Health, Love & Fire: November 2016

Sleeping In Seattle

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Two weekends ago Dan and I took a drive up to Seattle to enjoy a weekend away just the two of us to celebrate our ten year dating anniversary. Our wedding anniversary always falls during such a busy time of year being in the middle of the summer, so it's always nice to escape for a couple days in November when life settles down a little bit before the holiday craziness starts. Seattle is always the perfect escape because it's far enough away that we don't go there all the time, but it's close enough to drive there even if we're only going for a couple days.

We stayed at the W Seattle Hotel. Our room ended up being on the 24th floor so we could a neat view of the city. The hotel is located on 4th street, so only a few blocks from Pike's Place Market and all the big shops of Seattle.

We got there late in the afternoon on Saturday so we checked into our hotel and headed out to get some happy hour and a drink.

Sunday we woke up early cause of the time change but we took our time getting ready. We headed out and walked down to Pikes Place Market and made our obligatory stop at the Market and at the Original Starbucks.
It was such a nice November day we decided to explore a few places around the city that have been on our to do list for a while. We made a stop at the Olympic Sculpture park that's a few blocks from the Space Needle and sits between the Space Needle and the Waterfront and is the perfect spot for a view of each! We saw so many families out exploring for the day and lots of photographers taking family and couple photos. You can always tell your in the PNW on a nice day because everyone is outside soaking in the sunshine!
I've also always wanted to visit the Fremont Troll that was featured in a part of the movie 10 Things I Hate About You, so we finally made it there too! It was a quick stop, but fun to check off our list! It was also really close to the Ballard neighborhood in Seattle so we headed there after our visit with the troll for lunch and some shopping at their huge Sunday farmer's market.
We ended our Sunday night with dinner at our favorite spot in Seattle, The Purple Cafe. If you're a lover of wine and good food, you should absolutely add this place to your dining list for a visit to Seattle. The food is amazing and the wine list is a mile long! One of my favorite things they do is offer wine flights where you can pair your dinner with three different wines from a certain wine region of the world. It's a fun way to try new wines and experience them paired with your meal.

Seattle was such a fun getaway, but of course we were excited to get home to our sweet girl. I'm so thankful when we make time for our relationship and every more grateful that we have amazing parents who watch Harper for us to make those dates possible. Dating your spouse becomes even more important once you become a parent, and it's time away like our time in Seattle that reminds me of this!

What's your favorite thing to do for date night?

One Room Challenge - Master Bedroom Reveal

Thursday, November 10, 2016

The day is finally here. It's finally time for the reveal of the One Room Challenge. The last few weeks have been so crazy in our household with starting a new business, leaving my job, and redoing several spaces in our home including our master bedroom, which is part of the reason I wasn't too great about posting updates each week. But we all really just want to see the before and after don't we? And that I can absolutely do for you!

I couldn't be happier with how this space turned out! I just walk into our room now and take a deep breath and automatically relax. I wanted somewhere that we felt at home and that felt finished and cozy. There are so many changes that we made to the room that were fairly simple, but made a huge difference. For instance, adding the curtains made the room seem so much taller, larger and just finished. When I walk into the room, it's the first thing I notice and it always makes me smile. I love when you change something about a space and you absolutely know you made the right decision. I feel that way about the curtains!
Another major change was getting rid of our bedside tables and replacing them with dressers. I love the height of the dressers and how they create an almost straight line across the room, and the fact that we were able to eliminate two extra pieces of furniture. Going from two bedside stands and two dressers to just two dresser/bedside stands and one long dresser has made the room feel larger and more roomy.
All in all, it's really exactly how I envisioned. So often it takes Dan a while to really see the vision I have for a space, and he just goes along with my plans until he sees it come together. It wasn't until our master bedroom was almost finished that I think he realized what I was going for.
For updates throughout our makeover, check out week one, our inspiration, and all the ordering

Navy Dressers: Target (similar)
White/Grey Dresser: Joss & Main
Lamps: Target
Curtains: Target (similar)
Curtain Rod: Target
Comforter: Target
White Pillows: Target 
Headboard: Fabric found at Joann's 
Gold Wall Frames: Target
Gold and White Frames: Target
Blue and Gold Glass Decor: Anthropologie
White Vase: Target 
Gold Candle: Target
Blue and Gold Jewelry Dish: Target

Things You Need To Jumpstart Your LuLaRoe Business

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Making the decision to become a LuLaRoe consultant can be a tough one. Unlike many other companies with somewhat similar sales strategies, there is quite a bit of investment that goes in to getting started, so it's a decision that people shouldn't make without thinking it through and talking it over.

I first found out about LuLaRoe through my best friend. One of the women in her moms group was a consultant and she was hosting an in home pop-up. Of course, as her friend I attended the party and bought a few things. From that party I joined the consultant's VIP page, bought a few more pieces and ended up hosting my own online party. By the time I had my 5th or 6th LuLaRoe item, my husband started asking why I wasn't considering joining the company. I had honestly considered it before, but was leery of the large investment it took to get started and worried what all it took to get the business up and running. One of the things that really helped me make my decision and prepare to get my official on boarding call was listening to what other consultants had done. I watched dozens of youtube videos and picked the brains of several consultants I know. And now here I am, officially a consultant and ready to get started in the business!

My initial inventory investment was around $6,000, but the onboarding packages are constantly changing so make sure to check when you are close to getting your call. When I onboarded they had three different packages to choose from and I choose the middle package. LuLaRoe has been changing packages frequently, so the costs and styles to choose from can always change.

Aside from your initial LuLaRoe inventory, there are several things I would recommend purchasing or having before getting started. I wanted to make sure to provide all of the places I purchased items along with prices for those of you looking to get started. I broke everything down into two categories, things I would recommend getting, and extras that are nice to have but aren't essential.
Things to purchase to get started with your LuLaRoe shop:
Clothing Racks - You can buy these several different places, here is where I purchased mine.
                Single Racks - Amazon for $53.99
                Double Racks - Bed Bath & Beyond for $79.99 - Use one of their cupons if you buy these
Hangers - I went with the velvet ones from Costco that were $9.99 for 35 hangers
I also purchases pant hangers from Amazon for my skirts that were $40 for 100 hangers.
Leggings Storage - There are so many different options for how to store and display your leggings, but I went with one from Ikea for about $40 (depending on how you personalized it with rollers, a top or type of baskets).
Photo Backdrop for photographing your inventory purchased on Amazon for $23.99
Mannequin Dress Form - Amazon for $49.00 - many purchase these at Joann Fabrics too
Merchandise Bags - to use for popups and events I found on Amazon for $10.95 for 100
Storage Bags to put clothes in when you travel to pop ups and events. I purchased these on Amazon for $26.99 for 4 large bags, I purchased additional bags at Ikea. If you buy them at Ikea they are $2.99 each (Clearly better to buy in store)
Poly Mailers to ship clothes in to customers - purchased on Amazon for $11.95 for 100.
Business Cards I purchased on Got Print, and purchased the design on Etsy from Ems Graphics.
Scale - Used to help calculate shipping. I purchased ours on Amazon for $34.99.

We already had a computer, iPad, label printer and DSLR camera so we didn't purchase any of these items, but each would be helpful if you don't already have them.

My husband and I decided to purchase several extras that would help us get started and would be useful throughout our LuLaRoe business, so I wanted to share those incase anyone was interested, but wanted to preface that with saying that you definitely don't have to have these things, but we chose to go ahead and purchase them.

Steamer - to get wrinkles out of clothes for photos - purchased on Amazon for $29.99
Sizing Tags - to put on hangers to make it easier to find sizes purchases on Discount Sizing for $3.50 for 100 of each size and I bought all 8 sizes that LuLaRoe carries.
Full Length Mirror - I purchased mine at Target
Additional Lens for iPhone to improve images taken on my iPhone - purchased on Amazon for $24.99

As you can tell, we really like shopping on Amazon, and definitely take advantage of our Amazon Prime subscription! Many of these items you can purchase several places, these are just the items we ended up going with. I'm sure there are things we're missing that we will discover will be helpful along the way, and I definitely know we purchased things that weren't necessities for getting started, but I wanted to share all of it with you in case you're thinking about becoming a consultant or are working on setting up your business.
Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can help with anything along the way. I am just getting started with my business with LuLaRoe and am so excited for where it might take me and would love to help other's get started as well. If you're interested in taking a look at my Facebook group please feel free to join!

Halloween 2016

Thursday, November 3, 2016

I realize it's already been a few days since the trick or treaters were knocking on your door and you've probably had your fair share of snack sized candy but I wanted to finally get around to sharing our fun Halloween happenings! I had decided on Harper's costume shortly after she was born after seeing  an idea on Pinterest. I loved the movie Monster's Inc (and let's be honest, I still do) and loved the idea of her being Boo!
This year my mom offered to make Harper's costume and since she had made all of mine growing up, I loved that Harper would have the same memory! My mom's birthday is the 29th and she was scheduled to work, so we packed Harper up in her costume and took my dad along to visit her. She was the hit of the hospital!
Sunday we decided to do all things Halloween including bake cupcakes, carving pumpkins, and watching scary movies (after Harper went to bed of course). It's so much fun watching her learn and experience new things. Having kids definitely makes holidays that much more fun!
Since Halloween fell on a Monday this year, I actually had the day off and got to spend it with both Dan and Harper. We didn't go all out on the trick or treating, but visited both our parent's houses, stopped by some friends and rang a few neighbor's doors. Harper wasn't too sure about walking up to houses she'd never been to before, but loved getting to see everyone's dogs and all the familiar faces once the door opened. Unfortunately, she wasn't a fan of the hood of her costume, so she looked less like boo from the front, but she was happy as can be as long as the hood wasn't on.
All in all it was a wonderful Halloween! We don't always get to have Dan home on the holidays so it's so nice when it works out that we get to spend the day together as a family! Special thanks to my mom for the amazing costume! I hope you all had as great a time celebrating as we did!