Tuesday, May 21, 2013

I have approximately 392 friends and 392 of them are involved in Multi-Level Marketing (MLM). So if I have done the math correctly, I'm going to offend 392 people with my post. It's not directed at anyone specific, it's a letter to the masses. If your name starts with H or K, I'm not really talking to you.

Multi-level marketing is also known as a pyramid scheme.  Just go read that article. It's funny to me. A lot of MLM's will say that they are not like other MLM's. That article covers the "other" ones. Think about it though. There's always the person above you. If I could have gotten into one of these MLM's at the right time, I would be rich. I would be that person that you hear about. "The girl that's above me, well the one above her? She makes like $56000 a month".

My history with MLM's started at a young age. My mom did Mary Kay which claims it is not a MLM but it secretly is. I think she may have dabbled in Avon as well. I remember the drawers full of samples and priducts. In fact, I think we just recently removed them from the spot they took up for several years.

In college I sold Mark which is an Avon offspring. It was brand new when I did it. And I actually really like their products.

Sometime in college my sister and mom and others got involved in Arbonne which, again, I really like. I actually REALLY like Arbonne. Buy me some Arbonne. Please.

When we lived in PA, we had some friends who did Reliv. The thought of that stuff makes me throw up. I was pregnant with Jackson and was using their supplements at the insistence of said friends.

And the latest craze is essential oils YoungLiving and DoTerra are big ones. You probably know someone who sells them (me maybe?) If you don't, you probably know someone that sells Scentsy or LegalShield or even Primerica. What about Beachbody or Shakeology? You heard of those? I have.

The good thing about multi-level marketing is that it has the potential to make you a lot of money. There are a few requirements though:

1) You need at least 400 friends. 
2) You've gotta have at least $500 to invest in the product. Oh, but don't forget the $150 required spending per month on the product you're selling? 
3) And you really have to believe that your product is THE. BEST. PRODUCT. LIKE. EVER.
4) You've got to have your own "I Saw God" story.

So let me tell you a story. I freakin' love DoTerra oils. And I considered for a minute trying to do it as a business but got frustrated pretty much the next day. Because I get jealous and raging mad when someone I've introduced the product to, signs up under someone else. And that's stupid. Because the reason I like it so much is because it works for me. I've had so much success with the product and I want the same for other people. 

The end. Also, I hate when people oversell. I follow this girl on Instagram and ALL she posts about is her stupid product which costs a ridiculous amount of money. It's like she is trying to be normal but she is all supposedly being sneaky about her product placement. But it's completely obvious. I say, go big or go home. Or how about you create a separate account from your personal one so you don't look like a freakin' idiot.

Sorry. Sorry I'm rood. I don't mean it to be. It just comes across that way. I'm also riled up from hearing about this friend of mine who purchased a $1525 kit. No big deal. Oh wow. i have to go now. I'm about to freak out again.

Good luck in your multi-level marketing. I hope you are really successful at losing your friends and spending your money. Oh wow. See. Rood again.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

So I love Pinterest. So do you right? I made this monkey bread loaf pull-apart thing based on a recipe from All Things Delicious which I found via Pinterest. I'm super lazy and didn't want to get out  have access to, a fluted pan. So I used a loaf pan. And it was awesome. 

Pillsbury Biscuit Monkey Bread  Happiness Mock Breakfast Ring Dump Loaf

1 tube Pillsbury Grands Buttermilk/Flaky Layers biscuits 
3 Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted 
1/3 C. pure maple syrup OR 1/2 cup syrup 
1/3 C. packed brown sugar 
1/2 tsp. cinnamon 
1/4 C. chopped walnuts (or other nut, optional) 

Bake at 350 for 20 mins or until golden brown. Secretly I think it took longer but I don't want you to burn yours. 

After it was done, I turned it over and dumped it onto a plate so all the good stuff at the bottom was not on top. Oh my. Can we have some now? 

Can you believe I made that? I sure can't. Don't tell anyone either. I'm super embarrassed i'm even posting this. But please tell me how yours turns out. Text me!

Monday, May 13, 2013

It's a common question these days. One I don't really have an answer to. But I'll try and explain anyway.
So David leaves June 13th for LDAC which we both just found out today stands for Leader Development and Assessment Course.  As David just said, I learned more in 5 minutes from reading and researching on my own than I have from him over the course of 3 years. lol. I read this here.
He gets back July 11th and will be a commissioned officer for the Army. It's unfortunate that nobody will be able to attend this special ceremony. I blame his current cadre. I'm kind of mad about it. Anyway, after he gets back, we wait until he gets his BOLC date. It is then that he will head to Fort Huachuca to train for his specific MOS in military intelligence . It's 4 months long and I think I'm going to stay here since it's in Sierra Vista. I don't wanna uproot the kids (and really myself) to go somewhere where I don't have friends and family. I'll save that for later.
After he gets back from that, we go somewhere. lol. As of right now, I think we want to go foreign specifically to Germany or Italy. From what I've heard though, Germany is the better choice between the two. We'll be there for 2 years and then go somewhere else for 2 more years.
Here are some pictures from Graduation.  Do you remember this post when I wrote about his acceptance into Embry Riddle? This was in April of 2010! This was 4 years ago! Can you believe it? We made it and I am so glad.

That's all for now. And now you maybe kinda sorta a little understand what's next. Cause I don't. lol.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Here's a funny story.

My husband. He's kind of a really cool guy.

At this very moment, he's driving a trash truck.

3 days ago he graduated with a degree in Global Security and Intelligence Studies/Chinese from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (with honors!).

In about 2 months, he will commission as a Second Lieutenant with the Army.

And about 5 years ago, he was building houses.

So I'd say he is a jack of all trades. Is that how it's worded? Anyway, I see these pictures in my Picasa album all the time and I thought I'd remind you of the house he designed AND built for us in Lock Haven, PA. Unfortunately we never got to live there. It's a gorgeous house that sits literally about 15 yards from a large creek that runs through the area. Oh my goodness. Gorgeous. It has a huge deck in the front and it's surrounded by trees and green and happiness. 

Dining Room

Dining Room Floor

Living Room

Another living room angle.



Dual head shower

Master bath

Guest bath

That's Jackson sitting there!

Maybe someday we can buy the house back and live there. Eh? Sorry. This is another bragging blogger post. But I can't help it. I'm kind of lying if I don't mention that he had help. The missionaries, and his dad, and my dad, and his brother Abe all were a part of making this happen and to them I am grateful.  I'm trying to keep up with the Blog Challenge I'm participating in but I have some other stuff to do. So pictures ALWAYS work right?

Do you have a dream house? What does it look like? I love looking at house plans so tell me where to find it!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

This time I can't figure it out. It's probably a combination of all things. The least of which is my screamingly (I made that up) dirty house. It's almost to the point where you can't even walk through it. There's also a 99 percent chance you'll step on a Lego. Or some other hurtful object. Yeah probably not a Lego since we haven't introduced those to our home yet. Don't even think about it....  But I still have a scar from stepping on something sharp in my house that I can't even remember now. Anyway, back to the topic at hand. Anxiety.

The month leading up to David leaving for China was also the month immediately after giving birth. Therefore it equals anxiety. Let me put it into equation form since I'm taking a statistics class.

Giving birth/anxiety + David China/anxiety = 2X Anxiety squared (but I don't know how to superscript on here).

What I'm feeling today totally equals that. I'm shaking and panicky and fidgety. It's not good. I'm not sleeping well either. Boo.

This is probably why.

I'm working all week which is not typical.
David graduates on Saturday.
We haven't spent much time together (and this is not good for us because we actually like each other and thrive on time spent in one another's presence).
I don't know where we are going.
Or when.
I don't know how we are going to make money in the weird meantime.

That's all. I don't mean for it to be all negativey and stuff. It's just what it is. Those are meant to be statements not whiney gross sentences.

I'm usually okay being really poor. But it's because I always have hope for more dolla bills. Well with David out of school and ROTC, we don't have funding.

Where should I get a job? A job that will let me take a month off in June when David is at LDAC. Right? Crazy.

What do you do for your anxiety/nervousness?