5 Steps Planning for a Successful Rodan+Fields Party Online

5 Steps for Planning a Successful Rodan+Fields Party Online

Fun at 41!

Only 1 week until my 41st birthday!  With fresh goals and a winning mindset, I’m ready to start this year off with a bang.  Monthly I schedule some sort of event either local or online to invite, engage and entertain prospective costumers, consultants and connectors.  With Rodan+Fields being an online storefront, this January I wanted to feature a Facebook or Snapchat virtual party. Here are my top 5 suggestions on how to plan and host your own virtual event.

Step 1: Scheduling

What is your style are you a planner or are you spontaneous? Me? I’m a planner. Events on my calendar are scheduled a couple weeks out to give me plenty of time to draft my posts, consider my live videos and invite people to the party. The more I plan the better my attendance, fluid party posts and involvement. Once I have scheduled my party, it’s time to create an invitation. One of my favorite apps for creating simple invites is WordSwag.  Here you choose your theme, add the words and play with the style until you get an invitation you like. Finally create the Facebook or Snapchat online party and get prepare or the Step 2.

 

 

Step 2: Invitation and Wording

My first recommendation: Be authentic to yourself. My second: don’t add people without without a personal request.  When I first started out with Rodan+Fields I, like many others, used “word vomit” to invite and engage potential consultants and customers.  Funny enough, I hardly had any responses as most of my queries were ignored.  Now, I try for a personal approach.  Each invite is personally addressed to the recipient (not: hey girl).  I type each invite separate (not copy and paste) and it’s short.  Here is an example of my language:

“Rose, I’m having an online birthday bash for Rodan+Fields with product information and drawings for free samples. Would you like an invite?”

That’s it!  Some ignore, others say no thanks but many say “Yes!”  Even if they are current preferred customers or other consultants, invite and welcome them. Not only does it help to have support but you already know they love the products.

Step 3: Plan Your Posts

Schedule and plan your event carefully.  My event is going to be over a 24 hour period.  During the day I’ll have a few live videos, I’ll highlighting how I blend Rodan+Fields into my daily life and feature some of my favorite products. This event I’m planning four to five videos and I’m keeping them short.  Between the video I’ll post before and afters and informative posts (including mine and my husbands). I’m trying to limit them to only 10 posts.  For my Birthday Bash, I have asked a couple “guest” speakers to pop on and chat about their favorite Rodan+Fields products and their personal journey. Finally, that evening I am planning a local birthday bash to conclude the event and show the joy and fun of being a consultant.

 

Step 4: Keep them Engaged

Who doesn’t love free products and gifts?  In stock I have a couple “Active Hydration” samples our lovely “Give it a Glow” sample packs and some amazing essential products.  Additionally, I picked up small gift cards from Amazon, Panera and Starbucks.  For the grand prize I’m putting together a winter survival goodie basket with a sample of Active Hydration, a few lip serums, a sample of the every popular Microdermabrasion Paste and a Sunless Tanner.  Guest can win one of these goodies just by clicking attending.  While other guests will have a chance to participate within the party by engaging through comments and likes.

Step 5: Follow Up

Did people participate with comments?  Did you have have anyone take the Solution’s Tool? Follow up and set a time to meet for coffee, chat over the phone or personal message.  Ask them how you can help or what piqued their interest. Focus on their needs and wants and see how you can best support them in their goals.

What If?

Do these 5 steps sounds easy and doable?  Is something you would like to try? Are you considering if Rodan+Fields would be a good fit for you?  I’m here to tell you, Rodan+Field has amazing projects, an incredible supportive team and an excellent business plan. On the horizon there is excitement and more to come as this innovative company always exceeds my expectations! Please reach out, I sure love my journey and I’d love to help you achieve your goals!

 

Gratitude

A special shout out and thank you to Deev Murphy a talented writer, fellow WordPress Blogger and life-long friend who recently gave me accolades on her blog!  Thank you for the kind words and loving message. May you continue to recognize the talents you have and the gifts you bring so many others!

Thank you also to all who are supporting my dream and propelling me forward!  I am grateful for my knowledgeable team, all my admiring readers, satisfied preferred customers and my enthusiastic connectors.

5 Kid Friendly Outdoor Snow Projects

5 Kid Friendly Outdoor Snow Projects

Our Snowed in Adventure

When snow hits in the south, you can guarantee a few days snow-days. An unheard of 4 inches blanketed our area with gorgeous, soft flakes of snow. It was magical… for the first couple of days. However, when we received the call yesterday that again school was canceled, (it’s been 6 days since the snow fell) my first instinct was “Noooo”!  Being cooped up in the house with three kids well, the magic has worn thin.  They need to get out, have some purpose and be challenged by someone other then me and my husband (and goodness knows, I need time to work, LOL!).  But then, inspiration hit this morning.  With weathers warming up, the snow will be soon gone and we need to take advantage of what remains.Time to get busy, play outdoors and learn in our environment! Here are our Top 5 Kid Friendly Outdoor Snowy Projects!

 

  1. Snow Art

Materials:

  • Spray Bottles or recycled bottles
  • watered down paints or food coloring
  • leftover sprinkles from holiday cookies

Grab a large patch of snow and let the kids explore mixing colors and painting the snow.  Challenge them to create patterns or simple patterns.  See where their imagination takes them.

2. Snow Writing

Materials:

  • Sticks
  • Leftover snow art paint

Find a patch of snow and practice writing letters, words or messages in the snow.  Erase with leaves or pine branches and try again.

3.  Snow Prints

Materials:

  • Leaves
  • Pinecones
  • cars, trucks or anything with wheels
  • Other objects that will make imprints or patterns in the snow

Have the kids lightly press outdoor objects such as leaves and pinecones into the snow to see the imprint. Hunt for tracks in the snow made by outdoor critters  such as birds or deer. Use indoor objects like cars and trucks to see the impressions created.

4.  Snow Science- Melting Snow

Materals:

  • Buckets
  • Pots and pans
  • Stove (either hot plate or indoor range)
  • Cheese cloth or towel
  • oven
  • space heaters

Query 1: Can we Drink Snow?  Have the kids learn how melt snow and use as drinking water. Collect water into a couple pots. Fill to the top so they can see how much water comes from snow.  Melt the snow on the stove and observe the change in property from a solid to a liquid.  Boil snow for 10 minutes, cool and strain over a towel to get rid of any twigs, dirt and leaves.

Query 2: How fast does snow melt indoors. Have the kids place snow into buckets and place in different parts of the house such as the garage, in doors and by the heater.  Have them predict how long they think each bucket of snow will take to melt.

Query 3: How fast will snow melt with heat.  Use a heat lamp, hair dryer or space heater. Predict of fast each bucket of snow will melt.

As the water melted, we watched a Water Cycle Video and discussed what temperature needs to be present to make snow fall.

5.  Snow Books and Games

Snow was a way of life where I grew up so I sure enjoyed teaching the kids a few of my snow-fun filled games.

Snow Games

  • Fox and Geese – a Game of Tag in the Snow
  • Capture the Flag- I recall once playing this in thigh deep snow!  It was crazy but always a fun adventure
  • Building a Snowman or Fort
  • Having a snowball Fight
  • Creating Snow Angels

Recommend Reading for Snowy Day Fun

Snow by Cynthia Rylant

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

The Biggest Snowman Ever by Steven Kroll

Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Write

All you Need for a Snowman by Alice Schertle

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

 

Our Weekly Menu Happy 2018!

Our Weekly Menu

Our Weekly Menu

This weeks menu is ready! We follow the guidelines of Trim Healthy Mama developed by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison and we encourage you to check out their websitebooks and various social media platforms. Happy New Year!  Our word of the year is Grow!!

  • Grow in Kindness
  • Grow in Faith
  • Grow in Positivity
  • Grow towards Financial Freedom
  • Grow as a family and as a couple
  • Grow in business
  • Grow as a leader!
  • Grow as a writer.

The list could continue to GROW!  But we are using this word to build on our year and our goals. What word speaks to you in 2018?

Menu

Monday: Millionaire Spaghetti Squash (S) Lasagna flavor with a tasty twist!

Tuesday: Sprouted Wheat Rolls  with  White Bean Soup (E)

Wednesday: Snatch ’em up chicken tenders (S) page 238 of the book Trim Healthy Table. 

Thursday: Creamy mushroom Chicken Casserole (S) page 141 of the book Trim Healthy Table. 

Friday: Low Carb Pizza, (c/o) crust made with Cheese bread sticks on page 252 of the book Trim Healthy Table. 

Saturday:Trim Mac Salad (S) page 181 of the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook

Sunday: Creamy lemon chicken and quinoa soup (E) page 147 of the book Trim Healthy Table. 

 

For my Sweet Tooth

 

Life by Chocolate Cake (S) page 276 of the book Trim Healthy Table. 

Cinnamon Butter Bundt Cake (S) page 380 of the book Trim Healthy Table. 

Elf in Training Day 13

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Day 13 Tasks:

We continue our advent adventures with Day 13. Click here for a full copy or to print your own advent activities.   The categories we choose for 2017: Family Holiday Activity, Elf in Training and Workout Challenge.

Elf in Training
  1. Learn about a kind person who made a positive contribution to the world.

Here is a list of people who have made a positive contribution to the world. 

Kids site for learning about positive leaders. 

 

  1. Drop off flowers or baked goods to a stranger, friend or neighbor.

    Plant the seed of kindness to watch it grow!









Family Holiday Activity

Bake a Holiday Treat and Give it Away to Friends or Neighbors

Grab your apron, baking hats and a favorite family recipe.  It’s time to create a delicious holiday treat. Last weekend our oldest came home with a gift for our family, a jar filled with dry goods and a recipe to create tasty cookies.  Today, we are going to create her yummy holiday treat, keep a few and give some away.
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 Workout Challenge

13 minutes of running, biking or walking

Lace up your tennis shoes enjoy 13 minutes (or more) of exercise.

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Elf in Training Day 11

Elf in Training Day 11

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We continue our advent adventures with Day 11. Click here for a full copy or to print your own advent activities.   The categories we choose for 2017: Family Holiday Activity, Elf in Training and Workout Challenge.

Day 11 Tasks:

Family Holiday Project/ Kindness Challenge


1. Give a Random Person a Christmas or Holiday Card

Our annual Christmas cards were sent off this weekend so the girls sure enjoyed illustrating one of their own to deliver to a random family. We hope it put a smile on their face!

~Everywhere you go, leave a trail of kindness

2. Donate Gift(s) to Charity

Locate a local charity to donate a gift.  It could be as simple as cans for a soup kitchen or donating a toy to Toys for Tots.  Local churches also have trees adorned with angels to support local children.  This year we choose to join hands with other families to give back to children in our town.
Looking for more inspiration, check out on of my favorite Christmas books: The 13th Gift  by Joanne Huist Smith.  This heartwarming story reveals how Random Acts of Kindness transformed the life of one family during the Christmas season inspiring them, in turn, to give back.  One of the reasons we incorporate Random Acts of Kindness into our holiday season, this book brings forth the importance of love and giving.
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Workout Challenge

11 Goblet Squats and 11 Squat jumps

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Image from How My World Runs

Our Weekly Menu

This weeks menu is ready! We follow the guidelines of Trim Healthy Mama developed by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison and we encourage you to check out their websitebooks and various social media platforms. The holiday festivities have begun and with it an excitement in the air.  The kids are thrilled for Christmas decorating and baking.

Menu

Monday:  Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash Casserole (S) page 132 of the book Trim Healthy Table.

Tuesday: Enchiladas (S) leftovers from Monday night’s Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Wednesday: Bean Soup (E) 

Thursday: Cauldron Cakes with Pumpkin Juice (E) (Pancakes and THM Pumpkin Sipper page 401 of the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook)

Friday: Low Carb Pizza, (c/o) crust made with Cheese bread sticks on page 252 of the book Trim Healthy Table. 

Saturday:Trim Mac Salad (S) page 181 of the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook

Sunday: Taco Pie (S) Page 119 of the book Trim Healthy Table 

 

For my Sweet Tooth

Low Carb Fudge –This treat is back on the menu!  The kids ate them all!

Low Carb Almond Joy Bonbons-I didn’t get a chance to try this recipe so back on the menu it goes.

Cinnamon Rolls –These were amazing!  They were so very easy for a quick breakfast when 5:00am is my alarm clock!

Polar Express Week

All Aboard the Polar Express!

It’s time for some Christmas fun! Travel with us over the next two weeks and learn about holidays around the world. This holiday themed learning is filled adventure. This set includes a DIY train story, math with more and less, subtracting on 1 less, family activities and more! Plus head over to Venture2Learn.com and follow along as I list helpful books and projects to go along with our Christmas Train Ride! I’ll be adding more holidays around the world next weekend so stay tuned!

Throughout next week, I’ll update this blog post with pictures of my little 4 year old working on some of the creative projects designed especially for preschool learning fun.  Here is a glimpse of the projects created. For the full set, check out my Etsy page.

  

Suggested Books for Polar Express Week

The Polar Express

Holidays Around the World 

Celebrate Christmas 

Christmas Around the World

Christmas Traditions Around the World 

Legend of the Poinsettia 

The Legend of Old Befana

The Night of Las Posadas

The Tomten

Other Activities for Polar Express Week
  • Read The Polar Express the watch the movie. Compare and Contrast them.
  • Prepare a Polar Express party with hot chocolate, cookies and music. Dress the part.
  • Look for a local train ride (locate a a Santa Express, Polar Express ride or just a short little train ride)
  • Research each country, look online and discover what makes each country unique and different.
  • Check out the following website for Christmas celebrations from around the world. Videos from Around the World and this big list of Christmas Traditions Around the World .
  • For our England visit, we will follow these directions on How to make a Christmas Cracker.

 

Elf in Training Day 9

Elf in Training Day 9

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We continue our advent adventures with Day 9. Click here for a full copy or to print your own advent activities.   The categories we choose for 2017: Family Holiday Activity, Elf in Training and Workout Challenge.

Day 9 Tasks:

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1. Help Someone With a Chore

See someone that needs an extra hand? Today, reach out and offer some help.  Better yet, observe something that needs to be done, pitch in and help without being asked.

 

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It’s time for another Elf Challenge

The Rudolf Workout Race:

  • Hide from the Elves (Hide and Seek)
  • Sneak the bag of cookies from Santa (Walk on tiptoes)
  • Pratice the art of flying (BirdDogs)
  • Leaping off roofs (Squat Jumps)

Adults check out the The Santa Claus Workout video from The Art of Manliness !

Family Holiday Activity

Have a Slumber Party by the Christmas Tree

 Grab a pile of blankets, pillows or sleeping bags; tonight’s activity is a slumber party by the Christmas tree.  Snuggle under twinkling lights as you dream of Christmas adventures and cultivate holiday magic.
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Workout Challenge

9 Gator Pushups

Regular pushups are difficult but 9 Gator pushups will really challenge my arms and core.

Elf in Training Day 7

Elf in Training Day 7

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We continue our advent adventures with Day 7. Click here for a full copy or to print your own advent activities.   The categories we choose for 2017: Family Holiday Activity, Elf in Training and Workout Challenge.

Day 7 Tasks:

Random Acts of Kindness

1. Put Money in the Salvation Army Bucket

Plunk a couple coins in the local Salvation Army Bucket.  Loose change in your car, purse or wallet, it doesn’t have to be much, every little bit helps!

2. Contribute to a Food Drive

This is the season for giving and numerous centers are hosting Food Drives. In fact our girls school is asking for contributions this week.

Family Holiday Activity

Enjoy a Cup of Hot Chocolate

Who doesn’t love to snuggle up with a good book and a mug of rich, milk chocolate?  Cold or hot, we will conclude our day reading, snuggling and enjoy a nice cup of chocolatey goodness.
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Workout Challenge

7 Reverse Lunges (Right and Left) 7 Squats

Quick and simple, add this leg work onto your normal routine and complete day 7 of the fitness advent.

Images from ChristinaCarlyle.com

Elf in Training Day 6

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Elf in Training Day 6

We continue our advent adventures with Day 6. Click here for a full copy or to print your own advent activities.   The categories we choose for 2017: Family Holiday Activity, Elf in Training and Workout Challenge.

Day 6 Tasks:

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1. Leave an anonymous thank you note for a teacher, friend or co-worker.

Has someone made a difference in you or your child’s life?  Leave them a simple thank you.  You can add your name or keep it a secret.  Just remember to give away positive encouragement!

2. Give away an Ornament to a Friend or Stranger

This falls perfect in line with our family holiday activity.  I’ll have the kids make an extra ornament so they can keep one and give one away.

Family Holiday Activity

Make  a Christmas Ornament

For a simple, kid friendly activity, I came up with this adorable ornament.  To make your own repurposed crafty ornaments consider the following materials:
  • Wooden shapes (found at Target or Walmart less then .50 an item
  • Felt shaped ornaments either store bought or cut your own. I found mine at Hobby Lobby 50% off.
  • gems, buttons or holiday stickers
  • glitter
  • glue, fabric glue and hot glue
  • paint

Have children paint the wooden shape and embellish with glitter.  Decorate with buttons, gems or holiday stickers. Use the hot glue gun if the fabric glue or regular glue isn’t holding the ornaments.

Workout Challenge

6 Hanging Abs

Today we add a bit of core strength into our workout with hanging abs.  Using the pull up bar, we hold steady and bring knees to the chest for 1 rep, repeating 6 times. For more core exercises to try with a pull-up bar, check out this blog posting from Redefining Strength . Don’t have a pull-up bar for hanging abs, use two chairs with arm rests or Equalizer Bars.