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‘Tis the Season…

If you’ve watched my last two video blog posts, you will know that one of my favorite things about this time of year is spending even more time with my family. As you’re curled up with your family and enjoying time with the ones you love, be sure to capture the moments on film and in your heart. Here are just some of the personal photos I’ve taken over the past month or so leading up to Christmas Day. Happy Holidays!

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My Christmas Traditions

Take a walk with me down memory lane: click below to watch how I celebrated the holiday season with my own children and family over the years. On behalf of my family and the Pure Romance Family, we wish you the happiest of holiday seasons and a wonderful New Year!

Giving From the Heart

With the holiday season upon us, I wanted to post my first video blog on what this time of year means to me. I look forward to reading your comments and hope it will shed light on what I feel is one of the most important lessons this time of year: it’s not the gifts that make it special, it’s about the time spent with your loved ones. Enjoy!

 

My favorite Picks for Holiday Gifts Under $100

Black Friday has come and gone which means most of you are in full force shopping mode (or busy shopping Cyber Monday as we speak. I have four children and 10 grandchildren (and one on the way!), so needless to say I usually start holiday shopping during the summer! With the spirit of the holidays upon us, I decided to share my five favorite gift ideas for under $100.

Screen Shot 2014-12-01 at 9.48.45 AM1.Laura Mercier Custom Artist Portfolio (Makeup Book): I use mine for travel, but it also keeps me very organized. I’m not digging through my drawers looking for my makeup; if I’m going to an event from the office, everything is neatly placed and ready to go for the next morning. The only thing I ever have to change out is my lipsticks and eye shadows. This is a godsend for the busy woman!

2. Calphalon Bakeware Non-Stick 10-Piece Set: I bake homemade gluten free bread for my mom every Sunday. As long as everything is set perfectly, I’ve never burnt my bread or made less than perfect bread while using this product! It also cleans up easily.

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3. The Art of Shaving: Now that we’re safely past “No-Shave” November, this is a must-have. All of the men in my family and many on my staff have informed me that these safety razors are very popular right now. I love the sleek look and you can pair with a bottle of Pure Romance’s top-selling Shave (scented men’s shaving cream).

4. Dopp Kit: While I’m in love with my Laura Mercier Makeup Book, the male counterpart is probably the classy Dopp Kit – this bag is an essential for the traveling businessman, or the guy in your life who needs a convenient case when he’s running to the gym or taking weekend getaways. Marc Jacobs carries a beautiful version.2968773349e228c94942b7ad8df37d1f

5. Kate Spade Wristlet: This is the perfect gift for the active woman in your life. Whether you’re going to the park or walking the dog, it’s lightweight, but still in style. I love wearing mine when I’m running in and out to grab a few groceries, and don’t want to lug a big Tote.

 

Thanksgiving Blessings

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Chanel, Prada, Gucci, Burberry. What do these all have in common? You would not find them in my closet when I was building my business. In fact, let me tell you how it is…I was in my 40s when I bought my first pair of designer shoes! Those who meet me today often mistakenly assume that I’ve always been big on designers – a “Devil Wears Prada” type who must own Chanel. This couldn’t be further from the truth. While I’ve always admired fashion, it was far from my mind when I first started as a Consultant, juggling in-home parties with my children’s livelihood and school and recreational functions.

Later in life, I’ve really enjoyed being able to finally spoil myself a little and not feel even a little guilty about it. Like many of you reading this, I’ve worked very hard and it’s a wonderful treat to be able to afford to wear some of the designers I’ve appreciated from afar year after year. However, this has come with many sacrifices, determination and dedication to work ethic. It is so unsettling when I see a high school student walking through the mall today carrying a $2,000 purse. Even with my own daughter, I didn’t buy her a designer purse until she was well into college, and let me assure you, it was for a special occasion and a junior designer at that!

My son, Chris, also likes to tell the story of how he had to wear “Sikes” instead of “Nikes” growing up because, let’s face it, I was a single mom and I had to make every single dollar count. And I promise you, when we could finally afford the “real thing” he appreciated it so much more than if it was just handed to him.

Throughout this journey, regardless of how little or how much money we have had, we’ve always remained grateful. We have always counted the blessings of health and family first. There have been years I shopped at thrift stores and my children wore hand-me-downs, so whether it’s something I’m picking out for my home, clothing, or even just a nice dinner out with my family – I’m always so very thankful that I’ve worked hard so I can have these things. And even more importantly, I’m so appreciative every everyday that I’ve had the opportunity to pass this important lesson down to my children: work hard for everything you have in life, and appreciate everything you gain because of that hard work. I can rest easy knowing that they will teach that same principle on to their own children for generations to come.

This Thanksgiving, I hope you, too, will take a moment to count your blessings and know that everything you are working so hard for will bring you the happiness you truly deserve. Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!