Pursuit of Pink

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Lake Austin, MTV cribs style

I told you on Friday that I was headed to Austin, Texas for a weekend retreat with some awesome ladies from my Rodan + Fields team. Well let me tell you, it was amazing!!!!

There are Rodan + Fields consultants all over the US and it was so awesome to finally get to meet several of my team members who I only know from social media. To put their pretty faces with their names (and voices) was incredible. After a quick six months in the business, I have already made some terrific friends and spending a weekend with them solidified that they will be lifelong friends.

We spent the weekend relaxing, hanging out by the pool, doing some training, talking, laughing and having an amazing time in the biggest house I have ever stayed. I'm telling you, I thought I was on MTV Cribs or even the Bachelor - minus the drama. The house was incredible. I'll share some photos of the house below for you to drool over.

Who can say that their job offers them a chance to have a relaxing weekend at an incredible house on Lake Austin? Not many people, so I consider us all very lucky. We come from all different walks of life, all with different stories. Some of the girls work full time, others are stay at home moms, while others work a part time job; but we all work our Rodan + Fields business in very part time hours. And I mean VERY part time.

If you are reading this and know that you need to make some extra money, I would love to talk to you! Maybe you're trying to pay off some debt. Maybe you are struggling to pay back student loans so you are working your tail off just to make ends meet. Maybe you want to pay for some extra curricular activities for your children. Maybe you want a shameless shoe fund. Or maybe you have your heart set on adoption or a special ministry and you have no clue where the money is going to come from. Whatever your want is, whatever you need extra money for, this is a "job" that can help you get there.

What I love most is that Rodan + Fields is a "job" that can fit into the nooks and crannies of my life. I can work while Baby K sleeps, I can work whenever I have just a few minutes. We aren't a party company so you're not having to take time away from your super busy schedule and family to throw parties (this was a BIG reason I joined). If you have a phone and a computer then you are good to go. You can work this business around your schedule and your life.

And the awesome thing is, the people that are the busiest in life are the most successful! My girlfriend Ashley is a busy stay at home mom to FOUR children. She runs a very successful blog and blog consultation program, home schools her oldest child (age 6), manages her family and is KILLING it with Rodan + Fields. If she has time to be super successful, you do too.

If you are interested in making some extra money for any reason, whatever it is, let's talk. Even if you are interested just a little bit, I would love to talk to you.
Send me an e-mail (lindsay@pursuitofpink.com) and let's schedule a chat. And who knows, maybe this time next year you will be joining me on the next episode of Rodan + Fields cribs.

Meanwhile, back at home...

Friday, August 15, 2014

High Five For Friday

Another week down, a fab weekend upon me!!!

I love High Five For Friday because it gives me a chance to reflect on the positive things (big or small) that happen in my life everyday. Here are some of my favorite moments from this week:

1.) My mother in-law was in town visiting for a few days and Baby K had a blast with her. Our girl is quite the ham and developing a sassy personality.

2.) We found a church!!!! I will write more details later, but Tolar and I found a church very similar to our beloved DC Metro Church. God answered our prayers and He answered them quickly by introducing us to Lifeline Church after only living in Dublin a few short weeks.

3.) Tolar is well loved these days. Baby K always wants to be around him and my sister's dog Madison just can't get enough of him. They were enjoying an awesome episode of Wheel of Fortune when this pic was snapped.

4.) My how times have changed. I put together this little comparison photo of Baby K when she was just a few weeks old and Baby K now...is that even the same child? :)

5.) This is happening today!!! I'm actually on my way to Austin, Texas as you read this and I will be staying in this glorious house for the weekend. I'll be staying there with other girls from my Rodan + Fields team and I am just giddy with excitement. Check out those views! This business has opened up so many doors for me and provided quite a lot of F-U-N! Stay tuned to the blog next week for lots of pictures from my weekend getaway.

I hope my High Five For Friday posts inspire you to take a few minutes and find the good in your week. I'm linking up this post with Lauren Elizabeth.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Fave Baby Products

Fave Baby Products

Now that we have successfully cared for and raised a child for over a year, Tolar and I feel like we are pseudo experts on baby products. We have used A LOT of stuff. And we have found that a lot of the things that people give you, don't always get used like you thought/planned (i.e. blankets - oh my goodness the amount of blankets we were given). I have compiled a list of our absolute favorite products. This is by no means a list of everything we used, but these are the products that changed our life for the better and that we used for a large portion of Baby K's first 12 months of life.

1.) Fisher Price Rock n' Play - We used this for the first 11 weeks of Baby K's life and it was a life saver. I loved that the bed/seat was at an angle, helping to keep Baby K nice and snuggly as she slept. And since it is a rocker, it was awesome for me to be able to reach over and gently rock Baby K if she woke up during the night. It was the perfect height for me to stay in bed and just reach my hand over to rock her. And it is so lightweight, making it easy to carry from room to room.

2.) Neat Solutions Table Toppers - These things are amazing! And one of those products that I wish I created myself, because it is genius! The table toppers are disposable plastic placemats with adhesive strips on the bottom, allowing them to stick to a restaurant table making sure that it stays in place. Since Baby K is more likely to want to play with a plate and throw it, she just eats straight off her high chair. But when we go out to eat, I never know how clean the surface is, and now I don't have to worry. I keep these in the diaper bag to always have when we are out and about.

3.) Sophie - I didn't know about Sophie until the very end of my pregnancy, but I am so glad that my sweet friend Courtney gifted us this fab teether. Baby K has loved Sophie almost her whole life. She chews on her, plays with her and squeaks her - all with a huge smile on her face. This teether is amazing and calms Baby K right down whenever we give it to her.

4.) Bumkins Bibs - Now that I have discovered these bibs, I'll never use anything else. I love that these are oversized bibs and that they cover Baby K's shoulders, keeping her cute little outfit nice and clean. And they have a "scrap trap," which catches the food that doesn't quite make it into Baby K's mouth. Another awesome feature is that these babies are waterproof, so I can easily clean them off to use again. And since they are thin, I just fold them up and keep them in the diaper bag for travel.

5.) Avent Bottles - We actually discovered these bottles thanks to the fabulous marketing on their part, by placing a sample bottle in the gift bag we received upon registering. These bottles have been great; they are really easy to clean, easy for Baby K to hold and are extremely durable. I ended up exclusively pumping so Baby K got bottles almost her entire life and they are still in great condition! 

6.) Munchkin Snack Catcher - Another genius product. These little snack cups hold Baby K's cheerios and goldfish, but keep it from spilling all over the place. They have soft flaps on the lid that allow for little hands to reach inside, but if the cup gets overturned, nothing falls out. 

7.) Ergobaby Carrier - I love this carrier so much that I did an entire blog post about it. We tried out several carriers before settling on this and once I tried it I knew I didn't need to look any further. Baby K feels so secure in this carrier thanks to all of the clasps and she is super comfortable the way she basically wraps her legs around me. She is so secure, I really am hands free when she's in it. I never feel like I need to hold her up when I have the carrier on. And I love that we can use the carrier for several years as it can hold up to 45 pounds.

8.) Britax Marathon Convertible Carseat - I want to sit in this seat, it looks so comfortable! We love Britax and all of their safety ratings and their SafeCell Technology that helps to reduce the risk of head injury during a crash. The Marathon has side impact protection too - it is protected all around. The seat holds a child up until 65 pounds, so we will get a lot of use out of it. My favorite feature is that the strap to tighten the belts will click, letting you know that it has actually been tightened. The cover is easy to remove, making for easy clean up - you know I love that!

9.) Fisher Price Kick and Play Piano Gym - We really registered for this because it has a piano and with Tolar being very musically inclined, it was a no brainer. But we didn't realize just how much Baby K would love it. She has been kicking her legs like crazy since before she was born, so we should have figured that she would like this. I could lay her down on the gym and she would kick, play and laugh for at least 30 minutes. It was amazing!!! The bright colors are very stimulating for baby and all of the music is just so fun! She did grow out of using it once she could roll over from her back to her tummy on her own, but we got a lot of use out of it. 

10.) Britax B Agile Travel System - We have loved this system from day one and have never had a want/need for another system. The baby carrier is amazing because it is one of the lightest around, which made it a breeze for me to carry Baby K. And it easily snaps into the car base, making it easy to get baby in and out of the car. I actually miss the ease of getting her out of the car as a little baby. And the stroller is just pure awesomeness. When we still used the carrier, we just snapped it onto the stroller and took off. Now, we just strap Baby K into the stroller and off we go. The stroller is SO LIGHT. That was one of the main reasons we bought this system because I knew there would be plenty of times that I would be juggling baby and the stroller all by myself. I needed something that I could easily lift in and out of my car's trunk. This system is just that!!! It folds just by pulling up on a strap and tucks nicely into my trunk. I love Britax!

11.) and 12.)  Pacifier Clips and Nuk Pacifiers - Yes, we have embraced a pacifier (or a plug as we call it). We figured we could take a pacifier away later in life, we won't be able to take her thumb away (I was a huge thumb sucker!), so we gave Baby K a pacifier. We were gifted the Nuk pacifiers so those are what we used and once Baby K got used to them, she didn't really want anything else. I like them because they come in really cute colors and designs. And I love the pacifier clips, which keep the plug attached to baby so you don't have to worry about it dropping to the floor.

13.) Fisher Price Little Superstar Sing Along Stage - My sweet friend Kirstin let us borrow this toy once I told her that Baby K was trying to pull up and stand. This is such a cool toy, we had so much fun playing with it too. It is quite an amazing musical toy in that if you press the drums, the drums will play. If you press the key board, you will hear a key board sound. It isn't just a silly toy that plays any kind of song and instrument if baby presses a button - it is very musical. I loved that it incorporated whatever instrument Baby K would push. The toy has lights and a mirror, which would make Baby K laugh and keep her entertained for a long time. She loved this thing. I was sad to return it when we moved!!! And once she was able to stand up on her own, the toy still worked for her. She loved to bend down and see herself in the mirror.

14.) Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breast Pump - Like I said above, I ended up exclusively pumping, so the pump I used needed to be good! I did use a hospital grade breast pump for a little bit and the Medela PISA is very close to having the same power as the hospital grade pump. I love that the PISA has such a cute bag to carry your pump in and it has TONS of room for everything you need. Plenty of room!!! It comes with both a wall plug and a battery pack in case you need to pump somewhere without an outlet; super convenient. It is so easy to use and has multiple speeds that you can select.

15.) Aden + Anais Swaddle Blankets - We were given a ton of blankets, but these were my favorite. They are huge, which helps to provide enough fabric to really swaddle your baby tight. I love that these blankets are so lightweight, so I never had to worry about Baby K getting too warm. And since they are so light and big, I still carry these with me to use all the time. I will throw one of these over the car seat or the stroller in case Baby K needs to get the sun out of her face while sleeping. The blankets come in really cute patterns too, so you are sure to find something perfect for a boy or a girl.

And now for my absolute favorite, life changing baby item...

Baby Merlin's Magic Sleepsuit - No joke y'all, this thing kept me and Tolar sane!!! Baby K was an excellent sleeper pretty much from day 1 (she really excelled around week 13), but we had her swaddled the entire time. She was so nice and cozy and couldn't move her arms so her startle reflex wouldn't wake her up. Well once she became too big to be swaddled, I was nervous about how she would sleep without anything. Enter the sleepsuit! We put her in this suit and she slept better than a baby for months. It was a comfort thing for her, as soon as we would zip up her sleepsuit, she would turn her head and be ready to close her eyes. I loved it! I never had to worry about my child waking up, because I knew she was nice and comfy in the sleep suit. The suit is thick, so it keeps her from startling herself, but she still has free motion of her arms and legs. And I loved that the suit was so thick to keep her warm during the winter months. I was one happy mama and she was one happy baby because she slept for TWELVE hours!!!! And it was a pretty easy road transitioning her out of the sleepsuit too because she was already used to sleeping for so long thru the night. Get this thing, give it as a baby gift, you will thank me!!!!

If you have any questions about anything I discuss above, feel free to ask. I know we will be using everything for baby #2...whenever that happens. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I Hate To Complain, But...

I try really hard not to be a complainer, especially with the restaurant industry since I was a server for numerous years during my college career. I try to give grace when it seems like someone is having a bad day, because I know there are probably many other customers contributing to that bad day. Here it comes...the but. But, when someone in the service industry can't even offer an "I'll be right with you" that is when I get a little upset.

A couple weeks ago, Tolar, Baby K and I were headed to South Carolina to visit with my sister and her family. We stopped at one of our favorite fast food places, Arby's. Come on, tell me you don't love their roast beef sandwiches. Trying not to bore you with too many details, we walked in, waited by the cash register to order and just continued to wait. The workers saw us, several people even made eye contact with us. But no one said "I'll be right with you" or anything of the sort. They just left us standing there. We stood there a little while longer hoping to order, but nothing. So we left.

We were upset, mainly because we really wanted those yummy roast beef sandwiches. I quickly went to Arby's website and couldn't find an e-mail address to let them know about our visit, so I just tweeted about the encounter instead. And Arby's was FANTASTIC about following up.

I received a tweet the same day from Arby's Guest Support asking me to send them my contact info so they could follow up with me. I was impressed that they responded so quickly but I'll be honest and say that I thought someone would just e-mail or call me with a quick apology about what happened and that be it. But that was not the case. I received two calls and an e-mail from Arby's Corporate Office apologizing for what happened. And I also received a call from the General Manager of the actual Arby's restaurant that we left. She ended up speaking with my husband and offered him a huge apology as well. She was incredibly friendly and personable and we greatly appreciated her call. I can only imagine how tough that is to cold call someone that you know was upset with your establishment. And Arby's is making right on their failure, they are sending us some coupons in the mail to give them another try.

Well done Arby's. I really appreciate your follow up and your attention to our needs. Because of the superb way they handled everything we will remain Arby's customers. And I'm so glad, because I really love those roast beef sandwiches (in case you couldn't figure that out yet).

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

August Beauty Box 5

Beauty Box 5 has gifted me with a complimentary subscription for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

I got my Beauty Box 5 in the mail for the month of August and y'all its a good one! I absolutely love beauty subscriptions because it introduces me to new products to try that I probably wouldn't pick up otherwise. I've been looking for a deep conditioner for my tired hair and I am thrilled with the one that came in this month's box. Thank you Beauty Box 5, you saved me a lot of money from blindly trying products.

If you are looking to try some new beauty products, check out Beauty Box 5. It is a beauty subscription service that sends a box of five different beauty samples to your mailbox each month for just $12. You can order your own subscription (or one as a gift) here.

These are the awesome products that came in my Beauty Box 5 for this month.

1.) Nanacoco Lip Gloss - I am so excited about this lip gloss, the color is fantastic. It is a nice neutral color that gives me lots of shine. And the best part - my lips are not sticky; such a great lip gloss!!!

2.) La Fresh Travel Lite Makeup Remover Wipes - I received these in a previous BB5, but I love them so I was glad to receive them again. These wipes are terrific to travel with; I just like to pop them in my purse and keep them handy in case I need to freshen up while flying. And they are great to pack in your overnight bag too.

3.) Purlisse Pur protect SPF 30 - SPF should be your best friend as far as beauty products go. You must protect your skin from the sun and I am so glad to receive a great sample that I can keep in my car for when I need some additional sunscreen.

4.) Novex Brazilian Keratin - What an awesome product. This is a deep conditioner that works on all hair types providing all sorts of nourishment for your tired locks. BB5 recommends to massage this into your hair post-shampoo, leave in for 25 minutes then rinse for smoothness and shine. And I promise, you will receive both of those things!

5.) Style Essentials Nail Polish - This is a cool nail polish, offering up lots of shine. And I love the color, it is perfect to get me ready for fall.

One reason I love Beauty Box 5 so much (over other beauty subscriptions) is because I use all of the products that come in the box. I never have to worry about having products just collecting dust in my linen closet. The products fit into my lifestyle and are always terrific. I highly suggest you check out Beauty Box 5.

Friday, August 8, 2014

High Five For Friday

I hope you had a great week! My mother in law got into town this week for a visit and we are enjoying getting to spend extra time with her.

Here are some awesome moments from my week:

1.) Baby K gets into everything these days, including climbing on the steering wheel of the lawn mower. I just love to see her happy.

2.) Tolar is on a church softball team and had some great hits at his game on Monday.

3.) Baby K is getting a lot of time to play with my sister's dog and is having a blast.

4.) Check out Baby K shopping for clothes, already taking after her mama!

5.) I am so excited about this. A new, top secret skin care product is going to be announced from Rodan + Fields at our convention in September. This product is going to give amazing and fast results. I cannot wait to find out all about it.

I'm linking up this High Five For Friday post with Lauren Elizabeth.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Truly Radiant Product Review

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Coffee. Mmm. One of my favorite beverages, I drink two cups every day - great for helping me wake up, not so great for keeping my teeth white. The older I get and the more coffee (and red wine!) that I drink, the more I realize my teeth aren't as white as they used to be. And in my opinion, a bright smile is a great accessory to have, so I want to try and maintain that as best I can.

Which made me so excited to try out Arm & Hammer's Truly Radiant products. For the past couple of weeks, I have been using:
  • Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant Toothpaste
  • Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant Spinbrush
  • Arm & Hammer Truly Radiant Whitening Booster

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What I love about these products (besides the results) is that no extra effort is required. I don't have to worry about messy trays or strips that don't stay on my teeth. All I have to do is continue doing what I've always done and that is brush my teeth! 

I apply the toothpaste to my Spinbrush, then just apply an equal amount of the whitening booster over top of my toothpaste and brush like normal. No double brushing, no extra step. And I get to whiten my teeth with minimal effort! It's awesome. I use the products both in the morning and at night, with the occasional use in the middle of the day, but never more than 3 times. You can't beat that!!! The whitening booster is clinically proven to whiten teeth in just one week and contains 3 times more whitening agent than a leading white strip and I definitely found this to be true. My smile is brighter and I am loving the results I see.

There are some great benefits to using Arm & Hammer's Truly Radiant products; with cleaning, strengthening and whitening being the biggest three. However, there are many more. The products:
  • remove 100% more surface stains than ordinary toothpaste
  • smooth surface imperfections while restoring shine (who doesn't want that)
  • are the only toothpaste with baking soda, peroxide and active calcium

I adore the Spinbrush, because I feel like I am really getting in between the nooks and crannies of my teeth. It's like I'm getting a dentist cleaning each time I brush. The Spinbrush actually removes 100% more plaque than a manual toothbrush. I have been a manual toothbrush user my entire life, not anymore - I love this thing. 

Isn't the name of the products fantastic? Truly Radiant. If ever there was an adjective that I'm sure a lot of women want to be called, radiant is it. Click this link here to learn some tips to bring out your inner radiance. In addition to the tips listed, I'll add a few of my own:
-drink lots of water (after your coffee of course)
-get plenty of sleep
-laugh often

And I'm sure being confident with your white and radiant smile will help you open your mouth and laugh even more!

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