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There are hundreds of direct sales companies on the block, and even more network marketing companies that refuse to label themselves as “direct sales” in fear that they will send potential customers running in the other direction, although that’s pretty much exactly what they are. These companies have hundreds, often thousands, of affiliates, so it’s safe to say that everyone knows someone who has tried network marketing at some point. A lot of people have dubbed it a “scam”, when in reality they didn’t have the marketing skills they needed to be successful. That’s not to say there aren’t scam companies out there, because there most certainly are. However, not every multi-level marketing company is going to rip you off. After all, people go to college for years to get degrees in marketing, why should the random average individual believe they can run an entire personal business with no prior experience? As someone who has been network marketing and online marketing for upwards of 4 years now, I’m going to let you in on a major secret: the 3 biggest mistakes you’re making when it comes to network marketing.
First of all, you have to keep in mind that you’re branding yourself. If you don’t follow through on promises, or you do nothing but post in random Facebook groups three times each day, then you’re branding yourself as a scam artist, and that’s what your entire potential pool of customers are going to brand you as. Once you’ve set this image for yourself, it’s pretty much set in stone, so you have to be very careful not to make yourself look spammy, regardless of how excited you are about your company in the beginning. One way to combat this is to build legitimate relationships with your potential clients and partners. I’m not talking about the kind of relationships that send you out on fancy dates or makes you propose, I’m talking about the kind of customer/business relationships that remind you why one of your clients just bought that cocktail dress, or which of your clients are going through a tough time and could use some extra cash. Thanks to status updates and the wonderful world of social media, this is a bit easier to accomplish than it was in the days of door-to-door selling.
Second of all, you need to remember that visual effects are everything. If your website looks sloppy, that reflects on the entire business. By sloppy, I mean hard to navigate, displeasing to look at, or confusing for the customers that may not be so tech savvy. Another part of this is grammar and spelling. If you can’t type proper English, many people won’t want to sign on as your recruit. Obviously, your grammar isn’t always a reflection of your marketing skills, but in the average human brain, the two are very closely related, because they’re both fairly simple to learn and majorly based on effort. One way to keep your grammar and spelling in check is to read more and make sure to proofread and edit any blog post, status update, product description, etc. If you’re looking to improve the layout of your website, there are professional options, or you can attempt to do it yourself with a little coding!
Next up on the list of importance is attitude and enthusiasm. If you don’t genuinely love the products and care about the company, then your recruits aren’t going to love the products and care about the company, and your potential customers won’t find your products worth purchasing. After all, you’re trying to sell these products! This can’t be a just for money ploy, you should love these products more than even your most loyal customer, and if you don’t then there is a very serious problem, and you should either address your concerns with the company’s management team or choose to resign and find a different company. If it’s the work itself that has you down, there are other options in that department, as well. You can work from home in many different ways, you don’t have to result to network marketing if it’s not something you enjoy.
If you’re online and you’re looking for leggings, you’re in good company. They’re cool, versatile, and stylish, so naturally, all of the major pop culture influences are wearing them. Whether you’ve paired them with a skater dress or a sweat-inspired tank top, you’ve got the perfect outfit to get you throughout the day.
Personally, I’ve never worn a more comfortable or better fitting pair of leggings than those that I received from Abby + Anna. Abby +Anna is a direct sales company, as are most of the companies that I’ve been writing about lately. They are set apart from Legging Army, La La Leggings, and other legging companies, because they have much more than tights to offer! Also equipped with skirts, dresses, and other women’s fashion, this online retailer is BOOMING! It’s not difficult to figure out why, once you have a piece of their fabric pressed up against your skin. It’s softer than silk, breathable enough for even the most hot-natured individuals, yet warm enough to wear outside on an Autumn day. Their outfits are colorful, bold, and stylish. They keep up with the latest trends, and their material is always well-stitched. There’s really not a good reason to avoid checking out their website. The clothing fit me, it fit my mother, and it fit my best friend. Not to mention, I’m sporting a BEAUTIFUL country-themed keychain on my purse, right now, courtesy of an Abby + Anna distributor.
Why should you support Abby + Anna? Well, it’s not really as much about the company, as it is about the people representing it. Like all other direct sales companies, independent distributors spread the word about their favorite Abby + Anna products, and try to get their friends and family to buy under their shop, in order to receive a commission that will let them pay their bills, take their children to a movie, or even buy family groceries for the week. It’s very difficult to support yourself solely on a direct sales income. Not because the money isn’t legit, because it really is, and not because the work isn’t worth it, direct sales has been one of the most rewarding positions I’ve held, but because the money isn’t steady or guaranteed, but the bills are.
Recently, I came across a woman with one of the kindest hearts I’d ever seen. She wanted me to review her products on my blog, like I had with so many others before her, but when I found out that this lovely lady has been battling Leukemia for over 6 months. She’s a wife, a mother, a businesswoman, and a human being. She’s trying to pay for her chemo, her daughter’s wants and needs, as well as her husband’s medical treatment, which he hasn’t been able to seek due to their lack of finances. I understand the struggle of seeing “Cancer” pop up on a test result, and it isn’t a pretty sight. It’s almost safe to guess that if you’re reading this, cancer as touched you or someone you love in a difficult way, as well.
With all of this in mind, the quality of the products, on top of the personal need of the independent distributor that’s just trying desperately to keep her family afloat, I ask that each one of you reading this article take a moment to go look at her website. If there’s nothing you’re interested in buying, there may be a good Christmas gift or birthday present that you could pay forward. Thank you, my readers, for all the love and support you send into the hearts and homes of people whom you’ve never met. It’s truly amazing what can happen when a group of people get together and decide to make a change. You could change somebody’s life, or even save somebody’s life. So, when someone on the street asks you where you got that beautiful maxi dress you’re wearing, you’re going to be able to say from Misti Kirkland of Abby + Anna, in honor of a great cause.
The M Network isn’t a television channel or distribution center, it’s something that you actually need to be paying attention to, because it could boost your brainpower, your immune system, and even your overall energy! It’s not a crash-diet, weight-loss drug, and it’s not a hyped-you-up energy drink like you’d find at a convenience store. M STIKs are, as the company likes to say, “brilliant in their simplicity. A line of targeted nutrition – beyond hydration.”. Basically, M STICKs are flavor packets with a punch. They make your water feel like a treat, while in reality, you’re treating your health. As a sample, I received 3 flavor packets. One was a brain booster (pineapple), one was a GO STIK (raspberry, use for energy), and the last was COREAO (mixed berry, filled with antioxidants for immune boost). I expected these flavors to be sour. I worried that they might make me jittery or anxious. However, I actually had a wonderful experience with each drink, and I’ll be outlining that for you right now.
SMART STIK – This is the flavor that I first opened, and actually gave to my mother to try. She works in a medical records office, so she uses her brain and problem-solving skills every single day. She loves pineapple flavors, so I knew she would be a good critic for this drink. The benefits she was looking for included ability to focus, low-impact energy, and good flavor. She hates drinking water, so this had to be as good as its Kool-Aid counterparts. Surprisingly, she asked me if I had any more packets…when I said “no”, she was disappointed. She LOVED her drink, and wanted to share with some of the other ladies in the office!
GO STIK – My job is a little different from an office setting. I work in the fast food industry, so I’m constantly on my feet, on the go, multi-tasking, lifting, cleaning, cooking, and so forth. I don’t have time for grogginess or bad moods. I was looking for a drink that would stay cold and flavored in the break room, give me the high-impact energy that I need to get through the day, and NOT bother my anxiety. Some energy drinks make me anxious, which isn’t good in such a social environment, so I was looking for something that might even BOOST my mood…instead of wiping my smile away. That’s exactly what I found in this drink. The flavor stays strong and crisp for hours, even after the water has warmed up a bit. I was lighting on my feet, and kept a smile on my face the entire 8-hour shift, so I can’t complain about the results, at all.
COREAO STIK – This antioxidant boosting drink came just at the right time. There’s been a stomach virus travelling around town, and while I’m pretty sure I never actually caught it, I had been feeling pretty down and out, of late. I decided that this drink might perk me up a bit. Of course, I used it about a week after using the GO STIK, just to be certain that the effects couldn’t overlap. I still had a stuffy nose (allergies), but I wasn’t feeling as draggy or queasy, so it must have done my body a little bit of good, at least.
Did you know that the average adult human should be consuming 64 oz. of water per day? In all honesty, you probably aren’t hitting that goal. Even if you are, you’re more than likely eating salty or sodium-rich foods that counteract the water you consumed. With that in mind, these little flavor packets could be just the thing to prevent you from staying dehydrated. Each STIK is packed with a unique combination of the best natural ingredients to deliver vital nutrients to your body. STIKS do NOT contain preservatives or fillers like the drink packets you’ll find at the supermarket. So, every sip contains a bio-benefit.
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I have a relative that’s been using Shakeology and Beachbody products for a while. I’ve been seeing her pictures, videos, challenges, and updates on social media. She’s been looking really good, and I’ve been wanting to jump right in there with her, but I figured I had neither the time nor the money to enjoy such a luxury. Thankfully, a very friendly consultant reached out to me via a Facebook direct sales group that I recently joined. She offered to send me some samples of Shakeology, and I offered to review those samples honestly on my blog to thank her for her kindness, and here we are. Let’s start with what she sent me: A packet of instructions/information, a personalized thank you card, a chocolate shake mix (not pictured because super YUM), a vanilla shake mix, and a Cafe Latte flavored shake mix. In the card, she pointed out that Café Latte is her daily favorite. I had to rank the chocolate shake just a tiny bit higher, but that’s only because I mixed it with other ingredients, which we’ll discuss later. If I were drinking the shakes straight, which is surprisingly delicious, I would have to consider Café Latte my favorite, as well.
Speaking of particular flavors, let’s break down the pros and cons of each flavor. We’ll start with Café Latte, since we’ve already spoken so much about it in this post. The coffee flavor was strong, but nothing you couldn’t “shake off” (see what I did there?) with a little creamer, or even some fresh fruit, much like you would a normal smoothie or latte. Since I like strong coffee, I was a big fan of this flavor, and I could easily see it replacing my morning cup of Joe. The chocolate flavor was a bit milder, more like a chocolate pudding than an actual piece of chocolate. I spiced it up a bit by adding a tablespoon of peanut butter, a banana, and a teaspoon of honey to the blender. So, I actually had a peanut butter and banana, chocolate smoothie. Be that as it may, this was my favorite flavor of all, and I believe I could have it every morning for breakfast without feeling deprived. The vanilla shake seems to be in an entire league of it’s own. I haven’t tried it yet, but not because I’ve got a problem with the shakes. I haven’t tried it yet, because I can’t figure out what I want to mix it with! My consultant sent me a page of 30 different recipes that the vanilla mix is used in. I honestly don’t know where I want to start, although I did see something about adding strawberries that looked pretty appetizing.
So, the flavors were good. As we all know, that isn’t the difficult part to figure out. I would eat a bag of potato chips every day, if I could, because they taste amazing. Unfortunately, taste rarely ever exposes the health qualities of a food. I say rarely in the place of never, because Beachbody and Shakeology is the exception to the rule that healthy foods don’t taste good. Don’t ask me how they did it, but the masterminds behind these drinks actually made prebiotics, antioxidants, plant-based protein, and all-vegan ingredients taste like a treat from the Heavens above! This stuff is seriously good for you, that’s why I’ve included a picture of the nutritional info to let you be the judge of that, yourself. These folks have nothing to hide. I can’t attest to any real weight changes or energy changes. I’ve only tried 3 packets, after all, and they weren’t even back to back. I can imagine that with so many superfoods in one drink, you’d have to feel some sort of difference, eventually.
Normally, I end these blog posts with an explanation of where I plan on taking my relationship with the products I’ve reviewed. Honestly, I’m going to give these products a 4.5 out of 5 stars, and the only reason I’m giving them a lower score is because on their website, you’ll find typical direct sales prices. That’s not something that I’m sure I’m willing to commit to full-time, just yet. I understand that the price is lower than buying a coffee at Starbucks every morning, but I never did that to begin with. However, I do see myself purchasing this multiple more times in the future, because I don’t believe I’m going to be able to live without my Shakeology.
If you have health or fitness goals that you're struggling to meet, you need to speak with Danetta Reed Keevill! She's the Beachbody coach that coached me through my first Shakeology experience! Get into contact with her at her Facebook page. She's more than a direct sales consultant, she's a coach, a mentor, a motivator, and a friend. As Diamond coach, she has all the tools she needs to help YOU succeed! If you're interested in the product or the program, shop at her link: beachbodycoach.com/daykeevill! Pro tip: If you think the prices are unattainable, there is a way to earn 25% off all products, making shakes just under $4 each, which is certainly reasonable when you consider that they're actually meal replacements!
If you’re looking for a legit company that can make you money from home, then you’ve come to the right place. First of all, though, let’s get something straight: You cannot be lazy if you’re planning on working from home. It takes blood, sweat, tears, and a series of disappointments before you’ll finally get the hang of what does or doesn’t work well for you and your business! You’ve probably already experienced some of those disappointments in the form of scams. Scams and spam go hand-in-hand. Are you talking with a representative that sounds like a real person and shares personal stories on her own blog, or are you talking to some generic Instagram page that’s set up for nothing more than to sell products and is constantly flooding your timeline? As you can see, I’ve been running a blog for years. I’ve shared with you my health, heartaches, deepest thoughts, and most joyous discoveries. I’ve advertised my favorite products and businesses, all while supporting aspiring entrepreneurs and young artists. So, it’s safe to say that the opportunity I’m about to present to you isn’t a get-rich-quick-scheme. It’s a legitimate work from home opportunity that will not only provide you a way to make a passive income, but will also provide you with a support group like you’ve never seen before. We train each other. We win together and fail together. We congratulate and welcome one another with open arms, and we defend one another when someone tries to knock us down. If that kind of comradery mixed with business is what you’ve been looking for, then you’ve been looking for Luxury Fashions Boutique, the only affiliate program on the internet that not only provides you with an income opportunity, but also provides you with a family.
Some people get weary when they hear that this program is free to join. I like to brush aside those fears. “So, you’ll take just ANYONE?”, they exasperatedly ask. “You could look at it that way, but I choose to look at it as never turning away a serious and dedicated, yet less fortunate individual.”. After all, just because you don’t have $99+ in your pocket to spare, doesn’t mean that you’ll work any less than someone that made a $500 order on their first day just to get themselves started. In fact, those that don’t have the money to start up often work harder than those that do, because they have the ambition to reach a more stable financial condition. Then again, you have the people who have dealt with companies that are supposedly “free”, yet took their credit card numbers and ran with them straight to the mall. Luxury Fashions Boutique will never as for your credit card information or social security number during the signup process. After all, you’re about to become a part of our family, and we wouldn’t want to do anything that would make you uncomfortable.
Once you sign up and follow the instructions in your email to set up a password, your direct upline will proceed to add you to any and all free Facebook training groups and group chats. In these groups you can talk with your co-affiliates, ask questions for your superiors, find valuable tips and selling tricks, as well as gather up some gorgeous advertising material to pull your customers in! This business has only been up and running for a few weeks, but we’ve already got everything ready for you, right at your fingertips!
Once you start selling, you’ll start making 30% commission, and down on a 6-tier basis! You can sign up affiliates under you, and move up in your leadership rankings, earning you new opportunities for company advancement with each step up. All you have to do is love our products, talk about our products, and hand out your link to our products. Honestly, it’s that simple. You’ve heard about these types of programs before. They’re set up kind of like a direct sales company, but with no startup cost, and no merchandise to handle, it’s actually more like the affiliate program released by Amon or eBay, than the Mary Kay or Avon that your mom or grandmother sold when you were a child.
The most important part of the business is the products. We are a worldwide company, so we try to include a little something for everyone! We have clothes for women, men, children, couples, best friends, families, and more ranging from size small to size 5xl! We pride ourselves in staying up-to-date on the latest fashion trends, just like RoseGal, Zulily, Dresslily, RoseWholeSale, Bellelily, or SammyDress, but the difference is LFB ships their products from the United States or United Kingdom, our quality is to die for, and our products actually fit to size. When it comes to our beautiful makeup line, you won’t have to worry about any fur babies being harmed in the making of the products. Everything in our beauty section is all-natural, hand-made, and cruelty-free, which means it’s not only goof for you and your skin, it’s good for the environment, and your pocketbook! If you’re not a fashion or makeup type person, you’ll still have to fall in love with our home décor products. Whether you’re into more of a nautical look or a princess vibe, we’ve got something to suit your household needs. Pillows, wall décor, mirrors, musical boxes, and more round out our Castle section! Of course, what would a fashion boutique be without a line of jewelry? We’ve got precious gemstones, hypoallergenic metals, and design that you’ll be racing to get your hands on! Whether you like sporting the leather look, the cross chain, or the turquoise beauty, you’ll find something to match your favorite outfit and spice up your wardrobe in our shop.
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It’s difficult to find a foundation that can withstand the sweat and heat of a fast food kitchen. It’s equally as difficult to find a moisturizing face cream that actually removes dirt and caked on foundation at the end of the day. That’s why, when I received sample products from Willing Beauty, I didn’t have exceptionally high expectations. Just like any other young woman, I’d already picked out my favorite brand of makeup and began religiously buying my favorite products. I had tried other direct sales companies like Avon, Mary Kay, and others, but I never liked the way the products left my skin feeling. I always experienced a sort of “after funk” with these company’s products, and that’s the last thing any hardworking woman wants to deal with at the end of a long work day.
Although my expectations weren’t high, I was impressed with the packaging before I even pulled the products out of the box. I know it isn’t something that particularly affects the quality of the products, but it is refreshing to open up an ugly brown box to a clean, crisp, blue pattern and fresh tissue paper. The products were packaged just as neatly as the box had been set up. The bottles were a beautiful sky blue, or an ocean blue, depending on where your imagination wandered off with the color to, first. There was a gold heart on the front of each bottle, as if to say they were all made with love, There was 5 different products in the sample box, full size mind you, and I was a very happy camper.
Before I describe any more, it’s important you know that I split these products up. I didn’t think it would be very sensible to test an anti-again formula on a woman that hasn’t even yet reached her 20’s. So, I gave my mother/business partner a chance to try out the overnight serum and the anti-again formula. I, on the other hand, focused on trying out the moisturizing foundation, “Do Over” nourishing day cleanser, and other HY-5 product, the last of which I didn’t get to use all that often, because I was too obsessed with the cleanser and foundation, both of which completely rocked my E.L.F. Cosmetics loving world.
I’ve made good use of the foundation in the past couple of weeks. Actually, I wore it earlier today. I’ve worn it to work multiple times. I wore it to a Vacation Bible School cookout, and sat by the campfire the entire night. Guess whose face didn’t melt like the wicked witch of the west? THIS GIRL! It held together very nicely, and it compliments my skin tone, perfectly. At first, I was afraid the foundation was going to be way too dark. Granted, some shades of porcelain end up being too dark for my chronically pale skin. However, it blended wonderfully once I got it on my face. In fact, it blended so well that I didn’t even have to use my powder foundation in addition to it, as I had honestly expected. It doesn’t feel heavy on my skin, and it doesn’t make me feel like I’m being smothered, which is something I sometimes have difficulty with when trying out new brands of cosmetics. Plus, this foundation was actually just a tinted moisturizer, so it really helped hydrate my skin. It also had built in sun protection. Like I said before, I’m as pale as they come, so any sun protection is a good idea.
Next up on my list of products to test was the “Do Over” Nourishing Cleanser. My first impression wasn’t all that great. If I’m being completely honest, the scent lacked something to be desired. Then again, I wasn’t supposed to be testing an essential oil. I was supposed to be testing a face cream. Maybe real, working products aren’t supposed to smell like Amber Sunshine or Midnight Freesia. Maybe the entire cosmetics industry has us fooled. I say that they may have us fooled, because the product actually worked pretty well. I’m not the type to have horribly oily skin, so I can’t speak for the masses, but it did get ALL of my makeup off, and it did make me feel refreshed after 10 hours of being on my feet, which isn’t an easy task to accomplish.
As I mentioned, my mother tested the other products. The scent of the products was a bit strong for her. She’s really sensitive to strong scents, so she took the product off after a few minutes to avoid contracting a headache. However, she LOVED the way the products made her skin feel baby soft! She said that nothing had made her skin feel that soft and refreshed in a long time. It wasn’t greasy, and didn’t make her feel like she was smothering (she has the same issue as I do). It wasn’t heavy on her skin, and didn’t leave behind an uncomfortable residue.
I don’t want to keep any of you reading for too long. I know you have lives to live and you still need to save a few spare moments in order to shop Willing Beauty products at: Annette Johnson's Willing Beauty Shop Page! Or, you could keep up to date with her latest products and sales at her Facebook Page, "Willing Beauty with Annette J"!
So, I’m going to wrap this up. All in all, these products are just as useful as the stuff you’re going to be able to find at your local cosmetics store. In addition to getting an illuminating glow, you’ll also get some peace of mind that you supported a local, startup business when you buy these products. As I always preach in this blog, we should be buying from individuals before corporations. We should be supporting aspiring entrepreneurs. Especially when the prices are as reasonable as you’ll find at Willing Beauty. I’m not much of an anti-aging night cream girl, not for another few years at least, but I’ll definitely be purchasing more of that tinted moisturizer, because come on, I slay in it.
My 6:00am look:
A lip stain that could outlast a Taco Bell Burrito Supreme? A week ago, I would’ve laughed at you. Since I’ve been working front counter at Taco Bell, I’ve become more and more acquainted with their food, and it didn’t take me long to figure out that we’re respectably one of the messiest fast food joints you can find. I got used to reapplying my lipstick every few hours, and I didn’t even bother to try lip stains, because we all know they fade, even if they don’t wipe away at the tiniest mouth action, like most conventional lipsticks. Then, I came across Younique.
They’re probably most well-known for their mascaras, and to be honest, at first that’s what I believed I would be buying and reviewing. Before I could even make it to my online shopping cart, though, I came across a lip stain in one of the most beautiful shades I’d ever seen. “No”, I told myself. “You don’t need lip products, Sierra. You have an entire collection at home!”, but I didn’t have any lip stain in that collection…and certainly not any hydrating mineral-based lip stain. “Okay”, I thought. “I’ll decide on this purchase based on the price.”, and so I clicked the link to the product. It was just over $22. Affordable enough. “One more shade won’t hurt anything.”, I convinced myself. Besides, reviewing an eyeliner would mean showing close-up pictures of my lashes, which is one thing I had always been a bit self-conscious about. With that in mind, I purchased the lip stain in one of the boldest shades available, an orangish, coral-like, bold color dubbed “Shameless”.
It only took a few days to arrive in the mail, something I was particularly happy with. The box looked too big to contain just a lip-product, but I was pleasantly surprised to open it up and find that my order was correct. I was itching to keep the pretty purple tissue paper, but too excited over the new lip stain to bother with saving it, so in the trash can with the box it went. The lip stain went on wet. It took a few seconds longer than expected to dry, but I wasn’t complaining. When it did dry, it had a bit of a sticky texture, but nothing too difficult to grow accustomed to. In fact, I was relieved that the pigment hadn’t dried out my lips, as so many other lip stains had managed to do on the first application. I wiped the stain off with a baby wipe. Three swipes and it was gone. I snickered to myself. This product wouldn’t make it through the first hour of my work day, but I’d go ahead and give it the benefit of the doubt. I had promised the direct sales rep a review, after all.
The next day, I applied my lip stain in the parking lot of the local Wal-Mart. (No judging, I was there to pick up a protein shake for breakfast. I checked the fridge that morning, but was out.) It was about 6:00am. When I arrived at the hospital and sat in the break room waiting for my ride to work to finish up with some paperwork, I fixed myself a mocha latte and cracked open my protein shake. Breakfast was served, and when I had finished, I opened the front-facing camera on my smartphone to check my makeup. The straw in my latte had surprisingly no lipstick residue, and my lips looked perfectly unbothered. Shameless had made it farther than I had expected, but could it stand the test of a hot kitchen, a lot of talking, constant water sipping, and best of all…a Taco Bell lunch?
My after-lunch look (1:00pm):
To my surprise…it actually did. I took my lunch break around 1pm. Up until that point, I hadn’t found a spare moment to check my makeup. So, I decided to go ahead and eat. I’d check the damages afterward. I was shocked to find that 7 hours and an entire Beef Burrito Supreme later, the lip stain was still there, and it was still covering the entirety of my lips. Granted, it wasn’t a beautiful, bright, shameless color anymore, but it was still acceptable. It had faded to a classier, deeper, pinker color. I had hoped that it would fade into something more closely related to the orange hue that I loved so much about it to begin with, but you can only ask for so much, right? I was tempted to reapply, but I refrained. I was going to test this. I mean really test this. I finished my shift at 4pm. I walked about a mile down the road to Sonic. They had a new pretzel dog that I just had to try. I ordered the Bacon Cheddar Pretzel Dog with a small Oreo Master Shake. (Please ignore my two fast food orders in one day. It was a rough one, okay?!?) After eating that, I made my way home. I arrived home around 6pm. Just 12 hours after applying the lip stain that morning. I expected the results to look horrible, and honestly, they didn’t look great. I expected bare lips. Instead, I found traces of the lip stain still sticking to the edges of my lips. Actually, it looked like I had applied a lip liner. Which, when you consider it looked like lip liner without lipstick, sounds horrible, but it was so much better than I expected.
My 12 hours and a hotdog later look (6:00pm):
What is my verdict? This lipstick will get you through an 8-hour shift. It will last through a 6-7-hour school day. Both of those accomplishments are almost too good to be true! However, if you’re going to be out all day, as in 12 hours or more, keep in mind this lip stain isn’t Wonder Woman. It can’t handle everything. If you’re going to be out all day, reapply after you eat lunch, and you’ll be ready to go until you finally decide to remove it. It’s really that simple. It will come off with a simple wet wipe, but it can withstand the messiest of all fast food. I don’t know how it does it, especially without EVER making your lips feel dry or overbearingly sticky, but I really don’t care. All I need to know is where I can get it again, because now that I know I love it, I’m going to be needing one of every color in my collection.
If you want to check this product out, visit: www.fleurdelashes.org and support the same representative that I worked with, the lovely Lindsey Acree!
So, it's Friday, and like many other small town workers, I checked my bank account this morning and was satisfied to see another $300 or so for a hard week of part-time work. In my spare time, I'm grinding away at my freelance writing business, as well as this little blogging job I try to keep up with, although I've been letting this blog slip through the cracks, lately. Hopefully, with new month, and the coming of the last half of this year, I'll be able to do a better job of juggling my responsibilities.
One of those responsibilities will be writing weekly blog updates for the new 'Small Business Friday' series, as well as the upcoming "Direct Sales Review" series. As the title may have made you guess, this is the first blog post in the Small Business Friday series. Each week, we'll be featuring a new small business. We'll start out in my hometown of Hartford, Kentucky, and we'll move across the map from there!
Today, I want to introduce you to a hidden little gem in the small town of Hartford, Kentucky. A town that I've grown to love very much over the years. This little shop is called "OmaDarlings", and it is a darling little place, for sure. This shop is run by a woman that is a grandmother, but whose name is actually also Oma. I stopped by for the first time this past spring with my mother and grandmother, whom I call "Oma" (the German name for grandmother). My grandmother has been very adamant lately about teaching me to sew, quilt, knit, and such hobbies. She tells me it is a dying art form, which I truly believe. Of course, I would much rather take up pottery or painting than do something that is considered such a "boring" skill...or so I thought.
OmaDarlings sheds a new light on what I previously considered a boring skill. The glittery fabrics and the shiny machines caught my eye before I ever walked in the door. The tye-dye buttons and butterfly clasps were much different than the brown buttons and blue jean patches that I'd watched my mother work with when I was just a child. Suddenly, there was a new spark of hope for the dying art as I walked through the door, and I could see it in the eyes of all the children that sat in the pictures hanging around the store. They were learning a craft, something other than the drawings they'd been taught to copy in middle school, and something about it gave them more freedom of expression.
If you've been looking for some way to wind down at the end of the day, or you're searching for a route to find the meaning of life, I'll never fail to suggest art to you. Like in all good things, you get out what you put in. So, if that coloring book just isn't doing it for you, anymore, maybe you should reach a little deeper, try a little harder, and challenge yourself a little more. Working with cloth and fabrics is not only an art, it's a survival skill, it's also a professional skill, and it's a stress reliever. A hobby that could make you pocket cash, chill you out after a long day of chasing after your children, and possibly even save your life one day is something you can't afford to pass up.
So, if you're looking to live your life a little slower, if only for a week, you can travel down to Hartford, Kentucky, take a class at OmaDarlings, eat some dinner at Taco Bell in the neighboring city of Beaver Dam, where you'll find me smiling behind the front counter, and top off your night with a $3-6 dollar movie ticket at Cinema 33, which I'll be featuring in the next installment of this blog series. It'll be the most relaxing and fulfilling vacation you've ever taken, almost as if you're stepping back in time in order to prepare yourself for a leap towards a brighter future.
Some social media sites work better for sharing your favorite cat videos than promoting your latest products. Unfortunately, I had to find that out the hard way. As I always say, I want to make your entrepreneurial journey just a little bit easier, so I’m going to let you in on a little secret: There are 3 SUPER popular social media websites that just aren’t worth wasting your precious time on…unless of course, you’re relaxing with some cat memes. All of your friends might be on these sites, but that doesn’t mean all of your friends are shopping on these sites, and it doesn’t mean they’re checking their newsfeeds regularly, either.
Some brands have been super successful with this newer application, but most don’t even know where to begin. Call me naïve, but I just can’t seem to wrap my head around how one would go about promoting on this app. It’s all about person-to-person, secretive conversation that goes away…You’re a brand! You don’t want to go away! Not if you’re smart, anyway. Sure, you could use your “story” to send messages out to all of your friends, and you might even get featured in the News section. However, if you’re not a personal brand like Kylie Jenner or Bella Thorne, then I suggest you leave this app in the dust for those who are. Plus, it takes up a heck of a lot of space on your phone, so it may be worth deleting altogether. Facebook (an app that you MUST have to be successful, in my opinion) has recently introduced “stories”, as well as filters, so they may not be as cool as the Snap Chat filters, but they will work. Besides, you can clear your Facebook history, so that’s just as good as a disappearing message, because you’re not sending anything that you wouldn’t want your grandmother to see, right? Right.
*A teenage scene kid cries in the distance* At first, I thought Tumblr had something going for it. Actually, I have 3 accounts, myself…and one of them was created specifically for business. Guess what? They’re all 3 abandoned. Guess why? The rest of the world abandoned theirs as well and I lost an audience, save all the teenage girls that couldn’t stop gushing over Harry Style’s dimples. The fact of the matter is Tumblr takes more time and attention than other social media sites, because it’s basically just a second blog that you’re running, and it’s exhausting. So, if you want to host your main blog through Tumblr just for the cool features, go right ahead. I’m not host-shaming anyone. I do suggest that you pay for your own domain name, because “.tumbler.com”, isn’t the most professional look. Other than that, it’s not worth the time. This application doesn’t take up quite as much storage on your phone as Snap Chat, though, so if you want to keep a personal account just to secretly fangirl and/or read some pretty chill quotes, that’s completely valid reasoning.
I know, I know. “Every business professional needs a solid LinkedIn page…”, just no. I’ll be honest. I bought into the hype at first. “This is a place I can make friends with other entrepreneurs!”, I thought. Turns out, I’ve had a LinkedIn account for months, and while I’ve gotten hundreds of connections, no one has actually had the guts to private message me with a question, comment, or business opportunity. They’re all just sitting around trying to promote their dead-end products, just like you, and all of a sudden something that had potential to be a very good thing turns sour. Sad. I hoped to at least get some friendly and professional comments or criticisms on my work, but that never happened. In fact, I got little to no engagement at all! Since this isn’t exactly the type of social media site that you can expect to use for personal reasons, there’s really no point in keeping the application on your device at all, in my opinion. They do have a nice online version, though, and you can actually use it to create your resume or cover letter. Then, as long as you keep the account open, you can apply to jobs and other important business affairs using your LinkedIn profile. Of course, if you’re looking to do things the old-fashioned way and print out your important papers, you’ll want to look elsewhere for that too. It looks like poor LinkedIn just doesn’t make the cut.
I’m excited to finally be typing this for 2 big reasons! First of all, this is the first installment of the much-anticipated Direct Sales Series!! As you may or may not already know, I’ve made it my mission to buy a product from a direct sales representative on each payday (biweekly) in order to support small and local businesses and entrepreneurs. Repeat companies are welcome, so if you’re an Acti-Labs representative or you happen to see your company in an upcoming post, never fear! You are still eligible to participate, just drop your link in the comments below and I’ll take a look at your products as SOON as I get the chance. Bonus points if you show my blog some love! (Thank you in advance, by the way.) Second of all, I’ve finally found the time to sit down and write this review for my new FAVORITE hand cream, which I happened to have purchased from Acti-Labs. I’m reviewing it as a foot cream, because it’s quite the multi-purpose skincare tool, but it’s good to use wherever you’re needing a little bit of rejuvenation! Also, I’ve already put in my order for Younique’s lip stain, which should be here sometime next week for me to review, and I’m super excited about that as well, so keep your eyes peeled! All of these reviews are going to be based on a 5-star scale. The first star is based on affordability, the second on the quality of the intended use, the third on whether it has any additional uses, the fourth on the quantity and shelf life, and the fifth is based on the customer service that accompanied the product. Each star will either be added as a full star, a half star, or no star.
Alright, now let’s get down to business. A little backstory: I posted in a direct sales group with an inquiry for a great foot cream that could save my poor little footsies from the monster that I’ve recently encountered called “the fast food business”. Basically, I explained that I’m on my feet anywhere from 4-8 hours a day, depending on my shift, I’m walking on concrete constantly, and I’m being forced to wear non-slip shoes…which I’m going to tell you more about in an upcoming blog post (go figure!). However, I’m not used to this type of activity. Sure, I love to walk and run, but I would take frequent breaks, run on softer grass and dirt, and only wear my running shoes for 2 hours max. As a consequence of this, my feet have been drying out, cracking around the heel, and throbbing with pain after (as well as annoyingly in the middle of) every single shift. I needed relief. So, I posted my inquiry and got upwards of 200 replies! Obviously, I couldn’t click through each individual one, so I read the ones that I could manage to make time for, and eventually bought a hand cream from an Acti-Labs representative that I figured would just have to be good enough, because honestly it was the most affordable at the time. Which leads me to my first kudos:
This hand/foot cream is affordable! I’m giving it a full star for affordability. Most people have this misconception in their head that direct sales products are always expensive, when that’s simply not the case for all companies. I bought this hand cream for a total of $10.00, and that’s including the shipping cost! That’s comparable to Wal-Mart or Target prices. It’s not what you would expect to pay for a top-of-the-line hand cream. When I say top-of-the-line, I mean exactly that! This is a dermatologist formulated, French designed hand cream. It doesn’t come out of a perfume shop, it comes out of a lab, hence the name, and it actually works wonders! Like I said when I first used it “This isn’t a hand cream, it’s a miracle”. So, a full star for the intended use. Also, we’ll give it a full star for additional uses. I mean, it’s technically a hand cream, but look at the results it gives my feet after just 1 application!
The heel and the sole of my foot (which I put the most pressure on) are VISIBALLY smoother!
I’ve been using this cream every day for about 2 weeks now, and I still have half a bottle left. That means I would only need to buy one bottle a month. At $10.00 per month, I’m not going to complain, especially when it makes my feet feel so much better. If for some reason I do run out (even I forget to schedule things…oops), it wouldn’t take long to receive another bottle! This one arrived in less than a week. I was just as impressed by the shipping speed as I was by the price, before I even opened the box! Since the rep was friendly and the box arrived quickly and intact, I would be crazy NOT to give this product, seller, and company a 5th star. This was truly one of the best experiences I’ve had with the purchase of a skincare product, and I WILL be ordering again!
If you’re interested in ordering some of this fabulous hand cream from the same sweet lady that I did, just follow the link below. Don’t forget to check out the rest of her store as well. She sells a lot more than hand cream, for sure!
If you want to enter your name onto the list of direct sales representatives that I’ll be sifting through bi-weekly, please fill out the short form below! It’s completely FREE, you get EXPOSURE, and a for-sure SALE!
Amazon.com has been the biggest online retailer in the world for a while, now. However, they recently made history by becoming the biggest retailer in the world...period. That means, the most-shopped store doesn't actually own any stores, if that makes sense at all. This is yet another testament to the way times are changing, and if you've been keeping up, even in the slightest, you've probably added more than a couple items to your Amazon cart, recently. Why wouldn't someone want to get in on the action? There are always coupons available. The gift cards are the best to give and receive, because almost anything can be bought on the site. The prices are, for the most part, ridiculously cheap. You can shop conveniently in your pajamas from the comfort of your home, and you don't have to worry about the stress of keeping up with your kids, long lines, store hours, or traffic! You can buy in bulk, and if you're an Amazon Prime member, you can even get 2 day shipping, right to your front door! Not to mention, many Americans are starting businesses by selling through Amazon. So, when you purchase something on this site, it isn't like buying from other major corporations. You actually may be helping the family down the street pay their electric bill this month, without even realizing it!
So, we've established that Amazon is the best place to shop, and it's also the most shopped retailer in the world, so most everyone knows how great it is by now. However, did you know that a company called "Gruupz", has made it easier than ever to earn free Amazon gift cards? All you have to do is create a free profile, and either shop Amazon products through their site, or install their toolbar and shop on the Amazon site as normal. Either way, it won't cost you any additional money, and you can earn a kickback on ALL of your purchases, no matter how big or small! Once your account has been credited $5, you'll be able to cash out and receive an Amazon gift card. You'll even be notified at checkout that you have a card ready to use, so you don't have to constantly check!
As always, I won't promote anything on this blog that I don't or wouldn't use, myself, so I'm proud to say that I am actually a member on Gruupz, and I've been loving their website for a while now! In fact, at the bottom of this blog post, you'll find a referral link. If you click that link, not only will I make a few dollars that will help me keep the Sierra Woodcock & Affiliates office stocked with Amazon supplies, you will ALSO be credited an automatic $3 to your account! That means that with just one click, you'll already be more than half way to earning your first Amazon gift card. How amazing is that?
If you don't believe me, click the link below. I promise you won't regret giving this company a shot. They know what they're doing when it comes to customer satisfaction, and you know what you're doing when it comes to Amazon shopping. It's a win-win.
Con season is right around the corner, so if you haven't already begun piecing together your outfit, you're probably feeling the stress of running a bit behind. Maybe you're hoping to dress up as one of your favorite anime or manga characters, or perhaps you want to put a new spin on a classic superhero or villain. You could even be anticipating what your version of a Guardians of the Galaxy character or Moana will look like, since those were some of the hottest box office movies in this past year. (Unless you're less than a foot tall, I suggest you forego the opportunity to dress up as Baby Groot. You won't reach that level of adorableness, sorry.).
If, in fact, you are still looking for the perfect wig, the best material for a kickass belt, or the entire outfit because you've already bought your tickets, and you're well aware that you're not going to be able to throw something together in time, this year, Never Fear! Fast Cosplay is here! You're probably thinking to yourself: "What is Fast Cosplay? I've been cosplaying for years and I've never heard anything about a Fast Cosplay before...". You're in luck, because I've taken the liberty of spelling it all out for you, today...literally. Fast Cosplay is an online costume store, but they aren't your average Halloween costume store, they're specifically a cosplay store. They present you with the option to buy realistic and accurate cosplay outfits or materials that aid in the creation of your next cosplay masterpiece! The beauty of this versatile store isn't even in the low prices or the wide selection of products, the real amazing feature is the option for WORLDWIDE shipping! I know that I have a lot of readers from all around the world, currently over 30 countries to be exact, and it' very important to me that none of you lovely souls be left out of the fun! So, no matter where you are, and no matter what you're looking for, they've got something to suit your needs!
Okay, you probably think I'm bluffing on that last part. After all, the store probably just has a couple of stereotypical Harley Quinn costumes and maybe a few characters from Harry Potter, right? Wrong. You'll find depictions of characters from Star Wars, Harry Potter, Zelda, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Game of Thrones, Minecraft, Sherlock, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Adventure Time, Assassin's Creed, Marvel Universe, DC Comics, DOTA 2, and SO much more! Whether you're roleplaying a character from a movie, an anime, or a video game, they've got you covered. Heck, if you're just looking for a waitressing outfit like the kind you'd find in 2 Broke Girls, since you're so upset about the show being cancelled, you'll find a whole section for that as well. Don't worry, because if you buy that waitress outfit too tight, or you don't like the way your Batman suit hugs your curves, there is a 100% money back guarantee, no questions asked, no hassle to deal with! Most stores these days don't have that type of confidence in their clothing, so that's something to be very proud of!
Right now there's a HUGE limited time sale taking place! All Superhero series, Disney princess series, Anime series, and Harry Potter series costumes and related products are up to 60% off regular price! That's an amazing deal! So much so that you're probably thanking yourself for being a procrastinator right now, am I right? Of course I am. If you're a con lover of any kind that thinks you might be interested in what Fast Cosplay has to offer, you should head on over to the link listed below and start scrounging around for the perfect cosplay to make con day a true happily ever after!
Visit any Facebook or Pinterest page dedicated to natural remedies and you're bound to see the words "essential oil" once or twice. Your first thought when you see those words is probably something along the lines of "Oh, like lavender, mint, or rose oil. These oils smell good!", and while that may be true, there is an entire world of essential oils, aromatherapies, and natural healing practices that you've yet to unlock. The odds are, you won't get the highest quality, most accurate and professional advice from on online forum. So, if you're really interested in how to improve your quality of life through the natural oils that are derived directly from the world around you, the most logical route would be to consult a professional.
Now, raise your hand if you know of any professional Aromatologists in your area. I'm going to take a wild guess and say that your hand is still in your lap, correct? That's what I thought. Even if you do know of a certified individual that could teach you everything you need to know to begin dabbling in the world of essential oils, do you really want to leave the comfort of your own home, and wouldn't you much rather learn at your own pace with an instructor on hand to assist you when you get confused? Exactly, anyone can see that's a much more convenient option.
Maria Hansford is a certified Aromatologist that has recently put together an e-course to provide you with trustworthy information on essential oils in a comfortable and supportive environment. The course is simply titled "Healing Aromas", and it covers a wide variety of essential oil information. You'll be provided with Skype sessions, printable charts, and so many facts that you'll be thankful this course is broken down into multiple lessons.
As you advance through this course, you'll discover valuable information that will last a lifetime. Questions such as "What should I look for in a high-quality essential oil line?" and "What oils should I be using as a part of my daily routine?" will be answered at the click of a button. Furthermore, if you've been wondering whether essential oils could help ease the symptoms of a specific health condition that you or a loved one have been forced to battle, this guide will list some benefits for various conditions that you may find very useful, and hopefully also very healing.
The statement that stands out most to me on the home page of the course, itself, is a statement made by the creator of the course, Maria Hansford. You can tell that she has put an abundance of time, energy, and though into this course just in the way she talks to her readers. "“Healing Aromas” is more than just a course. It’s a partnership, where you have information and references, but the ability to open up conversations, ask questions, and share the stories of successful therapies. I look forward to seeing you inside!" She not only seems to be excited about helping you along this journey, she seems to be fully supportive and ready to face any battles that you might encounter along the way, right by your side.
If you're interested in this course, you'll be happy to know that there is currently one free trial lesson. I have no doubt in my mind that you'll enjoy this course, but if that isn't the case, you're under no obligation to stick around for the entire thing, because you've got a sample waiting on you RIGHT NOW!
Visit this link to view your sample lesson and (possibly) enroll in the course: https://coursecraft.net/c/healingaromas/splash
When it comes to paying online, there are a few different approaches you can take. You could pay with a debit/credit card (kind of risky if that information falls into the wrong hands), you could also pay with a direct bank transfer (very risky, because if that information falls into the wrong hands, you won’t even have the luxury of simply cancelling the card to prevent future transactions), or you could pay with a gift card (that is, if the website you’re using even offers gift cards). When push comes to shove, you start to realize that you just don’t have that many options. That hasn’t stopped online shopping rates from increasing over the past decade, though. The convenience of shopping from your bed or your couch and having all of your items delivered directly to your door just cannot be beat. Freelance writers, marketers, and other service-based businesses have even gotten in on the online action, with more and more business transactions taking place in the online market every single day.
Predictably, customers are constantly searching for payment methods that are safer and more secure than those of the past. We’re living in a world where it’s scary to swipe your credit card at an ATM, let alone send your information across cyberspace. This safety movement has birthed companies such as Paypal that claim to be the smarter alternative to other online payment methods, but really, they’re just a medium in between the hacker and your bank account, easy enough to get into if they have the right equipment. Truly, there’s only one completely anonymous payment method that will keep your identity, as well as your bank accounts, safe and secure while you do all of your online shopping, from whatever major corporation websites or small business websites that you please.
This completely anonymous payment method is known as “Bitcoin”, and while you’ve probably heard the name before, you probably haven’t ever actually paid with the currency. How do I know that you haven’t paid with bitcoin before, or if you have, you haven’t used it very often? Well, it can be difficult to understand, it isn’t advertised as often as other payment methods, and there are still quite a few websites that don’t accept it. It seems as though companies are purposely trying to make your information more available to hackers and other private eyes. Obviously, when you’re the customer, Bitcoin is the best way to purchase everything you want and need from the comfort of your own home.
However, what should you do to protect your information, as well as your customers’ information, if you’re on the other end of the spectrum and you’re actually selling from the comfort of your own home or small office? That cloud server that you’ve been using because it was so fast and easy to set up isn’t actually the most secure server to conduct your business on. Statistically, private servers are less likely to fall victim to identity theft type hacks. So, ideally, you’ll be using a private server for your online buying and selling needs.
I know what you’re thinking: Aren’t private servers expensive, hard to maintain, and just generally more work than what they’re worth unless you’re specifically trained to deal with that type of equipment and programming? It may seem that way at a first glance, but with the help of new and improved private server companies, your private server can be just as affordable and simple to use as the cloud based or shared server that you’ve been risking your privacy on.
Now, what if I told you that there is a company that provides you with the best of both worlds? A private server to do your business, and an option to use bitcoin as payment for all of your purchases! Well, as you have probably already guessed, there is a company that will do both of those things, as well as toss in a bonus “offshore” private server. This company is Liberty VPS. When you purchase a plan from Liberty VPS, you’re not getting just any server in the United States, China, United Kingdom, or any other major player in the world-wide web. You’ll actually receive your own private server in the Netherlands! If you’re wondering why the location is such a big deal, just take a look at the world news sometime soon. You’ll see unrest and threats to the sanctity of free speech just about everywhere, but the Netherlands has maintained their reputation as a country that upholds their citizen’s rights to free speech. If you’re sending any controversial content across your private server, this is a country that you can rest easy knowing it will be safe in, should it happen to get intercepted.
You won’t believe how long this process will take, though. Instantaneous access to your own private server in a secure offshore location is too good to be true, after all. Yes, you read that right. According to the website: “After your payment has been cleared, your offshore VPS is setup instantly without any waiting. Our system will install the VPS and send you the root password via email!” You won’t have to wait days, or weeks, or even months to get access to the software you’re paying for! Just open your email, get your vital information, and you’re all set.
Liberty VPS is literally changing the way individuals and businesses, alike look at internet usage. There are safe ways to run a business, or even talk to your friends, and there are unsafe ways. Don’t you want the green light. Don’t you want to know that all of your information is going to be significantly safer from hackers than that of your next-door neighbor’s? I’m sure you do. We all do. Liberty VPS has recognized safety as an issue in the online workplace, and they have addressed it. They deserve to be recognized for that.
So, if you’re interested in learning more about this company, what services they offer, and how they’re reaching out to completely reinvent the way we utilize our internet services, take a look at their website, here. You won’t be sorry that you did.
The past year has been a huge one for Sierra Woodcock & Affiliates. We’ve launched multiple new blogging series, one of which will actually be launching this month. We’ve partnered with countless new affiliates. We’ve launched our first email campaign, revamped our Facebook and Instagram pages, as well as participated in a number of civil and women’s rights campaigns. We’ve encountered a lot of struggles along the way that we never expected to encounter, a lot of obstacles were tossed in front of us that we had never considered facing. That’s why we’ve come to the conclusion that we simply must recognize the hard work, team work, and all round blood, sweat, and tears that other small businesses and institutions are putting into their organizations, as well.
We’re dubbing this new recognition our “Award of Excellence”. The Award of Excellence isn’t an honor that we’ll be bestowing upon just any organization that we may have brushed elbows with once or twice. This recognition will be given only to the organizations that we are certain are deserving of such a title. These will be businesses that we have an active, working relationship with, and that we have an in-depth history with, as well. In other words, these will be businesses, or public figures for that matter, that you’ve probably seen on our blog before, and will probably see on our blog again. We’re doing something that we don’t normally do, we’re guaranteeing that you’ll have a positive experience with these companies and/or individuals, because we trust them that much, and we’ve seen first-hand how hard they work to make sure their customers are always satisfied with the outcome they receive.
The blogging team here at Sierra Woodcock & Affiliates didn’t even have to think twice about which company we would be recognizing first. We’ve written about their incredible new institution many times in this blog over the past few months, and we plan on keeping an eye out for any advancements they may be making in their programs, because we appreciate and admire the work that they do. This quarter, the Sierra Woodcock & Affiliates Award of Excellence goes to: The Capstone Institute!
We believe that a business should focus more on the community it serves than the way their pocketbook is looking. In today’s society, we get too caught up on making money, and we don’t stop to look around at the neighbors next to us, or the coworker that is struggling. Many times, we don’t even notice anything is wrong, until that person asks us for help, and honestly, that’s a bit sad. You all know that Sierra Woodcock & Affiliates strives to improve the lives of our customers, readers, and followers. Whichever title you fall under, we aim to improve your relationships, your career, your health, your happiness, and even fight for your basic rights as a citizen of well…the world. With this Award of Excellence, we’re commending The Capstone Institute for thinking outside of the corporate box and paving a way for individuals within the Jacksonville community to improve their own quality of life, as well as their family’s quality of life.
Jacksonville, much like other smaller town in the United States, is facing an economic crisis of sorts, at the moment. In fact, the founder of the Capstone Institute states that the average yearly income for a family in Northwestern Jacksonville is around $13,000. With a pharmaceutical tech degree, students could raise that average to $30,000 or much more! That’s a difference that could put food on the table that small children are eating at, or even buy a car that’s proven safe for a family to drive! In other words, it’s a difference that you just don’t understand until you’ve experienced.
Not only does The Capstone Institute provide educational services, this semester they were also able to find sponsors for each of their students, giving their entire first class of willing-to-learn young adults the chance to earn a degree tuition free! Student loans and debt can be overwhelming, and many times defeats the purpose of the degree, itself. The Capstone Institute has a mission to treat their students like students, not I.D. numbers, and give them the God-sent opportunities that they’ve been searching for to improve their lives, and in turn, influence positive change in the community, as well.
Thank you, Capstone Institute for:
- Thinking of the community before yourselves.
- Providing young people paths to stability.
- Recruiting sponsors to help student avoid immediate debt.
- Staying true to your faith and actively pursuing your purpose.
- Refusing to discriminate against any person for any reason.
- Fighting against the cliché that a viable education requires many years and thousands of dollars that students simply do not have.
- Growing the healthcare field of tomorrow.
- Guiding individuals that may be confused or worried about their future.
- Helping driven individuals reach their capstones.
For this, we extend to you, the Sierra Woodcock & Affiliates 1st Quarterly Award of Excellence. Congratulations. Dr. Albert Chester & The Capstone Institute. Thank you for all that you do for the community.
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Major beauty companies like M.A.C., Mary Kay, Covergirl, Avon, Bobbi Brown, Revlon, and Head N Shoulders sell some KICK-ASS products…that is, until you realize these products have been tested in poor innocent little animals. Yeah, the cute kind that you’re constantly sharing on social media. While we agree that lipstick might look adorable on a little kitten, it’s not exactly healthy, especially considering all of the harsh chemicals that could potentially irritate the innocent creature’s skin. Not to mention, some formulas are tested when they’re not complete, yet. Since they’re not yet suitable for sale, these products can burn and infect the animal’s skin, as well as poison and potentially kill the little creatures.
Of course, one way to discourage these practices is to boycott companies that refuse to stop testing on animals. Some brands that you could switch to if you’re interested in protecting our furry friends include: Aveda, NYX, Urban Decay, Alba Botanica, Too Faced Cosmetics, Wet N Wild, or Pangea Organics. However, what should you do in the case of skin care products, aside from makeup, as in moisturizers and face masks? Charcoal face masks and tinted moisturizers are at the top of the beauty trend list right now, but they’re not really under fire for animal testing. Does this mean that skincare companies don’t test on animals? Of-course not! The practice just seems to be overlooked, because when it comes to animal testing cruelty, makeup seems to steal the spotlight.
So, how can you do your part to prevent little fur babies from being harmed by your moisturizers, skin buffers, acne treatments, and face masks? First of all, drop those bottles of Aveeno, Coppertone, Clinique, Clearasil, Neutrogena, Noxzema, and Vaseline. All of these popular skin care brands test on animals. Then, go online and order yourself a few skin care supplies from a company so confident in their products that they actually test their unreleased formulas on their own company chairman! Yes, you read that correctly. If anyone is getting a chemical burn at this company’s headquarters, it’s going to be the chairman himself, but the products are only made with the gentlest and purest ingredients, so he doesn’t have too much concern about that happening!
According to the company, what’s not in their products is more extraordinary than what is! They say: “Our formulas are free of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic fragrance and artificial dyes. Many skincare lines use water as their first ingredient and although water is great to drink it simply dilutes and doesn’t add any value to ingredients. Other brands may use alcohol or mineral oils as a base to their products—and just like water—these only serve as fillers and can dry or suffocate the skin.”. So, you’re not buying overpriced water, you’re not splashing your face with harsh rubbing alcohol, and no animals were harmed in the testing of the product that you’ll be holding…that’s something you have to admire!
If you’re into the facial mask trend, this company is offering you a Heaven of sorts. They offer clay masks, charcoal masks, wild berry skin peel, avocado masks, and pumpkin masks. Looking for makeup that will heal your skin while you wear it? Michael Todd offers tinted lip protector sticks in gorgeous colors, and sticks of eye shadow cream. They also sell hair removal devices, anti-aging products, pore minimizing treatments, and body mist sprays.
Honestly, if you haven’t visited this online store yet, you’re missing out. There’s something there for everyone, and the prices are similar to what you would spend on high-end makeup brands that have been torturing test animals for years. If you’re thinking about making the switch, just click one of the ads below to be redirected to the website and do some more looking around. Ask yourself: Would you rather give your money to a multi-million dollar company with a warehouse full of testing animals, or would you rather give your money to a team of individuals that are confident enough in their product to test it on themselves, as well as caring enough for you to dedicate their time to making products that will change your appearance, as well as your life!
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