Tuesday, July 4, 2017

GIVEAWAY: 16x20 Canvas

Did you see my last post?
The one about what I've been up too --
The one with the cute picture of my growing boys.
and all the details on my new SeneGence paycheck! :)

 If not, you should definitely go check it out! 

but what better way to make a comeback than with FREE stuff, right? 

As a huge thank you for sticking around so long, 
I'm giving away a FREE 16x20 Canvas from Canvas Factory!

We all know that I'm a HUGE fan of Gallery walls and Canvas Prints!

Just take a lot at how my gallery wall has grown over the years ...

From this ...

to this ...
and I just ordered one more for the top left! ;)

So when Canvas Factory contacted me about a giveaway for my readers  --
I jumped up and down and couldn't say yes fast enough!

You need one of their canvases on your wall!
The quality is incredible!
I love how the edges are mirrored so you don't loose parts of your picture!
I love the thickness and the texture!

Want a FREE 16x20 Canvas?
It's easy! There are several ways to enter ...

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Giveaway starts today and ends Sunday at midnight!


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4 Tips for a Successful Vendor Event

4 Tips for a Successful Vendor Event 

1. First Impressions. 

Statistically, you have a seven second window to make a first impression. 
That's it - just seven seconds, so let's make them good!

Two things play into first impressions at a vendor event -- YOU and your BOOTH!

Let's talk about YOU!

 "The Big Day" Outfit - What you wear is important. Don't let anyone tell you differently. 

You want to appropriately represent your brand -- YOU are your brand - dress like it! If your brand is super casual and laid back -- then wear a cute hat with your company name/logo and a cute t-shirt. I sell LipSense -- I want to look professional and knowledgeable and I always wear the same outfit to events - a Red "lips" shirt with a cotton leopard blazer. Imagine if I wasn't wearing any make-up, looked a hot mess and dressed like a bum? Would you want to buy makeup products from me? No way! But most importantly, you need to look approachable -- wear a smile! :) "You're never fully dressed without a smile", right? That's actually great advice and very true when it comes to events! Check yourself -- "RBF" is a big deterrent! lol.
Now, let's talk about your BOOTH! 

              STAND OUT! You don't want to blend into the dark backdrops of all the other booths! 
Showcase your Business! You want a large sign that people can see from a distance with easy to read fonts. I didn't want to invest a ton of money into vendor events, so I designed a graphic using the free program Canva and then had it printed for cheap via Vistaprint. I built a very inexpensive "sign stand" out of PVC pipe, spray painted it gold and used velcro to attach it! It worked great and is very easy to transport and store! 


      B&W Stripe & Leopard Photo Boxes + Cake Stand
Height is your friend! If you just have one table -- use it wisely! You need to add height to showcase all of your products! My favorite, inexpensive hack is to use the "Photo Holder Boxes". I get mine from Hobby Lobby - they come in really awesome prints and patterns (as well as solids like black and white) and they cost $2.00 when on sale! Added bonus -- they allow you to store things in them while transporting to the event! I also love to use cake plates -- Hobby Lobby has acrylic ones for $9.99 ($6 after 40% coupon) and I spray paint the bottom gold! It makes an awesome, inexpensive display! The Dollar Store has tons of different size clear acrylic picture frames! Create graphics in Canva that mimic your signs and display them around your table! 

Color Coordinate!! You want your booth to match your branding! My business cards combine Leopard with Black and white -- so I used those in my booth! I "splurged" and bought a fitted solid colored tablecloth from Amazon. It cost less than $15 and gives my booth such a professional look! Then I layer different "tablecloths" (aka, cheap fabric from Hobby Lobby) using gold or leopard to tie in my business design. Lightboxes are also AMAZING! You can totally personalize them! 

Shop your House! It's tempting to want to go out and buy all new things, but you'll be amazed at the things you have laying around that make amazing display pieces! Remember, we want to make money - not spend it all before it starts! :) 
The Power of Spray Paint! A can of spray paint is the perfect way to transform everyday items from drab to fab! I basically keep a can of gold metallic spray paint in my garage at all times! 
2. Draw People in! 

So now we've got ourselves looking good ;) -- 
we've got our Booth looking AMAZING -- 
now we need to draw the people in to purchase! 

Here are few things that help draw people in ...

Free Candy! 
People love FREE and everyone loves Candy!


Photo Booth!
This is a fun one!! I built a simple PVC Pipe Photo Booth Stand, ordered a gold sequin backdrop, bought some cheap props off Amazon and voila! 

It brought so many people of all ages by my booth! 

3. Get them to buy.

The people are at your booth -- now what do you do? 
How do you get them to purchase rather than just look?

My Favorite is the dice game! I bring large dice -- let people roll them and each number 1-6 coordinates to a specific discount that they can use right then! Remember, you want people to purchase NOW - not later - so encourage them! 

Contests and Giveaways!
I normally take everyone's email address and then later that evening, I draw a name for a Free item (in my case, a LipSense gloss) or a Free Gift! I do the drawing LIVE in my group! This benefits me because I get them to join my group -- and also because I get their email addresses -- so I can add them to my MailChimp News flyer or Sales Ad when I send those out and potentially gain some long term customers! 

*This is LipSense specific - but by giving away a gloss - they usually buy a color! Win Win!

Free Gift with Purchase!
I also do a FREE gift with purchase over $50. 

I do this instead of giving event discounts -- 
it's much more cost effective to buy a few $1 make up bags, mirrors, etc! 

4. Back for more! 

They purchased! Now what?
You want to create repeat customers! 

Make sure that all your "wrapping" has your Logo and that you give them a business card!
I also like to add to a little "coupon" or discount for a future purchase! Most likely, they know a lot of people that sell whatever product you're selling -- convince them to choose you! I pre-assembled my packaging before the event and all I had to do was stick the LipSense in there! Quick and Cute!

I also like to add a little sticker and sign that says ...
"Take a Selfie - Post it in my group and get 10% off your next purchase"

A few more things to keep in mind ... 

Unfortunately, bad people are everywhere and people will steal. Make sure that your product is protected. I use clear acrylic drawers (dollar store) -- it allows people to see what product I have -- but the drawers (where they open) are behind the table so they don't have access to taking my product.

*The picture on the left is the view the customer's see -- the right is the view I see behind the table!

Set up a TRY IT ON station! If you sell clothing -- bring a "dressing room". If you sell make-up, set up a table where people can actually try it on! People want to experience what they are buying first!

To the right of my booth, I set up a "try it before you buy it" table. 
See it back there? I created a sort of "U shape" ... 
photo booth on the left, booth in the middle, "try it" station on the right.

I used a 4ft table with two "stations" -- 
each chair had a mirror, trash can and instructions on how to apply LipSense!
This also helped keep the front of my booth clear and available to new people walking by. 

Before the event, I pre-assembled "demo kits" which included a little baggy with 4 disposable wands and a glossy sample. This made it much easier to hand out while I was busy with other customers.

My best advice?
Learn from your mistakes -- tweak it and try something different the next time! 
Take what you like, leave what you don't! 
It's YOUR business -- do it YOUR way!

Are you interested in learning more about LipSense?

Would you LOVE to have a job where you make your own hours?
Would you LOVE to have a job where you can work from anywhere?

I would LOVE to tell you about how a simple $55 investment changed my life!


Come join my group on Facebook.
or Follow me on Instagram

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Excused Absense and a paycheck.

Hey, hey Ladies! 

I'm back! Back again. ;)

I'm sorry. I suck. 

I've tried SO hard to keep up with blogging and I don't know -- it just always falls at the bottom of the endless "To-Do List". Then 9 pm comes along and rather than hopping on here to tell you about my day or the latest DIY craft I made, I mindlessly read other people's blogs until I fall asleep with a pile of unfolded laundry at my feet and my to-do list still 1 million miles long! Then I get up with the baby about 13,000 times throughout the night and start the day all over as a walking zombie!
That's real life, folks! ;) 
I'm sure a few of you can relate? 
Anyone? Anyone?

Ok, so where did we leave off?

Well ... my boys have gotten SOOO big! :( 
They are now 7, 5, 3 and 1!
Time sure flies when you're having fun. or sleep deprived. 
If you want to follow along on our crazy daily adventures, 
come find me on Instagram -- preppymom is my name.

I've also been doing something SUPER fun, I can't wait to share!! 

 I discovered LipSense! 


Have you heard of it?
If yes, then you know how AMAZING it is!!
What's your favorite color?
If you haven't --- oh man! You're missing out!! 
It's Incredible!
and I'm not just saying that. 

 LipSense is a long lasting lip color (it is not a stain) that molecularly bonds to your lips! 
It lasts anywhere between 4-18 hours! On me -- it lasts easily 10-12 hours! 
Isn't that crazy?? 
You can go through your WHOLE day without having to worry about your Lipstick. 
You can eat pizza -- or drink wine-- or go swimming with your toddler -- and it's still there.

it's the ultimate Hot Mess Mom lipstick. 
Anything that passes the #boymom test -- 
well then it's WAY too legit to quit.

I would love for you to come join my group on Facebook --

I have tons of color in stock, I go live, offer discounts and run giveaways!
I love to throw custom goodies in with my packages -- 
sometimes it's $5 Starbucks card - 
sometimes it's a personalized key chain. 
It's lots of fun and absolutely ZERO pressure! 

and you guys --- the best part? 
I'm getting a paycheck. 
That's right !!!!! Seriously. 
Cash Money in my pocket.
My husband was pretty shocked. 
I don't think he initially believe how awesome this is. 
Now he's hustling it to his friends at work for their wives! Haha. 

I'm getting PAID to be silly, talk about Lipstick and post selfies. 
 I'm working from home -- in my car -- in the school pick up line. 
on the 17th aisle of Target while my kid throws a tantrum. 
At the park while my kids play. 

So if you love lipstick and make up -- 
and would love the chance to earn a REAL paycheck, 
while your kids crawl around throwing cheerios and tantrums -- ;)
 then I'd love to talk with you more about that as well! 

The investment is only $55!! That's it! 
It's like a costco membership for amazing lipstick! 
No monthly minimums. 
No auto ship. 
You can order 1 or 100. 
Your discount ranges from 20-50%.
You can use the discount for yourself. Or share it with your friends.

To sign up -- go to www.sengence.com
Become a Distributor.
SPONSOR ID: 236647

It's SO simple! If I can do it -- you can do it. 
for real. 

OK! So I promise to try and post more DIY's, 
and more fun kid crafts! 

I've missed you guys! 
So, what have YOU been up too???
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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Make your Own SNOW PAINT!

I know it's been awhile since I've actually blogged ...
but it's been a little crazy around here! 
I'm pretty sure it has to do with these three ...
Yup ... THREE!
Sweet Thatcher is here and I'm slowly adjusting to my new normal.
Three boys. Three and under. 
with a husband that is always deploying.
Pray for me, my friends! ;) 

Oh and we're also snowed in right now.
and the boys (and I) were getting cabin fever.
So we braved the cold today and went outside.
and we painted the snow --
and it was pretty awesome. 
and the boys LOVED it.
and it was SOOOOOOOO ridiculously easy.
So I just HAD to log in and share it with you quick.

Especially since it looks like the majority of the country is experiencing winter weather! :)

Except Florida of course. 
but we hate florida, haha. {kidding, kidding}

So here goes ...

First you need some kind of squeeze bottle.

I used these Mini Wilton ones that I bought at Michaels (because I plan on using them tomorrow to decorate cookies for a playgroup I'm hosting). but you could also use water bottles with a squeeze top, mustard squeeze things for picnics, whatever you have on hand basically.

 Now are you ready for this? It's SO simple and quick.
(and "simple" in the world of my impatient kiddos is pretty much GOLDEN!)
 Fill your squeeze bottles with water and add some drops of food coloring.

That's it. 

Now admire these beauties for the two seconds that your kids let you...

 Bundle up those cabin fevered, impatient cuties.

Take that paint outside ...

and start creating those masterpieces ... 

Then come back inside and warm those cold hands by the fire! :)

Note: This entertained my kids (3.5 and 2) for about 45 minutes. It would have probably entertained them longer but a) they were cold and b) I was getting tired of re-filling the bottles every two seconds. SO if you have them -- bigger squeeze bottles would be better for your little aspiring snow Picasso. I did about 4-6 drops of food coloring for each bottle. However for the blue, 1-2 drops is plenty. Otherwise it starts to turn black. We also tried purple - it didn't really work for us, but I'm terrible at mixing colors, haha. You'll probably have better luck.

If you try this, I'd LOVE to see pictures!
You can find us HERE on Facebook!
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