Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I Love the Love My Kids Share






So, I try to take simple pictures of the kids some days before school in the morning. I am taking a shot of Mya and in jumps Cole. They instantly put arms around each other and smile. It almost made me weep with joy! Overall, they get along very well and are well intentioned kids. This was a wonderful morning. I need to remember this morning on the days they are screaming at each other. lol




Any suggestions out there for activities to help continue the love?

Friday, March 29, 2013

I am loving my Rodan + Fields "hobby"


Rodan+Fields - My New Chapter


     I am marketing for Rodan & Fields and absolutely love the company & products. Are you independent, looking to make extra money and have skin? If you are interested in becoming a business partner or learning more about products, let me know. Here is a great video about the Before and Afters the company collects, along with other great short, informative clips. I will post some of my own photos and photos of friends and family soon! Excited!




Before and Afters for each of the FOUR skin care lines: . . . Redefine, Reverse, Soothe, Unblemish
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sAQ58W88JM

What kind of sunscreen should I use?
Why Rodan + Fields. . . How can age be redefined?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqGLs5RcHN0&feature=youtube_gdata_player 

Get your personal online consult with the doctors: https://hurleythurston.myrandf.com/Pages/OurProducts/GetAdvice/SolutionsTool 

Provide a brief description of your company and the products?

At Rodan + Fields® Dermatologists we are committed to connecting you with the products, the knowledge, the resources and the opportunities to change your skin and to change your life.
Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields, the creators of Proactiv® Solution, launched Rodan + Fields Dermatologists to extend their vision of bringing dermatology based skincare solutions to everyone. To support this vision, Dr. Rodan and Dr. Fields have teamed up with Independent Consultants like me around the country to market these prestigious products.
With Rodan + Fields, looking good and feeling confident has never been easier and it’s all possible without a trip to the dermatologist’s office. Our products are clinically proven to deliver on their promises and this has lead to a large and loyal customer base.
We’re so confident that you’ll experience real results that all of our products come with a 60-day Satisfaction Guarantee.
Discover the difference that great skincare can make in your life with Rodan + Fields.

Provide a brief company history including how long in business and how many consultants in how many countries.

Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields founded Rodan + Fields Dermatologists in 2002 to help people treat everyday skin concerns. Rodan + Fields quickly became a leading dermatologist brand in top-tier department stores. To broaden their reach and achieve their vision of bringing dermatologist-based skin treatments to everyone, Rodan + Fields became the first prestige skincare line to exit the department store and enter the direct selling market in 2008.
We are currently launched in about a dozen states only in the US to date. I estimate that there are less than 5,000 consultants nationwide.

What is the cost to start up? What comes in the startup kit?

There are 4 entry levels to become a consultant and business kits range from $45 to $995 and offer great value and free 2 day shipping. This page explains them all: hurleythurston.myrandf.biz/Pages/BusinessSystem/Kits

Are there any additional expenses (startup, yearly renewal, website, etc)?

Pulse, our proprietary business management suite, gives you state of the art resources to grow your business.
Pulse subscription includes:
• 2 personalized websites
• Rodan + Fields email account
• Exclusive Prospecting and Recruiting Programs
• State-of-the-art business management tools
• Training & Documentation… all for just $24.95/month*
*Your Pulse subscription generates 20 monthly SV.
Your annual renewal is waived if you maintain a product purchase or SV of $80/mo. + Pulse subscription = $100 SV/mo

How much is the commission on personal sales and downline? How often are consultants paid?

Retail sales = 25%, Preferred Customer sales = 15%, 10% on your Level 1 sales, 5% on your Personal Team Sales, and 5% on all Generation levels up to 5. There is a great income illustrator that gives you an idea of potential income at https://www.rodanandfields.com/IncomeIllustrator/index.html
Consultants are paid about the 15th of each month and direct deposit is available.

What are some of the additional benefits/rewards consultants can earn?

With the power of the Rodan + Fields brand, AMP MD and our Big Business Launch duplication training model, you can earn over $1000 and begin to create your pattern to prosperity in your first month!
Also, new Consultants can earn an iPad 2 in their first few months with the Rodan + Fields iStart Program.
All new Level V Executive Consultants are invited to join the Rodan + Fields Corporate Team for a weekend of training and fun at the Rodan + Fields Level V Arrival Trip to San Francisco and California wine country where we will roll out the red carpet for our new Level V ECs as they visit our corporate office and enjoy the beautiful Sonoma Valley.
Rodan + Fields is about high performance products and a brand with integrity. We want our Independent Consultant leaders to have the opportunity to enjoy these same values in the cars that they drive. So we introduced the Road to RFx, our exclusive Lexus car program.
That’s just a few to get you going!

What is your favorite thing about your company?

The products! I have never loved my skin the way that I do now and I love sharing the products and helping people get the skin they’ve always wanted! I have seen so many of my friends benefit from using the products and our Solution Tool on my website will recommend products for you. We even have a nurse at our disposal to help with customer concerns.

What is your favorite product?

REVERSE for sun-damaged skin. Being a soccer player most of my life and a lover of the outdoors, the effects of the sun over all this time is apparent. REVERSE turns back the clock and eliminates the sun-damage for a more youthful even-toned appearance. After that regimen, I will switch to the REDEFINE system.

Have a question? Want more information? Contact me!

hurley thurston, Independent Consultant,
Military Town, USA (Wherever the Air Force sends us)
hurleythurston@yahoo.com or 2703-939-4958,
hurleythurston.myrandf.biz

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Magnetic Menu Planning Board

{mid-way through my menu board creation.}
   I am not a fan of cooking!!! You have to shop for groceries (certain ones at that), store them in your kitchen, remember that you have them, hem & haw about what to cook for dinner, pull out the correct  ingredients and follow a recipe to make that meal (correctly, if you can.) THEN you take 15-20 minutes, if you're lucky, to eat the meal. I love a lot of things, but spending more time preparing for a meal than eating said meal is not one of them.
   When I got married, I was not the main cook. I was spoiled. Ten years later, I am doing my best to increase my responsibility for the meals. I have already come a LONG way in the last two years. The worst part now is unintentionally (or is it?) waiting until 4pm to decide what to eat. Sometimes that is not a problem, but many times not defrosting the chicken, not having potatoes, or not noting that the meal needs 70 minutes in the oven (after prep time, mind you) really impedes my goal of having dinner ready by 5:45 pm.
   In comes my heroine!!! I love/stalk A Girl and Glue Gun and when she posted her menu board, I knew I had to scraplift it! Here I will show you how I made my own with my twist to it (aka using materials I already had). (PS: get ready for a lot of pictures!)

MATERIALS I used:
1. 33+ Epoxy dots (from Oriental Trading Ccompany)
2. 33+ Bottle caps (from OTC and my own growing collection)
3. 33+ Small circle magnets (from OTC)
4. Avery Circle Labels 5410 (and my printer)
5. Small circle punch
6. 12 Rectangle magnets (from OTC)
7. 12 x 12 frame with magnetic board (from OTC on sale)
8. 12 x 12 scrapbook paper for background
9. 12x12 clear, blank month calendar (from OTC)
10. Scrap paper for names of months
11. Small ziplock bag
12. Craft glue
13. Frame/Plate holder

(PS: Yes, I love oriental trading company, but it is more of a bulk thing sometimes and supplies are definitely available other places. Materials come and go from their inventory, as other stores. )

Because I do not see myself planning 28-31 days in advance (due to pm schedules, etc.), I decided to make 33 "meals" but only display two weeks at a time. Some of my meals are duplicated, so I can repeat within the 2 weeks. Extra can be hidden, so feel free to display 5 or 31.

DIRECTIONS:
1. Write a list of meal names. I use YOYO for Your On Your Own, Out to Eat, Kids' Choice and ? as some of our meals. Once you get 33 (or more) pull up your Word document using the insert labels and use Avery 5410 as your template. Type your meal names in whatever font & color you choose. The bigger the better. Print them out using paper size 4x6.

2. Get 33 (or however many you want to have) bottle caps. If your bottle caps are from actual bottles, I will post a tutorial soon about how to easily remove the rubber seal. This time I used some blank ones from Oriental Trading Company. (Did I tell you I love this website !?!)
3. Peel and stick the meal stickers into the bottle caps carefully. Also peel and stick the great 1 inch epoxy stickers on top of the meal names. This will protect the ink and the paper. Some people use the plastic "bubbles" with clear craft glue, but I was nervous about how heavy they might become.



4. Now you are ready to add your magnets. I used small circle ones, but use whatever you have on hand. I do suggest making sure they are strong enough to hold onto the magnetic board on the front and back even through the clear month sheet. I used magnets with a sticky side. Just peel and stick as close the the middle of the other side of the bottle cap as possible.
5. Insert your 12x12 scrapbook paper and the clear monthly calendar into the 12x12 frame. I forgot to take a picture of this step without the magnets on. I did want to triple ensure that my magnets would work.

6. Some people used dry erase markers to label the changing dates of the month, but I opted to use more of my tiny magnets. I printed numbers 1-31 in font sizes 10, 12, 14 and tested the sizes with my awesome tiny little circle punch. 

7. I had tested the size of the punch outs to my magnets, and it was as close as I could get to perfection (without pain-stakingly cutting out circles on my own... in comes the ease of dry erase numbers.) Again, because my magnets has the sticky side, I just stuck the date onto the magnet and done.
8. I went ahead and placed the dates in the upper left hand corner of the correct days of the week for January and put some meal caps in the lower right corner. They fit perfectly. Woo hoo!

9. You can print out the month names on your computer if you'd like. Fortunately, I had some chip art from OTC that had cute month abbreviations. I laid it on my calendar....... and did not love it.  :-(

10. I decided to layer the month names which definitely led to an easier way to put rectangle magnets on the back. I used craft glue to attach the chip art and then used fun scrap paper and a corner rounder.






11. I am not a huge fan of the extra meals being on the front. Too crowded for me. I propped up my menu board on a picture/plate holder and now had easy access to the BACK. :-) I put all the meals on the back. Fortunately with my magnetic board, both sides are magnetic. (You can also use metal flashing or thin sheets available at hardware stores.) If you have a frame with a backing and want to do this with your extra meals, just don't use the backing.
{Cock head to the left. Sorry.}

12. I needed a place for my extra month names. Originally I used a medium (technical , I know) sized ziplock and then changed to a snack size because they all fit and it looked more organized. I laid it on the legs of the plate holder on the back of the board. Waa laa; hidden.

13. I placed it on my kitchen counter where I could easily access it. I wanted to be able to turn it around for edits or changes easily. When my kiddos came home from school (okay, after I picked them up from school), they saw the completed menu board and went NUTS! Of course they gave each meal I chose the thumbs up or down, and then they saw it! KIDS' CHOICE. They asked if this meant they got to choose what mommy & daddy have to eat. I said yes, and their faces lit up. (Almost more than Christmas morning.) They already started making plans on what we would have to eat. First idea was mom=cereal and dad=mac n cheese. Phewww, not tooo bad. They did not even mind that it would only be ONCE a month.

I hope this inspired some of you, but if not I hope you enjoyed my process. I have to say that we have followed the past week perfectly, and the stress level around here is definitely lower. Happy Day!

~hurley

Monday, January 21, 2013

MLK Day in San Antonio 2013

   Martin Luther King Day has normally meant a day off of school for me as a student, a teacher and now as a parent. I never really did anything special on that day. I knew what MLK stood for and I applauded him, but I did not ever really "get involved" in anything related. Because my daughter is now old enough to be a Girl Scout, we are experiencing things together we might not ever have. The Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas invited Girl Scouts to participate in San Antonio's MLK march. It is touted as the largest in the nation at approximately 100,000 participants.
   Here are some girls from Troop 26 before the march began.
   I never thought I would ever participate in a march, but it was actually quite exciting. I love San Antonio and seeing the variety of cultures supporting such a movement was amazing! Seeing the Girl Scouts and families was inspirational, as well. There is no doubt that my 5 and 7 year olds focused more on "all the walking" (2.75 MILES) and want of water and snacks than the vision, but I know they will remember it. I am so proud of them surviving. They were actually more proud after they finished. Throughout the march we talked about the human race being equal and how much MLK brought the topic to light.  Every 20 minutes or so, I would lift up the kids to show them the number of marchers in front and behind us. Seeing their eyes pop was beautiful.
   A unique side note is that prior to the march I was interviewed by a local tv station and figured my quotes would not be worthy for air time. Little did I know that 6 hours later my girlfriend Michelle would FB me and say she JUST saw me on tv. Of course, that led me to scour the internet for the video clip, AND I found it!!! My hubby and I watched the video and laughed at my 2 seconds of fame. (Pay CLOSE attention to minute 3:10 if you are curious.) At least I did not sound like a total dork. The kids thought it was super cool that their mommy got two seconds on tv...actually, so did I.
   I am off to sign autographs... Have a great day!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Halloween Photo Contest for Couples (Oct 16-30)

Life is busy, but I have to tell you about a contest. I know I haven't blogged lately, but this is really cool. The Dating Divas (an awesome team) are sponsoring an amazing "Halloween Couples Costume Contest 2012." I figured it would be fun to enter Tim and I. They asked for a previous Halloween picture, and these are from 2010. Please VOTE for us because you love us, and not necessarily because we are the most creative couple! :-) (We are #66)

How do we look?

Of course we had to show off our "super family," as well!!

Let's give Supergirl another shot at looking cute.
Much better!!


FYI from their website about voting," Voting will take place between October 16th-October 30th. You will not be allowed to vote for your own photo{s} but you CAN ask all of your friends & family to vote for your entry. You will be able to see how many votes each photo has and which three are in the lead! In order to vote, your friends & family will need to come to this page, find your photo, and vote for it. Everyone will be able to vote for up to TWO photos."

Soooo, if you could PLEASE, PLEASE vote for us, I would really appreciate it!! Vote HERE!

If it is not the correct link, PLEASE let me know, and I will fix it. As for the Dating Divas, they have a fabulous blog dedicated to "Strengthening Marriages, One Date at a Time." It is so creative and refreshing. Feel free to subscribe to their blog or at least check them out. This is the Dating Divas homepage.

Have a great week!
~hurley

PS: I have lifted my criticism of myself for not blogging more, so I hope to blog more. Does that make any sense? :-)  I was stuck because I could not blog 3x a week, so I ended up with 0 a week. Now I am going to blog when I feel like it. Thank you to everyone who asked me how I had been doing.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Pop Rocks!!!

OMG...
There I am, finally getting to the check out aisle at Wal-Mart, and what do I see? My kids are picking up a candy package and asking me, "What is this?" I see "POP ROCKS," and all I can do is pause and smile. Do you remember Pop Rocks? I sure do. They were so fun, but were also special. We did not get to enjoy this slice of heaven very often. Of course, it was for good reason. :-)


My kiddos see my smile and ask louder, "WHAT IS THIS?" I tell them it is a special candy that touches the saliva on your tongue and begins to make popping noises and funny feelings on your tongue. They are instantly interested. I then try to remember how OLD I was when I had these. I am the type of mom that is reluctant to give my kids certain things because you can't go back. Well, not very easily. My kids did not chew gum until they were 5 years old. I know....how dare I?

Anyway, I tell them it is a special candy that they will have soon. I am now trying to figure out a special way to introduce them to this fabulous candy, but at the same time, ensure that they know it is not a daily intake food group. Maybe we can build a volcano and watch it explode while they experience their first pop rocks adventure. Maybe we can pull out some sparklers when they go on sale again. Hmmm, any other ideas? Maybe more simple?

Have a great Friday!
~hurley

Monday, July 16, 2012

Disney Shirt #1~Camo Mickey

The grandparents are making an awesome gesture to our kiddos by helping them experience Disney World. I want to help make the experience a little more fun...tough to do concerning Disney World (AND grandparents), I know. I am brainstorming shirt ideas for the 6 of us to wear to the Parks.

This is idea #1. The Camo Mickey
Step 1: Materials needed: Heat n Bond, design outline, scissors, sharpie marker, iron, shirt, material for design.
The purple package is better if you are
going to sew the outline... I need to go shopping
I used Google images/outlines and changed the percentages
 in my printer settings
Pieces from one of dear hubby's retired uniforms.
Step 2: Trace design onto the matte paper side of the Heat n Bond. I traced 4 "adult" Mickeys and 2 "kiddo" Mickeys. The shiny side should be faced down. IF you are going to be using a design that has a "wrong" side, trace the image backwards/the wrong way.

Step 3: Cut out each image with room to spare.
Step 4: Iron onto appropriate sized material. It is okay if the heat n bond overlaps, as long as the actual images do not.

Step 5: Cut out the design.

Step 6: When the heat n bond is peeled off, the shiny side is what is ironed onto the shirt. When ironing cotton to cotton, you do not need to use a "protective" layer as opposed to this ironing project. Reminder: if your image needs to be "faced" a correct way, you should be cutting out the reverse image, so the shiny part lies on the shirt in the correct way.

Step 7: Be done if you used the red packaged Heat n Bond, or reinforce image with a straight or zig zag stitch if you use the purple packaged Heat n Bond. I personally prefer the straight stitch overall because it is faster, and I kind of like the frayed look on the edges which are still contained by the straight stitch.
or
Step 8: For us "Minnies" in the group, I add the best bow I can muster.
 I have some 10 inch red ribbon with great white polka dots that I cut into 3 strips. I fold each ribbon into a "circle" and flatten it with my finger. If you are a perfectionist, use a pin, but I like to live on the edge. :-)
I line up my completed camp ears and hold the ribbon underneath the needle. When the needle drops into the fabric, I backstitch it and sew down the middle and back stitch again.
Here are the completed looks.
and
Easy, peesy. I look forward to our cheesy, group shot taken at Disney World in August.
~hurley

PS: Any other easy group Disney shirts out there? Please show me!