Hello Stephanie Turner! Stephanie will be joining us as a vendor for our Feb. event and she has a passion for cleaning without chemicals. She was first introduced to the products when Norwex was a gift given to her at a party and it has been an amazing journey ever since. She's been Norwexing for over 6 years helping families improve their lives by saving time, money and reducing the use harmful chemicals in their homes.
Three traits that describe her: Joyful (Indeed! Just look at that smile!!), thankful, loyal.
When she's not sharing Norwex with folks, she like to get her nails done at Angel Nails Spa, or enjoy Crab Rice at Nara Thai Cuisine, and Pledge Of Allegiance at Mission Barbecue Every. Day. at noon. If she wasn't selling Norwex what might she like to do? She'd like to be a professional singer!!
She's super excited to have Housewives in the City in her area and we are super excited to meet her!!
Meet Jackie Huber with Bellawood Photography. She's going to be handling the photography at our event this month!!!
We visited her at her studio and were blown away! This amazing artist has a serious passion for her craft. She has a Studio Art Degree from our very own Mary Washington, she's a marine corp veteran, wife and mom! She stays current with her skills by joining groups of other photographers from around the world. She's studying the techniques of Peter Hurley and she's a member of The Headshot Crew.
What does all of this mean to you? It means that she's constantly improving her skills and finding ways to provide the best headshots/photos for her clientele. She's got some very cool projects in the works and I personally can't wait to see the finished products! She does offer hair and makeup (when available) at the studio.
www.bellawoodphotography.com Located at 1938 William St., Fredericksburg, VA. 540-427-7279
Claudia Mendoza with Aire Serve of Lorton is going to be with us for our Galentine's event. She's a busy mom of 4 that also runs this business with her husband. (Busy....we can relate huh?) She and her husband started their business in 2014 under a different name and then just last year merged in with Aire Serve. This busy, responsible, loving lady has goals! She wants to be able to grow Aire Serve to a point where they can have their own building and grow their staff.
With all of this how does she maintain a good work/life balance? Once she leaves work, her focus is on her family and she does not work on the weekend. Additionally, she's very involved with her church and serves as the Treasurer. She'd love to retire and just enjoy life with her husband once her children are grown. She has 4 children (2 girls and 2 boys) ranging in ages from 10-2.
Her advice to others considering opening a business is to leave it in God's hands. You will struggle, but give it to him. Claudia says "Even though as women we have more to do than men, we can do it. We are tough and able to achieve our goals!".
Be sure to visit Claudia and see what helpful information she has for us concerning HVAC. (especially since Spring/Summer are right around the corner!)
Alyse O'Steen and Sidney Bunce with HIGH Fit Stafford
These passionate, determined and very driven ladies will be vendors at our February Galentine's event. We are excited to have them and wanted to hear more about what their "why" was for starting their business. Here's what they had to say...
Building this business has not and is not easy; anytime we hit a wall or run into an issue, how we overcome that issue is a huge achievement. Between the two of us we have 6 kids under 8 years old and two husbands that work very long and hard hours, so being able to resolve issues with our business and keep it moving forward with everything else we have going on is huge for us.
So how did it all start?? We found HIGH as a free workout class at Ebenezer United Methodist Church. We attended the class regularly and fell in love with it. Once we learned our HIGH instructor would be moving and HIGH would no longer be offered here, we decided to get certified as HIGH instructors so we could keep the class going at Ebenezer. Sidney and I didn't actually know each other before we got certified. I got certified in New York in January 2018 and met Sidney before she got certified in Boston, MA in February 2018. We honed our skills and kept teaching with the instructor at Ebenezer until she left in May 2018. By June of 2018, Sidney and I felt confident enough to launch HIGH Fit Stafford. We wanted to share the HIGH love and introduce more people to this amazing new workout that truly made working out fun. Plus, the more classes we taught the more time we got to enjoy together doing something we love. We are mothers and wives first and foremost, but HIGH is our escape - it's our me time. It's definitely a balancing act trying to learn routines, book classes, practice, etc, and be mom, but we keep pushing and trying to build our business because it's our passion. A huge question we had was how do they maintain good work/life balance? Coffee! Prayer! It's definitely hard but both of us have strong faiths and trust in God's plan for us and our business together. We pray about our big decisions and we have honestly given our business to Him - He'll let it grow on His time. We do a lot together - share a babysitter, babysit for each other, practice our routines where the kids can play safely - so being around each other helps us keep communication open and clear and we help each other balance life and all it throws at us.
I'm looking forward to meeting these superwomen at the event and I'll be you are too!
We have the great pleasure to introduce Christina Hoy and her business Skin and Spa Boutique located at 1982 William Street in Fredericksburg. Find her online at www.skinandspaboutique.com. This remarkable lady has seriously made her dream happen! Could it be because she loves what she does? I think so!!
A bit about Christina and how she got started in this amazing journey. "I opened my own business 4 years ago. I was working for another large school/training facility where they taught adult education and trades. I learned so much and when I hit my peak I realized this is the highest I’d ever be with this company. There wasn’t any higher... I built a dedicated clientele over the past 6 years and thought it was time. Time to take my shot at this and see if I would sink or swim. My dad heard of a little office for rent and that’s where it all started. I wasn’t seen from the road but word of mouth spread. Don’t get me wrong the first two years there were some times that make you doubt everything you do. I even worked a part time job to help supplement, and to see if this was really for me. Through the process you learn to be more hungry, don’t take no for an answer, every hurtle is another step closer, everyday is another achievement to stay open. Through the last 4 years my business has doubled every year. I’m no where near where I want to be yet but I have come so far and am very proud. I lay down at night and know I did the best I could that day, and I’m content with that. I work every day usually 5-6 days a week, juggle three kids, this business and life in general. Again there are some hard times, and you have to be mentally strong and know this is my passion, I’m not doing this because I have to in doing it because I love to and that will keep you going. I have three daughters that are watching me and no matter what age they are, they are absorbing all of your examples, your hard work, your dedication and trust me in their eyes they want to be just like you. For me having my girls see this means the world."
She describes herself as strong, patient and passionate. (All necessary qualities to thrive in business) She's a goal setter and plans to market, build her clientele and plainly put...push it to the limit!! She says that she's able to maintain a good balance due to her amazing husband, yoga and retail therapy. She's got a plan. She's planning to retire at 55!
I am looking forward to learning more about her boutique at our February event! Find her there and see all the services she has to offer! www.spaandskinboutique.com Be sure to find her on FB at Spa and Skin Boutique.
In the Spring I always find myself looking for ways to brighten up my makeup and wardrobe. Do you do that also? We are so excited to say that Dawn Skaff with Mary Kay is going to be at our event on Thursday and able to help! Visit her table to learn of the new products and colors that are available for this Spring season. Here's what she has to share with us:
I began my business in 2014. I wanted an opportunity where I not only could work my business when I wanted to but I can earn money to have choices. Having my business gives me the opportunity to make people’s lives better, when a woman feels confident, she’s able to push past those thoughts that there’s no more growth in her life that the stars are the limit. I choose Mary Kay because it’s rewards courage and growth. I’m also part of a company whose values align with mine. Faith first, family second, career third. An average work will involve contacting party hostesses, conducting parties and then following-up with clients. It can be 4 to 5 hours a day depending on the activity and income that I desire to earn. I chose Mary Kay as an opportunity because women always want to feel and look beautiful, and to be confident.
My motivation is my parents they have always supported me and as they get older I want to do the as much for them as possible. I describe myself as committed to integrity. I advise women to be brave and don't doubt.
Dawn would like to be in leadership and also to be a motivational speaker. She maintains her busy schedule by using tools that help me to plan my week and the days within the week. Some of her favorite websites are Lifepoint Church, CNN and WTOP. In her spare time some of her favorite things to do are visit the local library and walk the trails along the Rappahannock River. Her life goal is to have the resources to help those in need.
She advises to women considering starting their own business to ensure that the business is something you are passionate about and that it meets a need. You must also the research to know what resources you will need and what those resources will cost.
See her Thursday! firstname.lastname@example.org www.marykay.com/dscaff
#MaryKay #Beauty #NewYearNewYouGNO
Yvonne Hobbs is the multi-tasking guru, founder and CEO of Integrated Technical Solutions, Inc. (ITS), (She is also one of our vendors this month!) parent company of QuickLook Accounting Solutions and ITS Training Institute. Yvonne has been an innovator in the IT and Finance industry for over 23 years and counting. Yvonne has pursued various levels of higher education and has completed several certifications that reinforce her knowledge in IT and Finance. A visionary in her field, Yvonne has dominated the DMV area providing training and development to some of the industry’s elite.
Throughout Yvonne’s extensive entrepreneurial and training career she has always held herself and ITS to a high standard of quality and excellence. She has taught various computer applications, accounting and Information Technology courses over the years and has established the reputation of being very knowledgeable in these areas of study. She offers hands-on and virtual trainings via ITS Training Institute and as an Adjunct Professor at Norther Virginia Community College. Yvonne possesses the ability to explain and dictate instructions to meet every student’s needs and has done so throughout her career. She has served as an Adjunct Professor at various universities in Atlanta, GA, New York City and now Virginia.
Along with being at the helm of the day-to-day operations of ITS, Yvonne is a genuinely passionate motivational and leadership speaker. She uses her faith-based principles to encourage, minister and mentor women and budding entrepreneurs from various walks of life. Yvonne is originally from a rural area of South Carolina and has spent the last few years establishing ITS’ presence in the DMV area.
Yvonne has received several accolades and certifications and they are as follows:
Housewives! Meet Brooke Grossman, with Pure Romance. This lady has literally traveled the world educating folks! She will be one of our amazing vendors at Thursday's event. Look at what she has to share...
In February 2012, as a mother to a 14 month old little girl, a Military spouse in a new area without any friends, and needing something a bit more in my relationship, I stumbled across a friend’s post about this business venture selling romance enhancement products. At first, I was skeptic with many questions and after much consideration, I found it was the business for me. Since then I have been able to learn how to communicate better in my relationship, discover and learn to become the woman I was meant to be outside of being a stay at home mom and help many others do the same through educating and empowering them during my in-home party presentations. Over the years, I have been able to work as little or as much as I want meeting with ladies one on one, doing parties, or working with team members that are spread out through the USA. I have also been able to take my business to multiple locations including Okinawa, Japan. My biggest motivation in my Pure Romance business is knowing that I have been able to make a difference in my clients’ lives.
She describes herself as Bold, Independent, Resourceful.
My greatest professional achievement has been being able to find my purpose by serving others with my experience and knowledge. While also being a Pure Romance consultant, I help individuals and couples with their personal finances through budgeting and financial literacy. Serving individuals/couples in both of these areas are HUGE passions of mine.
As a Pure Romance consultant, my goal is to rebuild my business in the Virginia area after living overseas and hold 50 parties to educate more women on sexual health. As an Accredited Financial Counselor candidate, I will pass my exam and add educate more individuals/couples on personal finance.
Personally, I do not have any other professions I would want to attempt professions as my focus is set in educating women about sexual health and financial literacy to all.
How does she maintain a good work life balance? Well I learned a while ago that balance is simply making sure I am “all in” on my priorities and doing them bite by bite. I am fortunate that being able to meet new people for business can be done in everyday conversations while out and about running errands with family.
Some of her favorite sites that are visited on the regular are Facebook, Pure Romance online office, Google for recipes, YouTube for motivational videos & Gmail
Around the Quantico/Stafford area, so far I am loving Potomac Point Winery, Bella Café, and Stafford Massage & Healing Arts. I know there are plenty more places I would love to check out that are local to the area and can’t be found anywhere else.
Currently, my retirement goal is to be sailing in the sunshine and to travel throughout the world with my husband.
My advice for women thinking about starting their own business: Find something you are passionate about and it will radiate through to your clients. If you make mistakes or have setbacks, remember they are there for lessons to learn and you can always grow from them.
We look forward to seeing you Thursday!! #PureRomance #SelfCare #Womenshealth
Meet Tina Corr Lynn! She’s caring, crafty, dependable and she’s going to share Norwex with us at our January event!
Let's get to know her a bit! Here's a quick share from Tina.
I retired after 33 years of Federal service in February 2017. My retirement plan was to expand my home embroidery business, Nannie Annie's Embroidery. As much as I like to sew and embroider, after a year I missed being around people. In November 2017 I attended a Norwex home party. I had never heard of cleaning with just microfiber and water and was intrigued. After much consideration I signed up to be a Norwex sales consultant in January 2018, not so much for the money, but to educate others about the dangers of the chemicals in our homes and to meet new people.
I am now a Team Coordinator with four people on my team and am enjoying helping them succeed with their Norwex businesses. I put in approximately 15-20 hours a week preparing for parties, doing follow-up with customers, mentoring those on my team and researching products. I try hard to make my in-home parties fun as well as educational. I love watching a hostess' face when they realize how many Norwex products they have earned for free by hosting a party. Being a Norwex consultant is rewarding, fun and profitable.
My greatest professional achievement to date, with Norwex, has been to promote to Team Coordinator. I didn't join as a consultant with plans to promote. My goal for the next six months is to educate as many people as I can about reducing chemicals from their homes.
Being a Norwex consultant is actually my 3rd career. I was a contract specialist for the Navy for 33 years. I started my embroidery business 4 years ago and continue to take orders from customers who want items embroidered. The embroidery business was the other profession that I wanted to try. My plate is now full with embroidery and Norwex.
At this stage in my life, I do not have the responsibilities that those with full time jobs or children at home have, so I don't have work to keep my life balanced. What I do with Norwex is fun for me, so I don't consider it to be work. But to those younger women trying to keep a balance, I suggest making sure to take "me time" to keep yourself energized for others.
My husband and I are both homebodies and don't go out often. We attend Bethel Baptist Church where we are involved in many activities. We do enjoy eating at Sakae Thai and Sushi Bar located on Chatham Heights Road and my daughter, niece and I enjoy "girl time" at the Family Nails Care and Spa in the Woodlawn Shopping Center on Deacon Road.
www.Etsy.com; www.Fredericksburg.com, www.facebook.com and www.Norwex.biz are her top websites she visits daily.
I have already reached my retirement goal. Now I'm having too much fun with Norwex to retire again! Advice I have for ladies starting their own business is to read every word before you sign anything. Don't allow anyone to tell you what the fine print says.”
I am looking forward to being part of this event and providing information on how to turn homes into safe havens.
Tina, we are looking forward to getting to know you and Norwex better!
At a recent craft expo I had the great pleasure of meeting Matthew McClelland, Photographer and Artist with KPN Images here in the Fredericksburg area. I bought some items from him and grabbed his card. I knew right away that I wanted to have him at our event! He was warm, welcoming, and had this amazing energy.
We got a chance to get together this week. Let me tell you...this guy is so insightful! It was a great meeting and I can share with you that he has agreed to shoot our event this month! He's creative, colorful and adventurous. I think he's going to capture the Housewives in a wonderful and unique way! He explained that his approach is to catch the non-posed and most natural you. To me, this is a foreign concept in our "selfie" world but I'm willing to give it a go.
He's a nature lover as you will see when you find him on Social Media. He mentioned camping in the Winter, he loves it so much! I'll appreciate his adventures through his work and from the comfort of a heated room!
You can find Matthew on social media @KPNImages and you'll get the chance to meet him in person on the 24th. He has just started a coffee mug line as well and hopefully have some at the event!