Thursday, September 23, 2010

Everyone's jobs are at risk

A few months back, I distinctly remember being at the gas station talking to the lady next to me, also filling up her car.  She was talking about the latest Twilight movie (I hadn't seen or read any in the series, so she was telling me just how much I was missing out!!), and I noticed she was wearing a shirt that said Blockbuster on it.  I asked her if she worked at Blockbuster, and she said yes.  Then, I asked her if she was worried about her job security there, with all the Redboxes in our town.  BTW, I love Red Box!!  It rocks and is very convenient.
"I work in a corporate Blockbuster.  I will have my job until I retire."  She said this and smugly got into her vehicle and drove off.  She was probably my age, in her thirties, but looked older than me.  I know she thought I was younger, because she called me "hun".

Now, Blockbuster is in trouble.  I can't remember when the last time I was in Blockbuster, and its next door to the grocery store, which I go to every other day.  I don't go to the movies but a few times a year, just because I don't have enough time in the day to do everything I want to do, but if I could, I would seclude myself in a matinĂ©e once a week, pending there are good movies out there!!  My point is that this woman probably has all her eggs in one basket.  She is a proud Blockbuster employee (and there is nothing wrong with that) but she had nothing else to talk about to the total stranger---except movies.   I am sure she is a pleasant people person, but right now, I wonder if she is quietly typing out her resume, just in case.

My sister T just got laid off this week.  She was off work for almost a year, went back for a few months, and not laid off yet again.  It happens to the best of us, and it happens to most of us at one time or another during a recession.  If it wasn't for Avon, I would have had a super minimal Christmas back in 2008, when the market tanked horribly and no one was buying homes.  For that, I stand by my Avon business and I am grateful for it.

The start up for Avon is super minimal: $10.  Yep. Ten bucks.   My district manager gave me all the books I would need and even some samples when I signed up, too.  I started attending my manager's monthly meetings to learn all I could.  I left my books everywhere.  I took advantage of the discounts for my first few campaigns to stock up on supplies and gifts for my family, which they loved!!  I also took advantage of the online training Avon provides to gain knowledge about the products---and I learned a lot about perfume and makeup application.
If you are ever curious about what Avon can offer you or would like to become a representative, please contact me first!!  I can sign you up if you are local or have a district manager get you started.  Its easy, and its your own business!!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Jillian Michaels kicks my butt!!

I woke up this morning and did my 30 day Shred workout by Jillian Michaels. Its roughly 30 minutes and kicks my butt. I am so sweaty afterwards!! I am awake the rest of the day, though, when I do the workout.
AB is making a seafood dish for dinner tonight. Last night, I had salad for dinner and 4 cinnamon graham crackers for a snack later. Not the healthiest.
Getting in shape isn't easy. I love to eat, and its a lot of work and pretty hard to stop a habit like eating for fun. But, I have determined the best way to curb my eating habits is to keep myself busy all weekend long!
I have to make 5 wristlet purses for the first vegas trip of the season for my sisters me and my mom. I also started a new etsy shop, and I need to make a few items for that. My Avon order comes in today, so I will be busy in a few hours sorting and invoicing all my deliveries to make this weekend. Lastly-- K and I need to find some great red shoes to wear with our bridesmaids dresses for Ts wedding. Plus, I like sleep-- lots of sleep if I can.
What are you doing this weekend? Do you have any good tips to share to help me eat healthier and less often??

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

$2 or less deals at AVON today!

Here are some great deals I found at my online store today-- These items are found under the Outlet section of my avon online store.
  • Eyeshadow Trio, $1.99
  • Color Trend Lip Gloss, $1.99
  • Color Trend Eye Shadow, $1.25
  • Fall Splendor Lip Balms, 69 cents!!
  • Footworks Green Tea & Mint Exfoliating Scrub, $1.49
  • Holiday Mini Hand Creams, $0.69
  • Naturals Body Polish, $1.99
  • Moisture Therapy Oatmeal Hand Cream $0.99 (in outlet only)
  • Travel sized Advanced Techniques Shampoos 69 cents!
  • Planet Spa Greek Hair Mask, $1.99
Other items not in outlet for under 2 bucks worth mentioning:
  • Slick Tint for Lips, $0.70
  • Mini Glazewears, $0.99
  • Ultra Luxury Lip and Eye Liners, $1.99
  • Sparkle Nail Files, $1.99
  • Holiday Shower Gels, $1.79
  • Holiday Lip Balms, 69 cents each!!

One LB lost!

One pound down! Only 39 more to go.

My sister K and I have been walking this week. Monday we walked about a mile and yesterday it was 1.35 miles. I've also started writing down everything I eat in a notebook. I didn't think that would do the trick, but I found I won't eat something because I don't want it to look bad in the book!! This morning I worked out to Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred. It was my first time in about a month with this workout, so I only lasted a little over halfway through.

Does anyone here have any secrets that could help me? I know I won't lose 40 lbs in two weeks, but I plan on losing at least 15 in one month. K kept saying, "we can eat pizza after the wedding." I agree with her, but I also want to be able to indulge in Vegas, too. We go there in about two weeks for the bachelorette party. I need to be able to fit in my swimsuit and have the energy to last. Believe it or not, I am averaging at 9 hours of sleep/night. On the weekends, sometimes I get 10 or 11, counting naps on Saturday afternoon.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

So Busy September/ Day 1

Oh fall is here and I am super busy with sis's wedding stuff-- including the rad bachelorette party we are having in vegas!!
I looked at my two bathing suits last night, which were tucked away, stuffed all the way at the back of a shelf, under things I haven't worn in a few years. I looked at them and thought, "I am not going to fit in this!!" So, this morning, I woke up and took a walk. I need to tone up, shed some weight, and get ready for a good time in three weeks.
weight: 170
weight 2 months ago after 2 weeks of Jillian Michaels videos: 162
I need to compose my thoughts.

Let me start all over!!! lol.
I am super excited about sis's wedding next month and her bachelorette party at the end of this month-- which so happens to be in party city itself, Vegas!!
But first, being a bridesmaid isn't easy. There is a lot to do. K and I have been helping my mom with the bridal shower, and I cannot wait until its done. I hope T gets some good prezzies and has a good time!! I still have to get her a gift, but I will probably do that this weekend.
Being an Avon rep does make it easy, though. T picked out a few necklaces for the bridesmaids and flower girl to wear, and we got them at a great price (on sale plus my discount---good deal!!).
I do want to loose some weight between now and the end of september, though. I want to increase my energy level and be able to fit in one of my bathing suits comfortably!! (see upsetting rant above).
Once the wedding is over, I am hoping to throw an Avon party to get ready for the Christmas holiday season. Everyone of my clients from the past year will be invited!! So, if you are looking for a fun afternoon at the end of October--- email me today and make sure to get on my mailing list!!