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Thoughts on Easter, US vs. UK style [Apr. 12th, 2009|07:21 pm]
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I don't know why all these observations about how different Easter is here vs. in the UK have only struck me this year.  After all, this is our 10th Easter  in the States!

1)  In the UK, everybody gets Good Friday and Easter Monday off work.  It's a 4 day weekend and second only to Christmas in terms of big national holidays - much in the same way that Thanksgiving is here.  For that reason it's a big UK holiday in terms of traveling home to see family - even if it means long car drives/flights.  My stepsister and her family have driven almost 300 miles to spend Easter with my dad and stepmom, for instance.  Here I see that people tend to spend the holiday with family if they are within a short driving distance (maybe 1-2 hours), but you're not so apt to fly or spend all day in the car - you'd do that at Thanksgiving instead.

2)  The Easter Bunny is an entirely US phenomenon.  You won't find a man dressed up in a giant bunny costume and a line of kids in new outfits waiting to have their picture taken with him in any British mall.  I guess that's why I haven't succumbed to it yet - the whole idea is a bit odd to me!

3)  The traditional Easter dinner is roast lamb, not ham.

4)  Egg hunts are unheard of in the UK.

5)  We wouldn't dye eggs either.

6)  I never had a new Easter dress that I remember - that wasn't a tradition I was aware of, at any rate.

7)  I felt badly this morning when Amy presented Abby with an Easter gift (crocs and a lollipop with a cute card) - apparently I missed the memo that you should get an Easter gift for your godchildren, because I got nothing for Caitie or the Judson boys. :(  Sorry Amy!  As reinforcement of this, JJ didn't get anything from his (British, committed Christian) godparents, so it must be a cultural difference.

8)  No baskets of goodies in the UK on Easter morning.  The traditional gift there is a hollow chocolate egg.  When we were kids we'd get maybe 3 or 4 (from parents, grandparents and anyone else who was visiting) and we'd ration them out to last a week or two.  It was one of the few occasons in the year when I was allowed chocolate (the others being Christmas and birthdays).  But we certainly never got DVDs, toys or other stuff that appear to be common Easter gifts here.  I wondering if this may be a generational thing (are kids in the UK getting baskets these days?) or just representative of the increasing commercialization of all holidays?
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There once was an ugly duckling.... [Apr. 16th, 2008|09:09 am]
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What do I want for Christmas? [Dec. 24th, 2007|08:33 am]
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Christmas lullaby and picsCollapse )
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HUGE AHA sale! Up to 83% off!! [Dec. 12th, 2007|03:24 pm]
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First Anniversary [Sep. 19th, 2006|02:36 pm]
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Today marks 1 year since I signed up with AtHome America.  In a theme common to most anniversaries, in some ways it feels like I joined yesterday and in other ways it feels like I've been with the company forever.  It has certainly had a very positive impact on my life.  Increased confidence; discovery of new skills and rediscovery of dormant ones; some great friendships; and a steep learning curve.  And let's not forget the free 4-day trip to the Mayan Riviera!!  I now have three team members and I have enjoyed mentoring them.  Here's to even bigger and better things in my second year!!  My next goal is to promote to Bronze Star Executive.

To celebrate, I'm having a few of my past hostesses over tonight for food, fun and bargains (they can shop my cash & carry stash, currently taking over my dining room).  I needed a good incentive to clean my house!!  I have a loaf of our Wild 'n' Crazy Cranberry Bread baking right now and it is making the house smell wonderful!!

Bg shout-outs to marlborobell for all his support and encouragement over the past year, and to kadnkadnk for being a huge cheerleader and great sounding board.  Also, a big thanks to those of you reading this who have been customers or hostesses.  Your business is very much appreciated, and I look forward to continuing to serve you in the year ahead.

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AtHome America September update [Sep. 1st, 2006|08:32 pm]
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If you're interested in getting this update via email each month, just let me know your email address! 

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Bargains galore! [May. 23rd, 2006|04:05 pm]
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If anyone is interested, the AHA Attic (clearance section on my website) was just updated today and there are some fantastic deals on there.  Examples:

  • set of 6 red-handled cooking utensils for $5.49
  • several beautiful 50" x 60" cotton quilted throws for $16.99-$24.99.
  • 6 cup iron votive holder, $9.99

Check it out!  http://www.athome.com/jump.jsp?lGen=category&itemID=153&itemType=INDEX&iMainCat=105&iSubCat=153

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Two craft fairs = too much!! [May. 21st, 2006|07:02 pm]
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For one weekend anyway - I am wiped!!  They each had their highs and lows. Saturday's fair in Sudbury was at least cheap.  But it was my first experience with an outdoor fair and it was very frustrating.  It didn't rain, thank goodness, but it was very windy and things kept blowing off my display.  A couple of things got dented or chipped when they blew over, and it was very distracting when I was trying to talk to people. :(  Turnout was low and I didn't get any leads or bookings, but I did get one largish order. 

Today's fair in Milford was indoor, very profesional layout, well advertized, and great camaraderie with the other sellers.  But it suffered from being the first sunny Sunday for a while and attendance was much lower than expected.  No sales but a couple of strong leads for future bookings or orders.  I did book one show as a fundraiser for the lady who had the booth next-but-one from me.  She is doing the Avon breast cancer 3-day walk and has to raise $2200 by August.  I said I would give her half my commission from the night and an extra $10 for every booking from her show.  Plus if she wants she can use her hostess benefits to purchase stuff she can raffle off to raise extra money.  I thoght it was a mutually beneficial arrangement.  So at least the day wasn't a total write-off. 

One guy had a booth making buttons for 50¢, so I made one.  It says, "Go ahead, make my day....book a party!" 

Now I'm looking forward to a quiet night in front of the TV with my feet up!
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Extreme Makeover: Home Edition... [May. 14th, 2006|09:53 pm]
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...was so cool tonight!  They built a gorgeous house for the very deserving Arena family, and there were tons of AHA products decorating their home!  I got such a kick out of spotting things from our catalog - our homestead dinnerware on their Tuscan dining table, the cast iron keys on the kitchen wall, Heritage leather frames on the side tables, Spirit Above cross above the front door, the Mesa bathroom collection, Mesa tidbit tray in the kitchen, two Saratoga tealight towers outside the back door...  I'm sure there was more!  Photos here:  http://abc.go.com/primetime/xtremehome/gallery/326.html?photo=1

Had a good Mother's Day, despite the rain.  Wonderful church service, yummy lunch at Firefly's, and a nice afternoon at home catching up on TV from the week.  I love my family and I'm very blessed. :)
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AHA on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition again! [May. 6th, 2006|09:42 pm]
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AtHome America HomeWares will once again be on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition! The episode airs Sunday, May 7 at 8/7c. AHA donated more than $5,000 retail in HomeWares to the television show to aid the Peter family in New York, whose home was severely damaged by a fire.

If you have a current catalog you can play along at home and play "Spot our homewares"! I'll be able to let you know which products we donated after the show.
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AHA Mother's Day Special - only online! [Apr. 19th, 2006|01:29 pm]
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Heads-up for anyone interested [Mar. 17th, 2006|05:51 pm]
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Press release from my company:
We continue to be EXTREME with getting the word out about AtHome America! Who knows where our HomeWares may show up next. It could totally MAKEOVER your business, and it will definitely touch people’s lives! Set your VCRs, TiVO and DVRs and watch ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: HomeEdition” on Sunday, March 19, 2006, at 7 p.m EST. /6 p.m. CT.

Next Episode:
Sunday, March 19, 7/6c
"Rainford Family"
A cancer-stricken man whose dying wish is to fix up his house ravaged by Hurricane Wilma will receive a new home, in two back-to-back episodes of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
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AHA [Feb. 18th, 2006|11:17 pm]
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My hostess tonight earned $115 in free stuff and two half-price items of her choice. Not even counting the special hostess-only collections and $5 flat rate shipping. And that was just for sales, you get more for bookings! Seriously guys, you need to host a show - it's well worth it!
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[Non-local peeps] Introducing my new business venture! [Sep. 26th, 2005|07:02 pm]
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This is introduce you to my new business. I am now a HomeStyle Specialist for AtHome America! AtHome America are an Illinois-based company who specialize in selling unique decorative homewares. Browse the catalog or website and you’ll see a fantastic selection of attractive and functional items for your home – many of which would also make great gifts for friends and family this Holiday season!

I will principally be conducting business by holding homeshows in the houses of local friends and contacts. However, I can also receive credit for internet orders, which is particularly beneficial when it comes to friends like you who live too far away for me to come to your home and hold a homeshow. The other benefit of shopping online is that it’s the only place you can buy AtHome America clearance items – so be sure to look at the regularly updated bargains in the Attic!!

If you would like to place an online order (absolutely no obligation!) please go to www.athomewithrebecca.com, which will redirect you to the appropriate site. As far as I understand it, the way it works is that orders placed through my website automatically generate credit for me. I would be very grateful if you could also drop me an email to let me know you have placed an online order. This way I can monitor your order, let you know when it ships and contact you to make sure you are happy with everything.

If you would like any further information about AtHome America products, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to serving you!

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Techincal LJ question [Feb. 19th, 2005|09:06 pm]
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Has anyone found a way to make your entries friends-only as your default setting??
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