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Introducing Grace Adele

I have so much to share with you from Light it Up Scentsy Family Convention in Las Vegas this past week, but first, an announcement that cannot wait. 

On Thursday, we all waited for a new brand to be announced.  Last year at Convention in Fort Worth, Orville Thompson (CEO of Scentsy) announced that Scentsy would be adding a new brand that would be the "most successful launch in direct selling history".  In May, Velata, the fun fondue company was launched, and it has already done more business in 3 months than Scentsy Wickless did in its first 3 years!

So we were excited. We knew Scentsy Home Office had cooked up something good.  Grace, the Thompson's youngest daughter took the stage and talked about how her birthday is generally celebrated around convention.  She is 9 and has basically grown up with our 8 year old company.  Then, she introduced our new brand by saying "...but this time they have gone to far. They are using my name for the new company". At that…

OMG!

Hi everyone! OMG. I have so much to write to you about Scentsy Convention in Las Vegas, our newset brand Grace Adele, life, life, and more life.

I am also on major deadlines with 5 proposals due today and two federal grants due next week. So please bare with me and forgive me when you do read my upcoming posts and they seem out of date!

Hugs!

Light it Up Scentsy Convention Day 1.

We are here! What a day it has been. My trip started out great because the pastor of my son's school were on the same flight. We had a fantastic talk about the Word, our children, and life. He prayed for us before we stepped foot off the plane and I felt in my spirit this would be a great trip!

We checked in to our room here at Treasure Island and then met up with some of our team members at Fashion Mall. We just ate at the food court there and walked around. I know - I come to Vegas to eat at Panda Express. ::serious side eye::

We walked around for a little and then headed back to our hotel to get ready to head to the Convention Center. While at our hotel we heard rumblings from some of our friends that registration was taking 2 1/2 hours. This was almost unbelievable until we walked in to the Convention Center and saw the lines! This has never happened in the two years I've been with Scentsy! Usually you just walk up to the kiosk with your last name and get your registrati…

Gone to Convention

So we are all up here and ready to head to the airport for Scentsy Convention 2012 - Light it Up - in Las Vegas!

I am so excited to see all our team and our Scentsy brothers and sisters there.  If you're connected to be on social media - expect to see tons of updates as we will have new product reveals and entirely new brand announced! Scentsy is blazing the trail in direct sales.  We will now have 3 companies, with 3 different product offerings, and you get to maintain one downline and one commission! Wahooo!

I'll try to update here while I'm in Vegas - but I'm not taking my laptop so it'll just be from the blogger app on my phone.

If you would like to order some Scentsy while I'm out - just visit my website! I'll send you a special gift when I return.


Coffee with Christ

We all grew up reciting scriptures like "Seek ye first the Kingdom of God".  We knew to say "God is grace, God is good, now we thank Him for our food" and "Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep".  This early knowledge of communicating with God is our first understanding of what it means to talk to the Lord.  I love it. My son prays every day. In the morning we say "this is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it!" Then we let out a big THANK YOU LORD and Hallelujah shout.  
Somewhere along the line in our childhood, teen years, adulthood we forget this purity of talking to God. Maybe I should just speak for myself and say I forgot the purity of just simply communicating with God.  I have always been one to pray - whether asking for something, in trouble, or expressing gratitude, I have always prayed - but I have never set aside a time for me and Him. Like a date, you know?  Everything else in my li…

Just Bumping Around Town

This weekend I attended the new exhibit opening at the African American Performing Arts Center: Working on the Rails.

It is a beautiful exhibit and I was so glad to see members of the community come out to the opening reception.  The exhibit is a must see - detailing much of the history of African American's dedication in building a successful railroad industry. Some of the information will astound you.

Here are a few photos from the evening:


In Baltimore, much of my work focused on social justice issues.  As I built my consulting firm here in Albuquerque, much of my work has been focused on the arts, and I'm so grateful to learn more about the arts. I'm fascinated really.

I hope you all had a great weekend and maybe, just maybe, enjoyed some art!

Mommy Confessions - Those Books Lie!

Good Saturday morning! I'm joining the Browsing Brunette for a link up party about true Mommy Confessions and as soon as I saw the topic I knew what I would write about.

First, let me say - I love being a mommy.  I love my child and think he is the greatest gift in the world. I'm so obsessed with him that people think I have four kids as much as I talk about my one. 

Now - for today's post.  I have always said one day I am going to write a book about the real side of becoming a mommy.  I LOVED being pregnant, and I read every book out there about what to expect while I was expecting, how to be a fabulous mom, yadi yadi ya!  Then he came. He was amazing. He didn't sleep. He was always hungry. I wasn't producing enough milk. He wasn't pooping....and those books went out the window!

Where was the talk about how exhausted I would be? Where were the real stories.

Yes, I woke up and realized I had fallen asleep while breastfeeding my son and he had slipped.
Yes, I …

Friday Files

What an exhausting week this has been. I am not complaining - but it just has been.  Monday I spent all day in a clients office and it was draining. I returned on Tuesday and felt if I spent another moment inside I would scream. Sometimes all you can do is pray to be the light.  So I stole away for a few moments to enjoy lunch on the balcony. I hope you enjoy the view as much as I did.


I was also packing up my house this weekend in preparation for our move.  I had clothes everywhere. Some had already been moved, some packed, some still hanging in my closet.  I was forced to just put things together - which usually for me creates the best outfits.


You know I can't go a week without sharing good food with friends. That would be like killing a foodie like me.  We were going to try a new restaurant in Nob Hill but decided we wanted Sushi on our way there.


I am so glad to be home now. My little one is taking a nap and I'm sitting here enjoying a glass of Moscato and watching the ne…

Updated with Recipe - Dip baby Dip?

If you haven't heard, which by now if you are connected to me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest, you have - on May 1st Scentsy introduced a new brand called Velata.  Velata is a fun fondue company based on the same principle as our Scentsy warmers - simplicity.  Boy has having a Velata warmer and its premium Belgium chocolate at home made desert simple.  Some nights after dinner - Munchkin will say "mom, can we Scentsy". I know he means Velata. Dip. Strawberries. Graham Crackers and whatever goodness we can find.

The other day one of my Scentsy/Velata sisters posted an amazing photo of a chocolate martini and she used Velata chocolate shavings to top it off.  Yummo!


I want to be sure to give Debra Sherman full credit for this recipe!

1 part uv cake vodka (was out of absolut vanilla)
1 part Godiva liqueur
1/2 part of creme de cacao
A squirt of Hershey syrup
Shake it up..and keep shaking. Get that arm workout in'
Shave up velata chocolate (use a grater or …

Chunky Monkey 5k

I was so excited to get to work this morning and write, but instead here I am at 9:30 pm typing on my phone because I turned my internet off in preparation for our move this week. (Now it's Tuesday morning. Bad blogger me.)
Sunday I laced up my running shoes for the second 5k of the summer. This was the sequel to the Cherry Garcia race I ran in last month.

I was excited and a little nervous for the race. Since I've really been devoting time to training I wanted to do good, and I set a goal to finish under 30 minutes. I was excited because I thought I knew what to expect with it being the same course as last month.


That was the first big surprise. The race coordinators listened to the feedback from last month and completely separated the 5k and 10k races. (Amy you would have approved). So us 5-kers headed East towards 12th street. It was hot but after I ran 5 miles without stopping last week on my birthday, I was determined not to walk at all, because I realize that's jus…