Author: katyaflint

Family Fun at the Mall of America, Nickelodeon Universe & Moose Mountain

If Disney World is the happiest place on Earth, then the Mall of America is the happiest place in the midwest!  Recently, my three favorite guys and I headed to the Mall of America to take on some shopping along with Nickelodeon Universe & Moose Mountain Adventure Golf!

Christmas Time

For the last two years, T and I have given the boys a shopping spree at the Mall of America for their Christmas present!  Last year, as we roamed the stores shopping for their gifts, we realized that at the ages they are, maybe they would like to shop for their own things, so we suprised them with a trip to the mall, an overnight stay at a hotel, and of course money to spend as their gift!  As it turned out, they loved the gift and actually asked to do it again this past Christmas!  It made our Christmas shopping so much easier and so we were more than happy to oblige!

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What I’m Loving Right Now – January 2018

Can you believe it’s January 2018 already?!  And here we are for another edition of “What I’m Loving Right Now”.  I enjoy putting together these lists of things I’m loving right now, so I hope you enjoy reading them and I hope you can find something that might help you, strike your fancy, or fill a void in your life!

This month, I’m calling it my Direct Sales version!  I’ve shared a few things from a few direct sales friends of mine that I love, but here are a few more!  I truly love supporting as many direc sales consultants as possibl, as long as they provid me with outstanding customer service!  Those that do, earn my business for life!  I understand how how they work, and I understand what they are providing for their family, so I want to support them!

So, here’s what I’m loving this month from my Direct Sales friends!

Rodan & Fields Body Lotion

I’m always on the hunt for a good quality body lotion  and while I enjoy the “fun” scents from those body stores, my skin can’t handle it!  I have incredibly sensitive skin with eczema, so I need something gentle and highly effective!  I recently started using the Rodan & Feilds Body Lotion and I can’t praise it highly enough!  It leaves my skin highly moisturizer, has no scent, and isn’t greasy AT ALL!  My skin is instantly smooth and soft after applying!

Easton Scarf from Trades of Hope

Back in  May, I talked about one of my favorite necklaces, the Sea Glass from Trades of Hope!  Now, I’m raving about my Easton Scarf!  I earned it recently by hosting a party with my favorite TOH consultant and I’m so glad that I did!  It goes with just about everything and is my favorite colors!  Plus, the fact that it’s supporting the women of India makes my heart even happier.

Me in my Easton Scarf

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2017 Reflections

The New Year is here! 2018 is upon us and I’m not 100% sure how it came so fast! I’m not one for resolutions.  I probably should set goals and I probably should choose a mantra in life! But, I don’t do any of these things! I do like to talk a lot about what I’ve learned and how I can apply that to my life going forward.  For me, these reflections help me focus on the new year!

Reflections

So, what did I learn in 2017?

  • Don’t underestimate yourself – I was given many new opportunities this year.  Grateful is the best way to describe how I feel about these opportunities.  I’m so glad that the people who selected me for these opportunities had more faith in me than I did.they taught me a valuable lesson to not underestimate myself.  I am more confident going forward into the new year than ever before!
  • Be More Present – It’s easy when you have a blog and a social media presence to want to document everything you do and everywhere you go.  But it’s ok to be more present in your life.  This year as we’ve gone on adventures with the boys, I’ve worked hard to find a balance of documenting it through social media and also just being present with our family!  I will continue to strive for this balance in 2018.
  • Be Ok With Not Having It All Together – I don’t even want to count the number of times that I didn’t have it all together this year!  I think the number of times that I didn’t have it together would far outweigh the number of times that I did!  I’ve also learned to be more ok with it!  It’s ok if I don’t have meals planned all the time and it’s ok that my house is a little messier.  I have my three favorite guys, my family, my fur baby, a warm home, and a job that I enjoy!  Life is good, even if I don’t have it all together!

The Conclusion

At the end of the day, 2017 went so fast, the boys grew a ton, and T and I are stronger in our marriage than ever before!  Life is good and I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings us!  Cheers to you and 2018!

Dear Friend Who Doesn’t Sell Something

I know how you feel! You feel bombarded by every direct sales company out there: body wraps, lipstick, face cream, cleaning products, pretty nails, jewelry, food storage, etc…there is so much of it!  It feels as though you can’t scroll through Facebook anymore without the majority of your friends trying to sell you something, right?!  Well, you probably are right!  As someone who has been been in the direct sales business for almost 5 years now, here a few things we sellers want you to know and keep in mind!

The Letter

Dear Friend Who Doesn’t Sell Something, 

First, we totally respect you for not selling something, but we want your respect for choosing to do so.    

We totally understand if you don’t want to support us by purchasing something we sell, but it would mean the world to us if you would support us by listening to us or asking us about our product!  The little things matters and just knowing we have your support (with or without buying) us and our business is what we want!  If you hear someone mention a product we sell, it would be awesome if you would mention our name!  Send people our way!  That is a huge support and encouragement to us! 

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Homemade Caramels & Christmas Traditions

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Who can deny themselves buttery, homemade caramels?!  I know I can’t and this time of year, they go hand in hand with the holidays for me!

Christmas is before us and who doesn’t feel nostalgic this time of year?!  One of the things I love most about the holidays are the traditions that each family seems to have!  I have fond memories of my childhood and the holidays.  We had many traditions as a kid that including driving around looking at Christmas lights, decoradting the house for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving, and baking Christmas cookies!

Christmas Memories

Each year when I was younger, each member of my family would select their favorite Christmas cookie to bake (sometimes two) and we would spend one whole Saturday baking, singing Christmas carols, and being together!  Those memories are some of the very best that I have!

One of the treats that I remember my mom always making is Homemade Caramels!  These caramels are buttery, creamy, and very delicious!  My mom would make these caramels at Christmas time and then keep them throughout the winter!

We skied each winter and inevitably my mom always has some in her pockets for the car rides and chair lift rides!  Little did I know at that time it was took keep us quiet when got extra chatty!  Becuase, yes, these caramels are super chewy!

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Being Social on Social Media

It became clear to me recently over on my other blog Facebook page, Flint & Co, that being social on social media is key for success!  Unfortunately, so many aspects of social media have taken a turn for the worse.  Between bullying, illegal contests, and multiple paragraph posts things continue to take a downward spiral!

I love this quote because it is so true!  As a business using social media, you can provide quality engagement with your followers regardless of how many dollars in sales your company does or how big you are!

So, how can you succeed at being social on social media?  Here are a few tips and things to consider when posting on social media!

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My Holiday Gift Guide – 5 Gifts for Her Under $20

Everyone knows that lady: the one that is hard to buy for whether it be a white elephant exchange at work or a family holiday grab bag, maybe your mother in law. Whoever or wherever it is, we all have one and we can all relate!

Christmas is a fickle thing for us!  I love getting together with family and seeing friends who live out of town.  Of course the “magic” that surrounds the holiday is the icing on the cake!  However, I’ll be honest and say that shopping for gifts is one of my least favorite things to do!  We have so many family members and celebrations that we must keep a tight budget!  Because of that, I’m constantly on the look-out for those few key gifts that are perfect for just about any woman in my life!

So, without further adieu, here are my five favorite gifts for her under $20.

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The Fieldhouse: Clear Lake, Iowa – Farm to Table

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If you’re looking for the newest and greatest food scene in North Iowa, look no further than Fieldhouse in Clear Lake!  With it’s farm to table menu, cozy setting, along with park & lake views, it can’t be beat!  With an every changing menu and farm fresh supplies, this is a unique dining experience that will blow you away!

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Cinnamon Sweet Potato Fries & Yogurt Dipping Sauce

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Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring and these Cinnamon Sweet Potato Fries with Yogurt Dipping Sauce prove that to be true!

Growing up in a family where meals were meat and potatoes, it’s been  a tough transition to cutting carbs down!  I’m also a big texture person when it comes to food, so I have to be strategic about cooking things that are good for me otherwise it makes me not like them!

Growing up in my family, the other part of food was growing our own food!  We grow green beans, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, etc!  While we don’t have room to grow a little bit of everything, my dad does and he loves to share, so sweet potatoes are easy to come by!

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