Happy Friday!

Direct Sales companies have been around for years, but I feel like they are more common now than they’ve ever been.  Or is that just me?

I have signed up 5 times with direct sale companies over the past two decades.  After my experiences, let me just say I think its more than just liking the product you love.  The company itself has to be amazing!

And out of the ones I have been a part of, none compare to the company I am currently with!  Here’s a short list of my favorite differences.

1) I get a free website with no strings attached.  In the past I have had to pay monthly for a website, or spend a certain $ amount.

2) I get to pick what free product I want each month, and I don’t have to spend $350 to get it!

3) Free shipping on most orders.  And its fast; I get it within days of placing my order!  No shipping club fees for faster, cheaper shipping on my orders here!

4) I have the ability to get paid weekly and monthly with a higher return than any of the other companies I was with.

5) The company truly, truly is a family!  My team leaders are approachable, and always sharing and checking in with their team.   The company owners are personally in the fb groups sharing, talking, and listening to their members.  Maybe that comes with being a smaller, new company; but it transfers over to feeling respected.  You don’t have to be one of the top earners to get recognized on a personal level, and I love that.  I pray they never loose it!  I am in love with my company, and it fits so well with my cosmetology license.

I am so glad I tried Monat; I have never liked my hair as much as I do now!  It’s so healthy, its thicker, shinier, and I’m only in month three!  Cannot wait to see my 12 month results!

As a stylist who stepped out of the salon mainly due to family and health issues, I felt so empty and unfulfilled no longer working in the beauty industry.  It had been a dream of mine for so many years!  Monat has filled that role for me and I couldn’t be more excited about the days to come!

Another goal of mine is to bring hubby home.  his days in the military really did a toll on him, both physically and mentally.  yet, he still works to take care of us.  I married a good man.

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Blessings & JOY ~



For the Love of Lashes

Earlier this year I became certified in individual eyelash extensions.  (Not to be confused with clusters!!)

I apply classic; I love how natural they look!

Even on shorter, thinner lashes (above) it makes a difference!

Individual lash extensions are applied directly to each individual natural lash.  It is a time consuming beauty ritual.  A full set can take upwards of 2 hours to apply.  A fill will be needed anywhere from 2-4 weeks.

No more need for mascara! You can actually say, “I woke up like this!”!!

Simply gorgeous!!  One must take special care of their new lashes.  You must refrain from getting them wet, especially within the first 24 hours.  You must also keep them clean and brushed!  Your lash girl will tell you how to best take care of your beauty investment!

Individual lash extensions are simply amazing! Have you discovered this new trend yet?

Blessings & JOY ~




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My Salon


So, over the past year I we have been working hard creating my own little space for a salon!  I of course offer hair cuts, color, eyebrow waxing, etc – but I also offer eyelash extensions!


It has been quite a long (and expensive) journey we’ve been on but we are finally done!  Now, the only thing left to do is build up my clientele!  My current clients have been absolutely amazing!


I am so excited that after twenty long years this is actually my reality!  This is my life and I couldn’t be more excited!!  I am so thankful for my supportive hubby and kids – they have been with me through this long process and we all came out on the other end for the better!


Never give up on your dreams!

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Blessings & JOY ~




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“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” C.S. Lewis

Let me just say: never ever give up on your dreams!

In my recent post ‘Blessings’, I spoke of how many our dreams were becoming a reality in this new chapter of our family’s lives.

One of my dreams (for the past 20 years) was to be a licensed cosmetologist.  I have taken steps to attend cosmetology college three times.  The first time I was out of High School and our town had an adult college and the beauty course students were selected by lottery.  I took the entrance exam, but alas, was not chosen to be a student that year.  Life continued and I ended up married to my sweetheart and had three beautiful children.

Fast forward about 10 years and here I was again, in another town, taking steps to attend cosmetology school.  We had our three children, the oldest only being in kindergarten.  Because the school had just removed the night class option (and child care isn’t cheap!) I once again put my dreams on hold.

For the past few years, I have been researching the three cosmetology schools in the town we currently reside.  Because I wasn’t sure how long we would be staying, I always hesitated to enroll.  Now that we have purchased a lovely home here and have plans to stay for many more years, I have finally enrolled in a cosmetology school!  I am super excited, and am looking forward to this next chapter in my life!

I qualified for the Pell Grant, but will still acquire a student loan.  I want to pay it off as soon as possible, and will be offering portrait sessions (local clients), gallery wraps of my still life portraits, and different items in my etsy shop, with the hopes of buffering the cost of college!

Having dreams is important, being able to work to fulfill them is amazing, and I pray that my children will see that is is never to late to go to college and to fulfill their dreams.  I pray that as I will most likely be a “class mom” that I will be an example to the younger students.  That even though life may get in “the way”, cause them to be put on hold; that with hard work, creativity, and patience – dreams will come true. 😉

I don’t regret any of my past.  I have been blessed with the ability to be a stay-at-home-mom to our three children and that has been the best and most rewarding “job” I have ever done.  I don’t regret staying home and putting college on hold. This dream that is now becoming a reality has me quite excited!

Blessings & JOY ~