Sunday, December 17, 2017

Day 1: Mommy and Me in DC

All smiles at 5 am!
I booked our flights to maximize our time to explore the area.  Which meant we were waiting for the hotel shuttle at 4:30 Thursday morning.  The boys in the family drove us to the airport hotel and went on their own all day adventure at the Children's Museum before going home.  We had an empty aircraft on our first flight which was only 55 minutes,  not even long enough for Violet to drink 5 sips of her on-board hot chocolate.  Morning hot chocolate was a habit she picked up on our family cruise in the spring.  We found donuts on our layover at the airport and settled in to the comfy chairs to wait for our second flight of the morning.  It was only 6:30 am  local time.  Then we were off on another not full flight to our final destination, Reagan National Airport in Washington DC!

Thanks to a co-worker of Mr Incredible we arrived equipped with SmarTrip cards to ride the Metro all week.  Getting around on the Metro was one reason I picked DC,  we could get around without having to have the added expense and hassle of renting our own car.  So our first adventure was to find the Metro station at the airport and ride to our hotel.  Early check-in was availible since it was a down time. 

We settled in to our home for the next 5 days, picked up some smoothies for the next Metro ride and headed to the Capitol!  Today's goal was to see the White House and National Christmas Tree.  On the train ride we met a young girl about 4 who was dressed up for a Christmas party.  Her and her mom were heading to the Judge's Tree Trimming Party and she looked the part in her pretty dress. 

Violet and our State's Tree
While we didn't get lucky with tickets to tour the White House, we visited the Visitor Center and learned about the history and heritage of the Peoples House.  Violet earned her fist Junior Ranger badge of the trip for President's Park. We walked to the National Mall at Dusk and saw the National Christmas Tree surrounded by smaller trees for each of our nation's states and territories.  We discovered that our state tree was decorated by a Girl Scout Troop from our area, exciting to us as Violet became a Brownie Scout just last month!  We admired all the trees and took notice of those that came from the states where our family lives.  Some were decorated by children and schools and others by individual artists.  Violet said to me as we looked at the White House in front of us and the Washington Monument behind us, "I can't believe I'm really here!" 

After a sleepy ride home on the Metro after our exciting day, we ate dinner in our room from the hotel bar as we watched a movie on TV in our jammies.  Anyone remember "The Shaggy Dog" with Tim Allen?  Gotta get enough sleep as tomorrow we tour the Capitol!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

What is a "Facebook Party"?

"What is a Facebook Party?" I asked when my friend invited me to my first one.  I had been to home parties for a couple direct sales companies but never a virtual party.  The idea intrigued me.  I ended up being free that night so I went at least to find out what it was, not knowing much about the product, Usborne Children's Books. The party was great and so much fun to interact with a group of friends without leaving home.

Grandma's gifts & Garage Sale finds
Turns out I did know about these Usborne Books,  Grandma had sent a few last year for Easter!  And those paperback early reader Phonics Stories I picked up at the recent garage sale were from Usborne as well!

I thought to myself during the party "My friends would actually be interested in this kind of party!" They may not buy jewelry or have a budget for a new purse but I know they love books and these are so affordable.  And I want them ALL so i might as well get some for a great deal by hosting.  I set a date for my party and started wondering what was this "book thing" all about?

I was beginning to feel like life was manageable with 3 kids now that the youngest was over 2. And what else could I do with my time?  We were nannying for a family temporarily so I also had a cash stash of my own for the first time in a long time.  Stephanie, My book lady mentioned I could make my party my first one as a consultant if I wanted to try out the business, buy the starter kit with a great set of books for a steep discount, and do a few parties to see what happened.  Worst case I get a great deal on the books I accumulate trying.

Even the worst case scenario sounds like a great deal to me, and with nothing to lose I jumped in with nothing to lose. My sponsor was was patient with me and my team was super helpful with training and message boards to ask questions.  I really appreciate our company culture to be anti-spam or high pressure.  We have great rewards for new consultants and I earned a partial refund on my kit and 2 goodie boxes with supplies and books!  I was well on my way to achieving good size library for the kids!

What I found was the more I shared these books the more I got excited and others around me did too.  In my first year I introduced 8 people to the business opportunity and started building my own team of Book Ladies.  Along the way I also earned our annual incentive trip, a Western Caribbean Cruise!  Not a bad reward for just trying it out and seeing what happens.  :)