Hostess & Stylist Rewards

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June has some pretty great specials for hostesses AND their guests.  It’s called Dot Dollars.

Dot Dollars – Jewelry Edition is a promotion where customers are rewarded for shopping with Stella & Dot!  During the month of June, customers will earn $25 in Dot Dollars for every $50+ transaction with Stella & Dot. During July 3-11 (the ‘redemption period’), one $25 Dot Dollars certificate can be applied to each $50 spent on jewelry.

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This includes hostesses as well.

Now first off, don’t forget to sign up for the free Zebra Print Pouf on my last stella & dot post.   But, hosting your own Trunk Show is going to be one of the funnest parties you’ve had.  Trunk Shows are very laid back.  You can have a girls night out!  An afternoon brunch party with some Mimosas and light snacks. Girls love to get together.  And when there is shopping involved, well girls love to have fun AND shop.

The stella & dot collection has a beautiful new bag collection as well.

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Not only that but half of their line is under $50.

I had my first Trunk Show in March of this year.  I haven’t had any parties for a long time.  But one of my friends had one and I really liked the product, the flow of how the show went.  There were no games to play, there wasn’t a forced feeling of hosting a show by drawing a ticket or anything.  The product was displayed on a table and you got to try it all one.  Once you walk in the door a beautiful piece of jewelry was put on!!  I loved it.   The stylist was very laid back.  She was there to answer questions and help us all feel comfortable with what we wanted to wear or what we were looking for.  So I decided to have a show.  At the end of my show I was talking to Ann (my sponsor) asking questions about stella & dot.  I told her how I loved their product, especially their girls line and now the bags.  Most Trunk Show sales make an average of between $500-$1000 in sales.  That gives the hostess around $250 in FREE product PLUS 4 items at half off.  I had to do this.

So Ann gave me all of the information I needed to become a stylist.  I joined a call with the CEO one night and decided I had to take advantage of this great product that I love and become an Independent Stylist myself.  There was a special for signing up during the month of March as there is now.

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To become a stylist doesn’t cost much out of pocket expense.  In fact, you’ll make that back and more during your first month of Trunk Shows.

Stella & Dot has what’s called a Jumpstart program:

Welcome to Jumpstart!
This business is fun, fabulous and simple! Focus on the Circle of Success: book, sell, sponsor- and you can earn fabulous pay on your little blue card, and be rewarded with unlimited amounts of FREE PRODUCT— starting with just 2, $300 Trunk Shows! Now that is a great way to build a fabulous display!

In my first one of Jumpstart I had 4 qualifying shows at $300 or over with 4 orders each.  That gave me a total of $3oo in free product PLUS a bonus of $150 put on my stella & dot card (your paycheck gets loaded onto a Visa stella & dot card).

I then went on to Sponsor a friend of mine who went on to meet her Jumpstart in her first month, PLUS I met my 2 qualifying shows of $300 or more in sales in May.  That gave me a total of:

PRODUCT CREDITS EARNED

Book & Sell Awards $450.00
Sponsor Awards $300.00
Bonus Awards
Quick Start Bonus $150.00
Circle of Success Bonus $400.00
Promotion Bonus $0.00
Total: $1,300.00

I currently have a lot in credit for product.  How awesome is that!  I have a great collection already from my shows that I had for myself and now I’m able to build more this summer.

Here’s a quick look at what you would get as a hostess for having a fabulous Trunk Show.

That’s pretty amazing!  I know I was excited with my show!

Here’s what a set up looks like when you host a show!

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That’s a display of the product that I own.  My hostesses and their guests get to try all of this on and have a great time doing so.

I’ve gotten the opportunity to sit at a salon for a day to host a “Mystery Show”.  I had put names down for all that made a purchase and or booked a Trunk Show. At the end of that day I drew a name to receive the credits from the sales of that show.  Just by stopping by my table.

I hope I’ve intrigued you enough to at least want to host your own show and get some pretty bling for FREE.

Again, stop by my website and take a look around.  I’ll be hearing from you soon.  (there’s a new catalog coming out in July with new product!!)

Have a great day and remember you can always look your best with stella & dot!!!

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Patricia

stella & dot Independent Stylist 😉

Brooklyn’s Party

This past October, Brooklyn turned 9!  For the past years we’ve always struggled with what kind of party to have, where to have, who to invite.  So this year I decided that we could have a party at a hotel, invite five of her friends and make have fun for more than just two hours.

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There’s Brooklyn and me.

After all of the girls arrived at the hotel, we went upstairs, got things settled, got into their swimming gear and went down to the pool.

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After the pool it was time to eat.  We ordered pizza!!

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After pizza it was time to open the gifts!!

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And after gifts it was cake time for sure!!

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And as you can see, she had a good time with that cake..

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Well after we did that the girls wanted to go swimming again.  So of course, we did. We had plenty of time to use up and swimming was sure to get them tired!! Yeah ok.

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I’m not sure if it got them tired or not, but watching them swim  and run around gave me a run for my money!!

Upstairs we went.  Time to get settled in.

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They looked tired right!!!  My sister and I got all settled into our little room and watched a bit of tv.  I fell asleep….woke up to my sister asking one of the girls:  “Why are you out of bed?   It’s 1am.  Get back to sleep now!”  I giggled to myself because if anything, I thought it would be me out there hearing the noise and telling them to stop and go to sleep.  But it was Auntie that was giving to the girls.  Go on and be the bad one I thought!  I snuggled back into my sleep!!

I don’t recall what time we got up, but I do know we had a pretty good breakfast with the girls.

If you’re out of ideas on what to do for a party, this is a great idea.  You spend less money, you get to hang out a day with your friends and go swimming.

This was a great time.  We’ll be doing it again for Caleb’s birthday this month!

Happy Birthday parties to your ideas!!

Patricia – Nana

Jodi’s Baby Shower

 

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This Saturday (September 24th) will be the other part of “Two Girls Cooking” first baby shower.   Jodi will be celebrating her bundle of joy this coming November!  Not only am I excited for her shower because of this awesome recipe I found, but I’m just as excited to get to share in her special day and the new life that will begin for her in a short couple of months. For those of us that have had the pleasure of raising kids (and some of us already – grandkids) we know what it feels like to hold your baby in your arms for the first time.  The love that you feel before your child is even born is beyond words.  And that is the excitement I wait for Jodi to feel very soon.  Which I’m sure she already does.  She’s most likely at the point of waiting to meet her little guy by now! Her shower will be a group of friends that she’s known for a long time and some just a few short years.  Either way, we are all gathered to celebrate a special time in her life (and Scott’s too – he just won’t be at the shower!!). We decided on mid morning party so that we could have the best food….brunch!  I had made an egg bake some time back and decided that’s what I was going to make.  When I pulled up our website, there was a picture of another recipe of an egg bake (from Foodbuzz advertisement we have listed).  So I take a look at it and decide that I’m all for trying something new – so I travel back to the store for what I need and get this going the night before! I found this recipe at  a site call thatskinnygirlcanbake.  It was so easy to make and I can’t wait to taste it.  I’m hoping it’s as good as her photos showed it to be! Here’s what you need for this casserole: 4 cups seasoned croûtons 2 cups grated cheddar cheese 8 eggs, beaten 4 cups milk 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1/8 teaspoon pepper 2 cups crumbled cooked bacon (I used a pound) Diced red bell pepper – I left  this out and added mushrooms and onions.  I made two batches.  One with just the eggs and cheese and the other with the mushrooms and onions. Here’s what you do: Place croûtons and cheese in a well greased 9 x 13 pan.  Combine remaining ingredients except bacon.  Pour liquid over croûtons and cheese.  Top with bacon.   Bake at 325º for at least an hour or till egg is set.   To make the night before, complete all steps except for topping with bacon.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.  The next morning, remove from refrigerator and top with crumbled bacon.  Bake at 350º for 1 1/2 hours or till center is set.  Serve warm. We also had a French Toast Bake that Jodi made.  It was beyond delicious. Here’s what you need:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 3 apples – peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 (1 pound) loaf French baguette, cut into 1 inch slices
  • 6 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish. In a large bowl, mix together brown sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Mix in melted butter. Stir in apples and raisins until evenly coated. Pour into prepared pan. Arrange bread slices in an even layer over apples.
  2. In the bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla and 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Pour over bread, making sure every slice is fully soaked. Cover with aluminum foil, and refrigerated overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Remove dish from refrigerator while the oven is heating. Bake covered for 40 minutes. Remove cover, and bake 5 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
If that weren’t enough, we also had some Tuxedo Brown Cups that Miss Jodi mommy made.  These too, we beyond words.

Tuxedo Brownie Cups

 Ingredients:
Nonstick cooking spray with flour
1 pkg (18-21 oz or 450 g) fudge brownie mix (plus ingredients to make cake-like brownies)
2 square (1 oz/30 g) white chocolate for baking
2 tbsp (30 mL) milk
8 oz (250 g) cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup (50 mL) powdered sugar
1 cup (250 mL) thawed, frozen whipped topping
1 pint small strawberries, sliced
 Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C). Spray cups of Deluxe Mini-Muffin Pan with nonstick cooking spray with flour. Prepare brownie mix according to package directions for cake-like brownies. Fill wells of pan two-thirds full. Bake 14 minutes or until edges are set. (Do not overbake.) Remove pan from oven; immediately press tops of brownies to make indentations. Cool in pan 15 minutes. Remove brownies from pan; cool completely. Wash pan; repeat with remaining batter.
2. Combine white chocolate and milk in large microwave-safe bowl; microwave on HIGH 1 minute. Stir until smooth; cool slightly. In large mixing bowl, combine cream cheese and sugar; mix well. Gradually stir in white chocolate mixture until smooth. Fold in whipped topping.
3. Pipe cream cheese mixture into brownie cups; top with strawberries. Refrigerate 1-3 hours before serving. Serve on Large Bamboo Platter; replenish tray with brownie cups as needed.
Yield: 4 dozen brownie cups
Here’s a picture of the great food we had yesterday.

I’m looking forward to tomorrow and sharing this recipe with Jodi’s friends (and her little guy yet to come).  Hoping to share, not just the picture of this dish but some fun shower photos as well. Here are some pictures that I have to share with you for Miss Jodi’s special day:

Playing Guess the Book gameGift timeA bottle of wine for after the little guy is born!

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We had a great time.  I want to say thank you, thank you to Sarah.  She opened up her home for us to have this awesome party to celebrate for Jodi.  We had a good time with not just the food but rubbing Jodi’s belly and feeling her little guy move around.  I’m so glad I got to be a part of this and can’t wait for more to come!

Have a great weekend.

Patricia – Two Girls Cooking