LipSense TeeSpring Campaign

My first TeeSpring Campaign has launched!!

I am so excited.  Our team is growing like crazy and I couldn’t be more hashtag blessed to be doing what I’m doing!  I created a fun tee for my girls to wear at events, and around town to pique interest.  We had such good feedback that I opened it up to the public.  The campaign goes for 3 days, and in the same way as Kickstarter, if the batch doesn’t sell, then the shirts won’t get printed.  I think it’s a super clever way to get some fun graphic tees into willing hands.

 

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LipSense TeeSpring Campaign

I’ve kept the cost super low this first time around, just to get my feet wet and learn about the process.  Please note, as I spend more time with designing other tees, my prices will go up.  You should jump on it now, while you can.

Happy Shopping!!

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Oh yes.. I jumped on the LipSense Train.

Soooooo.. LipSense, huh. Direct Sales, eh.

Not my thing. So so so not my thing. I turn down offers to join someone’s business weekly, if not daily sometimes. I’m simply not a fan of being sold something I didn’t ask for.

However, I found a magic lipstick, and it is only sold via distributor. I was just going to buy some at full retail, and tell everyone about how awesome it was.. and then I researched the company, the founder, and the product, and I knew I wanted in. And that was just for the discount for myself and sisters, etc. I was never intending to sell it.

But…

The founder loves Jesus and created this company for women by women.

Everything is made in the USA.

The company is debt free.

The lipstick is beyond amazing, 98% natural, wax and lead free, and not tested on animals. (None of their products are.)

Hippity hop I went to sign up. And the circle of ladies I’m around started asking about. I started hosting little get togethers at Starbucks to try on this long wearing magic, and it just snowballed from there! Yes, I am working hard, but it is so fun, it doesn’t even feel like hard work.

My commission check in February is going to replace 1 whole photography session. Umm.. guys. That is amazeballs. If you know how much I charge for a photography session, you’d sign up too!

You can read a few posts back to understand why photography is something I’m doing less of. I’ll never be completely done.. it was my career for 13+ years. But physically, I can’t do the same thing I used to be able to do.

Enter LipSense. And a commission check that replaced a photography session. All the praise hands, guys.

I really believe God found the perfect fit for me. I love lipstick. I love natural makeup. I love natural makeup that actually works. I love encouraging and supporting women. And I love being able to help our family financially in a way that doesn’t negatively impact my health.

This isn’t a sales post. I’m not going to show you colors or tell you to contact me. The blog is for me to document our life and all that it entails, so I wanted to write about my new journey.

And this new journey is most definitely Something Sarah Loves.

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No Christmas Tree??

We don’t have a tree yet. We have to move, so throwing up a bunch of Christmas decor just seems unnecessary this year.

I love the holidays with the sparkles and twinkle lights and glitter and the smell of a fresh pine tree in my home. So you can imagine my sad face over not being able to decorate in the way that makes my heart glad.

I’ve found a few ways to feel joyous and twinkly during this season, even if I can’t wrap twinkle lights from floor to ceiling in my home.

A homemade Egg Nog Latte – Because Jesus wants you to.
Mrs. Meyer’s Iowa Pine Dish Soap – It’s like a whiff of the sweetest pine tree you ever did smell.
Ghiradelli Hot Cocoa – Make it with a splash or 7 of half n half. You’re welcome.
These Copper battery powered twinkle lights from Target – They often have a smaller set in the Dollar Spot for $3!!
A mix of your favorite Christmas songs on Spotify – Come to Riverview to hear mine! We play it every week. Let’s just say I had to refrain from making the whole playlist Pentatonix songs.
The best RED lipstick ever – Yes, I sell it, ok? I wanted the discount because I’M OBSESSED.

Things you can’t buy? Snuggles with the teens because they are chillier than usual. Forcing those same teens to continue with the Advent Calendar tradition. Attending a Christmas Eve service somewhere. Reading through the birth story of Jesus. Walking Starlight Circle. Watching every Hallmark Christmas movie. Game night with all the extroverts in your family.

There are a million ways to celebrate if you can’t decorate the way you want, or afford everything your heart desires at this moment. And I’m preaching to myself here, friends. This is such a good reminder for me too.

Twinkle lights and red lips aren’t why Jesus was born. I know this well. He was born to save you and me. But He ain’t mad at those things either, friends!

Don’t spend money you don’t have. Celebrate well within your means.

Even if we don’t get a tree, I will find a way to make Christmas magical for my family. I hope you will too!

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Halloweens for Teens

Maybe your teens still want to dress up for Halloween. My introverted, home loving teens do not.

They haven’t for a few years. The money saver in me loves that I don’t have to spend major dollars on a costume they will wear one time. I think I was able to justify the expense when they were little, because they wanted to dress up all.the.time…so we were able to get lots of dress up time out of those costumes.

And I let them. Oh man, did I let them.

Do you know that I got to grocery shop with Woody and Buzz from Toy Story?

Me and some squishy, delicious Disney princess characters spent lots of time at Target.

I had enormous amounts of time with Link from Zelda, a 7 year old bumblebee, a ninja warrior, Darth Vader, a fireman, and a 50’s sock hop in kindergarten.

Guys.. I’m so not crying.

Yes I am.

Because now? They don’t even want to hang out, man. We are “forcing” our teenagers to attend a movie with us tonight. (Madea’s Boo for the win) I will bribe them with their favorite candy. We will laugh, and make memories, and they will grumble all the way. Our holidays definitely look a little different. And that’s ok. That is what this growth, change, becoming an adult thing is. Productive, Jesus loving, members of society. That is the ultimate end goal.

It just hurts a little bit when you find pictures from 10 years ago, and remember how sweet and squishy and non-teenager-y they were. I love parenting my children. Every stage has its wonders, and its are you kidding me’s, and its golden gems.

Please enjoy traipsing through your neighborhood with your little mister Paw Patrol, or your Elsa, or your little miss Rock Diva. Have a blast at that Harvest Fest or school carnival. Because 10 years will go by and you will sit in your office, look at old pictures, and cry a little bit.

Or maybe that’s just me.

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Happy Halloween.

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Now to Him who is ABLE.

The phrase keeps rolling around in my brain.

Now to Him who is able.

God was, is, always has been, and always will be ABLE.

He is ABLE to fix your marriage.

He is ABLE to heal your disease.

He is ABLE to fulfill that dream He’s given you.

He is ABLE to redeem that child of yours that has found themselves a bit sideways.

He is ABLE to mend your broken heart.

He is ABLE to restore that friendship.

He is ABLE.

Let’s stop living like He isn’t. (Note.. I’m totally, completely, 100 percent speaking to myself here.)

We worry.  We fret. We panic.  We despair.  We wail.  We complain. We freak out.

Today, let’s determine that God is who He says He is, and He can do what He says He can do.

Able.

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P.S. If you know me, or have read the blog for a while, you know I like fresh daily reminders. So when God speaks something to me, I want to put that Word where I can see it constantly. I have post-it notes on all of our doorposts. We have artsy scripture all over our walls. And I want my phone to be a reminder too. Feel free to put this on your phone if it means something to you.

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