www.facebook.com/events/287894048540326/I am very excited to feature a truly amazing woman, Mary Njuguna for our January edition of our Leading Ladies Series. Mary started her small business, when she became an Independent Consultant for Rodan and Fields in May 2017. Mary has been a staunch supporter of Hampton Roads Housewives In the City monthly ladies night out events, and she is a true expert and she takes pride in finding what products will make you look and feel beautiful. You can come and speak with Mary at one of our upcoming events!
Mary, tell us about your business and how you became the successful businesswoman you are today.
Before I joined Rodan and Fields (R&F), I lamented about wrinkles around my eyes and wanted a magic product to get rid of them. To support my friend and in hopes that R&F would work, I faithfully used the products for 3 years and was pleasantly rewarded. That’s when I made the decision to look into R&F as a business, but not before doing some additional research of my own.
I completed my MBA a few years earlier and decided to take an objective analysis of the business model. As part of my research, I read a case study from Harvard Business Review that stated R&F is a “once in a lifetime opportunity.” In addition, I learned that R&F is the #1 Skin care in North America and #1 in price when compared against all price points (including drugstore skincare). I also learned that the R&F founders, Dr. Rodan and Dr. Fields, created ProActiv which is currently in 181 countries. R&F will follow suit; meaning a huge, yet untapped, opportunity for the future. R&F is currently available in 3 countries: U.S.A, Canada and Australia. This January, they announced that the next step in global expansion is in Asia. I lived in Japan and traveled quite a bit in Asia, so I can tell you that the skin care is big business! Needless to say, after my analysis, I joined R&F as a consultant and haven’t looked back since.
As an added bonus, I feel like this business has allowed me to blossom. R&F is made up of a phenomenally supportive group of people. Consultants encourage each other and prop each other up. I have had to get out of my comfort zone and do things I was previously not confident enough to do. I grew up with a conservative and very cautious approach to life, but this business has forced me to expand my beliefs and boundaries. I feel like I’m living and experiencing a new world with new relationships and new challenges every day. I feel alive! I’m both excited and scared that I have an amazing team of consultants who joined me and who have trusted me.
The products are amazing. Dr. Rodan and Dr. Fields are Stanford trained dermatologists who wanted to develop a line that would address multiple skin conditions. Interesting fact: Did you know that R&F was initially sold in Nordstrom department stores? In March of 2008, the Drs. decided to pull the #1 selling skincare out of Nordstrom because they recognized the opportunity in online sales. They also recognized that majority of sales are fueled by the power of word of mouth. With these two insights, they setup R&F and designed the business to exclusively sell through consultants using online accounts.
What are the products? R&F offers 4 core regimens: Soothe (for sensitive skin), Redefine (for wrinkles and fine lines), Reverse (for sun damage and uneven skin tone) and Unblemish (for acne).
In addition to the core regimens, R&F took the skincare world by storm with Lash Boost; a product that feeds your lashes with peptide and keratin to give you the long lashes you’ve always wanted. Then we have Active Hydration Serum; a product that draws moisture from the air and hydrates your skin. Lastly, R&F developed Radiant Defense which is similar to a BB or CC cream that protects and perfects your skin.
Just a side note … Your face is 99% of your selfie.
Anyone with skin? I like that question because it gets down to the core of R&F; these products are for men, women, and children too. Because the products are scientifically proven to work, I feel confident that I’m selling good products. I love when my customers see visible changes, get compliments and become more confident and they come with a 60-day money back guarantee.
In the end, I believe in this business and as with any business, it requires hard work; it’s not a free ride. Having said that, I also love the world R&F put me in; new friendships, outstanding women and men that I meet, and the camaraderie we share. This business is more than skincare, it’s an environment where women help and lift each other and get excited to see each other succeed. If you are ready for a challenge, ready to work, interested in an extra $100, $500 or $1000, I’m available to answer questions or help you become a consultant. If you want to just try the products, I have an option that works for you too!
Describe yourself in three words:
Grit, Loyal, Passionate
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
Starting a small business, seeing an opportunity to help, lead and be part of something that I believe in.
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
I am able to work my business in the nooks and crannies of my day, allowing me time and financial freedom so that I never miss a moment with my family. I am able to work from my phone anywhere as long as I have internet. I enjoy empowering women and helping them feel beautiful! I also love to travel and usually fly somewhere about every 3-4 months. January is Kenya, February is Orlando, and May is Turks and Caicos. I wouldn’t be able to travel so much without the income from Rodan and Fields. Best decision ever! Work hard, play harder!
What websites do you visit every day?
Facebook, Instagram, and Google
What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in your city?
I absolutely love hanging out with local consultants. We are always encouraging each other and collaborating on business practices or hosting events. We usually meet at Ensenada Mexican restaurant in Virginia Beach twice a month (contact me for more information). Come on by! These women have enriched my life! I also love to walk/run at Oak Grove Park. It’s where I clear my head and just get away. My favorite place to volunteer is the Family Dog Club and Beagle Rescue located in Chesapeake. It’s the perfect place take my dog to daycare and even participate in agility. The owner is amazing, and they are always in need for help!
What is your goal for retirement?
I want to match my income to that of my husbands, so he can retire, and we can travel the world! My team will continue to grow so that I can help others achieve an income that will provide time and financial freedom for their families. How amazing will that be!
Do you have any advice for women who would like to start their own company?
Do it afraid! The perfect time is NOW; not tomorrow! Find your passion and do it for you! Stay positive. Surround yourself with like-minded people and find great mentors. Relationships are the most important thing in business so be kind to everyone and nurture those relationships. The world needs women who inspire and lift others!
Rodan + Fields
~ R+F Overview HERE
~ Hear from our Dr's HERE
~ Press Coverage HERE
~ Partner with us in business HERE
~ Find out what your skin needs HERE
~ Purchase award-winning skincare (my site) HERE
~ Before and After pictures HERE
~ Income Disclosure Statement HERE
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Rodan + Fields: LIFE CHANGING SKINCARE
Recap from our Plus One Networking Social at Pasta E. Pani in Virginia Beach featuring our Local Boss Babes in Business!
We celebrated our First January Networking Mixer on January 8th at Pasta E. Pani in Virginia Beach. All who attended had so much fun meeting our lovely vendors who were very informative on their brands! We also got to enjoy some amazing Food by Chef Sal and his amazing staff! Especially the drinks and yummy dessert. Pasta E. Pani is a great location to bring Families and Friends together!
Like many of our events locations Pasta E. Pani was perfect place to have an event like ours, especially with all the connections we made. I know a lot of you wanted to come, but for whatever reason a lot of you could not make it.
I wanted to share the links to our fabulous vendors, that way you can still shop from them if you're looking for last minute gifts for any occasion or more information on them. Take advantage of the many specials they are offering. Don't forget to tell them you saw them featured with Hampton Roads Housewives In The City.
Check out our Locals Ladies We Love !
Keep your skin glowing and lashes flowing with Rodan & Fields with Mary. Become her Preferred Customer today. Please look out for her at our next event in February. Make your daily routine for better skin easy!
Your accessory Jewelry is made easy Debora and her Just for you Jewelry Boutique with Paparazzi. Let her help you find your one of kind signature accessory for your best look. You can check her out at our upcoming event in February!
Origami Owl Jewelry by Allison Facebook was not able to make our event. But she has an amazing selection of Origami Owl Jewelry like no one else in Hampton Roads. Be sure you shop from her and tell her you saw her on our Local Ladies we Love Post.
I was so happy to able to meet and speak to everyone , but I am looking forward to our next event at our at Bar Louie for our New Year New You Event in Hampton on January 28th.
I do dabble in a bit of Photography too! See more great photos here!
What NEW for 2019?!
Special thank you to all who were part of a successful and growing 2018 with Hampton Roads Housewives! No matter who you are at our events, YOU can't miss these opportunities for 2019! I look forward to seeing everyone come out to see what is an EVEN BETTER year planned!
Here's some new and exciting changes for this upcoming year:
Here is what you can expect!
1. More Events, More options to Participate with us!
Yes you see correct we will be having more events. You ask your self why? Well since Hampton Roads is a very large area, I can reach my audience all over.
2. Monthly themed contests/raffles
Once per month our events will feature a contest increasing fun and mingling between new contacts! Be prepared to participate for a chance to win SPECIAL GOODIES!
3. Plus One or Bring a New Friend to our Events are your chance to have a more intimate experience and chance to win more prizes!
New bring a friend incentive means more lady dates for 2019! Grow that circle of lady friends for a great night out. Upon check in get YOUR Extra ticket for bringing a new lady to our featured event and get extra chances to win our Featured Prizes for the Night.
4. New Experiences
I have different companies reaching out to book within our calendar of events. Stay tuned to what may happen that can incorporate your Special someone or your family.
New for Businesses
With a great new incentive platform we need you more now than ever to be a great foundation for our ladies! Check out how THIS YEAR will benefit YOUR BUSINESS with HRVA Housewives.
1. Themed contest and/raffles = Increased Interaction
Let's talk about how we can increase THEME SUPPORT and tailor a game, giveaway, sign up, or design at YOUR table to increase interest, follow up contacts, interaction and increased business for 2018!
2. Price Reduction on our Rates.
If you have participated with us in the past we have reduced our vendor package rates. Keeping prices low gives more business more options to participate with us. Follow us for sale rate incentives for 2019!
3. Bring a friend incentive = Regular Group Growth
With all this fun going on at our events, we've invited our girls to BRING A FRIEND. Upon check in, if they have brought a friend they will get a special raffle ticket. Let's double our featured exposure, increase the interest, and blossom what we've worked so hard to establish.
4. Want to work with us but still can't afford our rates?
I will work one on one with interested business who may be unable to attend to feature their products or sponsor specialty items so that there is NEVER a duplicate prize at each event! If you want to be featured lets chat to see how I can help your business.
**WHAT THIS MEANS FOR VENUES**
We are coming back bigger and stronger for 2019! Talk with me today about how we can increase your traffic on a slow business night, and bring some fun and excitement to your establishment! Our group is strong and growing and our venues are already booking FAST!
I hope you are all as pumped as I am about 2019 and I am looking forward to our NEW BUSINESS YEAR.
Keep up with us on Facebook! Check out our updates, upcoming events and all around happenings in Hampton Roads!
Unsure if we are a good fit for you just yet?? Let's talk about having YOU visit one of our events and possibly sponsoring one of our specialty giveaways!
We are always are on the hunt for new businesses, venues and being able to connect with the local community. We want to hear from you! If you are looking to put a Spotlight on your business please contact me at Bernadette@housewivesinthecity.com for more information
We celebrated our December Holiday Networking Mixer on December 5th at Bonchon in Norfolk. All who attended had so much fun meeting our lovely vendors who were very informative on their brands and we enticed our guest with Swag Bags loaded with items and deals from Dermacare of Hampton Roads and other businesses within Hampton Roads. Special Thanks to Tidewater Keepsakes Jewelry for being our Swag Bag Sponsor for this event!
Like many of our events locations, Bonchon was perfect place to have an event like ours, especially with all the connections we made. for this event and made lots of connections! I know a lot of you wanted to come, but for whatever reason a lot of you could not make it.
I wanted to share the links to our fabulous vendors, that way you can still shop from them if you're looking for last minute gifts for the holiday or more information on them. Take advantage of the many specials they are offering. Don't forget to tell them you saw them featured with Hampton Roads Housewives In The City.
Check out our Locals We Love !
Winter we often forget about our skin. Keep your skin glowing and lashes flowing with Rodan & Fields with Mary Let her help you make your day skin care routine easy!
After the storms we had this year! You will want to call our Friends from JES Foundation Repair. They offer Free Estimates on all your foundation needs! Make sure you tell them Hampton Roads Housewives Referred you!
Your Nails can be super perfect all the time with Color Street! Time to order to get your nails looking right just in time for the holiday! Ask Dawn how you can get your nails pretty for the Holidays and New Year! Shop with this link, you will be able to buy 3 and get one free!!
2 of our vendors were not able to be at this event. Please support and Shop with them this Holiday!
Time to get your holiday glam going with Clink Cosmetics & Glam Bar! Chardonnay is your go to when it comes to getting your glam products for best look!
Lots of choices to accessorize your look with Paparazzi Jewelry ! Connect with Albertine to get your next look for only $5 !!! There is no other deal like Paparazzi for the holidays!
I was so happy to able to meet and speak to everyone , but I am looking forward to our next event at our at Pasta E. Pani for our Pasta E. Pani Plus One Networking Social on January 8th.
Thank you so much for giving us a great way to remember this Ladies Networking Mixer!
See more great photos here!
For our December ladies night out we are featuring CHIP as our featured charity. Children’s Health Investment Program (CHIP) of South Hampton Roads provides services for children, prenatal through age six, in the focus areas of health improvement, reduction of child abuse and neglect, and school readiness. Our voluntary in-home visiting program teams a certified parent educator and a registered nurse with children and families to provide case management, home visitation, health assessments, parent support, education and referrals.
CHIP’s mission is to build a healthy community by building a healthy child. Poverty is the single greatest threat to the long term well-being of a child and recent data show that 1 in 4 children in Hampton Roads live in or near the Federal Poverty Level. Children’s Health Investment Program provides services in Hampton Roads for children through age six and expectant mothers in the focus areas of health improvement, reduction of child abuse and neglect and school readiness.
Come and speak with CHIP at our Merry and Bright Holiday Glam Networking at Bonchon in Norfolk on December 05, 2018, to learn more how you can be involved with this amazing group. . Stay connected on their website and learn more how you can get more involved with this amazing charity that supports children and families in Hampton Roads!
Hampton Roads is full of local businesses made up of entrepreneurs committed to promoting their brands to support their families and local community. We are so happy to share these businesses with you! What a great way this season to be very supportive! Now is the time to show your support and give this opportunity to check out what products, services and specials they are offering as we look to Support the Local Businesses for the Holidays!
Color Street- DAwn reynolds
Tidewater Keepsake Jewelers
To keep the legacy of John and Leslie Fedida’s 40 years of business going, Tidewater Keepsake Jewelers continues to take pride in
delivering high-quality jewelry with exceptional customer service.
We offer a wide selection of famous name-brand suppliers including the exclusively designed “I Do” & “Love Bright” Collections, Gabriel & Co., Galatea, and Smart Cut by Carat Smart. These are just some of the household names that we offer at a price that will bring a smile to your face and create an everlasting memory that will speak words of love.
When you order from us, whether it's your first or tenth time, you become part of our family. During your search for the perfect gemstone, platinum rings wedding bands, diamond rings, earrings, gold necklace custom setting or any of our large selection of one of a kind pieces, we pledge to help you through the process. We hope that your purchase from us becomes the first of many.
To make your shopping experience easy, we provide an online store where you can view some of our beautiful jewelry and make a simple purchase.
Contact us today!
Tidewater Keepsake Jewelry
4224 Virginia Beach Boulevard,
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452, United States
(888) 348-8291 or (757) 499-7555
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*We will be sharing through December 24, so there's still ample time to showcase your business!*
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to explore your own listing.
#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving back by the power of social media. We at Hampton Roads Housewives collaborate with some amazing charities throughout the year!
Help us help many of these local grass roots charities that help so many in the Hampton Roads area.
One of the best things you can do is get involved. I have created this directory of some of local charities we worked along with this year!
Kelly’s Choice, Inc. - a non-profit organization and we support Caregivers with an Annual Event, their love ones, those that's differently challenged, wounded warriors, cerebral palsy, all different abilities.
Here For Girls- We offer loving, not-your-typical support through Beyond Boobs!(our community-based, in-person support) and Pink Link (our nationwide, 24/7, online support). Here for the Girls creates and serves an extended family of young survivors (diagnosed under 51) who help one another through diagnosis, treatment, and beyond.
SleepTight of Hampton Roads- SleepTight is program to encourage safe sleeping and reduce sleep related infant deaths in the South Hampton Roads region of Virginia.
March of Dimes of The Peninsula- You raise money to expand programs and educate medical professionals to make sure that moms and babies get the best possible care. You advocate for policies that prioritize their health. You fund research to find solutions to the biggest health threats. And you support moms through every stage of the pregnancy journey, even when everything doesn't go according to plan.
Peninsula Agency On Aging- The mission of Peninsula Agency on Aging, Inc. is to support the independence and quality of life of Peninsula residents primarily 60 years and over by advocating, arranging, or providing vital human services.
The Newport News Lions Club- They provide free vision and hearing screenings in the Hampton Roads area for children and adults, as well as provide free eyeglasses and reduced priced hearing aides for children and adults.
Issues Concerning Women- To launch Listen To Her Voice, monthly meetings and radio show. Business & Leadership Conference and Guide. Helping others achieve their goals.
This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.
Recap of our Bar Louie Little Black dress Ladies Night out Featuring Sidni Monee Focus and Snap Photography
We celebrated our November Networking Happy Hour on November 5th at Bar Louie in Hampton. We had such a great response with our themed events. All who attended had so much fun coming dressed in your cute little black dresses and meeting our lovely vendors! Many of our Featured Businesses were very informative on their brands and enticed our guest with some huge and amazing giveaways.
The staff was also very accommodating and friendly to help us throw a fabulous ladies night out! For more information about our vendors please see our Locals We Love !
I was so happy to able to meet and speak to everyone , but I am looking forward to our next event at our at Bonchon for our Merry and Bright Holiday Glam in Norfolk on December 5th.
Our event could not be remembered without connecting with Tiara from Sidni Monee Focus and Snap Photography, for her outstanding talent in photography. As I spoke more to Tiara on how she hones her craft, she looks for the moments to capture your special memories that you will cherish forever. She explained to me that her passion is in the moment pictures. I am so happy we connected with her and look forward to working with her again at our upcoming event!
For more information about Sidni Monee Focus and Snap Photography, Follow her on social media, Facebook and Instagram.
Thank you so much for giving us a great way to remember this Ladies Happy Hour Night Out.
See more great photos here !
Hello Hampton Roads! We had our social networking night out at Bar Louie celebrating our 2 year anniversary on November 5th in Hampton. We had a tremendous response for this event and made lots of connections! I know a lot of you wanted to come, but for whatever reason a lot of you could not make it.
I wanted to share the links to our fabulous vendors, that way you can still shop from them if you're looking for last minute gifts for the holidays. Take advantage of the many specials they are offering. Don't forget to tell them you saw them featured with Hampton Roads Housewives In The City.
So, here's the Locals We Love this month!
Unsure about your home foundation? Learn how you can get a Free Estimate and review of your home's foundation with JES Foundation Repair. They go all around Hampton Roads helping you with your foundation needs.
Your Nails can be super perfect all the time with Color Street! Time to order to get your nails looking right just in time for the holiday! Ask Dawn how you can get your nails pretty! Shop with this link, you will be able to buy 3 and get one free!!
For women our hair is everything at HairClub! HairClub can help you get what you lost back! Time to schedule your Free Hair Analysis today!
Time to get your holiday glam going with Clink Cosmetics & Glam Bar! Chardonnay is your go to when it comes to getting your glam products for best look!
Girl Bosses rejoice with help from She Chic Consulting! Connect with Tracie who will work hard with other lady bosses elevate to the next level.
Time to get your perfect gift with Paparazzi! Courtney will help you get that right piece of $5 Jewelry for your someone special!
Find your relief like many local Hampton Roads who come to Lemmata Chiropractic for a natural drug free approach to back pain and overall health! Expand your health for all your family members today!
Keep your skin glowing and lashes flowing with Rodan & Fields with Mary. Become her Preferred Customer today. Please look out for her at our next event in December! Make your daily routine for better skin easy!
Special Thanks to all of our Featured Businesses that worked with us to make event even more successful with their amazing giveaways.
Cheers to continuing to support local businesses!
Stay tuned for our Recap of this event featuring photos from Sidni Monee' Focus and Snap Photography!!!
Want to be in our next Locals we Love Edition?
Let us put a spotlight on your business appear at our events on our blog and social media channels. Email Bernadette at Housewives In the City today at Bernadette@housewivesinthecity.com for more details.
Hey everyone, my name is Bernadette and I am a Lifestyle Blogger and Influencer based out of Yorktown, Virginia. I am a New York native who was recently transplanted from Long Island to Virginia a few years ago ready to explore fun things in and around Hampton Roads. I am a lover of food, movies and having a good time! You will always find me on social media looking for the next best thing to do!