30 June 2009

Introducing: SoyLicious.com

I would like to introduce you to Soylicious.com. The newest candle company on the market! Just in the launching stages, Soylicious.com is an awesome company with awesome products! Offering handpoured to order candles made of 100% soy and triple scented. These candles are truly AWESOME!!!! Check out what all the company has to offer.

We offer home parties, fundraisers, and online shopping. If you would like to book your very own SoyLicious.com party contact me via my website:

Be the first to introduce your friends to the brand new


29 June 2009

Some Inspiration for Today!

Nobody can make you feel inferior without your permission.
Eleanor Roosevelt
Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.
Harriet Beecher Stowe, writer
"The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off."
~ Gloria Steinem ~
People with clenched fists can not shake hands.
~ Indira Gandhi ~
We need 4 hugs a day for survival.We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance.We need 12 hugs a day for growth.
~ Virginia Satir ~
People are like stained-glass windows.They sparkle and shine when the sun is out,but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealedonly if there is a light from within.
~ Elizabeth K├╝bler-Ross ~

26 June 2009

An Anniversary Prayer

{This is the prayer in an anniversary card I received today in the mail}
May you always have
God's presence
and His perfect will to guide you,
A future bright before you
and the one you love beside you,
A marriage that is everything
God meant for it to be-
Let all that you do
be done in love.
1 Corinthians 16:14

A Day to Celebrate!

Sunday is my 6th wedding anniversary.
I can not believe that it has been six years already.
I guess time flies when you’re having fun, lol.

For our anniversary my husband is taking me out for the night.

We are going out on Saturday night, since he has to work on Monday and I have the kiddos.

I am not sure where we are going or what we are going to do, but I am excited! It’s been a while since we have went out just the two of us.

I think that we will probably go out of town for the night. Its kind of crazy to pay for a hotel room when you have a house but, if we are at home SOMEONE is going to call or stop by. The most exciting part of this entire “date” is that it was my hubby’s idea!

Here’s to all the years of happiness and many more to come!

25 June 2009

Budgeting Tips

I have been married for six years now and still have not quite got budgeting down to a tee. Our money is sometimes short or tight, however you want to look at it. We sometimes are stretching every penny. We are a family of four on mainly one income. After the birth of our second child we decided that it was better for us for me to stay at home with our children. So we went to one income.

I have attempted, not whole heartily might I add, to work out a budget for my family to stick to. I was given a spreadsheet to fill out with all of our expenses and incomes. I couldn't even fill out the slots. So I am wondering what kinds of tips my wonderful readers have to offer.

If you have a great plan that works for you please comment with your suggestions. I really do appreciate any suggestions.

24 June 2009

Foreplay: Its important!

A lot of Brown Bag Party's products are for foreplay. This is a topic that is important for a couple's sexual relationship. Foreplay can mean a lot of things, the dictionary definition is the sexual stimulation preceeding sexual intercourse. By definition there is a wide range of foreplay.
I always tell my guests at my parties that foreplay is import to keep the spark alive in a sexual relationship. It is important for both the man and woman to remain satisfied.
Men can orgasm in zero to seven minutes, I am always reminded by my guests that most don't take that long! For most women it takes longer, up to 20 minutes. This is why foreplay is so important.
As I was browsing the internet I found an article, Foreplay Tips for Men and Women.
The following is the list shared in this article:
1. Don't Forget to Kiss
2. Target the Neck
3. Target All the Erogenous Zones
4. Oral Sex
5. Use Massage
6. Set the Mood
7. Tease
8. Communicate
9. After Sex Don't Just Walk Out
If you would like more details from the article on these foreplay tips, click here.
Brown Bag Party is on top of the importance of foreplay. We have a wide range of products to initiate foreplay. We have games for couples that prolong foreplay. Here are a few of our products:
We also have a large variety of massage products:
If you see any of our products that you are interested in, you may place an order on my site, http://www.bbpartygirl.com/
Also, if you have any questions about any of our product lines you can email me @
Please just put BBP Question in the subject line.
~Helping to Brighten your Days & Nights~

23 June 2009

BootCamp Update

If you read my post about my desire to attend BootCamp for Brown Bag Party, I am updating that now.

I wanted to let you all know that I have purchased my ticket, YAY!!!!!

I will be going to Virginia to attend Boot Camp in September. I am excited but nervous at the same time! I can not wait to actually get to meet my up line as well as other BBP reps. However, I am nervous about leaving my girls for two days!:(

I know that they will be taken care of but this will be the first time that I leave them for more than one night! I ask that you all send me your good thoughts while I am at Boot Camp to help me through.

Okay, just wanted to let everyone know that I am on my way to Boot Camp!

Destination Boot Camp, here I come!

22 June 2009

SSIS Spotlight is shinning on Karen!!!!

Woo Hoo! This weeks Sassy Sister's In Sales Spotlight business is Karen Terry, owner/creator of JMJ Creations. Congratulations Karen!!!!

Karen makes some amazing original pieces of jewelry! I just placed my order from Karen for two beautiful necklaces. Check them out:

Amber Sun

And this beautiful piece from her

Danse de la Fleur Collection

Passion Posey in Plum

If you have never checked out JMJ Creations, please do so! Karen is amazing!!!

20 June 2009

The Suppport System: SUMMER FUN GIVEAWAY!

Check out The Support System! They are having a giveaway.
Some of the items include:
Jean May Original: a hand crocheted bouquet
Retro Recycled Jewelry: assortment from her Retro Tropicana jewelry line
Avon by JoAnn: Skin So Soft w/ Bug Guard
Shake Your Bon Bons: Snowball Bon Bons
You should check out all of these great shops! Each of these ladies are awesome!

19 June 2009

Another Father's Day Poem for the DADs

A father and a dad are not the same:
One can be a dad and not a father,
Or one can be a father and not bother
To earn through love the more endearing name.
Some find fatherhood a bit too tame,
Leaving all the details to the mother,
Or dumping the sweet burden on another
Man with just a passing twinge of shame.
You have been our dad so many years
That you've become the landscape that is home,
The mountain that we look to from afar.
No matter where we go we're not alone,
For you remain within to still our fears
And be the word that tells us who we are.
Authur Unknown

Happy Father's Day to All the Great Dad's Out There!

Daddy's Girl

When you were young, pony-tailed,

face full of playful freckles,

were you a daddy's girl?

I was. I still am.

Did you look to him for your security,

for love and attention,

for the understanding,

and the patience you lacked

as a child?

My daddy was the center of my small world,

the focus of my affections,

the star that lit my life,

shining bright.

Shining still in my heart.

The years have led me here,

weathered with maturity and responsibilities,

and I see more clearly now.

The hardships, burdens of love,

and all the small sacrifices he made for me,

for our family.

He created stability,

a place to call home.

All the photographs I browse through

of a child long forgotten,

scarcely remembered smiling,

so happy and so loved.

The mere thought of becoming that role model

is enough to send me cowering, afraid...

looking for guidance.

Turning to my father and my more for support,

advice, wise counsel, and for approval.

Grown up, I see differently now...

A new perspective of a man I have always known.

My heart is full, my emotions overpowering

just in the certainty of that bond.

He's been there for me through all the conflicts

helping me over the rough, ragged stones of growing up.

My respect for him is unending,

faith is unbound, and love is unquestioning.

Even in the midst of all my imperfections, he is lenient,

ignoring the pitfalls, the downfalls, the shortcomings,

he just accepted me as I was, as I am.

The sheer purity of it leaves me awe-struck and

it lifts me up, it holds my head a little higher,

it keeps me in balance,

harmonizing with the world around me

beautifully, like an inspired masterpiece from the soul

of an honest man.

I am honored to know him, to love him, to be of him.

He's my hero, and I am his daughter, his little girl.

18 June 2009

Anthony "Tony" White Benefit Update

I would just like to take a few minutes to say that the Anthony "Tony" White Benefit was a huge success! We had a great time and the community really showed support for Tony! If you are not sure what I am talking about please view the website that I set up for the benefit here.

Tony was able to attend the benefit in his honor Saturday, what a blessing from above! Tony really seemed to enjoy himself. There was music, dancing, great food, and a huge amount of community support!

We have somewhat estimated that there were around 600 people in attendance. We, the benefit organizers, are very pleased and appreciative of how well this turned out!

I hope to have photos to share soon so I will update the website with a link to the pictures as soon as it is available! If you have not signed the guestbook on the website, we would love to share more encouraging words with Tony to show the support he has from around, not only our community, but also the United States!

Thanks so much for all the donations, prayers, and well wishes!

17 June 2009

Brown Bag Party is the Leading Romance Party Company!

Woo hoo! How exciting to be a part of the leading romance party company in the industry! Brown Bag Party has been given this title. Our company really does rock! The owners, Peter & his wife Kim, are turely all about helping their customers and consultants! Effective June 1st, 2009, Brown Bag Party is the only romance party company offering 20% hostess rewards credits at NO cost to us, the consultants! Happy Dance!!!! Woo hoo!

In this article, here, Peter acknowledges that it is a big expense for the company to offer free rewards but he says that it is worth it because it helps the consultants.

I really do love this company! If you are looking for a home party business check out what Brown Bag Party has to offer, www.bbpartygirl.com.

I would love to have you on my team!

16 June 2009

SSIS Spotlight Shines on Ketty!!!!

This week the SSIS spotlight shines on Ketty Gonzalez!!! Woo Hoo, congrats Ketty! Ketty is a wedding/event planner. She is based out of New York.

If you want to learn more aboug Ms Ketty check out the write up about her at the SSIS blog or at This Mom's Life (Andrea Baker).

Ketty also has her own blog where she shares great tips on planning that special day. Check out her blog here.

11 June 2009

A Poem For His Daughter

I received this poem in my email. Although the story that came along with the poem was fictitious, the poem brings a great message to all parents. Count your blessings!
I don't know the true author of this poem but it is a great reminder:

*Just for this morning, I am going to step over the laundry, and pick you up and take you to the park to play.
*Just for this morning, I will leave the dishes in the sink, and let you teach me how to put that puzzle of yours together.
*Just for this afternoon, I will unplug the telephone and keep the computer off, and sit with you in the backyard and blow bubbles.
*Just for this afternoon, I won't worry about what you are going to be when you grow up, or second guess every decision I have made where you are concerned.
*Just for this afternoon, I will take us to McDonald's and buy us both a Happy Meal so you can have both toys.
*Just for this evening, I will hold you in my arms and tell you a story about how you were born and how much I love you.
*Just for this evening, I will let you splash in the tub and not get angry.
*Just for this evening when I run my finger through your hair as you pray, I will simply be grateful that God has given me the greatest gift ever given.
*I will think about the mothers And fathers who are searching for their missing children, the mothers and fathers who are visiting their children's graves instead of their bedrooms, and mothers and fathers who are in hospital rooms watching their children suffer senselessly, and screaming inside that they can't handle it anymore.
*And when I kiss you good night I will hold you a little tighter, a little longer.
It is then, that I will thank God for you, and ask him for nothing, except one more day...............

10 June 2009

Mark your Calendar and plan to attend:

A Sassy Affair Shopping Extravaganza
Sponsored by Sassy Sisters In Sales
June 27, 2009
11:00- 3:00 pm EST
Various vendors representing a variety of products. There is something for everyone. Games, Prizes, Special Deals, Exclusive Savings! Invite your friends - they won't want to miss this either! All of our guests will be entered for a chance to win fabulous prizes , but you must REGISTER !!!!!!!
Event will take place on Momchats.com. In the menu select Chat rooms, enter your name, no password needed. Once logged in you'll be in "the lounge". At the top of the box click on the arrow & choose the room assigned to a Sassy Affair. Sit back and enjoy the fair! Chime in with questions or comments anytime.
If you are a vendor and are interested in participating, go to Sassy Sister Events and submit a vendor form. This is a free event. Your only requirements are to submit a prize (see terms for more details ) and you must publicize the event on your blog or other social sites.
Come Join The Fun!

08 June 2009

SSIS Spotlight is Shinning on Jean!!!!

Woo Hoo!!! Congrats to Jean, this weeks Sassy Sister Spotlight Biz. Jean has so many talents. Check out the SSIS blog to learn more about Jean May Originals!

03 June 2009

Our New Radiance Lotion Line

I invite you to check out Brown Bag Party’s brand new line of body products. Radiance body lotion is a fantastic way to hydrate and protect your skin. To read more about our Radiance line click here.

Brown Bag Party has a company wide sale through the end of June on the Radiance lotions. Our regular price is $20 per bottle. The company special is $16 each. Wow, that is a $4.00 savings!!!

I am offering an even bigger savings! I am offering to my readers buy two bottles of Radiance body lotion, at the sale price of $16, and get one bottle FREE! That’s right, you get three bottles of the Radiance lotion for $32.00 (plus tax and shipping), that is a $28.00 savings!!!

This awesome line of lotion comes in 5 amazing scents:

Dreamsicle (Tangerine/Plum)

Naked In The Woods (White Tea/Ginger)

Skinny Dip (Sweet Floral Vanilla)

Tropical (Pineapple/Coconut)

Bikini Beach

You can try 3 different fragrances for yourself or share your deal with a family member or friend.
While you are checking out the Radiance line also check out the great Body Oils and Body Butter that we are now offering in matching scents.

This special is my special! This is only valid through me personally. You must email me in order to receive this awesome deal!

Email me @ c_strickand@yahoo.com

I will contact you for payment.
To view my entire website click here.

02 June 2009

I Wanna Go To BootCamp!!!

Okay, so I don't want to go to military Boot Camp, I wouldn't survive! I want to go to Brown Bag Boot Camp!

As you all probably know by now I am a romance consultant with Brown Bag Party. Every year BBP holds a boot camp for consultants. This is a weekend of intensive training, getting to know other consultants, laughing, dancing, and a whole lot of fun!

The details for this year's boot camp were announced yesterday. I want to go! Woo Hoo! I am so excited about this adventure. I am looking forward to all of the training and getting to meet my sponsor along with all of the other consultants who offer support in my business on a daily basis.

Boot Camp is taking place this year in Virginia!!! Yay, I can drive there and save on airfare. We are having camp at the beautiful Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing. Check out some of the pictures from their site.

Isn't the view beautiful?

Check out that zip line, wow! There is going to be an adventure on the zip line for those that go to Boot camp on Thursday. I would love to do that however, I think I am going to go down on Friday. This will be the first time that I have left my girls for more than one night. Even when I have left them overnight I get them back the next morning. I will have to suck it up and handle this. I REALLY want to do this for my business, I know it will help me a LOT!

I am really looking forward to going to boot camp. I know I will come away with so much knowledge from all of the ladies that have been doing this for years!