Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Women's Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide

Growing up I LOVED to open up my stocking. Now that I help Santa out with stockings it can be so hard to walk the fine line of "stuff" and things that they will ooh and awe over. Also, any of these gifts would be the perfect gift for your secret Santa exchange, coworker or teachers. 

Lot of these items you can grab from Amazon or Sephora, but I also wanted to included a few more some of my favorite small businesses. Being a small business owner myself you should see the happy dance I do when an order comes through. 
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1. Lip Mask // hands down one of my favorite beauty products
2. Bolt Earrings // on trend and great quality 
5. 100 Days to Brave // a great way to kick off the new year
9. Engravable Necklace // customize with your state or a saying 
12. Witty Pens // lots of other fun sayings

You can see all of my gift guides here. 

Gift Guide for Hard to Shop for Men

Men are the hardest/worst to shop for. Gift giving is one of my love languages so I rack my brain each year to try and figure out the best gift for Jon. It isn't easy, but I feel like I have a pretty high success rate. Well, except for the 23 and Me DNA test that I bought him that still hasn't been used, lol. Everything on this list he has bought for himself or received as a gift and has loved it. 
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1. Jack Black Beard Lube Conditioning Shave 
2. Traeger Grill // Ladies if you can go big get him the Traeger. Once you make bacon on it you will thank me.
3. Shoe Dog 
4. Dollar Shave Club // I have gotten this for both Jon and my father in law. I also use these razors myself now!
5. Meat Thermometer // I don't know how many meat thermometers we go through each year, and I realized this one has made it almost a year. That is a big win in my books.
6. Heated Vest // This is exactly what you think it is and Jon loves it.
7. Smartwool socks 
8. Extra Long Charging Cord 
9. Jack Stack BBQ // This is our favorite Kansas City BBQ. My parents have order BBQ packages for Jon and I before. It is the perfect treat.

Make sure you check out all my other gift guides here.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Squad Life: Have your cake and eat it too with Leah Beyer aka Farm Wife Drinks

Leah Beyer is a trailblazer. From the being elected the first female president of her FFA chapter to working her way up the corporate ranks, Leah is one that has commanded respect. However, that doesn't mean she doesn't like to have fun. 

Through a series of twists and turns Leah started the Farm Wife Drinks blog, in addition to raising a family, owning a farm and making a 50 miles on-way commute to the Elanco corporate offices. As she puts it "As a working mom we sometimes say you can't have the cake and eat it too. And I'm like 'yeah you can, you just have to sometimes buy the cake from someone.'"

In this episode Leah and I cover:

  • Why counseling changed the trajectory of her life
  • How we both live the life of knowing it is ok to be "this and that"
  • And why felt tip eyeliner is the greatest invention for once you are past your 20s

Leah's Recommendations:
Make Up: Marykay Felt Tip Eyeliner
Books: Anything by Brene Brown
Her Favorite Drink Recipe: Lemon Drop Martini with Lemoncello

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Monday, November 11, 2019

The Books Rachel Hollis Thinks You Should Read


Disclosure: Keep in mind that some of the links in this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a commission. I only share things that I personally love and I know would be of value to my readers. 

I'm a personal development junkie. Conferences, books, podcasts, you name it I love it. This past weekend, I attended RISE Business, Rachel Hollis's conference for entrepreneurs, business owners, those wanting to start a business, executives, etc. I mean you name it that person was there.

There might be another two months left of 2019 but I wanted to start thinking NOW of how I can best serve my community and customers aka all of you. My wheels have not stopped spinning as I dream of how I will grow my Squad Insider's, my boutique and our farm. Yes, at the conference I introduced myself as the farm girl that really likes lipstick and jewelry, and has a podcast.

For three days Rachel and her squad pulled back the curtain on their lives, struggles and knowledge. The squad is pretty impressed. We are talking Marie Forleo, Trent Shelton, Brendon Bouchard, Amy Porterfield, Chris Hogan, the list went on. Every person that walked across the stage had their own book or podcast, but Rachel also share a list of books that has made the biggest impact on her life.

Rachel's Suggestions I've Read

5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins: If you are needing a mindset shift or a way to motivate yourself this is an awesome book. If you aren't a big reader you can get a great overview in Mel's Ted Talk.

The One Thing by Gary Keller: This is a great book that I've read parts of multiple times. I've loved sharing content around "the one thing" with my team.

High Performance Habits by Brendon Bouchard: Brendon was my favorite speaker at the conference. He spent $1 million on research through two universities to identify the habits that highly successful people across the world utilize.

Rachel's Suggestions that my Husband Jon Has Read

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike: This tells the story of the early days of Nike and how the company almost didn't survive.

Jab, Jab, Right Hook by Gary Vee: If you are trying to figure out how to tell your story and develop your marketing this is the book for you.

Everything Else She Thinks You Should Read

The E Myth Revisited Michael Gerber
Excellence Wins by Horst Shultz
Doing the Right Thing by Scott Rae
Barking Up the Wrong Tree by Eric Barker
Multipliers by Liz Wiseman
Ulimate Sales Machine by Chey Holtz
The Power of Habit by Chales Duhigg
Building a Story Brand by Donald Miller

To make life easy I put together a list on Amazon. #clickaddtocart

If you already have some of these scratched off your list I would love to hear your feedback. You can also subscribe to my weekly newsletter and podcast where you can bet I'll be sharing more about the conference.


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