December 17, 2015

You can and you will!!!


In life, when you affirm something, you’re declaring it to be true.  How many times do we think or speak negatively?  How many times do we put down or ideas or downplay our accomplishments?  Is this serving us well?  Of course not.  So, as we wind down 2015 and look forward to 2016, I am challenging all of us to be more intentional about what we say to ourselves and others.  Let’s choose to speak life.  Let’s choose to affirm the great things in our lives and the lives of those around us.  Let’s decide to be someone who brings joy into our lives and the lives of others this season.  Who’s in?

December 1, 2015

My Newest Adventure!


Well here’s some new and exciting news!  I’m now an Independent Consultant for Arbonne.  I’m not certain if you’ve heard of this company, I know I hadn’t, but I tried the products and was absolutely hooked!  I’ve been jokingly telling my friends that I feel like a super fancy Avon lady.

I was introduced to Arbonne this past summer by a mom I met at my children’s swim classes.  We hit it off like two peas in a pod and talked about the world, our families, travel, money, schooling etc. and at some point over months of play dates and mommy breakfasts etc., she shared how Arbonne has made a significant difference in her life.

At first I was adamant that Arbonne wasn’t for me.  I’m a planner, an organizer; I love working behind the scenes.  Yet, here was my friend challenging me to step out of my comfort zone and I wasn’t having it.  Even as I saw the freedom (in terms of time and finances) building her Arbonne business was affording her, I still wasn’t certain it was for me, but I kept hearing sermons, and words from people I respect saying, “It’s time to live a life of faith not fear!”  So I did it.  I made a choice to live boldly, not timidly.  To take a chance on something bigger.  To become the woman my children would be inspired by; to be a woman of faith; not of fear!

Now what I feared most was talking to people about the products, I feared having to sell people something.  I hesitated because I didn’t want people to avoid me or feel like I was trying to push something on them.  My turning point was my friend saying, ‘hon if you’re not pushy in life, you won’t be pushy in business!’  That was truly helpful.  I started hearing words of wisdom about, “visioning for a better future’,  ‘identifying what success looks like for you’, and ‘dreaming, believing, and achieving your goals’ and those messages inspired me to want more.

So now, I see myself as someone poised at the beginning of a new phase in my life.  A phase of me deepening and growing more mindful in the areas of prosperity, family, community and connectedness.  So far, my Arbonne journey is already challenging me to think bigger and do better.  I see me using this opportunity to grow more into the person God created me to be.  I see myself showing my kids through my actions to tackle challenges, take risks in life and to keep growing mentally, spiritually and financially.  This isn’t the end of my story; this is the beginning of my new chapter.  It’s filled with a wealth of action, adventure, love, joy and boundless blessings.  It’s filled with financial freedom.  It’s filled with faith!

So, as I embark on my newest epic adventure, feel free to come along with me!  If you’re interested in checking out some of the products; pop by and peruse my online shop at: Char’s Arbonne Boutique  If you’d like to figure out how this company can help you achieve your goals, email me anytime at:


As a tie in to my newest epic adventure, here’s a special opportunity for my Canadian readers.  Arbonne will be running our 12 Days of Arbonne Event!  Today, you can enter to win our Arbonne® Pure Vibrance Hair Revitalizing Masque!  If today is not your lucky day, no worries!  Every day for the next 12 days you can enter to win some awesome prizes by liking this page: Arbonne Canada and answering a question in the corresponding comment section.  Remember to answer correctly by 6 p.m. EST for your chance to win!  Good luck, I hope you win big at our #12DaysOfArbonne event.

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November 24, 2014

Pay it forward Potluck

We had a blast!!!  There was good food and great fun at our church’s Operation Christmas Child Packing Party and Potluck this past Friday night!

I love that I can teach my children how important it is to get together, mobilize, be active and intentional about making a positive change in their world. They are 5 & 4 and they know they have the power to make a difference.  My friends, I’m throwing out a challenge, it’s your turn to make a choice to ?#?bethechange?

How will you make a positive change in your world this Christmas season?  I’d love to hear your ideas.

Tag you’re it!



October 31, 2014

Trick or Treat

My kiddies made these cute little gifts for their classmates.


May 11, 2014

5 things I’ve learned after becoming a mom

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1.) Being a mom is hard work. 24/7. 365. Hard work.  Celebrating the good days and bad days.  You know, those days that make you beam with pride and those days that make your heart painfully ache.  Cleaning up vomit and/or poo, listening to that horrible rattle coming from your child’s chest, soothing them back to sleep after they’ve had a bad dream.  Teaching your kids to crawl, walk, ride their bikes.  As mom’s, you’re bent over with your arms stretched out to them, ready to catch them if they fall.  It feels like we’re contorted in this position for years.  It’s a hard position to maintain for such a long period of time.   But we do it.  Sleepless nights and worrisome days, it is hard work being a mom; it’s a difficult experience to describe, but it will always be one of the most priceless experiences you will ever have.

2.) It’s ok to say that you’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed out and need a break.  We don’t have to be superwoman.  Sometimes the best gift we can give our kids is a mom who takes a time out to look after herself, then comes back to the fold refreshed, bringing her mommy A game to the table.  This is something I am still learning and working on, but it’s a valuable lesson to learn.

3.) It’s healthy to let your kids know you don’t have all the answers. They need to know that you are willing to listen to their questions.  They need to understand that you will do the research till you figure out the answer(s), sometimes right along side them, and sometimes on your own. They need to know that you will try to share those answers with them in an age appropriate way that they can understand.  Most importantly, they need to know that even at your age, you are still learning.  Hopefully, this model will encourage them to continually seek answers throughout their entire lives.

4.) You don’t have to react in the moment.  Sometimes it’s best if you step away from the crayon graffiti art on your freshly painted walls, and take a moment to gain some perspective before coming back to your child to gently manage the situation.  After all, one day they’ll bring home ‘the one’ they want to spend their life with and you will tell them that story with laughter in your voice and tears of joy in your eyes.  It will have become a cherished memory in your heart, so try not to mar that moment with a harsh reaction.

5.) Silly songs, voices and dances make the difference between a good and a bad day.  ‘Mom, you’re so funny!’  I love hearing my kids say that to me.  I don’t think I’m particularly funny but I can be extremely silly.  My kids live in a house where silliness is encouraged, where they are taught that there are times in life where it’s important to be serious but there are also times to just let loose and have fun.  To me, a family that laughs together (in a healthy way), is a family that stays together.  So bring on the air guitar for mama’s rock band solo because it’s going to get pretty funky in here.

Now it’s time for you to weigh in epic readers, what lessons have you learned after becoming a mom?