Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Etsy Trick or Treat

I got this idea for a blog post from a friend of mine, Lindsay,  from  PA Country Crafts.  She did an Etsy Easter Egg hunt and I thought it was such a cute idea that I decided to do a Halloween version.

We'll start with a cute Trick or Treat bag from preciouspatterns

The first treat I found was this cute Candy Corn Soap from PureHeartSoap.

This Yummy Candy Corn Fudge treat is from reeaadd.

This very cute knitted set is from knittyknittybangbang.

How cute are these little Bat Trick or Treat Booties from HandyMandyCreations

The wine enthusiast in me just loves these Custom Halloween Wine Labels from smallcreatures.

Of course I have to add some items from some of my favorite Etsy shops.

Here are pumpkin decorations from my good friend, Lindsay, at PACountryCrafts.

This beautiful necklace titled Weird Science from my friend, Penny, at spoton.

This one of a kind vase is from my friend Linda at littleflowerdesigns

I hope you all enjoyed Trick or Treating with me!  Stay tuned for more from the HenHouse!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

What to do when you have a mason jar flap clogging your kitchen sink...

I know, this never happens to anyone.  In fact, I am probably the only person that this has ever happened to and it will probably never happen to me again so this information is probably never going to be useful ever again.  But, just in case you ever find yourself in the same predicament that I was in this afternoon, here is what to do.

First, let me describe what the scenario was.  I was doing the dishes this afternoon like a good housewife and realized that the water was not going down the drain.  So of course I do what I always do when this is the case.  I turned on the garbage disposal.  Like usual, I forgot to feel around in the drain first to make sure there were no spoons, etc. in the drain.  (That's how we are currently down one baby spoon but who's counting?)  Anyway, I didn't check first and apparently there was something in the drain but it was not a baby spoon this time.  So the garbage disposal sounded a little funny but not that crunchy grinding sound like you may be familiar with if you too forget to check first before turning it on.  Nope, this was a funny sucking sound.  I let the disposal run for a little and realized that it was not turning my dishwater into the whirlpool that it usually does so I figured it was clogged or something.  I turned off the garbage disposal, waited for what was probably way longer than necessary but hey, I've seen the horror movies, I know what happens when you put your hand in a garbage disposal too soon, and no, I don't want to practice my horror film scream anytime soon.  So I finally reached my hand down and hit something flat.  Hmm, now what in the world could that be???  I feel around, and find a ring from a mason jar.  I feel around some more and realize that I can feel the rubber ring of the flap from the mason jar.  Well, at least I know what it is.  Now, how do I get it out of there???

I tried prying it up with my finger nail.  Didn't work.  I tried some of my heavy duty fridge magnets (Well they hold the millions of pieces of paper on the fridge so why wouldn't they pull a mason jar flap out of my drain?)  Didn't work.  I tried prying it up with a cheese spreader.  Yes, I said a cheese spreader and no, it didn't work either.  Then a light bulb went on.  I ran upstairs to the linen closet and got the plunger.  After a few failed attempts, a few moments of "how am I gonna explain this one to my husband?", and a few moments of "well now, this will make a funny blog entry", finally I had some success!  The flap popped up, I quick grabbed it before the water could suck it back in, and the water went down the drain.  So there you have it.  The next time you find yourself in a situation where there's a flap stuck in your drain, use the plunger!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

My Lia Sophia Business

Not many people get to say that they love their job and that they enjoy going to work.  I feel so fortunate to be able to say both of those things.  First of all, I'm a Stay At Home Mom, but I also have my own Lia Sophia jewelry business.  I "work" an average of 10 hours a week at my jewelry business and receive so much in return.  I earn a commission of 30% of all of my sales in addition to earning other rewards for incentives offered by my company and my Managers.  I also receive a 70% discount on all of the Lia Sophia jewelry that I purchase.  Thanks to my Lia Sophia business, I am able to contribute to my household income and meet a lot of interesting people.
My manager Kristin and I walking the Red Carpet at the Lia Sophia White Party June 2010.  (Yes I am that short but in my defense, she's really tall!)  

Clinton Kelly giving the Keynote Address at the Lia Sophia MORE Conference June 2010.
Posing with Angela "The Wiz" Preuss at the Lia Sophia MORE Conference June 2010.

I was first introduced to Lia Sophia back in 2008 when a friend of mine hosted a starter show to join the company.  I had never heard of the jewelry line before, didn't know anyone else going to the party, and didn't really wear a lot of jewelry at the time.  I was hesitant about attending the party but now I am so glad I did.  Who would of thought that going to a home demonstration party would change my life so significantly?  I fell in love with the jewelry and hosted my own show right away.  After seeing the quality of the jewelry line and everything that Lia Sophia has to offer their Advisors, I decided to join.  I am so glad that my Manager offered me this opportunity.

I never saw myself being the type of person to stand up in front of a room of strangers and give a presentation let alone be comfortable while doing it.  Lia Sophia has given me the confidence to do just that.  It's easy for me now because I'm sharing a product that I love, a company that I believe in, and an opportunity to better the lives of other women just like me.  So even if you never saw yourself being a home party demonstrator or giving a presentation to a group of strangers, keep an open mind and allow the world to give you the opportunities it has to offer.  You never know where you might end up.

Lia Sophia MORE Conference June 2010.

Our founder, Victor Kiam, in one of his famous Remington Shaver Ads.

Our Zone was seated on the floor level for the conference because we rock!
Awards our Zone won at the Lia Sophia MORE Conference.  #1 Zone in Sales, #1 Zone in Recruiting, and the highest honor, the coveted Victor Kiam Award!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Too Many Clothes!!

It's probably a bad thing when you start to feel a panic attack coming on from putting your toddler's laundry away, right?  My son's little room is bursting at the seams with clothing.  I kind of feel guilty about complaining that we have too much clothing for him when there are children out there who don't have clothes to wear.  The problem is that my 12 month old still fits into some of his 9 month clothing.  To make matters worse, we just had his birthday party and received a lot of 18month clothing.  So trying to fit his crib, armoire, changing table, glider, bookshelf, hamper, diaper pail, cloth diapers and a wardrobe from 9months-18months in his little 10x10 room is quite a squeeze.  Now you know why the panic attack was starting to set in.  I think that every time I do his laundry, I rearrange his wardrobe trying to make it all fit.

You would think that I would be used to this weekly ritual by now.  We've been blessed with very generous friends and family who have loved to buy clothing and toys for our son from the start.  Luckily my inlaws are also generous with their storage space because that's where most of his outgrown clothing and other baby stuff lives.  Originally we were saving everything in case there's a baby #2 in the future but now I'm having second thoughts about that.  I've recently consigned some things at two local children's consignment sales and was very successful.  I'm contemplating selling a lot more of our baby stuff at some upcoming sales.  Being a stay at home mama, I could always use the extra income.

Not much else is going on today in the Hen House.  Just squeezing a ton of clothes into a tiny little room and freaking out because of it.  Every once in a while you need a quiet day and this one is ours.  Chaos can resume tomorrow but for now we're gonna relax.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Stop the Crying!!

So for the past 3 days, Adam has been crying hysterically and not sleeping or eating like normal.  He's usually a great sleeper and  a great eater.  I'm about 90% sure it has to do with switching him from formula to whole milk.  Our pediatrician said that we could just switch him without having to wean him or mix partial milk/formula bottles but now I'm not so sure about that advice.  I don't think he's lactose intolerant because he eats cheese and yogurt all of the time without any issues.

His sleeping patterns are totally out of wack too.  He used to sleep from 7:30/8:00pm to about 6:30am every night and napped from about 9:30am to 11:30am and 2:30pm to 4:30pm.  Then he started phasing out his morning nap and just taking a long mid-day nap.  For the past 2 nights he's gone to bed late, woke up around midnight, went back to sleep around 2:00/3:00am and then slept until about 9am.  He hasn't wanted to nap for the past 3 days either.

So, as you can see, I've been a little frazzled lately.  It kind of makes it hard to take care of the house and work on my Lia Sophia Jewelry business when you have a crying toddler hanging on you all day.  To make things even more difficult, I have a jam packed calendar right now.  Something's gotta give!  I'm tempted to go out and buy more formula and try switching him again later.  Thanks for listening to me ramble on about what's going on in the Hen House today.  I'm gonna go get the screaming child out of his crib now before he gets himself too worked up.  Wish me luck!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

First Post

I've considered the idea of creating a blog a couple times but never thought I would actually update it enough or have anything worth writing about.  It wasn't until I went to a networking event and heard from other women about their experiences using their blogs to boost their businesses that I really decided to give this a try.  So here I am, starting my blog about life in the "Hen House" which is what I've affectionately decided to nickname my home.  What will my blog be about?  My home business with Lia Sophia Jewelry, the daily adventures of being a Stay At Home Mama to my wonderful son, and anything else I decide to write about along the way.  I hope you enjoy reading my posts as much as I enjoy sharing them and please excuse me while I fumble through the first few.  I'm a total newbie to this blogging thing and it might take me a while to get the hang of it.  That's all for now folks!