Two Days

posted on: Tuesday, December 16, 2014

If you've considered joining Rodan and Fields as a Consultant before or have tinkered with the idea but never reached out to learn more… now is definitely the time.  I'm offering the biggest incentives I've ever offered to anyone who joins my team tomorrow and Thursday (the 17th and 18th) only.  I've been doing this business almost a year and a half and have never done anything quite this fun or big. :)

Over this past year and a half I have fallen in love with this business.  I knew I loved the skincare before I had even started the business.  But when I joined I realized that the business was not only changing our families financial future, but it was changing other family's financial futures as well.  I have many women on my team all with different why's for this business.  Some are needing money to pay bills, others are wanting to fund extra curricular activities for their kids, some are wanting guilt free shopping money and others are wanting to have more to give towards charities that they love.

We're not a party company…so you can grow your business around your own hours and from wherever you are.

Whatever your "why" is… I would love to help you achieve it.  I love my team and I love helping grow thriving businesses.  You'll be given the best training as well as continual support.

Shoot me an email if you'd like to know more! thevanillatulip (at) yahoo (dot) com

Boy's Room

posted on: Thursday, December 11, 2014

In our old home all four kids shared a bedroom which worked beautifully! But with this new house we gained an additional bedroom. Which meant a boy's room and a girl's room.  I didn't want to spend a ton on decorating so we used a lot of what we already had from the previous shared room.

Here are a few of the details (I'll be sharing a few of these shops in detail over the weekend…as well as discounts!):

+Wall Decals are from Urbanwalls. I love them because they're easy to apply and easy to take off without leaving a mark!

+Black Bear Rug from Not Too Shaggy on Etsy. This rug is INCREDIBLY soft!

+White Cross Pillow from She's Happy Design.  Stephanie the shop owner is incredibly kind and customized this pillow to match the boy's room.  She was such a delight to work with! I'm excited to share her shop in detail with you this weekend.

+Black and White Stripe Rug from PlushRugs.Com

+Black and White Pattern Rug from Ikea

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$1,000 Holiday Giveaway!

posted on: Wednesday, December 10, 2014

I am teaming up with some of my favorite blogging friends to bring you a fantastic holiday giveaway!
Your hosts for the giveaway are:

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Ikea Karlstad Chair/Couch Makeover

posted on: Monday, December 8, 2014

When we moved into our new house we made the decision to invest in a new couch and chair as well.  Our previous set we had bought used as newlyweds.  Throw in 8 years of wear and tear from 4 kids and they had seen better days.

I did my research and we ended up purchasing the Karlstad Couch and Chair from Ikea.  A word of warning… you have to assemble.  As daunting as putting together a full couch and chair sounds, it really isn't that bad. If you can follow instructions and screw things together then you're fine!

The couch and chairs come with a light colored block leg.  I felt like it made the furniture look like something that came out of a dorm lounge area.  Not exactly the look I was going for.  Since the legs were super easy to screw in I had a feeling there had to be replacements out there!  I googled Ikea leg replacements and stumbled across Uncle Bob's Workshop online. It's just a mom and pop shop that makes legs specifically for Ikea furniture.  I found the perfect legs that would give our couch a mid-century look!

Here's some of the details:

1// Go to Unclebob' and search Ikea in their website.  It will pull up a great selection of legs.  I chose the 5 1/2" walnut spindle legs because they shipped the next day.  I will say, I had originally chosen a dark stain and paid for them.  I received an email from the workshop saying they would ship in 2 months because they were backed up on orders.  Their customer service was great and did include legs that were all ready to be shipped. The walnut ones were in that grouping.  So, before you order I definitely would shoot them an email and ask what legs they have already made and ready to ship. Otherwise it'll be a few months before you get them!

2//They're SUPER easy to attach!  Just unscrew the old leg. And screw in the new leg!
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posted on: Friday, December 5, 2014

Answer these questions for me…

+Would you like to be your own boss?
+Would you like to work from home in part time hours?
+Would you like to an extra something that you could work around an already full time career?
+Would you like to build residual income?
+Would you like to bring in extra income?
+Would you like to replace an income?
+Would you like some guilt free shopping money?
+Would you like to be able to give back more to causes you're passionate about?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, then I would love for you to consider Rodan and Fields.  Would you believe the majority of the Consultants on my team had never even touched the products before they joined?  They joined because they saw an incredible business opportunity.  The Dr.'s that created Proactiv started a company called Rodan + Fields Dermatologists- a number one selling clinical skin care brand in high-end retail and they wanted to get the product in more hands.  They CHOSE to take R+F out of retail and launched it into direct selling (which is what I do!).  Which means you can only get their products through Consultants now.  They are the only brand to have been able to successfully do this.  We are getting ready to launch into Canada in the next few months… do you live there? Do you know anyone there?

We do not handle inventory, we are not a home parties company or a private FB group company.  This business is just not growing. There are so many areas of the United States that are untapped territory.  Would you believe that there are only 200 Lexus Drivers in the ENTIRE United States… only 21 in Texas alone! SO much opportunity!

We have a 60 day money back guarantee on both the products AND the business kits.  It's risk free to try.  The only risk is the "what if" of not jumping in.  Your friends will be hearing about R+F eventually.  The question is, do you want to be the one to tell them?  It's your decision whether their business would be yours or someone else's.  

There's no harm in finding out more.  If you've been sitting back contemplating joining… then shoot me an email.  

I look forward to hearing from you!

Tree Day

posted on: Wednesday, December 3, 2014

It's our family tradition to get a fresh cut tree the weekend after Thanksgiving.  When we were newlyweds Travis took me to a precious tree farm.  Since then it's been become a loved tradition.  We missed a few years when we moved away, but now that we're back the tradition can be carried on!

The weather was perfection.  Some years it's freezing cold.  MOST years it's warm.  This year there was the perfect chill in the air to make it feel festive.  I love these moments with my people.  I love being able to be the one who gets to step back and capture beautiful memories being made.  To see the joy on little faces, to see the intrigue as they watch their dad cutting down the tree, to capture moments of big siblings helping the little ones.  My heart is so full and so honored that the Lord would choose me to be their mom and wife.

We always end our tree morning by stopping at Dairy Queen on the way home for lunch.  I love thinking about years to come… stopping there with teenagers.  The days of four kid's meals will be gone:)

This year we swapped out our usual white lights for multi-colored lights.  I absolutely love them and wish we would have done it sooner!  I think I wrote this last year… but I wised up years ago and packed away all of our glass balls.  We do all plastic ornaments on the tree.  It has made decorating the tree enjoyable and stress free all around.

What are some of your tree traditions? Do you do real or fake? Colored or white lights?!
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Homemade Cinnamon Ornaments

One of the things I love most about Christmas season is making holiday crafts with the kids.  I remember making these Cinnamon Ornaments growing up and thought this would be a great year to start our own tradition of making them!

They're super simple and are made up of only two ingredients.  Cinnamon and Applesauce.  I'm sure you could purchase the cinnamon in bulk somewhere for a great deal.  I ended up just getting the generic brand at Target. I bought 3 large containers of it for $4 a piece.  The recipe that I've included made enough dough for two baking sheets full of ornaments.  

Our house smelled so wonderful as they baked yesterday!  The perfect way to kick off the Christmas season!  Enjoy!

//Homemade Cinnamon Ornaments


2 Cups Applesauce
3 Cups Cinnamon


1. Preheat your oven to 225 degrees
2. Mix your applesauce and cinnamon in a large bowl.  I found it mixed the best when I used my hands. If you feel like your dough is a little too sticky then add just a bit more cinnamon.  
3. Sprinkle your work surface with cinnamon (like you would flour if you were baking).  Roll out your dough and start cutting out shapes.
4. Place your cut out shapes on a cookie sheet. Once on the cookie sheet take a pen or a skewer to poke holes in the tops of your ornaments.
5. Pop into the oven for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.  You'll want your ornaments to be rock hard.  Depending on your oven it may take a little longer than 2 hours. 
6. Run a string through the holes of your ornaments and tie a knot at the top.  Hang them on your tree, give them as gifts, use them to top your holiday gifts…the possibilities are endless!

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