels, my feet feel better when I where heels, etc.. and I believe you, because you have shortened the tendons in your feet and legs by wearing heels for so long. Those tendons protest when you try to go without the support they have become used to.

But I prefer not to put on high heels when I wake up on Sunday morning. They don’t look that great with my red flannel nightgown that has a puppy on the front of it, and for the moment, I have no intentions of putting on anything else today (I’m still on my first cup of coffee.. nothing major will happen until I’m at least on cup 4).

How did the bump occur? Years of wearing heels, shortening my tendon and the hard back of the heels rubbing on that bony area. Now I have a ‘bump’ and it hurts like hell. It has gotten to where it hurts all the time. I can go have it cut off.. but I’m not too keen right now on having carpentry tools near my foot.

I work in an office where i have to have a Dr’s note to wear sneakers. I’m getting that note on Tuesday.. I’m just done. I don’t care if I am short and fat.. putting on 5 inch heels just makes me a little taller and tat. Oh, and I can call myself fat, you can’t. Keep that in mind.

Do I really care what other women in the office think of my shoes? No.. I figure they are like me, they might notice a pair of cute heels, compliment the wearer and then move on to the next thing. They are not going home and thinking, “Damn.. Dana looked awesome in those shoes today!” They are more likely thinking, “Damn, my feet hurt.” I know their feet hurt, because I see them, and they see me, walking around late in the day with our shoes kicked under their desk. I see their bunions, I see their pump bumps, and I occasionally see that little limp that we all do.

In my Leonie Dawson Create Your Incredible Year Workbook and Planner, there are several pages about what I want to change, how I feel and what I want to do differently. I’m usually the slow one to catch on to hot stuff.. So I just bought the 2013 version.. but I have my gel pens and I just mark the 13 out and put in a 14.. this downloadable planner and work book is meant to be all messy and written on. So, I don’t think Leonie would care.. heck, she put it on clearance so i would be more apt to buy it. The art is amazing, very calming and soothing.. hand drawn and painted with soft beautiful colors. I just pulled it out and turned to the page where it has what I call the ‘real woman drawing’ of me. It is a simple drawing of a woman’s body.. soft hips, normal waist line, chubby thighs and a little duck footed.


It says: How my body feels right now. I pulled out my stampin’ up red riding hood pen and drew a line to my heel.. and I wrote, hurts like hell. I flipped the page to the next soft body drawing and it wants to know how I want my body to feel.. another red riding hood line was drawn and said “No Pain!”


How do I achieve that? Tossing those heels. It will be hard… I love them all. I have a lot of time, money and emotion invested in those shoes. But much like an abusive partner.. they got to go. I’m not promising that I’ll throw them all away today. My hoarding tendencies tell me to at least donate them.. but why do I want the curse of a pump bump to fall on another unsuspecting woman? Today.. I will get rid of one pair. One pair a day will help me cut that cord without crying over the garbage truck taking my shoes to the landfill tomorrow.  One pair in the trash per day.. I can do that.

Go ahead and check out Leonie.. she’s wonderful. She just wants you to be as beautiful as we all know you can be.



Take a chance.. we only get so many in this Younique Life of Ours!


I had an “Aha!” moment today.. I sell thirty one gifts in addition to Younique. My bestie buddy and I were at a celebrate and connect meeting and were awed by a Senior Executive Director telling her story of becoming a thirty one consultant and her path from starting as a consultant and working her way up to leadership. Her story struck home for many of us.. She started with the company 7 years ago. Thirty One (actually started here in TN!) is 10 years old.

I started thinking.. WOW to have the opportunity to start on the ground floor and grow as an individual and business woman with a new and rising star!!! What a dream come true.. then I came home and promptly took a nap. LOL (what can I say, I’m old and a girl’s day out makes me tired). When I woke up, it dawned on me.. I’ve done just that. I’ve started with Younique while it is still an infant on the market. It is estimated that Mary Kay has 2 million consultants and Avon has 5 million consultants. 

When you sign up to become a consultant (or presenter as Younique calls us!) you are issued an ID number. That ID number coincides with the number you are as a consultant (for instance, I start a new company, my ID number is 1, my buddy (I’m picking on her tonight because I know she is asleep and I’m wired from my nap) signs up and she is consultant #2.. and so on.

You don’t go around telling everyone your number since that is your ID for the company, but here is what I can tell you.. I’m doing fabulous with thirty one, and my number is somewhere between 30 thousand and 40 thousand. 

My presenter number for Younique is under 3000. WOW.. I’m one of the first 3000 people that stumbled on this company, tried their product and fell in love with it. I don’t think I can get much more ground floor than that!

Younique is all of the buzz words you hear.. hot, fast growing, up and coming, busting the scene, about to explode.. it is all of those things. It is the first company that I have come across that is seeing the new generation of customers for what they are.. they are tired of the chemicals, and they are busy, busy, busy.. they do their shopping online. They don’t have a lot of time for in home parties (which I LOVE doing with thirty one, don’t get me wrong). They stay connected to their friends, family and favorite products through social media. We text, we email, we tweet and we connect on facebook. That is why they encourage (yes encourage) you to have parties online. 

They also understand that many of us need our commissions when we earn them. We have bills to pay and gas to buy.. so, with your first sale, you get an email from ‘payquicker’ that walks you through setting up an account. You commission money goes into that account daily, as a sales roll in, your commission rolls in. Within a few days of setting up your account, you get a Younique Debit Card in the mail. Not a credit card that is going to get you in trouble, but a debit card. Your commissions are loaded immediately, and you have access to that money immediately. No worrying about a bad check, a bad credit card, no worries, just money in your pocket. Go forth and spend my pretties!!!! Put the card away and have it as a secret savings account for that next vacation!! Hide the card from yourself and let it be your no hassle christmas fund!!! If you need your money now, you have it.. if you want to save it, you can.. and I’m not going to lie, I am in love with the purple card. Purple is my favorite color LOL!!!

So, for $99, this is what I got: 

All 15 Shimmer Pigment Testers
All 15 Matte Pigment Testers
All 6 Concealer Testers
All 5 Blusher Testers
3D Fiber Lashes
Eye Brush Set
Website FREE for 3 months! ($30 value)
$10 in Younique Cash for both you and your sponsor!
Unlimited Virtual Parties
Presenter’s Guide
White Status Charm
$25 USD/$30 CAN in Younique Cash on your Birthday annually!
PayQuicker Younique bank account
All of this comes in the signature black leather Younique case

So this is the value of my kit (cause I have to be anal and make sure I get my money’s worth for everything LOL)
Pigments, concealers, blushers: $89
Fiber Lashes (full sized baby!!) $29
Eye Brush Set: $45
Website $30
$10 Younique Cash (money you can spend in your store!!) $10

and you also get catalogs and the case and the little things in life that make you smile. So, for $99, I got over $200 in products.. and I just wish my birthday wasn’t so far away!! LOL

Anyway.. back to my nap.. I woke up and I realized, I got in on the ground floor.. what does that mean for me? Where will I be in 7 years when the Younique presenter numbers are in the tens of thousands? Better yet.. what will my instant balance on my debit card be when I pull it out of the drawer I put it in when I leave out on vacation in a month. What will I do with it when I come back?? Will I put in in a drawer and leave i there for a year.. I think I might. 

The next thing I did was look and see how many presenters there were in TN.. I counted twenty five.. hmmm.. not bad odds for me to be a little bit successful with this new venture… 

So, I’m going to ask you.. if you had $99 and an opportunity to jump in on the ground floor of a company, would you? Would you do it it? I bet you would!

take a chance, take a journey with me, the worst thing that can happen is that you will have the best makeup kit you will ever own. That’s the very worst thing.

Starting Fresh.. Starting Over

Starting Fresh.. Starting Over

There are probably about 50 little blogs out there that I have started.. and I’ve abandoned. I have always struggled to just stick with them.. why? I don’t know, fear of criticism, boredom, not knowing what to say, worrying about saying too much, worrying about not saying too much.. worrying about no one caring or people caring too much?? I don’t know.

When I was younger, I wanted to be Erma Bombeck. I can make you laugh, I can make you cry, but most importantly, I can tell you a story with a southern twist that you won’t forget. People tell me all the time I need to write this crap down because no one can make it up like I can LOL!

So, here I find myself again. I’m going to take a different approach this time. I’m going to throw it all out there in the beginning, I’m going to overload you with everything so that you know up front if this is the blog for you…

Who am I? I’m a wife, mother, sister and an extremely spoiled daughter.

What do I do? Well, I have day job.. I work for Children’s Services.. yep, I one of those people that you hate. People call me a baby snatcher. People call me evil. People tell me that there is a special place in hell for people like me.. most of those people are on drugs when they tell me that.. but that’s what they say.

I am a purse, makeup and planner addict, so I sell Thirty One Gifts, I sell Younique products, and I’m a Leonie Dawson affiliate. I need to stay busy, I suffer from insomnia.

Thirty One is my baby.. It gets me out of the house, it gives me more freebies than I can imagine, and it pushes me to get all of that organizing I keep saying that I’m going to do finally done (still major work in progress!).

Younique products.. Its a baby.. it is a very new all natural makeup and skin care line. It is busting the web wide open. Its that ground floor opportunity that I’ve been looking for my whole life. When you sign up with companies like 31 and Younique, you are given a consultant number or presenter number. You don’t share it with the world because it is your ID for the company.. lets just say that my consultant number for Thirty One Gifts is in the tens of thousands, and my presenter number for Younique is under three thousand. Yep, there are only about 25 of them in my state! Pretty nifty if you ask me.

Leoni, she’s my sanity in my crazy life. She’s an artist, she’s a business guru, she’s gods gift to women that need to get their act together and get their demons under control while getting their to do list done.

Check me out..

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