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Booking Summer Pure Romance Parties

Have you ever noticed how stores like Target will have next season’s merchandise on display months before that season has arrived? For instance, we sometimes will get frustrated because we are looking for Halloween décor and they are pushing Christmas items! They might not get you to purchase something for the upcoming holiday that day, but they did succeed in getting you to start thinking about it and saving money so you can come back and buy something soon. According to the National Retail Association, 40% of holiday shoppers say they begin shopping before Halloween. Retailers understand this and they are planning ahead, and rightly so. When you own and operate your own Pure Romance business, it’s no different.

When I was a Consultant, I would start putting away $20 from each party beginning in January; this was my holiday shopping fund. I was holding about 10 parties a month so I was averaging $200 a month, totaling a few thousand by the time I started shopping for gifts. If I didn’t plan ahead, I knew there wouldn’t be any money set aside to make it a special Christmas for my children.

The same principle applies when it comes to any season. Summer doesn’t mean “summer break” when you’re a business owner (or a parent for that matter!). Some might be tempted to rest on their laurels, but if you’re smart and dedicated to being successful, you’ll put a long-term plan in place to keep your customers engaged.

As parents, our obligations often sky rocket during the summer. There are family vacations, the kids are home from school, we have to schedule baby sitters – I get it. I was in your shoes as a Consultant once, too. This is a busy time for your Hostesses, as well. However, there are many great ways to make keep her interest and make your business also sky rocket. Below are some great tips to do just that!

  • Think like Target or Saks Fifth Avenue do! Plan, plan, and then plan some more!
  • Help the Hostess make her party a fun event that people want to attend! Suggest a theme party (Pinterest boards from Amanda) such as a Luau Party, Spa Party, Naughty Nautical (Bachelorette) Party, or even a 50 Shades of Grey party – over a million copies of the latest installment of the Fifty Shades of Grey series (Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian sold) have flown off the shelf since the week it was released! If it’s toward the end of the summer, host a Mommy’s Back to School Bash!

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  • Up the Hostess Credits: tell the Hostess if she encourages her guests to bring an additional guest and hits a specific goal of buying customers, she will get an extra discount, or small gift.
  • If you are sending the party invites, add an incentive to guests who bring a guest with them to the party.
  • Further entice guests with a $100 raffle giveaway (that you have already earned in free product).
  • Build and train your team: when you start bringing on other Consultants as part of your Downline, it helps you to be a leader and helps teach them how to run a successful business.
  • Look for inspiration; you can’t imagine how creative you will become once you open your mind to new ideas and ways to market and grow your business. For example, when you log into the COO, check out The Community tab in the top right-hand corner. This is an amazing online resource where Consultants can make suggestions, ask questions and get additional ideas. There are currently videos on there of our top Consultants including tips on Summer Sales.
  • Keep things NEW! People love anything novel. You become stagnant if you do the same thing every day – what makes the “Pure Romance Special” specialif it’s the same thing every time? We are offering new products four times a year so there’s constantly opportunity to market your business! There’s absolutely no excuse!

The Pure Romance corporate office and top Consultants are also proud to lead by example. Our Board has already planned ahead for product line transitions through 2016. We are so impassioned with thinking ahead on how we can make Pure Romance better, and this is a good attitude to take on at every level of the business!

Are You Beautiful or Average?

Be honest: How do you think of yourself? Do you think you’re beautiful? Average? Do you care what others think? Take a minute to watch the video below and think about some of these questions. Really think about it.

For me, I would have chosen the “Beautiful” doorway. There are many ways to define beautiful. The media often convinces us that unless we are runway models waltzing off the cover of Vogue magazine, we are not beautiful. Beauty is how you feel inside. It’s a big, optimistic smile. Twinkling, life-loving eyes. Wrinkles, yes, even wrinkles that have been earned over a life of excitement, experience and wisdom.

It really struck me when I saw a mother and her daughter talk about the different doorways they would have passed through. The mother knew how beautiful her daughter was, and wanted to pull her through the “Beautiful” door. This made me think about my daughter and my beautiful grandchildren – all who share a special light and beauty with the world. It would absolutely break my heart to think that any of them would question how beautiful they are – now or ever! Pop-culture, the media, and many other influencers can push their idea of beauty on us, but as long as we continue to teach our children and remind those we love just how wonderful they are, it’s my hope that they will ignore what others might think and embrace the uniqueness that each and every person brings to our planet.

Please share your thoughts in the comments section below. I’d love to hear how this video impacted you!

Love Has No Labels

There’s an old saying – you can choose your friends, but not your family (luckily for me, I’ve gotten pretty lucky in the family department!). I bring this up because when it comes to falling in love, it’s a lot like family – you don’t “pick” who you fall in love with – it has so much more to do with that powerful feeling that comes over you and a connection to another spirit that is often independent of gender, race or creed.

I’ve attended many LGBTQ events over the years, and it has opened my mind even further to the challenges many of these individuals face in our society. Once I listened to a gay couple talk about why gay marriage was especially important to them and about the adversity they faced when they wanted to adopt a child. In their particular case, the only children many adoption agencies would allow them to adopt were babies who were born from drug-addicted mothers. They brought one of these frail babies home with the commitment and intention to love this baby through everything. We parents know how hard it is to raise even a healthy newborn baby – sleepless nights and endless worry are always part of the package. Yet, here, they said that if something happened to one of the fathers and he was the legally-bound adopted father, the other would have absolutely no rights to the child.

Along those same lines, say a lesbian couple experiences a terrible accident and one is admitted into the hospital – the woman who has loved and dedicated her life to her partner is not allowed to enter the hospital because she’s not considered family. How can this be?

I believe when you have been so committed to someone, have loved him or her, and worked together through life’s day-to-day challenges – you have the right to be married – regardless of your gender. Love is love.

As PRIDE month comes to a close and Cincinnati PRIDE parade approaches this Saturday, I want to join other organizations like Procter & Gamble and Macy’s who have come forward to support this cause. Like the amazing video above, love truly has no labels.

The Men of Pure Romance

imageI was so pleased to see the response we received from the Father’s Day Men of Romance blog series last week. It was probably one of the most fun blogs I’ve had the opportunity to do. We often hear the cliché that “behind every great (and successful) man, there’s a great woman.” I think in this case we see that the reverse is often true! In this business, I work directly with the Pure Romance Consultants and don’t often get to meet the husbands and fathers who support them. There’s often the assumption that it’s one person’s obligation to keep things going, but these couples are showing us that there’s teamwork on both sides to keep a marriage and family on track. Even better, they aren’t just talking about how to do it, they are showing their children and all of us by example.

The way that the responses were written, it’s easy for people to think that their lives are fairytales, but they know that everyone has bumps in the road in life and it’s all about how you deal with them. These couples have a plan in place and have one another’s backs – it was a true inspiration!

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Father’s Day Blog Series: Men of Pure Romance


I think it’s so important to show appreciation for the people who show us love and support in our life. In the hustle and bustle of operating a business and taking care of our family we often lose sight of declaring that appreciation, which is why I think it’s so wonderful we designate a day to do just that.

First and foremost, I want to pay tribute to my Father today. He passed away at a young age from a heart attack. My Dad was a real “man’s man” who drove a truck for Keebler for 20+ years. He did the best he could with what he knew, which I believe is a statement that remains true for all of us in the realm of parenting. My Dad was rough around the edges, probably drank a few too many beers on occasion, loved Elvis Presley and had a difficult time expressing affection. However, I never questioned my father’s love for me. I saw his love in the everyday little things, like when my first car broke down, he took me to the dealership and said, “You can pick any car in the lot, but you’ll be responsible for the monthly payment!” To an outsider looking in it wouldn’t seem like an expression of love, but to me, the love was in the lesson: I can have anything I want in life, I just have to work hard to pay for it. My Dad also made time to call me every week despite his busy travel schedule, and after I had the boys he carved out time to spend with them every other Friday. He would pick Nick and Chris up, make giant milkshakes and curl up in front of the television to watch The Dukes of Hazard. Despite losing my Dad unexpectedly, I cherish the opportunity I had to see him show affection through his love for Chris and Nick. The boys were so young when Dad passed, but I see a lot of my father in the men they are today

Dad collageThis Father’s Day is exceptionally special because I now have the opportunity to watch all three of my sons and my son-in-law in their role as a Father. I’m sure many of you have heard me talk about how different all of my kids are, and it is definitely shines through in their parenting. Regardless of their discipline techniques or paternal instincts, they all have their own way of loving their children and supporting their significant others and it is those qualities that will benefit their children in the long run. I believe fathers are the ones who set the standard for what their sons will be like as a man, and for their daughters, they create healthy patterns so they can find the right type of love in their life. As children, our parents give us our first experience of love – we often look for those qualities in our future mate. It makes me incredibly happy to see all four of my boys with their children – they are always 100% present, and when they aren’t with them I can see the love they have shine through their eyes when they talk about them or show me a picture. It is a surreal moment when you see the little boys you used to diaper and discipline turn into fathers. It’s a beautiful gift and today I want to wish all of them a Happy Father’s Day.

To all of the wonderful men of Pure Romance, you are true rock stars! Thank you for supporting your leading lady in her business and setting a perfect example of love and support for your children. Happy Father’s Day!