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Rethinking my thinking

Today I’m spending the day with mom. We spent some time at the Texas Department of Public Safety getting her a state issued identification card and she surrendered her drivers license. She quit driving years ago so that was really no big deal.

Then we decided to go shopping. She says to me “I need makeup.” So I text my sister and say “Mom says she needs makeup.” I ask because she sometimes forgets what she might have bought yesterday. My sister texts me back and says “She does! LOL.”

So off to shop with a purpose we go. Two people who use to be great shopping partners, but who now don’t do malls. First stop Ridgmar Mall. We didn’t even bother to get out of the car. It looks run down and slightly abandoned. We just made a big circle in my car around the mall and decided to head to Hulen Mall. On the way to Hulen Mall I remember the new Shops at Clearfork development. So once we get to Hulen Mall and park at Dillards I tell my Mom that we will definitely have to check out the new place before we head home.

We browse through Dillards and then head out into the mall. Just me and the women who taught me all I needed to know about skincare. The woman who took me to the Estee Lauder counters and the Clinque counters. As we head out into the mall, I know that she has already forgotten about the makeup. But I have not.

So we head to Macy’s Estee Lauder counter. We are browsing the different types of makeup when a young lady shows up to helps us. As she is asking my mother the usual questions about what she expects from a makeup I suddenly ask myself “What in the world am I doing?”

Arbonne! I have been an independent consultant for about a month. I have been spreading the word to friends and family. I have sent samples. I have handed out samples. I have shipped multiple samples. I am almost out of samples. I need to reorder samples!

Fortunately the sales rep color matched my mom and in a very surprising move, she offered a sample to take home and try before she buys. Just to be sure that the color matches and she’s happy with it in every way. REALLY!! I guess she was just really too busy to try and sell us product. My mother was excited and really ready to buy. But I have to say “Thank you!!” I said “Yes! Let’s take the sample and try it.”

On the way to the Shops at Clearfork I told my mother about Arbonne and told her we could her everything she needed and she would love it. I know she will. So I can’t really blame the young girl at the cosmetic counter. I also had overlooked my mother as someone who would appreciate the quality of the Arbonne skincare and makeup.

Then we went on to the Shops at Clearfork. Right now the only store there is Neiman Marcus. But it is going to be a very lovely retail development when it’s done. As we walked into Neimans I thought, “This is what a department store is suppose to be like. I bet if we had stopped at the Estee Lauder counter in Neimans we would have left with a bag of makeup.

If you are currently going to the department stores to buy you skincare, makeup, bath products, or even the healthfood store to buy nutritional supplements, I would like for you to at least check out what Arbonne has to offer. It truly is a great line of products. To visit my website click here.

 

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If you’d like to see some other roads I’ve been down concerning skin care just click here

 

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My name is Anna….and I’m a scrooge.

I hate to say it, but I’m a bit of a scrooge when it comes to the holidays.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the holidays.  I love the idea of all the things that go with Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years.  But for the last 11 or 12 years I have worked in retail.  My official job title is office manager/bookkeeper.  The holiday season is our busy season at Fort Worth Billiards.  So beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving we all pitch in and do whatever it takes to get the job done.  If I need to be up front behind the register so that the cashier can be out on the sales floor that’s what I do.  Other people step outside the boundaries of their job titles also to get the job done.  From that Friday after Thanksgiving until about 4:00 Christmas Eve afternoon we are go go go go.  Even the week between Christmas and New Year’s we are busy busy busy.
Beside working this hard during this time period, I am still spending over 2 hours a day in my car driving back and forth to work.  So by the time the weekends roll around I am tired and spend my down time resting, that is if I don’t have to work on a Saturday.  Plus there is the usual chores that still need to be done around the house.
So over the years I have stopped cooking and baking for the holidays, stopped decorating, I couldn’t tell you the last time I mailed out Christmas cards or even put up a Christmas tree.  I know that sounds really awful. But there it is, the cold hard truth. Anna Hibbard is a scrooge.
But I do really really enjoy doing these things.  So this year I vow to put up a Christmas tree.  Doug always wants a real one, so maybe we will take a Saturday and spend it looking for something somewhat small.  My decorations are still all boxed up out in the storage building.  I couldn’t even begin to guess what kind of shape they are in.  We bought lights a couple of years ago to go on the house.  There is another Saturday project we can do together.  I always love sending out cards.  There is still something to be said about receiving something from someone’s hand into yours.  I will make at least one batch of fudge.  I have always used the recipe on the jar of the marshmellow cream.  It is easy and always comes out perfect.  I have always loved making cookies and candy.  I’m not making any promises on that.  But I am certainly going to give it a try.
So I will try to remove at least a small layer of the scrooge that seems to have enveloped me over the last several years.  It may not be easy, but I think I can at least get cards mailed out.  If you want to see if I keep my promise to myself, send me your mailing address to annah40@yahoo.com.  I will mail you a Christmas card from my hand to yours.