Wednesday, January 18, 2023

WHY I joined Color Street

Hello all! I recently attended a Color Street conference and with all of the announcements and excitement, it got me thinking about why I joined Color Street. I'll be honest - the main reason for joining was for the discount lol. So, let me tell you how it all came about ...

If you know me at all personally, you'd know that I have a nail polish obsession! You see, I was a nail biter from childhood through my teens and up until my 20's. Then I discovered artificial nails and started wearing them all of the time. With that, came my obsession with nail polish! Because, of course, when you have nice nails you've got to show them off! So I started buying bottles of nail polish. All different colors - from creme to glossy to glitters. At one point I had like 80+ bottles! I even built myself a shelving unit (similar to the pic below) out of foam board and duct tape to hold them all. Of course mine was purple lol

I'm a creative person at heart, so I love creating beautiful and unique mani's. I loved trying new techniques! I would use multiple colors and nail tapes and decals. I even mastered the marbling and other techniques!

Several years ago, I was introduced to Color Street via an online party. I was intrigued ... they claimed that this was 100% real nail polish, yet dries instantly and removes with regular nail polish remover. How can that be?? Well my curiosity got the best of me, plus I wanted to support the hostess, so I ordered a few sets. I fell in love after that first application! The variety of colors and glitters and nail art had me hooked! The fact that it took only minutes to do a full mani was a huge bonus! The stylist lived in Iowa, but since I could order online, I began ordering from her on a regular basis.

Then came 2020. A friend of mine started posting about Color Street on Facebook. She announced that she signed up as a stylist and invited me to join her Facebook group. Naturally wanting to support my friend, I began ordering from her. After months of ordering, one day it dawned on me ... I should become a Color Street stylist! I love, love, love the product. Why not take advantage of the discount and have the opportunity to make some extra cash??!!!

So, here I am 2.5 years later. Sharing my love of Color Street with everyone I meet lol. I always get compliments on my nails wherever I go, so I tell them about Color Street. 

Color Street is a Direct Sales company. You can only order the products from an active stylist. I know Direct Sales companies have a bad rep - they're pushy, they don't take no for an answer, they're all about the mighty dollar, and they focus on recruiting are some of the reasons people stay away from them. Honestly, I don't like most of them either lol. But I believe that it's all about how a person represents themselves and the company they're signed up with.

I share my love for Color Street. That's it. I introduce the product when asked, I offer online parties so people can earn free products, I educate the use of products. Have I made a ton of money from this? No! lol. But after 2.5 years, I've made all of my monthly quotas just by sharing the love and education and receiving random orders. The fact that the owner of Color Street is so fabulous, kind, intelligent and listens to the stylist and customers is a huge reason that I'm still with them.  

If you'd like more information on joining Color Street, I'd be happy to discuss the opportunity with you anytime. If you'd like to try the nail strips out for yourself, I can send you some free samples. You can email me anytime (click the link below).

Thank you so much for stopping by today!


Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Taco Tuesday!! My fav taco recipes

This post has nothing to do with crafts, clothing or nails lol. Well, maybe you can say it's crafting recipes lol. It's Taco Tuesday and I thought I'd share my favorite taco recipes today!

My family LOVES tacos and would eat them every day of the week if I made them lol. Personally, I've always hated tacos - I know, weird. I've tried so many times over the years to like them. They always smell so good, and putting all of the toppings together, they look so good! But, I just never liked the taste. However, I made them all the time when my kids were growing up, as I said they all loved them.
Awhile ago, I came across a recipe for Carne Asada and it looked tempting. The ingredients looked appealing, not the 'typical' taco seasoning. So, I decided to give it a try. Thank God I did! I LOVE them!!
Here's the recipe I use ...

Once I discovered how much I loved this recipe, I decided to put my search skills to the test to find a chicken taco recipe. Boy, oh boy did I luck out!! I found one, and with a little tweaking I absolutely LOVE it!! So, here's my Margarita Chicken Taco recipe that I use ...
One thing I did realize (aside from not liking traditional taco seasoning lol) is that I don't like hard shell, and prefer soft flour tortillas. Also, cooking the flour tortillas is key for me. I don't care for out of the package, microwaved, or crunchy/overcooked ones. So I put a little olive oil on my flat griddle (that fits over 2 burners of my stove) and heat them up that way. Also, after I warm up one side of the tortilla and flip it, I add the shredded cheese to the tortilla and let it melt a little. To me, it makes a big difference! 

My husband and I love these 2 recipes! So much so, that I make 1 every week lol. One week we'll have the steak, and the next week we have chicken. And since our kids are grown and out of the house, it's just the 2 of us. So we always have leftovers for another night! That takes care of 2 nights every week that I don't have to come up with dinner ideas lol.

Are you a taco lover? Let me know in the comments. As always, if you ever have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Thursday, January 12, 2023

Amazing New Things From Color Street!

Color Street recently held their stylists meeting to share stylist recognition, news and updates. Oh My Gosh! I can not believe the things that will be happening in 2023!! I am so darn excited. So I thought I'd share with you some of what will be happening this year ...

I previously posted about the Color Street website refresh (you can see the details HERE) In addition to the refresh, there will be new catalogs coming out every season! Up until now, there were 2 catalogs - Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter. Coming soon, there will be a Core Catalog - showing all of the core sets available all year long, including Petites! And there will also be seasonal catalogs that will be available for a limited time. For example ... Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter will each have related designs and shades for that season. This will replace the constant launches every time they create a new design and I think we won't feel so overwhelmed. However, I believe they'll still release mini collections throughout the year.

Last year the subscription box, Lip, and Hand & Nail care collections were all introduced. Coming next will be cheek makeup! Bronzer, Blush and Highlighter will be introduced this spring. Also coming soon will be artificial nails! Color Street does not recommend prolonged use of artificial nails because they can grow fungus, thin nails and is just not healthy. So the new product will be recommended for special occasions and short term use. 

Also mentioned, mascara will be available later this year! I'm hoping it will be a complete eye care line including eyeliners and eyeshadows.

Stylists will have access to new launches 10 days prior to public availability! This will allow us to 'try them out' and wear them, promote them and create mixed mani ideas prior to our customers! 

The distribution centers and labs have all been updated with innovative technology! They upgraded the automated shipping, added a new printer that creates high resolution designs that are more crisp and clear, with less streaking and productivity/efficiency has been greatly increased!

As they continue to develop new products, they also strive to have the best possible products and improve when needed. A new and improved hand lotion will be coming at the end of February! After a lot of feedback on the initial product formula, they eliminated nut oils and produced the lotion 'fragrance free'. Aside from the nail strips, the hand lotion is my very favorite product that I use every day. I'm looking forward to trying out this new formula!

As you can see, so much good is coming our way!! And I'm sure there will be much more with the way they are constantly researching and listening to the stylists and customers. To stay informed with all of the updates coming, make sure you follow this page. Also you should become a member of my VIP group on Facebook. You can find all of my links in one place! Just click HERE or remember my name (in reverse lol)

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you're just as excited as me about all of these great things Color Street has in store. As always, if you have ANY questions, please feel free to comment below or contact me any time.


Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Color Street Website Refresh

Color Street has recently announced that they will be doing a website refresh. What does that mean exactly? Well, they want to keep the website fresh with core, new launches, and recent/current designs. So, they'll be removing older nail strip shades.

To start the process, they will be removing the following sets on Wednesday, January 10th at 11:59pm CT.

These items are not considered retired yet, and they may be reintroduced or promoted at appropriate times in the future (like Christmas in July). However, if your favorites designs are there, get them now because you don't know if they'll be back.

Moving forward, they will be following this schedule ...

  • Holiday-themed collections (Valentines, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.) will be removed 15 days after the holiday occurs.
  • Foundation related nail strips will remain on the website until sold out to keep the Awareness active on the site
  • Mini Collections (like Fall Glitters) will be removed 30 days after the launch
  • National Day/Trend drops (like Glazed Donut or Christmas Lights Day) will be removed 24 hours after the launch
  • Seasonal Catalogs (Fall catalog, etc) will be removed on a set date aligned with the next catalog launch

From time to time, they may offer an official retired set sale and reserve the right to bring some of these items back for promotional opportunities.

Personally, I feel that this is a great idea! When I go to the shopping site, it's a little annoying to see Thanksgiving designs when I'm looking for some glitters or solids or something lol.

I suggest that if you love any of the shades above, get them NOW before they're gone! And in the future, if you see a design when it launches, get it! It'll only be available for a short time.

To check out my shopping site, just click HERE and you'll see all of my links. As always, thank you for stopping by! If you ever have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.


Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Stampin' Up! Kits

Hello!!! And Happy New Year!!

One of my goals this year is to be more active and present in all areas of my life. I'm determined to devote more time to family, business, crafting, travelling ... all of my loves!

To start off the new year, I wanted to share with you something that you may not be familiar with that Stampin' Up! offers - Crafting Kits! 

You may be familiar with Paper Pumpkin - Stampin' Up!'s monthly subscription crafting kit. But did you know that Stampin' Up! sells individual kits that you can purchase any time? Plus you get to choose the kit you want without the surprise of the monthly subscription that's always a mystery until you open it!!

There are many kits to choose from and they come with all of the supplies that you'll need to create beautiful projects.

The most current kit that just became available is called Saying Thanks Kit. This one looks so pretty! And we always need thank you cards on hand lol. This kit includes everything you need to create 9 pretty cards - 3 each of 3 designs, plus 9 coordinating envelopes ...

Inside the kit, you'll receive printed die-cut words, precut pieces, white bakers twine, iridescent diamond sequins and enough adhesive to complete the entire project ...

If you're not looking for thank you cards, there are a lot of kits to choose from! Here are a few samples ...

Light The Candles includes everything you need to make 8 birthday cards including preprinted envelopes! In the kit ... precut pieces, stamp set, Coastal Cabana stampin' ink spot, adhesive and step by step instructions

The Best Remedy kit is a an adorable kit to make 9 card - 3 each of 3 designs. The kit includes a stamp set, Starry Sky stampin' ink spot, clear block, precut images and phrases, embellishments, adhesive and 9 coordinating envelopes ...

If you're looking for a different project, there are also non card projects like the Let's Party treat packaging kit! This kit features 2 sided pillow boxes sized perfectly for small treats, cash or a gift card. The kit includes everything you need to make 8 boxes - 4 each of 2 designs. You'll receive a stamp set, clear stamp block, Misty Moonlight stampin' ink spot, precut pieces, adhesive, enamel dots plus a storage box ...

There's also Love This Memory notebook kit! This kit is a perfect way to preserve amazing moments from your life in a fun and colorful way. This kit includes everything you need to make an 8.5"x5.25" notebook ... a stamp set, Parakeet Party stampin' ink spot, precut pieces, sticker sheet, printed cards to decorate with, washi tape, adhesive and a printed box for storage or crafting on the go!

There are SO many kits to choose from! I couldn't possibly share all of them or this post would be huuuge lol! If you're interested in kits, I recommend that you check out the Stampin' Up! website for our entire line. The kits are a perfect beginner project, that includes all the supplies you'll need without having to make extra purchases if you're just starting out.

To check out the kit line, and all of the other Stampin' Up! products, just click here to see all of my links in one place ...


As always, thank you so much for stopping by! If you ever have any questions please feel free to leave a comment below or contact me.