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Ultimate Girls’ Party

5 Oct
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Clara, Rebecca, Rebecca, Connie, Paula, Bev, and Connie. I love these ladies!

At the end of July I got to go to Mary Kay’s 50th Anniversary Seminar. It was so fun and a nice break for me. Plus it was pretty huge, being the 50th anniversary and all.

While I was so sick in the spring and early summer, I pretty much quit fixing my hair or putting on makeup. I was so nauseous that I couldn’t bear to even look at myself in a mirror.

At seminar, I had 4 days to myself, and, let me just tell you, I pampered myself. I pulled out the facial mask and the Microderm Abrasion. I did my nails and put all kinds of product in my hair. It was nice to take care of myself and remember how good it feels. Mary Kay always gives us some of the new products in our registration packet, so I tried some new colors and just had fun hanging out with my girlfriends and learning new things about makeup and myself.

I love learning!

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My Sales Director and her husband (who is part of an award-winning mine rescue team) and me.

We always go eat at Joe’s Crab Shack while we are in Dallas. MMMM… I do love coconut shrimp!IMG_0739

For awards night we had a huge party. Everyone wears their formals/ball gowns this night. I was really wanting a new dress, since my black maternity dress has already partied at MK Seminar 3 times. (Twice on me and once on Clara, cause sharing is what we do!) I found the perfect sparkly navy cocktail dress at Ross’s for only $19. Not only was it sparkly, it wasn’t black, and it had enough room for my starting to show baby bump. Here is a terrible selfie pic.

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Yay! sparkly!!

Karma double-crossed me, kicked me in the face, and stole my lunch money.

1 Mar
English: Vinita Hotel, in Vinita, Oklahoma

English: Vinita Hotel, in Vinita, Oklahoma (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So this morning I blissfully headed out the door to do a Mary Kay party.  I left in plenty of time and I had everything ready. 

The party was a bit farther than I usually go, but it was for a sweet little lady who is a great customer so I was happy to go.  I got there just fine and my new iPhone bailed me out when I couldn’t find Pat’s house.  I tried to call her, but I had entered her phone number wrong into my phone.  Never fear, I used my Mary Kay app to log onto my website and find her correct number.

The party was fine-I sold what I sell on average–even though 2 of the guests refused to try the product because they were not going to remove their makeup.  This always surprises me, though it happens occasionally.  I talked a little bit too much and left a little late, but all was well.  Here’s where things started to go downhill.

Since my trip required getting on the Oklahoma Turnpike, I headed towards the Vinita toll booth.  It wasn’t labeled very well and I wasn’t sure if I should pay toll or take a ticket (and pay later.)  I opted for take a ticket because that is how it had worked when I came from the opposite direction.  As soon as I was through the booth, and past the point of no return, I could see that my ticket was for the wrong direction.  It was for west and I wanted to go east.  Right on the ticket is says something like, “It is unlawful to take this ticket and travel in a different direction than stated.”  I panicked.  I did not want to be unlawful.  FIGHT OR FLIGHT! FIGHT OR FLIGHT!  I went west even though I was already late and even though I knew it was the wrong direction because I didn’t want to be unlawful.  It cost me 20 minutes and $3.25 in toll fees to go down to riggin’ friggin’ Big Cabin and turn around.  I imagined telling the whole thing to my dad and how he would laugh and ask, “What are you such a silly goose for?”  The worst thing is it was all so deja vu, like, I’m pretty sure that I have done this very same thing before.  Next time, Vinita, I’m traveling east no matter what.  Get a better sign.

Now an hour late instead of half an hour late, I continue to the Baby-sitter’s and pick up the girls.  I really hate being late to the babysitter’s.  It makes me feel so flaky and bad mom and unreliable.

I let the DH know that I will be late home and make one last Mary Kay delivery before heading home.  Now I’ve been on the road for more than 2 hours and I’m tired.  Not sleepy tired, just that numb “I can’t believe I’m still in this stupid car when I just want to be home” tired.  So I’m just on auto-pilot, thinking about home and what I’m going to cook for dinner, when suddenly I see those beautiful red & blue flashing lights in my rear view mirror.  Yep, that’s right, I’ve totally missed the 30 MPH sign and since my auto-pilot default is 45, I’m in trouble.

Don’t worry, I did not miss the irony of getting pulled over for speeding when I already ruined my afternoon in an attempt to avoid being “unlawful.”   The thing is I wasn’t trying to speed.  I just wasn’t paying attention because I was so done.

Is it just me, or are police officers getting really young these days?  Mine was wearing a jacket that was too big for him and a mustache that was WAY too big for him.  After he decided to give me a ticket, he went into this schpeal about how my signing it was not an admission of guilt, just and acknowledgement that I had received it.  I asked him if I could just pay it and not go to court, which he said I could.  Then he repeated the whole schpeal about how my signing it was not an admission of guilt, just and acknowledgement that I had received it, and then get this, he said in this very wheedle-whiny unsure voice, “So…will you sign it?”  I’m not sure what he expected me to do instead.  Flip out and scream at him in front of my 4-year-old?  Wake up the baby?  Maybe the way I was just sitting there with my hands in my lap and staring straight ahead all defeated made him think I was about to go psyco.

When I got home, the big kids had done their chores and the DH was washing dishes.  Ah Home, sweet Home.

Then as I unpacked my Mary Kay bags, I discovered I had lost one of the sales slips from the party.  Not only does that mean I don’t have the lady’s information and can’t get paid, it also means her bank card information is where?  Still at Pat’s house?  Blowing down the Oklahoma Turnpike?  There was that bit where my car window got tired of going up and down at toll booths and just stayed stuck down for awhile…..Oh the humiliation of having to call her and tell her I’ve gone and lost her card number who knows where.  How to avoid that in the future?  I bet my iPhone has an app.  Curses for not thinking of that sooner.

Oh I just want to curl up in a ball and eat a bunch of chocolate.  Wait…already did that and am 500 calories over my limit for the day.  Super.

I think the best part about being married is that at the end of a day like today, I can go home and get a good hug and know that somebody still thinks I’m great, even if I’m an idiot.  

And I’ll tell him about that speeding ticket tomorrow, first thing, I swear.  It’s just that when I took a breath to tell him, I felt like I might start crying and so I stopped…

Mary Kay is AWESOME!

9 Nov

Today I got the best message ever from a customer. For several years, she has purchased Timewise age-fighting moisturizer from me, but that was all she wanted. Yesterday she came to me asking for help. Her eyelids were so dry, they had scales and were puffy, and her cheeks were bumpy all over as if she had poison ivy.

I was seriously worried, her face looked so bad, and actually asked her if she might need to see a doctor. She said it would take months to get an appointment with a dermatologist, and wanted to know what I could do for her. I told her she needed to use Mary Kay cleanser with her moisturizer–because products from different lines don’t always work well together. I also explained that she should never use cleanser on her eyes, just our oil-free eye-makeup remover. I sent her home with a miracle set, firming eye cream, oil-free eye-makeup remover, and the targeted action eye revitalizer (which is for dark circles, another of her problems.)

She texted me today (a message 5 texts long) so excited because after only 24 hours of using 100% Mary Kay, the bumps were gone from her cheeks. The extreme dry patches on her eyelids that had been there for 2 months were gone and her face felt smooth and good. I had told her to wait a couple of days on the eye revitalizer because it tingles when you use it and I was afraid it would burn her dry skin. But she’s already using it and can already tell that her dark circles are looking better!!

I’m so happy right now!!!! I really truly helped her and I made her happy. That’s why I love my Mary Kay Business!!

Eyebrows

3 Jun

Okay. It seems that the 1st Lieutenant who sometimes resides in my house took MY camera with him to his State Emergency Tornado Cleanup Duty. Thus I can provide no pictures of the murderously short summer haircuts. (Which looked better in the light of day next morning, thankfully.) So if I wish to blog, I must content myself with blogging about something for which I already have pictures.

That means I have to tell a story on myself.

Sigh. Here Goes….

As you will note in the following picture, some people in my family have great eyebrows. Some people meaning all of my sisters.

Don’t they look fabulous? p.s. this little pouf hairstyle is the one that earned me the polygamous hair comment from a friend. My sometimes resident 1LT reluctantly admitted upon questioning that it seemed a little old fashioned. I said, “But so & so wears her hair like that.” He laughed and said, “Yeh, she does.” Apparently that was not good defense on my part. dang’t

So about a year ago, I decided that kempt brows would help with making me look more like I cared how I look (You can always tell a cheerleader/soccer mom by her thin eyebrows, even if she has no makeup, a messy ponytail and sweats on. You can also tell her by how skinny and tan she is, but I have limits. No offense intended to any of my readers who are skinny or like to tan a lot. I still love you, my skin just genetically will not tan. Plus I fear cancer.)

anyway…
I got my brows waxed for my birthday. After that I tried to keep them up myself. Last summer, while in Dallas for Mary Kay Seminar, I sat down in front of one of those lighted magnifying mirrors. It was amazing. I could see every little hair. I got a little carried away and perhaps overplucked a bit. (alot) In my defense, I think I had low blood sugar and it affected my judgement.

exhibit A:

Several months later it was again my birthday and I mentioned that perhaps I would go have my brows waxed.

My sometimes resident 1LT said, “Just don’t go to the place you went last time. They gave you old lady eyebrows.”

me (!!!! no way am I admitting I did that to myself!!!)

“Was it that bad? You didn’t say anything at the time.”

Him: “Well, you really couldn’t do anything about it, so no point in making you feel bad.”

Me: “Don’t worry, I won’t go back there.” (note to self: Never pick up tweezers without having eaten something first. ever.)

I’d like to interject here that he said it all very nicely and picked just the right time to tell me when I could appreciate his advice and not have my feelings hurt. I really was glad to have been warned away from making the same mistake twice. So don’t be hating the 1LT.

I think I’m doing better as the first pic in this post and the following one show.

Meh, I don’t know. My eyebrows are still more round than angled. The thing is, I have round eyebrows. Just do. No getting around it. ha ha… around it … round eyebrows… whew! I should get some sleep.

The thing is, I can’t sleep tonight. It’s one of those nights where I keep thinking of all the ways I fell short today and what a terrible selfish mother / friend I am. Sigh. I just have to do better tomorrow and be grateful that most of my friends are the really forgiving type. You know, the kind who always look at dumb things you do or say and think of the most positive wonderful reason why you did/said that. The kind who know I meant well even if it all came out horribly wrong.

I love you guys.

You help me to have hope that I can be better.

Thanks.

I love Dallas!!!

12 Aug



Christmas Special

7 Dec

As many of you know, I have a Mary Kay business. I am making an order next week–the last one before Christmas, and it needs to be BIG!! So I am having a special sale for all of you wonderful people who read my blog. Order by Dec 10 and get 15% off your whole order plus free shipping and gift wrapping and a free mini spa set gift with $40 purchase.

You can order right off my website!

And have you done the virtual makeover on my website yet? It is too fun. Get over there & do it!!!

Top 10 Things to Buy

25 Jan

I was so bad today. The weight is just not going to come off if I keep doing this to myself.

To get out of the kitchen, I am posting. My cousin(well, actually my cousin’s wife) did this on her blog. It looked fun.

My top ten favorite things (Either I buy these all the time, I wish I could buy them all the time, or I am sooo glad I bought these)

10. Aprons, Sexy Aprons—okay, this was a present, not a purchase, but that is because I am a lucky dog. If you don’t own one, then your life is not complete. Go buy one right now.

9. Lindt Chocolate Truffles—so shiny and round and so heavenly…

8. Books to read and do– The Fly Lady Book

7. Piano books to play—this was my birthday present to me in November

6. Mary Kay Eye shadow and lip gloss—I FEEL good when I know I LOOK good, don’t you?

5. Mary Kay oil-free eye makeup remover—can’t function without it.

4. Organizing bins, tubs, drawers and files. They make me so happy. (and you can tell from the pic that I don’t have enough yet. Anyone want to go to Mal-mart with me?

3. Page Protectors (for organizing things in binders)

2. Garlic—so ordinary yet gormet all at the same time.

1. Quilting Fabric—We likes it, My precious