Monday, February 6, 2017

Dry Skin Season

Heat, wind and the bitter cold....all these things wreak havoc on your skin, especially your hands.  It's easy this time of year for your poor hands to become dry or even chapped.

With cold and flu season upon us, using hand sanitizer and constantly washing your hands to keep the germs at bay also contribute to dry, chapped hands.  Your poor hands don't stand a chance!

Avon's Silicone Glove is a good way to help your hands get through the winter.  Apply it after washing your hands or using hand sanitizer to keep your hands moisturized and protected.  Apply a good layer before going to bed to get a layer of moisture on your hands while you sleep and a jump on tomorrow too!

Avon's Silicone Glove is also good to use before gardening, cleaning and doing anything with your hands, especially if they get dirty.  It helps protect your hands from grime, dirt, harsh cleaning products or anything that adversely effects your hands.
Order Avon's Silicone Glove today to help your hands!

And, its not just for your hands.  Use Avon's Silicone Glove anywhere you have dry skin on your body.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Moisture is hard to find

Between the heat in our homes and work and the bitter wind outside, our skin is taking a real beating.  It just seems like there is no moisture to be had and our skin just keeps getting drier and drier, even to the point of becoming chapped or even cracked!  Its a good thing that Avon has such a wide variety of moisturizers to help us get that moisture back into our skin. 

If you already have cracked or chapped hands, try using Avon's Skin So Soft Bath Oil over night to help bring the moisture back to your skin.  After taking a shower apply Avon's Skin So Soft Bath Oil to your entire body, let your skin absorb the oil and blot off any excess.  In the morning you should see quite a difference in the moisture of your skin.   Repeat this several times to help your skin maintain its moisture.

Avon's Skin So Soft comes in different fragrances as well as shower gel, body lotion, deodorant, body wash as well as bug spray!

 Are your hands just dry?  Really, really dry?  Then try using Avon's Moisture Therapy line of products.

Whether you're dry and sensitive, dry and itchy or need intensive healing and repair, Avon's Moisture Therapy line has something for you.  The Moisture Therapy line also has a derma soothing line suitable for those with eczema-prone skin.  These lotions also have a hand cream, body wash and even lip balm, which is really nice too! 

One of my favorites is Avon's Silicone Glove.  If your hands get messy gardening, cooking, or just living life, Silicone Glove will help protect your hands.  My grandmother swore by this stuff and it's so true.  Sometimes those little bumps are just dry skin or a skin irritation.   

Let me tell you a little story.  I was working for a national retailer and had a skin irritation on my hands and arms.   This irritation was itchy, bumpy and just plain old annoying.  I tried all kinds of anti-itch creams and lotions, nothing worked.  I went to the doctor and he tried a multitude of different things as well but again nothing worked.  I was ready to try anything and started talking to people about home remedies and then thought of my grandmother.  I tried using Avon's Silicone Glove one morning and the itching was greatly diminished shortly after applying it.  After a couple of days, the irritation was completely gone, my arms were healed and I was completely itch free.  I now use Silicone Glove quite regularly, of course.

As you can see Avon has quite a variety of lotions for just about anything your skin can come up with.  Check out my e-store at to see these lotions and much, much more. 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Are your feet ready for summer?

Are they ready to be seen in sandals and flip flops? Get your feet summer ready with great Foot Works products!  Your feet can be ship shape and sandal ready.  

Foot Works Intensive Callus Cream (#882-633)
works very well to get rid of those nasty callus' that keep you from those cute sandals.  

Foot odor can also be a problem this time of year when feet get sweaty.  Foot Works Healthy Deodorizing Foot Powder (#888-923)
keeps that nasty odor away and has wetness protection that lasts for 24 hours so you can be confident in your flip flops!

I love the Foot Works Healthy Arthritis Achy Foot & Muscle Cream (#882-629)
after all day on my feet. It's very soothing and helps my feet relax. Using before bed helps keep my foot cramps at bay. 

Before leaving for work I also love Foot Works Beautiful Sole Support Cushion Cream (#268-293)
I must admit I was skeptical at first but wanted to try this product out. It really makes a big difference for me. As most of you know, I stand and walk on the hard store floor all day long. Days when I use this cream are significantly better than those where I forget. My feet aren't nearly as tired at the end of the day and are better throughout the day as well.   This is one of those products I cannot be without on a daily basis.

I highly recommend these products, especially if you are on your feet all day. Best of all, right now the Foot Works products are on sale 2 for $5.99! Take advantage of this great sale today! Go to: to pick up these great products for your feet and check out the others in the Foot Works line.  You'll be glad you did!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Looking for help

I am working hard to reach my next goal but could use a little help. If you love Avon and want to get a discount on your products, consider becoming a helper.  I provide you with books and samples, you show them to your family and friends and get orders.  Bring them to me and you get a discount on your order!  The more orders you get, the bigger the discount!  Contact me to get started!

Friday, June 6, 2014

New business materials coming...

Just ordered some new business cards from Vistaprint.  These new cards include QR codes for joining my team as well as shopping my store plus a loyalty program!  Can't wait to get them and share them with... everyone!

Let me know what you think.  The back contains the QR code for shopping and the loyalty program information.  Couldn't get a copy of that, sorry.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Avon skin care is amazing!

Since turning 50 last year, my skin has become more important as well as my skin care regime.  Avon's skin care products are the most innovative on the market.  With all the options Avon offers in skin care, there truly is something for everybody as well as every skin care problem from adolescent acne to dark age spots.  Shop my AVON store!: now to check which skin care regime is right for you.  With Avon's prices, you can't beat it!

As always, I'm always here to answer any questions you have concerning skin care or any Avon products.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Manual die cutting ~ which machine to choose?

A little history first...

While there are many different manual die cutting machines out there, the one that started home die cutting is Sizzix made by Ellison.  And, they must be doing something right since they are still going strong and getting stronger with their die collections.  They have some pretty awesome designers; from Tim Holtz and Karen Burneston to Stephanie Barnard and many, many others.  Their selection of dies is unparalleled; and with the addition of texture/embossing folders, it is my opinion, that no other company can touch them. 

When the Sizzix die cutting machine first came out many decades ago they had the red levered machine with red, yellow or green steel ruled dies.  Steel ruled alphabets were blue.  Then they brought out the Sizzlits, wafer thins dies.  Most of the Sizzlits were alphabets and their fonts available were, and still are, fantastic!  They became collectors’ items and many people just collected their fonts.

I still have many fonts that I collected during that time as well as my original levered machine, which now is a source of inspiration in my studio.  It seems that I also collected a lot of red tag dies.  Until I got them all together, I didn’t realize that I had so many different tag dies.  The funny thing is all these dies still work perfectly after all these years; and believe me when I say they’ve gotten quite a work out over the years.

When the Big Kick came out, I had to buy one right away.  At that time you couldn’t use a 40% coupon on anything Sizzix, so I had to pay full price for the machine; but, since I have had no reason to replace this machine to date.  I feel that the investment was certainly well worth it.  The Big Kick and Big Shot is the same machine.  You can use any steel ruled dies, which the exception of the Sizzix Pro size dies; Sizzlits, wafer thin dies, and embossing folders.  You can use other company’s dies and embossing folders in the Big Kick/Big Shot.  The only other exception is the Spellbinders extra large nesting dies; the largest sizes are a bit too wide for the Big Kick/Big Shot. 

AccuCut was getting into the home die cutting arena as well several decades ago.  They, as well as Ellison, had been in the educational field for some time with large machines as well as very large dies.  At the time most local scrapbook stores (LSS) had one of the large machines and a selection of dies in their store.  When you purchased cardstock from the store you could use the die cut machine for free or join a die cut club to use the machine. 
AccuCut did come out with a small home machine called the Zaz.  This machine was absolutely adorable.  It came in several different colors and was relatively easy to use.  AccuCut left the home die cutting arena and stayed in the educational field.

Cuttlebug by Provo Craft, Quik-Kuts and the Wizard by Spellbinders were next on the scene.  Cuttlebug first had wafer thin dies and then brought embossing folders into the forefront with nice designs.  We started liking to add texture to our cards and scrapbook layouts and Cuttlebug responded with more designs.  Most big box stores only carry Cuttlebug embossing folders now.  It seems that their wafer dies have been discontinued.  If I am mistaken in this regard, please let me know.

The Wizard by Spellbinders was at first a purple hand-ratcheting machine with thin dies as well.  Their designs were innovative and intricate.  Spellbinders has since evolved into the nesting dies, with very intricate, gorgeous designs.  They have many talented designers as well.  Their nesting dies have a tendency to replace most punches too due to their ease of use and storage.  Spellbinders came out with the Grand Caliber die cutting machine.  This machine has a wider platform than the others for their extra large Nestabilities.  However, it cannot accommodate any steel ruled dies.
Quik-Kuts handheld scissor-like machine had some simple designs.  While they were very popular for their smaller size, in my opinion, their designs just didn’t do it for me.

At this point in time, the major players are Sizzix, of course, Cuttlebug and Spellbinders.  The machine I recommend time and time again is the Sizzix whether it’s the Big Kick or the Big Shot doesn’t matter since it’s the same machine.  The only difference is their coloring.  In the Sizzix machines, like I said earlier, you can cut the steel ruled dies, wafer thin dies, Sizzlits and embossing folders.  Sizzix does make a Pro machine that has a larger platform with larger dies.  These Pro dies do not fit in the regular sized machines.  The only other drawback with the Sizzix is the Spellbinders extra large nesting dies.  The larger dies in those packs are too wide to fit.  However, you can cut dies and use embossing folders in the Sizzix from any of the other companies including Cuttlebug, Spellbinders, Cheery Lynn Designs, Die-namics, My Favorite Things, Darice and the many, many other companies that make wafer thin dies and embossing folders. 
The Cuttlebug is a nice machine taking up little space since it folds up when not in use.  It’s great for traveling to crops due to its compactness.  It does produce a nice result embossing or cutting wafer thin dies.  

The Grand Caliber from Spellbinders is a little larger but, in my opinion, is awkward to use as it moves around on the table even though the suction is supposed to be engaged and no matter which way I turn the machine seems backward to me.  It does produce a nice result with the nesting dies and embossing folders. 

In my ever so humble opinion, Sizzix Big Kick or Big Shot is the way to go.  The ease of use, durability of the machine and variety of dies and embossing folders available to use in this machine are practically endless.  If you can only afford, or only want, one manual die cutting machine in your studio, get a Sizzix!

 The opinions are solely those of the author.  Thanks to Google Images for the pictures of the machines.