Wednesday, November 23, 2011

DFW Gold Canyon Black Friday 2011 Online Coupon Codes!

DFW Gold Canyon Black Friday 2011 Coupon Codes Promos Deals FREE SHIPPING!
Shop and use codes: 

to get free shipping off orders $50 or more
to get free shipping + $5.00 off your order of $75 or more
to get free shipping + $7.50 off your order of $100 or more
to get free shipping + $15.00 off your order of $150 or more

Gold Canyon only gives these codes a few times a year!  Get your bargains while you can!  

This is the only deal you'll get that doesn't come out of your consultant's commission!

Shop small, make a BIG difference!
I'm proud to partner with Small Business Saturday

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

A Virtual Mystery Hostess Party-Palooza!

I'm so excited that Gold Canyon has given us the ability to host ONLINE PARTIES!  To celebrate, I'm holding a virtual mystery hostess party-palooza!
All orders between now and December 12th will be entered into the drawing for the Hostess benefits!

What are those you ask?
The "average" party is around $400 - so you would get $60.00 in credit, 3 half-price items, and your choice of one of three amazing hostess-only bundles for half-price!

Did you see that the awesome Wooden Candlestick Trio is in the first bundle?  I can't wait to get mine!
So - How do you enter?  It's easy!  Go to my website: and place your order  You can shop as a guest, however I recommend that you create an account.  This way it's still there if something happens to distract you from your shopping (like nursing the baby, taking leftover Halloween candy away from the toddler, picking up your oldest from school because they were suspended or taking your daughter to (another) play practice - ask me how I know!)

When you get to the checkout screen, you'll see a little checkbox like this:
Check the box, and then it will look like this:
Enter the Party Online Code: 5189274, then click on "Validate" and you will see:
I'll get an e-mail confirmation of your order (almost typed "odor" there - I don't need to know that!  Maybe your favorite scent, but not your odor!  LOL)

Leave comments to get extra entries:
  • You get one entry for placing your order (that's the "mandatory entry")
  • You get an extra entry if your order is over $30 (retail, before tax & s/h)
  • You get TWO extra entries if your order is over $50 (retail, before tax & s/h)
  • You get THREE extra entries if your order is over $60 (retail, before tax & s/h)
  • You get FIVE extra entries if your order is over $70 (retail, before tax & s/h)
  • You get one entry for sharing this party on Facebook, Twitter or other social media sites (just make a note in the comments!)
  • You get one entry for following the blog with Google Friend Connect, Liking me on Facebook or Following me on Twitter

Monday, November 21, 2011

All Aboard! Toot Toot!

Welcome to new friends from 7OnAShoestring and the Christmas Treasure Train blog hop!

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If you haven't already entered to win - what are you waiting for?

I'm sponsoring the giveaway at 7OnAShoestring - I'm giving away an oils warmer adapter and 3 home fragrance oils (like I spotlighted here)
Also - today is the LAST DAY to enter over at Home Grown Families for my awesome Homeology cleaners! 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

A New Twist For Your Wick-less Warmer

Home fragrance oils are a great way to expand the use of your favorite warmer.  Gold Canyon’s warmers feature an automatic shut-off timer and no need for replacement parts, but the adapter and oils will work on almost any commercially available warmer.

To use, simply place the ceramic adapter on the top of your warmer.  This works best if the warmer is round (all Gold Canyon warmers are round to accommodate our mess-free ScentPods).  Add 10-20 drops of your favorite Home Fragrance Oil – or be a fragrance mix-master and create your own custom scent blend!

Another benefit to using the Home Fragrance Oils and Adapter is that you can control the intensity of the fragrance.  Small space?  Use less oil!

Home Fragrance Oils are one of many options in Gold Canyon’s “Suddenly Scented” line of flame-free fragrances.  Unlit expressions of fragrance; Bursts of aroma; Convenient and compact; Take pleasure in Gold Canyon’s candle scents without using a flame! These products are designed to be highly fragrant and the best in their class. Created for use in any space.  We all love our candles, and the glow they create, but sometimes you need a wickless option!  Whether you choose the Scent Pods, Home Fragrance Oils, ScentMate, Linen Sprays, Room Sprays, Auto Fresheners or the Diffusers with patent-pending microfiber reeds, you’ll get the same amazing Gold Canyon scents you trust!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Shopping Guide: Fashion, Family & Food!

Shop Small.  Shop Local.  Shop Handmade.  Shop Direct Sales.  Shop Work at Home Moms.

Cafe de Sol-Organo Gold
Barbara Dryden, Barista: Frisco, TX

This is the only Healthier Coffee product of its kind in the World. 100% Certified Organic OG Coffee proudly features Premium Coffee infused with 100-percent Certified “Ganoderma Lucidum Red Mushroom" Powder from China. I offer Black, Latte, Mocha Coffee as well as Organic Green Tea and Hot Chocolate.

  • Buy 2 Boxes of Hot Chocolate get 1 box of Candy Cane Stir Sticks FREE
  • Join the “Coffee Bean” Club- Buy 5 Boxes of Black or Latte Coffee get the 6 box ½ price!
  • Travel Mug stuffed with 2 sachets of Black Coffee, 2 Sachets of Latte Coffee and 2 sachets of Mocha Coffee, a few Chocolates and the all important coffee accessory –Milk Frother.
  • Coffee Party-you buy the coffee & Homemade Holiday Cookies from me, I come serve it for you, for your employee, staff , office, Mommy time out, girlfriend social, shopping party.  Prices vary for size of party. All items receive the FREE gift wrap service & FREE Local Delivery!!
Gift Certificates available, fundraisers-no group is to small!
You can shop in person, by phone or place and order on email. Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Chase pay accepted.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Shopping Guide: Health, Beauty & Nutrition!

Shop Small.  Shop Local.  Shop Handmade.  Shop Direct Sales.  Shop Work at Home Moms (& Dads!)

Fit Body Technology
Ryan Patel, Independent Team Beachbody Coach, Frisco, TX

In Home Fitness Programs such as P90x, Insanity, and TurboFire.

Special Offer: 
Purchase ANY fitness products such as P90X, and I will include a FREE Shakeology sample.  Visit for info on Shakeology.  Want to Get Fit & Get Paid?  Contact me for more info. Cash, Check, or PayPal accepted.

Herbalife Independent Distributor, Frisco, TX
Carla Weber, Personal Wellness Coach
(214) 537-0378
Weight Management, Sports Nutrition, Heart Health, Outer Nutrition
Special Offer:
Order $100 or more and get a free Hand Sanitizer with your paid order.  Shop in person, by phone, e-mail or on-line. Payment Types Accepted: Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, American Express

Katie Chretien, Independent Sales Director, Frisco, TX
Skincare, color cosmetics, body care and fragrances

Special Offer:  Free Shipping

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Shopping Guide: Candles, Wickless Warmers, Home Decor and more!

Shop Small.  Shop Local.  Shop Handmade.  Shop Direct Sales.  Shop Work at Home Moms.
Candles, Wickless Warmers, Home Decor and more:
Noel Giger, Independent Fragrance Consultant
DFW Gold Canyon
Phone: 469-583-4604
Location: Little Elm, TX

Gold Canyon provides The World’s Finest® candles (guaranteed highest scent-throw!), over 125 long-lasting, strong scents, mess-free warmers with automatic shut-off timers and no replacement light bulbs, diffusers, home fragrance oils, auto fresheners, EMERGE home spa products, home d├ęcor, candle stands and  HOMEOLOGY environmentally friendly home cleaning products.

Special Offers:  

  • Order $50 or more and get a FREE 5 ounce Heritage Candle in your choice of scent and free gift-wrap service!  
  • Order $75 or more and get a FREE 8 ounce Heritage Candle in your choice of scent and free gift-wrap service!
  • Order $150 or more and get an additional item at half-price (of any amount!), a FREE 26 ounce Heritage candle in your choice of scent, and free gift wrap service! 

(Free gift wrap is available only in the DFW metroplex - all other offers available in US & Canada!)

Gift Certificates available (ask me about my post-holiday payment option for gift certificates!)  I offer home parties, office parties, fundraisers and happy hours. You can shop in person, by phone or e-mail, or online!  Payment Types Accepted: Cash, Check, PayPal, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Death, Birth Control, Duggars and Mega Families (I have one)

Duggars announce #20 on the Today show
"Ah, the Duggars! Just the name stirs so many emotions! You won't encounter many people who don't have a strong opinion on this topic!"
So started my response to a post in an online grief forum this morning.  One of the recently bereaved moms had vented her anger that the Duggars will soon have 20 children and she can't even have one.  Her "Friends" on Facebook had chimed in their two cents (and many cheap shots).

When I was in fresh grief, the only people that I felt deserved babies were people who had lost babies. No one else had a right to procreate!
  • Unwed teens? NOPE! 
  • College party girls? NOPE! 
  • Childless couples? NOPE! 
  • Someone with a living kid or two? NOPE! 
  • Happily married high-school sweethearts? NOPE! 
  • Remarried blended families? NOPE! 
  • The Duggars? NOPE! 
Why should anyone else be blessed with a child when mine was taken away?

Monday, November 7, 2011

Win Gold Canyon All-Natural Homeology Cleaners!

As you may know, Homeology cleaners were inspirational in my decision to become a Gold Canyon Independent Fragrance Consultant!  I excited to share this opportunity for you to win it for free!

Home Grown Families is hosting their annual Green Gifting Guide.  You can enter here to win a free full-size cleaner and wasteless refill of your choice.

These all-natural cleaners make an excellent green holiday gift.  Not only is the product environmentally friendly, but giving a gift that is consumable is green!  For less than the cost of a sweater that they may just re-gift, you can give the gift of aromatherapy and clean fresh spaces!

Who would most appreciate this gift?  I'm tempted to say anyone with a nose, but I guess that wouldn't be super-helpful!  Here are a few suggestions:

A newly-wed couple.  Remember when you got married?  You got all those expensive pieces of china, flatware, crystal stemware... You had matching towels, throw-pillows, placemats...  You had an iron, blender (or 3 blenders in our case!), coffee maker...  And do you remember the first trip to the store?  The "stock up".

Yeah - that's the one!  When we got married (nearly 16 years ago) ours was $86 - YIKES  (that was a lot of money when you consider our rent on the apartment was around $450)

College Students.  I remember the shock when I discovered that I had to clean my own dorm room.  I don't know why, but I kinda envisioned it as a hotel.  I was sadly mistaken, there was no maid service!  I usually bummed cleaners off of the other students (who probably got it as a dorm-warming present from someone else!)  I had to save my money for more important things, like late night runs to Taco Bell and new shoes books!  I didn't even buy toilet paper some weeks.  I "borrowed" it from the lobby bathroom (sorry mom).

That person who has everything.  You know who they are.  There's not something they haven't tried.  They've been there, done that, got the T-shirt.  You started giving them only things that they could hang on the walls, but that's even not an option anymore!

Anyway - if you win it, you could keep it for yourself or give it as a gift.  Why not throw in some super-cute gloves like these:
Nice Hands Household Utility Gloves - $10.50 on Etsy
An inexpensive organizer tote and some eco-friendly cleaning cloths:

Crocheted Cleaning Cloth Eco-Friendly Rainbow Stripe Shagg Ragg - $7.50 on Etsy

Either way, your purchase supports Small Businesses in a BIG Way.  Watch for my Small Business Guide - coming soon!

Small is the new BIG!
Small Business Saturday

Thursday, November 3, 2011

My brain is in my fingers

I have to type to think.  I am trying to process so much right now.

At the forefront tonight is my sweet Ian.  5 years ago right now I was climbing into an ambulance, transferring from Trinity Medical Center to Children's Medical Center in Dallas.

I want my baby back.  I want my life back.  It seems like everything is divided into two time-frames.  BID and AID  Before Ian Died and After Ian Died.  It is the first thing that crosses my mind when I see a picture of my children, or me.  BID: smiles, innocence, laughter, bliss. AID: forced grins, hollow eyes, pain, struggle.

BID I thought I was a great wife.  I was in my 10th year of marriage, mentoring other women, teaching classes and starting a family ministry.  BID I was an attentive mom, listening to tales from first grade, taking my daughter on mommy dates, coordinating her clothes, fixing her hair.  BID I was a successful business woman, planning weddings and events, a chamber member, networking and marketing.  BID I was a terrible housekeeper (some things even death can't change!)

AID my 15-year marriage is average, and sometimes not even that.  I boxed up most of my marriage books and have even considered throwing them at my husband occasionally.  The only mentoring I've done is telling other women that they will survive the death of their child.  Important, but not what I signed up for in life.  AID I am struggling as a mom.  I often don't care to hear the stories of fifth-grade girl drama or seventh-grade school-yard fights.  I "failed" as a homeschool mom (venting here, I know that's not entirely true, but it's my pity-party and I'll cry if I want to).  I take my three year old to McDonald's so he won't drive me crazy at home.  My daughter is lucky if she has clothes that are clean to wear to school, much less coordinated and cute.  AID I closed my business.  I didn't do anything for a while, then I did art, now I do candles.  The last thing that I want to be known as is flaky, but I feel that way a lot.  AID I'm still a terrible housekeeper, but now I've got extra guilt that when Ian died CPS thought I was neglecting my other kids before and took them away - I promised that the house would never be like this again, and it is.

I don't want to live in the AID world, yet I can never regain the BID world.  I feel trapped.  Much of the time I can go along with the flow, even feel normal.  I meet people, connect, sell candles, nurse the baby, pick up kids from school, go to church... Then there are just those days that hit me out of the clear blue.  I look in the mirror and see through the facade.  I see the pain, the struggle.  I see the AID and want desperately to see the BID.  I died that day too.  I don't even know who this person is some days.

Don't stop - there's lots more good stuff...

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