Wet Kleenex?

It’s 4AM and I can’t sleep. Shocker. I made some coffee and figured I could enjoy a few glorious hours of ME time on the couch watching trashy TV until the kids wake. Just like I do every morning, I sit down, check my email, check my messages, check Facebook. That’s when I was like… UGH. It’s too early for this. As I am scrolling my news feed I come across THE ARTICLE shared by someone who has never worn LuLaRoe. You know which one I’m talking about , the one where it states the leggings are made of “wet kleenex” and that LuLaRoe is being sued over how they previously collected tax from their customers. I say previously because we have a new system that NO LONGER charges tax based on MY location, but yours. Hm. Well, that solves that. YAY!

Anyways… I stopped scrolling and thought to myself – Facebook friend, why did you share this article? You don’t wear LuLaRoe. You’ve never been charged extra tax. You don’t own a pair of  “wet kleenex” leggings. So why? My conclusion is that you don’t KNOW what LuLaRoe is about. I’m here to school ya. In a very polite way.

What is LuLaRoe? It’s clothing.

WHAT?! It’s clothing!? I know, big surprise. But yes, its clothing. It’s affordable clothing that is comfortable, cute, loud and crazy. It’s clothing that makes people feel confident and beautiful. It’s a way for women and men young and old, single or married, gay, straight or transgendered, divorced, widowed, etc. to have a common interest/love for a brand and what it stands for. Which is spreading LuLaLove.

It’s also clothing that has changed lives of those who struggle with chronic illnesses that have finally felt comfortable with what they put their body every day and don’t feel constricted by their clothing. It’s helps those going through Chemo find comfort. Can you believe that? There is an amazing women that has started a not-for-profit ministry that takes donated damaged leggings, you know, the ones that are supposedly made of wet kleenex, and turns them into hats for Men, Women, and Children going through chemotherapy so they have something that is buttery soft and beautiful to wear  as they dominate their journey through battling chemotherapy.

So, the next time your ass falls out of your leggings, which to be honest, has happened, but not often, don’t be angry (ok, you can be a little angry. I’d be kinda annoyed too!). Remember that your cold hiney is about to bring some serious comfort to someone who is fighting cancer. I don’t know about you, but that puts things into perspective to me.

LuLaRoe is also a form of income for roughly 65,000 kick ass women who were willing to take a risk to better their future. I am one of those 65,000, but you already knew that. I work really hard every day to run my business, do the best I can for my family and customers, and teach my children that with hard work comes success. I am doing what every person is trying to do with their lives – survive and be the best version of themselves they can be.

LuLaRoe is so much more than JUST clothing. Did our system charge tax in a way some felt was wrong? Sure. Was it wrong? I am not attorney or tax specialist, but the owners of the company don’t seem like folks that would try to swindle you for a few bucks on your leggings purchase. I’m just a tired Mom though so what do I know?

The leggings aren’t made of wet kleenex. Although that reference made me choke on my coffee  and giggle. It’s not true…but it was a funny reference, I’ll give them that. They are actually made of Polyester/Spandex and the technique used it patent pending to get that incredibly soft feel if you must know. I mean, if you really think they are made of Kleenex, try to make a pair of leggings out of kleenex, wet them, and then put them on. I tried this morning and let me tell you, it ain’t easy. And they weren’t even wet. because that would be kind of gross.

Harper said “Mommy…what are you doing? Those aren’t pants!” and then laughed hysterically. HA!!

I guess my rant here is that I understand the frustration some customers have. I really do! Trust me. I have my own frustrations. But, something like this doesn’t define a company and the women and men that work hard to earn a living. It just doesn’t. It’s unfortunate, but not life threatening, therefore in the big scheme of things, it’s simply an inconvenience. It was an inconvenience when the arm of my $97 dollar sweater from Nordstrom seam fell apart. It was an inconvenience when Harper smeared peanut butter on our wall. I said, are you effin’ kidding me? and went on with my day.

Anyways, by no means is this long-winded post meant to dismiss the situation at hand. Tax should be charged appropriately and leggings shouldn’t expose your butt while you are at work. But, before you jump on the negativity bandwagon, maybe take a second to think how this might affect someone you know or care about. The LuLaRoe culture is about blessing lives and strengthening families. I will continue to do that regardless of what’s thrown my way.

Lastly, if you are dead against leggings, maybe try a color block Julia. Because it is HOT!!!!!!!!!!

 

That’s all I’ve got for today. Do you.

 

XOXO,

JO

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Baby Gear Drive Thru? Yes, please.

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Hello, hello!! Long time no talk! AH! You know how it goes… Mom Life.

Even though my kiddos are 3 1/2 and 2 1/2, I find myself STILL browsing baby gear websites and needing all the new goodies!!! The struggle is real my friends. I’ve said it more than once, I am strolling my son into his College dorm in a stroller… I just can’t give them up.

Anyways… during my most recent stint of insomnia, I stumbled upon babycubby.com. It’s a super cute website featuring all the latest and greatest in the baby gear world. Awesome. But a little icon appeared that said “Free shipping. We price match”. Those are two things I love. I can’t help it. I love a good deal! I mean, they even price match Amazon. #sold

After browsing their website and seeing some super cool things they do that made me sad I don’t live in Utah… or have an infant. First off, they have DRIVE UP ORDERING. Yes. It’s like a drive thru for baby gear. I mean… can we talk about it!!  As if that wasn’t enough to make every Mom jump for joy, they also have a TRACK inside of their store to test strollers!!!! If I walked into this store, it would be a disaster. I would be in there for hours just running around the track all day testing every stroller possible. How awesome is that though? It’s so hard to get a feel for a stroller pushing it through tiny isles in a crowded baby store. A track is GENIUS.

Ok, back to what I came here to do! I thought I would pop back in and share a few of my fave picks from their website for new parents! Finding the perfect gear can be a daunting task… hopefully this will make it a little easier… if it doesn’t, scroll down and let Baby Cubby do the picking FOR YOU!

  1. DaVinci Jenny Lind Stationary Crib with Toddler Rail – So so so cute!!! It converts into a toddler bed and a day bed, has 4 adjustable mattress positions and is finished in non-toxic multi-step painting process. I am totally in love with this crib!!

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2. Clek Fllo Convertible Car Seat – If you have ben doing any research on Car Seats and safety, you have definitely seen the Clek! This Car Seat is AMAZING. It can be used from 5 lbs (with the Clek insert) up to 65 lbs! I cannot say enough great things about this Car Seat. Go to Baby Cubby and check it out!!!

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3. Stokke Tripp Trapp – This thing is the bomb. It’s cute, lasts FOREVER, and is easy to wipe clean. I don’t think I need to say anything else. ha!

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4. Ju Ju Be B.F.F. Diaper Bag – Saved the best for last. THEY CARRY JU JU BE!!!  I LOVE JJB. For so many reasons!! Machine washable (if you don’t think this is important, talk to me when your kid has its first blowout diaper), cute, fictional, lot’s of pockets. I love pockets. Do yourself a favor and waddle your pregnant self into this store and shop your heart out.

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If you don’t love any of my picks… that’s cool. No hard feelings. Baby Cubby can help you with that because they also offer Baby Gear Bundles. I can’t even. I would have done this is a hot second when I was pregnant! Literally takes the guess-work out and they pretty much do everything short of delivering your baby for you. If they could do that, I would for sure have another child…

 

Do yourself a favor and visit this store or their website. I love everything they carry! They have researched these products, and make sure us parents are getting quality products we will love!   They have an awesome community blog with tons of info to help you stay in-the-know  during those sleepless nights, too!

Happy Strolling, friends!

120 days in. My life as a LuLaRoe Consultant.

So I think there is a misconception when it comes to LuLaRoe. Because we are all in love and obsessed with the brand and follow so many groups, I think we kind of assume that starting this business will be easy. The clothing will just sell itself and we will sit back and watch the money roll in. This is the farthest thing from reality as you can get. This is a business. You are starting a business. No one started a business and was successful 24 hours later. It’s just not reality and how the world works. Even if you see a brand that blows up overnight and has somehow become this “overnight” sensation, it wasn’t. There were countless day, months, years of hard work, failure, sleepless nights and stress. It’s just that finally, all those hours upon hour of work finally paid off. 
The perception is that my business exploded overnight because of a blog post. Not true. For about a year I literally talked to myself on my blog and on my Facebook “fan” page. So many posts I would do never got viewed, I would have maybe 1 or 2 “likes”. I felt really silly that I was doing all of this work and no one was really paying attention to anything I posted or wrote. I kept posting because it was something I enjoyed doing and a way for me to kind of disconnect from my every day life and put into words what was happening in my life at that moment. Sure, I got lucky when that ONE post went crazy and my following grew, but it was also somewhat of a reward for all the time and effort I put into my blog that made ZERO dollars. The moment that happened, I knew I was doing exactly what I needed to be doing and that jumping into LuLaRoe was the path I was supposed to take.
 
Not for one second did I ever think this would be easy. I actually walked into this business expecting nothing. Probably not the best type of attitude to have, but I am being brutally honest with you. I thought, worst case scenario I sell a few things, hate it and sell everything off at wholesale and I’m still even. That the way I thought until the day I launched. The few days prior when my boxes of inventory came, I thought “awwweeesssommmee!!! Look at all of these clothes!!!!!”. That thought was followed by “Oh my god. I have to take pictures of 333 pieces of clothes, work, and take care of my kids. What did I get myself into!?!?!”. Those few days were a HUGE reality check. It all sunk in and realized this is a business and it’s on ME to run it and make it successful. My entire view on LuLaRoe changed and I got scared. I had spent about 10K on inventory and now I needed to sell it. That fear was good  because it pushed me to test my limits and see what I was really made of. Nothing makes you work harder than seeing 10K in LuLaRoe inventory purchases on your credit card bill. Talk about an oh shit moment. 
 
The night I launched was probably the most terrifying moment of my life aside from birthing both of my children. Skydiving wasn’t even as scary. At least if I plummeted to my death while sky diving, I didn’t have to live with the fact that I failed or sold nothing. Again, I am being totally honest with all of you on the thoughts that went through my head. HA! 
 
I launched, I sold, and I was on cloud 9. Then I was in fetal position for two days crying because I hadn’t stopped pulling, invoicing, printing labels, going to the post office, working, taking care of my kids, and trying to be a wife for 48 hours without sleep. It was brutal. I was going to bed at 3-4 am and up at 5am to start all over again. Finally on the night of day 3, I was done. It was such a sigh of relief and  moment of clarity for me. I did it. I friggin’ did it! I actually did something I terrified to do and did it well. I was proud. Like really proud. I can’t remember a time in my life where i was actually PROUD of myself in this way. Sure, I’ve been proud of myself for many accomplishments in the past, but this was a different kind of pride. It felt like I kicked some major boss girl ass and could do anything. From that moment on, I tried to treat every single sale like a launch. I have the same fear every time I post, I have the same excitement every time something sells, and I feel that same relief when it’s all over. The pride is there the entire time and grows with each sale I do. 
 
 
Many of you see the fun posts in my group, the sold comments, the cute graphic saying “invoices are sent!”. What many of you don’t see if the hours upon hours of going through my inventory, photographing my inventory, photographing my inventory AGAIN because it looks like crap, sending invoices, apologizing for posting items I don’t have, packaging items, going to the post office twice a day, the roughly 100 messages I send during a day to everyone on my team or messages sent my way with questions. You don’t see the moments when I feel like a really crappy Mom because I am working instead of spending time with my children. That right that is as honest as it gets. My kids are my world and some days I am near tears because I realize it’s 11:00 AM and I haven’t done anything just for THEM. Yes, I have fed them, changed diapers, given them hugs and kisses and told them I loved them 100 times. They know I love them. But I haven’t raced cars with my son or played dress up with my daughter and that hurts my heart. I try to remind myself I am doing THIS for THEM. I am doing this for their future. I am showing my kids that with a lot of hard work you can reach your goals. I want them to look at me the way they look at their Dad, like a hero. A bad ass Mom hero. I knew this business would take a lot of time and effort, I knew that, but I didn’t realize just how much of my time and effort it would take. I remember telling my Husband I would do this and quit my job so I had more time to be with the kids. In reality, I quit my job and spend an extra 20+ hours a week working this business then I did working for Marriott. The only difference is that I can pick when I work, where I work and I am in control of how much I work. Clearly I’m a workaholic… but I have a goal and it’s to have enough money set aside for Harper and Brody to go to college without needing to take on any student loans.  I’m going to do what it takes to reach that goal. 
 
I am now 4 months into my LuLaRoe journey as a Consultant. Even with everything I just listed above which you may read and think “No way in heck am I doing all this”, I wouldn’t change it for a second. This business has changed me. I am a women I never knew I could be. I am running a business, building a team and am incredibly proud of myself. The money is coming in, my bonus checks have doubled each month, and I feel like a total rock star. Becoming a Consultant has changed forever changed me. Being proud of yourself and what you do is an amazing thing. I am forever grateful to this company for empowering women and changing lives. 
 
If you made it this far, thank you. If you made it this far and still want to be a Consultant still, then you are made for this. 
 
Much love,
 
Jackie
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